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Artist Laurent Durieux created two awesome pieces of poster art for Mondo for the classic films The Birds and Forbidden Planet. In case you missed it, yesterday we posted a Die Hard print he created as well. Mondo has also announced that the artist's first solo art show is coming to Austin TX. Here are the details...
Mondo is pleased to announce the artist's first solo show at the gallery in Austin, TX (4115 Guadalupe Street), beginning on February 7, 2014 at 7:00 Pm and running through March 1. Durieux will offer new and exciting renditions of classic films like Back to the Future, The Birds & Forbidden Planet to name a few.
Durieux was born in Belgium and studied graphic design at the College of Advertising and Design in Brussels. After over 20 years as an illustrator, he made his way into the world of screen-printed movie posters, creating new art for films such as »
- Joey Paur
Some pretty good titles this week in the build up to Christmas when Now TV will suddenly dominate the week with all the new content they got coming.
The titles of note this week are as follows:
Cloud Atlas (2012)
Take an unfilmable book, add the sibling directors of The Matrix and Speed Racer and the underrated director of Run Lola Run and Perfume, sit back and watch the beautiful, flawed and transcendent results. David Mitchell’s spiritual, revolutionary and vast book practically begs to be filmed due to the concepts and visuals that it asks you to conjure in your mind but it also has a tricky reincarnation subtext with characters appearing again and again in slightly different guises each time. The Wachowski’s and Tom Tykwer decided to use the same actors with heavy prosthetics or different skin tone or even a different sex in each different period over 300 years. »
- Chris Holt
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 12 Dec 2013 - 05:49
The year of Baggins, Potter and Spider-Man also had a wealth of lesser-known movies. Here’s our pick of 2002's underappreciated films...
At the top of the box office tree, 2002 was dominated by fantasy and special effects. Peter Jackson's The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers made almost a billion dollars all by itself, with Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets taking second place and Sam Raimi's Spider-Man not too far behind.
In many ways, 2002 set the tempo for the Hollywood blockbuster landscape, which has changed relatively little in the decade since. A quick look at 2013‘s top 10, for example, reveals a markedly similar mix of superhero movies, with Iron Man 3 still ruling the roost at the time of writing, followed by effects-heavy action flicks and family-friendly animated features.
As usual in these lists, we're looking »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 21 Nov 2013 - 05:51
The underappreciated films of 1999 are the focus in our last list of 90s overlooked greats...
The year 1999 was a significant year for film in many ways. Apart from being the year that George Lucas began his Star Wars prequels with The Phantom Menace, it also saw the release of The Blair Witch Project, a horror film which became one of the first to use the internet as a marketing tool, resulting in a massive hit. The Matrix ushered in a new age of special effects filmmaking, arguably paving the way for the superhero blockbusters crowding into multiplexes today.
Mainly, though, 1999 was simply a brilliant year for film. Justly lauded movies like Fight Club, The Green Mile and Eyes Wide Shut aside, there were a huge number of films that didn't get the critical or financial success they deserved - so many, »
Moving bits of paper around (the old way) or painting with billions of pixels (the new) has conjured up some of the greatest films of all time. From The Iron Giant to Persepolis, Guardian and Observer critics pick the 10 best
• Top 10 war movies
• Top 10 teen movies
• Top 10 superhero movies
• Top 10 westerns
• Top 10 documentaries
• Top 10 movie adaptations
• More Guardian and Observer critics' top 10s
10. The Tale of the Fox
A sneaky fox plays a series of underhand tricks on his neighbours in the animal kingdom, among them a timorous hare and a gullible wolf. The king of the beasts, a lion, summons him to face charges but the fox proceeds to outwit everyone, including the king himself. When Ladislas Starevich told this tale in the 1930s it was by no means new – versions of the Reynard story had been circulating around Europe for the best part of a millennium – but the »
Trevor Hogg chats with author J.W. Rinzler about a space opera which established a moviemaking empire for George Lucas....
“Right after finishing the Episode III [Revenge of the Sith] book, somewhere around 2005, I knew that the 30th anniversary was coming up and that there had never been a real making of Star Wars  book,” recalls Lucasfilm Executive Editor and Writer J.W. Rinzler. “There was almost no advance publicity. The Making of Star Wars got a couple of big reviews early on and people got excited. For me, I was trying to bring to it the feeling I had gotten from reading The Jaws Log when I was a kid; I found it to be an inspiration because the book told the story of production and not just how they did all of the trick shots.” Rinzler notes, “I don’t like it when writers get between the subject and the reader because »
Brad Bird’s follow up to the excellent Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol has been shrouded in mystery ever since its announcement. Tomorrowland takes its title from the popular Disney theme park ride of the same name, no doubt in the hopes of replicating the success of previous Disney theme park-based film series Pirates Of The Caribbean.
The film was previously set to be released on 12th December 2014 but has now been moved back in order to take the spot that was held by Star Wars: Episode VII which has been revealed to hit theaters December 18 2015. As a result Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland will now be released on 22nd May 2015 just three weeks after Disney’s other high profile release Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Tomorrowland also joins Jurassic World, Assassins Creed, Ted 2, Terminator 5 and Batman Vs Superman in the increasingly crowded summer of 2015.
Although we don’t know an awful lot »
- Ben Read
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 1 Nov 2013 - 06:28
Next year’s full of potentially great films, so to help, here’s a list of 25 movies we're most looking forward to in 2014...
These lists of anticipated forthcoming movies have become an annual fixture by now, and as ever, our selection has been tricky to whittle down. In restricting our list to just 25, we've tried to create a mix of the high-profile and the less obvious. Movies such as Non-Stop, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Big Hero Six and Edge Of Tomorrow came close but didn't quite make the cut, even though they have much to offer for their own reasons.
Furthermore, given the number of films competing for space, we've left the latest chapters of The Hunger Games and The Hobbit off the list. We're keen to see both, but we're wary of taking up slots with movies »
“My dad was an amateur painter and photographer; I’m pretty sure he would have had an artistic career, had his life situation been different,” states Stephan Franck. “On my mom’s side, we’re talking self-taught musicians, professional gamblers and dentists…all artists in their own way. My mom’s generation didn’t pursue the arts as careers because they survived the Holocaust as children, and wanted ‘normal’ lives after that, but almost everyone in my generation is doing something artistic. I have to add that in retirement, my mom wrote an amazing book about her life as a child during WW2. It’s published in France and I really wish it was translated in English; it’s absolutely gripping.” The obsession of pursing a career in animation started in childhood. “The first animated »
The directing team has now been confirmed for the big-screen version of Rovio Entertainment’s mad-cap games app Angry Birds. The press release below confirms that the company have chosen Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis to helm the upcoming 3D CG-animated film from a screenplay by The Simpsons regular Jon Vitti. The film is expected to hit cinemas 1st July 2016.
Rovio Entertainment Announces Directors For “Angry Birds” Movie
Espoo, Finland, October 9, 2013 – Rovio Entertainment announced today that Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis will direct Angry Birds, the upcoming 3D CG-animated film based on Rovio’s bestselling app. The film is being produced by John Cohen and Catherine Winder and executive produced by David Maisel; the screenplay is by Jon Vitti. The movie is slated for a July 1, 2016 release and will be distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures.
Reilly and Kaytis are both animation veterans, »
- Craig Hunter
Rovio Entertainment announced today that Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis will direct Angry Birds, the upcoming 3D CG-animated film based on Rovio’s bestselling app. The film is being produced by John Cohen and Catherine Winder and executive produced by David Maisel; the screenplay is by Jon Vitti. The movie is slated for a July 1, 2016 release and will be distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures.
Reilly and Kaytis are both animation veterans, making their directorial debuts with Angry Birds. Kaytis began his career as an animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios. In his 19 years at Disney, he served as animation supervisor of Tangled and the follow-up short, Tangled Ever After. He also conceived and oversaw the end credits sequence of Wreck-It Ralph and animated on that film; in addition, he was the supervising animator of the character Rhino in Bolt. Kaytis also animated on the upcoming film Frozen and the Oscar®-winning short, »
- Kellvin Chavez
Production began last month on Brad Bird’s new film, Tomorrowland. Per the synopsis: “Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen (Britt Robertson) bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor (George Clooney) jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as “Tomorrowland.” Today, Bird announced on Twitter that he’s reteaming with composer Michael Giacchino for Tomorrowland. Giacchino has scored all of Bird’s movies except for The Iron Giant, and I’m glad the director and composer will be working together again. Tomorrowland is the latest blockbuster on Giacchino’s agenda. He’s also scoring the 2014 movies Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Jupiter Ascending. Tomorrowland opens December 12, 2014. »
- Matt Goldberg
News Den Of Geek 20 Sep 2013 - 10:37
Our lookbacks at an assortment of 1990s movies, all gathered together in one place!
Here's a page that should take you straight to the lookback of a 1990s movie of your choice. Let us know if index pages like this are helpful, and we'll pop a few more together if they are...
Alien Resurrection. Not the franchise's finest hour...
Beauty And The Beast. Disney's finest animated movie? Simon thinks so...
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey. An article we wrote celebrating the film as it hit its 20th birthday.
The Boondock Saints. The infamous film, and its equally infamous behind the scenes documentary.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Much maligned, but is it actually any good?
Captain America. Not the recent version. The cheap version.
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Harry Connick, Jr. is a celebrated singer, musician, actor and now "American Idol" judge. He has even more to celebrate on Wednesday (Sept. 11) when Connick turns 46.
To help with that, here are 46 reasons to be happy Harry Connick, Jr. made it into the world.
Note: The 46 awesome things are in no particular order.
1. "When Harry Met Sally": Connick supplied the soundtrack to the classic romantic comedy
2. "Dixieland Plus": Connick's first album, released in 1977 (when he was 10)
3. "Will and Grace": The singer turned actor to play Grace's husband, Dr. Leo Markus
4. "Harry Connick Jr.": Connick's official debut album from 1987
4. "Songs I Heard": Big band versions of children's songs!
6. "Sleepless in Seattle": The song "A Wink and a Smile" was Connick's contribution to the movie
7. "Memphis Belle »
Tra-la-la-la-la-la... The Smurfs capped off the summer with a live-action sequel full of fun and hijinks, and as autumn approaches, the gang of lovable little blue characters are back with an all-new, Halloween-themed special mini-movie combining live-action with the traditional, hand-drawn animation of the beloved Saturday morning cartoons.
Pics: 'Smurfs 2' and Smurf-tastic Cartoons Come to Life!
"My attachment to this story is really the fall," The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow director Stephan Franck (whose credits include The Iron Giant and Despicable Me) tells ETonline. "The history of it, the colors of it, the spookiness of it a little bit, that's what was really great in this -- within the Smurfs' universe, to bring in ... a little bit of the mystery, which is in the books. I think there is an artistry to the fall, the colors are really inspiring."
The Smurf-tastic special bookends the traditional Saturday-morning-styled animation with a live-action/CGI-animated scene with Smurfs »
Obviously, not all movies suck these days — I’ve given green lights to plenty of films in recent years, and I’ve even raved about a few — but I can’t shake the sense that, in the aggregate, movies suck. (Of course, I still love Teh Movies and still want to see every movie ever made, so that makes me some sort of masochist, I suppose. Perhaps I should write 50 Shades of Celluloid…) It seems to me that the last great year for movies was 1999, when the incredibly great movies weren’t only incredibly great but seemed to herald a new era for movies. There was a freshness in the air that year… and it didn’t get followed up on, not in any collective sense. If it had been, these movies wouldn’t still feel more modern than lots of the crap (and even lots of the good stuff) we’re getting today, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
When it comes to nice guy beefcakes, Vin Diesel and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson are leading the charge in Hollywood.
But aside from Universal’s “Fast and Furious” franchise, in which the pair appeared together in the last two installments, comparing their box office muscle shows some unexpected similarities and differences, leading to an interesting showdown.
This weekend, Diesel proved again his power outside the “Fast” franchise, helping another series installment, “Riddick,” defy the early fall doldrums. With an $18.7 million opening, “Riddick” failed to beat its predecessor’s $24 million opening in 2004, but the three-quel outperformed the original film, 2000′s “Pitch Black,” which grossed $11.6 million during opening weekend.
After that, the box office results for both guys are far more varied. Here’s how they stack up:
For starters, »
- Andrew Stewart
Ready, Set, Fund is a column about crowdfunding and related fundraising endeavors for Austin and Texas independent film projects.
I've had a passion for animated films for as long as I can remember, having grown up with Disney classics such as Lady and the Tramp and Sleeping Beauty ... and as an adult, enjoying The Iron Giant. A short animated film project that's currently funding on Kickstarter through September 10 caught my interest -- Is There Anyone Out There?
Texas writer/director Jonathan Reynolds has brought together a talented creative team to support this family-friendly film, which addresses the universal question in a whimsical manner.
The score for Is There Anyone Out There? has already been performed and recorded in Austin by British composer Andy Dollerson and Austin's own Tosca String Quartet. San Antonio-based voice actor Terry Anderson is providing the narration for the tale of two boys questioning their fathers whether »
- Debbie Cerda
It was finally announced earlier this month that Vin Diesel is portraying Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy, after weeks of speculation when the actor revealed in June he had a meeting with Marvel. While doing press for his upcoming sci-fi thriller Riddick, the actor confirmed that he will bring Groot to life with the use of motion capture technology.
"It'll be voiceover, MoCap and all of that stuff. It's going to be super cool."
The actor also spoke about those early meetings with Marvel, revealing he was in talks for an unspecified character that would be a part of Marvel Phase Three.
"What we were initially talking about was a fresh IP (intellectual property), and that was the focus of our conversation. A fresh IP that would come out in 2016 or 2017 to potentially launch a third phase. When we went to Comic-Con, we realized that we wanted something more immediate. »
It's another Friday episode of the RopeofSilicon podcast and we have reviews of Lee Daniels' The Butler, Kick-Ass 2 and Jobs for your ear holes, a couple of listener voicemails, a date is set for the next box office draft, a bunch of your questions, games and more. Hope you enjoy! Also, if you are on Twitter, we have a new Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative to that option is a new way of leaving us a voicemail directly from your computer. »
- Brad Brevet
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