Hey animation fans - this one's for you! If you've ever wanted to own an original work from the stop-motion animation studio Laika, this is your one chance. Heritage Auctions is hosting a special Laika auction where they'll be selling off a couple hundred items from the studio, including roughly: 40 maquettes, 40 puppet statues, 100+ concept art pieces, and over 40 of the actual sets used during filming. I was lucky enough to catch an early preview of the show, officially titled "The Art of Laika Studios", which includes pieces from three Oscar nominated movies: Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls from last year.
After calling your attention to the massive LEGO version of the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier from The Avengers, we have another cool building block set that will be coming your way eventually. The LEGO Ideas Review Board just met to take a look at the sets that received enough votes to be considered for production as an official LEGO set, and they've announced two new sets that we'll be able to buy. One of them is a "Doctor Who" set, which is cool, but since television isn't our primary focus, we're more excited about the LEGO set that will let us build our own WALL-E from the wonderful Pixar Animation film of the same name. Look!
Just last fall we featured an adorable collection of artwork from a Los Angeles artist called 100% Soft. The series had a unique childlike style focused on movie MacGuffins, and now the artist, real name Truck Torrance, is back with a new exhibition at Gallery 1988 with a show called Mass Hysteria. For this series, Torrance focuses on big crowd scenes, using his signature, sweet little illustrated characters to bring scenes from The Avengers, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Kill Bill, Oldboy and more to life in a whole new way. They're almost like super cute Where's Waldo pages, and you can get your hands on some. Look!
Ever since The LEGO Movie hit theaters last year, the building block toy has become even more popular than before. And with big blockbusters like Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Avengers: Age of Ultron on the way, you can expect to see some cool new sets for those movies hitting shelves this year. Normally we don't highlight all of that kind of merchandising stuff, but LEGO has just revealed an incredible new set from the Marvel superhero sequel. Coming in March is the LEGO version of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, and it comes with five new minifigures and tiny microfigures to fit in it. Look!
Just before Comic-Con last summer, we learned that the collectible arthouse Mondo was expanding their love and tributes to film and television by producing and selling collectible toys for fans to buy. One of the first toys announced as part of their new venture was a huge figure of The Iron Giant, the massive robot from Brad Bird's under-appreciated animated film from the late 90s. Well, the figure is finally available for pre-order starting tomorrow, and to help hype the sale, io9 was given a video of Brad Bird himself playing with the figure, giving his full endorsement, and maybe even getting a little emotional and nostalgic.
Awhile back, we featured a cool little project done by some cinephiles and video games fans where they used Grand Theft Auto V to recreate the motorcycle and semi-truck chase scene from Terminator 2: Judgment Day. That kind of idea is a no-brainer since the game is known for stealing cars and vehicular mayhem. But did you ever think that someone would take the time to recreate some scenes from Stanley Kubrick's wild 1971 classic A Clockwork Orange using the Rockstar Games production? Well, that's exactly what GTA Series Videos has done with the use of some editing and a PlayStation 4. Watch below!
There's been dozens of pieces of artwork done and featured online to commemorate the iconic time traveling classic Back to the Future. But it's been awhile since I've been so taken aback by a set of pieces like this. Artist Andy Fairhurst has a series called "Nerd's Eye View" where the imagery of a certain film is created from a bird's eye view from overheard the action. And when it comes to these prints for the entire Back to the Future trilogy, it's never worked better than this. Each print captures one of the pivotal moments where the DeLorean travels back in time, shown from where it's been to where it's going. Look!
After years and years of development, a new movie website has launched that will probably end up being one of your favorite sites (after FirstShowing, of course!). No, but seriously, it looks great and seems to work great so far, and will only get better with more time. The site is called The Projection List and boasts itself as containing "the entire cinematic release schedule", including "official & projected dates for all theatrical, home, and trailer releases." As proud as we are for offering a very simple release schedule here, this site ups the ante to include everything: all DVD, theatrical & VOD releases, with a very clean interface as well. It's sleek, I'm impressed, and as long as they keep it updated it'll be a great resource for cinephiles.
It's no secret that Disney loves putting easter eggs referencing their previous films in all their animated projects, and Big Hero 6 is no exception. And since the production of Frozen overlapped with the Marvel comic book adaptation, there are a few little nods to the monstrous musical hit in the film. Of course, there are many more easter eggs to be found in the film outside of Frozen, and you'll be able to track them all down when the film hits Digital HD & Disney's Movies Anywhere service on February 3rd followed by the Blu-ray Combo Pack on February 24th. But for now, check out the Frozen easter eggs in the video below!
The latest film from director Paul Thomas Anderson has gotten a wide release in theaters yet, but Inherent Vice will be at your nearby theater soon enough. But if you're amongst the limited theater crowd, and you've already partaken in the drug-fueled, detective story (Sound Off here) that is thoroughly engaging and mind-boggling, then you'll want to check out one of the recent episodes of comedian Marc Maron's spectacular podcast "WTF with Marc Maron." It's a two-hour discussion talking about everything from living in Los Angeles to his attraction to Boogie Nights, as well as growing up in show biz and much more.
We've featured some great artwork recently playing tribute to films like Alien and Pulp Fiction, not to mention holiday favorites like Home Alone and It's a Wonderful Life. Now Turkish artist Murat Palta has paid tribute to some iconic movies, both new and old, in a very unique style. Palta has used the historical Ottoman (also called miniature) painting style to illustrate films like Star Wars, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, A Clockwork Orange, Inception and more. They're impressive, detailed, and are even depicted in the past, exchanging cars for horses and carts, lightsabers for flaming swords. Look below!
Though we may not be getting the Edgar Wright version of Ant-Man, we're greatly anticipated whatever project the filmmaker decides to take on next. In the meantime, fans of Wright's breakthrough film Shaun of the Dead can occupy their time with a stage show adaptation approved by the director himself. Almost Legal Productions has put together a live stage adaptation, complete with musical numbers and audience participation, of the zombie comedy, and after premiering in October, it's coming back to the stage in the next few months. And we have a trailer showing off what you can expect from the production. Watch now!
Throughout the year, we've featured some cool artwork from Poster Posse hyping up films like Disney's Big Hero 6, Christopher Nolan's Interstellar and Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. But the latest efforts of artists paying tribute to films with their incredible art work is for a film that hit theaters decades ago. You may not realize it, but this year is the 35th anniversary of Alien, the sci-fi horror classic that introduced us to terrifying xenomorphs and the tough-as-nails Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), and Poster Posse has just rounded up some awesome pieces for the film's anniversary, and we've posted our favorites below. Look!
There's already a toy based on the dancing baby Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy coming soon, but now a more high quality collectible version of the pint-sized tree is on the way too. Hot Toys has just unveiled their version of baby Groot, and aside from being only a 1:4 scale figure, this is still probably going to be the best representation of the little guy we'll get. He comes with interchangeable heads, bendable arms to be posed with the best dance moves, and it's something that every fan of the Marvel Studios film is going to want. We've got some sweet shots of the cool collectible figure that you can see just below. I am Groot!