Ghostbusters Blitzway Figures

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

Today we’ve got a set of some of the best Ghostbusters figures I’ve ever seen, a new Hot Toys version of Finn as FN-2187 from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a great collectible version of the Batmobile from the classic 1966 Batman television series and more.

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Keanu Calendar - Mad Max: Fury Road

We don’t typically write about movie swag on /Film, although I’ll often tweet about some of the cooler things that get sent to the /Film offices to promote upcoming films and television shows. Today I received a package from Warner Bros. Pictures with swag promoting their upcoming film Keanu, a comedy film movie from Key and Peele. If you haven’t yet watched the trailer for this film, go do so now.

When I opened the box I knew I had to feature it on the site. The box contained a plush of the cat at the center of the film, Keanu, complete with his do-rag and gold chain. But thats not all, Warner Bros. produced a full-size calendar featuring Keanu reenacting scenes from popular movies. That’s the part I really wanted to show you as it’s ridiculous, cute and awesome. Before the Oscars they released a set of movie posters spoofing this year’s Academy Award nominees. This takes it further because they’ve gone to the lengths of elaborate photo shoots, rather than fast and dirty Photoshops. Hit the jump to take a look at some of the Keanu movie parodies featured in this Keanu calendar.

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the witch influences

With The Witch opening this week, we sat down with writer/director Robert Eggers to do something a little different. We asked him to name the three films that most influenced his tremendous new horror movie and we would discuss his work through the lens of what inspired him. For part one of this three-part series, we talked about Stanley Kubrick‘s The Shining. Parts two and three, covering completely different films, will run tomorrow and the next day.

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The Chickening

At the  Fantastic Fest film festival in Austin, Texas, short films often play before the films. Before Anders Thomas Jensen‘s Men & Chicken, the audience was treated to The Chickening, directed by Nick DenBoer and Davy Force. The short film was met with a huge applause, almost stealing the spotlight from the feature that followed.

Have you ever wanted to see a reimagining of The Shining starring a whole bunch of chickens and an older, wisecracking Danny? Well, your wish has been granted.

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Transformers - The Island

Did you know that not every single shot in a movie is overseen by any given film’s primary director? There’s an entire crew of people called the second unit whose responsibility it is to shoot supplementary footage such as establishing shots, stunts, inserts and cutaways. The director still has to approve that footage, but he’s not on set to actually shoot it. It’s not exactly a secret in Hollywood, even if most people outside of Hollywood don’t know it.

However, what you may not be aware of is that there are instances when recycled movie footage is used to complete a movie. We’re not just talking about a shot of a cityscape or mountainside, but very specific shots and scenes that were reused between two different movies. For example, did you know War and Peace footage can be seen in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure? Read More »

shining hotel horror museum

You’ve got to hand it to the Stanley Hotel. They took the fact that their establishment was the inspiration for the haunted hotel that drives people crazy and forces them to murder their families in Stephen King‘s The Shining and turned it into a good thing. The historic hotel has become a destination for horror fans, who flock to Estes Park, Colorado to stay in supposedly haunted rooms, go on ghost tours, and attend the Stanley Film Festival, which showcases horror films of all kinds. It even hosted a hedge maze design contest so it could more closely resemble the fictional Overlook Hotel. That’s commitment.

Now, the hotel is doubling down on this plan – they want to build a new building on the premises that will act as a horror museum, production studio, and film archive.

Find out more about the Shining hotel horror museum after the jump.

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shining prequel

When a prequel to The Shining was announced, it didn’t sound like such a hot idea. That changed when Mark Romanek became attached to the project — a real-deal director, not some run-of-the-mill work-for-hire. The director behind One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go is a filmmaker with a vision, and according to the producer of The Overlook Hotel, The Shining prequel will only move forward with Romanek if he gets the opportunity to make his own movie. Read more about the project after the jump.

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Grand Overlook Hotel

At first, you might think that directors Wes Anderson and Stanley Kubrick don’t have much in common. Their films couldn’t be on more opposite ends of the spectrum. However, Steve Ramsden used the similarity in the way Anderson and Kubrick frame shots as a reference point to create The Grand Overlook Hotel, a truly incredible mash-up of The Shining and The Grand Budapest Hotel.

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The Shining maze

Some hotels might shy away from an association with ghosts and gruesome (if fictional) murders, but not the Stanley Hotel. The Colorado landmark, which famously inspired Stephen King‘s The Shining, is leaning into its creepy history by commissioning a giant hedge maze. And it wants your help designing it. More details on The Shining maze after the jump. Read More »