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Sam Wolfe Connelly's Artwork for Mondo's 'Black Swan' Vinyl Release

Black Swan Vinyl

The only person standing in your way is you. With Fantastic Fest coming up very soon, MondoCon will be hosting their 2nd annual expo also in Austin, Texas. One of the big items Mondo will be selling at their own Con this year is a brand new vinyl pressing of Clint Mansell's Black Swan gorgeous score, for Darren Aronofsky's film starring Natalie Portman as a ballerina. The score is actually Mansell's own interpretation of Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake, which is also unfortunately why the Academy decided to disqualify the score from Academy Awards consideration, even though it was clearly one of the best scores that year. Those who are dying to get their hands on vinyl, especially music by Clint Mansell, you won't want to miss this.

 Posted August 28 in Artwork, Cool Stuff | Comments

Check Out Marko Manev's Official 'Star Wars' Noir Series of Prints

Star Wars Noir

These are stunning! Of course they're already sold out, but that doesn't mean we can't admire the artwork anyway. Bottleneck Gallery out of NYC and ACME Archives from California have partnered to launch this Lucasfilm-licenesed set of Star Wars Noir art prints by Macedonian designer Marko Manev. Manev is a well-recognized artist that has done impressive work for many pop art galleries in the past, but this set is exceptional. My favorites in this are the "Droids" and "Smugglers" prints, the other two (the Dark Side!!) are also gorgeous but I'm not sure I need to have them up on my wall to stare at every day. View in full below.

 Posted August 14 in Artwork, Cool Stuff, Star Wars | Comments

Check Out Mondo's New 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Art on Sale Next Week

Mondo Mad Max Fury Road

"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.

 Posted August 7 in Artwork, Cool Stuff, SciFi | Comments

Paul Feig Details the New 'Ghostbusters' Proton Pack for Cosplayers

Ghostbusters Proton Pack

With Comic-Con 2015 coming up this week, it's not uncommon to find auspicious fans finishing up final touches on their costume to wear around the showfloor. There have always been Ghostbusters cosplayers at Comic-Con, but eager fans are already building the new proton pack from Paul Feig's new Ghostbusters movie - which is literally still in the middle of shooting right now. Last week Feig took to Twitter to debut a few photos, one showing the uniforms, the other showing a proton pack. Per the request of fans, he has posted more specific schematics (found via SlashFilm). It's impressive that Feig is so open with fans about these details, especially this early on in production. If you want to build your own proton pack, here you go.

 Posted July 6 in Cool Stuff, SciFi, Viral | Comments

Mondo's Vinyl Pressing of Michael Giacchino's 'Jurassic World' Score

Jurassic World Vinyl

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.

 Posted June 26 in Artwork, Cool Stuff, SciFi | Comments

Redrum! You Must Play This 'Let's Play: The Shining' Browser Game

The Shining

Here's Jonny! Oh so much fun. We've featured plenty of YouTube video versions of movies turned into 8-bit video games, but how about one you can actually play? Game maker/critic Pippin Barr has created a tiny browser game called Let's Play: The Shining, which is kind of like an 8-bit version of Kubrick's The Shining. He takes you through various scenes of the movie and you get to play through most of it (the maze, the hotel, riding the tricycle) complete with retro sound effects. It's pretty rad. It's just an experiment and fan-made game creation, but it is unique and worth a quick play, especially if you're a big fan of the movie.

 Posted May 17 in Cool Stuff, Movie News, Viral | Comments

See the Art from Raid71's 'Illuminate' Solo Show at Bottleneck NYC

Illuminate

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.

 Posted May 14 in Artwork, Cool Stuff, Feat | Comments

Universal Partners with Barbasol for 'Jurassic World' Shaving Cream

Barbasol

Brilliant! A fine example of when Hollywood marketing actually turns out okay. Universal has partnered with shaving cream manufacturer Barbasol for a special edition shaving cream can to promote the release of Jurassic World. Why? Well, we all know why! One of the most iconic and unforgettable scenes in the original Jurassic Park involves Dennis being given a special Barbasol can that contains storage racks for dinosaur embryos. Fans have replicated the prop and created working versions they've sold on Ebay, but now Barbasol is making Jurassic World cans themselves and they've gone all out. To celebrate, they've launched an entire marketing campaign complete with photos and a video. A Secret Has Been Left Behind…

 Posted May 14 in Cool Stuff, Movie News, SciFi | Comments

Drafthouse's Awesome 'Jurassic World' Pint Glasses for Pre-Orders

Jurassic World Pint Glasses

Big screen, big sound, dinosaurs, beer, popcorn, pizza, no texting. Can it get any better than that? Alamo Drafthouse is providing one amazingly sweet deal by offering an exclusive, custom-made Jurassic World pint glass to customers who pre-order tickets to the see the new dinosaur movie in theaters this June. The pint glasses are actually velociraptor pint glasses, featuring a motif from the scene where Chris Pratt rides on his motorcycle with the raptors. It was illustrated by Eric Manche, and looks awesome in the photos. I want one, or two, or three, or all of them. No but seriously, this is cool, and I love that they're doing this and making it so easy to get them - just by pre-ordering. A few may be available to buy at theaters but that's it.

 Posted May 8 in Cool Stuff, Feat, SciFi | Comments

Read This: Excellent Movie Comic 'Matinee Junkie' by Jordan Jeffries

Matinee Junkie

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.

 Posted April 27 in Artwork, Cool Stuff, Editorial, Feat | Comments

Check Out This Adorable Famous Film Lovers Art Print by Max Dalton

Famous Film Lovers

"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.

 Posted April 17 in Artwork, Cool Stuff | Comments

Check Out the R2-D2-Painted Boeing 787 Airplane from All Nippon

R2D2 Airplane

Bleep! Bloop! Bleep! Translation: come fly to Japan on my airplane! Holy crap this is… awesome? Yea, I'm going to say it is. One of the big reveals this week at Star Wars Celebration, along with the new trailer for The Force Awakens, is a brand new R2-D2-painted Boeing 787 commercial airplane. We've seen Smaug the Airplane, now it's R2's turn. The new aircraft will be part of All Nippon Airways fleet, based out of Japan, and it will be launching in fall 2015 (a bit closer to the release of The Force Awakens). The plane is being shown off in videos at their booth, but we found nice clean shots of it in flight. I'll take a ticket, please.

 Posted April 16 in Cool Stuff, Hype, Movie News, Star Wars | Comments

Jon Cryer Reenacts 'Pretty in Pink' Lip Syncing with James Corden

Jon Cryer as Duckie

While lip syncing is all the rage, with much thanks to Jimmy Fallon's antics on "The Tonight Show," not to mention the new Spike TV series "Lip Sync Battle" which just churns out viral clips of celebrities each week, this isn't anything new. In fact, one of the more iconic lip syncing scenes in entertainment history comes from all the way back in 1986 from the John Hughes teenage romance classic Pretty in Pink. In that film. Jon Cryer plays the hopeless romantic best friend of Andie (Molly Ringwald), and in one entertaining scene, he enters the record store she works in and lip sync's Otis Redding's "Try A Little Tenderness." And now Cryer has returned to reenact that scene nearly 30 years later on "The Late Late Show." Watch below!

 Posted April 16 in Cool Stuff, Humor, To Watch | Comments

Check Out Anthony Petrie's New 'Rambo: First Blood Part II' Poster

Rambo: First Blood Part II

"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.

 Posted April 15 in Artwork, Cool Stuff | Comments

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