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Judged solely on the footage alone, Marvel’s 17 minute IMAX 3D presentation of footage from Guardians of the Galaxy Monday night couldn’t have been better. It starts with a brief introduction, goes into a nice 10-12 minute scene which sets up plot, action and character, then is capped by a sizzle reel featuring a ton of new footage. We see Yondu, Thanos’ throne, and more.

That footage aside, the event itself posed some very interesting questions for the film as Marvel and Disney prepare for an August 1 release. Many in the audience complained at only getting to see 17 minutes so close to the actual release date. Others walked out of the theater scratching their head, wondering what this has to do with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The event definitely got people talking about the film but maybe not in all the ways Marvel and Disney hoped. Read more about the Guardians of the Galaxy IMAX presentation below and watch an extended glimpse at the footage. Read More »

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UPDATE: Painting 1 is gone. 

Los Angeles: the hunt is on for free original paintings like the one above, by the one and only Scott Campbell. In fact, exactly like the one above. But you’re going to have to be quick, smart and pop culture-savvy.

Starting right now, and repeating each day until the Friday opening of his latest exhibit at Gallery 1988, Campbell is hiding an original painting from a famous film at the location where the scene was shot. Figure out the location, head there, find it and it’s yours. Then, see hundreds more paintings July 11 at the Revenge of the Great Showdowns exhibition at Gallery 1988 West.

Below, read Campbell’s clues about the first painting (seen above) and see a small selection of pieces that’ll be in this week’s show. Read More »

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

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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 »

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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 »

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