Gary Faulkner on David Letterman

Earlier today, we reported that Nicolas Cage had signed on for Army of One, about an American construction worker who took it upon himself to hunt down Osama bin Laden. The Larry Charles-directed satire is based on an extensive 2010 profile of Larry Faulkner from GQ, but Faulkner came to the attention of the media months before that piece ever ran.

The “Rocky Mountain Rambo” first made headlines in June 2010 when he was arrested in Pakistan. Armed with a sword, a dagger, and a pistol, he claimed to be searching for bin Laden in the mountains along the Afghan border. In the weeks and months that followed, he made the rounds on the publicity circuit — including a stop at Late Show With David Letterman. Watch the Larry Faulkner David Letterman interview after the jump.  Read More »

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brad bird Iron Giant Mondo Toy 2

Brad Bird, the director of the underrated 1999 animated film The Iron Giant, is playing with Mondo’s latest creation. “I want one,” he says. So do we.

Thursday, the company is releasing their second toy ever, a 16 inch high end reproduction of the iconic robot. To raise awareness for the release, Mondo put out a video of Bird playing with the toy and being amazed by the attention to detail. It’s super cute and awesome. Check out the Brad Bird Iron Giant below. Read More »

Joss Whedon wonder woman

DC almost beat Marvel to the punch. Years ago, DC and Warner Bros. had recruited a then cult writer named Joss Whedon to write a script for a Wonder Woman movie. Unfortunately, the film didn’t get made.

Years later, Joss Whedon went on to direct the biggest superhero movie of all time, The Avengers, and Warner Bros. is again developing a Wonder Woman movie, starring Gal Gadot and directed by Michelle MacLaren. But fans still like to imagine what Whedon’s Wonder Woman may have been and now, we have a small glimpse.

A promotional poster for the would-be movie was available at San Diego Comic-Con 2005 has now made it on eBay. It’s available along with artist Adam Hughes‘ original drawing, making the set a very exciting and rare thing. Below, check out both pieces of Joss Whedon Wonder Woman art work. Read More »

Game of Thrones - The Children

The appeal of seeing Game of Thrones on an IMAX screen should be pretty obvious, but it takes a lot to convince people to brave the January cold. So here’s one more reason to shell out for Game of Thrones in IMAX: the theater company has just revealed two cool commemorative Game of Thrones IMAX posters by artist Robert Ball, to be distributed for free at participating locations.

Check out the Game of Thrones IMAX posters after the jump.  Read More »

Ready Player One sequel

Ernie Cline is reportedly writing a Ready Player One sequel. Let that sink in while I give you some context.

A few weeks back, there were lots of rumors about Warner Bros. going out to top notch directors after reading the latest draft to Ready Player One. Cline’s book was released in 2011 but sold its movie rights even before that. Since then, several writers have been hired to crack the story – which involves a massive online world and a pop-culture infused race to win billions – but nothing quite stuck. Then Zak Penn took over and, suddenly, names like Christopher Nolan and Peter Jackson were being thrown around. It was a huge step.

Since then, we haven’t heard much about the Ready Player One movie. So, in the meantime, I went back and read the book for a second time. The first time I read it, I finished it in 24 hours because I couldn’t put it down. The second time, even though I’d already read it, it took me all of 4 days to finish. Cline’s huge imagination and pop culture vocabulary create a story that’s both wholly original yet totally composed of the tattered remnants of our childhoods. It’s just a wonderful, exciting, vibrant and awesome book.

Since releasing Ready Player One, Cline has been working on a mysterious new book called Armada, which is out later this year. Now, in a very surprising move, he’s apparently also working on a Ready Player One sequel. Read more about it below. Read More »

Craig Drake Star Wars Celebration Concept 2

There’s a nice cornucopia of Star Wars news in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • More details about the Gary Whitta exit/Simon Kinberg entrance on the 2016 Star Wars standalone movie.
  • Several pieces of Star Wars Celebration art by Craig Drake have been revealed.
  • Oscar Isaac talks about keeping himself grounded while filming Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Skywalker Sound is now on Twitter.
  • There was a Star Wars ad in a Japanese newspaper.
  • George Lucas pops up in a nuclear waste documentary.
  • Star Wars.com has a bunch of content about Star Wars #1.

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Matt Ferguson Lord of the Rings set

Artist Matt Ferguson is reaching that level where everyone needs to take notice when he announces a new poster. His rendition of Guardians of the Galaxy became more popular than the regular edition, his Star Wars posters sold out in an instant, and that’s just the half of it.

He’s about to have his first solo show in New York this March at the Bottleneck Gallery and to help the announcement, they’ve revealed his latest series of posters, for Peter Jackson‘s Lord of the Rings trilogy. You can see a brief glimpse of them above but get a better look, along with all the information, below. Read More »

Monopoly movie goonies

So far, the only board game movies to come out of Hollywood’s post-Transformers mania for Hasbro properties are 2012′s Battleship and last year’s Ouija. But we’ve got one more due out in the near future, an adaptation of Monopoly. Producer Randall Emmett reveals Monopoly will shoot this summer, which means we can probably expect it to see it in 2016 or so.

Whereas Battleship was a big-budget actioner and Ouija was a low-budget horror thriller, Monopoly will be going in a completely different approach. Emmett describes it as a Goonies-esque family adventure. More on the Monopoly movie Goonies comparison after the jump. Read More »

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