Mascots, a new mockumentary from Christopher "Best in Show" Guest

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After the astounding success of Spinal Tap, Christopher Guest directed a string of brilliant mockumentaries in the same style, like "Best in Show" and "Waiting for Guffman"; now he's created "Mascots" for Netflix, about "the ultra-competitive world of sports mascots." Read the rest

Why jump scares suck, and why there is still hope for them


Now You See It looks into the use of jump scares in movies, and why they generally suck.

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Hyperdontia horror: Syfy trailer for "The Tooth Child is Hungry"

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Evidently someone at Syfy is just as fond as I am of googling images [WARNING: POSSIBLY GROSS] for hyperdontia, in which subjects grow lots of supernumerary teeth; "The Tooth Child is Hungry" is an episode of Max Landis's series Channel Zero: it features a kind of dental onesie that I wish I could wear every day. (via JWZ) Read the rest

Tim Curry laughing in movies

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Ranker made a supercut of Tim Curry laughing in movies. it goes exactly as you expect.

Tim Curry movies are always a treat, because it's a guarantee you'll be seeing some top-notch acting, which notably includes a VERY defined laugh. Tim Curry laughs in a very recognizable way, so much so that you can tell when Curry is on screen just by his laugh alone! From The Rocky Horror Picture Show, to It, to Home Alone, Tim Curry laughing in movies happens a lot more than you might think - so much so that we were able to source an entire supercut just on his laughs alone. Call his laugh weird, strange, evil, funny -- whatever --- We've found the best Tim Curry laughing scenes from his movies, and compiled them into one big laughing supercut (you're welcome!)
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116 years of stop-motion animation in 3 minutes


Vugar Efendi takes viewers through a delightful survey of stop-motion animation from 1900 to today. How many of the 39 films featured can you name? Read the rest

Time to Statham Punch


Matthew Haughey noticed that movies starring British actor Jason Statham, with only a single exception, sooner or later involve him punching someone. At Time to Statham Punch, he maintains statistics on the timing and circumstances of these punches. Read the rest

Box-art from an imaginary Hellraiser classic board-game

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Kyohazard's Lament Configuration is a terrific piece of fan-art for those of us who loved the Hellraiser movies (the good ones, at least).

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BBC picks greatest films of the 21st century


"We believe that the new classics on this list are destined to become old classics," writes the BBC. "Whether or not that happens is ultimately up to you, the moviegoers. But one thing is certain: cinema isn’t dying, it’s evolving." Read the rest

Neil Gaiman's nonfiction: what makes everything so great

The View from the Cheap Seats, Neil Gaiman's mammoth collection of nonfiction essays, introductions, and speeches, is a remarkable explanatory volume in which Gaiman explains not just why he loves the things he loves, but also what makes them great.

Report: Sausage Party animators threatened if they didn't work free overtime


The hit CG-animated movie opened to a strong $33m box office this weekend, but claims emerged that costs were kept low by firing people who refused to work without pay and that many animators were omitted from the film's credits in retaliation for leaving.

The production cost were kept low because Greg would demand people work overtime for free. If you wouldn't work late for free your work would be assigned to someone who would stay late or come in on the weekend. Some artist were even threatened with termination for not staying late to hit a deadline.

The animation department signed a petition for better treatment and paid overtime. When the letter got to Annapurna they stepped in and saw that artist were payed and fed when overtime was needed.

Over 30 animators left during the coarse of the production due to the stress and expectations. Most of them left before the paid overtime was implemented. This was met with animosity and was taken as a personal insult to the owners. Their names were omitted from the final credits despite working for over a year on this film.

No names are named (though the discrepancy between the VFX staff listed at IMDB and those on the movie itself is unusual) but this is a pervasive problem in animation. Sausage Fest is getting good reviews, so stands a reasonable chance of being a reputation-maker for many of those who can prove, one way or another, that they had a hand in it. Read the rest

RIP, R2D2: Star Wars actor Kenny Baker has died

Kenny Baker starred in the first six Star Wars films, from 1977 to 2005. Photograph: Rory Gilder/Rex Shutterstock

The British actor who played R2-D2 in the classic Star Wars films died today, age 81, after a long illness.

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Watch: Darth Vader returns in new Star Wars 'Rogue One' trailer


'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' finally has a new trailer, and the Gareth Edwards-directed feature stars Darth Vader himself. This trailer is the first we've seen of him since Revenge of the Sith (2005).

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Ocean's Ocho: an Ocean's Eleven movie with an all-woman lead cast


In 2001, Steven Soderbergh rebooted the 1960 Rat Pack classic Ocean's 11, kicking off a string of sequels of varying success (the good ones are very good, the bad ones aren't utterly terrible). Now, Gary Ross is making Ocean's Ocho, an all-female "spinoff." Read the rest

Man intends to sue Warner Bros. for misleading Suicide Squad trailer


BlackPanther2016 says Warner Brothers didn't show him the version of Suicide Squad that the trailer advertised. He's taking the movie studio and DC to court for "false advertising, misleading visual images and gaining a profit from us and millions others due to these acts." He says the case has been accepted.

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Compounds in human exhalations during movies vary in response to suspense and comedy


Researchers from German's Max Planck Institute and Johannes Gutenberg University have published a paper in Nature documenting the phenomenon whereby the volatile organic compounds exhaled by cinema audiences change in synchrony while the movie plays, with specific cocktails of chemicals exhaled in response to comedy and suspense. Read the rest

An oral history of the Suicide Squad


Zack Smith writes, "With the film of SUICIDE SQUAD out Friday [ed: alas, it looks like a turkey], you might enjoy this oral history I did of the 1980s series with writer John Ostrander and most of the artistic and editorial team from throughout the book's run. Along with some fun surprises, it includes some never-before-seen script and original art pages from the creators' personal collections." Read the rest

Video: Why Alan Moore's Watchmen is "unfilmable"

Kristian Williams created this compelling video essay analyzing why Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons's Watchmen was "unfilmable" without, well, ruining it.

"If we only see comics in relation to movies then the best that they will ever be is films that do not move," Moore once said.

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