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Must See: Tim Burton’s ‘Corpse Bride’ Cake (Video)
The Movie God   |  

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride

Anyone who has watched some Food Network in their day has likely seen some kind of competition in which a variety of amazing cake creations are made. Zoe’s Fancy Cakes is someone who would likely do well in competitions such as those.

For this Halloween season, the cake maker’s YouTube channel has been sharing some fitting tutorial videos. One of the videos shows you how to make a cake version of the Bride from Tim Burton‘s stop-motion feature Corpse Bride. Though I’m going to go ahead and assume most mortal beings such as you and I would not fare well in trying to pull the cake off, as it is a truly impressive piece of work.

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Blu-ray Deal: The Tim Burton Collection
Empress Eve   |  

The Tim Burton Collection Blu-ray

This week, Amazon has The Tim Burton Collection Blu-ray box set on sale for only $25.99 (that’s 57% off the list price of $59.99).

The 7-disc box set contains 7 of Burton’s films, as well as an all-new 64-page premium collectible hardcover book with rare, never-before-seen photos and illustrations.

– Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
– Beetlejuice
– Batman
– Batman Returns
– Mars Attacks!
– Corpse Bride
– Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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Blu-ray Deal: The Tim Burton Collection
Empress Eve   |  

The Tim Burton Collection Blu-ray

Right now, Amazon has The Tim Burton Collection Blu-ray box set on sale for only $28.99 (that’s 52% off the list price of $59.99).

The 7-disc box set contains 7 of Burton’s films:

– Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
– Beetlejuice
– Batman
– Batman Returns
– Mars Attacks!
– Corpse Bride
– Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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Film Legend & ‘Batman’ Star Michael Gough Has Died
cGt2099   |  

Michael Gough

Sad news across the world for geeks today, as word has reached us that the wonderful actor, Michael Gough, has passed away. He was 94 years old. To most people, Michael Gough was well known for his role as Alfred Pennyworth in the 1990’s Batman movie series, beginning with Tim Burton’s Batman in 1989 and right through Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin in 1997.

However, this wasn’t Michael Gough’s first involvement in a franchise loved by geeks internationally. A very young Gough appeared as The Celestial Toymaker in Doctor Who back in 1965. The episode, The Celestial Toymaker, saw Gough act with the First Doctor William Hartnell. He would later appear with Fifth Doctor Peter Davison, playing a different role, in the episode Arc of Infinity.

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Tim Burton To Direct 3D Stop-Motion Adaptation Of ‘The Addams Family’
The Movie God   |  

The Addams Family

Tim Burton is a constantly busy man; between writing, producing, and directing, he always has something on the table to work on. So what would the visual master take on next? According to recent reports from Deadline Hollywood, it could be a new stop-motion movie based on Charles AddamsThe Addams Family, which originated as regular cartoons in The New Yorker from the ’30s straight on through to the ’80s when Addams passed away.

Most of us are only familiar with The Addams Family from the ’60s television series and the Raul Julia, Anjelica Huston, and Christopher Lloyd movie remakes we saw in the ’90s. Burton supposedly wants to ignore all of those and go right to Addams’ cartoons from the New Yorker and make a much more sharp and witty movie. The project will bring Burton back to the world of stop-motion animation, which he was involved in as a writer/producer on The Nightmare Before Christmas, producer on James and the Giant Peach, and as writer/producer/director on Corpse Bride.

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The Pitch That Sold Jerry Bruckheimer On A ‘Prince Of Persia’ Movie
The Movie God   |  

Prince of Persia

Jordan Mechner and John August posted a cool little video on their blogs recently. The video is a collection of clips from Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time that were specially edited together back in 2003. The purpose of this was to convey his vision of what a movie version of the game should be like, and was used in his pitch to Jerry Bruckheimer and The Walt Disney Company. Most just paint a picture with their words when making a pitch, but Mechner figured what better way to paint a picture than to use key elements from the actual game, and he was right — Bruckheimer bought the pitch and six years later, the movie is set for official release on May 28, 2010.

Mechner is the creator of the Prince of Persia video game series and August is best known for his work as writer on Tim Burton movies like Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Corpse Bride. The duo wrote the script for The Sands of Time movie together.

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‘Corpse Bride’ Pre-Screening Rant
Dave3   |  

After work today, clad in my silk Nightmare Before Christmas shirt (with the ivory Jack Skelington buttons), I headed to the Union Square theater in New York to attend a sneak preview screening of Tim Burton‘s Corpse Bride.

(I stop and re-read the above paragraph, becoming one with my dorkiness… Ohm)

So, yeah, thinking that the preview was gonna be massively packed, I got there crazy-dork-early. So much so that I inadvertently wound up being the first person on line (Score!), which in turn meant that I didn’t have to worry about any kind of sh*t-ass seating, with my nose pressed against the bottom of the screen.

‘Cause let me tell you something, my peeps, when there is a movie that I really want to see. You know, the kind of movie that makes a dork like me count the days until it’s released (Batman Begins); talk to all my friends about endlessly (Sin City); incorporate a screening into birthday festivities for my niece (Mirrormask); or write incoherent run-on sentences about (Corpse Bride), I just WILL NOT sit in a “bad seat” to watch a film!

It’s one of those things that totally freakin’ ruins my movie-watching experience! You know what I mean?

Come on, who the f**k in his right mind wants to sit through a movie and have to stare straight up from the front row for two hours? With seats like that, you wind up playing eyeball tennis just so you can see everything happening on the screen, or worse yet is having to leer sidelong from a last row/aisle seat where you feel like the movies actually playing at your next-door neighbor’s.

I’ll stop ranting now.

Okay.

I don’t want to spoil it by discussing any details of the film, so instead, please allow me to let my meaningless peripheral opinion wash over you for a moment…

[begin meaningless opinion]

As films go, the “Corpse Bride” was sincerely fantastic! Tim Burton’s use of allegory and metaphor is absolutely brilliant. He reverses the standard perceptions of the living and the dead in a way that shines a light on the absurdities of ‘”civilized” society, a narrative device that he has employed to an extent in some of his previous films, most notably “Beetle Juice.” I am amazed at how quickly and honestly he was able to cultivate real feelings of empathy from me for these animated figurines, as they experienced hopelessness, regret, optimism, and love. And due to Tim Burton’s long-time collaborative relationship with Danny Elfman, the songs, score, and atmospheric themes are at once familiar, yet quite distinct and memorable.

If you enjoyed The Nightmare Before Christmas, you’re sure to love this film as well.

I truly cannot wait to see it again! I give it four out of four self-serving, brand icons.

[end meaningless opinion, wipe drool]

Hey, they even let me fill out an opinion questionnaire afterward.

So, anyway, yeah.

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