Tim Burton brings “The Addams Family” to 3-D

Tim Burton is following up his recently released “Alice in Wonderland” with another 3-D film.  This time, he will direct a stop-motion animation adaptation of “The Addams Family” based on Charles Addams’ original drawings.

I think Burton is the perfect person to bring these characters to life.  Who would be able to take a sketch like this and translate it to film better than the man who brought us “Edward Scissorhands” and “Ed Wood”?  Not the people who made that ’90s adaptation starring Christina Ricci, that’s for sure.

Burton fans will recognize this animation style in some of his previous films including “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (which he produced) and “Corpse Bride” (which he directed and produced).

Stop-motion animation is a technique used to make an object appear as if it is moving on its own.  The object is moved in small increments between individually photographed frames and then put together. By combining these frames, the illusion of movement is created when they are played as a continuous sequence.

Check out an example here:

What do YOU think?  Is Burton the right man for the job?


“Almost Alice” track list announced

What do 3OH!3, Wolfmother and Pete Wentz have in common?  Upon its release, all three will be featured on the soundtrack to Tim Burton’s latest feature film, “Alice in Wonderland.”

While the movie will be released on March 5, the movie’s soundtrack, “Almost Alice,” will be released a few days prior on March 2.

The track list was just published online, and in addition to the aforementioned few, the disc also features songs by Owl City, Metro Station and more.

While there aren’t any clips of any of the songs online yet, you can check out the song titles here…

  1. “Alice (Underground)” by Avril Lavigne
  2. “The Poison” by the All American Rejects
  3. “The Technicolor Phase” by Owl City
  4. “Her Name is Alice” by Shinedown
  5. “Painting Flowers” by All Time Low
  6. “Where’s My Angel” by Metro Station
  7. “Strange” by Tokio Hotel and Kerli
  8. “Follow Me Down” by 3OH!3 feat. Neon Hitch
  9. “Very Good Advice” by Robert Smith
  10. “In Transit” by Mark Hoppus and Pete Wentz
  11. “Welcome to Mystery” by the Plain White T’s
  12. “Tea Party” by Kerli
  13. “The Lobster Quadrille” by Franz Ferdinand
  14. “Running Out of Time” by Motion City Soundtrack
  15. “Fell Down a Hole” by Wolfmother
  16. “White Rabbit” by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

The first single off the album will be “Alice (Underground)” by Avril Lavigne.

Thoughts?  What do you think, are you more excited for the movie itself or the soundtrack??

Tim Burton invades MoMA

Starting this November, Tim Burton’s artwork is taking over the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City.

Burton (right) with Johnny Depp

The gallery exhibit, which begins Nov. 22 and runs through April 26, 2010, features drawings from Burton’s early childhood, films made prior to his professional career and many more never-before-seen pieces.

All are conveyed in a variety of mediums, including drawings, puppets, storyboards, cartoons, costumes and props.

A film exhibit is being paired with the gallery exhibition in order to further honor Burton and his works.  It runs Nov. 18 through April 26 with one or more of Burton’s films screened daily.

Upcoming titles include “Edward Scissorhands,” “Beetlejuice,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Big Fish” and “Sweeney Todd.”

Burton himself will be making a personal appearance at MoMA today, Nov. 18, for a book signing.

If, like me, you’re dying to go but don’t live in NYC, perhaps this promotional video will suffice.

(No? Sorry, I didn’t think it would be enough. I myself am currently perusing orbitz.com to find a flight from Detroit to New York so I can be there in time for the book signing…)

We all scream for “Scream 2009”

This October, Spike TV presents its 4th annual Scream awards, which honor the best horror, sci-fi, fantasy and comic-book inspired films.

The event was taped on Saturday, Oct. 17 and will be aired on Spike TV on Tuesday, Oct. 27.

Categories include best movie for all the previously mentioned categories, “The Ultimate Scream,” “Scream Song of the Year,” “Best Superhero” and many more.

While it was up to the advisory board to assemble the nominees, fans were able to vote online for their favorites.  Among those on the advisory panel include Tim Burton, Eli Roth, Wes Craven and Zack Snyder.

Of all the nominations, “Star Trek” tops out with 17 nods.

Quentin Tarantino, Christina Ricci, JJ Abrams and casts including “Twilight,” “True Blood” and “The Vampire Diaries” will all be either presenting or accepting awards.

Johnny Depp will also be present (yay!) to accept an award for the “Most Anticipated Sci-Fi Movie”(Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” which is to be released in March of next year).  He will also be presenting the Rolling Stone’s Keith Richards with the ‘Rock Immortal’ award.

While this awards show is pretty much the polar opposite of The Oscars, it’s a must see for horror/sci-fi/fantasy fans.

Scream 2009 will be televised on Spike TV on Oct. 27 at 10 p.m.

For now, enjoy this “Alice In Wonderland” trailer.  What do you think…did it deserve the award?

Fright Fest = Delight Fest

October 31st is easily my favorite day of the entire year, and I’m super excited that it’s on a Saturday this year.

Also thrilling is the fact that I found a calendar of Halloween themed TV programming so I can plan my nightly fright fests accordingly.

I really wish I had a better cable package in my room, because I’m going to miss out on some really good movies in the AMC Fearfest lineup.  This will just force me to go rent them, because please, what is Halloween without Psycho or The Exorcist??

I do, however, have multiple opportunities to watch Disney’s “Halloweentown.”  It was my favorite back in the day, and I can’t wait to relive my (early) youth.  Also, any sort of Charlie Brown holiday special is an essential.

There’s also plenty of Tim Burton and Stephen King to go around.  I’m only disappointed that there’s no Cabin Fever on this list, but I’m sure it’ll be televised somewhere.

For those of you who have never seen/heard of Cabin Fever, it’s about a group of college friends who head to a cabin in the woods for some fun (?) and end up contracting a flesh eating disease.  It’s low budget, it’s gross and the leg-shaving scene scarred me for life, but I love it anyways.

While trying to find the trailer so I could share it with you, I came across this, which I think is even better.

And that is why I love Eli Roth.

Let me know what slasher movies you’re looking forward to watching this month!