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National Film Registry Adds ‘Die Hard,’ ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,’ ‘Memento,’ and More Titles to Library of Congress

National Film Registry Adds ‘Die Hard,’ ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,’ ‘Memento,’ and More Titles to Library of Congress
As is annual tradition, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has announced this year’s 25 film set to join the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Selected for their “cultural, historic and/or aesthetic importance,” the films picked range from such beloved actioners as “Die Hard,” childhood classic “The Goonies,” the seminal “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” and the mind-bending “Memento,” with plenty of other genres and styles represented among the list.

The additions span 1905 to 2000, and includes Hollywood blockbusters, documentaries, silent movies, animation, shorts, independent, and even home movies. The 2017 selections bring the number of films in the registry to 725.

“The selection of a film to the National Film Registry recognizes its importance to American cinema and the nation’s cultural and historical heritage,” Hayden said in an official statement. “Our love affair with motion pictures is a testament to their enduring power to enlighten, inspire and
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‘Titanic,’ ‘Die Hard,’ ‘Ace in the Hole,’ ‘Memento,’ and More Added to National Film Registry

Since 1989, the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress has been accomplishing the important task of preserving films that “represent important cultural, artistic and historic achievements in filmmaking.” From films way back in 1897 all the way up to 2004, they’ve now reached 725 films that celebrate our heritage and encapsulate our film history.

Today they’ve unveiled their 2017 list, which includes such Hollywood classics as Die Hard, Titanic, and Superman along with groundbreaking independent features like Yvonne Rainer’s Lives of Performers, Charles Burnett’s To Sleep with Anger, and Barbara Loden’s Wanda. Also making this list are a pair of Kirk Douglas-led features, Ace in the Hole and Spartacus, as well as Christopher Nolan’s Memento and more. Check out the full list below and you can watch some films on the registry for free here.

Ace in the Hole (aka Big Carnival) (1951)

Based on the infamous
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‘Titanic,’ ‘The Goonies,’ ‘Field of Dreams,’ ‘Memento’ Added to National Film Registry

‘Titanic,’ ‘The Goonies,’ ‘Field of Dreams,’ ‘Memento’ Added to National Film Registry
James Cameron’s disaster epic “Titanic,” the beloved fantasy “The Goonies,” Christopher Nolan’s “Memento” and 1989’s “Field of Dreams” are among the 25 films selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.

The 2017 selections range from obscure documentaries to a Mexican-American family’s home movies from 1920s Texas to Disney’s 1941 animated classic “Dumbo” to the 1979 Luis Valdez-directed drama “Boulevard Nights” to 1960’s “Spartacus,” the Kirk Douglas-Stanley Kubrick sword-and-sandal drama that helped end the era of the blacklist.

The titles will be added to the Library’s collection of films designated as having cultural, social or aesthetic significance.

“Our love affair with motion pictures is a testament to their enduring power to enlighten, inspire and inform us as individuals and a nation as a whole,” said Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress. “Being tasked with selecting only 25 each year is daunting because there are so many great films deserving of this honor
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‘Locke & Key’ Drama From Carlton Cuse, Joe Hill & Idw Gets Hulu Pilot Order, Scott Derrickson To Direct

Hulu has given a pilot order to Locke & Key, a one-hour horror/fantasy drama adaptation of the Idw comic by Joe Hill (The Fireman) and artist Gabriel Rodriguez (Little Nemo). The project comes from Hill, Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel, The Strain) and Idw Entertainment, with Doctor Strange helmer Scott Derrickson set to direct. Cuse developed Locke & Key with Hill who wrote the script on spec. The finished script was sent to one director, Derrickson, who came on board…
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The Lego Batman Movie Holds Off Newcomers, Continues To Dominate Fifty Shades

comScore today announced the official worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of February 19, 2017, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services.

This past weekend saw the release of a few less impressive films such as Fist Fight, The Great Wall, and A Cure for Wellness, none of which managed to top last weekend’s top two contenders.

Finishing on top for the second weekend in a row was The Lego Batman Movie, which dropped a minor 35.4 percent in this second weekend to take in an estimated $34.2 million. While its first weekend wasn’t as profitable as the studio had hoped, the good word of mouth seems to be doing it some good.

In second place is Fifty Shades Darker with $21 million. The film dropped an estimated 55 percent from its first weekend, marking a disappointing second weekend after an already-disappointing first weekend. Make no mistake, given the film’s $55 million budget,
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Exclusive: Trawlers destroy sea floor on Robert Redford’s Ocean Warriors in heartbreaking clip

Animal Planet’s new six-part series Ocean Warriors will gut you with footage that shows the careless and destructive ways people fish the world over, often destroying the ecosystems where those fish live in the process. The premiere heads to Thailand, and reveals exactly how this illegal fishing is ruining the ocean floor. One scene where a puffer fish suffocates on the deck will draw some tears as the reporter talks about Little Nemo and how all the film’s characters lay dying on the deck in front of him. The trawler pulls up the entire ocean floor including delicate corals and octopus that are shown more
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Seven Nes Games That Are Often Overlooked

Jordan Jones lists seven Nes titles you may have missed…

When I was very young, one of my weekend traditions was going to the family-owned video store down the street to rent a game for my Nes. I would spend upwards of an hour deciding which of the countless games lining the store walls would be the title that I’d spend hours trying to beat before Monday morning hit. Keep in mind, this was over 20 years ago. I didn’t have the luxury of reading reviews online, and I didn’t even know magazines for games existed at the time. This meant that box-art was a really important factor in my decision-making, which of course meant exposure to some truly awful games, but also allowed me to discover some lesser-known gems. Here are some of those games, and a few that simply do not get the admiration they deserve.
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Joe Corallo: “It’s Only A Sailor Moon…”

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Recently I’ve been reading through the Sailor Moon manga that my friend David has generously been lending me. I used to watch the anime when I was kid and had been curious about tackling these books for a while. Reading through these books made me reflect on the greater world of comics and an aspect of it that I haven’t addressed here yet: branching out beyond American comics.

I love American/Western comics. It’s certainly the bulk of what I’ve read. Not just the superhero stuff, but comics and graphic novels like Stuck Rubber Baby, Fun Home, March, Blankets, The Sculptor, and many many more. Many of the comics I go out of my way to read are either from women, Lgbtq, or minority creators or they at least tell a unique story from a perspective that makes it stand out. However, I have a big
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'Who Killed Kurt Cobain?' Graphic Novel Coming This Fall

'Who Killed Kurt Cobain?' Graphic Novel Coming This Fall
An exciting new Kurt Cobain Graphic Novel is coming to Idw this fall! The Nirvana frontman and grunge icon will be the subject of a original never-before-heard story. The most iconic singer/songwriter of his generation, Kurt Cobain left behind a phenomenal body of work, legions of fans, and a mystery... A final letter addressed to "Boddah."

Now, award-winning creator Nicolas Otero brings the story of this note to life in the forthcoming original graphic novel Who Killed Kurt Cobain? Based on the French novel, Le Roman de Boddah by Heloise Guay de Bellissen, this adaptation, a work of fiction, recounts real-life events from Cobain's life, as narrated by his childhood imaginary friend, Boddah.

Through the eyes of Boddah, readers get a front row seat to the highs and lows of one of music's most influential voices like they've never experienced before. Trace the arc of modern rock's greatest icon
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Ed Catto: What Makes the Best Comic Shops?

In his weekly New York Time column last week, the New York Times’ wine expert Eric Asimov wrote about how to pick a wine store. He stressed that if a person cared about wine and wanted to drink better and more confidently, the best thing one can do is to find a good wine store and then cultivate a good relationship with the staff.

There’s an enormous amount of choices for wine and good stores help consumers select and choose more wisely. They might do this with the way they arrange the wines, or with a friendly and knowledgeable staff or even through handwritten recommendations placed near the wine.

As I reach this wine column, I was drawing the inevitable parallels between wine stores and comics shops. Geek culture also offers such a diverse tapestry of choices. It can be difficult for fans and consumers to navigate through it
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‘Little Nemo Return to Slumberland’: Detailed Dream

Little Nemo Return to Slumberland

Colorist Nelson Daniel

Letterer Robbie Robbins

Writer Eric Shanower

Artist Gabriel Rodriguez

Publisher Ted Adams

Published by Idw Publishing

Beautiful and overflowing with elegance. These are the words which match perfectly with ‘Little Nemo Return to Slumberland.’ The comic finds its roots from Winsor McCay’sLittle Nemo in Slumberland comic from the early 20th. ‘Little Nemo Return to Slumberland’ builds slowly on a tale of Slumberland once the original Nemo is no longer the Princess’s playmate. The writing is well thought out and characters are planned with care as the plot unfolds in time. Supporting the grand writing is the artwork. Stunning, detailed, and class in its appearance, the art creates a dreamy state that places the reader in the middle of the action.

King Morpheus, ruler of Slumberland, wishes to find his poor daughter the Princess a playmate for she is sad without one.
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Sdcc: Full list of winners from the 2015 Eisner Awards

Last night the Indigo Ballroom of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront played host to the 27th Annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, and thanks to Bleeding Cool we’ve got a full list of all the winners…

Best Short Story

“Beginning’s End,” by Rina Ayuyang,

“Corpse on the Imjin!” by Peter Kuper, in Masterful Marks: Cartoonists Who Changed the World (Simon & Schuster)

“Rule Number One,” by Lee Bermejo, in Batman Black and White #3 (DC)

The Sound of One Hand Clapping,” by Max Landis & Jock, in Adventures of Superman #41-42 (DC)

“When the Darkness Presses,” by Emily Carroll,

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)

Astro City #16: “Wish I May” by Kurt Busiek & Brent Anderson (Vertigo/DC)

Beasts of Burden: Hunters and Gatherers, by Evan Dorkin & Jill Thompson (Dark Horse)

Madman in Your Face 3D Special, by Mike Allred (Image)

Marvel 75th Anniversary Celebration
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2015 Eisner Award nominations

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Comic-Con International has announced the nominations for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards for 2015. The nominees, chosen by a blue-ribbon panel of judges, highlight the wide range of material being published in comics and graphic novel form today, from companies big and small, in print and on line. The awards will be given out during a gala ceremony on Friday, July 10 during Comic-Con International: San Diego.

Best Short Story

“Beginning’s End,” by Rina Ayuyang,

“Corpse on the Imjin!” by Peter Kuper, in Masterful Marks: Cartoonists Who Changed the World (Simon & Schuster)

“,” by Lee Bermejo, in Batman Black and White #3 (DC)

“,” by Max Landis & Jock, in Adventures of Superman #14 (DC)

“When the Darkness Presses,” by Emily Carroll,

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)

Astro City #16: “Wish I May” by Kurt Busiek & Brent Anderson (Vertigo/DC)

Beasts of Burden: Hunters and Gatherers, by Evan Dorkin
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Mike Gold: Comic Books Are Heavier Than Ever!

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This time around the honor of writing the last ComicMix column of 2014 falls to me, and I am grateful for the opportunity to taunt the gods and goddesses of irony once more before the Cherub of the New Year arrives, gets a good look around, and shits his diaper.

Many, if not all of my friends seem to be happy that this year is coming to an end. String theory tells us that such optimism is silly, but since I’m starting 2015 with a left arm different from the one I had last January – and the anesthesia almost killed me – well, sayonara old bastard and take your scythe with you.

Now that I’ve got off my chest, when it comes to the Wonderful World Of Comic Books it’s been a pretty good year. For the incurably wealthy, we have all these Artist’s Edition books, entire stories shot from original art.
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The Fly: Outbreak Announced by Idw Publishing

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Like Jurassic Park would do years later, David Cronenberg’s The Fly showed that if you tamper too much with science, your experiments can destroy you. Viewers who watched the film when it first came out nearly 20 years ago may still be haunted by its visceral visuals, and soon fans can see the movie’s storyline continue, as Idw Publishing has announced a sequel comic book series, The Fly: Outbreak.

Press Release - “San Diego, CA (December 17, 2014) – The story that began in David Cronenberg’s film update of The Fly continues here with a five-issue miniseries The Fly: Outbreak written by Brandon Seifert (Hellraiser, Witch Doctor) with painted interior and cover art by menton3 (Silent Hill, Monocyte). Issue one will hit in March and will boast variant covers by Jason Edmiston and Lukas Ketner.

Years ago, a scientist had a horrific accident when he tried to use his
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[Comic Execution] 11/24 – Little Nemo, The Storyteller, Predator

It’s a bit of a puzzler why I find myself reviewing comics for kids on a website called Destroy The Brain. Not that I’m going to pretend that none of my readers have kids and would be interested in comics for kids. But the weird thing is that I don’t have kids or ever want to have kids. It’s nothing personal, kids. I’m just barely responsible enough to manage my own perpetual catastrophe (aka life) so there’s a snowball’s chance in Hell I’d be capable of doing so for another lifeform, much less want to. But! I do have two nieces and two nephews, the oldest of whom is just the right age to read comics! That said, I’m not actually sure the comics I’ve reviewing are up his alley honestly, as he’s more a superhero fan than anything.
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Ed Summer’s Comics and Movies

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by Mike Gold and Martha Thomases

Ed Summer, the man who opened one of America’s first comic book stores and went on to a varied and significant media career, died Thursday from cancer.

A graduate of the New York University School of the Arts (his classmates included Oliver Stone, Jonathan Kaplan and Alan Arkush), Summer opened the Supersnipe Comic Book Emporium on Manhattan’s upper east side in 1971. The store was named after the Street and Smith comic book character who owned more comic books than anybody else in the world. In the late 1970s he opened a comic art gallery, also one of the first, near his store. His friend George Lucas was an investor.

Moving on to motion pictures, Ed wrote or co-wrote Conan the Barbarian (and also was associate producer), Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck cartoons for Disney, and Shinsha (a anime take on Little Nemo
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The Malleable Form of Comic Books

The visual form of comic books, what we as readers see splashed across the funny pages and beyond, is something very unique. It is something that has been experimented with during its infancy and is still tampered with today. One thing that made comic books so accessible to readers and the general public was a formula. The “Funny Pages” in the local newspapers, especially when the paper was the only way to read a comic, was seen as something cheap and repetitive in form. Sure, there are some that appear to be content with the four frames of content and the switch in appearance for a Sunday, but there are many special exceptions.

Take Winsor McCay for example. There are many words that can describe what McCay did to influence the comic world, but he can surely be agreed to embody the definition of genius. McCay’s Little Nemo in Slumberland is incredible.
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The Best Nintendo Exclusives We're Still Playing

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All month long in our Gamerlinx editorial series, we’ve been talking about the best exclusives to have ever graced the Nintendo systems. While our writers have done a great job breaking some of them down, there’s simply too many to cover in one month! So instead, for our final article this month we’ve opened it up to All of our writers to briefly discuss our favorite Nintendo exclusives that we’re still playing to this day. Come check out our lists and share your own!

Each month the Cinelinx staff will write a handful of articles covering a specified gaming-related topic, similar to our Movielinx series on the film side of things. These articles will be notified by the Gamerlinx banner. Gamerlinx is an exploration and discussion of our personal connections with video games. This month, we're putting the focus solely on Nintendo's gaming consoles, and exploring
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[Comic Execution] 8/23 – Hellraiser: Bestiary, Little Nemo: Return To Slumberland, Justice Inc

Last week was moving week. It’s been a little hectic. It’s cool though, because if my plans go through the way I want them to, you’ll have more Comic Execution than you can handle in about a month. Here’s a hint: Fire & Stone.

Regardless, this week’s column is extra long to make up for last week’s absence. It’s probably not much consolation for you but hey, at least I acknowledge my failures by overcompensating?

Helraiser: Bestiary #1

Writer: Ben Meares, Mark Miller, Victor Lavalle

Artist: Conor Nolan, Colin Lorimer, Carlos Magno

Colorist: Tamra Bonvillain, Michael Garland

Publisher: Boom! Studios

Price: $4 (Digital)

This comic was kind of doomed from the start. You see, when I see the word “bestiary” my immediate association is with roleplaying games, whose massive catalogs of monsters are usually called “bestiaries” so, naturally, I was hoping against hope that Hellraiser
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