It’s always disconcerting to douse people’s enthusiasm for an upcoming film, so I’ll just point you to this post with some brief thoughts having seen Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and move along. Instead let’s go back to better times, when Neveldine/Taylor’s comic book sequel was still buzzing on the back of its bat-shit crazy trailer and excellent Comic Con panel. At the time, Sony asked fans to design a poster for the movie, which already had some very cool marketing materials, and the six finalists have finally been chosen. After the jump, see all six posters, find out how to vote on your favorite and see the one the studio is actually using. Read More »

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Fake Criterion covers have become a pretty popular form of fan art as of late. Design-inclined cinephiles have fake-Criterioned everything from Orson Welles’ Macbeth to a French version of Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle to Kickpuncher (which is itself a fake movie), and it’s no wonder why. Criterion DVDs often get the kind of cool, artsy covers you would never find on ‘normal’ DVDs, which usually opt for something more tame and immediately recognizable.

The latest property to get the fake-Criterion treatment is the Harry Potter film series, which concludes this weekend with the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Cooper Union graduate Patrick Sullivan created this stunning collection for his student portfolio, and it saddens me to know they’ll never actually be used. Flip through his cover collection after the jump.

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Disclaimer: Outside of the fact that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 comes out this weekend, this video has nothing to do with movies. It’s a parody song about a book based on a song from a Broadway musical written by guys who do a TV show. So even though this isn’t technically “film” related, a Harry Potter parody song based on the song Hello from The Book of Mormon, co-written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone who do South Park, probably is worth a mention. Especially when it’s this good. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

LOL: ‘Broship of the Ring’ [Image Gallery]

J.R.R. Tolkien‘s Lord of the Rings trilogy stripped of all its fantasy elements may not sound like a great idea, but that’s only because you haven’t seen the delightful “Broship of the Rings” yet. In her ongoing series, artist Noelle Stevenson reimagines of the iconic Fellowship as an oddball group of modern-day pals embarking on a road trip in their trusty van Shadowfax. While she never explains where they’re headed or why, she does have them encounter all sorts of cool folks and weirdos along the way.

In Stevenson’s interpretation, Legolas becomes a prep school pretty boy, Gimli a truck driver, the Rohirrim a biker gang, Merry and Pippin a couple of hipsters (“What do you mean you’ve never heard of second breakfast?”), and so on. Pretty apt, right? Check out her utterly charming artwork after the jump.

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Nope. Not even three previews could come close to showcasing all the awesome stuff that’ll be at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles Friday night (yes, tonight) as Crazy 4 Cult 5: I’m Too Old For This Sh*t finally opens to the world. The show features work from over 100 artists interpreting a wide variety of cult films and, in this final (and biggest yet) preview for the show you’ll see Max Dalton‘s Monty Python and the Holy Grail inspired piece, Fight Club through the eyes of Joshua Budich, Brandon Schaefer‘s take on The Evil Dead and other art based on movies like Being John Malkovich, Buffalo 66, The Karate Kid, Mulholland Dr., A Clockwork Orange, The Hudsucker Proxy and more. There are over twenty new pieces below the jump.

And, of course, don’t forget to check out the first preview, second preview and third preview from the show at those links. Read More »

Whether you care to admit it or not, Harry Potter means something special to all of us. Maybe you’re a huge fan who can recall each time you bought a new book, saw a new movie, or discussed the series with a friend. Then there are the converts who, at some point, had the series recommended to them and subsequently devoured the franchise with rabid vigor. Yes, even you non-fans have memories – negative ones count too – of the Potter phenomenon, which has been a major part of popular culture since the late Nineties. That phenomenon is closing a major chapter later this month when the final film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 hits theaters and Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA is celebrating.

They’ll host a massive Harry Potter Tribute Art Exhibition from July 9 through August 1 which features over 100 works from over 50 artists, including signature Potter artists Drew Struzan and Mary Grandpre. After the jump, read more information about the exhibit and see just a sampling of the art that’ll be on display and for sale. Read More »

Cars 2 may not have been anyone’s favorite Pixar flick, but even the critics who were disappointed at its lack of heart had to admit it at least looked gorgeous. On a visual level, the characters and their colorful universe were as dazzlingly, distinctly Pixar-ian as any in the studio’s history. Using their signature style — rich colors, clean lines, big friendly eyes — the animators brought a wide variety of vehicles to life. From beat-up tow trucks to Japanese racecars to rugged military Jeeps, cars of all stripes were given lives and personalities.

Now, a bevy of famed cinematic cars have received the (totally unofficial) Pixar treatment as well. Old Red Jalopy isn’t actually associated with the studio, but their reimaginings of notable movie vehicles look so good, we’re almost fooled. Check out the gallery after the jump.

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Not only were the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles radical, there were radically different versions of the characters over the past few decades. Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo and Raphael started as a very dark comic book series, were developed into kid-friendly toys, then a popular, bright TV show, live action movie characters and most recently CG animated characters in a film that tried to bring the series back to its roots. Now, there’s even a reboot in the works. Basically, while we all know the Cowabunga-yelling, pizza-eating, free-wheeling version of the Turtles, that’s not all they are.

To hammer home the many interpretations of the Turtles, The Autumn Society created and presented Shell Shock: A TMNT Art Show and Tribute at Brave New Comics in Philadelphia. It closes on June 29 so, after the jump, find out more information, watch a video and see some of the art. Read More »

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