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Shortly after Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hit theaters a few weeks ago, and hitting the box office so hard that they're already guaranteed a sequel coming in 2016, some rejected concept art for the new designs of the turtles surfaced showing that things could have been much worse. The new designs still ended up causing some grief amongst fans, but again, we'd like to show you how terrible some of the other designs were so we can be somewhat grateful for the final character design. Some new rejected concept art has surfaced from Anthony Francisco (who worked on Guardians of the Galaxy) and their designs are just weird, making them look almost like traditional aliens with shells, ready to eat children on pizza. Look!
When will we see actual teaser posters for Star Wars: Episode VII? We're not sure, but hopefully soon. While we wait there's some fantastic fan-art going around that we felt was worth sharing. Even though these posters were posted in June of 2013, they're still worth taking a look at since we haven't seen them before anyway (thanks to SlashFilm's Star Wars Bits for the tip). A Ukrainian designer on DeviantArt has posted a series of three teaser posters for J.J. Abrams' new Star Wars, complete with old, incorrect release date. The imagery is still awesome and makes for great marketing material, even if it's not actually from the movie.
Step aside Comic-Con, it's time for MondoCon! Coinciding with the Alamo Drafthouse's annual film festival FantasticFest this year is MondoCon, a brand new convention created by Mondo, the guys behind all those gorgeous artistic posters (and vinyl) we've been throwing our money at for the past few years. This Con will bring "together unique guests from a variety of areas to celebrate film, music, art, and toys with the world’s finest artists, designers, toy creators as well as filmmakers, composers and more." There are screenings, exclusive collectibles, panels with artists and lots to spend money on. Impressive line-up for their first year.
15 miles from paradise...one man will do anything to tell the world everything. One of the formative films in my early years exploring cinema was City of God, about the impoverished and corrupt reality of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. While the film has gone on to much acclaim, a new poster organization has decided to make their first artwork for Fernando Meirelles' City of God, released in 2002. "A business years in the making, FAMP Art was founded to bridge the gap between pop culture art and art house cinema, focusing on films that don’t get much love in the art community but are praised in the world of cinema (and that we ourselves love)." Sounds like they're challenging Mondo and Gallery1988 and I like it, especially debuting with this.
During Comic-Con, the collectible arthouse Mondo unveiled some awesome posters for Guardians of the Galaxy, not to mention announcing their foray into collectible toys with figures for The Iron Giant and more. Now Mondo is back to their regularly scheduled programming (via Badass Digest) with great artwork for two of the most revered cult classic horror films. Evil Dead II is given a stylish poster by Randy Ortiz while Army of Darkness is given two different prints by Tom Whalen and Richey Beckett. Technically there's six posters since each has a variant to go along with it, but if you like Mondo, you know the drill.
Even before the film hit theaters and massively disappointed this writer (despite his excitement for the film), many people were complaining about the redesign of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the new film from director Jonathan Liebesman and producer Michael Bay. Frankly, this was the least of my concerns with the mostly terrible final product, with the script and human characters being more horrifying than the varied designs of the heroes in a half-shell. But fans should be grateful that the turtles didn't look worse, because some concept art has shown up, and some of the potential designs are abysmal.
What is your favorite film? It's a common question discussed amongst cinephiles the world over, and one artist has taken it even further. German artist Jan-Hendrik Pelz has debuted a gallery at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland this week titled "Favorites", featuring over 30 oil paintings of one frame of a film. Here's the concept - Pelz asked his favorite artists/filmmakers to name their favorite movie "together with a random number of maximum 5 digits as a time stamp. Stopping the movies later at the corresponding times created unpredictable freeze frames, which in the next step Pelz transferred into oil paintings." This mesmerizing gallery is the result of a year of work producing these paintings - see the various frames below.
If you're a cinephile who loves original artwork, you might already be familiar with the work of Joey Spiotto, known for his illustrated faux album covers paying tribute to movies like Wayne's World, Ghostbusters and more. But his latest work takes a cue from the classic children's book series known as the Little Golden Books and has been given a full exhibition called Storytime: A Little Gallery Show at Gallery 1988 East in Los Angeles. The show opens up on August 1st and features book covers honoring films like the timely Guardians of the Galaxy and other faves like Back to the Future and Pulp Fiction.
From slave drivers to stagecoaches next. Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino continues his exploration into westerns with another project called The Hateful Eight, which already had a live read event in April and will be going into production later this year, aiming for release in late 2015. While some early artwork was released along with the script and live read, another promo poster has arrived courtesy of Empire - showing a stagecoach leaving a bloody trail. The cast includes Bruce Dern, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Madsen, Kurt Russell, James Remar, Amber Tamblyn, Walton Goggins, Zoe Bell. It will be filmed in "Super Cinemascope".
Never Stop Running. Along with the new trailer today, 20th Century Fox has been unleashing handfuls of new posters for The Maze Runner adaptation, a sci-fi thriller about a bunch of kids locked in a gigantic, elaborate, futuristic maze. Earlier in the week we ran the theatrical poster, now we have a batch of 8+ stylish alternate posters for the film (and they're worth taking a look at). The artwork highlights two main themes: running, and mazes, and often integrates both of those into one image. Some of these are better than others, but overall I'm quite impressed with the marketing, and I'm hoping these will build interest with audiences.
This week, Guardians of the Galaxy his the big screen, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a more stellar sci-fi film that will truly make you feel like a kid again, while still packing some adult-sized action and adventure. And to celebrate the release of the Marvel film, Mondo has released a cool batch of posters. However, the bad news is that these posters were sold at Comic-Con in San Diego, and they're all pretty much sold out. Of course, they're still cool to look at, and might even make a cool background on your computer or phone. Plus, one of them is the cutest picture of Rocket Raccoon and Groot you'll ever see.
This past weekend, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hit theaters, and it's undoubtedly one of the most engrossing blockbusters in recent memory, with compelling, rich characters that allow for so much genuine suspense and drama, it's truly a wonder. But the film we saw as almost drastically different. The apes were nearly much more evolved than they ended up being in this version of the story. Matt Reeves recently spoke to SlashFilm and explained how he wanted to show only a little progress of the apes' evolution. And part of that meant ditching idea to have the apes do things like wearing clothes in the film (though they still get some guns). But some concept art has surfaced showing off what that would have been like. Look below!
Plenty of genre films have been getting commemorative art produced from Ghostbusters to Fight Club, and even The Shining has its own clothing line now. But Acme Archives thought it was time that The House of Mouse got a little love too. The collectible arthouse has just revealed some new Disney prints that will be on sale starting June 20th, and they'll print as many copies as are ordered. However, much like a Disney fairytale, all of this magical artwork goes away just 10 days later at the stroke of midnight on June 30th. There's some great pieces, included an incredible design for The Little Mermaid by Mark Englert below.
This month Detroit was supposed to unveil their statue of the cyborg crime fighter RoboCop, based on the original version of the character played by Peter Well in the Paul Verhoeven film. However, they were forced to delay the event for some reason, saying, "Please be advised, RoboCop’s Prime Directives have changed and today’s scheduled presentation and statue announcement at the Detroit Police Department has been cancelled." He still threw out the pitch at a baseball game (though it was the remake version), but this month's real tribute to RoboCop comes from two new Mondo pieces from Tom Whalen and Kevin Tong.