Sunday, 30 September 2012


Spielberg's Son Debuts in Bulgarian-Tied NYC Play: Spielberg's Son Debuts in Bulgarian-Tied NYC Play

Son of Steven Spielberg, Sawyer Avery, has made his theatre debut with a troupe, created by Bulgarian actor, Theodor Petlev.

Liliya Slavova, actress, director, lecturer and head of Ambassador Theater in Washington DC, writes that Spielberg has been spotted sitting on the fifth row at the 4th Street Theater, an off-Broadway venue, happily smiling after Sawyer's successful debut. The entire Spielberg family has been present at the premiere.

Bulgarian "Theo" Petelov and American girlfriend Kate Hoffman are the founders and artistic directors of The WhiteListed Theatre Company, which staged the play – Serbian Biljana Sbrljanović's Belgrade Trilogy. Petelov and Hoffman have also translated the original text for this production.

The play is directed by Joanna Nastassja Kastratovic, while the ensemble cast comprises Iva Valkova, Kate Hoffman, Jess Loudon, Samantha Slater, Vanina Kondova, Benjamin Watson, Sawyer Avery, Alexander Ristov, Luka Mijatovic, Gavin Haag and Theo Petelov. In addition to Sawyer Avery, the rest of the cast includes young actors from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Australia and New Zealand.

The personalities in "Belgrade Trilogy" are young and smart people, who have left Serbia over a number of political, social and economic reasons, and became expats in search of luck and new life. The play focuses on the hard fate of the emigrants and has been staged in 50 countries.

Sawyer Avery plats a young Serbian living in Prague.

BG VOICE writes that the presence of Spielberg and mother Kate Capshaw had not scared but rather motivated the cast to do their best.

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Saturday, 29 September 2012

I was browsing the web and cam across Jim Ferguson.  A fellow Steven Spielberg fan, he has painted some amazing art work and really captures the scenes from Spielberg's movies.  They are all for sale at http://www.etsy.com/shop/Jimbeanus and he can also be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Jimbeanus

Take a look at some of these fine examples.  My personal favourite?  It has to be the Poltergeist and Jaws scene.

Jurassic Park - CLEVER GIRL
Raiders Of The Lost Ark - Idol


Goonies - Hit Puree





Poltergeist - Don't Touch My Babies



Close Encounters - Contact



Jaws - Because I Need It



There are many more on his site including Star Wars, Ferris Bueller, Shawn Of The Dead, Dune, Die Hard and more.  All at realistic prices.  Most definitely worth a visit.

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As November 9th gets closer and closer for the release of Lincoln, we are treated to more images released to wet our appetites for the upcoming Spielberg movie.








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Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider's company is hoping to increase its cash flow by aligning with independent distributors in select foreign markets.

After announcing a distribution deal with giant Entertainment One for the U.K. and Benelux, Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider's DreamWorks Studios has struck additional key output pacts with Constantin Film, Nordisk Film and Italia Film

Constantin Film will distribute movies from DreamWorks in all media in Germany, Austria and Switzerland; Nordisk in Scandinavia; and Italia in the Middle East.
David Garrett's new international sales and financing venture Mister Smith Entertainment brokered the deals on behalf of DreamWorks after meeting with foreign buyers at the Toronto Film Festival. Snider and DreamWorks president and COO Jeff Small were on hand in Toronto as well.
Constantin was a natural fit to distribute DreamWorks titles since it co-owns Mister Smith, formed earlier this year after Garrett left Summit International.
DreamWorks decided to align itself with independent distributors in certain territories as a way of providing steady cash flow. Disney, which has an overall deal with DreamWorks, will continue to distribute DreamWorks' films in the U.S., Latin America, Asia, Russia and Australia.
"On behalf of Steven and Stacey, we are so excited to be in business with international partners we consider the ‘best of breed’ and a perfect match for our films. Partnering with industry leaders at eOne, Constantin, Nordisk and Italia, we know our films will be handled with the utmost skill and creativity by their distribution teams. This new network of relationships encapsulates the studio's vision for capitalizing on the growing global marketplace," said Small.


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Digital Domain, the once-storied visual effects house co-founded by director James Cameron, has emerged from bankruptcy with new Chinese and Indian owners vowing to expand the Los Angeles-based studio.

Digital Domain Media Group announced Sunday that it had accepted a bid from Galloping Horse America, a division of a Beijing media company, and Reliance MediaWorks, part of the Indian conglomerate Reliance Group, to buy the company's visual effects studios in Venice, Calif., and Vancouver, Canada, for $30.2 million.
The deal closed Thursday and effectively removes Digital Domain from a potentially protracted Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing by its parent company in Florida this month. That filing caused the near-shutdown of the company's new animation building in Port St. Lucie, Fla., laying off most of its 320 workers.

"We're unencumbered," said longtime Digital Domain executive Ed Ulbrich, who was recently named chief executive of Digital Domain Productions. "This allows us to expand our capacity and to grow our business offshore. We have immense gratitude to our new ownership, and to our employees."
Founded in 1993 by "Titanic" and "Avatar" director Cameron and other partners, Digital Domain has created special effects for more than 90 movies, including "Titanic," "Tron: Legacy," "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" and the "Transformers" films. (Cameron no longer has a stake in the company.)

Ulbrich said the focus now would be on returning Digital Domain to its roots in visual effects, as opposed to producing animated movies, creating military simulations and other costly initiatives that contributed to the company's financial woes.

The deal is expected to improve Digital Domain's ability to compete on a global scale by giving it access to Reliance's production pipeline and to low-cost labor in India and eventually China, where Galloping Horse expects to open a visual effects studio.

But executives from both companies emphasized that they would invest in Digital Domain's overall business, not outsourcing jobs to India and China. Digital Domain employs 733 people at its studios in Venice and Vancouver.

"The L.A. operation will continue to grow," said Venkatesh Roddam, CEO of film and media services for Reliance MediaWorks. "There is enough work to be had out there."

The deal could help Digital Domain expand its business in China, where there is a strong demand for quality visual effects, said Ivy Zhong, vice chairman and managing director of Beijing Galloping Horse Film Co.

"It's a very strategic investment for us," Zhong said. "In China the quality of visual effects is very, very low. If we set up a branch in China, we're going to have a lot of business."



Friday, 28 September 2012

There is a great article over at http://blog.flexioffices.co.uk/the-greatest-office-movies-of-all-time/ It tackles the question we have often asked.  What are the greatest movies with an Office in it?  There are some obvious contenders like Jerry Maguire and OfficeSpace but what about Gremlins 2 and Brazil?  Head over to http://blog.flexioffices.co.uk/the-greatest-office-movies-of-all-time/ to find out once and for all the answer to this important question.  You may also notice my little bit of input into this burning question.

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Comingsoon.net were invited to a brunch to celebrate E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial's 30th anniversary. Kathleen Kennedy and Henry Thomas were present. While there the subject of Jurassic Park IV was mentioned. Kathleen Kennedy had this to say about the Dino franchise

"Writing, writing, writing.  It's really hard to keep these things going when there's an expectation and a desire by the public and the audience to keep certain franchises going. As filmmakers, we often sit there going, 'Okay. We have to answer the question, 'Why do another one?'' If you can't answer that question, you shouldn't be doing it. It's tough. We're trying to come up with a story that makes sense and isn't going to disappoint people and is, hopefully, going to get people excited and reinvigorate the franchise. We've got to start with a script and the story."

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Bryan Bishop visits special effects giant Industrial Light and Magic to learn about what goes into blockbuster visual effects.

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Thursday, 27 September 2012

Stormtroopers from the 501st Legion marched in downtown Orlando for Galactic Encounter Day at the Orange County Regional History Center. The one-day event celebrated Star Wars.

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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Movies helped Steven Spielberg cope with his dyslexia, the director of "Jaws" and "Schindler's List" said in a rare interview about being diagnosed with the learning disability five years ago.

"It was like the last puzzle part in a tremendous mystery that I've kept to myself all these years," Spielberg, 65, told the website "Friends of Quinn."

As a child, Spielberg said he learned to read two years later than his classmates, which made him subject to teasing and caused him to dread school.

That bullying made its way into Spielberg's work as a filmmaker -- the story for the 1985 movie "The Goonies," which Spielberg executive produced, was inspired by Spielberg's own friendships with a group of fellow outcasts, he said.

"I was a member of the goon squad," Spielberg said.

Spielberg also discussed going back to college in his 50s to complete the bachelor's degree he abandoned in 1968 to pursue filmmaking, and confessed that he takes more than twice as long as most of his peers in Hollywood to read books and scripts.

Spielberg gave the interview to Quinn Bradlee, author of the memoir "A Different Life: Growing Up Learning Disabled and Other Adventures" and proprietor of the online community for people with learning disabilities, "Friends of Quinn."

"I never felt like a victim," Spielberg said. "Movies really helped me... kind of saved me from shame, from guilt... Making movies was my great escape."

Spielberg's next film the historical drama "Lincoln," arrives in theaters Nov. 9.

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Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Director Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise interview each other and answer questions from viewers about their movie, War of the Worlds.



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Reitman told Collider that he’d prefer to “go forward and make new things” instead of producing a Ghostbusters sequel. “I think Ghostbusters probably should be remade, if we can get it all right. We’re working on it, so we’ll see,” said Reitman. “I was literally just having this conversation with the head of a studio for lunch today, and they were concerned that we’re killing the business by remaking the same thing.”

Also, Reitman is very skeptical about the Twins sequel, Triplets, which is rumored to star Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito and Eddie Murphy. He admits to being “quite nervous” about the prospect and notes that the project currently has no writer. “I think it’s somebody’s commercial idea, and usually that’s a scary thought,” said Retiman. “I think that was more of a press release than anything.”

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ust days after announcing his departure from 20th Century Fox at the end of the year, chairman Tom Rothman is set to produce Steven Spielberg's "Robopocalypse," which is a co-production with DreamWorks.
Rothman has shepherded the project closely from the beginning, even making personal calls to reporters when Fox announced the project a year ago. Disney will distribute "Robopocalypse" domestically through its Touchstone label while Fox will handle international territories. The companies will share equally in worldwide theatrical revenues.
Fox originally slated "Robopocalypse" for release July 3, 2013, but pushed the pic back a year to open day-and-date worldwide on April 25, 2014.
"Robopocalypse," a sci-fi epic adapted from Daniel H. Wilson's novel by scribe Drew Goddard, centers on the fate of the human race after a robot uprising. DreamWorks acquired the rights to Wilson's unpublished manuscript in November 2009. Title was released by Doubleday in June of last year.
"When someone like Tom is a free agent, you snatch him up fast. He has proven himself to be a necessity of this industry. At Fox he had already been an enthusiastic partner on 'Robopocalypse,' and it is to our advantage that he would come produce this film with me. Tom has been a wonderful friend and colleague over the years and DreamWorks is incredibly lucky to have him on board," said Spielberg.
"If you are in politics, you dream of a call from the White House, in baseball, from the Yankees, in movies, from Steven Spielberg. 'Robopocalypse' is the kind of important epic entertainment, a big movie with big ideas, that Steven does better than anyfilmmaker on earth. I am honored beyond measure that he asked for my help on it and fired up to do whatever I can for him, Stacey, the outstanding DreamWorks team, and all of my friends at Fox. I enjoyed the idea of being unemployed for a week, but this will be way more fun," said Rothman.
"Tom was a fantastic studio chairman and his impeccable taste and passion for films will serve Steven, DreamWorks and this film well," added Stacey Snider.
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Monday, 24 September 2012





Thanks to Newmarket Press we have a copy of E.T. From Concept To Classic to give away. 

To have a chance of winning a copy all you have to do is click LIKE on The Bearded Trio's facebook page and leave a message.  That's it!  Closing date is the 15th October and the winner will be announced a few days later on the Facebook page.  Good luck.  You can read my review here.

Here are 13 facts or quotes you may not know  regarding E.T. The Extra Terrestrial.
  1. Spielberg never wanted to show grown-ups until the very end.  "I wanted to suggest them like in a Tom & Jerry cartoon where, when the Mom comes in you only see her from the waist down"
  2. Spielberg explains ET is more plant than anything else.  "He's not a mammal, or bird, or fish.  I think he's a vegetable."  He also mentions how they decided to make his insides when they glow to look more like a plant.
  3. Quote from Spielberg in 1981 - "ET is my response to the stalled space program.  If the government won't fund the space program, to allow people's imagination to soar, then all I can do is make movies that bring space down to Earth and make it more accessible to the imagination."
  4. George Lucas on Yoda - "I hadn't seen the movie and when it was completed, we had a screening for ILM which I attended.  Steven warned me there was something special in the movie for me.  So we are watching and suddenly Yoda showed up in the film.  Everybody in the audience cheered, of course, being it was an ILM screening.  I was amazed and flattered.  It was a very funny moment. 
  5. The kids in the movie thought ET was real despite seeing the technicians.
  6. ET as a prop was insured for $1.2million
  7. ET goes into a fox den and sees several cubs and their mothers, 
  8. Elliott's father is in the movie,
  9. ET has a pouch like a kangaroo and carries stuff around with him, 
  10. Harvey the dog gets hit by a car and ET heals him, 
  11. ET heals the JR character on TV show Dallas, 
  12. In the original script the boys are playing Dungeons and Dragons but this had to be cut when the production company was not allowed to use the name, 
  13. Harrison Ford appeared as the Principle but eventually were cut from the movie.  Henry Thomas was so excited to see his Star Wars hero, he took the day's call sheet to show his friends.
JR?  Really?

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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial  From Concept To Classic was first released in 2002 when the movie was celebrating its 20th anniversary.  Now Newmarket Press has released a 30th Anniversary edition which will sit nicely by your copy of the Blu-ray which is out in October.  

192 glossy pages and an introduction by Steven Spielberg no less.  In fact we get to hear from Spielberg, writer Melissa Mathison and the cast and crew throughout the book.  The full screenplay is included in the book, along with script notes to give you that extra insight into the movie.  For example, did you know that Henry Thomas who played Elliott ad-libbed the scene where Elliott and E.T. play with the toys?

The book is separated into three main parts.  Part one of the book is titled From concept to classic and begins with the explanation of "Night Skies", an early draft about a farm family who are terrorised by gremlin-like extra terrestrials.  Spielberg felt after reading the draft that this was a movie he couldn't do, as it was too violent and went against his beliefs that aliens visiting the earth would not have bad intentions.  It was then that everything changed and he realised he was going to be making a very different movie.  Steven Spielberg explains how he was thinking of the concept during the making of Raiders of the Lost Ark:

"Sometime in 1979 or 1980, we were shooting Raiders of the Lost Ark in Tunisia and, during one of the long set ups, I was walking in the desert, picking up prehistoric sea shells, and trying to figure out how I could tell the story of this lonely boy.  At the time I was feeling kind of separate from myself, which often happens when you are directing.  You go into a kind of fugue state to make a movie.  So I was in one of these states of mind when, bang, this concept hit me and the story began to flood into my mind.  For the next couple of days during the shooting of Raiders, the bones of the story began to fall into place."

The book also mentions how the first draft of E.T. by Melissa Mathison was almost perfect, and Spielberg mentions after reading the draft how he could have easily filmed the movie tomorrow.  A rare thing after reading a draft he says.

Part two is called A Boy's Life:  The Annotated, Illustrated Screenplay.  As mentioned, this part of the book includes the full screenplay.  If you are writing a screenplay or are thinking of writing one, then reading the E.T. screenplay will give you some great tips and insight.  Scenes are not over described and the dialogue flows.  For example, in the scene where E.T. and Elliott attempt to communicate with E.T.'s own kind using a Speak & Spell, look at how simple the dialogue is and how uncluttered the script is:

The string pulls the fork, which pulls the sawblade, which activates the Speak & Spell, which is writing once again the strange characters,

Elliott is very excited

ELLIOTT
E.T., it's working! Its working!

E.T.
Oh! Home.

ELLIOTT
You did it!

E.T.
Home

ELLIOTT
It's working!

E.T.
Home

They both look to the sky in anticipation, hoping for some word in return

ELLIOTT
E.T.! It's working

The third and final part of the book is called Postproduction and Beyond, and begins with ILM (Industrial Light & Magic) explaining the involvement in the movie, and also goes into detail about the spaceship.  The book tells us that originally the spaceship was going to be saucer shaped, but the ship's shape we all know is thanks to the legendary Ralph Mcquarrie,who decided to shape it like a diving bell.  This shape was used because according to Spielberg, the aliens originated from a moist planet.  The bottom of the ship was encrusted with barnacles.

Every page has some interesting behind the scenes information, and even if you are the biggest E.T. fan you will find something in this book you didn't know before.  Its well laid out and extremely easy to read.  I found ET From Concept to Classic to be one of the better behind the scenes books, and will make an excellent addition to any Spielberg, E.T. or movie fan's collection.

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New Star Trek 2 movie details & more revealed by Spock star Zachary Quinto. According to Collider, Star Trek, Spock,star Zachary Quinto recently chatted it up with The Wrap,and revealed a new,small,spoiler teaser for the 2nd installment,which is titled “Into Darkness.”
Zachary jumped right into Star Trek 2 talk,stating, ” It was bigger. It was bolder, I think, than the first one, and that was pretty big and bold from my stand point. I’m really excited to see what they do with it.”
After that he chatted about wrapping up his work on the new flick,stating, “I feel like, you know, my work is done on the movie right now and until we have to go and promote it, then my work remains done and I let J.J. and his incredible team of people get in there and do the work that they need to do now.”
Finally, he said he feels very satisfied with the work he did,but doesn’t feel a lot of personal pressure about its success,stating, “I feel very fulfilled, but I don’t feel particularly attached to what the outcome of that project will be because I have faith in the people that I was collaborating with to make it as good as it can be.” The movie is scheduled to hit theaters on May 17th, 2013

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was honored Saturday night at thhe Congressional Black Causcus Foundation’s Phoenix Awards, sharing the honors with a southern mayor, a fiesty congresswoman, and the man behind “Star Wars.”
Both men served up passionate speeches in which the attorney general vowed to protect Americans’ right to vote, and the filmmaker decried the continued existence of racism, including in Hollywood.
Filmmaker George Lucas spoke about his dogged pursuit to make “Red Tails,” a feature film with an all-black cast that told the story of the Tuskegee Airmen. Saying he was “deeply honored” by the award, Lucas said he worked on the film for 20 yeas. He said that having grown up in the 1960s, he had believed tha electing a blac president would mean society had changed, but instead, it merely “brought some things to the surface,” adding that today, racism exists in “code words.” And he said that while he initially thought the movie would appeal most to young black males, he discovered tha the most enthusiastic audience was “black women in their 50s.”
Still, Lucas said, the most gratifying aspect of making the film was the looks on the faces of 10-year-old boys after watching it, knowing they realized the were a part of the American story.


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Though he has confirmed his return to the directing seat of "Transformers 4", Michael Bay once hinted that "T4" would be his last work in the successful autobot war film franchise. However, latest update suggested that Bay might still reprise his directing role once again as producer Steven Spielberg reportedly planned a possible fifth "Transformers" film.

The report was sparked by actor Glenn Morshower, who appeared as General Morshower in the last three "Transformers" films, when discussing the franchise at the Con X KC in Kansas City, Missouri. He revealed to Examiner that Bay and Spielberg were not only working on "Transformers 4", but more than likely "Transformers 5" as well.

"After I did the opening ceremonies for the ride [at Universal Studios Hollywood], Steven Spielberg walked up to me and chatted and said 'You know we've got you set to do the fourth one and probably the fifth one on the heels of that," he dished. "So, I guess in December we are on our way to making 4 and 5."

The report added fuel to last year's rumors suggesting that there might be fourth and fifth "Transformers" films which would be shot back-to-back to save the budget. At that time, Bay declared that he wouldn't be involved in the projects despite the big success of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon". He, however, signed on to "T4" earlier this year, confirming that the upcoming movie would include a new cast ensemble.

"I thought I was done. Then the ride came out and the two-and-a-half-hour lines. And then you're thinking, Oh my God, someone's going to take this over," Bay recently said of why he finally decided to return to the fourth film. "And you start doing a lot of soul-searching. Like, OK, I'm about to do a little movie, 'Pain and Gain'... and the studio says they want to restart the franchise."

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Sunday, 23 September 2012

I need your Star Wars memories. I have this idea and I need your help. With the fortieth anniversary quickly approaching I thought it would be a great idea to collect your memories of Star Wars fans over the decades. Whether you were there in 77 or you became a fan with Episode One I want to know. You may have worked on the movies in some way or the expanded universe. Or you may just simply remember the first Star Wars figure you bought. I want to know.

The idea is in its early stage and to be honest I don’t know whether it will become a reality. It all depends on the input. What do you think? Would you want to see a Star Wars memories book? Has one already been done? What would you like to see in the book? I’ve never done anything like this before and the idea seems a bit daunting but at the same time having a celebration of memories in time for the forty year anniversary motivates me to pursue the idea. So any input, stories or tips would be a great help.

You can contact me either by leaving a comment or by emailing me thebeardedtrio@aol.com  Also contact me on Twitter and on Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/TheBeardedTrio 

So the first stage is to get the content. Don’t be afraid to let me know your memories no matter how small or weird.  I would LOVE to make this book a reality but can't do it without your help.  Spread the word.

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The ITLG has scored quite a coup in putting together an all-star line-up of some of the entertainment industry’s most senior executives for its annual Innovation in Entertainment event in Hollywood. Among those included on its top 50 listing of the most influential people in entertainment is the co-chair of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy, one of the most successful and respected producers and executives in the film industry today.
Among Kennedy’s credits are three of the highest grossing films in motion picture history: E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Jurassic Park and The Sixth Sense
Her production credits include over 70 films including  the Back to the Future trilogy, theIndiana Jones series, The Bourne Identityseries, Twister, Schindler’s List, The Color Purple, Munich, War of the Worlds, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The Adventures of Tintin, War Horse, and most recently Lincoln which is set to release in the Autumn. 
Kennedy is the recipient of the Producers Guild of America’s prestigious David O. Selznick Award for Career Achievement and is currently on the Board of Governors for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  In June 2012 she joined George Lucas as Co-Chairman of Lucasfilm Ltd., to lead one of the most innovative and successful film and entertainment companies in the world.
Kennedy has collaborated with George Lucas on movies such as Indiana Jones: The Kindom of the Crystal Skull and she is tasked with carrying Lucas’s vision into the future. According to a report in the Hollywood ReporterLucas said: “I've spend my life building Lucasfilm, and as I shift my focus into other directions, I wanted to make sure it was in the hands of someone equipped to carry my vision into the future. It was important that my successor not only be someone with great creative passion and proven leadership abilities but also someone who loves movies. I care deeply about my employees; it is their creativity and hard work that has made this company what it is today. As the company grows and expands, I wanted to be sure the employees of Lucasfilm have a strong captain for the ship.”
Kennedy, the daughter of a judge and attorney and a theatre actress, grew up in Berkeley, California,  and began her career in entertainment with a local TV station in San Diego where she held a number of technical roles including video editor, camera operator and floor director. She then moved to Los Angeles where she produced a local TV talk show.
Her break in the movies came when she got her first film production job working with John Milius who at the time was making Steven Spielberg’s 1941.
Impressed, Spielberg hired Kennedy as his secretary.
She received her first full producer’s credit with E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in 1982 and her work on the Indiana Jones films propelled her to become one of the top producers in Hollywood.

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STEVEN SPIELBERG's actor son Sawyer has dropped his dad's famous surname ahead of his New York stage debut so theatregoers won't be put off by his celebrity.
Sawyer Avery Spielberg, the Jaws filmmaker's 20-year-old son with actress wife Kate Capshaw, is set to star in dark comedy Belgrade Trilogy at the 4th Street Theater in Manhattan's East Village on Friday (07Sep12), but the aspiring actor has chosen to axe his last name from the playbill in order to pave his own path in showbusiness.
He tells the New York Post, "It was a very conscious decision. I wanted to tell my own story and have my own little journey and my own little adventure. Sometimes the last name can be a little bit distracting."
And Sawyer insists his parents won't be offended: "No matter if I'm Sawyer Avery or Joe Schmidt or whatever my name is, my dad will always be a big part of my life. It is a big name and there will be a lot of noise around it. But as long as I stay focused, I can handle it. They've always been very open to all my decisions, all my choices and I'm very thankful. It's been a gift."
But, despite distancing himself from the family brand, he does hope to follow in his father's Hollywood footsteps by taking an intensive screenwriting course in Manhattan once his stage show wraps on 22 September (12).
He adds, "My goal isn't to be a movie star. That just seems like a lot of anxiety. That just seems like a lot of pressure."


Read more: http://www.kypost.com/dpp/entertainment/celebrity/Steve-Spielbergs-son-drops-famous-last-name-for-New-York-stage-debut_91199846#ixzz27Jz19Swd


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This is my entry for the Star Wars Music Video Festival over on GalacticBinder.com  Its a bit of fun and crosses Star Wars with a bit of Monty Python.  A tribute to all those characters who were killed, beaten, punched, blown up, thrown, strangled, burned or shot at.


Always Look On The Bright Side Of Star Wars




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Steven Spielberg's Lincoln will be in theaters everywhere starting on November 16th, but it was only a matter of time before it was announced when and where the movie would be holding its world premiere. Today the answer has been revealed. A press release has been sent out saying that the Daniel Day-Lewis-starring biopic will be holding its premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles on November 8th as the closing night film at this year's AFI Fest. This is the second year in a row that a Spielberg title has been named as the final gala screening, as the event last year saw The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn also play before a public audience for the first time.

Starring Day-Lewis as the United States' 16th president, the film is a biopic that centers on the end of the Civil War and the presidents efforts to abolish slavery. Tony Kushner, who wrote the screenplay for Spielberg's Munich, wrote the script based in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin's book "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln." The breathtaking supporting cast includes Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, David Strathairn, Jackie Earle Haley, John Hawkes Hal Holbrook, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader and Jared Harris.

Said AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale in a statement, "Steven Spielberg is an American master, enriching the cultural legacy of our nation with each new film in his extraordinary career. We are honored he has chosen AFI FEST for the World Premiere of Lincoln, an historic cinematic event in itself as it brings the most dramatic American history to life for new generations."

http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Steven-Spielberg-Lincoln-Premiere-AFI-Fest-33078.html


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Saturday, 22 September 2012

Yes there are only 26 days to go to one of the biggest Star Trek events in years - Star Trek London.  I will be there for the Saturday and Sunday.  I will take a heap load of photos and will give a report on the events, celebs and booths.  If you are also attending let me know. I'm Always willing to meet fellow fans.  Just for the record I am a huge Trek fan as much as Star Wars and there is room in my life for both (along with Battlestar and Stargate.)  Trek is relevant on this site as much as Star Wars.  ILM have a long history with the Trek movies and come on, I'm going to meet the Shat!

Rob Wainfur

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Here are the guests that will be there.  I've booked my tickets for photos with the five captains, Q and more.
I have an Enterprise jump suit and not sure whether to wear it on the day or just the party in the evening.  What do you think?

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