Thursday, 31 May 2012

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"This will get me into trouble," Sonnenfeld laughed. "But my theory behind Justin Bieber is that he's from Canada." The director then explained a larger theory behind aliens in Canada, in which an undisclosed alien species was planning to come down and live in the U.S., and therefore sent spies here – but when they tried to transmit the data back to their home planets, "3 percent of it got scrambled in the transmission" so the settlers got the wrong coordinates and ended up in Canada instead. "Canadians are 97 point something percent like Americans," he joked, "except that they're way too nice and if you go into their homes, you'll go, 'Interesting! Fireplace in the bathroom.'" Therefore, he said, certain Canadians are quite possibly aliens.
Anyone who is too good at sports is also a suspect alien. "There was a Chinese seven-foot basketball player, Yao Ming, who is retired now," Sonnenfeld noted. "But how many Chinese people are over seven feet tall?" David Beckham is also an alien "because he's too good of a soccer player to be anything but." And Shaun White is doubly on the Men in Black radar for his red hair ("That gets you halfway there," Sonnenfeld joked) and his boarding skills. "He's just good to be human," Sonnenfeld said. "He's using anti-gravity techniques."

Wednesday, 30 May 2012


Monkey Island creator Ron Gilbert has begun revealing a new character a day from his unannounced upcoming game at Double Fine Productions (Brutal Legend, Psychonauts) at his blog, Grumpy Gamer.
Here's what we've seen of the cast list so far:
  • The scientist; a woman wearing over-sized red horn-rimmed glasses and a labcoat.
  • The Adventurer; a blonde woman in a fighter pilot getup.
  • The Time Traveller; a woman with a glowing blue Geordi La Forge-esque visor with matching bracelets and a helmet.
  • The Hillbilly; a bearded sparse-toothed yokel in a tattered straw hat.
  • The monk; A man in a red toga whose shaved head and shifty eyes seem all kinds of suspicious.
Additionally, a piece of concept art was sent to Joystiq in the form of a puzzle, along with a spooky skeletal version of Double Fine's already demented Siamese-twin logo.
Whatever this new game it, it appears to be a goofy spin on horror, which is unsurprising given that Gilbert created Manic Mansion and Double Fine founder, Tim Schafer, co-directed its sequel, Day of the Tentacle. This will not be a sequel though, as that property is owned by LucasArts, but whatever this new mystery game is, it sure looks kooky.

In this months Empire magazine they interview George Lucas and as he hinted at a few months back George is going to semi retire.



George Lucas - "I'm moving away from the company, I'm moving away from all my businesses, I'm finishing all my obligations and I'm going to retire to my garage with my saw and hammer and build hobby movies. I've always wanted to make movies that were more experimental in nature, and not have to worry about them showing in movie theatres."

The magazine is out tomorrow. http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=34122

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

BioWare associate lead designer says massively multiplayer online space is most challenging, claims Star Wars MMO boasts an enviable subscriber base.

"The MMO is the toughest part of the game industry without a doubt and we live in tough economic times in general," he said. "So that's very unfortunate, and on a personal level it's quite difficult to to have people that you've been working with for a long time that you know personally, you go to their barbecue and you meet their families and it's never easy. I doubt it'd be easy in any industry for anyone, but it happens."

Lusinchi went on to note that the team working on The Old Republic remains "one of the largest in the industry," and mentioned the studio has a "complete and detailed plan" for the rest of the year. Looking back at the game's first six months, Lusinchi was pleased with how The Old Republic has progressed.

"I think we did a good job of listening to the players and delivering some of the features they wanted with a quick turnaround," he said. "Of course, from a player perspective it's always going to take too long, but the game has changed quite a lot in the last six months if you think about it."

Lastly, Lusinchi spoke to The Old Republic's waning subscriber base, which fell from a total of 1.7 million in February to 1.3 million as of earlier this month.

"We have subscription numbers that many of our competitors will envy, maybe not all the competitors, but we're doing good," he said.

From http://uk.gamespot.com/news/mmos-the-toughest-sector-of-games-old-republic-dev-6378948
Check out this amazing PC Case mod in the shape of an Imperial Walker.  It boasts an Intel Core i7-2600K CPU, 8 gigs of RAM (come on, boost that to 32) a Sapphire 6870 video card and some glowing red cold cathodes all nestled within an Star Wars AT-AT Walker. Sick right?





check out http://www.obviouswinner.com/obvwin/2012/5/7/imperial-at-at-gaming-pc-case-mod-puts-your-desk-right-on-ho.html for more pics

Monday, 28 May 2012

Sunday, 27 May 2012

If you are a fan of Steven Spielberg or George Lucas then you no doubt know the works of Drew Struzan.  The man who brought us unforgettable movie posters such as the Indiana Jones movies, the Back To The Future Trilogy and the Star Wars prequels to name but a few. Movie posters that are now en grained in the memories of fans throughout the years.  If there was any man in the movie industry that deserves a documentary made about him its Drew Struzan.  Erik Sharkey is doing just that, a documentary called Drew: The Man Behind The Poster.  The documentary will feature interviews with Harrison Ford, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Michael J. Fox, Guillermo  del Toro, Frank Darabont and the man himself Drew Struzan.  Now if that's not a documentary worth watching I don't know what is.

I asked Erik if he would answer a few questions for The Bearded Trio and he very kindly agreed.


Rob Wainfur: Lets start with an obvious question. What is your favourite movie poster by the man himself Drew Struzan?

Erik Sharkey: It is really hard to pick a favorite Drew poster because I love them all. And so many of his images have stuck in my head over the years. But I have to admit that Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is Definitely one.

 I remember I was 12 when it came out. And that poster made me so excited for the film. The way he captures Indiana Jones and all the characters is amazing. And the composition is fantastic. I also love his poster for Big Trouble In Little China. I love how busy the composition is and he totally captures the tone and spirit of that movie.







RW: What do you think of the current quality of movie posters?  Do you think Drew Struzan is one of the last greats in the field?

ES: I don't think movie posters are as good as they used to be. Right now they mostly just show a photo of an actor and put the title under it. They lack Imagination. I remember seeing a poster for a film called The Grey with Liam Neeson. 

The poster is just his face looking angry with the title underneath. I had no idea what this movie was about. Then someone told me it was about people being stalked by wolves! The poster gives you none of that. All it tells you is Liam Neeson is in it and he is angry about something. A Drew Struzan poster gives you the tone of a film, the story, the characters. Drew does it by hand. So I also think his Illustrated posters have a humanity that you can't get from photoshop a lot of the time. You are seeing the work of a master artist when you look at a Drew Struzan Poster. He makes characters come to life in a way that is far more exciting than a photograph. Its more than just a painting of Indiana jones. It IS Indiana Jones. We totally need more Drew movie posters and more Illustrated art out there in general. A Drew Struzan poster stays with you forever. I think a lot of posters out there now are pretty forgettable. Drew is really one of the last great poster artists. The good thing is how much people connect with his work. So younger generations will continue to be inspired by his art.


RW: With the likes of Michael J Fox, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford to name but a few, were you star struck by anyone in particular while making the documentary?

ES: I was star struck by everybody! We have so many amazing people in the film. People that I grew up admiring. But I have to say the two people that intimidated me the most were Harrison Ford and George Lucas. Like a lot of people my age I saw the original Star Wars in the theatre when I was a kid and it changed my life. That movie made me want to be a filmmaker at age 5. So its hard to keep it cool when you're interviewing George Lucas and Harrison Ford. Luckily the Harrison Ford interview was later in the shoot so I was a lot better at doing interviews at that point. But the George Lucas interview was on the first day of shooting! What an amazing way to start a film.

RW: Reading the Drew Struzan book it became clear to me that Drew Struzan has a number of fans in the industry.  I know Michael J Fox is a big fan.  Did anyone insist or appear very eager on contributing to the documentary?

ES: Everyone wanted to be a part of this Documentary to honor Drew and his work. What is amazing is how much they know about his work. Michael J Fox has been a fan of Drew since his days of doing album covers! And it's great to have someone like actor Sam Witwer in the film. He is a younger actor but knows all of Drews work and grew up with it too. Directors Guillermo Del Toro and Frank Darabont are also very passionate about Drew's work. And they continue to ask him to do art for their films. Everyone in the film has been amazing. And they are very passionate about Drew's artwork and what it means to them.



RW: Do you own any of Drew's original artwork?

ES: I was very lucky to have Drew do the poster for my last film a campy comedy titled Sexina:Popstar PI. The film is so campy that Adam West plays the villain! And Drew made my dream come true by doing the poster. The poster is actually featured is Drew's new book. So I own the original artwork Drew did for my film. Which of course I cherish.

RW: I see George Lucas is in the documentary.  Were you lucky enough to visit Skywalker Ranch?

ES: I was lucky enough to visit Skywalker Ranch and Lucasfilms facility at the Presidio. As a Star Wars fan it was amazing. So many props from the films everywhere. And amazing original artwork all over the walls. We shot Drew and George Lucas walking around and discussing Drew's artwork that is hanging up on the walls. That is a real highlight for me from the shooting as well as in the film.

RW: In his book, The Art of Drew Struzan, he mentions posing for many movies including Indiana Jones, were you surprised when you found this out?  What other revelations did you discover about Drew?

ES: I have to admit I was surprised that Drew poses for the actors as much as he does. He poses for Indiana Jones. He also posed for Kurt Russell in the Big Trouble poster. One thing that is amazing is that he did the poster for The Thing overnight! He created that masterpiece in one night! Another thing that surprised me is how often he did posters for films that he didn't actually see when he made the poster. He didn't see the The Thing when he created that poster. Same thing with First Blood. So I was blown away by how well he can capture the tone of a film that he hasn't seen!

RW: What's next?  Any chance of a John Williams documentary?  Fans have been crying out for a well deserved doc on the master for years.  I'll start campaigning now!

ES: I'm shocked someone hasn't already made a Documentary about John Williams. That is a film that I would love to see. I would love to make a Doc about him. I grew up on his scores. But first I have to finish my Doc about my favorite artist Drew Struzan. Which is keeping me super busy at the moment.

RW: Speaking of fans, how has the community reacted to this upcoming documentary on Drew Struzan?  Is there a lot of excitement and does this add a little pressure because of the anticipation?

ES: We have gotten great reactions and support from the fans. The reason I am making this film is because I am such a fan of Drew myself. So it is a film made by fans for fans. And I'm truly humbled by the support. It is amazing to see how many people appreciate and love Drew's work and want to share that. I really want to make a film that pleases his fans. And I also want to make a film that will expose Drew's work to a whole new audience. I have been very lucky to interview such amazing people for the film. And I have been honored to work with an amazing team behind the camera. People like Charles Ricciardi, Greg Boas, Jeff Yorkes, Jose Ochea and Thomas Mumme to name a few. Everyone working on this film has done it for the love of Drew's work. So I take the responsibility of making a film that delivers very seriously. I can't thank the fans and my crew enough!

RW: Finally when is the documentary coming out and how can we catch it?  Will it be only available in the US initially?

ES: We are in the final stages of finishing the film now. And as of yet we do not have a Distributor. Even though we have all these big names in the film. The truth is it's a independent film. And I mean a real Independent film. I have been funding most of the film out of my pocket. So right now we are talking to possible distributors. Me and my partners Greg Boas and Charles Ricciardi want to get the best distribution for the film possible. So as of now we have no release date. But I can't wait for people to see the film. I think it tells the story of a great artist and a great man. And you get to see people like George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford, Michael J Fox etc in a new way. Discussing Illustration, the industry and of course the art of Drew Struzan.

Thanks to Erik Sharkey for taking the time to answer my questions.  You can keep up to date with all the latest on the upcoming documentary from the website http://drewthemovie.com/ and in the mean time if you want to learn more about Drew Struzan you can visit his website at http://www.drewstruzan.com/illustrated/.  I also recommend reading his book The Art Of Drew Struzan which I reviewed here   Finally you can visit the official Drew Struzan page on Facebook.

I will also keep you updated on the documentary here on The Bearded Trio.

Rob Wainfur
Thebeardedtrio.com





Why has it taken this long?  An R2 coffee maker.  What's next?  A can recycling trash compactor?



Saturday, 26 May 2012

Spike.com has posted a press release announcing Spike TV are partnering with Lucasarts to exclusively announce the latest Star Wars game.

It will be announced on Thursday, May 31, as a part of the pre-E3 episode of Spike’s hit video game show “GTTV,” followed by the live world gameplay premiere of this new “Star Wars” franchise during the network’s “E3 All Access Live” prime time special on June 4 at 10:00 pm ET/7:00 pm PT."

You can read the press release here http://www.spike.com/press/2012/05/25/spike-tv-launches-into-hyperspace-with-the-world-premire-of-the-next-big-star-wars-game-franchise/
What a year for Spielberg fans and Blu-Ray lovers.  First Indiana Jones, Jaws in August and now E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is landing sometime in Fall.  It will be a collector's edition with 7.1 surround sound so you can listen to that John Williams soundtrack in all its wonderful glory.  Also according to the trailer below the movie has been digitally remastered from the original 35mm.  As usual the Blu-Ray will be accompanied by hours of extras but no details as of yet.  We'll keep you informed here at The Bearded Trio.

Rob Wainfur
The Bearded Trio

Friday, 25 May 2012

A short behind the scene look of the work that ILM put together for the awesome VFX in the new blockbuster Battleship, with director Peter Berg


A master lightsaber replica autographed by Star Wars creator George Lucas are among the lots on offer in a new charity auction


Air New Zealand is backing the auction to mark the 30th anniversary of its LA-London route and raise £30,000 for disability charity Phab.


The auction is live now on eBay and closes on May 27.
Universal Studios announced via their Twitter feed yesterday that Steven Spielberg will be in attendance at the Grand Opening of Transformers: The Ride at Universal Studios California. As you know Steven Spielberg was Executive Producer on all three Michael Bay Transformers movies and also the ride. 


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Thursday, 24 May 2012

Just a heads up that the next Forcecast podcast will feature none other than Drew Struzan.  Check out the website for more details


Also make sure you check out http://drewthemovie.com/ for the upcoming documentary movie that investigates the man behind the posters.  Featuring interviews with Harrison Ford, George Lucas, Michael J Fox to name just a few.

Falling Skies, the epic series from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg, stars Noah Wyle. The second season of Falling Skies will air as part of TNT’s summer 2012 lineup.
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Falling Skies takes place in the aftermath of an all-out invasion by an alien military force. Wyle stars as Tom Mason, a Boston history professor and the father of three sons, who must put his extensive knowledge of military history to the test as second in command of a regiment of resistance fighters protecting a large group of civilians. Falling Skies also stars Moon Bloodgood as Dr. Ann Glass, a pediatrician who has become the survivors’ primary physician; Will Patton as Colonel Weaver, the gruff and emotionally scarred commander of the 2nd Massachusetts, the team of civilian-soldiers whose job it is to protect the survivors; and Drew Roy, Tom’s oldest son who is just about to turn 18.
In the second season of Falling Skies, viewers will learn what happens to Tom after his decision to go with the aliens at the end of the first season. Tom hopes that by agreeing to a dialogue with the invaders, he will not only free his son Ben from the invaders’ influence, but also get a better picture of the aliens’ overall plan. The show finished its first season as basic cable’s #1 new series for the year-to-date.

**SLIGHT SPOILER ALERT**

Episode 2.01 – “Worlds Apart” – June 17


Weaver remains in command of the 2nd Mass; Pope commands a renegade group; Tom’s loyalties are questioned when he returns; Hal and Ben continue to drift apart.


Episode 2.02 – “Shall We Gather at the River” – June 17


Tom is haunted by his time with the aliens; Pope plants seeds of doubt; Ben’s hatred for skitters grows.


Episode 2.03 – “Compass” – June 24


The 2nd Mass moves into an airport hanger; Anne grows concerned about the health of the group; the Berserkers create a plan to get rid of Tom; a mysterious visitor arrives.


Episode 2.04 – “Young Bloods” – July 1


Ben and Hal try to help a young boy while out on patrol; a discovery is made during a search; Matt is put in danger; Weaver is reunited with a family member.


Episode 2.05 – “Love, and Other Acts of Courage” – July 8


A familiar face returns to the 2nd Mass; a skitter is captured and brought back to the camp as a prisoner; Maggie opens up about her past.


DAILYBLAM

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Relive the 80's with this rather rare track from the movie SpaceCamp.  The soundtrack is by no other than John Williams.  The track name is called Training Montage  Enjoy


The PG certificate of Jaws has always struck many as a strange decision, due to its frightening suspense and gory shark attacks.
Now, 37 years since its original release, the BBFC have granted Jaws a 12A certificate for its upcoming theatrical re-release.
Steven Spielberg’s classic thriller about a great white shark which terrorises a small beach community, was first released uncut in 1975 with an ‘A’ certificate – which meant that the film may be unsuitable for younger children. Following its theatrical release, Jaws was then later certified as ‘PG’ for all subsequent releases on VHS and DVD.
Although it might seem unusual for a film to have its certification upped to a higher rating, this certainly isn’t the first time the BBFC have done so. Just last year a theatrical re-release of Ghostbusters was also raised from a PG to a 12A due to sexual innuendo – or to be more precise, the scene in which a ghost fellates Dan Aykroyd.
In the case of both Jaws and Ghostbusters, no certificate existed between PG and 15 at the time of their original releases, meaning that many films were released with a lower classification by default. With the advent of the 12 certificate, many classic films now have access to a more suitable rating – providing they are supplied to the BBFC for re-classification.

Industrial Light & Magic has struck a strategic alliance with Beijing-based vfx studio Base FX, an Emmy Award winner for its work on "Boardwalk Empire."

Under the terms of the deal, Base will be exclusive to ILM for vfx work on Hollywood studio features. Base will still be at liberty to work without ILM on Chinese films, indie pics and TV.


Base has been a significant subcontractor for ILM for some time, having done entire sequences for "Super 8," "I Am Number Four," "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" and the upcoming "G.I. Joe: Retaliation."

ILM will help supervise Base's efforts on pics where they are working together.

Base was founded in 2003 by Chris Bremble. Besides "Boardwalk Empire," Base contributed vfx to HBOproductions "The Pacific" and "Grey Gardens."

Click here for more film news on Variety.com.


source - http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/sns-201205221721reedbusivarietynvr1118054498-20120522,0,176512.story

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Redundancies have hit The Old Republic causing speculation that the quality MMO is in trouble.  EA shares have taken a battering over the last few months trading the lowest in 12 months.


The announcement came on the official forums for The Old Republic, in a post by Bioware co-founder Greg Zeschuk. The message, attributed to both Zeschuk and Bioware’s other co-founder, Ray Muzyka, confirmed that Bioware Austin has undergone “restructuring,” laying off an undetermined number of employees.


Looking forward, the studio remains vibrant and passionate about our many upcoming initiatives for Star Wars: The Old Republic. We still have a very substantial development team working on supporting and growing the game, and we feel we are in a strong position, with your continued involvement and feedback, to continue to build Star Wars: The Old Republic as one of the most compelling and successful online experiences in the world today. There are many strong initiatives planned for cool new content and new features that we’re excited to tell you about in the upcoming weeks and months.


Personally no one likes redundancies and those who have lost their jobs I hope they come out of this okay.  On the subject of the game I don't think we have anything to worry about.  It was inevitable that when a game is developed the task force would be more than when the game is up and running.  It probably takes a lot less personnel to maintain the game and servers than create a game environment, engine etc from scratch.


Rob Wainfur
The Bearded Trio
Here the powerful roars from the famous T Rex from the movie Jurassic Park.

check out a sneak preview of what to expect in the next update for Star Wars The Old Republic


Rufio

 Crave Online has word from actorDante Basco, who played the lewd, crude, rude, bag of pre-chewed food dude, Rufio, is in the middle of developing a prequel that follows that very character. Basco, who is now 36-years old, will not be reprising his role, but as a producer he's already locked down Rpin Suwannath, who was once rebooting Zorro, lined up to direct.
Basco told Crave briefly:
"Actually there’s a film in development, the Rufio film, where a hotshot group of kids from the East Coast graduated and they wrote this whole script, the prequel to Hook and it’s the Rufio story. We have it right now with a director, Rpin Suwannath who’s doing the new Zorro for Fox. He has the script and he’s attached to the film and I’m attached to produce so that’s actually in development right now which’ll be cool, a Rufio for a whole new generation.
The storyline is crazy actually. These guys have a whole storyline of how he gets the Mohawk. The whole story’s crazy. These guys came with the script, I’m like, “You guys wrote this?” Not only did they write this, they did the musical in their college. They were going to go off Broadway with it and then they lost their insurance and they came to Hollywood. If anyone saw their play it’s that, but the newer version is pretty intense. They added more action. I never saw the play but I think they added more backstory to Rufio, like how he became Rufio which I was impressed by. It’s in development "

Source - http://www.firstshowing.net/2012/hook-star-dante-basco-developing-prequel-on-his-character-rufio/
Steven Spielberg came to AFI in 1978 for a seminar with AFI Fellows. In this clip he talks about how he admires the pre-visualization skills of animators.


Monday, 21 May 2012

Thanks to Matt Stitch Lewis for the heads up.



HUNDREDS of noble visitors from galaxies far, far away – or other towns and cities, at least – came together for an epic battle in Swindon.
Nearly 500 people headed to the Steam Museum on Saturday, armed with lightsabers and determined to break a world record.
The lightsaber battle was the highlight of the Sci-Fi Superheroes weekend that marks the end of the popular Sci-Fi exhibition at Steam, which has been running since March.
Visitors were joined by a host of characters from the Star Wars movies including three Darth Vaders, Chewbacca and the Jedi Knights.

Version 1.3 is on its way and its called Allies.  One of the main updates is a group finder giving you an automated way to link up with others to quest and head into Flashpoints and Operations.





Read an interview with lead game designer Daniel Erickson at IGN
This video is of the second annual Indiana Jones Run. Done by the men of Pearson Scholarship Hall at the University of Kansas the week before finals. 


Sunday, 20 May 2012

Well you've seen the R2 swimsuit (Check it out here) but now the world just got that little bit more complete with this Tardis corset from Etsy.com and will set you back $225 USD or free if you pay with your psychic papers.



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