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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Insight Editions is already one of the best book publishers in the realm of geekerific pop culture, but now they have announced they are teaming for a collaboration with Sideshow Collectibles to launch at San Diego Comic-Con International 2015: Insight Collectibles will be an exclusive line of collectible products which will “combine the quality and artistry that has become synonymous with Insight Editions’ award-winning legacy of publishing innovations with Sideshow Collectibles figures.”
Let’s take a preview at the first three titles in the line, which will be available at Comic-Con. They are Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report, Harry Potter: The Monster Book of Monsters Official Film Prop Replica, and Game of Thrones: Astrolabe Collector’s Edition. Hit the jump to get a preview, alongside full official descriptions of the first Insight Collectibles releases.
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Update From Editor Peter Sciretta: The first chapter of Ernie Cline’s Armada is now online for you to preview. Find out more after the jump. Germain’s original story from February 25th 2015 follows:
Considering this site is called “Slashfilm,” we don’t cover a lot of books. But most books aren’t written by Ernie Cline. Cline first hit our radar as the writer of Fanboys, the Star Wars fan story directed by Kyle Newman. He then truly hit a home run with Ready Player One, a massive sci-fi adventure influenced by movies, music, video games and more. It’s currently being developed into a movie by Warner Bros. That’s why Cline’s work fits so well on this site. Those who live and breathe pop culture will truly appreciate it.
His second novel, Armada, sounds like it further explores some of the concepts he’s played with before. The movie rights were picked up last year and, finally, Random House has announced an official release date for the book: July 14. Along with that, we now have the cover and a full synopsis. However, in that synopsis is something very odd. It seems Cline is drawing heavily from The Last Starfighter. Could that actually be? Read the Armada synopsis below. Read More »
You’re all clear, kid! Now let’s read these Star Wars Bits and go home! Here’s all the good stuff we’ve got below for today’s round-up of Star Wars updates for the weekend:
- Which Star Wars character does Brad Bird want to direct a movie about?
- Lords of the Sith novel made The New York Times bestseller list
- See a piece of concept art with an alternate version of Kylo Ren
- StarWars.com counts down the best Star Wars costumes
- Star Wars Weekends is getting some cool ice cubes and cupcakes
- Infographic tracks the Millennium Falcon in the Star Wars saga
- Star Wars gets a new exhibit at Madame Tussauds in London
- Potential Star Wars: Rogue One spoilers concerning returning characters
- Two new Vinylmation figures coming to Star Wars Weekends
- See a LEGO Super Star Destroyer destroyed in slow-motion
- What planet are the X-Wings flying on in The Force Awakens trailers?
- New Star Wars: The Force Awakens t-shirt at Star Wars Weekends
- Millennium Falcon and more playable vehicles in Star Wars Battlefront
- Sneak preview of Star Wars #5 comic book
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Later this month, author Chuck Palahniuk will continue the story of his iconic novel turned film Fight Club in comic book form. The series, Fight Club 2, will follow Tyler Durden ten years after the events of the book but it won’t be the character’s only appearance. Palahniuk is bringing back Durden for a short story in his new collection, Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread. Durden appears in a story called Expedition which takes place before the events in Fight Club. Read more about the Fight Club prequel below. Read More »
Walt Disney and his theme parks exist in the world of Brad Bird‘s Tomorrowland. That’s a secret the cast and crew kept for a long time but in the past few videos and trailers, it’s become abundantly clear. The question then becomes, how much of an influence was Walt on this movie, which is named after something he first created in the 1950? A few new featurettes give some tantalizing teases at these connections alongside glimpses of a few other things from the film.
Plus, a new novel serves as a prequel to Tomorrowland and offers even more context. Find out more about the Tomorrowland Walt Disney connections below. Read More »
A new chapter in the Star Wars universe unfolds in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:
- J.J. Abrams commented on the intense scrutiny and spoilers surrounding Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
- Read about some early concept art of Kylo Ren.
- The synopsis of the canon Clone Wars book, Star Wars: Dark Disciple, is now out.
- Find out how Poe Dameron and Finn fit into the opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
- The Star Wars Celebration schedule is coming soon.
- Code names for the Force Awakens Lego sets.
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Star Wars has the original trilogy, the prequel trilogy, and soon we’ll see the sequel trilogy. Before that new series bows, however, we’ll get the book trilogy. One of the first books announced for the large-scale publishing event Journey to the Force Awakens is called Star Wars Aftermath. We’ve previously written about the plot of the book, which centers on a lone Rebel scout who learns of a secret Imperial meeting after the Battle of Endor, and we’ve covered the author, Chuck Wendig.
Now we know Aftermath is the first book in a trilogy that will answer some crucial questions about the Galaxy immediately after the destruction of the second Death Star on the way to the events of The Force Awakens. We also know a bit more about the plot, which characters will or will not appear and clues about The Force Awakens. Read about all that, and see the full book cover, below. Read More »
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Until Thursday’s Star Wars movie news, the biggest related news this week was about Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. That’s a series of 20 books being released later this year that will bridge the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens while also including teases toward the new film. It’s a pretty exciting proposition for fans.
A description of one of the books, Star Wars: Aftermath, followed the news and now four more descriptions have gone online. They’re all pretty interesting but on in particular, Star Wars: Lost Stars, introduces two brand new characters: Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell. Read about the new Star Wars books below. Read More »
Fans who want to know what happened between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens are going to have to read about it. Disney and Lucasfilm just announced this Fall they’ll release 20 books in a series called Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The series will be a mix of novels, comics, children’s books and young adult stories all set in the 30 years between the films, and all of which are canon.
Below, read more about Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens including a few of the book titles. Read More »