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Lucasfilm Working on Star Wars Cartoon for Preschoolers

The existence of a new Star Wars cartoon based on a line of super-deformed toys has leaked out of Skywalker Ranch.
A source at IESB has revealed a new Star Wars animated series that will be based on the Star Wars: Galactic Heroes line of toys. The Galactic Heroes toys are a collection of super-deformed miniature figures that include a wide variety of characters from Lando Calrissian to Yoda.
A director has just been hired to guide the new show, which reportedly has a working title of Squishies. This may seem like an incredibly odd name, but it makes a little more sense when you consider that a very young audience of preschoolers to kindergartners is being targeted for the show. Even for a kid's cartoon, this is a pretty young age group, so maybe Squishies could end up being some kind of educational program in the same vein as Yo Gabba Gabba or the like, but one that features lightsabers and Boba Fett. I, for one, think that would be pretty cool for kids.
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Spielberg rep denies paranoia claims

Steven Spielberg’s Rep has rubbished claims that Steven is near-paranoia and security paranoid.  A new book by former Variety reporter Nicole LaPorte suggested that the Saving Private Ryan helmer enforces strange conditions on set to ensure that details of his films never leak.
The book also alleges that Spielberg is obsessed with being prepared for natural disasters and dispenses survival kits to his staff.
Claims that Spielberg has Plexiglass half-moon, which prevents sound from reverberating so that his phone conversations remain ultra-confidential and ablack cloth is draped over the projection booth window on the screening room to hide the screen are false according to the Rep who also said that all the claims “doesn’t deserve a comment”.  Proves not to listen or believe all the silly rumours that get claimed or passed around.

James Rowell ILM - Film Effects Reel

This demo-reel shows examples of film-effects work done by James Rowell at Industrial Light & Magic, Pacific Data Images (now Dreamworks Animation) and ESC.

The work done by James in this video includes particle and dynamics effects, 3d lighting and digital image compositing. For a shot breakdown - please see the write-up at

THX and Partners Stream HD 3D Demonstration at NAB

At the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), THX Ltd. and other partners will showcase the world's first live high-definition (HD) 3 dimensional (3D) streaming demonstration using Microsoft Silverlight,  THX® Media Director™ and a complete THX Certified home theater system. THX® Media Director™ will be integrated with the 3D demonstration to enable home theater components to automatically configure and switch between 3D and 2 dimensional (2D) playback settings as content is streamed live. The NAB demo will take place at the Microsoft booth # SL220 and will also showcase the capabilities of Level 3's global internet backbone, Silverlight and Internet Information Services (IIS) Smooth Streaming and Inlet Technologies' Spinnaker™ multi-screen real-time encoding solution. Film and TV production company, TVN GROUP, will provide live HD 3D content from its studio in Germany. The demo will show how content providers can use these technologies to capture and distribute 3D str…

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Avatar DVD/Blu-Ray release. Worth Buying Or Worth Waiting?

So Avatar is out Monday 26th April, just in time for Earth Day but the general vibe on the web is that this is a bare bone version with the ultimate version out next year.  No extras are on the DVD or Blu-Ray with Fox saying that they wanted all the room on the discs for the picture and sound quality.  Hmmmm!  I'm not convinced on that statement as a second disc could have contained all the extras.

  Anyway is it worth buying?  Well if you have a blu-ray player then one hundred percent yes it is!  The picture and sound quality is the best yet and will definetely show off your home cinema setup.  The colours are remarkable and Pandora will still come to life even with the missing 3D.  If you have a standard DVD then I would save your money until the Summer when Avatar will get released in the cinema again with six minutes of delete scenes.  Avatar is like beer.  You buy a beer and on the side of the bottle it will say "best served cold".  Avatar should say "best watc…

George Lucas to Receive USC Presidential Medallion

Noted filmmaker, and benefactor George Lucas will be awarded the USC Presidential Medallion -- the school's highest honor -- by university President Steven B. Sample on Monday, April 26, 2010.

"We at USC are so proud to count George Lucas as a member of our Trojan Family," said Sample. "He has distinguished himself as a creative genius, a prescient supporter of multimedia literacy, and a devoted alumnus. Not only has he inspired and delighted audiences worldwide with his imagination, but he is generous in ensuring that new generations of artists and innovators can illuminate the human condition and give wings to their greatest dreams.

"Through his extraordinary imagination, wisdom and continuing guidance, he has helped create a wealth of opportunities for the talented young women and men in the USC School of Cinematic Arts."

Added USC School of Cinematic Arts Dean Elizabeth M. Daley: "Since his graduation in 1966 from USC School of Cinem…

Zanuck And Spielberg Decided Against Going Back And Adding A CG Jaws

On "Jaws," he and his producing partner, David Brown, worked with a gifted young director, Spielberg, who had to sink or swim when the visual effects work that was supposed to deliver a terrifying shark was slow-going and clunky. There could have been blood in the water on the production but, instead, the director and producers looked for ways to hide the deficiencies with props, flipped (and flipper) perspectives and the sublimely scary theme by John Williams. "In desperation, we came up with so many good ideas -- like the floating barrels, for instance, that were shown on the screen to suggest this shark beneath them, underwater -- and we did it because we didn't have the shark," Zanuck said. "In the script, the shark is on Page 1 when the girl gets eaten. It became more terrorizing than anything we could have hoped for. If we had CG then we would have had the shark in every frame."

(Zanuck and Spielberg spoke a few years ago about going back to the …

Star Wars To Be Made Into SITCOM

CULT film Star Wars is being made into a SITCOM, it has been revealed.Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, the funnymen behind the Robot Chicken Star Wars spoof, have joined forces with the animation arm of George Lucas's Lucasfilm to create the TV show. Details are closely guarded but Austin Powers star Seth, 36, sent a message to Star Wars fans saying: "Let us assure you this isn't going to suck as much as you think it is." He also revealed that the sitcom will be narrative and character-driven rather than being done like a sketch or spoof. In a nod to often-slated character Jar-Jar Binks, Seth added: "We're not talking about Jar-Jar electrocuting his tongue. It's not that kind of humour."


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Spielberg: 'Avatar has changed movies'

Steven Spielberg has admitted that he was impressed by Avatar.
The movie, directed by James Cameron, has broken box office records and was nominated for nine Academy Awards.
According to Showbiz Spy, Spielberg has now praised the film.
"I say thank goodness for Avatar," he said. "It is such an inspiration for all of us. I really think Jim has changed the industry forever, in a good way."

Visit Philip Bloom's Site : The tale of Lucasfilm, Skywalker Ranch, Star Wars and Canon DSLRs on a 40 foot screen!

The problem with email, especially getting several hundred a day, is you miss some. Some more important than others. One email I completely missed was from Rick McCallum. Producer of the Star Wars prequels and many other films and TV shows at Lucasfilm. He said he loved my work and wanted to talk to me about working together on a movie they were making. I missed this email. Not good. Fortunately they didn’t give up on me. Head of post production Mike Blanchard phoned me up 3 weeks later to see if I could come over and consult about the potential of using video DSLRs for their productions. He called whilst I was shooting so it went to voicemail. I picked it up the next day and thought holy shit! They must have thought I was playing hardball by not replying to Rick. I wasn’t. I am just a bit useless with all the emails!

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President Barack Obama presented John Williams with the 2009 National Medal of Arts

President Barack Obama presented John Williams with the 2009 National Medal of Arts on Feb. 25, 2010 at the White House in Washington. Williams was lauded “for his achievements in symphonic music for motion pictures", and cited "as a pre-eminent composer and conductor [whose] scores have defined and inspired modern movie-going for decades."

Video of the awards - John Williams is about 17 minutes in

Joseph Mazzello: The kid from Jurassic Park reunites with Steven Spielberg for the most expensive TV series ever made

As a child, he survived rampaging velociraptors. Two decades later, he has emerged from self-imposed acting exile to reunite with Steven Spielberg for 'The Pacific'.

Mazzello plays former US marine Eugene Sledge in The Pacific
People almost recognise Joe Mazzello as he wanders around the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills; almost, but not quite. You can see little cogs in their heads whirr as they try, and then mostly fail, to place him in a mental list of celebrities. And since it's definitely not cool to stare at famous people, they'll discreetly nudge each other and whisper about who that strangely familiar young man might be. "I get used to being sort-of spotted," he explains. "Sometimes, strangers come up to me and ask: 'Aren't you that guy from...?' Then they'll just stop talking, because they've forgotten what film they saw me in." The film was almost certainly Jurassic Park, in which Joe played mad dinosaur…

An Ode To Movie Music

Imagine what the Star Wars saga would be without John Williams’ brilliant touch. Of course, the first thought in your mind was likely the iconic title sequence, and it’s not so crazy to think that track is more recognizable than the films, or even the late Darth Vader. The music of the saga has had a profound effect on me as a film lover. It is likely the original source of my passion for composed scores and I find myself going back to it whenever I’m in need of some tunes.

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Soundtrack Of The Week - Twilight Zone The Movie - Kick The Can

I have been waiting for this soundtrack for a long long time.  Today it finally arrived and WOW!  I always rememember thinking way back when Twilight Zone The Movie was released how good the soundtrack was and in particular the Steven Spielberg story - Kick The Can.

This track is caled Young Again/Take Me With You/ A New Guest.  I strongly recommend adding this to your soundtrack collection.  The CD comes with a 28 page booklet packed with facts about the movie and the soundtrack.
I quote from the booklet:

Goldsmith provides a waltz variation of his main theme as the young agee dances with the young Mrs Dempsey.  The score suddenly quiets and winds its way into the more plaintive secondary melody as the children speakwith Bloom and begin to realize that reliving their lives would also include the challenges they all endured.  Synthesizer brings back the main theme as they begin to grasp Bloom's true point:  that it is more meaningful to maintain youth mentally rather than physicall…

Amity Island Billboard Sign

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Martin, it's all psychological. You yell barracuda, everybody says, "Huh? What?" You yell shark, we've got a panic on our hands on the Fourth of July.

Mayor Vaughn: I don't think either of one you are familiar with our problems.
Hooper: I think that I am familiar with the fact that you are going to ignore this particular problem until it swims up and BITES YOU ON THE ASS!

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Jaws 3d Remake - Here We Go Again!

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 r…

Monkey Island Art Week - Guybrush Threepwood

Pre-Order Avatar on Blu-ray at Amazon, Out 22nd April 2010

Avatar is out on the 22nd of April.  Amazon are taking pre-orders now.  This is going to be the biggest blu-ray release ever.  Watching Avatar in High def is going to be the best way to capture that 3-D experience we had in the cinema.

Click on the link on the left to order now or from our store

Read our review of the film here

I will remember for the rest of my life the first time I watched Avatar. Its up there with Star Wars, Raiders and a select few. A Return to form for the Cinema

Monkey Island Art Week - Le Chuck

Le Chuck
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The Bearded Trio Now Has A Store On Amazon

We have just setup a store on Amazon called The Bearded Trio (no surprise there)
Why not take a look.  Its still new and wet behind the ears so more items will be added soon.  We intend to only stock related products so if you want the latest book on George Lucas or when eventually that John Williams biography comes out you will find it here.  We will review new items and link to them in the store.  We will also link to all the music digital downloads where you can listen to a preview first.  We have already put the Indiana Jones Collection on there and Jurassic Park.  Have a look and tell us what you think...

Click either banner to take you to our brand new store.

Monkey Island Art Week - Elaine

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Jaws 2 Quotes, Just For Fun!

Martin Brody: [as the shark approaches Brody]
Martin Brody: Alright, you big bastard! Come On! I've got something for ya' now! That's it! Attaboy, come one! Right over here! Open wide OPEN WIDE! SAY AAH!

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Martin Brody: Oh, Hendricks, good! Right this way. Excuse us, please. I want you to come in here and, er, check out this 908.
Hendricks: What the hell's a 908? I've never heard of a 908!
Martin Brody: 908 means get me outta there!

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Mrs. Taft: Good morning. Selling some more of the good life?
Ellen Brody: Oh, yeah... Piece of this, piece of that - it all adds up.
Mrs. Taft: Your husband's been here all morning. What's he doing?
Ellen Brody: His job.

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Ellen Brody: That's your third smoke already!
Martin Brody: [complacent] Good coffee...
Ellen Brody: Try a donut.

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Phil Fogarty: I can't watch a ball game anymore, I can't watch the news anymore! I can't even watch a movie! All I hear is that damn …

Monkey Island Art Week - Elaine And Guybrush

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Elaine And Guybrush At Moonlight

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Monkey Island Fan Music - Caribbean Nights

Caribbean Nights
by Sven Behncke
Length - 1m 37s
Format - MP3
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Monkey Island Fan Music - Monkey Brain Soup For The Soul

Monkey Brain Soup For The Soul (Monkey Island Remix)
By Neil Cicierega
Length - 6m 36s
Format - Mp3
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Monkey Island Fan Music - Monkey Island Medley

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Monkey Island Medley.
by Matt Johnson, Tom Woodrow and PH
Length - 7m 55s
Format - MP3
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Monkey Island Fan Music - Forest Music

Download the Mêlée Island Forest Music. Nice arrangement from John David Karlgren. Very retro. How long was I lost in that forest? Click below for the MP3

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