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"You are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge." I just saw this film last night, and it's dope. No really, it's exceptional. Our friends at Fandango have debuted a new set of artistic posters designed by illustrators from Southern California made to promote F. Gary Gray's Straight Outta Compton, the story of N.W.A and the rise of many of the talented musicians from that era. The posters feature unique styles that highlight the five main talents - Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Dj Yella and MC Ren. Watching these five on screen is enrapturing because they're played with such bravado by an incredible young cast - O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr. and Aldis Hodge. I dig these posters - see below.
"I live, I die. I LIVE AGAIN!" Time to check your bank account balance. Mondo has announced a timed sale next week, meaning it will be very easy to get your hands on any of these prints if you really want one. The new prints are for Mad Max: Fury Road, licensed officially with Warner Bros, made by two different prominent veteran Mondo artists - Ken Taylor and Mike Mitchell. Mitchell's set features a face-to-face dyptich showing the new Max Rockatansky, played by Tom Hardy, with this face mask on - looking across at the brutal Immortan Joe, played by Hugh Keays-Byrne. The other print shows the war party chasing down Max on the front of the car in the beginning, with a beautiful blue sky in the background. I might end up actually ordering one of these myself, we'll see. Take a look at both prints below - on sale on August 11th.
It's that time of year again, already. The fall festivals are gearing up for their season, and one of the big ones is the New York Film Festival - about to celebrate its 53rd year. The festival has revealed their official poster for the NYFF53, designed by artist Laurie Anderson. The design features a striking piece of art contained within red borders, along with all the other text and info for this year's fest. Anderson joins a long list of prestigious NYFF poster artists including the likes of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney, Julian Schnabel, Cindy Sherman, and, last year's artist, Laurie Simmons. Take a closer look in full below.
Beware. Two gorgeous new posters for Guillermo del Toro's upcoming gothic horror Crimson Peak have been unveiled by Mondo at Comic-Con. Last week we featured a new set of character posters from Crimson Peak, now we have even more gorgeous dark red artwork to get you in the mood for the new original horror from Guillermo del Toro. (Thanks to SlashFilm on the tip.) Both of these posters are outstanding, and really seem to capture the feel of the ornate, creepy, gothic atmosphere in the film. The dude missing half his head is really the perfect creeper to invite you to come see a Guillermo del Toro ghost movie. View in full below.
Now what do we have here? A few new bits of robo concept art are floating around for Steven Spielberg's postponed (or delayed/shelved) project Robopocalypse. If you recall, we covered this movie intently for years on the site, as Spielberg was actually hard at work on pre-production and almost started filming. They even had a cast in place and were getting close, but it fell apart right at the last minute. "I found another way to tell the story," Spielberg said in early 2013. In the meantime, artist Patrick Janicke's work has appeared online detailing various robots and robotic interfaces. It's worth a look, though I'm honestly not sure how all this fits into the movie. I guess I just want Spielberg to make more sci-fi again. In time. For now we get this.
Wow. I have to admit, I kinda love this poster. But maybe that's because I have a deep appreciation and love for the Telluride Film Festival, occurring every Labor Day weekend in the remarkably beautiful town of Telluride, Colorado. This year the festival chose Belgian artist Laurent Durieux as the official poster artist of the 2015 festival, and his design is now out. Durieux is one of my favorite artists already - we've featured his work plenty before on the site (The Godfather: Part I & II, It's a Wonderful Life, or Back to the Future Part II). He really captures the vibe of the charming town, which actually looks like it does on this poster, sans bear (see photo here). If this doesn't make you want to attend this festival, I don't know what else will?
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!