Okay, so I know we might be in Star Wars news overload right now with Entertainment Weekly yesterday releasing new Force Awakens photos, details on the film’s villain Kylo Ren, details on why JJ Abrams wanted to direct Episode 7 and talk of mapping out the new Star Wars trilogy of films. But the Star Wars bits must march on. Here is what you can find it today’s edition of Star Wars Bits:
- Details about the upcoming Star Wars: Rise of the Empire anthology of novels, which includes three new short stories.
- Star Wars: Rogue One is set to shoot on location at Pymmes Park, Edmonton, London
- Star Wars: Art Awakens competition and art show announced for November at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles.
- Rumors that a new Star Wars ride could be coming to Tomorrowland in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.
- ILM shows off their Star Wars virtual Reality experience at Siggraph.
- How we will be handling coverage of Star Wars toys in the future.
- Watch an official Disney unboxing of the Star Wars Disney Infinity starter box.
- Hotel Reservations for Star Wars Celebration Europe.
- And a first look at the first piece, a mini metal prints from Gallery1988’s Star Wars: Art Awakens and artists Mark Englert and DKNG.
All that and more, in today’s Star Wars Bits!
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Every film has one. A signature prop, set, or location. Something that, in a single image, can represent the entire movie. The design team of Dan Kuhlken and Nathan Goldman, also known as DKNG, call these images “Icons,” and they are the subject of their first ever solo show at Gallery 1988 West in Los Angeles opening Saturday June 14.
The show, called simply Icon, is comprised of 50 pieces featuring iconic places and things from some of your favorite movies and TV shows of all time. Things like Star Wars, Beavis and Butthead, The Shining, Back to the Future, Office Space, Groundhog Day, Arrested Development, Willy Wonka, Jurassic Park, the list goes on and on. Each piece is small – 12 inches square – and is of one thing that sums up an entire movie. And of course, each is done in DKNG’s distinctive bright, geometric yet detailed style.
Below, check out our exclusive reveal of just eight of the 50 pieces you’ll be able to see and purchase in person Saturday at Gallery 1988. Read More »
It seems like just last week when we saw our first limited-edition screenprint for Ducktales. Actually, it was three weeks ago. But Scrooge’s money pit has opened and Mondo is celebrating everyone’s favorite ’90s Disney cartoon, and the recent video game re-release, with six brand new posters. Check them out below. Read More »
For the third straight year, the films of Wes Anderson have been framed. Spoke Art, San Francisco’s pre-eminent pop art gallery, has just opened their third annual Bad Dads show featuring works of art inspired by the films of the fantastic filmmaker. It’s a show Anderson himself is aware of and a fan of. In our interview earlier this year on the occasion of Moonrise Kingdom, he said the following about the show:
I have seen some [of the art] on the Internet and seeing somebody make artwork inspired by things in my movies is one of the most exciting things to me.
Moonrise Kingdom was exciting for lots of artists this year too as Anderson’s latest film was one of the most popular subjects chosen. But that doesn’t mean classics like Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and others weren’t well-represented.
After the jump, check out just a small sampling of the art now available from the show, which is open through November 24. Read More »
Two great movies honoring a fantastic filmmaker with proceeds going to charity, and you get a Mondo poster. It’s hard to imagine something better than that.
Debra Hill, one of the pre-eminent producers of the Eighties and Nineties, passed away in 2005. She left not only a legacy of great films (Escape from New York, Clue, Adventures In Babysitting, The Fisher King) but a commitment to emerging producers and those two passions come together on October 26 and 27 at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles, CA. There, the Producers Guild of America will host the inaugural Debra Hill Film Festival, featuring Big Top Pee-Wee and Halloween on consecutive nights with very special guests and very special posters. For Pee-Wee, Paul Reubens will be on hand along with director Randall Kleiser and co-star Penelope Ann Miller. The poster is by DKNG Studios. For Halloween, John Carpenter will be on hand with a poster by Ken Taylor.
After the jump, find out how you can buy tickets right now and check out both posters. Read More »
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Paramount Pictures is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and to commemorate the occasion, employees are getting a limited edition print designed by DKNG and commissioned by Gallery 1988. Check out the full image below. Read More »
If you watch a lot of television, chances are you’ve heard of PaleyFest. And if not, here’s the scoop. Each year, PaleyFest is an event where some of the biggest shows on television assemble their casts and creative teams for in-depth discussions about the past, present and future of their shows. For 2011, shows like The Walking Dead, True Blood, Eastbound and Down, Community, Supernatural and others are all scheduled to participate and they’re even hosting a Judd Apatow TV reunion with nearly the full casts of Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared together on one night.
Plus, this year Gallery 1988 (which you know because they do the awesome pop culture related art shows that we regularly feature) has commissioned several artists to do limited edition screen prints for some of the events. Daniel Danger did a frightening take on The Walking Dead, DKNG Studios gets to the essence of True Blood (NOTE: limited remaining copies of this print are on sale now at Gallery1988.com) and we’re proud to be able to exclusively premiere Phantom City Creative‘s awesome poster for the Freaks and Geeks/Undeclared reunion. You can see a glimpse of it above but, after the jump, check out the whole thing along with The Walking Dead and True Blood. Read More »