Wednesday, 31 October 2012

LucasArts, the video game developing subsidiary of Lucasfilm, was also part of the acquisition alongside Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound. However, there does not appear to be any present plans to reshuffle the employees at this time:
“Disney will also acquire the substantial portfolio of cutting-edge entertainment technologies that have kept audiences enthralled for many years. Lucasfilm, headquartered in San Francisco, operates under the names Lucasfilm Ltd., LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound, and the present intent is for Lucasfilm employees to remain in their current locations.”
Likewise, a LucasArts representative told Polygon that “for the time being all projects are business as usual. We are excited about all the possibilities that Disney brings,” but Disney CEO Robert Iger also noted that console development by LucasArts may halt in the future, saying the following:
“We’re likely to focus more on social and mobile than we are on console. We’ll look opportunistically at console, most likely in licensing rather than publishing, but we think that given the nature of these characters and how well known they are, and the storytelling, that they lend themselves quite nicely, as they’ve already demonstrated to the other platforms.”
It should be noted that Disney has closed two studios in the past 2 years, including that of Propaganda Games (Turokand Tron: Evolution) and Black Rock Studios (Pure and Split Second). However, Disney is also working behind the scenes on a gaming initiative codenamed “Toy Box”

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We were filming the Hallowe’en scene in ET in San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles. Elliott, my character, and his older brother Michael, played by Robert MacNaughton (pictured, right), dress ET up as a ghost and sneak him out of the house. We actually shot this sequence around Hallowe’en, so there was a festive atmosphere on set and also a lot of guests. Harrison Ford was there because his girlfriend at the time, Melissa Mathison, was the film’s screenwriter, and Debra Winger visited – she ended up being an extra in the Hallowe’en scene.
Underneath that sheet is Pat Bilon, one of the actors who played ET. To cut down on the heat from wearing the full-body latex ET suit, he was wearing only the mask and holding half a broomstick in each hand with three plastic spoons taped to the end to emulate ET’s arms – which is funny given that ET had radio-controlled functions like moving eyes. Steven Spielberg (pictured, left) spoke to us quite a bit about the technical aspects of making the film; the creature design, building the sets – those things fascinated him. We were using technology that was ahead of the curve. ET was controlled from the other side of the soundstage by 12 or 13 men watching monitors, which was rather hi-tech at the time.
I was familiar with Spielberg’s work before I auditioned so I was pretty excited to be working with him. The audition came about because I’d made Raggedy Man with Sissy Spacek and Sam Shepard earlier that year and the director’s editing bay was next door to Spielberg’s editor’s office while he was making Poltergeist so Spielberg asked me to audition.
My parents didn’t have any experience of the film world at all and I didn’t have an agent. I was paid something between $10,000 and $30,000, which is a lot of money to a 10-year-old, but in relative terms when you look at the gross of the film there is huge disparity.
ET was in cinemas for about a year and I was extremely popular during that time. But when I was in my late teens and early 20s I found the fact that I had been Elliott hard to deal with at times. I was trying to be a serious young actor and everyone kept bringing up that fact I was the cute lovable little kid in ET – that used to get on my nerves. Once I realised I probably wouldn’t have had a career without it, I became OK with it. For a while I felt like I had to do something different to be recognised as a talent in my own right. Then you get older and you don’t care.

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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Well its only just been announced and already the talk is who should direct Star Wars 7? 

Well the hot favourite is of course Joss Whedon who did a great job with a little known film called The Avengers.  Guillermo Del Toro is another one who's past record with Pan's Labyrinth and Hellboy would make a good choice.  Will this open the door for Spielberg to finally direct a Star Wars movie?  He was linked for a while to The Empire Strikes Back so this may be his second chance at getting into the Star Wars universe.   In favour with Disney at the moment and most likely is Gore Verbinski who directed the Pirates Of The Caribbean movies, Rango and the upcoming Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp.  What about Steve Moffat who wrote the latest Tin-Tin movie, brought us the fabulous Sherlock to our small screens and currently is responsible for the latest Doctor Who?  So is no stranger to Sci-fi.  At the very least he should help with the writing.  Finally there's J.J Abrams.  Wouldn't that a great story that the director of the latest Star Trek movies would also be responsible for the new Star Wars movies?  Whatever happens lets just hope its not Michael Bay.  We don't want over the top explosions with really close up shots so much so you can't see what's going on.

Who do you think will make a great director for the new Star Wars movies?

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With Disney now taking over Lucasfilm and acquiring the Star Wars franchise there's undoubtedly going to be a "don't touch our baby" vibe doing the internet.  Initially I thought the same but don't forget Disney own Pixar and Marvel and they are still going strong, if not stronger.  Lets not forget that Star Wars will now find its way into the theme parks with a greater presence than we get now with Star Tours.  We have been promised more Star Wars movies and this could be a good thing if done right and with episodes 7, 8 and 9 this means they will have more of the original trilogy about them.  Star Wars could find its way into the Disney stores or even better Disney may decide to open Star Wars stores.  They've paid a lot of money for the franchise so don't be surprised if we see more of a presence on the high street or at the mall.

All I can say is don't panic.  I think this is a good thing and will only make the franchise even stronger than it is now.

Rob Wainfur
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George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy discuss the future of Star Wars movies.

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Disney said it planned to release a new Star Wars film, episode seven, in 2015.
That will be followed by episodes eight and nine and then one new movie every two or three years, the company said.
The last Star Wars film was 2005's Revenge of the Sith, and Disney said it believed there was "substantial pent-up demand".
Disney will pay about half in cash and half in stock, issuing 40 million Disney shares in the transaction.

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An investor conference call will take place at approximately 4:30 p.m. EDT / 1:30 p.m. PDT today, October 30, 2012. Details for the call are listed in the release.
Global leader in high-quality family entertainment agrees to acquire world-renowned Lucasfilm Ltd, including legendary STAR WARS franchise.
Acquisition continues Disney's strategic focus on creating and monetizing the world's best branded content, innovative technology and global growth to drive long-term shareholder value.
Lucasfilm to join company's global portfolio of world class brands including Disney, ESPN, Pixar, Marvel and ABC.
STAR WARS: EPISODE 7 feature film targeted for release in 2015.
Burbank, CA and San Francisco, CA, October 30, 2012 – Continuing its strategy of delivering exceptional creative content to audiences around the world, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd. in a stock and cash transaction. Lucasfilm is 100% owned by Lucasfilm Chairman and Founder, George Lucas.
Under the terms of the agreement and based on the closing price of Disney stock on October 26, 2012, the transaction value is $4.05 billion, with Disney paying approximately half of the consideration in cash and issuing approximately 40 million shares at closing. The final consideration will be subject to customary post-closing balance sheet adjustments.
"Lucasfilm reflects the extraordinary passion, vision, and storytelling of its founder, George Lucas," said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. "This transaction combines a world-class portfolio of content including Star Wars, one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time, with Disney's unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets to generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value."
"For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next," said George Lucas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lucasfilm. "It's now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I've always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. I'm confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come. Disney's reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products."
Under the deal, Disney will acquire ownership of Lucasfilm, a leader in entertainment, innovation and technology, including its massively popular and "evergreen" Star Warsfranchise and its operating businesses in live action film production, consumer products, animation, visual effects, and audio post production. Disney will also acquire the substantial portfolio of cutting-edge entertainment technologies that have kept audiences enthralled for many years. Lucasfilm, headquartered in San Francisco, operates under the names Lucasfilm Ltd., LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound, and the present intent is for Lucasfilm employees to remain in their current locations.
Kathleen Kennedy, current Co-Chairman of Lucasfilm, will become President of Lucasfilm, reporting to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn. Additionally she will serve as the brand manager for Star Wars, working directly with Disney's global lines of business to build, further integrate, and maximize the value of this global franchise. Ms. Kennedy will serve as executive producer on new Star Wars feature films, with George Lucas serving as creative consultant. Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for release in 2015, with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future.
The acquisition combines two highly compatible family entertainment brands, and strengthens the long-standing beneficial relationship between them that already includes successful integration of Star Wars content into Disney theme parks in Anaheim, Orlando, Paris and Tokyo.
Driven by a tremendously talented creative team, Lucasfilm's legendary Star Warsfranchise has flourished for more than 35 years, and offers a virtually limitless universe of characters and stories to drive continued feature film releases and franchise growth over the long term. Star Wars resonates with consumers around the world and creates extensive opportunities for Disney to deliver the content across its diverse portfolio of businesses including movies, television, consumer products, games and theme parks.Star Wars feature films have earned a total of $4.4 billion in global box to date, and continued global demand has made Star Wars one of the world's top product brands, and Lucasfilm a leading product licensor in the United States in 2011. The franchise provides a sustainable source of high quality, branded content with global appeal and is well suited for new business models including digital platforms, putting the acquisition in strong alignment with Disney's strategic priorities for continued long-term growth.
The Lucasfilm acquisition follows Disney's very successful acquisitions of Pixar and Marvel, which demonstrated the company's unique ability to fully develop and expand the financial potential of high quality creative content with compelling characters and storytelling through the application of innovative technology and multiplatform distribution on a truly global basis to create maximum value. Adding Lucasfilm to Disney's portfolio of world class brands significantly enhances the company's ability to serve consumers with a broad variety of the world's highest-quality content and to create additional long-term value for our shareholders.
The Boards of Directors of Disney and Lucasfilm have approved the transaction, which is subject to clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, certain non-United States merger control regulations, and other customary closing conditions. The agreement has been approved by the sole shareholder of Lucasfilm.
Note: Additional information and comments from Robert A. Iger, chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company, and Jay Rasulo, senior executive vice president and CFO, The Walt Disney Company, regarding Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm, are attached.
Investor Conference Call:
An investor conference call will take place at approximately 4:30 p.m. EDT / 1:30 p.m. PDT today, October 30, 2012. To listen to the Webcast, turn your browser to /investors/eventsor dial in domestically at (888) 771-4371 or internationally at (847) 585-4405. For both dial-in numbers, the participant pass code is 33674546.
The discussion will be available via replay on the Disney Investor Relations website through November 13, 2012 at 5:00 PM EST/2:00 PM PST.
About The Walt Disney Company
The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with five business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, interactive media, and consumer products. Disney is a Dow 30 company with revenues of over $40 billion in its Fiscal Year 2011.
About Lucasfilm Ltd.
Founded by George Lucas in 1971, Lucasfilm is a privately held, fully-integrated entertainment company. In addition to its motion-picture and television production operations, the company's global activities include Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, serving the digital needs of the entertainment industry for visual-effects and audio post-production; LucasArts, a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software worldwide; Lucas Licensing, which manages the global merchandising activities for Lucasfilm's entertainment properties; Lucasfilm Animation; and Lucas Online creates Internet-based content for Lucasfilm's entertainment properties and businesses. Additionally, Lucasfilm Singapore, produces digital animated content for film and television, as well as visual effects for feature films and multi-platform games. Lucasfilm Ltd. is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

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Disney is paying $4.05 billion to buy Lucasfilm Ltd., the production company behind "Star Wars," from its chairman and founder, George Lucas. It's also making a seventh movie in the "Star Wars" series.
The Walt Disney Co. announced the agreement to make the purchase in cash and stock Tuesday. Disney added that "Star Wars Episode 7" is scheduled for release in 2015.
The deal brings Lucasfilm under the Disney banner with other brands including Pixar, Marvel, ESPN and ABC.
Kathleen Kennedy, the current co-chairman of Lucasfilm, will become its president and report to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn. Lucas will be creative consultant on new "Star Wars" films.
Lucas said in a statement, "It's now time for me to pass `Star Wars' on to a new generation of filmmakers."
George Lucas will make his first appearance as grand marshal of the downtown classic car parade in Modesto's annual Graffiti Summer festivities next year.
The 68-year-old Modesto native will ride in the head car June 7. The annual event celebrates Lucas' 1973 breakout film "American Graffiti," which was inspired by his experiences cruising around the city as a teen in the early '60s.
This will be one of Lucas' rare public appearances in Modesto. While he occasionally attends community events, including his 50th Downey High School class reunion over the summer, he maintains a low profile and avoids publicity.
John Sanders, chairman of the North Modesto Kiwanis American Graffiti Car Show and Parade, made the announcement about Lucas' participation in Graffiti Summer on Tuesday night at The State Theatre at the Modesto Area Music Association Awards.
"We're excited about the fact that he accepted the invitation to be the grand marshal of the parade," Sanders said. "The reason we're excited about it is it will give the citizens of his hometown the opportunity to honor him."
Lucas could not be reached for comment. After making "American Graffiti," he went on to create the wildly successful "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" films.
Wes Page, who attended Lucas' Downey High School reunion, said those in attendance didn't crowd the filmmaker and let him enjoy the event talking to his friends.
Page said he gets the impression that Lucas doesn't like taking center stage. "He does kind things without wanting accolades," Page said.
As an example, Lucas loans The State Theatre "Star Wars" prints once a year but he doesn't expect or want recognition for it.
Jennifer Mullen, chief executive officer of the Modesto Convention & Visitors Bureau, said Lucas was honored to be asked to be a part of the classic car parade.
"Maybe he has more time now," she said, explaining that he is retiring. "Maybe he always wanted to do it and has more time in his schedule."
She said Lucas was pleased with the work community volunteers did on Modesto's new historic Graffiti cruise route, which features kiosks on 10th and 11th streets that provide information about Modesto cruising history and Lucas' life and films.
A Kiwanis news release announcing Lucas' participation next summer noted, "The Modesto Historic Cruise Route was officially opened at the beginning ceremonies of the 2012 parade. It provides a walking tour of Modesto, its history of cruising, music, and the part played by George Lucas.
"Lucasfilm and the Lucas family worked closely on the Historic Cruise Route, and George Lucas made a promotional video for the tourist and historic attraction. Mr. Lucas also provided video for the Modesto Chamber of Commerce's 100th anniversary celebration."

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Sunday, 28 October 2012

George Lucas and Ted Danson took to the stage in Los Angeles on Thursday to remember late NBC chairman Brandon Tartikoff at an event in his honor.

The Hollywood stars were the guests of honor as a series of letters, interviews and speeches by TV network boss Tartikoff, who died in 1997, were posthumously accepted into the University of Southern California's (USC) School of Cinematic Arts catalog.

Star Wars creator Lucas, who had pushed for the film school to obtain the papers, declared himself a "big fan" of Tartikoff, and added: "He let people do their job. There are lots of executives and lawyers in the business who think they understand the creative process. And they don't. Brandon was someone who enjoyed watching others be creative and he let them get on with their work."

Danson noted that Tartikoff gave him "everything in his career" - from putting hit comedy Cheers on the air to meeting his now-wife Mary Steenburgen.

He told the audience, "She took a second look at me because I was on it (Cheers)."

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Saturday, 27 October 2012

I know this was tagged on the review I did but I thought I would post the video on its own in case some missed the video.  Let me know what you think and if you're in the video please leave a comment.

Rob Wainfur

The Bearded Trio

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Sony Music is pleased to announce the release of the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack of Lincoln, a magnificent new score written by John Williams, the doyen of Hollywood composers, for a major new film by Steven Spielberg.
Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln,” a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.
Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook and Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln” is produced by Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, with a screenplay by Tony Kushner, based in part on the book “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” by Doris Kearns Goodwin. The DreamWorks Pictures/Twentieth Century Fox/Reliance Entertainment film, in association with Participant Media, releases in U.S. theaters exclusively on November 9, 2012, with expansion on November 16, 2012
Lincoln is the latest product of John Williams’ historic, 40-year collaboration with Steven Spielberg, during which he’s composed the music for all but one of the director's feature films. A legend among movie composers, Williams has written some of the best-known scores in film history in a career that began more than five decades ago. His work includes the music for all of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones films, the first three Harry Potter films, Jaws, Superman, E.T. The Extra-terrestrial, Schindler’s List, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Memoirs of a Geisha, and Jurassic Park. Williams has won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, seven BAFTA Awards and no fewer than 21 Grammy Awards – a breathtaking lifetime’s achievement. His total of 47 Academy Award nominations makes him the Academy’s most-nominated living person and has been exceeded only by Walt Disney. Williams also has written numerous acclaimed works for the concert hall, and serves as Conductor Laureate of the Boston Pops Orchestra and Artist in Residence at Tanglewood.
No-one is better suited than Williams to provide a score for a film that depicts such momentous and historic events. His full orchestral range can be heard in tracks such as “The People’s House”, in which woodwinds and violins create a pensive, purposeful atmosphere, and “The Purpose of the Amendment”, where a measured symphonic opening swells to grandeur amidst trumpet calls. “With Malice Toward None” presents a hopeful theme with its serene strings, and the sombre side of events finds expression in “The Blue and Grey” with its contemplative solo piano theme.
The score was performed by the renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Chorus, with solos by a number of the orchestra’s distinguished principal players, including concert-master Robert Chen and principal trumpet Christopher Martin. The original motion picture soundtrack of Lincoln, which Sony Classical will release on November 6, is sure to be treasured not only by those who are moved by Spielberg’s masterful film, but also by the many fans John Williams’ stirring and memorable music.
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1. The People’s House
2. The Purpose of the Amendment
3. Getting out the Vote
4. The American Process
5. The Blue and Grey
6. “With Malice Toward None”
7. Call to Muster, and Battle Cry of Freedom
8. The Southern Delegation, and the Dream
9. Father and Son
10. The Race to the House*
11. Equality Under the Law
12. Freedom’s Call
13. Elegy
14. Remembering Willie
15. Appomattox, April 9, 1865
16. The Petersen House, and Finale
17. “With Malice Toward None” (Piano Solo)

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Friday, 26 October 2012

Buffy is the name of the lucky feline to benefit from an owner with some woodworking skills and an incurable case of fandom. The bipedal walker model is crafted from scraps left over from a home renovation and took four weekends to complete.

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Thursday, 25 October 2012

Remastered and Expanded Star Trek: Generations Soundtrack Released
GNP Crescendo is set to release a remastered and expanded edition of the Star Trek: Generations soundtrack. The two-disc set is the first-ever release of Dennis McCarthy’s complete score for Generations. In addition to the expanded score, the original 1994 soundtrack and an accompanying sound effects library will be included in the set.
As a limited-time offer, GNP has announced that the first 100 copies purchased from their website will be autographed by composer Dennis McCarthy.
The new limited edition CD is available now as a pre-order for $24.95 fromGNP Crescendo and begins shipping on October 29th.
Full press release and track listing below.
GNP Crescendo Records continues its commitment to Star TrekTM fans with the first-ever release of Dennis McCarthy’s complete score for Star Trek Generations (1994). This 2 CD collector’s edition features the complete film score on disc one (including music for one scene deleted from the finished film), and a remastered version of the 1994 GNP soundtrack album (and its innovative sound effects library) on disc two.
Star Trek Generations was the first feature film starring the crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation, a “passing the baton” story in which Star Trek: The Original Series character James T. Kirk (William Shatner) teams up with Star Trek: The Next Generation Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) via a mysterious space/time phenomenon called the Nexus to battle an obsessed alien scientist, Dr. Soran (Malcolm McDowell).
Generations’ atypical (for Star Trek) mood of melancholy, contemplation and—ultimately—uplift was captured by the composer who has scored more hours of the modern-day Star Trek television series than any other, Dennis McCarthy. Relishing the opportunity to work with a large orchestra and a more cinematic vocabulary, McCarthy used a broader, more melodic palette befitting the big-screen presentation.
From its innovatively gentle main title music to its traditionally heroic themes, from its haunting choir-infused music for the Nexus to its strategically spotted quotes of Alexander Courage’s Star Trek fanfare, McCarthy’s score both honors tradition and brings a fresh new voice to the Star Trek universe.
GNP Crescendo released the original soundtrack album to Star Trek Generations in 1994, featuring 45 minutes of score highlights. This expanded release includes not only the full score (nearly 76 minutes) and remastered album, but also 3 bonus tracks—including the motion picture dialogue “Lifeforms” performed and somewhat improvised by Brent Spiner (as Data).
The accompanying 16-page booklet includes informative notes by Jeff Bond and Lukas Kendall and is lavishly illustrated with film stills. A track-by-track commentary for both discs by John Takis is available online at
STAR TREK GENERATIONS—2 CD Collector’s Edition (GNPD 8080) is available solely as a physical CD from GNP Crescendo Records,
The first 100 copies purchased from will be autographed by composer Dennis McCarthy
Disc One 
1. Main Title 2:54
2. Past Glory 1:19
3. The Enterprise B 0:42
4. Distress Call / Harriman and the Ribbon 4:27
5. Kirk Saves the Day / Deck 15 / HMS Enterprise 4:50
6. Picard’s Message / Raid Post Mortem 4:43
7. Data and the Emotions 0:54
8. Time is Running Out 1:11
9. Data Malfunctions 2:29
10 Soran Kidnaps Geordi 2:44
11. Guinan and the Nexus 2:47
12. Torture 1:37
13. Soran’s Plan Revealed 1:49
14. Prisoner Exchange 2:59
15. Outgunned 3:22
16. The Gap / Coolant Leak / Appointment with Eternity / Out of Control / Blasted / The Crash 5:43
17. Coming to Rest 1:00
18. The Nexus 1:32
19. A Christmas Hug / The Kitchen Debate 8:03
20. Coming to Rest 1:38
21. Two Captains / Crash Recap 2:04
22. The Final Fight 6:15
23. The Captain of the Enterprise (Kirk’s Death) 2:45
24. To Live Forever 2:40
25. Star Trek: Generations Overture 4:13
Total Disc Time 75:39
Disc Two: Remastered Soundtrack Album
1. Star Trek: Generations Overture 4:13
2. Main Title 2:54
3. The Enterprise B / Kirk Saves the Day 3:13
4. Deck 15 1:41
5. Time is Running Out 1:11
6. Prisoner Exchange 2:58
7. Outgunned 3:22
8. Out of Control / The Crash 2:05
9. Coming to Rest 1:00
10 The Nexus / A Christmas Hug 7:07
11. Jumping the Ravine 1:38
12. Two Captains 1:34
13. The Final Fight 6:15
14. Kirk’s Death 2:45
15. To Live Forever 2:40
Star Trek: Generations Sound Effects 
16. Enterprise B Bridge 3:13
17. Enterprise B Doors Open 0:13
18. Distress Call Alert 0:10
19. Enterprise B Helm Controls 0:16
20. Nexus Energy Ribbon 1:38
21. Enterprise B Deflector Beam 0:08
22. Enterprise B Warp Pass-by 0:14
23. Enterprise B Transporter 0:12
24. Tricorder 0:30
25. Hypo Injector 0:03
26. Communicator Chirp 0:06
27. Door Chime 0:07
28. Enterprise D Warp Out #1 0:22
29. Bird of Prey Bridge / Explosion 2:51
30. Klingon Sensor Alert 0:08
31. Bird of Prey Cloaks 0:04
32. Bird of Prey De-cloaks );10
33. Klingon Transporter 0:12
34. Soran’s Gun 0:11
35. Soran’s Rocket De-cloaks 0:05
36. Shuttlecraft Pass-by 0:21
37. Enterprise D Bridge / Crash Sequence 3:21
38. Enterprise D Warp-Out #2 0:09
Bonus Tracks
39. Prisoner Exchange (film version) 2:59
40. A Christmas Hug (choir only) 1:22
41. Lifeforms (Vocal: Brent Spiner_ 0:17
Total Disc Time 66:11

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Legoland Florida will open the all new Star Wars Miniland in November! We get a look at some of the pieces going into place. The new Miniland will feature scenes from all six movies, as well as the Clone Wars animated series

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Scarlett Johansson has a new interview with W Magazine ( about topics from the nineties, due to her nineties inspired cover shoot. The topics ranged from the fashion trend from the nineties that she hated to what her favorite movie was when she was younger.
Scarlett Johansson

When asked about what movie from that decade meant the most to her, she replies that it was Jurassic Park.  “Jurassic Park was a mind-blowing experience. I wasn’t really afraid of the dinosaurs—I was more afraid of something like a clown coming to eat your brain or Chucky, a little doll that was going to take a knife to your eyeballs. But I actually believed Jurassic Park. I remember saying, “This is going to happen, you guys.”

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It was Sunday afternoon about lunch time so I grab my camera phone and decide to walk the whole area.  Let me know if you're in the shot.

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

welshslider's Destination Star Trek London album on Photobucket
I Ask The SFX Team At Destination Star Trek London Their Favourite John Williams Soundtrack

Star Wars, Asteroid Field track, Jurassic Park and Superman. Also they tackle why do modern movies not have memorable soundtracks

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What a weekend!  I've just got back from London where Destination Star Trek London was being held at the Excel.  I met all five captains, had numerous photos taken with the actors, got several autographs, helped break the world record for the most amount of Star Trek fans in costume, listened to talks by some of the actors, enjoyed parties and so much more.  But how did it all go?  Was it organised?  Did the organisers hit it off, or did they sink quicker than Riker in the Skin Of Evil?  

I had a two day pass for the Saturday and Sunday (along with a press pass so I could sneak into the talks.)  I was joined by four others, my wife and three friends, one of whom, namely Chris, kindly did all the organising and booking.  Myself and Chris were in full costume.  I was sporting an Enterprise jumpsuit while Chris wore a rather fine Captains suit from Star Trek II.

We arrived at the Excel at around 8:15 for a 9am start.  The crowds were already gathering.  We were all told to wait in a huge empty hall or more like a hangar it was that big.  The wait seemed longer as we were eager to get in but the queues were orderly and we were amongst Star Trek fans so conversation was easy.  The hangar was completely empty and I think it wouldn't have cost that much to set-up a few monitors with Star Trek clips playing, or a few members of staff walking up and down the long lines giving advice on what to do when you get in.  This would have been especially useful as the day before we were told by people who had been there on the Friday to make sure you head over to the ticket place to make sure you get your tickets for the photo shoots even though you have tickets already.  This turned out to be wrong as the tickets we had were our allocated tickets so we wasted a bit of time there.  Anyway, eventually the lines of people started moving and before we knew it we were in.  Now the busy schedule.

So what did we have on?  Well the Saturday was our busiest day.  We were worried as there were so many Trek fans leading up to the event on forums saying about the lack of organisation, that we may have bitten off more than we could chew.  We booked to have our photos taken with all five captains along with other guests.  My schedule for the Saturday went like this.  

9:55 - Scott Bakula, 11:30 - Avery Brooks, 13:25 - Kate Mulgrew, 13:50 - John De Lancie, 15:35 - William Shatner, 16:00 - Rene Auberjonois, 16:40 - Patrick Stewart, 17:55 - Jeffrey Combs, 18:00 - World Record Attempt, 20:00 - TNG Party.  

Chris had more or less the same except for a Klingon photo shoot at 10:20.  Sunday was a much quieter day, in fact the only event I had booked in was to have my photo taken on a mock up of the old Enterprise bridge.  Otherwise it was a chance to see everything else going on.  There was a potential problem for Chris though.  The time table had been published after he booked the bus back and he noticed that Nina Visitor and Rene Auberjonois for him were booked after four, which is the time we needed to leave.  He had just resigned to the fact that he may miss these two and would ask if there was anything they could do when he got there.

You were all allocated numbers on your tickets for the photoshoots.  The staff at each photoshoot area would shout out numbers in batches.  If you were one of those you joined the queue for your photo.  I found the staff helpful and on the ball.  The crowds for the bigger shoots such as Williams Shatner and Patrick Stewart were huge, and the staff didn't at at anytime look overwhelmed.  One said he did this every week so was used to it.  It showed.  Once in the queue they were long but they were moving constantly.  When you got nearer to the your photo-taking area, you could (thankfully) leave any bags you had at the bag drop off area.  Then in we went for our photo.  First was Scott Bakula.  He was very friendly shaking my hand and asking how I was and also pointing out my costume.  Photo taken he shook my hand again, smiled and said thank you.  Going outside again my photo was more or less ready instantly.  Pick up my bag and thats it.  First one done!  Thats how it went for the rest of the photoshoots but there were a few problems.  

Kate Mulgrew at 13:25 and John De Lancie at 13:50.  That's going to be tight.  Well my ticket number for Janeway was quite high so I asked the staff and they said go and have your photo taken with Q first as my number was low and come back.  So I did.  John De Lancie's photo shoot was swift.  Back over to Kate Mulgrew but there was a problem.  They had stopped taking any more photos for Mulgrew and moved on to Shatner.  I joined the queue for that.  The staff reassured me that they will be doing another shoot later on to mop up any that hadn't had their photos yet with Mulgrew.  In the end it all came good and after a few reschedulings by the organisers everyone managed to get their photos taken.  Chris enquired about his two he would miss on the Sunday and they moved him with no issues to the Saturday.  Chris told me:

"I went up to a young woman in photo shoot b and asked how the photo shoots work. Given great advice based on the number on my ticket and what would be the best to do including when you have clashes. As soon as I explained the Kira/Odo situation, she immediately asked for my tickets and crossed off the Sunday date and wrote Saturday and in brackets"can't make Sunday shoot" and signed CJ Burns. Job done. No hesitation or questioning. Incredibly pleasant and helpful. And that in general sums up all my experiences with the staff across the 2 days. "

As a result of a bit of resceduling, the costume world record attempt was put back to seven instead of six.  Our plans of going back to the hotel to freshen up before the party went out of the wormhole but thats a small price to pay to make sure everything was done.

Between photo shoot times there was time to either get something to eat, of which I must say the facilities of the Excel are amazing.  Just outside the main area there is a mile long mall filled with food vendors, shops and toilets every hundred yards or so.  With over twelve thousand people there on the Saturday it was pleasing to know that at any time I could get a coffee or freshen up without having to queue.  There were also plenty of seats to sit down and enjoy that well earned break.  While sat at one of the tables just opposite enjoying his dinner was Ronald D Moore.

After a quick coffee I wandered over to one of the talks that was taking place in the main hall.  A security guard on the door was stopping anyone getting in unless you had a prepaid ticket.  I showed my press pass and he let me in.  Not taking advantage I sat on the end and listened first off to Mr Avery Brooks.  A deep philosophical man who's passion for his music is obvious to see.  Throughout the day I managed to pop in to the hall and listen to Patrick Stewart who was so good with the crowd and had them clapping and cheering when he said he would do Star Trek again if given the chance.  William Shatner talked about previous acquaintances and again a deeper answer given with each question.  My favourite was Scott Bakula who seemed so down to earth with the fans.  He talked about Quantum Leap, Enterprise, and one bit I found particularly interesting is how he explained he was trying to get interest in a new sci-fi idea pitch to a studio,when they said we can't do this Scott because we want you to be the captain of our new Star Trek show.  Of course he accepted.  He also gave a great message saying that be careful how you treat people, as you never know when you'll meet them again.  When he was working on Quantum leap he explained that a lot of the crew he became friends with, and years later those friends became bosses of Paramount and other TV studios.

There was also time to visit the autograph area.  But first I headed over to a vendor that was selling 10x8 photos of all the cast that were there.  I bought eight for £20.  First port of call was Jeffrey Combs.  No queues, just walk up and pay £15.  He personalised the photo for myself and Rachel, my wife.  Throughout the weekend I managed to get John De Lancie, Andrew Robinson, Robert O'Reilly, Chase Masterson, Mark Alaimo, Rene Auberjonois, Nana Visitor, Connor Trinneer (my wife's favourite), Anthony Montgomery and Dominic Keating, who talked to me about his audition for Enterprise and how he went in there with a heavy english northern accent and how the producers thought it was Welsh or Scottish.  They told him to put a more upper class accent on.

After all our photos and autographs Chris and myself headed over to the main hall for the world record attempt.  We were in costume along with a thousand other fans.  Filling in a small form to make sure they had all the official data they need for the record we headed into the hall.  We had to stay in there for ten minutes and take off our glasses.  It was touch and go for a minute as we needed twelve more to break the record.  Everytime someone in costume walked in a huge roar from the crowd would envelop the hall.  In the end we did it easily.  1083 costume-clad Star Trek fans breaking the previous record of 1040.  The atmosphere was incredible and I don't think I will experience anything like that again.  So much Star Trek love all in one place.  As we left there were media and cameras capturing the moment.  

Still on a high we all piled into the Star Trek party just a bit further down the mall.  A huge bar serving Romulan Ale along with more traditional drinks lit up the one side of the hall.  There was a bumper car ride at the back and then the main stage in the middle.  First we had Avery Brooks take to the stage to show off his talents as a jazz/blues singer.  Anthony Montgomery came on next and improvised a bit of rapping.  Dominic Keating was next and performed his stand up comedy routine which although very rude was actually very funny.  Last and by no mean least we had Chase Masterson who's voice is easy to listen to and performed a few songs that Vic Fontaine sang on Deep Space Nine.  A great way to end the day.

Still in costume we headed back to the hotel and hit the bar..  A group came over and asked if they could have their photo taken with us.   It was after 3 in the morning before we headed to our rooms but not before we tried re-enacting the Cantina scene with Han, Ben and Luke looking for a ship.  Yes, Star Wars in Star Trek outfits.  Problem is, Derek who was Chewie had questionable skills at mimicking a wookie.

Up the following morning, no wait it was already morning.  A few hours later we were heading back to the Excel for a more leisurely day.  A stroll through the Klingon area where there was a chance to have your photos taken with a few friendly klingons.  No Gak was being served though.  We headed over to the bridge mock up of the original series.  All five of us on the bridge with a photographer taking our photo at different positions.  This was a bit rushed and as a result the photos could have been better.  Some of us were hidden behind the other and one of the photos was of us moving into position.

After we picked up our photos, the SFX team were on stage doing a Q&A session.  Here was my chance to take the mic and ask them a very important question.  What is your favourite John Williams soundtrack?  I recorded the answer and you can watch the video for the answer.

The rest of the day was looking around the stalls and having our photo taken on the transporter on the CBS Action stall with our Iphone app.

We came away exhausted but happy.  The venue was geared up for a large event such as this one.  The staff were knowledgeable and had plenty of patience.  The queues were long but were flowing.  If I had to change anything, I would have wished for a few more chairs inside the event.  There was so much standing up that our legs and back felt like they had been hit with pain sticks.  The rescheduling we found out from word of mouth, and I think use of the PA system at the event should have been used a bit more.  Also, at the party in the night, although the atmosphere was great and the performances top quality, I felt that the disco and the DJ should have played music related to Star Trek and not pop music.  These are minor gripes and overall considering how big this event was it was well organised and I can't wait to go again.  I want more!

Rob Wainfur
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Watch the two day experience in our 30 minute video.  A few laughs along the way too and a Star Wars reference.

Monday, 22 October 2012

We are at Destination Star Trek London and its the end of day two (Saturday.) We are at the bar of the hotel and the drinks are flowing. It is 3am and we are for some reason re-enacting the Cantina scene from Star Wars. Someones Wookie impression leaves a lot to be desired. Love both Star Trek and Star Wars.

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This is the steam release opening intro of the excellent adventure game The Dig by LucasArts, released in 1995 for the PC DOS using the SCUMM engine.

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Sunday, 21 October 2012

Madame Tussauds To Immortalize Steven Spielberg's E.T.

To celebrate the Blu-ray release and the 30th anniversary of Steven Spielberg's beloved family film E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, six Madame Tussauds locations including Hollywood, London, Berlin Amsterdam Sydney and Tokyo  are set to bring to life one of films' most iconic characters. The Extra-Terrestrial star will be immortalized in Madame Tussauds' signature wax form and unveiled on October 22nd, 2012.
All six E.T. figures are being worked on simultaneously by a huge creative team at Merlin Studios in West London, using a raft of reference photographs and footage from the film to capture a perfect likeness.
Guests will be able to take Elliott's place in the scene that saw E.T. and Elliott soaring on a BMX against the backdrop of a stunning full moon, which was recently voted by fans as Universal Pictures' most memorable movie moment.
E.T. fans will be able torelive this classic scene and many others, with the first ever release of the film on Blu-ray, featuring never-before-seen footage from the film set including an interview with director Steven Spielberg.
"We are delighted to be welcoming one of the greatest movie characters of all time to the attraction. We're also absolutely certain that our guests are going to love the unique opportunity to ‘star' in one of the most famous films ever made." said Nicky Marsh, Madame Tussauds Global Marketing Director
"We are honored that Madame Tussauds has chosen to mark this historic occasion in a way that only it can do," said Craig Kornblau, President, Universal Studios Home Entertainment. "In celebration of this beloved film's 30th anniversary, legions of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial fans will have the opportunity to relive film history, both through the film's historic Blu-ray debut and at Madame Tussauds museums in Hollywood and around the world." 

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Saturday, 20 October 2012

Herman has worked in the Star Trek franchise from 1987 all the way to 2002. His projects include Production Designer and Original Set Designer in 1987 with Star Trek: The Next Generation (1988-1994), Zimmerman also worked on six of the Star Trek feature films: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), Star Trek: Generations (1994), Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Star Trek: Insurrection (1998), Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), as well as the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993-1999) and Star Trek: Enterprise (2001-2002) TV series. He wrote the introduction for the 1995 reference book The Art of Star Trek, and co-wrote the 1998 reference book Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual, as well as being featured as himself in many Star Trek documentaries.

Zimmerman’s work was not limited solely to TV and film. He worked alongside the Paramount Parks Design and Entertainment team when they acquired the five Great America theme parks. He was the consulting designer on the multi-million dollar Star Trek Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton, and had side projects that included being the Entertainment Manager of a casino in Reno, NV, the owner of a scenic studio and construction shop, and also collaborating on a real-life “holodeck” with the Institute for Creative Technologies; a collaboration between the U.S. Army, USC and Hollywood, creating virtual reality in real time for education.

''Herman's many achievements are an inspiration to us all,'' ADG chairman Thomas A. Walsh said. ''Just like the many voyages of the Starship Enterprise, throughout his career he has boldly gone to and excelled at furthering his commitment to design excellence within many disparate forms of our profession. Whether it was for features, television, cable, exhibition or themed architecture, Herman has done it all and with great style, passion and perfection.''

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Friday, 19 October 2012

Karen Allen prefers real stunts to CGI

Raiders Of The Lost Ark star Karen Allen says she's not a fan of CGI.
The actress, best known for playing Marion Ravenwood in the 1981 film, reprised her role in Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull in 2008.
She said: "I think they very much wanted to try to keep it in the same vein. The way that films are shot has changed enormously since then, because there is so much CGI being done.
"You can do almost anything on film now, which is both extraordinary and a little upsetting to me because I don't always find CGI very compelling.
"It can be quite startlingly beautiful and take you into these other realms, but I feel I disassociate from it sometimes."
The actress added: "You get to a point where you don't feel the danger. You feel as if you're seeing something that's distanced. I know that in Raiders Of The Lost Ark, those were all real stunts.
"The stuntmen were putting their lives in jeopardy when they were doing them - like that extraordinary one where Indy goes down underneath the truck.
"Now it wouldn't be done that way, it'd be done all with CGI, I imagine."
:: Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures is released on Blu-ray on October 8.

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Thursday, 18 October 2012

It’s been awarded Best Game Design, Best Online Visual Arts, Best Online Technology, and Best New Online Game by a panel of judges consisting of game developers working in the online space. League of Legends also won big, taking home the award for Best Community Relations, Best Live Game, and the coveted Audience Award – the only one voted for by the public.
The awards themselves are concerned with online games only, distinguishing the ceremony from the near-identically named Game Developers Choice Awards, which was held earlier in the year. If you’re wondering why Guild Wars 2 isn’t scooping trophy after gilded trophy, it was released too late to be included – the nominations were decided back in July

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Dark Shadows starring Johnny Depp and Count Dooku I mean Christopher Lee is out on Blu-ray this Monday in the UK and to celebrate the release The Bearded Trio is giving you the chance of winning a free copy of the Blu-Ray packed with Tim Burton goodness. All you have to do is email, tweet or facebook me your name with the subject "Dark Shadow Comp!"  Thats it! So easy its scary. The competition is only open to the UK (sorry rest of the world.) If you win I will contact you for your address. Closing date is the 28th October.

From the incredible mind of Tim Burton comes the hit film Dark Shadows, based on the classic US television series! Barnabas Collins has been trapped for two centuries by an evil witch (Eva Green) who just happens to be an ex lover. Barnabas now has to struggle with the ever changing 1970s and save his family’s business! With an all star cast that includes Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jonny Lee Miller and more, Dark Shadows will be sure to whet your appetite for fun.

In the mean time why not play  the quiz below and let me know your score.

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