Saturday, 31 May 2014


John Williams conducts TinTin at the Hollywood Bowl in 2012.  The video is a tribute to fencing in Hollywood movies.  Look out for Hook in there.



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Friday, 30 May 2014

vanessa marshall star wars rebels
Star Wars Rebels star, Vanessa Marshall takes some time out from her busy schedule to talk Star Wars and in particular the evolution of finding her voice for Hera on the upcoming and much anticipated Star Wars Rebels.  All this and more on the latest Rebels Reactions from the Coffee With Kenobi team.
We are thrilled to welcome Vanessa Marshall to Coffee With Kenobi!  Vanessa is one of the stars of the upcoming Star Wars Rebels Animated series, and voices Hera Syndulla, the Twi’lek ace pilot of the Ghost.
Vanessa join us to discuss her character, the evolution of finding Hera’s voice, and Star Wars fandom.  This is the Podcast You’re Looking For!
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steven spielberg

An event on Wednesday saw celebrities, Steven Spielberg and family raise over $250,000 for the Coalition for Engaged Education.

When your parent support group includes Steven Spielberg and his family, it's likely that your fundraisers will be something special.
A Wednesday event for Crossroads founder Paul Cummins and his nonprofit, the Coalition for Engaged Education, was exactly that. The aim was to raise $100,000 for Cummins' efforts, which include a summer school program in the city of Lennox to assist 20 teenagers who have been identified as "highly likely to drop out" of high school. With donations still being counted on Thursday, the Spielbergs had raised $200,000. The finally tally is expected to reach $250,000.
It's no wonder, considering the A-list crowd that turned out for the gathering, termed the First Annual Poetic Justice Celebration. Supporters included Gwyneth Paltrow, Maya Rudolph, Jonah Hill, Henry Winkler and son Max Winkler, Sally Field, Laura Dern, Sir Ken Robinson, Adam Samberg, BOND agency co-founder Luke Silver-Greenberg, Tyrese Gibson, state Assembly candidate Prophet Walker and the Spielbergs (Steven, Kate Capshaw-Spielberg, Jessica Capshaw Gavin, Sasha Spielberg and Theo Spielberg.)
Read more at Hollywood Reporter 

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empire magazine

In the latest edition of Empire Magazine George Lucas explains how it would have been impossible to have kept the bomb shell at the end of The Empire Strikes Back a secret if the Internet had been around.

Lucas thinks the famous (retro spoiler ahead) father/son scene was one of the last "real reveals"

"No. It was pretty remarkable we pulled it off then," he answered Empire when asked if he thinks it would have been possible now. 
"It was without the internet but it was still extremely intense in terms of the fans. Literally, I didn't tell anybody. Even the producer didn't know. It wasn't until James Earl Jones [Darth Vader's voice] came on during the finishing of the movie that it was revealed what he was actually saying there." 
"We expected it to leak but it didn't. It made it through the sound mix where the group widened. Then, everybody came out of the first screening and said, 'He's his father!'
"Personally, I think it was one of the last real reveals. Now you can't do it."
In the same issue the magazine also crowned Empire Strikes Back the best film of all time, yes OF ALL TIME in it's 200 list.  Do you agree?

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It's time for another RebelForce Radio and boy have they been busy!  Just take a look at these show notes and spot how many guests they ran into during the recent Star Wars Weekend.

NEW SHOW! We are back from Disney’s Star Wars Weekends with a full report from our listener meet-up and celebrity interviews! Hear from Warwick Davis, Jeremy Bulloch, James Arnold Taylor and a few surprises! Leaving no fan behind, we will take you there with audio recorded live at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando. Plus, Star Wars Episode VII news including the introduction of the first alien from the film, and the Star Wars: Force For Change campaign. And, a controversy is brewing surrounding online comments made by the writer of a future Star Wars stand-alone film, Gary Whitta. We analyze his remarks and discuss the potential impact they may have on the future of the franchise. All this and Boba Beer this week on RebelForce Radio!

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind


This is a video of a lighting show performed to the song 'Wild Signals' by John Williams from the movie 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind.'


The light show opened a concert for the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

 

Rachel

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If you couldn't make the last Star Wars Weekend then don't worry because those kind folks over at Skywalking Through Neverland were on hand to record the event and interview the stars of the weekend.  Sit back, relax and soak up that atmosphere.

NEW PODCAST EPISODE 32: Listen in as we tell our INCREDIBLE Star Wars Weekends story of how we snagged an interview with Jeremy Bulloch, a tweet from James Arnold Taylor and a hug from Ashley Eckstein.
We were so excited to attend the RebelForce Radio Meet-Up on Day 1 of Star Wars Weekends! During the event, we interviewed several attendees including Jimmy Mac, himself. We take you on a journey to the awesome meet-up through all of our interviews.
We interviewed Dave Parfitt of Adventures by Daddy about his experience riding the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at a special invitation-only DisneyParks Press Event.

SO MANY interviews with new friends and podcasters! Listen in!!

Direct Link: http://bit.ly/skywalking32

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Thursday, 29 May 2014


The battle for who gets the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum is an epic one.  The battle seems to between Chicago and San Francisco and it's the latter that has revealed it's latest weapon.  A prime spot near the bay bridge, which was near the original proposal the museum failed to get a few months back.  

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee plans to officially offer George Lucas a prime lot near the Bay Bridge as the site for a museum to house the "Star Wars" creator's collection of illustrative art and Hollywood memorabilia.
"It's the best site we could find both in terms of location and for winning the needed approvals in a timely fashion," said one source close to the talks.
Known as Seawall Lot 330, the site is across the Embarcadero from Piers 30-32, where just a month ago the Golden State Warriors were planning to build their 18,000-seat arena. The team is now looking at Mission Bay, having concluded that the political hurdles of the waterfront site were too high.

Read more at http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/S-F-to-offer-George-Lucas-prime-lot-for-his-5508234.php 

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In a recent article over at JoBlo they revealed some of the plot of the upcoming 2015 release, Jurassic World.  The article told us that there will be new dinosaurs never seen before and made from dino DNA splicing.

Normally this kind of plot leakage gets denied but in a refreshing change, director Colin Trevorrow has confirmed these rumours in a recent interview with /Film

Will there be crossbred dinosaurs or new species created for the movie?
We were hoping audiences could discover this on their own, but yes, there will be one new dinosaur created by the park’s geneticists. The gaps in her sequence were filled with DNA from other species, much like the genome in the first film was completed with frog DNA. This creation exists to fulfill a corporate mandate—they want something bigger, louder, with more teeth. And that’s what they get.
I know the idea of a modified dinosaur put a lot of fans on red alert, and I understand it. But we aren’t doing anything here that Crichton didn’t suggest in his novels. This animal is not a mutant freak. It doesn’t have a snake’s head or octopus tentacles. It’s a dinosaur, created in the same way the others were, but now the genetics have gone to the next level. For me, it’s a natural evolution of the technology introduced in the first film. Maybe it sounds crazy, but most of my favorite movies sound crazy when you describe them in a single sentence.
What are the relationships between the main characters and the dinosaurs? Are there “good guy” and “bad guy” dinosaurs in the movie?
There’s no such thing as good or bad dinosaurs. There are predators and prey. The T-Rex in Jurassic Park took human lives, and saved them. No one interpreted her as good or bad. This film is about our relationship with animals, how we react to the threat they pose to our dominance on earth as a species. We hunt them, we cage them in zoos, we admire them from afar and we try to assert control over them. Chris Pratt’s character is doing behavioral research on the raptors. They aren’t trained, they can’t do tricks. He’s just trying to figure out the limits of the relationship between these highly intelligent creatures and human beings. If people don’t think there’s potential in those ideas, maybe they won’t like this movie. But I ask them to give it a chance.
Read the full article here.

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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

night skies close encounters

After the success of Close Encounters in 1977 Steven Spielberg set to work on a follow up called Night Skies.  The legendary special effects wizard, Rick Baker was called upon to create alien prototypes for the film.

Unfortunately the movie was abandoned and many of the prototypes were used in other movies including E.T.

Rick Baker has kindly been posting photos of his work on this abandoned project over on his Twitter feed.  Here are some of those photos along with his tweets.


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"Happy days sculpting the prototype arms for the Night Skies alien back in 1980" 

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"I was so excited to be working on this project,to be able to design different alien characters of the same race. "

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"Unhappy days,film shut down. I wanted to change the body of the ET,the mantis like arm placement just didn't work imo"

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 Here was a quick clay sketch that I did in 1980 for one of the nicer younger NIGHT Skies aliens 
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As requested The Night Skies alien. Not finished, no eyes. Cover the top of his head and tell me who he looks like.

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Steven Spielberg's new series, Extant, will premiere in the UK exclusively on Amazon Prime Instant Video.  The first episode will debut on July 10, one day after the US premiere.  Future episodes will continue to be available one day after they air in the US, and they will be available in HD on over 400 devices.

The series is executive produced by Spielberg, and stars Oscar winner Halle Berry.


Here is a new clip from the series:



For more info on the series, please visit CBS.com/Extant

Source: VPO Press Release

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Steven Spielberg is interviewed here in 1988 for UK Television, broadcasting the events of the evening of the Royal Film Performance - the Premiere of Empire of the Sun.




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Tuesday, 27 May 2014

falling skies season four

Check out these photos from season four of the Spielberg produced Falling Skies.

Falling Skies season four will run for 12 episodes and it's set to land on our screens from June 22nd 2014 in the US.


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jurassic world vet

This picture was tweeted a few hours ago by Jurassic World director, Colin Trevorrow.  It shows a sleeve patch and it says "Isla Nublar Veterinary Services.  Jurassic World."  Well, considering there are going to be dinosaurs of all kind on the island, how do you train as a vet for these particular circumstances?  A bit different to your neighbours cat having hair balls.

There were no words accompanying the tweet and this was his first tweet since March.  Obviously busy filming the movie.

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Monday, 26 May 2014


If you have 35 million dollars spare and you love Star Trek then this house may be just the thing you're looking for.

The 27000-square foot house is located on the waterfront in Boca Raton, Florida.  It has eight bedrooms and eighteen bathrooms.  What really makes the house stand out though is it has a Star Trek theme including a complete reproduction with sounds and minute details of the bridge from the Enterprise D.

Check out the photos and if you fancy putting an offer in check out  Douglas Elliman Real Estate.











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Sunday, 25 May 2014

last crusade behind the scenes

Today sees the 25th anniversary of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.  On this day in 1989, Indy fans were treated to the third installment on the big screen.

Technically Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was the first sequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark as Temple of Doom was a prequel set in 1935 to Raiders 1936.

To celebrate 25 years of The Last Crusade here are 25 behind the scenes photos.


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Deleted scene from Last Crusade.  When Indy stepped on one of the wrong stones
in the trials at the end, a huge spider appears and climbs up Indy.


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