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UK Argos Catalogues From 1984/1985 Advertising Star Wars Toys

Retro Toy Goodness From 80's Argos Catalogues For those who are not familiar with Argos, it is a UK store that is generally situated on the high street and in town/city centres. Here's the thing, even though they have stores, generally nothing is on display. Instead you walk in and order your item from a catalogue, find the item you want in the rather large book, write down the item number and take your ticket to the till. Within a few minutes your item will appear on a conveyor belt from the depths of the store room. I always imagined the store room to be like the end scene from Raiders Of The Lost Ark with one man in a vast room filled with wooden boxes.

Anyway I thought you would like to see the Star Wars pages from the 1984 and 1985 catalogues. Many kids right across the land would use the Argos catalogue to choose their favourite toys and hopefully what would be under the Christmas tree. I'm no exception. At-At for £29.99? Yes please.

Rob Wainfur
@welshslider


Enjoy Jaws On The Big Screen This Summer Across The UK

Park Circus is delighted to announce that Steven Spielberg's classic summer blockbuster Jaws (1975) will return to the big screen at cinemas across the UK this summer.  When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief (Roy Schneider), a marine scientist (Richard Dreyfuss) and grizzled fisherman (Robert Shaw) set out to stop it.



Jaws will be screening at selected cinemas across the UK from 12 July, including Cineworld, Vue, PIcturehouse, Showcase and selected independent cinemas, as well as in selected international territories.

There are plenty of cinemas taking part in this huge event and it's more than likely there is a cinema near you that will be showing the Spielberg classic.  Click here to find out where Jaws is being shown.  Just don't blame us if you end up being afraid to go swimming in the sea after watching Jaws on the big screen.


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Movie Review: "Spider-Man: Far From Home" Is Funny and Charming

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME
Starring Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Jake Gyllenhaal, Cobie Sulders, 
Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau
Directed by Jon Watts





Out of Four

Reviewed by Paul Gibbs

WARNING: There are no Spoilers For "Spider-Man" Here, But There Are Plenty For "Avengers: Endgame" IF You're One Of the 7 People Who Hasn't Seen It Yet

Following Avengers: Endgame  is a nearly impossible task for any film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After years of building to the epic showdown with Thanos, a solo outing for one of the heroes can't help but feel small and a little mundane by comparison. Which is exactly what makes Tom Holland's friendly neighborhood Spider-Man a perfect choice: the teenage superhero has somewhat smaller adventures that are interspersed with the life of a typical high schooler. So while Spider-Man: Far From Home feels like a fairly normal part two for a Marvel hero, it's a good one, highlighted by humor and the charming perfo…

12 Facts About Steven Spielberg's "Always"

12 Interesting Facts About the 1989 Steven Spielberg movie, Always Steven Spielberg's "Always" celebrates its 30th birthday this year and to celebrate we bring you 12 facts about the movie which starred Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, Brad Johnson, John Goodman and Audrey Hepburn to name a few.

This was Audrey Hepburn's final film before her death on January 20, 1993 at the age of 63. She accepted the role of Hap because she wanted to work with Steven Spielberg.


Hepburn was paid $1 million for her performance in the film and she donated it to the charity, UNICEF.

If Sean Connery had been available then we probably wouldn't have had Audrey Hepburn in the movie.  Steven Spielberg originally wanted the Scottish actor to play the role of Hap but he was unavailable.  Spielberg ultimately decided that Hap should be a woman instead.

Steven Spielberg wanted to cast either Paul Newman or Robert Redford in the leading roles, one as Pete Sandich and the other as Ted Baker.…

The wait for REBEL Silver is over. Order Yours From Po-Zu

There's nothing like showing your love for Star Wars in public and these top quality dappers from Po-Zu are just the thing to do just that and at the same time have some class.  Take a look at the press release below and the link to order yours now.  They've just gone on sale having recently only been available at Star Wars Celebration Chicago:
Launched exclusively at Star Wars Celebration Chicago and available on pre-order for the last 2 months, the REBEL Silver finally drops and is now available from Po-Zu.
They're the rag-tag band of freedom fighters who stood up against the Empire, and now you can rebel in style in Po-Zu’s new REBEL Silver high top vegan sneakers. 
Originally introduced in Star Wars: A New Hope - and continuing into the new trilogy - the Rebel Alliance, led by the determined Princess Leia Organa, baled against the daunting might of the evil Galactic Empire. The only spark of hope in a galaxy on the verge of darkness. 

These sneakers are sure to light the …

BOOM! Studios Announces Official Tie-In Comic Book Series to The Jim Henson Company’s New Netflix Series THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE

Discover the Explosive Events Leading Up to the Netflix Series In September 2019 BOOM! Studios announced today JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE, a new twelve-issue comic book series based on a story from Netflix series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance writers Jeffrey Addis and Will Matthews, introducing the untold histories of key characters from the show, and featuring explosive events tying into the highly anticipated Netflix series from The Jim Henson Company, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, in stores September 25, 2019.

Enter a world of wonder, danger, and excitement with writer Nicole Andelfinger (Adventure Time) and artist Matias Basla (Sparrowhawk) as they uncover an epic story from the world of Thra in the time before Age of Resistance. War and chaos reign over the once peaceful land and Gelflings everywhere must fight for the survival of their clans against menacing forces. When a Gelfling soldier sets off on a quest to retrieve the one item that coul…

Movie Review: Audiences Have A Friend in 'Toy Story 4"

TOY STORY 4
Featuring the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key,
Jordan Peele, Madeliene McGraw, Christina Hendricks, Lori Allen, Joan Cusack
Ali Maki, Jay Hernandez and Keanu Reeves
Screenplay by Stephany Folsom and Andrew Stanton
Directed by Josh Cooley

Reviewed by Patrick and Paul Gibbs

 Out of Four


The Toy Story trilogy ranks among the greatest film trilogies of all time, right up there with the original Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings and the Planet of the Apes prequels. It's the perhaps the ultimate case of taking the risk or ruining the legacy of a perfect, beloved film and instead just setting it in stone forever. But sustaining that into a fourth film? That seemed like too much to hope for anyone. Well, almost anyone.


After the events of Toy Story 3, Woody, Buzz and the rest of the toys are faced with a problem when Bonnie starts Kindergarten, and comes home with Forky (voiced by Tony Hale of Arrested Development and Veep), a new toy she cre…

Anne-Sophie Mutter And John Williams Announce New Album, "Across the Stars."

Anne-Sophie Mutter and John Williams Bring Us A New Album Featuring Some Of The Finest Pieces From The Movies Legendary film composer John Williams and superstar violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter have announced a new album, Across The Stars. Released on 30 August, the album will feature Williams conducting new arrangements of some of his iconic movie themes, including pieces written for the Star Wars and Harry Potter movies. Across The Stars was recorded at the historic Sony Pictures Scoring Stage in Hollywood, where many great film soundtracks of the past were recorded.

"There is only one John Williams," said Anne-Sophie Mutter. "What he writes is just extraordinary. Every time I go to one of his films and there is a violin or cello, I think, I would like to play that! And now I have his wonderful translations of all these iconic themes." She added it was a "a tremendous honour" to work so closely with John Williams – and that the recording conditions for th…

Movie Review: No Neuralyzers Are Needed To Forget "Men in Black: International"

MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Emma Thompson, Rebecca Fergusson, 
Kumail Nanjiani, Rafe Spall and Liam Neeson
Written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway
Directed by F. Gary Gray

Reviewed by Paul & Patrick Gibbs

Out of Four

Let's start of by admitting that nobody was exactly clamoring for a Men in Black reboot. While the original film is 22 years old, 'the two sequels were spread out enough (with the third film released in 2012) to help prevent the franchise from getting too much traction from this decade's transition from '80s to '90s nostalgia. In addition, while amusingly bizarre, the MiB universe was never fleshed out enough to become a major fan preoccupation, and the series was very dependent on the comic chemistry between leads Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. But in an age where no franchise will ever again be allowed to just fade away, a reboot was inevitable.



In the case of Men in Black International, Sony Pictures and A…

J.J. Abrams Is An Alien! Well in MiB: International Anyway.

J.J. Abrams, Steven Spielberg & George Lucas are from a galaxy far, far away. Men in Black: International has hit the big screens and although the main stars are Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, there are also a few very brief cameos to look out for. 

As is tradition with the Men in Black movies, referencing real life people as some kind of alien is a running joke in the franchise and this new incarnation is no exception.  Look out for Donald Glover, Elon Musk and J.J, Abrams on screen in the background as aliens in disguise.

At least he can keep Steven Spielberg and George Lucas company in being mentioned as an alien.  Mr Lucas was shown in the first one and Mr Spielberg in the second.  Spielberg is also the executive producer for Men in Black: International which is in cinemas across the UK and Ireland now.

We have the trailer below and a clip from Men in Black: International.

The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventur…

LEGO STAR WARS: THE SKYWALKER SAGA ANNOUNCED

Play Through All Nine Star Wars Movies In Lego Form It's been a busy few days for gaming news thanks to a little thing called E3.  Yes, it's the biggest gaming convention of the year and besides some rather big news like Keanu Reeves appearing in CyberPunk 2077, a 15 minute gameplay demo of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and another X-Box console on the way, we also get the news that another Lego Star Wars game is on it's way.

Want to read the press release?  Of course you do so here it is followed by the teaser trailer:

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The LEGO® Group, and Lucasfilm yesterday announced LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga, a brand-new console game where players will experience memorable moments and nonstop action as told through the unique lens of LEGO®. LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga is the biggest LEGO® Star Wars™ game, featuring all nine Skywalker saga films, including the highly anticipated conclusion to the series, Star Wars™: Th…

Watch The Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 15 Gameplay Demo

15 minute gameplay demo of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order E3 took place over the weekend and one of the reveals that I was excited about is the 15 minute gameplay demo for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order we were treated to by the good folks over at Respawn and EA.   I have high hopes for this single player triple A Star Wars game and I was not disappointed.  Check out the demo below which takes place on the Wookiee homeworld, Kashyyyk.

Saw Gerrera from Rogue One made an appearance in the demo who is voiced by Forest Whitaker but the star of the show was undoubtedly the cute droid that sits on the main character's back (Cal Kestis.) It was revealed that the droid, BD-1 is voiced by none other than Ben Burtt.


The game is released on November 15th, 2019 so not long before we are all feeling the Force.

I was getting huge vibes of The Force Unleashed coupled with a hint of the old school Jedi games.  Let us know what you think.  I've also posted the box art for the various versions of …

Movie review: "Late Night" is Charming, Clever and Very Timely Comedy

LATE NIGHT
Starrign Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling, John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy, Reid Scott
Max Cassella, Dennis O'Hare and Amy Ryan
Written by Mindy Kaling
Directed by Nisha Ganatra

Reviewed by Patrick Gibbs

Out of Four

After multiple superhero flicks, a Kaiju collision course and Will Smith joining the Blue Man Group, you might be ready for something an antidote to all of these effects extravaganzas. But you might not be ready for anything that takes itself too seriously, either. If this sounds about right (and if you're not threatened by a bit of feminism and honesty), then I may have just the movie for you.

Legendary talk-show host Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson) is a pioneer in her field. The only woman ever to have a long-running program on late night, she keeps her writers’ room on a short leash ― and all male. But when her ratings plummet and she is accused of being a “woman who hates women,” Katherine puts gender equality on her to-do list and impulsively hires Molly Patel (Min…

Movie Review: "Dark Phoenix" Has A Few Sparks But Never Quite Catches Fire

DARK PHOENIX
Starring James MacAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan,  Kodi Smit-McPhee and Jessica Chastain
Written and Directed by Simon Kinberg

Reviewed by Patrick  & Paul Gibbs

Out of Four

Nineteen summers ago, the first X-Men film hit theaters, and we were there opening day. We had never read the comics, but we loved superheroes, and it came from the director of The Usual Suspects. We ended up seeing the film six times.

During the time since then, the series has had a lot of highs and lows, with the greatest highs (X2, Days of Future Past, Logan) standing among the very best comic book films ever made, and the lows (The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) being so bad that they had to be retconned out of existence. X-Men: Apocalypse wasn't as bad as it gets made out to be, but it was a very lacklustre way for Bryan Singer to end his run with the series. It wasn't enough to take away from his legacy, but sadly he found…

INTRADA Announces John Williams' MONSIGNOR

MONSIGNOR
Music Composed and Conducted By JOHN WILLIAMS
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
INTRADA ISC 430

Intrada's latest release from 20th Century Fox and UMG is an expanded edition of John Williams' 1982 score to Monsignor. This new release features two programs. The first is the original Casablanca LP program (previously released on Intrada), but with improved mastering as well as the complete score in film order, including additional music not heard on the LP program.

In the early 1980s, John Williams composed scores to one blockbuster after another (the Star Wars sequels, E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark), not to mention carving out time as principal conductor of the Boston Pops. And yet, Williams found time for another project with the London Symphony Orchestra, a drama in which Christopher Reeve plays John Flaherty, an ordained priest who, once summoned to Rome and assigned to the position of Cardinal within the Vatican, becomes involved with black marketeers and has an illicit roman…

I open 75 Packs Of Hook Trading Cards From 1992.

In my latest YouTube video I open 75 sealed packs of Hook trading cards from 1992.  Will I get a full set and will I taste the bubblegum?

To celebrate the latest video we are running a competition where you can win a two disc John Williams compilation CD.  Click here to find out more.



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