Martin Ansin - Flash Gordon

Most artists have a style. A unique, original look for their art that distinguishes it from the rest. Most artists, however, aren’t Kevin Tong or Martin Ansin. Just when you think either artist is best at one thing, they’ll change it up and do something totally different. Realistic, exaggerated, mechanical, lyrical, Tong and Ansin are unique for being so diverse. And now, the pair are teaming up for a Mondo Gallery show based on fantasy and sci-fi.

Ansin and Tong’s show opens at 7 p.m. March 14 and remains on display through April 12 at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas. Below, check out some of the work including new posters for Alien, Aliens, The Wizard of Oz, Flash Gordon, Prometheus and Psycho. Plus, find some info on the latest Mondo vinyl: the score for Gravity. Read More »

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Avengers Academy

This edition of Theme Park Bits has full of franchises: Harry Potter, The Avengers, Wizard of Oz and more. Below, read about the following:

  • Harry Potter‘s Hogwarts Express has been delivered to Universal Studios Orlando.
  • Thor: Treasures of Asgard opens at Disneyland on Friday
  • Marvel’s Avengers Academy is now open on the Disney Magic Cruise.
  • Check out images from a Wizard of Oz theme park that almost got built in the Nineties.
  • Watch a short film based on the Haunted Mansion

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Legends of Oz

A few quick notes for you Wizard of Oz fans. First up, a reminder that September 20 brings the IMAX 3D re-release of the original film. Second, though the news has been out there for sometime (and we missed it), the long in-production, computer animated Oz film formerly called Dorothy From Oz has a new title and release date. Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, a 3D animated musical, will be released May 9, 2014. And third, Mondo has yet another awesome poster for the classic film, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. It’s by Graham Erwin. Check out more below. Read More »

Wizard of Oz

Briefly: The drive to create new films and TV shows based on recognizable fairy tales may not be as all-consuming as it was a year or two ago, but that doesn’t mean it has gone away altogether. Look at CBS, which is now developing a show called Dorothy, from Elementary exec producers Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman.

The show, says Deadline, is designed as basically E.R. set in New York City, and inspired by The Wizard of Oz. Emily Fox (Ghost Whisperer) is scripting and will exec produce the show if it goes forward. Hopefully she’s seen Lars von Trier’s The Kingdom, which has already done a hell of a job infusing the hospital procedural drama with elements of the strange and fantastic.

The Wizard of Oz

It typically takes studios a year or more to push a sequel out, no matter how quickly they try to put one together. But in the case of Oz The Great and Powerful, audiences will get to see what happened to the wizard just a few months after we left him.

Of course, that’s only because we’ve already known where the character would end up for many decades now. The Wizard of Oz is approaching its 75th birthday, and to celebrate that big anniversary, Warner Bros. is putting the Technicolor classic back in theaters this fall with a shiny new IMAX 3D upgrade. Watch the trailer for the remastered release after the jump.

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If we’re lucky, every few months a poster is released that makes you step back from your computer and stare. A poster so gorgeous, fans and non-fans a like will bask in its beauty. Some previous examples are Olly Moss’s Star Wars posters, Ken Taylor’s Halloween poster, Tyler Stout’s Akira, Aaron Horkey’s There Will be Blood and now, you can add Tom Whalen‘s The Wizard of Oz to the list.

Whalen has long been a favorite, both here on /Film and in galleries across the country. Working consistently for Mondo and Gallery 1988 has helped the Pennsylvania-based artist develop quite a following and, as fantastic as his work always is, this poster – made for Mondo –  takes the cake. It’s epic, evocative and sure to be incredibly difficult to obtain.

Check out the full image after the jump along with another new Whalen poster from, for the Looney Tunes short Knighty Knight Bugs, as well as two comic-themed posters for The Black Beetle by Francesco Francavilla. Read More »

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The opportunity to see an all-time classic on the big screen should be taken whenever possible. Ideally, this happens at a repertory house where the original content and quality of the film is preserved, and sometimes (though less and less as 35mm gives way to DCP) even the format is the same. On special occasions, though, a film is so grand and adored it gets not only a big time restoration, but major release as well. Titanic comes to mind. Jurassic Park. And now, The Wizard of Oz can be added to the list.

The 1939 classic celebrates its 75 anniversary in 2014 and leading up to that, Warner Bros. is releasing both a 3D Blu-ray super set on October 1 and a restored, 3D IMAX edition in theaters September 1. Read More »

The land of Oz is a big, varied place, with all manner of strange denizens around whom to build a story. But there are only a dozen or so characters that are recognizable to broad audiences who have never read L. Frank Baum’s novels: Oz, the witches, Dorothy, her companions in The Wizard of Oz, maybe Princess Ozma and a few others.

So it’s easy to guess that a sequel to Sam Raimi‘s film Oz the Great and Powerful would jump forward to involve Dorothy in some way, perhaps even effectively rebooting The Wizard of Oz and circling around any effort Warner Bros. (rights holder to the 1939 film) might put into motion.

But producer Joe Roth says the Great and Powerful sequel “would absolutely not” involve Dorothy. Read More »

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