Entertainment

‘Empire Strikes Back’ Poster Sells at Auction for $26,400

The poster features Han Solo and Princess Leia in an embrace similar to one from a ‘Gone With the Wind’ poster. A rare draft poster for the Star Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Back has sold at auction for $26,400. Heritage Auctions says a long-time pop culture collector who wished to remain anonymous made the winning bid Sunday in the Dallas auction. The poster features Han Solo and Princess Leia in an embrace similar to one from a Gone With the Wind poster featuring Rhett Butler carrying Scarlett O’Hara while surrounded by flames. Grey Smith, Heritage’s director of vintage posters, says the draft poster for the 1980 Read More

Brady Bunch Home For Sale, Doesn’t Look Like You Thought

The home featured in the opening and closing scenes of “The Brady Bunch” is for sale for $1.885 million. Records show George and Violet McCallister bought the two-bedroom, three-bathroom split-level home in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles in 1973 for $61,000. Real estate agent Ernie Carswell tells the Los Angeles Times the house has been updated and upgraded, but the interior layout does not resemble what was featured on the show, which ran from 1969 to 1974. Interior scenes were shot in a studio. Carswell says a rock-wall fireplace, wood-paneled walls and floral wallpaper are vintage touches of what homes looked like in the 1970s. The agent Read More

How Drones Are Revolutionizing the Way Film and Television Is Made

Around the time Leonardo Da Vinci was painting the Mona Lisa, he was also writing his Codex on the Flight of Birds, a roughly 35,000-word exploration of the ways in which man might take to the air. His illustrations included diagrams positing pre-Newtonian theories of physics, a rudimentary plan for a flying machine and many, many sketches of birds in flight. The Mona Lisa, with her secretive smile, is a universe of intimacy captured on a relatively small panel of wood. But the landscape behind his captivating subject shows the world as you would see it from atop a tall hill—or from the vantage point you would Read More

The Aesthetics of Film Festival Posters: An Essay And Study In Design

The very first film festival poster, for the very first film festival—the 1932 International Exhibition of Cinematographic Art at the 18th Venice Biennale, or what would become the Venice Film Festival—set the tone for the next 80 years of film festival graphic design. A film reel, mounted on a projector, stands triumphantly just below the winged lion of the Piazetta di San Marco; two signifiers in one space: the idea of cinema and the locale of the festival. For the next 80 years, until the demise of celluloid, and no doubt even beyond, the film reel or the film strip, usually coupled with some local landmark, has Read More

Oscar Winning Short Films Are An Average of 23 Minutes Long, This Is Why

When in discussion with people about short film length, people always come up with these rules like 9-12 minutes is ideal. Now this is nonsense – a short film needs to be as long as the story needs. Whether that’s 9 minutes or 40 minutes. So I decided late one night to just start looking at the list of Oscar Nominated movies… just digging through the past five years, I discovered that the average nominated short film was 19.3 minutes. In the morning, instead of getting “actual work” done, I decided to comb through all the Oscar Winners, put their run times in an excel spreadsheet and Read More

A Movie Lover’s Look Inside Quentin Tarantino’s New Beverly Cinema

Magic hour in Los Angeles can be intoxicating in the dreamy haze of dusk, skies aglow in pinks and purples like a gauzy scene straight out of the pictures. At the New Beverly Cinema, the last pure bastion for 35-mm film in La La Land, the sun fades into extra romance every night for movie lovers waiting outside the box office under its iconic red-lettered marquee. On a recent Friday at magic hour, standing patiently in line for a standby ticket to a sold-out double feature of “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” (1985) and “Ed Wood” (1994), is cinephile Cody Chavez, 27, who sports a homemade Pee-wee Herman costume Read More

No More Lollipop Guild. Final Munchkin Has Died At 98

Jerry Maren — the world’s last living ‘Wizard of Oz‘ munchkin — is now somewhere over the rainbow … TMZ has learned. We’re told … Jerry died over a week ago. His funeral was held over the weekend at Forest Lawn in Hollywood. The cause of death is unknown, but we’re told he suffered from dementia. He passed away at a San Diego nursing care facility. There were multiple reports he died back in March 2016 after a battle with pancreatic cancer … but a close friend of Jerry’s told us those reports were not true. Jerry still had a couple of years left in him. Jerry had Read More

Bill Gold, Iconic Master of the Movie Poster, Dies at 97

His résumé included ‘Casablanca,’ ‘A Clockwork Orange,’ ‘The Exorcist,’ ‘Dog Day Afternoon’ and decades’ worth of Eastwood films. Bill Gold, who revolutionized the art of the movie poster over a seven-decade career that began with Casablanca and included A Clockwork Orange, The Exorcist and dozens of Clint Eastwood films, has died. He was 97. Gold died at his home in Old Greenwich, Connecticut, on Sunday, according to family spokeswomen Christine Gillow. The Brooklyn native began at Warner Bros. in the early 1940s and had a hand in more than 2,000 posters during his iconic career, working on films for everyone from Alfred Hitchcock (1954’s Dial M for Read More

Love Movies?: These Companies Will Pay You to Watch Movie Previews

We know it sounds far fetched, but it’s possible to earn extra money watching movie previews. In fact, if you’re really committed, you could earn $300 a month or more with the tips listed below. 1. Earn up to $225/Month Watching Movie Previews Most of you already know about InboxDollars, but did you know that it will pay you to watch movie previews, celebrity videos, the latest news and dozens of other videos? Plus, you’ll get a bonus $5 just for signing up. You need to watch all of the shows in a specific playlist to earn your bucks, so be prepared. InboxDollars lets you know how long Read More

Years before the Titanic sank, two mysterious books seemed to predict the disaster

The Titanic disaster has inspired countless stories. That’s not surprising. A luxury ocean liner sinking into the freezing Atlantic Ocean on its maiden voyage, dooming over 1,500 people, makes for a tale charged with pathos and danger. Starting with “Saved from the Titanic,” a short silent film starring one of the survivors, artists have churned out work after work detailing the chilling events of the April 15, 1912 disaster. Libraries are stocked with plenty of non-fiction books and novels about the doomed ship. Critics praised the highly accurate 1958 British drama “A Night to Remember,” which boasts a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score. A 1997 Broadway musical about Read More