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Way back in 2009, we reported that Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit director Peter Jackson was developing an adaptation of the beloved Mortal Engines novel, and now it's finally coming to fruition. Peter Jackson is teaming up with Universal Pictures and Media Rights Capital to produce this movie with his Lord of the Rings and Hobbit collaborators Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, although Peter Jackson will not take the helm. Instead, Christian Rivers, who has worked as a visual effects supervisor for Peter Jackson's Weta Digital, will make his feature directorial debut. Here's what Peter Jackson had to say in a statement.
"Christian is one of my closest collaborators. The combination of emotion and jaw-dropping visuals in Mortal Engines makes this the perfect movie for his move into feature directing. What Christian intends to do with Philip Reeve's terrific story is going to result in an original and spectacular movie. »
If you grew up in the '90s, then you know that it was one of the best decades for genuinely scary stuff on the likes of the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. In addition to shows like Are You Afraid of the Dark?, we were also blessed with R.L. Stine's Goosebumps series. But out of all the creepy stories R.L. wrote back in the day, The Haunted Mask was by far one of the most bone-chilling. The book was made into a two-part TV special that aired in October 1995, and follows a girl named Carly Beth, who is sick and tired of being on the receiving end of scary pranks from two boys in her school, Chuck and Steve. She decides that instead of being a duck for Halloween like she originally planned, she wants to get them back by being something really terrifying. She visits a new »
- Caitlin Hacker
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Unfortunately, the poster on this one was misleading -- they never actually let us bring Matt Damon home after seeing the movie. (His wife would probably disapprove.) You can, however, take home Ridley Scott's acclaimed Mars mission movie "The Martian" on DVD and Blu-ray starting January 12. The Blu-ray editions include more than 90 minutes of special features, including five "in-world" pieces, and featurettes from the cast, director, and producers. There's also a gag reel, which should be fun.
Drac's Pack is back in the sequel to "Hotel Transylvania," as they put the son of Mavis and Johnny through a "monster-in-training" boot camp to bring out his vampire side. The DVD, out January 12, includes feature commentary with the director and vocal cast, »
- Gina Carbone
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