Oct. 18, 2013 | 2:34 p.m.
The theatrical opening of “Ender’s Game” is less than two weeks away, but in the meantime fans of the sci-fi story can check out a new video and poster for the film. “Ender’s Game” is an adaptation of the award-winning 1985 novel by Orson Scott Card about Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a young genius recruited and groomed by a global military organization to help fend off an alien threat. The three-minute video, released Friday, features a behind-the-scenes look at the extensive digital effects required to create Ender’s world, including alien landscapes, space warfare and the Zero G battle room where Ender and his classmates learn to navigate a weightless environment. “We really wanted the audience to feel the photographic reality of battle fleets and alien planets,” director Gavin Hood said in the video. “When you’re making a movie you want […]
July 17, 2013 | 9:16 a.m.
Two of the most fearsome extraterrestrials in modern sci-fi — the insect-like xenomorphs of the “Alien” films and the namesake hunters of the “Predator” series — get their close-ups in a pair of new posters by Mondo, the collectible-art division of the Alamo Drafthouse. The gallery above offers an exclusive peek at the posters, and a variant for each, all of which will be released at Comic-Con on Thursday. Australian artist Ken Taylor created the poster for “Aliens” (the second installment in the “Alien” franchise), which James Cameron directed in 1986. Taylor’s poster depicts a blood-red alien queen gnashing its teeth while flanked by two more aliens in the familiar black coloration. The variant print is a monochrome version washed in a sober gray-green. FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Taylor told Hero Complex, “Design-wise, the queen is such an […]
June 12, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.
Mondo, Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art division, spotlights Superman and a young Clark Kent in two new posters for Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel,” which opens in theaters Friday. The posters, by Mondo artists Ken Taylor and Martin Ansin, put a nostalgic spin on the superhero, who celebrates his 75th anniversary this year. Taylor’s print (check it out in the gallery above) features Clark Kent when he was a little boy in a sepia-tinged Smallville background. His red cape is the only splash of color in the print, which seems inspired by a scene from the film that many will recognize from the trailers. A variant version features a gray background instead of the muted beige. PHOTOS: 50 images from ‘Man of Steel’ Ansin’s poster features a Henry Cavill Supes soaring above the Earth in an iconic pose reminiscent of the […]
Oct. 16, 2012 | 3:17 p.m.
Drew Struzan might be cinema’s most famous movie poster artist, but he’s not exactly an eager interview subject. “I paint so that I don’t have to talk, and I make pictures so that I don’t have to explain myself,” Struzan said during a recent phone call from his California studio. Fortunately, his fantastic images speak volumes. Struzan is adding to his landmark body of work with portraits of Universal’s iconic monsters for a new exhibition from Mondo, Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art division, designed to celebrate the ongoing legacy and influence of the studio’s horror canon. The Austin, Texas, show, which opens Friday and runs through Nov. 10, collects more than 60 original and screen-printed works of art from the likes of Struzan, legendary makeup artist Rick Baker, illustrators and artists Laurent Durieux, Francesco Francavilla and Ken Taylor and many others. […]
July 18, 2012 | 12:27 a.m.
Hey, we love Hockney prints and Oaxacan folk art as much as anyone, but, really, is there anything that adds more character to the decor of your home and/or underground cave than a grim slice of Gotham City eye candy? Mondo is selling this Olly Moss poster (16 inches by 24 inches) for just 24 hours and the clock is ticking (the Austin-based Mondo will cut off orders at 12:01 a.m. Central Time on Thursday morning — that’s 10:01 p.m. Wednesday in L.A.) and they won’t accept orders afterward. Essentially it’s a limited-edition run where the size of that run is pre-determined by the fan urgency expressed within a single day. And that single day happens to be on the eve of the release of the most-awaited superhero film in history. Nicely done, Mondo, smart and savvy. We’ll be having a lot of coverage here on […]