Cool Stuff: Pop Culture Quotes Inspire an Art Show

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Movie quotes are the currency by which we pay respect to our favorite films. Buy all the tickets you want, but the moment you truly prove your love of a movie is when you quote it in regular conversation. By that rationale, the new show at the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles is an unabashed love fest.

The show is called Quotes, Lines & Lyrics and it’s comprised of the work of over 70 artists all who have created work based around famous lines of dialogue from a movie, TV show or song. It opens February 27 and remains on display through March 15. Online sales start February 28. Below, see just a few of our favorite pop culture quotes turned into art.  Read More »

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MacGruber

Many people who move to Los Angeles do so because of movies. If you want to star in them, you move here. If you want to make them, you move here. If you want to write about them, you move here. And as a result of that, if you love watching movies, there’s really no better place to live in the world.

Case in point, the 4th Annual Wayne Federman International Film Festival. The name may not sound familiar but the event will drop jaws. It takes place at Cinefamily beginning March 5 and features screenings of Klown, Breakfast At Tiffany’s, Ghostbusters, Fletch, MacGruber, Big and The Descent. Those are pretty awesome on it’s own. But the real draw of this are the guests. In attendance will be Will Forte, Paul Scheer, Lauren Lapkus, Sacha Baron Cohen, Kumail Nanjiani, Doug Benson and Chris Hardwick.

Below, find out more about the Wayne Federman International Film Festival. Read More »

Star Wars spin-off casting

One, maybe two, Star Wars actresses walking the Oscar red carpet highlight this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • Felicity Jones and Lupita Nyong’o talk Star Wars from the red carpet of the Oscars.
  • Mark Hamill and Peter Mayhew lead the latest group of Star Wars Celebration attendees.
  • See a trailer for Wookie the Chew, a Winnie the Pooh/Star Wars mash-up.
  • Check out a massive custom Lego of the Sarlaac Pit.
  • There could be new Star Wars: The Clone Wars content coming.
  • Some new, potentially massive spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens are online.

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Abrams Kennedy Star Wars Celebration

For months, everyone’s been hypothesizing that the next trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was going to debut at Star Wars Celebration (before hitting theaters and online). Well, Lucasfilm just announced that the film’s co-writer and director, J.J. Abrams will kick off the event with producer and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy “in a big way” on April 16. I think we all know what that means. Read more below. Read More »

iam8bit Space Heroes

“Space Heroes” is such a simple and clean, yet massive idea for an art show. The possibilities are almost as large as the galaxy itself. From classic sci-fi films, to cult classics, kids cartoons, hit TV shows, and video games, Space Heroes works. iam8bit agrees, and made that it the subject of their latest exhibit, which is currently on display at their Los Angeles location as well as online. Below, see our favorite pieces from the iam8bit Space Heroes show. Read More »

mass hysteria art show

They say opposites attract, and in art, the idea of mixing “cute” and “violent” helps prove the saying. 100% Soft, a California based artist, has a very distinct, very “cute” style where all the characters are small, sweet and cherubic. He’s had many pieces in lots of different shows but this week, he’s having his first solo show and the work is absolutely incredible.

The show is called Mass Hysteria and it’s a collection of art featuring massive gatherings and action scenes from your favorite movies, TV and music. It opens at 7 p.m. February 6 at Gallery 1988 East in Los Angeles.

Some examples of this “Mass Hysteria” is the end of The Avengers, the Crazy 88 in Kill Bill, the hallway in Oldboy, the finale of Raiders of the Lost Ark and many other mass gatherings in pop culture, all viewed through that cute little filter. The results are just beautiful and gory and awesome. In a phrase: mind-blowing. Check out a small sample of the 30 + images in the Mass Hysteria art show below. Read More »

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Craig Drake Star Wars Celebration Concept 2

There’s a nice cornucopia of Star Wars news in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • More details about the Gary Whitta exit/Simon Kinberg entrance on the 2016 Star Wars standalone movie.
  • Several pieces of Star Wars Celebration art by Craig Drake have been revealed.
  • Oscar Isaac talks about keeping himself grounded while filming Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Skywalker Sound is now on Twitter.
  • There was a Star Wars ad in a Japanese newspaper.
  • George Lucas pops up in a nuclear waste documentary.
  • Star Wars.com has a bunch of content about Star Wars #1.

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Anthony Petrie gallery 1988 - Jaws

Raiders of the Lost Art, Jaws, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Ghostbusters, Die Hard – these are some of the most popular films ever made. They also have some of the most recognizable posters of all time. So, as an artist, attempting to make a poster for one is no easy feat. Do you just put everyone’s face in the frame? Maybe you try to sum up the story with one image? The options are endless, and sometimes not that appealing.

Artist Anthony Petrie has quietly been perfecting a unique, very cool way to approach well-known films. Over the past year or so, he’s been making posters for iconic movies that look like charts or maps of each movie. So, for example, he did Ghostbusters as a New York City subway map, filled with references. Die Hard became a set of Nakatomi Tower blueprints and Aliens became a readout on a motion tracker. Each poster represent these amazing movies in subtle ways, specific to the movie, without going overboard on character likenesses. They showed something more artistic and fun.

January 9 at Gallery 1988 West in Los Angeles, Petrie is presenting a whole new exhibit of new work in that mode. It’s called Charts, and he’s doing maps for some of the movies mentioned above and many more. Below, check out just a few of the Anthony Petrie Gallery 1988 Charts including an exclusive from a galaxy far, far away. Read More »

The Interview live read

Briefly: Fifty lucky people are going to get a late Christmas gift this weekend. The Treehouse Theater in New York City has announced they’ll host a live-read of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s controversial film, The Interview, at 7 p.m. December 27. Members of the Upright Citizens Brigade will play all the rolls and though the event is free, it’ll be held in a 50 city black box theater. So you better get in line early. More Interview live read here. Thanks to Page Six.

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