Dark Hall Mansion & Laurent Durieux Embrace The 1939 Classic “Gone With The Wind”

“With enough courage, you can do without a reputation.”

–  Rhett Butler

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Released in 1939 and set during the turbulent times of the American Civil War, “Gone With The Wind,” is an epic historical romance film that has weathered the test of time and remains a fan favorite some 78 years later.  With an all star cast that includes Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara, Clark Gable as Rhett Butler, Leslie Howard as Ashley Wilkes and Olivia de Havilland as Melanie Hamilton, the film took over the 12th Academy Awards winning a record eight of the competitive categories after being nominated 13 times. (It won for: Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Interior Decoration, and Best Editing.)

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Today, Dark Hall Mansion has unveiled the next print in their impressive, Seminal Film Series and they have called upon the sensational talents of Laurent Durieux to pay homage to “Gone With The Wind.” Laurent was kind enough to answer a couple of questions about this project for us.

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BLURPPY: How do you approach a title/ film as iconic as “Gone With The Wind?”

Laurent Durieux:  I approach the title pretty much like any other, with the same exigence, love and respect for the movie. I try to not think about how huge the property is as I know from experience that this doesn’t bring anything good for the art. I need to remain focused on all creative and narrative aspects of the image I’m building.

BLURPPY: What’s the biggest challenge when working with a title as timeless and beloved as “Gone With The Wind?”

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(Laurent’s concept sketch for “Gone With The Wind.”)

Laurent Durieux: To create a new image which doesn’t betray the spirit of the movie and also, of course, not to disappoint. Also, I try as much as I can to dig in deep into the movie and psychology of the characters to come up with an new take on it. For example, Scarlett is a lonely woman, surrounded by death, including the death of the love Rhett had for her.

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BLURPPY: Is there something you specifically tried to convey to the viewer “Gone With The Wind” as a film, by way of the mood and tone in this piece?

Laurent Durieux:   I wanted to work with contrast of warm and cold colors.  The cold ones are obviously for Scarlett (which is a sort of red by the way) whose heart is cold. The staircase from Tara is leading into nowhere, it vanishes in the darkness. Rhett is coming down after being rejected, one last time, Ashley’s portrait is visually blocking his ascension to Scarlett’s love.

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Here is what Dark Hall Mansion has to say about the project in their official press release.

Dark Hall Mansion, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, welcomes back artist Laurent Durieux for his take on one of the most notable of all golden age cinema classics, “GONE WITH THE WIND.” Few words are needed to comment on this 1939 film’s landmark place in cinematic history, Laurent’s piece addresses its varied themes and arc with boldness and subtlety.

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“GONE WITH THE WIND” Standard Edition of 345, 10 color screenprint  $70
“GONE WITH THE WIND” Foil Edition of 20, 8 color screenprint  $150
(based on Std edition colorway) 
 “GONE WITH THE WIND” Select Canvas edition $250
(15 based on Standard colorway, 15  based on Variant colorway)

From his powerful yet emotionally conflicted rendering of Leigh’s expression as Scarlett O’Hara to the visual concept for Scarlett herself as both woman and thematic entity, Laurent’s piece lends itself to charged contemplation. On closeup you’ll find his address of the horrors of war, the destruction of Tara, the famed exit of Clark Gable’s Rhett Butler, as well as more subtle elements throughout such Ashley’s image in Scarlett’s hand, the inscriptions on varied tombstones and more. Laurent’s piece is also at once evocative of original 1930’s vintage movie posters while still very contemporary in approach and personal to the artist’s style and aesthetic.

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“GONE WITH THE WIND” Variant Edition of 145, 10 color screenprint  $100
“GONE WITH THE WIND” Foil Edition of 20, 8 color screenprint  $150
(based on Variant edition colorway)  
 “GONE WITH THE WIND” Select Canvas edition $250
(15 based on Standard colorway, 15  based on Variant colorway)

DHM’s Laurent Durieux “GONE WITH THE WIND” limited editions measure 24″ x 36,” are all -color screen prints, strictly limited and individually hand numbered. The select canvas run of only 30 editions worldwide are giclee printed on canvas and hand numbered.

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These officially licensed “GONE WITH THE WIND” Laurent Durieux limited edition screen prints will be available Friday, March 24th, at 12:30 PM PST exclusively via Dark Hall Mansion’s dedicated store page:

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Nimuno Loops Toy Block Tape Is A Builder’s Dream Come True

With one of the most highly desirable Indiegogo projects we’ve ever drooled over, Nimuno Loops looks to be on the verge of massive success.  “What are Nimuno Loops” you ask?  Well if you are a fan of LEGO blocks, Mega Bloks or Kreo you will want to listen and then, most likely, bust out your wallet.

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Nimuno Loops let you instantly transform any surface into a base for toy building blocks and components.  With over a year in the making this flexible adhesive tape allows you to create on surfaces previously unavailable.  Here is the official pitch on the official INDIEGOGO page.

We at Nimuno have spent our lives building and creating using Toy Building Blocks. As professional designers, we see the creative potential it offers people young and old. 

In fact, we liked those wonderful Toy Blocks so much that we wanted to find a way to bring them to everyday surfaces – to bring them to the rest of the world. Nimuno loops does just that through its flexibility, cuttability and its re-useable adhesive backing. Forget the Internet of Things. We want to see the Nimuno Loops of Things!

The possibilities are endless and we’d like you to have the opportunity to create paradigm-shifting builds on more-or-less any smooth surface, anytime.

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The original fixed goal for this Indiegogo campaign was $8000.  As of today, March 18th, 2017, they have raised $1,234,149 or…. 15427% of their goal!  Safe to say, folks REALLY want to see Nimuno Loops come to life.  Watch this video and fall head over heels in love with Nimuno Loops and go to their Indiegogo page to donate and get your hands on them and instantly become your child’s biggest fan.

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Watch The New Trailer For “Wonder Woman” & Embrace Gal Gadot As The Demigoddess Of Themyscira

“I am Diana of Themyscira, daughter of Hippolyta. In the name of all that is good, your wrath upon this world is over.”

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Since she first appeared All Star Comics #8 back in 1941, DC’s Wonder Woman has been fighting injustice and been an iconic character in pop culture history.  Whether you call her Demigoddess, superheroine, warrior princess or simply Diana Prince, she has proven herself to be a force to be reckoned with.

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This June, director Patty Jenkins will take us to the island of Themyscria and show us how she came upon her powers and entered the world of man.  Watch this trailer and become enthralled with Gal Gadot as “Wonder Woman.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment comes the epic action adventure starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen and Robin Wright, directed by Patty Jenkins.

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Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

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Wonder Woman will arrive in theaters on June 2, 2017 and we can’t WAIT!

 

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UPDATED: Does HBO’s New “Game Of Thrones” Poster “Game Of Thrones” Leave You Hyped For Season 7?

If we are being honest here, no, the poster builds up no hype,  it simply teases the pending clash between the chilly White Walkers and Daenerys Targaryen’s fire-breathing dragons but other than that, it gives nothing away.

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However, perhaps we are jaded these days?   Maybe with EVERYONE giving away TOO much info these days with extended trailers, early toy releases, etc., this is a breath of fresh air.  You tell us what YOU think….. despite the poster, we’re just thrilled that season 7 is upon us, although no date has been given, this poster may be a precursor to a date being released.  Follow Game Of Thrones on Twitter HERE for any new info regarding season 7.

UPDATE:  Well that didn’t take long.  Here is a new teaser that DEFINITELY has us HYPED for season 7!  The seven-episode seventh season will launch July 16.

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Warner Bros & Legendary Take The Poster Posse To “Kong: Skull Island”

“An uncharted island in the South Pacific, a place where myth and science meet….”

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We are big fans of The Poster Posse, “the art agency that makes #highlydesirableart for the movies you are dying to see.” We’ve featured their alternative movie posters several times on the site and on Friday, they revealed seven posters from their official collaboration with Warner Bros. and Legendary for a film we can’t WAIT to see, “Kong: Skull Island.

This reboot of the franchise is directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and touts a stellar cast including: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman, and John C Reilly.  It’s an action-packed, no holds barred, thrill ride that utterly brings Kong to a whole new generation of fans and cements his place in present day mythology.  Here is a look at all the pieces from The Poster Posse’s official collaboration for “Kong: Skull Island.” 

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by Berkay Daglar

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by Andy Fairhurst

When a scientific expedition to an uncharted island awakens titanic forces of nature, a mission of discovery becomes an explosive war between monster and man. Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly star in a thrilling and original new adventure that reveals the untold story of how Kong became King.

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by Laurie Greasley

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by Andrew Swainson

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by Paul Ainsworth

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by Kaz Oomori

 

Stay up to date with everything KONG related via the following official links:

OFFICIAL WEBSITE

FACEBOOK

TWITTER

INSTAGRAM

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Watch The New Trailer For 20th Century Fox/ Ridley Scott’s “Alien: Covenant”

“The path to Paradise begins in Hell…”

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There are a lot of fantastic movies coming out this year but one of our most anticipated comes from 20th Century Fox and hits theaters on May 19th, “Alien: Covenant.”  In his continued vision of the Alien franchise, director Ridley Scott takes us on an incredible journey of discovery, terror….and ….wheat.

Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with ALIEN: COVENANT, a new chapter in his groundbreaking ALIEN franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.

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Alien: Covenant” stars: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, Benjamin Rigby

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Stay up to date with everything “Alien: Covenant” via these official links:

FACEBOOK

TWITTER

INSTAGRAM

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