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While you might not know the name Rob Jones you know his work. I guarantee it. Jones is a creative director for Mondo, which means he works with each and every artist who releases a poster and helps them achieve the best vision imaginable. While a piece by Tyler Stout or Olly Moss was done by them, Jones helped steer them in a specific direction from a very early stage. You could say every Mondo poster is born of Jones’ DNA.

In addition to that, Jones is quite the accomplished artist himself. He’s done dozens of famous album covers, gig posters, movie posters and in 2011 won an Grammy for designing a box set for The White Stripes. Later this week, he’s presenting an ambitious new solo show called “Grief,” comprised of 100 self portraits offering different takes on Charlie Brown. Yes, from the Peanuts Charlie Brown. It open July 17 at Galerie F in Chicago, Illinois.

Below, we’ve got several exclusive, pop culture inspired pieces from the show including detailed descriptions of the personal interpretations behind each from Jones himself. It’s a funny, but sometimes frightening, window into one of the most influential eyes in pop culture art today. Read More »

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720-Hour Long Movie

Three years ago Danish artist collective Superflex created Modern Times Forever, a 240-hour film which broke the record for the longest movie of all time. Well if a 10-day long movie wasn’t enough, Swedish artist Anders Weberg is hoping to break that record with his 720-hour long movie, Ambiancé. That’s right, a movie with a running time of 30 straight days — and you thought Transformers: Age of Extinction felt long? Here is hoe Weberg describes the film:

In the piece Ambiancé space and time is intertwined into a surreal dream-like journey beyond places and is an abstract nonlinear narrative summary of the artist’s time spent with the moving image. A sort of memoir movie . (Film memoir ) . This in the visual expression that is constantly characterized the work throughout the artists career.

Weberg says this teaser trailer “is supposed to convey the mood from the full film.” You can watch the first “short teaser trailer” embedded after the jump.

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Hot Tub Cinema

We’ve seen theaters try to entice moviegoers with big-name guests, luxe chairs, gourmet menus, specialty cocktails, and even etiquette ninjas. But this may be the first time we’ve heard of rooftop pool parties being brought into the mix.

A company called Hot Tub Cinema has begun hosting pop-up events in which — as their name suggests — movie lovers get to watch films from the comfort of a hot tub. Find out how you can attend after the jump.

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WTF: Peeps Movie in Development

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Just when you think you’ve heard it all, someone decides to make a Peeps movie. Yes, that’s Peeps as in those sugary marshmallow confections that crop up in drugstores everywhere around Easter.

The specific “someone” in this case is Adam Rifkin, director of Detroit Rock City, who has just optioned the film and TV rights to the candies. There’s no word yet on what the small-screen plans are, but the film is described as an animated “Lego Movie-esque family epic.” Hit the jump to learn more about Peeps’ journey to the screen.

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Breaking Bad Los Pollos

Breaking Bad was such a popular show, odds are some of the millions of viewers didn’t get it. Certainly, every week some viewers followed the adventures of Walter White seeing not a scary descent into evil, but a rise to financial independence. Yes, Vince Gilligan’s story showcased a middle-class man who used his own knowledge to become a multi-millionaire. However, he got there by killing people and lying to the ones he loved.

So if you thought, “I’m sure some idiot out there will watch this and try the same thing,” you are right. An Illinois man was arrested this week for cooking meth and, at the time, he was wearing a “Los Pollos Hermanos” t-shirt. That’s the chicken store so central to the plot of Breaking Bad. Read More »

WTF: Someone Is Crowdfunding a Kevin Smith Biopic

Shooting Clerks

Since the release of his first film Clerks, Kevin Smith has cultivated a group of incredibly loyal, vocal fans. It makes sense, considering Smith’s story: that of the everyman going after the American dream; it’s a rags-to-riches story fueled with big risks, pop culture references and dick jokes. This is a man we could all relate to and be happy for.

That fandom just took a whole new leap, though, as Christopher Downie and Brett Murray have begun to crowdsource a film on IndieGoGo called Shooting Clerks. It’ll be a biopic of Smith and the struggles he encountered making his first film. This is no unauthorized effort, however. Smith fully endorses the project and will even cameo. (If it gets made, of course.) This is crazy, awesome, weird, meta stuff. Check it out below. Read More »

Jane Fonda and Jennifer Lopez in Monster-in-Law

Between the advent of Netflix and iTunes and the shuttering of Blockbuster, brick-and-mortar video stores are, practically speaking, a thing of the past. But don’t think that means those late fees will never catch up to you.

South Carolina woman Kayla Michelle Finley was sent to jail last week for failing to return a copy of the Jennifer Lopez comedy Monster-in-Law that she’d rented nine years ago. Although the store where she originally picked up the tape, Dalton’s Video, has since shut down, the warrant for her arrest never expired. Find out exactly what happened after the jump.

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MTO Opening

This could be the most coincidental leak of all time, the most perfectly timed viral image of all time, or just a complete misunderstanding. Regardless, on Monday a CNN program briefly showed a supposed glimpse of the plaque that will decorate the Best Actor Oscar at March 2nd’s Academy Awards. Is it real? Probably not, but it’s interesting because this potential spoiler happened on the same day a huge group of people protested the Oscar-nominee luncheon to call for stronger security. See the image, and read more below. Read More »

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