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New Images And Video For Star Wars Rebels Finale

The thrilling and inspiring galactic adventures of the Ghost crew will conclude MONDAY, MARCH 5 (from 8:30pm to 10pm ET/PT) on Disney XD in an exciting 90-minute grand finale of the critically-acclaimed animated series "Star Wars Rebels."

STAR WARS REBELS – MARCH 5 (8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

· In "A Fool's Hope" - Ezra calls in every favor he can to rally together a ragtag group for a seemingly impossible fight against Governor Pryce and her Imperial forces.

· In "Family Reunion – and Farewell" – Ezra and team take drastic action to free Lothal.

The "Star Wars Rebels" series finale will also be available on www.DisneyNOW.com at 10:00 p.m. ET after it premieres on Disney XD.









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These Han and Leia Bookends Are Perfect For Your 'Making Of' Rinzler Books

In less than three months 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' will hit the cinema screens and I suspect Han is going to be hot property all over the world once more.  But, for the majority of us long term Star Wars fans, he's been our favourite space smuggling pirate for decades.   Ever since 1977, I've been a fan of Han Solo and when it was playtime in the school playground way back in the latter years of the 1970's it was the captain of the Falcon every kid including myself wanted to pretend to be, not Luke Skywalker.  He was super cool with his trusty blaster by his side and a loyal Wookiee towering over him, always there to assist in his latest adventure.  What's not to like?

Imagine my delight when I got my hands on these incredible bookends featuring not only Han Solo but Princess Leia too.  That famous scene in The Empire Strikes Back when just before Han is lowered into the Carbon-freezing chamber Leia leans forward and says "I love you."  To which Han…

New Ready Player One Promo Comes With Real Prizes

There's a new Ready Player One promo with a few extra juicy bits of footage.  But the best bit of the new promo is it brings with it a new competition.  Just like in the story by Ernest Cline, the studio is inviting you to 'join the leaderboard.'

By signing up on their dedicated website you can score points by tweeting posters and trailers for the movie.  The more you tweet the more points you get and the further up the leaderboard you go.  The prizes are pretty good too:

Copper Key: Atom Tickets – Enjoy movies on the big screen for free until 2045.

Jade Key: Spotify – Win codes for 27 years’ worth of Spotify Premium.

Crystal Key: Lyft – Let Lyft take you where you need to go until 2045.

You can enter each day to increase your chances of moving up the leaderboard and gaining one of the keys.  The contest ends on March 12th with the winners being announced in three stages: March 19th for the Copper Key winner, March 21st for the Jade Key winner, and March 26th for the Crys…

Lucasarts Adventure Game Designer Genius, Tim Schafer To Receive BAFTA Fellowship

BAFTA are to acknowledge the talented Tim Schafer and his services to video games by awarding him the highest accolade at BAFTA.  Schafer will receive the BAFTA Fellowship in April.  The award recognises "an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, games or television" and if anyone deserves the award it's Tim.

Schafer tells us:

“I am surprised, humbled, and honored to be receiving the BAFTA Fellowship this year...BAFTA's long-standing support of video games and championing of creativity and strong storytelling in that medium, have had an extremely positive impact and I'm very grateful to be recognized by them with this Fellowship.”

Amanda Berry OBE chief executive of BAFTA said this about the game designer, "Tim Schafer is a true pioneer of game design, who has pushed the boundaries of the medium through his extraordinary talents."



Schafer has brought so many classic gaming moments over the last few decades to millions of gamers all over the …

AVATAR REVEALED AS THE ULTIMATE BLOCKBUSTER MOVIE TO VIEW ON THE BIG SCREEN

Cineworld IMAX Film Fest gives film fans another chance to see five of the biggest films from 2017.Avatar takes top spot in top forty.Star Wars and Jurassic Park round off the top five.
A study of 2,000 movie fans has revealed the top 40 films which simply have to be seen on the big screen, with over a quarter voting Avatar as the number one film that must be viewed in the cinema.

Also featuring in the list were all of the Star Wars films, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Titanic, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Apollo 13 and The Hunger Games.


The 1939 American historical romance, Gone with the Wind, appeared alongside Guardians of the Galaxy and Saving Private Ryan.

The study was commissioned by Cineworld ahead of the third IMAX Film Festival, which will give film fans across the country a second chance to see some of the top releases from last year in IMAX.

Narrowly missing the top 40 were Back to the Future and The Sound of Music.

The research also looked at the top films from the last 12 m…

12 Interesting Tidbits From Steven Spielberg's Empire Magazine Interview

This month, Steven Spielberg takes over the quality movie magazine, Empire.  It's packed with articles covering his whole career including his latest movie, Ready Player One.  Also in the magazine is an in-depth interview with Mr Spielberg from the experienced Ian Freer.  It takes place on Stage 20 of Universal Studios just before the director had a dinner date with a certain Johnny Williams.  Here's just a few interesting tidbits from that interview.


He admits Ready Player One was his third most difficult movie to shoot after Jaws and Saving Private Ryan.  Where Jaws and Saving Private Ryan were a physical challenge, Ready Player One was a technical challenge.  The director revealed he was learning new things as they were shooting.He was only getting four to five hours sleep during shooting for Ready Player One but said it was one of the most fulfilling experiences he's had.Spielberg was aware that his movies were referenced in Ernest Cline's novel but was too embarra…

Lucasfilm Registers 'Star Wars Resistance' For Trademark

Lucasfilm have filed four separate registrations for 'Star Wars Resistance' leading many fans to speculate what this will lead to.  The filings were uncovered by the good folks over at YakFace.Com and the person who found it (Jayson) also mentioned what the four separate registrations cover.  They are:

87801117 – Toys, games and playthings; gymnastic and sporting articles (except clothing); hand-held units for playing electronic games for use with or without an external display screen or monitor; skins for covering and protecting apparatus; paper party favors; paper party hats; Christmas stockings; Christmas tree ornaments and decorations; snow globes

87801037– Clothing, footwear and headwear

87800997 – Paper and paper articles; cardboard and cardboard articles; printed matter; publications; books; photographs; portraits; paintings; photo-engravings; stationery; office and school supplies; school supply kits; temporary tattoo transfers; foam stamps; party bags; plastic sandwi…

War of the Worlds: Spielberg's take on a science fiction classic

It's not every day we get a classic science fiction film, based on a classic story brought to life on the big screen, enhanced and imagined by one of the most talented film makers of our time. The film is War of the Worlds. The director is Steven Spielberg and after doing years of films about happy, peaceful aliens like in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and E.T, he got to do what he always wanted to do, a scary disaster film yet packed with unsympathetic aliens bent on the destruction of Earth. Whether these are aliens from Mars is not really something that is answered in War of the Worlds, and there's a few great questions about why they chose Earth, and why they had machines here before humanity grew to large numbers. What was their real game? Was it us? Were we to be the food and fertilisation of a new species?

Before I get into that, let's look at the franchise itself. Created by noted writer of the Victorian Era: H. G. Wells, the novel was one of the times, and …

Movie Review: "Annihilation" May Take Some Time To Digest

ANNIHILATION Starring Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, 
Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny  and Oscar Isaac based on the novel by Jeff VanderMeer Screenplay by Alex Garland Directed by Alex Garland

Reviewed by Patrick & Paul Gibbs

 Out of Four

Despite the cerebral, Kubrickian, hard core science fiction feel of writer-director Alex Garland's brilliant thriller Ex Machina, it's hard not to go into a science fiction film called Annihilation that is marketed with images of people walking into the jungle with machine guns and not expect something more in the vein of Aliens than 2001: A Space Odyssey. Consequently, some audiences are going to be pretty unhappy with the cerebral, deep science and existential nature of this film, and that is understandable. But if you're prepared for something different and you don't mind a movie a movie being more than a little weird, there's a lot to be said for Garland's adaptation of the novel by Jeff VanderMeer.
The ba…

Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg Donate $500,000 To March For Our Lives

Steven Spielberg has donated $500,000 to March for Our Lives.  The movie director along with his wife, Kate Capshaw have donated the money to assist with the cost of the event which will take place on March 24th in Washington DC.  The website tell us:

On March 24th, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.

March with us in Washington DC or march in your own community. On March 24, the collective voices of the March For Our Lives movement will be heard. 

The event has been arranged after the horrific events that took place at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida where a lone shooter killed 17 people.

In a statement to Deadline, Steven and Kate released a statement:  “The young students in Florida and now across the country are already demonstrating their leadership with a confidence and maturity …

Jurassic World 3 Announced For A June 2021 Release.

Fancy some more Jurassic World?  I'm not even talking about the second one, Fallen Kingdom which hits cinema screens on June 22nd.  I'm talking about a third one.  Yes?  Well you're in luck because Universal Pictures have confirmed there will be more Ingen dino-changing goodness in 2021.  June 11th 2021 to be exact.

New to the franchise, Emily Carmichael will co-write the new film with Colin Trevorrow and Steven Spielberg with be executive producer along with Trevorrow.

Here's the tweet:

Jurassic World 3 will be released June 11, 2021. pic.twitter.com/9RLUWl13tZ — Jurassic World (@JurassicWorld) February 21, 2018


The first Jurassic World made a huge $1.5 billion at the box office so the second one has a lot of responsibility.  Will it do as well as the first?  Time will tell but with the return of Jeff Goldblum, that will definitely help.

Are you happy for more Jurassic World?  Let us know below

Rob Wainfur
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New Video and Images for the Latest Star Wars Rebels Episodes

We've been sent a bunch of new images for the next two episodes of Star Wars Rebels which will be shown on Disney XD in the US on February 26th at 9pm ET/PT.  We just had to share them with you.

In "Wolves and a Door" -  Ezra leads the Ghost crew back to the Jedi Temple on Lothal where they discover that the Empire has diabolical plans for the powerful secrets it holds.

In "A World Between Worlds" – While the other rebels engage the Imperial forces outside the Jedi Temple, Ezra gains access inside and experiences a stunning revelation.

The two new "Star Wars Rebels" episodes - "Wolves and a Door" and "A World Between Worlds" - will also be available on www.DisneyNOW.com at 10:00 p.m. ET after they air on Disney XD.












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Find out how a garlic press was used in The Last Jedi In This Skywalker Sound Doc

ABC News have released this 26 minute feature called "The Force of Sound."  It takes you behind the scenes of the sound design for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.  We take a look at the work that goes on at Skywalker Sound with Matthew Wood and Ren Klyce. 

I'm not going to spoil it but you will be surprised how they used a pizza box and a garlic press to give some of the unique sounds we've come to love in the Star Wars universe.  You can watch the feature below:



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COMPETITION - Win The Paul Shipper Cover Of This Month's Empire Spielberg Special Magazine

This month will see Steven Spielberg taking over the top movie magazine, Empire.  To celebrate there will be a number of special edition covers featuring some of the director's movies.  Jaws, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Ready Player One and Indiana Jones all get their own cover but the best one is saved for subscribers.  The talented Paul Shipper (Who did the amazing Ready Player One poster) designed a masterpiece of a cover featuring Steven Spielberg and a number of his movies.  It really captures the magic of the director and it needs to be in every fan's collection.  We love it so much that we are going to give one away in our latest competition.

All you have to do is answer the question below and post your answer either in the comments or on our Facebook page or Twitter page.

Who wrote the novel, Ready Player One?


A - Ernest Cline
B - Michael Crichton
C - Dan Brown

One lucky winner will win the special edition magazine. We are making the competition available to everyone all …

Solo Trailer But With "I'm Han Solo" From The Star Wars Kinect Soundtrack

Yes, you read that right.  The clever folks over at Shooptube thought it would be a good idea to mix the current Solo trailer with the now infamous song from the Kinect Star Wars game.  In the game you had a dance mini game where you could dance as Han Solo.  The music was titled "I'm Han Solo" and it's a perfect fit to the trailer.

Actually it isn't but it's worth a watch for the comedy value.



Rob Wainfur
@thebeardedtrio

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VIDEO - Every Best Visual Effects Winner. Ever. (1929-2018 Oscars)

Here's a really interesting video showing every Oscar winners for Best Visual Effects from 1929 - 2017.  It's surprising to see the early effects and how good some of them were.  Also check out the late 70's and the 80's, ILM were on fire.

Which special effect is your all time favourite?  Let us know in the comments  It might have been seeing one of the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park for the first time or Titanic sinking in James Cameron's 1997 classic.  Which one made you go "Wow?"




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VIDEO - Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg On The Andrew Marr Show

Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg on The Andrew Marr Show talking about The Post and Oprah's speech at the Golden Globes.  Aired on BBC1, 14th January, 2018.



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Steven Spielberg To Take Over Empire Magazine To Celebrate Release Of Ready Player One

Steven Spielberg will be taking over the April's edition of Empire magazine to celebrate the release of Ready Player One.  It's going to be packed with articles on the director and his movies.

Earlier today we posted on our social media pages the cover for the magazine (above) and it is amazing.  The artwork is by Paul Shipper who is fire at the moment having done the artwork for recently released Ready Player One poster.

Empire tell us:

"The filmmaking icon sat down with Empire ahead of the launch of Ready Player One to deliver an issue celebrating his entire cinema-defining career — from Jaws and Jurassic Park, to E.T. and Saving Private Ryan — as well as his game-changing new virtual reality epic. Who better to introduce you to the Spielberg Takeover than the man himself — ladies and gentleman, Mr. Steven Spielberg."

Stay tuned for more information about what’s inside the April issue — and prepare to grab your copy when it hits newsstands on Thursday 22 February.



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MovieReview: Aardman's "Early Man" Is Funny and Charming

EARLY MAN
Starring the voices of Eddie Redmayne. Tom Hiddleston,  Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall
Screenplay by Mark Burton & James Higginson
Story by Mark Burton and Nick Park
Directed by Nick Park
Reviewed by Paul & Patrick Gibbs





Out of Four



Despite having nowhere near the box office pull or name recognition factor of Disney/Pixar, Aardman Animation Studios is second only to that mammoth in terms of quality players in the animation game. Their latest effort, the caveman comedy Early Man, may not reach the lofty heights of their best work (the delightful and criminally under seen Arthur Christmas, for example), but it's funny, charming, inventive and touching.

Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne stars as the voice of Dug, a likely goofy stone age member of a tribe of rabbit hunters. Dug dreams of bigger things, like hunting mammoths, but Chief Bobnar (voiced by the incomparable Timothy Spall) tells him they just aren't meant for that. Dug also finds himself fascinated by old…