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SAD NEWS: Sir Sean Connery Dies Age 90

Sad news as we learn that Sir Sean Connery has died at the age of 90.  He died overnight in his sleep while in the Bahamas. Fans of Steven Spielberg movies will best know him for playing Indiana Jones' Dad in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and has stayed as a fan favourite since the movie was released in 1989.  Other roles that he became well known for was The Hunt for Red October and of course as James Bond.  He won an Oscar in 1988 for his role in The Untouchables, playing an Irish cop. Robert Carlyle tweeted: "RIP Sir Sean Connery.. a trailblazer, a true legend and a gentleman." First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon also said: "I was heartbroken to learn this morning of the passing of Sir Sean Connery. Our nation today mourns one of her best loved sons. Sean was born into a working class Edinburgh family and through talent & sheer hard work, became an international film icon and one of the world's most accomplished actors." Variety tells us:

SPOILER REVIEW: Season 2, Chapter 9 of The Mandalorian: The Marshal

The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 9 Review I'M WARNING YOU RIGHT NOW, SPOILERS FOR THE SEASON 2 PREMIER OF THE MANDALORIAN ARE BELOW. I SHIELD YOU FROM NOTHING!  OK, YOU'RE WARNED! IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED THE EPISODE YET, STOP HERE, GO WATCH IT AND COME BACK FOR MY REVIEW. WE GOOD? OK, those are the formalities officially out of the way. Each week, I'll be posting a quick recap/review of each new episode of The Mandalorian. I'll give a basic play-by-play with some thoughts and speculation about how each episode could figure into the larger picture of this season, and Star Wars as a whole. So let's get after it. SEASON 2: CHAPTER 9: "THE MARSHAL" EPISODE PREMIERS ON OCTOBER 30, 2020 DIRECTOR: JON FAVREAU EPISODE LENGTH: 55 MINUTES OVERVIEW : The Mandalorian was a smash hit a year ago when it headlined the debut of Disney Plus, the entertainment giant's new streaming service. Friday saw the first chapter in the highly anticipated new season, and that

New Images From Uncharted Movie. Will It Rival Indiana Jones?

Tom Holland To Take On Role As Nathan Drake In Uncharted I love the Uncharted games on the PlayStation.  I played them all from the original to Uncharted 4 and the remastered versions too.  They have that Indiana Jones feel to them which of course they are heavily influenced from.   Nathan Drake is the Indiana Jones of the Uncharted games and while most of us knew a movie was inevitable, we all thought that Nathan Fillion would be the ultimate choice to play Drake.  As it turns out, that role has gone to Tom Holland and today we can share with you a few images from the upcoming movie that will also star Mark Walberg who will play Drake's side-kick, Sully.  There are no images of Walberg as Sully yet but we do get to see the shirt he'll be wearing which resembles his attire in the videogames. It's not Indiana Jones 5 but at least we are getting an adventure movie and if they are based on the games then we are in for a lot of excitement and adventure.  Finding a decent videog

Celebrate The Return Of The Mandalorian With New Mando-Inspired Jewellery

With the return of The Mandalorian on Disney+ this week, RockLove Jewelry announces its latest pieces inspired by the award-winning show, including a new sterling silver The Child (Baby Yoda) necklace. Launching in tandem with #MandoMondays, the collection will be followed by two as-yet announced pieces launching on November 9. Star Wars™ | RockLove The Child Hover Pram Limited Edition Necklace - $195.00 Limited Edition of 1,000 units, each piece is engraved with a unique series number. Arrives in an exclusive Star Wars™ | RockLove luxury suede snap pouch with contrast stitching and metallic branding. Intricately carved solid sterling silver, a polished Pod hinges open with two magnetic doors to reveal The Child within! The Child is lovingly sculpted in life-like detail, eyes closed and hand outstretched while using the Force. Antiqued to emphasize the incredible detail, the three-dimensional pendant hangs from a heavy adjustable 24-inch sterling silver curb chain. Star Wars™ | Rock

George Lucas Thanks Les Dilley For His Work Even For "How Crazy I Act Sometimes" At BAFTA Wales Awards

Les Dilley Gets Outstanding Contribution Award At BAFTA WALES. On Sunday, production designer and art director Leslie (Les) Dilley received the Outstanding Contribution Award , one of the highest accolades BAFTA can award at the British Academy Cymru Awards.  It was streamed live online and Alex Jones (not that one) was the host. Les Dilley was born in the Rhondda, Wales and has worked on some of the most iconic movies such as Star Wars: A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Alien to name but a few. James Cameron started off the compliments explaining how he had the pleasure of working with Les in 1988 on The Abyss  and how it was a "horrifically challenging film for a number of reasons and we always that felt we were in such great hands from the design, from the sense of functionality of this deep ocean  underwater drilling rig to the execution of it, Les was able to build sets that were so real, feeling to us as the crew and to the audience when they saw

Remembering The Star Wars Arcade Clone, 3D Starstrike

3D Starstrike For The Sinclair Spectrum Was A Blast If you grew up in the 1980s, lived in the UK and loved video games then you were most likely to have owned a Commodore 64 or a Sinclair Spectrum 48K.    For me it was the Spectrum.    This little black box sporting blue rubber keys was my first computer and I was blown away by the number of games available.    Flight sims, strategy games, platform games and many other games were all available to stop me from doing my homework and instead offering to take me into a world of endless possibilities. So why am I talking about a retro British computer on a  Star Wars  website?    Well, back in 1984 I was still on a high from  Return of the Jedi .    I was twelve years old and my bedroom walls were covered with Star Wars posters thanks to the official monthly poster magazine I had subscribed to.    I couldn’t get enough  Star Wars .    My Kenner figures and vehicles helped with that craving but the Spectrum 48K would take my imagi

Does Spielberg ever wear sweatpants? A look at hero worship.

Following on from my recent series of Spielberg Top 10 blogs , I have decided to write some pieces on perceptions and pre-conceived ideas that the general public have on people in the spotlight, from hero worship to hatred. Is it rational to not watch a film just because Jack Black is in it, or do you wear your rose tinted glasses when ever news breaks of a new Julia Roberts film? Does it go further than that, where does fantasy and reality end? Before I go any further, I am not a Psychologist and everything that follows will be merely my opinion . Secondly, I have not really ever met any famous people, I met Benedict Wong (Wong in Dr Strange) at Em-Con last year, he was a decent bloke, from Salford no less....I'm sure he kept the photo. I certainly don't know any famous people personally so my opinion of any of them is based purely on their public persona or the impressions I have built up on them through their work or interviews etc. Now take my friend Benedict for example.

'Snowpiercer: The Complete First Season' Comes to Blu-ray and DVD this January

  The World Outside Is Frozen Solid. The World Inside Is Heating Up. SNOWPIERCER: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON All Aboard The World’s Most Elite Train On January 26, 2021 When the Blu-ray™ & DVD Become Available!   BURBANK, CA (October 20, 2020) Attention all passengers - the revolution is coming! Get ready for more secrets, plot twists, and reveals as Warner Bros Home Entertainment takes you on an epic journey with the release of “Snowpiercer: The Complete First Season” on Blu-ray and DVD on January 26, 2021. Strap yourself in for an exhilarating ride with all 10 episodes from the first season, plus enjoy the captivating extra features, behind-the-scenes interviews, featurettes, and more! “Snowpiercer: The Complete First Season” is priced to own at $24.98 SRP for the DVD and $29.98 SRP for the Blu-ray, which includes a Digital Copy. Both sets have an order due date of December 22, 2020. “Snowpiercer: The Complete First Season” is also available to own on Digital via purchase

Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History Gets A Revised and Expanded Edition.

"Mr. McFly! Mr. McFly, this just arrived. Oh, hi, Marty. I think it's your new book."   It's better than that!  It's a REVISED and EXPANDED edition of the excellent BACK TO THE FUTURE: THE ULTIMATE VISUAL HISTORY.   I own the original version of this book and believe me this book needs to be in your collection whether you love the Back to the Future movies, a Steven Spielberg fan or just a movie buff.  It is, in my opinion the most detailed book on Back to the Future I've ever read with behind-the-scenes info that has never been seen anywhere before.  With an expanded edition of the book I don't think there will ever be a more definitive look at the Robert Zemeckis directed movies. Author, Michael Klastorin obviously doesn't care about "screwing up future events or the space-time continuum" because the book time-line has been re-written.  This edition is bigger covering more Back to the Future goodness such as the IDW comics, Back to the Futu


Who isn't a fan of Drew Struzan?   Think of a popular movie from the 80's and it's likely it was Drew Struzan who created the movie poster for it.  He is without a doubt one of, if not the most iconic artist when it comes to movie posters and it's only right his natural talent is recognised.  His recent induction to the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame was congratulated by many fans and quite a few you will recognise in this wonderful video created by Erik Sharkey ( Drew: The Man Behind The Poster documentary ) and Jim Sanders.   The reel includes congratulatory words from Harrison Ford, Frank Darabont, Dean DeBlois, Sam Witwer, Bob Gale, Greg Nicotero, Leonard Maltin, Floyd Norman, Greg Hildebrandt, Steve Chorney, Paul Shipper, Mark Raats, Dylan Struzan and Michael J Fox.  The video also includes never before seen footage of Drew painting in his studio. The music was done by composer Ryan Shore. Congratulations, Drew! The Bearded Trio - The Site For Steven Sp

George Lucas To Give Special Message At The Bafta Cymru Awards On Sunday

Cymru am byth, George! During the Welsh Bafta's this Sunday, George Lucas will be giving a special message along with James Cameron and others. Handing our awards will be Catherine Zeta-Jones and singer Katherine Jenkins to name a few.  TV series, Dark Materials has a whopping nine nominations and Sir Anthony Hopkins is up for best actor for his performance as Pope Benedict XVI in The Two Popes. There will be 21 categories in total and George Lucas will be giving his special message for the outstanding contribution to film and television.  Welshman, art director and production designer, Leslie Dilley will receive the award.  Dilley won an Oscar for Star Wars in 1978 and for Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981. You can find out more about the Welsh Baftas by clicking here along with details on how to watch the ceremony live. The Bearded Trio - The Site For Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, John Williams and a whole lot more.

Props From Lucasfilm and Steven Spielberg Movies Go Under The Hammer

Get Your Bids In Prop Store have done it again and announced their annual live auction of film and TV memorablia.  There are plenty of Steven Spielberg interest here with props from Hook, Saving Private Ryan and Back to the Future.  Lucasfilm collectors will also be eager to bid on lots from Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Labyrinth.  Who wouldn't want to tinker with Jareth's crystal ball?  We have the full press release below and details on how you can register. Film & TV memorabilia worth in excess of £4.4 million ($5.6 million) will be auctioned by Prop Store in a two-day auction on 1st & 2nd December 2020   Bids can be placed online or by phone from anywhere in the world Last year’s UK auction saw a Radio-Controlled Hero Ghost Trap from GHOSTBUSTERS (1984) sell for an astonishing £186,900 Prop Store  – one of the world’s leading film and TV memorabilia companies has today announced it is to hold its annual live auction of film and TV memorabilia for the seventh