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Three Horror Actors Who Became Successful Horror Authors

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Three Horror Actors Who Became Successful Horror Authors
It's not uncommon for movie and TV stars to make the jump from the screen to the printed page; many well-known actors have capitalized on their name recognition to help boost their profiles as emerging authors. Notable examples include Viggo Mortensen (Lord of the Rings), who found success with his self-published poetry; James Franco (This is the End) recently rolled out a well-received short story collection entitled Palo Alto; and Ethan Hawke (Sinister, The Purge) has won acclaim for the novels The Hottest State and Ash Wednesday. While we don't hear nearly enough about actors from the world of horror and sci-fi making a successful transition to those same genres in print, it's not as rare a phenomenon as you might think. Let's examine the literary legacies of three notable horror stars who carved out thrilling new careers as horror writers... Thomas Tryon Genre Role: I Married a Monster from Outer Space
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Weekend Movies: Editor Picks for What to Watch This Weekend

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Ah, the eternal question -- at least around the Moviefone water cooler -- what to watch this weekend? But, there are so many choices! Or, sometimes, not enough. Luckily, your trusty editors narrowed down the best of what's debuting at the cinema -- or screening on your TV -- to make your weekend that much better. Take a look at our picks below! "Identity Thief" By now, you've surely seen the trailer for this movie featuring Melissa McCarthy saying, "Sandy Bigelow .. Patterson!" and Jason Bateman's character stating he's "going after Bilbo." While I chuckled a bit the first few times I saw it, after the 30th time it loses some of its luster. Years of experience have taught me that one trailer = disaster, but I still want to root for this comedic team. McCarthy's winning turn in "Bridesmaids" wasn't a fluke -- the woman is genuinely hilarious, and Bateman is no slouch,
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Forest Whitaker Adds His Voice To Animated 'Toys In The Attic'

In today's totally non-essential news comes word that Forest Whitaker gets top billing as one of the voices for the new stop-motion animated film Toys in the Attic which is coming out on DVD and VOD on February 5, 2013 through Hannover House home video. Actually the film is not that new. It's actually a Czech made 2009 film by accalimed amimator Jiri Barta with a new English dialogue soundtrack written by Vivian Schilling. Judging from the trailer below is visually striking film in the sort of creepy, off beat, 1960's Soviet Bloc Iron Curtain totalitarian style so common in Czech animated films. Take a look to see what I mean:
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Toys in the Attic Movie Review

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Toys in the Attic Movie Review
Title: Toys in The Attic Directors: Jirí Barta, Vivian Schilling Stars: Forest Whitaker, Joan Cusack and Cary Elwes Toys in the Attic is what a European version of Pixar’s Toy Story 3 would be like. Less light-hearted fun, more focus on claymation, and imagery’s much more Tim Burton than John Lassetter. Director Jirí Barta’s vision of forgotten toys living out their plastic lives in the attic satisfies, even though it’s a tough film to recommend to children looking their next Toy Story fix. Barta treats his film like a classic hero’s journey, with porcelain doll Buttercup (voiced by Vivian Schilling) taking on the role of the princess in need of [ Read More ]
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2 New Toys In The Attic movie clips starring Joan Cusack

Check out 2 new Toys in the Attic clips which feature the voice talent of Joan Cusack, as mechanical mouse Madame Curie in the animated family adventure. Also in the English-language voice cast are Forest Whitaker, Cary Elwes, Vivian Schilling, Marcelo Tubert, Douglas Urbanski, Emily Hahn, Joy Ellison, Rico Simonini and Roy Vongtama. The film helmed by Jirí Barta and Vivian Schilling from the writing by Edgar Dutka, Vivian Schilling and Barta, opened September 7th in limited areas, and expands to Atlanta and Philadelphia on September 14th. There are additional locations of expansion throughout October as well. Set in a magical world of toys and knick-knacks stored in the attic of a home in Prague, Toys in the Attic is an award-winning stop-motion animated feature.
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2 New Toys In The Attic movie clips starring Joan Cusack

Check out 2 new Toys in the Attic clips which feature the voice talent of Joan Cusack, as mechanical mouse Madame Curie in the animated family adventure. Also in the English-language voice cast are Forest Whitaker, Cary Elwes, Vivian Schilling, Marcelo Tubert, Douglas Urbanski, Emily Hahn, Joy Ellison, Rico Simonini and Roy Vongtama. The film helmed by Jirí Barta and Vivian Schilling from the writing by Edgar Dutka, Vivian Schilling and Barta, opened September 7th in limited areas, and expands to Atlanta and Philadelphia on September 14th. There are additional locations of expansion throughout October as well. Set in a magical world of toys and knick-knacks stored in the attic of a home in Prague, Toys in the Attic is an award-winning stop-motion animated feature.
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Stop Motion Mixes With Live Action In Clip From “Toys In The Attic”

Stop Motion Mixes With Live Action In Clip From “Toys In The Attic”
Following in the footsteps of Jan Svankmajer, Toys In The Attic mixes animation with live action and is being described as “four parts Toy Story and one part Tim Burton.” The American dub of Jiří Barta’s stop-motion family film (also known as In The Attic)—adapted, produced and directed by Vivian Schilling—will receive a limited release on September 7th in the United States. Look for it in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Memphis and N.W. Arkansas, expanding to additional cities in the following weeks.

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Set in a magical world of toys and knick-knacks stored in the attic of a home in Prague, this award-winning stop-motion animated feature has been called “An animation masterpiece” (Anima Basuari), and “a diabolically inventive tale that is four parts Toy Story and one part Tim Burton (New York International Children’s Film Festival).

The setting for the
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Check Out a Creepy Clip from Upcoming Stop-Motion Animated Film Toys in the Attic

Toys in the Attic is a very unique looking animated film set during the Cold War. With multiple forms of animation, combined with live acting, this film looks very intriguing. Check out this clip and become a believer.

Featuring voice-over work by Forest Whitaker, Joan Cusack and Cary Elwes, Toys in the Attic was directed by Jiri Barta who also penned the story with Edgar Dutka. The English adaptation of this Czech Republic project was written, produced and directed by Vivian Schilling.

Toys in the Attic has won multiple festival awards including Grand Prize Winner at the New York International Children’s Film Festival, Best Movie at the Anima Basauri Festival (Spain), and Best Movie at Sitges Animation Festival. Look for it's limited release in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Memphis and N.W. Arkansas on September 7, expanding to additional cities in the following weeks.

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Watch: 2 New Clips From 'Toys In The Attic' w/ Forest Whitaker As A Teddy Bear

Starring the voices of Forest Whitaker (as Teddy), Joan Cusack (as Madame Curie) and Carey Elwes (as Sir Handsome), Toys in the Attic, combines multiple forms of animation, is set in a magical world of toys and knick-knacks, stored in the attic of a home in Prague during the Cold War era. The setting for the film was inspired by the cultural and political contrast of the Cold War era and its impact on director Jiri Barta and the Czech Republic. The world of the attic is divided into the land of happy toys in the West and the Land of Evil in the East. The despotic Head of State rules over the Land of Evil with a band of sinister minions, insects and rotted vegetables. When the...
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Overlooked Trailers: 'Toys in the Attic', 'Stage Fright', 'The Letter' and Plenty of Toronto Entries

Photo: Hannover House This week's edition of Overlooked Trailers has damn near every single kind of movie you could imagine from low-budget found footage horror, to drama, to thriller, to sci-fi, to martial arts, documentary and stop-motion animation. The first trailer below is for Toys in the Attic, an English adaptation of the 2009 French stop motion film, which looks like more of a darker version of Toy Story told through stop-motion rather than CGI. After that is Deadfall, a thriller starring Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Charlie Hunnam, Sissy Spacek and Kris Kristofferson, which is to say it has a loaded cast, but wasn't able to land a major distributor. Could still be a decent watch however. Stage Fright is a curious movie about the condemnation of some kids that are making a movie based on some found footage material. It's working with Paranormal Activity's "Demand It" marketing tactic, but
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Watch: Gordon-Levitt on Future 'Batman' Movies, Creepy 'Toy Story' and Making 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'

Welcome to Morning Watch, our daily roundup of funny/interesting/bizarre/creative/informative videos for you to start your day with. Joseph Gordon-Levitt Talks More Batman Movies While appearing on Jimmy Kimmel's show, Joseph Gordon-Levitt talks about his role in The Dark Knight Rises, and whether those revelations at the end of the film will lead to him continuing the franchise. Note: There are Tdkr spoilers here for anyone who hasn't seen it yet.   Toys in the Attic Trailer Joan Cusack, Cary Elwes and Forest Whitaker star in this bizarre little stop-motion flick that reminds us of a creepier version of Toy Story in that it features a bunch of toys who team up to rescue one of their own after it's been locked in the attic. This hits limited theaters on...

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Toys in the Attic Trailer: Stop Motion Animation from the Czech Republic

If you've ever thought that Pixar's Toy Story movies might have been better suited for stop-motion animation instead of CG, now you can find out what a stop motion Toy Story might have looked like... if it had been put through a quirky European filter, that is. Back in 2009, Czech director Jirí Barta made a movie called Toys in the Attic that played several film festivals and even won the grand prize at the New York International Children's Film Festival. It has since been picked up by Hannover House and will receive an English language dub with the help of American actor and writer Vivian Schilling. The story revolves around a group of toys living in the attic of a house in Prague; when a doll named Buttercup is kidnapped by the ruler of the Land of Evil, her friends must come together to rescue her. There are no cowboys or space rangers here,
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Toys in the Attic Trailer

Toys in the Attic Trailer
Hannover House has released the first trailer for Toys in the Attic, an English language adaptation of director Jir&#237 Barta's stop motion animated adventure. The story takes place in a Prague attic with the toys divided into good and bad sides, which serves as an allegory to the Cold War. Take a look at the first footage, featuring the voices of Forest Whitaker, Joan Cusack, and Cary Elwes.

Toys In The Attic - Trailer

Set in a magical world of toys and knick-knacks stored in the attic of a home in Prague, this award-winning stop-motion animated feature has been called "An animation masterpiece" (Anima Basuari), and "a diabolically inventive tale that is four parts Toy Story and one part Tim Burton (New York International Children's Film Festival).

The setting for the film was inspired by the cultural and political contrast of the Cold War era and its impact on director
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'Toys in the Attic' Trailer Nurtures Our Creepy Inner Child

The new trailer for stop-motion animated adventure "Toys in the Attic" fills us with sweet emotion, even though it's not based on the Aerosmith album of the same name.

This European take on "Toy Story" concerns a community of playthings that come to life when no humans are around, which is a good thing too because some of them are so creepy they might get unceremoniously smashed with a golf club if anyone saw them.

"Toy Story" alum Joan Cusack voices a character named Madam Curie (That explains it! All the toys got radiation poisoning!), while Academy Award-winner Forest Whitaker voices a teddy bear. Fan fave actor Cary Elwes is back in swashbuckling form as the voice of Don Quixote lookalike Sir Handsome, although the Buttercup/"Princess Bride" reference may be a tad on-the-nose. Incidentally, the character of Buttercup seems to be missing her nose.

We know who to thank for that dialogue too,
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Stop-Motion Triumphs In First Trailer For ‘Toys in the Attic’ & Final Look at ‘ParaNorman’

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We got the sad news last night that Disney dropped Henry Selick‘s latest stop-motion project, but don’t fear that this animation method is being left in the dust by Hollywood. We’ve got two strong examples to highlight today and both are quite creepy. We already told you how great it was, but Focus Features have let loose a final, online-exclusive trailer for their animation ParaNorman. This one is a low-key, unsettling look at the coming-of-age story filled with all sorts of scary creatures.

But certainly more frightening is a trailer for the Us release of the Czech film Toys in the Attic. Directed by Vivian Schilling and Jiří Barta, the mix of live-action and stop-motion is a twist on Toy Story as we follow a girl and her toy collection, who come alive in a Cold War-esque environment. For those looking to be genuinely petrified, the animation
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Watch: English Dubbed Trailer for Stop-Motion Film 'Toys in the Attic'

Yes, we've seen toys come to life from Disney and Pixar in the computer animated franchise Toy Story. But seeing them come to life in stop motion animation is still impressive in the trailer for Toys in the Attic, the United States release of the Czech film In the Attic: Who Has a Birthday Today? The Hanover House film gets a limited release in September complete with an English dubbed audio track that actually features Toy Story franchise talent Joan Cusack along with Forest Whitaker, Cary Elwes and Vivian Schilling. This looks pretty damn cool, and feels like a fresh departure from studio animated films. Watch! The trailer for Vivian Schilling and Jiří Barta's the English dubbed Toys in the Attic from E! Online: Following the symbolism of the Cold War era, the world of the attic is divided into the land of happy toys in the West and the
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‘Toys In The Attic’ Trailer And Poster

Finally, the Czech stop-motion animation Toys In The Attic is getting a Us release and we have the first dubbed trailer featuring the voices of Forest Whitaker, Cary Elwes, and Joan Cusack. It’s about time considering this was released back in 2009 as In The Attic: Who Has A Birthday Today? The film sees a group of forgotten toys develop their own community in the attic, and everyday they role a dice and decide one of them shall have a birthday. Unfortunately their world is next to The Land Of Evil, headed up by a large bust that rules over this land. He has designs on the doll Buttercup and decides to kidnap her.

Having already seen this I can attest to its wonderful animation, lovable characters, and unique visuals. I’ll certainly give this dub a chance but Joan Cusack already ruined the Toy Story films for me. It
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Trailer for Czech Animated Movie Toys In The Attic; English Dub Features Forest Whitaker and Joan Cusack

Disney has taken on the task of bringing the Studio Ghibli filmography to a broad American audience with an English dub, but that still leaves so much foreign animation on the table that the young ones never get a chance to see. Consider In the Attic: Who Has a Birthday Today?, the Czech stop-motion film by Jiří Barta. We Americans have bestowed a billion dollars on a ceratin animated franchise about toys that come to life, so there is clearly a market. Hannover House has stepped up and recruited Forest Whitaker, Joan Cusack, Cary Elwes, Vivian Schilling, and more for an English-language limited release of the movie---now titled Toys in the Attic---on September 7. It feels a bit wrong to hear Cusack vocally cheating on Toy Story, but I guarantee these will be some of the most interesting visuals you see all day. Watch the trailer after the jump. Trailer via E!
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Exclusive Trailer Debut: Toys in the Attic Play Nice With Forest Whitaker and Joan Cusack

Exclusive Trailer Debut: Toys in the Attic Play Nice With Forest Whitaker and Joan Cusack
Craving more adventures of playthings come to life, now that Woody and Buzz Lightyear have retired to the happiness of a new toy box? What luck! Because the upcoming flick Toys in the Attic delivers stop-motion adventure in the vein of the Toy Story franchise. The film takes place in the magical world of toys and knick-knacks stored in the attic, where Buttercup the doll is kidnapped by the ruler of the Land of Evil (a human-faced bug hybrid that will surely give you nightmares). Naturally, Buttercup's pals—voiced by the likes of Forest Whitaker and Joan Cusack—set out to rescue her! The film, which was originally produced in the Czech language, hits select markets Sept. 7, 2012.
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New Poster for Stop-Motion 'Toys in the Attic,' English-Language Version Stars Whitaker, Cusack & Elwes

New Poster for Stop-Motion 'Toys in the Attic,' English-Language Version Stars Whitaker, Cusack & Elwes
Hannover House's English language version of stop-motion Czech film "Toys in the Attic" is heading to theaters September 7. The film, voiced by Forest Whitaker, Joan Cusack and Cary Elwes, and directed by Jiri Barta, was the grand prize winner at the New York International Children's Film Festival. Check out the newly released poster and synopsis below: Set in a magical world of toys and knick-knacks stored in the attic of a home in Prague, this award-winning stop-motion animated feature has been called “An animation masterpiece” (Anima Basuari), and “a diabolically inventive tale that is four parts Toy Story and one part Tim Burton (New York International Children’s Film Festival). The setting for the film was inspired by the cultural and political contrast of the Cold War era and its impact on director Jiri Barta and the Czech Republic. The world of the attic is divided into the land of
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