mondo live

What happens when you take three popular artists with very different design aesthetics, put them on a stage in front of a live audience, and ask them to design a movie poster together based on a title thrown out by the crowd? Well, a MondoCon 2016 panel decided to find out.

Despite the unassuming title, the Mondo Live: Draw & Design panel was a highlight of an already excellent weekend, taking artists Jay Shaw, Olly Moss, and Jock and asking them to race against the clock to create something that wasn’t a total disaster. Succeed or fail, it was destined to be a memorable time.

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westworld man in black theory

Watching the latest episode of Westworld, I came up with a new theory which may explain the background and motivations behind Ed Harris‘ The Man in Black. While I don’t believe there is enough evidence just yet, I get a sense that the story may be headed in this direction. So grab your white or black hat, and board the train into Sweetwater with me.

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mondocon 2016 in review

One of the first things you notice at MondoCon is that there are people who take this collectible movie poster thing far more seriously than you do.

I’m there because the subject matter at hand appeals to my interests. I like pop culture art. After all, my walls are already lined with posters produced by the Austin-based Mondo and their ever-growing stable of artists. But at the end of the weekend, it’s still a lark, albeit a lark that sees me spending far too much money on art that will have to live in the closet until I’m able to conjure more wall space out of thin air. For me, the amateur collector, MondoCon is a fun way to spend two days. For others, the attendees carrying war-torn and heavy-duty poster tubes that look they were designed to survive a small explosion, it’s a religion. The best thing I can say about MondoCon 2016 is that both crowds seemed to be having a good time.

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billy man in black westworld theory

After the second episode of Westworld aired, a fan theory popped up that was potentially mindblowing. The subsequent episodes have completely disproved the theory (unless they haven’t, see here and here). And now showrunner Jonathan Nolan and actor Jimmi Simpson are finally commenting on the most popular Westworld theory. Hit the jump to learn what they said.

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unreleased mondo posters

Although the main draw at MondoCon remains the shops and booths run by talented artists from around the world, the convention offers more than just an endless series of excuses to spend money on pop culture art. MondoCon 2016 played host to a series of panels dedicated to exploring the world of pop culture collectibles and the Mondo Talk panel was, like in years past, the must-see event of the weekend.

The set-up is simple: Mondo’s creative team (Rob Jones, Eric Garza, Jay Shaw, and Mitch Putnam) all sit on stage and share posters that never came fruition, various abandoned concepts, rough sketches that showcase just how much a print can change from its initial inception, and previews of things to come. The results can be aggravating (just look at Olly Moss’ unused Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster!) but also exciting (Mondo is working on a Nickelodeon gallery show!). Let’s run through everything that went down.

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Indiana jones

In March, Disney announced that Steven Spielberg would be returning to direct Harrison Ford in a new Indiana Jones movie. While most of the internet was skeptical and cynical about the announcement, I was hopeful that Indiana Jones 5 could be a return to form for the beloved franchise. One of the reasons I cited was that George Lucas is not involved in this new film. Director Steven Spielberg later commented that Lucas would be involved as an executive producer on the project, stating “I would never make an Indiana Jones film without George Lucas. That’d be insane.” This comment has worried a lot of people, as Lucas was widely blamed for the most horrible aspects of the last installment, Indiana Jones and the Kindom of the Crystal Skull.

But don’t worry, my initial report seems to be confirmed by new comments from Indiana Jones 5 screenwriter David Koepp. Find out what he says about George Lucas Indiana Jones 5 involvement, after the jump.

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Westworld Episode 4

The fourth episode of Westworld‘s first season, titled “Dissonance Theory,” was another barn-burning hour of television filled with so many details and moments worth considering that ten questions simply doesn’t feel like enough. But we have a format, and we’re sticking to it. As with past weeks, the questions raised here are rhetorical and literal, with some having easy answers, some ending in pure speculation, and others merely existing as an excuse to talk about a particular scene or character.

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dreamcatcher movie

Typically in this space, we speak with the director, writer or producer of a film, but sometimes it can be valuable to see things from a different point of view. Especially when that point of view is such a common one in Hollywood: the perspective of an outsider—of an ambitious young filmmaker—who takes a high-pressure, entry-level job (at an agency, studio, production company, etc.) with the hopes of one day becoming an insider.

It’s a tale as old as Hollywood, isn’t? But this one comes with a little twist. Because when Barry P. gets a job working for one of his heroes—Lawrence Kasdan, the guy who co-wrote Empire Strikes Back! Who directed The Big Chill!!—he learns not only how the sausage is made but, more importantly, who gets to cook the sausage. And, in the process, the strange reality of how a legend like Kasdan ends up directing a very un-legendary movie like Dreamcatcher.

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the exorcist ben daniels

Here’s the thing about the television adaptations of The Exorcist and Scream – they both sound like terrible ideas. They booth reek of desperation, of television networks dragging a popular and familiar name kicking and screaming into another medium, hoping that name recognition alone will attract an audience. In the age of The Walking Dead and American Horror Story, an age where horror on television has actually become popular, these shows feel like they should be the half-assed attempts to cash in on the small screen’s current obsession with things that go bump in the night.

But this is the point where I choke on my words, eat my hat, etc. Fox’s television riff on The Exorcist and MTV’s reinvention of Scream are not only good, but they’re also two horror-themed shows I’d actually recommend above the other major players in the genre this Halloween. I’m as surprised as anyone when I say that if you can only find time for two spooky shows to binge-watch during the season of the witch, pick these.

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