One of the major pitfalls in creating pop culture art is over-saturation. We all love movies like Star Wars, Back to the Future or The Thing, so over and over again people tend to make art based on popular properties and films. Gallery 1988 said screw that.
Their upcoming exhibit is called We Made Them Do It and it’s comprised only of properties that rarely, if ever, get made into art. So if you love a crazy, underrated movie or TV show, you might see it here. Some examples include The Wonder Years, Saved by the Bell, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Walker Texas Ranger, Con Air, The Burbs, Perfect Strangers, and Who’s The Boss.
Below, we’re happy to premiere several pieces from the show, which opens at 7 p.m. July 26, right down the street from the Stanley Kubrick show. Read More »
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“If you’re a writer tonight, you might want to hide your knives,” said Jason Reitman at Tuesday night’s special summer live read. “This script is so good you’ll never want to write again. You f***er, Vince.”
The script Reitman was referring to, the script that could get the writer/director to come back and do a live read in July when he’s not scheduled to come back until October, was the pilot of AMC’s Breaking Bad. The “Vince” is creator Vince Gilligan. And as fantastic the first episode of Breaking Bad is to watch, to hear it read reveals another level of brilliance. If you were to travel back in time, sit down with Gilligan in 2007 and ask him to describe what happens in the show over a few beers, that’s what his writing sounds like. It’s perfectly, brilliantly descriptive with a language that’s filled with vulgarity and humor. It has a conversational, culturally current tone that pops off the page.
The latest live read at the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art, presented by Film Independent, revealed not only this fantastic writing, but some fun interpretations by great actors, appearances by the original actors, deleted scenes and more. Read about it below. Read More »
Friday July 26, Gallery 1988 will turn Melrose Avenue (the street) into Melrose Place (the party-centric TV show). Both their galleries are having major pop-culture art openings which are sure to turn the four blocks between them into a madhouse of strolling art fans. We’ll be posting art from both shows and here’s the first.
At Gallery 1988 East, Mark Englert will have his first solo show called Director Series: Kubrick. It’s an entire show of posters based on the films of the legendary director, and the first in a soon-to-be annual tradition of Englert applying his signature detailed landscape style to the films of a specific director. Below, we exclusively debut Englert’s posters for 2001: A Space Odyssey and Dr. Strangelove. Read More »
San Diego residents may be curious as to what the huge, black tent sitting in the middle of their city is all about. That’s just Battle School. Summit Entertainment teamed up with HGTV to created The Ender’s Game Fan Experience, a massive construct outside the Hilton Gaslamp that literally takes you through the sets Gavin Hood created for his upcoming film, Ender’s Game. We walked through and snapped some photos, which you can check out below, along with a brand new Battle School recruitment video. Read More »
East Coasters jealous of the pop culture insanity happening in San Diego this weekend have a pretty great option themselves. The Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY is currently exhibiting a show called Where Is My Mind? which is filled with art based on psychologically complex films. What does that mean? Well the show’s title gives one example: Fight Club. But also stuff Pi, Cloud Atlas, Apocalypse Now, Seven, Memento, Inception and 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Check out a few of the images below. Read More »
If you’re heading to Comic-Con, your mind is probably beginning to melt at all the awesome possibilities. Now you can add another to the list. Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. are teaming up for an event called the “Godzilla Encounter” to promote Gareth Edwards‘ May 2014 film, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Bryan Cranston and Sally Hawkins. Here’s the description of the event, which is happening every half hour from Wednesday through Sunday in San Diego, CA.
Be transported into the history of Godzilla and follow six decades of pop culture legacy through the backstreets of Tokyo. Then witness the legend reborn as you step into the world of the new Godzilla. Visit set pieces from the 2014 movie, unlock exclusive content and experience a thrilling close encounter with the creature itself.
Find out how to get free tickets below. Read More »
James Ponsoldt‘s wonderful film The Spectacular Now hits theaters August 2. It’s one of those serious, emotional, yet magical coming of age stories in the mold of films from the Eighties and Nineties. Films like Say Anything, Dazed and Confused, Almost Famous and The Breakfast Club. All four of those certainly influenced The Spectacular Now and they’re being screened to solidify that connection.
Nine cities across the country will be hosting four screenings on Tuesdays in July called The Spectacular Classics. The four films above will be preceded with an exclusive video introduction by Spectacular Now and 500 Days of Summer screenwriters Michael Weber and Scott Neustadter discussing the specific connections. And, if that’s not enough, audience members will also get a free ticket to see The Spectacular Now. Read More »
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In America, July 4 is synonymous with several things: Barbecue, fireworks, baseball, apple pie and Roland Emmerich movies. That last one usually means his 1996 hit, Independence Day, but this year an equally patriotic, kick-ass action film from the director is in theaters: White House Down. To simultaneously help promote the fledgling film, and do something awesome for American military personnel, Sony has partnered up with several major theater chains to offer free admission to the film to any active military personnel or veterans on July 4. Read More »