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The Art of Bob Peak

Peak-Movie_Apocalypse-NowAnyone who’s visited this blog over the last few years would know I have a passion for Poster Art. Great news this week with the announcement of the release of The Art Of Bob Peak which celebrates the works of one of the world’s most legendary movie poster artists, edited and annotated by his son Thomas Peak.

Peak casts a huge shadow across the worlds of popular illustration and graphic design, and his influence is also felt in comics. His style and innovations echo through the work of Jim Steranko, Howard Chaykin and Bill Sienkiewicz, three of the most groundbreaking artists ever to produce sequential art.

Bob-Peak_Star-Trek-The-Motion-PicturePeak himself actually got his start as a cartoonist, providing strips for his college newspaper before becoming one of America’s most in-demand illustrators, and this book covers his career from those early gag panels through to his last painted masterpieces.

Bob Peak’s use of hue and shape to call attention to specific figures, and his knack for dropping out color and detail to sharpen focus are just a couple of his compositional hallmarks. His figures race forward and almost vibrate apart, separating into component tones and lines – the motion pulls the viewer’s eye across the page, and the kinetic combination of textures gives these images a depth and character that goes beyond any that could emerge from more realistic styles of depiction.

Bob-Peak_RollerballAnd nearly all of Peak’s iconic works are represented in this collection. From his Coke promotions to his posters for My Fair Lady, Camelot, Modesty Blaise, Superman, and countless other films, to the abstract motion of his sports illustrations and the stark graphic nature of his airline commissions, it’s all here, and all stunning.

Tom Peak has crafted a fitting tribute to his father’s creative prowess, but he’s also provided an invaluable service for scholars, pop culture historians, designers, and art aficionados. This is rewarding reading for anybody with an interest in American visual culture, or for anyone who simply likes to look at beautiful pictures.


Richard Matheson R.I.P.

richard_matheson_movie_bannerInfluential science fiction and fantasy author Richard Matheson died yesterday from natural causes at his home, surrounded by friends and family. He was 87. “For having such a fantastic imagination, he passed very peacefully,” son Richard Matheson Jr. told Deadline. “He was not only a monumental talent, he was also every bit a father, friend, and husband.” Friend and fellow author Harlan Ellison wrote today, “I am downsmashed.”

richard-matheson-authorThe celebrated writer began his 6-decade-plus career in 1950 with the story “Born of Man and Woman,” published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Matheson’s best-known and oft-adapted works ranged from short stories like “Button, Button” (which Richard Kelly adapted into The Box) to novels including I Am Legend (adapted four times into features The Last Man On EarthThe Omega ManI Am Omega and I Am Legend). Matheson wrote more than a dozen episodes of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone — including “Nightmare At 20,000 Feet,” starring William Shatner, which was remade as a segment of 1983’s Twilight Zone: The Movie — and penned the “evil Kirk “Enemy Within” episode of Star Trek: The Original Series.

Over the decades Hollywood turned frequently to his writing for its twisty but humanist genre storytelling. Films adapted from his works include The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957), The Pit and the Pendulum (1961), Steven Spielberg’s Duel(1971), Somewhere in Time (1980), the Will Smith-starrer I Am Legend (2007), and Real Steel (2011).

richard_matheson_book_bannerDuring his career Matheson earned a Writers Guild Association nomination for 1985′s Amazing Stories and won the Hugo Award, The Edgar Allen Poe Award, the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Horror Writers Association, and a Lifetime Achievement award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. Earlier this year Matheson signed on to adapt his own The Incredible Shrinking Man for MGM with Richard Jr. The pair completed a draft prior to Matheson’s passing.


Star Trek Into Darkness – IMAX Promo

New clip from the IMAX promo for Star Trek Into Darkness: In the wake of a shocking act of terror from within their own organization, the crew of The Enterprise is called back home to Earth.  In defiance of regulations and with a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads his crew on a manhunt to capture an unstoppable force of destruction and bring those responsible to justice. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.


Star Trek: Into Darkness – New Trailer


Star Trek vs Dr Who by Mike Mayhew

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J. J. Abrams Star Trek to Star Wars Internet Comics

JJ Abrams ‘defection’ to Star Wars from Star Trek has had the fan boys buzzing on the net…

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Zoë Saldaña

Zoe Saldana (born June 19, 1978), sometimes stylized Zoë Saldaña, is an American actress. She had her breakthrough role in the 2000 film Center Stage and the 2002 film Crossroads. She later gained prominence for her roles as Anamaria in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Uhura in the 2009 film Star Trek, and a starring role as Neytiri in James Cameron’s megahit Avatar. She has since shared lead roles in the action films The Losers (2010) and Columbiana (2011). She will return for sequels to Star Trek in 2013, and Avatar in 2016 and beyond.