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Star Wars Resistance Season Two Returns: Watch The New Trailer And A Recap Video

New Episode Of Star Wars Resistance On Sunday, October 6th You can catch the new season two of Star Wars Resistance on Disney XD at 6pm ET/PT.  Or if you prefer the Disney Channel then tune in at 10pm ET/PT.

Can't remember what happened in season one of Star Wars Resistance?  Fear not as we have a handy season one recap video for you:



To whet your appetite for season two, check out these images below and if that's not enough we have a trailer video for you.  Here's the synposis of the new episode:

In “Into the Unknown” - After being launched into space by Kaz and crew, the Colossus encounters engineering problems, which are made worse by a mysterious stowaway.

The new episode - "Into the Unknown" - will also be available SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6th (12:01 a.m. PT) on the DisneyNOW app, giving kids and families access to the series wherever and whenever they want to watch.  Bonus!











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

Taking A Closer Look At The Epic Pirate Ship From 'The Goonies'

The Goonies Set With The Epic Galleon, 'The Inferno.' Today's photo of the day comes from 'The Goonies.'  The Galleon of 'One-Eyed Willy' named 'The Inferno.' There is no green screen here just a huge set and the result of many hours work from skilled men and women.  In the photo we see the ship being prepared for the amazing reveal in the movie which was shot on sound stage 16 in Burbank, California.  The second largest in Hollywood at the time.  Actual construction took two and a half months and took inspiration from the Errol Flynn classic, 'The Sea Hawk.'

Director, Richard Donner decided to keep the whole thing a secret from the child actors who made up 'The Goonies.'  He wanted to capture their reaction the first time they laid eyes on the impressive ship.  What you see in the final scene is their genuine amazement at the ship.  Donner said:

"The day we were going to film them first seeing it we backed them all into the wat…

Photo of the day - Cast and Crew Enjoying a meal on the set of Raiders of the Lost Ark

Photo of the day is from from Raiders of the Lost Ark.  Meal time on set.   During filming in Tunisia, nearly everyone in the cast and crew got dysentery or food poisoning, except a wise Steven Spielberg. He insisted on only eating out of cans that were shipped in from England.

The famous scene where Indy confronts an Egyptian swordsman was improvised as a result of the food poisoning that was hitting the cast and crew.  Harrison Ford was unable to do long shots due his dodgy belly so apparently improvised the scene rather than endure a long fight.  Indy pulls out his sidearm and shoots the swordsman.  Harrison Ford also revealed years later at a 2011 screening that he felt there had already been a lot of scenes where you see Indy disarming bad guys with his whip so Ford suggested: "Why don't we just shoot the son of a bitch?" To shorten the scene, Ford and Spielberg agreed Indy should just pull out a pistol and shoot the man.  A relief for cast and crew no doubt.




The Be…

The Latest Episode Of Star Wars Roll Out Ends On Cliffhanger

Roll Up!  Roll Up For Another Episode Of Star Wars Roll Out

I know these Star Wars Roll Out episodes are for kids and are short two minute stories but COME ON!  WHAT'S GOING ON HERE?  Lucasfilm, how could you do this to me?  This is the best cliff hanger since...Well, probably The Empire Strikes Back (Well maybe that Star Trek TNG episode, Best of Both Worlds)

Rey is is rolling around on Jakku (complete with that crashed Star Destroyer) doing what she does best, scavenging and comes across something worth a meal or three.  Well, I won't spoil the story but I NEED to know what happens next.  The story ends with a brief scene in which you want to know what Rey is going to do.

Well, I guess I'll have to subscribe to Star Wars Kids to make sure I get notified when the next episode is out.  Anyway, here's the episode.  Be sure to roll down to the comments and let us know what you think.



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New Funko Pops Coming For Rise Of Skywalker, The Madalorian and Fallen Order.

Star Wars Funko For All! If you're a fan of Star Wars and happen to be a Funko Pop! collector then you've never had it so good!  Not only is there a new range coming associated with the next and final chapter, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker but collectors can also drool over the fact that there's a new range coming for the Disney+ TV show, The Mandalorian and the much anticipated Star Wars game, Fallen Order.  We've posted them below for you to check out and they are all coming soon.  Better get another shelf or two up in your collector's room

STAR WARS™ JEDI: FALLEN ORDER

STAR WARS™ - THE MANDALORIAN


STAR WARS™: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER


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

Howard The Duck Gets The Intrada Treatment

Howard the Duck.  There's no getting away from it, it's a weird movie.  That's not to say I don't like it...Actually I still can't decide if I do.  Anyway, that's another discussion perhaps but one thing I do like is the soundtrack.  John Barry along with Sylvester Levay gives us a mixture of score and songs.  This is an extensive release spanning over three discs!  Another one for my collection.  Here's the full press release:

HOWARD THE DUCK
Music Composed and Conducted by JOHN BARRY
Original Songs Produced by THOMAS DOLBY
Additional Music by SYLVESTER LEVAY
 INTRADA ISC 426

Intrada announces one its most ambitious releases of 2019 – the soundtrack to the 1986 film Howard the Duck, perhaps the first big-screen adaption of a Marvel comic. With songs by Thomas Dolby and performed by Cherry Bomb (featuring Back to the Future's Lea Thompson), writer-director Willard Huyck had Dolby top of mind when first considering music. Dolby was originally slated to score t…

TEASER TRAILER: TRIPLE FORCE FRIDAY LIVE STREAM WITH BIG STARS!

Fans Around the World Invited to Tune in to Epic Livestream from Pinewood Studios for First Look at New Products for “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” “The Mandalorian” and “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order”

There's a film coming out in December, you may have heard something about it?  Yes!  "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" is released on 19th December in cinemas but if you can't wait until then, fear not because before the movie release we have a Triple Force Friday.  But wait!  If you can't wait for that then do not fret as there is going to be a whole weeks worth of build up for Triple Force Friday starting on the 26th September.

What will be happening I hear you ask?  What about a livestream from Pinewood Studios no less and where we will get to see hot off the press products for “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” “The Mandalorian” and  (the one I'm really excited about - Rob) “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.”

This is no ordinary reveal either as stars fro…

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!

Step…

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

AD ASTRA
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 …

ANIMATION STUDIO AARDMAN APPOINTS SEAN CLARKE AS MD

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.



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UNDER THE RADAR - THE MIKE EDMONDS STORY TO DEBUT AT RAINDANCE

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…