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One of my fondest memories growing up as a young horrorphile was catching as many scary movies and fright-filled specials as I could during the month of October in order to prepare for Halloween night. With the hundreds of channel options out there for viewers these days, I thought it might be fun to break down where genre fans can catch various movies, specials and even Halloween-themed cartoons over the next 31 days so that you can start planning out your viewings in advance.
Here are some of the thrills and chills coming to your televisions this October. Please keep in mind that full schedules have not been announced everywhere yet, so we’ll be sure to update you guys with any additions to the calendar. All times listed are Et/Pt:
Wednesday, October 1st
2:00pm – The Dead (SyFy)
4:30pm – Dead Season (SyFy)
6:30pm – Halloween II (2009) (SyFy)
- Heather Wixson
Some Batman adaptations have been more successful than others, but there’s something about the Batman themes that accompany each iteration that stand the test of time. Modern audiences may not like the 1966 Batman series as much as the more “grounded” take of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy or even Tim Burton’s Batman and Batman Returns, but man is the music good!
Thankfully for Bat-fans, The Piano Guys have compiled an incredible medley of Batman music, titled “Batman Evolution.” Oh, and they perform it in front of the three most iconic Batmobiles!
The post This Batman medley performed in front of Batmobiles is as awesome as it sounds appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- James Garcia
So on Monday, I watched the Gotham series premiere with about 8 million of my friends. I started writing a column about the show and what it says (accidentally and/or purposefully) about the role of Batman in pop culture right now. But working on that column got me thinking more generally about Batman: A character who has been around for 75 years, a figure in my cultural consciousness since before my memory begins. The next thing I knew, I was making a list of my favorite Batman things–the movies, the TV shows, the vividly recalled comic book story arcs and standalone issues, »
- Darren Franich
Plot - Birdman is a dark comedy that follows a former actor, who once played an iconic superhero, as he mounts a Broadway play based on a Raymond Carver short story in a bid to reclaim past glory. However, the play’s egotistical leading man threatens to throw everything down the tubes. Birdman is being directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu ("21 Grams"). He also wrote the script with Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo. The cast includes: Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Andrea Riseborough and Michael Keaton ("Batman Returns"). »
Cool film stuff can be almost as fun as actually going to the movies. Think of a Batman cape, an Arnold Schwarzenegger action figure, or Goldeneye on the N64. Hell, the merchandising can often be more enjoyable than the actual film – remember how much fun the first few months of 1999 were before Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was actually released?
Yet, in the chase to make a quick buck out of devoted fans, some... let's just say less relevant, movie merchandise is churned out and flogged to the public.
Here then are 50 of the strangest (not ranked in order!) – expect action figures of obscure henchmen, 16-carat gold Twilight jewellery and some truly vomit-inducing burgers…
In Spider-Man 3, Peter »
I have to admit that I’m a fan of ABC Family in general, and there aren’t many of their original shows that have let me down, but their holiday efforts are among my favorite television “events,” and it’s closing in on Halloween again. The 16th Annual 13 Nights of Halloween is starting in a month and a day, and you should make sure you have your calendar marked with all the opportunities.
It is slightly repetitive, and a little Tim Burton heavy (if there is such a thing for an event centered around Halloween), but the programming has become a real tradition, and there are three shows with Halloween specials, and a reality prank program in the mix. Plus, you’ve obviously got all your Halloween staples to enjoy, and a good mix of your favorites and new entries.
Catch all the info below, get a tease of the Pretty Little Liars special, »
- Marc Eastman
Christopher Nolan’s popular Dark Knight trilogy salvaged a franchise that had become a joke to the public at large. Tim Burton’s 1989 film Batman and its sequel, Batman Returns, hit it big with mainstream audiences. Unfortunately, Burton passed the directorial reigns off to Joel Schumacher who ran the franchise into the ground with two widely derided sequels.
Nolan rehabilitated Batman’s public image when it was at its worst, taking the character to new heights of financial and critical success by grounding the action in a realistic setting. Once again the baton has been passed to a new director, Zack Snyder. Snyder faces a seemingly impossible challenge: create a new interpretation of Batman that will live-up to Nolan’s legacy and satisfy legions of Bat-fans spoiled by Nolan’s superlative films.
Despite what some cynical fans might say, the news and images we’ve been teased with so far »
- Travis Earl
With the announcement of a new Batmobile via some leaked photos and then Zack Synder’s Twitter account, we at Flickering Myth decided to look at the various incarnations of the The Dark Knight’s most iconic of accessories….
The Batmobile first debuted in DC Comics’ Batman #27, a red convertible with nothing overly special in its functionality. But in an interesting piece of trivia, the term “Batmobile” was not used until Detective Comics #48 in 1941.
Moving into the live action realm on our list is one of the most well-loved looks for people of “a certain age” of the Batmobile, courtesy of the 1966 Batman TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward as the dynamic duo. With great gadgets like an anti-theft switch, Bat Beam, Mobile Batcomputer and the Emergency Bat-turn lever, this version of the Batmobile is well respected and has been used by many as their transport on their wedding days. »
- Luke Owen
Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best.
On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
Keaton got his start on "Mister Rogers," though, most of his work was surprisingly behind the scenes. It really wouldn't be until 1982 that the actor would break out in Ron Howard's "Night Shift," and a few years later, his career went into overdrive. After collaborating with Tim Burton on "Beetlejuice" (1988), the director cast him as the legendary Bruce Wayne in "Batman" (1989). This fall, he revisits his superhero past in Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman," and the acclaim is already rolling in.
2. His father worked as a civil engineer and surveyor, while his mother was a homemaker. »
- Jonny Black
There’s a funny scene in Neighbors where two drunk dudes argue about which actor is the definitive Batman. For 30something Seth Rogen, it’s Michael Keaton of Batman and Batman Returns. For college kid Zac Efron, it’s Christian Bale from the Christopher Nolan films. And in the future, for kids even younger than that, it could […]
The post ‘Starring Adam West’ Trailer: The Life and Times of a Superhero Icon appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
In 1989, Michael Keaton became a star after playing the title role in Tim Burton's Batman and Batman Returns. He has continued to act in the two decades since, but none of those roles have been as big as the one under the cowl. When it was time to make Birdman, his dark comedy about a former superhero actor who tries to make a play for respectability by putting on a Broadway play, director Alejandro González Iñárritu knew that Keaton was the one, the guy who could "bring the authority, a kind of a meta-dialogue to the film." Birdman played the Telluride Film Festival this past weekend following its world premiere in Venice. John Horn, host of The Frame — a new daily arts and entertainment show that Southern California Public Radio's Kpcc will be launching soon — was there and spoke with Iñárritu about choosing his star. “I always »
- Vulture Editors
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (a.k.a. Das Cabinet des Caligari), 1920.
Directed by Robert Wiene.
At a local carnival in a small German Town, hypnotist Dr. Caligari presents the somnambulist Cesare, who can purportedly predict the future of curious fairgoers. But at night, the doctor wakes Cesare from his sleep to enact his evil bidding…
The history of cinema harks back to few films that are as important and iconic as Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari. An expressionist masterpiece, Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari is, for a limited time, back in the cinema. Re-mastered and screened from August 29th, the cinematic experience is a rare treat as the hand-painted backdrops and subtle face make-up can be seen up-close and appreciated in the way it was intended (perhaps even better). As filmmaking was finding its feet, »
- Simon Columb
Recently taking stock of his career, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu began to wonder if he might have gotten stuck in a creative rut of his own making.
“It was like I was on a ladder, and I was getting a little too comfortable,” says the 51-year-old filmmaker as he holds out two clenched fists, miming the grip on that ladder. “I was just doing my work. It was a habit. I was stuck, half out of fear and half out of safety. And I said to myself, ‘I’m going to let go of the ladder.’ ”
For Inarritu, letting go meant taking a stab at his first full-fledged comedy, albeit one with a strong undercurrent of existential despair. In the director’s self-reflexive “Birdman,” Michael Keaton stars as an actor once famous for playing a superhero, now trying to save his »
- Scott Foundas
We may be in the golden age of superhero cinema, but here are some DC movies that never made it…
Naysayers would have you believe that Hollywood chucks bucket-loads of cash at any old comic book movie pitch that happens to float through their corner-office window, get stuck to their shoe or come to them miraculously as an on-the-toilet epiphany.
However, this is not the case, particularly with DC comics characters. While some films that do get made may seem like bog-fodder (oh hey, Green Lantern), there are plenty of comic adaptation pitches, in-development scripts and passion projects that have ended up not getting made for various reasons.
We had a rummage through the aeons of DC cinema history (also known as extensive Googling) and pulled together all the comic book movie projects we could find that ended up in the bin of crushed dreams for Batman, Superman and more. »
For almost 50 years, Batman has graced the silver screen. Whether working solo or accompanied by sidekicks and associates, Gotham City is continually saved by his enduring presence. Even though the eight theatrical live-action films featuring the Caped Crusader have had their ups and downs, there is no denying his appeal as a lead character.
With that in mind, these are all theatrical Batman releases, ranked from worst to best:
8. Batman and Robin (1997)
The dark cloud over a struggling franchise, Joel Schumacher’s second directorial outing in the Batman franchise hammered the last nail in the coffin and became known as one of the worst sequels, nay films, of all time. From the garish set design, poor character development, uninspired casting and hideously unfunny pun-filled script, Batman and Robin was a mistake from the moment it went into production.
7. Batman: The Movie (1966)
Occasionally forgotten as the first theatrical Batman film, this »
- Katie Wong
One of the greatest poster illustrators ever gets a volume devoted to his work. Here's Ryan's review of the lavish Art Of John Alvin...
In 2008, John Alvin died at the tragically young age of 59, robbing the world of one of its finest poster designers. Although his signatures were often erased from his artwork, Alvin's individual style rang out from every image he produced: his work for movies such as E.T., Blade Runner, Cocoon and Short Circuit displayed a keen eye for colour, space and proportion.
Although technically gifted, it was Alvin's talent for crystalising a film's subject tone in a single, clear image that really set him apart from other illustrators. His best posters often focused on one or two objects suspended against an expanse of sky or stars, such as the alien and child's fingers touching in his poster for E.T., or the silhouette of a boy in Empire Of The Sun. »
Everyone seems to be talking about a solo female superhero movie lately. And sure, I think it has a lot of potential, but there is one sentiment that makes me cringe every time it gets mentioned. People keep saying how we, as a society, are finally ready for a solo female superhero film. Guess what! We aren’t finally ready for a solo female on the big screen. We’ve been ready for a good, long while now, and the reason we haven’t had a successful female superhero flick has nothing to do with the gender of the hero.
Now, prepare yourselves. Take some deep breaths. Count to ten. Whatever you need... Because we're going to look at some history.
There is no doubt that women, both real and fictional, have not always been treated as well as they should have been. It’s been a long road to »
- Douglass Poulsen
Contrary to what some believe, acting isn’t always such a serious endeavor. A lot of actors are really just big kids at heart. If you give them a costume and an audience they couldn’t be happier. Because of this, sometimes an actor might find it hard to break character, and that usually makes for great entertainment for the rest of us.
Today we are going to be listing the ten most awesome things actors have done while they were still dressed like the character they were portraying on screen. Let’s get started.
During the early ’90s nearly every actress in the world wanted the role of Selina Kyle A.K.A Catwoman in Tim Burton’s highly anticipated sequel Batman Returns. Raquel Welch, Bridget Fonda, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Cher, Madonna, Ellen Barkin, and »
- Jesse Gumbarge
Elisabeth Bergner, who started in German silents went on to a Best Actress Oscar nomination for Escape Me Never (1935)Schweigen a fine collection of 1920s and 1930s postcards of film actors. I loved looking at it despite my Richard Dix aversion. And this postcard left makes me desperate to see Escape Me Never, one of the 30s Best Actress nominations I still haven't seen
Pret-a-Reporter Inside Madonna's 56th birthday bash
THR Cinematography Gordon Willis who died earlier this summer, was memorialized in Hollywood this weekend
Rope of Silicon every death in a Quentin Tarantino movie thus far
- NATHANIEL R
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