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.

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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.


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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Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones Blooper Reel

From the excellent official Star Wars Youtube channel we have a barrel of laughs in store for us as we are treated to a blooper reel from Attack of the Clones.

Originally an Easter Egg found on the first DVD edition of Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, this collection of a bloopers and outtakes shows that even the most powerful Jedi can awkwardly trip and fall. Again. And again.
The video opens with a take from Anakin (Hayden Christensen) and Padmé's (Natalie Portman) discussion to go rescue Obi-Wan on Geonosis, in which the Senator tells the Jedi to "let go of me." Which he'd already done.
Aside from acting miscues, there are also technical errors, including Christensen pulling a lever out of a speeder console and Artoo getting stuck maneuvering off a ship, among others. Then there's the falling, and lots of it.
Portman takes a dive on a blue-screen set during a Naboo sequence; Christensen trips over an unseen object while shooting the final duel with Count Dooku; he trips again while running on the Coruscant street set; Jango Fett slips on a water-soaked floor, vanishing off-screen; and the Chosen One trips, again, running out of Padmé's sleeping quarters. So much for Jedi reflexes.
The compilation ends with producer Rick McCallum thoughtfully answering a question -- until finally admitting he doesn't quite remember what he was asked.


Tuesday, 15 April 2014

James Clarke Talks To Industrial Light & Magic Veteran, John Knoll In This Months SFX Magazine @SFXMagazine

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It's nice when life brings you consistency and SFX magazine is consistent.  Every month the talented people at SFX bring us a quality magazine full of the latest Sci-fi, Fantasy and Horror news, reviews, previews and more.

Contributing to that consistent quality, this month James Clarke brings us a particular interesting article on Industrial Light & Magic veteran, John Knoll.  Knoll has worked on so many classics including Empire of the Sun, Hook, Lucasfilm's Willow and the award winning The Abyss.  James Clarke talks to the man who helped bring so much magic to the silver screen.

SFX Magazine is on sale now and you can get your copy here

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Rob Wainfur


Former LucasArts President Now CEO at Dungeon Defenders Studio

Former LucasArts president Darrell Rodriguez has joined Trendy Studios which brought us the hit game, Dungeon Defenders.

Speaking to Games Industry, Rodriguez stated that, “I have been extremely fortunate to work with some of the most talented and passionate people across various creative industries and at some of the most renowned companies in the world. I am equally impressed and blessed to work with the passion and skill that exist at Trendy.”
Rodriguez also stated that he wants other devs to work with Trendy’s Playverse along with pushing a new IP. “We are certainly not a single game company. Dungeon Defenders is just the beginning.”



New Falling Skies Teasers Hit The Web

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Falling Skies starts up again in the US on June 22nd and hopefully we'll get a definitive answer on whether the Vorn are really here to help us or take over our planet in a sneaky stealthy kind of way.  To wet our appetite here's a load of teasers for the Spielberg executive produced show.


Monday, 14 April 2014

One-Time Benefit Concert Featuring John Williams and Steven Spielberg Sells Out in Record Time

Tickets went on sale at 9 a.m. Monday morning for a one-time benefit concert featuring director Steven Spielberg and composer John Williams - and then promptly sold out in 15 minutes.

Williams will be conducting the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on June 14th, while Spielberg will be the host for the evening.  The event is expected to raise $1 million for the DSO.

Fans began camping out on Sunday night, and by Monday morning a long line had formed outside the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit.  The DSO, anticipating a large turn-out, provided pizza and donuts to the fans.

Tickets for the Heroes Gala package are still available.  The package includes seats for the concert and a black-tie dinner honoring local investors, and the price per plate is $1,000.

For more information, please visit DSO Heroes Gala.


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Quick Fire Questions. This Week We Have Joe Stuber From Comic Book Central And The Indycast

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Answering our quick fire questions this week we have Comic Book Central and contributor to The Indycast, Joe Stuber.

Joe is a video writer, producer, director and editor.  Impressively, he has won a couple of regional Emmy awards for his work and several national awards.  Along with Keith Voss, Joe has been producing the Further Adventures of Indiana Jones segment on The IndyCast since June 13, 2011, where they review every issue of Marvel Comics' 1980's series “The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones” and interview the folks who worked on the book from the Mighty Marvel Bullpen.

On November 8, 2013, Joe launched Comic Book Central – where comic books come to life!  The podcast is themed around comics and how they are adapted into other media.

New episodes of Comic Book Central go online every Friday.  Guests include Stan Lee, Jaimie Alexander, Michael Rosenbaum, Dean Cain, Lou Ferrigno, Jonathan Frakes, Erin Gray, Ilya Salkind and MANY more.

With that lets get the questions started.

You're stuck in a swamp on Dagobah.  What one movie, TV show, album and book would you take?
Movie:  Raiders of the Lost Ark.  Shocking, right?  But it truly is a perfect film.  And when I say,
“perfect”, I'm not saying it doesn't have flaws.  I mean that it has everything you would want an action adventure film to have.  Excellent pacing, spectacular cinematography shot on location around the world, just the right combination of humor and tension...and the greatest action hero of all time.
TV show:  Stuck in a swamp?  I need a lot of laughs.  My first thought would be The Carol Burnett Show, but David Letterman's recent retirement announcement has made me nostalgic.  I'll go with Late NIGHT With David Letterman.
Album:  Easy.  One might think I would choose Raiders, but one would be incorrect.  The greatest album from the greatest composer:  Superman: The Movie.  I can see the entire movie just by listening.
Book:  The Bible.  Inspirational, encouraging and a solution for every problem.

If you could invite any three people (alive or not, fictitious or not) to a dinner party, who would they be?
Dinner parties thrive on entertainment.  So I would need three folks that would keep the party hopping.  Jerry Seinfeld, Don Rickles and Bruce Springsteen.  Who would ever want to leave?

What is your favourite John Williams soundtrack?
Superman: The Movie.  It's flawless.

If you were invisible for a day what would be the first thing you would do?
Sneak onto the set of the latest Marvel movie being filmed.

When was the last time you cried?
Monday night.  As a tribute to Mickey Rooney, my wife and I watched his 1981 TV movie, Bill.  It's heartbreaking...and far and away his best performance.  The film gets me every time.  It's on the YouTubes.  Do yourself a favor and check it out.  The next time I bawl will be when I watch E.T.

What is your biggest fear?
Something bad happening to a family member or friend.  I don't even like to think about it.

What was the most embarrassing moment of your life?
I've probably blocked it out.

Excluding search engines, what three website would you choose if no other websites were available?
Excluding Comic Book Central:  Facebook, YouTube and USA Today (I need to know what's going on in the real world...or at least as close as USA Today can get)

Do you have any guilty pleasures?
Cheesecake, cheesecake and...cheesecake.  Come to think of it...I never feel guily when I eat cheesecake.  So give me more cheesecake.

What are you looking forward to the most in the next six months?
My platinum wedding anniversary.  Perhaps I'll buy my wife a catalytic converter.

What is your most treasured possession?
I won't go for the easy answers of wedding album or wedding ring.  I'll stick to the spirit of the site and go with a collectible.  I'm a huge Jimmy Stewart fan and I was able to get his book, “Jimmy Stewart and His Poems” signed shortly before he passed away.  The greatest actor of all time.  A close second would be John Williams' Superman soundtrack.  Again?!  Yes, again.  It was a gift given to me by a close family friend.  For a 10 year-old kid, getting that masterpiece right before seeing the movie left an indelible impression.  What an incredibly thoughtful gift.  I listen to the CDs...but I cherish the vinyl.

What is your biggest regret?
No regrets.  What's the point?

What are you most proud of?
Being a good husband.  Or at least trying to be.

What is your favourite Spielberg movie?
Three guesses.  ;-)

Where can people keep in touch or follow you?
They can hear me every Friday on Comic Book Central ( and can email me at  They can also like the Facebook page ( and follow me on Twitter (

Indy fans can check out the Further Adventures of Indiana Jones segment I co-host along with Keith Voss over at The IndyCast ( and can email us at  Give the Facebook page a like there as well (  And of course, both podcasts are on iTunes.

Thanks Joe for answering our questions.  Make sure you check out  the Comic Book Central podcast.


Sunday, 13 April 2014

Star Wars Life Size Han Solo in Carbonite Now Available

Introducing The Film Cell's life sized Star Wars Han Solo frozen in carbonite replica and a couple of affordable alternatives.

Over at The Film Cell this week they have uploaded pictures of a life size Han Solo in carbonite replica that is now available to buy in the UK. The replica version of Harrison Ford frozen in carbonite is just like in the movies. Standing at seven and a half feet tall, every detail is as per the prop used in the Empire Strikes back and Return of the Jedi where Boba Fett receives a bounty for the wanted Solo. You too can now display Jabba’s prized possession and display this in your home theatres, cinemas, man caves, games rooms or movie theme pub if you are a land lord.

The life size Han Solo in Carbonite is a fantastic recreation made from mainly fiberglass and features film-accurate light effects in the base, vents at the side and power canisters to the rear. If you are looking for a Star Wars themed centerpiece for your home then you will be one of a very few that own this fantastic limited edition replica. They don’t come cheap at £6999.95 it’s a bit pricey but we guess you have to pay for quality as this is a limited edition made by Sideshow Collectables. There is some assembly required comes with full-color detailed instructions.

“Due to the size and price of this item it is only available for pre-order, these are our first images of this fantastic piece of Star Wars memorabilia that we received this week and full details have only just been released.” Said Mick Constable, company owner at The Film Cell. “ We are expecting loads more fantastic replicas to be released from the original Star Wars movies, now more and more news is leaking out about the new Star wars movie being release next December there will be some fantastic new merchandise on the website in the coming year or so.”

Below are some images of the life size Han Solo in Carbonite, click the image to see the full details.


However not everyone has, let’s call it, £7k lying around. So if you are looking for a more affordable Han Solo frozen in Carbonite replica, take a look at the below products that are also featured on The Film Cell’s website.
First up let’s take a look at their Han Solo in carbonite iPhone 5 case, which keeps you phone safe in this protective Star Wars case. It’s fantastic and it’s cool, well actually as it features Han Solo in carbonite it's virtually frozen. So you can’t get any cooler than this!

Next up they have a fantastic business card holder which also feature Han in his frozen state, so whether you are a sales man, business owner, director or you meet up with customers on a regular basis, or maybe you just want something to for personal use then the business card holders will stop your cards from bending and getting lost. Measuring at 10 x 6.5 cm this nice piece of Star Wars Memorabilia and is a nice weighty piece.
They also have a great range of Star Wars barware which are great for parties and come dine with me type dinner parties. You can open your guest’s beer bottles in style with this Han Solo in Carbonite bottle opener, which also has a magnetic back enabling you to easily display this piece for everyone to see.

As part of their range of Star Wars barware, they also have a selection of themed ice cube trays. With this silicone tray you can create your own mini versions of Han Solo frozen in carbonite which are ideal for cocktails and dinner drinks. But ice is just one of many things this silicone tray can make, being heat resistant (to 446F°) too you can also bake small cakes, create vodka jelly, make Han Solo shaped chocolates and loads more...
They even have a deluxe large version that is ideal for making large chocolate sculptures and birthday cakes. An ideal centerpiece at any Star wars themed party.

They even have a money box that also doubles as a highly detailed bust of Han Solo frozen in carbonite. “Our Star Wars money boxes keep all your Galactic Credits, Druggats, Peggats, Truguts and Wupiupis (loose change) safe, a great way to save for your next cinema trip.” At over 30cm high this is a really nice piece.


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