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Just yesterday I said “Los Angeles film fans, April and May is a great time to live in the City of Angels.” There’s the Hero Complex Film Festival, EW’s CapeTown Film Festival, the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival and now Target Presents AFI Night at the Movies.

It’ll take place April 24 at the Arclight Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA and feature the following line-up:

  • Kathy Bates presenting Misery 
  • Cher presenting Moonstruck 
  • Sally Field presenting Norma Rae
  • Peter Fonda presenting Easy Rider
  • Harrison Ford presenting Blade Runner: The Final Cut
  • Samuel L. Jackson presenting Pulp Fiction
  • Shirley MacLaine presenting Terms of Endearment
  • Demi Moore presenting Ghost 
  • Mike Myers presenting Shrek
  • Sidney Poitier presenting In The Heat of the Night
  • Kurt Russell presenting The Thing 
  • Kevin Spacey presenting The Usual Suspects

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Briefly: One of the standout pieces from last weekend’s Hero Complex Gallery show was Craig Drake‘s Thing-inspired piece called RJ MacReady. At the time, it was only available as a single original art piece for $1,500. However, the gallery has decided to make limited edition screenprints of the print and release them as a timed edition. Head to this link before 5 p.m. PST January 16 and pick one up. Then let us know if you nabbed one in the comments.

UPDATE: Sorry, had the wrong link. It’s fixed now.

Most of our favorite sci-fi, fantasy or action films become our favorites because of their details. I’m talking weapons; iconic tools of destruction that are so damn cool we want to own them. Lightsabers in Star Wars, the Hanzo steel in Kill Bill, Robocop‘s handgun, pulse rifles in Aliens, Doctor Who‘s sonic screwdriver, Indiana Jones‘s whip, Ghostbuster proton packs, Freddy‘s claws. Iconic weapons are a huge asset to a classic pop-culture action film.

A new art gallery is opening in Los Angeles January 11 called the Hero Complex Gallery and they agree with that assessment. Their debut show is called Weapon of Choice. All the work is based upon pop culture weapons. Some are obvious, like the ones mentioned above. Others are more subtle, like a film noir femme fatale using sex as a weapon. But either way, the show looks incredibly gorgeous and /Film is honored to debut several of the works in the show.

The show has The Thing flamethrower by Craig Drake, Conan‘s sword by Joshua Budich, the No Country for Old Men bolt pistol by Scott Belcastro, Doctor Who‘s sonic screwdriver by Brandon Schaefer, Buck Rodgers’ ray gun by Laurent Durieux, and images from Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, Kill Bill and much more. Check it all out below. Read More »

You may remember a few weeks back that Mondo released a screen print of Drew Struzan‘s The Thing. It was a huge deal for fans and collectors because not only could they own a piece of art from one of the best movie poster artists ever, the image itself was incredibly iconic and instantly recognizable. What we didn’t know at that time was the team from Machinima tagged along and documented the whole thing.

In the below series of videos, you get a look both behind the scenes at Mondo, but also at Struzan’s house, a talk with director John Carpenter and even a peek into the screenprinting factory to see how the process is done. It’s a very cool series of videos for movie poster fans. Check it out below. Read More »

When you say “John Carpenter‘s The Thing” the first image that pops in your head might be Drew Struzan‘s legendary theatrical one sheet. The silhouetted man in a winter jacket with a bright light exploding out of his face has become the defining image of the awesome movie. Though others have tried to create equally iconic representations fo the film, no one has come close to duplicating Struzan’s striking poster.

This Friday, the Alamo Drafthouse is hosting their Summer of ’82 screening of The Thing. In an almost jaw-dropping stroke of awesomeness, they’ve talked Universal into allowing Struzan and Mondo to screenprint and release a limited edition version of the poster’s original painting. Check out the full image and find out how and when you can buy these after the jump. Read More »


Conan the BarbarianThe ThingPoltergeistThe Road WarriorStar Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Tron, and that’s just the beginning. Yes, the Summer of 1982 was probably the best one in the history of movies and that’s why the Alamo Drafthouse is celebrating with a summer long, 30th anniversary celebration screening a slew of the most exciting films released that year. Plus, there’s now a significant update jumping off last month’s announcement.

Tickets for the first screening, Conan the Barbarian, go on sale Tuesday morning along with a limited number of passes that’ll get you into eight of the screenings. Second, the series has expanded significantly, adding films such as The Dark Crystal, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Vice Squad, The Secret of Nimh, Friday the 13th Part 3, Q: The Winged Serpent, Pink Floyd: The Wall and more. Third, Blade Runner will not be screened (bummer).

And finally, in accordance with the /Film sponsored screening of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial on June 8 (tickets on sale May 25) we’re proud to exclusively debut the Mondo poster for the film by artist Dan McCarthy. Check out the poster, the important links, full lineup and more after the jump. Read More »

After giving the matter much thought, folks at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX have decided that the summer of 1982 is perhaps the best summer in history for big, fun movies. That’s a difficult point to argue, given that the summer saw the release of Conan the Barbarian, The Thing, Poltergeist, The Road Warrior, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and more.

The Alamo Drafthouse has decided to recreate the release schedule of that summer, and starting on May 11 will be screening the big films of the Summer of ’82 in 35mm, on the weekends corresponding to their original release date.

The company is partnering with a collection of movie websites to co-host each of the screenings, and on June 8, /Film will co-host a screening of Steven Spielberg’s enduring ‘boy meets alien’ classic E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. I’m excited to have the chance to introduce one of Spielberg’s signature movies.

Get all the info on the current screening schedule below, and see a great trailer created to announce the program. Read More »

When The Thing was released earlier this year, there were some viewers who weren’t thrilled with the degree to which CGI was used to bring the movie’s alien creature to life. John Carpenter’s 1982 movie of the same name, for which this year’s film is a prequel, is a landmark in the use of practical effects. Early in the development of the ’11 movie, we’d heard that it would feature a good mix of practical and CGI effects work. The final release edit countered that assertion; at the very least, it seemed to have a lot of CGI painted over the practical effects.

Now a video posted by Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc., the company that did the film’s practical effects, shows a lot of the unvarnished work done for the movie. It looks great, and features a good look at what may be the alien’s ‘original’ form — or at least the form that landed on Earth. Check it out below. Read More »

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The word ‘uninspired’ is an easy shortcut to communicate an impression of unpleasant mediocrity, and so it gets thrown around a lot. It is also the perfect term for The Thing, the new film by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. that acts as a prequel to John Carpenter’s 1982 film of the same name. Uninspired, right off the bat: no one could even bother to tack a subtitle onto this movie, much less an entirely new name.

The Thing ‘11 is slavishly devoted to the ‘82 effort, which has evolved from box-office flop to a revered horror icon. Ostensibly a prequel, this film is so heavily attached to the old, like a pre-surgery Belial, that I’m not sure there was ever a chance it could grow a personality of its own. It appropriates some of Ennio Morricone’s score for the ‘82, noticeably the low bass throb of the original main theme, but it might as well adopt Olivia Newton John’s AM radio hit ‘Hopelessly Devoted to You’ as the real theme. In short, The Thing ‘11 is a fan film on a studio budget. Read More »