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Practical-ly Perfect: Pennywise, Past and Present with Alec Gillis, Tom Woodruff Jr., and Bart Mixon

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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
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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Fly (1958)

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“Charming” is not often a word associated with horror films; it’s counterintuitive to what the genre usually stands for—you know, terror and tension, followed by release and a sense of ease, then repeat—but yet here we are with a romantic tale about a boy, a girl, a teleportation device, and the insect that comes between them. Welcome to the world of The Fly (1958), where the hosts are welcoming, the police polite, and the monster bug-eyed.

Released by Twentieth Century Fox in July, The Fly pulled in $7 million against its $300,000 budget, enticing audiences with a tale often told at the time—sold as another Atomic Age Monster Mash, The Fly instead uses a much smaller (and human) canvas to convey a message of obsession and the love that ultimately ends it. Having said that, you also get a man with a fly head and some neat-o transportation sequences,
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Ghostbusters table arrives for Stern Pinball Arcade on Xbox One

Fans of Stern Pinball Arcade will be excited to hear that the Ghostbusters table is now available on the Xbox One, we’re talking about a table based on the good Ghostbusters not the dodgy remake. This latest table adds to the already long list of table for Stern Pinball Arcade that includes tables such as Starship Troopers, Last Action Hero, Phantom of the Opera and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

The new Ghostbusters table features lots of elements from the original two films and sees players become the newest member of the Ghostbusters team. Players will be able to chase down Slimer, Battle the Stay Puft Marshamallow Man, capture the Scoleri Brothers and much more busting.

Players will be treated to custom speech from Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddemore) as they perform skill shots like ‘paranormal’ magnetic slingshots and get rewarded with unique multiball modes such as the flipper reversing Mass Hysteria multiball.
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The Craziest Hollywood Movies of the 21st Century — IndieWire Critics Survey

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The Craziest Hollywood Movies of the 21st Century — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

In honor of Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!,” which just became one of the only movies to ever earn an “F” Cinemascore rating, what is the craziest movie that a major Hollywood studio has released this century?

Joshua Rothkopf (@joshrothkopf), Time Out New York

Talk about a self-answering question. Unless you can point to another movie that brews such an aggressive whirlwind of psychosexual anxiety, starring the biggest star in the world (who is also romantically involved with the director), then we’re talking about “mother!” I’m sure you’ve got “The Wolf of Wall Street” at the ready as an alternative, but how crazy is that film, given
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The Man Who Laughs: the movie that inspired The Joker

Jim Knipfel Sep 18, 2017

One of the earliest scary clown movies, The Man Who Laughs was also an influence on the creation of Batman villain, The Joker...

Clowns, both creepy and, well, slightly less creepy, were lurking about in the shadows for thousands of years before Stephen King’s evil clown Pennywise shambled along with those sinister red balloons of his. The Egyptians had them, the Greeks had them, the Romans had them. But in the 17th and 18th centuries, an interesting and telling thing happened.

See related The Croods 2 has been cancelled

During the Middle Ages, the clown and the performing freak were essentially one and the same. The jesters and fools who entertained in the royal courts of Europe were usually attired in flamboyant and garish costumes and makeup, and were often physically deformed in some way. After that, however, the two began to tear themselves apart, with the
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Stage Door: "Prince of Broadway"

by Nathaniel R

Though I don't cherish the form I've seen quite a few jukebox musicals in my day. Sometimes they take the biographical route like Jersey Boys. Often they'll sift through the lyrics of some artist's catalogue hoping to yank out phrases and threads from which they can stitch together a frankenstein story. Mammia Mia is either the apotheosis or the nadir of that latter form, depending on your perspective. But what if the jukebox isn't beholden to one composer? Prince of Broadway, which just opened at the Samuel Friedman in NYC, is devoted to the producer Harold Prince who did not write music. So what you have is a greatest hits of, uh, dozens of different composers from a wide range of musicals. If this were a CD it might be called "Now That's What I Call Broadway, Vol. Whatever"

Prince backed a Ton of über famous shows
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Ed Catto: Happy Birthday, Jack!

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Jack Kirby would’a been 100 today! The best part about it all is that the world can take a break to smile and to be astonished at this man’s incredible imagination and talent.

As you probably know, Jack Kirby was a tough, scrappy kid from the tough, scrappy part of New York City that grew up to be a very important comic artist. Kirby was a guy who made countless contributions and created a phenomenal number of characters and even launched a few genres. He was also a veteran of WWII and a family man.

But as a big comics fan, I almost loathed his work! But my entry point to Jack Kirby, where I really first noticed the man’s work, was with an image that was So hideous and So disgusting that I was worried I’d have nightmares forever.

Here’s what happened. As a very young boy,
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Check Out “Ghoulish” Gary Pullin’s New Night Of The Living Dead Poster & Other Artwork for Below the Line 2 Art Exhibition

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Time after time, “Ghoulish” Gary Pullin has given horror fans new ways to look at and appreciate their favorite films through his imaginative artwork, and his new poster for George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead is no exception. Beginning September 8th, you can view Pullin's new eye-popping print in person at Below the Line 2: An Exhibition of Modern Movie Art in Hamilton, Ontario, and we have a look at some of the amazing horror movie posters that will be featured at the exhibit, including Pullin's new creation.

Below, check out our first look at Pullin's new Night of the Living Dead poster and other artwork that will be featured at Below the Line 2, which runs at the same time as Hamilton's art-centric SuperCrawl Weekend. To learn more, visit Below the Line 2's official Facebook page and read on for additional details:

"Below the Line 2: An Exhibition
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Universal Courting Channing Tatum For ‘Van Helsing’ Remake

Reports are coming in that Universal Pictures are looking in the directing of Channing Tatum for the Van Helsing remake, which will form part of their Monster’s Universe, the Dark Universe. The new comes from the direction of The Hollywood Reporter who state that the studio are moving ahead with the series of remakes, despite the soft performance of this summer’s The Mummy with Tom Cruise.

Bill Condon (Beauty and the Beast) will direct the next Dark Universe movie hich will be Bride of Frankenstein, set for release on Thursday, February 14, 2019.

The studio are still after Angelina Jolie to play the the tile character in Bride of Frankenstein, while Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem will star as The Invisible Man and Frankenstein’s monster. Russell Crowe is playing Dr. Henry Jekyll, who appeared in The Mummy, while Dwayne Johnson is being considered to play The Wolfman. Stand-alone movies
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Jane Austen-Centric Musical Lab “Austen’s Pride” to Be Held in NYC

2005’s “Pride and Prejudice

Everyone knows Jane Austen is a master of wit, but as a new musical suggests, she also has serious vocal chops. BroadwayWorld reports that an invitation-only musical lab called “Austen’s Pride” will be held June 19 and 20 at the 5th Avenue Theatre in New York City. The project from writer-composers Lindsay Warren Baker and Amanda Jacobs centers on Austen (Lisa O’Hare, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”) as she reflects on her most famous novel, “Pride and Prejudice.”

“Austen’s Pride” sees the author searching for new inspiration. “Her latest work has sold out and become a huge success, which has her publisher looking for another manuscript,” BroadwayWorld summarizes. “Jane’s sister Cassandra (Courtney Balan, ‘Falsettos’) suggests that she revisit one of her earlier manuscripts, ‘First Impressions.’ To please her sister, Jane revisits her earlier manuscript and as the characters come to life on stage, she discovers them evolving and changing alongside her. By the end of the musical, she has come to learn who she is as a writer and as a woman.” The lab will also feature Kara Lindsay (“Wicked”) as Elizabeth Bennet and Ryan Silverman (“Phantom of the Opera”) as Mr. Darcy.

Pride and Prejudice” was first published in 1813 and traces the passionate sparring and eventual romance between Miss Lizzie Bennet and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. The beloved book has received dozens of screen adaptations and retellings including the 1995 miniseries toplined by Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth, Sharon Maguire’s 2001 romantic comedy “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” and the 2005 feature film starring Keira Knightley. Its most recent iteration was last year’s “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” a supernatural-horror take on the novel toplined by “Downton Abbey’s” Lily James. A modern, Texas debutante ball-set retelling of the classic is being developed at Warner Bros.

Go to the “Austen’s Pride” website to learn more about the musical.

Jane Austen-Centric Musical Lab “Austen’s Pride” to Be Held in NYC was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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How Universal Should Solve Its Dark Universe Problem

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How Universal Should Solve Its Dark Universe Problem
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: With “The Mummy” opening to mostly negative reviews this weekend, Universal’s attempt to kickstart its “Dark Universe” franchise is stuck in a rut. What would you do (or recommend the studio do) to make good movies out of Universal’s classic monsters?

Violet Lucca (@unbuttonmyeyes), Film Comment

The obvious response is “don’t try,” but since we’re a few years away from getting back to using original intellectual property in film, I’ll give them a few options.

One: ditch the self-seriousness of the modern action blockbuster and revive the genre mashup of the “Abbott and Costello Meet…” series. Get Channing Tatum
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‘The Mummy’ Might Be a Critical Flop, But It Could Be a Huge Hit Internationally

Universal’s so-called Dark Universe launches this week with the Tom Cruise-led remake of The Mummy. It’s a massive endeavor that Universal seems willing to bet their next decade worth of blockbusters on. Following this first movie in the budding mega-franchise will be remakes of Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Wolf-Man, Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Notre Dame of all things. No matter what they intend to do with the franchise in the future, everything depends on The Mummy. It’s the proof-of-concept that will definitively convince studio executives whether or not there’s even a market for

The Mummy’ Might Be a Critical Flop, But It Could Be a Huge Hit Internationally
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Universal’s Dark Universe to include Dracula, Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Universal Monsters make their return to the big screen today as the studio launches its shared Dark Universe with the release of The Mummy.

As we already know, Universal plans to follow The Mummy with the likes of Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Wolf Man and Creature from the Black Lagoon, and has already attracted some A-list talent, including the likes of Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem.

Well, speaking to Fandom, The Mummy producer and director Alex Kurtzman has revealed that plans are also afoot for to bring Dracula, Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Notre Dame into the universe, while he also offered up a few names that he’d like to see joining the franchise.

“We know we’re going to do Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Phantom of the Opera, Hunchback of Notre Dame,
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The Mummy, Frankenstein, and More: a Rundown of Dark Universe's Monster-Filled Lineup

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For anyone heading to the movies to watch the reboot of The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe, don't expect to see the same kind of enjoyably preposterous action-adventure Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz blessed us with in the 1999 original. Instead, the film seems more interested in setting up Universal Pictures's brand new franchise of monster movies called the "Dark Universe." An obvious answer to the highly successful Marvel Cinematic Universe (and Warner Bros.'s "MonsterVerse," to a lesser extent) the Dark Universe aims to make classic movie monsters the new superheroes. Here's what we know about the Dark Universe so far. The Movies While speaking to Fandom, Mummy director and producer Alex Kurtzman revealed the movie lineup the studio already has in the works. "We know we're going to do Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Phantom of the Opera, Hunchback of Notre Dame,
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The Mummy Review

Director Alex Kurtzman accepts the daunting task of kickstarting Universal’s “Dark Universe” with The Mummy, and holy hexes, first impressions are not favorable. Wonky structuring and general tone mishandling never unearth a confident vision. Be it Tom Cruise’s obsession with Annabelle Wallis’ “15-second-man” comment or Sofia Boutella’s male-gaze-y mummification, reboot aesthetics gamble lax horror representation on a losing hand. Generic jumps, blurry action – at least dialogue peppers in the words “dark” and “monster” a whole bunch! You know, because we require needless reminders that the movie is “dark,” and there sure are more “monsters” on the horizon (Frankenstein, Invisible Man, Phantom of the Opera, etc.). Expect the “blackened” mainstream thrillification that genre fans so dreadfully feared – frantic yet bland, heavy CGI and one woefully mistold tale.

Mr. Cruise stars as Nick Morton, an Iraq-based sergeant who abandons post to sell “local antiquities” on the black market alongside
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Universal Studios’ ‘Dark Universe’ Adds ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’

One of the consequences of living in a post-Avengers world is that any blockbuster hoping to make bank in the next decade has jumped on board the shared universe bandwagon. And while this makes sense for Marvel and DC – companies whose business models for decades have been based on crossing over as many franchises as possible – not every series was meant to be more than the sum of its parts. When it comes to Universal’s cinematic universe efforts – the so-called “Dark Universe” – there’s at least historical precedent for it. The original Universal monster movies were a

Universal Studios’ ‘Dark Universe’ Adds ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame
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Hunchback and Phantom Become Part of Universal's Dark Universe

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Hunchback and Phantom Become Part of Universal's Dark Universe
The next great cinematic universe that Hollywood has cooked up is getting ready to set sail this weekend when The Mummy hits theaters. Building your franchise on Tom Cruise's back isn't a bad idea, but Universal has some awful lofty plans for this interconnected monster universe, which they have officially titled Dark Universe. Now, The Mummy director Alex Kurtzman has given us a window into those larger plans, which apparently includes The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Phantom of the Opera.

Alex Kurtzman, who, in addition to directing The Mummy is producing the larger Dark Universe movies, recently spoke with Fandom in order to promote the release of the movie this weekend. While talking about some of the future plans for Dark Universe, he revealed that the Hunchback and the Phantom, two characters that had not been previously announced for this monster universe, are in the cards. Here's
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'Mummy' Director Reveals 2 New Titles in Universal's Dark Universe

'Mummy' Director Reveals 2 New Titles in Universal's Dark Universe
The Mummy, the first movie in Universal's new Dark Universe, has yet to hit theaters, but the studio is already expanding its original slate of monster movies with two suitably retro additions.

Talking to Fandom, Mummy director/producer Alex Kurtzman listed the upcoming Dark Universe movies, and there are a couple of surprise additions from the slate as originally announced.

"We know we're going to do Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Phantom of the Opera, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Invisible Man," explained Kurtzman, naming Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Notre Dame as...
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A Phantom and A Hunchback join the Dark Universe

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As The Mummy wakes up to hit theaters, its director adds a few more monsters to the world. Plus some casting choices and possible confirmation on who he would like to see make their way to the Dark Universe.

This Friday The Mummy hits theaters and we can officially kick off what might be called The Dark Universe. The Mummy will see Tom Cruise take on Sofia Boutella in a film directed by Alex Kurtzman. It is a second reboot of the classic Universal monster film of the same name. Kurtzman recently spoke with Fandom about the universe on a whole and gave us a little bit more of an incite what other classic monsters we can expect.

“We know we’re going to do Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Phantom of the Opera, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Invisible Man,”

Most of which we knew were coming,
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Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Angelia Jolie and Chalize Theron courted for Universal’s Dark Universe

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Author: Scott Davis

Universal Pictures’ brand-new cinematic universe, the Dark Universe, is to begin this week with the release of The Mummy, the long-awaited remake of the classic monster movie which stars Tom Cruise.

Cruise and his co-stars have been doing a big promotional tour of the globe in recent weeks, as had the film’s director Alex Kurtzman, who is also part of the producing of the newly formed Universe. As well as the new reimagined film, attentions have turned to the recently-announced franchise which has already secured the services of Cruise, Russell Crowe, Sofia Boutella and now Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem, who will play The Invisible Man and Frankenstein’s Monster respectively.

See Also: Watch our exclusive interview with Alex Kurtzman about The Mummy

But with other projects already in pre-production, such as Bride of Frankenstein (to be directed by Bill Condon), The Wolfman, Dracula, and Creature from the Black Lagoon,
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