Saturday, 25 April 2015


Steven not only presented the Animaniacs cartoonshow, sometimes he even played a bit part.
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In one of the earlier episodes (Hooked on a Ceiling), famous painter Michelangelo has received orders to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, but he is without inspiration. With a deadline coming nearer and nearer he accepts the assistence of The Warner Brothers (and Sister), to finish the job, before the holy father himself comes to inspect the paintjob.




The Warners erase Michelangelo's work and add a new painting, featuring Elliot and a famous extra terrestrial, justb minutes before his holyness arrives, and he turns out to be:


Voiced by Frank Welker, Spielberg gladly gives his blessing to the painting, done by Michelangelo and the Warners.

So all's well, that ends well.

Ronny.
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Man of Steel was a bad movie.  Over-long fight scenes, bad script and lacking the iconic John Williams soundtrack.  But another thing missing was the colour.  It was toned down, probably to look darker like the other DC movies, Batman.

What if Man of Steel was in colour?  Well it would look so much better.  There is a trend these days especially with superhero movies to desaturate the colours and to tone back the costumes.  DC seems to be guilty of this more than Marvel but both do it.

Take a look at this interesting video and see how leaving the colours alone actually make the movie better on the eye.  Guardians of the Galaxy is a good example of this.  A beautiful movie and stunning to watch.  Compare that to Man of Steel which has been tempted to go towards the awful 'dark and gritty' look.  Bring back the colours.  Lets hope Batman Vs Superman is prettier.



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The Force Awakens Trailer sheet music

Posted on the photo sharing website, Imgur a few days ago by PensWithBenefits.  This is the sheet music to the second movie trailer of The Force Awakens which hits cinemas on December 18th.  The trailer used some famous cues from the soundtracks of Star Wars composed by John Williams who of course is doing the soundtrack to The Force Awakens.

The Force Awakens Trailer sheet music

The Force Awakens Trailer sheet music


The Force Awakens Trailer sheet music
Notice the narration at the top of the page.


The Force Awakens Trailer sheet music

The Force Awakens Trailer sheet music

The Force Awakens Trailer sheet music

Watch the trailer here.




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lucas spielberg lamp

Looking through Reddit I found this one post by BenRiddlebarger who has produced this amazing and rather impressive custom lamp.  It's called 'Lucas Vs Spielberg' and has Obi-Wan Kenobi battling a great white shark.  Also thrown in for good measure is the Millennium Falcon all in a shiny gold colour.  What do you think?

lucas spielberg lamp

lucas spielberg lamp

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Photo Of The Day - Kenny Baker, Mark Hamill And Irvin Kershner On The Set Of Empire Strikes Back

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CBS has just released a teaser for the upcoming third season of Under the Dome. It features all our favorite returning characters, plus gives us a look at new guest star Marg Helgenberger. See what's been happening in Chester's Mill in the video below:


Stay up to date with the show at CBS.com

Under the Dome returns this summer with a two-hour season premiere on Thursday, June 25 at 9/8c.

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Chris Pratt, star of the upcoming film Jurassic World, participated in a Reddit AMA today. He touched on a few different topics ranging from his role as Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy, Parks & Recreation - and that aforementioned dinosaur movie - to his advice for aspiring actors and his relationship with his wife, actress Anna Faris.

Here are some of the highlights, presented in no particular order.
(All questions paraphrased)

What about that behind-the-scenes video from Parks & Recreation wherein you joke about being in the next Jurassic Park movie? Did you think it would actually happen? 

Thank you. I never believed I would work with Steven Spielberg on a Jurassic Park sequel. It was a joke at the time both literally and figuratively. It's been a dream to get to play these roles and work on the projects that I have.

Does Jurassic World capture the gritty feel of the previous novels?

Movies have a hard time of capturing the grittiness of a novel. Whereas novels have a hard time being done in an hour and a half. This is not a reboot. It plays as a sequel 21 years after the events of the first movie. And it deals with society's relationship with science and how much it has changed over the past couple decades. We are no longer impressed by magical and wonderful things. Imagine if dinosaurs were back, and had been around for 21 years, would anyone think they're cool anymore?

Favorite dinosaur?

Not just saying this but probably the velociraptor. They are pack hunters and super cool. But also I love the Mosasaur. That's the water dinosaur thing from the trailer that is SO F****** BADA$$! Funny story, before I got Jurassic Park I gave James Gunn a wrap gift of an authentic Mosasaur Jawbone Fossil. So basically I can control the future.

Looking forward to Jurassic World! Any advice for someone who wants to be an actor?

Hey buddy, thanks! Advice for being an actor is this: figure out whether or not you believe in yourself, and if you don't, find a way to. Because even more than you want it, you must believe it. And learn about yourself. The rhythm of one's spirit is just as important as what you look like or what you sound like. Who are you? What's your voice? What are you dying to contribute?

How did you meet your wife, Anna Faris? What drew you two together?

Anna and I are meant to be together. Our relationship has made me believe in divine intervention and destiny, just as much as my crazy career and the way I fell into this life. She and I grew up 20 minutes away from each other but never met until we met in LA. We both got our start in horror spoofs. We both did an animated movie for Phil Lord and Chris Miller. We both made our careers playing guileless nitwits for laughs. We both have parents that have suffered with MS. The similarities go on and on. Anna is a great wife. Very patient and understanding. Very supportive. So kind and genuine always. And she gave me a wonderful son and family of in laws that I truly love.

(cue the "awwwwwws....")

What's the best way to convince friends to see Jurassic World?

Tell them they don't want to be the only people on the planet not to see this movie!!!


Jurassic World opens in theaters June 12.


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Friday, 24 April 2015

Djimon Hounsou with Steven Spielberg 
at the première of  What Lies Beneath

Djimon Hounsou was born on this day, April 24, 1964, in Contou, Benin in West Africa. He moved to France, at the age of 13 and became a successful model on various catwalks, until he was discovered by Steven Spielberg, when he needed an unknown face for the main character of Cinque in his drama Amistad in 1997.



Since that year Djimon Hounsou has worked on various Spielberg-related (Amblin or DreamWorks) projects, starting with the recurring part of Mobalage Ikabo in ER in 1999,


followed by the part of Juba in Ridley Scott's Gladiator,

Russel Crowe and Djimon Hounsou

Tough Guy Motherland, in the actioner Biker Boyz,


Co-star to Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson in Michael Bay's The Island,

Djimon Hounsou and Ewan McGregor


And voice of Drago in DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon 2.

Tootless and Djimon Hounsou


For all you actioners: he can, at this moment, be seen in Furious 7.




Happy 51th, Djimon !

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Steven Spielberg not only likes to play videogames, he sometimes creates them too.
The hugely succesfull Medal of Honor series has been based on ideas by Steven.
But in 2008 he helped launch a totally different videogame: Boom Blox.
Below the video created back then...


Ronny.

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Thursday, 23 April 2015


Boba Fett finally gets his own film (even if it's only a fan-made one).

Made by Oliver Thompson.

Ronny.

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avengers: age of ultron review

Spoiler Free Review of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Avengers: Age of Ultron is the second movie featuring The Avengers team and it has a huge task of living up to the success and hype of the first offering from 2012.  Age of Ultron sees the return of Iron Man, (Robert Downey Jr) Black Widow, (Scarlett Johansson) Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor, (Chris Hemsworth), Hawkeye, (Jeremy Renner) and The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo.)  This time they go up against what was supposed to be a peace keeping program by Tony Stark but ultimately and inevitably goes wrong and Ultron (our bad guy) is born.  He seems hell bent on wiping out mankind and to do that he unleashes his AI army and even uses an entire city as a weapon.  You'll never guess how.

quicksilver and scarlet witchAlso showing up in the movie are two new characters, Scarlet Witch played by Elizabeth Olsen and Quicksilver, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson.  The cast of heroes doesn't actually stop there but I'll leave that for your viewing pleasure.  But with this bloated cast of heroes, is it a matter of too many cooks?  Well thankfully no it isn't.  Each hero has their part in the story and seem to have an important role.  Joss Whedon has been very clever in making each person or hero important to the story in some way.  Yes, even Hawkeye with his limited 'power' has a major role.

Joss Whedon (director and writer) said of Age of Ultron, "It's smaller, more personal, more painful. It's the next thing that should happen to these characters, and not just a rehash of what worked the first time. A theme that is completely fresh and organic to itself."  That's exactly what he's done.  It's certainly not a rehash of the first film but smaller?  It doesn't seem that way.  It's definitely more personal as we find out more about the likes of Hawkeye which was glaringly missing from the first Avengers film.  The script is well written and in particular the banter between our heroes have some real laugh out loud moments, especially Thor with his hammer and Captain America with his 'language' line.

Does it live up to the hype and match the first one?  Yes and no.  Yes it lives up to the hype but no it doesn't match the first one.  I think it's better.  From the opening scene, Age of Ultron gives you no chance to settle.  We are thrust into a battle between Hydra and our Avengers team.  In fact the whole movie moves fast with just the odd scene to gather our thoughts and catch our breath.  It reminds me of a George Lucas paced movie, 'faster and more intense.'  Each set piece seems to be bigger than the last and with James Spader playing a fantastic and at times funny part as Ultron we are led to an end scene which is grander than any scene from a Marvel movie so far.  As mentioned previously, the use of a city at the end of the movie will take you by surprise and the way Ultron plans on using that city is something I can safely say I've never seen before.  Plenty of destruction is ensured.

avengers: age of ultron reviewThe film runs for 142 minutes and is just the right length.  It doesn't out stay its welcome and left me looking forward to the next instalment in the Marvel universe.  Look out for a role from Star Wars The Force Awaken's, Andy Serkis in a rare role without the need of motion capture.

A heads up on the traditional 'will there be anything at the end of the credits' which is associated with Marvel movies.  You get the 'teaser end bit' straight after the run through of the cast in the credits so there's no need to stay until the very end.  Believe me those credits are long.

Finally I couldn't write this review without mentioning the outstanding special effects from the ever reliable Industrial Light & Magic.  All the effects were top quality as you would expect and this is more important, easy on the eye which a lot of CGI heavy movies these days don't seem to be.

Avengers Age of Ultron certainly delivers in all departments and has instantly become one of my favourites in the Marvel superhero movie stakes.  More please.

Avengers:  Age of Ultron - 5 out of 5


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