Friday, September 5, 2008

In Case You Missed It: 9/1-9/5


Drew Struzan Retires

Reported on September 3rd from the artist Drew Struzan has retired. If you aren't familiar with his work, go kill yourself. He's probably the most iconic film poster artist of all time from Star Wars, to Indiana Jones, to Hellboy, to Bladerunner. His style has always veered away from the typical "photoshop" work you see with most of today's movie posters yet captures likenesses as no other. Even though he is technically a commercial artist, his work could easily be considered fine art, in my opinion anyway. Here's the story in his own words:

Having been working at not working has produced a guy who could never return to illustration again. It took a lot to attempt the idea of retiring from my 40 years of effort and sacrifice but now that I have, I am delighting in life as never before. I had forgotten how to rest, to smell the proverbial roses and to see the future as opportunity. I am grateful and honored to have had the opportunity to do all the work I did. I am well pleased to have been able to give a gift of beauty and peace through my artwork to so many throughout the world. Now I have laid down the burden and have peace and happiness as the reward for my day's labor.

Let's hope this just leads to more personal work as I'd like to see what he's capable of without the editing of producers and art directors. To see his work, check out his site here.

Del Toro is Busy as Fuck

What would it be like to know your life's schedule for the next 8+ years? Just ask Guillermo del Toro. In a recent Variety article del Toro eluded to his insane film schedule. Here is the list, but as with anything, it could change.

The Hobbit/The Hobbit 2
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
Hellboy 3
At the Mountains of Madness

Some aren't news, like the Hobbit films, but others like Drood, Slaughterhouse-Five and *drum roll* At the Mountains of Madness are. Being a huge Dan Simmons fan I'm really stoked at del Toro tackling Drood. Even though the novel hasn't been released yet, Simmons has an excellent track record, from the sci-fi classic Hyperion, to his most recent and highly recommended The Terror. And of course At the Mountains of Madness will probably be the best H.P. Lovecraft adaptation to date. Del Toro just does shit right, he'll take budget cuts to stay true to a film and work his ass off until it's perfect.

Two Face is Dead
Well for everyone that was hoping to see Two Face return in Batman 3 you can go cry yourself to sleep now, he won't be there. As reported Wednesday by C.H.U.D. and from the words of Aaron Eckhart himself, Two Face won't be coming back:

"I asked Chris if there was a chance of coming back. 'No way,' he said. 'He's toast."

Personally, I never thought he'd be back for the next film. The whole "Two Face" story was to communicate the point that even a seemingly great man can fall into evil. It's not about what shinnanigans he can get into with his new toasty mug, Nolan is smarter than that.

The Xbox 360 is cheaper than the Wii
Yep, you can now get the Arcade Edition (harddriveless) for $199.99. Every other edition has been cut in price as well. Here's the proof. Go buy one.

Now that that is all said and done, I leave you with a fat dude shooting a gun really fast.

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