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New Site Launches
Posted by James on Friday 14th July 2006 @ 11:55 AM - Comments: 5

The new and much improved Department of Death site launched today at the new address:

Many months of work have gone into the site, which was completely rebuilt from scratch with a completely new design and site structure.

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The most notable new feature is the user registration system which allows visitors to sign up in a matter of seconds with an account that is associated with all of their fan work, comments and profile information for the rest of the members to see. With their profile, any member will be able to submit fan work, update their own fan work, post comments on other members' fan work and news articles, fill out a profile so that everyone else can find out a little more about them and set up their preferences for viewing the site. All of the member's stats, such as how many comments they have posted or how many fan fictions they have contributed, are all kept track of with the profile.

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Browsing the site is now much easier than before with the new customisable front page which shows you all of the latest content to be added to the site, as well as the three quick links at the top of each page for viewing a printer friendly version of the current page, adding the page to your favourites or sending the page to a friend

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Adding fan work and comments is now as easy as it could ever be, with the ability to submit and edit content instantly from your account, so there's no need to worry about making mistakes. And if you don't notice, our new team of moderators will be able to inform you or even correct the mistake for you. Forum style BB-code is now used in comments and fan work. Tags such as bold and url tags all work.

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After all that work the site is now finished and ready for use, already with a massive collection of fan work. We urge everyone to sign up now and take a look round.

Some content from the old site is still to be transferred over from the old site (e.g. easter eggs), so it will remain open until everything has been carried over. But for now, enjoy the new site :)

Grim Fandango Movie?
Posted by steve on Monday 10th July 2006 @ 4:58 PM - Comments: 52

"Tim Burtonís future projects: ďWell, Iím currently woerking on Sweeny Todd, which will be released in mid-2007. After that, Iím gonna start working on a new script that was sent to me recently: Grim Fandango. It sort of follows the style of The nightmare before Christmas and Corpse Bride. Itís about a surreal land of the dead, some sort of purgatory where everyone goes when they die. In that place, dead people have to make a four-year transition before they can rest in peace for all the eternity. I still donít know when weíre going to start filming this, though."

Update - 17th July - This rumour has now been proved false. The following was posted here on the LucasForums:

Original comment by Thrik
Okay, the game's up. Thanks to James Isaac for doing the research.

As we can see, The Movie Center posted its 'quote' from Tim Burton about the Grim Fandango movie back on July 6th. A day later on July 7th, a detailed Wikipedia article created by somebody using the nickname "Wesborland" popped up. Take a look at this guy's contribution history and you'll see that he has been continually modifying the article ever since.

As you can see from reading through this thread, a user called Nick_Virago joined the Grim Fandango Discussion forums on July 9th asking whether or not anyone's heard anything about a Grim Fandango movie. A few posts later Nick claimed to have stumbled across this information on The Movie Center and Wikipedia:

Original comment by Nick_Virago
well, according to wikipedia and the movie center, the production of this movie was briefly announced, and there is no telling when the filming will begin:

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Take note of Nick's direct implication that he found the Wikipedia article.

Ever since, Nick has been posting links to all manner of obscure websites that 'back up' the original rumour, all of which reside on free hosting and/or reference The Movie Center as the source. Thing is, some of these sites haven't existed on the internet for more than a few days, and Entertainment Now hasn't even been discovered/crawled by Google at the time of writing.

Today on July 17th, someone called wes_borland left a comment over on the World of Monkey Island about the movie. Yes, the same guy who created the Wikipedia article a week and a half ago.

The best bit? I had a word with Dalixam over at the World of Monkey Island and it turns out that we've got an IP match between Nick_Virago and Wesborland/wes_borland. This guy has been directing us towards sites of his own creation while maintaining the act that he's been finding them.


The DOD Needs You!
Posted by James on Monday 10th July 2006 @ 1:57 PM - Comments: 1

The Department of Death is looking for moderators for the new site. Now that comments, profiles and fan work can be added and updated by any registered user, the content needs to be moderated to make sure it is suitable and correct.

The new site features extremely user friendly moderator tools, that make it easy to modify a comment, a user's profile or a piece of fan work. If you are interested in becoming a moderator, either let us know in a comment to this news post, or email us.

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