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Artist Ralph McQuarrie passed away on Saturday March 3rd at the age of 82. Ralph was an amazing artist that conceputalised many cult nerd movies such as Raiders of the Lost Ark and E.T. His most famous works have been amazing Star Wars images.

Here’s tribute to the artist that was posted on McQuarrie’s official website

It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the passing of Ralph McQuarrie.

People say you should never meet your heroes. Ralph was the exception to that rule. We were all fans of his amazing art long before we were blessed with his friendship. But once you got to know Ralph it was impossible not to become a fan of Ralph the man.

Ralph was a very special person for many more reasons than his undeniable brilliance with a brush. He was an especially kind, sensitive, deep, modest, funny and fascinating gentleman. And as fine a role model as any one could have wished for.

His influence on design will be felt forever. There’s no doubt in our hearts that centuries from now amazing spaceships will soar, future cities will rise and someone, somewhere will say…

“that looks like something Ralph McQuarrie painted.”

His presence will be missed but we will always have his artwork to remember him by. Check the images below and enjoy

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Check out this awesome promo poster for the new Spielberg series, TERRA NOVA.

Here’s the full synopsis and details for the series:

From executive producers Steven Spielberg, Peter Chernin, Brannon Braga, René Echevarria and Aaron Kaplan comes an epic family adventure 85 million years in the making.

TERRA NOVA follows an ordinary family on an incredible journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a small part of a daring experiment to save the human race. In the year 2149, the world is dying. The planet is overdeveloped and overcrowded, with the majority of plant and animal life extinct. The future of mankind is in doubt, and its only hope for survival is in the distant past.

When scientists at the FERMI Particle Accelerator unexpectedly discovered a fracture in time that made it possible to construct a portal into primeval history, the bold notion was born to resettle humanity in the past – a second chance to rebuild civilization and get it right this time.

The series centers on the Shannon family as they join the Tenth Pilgrimage of settlers to Terra Nova, the first colony established in this beautiful yet forbidding land. JIM SHANNON (Jason O’Mara), a devoted father with a checkered past, guides his family through this new world of limitless beauty, mystery and terror. Jim’s wife, ELISABETH SHANNON (Shelley Conn), is a trauma surgeon and the newest addition to TERRA NOVA’s medical team. JOSH SHANNON (Landon Liboiron) is their 17-year-old son who is angry to leave life as he knows it behind; upon arriving at the settlement, he finds himself instantly drawn to the beautiful and rule-breaking SKYE (Allison Miller). MADDY SHANNON (Naomi Scott), Josh’s endearingly awkward 15-year-old sister, hopes TERRA NOVA will give her a new chance to reinvent herself. Although Elisabeth’s medical training secured the family a spot on the pilgrimage, a secret involving their five-year-old daughter, ZOE (Alana Mansour), soon endangers their place in this utopia.

Upon the Shannon’s arrival, they are introduced to COMMANDER NATHANIEL TAYLOR (Stephen Lang), the charismatic and heroic first pioneer and leader of the settlement. Taylor, along with his right-hand man, GUZMAN (Mido Hamada), warn the travelers that while Terra Nova is a place of new opportunities and fresh beginnings, all is not as idyllic as it initially appears. Along with blue skies, towering waterfalls and lush vegetation, the surrounding terrain is teeming with danger – and not just of the man-eating dinosaur variety. There is also a splinter colony of renegades led by the battle-hardened MIRA (Christine Adams), who is vehemently opposed to Taylor and his leadership.

Even more threatening than what lies outside the protective walls of the colony is the chilling possibility that something sinister is happening inside Terra Nova. The Shannons will come to suspect that not everyone on this mission has the same idea of how to best save mankind; in fact, there may be forces intent on destroying this new world before it even begins.

TERRA NOVA is produced by 20th Century Fox Television, Chernin Entertainment, DreamWorks Television and Kapital Entertainment. Steven Spielberg, Peter Chernin, Brannon Braga, René Echevarria, Jon Cassar, Aaron Kaplan, Katherine Pope, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Craig Silverstein and Kelly Marcel serve as executive producers. Alex Graves serves as executive producer and directed the series preview

via GeekTyrant

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This awesome Vintage Super 8 poster brings most has to the original blockbuster movies, like The Goonies, Indiana Jones, 007, Star Wars and many others..

I’m so looking forward to this J.J. Abrams film! Its been getting very good reviews from the States.

South Africa is waiting!

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How Star Wars Changed The World

Posted: June 1, 2011 by weldedgrass in Advertising, Arts, Books, Comics, Design, Entertainment, Film, Gaming, Lifestyle, Merchandise, Music, Nerd Stuff, Photography, Random, Review, Technology, Television, Web
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Why do I love Star Wars so much? Here’s a good reason.

This infograph depicts how impactful this franchise and its makers have been since its conception. Made in 2005, by Wired writer, Michelle Deveraux, its a bit outdated but still the point comes across very well. Read it and see how amazing this franchise is and was and how many of its rivals owe a great thanks to it.

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How to guides on some of your favourite Sci-Fi films and series, in the form of Ikea Manuals. Now we don’t have many examples of these in South Africa, but I’ve seen a few. These were created some peeps at College Humor. I think they’re pretty cool and very funny.

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We here at EHEHEHEH love movies and we have a friend base of film lovers have started to grow. One such friend is Jozua Judah. He has graciously sent us this review to the new superhero film, I Am Number Four.

ByJozua Judah

I Am Number Four

Release Date: 25 March 2011

Directed By D.J. Caruso

Screenplay By: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, Marti Noxon

Produced By Michael Bay

Executive Producers: Chris Bender, David Valdes, J.C. Spink , Steven Spielberg

Cast: Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Teresa Palmer,Dianna Agron, Kevin Durand, Jake Abel, Jeff Hochendoner, Patrick Sebes, Callan McAuliff

Genre: Sci-fi/Thriller

Classification: PG13

Running Time: 119 min

Movies for teenagers are becoming more frequent. I Am Number Four is the next one in a line of feature films doing the rounds on the big screen lately. The movie was adapted from a novel by Pittacus Lore, a pseudo name for novelists James Frey and Jobie Hughes who wrote the book. It was published by HarperCollins in August 2010 and spent six weeks on the children’s chapter of The New York Times Best Seller list with the rights bought by Dreamworks Pictures in June 2009. So, if your thirteen year old son nags you to go see the film, you know why. For them it’s going to be cool.

Most of these films starts with a lone hero. I Am Number Four is no different. Our hero though is not fighting off vampires or battling the gods for a lighting rod. John (Alex Pettyfer) is running for his life, moving from town to town with his guardian Henri (Timothy Olyphant). Henri is pretending to be John’s father as to give the appearance of a normal human family. If you are aware of the James Bond version of a teenage film, you will know Alex from the British film Stormbreaker. Alongside John’s is his love interest, Sarah (Dianna Agron) which stared in the Glee TV series. As most of these stories go, John is not any typical teenager. He is a unique teenager, an alien none the less from another planet. His people are known as the Loriens. But back to the story, from what is he running? From the Mogadorians, another race of aliens that are hunting John down, who, by the way totally destroyed his planet. John however is not the only teenage boy the Mogadorians are after. There are eight teenage Loriens, who all make up the Garde. You also guessed it, they’re all hiding here on earth since they don’t have a planet of their own. The Garde consists of all the Loriens who have special powers coming from a specific Lorien blood line. That is if they have blood? The eight fledglings is protected by a charm, so they can’t be killed at random or all at once, it must happen in a specific numeric order. This however doesn’t seem to be a problem for their hunters until now. John is number four…

As John and Henri move on to the next town, Henri tries to limit John’s movement from fear of him being discovered, “as not from around here”. John, a typical alien teenager, no different to the ones here on earth, rebels. He decides to go and find some excitement in the new town. Wait for it, he goes to school. The Mogadorians eventually catch up with them causing all sorts of havoc to break loose in the small out of the way town. John decides not to run anymore facing his enemies with the unique abilities he has been given.

With Michael Bay at helm as producer you know the CGI (computer generated imagery) is going to be off the hook, with films like Transformers and Transformers 2 under the belt. Sadly, I Am Number Four’s story itself falls short in a few places with a pretty straight forward plot. One thing you can count on is that teenagers will love the alien creatures in the movie, the good with the bad with the ugly. The fight sequences inside the film are carefully balanced and not too overwhelming to give the audience some time to get to know the individual characters in the story. That being said, the film buffs in today’s audience will get annoyed with the sub plot, love interest high-jacking this type of story again. The theme, love conquers all, still rings true and won’t disappoint the younger crowd. There are no nude scenes and no bad language. All the action makes violence a given but nothing as intense as a Quentin Tarantino movie. Alongside the melodrama that goes with being a teenager, this movie has a more of a serious feel to it. It gets a, out of this world 6.5 out of 10. See you at the movies.

I’m excited for this movie! J.J. Abrams has been one of my favourite directors for awhile. And now the highly secretive Super 8 coming soon. We already revealed the plot.

Via Daily Blam

I’ve been waiting for this for awhile.. From the first time I saw the trailer, I was hooked. It showed nothing! Which is unusual that it got me hooked, but the suspense was riveting. A lot of big words for a trailer that really made little sense. So now here is the official details thanks to Daily Blam

Directed by J.J. Abrams from his original script, the film is produced by Steven Spielberg and stars Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, Ron Eldard, Noah Emmerich, Gabriel Basson, Joel Courtney, Ryan Lee, Zach Mills and Amanda Michalka. Super 8 hits theaters June 10th

“In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth – something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined.”

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