JJ Abrams Novel S

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 »

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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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Del Toro Bleak House

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 »

Bottle Rocket

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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Cool Stuff: ‘Star Wars: Frames’ Book

Star Wars: Frames
We almost features Star Wars: Frames in Cool Stuff in 2008, but decided that the hand crafted six volume leather bound limited editions (1138 copies, with custom case and features that weighs over 160 lbs.) was too much to glorify at the price of $5500.00. LucasFilm is finally ready to release a cheaper version for fans to put in their collections.

After George Lucas finished work on Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, he wanted to look back on the Star Wars saga with an entirely new point of view: isolating stills, or frames, from each of the six Star Wars films, focusing on them intensely as works of photography and design, and reproducing them in a book. For two years Lucas went through more than 150,000 frames per film, editing more than 1 million frames down to the 1,416 images that now comprise Star Wars: Frames, a testament to the hard work, craftsmanship, and dedication evident in every frame of every film. Star Wars: Frames brings together Lucas’s personal shot-by-shot selections into a lavishly designed two-volume hardcover set—one volume for the Original Trilogy and one volume for the Prequel Trilogy. For collectors and fans, Star Wars: Frames is the ultimate look on this grand project devoted to a cinematic phenomenon—and the ultimate Star Wars collector’s tome.

Abrams Books will release Star Wars: Frames on October 29th. The package comes in the form of two 368-page hardcover books, enclosed in a deluxe slipcase. The books collect George Lucas’s personal, shot-by-shot frame selections from both the Original Trilogy and the Prequel Trilogy of Star Wars films. The books feature 1,416 color illustrations and an original introduction by Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) and J. W. Rinzler. The set is priced to sell at $150, but Amazon has set the pre-order price at 40% off the cover price — just $90. So if you have a Star Wars fan in the family, act fast, this could be an awesome present. Or a present to yourself… hmmm yeah, you deserve a present right?

Check out some more photos of the set, after the jump.

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Los Angeles residents are incredibly spoiled when it comes to pop culture art events. Most of that is because Jensen Karp and Katie Cromwell opened not one but two Gallery 1988 locations in the City of Angels. Every few weeks, a new art exhibit goes on the walls celebrating either an artist or subject, usually with a pop culture theme. Lost, Breaking Bad, Edgar Wright, Judd Apatow, the list of awesome Gallery 1988 subjects goes on and on. If you don’t live in Los Angeles, usually you can’t experience these for yourself.

That’s why, in 2011, Cromwell and Karp released a beautiful coffee table book called Crazy 4 Cult, based on the Gallery’s signature exhibit. Next week, they’re releasing the sequel, Crazy 4 Cult 2, and we got Karp to exclusively explain some of his favorite images in the book. They’re based on Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Shaun of the Dead, Rushmore, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Donnie Darko, Willy Wonka, Coming to America, Back to the Future and Wet Hot American Summer. Read More »

The Wes Anderson Collection
Pulitzer Prize finalist Matt Zoller Seitz‘s The Wes Anderson Collection is a book examining the work of writer/director Wes Anderson. Matt has been working on the collection for twenty years, and the result is sure to be something that any fan of the director must own. The book is set to be released on October 8th 2013 and there is currently a deal for 39% off the $40 cover price. So if you’re a Wes fan or know one that could use a cool gift this holiday season, nows the time to pick this one up!.

The 336 page book takes an “in-depth overview of Anderson’s filmography, guiding readers through his life and career.” It features:

Previously unpublished photos, artwork, and ephemera complement a book-length conversation between Anderson and award-winning critic Matt Zoller Seitz. The interview and images are woven together in a meticulously designed book that captures the spirit of his films: melancholy and playful, wise and childish—and thoroughly original.

Watch a trailer for the book after the jump.

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Much Ado BTS 2

By now the story of Joss Whedon‘s Much Ado About Nothing is well-known. On a break from post-production for The Avengers, which would go on to gross $1.5 billion worldwide, the writer/director grabbed a bunch of friends and over 12 days shot a modernized version of the classic Shakespeare play at his own house. The resulting film, released in June, didn’t make as much as The Avengers – in fact, it made just .3% as much – but the passion in it is likely on a similar level.

Next week, Titan Books is releasing a book for Much Ado About Nothing that includes Whedon’s full screenplay, an exclusive interview, and never before seen images from the production of the film, such as the one above.

After the jump, see four more exclusive images as well as some special excerpts from the script and the interview. Read More »

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