November 15, 2010


A trio of posters just hit the internet for The Mechanic, True Grit, and Gnomeo & Juliet. Up first is the awesome new poster for The Mechanic, which is directed by Simon West (Con Air) and is a remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson film of the same name. Jason Statham, Ben Foster, and Donald Sutherland star. The second poster is for True Grit, the Coen Brothers’ upcoming remake of the western that won John Wayne an Oscar. The film stars Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld and I completely dig the poster. Third on the list is a reimagining (can you tell there is a trend in Hollywood?) called Gnomeo & Juliet, which is an animated film that features the familiar story or Romeo & Juliet—but with garden gnomes. Directed by Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2), the Touchstone Pictures film will utilize old and new songs by Elton John along with voice work by James McAvoy and Emily Blunt as the two main characters. So hit the jump for all three posters.


The poster for The Mechanic features various weaponry made into the shape of a pistol. I love the color choice and the assortment of weapons, and there is even an embedded QR code. You can look forward to a trailer for the film to hit Wednesday.  The film is set to open on January 28, 2011.

Here’s the synopsis:

Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) is a ‘mechanic’ – an elite assassin with a strict code and unique talent for cleanly eliminating targets. It’s a job that requires professional perfection and total detachment, and Bishop is the best in the business. But when his mentor and close friend Harry (Donald Sutherland) is murdered, Bishop is anything but detached. His next assignment is self-imposed – he wants those responsible dead.

His mission grows complicated when Harry’s son Steve (Ben Foster) approaches him with the same vengeful goal and a determination to learn Bishop’s trade. Bishop has always acted alone but he can’t turn his back on Harry’s son. A methodical hit man takes an impulsive student deep into his world and a deadly partnership is born. But while in pursuit of their ultimate mark, deceptions threaten to surface and those hired to fix problems become problems themselves.


Meanwhile, The Hitlist provides the second poster for True Grit, and features the tagline “Punishment Comes One Way Or Another.” Joel and Ethan Coen seem to be bringing the goods for this remake, and I can’t wait to see more of Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn. Look for the film on December 22nd.

Here’s the synopsis:

Fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross’s (Hailee Steinfeld) father has been shot in cold blood by the coward Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), and she is determined to bring him to justice. Enlisting the help of a trigger-happy, drunken U.S. Marshal, Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges), she sets out with him — over his objections — to hunt down Chaney. Her father’s blood demands that she pursue the criminal into Indian territory and find him before a Texas Ranger named LeBoeuf (Matt Damon) catches him and brings him back to Texas for the murder of another man.


Finally, we have the Gnomeo & Juliet one-sheet straight from the source: Disney. You can tell that this tale is turned on its head, though it likely will feature the same basic blue print that has made William Shakespeare’s tale so endearing. However, I doubt the end will be quite as tragic. Look for this crazy film in 3D on February 11, 2011.

Here’s the synopsis:

The greatest love story ever told, starring…garden gnomes? In “Gnomeo & Juliet,” Shakespeare’s revered tale gets a comical, off-the-wall makeover. Directed by Kelly Asbury (co-director of “Shrek 2″) and showcasing both classic and original songs by Elton John, the film features the voices of James McAvoy and Emily Blunt as Gnomeo and Juliet, who have as many obstacles to overcome as their quasi namesakes when they are caught up in a feud between neighbors. But with plastic pink flamingos and thrilling lawnmower races in the mix, can this young couple find a happy ending?

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