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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

Want to Eat Out of a Monkey's Head Just Like 'Temple of Doom'?

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Last weekend marked the official 30th anniversary of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and we featured a collection of nostalgic looks back at the film that is actually a prequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark. But much like the Ghostbusters 30th anniversary, we're perfectly fine with tributes to the adventure film popping up throughout the year. In fact, much like cool Ghostbusters stuff hitting this year (including the LEGO version of the Ecto-1), there's a fun little purchase that any true fan of Indiana Jones would probably like to add to their shelf. But it might not be for the faint of heart, and it could get you some weird looks.

 Posted May 29 in Cool Stuff | Comments

Rick Baker Reveals Spielberg's 'Night Skies' Unused Alien Designs

Rick Baker Alien Designs

For those who don't know, Steven Spielberg once flirted with the idea of a darker sequel to Close Encounters of the Third Kind, focusing on one man's encounter with a UFO. The film was called Night Skies, but was eventually abandoned and somewhat blossomed into E.T. The Extra Terrestrial following Spielberg's meeting with Melissa Mathison. But when Night Skies was still in development, make-up and special effects wizard Rick Baker (Star Wars, Harry and the Hendersons, Men in Black) was working on aliens for the film. Though we never saw the film, he's posted some of the alien designs online.

 Posted May 29 in Cool Stuff, Movie News, Photos | Comments

'X-Men,' 'Star Trek' & More Sci-Fi Time Travel Timeline Infographics

X-Men: Days of Future Past

From Back to the Future to Star Trek and the most recent X-Men: Days of Future Past, there are plenty of timelines in the film world that can be a little hard to follow. Thankfully, Wired took the time to breakdown some of the more iconic time travel timelines into a somewhat easy to follow infographic that charts the time travel in these films from as far back as "a particularly unlikely version of the Old West" to the disastrous "imperfect future." And for a bit of fun, they've also included the insane timeline of one of the more iconic television series of the past decade which included a whole bunch of time jumping. Look below!

 Posted May 28 in Cool Stuff, SciFi | Comments

'Temple of Doom' 30th Anniversary Batch of Indiana Jones Goodies

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

We've been celebrating the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters pretty hardcore by highlighting some awesome artwork from Gallery 1988 and also the forthcoming LEGO version of the Ecto-1. But it's also the 30th anniversary of another iconic film: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. We've rounded up some cool stuff featuring a look back at the sequel that is actually a prequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark (there are a lot of people who don't know that). Below you'll find a visual effects special, an infographic on the body count and a whole slew of nostalgia and even surprising praise for the 1984 adventure classic. Check it out!

 Posted May 24 in Cool Stuff, Hype, To Watch | Comments

'The Avengers' Assemble to Grant One Dying Man's Final Request

Cap for Strat

If you're looking for a little pick-me-up to restore your faith in humanity, this little story ought to do the trick. Stratford Caldecott is a huge Marvel fan who was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer back in October of 2011. Just recently, doctors told him that he only had about 12 weeks left to live, and his daughter Sophie Caldecott really wanted to make them something special. Her father is too ill to venture out to a movie theater to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier, so she started the #CapForStrat in order get Marvel to send a copy of the film to their home so he can watch it before passing on. Read on.

 Posted May 16 in Cool Stuff, Marvel | Comments

Creature Features' Exhibit for 'Godzilla' Has Weird & Awesome Art

Godzilla

This weekend, the remake of Godzilla from director Gareth Edwards finally stomps into theaters (read our review right here), and to keep the excitement high, Creatures Features just unveiled a new art exhibit called "Godzilla: All Art Attack!" that you can catch in Burbank, Califorina. Featuring dozens of art pieces commemorating the King of Monsters, there's quite an odd and eclectic array of work here paying tribute to the monster that first appeared on the big screen 60 years ago in Japan. There's illustrations, paintings, sculptures and more, and we've picked some of our favorite pieces for you to check out. Look!

 Posted May 12 in Artwork, Cool Stuff | Comments

Better Look: Official 'Ghostbusters' Ecto-1 LEGO Set Coming June 1st

Ghostbusters LEGO Set

In case you haven't heard yet, there's a LEGO set of the signature vehicle from Ghostbusters hitting shelves on June 1st. We've featured some photos of the LEGO brick version of the Ecto-1 previously, but now we get an even more in-depth look at the set thanks to Brent Waller (via SlashFilm), the man who created the custom set that inspired LEGO to manufacture their official version by way of the LEGO Ideas community (formerly LEGO Cuusoo). Waller has provided some new photos of the official set and put them side-by-side with is original creation to see how LEGO made some slight changes to perfect the set. Look!

 Posted May 5 in Cool Stuff, Photos | Comments

Own the Poster for Quentin Taratino's Live Read of 'The Hateful Eight'

The Hateful Eight

Though you may not have had the chance to attend the live reading of Quentin Tarantino's delayed western The Hateful Eight when the event took place last month at LACMA thanks to Film Independent, that doesn't mean you can't commemorate the event in your own home. No, Tarantino won't bring the cast of his film to your house for a special reading, but if you're a big enough fan of anything the Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction director dishes out, then you may want to get ahold of this cool poster for the one night only event while supplies last. It's a cool little piece of artwork benefiting the great Film Independent. Look!

 Posted May 5 in Cool Stuff, Posters | Comments

New 'Call of Duty' Trailer: Kevin Spacey Stars, Dana Brunetti Produces

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Normally we don't cover anything from the realm of video games unless it happens to cross over into the film world. Whether it's video game adaptations like Assassin's Creed with Michael Fassbender or Splinter Cell with Tom Hardy, we're on top of those stories. Every now and then we post live-action trailers for new video games because they're directed by a known filmmaker. But this time, we're focusing on the first trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare because it stars Kevin Spacey. And we don't mean that he just lends his voice to the film. The likeness of Kevin Spacey is also used as what appears to be a villain. Watch!

 Posted May 2 in Cool Stuff, To Watch | Comments

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