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James Cameron is sending mixed messages today. First up, the award-winning filmmakers says he fully expects all future entertainment to be in 3D. Then, a few hours later, he reveals he’s hired noted sci-fi writer Steven Charles Gould to write four standalone Avatar novels that’ll expand on the stories Cameron will tell in his three sequels, currently scheduled for 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Last time I checked, novels were a form of entertainment and can’t be turned into 3D. We’ll explore both pieces of news below. Read More »

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Ron Burgundy’s Memoir to Hit Shelves This Fall

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As he would be only too happy to tell you, Ron Burgundy is kind of a big deal. It’s not just anyone who can boast of having survived a bear pit, a news anchor melee, and a glass cage of emotion. And that’s just in the first film. In the sequel, we’ll see him tackle marriage, diversity, and the rise of the 24-hour news cycle.

Naturally, a man that fascinating needs to put out a memoir, and this fall he’ll do just that. Random House’s Crown Archetype imprint has announced that they will publish his autobiography Let Me Off at the Top! My Classy Life and Other Musings a few weeks before the December opening of Anchorman: The Legend Continues. More details on this no doubt brilliant book after the jump.

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Cool Stuff: ‘Breaking Bad’ Alchemy on iPad

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The final season of Breaking Bad begins this weekend and, among TV fans, it’s all anyone can talk about. Marathons, theory sharing, and predictions have been occurring non-stop for the past few weeks. It’s all leading up to the first of eight final episodes, which airs Sunday August 11. If you, like us, are greedily devouring everything Breaking Bad as you get ready for the end, you should look into Breaking Bad: Alchemy.

It’s an iBook available in the iTunes Bookstore and is basically every Breaking Bad fan’s dream. Pages and pages of photos, interviews, videos, insight and more for not only the first five seasons, but it’ll be updated during this final season with exclusive content.

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From the first time footage was revealed from Neill Blomkamp‘s second film, Elysium, we marveled at the gorgeous design. There are ships, mech suits, guns, and a utopian station where the super-rich live in peace while normal people suffer on Earth. Everything looked dirty and grimy, but incredibly cool.

The latest book from Titan, Elysium: The Art of the Film, will finally give fans a chance to truly stare at and digest these images. It hits shelves Tuesday but, below, we have some exclusive images. Elysium the film opens Friday August 9. Read More »

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How much would you pay for a complete written account of modern special effects, directly on your iPad? The resource would be priceless. Now, you can contribute however much you’d like.

A new Kickstarter was recently started that would put the entire backlog of the legendary VFX magazine Cinefex on the iPad. Check out the pitch video and find out how you can pledge below. Read More »

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A confirmed filming location for Star Wars Episode VII, a possible actor for the film, two new languages and even a national award. This edition of Star Wars Bits is everywhere. After the jump, read about the following:

  • Star Wars Episode VII is confirmed to shoot at Pinewood Studios. 
  • Lord of the Rings star Dominic Monaghan hinted he might be up for Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Gamers can now play as an Ewok in Star Wars: The Old Republic.
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope has been dubbed into Navajo.
  • Ray Park would love to reprise the role of Darth Maul.
  • George Lucas is going to be given the National Medal of Arts.
  • Darth Vader is once again a spokesperson, this time for Pringles.
  • A new book has translated Star Wars into Shakespeare; see a trailer.

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While Guillermo del Toro will likely get the credit, good or bad, once Pacific Rim comes to theaters, it was Travis Beacham who got him there. It was Beacham who, while walking on the beach, cracked the idea to pit giant robots against giant monsters in what eventually became this summer’s film. Beacham was the one who developed it and got it to Legendary; and only then did del Toro take over and make it his own.

So while the director went off and made a movie for us all to enjoy on July 12, Beacham got to work on expanding the film’s backstory. He’s hard at work on a sequel and also wrote a prequel graphic novel that’s now in stores. Pacific Rim: Tales From Year Zero is set before the film, explaining what happened the first time the Kaiju attacked Earth, and how the Jaeger program was started. Characters played by Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi and Clifton Collins Jr. all appear in the novel, expanding on their motivations, fears and personalities. It’s an entertaining read that can only make Pacific Rim better.

We spoke to Beacham about the book, specifically how several of its smaller details might wind up playing out on screen once Pacific Rim hits theaters. He also touched upon how the director influenced it, how far along Pacific Rim 2 is, some hints at what we might see there and how the film features his favorite scene Guillermo del Toro has ever done. Read More »

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One of the more intriguing films being release this summer is Blue Sky Studio’s Epic. Featuring an insane list of voice talent (Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, Christoph Waltz, Aziz Ansari, Chris O’Dowd, Pitbull, Jason Sudeikis, Steven Tyler, Beyoncé Knowles) the film tells the story of a young girl who finds herself in the middle of a battle for the forest filled with tiny warriors, bugs and all kinds of action. The trailers show that the film has the potential to be a great family adventure.

The Art of Epic book by Titan shows off a lot of the film’s designs, and they’ve given us four exclusive pieces of concept art. Check them out below. Read More »

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