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Long in development at Disney is Brad Bird's second live-action effort as director, Tomorrowland. Bird and screenwriter Damon Lindleof take the theme land inside Disney parks that focuses on science, technology and the future, and turn it into an adventure tale which looks to be inspired by the likes of Harry Potter, The Wizard of Oz, Ray Bradbury short stories, World's Fair expos, and of course, Walk Disney himself.The first teaser for the film dropped today, and what's so promising about it, is that it isn't bombastic in anyway whatsoever. We are eased into the wonder of such a place with a childlike delight and emphasis on teasing character. We get a little George Clooney narration (he's the reluctant scientist in this whole adventure), and...
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The Halloween Tree by Glen Brogan
Halloween is coming, and it’s time to start your yearly rituals of wearing ugly pumpkin sweaters, making apple cider, killing a drifter, and watching your favorite Halloween movies. For most people, that means either a bunch of horror films or It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. For other people who liked niche stuff as kids, that means The Halloween Tree. For other, much weirder people, that means Mad Monster Party. For those niche-loving weirdos, The Strange Kids Club is offering posters that pay tribute to the classic Halloween films.
The first, by Glen Brogan, whom we’ve featured before, pays tribute to The Halloween Tree, a TV movie based on a Ray Bradbury novel that first aired in 1993. According to IMDb, the movie is about “four children [who] learn the origins of Halloween customs while trying to save the life of their friend. »
- Mily Dunbar
Over the weekend, film critic A. O. Scott wrote a long essay in The New York Times Magazine that irked me, and I wanted to use my column to unpack some of my feelings about it. If you have opinions about the state of modern pop culture, you might want to join me.
(I’m now going to paraphrase and reduce his arguments to the bones. By all means, read the entire piece for more nuance.)
Scott seems to think that the modern American adult, by his and her refusal to grow up, has had a deleterious effect on the popular arts. He specifically mentions “bromance” movies, like those produced by Judd Apatow, superhero movies, and adults who read young adult (Ya) books like the Harry Potter series and The Hunger Games. In his opinion, the success of these genres means that we, as grown-ups, are rejecting our responsibilities.
- Martha Thomases
Image Entertainment recently released The Twilight Zone: The Complete 80s Series in a brand new 13-disc DVD boxed set, giving fans of this 1980s version of The Twilight Zone a chance to relive the show all over again. Following in the legacy of Rod Serling's original series, The Twilight Zone featured early performances from some of today's biggest stars, including Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren over three seasons and 65 episodes. This set also includes special features such as a photo gallery, commentary tracks and an exclusive interview with Wes Craven, who directed an episode of the show.
We're celebrating the release by running a contest where fans can take home this DVD set and enter the fifth dimension from the comfort of their own home. These prizes will be gone before you know it, so take a look at how you can win below.
Winners Receive: »
A fairy tale for “Dogtooth” enthusiasts, But that’s only the beginning of this family’s dysfunction, as tension escalates to torture in the duo’s elegantly stylized, thoroughly unnerving attempt to creep the heck out of arthouse horror fans. The project, which recalls such child-centric chillers as “I’m Not Scared” and “The Orphanage,” was backed by fest vet Ulrich Seidl (for whom Franz co-wrote several pics), allowing it to court both genre and auteur fests.
Mommy looks monstrous when she comes home from the hospital, her body sexy but her face wrapped entirely in bandages. The clues are scarce at first, slyly delivered through a game of “Who am I?” where yes/no questions help us (but not her) identify the answer stuck to her head: Mama. Why doesn’t she recognize herself in this game? What happened to her face? And is that really her under all that gauze? »
- Peter Debruge
As another autumn approaches, horror hounds look forward to the chill of pumpkin guts on their hands, the crunch of leaves under their shoes, and, for some, pulling their copy of October Dreams: A Celebration of Halloween off the bookshelf for another round of seasonal reading. Published in 2000, Cemetery Dance’s collection of Halloween stories, reflections, and essays now has a sequel on the way.
Featuring an abundance of short pieces by a wide range of authors, October Dreams II: A Celebration of Halloween doesn’t yet have an official release date, but it is expected to come out soon in a hardcover edition from Cemetery Dance. The tome of terror includes stories by Ray Bradbury, Dean Koontz, Robert Bloch, and many more. We have the official release details and cover art below. To learn more or pre-order a copy, visit:
- Derek Anderson
For the last week of August, there’s a bounty of horror and sci-fi Blu-rays and DVD’s arriving, which should satisfy the cravings of just about any genre fan. Not only does The Walking Dead Season 4 finally get its release (in grand fashion of course!), but there’s also an incredible DVD collection of The Twilight Zone series from the ‘80s coming our way from Image Entertainment and Scream Factory’s brand new Blu-ray of The Legend of Hell House to look forward to as well.
And as if that wasn’t enough, there are also a handful of indie horror titles getting released including Blood Glacier, Aftermath, Zombex, The Possession of Michael King and Jersey Shore Massacre and BrinkVision is also releasing a limited edition DVD of Sonno Profondo after the Giallo-esque film found much success on the festival circuit in 2013.
- Heather Wixson
Horror is a genre that transcends all mediums, but package it in the form of an anthology-television series and you’ve found the key to my heart. If you’re familiar with my posts on Icons, you’ll know I’m a sucker for this stuff, especially Freddy’S Nightmares! Despite the fact that they really aren’t too many bonafide classics (apart from the obvious usual suspects), it’s a format I enjoy if anything for the eclectic variety and ability to quickly invest in a segment without worrying about continuity. One of my morning rituals is to turn on The Twilight Zone, Amazing Stories, or something of that ilk while I eat breakfast for those reasons. If I love it, I’ll continually revisit it (“Walking Distance” in particular), and if I’m not too keen on it, it’s ok because the next episode will be entirely independent of itself. »
- Justin Edwards
Every once in a while we writers are fortunate to discover a story of determination and passion that inspires us, and reminds us of why we wanted to write about film.
For that reason is to bring experiences and stories such as the one behind the making of Shockwave Darkside 3D to the forefront so that they don’t go untold.
What better way to hear the stories and experience than through the personal reflections of writer-director Jay Weisman and producer Christian Arnold-Beutel and their own creative war that mirrors the last great war raging on the moon in their contribution to a grand genre.
Right now I’m looking at my Marvel Comics passport holder that I found in the Super Hero Island gift shop at Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida. My wife and I had just rode the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man 3D ride for probably the thirtieth time, »
- Jon Lyus
Rlj/Image Entertainment is getting prepared to make fans ecstatic, when they unleash The Twilight Zone: The Complete ’80s Series onto DVD next week (August 26th). The updated take on Rod Serling’s classic and beloved series lasted three seasons, from 1985 to 1989 and showcased episodes like two of my favorites, the heartbreaking William Sanderson (Blade Runner, Sometimes They Come Back)-led episode “The Call“, and Wes Craven’s “Shatterday” episode with Bruce Willis.
“Travel into the fifth dimension once again with The Twilight Zone, testing the limits of reality and exploring the mysteries of the universe. Airing from 1985 to 1989, this critically acclaimed anthology series carried on the legacy of the original Rod Serling program and attracted a brand new audience of fans. The series features major stars – including Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and Martin Landau to name a few – in compelling tales of intrigue by such noted »
- Jerry Smith
I don’t often get time to read a lot of books these days, but I knew that Joseph Maddrey had a couple of genre-related titles coming out and I needed to make the time. A few years ago, Maddrey teamed up with iconic actor Lance Henriksen for the wonderfully engaging Not Bad for a Human, and Maddrey’s latest literary efforts- Beyond Fear and A Strange Idea of Entertainment-are both equally informative and compelling reads for any horror fan.
Beyond Fear: Reflections on Stephen King, Wes Craven and George Romero’s Living Dead focuses on Maddrey’s analysis and reflections on three of our genre’s most influential storytellers and how their visions uniquely shaped the landscape of horror entertainment over the last several decades. Considering we live in a world where we seem to have a documentary about practically every possible subject out there now, there’s actually »
- Heather Wixson
If you were to go see The Giver this weekend without knowing a thing about the book it was based on, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s some sort of suburban Hunger Games ripoff. In reality, Lois Lowry’s 1993 novel predates just about every modern Ya film franchise, from The Hunger Games to Divergent to The Maze Runner—you might even say it established the authoritarian dystopia motif that’s in vogue these days. Unfortunately, all of those other books beat it to the big screen. Instead of looking like the groundbreaking, thoughtful story that’s in the novel, »
- Joshua Rivera
Decades after the original "The Twilight Zone" came to an end, the first of two revival series premiered on CBS and ran for three seasons. Right now we have your chance to win the 1980s show on DVD!
To enter for your chance to win, just send us an email at email@example.com including your Full Name And Mailing Address. We’ll take care of the rest.
This contest will end on at 12:01 Am Pt on August 25th.
The Twilight Zone: The Complete ‘80s Series Release Details
Travel into the fifth dimension once again with The Twilight Zone, testing the limits of reality and exploring the mysteries of the universe. Airing from 1985 to 1989, this critically acclaimed anthology series carried on the legacy of the original Rod Serling »
- Steve Barton
Sameness, the conformist plague that afflicts the futuristic citizens of Lois Lowry’s celebrated and scorned Ya novel, “The Giver,” might also be the name given to what ails the movie adaptation — the latest in a seemingly endless line of teen-centric dystopian fantasies that have become all but indistinguishable from one another. A longtime passion project for producer/star Jeff Bridges, “The Giver” reaches the screen in a version that captures the essence of Lowry’s affecting allegory but little of its mythic pull — a recipe likely to disappoint fans while leaving others to wonder what all the fuss was about. Any hopes by co-producers the Weinstein Co. and Walden Media that they might have the next “Hunger Games” (or even “Divergent”) on their hands look to be dashed by lackluster late-summer box office.
Originally published in 1993 (six years before “The Matrix”), Lowry’s novel was itself a patchwork of ideas borrowed from Aldous Huxley, »
- Scott Foundas
If you're a rabid fan of literary horror, this announcement from Cemetery Dance should make your week! October Dreams II: A Celebration of Halloween, the long-awaited follow-up to one of the most acclaimed Halloween anthologies ever, is on its way.
The sequel features works by Ray Bradbury, Dean Koontz, Robert McCammon, John Skipp, Robert Bloch, Stewart O’Nan, Glen Hirshberg, Joe R. Lansdale, Al Sarrantonio, Whitley Strieber, Lisa Morton, Matthew Costello, Elizabeth Massie, and dozens of others.
It's once again edited by Richard Chizmar and Robert Morrish, the masterminds behind 2002's October Dreams. Chizmar is the founder and publisher/editor of Cemetery Dance magazine and the Cemetery Dance Publications book imprint. Morrish is the former editor of Cemetery Dance magazine and co-editor of The Scream Factory magazine.
This oversized volume will contain spooky Halloween short fiction, dozens of authors and artists recalling their own personal memories of Halloween, and essays detailing the "history" of Halloween. »
- Debi Moore
How did a basement event with 300 people sprawl to a sold out spectacular that dominates pop culture conversation across television and the internet for a solid week each summer? That's precisely the question the video above answers while giving us a look back at the history and earliest days of San Diego Comic-Con. Watching the Movie Clips video, you'll learn San Diego Comic-Con's start came in 1970 when comic-strip letterer/artist Shel Dorf, comic store owner Richard Alf, and publisher Ken Krueger decided to organize a three-day celebration of comics called San Diego's Golden State Comic-Con. For the inaugural event of what would become a fan-fueled phenomenon, the trio had secured legendary science fiction writer Ray Bradbury and Captain America co-creator Jack Kirby. So not too shabby a start! With panels, a dealers room (for comic books) and screenings, San Diego's Golden State Comic-Con was a rough sketch of what would »
With all of the TV shows that are on Blu-ray and DVD, it’s a little hard to believe that the 80′s relaunch of The Twilight Zone is not already available, but Image Entertainment is planning to release the entire series together on DVD next month:
“Los Angeles, July 15, 2014 – Image Entertainment, an Rlj Entertainment (Nasdaq: Rlje) brand, announces the release of The Twilight Zone: The Complete ‘80s Series, available on DVD August 26, 2014, at an Srp of $59.98.
Travel into the fifth dimension once again with The Twilight Zone, testing the limits of reality and exploring the mysteries of the universe. Airing from 1985 to 1989, this critically acclaimed anthology series carried on the legacy of the original Rod Serling program and attracted a brand new audience of fans. The series features major stars – including Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and Martin Landau to name a few – in compelling tales of intrigue »
- Jonathan James
Decades after the original "Twilight Zone" came to an end, the first of two revival series premiered on CBS and ran for three seasons. Though all of those seasons have previously been made available on DVD...
...they're now being collected together for the very first time courtesy of Image Entertainment, and you'll find full release details by reading on!
From the Press Release
Travel into the fifth dimension once again with The Twilight Zone, testing the limits of reality and exploring the mysteries of the universe. Airing from 1985 to 1989, this critically acclaimed anthology series carried on the legacy of the original Rod Serling program and attracted a brand new audience of fans. The series features major stars – including Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, »
- John Squires
Metropolis (entire movie, above), the 1927 silent film directed by Fritz Lang, is regarded as one of the most important and influential films of all time. The world’s first epic science fiction movie, it continues to serve as inspiration for countless films, and forced humanity to look critically at it’s increasingly complex relationship to industrial and technological growth. In cinematic terms, evidence of its influence can be seen everywhere from to Soylent Green to Snowpiercer.
Aesthetically, it's influence is still present in popular culture, with contemporary artists like Guy Maddin and Tim Burton liberally borrowing stylistic elements from Metropolis is also a film that contains serious cultural and political messages. For example, the dystopian society it portrays was direct commentary on the possible result of the industrial revolution. Metropolis has also proved itself to be prophetic, as many of the themes it explored almost a century ago are as relevant, »
- Brandon Engel
Cemetery Dance just announced Detours, featuring some of the biggest names ever collected in one book (like King, Koontz, Barker, Blatty, and Straub), so of course it's selling fast. Don't be disappointed; read on for ordering info and to see some of the amazing art it contains.
Every now and then your favorite author takes a detour while writing a new novel: a chapter gets chopped, a connected short story is dreamed up, an essay about the book's origins is composed, or an oddity is created on a day off.
Collected here together for the first time are such Detours. Join these bestselling authors as they share the other works they wrote while they were writing the books you already know and love.
Detours is edited by Brian James Freeman with cover artwork by Tomislav Tikulin. Visit Cemetery Dance's online store to pre-order your copy. At this time the publication date hasn't been revealed, »
- Debi Moore
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