Tuesday’s Star Wars Episode VII casting announcement made international headlines. The world stopped and looked at the photo posted on Star Wars.com featuring returning cast members like Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher and new additions like John Boyega and Daisy Ridley. That’s partially because social media has changed how we digest news and also because fans have wanted to see what’s next since 1983.
Things were a tad different in 1975 when the cast for a film then called The Star Wars was announced. Small blurbs in Box Office Magazine, the LA Times and Variety revealed to the world little known actors Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher were going to be in an ambitious sci-fi film from the guy who did American Graffiti.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences dug deep into their archives and posted those original Star Wars casting announcements online. Check them out below. Read More »
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 finally opens in the U.S. this week and it’ll have a wide spread of fans and detractors. Some people are going to absolutely adore the beautifully rendered action sequences and character interactions while others are going to hate the bloated plot and tired exposition. The same can’t be said for an eventual Blu-ray collector’s set for the film, for which we have an early look today. This is a badly rendered, hilariously cheesy bust of Jamie Foxx‘s Electro, with three discs in his neck. Fans who like the movie and might want to buy The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Blu-ray will probably not like the look of this set. Check out the images below. Read More »
The Ghostbusters are joining Record Store Day. A limited edition vinyl pressing of the theme song is being release at the annual event. It’s the latest piece of awesome in the ongoing 30th anniversary of the classic comedy. Soon, there will be an official traveling art show, official Lego set and maybe even a new movie. Few will be as collectible, however, as this 10-inch, glow in the dark pressing of the Ray Parker Jr. theme song. It’s limited to 1,000 pieces and will be on sale April 19. Read More »
It’s March and even if you aren’t a sports fan, it’s hard not to get caught up in March Madness. The excitement of filling out a college basketball bracket can only be topped if the bracket was something a little more geeky. Like Star Wars characters, for example.
StarWars.com is hosting a “This is Madness” tournament allowing fans to vote on their favorite characters in a single elimination bracket. In 2013, they did the same thing and Yoda beat Darth Vader in the finals. So, to help promote the contest, Yoda appeared on a version of ESPN’s SportsNation with Max Kellerman to discuss the tournament. It’s super cheesy, but a nice surprise for Star Wars fans. Check it out below. Read More »
2014 brings the 30th anniversary of all films released in 1984 and one of the biggest has to be Ghostbusters. While rumors have continued to swirl about a new iteration of the franchise, Sony has just revealed plans to celebrate the anniversary in another way. They’ve released a list of merchandising partners who’ll be honoring the film with new games, toys and collectibles over the course of the year. And while that’s all well and good, one partner in particular stands out.
That would be Gallery 1988, the Los Angeles pop culture art gallery. They’ll be running a Ghostbusters traveling art show during the year with brand new limited edition screenprints and posters culminating at San Diego Comic-Con 2014. Read More »
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Every few years, the United States Postal Service releases a stamp that catches the public’s eye. Sometimes they’re collectable, other times they’re not, but every time it’s nice to get something different and cool in exchange for your 46 cents. The latest stamp to get people excited are Harry Potter stamps. Currently available for pre-order, the USPS will only make 5 million books of the 20 stamp set. It’ll officially be released November 19. You can see a few more of the images below. Read More »
3D printing could revolutionize the commercial world. Almost anything you can imagine can be reproduced in a 3D printer and Hollywood has begun to notice. For example, on the set of Ender’s Game, many of the film’s props were created in a 3D printer, likely saving money in terms of industrial and labor-intensive individual production.
It’s fitting, then, that Ender’s Game is now the first movie to offer prop replicas created by a 3D printer. (Replicas are usually sold by companies like Sideshow Collectibles and NECA.) The company behind the offering is called Sandboxr. Fans can log onto their website, choose and customize a bunch of different ships from the film, and have them printed for a relatively affordable price.
Below, get all the links and check out an infographic that’ll prepare you for the film, which opens this Friday, November 1. Read More »
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 »
Most of Mondo’s poster releases are designed as strict limited edition runs. Last year, however, the company did a print for The Dark Knight Rises which was slightly less limited. The poster was made available through a “timed release,” where enough prints will be made to cover orders that come in during a specific time frame.
Mondo’s second timed release is going to be a Man of Steel print by Martin Ansin, which will be available for 72 hours beginning this Thursday night at midnight. (IE, in the first minute of Friday morning, CST.) There will be more severely limited versions of the Ansin print, and also one by Ken Taylor, seen above. All details are below. Read More »