Doug Jones

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While some actors can’t even get their mail without being spotted, there are others with the exact opposite problem: costume actors. It’s strange that someone can play such iconic characters as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man or Michael Myers and then completely go under our radar. For example, the following actors, mostly known for their costumed characters, have also appeared unmasked in other roles you might not have even noticed…

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The Best Short Films

Why Watch? Sudden Death! is a triumph of concept and execution. In it, a disease spreads through L.A. County that forces people to break into song and die soon after. Two scientists afflicted with Sudden Death Syndrome race against time to fall in love and find a cure. Anchored by sweeping, Broadway-worthy songs and pitch-perfect performances from Matt Lutz and Autumn Hurlbert, it feels a bit like Airplane! and “Urine Town” mixed together with a glorious amount of people falling flat on their faces. It’s also a special treat for those of us who find the very concept of musicals absurd to begin with. And those who love seeing Doug Jones being awesome. What will it cost you? Only 19 minutes. Skip work. Watch more short films.

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It can be difficult making friends once you’re past a certain age because the older people get the more set in their ways they become. Youth offers any number of bonding experiences that bring people together from grade school up through college, but once you enter the real world those opportunities start to dwindle. Husbands and wives, children, jobs, existing friends…these things tend to limit the time you have for meeting new people, becoming familiar with them and building new relationships. Past the age of thirty a catalyst of some kind is required to draw people together on short notice. Something big is good. Something of planetary importance is even better. Evan (Ben Stiller) is constantly on the lookout for friends and has formed more clubs than Tracy Flick ever dared to dream. He keeps busy with running club and Spanish for Senior Citizens, but when one of his Costco employees is viciously murdered Evan decides to form a Neighborhood Watch. Franklin (Jonah Hill) failed every test the police department threw at him, so the opportunity to join a “vigilante squad” appeals to him greatly. Bob (Vince Vaughn) is a recent transplant to town with his wife and teen daughter, and he jumps at the chance to hang out with the guys. And Jamarcus (Richard Ayoade) is simply a responsible newcomer to our American shores. Together they form a local neighborhood watch. Together they will decide Earth’s fate as they discover and attempt to stop an alien invasion. Together, if […]

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Over the course of the year, curating the Short Film of the Day feature has given me a deep and affecting appreciation of the art form. Before, I hadn’t given much thought to the little bastards, but the truth is that they are incredibly versatile and representative of the boundaries that film can break. They can be jokes told well or human dramas driven home. They can be a perfect bite or demand to be expanded into a full meal. They can feel classic or break out into the long, strange realm of experimentation. They are so much more than movies with short runtimes. There’s one difficulty in judging them, though. With such variation, pinpointing how one can be better than another gets to be tricky. So, no matter the order, the one constant is that all the movies listed here are outstanding at what they do. The other (small) problem is that sometimes short films spend a long time touring festivals and otherwise being unavailable online. Thus, eligibility here is based solely on when a movie hit the web for us to digest. In that way, it’s the best short films from 2010-2011, but I have a feeling that that trivia won’t matter once you sit glued to the screen at the talent on display here.

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Why Watch? Doug Jones has played some beloved characters from his turn in the Hellboy movies to the freaky monsters of Pan’s Labyrinth. However, this might be his creepiest role ever (and the most you ever get to see his face). This beautifully shot short film tells the story of a candy shop owner (played by Jones) who looks like the Gene Wilder Willy Wonka and Jigsaw had a love child that was born with lupus. He’s ghoulish, and he has a machine that turns little girls into candy. But it’s okay, right? Because there’s a market for it. One young man is lured into working for him and must choose between making the money to keep food on his family’s table and keeping his soul. The whole fantasy is a parable about child sex trafficking. It’s a haunting movie, and it was made to help raise awareness and money to help stop sex slavery. A great cause, and a great piece of art. What Will It Cost? Just 30 minutes of your time. Does it get better any better than that? Check out The Candy Shop for yourself:

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As the only literate Reject, it’s my duty to find the latest, the greatest and the untouched classics that would make great source material for film adaptations. I read so you don’t have to. There is a noticeable lack of the kind of imaginative children’s movies that echo the tone and style of Labyrinth, The NeverEnding Story or even The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. There are great family films out there these days, but many that set sail for the boundaries of imagination to meet fantastical characters along the way to a lesson. The Narnia movies come to mind, but they really fell flat. It’s time that we all went on another adventure together. I’m proposing that someone readies the Basset to set a course for somewhere we’ve never been before.

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As God loses faith in mankind once again, the angel he entrusts with the task of setting off the Apocalypse (Paul Bettany) breaks rank in order to protect mankind’s only, last, greatest hope – a small child carried in the womb of a truck stop waitress (Adrianne Palicki).

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When God loses faith in Mankind, he sends his legion of angels to bring on the Apocalypse. Humanity’s only hope lies in a group of strangers trapped in a desert diner and the Archangel Michael (Paul Bettany).

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You are never going to believe who’s playing Catwoman!

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Guillermo Del Toro on the Set of Hellboy 2

Director Guillermo Del Toro likes surprising us on film, but when it comes to the people he works with he likes to keep the surprises at a minimum.

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Guillermo Del Toro on the Set of Hellboy 2

Comic book movie adaptations have been abundant lately, with Hellboy being unique in its lack of computer generated images, and its substitution of prosthetics, puppetry, makeup, and costuming. The use of physical tools instead of animated ones assists in making the world of Hellboy seem real.

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Guillermo Del Toro and Frankenstein

Despite getting his feet dirty with the first two Hobbit movies in the series, Guillermo del Toro still has his mind on Frankenstein.

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It is becoming increasingly difficult for me to find adjectives that will describe the level of badass that Hellboy II: The Golden Army could achieve.

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Ron Perlman in Hellboy 2

Here is something you don’t see every day — a big, beautiful, badass movie trailer from the grandmaster of monsters himself, Guillermo Del Toro. After seeing this trailer you will probably agree that Hellboy II: The Golden Army should be much higher on your list of big summer movies than expected.

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Hellboy 2: The Golden Army

In anticipation of the forthcoming second trailer for Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, Universal has unleashed a batch of new photos from the film to keep all the Hellboy fanatics fed. Our question: how many Hellboy fanatics are there, really?

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Doug Jones Joins the Cast of Legion

An exclusive bit of casting for the upcoming Screen Gem’s film Legion!

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Universal Studios has released some new artwork featuring one of the fine-ass, sex-o-licious stars of next summer’s Hellboy II: The Golden Army. The sex-o-licious star in question? It ain’t Ron Perlman.

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