Star Wars

While we’re fans of celebrated movie poster artist Drew Struzan, when it comes to the posters of the Star Wars trilogy, there’s another name that deserves to be celebrated, and that’s Noriyoshi Ohrai. You may not know the artist by name, but you’ve undoubtedly seen his artwork on international posters for films such as The Empire Strikes Back, The Goonies and much more.

Sadly, the reason we’re writing about Noriyoshi Ohrai today is because he passed away on October 27th at 79 years old after succumbing to a case of pneumonia. Below we have a gallery of his work along with some details on his impressive career. Read More »


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Japanese Godzilla 2016

Toho Studios in Japan owns Godzilla, and licensed the character to Legendary and Warner Bros. for the 2014 film directed by Gareth Edwards. Toho ended its own giant lizard series in 2004 with the film Godzilla: Final Wars, but don’t think that doesn’t mean that the studio is beyond feeling competitive about the character.

A new Japanese Godzilla film, announced last year, is in production now for release in 2016. While the studio is being quiet about that move into production, the stated intention for the film is to outdo Hollywood’s version.  Read More »

Cool Stuff: Laurent Durieux’s Godzilla Print

Laurent Durieux Godzilla print

Dark Hall Mansion is partnering again with Laurent Durieux on a Godzilla print, the latest addition to their Seminal Film Series. The officially licensed Godzilla limited edition print release takes on the original 1954 Japanese landmark film and goes on sale this Friday, August 28th 2015. See both the regular and variant versions and get more information on the Laurent Durieux Godzilla print, after the jump.

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Godzilla 2

Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein, who was brought back to script Godzilla 2, is speaking out for the first time giving us an idea of what we might expect from the monster sequel — and he’s throwing around words like “bigger” and “better”. Also we learn the details behind the hybrid visual effects that will make up Toho’s Godzilla reboot.

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Citizen Godzilla

While people have to cut through endless red tape, fill out countless pieces of paperwork and wait weeks to become an official citizen of the United States, being a giant, fictional, radioactive lizard hasn’t stopped the King of Monsters from becoming an official citizen of Japan.

In case you hadn’t heard, when the Toho Cinemas Kabukicho/Hotel Gracery Shinjuku entertainment complex in Japan opened, one of the highlights was a full-scale Godzilla head that peeks out from the theater’s rooftop. And since Godzilla is a permanent fixture there, he just had to become a citizen. Find out more about Citizen Godzilla below. Read More »

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Mondo has released an early look at their next gallery exhibit. It’s by /Film favorite Tom Whalen and is called Pulp Menagerie. The screenprint poster show opens May 22 at the Mondo Gallery in Austin Texas and, below, you can see the first few images centering on the subjects of Batman, Godzilla and more. Check out the first images from the Tom Whalen Mondo Gallery solo show. Read More »

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Right on the heels of Gareth Edwards‘ America reboot of Godzilla from Legendary and Warner Bros Pictures last year, Toho announced they would also be making a new Godzilla movie to open in 2016, two years ahead of Legendary’s Godzilla reboot sequel (scheduled for June 8th, 2018). Today Toho revealed the filmmakers/creatives for the upcoming movie, as well as the first teaser image for Godzilla 29.
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Transformers Age of Extinction

Before we close the book on another year in film, Brandcameo has one more set of awards to hand out. But these aren’t for achievements in acting or directing or sound mixing. These are for all the product placements that cropped up in the movies last year, from Reese Witherspoon‘s REI boots in Wild to, well, the entirety of The Lego Movie.

The winner for most brands in a single film shouldn’t be hard to guess (I’ll give you a hint: it’s in the headline) but smaller films like Nightcrawler and The Theory of Everything apparently still found ways to squeeze in a few notable brand mentions. Find out who won the sometimes dubious honors in the 2015 Brandcameo Product Placement Awards after the jump.  Read More »

The Best Movie Animal Performances of 2014

Best Animal Performances of 2014

I was watching Gone Girl for the fourth time and admiring how David Fincher (and his cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth) majestically shot Ben Affleck‘s character Nick Dunne’s cat and I began to wonder about the cat’s true role in the story. The cat is featured too prominently to be just a background prop. What did the cat mean?

As I thought about this I began to realize that there had been a lot of big screen kitties this year. The New York Times notes in their review that “cats are the new dogs,” and judging from the list of animals in this article, they might be right. But as I started to think about it more, it wasn’t just cats but dogs and some actually amazing performances by other animals in this past year of film. So the list of best animal performances of 2014 grew and grew. After the jump you will find my examination of why 2014 was the year of animal movie performances and what it all means. Read More »