Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Mystique of Mondo & How It’s Changing The Face of Movie Posters

If you are a movie poster collector then you probably have heard of the legendary artists and designers: Drew Struzan, Saul Bass and Frank Frazetta but you may not know the names: Tyler Stout, Olly Moss or Kevin Tong…yet.

Poster aficionado and Slashfilm writer, Germain Lussier wrote this great article about Mondo, the Austin based print boutique that produces highly sought after collectible, limited-edition movie posters.

I have been collecting Mondo prints for a couple of years and it can be a frustrating but highly satisfying experience. Yes, you may have to sit at a computer and refresh the screen a few thousand times. Most times a print sells out in a few moments and slips through your fingers but when your order goes through if you’re one of the few hundred lucky ones, you experience a “Golden Ticket” moment and know that in a few weeks a tube will be delivered to your front door with an affordable highly prized, quality print of one of your favorite films!

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The VIP Fridge Magnet

Red Tomato Pizza Restaurant in Dubai has created the VIP Fridge Magnet, a one-touch pizza-ordering magnet. The VIP (Very Important Pizza-lover) fridge magnet uses bluetooth technology to order pizza with a push of a button. A text message is immediately sent to your phone to confirm the order.

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It’s No Joke: MAD Magazine iPad App To Be Released On April Fool’s Day (Alfred E. Neuman’s Birthday)

DC Entertainment today announced plans to release a new MAD Magazine iPad app complete with interactive features and exclusive content. The app will be released on April Fool’s Day, an appropriate date since it’s also the birthday of MAD’s infamous mascot, Alfred E. Neuman. The app will be free to download through the App Store and will include a mixture of free and paid content, including a free preview of the magazine.

The MAD app will include interactive versions of all current issues, access to a library of back issues and books, animated covers and “fold-in” pages, promo videos from the hit Cartoon Network show, MAD, and a link to MAD’s popular blog The Idiotical. In addition to the regular issue interactive “fold-in,” digital issues will also include a second, classic interactive “fold-in” from a past issue. Fans of Sergio Aragones’ MAD Marginals will enjoy a feature that allows readers to “pop-up” the margin artwork for a larger, more detailed view.

While the app will mirror all editorial components in print issues, many digital versions will include interactive elements. For example, the digital version of the current issue’s “MAD’s Make Your Own Twilight Movie” lets readers create multiple storylines and highlights their choices as they make them for a ridiculous visual punch line.

After downloading the free app, readers can purchase new digital issues of MAD Magazine for $4.99, or back issues for $1.99. Digital readers can also choose a per issue digital subscription for $1.99 per issue, or pay an upfront annual fee of $9.99. Current print subscribers will receive a free digital subscription. All future print issues of the magazine will be available for purchase day-and-date within the app.

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Wimpy Kid Book 7 Due On November 13, 2012

A new Diary of a Wimpy Kid title, the seventh book in Jeff Kinney’s blockbuster series, will go on sale Tuesday, November 13, 2012.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I think that Greg Heffley’s stories would be enjoyed by kids around the world,” said Kinney. “I’m incredibly excited to have the chance to lay down the seventh Diary of a Wimpy Kid book in seven countries at the same time. My international publishers have been supportive of the series from the very start, and it’s great to be able to team up with them and create a special moment like this.”

Diary of a Wimpy Kid books have been sold in more than 41 countries in 39 languages around the world. Published by Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS, Kinney’s work has been widely praised for its ability to turn reluctant readers onto books.

Books in the core Wimpy Kid series include Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2007), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2008), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw (2009), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2009), and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth (2010). On November 15, 2011, the sixth book in the series, Cabin Fever, released as the biggest book of the year, with a 6-million-copy first printing in the United States. Jeff Kinney has also written and illustrated The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book and The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary.


LEGO Avengers Poster

With the new LEGO sets coming soon for Marvel’s The Avengers, LEGO created a version of the official poster for the movie.

The poster showcases the LEGO minifigures of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Nick Fury.

LEGO sets based on The Avengers will include Captain America’s Avenging Cycle, Loki’s Cosmic Cube Escape, Hulk’s Helicarrier Breakout and Quinjet Arial Battle.

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Mondo To Release Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea By Ken Taylor On Friday, March 30th

Sideshow and Mondo present a new poster by Ken Taylor…. Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea! Please follow Mondo on Twitter for the on sale announcement. This poster will be available online at a random time on Friday, March 30th.

Poster by Ken Taylor. 36″x24″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 390. ($50)

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Apple Releases iTunes 10.6.1 Update

iTunes 10.6.1 is now available in Software Update — it fixes a few glitches in Apple’s ubiquitous music and library app, including several crashing issues, some VoiceOver problems, and an issue where iTunes would freeze up while syncing with the smaller iPod shuffle or nano.

There’s also a bugfix for an issue when browsing TV episodes on the Apple TV. Previously, there was a chance they would show up unordered, but this update should make sure that they’re much more easy to browse. The update is rather sizable, 130.7 MB, and can be found in Software Update right now.

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Cartoon Network Announces Beware The Batman

Cartoon Network has announced that a new Batman series is premiering later this year. Called “Beware the Batman,” the new show will be the first to adapt the caped crusader with CGI animation. Check out the first piece of teaser artwork beneath the official description:

A cool, new take on the classic Dark Knight franchise, Beware the Batman incorporates Batman’s core characters with a rogues gallery of new villains not previously seen in animated form. Along with backup from ex-secret agent Alfred and lethal swordstress Katana, the Dark Knight faces the twisted machinations of Gotham City’s criminal underworld led by the likes of Anarky, Professor Pyg, Mister Toad and Magpie. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, this action-packed detective thriller deftly redefines what we have come to know as a “Batman show.” Featuring cutting-edge CGI visuals to match the intricate twists and turns of the narrative, Batman steps out of the shadows and into the spotlight for an entirely new generation of fans. With WBA’s Sam Register executive producing, and Batman Beyond’s Glen Murakami and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated’s Mitch Watson producing, Beware the Batman, based on characters from DC Comics, is coming soon to Cartoon Network!

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Ron Burgundy Announces Anchorman 2 on Conan

Ron Burgundy, San Diego’s favorite Anchorman, stopped by Conan to brush up on his flute and make a little announcement. Anchorman 2 is in the works!

Judd Apatow will produce the film, Adam McKay will write and direct and Will Ferrell, Steve Carell and Paul Rudd will reprise their roles.

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Edible Cookbook

The German firm Korefe designed The Real Cookbook (Das Echte und Einzige Kochbuch), a special edition edible cookbook that is made of fresh pasta which can be baked into a lasagna. Gerstenberg Publishing House published this unique cookbook as a special project.

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New International Poster For Marvel’s The Avengers

Here is the brand-new international poster for Marvel’s The Avengers.

Coming to 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on May 4, the Joss Whedon action adventure stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson.

In the film, when an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as SHIELD, finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.

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Chronicle DVD & Blu-ray To Be Released On May 15, 2012

One of my favorite films of 2012 was Chronicle and 20th Century Fox is releasing the film on DVD and Blu-ray on May 15, 2012.

The movie stars Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly, Alex Russell and was directed by Josh Trank.

In Chronicle, three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery. Soon, though, they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides. This is not your typical super hero film and I highly recommend it.


Joe Hill Talks About His Upcoming Novel, NOS4A2

While Joe Hill was at WonderCon, he chatted with FearNet about his upcoming new novel titled NOS4A2 (which is a vanity license plate).

NOS4A2  is slated for 2012 and it stars a vicious country rube named Charlie Manx who just happens to be 140 years old. Check out the video below where Joe provides some juicy details on the eagerly anticipated dark tome which he describes as his senior PhD thesis on horror.


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ABC Monsters, A Film That Quizzes Your Movie Monster Knowledge

ABC Monsters by La Pompadour is a short animated film that quizzes your knowledge about movie monsters and villain types.

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What Songs Will Be On The Avenger’s Soundtrack?

The “Avengers Assemble” inspired album is coming on May 1 and the track list has just been announced – including the first new song from Soundgarden in 15 years! It also features Bush, Evanescence, Rise Against and more.

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Hotel Transylvania – Official Trailer

Below is the official trailer for Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, the animated comedy is voiced by Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Cee-Lo Green, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon and David Koechner.

The September 28 release is set at Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free from meddling from the human world. But here’s a little known fact about Dracula: he is not only the Prince of Darkness; he is also a dad. Over-protective of his teenage daughter, Mavis, Dracula fabricates tales of elaborate dangers to dissuade her adventurous spirit. As a haven for Mavis, he opens the Hotel Transylvania, where his daughter and some of the world’s most famous monsters – Frankenstein and his bride, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, a family of werewolves, and more – can kick back in safety and peace. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem – but his world could come crashing down when one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis.


Harry Potter eBooks Finally Available

J.K. Rowling’s seven Harry Potter books are now available in e-book form for the first time ever on her Pottermore website. The prices reflect the length of the novels; books one through three are priced at $7.99, while the four remaining novels are $9.99. The eBooks are compatible with major electronic e-readers, including Apple’s iPad, iPhone, Amazon’s Kindle and Sony’s eReader, as well as other tablets and mobile phones.

By selling the books on her own site, Rowling will retain the majority of the profits, rather than sharing a sizable chunk with third parties, as is usually the case with e-book sales.

Customers will still be able to download the books via other retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Sony, and Google onto devices like the Kindle, NOOK, Sony Reader, and Google Play. The books are not yet available through Apple.

The content side of the Pottermore website, which promises an interactive experience of the Harry Potter universe, is still in beta testing and slated to go live in April.

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Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers Cover Hall & Oates’ “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)

Here is a feel good song for your Tuesday morning.

San Francisco based Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers cover Hall and Oates’ “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)” while riding around in a van.

Besides having a great voice Nicki plays a mean kazoo!

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Sterling Silver R2-D2 & Pure Gold C-3PO

To commemorate the upcoming 35th anniversary of Star Wars, which made its debut on May 25th, 1977, Lucasfilm Ltd. will be offering fans the ultimate collectable – statuettes of R2-D2 in sterling silver and C-3PO in pure gold.

In line with the 35th anniversary theme, only 35 figurines will be created. Each will weigh approximately 35 grams and the figures will come with a glass capsule display case.

The figurines can be yours with the sterling silver R2-D2 retailing for $1,800 and the gold C-3PO for $6,000.

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Hand Shadow Puppet Chart

The Hand Shadow Puppet Chart ($140) is a throwback homage to the old magic show and children’s fun-and-games.  Measuring 37.5 x 31, the Giclée is printed on sturdy canvas and hung with banged-up wooden rods on the top and bottom, giving them the old school-room finish. The wood is hand-stained, treated and painted with great attention to detail.  All prints come carefully packed and ready to hang.

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Patton Oswalt: Finest Hour DVD Due On April 24, 2012

A 20-year veteran of the stand-up comedy scene with multiple critically acclaimed DVDs, albums, tours and various acting and voiceover roles under his belt, Patton Oswalt has become ubiquitous in the world of stand-up. In his fourth (and Grammy Nominated) full-length special: Finest Hour, Patton covers a range of topics from how hipsters make the Spam museum sad, the greatness of sweatpants and revisits his attack on KFC Famous Bowls.

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Limited Edition Mondo Vol. 1 Art Book Will Go On Sale March 27, 2012

If you attended Mondo’s gallery show a few weeks ago, you might have seen the new book, Mondo Vol. 1.

Creative Director, Justin Ishmael describes how the book came about:

“I was at a friend’s house earlier this year and noticed a book he had by Jay Ryan. It was full of posters…. actual pieces of the screenprinted posters. I thought about the giant stack of returned posters we’ve gotten over the years and figured this would be a great way to get those out as we were moving to the new space and didn’t want to transport them. So, we began to go through the giant stack and pick out which ones we wanted in and in what order they should go. We found a local binder and had him cut them down to size and over several weeks we hand put these books together. It was an intricate process.”

The books are limited to just 105 copies and are bound in 100% leather. They will be put up for sale on Mondo’s site tomorrow and will cost $200. Follow Mondo on Twitter for the on sale announcement.

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Crouching Tiger & Turtle – The Roller Coaster Walkway

From a distance this steel structure resembles a roller coaster but it’s actually a public art sculpture called Crouching Tiger & Turtle. Designed by sculptors Ulrich Genth and Heike Mutter, the interactive landscape piece is located in Duisberg, Germany. Visitors are encouraged to follow the twists and turns of the winding walkway and enjoy the surrounding Ruhr landscape from a different perspective. Although from a distance it looks as if the entire sculpture is accessible to pedestrians the loops are decorative and cannot be walked upon.

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Frustro: The Impossible Typeface

Hungarian designer Martzi Hegedűs has created an impossible typeface, titled Frustro that is based on the illusion of the Penrose triangle.

The type appears to be facing two different directions simultaneously.

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Horror Vacui: What Would 1980s Evil Film Characters Look Like In Their Later Years?

For Horror Vacui, Italian photographer Federico Chiesa has imagined what 1980s evil film characters would look like in their later years, including Darth Vader, Jason Voorhees and more. Carolina Trotta provided special effects, makeup artistry and styling for the project.


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