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How Good Is Amazon's Alexa For Geeks and Fans of The Bearded Trio? @amazonecho

On the first episode of 'Rob's Rambling' I take a look at the Amazon Dot and see how good Alexa is for us geeks. I see if it will handle my demands to play John Williams soundtracks, ask about Steven Spielberg and play a geek trivia quiz.

Let me know what you think of the first episode and if you would like me to discuss a topic let me know in the comments.

Rob
@thebeardedtrio



The Bearded Trio - The Site For Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, John Williams and a whole lot more.
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Jurassic World 2 To Be Filmed Just Up The Road From Me...In Wales. @FilmBayona

In a recent interview with a Spanish website the director of Jurassic World 2, JA Bayona revealed that the movie will be shot in Wales, UK.  Specifically the Brecon Beacons National Park.  Hey!  That's just up the road from me.

I will definitely keep an eye out for filming which should begin in the very near future.  Bayona recently teased fans on Twitter with this picture:

Getting ready for the journey. pic.twitter.com/EDgsdUJyXv — JA Bayona (@FilmBayona) January 26, 2017


The first Jurassic World movie was filmed in Hawaii so it's nice to see the sequel to Jurassic World being filmed right here on my doorstep.  To give you an idea of what kind of landscape to expect in the second Jurassic World here are a few photos of Brecon Beacons National Park and Dan-yr-Ogof caves in Wales.







Rob Wainfur
@thebeardedtrio

The Bearded Trio - The Site For Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, John Williams and a whole lot more.
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Photo of the day - A Wacky Looking Steven Spielberg

Monkey Island 2 SE To Be Completely Free On Xbox One and 360 During February.

I am a huge fan of the adventures of Guybrush Threepwood.  I still think the Monkey Island games from Lucasarts are some of the finest adventure games ever to grace a computer or indeed a console.

Speaking of consoles, if you're an owner of an Xbox One or 360 and have a gold membership then Monkey Island 2 The Special Edition is
free, yes free!  No this is not Stan trying to sell you something second hand but informing you of a totally free game thanks to Microsoft's Games with Gold promotion.

The offer runs from February 1st to the 15th so don't miss out on being able to go up against LeChuck for the grand old price of nothing.  Featuring the old game and of course the mastered edition with updated graphics, music and sound.  If you've never experienced a Lucasarts' Point n' Click adventure game before now is your chance.  Be warned, they are addictive.  Make sure you have a few hours spare.

Here's a video going behind the scenes of the special edition ver…

Fun Video - The World Without George Lucas

Here's a fun video showing a take on the classic movie 'It's a Wonderful Life.'  What if George Lucas hadn't been born?  Here's a lighthearted look at that what the world would be like.



The Bearded Trio - The Site For Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, John Williams and a whole lot more.
THE BEARDED TRIO ON FACEBOOK
THE BEARDED TRIO ON TWITTER
THE BEARDED TRIO ON GOOGLE+
THE BEARDED TRIO ON PINTEREST

CLICK HERE FOR FACTS ON STEVEN SPIELBERG
CLICK HERE FOR FACTS ON GEORGE LUCAS
CLICK HERE FOR FACTS ON JOHN WILLIAMS

Oscar's Forgotten: Why a Great Film From Martin Scorsese Failed To Get Recognized

by Patrick Gibbs

There are a few things that can be consistently counted on from a Martin Scorsese Picture. One is technical and visual excellence. Another is that it's not likely to pull a lot of punches.

But perhaps the two hallmarks that stand out to me most of all are that Scorsese the artist is almost always trying to say something meaningful, and that unfortunately, too often he does not succeed. In some cases, such as The Wolf of Wall Street, the problem is that we just don't need a three hour movie to make the point that greed and lust can be self destructive. We got that in the first hour (frankly, we got it in the trailer. Not that Wolf is without merit; it has some moments of brilliantly executed comedy, and it's filled with great acting and staging. But ultimately that wasn't nearly enough to make the hollowness and full on assault of debauchery worth it for me.). In the case of Gangs of New York, the pet project that took decades to get to, there were so m…

Photo of the Day: Crazed Truck from Duel

Sad News - Sir John Hurt Dies Age 77

Waking up to sad news this morning as we learn that Sir John Hurt has died at the age of 77 from cancer.  The actor had been treated for pancreatic cancer in 2015 and at one point had been given the all clear.

Sir John was knighted in 2015 for his services to drama.

After his cancer diagnosis the same year, he told the Radio Times: "I can't say I worry about mortality, but it's impossible to get to my age and not have a little contemplation of it.
"We're all just passing time, and occupy our chair very briefly."

Hurt will be remembered for roles in Alien and The Elephant Man.  He also appeared in the fourth Indiana Jones movie in 2008 where he played Professor Oxley in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.  Harry Potter fans will remember him as  Mr Ollivander.  J K Rowling, tweeted: "So very sad to hear that the immensely talented and deeply beloved John Hurt has died. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

Other roles were the Doctor in Doctor Who, the…

Video From Pixar Shows Movies Are All Played Out In Same Universe

There has been a fan theory for many years now that all the movies from Pixar are all played out in the same universe.  Well Pixar confirmed that theory this week with a video they published on their Facebook page.

Starting with Finding Dory, the two-and-a-half minute clip goes through all the characters that have appeared in Pixar films that aren’t their own.  Each character in the video cuts to a sighting of that very character in another Pixar movie.  It's a clever video and will make you smile because...well Pixar.



The Bearded Trio - The Site For Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, John Williams and a whole lot more.
THE BEARDED TRIO ON FACEBOOK
THE BEARDED TRIO ON TWITTER
THE BEARDED TRIO ON GOOGLE+
THE BEARDED TRIO ON PINTEREST

CLICK HERE FOR FACTS ON STEVEN SPIELBERG
CLICK HERE FOR FACTS ON GEORGE LUCAS
CLICK HERE FOR FACTS ON JOHN WILLIAMS

Every BACK TO THE FUTURE Easter Egg

One of the best trilogies of all time, and arguably the best time travel movie of all time, Back To The Future has a ton of secrets and easter eggs that you may not have even noticed before! Here they all are for your enjoyment.



The Bearded Trio - The Site For Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, John Williams and a whole lot more.
THE BEARDED TRIO ON FACEBOOK
THE BEARDED TRIO ON TWITTER
THE BEARDED TRIO ON GOOGLE+
THE BEARDED TRIO ON PINTEREST

CLICK HERE FOR FACTS ON STEVEN SPIELBERG
CLICK HERE FOR FACTS ON GEORGE LUCAS
CLICK HERE FOR FACTS ON JOHN WILLIAMS

VIDEO - Director George Lucas Shares His Visionary Process On Oprah Winfrey Network

Legendary director George Lucas opens up to Oprah about his movie-making process for films like American Graffiti and Star Wars. Plus, they talk about the importance of following your passion. For more on #nextchapter visit http://bit.ly/1OPX6ah



The Bearded Trio - The Site For Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, John Williams and a whole lot more.
THE BEARDED TRIO ON FACEBOOK
THE BEARDED TRIO ON TWITTER
THE BEARDED TRIO ON GOOGLE+
THE BEARDED TRIO ON PINTEREST

CLICK HERE FOR FACTS ON STEVEN SPIELBERG
CLICK HERE FOR FACTS ON GEORGE LUCAS
CLICK HERE FOR FACTS ON JOHN WILLIAMS

List of Oscar Nominations. Rogue One And Star Trek Pick Up Nominations.

The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards were announced today and you can check out the full list below.  Notable mentions are Rogue One getting two nominations, one in the Sound Mixing category and the other in Achievement in Visual Effects.  Star Trek Beyond gets a nod in the Achievement in makeup and hair-styling category.  La La Land picks up an impressive 14 nominations including the category of Best motion picture of the year.  The Gibbs brothers of The Bearded Trio voted it one of the best films of 2016.  Our top movie of 2016, Lion gets 6 nominations including Best Picture and Performance by an actor in a supporting role.

The nominees include:

Performance by an actor in a leading role Casey Affleck in "Manchester by the Sea" Andrew Garfield in "Hacksaw Ridge" Ryan Gosling in "La La Land" Viggo Mortensen in "Captain Fantastic" Denzel Washington in "Fences" Performance by an actor in a supporting role Mahershala Ali in "Moonlight…

New Trailer & Poster For CERTAIN WOMEN starring Laura Dern

CERTAIN WOMEN
In UK cinemas 3rd March 2017
Directed by Kelly Reichardt
(Wendy and Lucy, Meek’s Cutoff, Old Joy)

Jurassic Park's Laura Dern stars in a new movie called Certain Women.  The movie won Best Film at the BFI London Film Festival in 2016.  One of America’s foremost filmmakers, Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Lucy, Meek’s Cutoff) directs a remarkable ensemble cast led by Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, and Laura Dern in this stirring look at three women striving to forge their own paths amidst the wide-open plains of the American Northwest: a lawyer (Dern) who finds herself contending with both office sexism and a hostage situation; a wife and mother (Williams) whose determination to build her dream home puts her at odds with the men in her life; and a young law student (Stewart) who forms an ambiguous bond with a lonely ranch hand (radiant newcomer Lily Gladstone). As their stories intersect in subtle but powerful ways, a portrait emerges of flawed, but strong-willed individu…

"The Last Jedi": What Does the New Title Mean?

To start with, let's get straight that the officially announced title for Stat Wars Episode VIII, The Last Jedi, is a good one. It's simple, elegant, and classically Star Wars-y. I don't think you'll see anything like the dissatisfied uproar that greeted the prequel titles, or even the mild confusion that came with The Force Awakens in some circles.

But what exactly does it mean? It obviously refers to Luke Skywalker, the only surviving member of the Jedi order, who was even refered to as the last Jedi by Kyko Ren. This is the best thing about the title, as it further suggests Luke will be a huge part of the new film, and we all want that, don't we? But does it also refer to Rey, who we all assume at this point will be trained by Luke as a Jedi? Does it suggest that the mantle of the last Jedi will pass from Luke to Rey in this film? And if so, does that mean the death of Luke? And does that mean he becomes a blue ghost? Does it mean Luke and/or Rey will not succe…

Memo To The Academy: A Few Deserving (if Unlikely) Nominees

By Patrick Gibbs

The 2017 Academy Award Nominations will be announced on Tuesday morning, and there are a few things that are practically set in stone: La La Land and Moonlight are going to get nominations for Best Picture, Viola Davis is a shoe in for a much deserved nomination (and probable win) for Fences, and Casey Affleck will continue his streak as Affleck of The Year (I love you, Ben, and I have faith that you will rise again. But you had the worst year of anycelebrity, and we are talking about 2016.).

All of the nominees I've mentioned above are deserving, but there are always some great films and performances that don't make the cut. The following are not my choices for what should win the individual awards, but rather, they are a group of very worthy nominees that probably won't happen, but should:

Michael Keaton and Tom Hanks for Best Actor in a Leading Role, The Founder and Sully

Keaton is well liked by the Academy at this point after very narrowly missing out on…