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Unfortunately, the first trailer for Dimension Films’ horror comedy spoof Scary Movie 5 has been released. Everything about this is terrible, as the trailer highlights the film’s awful, unfunny acting, annoying overuse of clichés, and abundance of physical "comedy." The trailer also uses Danny Elfman’s swell score from Beetlejuice, which is offensive to Elfman, Beetlejuice, and good movies in general. The only familiar face here from the previous films is Simon Rex, and the series actually feels pretty outdated. Scary Movie 5 spoofs films like Black Swan and Inception, which just seems old at this point. The pic also takes on the Paranormal Activity franchise, but Scary Movie creator Marlon Wayans has his own Pa spoof called A Haunted House set for release in January. Having now seen trailers for both films, I feel confident in saying that A Haunted House will look like Citizen Kane compared to Scary Movie 5. »
- Adam Chitwood
With Frankenweenie getting set to make its DVD and Blu-ray debut on January 8th, word has just come that in addition to the movie we'll be getting a bonus short film that's likely to fill classic horror fans with glee.
As per USA Today...
"Captain Sparky vs. the Flying Saucers is another movie-within-a-movie, which finds Sparky recruited into duty when the most low-budget alien spacecraft ever begins attacking the planet." Frankenweenie's animation supervisor Mark Waring helmed the short.
Check out the first stills below.
The Frankenweenie voice cast includes four actors who worked with Burton on previous films: Winona Ryder (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands), Catherine O’Hara (Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas), Martin Short (Mars Attacks!), and Martin Landau (Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow), along with Charlie Tahan and Atticus Shaffer.
A heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses »
- Uncle Creepy
It is very easy to forget that without Tim Burton’s gothic macabre 1989 version of Batman, there would be no X-Men, Hellboy, Kick Ass, Spider-Man or any other Marvel films… certainly not the way we know of them anyhow. If it did not exist, would Christopher Nolan’s epic trilogy have ever happened?
By the time The Caped Crusader became a blockbuster feature film, Superman, despite the loyal attachment of the popular Christopher Reeve, had steadily declined and fallen at the box office. The image of Batman was firmly trapped within the 1960s Adam West show with its bright, vibrant colours, over the top villains and camp atmosphere (some say all of which was still in Tim Burton’s films). Certainly the comics had been steadily rehabilitating the character since the 1970s and Frank Miller’s ‘The Dark Knight Returns had gained some mainstream attention. But in the main, not »
- David Allkins
It's Christmas time, and chances are, one of the people in your life you happen to be shopping for this year is a movie buff. Well you're in luck then as our own staff of movie buff writers here have sat down to create our own list of what we'd love to see sitting under our tree this year. Check out our holiday wish list and it may just help you out with your own!
Ferris Bueller Cufflinks. Leisure Rules
Who doesn't love a day off? A day dedicated to kicking back, relaxing and chilling the hell out. Maybe that's your routine on Christmas day? Then again, maybe a day off is better spent skipping school, frequenting a ball game, borrowing your friend's dad's vintage Ferrari 250 Gt California...and then totaling it? Yep, just another day in the life of Ferris Bueller. So with the Mathew Broderick 80s classic in mind, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
If the year's two biggest blockbusters strive to be meatier than Transformers, hooray. But great pop shouldn't be too po-faced
As 2012's bum end approaches, I've been getting up to speed with some of the thrilling cultural phenomena that somehow passed me by, months after everyone else got bored of them. My life's been one big catch-up channel. It's not just idle curiosity: I'm preparing an end-of-the-year TV show, so I have to digest this stuff quickly: Homeland. Gangnam Style. The dog that won Britain's Got Talent. Brand new items in my mental trolley.
Some patterns emerge. Recently I watched The Dark Knight Rises and Skyfall and realised they're essentially the same. In both films a screen icon gets the shit knocked out of him early on and spends much of the second act intermittently clutching his back and complaining. You might as well be watching a $200m advert for Voltarol. »
- Charlie Brooker
Dark Shadows and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith is putting together a Beetlejuice 2 script, to tempt back Beetlejuice star Michael Keaton and director Tim Burton. Both of those gentlemen have expressed interest in resurrecting ‘The Ghost with the Most,’ as has costar Winona Ryder.
However, if Disney gets its way, Burton’s next film could be a different sequel – namely, a followup to Alice in Wonderland. That Oscar-winning hit was written by Linda Woolverton (The Lion King, Mulan) and features a cast that includes Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, among others.
Woolverton’s Alice screenplay draws from Lewis Carroll’s classic novel “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and its followup “Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.” However, it abandons the episodic madness of Caroll’s source material for a hero’s ...
- Sandy Schaefer
Sequels, prequels, reboots and reduxes. The good, the bad, and the downright ugly of those being made… Some we still have no idea what they’re about, or if they will be made, but they are rumoured – chances are, [hopefully] they *won’t* be made.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey- December 14th, 2012
It’s not really a sequel, but rather a prequel which features the cast of The Lord of the Rings in an expanded version of the classic book.
A Good Day to Die Hard- February 14th, 2013
Oz: The Great and Powerful- March 8th, 2013
This will actually be a prequel to the 1939 classic, depicting the story of how Oz came to be.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation- March 29th, 2013
Starring mostly everyone in the first movie, as »
- Catherina Gioino
It is November, which means, like the workings of your clock, another Call of Duty game has been dropped into the gaming zeitgeist. Yes, we've all been here before. Let's look at the list:
First person shooter: Check
Non-linear campaign storytelling: Check
Multiplayer modes aplenty: Check
Ambiguous Third Game Mode: Check
Yep, it's Call of Duty all right. But, before gamers everywhere can begin to call it the same old, same old, Treyarch went and did something unheard of in a Call of Duty game. They took a chance on something new. And the result is pretty astounding.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II is the direct sequel to the 2010 game and continues the story of Alex Mason, who we last saw in a photo, standing in the motorcade watching President Kennedy drive by in Dallas, 1963. That little plot point is never addressed as some time has passed and Alex is actually dead. »
We scour the interwebs for the coolest movie news and more so you don't have to ...
• What if the worlds of "Twilight" and James Bond collided? Both K.Stew and Daniel Craig get briefed on the scenario. [Hollywire]
• Battle of the Barbies: "Breaking Dawn: Part 2" Bella vs. "Hunger Games" Katniss. May the best doll win! [PopStyle]
• An Obama-Twinkie painting inspired by the trippy 1974 sci-fi film "Zardoz." It's probably safe to say it's an exclusive. [Death and Taxes]
• An ode to Quentin Tarantino. 'cause he's cool. [Moviefone]
• Channing Tatum is the Sexiest Man Alive, but who is the Sexiest Man Dead? [HyperVocal]
• 5 shameless attempts to make the next "Twilight," from the past ("Beastly") and future ("The Host"). [The Week]
• 5 of Martin Scorsese's most underrated movies, from "After Hours" to "Bringing Out the Dead." [The Playlist]
- Bryan Enk
Displaying a super-cinched waist, the lady in red doesn't seem to mind that there are hands coming out of the backdrop! Coincidentally, the French actress, 37, commented on her big acting break in America with none other than director Tim Burton. "I was a big fan of Beetlejuice, and I really wanted to work with Tim Burton," she told W of her part in Big Fish. "I remember I kept the pages of the scenes under my pillow for a month. I don't know if that's why I got the part, but I know I wished for it every night."
Related: Marion Cotillard's Fashion Time Warp
She added, "I always wanted to express myself by being someone other than myself. I needed to experience the human soul—something more than »
If it were possible that the people behind both the Shout! Factory and the Scream Factory could be combined into one sexy woman, I'd propose and then immediately start dry-humping her leg raw until the overall friction caused a scorching orgasmic blaze.
Shout! Factory announced a multi-property alliance to bring the memorable Warner Bros. television series “MADtv” (seasons two though five) and the animated series “Beetlejuice” to the home entertainment marketplace. The multi-year alliance provides Shout! Factory with exclusive DVD rights to all 94 episodes of “Beetlejuice” for home entertainment releases in the United States and Canada. The announcement was made by Shout! Factory founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer, and Garson Foos.
“We are excited about this new opportunity with Warner Bros. “MADtv” and “Beetlejuice” are two highly entertaining television properties with a large fan following. We look forward to presenting these two series on DVD and sharing them with a new generation of fans, »
- Uncle Creepy
Beetlejuice fans have a lot of reasons to be excited. Not only did Betelgeuse find his way into the Scary Sixteen in our Monster’s Brawl bracket, Seth Grahame-Smith and Tim Burton are working on a long anticipated sequel (although it hasn’t been locked down), and Shout! Factory has just snapped up the DVD rights to the Beetlejuice animated series (1989 – 1992, garnering 94 episodes and widespread acclaim along the way).
There is no release date to this point, or any rumor of special features and the like, but we’ll scare up some updates soon and let you know what we find out!
- Andy Greene
It looks like it's time to dust off your pinstripe Halloween costume. Michael Keaton has revealed he'd sign up to star in Beetlejuice 2 "in a heartbeat". The 58-year-old actor starred alongside Winona Rider, Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin in Tim Burton's 1988 comedy horror fantasy as charismatic freelance "bio-exorcist" ghost Beetlejuice, and confessed it is his only past role he'd like to reprise. »
Just yesterday, Icons head honcho RobG wrote up a piece dedicated to children’s cartoons spawned from the most unlikeliest of films (including Robocop, The Toxic Avenger, check that out here for a nostalgia rush!), one of which included Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice! A good majority of these cartoon’s have not made the transfer over to DVD, with only a couple episodes of Beetlejuice having been included on the film’s Blu-ray release. Someone over at Shout! Factory must have read our article, because they’ve just announced that they’ve acquired the rights from Warner Bros. to release the entire series onto DVD for the first time!
I was equally terrified & fascinated with Beetlejuice growing up, and I vaguely remember catching the cartoon airing on Cartoon Network every so often. Was anyone else a fan of the series as a kid? I know I’m excited to take »
- Justin Edwards
We’re sure that some of you have fond memories of the Bettlejuice animated series and you’ll be happy to know that the entire series is coming to DVD. Shout! Factory has just announced that they have acquired exclusive DVD rights to all 94 episodes:
Los Angeles, California – November 5. 2012 – Shout! Factory announced a multi-property alliance to bring the memorable Warner Bros. television series MADtv (seasons two though five) and the animated series Beetlejuice to the home entertainment marketplace. The multi-year alliance provides Shout! Factory with exclusive DVD rights to 97 episodes of MADtv (1996-2000) and all 94 episodes of Beetlejuice for home entertainment releases in the United States and Canada. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer, and Garson Foos.
- Jonathan James
Shout! Factory has landed the exclusive DVD rights to Beetlejuice the animated series.
All 94 episodes will arrive on the format; no release date has been set.
Featuring the voice talent of Stephen Ouimette, Alyson Court, Roger Dunn and Elizabeth Hanna, Beetlejuice is the highly popular animated series adaptation of Tim Burton’s hit movie that ran successfully on television from 1989 - 1992.
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If any competitive reality series merits a Halloween season finale, it's "Face Off."
The Syfy program is all about horror makeup, so the traditional night for macabre disguises couldn't be better timing for the show's Season 3 winner to be declared. More is involved, since host McKenzie Westmore -- who hails from a legendary family of Hollywood makeup artists -- will preside over the finale live (in the Eastern half of the country; on tape delay elsewhere) for the first time Wednesday, Oct. 31. And in another first, viewers can decide who wins by voting after the previous night's episode.
"Face Off" has redefined the television image of Westmore, previously best-known as heroine Sheridan Crane Lopez-Fitzgerald on the now-defunct NBC daytime serial "Passions." Unlike the first two "Face Off" seasons, she's had a break between the weekly episodes and the finale, which she deems "really interesting. We'll see how things have progressed for the people, »
From Japanese ghost stories such as Ringu (1998) and Ju-on (2002, remade as The Grudge) to modern revisionist ghost stories such as Brad Anderson’s Session 9 (2001) and Ti West’s The Innkeepers (2011), cinematic specters have nearly always been evil, or at the very least, malicious. Scary movies have long held the belief that ghosts should frighten us, and Hollywood had lined their pockets with that notion, but is it possible to make a good movie about “good” ghosts? We think so, and here’s our proof… our Top Ten Movies About Friendly Ghosts.
10. Heart And Souls (1993)
Anything starring Robert Downey, Jr. is worth checking out in my book, but this comedy was surprisingly enjoyable. Downey plays a guy used by four ghosts to reconcile their lives before moving on into the afterlife. The catch is, Downey is less than enthusiastic, but finds himself the catalyst for something bigger than himself and goes along for the ride. »
- Movie Geeks
Winona, we hope you have a 'beetle' juicy kind-of birthday! Winona Ryder, seems to love acting in the eerie, chilling genre of movies. She is most known for Beetlejuice, Edward ScissorHands, Dracula, Black Swan and most recently Frankenweenie. Have a spooktacular birthday! Happy birthday, Winona Ryder! You're definitely comfortable in the limelight, probably because your Moon in imaginative Pisces allows you to play wildly disparate characters with that beloved touch of romantic whimsy. This year, the stars are acting as your cosmic PR agent of sorts, concocting just the opportunity you need to expand your career in an entirely new direction. Click to read more at Astrology.com! »
- HL Intern
Continuing on from part one, when comedy meets horror is an attempt to track the most interesting examples of films that mix comedy and horror together. As a genre, its possibly the one that can be pinpointed as the biggest perpetrator for bad horror movies. For example, Scary Movie is the film that comes to mind with people who have a less specialist interest in cinema. Just before we get into part 2, I can safely report that the aforementioned franchise won’t be getting its mits anywhere near these articles. Also, another worthy note of mention – look forward to part 5 in which the entries will be “the greatest horror comedies ever made”. Until then, we are just warming up.
Save The Green Planet
Save the green planet is quite the Korean eccentricity. Mixing together torture, slapstick comedy, highly stylised fight scenes, police procedural and sci-fi results in a concoction that defies definition. »
- Rob Simpson
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