Friday, 22 September 2017

THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE
Starring the Voices of Dave Franco, Justing Theroux, Jackie Chan, Fred Armisn, Michael Pena,  
Abbi Jacobson, Zach Woods, Olivia Munn
Screenplay by Bob Logan & Paul Fisher and William Wheeler & Tom Wheeler and Jared Stern & John Whittington
Directed by Charlie Bean and Paul Fisher and Bob Logan

Reviewed by Paul and Patrick Gibbs
















Out of Four


The Ninjago Team is ready for action.
(Image Courtesy Warner Bros.)
We had never heard of Ninjago before seeing this film, and the exhaustive research involved in reading the Wikipedia entry on it was more effort than we felt like going to. Consequently, we weren't sure how well we'd be able to follow this latest installment in Warner Bros. attempt to make the Lego franchise as omnipresent as Marvel and DC. In turns out we didn't need to worry: if you've ever seen a Japanese children's show dubbed into English, or really any 30 minute toy commercial cartoon made since about 1978, you'll catch on very quickly to what The Lego Ninjago Movie is all about. And that's a good thing, because it's hard to think of a subgenre more ripe for parody.

Lloyd is disappointed by his Dad yet again.
Image Courtesy (Warner Bros.)
The story centers around six teenagers living in the far-away land of Ninjago, trained by an old ninja master named Wu (voiced by Jackie Chan), to become ninjas with awesome gadgetss, vehicles dragons , and they protect the capital city at night from monsters sent by the warold Lord Garmadon (voiced by Justin
Theroux, the guy who is referenced in all of those tabloid headlines that make you think "Wait? Jennifer Aniston with Justin Timberlake now?"). Meanwhile, Lloyd Garmadon (voice by Dave Franco), the group's Green Ninja and leader, struggles every day with being known as the son the diabolical fiend who threatens the city, combined with all of the other angst that comes with having an absentee father.

When Lloyd learns about "the ultimate weapon" from Master Wu, he wants to use it, but Wu warns him that he is not ready. But during a confrontation with Garmadon, Lloyd makes a rash decision, putting the entire city of Ninjago in mortal danger and losing the trust of his team. Wu must set out to find "The ULTIMATE Ultimate Weapon" in order to save the city, and but he agrees to let Lloyd and the team accompany him on the perilous quest.

Master Wu vs. Lord Garmadon.
(Image Courtesy Warner Bros.)
The story is quite formulaic and predictable, if a bit jumbled, but it's never really trying not to be. In fact if anything it's aiming at hitting all of the cliches of the teenage martial arts fantasy genre, and it pretty much gets them all, and the laughs come one after another, some of them very big ones indeed. The Lego movie universe is settling into being a sort of  kid friendly, modern "ZAZ" (Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker, the team behind Airplance! and The Naked Gun), and that makes for a fun but very superficial movie going experience. Where the original Lego Movie was a surprisingly deep and sly commentary that had genuine heart, the further we get into the spinoffs, the more it settles for formula, piling on the silliness and mayhem. This is the second entry this year, and if the goal is make this a Marvel style universe with a new Lego Fill In The Blank Movie every four to six months, it's likely to wear out it's welcome as we settle more and more into frenetic kiddie comedy that has less and less to do with the Lego world itself and is just more on a generic spoof world.

That's the worst case scenario, however, and The Lego Ninjago movie is still enough goofy fun on its own level to get a pass from us. The voice cast does good work, especially Chan (who somehow makes the word "green" absolutely hysterical), Theroux (who sounds a bit too much like Will Arnett but nails the comedic delivery so decisively that it doesn't matter) and Zach Woods as Zane, the White Ninja of Ice. Zane is a robot doing a very bad job of trying to blend in as an average teen, and this joke s probably far funnier than it should be ("If we were the Beatles, you would be John, you would be Paul, you would be George and I would be their computer."). Dave Franco and Olivia Munn are good as Lloyd and his mother, Koko, though they are saddled with what passes for dramatic moments in the movie and as such don't get to be the favorites, but the movie wouldn't work if they didn't work, and they deserve to get some credit.

The Lego Ninjgo Movie is really just a blip on the radar of Hollywood releases this year and is not anything that is likely to be remembered for long, but if you go into ready to have a good time and keep your expectations within reason, you will find yourself charmed by its silly antics, and there's just enough heart to make it all play. Where the franchise is headed and how long it can hold up remains to be seen, but for now, just have fun with it.


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KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
Starring Colin Firth, Taron Edgerton, Julianne Moore, Mark Strong, Halle Berry, Pedro Pascal, Channing Tatum, Michael Gambon, Elton John and Jeff Bridges 
Screenplay By Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn
Directed by Matthew Vaughn



Reviewed by Patrick  & Paul Gibbs














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2015's Kingsmen: The Secret Service was the kind of February release that defies the odds and really delivers. In fact, the low expectations that came with the release date are part of what made it feel like such a big deal. It was fresh and funny, and so full of dazzling action and enthusiastic performances that is was easy enough to forgive most of the shortcomings (the all too persistent bad taste factor that some sometimes really worked and sometimes just went too far, the self conscious running gag with Barack Obama that never worked . . . ) and it was a solid success with audiences and critics.

Galahad (Colin Firth) and Galahad (Taron Edgerton)
face off  against ruthless villains .
(Image Courtesy 20th Century Fox) 
But a movie that relies as heavily on the freshness factor as Kingsman or Guardians of the Galaxy  runs an inherent risk by making a sequel, because it's easy to lose that quality. But where Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 managed to succeed very well by delving deeper into the characters and by daring to be melancholy, Kingsman: The Golden Circle is the kind of Men in Black II style sequel that doesn't even try to feel original, banking on the hope that more of the same to an extreme is what people want. And in fairness, for some, that will be enough. But there was a marked difference between the responsiveness of the audience we watched this one with and the audiences when watching the first film, and free screenings tend to be where audiences go easiest on a film.

Eggsy (Taron Edgerton) goes for a leisurely drive.
(image Courtesy 20th Century Fox)
The new film opens with Eggsy (Taron Edgerton) having a dangerous run in with Charlie (Edward Holcroft), the fellow Kingsman in training whom he supposedly killed in the last film (this is a great sequence and gets the film off to a very promising start.). Eggsy then comes out on top, and goes back home to his girlfriend, Princess  Tilde (yes, that's right.  Despite spending and entire film building chemistry between Eggsy and and Roxy, they decided that the tacky ending joke was more important to follow up on.). Eggsy is preparing to meet Tilde's Royal parents for the first time, and is worried he won't measure up because he's just a street rat and she's a princess, so he asks the Genie to . . . sorry, wrong movie.

 Meanwhile, a powerful drug csarina named Poppy (Julianne Moore) is planning something big, and she doesn't want the dapper do-gooders getting in the way. Poppy spearheads an attack on the Kingsmen themselves, hitting them where it hurts. With the H.Q. destroyed, Eggsy and Merlin (Mark Strong) are left looking for answers. A clue leads them to Kentucky, where they meet their American counterpart agency, The Statesman, which operates under the guise of a liquor company. Agents Tequila (Channing Tatum), Whiskey (Pedro Pascal) Ginger Ale (Halle Berry) and Champagne (Jeff Bridges, doing his best impression of himself in every movie since True Grit and almost succeeding) agree to help their sister agency take down Poppy, whose scheme becomes darker and more deadly than anyone imagined. But luckily for our heroes, The Statesmen have a familiar friend with them.

Goodbye, Kingsman Tailors.
(Image Courtesy 20th Century Fox)
By far the biggest problem here is pacing, which is surprisingly slow and plodding, never establishing any sense of flow. When the action sequences come, most are solidly fun, but they largely feel like hyper kinetic rehashes of what we've seen before (do we really need to see the "Manners Maketh Man" scene a THIRD time?) But the complete lack of anything resembling a character arc for anyone is pretty pathetic, and there is an emotional investment of zero. The story just kind of awkwardly muddles its way along until it is over, with no surprises along the way (aside from the bad taste factor, which shouldn't be a surprise, but there is one moment involving planting a tracking device that was beyond awful.).

The talented cast does a good job, especially Mark Strong as Merlin, who is so good that he the movie is elevated whenever he is on screen. Pedro Pascal throws himself into his role with gusto, and the wonderful Julianne Moore tries to sell us on the belief that Poppy is as amusing a character as Vaughn and co-screenwriter Jane Goldman clearly and smugly seem to think she is. Berry and especially Tatum are largely wasted, and whether it's the script or lack of motivation, Edgerton and Firth are kind of just there, unable to quite recapture the terrific chemistry they had the first time around. That's not to say that they are bad, but it feels like a job this time around, not an enthusiastic labor of love. Elton John has some good moments playing himself, kidnapped by Poppy and forced to play for her, and the punchline to his presence in the film is eye rolling and tacky but clever and well done enough to hit the mark.

The story features a subtext about the war on drugs, and the way addicts have always been treated as criminals rather than victims, and it's a really promising idea but a bit too on the nose (it's actually hard to call it a subtext when it is so devoid of any subtlety.). There was the chance to delve into some complex and interesting issues and character motivations here, but the easiest and most superficial road is always chosen. And that in a nutshell it's what's wrong with this movie: no chances are taken. This is strictly an attempt to establish a bankable franchise, nothing more, playing it so safe that it actually becomes dangerously dull. It's almost akin to a Pirates of the Caribbean sequel, hoping to ride on the coattails of how memorable the first installment so special while sacrificing everything that made it so. But again, the comparison to Men in Black II and yes, even Wild Wild West seems perhaps the most apt. Now, Men in Black II actually improved on repeat viewing, but if this one does, you'll have to let us know. This is not a terrible film, and it's certainly not going to make our worst of the year list, it's just an extremely mediocre one that felt like a waste of our time.

Die hard fans who are easily satisfied by F-bomb and harsh cartoon violence may still eat this up, but even they are likely to feel that something is missing. We can only hope that Vaughn focuses his talents on worthier and more ambitious projects in the future.    


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Thursday, 21 September 2017


Last year you may remember a giant AT-AT appearing in a back garden, well this year a ¾ size X-Wing fighter is set to ‘crash land’ in an Essex shopping centre.

The design force is with Dave Taylor from Westcliff-on-Sea who is recreating the iconic Star Wars spaceship 40 years  after its first appearance in the original Star Wars (I know, Episode IV: A New Hope, but to people of a certain age it’s still just plain old Star Wars).

And he’s creating it one bit at a time and the constructing it like a huge 3D jigsaw the day before it is unveiled on Saturday 30 September at the Victoria Shopping Centre in Southend-on-Sea.

Southend is no stranger to Sci-Fi, its famous for featuring in the opening chapter of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a pier which Luke Skywalker himself (Mark Hamill) paid a visit to a few weeks back as part of Jamie Oliver’s latest TV show. 

Dave’s creation, complete with awesome 30 foot wing span, is even more astounding as he’s creating in a small workshop.

Rear of the X-Wing showcasing the thrust engines
Dave is a huge Star Wars fan and like most of us he has spaceships and figures in the loft, being well-played with like most of us they are also minus boxes and the cards they came on. He said: “I’ve still got my vehicles and bigger items such as Jabba’s Palace, an X-Wing fighter and the Millennium Falcon. Alas, figures wise I’d bagged figures up in one bag and guns and capes in another. When my mum and dad moved only the figures bag came with them.”

He flogged the figures to a toy shop as the owner had a box of guns he could match them up with; it was probably Dave’s original bag of guns!

One of the fondest memories of Dave growing up was him standing for hours in line to watch Return of the Jedi (1983) at the State cinema in Grays – famous to film fans worldwide as the cinema that Roger Rabbit and Bob Hoskins sit in – fourth row from the front, which practically made him feel as if he was dangling in that sarlacc pit or swinging through the trees with the Ewoks. And Southend just so happens to be home to Ewok Medicine Man, Logray, aka actor Mike Edmonds. 


With the recent visit of a genuine Jedi Master to Southend, the 40th anniversary of the release of Star Wars and the year of the release of The Last Jedi, there really isn’t a better excuse to build a giant X-Wing fighter.

I was lucky enough to pay a visit to Dave’s workshop to find out not just how construction was going but how you end up with the gig of creating one of cinema’s most iconic spaceships.

Excitement followed by a huge grin. That’s what’s been greeting Dave when he’s told people what he is building. And I think he’s in part building it for his 8 year old self that went to see Return of the Jedi. But how do you approach such an ambitious project?

Head on appears to be the answer, Dave’s done some diagrams of it in situ at the shopping centre but admits much of the plans are in his head, shame he isn’t an R2 unit that can just project them then.

Star Stores - Dave's sketch of crashed X-Wing in shopping centre
And he freely admits that it is possibly the most ambitious project he has ever taken on. He said: “I don’t often tackle single pieces this large. I’ve made large sets but a single prop or sculpture this size.”

Size clearly matters with this intergalactic installation but Dave can often be found working on much smaller projects in the Warhammer universe.
He added: “I think that is one of my strengths as an artist, I can go from something very tiny to very large and it doesn’t faze me. In fact they both present very different challenges.

Aren't you a little bit short to be an X-Wing - Dave studies his model
“Small is easier, you  look very closely at it but on a very large object you stand back to look at it and all the little things you are concerned about kind of disappear, it’s all about the bigger picture when you are stood 10 feet away from it. I like switching from one to the other.”    
         
Of course many of those people standing back and looking at Dave’s huge project will be Star Wars fans, so they will be sure to be looking for attention to detail.  
This may be the first thing he has worked on from the Star Wars universe but he’s had experience of another huge franchise, Lord of the Rings, creating intricate 3D maps of Middle Earth and sculptures of masks, orcs and goblins. Both have huge fan bases, appeal to huge age ranges and the fans are huge sticklers for detail. As a fan himself, he is confident he can deliver the necessary wow factor.
That’s a 30 foot wing span wow factor, of course. Not bad going for a three week build from scratch in a 15 foot by 15 foot studio. That’s no Jedi mind trick I played on you there, I did say creating an X-Wing in a 15 foot by 15 foot studio.

No need for levitating it the finished ship like Luke did in the swamps of the Dagobah system in Empire though as it is going to be built one bit at a time, like a giant jigsaw meets Art Attack!

Dave said: “I’m confident in meeting people’s expectations; it’s still going to be pretty big. The engine intakes are just a smallish part of the component engine and they are still 3 feet across and 12 feet long and there four of them. The client wanted something big, to make a big impact. A Star Wars statement and that is what I think people will get.”

Aren't you a little bit short to be an X-Wing - Dave studies his model
engine intakes

To make that section he cut semi-circles from Orientated Strand Board (OSB), over which hardboard was glued and nailed to get a half-cylinder. The intake sections were then fixed to these.

He added: “Making the X-Wing is simply a matter of breaking the form down into a series of geometric shapes which can then be assembled.”

A tower of four thrust engine pieces
Dave trained as a fine art sculptor at university, heading to art school in Loughborough and wanting to work in film. When he was 17 he actually rang up Jim Henson’s Creature Workshop as a young student.

He said: “I just picked up the phone. I basically said I wanted to work for them when I was older, what do I do? At the time thought I was going to have to go and do a model making but they said a lot of people they work with are trained sculptors, so I went and did a degree in that on the basis of my phonecall to the Jim Henson Creature Workshop. That was my decision making process for my entire future.”

engine intakes model
If you can’t take advice from the people that created Yoda then who can you take advice off?

After teaching degree students for several year he’s now quite literally carving, mould making, vesting, wood working and welding out a niche for himself as a self-employed prop maker.

And in a film world that’s gone from model making to CGI and back to physical sets, The Force Awakens being a case in point, Dave is pleased to see a return to the old school.

He said: “There’s always a place for the physical, when a human being has to interact with something there is nothing like a physical effect.”

But what about his very own physical effect, what’s going to happen to that post event? It’s got to be able to be broken down, so it can go anywhere so is relatively easy to transport. This time though Dave won’t be putting the guns in a separate bag.

Next time: we see how Dave’s ¾ size X-Wing fighter is taking shape

Dean Newman is Chief Writer at The Daily Jaws, writes his own film blog, Admit One, and previously wrote for Syfy. He’s always been a huge film and Spielberg fan, keen soundtrack and movie poster collector and is a budding script writer.



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An announcement from Amblin Partners on Tuesday revealed that Amblin Chairman, Steven Spielberg will also handle the CEO role after Chief Executive, Michael Write is to step down.  This will hand the CEO position to Steven Spielberg.

The press release explains that Write will still be on board for two more upcoming films.  Jeff Small will remain as president and co-CEO with Spielberg.  Spielberg gave this statement on the exiting Write:

“I have always enjoyed working with Michael and the unique creative collaboration we’ve shared going back to his days at Turner Broadcasting,” Spielberg said in a release that Amblin just issued. “I am very pleased to continue our relationship and that he is joining our upcoming projects, “The Talisman” and “The Wand,” as an executive producer. I also want to express my gratitude to Michael for helping us launch our company and creating a strong foundation to build on in the future.”


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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

industrial light & magic, deepwater horizon

A taste of the Oscar Nominated Visual Effects work behind the destruction of the oil rig in the film Deepwater Horizon.



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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Mythos Obi-Wan Figure

At San Diego Comic Con, Lucasfilm announced an all-new Mythos Obi-Wan Kenobi Figure by Sideshow, which has been warmly received by collectors, reviewers, and press alike.
 
Depicting Ben Kenobi as a solitary nomad wandering the desert wastes of Tatooine, this incredibly detailed and fully poseable sixth scale figure envisions the Jedi master at a point in his life prior to the events in Star Wars: A New Hope, following Revenge of the Sith

The Mythos Obi-Wan Kenobi figure features a wealth of accessories and subtle details hinting at his action-packed life as a Jedi Knight, from lightsabers to relics of war. Simply overflowing with nods to iconic moments from across Star Wars lore, this is a figure made by fans, for fans.
 
This week, starwars.com revealed an up-close look at Obi-Wan Kenobi Mythos with an exclusive first look at five new images of the figure.  Now, we're happy to unveil the full photo gallery - showing all of the details that make him so unique!


"We had this unique opportunity, working with Lucasfilm to create a whole new moment in Obi-Wan’s life. There’s a huge responsibility there for us as artists, but also as fellow fans" - Kevin Ellis, Sideshow Project Manager


Fans, collectors & press will be able to see this figure first-hand at New York Comic Con next month (October 5-8 2017). Visit Sideshow at booth #1912.
 
Find out more about Sideshow at:
www.sideshow.com
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Mythos Obi-Wan Figure


Mythos Obi-Wan Figure

Mythos Obi-Wan Figure

Mythos Obi-Wan Figure


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po-zu resistance sneaker

The latest in the co-branded Star Wars Po-Zu limited edition footwear range has been announced by Po-Zu today. Joining the women’s Silver Linen RESISTANCE High Top, a Limited-Edition High Top Bronze Leather RESISTANCE Sneaker for men available to pre-order today.

Star Wars fans and sneaker collectors now have the opportunity to order 1 of the 1,000 limited production run, each pair stamped with a unique number on the tongue’s lining.

Handcrafted in Portugal, these limited-edition Sneakers are made from chrome-free leather, and feature a raised-embossed official Rebel Alliance logo, cushioned tongue, quilted rear panel, removable memory foam Foot-Mattress™ (allows orthotics placement), and a high-performance grip natural latex sole.
Retailing at £185 and available to pre-order exclusively online at www.po-zu.com, the limited-edition sneakers will be available to ship at the end of November ahead of the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi this December and in time for Christmas.

The current RESISTANCE range consists of highly wearable organic cotton high-top sneakers for women, men and kids alongside the editions inspired by the main characters in the film such as Rey, Poe, Finn, Chewbacca, BB-8 and stormtroopers.

Fans of the range will be able to view the full collection at the Museum of Brands for London Design Festival from 1st September – 12th November.


po-zu resistance sneaker

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Monday, 18 September 2017

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Indiana Jones’ bullwhip and Scarface painting are amongst 600 lots of movie memorabilia in upcoming London auction on Tuesday 26th September 2017
  • Harrison Ford’s bullwhip from Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award-winning adventure sequel Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is estimated to sell for between £50,000 – 70,000
  • This iconic piece of film history will be sold alongside props and costumes from some of cinema’s most legendary movies including James Bond and Scarface, with the hand-painted Tony Montana portrait estimated at £30,000 – 50,000
  • Prop Store’s Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction will feature a collection of film memorabilia worth over £2-3 million
  • A free public preview exhibition presenting over 300 auction lots is now open until Tuesday 26th September at the BFI IMAX in Waterloo, London
Stephen Lane, Prop Store CEO, commented on the upcoming auction – “Indiana Jones is without a doubt one of the biggest movie legends of all time, and we’re very excited to be featuring his bullwhip from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in our upcoming live auction. In addition to Indy’s whip, we’ve got a whole host of iconic props and costumes including a painting of Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer from Scarface which is complete with bullet holes! These great items and hundreds more will go under the hammer at Prop Store’s Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction on 26th September 2017 at London’s BFI IMAX proudly presented by ODEON.”
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The Prop Store Live Auction will feature props and costumes from cinema classics including:
  • James Bond's (Roger Moore) Royal Navy Cap from The Spy Who Loved Me. Estimate £5k – 7k
  • Tony Montana's (Al Pacino) Green Card from Scarface. Estimate £10k – 15k
  • Superman's (Christopher Reeve) Flying Tunic from Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. Estimate £8k – 10k
  • Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell's (Tom Cruise) Flight Suit from Top Gun. Estimate £20k – 30k
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The auction will be live-streamed online for fans to track the bidding on auction day. A free preview exhibition will be open to the public in the run up to the auction showcasing over 300 lots from the upcoming auction. Movie fans and collectors alike will be able to see these incredible pieces of movie history up-close.
Registration and bidding is now open. Bids can be placed online at www.propstore.com/liveauction, over the phone or in person.   
The free exhibition is now open to the public at the BFI IMAX, Waterloo, London, England SE1 8XR from 10:00am to 9:30pm, until Tuesday 26th September 2017. Prop Store’s Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction, in partnership with the BFI IMAX proudly presented by ODEON, will also take place at the BFI IMAX Waterloo on Tuesday 26th September from 12:00pm.

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Sunday, 17 September 2017

STORMS OF CRAIT #1

A new adventure for Luke and Leia begins this December
                                                                                                              
Marvel’s STAR WARS comics have pulled back the curtain on fan favorite Captain Phasma, introduced the world to rogue archeologist Doctor Aphra, and crafted stories that have enthralled fans across the galaxy. This December, even more secrets will be revealed when Marvel releases STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – STORMS OF CRAIT #1. Written by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker (Star Wars: Join The Resistance) with art by Mike Mayhew (Star Wars, The Star Wars), the new mini-series gives fans a look behind the curtain at one very special planet in the galaxy: the mineral planet Crait.

In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it becomes a battleground between the Resistance and the First Order,  but that wasn’t the first time Crait became a place where heroes and villains clashed in their fight for the galaxy. Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa once took up arms on Crait and led the rebellion as they as they searched for a new home – and a new base for the Rebel Alliance. Tying in to the eagerly anticipated December film, STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – STORMS OF CRAIT promises to be a new and exciting adventure for all Star Wars fans – and a story that will change the galaxy as we know it.

“We’re excited for the opportunity to tell this story,” said editor Jordan D. White, “Tying the new sequel series in more tightly with the original trilogy era, and helping make the Galaxy Far Away a little more fleshed out. The Bens are a great fit in for Star Wars, as they showed in Join the Resistance, and Mike has did such great work on both covers and the Obi-Wan issues of the flagship Star Wars title, that we couldn’t be happier to have him back doing art for us.”

Find out what mysteries Crait holds for yourself when STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – STORMS OF CRAIT hits comic shops on December 27th!


STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – STORMS OF CRAIT #1
Written by BEN ACKER & BEN BLACKER
Art by MIKE MAYHEW
Cover by MARCO CHECCHETTO




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Saturday, 16 September 2017

john williams competition

Any John Williams fan will tell you that one of the hardest questions they can be asked is "which one piece from John Williams is your absolute favourite?"  It's such a difficult question to answer, mainly because of course the maestro has written so many wonderful and memorable masterpieces.

However if we tweak the question slightly and ask "name one of your favourite pieces from John Williams?" then that's not so bad as its not asking for your all time favourite and that's exactly what we're going to ask you here on The Bearded Trio.  We want to know some of your favourite John Williams tracks.

The best answer will win a copy of the two CD "John Williams Soundtracks" performed by the The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.  The two disc compilation features some of John Williams' classics such as E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Jurassic Park but it also features some not so well known pieces such as JFK, The Poseidon Adventure and Presumed Innocent.  Here's the track listings from the two discs:

Disc: 1
  1. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial: Adventures On Earth
  2. Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: Suite
  3. Raiders Of The Lost Ark: March
  4. Jurassic Park: Main Themes
  5. Superman: Main Theme
  6. Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone: Hedwig's Theme
  7. Schindler's List: Main Theme
  8. Star Wars - Episode IV: A New Hope - Main Themes
  9. Star Wars - Episode V: The Imperial March
  10. JAWS: Main Theme
  11. Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom: Mine Car Chase
  12. Empire Of The Sun: Exsultate Justi
  13. Saving Private Ryan: Hymn To The Fallen
  14. The Towering Inferno: Main Titles

Disc: 2
  1. JFK: Arlington / End Titles
  2. The Witches Of Eastwick: Dance Of The Witches
  3. The Sugarland Express: Main Theme
  4. Hook: Main Themes
  5. Catch Me If You Can: Theme
  6. A.I. Artificial Intelligence: Where Dreams Are Born
  7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Fawkes the Phoenix
  8. Star Wars - Episode I: The Phantom Menace - Anakin's Theme
  9. Minority Report
  10. Amistad: Dry Your Tears, Afrika
  11. The Poseidon Adventure: Prelude
  12. Born On The Fourth Of July: End Credits
  13. Presumed Innocent: End Titles
  14. Dracula: Main Titles & Storm

So to be in with a chance of winning this awesome soundtrack collection just:

Tell us one of your favourite John Williams pieces and why.  

Post your answers either below, on our Facebook page or Twitter page.  You can enter as many times as you like but each entry has to be a different answer.

Closing date is Sunday 24th September, 4pm GMT.  The competition is open worldwide.  We will select the best answer and will contact the winner for a postal address so we can get the CD in the post within the week.  We cannot substitute the prize or be responsible for loss in the post.

Good luck.

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