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After Thursday’s news that the legendary Hollywood landmark, TCL (formerly Grauman’s) Chinese Theater was getting an IMAX upgrade, another Los Angeles movie destination has been revealed. A few years back the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced plans to create a movie-themed museum. Now, we know what it will look like, and what’ll be in it.

Called The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, the venue located on Fairfax and Wilshire will be a six-story, 290,000 square-foot museum attached to a massive 1,000 seat dome for movie events. There will a full red-carpet experience, an interactive moviemaking exhibit, and floors dedicated to the history of cinema. The plan is to have it open in 2017. Read more below. Read More »

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Briefly: The most famous movie theater in the world is changing its name. Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, located on Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood, CA has been host to major movie premieres since the late 1920s. It used to be the venue of the Academy Awards and to this day it’s still a major tourist attraction because of its recognizable facade and courtyard filled with the hand and footprints of the biggest movie stars in the world.

Friday, TCL, a Chinese TV company, announced they had paid $5 million to have their name placed on the theater. It’s now called the TCL Chinese Theater. The money will be used to upgrade the sound and projection at the theater.

This is the second name change for the theater, which was bought by Ted Mann in 1973, after which it was renamed Mann’s Chinese Theatre. That name stuck until Mann’s bankruptcy led to the sale and upgrade of the theater, and restoration of Grauman’s name in 2002. Read more at the Los Angeles Times.

It’s a sad fact for geeks that there’s still no way to actually become a hobbit or a wizard. But thanks to two new spots, we can at least pretend for a little while.

The King’s Cross station in London has opened a new souvenir shop at Platform 9 3/4, which Harry Potter fans know is where Hogwarts students catch the train to school. Meanwhile, Hobbiton in New Zealand has transformed the Green Dragon Inn set into a working pub. Read more and check out some photos and video after the jump.

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Is the government building a Death Star? Probably not, but according to one petition at least 25,000 Americans think they should. Also after the jump:

  • Samuel L. Jackson really wants to come back as Mace Windu
  • Is Peter Jackson interested in directing a Star Wars movie?
  • George Lucas is excited to see a Star Wars movie he didn’t make
  • Read about the female fighter pilots who were cut from Return of the Jedi
  • Check out cool retro-styled prints for Episodes III and VI
  • Watch a video tour of the Rancho Obi-Wan memorabilia museum

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If ever a country has fully embraced a film series, it’s New Zealand and The Lord of the Rings. Since the release of The Fellowship of the Ring over ten years ago, the country has used the Peter Jackson-directed films as both a point of national pride and major selling point for tourism. Our own David Chen even took in some of the Tolkien-inspired sights on a trip to the country a few years back.

With a whole new trilogy of films on the way (the first of which – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – opens next month) New Zealand has already began a full-on Hobbit overhaul. It starts on your plane ride into the country, as Peter Jackson and several recognizable characters cameo in the pre-flight safety video for Air New Zealand. Or Air Middle Earth, as it’s referred to in the video. Check it out below. Read More »

Comic fans all know that Superman‘s Earthly origin began in Smallville. It’s there that his ship, sent from the planet Krypton, landed and was discovered by Ma and Pa Kent. The story is over half a century old and, like most comic book origins, completely fictional. Smallville doesn’t exist and while stories in the ’80s revealed its location as Kansas, Superman fans don’t have an official tourist attraction to visit and pay homage.

One Kansas resident is trying to change that. Comic book artist Christopher Wietrick has begun a campaign to have his hometown, Hutchinson, legally renamed Smallvile. He has several reasons why and after the jump, you can read more about it. Read More »

Big movies, literal ones, are coming to Los Angeles. From September 28th to October 4th, the Cinearama Dome at Arclight Hollywood is planning on playing a slew of the original films that played the Dome in 1963, in massive three strip Cinerama projection. Among the titles are How The West Was Won, This Is Cinerama and The Wonderful World of The Brothers Grimm. There wil also be 70mm or 2K projection of It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and 2001: A Space Odyssey among others.

Speaking of that sci-fi classic, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is co-hosting what organizers call the first ever American retrospective of legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, from November 2012 through June 2013. The event will include an ongoing exhibit of “ archival material, annotated scripts, photography, costumes, cameras and equipment, set models, original promotional materials, and props.” Then, of course, there will be screenings and events that take place too.

After the jump, find links to more information including schedules and tickets. Read More »

In anticipation of The Dark Knight Rises, two of Batman’s most trusty modes of transportation will be traveling across the country for fans to drool over. The Tumbler and Bat-Pod from Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises have hit the road and will be making stops all across the country from May 12 through July 7. After the jump, check out some images and get the full rundown of when and where these iconic vehicles will be stopping. Read More »

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