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Check Out Amazing Puppetry in the Trailer for New Toby Froud Short 'Lessons Learned'

29 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

When last we saw Toby Froud, he was an infant sporting stripey pajamas and getting abducted by David Bowie in Labyrinth, but now we've gotten word that Froud is following in his father's footsteps...

He has a new short film, Lessons Learned, on the way, and today we're happy to show you its trailer.

Actually, to say the last time we saw Froud was in Labyrinth is not true. His special effects work has appeared in such films as ParaNorman and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. But now, reminiscent of his father, Brian Froud (the elder Froud was, among other things, the conceptual designer for Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal), Toby has created a short film entitled Lessons Learned that was successfully Kickstarted last year and is heavily influenced by his father's iconic characters.

Teaming with another mega-talented offspring, Heather Henson, and her puppet »

- Scott Hallam

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‘Noah’s Ark’ Animated Movie Draws ‘Kung Fu Panda’ Director

20 August 2014 11:14 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Unified Pictures has tapped John Stevenson (“Kung Fu Panda”) to direct its CG-animated feature inspired by “Noah’s Ark,” slated for completion in 2016.

The animated comedy adventure tells the story from the point of view of the animals and follows an outcast aardvark who becomes the reluctant leader of a ragtag group of misfit animals.

John Stevenson is among the finest storytellers and animation filmmakers in the business and brings with him a wealth of experiences,” said Unified Pictures president Keith Kjarval. “His unique ability to personalize this global story with tremendous heart and humor is sure to make this an inspiring film for all ages.”

The film’s script was written by Philip Lazebnik (Disney’s “Mulan” and “Pocahontas”) and Glen Dolman.

Executive producers are Cecil Kramer (“Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit”) and Stevenson with Unified Pictures’ Kjarval and Kurt Rauer.

Stevenson worked with Jim Henson on “The Great Muppet Caper, »

- Dave McNary

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I Have Never Seen an Indiana Jones Movie

14 August 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Hi there, my name is Asher Cantrell. I’m an average 30-year-old male, at least upon first glance. I’m married, have a day job and am fairly nerdy in that dull, normal way that everyone is nerdy in 2014. But I also hold a deep secret. One that shocks my colleagues, friends and family. I have never seen a single Indiana Jones movie. I don’t know how it happened. In fact, I haven’t seen many, many “classic” films of my generation. Let’s tick off some common ones. The Back to the Future trilogy? Nope. The Goonies? Nah. The Die Hard series? Nuh-uh. Robocop, E.T., Gremlins, Jaws, The Dark Crystal, Animal House, Tron? Nada. I have seen Star Wars. I’m not a total monster. But when I admit any of these to people, either acquaintances or people I’ve known for years, I get the same reaction. Jaw »

- Ashe Cantrell

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Looking back at Through The Dragon’s Eye

31 July 2014 10:27 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Follow us through the mural on a trip to Pelamar, to look back at BBC Look And Read fantasy adventure, Through The Dragon’s Eye…

If you attended a UK primary school in the last forty years, then the sight of two white, animated eyes on a black screen turning into the heart of the word ‘Look’ is likely to trigger all sorts of pink custard and plimsoll memories. Those moving eyes signalled the start of an adventure (albeit one delivered in twenty minute instalments designed to teach you about literacy, apostrophe usage and the joys of magic, magic E).

The first Look And Read television programme, Bob And Carol Look For Treasure was broadcast in 1967, a ten-part story about two children’s clue-filled search for swag and eventual capture of a thief. Each episode was divided in two by an educational section, the material for which - puzzles, songs and reading challenges, »

- louisamellor

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Why I Love Movies - Chapter Xiii

24 July 2014 11:57 PM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

Why do I love movies? Well, that is a loaded question. How much time do you have? I could go into a long-winded diatribe about the art of film-making or the magic of the movies, but all of that has been said countless times before. Not every movie is a masterpiece, but every film has touched me in one way or another. Every other week, we will look at a handful of reasons why movies are so damn great.. Chapter Xiii I love movies... Because of the opening crawl to The Dark Crystal »

- Alex Maidy

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Must Watch Trailer for Creature Short Lessons Learned

7 July 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

For those of you who are fans of films such as The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, you'll love what this teaser trailer for a short film has to offer. The 15-minute short is called Lessons Learned, and it was written and directed by Toby Froud. For those of you not familiar with that name, he was the baby actor whose character was abducted by David Bowie in Labyrinth. Now he's all grown up and wants to make movies. His dad, Brian Froud, was the conceptual artist for both The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, so it looks like he's following in his dads footsteps. The project was Kickstarted last year, and he made it in conjunction with Heather Henson's puppet company Ibex Puppetry. 

The fantasy film features a unique cast of puppet creatures, and the story follows "a young boy who receives an intriguing birthday gift from his grandfather.  It »

- Joey Paur

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Village Roadshow and Warner Bros. Fall for China’s ‘Snow Girl’

14 June 2014 10:21 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Shanghai — Village Roadshow Pictures Asia and Warner Bros. Pictures are to co-finance and co-produce 3-D Chinese fantasy film “Zhong Kui: Snow Girl And The Dark Crystal.”

The film is now in production and is produced by Desen International Media. It is set for release in Feb. 2015 in time for a major Chinese New Year outing.

Directed by Zhao Tianyu (“The Law of Attraction”), “Snow Girl” stars Chen Kun (“The Painted Skin,” “Bends”), Li Bingbing (“Transformers 4”,) Winston Chao (“Eat Drink Man Woman,” “The Wedding Banquet”,) Yang Zishan (“So Young”,) Bao Bei-er (“So Young”,) and Jike Junyi (“Outcast”).

The story sees legendary anti-hero Zhong Kui as a young man endowed with mysterious powers, forced into a battle among the realms of Heaven, Earth and Hell in order to save his countrymen and the woman he loves.

Production is by Ann An (“Ip Man 2,” “Tiny Times”) and Oscar-winning cinematographer Peter Pau (“Crouching Tiger, »

- Patrick Frater

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Ten (No Eleven) Movies I Saw as a Child That Still Hold Up Today

2 June 2014 9:19 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

At the end of my review of Maleficent I wrote: "Yes, movies such as this might be made for a young audience that will find something to enjoy in the magical CG flittering around, but once that audience grows up will they honestly turn to something like this for warm childhood memoriesc Dear God I hope not." It's a statement that has stuck with me since I wrote it. I was primarily thinking of how classic Disney animated films, such as Sleeping Beauty, hold up no matter how old you are. The more I thought about it, though, I began to wonder if I was simply being too precious when it comes to those classic animated movies and started to ask myself if there were any live action films I saw as a child, films that targeted kids and yet managed to appeal to adults then and maintain their value »

- Brad Brevet

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Star Wars Episode VII Leaks Spoilers While Supporting Unicef

21 May 2014 9:44 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The power and universal love of Star Wars can be a force for good. Fans — as a general rule — are kind, loving people. Disney wants to tap into our latent Jedi sensibilities with the 'Star Wars: Force For Change' initiative. Jj Abrams and the top brass behind Episode VII are teaming up to raise money for Unicef's Innovation labs to help children in need all around the world. But why just raise money when you can raise money And leak visual of the new Episode VII set and let fans win a chance to appear in a scene of the upcoming movie? Abrams explains above. You can go here to find out all the details about donating to charity and/or paying the entry fee to the cameo lottery, depending on your level of cynicism towards the human condition. But Enough Of That! Did you guys see that alien? It was a creature! »

- Donna Dickens

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Sequel Bits: ‘Minions’, ’22 Jump Street’, ‘Dark Crystal’, ‘Better Call Saul’

20 May 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

After the jump: Ju-On: The Grudge is getting another sequel The Dark Crystal sequel is still in development Better Call Saul will shoot in Albuquerque Read the first chapter of the Apes prequel book Take a peek at the first Minions teaser poster 22 Jump Street reveals a couple more clips See another poster for Transformers […]

The post Sequel Bits: ‘Minions’, ’22 Jump Street’, ‘Dark Crystal’, ‘Better Call Saul’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Checking in on The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and Other Jim Henson Company Franchises

16 May 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge wrapped up its first season on Syfy earlier this week, and it has proven to be one of 2014’s most delightful surprises. The eight-episode reality competition premiered in late March to over 1.1 million viewers, making it the network’s highest-rated unscripted premiere since 2013. Each week, contestants are challenged to design and build mechanized, camera-ready creatures, which are then put through screen tests to determine a winner. Their creations are imaginative and original, but they also trigger nostalgia for Jim Henson productions of yore: films like The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth are brought up frequently, as are TV series like Farscape and Dinosaurs. Which got us thinking: Is the Jim Henson Company dropping hints about rebooting these franchises?The recent Hulu debut of Doozers, an animated Fraggle Rock spinoff for preschoolers, did nothing to curb our curiosity. To get the scoop, Vulture called up Lisa Henson, »

- Gwynne Watkins

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Novelization of The Dark Crystal Out in June 2014

13 May 2014 5:18 PM, PDT | Horror News | See recent Horror News news »

In his 1979 film Manhattan, Woody Allen referred to the practice of writing novelizations of movies as “another contemporary American phenomenon that’s truly moronic.” I was a child at the time and I loved buying the novels of my favorite films, among them The Dark Crystal, which had cool cover art and a nice selection of color photos from the film. The book is being rereleased in June in hardcover, along with the … Continue reading → »

- Jonathan Stryker

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Behind The Kickstart: Armello With Trent Kusters

17 April 2014 3:30 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Matt Mueller: Hi Trent, thank you so much for taking some time to go over your Kickstarter project Armello with me. I know things are crazy hectic over there at the moment, so your time is greatly appreciated. How are you holding up?

Trent Kusters: Pax was wild, then with a Kickstarter running too, Wow. But yeah, I'm holding up. Back into the swing of things now. Working with some indies in Boston at the moment.

Mm: First off, for those who aren't familiar, why did you and your team set out to create the game, and what exactly is Armello?

Tk: Armello is a digital board game that mixes elements from a lot of tabletop games (card games, board games, pen and paper RPGs, etc) and then leverages the medium of video games to really make them as awesome as they can be. This crazy mission came about »

- Matthew Mueller

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New 'Maleficent' Banner Shows Off Some Jim Henson-esque Creatures

4 April 2014 1:09 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A lot is riding on this latest CGI fever dream from Disney Studios. Maleficent is one of the most beloved villains in their stable and if they screw up, fans may never forgive them. No pressure though! In the lead up to the May 30th release, Disney has been slowly releasing posters, images, and video footage in hopes of easing us in to a kinder, more well-rounded Maleficent. Whether or not that will fly — zing! — with audiences remains to be seen. But! The latest banner offers some tantalizing details about the world inhabited by the cast of Sleeping Beauty. Image Credit: Walt Disney Studios Ignore the right side of the banner. Pretend it isn't there. Yes yes, dark and gloomy. Spiky thorns. Spooky rocks. We've seen it all before. Instead, look at these super cute sentient woodland species! Oh My God They Are Adorable with their little spines and big »

- Donna Dickens

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'Geek vs. Nerd': Zachary Levi takes our trivia challenge, explains 'The Dark Crystal'

3 April 2014 11:59 AM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

Since Chuck ended a couple years ago, Zachary Levi has kept himself busy running The Nerd Machine, a company devoted to all-things-nerdly. Nerd Machine is currently planning the fourth year of Nerd HQ, the annual event held across the street from the San Diego Comic-Con which hosts sitdowns with geek luminaries. (A couple years ago, I saw the Nerd HQ talk with Damon Lindelof and Seth Grahame-Smith, and learned more than I ever wanted to about the travails of blockbuster screenwriters in Hollywood.)

Nerd HQ has raised over $400k for Operation Smile, and has also provided a nice counterbalance to »

- Darren Franich

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Will and Sonny’s Wedding Begins on “Days”, TV’s Best Written Gay Couple and National Geographic Gets the RiffTrax Treatment

1 April 2014 4:31 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »


Ten years ago today, Unfiltered debuted on Air America Radio stations. While the big draw was Chuck D and comedian Lizz Winstead, the lasting effect of Unfiltered (which barely lasted a year) was that it introduced Rachel Maddow to a national audience. However, for most people today is April Fools Day, so be a little cynical when you check the news.

In the upcoming Walking Dead season, Alanna Masterson (Tara), Christian Serratos (Rosita) and Andrew J. West (Gareth) have been promoted to series regulars. I hope that means they’ve got plans for Tara.

All that pretty and he has to turn out to be evil. Sigh.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine cast members Joel McKinnon Miller and Dirk Blocker (who pay Hitchcock and Scully) have been promoted to series regulars.

No, The Simpsons didn’t make a mistake Sunday when they called the Springfield Elementary lunchlady Dora instead of Doris. The »

- Lyle Masaki

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Special Features - The Lost Art of Scaring Children Witless

28 March 2014 4:43 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tom Jolliffe on the lost art of scaring children witless...

There comes a time in every person’s life when the phrase “in my day” starts to gradually creep its way into your vernacular. The older you get the more common its usage becomes. Well, having crossed the threshold of 30 a couple of years ago, I’ve found myself saying it on a few occasions, and just recently I remembered that “in my day” kids films were often pretty dark and disturbing. Giving young 'uns nightmares seems to be a thing of the past.

So have modern kids films become more sanitized? A lot of films aimed toward the younger markets are decidedly tame. Pixar at its best has the good sense of introducing themes about life and death and growing up. The beginning of Up for example, which had grown adults in cinemas crying like babies, didn’t shy »

- Gary Collinson

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The James Clayton Column: 10 great things about The Muppets movie

27 March 2014 2:55 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature James Clayton 28 Mar 2014 - 06:15

As its sequel makes its debut in UK cinemas, James looks back at the 2011 The Muppets movie...

"We're doing a sequel!" they sing and, indeed, Muppets Most Wanted is now in theatres and folks really do want to see The Muppets... Again! (The sequel's working title).  In fact, if you scan most 'most wanted' lists you're likely to eventually find the Muppets somewhere in the midst of the myriad desired items.

Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of Jim Henson's ragtag felt-and-foam-based gang of handmade heroes are in demand and universally loved. Even so, it's probably reasonable to suggest that, for a while, people forgot just how much they loved them.

This is where the 2011 movie The Muppets comes in. Easily the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, Muppetational reboot ever made, the James Bobin-directed comeback flick brought the whole band back together again »

- ryanlambie

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Creationists Want Time on “Cosmos,” Tim McKay Gets “Revenge” and “Archer” Might ‘Unreboot’

25 March 2014 4:48 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »


Debate! The Good Wife and Scandal both abruptly killed off a major character. Which recent shocking TV death was better? The Daily Beast says Good Wife provided a lesson in what a perfect Omg moment looks like , but Vulture took a  different view and called it a betrayal to the characters.  Vulture’s pro-Scandal argument: The political drama’s big surprise was a moment built on weeks of character choices and one that went on to further define the characters.

“…and they made it look like a carjacking?”

The people behind the Creation Museum think Cosmos is being unfair by not giving time to discuss creationism. I believe that will come after the segment about the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

EW has more details on the next season of American Horror Story. Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, Frances Conroy and Angela Bassett are all set to return, while Denis »

- Lyle Masaki

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China's Desen teams with Weta on epic

23 March 2014 5:01 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: China’s Desen International Media has brought on board top VFX houses including Peter Jackson’s Weta Workshop for its upcoming $27m 3D fantasy adventure.

Zhong Kui: Snow Girl And The Dark Crystal is currently shooting in China with acclaimed Hong Kong DoP Peter Pau serving as producer, DoP and VFX director on the film.

The cast is headed by Chen Kun, Li Bingbing, Winston Chao, Bao Beier, Yang Zishan and Jike Junyi. Executive producer is Desen’s Ann An.

“This will be a unique, oriental-style visual feast that will raise the bar in terms of story-telling, performances, photography and VFX,” said Pau, who is working with 3D stereographer Vincent E. Toto (Dredd) and a 3ality TS5 rig.

Zhao Tianyu (The Law Of Attraction) is directing, while Guo Junli (Gone With The Bullets) headed the screenplay team.

The story is based on legendary Tang Dynasty hero Zhong Kui who struggles between his desire to bring justice »

- (Liz Shackleton)

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