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Since his first appearance in 1974’s The Amazing Spider-Man #129, The Punisher’s popularity amongst comic book fans has consistently grown. As Marvel’s first true anti-hero, readers connected with Frank Castle’s obsessive drive for justice and revenge in the wake of the tragic murder of his family at the hands of warring gangs. Castle’s unrelenting nature and singularity of vision made him the scourge of the New York underworld, recognizable both for his brutal methods of justice as well as the signature white skull emblazoned on his chest.
When Frank Castle first appeared in “The Amazing Spider-Man” #129 47 years ago, he was unlike any other crimefighter who’d sprung from the pages of Marvel Comics. Wearing stark black and white rather than brightly colored skintights, with a huge death’s head frowning out of his chest, the superpower-less Punisher was a brutal vigilante driven by an unhinged thirst for retribution.
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Every generation has their own cinematic action heroes.
The silent era had Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd who, while not often thought of as ‘action heroes’, performed their own stunts and were huge inspirations to later stars such as Jackie Chan. Some of Keaton’s stunts – most notably the iconic image of the side of a house falling onto him but he happens to be standing where the open window will fall – have been recreated time and time again throughout cinema history.
It’s surprising to hear someone with three Oscars and a hugely successful superhero series under their belt describe themselves as “a charlatan”. But that’s the word James Acheson uses when we meet over Zoom early one October morning – evening for him, as the Leicester-born costume designer lives in New Zealand these days.
Horror is the only genre where the bad guy is, effectively, the main character, as likely to return for the next instalment as James Bond — even if they get killed off! So, with several iconic horror-movie items in our upcoming Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction, from Jason Voorhees’ hockey mask to Freddy Krueger’s glove, here’s a delve into four of the genre’s greatest monsters…
The use of miniature models is almost as old as cinema itself. You can go all the way back to 1902, and Georges Méliès’ seminal Le Voyage dans la Lune, to find its rough origin point, with scale models used to create those indelible, crowd-stunning images of an Edwardian rocket flying through space.
The way a character is dressed is one of the defining elements in filmmaking that give you, the audience, an insight into just who they are. Whether it’s an elaborate ballgown, well-tailored suit, or a wacky ensemble, an actor’s costume can provide critical moments within a film, portray a specific time period and bring a character to life.
This November, Prop Store is once more opening a vast cinematic treasure trove, with more than 1,000 pieces of memorabilia going under the hammer for an estimated total value of $7.6 million.
Welcome to this week’s special edition of the Prop Store Live Auction preview blog taking a special look around the 2021 London Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction exhibition…
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Star Trek wouldn’t be Star Trek without Klingons. The favorite antagonist species of fans and writers alike, these war-loving, bat’leth-swinging folks were, from The Original Series onwards, as important to the show and movie series as the Soviet Union was to the Cold War. (Indeed, right up to Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, they were very deliberately the USSR’s analogous equivalent in the Trek universe.)
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Beijing-based director Zhang Yimou has long been considered a visual genius. Whether intimate dramas like 1987’s Red Sorghum and 1991’s Raise the Red Lantern, or spectacular wuxia epics like 2002’s Hero and 2004’s House of Flying Daggers, Zhang’s films are guaranteed to impress with their exquisite production and costume design, and in particular their meticulous and effective use of colour.
Ask most people what the most significant prop is in Star Trek: The Next Generation, and they’ll probably say a phaser, or a communicator badge, or maybe a Klingon bat’leth. But from those who truly hold the 1987-’94 series close to their hearts, you may hear a very different answer: Captain Picard’s Ressikan flute.
If sci-fi movies have taught us anything, it’s that the future is hardly a safe place. Whether it’s invading aliens, rogue robots or a repressive, dystopian regime, science-fiction worlds need defending (or attacking), meaning the genre is forever filled with a wide, often fascinating array of weapons, going all the way back to the classic raygun.
There’s seemingly no limit to the range of death-dealing devices cinema has come up with for its futuristic (or cosmically fantastical) adventures, from an arrow guided by whistles (as seen in Guardians of the Galaxy) to, well, the planet-destroying Death Star. But the weapon has to feel right for the movie in question, and in turn can tell you a lot about a particular film’s aesthetic and theme – as the selection of classic sci-fi blasters included in Prop Store’s upcoming Entertainment Memorabilia LA auction reveals.
A common argument – sorry discussion – among film enthusiasts is: what was the best-ever movie decade? Some might plump for the golden years of the 1940s; others the raw, movie-brat-dominated verve of the ’70s; or maybe the slick, sardonic ’90s when indie cool infiltrated the mainstream. But if you take a good look at the cinematic landscape today, with the plot-connected mega-franchise of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, state-of-the-art digital effects allowing for limitless world building, and film-makers like Christopher Nolan crafting original thrill-rides on a massive scale, you would be remiss not to consider the 1980s: the decade when the blockbuster came of age.
Games are perfect fodder for movie entertainment, whether they be the kind you play on the field, on the couch, or sat at a table. After all, isn’t any game inherently dramatic? Most sports are broken up into ‘acts’, effectively, whether they be halves, innings or quarters. They shiver with tension throughout, delivering twists and turns along the way and, more often than not, end with a decisive and emotional resolution: a winner and a loser. Oh, and they come with a built-in audience. Who can deny the stirring power of a roaring crowd, even one watched from the comfort of a cinema seat?
Over an impressive, five-decade career, costume designer Francine Jamison-Tanchuck has broken new ground (she was the first-ever African American designer hired at Paramount, then Disney) and contributed to several key, progressive moments in Black cinema history, with such movies as The Color Purple, Coming To America and Glory (her first film as a head of department).
As we assessed the cinematic and televisual treasures available in our second Los Angeles-based Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction, it occurred to us just how much history was contained in our lots.
From the 1960s to the 2010s, we have six decades’ worth of memorabilia. So let’s go on a journey, decade by decade, through some truly iconic props – all of which will be open for bidding July 1st – which all made a mark on the eras in which they graced the screen.
For costume designer Leesa Evans, Zoolander 2 must have been a dream gig. Having specialized in comedy (primarily movies produced or directed by Judd Apatow), it meant she got to dress the likes of director Ben Stiller and a slew of other comedy legends and celebrities of all walks. But, given the long-awaited sequel continued the original’s lampooning of the fashion world, it also meant she got to meet and collaborate with some of the biggest names in haute couture.
Alex Garland’s cerebral sci-fi thriller Annihilation is, among other things, a movie about mutation – rapid, drastic change forced on lifeforms by a mysterious extra-terrestrial effect. This was epitomized by the strange and dangerous creatures encountered by the film’s protagonists, who must enter a quarantined, oddly kaleidoscopic zone known as “The Shimmer.” Creatures like an albino alligator with shark-like teeth, for example. Or strange, humanoid figures formed from plants. Or the movie’s featured creature: a monstrous bear with a skull-like face that distressingly contains warped human elements.
the summer of 1986, Robin Behling was presented with a huge challenge. Formerly an advertising manager at EMI Music, then account director for entertainment-specialist ad agency Cream Creative, Behling had just taken over as creative director of Feref Associates, a Soho, London-based creative agency based which specialised in creating tailor-made advertising campaigns for movies. Despite its impeccable reputation, he’d arrived to find that Feref was struggling financially. It was overstaffed and its directors were, as Behling now recalls, “in hock with the bank”. It had also just lost a massive chunk of its business with the sudden departure of a major client.
There’s only a few more days left until the London 2020, Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction on the 1st and 2nd December, and with a wealth of content this year in the catalogue from over 350 iconic films, we wanted to give you a closer look into some of our featured lots in the auction…
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