Just like the canceling of Anderson Cooper’s show on the day of Hurricane Sandy, another big news story managed to bury its lede yesterday under the rubble of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. So in case you were too busy donating blood, helping rescue workers remove debris and clear the roads, or staying in a dark, powerless apartment without wifi, get ready for a doozy: Disney has acquired LucasFilms. And they are getting ready to make a new Star Wars!
super bowl ads
Last year, Volkswagen made waves with its Super Bowl commercial featuring a little kid in a Darth Vader helmet using “the force” to control his dad’s car. It was an instant viral hit, and for awhile the boy from that commercial, 6-year-old Max Page was mildly famous.
This year, the same agency behind “The Force” commercial, Deutsch Inc., took the Star Wars theme to a whole other level, with Super Bowl ads that began as videos featuring dogs and then pulled back to reveal something much, much stranger.
Carrie Fisher’s touring show Wishful Drinking was recently filmed for an HBO special that debuts December 12. The show, which began on Broadway, is taken from her book of the same title and provides a broad overview of her many tabloid scandals — though Ms. Fisher says she’s actually not that much of a drinker. Read More
Cats and Dogs
Avatar is returning to movie theaters next week in the hopes of reversing a disturbing trend in Hollywood: 3-D is fading at the multiplex. After some big hits like Alice in Wonderland and Toy Story 3, recent 3-D offerings including Cats and Dogs and Step Up 3D have withered.
But perhaps a bigger question Read More
Hollywood’s in the midst of a love affair with 3-D movies, from Pixar flicks to Academy Award-nominated blockbusters. But there once was a time when the technology to see a movie “In 3 Dimensions!” (as 1950s movie posters eerily proclaimed) seemed the stuff of science fiction-along with flying saucers and intergalactic wars with Read More
A word of advice: If you’re one of the few who has yet to see Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (and judging from the $200 million–plus grosses, you probably aren’t), we suggest rushing out immediately to see Michael Bay’s latest in its full IMAX glory. Quality aside—the over-long extravaganza isn’t nearly as bad Read More
Star Wars versus Star Trek is a geek debate that has raged through enough stardates to fill up an entire captain’s log. But after years of fan conflict, it appears that J.J. Abrams finally figured out how to broker a peace between the warring sects: he combined the two franchises. Star Trek pulls off quite Read More
This week we will celebrate the 39th Anniversary of Earth Day, a holiday that in many ways coincided with the beginning of the mass environmental movement in the United States. The first Earth Day, in 1970, was proposed by then Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, and organized by Denis Hayes, Read More
George Lucas is seeing dollar signs for his next project: turning all six Star Wars episodes into 3-D masterpieces. Cha-ching! Acccording to ComingSoon.net, DreamWorks Animations CEO Jeffery Katzenberg said Mr. Lucas floated the project in the past with no results. The team reportedly now has “the technical resources to pull it off.” Read More
It’s the revenge of the nerds! Or the Star Wars geeks anyway. They’ve unleashed their wrath upon the Weinstein Company for keeping a movie about their brethren, Fanboys, in limbo for the past two years. They’ve formed a grass-roots boycott of all Weinstein-produced films, organized bicoastal protests at screenings of its Friday opener Superhero Movie, Read More