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Classic Clip - Steven Spielberg watches Oscar nominations in 1976

Everybody has a bad day at the office Steven Spielberg watches the Oscar nominations.  His reaction is gold when he realizes he's not nominated.

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

Star Wars IX Cast Announced. John Williams To Return

StarWars.Com Has published an official article tonight and it's big news when it comes to Star Wars IX.  Star Wars: Episode IX will begin filming at London’s Pinewood Studios on August 1, 2018. J.J. Abrams returns to direct the final installment of the Skywalker saga. Abrams co-wrote the screenplay with Chris Terrio.

Returning cast members include Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Billie Lourd. Joining the cast of Episode IX are Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant, who will be joined by veteran Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, and Billy Dee Williams, who will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian.

The role of Leia Organa will once again be played by Carrie Fisher, using previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. “We desperately loved Carrie Fisher,” says Abrams. “Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were ne…

Movie Review: "Teen Titans Go! To The Movies" is a Cheap "Deadpool" for Kids

Featuring the voices of Scott Menville, Tara Strong, Hynden Walch, Greg Cipes, Khary Payton
Kristen Bell, Wll Arnett, Patton Oswalt, Jimmy Kimmell and Nicolas Cage
Written by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic
Directed by Aaron Horvath and Rida Michali

Reviewed by Patrick Gibbs

 Out of Four

There are few kiddie cartoon shows that are more fiercely divisive among grown up audiences than Teen Titans Go! Some few it as a tragic sellout version of the popular version of Teen Titans that came before it, and others see it as a gloriously silly pop culture spoff full of sly wit that knows not to take itself too seriously but provides plenty of fun for all. While personally, I'm a Young Justice guy who never really got into either show, I can't help but feel that those who praise the genius of this version really need to watch more Phineas and Ferb.

For those of you who actually have a life, the Teen Titans here are: Robin (Scott Menville), Raven (Tara Strong),…

Movie Review: "Mission: Impossble - Fallout" Raises The Bar For Modern Action Films

Mission: Impossible - Fallout
Starring Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, 
Rebecca Fergusson, Sean Harris, Angela Bassett, Vanessa Kirby
Michelle Monaghan and Alec Baldwin
Based on Mission: Impossible created by Bruce Geller
Written and Directed by Christopher McQuarrie

Reviewed by Patrick and Paul Gibbs

Out of Four

After 22 years and 5 films, Mission: Impossible should absolutely be running out of steam as a franchise. None of the films has been overly strong on plot, their star is not the number one box office draw he used to be, and it's easy to dismiss all of this this as same old same old. When a 4th film was announced after JJ Abrams' supposed wrap up, people thought that Tom Cruise might be getting a bit desperate. And maybe he is.

But that desperation has resulted in a second trilogy that is actually better than the first (how many of those can you point to?) and a commitment to providing spectacular, practical stunt based thrills like no other star or franchis…

Coming Soon: Gremlins Vynl. & Pop!

Vynl: Gremlins - Gizmo & Stripe They’re uncivilized, untamed and eager to take more than a bite out of the Big Apple.  Do you have what it takes to bring them home?

The original Gremlin, Gizmo, and his nemesis Stripe have formed an uneasy truce and are eager to take over your house as a Vynl. duo.  Just remember: no food after midnight and don’t let the Gremlins come into contact with water.

Coming in August!

But that's not all, if you can't wait until August then available now are:
Pop! Horror: Gremlins 2 A few of Gremlins 2’s most recognizable monsters are now available as Pop! Vinyl collectibles.  Greta, the fabulous first female Gremlin, and the Gremlin flasher, complete with trench coat and sunglasses to avoid easy identification, are eager to join your collection.

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

VIDEO - Behind The Scenes Documentary On 1978's Superman

Superman:  The Making of a Classic 1978's Superman is a classic movie.  I grew up in the 70's and 80's and the Superman movies starring Christopher Reeve as the flying hero really captured my imagination when I was a kid.  Margot Kidder was not only Superman's Lois Lane, she was my Lois Lane too.  No doubt the same can be said for most kids who loved these movies.

It was unexpected and incredibly sad news to hear the passing of Margot last week.  I met her a few years back and she was a lovely lady to have a general chit chat with.  She will be missed.

I was browsing YouTube for videos to remind me of Margot's special performance as Lois Lane and came across the feature length documentary on the Superman movies that featured on the DVD.  As behind the scenes docs go, this is up there with some of the best.  Everything is discussed from casting to the opening credits to the epic soundtrack by John Williams.   Sit back and enjoy a detailed insight into how the Super…

James Cameron's Alita: Battle Angel Global Trailer Released

Alita: Battle Angel Global Trailer Debut via Live Q&A with James Cameron, Robert Rodriguez, Jon Landau, and Rosa Salazar Today, Twentieth Century Fox hosted a worldwide live Q&A with ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL's producer James Cameron, director Robert Rodriguez, producer Jon Landau, the star Rosa Salazar and fans across the movie's official social and YouTube channels.

During this live Q&A at Lightstorm Entertainment, the studio that brought you TITANIC and AVATAR, the film's new trailer and additional images for ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL were released! The movie also stars Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley and Keean Johnson. This trailer debut and live chat were shared across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube in 30+ markets worldwide, localised in multiple languages in real time: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL will arrive in UK cinemas DECEMBER…

Tales from Vader’s Castle Celebrates Spooky Stories in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Campfire Ghost Stories Get a Star Wars Adventures Spin in Weekly October Event IDW Publishing invites readers of all ages to explore the creepiest corners of the Star Wars universe in Star Wars Adventures: Tales from Vader’s Castle, a thrilling five-part comic book event with new issues hitting stands every Wednesday in October. Fan-favorites Cavan Scott and Derek Charm team up with an incredible roster of guest artists for this special miniseries, just in time for Halloween.

“I’ve always loved scary stories, and where better to tell them than the lair of Darth Vader himself?” says writer Cavan Scott. “Being asked to write any Star Wars character is a joy, but tackling the Dark Lord of the Sith? That’s a childhood dream… or should I say, a nightmare! Vader terrified me growing up, and I can’t wait to add to the legacy of Star Wars’ villain, providing frightening new scares for the next generation.”

The weekly series features beloved characters from throughout the galaxy, including Re…

Movie Review: Denzel Washington Becomes "The Sequelizer"

Starring Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Bill Pullman  
Jonathan Scarfe, Orson Bean and Melisso Leo
Based on The Equalizer created by Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim
Screenplay by Richard Wenk
Directed by Antoine Fuqua

Out of Four

There has been a lot of hype regarding the fact that The Equalizer 2 is Denzel Washington's first sequel (conveniently ignoring the fact that the first one is arguably the only movie in his career that really lends itself to one. Glory, Philadelphia, Cry Freedom, Fences and even Crimson Tide weren't exactly franchise builders.).

A few years after the events of the 2014 film, Robert McCall (Washington) now lives in a diverse apartment complex in urban Massachusetts, working as a Lyft driver and helping the less fortunate with the help from his old friend, Susan Plummer (Melissa Leo) who is still a highly placed official in the government agency McCall worked for in his previous life (the one where he was white and played …

The Clone Wars to Return with New Episodes on Disney's Direct-to-Consumer Streaming Service

Continue, The Clone Wars will. This is the best Star Wars news to surface in years.  Read on....

Some extremely exciting news landed at The Clone Wars anniversary panel at San Diego Comic-Con International today where fans were the first to learn that the beloved Clone Wars animated series, which ran for six seasons between 2008 and 2013, will be returning with twelve all-new episodes on Disney’s direct-to-consumer streaming service.

The news was met by ecstatic cheers and raised lightsabers that reverberated throughout the entire pop culture event.

Since its debut, The Clone Wars has become one of the most critically-acclaimed entries in the Star Wars saga, earning multiple Emmy awards and praise from fans of all ages around the globe. Since 2013, an effort to resurrect the series (#SaveTheCloneWars) was launched by fans, resulting in tens of thousands of emails/letters sent to Disney and Lucasfilm.

Dave Filoni, who helmed the show as Supervising Director during its original run, re…


EXPERIENCE THE FUN-FILLED GALACTIC HEIST  “SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY” SEPT. 14 ON DIGITAL, AND ON BLU-RAY SEPT. 25 Extensive extras invite fans aboard the Millennium Falcon with Han, Chewie and Lando, and behind the scenes with the stellar cast and crew  Lucasfilm’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” directed by Academy Award®–winning filmmaker Ron Howard—the creator of unforgettable films, such as “A Beautiful Mind,” “Apollo 13,” “Parenthood” and “Splash”—took moviegoers on this summer’s wildest ride with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy, Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich). The action-packed journey explores Han’s first encounters with future friend and copilot Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and notorious gambler Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover), as well as his adventure-filled past alongside fellow street thief Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) and career criminal Beckett (Woody Harrelson). Watch instantly on Sept. 14th as the Millennium Falcon sets course digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and on Movies Any…

Generation Games Retro Gaming Exhibition Review - Pontypool Museum

Generation Games Exhibition Is A Retro Blast Having watched Steven Spielberg's excellent version of Ernest Cline's Ready Player One and now having the movie available for home viewing, I can't help but  feel in a bit of a retro gaming mood.  Actually, that's a lie as I'm always in a mood for retro gaming.  I just wanted an excuse to post this here and make it kind of relevant.

Today I visited Pontypool Museum in South Wales as I've been told they have a retro gaming exhibition.  I just had to check it out and I was impressed.  The exhibition is called Generation Games and concentrates on the video game consoles from the 1970's to present day.  What's more, everything on display is owned by one person, Samuel Anstree.  What a collection and he's not stopping.  His objective is to have one of every game console ever released in the UK.  Judging by this collection he can't be far off.

This exhibition which is a partnership between Torfaen Museum (P…

INTRADA Announces Alan Silvestri's THE MUMMY RETURNS

Music Composed and Conducted by ALAN SILVESTRI
INTRADA ISC 404 It’s one of the best-sounding recordings of any film I’ve ever done...the energy and the power in the recording of that score—it’s still one of my favorite recordings of a score I’ve done. – Alan Silvestri

For Universal Studios' sequel to The Mummy, composer Alan Silvestri took the reigns and composed one of the largest epic scores of his career. He describes the score for The Mummy Returns as "Errol Flynn" – a score filled with swashbuckle, honor, adventure, damsels, just like an old pirate movie. The score features a snarling brass idea for the bad guys, a mystery motif on English horn for the Scorpion King, and a general sense of Egyptian mystique and ancient secrecy. Silvestri carries this exoticism into his love theme for Rick and Evy, a romantic melody that suggestively sizzles with the desert adventures and sexual chemistry. All this performed by a 100-piece orchestra and 60-voice cho…

INTRADA Announces Jerry Goldsmith's THE MUMMY

Music Composed and Conducted by JERRY GOLDSMITH
INTRADA ISC 402 Intrada's latest release is from Universal Studios' thrilling 1999 adventure The Mummy. Composer Jerry Goldsmith wrote and recorded nearly 100 minutes of music with nods to his beloved action-and-suspense vernacular of the late ’70s and early ’80s, an era he seldom looked back upon by 1999. By the '90s, Goldsmith was usually rooting his rhythmic ideas in heavy doses of electronics. Here, however, Goldsmith revisited a musical language he had largely moved away from, using real percussion and low brass and strings to deliver almost all the rhythms. And to emphasize the Egyptian locale, Goldsmith employed the exotic color of a bouzouki, a mandolin-like, Greek instrument to provide regional color. In the end, The Mummy was one of the biggest box-office successes in Jerry Goldsmith’s career.

At the time of the film's release, Jerry Goldsmith and engineer Bruce Botnick selected 57 minutes of highlights …

Sideshow Explores the Galaxy with Star Wars Mythos Fine Art Prints

Sideshow is thrilled to announce a new way for collectors to celebrate the beloved Star Wars saga, with new Star Wars Mythos Fine Art Prints. As a collection, Sideshow’s Mythos series are fine art collectibles that allow the collector to imagine what could have been, but maybe never was. Myths meant to be initiated by the eye and completed by the mind. The Star Wars Mythos Fine Art Prints will complement Sideshow’s Mythos line of statues and figures, giving collectors the opportunity to create dynamic displays of their Star Wars collectibles like never before.

The first piece in this collection is the Darth Maul- Dark Disciple Fine Art Print by Walter O’Neal, capturing the powerful Sith in a tableau of rage, discipline, and darkness. Limited to an edition of 500 pieces, each fine art print will be hand-signed by the artist.

Pre-orders for the framed edition of the Darth Maul- Dark Disciple Fine Art Print by Walter O’Neal will begin on Friday, July 20th between Noon-3pm PST, and will…

Happy 76th Birthday Harrison Ford. Enjoy These Photos And GIFs To Celebrate His Birthday.

Han Solo and Harrison Ford turns 76 Here's a bunch of photos and gifs to celebrate Harrison Ford's 76th Birthday. It's not the years, it's the mileage. Lets hope there's plenty of mileage left as the recent news that Indy V has been put back to 2021, that will make Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones) 79 years old. Keep eating those dates Harrison, just not the bad ones.