Movie stars, directors, producers and writers get the credit, but without concept artists they’d be nowhere. That goes double for an animated feature like The Croods, which is about an isolated family discovering a world of wonder and beauty they never thought imaginable.

The film, featuring the voices of Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds Emma Stone, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke and Cloris Leachman, is out March 22 and it’ll be followed by The Art of the Croods, a hardcover book with over 400 pieces of concept art written by Noela Hueso.

/Film is proud to exclusively debut five piece of Croods concept art from the book, each showing a beautiful new facet of the DreamWorks film. Read More »

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March 9, 2012. One year ago was the day Andrew Stanton‘s epic Disney adventure John Carter opened in theaters. For some, it was the culmination of a lifelong dream. For most it was a non-event as the film grossed only $30 million opening weekend, not even enough to take the top box-office spot. The day marked the beginning of the end for the film that reportedly cost $250 million, as it grossed only $76 million domestically and $282 million worldwide. Disney reportedly lost about $200 million on the movie.

But John Carter has its fans. Many of them are online and one of them is author Michael D. Sellers. He wrote a book called John Carter and the Gods of Hollywood, which examines why the film failed and why it took so long to make it to the big screen. This very website is quoted numerous times, which makes sense, because we wrote one or two articles about John Carter leading up to release.

Sounds like a cool book, right? To celebrate the one year anniversary of the film, Amazon is offering the book to Kindle users for free. Read More »

Matthew Modine was a young actor when he played a starring role in Stanley Kubrick‘s next-to-last film Full Metal Jacket. I’d expect that working with Kubrick would be a formative experience for anyone, but to have such a role at a young age would be a special, life-altering thing. Modine has extensively documented his experience in the film, and now he’s translated his recollections into a great-looking iPad app.

The 2005 book Full Metal Jacket Diary is now available for the iPad, thanks to a collaboration with Adam Rackoff. Check out  a couple videos below, showing off what the app offers. Read More »

Quantifying the importance of the Sundance Film Festival is difficult. Every year, films screened there become classics, and are made by filmmakers who become legends. Just look back to past years for proof: Saw, The Blair Witch Project, Donnie Darko, 28 Days Later, Napoleon Dynamite, Memento, Bottle Rocket, Clerks, Reservoir Dogs and The Usual Suspects all premiered at Sundance.

This year, in a valiant attempt to commemorate the Festival’s magnitude in a format that fits the palm of your hand, artist Todd Oldham has edited an art book called Sundance Film Festival A to Z. Inside, each letter of the alphabet is tackled by a talented artist whose task was to combine several iconic Sundance people, films or events, linked by a single letter, into one image. For example, take the letter N, shown above. Artist Jean Kim combined Napoleon Dynamite with Christopher Nolan (along with Shirin Nesat) for a very cool image.

After the jump, we’re happy to exclusively debut four pages from the book, as well as show you four others. Read More »

Update: Today Variety reports that Universal has picked up rights to Armada, and is developing a film with Scott Stuber’s Bluegrass Films (Ted, Safe House) and Dan Farah’s Farah Films. The Hollywood Reporter then offers the following, Last Starfighter-esque details on the plot: “ARMADA centers on a group of MMO players who play a game titled Armada that are recruited by a govt agency to use their unique skills, honed by playing the game, to fight a larger threat.”  The rest of the original text follows after the break.

Often there’s an entertainment story that doesn’t have an express movie angle, but we feel our readers should take notice anyway. This is one of those stories. In the movie world, most people know the name Ernie Cline because he wrote and conceived Fanboys, Kyle Newman’s tale of a group of friends breaking into Skywalker Ranch to see Star Wars Episode I. While the film isn’t particularly well-regarded (it surely has its fans but went through Hollywood hell) I’d be lying if I said that premise didn’t please my geeky desires.

Cline followed that idea with an even bigger and better one. That was Ready Player One, a futuristic tale stuffing social networks, the ’80s, video games, music and movies into an action-packed story about the race for the world’s biggest fortune. If you love the things we write about on this site, the book was written for you. Warner Bros. owns the movie rights and the project is still in development.

None of that is what this story is about. That’s all preamble to give context to the following info. Ernie Cline has been given a seven-figure advance for his next book, Armada. Story details are still secret but Variety says the story has “a high-concept hook that offers the ultimate wish fulfillment to every video game fan on the planet.”

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This Cyber Monday, one of the best deals out there is still incredibly expensive. A brand new, limited edition Harry Potter box set called From Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey, will be released next week at the retail cost of $1000. However, it’s currently on sale for 40% off which means it’s only… $600.

What do you get for that huge chunk of change? Seven never-before-published books chronicling the creation of the eight Harry Potter films, a limited edition version of an eighth book, all bound in a gorgeous package. Only 3000 will ever be made so check out some images and a trailer after the jump. Read More »

Note: The answer to yesterday’s contest, (one of) Russ’s favorite movie(s), was Miller’s Crossing. The winners were Aaron N of California and Kevin P of Pennsylvania. 

All this week you’ve had a chance to win one of 10 copies of Scott Campbell‘s latest book, The Great Showdowns. It’s a collection of Campbell’s distinctive, awesome art depicting some of the greatest conflicts in movie history. (As seen above.) We at /Film have been writing about Showdowns for years, most recently for Campbell’s second full gallery show. So, to commemorate and give away the new book, we teamed up with Campbell to do something very special.

Each day this week, we’ve been world premiering brand new, never before seen showdowns. Each showdown is based on the favorite movie of one of five /Film writers: Germain Lussier, David Chen, Russ Fischer and Angie Han and so far we’ve given away 8 copies of the book. Today is your last chance and, of course, it’s based on the favorite movie Peter Sciretta.

You’ll have one day to look at the showdown, read his explaination why it’s his favorite movie of all time, and then e-mail in your guess. At the end of the day, two will randomly be selected and sent a free copy of The Great Showdowns by Scott Campbell.

Sound good? Check out Peter’s favorite movie of all time below and find out how to enter. Read More »

Note: The answer to yesterday’s contest, Angie’s favorite movie, was Synecdoche, New York. The winners were Vanessa S from Arizona and Anant P from Vancouver.

All this week you have a chance to win one of 10 copies of Scott Campbell‘s latest book, The Great Showdowns. It’s a collection of Campbell’s distinctive, awesome art depicting some of the greatest conflicts in movie history. (As seen above.) We at /Film have been writing about Showdowns for years, most recently for Campbell’s second full gallery show. So, to commemorate and give away the new book, we teamed up with Campbell to do something very special.

Each day this week, we’ve been world premiering a brand new, never before seen showdown. Each showdown is based on the favorite movie of one of five /Film writers: Russ Fischer and, of course, Peter Sciretta. (We already did mine as well as David‘s and Angie‘s.) You’ll have one day to look at the showdown, read our explaination why it’s our favorite movie of all time, and then e-mail in your guess. Each day, out of those who get it right, two will randomly be selected and sent a free copy of The Great Showdowns by Scott Campbell.

Sound good? Check out Russ’s favorite movie of all time (well, one of them) below and find out how to enter. Read More »

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