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Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars Break Out Weekly in April 2020

IDW Publishing’s Five-Part Comic Book Event Shares Battle Tales from a Galaxy Far, Far Away While the galaxy may be divided, fans certainly won’t be when IDW Publishing launches a new campaign in the conflict between Republic and Separatists with the all-new Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars – Battle Tales comic book miniseries!

While Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and other Jedi Knights fight against incredible odds, Commander Cody, Captain Rex, and other clone troopers are pinned down for the duration, swapping war stories that feature favorite characters from The Clone Wars animated series, such as Padmé Amidala, General Grievous, and many more!

Shipping weekly throughout April, the Clone Wars comic book event is written by Michael Moreci and feature a framing sequence in each issue by Star Wars Adventures mainstay Derek Charm. Similar to the popular Tales from Vader’s Castle and Return to Vader’s Castle five-week events, every issue of Clone Wars will spotlight a different …

New Images and Video For Season Finale of Star Wars Resistance, "The Escape"

Star Wars Resistance Season Finale Details We are pleased to bring you hot off the press a bunch of new images and a video for the latest episode of Star Wars Resistance.  It's the season finale and it's called "The Escape."  It will be available to watch on SUNDAY, JANUARY 26 at 6pm ET/PT on Disney XD and 10pm ET/PT on Disney Channel!



In "The Escape," Kaz and Yeager attempt to liberate Tam from the First Order. But does she want to be liberated? Or is it a trap? Meanwhile the Colossus is having problems of its own and faces an impossible choice.

The new episodes - "The Escape" - will also be available SUNDAY, JANUARY 26th (12:01 a.m. PT) on the DisneyNOW app and Disney Channel VOD, giving kids and families access to the series wherever and whenever they want to watch.











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VIDEO: Steven Spielberg Interview Interrupted By Robin Williams. "The Laughing Hurt" Said Spielberg

During an interview where Steven Spielberg talks about the movie Hook, Robin Williams interrupts the interview to do what he does best, make people smile. At one point Spielberg explained they were laughing so much on the set of Hook, "the laughing hurt" said Spielberg.  He also explains how Robin Williams was at his most awkward when he had to play Pan as a straight guy with no imagination and humour which is depicted in the movie before Pan realises he is the Pan.



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Disney+ Coming To Europe (and the UK) March 24th

Disney+ On Its Way To Europe The British are coming!  Well Disney+ is coming to the Brits I should say.  From March 24th, not only the Brits but the Italians, French, Greeks, Germans, Spanish, Swiss, and Austrians will all be able to enjoy the new streaming platform from Disney.  The Mandalorian and other original content coupled with a huge back catalogue will be available for just £5.99/€6.99/CHF9.9 a month or a one off £59.99/€69.99/CHF99 for a full years subscription.
We are promised that Disney+ will be available on a number of platforms including smart TVs and streaming devices.  I really hope there is a native cast option to send to my Chromecast.  Fingers crossed.  Anyway, here's the press release:

Disney+ is the ultimate streaming destination for entertainment from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more. From The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International segment, Disney+ will be available on most internet-connected devices and of…

Watching Star Wars In VR Made Me Feel Like A Kid Again

Movies In VR Are A Thing Of Beauty Recently, I decided to enter the Oasis and bought myself an Oculus Go.  If you're not familiar with what this is, it's basically an inexpensive introduction to the world of VR (Virtual Reality.)  It's a standalone device without the needs for cables that, although doesn't track your body movement does track your head movement giving the full VR experience.  It cost me £149 from Amazon (this is not a sponsored post) and I was eager to get my first taster of home VR.  Spoiler: I was not disappointed!

The model I bought was the 32gb version, enough to see me install the apps I needed and copy across a few movies from my collection.  This process is simple.  Using the standard micro USB cable that is supplied, just plug it into your PC and copy your files across.  Since I had a few Star Wars movies this was my first choice.

Next, I downloaded an app from the Oculus store called Skybox which reads files installed on your VR unit and plays…

John Williams Bags His 52nd Oscar Nomination For Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

52 Nominations For John Williams The nominations for the 2020 Oscars are out and Joker leads the way with 11 nominations followed by The Irishman, Once Upon A Time In...Hollywood and 1917 all with 10 each. 

Star Wars is represented too with the usual categories that a Star Wars movie gets nominated in: Visual Effects, Costume Design, Sound Design and of course Original Score.  It's John Williams last Star Wars score and of course he should have been nominated.  It makes it his 52nd Oscar nomination, extending his lead for most nominated living person. 

The 92nd Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on 9 February.

Here's the full list

Best Picture:
“Ford v Ferrari”
“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“Joker”
“Little Women”
“Marriage Story”
“1917”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
“Parasite”

Lead Actor:
Antonio Banderas, “Pain and Glory”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Adam Driver, “Marriage Story”
Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”
Jonathan Pryce, “The Tw…

Photo of the day - Newspaper article from 1954 on John Williams

1954 Newspaper Article On John Williams John Williams, even back in 1954 at age 22 he was making people sit up and take notice of his natural talent.  I particularly like the opening lines to the article pictured:
Someday, the words "music by Johnny Williams" will flash on your local theater screen. When this statement appears you will recall when Johnny was A/1c John Williams, AF 19389341, 523 Air Force Band, March Air Force Base. The article ends with the mention that the composer is soon to be discharged, intends on pursuing his interest of music and to write for motion pictures.  I wonder how that went?



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Photo of the day - Star Wars: ILM Magic - Lighting the Death Star

Sometimes the simplest way is the best way.  Just take a look at this photo of the clever people at Industrial Light & Magic lighting the Death Star model for the Star Wars movie.  That moon, I mean space station is a thing of beauty.  Can I have it in my living room please?

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

New Video and Images for the Special One Hour Episodic Event of Star Wars Resistance

New Video and Images for the latest episode of Star Wars Resistance In "The New World," Doza takes the Colossus to a hidden world on the outer rim, only to find it’s inhabited by a race of beings who don’t like them – for a very good reason.

In "No Place Safe," When Kaz decides to join up with Poe and the Resistance, things go awry when he discovers the First Order has located the Colossus.

The new episodes - "The New World" + "No Place Safe" - will also be available SUNDAY, JANUARY 12th (12:01 a.m. PT) on the DisneyNOW app and Disney Channel VOD, giving kids and families access to the series wherever and whenever they want to watch.









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

REVIEW - COSMOS Is My Favourite Movie of The Month. Heavily Inspired By Steven Spielberg

COSMOS Is A Must Watch I love a good movie and in particular I love a movie that has had a lot of inspiration from the talents of Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and John Williams.  COSMOS is most definitely one of those films.

Elliot Weaver & Zander Weaver are the directors, writers and producers and it was Elliot who contacted me to say they've made a movie based on one of my favourite subject matters, the question of whether we are alone in the Universe.  COSMOS tells a story of discovery not from the perspective of a large organisation like NASA or SETI but through the eyes of three ordinary men, enthusiasts and amateurs, who find themselves at the centre of a series of events that could change our World forever. Is the signal authentic? What does it mean and will anyone believe them?

Elliot told me "My brother and I are massive fans of all things Lucas, Spielberg and Williams and COSMOS was our love letter to the movies that inspired us to be filmmakers. We hope it r…

Review - The Moviemaking Magic of Star Wars: Ships & Battles

The Moviemaking Magic of Star Wars: Ships & Battles Yes, you may have your tablets and phones to do most of your reading these days but for me there is nothing like a good old fashioned book when it comes to reading about a movie, in particular the behind the scenes aspect.  It may not be as interactive as an app but the information that is at your fingertips, the glossy photos and being able to flick through a book instantly cannot be replaced.  But, if you want a little bit more from a book then look no further than The Moviemaking Magic of Star Wars: Ships & Battles by Landry Walker.


Not only is the book packed with behind the scenes information on all the Star Wars films leading up to The Rise of Skywalker (the movie is mentioned with three pages dedicated to it.  Maybe a later edition will have more) including the anthology movies such as Solo and Rogue One but the book has a little trick up its sleeve.  You see as you read about each movie and how the special effects we…

New Video and Images From the Latest Episode Of Star Wars Resistance: "The Mutiny"

New Video and Images Available for the next episode of Star Wars Resistance on SUNDAY, JANUARY 5 at 6pm ET/PT on Disney XD and 10pm ET/PT on Disney Channel! In "The Mutiny," Kragan buys a secret weapon to capture the Colossus and take over. When Synara discovers this plan she tries to warn Kaz and crew, but it may be too late.

The new episode - "The Mutiny" - will also be available SUNDAY, JANUARY 1st (12:01 a.m. PT) on the DisneyNOW app and Disney Channel VOD, giving kids and families access to the series wherever and whenever they want to watch.







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