Friday, 6 March 2015


Always wondered wether C3PO was a method actor ? Now see for yourself.

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Case Closed.
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Both Mellody Hobson and husband, George Lucas are to be among those being honoured at the 13th annual "Backstage at the Geffen" fundraiser on March 22nd.  The event will take place  in the Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.  Proceeds from the event are put toward new play development and playwright commissions, as well as the theatre's education and outreach programs.

Hobson, chairman of the Board of Directors for DreamWorks Animation, and her husband, Lucas, will be honored with the Distinction in Service Award, and filmmaker David Furnish, best known for his documentary “Elton John: Tantrums & Tiaras,” and John will receive the Distinction in Theater Award.
Source - Variety

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The Steven Spielberg produced and feel good movie, The Hundred-Foot Journey heads to DVD and Blu-ray Monday.

The Bearded Trio are proud to bring you the details for Monday's DVD and Blu-ray release of The Hundred-Foot Journey starring Helen Mirren and directed by Lasse Hallström.  The movie is from Dreamworks and produced by Steven Spielberg.

Here's the press release along with details about the extras you'll find on both DVD and Blu-ray plus some clips from the movie.

Starring Oscar® winner Helen Mirren (The Queen, Calendar Girls), comes the uplifting and feel-good cultural feast full of Indian spices, French sophistication and British wit, THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY. Directed by Lasse  (Chocolat, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) and produced by Oprah Winfrey (Selma, The Great Debaters) and Steven Spielberg (Lincoln, War Horse) this charming adaptation from the novel of the same name by Richard C. Morais follows the Kadam family as they move from India to France. Prepare for your tastebuds to be tickled and your senses tantalised as THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY arrives on Blu-ray™ and DVD on March 9 th 2015, courtesy of Entertainment One

Set in the beautiful Southern France countryside, this sumptuous story features outstanding performances from; Golden Globe® nominee Helen Mirren (The Queen, Calendar Girls) as Madame Mallory, the owner of a Michelin starred French restaurant; Om Puri (Charlie Wilson’s War, East Is East) as Papa Kadam, who leads his family to the South of France; Manish Dayal (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, 90210) as Papa Kadam’s son, young Indian chef Hassan Kadam; and Charlotte Le Bon (YvesSaint Laurent, Mood Indigo) as Madame Mallory’s French sous chef, Marguerite.

Hassan Kadam (Dayal) is a culinary prodigy who travels with his family to the South of France after being displaced from their native India. It’s the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, that is until Madame Mallory (Mirren), the icy proprietress of a Michelin starred French restaurant gets wind of it. Her protests against the ‘Maison Mumbai’ located a hundred feet from her own escalate to all out war between the two establishments – until Hassan’s passion for French cuisine and for a beautiful sous chef, Marguerite (Le Bon), combine with his mouth-watering talent to weave culinary magic between their two cultures.

RELEASE INFORMATION
Title: THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY
Release Date: 9
th March 2015
Certificate: PG
Genre: Comedy / Drama
Runtime: 122 mins
Format: Blu-ray™ and DVD

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
The Recipe, The Ingredients, The Journey
BLU-RAY™ SPECIAL FEATURES
The Hundred-Foot Journey With Steven Spielberg & Oprah
The Recipe, The Ingredients, The Journey
On Set With Oprah Winfrey
Coconut Chicken




THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY IS AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY AND DVD ON 9TH MARCH, COURTESY OF ENTERTAINMENT ONE


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More Sad News In The World Of Star Trek - The Passing Of Harve Bennett

This has been a sad week for Star Trek.  First we lost Leonard Nimoy who played Spock in the original series and now we have lost Harve Bennett.  Bennett teamed up with Nick Meyer for Star Trek II which led to Bennett producing III, IV and V.

Nick Meyer talked about Harve Bennett in an article for Deadline:

“He was a remarkable man and he was unpretentious and self-effacing. I don’t think there would be a Star Trek franchise without him. He rescued it.  He’s endangered of being lost in the shuffle, but he’s the guy who figured it out,” said Meyer, who worked with Bennett on Wrath Of Khan and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

Harve Bennett was also known throughout other famous TV shows as he produced Mod Squad, The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman.

He died Wednesday in Oregon. He was 84.

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Harrison Ford was flying his vintage World war II-era plane when he crash-landed on a golf course near the Santa Monica airport in California. He was able to walk away from the crash, and was stabilized on the scene before being transported to a local hospital.

Reports are that he sustained injuries to his head. His condition is being described as 'fair to moderate.'

Ford was the only person on the plane, and no one on the ground was injured.

We will update as more information becomes available.

UPDATE

Ben Ford, Harrison's son, posted this update on his dad's condition on Twitter:


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Thursday, 5 March 2015

Wild Bill

33 years ago today, was a very dark day for comedy. 

One of the brightest comedians of his time died at the extremely young age of 33 as a result of drug overdose.  His name: John Belushi.

He rose to fame because of his stand-up comedy abilities, that he had demonstrated so often and into perfection in the TV-show Saturday Night Live, a show that he was one of the co-founders of and that he starred in from 1975 to 1979. 
During these years Hollywood had noticed the comedian and between the recordings of the show, John had managed to (co)star in a few TV- and Hollywood films, of which Going South (opposite Jack Nicholson) and National lampoon's Animal House were the most successful ones.


In 1979 he went on the road (and definitively to Hollywood) together with his partner in crime Dan Aykroyd and a band that had come out of the Saturday Night Live-show: The Blues Brothers Band. Originally this project started purely out of love for the blues music, but it turned out that they weren't the only ones. The Band went on tour and released an album: Briefcase full of Blues, which sold well enough for a sequel: Made in America and a motion picture simply called The Blues Brothers.

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The film became famous for a lot of reasons. 
It cost some $30 million to produce (an astronomical amount of money, especially in those days),
 a trainload of (police) cars were demolished during the filming process 
and lots of stars were lining up to play (small) parts in this film. 
From the music industry people like: Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, James Brown and John Lee Hooker. 
From the film industry people such as: Twiggy, Carrie Fisher, Frank Oz and a certain director named Steven Spielberg were immortalized in this film.

blues brothers spielberg

But this wasn't enough for John, because, as much as he liked being a comedian, 
he also wanted to be taken seriously as an actor. So he said yes to another comedy opposite his partner Aykroyd: Neighboirs, but he was more proud of a small film that he was gonna do with director Michael Apted: Continental Divide (which, by the way, was the very first film to ever be released under the Amblin banner, in those days without the now famous E.T.-logo (of course))

blues brothers
on set, John Belushi and director Michael Apted.

The film was well-received and by most critics compared to the comedies of Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn. It didn't do bad, but didn't do great at the box-office either.

During all this time John had been addicted to drugs however and sometimes 
this addiction got the better part of him. 
Well known are times that like for instance director John Landis, 
during the shoot of The Blues Brothers, 
flushed John's supply down the toilet on more occasions than one, 
in order to get the man ready and working on set.

On the evening of March the 4th 1982, actor and fellow comedian 
was one of the last persons to see, and talk to, John alive. 
The next morning his lifeless body was recovered in Chateau Marmont's Bungalow number 3.

blues brothers

Anyone interested in the details of the last years of this great comedian, 
I suggest reading Wired by Bob Woodward.



Ronny



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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Young Indiana Jones

Twenty-three years ago, on March the 4th 1992, the world was re-introduced to the the most famous archaeologist that ever existed: Indiana Jones.

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On March the 4th, we were introduced to the early years of Young Henry, where he traveled around the world with his parents and met all kinds of interesting people and on the way, maybe even changed history a little bit.

Young Indiana Jones

In the series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, the character of Henry (or as we came to know him: Indiana) Jones was portrayed by two young actors: Corey Carrier as Indy at age 10, 
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and Sean Patrick Flannery as Indy at the age between 16 and 20, and one older actor George Hall, who portrayed Indy at the age of 93, reliving all the adventures we see appearing on the TV-screen. In one of the episodes: Young Indiana Jones and the History of the Blues, Harrison Ford made a cameo as Indy.

Young Indiana Jones



The scenes with Harrison Ford were shot during his filming The Fugitive, that's why he is seen wearing his beard in the Young Indy episode.

Young Indiana Jones

A few actors from the cinematic adventures of Indy and Star Wars were also seen in a couple of episodes, such as Paul Freeman, Anthony Daniels and Roshan Seth.

Young Indiana Jones


Lloyd Owen portrayed the part that Sean Connery made so famous three years before: Henry Jones Sr, Indy's dad.


A variety of filmmakers (co-)wrote and directed the episodes, among them: Frank Darabont, Nicolas Roeg, Joe Johnston, Terry Jones, Carrie Fisher, Vic Armstrong and (Dutch director) Dick Maas.
Dick Maas

Early on in his career, Dick Maas often was compared to Steven Spielberg, since he, like Spielberg in his first few years, made films (like The Lift, Flodder and Amsterdamned) that the critic's weren't always overwhelmed by, but the audiences loved.

Ronny.

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The true story of the greatest filmmaker you never knew! John Milius.  Check out the new trailer.  Featuring interviews with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Harrison Ford.  This has to be a must see documentary.

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