Sunday, 1 March 2015


In the seventies and eighties Simon van Collum was a TV-presenter in the Netherlands, who, at least for the Dutch people, was at least as, or in some cases even more famous than the film stars he presented to the viewers. TV-programs on film were hardly a success in those days (in the Netherlands that is) unless he starred in them. And by starring I do mean starring in them, because he was not just a presenter who asked a few questions, he actually visited sets, did his research on the persons he was to interview and in the end even landed a few guest-/cameo-appearances in films this way, he was a personality.

He had bit-parts in forv example Flodder and Amsterdamned (both by Dutch director Dick Maas (a man the Dutch critics loved to compare to Steven Spielberg) and in John Landis' An American Werewolf in London (he portrayed an usher/cashier in an X-rated Cinema on Oxford Street).

However, when he visited Steven Spielberg on the set of Jaws, in 1974, he wasn't that known in the States yet. So when he popped up on a picture (as seen above) in an American Magazine, he was referred to as being a cameraman for Jaws, which, in our eyes at least, even made him even more famous. (and he loved writing about it and bringing it up on different occasions).

Taken from the book: 
De Sterren Kunnen Me Nog Meer Vertellen 
by Simon van Collum.



He died, on the place where he had spent so many hours: in the spotlights in Holland's most beautiful cinema: Tischinski. He had a heart-attack during the gala-opening night of the James Bond film Licence to Kill, June 21st, in Amsterdam, with running camera's and didn't survive. 

I still miss him.

Ronny

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An "intriguing and fascinating" (miss you Spock) video showing the work Industrial Light & Magic put in just to produce the now famous Genesis planet fly-by sequence.

A brief "behind the scenes" commentary on the making of the Genesis effect from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Created in 1982 by the Lucasfilm computer graphics division (later to become Pixar)




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In this vintage interview, host Mick Garris chats with master filmmaker Steven Spielberg about his science-fiction epic, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977).



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Saturday, 28 February 2015


Most of you are familiar with the Indiana Jones posters by Drew Struzan and Amsel (Raiders of the Lost Ark).


But initially Indiana Jones had a different, much tougher look than how we have come to know him. 
This Indy had no trouble at all, with snakes.

The early concepts for Raiders of the Lost Ark were drawn by Jim Steranko, an artist with a highly successful career in comics.



Besides working on Indy, Jim Steranko also had a go at Star Wars and produced (among others) this beautiful magazine-cover.


Not all of his work was lost, one of his drawings was used by Kenner for their Raiders of the Lost Ark Boardgame.



If you want to know more about the artist and his work, check this site:


Ronny.

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Droid Tales Will Tell The Story Of The Star Wars Movies From The Eyes Of C-3PO And R2-D2

Disney XD seems it can't get enough of Star Wars.  With Star Wars Rebels airing on the channel it looks like a new Star Wars series will also find its way to the channel.  Droid Tales will take on an animated look at the six Star Wars movies from the eyes of C-3PO and R2-D2 in Lego form.

The episodes will be 22 minutes each and air later on in the year.  Hollywood Reporter broke the news and they tell us:
Set after the Rebel Alliance victory on Endor seen at the end of Return of the Jedi, the droids are regaling the assembly with their adventures that led them to their present situation. An accidental kidnapping leads to a new adventure that progresses to the retelling of the saga in chronological order, from The Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi.
Now all we need is the opening credits to resemble Duck Tales and I will be happy

Rob
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Friday, 27 February 2015


Leonard Nimoy Presents A Star Wars Documentary.

In this short video we get to see two franchises coming together.  Leonard Nimoy who passed away today presents this 1983 documentary on Return of the Jedi.  He explains the working title change from Revenge of the Jedi.  At the end of the video Nimoy explains that George Lucas plans to do three trilogies for Star Wars.



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Star Trek Star, Leonard Nimoy Dies Age 83.

Sad news as we discover that Star Trek star Leonard Nimoy who played the half Vulcan, half human Spock in the original series had passed away at the age of 83.

His son, Adam, said he died of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on Friday morning.

Last year, Leonard Nimoy announced he was suffering from chronic lung disease, despite stopping smoking more than 20 years ago.  During the week the actor was rushed into hospital suffering from chest pains.

Personally I am totally saddened and shocked at the news as it was only a few months ago I was at Destination Star Trek London where Nimoy was making a speech to his fans.  He will be missed.

Thank you Leonard for so many memories.  From Star Trek, The Original Series to the movies, your appearance in The Next Generation, singing Bilbo Baggins and your appearance in Columbo too.  I have been and always shall be...your friend.

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Nimoy's appearance in The Big Bang Theory


Leonard Nimoy Sings Bilbo Baggins


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Collectibles come in all kinds of sizes. From huge (we have to move, because my hobby needs more space) stuff to the tiniest of figurines.


Most of you will probably know of the surprise-eggs by (grounded by the recently deceased) Ferrero, Hollow chocolate eggs, that have a surprise toy in their midst.



But perhaps lesser known is a French company called Arguydal, that makes little ceramic figurines, that are hidden in birthday cakes, as a surprise to the guests of the party.
In France this is common used, we might look at it differently.




Among the figurines that are produced, we often find Disney characters, but every now and then other series are produced. A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a series of figurines from Amblin's Balto, and a few days ago this Tiny Toon series jumped in front of my camera. And since it's almost weekend, I thought I would share them with you.


PS: remember, the figurines are only 1 to 2 cm in height.

Have a nice weekend.

Ronny.


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