Star Trek Fan Film

Ever since the dawn of YouTube, fan films have become a much more popular outlet of expression for not just the fans who make them, but also those who watch them. These films allow fans to see some of the things they’ve wanted to see happen for years that studio films will likely never give them. And most of the time, studios are absolutely fine with these kind of creations. But when it comes to a new crowdfunded Star Trek fan film, CBS and Paramount Pictures are not happy.

A project called Axanar has raised over $1 million in crowdfunding by way of Kickstarter and Indigogo, and producer Alec Peters has his sights set on making a studio-quality Star Trek fan film. But CBS and Paramount have now filed a lawsuit to stop the production of this film, claiming it violates the rights of their intellectual property. Find out more below! Read More »

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revenge of the mummy ride

With Disney theme parks are currently undergoing their most radical changes in decades to accommodate new Star Wars-themed attractions, and you just know that their chief rival, Universal Studios, must have a few big plans up its sleeve. A new version of their massively popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Hollywood park is not enough. They’re going to need something completely new and fresh. The truth is that these two titans trying to one-up one another is the best possible thing for theme park fans – they do battle and we get to enjoy the fruits of their rivalry.

While we can’t say for sure what Universal is cooking up, new rumors have hit the internet suggesting that the West Coast version of their Revenge of the Mummy attraction may be closing down in the near future. In a completely unrelated rumor, the park may also be working on an attraction based on the upcoming animated film The Secret Life of Pets that utilizes that very nifty technology that hasn’t been seen in too many American theme parks yet.

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Nien Nunb

We and the rest of the internet are all about The Force Awakens right now, but that doesn’t mean we’re just ignoring the rest of the Star Wars universe. After the jump:

  • This lightsaber is actually an elegant flask for a more civilized age.
  • Peek at the Star Wars Land float for this year’s Rose Parade.
  • See a cool piece of Han Solo-centric art by Tomer Hanuka.
  • Celebrate Life Day with the Lucasfilm holiday card maker.
  • This gingerbread Darth Vader looks terrifying and delicious.
  • Mark Hamill helps fans sort his real autographs from the fakes.
  • Donnie Yen is so psyched for Star Wars: Rogue One.
  • Could Nien Nunb return for Star Wars Episode VIII?
  • Why did Hayden Christensen disappear after Episode III?
  • Science says destroying the Death Star would’ve killed the Ewoks.

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Elders React to The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was shot on 35mm (with one sequence shot on 70mm IMAX film), but most of the over 4,000 screens showing the film this weekend will be presenting the movie via digital projection. So where can you go to see the movie projected on real 35mm film? There is only one theater in Los Angeles that you can see the film on the same format it was shot on.

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star trek beyond

The first teaser trailer for Star Trek Beyond hit the internet yesterday, exciting a lot of people but also pissing off some long-time Trekkies. The complaint is that the movie presented didn’t feel like a Star Trek movie, but instead a modern in-your-face blockbuster. But if you ask director Justin Lin, he’ll quickly remind you it’s just a minute and a half of the movie.

After the jump I present to you excerpts from my hourlong roundtable conversation with Justin Lin, in which he responds to fan criticisms, talks about his personal relationship to Star Trek, the origins of the film’s title, the music choice, the inspiration of the original TV series, what he gave up to direct Trek, his idea for the film, whether it will continue plot lines from Into Darkness, the screenwriting credits, working on a Trek movie with a producer who is directing Star Wars, whether he plans to return to do another Trek movie, and much more.

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scoreless punch-drunk love

Although Paul Thomas Anderson mainly works with Radiohead guitarist Johnny Greenwood nowadays, the director collaborated many times with Jon Brion in the first half of his career. Arguably their finest work together is the bittersweet music found in Anderson’s fourth film, Punch-Drunk Love — one of the finest love stories of the 21st century. A slightly new version of the film has been made, which, depending on your location, you can see in March of next year.

Learn more about the live-orchestrated Punch-Drunk Love screening after the jump.

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter

West Coast Potterheads, the day you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived. Or rather: the day you’ve been waiting for won’t arrive for another four months, but at least we finally know when it is.

Universal Studios Hollywood has finally set a spring 2016 opening date for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park. Watch the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hollywood opening date announcement, and get more details, after the jump.  Read More »

Make Your Own X-Wing Pilot Helmet

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a sparsely promoted movie coming out called Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We know this is late notice, but the movie comes out in less than two weeks, and apparently there are some people who want to get dressed up for the occasion like it’s some big deal.

However, since it’s the holidays, maybe you don’t have the time to put some kind of complicated cosplay costume together, or you don’t have a bunch of money lying around to buy an amazing costume for the occasion. Luckily DIY Prop Shop is here with some instructions on how to make your own X-Wing pilot helmet (specifically Luke Skywalker’s) for about $22. Check it out! Read More »

Star Wars Marathon Contest

We’re just 10 days from the first showings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and our patience is growing thin. But as Master Yoda says, “Control, control, you must learn control.” And some Star Wars fans are going to really have to be one with the Force if they’re going to survive a crazy new Star Wars marathon contest that the Alamo Drafthouse is putting on later this month.

You might think that a Star Wars marathon sounds easy, but this one is likely going to get exhausting after awhile. Get the details on the Star Wars marathon contest after the jump! Read More »