real lightsabers

Disney has filed a patent that will put lightsabers in the hands of theme park guests, allowing them to wield them in ways never before seen — deflecting real laser blasts from animatronic stormtroopers and oncoming Imperial ships. Learn more about this possible Star Wars Land next generation real lightsabers experience, after the jump.

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The Making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

One of the most anticipated books in pop culture right now has to be J.W. Rinzler‘s The Making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Star Wars fans are looking forward to getting a real deep dive into the making of the new Star Wars movie, since so much of the content released so far (including the Blu-ray special features) has been shallow and unrewarding. And Rinzler’s Making Of books for the original Star Wars trilogy are the closest thing to the bible for most film geeks.

The book was originally scheduled to hit store shelves in March 2016, a few months after the release of the film. But the release date vanished from the publisher’s website. In May, Abrams Books told me, “Officially, the statement from Lucasfilm and [JJAbrams is that The Making of the Force Awakens has not been canceled. More details to come!” Sounded hopeful, and then a few months back an October 25th 2016 release date appeared on Amazon’s website. But the author of the book isn’t sure we’ll see the book later this year, or if we’ll ever see the book at all.

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Joey Spiotto's Storytime

We’ve written about Joey Spiotto‘s artwork many times over the past five years, from Gallery1988’s Crazy4Cult art shows to the Star Wars Art Awakens gallery show, Joey’s tabletop book Alien Next Door to a series of solo exhibitions focusing of Joebot’s Little Golden Book inspired pop culture covers. Now Joey is trying to collect his famous children’s book covers into a full-color 135-page artbook, and he needs your help to do so.

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Wreck It Ralph 2

The latest rumor in the Disney theme park rumor mill claims that the Lilo & Stitch-themed Stitch’s Great Escape! attraction in Walt Disney World resort’s the Magic Kingdom could be replaced with a virtual reality simulation ride based on Walt Disney Animation’s Wreck-It Ralph. Hit the jump to learn more about this latest rumor.
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Jameson First Shot

For the past five years, Jameson Irish Whiskey held the Jameson First Shot international short film competition which promises to give new filmmaking talent an opportunity to break into the industry by working with Kevin Spacy, Dana Brunetti, and Trigger Street Productions.

Last week, the top three winners of the fifth annual competition were announced at an event this weekend in Los Angeles called The Weekender. This year’s three winners are Cameron Thrower (Summerville, South Carolina), Kat Wood (UK), and Jason Perini (Australia). These winning filmmakers’ were given the opportunity to actually make their short films starring Oscar-nominated actress Maggie Gyllenhaal and produced by Trigger Street. Hit the jump to watch the winning short film and learn more!

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Benicia Del Toro as The Collector in Guardians of the Galaxy 2

The Daily Mail spotted Benicio Del Toro sporting what appears to be the hairpiece he wore for his role as Taneleer Tivan aka The Collector from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. According to the British newspaper, Del Toro was filming scenes for James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 in Los Angeles. Is The Collector in Guardians of the Galaxy 2? I don’t believe this to be the case.

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James Gunn DC Movies

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 writer/director James Gunn is one of the most active big directors on social media. If you’re not following him on Twitter or Facebook, you should be. He regularly talks very honestly about his past and current projects as well as the filmmaking industry at large. Yesterday the filmmaker did a Question & Answer session on Facebook, which included some good bits of intormation which I think is worth highlighting. He talks about the collaboration process with other Marvel directors, future Marvel movies, how he had an oppurtunity to direct a DC movie, how Guardians Vol 2 improves over the first installment and much more.
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Guillermo del Toro The Shape of Water

I’m excited about all of the project that filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim) is developing but I never believe any of them are actually going to happen until the first day of filming begins. That day has come for his cold war fantasy film The Shape Of Water, which begins principal photography today in Toronto Canada. Learn more about The Shape of Water, after the jump.

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Steve Jobs - Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are gearing up to write and produce a new half-hour comedy television series about the singularity for FX.

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