Saturday, April 27, 2013

Kathleen Kennedy Addresses Confidentiality During 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Production

Secrecy has long been a part of the culture at Lucasfilm in the crafting of the Star Wars saga. During the 1982 production of Return of the Jedi in Yuma, Arizona, George Lucas & Co. wisely emblazoned their gear with the false title Blue Harvest, an attempt to throw the media off the Star Wars scent. During the production of the prequels, information from the sets was rare if it surfaced at all, forcing fans to wait for official sources like novelizations and action figure releases so they could piece together the narrative.

However, since Episode VII will be the first live-action Star Wars film in the social media age, how will Disney suppress details about the film until 2015? According to Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy, the strategy this time around might be a bit more inclusive.

“As we move into making the movie and we’re shooting anything outside, it’s almost impossible to not have things end up on the Internet,” Kennedy told ScreenSlam. “So my feeling is you need to embrace that, especially with the fans around something like Star Wars. You need to realize that they’re important to the process [and] acknowledge that there are things you’re gonna want to make sure they get to know.”

Check out the full interview below.

Friday, April 26, 2013

And We’re Back!

In the aftermath of a move to a new apartment and a massive work-related event revolving around fisticuffs and the mental state associated with said fisticuffs, I’m happy to say that The Wort Report has officially returned!

We’re just one week away from the opening of Iron Man 3, and who could ignore the impending releases of Star Trek Into Darkness and The Man of Steel? And didja get a load of that Thor: The Dark World trailer? All things worthy of your geeking out in the weeks and months ahead.

But before all that, I’d like to address news that Microsoft is planning on unveiling a brand-spanking new Xbox on May 21st at 10 a.m. PDT. Although I’ve gotten giddy about such tantalizing reveals in the past, I’m wary this time around. It might be because I’ve grown very attached to the Xbox 360 over the past seven years (I’ve gone through three of them in that time), and the thought of building up a new game library for an entirely new piece of hardware just doesn’t seem that thrilling to me. Moreover, my time for gaming has shrunk to near-nothingness recently, so I’m not all that confident I’ll be making the plunge into the next generation of consoles ... at least not right now.

 What do you guys think? Are you excited about a “Next Gen” Xbox? Tweet your thoughts using the hashtag #XboxReveal, and check back here this weekend for more emblogginations.