Craig Drake Star Wars Celebration Concept 2

There’s a nice cornucopia of Star Wars news in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • More details about the Gary Whitta exit/Simon Kinberg entrance on the 2016 Star Wars standalone movie.
  • Several pieces of Star Wars Celebration art by Craig Drake have been revealed.
  • Oscar Isaac talks about keeping himself grounded while filming Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Skywalker Sound is now on Twitter.
  • There was a Star Wars ad in a Japanese newspaper.
  • George Lucas pops up in a nuclear waste documentary.
  • Star Wars.com has a bunch of content about Star Wars #1.

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Anthony Petrie gallery 1988 - Jaws

Raiders of the Lost Art, Jaws, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Ghostbusters, Die Hard – these are some of the most popular films ever made. They also have some of the most recognizable posters of all time. So, as an artist, attempting to make a poster for one is no easy feat. Do you just put everyone’s face in the frame? Maybe you try to sum up the story with one image? The options are endless, and sometimes not that appealing.

Artist Anthony Petrie has quietly been perfecting a unique, very cool way to approach well-known films. Over the past year or so, he’s been making posters for iconic movies that look like charts or maps of each movie. So, for example, he did Ghostbusters as a New York City subway map, filled with references. Die Hard became a set of Nakatomi Tower blueprints and Aliens became a readout on a motion tracker. Each poster represent these amazing movies in subtle ways, specific to the movie, without going overboard on character likenesses. They showed something more artistic and fun.

January 9 at Gallery 1988 West in Los Angeles, Petrie is presenting a whole new exhibit of new work in that mode. It’s called Charts, and he’s doing maps for some of the movies mentioned above and many more. Below, check out just a few of the Anthony Petrie Gallery 1988 Charts including an exclusive from a galaxy far, far away. Read More »

The Interview live read

Briefly: Fifty lucky people are going to get a late Christmas gift this weekend. The Treehouse Theater in New York City has announced they’ll host a live-read of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s controversial film, The Interview, at 7 p.m. December 27. Members of the Upright Citizens Brigade will play all the rolls and though the event is free, it’ll be held in a 50 city black box theater. So you better get in line early. More Interview live read here. Thanks to Page Six.

empirestrikesbackbook

The things fans love about The Empire Strikes Back are not things present in a live read: John Williams unbelievable score, the breathtaking action set pieces, and locations like Hoth, Dagobah and Cloud City. At a live read, it’s just the actors, the script, a few images and the audience. As a massive Star Wars fan that was my big concern going into the latest Jason Reitman Live Read, presented by Film Independent. Would The Empire Strikes Back hold up without so much of what makes it great?

The answer, as you’d expect, isn’t that straightforward.

Below, read all about The Empire Strikes Back Live Read which not only featured Ellen Page as Han Solo and Aaron Paul as Luke Skywalker, but also Mark Hamill in a special appearance reading the Emperor, Boba Fett and Obi-wan Kenobi roles. Read More »

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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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 »

4dx

If you live in Los Angeles and have yet to check out the 4DX theater at the Regal Cinemas L.A. Live, this weekend is the perfect time to do it. You’ll be making history as part of the world’s first 4D Film Festival, taking place as part of the 3D Film Festival on Saturday November 6. Both Penguins of Madagascar and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 will screen in 4D preceded by a mystery screening and followed by a panel discussing the technology along with virtual reality.

The whole event sounds like something that’s a must attend if you have interest in the future of theatrical exhibition. Below, read more about the world’s first 4D film festival and more. Read More »

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