Monday, 30 September 2013



We are roughly 18 months away before we get to see the first of the new Star Wars trilogy hit the big screen.  With the lack of official news on Star Wars VII coming our way I thought it would be interesting to compare what we knew at around the same time in October 1997 on Episode One, roughly 18 months before its release.

My source comes from the official Star Wars magazine from February 1997 to November 1997.

As with 2013 the rumours in 1997 on the upcoming Star Wars movie were ridiculous and mostly made up.  Some of the rumours that were doing the rounds at the time were

  • Episode One was to be completely CGI.
  • The name of the movie will be called "Fall of the Republic."
  • The movie will only consist of four actors, the rest will be computer generated.
  • Alec Guiness performance as a young Obi-Wan will comprise edited out-takes from 1950's Ealing comedies.
  • Kenneth Branagh had signed, Macauley Culkin was in talks.
  • There will be no sets.
  • Charlton Heston will play Yoda.
Lets take a look at what we did and didn't know about Episode One 18 months before the release of Episode One.

January - July 1997

  • Leavesdon Studios in Watford prepare for the filming of Episode One.  Set construction gets under way.  A projected expansion of the studio is talked about with the owners of the studios declaring they will provide the additional £150 million needed.
  • EON productions have to find alternative studios as Episode One takes over the studios.
  • Storyboards at Skywalker Ranch and vehicle/character designs are well under way.
  • It is reported that over 3000 actors have been interviewed for the two lead roles.
  • Lucasfilm dismissed rumours that there will be a young Luke Skywalker.
  • The story will take place 40 years before A New Hope.
  • George Lucas will direct the first film and write all three scripts.
  • May 6th, Lucafilm release a statement saying that they are in discussion with Liam Neeson, Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor.
  • June 9th, Lucasfilm confirm Jake Lloyd will star and play Anakin Skywalker.  At the same time they confirm Natalie Portman will play a "young queen."
  • Mcgregor in an interview with Entertainment Weekly more or less confirms he will be in Episode One by saying "What I've been told to say is that we're in negotiations.  But the truth is I want to do it, they want me to do it so I'm doing it."
  • Shooting started on June 26th

August - November 1997

  • Rick McCallum fears they will need more than a year for post production due to the technology being used.
  • No title for Episode One had been released.  (Episode one was the working title.)
  • It was known at this stage that Obi-Wan and Yoda would be in the movie.
  • The first draft was in place and as Rick McCallum put it "we are in 'go' mode."  Sets were being built and shooting was scheduled to start in August 97.
  • The main cast had been confirmed and announced.  Liam Neeson will play a Jedi master and a mentor to Obi-Wan.  Ewan Mcgregor will play Obi-Wan Kenobi.  Jake Lloyd will play Anakin Skywalker.  Natalie Portman will be playing the Queen and Pernilla August playing Anakin's Mother, Shmi Skywalker.
  • Rick McCallum boasts the studio at Leavesden is 850,000 square feet and the biggest studio in the world.  He also mentions they are building close to 50 sets in the studio alone.
  • Everybody on the shooting crew and the heads of departments also worked on Young Indiana Jones.
  • Frank Oz will be playing Yoda and the character will not be fully CGI as first thought.
  • R2-D2 and C3PO are confirmed to be in the movie along with a small appearance from Jabba the Hutt.
  • George Lucas was asked if Spielberg would direct Episode II.  Answer - "NO!"
  • First phase of principal photography wraps at the end of September at Leavesden Studios.
  • A low flying helicopter flies over the studios to try and discover secrets on the latest movie.
  • The title of Episode One is still being speculated and the much favoured "Balance of the Force" is apparently dismissed by Lucasfilm.
  • Most of the cast is confirmed by the end of the year including Samuel L Jackson, Kenny Baker and Ian McDiarmid.
So there we have it.  18 months before Episode One was out in the cinemas we already knew the cast, the name of some of the characters and filming was well under way.  Shoot forward to 2013 and we don't know any of the cast members, characters and shooting has yet to begin.  Disney, Lucasfilm and J.J. Abrams have a busy year ahead.  It does highlight the lack of official news we know on Episode VII compared to Episode One and J.J. Abrams track record of keeping secrets on the movies he works on seems to be maintained.

Rob Wainfur
@welshslider



THE BEARDED TRIO ON FACEBOOK
THE BEARDED TRIO ON TWITTER
THE BEARDED TRIO ON GOOGLE+
indycast


Its time for another classic episode of Indycast, the number one Indiana Jones podcast by a mile.

Check out the show notes along with the link to show.


This week I review Raiders of the Temple of Doom’s Last Crusade, Mitch has an entry for us in the Indiana Clones segment, the horrible Allan Quatermain and the Temple of Skulls, Joe and Keith review part 1 of Marvel’s Temple of Doom in the Further Adventures of Indiana Jones we have more of your emails in the mail segment and lots more!

http://traffic.libsyn.com/tfn/indycast-093013.mp3

THE BEARDED TRIO ON FACEBOOK
THE BEARDED TRIO ON TWITTER
THE BEARDED TRIO ON GOOGLE+

Full Of Sith treat us to a special episode this week.  Bryan Young while at Salt Lake Comic-Con interviews Darth Vader and Chewie.  Listen in as they discuss Star Wars and more.

Direct from the Salt Lake Comic-Con, Bryan interviews David Prowse (Darth Vader) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), on stage. They discuss their work in Star Wars, Peter’s kickstarter, and their experience as two of the most iconic characters in cinema history. There’s also a special surprise in store for Bryan.

Listen to the special show now.

THE BEARDED TRIO ON FACEBOOK
THE BEARDED TRIO ON TWITTER
THE BEARDED TRIO ON GOOGLE+

Sunday, 29 September 2013

space opera society logo


Do you ever wonder if we'll ever see the good old days when quality Sci-fi was all over TV?  DS9, Voyager, SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, BSG.  Remember when we were spoiled with these quality shows?  What happened?  Did you get frustrated when big TV studios would cancel your favourite space opera show after just twelve episodes?  Or cancel the new Stargate after two seasons just when it was getting good?  What would they replace it with?  Wrestling or some poorly made Megashark movie.

SOS (Space Opera Society) are trying to bring back the glory days.  A non profit production studio which will produce original and quality science fiction for the web and possibly more.

Now don't be put off thinking that this is a bunch of guys with a camera and a green screen.  SOS is a collaboration of writers, producers, SFX gurus and more who love the genre and worked on some of the top sci-fi show ever made.  Don't believe me?  Check out the video below to see the quality that can be expected.



SOS are currently running an Indegogo campaign and trying to raise approx $200,000 for start up costs.  Check out the campaign to see some of the concept artwork that will definitely wet your appetite.

We're definitely on board with this and hope SOS meet their goal.  The Bearded Trio are all for quality science fiction.  We're going to add a link to the main page for the duration of the campaign.

SOS Write:


SOS is a response to a distress signal by fans of science fiction around the cosmos to revive the genre, especially the space opera, which has been forgotten over the years.

SOS aspires to become THE virtual meeting place for lovers of science fiction, and fans are being invited to participate in the development of projects, to freely discuss their passion in an environment respectful of its fans, and of course to watch our productions.


By adopting a crowdfunding mode of financing, and a transparent business model, SOS will go where few production companies have gone before. In this regard, SOS is inspired by New York`s Metropolitan Opera, as the MET Members (fans and opera lovers), and SOS donors (fans and enthusiasts of traditional sci-fi shows), know that their investment will be used for production, and profits will be reinvested in the development and production of new projects.

SOS can also count on an outstanding team of international talent (writers, actors, directors, make up artists, production designers, model makers, VFX artists) who have worked on such cult series and movies as Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Space: 1999, Stargate, X-files, Dune, Alien, Outland, Tron and many more...

Rob Wainfur
@welshslider


THE BEARDED TRIO ON FACEBOOK
THE BEARDED TRIO ON TWITTER
THE BEARDED TRIO ON GOOGLE+
back to the future logo

With a galaxy as massive as Star Wars it's easy - all too easy - to be known only for that one thing and as a long-time inhabitant of the galaxy far, far away I'm cool with that. But my love of sci-fi and fantasy bleeds beyond the SWG and into other regions of the universe.  Star Trek, Marvel and DC and the many and various projects Stephen Spielberg has touched.

One of those magical projects is 1985's Back to the Future, a timeless (pun intended) classic executive produced by Spielberg that in its 116 minute running time manages to create a world that we would want to live in, with tips of the hat to classic sci-fi, framed around the year 1985 which is now almost as long ago to us as 1955 was to the makers of the film back in the mid 80's.  As it gets older, the nostalgia factor increases year on year (and don't forget, in 2 years time we arrive at 2015 with Jaws 17 and hoverboards.  Can't wait!)

So, here's my list of the 5 things I learned from Back to the Future.  You may well have learned very different things, it greatly depends on how much attention you paid to your Mom's high school photo...

Number 1

Stand Up For Yourself:  In the first movie, young George McFly is a well-meaning, decent fellow who gets sand kicked in his face at every turn and as such never gets a shot at the girl he adores.  Biff Tannen muscles in and later - in an awkward turn of events - his own time-challenged son Marty becomes the target of Lorraine's affections.  As the film winds to a close and with Marty's help he becomes the man that he always wanted to be.  Back to the Future shows that nothing is given, it's earned.  Like real life really.

Number 2

Crazy Old Men With DeLoreans Can Get You Into Trouble:  Not that I know too many crazy old men with vintage sports cars that can rip through the fabric of time and space at 88MPH, but surely the message learned here is don't get into cars with strange people?  Or is it don't judge a book by its cover?...No, I got it.  Don't ever piss off Libyan terrorists in a parking lot.  Or steal their plutonium.  But if you DO, make sure you're with a crazy old man in a DeLorean.

Number 3

Nothing Is Impossible:  See number 2, a crazy old man made a time machine out of a Delorean.  Nervous, sci-fi loving George gets the impossibly hot girl.  Marty got away with calling himself Clint Eastwood.  There are so many paradoxes at play in the trilogy it's a wonder anyone ever got born after Marty returned to the present of 1985, but that's kind of the point.  In the infinite universe we inhabit anything that can happen WILL happen, and so while it's crazy to think that the actions of Doc, Marty, Lorraine, George and everyone else didn't irretrievably change the timeline (as it did in Back to the Future 2) it's also a miracle that things pretty much got put back to normal by the end of Part 3.  

Number 4 

Don't Rise To It:  If someone called me a chicken, eh, what the heck.  I just assume they have bad eyesight, but in the Back to the Future universe, calling someone a chicken is a cue for reckless actions, crazy chases
and diving in head first.  Sure, no one likes to be called a bad name, but take a step back.  Surely it says a lot more about the person doing the name-calling than it says about you.  Unless what they say is true, of course...

Number 5   

The power of love.  Huey Lewis said it, so it MUST be true.  Right through the trilogy, the power of love - parental love, the love of friendship, marital love - powers the films and give us that added weight of importance as we know the characters in the film are vital and treasured to each other.  It makes the Back to the Future trilogy one of the most consistent series of films out there and 28 years on keeps them high on people's lists of most-loved films.  And after all, the power of love IS a curious thing.


Mark Newbold has written for the Star Wars Insider since 2006, is a regular contributor to the Official Star Wars Blog and back in 2006 wrote an article for Model and Collectors Mart on the collectibles of Back to the Future (http://www.jedinews.co.uk/news/news.aspx?newsID=1155).  He's the Daily Content Manager for Jedi News, the UK's biggest Star Wars site and is about to launch the new Jedi News podcast.

THE BEARDED TRIO ON FACEBOOK
THE BEARDED TRIO ON TWITTER
THE BEARDED TRIO ON GOOGLE+

Saturday, 28 September 2013

john williams george lucas


Star Wars' main theme has been voted the nation's favourite film score by BBC Radio 3 listeners in a recent vote.  The piece by John Williams received almost a quarter of the votes.

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly came second with West Side Story third.

Classic FM run a similar vote each year but Star Wars is, (it seems) always pipped by Howard Shore's Lord of the Rings soundtrack.

If you've been living under a piece of Alderaan rock for the last 40 years here is the Star Wars main theme to remind you.




Rob
@welshslider



THE BEARDED TRIO ON FACEBOOK
THE BEARDED TRIO ON TWITTER
THE BEARDED TRIO ON GOOGLE+

Friday, 27 September 2013

day of the tentacle


Kotaku have released a very interesting article on the demise of Lucasarts.  Having many sources who was at Lucasarts final days, speak out about the numerous games that was in production but ultimately cancelled.  No doubt the biggest disappointment from the article reveals that a special edition of the 90's point n click adventure The Day of the Tentacle was rumoured to be 80% finished.

If this is true then the fact the game got cancelled is more of a crime than the cancelled Star Wars 1313 or any of the other Star Wars games mentioned in the article.


In news that will certainly crush anyone who enjoyed LucasArts-branded adventure games, the team at LucasArts Singapore was working on a remastered version of the classic point-and-click game Day of the Tentacle, according to three people familiar with that project. Like the special editions of the first two Monkey Island games, released in 2009 and 2010, the remastered Day of the Tentacle would be pseudo-3D, with remade background art and cut-scenes redone to run at 30 frames per second.3P

Although this Day of the Tentacle remake was never officially greenlit, two sources say it was almost finished. One person familiar with the project pegs it at 80% done. But it was never approved, and the company's higher-ups had no interest in continuing to make what they called "legacy" titles like this one. So the game remains unreleased—and perhaps there's a near-finished Day of the Tentacle HD sitting on a shelf somewhere in Singapore, never to be touched again.P


It’s devastating. Day of the Tentacle, a hilarious point-n-click adventure that did the whole three protagonists thing years before Grand Theft Auto even existed, is almost impossible to purchase legally today. This is a game that deserves a digital re-release.P

“For many involved this was a dream project,” said one person who worked on the game. “But sadly, like many, many LucasArts games in development, it never saw the light of day.”



THE BEARDED TRIO ON FACEBOOK
THE BEARDED TRIO ON TWITTER
THE BEARDED TRIO ON GOOGLE+
rebelforce radio


The number one Star Wars book, Kenobi is discussed this week on Rebelforce Radio.  Our host Jimmy Mac is joined by the voice of Obi-Wan in The Clone Wars, James Arnold Taylor.  Also at the round table is Del Rey Erich Schoeneweiss, and Geek Out Loud's Steve Glossen.

Check out the show notes below along with the link to the show.

James Arnold Taylor from The Clone Wars, Star Wars books Editor for Del Rey Erich Schoeneweiss, and Geek Out Loud's Steve Glossen gather around the Roundtable with Jimmy Mac to discuss "Star Wars: Kenobi". It's a fun conversation that digs deep into the character of Obi-Wan Kenobi during his early days on Tatooine. Plus, James Arnold Taylor performs a reading of "Kenobi" produced by Jimmy Mac exclusively for RFR. And, Star Wars Audiobooks narrator Jonathan Davis talks to Jason & Jimmy about recording over 25 Star Wars stories for Random House Audio. If that wasn't enough, we can one more Kenobi Keychain to give away. Listen to learn how you can win!

Listen now by clicking here.

THE BEARDED TRIO ON FACEBOOK
THE BEARDED TRIO ON TWITTER
THE BEARDED TRIO ON GOOGLE+
bryce dallas howard


According to The Wrap, Rush star Bryce Dallas Howard is in 'early negotiations' to be in Jurassic World (the new name for Jurassic Park 4.)  The rumours have been surfacing for some time that the actress from Los Angeles California will be on board the Colin Trevorrow directed movie.

Although the negotiations may be at their early stage it seems that Howard's track record with big budget movies may be in her favour as she has appeared in Spiderman 3, Apollo 13, Terminator Salvation and Twilight 2.

Stay tuned for more news on Jurassic World.

THE BEARDED TRIO ON FACEBOOK
THE BEARDED TRIO ON TWITTER
THE BEARDED TRIO ON GOOGLE+
joseph mazzello

Jurassic Park star Joseph Mazzello is set to get behind the camera for the first time with Undrafted, a baseball drama starring a young cast including Aaron Tveit, Matt Barr, Chase Crawford, Tyler Hoechlin, Manny Montana, Philip Winchester, Billy Gardell and James Belushi (son of comedian Jim Belushi).

Mazzello wrote the script based on his brother's experiences as a college baseball player who ended up being skipped over for a chance to play in the major leagues.

Mazzello says, "I watched for 15 years as my brother worked tirelessly to make his dream come true only to see it never happen and it was heartbreaking. During that time I saw the love he and his teammates had for each other and for the game that is the heart of our story."

http://www.firstshowing.net/2013/jurassic-park-star-joseph-mazzello-moves-to-directing-with-undrafted/

THE BEARDED TRIO ON FACEBOOK
THE BEARDED TRIO ON TWITTER
THE BEARDED TRIO ON GOOGLE+

Thursday, 26 September 2013

jerry-bruckheimer.jpg


One of the longest partnerships in Hollywood has come to an end.  Jerry Bruckheimer has long been associated with Disney, since the 1990s in fact but the partnership will come to an end next year.

The studio said it will continue to focus on its branded franchise films from the Disney, Pixar, Marvel and now Lucasfilm banners, while Bruckheimer is looking to produce a slate of “more mature” pics outside the scope of the Disney brand. Translation: there just wasn’t room for Bruckheimer in the Mouse House anymore.

Disney and Bruckheimer will continue working together on various projects including the fifth installment of “Pirates of the Caribbean” and a third “National Treasure.”

The film was recently pulled from the summer 2015 release schedule in order to improve the script. A third “National Treasure,” among other projects are still in development at the studio with Bruckheimer’s film banner.

Read the full story here.

THE BEARDED TRIO ON FACEBOOK
THE BEARDED TRIO ON TWITTER
THE BEARDED TRIO ON GOOGLE+

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

destination star trek


Last year Media 10 and Showmasters brought us the excellent Destination Star Trek London.  An official event that featured all five captains and a successful record breaking attempt at most Trek fans dressed in costume.

Well today we received an email telling us that in five days time the next Destination Star Trek will be announced.  Note how the London has been dropped speculating that it may be outside the UK.

Stay tuned.  We'll keep you updated.  You can also check out the official site here for a countdown to the announcement and sign up for updates.

The Bearded Trio were at last years event and can tell you now that if the new event is half as good as last years one we are in for a treat.

Rob
@welshslider

THE BEARDED TRIO ON FACEBOOK
THE BEARDED TRIO ON TWITTER
THE BEARDED TRIO ON GOOGLE+



"Lucasfilm is currently prototyping the combining of video game engines with film-making to eliminate the post-production process in movies. 'Speaking at the Technology Strategy Board event at BAFTA in London this week, the company's chief technology strategy officer, Kim Libreri, announced that the developments in computer graphics have meant Lucasfilm has been able to transfer its techniques to film-making, shifting video game assets into movie production. Real-time motion capture and the graphics of video game engines, Libreri claimed, will increasingly be used in movie creation, allowing post-production effects to be overlayed in real time. "We think that computer graphics are going to be so realistic in real time computer graphics that, over the next decade, we'll start to be able to take the post out of post-production; where you'll leave a movie set and the shot is pretty much complete," Libreri said.'"

Check out the concept video below.



Read more at here

THE BEARDED TRIO ON FACEBOOK
THE BEARDED TRIO ON TWITTER
THE BEARDED TRIO ON GOOGLE+

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

jj abrahams


JJ Abrams has been chatting about Star Wars VII, whilst promoting his new TV show, Almost Human. In Abrams typical fashion he wasn't giving anything away but what he did say was his intention to get the new movie's tone closer to the original trilogy. He told EW that it was "Impossible for me to say because it’s going to be an evolving thing. I would say we are working really hard to make a movie that feels as emotional and authentic and exciting as possible. Whatever your favourite Star Wars movie is and how to compare it is really sort of subjective.”

"I remember reading a thing somewhere, someone wrote about just wanting [the new film] to feel real; to feel authentic. I remember I felt that way when I was 11 years old when I saw the first one. As much of a fairy tale as it was, it felt real. And to me, that is exactly right".

His Star Trek legacy has left a lot of Star Trek fans feeling a little disgruntled after changing the face and look of the franchise and moving away from any kind of Trek authenticity.  Lets hope he keeps to the authenticity of Star Wars.

Read more: http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/star-wars/27370/star-wars-round-up-jj-abrams-on-the-tone-casting-latest#ixzz2fYZsN9KL



THE BEARDED TRIO ON FACEBOOK
THE BEARDED TRIO ON TWITTER
THE BEARDED TRIO ON GOOGLE+


A penthouse apartment in Richmond, Virginia, that Steven Spielberg used while filming Lincoln has gone on the market for $1.3 million.

The residence is a 2600 square feet place comprising of two bedrooms and two full and one half bathroom. Interiors feature beautiful hardwood floors and floor-to-ceiling glass windows that offer beautiful views of the city.

"SIMPLY the MOST SPECTACULAR HOME in RICHMOND. The Scudder Residence is well known within Metro Richmond as one of the most important and well executed design-build creations of its kind. Featured on the Downtown Loft Tours and in multiple publications, this loft served as home to Steven Spielberg during the filming of ""Lincoln"" and truly represents the new 'Best of Richmond'. A combination of two units merged seamlessly through the diligent efforts of the owners, architects, contractors and designers. The resulting 2600 SF open floor plan balances comfort with elegance to highlight the spectacular views from almost every location within the space. Two indoor parking spaces and two storage units convey."

Read more and see more photos here

THE BEARDED TRIO ON FACEBOOK
THE BEARDED TRIO ON TWITTER
THE BEARDED TRIO ON GOOGLE+
indiana jones


Here's a funny story regarding Harrison Ford I found today from Hollywood.com

Actor Harrison Ford was recently threatened with deportation from Indonesia after a climate change interview went awry. The Indiana Jones star had scheduled an interview with forestry minister Zulkifli Hasan in Jakarta, but, according to presidential adviser Andi Arief, the politician was not properly briefed beforehand, and he took exception to Ford's film crew. He says, "(I was) shocked that as (Ford's) crew came in, they started filming and interviewing him... and attacking him with questions. There's no privilege for him although he is a great actor. "His crew and those who were helping him in Indonesia must be questioned to find out their motives for harassing a state institution. If necessary, we will deport him." However, Ford and his crew left on Tuesday night (10Sep13), after wrapping up interviews for Ford's new climate change documentary Years of Living Dangerously.

Now the politician in my opinion missed a great opportunity here.  He could have emulated Indiana Jones in The Last Crusade and said "I will answer all your questions IN TURN!" and then enter the room and leave via the window.  Missed funny opportunity there.

Rob

THE BEARDED TRIO ON FACEBOOK
THE BEARDED TRIO ON TWITTER
THE BEARDED TRIO ON GOOGLE+
angry birds the science behind the saga


The Bearded Trio are teaming up with National Geographic Books and the excellent Coffee With Kenobi podcast to bring you two chances of winning a copy of the new book Angry Birds Star Wars: The Science Behind The Saga. This 160 page, full-colour book written by Amy Briggs explores the science behind the Star Wars Saga with meticulous detail.  The book is so new that Angry Birds II which was only released in the last week is mentioned.  You can read our review of the book here.

To have a chance of winning a copy of this excellent book all you have to do is tweet the following on twitter.

Sign me up for #AngryBirds #StarWars The Science Behind the Saga thanks to @thebeardedtrio @coffeewthkenobi and @natgeobooks

That's all you have to do!  Just tweet the message and we'll automatically enter you into the comp.  The closing date is the 5th October and The Bearded Trio will notify the two winners to get contact details.

What are you waiting for?  Tweet the message now and good luck

Rob
@welshslider

THE BEARDED TRIO ON FACEBOOK
THE BEARDED TRIO ON TWITTER
THE BEARDED TRIO ON GOOGLE+

Monday, 23 September 2013

With Star Wars fever increasing daily the closer we get to 2015 you may be wondering how to keep up to date on the latest Star Wars news.  You may be new to the Star Wars universe and want to get up to speed before the big day arrives in 2015.  We've put together seven tips to make sure you're on the same page as every other Star Wars fan by the time Star Wars VII comes out.

7 - Expanded Universe


At the time of writing this there was no confirmation whether Star Wars VII would follow the expanded universe or not.  But one thing is for certain it will have a few nods here and there and for EU fans that will make them smile.  It will also introduce you to characters such as Mara Jade and give you some insight into what happens between Leia and Solo after Return of the Jedi.

6 - Star Wars Insider


There is nothing like getting the latest news on Star Wars and what better way than with the official Star Wars magazine, Star Wars Insider.  You can subscribe here and get the magazine in traditional print format or via your tablet.

5 - Official Star Wars website



If you don't do magazines then you can keep up to date with all the latest news at the Star Wars official site.  When big news is released its generally here it first.  The Star Wars blog is also a must read where you get knowledgeable people who really know their Star Wars.  Click here to check the website out.

4 - Jedi News


Unofficial websites can be dangerous, especially if you are wanting to keep up to date on the latest news.  Right now there are a lot of sites making up stories about Star Wars VII to generate traffic to their site.  However there is one site that you can rely on and stands head and shoulders above any other unofficial Star Wars site.  JediNews.co.uk.  In fact the site is a reliable source for many Star Wars fans, bloggers, podcasters and even those in the Star Wars industry.  Updated daily with all the latest news on the Wars, nothing is ever missed.

3 - Twitter


Twitter is a good way to keep up to date on the latest Star Wars news on the go.  Download the app for your phone and create a Star Wars list.  Follow the official Star Wars twitter account along with the Jedi News, and any others you think may benefit your Star Wars fix.  Make sure to add them to your list you created so its easy to see all the Star Wars news in one place.  Oh!  Add us too, @thebeardedtrio

2 - Podcasts

If you don't have time to browse the web and find the latest Star Wars VII news then let the latest Star Wars VII news come to you.  There is a galaxy of Star Wars podcasts out there but there are some which really stand out from the crowd.  The Bearded Trio recommends:

REBELFORCE RADIO


FULL OF SITH


THE CANTINA CAST


COFFEE WITH KENOBI


THE FORCECAST


The SARLACC PIT


THE STAR WARS REPORT


1 - Watch the Movies and The Clone Wars.


There is no substitute for watching Star Wars.  Whip out the Blu-ray box set of the movies and watch and re-watch them.  Also keep an eye out for the complete box set of The Clone Wars which is out in October.  If you haven't watched the animated series yet then you are missing out on some of the best Star Wars ever made.  Make it essential viewing.

So there you have it.  Seven tips to get you up to speed for Star Wars VII.  A bonus tip would be to attend some conventions such as Star Wars Celebration Anaheim in July 2015 and meet the stars of the movies and the podcasts mentioned above.

May The Force Be With You.

Rob
@welshslider

THE BEARDED TRIO ON FACEBOOK
THE BEARDED TRIO ON TWITTER
THE BEARDED TRIO ON GOOGLE+

Sunday, 22 September 2013

rebelforce radio


Us Star Wars fans as so lucky.  We've got Star Wars VII coming up, Star Wars Rebels in the pipeline and spin off movies on the way.  We are being spoilt lately and Rebelforce Radio are also spoiling us.  This week we get not one but two new episodes of the show.  a few days ago Rebelforce Radio released an episode with Steven Sansweet discussing Rancho Obi-Wan's record breaking achievement.  Now they've just released a new episode celebrating Ashley Eckstein's birthday.

Here's the show notes along with the link to the show.

Ahsoka Tano actress Ashley Eckstein is celebrating her birthday today and RebelForce Radio is hosting an unforgettable bash in her honor! Join us for a fun hangout with Ashley as we enjoy some sweet treats with our party guests and a few surprises along the way, including an Ahsoka/Anakin reunion you don't want to miss, courtesy of Matt Lanter! Plus, conversation about Star Wars: The Clone Wars, giveaways, trivia, and more!

Listen to the show now



THE BEARDED TRIO ON FACEBOOK
THE BEARDED TRIO ON TWITTER
THE BEARDED TRIO ON GOOGLE+


Most people know me as an unabashed Star Wars fangirl, but I do have other passions. The Indiana Jones franchise is one of those things I love. So much so that I convinced my parents on a trip to Hawaii that we needed to take a specific excursion for the sole reason of visiting one of the filming locations.

As a writer you learn to draw from your favorites. Reviewing my manuscript for my first novel Wynde, I realized stories and characters that made the biggest impression on me personally show up in unique ways. In Wynde, I have a character who has the look of an “adventuresome archaeologist” – which he’s not. Still, I imagine many of my readers will catch the reference and draw a similar imagery – a Doctor Jones-ish fellow – in their mind’s eye. Tying your own imagery to something familiar to the audience is one of the things I learned from George Lucas. When I watched the Indiana Jones marathon over the weekend, I was reminded that I had taken a few lessons from the Lucas-Spielberg brain trust, as well. Here are the five most important things I learned from Indiana Jones:

#1 - Tell stories with friends.

There’s no denying that the movies are joyous romps, some maybe more than others. Still, the sense of fun radiates from the screen in how Lucas and Spielberg as storytellers dared the movie and its characters to be brave and carefree. Over the years I’ve paired up with other writers, and the collaboration has always pushed me to grow. Having fun doing the tough stuff – creating – helps keep the muse fresh, too.

#2 - The best stories are about relationships.

My favorite Indiana Jones movies are Raiders and Last Crusade, and what sets those two movies apart are the relationships within them. The romantic spark with Marion, the father-son dynamic, and the friendships with Sallah and Marcus make Indy relatable.

#3 – Good music take movies to another level.

Who can’t hum the “Raiders March” on cue? And as it’s wafting through your mind now that I’ve brought it up, an incredible movie memory is not far behind. All hail, John Williams!

#4 – Lore is the key.

It’s not just the relationships that make Raiders and Last Crusade standouts, but also the lore. Quests for the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail have permeated myth and storytelling for centuries, which made those stories accessible. The concepts in Temple of Doom and Crystal Skull
weren’t nearly as recognizable in the public consciousness, and the stories had to work harder to get the audience on board for Indy’s personal quest.

#5 – When all else fails, improvise.

Probably one of the most memorable Harrison Ford improvisations is Han Solo’s line “I know” to Princess Leia’s “I love you” in The Empire Strikes Back. Really, though, it’s Ford’s simple shoot the swordsman in lieu of complicated fight sequence that serves as a reminder that the most important rule in storytelling is to KEEP IT SIMPLE. When I get stuck on a story point, it’s often because I was trying to do too much. And if I’m stuck as the storyteller, it’s quite possible the plot point will drag for the audience too. Often I find the solution to unsticking the story is to get back to basics.
*****

Writing for The Bearded Trio, Tricia Barr.

FANgirl Blog creator Tricia Barr writes about Star Wars for Random House’s science fiction and fantasy blog Suvudu.com and Star Wars Insider magazine. She is putting the finishing touches on her first novel, Wynde – a military science fiction with a fantastical twist. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com. For updates on all things FANgirl follow @FANgirlcantina on Twitter or like FANgirl Zone on Facebook.



THE BEARDED TRIO ON FACEBOOK
THE BEARDED TRIO ON TWITTER
THE BEARDED TRIO ON GOOGLE+

Saturday, 21 September 2013

rebelforce radio


One of the best times of the week is when your favourite shows brings a new episode out.  That time is now as Rebelforce Radio bring us a special show featuring record breaking Steve Sansweet and Lawrence Noble.

Check out the show notes along with the link to the show.

NEW SHOW! Steve Sansweet stops by to talk about Rancho Obi-Wan finally being recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest collection of Star Wars memorbilia in the world. And creator of the Lucasfilm's iconic bronze Yoda statue, legendary Star Wars artist Lawrence Noble joins us to talk about the relation between art and a galaxy far, far away. Plus, Billy Dee slaps us around and more!

Listen to the show here.



THE BEARDED TRIO ON FACEBOOK
THE BEARDED TRIO ON TWITTER
THE BEARDED TRIO ON GOOGLE+

jaws adventure

You've got to check out this new and free browser based text adventure based on Spielberg's Jaws.  It's easy to play with most commands being N,SW,E or EAT.  I managed to get a score of 64% before being killed by Brody.  It comes complete with Spielberg's signature shooting star.  You can even tweet your score at the end.  Let us know how you do by tweeting to @thebeardedtrio

Click here to play the game now.


jaws adventure

THE BEARDED TRIO ON FACEBOOK
THE BEARDED TRIO ON TWITTER
THE BEARDED TRIO ON GOOGLE+

Friday, 20 September 2013

full throttle title

The original Trailer to the 1995 adventure game by LucasArts, Full Throttle.  Wouldn't it be great to see a HD remake of this classic?

 - You know what would look better on your nose?
- No, What?
 - The Bar!

Full Throttle

Rob
@welshslider



THE BEARDED TRIO ON FACEBOOK
THE BEARDED TRIO ON TWITTER
THE BEARDED TRIO ON GOOGLE+

Thursday, 19 September 2013

spielberg honoured


Steven Spielberg is set to receive an award at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

The Oscar-winning director will receive the 2013 Records of Achievement Award in recognition of his film work. The award is presented by the Foundation of the National Archives and is intended to honour an individual whose work has bolstered awareness of the history and identity of the United States through the use of original records.

Spielberg is expected to be receiving the award in person on Nov. 19 gala in Washington, D.C. Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns is chairing the event.

Read more here

THE BEARDED TRIO ON FACEBOOK
THE BEARDED TRIO ON TWITTER
THE BEARDED TRIO ON GOOGLE+
ilm star trek generations

Here's an interesting 10 minute video showing ILM's involvement on the Enterprise D and other effects for the movie and the Next Gen crew's first movie, Star Trek Generations.



THE BEARDED TRIO ON FACEBOOK
THE BEARDED TRIO ON TWITTER
THE BEARDED TRIO ON GOOGLE+

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

the cantina cast

A new episode of The Cantina Cast is out.  Join your hosts as they discuss everything from the origin movies to Count Dooku and their quote of the week segment.  You can also follow them on their Facebook page to keep up to date on their excellent show.

Episode 37 is now available! We discuss Midi-chlorians with lots of listener input. We also discuss possible Boba Fett and Han Solo origin movies as well as an interesting talk about Count Dooku that spawned from our quote of the week segment.

http://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/show/thecantinacastpodcast/id/2475998

THE BEARDED TRIO ON FACEBOOK
THE BEARDED TRIO ON TWITTER
THE BEARDED TRIO ON GOOGLE+
george lucas


The museum proposed by George Lucas to showcase visual storytelling and house his art collection is one of three development projects being considered for a plot of park land at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

The Lucas museum would include the collection he has amassed over more than four decades and says includes illustrations by Norman Rockwell and Maxfield Parrish. Lucas intends to finance the project himself.

The Presidio Trust has not yet set a deadline to select the winning proposal.

"There's no question that this is one of the most spectacular sites in the world," said Craig Middleton, executive director for the trust. "We really need to be thoughtful about which proposal best fits in, both in terms of the project and the program."

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/09/17/5744379/lucas-museum-among-3-finalists.html#storylink=cpy



THE BEARDED TRIO ON FACEBOOK
THE BEARDED TRIO ON TWITTER
THE BEARDED TRIO ON GOOGLE+
jj abrams


At the Blu-ray and DVD release party for Paramount Home Entertainment's Star Trek Into Darkness, director JJ Abrams opens up about the failed Star Trek video game and reveals he's working with Valve on several new projects in this exclusive interview.





THE BEARDED TRIO ON FACEBOOK
THE BEARDED TRIO ON TWITTER
THE BEARDED TRIO ON GOOGLE+

Geek Universal

Geek Universal
Check Out Our NEW Sister Site

Facebook

Find us on Twitter

We're on Patreon

Buy The Bearded Trio T-Shirt Here

Partnered with:

Generation Star Wars

Sharing The Wars With

The Bearded Trio Recommends

Total Pageviews

Translate

Harry Potter In Concert

Harry Potter In Concert
UK Dates

What Is The Bearded Trio?

Celebrating All the work from George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and John Williams. All the latest news updated daily. We are geeks and huge fans of their works. from Lucasarts to Lucasfilm, Star Wars to Indiana Jones. We will try to bring all the latest everyday. We will also report on other fandoms and geek stories. Follow us on Twitter or on Facebook. Feel free to let us know what you feel about our site or if you have an article you would like us to post.

The Bearded Trio Spotify Playlist

A Return to 1977. Cast Members Talking About Star Wars In 1977

Popular Posts