"Our participants come to the Workshop at a critical point in their careers. We identify them just before they launch and provide a training ground for them to hone the skills they will need to succeed. Think of it as a finishing school." - ASCAP's Jennifer Harmon
I've argued that the rise of high-profile Kickstarter campaigns is already shifting the paradigm of how movies are funded, and that's probably a good thing. But with filmmakers getting financing directly from their fans, won't the Hollywood studios lose their raison d'etre?
Once a year when the Force is strong, my hometown is invaded by alien creatures, superheroes, and stars flocking to the greatest nerdified holiday of all: Comic Con. In the spirit of this geek-fest we reflect upon the wisdom of the Jedis.
Bob Calhoun's got a new book out called Shattering Conventions: Commerce, Cosplay, and Conflict on the Expo Floor, and we thought we would pick his brain about the crazy world of fan boys and girls, expos, trade show and conventions.
Here are five intriguing programs on the schedule at Comic Con that you should seriously consider checking out, whether you're into anime, Star Trek, Thor, or something else equally geeky.
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It's an old cliche, but worth repeating: Comedy is serious business, even when we're talking about the nut shots and fart jokes of Robot Chicken, even when we're talking about the gentler, youth-appropriate rowdiness of Cartoon Network's Mad.
Perhaps the rise of terrorism, climate change, and the global financial collapse have caused some form of sociological damage that has turned us all into jaded cynics. Maybe we've stopped making movies that are full of wonder because we've stopped seeing the wonder in the world.
Centered around a highly advanced humanoid alien race known as the Aurocearians, victims of a devastating blow when the titular Gods (a mercurial bunch), angry with the race's arrogant behaviors, curses them by vaporizing every female hindering any hope for breeding. So what is a cursed race to do?
Earlier this week, a sketchy-from-the start Star Wars rumor made its way around the Internet. In a nutshell, the rumor claims, casting calls were put out for the twin sibling characters of Jaina Solo and Jacen Solo, two young Jedis in training. Along with it came a complete breakdown of what would happen to these characters over the course of Episode VII, Episode VIII and Episode IX. Sure.
J.J. Abrams comes clean... Transformers 4 gets some new recruits... Apartment 1303 3D is available for occupancy...
This is a festival that makes the cutting edge accessible by seamlessly weaving the tried and true with the next wave. Perhaps best exemplified by 21-year-old opening night musician Charles Eliasch singing 19th-century opera by Bellini immediately followed by a presentation of edgy 3D films.
The truth is, I love Trek so much I'll watch anything I can get. I'd just like to not feel so embarassed afterward.
Next month sees the release of Guillermo Del Toro's new film Pacific Rim. It pits the world against Kaiju monsters rising up out of the sea and the heroes that fight them in their giant robots, known as Jaegers.
Is it too much to ask for someone to like both Star Trek and Star Wars?
The world's largest LEGO creation landed in New York City on Thursday. It took 32 master builders over 17,000 hours and more than five million bricks to create a humongous 11-foot-tall model of Star War's X-Wing Starfighter.