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Star Wars Celebration just took at stand. As in, the Star Wars standalone films. The official Star Wars website confirms that Gareth Edwards, director of 2016’s Star Wars Rogue One, and Josh Trank, director of a second Star Wars standalone film, will both be on hand for a panel at the event.  Read More »

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You probably know Matt Ferguson‘s work. He did the popular Guardians of the Galaxy/Star Wars mashup. He did these beautiful Star Wars and Lord of the Rings prints. He’s got an great eye for pop culture but, more important, the space a pop culture character inhabits. That’ll be the focus of his first solo show, Distant Lands, which opens Friday March 27 at the Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.

Ferguson has created 10 new screenprints and 24 original pieces all showing pop culture characters in various, vast environments. Some of these – like Star Wars and Lord of the Rings – you’ve probably already seen. However, /Film is happy to exclusively reveal the bulk of the show including pieces for The Fifth Element, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Superman, The Hobbit, The Neverending Story, Forbidden Planet and Silent Running.

See the Matt Ferguson Bottleneck Gallery solo exhibit below. Read More »

Star Wars Celebration 2015

Star Wars Celebration, the world’s only official Star Wars convention, comes to Anaheim, CA April 16-19. This is when and when fans expect to learn more information about Star Wars: The Force Awakens but also dive deep into their passion for a galaxy far, far away.

How and when you’ll do that has now been revealed as the full Star Wars Celebration schedule is online. The highlight, of course, is Thursday April 16th’s opening ceremony with J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy, but there is so much other awesome Star Wars stuff too. Q&A’s with stars such as Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Billy Dee Williams. Panels on the secrets of The Clone Wars. The debut of season 2 of Star Wars Rebels. Screenings of all six films, some of which are in 3D and much more. Below, find the full Star Wars Celebration 2015 schedule as well as our 25 most anticipated panels and 5 biggest conflicts. Read More »

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There are less than 24 hours until the big event and Captain America is out. The text comes in at 11:20 p.m. on Wednesday March 18. For the past two weeks, I’ve been talking regularly to writer/director Jason Reitman about the latest installment in his Live Read series, the ongoing set of performances at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in which he assembles famous casts to read famous scripts from famous movies as a one-night only event. We’ve been covering them for a long time. For the final one of this season, I wanted to know how it was done.

This Live Read was to be Dazed and Confused by Richard Linklater, a sprawling coming of age film with a huge cast of characters, many of whom have become iconic for moviegoers. The most iconic is Wooderson, played by Matthew McConaughey. It’s a small role, and one that Reitman thought he had cast months before the event.

Reitman was at the 87th Annual Academy Awards back in February representing Whiplash, a Best Picture nominee he produced. There he ran into Captain American actor Chris Evans and asked him if he wanted to read the role of Wooderson. Evans enthusiastically agreed and was on board… until less than 24 hours before the event, when he had to drop out. “He had a sincere personal reason to pull out,” Reitman writes via text. “He’s an incredibly decent and lovely guy.” Nevertheless, Captain America has caused a bit of a problem.

Below, find out both how that turned out and the entire making of story behind the Jason Reitman Live Read of Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused Live Read. Read More »

Dazed and Confused Linklater

The great thing about Dazed and Confused? I get older and it stays the same age.

Twenty-two years after Richard Linklater‘s ’70s slice of life film hit theaters, listening to it read by a group of actors still feels as poignant and relevant as ever. Maybe the music and references have changed a bit but a teenager’s insecurities, rebellious nature and mischievousness are and will continue to be universal. In Linklater’s script those ideas are delivered with an almost unfairly simple and eloquent precision.

At Thursday’s Live Read, presented by Film Independent at LACMA, Jason Reitman brought together a group of actors to read the script and, yes, the huge cast of characters made things a little confusing. In back-to-back scenes, an actor might have to jump from nerd to cool guy to stoner, giving the whole evening an unpredictable energy. It was even more unpredictable as they were reading an earlier version of the script that had some huge differences from the final film.

Below, we’ll break down those script changes, the cast, some of the crazy performances, and talk about how even in a form that’s unfamiliar to most of us, Dazed and Confused remains as good as ever. Read More »

pop culture silhouettes

Los Angeles has a double-dose of great pop culture art debuting Friday night. Gallery 1988 has their postcard show (check it out here) and the Hero Complex Gallery has Cut It Out: The Silhouette Art of Jordan Monsell. Monsell uses scissors to create the outlines of pop culture icons from TV movies and more. Almost every piece in the show is an original work and there’s something for everyone.

Cut it Out opens from 7-10 p.m. March 20 with a bunch of cool giveaways and remains on display through March 29. Check out a small preview of the pop culture silhouettes below. Read More »

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Movies transport us into another world. Sometimes that world is familiar, other times it’s not but in both cases, they’re often places you’d like to go to. And while we might not ever really be able to visit Hill Valley from Back to the Future, Cybertron from Transformers, or Walley World from National Lampoon’s Vacation, the new show at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles lets you take home a souvenir.

The show is called Postcard Correspondence and features over 100 artists creating actual pop culture postcards from their favorite locations in movies, TV, music and more. Some of the locations are real, some are fake, some are specific, some are general, but all are awesome, super affordable and actual postcards. You can send them, frame them, whatever you want.

Postcard Correspondence opens March 20 at Gallery 1988 West in Los Angeles, CA and you can see more of the work – including 10 exclusive reveals – below. Read More »

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As if Star Wars fans weren’t having a good enough year, things just got better. We’re already getting a new movie, and all the awesomeness that goes along with that (trailers, toys, discussion, etc.). There’s a convention, a great new TV show, multiple comic book series’ and so much more. Now, almost like a cherry on top, an ultimate screening of the best Star Wars film ever has been announced.

Secret Cinema has announced that their next film is The Empire Strikes Back and screenings will take place from June 4 until August 2 in London, England. Why is this a big deal? Beacuse this isn’t just a screening. The Secret Cinema crew recreates the movie for you to experience, wrapped around actually watching the movie. Get more info about the Secret Cinema Empire Strikes Back screening below. Read More »

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Even if you aren’t heading to South by Southwest this week, you can bring a piece of it home. /Film is proud to be running a giveaway for a limited edition giclee print by legendary fantasy artist Frank Frazetta.

Director Robert Rodriguez, who is currently working on Fire and Ice, a film based on Frazetta’s work, is curating a Frank Frazetta Museum that’ll be open from March 14 to 21 in Austin, Texas. It features originals and prints of Frazetta’s work as well as the work of Drew Struzan, props from Rodriguez’s films, pieces from his personal art collection, and much much more.

Below, see a bunch of art from the Frank Frazetta Museum and find out how to enter the contest for a free limited edition Frazetta giclee print. Read More »

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