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If you're not venturing out to catch the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer this Friday, or waiting in line for ridiculous bargains, then you may want to be near your computer in order to grab Mondo's latest print, their first one honoring Quentin Tarantino's modern classic Pulp Fiction. Yes, believe it or not, this is the first time Mondo has released a print with artist Laurent Durieux commemorating the film. The print is chock full of references to various characters and events from the movie, and the good news is that you'll have a much easier time getting ahold of one than you normally would with Mondo's releases. Look below!
"Our new home." Now that Christopher Nolan's sci-fi spectacular Interstellar (Sound Off here) has been in theaters for over two weeks (which means we hope you've all seen it by now!), some great artwork and explanations are hitting the web. Last week we featured an excellent infographic timeline that nicely laid out the timeline as it intertwined with the plot of the film, following the crew of the Endurance as the embark on a mission to explore another galaxy. This new one, made by digital artist Sivakumar found on deviantArt, includes charming little sketches of the characters and the events that take place, really giving this a fresh, fun feel why making some sense of the plot. I really like this one, take a look. Oh and of course - spoilers!
As we head deeper into the 2014 awards season, more and more films start to hit cinemas all over, flooding the market with any and every possible contender. Which ones stand out? This one, to start with - Xavier Dolan's Mommy, the Quebecois filmmaker's fifth feature film that premiered at Cannes (my review) and played in Telluride and Toronto. It's Canada's officially entry into the Academy Awards and for good reason - it's one my favorite films of this year. Antoine-Olivier Pilon, seen below, stars as Steve in Mommy, a violent teenager who is sent to live with his mom, played by Anne Dorval, as they try to their feet back on the ground. Three gorgeous posters, square like the film's 1:1 aspect ratio, have debuted and we must share.
This weekend is when that cool art exhibition inspired by movie sequels that were never made opens up, but that's not the only place you can find awesome big screen artwork for your walls. Hero Complex Gallery is opening up their latest "Kung Fu Theater" show in Los Angeles, and while the title might indicate this will only focus on movies with martial arts, it's actually much more broad and includes a variety of Asian film tributes. From anime hits like Princess Mononoke and Akira to The Karate Kid, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and more. There's some impressive pieces here, and one is even on bamboo. Look!
File this one under "Classics". Odd City Entertainment has debuted some impressive artwork for a new print they're selling next week for the legendary cinema classic The Godfather. This new print by French artist Laurent Durieux is specifically for The Godfather: Part I (does that mean he'll be releasing Part II and maybe III eventually?) but is being sold in full-size 24"x36" screen prints which I'm sure will look beautiful in person. They're selling 325 prints of the regular edition for $65 each, and 150 prints of the red variant edition for $100 each. Even if this isn't your favorite film of all-time, it's still worth taking a look at the art.
Those fokkin' prawns! Feast your eyes on this fresh new art print from "prolific record label and pop culture provocateurs" SpaceLab9, which will be selling this print as part of a promotion for the pre-order launch of their District 9 Original Soundtrack Expanded Version vinyl LP. The print goes on sale starting tomorrow, November 11th, along with the vinyl for pre-orders. SpaceLab9 commissioned Francesco Francavilla, an Italian comic book artist known for his own series The Black Beetle and other comic art, to design this print for Neill Blomkamp's debut sci-fi film District 9 from 2009, with Sharlto Copley as Wikus. See below.
There's plenty of times we report on projects in development that never make it to the big screen. Either they never make it out of development, production falls apart or the studio just abandons it. Some of these more intriguing projects are sequels that fans have wanted for years. There are plenty of times when sequels have been in development before the initial film hits theaters, and audiences never get to see the follow-up that might have been, whether it's The Rocketeer, Spaceballs or Labyrinth. But a new art exhibit from iam8bit envisions an alternate world where they exist and have commissioned over 40 artists to create posters for sequels that were never made and they're awesome glimpses at an alternate reality. Look!
The City Shines Brightest at Night. Ain't that the truth? Described as "pulp fiction cinema at its finest", Dan Gilroy's Nightcrawler is one of those out-of-nowhere sleeper hits that seems to be hitting a certain note with some people. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a "driven young man" in Los Angeles who takes on the job of freelance late-night crime journalism, speeding to crime scenes to capture footage and sell it to local news stations. To promote the film, ShortList has put together a set of artistic posters made by various designers & illustrators and they're damn good (I love the first and last one). Always love seeing great art for a great movie, and this is one of those under-the-radar movies we fully support. View eight posters below.
While there are rumblings that we could get a teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII before the end of the year, we're not going to hold out breath. In the meantime though, we've got a cool Star Wars related batch of artwork inspired by the "Family Guy" spoofs that Seth MacFarlane has created for the entire original trilogy. The three hour-long specials are rife with great parody and traditional "Family Guy" humor, and artist Jacob Bills has decided to pay tribute to the whole animated parody trilogy with posters for each installment inspired by the Star Wars trilogy posters crafted by Mondo artist Tyler Stout. Look below!
Who would've thought it would be Best Buy bringing us awesome DVD covers? It is our general policy to skip most DVD/Blu-ray news, however this time I'm making an exception because this artwork is fantastic and I need to pay some compliments to whoever came up with this. A new promo called Project Pop Art has been announced involving Sony re-releasing 16 cult movie hits on Blu-ray this November. Each Steelbook Blu-ray is wrapped in gorgeous pop art from designers all over the world curated by Gallery 1988. They've chosen a handful of bestseller hits including The Fifth Element, Superbad, District 9, Snatch, Taxi Driver, Das Boot, Stripes, even The Who movie Tommy. All of them turned out great - see below.
There are plenty of aspiring screenwriters out there who want to turn their favorite comic book, video game, toyline and whatever else Hollywood snatches up, into a feature film. However, few of them ever actually have the drive or ambition to actually do it. Enter Max Landis, the writer of the found footage superhero flick Chronicle and the forthcoming new take on Frankenstein starring Daniel Radcliffe. Landis is now 29 years old and has a lucrative screenwriting career, but just 10 years ago he was a 19-year old with the dream of turning the popular Super Nintendo video game Super Mario World into a feature film. More below!
"I'll believe in you all my life, everyday." Take a look at these beauties, wow. Pop art group Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles is about to host a show called Imagined Worlds and it will feature art inspired by various Spielberg and Carpenter and Cameron and Jackson and Nolan worlds/movies. After taking a look at the set of preview of images via SlashFilm, I just couldn't help but share these, there's so many that are wonderful and will fill you with nostalgic joy as soon as you see them. And that's what I love about great pop art like this, how much it's a creation out of passion, something that connects with many of us. Anyway, onto the art - I dig the True Lies one, that Joker art is die to for, and that War of the World is perfect, too.
The Trolls are back! Call the Trollhunter! Last week at New York Comic-Con I met one of the guys behind FAMP Art, the new creative collective focused on creating great art for "foreign films, classics and more" branching out from Mondo. We chatted about some upcoming releases following their debut for City of God, and here's the next one. This artwork is for that awesome Norwegian faux-documentary Trollhunter, or Trolljegeren, which first hit theaters back in 2011 from director André Øvredal, who has yet to make his next feature though a few are in the works. The art is by Chris Weston and will be printed as a full 24"x36" print being sold by FAMP Art next week. Check out the Trollhunter print and another variant version below.
With pieces of art paying tribute to films like Interstellar, Guardians of the Galaxy and Godzilla, there's no doubt that Poster Posse has become a great collection of work paying tribute to some of the most talked about blockbusters in recent memory. Previously, Blurppy hosted the unveiling of their latest feature film projects, but now they have their own site, and they're kicking things off with another round of masterful artwork commemorating Disney and Marvels first animated feature film collaboration Big Hero 6, coming next month. And one of the below prints will be handed out at New York Comic-Con this week. Look below!