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WWE and Lionsgate have teamed up to reignite the Leprechaun horror franchise with Leprechaun: Origins, starring WWE superstar Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl, who plays the iconic title role. Director Zach Lipovsky, inspired by the works of Guillermo del Toro, intends to horrify and thrill audiences rather than to make them chuckle and laugh, and by all indications, Leprechaun: Origins is as far as the east is to the west in terms of being comparable to the films starring Warwick Davis.
david j. moore: A lot of people seem to think that Leprechaun Origins is a reboot of the well-known franchise. Would you care to clarify that a little bit?
- Gary Collinson
Labyrinth fans: do you ever sit around and wonder what happened to the actor who played Toby Williams, the infant brother of Jennifer Connelly’s Sarah who is kidnapped by David Bowie’s Jareth, the Goblin King? The end of the film shows little Toby safe and snug in his bed, but what did the child actor do when he grew up? The answer can be found in this trailer for the live-action puppet short film Lessons Learned. Actor and puppet maker Toby Froud is the son of Brian Froud and Wendy Midener — two of the renowned artists who worked on the Jim Henson-directed film and created some of its memorable characters (the “junk lady,” for starters). It turns out that young Toby was bitten by the puppeteering bug and grew up to attend the Muppet...
- Alison Nastasi
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
Before George Lucas’ 1971 dystopian classic Thx 1138 hit theaters — about a future in which an android police force controls the populace and mandatory drugs quell emotions and personal desires — there was Lucas’ student film the story was based on. Electronic Labyrinth: Thx 1138 4Eb was created in 1967 while the director was still wet behind the ears, attending the University of Southern California's film school. Running 15 minutes long, Lucas cast his student short with members of the real-life Navy — as several military members were also attending USC for their studies. Most of the filming took place at night in locations the Navy granted him special access to. After 12 weeks of shooting in the USC computer center, a parking lot at...
- Alison Nastasi
Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find part two of the best and most memorable catchphrases in television history; what Ghostbusters 3 would look like if Quentin Tarantino directed it; a 15-year-old Jennifer Connelly auditioning for the part of “Sarah” in Labyrinth; and the 10 most exciting moments in Batman movies. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!
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TV’s Greatest Catchphrases (Part 2)
Part two (65 more) of the best and most memorable catchphrases in television history. Watch the first 45 here.
Quentin Tarantino’s Ghostbusters 3
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- Justin Vactor
Today, Jennifer Connelly is a Hollywood A-lister: She won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2001 for A Beautiful Mind and has starred in a number of other critically acclaimed films, including Requiem for a Dream and Blood Diamond.
Back in the 1980s, however, well before achieving said A-list status, Connelly was a little-known actress. One major film that put he on the map: Jim Henson’s 1986 film Labyrinth, also famously starring David Bowie.
The film tells the story of Sarah (Connelly), a 15-year-old who wishes her baby half-brother, Toby (Toby Froud), away to Jareth the Goblin King (Bowie). Sarah, who »
- C. Molly Smith
From 1914 to Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes in the present, Ryan charts the evolution of animated characters in live-action film...
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and this year's Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes chart the ascendance of a new, genetically-modified species of intelligent ape. Yet behind the scenes, these films also show us the technical evolution of digital effects, and how seamlessly live-action and computer-generated characters can be blended.
Where 20th Century Fox's earlier Planet Of The Apes films, beginning in 1968, used actors and prosthetic effects to bring their talking simians to life, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes used the latest developments in performance capture to create some extraordinarily realistic characters. With its story told largely from the perspective of a genetically-modified chimpanzee named Caesar, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' success hinged on the quality of its effects »
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
The trailers teased glimpses of Sleeping Beauty's iconic villainess, accompanied by a gothic cover of "Once Upon a Dream." Gone were the 1959 animated film's Technicolor wonders, replaced with shades of blacks and blues, while Lana del Rey's vocals enveloped Mary Costa and Bill Shirley's airy duet with jazz-club smokiness. Even when the sneak peek appeared to throw a bone of sympathy towards the titular evil character, it brooded with the faux-angst of 9th grade poetry. This was what you could expect from Maleficent — Disney's early bid for summer-film dominance, »
Many great labyrinths exist in pop culture. There’s Jim Henson’s 1986 gem Labyrinth and Guillermo del Toro’s mystical and delightfully creepy Pan’s Labyrinth. And now there’s the CW miniseries Labyrinth, which, to its detriment, does not feature any cameos by David Bowie or deformed creatures with eyeballs on their palms.
The CW’s Labyrinth is based on Kate Mosse’s book of the same name about two women, one from the 13th century and the other from the 21st century, in search of the Holy Grail. And that’s about it. Kidding! (Sort of.)
If you watched Thursday’s premiere, »
- Ariana Bacle
J.J. Abrams is such a tricky trickster!
The writer/director/lover of lens flares just released a video that offers fans the chance to win an onscreen appearance in "Star Wars: Episode VII" for just $10. That donation goes to a new Unicef campaign called "Star Wars: Force for Change," which is all fine and dandy and tax deductible, but the main attraction is getting a peek at the Abu Dhabi set and one very cool-looking creature that wanders into the frame.
After so very many CGI missteps in past "Star Wars" releases and rejiggerings, getting a peek at this freaky practical effects critter soothes our jangled nerves. It has the old school Jim Henson studio vibe that brought us one of the most venerable Muppet-type gurus in cinematic history, Yoda, with the sort of tiny details that recall "Labyrinth" and "The Dark Crystal." The video itself looks like it »
- Jenni Miller
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
20 Musicians That Actually Turned into Incredible Actors David Bowie, Mandy Moore, Jack White — performances of a lifetime. by Marshall Yarbrough There’s an odd cognitive dissonance that takes place when musicians make the jump to the silver screen. Sometimes you’re properly forewarned, and there’s only a momentary lapse before you suspend disbelief — oh yeah, I heard so-and-so was in this. It’s more jarring when the appearance comes as a surprise, when the '60s chanteuse seems to pop up on your Netflix as if magically transported from your friend’s big sister’s record collection. Here are the films that best capture that strange moment when you see your favorite pop star in a film. David Bowie in The Prestige Granted, most of our childhood nightmares featured Bowie’s feathered hair and mammoth crotch bulge stalking Jennifer Connelly in Labyrinth. Here, portraying Croatian inventor Nikola Tesla (as »
- Marshall Yarbrough
Nominees for the 35th annual Banff World Media Festival Rockie Awards were announced today, honoring excellence in television and media content from around the globe. Nominees in the Serial Drama category, which is currently a shortlist of 25 entries, will be notified in the next two weeks. Winners in each category will be announced during an awards ceremony at the festival, which takes place June 8-11 in the resort mountain town of Banff, Alberta.
“Legend of Korra”
Produced By: Nickelodeon
Country: United States of America
“Plankton Invasion – Operation Total Block”
Produced By: TeamTO
In Association With: Tinkertree, Vivi Film
Network: Canal+ Family
“Robocar Poli the Second Season”
Produced By: Roi Visual Co., Ltd
Country: South Korea
Produced By: Hulu / Broadway Video
Country: United States of America
Produced By: Giant Ant
In Association With: Shane Koyczan
Network: Youtube »
- Malina Saval
A consummate musical chameleon, David Bowie has done it all: folk, soul, rock, blues and a modern pop, to name a few. The same can be said about his acting career. Drew Morton put together this great montage focusing on David Bowie’s filmography, and the various strange but always memorable characters he’s played. It includes clips from The Prestige, The Man who Fell To Earth, Labyrinth, Into the Night, Zoolander, The Hunger, and yes, that blink-your-eyes-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo in Twin Peaks Fire Walk with Me.
David Bowie: On Film from Drew Morton on Vimeo.
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“There were a lot of people under 40 going. ‘Who the hell’s that spiky-haired little guy up there accepting that award’,” joked legendary songwriter Paul Williams about his winning this January’s Grammy for album of the year for his work on Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories.” That’s someone who got nominated for his first Grammy in 1972, that’s who. At 73, Williams, who is also president of performing rights organization Ascap, remains extremely busy. He and composer Gustavo Santaolalla are writing a musical version of Guillermo del Toro’s 2006 film “Pan’s Labyrinth” for the stage. “I think the essence of any good story telling is a good story and Guillermo del Toro’s story is a brilliant story… I think this is wonderful edgy adult fairy tale. It will be heavy with effects, the Broadway version thereof, but it’s a story that I think can be »
For years, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop has given life to the iconic puppets and creatures in your favorite children’s shows (Sesame Street), sci-fi/fantasy movies (Labyrinth), and other endlessly-rewound projects (basically, anything with the Muppets).
As Chairman of the Henson Company, Brian Henson (son of Jim and Jane Henson) has worked on his share of famous creatures — and as the head judge on Syfy’s new reality series Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge (Tuesdays at 10 pm), Henson is hoping that fans will relish a weekly peek behind the curtain of one of Hollywood’s most fascinating processes. »
- Marc Snetiker
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.
No, The Simpsons didn’t make a mistake Sunday when they called the Springfield Elementary lunchlady Dora instead of Doris. The »
- Lyle Masaki
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
Interview Simon Brew 28 Mar 2014 - 06:15
Heading into UK cinemas today is the brand new Muppets movie, Muppets Most Wanted. Directed once more by James Bobin, he spared us some time to talk about working with The Muppets, the complexities, the preparation, the bits that were cut and more. Here's how it went...
Mild spoilers for Muppets Most Wanted lie ahead...
The Muppets continue to popularise quite an old fashioned craft. More than just puppeteering, too. What are your feelings on it? Because my understanding of doing a Muppets film is that the preparation is arduous, the shoot is arduous, the post-production is a little bit lighter?
It is to a degree, but remember too that in post we have to deal with the fact that they »
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