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Star Wars Props & Costumes Coming Up for Auction on October 16th

Star Wars Props & Costumes Coming Up for Auction on October 16th

Prop Store is proud to announce its first live auction event produced in partnership with Vue Entertainment. In the most exciting sale of its kind, over 375 original film and television props and costumes will go under the hammer on October 16th Vue’s flagship cinema in Westfield, London. The public will be able to get up close and personal with some of the most valuable and iconic pieces on offer throughout a free two week exhibition at Vue Westfield from 1st October.
information can be found at propstore.com/liveauction.  Here are just a few examples of what is on offer.

330. Biker Scout Helmet - STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI (1983) £8,000-10,000 Click here for more info: http://propstore.auctionserver.net/view-auctions/catalog/id/10/lot/1582/?url=%2Fviewauctions%2Fcatalog%2Fid%2F10%2F%3Fpage%3D4 Click here for showcase video of this item:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARK_ZGCsMYw&feature=youtu.be



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FULL OF SITH Episode LXXXIV: The Star Wars Report

Join your hosts over at Full of Sith as they discuss the newly released story reels from The Clone Wars and also the very first Star Wars Rebels.  Not to be missed.
Episode LXXXIV: The Star Wars Report
Recorded 9/27/14
Bobby, Bryan, and Mike are joined by most important visitors. Riley and Bethany Blanton from the Star Wars Report podcast join the show for this episode to discuss the newly released story reels for The Clone Wars as well as Star Wars: Rebels: Spark of Rebellion!
Listen to the show here.
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Star Wars Cantina Song on 16 Floppy Drives

Following on from Indiana Jones played on 16 floppy disk drives, I couldn't let this one go.  It's Star Wars or I should say the Cantina Band theme played on 16 floppy disk drives.  Very clever.




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The Indiana Jones Theme Played On 16 Floppy Disk Drives.

If you're under a certain age you're probably wondering what a floppy disk drive is?  Well to just clear up any confusion, a floppy drive was the main way of loading and saving data on PCs and Macs way back in the 80s and 90s.  (I feel old.)

Now it seems the drives have found another use, as a musical instrument.  Take a listen to this clever rendition of Indiana Jones on 16 floppy disk drives.



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Star Wars Rebels Episode 1 Review NO SPOILERS. Is It Classic @StarWars ?

You're probably eager to know if Star Wars Rebels is good.  Does it match the quality of The Clone Wars which the series is kind of replacing?  Well the answer is a big fat YES!

I've just finished watching the feature length opening episode and to say the show hits the ground running is an understatement.  I'm not going to give away the plot (you'll just have to watch it yourself.)  But I will say the introduction of characters to a new show as is always the case with a new series is one of the strongest opening episodes to a show I've seen in years.  Yes really!

I said I wasn't going to give the plot away but I will say I love the group of heroes we have.  A kind of Robin Hood but instead of a wicked sheriff to fend off we have the evil Empire we're so familiar with from the original series.  I will say it's nice to have the Empire back with British accents, including the Stormtroopers who look gorgeous in the opening episode.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Which Fictional World Is For You?

28 Behind The Scenes Photos From E.T. The Extra Terrestrial

In 1982, Steven Spielberg's E.T The Extra Terrestrial was released.  It captured so many imaginations and made children and adults alike look up and wonder if anyone is out there.  Going against the grain with alien visitation movies, Spielberg once again made the visitors friendly as he did with the 1977 classic, Close Encounters of the Third Kind.  The alien in the movie who we came to love and care about became stranded on our planet so befriends a child (Elliot) who helps him return home.

Here are 28 behind the scenes photos from E.T.  all on one page for you to enjoy.



















J.J. Abrams To Receive the Visual Effects Society’s Visionary Award

Director of Star Wars VII, J.J. Abrams will receive the Visual Effects Society’s Visionary Award at the 13th annual VES Awards, on February 4th at the Beverly Hilton.  Other credits include Star Trek, Super 8 and Star Trek Into Darkness and Cloverfield.

The Visionary Award recognizes an individual who has “uniquely and consistently employed the art and science of visual effects to foster imagination and ignite future discoveries by way of artistry, invention and groundbreaking work.”
“J.J. Abrams has consistently elevated not just the technical aspect of visual effects, but also the emotional,” said VES board chair Jeffrey A. Okun. “He has redefined the relationship between the viewer and the story – you can easily see this from the epic cult followings of his highly engaging work, a testament to his expert blending of visual effects, evocative characters and a remarkable imagination.”
Source:  Hollywood Reporter


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New RebelForce Radio Now Out. If You Love Star Wars This Is The Podcast For You.

Friday is here.  Yes we can all take a deep breath.  The weekend is here and so is another RebelForce Radio.  If you haven't tuned in yet to RebelForce Radio, then make sure you do.  These guys knock it out of the park weekly when it comes to podcasting and Star Wars.  High production values, knowledgeable hosts and top guests make RebelForce Radio your source for The Force.
NEW SHOW! REBELFORCE RADIO: SEPTEMBER 26, 2014: Star Wars director of the future Rian Johsnon speaks! We review audio of a candid conversation between the Episode VIII director and Monty Python's Terry Gilliam. Also this week, Roger Moore visits Pinewood, a close up look at the Millennium Falcon, and we ask the question: Why didn't Qui-Gon Jinn return as a Force Spirit in Revenge of the Sith? Filmmaker F.J. Desanto joins us to decipher the evidence. Plus, Star Wars meets Sharknado, Star Wars radio Easter eggs, and more from the Greenham Common Episode VII shooting location in England.CLICK THE LINK TO L…

Four NEW The Clone Wars Episodes Released. Also Video Explaining The Legacy Of Star Wars The Clone Wars.

We were promised by StarWars.com that there was going to be some big Clone Wars news this week and we are not disappointed.  A video called Clone Wars Legacy.

How did Darth Maul end up in Clone Wars?  What about the untold Clone Wars stories?  Check out the video to find out.
Learn about the lasting effects of The Clone Wars television series on the Star Wars saga and the future stories yet to be told.

On top of that the good folks at StarWars.com have released four new, yes NEW episodes of The Clone Wars.  Check them out below.  Christmas has come early.  Watching these makes me sad as I realise how good The Clone wars was/is.  But also happy to know that Star Wars Rebels is in good hands and will inevitably be brilliant.

STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS - STORY REEL: A DEATH ON UTAPAU
Obi-Wan and Anakin investigate a mysterious death of a Jedi Master on Utapau, and uncover a secret Separatist weapons deal the likes of which they have never seen before.


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Lucasfilm Are Hiring - Technical Director, Episodic Director & I.T. Intern

Art Associate Technical DirectorCompany: Lucasfilm
Location: Letterman Digital Arts Center
State: California
City: San Francisco
Benefited/Non-Benefited: Benefited
Salary/Hourly: Hourly Job Description The Art ATD solves technical production issues, defines work flows, streamlines processes, and develops tools/frameworks for art. • Develop appropriate art pipelines and workflow, working in conjunction with the Art Leads and the programming team.
• Solve technical production issues.
• Streamline art workflows and pipelines by developing tools/scripts/plugins in the art process; work with programming and tools team members.
• Create technically sound art and art frameworks.
• Excel as a team player and strive to maximize team/department performance.
• Performs special tasks as assigned.
• Develop an area or multiple areas of expertise.
• Demonstrates ability to be proactive and anticipating potential problems before they occur and follows through on every task assigned.
• Demonstrates ability to be p…

TNT Orders Pilot for 'Lumen' from Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment

TNT has announced that it has ordered a pilot for the fantasy drama Lumen from Steven Spielberg's production company, Amblin Entertainment.

Here is a synopsis of the show from The Hollywood Reporter:

Lumen centers on a famous author of a best-selling series of fantasy books who suddenly disappears and a family of four who are transported to the mystical alternate world that inspired her work. Once there, however, they are plunged into the middle of a war raging between rival magical forces of light and darkness. Facing peril at every turn, the family must unravel a complicated mystery and uncover some astonishing secrets as they struggle to find their way home.
Chris Black will write the script, as well as assume co-executive producing duties alongside Amblin's Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey.  The pilot will be directed by Joe Johnston.  No word yet on who will be joining the cast.

Amblin previously announced that it had teamed up with Fox for a series based on Spielberg's …

David Oyelowo of Red Tails And Star Wars Rebels Explains His Friendship With George Lucas

Star Wars Rebels and Red Tails star, David Oyelowo explains his friendship with one of the bearded trio, George Lucas on the RadioTimes website.  They met on the set of Red Tails and have been friends ever since.
“My children would meet George Lucas and see the original Yoda and the original this and that,” Oyelowo tells me. “We had a rarefied introduction to the world of Star Wars. They are big fans now.”In fact when they meet up, Lucas still talks incessantly about the Star Wars franchise despite his relatively hands-off role in the upcoming films which are now being overseen by Disney: “George never seems to tire of it. He will happily sit you down and talk non-stop about the Star Wars universe. He has also become a happy viewer from afar.” Look out for Oyelowo in the upcoming Star Wars Rebels where he will play villain, Agent Kallus.

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Ron Gilbert Explains What He Would Do If He Was Making Another Monkey Island

Creator of Monkey Island. Ron Gilbert took to his blog last year and explained what he would do if he was given a chance at making another Monkey Island.  Before we all get excited the talented game developer said:
 I am not making another Monkey Island. I have no plans to make another Monkey Island. I am not formulating plans to make another Monkey Island. That's a shame but it is interesting to read what he would do if given the chance.
 It would be a retro game that harkened back to Monkey Island 1 and 2.  I'd do it as "enhanced low-res".  Nice crisp retro art, but augmented by the hardware we have today: parallaxing, depth of field, warm glows, etc.  All the stuff we wanted to do back in 1990 but couldn't.  Monkey Island deserves that.  It's authentic.  It doesn't need 3D.  Yes, I've seen the video, it's very cool, but Monkey Island wants to be what it is.  I would want the game to be how we all remember Monkey Island.  It would be a hardcore…

1984 Special Effects Video Shows Us Spielberg And Lucas’ Greatest Tricks

The Magic of Special Effects, this hour-long 1984 episode spends a lot of its time with the Industrial Light & Magic team.  Look out for Steven Spielberg and George Lucas

A 1984 documentary on special effects for "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom", "Explorers", "Return of the Jedi", and "2010". The section in particular on how they did the 150 ships battle scene in Jedi shows just how much manual work went into the shot (it took months).


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VIDEO: Panasonic Japanese Commercial Featuring George Lucas and Star Wars

Here's another of those quirky Panasonic Japanese commercials circa 1987 featuring one of the Bearded Trio, George Lucas.


The advert also features Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Stormtroopers and a couple of nervous looking Ewoks as they stand in front of a huge satellite dish with the words Panasonic plastered over it.  They all shield their eyes including George Lucas as lines of blue bright lines appear to spiral into the dish.  It of course makes no sense but wait for the end when Lucas has a speaking line.







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Director Colin Trevorrow Teases 'Jurassic World' with New Image

Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow tweeted out an interesting image today - Makes one wonder what Dennis Nedry would think....

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— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) September 22, 2014


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Steve Soderbergh Turns Raiders of the Lost Ark Into Black And White. Adds Different Soundtrack.

Ever wondered what Raiders of the Lost Ark would look like in black and white?  What about if you replace the classic John Williams soundtrack with  Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' work for David Fincher's "The Social Network" and "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo?  Nope me neither but that didn't stop director, Steve Soderbergh from putting together the whole film with the above mentioned changes.  It's strange to watch but as Soderbergh explains:
I value the ability to stage something well because when it’s done well its pleasures are huge, and most people don’t do it well, which indicates it must not be easy to master (it’s frightening how many opportunities there are to do something wrong in a sequence or a group of scenes. Minefields EVERYWHERE. Fincher said it: there’s potentially a hundred different ways to shoot something but at the end of the day there’s really only two, and one of them is wrong). Of course understanding story, character, and per…