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!
I have consciousness. I am alive. I am…LEGO? Next week we'll get to see Neill Blomkamp's latest sci-fi endeavor, Chappie, hit the big screen. Sharlto Copley voices an artificially intelligent robot who promises to be the source of a technological revolution. As he absorbs the world around him, he becomes more humanlike, for better or worse. While you won't be able to get your own robot like Chappie anytime soon, maybe you can try to make your own little LEGO version of the robot like master builder Eric Tsai. He's a cute, small building brick recreation of the robot, even appearing to have eyes thanks to a small piece.
If you didn't watch the 87th Academy Awards last night, you should at least watch the live performance of "Everything is Awesome" from The LEGO Movie. The musical duo Tegan & Sara and the comedic hip-hop trio The Lonely Island took to the stage with an energetic and colorful performance that even had Will Arnett as LEGO Batman and Questlove as Robin on the drums. And during that number, a whole bunch of dancers handed out LEGO Oscar statues to some of Hollywood's biggest names in the audience, such as Oprah Winfrey, Emma Stone, Steve Carell and more. And you may be able to get your own. Look!
If you're planning a vacation somewhere soon and you've always wanted to visit the filming locations of some of your favorite movies, then you'll want to check out the Ultimate Movie Location Map. The folks over at Musement.com have put together a pretty expansive global map that shows you where some of your favorite movies were shot on-location. For example, you can check out Nakatomi Tower in Los Angeles, check out Nolan's Wayne Manor in the United Kingdom at Nottingham's Wollaton Hall, or see where the helicopter crashed in The Matrix at BT Tower in Australia. There are over a thousand listings on the map.
Considering this year marks the 30th anniversary of the original Back to the Future, as well as being the year that Doc Brown and Marty McFly traveled to in the future for the sequel, we already know there's going to be plenty of celebration for the time travel franchise. Earlier this year we featured an incredible trio of prints honoring the trilogy, and now we have an awesome case for the iPhone that will turn the Apple mobile device into the DeLorean time machine. No, this isn't just a cheap flat case that puts an image of the DeLorean on the back of your phone, it's a small three-dimensional model of the time machine. Look!
In case you didn't know, RogerEbert.com editor Matt Zoller Seitz is responsible for a spectacular book called The Wes Anderson Collection that takes an in-depth look at the making of the writer and director's entire feature filmography. But since the book came out in October of 2013, it was missing Anderson's then-forthcoming film The Grand Budapest Hotel. But fans shouldn't fret, because Seitz is releasing a book focusing solely on the Best Picture nominated film. The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel will be available tomorrow, and we have a gorgeous animated trailer for the book.
If you're not a sports fan, there's a good chance you simply didn't care about Super Bowl XLIX last weekend. However, if you're a Marvel fan, you might care to know that Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) and Captain America (Chris Evans) were pitted against each other leading up to the game, because Evans is a die-hard New England Patriots fan and Pratt was devoted to the Seattle Seahawks. Well, before the game last Sunday, the two made a bet that whoever lost would have to visit a charity of the winner's choice dressed as their respective Marvel character. And since the Patriots won, Pratt suited up for a charity visit.
While it's normally sci-fi or fantasy blockbusters like The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug or Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy that get fans excited enough to create LEGO versions of the film's trailers, this time we the building brick is used for an anticipated movie of another kind. Fifty Shades of Grey is coming next weekend, and it's going to make some huge bank. So Antonio Toscano thought it was a good idea to give the erotic romance its own LEGO trailer as well. It's very well done, but also pretty funny, if only because watching two LEGO minifigures kiss, let alone tease the intense bondage scenes. Watch below!
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!