May is a big month in the world of Star Wars. There’s the “May the 4th Be With You,” the anniversary of the release of every single film in the saga, as well as the birthday creator George Lucas‘ birthday which is actually today, May 14. Happy birthday George!

It’s also the kick-off of Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and besides the awesome Carbon Freeze thing they’ve got going on, Disney has released some truly cool ads for the summer long event taking place every Friday through Sunday from May 18 through June 10.

That’s just one example above. After the jump, check out seven more, some videos and read an amazing story of what George Lucas has been up to. Read More »

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There are several take aways from Marvel’s The Avengers: the excitement, the humor and how you’d like to own every single prop that’s in the movie. Pieces like Thor’s hammer, Cap’s shield, Hawkeye’s bow and Loki’s staff are so iconic, owning one would be the crown jewel of any collection. And while companies do make authentic prop replicas of these items, and will continue to do so, there’s something to be said about the actual screen-used props. When these one-of-a-kind items are done in front of the camera, most of them get put into storage for use in future movies or possibly toured around the country at comic convention or museums.

For The Avengers, Disney’s D23 fan club has put all these items on display for you in a video tour featuring Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. Check out below. Read More »

The debate over the need for 3D in the home has been decided and 3D has triumphed. Or at least that’s how I feel after being manipulated by this genius ad campaign being run by LG for their new Home Theater 3D Sound System. They took iconic movie posters and flipped them around, showing the posters from alternative angles. After the jump, read more about the campaign and see posters for Kill Bill, Forrest Gump and Pretty Woman. Read More »

This is almost too much fun. Jason Geyer, a writer for Action Figure Insider, has posted a huge gallery of rejected Star Wars merchandise. How did he come upon these hidden gems? Simple, he helped to create them. In the late Nineties, he and a co-worker were two of the largest Star Wars fans working at a promotional merchandise company who had Pepsi as one of their clients. You’ll probably remember that Pepsi and Star Wars had a massive marketing campaign beginning with Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and while only a few products actually got made, the list of ones that didn’t is far more exciting and impressive. Can you say Floating Landspeeder Can Koozie?

After the jump, we’ve got ten of our favorites as well as a link to a page where you can see about six times the number shown here. Read More »

Each year, the Oscars are the culmination of a year of movies in Hollywood. Films from January through December of the previous year are celebrated and awards are handed to the best of the best. This year however, maybe I’m crazy, but something doesn’t feel right.

It all began with the Brett Ratner/Eddie Murphy debacle. Brian Grazer and Billy Crystal replaced them, which was fine, but then the nominations came out and were almost too predictable for words. Even as recently as Tuesday, it was announced the two Best Original Song nominees won’t be performed. What’s supposed to be a joyous occasion, filled with glitz and glamour, now has what feels like a huge rain cloud hanging over it.

Maybe the people who are behind the whole shebang agree. They’ve just revealed a new ad campaign to remind viewers, and filmgoers, about Oscar’s storied history with thirty plus images saying “We Showed You” followed by a reference to a great movie of the past. We’ve picked ten of the best for you to check out after the jump. Read More »

Mondo might bruise a few wallets tomorrow. The company has partnered with Sideshow Collectibles and a handful of notable poster artists to produce a set of posters for the Planet of the Apes Films. There are five prints in the series, one for each of the primary classic films. (Planet, Beneath, Escape, Conquest and Battle — sorry, Tim Burton remake fans and Rise of the Planet of the Apes lovers.)

The five prints will be sold as a set online tomorrow, Thursday January 26, with a sixth bonus print included. The price is $230; not bad at all for a Mondo poster set. Any remainders not sold as sets tomorrow will go up for sale on Friday; Sideshow Collectibles will eventually offer variants of each print on the Sideshow website. The artists are Martin Ansin, Ken Taylor, Rich Kelly, Phantom City Creative and Florian Bertmer. If you purchase the entire set of five, you will also receive the GO APE! poster painted by Jason Edmiston.

Hit the jump for a gallery of all six images. Read More »

Paramount Pictures is running unannounced pop-up screenings of Jason Reitman‘s new film Young Adult in cities around North America. As a special bonus, Reitman and Paramount enlisted the curatorial services of Los Angeles’ famous pop culture art gallery Gallery1988 to pick the artists and produce limited edition pieces of art for the surprise screenings.

There have been pop-up screenings in Toronto, Minneapolis, Chicago, and Austin, each with an accompanying poster. (The Austin show featured a Q&A moderated by Patton Oswalt, who led the audience in a ‘no talking’ PSA shoot. That would have been fun.) Tonight’s screening is in San Francisco, and once again attendees get a unique piece of limited edition artwork. For the San Francisco show, Furturtle (aka artist Travis Bone) designed the poster. Check it out in full after the break. Read More »

Paramount Pictures is running unannounced pop-up screenings of Jason Reitman‘s new film Young Adult in cities around North America. As a special bonus, Reitman and Paramount enlisted the curatorial services of Los Angeles’ famous pop culture art gallery Gallery1988 to pick the artists and produce limited edition pieces of art for the surprise screenings.

There have been pop-up screenings in Toronto, Minneapolis, and Chicago, each with an accompanying poster. Tonight’s screening is in Austin (at the Alamo Drafthouse, naturally), and as at the other previous screenings attendees get a unique piece of limited edition artwork. For the Austin show, Tara McPherson was hired to design the poster. Check it out in full after the break. Read More »

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