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Explaining That "Weird" Cut In Poltergeist. Read The Missing Scene

Why Is There A Strange Cut In The 1982 Horror Classic, Poltergeist? If you're a fan of the 1982 Horror classic, Poltergeist then you will be very familiar with that "weird" cut in the movie.  It's 32 minutes and 47 seconds in to the movie and the scene is where Diane is explaining the strange phenomenon that is happening in the kitchen.  First, she shows to Steve a chair scraping across the floor all on its own then she does the same with Carol Anne.  Steve leans up against the kitchen wall and is completely shocked at what just happened.  It's at this point Diane starts to explain the sensation of being pulled and then...A very abrupt cut.  One moment we are listening to Diane and suddenly it cuts to Diane and Steve at their next door neighbours door.  Why the sudden cut?  It's on the VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray and even the streaming versions.  Why does this awful and weird cut exist in the movie, Poltergeist?  Watch the clip below to see the cut:

Well, the answer i…

Star Wars Props To Go Under The Hammer. You Could Own A Hand-Painted Ralph McQuarrie Illustration

ICONIC STAR WARS PROPS TO BE SOLD IN UK AUCTION It seems it's a weekly occurrence these days to see movie props going under the hammer and especially Star Wars.  If you're a collector and have a bank account bigger than the second Death Star then you can bid on some rather excellent lots.  For example you could win a genuine Ralph McQuarrie illustration with a whopping estimate of £120k - 180k ($145k - 218k.)  What about Samuel L. Jackson's lightsaber?  That has a more reasonable estimate of £60,000 - 80,000 ($75k - 100k.)

The auction is part of Prop Store’s Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction and takes place on Monday 30th September and Tuesday 1st October 2019, featuring a collection of film memorabilia worth over £6 million ($7.2 million.)  A preview exhibition featuring over 250 auction lots is now open at the BFI IMAX in Waterloo, London until 1st October 2019.  Here's the rest of the press release with a list of more Star Wars lots.  Get your money ready!


Slimey Blorp (Possibly Called Bert) Absorbing Everything In Latest Episode Of Star Wars Roll Out.

BREAKING NEWS!  BLORP ABSORBING EVERYTHING!  FAST THINKING REQUIRED! Slime!  It's very much the "in thing" at the moment.  Walk into any toy store and you will see slime stuff for sale whether it be in a plastic container or masquerading as glittery Unicorn dropping.  You can't miss it and it's hot property.  Well, it's no coincidence that the latest episode of Star Wars: Roll Out features a rather cute slime monster (The Blorp) called "Bert."  Actually I made the name up but in my mind his name is "Bert" and if any Lucasfilm employee is reading this, please make it canon.

Anyway, the two minute animated feature stars "Bert" the Blorp as we join him innocently absorbing everyone around him.  Leave it to Maz Kanata (my name is better - Rob) to save the day and use what could be considered some clever science.

Check out the episode below and let me know if you think "Bert" is the best name ever for a slime monster. - Rob

Movie Review: The Stars Shine, But "Ad Astra", Doesn't Take Us Anywhere New

Starring Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler and Donald Sutherland
Written by James Gray and Ethan Gross
Directed by James Gray

Reviewed by Patrick Gibbs
Out of Four

Director James Gray (The Lost City of Z) has been very upfront about the influence of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness on his film, Ad Astra, a space drama set in the not too distant future. But he seems so intent on creating his own Apocalypse Now that he should have gone ahead and just calyoled this movie Apocalypse Later.

While working on a massive antennae area high above the earth, Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) is nearly killed when  a mysterious power surge in space causes him to fall off the array and through the atmosphere, performing a spectacular HALO jump.  recruited on a special mission to travel to mission to Neptune to hunt down his father, a legendary astronaut named Clifford McBride (Tommy Lee Jones.). It seems that 30 years prior to the events in the film, the elder McBride led …


New MD For The Award Winning Animation Studio, Aardman The award winning animation studio, Aardman have a new MD.  One of my favourite studios that has brought us delights such as Morph, Wallace & Gromit and Shaun the Sheep have a new person in charge.  Aardman studios have close ties with Dreamworks and have produced some wonderful movies together over the years.  Sean Clarke will take up the role and has been with the company for over 20 years.  Here's the full press release:

Aardman, the multi-award-winning, independent animation studio, has today (Thursday 19th September) announced the successor to David Sproxton, who is stepping back from the MD role after 43 years at the helm of the organisation.

The role is to be taken up by Sean Clarke, who has been at the company for over 20 years and headed up the International Rights and Marketing department for over a decade.

Famous worldwide for its unique and entertaining productions, Aardman is home to much-loved characters includ…

GUEST POST: The Obi-Wan TV Show - My Dream Star Wars Project By Brad Monastiere

Guest Blogger, Brad Monastiere Writes About The Much Anticipated Obi-Wan Series And Explains How It's Perfect For TV In recent years, Star Wars news has tended to act like rainstorms over here in the United States. Weeks and weeks of drought followed by Biblical flooding. At D23 in late August, we Star Wars fans had our moment of continuous - if joyous - downpours.

Lucasfilm, who received some criticism for its lack of reveals at the San Diego Comic Con, absolutely hit it out of the park with announcements. The announcement of the Obi-Wan Kenobi TV series wasn’t just a home run. It was a hit ball that left the stadium that won the World Series of all-time for me.

I normally chafe against expectation stories, particularly when it comes to Star Wars projects. Expectations can often lead to disappointment, and the typical fanboy online outrage, which I fundamentally reject.

But on to the subject at hand, and that’s the Obi-Wan Kenobi TV series slated for Disney-Plus and will start f…

Stunning Book On Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, The 2001 File Re-Released

The 2001 File - A Comprehensive Behind-The-Scenes Look At Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landings, the good people at Reel Art Press are re-releasing an extremely popular book called The 2001 File.  The book is a in-depth look at Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and has a great deal of unpublished archive material including Frederick Ordway – the NASA scientist who was a scientific consultant on the movie.  The book retails for £45/$75, has 336 pages and has over 600 pages.  Read on for the full press release:

Back by popular demand, and to celebrate the 50th birthday of the Apollo 11 moon landing and of the worldwide release of the science fiction classic 2001: A Space Odyssey, Reel Art Press is delighted to announce that it is re-issuing its best-selling book The 2001 File. In the half century since Kubrick’s film was released, many of its predictions have come true, including commercial space travel, an…

WATCH HERE: New Jurassic World Short - Battle At Big Rock

Battle At Big Rock - New Jurassic World Short Movie A new Jurassic World short movie has hit the web and fans are loving it.  It's called ‘Battle at Big Rock’ and it takes place one year after the Jurassic World sequel, Fallen Kingdom.  It's set in California, yep close to home for some of our readers so look out for those pesky Dinosaurs. 

We get a new Dinosaur, Nasutoceratops along with other dino delights such as an Allosaurus.  ‘Battle at Big Rock’ was written by Emily Carmichael and directed by Colin Trevorrow.

No spoilers here, just enjoy the movie!

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

Photo of the Day - Vintage Advert For Reese's Pieces With An E.T. Theme

Vintage advert for Reese's Pieces which of course featured in the movie.  M&M's turned down the opportunity of being the candy of choice.  M&M's were in the original script but the Mars company didn't want their product being associated with aliens.  They probably thought the main alien in the movie was going to be bad, evil or look at taking over the human race.

Sales of Reese's Pieces outsold M&M's for the first time after the movie hit cinemas and saw a huge increase in sales by a whopping 65%.

Reese's Pieces continued their association with an alien theme and in 1984 released this rather dubious commercial.  E.T. it is not.

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


A PORTRAIT OF MIKE EDMONDS, THE ACTOR WHO NEVER ALLOWED HIS HEIGHT (OR LACK OF IT) TO STAND IN HIS WAY This compelling and engaging film, produced and directed by Red Stable films’ Simon Frith, takes us into the extraordinary world of actor Mike Edmonds, who has starred in countless feature films including STAR WARS, RETURN OF THE JEDI, TIME BANDITS and many more. A great acting talent, a true professional and a person of extraordinary drive, kindness and relentless good humour, Under the Radar is also a tale of triumph in the face of disability - or as Mike amply demonstrates, ability.

While both his parent were of ordinary size, Mike was born with Achondroplasia, or dwarfism, which brings with it a range of challenges both practical and medical. Mike has had to undergo frequent surgery throughout his adult life, while balancing this with a busy schedule of stage and screen roles.

Mike’s story is told through a host of cinema’s most well-known actors, whose often hilarious anecdote…

Photo of the Day - Harrison Ford on the set of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial

Photo of the Day - Harrison Ford on the set of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial.   Ford was cast as Elliott's school Principal and a scene was shot.  Back then Ford was dating (and later married) E.T. screenwriter Melissa Mathison.  He agreed to a cameo in the Spielberg directed movie.

Spielberg said about the scene: “He did the scene where ET is home levitating all of the stuff for his communicator up the stairs. Elliot is in the principal’s office after the frog incident. We don’t ever see Harrison’s face. We just hear his voice, see his body.

“Henry’s chair starts levitating, so as ET is lifting all of the communicator paraphernalia up the stairs, Henry starts rising off the ground in the chair until his head hits the ceiling,” the director continued. “Just as Harrison turns, ET loses control of the weight of everything and it all falls down the stairs, and Henry comes crashing down to the ground, and lands perfectly. Four-point landing. The principal turns around, and as far as he’…


Richard Attenborough’s costume and dinosaur skeletons amongst 900 lots going under the hammer in upcoming London auction
Props and costumes from the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World franchise are to be sold as part of Prop Store’s Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction on Monday 30th September and Tuesday 1st October 2019The auction will feature a collection of props, costumes and production ephemera worth over £6 million ($7.2 million)A preview exhibition featuring over 250 auction lots will take place between 18th September - 1st October 2019 at the BFI IMAX in Waterloo, London
Stephen Lane, Prop Store CEO, commented on the upcoming auction – “We’ve got some incredible lots from the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World movies, ranging from Richard Attenborough’s costume from the 1983 classic, to full-size dinosaur skeletons from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. These great lots will be sold together with over 900 props and costumes at Prop Store’s Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction on…

VIDEO: Watch 50 Mins Of John Williams Saturday's Hollywood Bowl Performance

Watch John Williams and David Newman Conduct At The Hollywood Bowl Thanks to the wonderful people over at Skywalking Through Neverland you can watch the amazing John Williams conducting the LA Philharmonic at the incredible Hollywood Bowl which took place just last week.  Sit back and soak up the ambiance and anticipation of listening to this living legend perform his magic.  As you would expect from Skywalking Through Neverland, the quality is of a high quality and they've also included subtitles.

The Maestro of the Movies, John Williams, conducts the LA Philharmonic at the iconic Hollywood Bowl on August 31, 2019! We enjoy coming to this concert year after year. Such an amazing show. John Williams shares conducting duties with his friend, David Newman (son of the legendary Alfred Newman).
 This video features music composed by John Williams. To hear the entire concert, please check out our Patreon: It is a Bonus Episode for this month.
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Must Watch: Lucasfilm Promo Reel Featuring George Lucas

Watch The Latest Promo Reel From Lucasfilm Sometimes it's easy to forget the creative process and the huge pool of talent that goes into bringing a two hour visual experience to the big screen, or the latest Star Wars VR experience to your headset.

Lucasfilm over the last five decades have provided some of the most memorable visual and audio experiences ever created and it boils down to the huge amount of talent they have behind the scenes.

This latest promo reel released by Lucasfilm shows just a snippet of that talent from George Lucas to Dave Filoni, from Star Wars to Indiana Jones and more.  Thank you Lucasfilm for creating worlds, heroes and galaxies that I want to be part of.  Here's to another five decades.  I raise my glass of blue milk to you.  The Force is most definitely with you.

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

Photo of the day - E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. Henry Thomas Ready For A Take

Photo of the day - E.T. The Extra Terrestrial.  Henry Thomas Ready For A Take. Note the name of the movie, A Boy's Life.  The project was filmed under the cover name A Boy's Life, as Spielberg did not want anyone to discover and plagiarize the plot

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The Bearded Trio's Paul & Patrick Gibbs Will Be At FanX Salt Lake Comic Con To Talk About Steven Spielberg

From our very own Brother Gibbs...
Friday, September 6, 8pm Room 151A Regular contributors to The Bearded Trio, Paul & Patrick Gibbs (The Brother Gibbs) will be attending the FanX Salt Lake Comic Con and amongst their busy schedule will be also presenting a very special panel where they will be talking all things Steven Spielberg.

In 1974, "The Sugarland Express" came to theaters. It may not have been a blockbuster, but it helped its director land a job directing a movie called "Jaws," and the rest is history. Join Paul and Patrick Gibbs of the fansite "The Bearded Trio" for a look back at the 10 Most Iconic or Influential Sequences in the films of Steven Spielberg, two time Academy Award Winner and father of the modern blockbuster, and share some of your favorite moments from this great director's films.

This one is a special presentation with just Patrick Gibbs. We'd just talk over anyone else on this subject anyway.

Find out more over at the o…