As strange as it sounds, Hollywood – the place all people think of when they think of movies – doesn’t have a centralized place to commemorate and celebrate the industry that keeps the city alive. Tourists can see parts of film history by visiting various movie studios or Grauman’s Chinese Theater, but there is no ultimate movie museum filled with the history of the business. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been trying to rectify this problem for decades to no avail. A new development might have changed that though. The Academy has just signed an agreement with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to put a real movie museum in Los Angeles.
Before that happens though, one of the most famous movie destinations – the aforementioned Grauman’s Chinese Theater - is also undergoing a major change: a $2 million renovation that includes a new restaurant and more. Read more about each film destination after the jump. Read More »
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Just when you thought the Alamo Drafthouse was done with their 2011 Texas Rolling Roadshow, they’ve added one more stop and this one has a higher purpose. The Days Inn in Hillsboro, Texas was a major location in Wes Anderson‘s feature debut Bottle Rocket and it’s in danger of shutting down. So, the Drafthouse has teamed up with several partners to host a fundraising screening for the hotel on Saturday July 9 that will be paired with a limited edition poster by Rich Kelly. Read more about the event, the hotel and see the full poster after the jump. Read More »
Pandora and Seattle have a lot in common. Both have a strong pro-environmental stance, lush, beautiful green foliage and a valuable natural resource. And though Pandora is fake and Seattle is real, the two become one this weekend as the Experience Music Project Museum will host the inaugural opening of Avatar: The Exhibition. The exhibit will be open from June 4-September 3 and include “authentic props and costumes, interactive displays, concept models, and sketches” from the highest grossing film of all-time. Plus, if you go on opening day, many of the film’s stars will be on hand. Get all of the info after the jump. Read More »
Texas is known for being flat, minimalistic but still incredibly beautiful and that’s certainly the theme of the posters for the 2011 Rolling Roadshow. This year, instead of going all across the country, the Alamo Drafthouse is keeping things close to home as they’ll travel across the Lone Star State and show Texas films set in Texas. Films such as Blood Simple, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Searchers, Red River and more. The posters premiered on Apple.com and, much like happened last year with Olly Moss, this year they were all done by one artist: Jason Munn. We’ve got all the images and schedule after the jump. Read More »
Indiana Jones was famous for saying that things belong in a museum, so he probably would have loved a museum that not only traveled, but had his name on it. Fortune and glory, kid. Fortune and glory.
Indiana Jones and the Adventures of Archeology, presented by National Geographic, is a traveling exhibit that features original props from the four films as well as an interactive tour of actual sites shedding light on the Holy Grail and Arc of the Covenant and much more. It recently opened at the Montreal Science Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and will remain there until September 18. Then, it’ll embark on a tour of Europe and Asia. So, as of now, this is the only North American stop. Read More »
My friend Sara Collaton is a spectacular photographer. She recently went to one of the sets in the the forthcoming Silent Hill: Revelation 3D late at night, and was able to take some awesome long-exposure shots of a carnival that’s featured prominently in the film [For those who don't know what long-exposure shots are, it's when the camera sensor is exposed for extended periods of time to absorb light in extremely dark situations].
The resulting photos are haunting and creepy, perhaps more so than the film (which just began shooting) will ultimately end up being. Check out a gallery of Sara’s photos after the jump, and check out Sara’s Flickr page to find more details about how exactly these shots were taken. You can also follow her on Twitter.
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Posted on Friday, March 4th, 2011 by Angie Han
With only one Harry Potter film to go — this July’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 — I’m already anticipating some serious Harry Potter withdrawal. What can I say? J.K. Rowling’s first novel dropped in the U.S. roughly half my lifetime ago, and it’s weird to imagine a world where I’m not breathlessly awaiting the next installment of either the book or film series.
Thanks to today’s announcement by Warner Bros., though, I think I have a pretty good idea of where I’m going to get my next fix. We first reported last year that the film company was planning to turn its Leavesden studios in England into a Harry Potter-themed attraction, and an official press release was sent out today. The three-hour “The Making of Harry Potter” tour will be opening in Leavesden, where much of the film series was shot, next spring. Read more details after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 by Angie Han
Star Wars geeks, this one’s for you. You know the Lars family home from the films? It’s still up in Tunisia, and open to visitors — but thanks to a harsh climate, it’s badly in need of restoration. Star Wars uberfan Mark Dermul is spearheading the Save the Lars Homestead project to restore and maintain the construction. This is where you come in: the group is just a couple thousand dollars short of their $10,000 goal, and could really use your help. Learn more details about the project after the jump.
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