The Original Mad Man…

Bert Stern has worked with Hollywood’s biggest stars — and shot the movie poster for Lolita, as well as the recent Taschen book on Marilyn Monroe. And now there’s a new documentary about the photographer called Bert Stern: Original Mad Man.(Film/Art)

marilyn monroe book ber stern taschen coverbert stern original mad man posterlolita movie poster 1sh filmartgallery

Return of Marilyn Monroe…

Marilyn Monroe gets an Andy Warhol movie poster makeover — with these two Italian posters by Alberto Spagnoli for River of No Return.

river of no return italianriver of no return riviere-sans-retour-ital-2F poster alberto spagnoli

Maureen On Marilyn…

Marking the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death, Maureen Dowd of The New York Times has a nice tribute, along with a very revealing encounter of the bombshell from director, Mike Nichols. (graphic by Istvan Banyai)

Dors Delights!

One of the great things about vintage movie posters is you come across actors and actresses that you never knew existed — for example, take British bombshell, Diana Dors. Considered by many to be England’s answer to Marilyn Monroe, Dors was boffo at the British box office — but her career across the pond never fully took flight (mainly due to an over-controlling first husband and other Hollywood politics, I’m sure). She passed away in 1984 at the age of 52.

Regardless, even if you haven’t seen any of her films, the posters and titles alone are entertaining — Blonde Sinner, The Unholy Wife, Tread Softly Stranger, and Passport to Shame, to name a few. And if Ms. Dors was good enough for the late great Richard Dawson (her second hubby, the kissy-kissy host of Family Feud and The Running Man), then she’s good enough for me!

More Marilyn!

Judging from the trailer, it looks like Marilyn Monroe is getting the Notting Hill treatment in the new movie, My Week With Marilyn.

Oh yeah, and check out the new flip-throughable MM book by photographer Bert Stern (and Norman Mailer) from Taschen!

The Essence of Cesselon

Following his higher calling in movie posters, it’s no wonder that Italian illustrator, Angelo Cesselon, later moved onto drawing portraits of saints and other religious paintings for churches since looking at his beautiful work can be somewhat of a religious experience.

I’m not sure if he was repenting for all of his past pretty Marilyn Monroe depictions — regardless, his many artful creations are for the ages. (via Dominique Besson)

Gentlemen (and Women) Prefer Marilyn Monroe!

Guess who had a blowout weekend? Marilyn Monroe’s dress from The Seven Year Itch went for a cool $4.6 million at The Debbie Reynolds Auction, put on by the Hollywood Treasure gang, Profiles In History.

Absolutely Avedon

After reading that yesterday would’ve been Marilyn Monroe’s 85th birthday, I also learned that Bill Gold hired Richard Avedon, the late world reknown fashion photographer, to do the photography for one of her most famous movie posters, The Prince and The Showgirl.

On top of that, Avedon also designed the stylish opening title sequence for Stanley Donen’s Funny Face, starring Audrey Hepburn.