Each year, the Oscars are the culmination of a year of movies in Hollywood. Films from January through December of the previous year are celebrated and awards are handed to the best of the best. This year however, maybe I’m crazy, but something doesn’t feel right.

It all began with the Brett Ratner/Eddie Murphy debacle. Brian Grazer and Billy Crystal replaced them, which was fine, but then the nominations came out and were almost too predictable for words. Even as recently as Tuesday, it was announced the two Best Original Song nominees won’t be performed. What’s supposed to be a joyous occasion, filled with glitz and glamour, now has what feels like a huge rain cloud hanging over it.

Maybe the people who are behind the whole shebang agree. They’ve just revealed a new ad campaign to remind viewers, and filmgoers, about Oscar’s storied history with thirty plus images saying “We Showed You” followed by a reference to a great movie of the past. We’ve picked ten of the best for you to check out after the jump. Read More »

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Mondo might bruise a few wallets tomorrow. The company has partnered with Sideshow Collectibles and a handful of notable poster artists to produce a set of posters for the Planet of the Apes Films. There are five prints in the series, one for each of the primary classic films. (Planet, Beneath, Escape, Conquest and Battle — sorry, Tim Burton remake fans and Rise of the Planet of the Apes lovers.)

The five prints will be sold as a set online tomorrow, Thursday January 26, with a sixth bonus print included. The price is $230; not bad at all for a Mondo poster set. Any remainders not sold as sets tomorrow will go up for sale on Friday; Sideshow Collectibles will eventually offer variants of each print on the Sideshow website. The artists are Martin Ansin, Ken Taylor, Rich Kelly, Phantom City Creative and Florian Bertmer. If you purchase the entire set of five, you will also receive the GO APE! poster painted by Jason Edmiston.

Hit the jump for a gallery of all six images. Read More »

Paramount Pictures is running unannounced pop-up screenings of Jason Reitman‘s new film Young Adult in cities around North America. As a special bonus, Reitman and Paramount enlisted the curatorial services of Los Angeles’ famous pop culture art gallery Gallery1988 to pick the artists and produce limited edition pieces of art for the surprise screenings.

There have been pop-up screenings in Toronto, Minneapolis, Chicago, and Austin, each with an accompanying poster. (The Austin show featured a Q&A moderated by Patton Oswalt, who led the audience in a ‘no talking’ PSA shoot. That would have been fun.) Tonight’s screening is in San Francisco, and once again attendees get a unique piece of limited edition artwork. For the San Francisco show, Furturtle (aka artist Travis Bone) designed the poster. Check it out in full after the break. Read More »

Paramount Pictures is running unannounced pop-up screenings of Jason Reitman‘s new film Young Adult in cities around North America. As a special bonus, Reitman and Paramount enlisted the curatorial services of Los Angeles’ famous pop culture art gallery Gallery1988 to pick the artists and produce limited edition pieces of art for the surprise screenings.

There have been pop-up screenings in Toronto, Minneapolis, and Chicago, each with an accompanying poster. Tonight’s screening is in Austin (at the Alamo Drafthouse, naturally), and as at the other previous screenings attendees get a unique piece of limited edition artwork. For the Austin show, Tara McPherson was hired to design the poster. Check it out in full after the break. Read More »

Paramount Pictures is running unannounced pop-up screenings of Jason Reitman‘s new film Young Adult in cities around North America. As a special bonus, Reitman and Paramount enlisted the curatorial services of Los Angeles’ famous pop culture art gallery Gallery1988 to pick the artists and produce limited edition pieces of art for the surprise screenings.

There have been pop-up screenings in Toronto and Minneapolis, each with an accompanying poster. Tonight’s screening is in Chicago, and as at the two previous screenings attendees get a unique piece of limited edition artwork. For the Chicago show, area artist Anne Benjamin was enlisted to design the poster. Check it out in full after the break.

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I’m not going to try and blow smoke up your ass with respect to Wes Craven‘s 1982 version of Swamp Thing. It isn’t a particularly good movie, and it isn’t a particularly good telling of the Swamp Thing story that originated in the DC anthology House of Secrets and was eventually at the forefront of the ‘mature comics’ boom of the ’80s thanks to writer Alan Moore.

But this Swamp Thing poster, created by artist Florian Bertmer for Mondo and the Alamo Drafthouse, is a great representation of Swamp Thing. So, as an old-school fan of the character, I’ll take it purely in that spirit. See the full image below. Read More »

Cool Stuff: ‘Tron’ Papercraft

Didn’t find that TRON: Legacy Light Cycle you so desperately wanted under the tree this holiday season? Sorry to hear that. You can, however, build your own with nothing more than a color printer and some paper. The Disney Family website has some templates and instructions so that you can fold your way into ownership of Kevin Flynn, Sam Flynn and Clu’s Light Cycles, a Recognizer and more. Check out photos of the finished products and find out where to get instructions after the break. Read More »

The Awesome ‘Toy Story 3′ Oscar Campaign

Disney and Pixar know they can win an Oscar for Best Animated Film. That’s just too easy. So this year, with that award all but locked up once again, they’ve decided to take on the big boys. They want the Oscar for Best Picture.

To that end, an elaborate Oscar campaign for Toy Story 3 has recently been launched in which characters from the film are portrayed in previous Best Picture winners that had something going against them such as being a different genre, a sequel or a plain old underdog. Films such as The Godfather Part II, West Side Story, On The Waterfront, Shakespeare In Love, The Silence Of The Lambs, Titanic, The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King and Forrest Gump will all get a Toy Story makeover in the coming months. And though only two of these ads have surfaced so far, they are so awesome, you’ve got to check them out. We’ve got them after the jump as well as quotes from the Disney brass about Toy Story 3′s chances. Read More »

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