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Fan art isn’t just for the consumers, its also for the creators. Joshua Viers, a concept art illustrator who formerly freelanced at Industrial Light and Magic, sent us a look at a serious of Star Wars concept art illustrations he has created just for fun. Sorry, these aren’t for Star Wars Episode 7 or a new video game, although they have the professional quality and polish of something you’d find in the real thing. Hit the jump to see more of Joshua Viers Star Wars concept art.

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Joshua Budich anime art

If you’re in the continental US, it’s hard to get closer to Japan than San Francisco. That makes the Bay City the perfect place for artist Joshua Budich‘s first solo show Otaku Obscura, a tribute to the art of Japanese animation. Opening October 4 at Spoke Art in San Francisco, Budich has created 28 brand new prints based on some of the most famous and popular anime of all time. Films like Akira, My Neighbor Totoro, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Ghost in the Shell, Princess Mononoke and Cowboy Bebop.

Below, we’ve got just some of the gorgeous pieces of Joshua Budich anime art that’ll appear in the show including a /Film exclusive. Check them out below. Read More »

Luigi’s Flying Tires

It looks like the Luigi’s Flying Tires ride in Disney California Adventure’s Cars Land might be very short lived. A new report claims that the ride will be closed in January with a quick turnaround to replace it with another Cars-themed attraction. What happened? Could this be the shortest lived ride in Disney history? Find out, after the jump.

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Tom Whalen Bust'd header

Philadelphia-based artist Tom Whalen just keeps getting bigger. But, for his latest show, everyone is getting smaller. Whalen is extremely well-known as one of the work horses for Mondo. If there’s a Disney property being turned into a poster, Whalen is usually doing it. But he’s also tackled such iconic films as RoboCop, Terminator 2, The Iron Giant and Army of Darkness this year alone. His bright, geometric style is recognizable and universal, leading to a steady rise in ppopularity

Even before that though, Whalen was working for Gallery 1988 and this week, they’re giving him a solo show. It’s called Bust’d and is comprised of 35 8×8 inch art prints showing the busts of character from all walks of pop culture. There are big, recognizable characters, fun supporting characters, characters from movies, video games, anime, there’s something for everyone. Plus, the size and cost makes them incredible easy to frame and affordable for everyone.

We’re excited to exclusively debut just a handful pieces that’ll be in the show, which opens Friday October 3 at Gallery 1988 West in Los Angeles CA. Check them out below, along with more specifics. Read More »

MondoCon Booth 2

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 »

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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