The Art of Mondo Puts a Unique Spin on Classic Movie Posters

The Art of Mondo features some of the company's best movie poster art from over the years.
The Art of Mondo features some of the company's best movie poster art from over the years.
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Cinephiles in search of a new coffee table book are in luck. Mondo—the Austin, Texas-based company that’s known for creating limited-edition posters for pop culture enthusiasts—is back with a hefty 356-page volume of some of its artists’ best work. The Art of Mondo ($41) features one-of-a-kind movie artwork for everything from cult classics like Kevin Smith’s Clerks and John Carpenter’s They Live to summer blockbusters like Jaws and Guardians of the Galaxy. You'll also get plenty of the classics from decades back, like Dr. Strangelove and 1931's Frankenstein.

The book uses images from Mondo’s extensive archive of limited-edition poster prints, which often sell out within minutes. Some are minimalist, others feature rich detail, but no matter the style, each piece perfectly captures the vibe of each movie.

Mondo art for Dirty Harry and The Evil Dead.
Mondo posters are all produced by a range of different artists with varied taste.
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Mondo poster for Jaws and The Hard Eight.
Both Jaws and Paul Thomas Anderson's Hard Eight get the Mondo treatment.
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The book also includes a foreword from animator and director Brad Bird, the creative mind behind films like The Iron Giant and The Incredibles. But if you’re more of an audiophile than a film buff, Mondo will soon be releasing a book of some of its best vinyl soundtrack cover designs based on hit movies, TV shows, and video games. The book is available for pre-order on Amazon for $47.

Over on Mondo's website, you can see more of the company's offerings, including its new slate of Fantastic Four merchandise and the recent line of Godzilla clothing, posters, and enamel pins, celebrating the titanic kaiju's 65th anniversary from last year.

Godzilla pins from Mondo.
These enamel pins from Mondo celebrate the 65-year history of Godzilla.
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Make Your Own Ship in a Bottle With This LEGO Set

This particular design was based off an idea from a long-time LEGO fan.
This particular design was based off an idea from a long-time LEGO fan.
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Building a ship in a bottle doesn’t need to be a stodgy affair—especially when you’re doing it with LEGO bricks.

The 962-piece set ($70 on Amazon) is based on a design from Jake Sadovich, a longtime LEGO fan from Idaho. Sadovich spent three weeks designing his own version of a ship in a bottle using 1400 LEGO bricks before uploading images of the finished result to the LEGO Ideas site in November 2016. His project received the 10,000 supporters it needed to garner a review from the LEGO team in less than two months, and in August 2017, the company green-lit plans to build and sell an official set based on his design.

A LEGO ship in the bottle with the box.
Despite the ship's small size it has a lot of features.
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Placed inside a bottle made of transparent bricks, the miniature ship boasts plenty of detailed features for its 5-inch-long size, including sails, six cannons, a crow’s nest, a compass (sorry, it isn’t a working one), and a flag. There's even a wax-sealed cork built out of LEGO bricks, too, as well as small LEGO pieces designed to serve as the water beneath the ship.

Some of the other fan-submitted LEGO Ideas projects the company has brought to life include the NASA Apollo Saturn V ($200) and a replica of the Central Perk set from Friends ($60).

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Sling TV’s 14-Day Free Trial Gives You Access to Countless Movies and Shows, No Credit Card Required

Sling's 14-day free trial doesn't require a credit card, so you won't accidentally be charged once it's up.
Sling's 14-day free trial doesn't require a credit card, so you won't accidentally be charged once it's up.
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You’ve probably encountered more than one so-called free trial that required you to input a credit card to access it. And if you’re like many of us, you have probably forgotten to cancel the trial before the free period ended—more than once. But Sling TV is looking to offer users a free trial that’s, well, actually free. From now until April 5, new subscribers can access over 50,000 on-demand movies, 45 channels, and more during their free 14-day trial, no credit card required.

Fittingly dubbed the “Quarantine Special,” the free trial gives viewers access to a Sling Blue subscription, which offers channels like CNN, MSNBC, Bravo, A&E, Cartoon Network, Nick Jr., and more. The Blue subscription also allows you to stream on up to three devices simultaneously and record live shows on their cloud DVR.

Rather than having to sign up for a long-term contract like with traditional cable, Sling is a month-to-month service that allows you to stream content to your TV or computer/smartphone through web browsers, Roku, Amazon, iOS, and Android devices.

After the free trial, you have the option of signing up for the Sling Blue or Orange subscription, both of which are $20 for the first month and then $30 after that. There are a few key differences between the two. According to Tom’s Guide, with Orange, you won’t have access to NBC networks. And with Blue, you won’t be able to watch ESPN or the Disney Channel. Orange only lets you stream on one device at a time, whereas with Blue, you can stream on up to three simultaneously. However, you can swap between the two for no extra cost, or you could combine the subscriptions for $45 a month.

Much like Sling, Disney Plus also allows subscribers to enjoy seven days (with a credit card) for no cost, and you can get more details by heading here. And if you're looking for more ways to save money as a cord-cutter, check out our guide on the cheapest ways to do so.

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