With books, games, audio, movies, and TV, this edition of Star Wars Bits crosses all media. Below, read about the following:
- Is Benedict Cumberbatch out of the running for Star Wars Episode VII?
- Is Episode VII coming out at the same time across the globe?
- Disney announced a new mobile game called Star Wars: Assault Team.
- Bill Hader kills some Star Wars impressions on Conan.
- Star Wars vet Sam Witwer talks potentially being part of Star Wars Rebels.
- There’s a new presentation video for the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum.
- Check out the cover to William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back.
- Lego Star Wars Microfighters is now available for iOS.
- Listen to an audio clip from Star Wars: Maul Lockdown.
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There hasn’t been a universally loved Alien movie in almost thirty years. After Ridley Scott’s original and James Cameron’s sequel, most fans have found something to dislike about the three films that followed. Even the video games that take place in the universe have failed to capture the xenomorphic magic of the 1979 and 1986 films.
Now, Titan Books is trying to buck that trend that by publishing a brand new trilogy of novels, officially licensed and set in the Alien universe. These in-canon stories place between the first two films and dovetail with the movies in interesting ways. The first novel in the series, Alien: Out of the Shadows by Tim Lebbon, hits bookshelves Tuesday January 28. You can read an exclusive excerpt from the book below. Read More »
The Star Wars spinoff written by Lawrence Kasdan is, in fact, a Boba Fett movie. So says Hollywood director and animator Jon Schnepp. Read about that, and the following, in this edition of Star Wars Bits.
- Get a good look at the Star Wars Rebels villain The Inquisitor via his toy.
- Watch Star Wars highlights from the Tournament of Roses parade.
- Read about the upcoming Random House book Maul Lockdown.
- Sideshow Collectibles reveals Star Wars toy designs by Ralph McQuarrie.
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As attention spans shrink and the written word becomes more obsolete, the modern novel is facing a problem similar to movie theaters. How can we make reading a physical book essential? One possible suggestion is provide content that needs to be touched, and J.J. Abrams‘ latest idea is just that.
After a few teases we finally have our look at S, a novel conceived by Abrams and written by Doug Porst. Much like Mark Z. Danielewski’s amazing House of Leaves and a number of other books that have gone before, S is a novel with a secondary story happening in between the lines, as multiple previous readers interact at the same time.
Confused? Boing Boing has an unboxing video which takes us through the pages of the beautiful package. Check it out below. Read More »
Thursday brought some very interesting, official news on the Star Wars front, but it’s far from all that’s out there. In this edition of Star Wars Bits we’ve got even more official information – mostly about books – and some cool non-official stuff too. After the jump, read about the following.
- A new article details script issues that happened on The Empire Strikes Back similar to what’s now happening on Star Wars Episode VII.
- Learn about the eBook enhanced versions of J.W. Rinzler‘s Making of Star Wars books.
- Watch trailers for Star Wars: Frames and Star Wars: The Bounty Hunter’s Code.
- Check out the latest Return of the Jedi poster by Acme Archives.
- A 7 foot Star Wars fans fights for a chance to audition for Episode VII.
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Skywalker Ranch, the Pixar Campus, Quentin Tarantino’s home theater, Stanley Kubrick’s estate: all places a film fan would kill to visit, but few ever get the chance to see. Another spot undoubtedly on that list is Bleak House. That’s what Guillermo del Toro calls the additional house he bought to devote to his collection of cool stuff, including props, posters, toys, any -and everything you’ve ever wanted to own in the realm of sci-fi, fantasy, horror and movie memorabilia.
Most people never get to see it, but on the Criterion Collection DVD for Cronos, del Toro actually did a guided tour of the space. It’s been online for about a year, but we were just turned onto it. And it’s as awesome as you’d imagine. Read More »
Earlier this month, we wrote about Matt Zoller Seitz‘s new book The Wes Anderson Collection, a book examining the work of writer/director Wes Anderson. Pulitzer Prize finalist Zokker Seitz had been following Anderson’s career since the very beginning, which begins with the short film that spawned Wes’ first feature Bottle Rocket. Matt has teamed up with editor Steven Santos to bring the book to the web in a documentary/video essay format. The first two chapters, on Bottle Rocket and Rushmore, are online and available to view after the jump.
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This contest is now closed. The answer was Upstream Color and the winners Christian K and Dan C have been contacted.
The answer to Friday’s contest was The Spectacular Now. The randomly selected winners were Lauren R and Robert Leo G.
Last year we gave away 10 copies of Scott Campbell’s book The Great Showdowns by debuting brand-new paintings based on our favorite films of all time. This year, we’re doing a sequel.
Today is your last day to win a copy of Scott Campbell‘s latest book, Great Showdowns: The Return. It’s a brand new collection of Campbell’s distinctive art depicting some of the greatest conflicts in movie history. We at /Film have been writing about Showdowns for years so, to commemorate and give away the new book, we once again teamed up with Campbell to do something very special.
The book is out today so, it’s our final day premiering a never before seen showdown. For the last four days we premiered showdowns for the favorite 2013 movie (so far) of one of five /Film writers: Peter Sciretta, Germain Lussier, Angie Han and David Chen. Today is your last chance and it’s based on Russ Fischer’s favorite 2013 movie (so far).
You’ll have one day to look at the showdown, read the explanation, and then e-mail in your guess. At the end of the day, two correct answers will randomly be selected and sent a free copy of The Great Showdowns: The Return by Scott Campbell.
Sound good? Check out Russ’s showdown below and find out how to enter. Read More »
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