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Ask a film fan and they’ll say Fantastic Fest is the best film festival in the world. An experience so unique and exciting, there’s almost no way it could be improved.

That is, until organizers added MondoCon.

MondoCon is a sister convention put on by the team known for their highly collectible and sought-after posters. The aim was to do a convention that celebrated all things Mondo (art, posters, toys, movies, comics) but do everything differently from other conventions. To create an experience that would be really fun for fans and non-fans alike. After attending for two days, I can safely say they succeeded — but not in the ways one may think.

So many criticize Mondo for the culture they’ve helped create with their low-supply, high-demand posters. There are valid arguments on both sides, but with MondoCon the team did their best to move away from that. It wasn’t a convention that was only about buying posters. (Though you could, of course, buy lots of posters.) MondoCon was more about community and communication. It was a venue for fans to interact with their favorite artists and other fans, and revel in the controlled geekiness.

However, at the start of MondoCon no one knew that. In fact, we knew very little at all. Below, read our full MondoCon recap. Read More »

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Barco Escape

At some point, movie theaters found themselves in the unfortunate position of playing catch up. Where theaters were once the epicenter for entertainment, rising ticket prices and the exponential improvement of home theater technology have all but pushed them to the endangered species list.

Innovation was needed. IMAX was a good start. A screen so big no home can duplicate it. 3D is a mixed bag. It’s more expensive and, frankly, better in the home setting. Sound systems such as Dolby Atmos are great, but most of what makes it special is very nuisanced.

So what’s next? Well, it might be Barco Escape, a technology influenced by the super Cinerama craze of the 1960s, where an additional screen is placed on either side of your normal screen, giving a massive panoramic experience. The first film to be presented in Barco Escape is this week’s release, The Maze Runner. Five theaters across the country are offering the film in Barco Escape and myself and Peter Sciretta just had to try it out for ourselves.

Below, read more about Barco Escape and watch a video blog of our thoughts, criticisms and praise for what the company is calling “a little taste of the future.” Read More »

Joe Vetoe - Interstellar poster

The Interstellar rumblings have began. Star John Lithgow saw the movie this weekend in New York and said the following about it: “Mind blown at 8AM, secret IMAX screening of #Interstellar in NY. So proud to be in it.” I’ve heard rumors of tears upon tears at other early screenings too. Basically, November 7 can’t get here fast enough to show us Christopher Nolan‘s take on space travel starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Casey Affleck, John Lithgow, Wes Bentley and more.

As we get ready for the film, the Poster Posse has begun to pay tribute. Multiple artists have made fan posters for the highly anticipated sci-fi epic. Check out the Poster Posse Interstellar posters below. Read More »

Ape Meets Girl - Han Solo

It was an exciting weekend to be a Star Wars fan. If you missed the fun, don’t fret, we’ve got you covered. Below, read the following:

  • Watch the first footage of actual filming on the set of Star Wars Episode VII featuring John Boyega. (Non-spoiler, too!)
  • See potential set photos of Adam Driver and Gwendoline Christie on set in very Star Wars-y outfits. (spoilers hidden)
  • Is Endor a location in Star Wars Episode VII?
  • Disneyland Paris will gets Star Wars upgrade in the coming years.
  • WWE wrestler Sheamus settles that Darth Vader rumor.
  • Crazy rumors say Daniel Craig, Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson and Hugh Jackman are in Episode VII.
  • Watch two new Star Wars Rebels TV spots.
  • Look at Eric Tan‘s amazing Star Wars Trilogy prints and the above Han Solo piece.

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Big Hero 6 hug

Two of the most recent Disney movies, Guardians of the Galaxy and Maleficent, were both massive hits. Among the few things those films have in common is they both held 4D previews at Disneyland/California Adventure in Anaheim, CA. This probably didn’t have any direct effect on the success of the films, but if it ain’t broke, why fix it? Disney just announced they’ll be giving the same 4D sneak-preview treatment for their next film, Big Hero 6. Read more about the Big Hero 6 Disney event below. Read More »

MondoCon schedule

This weekend, the limited edition pop culture art craze hits its zenith with MondoCon. It’s the first, and hopefully not last convention put on by the Austin, Texas based company best known for highly collectible posters, LPs, VHS tapes and now toys. We’ve already let you in on a bunch of what’s going down at the event, which takes place September 20 & 21 at The Marchesa Hall & Theater in Austin, TX, and now we can exclusively reveal some more of the good stuff – POSTERS!

All of Mondo’s posters are screen printed. As a special treat for the fans at the Con, the Industry Print Shop will be on the floor of MondoCon. They’ll be live screenprinting t-shirts on demand by artists Daniel Danger, Mike Mignola, Rob Jones, Francesco Francavilla and Geof Darrow, plus they’ll be doing posters. Four posters in fact.

Live on the floor of MondoCon, the Industry Print Shop will be live screenprinting prints by Daniel Danger, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Mike Mignola and Rob Jones/Ken Taylor. Attendees can pre-order the MondoCon posters Tuesday, September 16. Below, see the full images of all four MondoCon posters and read more information. Read More »

Simpsons Take The Bowl

Even the creators of The Simpsons know we love the old stuff. Specifically, the first 10 to 12 seasons. That’s the period in which Matt Groening‘s iconic yellow family took the world by storm and became a television institution. Since then many fans have fallen off the show, citing a decline in quality, and maybe that decline is a fact. But The Simpsons endures. This year is the 25th anniversary of the show, making it the longest-running sitcom in U.S. history.

To celebrate the anniversary, The Simpsons took over legendary Los Angeles concert venue The Hollywood Bowl for a three night concert event called The Simpsons Take the Bowl. Hosted by Hank Azaria (the voice of Moe, Ape, Chief Wiggum and many others), the event featured a slew of guest stars performing songs and score from The Simpsons, with a strong focus on the early years. Mainly, songs from the 1997 album Songs in the Key of Springfield, including The Monorail Song, Who Needs the Kwik-E-Mart, The Stonecutters Song, Happy Birthday Lisa and others. This being Hollywood, there were some references to The Simpsons Movie, too, and Hans Zimmer live-conducting the score to the Oscar-nominated short, The Longest Daycare.

Basically, if you loved The Simpsons as a child or adult, it was a simply fantastic evening of entertainment. And, if you couldn’t be there, several of the numbers from the evening have been uploaded online. Check them out below. Read More »

Frozen Ride

Since the huge success of Disney’s Frozen, one of the constant rumors around the theme park forums is that Disney Imagineering were planning to retheme Epcot’s Maelstrom ride based on the new Disney animated classic. Well confirmation has come, and that is exactly what is happening. After the jump, find out more about the Frozen ride, DisneyWorld’s plan to transform their castle for Elsa, and the history of Epcot and the Maelstrom attraction.

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