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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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Mar
31

Best mode of transportation: The Spaceship

On a daily basis, I hear my friends talk about what car they’d love to drive. A BMW this or that. I don’t know about you, but there’s another form of transportation I’d kill to take to work every day: a spaceship!

In lieu of fans everywhere that agree, here’s a look at some of the coolest, creepiest, and funniest spaceships to ever to grace TV and film.

U.S.S. Enterprise (Star Trek)

Matt Jeffries original design

The original bridge

The new Enterprise (by Ryan Church)

The new bridge

Check out more panoramic views of the new bridge on Sci Fi Scoop.

If you’re one of those people that loves a behind the scenes look at the architecture of such a ship, check out the blueprints for almost every Star Trek ship to date!

The Galactica (Battlestar Galactica)

The Galactica

Original concepts for the bridge

Here’s an interesting article and breakdown of these first two ships: Starship Enterprise vs. Battlestar Galactica: Who would win?

Cylon Raider (Battlestar Galactica)

Cylon Raider

Death Star (Star Wars)

Though technically a space station, this moon-shaped creation needs to be on the list!

Escape from the Death Star (by Geoff Hutchins)

The Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)

The Millennium Falcon

Millenium Falcon Lego version

The Tardis (Dr. Who)

The Tardis (aka English phone booth)

Interior of the Tardis (yes, much larger on the inside!)

Winnebago Eagle V (Spaceballs)

Winnebago Eagle V

Borg Cube (Star Trek)

Borg Cube

Shadow Vessel (Babylon 5)

This one is for those of you who love spiders.

Shadow Vessel (very creepy)

Serenity (Firefly)

The coolest part about this ship is that, when it’s taking off, the lighted back end makes it look like (you guessed it) a firefly!

Serenity

The Mothership (Close Encounters of the Third Kind)

The Mothership

Detailed model of The Mothership

Stargate Atlantis

Though the exterior is also cool, it’s the gate room that makes the ships in any Stargate series unique!

Stargate Atlantis gate room

Aries 1B Earth-Moon Shuttle (2001: A Space Odyssey)

Aries 1B Earth-Moon shuttle

How to make a spaceship

For anyone wondering how you can make your own spaceship at home, the Browncoats show you how to build a spaceship on a budget.

Featured artists

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Mar
23

Clash of the Titans: In memory and anticipation

By Kristen Nedopak  //  Film & TV, Props & Set, Visual Art  //  6 Comments

Clash of the Titans original poster

When I was in grade school, I remember getting an assignment to write a report on any person, place, or thing from history. Being the fantasy fanatic I was, I chose the Pegasus. Funny, though I was quite obsessed with Gods and Goddesses of Greek mythology, I was more excited to illustrate the book cover showing the creature in all it’s glory (or what my artistic skills could produce at the time; and they were actually pretty darn good, even back then).

So it wasn’t a surprise that, along with so many other mythology and fantasy enthusiasts, I loved the original 1981 film Clash of the Titans. Even with its slightly cheesy special effects, it’s still a favorite in my mind.

As most of the world knows, they’re coming out with a remake in 2010. I don’t fully trust that it’ll top the original (yes, I’m one of those people who always love the originals more), but what I am looking forward to are the special effects! With today’s technology and talent, this new film will, well, kick the original’s ass in that department.

The films, old and new

For anyone who hasn’t seen it, here’s the trailer to the original:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVcT5YWBzq8

Here’s the trailer for the 2010 remake:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6CJenNMsb4

Who’s playing who?

It’s always fun to compare actors from the past to the modern day versions of characters:

Laurence Olivier as Zeus

Liam Neeson as Zeus

Harry Hamlin as Perseus

Sam Worthington as Perseus

Jack Gwillim as Poseidon

Danny Huston as Poseidon

Judi Bowker as Andromeda

Alexa Davalos as Andromeda

And of course, though Hades wasn’t in the original as far as I recall, I look forward to Ralph Fiennes interpretation of the character in the new film:

Ralph Fiennes as Hades

And the creatures!

Medusa - original

Medusa - updated

Kraken - original

Kraken - updated

Scorpion - original

Scorpion - updated

Who’s missing?

Aeromental provides a great article documenting what monsters are missing, along with many still frames from the new film.

Fan art

Check out some of the Clash characters and scenes by über talented artists:

Zeus by Genzoman

Poseidon by Genzoman

Hades by Genzoman

Kraken by Vegas Mike

Perseus by Jordan Ross

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