If you’ve ever dreamt of seeing your favorite, obscure little movie made into art, odds are Scott Campbell has done it. For several years now, on an almost daily basis, Campbell creates a Great Showdown. The concept is simple. Pick a movie, pick two opposing forces in that movie, and paint it on a small, five inch high canvas. Here on /Film, we’ve been posting them for a while, so you’re likely familiar with Campbell’s style. If not, you can see it in the not-so-obscure Avengers Showdown above.
What began as a small part of larger shows continued to grow until, in 2011, Campbell was able to create a full Showdowns show at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles. It was a sight to behold. Two walls filled with hundreds of clever, funny, exciting, surprising, insert-adjective-here Showdowns for what seemed to be every single movie imaginable. Since then, Campbell has continued to make Showdowns, has a book coming out, and is about to unveil his second Great Showdowns show, on display September 21 through October 13.
Almost 250 brand new Showdowns from 18 plus months will be at the show and, after the jump, you can check out my twenty favorites, find out how you can visit the show from anywhere in the world and more. Read More »
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Derrick Comedy member DC Pierson has given us the opportunity to exclusively announce his next novel Crap Kingdom. Some of you probably know DC from Derrick Comedy’s 2009 Sundance film Mystery Team, or you might recognize him from his appearances on Community, a handful of tv commercials or his many appearances at Upright Citizens Brigade in both LA and NYC.
A couple years ago, Vintage published DC’s first novel, The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To, a critically acclaimed hilarious high school coming of age story with a small side of mutant creatures from another galaxy. That book is currently being developed into a feature film by Dan Eckman (director of Mystery Team and the Community episode ” Digital Exploration of Interior Design” which focused on the blanket fort war and Subway). DC and his novel were recently back in the news due to a funny incident that happened on Yahoo Answers.
DC’s new book Crap Kingdom is available for pre-order now. After the jump I have included a letter from DC explaining more about the book and how if you pre-order early, he will write and record a custom rap featuring your name. You can also see the cover art for the new book.
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Screenwriter/Director BenDavid Grabinski tweeted out the above photo of a cool VHS notebook he recently bought. The notebook not only looks like a VHS video tape, but comes with its own VHS protective sleeve and includes a sheet of labeling stickers to help you customize
. How cool is that? The company which produced these notebooks has apparently sold out, but I was able to find some still available on Amazon and other sites. More photos and info after the jump.
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One year ago this week, the pop culture art game changed when Olly Moss opened his Paper Cuts show at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles. Up till then, Mondo posters were popular, people liked cool art, but Moss’ show was a genuine happening that garnered a line 24 hours in advance, featured several famous attendees and gave pop culture art a level of legitimacy it was sorely lacking. Today the pieces sell for thousands of dollars, if you can find someone willing to sell.
At the time, we covered the event extensively, providing the only interview with Moss at the show as well as a gallery of the images and a cool video that gave a sense of what it was all like. This October, Titan Books (who are also publishing the awesome Scott C Great Showdowns book) is bring it home to you. They’ll release a book of Moss’ paper cuts called Silhouettes From Popular Culture. The cover is above. After the jump read the official write up and see a gallery of what can be expected in the book.
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Chances are if you read this site, you spend a lot of your time thinking about movies that are on the horizon. Whether it be through reading, discussion or just general anticipation, movies that you haven’t seen are of the utmost importance. Then, once you see the movie in question, a few days pass, and it’s on to the next thing. The positive side to this mindset is you always have something to look forward to. The negative is you can sometimes forget about the great films you’re already done with.
For example, when Natalie Portman came out to award Best Actor at the Oscars last week, it took me a second to put two and two together. Of course, Portman deservidely won Best Actress the year before for her role in Darren Aronofsky‘s Black Swan. That made me think of Black Swan again, which I hadn’t done in several months and, wouldn’t you know it? Some really cool behind the scenes photographs from that film taken by Ray Lewis are now online. Do a little reminiscing and check them out below. Read More »
Titan Books has provided /Film with an exclusive excerpt from David Hughes‘ upcoming book Tales From Development Hell: The Greatest Movies Never Made? I’ve had a preview copy of the new updated edition and have been enjoying it thoroughly. There is some truly great and frustrating stories within — including the big screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s Sandman, Ridley Scott‘s Crisis in the Hot Zone which collapsed days before filming, James Cameron‘s Fantastic Voyage, the long road to bring The Lord of the Rings to the big screen (one incarnation featured the Beatles), the many scripts and long development of Indiana Jones 4, and many others.
Probably the best chapter in the book focuses on the history of Batman adaptations, including Darren Aronofsky and Frank Miller‘s adaptation of Batman: Year One starring Clint Eastwood. After the jump you will find an excerpt of this chapter.
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One of the first things I purchased on preview night of the 2011 San Diego Comic Con was a limited edition signed version of Drew Struzan‘s new book Drew Struzan: Oeuvre. It is one of the best purchases I’ve made this year, and a must have for any film fanatic.
Drew Struzan has created some of the most iconic movie posters of the last 30 years, from Harry Potter to Hellboy, Raiders of the Lost Ark to Back to the Future. This extravagant hardcover edition of DREW STRUZAN: OEUVRE, with a Foreword by George Lucas, film producer, screen-writer, director and founder/chairman of Lucasfilm Ltd., features over 250 pieces of art, including all of Drew’s most iconic movie images, as well as other career highlights, from record album, book, and comic book covers, to stamps, trading cards, promotional artwork and very personal original works. —This right-up-to-date collection of Struzan’s work includes recent and never-before-published pieces including Star Wars: Episode III poster art; Indiana Jones 4 poster art; Walking Dead poster art; Hellboy 2 poster art; Pan’s Labyrinth poster art; Lord of the Rings trading cards; and never before published personal works.
Titan Books has given us a bunch of exclusive images from the book, full sized poster artwork without the logos and text. I can’t tell you how awesome these images look on the large full pages of this coffee table book. The book will be released on October 4th 2011. Preorder it now on Amazon for $31.33, 37% off the $50 cover price.
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In 2009 we were a bit surprised to hear that Stephen King was considering penning a sequel to The Shining. That book is one of King’s signature stories, thanks in part to the Stanley Kubrick film adaptation. (A film which King hated to such a degree that he made his own television version in 1997.) So there’s the question, is a sequel to The Shining sacrilege or long-awaited dream?
Regardless, it is happening. The title originally reported, Dr. Sleep, is in fact the name of the book, and the author is already out reading excerpts from it. Oh, and the story involves a band of, essentially, psychic vampires. I know this isn’t really movie news, but chances are it will be, perhaps sooner rather than later. So read a bit more about Dr. Sleep below. Read More »