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Cool one-sheets abound in 'Alternative Movie Posters: Film Art from the Underground' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Movie posters these days have been ever more closely skewing to star power over substance, but Alternative Movie Posters: Film Art from the Underground is giving that sales-based practice a second look in hopes of re-envisioning one-sheets through a purely artistic lens.

Featuring 200 posters designed by more than 100 artists from 20 countries, the coffee table book covers everything from cult classics to popcorn favorites, Oscar winners to mainstream marvels. “These artists have single-handedly reinvented movie posters and did it simply because they have a passion for film and a love of design,” says author Matthew Chojnacki.

Below, check out a video teaser for Alternative Movie Posters (out now). Set to Cleveland indie pop group Afternoon Naps’ “Beach Bums,” the clip features the likes of Heathers, Iron Man, American Beauty, Bonnie and Clyde, and Rocky III (hint: there’s a tiger!).
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Film critic Richard Crouse talks about the controversial film 'The Devils' in his book 'Raising Hell'

The story of 1971’s The Devils is an unpleasant one. Based on Aldous Huxley’s book The Devils of Loudun and a play by John Whiting, the film details an episode of alleged demonic possessions and exorcisms — and the innocent priest who was executed for heresy — in 17th-century France. And that’s just the plot line.

The real story of The Devils took place behind the camera, in the movie’s production process and its reception among censors, critics, and audiences. The intensity of the shoot cost director Ken Russell his marriage and tested the nerves of its stars, British screen legends Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave. Later, after facing numerous cuts from the British Board of Film Censors for material deemed inappropriate (or, according to the Catholic Church, blasphemous), The Devils received an abysmal response from critics, was banned in several countries, and basically vanished for three decades.

In recent years, though, the movie’s seen a bit of a resurgence. Fan sites are popping up and bootleg copies with fewer cuts have surfaced (Russell lamented that a fully uncensored version simply doesn’t exist); critics, for their part, have begun to see the film in a different light, hailing it as a provocative masterpiece in league with A Clockwork Orange.

In light of this renaissance, Canadian film critic Richard Crouse has written a book about The Devils, tracing it from conceptualization to its disastrous wide release to today’s renewed interest. With endorsements from a litany of notable directors — Terry Gilliam, David Cronenberg, Guillermo del Toro — and first-hand testimony from many of the principal players, Raising Hell offers a comprehensive look into the making of this brutally controversial film. In our conversation, Crouse (who has seen The Devils nearly 200 times) talked about Ken Russell’s blistering visual style and his never-ending battle with Warner Brothers, and why this movie could only have been made in 1971. READ FULL STORY

'James Cameron's Titanic' movie companion: Never-before-seen images -- SEE PHOTOS

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When I saw the trailer for Titanic 3-D before The Hunger Games, a wave of nostalgia hit me like a ton of freezing ocean water, drowning any cynicism I might have had about the 1997 blockbuster or the upcoming 3-D rendering (Apr. 4). In time for the centenary of the doomed ocean liner’s sinking and the re-release, Harper Design has issued an all-new paperback edition of the best-seller James Cameron’s Titanic, which could be found in many a sixth-grader’s backpack in the late ’90s. The re-issue sports a snazzy new lenticular cover, bringing Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet) off the page. It also features 26 never-before-seen images from the film studio’s archive, some of which we have here. Cue up the Celine Dion and take a look!

NEXT: Leo and Kate, it’s fate…

Best of 2011: Top 10 Movie Books

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All week long, Shelf Life is listing EW’s favorite books of 2011 — sorted into separate categories by genre. Click through the gallery to see our picks for the best movie-related books of the year, starting with one by Diane Keaton.

Then Again, Diane Keaton: From the EW review: “‘Growing up in sunshiny 1950s Los Angeles with a younger brother and two younger sisters, little Diane Hall — called ”Di-annie” by her businessman dad — knew she wanted her own spotlight, ever since she watched her mother get crowned Mrs. Los Angeles by Art Linkletter in 1955.”

'The Avengers' movie to get four-issue comic book prelude

Marvel Comics announced Wednesday that, in the run up to its omnibus summer tentpole The Avengers, it will release a four-issue comic book prelude to the film.

Marvel’s The Avengers Prelude issues #1 and #2, written by Chris Yost and Eric Pearson, and illustrated by Luke Ross and Daniel HDR, will arrive this March, with the following two issues hitting stores some time before the Joss Whedon-directed movie’s May 4 debut.

Read more:
‘The Avengers': New footage premieres at New York Comic Con
‘The Avengers’ trailer: What it shows us, what it doesn’t
‘The Avengers’ dis-assembled! EXCLUSIVE cast portraits revealed

'Hunger Games Cookbook': Recipes for sauteed raccoon, and how to taste Gale's kiss

Is making a cookbook inspired by a story about a serious lack of food a bit of a stretch? Probably, but The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook is a fun if not quite practical treat for a ravenous fan of the novels. While many of the recipes allow you to replicate the rich, sumptuous dishes from Capitol banquet scenes (“Super Sweet Potato Rolls”), others require ingredients you’d have to kill in the woods with your own bow and arrow. Any dish that evokes Peeta’s near-magical baking skills sounds promising (“Peeta’s Cinnamon Bakery Bread”), but most of the concoctions inspired by food from the Districts (“District 4’s Seaweed Bread”) or gamey survivalist meals you’d have to make do with in the Arena (“Wild Squirrel & Sausage Gumbo” and “Wild Raccoon Sautéed in Bacon Drippings”) are only for the brave. READ FULL STORY

'My Week with Marilyn': How the book stacks up to the movie

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Marilyn Monroe was such a big star at her height that one young man’s brief encounters with her spawned not one but two memoirs, which in turn inspired a feature film that’s currently generating Oscar buzz. The two books by the late Colin Clark both document the author’s experiences at the age of 23 as the third assistant director — or really, as an errand boy — on the conflict-ridden, six-month-long shoot of The Prince and the Showgirl starring Monroe and Laurence Olivier. His first book about the shoot, The Prince, the Showgirl, and Me (1995), consists of his day-to-day, fly-on-the-wall journals of his on-set observations. The second book, My Week With Marilyn (2000), takes a deeper look at a magical nine-day period (mentioned just briefly in the first book) in the middle of that six months in which Monroe lured Clark into a semi-romantic affair. While the two books — published only five years apart — take a markedly different stance on Monroe as a person and an actress, My Week With Marilyn the movie, as the title would suggest, adheres very closely to the book of the same name, although it draws some expository details from the first book as well. Weinstein Books, the publishing arm of the studio that produced the film, has released the two books in one volume for the first time. Whether you have or haven’t seen the movie, is the book worth reading? (Minor spoilers ahead). READ FULL STORY

Horror movie legend Kane Hodder talks about his autobiography, 'Unmasked': 'I'm not saying I'm a crazy maniac. But I'm closer than most people!'

Kane Hodder has killed more than 100 people…onscreen! Now, the stuntman-turned-actor who became a horror legend playing relentless killer and hockey mask aficionado Jason Voorhees in the Friday the 13th horror franchise is hoping to slay readers with his autobiography, Unmasked: The True Life Story of the World’s Most Prolific Cinematic Killer. We spoke with Hodder about the book, playing Jason, the real-life accident that changed his life, and his habit of peeing in costars’ dressing rooms…

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Three great anecdotes from Roger Ebert's moving new memoir, 'Life Itself'

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Film critic Roger Ebert‘s new memoir, Life Itself, comes out tomorrow, and it’s a great read — thoughtful, entertaining, and emotional (here’s our review). The book is rambling and a bit eccentric, but in a good way. It’s packed with nicely written accounts of his memories and adventures. Here are a few highlights to give you a taste. READ FULL STORY

'Room' actor Greg Sestero to write memoir about making the 'Citizen Kane of bad movies'

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One of the worst films ever made has now inspired a spin-off book. No, they still haven’t gotten around to publishing a novelization of From Justin to Kelly. (Oh, how much longer must we wait???) But actor Greg Sestero has just signed a deal with Simon & Schuster to detail his involvement in the notorious 2003 film-fiasco, The Room. Entitled Locked Inside ‘The Room,’ the tome will be co-penned by journalist Tom Bissell and is set for publication in 2013.

According to the official announcement, the book “will describe the movie’s tumultuous production, reveal the film’s myriad of mysteries, and provide a rare and intimate glimpse into the life of the film’s enigmatic creator, Tommy Wiseau.” Sestero himself dropped a note to EW confirming that the book will indeed offer “the only intimate look” at the mercurial Wiseau. He also promised that Locked Inside ‘The Room’ will be “fraught and revealing,” which, as Room fans will know, is also a pretty decent description of the movie’s numerous, retina-searing sex scenes.

You can check out the trailer for The Room below.

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