Sunday, 7 February 2016

GeekedFest

GeekedFest returns to Newport and it's going to be the biggest one yet.  This is in my neck of the woods so I'll be there in August.  Why not come along and say hello? - Rob

‘GeekedFest’; Newport’s own Film/TV/Comic convention announced for 2016!!!
GeekedFest Ltd has announced that the ‘GeekedFest’ event will be returning to Newport for the second year running on 6th & 7th August at the Newport Centre. 

GeekedFest’ is Newport’s own Film/TV & comic book convention and visitors can expect celebrity guests from the world of Film, TV & beyond who will be offering autographs and photo opportunities. There will also be many stalls selling all variety of comic books, memorabilia, toys & crafts as well as many Film/TV exhibits, gaming & cosplay zones and family-friendly activities. The event also hopes to raise money for several local charities.

GeekedFest was started in 2015 by local business-man Shane Richard Jordan who also launched his own comic-book shop ‘Sin City Comics’ in Cwmbran the same year.

 “We are committed to providing a fun, safe and friendly event for all involved and one that benefits our area; so that we can offer some-thing to locals that has up till now only been available at events in Cardiff “
“We had a great first event in 2015; however with the recent re-development of Newport’s town centre [Friars Walk] we are expecting this year’s event to be even bigger! We are also working with several local businesses that have recently moved to Friars Walk”
Shane Richard Jordan – Managing Director

Tickets are due to go on-sale in April at www.GeekedFest.com with early-bird tickets available to buy right now at Sin City Comics Cwmbran; further details of special guests and activities will released in the coming months.

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Saturday, 6 February 2016

CLEANIN' UP THE TOWN

There are a lot of Kickstarter campaigns out there, some good, some not so good.  But every once in a while you get one that comes along and you know it's going to be a hit.  CLEANIN' UP THE TOWN is one of those campaigns.  It's a professionally done documentary on the 1984 classic, GHOSTBUSTERS.  With interviews with cast members including Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver to name a few and director, Ivan Reitman.  The documentary is being produced by Bueno Productions and their aim is to 'deliver the most complete account of how these classic films were made and hence have interviewed over 70 members of the cast and crew responsible for bringing these stories to life.'

Their Kickstarter campaign aims to bring them £40,000 and they are well on the way to achieving that goal.  I've personally supported it.  One thing that Ghostbusters is missing is a really good behind the scenes documentary.  It deserves one, after all Ghostbusters is a classic timeless comedy.

The Kickstarter rewards are worth checking out.  For just a £10 donation you can get your name in the documentary credits.  How cool is that?  We're so pumped for this campaign that we're going to
put the Kickstarter widget on our front page for it's duration.  The Bearded Trio really hope you can support it and spread the word.

Rob
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Here's a little write up on the doc along with a trailer and links.

Kickstarter Page.

Eight years in the making and with over seventy cast and crew interviews Cleanin’ Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters is the definitive documentary that charts how Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 came to fruition and how these films were made by the people that made them. Interviews include actors in the film Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver Annie Potts, David Margulies, William Atherton, Kurt Fuller and Jason Reitman, Director Ivan Reitman, Producer Michael C. Gross, Visual Effects crew including Richard Edlund, Terry Windell, Dennis Muren and Steve Johnson, musicians Ray Parker Jr and The Bus Boys. In this extended cut we want audiences to experience a little more of what they can expect from this feature length documentary.

CLEANIN' UP THE TOWN: Remembering Ghostbusters
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John Williams Lifetime Contribution to Hollywood Award

John Williams has received the Lifetime Contribution to Hollywood Award at the Made In Hollywood Honors event.  The ceremony which is in it's fifth year took place on the Heart of Hollywood Terrace of corporate sponsor 1600 VINE.   Vice President Esai Morales (La Bamba) was the evening's host.  Morales talked about Williams and his work on his most recent soundtrack, Star Wars The Force Awakens:

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — more nominations than any living person. “The scoring for this motion picture brought one of the largest film scoring projects of the year to Hollywood’s music community,” Morales said, “jobs for 125 orchestra members; 23 singers; more than 40 conductors, music contractors and music preparation professionals; in addition to technicians and engineers, all who collaborated to bring Williams’ brilliant score to life.”

John Williams said:

“Recording the music for ‘Star Wars’ in Los Angeles was for me a great treat, but the people who really should be thanked for having this happen are J.J. Abrams, the director of the film, Kathy Kennedy the producer, and also Michael Gorfaine and Jamie Richardson, who worked so hard to convince the powers that this was in the best interest of the score and in the best interest of the film. I also must thank Sandy De Crescent who has put this orchestra together, and who for 40 years has established a standard and maintained this standard — and if anything improved this standard over the 40 years that she and I have been working together. I have been very, very happy with this fabulous orchestra, which is a world-class orchestra. The group of musicians who play here with us in the films are the highest world-class level of professionalism in terms of comprehension of the material, sight reading, and the execution of all of it.”

Read more about the event here.



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Friday, 5 February 2016

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How did C-3PO get his red arm?! Find out this March in STAR WARS SPECIAL: C-3PO #1!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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pan featurette

Ahead of the release of PAN on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on Monday, 8th Feb, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is pleased to make available a new featurette from behind-the-scenes of the film.

Featuring director Joe Wright and star Hugh Jackman, the featurette looks at the filmmaker's vision for the film and the incredible, extensive sets built for the production.



Peter (Levi Miller) is a mischievous 12-year-old boy with an irrepressible rebellious streak, but in the bleak London orphanage where he has lived his whole life those qualities do not exactly fly. Then one incredible night, Peter is whisked away from the orphanage and spirited off to a fantastical world of pirates, warriors and fairies called Neverland. There, he finds amazing adventures and fights life-or-death battles while trying to uncover the secret of his mother, who left him at the orphanage so long ago, and his rightful place in this magical land. Teamed with the warrior Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara) and a new friend named James Hook (Garrett Hedlund), Peter must defeat the ruthless pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman) to save Neverland and discover his true destiny—to become the hero who will forever be known as Peter Pan.


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Reviewed by Paul and Patrick Gibbs

Hail, Caesar! - 3 out of 5
Hail, Caeser!
Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes,  Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johanson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum
Written and Directed by Joel & Ethan Coen
Rated PG-13 (vulgarity, adult themes)

As brothers/filmmakers with a somewhat odd and subversive sense of humor, Joel and Ethan Coen are superheroes to us. But it's never easy to review a Coen brothers film. Like many auteurs, their creative vision is so unique that it has become almost a subgenre unto itself. But unlike, say, Quentin Tarantino, whose nihilistic violence and pop culture worship creates a familiar tone to all of his film, the Coens have a broad range that makes it difficult to nail down what exactly is the feel of a Coen film. They have their own voice, but they use it to sing far more than one note. Nevertheless, that note is so distinctively Coen that, while their sensibilities suit us very well, the most common appraisal we give of a Coen film to others is "If you're not a Coen fan you'll probably have a hard time getting into it."

While their latest film, Hail, Caesar!  fits more into the category of comedies like O Brother, Where Art Thou? than to grittier and more dramatic fare like Fargo or No Country For Old Men, it's not quite in the same category. Hail, Ceasar! is funny, but it doesn't get the kind of constant laughs that O, Brother or The Big Lebowski did, and it doesn't really seem to be trying to. Above all else, it seems intended to create a portrait of golden age Hollywood both on and off screen, one that at once captures the magic of the movies and the sordid drama behind the scenes, and is simultaneously cynical and loving about both.


Josh Brolin, a member of the Coen Repertory Company since No Country For Old Men, plays the lead role of Eddie Mannix, a "fixer" for fictional Capitol Pictures in post World War II Hollywood. Eddie is responsible for dealing with the vast array of daily crises which plague production, including:

- Director Laurence Lorentz' (Ralph Fiennes)  fury at being forced to turn cowboy star Hobie Doyle (Alden Ehrenreich) into a suave and sophisticated leading man in the drawing room comedy Merrily We Dance.

- Beloved Hollywood sweetheart DeAnna Moran (Scarlett Johansson) needing a husband to avoid the bad publicity of having an out of wedlock child.

- Being hounded by sister gossip columnists Thora and Thessaly Thacker (both played by Tilda Swinton) about a reported scandal involving superstar Baird Whitlock's first film.

-Whitlock himself (George Clooney) being kidnapped off the set of the studio's prestige biblical epic, Hail, Casear - A Tale of the Christ.

Meanwhile, at the same time that Eddie is dealing with all of this, he's being courted for a cushy, well-paying job at Lockheed. Will he leave Hollywood behind?

A film with this many diverging plot elements could easily feel disjointed and suffer for varying quality from Story A to Story B, but the Coens and their stellar cast keep things moving and ensure that each subplot is engaging (even if the only one of the characters besides Mannix who seems like a decent guy is Hobie). Every one of the major stars blends perfectly into both the time period and the surreal style of a Coen comedy, and the film within a film sequences are real highlights, giving the Coens and genius cinematographer Roger Deakins a chance to flawless recreate the look of everything from Ben-Hur to a Roy Rogers cowboy musical. Clooney and Tatum are outstanding, with Tatum hitting his song and dance number (A Gene Kelly-esque tap dance to a song called "No Dames") out of the park, and Clooney giving us both the self-centered buffoon we expect from him in a Coen film, and a pitch perfect recreation of the heightened "epic" acting style of a Charlton Heston or Richard Burton. One of the real strengths of the film is that the movie sequences tow the line between homage and parody so perfectly. There's just enough comic exaggeration there to make it funny, but they're getting all of these styles and genres right and showing them a surprising level of respect. Clooney's final monologue at the foot of the cross is both cheesy and strangely moving until it reaches its comic climax, and Tatum doesn't just fake the dancing well enough, he dazzles and shows that he could have been a major star of light musical comedies back in the day.

If the film disappoints in any way, it's the aforementioned failure to provide the laugh a minute ratio we expect. But it's consistently engaging and entertaining, and some sequences are hilarious, such as Lorentz struggling to feed Hobie a line reading or Eddie meeting with an interfaith council to ensure the Hail, Caesar script is sufficiently respectful to all beliefs (Robert Picardo steals the film in his cameo as a cantankerous Rabbi). And the strange mix of weariness and reverence both Eddie and the film itself show for the craziness of Hollywood is surprisingly thoughtful, making the film something of an rumination on whether Hollywood or the movies really matter, and what they mean to us. Brolin is a very important part of making the film work, and he gives yet another strong performance which shows that the oldest Goonie has grown up to become an excellent actor with an impressive range. He carries the film effortlessly.

In then end, Hail, Caesar! doesn't rank with the Coen's best films, and it may turn out to be just too bizarre for some  (a line probably written in reviews of every Coen movie) . But it's a more than solid entry in their filmography, and for fans of both the Coen Brothers and old Hollywood, it's a must-see




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george lucas museum

  • - Chicago's city council approved the 300,000 sq ft museum site in October
  • - Chicago wanted the project - beating San Francisco, which is not far from Lucas' sprawling Skywalker Ranch.
  • - George Lucas said he chose Chicago because the California city was "doodling around".
  • - Friends of the Park protested the original plans which were reduced as a compromise.
  • - A lot of the area planned for the museum is used as a car park.
  • - A new lawsuit from the group has now been approved
  • - The group argues the construction project violates public-trust laws that restrict development along Lake Michigan.

As Threepio said, "Here we go again."

A lawsuit that aims to block Star Wars creator George Lucas from building a $400m museum along Chicago's lakefront has been given approval to move forward.

Friends of the Parks, a non-profit organisation, wants to halt plans to build the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.

The group argues the construction project violates public-trust laws that restrict development along Lake Michigan.

The Associated Press broke the news and as they say this further set back could end up killing the museum dream for Chicago.  How long before Lucas decides on a different location?

Friends of the Park Facebook page published this response to the news yesterday:

Great News!!! Friends of the Parks is celebrating a victory. The judge denied the city's motion to dismiss our Lucas Museum case. Discovery will proceed. Thank you to our legal team and supporters.

“We think that the sale of the property to George Lucas’ foundation – a lease that could run for 297 years – is a boon not to the public but to Mr. Lucas himself. And this sale is in conflict with the purpose for which the land is held in trust – the express purpose being to preserve the land for the public and future generations as a pristine natural resource,” said Fred Bates, Friends of the Parks board vice-chair and co-chair of the Policy Committee.

Friends of the Parks is supportive of the Lucas Museum coming to Chicago, but the organization continues to oppose its siting on lakefront open space. Long known for its advocacy to keep Chicago’s lakefront “open, clear, and free” per the call of Chicago urban planners and park visionaries of a century ago, the park advocacy group believes that the siting of the Lucas Museum in this lakefront location contradicts the public trust doctrine and its central principle that the general public is the beneficiary of this public lakefront parkland.
“This is not a new issue given Friends of the Parks’ mission and extensive public opposition to the proposed siting of the Chicago Children’s Museum in Grant Park, a collaborative battle that we won a number of years ago,” says Lauren Moltz, Friends of the Parks’ board chair. “It’s a slippery slope, and we will continue to defend our lakefront from encroachment.”

It is worth noting that the Facebook and Twitter pages for The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art have not been updated since last year and the news section of their website was last updated in October 2015.

Rob
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