You Can Now Download Thousands of Vintage Movie Posters in High Resolution

Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin
Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin

The archives at the University of Texas at Austin’s Harry Ransom Center are a cinephile’s dream. The research library boasts a massive collection of roughly 10,000 vintage movie posters that date back to the 1920s. And now, as Kottke.org highlights, the center is digitizing the collection to make it available online so that anyone can see and download items from it.

As of right now, 4000 of the posters have been digitized, and the collection is slowly becoming available online. The posters date back to the earliest days of the film industry, and in their physical form, they range between small 14-inch-by-22-inch window cards to 20-foot-long billboards. Many come from the Interstate Theater Circuit, a theater chain that at one point encompassed nearly every movie theater in Texas. As a result, much of the collection held at UT Austin is from the 1940s through the 1970s, the heyday of Interstate’s reign over Texas theaters. Films of the ‘50s and ‘60s are especially well represented. There are also plenty of B-movie posters courtesy of Philip Sills, a poster dealer who donated his collection to the university in the 1960s.

The entirety of the Ransom Center collection won’t be available online for a while, because the process involves more than just scanning the original material. Each poster has to be carefully set up and photographed in high resolution and its metadata entered into the database. The center expects to be digitizing for at least the next year, and possibly into 2019.

For now, there are 500 posters available to view online and download in high resolution.

Browse for yourself here.

[h/t Kottke.org]

Marvel Fan Creates Petition to Bring Back Luke Cage Following Netflix Cancellation

David Lee, Netflix
David Lee, Netflix

Fans are still shocked over Netflix's cancellation of ​Luke Cage​. For many, it's the end to an important series that tackled racial issues and privilege with a predominantly black cast. So Marvel fans are fighting to bring it back.

Luke Hunter took to Change.org and launched a petition for ​Netflix to bring back the two-time People's Choice Award-nominated show.

Luke Cage is the finest Marvel show in existence," the petition plea begins. "It exemplifies heroics, sassy banter, great music, and family fun. The cancellation of this beloved show is utterly flabbergasting. We must fight to save our hero of Harlem as he fights for us. Save Power Man!”

The petition, which started yesterday, already has 2060 signees, with a goal of 2500 signatures.

Luke Cage is one of many Marvel shows that Netflix has axed in recent months. The streaming service ​cancelled Iron Fist just last week.

Unfortunately, Marvel’s Luke Cage will not return for a third season," Marvel and Netflix announced in a joint statement. "Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is grateful to the dedicated showrunner, writers, cast and crew who brought Harlem’s Hero to life for the past two seasons, and to all the fans who have supported the series."

Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Disney has no plans to bring back the show on its ​upcoming streaming service, or on any other platform.

Halloween Breaks Franchise Record With $77.5M Opening

Ryan Green, Universal Pictures
Ryan Green, Universal Pictures

Horror fans have waited nearly a decade to see ​Michael Myers return to the big screen, and have finally gotten to see the knife-wielding serial killer return in an exhilarating and frightening new movie.

The nine-year wait for a new Halloween movie was the longest in the series' history, and it did not disappoint—especially when it came to its box office haul. In North America, ​Variety reports that the movie earned $77.5 million over the weekend after launching on nearly 4000 screens. It's the second-highest October debut in history, only behind this year's Venom.

The new film, which is directed by David Gordon Green, obliterated the series' previous record-holder, Rob Zombie's polarizing 2007 remake, which made $26 million in its first weekend.

"I am enormously proud of this film,” producer Jason Blum said in a statement. “Halloween brings the franchise back to life in a fresh, relevant, and fun way that is winning over fans and critics alike.”

Early estimates were targeting a $65 million opening weekend, but it hardly comes as a surprise that fans came out in droves to see the movie. Not only is Halloween a direct sequel to John Carpenter's 1978 classic, which is easily the most acclaimed film in the series' history, but it also saw ​Jamie Lee Curtis reprise her iconic role as Laurie Strode.

Curtis wasn't the only returning player; ​John Carpenter came on board as the executive producer, which marks his first direct involvement in the series since 1981's Halloween 2.

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