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Peter Jackson has never quite been sure how many movies based on the world of J.R.R. Tolkien he was going to make. In his initial pitch, he combined the three Lord of the Rings novels into two movies. He then ended up making three. And even though those movies were long, he released extended editions of each. He then decided he didn’t want to tackle The Hobbit, and passed the job to Guillermo del Toro. Del Toro dropped though and Jackson jumped back into the directors chair to make two movies based on the one book. As he was shooting though, he realized he had enough for three movies, and now we have both a Lord of the Rings Trilogy and a Hobbit Trilogy.

Both of those trilogies used information from Appendices Tolkien wrote later to add meat to the bone and that begs the question, is he really done? Well, at the press junket for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies that point was discussed. One actor seems to think more Lord of the Rings movies are possible but logistically, it’s probably not. Read the quotes below. Read More »

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Craig Drake Die Hard

Most of you probably didn’t notice, but I took the day off last Friday. Why? Because I was so excited by the artwork of Craig Drake.

Drake’s work should be recognizable to most. He’s got a very distinctive, technical approach that blurs the line between minimal and expressive, with a heavy dash of graphic ’80s style. He places iconic images on a simple, flat background, and makes them explode off the wall. He’s had posters at Mondo, Bottleneck, Ltd. Art and others, but this week marked his first solo show. And as is the case with any artist finally given their own exhibit, he wanted to do something amazing. He succeeded.

Drake’s show, which is on display the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles, turns his trademark style up to eleven. Not only is he tackling a ton of popular pop culture properties (Star Wars, Die Hard, Aliens, Cowboy Bebop, Lord of the Rings, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Escape from New York and others), he’s doing so with a newly found depth and passion. Each piece is better and more detailed than the last. Plus, Drake took many of the pieces and blew them up double the size of a normal poster. These “Mega Metals” make the whole show feel like an interactive experience.

Below, we’ve got images of all the art in Craig Drake’s show, which is on display through April 27.  Read More »

Andrew DeGraff Lord of the Rings

The best movie posters transport us into their world. In a single image, they sum up the characters, settings and emotions of a two hour movie. Most posters do this pretty easily, with a crucial image or actor from the movie, but others take the long way. For example, by literally mapping out the entire path of every character in a movie in one image.

Philadelphia based artist Andrew DeGraff does exactly that. He watches a movie, hand draws and paints all the locations, then guides each character via a specifically colored line, from location to location. At the end, you’re left with a stunningly detailed representation of an entire movie. Andrew DeGraff maps the movies.

In the past, DeGraff has done this with the Star Wars trilogy, the Indiana Jones trilogy and more. Saturday March 29, he’ll open his second solo show at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles called Cartography. This time, he’s mapped out films such as the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Princess Bride, The Breakfast Club, Alien, The Shining, and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Below, see a few of the images from the show and read more about DeGraff’s process.

UPDATE: We’ve added an exclusive reveal of Back to the Future and a hi-res version of Lord of the RingsRead More »

Some casting, some directing, some controversy and a couple Star Trek details are in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump, read about the following.

  • Olivia Wilde talks of possibly returning for a Tron: Legacy sequel.
  • Greg Kinnear and Josh Lawson join Anchorman: The Legend Continues.
  • Paul W.S. Anderson is definitely directing Resident Evil 6.
  • Warner Bros. is suing the J.R.R. Tolkien estate over a breach in contract with The Hobbit.
  • Bad Robot’s Action Movie FX App will get a Star Trek Into Darkness upgrade.
  • New Zealand is the latest country to get Star Trek Into Darkness a week early.
  • Peter Serafinowicz joins The Muppets…Again and Tina Fey discusses her character.

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Earlier this summer, Mondo announced they’d acquired the rights to The Lord of the Rings. Short of Star Wars or Star Trek, this was probably the most exciting major franchise out there for the company. Immediately, poster fans thought forward to this week, and the opening of a new film in the franchise. What would the release of The Hobbit bring? The answer is Olly Moss.

The incredibly popular and increasingly influential artist has applied his unique style to the fantasy franchise, with beautiful results. Somehow, Moss was able to encompass the entire franchise in one image, something many would find impossible. I think it’s Moss’s best work since My Neighbor Totoro, and that’s saying something.

After the jump, check it out and find out when and where you can buy it. Read More »

Fans of Middle Earth who’ve been following The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey closely know that advance tickets go on sale at noon EST Wednesday. It said so in both previously released commercials. But with that news comes not only our first list of theaters showing Peter Jackson‘s film in 48 frames per second, but the news that select theaters will show a marathon of the full Lord of the Rings: Extended Editions the week leading up to The Hobbit.

After the jump, get links to all of this, listen to a rousing sample from Howard Shore‘s score and read the full track listing. Read More »

On Wednesday, you knew it was going to be big. Game of Thrones and two different posters for The Dark Knight Rises were just the tip of the iceberg. The Mondo Booth at San Diego Comic-Con 2012 was a must visit during the convention, featuring hundreds of eager fans rabidly anticipating the next of several random surprise releases. Lines caused major problems with security and with the schedules of Con attendees desperate to get one of these posters but, mostly, people left happy. Some of the highlights included a Lord of the Rings trilogy set by J.C. Richard, Princess Mononoke by Olly Moss, Lego Lord of the Rings by Kevin Tong, several Adventure Time pieces and even a surprise visit by Guillermo Del Toro to autograph Mimic by Jay Shaw.

After the jump, check out all the posters we haven’t already posted about in one easy to view gallery. Read More »

They’ve done Star Wars, they’ve done Star Trek, and now Mondo will complete the holy trilogy of geek properties. At Thursday night’s tenth Mondo Mystery Movie, they revealed the first in a series of posters for The Lord of the Rings, based on the novels by J.R.R. Tolkien. The first poster for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is by Aaron Horkey and you can see it in all its glory after the jump. Read More »

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