Star Wars Journeys

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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Briefly: There are only a few hours left, but Martin Scorsese‘s 3D family film Hugo is currently available to download, for free, in Apple’s iTunes Store. Some international countries have Chris Columbus‘ comedy hit, Home Alone, free as well. Click here for Hugo and here for Home Alone to see if it applies to you. [It might even be worth just hitting the “Buy” button anyway cause then it’ll be part of your Apple Cloud forever.]

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Briefly: Good news, San Diego. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues has just moved up on your calendar, from December 20 to December 18. That means you can make a good choice on a Wednesday, instead of Friday.

After the jump, also spend some time with Ron Burgundy and his new mobile game, Scotchy Scotch Toss, and find out when you can see him host SportsCenter. Read More »

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One of the great moments at San Diego Comic-Con this year was the very end of the Marvel Studios panel when Kevin Feige surprised the audience by bringing out Joss Whedon. Whedon had something to show us, and the video was an exciting reveal of the title to his May 1, 2015 sequel to The Avengers. By now we know, of course, that it’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.

What many of you who weren’t in the room don’t know is what the video looked like, at least not in high-res official form. The Iron Man 3 Jarvis App has now revealed that footage, which can be viewed online. We have it below, along with a plot synopsis that was uploaded to IMDB. It’s likely unofficial but interesting none the less. Read More »

Cool Stuff: ‘Breaking Bad’ Alchemy on iPad

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The final season of Breaking Bad begins this weekend and, among TV fans, it’s all anyone can talk about. Marathons, theory sharing, and predictions have been occurring non-stop for the past few weeks. It’s all leading up to the first of eight final episodes, which airs Sunday August 11. If you, like us, are greedily devouring everything Breaking Bad as you get ready for the end, you should look into Breaking Bad: Alchemy.

It’s an iBook available in the iTunes Bookstore and is basically every Breaking Bad fan’s dream. Pages and pages of photos, interviews, videos, insight and more for not only the first five seasons, but it’ll be updated during this final season with exclusive content.

Check out some screencaps and more below. Read More »

Anything After

Here’s a story about some evolution and devolution of movie technology. On the one hand, there’s are now Apps for your phone that will tell you whether or not you need to stay after the credits in the film. It’s a fun reaction to Hollywood’s trend of adding new, pertinent information after the credits are rolling.

On the other hand, iTunes Movie Trailers, run by Apple, has taken away the option to both download their files and stream video in 1080p. This is likely a reaction to pirating of exclusive content. Read More »

Now You See Me

The month of May may be filled with superheroes, furious action, spaceships and hangovers, but one film aims to fool all the rest. That’s the star-studded heist film Now You See Me, starring Jesse EisenbergWoody HarrelsonIsla Fisher, Dave Franco ,Mark Ruffalo, Mélanie LaurentMichael Caine and Morgan Freeman.

Directed by Louis Leterrier, the May 31 release follows a group of magicians who perform incredible heists. An inventive piece of viral marketing tied to the film has just kicked off called the Diamond Heist Challenge. The task is simple. Scour the Internet looking for the thirteen diamonds in a deck of cards, each unlocking a very special and exclusive clip from the movie.

And guess what? You’ve already got one as /Film is proud to debut a brand new image from the film that so happens to be the Five of Diamonds part of the challenge. Check it out below. Read More »

Collecting comic books is an expensive hobby. Each issue can cost upwards of $4, then of course you read more than one comic, each story is multiple issues and then maybe there are some crossovers. You could easily spend $100 month reading a bunch of different issues or trying to go back and fill in the blanks.

Or, with Marvel’s new app Marvel Unlimited, you can read them all for a single subscription. In theory.

The app launched this week and, for a limited time, has a $60 annual fee. 13,000 comics are currently on there but, to be fair, they are mostly back issues. So it’s not exactly as exciting as it sounds. Marvel Unlimited allows users to download up to six comics at once for offline viewing; everything else can be read online. Get more info below. Read More »