Movie heaven comes to Austin, Texas during the third week of September. Not only is that when Fantastic Fest is happening (much more on that in the coming days) but the fine folks at Mondo are simultaneously hosting their first convention, MondoCon. But no, this isn’t going to be just a place to buy posters. As discussed a few months back, MondoCon will be a gathering for everything a movie fan or collector could desire.
Mondo has just released the full programming line-up, as well as a few small glimpses at the goodies. Among the highlights? A mini-gallery exhibition of work based on The Iron Giant, including that film’s score available on vinyl. The lost score to 2001: A Space Odyssey will be on sale along with a panel discussion. A never-made 1983 U.S. Godzilla film will be revealed through storyboards and concept images. Plus a screening of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre with live score, the world premiere of a documentary on the 2000AD comic brand and much more.
And that’s just part of it. Will there be posters? You bet. Lots of surprise posters along with the first Alex Ross Mondo poster. Will there be guests? Tons, including newly annoucned names like Bryan Lee O’Malley, JC Richard and William Stout.
The event takes place September 20-21 in Austin and tickets are still on sale. Below, read the full programming press release. Read More »
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Dave and Devindra bring you a lengthy, rambling After Dark episode featuring thoughts on 2001: A Space Odyssey, 24: Live Another Day, and the new Star Wars casting news. Mike Ryan joins us from Screencrush, then Peter Sciretta joins David to chat about his Zac Efron obsession and the economics of running a film website. Be sure to read up on where the hell are all the women in Star Wars, why film critics should write about filmmaking, and Dave’s first GIF essay about Louie.
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Friday July 26, Gallery 1988 will turn Melrose Avenue (the street) into Melrose Place (the party-centric TV show). Both their galleries are having major pop-culture art openings which are sure to turn the four blocks between them into a madhouse of strolling art fans. We’ll be posting art from both shows and here’s the first.
At Gallery 1988 East, Mark Englert will have his first solo show called Director Series: Kubrick. It’s an entire show of posters based on the films of the legendary director, and the first in a soon-to-be annual tradition of Englert applying his signature detailed landscape style to the films of a specific director. Below, we exclusively debut Englert’s posters for 2001: A Space Odyssey and Dr. Strangelove. Read More »
Glow in the dark inks on a poster can be hit or miss. In the best cases, they act as almost a night light, revealing a beautiful second image that’s invisible in the day time. On the other hand, some are so subtle and light, it’s almost as if they don’t glow in the dark at all. And maybe that’s a good thing.
The Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY will surely have a little of both in their latest exhibit, When The Lights Go Out, which opens April 12. Over 60 artists have made brand new pieces with glow in the dark inks, which will be displayed at all hours via a new installation of blacklights.
Some of the topics of the art include 2001: A Space Odyssey (above), The Shawshank Redemption, Alien, Game of Thrones, Band of Brothers, Where the Wild Things Are, Tron, Poltergeist, Time Bandits and more. It looks like a very fun show. Check out a selection of art below.
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When the name “Christopher Nolan” is attached to a project, anticipation immediately shoots into the stratosphere. That’s what happened last month when the Memento, Inception and Dark Knight director revealed the sci-fi film Interstellar would be his next movie. The film, which once had Steven Spielberg attached, is about “a heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest reaches of our scientific understanding” inspired by the theories of theoretical physicist, gravitational physicist and astrophysicist Kip Thorne. Matthew McConaughey is set to star.
Beyond those facts, little is known about the film, but new slivers of information will slowly come to light on the way to its November 7, 2014 release date. The latest one is how Nolan framed his sci-fi film in regards to classics of the genre. Read his quote below. Read More »
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We’re reached a point in the evolution of film criticism where a shift is occurring. Critics who’ve been in the game for decades and decades are slowly beginning to give way to a younger, more vocal audience, many of whom are online. The beautiful thing about that is, though they all share a love of cinema, everyone has their own opinions of how and why we got there. And the best way to show that is with a top ten list.
The online contingent prides themselves upon being the new guard and, to that end, our friends at Film School Rejects polled 37 online critics and four young filmmakers for their lists of the ten greatest films of all time. They then gave those lists a point value and came up with a top ten that’s simultaneously familiar and controversial as it certainly caters to a younger demographic. Check it out and leave your thoughts below. Read More »
There’s a special place in geekdom for fans who have the patience and skill to make Lego versions of their favorite movies. When a fan makes a real life version of a motorcycle or a working lightsaber, that’s obviously cool and impressive. But doing something similar in Lego feels so much more difficult. Most of the time there are no blueprints, no instructions, just your memory of the movie, knowledge of what Lego components are available and then the ability to not only find them all, but make them look exactly like what they’re doubling. It’s remarkable.
And this set might be the best one yet.
After the jump, check out a bunch of images of Lego renditions of scenes and ships from Stanley Kubrick‘s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Read More »
One of the killer features in Apple’s new iPhone 4S is a virtual personal assistant program named Siri. The new software, which is built into the core operating system, allows users to ask questions or create tasks using natural speech. Before the phone was released, someone created a video we previously posted which replaced the iPhone 4S’s Siri with Hal 9000 from Stanley Kubrick‘s classic film 2001: A Space Odyssey. We later discovered that the Apple engineers hid a bunch of funny easter eggs for Siri’s possibly responses, including yes, references and responses to 2001 dialogue cues.
ThinkGeek had a spark of genius and saw a potential market for a iPhone/2001 mash-up device — the IRIS 9000 voice control module for iPhone & Siri. Details after the jump.
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Dark and gritty, just like the movies they represent, Dean Walton‘s sci-fi classic poster series does minimalism right. These posters for Blade Runner, E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, Alien, 2001 A Space Odyssey and The Terminator hearken back to Walton’s (who often goes by his art name Mr. Shabba) 2011 Oscar nominee posters, grabbing one image and infusing it with smaller ones. They’re also undeniably influenced by Olly Moss’s sought after Mondo Star Wars series, which certainly isn’t a bad thing. Check out each image below and find out how you can purchase your own. Read More »