How Labyrinth’s Fandom Is Stronger Than Ever After 35 Years

How Labyrinth’s Fandom Is Stronger Than Ever After 35 Years

Following their collaboration on the film Dark Crystal, illustrator Brian Froud and puppeteer extraordinaire Jim Henson agreed to work together on a new project. Froud had a strong image in his mind of a baby surrounded by goblins, influenced by the classic folk tales wherein goblins traditionally trick children or steal them from their homes. Together, Froud and Henson imagined a tale of a girl named Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) who wishes her brother away to a fantastical realm and must journey through many hardships to retrieve him from the clutches of the sinister yet alluring Goblin King, Jareth. Monty Python alumnus Terry Jones was on screenwriting duties, George Lucas would be the executive producer, and none other than David Bowie would star as Jareth and provide a number of songs.It seemed like the perfect combination for a smash hit, yet when Labyrinth opened 35 years ago, in the summer of 1986, it proved to be a critical and commercial disappointment. With a reported budget of $25 million, Labyrinth grossed only $12.9 million during its initial domestic run. It would be the last feature film Henson ever directed, and according to his son Brian, it contributed to a downward turn in his career. It seemed that Labyrinth would disappear from the pop-culture consciousness, reduced to another '80s kids movie that failed to capture audiences' attention in the era of the blockbuster…And yet Labyrinth has endured, and three and a half decades later, the film is a beloved classic as well as a wildly influential fantasy drama that's inspired generations of fans. Thanks to many years of TV broadcasts, Blockbuster rentals, and pushy family members with good taste (many thanks to my own grandmother), Labyrinth re-emerged into the mainstream more cherished than ever. After years as a second-hand rarity, the movie became available on VHS and DVD in the late ’90s and greatly expanded its reach beyond its initial fanbase. Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie in Labyrinth.Descent into the UnderworldThe indelible fingerprints of Henson's Labyrinth can be found throughout the past three decades of pop culture, from Disney movies of the ’90s to the works of Guillermo del Toro and Neil Gaiman (especially Mirrormask for the latter) to many a romance novel. Just about every geek convention on the planet will feature at least a handful of Labyrinth cosplayers. Even Bowie returned to the world of Jareth, in a manner, with a Louis…
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Firearms Expert Reacts To EVEN MORE Escape From Tarkov Guns

Firearms Expert Reacts To EVEN MORE Escape From Tarkov Guns

Jonathan Ferguson, a weapons expert and Keeper of Firearms & Artillery at the Royal Armouries, once again breaks down the weaponry of Escape From Tarkov, including some absolutely outrageously cursed weapons, and the SKS rifle.
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PSA: Halo Infinite Campaign Spoilers Have Leaked Via The Beta

PSA: Halo Infinite Campaign Spoilers Have Leaked Via The Beta

So far, many Halo fans have been enjoying the Halo Infinite multiplayer technical preview. However, it’s been confirmed that campaign content was mistakenly included in the beta’s files, leading to spoilers making their way online.343 Industries’ Joseph Staten stated that there were a “small number” of Halo Infinite campaign files unintentionally left in the tech preview build. He confirmed that they do include spoilers.”Leaks like this are painful for the dev team and can ruin the campaign experience for everyone,” says Staten in a tweet. “So please, keep you eyes peeled for spoilers and don’t spread them if you see them.”Continue Reading at GameSpot
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The Suicide Squad Stars Plays WOULD YOU RATHER

The Suicide Squad Stars Plays WOULD YOU RATHER

The stars of The Suicide Squad play “Would You Rather” with questions inspired by the Suicide Squad Universe. Which Suicide Squad member should get their own solo movie? Who would you rather have with you in a zombie apocalypse: Ratcatcher 2 or Rick Flagg? See what John Cena, James Gunn, Joel Kinnaman, Daniela Melchior, Mayling Ng, Alice Braga, Nathan Fillion and Flula Borg had to say. The Suicide Squad hits theaters & HBO Max Aug 6.
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Halo Infinite Beta: ODST Difficulty And Recharge Map Are Live

Halo Infinite Beta: ODST Difficulty And Recharge Map Are Live

343 Industries has released a new, more challenging difficulty for folks to try out in the Halo Infinite technical test. A new map has been added as well.The new difficulty is ODST, which is a step above Marine. Cranking things up to ODST will make bots more effective at dodging both grenades and rockets, and cause them to try and Grappleshot you in order to bring you in for a melee kill.The new map is Recharge, which joins the ongoing rotation of Slayer maps currently a part of the technical test: Bazaar and Live Fire.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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Flash Gordon: Taika Waititi's Animated Movie Is Now Live-Action

Flash Gordon: Taika Waititi's Animated Movie Is Now Live-Action

Taika Waititi's animated Flash Gordon project is being reworked into a live-action feature. While promoting Disney's latest film Jungle Cruise, producer John Davis shared that Waititi has changed his approach to his sci-fi adaptation of the influential comic strip. "[The 1980 Flash Gordon] is one of [Waititi's] favorite movies," Davis told Collider. "He initially said to me, 'Let's do it animated.' I said, 'Okay.' Then we got into it and started developing it and he said, 'No, let's do it live-action.' I said, 'Even better.'"[ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/07/08/russo-bros-pizza-film-school-taika-waititi-on-flash-gordon-teaser”]Waititi has spoken about his adoration for the 1980 adaptation of Flash Gordon before. While guesting on Joe and Anthony Russo's Instagram series Pizza Film School, Waititi cited the Sam J. Jones-starring space opera as one of the primary influences for his 2017 Marvel film Thor: Ragnarok.While Waititi has a busy schedule ahead between the upcoming release of his soccer comedy Next Goal Wins and post-production work on Thor: Love and Thunder, Davis is confident that the director will return to Flash Gordon sooner rather than later, citing how involved Waititi is with the project already."[Waititi] is writing it. So when somebody writes a script that they're going to direct, they're obviously going to really like the script, right? So you get a big leg up, right?" Davis said. "We've been through the development process, not the writing process, but he's laid out in great detail the characters, the movie, the way in, what it's about, the tone, all of that stuff… Look, he does a lot of movies, right? Believe it or not, he can do a couple of movies a year."[ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2017/10/21/taika-waititi-responds-to-ign-comments”]Flash Gordon began as a Depression-era comic strip that followed the adventures of polo player Flash Gordon and his struggle against Ming the Merciless, the tyrannical ruler of planet Mongo. While the 1980 adaptation performed poorly at the box office, the film has since found a cult following. A live-action Flash Gordon television series also had a one-season run on Syfy (then known as Sci Fi) from 2007 to 2008.Hollywood has been attempting to mount a Flash Gordon feature for several years now, with Kingsman director Matthew Vaughn and Overlord director Julius Avery attached at different points. Waititi was tapped to develop an adaptation in 2019.[poilib element=”accentDivider”]J. Kim Murphy is a freelance entertainment writer.
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Halo Infinite Tech Test Contains Campaign Spoilers, 343 Warns

Halo Infinite Tech Test Contains Campaign Spoilers, 343 Warns

Halo Infinite head of creative Joseph Staten took to social media to warn players that the ongoing Halo Infinite technical test includes a “small number of [Halo Infinite] campaign files” which unfortunately contain spoilers. So beware.“Leaks like this are painful for the dev team and can ruin the campaign experience for everyone,” Staten writes. “So please, keep your eyes peeled for spoilers and don’t spread them if you see them.”Leaks like this are painful for the dev team and can ruin the campaign experience for everyone. So please, keep you eyes peeled for spoilers and don't spread them if you see them.❤️ 2/2— Joseph Staten (@joestaten) July 30, 2021 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsStaten, for obvious reasons, didn’t specify what files exactly were included in the tech test. But it’s apparently serious enough for Staten and 343 Industries to put out a public statement. 343 community director Brian Jarrard even followed up by tweeting in all caps, “Twitter mute words are your friend!”IGN has not come across any of the spoilers but will hope this article serves as a PSA to keep vigilant.[ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2021/07/28/halo-infinite-tech-preview-multiplayer-academy-weapon-drill-developer-walkthrough”]343 launched the technical preview yesterday, though rollout happened a bit slower than expected as the developers hunted down some last-minute bugs. But with the technical preview underway now, IGN was able to get some hands-on time with it and is very impressed with what’s available now.Folks trying to get into the technical test must sign up as a Halo Insider and try and grab one of the limited spots. Not everyone was able to get into the test, but 343 says there will be more, larger tech previews in the coming months.Halo Infinite doesn’t have a release date just yet, but 343 and Xbox boss Phil Spencer says they’re confident they’ll hit their holiday 2021 release date.[poilib element=”accentDivider”]Matt T.M. Kim is IGN's News Editor.
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