When Mondo Ruled the Pop Art World! The next show opening at Mondo Gallery in Austin will be dedicated completely to Jurassic Park, just the first film, the 1993 Steven Spielberg Rated PG-13 dinosaur island masterpiece. Mondo has announced the new show called "When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth", inspired by the banner in the lobby in the original film (see above), featuring tons of artists submitting all kinds of work inspired by Jurassic Park. The first piece can be seen below, by Francesco Francavilla, and of course it features the infamous Tyrannosaurus Rex. I can't wait to see all of the art, but we'll have to wait until June.
Briefly: As Caesar said, war has begun. We all knew it was coming, but now it's official. Collider is reporting the next Planet of the Apes movie will be titled War of the Planet of the Apes, so from here on out that's how we'll be referring to it. This is the third movie in the new series started by Rupert Wyatt with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which continued the Caesar storyline into Dawn of the Planet of the Apes directed by Matt Reeves, now it's War of the Planet of the Apes due in 2017, also directed by Matt Reeves. He says: "As this story continues, we know that war is not avoided by the end of Dawn. That is going to take us into the world of what he is grappling with. Where [Caesar] is going to be thrust into circumstances that he never, ever wanted to deal with, and was hoping he could avoid. And now he is right in the middle of it."
Brilliant! A fine example of when Hollywood marketing actually turns out okay. Universal has partnered with shaving cream manufacturer Barbasol for a special edition shaving cream can to promote the release of Jurassic World. Why? Well, we all know why! One of the most iconic and unforgettable scenes in the original Jurassic Park involves Dennis being given a special Barbasol can that contains storage racks for dinosaur embryos. Fans have replicated the prop and created working versions they've sold on Ebay, but now Barbasol is making Jurassic World cans themselves and they've gone all out. To celebrate, they've launched an entire marketing campaign complete with photos and a video. A Secret Has Been Left Behind…
"If you have any needs in the sci-fi category…" This is crazy cool! Disney has launched a pop up shop on Amazon.com promote Tomorrowland, and they're selling lots of cool sci-fi toys and goodies. To promote the store they made a fun little viral video for the Blast from the Past Super Store, and it stars Keegan-Michael Key as one of the clerks, talking about all the cool stuff they have. There's a shot of the Iron Giant Mondo figure (nice reference to Brad Bird), and a few other gems. At the end the video flashes a URL which links to an Amazon store where you can buy Tomorrowland swag and lots of other stuff. Does it also exist as an actual store in Hollywood, too? Follow @BlastFromPast for more updates. And see the video just below.
To the future we go! As always, we love it when the kind folks at Poster Posse release another new series of custom curated artwork for an upcoming movie, and this time they chose to highlight Tomorrowland from director Brad Bird, starring George Clooney & Britt Robertson. This new set features some wild poster art that hints at the inspiration of Walt Disney, to the more simple look at the "Tomorrowland" city in the movie. Earlier this week we posted a look at the new Tomorrowland Mondo poster by Kevin Tong, also showing the futuristic Tomorrowland from in the movie. I want to go there. I love the poster within a poster, the second one down seen below by Simon Delart, so good. Only a few more weeks until this is in theaters!
It's time. French director Luc Besson has announced his next project, and he's going back to sci-fi once again. Besson just joined Twitter and the first thing he wrote was an announcement ("My first tweet ever! Let's share a real news!") with details on his new project - an adaptation of the graphic novel Valerian. He has finished casting, with Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne (seen in the upcoming Paper Towns) set to star, shooting the end of this year, for release in summer of 2017 from EuropaCorp. Bring on the big epic Besson sci-fi! I am a huge, huge fan of The Fifth Element (it's one of my favorites ever) and if this is indeed him going back to that style (based on this cover I'd say so), then hell yes. See all the tweets + details below.
"What if there was a place… where nothing was impossible?" Mondo has unveiled some stunning new art that they're selling in promotion for the upcoming release of Disney's Tomorrowland, directed by Brad Bird. The new art piece is 24" x 36" screen print designed by Kevin Tong (visit his website), and boy is it gorgeous. The art depicts Tomorrowland in the movie Tomorrowland, complete with transformation from the "real" world in the lower left featuring Casey Newton, played by Britt Robertson. Each of these will go so on sale on Friday, May 22nd when the film opens in theaters. And I'd say they are must have, especially if you're excited for this movie like we are. The variant version, in the evening it looks like, is my favorite one.
Big screen, big sound, dinosaurs, beer, popcorn, pizza, no texting. Can it get any better than that? Alamo Drafthouse is providing one amazingly sweet deal by offering an exclusive, custom-made Jurassic World pint glass to customers who pre-order tickets to the see the new dinosaur movie in theaters this June. The pint glasses are actually velociraptor pint glasses, featuring a motif from the scene where Chris Pratt rides on his motorcycle with the raptors. It was illustrated by Eric Manche, and looks awesome in the photos. I want one, or two, or three, or all of them. No but seriously, this is cool, and I love that they're doing this and making it so easy to get them - just by pre-ordering. A few may be available to buy at theaters but that's it.
Now this is some great casting we can be excited about! Variety is reporting that an Oscar winning actress is likely going to end up starring in the next sci-fi creation from Alex Garland, a screenwriter turned director whose feature directing debut Ex Machina is playing in theaters now. The project is called Annihilation, an adaptation of the Jeff VanderMeer series of novels, about a biologist who signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition to "Area X" where the laws of nature don’t apply. Paramount is developing and Garland has been talking about it in interviews with the attitude of "let's see if it happens", but it sounds like the project is gaining momentum, especially with a star like Portman. This is very good news for the science fiction genre.
More? Oh yes. Not only are they building Avatar land at Disney's Animal Kingdom, but they're working on no less than three Avatar sequels. We've known about these plans for a while. But wait, just how much of a story does James Cameron want to tell? Possibly even more than we imagined. Our friends at HeyUGuys recently sent us a tip from a talk with composer James Horner where he actually mentions another script, for a fifth Avatar movie. Yes, you read that right – five, but it's actually not five movies, rather – Cameron has four scripts he's trying to condense into three movies. So there's really four more? This is all a bit crazy.
It really will be a terrifying end to the world it when artificially intelligent machines choose to rise up and take us over. Until that day, though, we'll have to make due with films like Ex Machina to keep us up late at night staring at our computer while wondering, "Is it watching me back?" Alex Garland, screenwriter of some of the best modern sci-fi has to offer, makes his directorial debut with this terrifying, futuristic thriller that puts the fear of A.I. into you in ways you never even imagined. Intelligent, sleek, and with a small, thermal charge of a cast, Ex Machina is a can't-miss, future classic work of science fiction.
The sci-fi thriller Ex Machina has been in limited release for a couple weeks now, but this weekend the film featuring future Star Wars actors Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac expands nationwide to theaters everywhere. And with that comes one final trailer to convince audiences to see this worthwhile flick. There's not much new footage, but the trailer uses quotes from respected scientific experts such as Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking about how much of a gamechanger true artificial intelligence would be, though not necessarily for the better. It's something that's on the verge of not being science fiction. Watch!
"You ain't seen nothin' yet!" Disney has unveiled the third trailer for Brad Bird's Tomorrowland, starring Britt Robertson and George Clooney. This original sci-fi adventure introduces us to the other world behind Disney, Tomorrowland. The plot involves Casey Newton (Robertson) finding a mysterious magical pin and getting sucked into this adventure. We've seen plenty of glimpses already, Disney is showing footage at Disneyland, and this new trailer doesn't have anything new (that we haven't seen elsewhere) other than a few more finished VFX shots. I'm still incredibly excited for this (the weapons looks so cool!), but I want to see a bit more than we already have. In time… For now, enjoy this new trailer and featurette to go with it.
So far, we've only gotten teases of the Indominus Rex, the genetically modified hybrid dinosaur at the heart of Jurassic World, from the park's viral website, the first trailer and the Super Bowl spot. But soon we'll see even more from the latest installment of the Jurassic Park franchise as a brand new trailer for the sequel/reboot will arrive sometime on Monday, April 20th, the same day as the Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice IMAX trailer event. And leading up to the release of the new trailer, three new posters will be making their way online, and the first has Bryce Dallas Howard facing off with the Indominus Rex.