"Got a problem? Odds against you?" Who you gonna call? How about The Equalizer! Last week we featured the first poster and we're waiting to finally see a trailer for the re-imagining of The Equalizer, originally a cult 80's TV show. In the big screen version, Denzel Washington stars as the Equalizer, a badass vigilante (or "former black ops commando") who comes out of hiding to rescue a young girl from Russian mobsters. Spotted by writer Gary Whitta in the NY Times (potentially from years ago) is a classified ad, with a fake 555 number, but similar to the exact one that's likely from Equalizer footage (whether old or new). See it below.
Last night, Saturday, April 19th, in New York City, just a few blocks from the Hook & Ladder 8 firehouse, Gallery 1988 opened the Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary art show. Located at the Gallery 69 art space in Tribeca, the show includes an impressive amount of Ghostbusters-themed art and merchandise for sale and will be stationed in New York for a week. From here it will head to Los Angeles, then Chicago, then eventually to Comic-Con in July. Ivan Reitman's Ghostbusters was released in June 1984 and the collection of art is one of the best I've seen honoring a classic, with outstanding work from so many well-known artists.
"I tried to think of the most harmless thing. Something I loved from my childhood. Something that could never ever possibly destroy us." While the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters is spawning some awesome stuff like Gallery 1988's traveling art show and a limited edition vinyl of the theme by Ray Parker Jr., the one item we're most psyched about is that LEGO version of the iconic Ecto-1 vehicle that our trusty heroes drive around in. But what happens after we build this set when it hits shelves in June? We're going to want more Ghostbusters goodies. Well, the man behind the LEGO Ecto-1 at the LEGO community Cuusoo is back with another hopeful set inspired by the film. It's the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. Mother pussbucket.
Whenever there's a new Marvel film, there's also a cool Mondo poster to go along with it, but now the collectible arthouse is doing a whole show dedicated to comic book superheroes from the Marvel universe, and not just the ones who have made it to the big screen. Mondo just announced a show called Mike Mitchell x Marvel x Mondo, a comics-themed show featuring artist Mike Mitchell's iconic portraits of Marvel's huge stable of heroes and villains, running from April 25th through May 17th. There's members from teams like The Avengers and X-Men, along with Spider-Man and all the villains they fight. Look!
Not too long ago, we called your attention to the fantastic traveling art show from Gallery 1988 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters. The show is hitting New York this weekend, followed by stops in Los Angeles, Chicago and San Diego (during Comic-Con) in the months following. Now a few more pieces from the show have been unveiled, along with details on what will be available for purchase at the gallery show itself, not to mention what fans who aren't lucky enough to attend these shows still have the opportunity to pick up. But first, check out the three newly unveiled pieces from the show just below.
Take a look back at the 25 most important, powerful, influential moments in the struggle between X-Men and Humans, or Mutants and Men. As part of a sleek interactive/online promo for Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past, Fox has launched a new website called "25 Moments" (at 25moments.com) that looks back at 25 key moments in X-Men/mutant history. The site highlights a series of different moments spanning 56 years in an interactive timeline, also including the entire comic book franchise, with hints of X-Men: First Class and even X3 (see the Battle of Alcatraz in 2006). This is actually very well done and fun to go through, looking at the fairly extensive history, and future, of mutants. Warning - potential spoilers.
It's sad to think that two of the most well-known film critics are no longer with us. Last year we lost Roger Ebert (and he's given a loving tribute and profile in the Sundance selected documentary Life Itself), and awhile back Gene Siskel passed as well. But thankfully, thanks to the internet, we get to relive some of their greatest moments and passion for film. One such episode of their iconic series "Siskel & Ebert" was entirely dedicated to Steven Spielberg. But what's truly great about this episode is that it happened in 1984, when Spielberg was just preparing to release Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Watch it!
This upcoming weekend, The Raid 2 finally expands nationwide, and you can see which theaters will have the action-packed sequel right here. In the meantime, before you see the continuation of the fantastic crime thriller from director Gareth Evans, why not get into the action on your own? If you're looking to waste time at work or just have nothing to do today, The Raid 2 has been turned into an awesome 8-bit, side-scrolling video game in the vein of Streets of Rage and other classic games. Play as Rama undercover, or a few of the other martial arts skilled fighters and beat the crap out of some bad guys. It's super addicting. Play below!
In case you haven't been paying attention, this year marks the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters. There'a a LEGO set version of the Ecto-1 and a limited edition vinyl of Ray Parker Jr.'s iconic theme arriving on Record Store Day. Now Gallery 1988 is getting in on the anniversary tributes with their own art show. The traveling exhibition will hit New York, Los Angeles and Chicago before wrapping things up at Comic-Con in San Diego this summer. We've posted the dates and location for the first two shows in NY and LA below, but more importantly you'll want to see the first two awesome pieces from the show to get you excited. Look!
Before you read any further, if you want to save this fun little detail from Captain America: The Winter Soldier to be experienced when you see the film this weekend, we recommend avoiding the rest of this post. Having said that, what follows isn't a spoiler, but just an interesting tidbit in the sequel that adds even more charm to Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and his unique situation of having been frozen for 70 years and somewhat out of touch with pop culture and the contemporary world. What would Rogers do when he's not working for S.H.I.E.L.D.? Well, he has a lot of catching up to do, and his to-do list gives us some insight.
This weekend, Darren Aronofsky's somewhat controversial Biblical epic Noah floods theaters, and it'll be sure to stir up discussion with all your religious friends and family members with Easter coming up. And while Noah has only been a reality for the big screen over the past few years, the inception of Aronofsky's affinity for this classic tale goes all the way back to the filmmaker's childhood. In fact, at just 13 years old, Aronofsky wrote a poem that won a United Nations poetry competition while at school in Brooklyn, and the poem actually inspired the film during development of Pi, his directorial debut. Now you can read it below!
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the classic Ghostbusters, and while we're missing writer and star Harold Ramis (and lamenting continuation of Ghostbusters 3), there's plenty of cool stuff happening this year to mark the occasion for fans. The LEGO version of the Ecto-1 is just one of the special releases arriving to celebrate the film 30 years later, and now RecordStoreDay.com (via SlashFilm and Rolling Stone) has keyed us in to a limited edition vinyl pressing of the universally known theme song by Ray Parker Jr. that will be released on April 19th at participating record stores. But this one is going to be pretty hard to snag.
We've featured plenty of cool artwork from the people at Mondo lately, from their Disney gallery to a special show from artists Martin Ansin and Kevin Tong. Now it's Hero Complex who has put together an awesome artwork collection in Los Angeles called King for a Day. And if you can't discern what the show might be honoring from the teaser image above, it features nothing but artwork paying tribute to the work of Stephen King. And since the author has seen many of his books turned into feature films like The Shawshank Redemption and The Shining, there's plenty of great stuff that cinephiles will love. Look!
Normally when it comes to posting pictures of toys for big blockbuster films heading to theaters, we're not big fans. Many times, some people think getting a glimpse of some action figures or toy promo artwork is a good first impression for a film that hasn't released a first look photo or a teaser trailer yet, but we think that's rubbish. However, since we've already gotten a glimpse at the new Godzilla from director Gareth Edwards in the most recent trailer, we have no problem pointing out this cool new toy version of the King of Monsters, especially since it's over 3-feet long! And if this new Godzilla is really that big compared to the kid in this picture, then we might just have to pick up one of these for our own shelf. Check out the toy!