School of Rock musical

Director Richard Linklater is having a pretty great year. He’s making his next movie just as his last one, Boyhood, is on its way to a possible Oscar or two. But despite a resume of absolutely amazing films (Before Sunset, Dazed and Confused, Waking Life) his most successful sometimes get forgotten. That’s the 2003 film School of Rock starring Jack Black and written by Mike White. The unique story of a slacker, posing as a substitute teacher, who turns private school kids into his own band, is a real crowd-pleaser and much different from the more introspective films Linklater is known for. It ended up grossing over $80 million, which is more than double his second most successful film.

Since its release, School of Rock has found a place in the hearts of its fans and a permanent spot on cable television. But now, it’s getting a new resurrection. In 2015, School of Rock is coming to Broadway with an absolutely amazing team. Read more about the School of Rock musical below. Read More »

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Empire Strikes Back live read

Thursday night is Jason Reitman‘s biggest live read yet. Literally. He and his cast will read Irvin Kershner‘s landmark sci-fi sequel, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, and the venue has been changed from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to the Ace Hotel Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. Earlier this week, several members of the main cast were revealed. Aaron Paul will be reading the role of Luke Skywalker, and J.K Simmons the role of Darth Vader. But two of the main characters had yet to be revealed: Han Solo and Princess Leia.

The actors for those roles have now been revealed, and they’re pretty surprising. Han Solo will be read by Oscar-nominated actress Ellen Page and Princess Leia will be read by Jessica Alba. We’ll have a full report from the event Friday. For now, read more about the Empire Strikes Back live read below. Read More »

Team America the interview

Previously, the #1 reason why the Alamo Drafthouse is the coolest theater chain in the country probably would’ve been its no talking or texting policy. However, that reason just got knocked off the top spot.

Fresh off the disappointing news that Sony Pictures has cancelled the December 25th release of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s comedy, The Interview, the Alamo Drafthouse announced that, in its place, they’ll screen Matt Parker and Trey Stone‘s Team America: World Police.

This won’t be at every theater for every screening unfortunately. In fact, as of right now, it’s just one night, one show, at one theater. But it’s a clever, wonderful piece of programming from a chain known for that kind of thing. Read more about the Team America The Interview screening below.

UPDATEParamount Pictures is shutting down this and any other planned screenings of Team America. Read more below.

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Pac Man

Pac-Man eats. That’s just what he does. No matter what iteration or spinoff of the classic game you play, the circular yellow guy opens and closes his mouth incessantly and ingests everything in his path, from fruit to dots and even ghosts. So if ever there was a video game character to theme a restaurant around, it’s him. And that’s exactly what’s happening in Chicago in early 2015. A new restaurant called Level 257 is scheduled to open at the Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, IL. Read more about the Pac Man restaurant below. Read More »

Nan Lawson Beetlejuice

Eight years ago, a small gallery in Los Angeles had a crazy idea. To do an art exhibit that’s wasn’t highbrow like most gallery shows, but instead comprised only of work based on popular culture. It’s an idea that has since not only spawned an entire subculture of pop culture art, but numerous copycats, launched the career of hundreds of artists, been the subject of two books, multiple documentaries, and filled the walls of apartments all over the world.

After two years moonlighting on the East coast, the original pop culture art show, Crazy 4 Cult, is back in Los Angeles on December 12 for it’s eighth year. Once again around 100 artists have created art based on cult movies big and small. There’s stuff from Beetlejuice, Pulp Fiction, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Predator, Godzilla, The Big Lebowski and so much more. Below, check out a nice, chunk of work from the Crazy 4 Cult 2014 show at Gallery 1988. Read More »

BBC theme park 1

Whovians rejoice: A BBC theme park is coming to the U.K. Attractions based on Doctor Who, Top Gear, and Sherlock are thought likely, though they haven’t yet been confirmed. A Doctor Who ride is not as novel an idea as you might think — Disney considered bringing the sci-fi property to Tomorrowland back in the ’80s.

Since the new park is backed by Paramount Pictures, it’s also expected to feature various Paramount franchises — possibly including Star Trek and Transformers. More on the planned BBC theme park after the jump. Read More »

Star Wars Theme Park Rides

Ever since Disney acquired Lucasfilm and Star Wars fans have been clamoring for a bigger Galactic and Rebel presence in the Disney theme parks. We’ve posted many rumors about a new Star Wars land being planned for Disneyland in Anaheim — at one point they were even testing out an idea for a third park which would’ve combined Star Wars and Marvel, but word has it didn’t test well with females. The latest rumor is that a Star Wars themed land will replace Disneyland’s Toon Town with construction beginning in 2016.

Today we learn a bit more about what the future of Star Wars holds in Disney Parks with a confirmation that any Star Wars theme park rides and attractions will be based on the new films, and not the older original (boo) and prequel (yay) trilogies.

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The Hobbit: The Complete Journey Trailer

Since the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, I’ve been saying that once Peter Jackson‘s Lord of the Rings prequel trilogy is released some fan will edit together an awesome epic three hour movie using all the footage. Well with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies gearing up for release, we are already beginning to see what this might look like.

Los Angeles-based editor Joel Walden has edited together a trailer for what he calls The Hobbit: The Complete Journey, which yes combines footage from all three films into one epic film. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump.

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