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The Dark Crystal 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray & Digital Release Details

The story of The Dark Crystal continues to live on in many forms since its release 35 years ago, which is a sign of a truly timeless narrative. To celebrate the film's recent anniversary, it is being re-released on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and digital platforms on March 6th, and we have the complete list of bonus features for the 4K restoration.

Press Release: Culver City, Calif. (December 20, 2017) – Revisit the masterful fantasy epic from the brilliant imagination of Jim Henson when The Dark Crystal debuts on 4K Ultra HD and returns to Blu-ray and digital on March 6 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The visually spectacular tale of a young hero who must find a legendary relic in order restore harmony to the universe has been fully restored in 4K from the original camera negative. Additionally, the Blu-ray is housed in a lavish, limited edition 24-page Digibook, complete with rare archival photos and behind-the-scenes stories.
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The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance Prequel Series Announced by Netflix, Watch the First Teaser Video

We haven't seen the last of Skeksis' wrath, as Netflix has announced the new series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. A collaboration with The Jim Henson Company, the ten-episode series is a prequel to Henson's beloved 1982 film and is teased in its first trailer.

Press Release: Hollywood, CA (May 18, 2017) - A beloved classic from the 80s marks its return as Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment network, will bring The Jim Henson Company’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance exclusively to members around the world. The 10-episode fantasy adventure series is a prequel to the groundbreaking 1982 fan favorite The Dark Crystal, and takes place many years before the events of the film. The series will be shot in the U.K., and will star an ensemble of fantastical, state-of-the-art creatures created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™ and Brian Froud[/link], the original feature’s conceptual designer.
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Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Trailer Reveals Netflix Prequel Series

Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Trailer Reveals Netflix Prequel Series
A beloved classic from the 80s marks its return as Netflix, the world's leading internet entertainment network, will bring The Jim Henson Company's Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance exclusively to members around the world. The 10-episode fantasy adventure series is a prequel to the groundbreaking 1982 fan favorite The Dark Crystal, and takes place many years before the events of the film. The series will be shot in the U.K., and will star an ensemble of fantastical, state-of-the-art creatures created by Jim Henson's Creature Shop and Brian Froud[/link], the original feature's conceptual designer.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance returns to the world of Thra with an all new adventure. When three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis' power, they set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.

Feature film director Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me, The Incredible Hulk
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Film Review: ‘Luna’

Film Review: ‘Luna’
English multimedia artist Dave McKean’s third feature — it would’ve been his second, had not funding woes greatly delayed post-production on a film that completed principal photography in 2007 — is a more personal project than his first, the Neil Gaiman-based “Mirrormask.” (Not to mention 2012’s relatively little-seen “The Gospel of Us,” a performance record of a modern passion play starring Michael Sheen.) Yet like that 2005 debut, “Luna” deploys fantasy elements in service of an emotionally grounded story that transcends standard genre categories. This delicate, poetic drama of two couples working through issues of grief and longing over a long country weekend is a minor commercial prospect, but should find some admirers beyond the fest circuit in home formats.

After a mysterious opening animated sequence in which a paper airplane/bird is sent by a woman to a distant tower, we meet our real-world protagonists. Nearly losing their way on serpentine rural roads,
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Paul Kane Signs Multi-Book Deal with Sst Publications

Short, Scary Tales Publications (Sst Publications) owner, Paul Fry is delighted to welcome bestselling and award-winning author & editor Paul Kane to Sst’s stables with a multi-book deal. The first of these publications will be Blood Red, a reprint of Paul’s 2008 horror fairytale Red (now incredibly rare) alongside its brand new sequel. The book will again feature cover art from the wonderful Dave McKean (Sandman, The Graveyard Book, Mirrormask), will be introduced by Alison … Continue reading →

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Film Review: 'Luna'

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★★★☆☆Familial waters run especially deep in Dave McKean's haunting new drama Luna (2014), which featured in the experimental Vanguard strand of this year's Toronto International Film Festival. In the director's striking but uneven 2005 debut feature, Mirrormask, it was style that particularly caught the eye as he crafted an utterly unique blend of reality and fantasy, a trick he emulates with his latest effort. A meditation on grief and parenthood, it has some shaky moments, but their memory is largely erased by beautiful, spectral flights of fancy and a thoughtful and inventive treatment of fairly brooding subject matter. It's a bold, intimate vision from a very interesting emerging British filmmaker.
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Tiff 14: ‘Luna’ is a dark and surreal exploration of grief

Luna

Written and Directed by Dave McKean

UK, 2014

While Mirrormask has become something of a cult film, Dave McKean is still better known for his work in illustration than his directorial efforts in film. McKean’s groundbreaking style consistently raised the bar in comic art; his contribution to the 1989 release of “Arkham Asylum”, written by Grant Morrison, helped change our understanding of the comic art. McKean’s style seemed uniquely suited to the mind space of an asylum, his layered mixed media style reflective of thoughts and emotions in conflict. Perhaps his best known work is his contributions to the cover art for Neil Gaiman’s iconic Sandman series, once again cementing the phantasmagoric quality of McKean’s work. His contribution to Gaiman highlighted the obscured landscape of nightmares which he frightfully recreated through superimposition, collage and drawing.

It should be no surprise that McKean’s transition into filmmaking would
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Toronto: Media Luna Acquires ‘Luna’ (Exclusive)

Toronto: Media Luna Acquires ‘Luna’ (Exclusive)
Madrid — In the run-up to the Toronto Festival, where the fantasy drama plays in the Vanguard section, Media Luna has acquired worldsales rights to “Luna,” the latest film by U.K. artist-director Dave McKean (“MirrorMask”).

A celebrated illustrator of graphic novels (“The Sandman”), CD covers (for Machine Head, Fear Factory, Alice Cooper) children’s picture books (“Crazy Hair”) and concept artist on “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” and “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” McKean’s first feature, Sundance 2005 premiere children’s fantasy “MirrorMask” combined live action and animation. He returns to the mix, this time targeting adults, in “Luna.”

Written by McKean, “Luna” centers on a couple who, after losing their baby, visit a friend in his isolated and idyllic seaside house. Over a long weekend, secrets are revealed and the life of their dead child is lived out in a series of fantastical dreams that
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Tiff 2014 Vanguard Lineup Includes Alleluia, Shrew's Nest, Over Your Dead Body, Spring, Luna; New Stills

Earlier today we brought you the full lineup of Tiff 2014's Midnight Madness programme, and we're back with the 11 films that comprise the fest's Vanguard lineup, which includes Alleluia, Shrew's Next, Spring, and the latest from Takashi Miike.

A few of the films on this list don't fall in the pure horror category, but we've included them as well just because they sound so damn intriguing!

From the Press Release:

The Toronto International Film Festival's Vanguard programme seduces audiences with a sensory experience full of mystery and boundary-busting madness with bold international films that walk the razor’s edge. International programmer Colin Geddes brings together the work of some of the most audacious auteurs in the world to present a cinematic adventure that takes audiences to the dark, dangerous places that both unnerve yet intrigue them.

“The Vanguard programme presents the intersection between genre and arthouse to showcase intrepid works that fearlessly defy convention,
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2014 Tiff: Fabrice Du Welz’s Alleluia & Peter Strickland’s The Duke of Burgundy Top Vanguard Programme

While a certain “freshness” might be lacking in the Midnight Madness programme, the Vanguard section (and Wavelengths to be unveiled next month) is where there might be more cerebral bang for the buck and programmer Colin Geddes has a nice canvas to paint on with the bunch announced below. Running down the list we find a must see in the Cannes sensation Alleluia (Fabrice Du Welz), which had the entire Ioncinema team in awestruck mode, and then we have Berberian Sound Studio‘s Peter Strickland breaking out the world premiere for The Duke of Burgundy (see pic above). After penning several Ulrich Seidl items over the years (Import/Export, Paradise Trilogy), Veronika Franz might outclass The Shining for most creepiest young child twin set with Severin Fiala for the Venice Film Fest selected Goodnight Mommy. Takashi Miike is naturally invited back to the fest with his latest, and Spring, which
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2014 Toronto Film Festival Adds Kevin Smith's 'Tusk', 'Leviathan' and More

This morning the 2014 Toronto Film Festival announced their Midnight Madness, Documentary, Vanguard and Contemporary Masters selections for this year's festival and several high profile names and films are included among the announced titles. Beginning with the Midnight selection, Kevin Smith's Tusk will have its world premiere at the fest before hitting theaters in mid-September along with films such as Adam Wingard's The Guest, Jaume Balaguer?'s Rec 4: Apocalypse, Mark Hartley's Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films and Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement's co-directed feature What We Do in the Shadows, a comedy featuring Waititi and Clement as immortal vampires just trying to navigate life as creatures of the shadows. The Contemporary Masters section includes Jean-Luc Godard's Cannes winner Goodbye to Language 3D, Hong Sang-soo's Hill of Freedom, Michael Winterbottom's The Face of an Angel starring Daniel Bruchl and Kate Beckinsale
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Syfy Announces Creature Creation Competition Jim Henson’S Creature Shop Challenge

Press Release:

Syfy Greenlights Jim Henson’S Creature Shop Challenge (working title) From The Jim Henson Company, Showcasing The Creation Of Elaborate And Awe-inspiring Life-like Characters Brian Henson To Judge New Reality-competition Series Coming To Syfy In 2014

New York – October 8, 2013 – Syfy greenlights an eight episode order for Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge (working title), a competition series featuring ten aspiring creature creators competing to out-imagine one another in a series of challenges where they will build everything from mechanical characters to whimsical beasts, bringing high-end inanimate creature designs to life. The contestants compete for $100,000 and the opportunity for the job of a lifetime – a contract working at the world-renowned Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™. The announcement was made today by Mark Stern, President of Original Content, Syfy.

Brian Henson serves as lead judge on the series. Henson is the Chairman of The Jim Henson Company and the Creature Shop.
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Wanna Meet Ron Perlman and John Barrowman at Fan Days? Buy Tickets Online Now!

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Coming up in the first weekend of October, the 4th -6th, is the return of Fan Days, presented by Dallas Comic Con! The guest line-up covers the whole gamut of popular sci-fi/fantasy genre, featuring Hellboy himself, Ron Perlman, Torchwood and Arrow’s John Barrowman, Harry Potter’s Tom Felton, Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun, Defiance’s Grant Bowler and Stephanie Leonidas, Star WarsAnthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Tom Kane, Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff and Jamie Bamber, Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito and Charles Baker, Smallville’s Michael Rosenbaum, Green ranger Jason David Frank, comic legend Neal Adams, legendary artist Simon Bisley, horror artist icon Bernie Wrightson, 30 Days of Night writer Steve Niles, FaceOff artist Rj Haddy, and so many more!

Make sure you can get in to see your fave stars, artists, and creators and buy your tickets online by Monday, September 30, 2013 to guarantee pre-registration for your admission tickets.
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Defiance: Season One Blu-ray and DVD Debut October 15th

Defiance: Season One Blu-ray and DVD Debut October 15th
Combining epic scope with the intrigue of a small-town drama comes Defiance: Season One, the critically acclaimed action-packed tale of courage and survival. Defiance: Season One will be available to own on Blu-ray and DVD, each with Digital including Ultraviolet&#8482 with collectible lenticular packaging for a limited time only on October 15, 2013 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

Defiance: Season One is the first-ever convergence of television and a multi-platform video game, featuring an interconnected world between the two mediums as they evolve together into one overall story. It's 2046 and over 30 years have passed since aliens arrived, changing life on Earth forever. In the frontier town of Defiance, a drifter-turned-lawkeeper, Nolan (Grant Bowler, True Blood) and Mayor Rosewater (Julie Benz, Dexter) attempt to lead the human and alien residents through the prejudices and politics that threaten the fragile peace they've fought for. Watch every riveting episode back to back and uninterrupted,
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Thn Speaks To ‘Defiance’ Star Stephanie Leonidas

Stephanie Leonidas was born in London and is well known for her work within the UK TV industry with roles in Daddy’s Girl, Soap opera Night & Day and Doc Martin. More recently Stephanie has starred in Neil Gaiman and Dave Mckean’s Mirrormask as well as a BBC adaption of Dracula, plus popular crime thriller Whitechapel.

Defiance tells the story of when aliens (referred to as Votans) come to Earth seeking a new home after their solar system is destroyed. However, they soon discover they are not welcome on Earth and a war erupts. After decades of war, a ceasefire is declared when both sides realise they must focus on survival on this new, almost alien planet. The show is groundbreaking in many ways but not only for having a video game release close to the TV-shows premiere but also for being a hit at Comic Con 2012 before anyone
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'Defiance': Everything You Need To Know

'Defiance': Everything You Need To Know
War is never pretty, especially if it involves an alien invasion.

After a far-off solar system is destroyed, several remaining extraterrestrial races, collectively known as Votans, venture to Earth seeking a fresh start. Unsympathetic to their plight, the planet's nations turn them away, sparking a devastating battle that leaves the globe and environment drastically changed forever. Thirty-four years later, the two sides have called a ceasefire and are trying to coexist in this hostile new frontier. That's the premise behind the ambitious sci-fi drama "Defiance" (premiering April 15 on Showcase and SyFy).

The series finds anti-hero Joshua Nolan (Grant Bowler, "Ugly Betty"), a reluctant lawkeeper, attempting to keep the peace in the small town of Defiance, where cultures clash and internal, as well as external, conflicts jeopardize their existence. To make matters worse, a tremendous amount of technology has been lost. There's still functioning electricity, but no satellites, internet or air travel.
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‘Defiance’ Series Premiere: Watch the First 14 Minutes Now

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With a widespread marketing campaign and a multi-platform tie-in video game launching just shy of simultaneously for Defiance, Syfy is working hard to get the word out about their new sci-fi/western series. Now, three weeks prior to the show’s launch, the cable network is releasing the first 14 minutes and 27 seconds of the pilot episode.

From Kevin Murphy (Caprica), the show is set in a near-future earth that has been wrecked and re-shaped by invading aliens. The show stars Grant Bowler (True Blood), Stephanie Leonidas (MirrorMask), Jamie Murray (Warehouse 13), Graham Greene (Twilight: New Moon), and Julie Benz (Dexter) as the residents of a small “border town” called Defiance, which has risen from the remnants of St. Louis.

Here’s the official synopsis for the show from Syfy:

In the year 2046, it’s a ...

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Joe Wright To Direct Adaptation Of Neil Gaiman's The Ocean At The End Of The Lane

Even though we.ll probably never see a proper Sandman film, fans of author Neil Gaiman have been pretty spoiled in recent years, with Stardust, Mirrormask and Coraline adaptations all getting time on the big screen, as well as Beowulf, which he wrote the screenplay for. With the upcoming HBO production ofAmerican Gods still not cancelled or postponed, and Ron Howard.s name attached to The Graveyard Book, it looks like 2014 will be another banner year for the clever Brit. As if those weren.t enough, Deadline reports Gaiman.s upcoming novelThe Ocean at the End of the Lane has already found a home with Focus Features and Playtone, the production company owned by Tom Hanks and producer Gary Goetzman. Carrying on the Gaiman adaptation trend of acquiring great directors, Joe Wright, responsible for drama such as Anna Karenina and Atonement, is attached to direct. Considering the recent success Goetzman
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10 Movies You Didn’t Know Were Half-Assed Sequels

Movie studios are renowned for their love of sequels, because what’s more marketable than something that already exists? Sometimes, though, an “official sequel” isn’t the way to go, either because the existing property is considered “untouchable,” or because all the characters are dead and the notion of “pulling a Dallas” would be considered a crime against cinematic endeavor in general.

Make room for the unofficial, informal, unauthorized, illegitimate and spiritual successors to some of your favourite movies, then, all of which are full-blown exercises in sheer half-assery. For your reading pleasure, we’ve assembled 10 famous movies and the “side-sequels” you didn’t know they’d spawned somehow. Be that they were created by a different production team entirely or were referred to by their writers as “spiritual follow-ups” to otherwise great flicks, barely one of ‘em is worth a minute of your precious time.

10. MirrorMask (2005)

It’s A Half-Assed Sequel To…

FEARnet Announces Its December Holiday Programming Schedule

Wondering where you can get your holiday horror TV fix? FEARnet is the place to be! Read on for all of the network's December highlights, which include a "Tales from the Crypt" marathon on New Year's Eve!

From the Press Release:

FEARnet will have you stalkin’ around the Christmas tree all month long with a variety of world and network premieres, frightful features, and holiday marathons capped off by a New Year’s Shockin’ Eve “Tales from the Crypt” Marathon.

· District 9 (Network Premiere) - Sunday, December 9 (10 p.m. Et/7 p.m. Pt)

Years after landing in South Africa, alien lifeforms, known as prawns, now find themselves living in persecution and squalor. A routine inspection of a prawn village leads to unexpected consequences, giving one government agent (Sharlto Copley, Open Grave) a change of heart—and body—in this hit science-fiction thriller directed by Neill Blomkamp (Elysium) and produced by
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