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Falling Skies Season 4 Premieres to 4.7 Million

The Spielberg produced alien invasion TV show, Falling Skies returned to US TV screens on the weekend and season 4 ratings got off to a healthy start with a total of 4.7 million viewers tuning in.

TNT enjoyed high ratings for it's productions as they also had 7.4 million viewers tune in to their new action adventure series, The Last Ship.  This new series was aired at 9pm and 11pm for their encore, one hour before Falling Skies which continued the healthy figures for TNT with a strong start for Falling Skies.

“Just two weeks into its summer slate, TNT’s Sunday night action-adventures and Monday and Tuesday night crime dramas are delivering on the promise of our newly energized brand,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “We couldn’t be happier with last night’s launch of The Last Ship and Falling Skies, which come to TNT from two of the industry’s most successful storytellers: Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg.”

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Harrison Ford Spotted In London With Medical Peg Leg.

Harrison Ford was snapped by The Daily Mail hobbling around London with the help of a medical peg leg.  Ford, 71 injured his leg while shooting Star Wars VII here in the UK.


We wish Ford a speed recovery and not for the sake of Star Wars but for his health.

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Star Trek 3 To Focus On Deep Space And Five Year Mission.

During a podcast interview for Humans From Earth, Robert Orci the director of Star Trek 3 which is set to be released in 2016 has confirmed that the next film will be set in “deep space,” saying:
In [Into Darkness] they set out finally where the original series started. The first two films – especially the 2009 [Star Trek] – was an origin story. It was about them coming together. So they weren’t the characters they were in the original series. They were growing into them and that continues on in the second movie. So in this movie they are closer than they are to the original series characters that you have ever seen. They have set off on their five-year mission. So their adventure is going to be in deep space. Robert Orci will take on the direction of the third Star Trek "reboot" after the first two were directed by J.J. Abrams who jumped galaxies to direct Star Wars VII.

With Star Trek focusing on their original five year mission, could this lead to a TV series us Trek fan…

New RebelForce Radio - Jimmy & Jason are joined by Steve Glosson (Geek Out Loud)

It's the weekend and that means it's time for the Star Wars podcast that has had over a million listens, RebelForce Radio.

NEW SHOW! Star Wars Episode VII news is coming fast and furious these days as production continues on the next feature film set in a Galaxy Far Far Away. This week, Jimmy & Jason are joined by Steve Glosson (Geek Out Loud) for the latest updates on Harrison Ford's leg injury and we speculate on what the impact will be on the production of the film. Directors Round-Up! We spotlight each of the three new directors hired to work on future Star Wars movies and analyze their past works. And, The George Lucas Museum has found a future home...Chicago! We provide our opinions and reaction to this big news. Plus, Tom Cruise Episode VII rumors, Warwick Davis' Disney show A Ewok's Tale: My Short Story gets invaded, and Billy Dee gets bricked! All this and much more this week on RFR! 

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STAR WARS NEWS AND THE BEARDED TRIO NEWS ON THE LATEST COFFEE WITH KENOBI.

It's time to listen to the only podcast to feature The Bearded Trio:  COFFEE WITH KENOBI.  Join Dan and Cory as they bring you all the latest on Star Wars VII and the latest on Harrison Ford's injury.  The team are joined by Ricky Brigante of Inside the Magic.  Aaron Harris also is the reporter at large as he reports on the recent Star Wars weekends.  I also bring you the latest "Espresso Shot With The Bearded Trio."   I bring you the latest Spielberg, Lucas and Williams news.  Not to be missed. In today’s show we share a cup of coffee with Ricky Brigante of Inside the Magic.  Ricky will be joining us to talk about the Disney/Star Wars theme park connection, and the history behind the joining of these two popular culture juggernauts.  Our Star Wars Weekends contributor Aaron Harris stops by to share his experiences at the annual event, and we have the next offering of  “Your Espresso Shot with The Bearded Trio” with Rob Wainfur.We will also update you with the first …

James Dumont To Appear In Jurassic World

James Dumont has joined the cast of Universal's Jurassic World.

Hollywood Reporter write:
Dumont most recently played Jared Leto's father in Dallas Buyers Club and Sherman Adams in The Butler. He can be seen next in the James Brown biopic Get on Up, directed by Tate Taylor (The Help) . He plays Corporal Dooley, a USO envoy, in the film.

Dumont just wrapped the indie feature Mind Puppets opposite Pippa Black, Josh Zuckerman and Kevin Pollak.
The actor also can be seen in the upcoming football pic When The Game Stands Tall from TriStar Pictures  Universal will release Jurassic World on June 12, 2015.


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New Teaser Trailer For Doctor Who. Broadcast Date Also Announced

The new Doctor will hit the BBC on August 23rd.  Starring Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor, the timey wimey Doctor will begin his adventures having taking the keys of the TARDIS from Matt Smith.  The Doctor will see Clara Oswald played by Jenna Coleman return as the Doctor's companion.

A new teaser trailer was released yesterday.  The first episode will be a feature length episode.  In other Doctor Who news, it was also announced that Steve Moffat will stay on for season nine.



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VIDEO: John Williams Conducts the DSO in Adventures on Earth - Detroit Symphony Orchestra Heroes Gala 2014

On Saturday, June 14, 2014, John Williams and Steven Spielberg donated their services for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Heroes Gala honoring Daniel Gilbert and Matthew Cullen. This was the final piece (besides the encores) of the concert, Adventures on Earth, from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.



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John Williams to Conduct the National Symphony Orchestra for 'A Capitol Fourth' on PBS

As the United States celebrates Independence Day next month, viewers of A Capitol Fourth on PBS will be treated to something truly special.  Legendary and award-winning composer John Williams will be on hand to conduct the National Symphony Orchestra, the Joint Armed Forces Chorus, the Choral Arts Society of Washington, the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, and the Armed Forces Color Guard as they perform his special arrangement, for orchestra and chorus, of The Star-Spangled Banner.

"It's a privilege to celebrate the birthday of our National Anthem, which has brought such great strength and inspiration to the American experience for 200 years," said Williams.
The Star-Spangled Banner was written by Francis Scott Key on September 14, 1814 when he witnessed the nation's flag flying triumphantly after a prolonged attack on Fort McHenry in Maryland.  It was originally written as a poem entitled 'Defence of Fort McHenry' and was later set to music and renamed.  It becam…

Steven Spielberg Giving Words Of Wisdom to Jurassic World Director, Colin Trevorrow.

Colin Trevorrow, the director of Jurassic World set for release in 2015 admitted he is getting words of wisdom from Steven Spielberg.

When asked by Hollywood Reported if he is getting any advice from Steven Spielberg, Trevorrow told the Hollywood Reporter: "Words of wisdom, every day. He'll send ideas and he'll draw out ideas on pads of paper, and I'll shoot them."

'Jurassic World' is slated for release in June 2015.

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Solo Could Still Pull It Off. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

What seems to be the issue?  Han Solo can still fire a blaster right?  Fly the Falcon?  Run away from Stormtroop...oh wait!  Oh well they wouldn't hit him anyway.  He's always got Chewbacca to lean on.

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Coffee With Kenobi Presents: A Cup of Clone Wars. With Guest Eric Geller.

The always excellent Coffee With Kenobi bring us A Cup of Clone Wars. Joining the talented team is a very special guest, Eric Geller from the Forcecast. The discussion is the Order 66 story arc from Season 6. Check out the link below to listen to the show.
Welcome to A Cup of Clone Wars, where Coffee With Kenobi examines Star Wars: The Clone Wars through a critical lens.  On our inaugural show, we will be discussing the first four episodes of Season 6: the Order 66 arc with Eric Geller of the Forcecast.  This is the Podcast You're Looking For! Spoilers Abound!
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George Lucas Selects Chicago For Lucas Museum. Name To Change To Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts

ChicagoTribune.com are reporting George Lucas has selected Chicago for the location of the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum.  It's also reported the name of the museum will change to Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts.

“Star Wars” creator George Lucas has selected Chicago over Los Angeles and San Francisco as the future home of his collection of art and movie memorabilia, according to a spokeswoman for the museum. A vote by the museum’s board, which would make the decision official, is expected Wednesday. The board also is expected to change the name of the museum from the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum to the Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts.  Pending approval of the Chicago Plan Commission, Lucas' institution would be located on parking lots between Soldier Field and McCormick Place and would open in 2018. Architectural renderings will be presented to city officials in early fall, according to a statement ffrom the museum.
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Watch a New Extended Preview of Steven Spielberg's 'Extant'

CBS has released a new promo video for Extant, the latest series from executive producer Steven Spielberg.  The video starts off with a new TV spot, and then it features an extended preview of a scene from the series.

In the preview, Molly (played by Halle Berry) and her husband, John (played by Goran Visnjic), discuss the different ways they each view their son.  You can see the video below:


Extant premieres Wednesday, July 9 at 9/8c on CBS.  You can visit the official site here.

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VIDEO: Monty Python Meets Star Wars

The Black Knight goes toe to toe with light sabers in this Star Wars mashup of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.




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Terry Richards: UK stunt man From Indiana Jones And James Bond dies aged 81

Sad news as we find out that Terry Richards who played the swordsman from Indiana Jones has died.  He was 81.  Richards' career spanned 50 years and has appeared in films such as James Bond, Star Wars and Rambo.  He also doubled for Donald Sutherland, Tom Selleck and Christopher Lee.

Richards served in the Welsh Guards before being told by a friend that they needed extras with military training.  He was asked if he could fall from a scaffolding which ultimately led to his long career as a stuntman.

The role he will be most known for however will be the sword swinging Arab from Raiders of the Lost Ark.  The BBC write:
At a 30th anniversary screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark in 2011, Harrison Ford revealed details of Richards' most famous role as the Cairo Swordsman.
Harrison Ford said it was his idea not to duel with Richards, but to shoot him instead, as the Indiana Jones actor had fallen ill during the shoot.
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Couple's "Love Shoot" Has An Indiana Jones Theme

Bridalmusings.com have posted some rather impressive photos showing a couple's "love shoot" with a distinctive Indiana Jones theme.  The shoot was shot at Disneyland and kudos to the couple.  They really did a good job.  See more photos at BridalMusings.com






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A Visit to the Set of Jurassic World

Jenna Bush Hager from Today recently visited the set of Jurassic World in New Orleans, and she was able to chat a bit with Colin Trevorrow - the director who was handpicked by Steven Spielberg - and stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.

According to Pratt, his abs will come in handy (you're welcome, ladies), and we pick up a few survivor tips - Such as how to scream and run for your life!  Check out the video below:



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Next up, a trip to the Jurassic World store to pick up some essentials:


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Jurassic World is scheduled to premiere June 15, 2015.
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Latest Star Wars Battlefront Video Highlights Heroes And Villains.

More updates for the highly anticipated Star Wars Battlefront have made its way to Youtube.



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ILM Pioneer, Jim Nelson Dies 81.

Jim Nelson, the veteran sound editor and post production guru who helped put together Industrial Light & Magic for George Lucas to create the original Star Wars, has died. He was 81.

Hollywood Reporter write:

Nelson, whose real name was James M. Falkinburg, died June 18, his family announced in a paid obituary in the Los Angeles Times. No other details about his death were immediately available. Since beginning his industry career at age 17, Nelson worked on 21 films, 38 TV series – worth more than 1,700 episodes – and many telefilms, documentaries and specials.
He served as a sound editor or effects man on Rock Around the Clock (1956), Birdman of Alcatraz (1962), How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965), Head (1968), The Last Picture Show (1971), Two-Lane Blacktop (1971), Lucas' American Graffiti (1973), The Exorcist (1973) and Badlands (1973), and he was an associate producer and unit production manager on The China Syndrome (1979).  "George brought in people meant to crack the…

Paramount Confirm 2016 For Star Trek 3.

The Star Trek 3 release date has been confirmed by Paramount for 2016.

Star Trek 3 or Star Trek 13 if you like will be released in 2016 and its no coincidence this will tie in with the 50th anniversary of the franchise.  With 2015 being a no go area due to Star Wars VII and Jurassic World taking the centre stage, 2016 seems like a good fit for Kirk and co.

Robert Orci will direct with J.J. Abrams busy in a galaxy far far away.

In the mean time if you are suffering from Trek withdrawal check out this fan made series called Star Trek Continues.  Featuring original cast members and high production values.



What would you like to see in the next Star Trek movie?  Tell us by leaving a comment or tweet us 

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Deadline Claim Rian Johnson Is Writing And Directing Star Wars Episode VIII

Looper helmer Rian Johnson is said to be in talks and will begin working on Star Wars episode VIII.  Not just direct but write the script for Star Wars episode VIII.  Although not mentioned as yet on the official Star Wars website or any press releases sent out, Deadline are claiming the news is official.

They say:

I’m told that Lucasfilm is making a deal with Looper writer-director Rian Johnson to write and direct Star Wars Episodes VIII and IX. Essentially, that means that the intention is for Johnson to take the baton from JJ Abrams, who has gotten the space franchise off the ground and is right now helming Episode VII. I don’t know too much more at this point, but it is in keeping with Disney and Lucasfilm’s strategy of entrusting the venerable franchise to the best and brightest writers and directors, including the spinoff films that are being directed by Chronicle‘s Josh Trank and Godzilla‘s Gareth Edwards.

Read more at Deadline

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Extant Series Premiere Party {Video}; New Promos Released

Earlier this week Halle Berry and the stars if the upcoming series Extant attended a premiere event at the California Science Center.  You can watch interviews with the stars in the video below:


You can also see photos of the event on CBS.com/Extant.
Three new promos have been released as well, and you can watch all of them right here:



Extant is the latest series from executive producer Steven Spielberg, and it premieres Wednesday, July 9 at 9/8c on CBS.
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Preview the First Five Minutes of the Season Premiere of 'Falling Skies'; Several New Promos Released

The first five minutes of the fourth season premiere of Falling Skies are now available to watch online.  Check out the video below:


There is also a new 'Know Your Enemy' promo, this one focusing on the Obelisks...


Next up, we hear from Cochise, the Volm ambassador...


Finally, we witness an Espheni ambush on the 2nd Mass through the lens of an unnamed cameraman...


Falling Skies, produced by Steven Spielberg, premieres this Sunday, June 22, at 10/9c on TNT.

Visit the official site here.


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STEVEN SPIELBERG HONOURED AT THE 29TH KENNEDY CENTER HONOURS, 2006

LIAM NEESON introduces honoree STEVEN SPIELBERG at the 29th KCH awards ceremony, 2006. TOM HANKS talks about Steven's love of making movies, beginning as a child. Tom introduces five World War II heroes, who come on stage - they thank Steven for putting their stories on film. He introduces RENEE FIRESTONE, one of the people liberated from the Concentration Camps by the American troops - she thanks Steven for the movie, Schlinder's List, which tells the story of the Holocast. Tom introduces JOHN WILLIAMS (2004 honoree), who conducts "Make Our Garden Grow"



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Official Star Wars Twitter Clarify John Williams Only Signed Up For Star Wars VII At This Time

The official Star Wars Twitter feed posted this tweet a few hours ago.  Clarification that John Williams is only signed up for Star Wars VII.  No word on the standalone movies or episodes VIII or IX yet.  If John Williams isn't signed up here's hoping Michael Giacchino is considered.


Clarification: John Williams is confirmed for Episode VII only at this point.
— Star Wars (@starwars) June 18, 2014


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New Episode Of RebelForce Radio Discuss McQuarrie Archives, Star Wars VII And Lots Lots More.

Its that time of the week where we enjoy a brand new episode of RebelForce Radio.
NEW SHOW! Being scruffy-lookin' is the least of his worries as Harrison Ford suffers an injury on the set of Star Wars Episode VII! We look closely at all the info made public in the wake of this unfortunate accident including behind-the-scenes stories, comments from Harrison's son Ben Ford and more. A new Ralph McQuarrie book is on the way! We get all the deets on the upcoming Art of Ralph McQuarrie: ARCHIVES with an update from Ralph's right hand man Stan Stice from Dreams & Visions Press. Mark Hamill invades Disney's Star Wars Weekends, and we have audio highlights along with news about a higher profile for The Wars at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Plus, Simon Pegg shoots off his mouth, the Millennium Falcon dice swing once again, and we introduce the Lupita Nyong'o Name Game! How do we fit so much Star Wars awesomeness into one show? You have to listen for yourself to find o…

DISNEY PUBLISHING WORLDWIDE TAKES STORYTELLING TO NEW HEIGHTS WITH STAR WARS SCENE MAKER

Fans for the First Time Can Create and Share Their Own Star Wars Scenes; "Star Wars Scene Maker" Available Now on the App Store

Disney Publishing Worldwide today re-defines the storytelling experience with the release of "Star Wars Scene Maker," a new line of creativity apps that gives kids and Star Wars fans of all ages the tools to create, control, customize, capture and share their own 3D animated Star Wars scenes. Utilizing simple, intuitive commands, the apps give fans an unrivaled user-generated storytelling experience that allows them to re-imagine and re-create iconic scenes from the Saga.
Featuring 3D models of characters, vehicles, and environments,  “Scene Maker” allows fans to zoom in, pull back and explore each animated Star Wars scene. Users have the freedom to place characters and vehicles wherever they choose, and then customize them with a variety of weapons to create new storylines and dialogue.



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Pinewood Shepperton To Get $340 Million Expansion. 10 More Stages And 3000 Jobs On The Way.

Pinewood Shepperton announced today they have received a long overdue government approval for expansion plans worth a whopping  $340 million (200 million pounds).

The plan includes building another 10 stages which will also see an impressive 3000+ jobs created.  The studios has claimed they have had to turn movie work away due to limitation with their current capacity.

CEO Ivan Dunleavy said: "Our project builds on the success of the government's policy for the creative industries and addresses the shortage of stage space in the U.K. As a result of today's green light from the Secretary of State, thousands of much needed new jobs will be created in this growing sector of the economy. We want to begin construction as soon as possible. I'd like to thank colleagues both within and outside the industry, for the tremendous support they have given the project."
The company said the decision would "secure the future growth of Pinewood Studios, which will address t…

Colin Trevorrow Tweets Photo of Potential Dinosaur For Jurassic World

Take a look at the photo above.  It was tweeted by the director of Jurassic World, Colin Trevorrow.  Although the photo is nothing but a tease, it does show a silhouette of a dinsaur.  To quote Jaws 2, "look at the outline, the mouth, the eyes."

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Steven Spielberg- Royal premier Thames Television 'Close encounters of the third kind'

In this clip we hear from Film Director and Producer Stephen Spielberg during an interview taken from the Thames Television coverage of the Royal Premier of 'Close encounters of the third kind'  First transmitted by Thames Television 13/03/1978



I love this film. I never tire of watching it- Rach



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Four New Promotional Videos for Season Four of 'Falling Skies'

With less than one week to go before the fourth season premiere of the Steven Spielberg produced series Falling Skies, TNT has released another batch of promotional videos.  The first two focus on the characters of Lourdes - still dealing with the aftermath of her alien possession, and subsequent cure by Lexi - and Anthony, one of the battle hardened soldiers of the 2nd Mass.



The next two are part of a 'Know Your Enemy' campaign.
You may want to inform yourself, just in case...



Watch the season premiere of Falling Skies this Sunday, June 22, on TNT at 10/9c.

Stay up to date with the show via Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter.
You can visit the official website at Fallingskies.com.

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Impressive Video Showing The History of Cinema in 2 minutes

Here's a fast paced video showing you the history of cinema in just two minutes.  Steven Spielberg and George Lucas are well represented.  Can anyone name every movie shown?  No prizes but a lot of respect if you can.



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Steven Spielberg Shares Stage With John Williams Conducting Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Saturday gone people of Detroit had a double treat as John Williams conducted the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at the Orchestra Hall.  Joining them on stage was long time friend, Steven Spielberg.

Projected on the large screen above them were clips from some of Spielberg's and Williams' classic such as Close Encounters and Raiders of the Lost Ark.  Accompanying the clips the DSO played signature tunes from each movie shown.

“If a movie can strike like lightning, then the score can be like thunder,” said Spielberg.  “I can direct bicycles to fly over the moon, but the music makes them fly.”
Spielberg and Williams were here as the star attractions of the DSO’s annual “Heroes Gala,” a sold-out black tie celebration that raised a whopping $1.25 million for the orchestra on Saturday. The 2014 honorees were Detroit businessmen Dan Gilbert and Matt Cullen, who played a key role in helping to mediate a settlement to the musicians’ strike three years ago and have spearheaded fund-raisi…

Steven Spielberg Announces His Next Two Movie Projects.

Steven Spielberg has announced his next two projects and release dates have been confirmed.  As what is becoming a Spielberg trademark the director has chosen a serious and a not so serious project close to each other.

The news broke via Exhibitor Relations who tweeted the following:

"Spielberg's adaptation of Roald Dahl's THE BFG will sneak into theaters July 1, 2016."
"Spielberg's UNTITLED COLD WAR SPY THRILLER will go to war Oct. 16, 2015." The Cold War spy thriller we reported is to be written by the Coen brothers and star Tom Hanks.

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Kickstarter Campaign To Bring Us The Art of Ralph McQuarrie Archives. Check Out These E.T. Sketches From Mcquarrie

DreamsAndVisionsPress.com contacted The Bearded Trio to inform us of their Kickstarter campaign they currently have going.  Their ambition is to bring us Ralph McQuarrie fans a 400+ page coffee table book featuring the largest collection of Ralph McQuarrie's non-Star Wars art ever published. They were also kind enough to send us a few concept drawings McQuarrie did for E.T. to wet our appetites.  We've posted them below this article.  In the mean time make sure you check out the Kickstarter campaign and make a pledge.  They are offering some cool rewards including pin badges, copies of the book and for $40 you can get a print of the "power of god" drawing Ralph Mcquarrie did and made famous in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
We will add the Kickstarter at the top of our page for the duration of the campaign.

Best known for his instrumental contributions to the making of the original Star Wars trilogy, Ralph McQuarrie has inspired several generations of film fans and artists. W…