Archive for October, 2013


The final IMAX poster for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a pop kitschy take-off on the works of Fantastic Realism sculptor Kris Kuksi.

Kuksi is know for his sculptures that meld old, classical forms with new, modern references that art critic Joshua Liner called ““a study in timelessness and intricacies, reminiscent of lost civilizations, deities and ruins – perfectly preserved.”


The piece above melds images of the sacred and profane, warrior and priest, imperfect monsters and perfectly sculpted men to create a mind-blowing phantasmagoria of heaven above, earth in the middle and hell below.

Kuksi reclaims old materials (toys, machine parts, tossed off salvage and every day trash placed on the curbside) and reconstructs them into things totally new and not resembling the original at all.

He fills his pieces with a sense of forms lost and unsettling futures to come– a warning about trusting fundamentalist societies and religions that have a dictatorial and totalitarian bent.


The Hunger Games Imax tribute balances off Capitol symbols (on the right of the poster)  with the resistance faction Phoenix symbols (on the left), with Katniss the synthesizing angel spreading her wings (forming the middle).  The rest is pretty deep stuff for a movie poster and I leave you dear reader to explore that for yourself. 


 This week is a big week for people who love Art Movie Posters.  

Bad Dad’s a tribute to the films of Wes Anderson is getting its fourth incarnation over at Spoke Art gallery in San Francisco. 

Down in LA The Hero Complex Gallery is hosting an exhibition of Jaws inspired art titled Smile, You Son of a Bitch!  They are the famous last words uttered to Bruce the Shark by Sheriff Brody before he shoots the oxygen canister that blows that bad boy to slow motion smithereens.   

It takes place for three days only, November 1-3, at the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. Proceeds go to PangeaSeed, an activism group which raises awareness for the preservation and conservation of sharks.

Enjoy the picture show!    

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 Over 100 artists from around the world have once again created brand new art inspired by the growing oeuvre of writer/director Wes Anderson. This year, the show opens with a costume party on November 1 and 2 followed by a triple feature of three Anderson films: Bottle Rocket, The Royal Tenenbaums and his most recent release, Moonrise Kingdom, on November 3.

Bad Dads will be on display at Spoke Art, 816 Sutter Street San Francisco CA from November 1-23. The opening party is from 6-10 p.m. Nov. 1-2 and the screenings will be Nov. 3 at the Castro Theater. Any unsold works will go online at 3 p.m PST November 4 at


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The Expendables 3  wrapped up principal photography the other day and celebrated by dropping a promo poster. 

Never Send a Boy to Do a Man’s has me anticipating that the women are going to make their mark with the newly titled Expendabelles.  Cameron Diaz, Milla Jovovich and Meryl Streep are being courted by Ari Lerner  for the big mission.  If Meryl Streep gets a best actress nomination for her role it will be proof that the Oscars are rigged.  

The men’s latest mission has has Sylvester Stallone’s Barney Ross and his Expendables crew squaring off against Ross’ old partner Conrad Stonebanks, played by Mel Gibson.  Returning for the sequel are Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews and Arnold Schwarzenegger, with Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, and Harrison Ford joining the all-star cast along with Kellan Lutz, MMA star Ronda Rousey, welterweight boxing champion Victor Ortiz and Glen Powell. 

The Expendables 3 will open sometime Summer 2014.



The first poster for Muppets: Most Wanted features the gang,  the three starring humans (Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey) and two Kermits.   The one on the right hand corner doing the Dr Evil imitation is K’s evil doppelganger Constantine, the criminal mastermind whose plot to steal an enormous diamond sets the international crime caper story in motion. Ricky Gervais co-stars as Constantine’s villainous sidekick, Dominic, while Ty Burrell plays a mustachioed Interpol agent and Tina Fey is on board as a Russian prison guard.

Cameos for the new film are supposed to include Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, Salma Hayek, Ray Liotta, Frank Langella, Christoph Waltz, Danny Trejo and Tom Hiddleston.  Even though Disney owns Marvel, don’t expect to see Hiddleston in a Loki costume.   But this being a Muppet movie expect anything.

James Bobin, who helmed the 2011 ‘Muppets’ film, is returning to direct the follow-up and co-wrote the screenplay with Nicholas Stoller.

“Muppets Most Wanted” “takes the world by farce” on March 21, 2014. 



Graphic poster artist Tom Whalen and Dark Hall Mansion have teamed up to bring a special Halloween treat for fans of Universal Monsters. 

Tom Whalen has crafted together an amazing set of 10 prints in both a standard series and a “Silver Screen” variant series covered in silver metallic inks.  Each set comes with 8 individual 18”x24” prints, each featuring one of your favorite Universal Monsters, and also a special 2 print diptych.  All the prints come shipped inside of a beautiful custom folio box.  The standard set will run you $350 shipped in the US and $450 for the variants.

Dark Hall Mansion has decided to offer up these awesome folio sets via a lottery system.  You have from NOW until next Tuesday afternoon at 5 PM PST to e-mail Dark Hall at with the words “WHALEN STANDARD” OR “WHALEN VARIANT” in the subject line for a chance to win your right to purchase either ONE “Universal Classic Monsters” 10-Print Standard Edition Folio or ONE “Universal Classic Monsters” 10-Print Variant Edition Folio.

Dark Hall’s facebook page  will continuously be revealing all the different prints up until the sale date.



Bryan Singer couldn’t decide whether he wanted to make a sequel or a prequel to X-Men, so he decided to merge the two and make a pre-sequel.  

X-Men Days of Future Past,  according to Brian Singer in an interview, has 70% of its plot occur in the past and the rest in the future filled with cryptic conversations mumbled in hush tones about the need for all mutants to come together to fight a common enemy determined to destroy them all.   The threat, a dwarf (Peter Dinklage, who else)  with giant robot creation on his mind.  The threat is so dire that they must time travel Wolverine’s (who else but Hugh Jackman) consciousness back to the 1970’s to make things all groovy with the warring younger versions of Professor X (James McAvoy playing the Patrick Stewart to be) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender before he started looking like Gandalf, just kidding) so they can stop this mutant robot-apocalypse while it is just buggy source code.  

The special effects aren’t quite finished yet so the trailer is pretty character heavy.  And it is essentially the same one shown at Comic-Con earlier this year.  

 New X-Men include Bishop (Omar Sy who got his training by pushing wheelchair bound Francoise Cluzet around in The Intouchables), Sunspot (Adan Canto), Warpath (Booboo Stewart who should be getting a lot of his first name marks) and Blink (Bingbing Fan, she with the perfect X name). 

The returning players include the purple reincarnation of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence as Raven/Mystique, yum yum), a former latex Cat Woman (Halle Berry as Storm), a former baby mama and notable mind diver (Ellen Page as Shadowcat) and a zombie and giant slayer (Nicholas Hoult as Beast).

The X-Men: Days of Future Past opens everywhere May 23, 2014.