Monday, 31 December 2012

George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy talk about their future.  Lucas expains that retirement is mixed with sadness and excitement.  Kathleen Kennedy talks about the transition in Lucasfilm (Disney Lucasfilm) and how she keeps checking in with George.  More importantly and encouragingly she does say right at the end that its important to keep hold of the spirit that start it all.

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Happy new year everyone.  Thanks to all our readers and visitors over the year.  Look out for 2013 as we plan to make this site bigger and better than ever.  More articles, pictures and videos so stay tuned.

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For a recent episode of "Oprah's Next Chapter," Oprah visited Steven Spielberg in the same Dreamworks office where she'd auditioned for "The Color Purple" almost 30 years before. There, she and the acclaimed filmmaker sat down to chat about his newest project, "Lincoln." During the course of their conversation, other topics came up -- such as how Spielberg's children have impacted his work over the years...

OPRAH: I've seen the film ["Lincoln"] now twice. Saw it again last night. The first time I saw it, I woke up the next morning and I was still filled with it. And every time I speak of it, it makes my eyes water. I can't imagine what it took to bring that to life. And I want to know: How long did you dream this dream of "Lincoln"?

STEVEN: Well, I've been dreaming the dream of Lincoln like a lot of kids do when they're in school. When I was younger, my Uncle Bernard took me to the Lincoln Memorial and I saw Lincoln sitting in his chair for the first time. And it absolutely terrified me. Because it was just so massive.

OPRAH: Right.

STEVEN: Colossal. And I was so small. When my uncle saw that I was frightened, we left. I turned around and looked at the face of Lincoln and I suddenly wasn't frightened anymore. It was one of those things. The wisdom and comfort and father figure for me at that moment.

OPRAH: As an African-American, you can't imagine how emotional the film is. As an African-American, what is so moving to me is the line where he says, "Not just for the 4 million, but for the generations to come."

STEVEN: Yes. Exactly.

OPRAH: As I sit in that theater, I recognize I am a part of "the generations to come." I wonder: Has there been a moment when you yourself literally cried about it?

STEVEN: Daniel [Day-Lewis, who plays Lincoln in the film] always made me cry. He got those tears rolling a number of times on the film.

OPRAH: Any particular scene?

STEVEN: I think the first time was when he gave his very long and important explanation of why he needed to get the 13th Amendment to abolish slavery passed as Constitutional law. That was the first time I kind of needed to go into the other room.

OPRAH: Really?

STEVEN: So nobody could see how I was feeling. Because that's not a good thing.

OPRAH: When the director becomes emotional.

STEVEN: Not a good thing, no. My emotion about Lincoln came the closer I got to him as a man. I began to feel really choked up when I first realized how he really suffered. [It] almost seems to me that he saw way out there, a little bit like Martin Luther King saw, to the horizon.

OPRAH: Okay, would you have done this without Daniel Day-Lewis?

STEVEN: For a time I was going do it with Liam Neeson. But then, you know, we just decided to move in two different directions. I was sitting around at home one day realizing I'm never going to make "Lincoln." It's just never going to happen. And Leo DiCaprio came over for dinner that night; it was just my wife and Leo and myself. We were sitting around and Leo said, "What's happening with Lincoln? You've been, what, five years on this thing?" And I said, "Longer." I told Leo the whole story, and I told him I had tried to approach Daniel on another screenplay and I wasn't able to re-approach Daniel. And the next day, my assistant said "Leo's on the phone." He said, "You got a pencil? Write this down. This is Daniel Day-Lewis's cell phone. He's expecting your call." Leo had gone to bat for me and had called Daniel on the telephone and got Daniel and I together. Everything at that point started really moving quickly.

Steven Spielberg's movies have grossed over 8.5 billion dollars -- more than any other filmmaker. He's written, produced or directed over 100 films. Yet he's revealed little of himself in his 40-year career...

OPRAH: Everything that's been said and written about you... we still really don't know who you are. Would you say that the best of yourself is in your films?

STEVEN: I think the best of myself is at the dinner table with my kids and my wife. And my parents and my sisters. I think that's the best -- and my close friends. I think that's the best of me.

OPRAH: Wow. What has seven kids taught you about yourself?

STEVEN: One thing they've certainly taught me is that I have a lot more patience than I ever gave myself credit for.

OPRAH: Mm hmm.

STEVEN: You develop that quickly when you start having kids one after the other. The other thing they really taught me about myself was that I tend to think of them when I'm working: "What about this project is going to attract them? What will appeal to them? What will leave them with something? Is there any value in the story I'm telling beyond superficial entertainment value?" And I never asked myself that question until I began having kids.

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Sunday, 30 December 2012

Thanks to my wonderful wife I had all these wonderful geeky items.  From Industrial Light and Magic items to the collector's edition of Indiana Jones.  To see what you get in the collector's edition click here.


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Star Wars Episode 1 ILM ThePhantom Menace Cap

Star Wars Episode 1 ILM ThePhantom Menace Cap
Star Wars Episode 1 ILM ThePhantom Menace Cap

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ILM Art Department Pin Badge
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Star Trek Generations Expanded Soundtrack



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Star Wars The Ultimate Action Figure Collection Book

Star Wars Insider Magazine
Star Wars Insider Magazine
Last Exit To Nowhere Close Encounters T-Shirt
Last Exit To Nowhere Close Encounters T-Shirt

Indiana Jones Blu-Ray box set collector's edition
Indiana Jones Blu-Ray box set collector's edition



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What do you get in the collector's edition of Indiana Jones?  I had the box-set for Christmas (thanks to my wife) so I thought I would take a few photos to show you what you get.

Indiana Jones The Complete Adventures Collector's Edition Blu-ray
Indiana Jones The Complete Adventures Collector's Edition Blu-ray

Indiana Jones Diary
Indiana Jones Diary

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Inside the diary

Indiana Jones Diary
Inside the diary

Indiana Jones Diary
Indiana Jones Diary

Indiana Jones Diary
Indiana Jones Diary

Indiana Jones Diary
Indiana Jones Diary

Club Obi Wan Matches
Club Obi Wan Matches
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Obi Wan Matches

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No Tickets! Oh wait!

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Photo with caption from Marion.

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Indiana Jones film cell
Indiana Jones Film Cell

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tomb rubbing replica

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Menu for Temple Of Doom Banquet


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Four collector's post cards

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Amazing artwork for the Blu-Ray case


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Saturday, 29 December 2012



STEVEN SPIELBERG has snapped up the the rights to BBC Lottery drama The Syndicate – after watching each episode THREE times.


The Jaws director is overseeing a remake of the hit series for US network ABC after falling for it.

The show’s writer, Kay Mellor, said: “He told me that he and his wife were avid fans of the show and he is now having a pilot episode written for US network ABC, based on the British version.

“He certainly knew everything about the show, which is perhaps not that surprising if he’d watched each episode three times.”

Kay said she thought she was the victim of a hoax when she was originally told Spielberg wanted to call her about the show.

The Syndicate
Remake ... The Syndicate
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She said: “My agent said he wanted my mobile phone number, but after four days of waiting for Steven to ring I thought it must be a joke.

“Then he called me when I was sitting at my kitchen table in casual clothes and slippers, working on the script for The Syndicate 2!

“He roared with laughter when I told him what I was wearing and I promised to send him a picture of me in my slippers — which I did!”

In BBC1’s The Syndicate — which starred Timothy Spall and Joanna Page — a group of supermarket workers hit the Lottery jackpot.

In the second series, starring Alison Steadman, Mark Addy, Natalie Gavin and Downton Abbey’s Siobhan Finneran, the story revolves around five nurses who scoop a £72million payday.

It’s due on screen next year.


Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/tv/4717039/Syndicate-wins-over-Spielberg.html#ixzz2GUDRNUrE



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Yesterday you may remember The Bearded Trio reported on the sad story about a terminally ill gentleman named Dan who would love to see the new Star Trek movie before he passes away.  Well after word spread on the web J.J Abrams has done the very descent thing and granted his wish. His wife reportedly received a call from director J.J. Abrams.

A friend of Dan posted earlier:

“JJ Abrams just called Dan’s wife and left a message. He’s going to try to arrange a screening for Dan, either of the film or at least of the 9 minute promo reel,”

Dan’s wife said that her husband had planned to see the extended “Star Trek” preview during a screening of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” but was hospitalised instead.

Thursday, the friend who posted the original plea for help, updated Reddit users with the good news: “Holy cow everybody!!! I just heard from his wife that they are going to do it!! I don’t know who it what the path was to get there but thank you so much to everyone that tried to help!!!”

Well kudos to J.J. Abrams for helping out and I hope Dan enjoys the movie.

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May the force be with Walt Disney World guests every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 17 through June 9, 2013.
That's when the theme park will hold its much-anticipated "Star Wars" Weekends.
James Arnold Taylor and Ashley Eckstein will return as celebrity guest hosts of the event. Taylor is known to fans as the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi on the television series "Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Eckstein" is the voice of Ahsoko Tano on the same show.

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Ewan McGregor and Kate Bush are among the stars recognised in the 2013 New Year Honours List.
The Scottish actor, star of Trainspotting, Star Wars and Moulin Rouge, receives an OBE for services to drama and charity.

Wuthering Heights singer-songwriter Kate, 54, said it was a "great surprise" to be awarded a CBE for her services to music.

She said: "I feel deeply honoured to be included in this list. It's a great surprise and I'm really delighted. Thanks to everyone who's encouraged and supported my work over the years."

Gymnast and Strictly Come Dancing winner Louis Smith gets an MBE following his achievements during the London 2012 Olympics, while fashion designer Stella McCartney and Hustle actor Adrian Lester both receive OBEs.

The list also includes a knighthood for illustrator Quentin Blake and CBEs for artist Tracey Emin and choreographer and former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips.

A CBE also goes to actor-turned-politician Michael Cashman MEP, best known for his role as Colin Russell in EastEnders - a participant in the first gay kiss in a British soap opera.

Comedy writer Jeremy Lloyd, who has been behind some of TV's best-loved sitcoms, such as 'Allo 'Allo and Are You Being Served?, has been awarded an OBE for his services to British comedy.

One notable name missing from the roll is Danny Boyle, who created the epic Olympic opening ceremony. The Trainspotting director is believed to have turned down an honour.



Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/entertainment/news/star-wars-star-ewan-receives-obe-16255537.html#ixzz2GSR9TpxE




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Friday, 28 December 2012

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A terminally ill Star Trek fan has one wish and that is to see the new Star Trek movie before he passes away.  Unfortunately doctors have said he is unlikely to see pass May 2013.  A friend and wife of the dying man has posted on Reddit to spread the word to see if we can make this happen.  Apparently the movie Star Trek Into Darkness is more or less complete so there can't be any reason for Bad Robot to not allow this one request.  Spread the word people and lets make this happen.  Tweet to @Bad_Robot or/and Paramount, friends and anyone else.  If you've seen the movie Fan Boys then this will sound familiar but lets make it happen for a Star Trek fan.

Here's the post.


My amazing healthy film buff husband diagnosed with leukemia (CML) at 38 had to endure 3 rounds of chemo before they found a bone marrow donor match had a Bone Marrow Transplant, which was MORE chemo, full body radiation & lots of other horrific things….then endured/survived 3 major infections + a massive GI bleed that put him in the hospital 10+ times over 3 1/2 years not to mention 100′s of doctors visits…. he is my hero; I am his caregiver – I would do anything to help him…
…he is now ravaged by a new TOTALLY UNRELATED cancer, (isn’t that a f**ker?) an aggressive and EXTREMELY rare vascular tumor that is crowding out his healthy liver tissue… they grew under treatment; there is nothing left to do but make him comfortable, at 41, he is jaundice & his liver is enlarged, his body has had enough, he has weeks to live.


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While "The Avengers" posed many visual efffects challenges, one of the larger challenges was pulling together the "tie-in" shot during the third act of the film. Rather than frames, this single shot is measured in minutes on screen and is one of the longest effects shots in the film. It incorporates both practical special effects and extensive digital visual effects by ILM. The New York City environment that serves as the setting for this shot (and virtaully the entire alien invasion) is computer generated by the visual effects team at ILM.



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Thursday, 27 December 2012

“This movie doesn’t require you have seen the first movie,” says Abrams. “The characters are a group of people who have recently come together and find themselves up against this incredibly terrifying force. His name is John Harrison and he is sort of an average guy who works in an organization called Starfleet – that is what makes him so scary – and he turns against the group because he has got this back-story and this kind of amazing secret agenda. After two very violent attacks, one in London and one in the US, our characters have to go after this guy and apprehend him. And it is a far more complicated and difficult thing then they ever anticipated. Into Darkness is very much about how intense it gets and really what they are up against.”

JJ Abrams however is turning to the 3D dark side.

“I had never done anything in 3D and frankly it was a format that scared me a little bit because I really loved the sort of purity of the 2D. But I have to say – especially because we filmed in IMAX – doing a conversion to 3D with some new techniques with people who have done amazing conversion work on movies like Titanic, has actually opened up some doors to some really creative and really fun moments. So I am becoming a little bit of a convert to it.”

Its NOT darker or grittier.  That's a refreshing change especially for a sequel.

“I love movies that are big. I’m unabashedly a huge fan of big pop mass appeal movies. I do love that. I love being in a theatre packed with people and everyone gasping at the same time and having that communal experience. I don’t like going to the movies to feel bad. I don’t like going to the movies to feel depressed and feel diminished. The reason you go to the movies is to feel bigger and stronger and happier. So this is a movie that they certainly go ‘into darkness,’ but I would be the wrong director if it was about characters staying there. This is very much a movie about hope, about love, about romance, and about facing something that is truly terrifying and finding a way through the connection of your family and surviving and being stronger afterwards.”

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Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Empire magazine sat down with JJ Abrams, who revealed that Disney already offered him the chance to direct "Star Wars: Episode VII," but he turned it down.

"There were the very early conversations and I quickly said that because of my loyalty to 'Star Trek,' and also just being a fan, I wouldn't even want to be involved in the next version," he explained. "I declined any involvement very early on. I'd rather be in the audience not knowing what was coming, rather than being involved in the minutiae of making [the films]."

"Star Wars: Episode VII" is still without a director, but Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass) is rumored to be up for the job. Production will begin sometime in 2013 and then the movie will hit theaters during the summer of 2015.

Source: Empire

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Kirk and Spock in the upcoming "Star Trek: The Video Game." (Paramount Pictures / NAMCO Bandai Games).


Paramount Pictures and NAMCO Bandai Games officially set a release date of April 23 for the title. The game will be available for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, and the release date puts it almost a full month ahead of J.J. Abrams’ much anticipated follow-up to his 2009 reboot of the landmark television series.

But don’t expect the game to offer any hints — or spoilers — on “Star Trek Into Darkness,” which will be released May 17. “Star Trek: The Video Game” features an original story penned by Marianne Krawczyk, a veteran of the “God of War” series. The game allows players to assume the roles of either Capt. James T. Kirk or Spock and promises a different experience tailored to the personalities of each famed “Trek” character.

Still unknown is whether a Wii U edition of the game will be released. When pressed, a spokesman for NAMCO simply reiterated the release date for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

Pre-orders for these platforms will begin Friday at most major retailers. Those who commit to buying the game will have guaranteed access to an “Elite Officer Pack,” which promises a host of random digital goodies such as stealth uniforms, a Vulcan Science Academy costume for Spock and a Starfleet sniper rifle, among other accessories.

Here's the cover art for the game.  I've seen 15 minutes of the game in action and can tell you that the game is looking good.  The combat  reminded me a little bit of Mass Effect.  Although the game looked heavily scripted I think this is no bad thing.  I want to be in the Star Trek universe and this game from what I've seen looks like its going to do that.




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Tuesday, 25 December 2012

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In the UK Merlin finished yesterday (24th Dec) and I for one am sad its finished.  But if she has anything to do with it we may get more of Katie Mcgrath who played Arthur's nemesis Morgana.  She has said she wants some of the Star Wars VII pie.

In a recent interview with Metro, the actress said "I'm very excited about the possibility they could be like the first three, I'm a bit scared they might be like the prequels, I'd melt into a puddle on the floor if that ever came my way. I'd be a ball of jelly. I'd want to be a bad guy though.

You get to have all the powers of a Dark Sith Lord but if you say you're sorry you still get the blue aura around you when you die.

There also haven't been any bad women in Star Wars. And I'd love to get my own Star Wars action figure."

I for one could see her as a sith or as a villain and from the sound of it she's a fan of the franchise.  Although she should watch The Clone Wars for female villain goodness.

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