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Celebrating 10 Years Of LAIKA Stop-Motion Animation (Video)
The Movie God   |  

LAIKA 10th Anniversary

The stop-motion animated films of LAIKA Entertainment might not be the most financially successful features released, but there is no denying the incredible amount of detail they put into creating their miniature worlds. Many would opt for just digitally animating the movies, but LAIKA stays dedicated to their craft. And it’s a real shame they don’t do much bigger numbers at the box office, because the tiny worlds they create really are incredible.

LAIKA is celebrating their ten-year anniversary this year, and to mark the achievement they have released a brief video looking back at their work, including the features Coraline, ParaNorman, and most recently, The Boxtrolls.

Click on over to the other side to check out the video.

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eBook Deal: Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods,’ ‘Coraline’ and more!
Empress Eve   |  

American Gods

The Gold Box spotlight deal of the day over at Amazon today is for Books That Inspired Our Passion for Reading for under $2.99 or less each, including Neil Gaiman‘s American Gods (The Tenth Anniversary Edition) and Coraline.

Note – this deal is valid only for today, Sunday, March 9, 2014, until 11:59pm PST.

See all 36 ebooks available in today’s sale from authors like Ray Bradbury, Agatha Christie, Richard Wright, and more, along with a few other daily deals and monthly deals.

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Geek Discussion: 82nd Annual Academy Award Winners & Losers!
The Movie God   |  

Oscars

As always, we like to have the results of the big awards ceremonies here for all to see, and tonight was the biggest of them all: the 82nd annual Academy Awards.

This, the king of all awards shows, has faced much criticism the last few years, and their nominations this year did not help bring validity to their cause. Many of the films and actors were very deserving of their nominations, but many others were passed over in lieu of some big box office successes of questionable overall quality. And though they made a valiant effort to increase the excitement of the show with 10 Best Picture nominations, the end result was frustrating to we the film lovers of the world?

In the end, some fantastic films and performances were justly awarded, and as always, there were a few that rubbed the wrong way. Continue on over to the other side to see all of the final results!

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82nd Academy Awards Nominations: ‘District 9′! Oh, And…’The Blind Side’!?
The Movie God   |  

82nd Oscars

For we the movie fanatics of the world, the Academy Awards are just as exciting as the Super Bowl. Many of us throw or attend Oscar parties, and even go so far as to print out that ballot and lock our picks into place.

Over the past few years, this and a lot of other awards shows have kind of lost their flare. It has become apparent that deciding nominees and voting for winners is not about who is the best and who is most deserving, but about what has the best side-story and what the popular names and titles are. This massive flaw is hard to swallow, and the appeal of the whole event is bordering on non-existent.

To help bring more appeal to the game, the folks behind the Academy Awards chose to make a few changes in the format of the show. The biggest of these alterations was of course changing the amount of Best Picture nominees from 5 to a whopping 10, which meant that all of the deserving but not-so-traditional contenders (The Dark Knight) could get their chance to be underdog heroes.

Continue reading on for more and to check out the full list of this year’s nominees!

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Doom Discussion: 67th Annual Golden Globe Winners & Losers
The Movie God   |  

Globes

Well, the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards were just handed out, and the winners and losers are now here for us to talk about.

The popularity and integrity of the Globes has consistently declined over the years as it became apparent that those who were voting were typically voting based on popularity and not so much on those who are deserving (a trend among awards shows, it would seem). Still, these are the awards that set the table for the big one, the Academy Awards, and what we can start to expect when those are handed out.

The show was actually better than it usually is. Ricky Gervais was a brilliant host, and even though he likely pissed a lot of people off with his edgy humor, it will be impossible to ignore the positive feedback you will hear from his job this evening. The awards played out as expected with a few pleasant surprises and the typical sickening winner from time-to-time.

For those of you who missed the Golden Globes or just didn’t watch them, click on over to the other side to see a rundown of highlights to seek out on YouTube and low points to avoid. Also to be found below is the entire list of nominees, with the winner in each category in bold if you don’t care and just want to peek at who won.

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Golden Globe Nominees Revealed; What Do You Think?
The Movie God   |  

Globes

The list of nominees for the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards were announced earlier today, and you can check out the whole list below.

The Globes aren’t the most respected of all awards ceremonies (not that many…if ANY are these days), but they are good for one important thing: Academy Awards potentials. Many of the nominees and winners of Golden Globes will go on to land Oscar nominations as well, so movie fans watch with sharp eyes.

Just a glance over the list of nominees, you can see why so many people have trouble taking awards like this seriously. There’s a select group of movies that feel like they’re given these nods just because of their status and not due to their quality. These movies could in fact be the very best of the best this year — I do not know for sure — but when you see films like Nine which hasn’t even been released yet getting so many nominations, you scratch your head, especially knowing how much love musicals get JUST for being musicals. Or maybe even Avatar grabbing a massively unexpected nod in the Best Motion Picture Dramas category. Hopefully the majority of these are indeed the most deserving of the honor, and may the best films win.

Head on over to the other side to see the entire rundown of Golden Globe nominees and please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!

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‘Coraline’ Director Henry Selick Doing More Neil Gaiman; Could It Be ‘The Graveyard Book’?
The Movie God   |  

Nightmare Before Christmas

Very few styles of film making are more impressive and more grueling than the art of stop-motion. The meticulous and painstaking work requires the patience of ten saints, and not one person had this gift mixture of virtues more so than Henry Selick. Selick is best known for his directorial debut with the Tim Burton produced Halloween (and sometimes Christmas) classic The Nightmare Before Christmas. He also did James and the Giant Peach, and most recently an adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s book, Coraline.

Selick recently spoke with HitFix (head there to read a lot more with the director) about what he has coming up next, and surprisingly, three projects were revealed. As impressive as stop-motion movies are, we live in a world where animated movies are mostly made using computer technologies, and these movies make insane amounts of money; so why put the money and the effort into something as tedious as stop-motion when it can be so much easier? Well, sillies — because there is a certain charm that comes from stop-motion that is completely unique and impossible to replicate.

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Movie Review: Coraline
Three-D   |  

Coraline movie posterCoraline
Directed by Henry Selick
Starring Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Ian McShane, Jennifer Saunders, Keith David, John Hodgman
Rated PG
Release date: February 6, 2009

There is something sadistic lurking in the mind of Coraline director Henry Selick, who also wrote the script from Neil Gaiman‘s children’s book. Selick’s vision evokes bareness and disconnection at their most extreme state. Coraline looks and feels like no other animated film in recent memory. Part of its mysticism is that it lays on the outskirts of conventional films, especially kid related films, where there isn’t any cuddly sidekick, boisterous colors, or predictable plot. It has a strange aura around it, the same aura synonymous with silent films in that it creates a supernatural feel to it not allowing the audience to fully comprehend what they are watching. This just goes to show people the talent that Selick acquires. That he can take the Christmas spirit (he directed Nightmare Before Christmas) and all the tidings attached to it and turn it into an artful piece of catastrophic evil proportions is truly amazing. That he can also use the same technology he used with Nightmare, which was a stop-motion animated feature, and upgrade it in Coraline giving it the full 3D experience is equally amazing. 2009 has just begun but Coraline has the potential of being the most creative and gorgeous looking film of the year as well as the most daring.

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Video: New ‘Coraline’ HD Trailer, Clips + Read The Book For Free Online
The Movie God   |  

CoralineAs you may have been able to tell, we here at Geeks of Doom are pretty excited for the new stop-motion film Coraline, which is from The Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick and based on the book by Neil Gaiman.

Because of this, we jump at any opportunities to share new goodies that come around before the movie comes out on February 6, 2009.

On today’s menu, we have a brand new trailer in HD — which may just be the best trailer that we’ve seen yet. Next up is is a smorgasbord (this may be the first time I’ve ever used “smorgasbord” in a sentence — celebrate!) of video clips that are reminiscent to the stuff you’re likely to see on a DVD’s special features menu and will probably end up on Coraline‘s DVD as well. Last of all, a very cool offer from the folks at Harper Collins — simply enough, if you’d like to read the book before seeing the movie, they’re welcoming you to do so for free at their site!

Jump to the other side to partake in the mass of Coraline goodies!

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Contest: ‘Coraline’ Prize Pack
The Geeks of Doom   |  

Coraline Prize Pack-Win this awesome stuff!Longtime readers probably already know this, but we here at Geeks of Doom are huge fans of both Neil Gaiman‘s and Henry Selick‘s work. We’ve read all the books, seen all the movies, and geek out every chance we get while having discussions about them all. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve seen The Nightmare Before Christmas or reread American Gods, but needless to say the answer is A LOT. Don’t worry, we’ve got a point here…

Thanks to the awesome people at Focus Features and Laika, we’ve been given the super-cool opportunity to give away some exclusive games and gear from Coraline, Henry Selick’s upcoming stop-motion animated 3-D movie based on the awesome Neil Gaiman book, and whoa are we super excited! Man, we love running this site.

Anyhooo… go ahead and enter for the chance to be one of six lucky winners — those are images of the prizing here at right (click for larger view) and check out the movie trailer, stills, and poster images and info about Coraline below the entry form. Weeeeee!

Three (3) Grand Prize winners will receive:

  • One (1) Coraline Video Game (Wii or PS2 [formats TBA])
  • One (1) Coraline Book
  • One (1) Coraline Button Key
  • One (1) Coraline Movie Tie-in Book
  • One (1) Coraline Button set
  • One (1) Coraline Pen
  • One (1) Coraline T-shirt
  • One (1) Coraline Alphabet Collector Cards
  • One (1) Coraline Bookmark

Three (3) First Prize winners will each receive:

  • One (1) Coraline Movie Tie-in Book
  • One (1) Coraline Button set
  • One (1) Coraline Pen
  • One (1) Coraline T-shirt
  • One (1) Coraline Alphabet Collector Cards
  • One (1) Coraline Bookmark

TO ENTER: Fill out the form below and submit. Entry form is here after the jump.

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