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Halloween 2019: Here’s Where You Can Get Your Fright On in Los Angeles

  • The Wrap
October has arrived faster than we could say “trick or treat,” and with that comes the spooky holiday Halloween — and thankfully, Los Angeles has got you covered with plenty of events that will give you the chills.

From watching a movie among graves at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, to partying it up on the streets of West Hollywood, there’s a lot going on this year.

Check out TheWrap’s list of L.A. events happening this October.

Also Read: New 'Halloween' Movies Dated for 2020, 2021

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

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Cinespia has partnered with Amazon Studios this year to screen Hollywood classics and all-time favorite films among the graves of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, which includes the resting places of Judy Garland, Rudolph Valentino and gangster Bugsy Siegel. John Wyatt founded Cinespia in 2002 because he wanted to get people together to watch classic films in a fun experience.

“At the
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‘Popstar’ Earns Highest Cult Classic Designation With Official Sing-Along Theatrical Experience

  • Indiewire
‘Popstar’ Earns Highest Cult Classic Designation With Official Sing-Along Theatrical Experience
Box office receipts don’t always tell the full story, especially when it comes to the enduring power of The Lonely Island and their unique brand of smart satire and genre dissection. While the long-time creative trio — including Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer — are perhaps best known for their “Saturday Night Live” digital shorts like “Dick in a Box” and “Lazy Sunday” and their wonderfully deranged big screen adaptation of their popular “MacGruber” sketches, just three years ago, they made another cult-classic-in-the-making in the form of “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.”

Styled as a mockumentary examining the career and life (and incredibly bad life choices) of eponymous pop star Conner Friel (Aka Conner4Real) as he spirals hilariously out of control after years in the spotlight, the film sends up not just the music industry, but the entertainment complex as a whole. Plus, there’s at least one
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The Most Iconic “Cult Classics” of All Time

Ej Moreno on iconic cult classics…

What does it take for a film to be considered a “cult classic?” Many define it as a movie that is popular among a particular group, but for me, that isn’t always the case. Some cult classics can become larger than life presences in the industry, taking over fan conventions and getting remakes/spin-offs. For this listicle, my goal is to celebrate the films that are staples in the cult circuit – even if a movie is beloved by more than just a tiny group of cinema nerds. You may recognize some entries on this list, while others might be wholly new to you. But use this as a way to expand your watch list with some iconic cult classics. Now prepare to enter the strange side of filmmaking!

Staff Picks:

The Transformers: The Movie (Suggested by Gary Collinson)

This 1986 animated film created a
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Experience Pan’s Labyrinth in its 4K Glory Oct. 1

  • Comicmix
Burbank, CA, September 5, 2019 – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced today that Pan’s Labyrinth, the highly-acclaimed 2006 modern day dark fairy tale written and directed by Academy Award-winner Guillermo del Toro, will be released on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital on October 1.

Written and directed by del Toro, Pan’s Labyrinth premiered at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival where it received a 22-minute standing ovation, followed by its North American premiere at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival. The critically-acclaimed film won multiple awards, including three Academy Awards, three BAFTA Awards, the Ariel Award for Best Picture, the Saturn Award for Best International Film, and the 2007 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form. The film also appeared on more than 20 critic’s top ten lists for 2006.

Produced by del Toro, Bertha Navarro, Alfonso Cuaron, Frida Torresblanco, and Alvaro Augustin, the film stars Serio Lopez, Maribel Verdu, Ivana Baquero, Doug Jones, Ariadna Gil,
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Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release Date and Details

Warner Brothers Home Entertainment has announced an October 1st release date for Guillermo del Toro's 2006 dark fairy tale, Pan's Labyrinth, on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray as well as Digital. You can already pre-order Pan's Labyrinth in 4K at Amazon.

The 4K disc will include the legacy director's commentary by del Toro. Additional legacy bonus materials are found on the inclusive previously released Blu-ray.

The Pan's Labyrinth 4K disc will also include Hdr.

Audio commentary by Guillermo del Toro

Video prologue by Guillermo del Toro

The Power of Myth

The Faun and the Fairies

The Color and the Shape

The Director’s Notebook

Pan's Labyrinth stars Serio Lopez, Maribel Verdu, Ivana Baquero, Doug Jones, Ariadna Gil, and Alex Angulo.

Here's a look at the dark Pan's Labyrinth 4K box art.
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Pan's Labyrinth Is Finally Getting a 4K Ultra HD Release in October

  • MovieWeb
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced today that Pan's Labyrinth, the highly-acclaimed 2006 modern day dark fairy tale written and directed by Academy Award-winner Guillermo del Toro, will be released on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital on October 1.

Written and directed by del Toro, Pan's Labyrinth premiered at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival where it received a 22-minute standing ovation, followed by its North American premiere at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival. The critically-acclaimed film won multiple awards, including three Academy Awards, three BAFTA Awards, the Ariel Award for Best Picture, the Saturn Award for Best International Film, and the 2007 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form. The film also appeared on more than 20 critic's top ten lists for 2006.

Produced by del Toro, Bertha Navarro, Alfonso Cuaron, Frida Torresblanco, and Alvaro Augustin, the film stars Serio Lopez, Maribel Verdu, Ivana Baquero, Doug Jones, Ariadna Gil, and Alex Angulo and is narrated by Pablo Adan.
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The Labyrinth Baby Grew Up to Work on Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

When trippy '80s classics collide!

If you ever wondered what became of baby Toby from the mind-bending 1986 classic film Labyrinth, well, you might be surprised to find out that he's all grown up now and still spending his time among Jim Henson's wild little puppets.

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10 Of The Most Iconic Jim Henson Creatures (That Aren't Muppets), Ranked

Most of us are familiar with the genius of Jim Henson, whether from The Muppets, Sesame Street, or any number of his films. The famous puppeteer and creator certainly had a gift for creating memorable and visually stunning characters. So much so, in fact, that an entire workshop was created dedicated to the production of some of these famous creatures.

Related: 10 Of The Most Iconic Jim Henson Muppets, Ranked

Classic shows like The Storyteller and Fraggle Rock (and movies like Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal) owe everything to this visionary. Some of their most wonderful creations were all conceived in Jim Henson's Creature Shop. Today, we're having a creature feature as we spend some time with ten of the Jim Henson Company's greatest creature creations. Oh, and don't worry: as you can see, we haven't forgotten the Muppets; they've been ranked separately!
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How Netflix’s ‘Dark Crystal’ Production Team Connected Prequel Series to the Original

  • Variety
How Netflix’s ‘Dark Crystal’ Production Team Connected Prequel Series to the Original
The Dark Crystal,” the family-oriented fantasy drama directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, was groundbreaking when Universal released it in 1982. Now a cult classic, it offered an original blend of Brothers Grimm-style fairy-tale magic and state-of-the-art animatronic puppetry.

Now, 37 years later, Netflix and the Jim Henson Co. revive the world dreamed up by Oz and Henson with “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” a 10-episode prequel series directed by Louis Leterrier (“Now You See Me”) that revisits planet Thra and its mysterious inhabitants via tactile design, puppetry and hand-crafted effects.

“We wanted to make sure what we were doing felt right,” says Toby Froud, design supervisor on “Age of Resistance,” which drops Aug. 30. Froud has a long history with “Dark Crystal”: His father, Brian Froud, was the acclaimed concept artist on the original film, and Froud himself starred as the baby kidnapped by David Bowie in Oz and Henson’s follow-up project,
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‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ Started as a ‘Labyrinth’ Sequel Pitch Before It Became “Game of Thrones With Puppets” [Interview]

Netflix doesn’t only bring back TV shows like Full House, Arrested Development, Designated Survivor and Lucifer. They bring back movies, too. Netflix gave the Jim Henson Company a home for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, a new 10 episode prequel to the 1982 Jim Henson-directed movie. Writers Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews pitched the […]

The post ‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ Started as a ‘Labyrinth’ Sequel Pitch Before It Became “Game of Thrones With Puppets” [Interview] appeared first on /Film.
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The Long Journey of ‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’

The Long Journey of ‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’
Once upon a time, Jim Henson found himself stranded in the middle of a snowstorm. To pass the time, the Muppet Show creator began to dream up an elaborate story of mystics, monsters, and two different races — a vulturelike aristocracy called the Skeksis and a kindhearted, elfin people known as Gelflings — battling over the fate of their planet, Thra. By the time the storm ended, Henson had a 25-page movie treatment. He called it The Dark Crystal. The pioneering puppeteer was prepared to stake his whole career and his relationship with his No.
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Film Review: ‘Playmobil: The Movie’

  • Variety
Film Review: ‘Playmobil: The Movie’
Tucked in the closing credits of “Playmobil: The Movie” is a dedication to Horst Brandstätter, the German entrepreneur whose company began production of the now-iconic Playmobil toys in the 1970s — acknowledging a vast popular legacy for the dinky figurines that now extends to a whole animated feature. It’s a nice touch, if a tellingly incomplete one: Unmentioned is Hans Beck, the inventor who designed and developed the toys themselves, and by the end of this snazzy but shrilly synthetic kids’ romp, it’s hardly surprising to see business acumen honored ahead of creative input. An attempt to do for the smiling, claw-handed Playmobil collective what “The Lego Movie” did for the humble plastic brick — but without that blockbuster’s dizzy, self-aware wit and visual invention — Lino Disalvo’s hyperactive film never transcends its blatant product-flogging purpose.

The result, brightly stuffed with pirates and vikings and glitter-winged creatures at every turn,
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Best of Frightfest: ‘The Hallow’ Dir. Corin Hardy

Best of Frightfest: As the twentieth anniversary of Arrow Video Frightfest approaches, we at team Thn take a look back at some of the best and brightest films that have screened over the last two decades. Today we take a trip to The Hallow.

More famous these days for his The Conjuring universe film The Nun, director Corin Hardy debuted his first feature film, The Hallow, at Frightfest in 2015. The film is a super dark fairytale that taps into every parent’s worst nightmare, what if something happened to your child. New parents Adam (Joseph Mawle) and Clare (Bojana Novakovic) have relocated to Ireland from England for Adam’s work, which involves marking trees for destruction, something that isn’t going down well with the locals. The land that Adam is working on is also the subject of local folklore, and when strange things start happening the couple must protect
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NYC Weekend Watch: Outsider Visions of America, Koker Trilogy, ‘Joan the Maid’ & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Film at Lincoln Center

“Another Country: Outsider Visions of America” offers films by Demy, Resnais, Antonioni, Varda and more.

IFC Center

The rather staggering Abbas Kiarostami retrospective continues, with screenings of the Koker trilogy and more.



Quad Cinema

Jacques Rivette’s masterpiece Joan the Maid has begun screening in a fantastic-looking 4K restoration.

Metrograph

Written by Paul and Leonard Schrader,
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Movie Poster of the Week: The Real and Fake Posters for “Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood”

Above: Prop poster for Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood by Renato Casaro.When the first poster was released in March for Quentin Tarantino’s much-anticipated Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood, which opens in theaters today, people were generally not impressed. And rightly so: a poorly composed, awkwardly Photoshopped image of Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio leaning against the edges of the poster frame, with a car and the Hollywood sign in the background, it looked like it had been knocked off in a rush for the Cannes Film Festival and would inevitably be replaced closer to the release date with something much better. And eventually an illustrated retro-style poster was released that was a vast improvement. But the Photoshopped version has endured, with a number of variations released in the interim. And it seems that both styles, or either one or the other, are now in theaters. The illustrated poster,
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Link Tank: 14 Facts About The NeverEnding Story

Spencer Mullen Jul 19, 2019

The NeverEnding Story, Secret Obsession, SpaceX Starhopper, and more in today's daily Link Tank!

Elon Musk has revealed the new date for the Starhopper's test launch.

"The Starhopper, SpaceX’s test vehicle designed to pave the way for a trip to Mars, could soon embark on its first hover test. The miniaturized version of the Starship, which has been used to test the under-development Raptor engines, is expected to complete a hover test as early as next week. CEO Elon Musk revealed the company’s new goal in a Twitter post Thursday."

Read more at Inverse.

Trevor Noah discussed Scarlett Johansson's comments on casting on The Daily Show.

"Scarlett Johansson made some upsetting comments about diverse casting in an interview that she has since fought back against, saying that the way they sounded wasn’t her intent and that her comments were taken out of context.
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10 Things You Didn't Know About Labyrinth

So many people love Jim Henson's Labyrinth that they tend to forget that it was a box office flop, raking in less than $13 million back from its $25 million budget. The cult classic is certainly still a success in the hearts of the many fans who love it, and it has an incredible amount of merchandise to prove it.

Related: 15 Dark Secrets About The Muppets

Fans may not know many strange and interesting facts behind the movie, though, like how the Hoggle costume was lost at the airport, how over 48 puppets were needed for that dance sequence, and these other fun tidbits of information.
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The Ultimate Labyrinth Gift Guide

Jim Henson’s The Labyrinth combines stunning practical effects and puppetry, mesmerizing visuals, and a modern day fairytale story to create one of the most beloved fantasy movies of all time. Starring a young Jennifer Connelly and famed singer/actor David Bowie, it tells the story of impetuous teenager Sarah’s journey through the Labyrinth, to the castle of the Goblin King in the hopes of rescuing her stolen baby brother.

Since it debuted in 1986, it has dazzled fans of fantasy and cinema for decades, with new generations being introduced to its magic all the time. Having recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, here are some of the best Labyrinth gifts for fans who can’t get enough of Sarah, Jareth, and all the Labyrinth’s quirky inhabitants in Jim Henson’s enchanting vision.
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Goblins, Monsters, Brown Loafers and Paranoid Schizophrenia: The True Nature of Labyrinth

Tom Jolliffe goes deep underground in the Labyrinth to uncover a darker underbelly…

Celebrating its 33rd anniversary, the cult kids classic, Labyrinth has grown in reputation over the years. Initially an unsuccessful theatrical release, critically dismissed (as many kids films tended to be then), it has spent the best part of 32 years invading the brain stems of cinefans, through video, TV, DVD and more recently specialist screenings and re-releases. Labyrinth is now a huge cult film with a massive following. From those who grew up in the 80’s and having seen it upon it’s initial creation, to the new audiences who pick it up along the way.

It’s not just new kids it enraptures these days either. Whilst on the surface it is a kids film, it has a wickedly impish sense of humour from the dry, sarcastic delivery of David Bowie as chief villain of the piece,
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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Lena Headey and Awkwafina Join ‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ Voice Cast

  • Variety
‘Game of Thrones’ Star Lena Headey and Awkwafina Join ‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ Voice Cast
Lena Headey has set her “Game of Thrones” follow up role.

The actress, who played Cersei Lannister on the recently ended HBO mega hit, is joining the voice cast of the Netflix animated series “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” alongside Awkwafina, Benedict Wong, Sigourney Weaver, Hannah John-Kamen and Dave Goelz.

The series, based on Jim Henson’s fantasy world of “The Dark Crystal,” is coming to Netflix this summer.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” returns to the world of Thra in a prequel to the 1982 movie. When three Gelfling heroes — voiced by Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy and Nathalie Emmanuel — discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, they set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.

The original film, which Jim Henson co-directed with Frank Oz, grossed over $40 million on a $16 million budget. It was one of only three feature
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