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4 items from 2011

Top 5 Obscure Monsters for Halloween Costumes

29 October 2011 11:56 AM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

So let me guess, Halloween is right around the corner and you don’t have a costume. You don’t want to just run out to the store and pick any old Dracula or Charlie Sheen mask, everyone will have those! Well gentle reader, you’re in luck: We here at Famous Monsters can offer you the crème de la crème of obscure creature costumes. Read on for the Top 5 Obscure Monsters for Halloween Costumes…

#5: The Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus

Considering how every group of female friends is composed of a blonde, a brunette and a redhead, this one is perfect for the ladies. These witches come from a little Disney film called Hocus Pocus. A 1993 film that focuses on Max, a high school student and a virgin, who lights the legendary Black Flame Candle in a fabled ritual thus, bringing the Sanderson Sisters back to life for one night on Halloween. »

- elvis

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8 warning signs that a movie will be terrible

22 June 2011 4:35 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Can you tell whether a movie’s going to be awful without even watching it? The clues are there, if you know where to look…

No one sets out to make a terrible movie. Not even Michael Bay. In the long, collaborative process of filmmaking, everyone's trying to pull together in the hope that, once all the scenes have been shot and edited into a coherent sequence, the results of all their efforts will be rewarded with critical acclaim, audience approval and an influx of lovely cash.

Take a careful look over the history of cinema, though, and it's clear that there are certain things you should most definitely avoid as a filmmaker. To this end, we've dug deep through the movie archives to come up with eight signs that your movie is doomed to critical or financial failure...

1. It features a character dressed in a rabbit or bear costume »

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Sean Astin voicing Raphael in new 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' -- Exclusive

14 June 2011 6:00 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

When you consider that the title sounds like the caffeinated fever dream of a particularly excitable eight-year-old, it’s perhaps not that surprising that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has had so many incarnations: Gritty monochromatic independent comic book, beloved ’80s cartoon, mega-grossing feature-film trilogy, an endless assortment of action figures, fondly-remembered videogames, a second animated series that ran for several years in the 2000s, and a big-screen animated reboot.

Next year, Nickelodeon will relaunch Turtles as a new animated series, and EW can report exclusively that Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings’ Sam, The Goonies’ Mikey, and Rudy’s Rudy) will be voicing red-masked Raphael. »

- Darren Franich

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Forbidden Planet Review – Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen d: Fred M. Wilcox

15 March 2011 4:45 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Forbidden Planet (1956) Direction: Fred M. Wilcox Cast: Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Robby the Robot, Warren Stevens, Earl Holliman, Richard Anderson, Jack Kelly, George Wallace, Robert Dix Screenplay: Cyril Hume; from a story by Irving Block and Allen Adler inspired by William Shakespeare's The Tempest Oscar Movies Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Robby the Robot, Forbidden Planet By Dan Schneider of Cosmoetica: When one thinks of 1950s science-fiction films, one thinks of the sort of schlocky black-and-white B movies that were parodied on the old Mystery Science Theater 3000 television show. Yet, while there were a whole lot of films like Plan 9 from Outer Space and Robot Monster, the 1950s did have some truly good sci-fi movies, among them The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The War of the Worlds, and The Thing from Another World. For its literacy »

- Dan Schneider

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