Denzel Dominates New Poster for ‘Safe House’

A new movie poster for the upcoming Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds film Safe House has hit the web. The trailer is also available, and it’s embedded below.

While it’s nice to Denzel back in an ass-kicking action role (let’s just forget about those silly train movies), I rather wish they would have been a bit more creative with the poster design.

This is a terrible poster. Sure, Denzel’s face is enough to entice some fans into theaters, but Ryan Reynolds is sharing the top billing. It’s an action-espionage movie, and the best the designers could come up with is this?!

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New Year’s Eve Movie Poster – Sucks

Total disclosure: I love ensemble-cast movies. Seven Samurai, Ocean’s 11, Pulp Fiction, The Usual Suspects….even He’s Just Not That Into You. I love all of these films.

I even like Garry Marshall, the man directing the upcoming movie New Year’s Eve. I thought his last ensemble movie, Valentine’s Day, was fun and entertaining.

New Year’s Eve features another giant ensemble cast, and with this many big names on the marquee, I’m sure it was hard to come up with a fair poster design.

But this? This just…sucks.

There’s no need to have both the names at the top, plus all the head shots taking up the bulk of the poster. What’s worse, they had to balance out the bottom row with two images NOT of the actors.

It feels clumsy and crowded and doesn’t make me want to rush into theaters to see the movie.

The movie trailers look cute enough, and the jokes seem solid. The setting of New Year’s Eve is something we’re all familiar with: excitement, nervousness, planning, frustration – even depression.

So why not play on those emotions to drag people into the theater? Why in the hell did they think 18 headshots squeezed onto a movie poster was a good idea?

Here’s the ensemble cast, just for the record: Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Jon Bon Jovi, Abigail Breslin, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Robert De Niro, Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, Hector Elizondo, Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Seth Meyers, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Til Schweiger, Hilary Swank and Sofia Vergara.

The movie hits theaters on December 9th in the US and UK.

Let’s hope the movie turns out better than the poster!



‘Night of the Living Dead’ Custom Silkscreen Print

Today I came across this incredible silkscreen design for Night of the Living Dead. This print was created by the exceptionally talented Grzegorz Domaradzki, and it’s available for sale here. It’s a limited edition print run, and each 24×36″ print is hand-numbered.

Here’s what Domaradzki has to say about his art:

“My work often tends to veer towards darker themes, so when I was presented with the chance to pay tribute to Romero’s classic, I jumped at the opportunity. Conceptually, I wanted to do something different, something that wouldn’t be obviously apparent upon first glance. I arranged the composition in a way that the characters worked together to create the shape of a skull, the symbol of death. It took time to get just right, but in the end the result is just as I had visualized.”



Puss in Boots Final Movie Poster

We’re now less a month away from the long-awaited Puss in Boots movie – the Shrek spinoff that maybe should have been about Donkey instead (personal opinion).

Nevertheless, the Antonio Banderas-voiced Puss was very entertaining in the original movies, and I have high hopes that this film will be the same.

Today the final poster for Puss in Boots arrived, via MSN. The movie arrives in 2D and 3D theaters on October 28th in the US, and December 9 in the UK.



New Teaser Poster for Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

A great teaser movie poster for the upcoming film The Lorax debuted on Yahoo today.

An adaptation of the famous Dr. Seuss children’s’ book, The Lorax will feature the voice talents of of Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Rob Riggle, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift and Betty White.

The movie *will* be in 3D, but that may be okay, since animated films seem to be the only good movies that use 3D (Avatar the exception). We’ll have to wait until March 2012 to get The Lorax in theaters, but I imagine we’ll see at least a teaser trailer in time for the holiday season.

Synopsis:To find the one thing that will win the affection of the girl of his dreams, a boy must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.



Creepy New Human Centipede 2 Movie Poster

We’ve got a new poster for the upcoming (and already banned in the UK) The Human Centipede II: Full Sequence. If you haven’t seen the first film, perhaps you have more common sense than I do.

I won’t say the movie is bad…but the barely-there storyline didn’t help me stomach the gut-wrenching scenes. There’s cinematic value there, maybe, and I’ll admit art is subjective.

However, this second film is supposed to up the ante in terms of scientific horror. The UK film board has flat-out banned the distribution of the film in any method (includes DVDs, downloads). The trailer merely teases us with what’s to come.

And now we have a cleverly designed movie poster for the film. Bodies (presumably surgically sewn together) are lined up like a skeletal human spine. The tagline, “100% Medically Inaccurate” plays on the first film, which pitched that it was completely medically accurate. Of course, there were only three bodies in the first movie. In this movie, sadist director Tom Six says there will be 12 bodies.

The Human Centipede II: Full Sequence arrives in the US on October 7. Will it be grotesque? Undoubtedly. Will it be like a train wreck, in which we just can’t pry our eyes away? Quite possibly.

Until then, peep the excellent design of the movie poster!



Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Trailer 2

A new trailer for the upcoming remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has appeared, and simply put: it looks excellent.

Fans of the book should be happy to see how closely the movies appears to stay true. I expected nothing less from director David Fincher, but we all know how rare it is when the movie can keep up with the book.

Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara star in this US-version of the wildly popular Swedish book; the first book in a best-selling trilogy. The movie hits theaters on December 21 in the US, and December 26 in the UK.

Watch, and enjoy!



Movie Poster Debut for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

The pictures of Tom Cruise on top of the world’s tallest building definitely helped build the hype, but now we’ve seen a movie trailer and the movie poster for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. It’s hard to admit anything other than excitement for the latest installment in the franchise.

After MI2 and MI3, I was really hoping they would just retire poor, old Ethan Hunt. I think I’m about to eat my words.

Ghost Protocol looks like it can match the first movie in terms of action. I was skeptical of director Brad Bird handling this type of material, but from what I’ve seen so far, it looks pretty amazing. Bird is an outstanding director. Don’t get me wrong. But his expertise has been in animation: The Incredibles, Ratatouille.

Perhaps most exciting is the rumor that Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) will be taking over the Mission: Impossible franchise after this film. Cruise has been (more or less) solid as Hunt, but Renner is a fresh face and may breath some life into the brand.

Synopsis: The IMF is shut down when it’s implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear their organization’s name.

Ghost Protocol arrives in theaters December 21 in the US and December 26 in the UK.



New ‘Breaking Dawn’ Poster a Little Uninspiring

Far be it for me to criticize the art creation of another person or team. However the goal of a movie poster is to inspire and incite interest in the film…

This latest Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part I movie poster does not excite me and does not raise my interest in the film.

The poster design is bland, boring and lacks creativity. While I’m certainly not the target audience of a teenage girl, I can still appreciate decent movie poster artwork when I see it. This is not decent artwork.

The movie arrives November 18, so there is still plenty of time for new designs to arrive…I’m hoping they improve on the look!



Matthew McConaughey’s ‘Killer Joe’ Movie Poster

The movie is getting its debut at the Venice Film Festival tomorrow (and the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend), but we’ve got a peek at the Killer Joe movie poster today!

Matthew McConaughey stars, alongside Emile Hirsch, Thomas Haden Church and Gina Gershon in this dramatic comedy. Hirsch needs his mother dead, so he may collect on the life insurance policy, and he hires McConaughey to do the job.

There are, of course, expected hiccups in the plot. There’s currently no full trailer out, but a 2 1/2 minute clip will give you a feeling for the film.

If you’re still not interested, consider that it’s William Friedkin directing (French Connection, The Exorcist), and he’s about due for a career revival. The movie is based on a popular, hilarious play by the same name. Rife with dark humor and nudity, it will be interesting to see how closely the movie follows the original play scripting.

Currently Killer Joe is without a major US distributor, but hopefully the film will garner some interest on the Festival circuit.

Killer Joe movie poster