Fascinating Early Drafts and Alternate Versions of ‘Star Wars’ Movie Posters

There’s nothing like seeing the working versions of a soon-to-be-iconic pop culture artifact — that fascination with process is at the root of our love for studio music bootlegs, handwritten writing drafts, deleted movie scenes, and the like. The promotional images for the Star Wars movies unquestionably hold a hallowed place in film and cultural history, and they’re all beautifully reproduced in Star Wars Art: Posters, the fifth and final volume in the George Lucas-curated series. But even better are the initial pencil sketches and work-in-progress drafts of those images that fill in the gaps. Lucasfilm and publisher Abrams Books were kind enough to share a few of those rough drafts with us, along with some additional bits of alternate poster lore; check them all out after the jump. … Read More

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Gorgeous Original Posters for Paul Thomas Anderson Movies From Mondo

Well, looks like Mondo has off and done it again. The collectible art division of our beloved Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has a new series of posters dedicated to the work of Paul Thomas Anderson, and they’re knockouts. Mondo artist Aaron Horkey curated the series; after the jump, you can see their posters for Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love, and Hard Eight (aka Sidney), along with Horkey’s thoughts on the pieces and the artists responsible. … Read More

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A Sneak Peek at Mondo’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Art Show

Currently showing at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin: something other than movies you can drink during. The folks behind Alamo collectible-art division Mondo asked a slew of visual artists to create art inspired by HBO’s Game of Thrones, and they have the results — some 30 original works of art, plus two of an eventual eight screen prints — on display at the Drafthouse. After the jump, check out ten of our favorites, and if you’re lucky enough to be at SXSW this week, head on over to take a peek in person. … Read More

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Incredible Mondo Posters Celebrating the 2013 Academy Award-Nominated Films

We’re big fans of Mondo, the art division of the Alamo Drafthouse that creates limited edition posters honoring classic and contemporary films. They’ve also got a few vinyl movie soundtracks and VHS re-releases up their sleeves (and they sell tees). Mondo’s latest offering is a collection of posters tied to nominated movies in select Oscar categories. The Austin-based gallery was kind enough to give us a preview of some of the artworks, which we’ve featured in our gallery. Several regular Mondo contributors like Olly Moss, Tyler Stout, and Jay Ryan wooed us with their versions of Django Unchained, Moonrise Kingdom, Best Picture winner Argo, and more. Check out these beautiful posters, and then head to Mondo’s Twitter feed for purchase details. … Read More

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Preview Mondo's 'Universal Monsters' Show

If you’re a cinephile, then you already know that Alamo Drafthouse’s Mondo has quickly become to movie posters what the Criterion Collection is to DVDs. And now the company is planning to launch their biggest gallery show yet. A tribute to horror films released by Universal Studios back in the 1930s and ’40s (think classics Dracula, The Invisible Man, Frankenstein), Universal Monsters will feature new pieces by industry heavy-hitters like Drew Struzan, Mike Mitchell, and Laurent Durieux. Click through for a slideshow preview of the more than 60 original and screen-printed works that will be on display, and if you happen to be in Austin before November 10th, then swing by the Mondo Gallery to check out these fantastic movie monsters in person! … Read More

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Gorgeous New ‘Lord of the Rings’ Poster Set from Mondo and JC Richards

In case you haven’t heard, Mondo is pretty much every pop culture geek favorite poster design team, and the goodies keep on coming with this awesome Lord of the Rings poster set that they debuted this weekend at Comic Con. Designed by artist JC Richard and each featuring a hypnotic, iconic scene from the beloved Lord of the Rings story, the set of these three limited run posters (only 390 will be produced) retails for $150. Click through to check out the posters, and if you happen to find yourself at Comic Con this weekend, see if you can snap one up for yourself! … Read More

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

Today at Flavorpill, we reviewed five famous art heists through history. We dug these funny street signs from artist Phil Jones. We ate pizza with Prince. We said happy birthday to Ian MacKaye. We read Andy Warhol’s rejection letter from MoMA. We wanted to revisit E.T.… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. While new episodes of Downtown Abbey are still months away, we already have some scoop on Season 3 courtesy of executive producer Rebecca Eaton. “Somebody will be born, and somebody will die, somebody pretty key in the cast, unfortunately not going to make it,” she says. “It’s the 1920s now.” Also: “Matthew and Mary… 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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