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 ...
I hadn't intended to take a seven-month break from my Saturday Serials posts, but that's just the way it happens sometimes. But inspiration has struck and so very soon I'll be bringing another classic movie serial your way. This one was released eight years after the Batman serial I brought you last summer. It's King of the Rocket Men, released in the summer of 1949 by Republic Pictures. It stars Tristram Coffin as Jeff King, aka Rocket Man. It also co-stars Mae Clarke as Glenda Thomas. Check out the pair from this period publicity still: So as you can see, ray guns and jet packs will be the order of the day with King of the Rocket Men. Join me here soon to get started on the action, won't you? And in the meantime, you can catch up on all the chapters of the 1943 Batman serial here.
Back in the day, before fancy computers and gizmos and whatnot, title graphics in movies were painted by hand. By real human beings. And somehow they managed to look fantastic. So now I present to you a gallery featuring a host of vintage title art graphics, most of which date from the 1950s and '60s. (Click for a larger version.)
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.)
One of the many cool devices used in the '60s Batman TV show and feature film was the Batcycle. Since having Robin straddling Batman from behind would've been too much even for the Dynamic Duo he had his own sidecar, which could detach and drive on its own like a go-cart. A few years ago the Batcycle sidecar/go-cart (built in 1966 by Richard “Korky” Korkes and Dan Dempski) went up for auction and sold for a whopping $30,000. Here are a few pictures of the go-cart at the time of the auction, and some vintage photos of Robin (Burt Ward) riding it on what looks like a film studio lot or location. You can also see the Batcopter in the background in one of the pictures. For more auction finds, click here.
You shrieked in terror at my gallery of vintage '80s horror movie posters... you gasped at my science fiction movie posters of the '50s... now tremble at this gallery of movie posters featuring juvenile delinquent/teen exploitation films of the '40s through the '70s! #1. Teen Age Thunder (1957) #2. Switchblade Sisters (1975) #3. Juvenile Jungle (1958) #4. Live Fast, Die Young (1958) #5. Youth Runs Wild (1944) #6. The Cool and the Crazy (1958) #7. Reform School Girl (1957) #8. Riot in Juvenile Prison (1959) #9. Untamed Youth (1957) #10. Girls Under 21 (1940)
So many of you have enjoyed my gallery of great horror movie posters from the '80s, I thought I'd try on some posters from the golden age of science fiction (the 1950s) for size. Enjoy, and keep watching the skies! #1 The Day the Earth Stood Still 1951 #2 Attack of the 50 Foot Woman 1958 #3 The Astounding She-Monster 1957 #4 Them! 1954 #5 The Atomic Man (U.K.: Timeslip) 1955 (more…)
So is it June 2013 yet? Because my Spidey Sense -- oops, wrong costume -- tells me that Man of Steel may actually redeem the Superman film franchise from the snoozefest that was Superman Returns. Check out the newest trailer: It looks like the origin story just got a little darker, and DC is taking the franchise in a very Dark Knight-esque direction. That's no surprise of course, but as long as the movie's good I don't mind. If you want to watch campy Superman there are always the great Christopher Reeve movies out there (which means stop after the second one). We don't see much of Henry Cavill in action here but he seems to be a good fit visually. The effects also look awesome, and best of all Kevin Costner isn't using a stupid accent. Oh, and did I mention General Zod? Beca...