In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas is finally getting a sequel (just not in the form fans might have been hoping for)
  • Who will direct Fantastic Beasts 4 and 5?
  • The Disney+ sequel to Stargirl has added a new cast member
  • Downton Abbey 2 was waylaid by the coronavirus
  • Will Sacha Baron Cohen make Borat 3?
  • And more!

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New Mondo Disney Tiki Mugs

Mondo has given the Tiki Mug treatment to Universal Monsters, Gremlins, Predator, Alien, Marvel Comics characters, and more. But recently, they’ve been teaming up with Disney to bring some of their iconic characters to shelves as collectible handmade ceramic Tiki Mugs, and today brings new additions from The Lion King, The Rocketeer, and The Nightmare Before Christmas, and each one has several different color variants. Check out all the new Mondo Disney Tiki Mugs below. Read More »

The Nightmare Before Christmas - Is Oogie Boogie Racist

It’s that magical time of year when people needlessly argue about whether or not The Nightmare Before Christmas is a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie. The democratic answer is that it’s both and everyone should just enjoy it. The correct answer is that it’s a Christmas movie, because 95% of it takes place after Halloween and leading up to Christmas. These are facts.

But there’s another argument surrounding The Nightmare Before Christmas that you might not have heard about. The film’s writer Caroline Thompson recently appeared on the podcast Script Apart, which talks to writers about the first drafts of famous movies. During their discussion, she explained a creative clash she had with producer Tim Burton regarding the depiction of the villain Oogie Boogie, a character who also created a tense confrontation between director Henry Selick and the Batman director. Read More »

Physics of Fast and Furious Stunts

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, a physicist takes a close look at how unbelievable some of the stunts in the Fast and Furious franchise really are. Plus, Disney+ features The Nightmare Before Christmas in their new fun factoid web series The Deets, and Adam Savage builds a prop replica of Ray Stantz’s Ecto Goggles from the original Ghostbusters. Read More »

Nightmare Before Christmas Mondo Vinyl Soundtrack

What’s this? What’s this? Christmas has come early for The Nightmare Before Christmas fans, who now have the chance to buy Danny Elfman‘s wonderful soundtrack for the 1993 stop-motion animated classic as a limited edition vinyl release. Mondo is releasing a limited edition The Nightmare Before Christmas Vinyl, which features art by director Tim Burton himself. /Film is exclusively debuting the first look at the vinyl jacket art by Burton, which you can see below.

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VFX Artists React to Casper

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 visual effects artists react to the big screen debut of Casper from 1995. Plus, watch the cast of Smallville get back together for a virtual panel for the 2020 New York Comic-Con. And finally, see what happens when Rambo joins the fighter roster of Mortal Kombat 11 in the next round of downloadable content. Read More »

2020 Hallmark Christmas Movies Ornaments

Nearly every week of 2020 has been terrible. So even though Christmas is still five months away, maybe we should start celebrating early with some holiday cheer, courtesy of Hallmark’s Keepsake Ornament collection.

So far we’ve seen some of the new ornaments for the Harry Potter and Star Wars franchises, but what would a Christmas tree without some ornaments inspired by or favorite Christmas movies? Below, we’ve got a look at Hallmark’s new ornaments from Elf, A Christmas Story, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Read More »

Prop Culture Review

In the old days of Hollywood, movie props weren’t cherished or saved. Once a production was finished shooting, a lot of props were either thrown out, repurposed, or lost somewhere along the way. As time went on, people began to hold items from their favorite movies in high regard, and movie props became treasured artifacts. Today, movie props are some of the most expensive collector’s items out there, often selling for hundreds to thousands of dollars at auction.

That brings us to a new Disney+ documentary series called Prop Culture, which follows film historian and prop collector Dan Lanigan as he tracks down movie props from some of Disney’s most iconic films over the years. Like a kid in a candy store, Lanigan travels around the United States, meeting filmmakers, actors, production crew members, and fellow collectors so he can either see a rare item from Disney’s film history, or show one off for a sentimental reunion and fascinating conversation about movies ranging from Mary Poppins to The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Read More »

Freeform 25 Days of Christmas Schedule

Halloween is over, and since Thanksgiving decorations totally suck, it’s time for Christmas. In honor of the forthcoming holiday, Freeform is wasting no time getting their 25 Days of Christmas schedule out there for people to get excited about. Every year the channel is decked out with classic holiday movies, beloved Christmas specials, and even some original Yuletide stuff, and this year is no exception.

Along with the expected arrival of movies like The Santa Clause, Home Alone, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and The Nightmare Before Christmas, there’s also the addition of some of The Simpsons holiday episodes in what Freeform is calling The Simpsons Holiday-thon. The Springfield family joins other television specials like Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town, Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Plus, for all you hardcore Freeform fans, The Fosters is having a holiday reunion special. Get the full Freeform 25 Days of Christmas schedule below. Read More »

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Nightmare Before Christmas Queer Reading

(Welcome to Queering the Scene, a series that explores LGBTQ themes and content in films of all kinds…especially where you least expect it.) 

The Nightmare Before Christmas has been the source of great debate and contention for decades. In the 26 years since its release, it’s ruined friendships, torn families asunder, and stoked the flames of sibling rivalries across the globe over this one conundrum: is it a Christmas or Halloween film? 

I know. I’m sure you remember the very first fight you had about this exact issue. Both sides battling one over the other. Eventually, the wars would subside, both sides lamentably agreeing that it could be both, I guess. And so, on this auspicious occasion, as we celebrate one of the two holidays this film is decidedly about, I thought I’d throw a wrench into the whole machine and postulate the following: 

The Nightmare Before Christmas is a perfect allegory for the struggle bisexual, pansexual, and queer people feel while straddling two worlds, or several, depending on how you interact with the gender pantheon.

Yup, that’s right folks. In this edition of Queering The Scene, Jack Skellington is queer AF, and his journey is more than just an experiment with different holidays – it’s an experiment in sexuality and expanding his consciousness beyond the exnominated factor of heteronormativity.  

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