Saturday news round-up: George Lucas, Hayden Panettiere and more

Good afternoon SFXers. It’s the weekend, but the SF goodness doesn’t stop. Here are a few links to fun news items we’ve come across before lunch today...


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George Lucas has let it be known that the future of the Star Wars saga lies in games and on TV. So it’s with interest that we follow the creation of the very promising video game The Force Unleashed, which bridges the gap between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. There is a fab behind-the-scenes video over at our sister site C&VG , which contains some SPOILERS for the game, but also some awesome 3D footage and talking-head snippets with the developers.


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Talking of George Lucas, he’ll be introducing the original Star Wars movie at a screening to celebrate the American Film Institute's 40th anniversary. He’ll be amongst other celebrities presenting 11 top movies at a Sunset Boulevard cinema next month. Thanks BBC .


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Heroes cheerleader Hayden Panettiere apparently threatened to “kill” a journalist at the Emmy Awards – she’s angry about reports that she’d split up with her boyfriend, and is said to have attempted to confront the journalist in question, before being held back by her publicist. Feisty. See Digital Spy .


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Details of Stephen Hunt ’s next book (Kingdom Beyond the Waves) have been released over at his site SF Crowsnest . The second novel is set in the same world as the Court of the Air, and it promises some of "the first novel's characters back for more high-adventure and daring-do."


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This weekend in SFX's home town of Bath it's the festival of children's literature, and several fantasy authors plan to attend. Official link here .


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Don’t forget to check out the latest SF and fantasy trailers over at the Apple site (as always). Take a gander at the Beowulf trailer in HD, before checking out Dragon Wars, Iron Man, Dark Knight and Hitman.

That’s your lot for now: there’s probably more going on in the world, but we’re not a newswire service, y’know - it’s all about the craic for us. Speaking of which, over the next couple of days you’ll find some features here on the site which will be of interest to Nathan Fillion fans, so do check back regularly. Meanwhile, the UK news-stands are bracing themselves for issue 162 of SFX which this month delivers a free DVD of Charlie Jade and this year’s Pulp Idol short story collection (if you’re a north American reader you won't get the DVD, click here to find out how to get SFX in your territory). Be seeing you!