Apple is following Netflix and Amazon’s lead and is getting into original programming. The first two shows from the computer company will premiere later this year, which includes a series called Planet of the Apps, which looks to be Shark Tank for the iPhone app world. As a big Shark Tank fanatic and Apple fanboy, this seems right down my alley. See the first Planet of the Apps trailer embedded after the jump now.
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Update From Editor Peter Sciretta: Kabam RPG has released the first Star Wars: Uprising Gameplay Preview, showing actual gameplay footage from the game which will help tell the story between Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and the new film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Hit the jump to check out the new footage and to also watch the previously released Star Wars Uprising trailer.
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They couldn’t make “Fetch” happen but maybe you’ll have better luck. Mobile gaming company Pocket Gems has announced they’re working on an official Mean Girls game where players can make their own decisions and create a story featuring characters from the hit 2004 film. See a full image from the Mean Girls mobile game and read more about it below. Read More »
You’d be right to think of movies and fantasy sports as two totally separate entities. Each has their fans, their rules, their own niches of the Internet. Plus, the cross section of people who know the same about Star Wars and The Avengers as they do Y.A.C and W.H.I.P is probably tiny. Still, you had to think there was a good medium between the two things, and leave it to one of the most famous fantasy personalities in the world to find it.
Matthew Berry, aka ESPN’s “The Talented Mr. Roto,” is one of the founders of Fantasy Movie League, a brand new fantasy film site. The aim is simple: every week players are given the same amount of fake money to fill eight screens of a fictional movie theater. Want the week’s biggest film? It’s going to cost more. Want to use a movie on more than one screen? You can. Then each week, the person who makes the most money for their theater wins.
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We’re always wondering what’s next for the movies. Since film’s inception as a storytelling form we’ve seen the addition of sound, color, bigger screens, third and fourth dimensions, and more. Now we’re at a point where the physical theater has become the major constraint. Some filmmakers are looking smaller for the next big thing.
Google has begun making short films called Spotlight Stories. These are movies you experience in 360 degrees on your smartphone using an app. Not only has Justin Lin made a movie for the series, Google has just signed Aardman Animations, as well as Patrick Osborne, the Oscar-winning director of Disney’s short film Feast. His movie will be called Pearl. You can read more about it, and Google Spotlight Stories, below. Read More »
This is a jam-packed edition of Star Wars Bits. We’ve got real Star Wars Episode VII news, rumors, toy information, book excerpts, and even mobile game updates. Below, read about the following.
- John Williams will start working on Star Wars Episode VII in two weeks.
- Read about some of the work Phil Tippett might be doing on Episode VII.
- Oscar Isaac has finished his work on Star Wars Episode VII.
- See Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher hit the town together.
- Read the ominious opening crawl of the new novel Tarkin.
- Star Wars authors can still use Expanded Universe bits.
- A new creature from Star Wars Episode VII is described.
- Some mysterious new characters are revealed in latest Star Wars Lego images.
- Watch a video of the new Lego Slave 1.
- Star Wars mobile game Tiny Death Star has been taken off line while Angry Birds gets a Star Wars Rebels update.
- Possible descriptions of Han Solo‘s outfits in Star Wars Episode VII.
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The Simpsons has a history of making history and, last week, it quietly did it again. In a world populated with hundreds of recognizable characters, the franchise introduced a brand new one. Not on TV, but in the popular mobile game The Simpsons Tapped Out. His name is Chester Dupree and he’s the unemployed slacker brother-in-law to everyone’s favorite laughing doctor, Julius Hibbert. Read more about this below. Read More »
Disney has a conundrum with Star Wars Episode VII. Yes, they’re making a highly-anticipated sequel to one of the greatest franchises of all time. But it’s also a sequel to six other films. Audiences will likely need an intimate knowledge of those films. And Disney doesn’t own the rights to those movies. So how do you promote six movies you don’t own, but are necessary to your blockbuster? New media.
A few weeks back, Disney announced they’d be releasing children’s book versions of the original films. Today, they revealed a plan to release specially-designed mobile apps called Star Wars Journeys that turn each of the six films into interactive experiences and games. The first episode is out today and you can read more info and see screenshots below. Read More »
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The big theater convention CinemaCon brought no new news for Star Wars Episode VII. However, there’s still news to be found. In this edition of Star Wars Bits, read about the following:
- Mark Hamill will appear at Disney’s Star Wars Weekends.
- Star Wars Detours may still see the light of day.
- Check out the trailer for Star Wars: Assault Team.
- Chewbacca himself, Peter Mayhew, teases a potential new project.
- Han Solo gets his own board in Star Wars Pinball.
- Star Wars Episode VII will reportedly shoot plates in Iceland.
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With books, games, audio, movies, and TV, this edition of Star Wars Bits crosses all media. Below, read about the following:
- Is Benedict Cumberbatch out of the running for Star Wars Episode VII?
- Is Episode VII coming out at the same time across the globe?
- Disney announced a new mobile game called Star Wars: Assault Team.
- Bill Hader kills some Star Wars impressions on Conan.
- Star Wars vet Sam Witwer talks potentially being part of Star Wars Rebels.
- There’s a new presentation video for the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum.
- Check out the cover to William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back.
- Lego Star Wars Microfighters is now available for iOS.
- Listen to an audio clip from Star Wars: Maul Lockdown.
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