Best movie eclipse scenes? Well, “Twilight: Eclipse,” of course, but also “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” based on Mark Twain’s novel. There have been many versions, but I like the musical with Bing Crosby.
Best of all is the film from the great innovator of special effects and movie magic, George Melies, best remembered for another moon movie, “The Trip to the Moon,” (and for “Hugo”). This one is “The Eclipse: Courtship of the Sun and Moon.”
Prop Store: Auctioning Props and Costumes from “Robocop,” “Batman,” “Back to the Future,” Pulp Fiction,” and “Star Wars”
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I had a blast at Comic-Con talking to Stephen Lane about The Prop Store‘s upcoming auction of movie props and costumes. SDCC attendees loved seeing some of the items coming up for auction, including Samuel L. Jackson’s wallet from “Pulp Fiction” and Matt Damon’s spacesuit from “The Martian.”
SDCC 2017: Preview Night (and a Contest for Tick Swag)
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Welcome to Comic-Con 2017! The force is with us! As you can see from the photo, I got a glimpse of the newest “Star Wars” movie. And I visited one of the coolest displays at SDCC this year, Amazon Prime’s Tick Experience. The new series, produced by and starring Peter Serafinowicz (“Spy”), looks very good, more complex than I was expecting from a show about a big blue superhero with antennae who spouts dialog somewhere between a robot and a fortune cookie. The character of Arthur (Griffin Newman of “Search Party”) is especially well conceived and performed. The Tick Experience includes a preview of the first episode, which comes to Amazon Prime on August 25, followed by an enthralling escape room adventure and a crazy green screen photo op. I got some extremely cool swag which I will send to some lucky reader. To enter, send me an email at email@example.com, with Tick in the subject line. Don’t forget your address! (US addresses only) I’ll pick a winner July 25, 2017. Good luck!
At the exhibition hall, I saw the set from “Star Wars” above, with clips from the new film and the 40th anniversary Star Wars celebration and a tribute to Princess Leia Carrie Fisher. Fisher was represented at another booth, too, with treasures from her collection and her mother’s for the upcoming auction of the Carrie Fisher/Debbie Reynolds estates. Reynolds, of course, was the all-time greatest collector of Hollywood props, costumes, and memorabilia, so there are some extraordinary items including Dorothy’s ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz” and Carrie Fisher’s chair from the set of “Return of the Jedi.”
I got a chance to preview the new American Writers Museum in Chicago before it opened on May 16, 2017. It is enchanting, inspiring, genuinely magical. There is a special room about children’s literature, with a glorious full-wall mural by my friend, Caldecott Award-winning illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky. There are some artifacts, including the legendary original manuscript of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road.
And there are fascinating, interactive displays to tell you more about writers you love, introduce you to writers you will love, and maybe inspire you to write your own story.
I had a lot of fun visiting the Spy Museum to see their fabulous exhibit about the villains in the series of James Bond films based on the books by Ian Fleming. Aptly titled “Exquisitely Evil,” the exhibit includes props and costumes and fascinating behind-the-scenes details about the films and the culture they reflected and influenced over half a century.