Wednesday, 30 April 2014

star wars vii cast photo

Following on from that amazing photo we were treated to yesterday showing the new cast for Star Wars VII, I thought I would split the photo up and show in detail who's who.

star wars vii cast photo
From bottom to top:  Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Andy Serkis, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Adam Driver


star wars vii cast photo zoomed
From left to right:  Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams and Harrison Ford.  Above Ford is of course R2D2.
star wars vii cast photo zoomed
From top to bottom: Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew and Bryan Burk


star wars vii cast photo zoomed
Left to right:  Domhnall Gleeson and Kathleen Kennedy.





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eddie valiant

With the sad news today of the passing of Bob Hoskins, I thought it was only fitting to post some photo's showing his time working with Steven Spielberg on the classic movie, Hook and of course as Eddie Valiant in Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

smee hook

smee hook

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smee hook


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eddie valiant

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Also here's the track "Smee's Plan" by John Williams.



and Eddie theme from Who Framed Roger Rabbit by Alan Silvestri.



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Bob Hoskins

Sad news coming in I'm afraid, as we find out that Bob Hoskins who starred in Steven Spielberg’s Hook and Who Framed Roger Rabbit has died at the age of 71. He was suffering with Pneumonia. The star was nominated for a best actor Oscar in 1987 for crime drama Mona Lisa, in which he starred opposite Sir Michael Caine and Robbie Coltrane. He announced he was retiring from acting in 2012 after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

"We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Bob," the actor's wife Linda and children Alex, Sarah, Rosa and Jack said in a statement.

"Bob died peacefully at hospital last night surrounded by family, following a bout of pneumonia.

We are sorry to hear such sad news at the loss of Bob Hoskins.  Our thoughts are with family members and friends.

Source: BBC

Rachel

Here's an interview he did in 1988 talking about Roger Rabbit



and a scene from the Spielberg classic, Hook



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Tuesday, 29 April 2014


John Williams' Jurassic Park soundtrack is one of his finest.  It's only fitting this masterpiece should find it's way to the dignified format of vinyl.  What's more the soundtrack will be remastered and Mondo will be releasing the special vinyl release on June 11th with the most amazing Jurassic Park artwork you have ever seen.  JC Richard and Dan McCarthy are the artists for the two limited editions.  Both having a variation of their artwork.

Check out these photos.  Even if you don't have a turn-table, this has got to be a must have for any collector.

Find out more at http://www.mondotees.com/VINYL_c_19.html


JURASSIC PARK – Version A
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Music by John Williams
Artwork by JC Richard
2XLP Pressed on 180 Gram Black vinyl with randomly-inserted Dilophosaurus Vinyl
$35

JURASSIC PARK – Version B
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Music by John Williams
Artwork by Dan McCarthy
2XLP Pressed on 180 Gram Translucent Amber
$35









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John Boyega 
best known for
Attack The Block

We all know who the original cast of Star Wars are and what they've starred in but what about the other actors and actresses on that list for Star Wars VII.  Here's a quick at a glance look at who's who and what they're best known for.



Daisy Ridley
best known for
Mr Selfridge


Adam Driver,
Best known for
Inside Llewyn Davis


Oscar Isaac,
 Best known for
Inside Llewyn Davis


Andy Serkis,

Best known for many things including:




Domhnall Gleeson,
Best known for
About Time


Max von Sydow

Best known for


Source:  IMDB



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It's official. It just couldn't wait until May 4th.  The cast for Star Wars VII is finally and officially announced.  It seems the old cast are on board.  But we also get the talented Andy Sirkis who brought us the mesmerizing Gollum performance in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.
Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.
Director J.J. Abrams says, "We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud."
Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.

Read more at the official site:  Star Wars

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It looks like Steven Spielberg has found his next job!  According to the official Roald Dahl website, the director will helm the film adaptation of Dahl's classic children's book, The BFG.

Here is the official statement from the website:

Renowned film director Steven Spielberg will direct the new adaptation with Melissa Mathison, who last worked with Spielberg on ET, writing the script. Frank Marshall will produce the film and Michael Siegel and John Madden are on board as executive producers.
First published in 1982, The BFG tells the tale of a lovable, dream-hunting giant and Sophie, the little girl who first spots him through the window of the orphanage where she lives. It has continued to delight audiences ever since its release, and was one of Roald's own favourites. In 1989, the story was adapted as an animated TV film.
The BFG has enchanted families and their children for more than three decades. We are honoured that the Roald Dahl estate has entrusted us with this classic story,” said Spielberg in a statement.
The Roald Dahl Literary Estate said, "We are delighted that Steven Spielberg will bring his inventive genius to directing the story of The BFG and that Roald Dahl's beloved story and characters will be brought to the screen in 2016 - a year when we will be celebrating 100 years since Roald Dahl's birth!"

The film is scheduled to go into production during the first quarter of 2015.


Source: http://www.roalddahl.com/blog



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Lucasfilm, Disney Consumer Products and Neff announced today the upcoming Star Wars Legion exhibition. Artists from across The Walt Disney Company including Lucasfilm, Industrial Light and Magic, Marvel and Pixar—as well as select street artists chosen by Neff and celebrity Star Wars fans –all come together to create individualized interpretations of the iconic stormtrooper helmet in celebration of the global fan holiday, Star Wars Day or “May the 4th be with you.” 

“Creativity has been a hallmark of the Star Wars franchise for over 35 years,” said Troy Alders, Lucasfilm Creative Director for Disney Consumer Products. “May the 4this a perfect time to celebrate this fantastic group of artist’s unique creations and share them with Star Wars fans.”

“As a lifelong Star Wars fan, it’s been a dream of mine to collaborate with Lucasfilm,” says NEFF Founder and CEO, Shaun Neff.   “Teaming up with some of the most prominent street artists from around the world, we are thrilled to work alongside The Walt Disney Company—to re-imagine such an iconic piece of cinematic history as the stormtrooper.”

Exhibition details to view the decorated, customized helmets, for free:
WHERE:             Robert Vargas Gallery
620 Main Street
Los Angeles 90013

WHEN:               Friday, May 2nd 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday, May 3rd 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Sunday, May 4: Noon – 4:00pm



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Empire 300th Spielberg


In the latest episode of Empire magazine they celebrate their 300th issue.  Various well known directors contribute to this months superb movie magazine including Steven Spielberg.  In his article the director opens up his "sharkive" to focus on nine objects that help tell his experience of filming his masterpiece, Jaws.

Some of the items range from an original shooting script of Spielberg's to a tooth from "Bruce."  For each object Spielberg gives us a little story of his time on set or why that item was chosen for shooting.

One of the items in the article is Orca's anchor and the story that goes with it is Spielberg's memory of using the boat that was sitting in the Universal lot after the film had been shot for his "go to" place for anxiety attacks.  Yes really!  Spielberg would periodically come and sit in the boat and not remember the good times filming Jaws but the bad times and how that week could be his last week as a director.


One day when he was hoping for another flashback on board the Orca, he realised the boat had gone!  Someone had taken it upon themselves to chop the boat up as it was full of rot and mildew.  He saw little bits of wood floating on the water.  Spielberg was furious at first but soon realised it was probably for the best.  It stopped him from going there and torturing himself.

All he was left with was the propellor, steering wheel and the anchor.

It's an interesting read and is on sale now.  Click here for more info

Rob

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Monday, 28 April 2014


The above photo is not inspiring.  A normal Ford Explorer from 1993.  Take a look at the photos below and see how much work a Jurassic Park fan put in and the attention to detail to get this car exactly like the one from John Hammond's theme park.  Must go faster!  Must go faster!
















More images of this amazing project can be found here.

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