20 items from 2016
Despite suffering a box office dud with Steven Spielberg’s The Bfg, it looks like Disney is keen on taking another crack at a live-action Roald Dahl adaptation, with Deadline reporting that Sam Mendes (Spectre) is in talks to develop and direct a James and the Giant Peach movie.
Dahl’s 1961 children’s book centres on a young orphan boy who befriends human-like bugs living inside a giant magical peach, and together they embark on an adventure to escape his cruel aunts. The script for the new film is being penned by Nick Hornby (Wild, Brooklyn).
Having secured the rights in 1992 following Dahl’s passing (with the author having rejected a number of offers during his lifetime), Disney previously brought the book to the big screen back in 1996, with Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas) directing a live-action/stop-motion animated hybrid version, which was produced by Tim Burton.
- Amie Cranswick
Top 10 dogs on filmTop 10 dogs on filmAmanda Wood8/26/2016 10:00:00 Am
We humans have been sharing the silver screen with all manner of beasts for as long as movies have existed. But no animal quite manages to capture our hearts and our cameras as much as the good old-fashioned pet dog. Dogs have played major and minor characters in practically every genre, their loyalty and selflessness making them ideal sidekicks and heroes.
Today is National Dog Day, so here at Cineplex we're in full celebration mode. As you might have guessed, we're big on dogs here, so this is undoubtedly one of the most exciting days of the year for us. There are no shortage of amazing, adorable, and impressive dogs in movies, so we obviously had to mention some of our favourites to commemorate the day.
There are far too many movie dogs to include in this list, so »
- Amanda Wood
Kubo and the Two Strings hit theaters this past weekend to ecstatic praise from critics and audiences alike, giving the many artists in Kubo’s closing credits cause to celebrate. But there is one notable filmmaker whom close watchers of the animation world will notice is not in those closing credits: Henry Selick. The celebrated animation director (known for The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach) helmed Coraline, the first feature from Kubo stop-motion studio Laika. That film put the unique company on the map. After Coraline’s success, Selick was expected to work on more Laika films, but he departed the Oregon-based studio about half a year after the movie’s release. According to a 2009 Variety report, the filmmaker moved on after his contract expired, as no new project emerged at Laika. A rep for Selick confirmed this account to HitFix. (Now the days of Laika »
- Emily Rome
When Laika Entertainment emerged on the scene in 2009 with Coraline, moviegoers and critics had no clue what to expect. Specializing in stop-motion, the studio seemed to grasp the medium like few before it truly had, leveraging its surreal yet tangible style to craft stories like no one else in the industry. However, that film was also bolstered by the involvement of The Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick and the Neil Gaiman source material. The financial and critical success of Coraline could just as easily been a one-off fluke, a case in which the upstart studio got lucky with its first feature.
Yet, in the years since Coraline, Laika has maintained a high standard for stop-motion animated films, following its debut with Paranorman and The Boxtrolls in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Both films performed modestly at the box office but received similar critical acclaim and awards recognition as their predecessor. Now Laika »
- Robert Yaniz Jr.
Funko has revealed its upcoming range of Mopeez for The Nightmare Before Christmas which includes Jack Skellington in his Sandy Claws outfit or pajamas, Barrel, Dr. Finkelstein and Behemoth along with three new Pop! Plush toys for Jack, Sally, and Zero; take a look below…
What’s this? New Mopeez for The Nightmare Before Christmas! Jack Skellington comes in his Sandy Claws outfit or pajamas, and he’s joined by Barrel, Dr. Finkelstein, and Behemoth. These sad and cuddly companions are available in September!
Jack, Sally, and Zero are also coming as Pop! Plush figures! Collect these residents of Halloween Town this fall!
- Amie Cranswick
Quiz: Stop-motion animationQUIZ: Stop-motion animationAmanda Wood8/15/2016 10:00:00 Am
The stop-motion animation studio Laika is king when it comes to animated fables. After the success of Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls, the studio is now releasing their latest creation, Kubo and the Two Strings into theatres this week.
Kubo and the Two Strings tells the story of a talented young boy who must find his father's magical suit of armour to protect himself from vengeful spirits. Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, and Rooney Mara lend their voices to these stunning new stop-motion characters, and we can't wait to see Laika going back to their darker stop-motion roots.
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- Amanda Wood
In anticipation of its fourth stop-motion movie, “Kubo and the Two Strings,” Laika has mounted the first public exhibition of its hand-crafted puppets and sets at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Globe Theater (thru Sunday). “From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical Laika Experience” brings us closer to the tactile wonders that have been produced at the Portland studio for the last 10 years.
“You can see how the company’s grown and evolved as a community with all the artistic and technological innovations, but I also think that you see the evolution of an art form,” said Travis Knight, Laika CEO and lead artist who makes his directorial debut with “Kubo.”
Read More: ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Interactive Featurette: Explore the Vastlands of Laika’s Animated Adventure
“‘Coraline,’ which is where we began, was something of a seismic shift for stop-motion,” said Knight. “And as you go through, you can see »
- Bill Desowitz
Simon Brew Aug 10, 2016
Nerve sees Dave Franco, a man who’s built up plaudits for supporting roles in the likes of 21 Jump Street, Now You See Me and Bad Neighbours, jump above the title. Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (Catfish), the film lands in UK cinemas this weekend, and ahead of that, Franco headed to Britain. We caught up with him in London, and here’s what happened…
I’m a bit perturbed. Coming into the interview, I read around a bit to see what everyone else has been asking you, to try and make sure I don’t ask you all the same questions you’ve been asked before…
I like that!
Well, I’ll still ask you them, I wouldn’t get carried away.
Of course. »
Funko has revealed its upcoming wave of The Nightmare Before Christmas ReAction figures which includes Pumpkin King Jack, Santa Jack, Shock, Wolfman, Clown with the Tearaway Face, and Oogie Boogie; check them out here…
What’s this? The residents of Halloween Town are coming in ReAction form!
Build your collection with Pumpkin King Jack, Santa Jack, Shock, Wolfman, Clown with the Tearaway Face, and Oogie Boogie.
Some Oogie Boogie figures even glow in the dark — this is Halloween!
- Amie Cranswick
Funko has in recent years released many fun toys based on Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, including a line of retro-style ReAction Figures. The first wave of the collection featured characters like Jack, Sally, The Devil, and Behemoth, and… Continue Reading →
The post New Wave of Nightmare Before Christmas ReAction Figures Coming from Funko appeared first on Dread Central. »
- John Squires
Red Christmas review
Hardly the kind of Christmas Bing Crosby was singing about, Red Christmas takes great delight in desecrating the jolliest time of year. Craig Anderson’s feature debut is a wonderful mix of oxymorons and devilish twists on what we’ve come to expect from something that should be as simple as your regular slasher film. Christmas and horror just seem to go so well together, and maybe we have Dickens and lots of twisted european folklore to thank for that. Even family friendly stuff such as The Nightmare Before Christmas and Muppets Christmas Carol, don’t shy away from injecting fear into the season of goodwill to all men. But besides being horror, Red Christmas also wants slices of the comedy and social commentary pie.
We begin at an abortion clinic protest, where an explosion killed many doctors and patients. However, one child survived their abortion and »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Roald Dahl famously loathed all the movie adaptations of his books, including the 1971 classic “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” starring Gene Wilder. So when the beloved author died in 1990, his widow Felicity (who goes by Liccy) was torn about what to do with his catalogue. It was a time, following the hit comedy “Home Alone,” where the major studios were vigorously chasing family-friendly tales, and many of Dahl’s stories fit the bill. But Liccy didn’t want celebrated bestsellers such as “Matilda” or “James and the Giant Peach” falling into the wrong hands.
Dahl’s publisher at Penguin Books set up a few meetings, and she eventually connected with literary agent Michael Siegel. They bonded right away. “I don’t want there to be bad movies,” Liccy told him. They came up with an unorthodox, boutique approach. “Rather than sell the stories directly to the studios, we would »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Funko has continued its unveiling of its San Diego Comic-Con International exclusives, showcasing more Pop! Vinyl, Dorbz and Rock Candy figures which will be available during next month’s con, including characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas, Hair Bear Bunch, Deadpool, Arrow, The Flash, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Batman ’66, Five Nights at Freddy’s, Banana Splits and more; check them out here…
See Also: Check out Funko’s other Sdcc exclusives here and here
Pop! Disney: Nightmare Before Christmas – Pajama Jack Skellington
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Pop! Animation: Hair Bear Bunch – Hair Bear (Blue – 750pc Le)
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Pop! Marvel: Deadpool – Cowboy Deadpool
Pop! TV: Arrow – Malcolm Merlyn
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Pop! Rides: ’66 Chrome Batmobile
- Gary Collinson
When I sit through a film such as Zootropolis, Rango, Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Eddie The Eagle or Coraline, I can’t help but be thankful somebody has bothered. As a parent as well as a movie lover, I’ve grown to really dislike family movies that just turn up to act as a surrogate babysitter for 90 minutes, with no intention of becoming anybody’s favourite film. The films I'm going to talk about are the family movies therefore that I think both try and do something a bit more, yet continue to fly under many people's radar.
A bonus mention before we get going, and number 26 in the list, much to my surprise: Alvin & The Chipmunks 4. I was expecting next to zero from it, courtesy »
I'm sure Disney had already been considering it for a while but perhaps they're more serious about a live-action The Little Mermaid now that they've seen how interested the public is in their Beauty and the Beast. Seriously, though. In just 24 hours, the first teaser trailer for Disney's Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson (of Harry Potter fame) topped Star Wars: Force Awakens for views. Now, they're both Disney products so it's not really a competition but it does say something about what audiences are clamoring for and Disney is ready to capitalize. Deadline reports: Execs at Disney are in the early stages of reviving Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid as a live-action feature. Disney production chiefs recently heard a new take and are currently evaluating whether to proceed with the idea. Deadline understands that initial discussions have also taken place with major producers, including some »
- Jill Pantozzi
The director’s film work has been translated into cocktail format – and the gothed-up customers seemed to be finding it just as potent
There was an atmosphere of cheerful chaos at the unofficial opening of Beetle House, a Tim Burton-themed bar in New York’s East Village, on Wednesday night.
An actor dressed as Beetlejuice – one of the idiosyncratic director’s most famous creations – greeted customers at the door with a stream of crude innuendo, while inside, the patrons – mostly female, many dressed in goth or Beetlejuice-themed clothing – sat up at the crowded bar drinking cocktails such as Jack Skellington (a reference to The Nightmare Before Christmas), the Fleet Street Martini (Sweeney Todd), or the Big Fish Bowl, or at tables surrounded by artwork and bric a brac evoking his films.
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- Paul Owen in New York
Beetlejuice is getting his own bar! And if you say your drink order three times, it will appear before you. Welcome to Beetle House in New York. It is a fine drinking and dining establishment that has been inspired by the iconic director Tim Burton, his 1988 classic Beetlejuice and some of the other movies he has unleashed upon the world.
Beetle House is getting ready for its big grand opening in New York City's East Village later this year. You can visit the bar's official website here. It reveals that both the food being served and the drinks on hand will pay direct homage to the work of Tim Burton. While the bar very much looks like a juke joint where you might find the Ghost with the Most on his off-hours, that is certainly not the only movie being represented.
A quick glance at the cocktail menu reveals such »
If Hot Topic just doesn’t have enough Tim Burton fandom to keep your love for the filmmaker’s ouevre at bay, then you may want to check out a new bar opening in New York City called Beetle House. Inspired by films such as Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate […]
The post There’s a Tim Burton-Themed Bar Opening in New York City Soon appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
Tim Burton and Disney have a long-standing relationship. He was, after all, notoriously fired by Disney while making the 1984 black & white short Frankenweenie, which would later become a feature-length Stop-Motion adventure for the studio. Before that, he worked as an uncredited animator on the 1981 classic The Fox and the Hound and the live-action 1982 sci-fi cult classic Tron. He has since reunited with the studio to direct the live-action blockbuster smash hit Alice in Wonderland in 2010. And in 2018, he will bestow the world with his live-action/CGI adaptation of Dumbo. But now, one enterprising artist as set out to discover what 10 classic Disney animated movies may have looked like with Tim Burton steering the wheel.
Andrew Tarusov, an artist and animator from Moscow, has designed a special set of movie posters. These ten images even include Dumbo as they set out to reimagine and recreate some of the greatest animated movies of all time. »
The Academy Award-nominated Anomalisa (Best Animated Feature) tells the story of Michael Stone (David Thewlis), husband, father, respected author, and a man crippled by what he considers a mundane life. On a business trip to Cincinnati, where he’s scheduled to speak at a convention of customer service professionals, he checks into the Fregoli Hotel. There, he is amazed to discover a possible escape from his desperation in the form of unassuming Akron baked goods sales rep, Lisa (Jennifer Jason Leigh). Profoundly emotional, introspective, and stunning, Anomalisa is a film unlike any you will see this year and certainly one of the best.
The film is co-directed by Charlie Kaufman (who also wrote the screenplay) and Duke Johnson. Charlie Kaufman is best known for writing films such as Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; he also made his feature-directing debut with 2008’s Synecdoche, New York. »
- Mike Tyrkus
20 items from 2016
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