Monday, December 31, 2012

Cool Art: 'The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey' by Jerry Vanderstelt

Following on from his renditions of The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, Jerry Vanderstelt has produced this officially licensed art print from the first Hobbit film.

The art is available in various formats:
$450 - Epic Size Collector’s Edition Canvas Giclee – 100 pieces. Size : 29 x 39
$350 - Limited Edition Canvas Giclee – 100 pieces. Size : 24 x 32
$195 - Epic Size Edition Paper Giclee – 2000 pieces. Size: 28 x 36
$150 - Limited Edition Paper Giclee – 2000 pieces. Size: 18 x 24 

Check out his website and Facebook page for more details.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Geeky Nerfherder 1st Anniversary & My 2012 Favourites

And so it's that time of year, where everybody lists all their favourites of the past year, and I'm no different. I've rediscovered my inner geek and really gotten back into the Sci-Fi and Fantasy genres this year, and I'd say it's been a good year for SF&F output too and I'll be listing my favourite things from 2012 below.

It's also one year since I started this blog! Yes, The Geeky Nerfherder is 1 year old! Thanks to everyone that visits here and I hope that you enjoy my posts of pop culture geekery. Hit the jump to see a few of my favourite things from 2012.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Short Film: 'Mama' with intro from Guillermo del Toro

The feature film, 'Mama', coming to theatres on January 18, 2013, was based on a short film of the same name from Andy and Barbara Muschietti.

This exclusive look at the original short film is presented by Guillermo del Toro and includes one of the scariest scenes del Toro has ever seen. The craftsmanship, ingenuity, and horror presented by the Muschiettis made him want to be a Producer for the feature film.

Short Animation: 'A Pale Blue Dot' by Joel Somerfield

An animated visualization of Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot monologue, where he muses on our planet’s appearance in a photograph taken by the Voyager 1 space probe – the most distant photograph ever taken of Earth, created by Joel Somerfield of digital production house, Order.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Cool Art: 'She Can Kill You With Her Brain' by Tom Trager

A cool Firefly / Shepard Fairey inspired illustration from Tom Trager, that's also available to buy from his Red Bubble store.

Cool Art: 'Good vs Evil' by J Scott Campbell

These cool Disney inspired illustrations by J Scott Campbell are part of the 'Good vs. Evil' Exhibit at the DownTown Disneyland WonderGround Gallery.

Hit the jump to see the other two from J Scott Campbell.

Cool Art: 'The Excellent Mind' by Stanley 'Artgerm' Lau

A cool Sherlock inspired illustration from the awesome Stanley Lau, aka Artgerm.

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Cool Art: 'Lady Of December' by Angela Sasser

Cool Art Nouveau Christmas inspired illustration from Angela Sasser, as part of her Christmas series.

Check out her Deviant Art page for more quality art.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

New Doctor Who 2013 Trailer

Contains a bit of a spoiler, so don't watch this until after you've seen 'The Snowmen' Christmas Special (which is rather good by the way!). Liking the new intro too, very retro!

Happy Holidays!

Happy holidays everyone!
And what better way to celebrate than with some Star Wars themed festivities. Check out these Star Wars Christmas cards from Patrick McQuade. More after the jump as always.
Wookie, Guide My Sleigh Tonight

Monday, December 24, 2012

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Book Review: 'The Art Of Rise Of The Guardians'

I loved the film when I saw it at the cinema (well worth your time too), and when I saw some of the concept art from Shane Prigmore online, I decided to splurge on the art book too.

The hardcover book is a guided tour to the behind the scenes development of the film and is filled cover to cover with lots of art, including storyboards, character design, visual development art and effects concepts.

The book is introduced with a forward by Alec Baldwin, voice of North in the film, and a preface from William Joyce, the creator of the books the film is based on and then is split into seven parts. Each chapter looks at each of the Guardians and their realms, from North, the Guardian of Wonder, and the North Pole, the Guardian Of Hope (Bunny), the Guardian Of Memories (Tooth Fairy) and the Guardian Of Dreams (Sandy), plus the worlds of Pitch the Nightmare King and Jack, the Earthbound Guardian Of Fun.

In a foldout gatefold page, there's also a short chapter that goes behind the scenes of one of the scenes in the film 'The Making Of Sequence 1300: The Tooth Palace', where the Guardians discover that Pitch and his army of Nightmares are stealing all the tooth memories. It's a flow chart with contributions from those that worked on the sequence; from the first stages of the story and art, through to modeling, layout, animation effects, lighting and more until the final idea that we see onscreen.

The 150+ colourful glossy pages of this movie art book are packed with glorious illustrations, sketches and more, making it yet another quality hardcover movie art book for my growing collection, and hopefully it will be part of yours too!

**** out of 5

Cool Art: 'Nausicaä's Laboratory' by Yaphleen

Another cool Studio Ghibli inspired artwork from Yaphleen.
Check out her Deviant Art page for more awesome art!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Short Film: 'Logan' by Andreas Climent and André Hedetoft

A short action thriller directed by Andreas Climent and André Hedetoft, inspired by the origin and story of the Marvel Comics mutant character Wolverine.

A lone man locked inside a dark room is violently interrogated about his identity. When his captors finally find out who he is, they realize that he isn’t locked in with them, they are the ones locked in with him.


Friday, December 21, 2012

LEGO Treebeard's Holiday Special

A joyous party of orcs is merrily desecrating Fangorn Forest...and Treebeard isn't too happy about it.


Doctor Who Christmas Special Trailer - In Lego!


Making Of 'Game Of Thrones' Season 3 - Art Direction

This new 'Making Game of Thrones' production video goes behind the scenes and focuses on the art direction of Season 3 with commentary from art directors Heather Greenlees and Tom Still and location manager Robert Boake.

'Game Of Thrones' is back next year on March 31 in the US and should be returning 1st April on Sky Atlantic in the UK.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Watch The First 4 Minutes Of 'Ralph McQuarrie: Retrospective'

On August 24, 2012 at Star Wars Celebration VI, fans witnessed the premiere screening of the Ralph McQuarrie Retrospective. Now, take an exclusive look at the first 4 minutes of the film!

Legends of the entertainment industry remember McQuarrie and his work and influence on the industry, their careers, and on the Star Wars movies in particular. McQuarrie's concept art is credited with helping George Lucas get the green light to produce the first Star Wars movie, and generations of artists and movie makers were inspired by this late artist's work.

Check out some of Ralph McQuarrie's concept art here.


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

It's Okay! It's Just Doomsday!

End of the world? No problem.

Space Janitors: Episode 6

Don't mess around in Dark Lord's holochamber. A pending visit from the Emperor leads to an accidental promotion.

The Guild S6 E11: 'Raid HQ! '

Codex and Zaboo try to leave Game HQ, but face complications as Vork's protest outside turns into a riot.

'Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome' Bluray Trailer

Only a couple of months to wait before the web series 'Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome' is released in it's entirety on unrated bluray / DVD. Out on February 19 2013, the Blu-ray Combo Pack includes Digital Copy and UltraViolet so you can watch anytime, anywhere, and features exclusive bonus content including Deleted Scenes and more.

An all-new chapter in the Battlestar Galactica saga, Blood & Chrome takes place in the midst of the first Cylon war. As the battle between humans and their creation, the sentient robotic Cylons, rages across the 12 colonial worlds, a young, talented fighter pilot, William Adama (Luke Pasqualino, The Borgias), finds himself assigned to one of the most powerful battlestars in the Colonial fleet: the Galactica. Though Adama quickly finds himself at odds with his co-pilot, the battle-weary officer Coker (Ben Cotton, Alcatraz), the two men must set their differences aside when a routine escort mission with an enigmatic passenger (Lili Bordán, Silent Witness) turns dangerous and becomes a pivotal one for the desperate fleet.

Prequel To The Doctor Who Christmas Special: 'Vastra Investigates'

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

New International Character Poster For 'OZ: The Great And Powerful'

Cine1 has debuted this new international character poster of The Wicked Witch, for Sam Raimi’s Wizard Of Oz prequel, ‘OZ: The Great and Powerful.’

Alongside James Franco as the titular Oz, the film stars Rachel Weisz as Evanora, a powerful, evil witch who intends to rule the land, Michelle Williams in the role of Glinda, and Mila Kunis as Theadora.

'OZ: The Great and Powerful' will be released on March 8, 2013.

Cool Art: 'The Shining' by Joshua Budich

Here's a cool print from Joshua Budich, created as part of a set for Spoke Art that also features art from Sam Smith and Brandon Schaefer, for a double feature screening last weekend at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco featuring the films of Stanley Kubrick. The print is limited to 100 copies, and comes signed and numbered by Joshua.
On sale now HERE.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Even More Mondo Posters From We Buy Your Kids

Mondo are releasing four more posters from their We Buy Your Kids' exhibit, 'Tina's Mom's Boyfriend' online at a random time on Tuesday, December 18th. They'll be putting up remaining copies of 'Jurassic Park', 'The Thing', 'Psycho' and 'The Lost Boys'. You can see detail shots of each poster over at their blog. Follow them on Twitter for the on sale announcement.

Hit the jump to see the full set of posters.

'Jurassic Park' by We Buy Your Kids.
18"x24" screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 160. $35

New 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Trailer

Star Trek Into Darkness is out in cinemas May 17th 2013.

James Bond: 50 Years of Main Title Design

A retrospective by The Art Of The Title, celebrating 50 years of James Bond main titles.


Sunday, December 16, 2012

Cool Art: 'Labyrinth' by Jeff Stokely

This Labyrinth inspired art, drawn by Jeff Stokely and coloured by Eddy Swan, is pretty cool.
Hit the jump to see the original black and white version.

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The Legend of Zelda: Pot Smasher

A new video from Freddie Wong with Lindsey Stirling as Link and Clinton Jones as the guard.


Movie Review: 'The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey'

And so we're back in Middle Earth again and it's a joy to be back!

'An Unexpected Journey' begins just before Bilbo Baggins' party at the start of 'The Fellowship Of The Ring' as we see Ian Holm and Elijah Wood reprise their roles again, I like the way it all dovetailed nicely into The Lord Of The Rings films, and when Martin Freeman's Bilbo Baggins appears, it's 60 years before the events of The Lord Of The Rings and the beginning of Bilbo's adventure to help the dwarves take back The Lonely Mountain from Smaug.

As with other recent films that were adapted from books (John Carter from Edgar Rice Burroughs' A Princess Of Mars and Total Recall from Philip K Dick's We Can Remember It For You Wholesale for example), I had to read the book first. Yes, I never expect to see a movie that fully adapts a book to film too faithfully, as some scenes work better on the page and in your imagination than up on the silver screen, but the main parts of The Hobbit's first six chapters are there; the introduction of the dwarves, the three trolls, the stone giants, the goblins, finding the ring, the riddles in the dark with Bilbo and Gollum, the attack of the Wargs and the appearance of the eagles.

Director Peter Jackson has also mined the appendices at the back of The Return Of The King book and we see expanded sequences like the early history of Erebor, a glimpse of Smaug, Radagast The Brown's discovery of the Necromancer, the Battle Of Azanulbizar between the dwarves and orcs and the White Council in Rivendell. These scenes certainly pad the movie out to fill out the 169 minutes, but they also serve to fill in some of the back story and further links The Hobbit to the events that will happen in The Lord Of The Rings. Some might question the reason for stretching out a story that comprises of just 19 chapters into three films, but with adding what's in the appendices, you will get a better, overall feel of the history and goings on in Middle Earth, enriching the whole experience of watching these movies and to me that's no bad thing. I envision a massive Hobbit / Lord Of The Rings movie marathon once the boxset come out!

Visually, Weta have hit the mark again, creating a believable world inhabited by hobbits, dwarves, elves, goblins, orcs and more. My only criticism is of the wolf like Wargs, they did seem a bit cartoonish looking compared to everything else, but they don't detract from the action sequences.

Howard Shore is back on scoring duties too, with some familiar musical themes that hark back to The Lord Of The Rings as well. All good!

Overall, 'The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey' is very much worth your while, especially if you are a fan of The Lord Of The Rings films and original book. Yes, it does take a while to get going (as first films in a trilogy tend to do), but once it does, you'll be swept along for a rather enjoyable ride. The downside, we've got to wait a whole year for the second installment; 'The Desolation Of Smaug'. I can't wait!

**** out of 5

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Hobbit - Official Production Video #10

Seeing as 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' is out now in cinemas, my review coming up soon, here's the tenth and probably last video production diary for 'An Unexpected Journey'.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Book Review: 'The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey: Chronicles - Art & Design'

'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles - Art & Design' is a gorgeous hardcover book that is packed cover to cover with over a thousand images of concept art, photographs, sketches and paintings from the artists working behind the scenes to help bring Peter Jackson's vision of 'The Hobbit' onto the screen.

The book is compiled by Weta senior concept designer Daniel Falconer with a foreward by Production Designer Dan Hannah and an introduction from Richard Taylor, Weta's Design & Special Effects Supervisor. Each chapter of the book details a particular section of the film; starting with Bilbo Baggins, Bag End, Hobbiton and the rest of the Hobbits, through to a very detailed look at each of the Dwarves (even a quick look at Moria and the Battle Of Azanulbizar), the wizards, the trolls, the elves, Gollum, the landscapes and the other creatures from Middle-Earth that feature in the film. Each chapter is looked at in depth with prelim sketches, beautiful concept art and photographs.

There are two special fold-out features to this book; a large replica of Thorin's map, printed in glow-in-the-dark ink and a three page fold-out replica of Bilbo's burglar contract.

You can see as to how much detail has been put into this book, with the Weta team working very closely with the production team to make sure that the book is packed to the gills. Apparently this is only the first of a series of lavish hardcover books from Weta. If that's the case, and after reading this volume, I can't wait to see what the other books in the series will be like.

***** out of 5

Movie Poster Art: 'The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey' (2012)

With the first of 'The Hobbit' films now out in cinemas, here's a round up of the official movie posters, illustration and fan art.

Hit the jump for a whole lot more.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

New Poster For 'The Wolverine'

A very cool motion poster for 'The Wolverine'.

Based on the celebrated comic book arc by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, “The Wolverine” finds Logan (Hugh Jackman), the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with adamantium claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed.

'The Wolverine' is scheduled for release on July 26, 2013.

'The Lord Of The Rings' Honest Trailer

Another truthful Honest Trailer from ScreenJunkies, this time covering 'The Lord Of The Rings' trilogy.


New Posters For Guillermo Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim'

With the trailer now out in the wilds, three new posters for Guillermo Del Toro's giant robots vs giant monsters flick, 'Pacific Rim' are out too.

Hit the jump to check out the other two, click to embiggen.

New Trailer For The Doctor Who Christmas Special

First Trailer For Guillermo Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim'

'Pacific Rim' will be in cinemas July 12 2013.


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Cool Art: 'The Lord Of The Rings' by Olly Moss

Mondo are releasing these cool Olly Moss 'The Lord Of The Rings' posters online at a random time on Thursday, December 13th. Both measure 15x36”, with the $50 regular edition in a run of 580, and the $90 variant in a limited edition of 285.

Check out the up close detail shots on Mondo's blog.

Follow them on Twitter for the on sale announcement. Of course, you'll have to be quick, as they WILL sell out very quickly!!!

Hit the jump to see the variant edition.

Regular Edition

New Posters For 'Hansel & Gretel' And 'Jack The Giant Slayer'

New posters for 'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters' and 'Jack The Giant Slayer' have popped up. Click to embiggen.

Brazilian Poster

Short Film: 'Tempo'

In this new Red Giant short film, from the creators of 'Plot Device', a scientist must prevent a new, powerful technology from falling into the wrong hands.


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Space Janitors: Episode Five

When rebel plans to blow up the station are discovered, one thing leads to another. Oh, and a planet blows up big time!

The Guild: S6 Ep 10 'Tipping Points'

Vork's protest picks up steam as Controller Grrl and Black Knight raise the stakes. Codex attempts to talk Floyd down and Tink uncovers some unpleasant truths.

New Theatrical Trailer For 'Man Of Steel'

'Man Of Steel' is out in cinemas June 14 2013.

Cool Art: 'Girls: Fact + Fiction' Art Exhibition From Light Grey Art Lab

Light Grey Art Labs are hosting an art exhibition, 'Girls: Fact + Fiction', celebrating their favourite females from, er, fact and fiction, in Minneapolis which runs through until January 4.

Hit the jump to see a selection of the art work at the exhibition, and go here to see the full set of works and go here to buy them.
Princess Mononoke by Kyle Stecker

Cool Art: 'Moloch the Mystic' by Olly Moss

Another cool illustration from Olly Moss. This is the variant cover for the 'Before Watchmen' comic, so keep an eye out for when the issue lands.

Rian Johnson's Screenplay For 'Looper' Now Available For Free

by Glen Matthews
(aka Midnight Marauder)
I enjoyed this film when I saw in cinemas earlier in the year (already got the bluray on order for January), and now you can read the final draft of Rian Johnson's script for 'Looper'.

This is not a “shooting script” conformed to the final picture, it’s actually the final draft of the script we went into production with, and differs from the final film in many respects, which are hopefully more interesting than annoying.
A brief introduction is attached to the script.  Enjoy, share and disperse freely.

Hit the link for the script.

Cool Art: New Posters From Kevin Tong

Kevin Tong has two new concert posters and a new art print available today.

The first is for Bon Iver's European tour, and is a 5 colour screenprint on 18 x 24 inch 100 lb White Cover Paper. The prints are a signed and numbered artist edition (separate from the band edition) of 100. The price is $35 ($7 US shipping, $12 Intl Shipping).

The second is for Umphrey's McGee's concert in Silver Springs, MD and is a 4 colour screenprint on 18 x 24 inch 100 lb Cream Cover Paper, and are signed and numbered artist proofs from an edition of 200. The price is $35 ($7 US shipping, $12 Intl Shipping).

Also available is an art print (unlettered version) of the Umphrey's McGee poster titled 'The Visitation', and is the same as the concert poster - a 4 colour screenprint on 18 x 24 inch 100 lb Cream Cover Paper, but are signed and numbered artist proofs from a very limited edition of 50. The price is $40 ($7 US shipping, $12 Intl Shipping).

They all go up today at a random time. Visit his website for more details.
Hit the jump to see the set of posters.
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New Trailer For 'The Lone Ranger'

The Lone Ranger will be riding into UK cinemas on 9 August 2013.

Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) and man of the law John Reid (Armie Hammer) are opposites brought together by fate and must join forces to battle greed and corruption.

New Japanese Poster For 'OZ: The Great And Powerful'

There is something that I love about Japanese movie posters. They are usually a bit different and more often than not nowhere near as bland or cliched as some of their North American / European poster equivilants, and the new Japanese poster for 'OZ: The Great And Powerful' is no exception. I think it's a lot better than the other OZ posters so far and maybe looks like a traditional Disney poster. Check it out.

Monday, December 10, 2012

More Mondo Posters From We Buy Your Kids

Mondo are releasing four more posters from their We Buy Your Kids' exhibit, 'Tina's Mom's Boyfriend' online at a random time on Tuesday, December 11th. They'll be putting up remaining copies of 'An American Werewolf In London', 'V For Vendetta', 'They Live' and 'The Warriors'. You can see detail shots of each poster over at their blog. Follow them on Twitter for the on sale announcement.

Hit the jump to see the full set of posters.

'An American Werewolf In London' by We Buy Your Kids.
18"x24" screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 135. $35

Cool Art: 'Akira' by Godmachine

On December 14 Bottleneck Gallery will be opening their newest show, 'Alternate Ending'. Featuring over 60 artists presenting a piece representing what they wish had happened at the end of a certain film, video game, or book.

Check out  Godmachine's Akira print from the show.

New 'Tomb Raider' Trailer

The new 'Tomb Raider' trailer that originally aired on the 2012 Spike Video Game Awards. Tomb Raider is in stores March 5, 2013.

New 'The Last Of Us' Trailer

The new trailer for The Last of Us that originally aired on the 2012 Spike Video Game Awards. The Last of Us will be out on Playstation 3 on May 7, 2013.

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Teaser Trailer For 'Oblivion'

First the teaser poster, now here's the teaser trailer for 'Oblivion'.


Teaser Poster For Tom Cruise's 'Oblivion'

A cool teaser poster for the Tom Cruise starring Sci-Fi flick, 'Oblivion'.

On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man’s confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind.

Jack Harper (Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth.  Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack’s mission is nearly complete.

Living in and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, his soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft.  Her arrival triggers a chain of events that  forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands.

Oblivion is out April 19, 2013.
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'The Hobbit' Behind The Scenes Featurette

13 minutes behind the scenes featurette for 'The Hobbit'.


Friday, December 07, 2012

'Game of Thrones' House Icons by Jie Feng

Check out Jie Feng's Deviant Art page for more cool art.
Hit the jump to see the rest.

Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome - 'Finale'

Adama's life is in Coker's hands while discovering a startling new development that will affect the future of the human race. 

Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome will be available uninterrupted and uncut on Blu-ray & DVD February 19, 2013. The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes Digital Copy and UltraViolet so you can watch anytime, anywhere, and features exclusive bonus content including Deleted Scenes and more.

StarTalk - The Science Of Star Trek

Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-host Eugene Mirman are joined by guests Wil Wheaton, Paul F Tompkins and Kristen Schaal at the Neptune Theatre in Seattle to discuss the science of Star Trek.


One More 'The Hobbit' TV Spot Trailer

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Joe Hisaishi in Budokan: Studio Ghibli 25 Years Concert

Studio Ghibli and Joe Hisaishi, the two are normally entwined. Personally, I love both! And now via a Japanese released Blu-ray entitled, Joe Hisaishi in Budokan: Studio Ghibli 25 Years Concert, you can enjoy selections from from Nausicaa, Ponyo, Laputa, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and more Ghibli films from this special concert.

In fact you can check out (for now) the full concert in this video below.

The bluray is available to buy here and here.


Hit the jump for the tracklistings.

Cool Art: 'LoZ Skyward Sword' by Larry D Warren Jr (ThaL-DAWB)

Awesome! 'The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword' banner art by Deviant Artist Larry D Warren Jr (ThaL-DAWB).

'The Dark Knight Rises' Honest Trailer


Cool Art: 'The Good And The Bad' Eddie Vedder Concert Posters by Rhys Cooper

More awesome Rhys Cooper posters! These 'The Good, The Bad And The Ugly' inspired posters were for Eddie Vedder's concerts in Dallas and Houston in November.

They are 12″ x 36″ 5 colour silkscreen posters on heavy 250gsm paper stock printed with metallic inks, in limited artist editions of 200, and cost $45 each (or $80 for both). Visit his store if you want them.

Bad Variant

'Star Trek Into Darkness' Teaser Trailer

Stand by on December 17 for the full trailer!

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

The Fellowship of the Ringwraiths

Have you ever wondered what the Ringwraiths were up to during the rest of the Fellowship of the Ring?...

Despite being known as the second most terrifying creatures on Middle Earth - hardly anything is known about the Ringwraiths from Lord of the Rings... until now.

Join Johnny, Steve, Margaret, Rob and Dave as they deliberate how best to capture the one ring...


Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Space Janitors: Episode Four

An officer is dealt a cruel hand by the Dark Lord. Darby spots his chance to climb the evil corporate ladder, but not everyone is cut out for deck crew.

The Guild - S6 Ep 9: 'The Case of the Game Leak'

Codex tries to investigate the Game leak. Clara's vlogging has a surprising effect and Vork discovers the drawbacks of advocacy.

Cool Art: 'Gruss Vom Krampus' by Richey Beckett

A very special print to mark the festive season, featuring an original Krampus illustration by Richey Beckett, inspired by the Alpine folklore.

Featuring the traditional phrase 'Gruss Vom Krampus' ('Greetings from Krampus'), each print is A4 (297 x 210mm) beautifully printed on premium 300gsm Conqueror cream laid paper, and in a limited run of 25 hand numbered, signed prints. There are also greeting cards available, with each set containing five cards, with cream envelopes. Each card is 140 x 140mm (folded) beautifully printed on premium 300gsm Conqueror cream laid paper.

Visit Richey's store to get these when they go on sale Wednesday December 6 at 6pm GMT.

Cool Art: Star Trek TOS Set 5 by Juan Ortiz

Artist Juan Ortiz is back with a new set of retro style Star Trek prints.

QMx will offer the four prints as a set of plated-printed lithographs on 100-pound, aqueous-coated, satin-finish paper. Each print measures 18x24 inches and the set of four is $34.95.  US and Canada fans can purchase the sets at

Pyramid will have the images available in the UK on Wood for £39.99 (43x59cm) and £49.99 (45x76cm), Canvas for £59.99 (60x80cm) and as Framed Art Prints at £49.99 (60x80cm).  UK fans will be able to purchase the items at, and

This month's random episodes are:
E04: The Naked Time
E18: Arena
E23: A Taste of Armageddon
E61: Spectre Of The Gun

Hit the jump to take a peek at the others.

'Game Of Thrones' Season 3 Featurette

Here's a behind the scenes featurette for 'Game of Thrones'.

'Game Of Thrones' is back next year on March 31 in the US and should be returning 1st April on Sky Atlantic in the UK.

Monday, December 03, 2012

Cool Art: 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' by Adam Rabalais

Another cool poster from Adam Rabalais, 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'.

The poster is available on Adam's Etsy Store as an 11"x17" print for $20.

Check out his Deviant Art page for more awesome art.

Mondo Posters By We Buy Your Kids

Mondo will be releasing a handful of posters from their new new exhibit, TINA'S MOM'S BOYFRIEND, a solo show featuring a collection of all-new movie posters created by Australian duo, We Buy Your Kids, at a random time on Tuesday, December 4th.

Follow Mondo on Twitter for the on sale announcement.

Hit the jump to see the posters.

'Conan The Barbarian' by We Buy Your Kids.
18"x24" screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 150. $35

New 'Man Of Steel' Teaser Poster

A new 'Man Of Steel' teaser poster has hit the internets, check it out below.

Short Film: 'Prospect: Prologue' by Shep Films

Only four days and just over $400 to go on Shep Films' Kickstarter film project, 'Prospect'.

PROSPECT is an unusual coming-of-age story following a teenage girl and her father on a foreign planet as they hunt for resin, the valuable byproduct of rare insects. Inspired in part by the California Gold Rush, the film features a planet of desperate individuals seeking their fortunes, governed only by natural law. When the father is attacked by a roving bandit, the daughter must take vengeance.

Shep Films have released a new video featuring some backstory details and more footage from their test shoot. Head over to their Kickstarter page and check out the concept reel and more about the project. And if you like it, make a pledge as a backer.

Cool Art: 'COBRA Baroness' by Rhys Cooper

Another set of awesome prints by Rhys Cooper.

'Baroness' is the first in a series of three COBRA prints by Rhys Cooper. Both the regular and variant editions will go on sale Thursday, December 6, at Acidfree Gallery.

The prints are 12"x36" 5 colour screenprints, with the regular in a limited edition run of 100 and the variant in a run of 55. Both are signed and numbered, with the regular edition going for $50 and variant $65.

Hit the jump to see the variant.
Regular Edition

Cool Art: 'Ron Burgundy Jazz Flute At Tino's' by Aled Lewis

'Ron Burgundy Jazz Flute At Tino's' by Aled Lewis is part of Gallery1988's 'A Tribute To Judd Apatow: an art show inspired by a comedic producer' that opens December 4 and runs through until December 30.

All the artwork still available after the opening reception will become available online at the Gallery1988 website, from December 5.

'Smuggler's Gambit' Live Star Wars Audio Drama

Performed in the spirit of the classic Star Wars NPR radio dramas and set in the original trilogy era, Smuggler’s Gambit tests Han and Chewie’s commitment to the cause as they venture off to reclaim their glory days, only to realize that their decision to help the Rebellion take down the Death Star was not without consequence…

Star Wars: Smuggler’s Gambit was recorded live at Celebration VI in Orlando, Florida, based on an original script by Kyle Newman and F.J. DeSanto. The audio extravaganza was directed by Newman and produced by Jimmy “Mac” McInerney of, who whipped up over 100 sound effects and music cues, which were blasted live onstage alongside the actors to a packed audience of almost 2,000 diehard Star Wars fans!

Hit the link to listen and download this original Star Wars audio drama.

The Legend Of Digital Zelda

The Legend of Zelda comes to the digital world in this short film. Link battles various enemies and travels through a digital world as he tries to find his lost love....the princess Zelda!


Teaser Poster For 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

Here it is, the first teaser poster for 'Star Trek Into Darkness'.
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Sunday, December 02, 2012

Interview: A Roundtable With Animated Feature Directors

Animation directors Mark Andrews (Brave), Peter Ramsey (Rise of the Guardians), Chris Butler (ParaNorman), Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph) and Genndy Tartakovsky (Hotel Transylvania) talk with Los Angeles Times reporter Rebecca Keegan about the challenges of making feature animated movies and the future of animation.


Friday, November 30, 2012

Movie Review: 'Rise Of The Guardians'

Based upon William Joyce's 'The Guardians Of Childhood' books, Rise of the Guardians tells the story of a group of heroes - each with extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit, known as Pitch, lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world. 

I really enjoyed this. From the first trailers, I had been looking forward to it. I wasn't disappointed either.

It is your typical heroes join up and save the world plot, think Avengers (and nearly every superhero film for that matter), but I'd say aimed at a younger crowd. Yes it may come across a little cheesy and lightweight at times, but it's still fun and very enjoyable. I (and the rest of the audience) laughed out loud at some parts, mostly some of the reoccurring jokes in the film and the reactions from the yetis and elves.

The animation is first rate, as most animated fare is these days. The battle between The Sandman and Pitch as well as the waves of Night Mares in the battle towards the end, are the highlights and simply amazing and superbly done! I watched this in dazzling 2D, so I'm sure the look of these in 3D would be absolutely awesome.

You can see after watching 'Guardians', that the fingerprints of Guillermo Del Toro are on this film too. Acting as Executive Producer, you can see his influence on some of the sequences, definitely on the Night Mares and some of the darkness of the tone of the film. Generally I don't mind movies that are aimed at an all ages audience, and I'd say you would have to balance the lightness with the darkness to get an all rounded feel. 'Rise Of The Guardians' manages to do this and joins the likes of 'ParaNorman' and 'Brave' that I've seen this year, as top notch animated films for all the family.

All in all, if you want an action, adventure film for all the family then you can do no wrong in settling down to watch this. Definitely recommended.

**** out of 5

And now for the weather . . . in Elvish!

Hear the extraordinary Elvish language of Sindarin come to life in a summer forecast for the ‘Home of Middle-earth’, New Zealand.


'Ink' B Sides Album by Jamin Winans

I really enjoyed the movie 'Ink' and it's soundtrack (in fact I love the piano based Ink soundtrack, definitely well worth checking out), and now the writer/director and composer of Ink, Jamin Winans has released a series of cool tracks that didn't make the original soundtrack album. You can listen to the 'Ink B Sides Album' via YouTube below, and you can also buy them from Jamin's website for $0.99 each or $3.99 for the full set of five tracks.

Jamin also has another movie in the pipeline, called 'The Frame'. No details as yet on what it'll be about, but join The Frame Facebook page where he'll be releasing short behind-the-scenes films, photos and more in due course.

Tomb Raider Behind The Scenes Video

With the new 'Tomb Raider' game out in March 2013, and a game that I'm really looking forward to, Crystal Dynamics are counting down to the release with 'The Final Hours Of Tomb Raider', a series of videos charting the development of the game, giving fans an unprecedented, fly-on-the-wall perspective.

The latest episode, 'Episode 3: The Sound Of Survival', features a behind the scenes interview with composer Jason Graves and the audio team of Tomb Raider.

Hit the jump for the first two episodes.

Cool Art: 'A Bigger Boat' & 'Anchorman' by Joshua Budich

Two new cool prints from Joshua Budich debuting in couple of big up coming gallery shows.

First up is the Jaws inspired print, 'A Bigger Boat' for Guzu Gallery’s upcoming “Kaiju – Strange Beasts” group show, opening Friday, November 30, 2012.

This is a 12″x24″, 2-colour screenprint; in a limited-edition of 50 prints, signed and numbered, and is produced by Nakatomi.

The second is 'Anchorman' for Gallery1988′s upcoming “Tribute to Judd Apatow” Show, opening Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at their Melrose, California location.

“Anchorman” is an 18″x24″, 3/4-colour screenprint, and produced by Danny Askar. This print comes in regular and a glow-in-the-dark variant, limited-editions of 50 and 25 respectively; signed & numbered.

Hit the jump to see the Glow-In-The-Dark variant.

Short Film: 'LEGO The Battle of Helm's Deep'

The Brotherhood Workshop are back with another Lego Lord Of The Rings video.

The battle for Middle Earth has begun! All of Isengard is unleashed against the fortress of Helm's Deep. In the midst of the chaos and carnage, one solitary elf seeks to aid his vertically challenged matter what the cost.

Also, keep a look out for Chewbacca. He has a habit of showing up...on BOTH sides of the conflict.

Check their facebook page for special postings and Behind the Scenes photos!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Timeline: 'The Legend Of Zelda'

For nearly 25 years, The Legend of Zelda has captivated people from around the World. In the premiere episode of's 'Timeline', they delve into the realm of Hyrule, a kingdom filled with mystery and magic!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Set Of Four 'The Hobbit' Midnight IMAX Posters

Some of the midnight IMAX posters have been pretty cool; John Carter, The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider Man and Skyfall all spring to mind, and 'The Hobbit' is no different.

Hit the jump to take a peek of the set of four IMAX 'The Hobbit' posters.

'Rise Of The Guardians' Alternative Poster And Concept Art

This alternate poster for the 'Rise of the Guardians' movie was created by Art Director Max Boas and Visual Developer Perry Maple Dixon. The print measures 27" x 18" and is available on preorder at Nucleus for $35 unsigned or $45 signed.

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And still on the theme of 'Rise Of The Guardians', hit the jump for some of the concept art from the movie by Shane Prigmore (click to embiggen).

Awesome Dragon Ball Z Flipbook

This flipbook is the third in a series of Dragon Ball Z flipbooks drawn by etoilec1.

Hit the jump to see the first two episodes.

Episode 3: Gohan vs Janemba

Video Tribute To The Mars Rover Curiosity

One to watch in full screen HD!


Space Janitors: 'Episode 3'

While cleaning the bottom of a bottomless shaft, Darby and Mike stumble across a mysterious item that could change their lives... or end them.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Guild: S6 Episode 8 'Dialogue Options'

Codex steps into the game with Tink's help. Vork's attempt at culling Madeline's favour backfires.

Don Cheadle Is Back As Captain Planet!

Over a year ago since he last donned the green wig and body paint, Don Cheadle is back as Captain Planet!

Hit the jump to see the first video.

Cool Art: 'As You Wish' by Patrick Ballesteros

Following on from his 'Brownie Coats Of Serenity', here's his 'The Princess Bride' inspired, 'As You Wish'. Another slice of awesome! It's also available as a print, so head over to his blog for details.

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