Category: Movies

Original Cast Movie Posters

Wildammo.com came up with a cool idea.  They created movie posters featuring the celebrities that were originally scheduled to appear in the starring roles.  So we have Stallone and Schwarzenegger in Face Off, Will Smith in the Matrix and many others.  It’s a great idea and really well executed.  You can see all of the posters by clicking here.

Thanks to Mark Evanier for the original link.

Avatarize Yourself!

Did you ever wonder what you’d look like as a character in Avatar?  Well, wonder no more.  McDonald’s has made it possible for you to see yourself as one of James Cameron’s Na’vi.

Man, switching from human to Na’vi did wonders for my diet!

Mark Pennington’s Jack Carter

Mark Pennington graduated from the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art in 1985. Upon graduation Mark became a toy designer at Hasbro. Mark created designs for the G.I. Joe line of action figures including a Rocky Balboa GI Joe that never saw production! Mark’s first work as an inker in the comic book industry was for SQP on Judge Dredd!

When I started collecting original sketches of Sly, Mark was one of the first artists that I approached. I was excited to get this Rambo head sketch from him. Earlier this month I posted Mark’s take on Sly as Rambo.

Today we have Mark’s take on Sly as an older Jack Carter. Although we’ll never get a sequel to Get Carter, and it is not a perfect film, Get Carter remains one of my favorite Stallone movies. Sly was perfect as the “bad brother” — the man who knew that he’d taken the wrong path and saw a chance at redemption by finding his brother’s killer and keeping his niece and sister-in-law safe. So I thought it would be cool to get Mark to draw Sly as Jack Carter, but with some more years on him… sort of like Clint Eastwood’s performance in Unforgiven. I couldn’t be happier with the result!

The Killer Inside Me Almost Out

I’ve been looking forward to the movie adaptation of Jim Thompson’s classic The Killer Inside Me since it was first announced back in 2002.  As you can see from the poster above, our wait is almost over.

I really like the vibe that this poster gives off.  You can see a serial killer-sized version of it over at IMPAwards.com.  You can also see the creepy [and I mean that in a good way] trailer here.

Predators Posters Fall Short

I am really not feeling the Predators poster above or this one here.  First of all neither tag line works.

Above: “They are the most dangerous killers on the planet.  This is not our planet.” Huh?  Perhaps it would have been better had it read, “They are the most dangerous killers on our planet.  This is not our planet.” And the tag line for the second poster, “Fear is reborn” is equally as bad.  Does Adrian Brody look even the least bit scared?  Nope.  Worried?  Nope.  “Fear is reborn” indeed.

Let’s not forget the layouts on both. (Or better yet, let’s do.)  Above: They look like a team with the leader being the huge shadow creature — is that a Predator?  While the second poster makes it look like Adrian Brody is giving a Predator a piggyback ride.

I was really hoping for cool posters to go with a cool movie.  Let’s hope that these are not signs of the movie to come.

100 Greatest Movie Characters

Last week Fandomonia.com did a four part series on their choices for The 100 Greatest Movie Characters.  Using just their characters, here is My Top Ten:

10. Preacher Harry Powell played by Robert Mitchum in The Night of the Hunter.  I first watched this as a youngster on a little black and white tv.  The story pulled me in and Mitchum’s evil preacher had me loving every scary minute of it.

09.  Sam Spade played by Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon.  Was Bogie ever cooler than when he went head to head with Sidney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre and Mary Astor in The Maltese Falcon?

08.  Rick Blaine played by Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca.  If Bogie ever played a cooler character than Sam Spade, it had to be when he played Rick Blaine and found himself once again knocking heads with Sidney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre, but this time joined by a town overrun with Nazis!

07.  Phyllis Dietrichson played by Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity.  The only woman to make the list and I’m as surprised by that as I was when I first watched Ms. Stanwyck seduce Fred MacMurray and manipulate him into killing her husband.  I knew Ms. Stanwyck as the older matriarch on The Big Valley and Mr. MacMurray was the older father on My Three Sons.  To think that they had once been so young and so good in their respective roles!

06.  Don Corleone played by Marlon Brandon in The Godfather.  To think that the studio made Brando audition and still almost passed.  Thanks to Francis Ford Coppola for his vision and Brando for his skills since we were given one of the best movie characters ever.

05.  Forrest Gump played by Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump.  The new [at the time] technology coupled with Hanks’ portrayal made for an unforgettable character.

04.  Indiana Jones played by Harrison Ford in Raiders of the Lost Ark and the sequels.  Ford was perfect as the swashbuckling adventurer.

03.  Hannibal Lecter played by Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the LambsHopkins wasn’t the first to play Hannibal the Cannibal, [that distinction goes to Brian Cox who played him five years earlier in Michael Mann’s Manhunter], but he more than made the role his own.  My guess is that after seeing Hopkins’ riff as Hannibal, census takers all over the country dreaded home visits.

02.  Harry Callahan played by Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry and the sequels.  It’s hard to remember that when Dirty Harry premiered in 1971, there weren’t any other cops like him.  Eastwood’s iconic performance created a new genre of cop movie… but none were better than Eastwood’s Harry Callahan.

01.  Rocky Balboa played by Sylvester Stallone in Rocky and the sequels.  Was there any doubt who my number choice would be?

The Fandomania list was a solid one, but I had to wonder about these characters that didn’t make the cut:

  • Lee played by Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon
  • Snake Plissken played by Kurt Russell in Escape from New York and the sequels
  • Ethan Edwards played by John Wayne in The Searchers
  • Connor McLeod played by Christopher Lambert in Highlander
  • Riddick played played by Vin Diesel in Pitch Black
  • Lornetta “Mace” Mason played by Angela Bassett in Strange Days
  • Samantha Caine played by Gina Davis in The Long Kiss Goodnight

Okay… I’m going to stop before I end up with a list of 100… but, just one more before I go…

  • Jack Carter played by Sylvester Stallone in Get Carter.  Yeah, I know, but the character really struck a chord for me.  And it is my list.  ; )

Mark Pennington’s Rambo

Mark Pennington graduated from the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art in 1985.

Upon graduation Mark became a toy designer at Hasbro. Mark created designs for the G.I. Joe line of action figures including a Rocky Balboa GI Joe that never saw production! Mark’s first work as an inker in the comic book industry was for SQP on Judge Dredd!

When I started collecting original sketches of Sly, Mark was one of the first artists that I approached. I was excited to get this Rambo head sketch from him. In the next few weeks I’ll post Mark’s take on an “older” Jack Carter. Like today’s Rambo sketch, it’s another winner.

The Frazetta/Stallone Connection

A couple of days ago when I was looking for art to accompany my post about Frank Frazetta’s passing, I considered a ton of pieces.  The decision was a tough one because Mr. Frazetta had created so many iconic images throughout his career and because so many had made such an impression on me.  One that I had considered was the Judge Dredd cover that Frazetta had painted for Mad magazine.  I thought that the cover might be an interesting choice since it had a Sly Stallone connection.  Ultimately, I decided against it.

Today, as I was reading Mark Evanier’s blog, I came across a piece about Frank Frazetta that included a story about how that Mad cover came to be and why the painting’s background had to be yellow.  It’s an interesting post even if you’re not a Stallone or Judge Dredd fan, but even more so if you are.  Plus it gave me the opportunity to post the Frazetta/Stallone connection art.