For those who don't know, Steven Spielberg once flirted with the idea of a darker sequel to Close Encounters of the Third Kind, focusing on one man's encounter with a UFO. The film was called Night Skies, but was eventually abandoned and somewhat blossomed into E.T. The Extra Terrestrial following Spielberg's meeting with Melissa Mathison. But when Night Skies was still in development, make-up and special effects wizard Rick Baker (Star Wars, Harry and the Hendersons, Men in Black) was working on aliens for the film. Though we never saw the film, he's posted some of the alien designs online.
From Back to the Future to Star Trek and the most recent X-Men: Days of Future Past, there are plenty of timelines in the film world that can be a little hard to follow. Thankfully, Wired took the time to breakdown some of the more iconic time travel timelines into a somewhat easy to follow infographic that charts the time travel in these films from as far back as "a particularly unlikely version of the Old West" to the disastrous "imperfect future." And for a bit of fun, they've also included the insane timeline of one of the more iconic television series of the past decade which included a whole bunch of time jumping. Look below!
We've been celebrating the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters pretty hardcore by highlighting some awesome artwork from Gallery 1988 and also the forthcoming LEGO version of the Ecto-1. But it's also the 30th anniversary of another iconic film: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. We've rounded up some cool stuff featuring a look back at the sequel that is actually a prequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark (there are a lot of people who don't know that). Below you'll find a visual effects special, an infographic on the body count and a whole slew of nostalgia and even surprising praise for the 1984 adventure classic. Check it out!
If you're looking for a little pick-me-up to restore your faith in humanity, this little story ought to do the trick. Stratford Caldecott is a huge Marvel fan who was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer back in October of 2011. Just recently, doctors told him that he only had about 12 weeks left to live, and his daughter Sophie Caldecott really wanted to make them something special. Her father is too ill to venture out to a movie theater to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier, so she started the #CapForStrat in order get Marvel to send a copy of the film to their home so he can watch it before passing on. Read on.
This weekend, the remake of Godzilla from director Gareth Edwards finally stomps into theaters (read our review right here), and to keep the excitement high, Creatures Features just unveiled a new art exhibit called "Godzilla: All Art Attack!" that you can catch in Burbank, Califorina. Featuring dozens of art pieces commemorating the King of Monsters, there's quite an odd and eclectic array of work here paying tribute to the monster that first appeared on the big screen 60 years ago in Japan. There's illustrations, paintings, sculptures and more, and we've picked some of our favorite pieces for you to check out. Look!
In case you haven't heard yet, there's a LEGO set of the signature vehicle from Ghostbusters hitting shelves on June 1st. We've featured some photos of the LEGO brick version of the Ecto-1 previously, but now we get an even more in-depth look at the set thanks to Brent Waller (via SlashFilm), the man who created the custom set that inspired LEGO to manufacture their official version by way of the LEGO Ideas community (formerly LEGO Cuusoo). Waller has provided some new photos of the official set and put them side-by-side with is original creation to see how LEGO made some slight changes to perfect the set. Look!
Though you may not have had the chance to attend the live reading of Quentin Tarantino's delayed western The Hateful Eight when the event took place last month at LACMA thanks to Film Independent, that doesn't mean you can't commemorate the event in your own home. No, Tarantino won't bring the cast of his film to your house for a special reading, but if you're a big enough fan of anything the Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction director dishes out, then you may want to get ahold of this cool poster for the one night only event while supplies last. It's a cool little piece of artwork benefiting the great Film Independent. Look!
Normally we don't cover anything from the realm of video games unless it happens to cross over into the film world. Whether it's video game adaptations like Assassin's Creed with Michael Fassbender or Splinter Cell with Tom Hardy, we're on top of those stories. Every now and then we post live-action trailers for new video games because they're directed by a known filmmaker. But this time, we're focusing on the first trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare because it stars Kevin Spacey. And we don't mean that he just lends his voice to the film. The likeness of Kevin Spacey is also used as what appears to be a villain. Watch!
There's no doubt that The Shining is one of the best horror films of all-time, but due to its psychological nature, there aren't too many ways for fans to show their love for the film in the same way that there are countless t-shirts and other clothing commemorating films like The Avengers, Back to the Future, Star Wars, Star Trek and more. But the folks at Mondo are changing that with their Mondo 237 collection. Featuring an iconic pattern that fans of The Shining will recognize, Mondo has unveiled a sweater, cardigan, knit ski-mask, scarf and two rugs to accessorize yourself or your house. They're all pretty mesmerizing.
With the Back to the Future DeLorean LEGO set already on shelves and the Ghostbusters Ecto-1 LEGO set coming in June, it's a good time to be a movie lover who loves LEGO stuff. While we recently pushed for your support for another Ghostbusters 30th anniversary LEGO set in the form of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, now we're switching gears to another classic film that has a cool set made by a fan at the LEGO community Cuusoo, which has now been rebranded the LEGO Ideas community. This time it's Jaws, the classic film from Steven Spielberg with a hopeful LEGO set, and of course it comes with the shark. Look!
If you're living in the Dallas, Texas area and you love horror, you might want to head over to the Texas Frightmare Weekend convention happening this weekend at the Hyatt Regency Dallas Fort Worth. Not only is there tons of great horror panels like a Hellraiser reunion, but there will also be some exclusive artwork that the collectible arthouse Mondo will be bringing for purchase. This time they'll have posters for Gremlins, Aliens, Terminator 2: Judgment Day and more. As usual, there are limited supplies available, so you'll have to act fast if you want any of these prints. Oh, and there's also a cool action figure!
From the designer of the Filmography of Cars infographic comes the sequel, titled The Filmography of Aircraft, created by Cathryn Lavery. "A giant print illustrating 100 years of Aviation in Film. Through 66 intricately detailed hand-illustrations, we’ve charted the iconic aircrafts of film from 1903 to the modern day. From the early 1900s Wright Flyer to the Tomcat in Top Gun - we have it all covered." This brand new chart, which contains over 60 craft, is also being funded through Kickstarter (thanks to @emmafgreen for the tip) which includes a prize option of the detailed research book for all of the planes. Take a look below.
Hold onto your butts! This looks amazing and I'm sure it sounds even better. Mondo has announced and revealed photos of their upcoming Jurassic Park soundtrack vinyl release. Yes, the iconic John Williams score to the seminal sci-fi classic Jurassic Park is getting the vinyl treatment, pressed on 180 gram vinyl as 2x LPs. The soundtrack has been remastered for vinyl and will be printed with gorgeous artwork on two packaging variations, one from artist JC Richard and a limited edition vinyl from artist Dan McCarthy. Both are, my opinion, must haves. Especially because this happens to be one of my all-time favorite scores.
There's plenty of efforts in the entertainment industry to preserve actual negatives and film prints from cinema's history in order to preserve films of the past as the industry moves into the future that is in favor of digital filmmaking. However, The American Genre Film Archive is after a little more than that. Housed in a secret location in Austin, Texas, the AFGA has been preserving "orphan films that are moldering in storage units or being disposed of into the dark abyss of the ocean." But they also want audiences to be able to see some of these delicate prints without risking damage. And that's where they need your help. Read on!