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Quick Fire Questions. This Week Bryan Young Of Full Of Sith

This weeks quick fire questions are being shot at Bryan Young from the most excellent Star Wars podcast, Full Of Sith. Bryan is also editor-in-chief of one my favourite lunch time websites, BigShinyRobot.com. As if this wasn't enough Bryan also writes regular articles for The Huffington Post and has a monthly column on the official Star Wars website. He is also an author and you can catch up on his writings over on his website http://www.bryanyoungfiction.com/Right this should be a good one. Here we go.1 You're stuck in a swamp on Dagobah. What one movie, TV show, album and book would you take? That's easy, Return of the Jedi, The Clone Wars, Slim Cessna's Auto Club's "Cypher," and something from Kurt Vonnegut's ouvre. Or Graham Greene. Damnit, maybe some Hemingway. Or Steinbeck's East of Eden. That really wasn't as easy as I thought it was going to be.2 If you could invite any three people (alive or not, fictitious or not) to a dinner par…

Video: Christopher Reeve Interviewed On UK TV Swap Shop 1980

Christopher Reeve discussing how he got the role and upcoming sequel 'Superman II' on British TV show Swap Shop in 1980.

RARE archive footage fromollyh82
The show is called Swap Shop and was a BBC produced UK Saturday morning TV show aimed at a younger audience.  The interviewer is Noel Edmonds.  The show tried to be truly interactive before the days of computers by having viewers ringing in and talking to the guests.  Also the reason the show was called Swap Shop because you could ring in and swap your old toys with other viewers.  Christopher Reeve brought in some exclusive movie memorabilia and props to "swap."

Great interview and love it when Reeve mention's weight training with David Prowse.




Rob
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Video: BBC Barry Norman film 1978 / Superman The Movie Royal Premiere.

This is a rare video of BBC's Barry Norman in 1978 talking about the upcoming movie called Superman.  The video quality isn't the best, after all it was recorded onto VHS in 1978 and probably didn't use a Scotch tape, (re-record not fade away.)

The video then cuts to various news reports on the movie including the movie royal premiere of Superman.  This video is like a time machine and will bring a smile to your face if you remember the 70's and in particular British TV.  There is a great part when Christopher Reeve tells a kid that "no one can actually fly so don't try to jump off a kitchen table."  The video ends with Barry Norman's actual review of the movie and classes Reeve as one of his best newcomer's of the year.

Enjoy.



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7 Great Behind The Scenes Photos From Indiana Jones

Video: Kirk And The Gorn Fight Once More After 40 Years

In 1967 Captain Kirk went head to head with the evil Gorn in the Star Trek original series episode "Arena."  Forty years later the two are at it again, all be it a little bit slower and having to stop to catch their breath.

This is a rather good and to be honest quite original TV spot for the upcoming video game of Star Trek which hits the shelves at the end of April.

Check out the video



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New Stan Winston School Video Shows Brachiosaurus Rehearsals

StanWinstonSchool.com have release another revealing video showing rehearsals being done on one of the largest dinoaurs in Jurassic Park, the Brachiosaurus.  It show the dinosaur moving its mouth to simulate it eating before it was packed up and shipped out to the studios.

Here's what Andy Schoneberg (Lead JP Brachiosaurus Artist, SWS) has to say about the video.

You're looking at a video of the Brachiosaurus rehearsals in the shop at Stan's [Stan Winston Studio] before the Brach was packed up and taken to stage 28 at Universal [Studios]. You can see the mouth movement. It's a seven and a half foot tall puppet that included the head of course and part of the neck.



See the full article here

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Harry Potter And Superman 2 Actor Richard Griffiths Dies

Actor Richard Griffiths, who starred in the Harry Potter films and played one of the terrorists in Superman 2 has died age 65 after complications following heart surgery.

Richard Griffiths enjoyed a successful acting career appearing in numerous TV roles including Minder, The Sweeney and Bergerac.  He also enjoyed being in some of the biggest movie blockbusters including Vernon Dursley in the Harry Potter movies, The Naked Gun and one of the terrorists in Superman 2.

Daniel Radcliffe was among the first to pay tribute, saying: "Richard was by my side during two of the most important moments of my career. I was proud to know him.

"Any room he walked into was made twice as funny and twice as clever just by his presence," he said.

Actor Warwick Davis told BBC News he had the up most respect for someone with such a great filmography behind them.

"He was lovely, he would always make time for his fans, that's what makes a great actor, it's about having a good per…

Today's Photos: George Lucas

The Old Republic Goes From Strength To Strength.

The Old Republic has had an impressive 2 million additional accounts created since the game went free to play.  Jeff Hickman, executive producer for the game wrote on the developer's blog that they had some uncertainty when the game was launched last year and were losing subscribers.  But since the game changed its strategy and went free to play, the game has had a new lease of life.  I must admit that since the game did go free to play that I've logged back on to the game and started playing as a new character. so the strategy works.   Here's what Jeff had to say and click the link below to see the full article.
Last spring, there was some uncertainty surrounding Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ as we were starting to lose subscribers and players were growing frustrated. In fairness, many of the complaints and worries were justified. In an effort to try to address everything, we just weren’t sufficiently focused on improving the core experience. At the end of the summer, we an…

Course Of The Force Returns July 9th - 16th

The popular Course Of The Force returns this year this July 9th to the 16th.  The course this year will be from Skywalker Ranch to San Diego Comic Con.  The event is a lightsabre relay with several stops along the way and the best thing is its all for a good cause.  Make-A-Wish foundation are the returning charity.

Here's Courseoftheforce.starwars.com has to say:


On the heels of last year’s monumental, first-of-its-kind event, Course of the Force, the lightsaber run that captivated the attention of Star Wars fans around the world, is returning July 9th – 16th, 2013.  Kicking off at the famed Skywalker Ranch, participants will continue the relay run down through San Francisco with several stops along the California coastline before reaching the finish line— arriving just in time for the start of the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International convention. Nerdist Industries’ founder Chris Hardwick will be back to host the event, with city-stops along the way featuring “Conivals” where f…

Four Additional Jurassic Park Tracks Selected By John Williams For 20th Anniversary

John Williams has selected four additional music queues from the Jurassic Park movie to add to the soundtrack’s 20th anniversary re-release for the first time ever. Music Connection says, these four songs “were chosen by Williams in conjunction with his music editor, Ramiro Belgardt. Williams and Belgradt went back through all of the master tapes of the film to spot cues that were not released on the original album.” The new track listing is as follows. The new songs are tracks 17 through 20: 1. Opening Titles
2. Theme From Jurassic Park
3. Incident At Isla Nublar
4. Journey To The Island
5. The Raptor Attack
6. Hatching Baby Raptor
7. Welcome To Jurassic Park
8. My Friend, The Brachiosaurus
9. Dennis Steals The Embryo
10. A Tree For My Bed
11. High-Wire Stunts
12. Remembering Petticoat Lane
13. Jurassic Park Gate
14. Eye To Eye
15. T-Rex Rescue & Finale
16. End Credits
17. The History Lesson
18. Stalling Around
19. The Coming Storm
20. Hungry Raptor
Well it goes without saying  I will be getting this. …

The technique LucasArts used to design its classic adventure games

Gamasutra have published a rather interesting article on the technique Lucasarts used to design its adventure games.  Noah Falstein talks about the puzzle dependency chart that was developed by Monkey Island's Ron Gilbert. The technique breaks games down into a flow chart that simplifies a game's narrative into objectives and solutions.  The chart above is for Lucasart's Grim Fandango.

Its a very interesting article and you click here to read it in full

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Behind The Scenes: Steven Spielberg

10 Star Wars Characters You Are Unlikely To See In Star Wars VII

With the internet buzzing at the moment with speculation of who will be in Star Wars VII I thought I would speculate who will NOT be in the movie.  With just a hint of sarcasm I give you ten Star Wars characters you are unlikely to see in Star Wars VII.

10 - Jira (Storms coming Annie, you better get home quick.)
Yes that old lady from Phantom Menace.  I'm only guessing here but I would be very surprised if we see her or her food stand in Star Wars VII.  I would hope she's paid the mortgage off on her hut now and enjoying enjoyed a quiet retirement making wind chimes to warn visitors of any incoming storms.

9 - TK-421 (Why arn't you at your post.)
I can reveal to you now that a source told me he was asked to be in Star Wars VII. Yes really!  But on the day of the audition they called his name and he was no where to be seen.  Shame.  Next!


8 - Uncle Owen & Aunt Beru
Too soon?

7 - The Max Rebo band
Shortly after the Jabba performance the band split up and Rebo opened up a re…

Angry Birds Star Wars Cloud City - Gameplay Trailer

Watch the new video from Rovio showing game play for the cloud city level of Star Wars Angry Birds.   What makes it extra special is it features Boba Fett or the birdy equivalent anyway.

Coming soon.



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Home Made Jurassic Park Shot For Shot Clip

Now this is really cool.  In fact it makes me want to do this myself. Super fans of Jurassic Park have recreated the "chaos theory" scene shot for shot and with a rather impressive impersonation of Jeff Goldblum.  Make sure you don't miss the rather high tech dinosaur shot.

After this video I am definitively subscribing to their Youtube video.  Check them out here but before you do check the videos below - CINEFIX.



To see how accurate they were, check out this comparison video.


If you want to kit your own car out with the same décor as one of the Jurassic Park cars then watch this behind the scenes video to see how it was done.


What scene from a movie would you like recreated?  What about the Indianapolis scenes from Jaws?  May get to work on that one.

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Empire Magazine Interview With J.J. Abrams, Opens Up On Star Wars VII

Empire magazine have posted a revealing interview with Star Wars VII and Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams.  For the first time the director opens up on coming on board for Star Wars.  He was boldly (sorry) asked "What are the plans for Star Wars VII?"

“I don’t know because we’re just getting started. So it’s a great question that I hope I’ll have a good answer to when I know what the answer is. There are infinitely more questions than answers right now, but to me, they’re not that dissimilar. Though I came at these both from very different places, where they both meet is a place of ‘Ooh, that’s really exciting.’ And even though I was never a Star Trek fan, I felt like there was a version of it that would make me excited, that I would think ‘that’s cool, that feels right, I actually would want to see that.

“How we were going to get there, what the choices were going to be, who was going to be in it – all of those things I knew would have to be figured out, but it …