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32 Days of Halloween XIV: Day #24 Bunnicula, & The Shout!

First things first. I absolutely adore this NASA Halloween message. Makes the space station somewhat spooky, even.

Next, a brief history lesson about cemeteries. You might know all of this already. As for me, I didn’t know the part about grazing.

And then we come to an animated classic. Everyone I know familiar with the vampire rabbit speaks of the character with great affection. So not only do we have the original animated special…but we’ve got it with its original intro and commercials and whatnot. Retro gold.

Last but not least, from 1978…a film with one hell of cast: Alan Bates, Susannah York, John Hurt, Tim Curry…it’s The Shout. Enjoy.

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More Moderna? Some Pfizer?
I need an adviser!
By which shot should my shoulder be bruised?

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Ani-Gamers Podcast #164 – Necrobarista

Happy Halloween! In celebration of the season, Evan and David review the 2020 indie visual novel Necrobarista , the story of a Melbourne café whose customers include both the living and the dead. Plus some news, including the tragic death of voice actor Chris Ayres (Frieza in Dragon Ball ) and Netflix’s new live-action Cowboy Bebop trailer. Topics include: Australian words for cigarettes, Lives Are Strange, and helmet heads.

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It turns out he was putting on airs.

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Antlers Clip Showcases Brief Encounter With Monster A brand new clip for the upcoming horror film Antlers has been released, showcasing a brief encounter with a scary creature.

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In the clip, Lucas Weaver (Jeremy T. Thomas) is seen being bullied by a student as he walks through a forest, before the pair stop and notice a creature in the trees. Before they can do anything, though, the monster pounces and attacks the child bully.

You can check out the Antlers clip below:

Antlers follows a small-town Oregon teacher (Keri Russell) and her brother (Jesse Plemons), the local sheriff, after they discover that a young student (Jeremy T. Thomas) is helping to harbor a very dangerous secret that has some potentially serious and frightening consequences. The film also stars JT Corbitt, Graham Greene, Scott Haze, Rory Cochrane and Amy Madigan.

Directed by Scott Cooper (Hostiles), the film was written by C. Henry Chaisson (Open 24 Hours) & Nick Antosca and Scott Cooper, based upon the short story “The Quiet Boy” by Nick Antosca (Channel Zero). The film is produced by Oscar-winner Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water, Scary Stories to Tell in the DarkNightmare Alley), David S. Goyer (The Dark KnightFoundation, Batman Begins), and Oscar-winner J. Miles Dale (The Shape of WaterThe StrainMama).

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Antlers is set for release in theaters on October 29, 2021.

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Dune Lands Best Opening For HBO Max Day And Date Release — What Does This Mean For Part 2?

After much anticipation, multiple delays, and much (heated) discussion about the decision to release the film both in theaters and on HBO Max on the same day, "Dune" has finally arrived in theaters domestically. As it turns out, things are going quite well in these early days, even with the hybrid release, as director Denis Villeneuve's sci-fi epic has set a record for a Warner Bros. day-and-date release on HBO Max.

Per Deadline, "Dune" mined $17.5 million at the domestic box office Friday. That includes $5.1 million from preview showings. This is also the best opening day for any movie directed by Villeneuve. For comparison's sake, "Blade Runner 2049," another attempt to bring an '80s sci-fi franchise back to life for modern audiences, earned $12.6 million on its opening day back in 2017, en route to a $32.7 million opening weekend. Currently, estimates have the adaptation of Frank Herbert's classic novel coming in somewhere in the high $30 million range come Monday morning.

As has been the case with every single Warner Bros. movie this year, "Dune" is also currently available for free to subscribers on HBO Max. Not only is there plenty of evidence to suggest this cuts into the box office, but Villeneuve has been adamant about the idea that he crafted this movie for the theatrical experience. The big question here is whether or not the film can earn enough to warrant the sorely hoped-for Part Two.

Dune Sequel Prospects Look Good

The good news is "Dune" is doing better than any other Warner Bros. movie has this year at the box office, at least in the early going. If the HBO Max numbers are also good, it seems safe to assume that the studio will let Villeneuve loose to craft his second installment. Beyond that, who knows? But things look promising. Heading into the weekend, the movie had already earned $129.7 internationally. It is important to note that the movie's budget is said to be somewhere in the $160 million range, not accounting for marketing. For what it's worth, WarnerMedia CEO Ann Sarnoff already strongly hinted that "Dune: Part Two" will happen.

Helping matters is the A CinemaScore, as well as the 83 percent critical approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, to go with a stellar 92 percent audience rating (as of this writing). It's early, but it appears Warner Bros. may have dug up another franchise.

"Dune" is in theaters and streaming on HBO Max now.

A mythic and emotionally charged hero's journey, "Dune" tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet's exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity's greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.

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Raised By Wolves Season 2 To Arrive On HBO Max In Early 2022

Praise Sol. As he intended, HBO Max series "Raised by Wolves" will be back for a second season in 2022. The announcement comes in a short clip before "Dune," which dropped on HBO Max Thursday. "Raised by Wolves" follows two androids, Mother (Amanda Collin) and Father (Abubakar Salim), as they try to raise six human children on the uninhabited planet Kepler-22b. 

Mother, Father, Six Kids, And A Flying Snake

On "Raised by Wolves," humanity is trying to survive in the fringes of space after Earth was destroyed in a holy war between the Mithraic, a religious group who worship the sun god Sol, and atheists. Mother and Father are deeply atheist and try to impress their lack of beliefs on the children, with varying success. Collider reports that season 2 will follow Mother, Father, and their children as they join a newly formed atheistic colony in the planet's mysterious tropical zone. They will have to carefully navigate the new society while also dealing with Mother's "natural child," a flying worm snake that she gave birth to at the end of last season.

All of the cast from season one will return, including Collin, Salim, Winta McGrath, Naimh Algar, Travis Fimmel, Jordan Loughran, Felix Jamieson, Ethan Hazzard, Aasiya Shah, Ivy Wong, and Matias Varela. Season two will see Peter Christofferson, James Harkness, Selina Jones, Morgan Santo, Kim Engelbrecht, and Jennifer Saayeng join the cast. Ridley Scott is the executive producer for the series with Aaron Guzikowski serving as creator.

Where Raised By Wolves Left Off

When we last saw Kepler-22b, Marcus (Travis Fimmel) was growing increasingly unstable, his new devotion to Sol making him doubt himself and everything he's known. His wife, Sue (Niamh Algar) managed to escape with the children who survived the Ark crash in tow. Sue and Mother formed an uneasy alliance and traveled together for somewhere safe for Mother to give birth. When she does, her child is a terrifying snake creature, likely put into her by some force waiting on the planet. (There's a giant snake skeleton just outside of their original camp.) 

Meanwhile, Marcus and his remaining Mithraic soldiers aren't doing so great. After a power struggle, Marcus ends up poisoned by one of Mother's killer eyeballs and stumbles around the planet, witnessing hallucinations that include — you guessed it — snakes. He ends up encountering a group of atheists we've never seen before and kills all but one of them, introducing himself to their leaders as king of the world, sent to bring Sol's judgment. 

Mother and Father attempt to kill the snake baby and themselves by flying directly into the core of the planet, but it doesn't work. Now the serpent spawn is out there, somewhere, and Marcus thinks he's some kind of violent Chosen One.

Season 2 can't get here fast enough, and it should debut some time in early 2022.

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Toei and Funimation Partner for One Piece 1000th Episode Livestream Toei Animation and Funimation have partnered to co-host a special livestream celebrating the release of One Piece’s momentous 1000th episode.

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The virtual event is hosted by YouTuber RogersBase on November 20, 2021, at 3:00 PT, the same day the 1000th episode is set to premiere worldwide. The stream can be watched on Funimation and Toei’s YouTube channels as well as One Piece’s Facebook page. According to a press release fans can expect free streaming of episodes 998 and 999, prize giveaways, fan videos, and more.

“The 1000th episode of One Piece is truly a history-making moment not only for the franchise but also for the millions of fans around the world that have supported the series over the last 22 years,” commented Masayuki Endo, President and CEO of Toei Animation Inc. “We’re excited to mark this major milestone for One Piece and look forward to celebrating it together with fans at our special global livestream event.”

RELATED: One Piece Film: Strong World Returning to Theaters Next Month

One Piece’s 1000th episode isn’t the only upcoming event, as Toei Animation recently announced that the One Piece: Strong World film will have a limited theatrical event in North American theaters, with the English dub showing on November 7 and the English sub on November 9. Strong World is the 10th film in the One Piece series and originally debuted in 2009. However, until now the film had never received a theatrical release in North America.

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The Daily Stream: Sin City Is One Of The Most Faithful — And Fun — Comic Adaptations Out There

(Welcome to The Daily Stream, an ongoing series in which the /Film team shares what they've been watching, why it's worth checking out, and where you can stream it.)

The Movie: "Sin City"

Where You Can Stream It: Paramount+

The Pitch: Based on the highly stylized comic series by Frank Miller, "Sin City" is an exploration of the dark and violent Basin City. The film highlights the stories of three of the city's residents, all of whom are caught up in violent corruption, shady dealings, and trying to right their wrongs. As they spiral deeper and deeper into the city's underbelly, they are tried and tested by the ills of the world, their consciences, and their pride. Some come out on top, others don't. That's how the city goes. 

Why It's Essential Viewing

One of the most divisive things you can ever put to screen is an adaptation of a book. Movies that have been derived from novels or short stories or comics or, really, any kind of literary source material will always be fighting to live in the shadow — or attempting to live up to the shadow — of their original counterparts. I don't even really need to start listing examples because god, there are so many, and you probably have already thought of your own examples from your own cinephilic oeuvre anyway. The point is, when a movie comes along that does the original work justice, it should be celebrated and revered for its successes.

This, my friends, is why I'm recommending the gritty and gory "Sin City" as your Saturday stream of choice. The 2005 noir thriller combines three of Miller's "Sin City" graphic novels — "That Yellow Bastard," "The Hard Goodbye," and "The Big Fat Kill" — into a dizzying, demented, and deeply enthralling anthology piece about some of the Basin City citizens and their messy, violent lives. If you're into a good noir, this is a great updated spin on the genre that is very much still its own creative operation. It definitely doesn't skew into the territory of other contemporary noirs, like, for example, the beloved Rian Johnson feature "Brick."

There's Nothing Quite Like Sin City

The two reasons for that, though, become pretty apparent once you dig into the film. First off, the visual stylings of this movie are simply unlike any other. Miller's drawing style is extremely singular and his "Sin City" drawings have, well, a vibe to them. There simply isn't anything like the visual world he created for this city and the people that inhabit it — so it was clearly the best choice for the book-to-screen transition for him to direct the film alongside Robert Rodriguez, who adapted the graphic novels for the screenplay. They made it a distinct point to capture Miller's drawing style as closely as possible for their visuals and it makes for such an engaging watch. Again, there is simply no other movie that looks like this. It's hard to keep your eyes off it.

But it isn't just the visuals that were impeccably adapted. The script is a near replica of the comics, woven together in a new way that seamlessly divides and conquers with each tale. They bleed together well, the mess and macabre dealings of the inventive stories and the specificity of the dialogue and the world-building — it's all just so intriguing. There's nothing I love more than specificity. It's what makes stories come alive, what makes them unique and special. It's how we can have so many stories about similar experiences and still have them feel fresh. There's nothing quite like "Sin City." I keep saying it, but it's true. It brings something unquantifiable to the noir space, something no other piece could bring — and it's a film everyone should see at least once.

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Spider-Man: No Way Home Images Show Spidey On The Run From Doc Ock

Today brings us a brand new look at the much-anticipated "Spider-Man: No Way Home," which is set to hit theaters later this year. It will pit Tom Holland's Peter Parker against a multiversal lineup of Spidey villains from the past, including Alfred Molina's Doc Ock, who makes his return to the franchise for the first time since 2004's "Spider-Man 2." Now, we have a new photo of the villain in action.

A couple of new photos were released by the folks at Empire Magazine. One features Holland looking quite distraught, while the other features Molina attacking the web-slinging hero. Check them out. 

Aside from the photos, we have some meaty comments from the filmmakers to chew on. Director Jon Watts, who returns after helming both "Spider-Man: Homecoming" and "Spider-Man: Far From Home," isn't shy about hyping up the movie's scope. "We're definitely trying to be ambitious," Watts says to the publication, going so far as to say "It's 'Spider-Man: Endgame.'" Take that as you will, but that is, at the very least, a bold statement. It also lines up with recent comments made by Holland, with the actor saying they were treating this like the end of the franchise.

Additionally, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige discussed his long-standing hope to bring Molina back to the role, after he nailed the part during Tobey Maguire's run as the hero in director Sam Raimi's trilogy.

"I remember having discussions with Amy Pascal years ago. 'Do we want to revisit villains we've seen before?' No, let's do Vulture, and Mysterio, and characters we haven't brought to the screen before. But I remember thinking, 'How would you even do Doc Ock again?', because Alfred Molina is perfect casting. If you ever brought him back, it would have to be him somehow."
A Crazy Idea Becomes Reality

Aside from Doc Ock, it's believed that other villains, such as Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin, Thomas Haden Church's Sandman, and Jamie Foxx's Electro will get in on the action as well. Sinister Six, anyone? Not to mention that Benedict Cumberbatch is returning as Doctor Strange, with the Marvel multiverse fully coming into play here. Plus, there are persistent rumors that both Maguire and Andrew Garfield will return as their respective Spider-Mans. Holland, for his part, is amazed the crazy pitch was able to come to fruition.

"When I was first pitched the idea, I was like, 'Wow, that would be awesome if we could pull it off. But there's just no way it's going to work. You're just not going to be able to get everyone to do what they need to do. It's just not going to happen.' But it did happen. And it's crazy."

Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers penned the screenplay, with Zendaya, Jon Favreau, Jacob Batalon, and Marisa Tomei also set to star.

"Spider-Man: No Way Home" is set to hit theaters on December 17, 2021

For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero is unmasked and no longer able to separate his normal life from the high-stakes of being a Super Hero. When he asks for help from Doctor Strange the stakes become even more dangerous, forcing him to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.

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(Welcome to Tales from the Box Office, our column that examines box office miracles, disasters, and everything in between, as well as what we can learn from them.)

It is no secret that Hollywood loves a franchise play in the modern age. The success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, "Star Wars," "Harry Potter," and "Transformers," among many others, has forced studios to try and do whatever they can to get a leg-up on the competition with recognizable IP that can generate several sequels, if not a whole universe. Sometimes this works out unexpectedly well, such as with "The Conjuring" universe. Other times? Not so much.

In this case, we are going to look at "Blade Runner 2049," a movie that is, by most accounts, a sci-fi masterpiece, but that was doomed (financially speaking) seemingly from the outset for various reasons. With "Dune" now hitting theaters, we figured now would be a good time to look back at director Denis Villeneuve's first attempt at bringing a beloved '80s franchise back to life for modern audiences.

The Movie: Blade Runner 2049

When Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner," based on the works of beloved author Philip K. Dick, was released in 1981, it was nothing short of a flop. To date, it has made just $39 million, which is not what a studio wants — not even in the '80s — from an ambitious sci-fi flick starring Harrison Ford, especially from the guy who directed "Alien." To make matters more complicated, the original theatrical version is by no means the definitive version, with "Blade Runner: The Final Cut" finally making its way to release years later. The original cut featured narration by Ford's character Deckard, which was eventually removed, as one example of a major change that would be made over the years. It was a mess.

All of this to say, as much as time has been kind to "Blade Runner," it was not a hit in its day. It was always a heady sci-fi play, not at all a crowd-pleaser like "Star Wars," or even the better of the "Star Trek" movies. It never screamed big-budget franchise — and it never should have. Be that as it may, the gears of Hollywood move in such a way that a sequel was eventually explored, originally with Scott set to return as the director.

Things truly got cooking when Alcon Entertainment scooped up the rights to the franchise, with the intent to make a sequel. In 2011, it was announced that Scott would direct the follow-up, and years of development followed. Eventually, commitments to "Alien: Covenant" prevented Scott from sticking to the director's chair, though he did remain on board as an executive producer. Enter Denis Villeneuve, who was coming hot off of acclaimed hits "Prisoners" and "Sicario." Ryan Gosling later boarded in the lead role, marking his first role in a major franchise. But the big get was Harrison Ford signing on to reprise his role as Deckard, especially coming off of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which remains one of the biggest movies of all time. All of the pieces were in place for anyone who might want a "Blade Runner" sequel. The problem is, that audience, relative to the sizable number of moviegoers it takes to make a blockbuster a hit, was limited.

The Financial Journey

After years of development and a long production process, "Blade Runner 2049" officially hit theaters on October 6, 2017. Critics wrote rave reviews, the trailers boasted gorgeous visuals, and the movie came with a star-studded cast. It had an awful lot going for it on paper. Unfortunately, it just wasn't enough to cover what was spent to bring this sci-fi vision to life.

The biggest problem is that "Blade Runner 2049," a nearly three-hour-long sequel to a thinking man's cult sci-fi movie, ended up with a production budget estimated to be between $150 and $185 million. That's more or less what it costs to make a Marvel movie, which is as close to a sure thing as the modern moviegoing marketplace has to offer. Estimates suggested that the movie needed to make around $400 million at the global box office to break even. It didn't even get close to that mark, and it was hard to expect that this kind of movie ever would, when looking at it from the average moviegoer's perspective. Could a long, atmospheric sci-fi flick based on a nearly 40-year-old movie such as this really be expected to make "War for the Planet of the Apes" ($490 million) money? In hindsight, that was a tall order.

The film opened to a rough $32.7 million domestically, and that pretty much set the tone for the run at the box office that would unfold in the following weeks. In the end, "Blade Runner 2049" earned just $92 million domestically after spending 119 days in theaters. Internationally, it took in $167.1 million, making for a grand total of $259.2 million. Honestly, it's pretty amazing that a "Blade Runner" sequel made that much money, if we're able to divorce the raw number from the budget. Unfortunately, the movie business being what it is, it's impossible to divorce those things.

The Lessons Contained Within

There are some harsh, harsh lessons to be learned from what was attempted with "Blade Runner 2049." The unique thing about movies is that they are an intersection of art and entertainment that is generally dependent on commerce. There is no disputing that this movie is widely considered to be a modern sci-fi masterpiece, a worthy sequel to the original, and an excellent example of what makes Villeneuve a modern master of his craft. But, at some point, the realities of the business must come into play, and it was arguably irresponsible to make this movie for that amount of money. There are no two ways about it. Even Ridley Scott said he would have cut 30 minutes from the brutal 2 hour and 44-minute runtime.

While Warner Bros. lost money as the distributor and partner on the deal, they are a major studio. They can handle a loss, brutal though it may be. Alcon Entertainment, on the other hand, was a smaller company making a big play. That is where the real shame comes in here, as the financial fallout hit them much harder. Ultimately, the losses piled up, resulting in a hefty round of layoffs at the company. This goes beyond a simple analysis of numbers, as people lost their jobs and livelihood over this movie. There are consequences — very real ones — for making such misguided decisions in the hopes of getting in on the franchise game in Hollywood.

Where Does This Leave Dune?

Despite the fact that Villeneuve expressed concern that this movie might derail his career, the filmmaker is too good to be kept on the sidelines and now has a new franchise on his back in the form of "Dune," also produced by Warner Bros. Are there similarities? Absolutely. The work of a beloved sci-fi author previously adapted in the '80s getting a second shot in the 2010s in an attempt to make a blockbuster franchise. It's all there. But "Dune," as the early numbers suggest, has enough for more general moviegoers to grab onto. Giant sandworms, lots of action, a "Lord of the Rings" meets "Star Wars" vibe in the marketing. Despite the similarities (not to mention risk) associated with "Dune," the differences appear to make it a bit more of a calculated risk.

It is easy to understand that certain film fans want more from blockbuster entertainment, the type of more that "Blade Runner 2049" offered us. Sometimes people take an analysis of the business as a shot at the movie, and that couldn't be further from the case. It's important to understand why certain things get made and why others don't. At the end of the day, it's a business, even if art is the engine that drives it. I want to see studios take big swings such as this just as much as I want to see my two or three Marvel movies per year. I just want to see them done in a responsible enough manner that gives them a fighting chance in the marketplace, rather than doomed from the outset.

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Official Warrant Reveals Alec Baldwin Was Unknowingly Handed A Weapon With Live Rounds On The Set Of Rust

New information has come out about the heartbreaking fatal shooting that occurred during the production of an indie Western titled "Rust." According to a Santa Fe court document (via The Hollywood Reporter), an assistant director unknowingly handed the film's star and co-producer, Alec Baldwin, a gun with live rounds in the chamber. It's still unclear if the gun was fired during a take or rehearsal, but when it was fired, the very real bullet hit the film's cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in the chest and also injured the director, Joel Souza, who was behind her. Hutchins died from her injury and Souza is recovering.

A Life Cut Short

This tragic event has shaken Hollywood to its core, happening after weeks of demands from the labor union IATSE who have said that productions are cutting corners and jeopardizing the lives of its members with long hours and not enough attention to on-set safety. 

Accidents involving guns on set are rare, thanks in large part to stringent rules put into place after the death of Brandon Lee while filming "The Crow." The court appears to be actively investigating how negligent the production was.

Typically a set with working guns has an armorer or weapons expert there to ensure these kinds of accidents don't happen. This position isn't just for anyone to fill, it's a specific union job (IATSE Local 44) that requires specific training. As more and more information comes out about the incident, it seems that such a trained individual was not present.

A live round ending up in a prop gun isn't a random tragedy, it's a blatant flaunting of the safety procedures in place, which specifically bars live ammunition from film sets except under very specific circumstances that requires permissions and paperwork and oversight.

The Eyes Of The Industry And The World Are On This Investigation

While Baldwin has been the face of this tragedy, it's not the actor's responsibility to know if they have been handed a "hot gun" on set. There are typically many stages of inspection each firearm has to go through before it reaches an actor's hands whenever any blank is to be fired in a scene. 

Where Baldwin might find some culpability is in his role as producer, although it's unclear how involved he was in the hiring process and day to day efforts that go into keeping a film set running smoothly. Many times an actor receives a producer credit for helping to put a film together, sometimes by cutting their usual rates or helping find the money. 

The eyes of the industry and the world are on this investigation. This could spark a change in Hollywood. Already there are calls to remove all firearms from movie sets going forward. While it's becoming clearer the more we hear about this incident that safety protocols weren't followed, the argument is that totally fake guns can be used with a little digital trickery and lighting magic to avoid this ever happening again. Rules are only worthwhile if they're followed.

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