Hollywood Science Fiction Museum

Sci-Fi enthusiast Huston Huddleston happened to fine the Star Trek: The Next Generation Captain’s Bridge in the trash and rescued the touring sets which had been left outside for over 5 years. Both sets were recreated by Paramount in 1998. Huddleston took to Kickstarter and Indiegogo in 2012 and raised money to restore the Enterprise-D Bridge, which has since been on the road to over 22 conventions. Huddleston now has a much bigger dream, to open the Hollywood Science Fiction Museum in 2015 on Hollywood Blvd.

The nonprofit educational museum will teach Science Fiction in Film, TV, Art and Literature and Real Space and Science through Sci-Fi. The museum will feature Huston’s finds, along with many other legendary celluloid artifacts along with the first of it’s kind interactive elements to teach anyone about science and space. The project is already backed by Paramount, Google, Bentley Systems, Entertainment Earth and the writers of Star Trek, Battlestar Galatica and more.

Of course, Huddleston has huge dreams which are not achievable at this time, so his new Kickstarter is to acquire the funds to develop a smaller Hollywood Science Fiction Museum which he believes would open in 2015. The concept art above featuring a giant Millennium Falcon and Enterprise-D is for the bigger museum project, which Huddleston is planning for 2018. The details and concept art for this museum should excite any sci-fi fan, but I’m a bit skeptical that it will happen. Even a 2018 opening date for a smaller museum seems a bit ambitious to me. Construction takes time and land in Los Angeles isn’t cheap — but I’d love to see it happen (I’m just not sure I’d invest my own money to make it happen). After the jump you can watch the kickstrter video, see more awesome concept art and read the official press release.

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These days action figures look too good. They’re all 3D scanned with multiple points of articulation, tons of accessories and beautiful packaging. That wasn’t always the case. In the Eighties, you got a basic likeness that barely looked like the character, four points of articulation and a simple card with plastic bubble. That was it. Kenner style.

ReAction Figures is bringing that back. They’ll soon release classic Eighties carded figures from properties that never got that treatment. Movies and shows like Back to the Future, The Goonies, Pulp Fiction, Firefly, The Terminator, Friday the 13th, Predator, The Rocketeer, Escape from New York and many more. They’re available for pre-order now on Entertainment Earth and you can check out some images below. Read More »

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By now, you’d think fans of Joss Whedon’s TV show Firefly would come to peace with the fact it’s over. Yes, the show was unceremoniously cancelled in 2002, but Whedon made an unlikely film version for the fans three years later. Since then, almost all its stars have gone on to bigger and better things. And Whedon is now delivering his pop-culture savvy, whip-smart dialogue on a much larger scale. Yet the fans, collectively known as Browncoats, still hold out hope for some kind of return.

With quotes like the following, who can blame them? Though there is nothing at any stage of development, Firefly producer-writer Tim Minear recently said he “would never foreclose the possibility” of a comeback, and suggested a “limited series” on Netflix or something could work. Read More »

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Joss Whedon‘s Serenity finally gets a sequel, but it’s not a movie. Also after the jump:

  • Atlas Shrugged: Part III turns to Kickstarter
  • Independence Day might not become a trilogy
  • Top Gun 2 is still happening, says Jerry Bruckheimer
  • Goon 2 could shoot next year, with some luck
  • Weep over this sad moment from Fast & Furious 7
  • Meanwhile, Vin Diesel has a video message for fans

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Cool Stuff: Firefly: The Board Game

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Board games built around big movie and tv properties aren’t usually that good. It seems like most of the time, the money spent on the licenses and image rights allow little left for investment into quality game design. There are a couple select companies that buck that trend, probably most notably Fantasy Flight Games (which has the Star Wars license). Last year a company called Gale Force 9 entered the mix with the release of Spartacus: A Game of Blood and Treachery, based on the Starz television series. The game adaptation shocked the board game community by earning a user rating worthy of the top 250 games on BoardGameGeek.com (basically, the imdb for board games).

This year that same company, Gale Force 9, scored the license for the Joss Whedon television series Firefly and premiered a board game based on the beloved geek series at GenCon. The company had a limited amount of copies of Firefly: The Game on sale at the board game convention, but sold out of their 300 copies in less than 10 minutes on opening day. The game has a $59.99 msrp, but Amazon has it available for pre-order for only $46.00. Act fast as the early GenCon copies of game has been selling on ebay for up to $145.

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The successful Kickstarter campaign for the Veronica Mars movie sequel raised all sorts of questions, ranging from whether the show was even still relevant to how this might change the future of film. But for diehard TV lovers, the biggest one of all may have been: What other brilliant-but-cancelled shows can we bring back to life using this method?

One property that quickly came to mind was Joss Whedon‘s Firefly, which lasted just 14 episodes on Fox in 2002. The sci-fi Western has already had one big-screen revival: Universal ponied up for the cinematic follow-up Serenity, only to watch it tank at the box office. But Whedon has continually maintained that he’d “love” to do more Firefly. Now Veronica Mars‘ Kickstarter crowdfunding seems to offer a way he can actually make it happen. So is he going to run with it? Hit the jump to see what he said.

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Location is essential to the medium of television. Unlike movies, which can use a location and move along, TV recycles the same places over and over to conserve time and money. The result is that places on television become characters themselves.

That was the idea behind Austin-based artist Tim Doyle‘s first solo art show, UnReal Estate, in early 2012. Now the sequel is upon us. UnReal Estate II opens Thursday February 7 at Spoke Art in San Francisco, CA. Just like last year, Doyle has immortalized some of your favorite locations from our favorite TV shows. A few examples include the ship Serenity from Firefly, the TARDIS in Doctor Who, the model home on Arrested Development, and Downton Abbey from, well, you know where.

Below we’ve got the entire show and will tell you how to see it in person as well as buy prints online. Read More »

As you head into the weekend, we’ve got a few last sequel-related tidbits to chew on. After the jump:

  • Warner Bros. limited The Hobbit‘s 48 fps rollout to “do it right”
  • The Hobbit‘s Dori pledges himself to England’s Prince Charles
  • Will Breaking Dawn Parts I and II be re-released as one movie?
  • Paramount is pushing for Transformers 4 to be set in China
  • Keira Knightley says Jack Ryan wraps shooting in December
  • Chris Pine has vague comments about Star Trek Into Darkness

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