Archive for January, 2014

79028There are sure signs that Marvel and Disney are seeing big things for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  Disney is spending big bucks for several Super Bowl Commercials.  The early cut of Winter Soldier wowed studio suits enough to green-light a Captain America 3 with brothers Anthony and Joe Russo returning to direct and several top level Marvel scribes rumored to be cobbling together a screenplay.   Kevin Feige is also returning as Producer.

Marvel and Disney also released five nice character posters.   The group poster has an Avengers vibe (above).

Samuel L’s and ScarJo’s catwalk  poses are an odd distraction.  Scar Jo’s hair flip and overly vibrant locks looks like she’s still in character from her last shampoo commercial.  And Samuel L looks like he is modeling the latest London Fog rain gear.  That pissed off look is probably because Benedict Cumberbatch wants his Sherlock overcoat back.   captain_america_the_winter_soldier_ver6 The two Captain America sheets have a pensive Chris Evan with his head bowed, and looking almost like an angel from Wim Wenders Wings of Desire.  Never thought I see a classic foreign film reference in a Marvel poster.

Changes from the last edition of Caps costume include no ear coverings on the helmet and the almost total absence of red, even on the shield.

This new Cap adventure is described as a political thriller.  In tone it is Shakespearean with strong hints of Hamlet.  The basic plot has Steve Roger (Chris Evans) struggling to embrace his role in the modern world and battling a new threat from old history:  the Soviet Agent known as the Winter Soldier.




Big Bad Wolves posters proudly declares Quentin Tarantino’s endorsement of it as the best movie of the year.   That endorsement means that the film will be grim, violent and mordantly funny– a reflection of Tarantino’s own style.  

The poster tag lines scream their Grim Fairy Tale origins: “Once upon a time there was a little girl”, “the hunter becomes the hunted”, “Some men are created evil”.  The other half puns the title visually and verbally:  “Beware of their bite” while showing a wolf in sheep’s clothing or a very intricate nesting doll version of Red Riding Hood.

The posters are for the most part minimal, effective, artistic and extremely well done.  The latest four released are Mondo reminiscent.  Hopefully Big Bad Wolves will live up to its poster art. 

Big Bad Wolves is an Israeli mystery thriller/revenge film directed by Aharon Keshales (Kalevet) and Navot Papushado (Rabies).  The official synopsis: “A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the boundaries of law, and the main suspect in the killings – a religious studies teacher arrested and released due to a police blunder”.

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Francesco Francavilla’s poster is a 24″ x 36″ eleven color screenprint, has an edition of 275, and will cost $55.


Dave Rapoza‘s work, a 17″x26″ screen print in an edition of 200. It’s $45.


Poster by Phantom City Creative. 16″x24″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 325. Printed by D&L Screenprinting. $45


Poster by Delicious Design League. 18″x24″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 225. Printed by Delicious Design League. $40


Ken Taylor’s Where The Wild Things Are is available in a regular edition of 350 (left), costing $50.  variant edition of 150 (right), at $75. It’s a 21 x 36 inch screenprint.


Ken Taylor’s Where The Wild Things Are variant edition of 150 (right), at $75. It’s a 21 x 36 inch screenprint.


Matt Taylor’s Brick is an 18″x24″ screen print in an edition of 185. It’ll cost $40.

Aaron-Horkey-The-Two-TowersBoth Aaron Horkey’s The Two Towers 19.25″x39″ screen print. The regular is an edition of 505 and costs $100. 


The variant is also an 19.25″x39″ screen print.  edition of 245 and costs $200. 

Adam-Simpson-Home-AloneAdam Simpson’s print is a 24″x36″ screen print in an edition of 325. It’ll cost $45.

Go to to check out these and other posters and their availability.

Over at the British film magazine, Empire, multi-cover issues have been the norm for a while now.  The December issue featured five different covers with characters from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Bilbo, Gandalf, Bard the Bowman, Thorin Oakenshield and a Group Cover featuring them all). The February edition had two Captain America (Chris Evans) spreads featuring Cap himself and a group one with Cap, the Winter Soldier (Frank Grillo) and Black Widow (ScarJo).

For March, Empire is proving that nothing succeeds like excess. The Ides of March issue features 25 characters covers featuring the mutants and humans from X-Men: Days of Future Past.  These highly collectible editions will set one back $250.00 for the whole treasure horde.  Empire does have a cover only deal that costs 75 pounds or about $125 US at current exchange rates– or roughly the price of a really good Mondo poster. The results are pretty much inspired, routine or D.O.A.  Enjoy!

X-Men-Days-of-Future-Past-Empire-Cover-1-SentinelThe Sentinel Mark 1

X-Men-Days-of-Future-Past-Empire-Cover-2-HavokLucas Till as Havok

X-Men-Days-of-Future-Past-Empire-Cover-3-ToadEvan Jonigkeit as Toad

X-Men-Days-of-Future-Past-Empire-Cover-4-StrykerJosh Helman as Stryker

X-Men-Days-of-Future-Past-Empire-Cover-5-Bolivar-TraskPeter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask

X-Men-Days-of-Future-Past-Empire-Cover-6-MystiqueJennifer Lawrence as Mystique

X-Men-Days-of-Future-Past-Empire-Cover-7-BeastNicholas Hoult as Beast

X-Men-Days-of-Future-Past-Empire-Cover-8-QuicksilverEvan Peters as QuickSilver

X-Men-Days-of-Future-Past-Empire-Cover-9-MagnetoMichael Fassbender as Young Magneto

X-Men-Days-of-Future-Past-Empire-Cover-10-Professor-XJames McAvoy as Young Charles Xavier

X-Men-Days-of-Future-Past-Empire-Cover-11-WolverineHugh Jackman as Wolverine

X-Men-Days-of-Future-Past-Empire-Cover-12-Bryan-SingerBryan Singer the director of X Men Days of Future Past

X-Men-Days-of-Future-Past-Empire-Cover-13-Future-WolverineHugh Jackman as Wolverine

X-Men-Days-of-Future-Past-Empire-Cover-14-Future-Professor-XSir Patrick Stewart as the older Charles Xavier

futuremagnetolargeIan McKellen as the older Magneto

X-Men-Days-of-Future-Past-Empire-Cover-16-Storm-570x739Halle Berry as Storm

roguelargeAnna Paquin as Rogue

warpathlargeBooboo Stewart as WarPath

X-Men-Days-of-Future-Past-Kitty-Pride-Empire-coverEllen Page as Kitty Pryde

X-Men-Days-of-Future-Past-Sunspot-Empire-coverAdan Canto as SunSpot

blinklargeFan Bingbing as Blink

BfCrHgRCAAAKjOB.jpg largeShawn Ashmore as Iceman

BfC7ME2CMAAypBH.jpg largeOmar Sy as Bishop

BfDGsuFCMAAdLri.jpg largeDaniel Cudmore as Colossus

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Frankly, I was getting turned off by the golden hue blood splotched battle and character posters that were being turned out by the 300: Rise of an Empire marketing crew on almost a daily basis.  They finally got smart and commissioned the poster geniuses at Mondo to do one– and it is pretty epic.  The person responsible for this beauty has decided to take cover behind an illegible signature which seems to read “Spartan”.  Just cool and multi-layered, particularly love the way the bloody Spartan mask echoes the tragedy icon.  This is my favorite poster released this year.  

The poster was released  on the 300: Rise of an Empire Facebook page with a noted supposedly written by Lena Headley who reprises her Queen Gorgo role from 300.

“Hello, my friends, Lena Headey here. I was thrilled to return to the role of Queen Gorgo in 300: Rise of an Empire, and I’m excited to announce this incredible opportunity for you to catch 13 minutes of never-before-seen footage from the upcoming film, followed by a special fan screening of the original 300 movie. We’ll also be giving away the exclusive Mondo poster shown below to everyone who attends the 300 fan event. Stay tuned for more info on specific locations, timing and how to score tickets to join the battle.”

Keep watching the movie’s facebook page for date, time and venue details. 

In addition to this fan event, Legendary Pictures has announced a giveaway through their Facebook page, where one lucky fan and a friend will win a trip to Los Angeles to attend the world premiere of 300: Rise of an Empire on March 4. The grand prize package includes two tickets to the premiere, round-trip flights to Los Angeles, hotel accommodations for two, an exclusive visit to Legendary Pictures’ headquarters, and a Legedary apparel gift card. All you have to do is “like” the Facebook page and enter your contact information for a chance to win. Winners must be available between Sunday, March 2 and Wednesday, March 5.


The first teaser poster for Fifty Shades of Grey  has disappointingly no more than fifteen shades of the color.   It does have a great tagline, a spectacular view of the Seattle skyline– a city that seems to exists in every mind in states of perpetual grey- and the title character in a great suit with his hands in pocket looking over the city he seeks to conquer.   It is all pre-seduction at its best.  

The movie’s troubled production history had the original Mr Grey, Charlie Hunnam being replaced when “scheduling conflicts” caused him to drop out.  More likely Hunnam got tired of listening to fans of the E.L. James novel grumbling about his being selected.   Jamie Dornan (Sheriff Graham/The Huntsman on the series Once Upon a Time) got the role over more popular frontrunners Alexander Skarsgård, François Arnaud, Billy Magnussen, Patrick J. Adams and Luke Bracey.  Despite fan visions of Emma Watson,  Scarlett Johansson, Kat Dennings, Olivia Wilde, Emilia Clarke, Margot Robbie and Jennifer Lawrence being cast Dakota Johnson (the daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith) was granted the role of Anastasia, Grey’s object of desire.  

Expect to see the Grey look on billboards in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and of course, Seattle starting this weekend.  Going to the official website offers fans to click through to the Grey Enterprise website and sign up as “interns” for any employment opportunities that might arise.  Don’t expect to get the full Anastasia experience– only proper compensation in the form of press releases, trailer updates, posters, stills and other production minutiae.  

If the relationship and the box office grow exponentially, expect the other two books in the Grey trilogy to get a release.

The film also features Eloise Mumford as Anastasia’s best friend, Kate Kavanagh; Victor Rasuk as Anastasia’s close friend Jose; Jennifer Ehle as Anastasia’s mother, Carla; Max Martini as Grey’s bodyguard; and Marcia Gay Harden as Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey, the adoptive mother of Christian Grey, Mia Grey (Rita Ora) and Elliot Grey (Luke Grimes).  Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) directs.

What do you do if your Disney and you have a smash animated musical so successful that a Broadway version  is being produced.  You get 25 different foreign singers together and have them each sing a sentence or two of “Let It Go” in their respective languages.  It is Disney’s  sly attempt to take over the world by turning our children into polyglots.   This mash-up version is just as much fun to hear as the original  English one.  

On a Disney blog, the creators wrote: “Now when we sing the song at the top of our lungs in the shower, while driving, at the office, pretty much all day every day, we can also improve our minds by practicing other languages.”

The Frozen soundtrack is currently the number one best selling album on the Billboard charts with “Let It Go” being at number 25 on the singles charts.

Frozen is being released in a sing along version that is coming to select towns and cities January 31st complete with bouncing snowballs for those who want the true karaoke experience. 

At Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre, the “Frozen” sing-along version includes on-stage appearances from the movie’s Elsa prior to each showing, plus snow flurries inside the theater.

For the purist, the original English version as sung by Idina Menzel is below.