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You want to celebrate the holidays, but want to do it a little differently? Cinelinx presents this list of our favorite non-traditional holiday films.
It’s a fact. TV networks love the holiday season. It’s their chance to program endless Christmas Story reruns and James Bond marathons. More importantly, it’s a time when the whole family is at home and sitting down in front of the TV. Let’s say you’re tired of the normal selection of holiday films that cycle throughout the day on TV. You’re tired of hearing “Every time a bell rings an angel gets its wings!”. You’ve had enough of Macaulay Culkin’s self-defense antics, and Ralphie just maybe deserves to get his tongue stuck to that pole. You are very familiar with how many sizes too small the Grinch’s heart is, and maybe Frosty the snowman is just another migraine waiting to happen. »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Edward Scissorhands opened in theaters on Dec. 7, 1990, and its influence continues to be felt today. The film not only solidified the careers of Johnny Depp and Tim Burton but also changed the course of cinematic history. Here are five recent movies that prove it's still beloved by filmmakers, 24 years later. See more How Many Johnny Depp Costumes Can You Wear at the Same Time? Big Hero 6 A number of characters in recent blockbusters are similar to Edward, including Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy, who is also kindly and rather scary looking. But even more Edward-esque
- Ryan Gajewski
The Academy Award for Best Original Score is one of the categories I find most interesting and most frustrating. First, the good: I love the awarding of film music, which can immeasurably improve the experience of a film and can become iconic in its own right. There is also much about the music branch that I love, particularly its international flavor, both in terms of the composers cited and the types of music rewarded. Moreover, while the category tends to favor Best Picture nominees and epic movies, it is not excessively exclusionary in this respect. But that love of epics can sometimes lead to simply rewarding "most music." More importantly, this branch is infamously insular. Unless a composer is aboard a major Best Picture contender or has otherwise composed a simply iconic score, it is unusual to earn a first nomination. And even those features are not always enough for first-timers. »
- Gerard Kennedy
Every once in a while, I open an e-mail and just start laughing at what kind of opportunities I'm given. When someone asks if you want to spend time with Ryan O'Neal, Malcolm McDowell, and Leon Vitali to discuss working with Stanley Kubrick, there's only one correct answer to that. Of course. Absolutely. The interview was arranged to help promote the release of "Stanley Kubrick: The Masterpiece Collection," a new Blu-ray box set that includes eight of his films, a new documentary about the legendary filmmaker, a new hardcover book, and a whole mess of extra features that have been assembled from other earlier releases. It's safe to say that I've spent most of my film-obsessed life fixated on the work of Stanley Kubrick. What's changed is which film takes the top spot for me, and I think that's something that would change for anyone considering the way each »
- Drew McWeeny
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, »
Like all Tim Burton movies, “Big Eyes” is a visual/aural treat, with quirky humor, heart and a zippy pace. Cult status seems assured, and it could get attention at the Golden Globes. But Oscar is another question.
For a respected director who has been making big, successful movies for nearly 30 years, his track record with Oscar is surprisingly hit and miss. His films do best in the Academy’s artisan categories, and that’s likely to be true with “Big Eyes” as well: Bruno Delbonnel’s cinematography, Rick Heinrich’s and Colleen Atwood’s respective production and costume design, Jc Bond’s editing and Danny Elfman’s score.
The Globes seem likely to recognize the Weinstein Co. release it in the comedy/musical best-picture race, and lead actress Amy Adams could also score. Christoph Waltz once again steals the show in a supporting role. There is also terrific work by co-stars Jason Schwartzman, »
- Tim Gray
This winter Grimm Up North presents a season of four films from Tim Burton, the master of quirky Gothic cinema, at Odeon Printworks Manchester. It begins 11 December with a screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas, followed by Edward Scissorhands… Continue Reading →
The post In the UK? Mark Your Calendars for Tim Burton Season from Grimm Up North appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Debi Moore
James Newton Howard is best known for his large, layered, cinematic scores for films like Maleficent, Snow White and the Huntsman, and The Hunger Games series. These orchestra driven scores are perfect for epic tales of good versus evil, intense battle scenes and journeys of self-discovery. But in Nightcrawler, Howard seems to have found his more edgy, electronic side, turning in a score that sounds more like something you would expect from a composer like Cliff Martinez – and that’s a good thing. Changing up your musical style not only helps push boundaries, it can also give us great music we may not have otherwise expected from certain composers. Danny Elfman created the quirky music for films like Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, and Big Fish, but he also created the dramatic scores for Good Will Hunting and Silver Linings Playbook and action films like Mission Impossible and Planet of the Apes. Randy Newman »
- Allison Loring
Everybody has to start somewhere.
The best and most successful Hollywood directors might find themselves marshalling $200 million epics, but in their formative years big budgets weren't at their disposal and they had to make do only with a good idea and the drive to make it happen. Many filmmakers use shorts to test-run ideas and explore themes they'd circle back to down the line.
Doodlebug - led by Nolan's Following star Jeremy Theobald - played out an intriguing narrative loop over a brisk three minutes as a man chased a 'bug' around his flat with a shoe. A year after he made this film, Nolan took his feature debut Following »
I spent my Halloween attending the tale of Sweeney Todd. Though I did go out later (I’m not a total shut-in), most of my day consisted of watching four versions of the Stephen Sondheim’s razor sharp musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street back to back to back to back. (There was a fifth version I’d planned to watch, but it was taken offline before I had the chance.) After watching three different stage adaptations (a 1982 recording of the 1979 original production with Angela Lansbury and George Hearn, a 2000 concert version with Patti LuPone and George Hearn, and a bootleg recording of the 2005 revival directed by John Doyle with Patti LuPone and Michael Cerveris), I arrived at my final stop: Tim Burton’s film adaptation from 2007. Having seen it, and thoroughly adored it, for several years, my revisiting of the film was, to say the least, »
- Kyle Turner
Pop artist Sam Carter — who was fed a steady diet of the Smurfs, Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, He-Man, Transformers and Star Wars as a child — created a series of Tim Burton-inspired portraits that pay homage to the quirky director’s fantastical filmography. Each image features a silhouette of the film’s main character, with illustrations of the narrative decorating the inside. The modernist Beetlejuice abode, Edward Scissorhands’ snow angel, and the spiral-y cliff from Nightmare Before Christmas are fun, instantly recognizable references to Burton’s classic films. Gallery Popzilla exhibited the artworks in its recent Burton show, but you can buy your own Burton online. And speaking of the...
- Alison Nastasi
The cast of Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 is on the precipice of being expanded. Six young Hollywood heartthrobs are currently being considered for the mysterious role of Henry in the nautical adventure, which will be rolling into production in the coming months. Obviously with Johnny Depp.s involvement already confirmed it wasn.t as if Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales was in desperate need of a beautiful face. But it now sounds as though the Edward Scissorhands star is going to have some stiff competition. According to Deadline six of the brightest and most aesthetically pleasing young actors in Hollywood are in line to join him on-board the blockbuster. But who are these dashing upstarts? Well the most famous of the bunch is probably Ansel Elgort. The 20-year-old actor starred as Augustus Waters in this past summer.s hugely successful The Fault In Our Stars »
This has to be one of the most fun days of the year -- as all your favorite morning and talk show hosts dress up in some crazy costumes for Halloween.In the past, Ellen Degeneres has really outdone herself with her getups, dressing as Sofia Vergara (with a wardrobe malfunction, no less) and Nicki Minaj, but this year ... wow. DeGeneres wasn't just one person, but two, going as both George Clooney and his new wife Amal Alamuddin.Her guests also dressed up -- see Daniel Radcliffe and Katie Lowes in their costumes in the gallery above.And watch Ellen's big reveal below: The crew over at "Today" had a hard time topping their transformations from 2013 too. Who could forget the visual of Matt Lauer running through the Plaza as Pamela Anderson from "Baywatch," right? But this year, they went all out as memorable characters from "Saturday Night Live."The Spartan Cheerleaders, »
- tooFab Staff
Written by Kate Leth
Art by Drew Rausch
Published by Idw
24 years after the original film, Kate Leth and Drew Rausch continue the story of everyone’s favorite black wearing, hair dressing, tears inducing unlikely fairy tale hero. Edward Scissorhands #1 is set many years after the film, and Megs, the daughter of Kim (played by Winona Ryder) is now a teenager. Edward Scissorhands is considered to either be a murderer or a myth, and Kim’s own daughter considers her to be insane. Leth and Rausch explore his character through his interactions with Eli, one of the Inventor’s long forgotten inventions. They also introduce readers to Megs, an impetuous teen, who is fascinated with her grandmother and Edward. Edward Scissorhands #1 has a slow burning plot, but Rausch fills each panel with beauty and sadness. As a colorist, he uses mainly blacks and whites for the scenes with »
- Logan Dalton
The cult classic Edward Scissorhands returns two decades after the end of the fan-favorite movie with All-new tales from New York Times best-selling author Kate Leth and art from the amazing Drew Rausch! Check out a preview of issue #1 here…
In castle just outside a sleepy suburban town, a brilliant inventor created Edward Scissorhands…but left him tragically unfinished. Two generations of exile have left Edward digging through abandoned experiments, but once he wakes up a creature left buried, he discovers he isn’t the only one missing a vital piece. As Edward tries to fix a grave mistake, he comes face to face with a teenage girl who was sure he was only myth… despite the stories her grandmother told her, about the man she could never touch.
Edward Scissorhands #1 is out on Wednesday, priced $3.99.
The post Preview of Edward Scissorhands #1 appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- Gary Collinson
Director: Jonathan Liebesman.
Running Time: 101 minutes.
Synopsis: Thirty years on from their comic book inception, Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael, are back once more to take down nemesis Shredder.
In the eighties and early nineties the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had children the world over in frenzy. The very successful cartoon series spawned a trilogy of films before the series got overtaken by the likes of The Power Rangers. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is the latest restart of the comic book franchise that started thirty years ago. After the disappointing animated films a few years ago the heroes in a half-shell are back in action, managing to encapsulate the fun and fantasy of the 1980’s cartoon series.
And what of the pizza loving team? Liebesman easily manages to display the four different personalities that we all know to be Leonardo, »
- Kat Smith
Project Name:Cindy Asking For: $18,000 on Kickstarter Amount Raised Thus Far (At Time Of Post): $8,713 Days Remaining In Campaign (At Time Of Post): 14 Description: According to the campaign video, Cindy is Cinderella story “stood on its head and told for a 21st century audience.” It’s a darker, more realistic take where Cindy is a foster child in a home run by a controlling (evil) stepmother. And, to make things even more interesting, Cindy’s handsome prince is a 40-year-old man (as compared to her 16 years). Creator Bio: This web series is directed and co-written by the creative mind of Larry Wilson, responsible for such twisted, popular classics as Beetlejuice and The Addams Family. Christi Haydon-Wilson (who also plays the fairy godmother) and Jason Hampton co-produce the series. The rest of the cast and crew is listed on the series’ Kickstarter page. Best Perk: While many of the »
- Bree Brouwer
Half the fun of attending Comic Con - either the New York or San Diego iteration - is the cosplayers. Whether elaborately, cleverly or just plain ol' hilariously costumed, cosplayers are the beating heart and soul of comic conventions. And this attendee has taken the art to new levels, as this picture (circulated on social media earlier today - New York Comic Con wrapped up Sunday) shows. This man took it upon himself to dress as characters from multiple Johnny Depp films, a postmodern experiment in actor worship that we can describe as pretty cool. In no particular order, this »
Why choose to dress up as one Johnny Depp character when you can just go as all of them? Many attendees at this weekend's New York Comic Con came decked out as their favorite movie and comics heroes, as Comic Con attendees are wont to do. Characters from such recent films as Guardians of the Galaxy and Edge of Tomorrow were well represented. But the costume that may have taken the cake was by one guy who wore bits of Depp's various costumes, including Jack Sparrow's dreads, Edward Scissorhands' pointy appendages and, yes, even the dead-bird hat from
- Ryan Gajewski
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 »
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