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A Look Back At John Carpenter's "They Live"

They Live

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a big pro-wrestling fan and as a result I've watched some terrible films over the years just because they feature a wrestler, John Carpenter's They Live most certainly does not fall into this category.

Roddy Piper is the pro wrestler in this film and although he may not be the best actor in the world but he oozes charisma that he is able to transfer from the ring to film in a way most other wrestlers have been unable to do. John Carpenter knew exactly what the Hotrod's skills were and allowed him to help choreograph his fight scene with Keith David and to add his own dialogue which is how the infamous line “I came here to chew bubblegum and kick ass... and I'm all out of bubblegum” came about.

Whilst re-watching They Live 25 years after it's initial release I was amazed at how well the themes in the movie stand up in 2013. The main backbone of the story revolves around the social divide between the haves and the have…

Behind The Scenes Photo: Goonies And Spielberg's Surprise Attack

Pinewood Studios To Expand To The Usa

BBC News have reported that Pinewood Studios are to expand to the USA.  This is great news for the famous studio that is rich in movie history.


UK film studio Pinewood Shepperton has announced plans to build its first sound stages in the United States. The Pinewood Atlanta complex will be built on 288 acres of land south of Atlanta, Georgia, as a joint venture with a US investment company. Georgia has been among the US states drawing film-making away from Hollywood with tax incentives in recent years. The deal is the latest sign of expansion at Pinewood, the home of the James Bond franchise. Earlier this month it announced a joint venture with a Chinese media group, potentially giving it access to the fast-growing Chinese market.
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Steven Spielberg to preside over Cannes jury

Everyone's favourite director, Steven Spielberg will preside over the jury for the 66th Cannes Film Festival who will be joined by Nicole Kidman and British director Lynne Ramsay.  Japanese director Naomi Kawase is also joining the star line up.

The male contingent on the jury will include French actor Daniel Auteuil. He received the festival’s Best Actor award in 1996 for his role in “Le huitieme Jour” with Pascal Duquenne.

Christolph Waltz is a less familiar face. having made his name as an SS officer in Quentin Tarantino’s 2009 film, “Inglorious Basterds.”

Two directors make up the numbers on the jury. Ang Lee has two “Best Director” Oscars under his belt, for “Brokeback Mountain” in 2006 and this year for “The Life of Pi.”

The Romanian Cristian Mungiu took the Palme D’Or at Cannes in 2007 for “Four months, three weeks, two days.” Last year he was back on the Croisette with “Beyond the Hills.”

The Cannes Film Festival runs from the 15th to the 26th of May.

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Jurassic Park IV To Be Filmed In Hawaii Along With Pirates V And GodZilla

Pacific Business News reported on the 23rd that Jurassic Park IV is "one of four movies" pencilled in to start shooting in Hawaii.  The other movies being Godzilla, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and an untitled Cameron Crowe film (going by Deep Tiki.)

“Jurassic Park 4,” “Godzilla,” “Deep Tiki” and a fifth installment in Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” blockbuster franchise are the latest Hollywood movies with plans to film in Hawaii, Pacific Business News has learned.

An industry source tells PBN that “Godzilla” plans to spend a month filming on Oahu and another month on Kauai, which is also slated to be featured — once again — in the dinosaur thriller “Jurassic Park,” which is on its fourth installment, scheduled to be released next year.

An official with the Hawaii Film Office wouldn't confirm this news, Georja Skinner, chief officer of the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism's Creative Industries Division (which oversees the HFO) said t…

Obama plays Daniel Day-Lewis in hilarious movie spoof

Who said politicians have no sense of humour.  Check out this hilarious video featuring Steven Spielberg explaining his sequel to Lincoln called Obama.  With Daniel Day-Lewis "playing" Obama.  It really is a must watch.

President Obama stars as Daniel Day-Lewis in Steven Spielberg's spoof follow-up to Lincoln, entitled 'Obama,' in a sketch made for the White House Correspondents' Dinner 2013.


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Quickfire Questions - This Week Jonathan Hicks Of JediNews

Jonathan Hicks is the role-playing and gaming editor for Jedi News.  He has also written reviews for RPG.net and published the free online RPG magazine ODDS.  Jonathan also wrote the dialogue for Universal's Battlestar Galactica game.  On top of all this he runs the RPG company Farsight Games.  In his own words he is a "writer, reviewer, tabletop gamer and professional nerd."

Here we go with the questions.

You're stuck in a swamp on Dagobah.  What one movie, TV show, album and book would you take?

Movie: Blade Runner. TV Show: Robin of Sherwood. Album: 'The Empire Strikes Back'. Book: The Lord of the Rings.

If you could invite any three people (alive or not, fictitious or not) to a dinner party, who would they be?

JRR Tolkien, Gary Gygax and George Lucas.

What is your favourite John Williams soundtrack?

The Empire Strikes Back.

If you were invisible for a day what would be the first thing you would do?

Have a damn good look around Lucasfilm.

When was the last ti…

John Williams' The Miracle Of The Ark Performed On Piano.

Have a listen to Joe Cardello playing "The Miracle Of The Ark" on piano.  Joe has opted to play a more unusual track to the Raiders march that you normally see on Youtube.  Sounds great too.



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Original 'Star Wars' film to be translated into Navajo language

"Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope," will be translated into the native Navajo language, Dine. It will be the first major motion picture to be translated and then voiced-over in the language.

"It is one of the best movies of all time," said Manuelito Wheeler, director of the Navajo Nation Museum.

Navajo Nation Museum and the Parks and Recreation Department recently teamed up with Lucasfilm, which gave the tribe permission to dub the film. Lucasfilm produced the original movie in 1977, as well as the series that followed.

he Navajo Nation is the first Native American tribe to dub the film into its own language, though worldwide the movie has been shown in more than 50 other languages, Hale said.

The Dine version is scheduled to debut July 4 at the Navajo Nation Fair in Window Rock, and the tribe is hoping to show it in area theaters later in the year.

Whether people will be able to ever purchase a copy of it is not yet known.

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Behind The Scenes Photo: Jim Henson And Frank Oz On The Set Of Muppets The Movie

Jim Henson And Frank Oz On The Set Of Muppets The Movie

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Artist Matt Busch Recreates Our Best Loved Movie Posters With Added Zombie

Artist Matt Busch was asked four years ago by Lucasfilm to create the iconic Star Wars posters we all know and love but add a bit of Zombie to them.  That was the beginning of a gory friendship and since then Matt has recreated some of our best loved movie posters and added a little undead.  Check out more of his artwork here.


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Is this George Lucas Knitting?

Is this George Lucas knitting or some random person?  What do you think?

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J.J. Abrams Revealing Interview On Playboy - A Must Read

Playboy mag have published an interview with J.J. Abrams and it is a must read.  In the interview the Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Wars VII director opens up and mentions his feelings on being in the main chair for two of the biggest franchises in movie history.

"I couldn’t even entertain another thought. It was like being on the most beautiful beach in the world and someone saying, “There’s this amazing mountain over here. Come take a look.” I couldn’t balance the two, so I passed on Star Wars.

"I was near the light at the end of the tunnel with my work on Star Trek," continues Abrams. "I felt I needed a bit of a breather, actually. But then Kathleen Kennedy called again. I’ve known her for years. We had a great conversation, and the idea of working with her on this suddenly went from being theoretical and easy to deny to being a real, tangible, thrilling possibility. In the end it was my wife, Katie, who said if it was something that really interested me, I…

STAR WARS VII - RETURN OF THE EMPIRE VIDEO

Disney Star Wars. The adventure continues! Starring Sam Macaroni, Timothy Delaghetto, ShayCarl, Ed Bassmaster, Liz Katz and Alex Farnham.  Great parody video with high production values.  Definitely worth a watch.



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Behind The Scenes Photo - Carrie Fisher And Warwick Davis On Set Of Return Of The Jedi

Carrie Fisher looking after a young Warwick Davis on the set of Return Of The Jedi.

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Star Trek's Alice Eve Reveals How She Fell Over First Day On Set

Over on E! Online Alice Eve of Star Trek Into Darkness recalls how she fell on her bum on the first day of shooting and how Zachary Quinto laughed the loudest.

"I ran onto the Enterprise and I fell over on my bum—on my first take!  It was one of those things that occurs, and it will never happen again. I was red, and I guess I had to laugh. It was that much of an embarrassment."


"[Zachary] Quinto was mean, though.  He laughed the loudest, which I'll never forgive him for," she said with a smile. "I have my clumsy moments. I probably do do it on all movie sets. JJ Abrams commented on Alice's mishaps saying: "There were a number of times that Alice Eve ran onto the set and fell on her ass," Abrams said. "But here's the thing, she always got up again for take two." Read the full article here

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Behind The Scenes Photo: Spielberg On Poltergeist

Steven Spielberg standing in front of one of the now famous special effects from the movie Poltergeist.

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Mark Newbold Of JediNews Appears On BBC TV.

BBC Breakfast report on the news that Disney are to produce a Star Wars movie every year from 2015.  To discuss this news BBC decide to have Mark Newbold of Jedi News on the sofa.  Take a look at the video below of the discussion and make sure you check back and read Mark's answers to our quickfire questions.




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Behind The Scenes Photo: George Lucas And Steven Spielberg On The Set Of Indiana Jones

George Lucas and Steven Spielberg pose for a photo on the set of Indiana Jones


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SpaceCamp Suite By John Williams

Enjoy a rather underrated soundtrack by John Williams.  Enjoy.



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Behind The Scenes: Spielberg Directs On The Set Of E.T.

Forcecast Special Part 2: Quick Fire Questions With Eric Geller

Continuing our Forcecast special this week we have Eric Geller stepping up to the plate to answer our questions.  Eric joins Erik Blythe weekly in hosting the Forcecast podcast and is also the social media director for The Forcecast.net and the excellent Rebelscum.com.

Here we go.

You're stuck in a swamp on Dagobah.  What one movie, TV show, album and book would you take? Movie: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
TV show: The West Wing Album: I’m not really into music. I’ll go with the Revenge of the Sith soundtrack. Book: Star Wars: Shatterpoint by Matthew Stover (somewhat relevant if I’m trapped in a swamp!)
If you could invite any three people (alive or not, fictitious or not) to a dinner party, who would they be? Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and Neil deGrasse Tyson.
What is your favourite John Williams soundtrack? This is such a tough one. My favorite Star Wars music spans all six films. In The Phantom Menace, it’s the Droid Invasion Theme. In Attack of the Clones, it’s Acr…

ForceCast Special Part 1: Quick Fire Questions With Erik Blythe

This week on our Quick Fire Questions we have a Forcecast special. Erik Blythe AND Eric Geller were kind enough to answer our questions so we thought we would bring you both their replies in the same week. First up is Erik Blythe who rejoined the Forcecast in January this year. Erik was the original host of The Forcecast way back in 2005. Erik also runs another podcast called RandomChatter.

You're stuck in a swamp on Dagobah.  What one movie, TV show, album, and book would you take?
Wow.  Aside from the obvious things like a book on "How to Survive Swamps on Dagobah," right?  That's tough.  At the risk of offending people for picking non-Star Wars content, I'd say I'd pick Doctor Who (the current reboot, not the old stuff) for television and the three-disc Blade Runner soundtrack as an album (sorry Mr. Williams).  For a book, I'd cheat and bring The Essential Reader's Companion by Pablo Hidalgo, as it's basically all the Star Wars books in one…

Kathleen Kennedy on Star Wars, J.J. Abrams and Being a Role Model

Kathleen Kennedy talks about Star Wars VII and JJ Abrams after receiving her 2013 Pioneer Of The Year Award at Cinemacon.



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Behind The Scenes Photo: American Graffiti

New Man Of Steel Trailer Remixed With John Williams Score

Lets not take anything away from Hans Zimmer.  He's got a huge task on his hands scoring the new Superman movie.  Even Zimmer himself has recently admitted that he is under huge pressure to score a soundtrack that is very much associated with John Williams.  Many fans are questioning the wisdom of not using the maestro's familiar Superman score in some way in the new movie.  As a result and inevitably someone has remixed the latest trailer for Man Of Steel with the much loved Superman soundtrack from John Williams.

Take a look.



What do you think?  Just to keep if fair and balanced here is a video with just Hans Zimmer's score taken from the trailer.

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Video: Star Wars Day - May the 4th: How Will You Celebrate? Hosted By Bonnie Burton

Bonnie Burton asks the people of San Francisco if they now about Star Wars Day and how they will be celebrating.

"What do Ewoks eat?" was one of the questions to which the answer was "People."  Great answer.  Never trust an Ewok.  Check out the video below.



May The 4th Be With You.

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Star Wars Pages From Sears Catalogue 1979

Here we have a few pages featuring Star Wars toys from the 1979  Sears Catalogue.  Can you spot the mistake with the page that features the Buck Roger toys?






The Buck Rogers Laserscope fighter illustrates a Tie-fighter on the view screen.  Don't remember one of those in the TV series.

All images from http://www.wishbookweb.com/

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Behind The Scenes Photo: JAWS

Getting up and personal with Bruce on the set of Jaws

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Mellody Hobson And George Lucas To Marry In June

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mellody Hobson and her fiance George Lucas will marry on June 29th at the Chicago Peninsula Hotel.  The couple got engaged in January this year after seven years together.

A spokesperson for Lucasfilm declined to confirm wedding details.

The marriage would be Hobson's first and Lucas' second.

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Harrison Ford Refuses To Answer Star Wars Questions On Jimmy Kimmel. Acts Like Han Solo

Jimmy Kimmel Live - Harrison Ford Won't Answer Star Wars Questions

Harrison Ford refuses to answer any Star Wars questions on yesterday's Jimmy Kimmel Live.  Actually you get to see an obvious rehearsed sketch but you do get to see Harrison Ford talking to a Wookiee for the first time in 30 years.  Ford actually for a brief moment falls back in to his Han Solo character quite nicely.  He's still got it.

Take a look



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Kathleen Kennedy Honoured With Pioneer Of The Year Award At CinemaCon.

Producer Kathleen Kennedy was honoured with the Pioneer of the Year Award at CinemaCon on Wednesday evening.  The event was held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas


Sally Field one of the co-hosts traced the illustrious career of Kennedy, who, before being handpicked byGeorge Lucas to lead his company, had produced or executive produced more than 80 films. An eight-time Academy Award nominee, Kennedy counts among her film credits four of the highest grossing films in motion picture history: Jurassic Park, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and The Sixth Sense. She also produced Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, which received 12 Oscar nominations. “As an actor, every moment of working on that film was perfect,” said Field of her experience on Lincoln. “In an industry that is not and has not been female friendly…Kathy has beaten those odds the only way a woman can -- by being so much better than most everyone else,” Field told the crowd before introducin…

Behind The Scenes Photo: Indiana Jones. Harrison Ford And George Lucas

Harrison Ford and George Lucas check out the model plane from Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade.

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Jurassic Park Jeep Recreated in Forza 4.

I came across this the other day while I was scanning the front page of Reddit.  User BitterLlama recreated the vehicle entirely in the Xbox 360 racing game, Forza 4.
See more images here.

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