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Glasgow date for Star Wars show

An exhibition of Star Wars costumes and props accompanies the concert
A major new show, featuring music and images from the Star Wars films, is to come to Scotland for the first time.Star Wars in Concert - which premiered in London earlier this year - will tour the whole of the UK in the spring, including a date at Glasgow's SECC. The show is being performed by a full orchestra and choir, alongside images from all six films. The show has taken director George Lucas and composer John Williams four years to realise. It has since toured the world but the UK tour next spring will be the show's first visit to Scotland. The date set is Saturday 13 March 2010. As well as featuring images, props and costumes from the film, the show is narrated by English actor Anthony Daniels - who voiced the character C-3PO in all six films. George Lucas, creator of the Star Wars saga said: "We've taken the key themes from the music and cut together all the images that fit with each theme, so…

Spielberg honoured with soundtrack award

FayesVision Steven Spielberg has won the Motion Picture Sound Editors' (MPSE) 2010 'Filmmaker Award'.The veteran Hollywood director will be honoured at MPSE's Golden Reel Awards ceremony on February 20 in Los Angeles for the groundbreaking and innovative soundtracks that have accompanied his movies over his 40-year career, Contactmusic reports.MPSE president Bobbi Banks said: "Steven Spielberg's evolution of the sound experience and collaboration with the sound and music editors has helped to shape new dimensions in sound."Spielberg was reported last week to have abandoned a remake of Harvey with Dreamworks.

Stan Winston Remembered

by Robert Wainfur

For christmas I was delighted to have received a signed copied of The Stan Winston Effect. I could not put the book down. Wonderfully inciteful and well written the book starts obviously at the beginning of Winston's career mentioning Gargoyles a 1972 TV movie.

Winston was straight out of apprenticeship but he had no reservations about challenging the producers regarding crediting the make-up artists in the credits, a practice that was not the norm in the movie industry at that time.

Gargoyles was his first job in TV and although Winston only worked on the background artists, he along with his artist collegues won an Emmy award. An award that would have not happened had Winston not insisted on the inclusion of the make-up artists in the credits as you can only be nominated if you are credited. The book is wonderfully illustrated and well laid out. If you have some christmas money to spend you won't go far wrong with this gem. If you can, try to get the si…

Steven Spielberg 'drops' Harvey film remake

Steven Spielberg has dropped out of directing a remake of the classic James Stewart movie Harvey, according to industry newspaper Variety.It is thought Spielberg struggled to find a lead actor after Tom Hanks reportedly turned the role down and Robert Downey Jr refused to commit. The original film was based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway play of the same name by Mary Chase. It is thought studio 20th Century Fox will continue with the project. Harvey, which tells the story about a man who claims his best friend is a giant invisible rabbit, was a huge success. Stewart received a best actor nomination at the 1951 Oscars for his performance, while his co-star, Josephine Hull, won best supporting actress. Spielberg has not confirmed what he is planning to direct next. He has recently completed production on The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn.

Merry Christmas From The Bearded Trio

Hope you are all having a great day, let us know what Lucas/Williams/Spielberg presents you got!

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Ewok Songs a comparison. Star Wars Return of the Jedi endings

Lets make no doubt that John Williams is a genius when it comes to musical scores. When George Lucas decided to change the ending of Return of the Jedi he asked John Williams to write a new ending to the film. Below are the two versions. Although they are both excellent I cannot help liking the original just that little bit more due to the memories it brings back. I am one of the few who loved the Ewoks and still do. Return of the Jedi will always hold a special place in my hearts

(Just in case you wanted to sing along the lyrics are below)

Yub nub, eee chop yub nub,
toe meet toe pee chee keene, g'noop dock fling oh ah.
Coat ee chah tu yub nub,
Coat ee chah tu yah wah,
Coat ee chah tu glo wah.
allay loo ta nuv
Glo wah, eee chop glo wah, ya glo wah pee chu nee foam,
ah toot dee awe goon daa.
Coat ee cha tu goo (Yub nub!)
coat ee cha tu doo (Yah wah!)
coat ee cha tu too (ya chaa!)
allay loo tu nuv (3 times)
Glo wah, eee chop glo wah.
Ya glow wah pee chu nee foam,
ah toot dee awe goon daa
allay loo t…

Indiana Jones: The Soundtrack Collection

Received my Indiana Jones: The Soundtrack Collection box set on Saturday and is it worth it? Well short answer is "Yes!" Long answer is "Definitely Yes!"
Soundtrack collectors have been crying out for years for a complete soundtrack release of the Indiana Jones films and this is as close as they are going to get for some time.
It comes in a nice looking box

Each CD comes with a booklet with photos from each film, track listings and behind the scenes.

Also included is a separate booklet that has some extremely nice photos from all the movies and an introduction from Laurent Bouzereau (Soundtrack Reissue Producer.) He also hosts the interviews with John Williams, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg on the fifth extras disc.

For those who already have the soundtrack on CD and are thinking of getting this box set then just a word of warning. You may want to hold on to your original as this version of Raiders Of The Lost Ark does not have the full version of "The Desert…

Review - Collect All 21! Memoirs Of A Star Wars Geek! John Booth

If like me you are in your thirties then chances are you remember the first time you went to see Star Wars when it was released back in 1977. I do. It was the opening week and my Brother took me to see the film that changed Cinema forever. I was five years old. The film had created such a buzz that when we arrived at the cinema the queue was right around the building. I remember we waited in line for two hours, yes two hours! Strange thing is I don't remember anything about watching the film (I have seen the film so many times that my other memories have overwritten that part) but I do remember asking my Brother to hum the theme tune to me on the bus ride home in which he did in front of people. From that point on I was hooked and that moment in my life is what turned me into the Sci-fi geek I am today and proud if it. Also from that point I started collecting Star Wars toys in particular the kenner figures and ships and I still do. A few years back I joined rebelscum forum, a for…

Ralph Mcquarrie Week - Gallery

Ralph Mcquarrie Week - R2d2 and C3po

This painting represents R2-D2 and C-3PO first arriving on Tatooine after their narrow escape from the Imperial Stormtroopers via a Life Pod (which can be seen in the background). McQuarrie used a photograph of the Oregon coast to guide his painting of the landscape, following the line of the cliff and replacing the ocean with sand dunes.C-3PO was inspired by the beautiful robot seen in Fritz Lang's classic silent film Metropolis, but Lucas wanted it to look more male then female. McQuarrie's C-3PO looks much more graceful and slim than the 'droid was to become in the film. The problems of a person moving in all of that equipment made it necessary for C-3PO's body to be bigger and to have larger joints.Lucas wanted R2-D2 to be like a small tripod which would move by throwing one leg outward and pitching itself forward like a man on crutches. but the problems of getting R2-D2 to move in that manner couldn't be solved, so he had to be made to glide forward or hobble …

Ralph Mcquarrie Week - Mos Eisley Space Port

Ralph Mcquarrie Week - Confrontation

Here we have an incipient confrontation as the small group of fugitives try to escape the Imperial Stormtroopers. Chewbacca is carrying the Princess; a bearded Han Solo can be seen in an earlier costume design - a blue outfit with a cape; and Luke is in the background. McQuarrie envisioned the hallways as being lit indirectly, through thin slots. Defying standard principles, the light would radiate from these narrow spaces at 360 degrees, while the slots themselves would be detectable only from particular angles. It would be a testament to the genious of these people that they discovered a key to the universe that permitted them to harness an incredible energy in this manner.

Steven Spielberg planning 'War Horse'

WENN Steven Spielberg will produce an adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's 1982 novel War Horse for DreamWorks.The book centres on a boy and his horse who are separated when the boy joins the fight during World War I, says Variety."From the moment I read Michael Morpurgo's novel War Horse, I knew this was a film I wanted DreamWorks to make," said Spielberg. He added: "Its heart and its message provide a story that can be felt in every country."The Oscar-winning director is to produce alongside Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy and Revel Guest.Billy Elliot scribe Lee Hall has been tapped to adapt the novel.Tags:

Ralph Mcquarrie Week - Enemy Pilots View

Ralph Mcquarrie Week - Y Wing and Death Star

The main purpose of this painting was to capture the atmosphere of the battle over this monstrous space station.

Ralph Mcquarrie Week - Cantina Band

Ralph McQuarrie Week - Tie Fighter and X-Wing

George Lucas wanted to show the scale of the Death Star trench in relation to the fighters as an aid to the special effects people doing the miniatures.

Star Wars Kenner Give A Show Projector

I picked this up the other week off ebay. Love this item. I always wanted one of these. Before the days of video recorders and DVD players this was as close as we could get to watching the Star Wars movies in our bedroom.

It comes with 112 slides (some pictured below) on 16 strips which you manually feed through the slot on the front. Some of the slides are quite laughable. I really like this item and is a nice addition to anyones collection.

Click on the pics for larger photos.