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The Movie: Labyrinth

Where You Can Stream It: Amazon Prime

The Pitch: Saddled with babysitting her baby half-brother Toby on a Friday night, 16-year-old Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) dreams of playing out her childhood fantasies, and accidentally wishes that Toby be taken away by goblins. The Goblin King (David Bowie) appears to grant her wish, to Sarah’s horror, and gives Sarah 13 hours to solve his labyrinth and find Toby before he is turned into a goblin forever.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: In the ’80s, Jim Henson dreamed of creating a whole genre of filmmaking with puppetry. After the modest box office success of The Dark Crystal, Henson turned to one of the biggest stars who could get people into the theater to watch a movie about puppets: David Bowie. While Labyrinth failed to recoup its budget at the box office, it became a cult hit on home video — thanks, in part, to Bowie’s magnetic charisma and the dark, gnarled vision of Henson’s bizarre fairy tale world.

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Aliens Practical Effects

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, get an up close look at some of the practical creature puppets used in Aliens, Flubber, Labyrinth, Jurassic Park, and more. Plus, see how one of the epic battle sequences from Mulan came together after two years of preparation, and see how Robot Chicken has brought back The Adventures of Pete & Pete in a weird way. Read More »

labyrinth sequel director

After all these years, Labyrinth still has the power of voodoo over us. Jim Henson‘s 1986 cult hit is getting a long-awaited sequel, which has been in the works under TriStar Pictures in some form since at least 2014. But after hiring Don’t Breathe director Fede Alvarez to helm the sequel in 2017, TriStar Pictures has found a new filmmaker to dance, magic, dance into the director’s chair. Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson, who recently left Marvel over creative differences with Doctor Strange 2, has been tapped to helm the Labyrinth sequel.

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The Mandalorian Fight Scene Recreated

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch as stuntment recreate a fight scene from The Mandalorian with some low-rent props and visual effects in the middle of a dojo. Plus, Patrick (H) Willems, or rather some of his collaborators, put together a video essay on Labyrinth and the themes of capitalism in 1980s America, and you can get a lesson on how to draw a Walt Disney caricature. Read More »

Star Wars Labyrinth tribute

Though The Muppets creator Jim Henson never officially worked on a Star Wars movie, he did work with George Lucas on the 1986 fantasy film Labyrinth. And it turns out that Neal Scanlan, the creature and special make-up effects creative supervisor for the five most recent Star Wars films, also worked on Labyrinth in the early days of his career as an effects artist.

With that cinematic connection in mind, Scanlan reveals that he and his team embedded a Labyrinth tribute in last year’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, paying homage to Henson and the movie’s big furry creature Ludo. Read More »

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In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Tom Hanks gets emotional about the Toy Story 4 ending.
  • Fede Alvarez says that despite recent reports, the Labyrinth 2 script isn’t done.
  • Tom Cruise is allegedly learning to really fly fighter jets for Top Gun 2, because of course he is.
  • Peter Jackson says Tintin 2 might film next year, but we’ll believe it when we see it.
  • Richard Donner offers an update on Lethal Weapon 5.
  • The Jay and Silent Bob reboot will start shooting next year.

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labyrinth sequel

It’s been 32 years, but the ’80s cult fantasy movie Labyrinth still has the power of voodoo over us. And just when the thought of a Labyrinth sequel had slipped our minds, director Fede Alvarez is here to remind us of the babe. The long-gestating sequel to the Jim Henson classic is finally starting to come together, Alvarez teased, confirming that a Labyrinth sequel script has been completed.

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Labyrinth musical

Get ready to dance, magic, dance all over again, as a Labyrinth musical is bound for the stage. Brian Henson, son of Jim Henson and Chairman of The Jim Henson Company, says plans for a Labyrinth musical based on the cult classic film are currently underway.

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/Answers: The Movies That Define Our Childhood

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Every week in /Answers, we answer a new pop culture-related question. In this edition, tying in with the release of Ready Player One, we ask “What movie defines your childhood? What nostalgic favorite floats to the top of your brain whenever your think back on your early film fandom?”

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Ready Player One posters

The end of this month will see the release of the anticipated adaptation of Ready Player One. The novel from Ernest Cline is coming to the big screen courtesy of director Steven Spielberg, who seems like the only director who could pull off a pop culture mash-up of this scale – especially with all of its key references to some of the most iconic blockbusters ever made.

Now a new set of Ready Player One posters ups the ante when it comes to mashing up nostalgic movies from decades past. Each of the posters takes the film’s digital characters and places them on the poster of a beloved movie from the past. Back to the Future, The Breakfast Club, Beetlejuice, Blade Runner, The Goonies, Risky Business, and more posters were fully recreated with Ready Player One‘s game avatar characters from The OASIS. Read More »