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Best Movie Ever?: "Toy Story"

18 December 2012 10:16 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

I tried hard. I tried thinking of genuine Christmas movies that I watch every year on VHS with my family, but I only came up with films I've previously covered in Best Movie Ever?: Clue, Airplane, What's Up, Doc?, etc. Then I realized my favorite Christmas movie has barely any yuletide credibility, but buckets of what makes Christmas great: the whimsy of nostalgia, Hasbro products, and imagination. I'm talking about Toy Story, my third animated candidate for Best Movie Ever (along with Aladdin and 101 Dalmatians), and arguably one of the most re-watchable films ever to join the Bme vault. Sue me for not choosing Miracle on 34th Street this week, but Pixar's magic might just rival Maureen O'Hara's. I said it.

Besides, do you really want to spend Christmas thinking about a perspiring man in a Santa costume? It grosses me out, and trust me, I have a singular love for mall employees. »

- virtel

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Review: Barry Levinson shows off some unexpected horror chops in 'The Bay'

12 November 2012 10:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Barry Levinson did it right. Feels like it's been a while since I've felt that way.  I don't have any animosity towards Levinson for his various lesser films.  I think he's always been a guy who seems like he worked with cool people and he did some really fun things and he made a few classics and he did some really slick commercial work and he's occasionally gone way off the rails, but I've always been interested. And I'll sit through "Sphere" if it means that same guy also makes "Tin Men."  "Toys" doesn't bother me at all because "Diner" is »

- Drew McWeeny

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Ranked: Top Ten Things That Could Be A Movie

19 September 2012 7:00 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

It is apparently acceptable these days for movies to be made from just about any basic concept. Toys, comic books, preteen novels – twenty years ago this would be called lazy writing. Today, it’s big business. Here is my list of the top ten things that may be worthwhile to see transformed into movies. Feel free to add your own - or roll your eyes. 

With the release of Battleship, we are reaching the zenith of a new era in movie making that began 10 years ago with the first film adaptations of Harry Potter and Lord Of the Rings. This is the era when the big studios have all but abandoned developing new, original ideas. This is an era of endless sequels, prequels, book-to-franchise adaptations, comic book superheroes, video game adaptations, remakes…the list goes on. No staple of popular culture is safe.

Personally, I’ll take something original over »

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Barry Levinson's Creepy Found-Footage Horror Flick 'The Bay' Gets a Trailer

5 September 2012 2:25 PM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

For a guy best known for directing films like Rain Man, Wag the Dog and Toys, the new trailer from Barry Levinson's The Bay may come as a bit of a surprise. Yes, it's another found-footage horror film, but unlike the ones that camp out in theaters for a couple weekends (if they get that far) and then book it to home video, The Bay has the potential to be a sleeper hit. The film chronicles the chaos that breaks out in a small Maryland town when a flesh-eating parasite goes viral. There's a lot going on during the film's 84 minute run time, including body horror, creepy worms, government conspiracies, zombies, the actress who played Patricia on The Walking Dead and Kristen Connolly from Cabin in the Woods. The Bay opens on November 2, but if buzz picks up from...

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San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Day 3 (July 14) Schedule Now Live

30 June 2012 12:28 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

Another day, another schedule for the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con. Next up is Day 3 - Saturday, July 14th - which is just about as chock-full of events for the horror crowd as Friday the 13th!

As always, our focus is the horror panels, but included are a few others that we think will be of interest as well. Remember that times and participants are subject to change so keep your eyes on the official Sdcc site for updates. And hopefully they'll provide a fix soon for the Sdcc smartphone app - in years past it's been extremely helpful.

10:00-11:00 Comic-Con How-To: Anatomy of a Fight Scene, Part One— Stories are about conflict, and there is no purer form of conflict than a good ol' fisticuffs-style brawl-or sword fight, laser battle, western shootout, or even two chicks pulling each other's hair. How do you put that much action down on »

- The Woman In Black

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Fruit Ninja Tie-In Merchandise Invading Stores

16 June 2012 10:16 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

When Fruit Ninja first arrived on the iTunes App Store in 2010, it followed the raving Angry Birds phenomenon and topped sales charts for more than 80 countries. With over 25 million players daily, Fruit Ninja acquired more than 20 million downloads in under 13 months. This effectively put in the top 10 most downloaded iPhone games to ever be released. Currently there have been over 1.3 trillion fruit decimated with ninja precision, and now crowns the game with over 300 million downloads for iPhone, iPad, and Android.

While surpassing Angry Birds seems to be a near impossible task, what Halfbrick has achieved with Fruit Ninja is certainly an impressive achievement in and of itself.

Since recognizing the phenomenal success of their fruit slicing masterpiece, Halfbrick, recently announced that it will be partnering with several leading international consumer product companies in order to bring a wide range of Fruit Ninja products to fans all across the globe. Hap »

- Michael Shelton

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Heidi Klum Launching Children And Baby Fashion Ranges

26 April 2012 11:56 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Supermodel Heidi Klum is drawing on her experience as a mother of four to launch her own fashion line for kids.

The German beauty, who recently split from singer husband Seal, has teamed up with bosses at retailers Babies "R" Us to create the Truly Scrumptious range of products, which will include babywear, children's clothing, home furnishings and accessories.

The Project Runway star says, "I know how important it is for mums to make smart purchases when it comes to shopping for their ever-growing children."

The Truly Scrumptious collection will launch in Babies "R" Us and Toys "R" Us stores this autumn. »

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Best in Blogs: Who Murdered Sister Valsa? The Complete Story

7 February 2012 9:00 AM, PST | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

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What’s the complete story behind the death of Sister Valsa John Malamel? What’s the backstage story behind the new NBC show “Smash”? And how long do deleted Facebook photos hang around? A look at the most interesting articles from the Wall Street Journal blogs.

Who Murdered Sister Valsa? The Complete Story: The Wall Street Journal last week serialized an investigation into the death of Sister Valsa John Malamel. It is a tale of greed, »

- Christopher John Farley

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Black Widow, The Hulk And The Avengers' Helicarrier Feature In Plausible Scene Details!

13 January 2012 3:34 PM, PST | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Over at the forums of SuperHeroHype, a user by the name of Dekard has posted fairly plausible descriptions of scenes screened for this summer's much-anticipated film, The Avengers. The scenes apparently featured Russian spy Black Widow, the Incredible Hulk, and one of the team's base of operation, the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier. Having personal reasons to find what's offered up legit, myself, the user sources the material being shown at a toy fair in Asia (likely The Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair). Without further ado, observe the light spoilers below! I wanted to share some interesting things I found out at work today on the Avengers. I work for a pretty big toy company (not Hasbro) and we have the Marvel license. One of my co-workers just got back from a trip from Asia for the toy fair there. Marvel and Disney presented whole scenes and then some clips. »

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