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Even before the film hit theaters and massively disappointed this writer (despite his excitement for the film), many people were complaining about the redesign of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the new film from director Jonathan Liebesman and producer Michael Bay. Frankly, this was the least of my concerns with the mostly terrible final product, with the script and human characters being more horrifying than the varied designs of the heroes in a half-shell. But fans should be grateful that the turtles didn't look worse, because some concept art has shown up, and some of the potential designs are abysmal.
What is your favorite film? It's a common question discussed amongst cinephiles the world over, and one artist has taken it even further. German artist Jan-Hendrik Pelz has debuted a gallery at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland this week titled "Favorites", featuring over 30 oil paintings of one frame of a film. Here's the concept - Pelz asked his favorite artists/filmmakers to name their favorite movie "together with a random number of maximum 5 digits as a time stamp. Stopping the movies later at the corresponding times created unpredictable freeze frames, which in the next step Pelz transferred into oil paintings." This mesmerizing gallery is the result of a year of work producing these paintings - see the various frames below.
If you're a cinephile who loves original artwork, you might already be familiar with the work of Joey Spiotto, known for his illustrated faux album covers paying tribute to movies like Wayne's World, Ghostbusters and more. But his latest work takes a cue from the classic children's book series known as the Little Golden Books and has been given a full exhibition called Storytime: A Little Gallery Show at Gallery 1988 East in Los Angeles. The show opens up on August 1st and features book covers honoring films like the timely Guardians of the Galaxy and other faves like Back to the Future and Pulp Fiction.
From slave drivers to stagecoaches next. Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino continues his exploration into westerns with another project called The Hateful Eight, which already had a live read event in April and will be going into production later this year, aiming for release in late 2015. While some early artwork was released along with the script and live read, another promo poster has arrived courtesy of Empire - showing a stagecoach leaving a bloody trail. The cast includes Bruce Dern, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Madsen, Kurt Russell, James Remar, Amber Tamblyn, Walton Goggins, Zoe Bell. It will be filmed in "Super Cinemascope".
Never Stop Running. Along with the new trailer today, 20th Century Fox has been unleashing handfuls of new posters for The Maze Runner adaptation, a sci-fi thriller about a bunch of kids locked in a gigantic, elaborate, futuristic maze. Earlier in the week we ran the theatrical poster, now we have a batch of 8+ stylish alternate posters for the film (and they're worth taking a look at). The artwork highlights two main themes: running, and mazes, and often integrates both of those into one image. Some of these are better than others, but overall I'm quite impressed with the marketing, and I'm hoping these will build interest with audiences.
This week, Guardians of the Galaxy his the big screen, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a more stellar sci-fi film that will truly make you feel like a kid again, while still packing some adult-sized action and adventure. And to celebrate the release of the Marvel film, Mondo has released a cool batch of posters. However, the bad news is that these posters were sold at Comic-Con in San Diego, and they're all pretty much sold out. Of course, they're still cool to look at, and might even make a cool background on your computer or phone. Plus, one of them is the cutest picture of Rocket Raccoon and Groot you'll ever see.
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.