Wednesday, 1 March 2017

star wars in numbers video

If you love Star Wars, stats and in particular numbers then you are going to love this fun video from the clever folks at Filmumentary.  It's full of stats in just two minutes.  For example, how much screen time did Darth Vader have?  How much did Kenny Baker earn for his role as R2D2?  Well the answers are all here and more.  It really does pack a stat punch in just two minutes.

Here's the movie notes along with the video to watch:

Helped by my VFX buddy Neil Wallis, based in Australia, we’ve put this video together about lots of the interesting numerical facts associated with Star Wars. We hope you enjoy it!



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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Star Wars Rebels secret cargo

The Bearded Trio are pleased to bring you a new video and a whole bunch of images for "Secret Cargo" – the next episode of Star Wars Rebels which airs on March 4th at 8:30 p.m. ET on Disney XD!

Reprising her role as Mon Mothma in "Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith" and "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," Genevieve O'Reilly will return as one of the most important founding  members of the Rebel Alliance in the next episode of "Star Wars Rebels."

When a routine refueling mission goes awry, the Ghost crew find themselves transporting Mon Mothma (Genevieve O'Reilly) across the galaxy in an all new episode of "Star Wars Rebels" this SATURDAY, MARCH 4 (8:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD.



Star Wars Rebels secret cargo


Star Wars Rebels secret cargo

Star Wars Rebels secret cargo



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telltale game the walking dead a new frontier

Series Continues with Episode 3: 'Above the Law' Arriving in March
Leading publisher of digital entertainment Telltale Games and Robert Kirkman's Skybound Entertainment, announced today that the critically acclaimed The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series - A New Frontier is now available on a special season pass disc at retail.

Beginning today at North American retailers, and March 3rd at European retailers, The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series - A New Frontier is available for purchase on a special Season Pass Disc for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. The season pass disc includes the critically acclaimed two-part premiere episodes, and grants access to all subsequent episodes in the five episode season for download as they become available.

The two-part premiere of The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series - A New Frontier launched to widespread critical acclaim. In their review of the premiere, IGN.com said that, "Smart characterization and writing for Javi and his family, plus the return of Clementine, add weight to a largely unfamiliar but already engaging new frontier that I can't wait to continue to explore," adding that its "uncharted territory feels familiar and, excitingly, fresh." GamesRadar said that A New Frontier, "demonstrates the resonant power of interactive storytelling," and that it, "finds the right balance between rewarding longtime players who've shaped their own version of the story and welcoming those who might be hopping aboard this grim adventure for the first time." Game Informer said the two-part premiere has, "shocking deaths, intense betrayals, and split-second decisions to second-guess," claiming that "Everything leads up to a hell of a cliffhanger, making me intrigued to see what happens next."

telltale game the walking dead a new frontierThe series is set to continue with the much-anticipated Episode 3: 'Above the Law' debuting later in March. Look for more details on the episode in the coming weeks.

When family is all you have left... how far will you go to protect it? Years after society was ripped apart by undead hands, pockets of civilization emerge from the chaos. But at what cost? Can the living be trusted on this new frontier? As Javier, a young man determined to protect his family, you meet a young girl who has experienced her own unimaginable loss. Her name is Clementine, and your fates are bound together in a story where every choice you make could be your last.

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier acts as both a new beginning for players fresh to the series and unfamiliar with Clementine, as well as a continuation for players who have experienced Seasons One and Two. Players new to the series are able to start a story that is tailored to this new beginning. Players continuing onward from prior seasons have multiple options for quickly configuring their tailored backstory, or importing past save files from various platforms.

The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series - A New Frontier Episode One: 'Ties That Bind' Part I is rated 'M' (Mature) for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, and Use of Drugs by the ESRB. Episode Two: 'Ties That Bind' Part II is rated 'M' (Mature) for Violence, Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, and Strong Language by the ESRB. Future content in the season is yet to be rated.

To date, The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series has sold more than 50 million episodes worldwide, earning more than 100 Game of the Year awards from outlets including Metacritic, USA Today, Wired, Spike TV VGAs, Yahoo!, The Telegraph, Mashable, Polygon, Destructoid and GamesRadar, and was also the recipient of two BAFTA Video Games Awards for Best Story and Best Mobile Game.

The Walking Dead is set in the world of Robert Kirkman's award-winning comic book series and offers an emotionally-charged, tailored game experience where a player's actions and choices affect how their story plays out across the entire series.

For more information on the game, visit the official website, Facebook, and follow Telltale Games on Twitter. For more information on The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman, and all of his titles, visit www.Skybound.com and www.TheWalkingDead.com.






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Monday, 27 February 2017

bryce dallas howard jurassic world 2

Star of Jurassic World, Bryce Dallas Howard tweeted this picture and confirmation that production on the sequel is now underway.  The photo was taken on set from Slough, England.

The movie is set to be released June 22nd 2018.  Last week we reported a new addition to the cast, James Cromwell.  Other cast members include Chris Pratt, B.D. Wong, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, Daniella Pineda and Ted Levine.


On day two Howard tweeted a photo of...a plug.  No, actually two plugs.





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Sunday, 26 February 2017


Continuing our directors special, I talk about Steven Spielberg's E.T. The Extra Terrestrial on the latest Ausfans Radio podcast. Alan R. Ryan and myself have a blast as we discuss the 1982 classic, reveal some trivia and confess to owning a copy of the movie back in '82. You can listen to the show by clicking on this friendly link. Have a listen and let us know what you think. Are you ready for TWO HOURS of Ausfans Radio Weekly? Well here we go, with Ausfans for this week as Alan R. Ryan is giving you a double dose of fandom here today. Joining him is Rob Wainfur of The Bearded Trio to chat about his love of Steven Spielberg's ET The Extraterrestrial, and Davis Grayson of Fandom Podcast Network joins Alan to talk about G.I. Joe and much more. With all the usual humour, and funny trivia games, get set for your place for geek news, reviews and rumours. Recorded LIVE from Quinlan's Cantina on the Gold Coast of Australia. Your home for news reviews and rumours from all ends of the geek universe, hosted by Alan R. Ryan, and guests weekly, you can find the cast on: iTunes, Podbean, Stitcher and where all good podcasts can be found. Facebook: facebook.com/ausfansradionetwork Twitter: twitter.com/arryan_writer Instagram: instagram.com/ausfans_radio_network
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Bill Paxton

Sad news as we learn Bill Paxton has passed away at the age of 61.  Paxton was best known for his roles in Aliens, Titanic, Apollo 13 and Twister to name a few.  TMZ reported the news on Saturday.

His family said: "It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery."

The statement added: "Bill's passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable."

Another talent leaves us.  Our thoughts are with his family and friends during these difficult times.



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Saturday, 25 February 2017

rogue one ilm video

A taste of the Oscar Nominated Visual Effects work behind the destruction of Jedha and the battle on the beaches of Scarif in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.



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Friday, 24 February 2017


Having been a long time Star Wars fan, I sometimes take it for granted that when there is a new movie, comic series, novel or television series, I will be at least somewhat familiar with the setting, timeline, and possibly some recurring characters. Generally the overall story won’t be something I’m completely new to, because even when something new does come out, chances are that particular part of the timeline had been previously explored in the Legends books/comics—so even if something isn’t canon anymore, I will be comfortable with the state of galaxy at that time.

When Lucasfilm announced that they had decided to branch off of the episodic films and make a standalone, I didn’t feel the confusion that a lot of the more casual fans did. To be honest, I was confused as to why they were confused. The first time I experienced a casual fans confusion was at my work right before Rogue One’s release, when a guy approached me all confused by the fact that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story wasn’t Episode VIII, and the realization that Rey wasn’t going to be in this one gave him pause at seeing Rogue One. I couldn’t for the life of me, understand why this was confusing. Rogue One was being promoted as the movie where the Death Star plans are stolen for at least a couple years. I mean doesn’t everyone listen to a dozen Star Wars podcasts, watch The Star Wars Show religiously every Wednesday, and read the Star Wars Insider like it’s the Bible? I come to find out, amazingly enough most people don’t do these things. Strange.


Getting back to the actual “story” part of Rogue One, I went to see Rogue One back on January 2nd for my fourth time with family. My sister’s friend has never seen any Star Wars movies, and had no idea what to expect. But it’s a standalone right? What’s to know? After the movie was over, and I’m done wiping my eyes, I asked her what she thought of it. She replies, “Eh, I don’t know any of the backstory so…” My internal voice heard a different language. Something like Latin mixed with Khmer and Zulu. Huh? You shouldn’t have to know any of the backstory! Right? Right?

This all lead me here. Lucky you. I couldn’t help but think, maybe these Star Wars “stories” are meant for us uberfans more than the regular Jack and Diane living in the heartland. Maybe these Star Wars stories are more alienating than I originally thought. What an interesting thought. Will making these kinds of “standalones” that aren’t really “standalones” hurt Lucasfilm? Of course there are enough of us uberfans out there to offset any turned off by the unfamiliarity, but it would be unfortunate if that were to happen. I love it when new fans are brought in and then motivated to watch the rest. Like last year for example, when my other sister saw The Force Awakens. She is by no means a fan of Star Wars at all, but she enjoyed The Force Awakens enough to want to borrow my Blu-ray versions, and watch the original trilogy; and even check out parts of Episode I and III.

To wrap it up, from my point-of-view, I feel pretty confident when and where each event in Star Wars takes place, but sometimes I forget that most people aren’t like me (or you if you’re reading this). All these different movies can get confusing, especially if they continue to jump around in the timeline. How many people will be wondering why Lucasfilm is making a Han Solo movie? I thought he died in Episode VII?

It’s something to think about anyway. Let me know what you think.

Eric Onkenhout @EricOnkenhout


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Thursday, 23 February 2017


An experiment from ILMxLAB and Magic Leap, shot directly through Magic Leap technology.




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