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Behind the Magic: Recreating Tarkin for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

A look at the Oscar Nominated Visual Effects work behind the recreation of Wilhuff Tarkin for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story



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VIDEO - Star Wars Archives Fly-Through Featurette

Featurette from the Star Wars Complete Saga Blu-ray release showing the Star Wars Archives at Skywalker Ranch.



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Miral Reveals First-Glimpse Of Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi Themed Worlds on Yas Island

Developer confirms 60% progress, on target for 2018 opening Abu Dhabi – April 25, 2017: Miral, Abu Dhabi’s leading creator of destinations, announced today that Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi will feature six immersive worlds: Metropolis and Gotham City, inspired by the universe of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains; Cartoon Junction, Bedrock, and Dynamite Gulch, themed after iconic animated brands such as Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera; and Warner Bros. Plaza, reminiscent of old Hollywood, where these seminal characters and stories were originally brought to life.
Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, which is located on Yas Island and set to open in 2018, will be a one-of-a-kind, world-class destination home to state-of-the-art thrill rides, interactive family friendly attractions, and unique live entertainment. From the action and adventure of DC to the wacky and wonderful world of Looney Tunes, this immersive and interactive new indoor experience brings some of the world’s most popular storie…

Check Out This New Fun Music Video - Mark Hamill Can Handle #MarkHamillCanHandle

Friend of The Bearded Trio, Chris Cape has sent over his latest music video and we just had to share it on here.  Called Mark Hamill Can Handle, Chris has produced a catchy geek tune.  The video uses Lego and will most definitely put a smile on your face.

Here's what Chris has to say about the new music video:

A little while ago I wrote and recorded a new song on a whim and what happened was amazing. 

The song captured the joy and anticipation felt all around me leading up to the first Star Wars movie in a decade (The Force Awakens) and the comeback of cultural icons like Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia. Mark Hamill himself tweeted the song saying he was ‘surprised and humbled’ by it, which was way more than I could have hoped for with the song. 

Sadly since then we’ve lost Carrie Fisher who was not only a screen Princess but someone who helped to change social stigmas surrounding mental health difficulties with her wit and vulnerable honesty. We miss you Carrie! 

My goal …

STAR WARS: PUZZLE DROIDS™ AVAILABLE NOW FOR MOBILE DEVICES

Star Wars: Puzzle Droids™, the first mobile Star Wars™ casual puzzle game,is now available for download on the Apple App StoreGoogle Play and Amazon Appstore. The brand new match-3 adventure invites players to tap into the holographic memory banks of BB-8 for an epic Star Wars™ adventure. The journey will feature familiar scenes and previously untold moments through compelling gameplay and interactive puzzle boards. Players can journey across Jakku and Takodana, and take on the First Order alongside such familiar faces as Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron.

Featuring more than 100 levels, Star WarsPuzzle Droids lets players match-3 to create combos, clear obstacles and face-off against enemies, and unleash epic power-ups to clear the board. Missions can be completed to collect memory discs, which may be used to unlock heroic memories to continue the adventures.
Star Wars: Puzzle Droids is available today for free download with in-app purchases.




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Jeff Goldblum to Return as Ian Malcolm

The Hollywood Reporter has news sure to thrill any Jurassic Park fan: Jeff Goldblum will return as Dr. Ian Malcolm in the Jurassic World sequel!

We all know that Jeff Goldblum starred in the original 1993 Steven Spielberg classic, Jurassic Park and its sequel, 1997's The Lost World: Jurassic Park.  The new film sees Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard returning after the successful box office smash, Jurassic World.  The new film is down to be released June 22nd 2018.

Goldblum will reprise his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm, the know-it-all mathematician.



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Kathleen Kennedy On Star Wars Original Theatrical Cuts - "I wouldn't touch those!"

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has said she wouldn't dream of messing around with George Lucas's vision of Star Wars.  In other words, the original theatrical cuts of Star Wars are to stay in the hands of George Lucas.  This, will of course upset a lot of Star Wars fans who have a desire to watch the original trilogy they remember from the 70s and 80s.

"I wouldn't touch those, are you kidding me?," she told the Steele Wars podcast, "Those will always remain his."

In the late 90s, George Lucas made changes to the original trilogy.  Some of the changes included rings around explosions and the now infamous 'Greedo shot first' scene.

Source - Steele Wars Podcast

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Star Wars Episode IX gets release date; Indiana Jones 5 Pushed Back

Variety reports that Disney has announced several major release dates, including releasing Star Wars Episode IX on May 24, 2019, and moving Indiana Jones 5 to July 10th, 2020.

We had previously reported that Indiana Jones V will hit screens July 19th, 2019 but now we will have to wait an extra year for our favourite adventurer.  It is thought the extra time is a result of Steven Spielberg's other projects and to give extra time to work on the script.

Here’s the studio’s full release schedule.

UNTITLED DISNEY FAIRY TALE (Live Action) previously dated on 7/28/17 moves to 8/3/18

RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET: WRECK-IT RALPH 2 (3D) is final title of previous WRECK-IT RALPH SEQUEL – previously dated on 3/9/18 moves to 11/21/18

A WRINKLE IN TIME (3D) previously dated on 4/6/18 moves to 3/9/18

MAGIC CAMP is final title of previous UNTITLED DISNEY LIVE ACTION – previously dated on 8/3/18 now moves up to 4/6/18

GIGANTIC (3D) previously dated on 11/21/18 moves to 11/25/20

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Check Out These Photos Of John Williams From The 40 Years of Star Wars Panel At Star Wars Celebration

We've been sent this set of wonderful photos of John Williams at the 40 Years of Star Wars Panel from Star Wars Celebration, Orlando.  We just had to share.













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Lucas and Spielberg Still Have an Influence on 21st Century Interpretations of Monsters and Aliens

Between the legendary filmmakers George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, some incredible ideas have formed. The two are hailed for their contributions to sci-fi, and have been highly influential on all aspects of the genre since the 1970s. When looking at the monsters in any modern sci-fi flick, you’d be hard pushed to ignore the relevance to the films that started it all. The same can be said for gaming, with the ideas that sprouted in films like E.T evolving into characters like Abe in the Oddworld series. Between the two directors, there isn’t much they haven’t thought of.

It could be argued that every sci-fi film since the 70s has taken some inspiration from Lucas and Spielberg’s first flourishes in the genre. Star Wars: A New Hope and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, virtually kickstarted the genre, bringing the idea of aliens and space travel to mainstream Hollywood audiences. Star Wars was the more commercially successful of the two films with over $785 million taken in total wor…

John Boyega Pranks Star Wars Fans with Surprise Photobomb at Celebration | Force For Change

John Boyega sneaks up on fans posing for photos at Star Wars Celebration and gets awesome pics and better reactions! This will really put a smile on your face.

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VIDEO - Johnny B. Goode (Live in NY w/ Michael J. Fox)

This is kind of an oldie where I come from but I'm sure your kids are gonna love it.  Michael J. Fox performs live with Coldplay in New York and the song, conveniently is Chuck Berry's Johnny B. Goode.  Performed live at the MetLife Stadium on 17 July 2016.  R.I.P. Chuck.



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Star Wars Collectors Cast Episode 76 Reports From Star Wars Celebration.

It's Star Wars Collectors Cast, LIVE from Celebration Orlando 2017. Join James Burns and co-host Teresa Delgado as they chat collecting with Rancho Obi-Wan supremo Steve Sansweet and Marvel Comics artist John Tyler Christopher.
You can listen to the show below or from these links:
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Some generous reviews on iTunes would be greatly appreciated. Head over there to let us know what you think of the show and check us out on our new Jedi News YouTube channel.
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Steven Spielberg's Movie On The Pentagon Papers To Release December 2017.

Last month we reported that Steven Spielberg will be teaming up once more with Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep.  The movie will be centered around the Pentagon Papers.  Now we can tell you that the latest Spielberg movie of which most are calling "The Post" will be released on a limited basis on December 22nd with a nationwide release on January 12th, 2018.  Just a quick reminder that the movie is still officially unnamed and "The Post" is a speculative title.

Hanks will play hard-charging Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, with Streep handling the role of iron-willed publisher Katharine Graham

The film will be co-financed by Fox and Amblin Entertainment. Fox will handle domestic distribution; international will be Amblin, through its output deals with Universal, eOne, Reliance and others. With the Fox deal, Spielberg reunites with chairman/CEO Stacey Snider, his longtime partner at DreamWorks. This marks the fifth pairing of Spielberg with Hanks, after Saving Private…

L.A. 2017: A look back at Steven Spielberg's Early Sci-Fi Time Travel Movie

When I first year two years ago that Steven Spielberg had directed a science fiction TV movie called L.A. 2017, I was puzzled. How could I not know about this?  I pride myself on my extensive knowledge of Spielberg's work, and even on the relative completeness of my personal collection (when people try to catch me by asking if the collection includes Duel, I smirk and reply it even includes the far lesser known Something Evil.). How could i not be aware of this one? I soon discovered that in a way I was aware: I knew Spielberg had directed an episode of the series The Name of the Game. I was not aware that this was a forerunner of the rotating movie series that would be popularized with mystery shows like Columbo. The Name of the Game consisted of 90-minute episodes rotating between three central characters working for Howard Publications, a large magazine publishing company (why anyone would consider this an interesting or promising concept for a series still puzzles me), and L.…

Steven Spielberg helps officially open Universal Cinema at CityWalk Hollywood

On Thursday 20th April, Steven Spielberg joined others for the glitzy debut of Universal Studios Hollywood’s upgraded movie theater now called the Universal Cinema.

Spielberg was joined by Jordan Peele, Will Packer and Jason Blum who walked the red carpet and teamed up for ribbon-cutting duties at the AMC theater.

The new cinema boasts all the latest technology including Dolby ATMOS sound, deluxe recliner seats, Christie RGB laser projection and a renovated concession area.  Steven Spielberg said during the opening:

"Universal Studios has been part of my life as long as I can remember my life.  I spent a good part of my youth on the back-lot of Universal dreaming of being a filmmaker.  Then it happened.  First in TV and then in Motion Picture.  Later the dream expanded even more when some of the movies became theme park attractions.  I was fortunate to see my movies come to life right here."

"This entire lot, this industry here at Universal has made me very proud.  Univ…

The Influence of Jurassic Park on Games

Everyone on the planet loves dinosaurs, or at least they should. Those gargantuan reptiles may have been extinct for over 60 million years, but they are still very much in our conscience. Kids grow up learning about dinosaurs in schools, some even play with dinosaurs toys, and others, like Ross of Friends, study them – well, whatever is left of them as fossils.

Back in 1993, Jurassic Park opened our eyes to the wonder and the sheer power of dinosaurs. It is one of Steven Spielberg’s greatest ever movies, if not the greatest, and to this day it remains hugely popular among the public. It was one of those films that are both fascinating and spooky; a movie that showed that a concept can pull in audiences as much as a couple of mega superstars can.

The forest has been a fascination of man for ages. Even today, Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book is being taught in schools, movies are being made based on his novel, and Mowgli remains one the most loved fictional character. The fourth instalme…

Movie Review: "The Lost City of Z" Is Like Indiana Jones Meets "Masterpiece Theatre"

THE LOST CITY OF Z
Starring Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland, Angus McFadyen, Ian McDiarmid
Screenplay by James Gray
Based on the book by
Directed by James Gray


Reviewed by Paul Gibbs




Out of Four


I'm a sucker for a good epic adventure movie, and The Lost City of Z is a very good one. Not an action film, mind you. While there are a few sequences of flying arrows and narrow escapes, most of the adventure comes in the form of travel and exploration. While Percy Fawcett, the film's protagonist, is rumored to be one of the inspirations for Indiana Jones, there are no fights with Nazis or supernatural forces. But the story is harrowing nonetheless, and aside from a grand adventure it's a thoughtful treatise on what's important in life, what makes us who we are, and what a legacy is.

Major Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunham) begins the story as a man whose father, an alcoholic gambler, left him with no legacy. And in the class conscious British society of 190…