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 »

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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 »

If you live in Los Angeles and love pop culture themed art, this weekend is Christmas, Hanukkah, Spring Break and the Super Bowl rolled into one. Saturday, 24-year-old U.K. artist Olly Moss is having his first solo art show at Gallery 1988 Melrose. You may know Moss as the guy who did Locke’s Secret, last year’s Rolling Roadshow posters, some incredible Star Wars posters, the Thor cast and crew poster and a ton of classic t-shirts. Yeah, the guy is amazing (I own seven of his prints myself) and this show will feature almost 200 new pieces inspired by the world of movies, comics, music and more.

However, Moss’s show is top secret so we don’t have anything to show from that…yet. Luckily, Gallery 1988 now has two locations and their second show is equally as awesome. Thursday in Venice they’ll be opening The 3B Show, the sequel to last year’s epic 3G Show (which we then highlighted in four parts), featuring art by The Autumn Society. This year, the show features art from Back to the Future, Beetlejuice and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (and probably Bogus Journey too). Unlike the Moss show, there are a ton of images available from The 3B Show and you can check them out after the jump. Read More »

Cool Stuff: Steampunk Star Wars

I know, I know. We’ve already shown you steampunk Star Wars action figures, a working steampunk R2-D2 and steampunk Boba Fett and Leia costumes– not to mention a steampunk ray gun, a steampunk flux capacitor, and a steampunk Ghostbusters t-shirt. (Wow, words really do lose all meaning once you’ve typed them enough times. Steampunk.) But bear with us, because Bjorn Hurri‘s elegant steampunk Star Wars illustrations are worth checking out. Admire his handiwork after the jump.

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When we last left the long and arduous development-hell known as Ghostbusters III, everything hinged on the shoulders of one man: Bill Murray. A script by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky was reportedly sent to Dr. Peter Venkman himself a few months ago and Sony will only move ahead with the movie if Murray signs off on it.

The latest update is that there is no update. Murray supposedly hasn’t even read the thing yet. But two men with knowledge of the film have recently spoken out about the situation. Producer Joe Medjuck attended a screening of Ghostbusters at Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood last week and co-writer Eisenberg spoke at his alma mater Connecticut College. Each offered their thoughts on the current state of the film.

Hit the jump to read their quotes about Murray, developing the script, watch a video of the Q&A and see the full fan-made poster glimpsed above that was created by “Gh0stbuster.” Read More »

Cool Stuff: ‘Mad Men’ Inspired Posters

While fans of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce wait for the impending announcement of Mad Men season 5, it seems appropriate to check out a bunch of art inspired by the show. After all, the award winning AMC drama is all about advertising and perception so to see artists interpret the show in different ways is kind of meta. Spoke Art, the people who did the recent Wes Anderson exhibit, are considering doing a Mad Men art exhibit in New York later this year this year and Entertainment Weekly highlighted a few pieces, so we figured it would be cool to put them all together for your viewing pleasure. Expect more of these in the coming months. Read More »

In the past, if you wanted to make some art based on your favorite filmmaker, you’d have to make the art, print it out, find the filmmaker’s representative’s address, go to the post office, and ship it. Then, you’d hope and pray to get some kind of acknowledgment. Today, though, things are so much easier. Just put some art online and the person it’s about is bound to find it themselves.

That’s the case with artist/musician Lloyd Stas. He created a beautiful set of posters based on the work of Edgar Wright and simply put them online. “I posted them up onto Flickr and woke up the next day to find that Edgar has posted them up on his twitter and his blog,” Stas said in an exclusive email interview. “I hadn’t told him about them and he was one of the first to find them. I was just hoping that he might see the posters, but the fact that he posted them on his blog and said such nice things about them was too awesome and very flattering.” Now, we can show them to you. Check then out after the jump and read what Stas had to say about the series, Wright’s work and more. Read More »

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