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Disney Purchases Lucasfilm for $4bn; Promises Star Wars Episode 7 in 2015

UPDATE: According to the Walt Disney Co. investor call, the company is also expecting to release Episodes 8 and 9 of Star Wars following the new film. No timeline was given.

The Associated Press is reporting on a deal struck between The Walt Disney Co. and Lucasfilm Ltd that would see the entertainment giant purchase the production company for a colossal $4.05 billion dollars in cash and stock from founder George Lucas. Disney also promises a new Star Wars movie to be released in 2015.

The Walt Disney Co. announced the purchase which would bring the iconic film company under their umbrella with other brands such as Pixar, ESPN and ABC. Kathleen Kennedy, co-chairman of Lucasfilm, will serve as the company’s President and report to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn. Lucas himself will serve as a creative consultant for the new Star Wars film, leaving the Directorial and writing chairs open for other filmmakers.

In a statement, Lucas said “It’s now time for me to pass ‘Star Wars’ on to a new generation of filmmakers.”

First Impressions: Lego Lord of the Rings

Release Date: Autumn/Fall 2012 Platform: DS, 3DS, PC, PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360. Genre: RPG/Fantasy/Adventure

In the middle of the deluge of trailers over the next week, TT Games snuck another Lego game into the mix. I personally, was completely surprised that the company chose Lord of the Rings to base their next series off. I mean, in their back story they have already made Star Wars, Harry Potter, Batman and Indiana Jones. I’ve played two out of four (Star Wars and Harry Potter). In the old games, the characters in the games themselves wouldn’t speak. It was all innuendo, nods, giggles and facial expressions. As well as Lego characters tripping each other up or shooting one another. This was fun and added somewhat of a personality to the game.

So TT Games have decided on yet another franchise, marching forward to steal the money from people who love the Lego video games. We join Frodo, Merry and Pippin on their infamous quest to get to Mount Doom, and along the way you will see Gandalf among others. Now, it seems in the new style of the Lego games (Batman DC Heroes included), the characters now talk. In Lord of the Rings, it almost feels like they ripped whole chunks of dialogue directly from the Fellowship of the Ring. The game itself is not entitled ‘Fellowship of the Ring’ but you get the impression that’s the way they’re thinking of going- which would make it into a whole series like Harry Potter. But this teaser doesn’t really give us much other than what you would expect from a Lego game. The characters look almost identical to the minifigures from the actual Lego sets you can buy from toy stores. I can only think that the game will play out just like all the other Lego games, follow the story, watch the cutscenes, collect the shiny gold objects (parts of The Ring, maybe?)

It almost leaves the door open for what Lego game is next on the cards for TT Games? Pirates of the Caribbean, maybe? Haha. I do love a bit of Captain Jack Sparrow!

Movie Review: The Avengers

After gathering up over $200 million in the box office this weekend, I had the opportunity to catch the most highly-anticipated super hero movie ever in The Avengers. Ever since Samuel L. Jackson took on the role of Nick Fury and made his first appearance in the post-credits scene of Iron Man, we’ve all been looking forward to “The Avengers initiative”.

Starring Mr. Jackson, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, and directed by Joss Whedon of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” fame, not only is The Avengers a hugely star-studded affair, but it’s perhaps one of the best super hero movies ever released.

In The Avengers, Loki is preparing to declare war against Earth to reclaim an artifact known as the Tesseract, an item of limitless energy. Loki uses the Tesseract to arrive on Earth and prepare the planet for the arrival of his massive army of Chitauri. In response, Nick Fury begins to rally together the collection of superheroes to complete the Avengers initiative.

The movie, like many superhero stories, is full of action. Avengers, however, takes it a step further. Running a solid two and a half hours, there is barely a moments rest in the film as you follow the formation of the group and their many battles against Loki and his minions.

Even if you’re going into this movie having not seen any or many of the related films (Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk), you will still be able to pick up on the plot and understand the characters pretty quickly. However, seeing those other films will do you a whole lot of good and give you a bit more appreciation for what’s taking place.

Sam Jackson takes on the role of the noble yet elusive Nick Fury very well, despite being one of the few starring “non-heroes” of the story. Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role as Tony Stark with the same wit and comedic timing that made his performance in the first two movies so terriffic. As Captain America, Chris Evans is exciting but there isn’t much time to see much of Cap’s “character” come into play, so he comes off as just a bit stale but still exciting to watch in action.

Mark Ruffalo delivers on his Bruce Banner, taking over for the previous player Edward Norton. While The Hulk itself is a CGI masterwork, Ruffalo still manages to play the role of Bruce Banner with the undercurrent of anger and feeling of helplessness that is key to the role. Jeremy Renner is a bit understated in his role as Hawkeye, but the focus shifts so frequently in this movie that it’s hard to understand much of Renner’s character, but he plays the part of the super-archer very well.

Two personal standouts, in my opinion, were Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Tom Hiddleston as Loki. Johansson’s performance, combined with the writing of her character, goes a long way in removing the typical “emotional woman” stereotype that seems to permeate Hollywood action movies. Her character is clever, brilliant and plays a key role throughout the film and only seems to be “helpless” when face to face with a rampaging Hulk, but so was everyone else.

Hiddleston’s performance as Loki was just as impressive as it was in Thor and the character’s delivery of his powerful lines, the menacing facial features, as well as the few comedic moments here and there (including what is perhaps my favorite scene between Loki and The Hulk), he truly stands out as the villain star of the film.

When it comes down to it, The Avengers is a superhero movie like few before it. Trumped perhaps only by The Dark Knight, The Avengers is full of action and excitement, witty dialogue, stellar acting and a great story. I can’t recommend it enough.

OVERALL RATING: 5 out of 5

And before I go, the most important thing is to remember, like all of the other Avenger-related films, be sure to stay after the credits for two terrific scenes that both wrap the movie up and hint at the sequel. Want a spoiler? Click on the link below and I’ll tell you (SPOILER ALERT!)