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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, The Toy Box has a variety of new Star Trek and Star Wars goodies along with new figures celebrating the 40th anniversary of Rocky, some San Diego Comic-Con exclusives for The Simpsons, The Twilight Zone and The Big Lebowski, and a figure that will make a great holiday decoration from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

See all that and more in this edition of The Toy Box.

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The Nice Guys mondo poster

Shane Black‘s newest film, The Nice Guys, opens in theaters this weekend. Black’s third directorial effort is opening up against Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising and Angry Birds, a sequel and an animated feature based on a video game. The Nice Guys is one of the few original studio films coming out this summer, but that’s not the only reason to go out and support Black’s picture. It has everything you want from the writer and director of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang: two charismatic leading men, genuine heart, some unexpected turns, and plenty of jokes that pay off wonderfully. The Nice Guys is simply top-notch R-rated entertainment. Make sure to see it this weekend, and then, if you’re a fan of the film, maybe you’ll still even have time to purchase The Nice Guys Mondo poster.

Check out prints for Shane Black’s buddy comedy, The Twilight Zone, and Pinocchio below.

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new twilight zone series

The original incarnation of The Twilight Zone belongs on any shortlist of the best and most influential television shows ever made. Rod Serling’s classic anthology series, which told one-off science fiction, horror, and fantasy stories that ranged from comical and melodramatic to unsettling and downright terrifying, still holds up today as a high-water mark for genre TV and required watching for anyone who enjoys good things.

And every few decades, someone tries to revive it and we’ve been due for another version for some time. Now, CBS has announced a new incarnation of this iconic series, but like so many episodes of The Twilight Zone, there’s a twist involved: it’s going to be interactive. Whatever that means.

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twilight zone tower of terror movie

Disney is developing a movie based on the popular theme park ride The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. The accelerated drop tower dark ride, which appears in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney California Adventure, Tokyo DisneySea in Japan, and Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris, seems like an obvious movie property. Find out what producers and writers are involved in the new Tower of Terror movie adaptation after the jump.

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Richard Kiel dead

At 7′ 2″, Richard Kiel was legitimately one of the biggest actors in Hollywood, and as a result he fought hard to avoid being typecast. The actor appeared in one of the most notable pieces of early televised science fiction, the Twilight Zone episode ‘To Serve Man,’ but will be forever known as Jaws, the steel-grilled henchman who menaced James Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker. At St. Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, CA, Richard Kiel died on Wednesday September 10, at age 74.  Read More »

Tom Whalen War of the Worlds

UPDATED with official specs and on sale information. 

A sure-fire contender for “limited edition movie poster of the year” will soon be available. The movie is the 1953 classic The War of the Worlds, and the poster is by talented artist Tom Whalen. The prints are being sold by Dark Hall Mansion and will first become available to fans who purchase a subscription to a new Twilight Zone print series by Whalen and others. See the full version of both editions of the poster below. Read More »

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Joseph Kosinski got a lot of attention with Tron Legacy and then took Tom Cruise into the future with Oblivion. He has been developing a remake of Disney’s The Black Hole, among other films, but now he’s signed on to a Warner Bros. picture that has been in development for a while.

Kosinski is in talks to direct The Twilight Zone, based on the influential television show created by Rod Serling in 1959.  Read More »

Briefly: The fact that Warner Bros. has been slowing moving forward with a new Twilight Zone movie for the past few years won’t stop CBS Studios from developing a new television take on Rod Serling’s seminal sci-fi thriller series. Now Bryan Singer is on board to produce the new TV version. He’ll develop and exec produce the new show, and perhaps direct the pilot as well. While there isn’t a network set yet, given that CBS Studios produces content only for CBS (which aired the original show) and the CW, it seems likely that CBS will again be home to the Twilight Zone should the series go forward.

This would be the fourth TV incarnation of The Twilight Zone, following the original series (1959-1964), the ’80’s revamp (1985-1989), and the short-lived UPN revival from 2002. Given the popularity of TV shows with supernatural and sci-fi themes, this seems like a no-brainer. And hell, without the original Twilight Zone, which was a trailblazer for “weird” content on the tube, the current wave of supernatural TV programming might be entirely different.

No word on whether this will affect the big-screen version, which had Matt Reeves set to direct until he dropped out a couple months ago. [EW]

 

It’s been years since Leonardo DiCaprio‘s Appian Way put a new cinematic adaptation of The Twilight Zone in the works, but even as screenwriters have come and gone, concrete details on the film have been hard to come by. We’ve previously only been told that it would “feature elements from the ‘Twilight Zone’ universe made popular by Rod Serling’s classic TV series,” which is about as vague a plot description as has ever been written. But now, the first real hints about the plot have finally emerged — and yes, they sound very Serling-y indeed. More after the jump.

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