If you live in the Los Angeles area and want to see some cool art, you need to get over to the Hero Complex Gallery. That’s because the gallery is hosting Craig Drake’s first solo show and it’s loaded with awesome artwork done on paper, metal (including mega metal prints that are 60 x 40!), and wood. While I’ve been a fan of Drake’s work for a long time, I’ll admit the show was another level. As you can see in the pictures, Drake took on some iconic movies, people, and TV shows including Die Hard, The Thing, Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Bruce Lee, Buffy, Cowboy Bebop, Game of Thrones, and a lot more.
Since most of you live outside of Los Angeles, I took pictures of everything on display and you can check out over 40 pictures after the jump. In addition, the gallery will be releasing what didn’t sell out on their website tomorrow, so no matter where you live, you can purchase something. Be warned, if you check out the pictures you’re probably going to want to buy something.
They say there’s “nothing certain in life except death and taxes”. It’s a pretty accurate little saying, sure, but if you ask anyone who’s battled a raging poster-buying addiction, they’ll tell you what Limited Paper learned long ago: there exists a little-known third certainty in life that’s known only to screenprint collectors. Goes like this: “One can never have too many posters based on John Carpenter’s The Thing”.
So, just to recap, that’s: death, taxes, and an insatiable need to own every print based on John Carpenter’s The Thing. It’s a curse, but today there’s good news for those afflicted with this devastating compulsion: Mondo’s dropping Randy Ortiz’ The Thing poster later this week. And if ya don’t like The Thing for some (nonsensical) reason? Well, new stuff from Gary Pullin and Rich Kelly are also en route. Find out details, see the prints, and get your fix after the jump, Thing junkies.
Last night the Arclight Hollywood hosted AFI’s Night at the Movies, a celebration of 13 great American films hosted by the stars that helped make them famous. As a part of the event Kurt Russell was on hand to introduce a screening of John Carpenter’s 1982 classic The Thing. Having been born a few years too late for The Thing’s theatrical run, I take every opportunity I can to watch it on the big screen and my favorite part is always the audience. You can’t beat an audience that’s just as excited to be there as you are; an audience that screams, cheers and applauds at all the right moments – that is, I used to think you couldn’t beat it until last night’s screening. Turns out a little reminiscing from Russell beforehand make the whole thing just that much more fantastic. Hit the jump to check out the highlights of what he had to say.
For one night only, Target is sponsoring AFI’s Night at the Movies, a screening of 13 classic films hosted by the stars that helped make them famous. 2012 AFI Life Achievement Award recipient and Oscar®-winning actress Shirley MacLaine and Oscar®-winning actress Sally Field will reunite to co-present Steel Magnolias, Harrison Ford will present Blade Runner: The Final Cut and Kevin Spacey will present The Usual Suspects, just to name a few.
Tickets for the Wednesday, April 24th event are available now at the Arclight Hollywood website or box office. You can head to AFI’s website for more information or hit the jump to read the press release for the event.
Entertainment Weekly has announced the complete lineup for the upcoming EW CapeTown Film Festival, and it’s chock-full of great films and exciting guests. Screenings include Shaun of the Dead, The Thing, Escape from New York, The Goonies, Twelve Monkeys, and Star Trek (2009), with a special “May the 4th Be With You” all-day marathon of Return of the Jedi. More excitingly, though, is the fact that Edgar Wright, John Carpenter, Kurt Russell, Richard Donner, Neil Gaiman, Terry Gilliam, Leonard Nemoy, and more will be onhand to introduce and discuss the various films.
Hit the jump to check out the full lineup, which also includes a special announcement that’s coming soon. EW CapeTown Film Festival will run in Los Angeles from April 30th – May 6th.
Earlier today, the word started spreading, and soon enough we were all paying attention: “sometime soon”, a Mondo-related announcement was going to drop via our friends over at Ain’t It Cool News, and…well, and nothing: that was pretty much all we got by way of a hint. Mercifully, the wait for AICN’s announcement didn’t last long, and now we all know what the big secret was: this week, Mondo will drop a Steven Spielberg double-header—a poster based on Jaws (by Laurent Durieux) and another based on E.T. The Extraterrestrial (by Mike Mitchell).
Wanna see these new prints, find out where they’re dropping, when, and what each one’s gonna cost ya? Meet me on the other side, folks.
Last night, the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas threw open the doors on their final gallery show for 2012, and—as expected—it was about as fitting an end to the Mondo Gallery’s first year in operation as anyone could have imagined. Tina’s Mom’s Boyfriend—a show composed entirely of creations from the mighty Australian-based team known as We Buy Your Kids—was a celebration of the bizarre, a colorful explosion of “WTF?!” that (from where Limited Paper’s standing) courageously refused to offer up anything even remotely obvious, safe, or easily-digested.
Infinitely stranger than this summer’s Adventure Time showcase and twice as inexplicably disturbing as Jay Shaw’s Don’t Go Out Tonight, Tina’s Mom’s Boyfriend is certain to be remembered for being the Mondo Gallery’s most divisive show (in 2012, anyway). Wanna know what we thought, hear a few interesting tidbits about a few of the featured prints, and see a video walking tour of the entire show? Meet me after the jump, folks.
Ever since Limited Paper kicked off back in June, we’ve gone out of our way to include “the little guys”: galleries that might not have the same instant name-recognition as Mondo and Gallery1988, artists that might not be as well-known as the Tyler Stout’s and Martin Ansin’s of the world, and so on. Mark Englert—whose artwork we name-checked in the first-ever Limited Paper as a “Thing Worth Getting Excited About”—certainly falls into that category: not only is the dude a relative newcomer to the screenprinted-poster game, but he’s also producing some of the best artwork (particularly GID artwork) currently available on the open market.
We’ve always been excited to share Mark’s work with you in the past, and today—for the first time ever—we’re proud to play host to the exclusive premiere of his latest piece, a screenprint created for the fine folks over at the UK’s LtDedition Gallery. Who the hell is LtDedition Gallery, what’s their new poster look like, and when can you get your hands on one? Find out after the jump, folks.
Friday night in Austin, TX, the Alamo Drafthouse welcomed people from all over the country for the summer’s most highly-anticipated poster-related event yet: the Summer of ’82 screening of John Carpenter’s sci-fi classic The Thing, which—as we all learned earlier in the week—would be accompanied by an amazing screenprint created by living legend Drew Struzan. Obviously, our attendance was mandatory. Wanna know what the scene was like at this incredibly kick-ass screening? And while you’re here, how about some exclusive info about Gallery1988’s upcoming Arrested Development-themed show? It’s all after the jump, my fellow poster enthusiasts.
Last month, we reported that the Alamo Drafthouse would be spending this summer honoring the summer of 1982 by holding screenings of Conan the Barbarian, The Road Warrior, Rocky III, Poltergeist, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, The Thing, and TRON, with all the movies being presented in 35mm. Tomorrow, a limited number of badges—priced at $80—will go on sale here at 11am CST and provide admission to all these movies. The Drafthouse will also be selling tickets to the first movie in the series, Conan the Barbarian, which will play on May 11th.
In addition to the terrific movies that have already been announced, the Drafthouse has added 11 more movies to the summer series: Vice Squad, Escape 2000, The Sword and the Sorcerer, The Secret of Nimh, Pink Floyd: The Wall, Class of 1984, Friday the 13th: Part 3 in 3D, Halloween 3, Q: The Winged Serpent, The Dark Crystal, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and The Last Unicorn. The badges won’t cover these movies, so you’ll have to buy tickets. Hit the jump for the full press release, which includes info on when you can buy tickets for each movie (and you better come to Rocky III since we’re co-hosting it!). We’ve also included a look at Dan McCarthy’s gorgeous E.T. posters, which will be sold at the E.T. screening with any leftovers being sold online).
The summer movie season keeps getting bigger but rarely does it get better. There are always some standouts, but in 30 years time, will we have nine movies that will all be remembered as classics? I’m not sure, but it’s only been done once before in the last 30 years, and that was in the summer of 1982. From May through July, the world received (in chronological order) Conan the Barbarian, The Road Warrior, Rocky III, Poltergeist, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, The Thing, Blade Runner, and TRON. Let that sink in for a moment.
The Alamo Drafthouse is paying tribute to the summer of 1982 by letting audiences relive it in the summer of 2012. The Alamo will re-release the film on the same day that it was released in 1982, and a geek site will co-host a screening at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz in Austin. So for example, we’re co-hosting the screening of Rocky III on May 25th. Select films will have big events with special guests and new Mondo posters. Hit the jump for all of the release dates along with Alamo’s trailer for the summer of 1982.
We’ve seen many of the great horror films of the 70’s and 80’s remade and yet few if any have lived up to their predecessors. So remaking John Carpenter’s The Thing must have been a tempting but dangerous proposition. The film is considered one of the greatest horror films of that or any time, and a remake might aggravate fans (even though the 1982 film itself was a remake), on top of the knowledge that the Carpenter film was a flop when released. To circumvent that they made a prequel, which copies the original in a lot of ways, and takes place days before the original remake. 2011’s The Thing stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, and Eric Christian Olsen as the victims, and our review of the Blu-ray follows after the jump.
As the 84th Academy Awards move closer, we’re starting to get a better sense of how things will pan out. We recently shared the 39 songs that will contend for the Best Original Song category, and now the Academy has announced the 97 original scores eligible for the Best Original Score award. AMPAS is notoriously picky when it comes to eligibility in this category, and as we feared the scores for both Drive and Attack the Block have been deemed ineligible. Also disappointing is the ineligibility of Alexandre Desplat’s mesmerizing score for The Tree of Life.
While it’s upsetting to see some of the year’s best work side-lined, there’s plenty to be happy about. I was a huge fan of Howard Shore’s work in Hugo and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’s score for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, as well as The Chemical Brothers’ brilliant work in the criminally underseen Hanna. Hit the jump for the full list, as well as who I think will make the cut.
In a photo-finish that could very well end up too close to call, it looks like Shawn Levy’s sci-fi pic Real Steel has topped the box office for the second weekend in a row, just edging out the Footloose remake. Estimates have Real Steel with $16.3 million for the weekend, with Footloose finishing with a respectable $16.1 million. The neck-and-neck race may come down to Sunday totals, with the family-heavy day giving a slight edge to the all-ages Real Steel. Hit the jump for more details.
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I’m writing you this afternoon less than an hour removed from my first trip to the little slice of Americana that is a Bass Pro Shop. For those unfamiliar with the chain, imagine a store with Wal-Mart-esque square footage that devotes itself entirely to all things outdoor. While I’ll admit to being a little out of my element (okay, way out of my element), even an outdoor novice like myself can relish the opportunity to have their picture taken with a taxidermic grizzly bear. For those of you waiting for me to somehow make a connection between my Bass Pro experience and this week’s “Top 5″, this ellipsis is about as close as you’re going to get…
…In this week’s installment you’ll find the much-anticipated first trailer from writer/director Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, the first poster for Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 3D, some new set photos from Man of Steel and The Dark Knight Rises, and interviews for both The Thing and Craig Brewer’s Footloose. Hit the jump for a brief recap and link to each.