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Contest! Design a poster for Nic Cage's BAD LIEUTENANT and win some shit so cool it'll make you see iguanas!

Update! The studio wants to keep this contest open to US only. Sorry about that... but if you're outside of the US and you have the itch to do this contest feel free to enter. I could still post your work as a runner up, but you couldn't win the prizes.

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Boy oh boy do I love Werner Herzog's BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS. It's by far my favorite Nic Cage performance since ADAPTATION... and I might even like his work in this movie more than that one. I can't say I'm a fan of the studio attempts at posters. I posted an unofficial one that was much cooler a while back, but while the two studio posters out are very professionally done they lack the insane darkly comic tone of the movie.

You're going to get a chance to change that. This contest goes out to all the photoshop and graphic design geniuses out there. I want a kick ass poster design that channels the awesome surreality of this movie. Beginning the moment this article goes live to Noon CST on November 9th you need to deliver unto me your own poster for this film. The studio has offered up key art (jpgs) and layered art (psd files) to help you build the best poster you can. Click here to download all the source material art! I will pick the winner and he or she will get a prize package that includes getting three prints of the winning art for yourself, having the artwork posted on the film's official website, facebook, twitter and myspace pages, a Lena Herzog photography book signed by Werner Herzog, 5 Nicolas Cage DVDs and 5 Werner Herzog DVDs. And, of course, I will post the winner on the site. I'll also post my favorite runners up. When you have your masterpiece created email me at with the subject line His Soul's Still Dancing. I'll need a file no larger than 2 megs and in jpg format as well as your mailing address in the case you should win. Obviously since the art will be printed you should work in as high quality as possible, but I don't want any 50 meg files destroying my inbox. I'll also need you to let me know if it's okay to use your name on the site in case you win or are a runner up. My choice will be final. The winner and runners up will be posted the week of 11/16, which is is the week leading up to the 11/20 release. Be creative. I will be judging based on aesthetic composition, smoothest work and, most importantly, tone. I want something as crazy as the movie. You have the studio supplied pieces, but I don't want something safe and dull. If you need inspiration you can check out the official trailer or, even better, the original insane promotional trailer that leaked a long time ago.

Have at it! If you have any questions, post in talkback or drop me an email and I'll do my best to answer. Good luck! -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

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  • Oct. 24, 2009, 3:40 a.m. CST

    shoot him again

    by The_Crimson_King

    his soul is still dancing

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 3:41 a.m. CST

    I hate that this is limted release....

    by The_Crimson_King

    here's hoping it'll play somewhere near me

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 3:41 a.m. CST

    What the fuck...

    by Galactic

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 3:42 a.m. CST


    by GibsonUSA Returns

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 3:43 a.m. CST

    Keep trying to drum up buzz and hype for this shit guys

    by LargoJr

    Who knows.. you might actually manage to squander what's left of your dignity and self respect and finally give up all pretense of honesty or professionalism.

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 3:45 a.m. CST

    Nic Cage needs to team up with JOHN WOO again.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    If this were a Woo movie, I'd be all over it.

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 3:48 a.m. CST


    by Quint

    My self respect is still intact. I love this movie... non-ironically... and have no qualms about supporting a contest for it. That is honestly how I feel. Believe me or don't, but I'm not getting one thing out of this other than supporting something I enjoyed.

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 3:52 a.m. CST

    The poster's gotta have an iguana.

    by ReportAbuse

    I still like that rejected one they had with Cage throttling the old lady while pointing his gun in the face of the negress.

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 4:18 a.m. CST

    The thing about posters like that is....

    by GibsonUSA Returns can't tell what kind of movie it is by looking at it. It could be a John Woo blast fest, or it could be a thriller,or a scary movie, or some other kind of drama. If Nic Cage was smiling it could be a comedy. <BR>This poster can trade designs with Woo's Broken Arrow and it would still make sense for both movies...because the designs dont represent anything to begin with.<BR><BR> At least when you see a poster for SAW II, you know exactly what you'd be buying a ticket for.

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 4:26 a.m. CST

    When cage is getting good material

    by quintana007

    he is the shit. I loved Lord of War and Weather Man. But hes making by far too much crap recently. Lots of bills to pay huh?

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 5:29 a.m. CST

    If Eva gets nekkid,then count me in!

    by Stalkeye

    otherwise this sounds like another generic B-movie, STV POS trying to come off as an "Independent" film. It can't be as innovative as the original in which Keitel deserved an Oscar for his performance as the sexaholic, drug induced, gambling addicted crooked cop. <p>methinks I'll wait for a DVD release.

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 5:30 a.m. CST

    The ad wizards have really shitty magic on this one

    by StarchildAD

    What a horrible poster. Looks like Knowing or some lame fest

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 5:54 a.m. CST

    Nic Cage vs Val Kilmer

    by JethroBodine

    Nic Cage and Val Kilmer are in a balls out, dead heat, death race to see whos career can be officially and permanantly labled "in the shitter" once and for all.

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 6:04 a.m. CST

    No matter...

    by terrytips

    ...who is in the cast, and what it's a remake of, this is a new Werner Herzog film, therefore something to get excited about if you love great movies.

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 6:17 a.m. CST

    Nic Cage ain't JUST the "Bad Lieutenant"...

    by SeXX ED

    ... he's the SUPERINTENDENT of what we perceive as "BAD" (not the good one). And yes... I'm sure this is going to be a great movie. Best of luck to my 1980's indie-actor fave in all of his future endeavors that would bring him back to what he does best - acting. Love from the SeXX ED Corporation.

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 6:20 a.m. CST


    by SeXX ED

    Y'all see the new AVATAR trailer? Now THAT'S what I want to see from Jim Cameron!

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 6:35 a.m. CST

    Big head poster!

    by StarskyandHushky

    'Guys, I have this amazing idea for a poster! You know how the actors in this movie have faces, right? How about.....we put those faces on the poster.....but REALLY BIG, and like half in the dark! It's never been done!'

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 7:06 a.m. CST


    by SeXX ED

    ... that would've been a great idea for WATERWORLD. Talk about raising the Titanic!

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 7:21 a.m. CST


    by Stegman84

    ...if you're not at least a little bit excited at the thought of a new Herzog movie, then I just don't even know where the fuck to start really. <p>As for Cage, in the right kind of role, he's great. In the wrong kind of role, he's grating. I have enough faith in Herzog to believe this is more likely to be the former rather than the latter, but we'll see...

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 7:24 a.m. CST

    only US residents, isn't it?

    by cifra

    all these contests are...

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Why are people knocking this?

    by Mel Garga

    First off, the trailer is fantastic. Nobody does batshit crazy better than Cage. And Kilmer seems to be making better choices the last decade or so (Wonderland, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang). Shit, you artistic street cred goes up ten fold just being in the same room as Werner Herzog...that guy is the real deal. Go out and start renting every single DVD you can get your Cheetos-stained fingers on.

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 8:21 a.m. CST

    God, please, no more Nic Cage

    by NippleEffect

    Although he should have played Capt Kirk in a direct remake of TOS<br> Only he can match The Shats hammy acting style

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 9:17 a.m. CST


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  • Oct. 24, 2009, 9:35 a.m. CST


    by CaptainBass

    Can I just second that question? Are we worthy?

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Looks Like a Fucking National Treasure Poster

    by Crow3711

    And clearly, National Treasure this movie is fucking not. Hollywood producers are fucking idiots. I hope someone comes up with somethng excellent.

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 11:46 a.m. CST

    damn near 500MB of materials?

    by torontoxic

    But no jpeg over 20MB? <P> If you're printing it or displaying on a site you want print and web optimized formats, Quint. Not jpg.

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 12:03 p.m. CST


    by Keanu Gives

    Is the only way to get idiots and regular movie-going folk to see a Werner Herzog/Independentish film. You have to trick them to think is a "by the numbers" cop-action-thriller starting nic and eva. After all, the goal is to make money. I hope this does well. You can coun't on my 10 bucks.

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 12:09 p.m. CST


    by Keanu Gives

    Quint wants a 2mb jpg just to review the designs. Once he picks one he will obviously ask for the high resolution version. Imagine going through 100 submissions of 80+mb TIFF files.

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 12:10 p.m. CST

    I have a brilliant poster in mind.

    by 3 Bag Enema

    But the prize is meh, so I move on.

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Why does that poster say Kansas?

    by JuanSanchez

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Looks like the GHOST RIDER poster

    by 3D-Man

    And that's NOT a good thing

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Dick In Ass

    by DickInAss

    Dick In Ass.

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 12:33 p.m. CST

    So this comes out in November? I'm winning this contest, by the

    by Rorschachian


  • Oct. 24, 2009, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Please sombody make a poster about paying your taxes

    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

    sick of rich celebrities not paying their taxes. Fuck you mr cage. You are a bitch.

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 4:14 p.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Outsider of Terminator : Salvation poster

    by hallmitchell

    Posters are so disappointing these days. They used to be art. Those days are long gone.

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 5:09 p.m. CST


    by Bloo

    I was wondering the SAME DAMN THING, I just figured I was looking at it wrong or something<P>I live in Kansas and while we have crazy ass cops, I don't think we have any nearly as crazy as Nic Cage

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Maybe its "ARKANSAS"?

    by 3D-Man

    Wait, that still doesn't make sense.

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Over acting...

    by Jamie McBain

    Thy name is Nic Cage.

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Make sure you give Cage...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    a decent rug in the artwork or otherwise they'll immediately disqualify you.

  • Oct. 25, 2009, 2:30 a.m. CST

    Hah you know something?...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    I just noticed the stupid fucking uninspired poster. Goes to show I'm 99% sure this movie will be what I pictured: a shallow mess.

  • Oct. 25, 2009, 6:08 p.m. CST

    You know what that poster says to me?

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Direct to dvd.

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 7:49 p.m. CST


    by zb.brox

    Are we limited to one entry per person?

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 8:22 p.m. CST


    by wslc

    Are we limited to the pictures provided? If not, do the other images need to be licensed or public domain?

  • Nov. 6, 2009, 11 p.m. CST

    Quint Question

    by yabory

    yeah, can we send more than one entry? like say, two?

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