Time for a quick look back at movie posters over the last 60 years. We're all used to seeing Photoshopped movie posters these days, with massive floating heads, explosions and lighting effects, and plenty of other cheesy design tricks. However, movie posters have a glorious history, originating as hand-painted pieces of art that were just as iconic and unforgettable as the movie itself. This new infographic takes a look back at "The Evolution of Movie Posters", featuring 12 different designs ranging from the 1950s to the 00s. It highlights some of the best movie posters in Hollywood history, and discusses how the design and style of posters has changed over time. The Jaws poster is one of the best ever made, and the designs for E.T. and Star Wars are also perfect. Check out the infographic below to dive even deeper into the history of posters.
She dances, she laughs, she lives! This year marks the 70th year of the annual Cannes Film Festival in the South of France. With less than two months until the film festival kicks off, Cannes has revealed the official poster for this year and it's another stunner. I'm always excited that they put this much focus on the poster, mostly because it's a reminder that the festival is coming soon. "Full of joy, freedom and daring, just like Claudia Cardinale dancing on its official poster, the 70th Festival de Cannes (17-28 May), promises a celebration in passionate red and sparkling gold." The poster is a Photoshopped version of a photo of actress Claudia Cardinale dancing on a roof - we've embedded a tweet fading between the real photo and the poster.
"What you seek is far greater than you ever imagined…" Amazon Studios has revealed another new official US trailer for James Gray's Amazonian adventure thriller The Lost City of Z, along with a gorgeous new poster to top it off. Starring Charlie Hunnam as legendary British explorer Col. Percy Fawcett, along with Tom Holland as Jack Fawcett and Sienna Miller as Nina Fawcett. The cast includes Robert Pattinson, Angus Macfadyen, Daniel Huttlestone, Edward Ashley and Johann Myers. The film tells a thrilling adventure story of explorers who travel into the Amazon to find a mysterious lost civilization. It will be playing at the Berlin Film Festival in a few weeks, after first premiering at the New York Film Festival last year. This new trailer is a bit different than the official UK trailer from a few weeks ago, and original teaser trailer, and it definitely looks like one hell of a gritty, exhausting adventure film. I'm looking forward to this.
"From nothing comes a King." Warner Bros has unveiled a new promo spot + gritty poster for Guy Ritchie's new take on the King Arthur: Legend of the Sword story, hitting theaters in May this summer (after being delayed from release originally in March). This short TV spot features some very cool POV footage as well as some epic shots from the movie, which actually makes more interested in this than I was after the first trailer. Charlie Hunnam stars as the new King Arthur with a cast including Jude Law, Annabelle Wallis, Katie McGrath, Eric Bana, Djimon Hounsou, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Tom Wu, as well as Aidan Gillen. I'm still not sure if it will actually be any good, but I'm intrigued by the new footage. Enjoy.
"The unknown future rolls toward us. I face it, for the first time, with a sense of hope. Because if a machine, a Terminator, can learn the value of human life, maybe we can too." Get ready for the return of the Terminator movie we all love. James Cameron's 1991 sci-fi classic Terminator 2: Judgement Day is being re-released in theaters in 2017 in 3D. The Facebook page for the T2 movie confirmed and released a poster to go along with the news. If, like me, you went to one of the Universal Studios theme parks as a kid you probably fondly remember the Terminator 2 ride in 3D (called "T2 3-D: Battle Across Time"), pretty much the best use of 3D up until Cameron gave us Avatar. Here's to hoping this 3D conversion is as good.
"May the force be with us." Wow. Get ready to geek out! Star Wars Celebration is happening in London this weekend, and they presentation for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story just wrapped up. During the panel, a new poster (with the Death Star) and a making-of featurette were revealed and oh my are they awesome. The video shows tons of behind-the-scenes footage, including director Gareth Edwards talking about working on this as well as some incredible shots of practical action and various creatures and characters. Felicity Jones stars as Jyn Erso, along with Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Donnie Yen, Diego Luna and Forest Whitaker. I'm so excited to dive deeper into this world again, and this is an exhilarating video. A totally new story that looks as incredible as the rest of the saga.
One of the most talented, influential, and iconoclastic filmmakers of all time, Brian De Palma's career started in the 60s and has included such acclaimed and diverse films as Carrie, Dressed to Kill, Blow Out, Scarface, The Untouchables, Carlito’s Way, and Mission: Impossible. Take a look at the new poster for the new documentary about filmmaker Brian De Palma, titled simply just De Palma, from directors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year to glowing reviews from critics and was picked up by A24 for release this year. They've put out the first poster which features artistic imagery of De Palma and some of the iconic scenes from his films outside the window next to him.
The official selection for the 2016 Cannes Film Festival was just announced, and one of the films playing there this year is the latest work from Park Chan-wook, who was last at Cannes in 2009 with his film Thirst. Park Chan-wook has been adapting a novel called Fingersmith into a Korean version of the story, titled The Handmaiden (or Agassi in Korea), about a Japanese heiress that falls in love with a petty thief who works as her personal servant. The cast includes Ha Jung-woo, Kim Min-hee, Jo Jin-woong and Kim Tae Ri. I'm looking forward to seeing this in Cannes. In the meantime, these posters are gorgeous, truly stunning and I hope they bring more attention to this film over the next few months once it premieres.
Now that spring has arrived, we're just a few months away from the annual Cannes Film Festival taking place in the South of France. For the 69th edition of the film festival, Cannes has chosen imagery from Jean-Luc Godard's film Contempt (1963) to be featured on the poster this year. I really like this poster because it's not just an actor/actress this time, it's an actual set piece from a film. "It's all there. The steps, the sea, the horizon: a man's ascent towards his dream, in a warm Mediterranean light that turns to gold. As an image it is reminiscent of a timeless quote used at the beginning of Contempt: 'Cinema replaces our gaze with a world in harmony with our desires'." Well that just makes me want to be there already.
It's almost time for a new Richard Linklater movie! To celebrate the occasion, Austin-based theater chain Alamo Drafthouse is going all-out with a new Mondo poster and a special line of beer that they'll be selling at Drafthouse theaters. The new Mondo poster comes from artist Matt Taylor and it's a rather trippy design, fitting for the film that is supposedly similar in vibe to Linklater's Dazed and Confused. The new beer is made by Austin Beerworks and is described as a "dry-hopped Texas Common Beer", available around Austin soon. "Paying tribute to Rick's latest with a one-of-a-kind beer from one of my favorite breweries? It's exactly the kind of project that excites us and blurs the line between work and fun," stated Tim League.
In theaters in just two more weeks is the mysterious sci-fi movie 10 Cloverfield Lane, produced by J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot, directed by Dan Trachtenberg. We've been posting some of the marketing for the movie, including TV spots and the trailer, and we're still very excited to see this and find out what's going on. Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars, along with John Goodman and John Gallagher Jr, in this sci-fi thriller about a girl brought into an underground bunker where she's told that it's only safe in there. Our friends at SlashFilm have unveiled a new poster for the movie, also showing in IMAX at release, with art by Ape Meets Girl inspired by imagery from the footage released so far. I'm very curious to find out the truth!
Meet the agents of chaos. Even more unique posters from Ben Wheatley's High-Rise worth featuring. This latest batch is a set of four character posters for Wheatley's movie about a high-rise building that represents the hierarchy of economic classes in society. There's one for Jeremy Irons as Anthony Royal, at the very top, plus Tom Hiddleston as Dr. Robert Laing, Luke Evans as Richard Wilder, and Sienna Miller as Charlotte Melville. A few weeks ago I wrote that High-Rise has the best posters of the year so far, and that's still the case, especially with these trippy kaleidoscopic designs. They've done such an excellent job selling this movie, the more we get, the more I'm looking forward to finally seeing it. Check out the posters below.