More so than pretty much any movie this summer, you’re going to walk out of Matt Reeves‘ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and think, “How the HECK did they do that?” The combination of technical expertise mixed with dramatic artistry is absolutely magnificent and, somehow, a huge step up from the already-impressive Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Mix those elements with a complex, emotional story of acceptance, family and prejudice, add in a ton of huge action, and you’ve got one of the best films of the summer.
As for that question of “How,” author Matt Hurwitz has your answers in the new book Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of Planet of the Apes: The Art of the Films. Out July 8, it’s filled with concept art and behind the scenes images from both films and, below, we’ve got some exclusive early glimpses. Check out the Rise and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes concept art below. Read More »
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Today’s biggest Star Wars news has to do with the Expanded Universe and perhaps the Boba Fett film. But that’s far from all that’s going on. In this edition of Star Wars Bits, read about the following:
- The first new book in canon, Star Wars: A New Dawn, has been revealed…
- …as well as the rest of the first wave of canon books like Star Wars: Tarkin.
- Disney Stores are getting new Star Wars merchandise on May 4.
- Check out some images from Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy.
- Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles premieres May 4 along with a new Rebels tease.
- The full line up of Star Wars celebrities attending Star Wars Weekends has been revealed.
- Will we get the Star Wars Episode VII title at San Diego Comic-Con? Will it be there at all?
- Check out photos from the Lucasfilm offices at Walt Disney Studios.
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WonderCon 2014 brought a bunch of news regarding this fall’s highly anticipated TV show, Star Wars Rebels. Paramount among this is an action-packed new clip released from the show, but also a bunch of excellent new Star Wars Rebels concept art, the news Star Wars: The Clone Wars composer Kevin Kiner will return to score the show, new merchandise and the news Rebels could include characters or influence from the Expanded Universe. Check it all out below. Read More »
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 »
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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 »