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STAR WARS LIGHTSABERS UP FOR AUCTION FROM THE MAN WHO TRAINED THE JEDI TO FIGHT

Lightsabers, a Stormtrooper costume, blasters and more from the Star Wars films to go under the hammer in upcoming London auction on 1 st  & 2 nd  December 2020 Star Wars stunt coordinator, Nick Gillard – the man who taught the Jedi, including Obi-Wan Kenobi, how to duel lightsabers in battle, is selling some of the incredible lightsabers from Star Wars 2005 prequel  Revenge of the Sith , including Ewan McGregor’s Hero Lightsaber from his role as Obi-Wan, which is estimated to sell between £80,000 - £120,000 ($105,600 - $158,400). These are being sold as part of Prop Store’s Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction on Tuesday 1 st  and Wednesday 2 nd  December 2020, featuring a collection of film memorabilia worth over worth over £4.4 million ($5.6 million) Over 110 Star Wars lots including props, costumes and production ephemera will be sold as part of the auction, featuring over 900 lots from more than 350 different films and TV shows Stephen Lane, Prop Store CEO, commented on the

Happy Thanksgiving!

To all our American friends, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!   From everyone here at The Bearded Trio we hope you all need a bigger gravy boat to soak up that scrumptious Thanksgiving meal.   We all drink to yer leg. The Bearded Trio - The Site For Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, John Williams and a whole lot more.

BOOK REVIEW: The Man Who Shot Luke Skywalker - Volume 2

Christmas is just under a month away, but I received a most merry early Christmas gift Tuesday night. I received my copy of The Man Who Shot Luke Skywalker - Volume 2 . This book is the end result of a Kickstarter project that began earlier this year, and details the photography of the vintage Kenner Empire Strikes Back toy line. The first volume details photography for the original Star Wars toy line, covering the years 1977, 1978 and 1979. This volume covers 1980, 1981 and 1982, the three years of the Empire Strikes Back line. The book was compiled by former Kenner photographer Kim DM Simmons. The book is light on text, but text isn't really the purpose of a book like this. The purpose is to show off the photography that made up the slideshow of the childhood of people of my generation, children of the late 1970s and early 1980s.  I was fortunate to be in the position to support this Kickstarter project at the Collector's Edition tier. My book includes an entire section on th

72nd Grammy Nomination For John Williams

Rise of Skywalker Bags 72nd Grammy Nomination For John Williams John Williams has picked up his 72nd Grammy Nomination as the full nominations have been released.  Williams will go up against Thomas Newman, Kamasi Washington, Max Richter and Hildur Guðnadóttir in the Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media.  You can see the full list of nominations here. Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media Ad Adstra, Max Richter, composer Becoming, Kamasi Washington, composer Joker, Hildur Guðnadóttir, composer 1917, Thomas Newman, composer Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, John Williams, composer The Grammy Awards will broadcast on Jan. 31, 2021, on CBS at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. Source: Grammy.Com The Bearded Trio - The Site For Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, John Williams and a whole lot more.

BLOG: This Star Wars Dental Adventure Book From 1983 Has Chewbacca Hugging A Carrot

STAR WARS ORAL-B DENTAL ADVENTURE BOOK Star Wars toothbrushes from the 1980's are always a favourite with collectors, myself included.  The range of toothbrushes from 1983, to coincide with the release of Return of the Jedi were a favourite with kids and Oral-B enjoyed a successful campaign to not only sell their dental products but to also promote dental-hygiene and to make it fun at the same time.  As a result of their campaign, a 4" x 7" booklet was released to be placed in dentist waiting rooms.  The booklet included such things as a word search, puzzles and amusing artwork, often looking like Star Wars was shoehorned in to make the collaboration relevant.  I've taken photos of all the pages for you to enjoy and look out for Chewbacca hugging a giant carrot. The first page shows us Darth Vader looking particularly pleased with himself having promoted "The Agents Of Destruction."  The second page challenges you to find the tooth demons and as mentioned it

SPOILER REVIEW: Season 2, Chapter 12 of The Mandalorian: The Siege

The Mandalorian Season 2 Chapter 12 Review I'M WARNING YOU RIGHT NOW, SPOILERS FOR THE LATEST 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 12: "THE SIEGE" EPISODE PREMIERS ON NOVEMBER 20, 2020 DIRECTOR: CARL WEATHERS EPISODE LENGTH: 39 MINUTES More than any other episode this season, "The Siege" takes us back to the first season, revisiting characters and locations that were prominent then.  We return to Nevarro, a primary location throughout the first season, as D

Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures Brings a Rich New Era of the Jedi Knights to Comic Books

In its first contribution to Lucasfilm’s bold Star Wars: The High Republic publishing campaign spanning comics and prose, IDW announces today the February 3rd, 2021 launch of Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures, an ongoing comic book series set 200 years before the live action film continuity.   Writer Daniel José Older, bestselling author of Star Wars: Last Shot, joins artist Harvey Tolibao and colorist Rebecca Nalty for a tale of the Republic’s glory days that -- while aimed at middle grade readers -- provides a unique perspective to pivotal moments in the Star Wars timeline that fans of all ages can enjoy.   In Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures, the Jedi have long maintained galactic peace… but the coming of a powerful new adversary called the Nihil threatens to end it all. Now, a group of Master Yoda’s young Padawan learners must protect the Republic while learning the lessons that will one day lead them to become powerful Jedi in their own right. “I'm so very excited

You Could Own The Hand-Painted Paramount Mountain From The Indiana Jones Movies

Bid For A Paramount Piece Of Movie History Now this is quite a unique collectable.  Thanks to Prop Store you can get the chance to own the original artwork for the hand-painted, Paramount Pictures logo matte painting that was used for the Indiana Jones movies.  Now make sure you check your loose change or maybe sell a few of your valuables to a museum because the estimate is a cool £15000 - 25000 ($19,500 - 32,500.) We have the full press release below with a few other lots including artwork from Star Wars: **ORIGINAL MOVIE ARTWORK TO BE AUCTIONED  IN  THE UK** Artwork from Batman, Star Wars & more to go under the hammer in upcoming London auction   Original movie artwork including hand-drawn  Batman  (1989) costume sketches from Academy Award-winning costume designer, Bob Ringwood, are to be sold as part of Prop Store’s Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction on Tuesday 1 st  and Wednesday 2 nd  December 2020 A hand-painted logo matte painting made circa 1951 for Paramount Picture

SPOILER REVIEW: Season 2, Chapter 11 of The Mandalorian: The Heiress

The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 11 Recap I'M WARNING YOU RIGHT NOW, SPOILERS FOR THE LATEST EPISODE 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 11: "THE HEIRESS" EPISODE PREMIERS ON NOVEMBER 13, 2020 DIRECTOR: BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD EPISODE LENGTH: 35 MINUTES  This was by far, the shortest episode of the second season but it sure didn't feel that way watching it. This episode was packed from start to finish, a testament to the skillful directing of Bryce Dallas Howard, r

BLOG: SEAN CONNERY - WE’VE LOST ANOTHER LEGEND

This month we lost a legend in the world of movies as Sir Sean Connery passed away at the age of 90.  Dan Dudych takes a look back at the first time he watch The Last Crusade and how Sean Connery became a fan favourite. I was shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Sean Connery. Now, the first Bond film I saw was “Moonraker”, and that was on television, so Roger Moore was the first James Bond I came to know. I eventually did see all the films, no matter who was playing 007, but what I most remember Connery from was “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”. I still remember a local record store was giving out complimentary tickets to an advance screening of the film, and I got there before the store even opened to be sure I secured mine. I went with a friend and remember the sound going out two or three times in the first ten minutes of the film and thought; “This is off to a great start.”, but then everything ran smoothly, it was a great time, and I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Th

BLOG: Remembering my Star Wars figures from the 70’s and 80’s.

I was lucky enough to have caught Star Wars in the cinemas when it first hit the big screens way back in 1977.  From the moment I left the cinema screen in South Wales I couldn’t get enough of that galaxy far far away.  My favourite Star Wars fix were my Star Wars figures, recreating scenes and inventing an elaborate expanded universe all from the comfort of my bedroom. My first figures were Luke Skywalker with his yellow telescopic lightsaber and Princess Leia with her white plastic cloak.  Filling in for the ‘baddies’ back then was a figure of Maximilian from Disney’s The Black Hole.  The cast was a mishmash and a bit small but it didn’t stop my imagination.  Soon they were joined by a cocky Han Solo and a Millennium Falcon.  Now we’re talking, although the plot from that moment on involved the Empire somehow trying to steal the Falcon.  Sometimes they succeeded which would carry over to next play time. That was my Star Wars fix for a number of years.  My figures were my expanded

SPOILER REVIEW: Season 2 Chapter 10 - The Mandalorian - The Passenger

The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 10 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 10: "THE PASSENGER"  EPISODE PREMIERS ON NOVEMBER 6, 2020 DIRECTOR: PEYTON REED  EPISODE LENGTH: 43 MINUTES OVERVIEW : This was a very different episode from last week's season premier . Peyton Reed of Ant Man fame made his Mandalorian directorial debut, and he infused this episode with his exact type of wry humor while mi

Bad Movies That Have Great Soundtracks

There are always going to be bad movies but just because the movie is bad doesn't mean the soundtrack is going to be. Unfortunately in a lot of cases if the movie is bad or bombed at the cinema then the soundtrack gets overlooked too which is a real shame because if you are a soundtrack fan you may be missing out on some fantastic scores. So here are ten movies with great soundtracks Howard The Duck - John Barry The now famous George Lucas movie that unfortunately didn't live up to the expectations that everyone was expecting after that other movie by Mr Lucas but the soundtrack is sadly overlooked as a result. I'm not talking about the fictional band Cherry Bomb or Thomas Dolby but the score that John Barry produced for the movie. A moving score with great cues make it easily the best thing to come from the movie. Godzilla (1998) David Arnold The movie was hyped up beyond believe and turned out to be a monster of a let down. The ever reliable David Arnold pro