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The Bearded Trio Interviews Kenny Baker

Kenny Baker Answers Our Quick Fire Questions We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to ask Kenny Baker some quick fire questions. Big thanks to Ken Mills author of Tiny Acorns for making this all possible. Ken said "It was a refreshing change not to get the usual "Was it hot in the robot in the desert ? " We wanted to try something different so here goes: What was your favourite Star Wars moment? Favourite Star Wars moment was receiving the first pay cheque - £20,000 which couldn't have come at a better time and helped buy the house outright. What was your least favourite moment? Least favourite thing was having to wear the Ewok costumes - they were so uncomfortable . What is the most unusual thing you have been asked to do by a fan? Being asked to sign certain parts of ladies anatomies ( cleaned up ) Although you have worked with so many superstars over the years, is there still someone you would love to work with? Who would I loved to ha

Star Wars exec-producer Gareth Wigan dies aged 78

British film executive Gareth Wigan, behind such movies as Chariots of Fire, Star Wars and Alien, has died at the age of 78 following a brief illness. "He was there for me when I needed him and I'll always be grateful," said Star Wars director George Lucas. Barbra Streisand, director of Prince of Tides which Wigan worked on, said he was "one of the smartest, kindest, most loving people I have ever known." A pioneer of global cinema, Wigan also backed Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The film's director Ang Lee said: "Gareth Wigan was a unique figure in the movie business. He was a true English gentleman, a great soul. He made quality films, and he was also a pioneer of studio investment in foreign films." Memorial service Martin Scorsese also paid tribute: "I have fond memories of our work together on The Age of Innocence. I've often wished we could have worked on another production as I've always had great admiration for Gar

VIDEO: Jurassic Park Ride - Complete Ride And In HD

Oh I have fond memories of The Jurassic Park Ride. My wife, on the other hand doesn't. You see I managed to convince her to join me on the ride at Universal Studios, Hollywood. It starts off gentle, a nice sedate ride but I forgot to mention the rather steep drop at the end. All I can remember was her saying "I want to get off" as we were climbing. Nasty? Yes, but she's got me back plenty of times since then.

Jaws 3D Remake - (Well It Had To Happen Eventually)

by Rob Wainfur Well lets get one thing straight here. I have no doubt that 3D is the way of the future. Having watched Avatar you can't help but think that anything else is, well, just flat! But come on! A Jaws remake in 3D? You see I'm a bit worried here. In the eighties there was a time when 3D was the talk of the movie industry. Movies started coming out in 3D, every other sequel was in 3D and they were bad, VERY BAD! The best you could hope for was some character on screen pointing a stick at the screen or something being thrown at you. It was terrible and the story was non-existent. 3D movies dwindled away as the viewing public lost faith and interest. Now I just hope the same thing doesn't happen again. You see riding on the success of Avatar, film companies are green lighting a lot of movies in 3D especially remakes. Halloween 3D, Swamp Thing 3D, Re-animator 3D, The Gate 3D to name a few and now there is a rumour of Jaws being remade in 3D. Acco

Goonies Remake Rumours (Yet Again!)

Goonies Remake On The Way? We've been hearing about a "Goonies" remake for a while, one that would focus on the kids of the original characters. And during a press junket for "Percy Jackson and the Olympians," director Chris Columbus confirmed that he and Steven Spielberg have been working on ideas. " I'd love to see another Goonies movie out there, " said Columbus. " The kids would have to be the parents, and their kids would be the Goonies. We just need something, as Steven [Spielberg] said the other day, he said, 'How do you beat finding an entire pirate ship filled with treasure underground? What can be as exciting?' So we have to come up with something that can be equally as exciting. What can be the next adventure? " Unfortunately, until there is a story, the "Goonies" remake is nothing more than just wishful thinking. " I'm not working on it, " added Columbus. " Everybody is coming to m

Avatar Soundtrack Review

by Rob Wainfur Lets get the one criticism out of the way. James Horner's Avatar soundtrack sounds very similar in places to his other work especially Titanic. He has been criticised before for re-using his material. But you know what? I don't care. Why get criticised for re-using stuff if the material in the first place is spectacular? I for one am pleased because I know if I listen to a James Horner soundtrack I am getting top class music consistently. Avatar is no exception. In fact I would probably go as far as to say that this is his finest work. Horner use of a jungle rhythm and ethnic choir voices combined with his signature long cues make this a soundtrack for every one's collection. The soundtrack can be split into three. The first few tracks are soft and a build up to the experience of Pandora. Once the movie enters Pandora then the soundtrack really shines. Uplifting, happy, spiritual music that will make you want to watch the movie again and again

Steven Spielberg Denies "Gremlins" Remake Rumour

Steven Spielberg on Gremlins Remake "I spoke to Steven Spielberg a couple days ago and said, 'You know, I've been reading on the internet about this 'Gremlins 3D' and no one's approached him either, so I don't know if that's really true," said Columbus. "Maybe it's going on behind our backs." It's very unlikely that a "Gremlins" reboot would happen without the Spielberg knowing about it, but it doesn't mean that Spielberg and Columbus would not want to give the franchise another shot. "It would be fun to go back and revisit them," said Columbus. But he warned that if someone makes another installment to not go down the CGI route. "Something like 'Gremlins,' which is a movie I really like, I think it's impossible to recreate in a CGI environment," Columbus continued. "I think it will inevitably lose some of its charm. Those are edgy Muppets in a sense and you don't want t

Quinto to play Spielberg's Gershwin

Zachary Quinto has reportedly been cast as George Gershwin in Steven Spielberg's biopic of the famed composer. The Star Trek actor will lead the cast of the Dreamworks feature, which will tell how Gershwin and his brother Ira were responsible for more than a dozen Broadway shows, including Strike Up The Band , Funny Face and Show Girl . Gershwin passed away in 1937 at the age of 38 following surgery to treat a brain tumour. He received a posthumous Oscar nomination for his song 'They Can't Take That Away From Me', which featured in Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers musical Shall We Dance . Doug Wright wrote the script for the untitled Gershwin movie, which is one of three projects Spielberg is considering directing this year. Tags: steven spielberg , quinto

'Jaws' producer David Brown dies, aged 93

Veteran film producer David Brown, whose credits include Jaws and Driving Miss Daisy , has passed away at the age of 93. The star died at his home in Manhattan, NY on Monday after battling with a long illness. He also introduced Elvis Presley in Love Me Tender and Steven Spielberg as a now Oscar-winning director to the big screen. Brown, who was born in New York City, was married for more than 50 years to Cosmopolitan editor, author and sole survivor Helen Gurley.

DreamWorks launches casting call for Real Steel

D reamWorks has launched a nationwide casting call for its upcoming action drama Reel Steel. Director Shawn Levy and his fellow producers are searching for the role of a ten-year-old boy to star opposite Hugh Jackman (pictured). Real Steel is set in a future where robot boxing is a popular spectator sport. Jackman plays a former boxer who reunites with his long-lost son to train a unique robot for a championship fight. John Gatins wrote the screenplay. Levy is producing with Don Murphy and Susan Montford, while the executive producers are Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke, Steve Starkey, Josh McLaglen and Mary McLaglen. Child actors can make themselves known either by submitting a videotaped audition or attending a series of open calls in Chicago and New York later in the month.