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Galactic Fashion Episode 24 Now Available For Streaming

Galactic Fashion is a monthly podcast dedicated to Star Wars and geek fashion, hosted by Johnamarie Macias and Teresa Delgado and part of the Jedi News Network. 
In episode 24, the two hosts talk about the latest releases from Her Universe, the upcoming Hoth collection from Bioworld, the Harry Potter inspired fitness line from Castle Corsetry, and much more! Johnamarie and Teresa also interview (22:50) the winners of the Her Universe Fashion Show 2016: Hannah Kent (@pixel_stitcher), Camille Falciola (@frakkinfrocks), and Jesse Thaxton (@amayademorte). They talk about the Wonder Woman fashion collection from Her Universe and Hot Topic, their experiences at the Her Universe Fashion Show, and their thoughts on geek fashion. 
Make sure to visit Galactic Fashion at @galacticfashiontwg on Instagram to find a small collection of photos pertaining to the brands and releases mentioned in this episode. You can listen to episode 24 on iTunes and email us at Twg.galacticfashion@gmail.com with your …

Retro Clip Show George Lucas Talking About Sequels To Star Wars in 1977

In this incredibly retro clip from 1977 we see some of the cast of Star Wars including George Lucas, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher talking about possible sequels to the first movie.  Rumour has it there will be an ice planet says Carrie Fisher.  For reference the arcade game behind her is Anti Aircraft from 1975.



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The Films of STEVEN SPIELBERG in 6 Minutes

The clever people over at Diaries of a Movie Geek have put together this six minute video featuring all of Steven Spielberg's movies all intertwined into one glorious movie journey.  Can you name all the clips as they play?  Let us know in the comments.



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Movie Review: Uneven "War Machine" Has Strong Moments, But Brad Pitt Is Miscast

War Machine
Starring Brad Pitt, Ben Kingsley, Anthony Michael Hall, Topher Grace, Scoot McNairy, Tilda Swinton
Based on The Operators by Michael Hastings
Written and Directed by 
David Michod

Reviewed by Paul Gibbs





Out of Four



Brad Pitt isn't the sort of actor we associate with drastic transformation. He's given a lot of very good performanes and even some excellent ones, and he's consistently engaging and compelling. But he's not an actor who disappears into different mannerisms or character voices with each role. And that's okay: for the most part I find those actors to place the technique over the soul of the performance, and I'm rarely moved by their work. Give me a Brad Pitt, Tom Hanks or George Clooney who make me think of and relate to their character as a fully-realized human being any day over a Johnny Depp who is self-concously absorbed in showing us how quirky or "versatile" he can be. But the downside is that when an actor whose persona we kno…

George Lucas Joins The Renault F1 Team At Monaco. Cars Livery Includes The Star Wars 40th Logo

The Renault F1 team were hoping the Force was with them during the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend as they were joined by R2-D2 and George Lucas.  The F1 team were sporting the Star Wars 40th anniversary logo on the side of their cars and the team themselves celebrate a 40th anniversary.  It will be 40 years this year since their first F1 entry way back in 1977 at the British Grand Prix.



Joining George Lucas and R2 for a photo opportunity were drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Jolyon Palmer.  Unfortunately the Force eluded them during the Grand Prix as Nico had a DNF and Jolyon finished one place outside of the points.


We've seen Star Wars grace F1 cars before such as the Red Bull team in 2005.  George Lucas is often seen at various Grands Prix and was even asked to interview the drivers at the 2015 Italian Grand Prix on the podium.



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'Jurassic World: The Exhibition' Comes to Chicago's Field Museum

Vacation season is officially here. Planning on taking a trip to Chicago by any chance? For fans of Jurassic Park and Jurassic World, there's a new attraction that is an absolute must for travel itineraries. Be prepared to fully immerse yourself in the world of dinosaurs with Jurassic World: The Exhibition:

This year, not only can you see real dinosaur fossils inside The Field Museum, you’ll be able to imagine what it would have been like to walk among these breathtaking animals in Jurassic World: The Exhibition. Get closer to dinosaurs than ever before in Jurassic World: The Exhibition! Based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history, the Exhibition immerses audiences of all ages in scenes inspired by the beloved film. Now, the park that was only a promise comes to life…right before your eyes.

Travel to Isla Nublar as a VIP guest and explore Jurassic World. Stare in wonder at a towering Brachiosaurus; come face-to-face with a Velociraptor; and get a rare up-close look a…

North London student wins “priceless” Star Wars autograph book

Carly Owen, from Ladbroke Grove, won the unique prize, signed by the iconic stars of the film franchise, in a prize draw that raised over £12,000 for charityNeil Ellis, from Elstree, Hertfordshire, spent a year collecting the signatures into one book, including Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, J.J. Abrams, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher,
A student from Ladbroke Grove, London, has won a unique autograph book, signed by the cast and crew of the iconic Star Wars films. The book, crammed with over 180 signatures, was won in a prize draw for the national disability charity, Sense, raising £12,247 to support people who are deafblind, have sensory impairments or complex needs.
29 year old, Carly Owen, who works part-time as a barmaid and is studying to become a veterinary surgeon, was one of over 1700 people that entered the prize draw to win the unique book.  Her name was picked out at random by Marcos Sanjurjo, a service user at TouchBase South East, a Sense day-service in Barnet.
The prize draw w…

Happy 40th Anniversary Star Wars. Thank you for always being by my side.

Happy Birthday Star Wars.  40 years ago today movie history was created.  I was lucky enough (and old enough) to remember the phenomenon that changed my life.  I was five years old and from the moment I left the cinema I've craved Star Wars.  Thank you George Lucas for giving the world Star Wars and for letting us play in your galaxy.

I was either five or six being either 1977 or 1978 when Star Wars first hit our cinemas here in South Wales.  In those days, there always seemed to be a huge gap between US releases and the rest of the world.  Anyway I had never heard of Star Wars and out of the blue my brother, who is sadly no longer with us asked if I would like to go and see this space film.  Any trip to the cinema back then was like someone taking you to a magical land.  Of course I said yes.

The cinema was a small two screen affair.  No multi screens in those days, well at least not around our way.  One screen was showing Star Wars and the other screen some other movie that no …

Remembering My First Star Wars Album

Back in 77 when I was lucky enough to watch Star Wars for the first time, I remember leaving the cinema with my brother full of excitement and a craving that really hasn't gone away.  Sitting down to watch Star Wars for the first time initiated my need for a daily dose of that galaxy far far away.

Way before the Internet or multi channel TV, Star Wars fans of the seventies would find their Star Wars fix in any way they could.  For me this fix would be finding any snippets of Star Wars on TV, whether it be an interview with a member of the cast (usually on Saturday morning kids TV,) collecting the Topps trading cards, collecting the Kenner figures and ships, buying Star Wars books and comics or by listening to the soundtrack.

It was this last one for me that really helped my fix.  The first Star Wars album I owned was not the original soundtrack but it was as close as you can get.  Performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra the album consisted of side A having a selection of t…

Star Wars Arcade – A Look Back At A Piece Of Art

Ever since I first watched Star Wars in 1977 I’ve wanted to be part of that wonderful and mysterious galaxy far far away.  In the beginning my Kenner Star Wars figures helped me with that craving but it wasn’t until I was on a British holiday camp in the early eighties did I realise there was another form of entertainment that could overload your senses and place you right in the middle of the Death Star attack.  Of course that medium was video gaming and it all started with the Star Wars Arcade machine.

I was at a Pontins or Butlins holiday park in the early eighties and in the small arcade room that they had, were the usual array of pinball machines, fruit machines and the odd video games machine.  Defender, Space Invaders and Galaxian were the standard for those days.  But something caught my eye or rather my ears.  I could hear the familiar Star Wars theme being played.  I scanned the room eagerly, trying to determine where it was coming from and then I saw it!  There in the midd…

Remembering my Star Wars figures from the 70’s and 80’s.

I was lucky enough to have caught Star Wars in the cinemas when it first hit the big screens way back in 1977.  From the moment I left the cinema screen in South Wales I couldn’t get enough of that galaxy far far away.  My favourite Star Wars fix were my Star Wars figures, recreating scenes and inventing an elaborate expanded universe all from the comfort of my bedroom.

My first figures were Luke Skywalker with his yellow telescopic lightsaber and Princess Leia with her white plastic cloak.  Filling in for the ‘baddies’ back then was a figure of Maximilian from Disney’s The Black Hole.  The cast was a mishmash and a bit small but it didn’t stop my imagination.  Soon they were joined by a cocky Han Solo and a Millennium Falcon.  Now we’re talking, although the plot from that moment on involved the Empire somehow trying to steal the Falcon.  Sometimes they succeeded which would carry over to next play time.

That was my Star Wars fix for a number of years.  My figures were my expanded univ…

TOPPS CELEBRATE 40 YEARS OF STAR WARS WITH UNIVERSE STICKER COLLECTION

On the 40th anniversary of the very first Star Wars film, Topps, the UK’s leading collectibles company, is proud to present their biggest and most immersive sticker collection yet: Star Wars Universe!
The latest collection from Topps spans all eight Star Wars films from the past 40 years, including the recent Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The collection of Star Wars Universe stickers is the ultimate compendium for collectors of all ages.
Fans will be able to explore the world of Star Wars from the time of the Clone Wars through the rise of the First Order, discovering the history of the Jedi and seductive power of the dark side along the way.
Additionally, there will be added incentives including special foil stickers, die-cut shaped stickers, and even historic movie stickers.
With 344 stickers to collect, Star Wars fans will learn about all the weapons and ships from the franchise including the Death Star, the evil Sith, and the heroic Rebel Alliance.
Louise Ramplin, Entertainment Ma…

A Return to 1977. Cast Members Talking About Star Wars In 1977

This is a compilation of interviews with cast members from Star Wars plugging and talking about the movie back in 1977. Sequels were mentioned, even back then. George Lucas hints that Luke is "interested" in Leia. Rumours of an ice planet in the sequel and Gary Kurtz talking about the new Kenner Star Wars figures about to come out.

Hope you like it. Happy 40th Anniversary Star Wars. Thank you for being a loyal friend for all these decades.



The Bearded Trio - The Site For Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, John Williams and a whole lot more.
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Movie Review: Dreadful "Pirates 5" is Beating a Dead Man's Horse

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES
Starring Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, Kayla Scodelario, Kevin R. McNally, David Wenham and Geoffrey Rush
Screenplay by Jeff Nathanson
Directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg







Out of Four





Reviewed by Patrick & Paul Gibbs


2003's Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was one of the biggest surprise mega-hits of the past 20 years, It was a movie based on a theme park attraction, in a genre that, historically speaking was not at all bankable (1995's Cutthroat Island sank an entire studio). It also didn't help that the star of the Disney film was Johnny Depp, who didn't have a great track record at the box office. No one expected it to blow The Matrix Reloaded out of the water, or for Captain Jack Sparrow to become the most iconic film character on the decade. But the movie made it big on its own merits: it was fresh and charming, offering audiences something new and exciting, and it turne…