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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 …


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!



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!




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…

Harrison Ford Confirms Indiana Jones 5 Starts Filming In Two Months

Harrison Ford Reveals In Interview That He Is Returning In Around Two Months Time Harrison Ford has just casually confirmed in his unique way that he will be returning to Indiana Jones in around two months.  In an interview for 'CBS Sunday Morning' Lee Cowan asks Ford what's the challenge of coming back to the same role.  Ford replies by saying:

 "trying not to look silly running around in tight pants and high boots...I'll try and give you a more appropriate answer, considering that I'm going to start doing Indiana Jones in about two months"

He goes on to say that he is always delighted to come back to these characters because people enjoy them and feels obliged to make them as ambition as when they first started. He also referred to fans as customers as he believes the word "fan" is a bit weird to him.

You can watch a preview of the interview below.  The full interview with be shown on Sunday 16th February:

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Soundtrack News: Intrada Give The Classic Time Bandits Their Treatment

We have the latest press release from those soundtrack gurus at Intrada who have just announced they are giving the classic Time Bandits their treatment.  The music is by Mike Moran and features "Dream Away" by George Harrison.  Here's the full press release:

In 1981, two veterans of the British comedy group Monty Python—writer-director Terry Gilliam and actor-writer Michael Palin—combined the incongruous elements of god, the devil, Napoleon, Robin Hood, King Agamemnon, the minotaur, the sinking of the Titantic, two star-crossed lovers, a man-eating ogre, six thieving dwarves and the imagination of one eleven-year-old boy into the adventure classic Time Bandits. The score by composer Mike Moran has never been available before, despite numerous requests for decades. With heartfelt thanks to Handmade Films, this long-sought title is finally available on CD 39 years later! Good things come to those who wait. While the opening and closing of the score are electronic, all of …

JOHN WILLIAMS: 15 Facts On The Iconic Composer

15 Facts On John WilliamsIt's John Williams' birthday today so to celebrate the maestro's 88th Birthday, we've compiled fifteen facts on the iconic composer that you may or may not know.  Happy Birthday John, keep swinging that baton.

1 - John William's son, Joseph Williams, became the lead singer of the band Toto who you may know from the song, “Africa”

2 - There have been three Steven Spielberg theatrical movies that have not had a John Williams score.  "The Color Purple" (which was composed by Quincy Jones, who also produced the film) "Bridge of Spies" (composed by Thomas Newman) and Ready Player One (composed by Alan Silvestri.)

3 - With 52 Oscar nominations, Williams currently holds the record for the most Oscar nominations for a living person, and is the second most nominated person in Academy Awards history behind Walt Disney's 59. Forty-six of Williams's Oscar nominations are for Best Original Score and five are for Best Original S…

Steven Spielberg Pays Tribute To Kirk Douglas Who Has Passed Away, Age 103

Iconic actor, Kirk Douglas has passed away at the age of 103 and tributes have been pouring in from the world of Hollywood for the actor who's movies included Spartacus, Champion and The Bad and the Beautiful.  Steven Spielberg was one who paid tribute.  Hollywood Reporter reported:

In a statement, Steven Spielberg expressed how "honored" he felt to have worked with the late actor. "Kirk retained his movie star charisma right to the end of his wonderful life and I’m honored to have been a small part of his last 45 years. I will miss his handwritten notes, letters and fatherly advice, and his wisdom and courage — even beyond such a breathtaking body of work — are enough to inspire me for the rest of mine," he said. 

Mark Hamill also paid tribute, saying on Twitter:

Kirk Douglas was one of the biggest stars of all time & a brilliant actor with an unforgettable, blazing charisma. He will also be remembered for putting his career on the line by defying the Holly…

Jaws Play, THE SHARK IS BROKEN Starring Robert Shaw's Son Gets West End Run

The Shark is Broken will play a strictly limited run at the Ambassadors Theatre in the West End The Shark Is Broken Starring Ian Shaw, son of Robert Shaw who played Quint in the Steven Spielberg 1975 classic has bagged itself a West End run.  Ian is also the co-writer along with Joseph Nixon. and the director is Guy Masterson.

The Shark is Broken is a fun behind-the-scenes play that will see its run at the Ambassadors Theatre from May 11th to July 18th, with a press night on May 19th.  Make sure you get your tickets now.
0843 904 0061 Tickets from £10

Cape Cod, 1974: shooting on JAWS has stalled. The film’s lead actors – Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss – are stuck on a boat, frustrated by foul weather and a faulty mechanical co-star. Awash with alcohol and ambition, three great white sharks start to bare their teeth… The Shark is Broken reveals the hilarious and moving behind-the-scenes drama on one of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters. S…


STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION IMPERIAL TROOP TRANSPORT  The latest from Hasbro brings us this superb looking Troop Transport as first seen in The Mandalorian and inspired by an original Hasbro vehicle that was released in 1979.  The Troop Transport is available to pre-order from Amazon (Affiliated link.)

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $69.99/Available: Spring 2020)

The IMPERIAL TROOP TRANSPORT was used to move the Empire’s soldiers from location to location. This STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION IMPERIAL TROOP TRANSPORT vehicle is inspired by the vehicles seen in THE MANDALORIAN live-action TV series on Disney Plus. With realistic detail including a removable roof, opening doors, fold-down seating, swiveling turret, and blaster storage, this vehicle can be displayed in action figure and vehicle collections. Available for pre-order at Amazon

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

Sound Designers Of Star Wars Use Scream That May Be George Lucas

"The George" Replaces The Wilhelm Scream In an interview with Good Morning America, sound designers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, David Acord and Matt Wood revealed that there is a scream in The Last Jedi and other recent Star Wars movies that is referred to as "The George."  Speculation is that this is actually George Lucas and the designers refused to deny or confirm this rumour:

“The Rise of Skywalker”, sources tell ABC News, also contains a deep audio Easter egg: a scream that is actually the voice of "Star Wars" creator George Lucas. The clip, affectionately called “The George”, was originally recorded for the director’s 1973 film “American Graffiti." It has appeared in several movies, including “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “The Last Jedi”.

Acord and Wood acknowledge they did use a special scream in “The Rise of Skywalker”, but won’t say where it appears. They won’t even confirm that it’s Lucas.

“We’ve got a calling card, a very spec…

Memo From 1984 Shows Creative Process For Atari Game - Gremlins

Internal Memo Shows How Gremlins For Atari Was Based On Guessing If you loved video games in the eighties such as I did then you will know the often disappointment that would accompany a movie tie-in.  There are a few rare examples such as Batman for the Sinclair Spectrum 48K and the awesome Star Wars Arcade.  But, generally they stunk of a quick cash-in (E.T. anyone?) with poor graphics and even worse, actually having nothing to do with the movie itself.

Admittedly one of the main reasons for the game not resembling the movie was generally down to the restrictions of the hardware at the time such as the memory size.  Try fitting an Indiana Jones adventure into a few kilobytes!  Well, they did try.  However, there is another reason why the game would be completely off on a tangent and that is due to the game being developed before the actual movie came out and often, a ridiculous deadline.  This was a familiar practise with the developers, programmers and designers racing against tim…