10 items from 2015
One of my favorite booths at Comic-Con every summer is Sideshow Collectibles. Always loaded with incredible high-end collectibles aimed at the adult collector, the booth is the kind of place a nerd can lose their mind and empty their wallet. Like year’s past, Sideshow and Hot Toys revealed a number of new items when the doors opened this year, including some of the biggest high-end collectibles they’ve ever produced like a sixth scale Millennium Falcon Cockpit from Star Wars and a Tie Fighter that looks like it fits a twelve inch figure! While I’ve seen some very cool and unique collectibles over my many years covering Comic-Con, the Tie Fighter and Millennium Falcon Cockpit are easily two of the best “toys” I’ve ever seen. Sideshow hasn’t revealed the prices, but I can only imagine that both will be close to ten thousand dollars each (or »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Star Wars: Rebels is back, with nods to the original films, and some menacing villainy from Darth Vader himself. Here's Cameron's review...
This review contains spoilers.
2.1 The Siege Of Lothal
Season one of the latest Star Wars animated spin-off series came to an exciting and memorable end earlier this year. Not to mention a damn good one too. The Rebels gang had been joined by fan favourites from The Clone Wars, Padawan Ahsoka Tano and Clone Trooper Captain Rex, and one of the franchise's most iconic characters ever, Darth Vader.
It was a surprised-filled finale which took Star Wars: Rebels to new heights, and one wondered if the show could keep up the heart-stopping momentum. Thankfully, this one hour opener (well, a Us hour - it’s just over forty minutes) demonstrates aptly that these animated adventures have got much to offer. So much more.
If you’ve »
An alien craft shaped like an artichoke? A vessel with breasts? Here's our pick of 15 of sci-fi cinema's most eccentric spaceships...
For decades, heroes have crossed the universe in rocket ships and modified light freighters. Aliens have conquered galaxies in disc-shaped craft of varying sizes.
Yes, as long as there's been science fiction on the silver screen, spaceships have captured our imagination, from the matinee serials of the 30s to the sci-fi blockbusters of the present.
We all have our own idea of what a great spaceship should look like. For some, it's Han Solo's fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon. For others, it's the more graceful USS Enterprise, or maybe the utilitarian craft of 2001: A Space Odyssey. But what about cinema's more unusual, outlandish spaceships? The ramshackle ones, the anachronistic ones, the ones that look a bit rude, or just plain scary? Those are »
From NYC to New South Wales, these stellar schools earn accolades for their showbiz programs.
U.S. Showbiz Programs
American Film Institute
AFI’s Conservatory is training 260 Fellows that are all, per the school, “worthy to watch.” The school’s participants create between four and 10 movies during the two-year program, and 37 alumni have received Oscar nominations in the past decade alone. An additional 118 have participated in award-winning projects ranging from “Boyhood” to “Mad Men.”
Art Center College of Design
The venerable private college’s film and graduate broadcast program continues to establish itself as an influential entity through its immersive curriculum and close working relationships between students and faculty. Its list of celebrated alumni includes director Zack Snyder and conceptual designers Ralph McQuarrie (“Star Wars”) and Syd Mead (“Blade Runner”).
Boston U. Department Film & Television, College of Communication
2015 saw the establishment of a one-year Mfa program, »
- Variety Staff
The Star Wars franchise is going strong 38 years later. But what about the artists and filmmakers who helped make the 1977 original a hit?
In theatres all over the world in 1977, audiences thrilled at the sights and sounds of Star Wars. Harking back to a bygone age of Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, it also pointed forward to the coming age of ubiquitous computers and special effects-led blockbusters.
But while the triumphant fanfare of John Williams' score gave Star Wars a confident swagger, its success was far from preordained. George Lucas reworked his script time and again; studios turned his concept down; even the production was rushed and torturous.
By now, the contribution George Lucas, John Williams and Star Wars' cast made to cinema is well documented. But what about some of the other artists, technicians and fellow filmmakers who helped to make the movie such a success? Here's »
One of the people most directly responsible for the design of the "Star Wars" prequel is Doug Chiang, so it seemed only fitting that I would hop on the phone with him to discuss "Star Wars: The Digital Collection" the morning after the announcement was made. Before we spoke, Fox sent over a clip from the extras on the "Digital Collection," and in it, Doug talks about lessons he learned from George Lucas about design, lessons that Disney summed up for me in the following bullet points: Rule I: Silhouette As a designer, you can get bogged down in the minutiae of perfect form and proportions. Doug had to learn to think and draw like a kid again. Don’t worry about the details; they don’t define a design. Rule II: The 3-second Rule When the audience sees something new on screen, they have to immediately connect with this new item. »
- Drew McWeeny
The full schedule for Star Wars Celebration 2015 has been released, with over 250 events jam-packed into the four-day event taking place from April 16 through April 19 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. You can check out the full schedule if you clickHere, but we have laid out some of the highlights for you. Take a look at what Star Wars Celebration will have to offer below.
Thursday, April 16
Don't miss the big kickoff for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. Star Wars: The Force Awakens Writer/Director/Producer J.J. Abrams and Producer Kathleen Kennedy will be on the Celebration Stage, joined by special guests. This panel is scheduled to be simulcast to the Digital Stage from the Celebration Stage. Celebration Stage
Information coming soon! »
Whether he likes it or not, Jony Ive’s design sensibilities have infected science fiction. I guess this became abundantly clear when Will Smith and Alex Proyas’ I Robot came along with a lead droid who looked like he’d just shipped from Apple headquarters in Cupertino.
Perhaps the most direct influence, however, will be seen in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as I’ve actually had a few words with Jj Abrams about light saber design. The New Yorker have a new profile on Ive which reveal him to be a friend of Abrams, and which recounts a little about their Star Wars chats.
At first they quote Abrams as saying Ive gave him some “very specific” design tips, but later, there’s Ive’s side of the story and he goes so far as to say “I thought it [a lightsaber] would be interesting if it were less precise, »
- Brendon Connelly
Recently we got a look at our first few Star Wars: The Force Awakens action figures, and now thanks to RebelScum.com we have this rundown of toy assortments Hasbro is soliciting. Like we said, no new characters are actually mentioned, but some of the toy names leave plenty of room for speculation. One name that does pop up is Darth Vader, who will have a brand new voice change mask to add to his already extensive merchandise repertoire. Does that mean he's in the new movie? Not necessarily, as Hasbro rarely miss an opportunity for a new toy based on the original Lord of the Sith -- but it remains a possibility of course, and we did see his mask in that concept art a while back. Anyway, have a read through, and let us know what you think. We also have this teaser for an upcoming Sideshow »
It.s not uncommon for specific movie-themed toy paraphernalia to divulge secrets of their adjacent films. All those Marvel Lego pieces, for instance, tend to drop before the films come out, with various sets depicting spoiler-y scenes. But did a new Star Wars figure just inadvertently solve one of the biggest mysterious of the upcoming Episode VII? Be wary of spoilers. (Click the image to see a larger version.) The folks at Sideshow Collectibles have a lot of figures coming down the pipeline, from Black Cat to Aquaman to Darkseid and more. But as HitFix has pointed out, there.s a particularly interesting Stormtrooper statue that.s being released as part of the Star Wars Ralph McQuarrie Artist Series. Why is it so interesting? It.s clutching a lightsaber! A Jedi blue lightsaber! And he.s facing down two shadowed figures shooting Imperial weapons! For those of us who.ve »
10 items from 2015
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