'Star Wars' Creator George Lucas' Museum Will Call Chicago Home

Chicago / Star Wars

Though George Lucas may no longer have a significant voice in the world of producing new Star Wars films with Lucasfilm being run by Kathleen Kennedy and now firmly situated at Disney, that doesn't mean he's just kicking around Skywalker Ranch with nothing to do. In fact, Lucas has been busy putting together plans to create a museum that will house his collection of art and movie memorabilia, and The Chicago Tribune reports he has finally chosen The Windy City, where he lives half-time with his Chicagoan wife, to found The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, beating out potential plots in Los Angeles in San Francisco.

 Posted June 24 in Cool Stuff, Star Wars | Comments

Acme Archives Reveals Awesome Disney Artwork On Sale for 10 Days

The Little Mermaid - Acme Archives

Plenty of genre films have been getting commemorative art produced from Ghostbusters to Fight Club, and even The Shining has its own clothing line now. But Acme Archives thought it was time that The House of Mouse got a little love too. The collectible arthouse has just revealed some new Disney prints that will be on sale starting June 20th, and they'll print as many copies as are ordered. However, much like a Disney fairytale, all of this magical artwork goes away just 10 days later at the stroke of midnight on June 30th. There's some great pieces, included an incredible design for The Little Mermaid by Mark Englert below.

 Posted June 19 in Artwork, Cool Stuff | Comments

A Celebration of 'Cinema Within Cinema' Video - For Movie-Lovers

Cinema Within Cinema

"Isn't he supposed to be the good guy?" The perfect video to make you smile and remind you why going to the movies is such an unforgettable experience. While this was actually first put together last summer, it just ended up online last week, and it's worth watching (again) even if you have already seen it before. Covering everything from The Majestic to Grease to Annie Hall to Cinema Paradiso to Inglourious Basterds to The Blob to Midnight Cowboy to Bonnie & Clyde to True Romance, this "Cinema Within Cinema" video is a super-cut collection of the scenes that take place in movie theaters (or cinemas) in movies. Sit back, relax...

 Posted June 19 in Cool Stuff, To Watch | Comments

Roll Out with the Autobots: Get a Ride with Optimus Prime on Uber

Optimus Prime

This is awesome! One of my favorite apps/car services, called Uber, has launched a new promotion this month that involves getting a ride in the Optimus Prime truck, to wherever you want. Maybe to smash that bully's house or at least leave some gnarly tire marks on his driveway, and then back home. Pick up some food along the way, fight some Decepticons, hitch another ride on Grimlock the Dinobot. Sounds like a plan. The truck will be in Dallas, Phoenix and Los Angeles on specific days (today, June 16th, it's in Dallas) for a very limited time. The blog even includes a disclaimer about how hard it will be to catch Optimus, but it's worth a shot. As far as we can tell, that semi-truck seen above is the one that will actually pick you up.

 Posted June 16 in Cool Stuff, Hype, Movie News | Comments

Buy This Incredible Hand-Crafted Wooden 'Jumanji' Board Game


It's hard to believe, but next year will mark the 20th anniversary of the childrens' book adaptation Jumanji. And while the film starring Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt, David Alan Grier and a young Kirsten Dunst isn't exactly a modern classic, it certainly holds a nostalgic place in the hearts of many children of the 90s. Though many of the special effects in the film are laughable now, mostly the terribly crafted computer animated monkeys, they were state-of-the-art at the time, and helped make this jungle adventure fun for the whole family. And now you can commemorate your love of the movie, or the book, by purchasing an incredible handcrafted replica of the board game. It's truly a remarkable piece of woodwork.

 Posted June 13 in Cool Stuff | Comments

Fox Searchlight Created a LEGO Version of 'Grand Budapest Hotel'

The Grand Budapest

Though Fox Searchlight has already release The Grand Budapest Hotel in theaters, the film is poised to hit Blu-Ray & DVD next week on June 17th. Normally these occasions aren't worth writing about, but in order to celebrate the release of the Wes Anderson comedy, the studio commissioned a huge LEGO version of the title hotel. Ryan Ziegelbauer and a team of eight builders put the model together, and as the featurette below indicates, they spent 575 hours building and designing the replica. It's composed of more than 50,000 certified LEGO bricks from collectors and wholesalers from Lithuania, Poland, Latvia, Germany, Italy and 14 different states in the U.S. Now we just wish they would sell this in stores. Watch!

 Posted June 13 in Cool Stuff, Featurette, Hype, To Watch | Comments

Cars and Films Artwork Highlights Vehicles of 'Goldfinger' & More

Cars and Films

Throughout the history of cinema, there have been a fair share of iconic cars that have come to life on the big screen, sometimes literally. Now an graphic, web designer and illustrator named Jesús Prudencio has decided to pay tribute to the automobiles from film in the form of a series aptly called Cars and Films. It's a simple collection of of illustrations of cars from expected films like Ghostbusters, Back to the Future and Blues Brothers, and less celebrated vehicles from films like Rain Man, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, A Clockwork Orange and more. They even include detailed specs on each car.

 Posted June 5 in Artwork, Cool Stuff | Comments

Watch: 'Terminator 2' Chase Scene Recreated in 'Grand Theft Auto 5'

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

With the reboot Terminator: Genesis on the way (which still has ties to the original franchise storyline), there's no better time to be reminiscing about James Cameron's sci-fi action films. The 25th anniversary of Terminator 2: Judgment Day is just a couple years away, but some fans have paid tribute a little prematurely, and in a very cool way. For those who don't know, the sandbox city in the video game Grand Theft Auto V is called Los Santos, but it's clearly modeled after Los Angeles. And there's a long aqueduct that runs through part of the city where an infamous chase takes place between Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong and Robert Patrick. That scene has been near perfectly recreated in the game. Watch!

 Posted June 5 in Cool Stuff, SciFi, To Watch | Comments

See Incredible Cinematic LEGO 'Star Wars' & 'Indiana Jones' Photos

LEGO Star Wars

Right now J.J. Abrams is busy shooting the hell out of Star Wars: Episode VII (some photos of the Millennium Falcon set leaked today), but Finnish photographer Vesa Lehtimäki (or Avanaut) took on his own production to pay tribute to a galaxy far, far away along with the true name of adventure. Lehtimäki took some LEGO sets from George Lucas' Star Wars and Indiana Jones feature film franchises and used them to create some truly stunning photography that looks like it could easily be set photos from a stop-motion LEGO movie. These shots are cinematic, professional and simply bad ass. See them below!

 Posted June 3 in Artwork, Cool Stuff, Photos, Star Wars | Comments

Secret Cinema Rebuilding Hill Valley for 'Back to the Future' Event

Secret Cinema Hill Valley

The first rule of Secret Cinema: you do not talk about Secret Cinema. Unless it's in the past. Have you heard of Secret Cinema before? Based out of London, Secret Cinema is an incredible cinematic event group that hosts special one-off events/screenings with themed experiences. In the past they've held events for Dirty Dancing and Ghostbusters, but this time they're focusing on Robert Zemeckis' classic Back to the Future. The group just announced their ticket sales dates for a Back to the Future event, subtitled "The Live Cinema Experience" with the tagline: "Hill Valley, California comes to a Secret London Location". Yes indeed, apparently they are actually rebuilding Hill Valley for this event, or so the London Evening Standard says.

 Posted June 2 in Cool Stuff, Movie News, SciFi | Comments

Excellent 'Blade Runner' Art Show at Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn

Blade Runner Art Show

"It's too bad she won't live, but then again who does?" There's a new art show that just opened in Brooklyn themed to Ridley Scott's seminal sci-fi classic Blade Runner, first in theaters in the summer of 1982, 32 years ago. The gallery hosting the show is the Bottleneck Gallery, located right near the Williamsburg Bridge on the Brooklyn side, just off the Marcy Ave subway stop. In the same vein as Gallery1988 from LA, they host kick ass pop art shows in NY, this one featuring Blade Runner art and music inspired by the movie and it's a stellar show, worth visiting if you're in the area. I stopped by the grand opening on Saturday night.

 Posted June 1 in Artwork, Cool Stuff, Feat, SciFi | Comments

Interactive Encom Terminal from 'Tron Legacy' Experimental Website

Encom Boardroom Website

"Hello User." Welcome to Encom. Whenever I come across something incredibly cool like this, even if it's just a fan-made interactive website based on some small part of a movie, I feel the need to spread the word and tell everyone about it (thanks to io9 for the tip). This time it's one of the graphics from Tron Legacy, the boardroom visualization from early on in the movie when Encom's board discusses their plans and Sam Flynn hijacks the event. This boardroom visualization site was created by Rob Scanlon and uses WebGL and Event Source, borrowing data from Github or Wikipedia to work like it's a real interface. Check this out.

 Posted June 1 in Cool Stuff, SciFi | Comments

Stunning Concept Art for Ruairi Robinson's Live-Action 'Akira' Movie

Akira Concept Art

"Tetsuoooo!!" Anime fans must see this. This is what one version of the live-action Akira movie might've looked like, if it had been made. Thanks to a tip from a friend we've discovered a stash of concept art from director Ruairi Robinson on his own site for the version of Akira he developed at WB while he was attached back in 2009. He later went on to direct the lackluster sci-fi Last Days on Mars as his first feature. There's over 10 beautiful pieces of art, some costume shots and of course the motorcycles and New Tokyo, plus even a few storyboards for referencing scenes, too. This actually looks like it would've been awesome, there's even a sketch of what looks very much like Chris Evans as Kaneda, plus Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

 Posted May 30 in Artwork, Cool Stuff, SciFi | Comments

Black List Unveils '1969: A Space Odyssey' Live-Read with Cool Poster

1969: A Space Odyssey

We're usually not one to cover the various live-reading events that happen primarily in Los Angeles unless relevant to recent films like Anchorman or Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight (which is now headed to production this fall). However, a new live-read series from The Black List was just too cool to pass up, mostly because of the cool poster created for the event that will feature a live reading of Stephany Folsom’s 2013 Black List selected script 1969: A Space Odyssey, Or How Kubrick Learned to Stop Worrying and Land on the Moon. And they've announced part of the cast for the event too. Look now!

 Posted May 30 in Cool Stuff, Events, Movie News | Comments



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