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Drew Struzan might be the name you first think of when someone mentions movie poster artist, but few can argue that the work of John Alvin is not a equally iconic. Alvin’s art has be collected in great effort into one tight package in The Art of John Alvin by his wife Andrea Alvin. The high quality coffee table book collects the late artist’s film poster art in their final form and in the earliest stages when he was just starting to figure out the layouts for some of the posters that would go on to be some of the most iconic of all time.
An introduction gives a brief overview of his life and his earliest experiences painting images from the films that made him fall in love with the art, like 1954’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and 1960’s Spartacus. It details his life, marriage, and sudden »
- Max Molinaro
British actor Warwick Davis says he has “specific” fans—well-wishers who want to discuss just one of the several fantasy franchises in which he has appeared. “People talk about Star Wars, people talk about Harry Potter,” he explains, “and people talk about Leprechaun.”
Alert readers will have noticed that one of these franchises is not like the others. While Star Wars and Harry Potter have raked in billions of dollars, »
- Clark Collis
“What are you?’ That question has been on many a criminal’s mind for numerous decades. Out of absolute fear, these evildoers stare into the face of darkness personified, a creature of the night that is a true symbol of justice. I’m talking of course about Batman, the Dark Knight, a crimefighter who strikes fear into the hearts of those deserve it. He is a highly complex character and throughout his 75-year history, many talented (and some not so talented) actors have brought him to life on the silver screen.
Lewis Wilson Batman (1943) The first film appearance of the Caped Crusader occurred at the height of World War II in 1943, four years after the character’s creation. Lewis Wilson portrayed Batman in a 15-chapter film serial released by Columbia Pictures, in which he and trusty sidekick Robin go head to head with Dr. Daka, a demented Japanese scientist who »
- Randall Unger
The reboot of the “Leprechaun” horror franchise will scare audiences in theaters after all.
Lionsgate and WWE Studios, which had planned to release “Leprechaun: Origins” direct to home entertainment platforms on Aug. 26, will now also give the film a limited release in theaters on Aug. 22, after a presentation for the film was well received at Comic-Con in San Diego last month.
The release is expected to help serve as a marketing tool for the release on Digital HD, video-on-demand and pay-per-view platforms, and later on Blu-ray and DVD in September.
“Leprechaun: Origins” stars Dylan Postl, known in the WWE ring as “Hornswoggle,” as the creature; Stephanie Bennett (“Grave Encounters 2″), Andrew Dunbar (“Alien Trespass”), Melissa Roxburgh (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days”) and Brendan Fletcher (“Freddy vs Jason”), and revolves around two unsuspecting young couples who discover a town’s chilling secret while backpacking through the Irish countryside. Harris Wilkinson penned the script. »
- Marc Graser
‘Narrative art’ is defined as something ‘that tells a story, either as a moment in an ongoing story or as a sequence of events unfolding over time’
George Lucas has retired apparently. Having sold his empire to Disney making him wealthier than a barely developed principality with minimal infrastructure, we are now being treated to phase two in the Lucas mid-life crisis.
When I first heard that Norman Rockwell, foremost painter of post war Americana was being placed alongside original Star Wars miniatures and props it made no sense. Rockwell was known for capturing perfect moments in life which told a story or narrative beyond the confines of the frame. How could Lucas have the temerity to place his work alongside that of a real artist?
Informally known as ‘The Lucas Museum of »
- Gary Collinson
Every actor, no matter how incredibly famous and wealthy they have become since, has to make their start somewhere, as in every profession. However, from our early days as writers, editors and content creators before we became incredibly famous and wealthy (still waiting…), our work remains nice and hidden throughout the dark corners of the internet. Not so, for those in this list.
No, those who have been chosen and placed below hold a very special place in our hearts. They serve as a wonderful reminder. A reminder that it does not matter where you are in life, how well known you are or how successful you are. They serve as a reminder that even those we aspire to emulate, those who we can consider as having “made it”, are people in whose footsteps we can follow. As they were once unknown and living pay check to pay check, taking any job they could, »
- Thomas Wesson
The Podcast didn't help. The more I linger on How To Train Your Dragon 2 the less love I realize I have for it. This is not to say that it's not worth seeing -- it's good. I just wanted it to be great since I hold the original in such high esteem. The animation is truly impressive and some sequences provoke awe in a way that nothing else in the theater does at the moment outside of a few scenes in Godzilla. But plotwise the third act just doesn't work for me. I don't like the alpha-male 'you have no choice to obey' conceit... which feels like a betrayal of the first movie's very particular and atypical action movie triumphs. But I still want to see it again for reasons of Dragons!!!
So for today's list...
The Ten Best Dragons In The Movies
(Disclaimer: I did not see The »
- NATHANIEL R
On Indie Spotlight, it's my intention to raise awareness of some otherwise overlooked projects, be they charitable works like last week's Beer. Autism. Hope. campaign, or independent passion projects from some real masters of their craft. Today's installment is an example of the latter. Fans may know Oscar winner Phil Tippett from his visual effects work on such films as Jurassic Park, Starship Troopers, Willow, and Star Wars to name a few. What you may not know is that Tippett has a four-part, stop-motion animated project that's been percolating through his brain for the last twenty-plus years. The first part of this dream came to life thanks to Kickstarter. Now, with the assistance of a small army of volunteers, and financial contributions from fans like yourself, Tippett aims to continue the journey with Mad God (Part 2). Hit the jump for more. Take a look at Tippett's campaign for Mad God (Part 2) below, »
- Dave Trumbore
"All is Lost" is nothing if not a showcase for post-production sound. Bereft of dialogue, a story told virtually through score and sound effects editing, it would be a dream project for any sound editor. And so it was for Oscar nominees Richard Hymns and Steve Boeddeker. But the film's post-production fate was in flux for a time as affordability was a huge consideration for the indie production. It finally did make its way to the halls of Skywalker Sound, however (where it was known affectionately as "Bob on a Boat"), and Hymns actually came to it first through his wife, who had worked for star Robert Redford's company for 10 years before they married. At a reception, the actor "was talking about this film he'd just finished and it was set on a boat with no dialogue," Hymns recalls. "As a sound editor, I'm salivating. And I love sailing. »
- Gerard Kennedy, Kristopher Tapley
There have been earlier versions of the popular Rudyard Kipling series of jungle stories, collectively known as Jungle Book, most notably the1942 version starring Sabu, the Disney animated musical classic in 1967, and the 1994 version. Now Warner Bros. is making another version, and according to the Hollywood Reporter, they are negotiating with Ron Howard (Splash, Cocoon, Parenthood, Backdraft, Apollo 13, Ransom, A Beautiful Mind, the Cinderella Man, the Da Vinci Code, Frost/Nixon, Angels and Demons) to helm the project.
Until recently, the movie was meant to be directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (21 Grams) but he pulled out of the project after only a month due to scheduling commitments with other projects. The film is being written by Callie Kloves. Like previous versions, »
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10 items from 2014
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