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Video: Pranksters Scare Shoppers With Killer Shark In FishMongers To Promote Sharknado 2: The Second One @SyfyUK

It's not Jaws by a long shot but Skarnado 2:  The Second One is not designed to be taken seriously.  It seems the promoters think the same too as they took to scaring shoppers of London with a movie killer shark hidden in a fishmongers.
A terrifying attack by a killer shark shattered the peace at a quiet North London fishmonger after one bloodthirsty beast was let loose amid the catch of the day. Razor-sharp teeth… glassy dead eyes… and an immense cavernous mouth…
But fortunately for the shoppers and staff at the fishmongers, this wasn’t a real shark – but a stunt dreamed up by special effects producers at Syfy to celebrate the release of Sharknado 2: The Second One.
A team of four artists and animatronic wizards spent two weeks creating the lifelike animatronic shark and embedded it on a fish counter along with sides of salmon and fillets of haddock.
Shoppers at Steve Hatt in Islington who were looking to top up on their Omega 3 got the shock of their lives as the shark centrepiece fi…

A Round-Up of Recent 'Doctor Who' Interviews; Series 8 Premiere will be Broadcast to Theaters Worldwide - **UPDATED**

The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly features Doctor Who on its cover, and well as an interview with the new Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi.
Of the new Doctor, Capaldi says we can expect him to be “more alien than we’ve seen him for a while.  He is less patient with the foibles of human beings.”
In a recent interview with The Sunday Times, Capaldi was asked about his relationship with Clara:
“There’ll be no flirting, that’s for sure.  It’s not what this Doctor is concerned with.  It’s quite a fun relationship but I did call and say, ‘I want no Papa-Nicole moments.’  There was a bit of tension with that at first, but I was absolutely adamant.”
He also comments on the Doctor’s new costume, as compared to the previous Doctor [played by Matt Smith]:
“I think it’s quite a hard look.  I always wanted him to be in black - I just always saw The Doctor in dark colors.  Not tweed.  Matt’s a really young cool guy - he can wear anything, but I wanted to strip it back and be very stark.”
And o…

The Bearded Trio Will Be The Featured Guest On This Monday's Return Of Monday Night Carlo Podcast

The popular entertainment podcast, Monday Night Carlo returns this Monday 4th August and the show is extra special as The Bearded Trio feature as their first guest.  I debut my first live podcast appearance and talk all things geeky from Star Wars, Star Trek, Deep Space Nine, Lucasarts and Monkey Island.  I also reveal my favourite John Williams soundtrack as well as my favourite Spielberg films.  I also have a chance to give my opinion on George Lucas and what he's done for us and the movie industry.

So join me (Rob Wainfur) as I talk for an hour with host Carl Eggett on the return of Monday Night Carlo.

Stay tuned and in the mean time why not follow them on Twitter to keep up to date.

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Beijiing Based MAD Architects Selected For Lucas Museum Of Narrative Arts

The design team for the Lucas Museum of Narrative art has been revealed.  Beijing based MAD architects are the lucky team who will the principal designer for the highly anticipated project.  The museum is set to be based in Chicago after winning the site from San Francisco.

George Lucas states,
‘we are bringing together some of the top architects in the world to ensure that our museum experience begins long before a visitor ever enters the building. I am thrilled with the architectural team’s vision for the building and the surrounding green space. I look forward to presenting our design to the chicago community.’ the LMNA carried out a thorough and international search, considering several architects including amsterdam-based UNStudio, who was ultimately runner-up for the principal design role. MAD architects was chosen for its  deep record of innovative projects and its overall philosophy of connecting urban spaces to natural landscapes. led by its founder and principal ma yansong,…

Simon Pegg Confirms He's Not In Star Wars VII. Or Does He?

Recent rumours of Simon Pegg being on board for Star Wars VII and a slip of the tongue at SDCC by Benedict Cumberbatch indicating that the Paul and Star Trek Into Darkness star was in yet another JJ Abrams movie have been quashed somewhat by Pegg himself.  Talking with Vulture.com he says:

"Well, J.J. uses me in different roles, and we’re good friends. I feel like my face in Star Wars would pop people out of the movie. Look, I love Star Wars, and I don’t want people to watch and go, Oh, there’s Simon Pegg’s face. The film is cleverly cast with these amazing, unknown actors. (emphasis Vulture's)" So, you’re not in the movie?
[Smiles.] Of course I visited the set. It’s amazing, and I love Star Wars. I want to see everything happening. It looks wonderful, and you need to believe those characters. Any type of stunt casting might just pop you out of the movie.  Hmmm.  You could read between the lines here and think he may actually be in make up.  Stay tuned.

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"You Are Welcome", composer John Williams' first film score. Watch the video.

"In March 1952 [John Williams] was reassigned to the 596th AF Band, Pepperrell Air Force Base, St. John's, Newfoundland. During his stay at Pepperrell he was able to put his training to use with special arrangements penned for the 596th Dance band and Newfoundland folk songs re-arranged for the concert band sparking the many appearances of the Pepperrell Band. His greatest accomplishment during this period was the composing, arranging, directing and playing of a 22 minute film background score for a Newfoundland travelogue entitled "You Are Welcome." The success of this accomplishment was reflected in the film being selected as "one of the outstanding travelogues for 1954" during a premier showing in New York City. The score was unique in that it utilized themes from Newfoundland folk songs for local color. In addition, the fact that the recording ensemble, composed of members of the 596th AF Band, was limited to 12 pieces and lacked the ever present "…

Visual Effects and Animation Festival returns to Bournemouth UK for 2014

For all those budding Dennis Murens out there or those inspired by Industrial Light & Magic and want to know more about the creative talent behind the animation and visual effects then the BFX Festival is for you.

The BFX Festival returns to Bournemouth this summer to celebrate British talent and creativity in animation, computer games and visual effects and inspire the next generation of people to enter the booming industries.

Last year’s BFX Festival was a fantastic celebration of visual effects, animation and games and this year’s event is aiming to build that success, with experts and enthusiasts from across the UK and beyond presenting an amazing selection of material and leading a range of Festival activities that will appeal to all.

Tickets are now on sale for the Festival, which will take place across four days from 24-28 September 2014, hosted at the Bournemouth International Centre.

Talks featuring movie titles such as The Lego Movie, Gravity, Maleficent, Godzilla, Guar…

New Teaser Trailer For Doctor Who's Eighth Series Featuring Peter Capaldi As The Doctor

A new Doctor Who teaser trailer hit our TVs on Saturday.   It's blink and you'll miss it but you do get a glimpse of the interior of the TARDIS.  Peter Capaldi as the Doctor is sat on top of the TARDIS and simply says dramatically, "Listen!"

The new series starts August 23rd.

Check it out.



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PAWS - The JAWS Parody You Never Knew You Needed, But Definitely Do...

Okay tell me you don't laugh when you see what actually replaces a shark in this rather well done spoof of Spielberg's classic Jaws.

There's a terror in the water. 

Producer / Director / Writer - Gabe Evans
Story - Scott Kelley
Editor - Jessica Porper
Cast - Ben Stumpf, Gabe Evans, Alison Womby
Voice Acting - Ben Stumpf



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VIDEO: Star Wars Rebels Details From Simon Kinberg & David Filoni - Comic Con 2014

Clevver Movies sat down with Star Wars Rebels creator, Simon Kinberg and writer Dave Filoni to talk about the much anticipated animated series coming this October.
We sat down with Star Wars Rebels creator Simon Kinberg and writer David Filoni to talk about the origin of the new animated series, how it fits into the larger universe, which character they'd like to see make an appearance in Episode VII and why fans of the original trilogy will want to tune in.

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Marvel Comics To Launch New 'Star Wars' in January

It's all go at San Diego Comic Con as we get more Star Wars news and it's more Star Wars which is what everyone want's right? Marvel will be bringing us a new line of comic books based on sci-fi franchise in January withStar Wars, the first of three titles launching in 2015.  Taking over the franchise from Dark Horses they are set to waste no time and will release a pair of tie-in books to expand the universe: the ongoingStar Wars: Darth Vaderby writer, Kieron Gillenand artistSalvador Larrocain February, and the five-issue miniseries Star Wars: Princess Leiaby writerMark Waidand artistTerry Dodsonin March. USAToday write: Heading up Marvel's first Star Wars comic in years and the first as part of the new canon led by the Lucasfilm Story Group — which is also overseeing the Star Wars Rebels cartoon and J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII next year, among other projects — is a pretty big deal for Aaron, he says. But that's the kind of stuff that excites him as a …

Obsidian Staff Talk Constantly About Knights Of The Old Republic 3.

Oh please let this happen!  It seems the talented staff at Obsidian who develop the Star Wars MMO, The Old Republic are craving Knights of the Old Republic 3.  In an interview with IGN, game designer Josh Sawyer revealed:
 “I think there are a lot of the people at the studio that would like to do Knights of the Old Republic 3.  think at that time LucasArts was really focused on what they considered to be extreme, extreme blockbusters and even though the Knights of the Old Republic series was pretty successful, it just never seemed like something that was going to happen at that time. Having said that, a lot of time has passed. I know there are a lot of people at the studio who are really interested in doing a project like that.” Producer Brandon Adler also stated interest in developing the sequel, saying: “It’s something that comes up every three to six months. We bring it up and talk about it. Not anything terribly serious, but we just say ‘wouldn’t it be cool if?’ and just develop …

Mark Hamill Sporting A Contractually-obligated Beard. Talks Star Wars VII

Mark Hamill was spotted at the premiere of the new Marvel movie, Guardians of the Galaxy sporting a rather bushy beard.  Hamill explained he has had to grow the beard for Star Wars VII.

The BBC asked Hamill  if it was “great being reunited with Han and Leia” for Episode VII.

“Fantastic,” he replied. “Again, I thought even if they did a third trilogy, we wouldn’t be involved. Because it’s really about the new generation of characters. We’re just there to lend our support, and grow contractually-obligated beards.”

Hamill was also asked about the progress of Episode VII and the overall feel of the movie:

“It really has the spirit of that whole universe...In other words, the characters are so relatable. I think that’s the most important thing. Because no matter what kind of special effects you have the audience has to identify with each of the characters. They’ve done a great job – JJ [Abrams] and Lawrence Kasdan – in writing a script where you immediately understand who these people are…

@Mattel Show Off Ghostbusters 2 6" Figures At #SDCC

There's so much going on at San Diego Comic-Con already and Ghostbusters 2 is not going to be left out.  Mattel have revealed these awesome Ghostbusters 2 packs which were on display at the event.  They are out on September 30th just in time for the anniversary.

Check out more photos of these awesome packs at ToyArk.com

You can follow Mattel on Twitter too to keep up to date on the latest toys coming out this year.




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John Williams and Gustavo Santaolalla on Jaws and Bernard Herrmann

Oscar-winning composers Gustavo Santaolalla and John Williams at the Academy event "Behind the Score: The Art of the Film Composer" at LACMA's Bing Theater on July 21, 2014. 



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New Trailer For Star Wars Rebels Released At SDCC

Here's a treat for us Star Wars fans.  A new trailer for Star Wars Rebels which hits our TV screens this October on Disney XD.

Get a sneak peek at what's to come in the first season of Star Wars Rebels, including new scenes featuring the Inquisitor, Ezra's Jedi training, and the appearance of a certain droid duo.

Scheduled to premiere in October 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, Star Wars Rebels will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.



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World Of Warcraft Still Number One MMO Revenue Earner In 2013. The Old Republic Comes In Fourth

According to a new report from SuperData Research, World of Warcraft earned more revenue than any other MMO in 2013.  Hmmm,  I wonder if I still have my level 70 priest?  Anyway, Star Wars MMO, The Old Republic came in a credible fourth.

The Old Republic, developed by Bioware brought in $165 million worldwide in 2013 but that's pennies in comparison to Blizzard's World of Warcraft which brought in $1.041 billion.  It's amazing to think that the MMO was released way back in 1998 and still pulls in the crowds.  That's impressive work by the developers.

Here's the top ten.  Sad to see that Star Trek Online doesn't feature but most of Trek's revenue comes from microtransactions.


Read more at http://www.gamespot.com/articles/wow-was-the-top-subscription-mmo-in-2013-star-wars/1100-6421191/

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More Casting Announcements for Steven Spielberg's Cold War Spy Thriller

There are a few more casting announcements for Steven Spielberg’s as-yet-untitled Cold War spy thriller.  Amy Ryan and Alan Alda join a cast that includes Tom Hanks, Billy Magnussen, and Eve Hewson.  
The film - the first one directed by Spielberg since Lincoln - is based on the true story of an American attorney, James Donovan, who was recruited by the CIA in order to negotiate the release of a U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers, who was shot down over Russia two years prior to the events that will be depicted in the film.
Hanks plays Donovan, and Amy Ryan will play his wife.
The script is being written by Joel and Ethan Coen, and filming is scheduled to begin in Berlin and New York this September.  It has a release date of October 16, 2015.  

Source: Variety

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Stars of Red Dwarf land at Play Expo! #PlayExpo

Chris Barrie and Craig Charles are the first two screen.play guests confirmed for Play Expowhich is set to take place in Manchester, UK on 11th and 12th October.. The duo are best known for their characters Rimmer and Lister in the Sci-Fi comedy Red Dwarf.
Chris also played Gordon Brittas in the Brittas Empire and Hillary in the Tomb Raider Films as well as providing the voice for Simon in the game Simon the Sorcerer. Craig was the host of Robot Wars and stars in TV soap Coronation Street.


Craig with be at Play Expo on Saturday and Sunday while Chris will be appearing on the Saturday only. Both will be available for photo-shoots and autographs priced at £15 each.

More guests to be confirmed shortly, in the meantime, better get practising the Rimmer Salute!

Play Expo takes place on 11/12 October at EventCity, Manchester. Tickets are on sale now and available through the expo website www.playexpo.net.




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A New Line of Star Wars™ Collectible Mr. Potato Head Figures

MR. POTATO HEAD travels to a galaxy far, far away with an all-new line of Star Wars Collectible Figures.  Under license from HASBRO INC. and DISNEY CONSUMER PRODUCTS, PPW TOYS is releasing a line of Star Wars MR.POTATO HEAD figures starting summer of 2014. 



These Star Wars Spuds are highly detailed, fully-functioning collectible toys with a variety of fun components to mix and match.  Detachable pieces include lightsabers, blasters, body-armor and costumes.  Designed with collectors in mind, these unique toys will be a must-have for fans of all ages – whether for play or display.
The first wave includes four classic Star Wars characters:  R2-D2, Yoda, Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper.  “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with these two very important, iconic brands and we plan to take full advantage of the Star Wars universe of characters” says Dean Gorby, Business Manager for PPW TOYS.  “Although several characters have already received the MR. POTATO HEAD treatment by HASBR…

STAR WARS REBELS: EXTENDED TRAILER. October Can't Come Quick Enough

Watch the Ghost crew battle Imperials and Ezra embrace his Jedi destiny in this exciting new trailer!  Coming To Disney XD This October.

The Jedi have been wiped out and the Empire spreads tyranny through the galaxy. Hope runs thin. But on the small planet of Lothal a big change is looming. A group of rebels meet a 14-year-old con artist named Ezra and soon it's clear their destinies are linked. Aboard their ship, the Ghost, Ezra and the rebels embark on an adventure to ignite a rebellion and strike back against the Empire.



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Ron Gilbert Posts His Original Pitch Documents For Maniac Mansion

Ron Gilbert the genius behind Maniac Mansion has posted his original pitch documents on his official blog, Grumpy Gamer.  Here's a sample of those documents but head over to his page to see more and and read how there was no official pitch process at Lucasfilm Games back in the day.  A simpler time.
Here is the original pitch document Gary and I used for Maniac Mansion. Gary had done some quick concepts, but we didn't have a real design, screen shots or any code. This was before I realized coding the whole game in 6502 was nuts and began working on the SCUMM system.
There was no official pitch process or "green lighting" at Lucasfilm Games. The main purpose of this document would have been to pass around to the other members of the games group and get feedback and build excitement.
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New Comic Con Poster For Jurassic World Released

A new Jurassic World poster has been released for the San Diego Comic Con.  The poster teases us with everyone's favourite "clever girl"  the velociraptor and she's been busy.  Seen in the poster the dinosaur is standing on top of a ruined Jurassic Park vehicle.  In the distance you can see buildings being constructed, presumably a new park and a helicopter transporting new "cargo" to the new attraction.

JURASSIC WORLD hits theatres on June 12, 2015 in 3D and IMAX, and stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Irrfan Khan, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, and Judy Greer.

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COMPETITION: WIN A COPY OF TRANSFORMERS PRIME SEASON 2 VOLUME 1 ON DVD

WIN A COPY OF Transformers PRIME seASON 2 VOLUME 1
To celebrate the release of Transformers Prime Season 2 on DVD we are giving you the chance to WIN a copy of the DVD.  The DVD not only comes with volume 1 of season 2 but you also get a Transformers toy and trading cards too!  We have two copies to give away.  To win a copy of this awesome DVD brought to us by Hasbro all you have to do is answer this simple question.
Which company, founded by George Lucas provided the special FX for the Transformers movies?
To enter just tweet your answer to us @thebeardedtrio or on our Facebook page.  Alternatively you can leave your answer in the comments section at the bottom of this page.  Closing date is Sunday August 3rd so get your answers in now.
The AUTOBOTS roll out TRANSFORMERS PRIME Season 2 Volume 1  on DVD and digital download. For the ultimate TRANSFORMERS fans there is a limited edition DVD, complete with TRANSFORMERS figure and TRANSFORMERS trading cards.

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Transformers: Age of Extinction Becomes Biggest Ever Movie In China. Also Lawsuit Over Product Placement May Be Happening.

The Michael Bay movie and fourth instalment of the Transformers franchise, Transformers:  Age of Extinction continues to be a huge hit in China and easily becoming the top grossing movie ever in the country.  With special effects by Industrial Light & Magic it seems the Chinese are lapping up the tyipcal Bay movie with big explosions and close up battle shots.

According to LATimes:
"Transformers: Age of Extinction” keeps extending its lead over “Avatar” as the top-grossing movie ever in China, dominating the mainland box office for a third consecutive week and taking in $52 million in the seven days ending Sunday.
In its first 17 days in theaters in China, the Michael Bay film grossed $260 million, $36 million above the record set by “Avatar” in 2010, according to figures from Shanghai-based consulting firm Artisan Gateway. With two weeks left for the Paramount Pictures film in Chinese cinemas, it looks like it could reach the $300-million mark before it completes its run in…