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New Star wars coin memorabilia released In just in time for May 4th

New Star Wars Coin Series by The New Zealand Mint Coininvest have unveiled new additions to their Star Wars coin series by The New Zealand Mint, including keepsake coin Star Wars Rouge One – Rebellion, just in time for Star Wars lovers to commemorate May the 4th

The Star Wars Rouge One coin contains one troy ounce of .999 silver and features beloved characters from the movie franchise Prequel including Jyn, Cassian Andor and K-2SO.Star Wars Rouge One – The empire coin will also be joining the collection for those who have gone over to the dark side.

The new coin joins Coininvest’s vast Star Wars collection which includes 40th Anniversary Star Wars 2017 Silver Coin and 2017 Star Wars Darth Vader silver coin.

All coins can be seen at https://www.coininvest.com/en/search/?search_text=star+wars




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SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY “BECOMING SOLO” FEATURETTE RELEASED

Join director Ron Howard, screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, and stars Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover and Emilia Clarke as they talk about Han Solo’s rite of passage to become the galaxy’s most beloved scoundrel in “Becoming Solo,” a fun, new featurette for “SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY.”



Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo befriends his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.


The film stars Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, and Paul Bettany.

Ron Howard directs “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” and Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are the pro…

25 Adventurous Monkey Island Facts

25 Adventurous Monkey Island Facts Including A List Of Star Wars References The Monkey Island games have a place in gaming history.  They are some of the finest examples of how a game should be.  Packed with fun throughout, genuinely funny with laugh out loud moments, likable characters and a well written script.  I haven't even mentioned the game mechanics that make it easy to play with no penalties for being a casual player.  You could say Monkey Island is a perfect game series.  Lucasfilm Games and Lucasarts were full of so much talent.  In fact the first game was created as a collaborative effort among Ron Gilbert, Tim Schafer and Dave Grossman, a whole load of talent right there.

The Monkey Island games have brought some amazing gaming memories over the decades.  Being Lucasarts, the games had plenty of references to other Lucasfilm projects including Star Wars.

Here's 25 interesting facts on the Monkey Island games including a whole bunch of Star Wars references.
1. Who …

Steven Spielberg Interview From 1992 Shows The Director Playing With His Arcade Machines

Classic Interview with Steven Spielberg From 1992 Shows The Arcade Games In His OfficeIn this classic interview with Steven Spielberg, the iconic director discusses how he still gets nervous at work just as he did in school.  Ed Bradley asks the questions for '60 Minutes' and there is a wonderful scene where we see Spielberg playing some of his video games.  The Classic Bubble Bobble and Final Lap 2 are some of the games we see Spielberg playing in his office and admitting to the interviewer: "This is the kind of place where, potentially we could get no work done."



Also in the interview is Spielberg's mother, Leah Adler who remembers when they bought Steven a movie camera and went shooting in the desert.  She reveals how she would write a note to get Steven out of school just so they could go make movies.  "I just had a ball with him" admits Leah Adler.

We also see Spielberg walking around Universal Studios stopping by the 'Back to the Future' …

30 Random Jaws Facts

Following on from our article where we listed 35 random facts on Steven Spielberg's E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, I felt it was only fitting that I assemble a bunch of random facts on one of the my favourite Spielberg movies, Jaws.



1 - According to Box Office Mojo the movie’s budget was $7 Million and took $470 million at the box office worldwide and domestic.

2 - The original budget for the movie was green lit at $3.5 million


3 - Several decades after the release of Jaws (1975), Lee Fierro, who played Mrs. Kintner, walked into a seafood restaurant and noticed that the menu had an "Alex Kintner Sandwich." She commented that she had played his mother so many years ago; the owner of the restaurant ran out to meet her, and he was none other than Jeffrey Voorhees, who had played her son. They had not seen each other since the original movie shoot.

4 - When composer John Williams originally played the score for director Steven Spielberg, Spielberg laughed and said, "That's…

‘Star Wars Resistance’ – New Animated Series From Dave Filoni Debuts this Fall!

'STAR WARS RESISTANCE,' A HIGH-FLYING ANIME-INSPIRED SERIES FROM DAVE FILONI IS IN THE WORKS. STAR WARS RESISTANCE EXPLORES AN UNCHARTED TIME FRAME PRIOR TO THE EVENTS OF 'THE FORCE AWAKENS,' ORDERED BY DISNEY CHANNELS Production has begun on "Star Wars Resistance," an exciting new animated adventure series about Kazuda Xiono, a young pilot recruited by the Resistance and tasked with a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order. It will premiere this fall on Disney Channel in the U.S. and thereafter, on Disney XD and around the world.
Featuring the high-flying adventure that audiences of all ages have come to expect from Star Wars, "Star Wars Resistance" will feature the beloved droid BB-8 alongside ace pilots, colorful new characters and appearances by fan favorites including Poe Dameron and Captain Phasma, voiced by actors Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie, respectively.
The series was created by renowned Lucasfilm Anima…

25 Incredible Facts About Raiders Of The Lost Ark

25 Facts About Raiders of the Lost Ark Raiders of the Lost Ark was released way back in 1981 and after 37 years it’s still a fan favourite.  We just can’t seem to get enough of the man in the hat and even though Indy V is still a few years away that’s not going to stop us putting together a list of interesting facts about Raiders and hopefully some of the facts you’ve not come across before.

Basic Facts
1. RELEASE DATE
Raiders of the Lost Ark was released on 12th June 1981 in the US.  The UK had to wait over a month before it hit local cinemas.  The UK's release was 30th July 1981.

2. BUDGET
The production budget was around $18 million.  "I'm more than your producer, I'm your friend.  You can't go over budget on this one.  You can't do that to me" is what George Lucas said to Steven Spielberg when they teamed up for Raiders of the Lost Ark.  Spielberg took that statement seriously.

3. BOX OFFICE
Raiders took $248 million at the domestic (US) box office.  It …

Movie Review: "Infinity War" Is Big, Exciting, Intense And Funny . . . But Still Not Very Satisfying

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
Starring Robert Downey, Jr. Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman,
Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Letitia Wright, Danai Guira, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt and Josh Brolin
Screenplay by Christophe Markus and Stephen McFeely
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo

Reviewed by Patrick & Paul Gibbs

Out of Four


10 years ago at this time, we were all talking about Indiana Jones and The Dark Knight. The latter blew everyone away, and the former received mixed reaction (retcon will tell you it was all negative, but a quick look at Rotten Tomatoes disproves that fallacy.). But. But no one expected Iron Man to be the most important film of the summer, much less the beginning of a major reworking of blockbuster film making as a medium. The concept of the marvel cinematic universe changed everything, and the rest of Hollywood is still trying to catc…

John Williams To Receive BMI Honour Award

John Williams to be honoured at BMI Film, TV and Visual Media Awards John Williams is going to be honoured by the Broadcast Music Inc at their 34th annual Film, TV and Visual Media Awards which is set to take place at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in the luxurious Beverly Hills on May 9th.

The award will be “a special award, bearing his name, in recognition of his incomparable status as one of the greatest film and television composers of our time.” BMI Vice President, Creative Doreen Ringer-Ross said:

“By continuing to create and add to his prolific body of work, he’s made a lasting impression on music lovers around the world, and an entire community of composers who he continues to inspire. Because of this, and for all that he has given the world of music and beyond, we felt it was appropriate to honor John with this special award.”

Read more at Variety


The Bearded Trio - The Site For Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, John Williams and a whole lot more.

Indy's Tuesday Thought of the Day

Taking inspiration from Twitter's Tuesday Thoughts, I thought it would be good to get Indiana Jones' thoughts for today. Today's Indy thoughts is on 'Choices.'  Indy has been forced to make many difficult choices throughout his adventures.  Some have been the right ones, others have left him in sticky situations.

We also asked Indy about his take on today*:

The Bearded Trio -  "So Indy?  What is your thought for today"
Indy - "I don't know I'm making this up as I go."

Thanks for that Indiana Jones. Have a great Tuesday everyone.



*this is not canon
The Bearded Trio - The Site For Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, John Williams and a whole lot more.

VIDEO - SP FX: Special Effects - The Empire Strikes Back

SP FX: Special Effects - The Empire Strikes Back A television documentary special which originally aired on CBS on September 22, 1980 in the United States. SP FX: Special Effects - The Empire Strikes Back is a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the special effects (SP FX) in the second Star Wars film, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, which was released that year. The special was written by Richard Schickel and directed by Robert Guenette, who had both previously worked on the 1977 special The Making of Star Wars.

The special was hosted by Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy. It features behind-the-scenes footage from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and shows the making of various special effects sequences including the Imperial probe droid, the Tauntaun and Wampa ice creatures of the planet Hoth, the battle between the Imperial AT-AT Walkers and the Rebel Snowspeeders, the asteroid field sequence, the lightsaber du…

Ready Player One Has Made Over $500m Worldwide

Ready Player One Hits The Half A Billion Mark It's safe to say Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One is a box office success.  It's now taken over $500 million at the worldwide box office.  The movie based on the excellent novel by Ernest Cline enjoyed a particularly strong showing at the Chinese box office with $61 million alone.  The domestic run (U.S) brought in a whopping $120 million so retro is definitely the in thing across the U.S.A.  The budget for Ready Player One is rumoured to be around the $175 million mark so not a bad return for Warner Bros.

The numbers for Ready Player One are set to increase even further with Japan pulling the short straw and having to wait until only last week to get the cinema release arriving at their cinemas.

Last week we reported Steven Spielberg being the first ever director to reach $10 billion for the collective box office takings of all his movies over the decades.  Ready Player One has contributed handsomely to that figure.  We al…

Competition: Win The Ready Player One 2CD Soundtrack

Ready Player One Soundtrack Is What One Lucky Winner Could Win In Our Latest Competition We loved Ready Player One at the cinema and the Alan Silvestri soundtrack that accompanied it was a perfect fit to the Spielberg movie.  With cues from Back to the Future cleverly added to embrace the 80's vibe, it's a soundtrack that we at The Bearded Trio strongly recommend you have in your collection.

We love it so much that we wanted to run a competition and give you a chance of winning a copy of the soundtrack for you to enjoy.  The Ready Player One soundtrack comes on two discs and the track listings are:
The Oasis – Alan Silvestri“Hello, I’m James Halliday” – Alan Silvestri“Why Can’t We Go Backwards?” – Alan SilvestriAn Orb Meeting – Alan SilvestriRea World Consequences – Alan SilvestriSorrento Makes An Offer – Alan SilvestriWelcome To The Rebellion – Alan SilvestriHigh 5 Assembles – Alan SilvestriOrb of Osuvox – Alan SilvestriSorrento Punked – Alan SilvestriWade’s Broadcast – Alan …