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The Hollywood Museum Presents Back to the Future Trilogy: The Exhibit

The Hollywood Museum is thrilled that the co-creator of the “Back to the Future” franchise Bob Gale, and world renown “Back to the Future” collectors, will work together in the first ‘Back to the Future Trilogy: The Exhibit opening to the public on Friday, Dec 6th 2019 – just before the 35th Anniversary of Back to the Future, and the 30th Anniversary of Back to the Future Part III! “This exhibit will evoke memories for several generations of fans of the ever-popular  ‘Back To The Future’ movie franchise. In the “ ‘Back to the Future Trilogy: The Exhibit”, there is something for everyone. And, every fan of this franchise will be talking about this exhibit for years to come.”

On Thursday night December 5th, 2019, for the private gala opening, The Hollywood Museum will go “Back To The Future”, to pay tribute and honor all three Back to the Future movies, with special appearances by the films’ cast members and other stars in attendance. This will be a historic exhibit as it will be the first ever ‘Back to the Future Trilogy: The Exhibit ever mounted in the United States.

The exhibit, which will consist of three popular sections – Hill Valley from 1955, Hill Valley from 1985, and Hill Valley from 1885, will pay tribute to the film franchise. Rob Klein, a top BTTF collector and Special Guest Curator for this exhibit said, “ In my opinion these three films are the most perfect in Cinematic history, in fact Universal Studios wanted a fourth installment – however both Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis agreed that the trilogy should not be revisited as they felt they had created and produced a trilogy that could not get any better.”

Dadigan, who is also the Chair of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the Hollywood Historic Trust, and Vice Chair of the California Film Commission said “We are beyond excited that fans of this movie franchise will be able to see original, costumes, props, along with the ever popular merchandise that fans of all ages loved to collect from all three films, and the Hero DeLorean Time Machine as seen in Back to the Future Part III – There are more than 350 artifacts in this special one of a kind exhibit, and many of these items have never been on public display before.”

Highlights from Back to the Future Trilogy: The Exhibit include Christopher Lloyd’s (“Doc Brown”) robe from Parts I & III, Michael J. Fox (“Marty McFly”) western costume from Part III, to Mary Steenburgen’s (“Clara Clayton”) dress, & telescope from Part III, the iconic Hero DeLorean time machine in the third film, with more than 350 original screen matched artifacts, screen accurate replicas, iconic costumes, photos, posters and more are featured in this exhibit – The extensive exhibit will also feature much sought after collectibles from the time period that each film was released, along with several never before seen items.”

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Once Upon A Time In Hollywood: An Evening With Quentin Tarantino & Friends At The GRAMMY Museum On October 2, 2017

The GRAMMY Museum will present a special evening with Quentin Tarantino on October 2, 2019. The event will celebrate the recent music-laden film, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood and its soundtrack. 

The program will begin with a panel discussion including Quentin Tarantino, Mark Lindsay (co-founder and original lead singer of Paul Revere & the Raiders) whose songs are featured on the soundtrack, along with music writer and critic David Wild, and GRAMMY Museum moderator Scott Goldman. Following the discussion, Mark Lindsay will perform a few of his songs from the soundtrack, featuring a choral ensemble from Tesoro High School.

Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The ninth film from the writer-director, which features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age, debuted in theatres July 26 and went on to be the only original film to cross $100 million at the summer domestic box office.

The soundtrack, personally curated by Tarantino himself, is a love letter to the music of 1960s-era Hollywood. The Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood soundtrack features over 20 standout tracks from artists such as Paul Revere & The Raiders, Deep Purple, and Neil Diamond, as well as vintage radio advertisements, creating a true time capsule of a golden era of filmmaking. 

Keeping with Tarantino’s status as a true collector and lover of vinyl, attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase super deluxe edition vinyl copies of the soundtrack and additional merchandise at the GRAMMY Museum during the program.

Tickets will cost $50 and they will go on sale Saturday, September 21, 2019.

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Treasures In The Trash, A Look Inside The 45,000-Piece Collection of Trashed Treasures Curated By Sanitation Worker Nelson Molina

For 34 years, New York Sanitation worker, Nelson Molina collected items in the trash on his route in East Harlem. Over 45,000 items, all catalogued and organized on the second floor of the M11 garage. 

Nelson retired from the job in 2015, but comes to the garage routinely to check in on his “museum.”

The collection is not open to the public since it is in an active garage, but our hope is to get a proper space with the help of this film. Please visit nycstrongest.org/future-museum to donate!

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Walt Disney Archives Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary With Exhibit At Bowers Museum

The Walt Disney Archives celebrates its 50th anniversary next year, and to kick off the festivities, the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California will host Inside the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic, offering a rare look at some of the treasures from the Archives. The 10,000-square-foot traveling exhibit opens to the public on March 7, 2020.

Guests are invited to step into the Walt Disney Archives as they walk through a dazzling display of more than 400 objects, including original artwork, costumes, and props that  tell the story of the Archives, The Walt Disney Company, and Walt Disney himself. Artifacts include never-before-displayed production art from Fantasia, Walt Disney’s office set from Saving Mr. Banks, the original pitch portfolio used to secure investors for Disneyland, maquettes from animated films such as Peter Pan and Frozen, and much more.

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The Comic Con Museum Announces The Art of Shag Exhibit 

The Comic Con Museum in San Diego is teaming up with Josh Agle, the prolific artist known as Shag, to present a look at his works, methods and career.  Imbued with a distinctive attitude and sly sense of humor the works of Shag blend Pop Culture, Tiki Culture and the Mid-Century Modern aesthetic to create unique pieces that are unmistakably of our time, but reminiscent of animation and commercial art from the fifties and sixties.

The exhibit will showcase originals, prints and a sampling of his books and merchandise created throughout his career in a gallery touched by the same wry and colorful sense of retro decadence that features so prominently in the pieces on display.

An exclusive Exhibit Preview event with Shag that benefits the Comic-Con Museum is scheduled for Friday, September 20.

Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, craft cocktails and live music from The Martini Kings while you mingle with Shag in a mid-century inspired lounge space. Tickets are $250 and include a signed limited-edition print, courtesy of The Shag Store and Shag himself.  Act fast, as tickets are extremely limited and will sell out very quickly! Order tickets HERE.

The exhibit is open, free to the public, from 10am – 4pm on Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22. The address is 2131 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101.

More info HERE.

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Tim Burton’s Batman To Have Free, Surprise Screening Saturday In San Diego

DC and partner AT&T are holding a surprise screening of Tim Burton’s Batman Saturday evening inside the Batman Experience at the pop-up Comic-Con Museum in San Diego’s Balboa Park, following the Dark Knight’s induction into the Comic-Con Museum Character Hall of Fame Wednesday night. 

The screening takes place at 7:30 local time, will have a “special introduction” by producer Michael E. Uslan and is free to the public, not just Comic-Con badge holders.

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DC Collectibles To Unveil The 100th Statue In The Batman Black And White Collection At San Diego Comic Con

In celebration of the 80th anniversary, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Collectibles announced today that the 100th Batman Black and White statue in the popular ongoing DC Collectibles line will be unveiled at the forthcoming San Diego Comic-Con Museum on July 17.

A special over 6-foot life-size version of the Todd McFarlane-designed statue will be revealed during a special ceremony recognizing DC’s iconic Super Hero, Batman, the inaugural inductee into the Comic-Con Museum Hall of Fame. 

The milestone #100 statue is based off McFarlane’s own cover of Batman issue #423. As with the previous 99 in the series, McFarlane’s design, reinforces the core value of DC Collectibles to represent the printed page in 3D form and pays homage to Batman’s rich legacy. 

Guests of the Museum will also have the rare opportunity to see the current 100-statue series throughout the week as part of The Batman Experience Powered by AT&T at the Comic-Con Museum in Balboa Park. Not only will #100 be revealed with its special life-size version, but #99 by Doug Mahnke will be making its first public appearance.

Following the Comic-Con Museum launch event titled, “The Gathering” which will feature a “black carpet reception,” the life-size #100 Black & White statue will be auctioned off with proceeds benefiting the Comic-Con Museum.

“To simply be a part of the 80th anniversary of a character that has always held such a special place in my heart is an honor,” McFarlane said. “But in designing this statue I truly feel like I’m adding to Batman’s legacy and in the process benefitting a hall of fame that will become an institution both for comic fans and the San Diego community.” 

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At San Diego Comic Con, Go Behind The Scenes of The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

Just as George Lucas’s original Star Wars film was first introduced through a panel at San Diego Comic-Con back in 1976, this year fans can get their first glimpse at the future of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art during the convention’s 50th anniversary celebration.

Currently under construction in Los Angeles’s Exposition Park, the museum collection will focus on art that tells stories — including everything from ancient Greek pottery to illustrations created for magazines, comic art, and the art of filmmaking (like storyboards, costumes, props, and visual effects from Star Wars and beyond). “The Comic-Con audience has shown incredible dedication not only to George Lucas and his films, but to narrative art more broadly,” the Lucas Museum team recently shared. “We will have much to offer for everyone at the Lucas Museum and we are excited that the Comic-Con audience will be among the first to hear about our museum and collection.”

During the event next week, attendees can join members of the Lucas Museum’s founding curatorial team — Erin M. Curtis, Anastasia James, and founding curatorial team member of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Ryan Linkof — for Lucas Museum of Narrative Art: Behind the Scenes.

The panel will offer an exciting early glimpse at the collection, carefully assembled to inspire current and future generations through the art of visual storytelling. “We will look at a wide array of works from ancient Roman mosaics to Norman Rockwell to Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie, and discuss how these diverse works and artists will come together in our galleries to offer fresh insight into narrative art and its significance throughout history,” the team says.

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art: Behind the Scenes panel will take place Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 10 a.m. in Room 5AB during San Diego Comic-Con.

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Skirball Cultural Center To Present Los Angeles Debut of Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds Exhibit Opening April 30, 2020

The Skirball Cultural Center announces its 2020 presentation of Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds. Organized by the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), Seattle, under license by CBS Consumer Products, the fully immersive exhibition showcases Star Trek’s enduring impact on culture, art, and technology. It also explores how Star Trek broke boundaries with its daring vision of cooperation and inclusion, where humans of all backgrounds work alongside beings from outer space to explore the stars.

On view will be more than 100 rare artifacts, set pieces, and props from the television series, spinoffs, and films—including the navigation console from the original series; Kirk, Spock, Uhura, and McCoy costumes; and the six-foot U.S.S. Enterprise filming model from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Both longtime fans and those new to the cultural phenomenon will learn how fifty-plus years after a television program with modest ratings first aired, the stories and messages of Star Trek continue to resonate worldwide.

Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds debuted at MoPOP in 2016 as part of the franchise’s fiftieth anniversary celebrations. The Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds exhibit will run from April 30–September 6, 2020.

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Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy Exhibit To Open At The Petersen Automotive Museum

From its display at WonderCon 2019, the Petersen Automotive Museum announced a new exhibit which will feature over 40 Hollywood vehicles from cult classic films and video games. Opening May 5, 2019 in the Mullin Family Grand Salon, “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy” will be produced in collaboration with Comic-Con Museum, with additional support provided by Audi and Microsoft.

Along with iconic automobiles, the exhibit will showcase a selection of concept artwork, props and costumes to explore and analyze the ways in which the speculative fiction genre pushes the boundaries of human imagination. Series represented in the display will span the niches of speculative fiction with emphasis on dystopian future films such as “Back to the Future”, “Blade Runner,” “Ghost in the Shell,” “Transformers” and “I, Robot”.

Key vehicles on display will include the Warthog from “Halo,” the 2035 Audi RSQ from “I Robot,” the time machine from “Back to the Future”, the Weyland Industries RT01 Group Transport from “Prometheus,” the 2008 Audi R8 from “Iron Man,” Bumblebee from the “Transformers” series, the GM Ultralight from “Demolition Man,” Batmobiles, and more.

“’Hollywood Dream Machines’ will be the biggest exhibit of our 25th anniversary,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “With more than 40 vehicles from the silver screen spread across the museum, the exhibit is an ode to the industry that Los Angeles was built upon. We can’t wait to explore the fantasy and fictional concepts behind these extraordinary vehicles with the world.”

The exhibit will also feature a Microsoft HoloLens experience called “Worlds Reimagined.” The mixed reality experience will provide guests the opportunity to try this immersive technology, and see the Warthog from “Halo” and the “Back to the Future” time machine in a whole new way.

To kick off the exhibit, the Petersen will host an opening reception on the evening of May 4 with live entertainment, and gourmet appetizers and cocktails. VIP ticket holders will be given priority access to the exhibit beginning May 1 with a curator-led hard-hat tour.

“Hollywood Dream Machines” will run through March 15, 2020. To purchase tickets to the exhibit opening reception, please visit http://www.petersen.org/hollywood. For more information about the Petersen Automotive Museum, please visit www.Petersen.org.

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