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In today’s Hollywood, the movie poster is an afterthought. Dozens of marketing and advertising executives justify their jobs by demanding everyone’s input be represented and, as a result, anything interesting or provocative is lost. We all remember this, right? And this?

The homogenous nature of modern movie posters is, of course, a generalization. There are some movie posters with artistic merit but the percentage has dropped significantly over the decades. What is definitely true, though, is the iconic posters of the past have all but gone away and, in one case, that’s quite literal.

According to Roger Kastel, the artist who made the unforgettable poster to Steven Spielberg‘s Jaws, his original 20 x 30 inch painting went missing around the time of the film’s release. Read more about the Jaws poster art below.

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VOTD: Jaws Speedrun 60 Second Animation

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We’ve run a bunch of the speedrun videos from 1A4Studio in the past, including The MatrixStar Wars Episode VI: A New Hope, The Big Lewbowski and Die Hard. 1A4Studio’s latest involves an animated speedrun of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws in 60 seconds. Watch the Jaws speedrun after the jump.

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(Note: We’ve bumped this for the occasion of the anniversary of the film’s original release on June 20, 1975.)

For moviegoers, there might not be a more quintessential summer movie than Jaws. (Pun intended.) But even if you’ve absorbed every documentary about the making of Steven Spielberg‘s template-setting blockbuster, you’ll probably find something new in Inside Jaws.

Jamie Benning creates what may be the ultimate fan documentaries, or “filmumentaries,” as he calls them. He’s done the job on the original Star Wars trilogy and Raiders of the Lost Ark; now he turns to Jaws. Benning’s films are like hyper-extended commentary tracks that collate interviews, production info and photos, deleted scenes, alternate takes, and other materials into a hyper-detailed “making-of” portrait. And so Inside Jaws is a 2 1/2-hour commentary track/documentary that will give you an impressive understanding of how the film was made.

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Empire Strikes Back Voted Greatest Movie

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back has been voted the greatest movie of all time in a poll conducted by the British film publication Empire Magazine. More than 250,000 film fans voted in this latest poll, resulting in a list of the 301 greatest movies of all time. When the poll was last conducted six years ago in 2008 with 10,200 voters, The Godfather took the top honors. This year the Star Wars sequel displaced the Francis Ford Coppola adaptation for the top spot. Who else did Empire Strikes Back beat for the top slot? How has the list changed in the last six years? Find out after the jump.

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How can you help make this awesome Jaws LEGO Set a reality?

We’ve posted about LEGO Cuusoo in the past. The platform, now renamed LEGO Ideas, was most famously responsible for making the Back to the Future Delorean time machine LEGO set that was released last year. The way it works, LEGO fanatics submit their LEGO creations and the LEGO Ideas community can support an idea. If a project gets 10,000 or more supporters, the LEGO idea gets qualified for review. At that point, the LEGO Review Board chooses which projects become new LEGO sets. Aside from the Back to the Future build, other sets voted into production include a LEGO mincraft set, the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover, and the asteroid exploration spacecraft HAYABUSA.

The Jaws Orca LEGO set was designed and submitted by tjspencer1. The set includes a LEGO build of the famous boat from Steven Spielberg’s summer classic, along with 3 minifigures: Martin Brody, Matt Hooper and Sam Quint. And what would a JAWS LEGO set be without a ‘Bruce’ the shark figure? Check out more photos and information after the jump. The project currently has about 500 votes. Join the LEGO Ideas community and support this project to help make it happen.

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Sheriff Brody might think Quint’s gonna need a bigger boat, but you’re gonna need a bigger house. “Why,” do you ask? How else could you possibly accommodate all of the incredible art in this week’s Jaws themed art show, “Smile You Son Of A Bitch?” It takes place for three days only, November 1-3, at the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. Proceeds go to PangeaSeed, an activism group which raises awareness for the preservation and conservation of sharks.

Below we’ve got more info on the event including your first look at over a dozen of the almost 100 different works based on Steven Spielberg‘s 1975 blockbuster, from artists like Craig Drake, Marko Manev, Joshua Budich, Cuyler Smith and many more. Read More »

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Click on your calendar app and put a note on November 1. That’s when the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles will host a special three-day art event called Smile You Son Of A Bitch, An Art Tribute To Jaws. Sixty plus artists will present work based on the classic 1975 Steven Spielberg thriller. Over the course of the exhibit, there will be attendance from stars of the movie, displays of original film memorabilia, discussions with leading shark experts and more. It sounds like a can’t-miss event for fans of Jaws.

But November 1 is so far away, how can you get some Jaws art sooner? Leading up to the event, artist Craig Drake will release four limited edition pieces called The Lost Trading Card Set. Each piece looks like an old school Jaws trading card featuring the stars of the film. The first one, which you can see above, goes on sale Friday August 16. Even cooler? A portion of the proceeds go to PangeaSeed, an organization that raises awareness for the preservation and conservation of sharks. Read More »

Over the summer, /Film was lucky enough to premiere a gorgeous Mondo poster for E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. It was their first poster for the magical film and only the fourth film of Steven Spielberg‘s to get the Mondo treatment, after Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jurassic Park and a very old Jaws poster.

Two of those films are now getting their second poster from the company, and both images are stunners. Mike Mitchell, one of the most popular artists currently on the scene, did a poster for E.T. The Extra Terrestrial and Laurent Durieux, who is also on an absolute tear, took a very unique peak at Jaws. Check out both images below. Read More »

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