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Dread X: Deathcember’s Juergen Kling Shares His Top 10 Horror Movies That Use Stop-Motion Animation

When I was growing up, movies like Jason and the Argonauts, Clash of the Titans, and The Golden Voyage of Sinbad were nothing short of pure cinema magic. Seeing the heroes face off against monsters like the Kraken, an army of skeletons, or Kali, was one of the reasons why I have both my love […]

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How Age of Resistance Can Reignite The Dark Crystal Franchise

Chris Cummins Aug 6, 2019

Netflix takes viewers back to Thra for Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.

Like most works that are ahead of their time, The Dark Crystal was initially met with confusion upon its release in December 1982. Co-directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, the film was a shocking experience for families who expected Muppet-esque warmth and were instead thrust into the dark fantasy world of Thra. For this was a picture that dealt with adult themes like genocide and featured one of the decade’s most notorious sources of nightmare fodder in the form of the Skeksis, the movie’s ultra-creepy villains.

Although moderately successful upon release, the movie was hardly the cultural touchstone Henson was hoping for. The Dark Crystal had long been a passion project for him, and even though it underperformed, he was unwilling to abandon the fantasy genre.

Naturally, a film as weird as The Dark Crystal,
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‘Carnival Row’ Teaser: Cara Delevingne, Orlando Bloom Have an Aggressively Passionate Fairy-Human Love Affair (Video)

  • The Wrap
Amazon has released a teaser for its upcoming fantasy series “Carnival Row,” which stars Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne, who have an extremely passionate fairy-human romance.

Set to Billie Eilish’s song “Bury a Friend,” the teaser gives us a look at the show’s fantasy land where people, fairies, and otherworldly beings intermingle — and where “monsters are real.” You can watch the teaser above.

Bloom (“Pirates of the Caribbean”) and Delevingne (“Suicide Squad”) star in the series set in a Victorian fantasy world filled with mythological immigrant creatures whose exotic homelands were invaded by the empires of man. This growing population struggles to coexist with humans — forbidden to live, love, or fly with freedom. But even in darkness, hope lives, as a human detective, Rycroft Philostrate (Bloom), and a refugee faerie named Vignette Stonemoss (Delevingne) rekindle a dangerous affair despite an increasingly intolerant society. Vignette harbors a secret that
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‘Carnival Row’ Renewed for Season 2 at Amazon

  • The Wrap
‘Carnival Row’ Renewed for Season 2 at Amazon
Carnival Row” has been renewed for Season 2 at Amazon ahead of its first season’s Aug. 30 launch on Prime Video, studio head Jennifer Salke said during the Television Critics Association press tour Saturday.

Orlando Bloom (“Pirates of the Caribbean”) and Cara Delevingne (“Suicide Squad”) star in the series “set in a Victorian fantasy world filled with mythological immigrant creatures whose exotic homelands were invaded by the empires of man.”

Per Amazon, this growing population struggles to coexist with humans — forbidden to live, love, or fly with freedom. But even in darkness, hope lives, as a human detective, Rycroft Philostrate (Bloom), and a refugee faerie named Vignette Stonemoss (Delevingne) rekindle a dangerous affair despite an increasingly intolerant society. Vignette harbors a secret that endangers Philo’s world during his most important case yet: a string of gruesome murders threatening the uneasy peace of the Row.

Also Read: Blake Lively Signs First-Look
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Titan of mythology movies left behind a treasure trove of ideas

Lost and rare material from master animator Ray Harryhausen could now inspire a new film epic years after his death

He was the acclaimed film-maker who pioneered animation effects for masterpieces such as Jason and the Argonauts and Clash of the Titans of 1963 and 1981 respectively. Ray Harryhausen created extraordinary characters, including sword-wielding skeletons and a Medusa with writhing asps as hair, for 16 films – yet a new book about his “lost” screen projects reveals that he also worked on nearly 80 more films.

Hundreds of sketches and models that reflect his visionary ideas are being published for the first time. They include the great white whale for John Huston’s 1956 Moby Dick, though he never got to work on the production, and Big Ben’s tower snapping in two as a tidal wave engulfs London in a remake of The Deluge that he never got off the ground.
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‘Ring Of Honor’ Wrestling Review (June 30th 2019)

  • Nerdly
Welcome to this week’s Ring Of Honor review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have a wild match or two from a league that is having a hard time making this year into a success. Let’s see if this show comes together all right.

Match #1: Pco defeated Jay Briscoe by disqualification The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Not surprisingly, the fight spilled to the floor, where Briscoe backdropped Pco onto the edge of the apron. Back inside the ring, Pco hit Kryptonite Krunch for a near fall, and a cannonball off the top rope for another near fall. Pco connected on a cannonball through the ropes to the outside. Briscoe halted Pco’s momentum by dropping him ribs-first on the guardrail. Briscoe then sat Pco in a chair outside the ring and delivered a running crossbody. Later, Pco set up for a moonsault,
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Ramin Djawadi (‘Game of Thrones’ composer) reveals he ‘can’t think about what the audience’s reactions’ might be [Exclusive Video Interview]

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Ramin Djawadi (‘Game of Thrones’ composer) reveals he ‘can’t think about what the audience’s reactions’ might be [Exclusive Video Interview]
Game of Thrones” composer Ramin Djawadi reveals he “can’t think about what the audience’s reactions” might be while he’s working. So “it was very rewarding to see that people really responded to the way we had decided to score” the episode “The Long Night.” Djawadi broke down the intricacies that went into composing that particular installment at Gold Derby’s Meet the Experts panel, moderated by managing editor Chris Beachum. The event took place on Tuesday, May 28, at the Landmark Theater in Los Angeles. Watch our exclusive video interview with Djawadi above.

See ‘Game of Thrones’ fans say Emilia Clarke deserves an Emmy most of all for most controversial storyline [Poll Results]

This installment of the HBO fantasy series featured the long-anticipated showdown between the army at Winterfell and the Night King, who brought his troop of undead soldiers to take over the world. “It had more music than
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You’re invited to our Q&A: Meet music composers of ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Free Solo,’ ‘The Other Two,’ ‘When They See Us’

You are invited to attend our Q&A discussion with four of TV’s top music composers who now compete for Emmys. Join us on Tuesday, May 28 at 7 p.m. at the Landmark Theater at 10850 W. Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles. Admission and parking are free. TV Academy and guild members will get priority seating.

To RSVP, make your reservation here: https://goldderbycomposers2019.splashthat.com/

Gold Derby managing editor Chris Beachum will moderate the Q&A with the following contenders for 2019 awards consideration:

Marco Beltrami represents NatGeo for “Free Solo”

Beltrami was nominated at the Oscars for “3:10 to Yuma” (2007) and “The Hurt Locker” (2008). He is also a past Emmy nominee for “David and Lisa” (1999). Other films have included “Scream,” “World War Z,” “The Wolverine,” “Logan” and “A Quiet Place.”

Kris Bowers represents Netflix for “When They See Us

Bowers is a Daytime Emmy winner for “The Snowy Day” (2017). He
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Cannes: Dante Lam’s ‘The Rescue’ to be Handled by China Modern

  • Variety
Cannes: Dante Lam’s ‘The Rescue’ to be Handled by China Modern
China Modern Film and Television Development (Hk) is to handle international sales of “The Rescue.” The film is a big-budget Chinese action thriller, by smash hit director Dante Lam with the bankable Eddie Peng in the lead role.

The Hong Kong-based company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Modern Film and Television Development, one of the producers of the $90 million picture. It will represent the film for most international territories. At FilMart in March it was announced that Hong Kong studio Emperor Motion Pictures would be handling distribution in selected territories in Asia.

Now in the final stages of production, the film is a spectacular feast of action – without prominent guns or martial arts – featuring China’s Coast Guard Services in airborne, marine and mountain rescues. Locations included China and Baja, Mexico. The film is set for release at Chinese New Year season in early 2020.

Lam and producer Candy Leung
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‘Game of Thrones’ Composer on the Final Season’s ‘Intense and Epic’ Score

  • Variety
‘Game of Thrones’ Composer on the Final Season’s ‘Intense and Epic’ Score
Ramin Djawadi may not yet be a household name, but his music is surely among the best known of any television series of the past decade. He has scored all 67 episodes of “Game of Thrones” and is now putting the finishing touches on the final six, which begin airing April 14 on HBO.

The German-Iranian composer is careful to avoid spoilers, telling Variety that the score “definitely gets intense and more epic than ever.” Musically speaking, he adds, “this season will have new material that we haven’t heard before, but lots of the existing themes will also return.”

When “Game of Thrones” executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss came to him just weeks before the series’ 2011 debut, Djawadi had assisted Hans Zimmer on several projects, but he didn’t have as many solo credits. Among them were TV’s “Prison Break,” a remake of “Clash of the Titans” and the Marvel movie “Iron Man.
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Supernatural Season 14 Episode 14 Review: Ourouboros

Supernatural returns with a good old-fashioned monster of the week episode.

This Supernatural review contains spoilers.

Supernatural Season 14 Episode 14

Supernatural returned on what felt like a monster-of-the-week episode. Our monster was that of the Gorgon, a creature you and Dean remember from Greek myth and movies like Clash of the Titans. The Supernatural-ized version of the Gorgon was a suave dude with a pet snake who went on human eating binges from time to time, prefering men because “Women are so cautious these days.” You go girls!

On the case with the Winchesters are Jack and Cas, and it quickly becomes clear that the majority of the episode is Jack-centric. Jack is shown utilizing his grace-fueled powers to heal himself and others, a dangerous tactic that is literally wearing away what’s left of his soul.

Faced with Dean’s decision to destroy himself if there’s no other way to stop Michael,
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Dante Lam Flies to ‘The Rescue’ With China’s Biggest Action Project (Exclusive)

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Dante Lam Flies to ‘The Rescue’ With China’s Biggest Action Project (Exclusive)
Ace Hong Kong director Dante Lam has begun work on “The Rescue,” which is set to be the biggest-budget Chinese film made this year. The $90 million action-adventure picture has already claimed a coveted Chinese New Year release slot in 2020.

Lam was recently responsible for two of mainland China’s highest-grossing films: “Operation Mekong” and last year’s “Operation Red Sea,” which raked in a combined $750 million in their target home market. Both were drenched in blood and Chinese patriotism, which failed to connect with audiences overseas.

For the long-gestating “Rescue,” Lam – whose track record includes upscale Hong Kong thrillers “The Viral Factor” and “The Stool Pigeon,” as well as sports dramas “Unbeatable” and “To the Fore” – has changed direction again. “There are no guns or martial-arts things,” he told Variety. “‘The Rescue’ is focused on courage, which I show through action. This has the energy of song and dance, or
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‘Mlw: Fusion – Christmas Special’ Review

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Welcome to this Christmas edition of Major League Wrestling, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have Court Bauer’s answer to Santa Claus when he asked if Court had been a good boy this year. Do you think Santa smacked him in the head when he just showed an hour episode of Mlw instead of answering the question? What if he asked Bad Santa? Does Tony Cox come with him? Screw it. Here comes The Monkees…Major League Wrestling. Santa didn’t bring me a delete button, so The Monkees get to stay…especially Peter Tork.

Match #1: Pco vs. Brody King – No Disqualification Match

My Take: 3.5 out of 5 – As a sound match this was no masterpiece, but as a great spectacle, this was a wild opener. Both of these guys are on their way to Ring of Honor for 2019, but they went out with a
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Aquaman Review: A Colorful Action Spectacle That Entertains from Start to Finish

Aquaman is a colorful, action-packed spectacle with a somewhat feeble plot. It is thankfully more upbeat than the usual melancholy of the DC Universe. Jason Momoa gives our hero a sardonic smile and punishing physical presence. His epic battles with gnarly undersea monsters gives the film a Clash of the Titans vibe. Horror guru James Wan delivers an angst free experience. The film offers no surprises, but entertains from start to finish.

Aquaman begins with the origin story of Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa). The beautiful Queen of Atlantis, Atlanna (Nicole Kidman), is rescued on a stormy night by a gentle lighthouse keeper (Temuera Morrison). She bears him a child and they live happily, until discovered by her jealous betrothed. Young Arthur grows up aware of his Atlantean powers, but shuns his birthright for the human world.

Arthur's fame as Aquaman grows after the events in Justice League. He's admired on land,
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Kaya Scodelario Joins Netflix Ice Skating Drama ‘Spinning Out’

  • Variety
Kaya Scodelario Joins Netflix Ice Skating Drama ‘Spinning Out’
Kaya Scodelario has signed on for the lead role in the upcoming Netflix drama “Spinning Out,” Variety has learned.

Scodelario takes over the role that was previously held by Emma Roberts, who bowed out in October. She stars as Kat Baker, an up-and-coming, high-level single skater who’s about to turn in her skates after a disastrous fall took her off the competition track. When Kat seizes an opportunity to continue her career as a pair skater with a talented bad-boy partner, she risks exposing a fiercely kept secret that could unravel her entire life. On and off the ice, Kat and her new partner will face daunting odds, injury to body and soul, financial sacrifice, and even potential mental breakdown on their way to realizing their Olympic dream.

As previously announced, Netflix has ordered 10 episodes.

The series was created by Samantha Stratton, who will serve as an executive producer and co-showrunner alongside Lara Olsen.
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Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (‘Destroyer’ writers) on giving Nicole Kidman the kind of lead role usually reserved for men [Exclusive Video Interview]

Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (‘Destroyer’ writers) on giving Nicole Kidman the kind of lead role usually reserved for men [Exclusive Video Interview]
Screenwriter Phil Hay reveals that the idea for “Destroyer” really started to take shape when the character of Erin Bell (Nicole Kidman), a hard-bitten police detective, came into focus. Prior to that he and co-writer Matt Manfredi had some ideas “about a certain type of crime story. But when we discovered who Erin was, and specifically what her relationship was with her daughter, that’s what kind of lit the whole thing up for us.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Hay and Manfredi above.

Directed by Karyn Kusama, this Annapurna release centers on a cop who spent years undercover in a drug ring until a tragedy upended her life. Her past decisions have destroyed her present, especially when it comes to her relationship with her rebellious teenage child (Jade Pettyjohn). But when the violent gang leader Silas (Toby Kebbell) returns after years in hiding she must confront her demons once and for all.
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‘Nxt: UK’ Review (Dec 5th 2018)

  • Nerdly
Welcome to this week’s Nxt: UK review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have more from a brand that continues to fulfill its promise of being worth watching, so let’s see if that is the case this time.

Match #1: Joseph Conners def. Dan Moloney The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

Though Dan Moloney surprised Connors early on with his very effective offense, an attack by Connors on his opponent’s ear and subsequent assault on the apron allowed him to firmly secure the advantage. Moloney eventually came back and delivered a notable spinebuster for the near fall. But, when Connors executed a creative sunset buckle bomb into the corner and then drove his prey into the canvas with Don’t Look Down, victory was a foregone conclusion.

My Take: 2.5 out of 5 – This was good for what it was, but it didn’t
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‘Ring of Honor’ Wrestling Review (Nov 11th 2018)

  • Nerdly
Welcome to this week’s Ring of Honor review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have the return of a big star that has been away for a little while. Matt Damon! Matt Damon! Matt Damon!

Match #1: Jeff Cobb beat Shane Taylor

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was like watching two bulldozers ram into each other for over ten minutes… and that’s a compliment. I like-a da smash-smash! Cobb is wrestling machine who can pack a wallop into any-thing launches at his opponent. Taylor is not too far behind, but his weight is still holding back from doing all that he is capable of. How-ever, Taylor was able to show much more than he has in his last few matches and did some incredible slams that felt like they were coming out of nowhere. Make no mistake about my opinion of Shane Taylor, which
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New Film Spectacle Will Be Based On Work Of Ray Harryhausen And Charles Schneer

  • CinemaRetro
Cinema Retro has received the following press release:

The foundation established by legendary special effects visionary Ray Harryhausen is pleased to announce a joint effort with Morningside Productions, the company of late film producer Charles Schneer. Discovery of new materials in the vast archives of the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation will be the basis of a spectacularly new and original theatrical motion picture in the style of such Harryhausen/Schneer classics such as Clash of the Titans, the duo's most significant box office collaboration from 1981.

This project, tentatively entitled Force of the Trojans, is based on a screenplay by Beverley Cross, and original production art and sculptures conceived by Ray Harryhausen that are on par with some of his most iconic screen creatures.

Force of the Trojans will embody the spirit of the original Harryhausen films with all the fun, vibrant action, epic scope and dedication to craftsmanship that
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Ray Harryhausen's "Force of the Trojans"

  • SneakPeek
"Force of the Trojans" is a new film project, based on archival material from late stop-motion FX supervisor Ray Harryhausen, with a screenplay by Beverley Cross and original production art and sculptures conceived by Harryhausen in collaboration with Morningside Productions, producers of "Clash of the Titans":

"...'Force of the Trojans' will embody the spirit of the original Harryhausen films with all the fun, vibrant action, epic scope and dedication to craftsmanship...

"...that has made Ray Harryhausen’s films timeless, in a mix of iconic creature designs, brought to life with stop-motion and photo-realistic CG effects..."

The "Harryhausen Foundation" houses more than 50,000 artifacts from his 60-year film career.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Ray Harryhausen...
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