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ESCAPISM: HOW STEVEN SPIELBERG, GEORGE LUCAS AND JOHN WILLIAMS CAN HELP WITH SELF-ISOLATION

Exploring The Importance Of Escapism And How The Bearded Trio Can Help.  Article By Brad Monastiere If you have a TV, computer, tablet, or anything that accesses anything in the outside world, you know everything is terrible.

COVID-19, also known as the Coronovirus, has taken over nearly 100 percent of news coverage around the world. There’s a mixture of fear, panic, distrust and hostility in the air. At times like this, when I am inundated with bad news, I search far and wide for good news. Or something good.

Enter the works of George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and John Williams.

I was 4 years old when A New Hope bowed in theaters in 1977. I still remember seeing it to this day, and feeling angry that Darth Vader got away. Oh if I only knew!

When asked by people what it is that so fuels my Star Wars/Indiana Jones fandom, the word that consistently comes to mind is Escapism.

Webster’s defines Escapism as “the tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities, especially …

VIDEO: New Mashup Features Indiana Jones And Star Wars. Raiders of the Lost Darth. This Is A Must Watch!

Raiders of the Lost Darth: Indiana Jones/Star Wars Mashup Back in February we reported on the excellent mashup video that talented Fabrice Mathieu put together called Darth by Darthwest.  It featured a crossover of the iconic Hitchcock movie, North by Northwest and Star Wars.  Well, Fabrice has been at it again and this time its even more of a classic.  This time we have an Indiana Jones/Star Wars mash up and it features the opening scene to Raiders of the Lost Ark.  It's called Raiders of the Lost Darth.

In this crossover we see Indiana Jones dealing with Jawas, Ewoks and Imperial Droids to name a few and all to get his hands on Threepio's head!  It really is well done and is worth watching more than once as there are a number of subtle references in the movie.

Mashup imagined by Christophe Lambert and Fabrice Mathieu.
Edited and directed by Fabrice Mathieu.

More Mashups here:
https://vimeo.com/fabricemathieu
https://www.youtube.com/user/FabriceMathieu

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Did You Spot The Barrels From Jaws In Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker?

Jaws, E.T, Hook, The Book Thief, Indiana Jones and More All Represented In The Rise of Skywalker Yes, the barrels from Jaws are in the Star Wars universe.  This is the scene where the great John Williams has his cameo and he is actually surrounded by props that represent each of his Academy Award nominations.  Look out for The Book Thief, Saving Private Ryan, Hook, Home Alone, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Indiana Jones and more.  Here's a few photos to get you started.

The Book Thief.  Complete with John Williams initials
 E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
 Hook
 Saving Private Ryan
Indy's Whip
2-1B from Star Wars
John Williams in The Rise of Skywalker

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Why aren't they staying at home?

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

Photo of the Day - Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams Listening To The Final Star Wars Recording Session

Photo of the Day - Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams Listening To The Final Recording Session Here's a few screen grabs from the John Williams featurette that is only available with the digital version of The Rise of Skywalker.  The setting is the final recording session where John Williams is recording the soundtrack to the movie.  In attendance is J.J. Abrams, Mark Hamill and Steven Spielberg to name a few.









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New Episode of Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventures is Live!

The latest Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventures short is now available on the Star Wars Kids YouTube channel.  "Leia Organa - A Princess, A General, A Mentor"
The legacy of Leia Organa stretches from her days fighting with the Rebel Alliance to commanding the Resistance and inspiring a new generation of heroes in Rey, Poe Dameron, and more.
Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures is a series of animated shorts celebrating the characters and stories of a galaxy far, far away, featuring a bright and colorful art style, exciting action, and insight into the saga's greatest themes!



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Retro TV Commercials That Feature Indiana Jones

Indiana Jones Retro Commercials When a movie franchise becomes instantly recognisable and as successful as Indiana Jones it’s no surprise that companies are going to want to associate their products with it.  Here’s some of the best adverts from over the decades ranging from Diet Coke to a lottery scratch card and I've left my favourite until last, Terry’s Chocolate Orange.
Raiders of the Lost Ark Kenner Advert

Lego Temple of Doom Advert

Coca Cola Indiana Jones Advert

Lottery Scratch Card Advert

80’s UK Weetabix Indy Parody Advert

Staff of Kings Advert

Nutella Advert

Last Crusade Coming To VHS, only $24.95

Saved the best till last. Terry’s Chocolate Orange 80’s UK advert.


Did I miss your favourite out? Let me know by tweeting @thebeardedtrio

Rob
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COMPETITION: Win The Art Of Onward Book By Pixar / Chronicle Books

Win The Art Of Onward Thanks to Chronicles Books, we've got our hands on the latest "the art of" book for a Disney/Pixar movie and this time it's for the quirky, "Onward" which is directed by Dan Scanlon.  Set in a suburban fantasy world, Onward introduces two teenage elf brothers who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there.  Dan Scanlon also gives the book an introduction and from the offset you can see that The Art Of Onward is of the highest quality just like the previous books in the series and why they have actually created quite a following with Disney and Pixar enthusiasts.


As usual with these kind of books, The Art of Onward provides a huge insight into the creative process and the amount of work involved that goes into producing an animated feature.  Character designs, storyboards, colour scripts plus exclusive interviews from the creative team are all present in the full colour 176 pages.


Compet…

The Day Steven Spielberg Complained About The Missing 'Force Button' On His Star Wars Arcade Game

Steven Spielberg and His Missing Force Button Steven Spielberg as you probably already know is a bit of a gamer and it was only natural when the director was doing one of his regular visits to Lucasfilm in the early 80's that he set his sites on the Star Wars arcade machine that just happened to be taking residence.

Little did Spielberg know that the machine that was at Lucasfilm was being used and studied by Peter Langston (Ball Blazer and Rescue on Fractalus!) who was there for Lucasfilm Games (later to be Lucasarts.)

Lucasfilm actually had little involvement in the Atari arcade machine but the machine was shipped to the company for reference and for Langston to study. After studying the manual he discovered a switch that would convert the game into debug mode and allow all sorts of options to be applied. One in particular was the option to freeze the game and using the fire button you could advance the scene one frame at a time and still move the cursor on screen and blast awa…

Take A Ride On This Close Encounters of the Third Kind Roller Coaster

Are You Ready To Experience A Close Encounter? I love Close Encounters of the Third Kind.  In a recent post where I revealed my top ten Steven Spielberg movies, the UFO movie came second and could have easily been first.   Another thing I love is gaming, especially games where you get to build in a sandbox environment.  Planet Coaster from the clever people at Frontier is one of them.  In the game you get to create, manage and tinker with your very own theme park and if you're clever enough you can build pretty much anything including mighty roller coasters where you can actually ride your very own creations.

That is exactly what Tommy LaFleur has done.  Tommy has his own YouTube channel where he shows off his rather impressive creations in Planet Coaster.  He's obviously a Steven Spielberg fan as you will find roller coasters based on Indiana Jones and E.T. as well as other fantastic rides.


I've played Planet Coaster and I can tell you that these kind of rides must have …

"The Outsider: The Complete First Season" Available on Digital Today and Blu-ray/DVD on June 9

HBO’s Smash Hit Based on the Best-Selling Novel by the Award-Winning Author, Stephen King
THE OUTSIDER: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON
Unravel the Mystery on Blu-rayTM and DVD June 9, 2020
Available on Digital TODAY – March 9, 2020
BURBANK, CA (March 9, 2020) – Believe the unbelievable! Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the murder crime mystery series The Outsider: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray and DVD on June 9, 2020 and is priced to own at $29.99 SRP ($34.99 in Canada) for the DVD and $39.99 SRP ($44.99 in Canada) for the Blu-ray which includes a Digital Copy (US Only). The Outsider: The Complete First Season is also available to own on Digital via purchase from all major digital retailers today.

In addition to all 10 exhilarating episodes from season one, The Outsider: The Complete First Season features over 40 minutes of behind-the-scenes bonus content including the all-new featurette “EL CUCO. THE BABA YAGA. THE OUTSIDER.” In this never-before-seen featurette you can d…

Idea for Indiana Jones V - Indiana Jones and the search for the Sacred Rolls

With all the panic buying happening due to the Coronavirus, I suddenly had an Idea for Indiana Jones V - Indiana Jones and the search for the Sacred Rolls. I can see the tag line now, "Don't panic, Indy is on the job."

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Steven Spielberg And His NASA Connection

What happened to Steven Spielberg's Space Shuttle Cargo Space Allocation?Back in 1978 hot off the success of Close Encounters of the Third Kind there were strong rumours that the director, Steven Spielberg was working on a sequel.  Columbia Pictures were eager for a sequel, Spielberg not so much, but at the same time he didn't want anyone else going anywhere near his UFO masterpiece.  A sequel was planned, a working title or titles I should say were pencilled in.  'Watch The Skies' later to become 'Night Skies' produced many rumours at the time and one particular story was surfacing in more than one publication.  Steven Spielberg had booked cargo space on the inaugural flight of NASA's brand new project, the Space Shuttle.


Flicking through a copy of Starburst magazine from May, 1978 I came across a couple of lines in the 'Things to Come' section and it mentions Steven Spielberg is planning on sending a camera up into space aboard the Space Shuttle …

VIDEO - I Take A Look At Star Wars: Behind The Magic Disc 1 Including That Infamous Leia Fashion Show

Star Wars: Behind the Magic - Who remembers that epic opening video or the Princess Leia fashion show?  And what about the weapons test?  Well I play all that in this video.  I hope you enjoy it. - Rob



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Do You Want To Write For The Bearded Trio?

Want To Come On-board The Bearded Trio? The Bearded Trio is a fan site run by fans.  One thing we absolutely love getting are guest posts from passionate fans.  We've had some incredible posts over the years and now we are looking for more.  Do you want to write an article for us?  Then feel free to read our guidelines here and let us know if you have any further questions.

We are also looking for regular contributors, such as posting news articles and general posts.  Interested?  Feel free to contact us for a chat.

Rob


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