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WATCH: Video Of Hasbro's Latest Star Wars Range

Hasbro's Latest Star Wars RangeHasbro are excited about their latest Star Wars range and they couldn't wait to share the products with us.  We have a whole bunch of photos for you, actually we have 166 photos so we thought we would put them together in one handy video.  You can watch the video at the end of this post.  Let us know which product you like the most.


STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES AHSOKA TANO FORCE FX ELITE LIGHTSABER
(HASBRO/Ages 14 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $224.99/Available: Spring 2021)
Combining advanced LEDs and entertainment-inspired Lightsaber sound effects, the STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES FX ELITE LIGHTSABERS are the most realistic Force FX Lightsaber yet. The real metal hilt features design and deco based on AHSOKA TANO’S iconic Lightsaber featured in the STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS animated series. Select between blue, green, or yellow-green blade colors with the first-ever STAR WARS: The Black Series Force FX Elite Lightsaber three-color-changin…

VIDEO: Original 1976 Star Wars Trailer. "A Billion Years In The Making."

Here's the original 1976 teaser trailer for the first Star Wars movie. The makers of the trailer (Fox) obviously had no idea what they had on their hands and what the story was about. Check it out below. Apparently it was a billion years in the making...

Watch the original Star Wars teaser trailer from 1976, featuring the world's first look at Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Darth Vader, and other classic characters and locales from a galaxy far, far away.

Indiana Jones: Connecting Generations

Indiana Jones: Connecting Generations by Tom GrossA few weeks back, I sat down to introduce Raiders of the Lost Ark to a new generation of my family: my thirteen-year-old daughter.  While I have seen the film probably a couple dozen times in my lifetime, I haven't watched it myself in probably ten years.  So, I was excited for another viewing after quite some time, and I was excited to see the film with my daughter who was experiencing it for the first time.
I had forgotten how wonderful this movie is with the cinematography, the music, the story, and of course the acting.  But, what really made this movie for me during this viewing was one moment.  The moment is in the scene where Marion is taken while she is hiding in a basket.  Indiana is running through the street trying to follow her screaming voice.  A great moment when Indiana runs into the market and sees all the same baskets, but that wasn't the moment. It is the set-up for the moment.  I really wanted my daughter to e…

LET’S RAISE A GLASS TO ANOTHER WHO IS NOW ONE WITH THE FORCE

Saw on social media that Penny McCarthy passed away recently. People may not remember her, or know her by name, but Star Wars fans will always remember the character she played. For those of you who don’t know who she was, she played the Devaronian male Kardue’sai’Malloc, also known as Labria, in Episode IV (one of the cantina aliens). She was also the restraining bolt Jawa, and a hand double for actress Carrie Fisher (the hand you see inserting the disc into R2-D2 at the beginning of the film was her hand.) She is also listed on IMDB as being an assistant auditor for the film.
Per IMDB, other films she worked on included: “Bright Lights, Big City” as an assistant to the director. A production coordinator on “Pefect”, & “Mike’s Murder”, Auditor on “Let’s Spend the Night Together”, assistant auditor on “Absence of Malice”, assistant producer on “The China Cyndrome”, location auditor on “Borderline”, and received special acknowledgement for “Psycho Cop”.

I had the opportunity to meet …

EXPLORING DISNEY WORLD IN THE ERA OF COVID-19

This is the third part of impressions from my trip to Disney World at the end of August/early September. This part is probably the most widely relevant, talking about what it was like to explore Disney during this awful pandemic.
I must stress first of all, that I have been back from Disney for more than two weeks and am perfectly healthy. Dealing with the spread of the virus in the state of Florida, which from a state government standpoint has done a poor job at mitigating it, was a huge concern of mine. So my wife and I took an abundance of precautions, like packing more hand sanitizer than we needed, wearing masks all the time, etc. It has been a source of relief that we both got home fully healthy.
Now, a distinction should be made between the state of Florida and Disney property. They very much are two different jurisdictions. From when Disney shut down on March 31 until its reopen on July, it put its best minds to work on how to reopen, but safely.
Test passed. With flying colors.
W…

VIDEO - George Lucas Introduces A Battle Droid From Star Wars to Steven Spielberg

Here's a short video showing George Lucas introducing a Battle Droid to Steven Spielberg for the first time while making Star Wars The Phantom Menace.



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

UNACCOMPANIED: Portraits by Kate Capshaw

Several years ago Kate Capshaw discovered a love of painting and recently she created UNACCOMPANIED a series of portraits that shine a spotlight on the crisis of homeless youth in Los Angeles. In 2019 Kate's portraits were entered in the The Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition and she became a finalist and her portraits were displayed at The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.
Here is Kate in her own words: 
The Bearded Trio - The Site For Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, John Williams and a whole lot more.

Polaroid And Lucasfilm Team Up To Bring Special-Edition The Mandalorian Camera

Take Instant Photos Of Your Next Target With This Madalorian Special-Edition Polaroid Camera.Lucasfilm and Polaroid are teaming up to bring us a special-edition Mandalorian instant camera.  Perfect to take photos of your Baby Yoda growing up or your next bounty hunter target.  Even the film has limited-edition frames to give you that galaxy far, far away feel.  Once the film runs out you can pretend the camera is a pair of macrobinoculars and quote Luke from A New Hope "Well, there are two banthas down there, but I don't see any— Wait a second, they're sand people, alright. I can see one of them now." (Just don't blame me if you get in a fight with a sand person.)  Anyway, here's the full press release: Today, Polaroid, in collaboration with Lucasfilm, launches an exclusive camera and film to celebrate the Disney+ live action Star Wars series, The Mandalorian™. To create your own adventures inspired by The Mandalorian™, Polaroid has redesigned its latest anal…

VIDEO: A Compilation Of Star Wars Commercials

Here's a great video showing 8 minutes of some of the best Star Wars commercials (and yes the VW ad is one of them.)





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BOOM! Studios Announces JIM HENSON’S LABYRINTH: MASQUERADE #1

Discover a Brand New Adventure in the World of the Beloved Jim Henson Film ‘Labyrinth’BOOM! Studios today announced JIM HENSON’S LABYRINTH: MASQUERADE #1, a brand new oversized one-shot issue starring the strange and wondrous characters of Jim Henson’s beloved fantasy classic Labyrinth, from award-winning author Lara Elena Donnelly (Amberlough), artists French Carlomagno (The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance), Samantha Dodge (Catwoman: Soulstealer), and Pius Bak (The Magicians: Alice’s Story), available in December 2020.

You’re invited to the ball of the season! But all is not as it seems with the guests of Jareth’s famous Masquerade, as one of the partygoers slowly awakens to the reality of her topsy-turvy existence in the Goblin Kingdom after Sarah’s escape from the ball. As this mysterious participant puts together the pieces of who she is and where she is, her discoveries could unravel the very fabric of this fantasy world!

JIM HENSON’S LABYRINTH: MASQUERADE #1 features main cover a…

A Look Back At Close Encounters of the Third Kind

I take a look back at one of my all time favourites, Close Encounters of the Third Kind There are three movies that are always in my mind when someone asks me what my all time favourite movies are.  Jaws is always there along with Raiders of the Lost Ark and of course Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Like Jaws this is a perfect Spielberg film with some of the most iconic scenes in cinema history.  Classic Spielberg directing, an incredible John Williams soundtrack and a cast who nail every scene make this easily one of my all time favourite movies.  As a Spielberg fan it has two of my favourite scenes from the director.  The first time Roy witnesses the UFOs in his van.  In particular there is one simple shot around 19m 55s in where you see a van moving across a road at night with trees silhouetted by the starry night sky.  A slow moving UFO moves across the screen.  I love this shot and for me this is a classic Spielberg shot.

The other scene is what has become an iconic shot for …

Dan's Deliberations: EMPIRE CON L.A. 2019 – THE KURTZ/JOINER ARCHIVE

Dan Dudych looks back at the incredible Kurtz/Joiner Archive (KJA) at Empire Con L.A. 2019. Rather than trying to explain what the “KJA” are, I thought I’d take the explanation directly from their website: www.kurtzjoinerarchive.com

The Kurtz/Joiner Archive is the collaboration of Gary Kurtz (Star Wars producer /filmmaker and vice president of Lucasfilm up until 1981) and Jason Joiner (Collector and Guinness world record holder for the largest Star Wars collection and film historian) In 1991 they met at Gary’s production offices in London to talk about Gary’s work on the Star Wars films. Jason had been interviewing crew members for the previous two years in an attempt to preserve and record as many of the crew’s memories as possible for future generations of fans. When they met, it was a genuine meeting of minds, as Gary really liked that Jason was finding out the real history from the crew that made the films. Jason was amazed by how much knowledge Gary had retained and soon realize…

MY FIRST TRIP TO STAR WARS: GALAXY'S EDGE PART 2: THE RIDES

I was able to wander through Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge for the first time on August 28 and September 3. In my last post I wrote about my general impressions of the land. Here, I will go into detail about my experiences on Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run and Rise of the Resistance.
Rise has gained quite a reputation in its short life as a vexing attraction. The ride experiences frequent breakdowns, and infamously, was recently and literally struck by lightning.
RISE OF THE RESISTANCE
First off, here's how you get your spot in the virtual queue: Get into Disney's Hollywood Studios by 10 a.m., or "rope drop." Be sure you are inside the park entrance by this time. Have the My Disney Experience app open on your phone. Scroll down a bit on the app to find the Rise of Resistance section. At precisely 10 a.m., hit the "JOIN" button. Like, do it the first second you're able to. And don't be on the park's Wi-Fi. Just be on whatever network you subsc…

MY FIRST TRIP TO STAR WARS: GALAXY'S EDGE - PART 1

Something good had to happen in 2020, right?
This year has been an unimaginable challenge for so many of us. But a bright spot emerged for me last week when I was fortunate enough to make a week-long trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando for an overdue but welcome vacation.
The highlight of that vacation was my first-ever visit to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.
I'll be going over the details of my trip in two parts. Today's first part takes a general approach to what I discovered in my first impressions of the land. Part two, publishing later this week, looks at Galaxy's Edge, and Disney through the prism of COVID, an unavoidable aspect of this particular trip for my wife and I.
A couple of left turns get you to the concrete entrance to Galaxy's Edge, once you enter Disney's Hollywood Studios. There, you walk through a short tunnel which opens up into the land. If the Disney Imagineers succeeded at anything with GE (Galaxy's Edge) - and they succeeded in quite a lot …