Both Sides: An Art Show Celebrating Heroes & Villains' With Dan Mumford & Jeff Boyes

Tomorrow night kicks off Gallery 1988’s Both Sides: An Art Show Celebrating Heroes & Villains featuring artwork by Dan Mumford and Jeff Boyes, two pop culture artists we’ve featured on the site previously. The show will also feature some “cameo” artwork from Ashton Gallagher, Chet Phillips, Clark Orr, Dave Quibble, Jeffrey Everett/Rockets are Red, Ryan Binkerhoff and Sam Gilbey. Hit the jump to get a preview of some of the artwork from the show.
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James White - skuzzles Robocop poster

Paul Verhoven’s Robocop is one of those pop culture properties that is represented by a lot of posters. But, frankly, I think we’re probably okay with that. The film is awesome, a classic that is entertaining, subversive and worth revisiting again and again. Plus, it’s a franchise that proves if the original works, celebrate it, don’t try to do it over.

The latest poster for Robocop is by artist James White, aka Signal Noise, whose colorful, almost electric work you’ve probably seen on the site before. His take on this film is simple and iconic, and very of the ’80s era. Even with that, it still takes 10 different colors in the screenprinting process to make it pop.

Below, check out our exclusive reveal of James White’s Skuzzles Robocop poster, which will be released on May 29. Read More »

RoboCop web series

Who would have guessed that the next version of RoboCop would be via a web series? The portal Machinima announced a slate of upcoming projects today, and among a couple of DC-related series and a strange effort from Clive Barker is a series that will explore the RoboCop world by showing us first-person action from the point of view of the title law enforcers. Given that Machinima started as something between the realms of gaming and film, that’s an interesting angle to take. Read more about the RoboCop web series, and all the other new Machinima projects below. Read More »

The 25 Best Movie Robots of All Time

Best Movie Robots of All Time

This weekend, director Neill Blomkamp adds a new member to an exclusive club: movies with really cool robots. It’s a cross-section of movies big and small that drive the story forward with characters made of metal and wire. Sometimes they’re menacing, sometimes they’re hilarious, but the best movie robots are always unforgettable.

In honor of Blomkamp’s movie, Chappie, I’ve ranked my 25 favorite movie robots of all time. It wasn’t an easy task. There are so many subtle differences you have to consider. Is a cyborg a robot? Is an alien a robot? For example, Darth Vader is “more machine than man,” just like RoboCop. Are they both robots? In the end I went with my gut. If the character felt like a robot, or its robotic nature added something to the movie, it made the list. Also, this is (once again) a personal list. I didn’t grow up on Westworld or The Day the Earth Stood Still. I never really felt like Blade Runner‘s replicants were robots. So it’s a little weird and surprising but hopefully that’s why you want to check it out. Hit the jump to find out the 25 Best Movie Robots of All Time.

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What Are the Most Pirated Movies of 2014?

Frozen Ride

Guardians of the Galaxy and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 are shaping up to be the biggest hits of the year at the global box office. But in terms of the year’s most pirated films, they don’t even make the top 20.

Instead, the most popular movies among illegal downloaders in 2014 were some of the best loved films from 2013. Perhaps the biggest surprise is that this is the one popularity contest Frozen didn’t manage to win — it comes in at #2. So what was #1?  Get the top 20 most pirated movies of 2014 after the jump.  Read More »

RoboCop BTS 3

When it comes to modern sci-fi movies, RoboCop has to be one of the best. Part machine, part man, the 1987 film by Paul Verhoeven is a satirical, violent masterpiece. At its center is the gorgeously designed, iconic lead character who returned for two much lesser sequels, and was redesigned for a reboot released earlier this year.

So how did RoboCop come to be? What’s the story behind the silver and chrome character? A new book called RoboCop: The Definitive History hits shelves Tuesday. Written by Calum Waddell, it has all the answers. To celebrate its release, we’ve got a set of amazing RoboCop behind the scenes photos like the one above. Check them out below. Read More »

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Kevin Wilson - Se7en

Some of our greatest art has to do with crime. People who commit it, people who fight it, people who study it, these are stories that very easily provide gripping emotion. Innumerable classic movies, music, television and more are based on crime and a new gallery exhibit celebrates it all.

The Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles presents an exhibit called I Am The Law/A Life of Crime opening Friday August 15. Dozens of artists from all over the world have dramatized their favorite movies and television shows where someone either breaks the laws or enforces them. That opens up a pretty wide spectrum, from Sherlock, The Wire, The Blues Brothers, Luther and Hannibal on TV to RoboCop, Lethal Weapon, The Killer, The Godfather, Se7en and Die Hard at the movies. They all are represented plus many more. Below, see just a tiny selection of art from I Am The Law/A Life of Crime. Read More »

mondo robocop kevin tong

Mondo loves to do posters for niche, interesting movies as well as some of the biggest movies of all time. Thursday’s releases fall in that second category. Popular and distinctive artists Tom Whalen and Kevin Tong now join the ranks of Tyler Stout, Martin Ansin, Olly Moss, Todd Slater, Tim Doyle and Jay Shaw with their own, unique representations of RoboCop for Mondo. Paul Verhoven’s 1987 classic has seen all kinds of different posters but these latest two, on sale Thursday, are definitely two of the coolest. Below, check out all the information on them. Read More »

Robocop

UPDATE: The Robocop statue presentation has been cancelled, but the first pitch at Comerica Park will proceed as planned. Original story follows.

Detroiters are finally getting a real Robocop… statue. The 10-foot bronze monument to the pop-culture icon will be unveiled tomorrow, June 3, which not-so-coincidentally also marks the DVD/Blu-ray release date for the 2014 Robocop remake.

To celebrate this very special event, the organizers behind the statue have declared Tuesday to be “Robocop Day.” Find out what that entails after the jump.

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