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Happy Black Friday! If this dark day can indeed be considered "happy" (if you make it out alive). Try not to drain you bank account this week, if possible. To add some additional strain on your wallet, Mondo has announced their Black Friday sale. As usual they have a treasure trove of beautiful artwork they're selling off on Friday, including some fantastic new prints for Zack Snyder's Watchmen, Ben Wheatley's Sightseers and David Cronenberg's classic horror The Fly. There are a few more leftover prints they have and they're also selling their newest Mondo Book Volume IV. Photos of the fresh artwork and info on the sale below.
Last month, the adaptation of the MMORPG video game Warcraft was officially given a release date of December 18th, 2015. Before that, names like Colin Farrell and Paula Patton were said to be in talks for the fantasy epic, but no story details were known at the time. But this past weekend, director Duncan Jones appeared at BlizzCon 2013, the convention for fans of the game series, and we finally have some tidbits on what and who the movie will follow. And if that's not enough, some concept art of four locations has also been revealed, and the style feels like Star Wars meets Lord of the Rings and it looks pretty cool.
As we learned earlier this year, The Wind Rises will be the final film from legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. The Studio Ghibli production was picked up by Disney who will release the film in limited theaters on February 21st next year, and expand the release the following week. But Disney will also give the film an Oscar qualifying run for a week only in New York and Los Angeles from November 8th-14th this year. We've already seen a beautiful extended trailer for the animated film, and now the first poster for the US release is here. It's sad knowing this is Miyazaki's last film, but it looks like he'll go out with a bang.
When the release of Kevin Tong's cool Gravity poster for the collectible arthouse Mondo came along, there were rumblings that another piece would be coming this week since Thor: The Dark World hits theaters with evening showings tomorrow night, and they have been confirmed. Ken Taylor has crafted a stellar poster for the Marvel sequel showing some pretty serious destruction in Asgard, as Thor looks on, seemingly helpless, but not defeated as his cape blows tattered in the wind, Mjolnir firmly in his hand. It's a gorgeous piece of work, but the color scheme just isn't my cup of tea. But if you want it, tomorrow is your day. Look!
We'll be hearing much more about Gravity as the Oscar season heats up, but until then, we have a cool new poster to add to the plethora of other artwork we've seen commemorating the breathtaking Alfonso Cuaron film. It's no surprise that Mondo has introduced a new poster from artist Kevin Tong, and it's absolutely gorgeous. The artist has delivered some amazing work this year for The World's End (not to mention a triple bill of Edgar Wright's films last year) and also Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim, and his technical attention to detail is amazing. This one is actually better than any of the real posters. Look below!
We are 47. Holy crap these posters are amazing. There's almost too many of them! I was originally going to put in the headline "See Art for That Samurai Movie You Probably Won't See", but my hopes are that enough buzz is built up through this kind of work that it doesn't matter in the end. Our friends at the blog blurppy have commissioned an incredible series of over 20+ posters, prints and art for Carl Rinsch's 47 Ronin (see the trailer), starring Keanu Reeves as a samurai who avenges the death of his master. I'm personally very excited for this movie, despite being delayed for an entire year, and all this art makes me even more excited.
In space, no one can hear you scream when your chest bursts open and an alien pops out of it. Mondo has just unveiled their latest poster, a brand new design for Ridley Scott's classic sci-fi Alien from 1979. The art is designed by Randy Ortiz and gives us a rather creepy view of the facehugger attached to a face. Mondo had these new prints whipped up for special 35mm screenings of Alien they're hosting in Austin this weekend because "Alamo Drafthouse dedicated October's repertory programming to space movies instead, celebrating Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity." Perfect. I really like this artwork, it's something unique. Take a look.
Following last year's Moonrise Kingdom, director Wes Anderson is back with Grand Budapest Hotel, which boasts a cast full of previous collaborators like Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Owen Wilson and, of course, Bill Murray. Plus there's new faces like Jude Law, Lea Seydoux, Saoirse Ronan, Ralph Fiennes and more. Their names appear on the teaser poster for the film, but their faces don't, as it features a diorama of the title hotel, some matte backgrounds reminiscent of Fantastic Mr. Fox, and a style that is pure Anderson. Also, the trailer is coming on Thursday so be sure to come back and check it out! Look now!
Ask why you were set free. Great tagline. Timed with a presentation at New York Comic-Con (which we will not be attending or covering at this point before the release), FilmDistrict has debuted another impressive poster for Spike Lee's Oldboy starring Josh Brolin. While I love that get-out-of-the-box poster from earlier, this one is just as unique and just as visually intriguing. The actual poster has Brolin standing tall with sleek imagery of the girl with the umbrella standing in the rain positioned right in his mid-section. There's just something about it that really stands out, I like it. But I just want to see the damn movie already, we've been hyping it up for so long and everyone knows the story (from Chan-wook Park's Oldboy), let's see this thing.
"An outer space thrill ride in 3-D!" Congrats to all the success, Gravity, and also Warner Bros, for a great opening weekend. Despite all the excellent trailers and minimal marketing for the movie, I was never really impressed with their poster art for Gravity. In response, I whipped up my own design for fun but thanks to the wonders of the internet we now have a good collection of outstanding fan-made poster art for Alfonso Cuarón's space disaster masterpiece starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Most of these posters outshine the studio art, at least in their own unique & creative ways. I even like the vintage one. Don't let go.
"Truly, the tales and songs fall utterly short of your enormity, oh Smaug the Stupendous." With only 10 weeks left until "Part 2" of The Hobbit hits theaters, Tolkien mania is kicking in once again. Warner Bros recently unveiled two new TV spots for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second movie in the trilogy based on Tolkien's novel, starring Martin Freeman as Bilbo, Ian McKellen as Gandalf and Richard Armitage as Thorin (above). The first spot below is a condensed version of the first trailer, while the second spot is a condensed version of the recent second trailer with some extra bits (a love story!) thrown in. In related news, a new set of glow-in-the-dark Lord of the Rings prints have debuted.
Just last week, we featured an awesome chart including nearly all of the iconic vehicles from various sci-fi movies over the decades. But the piece was less artistic and more technical. Today we have a very cool set of posters focusing on some other iconic vehicles, but not the kind that go into space. French artist Nicolas Bannister created this cool poster series inspired by films like Ghostbusters, Jurassic Park and Back to the Future, giving the awesome cars from those respected films the spotlight, while a respective character from the movie lingers in the background along with a variation on lines from the films too. Look!
"Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!" Ahh the classic comedy Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. The famous Castro Theatre in San Francisco recently held a 4K screening of the Stanley Kubrick film, and in honor of the event they commissioned a series of posters from Spoke Art. I first came across this art on Facebook and immediately stopped as my jaw dropped. These are two of the best posters I've ever seen for this film. While that certainly is hyperbole, it all depends on your own design sensibilities. To me, these are almost perfect, love 'em. See both below.
After commenting on the disappointing run of posters for Ender's Game along with the release of a heavily Photoshopped UK quad for the sci-fi film, we have some truly impressive artwork that was almost used for a couple big films from years ago. Former movie poster designer Alex Griendling recently sat down with Film.com about the movie poster design industry, and along with their wholly interesting conversation about the process itself (which you should read in full), he also sent some examples of some poster designs for Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island and Zack Snyder's Watchmen that didn't make the cut. See below.