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ParaNorman

Things We Saw Today

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

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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Things We Saw Today

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

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

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Power Grid

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

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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I'll Allow It

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

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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Great Hera!

Batwoman, ParaNorman, True Blood get GLAAD Nominations!

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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Oh Hollywood

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

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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eye candy

Travel Posters for Pop Culture Locations, by Dave Perillo

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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Review

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

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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Curiouser and curiouser!

Performing The Painstaking Production That Is ParaNorman [VIDEO]

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

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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