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Artist Ralph McQuarrie‘s concept art was a huge influence on most of our childhoods – Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, E.T. would not look the way they did if it had not been for McQuarrie’s illustrations during the development phase. While McQuarrie died a few years back, his work is still a huge influence on the […]
- Peter Sciretta
Welcome back to day three of Daily Dead’s Holiday Gift Guide! Today we’re putting the spotlight on one of the coolest purveyors of geek-related collectibles out there and we’ve also got a few gift ideas for the ladies and the little genre fans out there as well.
And be sure to check out our Holiday Horrors Trivia Question at the end of today’s Gift Guide for your chance to win great prizes from our sponsors HorrorDecor.net, Anchor Bay Entertainment and Scream Factory.
Vendor Spotlight: GeekDecor.net
Geek Decor offers up fans hundreds and hundreds of unique geek-related items 365 days a year. For the holiday season though, they’ve released several great items including their Weeping Angel tree topper, their Doctor Who ornament set and their brand new Star Wars Nutcracker collection.
They add new items each and every day so I’d recommend getting on »
- Heather Wixson
Here's a fun bit of trivia regarding Star Wars: The Force Awakens: the tiny ball-droid who's already stolen the hearts of every living soul on the Internet was apparently based on early concept art of another famous droid, R2-D2. Here's an image of the two side by side, and while the sketch doesn't look exactly like what's in the trailer, this is how Star Wars artist Ralph McQuarrie once described his vision for R2 [via Slashfilm]: “I think Artoo was just described as a small robot. I thought of him as running on a giant ball bearing — just a sphere, a circle, wheel-like. He had gyros so he could go in any direction on this ball.” Yup, definitely sounds a lot like this little guy... It's already well known...
- Erik Davis
Here's a fun bit of trivia regarding Star Wars: The Force Awakens: the tiny ball-droid who's already stolen the hearts of every living soul on the internet was apparently based on early concept art of another famous droid, R2D2. Here's an image of the two side-by-side, and while the sketch doesn't look exactly like what's in the trailer, this is how Star Wars artist Ralph McQuarrie once described his vision for R2 [via Slashfilm]: “I think Artoo was just described as a small robot. I thought of him as running on a giant ball bearing — just a sphere, a circle, wheel-like. He had gyros so he could go in any direction on this ball.” Yup, definitely sounds a lot like this little guy... It's already well known...
- Erik Davis
George Lucas may have been the brains that came up with the Star Wars universe, but it was concept artist Ralph McQuarrie that visualized it, and gave it that awesome look and feel that we all love. Without McQuarrie's vision and imagination, who knows what Star Wars could have ended up looking like. McQuarrie deserves a ridiculous amount of credit for the success of Star Wars. His influence on the original films are still inspiring the franchise! Just look at Star Wars Rebels and the teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
StarWars.com has released a wonderful 40-minute documentary that Star Wars fans have got to watch called, Ralph McQuarrie, Star Wars Concept Artist: Tribute to a Master. It's loaded with a lot of interesting stuff that I think you'll want to know. Ilm's visual effects supervisor, Scott Farrar, had this to say about McQuarrie's involvement in the »
- Joey Paur
Here's a fun bit of trivia regarding Star Wars: The Force Awakens: the tiny ball-droid who's already stolen the hearts of every living soul on the Internet was apparently based on early concept art of another famous droid, R2-D2. Here's an image of the two side by side, and while the sketch doesn't look exactly like what's in the trailer, this is how Star Wars artist Ralph McQuarrie once described his vision for R2 [via Slashfilm]: “I think Artoo was just described...
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"'Amazed' and 'excited' would be good words when you came across new work by Ralph [McQuarrie]." With Star Wars on everyone's mind, there's no better time than now to feature these five segments of a mini-documentary about concept artist Ralph McQuarrie. McQuarrie's work on the Star Wars series is iconic, representing much of the look and feel of the world that was later translated into celluloid by George Lucas and his crew. There's a feature-length doc about McQuarrie in the works already, but in the meantime Lucasfilm (via Gizmodo) has posted separate 7-minute segments, featuring interviews with Lucas' crew. As a solid recap of the man who imagined the sci-fi world we all love, this is quite engaging/fascinating to watch. Here's all five segments of "Ralph McQuarrie: Tribute to a Master" uploaded to Star Wars' YouTube: For all the latest updates on Star Wars and The Force Awakens, »
- Alex Billington
Many fans credit much of the visual genius of the original Star Wars trilogy to concept artist Ralph McQuarrie. His beautiful concept paintings and early sketches inspired much of what we love about the galaxy far, far away. In fact, the current Lucasfilm creative team are using parts of McQuarrie’s original unused concept art as […]
- Peter Sciretta
Fans finally got their first look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens earlier today when the trailer finally debuted. The footage has been received with largely positive reactions since its debut just a few hours ago, and we've compiled a few tweets from celebrities and filmmakers, expressing their opinions on the footage. Check out what Anna Kendrick, Colin Hanks, Edgar Wright, Kevin Smith, Ben Schwartz, Chris Hardwick, Rob Liefeld, Lloyd Kaufman, Paul Scheer, Jason Eisener, James Gunn, Josh Gad and Jaime King had to say about the first footage.
Star Wars!!!!! Language and emojis fail to express what's in my heart at this moment.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) November 28, 2014
That Star Wars trailer is pretty killer…
— Colin Hanks (@ColinHanks) November 28, 2014
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) November 28, 2014
At the El Capitan theater this morning waiting to »
After months of on-set reports, wild rumors, tweeted photos and cryptic interviews, Disney and J.J. Abrams have finally unleashed the very first teaser trailer for "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens." Even after watching it 500 times (watch it again at the top of the page), fans still have questions about what they saw in the same way they did in for 1977's 'Star Wars" and 1999's "The Phantom Menace." With that in mind, it's time to turn back the clock to re-visit the ever-evolving teasers released in advance of all six films, to compare them to the new "Episode VII" teaser. It's a list a billion of years in the making. "Star Wars" (1977) It's hard to imagine a time before "Star Wars," when 20th Century Fox had to figure out how to sell George Lucas' space odyssey to the public, but they did something right. Sure, »
- Dave Lewis
Written by Paul Ruditis | Published by Aurum Press | Format: Hardback, 176pp
For over thirty years, science-fiction fans have been enthralled by Battlestar Galactica and the captivating saga of humanity’s war with the chilling Cylons. From its innovative special effects to its controversial storylines, the franchise has fascinated generations of viewers. Now, drawing on unique insights from the original producer, Glen A. Larson, and exclusive interviews with David Eick and Ronald D. Moore – creators of the series’ acclaimed reimagining – Battlestar Galactica Vault offers a complete visual history of the show’s evolution, from 1978′s ‘Saga of a Star World’ to spin-offs Caprica and Blood & Chrome.
Billed as the complete history of the series from 1978-2012, Battlestar Galactica Vault is a treasure trove of behind-the-scenes images: including concept artworks by legendary artist Ralph McQuarrie; annotated scripts and storyboards; candid behind-the-scenes photography; and ten meticulously reproduced pieces of memorabilia for readers to remove and examine. »
- Paul Metcalf
Ezra always seems to get the most difficult jobs on Star Wars Rebels, and in the next episode titled, 'Breaking Ranks,' the young informal Padawan goes on his first undercover mission in the heart of the Empire's military forces.
In a callback to the clone training facilities on Kamino in Attack of the Clones, Ezra has joined a Stormtrooper Imperial Academy on Lothal in order to gain inside access to their facilities. Note that the cloning facilities are no longer in use and apparently the clones themselves have been shutdown, so the Empire recruits children and young adults into its Imperial army.
Check out Ezra in his Ralph McQuarrie-inspired stormtrooper training gear in the Star Wars Rebels 'Breaking Ranks' clip below. The new episode airs this upcoming Monday, November 3 at 9/8c on DisneyXD. You can also online stream episodes via the Watch Disney Xd app and website. »
Clive Barker fans, this is the week we’ve all been patiently waiting for as Scream Factory is set to release the highly anticipated Director’s Cut of Nightbreed onto Blu-ray, forever filling the void that most us of Cabal enthusiasts have felt for many, many years.
Also coming home this week is Scott Derrickson’s supernatural thriller Deliver Us From Evil, Axelle Carolyn’s indie horror project Soulmate and the cult classic Planet of the Vampires gets a much-needed HD overhaul as well.
Other titles to keep an eye out for this week include Free Fall, Grace: The Possession, Red Nights as well as HD presentations of two oddball 70’s classics- Squirm and Werewolf Woman.
Deliver Us From Evil (Sony Home Entertainment, Blu-ray /Digital HD & DVD)
- Heather Wixson
Anyone with an interest in watching Clive Barker’s director’s cut of Nightbreed should most likely be familiar enough with the troubled production history and the Cabal cut that was making the festival rounds a couple of years ago. What makes this the definitive version of Barker’s ambitious dark fantasy is how this manages to expand the grand mythology taken from his novel Cabal, while adding clarity to Lori (Anne Bobby) and Boone’s (Craig Sheffer) relationship as the center of the story. Most importantly, the 40 minutes of new material was added in a way that actually helps the pacing and only running 18 minutes longer than the theatrical version keeps this from being a bloated experience.
Added footage of Boone and Lori together before he travels to the exotic home of the monsters, helps give their relationship a sense of purpose and Lori’s nightclub performance adds more depth to her character. »
- Sean McClannahan
Earlier this month, fans got their first look at Star Wars Rebels with the one-hour special Spark of Rebellion, before the series debuted last night on Disney Xd. The television movie garnered rave reviews at last month's San Diego Comic-Con fan event for its story (set between the events of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope) and its look -- akin to the classic Star Wars trilogy, with series designs iluenced by the work of original Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie.
With the series now under way on Disney Xd, Disney and LucasFilm have released the one-hour TV movie Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion on DVD, which also includes four Star Wars Rebels shorts a Ghost 3D model ship and an exclusive sneak peek at Season 1 of Star Wars Rebels that you can't see anywhere else. »
To celebrate the release of Battlestar Galactica Vault: The Complete History Of The Series, 1978-2012 – which is released here in the UK on October 23rd – we’ve got a copy of the book to give away courtesy of Aurum Press. Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter…
Journey Behind The Scenes With The Series’ Creators.
For over thirty years, science-fiction fans have been enthralled by Battlestar Galactica and the captivating saga of humanity’s war with the chilling Cylons. From its innovative special effects to its controversial storylines, the franchise has fascinated generations of viewers.
Now, drawing on unique insights from the original producer, Glen A. Larson, and exclusive interviews with David Eick and Ronald D. Moore – creators of the series’ acclaimed reimagining – Battlestar Galactica Vault offers a complete visual history of the show’s evolution, from 1978’s ‘Saga of a Star World’ to spin-offs Caprica and Blood & Chrome. »
- Gary Collinson
Having already premiered on Disney Channel and Disney Xd, as well as online platforms, “Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion” is now set to get a special airing on ABC — with Darth Vader tagging along.
The animated film, which sets up the characters and settings of the “Star Wars Rebels” series, will air on the network Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. An added scene will feature Darth Vader, voiced by James Earl Jones, providing more backstory to the show’s villain, the Inquisitor.
“We wanted to do something special for the ABC broadcast,” said “Rebels'” executive producer Dave Filoni.
The premiere of the TV movie was watched by 6.5-million viewers on Disney Channel and Disney Xd around the world. The weekly series begins »
- Marc Graser
On October 28th, Scream Factory will unleash the long-awaited Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut, allowing viewers to finally experience the monsters of Midian the way writer/director Clive Barker intended. To help hold horror hounds over until the release, Scream Factory has unveiled a high-definition clip that shows Craig Sheffer’s Aaron Boone getting a call from David Cronenberg’s Dr. Decker:
“We begin with an official statement from Clive Barker’s team on this extraordinary project: “The Nightbreed Director’s Cut is an entirely different film than the one which was released in theaters. Its 20 minutes longer than the theatrical cut, but it contains over 40 minutes of new and altered footage. Clive oversaw the reconstruction and edit himself, personally ensuring that, at long last, he was able to tell the story he always wanted to tell, but until now, had never been given the chance. Once the scenes were reordered, »
- Derek Anderson
Disney Xd’s new “Star Wars Rebels” series has started off strong with TV movie “Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion” attracting 6.5 million viewers worldwide during its premieres on the kids cabler and Disney Channel.
“Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion” aired first on Disney Channel in the U.S. on Oct. 3, attracting 2.7 million total viewers and 1.3 million kids age 2-11, 918,000 kids age 6-11, 762,000 boys 2-11, and 527,000 boys in the 6-11 demo.
Among the target demo of boys 6-11, the animated film performed 52% higher than Disney Channel’s year-to-date ratings average in the timeslot.
Disney Xd’s U.S. channel airs the film Oct. 6, before running the weekly “Star Wars Rebels” series Oct. 13.
“Spark of Rebellion” also aired in 163 countries on Disney Channels and Disney Xd on Friday.
It was watched by 3.8 million viewers in 16 markets across Europe, »
- Marc Graser
Though I was born after Return of the Jedi (my favourite, screw the haters) was released in cinemas the entire original trilogy (Ot), pervaded my childhood. Watching A New Hope on a recorded VHS until we picked up the trilogy proper, and then moving on to the Special Editions. There’s a magic in those films. The sounds, sights and feel; something that just didn’t come through in the prequel trilogy (Pt).
I’m no Pt hater and there some parts I think are great. But overall more was wrong. Star Wars: The Clone Wars passed me by as I was heavily into the Nolan Batman Trilogy and the first series didn’t impress me greatly. I picked up large parts of the story through the internet and I gather it grew much stronger as it progressed. »
- Chris Cooper
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