Friday, 31 January 2014



A stage musical of the cult 80's time travelling movie, Back to the Future is set to debut in London's West End in 2015.

Robert Zemeckis, who co-wrote and directed the 1985 Michael J Fox film, will reunite with co-writer Bob Gale to pen the book for the stage adaptation.

According to Gale, the musical will be "true to the spirit of the film without being a slavish remake".  We intend to use music from the movie along with brand new songs to make a version of Back to the Future that is fresh, entertaining and takes advantage of all the amazing things that can now be done on stage.  We can't think of a better way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film."

Composer Alan Silvestri - who scored many of Zemeckis's films, including Romancing the Stone, Forrest Gump and Cast Away - will co-author the music and lyrics for the show with songwriter Glen Ballard.

Ballard, a six-time Grammy winner, co-wrote and produced Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill album and co-wrote the music for the stage adaptation of Ghost.

Britain's Jamie Lloyd - who directed James McAvoy last year in a sell-out production of Macbeth at London's Trafalgar Studios - will direct the production.

The 33-year-old's other credits include a Broadway production of Cyrano de Bergerac, The Duchess of Malfi at the Old Vic and She Stoops to Conquer at the National Theatre.

Source: BBC

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rebelforce radio


It's Friday, lets celebrate the weekend with a top notch new RebelForce Radio.  Our hosts are all over the new Star Wars Rebels and discuss the latest addition to the Star Wars universe, Chopper.

NEW SHOW! A new character from "Star Wars Rebels" has been announced! Hear what we think about the droid Chopper, what inspired his look and who he reminds us of. Also, Jimmy Mac reports about his trip to the Sundance Film Festival and the screening of the Roger Ebert documentary "Life Itself" which features voice work by "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" alum Stephen Stanton (Capt. Tarkin), including an exclusive interview with Stephen himself. Plus, we received a ton of feedback about the hot topics presented in last week’s show: The popularity of Han Solo and a potential Boba Fett reboot. You guys certainly let your opinions be known! All this along with the first winner of our Little Debbie giveaway, Key & Peele’s "Lando’s Fan", and the debut of “Jimmy Mac: Star Wars Vigilante”!

http://www.shotglassdigital.com/release/rebelforce-radio-january-31-2014/

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harrison ford sky movies


Sky Movies bring us their second commercial here in the UK featuring Indiana Jones and Star Wars star, Harrison Ford.  Want to see Ford getting a cream pie in the face?  Watch the commercial below.

Hollywood legend Harrison Ford is back with another Sky Movies advert asking what the last movie was that...and what will the next be!
Chances are, the answer is on Sky Movies. With more of the year's biggest box office hits earlier than other services and hundreds of movies on demand, your next great movie is waiting for you on Sky Movies. And you can find it right here http://skymovies.sky.com/on-sky-movies



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Thursday, 30 January 2014

the films of steven spielberg


This is one of the best video tributes to the movies of Steven Spielberg I've seen in a long time.  
Kudos to Kees van Dijkhuizen jr. for putting this together.  Follow him on Twitter https://twitter.com/keesvstheworld


A short montage celebrating the work of Steven Spielberg. Set to music from John Williams.

[the films of] was a 12-part, yearlong project on YouTube, created to showcase some of our time's finest filmmakers. It has been an amazing journey for me, and hopefully for some of the thousands of viewers who have supported me this past year. I have gained a new perspective on film and the process behind it, and my passion for the medium has grown to new heights. I want to thank everyone who accompanied me during this project, and I hope it was as satisfying watching it as it was creating it.





[the films of] is a collection by Kees van Dijkhuizen, which focusses on the inspiring filmmakers that shape film as we know it, visualising their variety and progression through the years.


Clips from 'Duel' remain courtesy of Universal TV, © TM & Copyright 1971
Clips from 'The Sugarland Express', 'Jaws' remain courtesy of Universal Pictures, © TM & Copyright 1974, 1975
Clips from 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' remain courtesy of Columbia Pictures & EMI Films, © TM & Copyright 1977
Clips from '1941' remain courtesy of Universal Pictures & Columbia Pictures, © TM & Copyright 1979
Clips from 'Raiders of the Lost Ark', 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom', 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade' and 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' remain courtesy of Paramount Pictures & Lucasfilm, © TM & Copyright 1981, 1984, 1989, 2008
Clips from 'E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial', 'Jurassic Park', 'Schindler's List', 'The Lost World: Jurassic Park' remain courtesy of Universal Pictures & Amblin Entertainment, © TM & Copyright 1982, 1993, 1997
Clips from 'The Color Purple', 'Empire of the Sun' remain courtesy of Amblin Entertainment & Warner Bros.
Pictures, © TM & Copyright 1985, 1987
Clips from 'Always' remain courtesy of Amblin Entertainment, United Artists & Universal Pictures, © TM & Copyright 1989
Clips from 'Hook' remain courtesy of Amblin Entertainment & TriStar Pictures, © TM & Copyright 1991
Clips from 'Amistad' remain courtesy of DreamWorks SKG & HBO, © TM & Copyright 1997
Clips from 'Saving Private Ryan' remain courtesy of Amblin Entertainment, DreamWorks SKG, Mutual Film Company & Paramount Pictures, © TM & Copyright 1998
Clips from 'Artificial Intelligence: AI' remain courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures, DreamWorks SKG, Amblin Entertainment & Stanley Kubrick Productions, © TM & Copyright 2001
Clips from 'Minority Report' remain courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox, DreamWorks Pictures, Cruise/Wagner Productions & Amblin Entertainment, © TM & Copyright 2002
Clips from 'Catch Me If You Can', 'The Terminal' remain courtesy of DreamWorks SKG & Amblin Entertainment, © TM & Copyright 2002, 2004
Clips from 'Munich' remain courtesy of DreamWorks SKG, Universal Pictures & Amblin Entertainment, © TM & Copyright 2005
Clips from 'War of the Worlds' remain courtesy of Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks SKG, Amblin Entertainment & Cruise/Wagner Productions, © TM & Copyright 2005
Clips from 'The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn' remain courtesy of Columbia Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Wingnut Films, Kennedy/Marshall, Hemisphere Media Capital and Nickelodeon Movies, © TM & Copyright 2011
Clips from 'War Horse' remain courtesy of DreamWorks SKG, Reliance Entertainment, Amblin Entertainment, Kennedy/Marshall Company & Touchstone Pictures, © TM & Copyright 2011

'Flying Theme from E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial', composed by John Williams, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, remains courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment, ℗ 1999
'Theme from Schindler's List (Reprise)', composed by John Williams and Itzhak Perlman, performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, remains courtesy of Geffen Records, ℗ 1993
'Plowing', from the 'War Horse' Soundtrack, composed by John Williams, remains courtesy of DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment, ℗ 2011

[the films of] is a non-profit project not aimed at breaking copyright laws. All material remains courtesy of their respective owners. Edited by Kees van Dijkhuizen © 2011.

Rob
@welshslider

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Just a heads up, its one month until Cardiff Film & Comic Con.  John Rhys-Davies will be attending and we will be there to report on the event.  Let us know if you're attending and say hello.

http://www.cardiffcomiccon.com/

Cardiff Film & Comic Con


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oxygen music of john williams


A podcast dedicated to the music of John Williams?  Some things just sound perfect don't they?

David Collins returns to provide deep analysis for John Williams’s music of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. We talk about many minor themes from the soundtrack including The Rebel Fanfare and the evolution of Darth Vader’s Theme. Plus, David presents us with statistics about how often you hear certain themes throughout the movie. Geeky? Maybe. Totally cool? Definitely! What do you think was the most used piece of music in the original Star Wars film? The answer may surprise you! Also, we place the track Attack of the Sand People side-by-side with the chase music from The Planet of the Apes and compare the two in an attempt to find an influence. All this and much more this month on Star Wars Oxygen!

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the wolf among us


Telltale Games sent us a note to let us know that the next episode to the excellent 'The Wolf Among Us' is almost amongst us.  We also got a trailer for your enjoyment.

Today we would like to share the first official trailer for the next episode to follow the critically-acclaimed season premiere of our series, 'The Wolf Among Us,' based on Bill Willingham's award-winning comic book series 'FABLES' and licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
'Smoke & Mirrors' will be arriving for download to consoles, PC/MAC, and iOS next week.  Please stay tuned to @telltalegames on twitter for individual release date details as they become available.



The Wolf Among Us' second episode, 'Smoke & Mirrors,' will be available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace and PlayStation®Network for $4.99 USD individually, or as part of a season pass option including access to episodes as they are released.  On PC/Mac, the episode will be available as part of a season pass, and also available on the iOS App Store as part of a season multi-pack, or for $4.99 USD as an in-app purchase withinThe Wolf Among Us application.

For more information on the game, visit the official websiteFacebook, and follow Telltale Games on Twitter

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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

the Wampa attack

Rare photos from a scene ultimately deleted from The Empire Strikes Back, the Wampa attack or from these photos, the aftermath.


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From ILM's official Youtube channel

"Star Trek Into Darkness" contains over 1600 visual effects shots, created by Industrial Light & Magic, Pixomondo, Atomic Fiction and Kelvin Optical Inc. In this reel, we'll take a look at ILM's work which encompassed virtually every tool and discipline in our effects arsenal.




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spielberg


Good news for Spielberg as he is in line to receive another award, this time the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation are set to present their award to the film director and join the likes such as Desmond Tutu and Bill Clinton.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation will award Steve Spielberg its annual Lincoln Leadership Prize.

The award will be presented to Spielberg at a dinner at the Hilton Chicago on March 19. Sally Field, who portrayed Mary Todd Lincoln in Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” will make the presentation.
“We are pleased to present this year’s Lincoln Leadership Prize to Steven Spielberg, who brings socially relevant issues to the forefront of our minds through the medium of film,” said Wayne W. Whalen, chairman of the foundation. “Additionally, his long-time commitment to philanthropic endeavors exemplifies President Lincoln’s conscience and spirit, making him truly deserving of this award.”
This is an extraordinary honor,” Spielberg said in statement. “For me, Lincoln’s unprecedented commitment to the cause of democracy is one of the most important examples of leadership our nation has ever seen. I am humbled to receive an award that embodies both his legacy and the profound contributions he made to this country.”
Source: Variety

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Tuesday, 28 January 2014

thx tune-up


The excellent THX tune-up app is no longer exclusive to iOS devices.  Now you can download the app for Android devices.

Android users can also download the THX tune-up app to optimize sound and picture on TVs, projectors and speaker systems. The app from George Lucas-founded THX can adjust your set’s contrast, brightness and aspect ratio settings once connected via HDMI. The app also utilizes a device’s built-in camera to make color and tint adjustments.

THX Extras
Play extraordinary THX trailers to show off your newly tuned TV and sound system
Show off your audio system with the push of a button by playing “THX Deep Note” in 5.1 surround, just like in the cinema (phone or tablet must be connected via HDMI cable)
Turn your phone or tablet into a “moo can” – tilt it to hear the “moo”
Have a question for THX, or just want to provide feedback? Ask Tex!
Device Requirements
THX tune-up works on the following mobile devices with Android OS 4.2.2 or later.

HTC One
HTC One Max
HTC One X
HTC One X+
Nexus 4
Nexus 5
Nexus 7-2013
Nexus 10
Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Connection Requirements

To connect your Android phone or tablet to your TV, projector or AVR you must use an HDMI cable and an HDMI adapter that is compatible with your specific Android device. Current HDMI adapters for Android are MHL to HDMI, Slimport to HDMI or Micro HDMI to HDMI. Please read the specifications for your Android carefully to ensure that you have the correct HDMI adapter. You should be able to see the Android screen on the TV or projector and hear audio from it BEFORE you use THX tune-up.

Sound Adjustments Note

To run the sounds tests with an AVR, set the AVR to “Direct” or “Digital Auto Detect” mode or equivalent. If your AVR does not have this mode, it may not accurately process AAC 5.1 audio tones. Also, check the specifications for your Android device. Some Android devices “virtualize” surround sound audio and will mix and play audio on multiple speakers, even though audio signal may only be on one or two channels – as in the Speaker Assignment and Speaker Phase tests in THX tune-up. In either or both of these cases, the results of the 5.1 speaker/sound adjustments may not be accurate. This is not a problem with the app but due to audio processing of the AVR or Android device.

This app is not a professional calibration tool and is not intended to replace an in-home professional calibration.

Read more at http://www.thx.com/consumer/home-entertainment/mobile-apps/thx-tune-up-app-for-android/

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coffee with kenobi



It's time for another Coffee With Kenobi with your hosts Dan Z and Cory C.  Joining them this week is Dr. Andrea Letamendi from UnderTheMaskOnline.com to talk about their topic for show number 11, the psychology of villains in the Star Wars universe.  Also joining them is the excellent and always inciteful Tricia Barr to talk about her latest novel, Wynde.  Also on the show is your latest "espresso shot with The Bearded Trio" featuring myself, Rob Wainfur.


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

In today’s show we share a cup of coffee with Dr. Andrea Letamendi of Under The Mask Online.com. Dr. Letmaendi is here to offer her professional opinion on our topic for Show # 11, the psychology of villains in the Star Wars universe. Andrea has a PhD in Clinical psychology, and her wisdom will have you looking at some of these characters in ways you never imagined. We also catch up with Tricia Barr to talk about her new novel, Wynde, and bring you the next offering of “Your Espresso Shot with The Bearded Trio., as well as news regarding the Episode VII script, and talk about how you can recharge your cell phones at Celebration Anaheim, Vader style. This is the Podcast You're Looking For!

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Monday, 27 January 2014



Remember the scene from Jurassic Park where a Velociraptor is trying to be caged.  You know the one..."Shooot her!  Shooot her!"  Yep that's the one.  Well that actual cage is up for sale on Ebay.

The item, which is being sold by Theme Park Connection, has been viewed over 380,000 times and attracted in the region of 150 bids, the highest of which is currently just over £60,000. With a further eight days to go before the auction closes, this figure is likely to increase significantly.

Described on eBay as "one of the most recognisable props from Steven Spielberg's 1993 worldwide hit, Jurassic Park," the item also comes with a full-size Velociraptor prop.



View the listing here and the scene from the movie below



Source: Telegraph

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indycast

Head over to Indycast, the best Indiana Jones podcast on this planet for the first episode of 2014.  Show notes and link to the show below:

In this first episode for 2014, Official IndyCast Correspondent Mitch Hallock looks at the new Indy Vinylmation figures, the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum might get Indy as a tour guide, we discuss if Marvel might publish Indy comics beginning in 2015, Joe and Keith return for another look at the further adventures of Indiana Jones, we have details on our custom Indy contest and more of your great emails!

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chris pratt


In what has become the worst kept secret so far for Jurassic World, Chris Pratt has finally confirmed his role in Jurassic World.  After photos of him with Bryce Dallas Howard being tweeted by Ron Howard with the words "looking forward to seeing them in Jurassic" and other "confirmations" that the Guardians of the Galaxy star is set to be in the latest Jurassic Park movie, yesterday we finally got confirmation.

“For me, Jurassic Park was really kind of my Star Wars,” Pratt told QMI Agency Sunday at Legoland California, where he and fellow Lego Movie castmembers were promoting the animated comedy.

“I lined up at the theatre to see it, I saw it opening night, I saw every sequel, I’ve seen it a whole bunch of times… for me that was my big movie, I think I was 13 or 14 when it came out,” Pratt said.

“And so it’s a big deal for me to be any part of that, let alone this part I’m going to be playing. I’m thrilled about it.”

Source: TorontoSun

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chopper rebels

Dave Filoni and team discusses their new character "Chopper" in this interview, a droid the team of rebels use in the upcoming TV show "Star Wars Rebels."

Sunday, 26 January 2014

maul lockdown

AuthorJoe Schreiber joins Coffee With Kenobi to talk about his excellent book, Maul Lockdown.  This has got to be a must listen.
Note: This interview contains very mild Spoilers
Joe Schreiber joins us to share a cup of coffee and discuss his latest Star Wars novel,Maul: Lockdown, an exciting and intense new novel that Star Wars fans are looking forward to reading.   The book will be available on January 28th, and places Maul in a space penitentiary that houses the galaxy’s worst criminals, where convicts face off in gladiatorial combat.  This is the Podcast You’re Looking For!

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In what can only be explained as a very British interview, Mark Hamill talks to the Imperial College in London days before the opening of Star Wars in the UK.  Its extremely retro containing words such as "baddies" and "goodies."
At over 20 minutes its a rare in-depth interview with the young actor who discusses his audition, his casting call and George Lucas to name a few.  In one part his explains how he is sick of talking about Star Wars which is interesting this early on in its long history.  His next interview he explains, or rather his interviewer does is Blue Peter which Mark confesses to watching while he was in the UK.
Mark Hamill aka Luke Skywalker from Star Wars interviewed at Imperial College London in 1977. For more information please visithttp://www.imperial.ac.uk



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In this vintage clip from the 70s, Mark Hamill finds it difficult to explain what Star Wars is.  He also talks about his auditions and the special effects from Industrial Light and Magic.  It's a classic clip and not to be missed.  Retro heaven.
A young Mark Hamill tries to explain Star Wars in an interview at Sydney Opera House. For more visit The Opera House Project:http://theoperahouseproject.com
I love how he mentions part two will not have anything to do with the first one and not be called Star Wars, "  It might be called Alderaan with Love or the Alien who loved me." - Rob




Rob
@welshslider

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Monkey Island with that mighty pirate...what was his name?  Fancy Pants?  No, no Guybrush Threepwood, that's it.  Well if you loved the Lucasarts game you would have bound to have fallen in love with the theme tune.  Well here's a rendition with a little extra retro.  The main theme tune from the game played on floppy disk drives.  Enjoy.



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jj abrams


We know he loves to keep secrets.  J.J. Abrams is no fan of the spoiler seeker.  Lost is a good example, keeping everyone waiting until the (ultimately disappointing) end.  Cloverfield made you guess and contemplate what exactly was it that hit the water in the trailer.  Star Trek Into Darkness had a spoiler free opening with Cumberbatch playing a character that made everyone raise their eyebrows.  Well it seems Star Wars VII is going to be holding it's cards close to it's chest if the director gets his way.

In an interview with The Telegraph, the director of the upcoming 'Star Wars: Episode VII' reveals that he's more at home when a project is shrouded in secrecy… even if it didn't work out quite so well in 'Star Trek Into Darkness'.
"We were trying to preserve the unexpected for the audience," he said about the decision to keep Benedict Cumberbatch's character a secret. "But it came across as if we were trying to be too clever."
"Star Wars is in every way a different animal. It's always been a more open, fan-engaged universe than I've been used to, so I'm sure there'll be some sort of compromise. But it feels to me like there's a purity in not knowing every little thing."

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Saturday, 25 January 2014

john williams


Youtuber Sean Mcdougall brings us this impressive 15 minute tribute to our favourite composer, John Williams.  Hurry as I feel this may not be on Youtube that long.  Sean writes:

I was watching Home Alone during the holidays (which John Williams scored) and felt inspired to do a montage of some of his most famous soundtracks. Enjoy!An
Missing your favourite?  Let us know on our Facebook page.




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sarah marshall star trek


Sarah Marshall, from Star Trek has sadly died on Jan. 18 at her home in Los Angeles. She was 80.

Ms. Marshall’s first film was “The Long, Hot Summer” (1958), with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. She appeared with Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver in Ivan Reitman’s political comedy “Dave” (1993) and with Michelle Pfeiffer in “Dangerous Minds” (1995).
She was a mainstay on television, appearing on shows from “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” to “Cheers.” In 1962 she played a woman whose daughter vanishes into the fourth dimension in the “Twilight Zone” episode “Little Girl Lost,” and in 1967 she played a former love interest of William Shatner’s Capt. James T. Kirk in the “Star Trek” episode “The Deadly Years.”
Source: NYTimes

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amblin television

ABC has ordered a pilot episode to Amblin's new TV drama, The Visitors.  The new pilot episode, with hope to being a series is based on Ray Bradbury's "Zero Hour."
Amblin TV is co-producing with Dawn Olmstead’s Grady Girl. Olmstead found the short story and brought it to Amblin TV, which developed it with writer Soo Hugh, who has worked on Amblin’s "The River" and "Under The Dome."
"The Visitors" chronicles the race against the clock to defeat an unseen alien enemy out to destroy the world using our most precious resource against us.
ABC Studios is producing. Olmstead and Hugh are exec producing along with Amblin’s Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, and Steven Spielberg.
Source: dreadcentral.com

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star wars arcade
Sit back, relax and enjoy a 30 minute video showing the run through of the classic Star Wars Trilogy arcade game.  Thanks to Xyphoe on Youtube who uploaded this "guaranteed to make you smile" video.

Longplay of "Star Wars Trilogy" the popular and brilliant Sega arcade game / coin-op from 1998! Played via emulation on PC.
PLEASE READ -
* This isn't actually MAME I'm playing this on, but in fact the new "Supermodel" emulator ("A Sega Model 3 Arcade Emulator") which more accurately emulates the arcade game than MAME currently does. You can get it here - http://www.supermodel3.com/
* The game still has *graphical glitches*, most apparent on the Endor stage, the final death star run and sadly the lightsabre duels. However as you can see it's still very playable! Sound quality isn't brilliant, and not a recording/compression issue - it is as it sounds when you play.
* I'm no expert on this game, I spent a lot of time in the arcades playing this one years ago and after a few games this evening I decided to record this attempt. I used one continue on the final stage, but I have in the past done it many times on one credit. Plus many more 'secrets' to be found...



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Friday, 24 January 2014

rebelforce radio

The A-Team are back.  Jason and Jimmy bring us another first class episode of RebelForce Radio.

Jason is back and we get caught up with all the latest & best Star Wars Episode VII news & rumors including info directly from director J.J. Abrams himself, a Boba Fett rebirth, and news about the highly anticipated Clone Wars Lost Missions. Plus, a plea to Darth Vader actor David Prowse, no Star Wars in NYC, and is Han Solo the most popular character in the Saga? You will find our hosts have very differing opinions! And listen to learn how you can win a supply of Little Debbie snackcakes! All this and more on the weekly RebelForce Radio!
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spielberg


Here's an interesting video showing Spielberg's trademark, the close up shot of the face.

We've taken the occasion to produce the following video essay exploring what may be the most singular visual element to his films: the face.


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Thursday, 23 January 2014



This original documentary on the making of The Empire Strikes Back has a segment on John Williams.  In it the composer himself talks about the work involved in creating a masterpiece




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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

mark hamill


Mark Hamill has joined the Reddit revolution and decided to do an "AMA" thread tonight.  AMA stands for Ask Me Anything.  I decided to tune in and obviously the majority of questions that were  being thrown at the actor were about his involvement in Star Wars VII.  After about an hour of ignoring the question on Star Wars VII we finally get some news and it's not the exclusive everyone was expecting.  Hamill said:
Haha. I’m not being coy, really. When I find something out, I’ll let everybody know. But nothing has been decided yet.
When questioned about today's news that Carrie Fisher has confirmed their involvement in the new movie, his response was also tight lipped:
The only character I know for sure is returning is my friend R2-D2. He hasn’t stopped beeping about it.
With the script recently being announced as finished surely they must know by now if Luke features or not?  He certainly is keeping his cards close to his Jedi robe.

Stay tuned.

Rob
@welshslider

Source: Reddit 

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It seems that Carrie Fisher has confirmed her role in Star Wars VII.  Bubblenews.com write:

The latest talk of this cinematic reunion in Episode VII comes our way via the one and only Carrie Fisher, taken from TV Guide Online and the always incomparable Jedi News.
As for the next Star Wars film, Fisher says she, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill are expected to report to work in March or April. "I'd like to wear my old [cinnamon buns] hairstyle again — but with white hair," she says. "I think that would be funny."

According to Metro newspaper, shooting on the new Star Wars film will be starting on May 4th.

Source: Jedi News and BubbleNews


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industrial light & magic logo


Love it or hate it, one thing you can't deny is the impressive work done by Industrial Light & Magic for Pacific Rim.  To illustrate their efforts, which is rapidly picking up many award nominations ILM bring us two featurettes on their work involved for the movie.





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Tuesday, 21 January 2014



Video from The Terminal DVD going behind the scenes on John Williams scoring the soundtrack to the film starring Tom Hanks.  Interviews from Steven Spielberg



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Monday, 20 January 2014


spielberg obama

Actor Tom Hanks, left, and director Steven Spielberg, right, have front row seats at a recent White House screening of the first episode of their HBO WWII miniseries. 

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A new teaser hits the web for the Spielberg produced CBS show, EXTANT that will debut on Wednesday, July 2 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT).  It doesn't give anything away and leaves more questions that answers.

"EXTANT" is a mystery thriller about a female astronaut, Molly (Halle Berry), who is trying to reconnect with her family when she returns after a year in outer space. Her experiences lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history.

Camryn Manheim plays Sam Barton, Molly’s best friend. "Extant" is a co-production of CBS Television Studios and Amblin Television. Steven Spielberg, Greg Walker, Mickey Fisher, who wrote the script, Brooklyn Weaver, Justin Falvey, and Darryl Frank will serve as executive producers. Halle Berry will serve as co-executive producer.



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Sunday, 19 January 2014

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Steven Spielberg attended a movie premier on Saturday night and the movie was a small independent movie called Young Ones, a film about a family trying to survive in a future where water has run out.
The famous director made the trek to Park City to support his godson, Jake Paltrow, who helmed the drama starring Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult and Kodi Smit-McPhee.
Source: Hollywood Reporter

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From ILM's official Youtube channel:

The story of "Pacific Rim" is told on an epic scale, where 250-foot tall combat mechs battle similarly sized giant alien monsters in the ocean off of the coast of major cities, and when that fails, in the cities themselves. Scale is a recurring theme throughout the film, where a large threat is countered with a large response, making humans tiny in this new out scale world.
ILM's visual effects team discusses the design, effects and animation of these incredible machines in this video. We hope you enjoy it.


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Saturday, 18 January 2014

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Forbes Magazine have published their annual "most influential" celebrities and Steven Spielberg has regained the top spot after Oprah Winfrey occupied top spot.

Director Steven Spielberg on Wednesday dethroned media mogul Oprah Winfrey as the most influential celebrity in the United States, according to an annual study by Forbes magazine that was dominated by film directors.

Spielberg’s influence was boosted by his most recent film, “Lincoln,” which earned 12 Oscar nominations last year including best picture and best direction, and grossed $275 million at the global box office.

The magazine said the 67-year-old director’s ability to attract foreigners to a U.S. drama about the back-room dealings and minutiae of 19th-century Washington politics spoke to his prowess. “Lincoln” grossed $93 million in foreign markets.

Forbes said that 47 percent of people surveyed rated Spielberg as influential.

“A celebrity’s ‘Influential’ score represents how that person is perceived as influencing the public, their peers, or both,” Gerry Philpott, president of E-Poll Market Research, which conducted the study for Forbes, told the magazine.
Source: KGMI.com

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 IGN recently caught up with Tintin star, Jamie Bell and got straight to the burning question.  Is Tintin 2 going to happen?

"It's being written," Bell said when asked if he'd read a script yet.


"It's weird," the actor contained. "I saw Steven [Spielberg] recently, randomly. I bumped into him. I hadn't seen him for awhile, and we were talking. I asked him to sign a Tintin book for me to my unborn son and stuff, and we were talking about it. He was like, 'Yeah, it's happening. It's being written. As soon as Peter's back from Middle-earth, we're going to do it.'" So now I'm just waiting."
Tintin 2 has been delayed due to Peter Jackson's love affair with Hobbits.  News on the story has been considerably rare.  Hints from Kathleen Kennedy, the producer has hinted at the story being adapted from The Calculus Affair.  Jackson has also mentioned a story, Destination Moon and Explorers of the Moon.  I like the sound of that one - Rob

Read the full interview here.

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Spielberg's success in TV seems to continue with Fox ordering his latest executive produced comedy.

FOX adds comedic soap "Red Band Society" to its list of potential new series. The network has given a go to the project from executive producers Steven Spielberg, Margaret Nagle ("Boardwalk Empire"), Justin Falvey ("Under the Dome"), Darryl Frank ("Under the Dome") and Sergio Aguero with a series prototype and additional backup scripts order.

To feature dark humor, the show follows a group of teenagers living as patients in the children's wing of a hospital who become unlikely friends and a surrogate family. It's based on the acclaimed Spanish series "Polseres Vermelles".
Source: aceshowbiz.com


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Friday, 17 January 2014

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Bad news for Star Wars 1313.  The much anticipated Star Wars game is more dead today than ever as news reaches us that Disney have chosen not to renew the trademark for the game.  Escapist writes:

Disney has chosen not to renew the Star Wars 1313 trademark. All hope is lost.
Even after Disney laid off the entire staff at LucasArts, many gamers thought that Star Wars 1313 would survive the transition. After all, the game was supposedly deep into development, and completing an unfinished title is typically more cost effective than starting over. However, when Electronic Arts took over the Star Wars franchise, the chances of Star Wars 1313 being resurrected practically disintegrated. And just before Christmas, Disney failed to renew the title's trademark, which officially asphyxiates any remaining hope.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office currently classifies Star Wars 1313 as "Abandoned because no Statement of Use or Extension Request timely filed after Notice of Allowance was issued."
Personally I'm holding out hope.  Normally when a game is abandoned that showed any form of promise or an engine that could be used in another way always ends up surfacing in another form.  I wouldn't be surprised if we see Star Wars 1313 under a different name in the future.

Rob
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 This 3D version of Melee Island created by Jochen Isensee was made using the ever reliable and mod friendly Half Life.  Jochen writes:

What a rush of nostalgia. Lately somebody reminded of the Half-Life Map i created from the Melee Island Town, that shabby piratedump in „Monkey Island". I rediscovered it in a 2004 backup of my website. Meanwhile this became a nostalgia double-feature, because the first part of Half-Life got ready for musuem as well as it has written computergame history too. Where are time-traveling not only back into the most charming caribbean adventuregame ever but also into a time when brushwork and polycount where everything while creating Half-Life Maps whith Valve's Hammer Editor 3,2. Here you can hang around in the Scummbar, pay a visit to the church, the prison and do some side-seeing in the servers beyound the dead end which we have encountered in the „Le Chuck's Revenge for the first time. And it there has never been such a freedom of movement before!
Download the Monkey Island Half-Life Map on my website
http://www.jooki.de/melee3d/
It comes with a model of Guybrush by Croc hunter. And the excellent old school Soundtrack "PC Speaker Ragae Remix" of the Youtube Trailer is done by Sebastian Steger.

Check out the video of the island in glorious 3D by putting the pulley you have in your inventory into the rubber chicken.  Then take it across the water to the other side.  Then....or you can just click below

Rob



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Thursday, 16 January 2014

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Composer John Williams' 49th nomination makes him the most nominated living person. CNN's Kyung Lah reports


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