Cool Stuff: Quattro With A Shotgun Art Show

"The Bloodsucking Brady Bunch" Wood Variant by Matt Ryan Tobin

Hero Complex Gallery presented an art show last week titled “Quattro With A Shotgun,” a collaboration show featuring work from James Rheem Davis, Matt Ryan Tobin, New Flesh and Vance Kelly. The four artists worked for over a year on the art in the show, which is a celebration of Action, Science Fiction, Horror and Pulp screen prints. After the jump you can take a look at our favorite pieces from the show, which will run at Hero Complex Gallery (2020 South Robertson Blvd. in Los Angeles) for some time (Wednesday to Sunday, 11am-6pm).
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Making A Murderer

A lot of us have been sucked into Netflix’s original docu-series Making A Murderer. If you haven’t yet seen it, the weekend is coming up fast and its an easy binge-watch (you won’t be able to stop). And when you’re done with the show, you’ll want to find out everything you can about the case and people at the heart of the show.

You’ve heard our review on the /Filmcast, and I’ve previously done a round-up of theories, shocking evidence, information on how the show was produced, hints that we might be getting a sequel at some point, and much more. And today I attempt to bring you an in-depth round-up of all the Making A Murder updates you need to know.

Spoilers for the show follow.

Find out who Steven Avery believes committed the murder, Former Wisconsin prosecutor Ken Kratz demands Netflix add a disclaimer before the episodes, will they? The Obama Administration is forced to respond publicly, but will it have any effect? You can now watch Brendan Dassey‘s four hour-long confession online. Will Steven be getting the best post conviction lawyer in the country?  The filmmakers claim a juror in the trial who believed Avery was innocent feared for their life. And we look at some of the other unanswered questions. So jump in now.

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Star Wars Land

When Disney purchased Lucasfilm, not only did they buy Star Wars but all of the other George Lucas-owned subsidies. And that of course included Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), the legendary visual effects house that began with Star Wars. So its not a surprise to learn that Walt Disney Imagineering is working with ILM on rides and experience, which may very well include the upcoming Star Wars Lands announced for Orlando and Anaheim theme parks.

A new report from CES seems to suggest that one of the new Star Wars Land rides will be a “boat ride” like the Walt Disney classic Pirates of the Caribbean. Could it be for Star Wars Land? Find out what was revealed, after the jump.

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Last week we wrote about the a First Order Stormtrooper that took the internet by storm and became the unexpected breakout character of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Fans had named the riot control bato-weilding First Order stormtrooper the designation TR-8R, a reference to his line calling Finn a “TRAITOR!” We even speculated that TR-8R’s backstory might have been revealed in one of the Force Awakens tie-in novels. Lucasfilm has confirmed the Stormtrooper’s origins, alongside the people who play him (yes, he has both a voice and stunt credits).

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The Jungle Book set visit

On December 11th, 2014, I visited a soundstage in downtown Los Angeles where director Jon Favreau was shooting his adaptation of The Jungle Book. As you may have noticed, Disney has begun to do a big rollout of the film, and we’ve been given the go-ahead to share something from our set visit. What I saw on set was amazing, but the studio has asked us not to talk about the technological process behind the film’s creation at this time (that will come later). So instead I present to you some of the methodology behind the adaptation.

I’ve always been a fan of Jon Favreau‘s work for the long haul, from his performances as an actor, to his more indie features like Made and Chef, and of course his larger, more accessible films like Elf and Iron Man. But when it was announced that Favreau was going to direct an adaptation of The Jungle Book, I was a little confused. It didn’t seem to fit in with his tastes. So I was interested to find out: Why did Jon Favreau want to make The Jungle Book? His answer is rooted in the power and emotion of mythic storytelling, and, among other things, Star Wars.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens rey finn

It was not until my fourth screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens that I asked myself the following question: when exactly does the Force awaken in the movie? The answer may seem obvious to anyone who has seen the movie, but it’s not really as obvious as you may believe. Join me in an examination of this question.

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We’ve tried to answer some of the unanswered questions of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and also offered some of our own ridiculous theories and highlighted some of your Force Awakens theories. Today we bring you a new batch of even more Force Awakens theories to make you read, imagine, and consider.

After the jump we present eight new Force Awakens theories for you to consider, including how Darth Vader’s helmet may be effecting Kylo Ren,  how Rogue One could connect with Force Awakens and give us some of Rey’s backstory, a look into the possible meanings behind Kylo Ren and Rey’s names, and a bunch of theories as to who Supreme Leader Snoke might be (a Yuuzhan Vong, a new character inspired by Abeloth and Son, and an interesting Darth Vader comparison) but also why he is definitely not Darth Plagueis.

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In our extensive coverage of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we’ve constantly referenced information gathered from The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Visual Dictionary and the novel Before The Awakening. All three of those books are filled with a lot of information about the film. A fourth book we haven’t really talked about is Star Wars: the Force Awakens Incredible Cross-Sections.

While this book is filled with amazing beautiful cross-section illustrations created by Kemp Remillard (you can see some of the art here), the text by Jason Fry adds great flavor and world-building but doesn’t provide too much in terms of extra clues and information about the film’s story and the future of the Star Wars franchise. That said, it has a few interesting bits I’d like to highlight, including the fact that the Millennium Falcon now includes a kitchenette,a gift from Han Solo to his beloved Leia which has seemed to upset some fans. Is it a sexist addition to the Star Wars canon? Author Jason Fry has been forced to respond.

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We knew that Gwendoline Christie‘s character Captain Phasma didn’t have a huge role, but many fans were expecting the chrome-plated stormtrooper Captain to be the Boba Fett of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I don’t think anyone, including the writers and filmmakers, expected a lone unnamed stormtrooper to become the obsession of the internet following the film’s release. And no, we’re not talking about John Boyega‘s character, but the riot control baton First Order stormtrooper that Finn battles outside Maz Kanata’s castle.

Find out how the internet has taken to this unexpected breakout character, find out about the character’s possible origins from the Force Awakens tie-in novels, learn how you can make your own First Order-sanctioned Z6 riot control baton, and buy t-shirts and collective figures based on this trooper.
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