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Answered - What Do The Words Mean In The Duel Of The Fates?

So what were they singing in "Duel of the Fates" ? It's a line from a Welsh poem, Cad Goddeu ("Battle of the Trees"), originally translated by Robert Graves, and literally transcribed into Sanskrit. The line goes, "Under the tongue root a fight most dread, and another raging, behind, in the head."

Sanskrit lyrics?
Williams chose Sanskrit because it was not as recognisable as Latin or Greek, and the vowels were easy to sing. The lyrics are:

Khara Matha Khara Rath Amah
Khara Rath Amah Yuddha Khara
Khara Syada Rath Amah Dai Ya
Khara Ki La Dan Ya
Niha Ki La Khara Rath Amah
Syada Ki La Khara Rath Amah
Khara Dan Ya Khara Rath Amah
Khara Dan Ya Khara Rath Amah
Niha Ki La Khara Rath Amah
Syada Ki La Khara Rath Amah
Khara
Khara Matha Khara Rath Amah
Khara Dan Ya Khara Rath Amah
Niha Ki La Khara Rath Amah
Syada Ki La Khara Rath Amah
Khara

Was it then also Sanskrit at Qui-Gon's funeral ? Yes:

Mahdhurah swehpna
Go rahdomah swepna
Mahdhurah swehpna
Go rahdomah…

New Footage Of Steven Spielberg's Cancelled Alien Road-Trip Video Game

Steven Spielberg's Cancelled Alien Game Surfaces With New Footage It's no secret that Steven Spielberg is a gamer and has dipped his talented hands into the world of gaming in the past such as Boom Bloxs and The Dig.  Well, thanks to a documentary on YouTube about the video game company, Arkane Studios who brought us gaming greats such as Prey and Dishonored, we get to see some unseen footage on a game that Steven Spielberg had an involvement in.  It was in the mid-2000s and the game had a code-name of "LMNO."  The game didn't get off the ground and didn't even have a proper name but the concept was intriguing.
It was going to be an open-world cross-country road trip with a friendly alien as your sidekick who had special powers.  An interesting and original idea and a huge shame it got cancelled.  The story was actually Steven Spielberg's idea.  He had the script and wanted to make the game and a movie.  The game would have seen your character having to …

Hasbro Reveal New Packaging For Black Series And It Is Awesome!

Hasbro Black Series Packaging Gets A Facelift Hasbro have revealed their new packaging for the Star Wars Black Series.  Normally we wouldn't get excited about a change in packaging for a range of figures but two things have made us post this.  One, the new packaging is pretty awesome!  Colourful and actually specific to each figure.  The second is the packaging for the original Black Series was...Well lets be honest, it wasn't the best.  It was just a bit bland and generic with no specific artwork for each character.  Well now they do and the change is a much needed one.  This is a huge improvement that is worthy of the superb figures that the Black Series normally boast.  Hasbro tell us:

"This new packaging welcomes a new era for collectors and fans, featuring several new details and colorways. Each colorway represents a Star Wars entertainment property and helps fans to collect figures based on their favorite Star Wars movies and series. The side of the new Star Wars: …

CLASSIC VIDEO: Seth MacFarlane Interviews George Lucas

Brian Griffin, I mean Seth MacFarlane interviews George Lucas.  You can absolutely tell that Seth MacFarlane is a fan as he's like a kid in a sweet shop touring around Lucasfilm. It really is a fantastic interview from way back in 2008. George explains that they are currently filming The Clone Wars.  George also give Seth some insight into movie-making and reveals that whatever film you make you will have to watch at least a hundred times which is a punishment.

He also said his Tivo was full of Family Guy episodes but admitted to never buying an episode.  Seth, a little disappointed said he's bought all his movies.  The best bit is Seth testing George on tracks from the soundtracks.  Did he do well?  Check it out below:



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

PHOTO OF THE DAY - George Lucas During American Graffiti and Attack of the Clones

Two photos, taken 27 years apart.

George Lucas during the filming of American Graffiti in 1973, then during the filming of Attack of the Clones in 2000.

What's extra fun is that the actor pictured in the American Graffiti shot is Ron Howard, who, 44 years later, would find himself directing Solo: A Star Wars Story. - Brad

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

WATCH: George Lucas Predicted Games Will Look Like Movies Back In 1993

VINTAGE VIDEO: Lucasarts Promo From 1993 Featuring George Lucas Below is a Lucasarts promo video from 1993 featuring George Lucas.  The Star Wars creator who back in 1993 was the chairman of the board for Lucasarts starts his speech by saying he is in both businesses.  He then predicts that games will look just like movies:

"I'm in the games business.  I've been in the games business for 15 years, I've been developing interactive, multimedia entertainment and I'm a storyteller and I make movies.  One isn't going to wipe out the other...There will be movies and there will be games and the games will look like movies." 

Well, here we are 27 years later and he wasn't wrong with that prediction.  Some of the triple-A games on next-gen consoles and PC look absolutely stunning and even in the world of TV and movies, there is a cross-over already happening with The Mandalorian using Epic's Unreal engine to provide the stunning backdrops we are familiar w…

REPORT: Construction to resume at Disney World's Star Wars Hotel

One of the ongoing projects I'll be following here is the construction of the forthcoming Star Wars hotel, named the Halycon, or Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. The hotel is being built on the south end of Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida.

Like most everything that was in progress in society, construction on the site was halted due to COVID-19 in March. As shown in the photo above, taken earlier this year, progress on the Halcyon was moving along nicely before the shutdown.

According to the Orlando Business Journal and The Dis, permits have been filed with Orange County to resume "the fabrication and installation of sets," on something called Project H, which is presumed to be the Disney code word for the Halcyon. The Halcyon had been advertised to open in 2021, though any change on an opening date due to COVID-19, has not yet been announced.
The Halcyon is intended to be directly accessible via the back end of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. One of the…

Revenge of the Sith - Douglas Meacham Takes A Look Back At The 2005 Classic

STAR WARS: REVENGE OF THE SITH U.S. Release Date: May 19, 2005
Starring: Hayden Christensen, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman
Music by: John Williams
Directed by: George Lucas
“ONCE MORE THE SITH WILL RULE THE GALAXY!” - Darth Sidious/Palpatine


Fifteen years ago the Star Wars saga came full circle and was considered, at that time, to be complete. George Lucas had finally told the tale of Anakin Skywalker’s rise to Jedi knighthood and his subsequent fall to the dark side of the Force to become Darth Vader.

The prequel trilogy is my Star Wars, and this film is my favorite of the three. They are the films I saw in the theater as they came out like the generation before me did with the original trilogy. I hold the OT in high esteem and believe that they are the superior films, but because I didn’t experience them the way I did the prequels, I view them as very similar in quality to each other (although I do believe THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK is the superior of the three).

Lucas’s use of the su…

Random Fact - Close Encounter Topps Trading Cards Do Not Feature Roy Neary. Here's Why

The Close Encounters Topps Trading Cards That Don't Feature The Main Character In 1978, Topps released a highly anticipated set of trading cards complete with their infamous chewing gum based on the Steven Spielberg UFO classic, Close Encounters of the Third Kind.  An interesting fact about the 66 card set is none of them feature the main character, Richard Dreyfuss (Roy Neary) or François Truffaut (Claude Lacombe.)  This was down to the company not securing rights to feature their likeness.  Instead, the card set focused on Ronnie Neary and her children.
Card from the 1978 Topps Close Encounters Trading card pack
The cards also had a set of stickers.  Here's one from a pack I opened
The back of the cards had movie facts. Can you spot the mistake on these cards?
Here's the chewing gum from a sealed pack of Topps Close Encounters Trading Cards that I opened back in 2013.  Yes, I did try some.  It was very brittle and tasted of...nothing!

And finally...
Since we never had a…

VIDEO: Cinematic Wisdom and Lunch with Spielberg's Mom by John Wesley Downey

Friend of the site, John Wesley Downey has released a video on his YouTube channel where he talks about the time he met Steven Spielberg's mother.  He also explains how he went from being just a fan of movies to being a fan and a professional working in the movie industry.  John is just finishing his first feature and gives a personal insight on how he got involved in the industry and what it was like being behind the camera for the first time.

John's recalls the time he met Steven Spielberg's mother around 1986 (with bad script in hand) and how she left a lasting impression on him.  She loved talking about her son and told John the story of when Steven Spielberg needed a piano so sent his mother out with John Williams to find one.  Both had a wonderful time as they had Steven's credit card so dined on the best food thanks to the director.

John ends his video with a passionate discussion about critics of movies and understanding the effort that goes in to making a pie…

The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary - Photos From The Wampa Attack Deleted Scene

Rare photos from a scene ultimately deleted from The Empire Strikes Back, the Wampa attack and the aftermath.















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

The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary - Celebrating 40 Years. Guest Post by Justin Berger

Guest Post by Justin BergerIn 1980 The Empire Strikes Back was released in theaters and broke box office records. Not surprising in hindsight given it was the sequel to the most popular film ever made, but during production George Lucas wasn’t sure if the film was going to be the huge hit everyone expected it to be. With budget problems, extended shooting schedules, disgruntled actors and major setbacks seemingly every step of the way, Empire was not an easy film to make.

Four decades ago filmmaker George Lucas handed the reins of his big budget Star Wars sequel over to director Irvin Kershner and producer Gary Kurtz. Having just finished directing the original Star Wars roughly two years earlier, Lucas had decided that he was done directing and planned to remain behind-the-scenes for the follow-up, The Empire Strikes Back. This was due in part to Star Wars taking a major toll on him and also out of necessity as he was in the midst of re-forming his own production company (Lucasfilm) a…