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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.
Following yesterday's first phase of artwork from Blurppy's Poster Posse tribute to Guardians of the Galaxy, we got an all-new TV spot with more footage and news of a different experience for audiences who see the film in IMAX 3D. But now it's back to the cool artwork as Blurppy has unleashed Phase Two of their fan artwork for the cosmic Marvel film starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel. None quite measure up to the greatness of yesterdays incredible Star Wars mash-up, but there are some fantastic pieces here that would look good on anyone's wall. Look below!
The folks over at Blurppy have had some pretty fantastic contributions come together for their Poster Posse features that allows artists to pay tribute to some timely blockbusters. We've features some great pieces for Godzilla and X-Men: Days of Future Past, and now it's Marvel's forthcoming Guardians of the Galaxy that gets the same treatment. The first round of submissions have just been unveiled, and while they include plenty of great works, there's one that just stand outs more than the others, because it's an incredible mash-up of Guardians of the Galaxy with one of the iconic posters for Star Wars. Look!
Throughout the history of cinema, there have been a fair share of iconic cars that have come to life on the big screen, sometimes literally. Now an graphic, web designer and illustrator named Jesús Prudencio has decided to pay tribute to the automobiles from film in the form of a series aptly called Cars and Films. It's a simple collection of of illustrations of cars from expected films like Ghostbusters, Back to the Future and Blues Brothers, and less celebrated vehicles from films like Rain Man, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, A Clockwork Orange and more. They even include detailed specs on each car.
Right now J.J. Abrams is busy shooting the hell out of Star Wars: Episode VII (some photos of the Millennium Falcon set leaked today), but Finnish photographer Vesa Lehtimäki (or Avanaut) took on his own production to pay tribute to a galaxy far, far away along with the true name of adventure. Lehtimäki took some LEGO sets from George Lucas' Star Wars and Indiana Jones feature film franchises and used them to create some truly stunning photography that looks like it could easily be set photos from a stop-motion LEGO movie. These shots are cinematic, professional and simply bad ass. See them below!
"It's too bad she won't live, but then again who does?" There's a new art show that just opened in Brooklyn themed to Ridley Scott's seminal sci-fi classic Blade Runner, first in theaters in the summer of 1982, 32 years ago. The gallery hosting the show is the Bottleneck Gallery, located right near the Williamsburg Bridge on the Brooklyn side, just off the Marcy Ave subway stop. In the same vein as Gallery1988 from LA, they host kick ass pop art shows in NY, this one featuring Blade Runner art and music inspired by the movie and it's a stellar show, worth visiting if you're in the area. I stopped by the grand opening on Saturday night.
"Tetsuoooo!!" Anime fans must see this. This is what one version of the live-action Akira movie might've looked like, if it had been made. Thanks to a tip from a friend we've discovered a stash of concept art from director Ruairi Robinson on his own site for the version of Akira he developed at WB while he was attached back in 2009. He later went on to direct the lackluster sci-fi Last Days on Mars as his first feature. There's over 10 beautiful pieces of art, some costume shots and of course the motorcycles and New Tokyo, plus even a few storyboards for referencing scenes, too. This actually looks like it would've been awesome, there's even a sketch of what looks very much like Chris Evans as Kaneda, plus Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Not too long ago we featured an awesome piece of Mondo artwork from Ken Taylor that was crafted to commemorate Alfonso Cuarón's spectacular sci-fi film Children of Men. The piece was unveiled to tease a special gallery show, "The Art of Ken Taylor" that will highlight tons more pieces from one of the collectible arthouse's most frequently used talents. Taylor previously released pieces for films like Thor: The Dark World last year, Jurassic Park at the beginning of 2013 and Drive back in 2012. Now we've been given the chance to exclusively debut his awesome piece for David Fincher's incredible Fight Club. Check it out!
Following yesterday's featurette on the score composed by Alexandre Despat and a special countdown playing before IMAX screenings of Godzilla, in theaters this weekend, this time we have a featurette from the large format exhibitor showing off the massive size of the King of Monsters in this remake from director Gareth Edwards. In addition, we have a look at some of the unused alternate monster designs for the titular atomic lizard from the book Godzilla: The Art of Destruction, which you can buy now. Some of them are interesting, others are hokey. And there's more in the book, so check it out. Art and featurette below!
Critics and most general audiences can't seem to agree on the quality of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but the box office take will still dictate that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and spin-offs for The Sinister Six and Venom still make it to theaters. As the film still plays in theaters around the world, we've got some cool artwork that almost made it into the hands of fans, but ended up being scrapped in favor of the official Mondo poster released by IMAX for their Fanfix program. Now some of the unused artwork by UK artist Matt Taylor has surfaced online, and they're some pretty cool pieces that we'd still like to have. Look now!
We've seen some incredible work from artist Ken Taylor by way of his pieces produced for Mondo that have been released for films like Thor: The Dark World last year, Jurassic Park at the beginning of 2013 and Drive back in 2012. Now the masterful artists is getting his own Mondo gallery show at the collectible arthouse's location in Austin, Texas and will feature a whole slew of work inspired by many more movies we love, not to mention those that Mondo hasn't even highlighted with artwork yet. One such piece commemorates one of our favorite sci-fi films, Alfonso Cuaron's incredible Children of Men. Look now!
This weekend, the remake of Godzilla from director Gareth Edwards finally stomps into theaters (read our review right here), and to keep the excitement high, Creatures Features just unveiled a new art exhibit called "Godzilla: All Art Attack!" that you can catch in Burbank, Califorina. Featuring dozens of art pieces commemorating the King of Monsters, there's quite an odd and eclectic array of work here paying tribute to the monster that first appeared on the big screen 60 years ago in Japan. There's illustrations, paintings, sculptures and more, and we've picked some of our favorite pieces for you to check out. Look!