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Its been a while so I think its about time we catch up on the backlog of theme park news with a new edition of Theme Park Bits. In this edition:

  • Guardians of the Galaxy costumed characters appeared at Walt Disney World
  • Disneyland to open Frozen themed boutique
  • Disney filed patents for a drone-powered ariel display system that could replace fireworks with animatronic flying characters.
  • John Carpenter’s Halloween comes to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights
  • Walk-Around Oswald The Lucky Rabbit Coming to Disneyland
  • Halloween Carnival Returns to Disneyland’s Big Thunder Ranch
  • Universal Orlando announces another new hotel resort Sapphire Falls

All this and more, after the jump.

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Cool Stuff: Joss Whedon Art Show At Gallery 1988

Joss Whedon Art show

Edgar Wright had one, J.J. Abrams had one, and now Joss Whedon is having one. Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles is hosing a Joss Whedon art show starting opening from 7-10 p.m. September 5 and on display through September 27.

Artists from around the world were given carte blanche to make all kinds of art based on the world of Whedon with the exception of The Avengers, because Gallery 1988 already hosted an Avengers exhibit a few years back. That means Buffy, Angel, Firefly, The Cabin in the Woods, Dr. Horrible, Dollhouse and more are all on the table. And the artists delivered in spades.

Below, we’ve got a huge sample of work from the Joss Whedon art show. Check it out. Read More »

Cool Stuff: Spoke Art’s Stanley Kubrick Art Show

Chris Skinner - Kubrick

Over the course of 45 years, Stanley Kubrick made only 13 films. It’s a staggering number because his work is so influential, so revered and still so incredibly powerful, each one might as well count for 100. He is undoubtedly one of the greatest filmmakers of all time and his films continue to inspire artists young and old.

Many of those artists are part of a new exhibit at Spoke Art in San Francisco. Simply titled “Kubrick,” the show consists of over 60 artists making art based on the films of the director in all kind of mediums. Everything from limited edition screenprints all the way up to one of a kind sculptures, there’s a huge array of beautiful work paying homage to films like 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, Lolita, Paths of Glory and others. Below see just a few of the pieces in the Stanley Kubrick art show, which opens Friday September 6 through 27. Read More »

Brad Bird Disneyland Tomorrowland event

Brad Bird‘s Tomorrowland is ready to come out into the world. Tuesday, Disney revealed that the film would have a presence at New York Comic-Con. Now, we can exclusively reveal the film will also have a presentation at the D23 Destination D event that takes place November 22-23 in Orlando, Florida.

The film’s supervising art director Ramsey Avery will dive into the making of the film, specifically talking about how they reconstructed parts of the 1964 World’s Fair including the “It’s A Small World” ride.

Find out more about the Tomorrowland event and learn how to get tickets below. Read More »

Batman 4D Roller Coaster

Six Flags has announced two new theme park attractions featuring DC Comic book superheroes: A Batman 4D Roller Coaster in Texas and an interactive dark ride attraction called Justice League: Battle for Metropolis which will open in two Texas and Missouri parks. Find out more information about both new attractions alone with teaser trailers for both rides, after the jump.

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Back to the Future Secret Cinema

Normally, U.S. film fans have it pretty good. The events and festivals that take place between the Atlantic and the Pacific are pretty much unprecedented. There are rare exceptions, though, and one is Secret Cinema. The UK company plans movie experiences where you not only see a movie, you live it. For example, when UK fans went to see Back to the Future they did so in a full recreation of Hill Valley. Dozens of working stores, the school, the clock tower and 74 actors made the movie itself almost a secondary thing.

Well, it turns out the United States is getting that experience soon. Secret Cinema has revealed that they’ll bring their Back to the Future screening to Los Angeles in 2015 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film. Read More »

Thrashin movie

Kids have the dumbest priorities. When I was young, I wanted to ride a BMX bike and skateboard. I’m not exactly sure why but I think it had to do with seeing two ’80s movies that, these days, seem pretty lost to time: Rad and Thrashin’. Each film was made as a reaction to the rising craze of extreme sports that still continues to this day, but neither was particularly successful or memorable. In fact, Thrashin’ is only notable today for being one of the first starring roles for Thanos himself, Oscar-nominee Josh Brolin. I’ve rewatched each film fairly recently and must say, my nostalgia for them wipes away almost all of their considerable flaws. They’ll forever remain in my heart as defining films of my childhood.

Decades later, I’m always excited to find people who share that passion for these films. I’m even more excited when those people are evocative and talented artists with their own upcoming gallery show. Which is all preamble to say we have a very personal, very awesome debut to make for the latest We Buy Your Kids exhibit at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas. The artist team of Sonny Day and Biddy Maroney has done posters for a laundry list of films, including several that have never had Mondo prints. One of those is Thrashin’, which you can see below along with the exclusive debut of the We Buy Your Kids Mondo Gallery poster. Read More »

Breaking Bad scavenger hunt

Aaron Paul is well-known for his pleasant interactions with fans, and now he’s offering Breaking Bad fans a chance to get their hands on mementos from the show. Paul has announced a Breaking Bad scavenger hunt in LA, taking place this coming Monday, August 25, as part of a celebration of Breaking Bad’s final run at the Emmys. Details on the Breaking Bad scavenger hunt are below. Read More »

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