Browsing articles from "May, 2010"
May
27

Madame Tussauds immortalizes Star Trek, Wolverine, and more

By Kristen Nedopak  //  Star Trek, Visual Art  //  Comments Off on Madame Tussauds immortalizes Star Trek, Wolverine, and more

My family is visiting from back east, so I took them to see the Madame Tussauds wax museum in Hollywood. We had fun posing with our favorite movie stars—of course, I had to sit in the captain’s chair!

Here are some of my favorites. PS. I only had my camera phone.

Kristen in the captain's chair with Picard and Kirk

A close up of Picard

Close up of Kirk

William Shatner with his own wax version of Captain Kirk

Oooops, Kristen gets carried away with Wolverine

Plaster mask of Hugh Jackman's face

Terminator

Spiderman

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May
25

Sci-fi metal sculptures: Transformers, Terminator and Star Wars

By Kristen Nedopak  //  Science Fiction, Star Wars, Visual Art  //  Comments Off on Sci-fi metal sculptures: Transformers, Terminator and Star Wars

Kristen with the Predator outside Titanic

While perusing the Venice Beach boardwalk, I stumbled upon an incredible metal sculpture of an old school Predator at Titanic Boutique. After snagging a photo of one of my favorite alien life forms with my camera, I checked out the huge collection of metal art which included fan favorites such as the Terminator, Optimus Prime, Boba Fett and Darth Vader—you can see them all below.

These pieces are highly detailed, well-made, and quite a unique addition to Venice, in comparison to the multitude of overly touristy hat, clothing, and jewelry beach-side shops donning the strip. The small sculptures will run you around $95, and I didn’t dare ask about the large ones!

Titanic is run by Antonio and Karina Rendon. I had the pleasure of speaking with Antonio, who was very nice and informative, and allowed me to take as many pictures as I wanted. Thanks guys!

Titanic Boutique :: 405 Ocean Front Walk, Venice Beach, CA 90291 :: (310) 392-9254

Boba Fett vs. Darth Vader

Close up detail of Boba Fett

Optimus Prime

Terminator

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May
23

‘The Empire Strikes Back’ for charity

Han Solo, Chewie and Lando reunite for the 30th anniversary charity screening of “The Empire Strikes Back” on May 21, 2010. Read more about the yearlong Lucasfilm yearlong charity campaign called The Empire Gives Back at LA Times.

Check out some of the photos of the event, courtesy of Monsters & Critics.

Darth Vader inspects the troops of Imperial Army. EPA/LAVANDEIRA JR

The troops of Imperial Army march at the Obradoiro square in Santiago Compostela Galicia, Spain.

Billy Dee Williams and Harrison Ford © Albert L. Ortega / PR Photos

Peter Mayhew and Harrison Ford. © Albert L. Ortega / PR Photos

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May
17

Heroes scoop: Cast members disagree on movie

Sylar (my favorite character) and prey

First of all, like all fans, I want to start off with an official R.I.P. Heroes. I fell in love with the show in season 1, and though it took a few interesting twists and turns, I’ve remained a fan ever since.

Though countless blogs and magazines continue to speculate whether or not NBC will wrap up the Heroes plot via a two-hour film, I had the opportunity to ask one cast member (last night) who said, “there isn’t going to be a movie.” He notes that NBC ditched the mere thought of a season 5 because, well, it cost too much money to produce the show. Why would they spend money on a film?

Entertainment Weekly gives us an exclusive interview with Greg Grunberg (a.k.a. Matt Parkman) who still has high hopes that the fans will get their wish of a proper ending.

I guess that means… we wait!

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May
15

Star Wars goodies to celebrate George Lucas’ birthday

In 1977, the year of my birth, one of the greatest film series known to Sci-fi fans across the planet was born: Star Wars. Here’s a tribute to the characters, creatures, and far away worlds that inspired us all… and to the man who started this whole insanity: George Lucas!

Incredible poster art

Star Wars poster art by Tom Whalen

Star Wars poster art by the Hildebrandt brothers

View more poster art by the Hildebrandt brothers!

Star Wars poster art by Drew Struzan

View more artwork by Drew Struzan!

Star Wars videos

The Fastest and Funniest LEGO Star Wars story ever told

Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back (Original Trailer)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6bvuhPyq8Q

Ceci n’est pas Chewbacca

Starring my good pal Eric Toms!

Spin-offs

And last but not least, who can forget some of the best spin-off shows and films based on our beloved series.

Spaceballs

Ode to the the funniest moments of one of my favorite films!

Seth MacFarlane’s Blue Harvest

The hour-long premiere to the sixth season of the FOX series Family Guy.

Happy Birthday George! May 14th, 1944.

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May
10

Sky Arts’ laser projects Dark Side of the Moon into the London Sky

By Kristen Nedopak  //  Visual Art  //  3 Comments
Sky Arts projects Dark Side of the Moon over London
Sky Arts projects Dark Side of the Moon over London

Sky Arts projects Dark Side of the Moon over London

Sky Arts, a British television channel, kicked any Pink Floyd laser light show’s bum as they recreated Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon cover using lasers, neons, and smoke and projected it over Primrose Hill in Regent’s Park, London.

Watch the full video here:

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