In this episode of the /Filmcast, David, Devindra, and Adam rejoice in Ridley Scott’s return to sci-fi, debate the potential Jonah Hex and Green Lantern casting choices, wonder about Seth Rogen’s career trajectory, and turn an about-face on Scott in their review of Body of Lies. Kevin Buist joins us from the FilmCouch podcast and Alex Billington joins us from Firstshowing.

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History of “A-Frame” Movie Poster Design

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The magazine, Print, has compiled an excellent and diverse selection of movie posters featuring the campy, cliche, classic A-frame design. Check it out (pulp novels, DVDs, and ZZ Top are also included). It’s an interesting look at how gender has been universally portrayed in pop culture up to the present (not much has changed, add Kal Penn and stir): a woman’s legs in the A-frame position usually connote domination and empowerment over a puddle of males, and lots and lots of sex; whereas a man’s legs in the A-frame usually express the desire to kill women, and sometimes, as in the case of Westerns like 3:10 to Yuma, men. Who ever said Hollywood and the human mind were creatively bankrupt? What a genius. I’ve included my faves from Print‘s selection after the jump.

Discuss: Can you think of any A-frame posters that are missing? What’s your favorite?

via NYT’s Paper Cuts

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3:10 to Yuma posterLionsgate is so sure people will like 3:10 to Yuma, that they have decided to run a nationwide sneak preview on September 2nd 2007.

We are pleased to announce the SNEAK PEAK of 3:10 to Yuma, the new film from director James Mangold (WALK THE LINE), starring Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Gretchen Mol and legendary Western star, Peter Fonda. The highly anticipated film will be showing in theaters on Sunday, September 2nd, the weekend prior to its wide release on September 7th.

I’ve heard a lot of good things about this one, although, I’m not really a fan of westerns.

Shoot Em Up

This coming weekend (8/24-26) offers 5 movies, and 1 of them stands out in early industry tracking. WAR (Lionsgate), from rap video director Phillip J. Atwell (he’s worked with 50 Cent, Xzibit and Eminem), is at just 45% Total Aware, but its Awareness with Males Under 25 is 64%. The Let Li/Jason Stathan action flick has the best Definite Interest of the 5 new releases with a decent 36%. Again, Under 25 Males lead the way as 42% say that they are interested. If Lionsgate plays this right with 2,200 screens and a late TV push, $10M-$12M is likely and $15M is a possibility.
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3:10 to Yuma Movie Poster

3:10 to YumaWe haven’t had much (if any) coverage of James Mangold’s 3:10 to Yuma remake on /Film based purely on my dislike of movie westerns. But it seems like everywhere I look there is something else about this new flick. Today it’s the movie poster [via our friends at FirstShowing ComingSoon], which even I must admit, looks very cool.

When a small-time rancher agrees to hold a captured outlaw who’s awaiting a train to go to court in Yuma, a battle of wills ensues as the outlaw tries to psych out the rancher.

The film stars Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, Ben Foster, Peter Fonda and Vinessa Shaw. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl screenwriter Stuart Beattie wrote the script. Someone needs to give the marketing guys over at Lionsgate a raise. This is a first class poster. It might be good enough to help sell a western in a time when westerns are clearly out of style. Check out a larger version of the poster after the jump.

Update: Apparently ComingSoon was the first to post this movie poster.

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