Star Wars Imperial Assault

GenCon is like the Comic-Con or E3 of the board gaming world. 50,000 gamers travel to Indianapolis, Indiana to attend the largest gathering of tabletop gamers in the United States. New games are released by popular designers and the major publishers hold presentations to announce new games, many of which no one was expecting. Someday I hope to go to GenCon, but for now I watch from afar via the interwebs. The biggest publisher at the con is Fantasy Flight Games, who take the stage with their yearly In-Flight Report where they announce games coming out over the next two plus years. Not only is Fantasy Flight Games one of the largest publishers, but they own the license to produce Star Wars-themed games, which helps make their yearly announcements even more highly anticipated.

At 2014 Gen Gen, Fantasy Flight announced two new Star Wars games, as well as a Scum & Villainy expansion to their popular X-Wing Miniatures games. Lets a take a look at the most interesting of the newly announced games, Star Wars Imperial Assault, which has tabletop geeks from around the world frothing at the mouth to get their hands on.

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Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy

At present, there are two kinds of people in this world: those who are madly in love with Groot, and those who haven’t seen Guardians of the Galaxy yet. If you’re in the latter category, we suggest returning to this very spoiler-y post after you’ve shifted into the former category. But for everyone else, have we got a treat for you.

A Guardians of the Galaxy clip featuring Groot’s final scene in the movie has just hit the web, as have some comments on that scene from director James Gunn. Who, as it turns was the true inspiration behind Groot’s sweet moves. Get all that after the jump, plus some instructions on how you can make your own you-know-what. (Again, major spoilers lie ahead. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.)

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Kevin Wilson - Se7en

Some of our greatest art has to do with crime. People who commit it, people who fight it, people who study it, these are stories that very easily provide gripping emotion. Innumerable classic movies, music, television and more are based on crime and a new gallery exhibit celebrates it all.

The Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles presents an exhibit called I Am The Law/A Life of Crime opening Friday August 15. Dozens of artists from all over the world have dramatized their favorite movies and television shows where someone either breaks the laws or enforces them. That opens up a pretty wide spectrum, from Sherlock, The Wire, The Blues Brothers, Luther and Hannibal on TV to RoboCop, Lethal Weapon, The Killer, The Godfather, Se7en and Die Hard at the movies. They all are represented plus many more. Below, see just a tiny selection of art from I Am The Law/A Life of Crime. Read More »

Randy Ortiz - Evil Dead 2 header

One of the complaints many people have about the pop culture poster scene is that the same handful of movies keep getting posters. It’s a valid argument. Massively popular films like Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, The Big Lebowski and Kill Bill do have infinitely more posters than their smaller counterparts. The reasons, though, should be obvious. One, these are very popular films with huge fan bases. The more prints that are released, the more fans who can get them. Second, if you don’t love one artist’s interpretation, maybe another will really strike you.

Two films undoubtedly on that list are Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness. Mondo alone has done about a half dozen posters for Sam Raimi’s trilogy and there are three new ones on sale tomorrow. However, like I said above, these are unique and beautiful takes on the films by artists Randy Ortiz, Richey Beckett and Tom Whalen. Each is radically different from every other take out there and will please fans new and old alike. Look at the new Mondo Evil Dead posters below.  Read More »

new Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar Photos and Highball

In 2008 I wrote a post about how The Alamo Drafthouse was the best movie theater ever. Has it really been six and a half years since I first visited Austin Texas and had my mind blown by the Drafthouse? Seems so.

Recently the Alamo Drafthouse’s flagship theater the Also Drafthouse South Lamar underwent huge renovations, including a three auditorium expansion. Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar and The Highball will be having their soft opening on Saturday, August 16th, just in time for September’s Fantastic Fest 2014. After the jump you can see the first Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar photos, and also an in-depth tour of the new Highball and their themed karaoke rooms. See photos and learn more information about whats new.

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Unused Jurassic Park Posters Designed By John Alvin

Most people know and cite Drew Struzan as the greatest movie poster illustrator of all time, but if there were a list of the top few guys, John Alvin would also be up there. Alvin is responsible for over 100 movie posters, some of which have become iconic imagery that we imagine when we think of the classic movies of the last 4 decades. His career began with Mel Brooks’ 1974 film Blazing Saddles. His posters include E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Blade Runner, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, The Color Purple, Gremlins and the anniversary posters for Star Wars. Alvin’s last work was on Disney’s Enchanted, released a year before his death after suffering a bout of myocardial infarction.

The Art of John Alvin will be released on August 26th 2014, a retrospective collection of his finest movie poster work, along with previously unseen comprehensives and in progress sketches and commentary from Alvin’s widow. To promote the book, the publisher has released online Alvin’s unused Jurassic Park posters designed for the original Steven Spielberg film. After the jump we’ve collected the best of over two dozen new images released of unused Jurassic Park posters concepts.
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Lego Simpsons sets

It’s no secret Lego and The Simpsons are currently best buds. Lego released the Simpson House earlier this year, The Simpsons aired a full Lego episode recently and you can buy Lego Simpsons mini-figures at pretty much any major store. Rumors have been swirling that Lego will eventually release more iconic Springfield buildings. While that has yet to be confirmed or denied, one Master Builder took it upon himself to get building. Lego builder Matt De Lanoy made the The Simpsons’ Springfield fully out of Lego. He’s got Springfield Elementary School, Krusty Burger, the Nuclear Power Plant and more. Check out multiple Lego Simpsons sets below. Read More »

 Tom Hiddleston's e-mail to Joss Whedon

After reading Joss Whedon‘s screenplay for The Avengers, star Tom Hiddleston (who plays the villainous Loki) wrote a sweet e-mail to the filmmaker/scribe which has somehow found its way online for all to read. Read Tom Hiddleston’s e-mail to Joss Whedon after the jump.

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