Tag: fantasy

Dig This Collection of Star Wars Masks and Helmets

Dig This Collection of Star Wars Masks and Helmets

Auction Finds, Movies
Once more from the farthest reaches of the internet, I bring you cool Star Wars stuff. This time, it's a gallery Star Wars masks and helmets used in the original trilogy. Most of these closeup pictures were taken within the last few years or so, so you have to expect some visible wear and tear. Still, they're fascinating documents that went into the magic of the first three films. Up first is a snowtrooper helmet from The Empire Strikes Back. Bet you never knew they had green eyepieces! Also from The Empire Strikes Back, here's an original Ugnaught foam latex mask. You remember the Ugnaughts as the little pig people who worked in Cloud City and helped prep the carbonite machine for Han Solo. Here are three different angles of a regular ol' Stormtrooper helmet, worn during ...
The Wizard of Oz Vintage Cast Photos (1939)

The Wizard of Oz Vintage Cast Photos (1939)

Movies
To this day I still can't get enough of the immortal 1939 feature film version of L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz -- as opposed to the much scarier early 1900s stage version. So I was delighted when I stumbled across digital copies of these publicity stills from the production, taken in January and February 1939 and featuring all four of the main characters. These four shots are credited to still photographers Clarence Sinclair Bull and George Hommel. Enjoy! (Click any photo for a larger version.)
Four Hilarious Star Wars Photos from The Empire Strikes Back

Four Hilarious Star Wars Photos from The Empire Strikes Back

Movies
I know at least one or two of these gag shots taken during the filming of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back have been floating around the internet for awhile, but some of them are new to me. These photos feature Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), and C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) hamming it up in poses both playful and, um, provocative.
Trailer Trash — Oz: The Great and Powerful Looks Ridiculously Awesome

Trailer Trash — Oz: The Great and Powerful Looks Ridiculously Awesome

Movies
I never believed that we needed to have another Wizard of Oz film adaptation. The Judy Garland film is still one of the best movies ever made, and there certainly is no shortage of books to explore L. Frank Baum's wonderful world even further. But after seeing the first trailer for Sam Raimi's Oz: The Great and Powerful, I'm ready to rock. I really hope I'm not wrong on this, but I think this is going to be completely awesome. I'm so glad Sam Raimi is directing this, and I'm totally intrigued with James Franco as Oz/Oscar Diggs. While Robert Downey, Jr. would have done an excellent job, Franco conveys that sense of wry detachment that I think the character needs. Then there's the triple casting win of Mila Kunis, Rachel Weiz, and Michelle Williams as the three witches of Oz. ...
Trailer Trash — Sherlock Holmes 2, Alvin and the Chipmunks 3, and Underworld 4

Trailer Trash — Sherlock Holmes 2, Alvin and the Chipmunks 3, and Underworld 4

Movies
I don’t have time to go to the movies much any more. So instead I’m going to just review some new and upcoming films based solely on their trailers. Because let’s face it, most movies only have about two or three minutes’ worth of good material anyway. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows I quite enjoyed the first Sherlock Holmes, even if it retained very little of the pure cerebral charm of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's novels and short stories. I get that it's the 21st century, so big explosions are par for the course. What carried the first movie for me was pacing, good dialogue, and of course Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law. A Game of Shadows looks like it'll retain those key ingredients, which alone means it will be entertaining. What may take this one to the next level is
Graphicity: What’s next for Harry Potter fans?

Graphicity: What’s next for Harry Potter fans?

Funny Stuff
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Trailer Trash — Bad Teacher, Winnie the Pooh, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

Trailer Trash — Bad Teacher, Winnie the Pooh, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

Movies
I don’t have time to go to the movies much any more. So instead I’m going to just review some new and upcoming films based solely on their trailers. Because let’s face it, most movies only have about two or three minutes’ worth of good material anyway. Bad Teacher Ah I see, so it's like Bad Santa but instead it's called Bad Teacher. And Cameron Diaz gets to play the vulgar, ne'er do well lead role that Billy Bob Thornton had. She could pull it off, as she's always exuded this weird vibe of being physically attractive but kind of gross and skanky at the same time. I guess A-Rod is into that sort of thing. If nothing else the supporting cast is solid. Phyllis from The Office is an interesting pick for a co-star, but I'm guessing that Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother)
Album cover of the week: Mob Rules

Album cover of the week: Mob Rules

Album Cover of the Week, Music
It's hard to believe, but we lost Ronnie James Dio one year ago today. It seems only right to pay small tribute to his musical legacy, and so here we have 1981's Mob Rules. It was the second and last studio album Black Sabbath released with Dio as frontman until the one-off reunion disc Dehumanizer in 1992. It's every bit as sinister and metal as the cover indicates. The cover painting is by fantasy/science fiction artist Greg Hildebrandt. It's essentially a recreation of his 1971 work, Dream 1: Crucifiers. Here's the original: I'm guessing the addition of the band and album names didn't escape your notice, but did you catch the fact that the hook on the left side of the original was changed to a crucifix for the album cover? Also, the blood stain in the fabric (skin?) was ma...