The art of the movie poster seems lost on modern Hollywood (thanks Photoshop!), which is why we should probably take the opportunity to honor someone who created many of the iconic images that formed the backbone of our current popular culture.
Well, the time has come for renowned artist Drew Struzan. The long-in-the-works documentary about Struzan, Drew: The Man Behind ThePosterdirected by Erik P. Sharkey, is finally ready for release with its previously announced screening at Comic Con to be followed by a limited release screening in August.
According to Deadline, the Comic Con screening, which will take place on Friday July 19 at the Gaslamp 15 in San Diego, will be followed by a special engagement at the Cinema Village in New York City on August 16 before being rolled out to other cities. Drew will then be available to all on video-on-demand via distributor Kino Lorber later this fall.
Struzan’s work has been featured in poster art for a number of popular movies of the 70s, 80s, and 90s including the Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies, The Goonies, batteries not included, Back to the Future, Hook and Blade Runner. He spent his early years designing album covers for the likes of Iron Sabbath, the Bee Gees, and Liberace, but he retired after doing art work for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Previously, we heard about an audience that had attended a screening of Man of Steel, which was very well received, a fact not all that surprising considering the crowd was made up of Warner Bros. executives and their families, who kind of had an invested interest – literally and figuratively – in liking it. But suppose there was a more objective audience, what would their reaction be like?
Well a scooper sent his opinion to JoBlo, and it was a rave. Here are some of the points he gave to the website (in his own words):
-Imagine a Nolan story with Snyder effects/action -It’s the best movie of the year. -There’s TONS of action with Superman kicking all kinds of ass in his suit. -The cape is CG’d most of the time so it can look awesome. -They have intentionally left out most of the the Super action in trailers to save it. -It’s not nearly as dour and serious as the trailers suggest. -The movie is complete, minus the 3D post-conversion, which is currently taking place
Well that must surely be a relief to those of us who may have been worrying that there’s too much starch in this shirt, a little too serious for its own good in other words. You may feel free to call “Plant!” on this notice of course, but the scoop is someone that JoBlo says that it’s someone they “know and trust 100 per cent.” The scooper also added that the film is all but complete except for the 3-D conversion.
How about you, Bastards? Are you cautiously optimistic by the news, or has all this rave raised some doubts?
Made under one of those secrecy cloaks, we’ve had no idea what Neill Blomkamp‘s District 9 follow-up Elysium has been about… Until now.
Well, I guess the film hasn’t been developed in a cave. For instance, we know that it’s sci-fi, and we know that it stars Jodie Foster and the shaven-head of Matt Damon, but plot details? Forget about it!
But Collider got some scoop this morning, and it came from, of all things, a party invitation. There’s a special preview screening of Elysium happening somewhere tonight, and the invite includes the first, let’s say, official plot description. First the plot synopsis, and then the ticket image:
In the year 2159 two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster), a hard line government official, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max (Matt Damon) is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that if successful will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds.
No word on who all’s invited to the screening, but maybe we’ll be getting some advanced reviews/insight into the film sometime in the immediate future. Stay tuned.
Elysium, starring Damon and Foster along with Sharlto Copley, Wagner Moura, William Fichtner, Sonia Braga, and Diego Luna will hit theaters on March 1, 2013.