Posted on Thursday, June 14th, 2012 by Angie Han
Hollywood seems really into turning board games into movies at the moment, but inspiration apparently works the other way as well. Paramount and Hasbro have just announced a special The Godfather Collector’s Edition version of Monopoly, in celebration of the cinematic classic’s 40th anniversary.
While an R-rated gangster flick and a game you played as a kid may not sound like a match made in heaven, it makes an odd sort of sense. After all, Monopoly is all about gaining as much wealth and power as possible while ruthlessly tearing down your rivals — and who’s better at that than the Corleones? More details after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, May 24th, 2012 by Angie Han
You’d think that Battleship‘s dismal $25.5 million opening this past weekend would make Hollywood in general and Universal in particular wary of making more movies based on toys, but no: Universal is now in talks to acquire movie rights to Hero Factory, Lego’s line of robotic toys.
While no director has been named at this point, Predators scribes Michael Finch and Alex Litvak are already negotiating to write the script for the live-action feature, with Mike Gordon, Ben Forkner, and Dean Schneider on board to produce. More details after the jump.
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If you could have one prop from any movie, what would it be? For me, the answer is simple: Han Solo in Carbonite from The Empire Strikes Back. Since I was a child, I’ve purchased almost every toy and trinket related to that iconic image, up to and including the recently released Sideshow Collectible Premium Format Figure (above). But none of that compares to the awesome that awaits Star Wars fans who go to Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World this summer.
There, you can have yourself scanned and made into your very own personal, 3D toy of you frozen in carbonite. Read more after the jump. Read More »
There’s a special place in geekdom for fans who have the patience and skill to make Lego versions of their favorite movies. When a fan makes a real life version of a motorcycle or a working lightsaber, that’s obviously cool and impressive. But doing something similar in Lego feels so much more difficult. Most of the time there are no blueprints, no instructions, just your memory of the movie, knowledge of what Lego components are available and then the ability to not only find them all, but make them look exactly like what they’re doubling. It’s remarkable.
And this set might be the best one yet.
After the jump, check out a bunch of images of Lego renditions of scenes and ships from Stanley Kubrick‘s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 by Angie Han
I’ve talked before about the awkwardness of marketing a multimillion-dollar movie that rallies against overblown consumerism and mindless entertainment, but since no film as big as The Hunger Games gets made these days without an onslaught of tie-ins, the merchandise push continues. The latest Panem-themed product poised to hit shelves is Mattel’s Katniss Everdeen Barbie, who looks not at all like star Jennifer Lawrence but is dressed a lot like her. Check out the first pictures after the jump.
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I know what you’re thinking and you’re right. There have been a lot of Hoverboard posts here on the site in the last few weeks. My response to that, is, can there ever be enough? The Back to the Future Part II (and Part III, spoiler alert) prop is arguably the most discussed and desired in modern movie history and the company who “made” the one in the movie is finally, actually, making it. It’s been more than twenty years but Hoverboards are so hot right now.
Mattel is currently taking pre-orders on an authentic prop replica (with sounds but no hovering) and they let the web series Beyond the Marquee behind the scenes to learn about the creation of the awesome piece. Check out the video after the jump. Read More »
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The year 2015 is coming up fast, and it seems like many of the future inovations seen in the future Hill Valley of Back to the Future: Part II have not come to pass — but I’m still hopeful that we’ll all be in flying hovercars in just three years time (um, yeah). Last year, Nike finally produced a limited edition “preview” run of the self-lacing Nike MAG sneakers. I saw last week on Gizmodo that we’re getting close to inventing the real-life Mr. Fusion. And this weekend at the New York Toy Fair, Mattel has finally announced the much anticipated release of the Hoverboard, a futuristic hovering skateboard that Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) used in the Back to the Future sequels.
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