Are record stores finally making a come back?! Maybe, maybe… While most remaining video rental shops slowly start closing their doors, on the other side of the world a record company has decided to open a brand new vinyl store located in the town of Margate in the UK. Death Waltz Records, known producing fresh vinyl copies of soundtracks old and new, has announced that they're opening an actual brick 'n mortar store in the UK that will be called Transmission Records. The store will "offer the very best in soundtracks, library and electronic music as well as an expertly curated selection of artworks and designer toys", with an emphasis on anime and Japanese soundtrack pressings, they say. This isn't really mainstream movie news, but as a cinephile and movie geek this is news I am always looking out for, as this place sounds cool already.
There are undoubtedly some places from motion pictures that we wish really existed. Whether it's The Grid from TRON or Hill Valley in the year 2015 from Back to the Future Part II or Walley World from National Lampoon's Vacation. Unfortunately, it's just not possible unless you happen to have been able to be on the set of those films. But even then, it's not real. However, a new art show from Gallery 1988 pretends that these locations are real in Postcard Correspondence, which features postcards from various fictional places (some real) from film and television. I would love to get these in the mail. Look!
The first glimpse at this summer's 8-bit invasion in Pixels just debuted, and it's a pretty cool trailer. But aside from the cool visuals and video game characters, there was also another little hint at something else we haven't yet seen in any of the footage. In the film, there will be an arcade game called DojoQuest featuring a heroine named Lady Lisa fighting dragons, ninjas and whatnot. Within the trailer there was a quick frame with a link to the game's website where you can watch the trailer for the game which can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store and Google Play. And it seems Lady Lisa comes to life. Look!
We're pretty big fans of LEGO sets around here, and we'll always go out of our way to feature cool movie-related stuff involving the classic building brick toy. There's a LEGO version of WALL-E on the way, and a massive S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier available now, and you can also get one of those LEGO Oscar statues if the project gets pushed through at LEGO Ideas (vote right here). And now a father and daughter who are fans of Jurassic Park have pooled their LEGO resources and gathered up over $100,000 worth of LEGO pieces to re-create an abridged version of the Steven Spielberg's modern classic, and it's pretty damn cool. If nothing else, it's something fun to keep us excited for this summer's release of Jurassic World. Watch it below!
A few weeks ago we ran a post featuring some of the artwork from Canadian artist Jason Edmiston that he made for a show Mondo is hosting called "Eyes Without a Face". It features prints created by Edmiston in 3:1 aspect ratio, inspired by the field of vision of a standard rearview mirror in a car, showing only the eyes of pop culture characters of all kinds. It's an amazing, amazing show with some incredible work and tons of favorites. If I had the money, I would've bought a few of these. And the originals are now on sale via Mondo for those who do have the cash. In addition to the batch we featured a few weeks ago, I've tossed up a few other favorites from the show this weekend (including the Medusa one that involves a mirror). Take a look!
The stars of Marvel Studios are turning out to be more like real superheroes than actors. Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt and Captain America franchise star Chris Evans made a couple stops at children's hospitals (photos here and here) after they made a charitable bet for the Super Bowl to help raise thousands for kids who need medical care. And now Robert Downey Jr. stepped into Tony Stark's shoes yet again, but not for a movie. Instead, he dressed up and appeared in character as the genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist to deliver an Iron Man fashioned prosthetic limb to a 7-year old boy named Alex. Watch!
Most of the original artwork we feature is paying tribute to specific films, featuring settings, characters and more from the stories we love. However, artist Julian Rentzsch has decided to pay tribute to the filmmakers themselves with some beautiful portraits that also pay tribute to their filmography. There's only a few portraits he has done right now for Martin Scorsese, Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch, but he's planning on making more. And once you see how incredible these portraits are, you'll be glad that's the case. Each also includes a quote from the filmmaker being illustrated. And you can even get ahold of one!
Even though Edge of Tomorrow, or Live Die Repeat as it's been rebranded, didn't do well at the theatrical box office, it's thankfully found the audience it deserves on home video. The film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt isn't just another sci-fi blockbuster as it takes the familiar Groundhog Day premise, delivers some killer action but also throws in a surprising amount of comedy. Now a fan of the film has decided to create an infographic charting every single time William Cage (Cruise) dies in the film. Keep in mind, these are only the deaths we see as much more time and deaths pass off camera. Look below now!
You may remember that shortly after the Super Bowl last month, Chris Pratt made good on a bet he made with Chris Evans to stop at the Captain America star's charity of choice dressed as Star-Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy after the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl. But Evans also agreed to follow through on his side of the bet by stopping at the Seattle Children's Hospital suited up as the patriotic superhero as well. He posed with kids, letting them hold Cap's shield, and Pratt was there as well, handing out Captain America and Guardians of the Galaxy toys. Seriously, these two are the best. Look!
Since it's the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future and LEGO sets are still all the rage right now, there's no better time to check out this awesome recreation of the film's climax made completely with the toy bricks. Macro LEGO Universe put together this awesome stop-motion video, using the real audio from the film itself, showcasing the iconic clocktower lightning strike scene. This is an impressive little creation, which doesn't skimp on the shot-for-shot aspect of remaking this classic sequence. There's even a pretty clever use of LEGO pieces to recreate the DeLorean dashboard when the car dies. Watch it below!
Director Robert Rodriguez has possibly come up with the coolest idea for a TV interview show, especially for fans of cinema. "The Director's Chair," airing on Rodriguez's El Rey Network, shows the Desperado filmmaker sitting down for a casual chat with some of the best filmmakers alive. Previous episodes already showed discussions with John Carpenter, Guillermo del Toro, and a Quentin Tarantino two-parter. For his fifth and latest installment, premiering this week, Rodriguez talks with director Francis Ford Coppola, one of the greatest maverick filmmakers who gave us some of the very best the art form has to offer.
Another week, another cool collection of magnificent artwork from the collectible arthouse Mondo. This time it's artist Jason Edmiston with his exhibition called "Eyes Without a Face," with about 150 paintings focusing only on the eyes of some famous figures of pop culture. They're all 3:1 aspect ratio inspired by the field of vision of a standard rearview mirror of a car, but the sizes of the paintings themselves vary in size as Edmiston told BuzzFeed, "I’ve got tiny characters that are a half-inch wide all the way up to a seven-and-a-half foot wide painting. It’s quite a range." These are pretty fantastic pieces. Look!
Since it's not only the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future, but also the actual year in which Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled to the future in Back to the Future Part II, we're in store for a lot of celebrating in honor of the time travel franchise. We've already featured a cool time machine iPhone case, an awesome trilogy of fantastic prints, and there's supposed to be some kind of huge anniversary screening this year too in Los Angeles. But just like Ghostbusters had last year, it appears there's much more merchandising in store as well. At the Toy Fair earlier this month, some new products were unveiled, including Back to the Future versions of popular games like Monopoly and Yahtzee, and more. Look!
We just love original artwork, and every week there's always some kind of cool creation paying tribute to our favorite movies that's worth highlighting. This week is no exception, and there's actually a whole gallery to look forward to thanks to Hero Complex. Over in Los Angeles they have a new show called Quotes, Lines & Lyrics with art pieces inspired by just that, quotes from movies, lines from TV shows and lyrics from songs. Obviously, we're more interested in the movie quote inspired pieces, and there are plenty of those, ranging from Star Wars to Jurassic Park to The Blues Brothers and Forrest Gump. Look!