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Every great hero needs a signature mode of transportation. A huge muscle car, a distinctive motorcycle, or maybe a spaceship that looks like a hamburger. Whatever their pleasure, the latest art exhibit by the Hero Complex Gallery has got it covered. The show is called Righteous Rides…And the Dudes Who Drive Them and it will open May 3 in Los Angeles, CA.

Artists have made posters and paintings based on the “righteous rides” in films such as Flight of the Navigator, Akira, Star Wars, My Neighbor Totoro, Skyfall, Bullitt, Up, Spaceballs, District 9, Easy Rider, the Dukes of Hazzard and so much more. Check out a small sample of the show below. Read More »

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Watch A Brief History of Movie Title Designs

As part of the screening put together in relation to the SXSW Title Design Competition, Ian Albinson from the website The Art of the Title Sequence put together a nice two and a half minute compendium of excellent film titles. (That features an occasional piece of television, too.) For any long-time film lover, this little video will probably elicit quite a few responses simply on the strength of the title cards on display. I queued several films to re-watch after exposure to just a few seconds of their titles.

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Drive Angry 3D Director/Co-Writer Patrick Lussier and Co-Writer Todd Farmer have provided us with a list of their favorite movie car chases. It’s worth noting that Lussier was just selected as one of Variety’s Top 10 Directors to Watch. Drive Angry hits theaters on February 25th 2011. Check out the list after the jump.
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Bullitt/Krull Director Peter Yates is Dead

Four time Oscar-nominated British director Peter Yates has passed away at the age of 82. Deadline reports that he died in London after a long illness.

Yates is probably best known for the 1968 Steve McQueen film Bullitt, the 1983 Oscar-nominated drama The Dresser, the 1983 cult fantasy film Krull, the 1977 horror/thriller The Deep, and the 1979 sports drama Breaking Away. His filmography also includes Curtain Call, The Run of the Country, Roommates, Year of the Comet, An Innocent Man, The House on Carroll Street, Suspect, Eleni, The Dresser, Eyewitness, Mother Jugs & Speed, For Pete’s Sake, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, The Hot Rock, Murphy’s War and John and Mary, and Robbery. I’ve included trailers for some of these films after the jump. Please feel free to post in remembrance of Yates (and the movies he directed) in the comments below.
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Cool Stuff: Print Mafia’s Cinema Series of Art Prints

Print Mafia has released four art prints in their epic Cinema Series. Prints include Robert De Niro from Raging Bull, Sylvester Stallone from Rocky, Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde, and Steve McQueen in Bullitt. Bigger photos after the jump.

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Wonder Women of America
By Ruth Wiggins & Russell Waterman
Amos 2008
$29.99/ £14.95

As many readers know from Slashfilm’s coverage and personal experience, the annual Comic-Con convention in San Diego consistently sets records and milestones for attendance, media exposure, and the mainstream acceptance and co-opting of genre and geek culture. The new 192-page photo book, Wonder Women of America, documents the diverse and growing number of females of North America who participate in the event by dressing up as—and often creating—fantastical characters befitting the subculture.

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Steve McQueen: A Life in Pictures
Edited By Yann-Brice Dherbier
Pavilion 2008
$40.00

Growing up in the ‘80s, a decade of the chiseled Reagan-approved action hero and gun-toting smartass, my introduction to Steve McQueen was via a Beastie Boys lyric on Paul’s Boutique. Given his widespread fame and acclaim in the ‘60s and ‘70s, even today his appeal seems hushed, like a group of dads discussing cars a few feet away from you. Taking in this slick coffee table book of personal living room photos, photos of “McQueen’s machines,” and countless shots on-set, this personal observation was only magnified; more proof that there will never be another Hollywood actor like him—or another Hollywood ready for one.

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