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It feels like they've been buttering us up for the return of Ron Burgundy all year. We've been treated to the Ron-fronted Dodge commercials and an impromptu live version of Afternoon Delight, but if you simply can't wait till Anchorman 2 goes on release next Wednesday – or you simply don't feel like paying for a ticket – these special preview screenings are a good option. The format is the same in each city: a big, themed venue in which to follow the exploits of Will Ferrell and his fellow 1970s throwbacks (this time contending with the cut-throat world of 24-hour news). Plus the promise of "salon-quality hair makeovers", branded refreshments and, of course, jazz flute. Now all you have to do is get a ticket; check the website to find out how. »
- Steve Rose
When it was released twenty years ago, The Nightmare Before Christmas was not an immediate success. However, over the following two decades, it has become one of the most beloved holiday movies, and composer Danny Elfman admits that autograph seekers inevitably have The Nightmare Before Christmas merchandise for him to sign above all other films he has worked on. When the 15th Anniversary 2-Disc Collector’s Edition DVD was released in 2008, Elfman joined in with producer Tim Burton and director Henry Selick to record a commentary track. This track, along with many of the other bonus features, is also included on the 3D Blu-ray, which was released in 2011 (and likely all other annual releases as Disney moves forward). Seeing as we’re at the half-way point between Halloween and Christmas, and since it is the 20th anniversary of the film’s release, it seemed appropriate to revisit the film and hear what the filmmakers had to say »
- Kevin Carr
I personally don't remember my world changing forever on this day 10 years ago, but in retrospect it's obvious. November 7, 2003 was a Friday. It was the opening weekend of The Matrix: Revolutions, a threequel I didn't even bother to see. But it was also the weekend that Christmas traditions changed forever. By some unbelievable, magical convergence, November 7, 2003 marked the debut of what are inarguably the two most popular modern Christmas movies: Elf and Love Actually. One a goofy fable starring a former SNL standout, one a multi-stranded romance starring basically everyone in England, they were two wildly different spins on the sentimental Christmas standard, a genre that hadn't turned out a hit since 2000's How The Grinch Stole Christmas (and, if you're looking for movies that people actually still watch, since 1993's The Nightmare Before Christmas). Every holiday season brings at least a movie or two designed to be seen by »
Just when I thought I was the ultimate Nightmare on Elm Street fan - walls loaded up with posters and shelves stocked with toys - someone just had to go ahead and outdo me...
Proving themselves to be the hands down biggest Fred-heads of all time, a couple in Alexandria, Louisiana gave birth to a healthy baby boy on Halloween, who they named Freddy Jack. Why is this worthy of mentioning here on FEARnet? Because the father's name is John Krueger!
Little Freddy Krueger's parents said they originally planned on naming their third son Oliver, a plan that changed when they found out that Jessica would have to give birth via c-section on Halloween day - a week before the November due date. "We made a deal," said Freddy's mother. "If I went into labor before Halloween, we'd name him something else."
As for Freddy's middle name, that was inspired by Jack Skellington, »
- John Squires
Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find some hilarious leftover Halloween 2013 goodness!
If you have any Geek Picks of your own, please send them to srgeekpicks(at)gmail(dot)com and you could be featured in a future post!
“Mr. Scarecrow” by Tux (Jimmy Fallon and Jason Schwartzman)
Tux reunites to perform their Halloween song, “Mr. Scarecrow.”
This is Halloween (Cover) By Dan Buckley
All voices are sung by Dan Buckely – a total of 66 vocal tracks! “This is Halloween”, the opening number of The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Andy and Amy’s Haunted Ship Adventure
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- Justin Vactor
Not so long ago we at Thn brought you news of a fantastic series of films for the Halloween season that company Pop Up Screens were running. Pop Up Screens are a company that help put the fun back into the film viewing experience and do this by showing classic films in a variety of non-cinema locations. For example, over summer they screened films such as Juno, and Fight Club at various London parks. To prove that we never endorse something that we don’t 100% believe in, last night Thn attended the screening of Saw.
The location of the Halloween season is the visually stunning St James’ Church in West Hampstead. Yes it might seem odd going to a church to watch classic horror films which include Hellraiser, Saw, Scream, and Beetlejuice, however the setting really adds atmosphere. To aid the Halloween festivities, the church and churchyard had been given a spooky once-over. »
- Kat Smith
Directed by Henry Selick
Written by Caroline Thompson
Every year around this time, Disney puts The Nightmare Before Christmas back in movie theaters. In Los Angeles, it’s even playing in “4D.” Jack Skellington and the other denizens of Halloween Town have showed up in video games and merchandise both official and of the Hot Topic variety. It’s ironic that the Mouse House has so enthusiastically embraced the film. In 1993, when Nightmare first hit theaters, Disney was so skittish about its tone and content that it was released under the Touchstone label instead of the castle with the shooting star. But the company is nothing if not canny, and a sizable box office take and devoted fanbase has done more than enough to convince them to bring Nightmare into the mainstream fold over the past two decades.
Nightmare is a game-changing landmark in the history of stop-motion animation. »
- Dan Schindel
Here at People Pets, we've been celebrating Halloween for some time now. We've shared the best pet costumes to come from our readers and provided instructions on how to get your own felines in on the action. But while we've been marveling at one creative New Yorker's interpretation of Barksy, née Banksy, the animal kingdom has been getting in on the Halloween fun without us - until now. Exhibit A: Austria's Schönbrunn Zoo, where a coati (pictured above), a member of the raccoon family, gets in his last licks with an all-too-willing pumpkin (judging from its expression, the happy-gourd-lucky vegetable »
Happy Halloween, everybody! It’s Tim, here to celebrate the high holy night of horror movies, when even the most squeamish can steel themselves up to watch a scary movie, and scary movie lovers stock up all our best and blackest to watch in marathons of unendurable dread.
But let’s not go prattling about every random horror film that comes to mind (which is, I’m a little sorry to admit, the way that I assembled my movie playlist for the night). Instead, I’d like to ask everybody to pitch in their suggestions for a question always on my mind this time of year:
What movies best capture the spirit of Halloween?
- Tim Brayton
With so many titles to choose from, Netflix Instant's library can be overwhelming. So we typically bring you this biweekly column as a tool to cut through the clutter by highlighting some now streaming titles that pair well with the latest theatrical releases. But with Halloween upon us, we decided to treat you all to a bonus column filled to the brim with scary cinema, terrifying TV shows, and spooky selections for all ages. Halloween Viewing For Kids The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) This movie musical from the deranged mind of Tim Burton imagines what would happen if the ghosts and ghouls who make October 31st fun took over Christmas. Jack Skellington has grown bored with being the king of Halloween, so he kidnaps Santa Claus to take his place and bring joy to children all over the world Christmas morning. But when Jack's idea of gifts prove more horrifying than »
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle is getting revamped - The Hollywood Reporter Is this the era of weird kids on TV? - Vulture Rob Lowe discusses his Parks & Recreation exit - HuffPost Entertainment A sequel to Olympus Has Fallen is on the way - Moviefone How seven classic movie characters would fare in a slasher movie - Cracked Guess who's coming back to The Real Housewives of New Jersey - BuddyTV It's The Nightmare Before Christmas's anniversary! - The Daily Beast Community has some great guest stars coming up - Splitsider What the critics are saying about Ender's Game - Rotten Tomatoes How many Gravity puns can you make? - NextMovie Jerry Seinfeld's home is way better than his TV apartment - Popsugar Home »
- Maggie Pehanick
Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Hotel Transylvania -- they’re the stuff of gentle Halloween legend, making the family-friendly rounds on every DVD player across the country as kiddies and their parents carve pumpkins, put the finishing touches on costumes, and add just a few more bones to the impromptu graveyard out in the front yard. And yes, those very same movies and more are part of my own family’s annual Creepy (but not too creepy) Halloween Movie Countdown. While they’re loved for sure -- It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is required watching, obviously -- this year, a welcome twist on the usual flicks is in the works at our house. Here are five family-movie picks that unexpectedly fit into the spookified All Hallow’s Eve...
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Tim Burton’s seminal stop-motion classic The Nightmare Before Christmas turns 20 years old today, which is surprising since Jack Skellington is looking as slim as ever. That means that the question of when-do-you-watch-it has never been more relevant.
Every season, when I get to geek out about the holiday movies I’ll get to watch again, there are a few that easily come to mind—I know the sassy ladies of Hocus Pocus will grace my screen during Halloween, just as confidently as I know that emo Rudolph and the Rankin-Bass Claymation crew will take up space on my DVR during Christmastime. »
- Marc Snetiker
If the last week of October arrived without a healthy dose of Halloween-oriented programming ... well, it couldn't be the last week of October.
As people of all ages get ready to celebrate, with or without costumes, various television networks will be doing the same. Here's a sampling of some of the offerings intended to be treats more than tricks.
"The Good Witch's Destiny" (Sunday, Oct. 27, Hallmark Channel): Repeating from its premiere the previous week, the sixth of Catherine Bell's fantasy movies makes the birthday of her supposed-sorceress character Cassie quite memorable.
"Paranormal Activity" (Sunday, FX): Which forces are causing a young couple (Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat) great alarm in their home? They use video equipment to find out in this cost-effective 2007 horror hit.
Fascinating news today from director Robert Zemeckis. He's on board to helm a new drama based on Jeff Malmberg's stunning 2010 documentary "Marwencol." The doc is centered on one Mark Hogancamp, who dealt with the trauma of being beaten up by a group of teenagers -- and his complete memory loss, as a result -- in a very unique way. Hogancamp built a one-sixth scale model of a World War II-era Belgian village, populated by action figurines. In the doc, Hogancamp is eventually courted by the New York art scene, which he meets with both interest and intense reservations. The Universal project currently has a script by Caroline Thompson, who co-wrote Tim Burton's "Edward Scissorhands," "The Nightmare Before Christmas," and the adaptation of Agnieszka Holland's gorgeous 1993 version of "The Secret Garden." Word is, Zemeckis ("Forrest Gump") is hoping to cast Leonardo DiCaprio as Hogancamp. Zemeckis was able to »
- Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
It looks like director Robert Zemeckis is lining up his next film project, and it's going to be a good one. The movie is called Marwencol, and it's based on a documentary of the same name released back in 2010. It's based on the true story of Mark Hogancamp, who suffered severe head trauma after being beaten outside of a bar by a group of teenagers. He was in a nine day coma, and when he woke up he had no memory of his life, his friends or his family.
To cope with what had happened to him, and as therapy to help mend his mind, he started building a 1/6 scale model of a Belgian village set in World War II in his backyard. The figures represent himself, his friends, and the even the boys that beat him up. It also helps him escape into a kind of fantasy world. »
- Joey Paur
Director Robert Zemeckis (Flight, Cast Away, Forrest Gump, Back to the Future) is developing a new film based on the 2010 documentary "Marwencol," about a man finding a unique way to deal with severe memory loss. The man is Mark Hogancamp, who was attacked and beaten by a group of teenagers that left him in a coma that lasted nine days. When he woke up, he had no memory of his life, his friends or his family. As a form of therapy, he began building a one-sixth scale model of a World War II-era Belgian village in his backyard, filled with figures made in the image of him, his friends, and his attackers. While the process mends his mind to a certain extent, it also lets him escape into a fantasy world in which he creates various scenarios with the figurines. The documentary focused on Hogancamp as he is suddenly forced »
Director Robert Zemeckis has agreed to helm Marwencol for Universal, according to Variety. The film will be based on the 2010 documentary of the same name and though no actors are officially attached, the studio currently has their eye on none other than Leonardo DiCaprio.
Penned by frequent Tim Burton collaborator Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Corpse Bride), the film will tell the true story of Mark Hogancamp, who slipped into a coma after being attacked outside a bar. When we awoke several days later, he had no recollection of anything in his life. In order to help overcome this setback, he goes about re-constructing a 1/6 scale model of the tiny town of Marwencol, a World War-ii era Belgian village.
Zemeckis’ film will be a narrative adaptation that will “move between and blend fantasy and reality.” Sounds like an interesting take on the material that could work »
- Matt Joseph
Fresh off receiving rave reviews for Flight, his first live-action film in over a decade, Robert Zemeckis has signed on to direct a narrative adaptation of the 2010 documentary Marwencol. While no offers have been made, the director is reportedly trying to lure in Leonardo DiCaprio to star.
The studio has also picked up the life rights of Mark Hogancamp, the subject of Jeff Malmberg's documentary. The original film followed Mark Hogancamp's long road to recovery after he was severely beaten by five teenagers, causing him to slip into a coma for nine days. When he came out of the coma, he had absolutely no memory of his life or friends and family members. He began constructing a one-sixth scale model of a World War II-era Belgian village in his backyard, with figures that resembled his friends, family members and even his attackers, which allowed him both to heal »
Filmmaker Robert Zemeckis made a much-welcomed return to the world of live-action last year with Flight, and it appears that the director has now settled on his follow-up project. Heat Vision reports that Zemeckis is developing a feature film adaptation of director Jeff Malmberg’s 2010 documentary Marwencol for Universal as his next picture. The doc tells the story of Mark Hogancamp, a man who was assaulted by five teens and sent into a nine-day coma. When he awoke, he had no memory of his life, family, or friends. In an effort to cope with the trauma, he began building a 1/6 scale model of a WWII-era Belgian village in his backyard. The figures were made in the image of him, his friends, and surprisingly his attackers, and “allowed him to escape into a fantasy world in which he creates his various scenarios with the dolls.” Hit the jump for more, including the trailer for the documentary. »
- Adam Chitwood
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