Posts Tagged: dueling movies

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[Image description: Look, I know I keep posting this stuff, but I really feel like this movie is either going to be super awesome or… an entertaining failure, or something. This is the guy who brought us Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Come on. It’ll be pretty to look at. Anyway. If you “like” the Twixt page on Facebook, they let you vote on posters. Here are all four, with quick descriptions:

1) Sickly greenish background; tiny “FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA PRESENTS” at the top; “TWIXT” at the bottom in the leafy red font, with Val Kilmer’s and Bruce Dern’s names above and Elle Fanning’s and Ben Chaplin’s below. Bloody handprints on the lower left and right edges. A shadowy Elle Fanning with braided blonde hair (she’s a Fanning; of course it’s blonde), blood running down her face and neck, pauses with a worried expression: “Did I leave the gas on? NO! I’M A FUCKING GHOST!”

2) Same title treatment, except now the actors’ names are in white (title still in red over the black bottom third of the poster). Elle Fanning’s mouth, nose, and red under-eye makeup are visible; her finger is drawing the letter V (her character’s name) on a fogged window. This is actually my favorite, due to saturated colors that are both warm and spooky, and the simplicity of the image.

3) Same title treatment, red title and white actor names. Elle Fanning is wearing a loose white dress or blouse with a pattern of bloody handprints and red leaves that are similar to the Photoshop brushes used in the title font. Her hair is braided and blood is running down her face and neck and she is PISSED OFF because SHE’S the one in all the posters and SHE’S the only one who’s been in a big-budget movie lately and yet HER NAME IS STILL BELOW THE TITLE.

4) DIFFERENT TITLE TREATMENT NOW, THROWIN’ ME FOR A LOOP. This one’s all sepia-tone with the actors’ names across the top and the title still at the bottom, all in a sepia-compatible beige font, garnished with bloody handprints. Upper left: half of the reverse side of a clock, so that all the numbers are backwards; the minute hand is on 10. There are more small bloody handprints on it, so we’ve met our quota. In the middle, Elle Fanning is in the chemise/corset costume from the movie still, and yes, that is a random braid across her forehead. Upper right: a small disembodied Kilmer head with an expression of terror: “FUCK! We’re in an episode of The Twilight Zone!”]
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Fact: I had to enable javascript to vote, and the site I had to allow was franciscoppolawinery.com.

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(via TIFF 2011 First Look: Pics and Posters from Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Twixt’ | RopeofSilicon.com)

[Image description: Movie poster, a few bits of red on a plain white background. Upper left, a smudge of blood. Across the top: a leafy motif that immediately made me wonder if they were using Designfruit brushes. Right side: a bloody handprint, then a second handprint in the lower right corner. Middle, tiny red font: “FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA presents.” Large, plain red font, with leafy/ferny embellishments added: “TWIXT.”]

You know, Coppola’s the better filmmaker and Ben Chaplin’s the better-looking Poe, but I gotta give it to The Raven's poster on this one. It’s interesting how the both posters have the similar “big white background, classy gore” motif going on, though.

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(via TIFF 2011 First Look: Pics and Posters from Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Twixt’ | RopeofSilicon.com)

[Image description: a still from Twixt. On the right, Ben Chaplin IS! a pretty creditable Edgar Allan Poe. The picture is desaturated almost entirely to grey, except for the yellow-orange light in the lantern he’s holding. Like Elle Fanning in the other picture, he is also palely glowy. To the left, Val Kilmer IS! a puffy dude in a trenchcoat and a ponytail. Chaplin-Poe seems resignedly sadface about whatever they’re looking at; Kilmer has a slightly more WTF expression.]

Not to be confused with the movie about Edgar Cusack Poe.

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(via TIFF 2011 First Look: Pics and Posters from Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Twixt’ | RopeofSilicon.com)

Synopsis: “A writer with a declining career arrives in a small town as part of his book tour and gets caught up in a murder mystery involving a young girl. That night in a dream, he is approached by a mysterious young ghost named V. He’s unsure of her connection to the murder in the town, but is grateful for the story being handed to him. Ultimately he is led to the truth of the story, surprised to find that the ending has more to do with his own life than he could ever have anticipated.”

[Image description: a blue-grey toned still from Twist, very possibly a nighttime scene. Val Kilmer (left) is a puffy dude in a trench coat and a ponytail, looking at Elle Fanning (the mysterious V, on the right), who is almost glowing with paleness. To be fair: ghost. She’s wearing a cap-sleeved white chemise, a white underbust corset, a pentacle pendant on a long chain and some kind of choker. Her hair is also in a ponytail but seems to have additional funky things going on with it, possibly a braid going across her forehead, I can’t tell. She has some reddish-pink eye makeup going on, the better to make her look like a Living Dead Doll.]

1) Trufax: Elle Fanning playing a teenage girl playing a detective’s wife in a no-budget zombie movie was the best part of Super 8.

2) Five bucks says that “V” stands for Virginia.

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(via CinemaBlend’s gallery for The Raven)

[Image description: NO ONE TOLD ME THERE WOULD BE AWESOME COSTUMES IN THE RAVEN! EXCITE. Who is this, Alice Eve? Long blonde curled hair falling down her back, twisted and pulled back at the top, with sort of a headband/tiara with stars. (It reminds me a little of the Empress Elisabeth-style costume Emmy Rossum had in Phantom of the Opera for “Think of Me.”) She’s looking over her shoulder—speaking of which, it’s an off-the-shoulder 1860s-style gown, or at least it looks like one from what we see, from the elbow up. It’s sort of a mint green, has cap sleeves, and—I’m having a hard time thinking how to describe the shoulderline, as it were, which has some really interesting scalloped frilly business going on. I think she’s holding a matching mask? Also, white wrist gloves and a bracelet.]

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(via SDCC: First Promo Images for Snow White and the Huntsman! - ComingSoon.net)

OH MY GOD TUMBLR JUST ATE MY ENTIRE IMAGE DESCRIPTION so we are going to try this again, in a more orderly fashion:

[Image description: Publicity photo, dark nondescript background they just photoshopped in anyway. See also: Kristen Stewart/Snow White post. On the right, uneven white type: “Charlize Theron is The Queen.” Let’s get down to business, which is: the costume.

Hair: very pale blond; braided around head in a rough, wispy fashion.

Makeup: Silver eyeshadow; otherwise icy and pale, with pale pink lips. Actually, Tilda Swinton as the White Witch was the first thing that came to mind.

Collar: High, wide Medici collar, triangular and winged—literally, lined with silvery black feathers. Deep narrow neckline.

Gown: Only seen down to the hip, so we have no idea what the skirt looks like. Covered in black triangular spangles that catch the light. Close-fitting and relatively simple.

Sleeves: Long medieval-style sleeves, possibly floor-length. Sleeves open at the shoulder and may not open at the ends. The way she’s holding her arms, it almost looks kimono-esque, I don’t know. Theron is holding up a curved knife, pointed downwards, with both hands, so we see that the undersleeves are semi-sheer, black, and loop over the middle finger. Actually, now that I look more closely, she seems to be wearing finger armor on each index finger as well.

START SHOPPING FOR COSPLAY… NOW.]

@Movieline: Charlize Theron to Kristen Stewart at the Snow White panel: ‘I’m ready for it, bitch. Let’s go.’ #sdcc

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(via SDCC: First Promo Images for Snow White and the Huntsman! - ComingSoon.net)

[Image description: a color-desaturated publicity still, nondescript dark background, “Kristen Stewart is Snow White” in uneven white type to the right. To the left… Kristen Stewart is… kind of looking like she wandered off the Minas Tirith set. Large metal shield with a white tree on it, hair braided around her head with tendrils falling in her face, shoulder armor and chestplate, some kind of anticlimactic leggingery.]

Huh. I… huh. Well, it doesn’t make my eyes bleed like the other one.

Also at the link: Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, and Sam Claflin in costume.

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(via Occupation: Girl - Massive double linkspam)

dwg: Should I be breaking out the photoshop to paste a raptor in the background of of the Snow White picture? This has now become my knee-jerk reaction to misty blue forests. At the very least, there needs to be some kind of explosion happening to justify my retinas being blinded by that shade of blue. e__e

cleolinda: I would actually really enjoy a raptor, I think.

dwg: This turned out better than expected. Now instead of being “did I leave the gas on?” she’s like “hunh, there’s nothing to those stories about raptor infested woods…”

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(via First Look: Lily Collins as the fairy-tale princess in ‘Snow White’ | Inside Movies | EW.com)

[Image description: an aqua/turquoise blue background of sunlit forest, with a very photoshopped-looking Lily Collins in the center, from about head to knee. Her hair is long, straight, black, and partially pulled back (I thought she was a redhead?), and she’s sort of looking up and to the right like she sees something interesting; she’s holding her hands at waist level, fingers sort of touching—you know, one of those doe-eyed super-innocent Snow White poses, generally speaking. Meanwhile, let’s get to the important part: her dress. The short, round puff sleeves are a shiny mint green. The bodice is a flat corset with tabs at the bottom, maybe pink satin, with a green ruffle along the top, and green leaf embroidery (or rick rack?) and at least one blue/pink butterfly. This is kind of awesome. And then we get to the big ballgown-style skirt, where it just all goes to hell. It’s yellow with some kind of green and red floral print, and it just doesn’t go with the pink, or the aqua, or the butterflies. 

There’s also a Kristen Stewart Snow White movie that’s having a panel at SDCC, so we may have dueling pictures soon.]

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(via First Look: John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe in ‘The Raven’ — EXCLUSIVE - EW.com)

[Image description: Cusack is intensing at a point just past the right of the camera as he hulks down the street in black leather and waistcoat and cravat and blaaaaack. His facial hair and swept-back cranial foliage are vaguely Poevian. INTENNNNNSE.]

@cleolinda: RT @EW: First Look: @johncusack as Edgar Allan Poe in ‘The Raven’

@NoelCT: @cleolinda Are you sure Cusack is playing Poe? It looks more like he’s staring in a bio pic of Nicolas Cage.

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