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This Hitchcock Star Wars Mashup Is A Must Watch! Darth by Darthwest

Darth by Darthwest Is A Clever Star Wars/Hitchcock Mashup I am constantly amazed at how talented the Star Wars fan community is.  Especially when it comes to fan movies or more specifically in this case, a mashup fan movie.  Talented, Fabrice Mathieu sent us his video which consists of a mashup of Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1959 thriller, North by Northwest and of course Star Wars.

It really is a must watch as we see the iconic scene with Cary Grant being chased not by a bi-plane but instead a deadly Tie-Fighter!  Look out for C3PO, BB-8, Jabba's palace and the Millennium Falcon in this seamless coming together of two classic movies.  Fabrice had this to say about the project:

"The original scene of "North by Northwest" lasts more than ten minutes. I cut half of it for "Darth by Darthwest"!

I used Photoshop, After Effects and Final Cut for the special effects, the editing and the new sound design. For the music, it was very interesting to mix the origin…

Guest Post - A Retrospective Look At The Color Purple by Douglas Meacham

THE COLOR PURPLE   
U.S. Release Date: February 7, 1986   
Starring: Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey 
Directed by: Steven Spielberg

"I'M POOR, BLACK, I MIGHT EVEN BE UGLY, BUT DEAR GOD, I'M HERE. I'M HERE!" - Celie Johnson 

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the film adaptation of Alice Walker's novel about a black woman growing up in the deep South at the turn of the century, and dealing with the struggles of abuse while trying to find her identity.

This was Steven Spielberg's first serious drama. He was at first reluctant to direct it because he felt insecure about his lack of knowledge of the deep South and thought a black director could relate better to the material. He eventually was convinced by the producers, reminding him that he didn't need to be an alien to direct E.T. Spielberg then welcomed the challenge that would serve to prepare him for the future films EMPIRE OF THE SUN and SCHINDLER'S LIST.


The careers of both Whoopi…

DISNEY PUBLISHING WORLDWIDE UNVEILS STAR WARS: THE HIGH REPUBLIC

Disney Publishing Worldwide has announced the launch of an all new publishing-led Star Wars storytelling initiative, Star Wars: The High Republic,previously called “Project Luminous.” The publishing program will feature interconnected stories told across multiple publishers. This epic saga will take place 200 years prior to the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace in an all new time period. Newly revealed publishers Abrams, becker&mayer!, DK, Insight Editions, Titan Publishing, and Viz Media join previously announced Disney Lucasfilm Press, Marvel Comics, Del Rey, and IDW Publishing.


Star Wars: The High Republic is set in an era when the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order are at their height, serving and protecting the galaxy. This is a hopeful, optimistic time, when the Republic and the Jedi are noble and respected. This multi-year publishing program will be rolled out in phases, with Phase I being called “Light of the Jedi.” This period on the Star Wars timeline will not ove…

VIDEO: I take a look at Star Wars: Behind the Magic CD-ROM Disc two

I take a look at disc two of Star Wars: Behind the Magic. Back in 1998 Lucasarts released a two disc interactive CD-ROM called Star Wars: Behind the Magic.  It was packed with information on Star Wars and included a tasty sneak peak of the yet to be released, The Phantom Menace.

The discs came with videos, audio clips and photos some of which were never seen before. This was our source for the Force before the Internet. In the video below I take a quick look at disc two.  Let me know if you would like to see more including a video on disc one



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

Rare Movie Posters To Go Under The Hammer Including Star Wars And Ultra Rare E.T. Over The Moon Poster

**ICONIC & ORIGINAL CINEMA POSTERS AND ARTWORK WORTH OVER £200,000 TO BE AUCTIONED IN THE UK**PROP STORE WILL BE AUCTIONING OVER 340 ORIGINAL CINEMA POSTERS ON THURSDAY 26th MARCH 2020


AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
- COLLECTIONS FROM STAR WARS PRODUCER, HOWARD KAZANJIAN AND OSCAR-WINNING SPECIAL EFFECTS CINEMATOGRAPHER, RICHARD EDLUND
- POSTERS AND ORGINAL ARTWORK FROM RENOWNED BRITISH COMICS ARTIST, JOCK
- AN EXTENSIVE COLLECTION OF MONDO AND SCI-FI POSTERS, INCLUDING A UK QUAD POSTER FROM THE 1951 SCI-FI CLASSIC THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, ESTIMATED TO SELL BETWEEN £11,000 - 13,000
- EXCEEDINGLY RARE E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982) “OVER THE MOON” POSTER


Prop Store – one of the world’s leading film and TV entertainment memorabilia companies has today announced it is to hold its fifth cinema poster live auction this March, with the posters and artwork on offer expected to fetch in excess of £200,000 ($261,750). The auction is to be held at Prop Store’s UK headquarters in Hertfo…

Hasbro's Latest Star Wars Line Is So Retro. Watch The Video Here.

Hasbro's New Star Wars Line Is Wonderfully Retro Hasbro have announced their latest line of Black Series and Vintage figures.  The announcement took place Saturday at the New York Toy Fair but as a huge retro fan I was more excited that they have also announced a new line for the Retro collection and they look glorious.  We have so many photos to show you that we thought a handy video would be easier.  You can watch it below:



Here's what Hasbro says about the latest Retro Collection in their press release:
STAR WARS RETRO COLLECTION 
3.75-INCH Figure Assortment
(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available: Spring 2020)
Kids and collectors alike can imagine the biggest battles and missions in the STAR WARS saga with figures from the STAR WARS RETRO COLLECTION! With exquisite features and decoration, this series embodies the quality and realism that STAR WARS devotees love. The STAR WARS RETRO COLLECTION includes figures and games from the 40-plus-year lega…

STAR WARS: The Virtual Production of The Mandalorian, Season One

The good folks over at ILM have released a five minute behind the scenes featurette on their YouTube channel showing the look at the groundbreaking virtual production technology used on The Mandalorian, Season One.  They reveal how they actually used the Unreal engine for virtual production.  Virtual sets mixed with real props and sets? We've come along way since Wing Commander III!



Over 50 percent of The Mandalorian Season 1 was filmed using this ground-breaking new methodology, eliminating the need for location shoots entirely. Instead, actors in The Mandalorian performed in an immersive and massive 20’ high by 270-degree semicircular LED video wall and ceiling with a 75’-diameter performance space, where the practical set pieces were combined with digital extensions on the screens. Digital 3D environments created by ILM played back interactively on the LED walls, edited in real-time during the shoot, which allowed for pixel-accurate tracking and perspective-correct 3D imagery …

New Star Wars merchandise revealed ahead of New York Toy Fair inspired by 'The Mandalorian' and 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars'

NEW PRODUCTS INSPIRED BY DISNEY+ ORIGINAL SERIES THE MANDALORIAN AND STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS ANNOUNCED All-new products featuring the Child arriving soon This year, the Force is strong with fans who want to celebrate their love of all things Star Wars™ with new merchandise tied to beloved stories and characters revealed today just ahead of New York Toy Fair.

Leading with products inspired by the hit Disney+ series, The Mandalorian (created by Jon Favreau and Executive Produced by Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson), anticipation is at an all-time high for toys, collectibles, books, home goods, apparel, games, accessories and more inspired by the galaxy’s newest (and arguably cutest) character, the Child, affectionately referred to as “Baby Yoda.” In addition to dozens of products previously announced, a number of all-new items across multiple categories were revealed for the first time today.


Highlights include THE CHILD ANIMATRONIC EDITION figure by Hasbro, which will …

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER GETS THE MARVEL COMICS TREATMENT THIS JUNE!

Announced earlier today at ComicsPRO in Portland, Oregon, Marvel Comics will be putting the final chapter of the Skywalker saga to the page in a comics adaptation of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Writer Jody Houser (Star Wars: TIE Fighter) and artist Will Sliney (Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren) will be teaming up to retell this epic story in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER ADAPTATION #1. In addition to the shocking twists and turns that were present in the film, the five-issue limited series will also have brand-new story material for readers to enjoy!

"As a lifelong Star Wars fan, it was an honor to be asked to be a part of wrapping up the Skywalker saga with Marvel Comics," Houser said. “We have some fun plans to add scenes and material that weren’t seen in the movie."

Relive Rey’s quest, the Resistance’s desperate last stand, and the return of an old enemy when STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER ADAPTATION #1 hits stands this June!

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKE…

LUKE WIELDS A NEW LIGHTSABER IN STAR WARS #6!

Set after the events of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, writer Charles Soule and artist Jesús Saiz are currently telling the previously unseen adventures of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and the Rebel Alliance in Marvel’s ongoing comic series, STAR WARS. With this exciting new era underway, some of the franchises’ longstanding mysteries are being spotlighted including what happened to the lightsaber Luke lost in his climatic duel with Darth Vader in Cloud City. While the results of Luke’s search remain to be seen, it would appear he eventually obtains a replacement… See the young Jedi ignite a never-before-seen yellow lightsaber on R.B. Silva’s STAR WARS #6 cover below and learn more when this issue hits stands this May!

STAR WARS #6

Written by CHARLES SOULE

Art by JESÚS SAIZ

Cover by R.B. SILVA

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

Details Released For Home Entertainment Version Of Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker. Digital Release Will Have John Williams Feature

Press Release For Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Home Entertainment Version We are pleased to bring you the full press release for The Rise of Skywalker Home Entertainment Release.  You can look forward to over two hours of bonus material including a feature-length making-of documentary. 

Fans of John Williams will want to keep an eye on the digital version as there is an exclusive feature for the digital version only called The Maestro’s Finale.  Composer John Williams reflects on his body of work for the Star Wars saga and shares insights on scoring Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.  At the time of writing this we have no clue how long this feature is but we are trying to find out and will update as soon as we get any further information.


Here's the full press release:

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams’ riveting, inspiring conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, electrified audiences around the globe, earning more than a billion dollars wor…

“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” returns for its final season beginning On Disney+

New Photos And Video From Final Season Of The Clone Wars We've been sent a load of new photos from the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.  Not only that there's a brand new clip from the show.  The final season kicks off on Disney's new streaming platform, Disney+ and starts Feb 21st.  Here's the press release along with those pics:

The award-winning “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” returns for its epic final season beginning Friday, Feb. 21, only on Disney+. Today the streaming service shared a new clip and unreleased images from the season premiere.



 With ground-breaking computer animation from Lucasfilm, astounding action, and the timeless battle between good and evil, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” expands the Star Wars story with all new adventures set in a galaxy far, far away. “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” is from Dave Filoni, director and executive producer of “The Mandalorian,”
It’s the end of the historic Clone Wars, as the forces of darkness have amassed grea…