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Over the weekend, Creature Features in Burbank, California played host to an amazing panel called Creating Pennywise, which featured Tom Woodruff, Jr. and Alec Gillis from studioADI, as well as fellow legendary effects artist Bart Mixon, who was responsible for bringing the Tim Curry iteration of Pennywise to life for the 1990 It miniseries.
And even though we have already celebrated Bart Mixon’s iconic design and his ambitious efforts from over 27 years ago just a few months back (which you can read about Here), the discussion held during the Creating Pennywise panel was just too good not to share as part of Daily Dead’s "Practical-ly Perfect" series.
Read on for highlights from the panel, and be sure to check out some of the photos below, which feature an amazing Pennywise bust as well as some of his various sets of teeth and more.
Tom and Alec, what role did »
- Heather Wixson
Originally created by cartoonist Charlie Addams back in 1938, The Addams Family has gone on to enjoy a number of successful adaptations over the years. In 1964, a live-action TV series starring John Astin and Carolyn Jones as Gomez and Morticia Addams came to ABC, with a Halloween TV movie inspired by the show airing in 1977. The fearsome family saw a revival of sorts in the early 90s with a pair of live-action films starring Raul Julia, Anjelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd and Christina Ricci. The series was rebooted once more in the late 90s with Tim Curry … »
- Dave Trumbore
Directed by Tommy Lee Wallace.
Starring Tim Curry, Jonathan Brandis, Seth Green, Emily Perkins, Brandon Crane, Adam Faraizl, Marlon Taylor, Ben Heller, Richard Thomas, John Ritter, Annette O’Toole, Harry Anderson, Dennis Christopher, Tim Reid, and Richard Masur.
A group of childhood friends are reunited after a spate of gruesome murders in their former hometown suggest the return of “It”, a shape-shifting demonic entity that has terrorised the community for decades, possibly even centuries.
Stephen King has written a lot of books. Like lots of them.
Among his vast bibliography, one work has stood out as one of his most iconic and popular works; the mammoth 1986 novel simply titled It, a terrifying coming of age tale that resulted in everyone hating clowns. It’s also a book that has recently re-entered the public conscious thanks in no small part to the critically acclaimed big screen adaptation that has »
- Graeme Robertson
Miereanu made the announcement during a panel at the New York Comic Con on Sunday, which was celebrating the 25th anniversary of the series and its premiere on Fox back in 1992.
No further details were revealed, and it’s unclear at this point whether Warner Bros. is planning to release the series in volumes, as it did with the DVDs, or deliver a bumper box set of the original series and its successor The New Batman Adventures.
- Gary Collinson
Over the years, there have been a variety of talented actors to portray the Joker in both live action and animation. And while there are those who’ve appreciated the performances brought to the table by the likes of Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger and Cameron Monaghan, many diehard fans actually favor Mark Hamill, who, believe it or not, has been attached to the character for about a quarter century now.
Having debuted in the early 1990’s on the hallowed Batman: The Animated Series, Hamill went on to voice the Clown Prince of Crime in various other projects, including Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, the awesome line of Arkham video games, and the animated adaptation of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s classic graphic novel, Batman: The Killing Joke.
- Eric Joseph
While nowadays most know actor Seth Green as the voice of Chris on Family Guy or a co-creator of Robot Chicken, it’s easy to forget his humble beginnings as a child actor, and in particular his role in the 1990 miniseries It.
During a Thursday night panel at New York Comic Con for Crackle’s SuperMansion: Drag Me to Halloween, Green, an executive producer on the show, was asked by a fan to recount his fondest memories from being a 15-year-old on the set of It. In addition to answering the question, Green offered up his thoughts on the new It, including Finn Wolfhard’s performance as the comedian of the Losers’ Club, Richie Tozier.
Green said, “I thought that new version was awesome. I was excited to see the whole thing rendered with an R-rating. I love Finn, that kid from Stranger Things who plays Richard Tozier. He was fantastic. »
- Justin Cook
In today’s film news roundup, Barry Bostwick will star as Santa Claus in “Santa Girl,” Meryl Streep will present the American Cinematheque Award to Amy Adams, and basketball documentary “The First to Do It” gets a theatrical release.
The film will shoot later this month in Winchester, Va. Bostwick will play a slimmed-down and all-business Santa who hasn’t recovered from the loss of his wife, Mrs. Claus, with Stone playing his daughter. The story will focus on the daughter’s desire to attend college despite her father’s misgivings. After he eventually relents, she must navigate a strange new world while keeping the identity of her iconic father — and her own magic — a secret.
- Dave McNary
There can be few things more linked to terror in the average person’s psyche than clowns, and Stephen King’s novel It has contributed to that greatly. The story about a group of youngsters taking on a child-eating, shape-shifting demonic entity in a small town in Maine was adapted into a television series in 1990, and has remained untouched ever since. Now, however, the fear has been unleashed once more, with Bill Skarsgard filling the clown shoes that were previously occupied by Tim Curry.
Speaking of which, the actor has done a tremendous job of doing just that, bringing the demonic Pennywise to life for a whole new generation. He certainly had some big shoes to fill, too, as Curry didn’t only terrify audiences back in 1990, but as it turns out, some of the child actors on set found him quite scary as well.
Talking to Screen Geek in a recent interview, »
- Matt Joseph
It may have gotten bumped to number two at the box office in its third weekend of release, but people are still flocking to see Pennywise the Dancing Clown do his stuff. The movie is a certified phenomenon. And people just can't get enough of the Losers' Club. We've been seeing a lot of mashups lately. But the latest really 'eats the kid' as it were. Someone has decided to give Pennywise an anime makeover. And It is almost a little too perfect.
It is now officially the highest grossing R-rated horror movie of all time (as long as you don't count inflation into the mix). Pennywise has surpassed Pazuzu as the biggest money earner on the big screen. And though Tim Curry played the character first in the 90s, Bill Skarsgard has gained full ownership of the clown. Some were skeptical at first, but this incarnation of the child »
Let’s face it, when you think of Pennywise your mind still goes back to Tim Curry. Even if Bill Skarsgard is that good, and he’s great, no doubt, he still had some big shoes to fill and a legacy to compete against. The desire to not compete against Curry is admirable. Skarsgard wanted to make it his own and he did. But regardless of this, those of us that saw It for the first time in 1990 are more likely, for now, to think of Tim Curry when we think of the movie at all. After all, Curry did make
Old Video of Tim Curry talking It at Fan Expo Canada »
For one generation, Tim Curry’s performance as Pennywise the Dancing Clown in the made-for-tv adaptation of Stephen King’s It will always be the first thing that comes to mind when they think about the character. But I’d venture to say with the popularity of director Andy Muschietti’s new film version of the classic horror novel, actor Bill […]
The post ‘It’ Pennywise Featurette Focuses on Bill Skarsgard’s Unpredictable Performance appeared first on /Film. »
- Ben Pearson
At this point, a whole lot of ink has been spilled praising the success that is It. This is the Stephen King adaptation many of us have been waiting years for and it did not disappoint. Much of that praise and success is rightfully being attributed to Bill Skarsgard's terrifying and truly remarkable take on Pennywise the clown. Now, a brand new behind-the-scenes featurette shows us how Pennywise was crafted and what it was like working with the terrifying being on the set of It.
Warner Bros. released the It Pennywise featurette online just as the movie is heading into its third weekend at the box office. No doubt, the studio is hoping to keep the movie in the public consciousness a little longer to keep bringing in the big bucks. Not that they needed to do anything more to convince anyone that this is a great movie, but this »
Simon Brew Sep 25, 2017
Currently dominating the global box office is the new adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, It. The book has provided the source material already for one production that scared the lights out of a generation – who can forget Tim Curry’s take on Pennywise the clown? – and the new film has been keen to repeat the trick. With no shortage of success, as it happens. Clowns are already reporting a decline in business.
It was when Mark Kermode reviewed the film on the Kermode & Mayo Film Review programme, though, that he described the new It movie not as a horror, but an adventure horror. And the inevitable line was drawn back to the mighty The Goonies.
The overlaps are clear. A group of young misfits find »
Are you eating It… or is It eating you? Maybe the most incredible thing about Andy Muschietti’s It is that the film managed to take an already iconic horror villain and make him even More iconic. Actor Bill Skarsgård’s iteration of Pennywise the killer clown is vastly different than Tim Curry’s, proving that it is […] »
- John Squires
It stormed the box office in September 2017, smashing box office records, pleasing critics, and quickly washing away the bad taste of so many poorly wrought Stephen King adaptations like the current of a suburban neighborhood sewer. Move over Ernest Hemmingway! Beat it Dr. Seuss! The Stephen King adaptation is a hot commodity in Hollywood once again.
Sure, those aforementioned authors have had their books adapted less than half as many times as the works of Stephen King. With so many adapted works from the same prolific storyteller, many of them are sure to be bad. And that is the case with Stephen King. If you grew up in the 80s, you might even remember that a Stephen King movie was not anticipated with the kind of must-see attitude of today's audiences. Many laughed off the notion, believing that if it was a Stephen King movie, it must be bad.
But as It reminded audiences, »
Because there's been a focus on the book, there have been fewer comparisons to the 1990 miniseries starring Tim Curry. But I think it's safe to say a lot of us are still interested in how he feels about the It remake. »
Incredible to think that after the plethora of Stephen King film adaptations over the years (this year alone boasts five), that his beloved Horror story It, has – until now – not had a big screen retelling. The nearest we have gotten is the flawed but ambitious Tommy Lee Wallace Mini-Series from 1990, which featured an iconic turn by Tim Curry as Pennywise the Dancing Clown. However, if you only have this version of the story in mind upon entering Andres (or Andy as he is credited) Muschietti’s adaptation, you may be a little startled, as this is far darker, far more intense and truly the king of King adaptations.
Utilising the dark cinematography (by Chung-Hoon Chung) and CGI-aided scares that helped him make a mark with his 2013 debut Mama, Muschietti beautifully and savagely captures the essence of the source material, while leaving a distinctive imprint of his own. Set mostly in »
- Jack Bottomley
Beep beep, Corpse Clubbers! The Daily Dead gang is back with another new episode of the Corpse Club podcast. This time around, the members of the Corpse Club put on their yellow rain slickers to discuss the new It movie, the 1990 miniseries, and Stephen King's novel that first introduced us to the clown that calls the sewers of Derry home.
In episode 17 of Corpse Club, co-hosts Heather Wixson, Patrick Bromley, Scott Drebit, Derek Anderson, and Jonathan James descend into the cinematic sewers of Derry to talk about the It (2017) movie, the 1990 miniseries, and the source material for both adaptations: Stephen King's 1986 novel. They discuss Bill Skarsgård's and Tim Curry's different approaches to Pennywise, their thoughts on Andy Muschietti's adaptation of King's epic novel, the chemistry of the new Losers' Club, the movie's record-breaking opening weekend at the box office, and much more. So sit back, »
- Derek Anderson
By Jacob Oller
Movie and miniseries have different approaches to creepy clowns. t is already a smash horror hit, even outside the purview of Stephen King adaptations. The film grew out of the love for the miniseries starring Tim Curry as Pennywise, the evil that manifests most often as a clown, and the novel itself. In the film, […]
The article Welcome to Derry: The Introductions of Pennywise appeared first on Film School Rejects. »
- Jacob Oller
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films.
Film festivals may be raging from Venice to Telluride to Toronto, but the biggest industry story this week had to be the box office dominance of Andy Muscietti’s Stephen King adaptation “It.” The film raked in nearly $120 million opening weekend and looks to stay strong over the next week, ensuring a whole new generation’s fear of clowns.
Actor Bill Skarsgard got the call to play Pennywise the Dancing Clown in the film, the physical manifestation of an evil entity that has terrorized a small Maine town for centuries. But it was a daunting prospect, not least of all because such an iconic portrayal of the character already existed courtesy of Tim Curry in ABC’s 1990 miniseries adaptation.
Listen to this week’s episode of “Playback” below. New episodes air every Thursday.
- Kristopher Tapley
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