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At Comic Con 2010, Guillermo del Toro surprised the crowd at Disney’s Hall H panel by publicly announcing that he would be producing (and probably directing) a new big screen adaptation of the classic Disneyland attraction The Haunted Mansion.  Its been almost four years since that announcement, and development is still on going. Del Toro offered a new update on the project during his Reddit AMA. Find out what the filmmaker said about the development of the Haunted Mansion movie adaptation including details of new screenwriters and Doug Jones Hat Box Ghost development art, after the jump.

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Raze

If you adore films about people who are trapped in an enclosed space and forced to fight to the death, as the fates of their loved ones hangs in the balance, you probably went out of your way to see The Hunger Games: Catching Fire this past weekend. If you then walked out of the theater disappointed because it wasn’t nearly bloody and gritty and grown-up enough, then Raze may be the film for you.

Directed by Josh C. Waller, this action-horror stars Zoë Bell (Death Proof) and Rachel Nichols as two women who are abducted and wake to find themselves in a concrete bunker with 48 other women. They then realize that they must kill the others, because if they refuse to fight or lose, their families will suffer. Tracie ThomsDoug Jones, Sherilyn Fenn, and Bruce Thomas also star. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Rick Moranis in Ghostbusters

Rick Moranis isn’t locked in for Ghostbusters 3 yet, but if you’re curious where he thinks his character Louis Tully would’ve ended up, he has some ideas. Also after the jump:

  • Peter Jackson discusses the extended cut An Unexpected Journey
  • … and you can check out new behind-the-scenes pic from Desolation of Smaug
  • Jack Horner says the most recent Jurassic Park 4 plot “didn’t pass muster”
  • Lorenzo di Bonaventura has been in touch with actors about Red 3
  • Aussie electronic duo Empire of the Sun will score Dumb and Dumber To
  • Benjamin Bratt talks about replacing Al Pacino in Despicable Me 2
  • Doug Jones is still holding out hope for a third Hellboy
  • Val Kilmer‘s Heat sequel idea involves being married to Natalie Portman
  • See a poster for Warwick Davis‘ (fake) proposed Willow sequel

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Who wants clues on Sherlock‘s upcoming third season? After the jump:

  • Sherlock creators tease three key words for Season 3
  • Fox orders six more scripts for Season 3 of Bob’s Burgers
  • Which DC superheroes won’t appear in The CW’s Arrow?
  • Palpatine wants to be in the Star Wars live-action series
  • Robert Sean Leonard and Doug Jones join Falling Skies
  • Thomas Middleditch is Dwight Schrute’s slacker brother

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Want to read a slew of positive, negative and funny reactions to The Avengers trailer? What’s the latest costume worn by Henry Cavill in Man of Steel? Is the latest set video to be release from The Dark Knight Rises the best one yet? Could Catwoman kick any more ass in Batman: Year One? Which HBO star was just cast in The The Dark Knight Rises? How does The Amazing Spider-Man look in toy form? Does The Avengers fit into the Joss Whedonverse? And what DC superheros are ready for their Lego close up? Read all of this and much more in today’s massive 100th edition of Superhero Bits! Read More »

Don Coscarelli is back! The director of the Phantasm films and Bubba Ho-Tep may not be the most technically proficient filmmaker around, but he makes films that have an undeniable appeal. I can’t imagine how anyone who likes strange films and genre stuff wouldn’t love Coscarelli’s movies — they create their own space outside the typical horror/fantasy sphere.

And now he’s back with John Dies at the End. I’ve avoided a lot of material about this movie, and prior to watching this trailer knew only that the film features Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown and a story about a new drug and subjective reality.

After watching the teaser trailer I don’t know much more than that, but I do know that I’m very excited to see the film, which appears to be characterized by a really bizarre story and some spectacularly gooey, very practical creature effects. Check out the footage below. Read More »

Here’s a really depressing fact for you: Atlanta is the number one city in the U.S. for child sex trafficking, and, according to the nonprofit organization Street Grace, the #10 city worldwide. Up to 7,200 men in Georgia buy sex with a minor each month, from girls as young as 10 or 11.

As part of a larger campaign to combat the problem, Street Grace and other like-minded organizations have banded together with Whitestone Motion Pictures to create The Candy Shop, a 30-minute allegorical film about trafficking. The short is directed by Brandon McCormick and stars Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy) as the owner of the titular store. Watch it after the jump.

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VOTD: Movie Magic TV Specials


When I was a kid, I use to love watching the “Movie Magic” television specials. It was like finding out how a magician created all his wonderful tricks. And this was in the good ol’ days when the tricks were accomplished using mostly practical means, not like today when computer generated imagery is employed to make the impossible possible. The documentary series was broadcast on the Discovery Channel from 1994-1997, and consisted of seventy episodes divided over five seasons. /Film reader Mark L sent me a e-mail letting me know that Tyler Haslett has put the first twelve episodes online for all to enjoy. As far as I can tell, most of these television episodes were never released on VHS or DVD (a couple episodes were once released on VHS), so I’m glad to see they have found a place online. I wish Discovery would release the entire series on DVD, but I’m sure the rights to all the great behind the scenes footage was not secured for a home video release. Watch the first 12 episodes embedded after the jump.
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