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John Lithgow Regrets Saying No to Joker in Tim Burton's Batman

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John Lithgow Regrets Saying No to Joker in Tim Burton's Batman
It's been widely reported for years that John Lithgow was in the running to play the Joker in Tim Burton's 1989 vision of Batman, which was originally going to be directed by Gremlins helmer Joe Dante. But Lithgow is now, nearly 30 years later, finally commenting on his decision to not take the role. The role obviously went to Jack Nicholson, who went on to universal acclaim for his portrayal of the Joker. Before Nicholson, it was Caesar Romero's version on the campy 1960s television series, which Nicholson ditched in favor of a darker, more sinister take on the villain.

Back in 1989, a Batman movie by Tim Burton and starring Michael Keaton was a bit of a gamble. Lithgow spoke to Vulture about his regret of not taking the role and his circumstances around that time. Lithgow explains.

"My worst audition was for Tim Burton for Batman. I have never told anyone this story,
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Tom Hanks Was Everyone's Bff at Palm Springs Film Festival Gala

Tom Hanks Was Everyone's Bff at Palm Springs Film Festival Gala
Is there anyone who doesn't love Tom Hanks?

The 60-year-old actor may not have had his wife, Rita Wilson, by his side at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala on Monday, but he was still in good company in the desert.

Exclusive: Tom Hanks Adorably Celebrates Wife Rita Wilson's Birthday on the Red Carpet at 'Inferno' L.A. Premiere

At the gala, a scruffy Hanks was honored with the Icon Award for his portrayal of the real-life Captain Chesley Sullenberger in Sully, which was presented to him by co-star Laura Linney.

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"I was thrilled and stunned to hear the fabulous actor Andrew Garfield finally, finally see to it that the Palm Springs International Film Festival gave some love to Joe Versus the Volcano," Hanks joked while accepting the award, according to The Hollywood Reporter, referring to Andrew Garfield revealing earlier in the night that Hanks'
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Watch Tom Hanks' David S. Pumpkins Invade Classic Horror Movies

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Last weekend, Tom Hanks hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live, where he portrayed a new character that became an instant classic among fans, David S. Pumpkins. The original sketch featured a young couple played by Kate McKinnon and Beck Bennett, who visit a Halloween-themed haunted elevator ride called "100 Floors of Frights," operated by Kenan Thompson. It features the unusual inclusion of David S. Pumpkins, a man more bizarre than scary. Thanks to the Internet, this character has now gone on to invade some of your favorite horror movies.

Buzzfeed's Jesse McLaren put together a brief video on Twitter, that edits David S. Pumpkins into movies like The Shining, Insidious, The Conjuring, The Ring, Scream and the original Halloween. Given the sudden popularity of David S. Pumpkins, it wouldn't be surprising to see even more of these mashups surface as we get closer and closer to Halloween. In case you didn't see it last weekend,
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Derek Landy fans! Win tickets to see Gremlins and A Nightmare On Elm Street on the big screen

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We have two pairs of tickets to give away to Derek Landy's I-Scream Spectacular at London's Picturehouse Central Tue the 5th of April...

To celebrate the release of Desolation, the second book in his Demon Road trilogy, Derek Landy, the creator of Skulduggery Pleasant is hosting two special 80s horror-themed fan events on Tuesday the 5th of April in London.

The I-Scream Spectacular events are a 12A screening of Gremlins at 1pm, and an over 18s-only screening of A Nightmare On Elm Street at 8.30pm.

Derek will be discussing the world of horror and both films' influence on his writing, and signing books along with each screening. More details on that here and here.

If you'd like to win two tickets for either event, here's what you need to do...

Head to Twitter to enter. Send a Tweet that reads:

I'd like to win
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Derek Landy interview: Skulduggery Pleasant, Demon Road

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We chat to Skulduggery Pleasant author about the movie adaptation, new trilogy Demon Road, horror influences, Feminism and Doctor Who

Derek Landy is excited. Next week, he's going to see two of his favourite 80s films on the big screen for the first time. His publisher Harper Collins is hosting screenings of Joe Dante's Gremlins and Wes Craven's A Nightmare On Elm Street at London's Picturehouse Central (win tickets to both, here) for Landy's legion fans as part of the publicity circuit for book two of his Demon Road trilogy, Desolation.

Landy made his name in Young Adult fantasy with the nine-book Skulduggery Pleasant series about a skeleton detective and his teenage girl accomplice. The huge success of the first Skulduggery novel was a tornado that lifted him Dorothy-like straight out of his family's farm in Ireland and plonked him down in Hollywood where he
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Corey Feldman to Play Cross-Dressing Vampire in 'Corbin Nash'

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Corey Feldman to Play Cross-Dressing Vampire in 'Corbin Nash'
Corey Feldman is returning to his Lost Boys roots in the new thriller Corbin Nash. Only this time he's trading in Edgar Frog's iconic red headband to play the opposite side of the fight, starring as a cross-dressing vampire. Ben Jagger is directing the film, which also recently added cult icon and genre vet Malcolm McDowell.

Corbin Nash is described as a vampire noir. It follows a New York City cop who's trying to hunt down his parents' murderers. The search leads him to Los Angeles, where he meets his untimely demise. He is brought back to life as a deadly killer. Malcolm McDowell is set to play a character named The Blind Prophet, though no further details have been released.

Also joining this epic cult movie in the making is genre favorite Rutger Hauer, playing a character who is only described as 'a mysterious stranger'. Bruce Davison will play Corbin Nash's stepfather.
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Innerspace

In the 1980s, bored film critics sometimes claimed to see homoerotic themes in any 'buddy picture'  about guys being friends with guys. Only one bold comedy dared to confront this notion directly -- in this show, Dennis Quaid spends a full two hours inside Martin Short, yet the finished picture is still perfectly suitable for all audiences and age groups! Savant Blu-ray Review Warner Home Video 1987 / Color /1.78:1 / 116 min. / Street Date August 4, 2015/ available through Warner Bros. / 13.09 Starring Dennis Quaid, Martin Short, Meg Ryan, Kevin McCarthy, Fiona Lewis, Vernon Wells, Robert Picardo Cinematography Andrew Laszlo Visual Effects Supervisor Dennis Muren Art Direction James H. Spencer Film Editor Kent Beyda Original Music Jerry Goldsmith Written by Jeffrey Boam, Chip Proser, story by Chip Proser Produced by Michael Finnell, Peter Guber, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Jon Peters, Chip Proser, Steven Spielberg Directed by Joe Dante

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Warner Home Video shows
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Round-Up: The Driving Dead Webisode, Navy Seals Vs. Zombies, Children Of The Corn Trilogy UK Blu-ray

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The fourth episode of The Driving Dead premiered yesterday on the series' website. The series focuses on the consequences of reckless driving. Also: Blu-ray release details for Navy SEALs vs. Zombies and the Children of the Corn trilogy.

The Driving Dead: Press Release: "Springfield, Ill. (August 24, 2015) – Actor Michael Rooker returns to his starring role in The Driving Dead Series with a new webisode, “The Chase,” premiering today.

The Driving Dead Series launched in August 2014 by the Illinois Department of Transportation (Idot) to thwart dangerous driving behaviors, like drinking and driving and failure to wear a seatbelt, among the most at-risk audience – young men. According to recent Idot data, seat belt usage in Illinois reached an all-time high of more than 95 percent in 2015. This marks an increase over last year representing an estimated 377 lives saved on Illinois roads.

The web-based Driving Dead Series has amassed more than 2.4 million YouTube views with its first three episodes.
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Round-Up: Pray For The Monsters Vinyl Stickers, The Stranger Blu-ray, Fright Rags’ The ’Burbs Shirts

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When approached by a grisly monster, it's usually we mortal humans who need the prayers. However, Gary Pullin's "Pray for the Monsters" vinyl stickers depict just the contrary. Also: details on the Eli Roth-produced The Stranger on Blu-ray and two new shirts inspired by The 'Burbs courtesy of Fright Rags.

Pray for the Monsters Stickers: Designed by artist "Ghoulish" Gary Pullin, all five of these stickers from Hell and Company come with a Uv protective coating.

Priced at $3.50 apiece, the stickers are 5" in diameter and are limited to only 500.

For more information, visit: http://www.hellandcompany.com/

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The Stranger: Press Release: "Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel, The Green Inferno) presents the riveting directorial debut of writer Guillermo Amoedo (Aftershock, The Green Inferno, Knock Knock) with this macabre and gruesome tale set in a small Canadian town. Scream Factory, in partnership with IFC Midnight, will bring The Stranger,
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Exclusive: Joe Dante Discusses "Burying The Ex" And The Films That Influenced His Career

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By Lee Pfeiffer 

Director Joe Dante is revered by his fans not only as a filmmaker but also because of his genuine passion for classic and cult cinema. Dante, like so many other filmmakers and actors who became successes, was a protégé of Roger Corman, starting out as an editor. Before long, he had progressed to directing and had a hit with his 1978 horror flick "Piranha". His deft ability to make audiences cringe as well as laugh became his trademark. More successful films followed including a segment of the "Twilight Zone" feature film, his werewolf classic "The Howling", "Gremlins", which is considered a classic by the generation who saw it as children, "Innerspace", "Amazon Women on the Moon", "The 'Burbs", "Matinee" and "Small Soldiers". In recent years, Dante has been busy operating his extremely popular web site Trailers From Hell, which showcases original movie trailers from decades ago, complete with
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Burying The Ex: Alan Trezza on His Zombie Rom-Com and the Magic of Joe Dante

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Now available on VOD and in select theaters is Joe Dante's (Gremlins, The 'Burbs) zombie comedy Burying the Ex. From a script by Alan Trezza, the film stars Anton Yelchin as Max, a nice guy eager to break up with his overbearing girlfriend Evelyn (Ashley Greene) when fate intervenes and she gets hit by a bus. Weeks later he meets his dream girl Olivia (Alexandra Daddario, who is making a career out of playing dream girls), but everything goes to hell when Evelyn rises from the grave convinced she and Max are still an item. After visiting the set last year (you can check out my on-set interviews with Greene here and Yelchin here), I recently had an opportunity to speak with Trezza about the film. He talked about going from a self-produced short film to landing Joe Dante as the director, what makes Dante so special, finding the right leads,
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The 'Burbs actor Rick Ducommun dies, aged 62

The 'Burbs actor Rick Ducommun dies, aged 62
Actor Rick Ducommun has died at the age of 62.

The Canadian comedian was best known for playing Tom Hanks's friend and neighbour in the 1989 comedy The 'Burbs.

His brother Peter Ducommun said that he died on June 12 at a Vancouver hospital from complications due to diabetes.

Following his role of Art Weingartner in The 'Burbs, Ducommun continued his stand-up comedy career and appeared in several films.

His other roles included Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Die Hard, The Hunt for Red October, Groundhog Day and Scary Movie.

"He was funny, talented and creative," said Peter Ducommun. "I think what people admired most was his stand-up.

"He was a comedian's comedian. Anyone who had the opportunity to see him live, loved his material."
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Review: Joe Dante tries to spin gold with the thin script for 'Burying The Ex'

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Review: Joe Dante tries to spin gold with the thin script for 'Burying The Ex'
Alan Trezza's screenplay for "Burying The Ex" might as well have had Joe Dante's name above the title from the moment he wrote it, because it is a perfect fit for the filmmaker's sensibilities. Dante's three leads (Anton Yelchin, Ashley Greene, and Alexandra Daddario) are all game for whatever he asks of them, and they seem to be having a blast with the material. There's a slightly muted quality to the film, though, which keeps it from being a complete pleasure, but considering how rarely we get a new film from Dante, I'll take something slight over nothing at all. There's a hint of "Death Becomes Her" in this film's DNA, and in certain sequences, Dante's live-action cartoon aesthetic is pretty clearly expressed. If anything, I wish the movie pushed some of those ideas further, because it feels like Dante's having fun and so is the cast. Anton Yelchin plays Max,
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Rick Ducommun Dies; The 'Burbs and Groundhog Day Actor Was 62

Rick Ducommun Dies; The 'Burbs and Groundhog Day Actor Was 62
Rick Ducommun, an actor best known for his roles in 1989's The 'Burbs and 1993's Groundhog Day, has died. He was 62. Ducommun's wife confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that he passed away June 12 at a hospice in Vancouver surrounded by family and friends; per Ducommun's widow, the actor's death was due to a "serious complication from diabetes." Joe Dante, who directed Ducommun in The 'Burbs, tweeted about the star's passing on Wednesday, writing simply, "Rip Rick Ducommun." He also shared a fond memory of his audition for The 'Burbs, tweeting, "Relatively unknown standup comic Rick Ducommon beat out Sctv's Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis for the part of...
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Rick Ducommun, ‘The ‘Burbs’ and ‘Groundhog Day’ Actor, Dies at 62

Rick Ducommun, ‘The ‘Burbs’ and ‘Groundhog Day’ Actor, Dies at 62
Rick Ducommun, a Canadian actor who appeared in many popular comedies in the ’80s and ’90s, has died. He was 62.

Joe Dante, who directed Ducommun in “The 'Burbs” and also helmed such works as “Gremlins” and “Small Soldiers,” broke the news on Twitter late on Wednesday.

Rip Rick Ducommun. pic.twitter.com/52J5wKXToU

Joe Dante (@joe_dante) June 18, 2015

Ducommun’s Twitter also posted the news.

1989’s “The ‘Burbs” was one of Ducommun’s most notable appearances, playing Tom Hanks’ noisy, paranoid neighbor. The comedian also had small roles in “Groundhog Day,” “Little Monsters,” “Die Hard,” “The Hunt for Red October,” “The Last Boy Scout,” “Last Action Hero” and “Scary Movie,” in which he played Anna Faris’ character’s father.

Dante posted several tweets honoring the late actor, noting that Ducommun, a relatively unknown stand-up comic at the time, beat out Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis to take the memorable role in “The ‘Burbs,
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Interview: Joe Dante Talks Burying The Ex, Forgotten Genres, Paranoia And Creating Movie Lovers

Joe Dante is currently on the promotional circuit for his latest comedy, Burying The Ex, which debuted in Venice last September and is getting a limited theatrical release in the Us, with concurrent video-on-demand, this Friday. He had a brief window of time to sit down and chat, making things more of a speed-date than a full interview, but thank goodness he is a fast talker! And, really, any amount of time chatting with the director of The Howling, Gremlins, Matinee and The 'Burbs (among others) is time well spent. His experience from his days as a trailer-cutter turned film director under Roger Corman led to a winning streak of idiosyncratic studio pictures in the 1980s, and makes him well versed in both the ways of how...

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Rick Ducommun, Star of 'The 'Burbs' and 'Die Hard,' Dies at 62

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Canadian character actor Rick Ducommun, who starred in a wide range of beloved films throughout the '80s and '90s, has died. He was 62.

Ducommun had his breakout role in 1989's "The 'Burbs" opposite Tom Hanks, and director Joe Dante tweeted out his condolences on Thursday. Dante said that the late actor was a virtually unknown stand-up comic when he auditioned for the dark comedy, but "knocked it out of the park," beating out more established stars like Rick Moranis for the part.

"Lots of the funniest stuff he says was totally ad libbed," Dante wrote, adding that Ducommun was "A very funny guy" who was "Too young to go."

In addition to that cult classic, Ducommun also had small roles in many movies including "Gremlins 2: The New Batch" (another collaboration with Dante), Bill Murray classic "Groundhog Day," "Die Hard," "Little Monsters," "The Hunt for Red October," "The Last Boy Scout,
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What do The Goonies look like now? Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman

What do The Goonies look like now? Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman
The Goonies celebrates its 30th birthday today, and even after all these years we still adore this '80s classic.

Rumours have been swirling for some time about a Goonies 2 (make it happen, Hollywood!) with all the original cast returning, so with this in mind we take a trip down memory lane to find out what the stars of the cult classic are doing now.

Sean Astin

Sean Astin played the slightly dorky yet bright, braces-clad Mikey - who attempts to leads his fellow adventurers to One-Eyed Willy's hidden fortune upon his discovery of an old treasure map.

The 44-year-old actor has continued to enjoy movie success with his role as Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Astin also played Lynn McGill in hit Fox TV series 24, provides the voice of Raphael in Nickelodeon's TV version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012), and recently appeared in Guillermo del Toro
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Burying The Ex: New Trailer Teases Joe Dante’s Horror Rom-Com

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A new trailer for Joe Dante's zombie horror comedy Burying the Ex has hit the web, and it promises plenty of Dante's trademark mishmash of feel good comedy and gross out horror. As the man behind Gremlins, The 'Burbs and The Hole, Dante always has my attention, especially when he returns to his genre roots. From a script by Alan Trezza, Burying the Ex stars Anton Yelchin as Max, a nice guy eager to break up with his overbearing girlfriend Evelyn (Ashley Greene) when fate intervenes and she gets hit by a bus. Weeks later he meets his dream girl Olivia (Alexandra Daddario, who is making a career out of playing dream girls), but everything goes to hell when Evelyn rises from the grave convinced she and Max are still an item. While the set up is strikingly similar to last year's lackluster Life After Beth, one look at
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The Gremlins reboot has a new writer

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With the Gremlins reboot still going, it's been revealed that a new writer has joined the project: Red Eye and Disturbia's Carl Ellsworth...

The last we heard, the long-mooted Gremlins reboot was on hold.

The new addition to the film series created by the great Joe Dante was being written by Seth Grahame Smith, but in January, he revealed that the project had "run out of steam" - producers Christopher Columbus (who wrote the  1984 original) and Steven Spielberg were, he said, busy on other projects.

"I think we just ran out of steam", he said. "It's one of those things where everybody got so busy doing other things. It's something I would love to come back to, but right now, Steven's making two movies back to back and Chris Columbus is busy [making Pixels]. We're all taking a five-minute break on that".

We're now hearing that Grahame-Smith, the writer of
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