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Tired of those boring-ass Photoshopped floating head jobs that flaccid studio marketing departments call posters? So are we, which is why we've singled out the most distinguished, eye-catching promotional pieces to come out this year.
Taking the old-fashioned hand-painted approach always stands out, but sometimes all it takes is using photography in an interesting, innovative way to get some really challenging stories across in a single image.
Here are the absolute best general release or alternate posters of 2012.
Music is just as important as other cinematic elements in a Spike Lee Joint, and Bruce Hornsby (famous for the 1986 hit "The Way It Is") is the man behind much of the music. He's scored several of Lee's movies, including "Clockers," "Bamboozled" and the director's latest, "Red Hook Summer."
If you've ever wondered how a Lee film gets that unique sound, Hornsby breaks it down for you in an exclusive interview with MTV Hive. While the creative process for each film is different, Hornsby scored "Red Hook Summer" on the road, before he saw any of the movie. Get More »
In "Red Hook Summer," the latest in a series of ghetto chronicles from director Spike Lee, Jules Taylor Brown plays Flik Royale, a moody kid from Atlanta visiting his God-fearing grandfather in the Red Hook housing projects of Brooklyn for the summer. Between his grandpa's relentless proselytizing and the culture shock of the hood, Flik's summer appears to be a total disaster until he meets a girl his age who shows him another side of New York City's most populous borough, making him realize the world is bigger and perhaps a lot better than he'd ever imagined.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, the 15-year-old got his chops through his middle school's theatre arts program where he was discovered by Lee in the eighth grade. An avid skateboarder and amateur photographer, the precocious teen knows he's got the skills to pay the bills. Get More »
Ah, summer in the city. It's a hot time, with the back of your neck very likely getting dirty and gritty. And since nobody does dirty, gritty, summer or city quite like auteur Spike Lee, you'll definitely want to check out the new trailer for Lee's latest joint, "Red Hook Summer."
Because, as always, Lee has a message and boy is he preaching it. Get More »
Spike Lee is officially back in Brooklyn — and, not surprisingly, it's damn hot.
The "Inside Man" director is getting personal again with his latest "joint," "Red Hook Summer," a film that's already been inspiring the kind of controversy and debate that recalls the heated (and extremely divided) response to Lee's early works such as "Do the Right Thing" and "Malcolm X." Get More »
The 2012 Sundance Film Festival is over, and film industry types and journalists have returned home with a pretty good idea of what the indie scene will look like this year.
But what about you, dear reader, who didn't get the chance to play in Park City and mingle with bundled-up celebs? Have no fear. Our intrepid NextMovie Sundance team braved long lines, snow drifts, crowded screenings and press junkets to bring you the 20 films we loved at Sundance this year -- and that may soon be coming to a theater near you. -- By Todd Gilchrist, Jason Guerrasio, Jenni Miller and Nigel Smith
To put it bluntly, Spike Lee isn't a guy who bottles up his feelings, regardless of occasion. Lee makes tough films about subjects other directors are loath to touch, loudly disputes referee calls courtside at Knicks games, and isn't about to let a bunch of Sundance executives stifle his, er… "creativity," something they learned the hard way at a screening of Lee's latest film.
Lee previewed the film, "Red Hook Summer," with no introduction, but all bets were off once the movie was over. Get More »
"Like Crazy," "Take Shelter," "Martha Marcy May Marlene," "Pariah." What do these films all have in common? They all premiered at last year's Sundance Film Festival. To say that the bar was raised for this year's edition to deliver the indie goods is an understatement.
We're glad to report that 2012 is shaping up to be another great year for the world's most important independent film festival. Just take a look at some of the talent included on the lineup: Kirsten Dunst, Andy Samberg, Elizabeth Olsen, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Kate Bosworth and director Spike Lee. Now that's enough reason to get excited.
We've worked our way through the massive lineup to bring you our picks for the top 15 films we're most excited for. Get More »