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Star Wars Props To Go Under The Hammer. You Could Own A Hand-Painted Ralph McQuarrie Illustration

ICONIC STAR WARS PROPS TO BE SOLD IN UK AUCTION It seems it's a weekly occurrence these days to see movie props going under the hammer and especially Star Wars.  If you're a collector and have a bank account bigger than the second Death Star then you can bid on some rather excellent lots.  For example you could win a genuine Ralph McQuarrie illustration with a whopping estimate of £120k - 180k ($145k - 218k.)  What about Samuel L. Jackson's lightsaber?  That has a more reasonable estimate of £60,000 - 80,000 ($75k - 100k.)

The auction is part of Prop Store’s Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction and takes place on Monday 30th September and Tuesday 1st October 2019, featuring a collection of film memorabilia worth over £6 million ($7.2 million.)  A preview exhibition featuring over 250 auction lots is now open at the BFI IMAX in Waterloo, London until 1st October 2019.  Here's the rest of the press release with a list of more Star Wars lots.  Get your money ready!

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Slimey Blorp (Possibly Called Bert) Absorbing Everything In Latest Episode Of Star Wars Roll Out.

BREAKING NEWS!  BLORP ABSORBING EVERYTHING!  FAST THINKING REQUIRED! Slime!  It's very much the "in thing" at the moment.  Walk into any toy store and you will see slime stuff for sale whether it be in a plastic container or masquerading as glittery Unicorn dropping.  You can't miss it and it's hot property.  Well, it's no coincidence that the latest episode of Star Wars: Roll Out features a rather cute slime monster (The Blorp) called "Bert."  Actually I made the name up but in my mind his name is "Bert" and if any Lucasfilm employee is reading this, please make it canon.

Anyway, the two minute animated feature stars "Bert" the Blorp as we join him innocently absorbing everyone around him.  Leave it to Maz Kanata (my name is better - Rob) to save the day and use what could be considered some clever science.

Check out the episode below and let me know if you think "Bert" is the best name ever for a slime monster. - Rob

Movie Review: The Stars Shine, But "Ad Astra", Doesn't Take Us Anywhere New

AD ASTRA
Starring Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler and Donald Sutherland
Written by James Gray and Ethan Gross
Directed by James Gray

Reviewed by Patrick Gibbs
Out of Four

Director James Gray (The Lost City of Z) has been very upfront about the influence of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness on his film, Ad Astra, a space drama set in the not too distant future. But he seems so intent on creating his own Apocalypse Now that he should have gone ahead and just calyoled this movie Apocalypse Later.

While working on a massive antennae area high above the earth, Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) is nearly killed when  a mysterious power surge in space causes him to fall off the array and through the atmosphere, performing a spectacular HALO jump.  recruited on a special mission to travel to mission to Neptune to hunt down his father, a legendary astronaut named Clifford McBride (Tommy Lee Jones.). It seems that 30 years prior to the events in the film, the elder McBride led …

ANIMATION STUDIO AARDMAN APPOINTS SEAN CLARKE AS MD

New MD For The Award Winning Animation Studio, Aardman The award winning animation studio, Aardman have a new MD.  One of my favourite studios that has brought us delights such as Morph, Wallace & Gromit and Shaun the Sheep have a new person in charge.  Aardman studios have close ties with Dreamworks and have produced some wonderful movies together over the years.  Sean Clarke will take up the role and has been with the company for over 20 years.  Here's the full press release:

Aardman, the multi-award-winning, independent animation studio, has today (Thursday 19th September) announced the successor to David Sproxton, who is stepping back from the MD role after 43 years at the helm of the organisation.

The role is to be taken up by Sean Clarke, who has been at the company for over 20 years and headed up the International Rights and Marketing department for over a decade.

Famous worldwide for its unique and entertaining productions, Aardman is home to much-loved characters includ…

GUEST POST: The Obi-Wan TV Show - My Dream Star Wars Project By Brad Monastiere

Guest Blogger, Brad Monastiere Writes About The Much Anticipated Obi-Wan Series And Explains How It's Perfect For TV In recent years, Star Wars news has tended to act like rainstorms over here in the United States. Weeks and weeks of drought followed by Biblical flooding. At D23 in late August, we Star Wars fans had our moment of continuous - if joyous - downpours.

Lucasfilm, who received some criticism for its lack of reveals at the San Diego Comic Con, absolutely hit it out of the park with announcements. The announcement of the Obi-Wan Kenobi TV series wasn’t just a home run. It was a hit ball that left the stadium that won the World Series of all-time for me.

I normally chafe against expectation stories, particularly when it comes to Star Wars projects. Expectations can often lead to disappointment, and the typical fanboy online outrage, which I fundamentally reject.

But on to the subject at hand, and that’s the Obi-Wan Kenobi TV series slated for Disney-Plus and will start f…

Stunning Book On Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, The 2001 File Re-Released

The 2001 File - A Comprehensive Behind-The-Scenes Look At Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landings, the good people at Reel Art Press are re-releasing an extremely popular book called The 2001 File.  The book is a in-depth look at Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and has a great deal of unpublished archive material including Frederick Ordway – the NASA scientist who was a scientific consultant on the movie.  The book retails for £45/$75, has 336 pages and has over 600 pages.  Read on for the full press release:

Back by popular demand, and to celebrate the 50th birthday of the Apollo 11 moon landing and of the worldwide release of the science fiction classic 2001: A Space Odyssey, Reel Art Press is delighted to announce that it is re-issuing its best-selling book The 2001 File. In the half century since Kubrick’s film was released, many of its predictions have come true, including commercial space travel, an…

WATCH HERE: New Jurassic World Short - Battle At Big Rock

Battle At Big Rock - New Jurassic World Short Movie A new Jurassic World short movie has hit the web and fans are loving it.  It's called ‘Battle at Big Rock’ and it takes place one year after the Jurassic World sequel, Fallen Kingdom.  It's set in California, yep close to home for some of our readers so look out for those pesky Dinosaurs. 

We get a new Dinosaur, Nasutoceratops along with other dino delights such as an Allosaurus.  ‘Battle at Big Rock’ was written by Emily Carmichael and directed by Colin Trevorrow.

No spoilers here, just enjoy the movie!


The Bearded Trio - The Site For Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, John Williams and a whole lot more.

Photo of the Day - Vintage Advert For Reese's Pieces With An E.T. Theme

Vintage advert for Reese's Pieces which of course featured in the movie.  M&M's turned down the opportunity of being the candy of choice.  M&M's were in the original script but the Mars company didn't want their product being associated with aliens.  They probably thought the main alien in the movie was going to be bad, evil or look at taking over the human race.

Sales of Reese's Pieces outsold M&M's for the first time after the movie hit cinemas and saw a huge increase in sales by a whopping 65%.

Reese's Pieces continued their association with an alien theme and in 1984 released this rather dubious commercial.  E.T. it is not.



The Bearded Trio - The Site For Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, John Williams and a whole lot more.

UNDER THE RADAR - THE MIKE EDMONDS STORY TO DEBUT AT RAINDANCE

A PORTRAIT OF MIKE EDMONDS, THE ACTOR WHO NEVER ALLOWED HIS HEIGHT (OR LACK OF IT) TO STAND IN HIS WAY This compelling and engaging film, produced and directed by Red Stable films’ Simon Frith, takes us into the extraordinary world of actor Mike Edmonds, who has starred in countless feature films including STAR WARS, RETURN OF THE JEDI, TIME BANDITS and many more. A great acting talent, a true professional and a person of extraordinary drive, kindness and relentless good humour, Under the Radar is also a tale of triumph in the face of disability - or as Mike amply demonstrates, ability.

While both his parent were of ordinary size, Mike was born with Achondroplasia, or dwarfism, which brings with it a range of challenges both practical and medical. Mike has had to undergo frequent surgery throughout his adult life, while balancing this with a busy schedule of stage and screen roles.

Mike’s story is told through a host of cinema’s most well-known actors, whose often hilarious anecdote…