Star Wars fans can rejoice with these fine collectibles. Mondo will release its final Star Wars poster collection with three new posters and variants for the original trilogy designed by Tyler Stout. These posters will be sold on Mondo’s site on December 31 at a “random time.” The posters are 24” x 36”. There will be 850 standard editions and 275 variant editions being printed, which is the largest for a Mondo release to date. Mondo is the Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art boutique, featuring designs from world famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek and Universal Monsters. The posters are limited edition and screen printed. I love Star Wars, but it seems like a lot to characters to fit into one poster. I’ll admit the artwork does look amazing. Check out the posters below and let us know what you think. Source: Ugo »
He was one of George Lucas’s original team of F/X wizards who in 1978 took home an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects (which he shared with John Dykstra) for his work on R2-D2 and all those wonderful creatures from the 1977 Star Wars. (In addition to his work as chief modelmaker for the groundbreaking film, he also appeared as a Death Star Gunner.) Grant McCune died of complications from cancer on Monday. He was 67. Described as a "quiet but crucial" innovator who specialized in models and miniatures, Grant McCune was one of Hollywood's best known special and visual effects artists pumping out designs for over 100 films, spanning decades of sci-fi and action classics, from Star Trek: The Motion Picture to Ghostbusters II to Speed to Batman Forever to Spider-Man 2. McCune worked as miniature supervisor for Apogee Inc. on Star Trek: The Motion Picture and received an Academy »
- NIKKI FINKE
Academy Award-winning special effects artist Grant McCune died on Monday from pancreatic cancer at the age of 67. McCune won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects for his work on George Lucas' 1977 classic "Star Wars." He was also nominated by the Academy in 1980 for "Star Trek: The Motion Picture," and served as the chief model maker on the 1978 pilot of "Battlestar Galactica." McCune got his start in special effects when director Steven Spielberg hired him and Bill Shourt to create a realistic model of the deadly white shark in »
To cap off Mondo’s recent Star Wars celebratory poster series, artist Tyler Stout has created six stunning final posters of George Lucas’ much loved space opera trilogy. The original trilogy, of course.
The posters are for Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi (plus variants of all three) and they will go on sale this Friday, New Year’s Eve, at a random time so you need to follow twitter closely to make sure you don’t miss out on these limited editions posters.
The really cool thing about this batch (including the variants) is Tyler has had the foresight to appreciate the large demand and has ordered a sizeable print run – 850 copies of the regular are available and 275 of the variants, the largest single run Mondo has ever done. The regulars will cost you $50 each, the variants double that but personally I’m always »
- Matt Holmes
With 10 years of gameplay on Bioware's list of goals for "Star Wars: The Old Republic," they're going to need a lot of class and combat options. The upcoming Mmo game will have tons of races and starships, but it's also going to shine a spotlight on some occupations that have historically belonged to underdeveloped characters in the core Star Wars universe. Troopers are one such class, and Bioware's team has now explained exactly how they'll roll in the fight against the Dark Side.
"For decades, the armed forces of the Galactic Republic defended their civilization against the seemingly unstoppable Sith Empire," the Trooper entry on Swotr.com states. "Despite countless setbacks, the men and women of the Republic military never backed down until the Senate ordered them to do so."
Basically, they want you to know that Jedis aren't the only ones fighting for Republic. Lightsaber-toting fighters tend to »
- Brian Warmoth
Though we haven't featured them here, Mondo has been releasing various Star Wars poster prints left and right as part of an ongoing series commemorating the holy trilogy. However, the series comes to and end on New Year's Eve this Friday, and it seems only fitting that this final set of posters commemorates the original Star Wars trilogy and that the art for these prints comes from Tyler Stout, one of the artists who help make Mondo the king of collectible movie artwork. Today Ugo debuted the three beautiful new prints for Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and you can check out each stunning piece just below. Here are Tyler Stout's posters for the Star Wars trilogy (click for larger versions): We've featured some of Tyler Stout's work a couple times previously, but this gorgeous poster set takes the cake. Also, if you're »
- Ethan Anderton
Mondo’s Star Wars poster series has come to an end. Artist Tyler Stout has completed his series of six posters of the original trilogy. Ugo exclusively revealed his posters for Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, plus variants of all three (including a Revenge of the Jedi), which will be on sale New Year’s Eve at a random time. Thanks to /Film once again.
Take a look at the beautiful artwork below.
So, what's the only thing that could make those Star Wars pies even more delicious? How about a little Star Wars weed to whet your appetite? Yes, of course that exists! A medical marijuana dispensary called the San Diego Organic Wellness Association has developed a "Skywalker" (get it?) Og strain of marijuana, which apparently has a "piny, skunky smell" and will not make you fall asleep immediately. For more details, I'll let Brittany take it away in the video review below. For more hardcore geeks, the Sdowa also offers a "Death Star" strain. I kid you not. »
Mondo will be finishing up their Mondo Star Wars series with work from Tyler Stout. Stout has designed a poster and a variant for each of the original series. So if you're still smarting that you didn't nab one of Olly Moss' amazing prints for the original trilogy, you now have a second chance at an awesome Star Wars poster set. You'll also have a much better chance this time around as this will be Mondo's widest release to date: 850 posters of the standard edition and 275 of the gold-and-silver variants. The posters measure 24"x36" each and will go on sale at Mondotees.com on December 31st at a random time. As always, be sure you're following @MondoNews for the announcement. Hit the jump to check out the posters. Posters via Ugo. [gallery link="file" order="Desc" columns="1"] This has really been an amazing series and I tip my hat to Mondo and to all of the »
- Matt Goldberg
Mondo's  Star Wars poster series has come to an end with a finale fitting of George Lucas's epic trilogy. Tyler Stout, the man whose work put movie prints and Mondo on the map, has done a series of six posters immortalizing the original trilogy in a way that only Stout can : big, bold and boisterous. Ugo  exclusively revealed his posters for Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, plus variants of all three (including a Revenge of the Jedi!), which will be on sale New Year's Eve at a random time. Check out the posters and more after the jump. Thanks to Ugo  who got the exclusive reveal of these posters. Head over there to read a long, fascinating interview with Mondo main man Justin Ishmael as he discusses the Stout Star Wars posters  as well as Stout's posters in general. It's a very »
- Germain Lussier
The Empire Strikes Back was one of twenty-five films selected this year to be preserved by the Library of Congress' hallowed National Film Registry. Empire, George Lucas' second entry in the original classic space opera trilogy, joins the one that started it all, Star Wars, in the 550-title-strong registry, which was started in 1989. Saturday Night Fever, The Pink Panther, and, a well-timed tribute to the recently departed Leslie Nielsen, Airplane were also selected. The purpose of the registry isn't to collect the most critically acclaimed movies, but rather to preserve films that may have an artistic, cultural, or historical significance. Original copies of registry films are kept in cold-storage vaults in the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center in Virginia, where they like, just chill, waiting for future generations to watch them. The Librarian of Congress (which always sounds like such a daunting task), James H. Billington, who has selected »
Actress Carrie Fisher has penned a letter to Hollywood's younger stars, advising them to take stock of what they have. The letter from the Star Wars actress was published in style magazine Black Book. "Life in the spotlight can be cruel. It sets you apart from other people, so that life becomes more about what you are than who you are," she wrote. "That's what happened to me. It's a privileged job, which is why everyone wants it, but it used to mean you earned those privileges based on talent. Now you can become famous for being a spectacle... "Acquiring celebrity can be an exciting thing, but there never comes a time, once you have it, when you can relax and say, 'Okay, I'm (more) »
- By Paul Delamore
Ready to battle your fellow nerds for some limited edition Star Wars posters? Right before Christmas, Mondo Tees posted three Star Wars posters (one each for the original trilogy films) by artist Olly Moss and they sold out in less than 5 minutes and created a firestorm amongst geeks who weren't able to snag a poster (and were outraged to see them selling for over $600 on eBay). If you missed your chance at an Olly Moss, another Mondo artist, Tyler Stout, has his chance later this week »
- Mike Sampson
The Star Wars icon, who has tackled her fair share of problems, is calling on the new wave of troubled stars to learn from her bad example, clean up and stop throwing away amazing opportunities they're given.
Her missive, published in the new issue of style magazine Black Book, comes at the end of a year when Lohan hit the headlines for violating probation and bouncing from jail to rehab and socialite Hilton was caught with drugs in her purse in Las Vegas.
In her caustic letter the actress and author writes, "(Lindsay's) a mess. She should back out of the whole scene and move to the f**king south of France.
"Life in the spotlight can be cruel. It sets you apart from other people, so that life becomes more about what you are than who you are. That's what happened to me. It's a privileged job, which is why everyone wants it, but it used to mean you earned those privileges based on talent. Now you can become famous for being a spectacle...
"Acquiring celebrity can be an exciting thing, but there never comes a time, once you have it, when you can relax and say, 'Okay, I'm famous now. Isn't this great?' Fame is something you have to maintain, like a weird garden... Don't imagine that Julia Roberts is just kicking back in her house with her kids.
"My advice to Young Hollywood? If you're an actor, learn another skill. Write a book or play an instrument - at the very least, learn to manage your own finances... I wish I'd known all of this earlier, and I wish I'd paid more attention to my life as it was going by." »
Star Wars fans are undoubtedly rejoicing with the addition of The Empire Strikes Back to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry, but a more interesting point brought up in the Washington Post interview with librarian James H. Billington is that the library is looking into ways to stream some of their films online. Clearly, films like Empire won’t be there anytime soon, but it sounds like the library is looking for ways to share their collection – and it is an impressive one – with the world.
Said Billington, “We’re going to be putting a lot of this, hopefully, online. “I hope we’ll be able to work something out, because [the registry] has great educational and inspirational as well as entertainment value.”
Here’s hoping that Billington gets his way. Right now, it looks like the biggest roadblock is the National Film Registry’s site itself – which is more than a tad dated. »
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• Orlando Bloom is showing off his muscles and curls for the newest Hugo Boss fragrance ads, which the great folks at PopWrap have posted. We don’t need a scratch ‘n’ sniff computer screen to tell you they smell really friggin’ good.
• Oh, thank goodness! According to the Telegraph, Apple is working on glasses-free 3-D technology.
• Movie deaths are always dramatic, but it seems the same actors are always croaking. Cinematical has the skinny on 15 of Hollywood’s Most Killed Actors.
• Yikes! “The Hangover 2″ set was the site of a nasty car crash, leaving stuntman Scott McLean in a coma. Read more about it at The Wrap while we hope for his speedy recovery.
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Think you're good at spotting movie titles based off a large image-association graphic? Well then see what you can do with this image, which, according to TheBoredNinja, includes 50 different movie titles. Some are a little bit easier than others (like the image of Shakespeare holding a heart, or that fist crunching up a bunch of dollars), but once you get past the obvious, can you really name all 50? We'll provide an answer key below, so that if you can't name them based on the graphic alone, you can reverse it and see if you can spot the image once you're handed the title. (Check out a larger version of the image over here). Answer Key 1. Cat On A Hot Tin Roof 2. The Towering Inferno 3. The Birds 4. Star Wars 5. Breakfast At Tiffany's 6. Fiddler On The Roof 7. The...
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You likely loved her on Saturday Night Live, and caught her on Will & Grace, Kath & Kim and even Glee. Molly Shannon has tackled many roles in her life, but the one the 46-year-old actress cherishes most is that of motherhood.
As mom to Stella, 7, and Nolan, 5½ (with artist husband Fritz Chesnut), Shannon’s stepped out of the spotlight in recent years, but is currently starring on Broadway in Promises, Promises and working on a project for HBO — about a jilted nun!
We recently spoke to the actress about her children, their holiday traditions and her work with »
Star Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Back is to be preserved by the Us Library of Congress as part of its National Film Registry. BBC News reports that the George Lucas film will be joined by the American director's student film Electronic Labyrinth: Thx 1138 4Eb, made in 1967. Other 'culturally significant' films making the yearly list are Spike Lee's Malcolm X, about the black political revolutionary, and Saturday Night Fever. Each year, 25 films are added to the registry, which began archiving pictures in 1989. A wide variety of other movies were chosen for inclusion this year, including Robert Altman's 1971 western McCabe and Mrs. Miller starring Warren Beatty, Blake Edwards's The Pink Panther and Elia Kazan's first feature film A (more) »
- By Alex Goldberg
Baltimore (AP) — Darth Vader proclaiming he's Luke Skywalker's father, John Travolta preening in his underwear and an early 20th-century deaf activist communicating in sign language are among the images that will be preserved by the Library of Congress as part of its National Film Registry. The 25 films selected this year include "The Empire Strikes Back," the 1980 sequel to "Star Wars" that many critics and fans consider the best of George Lucas' six "Star Wars" films. "Empire" shocked moviegoers with the revelation that masked villain Darth Vader was the father of hero Skywalker. While Lucas didn't direct "Empire" — »
- Ben Nuckols (AP)
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