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ParaNorman

  1. X-Men: Apocalypse Casts Its Baby Nightcrawler, Deadpool Recasts Colossus

    And by baby I mean teenager, and by teenager, I mean I am old.

    Meet Kodi Smit-McPhee. Or perhaps you've met him before, as the lead roles ParaNorman, or Let Me In, the American Let The Right One In.

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  2. It’s Friday Afternoon: Take a Break With Movie Posters Framed to Intersect With Real Life

    #onfire

    The Hunger Games and so called "selfie culture"... now there's a prompt from which a whole thesis paper could be made. Not all of Jaemyc's creative juxtapositionings of movie posters with posed subjects provide as much food for thought as this one, but they're still a diverting way to spend a few minutes. We've gathered ten here for your viewing pleasure, but if you'd like to see there rest check out Jaemyc's instagram!

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  3. Comic-Con Interviews: The Cast & Creators of The Boxtrolls “Couldn’t Make Film Another Way”

    At San Diego Comic-Con, we caught up with LAIKA CEO Travis Knight, as well as directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable, and stars Elle Fanning, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, and Sir Ben Kingsley to talk about the surprising and inventive process behind The Boxtrolls and LAIKA's LGBTQ representation.

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  4. The Baby From Jim Henson’s Labyrinth Is All Grown Up And Directed A Live-Action Puppet Movie

    No, you're crying to a David Bowie song!

    In delightful news, Toby Froud, the man who as an infant played Sarah's half-brother in Jim Henson's 1986 movie Labyrinth, is now a puppeteer and director. Froud, the son of Dark Crystal and Labyrinth designers Brian and Wendy Froud, recently premiered his live-action puppet short Lessons Learned.

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  5. Things We Saw Today: Super-Batman Is My New Favorite Superhero

    Things We Saw Today

    Faster than a... speeding... Batarang? This shirt was found in a shop in India. The caption reads "man behind brief and mask!!" (FashionablyGeek)

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  6. Things We Saw Today: Firefly, if It Was a Cake

    Things We Saw Today

    I really hope this is strawberry flavored. (That's Nerdalicious!)

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  7. 8 Romanceless Movies and TV Shows to Watch on Valentine’s Day

    Power Grid

    Depending on whom you ask, tomorrow might be Valentine's Day, Singles Awareness Day, or Day-Before-Discount-Candy-At-Duane-Reade Day. Like it or not, romance is a big deal tomorrow, at least if you're in the States. And to, er, celebrate, I decided to write about movies and TV shows that don't have any romance. Sadly, there aren't as many of them as you might think.

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  8. Wreck-It Ralph Gets Its Medal, Wins Big at the Annie Awards

    I'll Allow It

    Wreck-It Ralph was the King (Candy) at last night's Annie Awards, beating out Brave and ParaNorman for Best Animated Feature. It was nominated alongside Hotel Transylvania, Frankenweenie, Rise of the Guardians, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, and The Rabbi's Cat too, but honestly, did any of those have a chance? Actually, speaking realistically ParaNorman was a long shot as well, but I really (really really really... ) wanted it to win and may have deluded myself as to its chances a little.

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  9. Batwoman, ParaNorman, True Blood get GLAAD Nominations!

    Great Hera!

    Yesterday the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation published the nominations for their annual awards honoring mainstream works of television, cinema, comics, and journalism that they consider to have done an outstanding job of depicting the LGBTQ community and the lives of those within it. Some of the nominees are, unsurprisingly, very close to our hearts.

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  10. Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lawrence, Beasts of the Southern Wild Pick Up Oscar Nominations

    Oh Hollywood

    I'm feeling kind of chipper and awake this morning, and I think it's because the Oscar nominations were announced. As much as I believe they're just a meaningless mutual appreciation society for Hollywood types, every year around this time I get unspeakably excited about them. I think the Academy might be beaming radio signals into my head or something.

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  11. Travel Posters for Pop Culture Locations, by Dave Perillo

    eye candy

    We're no stranger to travel posters for fictional locations, but Dave Perillo's art sure is charming. Ventur in for more '80s nostalgia, and then a bunch of stuff that isn't even a travel poster but that's cute enough anyway.

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  12. Review: A Well-Crafted ParaNorman Doesn’t Pull Its Punches

    Review

    If the summer heat has you longing for the autumn season, specifically the atmospheric trappings of supernatural October, then a quick escape to the world of ParaNorman should tide you over until the leaves turn (or, in this reviewer’s case, until the palm tress are no longer self-combusting). Full of traditional ghouls, and contemporary understanding, ParaNorman is a solidly packed animated adventure that calls to mind teen movies past. It’s got style, some neat bells and whistles, and a show of beautiful craftsmanship that nearly makes up for the pacing pitfalls. Norman’s a likeable young boy, withdrawn and imaginative, sullen and stubborn as befits both age and situation. He’s got an inherited gift he doesn’t want; he can see, and freely communicate, with the dead. His discussions with unseen spirits make him the laughing stock of the town, but his powers come in handy when a long-dead witch’s curse unleashes the undead, and a fierce neon-lit hurricane, on blasé Blithe Hollow.

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  13. Performing The Painstaking Production That Is ParaNorman [VIDEO]

    Curiouser and curiouser!

    We were already super excited about ParaNorman, even before they sent us a zombie to unearth, but seeing some behind-the-scenes production work on the film is making us even more so. I freely admit to always having a fascination with stop-motion animation so ParaNorman is totally up my alley but I've never actually seen it being done. Here's a time-lapse look at just a fraction of what it takes to create the look achieved on the big screen. In theaters August 17! (via Collider)

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  14. We Open A Mysterious Box, or, Paranorman Sent Us a Zombie

    Highly Successful Marketing Strategies

    Today at The Mary Sue offices, we received a box. And inside that box, was a bunch of foam and bubble wrap. And inside that foam and bubble wrap was another box. This box.

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  15. Contest: Win Two Tickets to the Hollywood Premiere of Paranorman!

    Contest

    A few weeks ago, the people behind Paranorman sent us an email out of the blue. The whole idea behind their movie, they said, was that "the things that make us weird are actually the best things about us," and "you don’t become a hero by being normal." They said that we seemed like folks for whom this might resonate (we couldn't really disagree), and because of that, they'd like to send us something. And while we wait patiently (ok, maybe not so patiently, since we saw what other people have been getting), we've got something for you guys in the meantime. Or, at least, for any of you who would be able to get to Hollywood Premiere on Sunday August 5th at 2pm, for Hollywood's red carpet premiere of Paranorman.

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