VOTD: A Brief History of Conspicuous Product Placement

With today’s DVR culture, product placement is becoming more and more prevalent. The only way for advertisers to get eyeballs on their products, since we fast-forward through the commercials, is for those products to actually be in the shows. It’s a fact of life and it can be infuriating. And when it happens in a movie, it can be even more infuriating. But also, sometimes, hilarious.

Filmdrunk has gone through some of your favorite, and least favorite, movies to find a bunch of the most ridiculously obvious instances of product placement and mashed it up all into one, nice little video. They even classed it up with some facts about the history of product placement in movies. For example, did you know that Fatty Arbuckle is credited with the first instance of product placement? Or that Michael Bay is the current king of it? Combining education, humor, and Nintendo’s Power Glove (“It’s so bad”), you’ve gotta check this out. Read More »

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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 26 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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Cool Stuff: ET Wars and Snake Purrsken T-Shirts

We usually don’t run our Cool Stuff column on the weekend, but two movie-parody t-shirt designs popped up this morning and neither will be available after midnight.

  • Teefury has “Snake Purrsken”. The design, created by Rob Gould, is a LOLCats version of Snake Plissken from Escape from New York. “Vicious, yet cuddly: a deadly combination.” The t-shirt is available for only $9 plus shipping, but will only be available until midnight Saturday night.
  • RIPT Apparel has “ET Wars” a Star Wars/E.T. mash-up, using the iconic image of Elliot and alien friend flyingthrough the air, with the moon in the background. The design by Tidy Ink, will only be available until midnight on Saturday, but can be bought for only $10 plus shipping.

See both designs in higher resolution, after the jump.

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If you’ve been reading /Film for a while, then you know that I love good movie-inspired art. And the superbowl of movie art is Crazy4Cult, an art show put on every year by Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles. This year’s show will open on July 9th, and we have seen the first batch of artwork premiere online. For years I’ve been writing about the show, and posting and buying the art online. I’m super excited because this year I’ll be able to attend the event since I now live in Los Angeles.

Last week I posted the first compilation of the artwork from the show, including new pieces from Eric Tan, Dave Perillo, Tom Whalen and more. Click here to see Part 1!

Today I’ve returned to bring you a collection of art pieces which have since come online. Believe me, if you like movie art, hit the jump!

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Cool Stuff: E.T./Star Wars Mash-Up T-Shirt

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We’ve featured a bunch of  New Zealand artist Glenn Jones t-shirts in past editions of Cool Stuff. This week Glennz released an awesome E.T./Star Wars mash-up parody tee. Here is an explanation from Glenn:

Now we know who he was trying to call, and that levitation stuff was merely just a mind trick. This was a very popular vote so fast tracked to print. Bee Gooooood

The t-shirt design is titled “Be Good” and is printed on Brown American Apparel shirt for $19.95 plus shipping. Check out the full design after the jump.

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Cool Stuff: The Shining/E.T. T-Shirt Mash-Up

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What if you took Stanley Kubrick‘s The Shining and mashed it up with Steven Spielberg‘s E.T.? It might look something like today’s t-shirt from TeeFury. Designed by Joao Lauro Fonte, “The Shining Finger” is “the cross-over you’ve never known you needed in your life until now!”

  • The good news is the t-shirt design is only $9 (plus $2 shipping).
  • The bad news is that it will only be available today, and today only. Get it while you can because it will disappear at Midnight.

Check out a close-up of the full design after the jump.

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VOTD: Henry Thomas E.T. Audition

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I just saw this video on my twitter feed, tweeted by Mike Gaines (who some of you know as the mastermind behind the scenes of the Totally Rad Show), of Henry Thomas‘ audition for E.T.. I know I must have seen this clip before on the DVD release, but I wanted to share it with you guys. For me the best part is what director Steven Spielberg says following Henry’s moving audition (something you just don’t get from many child actors these days). Watch the video clip after the jump.

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Cool Stuff: E.T. “Calling Home” T-Shirt

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Threadless has decided to reprint one of my favorite E.T. t-shirts (yes, I have a couple E.T. t-shirts). Actually, it’s probably one of my favorite t-shirt designs, period. My old shirt was actually so worn out that I actually snapped up a new one.

“Calling Home” is a design created by Glenn Jones, before he went big time and created his own t-shirt site Glennz tees. As you can see, the design features a silliouette of our favorite extra terestrial, in a phone booth, attempting to call home. Available in sizes small to XXXL for $18, printed on Black American Apparel tee.

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