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Now that we’re officially two weeks away from Christmas, there’s not much time left to get your holiday shopping done. Hopefully, today’s Gift Guide from Daily Dead will help you with your list, as we’ve got a ton of great ideas from Boom Studios, Synapse Films, Think Geek and more.
Also, be sure to check out today’s Holiday Horrors trivia question below for your shot at winning some awesome merchandise from our fine sponsors at HorrorDecor.net, Scream Factory and Anchor Bay Entertainment.
Vendor Spotlight: Boom Studios
Boom! Studios was founded in June of 2005 by Ross Richie and Andrew Cosby. They were named “Best New Publisher of the Year” by Wizard Magazine just four months after their début. The company initially specialized in horror and sci-fi genres and have since branched out to include superhero comics such as Mark Waid’s Irredeemable and the upcoming Soldier Zero, »
- Heather Wixson
On May 2nd, comic book shops worldwide will celebrate Free Comic Book Day 2015, and Diamond has revealed the twelve Gold Sponsor Comics that will be available in all participating stores:
Dark Circle Comics Preview—Fcbd 2015 Edition
(A) Michael Gaydos, Dean Haspiel, Various (CA) Francesco Francavilla
The Black Hood! The Fox! The Shield! Get in on the ground floor of Dark Circle Comics and experience the cinematic and creator-driven reinventions of these iconic properties. Who is the new Shield? How did the Black Hood come to be? Can things get more unpredictable for The Fox? Learn the secrets of the Dark Circle universe from the creators themselves via sneak peeks at the new series, creator interviews and a first glance at the next Dark Circle series — all held together by an eye-popping cover from Afterlife with Archie artist, Francesco Francavilla!
Bongo Comics Free-for-all! »
- Gary Collinson
Despite the fact that ‘tis the season to be jolly, getting the most out of the festive period is no joke. And when it comes to Christmas films, you can’t mess about.
There’s a great many films that are essential viewing over the Christmas period, and it’s important to stick with a tight schedule if you want to get them all done. It takes years of practice to perfect the Christmas movie routine, and this guide should help to guide you in the right direction. This is serious business.
First and foremost, it’s important to get the festive films done in the right order. You can’t just charge in there with Gremlins straight off. Oh no. You need to earn it, to work at it. After all, if you blow your load with National Lampoon’S Christmas Vacation early on, what’s left come Christmas Eve? »
- Tom Fordy
The best story ideas are often the simple and pure ones. It's little wonder, then, that so many filmmakers and storytellers start by making short films - after all, if you can tell a good story in just a few minutes, you might be talented enough to make a feature.
Cinema history is full of stories about young filmmakers getting their start by making low-budget shorts. James Cameron famously made Xenogenesis, a sci-fi short which contained lots of things that would appear in his later feature films: a giant robot with big tank tracks, a cyborg, and a heroine at the helm of a hard-hitting mecha.
The short films below vary wildly, from two-minute chillers to 30-minute post-apocalyptic science fiction, but each of them are watchable for their own reasons, »
Peter Segal is set to direct a new film being developed at Disney called Goblins. The project is based on a children’s book called Goblins! A Survival Guide and Fiasco in Four Parts, which was written by Ari Berk and illustrated by Brian Froud. Froud is a Hugo-winning artist who worked as Jim Henson’s conceptual designer on Labyrinth and Dark Crystal.
There’s no word on if the film will be fully animated, live-action, or a combination of both. Tom Astle and Matt Ember are writing the script, and it has the potential to be a great film. After all, who doesn’t like a bunch of crazy nasty goblins running around? Here’s a description of the book:
Anyone who brings home this book will be in big trouble. Renowned artist Brian Froud and scholar Ari Berk have conducted a thorough investigation into the goblin realm. (For the uninformed, »
- Joey Paur
What happens when you take a "Star Wars" mastermind, a classic Shakespearean romcom, and a whole lot of pop songs? The result is apparently "Strange Magic," an animated film coming out on January 23, written by George Lucas and inspired by "A Midsummer Night's Dream." The voice actors include Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Alfred Molina, and Peter Stormare.
The first trailer for "Strange Magic" has dropped, and it looks crazy colorful and cute. The non-stop musical medleys are cause for pause, but maybe the cool-looking goblins and fairies and cute fuzzy animals will override fairies singing "Wild Thing" and talking about booties shaking and stuff like that. Given the premise of "Midsummer Night's Dream" and this dangerous potion everyone is talking about, we're anticipating some kooky love connections and summer solstice shenanigans.
- Jenni Miller
If you enjoy immersing yourself in the magical realms of Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, then you might be excited to learn that a creature-centric children’s book illustrated by the conceptual and costume designer for both of those films is being adapted by Disney. Goblins, based on the book written by Ari Berk and illustrated by Brian Froud, is set to be helmed by the director of Get Smart.
Deadline reports that Peter Segal is set to direct Goblins for Disney, based on the 2004 book, Goblins! A Survival Guide And Fiasco In Four Parts. Tom Astle and Matt Ember are slated to scribe the kid-friendly creature feature for the big screen, with Ari Berk and Brian Froud executive producing the project.
Time will tell if this new “bring the whole family” movie with a touch of horror can equal the high standards of Laika’s offerings (ParaNorman, »
- Derek Anderson
Blade Runner 2054 by Cory Schmitz
Hellboy 3 by Orlando Arocena
Next week, Iam8bit in Los Angeles will open an art show called Sequel, which features art for fictional movie sequels. I may have to attend the exhibit to explore art for sequels that I hope will one day be released, and sequels I pray never get made. A sampling of the art that will be featured at the show has been released, and there are some really well crafted pieces here that may have you saying, “Well, I guess a sequel to that wouldn’t be thaaat bad.” In fact, some of these concepts would actually be fantastic! While only Hellboy 3 and Blade Runner 2 are pretty much the only ones here with any sort of legs, I'd totally be interested in seeing a Labyrinth 2 or Rocketeer 2, a.k.a. the only films where Jennifer Connelly probably wouldn't have to play Russell Crowe’s wife. »
- Eli Reyes
Jaws from James Bond
One movie character who scared me as a child was Jaws, the shiny-toothed James Bond villain. Those silver teeth freaked me out, big time – I remember the early sequence from The Spy Who Loved Me was particularly chilling: Jaws lures a defenceless older man into a trap, and proceeds to bite into his neck, killing him. While we're shown no violence, the whole scene terrified me: the way Jaws walked slowly towards the man in a knowing, menacing way, and the idea of him simply biting the man to death (though at least he had the courtesy to stun the victim first).
Being bitten by Jaws isn't like being bitten by a vampire – he drinks no blood. Instead, he just seems to sink those artificial teeth into flesh and tear a hole big enough to cause fatal bleeding. Whenever I'd watch that scene, it made me deeply uncomfortable, »
Ghosts, ghouls, vampires, demons—they've been frightening kids for centuries, and with good reason. But children's brains are strange, malleable places that can perceive even the most unassuming figures—a cute, helpful Jedi Grand Master, a cuddly elephantine creature, a precocious baby dinosaur—as sinister agents of terror. Which brings us to today's Halloween-inspired PopWatch Confessional: What's the unintentionally scary thing that frightened you most when you were a kid? (Bonus: Reading through is a great way to stealthily learn how old we all are.) Ashley Fetters, online news editor: I was about eight when I saw the original »
- EW staff
It’s Halloween! Icicles are glistening from window sills. Chestnuts are roasting on open fires. North Pole elves are… hang on, no. None of that nice, fluffy stuff is happening. At Halloween, demonic creatures hunt for flesh, monsters creep out of their graves, and TV does its level best to freak us all the hell out.
In the spirit of all that, we asked our writers to select and share the TV episodes, horror or otherwise, that have made them whimper with fear. Here they all are, 31 of them, because, well, at Halloween, we like things to add up to 31.
Note that this isn’t a Top 10, or a Best Of, nor is it listed in order of scariness. It’s a collection of the particular »
Prior to selling his Lucasfilm to Disney for over $4 billion, before crafting Star Wars, and in advance of making his feature debut with Thx 1138, George Lucas studied and made films at the University of Southern California where he aspired to tell stories and perhaps make a name for himself. One of his earlier works was the 15-minute science-fiction short Electronic Labyrinth […] »
- Leonard Pearce
Today sees the release of Zombeavers, in which a group of spring breakers are terrorized by a horde of killer beavers. It’s sounds ridiculous (because it is, of course) but these bloodthirsty little buggers continue a long tradition of awesome animals on the big screen. In case you’ve forgotten, here’s a countdown of some of cinema’s greatest ever beasts.
10. Flying Monkeys – The Wizard Of Oz (1939)
What’s more terrifying than an evil pointy-nosed witch? Try an evil pointy-nosed witch with an army of flying monkeys! In the original Oz books, the winged simians were mischievous but intelligent creatures, but by the time they received their big screen debut they’d mutated into the stuff of nightmares.
As Dorothy and her gang find themselves in a darkened forest, the Wicked Witch of the West sends her sinister army to monkey-nap them, and they are returned to the Witch’s castle pronto. »
- David Agnew
30. No Country for Old Men (2007)
Scene: Coin Flip
There was a brief period of time from 2006-2009 when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made some more daring, but wholly deserved choices for Best Picture. It began in 2006, when Martin Scorsese finally won for The Departed which, while not his best and not nearly as dark as, say, Taxi Driver or Raging Bull, still leaned that direction. Three years later, they handed the Oscar to The Hurt Locker over the blockbuster Avatar, rewarding quality over audience love. But in between the two it was given to No Country for Old Men, an incredibly dark neo-Western based on the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name. It’s still one of the Coen Brothers’ best films, an incredible cat-and-mouse journey through West Texas in the 1980′s. The film stars Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones, »
- Joshua Gaul
By announcing Billy Crystal‘s involvement with Which Witch, a new animated film that has him taking on starring, writing and producing duties, the Jim Henson Co. quietly slipped in just a few other, minor items. The studio, which is now run by the late Jim Henson’s children Lisa and Brian Henson, is ramping up its feature film side after focusing on television ventures for some time; and four films involving beloved Henson properties are on the way. While the rights to The Muppets were sold to Disney in 2004 — and those rights have definitely not gone to waste — the Henson Co. has enough franchises in their arsenal to pad their slate. According to Variety, aside from Which Witch, the studio is working on a Fraggle Rock film, a sequel to Dark Crystal, a movie based on Emmet Otter (there was a 1970s TV movie, Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas) and a film centered in the world »
- Samantha Wilson
Today, we've got news about two movies that may be wildly different, but whose followup prospects always seemed like longshots (and involve major characters with ridiculous '80s-ish hair). Until now... It's been almost three decades since the unlikely combination of Jim Henson and David Bowie gave the world "Labyrinth." While it was a box office flop back in 1986, the musical fantasy became a cult favorite since. And while sequel talks have bounced around for years (a working title of "Curse Of The Goblin King" was once bandied about), it seems the Henson organization are still eager to revisit that movie universe. Buried in a recent news item from Variety is word that a new "Labyrinth" movie is in the works, but that it's not a sequel. Spinoff? Reboot? Reset? Your guess is as good as ours. And that effort is on a slate that includes a "Fraggle Rock" movie »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Jim Henson Company is moving forward with an animated adaptation of Eva Ibbotson‘s 1979 book Which Witch?, with Billy Crystal co-writing and set to play a role. But that’s not the bit you might be excited to read about. The bit that could get your attention is that, along with that film, The Jim […]
The post ‘Labyrinth’ Sequel (Not) in Development [Updated] appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
The 2014 New York Comic Con came to a close over the weekend (October 12), and once again the cosplayers' costumes were of a very high calibre.
From a Lego Thor to inmates from Orange Is the New Black, here are 17 of the best costumes from the convention:
1. Robbie Savage, is that you under there?! An enthusiastic Comic Con attendee does Marvel's Thor.
2. Two fans of Disney Pixar's 2009 animation Up arrive as the old widower and the young Boy Scout.
3. Awww... Comic Con attendee Charles Canedo makes a cute Rocket from Guardians of the Galaxy.
5. Comic Con fan Kerri Nugent poses as Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome villain Aunty Entity. With that hair, for a split second we thought it was »
Just a quick update on Labyrinth 2. EW has now reported that "there are currently no plans to reboot, revive, or make a sequel to Labyrinth. It’s one of those legacy titles that is floated at most meetings, but, sadly, nothing is actually in development at the moment".
Here's our original story...
The 1986 classic, starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly, is a film we looked back at in more detail right here. We're huge Labyrinth fans, and not just because of the soundtrack, and Bowie's enviable ability to fit into very tight trousers. No, it's a film bursting »
While I'm sure a few of you loyal readers out there have spent the last 28 years wishing and waiting for a sequel to the Jim Henson-directed Labyrinth, I have some bad news. Despite what you may have heard in recent reports, there currently is no Labyrinth 2 in the works. The internet launched into speculation mode this past Friday when a Variety piece about a new Jim Henson Co. project included an off-hand mention of an in-development Labyrinth 2, but now rumors of that project have been shut down by Entertainment Weekly. Inside sources have told the magazine that there currently aren't any plans to make a sequel to the beloved fantasy film, and that the reports that are currently swirling around are actually nothing more than rumor. What's more, there aren't any current plans to either "reboot" or "revive" the cult classic - which will probably be considered to be »
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