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ABC Family's countdown to 25 Days of Christmas just kicked off, but after that, it's time for the real deal! ABC Family's holiday-themed marathon (which follows the equally addictive 13 Nights of Halloween) kicks off on Dec. 1 and goes until Christmas Day, of course, and this year's offerings are all nostalgic and fun. It's exactly what you need to get you in the mood. Get a look at the schedule now to get excited! Related: The Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas Lineup Is Here 11 Holiday Movies You Can Stream on Netflix The 17 Holiday Movies You Have to Watch at Least Once Dec. 1 7:00 a.m. - The Preacher's Wife 11:00 a.m. - Disney's A Christmas Carol 1:00 p.m. - Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas 2:30 p.m. - The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus 3:30 p.m. - Frosty's Winter Wonderland 4:00 p.m. - Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July »
- Shannon Vestal Robson
Social media is filled with complaints about retailers jumping the gun on Christmas. Hey the jack-o-lantern’s not yet ripe when the tinsel and wreaths go on sale. Well at least this inspired one of the great double holiday flicks, The Nightmare Before Christmas. So, if the mall starts early, why not the attached (usually) multiplex theatres. Hollywood loves sending out movies at the end of the year set around the staples of the season. So, before you even think about grabbing the turkey (let’s not get ahead of this piece) for Thanksgiving, here’s a flick about a big, big family getting things set for the big Christmas Eve shindig. Now Mom’s a perfectionist, so everything has to be plotted out and just right. Of course, like most families, things are far from perfect. Doesn’t mean they can’t try their darndest in the new star-packed cinema stocking, »
- Jim Batts
Animated films take years to complete. So animation directors can bask in acclaim one year and then seem to vanish from the scene, when, in fact, they are hard at work on their next picture. Variety caught up with three animation directors familiar to awards voters and asked them what they are working on and which of this year’s animated releases impressed them.
Selick is no stranger to accolades. His feature directing bow was the iconic stop-motion film “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993), an annual staple that was nominated for an Academy Award (for visual effects) before there was even a category for animated feature, He also adapted and directed 2009’s “Coraline,” the first full-length film from stop-motion powerhouse Laika. “Coraline” received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for animated feature.
Selick is excited about a of couple of new projects he’s been working on. One involves author Neil Gaiman, »
- Terry Flores
Keeping up the healthy late-career pace, Wim Wenders has settled on his next feature — the one after The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez, that is, which will itself follow the still-not-domestically-released Every Thing Will Be Fine. The picture’s titled Submergence, and, plot-wise, sounds an awful lot like his work: an adaptation of J.M. Ledgard‘s novel, it runs across the globe and shifts focus between James More, an English reporter, as he’s held captive by jiahdists in Somalia, and Danielle Flinders, a “biomathematician” exploring life on the ocean floor. As former lovers in their own perilous situations, they both remember better times spent at a French hotel on the Atlantic coast. [Deadline]
A bit of Until the End of the World‘s romance here, a bit of the director’s documentary approach there — two ingredients that have a more-or-less-equal chance of being wondrous or a clunker when combined. (Which is, »
- Nick Newman
Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key (aka Key & Peele) have teamed up with Henry Selick, director of stop-motion films like “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Coraline,” to develop a new stop-motion feature film that will be based on an original story by Selick, titled "Wendell and Wild." Said to be a comedy, the story follows two scheming brothers who also happen to be demons, who are challenged by their arch-nemesis, the nun Sister Helly, and her two sidekicks, the goth teens Kat and Raoul. It's still early in the development process, so few details are currently public. Peele and Selick will co-write the script adaptation, with Selick directing and »
- Tambay A. Obenson
"The Nightmare Before Christmas" and "Coraline" director Henry Selick is teaming with comedians Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key for a new stop-motion animated feature based on an original story by Selick.
"Wendell and Wild" is a a comedy about two scheming demon brothers who must face their arch-nemesis, the demon-dusting nun Sister Helly, and her two goth teen acolytes.
The trio are currently discussing the creative details of the project which has yet to be setup with a buyer. Selick will co-write with Peele, and will direct and produce, along with Gotham Group.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Henry Selick, director of stop-motion classics Disney’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and Laika’s “Coraline,” is developing a new stop-motion feature with Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key based on an original story by Selick.
“‘Wendell and Wild’ is a comedy about two scheming demon brothers who must face their arch-nemesis, the demon-dusting nun Sister Helly, and her two acolytes, the goth teens Kat and Raoul,” says Selick.
Selick, Key and Peele are currently discussing the creative details, says Key & Peele’s manager Joel Zadak of Principato-Young. “It is not set up yet with a buyer, but the entire team is passionate about the direction,” he says.
Key and Peele are no strangers to animated projects, with both having done various voices on Fox’s “Bob’s Burgers” among other projects. Key will be voicing a character in the upcoming animated feature based on the game “Angry Birds” and he »
- Terry Flores
Every October, ABC Family treats viewers to 13 straight nights of spooky movies leading up to the scariest night of the year: Halloween. The schedule is out for this year's annual marathon, and there are a lot of terrifying movies to look forward to. Ok, they're mostly Halloween movies for wimps, but they're still great! Most of the real scary stuff starts at midnight, like I Know What You Did Last Summer and Poltergeist II: The Other Side. The scarefest started this week, so take a look below to plan which movies you want to tune in for, and if you need Halloween costume ideas, we have those too! And if you're looking ahead, here is the lineup for 25 Days of Christmas! Oct. 19 1:30 p.m. - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 5 p.m. - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 9 p.m. - Hocus Pocus 12 a. »
- Maggie Pehanick
Already thinking about what you're going to do on Halloween? Though it may be contrary to popular belief, Halloween is one of the best nights of the year to stay in. Why? Because there are loads of scary movies and TV marathons on. We already have the full lineup for ABC Family's 13 Nights of Halloween, and several other networks have released exactly what programs are airing when. We've already started gathering the listings for Oct. 31, so take a look, and mark down the movies and shows you don't want to miss. Don't forget - use your DVR to record all the stuff you can't get to, and you can be watching classic horror movies for weeks! Oh, and if you are going out, we can help with that, too. ABC Family 7 a.m. - Batman 10 a.m. - Batman Returns 12:30 p.m. - Poltergeist 3 p.m. - Sleepy Hollow 5:30 p. »
- Maggie Pehanick
It’s Halloween time, and there’s no one better to ring in the scariest of holidays than Jack Skellington himself. If you’re throwing a Halloween party, Jack Skellington candy apples made with mini apples are a fun holiday treat. Jack’s face is more sweet than spooky and this delightful dessert makes any party even more festive and fun. Watch The Nightmare Before Christmas, make up these holiday snacks and have a happy Halloween! You’ll...
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To help get movie fans into the Halloween spirit, we put three spook-tacular artists under our spell and had them create some ghoulish greetings for the trick or treat season. So check out these devilishly delightful original images created exclusively for Fandango by a most talented trio of artists. Artist Tony Bui created this adorable scene featuring Winnie Sanderson from Hocus Pocus, Wednesday Addams from The Addams Family, Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas, Freddy...
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The Nightmare Before Christmas is a bona fide animated classic - but debate has raged on for 20 years about one aspect of the film: Is it set at Christmas or Halloween?
The stop-motion movie's director Henry Selick has settled things once and for all, answering the question at the recent Telluride Horror Show film festival.
"Oh boy. It's a Halloween movie," Birth.Movies.Death quoted Selick as saying.
"They love Santa and say he's all-powerful," he added.
So, consider that the final word on the matter!
Revisit the (Halloween-set) classic with the trailer for Nightmare Before Christmas below: »
Starting off this morning's round-up is Frankenstein Day of the Beast release details for the U.S. and Canada. Also: a new variant for The Walking Dead #1, Kids of Horror photo gallery, Son of Frankenstein screening details, and photos from the 8 Films to Die For premiere.
Frankenstein Day of the Beast: Press Release: "Sgl Entertainment is pleased to announce that they just have signed a 6 picture movie deal with the Legendary Horror Filmmaker Ricardo Islas. As part of the Deal, the first release of many will be Frankenstein Day Of The Beast to be Unleashed on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD in the U.S. and Canada. The award-winning film had previously been released in Germany and Japan but will now be Available in North America via Sgl Entertainment along with their partners Mvd and Indie Rights.
In a foggy winter morning, a raft brings a priest to an isolated island. »
- Tamika Jones
Halloween is a time for make-believe, dress-up and delighting in all sorts of youthful exploits. But it's also a time for ghosts. Make that hot ghosts. These handsome denizens of the afterlife may not be the first thing that comes to mind for most during the autumn season, but for us it's always been our most favorite thing about the holiday. There are so many popular (and high-quality) movies dedicated to All Hallows Eve—The Nightmare Before Christmas, Scream and of course the ever-present Michael Myers and his Halloween series are great examples. But we're here today to pay special tribute to a few flicks that sparked somewhat of a sexual awakening and opened us up to the »
*Updated with new film and TV show listings.* Happy October, everyone! Our favorite month is finally upon us, which means everyone is getting into the Halloween spirit, especially when it comes to upcoming TV programming over the next 31 days. Trying to keep track of everything that’s playing throughout October can be a hellish affair, so once again Daily Dead is here to help make sure you know about everything Halloween-related hitting cable and network airwaves over the coming weeks.
* All Updated & Additional Listings Are In Bold (all times listed are Et/Pt)*
Thursday, October 1st
9:00am – Halloween Crazier (Travel Channel)
4:00pm – Firestarter (AMC)
6:00pm – The Last Exorcism (Syfy)
6:30pm – Pet Sematary (AMC)
8:00pm – My Babysitter’s a Vampire (Disney)
10:00pm – Dominion Season 3 Finale (Syfy)
10:30 pm – Cujo (AMC)
- Heather Wixson
It's a debate that's raged ever since the flick's debut in 1993: Is "The Nightmare Before Christmas" a Halloween movie, or a Christmas movie? Fans have their own reasoning for picking a particular side, but now, the film's director, Henry Selick, has weighed in with the definitive answer.
In an Q&A session following a "Nightmare" screening at the Telluride Horror Show last weekend, Selick was asked directly by a little girl in the crowd, "Is this a Christmas movie or a Halloween movie?" After a pause, the director revealed that he came down decidedly on Team Halloween.
After the question was asked Selick looked a little surprised, and he said, "Oh boy," likely knowing that whatever answer he gave would be controversial.
"It's a Halloween movie," he said, definitively. He acknowledged that a lot of people liked the Christmas Town stuff waaaaay better than the »
- Katie Roberts
There's been a bit of a debate going on over the years as to the true nature of The Nightmare Before Christmas. Is it a Halloween movie, first and foremost, or is it a movie about the Christmas spirit? You could see where each side would make their case, and while this is hardly the type of argument that breaks up Thanksgiving dinners, it sure would be nice to have a definitive answer once... Read More »
- Billy Donnelly
It’s one of the greatest cinematic controversies of all time. Since international law allows you to only watch The Nightmare Before Christmas once per year, fans of the 1993 stop-motion animated musical have long debated the more appropriate time to view the film. Is it a weird and creepy Christmas movie, or a Halloween movie with […]
The post Breaking: ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ is a Halloween Movie, Not a Christmas Movie Says Director appeared first on /Film. »
- Jacob Hall
What's this? We've always worked on the notion that the brilliant The Nightmare Before Christmas, directed by Henry Selick with help from the brain of Tim Burton, was a November movie. That is, because it's a Halloween story set at Christmas, we've always tried to do our annual rewatch somewhere towards the end of November. Call us fence sitters should you so desire.
In a new Q&A with Henry Selick however, he was asked whether he sees it as a Christmas or Halloween film. And he's firmly come down on the side of the latter.
"It's a Halloween movie", he confirmed, accepting that many people prefer Christmas Town to Halloween Town. However, as Bmd reports, he also added that 'this is a movie about Halloween, and the people of Halloween, »
ABC Family has announced the full lineup for its annual "13 Nights of Halloween" celebration, and its offerings of both kid- and adult-friendly fare signify that it's already beginning its transition into its upcoming rebranded network, Freeform.
The schedule includes perennial favorites like "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1," "Hocus Pocus," and "The Addams Family," which appeal to tweens and teens alike, along with flicks to attract a younger crowd, including "Frankenweenie," "Monsters University," and "Toy Story Of Terror!"
But the more-adult movies -- aimed at that so-called "becomer" demographic of viewers in their late 20s and early 30s -- begin late at night, and wouldn't have been caught dead on ABC Family's schedule before. These new flicks -- including Johnny Depp's "Sleepy Hollow," "I Know What You Did Last Summer," and the original "Poltergeist" -- clearly signify the shift to Freeform, and should hopefully attract the audience that the network craves. »
- Katie Roberts
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