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Directed by Andres Muschietti.
Annabel and Lucas are faced with the challenge of raising his young nieces that were left alone in the forest for 5 years.... but how alone were they?
"A ghost is an emotion bent out of shape, condemned to repeat itself time and time again."
Mama is the story of two little girls who are left alone in the woods on the day of their mother’s murder. Five years pass and the girls are found but due to their time alone have become feral and unresponsive. The girls are taken in by their Uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) who, along with his girlfriend Annabel (Jessica Chastain), tries to offer them a loving family – but something’s not quite right; the girls keep referring to someone called Mama and it’s soon evident that they may »
- Flickering Myth
The 2013 Tribeca Film Festival featured a wide variety of films to choose from, including a look back at some of the most memorable films every person should know.
As part of the Tribeca Film Festival Tribeca Drive In events, people were able to attend free screenings of several movies with pre-festival activities to participate in as well. At the Brookfield Place by the World Trade Center in New York City, people were delighted to see The Birds from Alfred Hitchcock, Beetlejuice from Tim Burton and the premiere of Lil Bub & Friendz.
While the screening of the films took place at 8:15 pm, guests who came early were surprised with fun activities like face painting, making balloon animals, and more. The guests were invited to try on their best Beetlejuice impressions and win awesome prizes, like movie stills signed by Time Burton or even just a DVD of the film.
- Catherina Gioino
What would you do if one day, you woke up, and saw a peach as big as your house in the front yard? Would you go inside of that peach? Would you make friends with whatever was inside? Would you travel to New York while fighting robotic sharks and skeletal pirates? Of course you would! Well, that is, if you were the lead character of James and the Giant Peach, the Walt Disney live-action/stop-motion-animated hybrid film based on the Roald Dahl book of the same name, the topic of this week’s all-new Mousterpiece Cinema. In this new show, Josh and Gabe are joined by Andreas Stoehr of the Pussy Goes Grr film blog to discuss this follow-up to The Nightmare Before Christmas, also produced by Tim Burton and directed by Henry Selick. Did they find it soporific? Slight? Splendid? Other words that begin with “s”? Listen to find out! »
- Josh Spiegel
Movie cliches are unavoidable; the director only has two-odd hours to take you from start to finish, so whether a high school's social structure is built on a thin foundation of classic nerd and jock stereotypes or a wedding is abruptly interrupted by the aw-shucks nice guy who's finally ready to spill his guts, there's bound to be some shortcuts along the way.
But sometimes Hollywood takes it a bit further, hitting us with cliches that are so oddly specific (and frequently divorced from reality) that they make you wonder if they've been written by a random plot-generating robot with limited resources and a tenuous grasp on the human experience. So sit back, relax, and set your deja vu detectors to "on" as we break down ten insanely specific things that are commonplace in the movieverse.
1. Character Dislikes Past/Future Version of Themselves
- Adam D'Arpino
In 1933, the 13-year-old Ray Harryhausen saw King Kong at the cinema and was hooked – not only by Kong, who was clearly not just a man in a gorilla suit, but also by the dinosaurs. He came out of the theatre "stunned and haunted. They looked absolutely lifelike … I wanted to know how it was done." It was done by using stop-motion animation: jointed models filmed one frame at a time to simulate movement. Harryhausen, who has died aged 92, was to become the prime exponent of the technique and its combination with live action. He created the special effects for fantasy films such as The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad (1958); Jason and the Argonauts (1963), with its famous army of skeletons; and Clash of the Titans (1981).
He was born in Los Angeles to Frederick and Martha Harryhausen, »
- Sheila Whitaker
The penultimate day of EW’s inaugural CapeTown Film Festival featured a Q&A with rock star of fantastical literature Neil Gaiman following a screening of Coraline, the animated adaptation of his 2002 book of the same name.
Gaiman, along with the film’s lead animator, Travis Knight, told the audience at the Egyptian Theatre about the difficulties of finding a studio to back Coraline, the film’s animation methods, and why scaring kids is a good thing. Read on for five things we learned from the discussion led by EW’s Geoff Boucher.
Coraline the movie was not an easy sell. »
- Emily Rome
Popcorn's great and all, but there's just something super-tasty about movie-inspired cakes.
As film bakery is a real thing these days, there are gobs upon gobs of delicious designs all over the place as many talented maestros are generous enough to pretty up the world with photos of their scrumptious gumption.
We like to recognize the creative ways people celebrate their various degrees of infatuation with the cinema, so we went through the painstaking (read: tummy grumble-inducing) process of scouring the interwebs to pluck the very best in show for these Tinseltown-inspired treats ... just in time for "The Big Wedding," opening April 26.
Grab a bib before you dig into these 25 ridiculously well-designed desserts, 'cause it's pretty much a guarantee you'll be drooling all over the place by the end of this list.
This delectable dish makes us sure the eighth dwarf would be named "Hungry. »
- Amanda Bell
Who doesn’t love Tim Burton movies? There is at least one that gets into even the most rigid of movie watchers’ hearts, leaving them delightfully breathless. I have been a fan of Tim Burton’s for a long time. I believe my first experience with him was “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” one of his few early movies directed at children. What a treat that was! It combined my two favorite holidays and was scary enough for me to wonder if my mother had really intended to take me to see such a dark movie. What a rush.
Taking a look at Mr. Burton’s canon, there are tons of great movies to pick characters from who encompass all that is the Tim Burton Experience, or Tbe. Not unlike most every list on WhatCulture!, this list was incredibly hard to make as there are so many variables to take into consideration. »
- Mallorie Halsall
It’s Monday, so we all know what that means! Yes, it’s time for another rundown of DVDs and Blu-ray’s hitting stores online and offline this week. It’s a very light week this week, so let us breakdown the new releases and highlight what you should – and shouldn’t – be buying from today, February 25th 2013.
Pick Of The Week
From Beyond (DVD/Blu-ray)
Obsessive scientist Dr. Pretorius and his assistant Crawford Tillinghast have invented ‘The Resonator’, a device intended to stimulate the brain’s pineal gland and expand the powers of the mind. The machine gives them more than they bargained for however when a parallel universe inhabited by slimy creatures ready to prey on humans reveals itself. Pretorius meets a sticky end, returns as a grotesque, deformed being and all manner of depravity ensues. From Beyond Review
And the rest…
Crawl is a »
Beverly Hills, Calif. -- In the animated feature film category at this year's Oscars, there's a film set in medieval Scotland, another that features old-school video game characters, one that relies heavily on dry British humor, while the other two take inspiration from the supernatural.
It's not exactly kid stuff – and that's how the directors like it.
"I think this year with these films – and so many more – the envelope for animation is being pushed," said "Brave" director Mark Andrews at an Academy Awards event Thursday night honoring the animated feature film nominees. "We keep seeing more risky, deep films that we wouldn't have seen 10 years ago coming out. I wanna be one of those guys pushing it more and more and more because it's not only an awesome medium, but there's so many more stories that we can tell."
The Scotland-set "Brave," a darker fable from Pixar about a rebellious red-headed princess named Merida, »
Catherine O'Hara first worked with Tim Burton's on the director's 1988 breakthrough Beetlejuice and returned to the filmmaker's quirky gothic world to lend her voice to The Nightmare Before Christmas. The comedienne reunites with Burton for Frankenweenie, an Oscar-nominated 3D black-and-white animation about a boy who revives his dead dog.
Digital Spy got on the phone with O'Hara to talk voicing three characters in Frankenweenie - Susan Frankenstein, the school gym teacher and Weird Girl - and quiz her about those Beetlejuice 2 rumours...
"A couple of times when Tim came to town we'd have dinner and it was lovely, »
Film #7 on Doctor Gash’s Top 10 Greatest Horror Movies… Ever! is a classic that was censored and scrutinized in its day for scenes of blasphemy and violence against children.
That’s right, today we may think of Frankenstein as just an old black and white monster movie, but upon its release in 1931, this movie was shocking.
Victor Moritz: Henry - In the name of God!
Henry Frankenstein: Oh, in the name of God! Now I know what it feels like to be God! "
We’ve been completely numbed to the power of Frankenstein. We’re hyper-exposed to The Monster as a cute, smiling Halloween staple, a clown (Herman Munster) and a character in children’s books (Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex, »
- Doctor Gash
Next October, Elfman will sing live on stage for the first time in 18 years (remember kids, he was the front man for Oingo Boingo) accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra. Images from Burton’s films will provide backdrop for the event.
According to the Telegraph, Elfman is especially looking forward to singing parts of The Nightmare Before Christmas.
“The idea of performing some of Jack Skellington's songs from The Nightmare Before Christmas live for the very first time is immensely exciting," he said.
Watch him in action singing for Oingo Boingo below. »
- Sara Castillo
Over a couple years ago, an awesome box set with a collection of soundtracks and previously unreleased music spanning the 25-year collaboration between director Tim Burton and composer Danny Elfman from 1985's Pee-Wee's Big Adventure all the way to 2010's Alice in Wonderland. Now fans of the duo's work will get a chance to take their love to the next level by seeing Burton's work live in person with Elfman performing a concert at the Royal Albert Hall on October 7th. In addition to his score, Elfman will also sing signature songs from his film repertoire, including tunes from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Production artwork and drawings from Burton will accompany the music, with help from the BBC Concert Orchestra as a visual backdrop. Elfman didn't offer any specifics on what music will be featured other than the stop-motion favorite as told The Telegraph, "The idea of performing some of »
- Ethan Anderton
Thn are excited to announce that the Royal Albert Hall is set to host a World Premier of Danny Elfman playing the music Tim Burton and he’ll sing live in public for the first time in 18 years! On Monday 7th October, the exclusive event is also set to feature Tim Burton’s original artwork, plus drawings and designs from his films, some of which have never been seen by the UK public before.
Danny Elfman’s famous Tim Burton film scores will be brought to life on stage by the BBC Concert Orchestra, whilst being enhanced by visuals on a big screen from Burton’s original production artwork, sketches and drawings. With a range of films from a fascinating back catalogue of classics such as Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Alice In Wonderland, this concert explores the collaborative relationship between music and storytelling and the »
- Dan Bullock
Valentine's Day is nearly upon us and love is in the air! Also snow, depending on where you live. For many, the romantic February holiday is an opportunity to indulge in a bit of love-focused cinema. Theatrically, this year's offerings include a few options in the romance department, among which are the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation, Safe Haven, and supernatural-focused adaptations Beautiful Creatures and Warm Bodies. And for those who want to dip into the classics, there are no shortage of options. Narrowing down the selection may prove to be a challenge, but MovieFone's new romantic movie mashup might help in that regard. the three-and-a-half-minute video is full of snippets from great romantic movies (An Affair To Remember, The Princess Bride), or movies with great romances (The Empire Strikes Back, The Nightmare Before Christmas). Watching the above video, I now feel the urge to watch every John Hughes movie I »
It’s been a good couple weeks of news for stop-motion animation. First, we learned that Guillermo del Toro’s planned Pinocchio retelling is attracting new financiers (rather than falling into development hell), then The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline director Henry Selick gained studio backing for his new original project The Shadow King – and today, Laika formally announces its third feature-length production after Coraline and ParaNorman, titled The Boxtrolls.
Boxtrolls is based on Alan Snow’s popular children’s novel Here Be Monsters!, with helmer duties assigned to Graham Annable – a storyboard artist on Coraline and story artist on ParaNorman – and Anthony Stacchi, who severed as an effects animator on Selick’s James and the Giant Peach adaptation and co-director of the CGI-animated feature Open Season.
The cast includes Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran Stark on Game ...
- Sandy Schaefer
After Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie underperformed, it seemed as though Hollywood was turning its back on stop-motion animation. The fact that film was in black & white wasn’t even considered as being a reason for its poor box office, but both Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio and Henry Selick’s The Shadow King were quickly dropped by their respective production companies. But never fear my clay loving friends, for The Shadow King was given new life by K5 International and producer Josh Penn, and just to fully announce the revitalisation of this project here is the first promotional image and the voice cast.
Jaden Betts as Hap
Pamela Adlon as Richard
Brendan Gleeson as Darce
Jeffrey Tambor as Cuzzie Bell
Catherine O’Hara as Miss Fern
Sounds like a great vocal cast to me, and I hear that’s pretty important in an animated film. Selick is most known for »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Just yesterday we learned that director Henry Selick's (The Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline) seemingly dead stop-motion animation project The Shadow King had finally found new life with backing from a company called K5 International. This comes after both Laika and Disney passed on the project. Well, since the project is getting back in shape, complete with a screening of footage at the European Film Market in order to get the film sold, we now have some of the voice cast revealed, along with the promotional photo being used to help bring attention to the gestating project. It's undoubtedly Selick's style. Here's the first official photo from Henry Selick's The Shadow King via Bleeding Cool: As for the voice cast, it includes Jaden Betts as Hap, Pamela Adlon as Richard, Brendan Gleeson as Darce, Jeffrey Tambor as Cuzzie Bell and Catherine O’Hara as Miss Fern. Now we're pretty »
- Ethan Anderton
Henry Selick really doesn't get the credit he deserves. Most people still seem to think that Tim Burton directed The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Selick's other films (which have been strong, other then the abysmal MonkeyBone) didn't have the impact that they should have. Despite the fact that stop motion films usually do decent business, Disney canned Shademaker, his next planned project. He isn't taking that lying down, though, because he's now working on a film called The Shadow King, and what we've seen has been awesome. »
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