While Guillermo del Toro will likely get the credit, good or bad, once Pacific Rim comes to theaters, it was Travis Beacham who got him there. It was Beacham who, while walking on the beach, cracked the idea to pit giant robots against giant monsters in what eventually became this summer’s film. Beacham was the one who developed it and got it to Legendary; and only then did del Toro take over and make it his own.
So while the director went off and made a movie for us all to enjoy on July 12, Beacham got to work on expanding the film’s backstory. He’s hard at work on a sequel and also wrote a prequel graphic novel that’s now in stores. Pacific Rim: Tales From Year Zero is set before the film, explaining what happened the first time the Kaiju attacked Earth, and how the Jaeger program was started. Characters played by Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi and Clifton Collins Jr. all appear in the novel, expanding on their motivations, fears and personalities. It’s an entertaining read that can only make Pacific Rim better.
We spoke to Beacham about the book, specifically how several of its smaller details might wind up playing out on screen once Pacific Rim hits theaters. He also touched upon how the director influenced it, how far along Pacific Rim 2 is, some hints at what we might see there and how the film features his favorite scene Guillermo del Toro has ever done. Read More »
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Most of Mondo’s poster releases are designed as strict limited edition runs. Last year, however, the company did a print for The Dark Knight Rises which was slightly less limited. The poster was made available through a “timed release,” where enough prints will be made to cover orders that come in during a specific time frame.
Mondo’s second timed release is going to be a Man of Steel print by Martin Ansin, which will be available for 72 hours beginning this Thursday night at midnight. (IE, in the first minute of Friday morning, CST.) There will be more severely limited versions of the Ansin print, and also one by Ken Taylor, seen above. All details are below. Read More »
Twenty-years ago today, June 11, 1993, was a date 65 million years in the making. This is the 20th anniversary of the release of Steven Spielberg‘s Jurassic Park, and rarely does a movie still resonate two decades after its release like Spielberg’s dinosaur action thriller does today. Fans still talk about the film on an almost daily basis, it was recently re-released in 3D, and a third sequel is in the works.
To commemorate this occasion, several artists decided to do their own online art exhibit about the film called DINO-DNA: A Tribute to Jurassic Park. Ranging from funny to subtle and back again, it’s a great way to stir up some nostalgia on such a good day. Read More »
Briefly: Artist Marko Manev took the art world by storm this Spring with his cool concept of Superhero Noir. His latest print, Mutants, is now on sale through Bottleneck Gallery and is a timed release. That means every person who buys the $35 13 x 19 inch print before a specific time will get one. There’s a minor catch: we don’t know what time the sale will end. @BottleneckNYC on Twitter might give a heads up but, after the jump, check out the full image and get a link. Read More »
Threadless has teamed with Nickelodeon to produce a new line of t-shirts based on the winning submissions of an art contest. The contest was to create t-shirt designs based on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. From 1,014 submissions, 16 winning t-shirts are now on sale on the Threadless website. See them below.
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If we’re lucky, every few months a poster is released that makes you step back from your computer and stare. A poster so gorgeous, fans and non-fans a like will bask in its beauty. Some previous examples are Olly Moss’s Star Wars posters, Ken Taylor’s Halloween poster, Tyler Stout’s Akira, Aaron Horkey’s There Will be Blood and now, you can add Tom Whalen‘s The Wizard of Oz to the list.
Whalen has long been a favorite, both here on /Film and in galleries across the country. Working consistently for Mondo and Gallery 1988 has helped the Pennsylvania-based artist develop quite a following and, as fantastic as his work always is, this poster – made for Mondo – takes the cake. It’s epic, evocative and sure to be incredibly difficult to obtain.
Check out the full image after the jump along with another new Whalen poster from, for the Looney Tunes short Knighty Knight Bugs, as well as two comic-themed posters for The Black Beetle by Francesco Francavilla. Read More »
Video games and movies have gone hand in hand for a while. Movies have increasingly looked toward the gaming industry for inspiration and story properties, while video games have become increasingly cinematic as they stress good storytelling along with cool graphics and gameplay. That trend has spread into the art world too, where some of the most popular artists in the movie poster game have begun to make art based on video games.
Nowhere is that better seen than at the Los Angeles iam8bit gallery, which debuts its latest video game centric show on June 7: The iam8bit Entertainment System. Over 80 artists from across the globe have tackled all kinds of popular game properties. /Film is proud to give you a sampling of work in the show. We also have the exclusive debuts of work by artists Olly Moss, JC Richard and the team at Phantom City Creative. Each is probably best known for the work with Mondo or Gallery 1988, but here they’ve each tackled old-school video games with their own unique style and sensibility. Check out their work, and much more, below. Read More »
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Toy collectors are well aware of the company Hot Toys. They make officially licensed, expertly researched and highly detailed collectible figures for almost every geek culture property out there. Marvel, DC, Star Wars, Terminator, G.I. Joe: you name it and Hot Toys has probably made it.
Their latest creations are from one of the most revered sci-fi movies: RoboCop. Seemingly tied to next year’s remake, Hot Toys is releasing a brand-new version of the original RoboCop himself, an alternate version with his chair, and the villainous ED-209, all crafted in exquisite detail. Check them out below. Read More »