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StarWars.com Selects Eyespot to Help Usher In the Next 30 Years of “Star Wars” Entertainment

San Diego and San Francisco, Calif. (PRWEB) May 24, 2007

“Star Wars” fans can connect with the Force in ways they’ve only imagined beginning Friday, May 25, when StarWars.com launches a completely redesigned website that empowers fans to “mash-up” their homemade videos with hundreds of scenes from “Star Wars” movies; watch hundreds of fan-made “Star Wars” videos; and interact with “Star Wars” enthusiasts from around the world like never before.

With an innovative, interactive home-page design that allows users to navigate to multiple “Star Wars” worlds, a new video focus, and groundbreaking “Web 2.0” features – including a unique online multi-media mixing platform from Eyespot – the new StarWars.com will unveil its redesigned website on May 25 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the “Star Wars” Saga.

Among the most compelling features of the newly redesigned StarWars.com is the incorporation of an online video-editing tool provided by Eyespot. It allows users to add their own video shots to more than 250 scenes and music taken from all six “Star Wars” films and create their own “Star Wars” movies to share with others.

StarWars.com is also unveiling a new collection of hundreds of videos – many never before seen on the Internet – that will let fans enjoy some of the best user-generated “Star Wars” videos from across the web, including such cult favorites as “Chad Vader,” and five years worth of “Star Wars” Fan Movie Festival shorts, co-presented by AtomFilms.com. StarWars.com will also showcase extensive mini-documentaries that explore the making of the “Star Wars” Saga.

“Since 1977, ‘Star Wars’ has been built on the idea that our fans are the reason we have been successful, and they have long shown their enormous creativity and desire to have fun and express themselves through ‘Star Wars.’ Our new site brings our fans innovative tools like the Eyespot editor that let them do just that in exciting new ways,” said Jeff Ulin, Senior Director of Distribution and Online for Lucasfilm Ltd.

“Eyespot’s creative technology allows Lucasfilm to protect its intellectual property while offering a media playground for fans to have a fun and accessible experience due to our product’s extreme ease of use,” said Jim Kaskade, co-founder and CEO of Eyespot. “We couldn’t be more honored to help celebrate the 30th anniversary of this monumental movie series.”

The May 25 relaunch is just the start of a series of exciting new additions to StarWars.com. In the coming months, continually added features will give the global “Star Wars” fan community unprecedented new content, new games, and new ways to share the 10,000-page site, which is visited by millions of users every month.

“We want the new StarWars.com to empower fans to make and watch ‘Star Wars’ videos, play games, and share their love of ‘Star Wars’ like no other site on the Internet,” said Bill Gannon, Director of Online Operations for Lucasfilm Ltd.. “StarWars.com already features blogs, special in-depth sections for kids and video gaming, the Hyperspace fan site, and the comprehensive StarWarsShop.com, making it unlike any entertainment themed website.”

Innovation is nothing new to StarWars.com – the website has always been a leader in utilizing the newest Internet technologies. “In 1999, we were the first to host the online premiere of a trailer, which was the biggest online event the Internet had seen to that point, and nearly a decade later we are ensuring that StarWars.com will remain one of the most innovative and fun entertainment sites anywhere on the web,” Ulin said.

StarWars.com is the Internet’s only official 365-day-a-year entertainment destination for “Star Wars” fans and is produced by Lucas Online, a division of Lucasfilm Ltd., as a digital destination for entertainment, education, reference and e-commerce for Lucasfilm’s intellectual properties and businesses. To learn more about the entire StarWars.com experience, visit the website at http://www.starwars.com.

About Eyespot

Eyespot’s browser based solution fosters creativity and discovery while empowering consumers to play with copyrighted media without having to download clunky software or learn new skills. The drag and drop editing application allows anyone to upload, remix, and create new video from the community’s vast pool of popular and legally-accessible content ranging from movie, television, and music clips or from user generated content. The company has been selected as a trusted partner by many of today’s most compelling brands and media entities, including Paramount Pictures, NBA, Jive Records, Lucasfilm, Ltd., among others. Eyespot can be found on the web at http://www.eyespot.com.

Lucasfilm, STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & © Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.


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War Books Spike in Popularity in May – War with Iraq and Trojan War Drive Resurgence in Interest in Wars Past

HOUSTON, TX (PRWEB) June 10, 2004

The current war with Iraq and the recent film release, Troy, has caused a resurgence in interest in wars past such as World War I, World War II, the Persian Gulf War, and the fabled Trojan war. eBooks on war were most widely read on Questia, the world’s largest online library of books, in the month of May. Six out of the top 20 best read ebooks were books related to wars past. Another three books on war made the top 35 best read ebooks list. Readers on the Questia online library of more than 49,000 books and 390,000 articles are primarily students using the Questia service for research paper topics. As demonstrated by the May Top 20 Best Read eBooks list, the current war with Iraq has had a strong influence on the research paper topics selected during the end of the spring academic semester. To see the full list of best read ebooks for May, please visit http://www.top20ebooks.com.


An Encyclopedia of War and Ethics, a 539-page book on subjects related to war was the number one best read ebook in May. Entries within An Encyclopedia of War and Ethics discuss efforts to judge and to justify war and each entry has a bibliography with suggested further reading. Nuclear war, casualties of war, and human nature and war are just a few of the numerous war-related entries within the encyclopedia. The other popular books on war pertained to World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War and war-related subjects such as torture. Interestingly, the fourth most popular ebook in May, a book on a war fought during ancient times, was the Iliad, Homer’s epic poem on the war against Troy. The recent release of the film, Troy, starring Brad Pitt, is likely to be the main driver of interest in this war-torn story.


Questia users can perform their own search of the more than 49,000 books and 390,000 articles or they can access over 5,000 research paper topics on the Questia website. Each of the 5,000 research paper topics includes premier books and articles on a given topic with content hand-selected by academic librarians. Research paper topics on war such as World War I, World War II, and Persian Gulf War are popular war-related subjects and are easily accessible through an alphabetized listing of the research paper topics or through the Questia search feature.


To develop the Top 20 Best Read eBooks, the reading patterns of Questia users are aggregated and then ranked, with ranking based primarily on page views (each time one user looks at a page results in one “page view”) and the overall number of unique users who accessed that title. Secondarily, book length is factored in to correct for the fact that shorter books, even if read in their entirety, would have fewer page views. The May 2004 list and past lists can be accessed at http://www.top20ebooks.com. The June 2004 list will be available online in early July.


The Questia service is a personal online library for its subscribers, offering unlimited, simultaneous access to complete titles regardless of how many other users are reading the same book, magazine, newspaper or journal article. Research tools help students and researchers organize, highlight, cite, and store their work on personalized bookshelves in the Questia library. A list of 5,000 research paper topics is included in the Questia library. Subscription fees range from $ 19.95 per month to $ 119.95 per year.


Top 20 Best Read eBooks


May 2004


1.    An Encyclopedia of War and Ethics, edited by Donald A. Wells. Greenwood Press, 1996.


2.    The Cultures of Globalization, edited by Stanley Fish and Fredric Jameson. Duke University Press, 1998.


3.    The End of Apartheid in South Africa, by Lindsay Michie Eades and edited by Randall M. Miller. Greenwood Press, 1999.


4.    Iliad, by Homer and edited by Stanley Lombardo. Hackett Publishing Company, 1997.


5.    Our Mothers, Our Selves: Writers and Poets Celebrating Motherhood, by edited by J. B. Bernstein and Karen J. Donnelly. Bergin & Garvey Trade, 1996.


6.    Little Woman: Or Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, by Louisa M. Alcott and Jessie Wilcox Smith. Little, Brown, 1915.


7.    Writing with Power, by Peter Elbow. Oxford University Press, 1998.


8.    Domestic Violence: Facts and Fallacies, by Richard L. Davis. Praeger, 1998.


9.    Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction, by Damien Keown. Oxford University Press, 1996.


10.    A Time for War: The United States and Vietnam, 1941-1975, by Robert D. Schulzinger. Oxford University Press, 1997.


11.    Causes and Consequences of World War II, by Robert A. Divine. Quadrangle Books, 1969.


12.    The History of South Africa, by Roger B. Beck. Greenwood Press, 2000.


13.    Leadership for the Twenty-First Century, by Joseph C. Rost. Praeger, 1993.


14.    Racism: A Short History, by George M. Frederickson. Princeton University Press, 2002.


15.    The World of the Autistic Child: Understanding and Treating Autistic Spectrum Disorders, by Bryna Siegel. Oxford University Press, 1998.


16.    Culture and Customs of Japan, by Noriko Kamachi and edited by Hanchao Lu. Greenwood Press, 1999.


17.    Punishment and the Death Penalty: The Current Debate, edited by Robert M. Baird and Stuart E. Rosenbaum. Prometheus Books, 1995.


18.    A World in Flames: A Short History of the Second World War in Europe and Asia, 1939-1945, by Martin Kitchen. Longman, 1990.


19.    Bleep! Censoring Rock and Rap Music, edited by Sandra Dauidson and Betty Houchin Winfield. Greenwood Press, 1999.


20.    The Day the War Began, by Archie Satterfield. Praeger Publishers, 1992.


Rankings reflect total page views and unique users on the Questia service for May 1 through May 31, 2004, statistically weighted to factor in book length.


About Questia


Founded in 1998, Questia Media, Inc., launched its revolutionary online library in January 2001, with powerful search and writing tools created specifically to help students do better research and write better papers. Questia provides unlimited access to the full content of an extensive collection of books and journal articles, as well as a wide range of tools, including highlighter, markup, automatic footnotes and bibliography builder. For millions of students and researchers, the Questia SM service enables them to efficiently research and compose papers at any time, from virtually every connected corner of the world. Based in Houston, Questia is delivering on the true promise of the Internet by providing access to a wealth of human knowledge.


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By the beginning of the 20th century, the world had entered the period of

imperialism. Britain’s dominance was challenged by other European nations and the

United States, for they had also been industrialized and each were eager to

protect their own markets and expand their influence. The power balance in Europe

had undergone enormous changes. A conflict of interests and colonial rivalry

divided Europe into two camps: the Central Powers included Germany, Austria-

Hungary, later joined by the Ottoman Empire1 and Bulgaria; the Allied Powers were

mainly comprised of France, the Russian Empire, the British Empire, Italy and the

United States. The conflict plunged the whole world into two devastating wars in

the first half of the 20th century.

The immediate cause of World War I lay in the conflict on the Balkan Peninsula. On

June 28, 1914, the Austrian Archduke Francis Ferdinand was assassinated by a young

Yugoslav (^3$ fl£^cA) in Sarajevo – Austria blamed Serbia for the assassination and

was determined to seek revenge. Both sides looked for support from their

respective allies, Germany and Russia. This led to a showdown between the two

camps and World War I broke out between the Central Powers and the Allied Powers.

Ultimately, more than 32 countries were involved, 28 of which supported the Allied

Powers. The war ended with the victory for the Allies.

The cost of the war was great. Britain was drained of its manpower. Nearly one

million British men died and over two million were wounded. 70% of the merchant

ships were sunk or damaged. As a result, Britain lost the sea supremacy. Though

victorious, Britain came out of the war with a huge national debt, ten times

larger than that of the pre-war years. Business was slack (Uplift), many factories

were closed down and taxes soared.

The Great Depression2 from 1929 to 1933 brought additional problems to the British

economy and society. Britain’s position in the capitalist world was further

weakened. With the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany, a new world war was


World War II was for all intents and purposes a continuation of World War I.

According to the Treaty of Versailles1, Germany was required to relinquish all its

colonies and permanently disarm. In addition, Germany was blamed for starting the

war and was compelled to pay a vast sum in reparations. The Great Depression made

things worse and led to the rise of fascism. Adolph Hitler aroused strong

nationalism and racism in Germany, embarking (JF$ =0 on an ambitious plan to

conquer Europe.

Reluctant to fight another war, the British government, led by Neville

Chamberlain, followed a policy of appeasement. However, Hitler invaded Poland on

September 1,1939. Britain and France were forced to declare war on Germany on

September 3,1939. The next year Chamberlain resigned and Winston Churchill became

Prime Minister.

Germany invaded France and forced it to surrender in June 1940. Italy also entered

the war on the side of Germany. Britain was in a very dangerous position.

In 1941 the pressure was somewhat alleviated for England when Germany attacked the

Soviet Union, and Japan attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor. These acts of

aggression propelled the latter two countries into an alliance with Britain. With

the unified efforts of Anti-Nazi forces, Germany surrendered unconditionally on

May 7, 1945, one week after Hitler committed suicide.

Britain won the war, but at great costs. Around 357,000 people were killed and

500,000 were wounded or missing. The navy was 30 % smaller than before the war and

Britain lost its naval supremacy forever to the United States. In addition, the

country had exhausted its reserves of gold, dollars and overseas investment, and

was deeply in debt to the United States.

Engelbreit’s the name, cute is my game
May 7th, 2010 by Stephy

Mary Engelbreit was a talented but struggling artist in her mid-twenties when she

flew to New York from her native Saint Louis, hoping to find work illustrating

children’s books her life’s goal. So she was disappointed when all the book

publishers she visited turned her down. One even suggested her drawings might be

better suited to greeting cards.

“I was crushed, ” Engelbreit admits. Greeting cards seemed a come-down from her

high expectations but the advice stayed with her, and she decided to give it a

try. The results transformed her life forever.

3 Today Mary Engelbreit sells an astonishing 14 million greeting cards a year. Her

popular designs appear on more than 2,000 products, including books, calendars,

and kitchen items. She runs a retail company with shops in nine cities (16 more

are planned), and her products are carrida by 25,000 retailers. Annual retail

sales are in the 0 million range — all as a result of that fateful,

disappointing trip to New York. It’s probably no accident that one of Engelbreit’s

bolder cards shows a young girl in overalls, her bare feet up on a desk, a farm

field in the window behind her. “We Don’t Care’How They Do It in

New York, ” the card boasts.

4 Once you know Engelbreit’s distinctive style, you can recognize her cards from

20 paces away — bright, funny, and with an eye to the past. Her cards usually

have elaborate border designs comprised of repeated images: hearts, flowers,

peaches, and teapots, for example. Most often, there’s Ann Estelle, a woman with

short, straight hair, big glasses, hat and an acid tongue. Ann Estelle (named

after her grandmother) is the imaginary representative of Mary’s outlook.

5 Engelbreit is cheerful, down-to-earth, humorous, and always cute. “I think the

world ould use more cuteness,” she explains. Indeed, it’s her trademark. Her

business card once featured a drawing of Ann Estellexagar in her mouth and drink

in hand, with the message Engelbreit’s the Name, Cute Is My Game.” She adds, “As

the world gets more complicated, it’s nice to have old-fashioned stuff around to

help people cope with the demands of modern life. It’s like comfort food. This is

comfort art.”

6 Old-fashioned art — and values — have always been at the core of Engelbreit’s


Born June 5, 1952, in St. Louis, the oldest of three daughters, she started

drawing almost as oon as she could hold a pencil.

7 One of her earliest memories, from age four, is of sketching her parents all

dressed up o go out for the evening. “I was so impressed I had to record it,” she

says. But what mpressed her most were illustrations from the children’s books that

her mother read to her.

Artists such as Jessie Willcox Smith, illustrator of children’s literary classics,

and Johnny ruelle, creator of Raggedy Ann, were very influential in the

development of her early rawings.

8 While attending secondary school, Engelbreit sold dozens of hand-drawn cards to

a local shop for 25 cents a piece — her first venture into art and commerce. She

ignored her teachers’ advice to become an English teacher and didn’t bother with

going on to a university because “I was ready to plunge into my life as an

artist.” Working in an art-supply shop,

“I met working artists and realized you can make a living doing this.” A later job

as a designer

at an advertising agency “taught me about the business of art”.

9 In 1975 Engelbreit met social worker Phil Delano, and the couple married two

years later. Delano became his wife’s biggest supporter. “Even when we had no

money, he never said, ‘Go get a job,’” she says. “I can’t express my gratitude for

his support.”

10 After that ill-fated trip to New York, Engelbreit sent a sample of her drawings

to two greeting-card companies. One bought three of her original drawings, and she

did occasional work for the other, sketching a lot of whales, dragons, castles and

mythical animals. Then in 1980 the birth of her son added a new element to her

work. “Suddenly everyday life seemed more interesting to me,” she says. Children,

pets, even “good old Mom” started showing up on her cards. Her work became

“pictures of daily life, things everyone’s been through”.

11 While eight months pregnant, in 1983, Engelbreit decided to start her own


Within two years, her company was producing nearly 100 different cards and selling

a million of them a year. In 1986 she licensed the copyrights to the cards to


Publications, who now manages their production and distribution, allowing her to

focireon other projects. Among these is her home-decorating magazine which is sent

to 550,000 people.

Despite her success, Engelbreit’ s feet are planted firmly on the ground. She

still lives 1 6 kilometres from where she grew up, has many friends dating back to

school years, and moved from a large house to a smaller one because, she explains,

her family didn’t use all the space in the old place. She does most of her drawing

in her home studio at night.

1 3 With her work taking off in so many directions, it was perhaps inevitable that

Engelbreit would eventually realize her dream of illustrating a children’s book.

In 1993 she created drawings for a children’s book and saw it become a best-

seller. At the same time she made a surprising discovery: “It was fun, but oddly

enough, I like doing cards best.”

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