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.  After the jump you will see a compilation of the artwork I have found thus far. New pieces from Eric Tan, Dave Perillo, Tom Whalen and more. We should have another preview closer to the show. Believe me, if you like movie art, hit the jump!

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Jaws Was Released 35 Years Ago Today


Steven Spielberg‘s JAWS was released in movie theaters thirty five years ago today, on June 20th 1975. At the time, movies were released slowly, in a few theaters in major cities. As word of mouth spread, distributors would expand the release to more and more markets. Jaws was the first film to have a “wide release”, opening at the same time across the country, which at the time ment a whopping 464 theaters on opening night, with a national marketing campaign.

Jaws grossed more than $7 million that weekend, and went on to gross more than $470 million worldwide — the highest grossing film of the time (knocked off the top spot when Star Wars was released two years later). At a time when a the average movie ticket price was only $2.05, that means that over 250 million tickets were sold. To give you an idea, Pixar’s largest grossing film to date Finding Nemo grossed $867.9 million worldwide in 2003, at a time before 3D when the average movie ticket was still $6, and even then, something like 145 million tickets were sold. If adjusted for ticket inflation, Jaw’s worldwide box office total would be near $2 billion.

The reason why Box Office is significant is that Jaws gave birth to the Blockbuster, and is considered one of the first “high concept” films. But not only was it a high concept blockbuster, it was critically acclaimed. The film currently holds a 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. And unless Armond White begins reviewing older classic films (god, I hope that never happens), it is likely to stay that way.

On this theatrical anniversary, please leave your thoughts/memories/experiences of the film in the comments below. After the jump I’ve also included some rare behind the scenes photos from the filming of Jaws.

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Cool Stuff: Brandon Schaefer’s Movie Posters

25-year-old Massachusetts-based graphic artist Brandon Schaefer has created an impressive collection of retro-minimal movie posters. The Ghostbusters-inspired posters above have been making the internet rounds recently, but Schaefer has a huge portfolio of posters, some of which can even be purchased as prints on inPRNT.com. Check out some of his posters, after the jump.
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DutchPuh's Pandora Twilight

Worth 1000 is famous for their photoshop contests. Their latest, Mate a Movie 15, asks graphic artists to take two or more movies, and combine them to make one much funnier movie. I’ve included some of my favorites after the jump, most of which have some play on Avatar.

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This summer, /Film considered traveling to the set of Piranha 3-D. Witnessing unlikely co-stars Richard Dreyfuss, Christopher Lloyd, Adam Scott, and completely naked bimbos battling (or getting devoured by) killer fish at the command of horror director Alex Aja is what the season is all about, no? Alas, it wasn’t meant be to be. The STD-insurance alone in the spring break hotspot of Lake Havasu, Arizona—where the film is shooting and set—is friggin’ outrageous. After informing us that we were not worthy, Piranha 3-D co-star and Human Giant comedian, Paul Scheer, offered up lots of funny, obscene and insane deets about next March’s horror flick. He also sent over this exclusive photo of his morally bankrupt character.

At times, our conversation went off the record into darker territory—a la shark viscera spilling onto a pier—but much is said below about a production that aspires to be the goriest and craziest 3-D movie ever. Paul discussed his role (it required method-acting and method-oogling), the precise amount of blood (a shit ton), Lake Havasu memories, and why Richard Dreyfuss’s sage character will seem, erm, pretty damn familiar. Chomp, chomp, chomp…

Hunter Stephenson: So Paul, I assume you wanted to do a broad family film and then you were offered Piranha 3-D. It was a matter of good timing, serendipitous.

Paul Scheer: [laughs] Yeah, well, I was trying to get Imagine That Too off the ground, where I become Eddie Murphy’s brother, and have my own adventure with my daughter. It was actually crazy, because when I first heard about this movie, it was like, “Elizabeth Shue is in Piranha 3-D, she’s awesome!” And then, you know, the title sounds cool and it sounds campy…

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VOTD: Must Love Jaws

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What if Steven Spielberg‘s Jaws was a romantic comedy about a man in love with a shark? Mike Dow has edited together a trailer for the movie, titled Must Love Jaws. Check it out after the jump.
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Cool Stuff: Justin Reed’s Movie Art

Justin Reed is a 30-year old Vermont artist who has created a number of awesome movie-inspired artwork over the past few years. He has a BFA in Illustration from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, and has had art exhibition in galleries in and out of the country (every place from Canada to Los Angeles). I’ve included nine of my favorite pieces that Reed has created after the jump.

Unfortunately, Reed is not selling prints of any of this art work at this time, but if that changes, I’ll let you know. And of course, he also does commissions, so if you want to hire the guy, head on over to his website for full details.

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Cool Stuff: Jaws 5 – Jaws in Space T-Shirt

When Hollywood makes too many sequels in a horror series, you eventually get the over the top installment like Jason X, where Jason goes to space. Thankfully the Jaws series never got that far, and only produced three really bad sequels (some might argue that Jaws 2 really wasn’t THAT bad, and compared to Jaws 3-D and Jaws: The Revenge, you might be right). The Cotton Factory has released a cool t-shirt which imagines what is Jaws went to Space. Things rarely approach being as ridiculously awesome as this. The t-shirt is available in sizes Small to XXL.
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LOL: Canadian Filmmakers Festival Posters

The posters for the Canadian Filmmakers Festival parody classic films.

via: Nerdcore

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