Since its launch in 1977, the Star Wars movies have gone on to become one of the most popular and lucrative film franchises in history. While the movies have grossed over $30 billion, they’ve also been undeniably expensive and challenging to produce, particularly the original three films made in the 1970s and early 1980s, which are now dubbed Episodes IV to VI. In contrast with the prequel, Star Wars Episodes I to III, and the next-gen, Episode VII, the original Trilogy represents filmmaking of a different era, a time when CGI was in its infancy and the special effects techniques were not nearly as advanced as they are today. It meant the difference between the victory by Ewok of Return of the Jedi vs. the CGI-heavy epic battle and fallout of the same between Anakin/Darth Vader and Obi-Wan on the volcanic planet, Mustafar, of Episode III.
#Marvel is adding magic to the superhero mix with the release of “Doctor Strange” on November 4 in the U.S. and October 25 in the U.K. Audiences have already seen superhuman strength (“The Hulk”), genius scientific abilities (“Iron Man”), and even semi-godlike powers (“Thor”), but early reviews and sneak peeks hint that “Doctor Strange” adds a whole new dimension to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Musicians are showered with money, fame, media attention, and fawning fans, and often at a relatively early age. The big surprise may not be why there seem to be so many douchebags in the music business, but why there aren’t much more. Add the virtually unlimited access to booze and mind-altering substances that kind of money can buy, and it’s a recipe for unsociable behavior from temper tantrums to abusing the help to serious criminal charges. The money and the spotlight can make the elements that would normally result in minor character flaws escalate into full blown dysfunctional behavior. That annoying sense of entitlement becomes a nightmare of diva-like demands. The common office bore becomes a figure with a world stage on which to spew their ill-conceived views and opinions. There’s no one around and no reason apparent to put on the brakes when rich, spoiled pop stars get used to having it all their way.
VR comics stole at least some of the spotlight at NYCC (New York Comic Con) this weekend, despite a crowded field. Marvel, Netflix, DC Comics — the big players in the comics world all saved a few splashy announcements for NYCC but it was Madefire’s booth, an upstart startup company, that saw some of the biggest crowds.
#Aliens – where will we find extraterrestrial life? Amid recent news about Europa, and the “alien megastructure star” located millions of miles away, humankind’s days of feeling alone in the universe may be over sooner than anyone believes.
From the New Hampshire Seacoast, the smallest coastline in the US, comes Almanac Mountain, the brainchild of Chris Cote, a classically trained composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist.
The race for Mars continues to heat up as the #NASA Curiosity Rover mission reaches new milestones, and bothSpaceX and Boeing unveil their plans to be the first to reach our neighbor in the solar system.