Universal and Paramount are both celebrating their centennial anniversary in 2012, and like Paramount, Universal is debuting a new logo to mark the occasion. That logo will bow on March 2 in front of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, and be on all Universal films going forward.

The studio is doing something much better than that, however. A press release announces that Universal will also restore thirteen classic films this year. The films are: All Quiet on the Western Front, The Birds, Buck Privates, Dracula (1931), Dracula (Spanish, 1931), Frankenstein, Jaws, Schindler’s List, Out of Africa, Pillow Talk, Bride of Frankenstein, The Sting and To Kill a Mockingbird. Precise details of the restorations are yet to be revealed.

Many of those will hit Blu-ray, starting with To Kill a Mockingbird this month; Jaws and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial will follow, with 2012 finishing off with Blu-ray releases of Universal’s classic monster lineup and Alfred Hitchcock films. The full press release is below. Read More »

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2011 has been something of a banner year for Mondo. It brought the first work from legendary artists Drew Struzan and Shepard Fairey, the advent and expansion of the Mondo Mystery Movie, inclusion into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, licenses for DC Comics, Studio Ghibli, Pixar, Jurassic Park and much more. Now, they’ve decided to end this incredible year the same way it began – with Dracula.

Martin Ansin continues the Universal Monsters series Friday with his interpretation of the 1931 film Dracula, a film which was previously designed by Vania Zouravliov and Aaron Horkey way back in January but didn’t have the vampire himself on the poster. But that’s not all. In addition to a variant, there’s an even more limited piece that’s done on wood, shaped like a coffin. It’s insane. Oh, and a new Tom Whalen Disney piece called Two-Gun Mickey will also be released for counter programming. Check them all out after the jump. Read More »

Continuing their Universal Monsters series that began last year with Bride of Frankenstein and The Wolf Man, Mondo‘s 2011 poster slate begins with the most famous monster of them all: Dracula. Timed with the 80 (!) year anniversary of Tod Browning‘s 1931 film starring Bela Lugosi, Mondo has commissioned Vania Zouravliov and Aaron Horkey to collaborate on two beautiful posters. Both editions go on sale at a random time Wednesday January 12 by following @MondoNews. Check out the full images and specs after the jump. Read More »

Quentin Tarantino

Is there something in the air this week? Out of nowhere come a series of three odd Tarantino-related news bites and rumors. First up, there is the new production of The Switch, based on Elmore Leonard‘s novel of the same name. The other way to talk about The Switch is that it is a prequel to Jackie Brown, as it features the first chapter in the association of the Sam Jackson and Robert De Niro characters from Tarantino’s film. (Still my favorite of his, I think, and still divisive amongst many other fans.) The Switch leads into Leonard’s novel Rum Punch, which Tarantino very loosely adapted into Jackie Brown.

But the film is scripted by Dan Schechter, and there isn’t yet any attached director or cast. Tarantino won’t be involved, though the report is that he has given his blessing to the film, whatever that means.[JoBlo]

After the break, a roast and a rumor. Read More »

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The Argento family is having a busy week. From the Cannes marketplace, there is news that Dario Argento will make a new, ‘faithful’ take on Dracula, in 3D. And then his daughter Asia Argento, who had sworn off screenwriting after The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, is back with a new film called A Hunting Gun, which she is writing with husband Michele Civetta and Japanese author Yasushi Inoue. Read More »

Cool Stuff: Tom Whalen’s Poster Art

34-year-old illustrator/designer Tom Whalen has been creating geekarific fan art for the last few years. His original Star Wars posters (seen above) are reminiscent of Eric Tan’s work (which we’ve featured recently on the site). Click on the image above for a better look.

“I love those movies (the Star Wars trilogy) and had to pay homage to them!” Whalen told me before confirming that a Return of the Jedi poster is also planned, “complete with Slave Leia”.

The art is created using a mechanical pencil and adobe illustrator. Whalen says his style is heavily inspired by Russian constructivist poster art, the design of Saul Bass, years of comic book collecting and his “unhealthy obsession with Japanese giant monster movies”.

“Like many others, I’m sick to death of tired photoshop montages passing as movie poster art!”

Whalen works as an editorial illustrator for a medical magazine. While experimenting with styles a few years back, he has come up with the graphic profile that’s been evolving ever since.

“I [was] inspired by the fantastic painted art that always accompanied horror movies and decided to translate some of those classic movies into my style.”

“My all-time favorite horror film is halloween… I may work up a full movie poster for that one once October rolls around!”

So what’s up next?

“I have a few commissions lined up right now and i’m creating a line of original faux movie posters for cinema-suicide… as well working as the biggest project of them all… a four-week old newborn!”

“I haven’t done any professional movie work, but it really is a dream of mine…”

Whalen sells some of his art at conventions and festivals, so if you’re looking on obtaining a print or have any commission work, contact Tom directly at tom@strongstuff.net. Or you can check out more of Tom’s creations on his DeviantArt profile or his portfolio blog StrongStuff.net.

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