Monday, May 21, 2018

RIP BILL GOLD - LEGENDARY MOVIE POSTER DESIGNER


BILL GOLD, who revolutionized the art of the movie poster over a seven-decade career that began with Casablanca, passed away yesterday at the age of 97.


Check out this teaser poster he did for 'ALIEN'!


via The Hollywood Reporter:
Gold saw this as a new kind of science fiction film that cried out for a new kind of advertising. “We wanted to play with the word ‘alien,’ ” he says. “We did a bunch of designs that suggested some sort of mysterious outer- space look. I didn’t want it to be totally a spaceman in costume but wanted to suggest that.” For this poster, Gold cut a hole in the eye area to show space coming through, with mouth open as if screaming. What is shown is a teaser poster. A different designer did the main poster.


Some other classic Bill Gold posters:

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Friday, May 18, 2018

THIS LOOKS LIKE HORSESHIT: THUNDERCATS ROAR


Warner Bros.'s ThunderCats are returning in an all-new Cartoon Network animated series scheduled to launch in 2019. Titled ThunderCats Roar, the new series is being produced by Warner Bros. Animation.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

RIP MARGO KIDDER


Margo Kidder died this past Sunday, peacefully in her sleep, at the age of 69.

I had the pleasure of briefly meeting her once several years ago. She was very nice, funny and full of moxie. She was Lois Lane.

But she was also so much more...


CNN's Jill Filipovic writes:

Margot Kidder was [also] a passionate advocate for the environment and for peace, a woman whose own struggle with mental illness chipped away at deep stigma, and a star whose most famous role tells us much about feminist progress.

Kidder's Lois Lane was a character who bridged the notoriously male-focused world of comics with a new feminist America. Kidder didn't write her part and wasn't responsible for the character's feminist shortcomings, but her role nonetheless illustrated the tension at play in late 20th-century America. Lois Lane was both a competent, ambitious journalist and a slightly flighty damsel in distress. She sniffed out stories and lobbed flinty challenges to Clark Kent; she also was in seeming constant need of Superman's saving.

It can be tempting, when an actor dies, to reframe her most famous roles as fitting into some modern ideal. Lois Lane was not a flawless feminist icon. But neither was Kidder's Lane a simple comic book babe. Instead, she reflected back the peculiarities and contrasts of the time.

Kidder, too, was a woman who shifted with the decades, truly seeming to come into her own -- as many women do -- in middle age. There was her well-publicized psychiatric breakdown in the 1990s, which left so many Americans wondering how Lois Lane could go from international stardom to roaming, confused, through Los Angeles backyards.

Instead of hiding in shame, Kidder answered the question: untreated bipolar disorder, and a mind and a body not well attended to. She reportedly disliked the term "mental illness" but nonetheless talked openly about her own struggles and what worked for her to overcome them. And here, too, there were contradictions.

Her openness was crucial in breaking down the stigma around mental health. But she also bristled at pharmacological interventions, dealing with her own challenges through natural treatments. That was certainly her right, but her comments sometimes implied that life-saving drugs -- antidepressants, antipsychotics -- were perhaps unnecessary.

She put forward a seemingly simple solution to a complicated set of illnesses. And yet she had a few important parts right: that stigma is bad for mental health; that any health challenge, including a psychological one, demands a response that looks at whole-body health and doesn't separate the brain from the rest of the human.

Decades after she played Lois Lane, Kidder, who was born in Canada but became a naturalized US citizen, became her own superhero, protesting fracking and war, and even getting arrested. She continued to act, but her activism took up much of her leisure time.

No longer Superman's sidekick, she knew what she wanted to do with her own power: make the world a more peaceful, kind, livable place -- her own contribution to truth, justice and the adopted American way.


MARGO KIDDER
1948 - 2018

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