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La Muerte! I'm really loving the marketing for this movie. The latest artwork to debut for the upcoming thriller Sicario, directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Emily Blunt, was designed in the style of loteria cards from Mexico (a game like bingo but with symbols on cards). The film takes place mostly around Mexico, examining the relationship between US government agents and drug cartels in Mexico. There are two excellent themed posters, then three more for some of the main cast: Emily Blunt es La Soldado ("the Soldier"), Benicio Del Toro es La Muerte ("Death") and Josh Brolin es El Araña ("the Spider"). I really like how striking and unique the marketing is, and the film looks great (trailer). Can't wait to see it myself.
Welcome to Jurassic World. Colin Trevorrow's new entry in the Jurassic Park series has broken numerous global box office records, and is still playing strong in theaters around the world. One of the better parts of the film is the score from composer Michael Giacchino, who does his best to hold his own and deliver an exciting soundtrack for the dinosaur movie. There's no point in comparing John Williams work because he really is in a league of his own, but I'm just as impressed by the score Giacchino came up with for Jurassic World. Austin based art house Mondo is releasing a special limited vinyl pressing of Giacchino's Jurassic World score with art by Stan & Vince. Even if you don't really need the vinyl, the artwork is worth viewing.
A Major Emotion Picture. Pixar Animation Studio's latest movie, Inside Out, is now playing in theaters everywhere. Hopefully you've had the chance to see the movie (Sound Off) as it's one of Pixar's best in years, a return to form for the studio with another wonderful original story. Over the last few months leading up to the release, our friends at Poster Posse put together a series of poster designs for the movie. They reached out to their usual group of designers and the final set of artwork is beautiful, so feast your eyes on all of the pieces below. Inside Out is about the five emotions inside our heads - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness.
"One question… Is it too late to change the name?" We've been featuring numerous posters for Marvel's Ant-Man over the last few months, mostly because it's interesting to see the range of good/terrible artwork being released by the actual movie studio for this movie. On the other side of the spectrum is Poster Posse, a website which has just launched another fan-made gallery of prints and fine art made for Ant-Man. As always, their selection has some crazy unique design in it that I just can't help posting about. This time it's that trippy shrinking Ant-Man red poster, and it's awesome. That vintage comic book cover is fantastic, too.
Let's take a look at some of the projects Vincenzo Natali has been working on. The filmmaker recently took to Twitter to share some of the concept art, and even pages of a script, for various projects that are now dead - or have progressed into different iterations. One of them is his Neuromancer movie, based on William Gibson's book, which Vincenzo had been attached to for years. Only a few weeks ago it was reported the film had financing to move forward, but without him. He also posted some pitch art (where a director creates art to show what their version of a movie would look/feel like) for a Predator movie and his take on Stephen King's It adaptation. The It movie also hit a snag, with the director leaving that, too. View below.
I love this guy's art so much I'm proud to say I have one of his pieces on my wall. There's a new show from artist "Raid71" opening at the fantastic Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY this weekend. The show is called "Illuminate" and focuses on his unique style with vivid colors. His pieces are inspired heavily by Blade Runner, but he also has work from Tron, Taxi Driver, Midnight Cowboy, Dark City, Akira, Mean Streets, The Fisher King and more. He does some excellent work, and it really stands out on a wall, it's the kind that you want to buy and hang everywhere. Luckily we've got an early look at some art from the show.
When Mondo Ruled the Pop Art World! The next show opening at Mondo Gallery in Austin will be dedicated completely to Jurassic Park, just the first film, the 1993 Steven Spielberg Rated PG-13 dinosaur island masterpiece. Mondo has announced the new show called "When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth", inspired by the banner in the lobby in the original film (see above), featuring tons of artists submitting all kinds of work inspired by Jurassic Park. The first piece can be seen below, by Francesco Francavilla, and of course it features the infamous Tyrannosaurus Rex. I can't wait to see all of the art, but we'll have to wait until June.
To the future we go! As always, we love it when the kind folks at Poster Posse release another new series of custom curated artwork for an upcoming movie, and this time they chose to highlight Tomorrowland from director Brad Bird, starring George Clooney & Britt Robertson. This new set features some wild poster art that hints at the inspiration of Walt Disney, to the more simple look at the "Tomorrowland" city in the movie. Earlier this week we posted a look at the new Tomorrowland Mondo poster by Kevin Tong, also showing the futuristic Tomorrowland from in the movie. I want to go there. I love the poster within a poster, the second one down seen below by Simon Delart, so good. Only a few more weeks until this is in theaters!
"What if there was a place… where nothing was impossible?" Mondo has unveiled some stunning new art that they're selling in promotion for the upcoming release of Disney's Tomorrowland, directed by Brad Bird. The new art piece is 24" x 36" screen print designed by Kevin Tong (visit his website), and boy is it gorgeous. The art depicts Tomorrowland in the movie Tomorrowland, complete with transformation from the "real" world in the lower left featuring Casey Newton, played by Britt Robertson. Each of these will go so on sale on Friday, May 22nd when the film opens in theaters. And I'd say they are must have, especially if you're excited for this movie like we are. The variant version, in the evening it looks like, is my favorite one.
Welcome to Another Year at the Movies with Jordan Jeffries. Just a few weeks ago I stopped by the 2015 MoCCA Arts Festival (hosted by the Society of Illustrators) in New York City, sort of like Artists' Alley at Comic-Con minus the rest of Comic-Con and only the artists. There I stumbled across and discovered one amazing, unforgettable comic book dedicated to a love of movies, titled Matinee Junkie. It was written and illustrated by cinephile Jordan Jeffries from New Jersey. I bought a copy of year one and the sequel, Matinee Junkie 2 (for 2014), which recaps each a year of his life as connected to the films he saw - including a full-size scan of the ticket stub. This is a must read comic book for any/every last movie lover out there.
For those who don't like their movie posters overly Photoshopped, the print marketing for The Avengers: Age of Ultron has been pretty lackluster (though not as bad as that Entertainment Weekly banner). The only saving grace has been the posters that fans can vote to receive when the film debuts on IMAX screens next week. But thankfully, some much more impressive and fun artwork has surfaced thanks to Marvel's partnering with Hero Complex for a new gallery show that will have over 100 pieces of original work inspired by the comic book sequel. They range from being awesome to just being downright adorable. Look!
"I've never loved anyone the way I loved you." Well isn't this just lovely. Spoke Art is now selling a print made by artist Max Dalton (website) featuring 24 different famous couples. The piece is officially called "A Love Story", and profiles everyone from Theodore and Samantha in Her, Rick and Ilsa from Casablanca, to Sam and Suzy from Moonrise Kingdom, Ennis and Jack from Brokeback Mountain, to Bob and Charlotte from Lost in Translation, and plenty others. If anything, these couples will make you smile as you think back to all the crazy big screen romance that we've gone through. He even has Kong and Ann, ha! Nice work.
"To survive a war, you gotta become war." Don't mess with Rambo. Our friends at Grey Matter Art have unveiled an officially licensed printed for Rambo: First Blood Part II starring Sylvester Stallone as they continue to reveal art in their Rambo series. This new print is by artist Anthony Petrie (known best for his fantastic movie map art) featuring Rambo with his bow & arrow from the second movie. The variant version of this print changes the background and colors a bit, making it almost look like it was printed on metal (though that doesn't seem to be the case). Prints are priced $45/$55 and go on sale next week. Take a look.
Over the next couple weeks, there's going to be a lot of Star Wars goodies that start surfacing online. This week brought the arrival of the entire Star Wars saga on digital home video for the first time ever, and next weekend will be Star Wars Celebration, where Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy are going to kick off the convention, and there are rumblings that's where the new Episode VII trailer will debut along with the first official teaser poster. But until then, we thought we show off some cute LEGO recreations of artist Drew Struzan's iconic Star Wars saga posters.