Sunday, 20 April 2014

VIDEO: Lights, Camera, Action! Hosted by Steven Spielberg (Full Ride), Universal Studios Singapore

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Check out this video showing the Lights, Camera, Action ride at Universal Studios, Singapore.  Steven Spielberg is your host.

From Wikipedia:
From the main queue line, guests are directed to one of 3 smaller lines which lead to 3 separate rows in the pre-show room. Once inside, Steven Spielberg, appearing on a video projection screen, gives a brief introduction to the use of sound stages and special effects in movies. A video montage showcasing special effects from various films is then shown, after which the audience is then briefed by Spielberg about the scene they will see in the main sound stage .
After the pre-show, the audience, still keeping to their 3 separate rows, enter the main sound stage, which is modeled after the interior of a boathouse in New York City. Once the command to roll cameras has been given, the sky (a projection of the NYC skyline outside the boathouse windows) darkens, thunder and lightning fill the room, heavy rain pours through the ceiling, and the audience is immersed in various effects such as strong wind, intense fire, signboards crashing through the roof, the boathouse windows blowing away, movement of the platform they are standing on, and a huge cargo ship slamming through the boathouse entrance. This part of the show lasts approximately 3 minutes. Once the show is over, the audience exit the sound stage and emerge into the New York zone of the theme park.


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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Kevin Kiner To Compose Music For Star Wars Rebels



Kevin Kiner will be composing the music for Star Wars Rebels.  The Star Wars Rebels panel at Wondercon has just finished and the big news is Kevin Kiner will be composing the music for the new Star Wars Rebels. The news was annouced by Kiner himself as Dave Filoni talked about the upcoming and much anticipated show.  They played the theme tune to the new series and it sounds like and I quote "a mash up of classic Star Wars infused with new music."  During the panel Kiner said "John Williams' home run is the Force Theme."  Great choice!

Of course Kevin Kiner is no stranger to Star Wars having worked on The Clone Wars and making an excellent job of it too.

Here's a brand new clip to Star Wars Rebels



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Steve Sansweet Joins RebelForce Radio This Week.

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It's that time of the week again.  Time for another RebelForce Radio and this week they are joined by super collector, Steve Sansweet.  I could listen to that man for hours.

This week on RFR, Jimmy & Jason begin the countdown to Celebration Anaheim including a BIG announcement in the latest issue of Star Wars Insider, Steve Sansweet joins us with an update on all the cool things happening at Rancho Obi-Wan, and Geek Out Loud's Steve Glosson sits in on the news, including Episode VII updates, The George Lucas Cultural Arts Museum, and Star Wars connections in Captain America Winter Soldier. Plus, Star Wars In Pop Culture, The Billy Dee Quote of the Week and much more!

CLICK THE LINK TO LISTEN!

Nice to see RFR using my Photoshop work I sent them a while back for their Facebook page.
Rob
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VIDEO: John Williams Talks Fiddler On The Roof Before Special Screening Last Sunday.


With casting director Lynn Stalmaster and director Norman Jewison, composer and conductor John Williams, who won his first Academy Award for his adapted score, talks about the challenges of making "Fiddler On The Roof" (1971), before a screening in Hollywood Sunday.



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Latest Tech Updates For Jurassic Park: Aftermath.

Jurassic Park: Aftermath

Jurassic Park: Aftermath started out as an ambition project by modder 'conceptcrash' to be an open world first person shooter set in the Jurassic Park universe.  We've featured the project on our site in the past and said we were very excited about this.  The bad news is the project is no longer set out to be a game but updates are still happening and now the modder is using the project to focus on a tech demo.

Jurassic Park: Aftermath


Take a look at the latest updates.  It still looks awesome, powered by Crytek's Cryengine.









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Friday, 18 April 2014

DISNEY PUBLISHING WORLDWIDE ANNOUNCES EXCITING NEW ARRAY OF STAR WARS™ CHILDREN’S BOOKS

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Our friends at Lucasfilm bring us this exciting press release:

Slate Features Adaptations of the STAR WARS SAGA by bestselling children’s authors
Tom Angleberger, Tony DiTerlizzi, Adam Gidwitz, and RJ Palacio

Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) announced today the upcoming global release of four new books based on the original Star Wars film trilogy. The classic Saga will come to life like never before through adaptations by bestselling children’s authors Tom Angleberger, Tony DiTerlizzi, Adam Gidwitz, and R.J. Palacio. Each of these celebrated authors will bring their contemporary, unique voice to the galaxy far, far away, bridging the multi-arc storyline in anticipation of the release of Star Wars Episode VII in December 2015.


The Star Wars Saga program will hit stores beginning in October of 2014, with THE
ADVENTURES OF LUKE SKYWALKER, JEDI KNIGHT a picture book written by New York Times bestselling author Tony DiTerlizzi (The Spiderwick Chronicles), illustrated with concept art created by Ralph McQuarrie, for the original Star Wars films. This winning collaboration, combining the entire storyline of the original trilogy, is bound to delight dedicated Star Wars fans and enthrall readers new to the series.

Additional titles to follow include new retellings of STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE by R.J. Palacio (Wonder), STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK by Adam Gidwitz (A Tale Dark and Grimm) and STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI by Tom Angleberger (Origami Yoda series), which will be illustrated by award-winning Star Wars concept artist Iain McCaig. The new series will be published in the United States under Disney-Lucasfilm Press, an imprint of the Disney Book Group.

“We continue to explore ways to introduce new fans to Star Wars,” said Carol Roeder, Director of Lucasfilm Franchise Publishing, Disney Publishing Worldwide. “By publishing dynamic interpretations of classic Saga stories written by authors who speak directly to this generation, we will give young readers a great entry point into this universe.”

“Disney Publishing couldn’t be more thrilled to have the opportunity to publish these books globally and to work with such an array of celebrated talent,” noted Jeanne Mosure, Senior Vice President and Group Publisher of Disney Publishing Worldwide. “There’s a genuine sense of enthusiasm and affinity that these authors have for this classic material, which makes this collaboration feel fresh, instantly synergistic and effortless.”

For over a 35-year period, Star Wars is still one of the most powerful and successful film franchises in the world. During that time, the Star Wars publishing program has spawned an incredible 125 New York Times best-sellers with more than 125 million books in print, in over 30 languages.

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Steven Spielberg Eyeing Up Jewish 19th Century Drama, “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara." Robopocalypse May Be Next Project.

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Spielberg is teaming up once again with Tony Kushner who scribed both Lincoln and Munich, which of course Spielberg both directed.  The project is a religious drama about a Jew in the 19th century who was removed from his parents at the age of seven by authorities and raised as a Catholic.

It's not said if Spielberg will direct but when these two have teamed up in the past, Spielberg has gone on to direct.

Variety write:


Though he’s still mulling what his next directing gig will be, Steven Spielberg has added another project to his development slate: religious drama “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara,” written by “Lincoln” and “Munich” scribe Tony Kushner. Spielberg plans to produce and may direct the drama, which would be a co-production between DreamWorks and the Weinstein Co.
The script is based on David Kertzer’s nonfiction book about the true-life story of an Italian Jew who became the center of an international controversy in 1858 when he was removed from his parents at the age of 7 by authorities of the Papal States and raised as a Catholic. He went on to become a priest in the Augustinian order

Regarding Spielberg's next directing gig, well rumour has it he is close to committing to Robopocalypse after a serious rewrite has brought the director back into interest.

If Spielberg is eyeing up the directors chair for “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara,” it would make sense as it's in a very early stage and Robopocalypse would fit in quite nicely and be a contrast of genre and mood which generally happens with Spielberg projects.

Stay tuned

Thursday, 17 April 2014

The Greatest Journeys to the Big Screen. Top 10 greatest UK film departures revealed


Today, Heathrow announces the public’s choice of the 10 most iconic departures in the world of film from the UK over the last century be it by plane, train, boat or car. The entries in the shortlist ranged from Michael Caine to Charlie Chaplin from Steve McQueen to Slumdog Millionaire.

Heathrow, which connects the UK to more than 80 countries around the globe, reveals the most iconic film journey is David Attenborough setting off from the UK to travel the globe and begin filming the famous ‘Life’ series, capturing wildlife in their natural habitat.


Coming second in list of legendary trips by leaders in film is Michael Caine’s departure to Turin, Italy according to the study conducted by Heathrow. This visit saw the filming of the now eponymous car chase scene in the legendary film ‘The Italian Job’.

Following the ‘Italian Job’ is Charlie Chaplin’s trip to America where he was propelled to superstardom after creating his iconic character ‘The Tramp’. Also making an appearance is Comic Relief’s first broadcast by Richard Curtis and Lenny Henry from the Sudan on Christmas Day in 1985.

The top 10 most popular film departures as voted by the nation include:

1.       David Attenborough begins the famous Life series  travelling the globe to document wildlife in their natural habitats [38.4%]
2.       Michael Caine films the iconic car chase scenes from 'The Italian job' in Turin, Italy [26.7%]
3.       A young Charlie Chaplin travels to America on tour with Fred Karno's prestigious comedy company. It is on this trip that he joined New York Motion Picture Studios with whom he developed the character The Tramp, which made him a worldwide superstar [26.2.%]
4.       Comic Relief is founded in 1985 by the comedy scriptwriter Richard Curtis and comedian Lenny Henry and is first broadcast on Christmas Day 1985 from a refugee camp in Sudan [22.4%]
5.       The cast of Monty Python travel to Tunisia to begin filming 'Monty Python’s ‘Life of Brian'. The film is a huge success and goes on to be considered as one of the greatest comedy films of all time [18.4%]
6.       Laurence Olivier travels to Hollywood to begin filming his role as Heathcliff in 'Wuthering Heights', a role that marked  a turning point in his career, bringing him American success and to Olivier becoming one of the greatest actors of the 20th Century [15.7%]
7.       Julie Andrews travels to Walt Disney Studios, California to film the Disney hit Mary Poppins [15.5%]
8.       Turner Prize winning artist and director, Steve McQueen, toured Iraq  as an official war artist using the experience to create the piece Queen and Country commemorating soldiers who lost their life in the Iraq War between 2003 and 2008 [15%]
9.       Following being cast in the role of Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe flies to Los Angeles to begin filming [8.2%]
10.   Dev Patel the lead actor of Slumdog Millionaire travels to India to begin filming, the film went on to receive eight Oscars [6.2%]

Historian, Dominic Sandbrook, said, “Britain has always been a land of explorers and entertainers, inventors and innovators. It’s no surprise to see the great landmarks and legendary figures from film on the list. But I think the public’s choices also reflect our historic strengths in everything from philanthropy and popular culture to science and technology. It’s a valuable reminder that we’re at our best when we face outwards, as a nation of international ambitions and global horizons.”

John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow’s Development Director, commented, “For seventy years, Heathrow has witnessed amazing departures and welcomed an array of British talent back home. The many iconic journeys in film that feature in the top ten all demonstrate how important it is to have a world class hub directly connecting the UK to future international success.”

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1992 Japanese Advert Shows A Video Camera Morphing Into George Lucas

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george lucas panasonic advertWant to see a Panasonic video camera morph into George Lucas?  Don't say we don't treat you here at The Bearded Trio.  Check out this rather strange Japanese advert from 1992, promoting Panasonic's sponsorship of the 1992 Olympic games at Barcelona and in particular their Video Camera and editing equipment range.

george lucas panasonic advert




Unfortunately most of George Lucas has been dubbed over with a Japanese translation but what we do get is a rather neat effect where a Javelin morphs into a bird and the finale, a Panasonic video camera morphing into the Star Wars director.





Click here to see another classic George Lucas Japanese advert where he floats with a video camera and Yoda.

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Bruce Springsteen Joins Steven Spielberg, Conan O'Brien, and Liam Neeson for USC Shoah Foundation 20th Anniversary Gala





Bruce Springsteen will be performing at a spacial benefit gala to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation, which was founded by Steven Spielberg in 1994.  Spielberg's work on Schindler's List inspired him to collect and preserve testimonies from the survivors of the Holocaust, as well as from the survivors of other genocides.  The testimonies serve to educate and to help overcome intolerance, prejudice, and bigotry.

Springsteen will be joined by talk-show host Conan O’Brien and special guest Liam Neeson, who played Oskar Schindler in Schindler's List.  

Said Spielberg: 

"I am personally honored that Bruce, Conan, and Liam are joining me and lending their considerable talents to this year's special 20th anniversary gala.  Not only do they entertain and inform us through song, laughter and words, but by helping us commemorate this significant milestone, they also draw attention to the vital work of the USC Shoah Foundation."

Spielberg will be presenting the Ambassador for Humanity Award to President Barack Obama.

The Ambassadors for Humanity gala will take place in Los Angeles on May7th.  


You can find out more about the event here.



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