Fender’s Game of Thrones Sigil Collection guitars will not only appeal to fans of the series, but just anyone who wants a cool-looking musical instrument. They were created by Ron Thorn of Fender’s Custom Shop and the Principal Master Builder, with each guitar representing the three primary houses: House Stark, House Lannister, and House Targaryen. One caveat: they range in price between $25,000 and $35,000. Read more for a video additional pictures and information.
Fans at the Star Wars Celebration in Chicago got their first look at the Disney+ series The Mandalorian on Sunday, when Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy and executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni revealed a teaser clip. This eight-episode series will make its official debut on Nov. 12 as one of the Disney+ streaming service launch shows. “If you look throughout history, it’s fun at first, but it gets very complicated very quickly. The idea of that world after The Return of the Jedi and what would happen and what sort of characters would survive, and what it was like until the new Republic took over. You have vestiges of the Empire. You have only the strong surviving. You have chaos taking over the galaxy,” said Favreau. Read more for the video, additional pictures and information.
HBO’s Game of Thrones will return for its final season on Sunday, April 14th (tonight) in the US, and what better way to get hyped than with a visual effects breakdown video from an expert at Pixomondo. Yes, Dany and Tyrion’s boat, which is surrounded by ships, waves, and dragons in one episode, was all shot in front of a green-screen. You can’t that Kit Harington was actually petting a blue rock rather than an actual breathing dragon. Read more for the video and a few bonuses.
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The Walt Disney Co announced on Thursday a new family-friendly streaming service will costs $6.99 per month or $69.99 annually, complete with a variety of original programming. Disney+ is slated to launch on Nov. 12 in the U.S. and in every major global market over time. Subscribers will not only have access to Disney films and TV shows, but feature programming from the Marvel superhero universe, the “Star Wars” galaxy, “Toy Story” creator Pixar animation and the National Geographic channel. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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To celebrate the premiere of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones on April 14th, British office supply company Viking employees teamed up with artist Andy Singleton to create a giant 43-foot, fire-breathing paper dragon. How long did this all take? Around 10-days, with an additional 10-hours required to piece everything together. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Talaat Captan, a writer and movie producer, was shooting scenes a a real airport for the movie “Ground Control” with Kiefer Sutherland back in 1998 and experienced great difficulty coordinating the logistics involved with filming with all of the foot traffic. So, this self described aviation enthusiast founded Air Hollywood shortly after filming wrapped. The goal was to have a studio where all types of aviation scenes can be produced in a film-friendly environment. They now have several complete aircraft interiors that can be quickly and easily reconfigured to not only provide a wide variety of interior looks, but also permit filming from any necessary angles. Read more for a tour.
Apple TV+ is the company’s original video subscription service, and it features a brand new slate of programming from Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Octavia Spencer, J.J. Abrams, Jason Momoa, M. Night Shyamalan, Jon M. Chu and more. The all-new Apple TV app as well as Apple TV channels are both coming in May 2019, and customers can even subscribe to Apple TV channels à la carte and watch them without additional apps, accounts or passwords. Popular channels include: HBO, Starz, SHOWTIME, CBS All Access, Smithsonian Channel, EPIX, Tastemade, Noggin and new services like MTV Hits, with more to be added over time around the world. Read more for a video from the event and additional information.
The Simpsons producers consulted with League of Legends maker Riot Games for their upcoming Esports episode to “help ensure “the experience depicted in the episode was authentic to the players, fans and coaches who compete professionally in League of Legends,” according to LCS commentator David “Phreak” Turley. That’s not all, The Simpsons writer Al Jean Tweeted a screenshot from the episode and also noted that Bart won’t be playing Bonestorm or Super Slugfest, but rather a six-player game called Conflict of Enemies. Read more for the Tweet and additional information.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9) originally aired from January 3, 1993, to June 2, 1999, and served as the third sequel to Star Trek: The Original Series. It was set in the 24th century, when Earth is part of a United Federation of Planets, and based on the space station Deep Space Nine, which is located adjacent to a wormhole connecting Federation territory to the Gamma Quadrant on the far side of the Milky Way galaxy. One fan, CaptRobau, decided to remaster some clips from the series using AI Gigapixel’s neural networks to upscale them to 1080p. Read more to see the result and for additional information.
Google’s annual Doodle4Google contest has begun and kids have until March 18 to submit their Google Doodle for consideration, with the this year’s theme of “When I grow up, I hope…” being revealed by Kermit the Frog on The Tonight Show by Jimmy Fallon. Students K through grade 12 who want to participate in the 11th annual Doodle for Google competition have to either live in one of the 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico or Guam to be eligible to participate. The only rule being that the artwork represent the Google logo, fits with the theme, and be submitted within the 10-week window of entry. Read more for the Jimmy Fallon segment and additional information on how to sign up.