Dan Shearn - Lego Big Trouble

Two popular and collectible trends intersect this week at the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles. They are Lego and limited edition art.

The exhibit is called “LEGO Memories (Or a Man-Child’s Recollection of the 80′s Through Lego)” and is the first solo show of artist Dan Shearn. It opens June 20 and remains on display through June 29. Shearn drew dozens of his favorite characters from movies, TV and music of the Eighties as Lego Minifigures. Then those drawings are printed as over 60 different limited edition prints, some of which are a single character, others are multiple characters, some are very well-known, others are super inside and specific.

It’s a pretty fun idea and, below, you can check out a small sample of the work. Read More »

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When collectors think of limited edition screenprints, they think of Austin. They think of Los Angeles. New York, maybe even San Francisco or Nashville. But few think of Seattle, which is a shame. The home of grunge, Starbucks and the Super Bowl Champs has a bustling and growing art scene, which includes lots of limited edition screenprints from the Ltd. Art Gallery.

Their latest show attempts to prove this by using only local artists to create hand pulled screenprints of things they loved as children. For artists such as Barry Blankenship, who did 10 pieces in the show as well as curated it, that means pop culture of the Eighties and Nineties. For others, maybe it’s a little more personal. But all of them are evocative, fun pieces of nostalgic that were screenprinted in Seattle.

The show is appropriately called Deep Pulls and it opens Friday June 20 at the Ltd. Art Gallery in Seattle, Washington. Below, see a few of the pop culture images in the show and find out more about its creation. Read More »

You Can Get An Uber Ride From Optimus Prime

Optimus Prime Uber

This is just about the coolest movie tie-in in recent memory. This week, you can go on the popular taxi cab app Uber and request a ride from the real Optimus Prime from Transformers: Age of Extinction. The Optimus Prime Uber is in Dallas Monday, Phoenix Thursday and Los Angeles Saturday. Read more details below. Read More »

Haylie Duff, Shondrella Avery, Carmen Brady, Diedrich Bader, Jon Heder, Sandy Martin, Jared Hess, Tina Majorino, Efren Ramirez

A decade has passed since the world was introduced to Napoleon Dynamite. Co-written and directed by Jared Hess, the small indie took off after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. It ended up being one of the most profitable films of 2004. It starred a cast of mostly unknowns in a quirky and awkward but hilarious and quotable PG-rated tale of high school struggles. At the center was one of the most unique characters in recent cinematic history. Played by Jon Heder, Napoleon Dynamite was a persona no one had seen before and few would soon forget.

Now the film is celebrating its 10th anniversary. On June 9, a statue dedicated to the film was erected on the 20th Century Fox lot in Los Angeles, CA (seen above), and that day the cast and crew attended a special 10th anniversary screening of the film presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. This was no normal screening though. Heder, Hess and host Will Forte were given microphones and did a live commentary during the film, offering up a ton of cool pieces of trivia about the production.

Below, read 20 things we learned about Napoleon Dynamite from the 10th anniversary screening. Read More »

DKNG Icon Jurassic

Every film has one. A signature prop, set, or location. Something that, in a single image, can represent the entire movie. The design team of Dan Kuhlken and Nathan Goldman, also known as DKNG, call these images “Icons,” and they are the subject of their first ever solo show at Gallery 1988 West in Los Angeles opening Saturday June 14.

The show, called simply Icon, is comprised of 50 pieces featuring iconic places and things from some of your favorite movies and TV shows of all time. Things like Star Wars, Beavis and Butthead, The Shining, Back to the Future, Office Space, Groundhog Day, Arrested Development, Willy Wonka, Jurassic Park, the list goes on and on. Each piece is small – 12 inches square – and is of one thing that sums up an entire movie. And of course, each is done in DKNG’s distinctive bright, geometric yet detailed style.

Below, check out our exclusive reveal of just eight of the 50 pieces you’ll be able to see and purchase in person Saturday at Gallery 1988. Read More »

Eric Tan Back to the Future

Short of the tram tour at Universal Studios in Hollywood, CA, visiting Hill Valley from Back to the Future has always been impossible. Until now. This summer, a London-based company called Secret Cinema is screening the classic 1985 Robert Zemeckis film multiple times. To make the events extra special, they’ll be presented ina recreation of the fictional town. Read more information about the Back to the Future Hill Valley recreation below. Read More »

Mondo Logo

There are many things wrong with mega-conventions, and the team behind MondoCon is going to try and fix them. At many conventions the food sucks, it’s too crowded, and the lines are too long. These are problems Mondo knows about, and seeks to improve upon for the company’s first con. The stuff they won’t be able to fix — in fact, what Mondo might make worse — are the many geek Sophie’s Choices fans constantly have to make.

MondoCon, the first Mondo-centric pop culture convention, takes place September 20-21 in Austin, Texas. (That’s during the opening weekend of Fantastic Fest.) Tickets go on sale Wednesday June 4. An initial press release giving some general idea about the convention came online Monday but it raised many more questions than it answered. I got on the phone with Mondo’s Creative Director Justin Ishmael to get more answers. We talked about questions such as, how Mondo will handle the lines, what kind of events will be at the con, which artists are attending, and exactly how big the event will be.

Ishmael was able to answer some of those questions, as well as others. The prevailing feeling I got speaking to him is that, much like Comic-Con, MondoCon is going to have so much excellent stuff happening simultaneously that fans will have to make some really tough decisions on what they want to do over the course of the two days. Read more about MondoCon below. Read More »

Kilian Eng - Blade Runner

In the history of movies, the list of films with essential, iconic and influential looks is short. Films like Metropolis, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and 2001: A Space Odyssey all instantly come to mind. On that list, too, is Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. The “future noir” aesthetic it helped pioneer over thirty years ago remains a standard in science fiction to this day.

That legacy makes it an absolutely perfect film to commemorate in an art show, which is exactly what the Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, New York is doing this weekend. The Blade Runner art show is called Moments Lost – Music and Art Inspired by Blade Runner and is centered on a brand new album released by Analog Sweden. Fully funded through IndieGogo, the album is full of music inspired by and made with the same equipment Vangelis used to compose the score to the film. Each track also has an accompanying piece of art and those pieces, along with many more, will be on display beginning May 31.

Below, check out some of the gorgeous work in the Blade Runner art show and find out how you can attend. Read More »

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