Del Toro Bleak House

Skywalker Ranch, the Pixar Campus, Quentin Tarantino’s home theater, Stanley Kubrick’s estate: all places a film fan would kill to visit, but few ever get the chance to see. Another spot undoubtedly on that list is Bleak House. That’s what Guillermo del Toro calls the additional house he bought to devote to his collection of cool stuff, including props, posters, toys, any -and everything you’ve ever wanted to own in the realm of sci-fi, fantasy, horror and movie memorabilia.

Most people never get to see it, but on the Criterion Collection DVD for Cronos, del Toro actually did a guided tour of the space. It’s been online for about a year, but we were just turned onto it. And it’s as awesome as you’d imagine. 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 »

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Here’s a true win-win situation. Director Steven Soderbergh, whose latest (last?) film Behind the Candelabra premieres May 26 on HBO, has taken to the web to do some good. He’s launched a site called Extension 765 where you can buy original props from films like Ocean’s Eleven, Ché, Traffic and Erin Brockovich with all proceeds going to the Children’s Aid Society of New York. He’s also selling his original photography, many of which are tests from the same films, also for the charity.

Everything is rather pricey, of course, but you’d get a one-of-a-kind item while also doing some good. Read More »

For most of us, Boba Fett was likely our first introduction to the world of bounty hunting. He was the kick-ass bad guy we loved to hate because he was always one step ahead of our heroes. That mythic nature of bounty hunting has faded in recent years, mostly due to reality TV, but Quentin Tarantino is on track to make it cool again. In his latest film Django Unchained, we’ll follow a freed slave (Jamie Foxx) trained to be a bounty hunter by Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). Schultz is hot on the trail of his latest conquest and knows Django is the only person who can help him.

On the movie’s official website, they’ve just launched a new mini-game called Bounty Hunter 1800 that puts you in the shoes of Schultz, as you navigate your way around, looking for bounties and shooting them dead. We’re excited to debut it. Check it out below and don’t forget Django opens December 25. Read More »

Disney collectors lose their minds for Vinylmations: three inch tall molds of Mickey Mouse painted in all kinds of different ways. Some Vinylmations are simply just artistic designs, others are specific to certain places or brands, but they’re only sold in Disney parks and stores. That, along with some characters being rarer than others and entire lines being regularly retired, make for very collectible pieces of Disney merchandise.

Disney has just revealed the latest set of Vinylmations and it’s focused on their tiny animation studio in northern California: Pixar. Characters from all of Pixar’s movies have been adapted into the Vinylmation mold from A Bug’s Life, to Wall-E, Finding Nemo and Ratatouille. There’s even a set for 2013′s Monsters University, seen above, as well as Oz the Great and Powerful and The Lone Ranger. Check them all out after the jump. Read More »

If you’ve ever really wanted people who handle your mail to know you’re a film fan, the US Postal Service has the answer. They’ve just created four new stamps featuring four of the greatest directors of all time: John Ford, John Huston, Frank Capra and Billy Wilder. Designed by Derry Noyes and Gary Kelley, each stamp portrays one of the director’s best known works. For Ford, it’s The Searchers. Huston, The Maltese Falcon. Capra, It Happened One Night and Wilder, Some Like It Hot. Check them out below. Read More »

May is a big month in the world of Star Wars. There’s the “May the 4th Be With You,” the anniversary of the release of every single film in the saga, as well as the birthday creator George Lucas‘ birthday which is actually today, May 14. Happy birthday George!

It’s also the kick-off of Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and besides the awesome Carbon Freeze thing they’ve got going on, Disney has released some truly cool ads for the summer long event taking place every Friday through Sunday from May 18 through June 10.

That’s just one example above. After the jump, check out seven more, some videos and read an amazing story of what George Lucas has been up to. Read More »

There are several take aways from Marvel’s The Avengers: the excitement, the humor and how you’d like to own every single prop that’s in the movie. Pieces like Thor’s hammer, Cap’s shield, Hawkeye’s bow and Loki’s staff are so iconic, owning one would be the crown jewel of any collection. And while companies do make authentic prop replicas of these items, and will continue to do so, there’s something to be said about the actual screen-used props. When these one-of-a-kind items are done in front of the camera, most of them get put into storage for use in future movies or possibly toured around the country at comic convention or museums.

For The Avengers, Disney’s D23 fan club has put all these items on display for you in a video tour featuring Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. Check out below. Read More »

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