Home Alone Book

If you want to see Home Alone in theaters this weekend, today is the first day you can head to select theaters for the Fathom Event 25th anniversary re-release of the holiday comedy. You’ll also have another chance on Wednesday, November 11th, and you can find out the times and participating theaters right here.

But if you don’t feel like Home Alone warrants a return to theaters, or you just want to experience the John Hughes written story from the comforts of your home in a new way, you might want to pick up the new Home Alone book which turns the movie into a wonderfully illustrated Christmas tale. If you want to see what it looks like before making any decisions, we have a trailer for the book and images of some of the pages for you to check out. Read More »


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terry gilliam memoir

Someone who cracks open Terry Gilliam‘s Gilliamesque hoping for a comprehensive and complete portrait of the man’s career may be disappointed. The memoir from the director of Brazil, Time Bandits, and The Fisher King is akin to having a nice, long sit-down with an eccentric uncle who stories to tell and grudges to share. It’s a little rambling and it occasionally leaves big questions unanswered, but at the same time, of course it is. This is Terry Gilliam after all. The guy who directed The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. He has a yarn to spin and he’s going to spin it his way.

Gilliamesque: A Pre-posthumous Memoir is captivating reading for anyone with an interest in the filmmaker, who began his career as the Monty Python troupe’s animator and eventually segued into making some of the best and most interesting movies of his time. Gilliam dives deep into his childhood in Minnesota, his adolescence in California, and his attempts to make it big in New York City and London. The book is halfway over before he even gets to the Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

And yet that first half paints a detailed portrait of an artist to be. You can see the elements that later become vital components of Gilliam’s career surface throughout his early life in surprising, funny, and occasionally depressing ways. Let’s run down a few of them, shall we?

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Cool Stuff: Joey Spiotto’s Alien Next Door Book

Alien Next Door book

We’ve featured artist Joey Spiotto‘s work many times on the site over the past few years. You might recognize his little Golden Book parody covers or his fictional band Vinyl record cover art. Now Joey is coming out with a new book titled Alien Next Door from Titan Books and officially licensed by 20th Century Fox. The book imagines a new caring side to the legendary science fiction alien monster from the Alien movie franchise.

Alien Next Door is a cute, fun coffee table book which will surely make for a great gift or stocking stuffer for your favorite sci-fi geek this holiday season. Hit the jump to get a preview of some of the art in the Alien Next Door book and learn more about how it came about. The book is available now for around $11 online.

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The Force Awakens novel

Disney is doing everything in their power to make sure Star Wars: The Force Awakens won’t be spoiled before the movie starts playing the evening of December 17th. They’re already holding back the soundtrack until December 18th and the The Force Awakens novel adapting the film is being held from physical publication until January in order to help keep the film’s story under wraps. However, the e-book version of the book will still be available on December 18th. But why? Read More »

Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History

The holy grail for most movie geeks is J. W. Rinzler’s The Making of Star Wars and Indiana Jones books, which offer in-depth looks at the making of some of the greatest films of all time. But it’s rare for films to get this kind of treatment, which is why it’s so great to see that Michael Klastorin‘s Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History does just that.

If you are a Back to the Future fan, this book will blow you away. I’m a hardcore obsessive who thought I knew and saw everything having to do with the film, but almost every other page of this book had a quote or an image that I had never seen before. To help promote the book’s release this week, I thought I’d take a look at the 11 coolest things I found in this book. Hit the jump to go 88mph and see some never-before-seen photos from behind the scenes of Back to the Future. And by the way, you can order the book now on Amazon.
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Avatar comic book

It’s been nearly six years since James Cameron brought his blockbuster sensation Avatar to theaters, and fans have been patiently waiting for the sequels to begin hitting the big screen. Sadly, we’ve still got a little over two years before the first of three sequels arrives in the winter of 2017. But a new partnership should help hold fans over.

At New York Comic-Con this weekend, Dark Horse Comics announced a new deal with 20th Century Fox to create an Avatar comic book series with a variety of “new storylines from the past, present and the future world of Avatar.” Read More »

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Back to the Future events

If you’re a fan of Back to the Future, then you should know that not only does this year mark the 30th anniversary of the original film. However, October 21st, 2015 also marks the exact day and year which Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) traveled to the future, and there’s a whole slew of celebrations and promotions planned throughout the entire month (including some in 2016) and leading up to that red letter day in the history of time travel.

We’ve featured a bunch of Back to the Future events and cool stuff before, but we thought it would be better to round up as much as we can for a definitive guide to Back to the Future anniversary events, memorabilia, promotions and more. And we’ll also keep adding to this list to keep it as up to date as possible. Read More »

Journey to The Force Awakens videos

When Force Friday arrived earlier this month, along with the barrage of toys, shirts and other junk for collectors to throw on shelves, there were also new books. There’s a whole batch of stories that have been written as part of a publishing initiative called Journey to The Force Awakens, filling in the gaps between Return of the Jedi and the new sequel arriving this winter.

Now two of those books have been given animated comic book adaptations. Sadly, it’s not the longer novels being given this treatment, but rather the kids’ books titles Smuggler’s Run: A Han Solo Adventure and The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure. Watch the animated adaptations of the Journey to the Force Awakens books below! Read More »

‘I Lost It At The Video Store’ Trailer

I Lost it at the Video Store trailer
I’m old. When I wanted to see a movie I used to visit a store to rent movies on a cassette tape. It sounds like an old archaic system, but the experience was rather magical. And while the quality wasn’t even standard definition, far below the 4K High Definition resolutions of today, it didn’t seem to matter. Don’t get me wrong, you’d have to pry my AppleTV from my cold dead hands — I love the instant availability and quality that the digital age affords us — but there was something magical about that video store.

Tom Roston has written a new book titled “I Lost It at the Video Store: A Filmmakers’ Oral History of a Vanished Era” which is a compilation of interviews with filmmakers such as John Sayles, Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Darren Aronofsky, David O. Russell and others, who came of age during the reign of video rentals. The book “constructs a living, personal narrative of an era of cinema history which, though now gone, continues to shape film culture today.”

I haven’t read this book yet, but some of my favorite film books are compilations like this, filmmakers and screenwriters talking about either their favorite movies, their favorite lesser-known films, or the making of their first movie. After the jump you can watch a I Lost it at the Video Store trailer, and find more information about the book.

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