Boris Karloff's The Mummy Movie Poster Expected to Sell for More Than $1 Million

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

As anyone who's been to a Hard Rock Cafe can tell you, movie memorabilia is pretty cool. ​Old movie props, costumes, set pieces, and advertisements have created an entire industry of professional collectors willing to shell out big bucks for rare or nostalgic parts of cinema history. And now, a major item has just been offered up for auction at Sotheby's, as Paleofuture reports.

A poster for Boris Karloff's 1932 horror film The Mummy—one of only three believed to still exist—is up for auction and is expected to fetch somewhere between $1 to $1.5 million. Often cited as one of ​the greatest horror films of all time, The Mummy's famous poster revolutionized film marketing at the time due to designer Karoly Grosz's approach to white space and creative use of bright colors.

The three known Mummy posters have been held by private collectors since they became ​rare commodities (fun fact: one of them is currently owned by Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett). The last time one was sold was in 1997 and fetched $453,500, breaking the record for most expensive movie poster and holding that title until 2014. If it sells for more than $1.16 million, it'll break the record again.

Sotheby's recently made headlines when a painting by famed street artist Banksy sold for more than $1 million at one of its live auctions and immediately began to shred itself. Perhaps to prevent a similar situation or restore its reputation, Sotheby's is moving the auction of the poster from this Saturday up to today and is holding it online. Bidding ends, fittingly, on Halloween.

Werner Herzog Has Been Cast in Star Wars Series The Mandalorian

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Gareth Cattermole, Getty Images for DIFF

After months of reports claiming Pedro Pascal would star in Disney’s upcoming Star Wars series The Mandalorian, Lucasfilm finally confirmed the news today, and took the opportunity to announce the full cast list—which included a few surprises.

Pascal will be playing the titular character, a “lone Mandalorian gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy.” Alongside the Game of Thrones alum will be Gina Carano, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, Nick Nolte, and—perhaps most surprisingly—German director Werner Herzog (yes, the auteur who made Grizzly Man and once attempted to eat his own shoe). That’s a pretty impressive lineup.

“We’re having a great time working with this incredibly talented group and excited for everyone to see what we’re up to,” the show’s creator, Jon Favreau, said along with the announcement.

The casting news follows the announcement that the series had already tapped several talented directors to step behind the camera, including Bryce Dallas Howard and Taika Waititi.

Although not many specific details have been revealed about the series, the official synopsis reads as follows:

"The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.”

The Mandalorian will premiere on the upcoming streaming service Disney+ sometime in 2019.

It's Official: Benedict Cumberbatch Is Confirmed for Doctor Strange Sequel

Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios

Just when Marvel fans began focusing all of their attention on poring over even the tiniest details in the Avengers: Endgame trailer, Marvel has announced that a Doctor Strange sequel is officially happening.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scott Derrickson will return to the director’s chair, and although he co-wrote the first film alongside Jon Spaihts and C. Robert Cargill, no writer has been announced for the second outing yet.

Benedict Cumberbatch will, of course, reprise his role as Dr. Stephen Strange, and Benedict Wong will be returning as Wong. Industry insiders suspect Rachel McAdams will be back as Strange’s love interest, Dr. Christine Palmer, but no formal announcement has been made.

We last saw Doctor Strange earlier this year in Avengers: Infinity War, where he sadly disintegrated into dust at the hands of Thanos’s snap. As most fan theories believe, many of our favorite superheroes will be brought back to life in Avengers: Endgame, which will be the next time we see Cumberbatch’s character. Although his appearance in Avengers: Endgame might only be through flashbacks, and Doctor Strange 2 could still take place before Infinity War, it’s not likely.

Sources say production is being eyed for a spring 2020 start, with a suspected release date around spring 2021. But a lot can happen between now and then, especially depending on what Avengers: Endgame reveals.

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