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Celebrate 40 Years of The Empire Strikes Back With This Limited Release Pin Badge

New Official Pin Badge To Celebrate 40th Annivesary of The Empire Strikes Back This gleaming commemorative cloisonne pin marks the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Capture the moment, it is your destiny!  It's available on Star Wars day (May 4th) from shopdisney.com.  The link will go live at 7am PT.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Pin – 40th Anniversary – Limited Release

MSRP: $16.99
Available: May 4
Link: shopdisney.com/465055458785.html The link will go live at 7am PT May 4th



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

BRAD'S APRIL ESCAPE PART 20: INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL

Brad’s April Escape - Part 20 April 30 - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Each weekday this month, I’ll screen a film from The Bearded Trio Cinematic Universe and list 10 random scenes, characters, musical cues or performances that I particularly enjoy and look forward to upon every viewing. I’d love to hear similar little things you enjoy about these films, and hope you join me in this escape from the present-day world.

My final entry in this series is the last collaboration between George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and John Williams: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).


Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - An Introduction
After 19 years, Harrison Ford donned The Hat once again for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Like the Star Wars prequels, the anticipation for this release was very high. The result was enormously successful at the box office, but this film received a curious backlash, and not immediately after its release, either. …

BRAD'S APRIL ESCAPE PART 19: STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

Brad’s April Escape - Part 19 April 29 - Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Each weekday this month, I’ll screen a film from The Bearded Trio Cinematic Universe and list 10 random scenes, characters, musical cues or performances that I particularly enjoy and look forward to upon every viewing. I’d love to hear similar little things you enjoy about these films, and hope you join me in this escape from the present-day world.

Next up is the final entry in the Skywalker Saga, coming out on Disney+ next week, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019).


The Rise of Skywalker - An Introduction
This was it. The last film in the Skywalker Saga was finally upon us, just a few short months ago. The story of Rey, Finn and Poe came to a conclusion in a film that can only be described as "big." Big settings, big stakes for our characters, big implications on the rest of the saga.

I'll be up front with this - the sequel trilogy, as a whole, did not resonate with me the way the prequels and …

WATCH: Steven Spielberg Joins Zoom Chat With The Goonies

Josh Gad Zoom Chats With The Cast Of The Goonies Including Steven Spielberg Actor, Josh Gad has released "Reunited Apart" on his YouTube channel.  It's a new series and in the first episode Josh talks about The Goonies and calls some of the cast including Sean Austin.  He asks Sean if he could help him to track down some of the cast for a reunion.  In return Sean asks for something (not the truffle shuffle) but a little Olof from Frozen who Josh Gad voiced.  After he obliges we are treated to the cast of The Goonies in one big Zoom chat.  We get to see some of the cast reenact their scenes from the movie.  Chris Columbus said he thinks they are actually better now.
Also making an appearance was Steven Spielberg who joins in with the words "HEY YOU GUYS!"  Josh asks Steven if he has any stand out memories from the making of the movie.  Steven explains how Richard Donner was looking forward to getting away from the set and the kids.  To enjoy some peace and quie…

BRAD'S APRIL ESCAPE PART 18 - SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY

Brad’s April Escape - Part 18 April 28 - Solo: A Star Wars Story
Each weekday this month, I’ll screen a film from The Bearded Trio Cinematic Universe and list 10 random scenes, characters, musical cues or performances that I particularly enjoy and look forward to upon every viewing. I’d love to hear similar little things you enjoy about these films, and hope you join me in this escape from the present-day world.

Next up is my personal favorite Star Wars film of the Disney era so far, Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018).


Solo - An Introduction
I'll admit to being in the majority when a spinoff film focusing on Han Solo was announced in 2014. "We don't need a Han Solo movie," was probably my scorching hot take at the time. Then in 2016 and 2017, the film went through some well-documented issues during production. Ron Howard was a known commodity to me as a director, and has a long history with Lucasfilm, which I thought was very cool, that he could be a part of the franchis…

5 Great Spielberg Moments by Fran Del Pizzo

Guest blogger, Fran Del Pizzo lists five great Steven Spielberg momentsI’ve Lost Him (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, 1989)
A sequence which elicits simultaneous heartbreak and laughter over three minutes, this is the climatic ending to the tank chase scene which sees Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) saving his father Henry (Sean Connery) and Marcus Brody (Denholm Elliott) from the clutches of Donovan’s (Julian Glover) men. When Henry, Marcus and Sallah (John Rhys-Davies) peer over the side of the cliff believing that Indy has perished, we are treated to a wonderful moment of dramatic irony as our hero drags his exhausted body back over the peak of the cliff out of view of his friends and father.

Every single comedic beat here feels flawless and each one perfectly captures the personality of the characters in an instant: Indy looking over the cliff himself next to his oblivious friends to see what the fuss is all about, Sallah respectfully removing his Fez, Indy nodding and silentl…

WATCH: Conductor Stéphane Denève Interviews John Williams For The Philadelphia Orchestra

VIDEO: John Williams Interview The Philadelphia Orchestra on their Facebook page have published a never-before-seen 19-minute video interview, with Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève and John Williams. 

John Williams tells us in the interview:
"Most of the time I'm writing something, I'm writing a movie now...So I listen to very little music, it's not very helpful to listen to Brahms or something else where the music is probably better than mine to begin with.  It wouldn't really help."

You can watch the interview below:


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

BRAD'S APRIL ESCAPE PART 17: STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI

Brad’s April Escape - Part 17 April 27 - Return of the Jedi
Each weekday this month, I’ll screen a film from The Bearded Trio Cinematic Universe and list 10 random scenes, characters, musical cues or performances that I particularly enjoy and look forward to upon every viewing. I’d love to hear similar little things you enjoy about these films, and hope you join me in this escape from the present-day world.

Next up is the conclusion of the beloved original Star Wars Trilogy, Return of the Jedi (1983).


Return of the Jedi - An Introduction
Yes, I skipped over Empire Strikes Back. Don't worry, I have a three-part mega-post coming on that film to coincide with its 40th anniversary from May 20-22.

Until then, I suppose we have to settle for this gem of a film, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983), wonderfully directed by Richard Marquand. I've been looking forward to analyzing this film for a long time, though I hardly know where to begin.

Watching this film is always an emotional …