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How many of these madcap cartoon series do you remember?
Check out this amazing concept art for the abandoned Jurassic Park animation
Back to the Future is generally considered a perfect movie trilogy, so did we really need the further adventures of Doc Brown and his family in cartoon form? Christopher Lloyd actually appeared in this series in live-action interstitials, but the animated Doc was voiced by Dan 'Homer Simpson' Castellaneta.
2. Mighty Ducks
Remember those films about the cute outcast kids who Emilio Estevez coaches into champion hockey players? How much better would it have been if they were actual ducks? Alien ducks? It made sense to someone.
The gem in the cartoon adaptation crown, »
Imagine going to see a summer blockbuster where the superhero sits out the last 15 minutes to search the internet for the best price on matching tights and capes.
That’s essentially what went down on the penultimate Season 11 episode of Food Network Star, where Bobby and Giada (with some help from Bob and Susie) picked the correct Top 3 — and then sent them off to make pilots where none of ’em so much as brought water to a boil.
For 10 weeks now, I’ve been »
Something died in the middle of this week’s Food Network Star — and not just guest judge Katie Lee’s will to live after being asked to accept the idea that a steaming bowl of soup makes the perfect warm-weather family-reunion entree.
Nope, I’m talking about the last shred of suspense regarding the Season 11 proceedings — which flatlined at the exact moment Jay chose to make Pigs in a Blanket (using store-bought biscuit dough!) and Ants on a Log (yes, that thing where you put peanut butter and raisins on a celery stick) for his mentor challenge.
PhotosTV’s Steamiest Sex: Watch Pulse-Raising Oitnb, »
Greer will appear in the penultimate Season 3 installment as Alice Logan, the wife of Charles’ Dan Logan, a perfume magnate who approaches Masters and Johnson about bottling the smell of sex. A recovering alcoholic and long-suffering spouse, Alice will join Dan, Masters and Johnson for an uncomfortable dinner.
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Read More: IFC Midnight Acquires Tribeca Fest Thriller 'Replicas' Starring Selma BlairBrad Coley's ("The Undeserved") second feature film tells a multigenerational saga through the eyes of Clair, (Rachel Miner) a 33-year-old New Yorker who decides to return to her childhood home in New England for the first time since fleeing after the mysterious death of her mother. As she reencounters locals and her family's murky history, Clair realizes that secrecy pervades her small town, mostly through Cyrus Gast (William Sadler), a local bigwig whose revitalization plans for the town are not what they seem to be. Watch in the clip above as Clair confronts Cryus' son, Frank Byron (Andy Comeau,) and finds that she has more in common with him than she thought. The thriller co-stars Rachel Miner ("Supernatural"), William Sadler ("The Shawshank Redemption"), Chris Sarandon ("The Nightmare Before Christmas") and Andy Comeau »
- Sarah Choi
Star Wars creator George Lucas, composer Danny Elfman, All My Children star Susan Lucci, Disney Animator Andreas Deja and other beloved contributors to the Disney legacy will be named and honored as official Disney Legends during D23 Expo 2015 at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 14, in Hall D23 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The ceremony will be hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, and will include special musical performances. There will be eight individuals in total introduced as Disney Legends next month.
The Disney Legends Awards program is a 28-year tradition of The Walt Disney Company, and the first Disney Legend was Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire), who was honored in 1987. The three-day Expo provides the opportunity for Disney fans to be a part of the memorable and prestigious event. Here's what Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger had to say about the Disney Legends in a statement. »
Disney have become such a phenomenon that they can hold their own Comic Con these days. Of course Disney has always been huge, but there was a time when their name was synonymous with animated movies and catchy songs. Now they own Marvel and the Star Wars brands. Those last two properties alone are enough to assemble a mountain of geeks in convention halls to scream at news announcements.
This year Disney will be taking the opportunity to name some big names and important Disney employees as Disney legends. George Lucas seems to have jumped to the front of the queue, as his Star Wars creation looks set to bring Disney a few more billions into the bank. Elsewhere Tim Burton favourite, composer Danny Elfman also joins the legends having composed scores for the likes of Alice In Wonderland, Oz The Great And Powerful, and of course Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Though they may have freaked out the teenagers on Elm Street and the camp counselors at Crystal Lake, Funko's Pocket Pop! horror keychains featuring Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and others will likely delight horror fans.
From Funko: Pocket Pop!: Horror
"Watch out! These frightening characters are teaming up in our Horror Pocket Pop! Tin just in time for Halloween! The whole gang is here! Ghost Face, Chucky, Billy, and Freddy, Jason, and Sam are now small enough to go wherever you go! Coming in August!"
Pocket Pop! Keychain: Horror
"Jason and Freddy also come as Pocket Pop! Keychains! They’re joined by fellow horror icons Ghost Face and Chucky! Prepare to run for your life! Coming in August!"
Pocket Pop!: The Nightmare Before Christmas
"The Nightmare Before Christmas 3-pack tin offers a more universal take on Halloween! Jack Skellington, Sally, and Oogie Boogie have been shrunken down and packaged together in a Pop! »
- Derek Anderson
Among the many new releases from Diamond Select Toys to be displayed at Comic-Con 2015 and come out in stores this fall are the Aliens Minimates Deluxe Sets. Also in this round-up: a new clip from The Gallows and release details for Dreadtime Stories.
Aliens Minimates Deluxe Power Loader & Alien Queen: Press Release: "Comic-Con is fast approaching, and Diamond Select Toys has revealed a plethora of new items (coming to stores this fall) that will be on display there! With their first-ever product from The Muppets, several new products from Back to the Future, plus new items from Marvel Comics’ Secret Wars, Aliens, Batman, Justice League, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Tarot and Sponge Bob SquarePants, it’s the best of all worlds! Read on for pictures and details, then pre-order through your local comic shop (www.comicshoplocator.com), your favorite online retailer, or diamondselecttoys.com!
Aliens Minimates Deluxe Power Loader & Alien Queen Asst. »
- Tamika Jones
The way film composer and former Oingo Boingo frontman Danny Elfman tells it, his whole career boils down to two words: "Fuck it." He muttered that philosophical phrase when he offered an opportunity to write his first movie score – for director Tim Burton's feature debut, Pee-wee's Big Adventure – and the musician said it again when given the chance to perform his now-impressive catalog of symphonic cinematic creations in his "Music From the Films of Tim Burton" concert series.
The shows, which opened in London in 2013 and will kick off »
For decades Denise Di Novi has worked as a producer. She consulted on Videodrome; her name is on Heathers; and she was among the most significant members of the team that brought early Tim Burton films to the screen. She worked to make Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Ed Wood, for starters. Now Di […]
- Russ Fischer
Read More: Danny Elfman Says He's Working On A "Hybrid" Theme For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron,' Plus New Poster After sold-out runs in London and Los Angeles, "Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton" will have its New York premiere next month at the Lincoln Center Festival. The concert will feature some of Elfman's most memorable works, including the score of "The Nightmare Before Christmas." This is more than just a concert-- it's a musical experience. "Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton" will include visuals of Tim Burton's original sketches, drawings, storyboards and film clips. Check out Elfman's performance of "What's This?" from "The Nightmare Before Christmas" above. The Lincoln Center Festival will have eight performances at Avery Fischer Hall from July 6-12. Read More: Watch: Zimmer, Elfman and More Talk Composing in Upcoming Doc 'Score' »
- Kaeli Van Cott
As expected, “creative differences” are being cited as the reason for the departure, but it’s not hard to fill in the blanks there. Coppola, whose past films have included The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation, Somewhere and The Bling Ring, is known for directing somber, decidedly adult dramas, and she likely had a very distinctive vision for what she wanted her take on the Hans Christian Andersen tale to look like.
Universal and Working Title likely couldn’t completely get behind Coppola’s ideas for the movie, which led to the rift between the director and the studios. That being said, The Little Mermaid is still very much a go, with Caroline Thompson (The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands »
- Isaac Feldberg
In a way, it seemed almost too good to be true. When Universal couldn't secure Joe Wright to direct their long brewing, live action take on "The Little Mermaid," they snagged Sofia Coppola. And it was a potentially promising endeavor, with Coppola making her first big studio picture, doing something unlike anything she's done before. But alas, it won't happen. Read More: Watch: Explore The Loneliness Of Sofia Coppola's Film With This Supercut Deadline reports that Coppola has exited the movie over, you guessed it, "creative differences." The movie has had a few different pens on it so far, with Abi Morgan ("Shame") and Kelly Marcel ("Fifty Shades Of Grey") previously tackling it, and Caroline Thompson's ("Edward Scissorhands," "The Nightmare Before Christmas") rewrite looking like the one that will stick. But even with Coppola's departure, the project isn't dead, with Universal apparently »
- Kevin Jagernauth
One of the zombie apocalypse's most durable survivors, an elite galactic hunter, a well-meaning Mogwai, a ghost with a sense of humor, two vastly different characters from Tim Burton's A Nightmare Before Christmas, and more are included in Hallmark's recently unveiled lineup of 2015 holiday ornaments:
Daryl Dixon ornament ($17.95, available October 3rd): "In a post-apocalyptic world, tracker and adept survivalist Daryl Dixon stands tall at the heart of a ragtag group of survivors. Holding his crossbow, Daryl may give off a lone-wolf vibe, but his actions prove otherwise. Time and again, he risks his own life to protect those around him, making himself a valued group leader and a popular character with fans of AMC's The Walking Dead."
Predator ornament ($17.95, available October 3rd): "This is the face of the extraterrestrial warrior that became one of the most iconic aliens in sci-fi film history. Now, this Predator can be yours, »
- Derek Anderson
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
After his memory was wiped as a result of the assault, Hogancamp readjusted to life by building a miniature village populated by a variety of dolls with their own distinct personalities.
Carell will play Hogancamp in Robert Zemeckis's dramatisation of the documentary, according to TheWrap.
This will be a further move into dramatic work for Carell, who rose to fame by starring in television comedy The Office and films like The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.
Earlier in the year, Carell earned Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for portraying convicted killer John Eleuthère du Pont in Foxcatcher.
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After stunning audiences and critics alike with his gripping, grotesque performance in Foxcatcher, Steve Carell is taking on another dramatic project that will move the Office actor further from his comic roots. Carell will star in Robert Zemeckis’ Marwencol, a feature adaptation of the 2010 Jeff Malmberg documentary.
When Zemeckis was first mentioned in association with the project back in 2013, he and Universal were said to be eyeing Leonardo DiCaprio for the lead role, and though that evidently didn’t pan out, Carell has been making dramatic waves of his own in recent years.
The actor will star as Mark Hogancamp, who is assaulted and left with severe amnesia, unable to remember his life prior to the attack. Searching for meaning, he begins to construct an elaborate, miniature model of a World War II-era Belgian village called Marwencol. Becoming invested in the stories of the little dolls he places in Marwencol, »
- Isaac Feldberg
I love a bit of Christmas; I have more Christmas sweaters than regular sweaters. I also love a mix of dark Christmas cheer when it comes to movies, with Gremlins, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Rare Exports being some of my favourites. So I am very happy that Trick ‘R Treat director Michael Dougherty follow-up film to his 2009 cult classic Halloween film, will be Krampus. Krampus sees a mischievous ghoul of European folklore being awoken by a young boy Max and his dysfunctional family. The Krampus soon sets about ruining Christmas in darkly comedic ways, as Cbristmas icons take on a life of their own.
Dougherty has also scripted such superhero hits as X2: X-men United, and the upcoming X-men: Apocalypse, but it’s great he’s back in the director’s chair. Meanwhile, it is Weta Workshop who will be bringing the Krampus to life, while Legendary (fast becoming »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
This new version of Dumbo will blend CGI animation and live action in its tale of a bashful elephant's dreams of flying free above the heads of his tormenters.
This will be a reunion for Burton with Disney, having started his career as an animator and concept artist on films like The Fox and the Hound and Tron.
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