Ray Bradbury

something wicked this way comes

Like it or not,  Robocop 2014 happened and was an arguable success while it half-humanly, half-robotically stormed through the box office delivering justice. And with that justice comes another price: every ’80s movie and its sequel is continuing to get the reboot treatment while we all just wait around and see what sticks. Up next in the time machine is the 1983 Disney classic Something Wicked This Way Comes. The studio is redoing its own material by taking the Ray Bradbury story and giving it to writer Seth Grahame-Smith (Dark Shadows; Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), who will make his feature directorial debut with the project. For those who said “I’m okay” after Fahrenheit 451 and haven’t familiarized themselves with other Bradbury novels, this one follows Mr. Dark, the evil owner of a traveling carnival (is there any other kind?). Dark gets his kicks by bartering with the residents of each town his carnival visits, their souls in exchange for their wildest dreams.

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Star Trek IMAX Poster

Tonight’s edition of Movie News After Dark keeps it simple as we bring you back from your weekend. Hopefully you got a little sun, as we’re about to jettison you into space to talk a little Star Trek, but not before we check in with the progress of this week’s big star, Iron Man.

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Science Fiction Land

Anyone who’s seen the trailers for Ben Affleck’s new thriller, Argo, knows that it’s about a real life mission wherein the C.I.A. created a fake science fiction film as a cover for sneaking operatives into Iran and sneaking American hostages out. What not many people know, and what our own Christopher Campbell has brought to our attention over at the Documentary Channel blog, is that the fake movie from Affleck’s film wasn’t fake at all. As a matter of fact, it was, at one time, going to be a pretty big production, and the story of how it fell apart might be just as interesting as the story of how it was used as a tool for the C.I.A.

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31 Days of Horror - October 2011

They said it couldn’t be done. A fifth year of 31 Days of Horror? 31 more terror, gore and shower scene-filled movies worth highlighting? But Rejects always say die and never back away from a challenge (unless you count that time Kevin Carr dared Robert Fure to tattoo a sexy pumpkin onto his forehead), so we’ve rounded up the horror fans among us and put together another month’s worth of genre fun. Enjoy! Synopsis: Four friends out for a night of Halloween fun find themselves in a fight for another friend’s very soul in this animated adaptation of Ray Bradbury short novel. Pip’s body is sick in the hospital while his spirit is pursued by the malevolent Moundshroud (voiced by Leonard Nimoy), and it’s up to the four kids to save their friend and learn about Halloween’s history along the way.

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Pacific Rim

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a collection of all the things you’ll be talking about tomorrow with your friends. Assuming you have friends. We hope you do. If not, we’ll be your friend. We begin this evening with the first image from Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim, featuring Idris Elba looking badass in a suit that, if our guess is right, allows him to control giant robots or something. Everything about this film makes it a giant, sloppy, wet orgy for nerds. We cannot wait.

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly entertainment news column that keeps it brief, kicks it into high gear without mercy and delivers all the news that you may or may not have seen elsewhere, depending upon how hard you’ve been looking. We begin this evening with Zombie Spock. No, there’s not much of a good reason for it. It was found via /Film and can be purchased on a t-shirt, which you can then wear around and show off to your friends. Don’t ever say that we don’t provide valuable public service announcements.

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Editor’s note: To celebrate our 100th episode, we’ve asked Gallery 1988 co-owner and pop culture art curator Jensen Karp to write up the entry. You might want to wear protection. With the entire original run of The Twilight Zone available to watch instantly, we’re partnering with Twitch Film to cover all of the show’s 156 episodes. Are you brave enough to watch them all with us? The Twilight Zone (Episode #100): “I Sing The Body Electric” (airdate 5/18/62) The Plot: Three arguably neglected, but definitely motherless, children are taken by their father to a store that builds them a robotic grandmother in an attempt to rid them of their sadness. As a result we witness mild family drama, a confusing moral and an episode that is widely proclaimed as “the worst Twilight Zone ever.” The Goods: Remember when you first heard that George Lucas was making 3 new Star Wars movies and you were like, “This is going to be awesome! CAN NOT MISS!” Or when you jumped up and down hearing that Steven Speilberg was going to take the reigns of A.I. from the recently deceased Stanley Kubrick to create a Sci-Fi Nat King Cole/Natalie Cole-ish collaboration that couldn’t miss? Or even when the casting of Bio-Dome was announced and everyone exclaimed that a Pauly Shore/Stephen Baldwin buddy comedy would be a sure-fire laugh fest? The last one may have been just me, but the point is: sometimes your “dream line-up” that looks incredible on paper, should just stay […]

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Today is the 91st birthday of a man who will live forever. Ray Bradbury had a profound effect on science fiction, on fantasy, on film, and on the future. Had he not become a writer, Bradbury would have been a magician, but in a lot of ways, he got to do both. Fortunately, some of his most iconic movies are available to stream right into your eyeballs using the wonders of technology (that Bradbury probably predicted). In case you want to discover the writer’s work or want to enjoy them all over again, here are five of those films and where to see them.

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“Dandelion wine. The words were summer on the tongue. The wine was summer caught and stoppered.” The famous line spoken by the 12-year-old Douglas Spaulding in Ray Bradbury‘s “Dandelion Wine” resonates even more clearly this time of year. The blockbusting has all been done, the fall is coming, and there’s little left to do but clean up the spilled popcorn. We’re heading into the contemplative seasons, and we’re heading there with the promise of an adaptation of Bradbury’s most personal work. According to Deadline Green Town, Phoenix Pictures has optioned the novel and hired Rodion Nahapetov (hand-picked by the 91-year-old Bradbury) to write the script. The story is an almost-plotless look at small town life, the joys and realization of being alive, and just a hint of the fantastic. Dandelion Wine is still a glimmer in the production company’s eye, though. With a writer on board, they’ve got the ball rolling, but with a tentative release date in 2013 or 2014 and no other information, it’s still got many miles to go before it sees a camera. The novel was previously adapted into a Russian TV movie, but this will be the first American theatrical adaptation of the work.

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The Los Angeles Times reports that John Davis the producer who brought us Alien vs Predator and I, Robot has picked up the film rights to Ray Bradbury’s classic “The Martian Chronicles”.

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Comic Con 2008 Logo 1

If you’re like me, and you are – you handsome devil you – then you’ve been shaking uncontrollably since last Summer, fiendishly awaiting the next Comic-Con to roll around. In a little over a month, you’ll get your overdose, but in the meantime, the list of confirmed special guests should be enough to get you through the cold, lonely nights.

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With Frank Darabont’s film version of Stephen Kings The Mist set to roll into theaters soon, plans are already spinning in the Green Mile director’s head about his next project.

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