Back to the Future

Painterly Portraits of Iconic Movie Characters

We’ve been fans of Rhode Island-based artist Rich Pellegrino for a while, having featured several of his works in shows hosted by fellow pop culture fiends, Gallery 1988. Website houhouhaha recently reminded us of how awesome the artist’s iconic movie character paintings are, and we thought it seemed like a perfect time to share more of Pellegrino’s work with you. His illustration-style portraits set amongst painterly backgrounds are loaded with lively textures and frenzied markmaking, capturing the spirit of each pop culture personality. Organic caricatures of The Dude, Doc Brown, Willy Wonka, and Steve Zissou await you past the break. Visit Rich’s website for more info on how to own one of these lovelies, and check out his blog for a closer look at his artmaking process. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds In Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we tried not to look at this hot dog stuffed crust pizza. We learned about a fish from hell that has been terrorizing Maryland for the past ten years. We got cat fancy reading about this hyperliterate, proto–LOL Cat. We boggled time itself by watching this silent-era version… Read More

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10 of Film History’s Meanest Bullies

The ruthless bully character has been a movie staple for decades, but the limited theatrical release of the new documentary Bully on March 30 ushered in a new kind of example – the heinous, reprehensible real-life bully. While we certainly don’t advocate bullying in real life situations, we’ve got to admit that we don’t mind seeing a little fictional bullying take place on the big screen. So here’s our breakdown of ten of the biggest, and baddest, movie bullies of all time, from nightmare-inducing teen thugs like Scut Farkus and Biff Tannen to more recent (but equally vicious!) additions to the canon, like Regina George. … Read More

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12 of the Greatest Movie Roles Almost Played

The weekend’s big movie, as you well know, was The Hunger Games, while DVD and Blu-ray players have been firing up Fincher’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo since its release last week. The two films have a lot in common: powerful female protagonists, adaptations of bestsellers, probable franchise kick-offs. As such, they were also each objects of carefully considered casting. It’s become part of the pre-production process, the bandying about of potential name actors for high-profile roles; Fincher reportedly talked to Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley, Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman, Kristen Stewart, and Scarlett Johansson before settling on Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander, while Hunger Games director Gary Ross’ alternate Katnisses included Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Emma Roberts, Chloe Moretz, and Saoirse Ronan.

Contemplating proxy casting choices is a fun parlor game for movie fans (perhaps second only to considering movies that never came to pass at all). After the jump, we’ll take a look at a dozen iconic movie roles, and the actors who almost, almost filled them. … Read More

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Mondo Unveils ‘Back to the Future’ Poster and Opens New Art Gallery

Mondo’s milkshake brings all the movie geeks to the yard. Their website nearly explodes every time a new poster is released by the Alamo Drafthouse’s art boutique, and many a wallet has been drained thanks to badass designs from talents like Tyler Stout, Jay Shaw, Dave Perillo, and more. Now the… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Adele — who took home six awards at last night’s Grammy Awards — also gave her first public performance since having surgery on her vocal cords. Listen to her sing “Rolling in the Deep” here.

2. The Recording Academy has explained that Etta James and Don Cornelius were left off the In… Read More

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10 Inventions from Movies That We Wish Were Real

In the celluloid world, anything is possible, which is why it’s a haven for visionaries and inventors of all types. The laws of nature suspended, mad scientists can reign free, achieving success without the burden of proof, research, or failure. With these freedoms, they’ve actualized genius ideas, some of which our off-screen world could stand to adopt, whether to help us out when we’re too weak not to yield to the snooze button or to make the snooze button last another five years.

Of course, misuse of these powerful machines can lead to terrible things — and in many films have. But the luxuries they afford, both the culturally transformative ones and the ones that  just shave a little stress off an average day, are too major to ignore. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up the the fictive weapons, trinkets, and tools we’re dying to test drive, below the jump — and even predicted if and when they’re likely to become a reality. Which would you most want to get your hands on? … Read More

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WTF: Famous Pop-Culture Duos and Casts with Merged Faces

Well, readers, it’s Friday. And frankly, we’re feeling a little bit punchy here at Flavorpill HQ. Perhaps that’s why we are so entertained by a bizarre project that originated on a Something Awful form. The folks at Thaeger clued us in about a thread called “Famous duos… MERGED!” that has Photoshoppers switching or merging the faces of pop-culture pairs and groups — Jay and Silent Bob, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock. This is, without a doubt, a silly enterprise, yet some of the Photoshops are so well done as to be eerie and disorienting. Freak yourself out after the jump. … Read More

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Ranking Hollywood’s Elderly Makeovers from Best to Worst

Given the vast array of imaginative things that Hollywood is capable of crafting, it seems strange that moviemakers still struggle with some of the basics. Traditional makeup techniques that age actors stands as one of the biggest culprits and has often ruined entire films thanks to sloppy, weird, or unbelievable results. As many movies have proven, donning wrinkles and age spots doesn’t automatically equal a successful makeover. In the digital age, it’s easier for filmmakers to get a little help so that grandpa and grandma look more like live, actual people than a Halloween prop — but that’s what makes those who transform actors into senior stars old school-style so impressive. It’s an art form.

Leonardo DiCaprio underwent a dramatic transformation for the upcoming J. Edgar Hoover, and we definitely feel like it’s not one of his best-looking moments. The FBI’s first director didn’t win any beauty contests in his day, but DiCaprio appears to be drowning in his prosthetics, and the whole thing just seems awkward. This got us thinking about other cruddy elderly makeovers. Click past the break to see who made the leap to long in the tooth, in order from most convincing to least. Leave us your list in the comments. … Read More

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Clever Minimalist Movie Posters

We’re big fans of minimalist posters around here, which is why Matt Owen’s sleek and sharp minimalist movie posters caught the attention of our adoring peepers. The Arkansas designer felt inspired by the likes of Hitchcock’s finest and other cinematic greats to create these bold, yet somehow still subtle, interpretations of movies in glorious poster form. See if you agree with us past the break, where we highlight several minimal works of art that provide maximum satisfaction. … Read More

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