We've already gotten one look at Simon Pegg as an assassin in the forthcoming comedic thriller Kill Me Three Times, and now the film is poised to premiere at TIFF 2014. And to hype up the unveiling of the film at the festival, a special animated poster has been released for the film that also stars Sullivan Stapleton, Alice Braga, Teresa Palmer, Bryan Brown, Callan Mulvey and Luke Hemsworth. This is one is just for TIFF because you'll notice that the smoking matchbook (the only animated part of the poster) says TIFF on it, which is pretty cool. Apparently the film is a "must-see" according to TIFF programmer Jane Schoettle. We'll see if that's true soon enough when we hit the Canadian festival. Look!
One of the films I have been following closely and waiting patiently for its grand unveiling is Rosewater, the directing feature debut of The Daily Show host Jon Stewart. Filmed last summer in the Middle East, Rosewater is now ready for release and Stewart will be bringing the film to the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals. Gael García Bernal stars as Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari, who was detained and tortured for 100 days after appearing on a segment of The Daily Show. We'll be catching it at Telluride and can't wait to see what Stewart has up his sleeves with this one. Solid poster for an activism drama. Take a look below.
After the teaser trailer showed Jennifer Lawrence arriving in the District 13 rebel stronghold, Lionsgate has revealed a look at the warriors who will step up to help fight the revolution against the Capitol in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I. A small batch of new posters have arrived with a completely different aesthetic than the previous District 13 character posters. Liam Hemsworth doesn't look much different than he did suited up in The Expendables 2, but the other posters give us a first look at Cressida (Natalie Dormer), Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Messalla (Evan Ross), Boggs (Mahershala Ali), Castor (Wes Chatham) and Pollux (Elden Henson). They all look pretty bad ass, so check them all out below!
"Deeply Human..." Yes! Finally some marketing for a documentary I've been raving about since Sundance. Drafthouse Films has debuted the first teaser poster via Indiewire (they're calling it a "stop-motion" poster) that fades through a set of characters/real people featured in The Overnighters, a documentary by Jesse Moss that follows life in one small North Dakota town and a pastor there trying his best to help those who come to work in the oil fields. Yes, the pastor (Jay Reinke) can be seen in the middle of the rotation, but it's the quotes and the imagery that really make this art so striking to look at. You can see the first trailer now.
Right now it's the calm before the storm that is awards season with not too many exciting releases hitting theaters over the next month with the exception of some promising indies like The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. But that means we're going to start seeing some big pushes from the studios trying to get their Oscar contenders some attention and this week it's Bennett Miller's Cannes selected drama Foxcatcher revving up the hype machine. A new poster features a stoic Steve Carell with some pretty hefty praise up at the top. This is bound to get Carell an Oscar nod, and it's one of our most anticipated.
When will we see actual teaser posters for Star Wars: Episode VII? We're not sure, but hopefully soon. While we wait there's some fantastic fan-art going around that we felt was worth sharing. Even though these posters were posted in June of 2013, they're still worth taking a look at since we haven't seen them before anyway (thanks to SlashFilm's Star Wars Bits for the tip). A Ukrainian designer on DeviantArt has posted a series of three teaser posters for J.J. Abrams' new Star Wars, complete with old, incorrect release date. The imagery is still awesome and makes for great marketing material, even if it's not actually from the movie.
Hot on the heels of the action thriller Lucy, the marketing folks at Universal have decided to use the poster campaign from the Luc Besson film starring Scarlett Johansson to create a couple of parody character posters for Dumb & Dumber To. Both Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels revealed their own posters on Twitter with the amusing tagline, "The average person uses 10% of their brain capacity. Imagine what he could do with 1%." These are reminiscent of the clever posters and trailers that Disney rounded up for both The Muppets and Muppets Most Wanted. Hopefully that cleverness continues leading up to the release.
During Comic-Con, the collectible arthouse Mondo unveiled some awesome posters for Guardians of the Galaxy, not to mention announcing their foray into collectible toys with figures for The Iron Giant and more. Now Mondo is back to their regularly scheduled programming (via Badass Digest) with great artwork for two of the most revered cult classic horror films. Evil Dead II is given a stylish poster by Randy Ortiz while Army of Darkness is given two different prints by Tom Whalen and Richey Beckett. Technically there's six posters since each has a variant to go along with it, but if you like Mondo, you know the drill.
Coming out of left field today is the tease of a sci-fi project that we haven't heard anything about. Automata comes from Spanish filmmaker Gabe Ibáñez, and wrangles Antonio Banderas back into one of his rare sci-fi roles after playing with Spy Kids and The Skin I Live In, two very different films in the genre. This time he's diving into the future, about 50 years to be exact, and he's playing an insurance agent responsible for looking into cases regarding defective androids. Now two posters have popped up showing off a bald Banderas along with some of the robots in the film. It has a Mad Max meets District 9 vibe. Look!
The work of artist Drew Struzan, responsible for some of the most iconic movie posters, has been commemorated with a collection of his artwork in books, along with a feature length documentary. Another artist who is well renowned for this kind of work is John Alvin, having designed posters for the likes of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Blade Runner, Batman, The Lion King and much more. But one of his better known works was the poster for Jurassic Park, featuring the iconic font and tyrannosaurs rex skeleton logo that we all know today. However, there were tons of designs that preceded it and never used.
If you're more than a casual fan of filmmaking, then you're probably familiar with the name Saul Bass for his work on opening credits sequences and posters for iconic films of the past from directors like Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick and more. Now we get a little insight into the creative process of figuring out how Saul Bass worked with filmmakers to craft just the right poster to get audiences interested in the film by way of some rejects designs for Kubrick's classic horror film The Shining. Some alternate designs have surfaced, complete with Kubrick's notes on what he didn't like about these pieces, and it's pretty fascinating.
Following a cool fanmade credits sequence that we highlighted this morning for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I, some official viral marketing has just been unveiled in the form of a new viral website that is allowing fans to unlock new character posters. Lionsgate unveiled the site today that basically acts as the reveal of District 13 following their interruption of President Snow's broadcasts not too long ago. Due to fans hitting the viral site as soon as it went live, it's been hard to keep up with the fun ourselves, but we do have some of the cool character posters which have been revealed so far. Look below!
We've already seen an underwhelming trailer for the lengthy titled family comedy Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day from 20th Century Fox starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner, and now two new posters show just how bad this day is going to get. One poster shows the young Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) with his family, looking clean and happy before the bad day arrives. And the second one is an after pictures, showing the family is various levels of dishevelment, like they all got in a fight in the forest or got hit by a cartoon truck. We're not expecting much from the fall release. Look!
The most recent posters for Gone Girl boldly didn't include the names of their stars, and the first teaser poster didn't even have the film's title. Now a couple more traditional posters for the film finally show star Ben Affleck and the faded face of his dead wife played by Rosamund Pike. The most recent trailer for the film from The Social Network, Fight Club and Zodiac director David Fincher was incredible, and this looks to be a big Oscar contender. The two posters are pretty much the same, but one comes from overseas while the other is a theatrical trailer for the United States. Both just feature Affleck in different poses. Look!