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The Toy Box is a weekly feature at /Film that will round up some of the newest and coolest collectibles, decorations, gadgets and other memorabilia that you nerds might want for your shelves.

This week we’ve got some new Star Trek goodies for the 50th anniversary, including a new Barbie doll set and an exclusive bobbelhead diorama coming to San Diego Comic-Con. In addition, there’s a great new Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure movie set that comes with an action figure of George Carlin as Rufus, new Funko POP Vinyls for Power Rangers and Preacher, and a few new Star Wars items, including a couple featuring BB-8.

See all that and more in The Toy Box after the jump.

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Danny Elfman Concert

If you’re a huge fan of filmmaker Tim Burton and his collaborations with brilliant composer Danny Elfman, then sometime over the past couple of years you might have been able to catch the special concert running through a wonderful collection of music from their work together. But if you weren’t able to attend this incredible event, you can still watch it right now.

A recent episode of PBS series Live from Lincoln Center broadcast a nearly two-hour cut of the concert which features selections from Batman, Beetlejuice, Alice in Wonderland, Big Fish, Edward Scissorhands and more. But the real treat is the segment for The Nightmare Before Christmas which has Danny Elfman singing a few signature Jack Skellington songs, just as he did for the soundtrack. Read More »

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It’s one of the greatest cinematic controversies of all time. Since international law allows you to only watch The Nightmare Before Christmas once per year, fans of the 1993 stop-motion animated musical have long debated the more appropriate time to view the film. Is it a weird and creepy Christmas movie, or a Halloween movie with with a peppermint-flavored candy shell? It only took 22 years, but someone finally decided to ask director Henry Selick, who gave the definitive answer: it’s an October movie.

Find Selick’s reasoning for the Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween movie label after the jump.

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/Film’s 20 Favorite Holiday Movies of All Time

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This Christmas, the collective entity of /Film pooled their efforts together to present this gift. Earlier this week, I polled all our writers and editors for their top ten holiday films of all time. I then gave each film on each list a 1 to 10 ranking. 10 points for first place, 1 point for 10th place, and added up the results. What were the results? Pretty predictable, if you ask me, but fun nevertheless.

Still, there were plenty of great movies on the list and weird subplots to explore. For example, only two of us put the same film number one, and it just so happens to be our overall top pick. However, another writer hasn’t even seen that movie. (Until late last night, as it turns out.) Which film is it? And what did it beat out? You’ll have to click below to read /Film’s 20 Favorite Holiday movies of all time. Read More »

Danny Elfman and Tim Burton fans might want to start looking up flights to London. On October 7, the composer and director, whose previous collaborations include Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas, will team up for a one-time only performance. Elfman will sing for the first time in almost two decades as the BBC Concert Orchestra performs music from all those films and more. Ticket info is below. Read More »

As the debate over what to do about cell phone usage in movies rages on, one theater isn’t just tolerating those awful glowy screens, but actively encouraging them. ArcLight Cinemas has teamed up with SeeItFirst for Second Screen Live!, an event series in which patrons are invited to toy with their iPads while The Nightmare Before Christmas plays on the big screen. Just what we need. More after the jump.

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Recently Threadless has teamed with Walt Disney Pictures for a series of art contests, resulting a series of Disney-themed t-shirt collections that are cooler than your typical Disney merchandise. We posted about The Muppets and Disney Villains collections when they were released. The latest contest asked artists to create a design based on Tim Burton‘s holiday classic The Nightmare Before Christmas. 325 designs were voted on, and 12 t-shirts were printed. Check out the designs after the jump, or head on over to Threadless to buy them now.
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Briefly: Tim Burton‘s The Nightmare Before Christmas, directed by Henry Selick, wasn’t a runaway hit when it originally opened. But in the years since, the picture has become a perennial cash cow for Disney, with a massive merchandising component and a semi-regular theatrical re-release pattern that is unusual in today’s film climate. So it is surprising that a theatrical sequel has never materialized.

Rumors have flown for years that we might see another film featuring Jack Skellington (a CGI sequel was once on the boards) and now Dread Central says that Paul Reubens mentioned that tim Burton is developing a sequel. At this point this is essentially hearsay from someone not involved in the production (Mr. Reubens mentioned the project as one that is part of Tim Burton’s busy slate by way of explaining why the two won’t work together any time soon) and we don’t have a direct link to the interview source. So don’t take this as any source of gospel just yet, but it’s something for which we’ll try to dig up more reliable info. In the meantime we’ll wonder if Reubens was mistakenly referring to the Frankenweenie feature revamp.

UPDATE: Derek Frey of Tim Burton Productions told The Playlist that “there is no truth to the rumor.”

VOTD: 50 Christmas Movie Spoilers in 3 Minutes


In honor of the upcoming Christmas holiday, our friends the Fine Brothers have filed the latest episode of their popular “Spoiler” series — 50 Christmas Movie Spoilers in 3 Minutes, in one take. You might remember that we’ve featured their videos 100 Movie Spoilers in 4 minutes, Spoiling Every Best Picture Winner in Oscar History, 50 spoilers of 2009 in 4 minutes, 100 Horror Movie Spoilers in 5 Minutes, and 50 Disney Spoilers in 3 Minutes.  Hit the jump to watch their latest. And if it isn’t completely obvious already, please be warned that the following video contains spoilers.
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