Bob Ross Action Figure Unveiled by NECA

As revealed at Toy Fair in New York, Bob Ross is getting a clothed action figure from NECA, and he looks just as amazing as you would expect. Known for the art he regularly created on The Joy of Painting, Ross is one of the most beloved television personalities of all time. Though he is no longer with us, the legacy he left lives on thanks to the continued love of his fans and support from companies like NECA.

There have been many great reveals from NECA over the past several days. Mostly, the company’s new figures were of various horror movie characters, like Friday the 13th Part V‘s Roy Burns, Halloween II‘s Michael Myers, and It‘s Pennywise the Dancing Clown. A 2-pack featuring Sloth and Chunk from The Goonies was also unveiled, and it’s just too hard to say which announcement is the most exciting out of everything to be shown at the event.

You can take a look at some photos of the Bob Ross figure below!

From NECA:

“All you need to paint is a few tools, a little instruction, and a vision in your mind.”

Bob Ross, beloved host of the mega-popular television show The Joy of Painting, is the latest addition to NECA’s line of clothed action figures. Millions of people around the world are familiar with his soothing voice and amazing ability to bring beautiful scenes to life from blank canvas to completion in each half-hour episode.

Standing at 8” tall and fully articulated, Bob Ross wears his signature look from The Joy of Painting and will create a happy little space on your shelf. He comes with a paint palette, 2 brushes, a palette knife, and a large easel display.

Bob Ross will ship in Q2 2019. You can see more pics and find out more info over at the official website.

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Official Photos of NECA’s Upcoming ‘They Live’ Action Figure Set Have Us Ready to Consume

It’s somewhat ironic that John Carpenter’s They Live is now spawning merchandise, as the film was of course an ahead-of-its-time takedown of consumerism, but nevertheless, we’ll gladly be spending the cash to get our hands on NECA‘s upcoming retro-style action figure two-pack based on the film, which was shown off at NY Toy Fair over the weekend.

Today, NECA provides full details along with an official image gallery.

For the first time ever in action figure form, see the aliens as they really are without the aid of technical sunglasses in this clothed action figure set, featuring a male and female alien.

Both figures come with the wristwatches that transport them to the alien command center, as well as television, magazine, newspaper and necklace accessories.

NECA’s They Live 2-pack will arrive Q3 2019. Check out more images below.

Stephen King Was Fine With That Major ‘Pet Sematary’ Plot Change

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Fans of Pet Sematary were surprised when the most recent trailer for the upcoming remake revealed a major plot change. Some people (like me!) were fine with it, but others felt it diverged too sharply from Stephen King‘s source material. But what about King himself? What does the Master of Horror think about such a departure? According to Pet Sematary star Jason Clarke, King is a-okay with the Pet Sematary plot change, which is a bit surprising, since King has spent the last 39 years complaining about the source material changes from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.

Spoilers for all-things Pet Sematary follow, especially if you haven’t watched the most recent trailer.

Anyone who has read Stephen King’s terrifying novel, or seen the 1989 film adaptation, knows that the plot of Pet Sematary involves a toddler being run down in the road by a truck, only to be brought back to life as a murderous zombie via a cursed burial ground. The toddler is Gage Creed, and his father – Louis Creed – does the deed of burying the corpse, even though he knows it’s probably a bad idea. The undead Gage then returns and goes on a killing spree. However, the upcoming Pet Sematary remake makes a major change: it’s not Gage who is killed by the truck and then brought back from the dead – it’s his older sister, Ellie. In King’s novel (and the 1989 film), Ellie survives, and is actually safe out of town when all the murdering starts.

Jason Clarke, who plays Louis Creed in the upcoming film, was recently asked by Flickering Myth about the big plot change. Clarke offered a kind-of-defense for the alteration, saying:

“It’s pretty easy to justify [the change]. You can’t play that movie with a three-year-old boy. You end up with a doll or some animated thing. So you’re going to get a much deeper, richer story by swapping for a seven-year-old or nine-year-old girl.”

This does make sense – I’d much rather see something believable on screen than a terrible-looking CGI killer toddler. Clarke also added that he’s not really concerned if the change angers some fans:

“As an actor, ultimately, you don’t care…It’s like saying ‘how do you approach playing a real person?’. You have to serve what’s on the page and what the director wants and what happens on the day. You don’t have any choice.”

But what of Stephen King? How did he feel about the change? “Stephen King didn’t have an issue with it,” Clarke said.

King is somewhat wishy-washy when it comes to movies that change his books. Sometimes, he’s magnanimous about. Other times, he’s particularly peeved. The most prominent example of this latter reaction is Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 adaptation of The Shining. Kubrick changed a lot from King’s book, and King has never really gotten over it. The author was so annoyed that he eventually penned a miniseries remake of The Shining that stuck very close to the book. And guess what? It turned out to be kind of awful, and nowhere near as good as Kubrick’s film.

I’m glad King is fine with this change, but even if he wasn’t, I wouldn’t sweat it too much. Pet Sematary is my favorite King novel, and yet I’m perfectly happy with this change. For one thing, it’s going to make a story I know by heart seem somewhat new – and that’s exciting.

Pet Sematary opens on April 5, 2019.

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CBS Turns to Artificial Intelligence to Glean Viewers’ Emotional Responses to TV Shows

CBS’s research team is getting a faster read on how viewers respond emotionally to its TV shows — by using the dispassionate logic of machines. The broadcaster is using the data-analytics platform developed by New York startup Canvs, which uses proprietary artificial-intelligence processing to parse natural-language comments. CBS started using the Canvs Surveys tool to […]

Astronomers Discover a New Moon Orbiting Neptune

Scientists have discovered a tiny moon orbiting Neptune, bringing the planet’s total number of known satellites to 14.

In keeping with the convention of naming Neptune’s moons after water deities, the newly spotted world is called Hippocamp, after a mythological equine sea creature.

Hippocamp is only about 34 kilometers (21 miles) in diameter, making it the runt of the Neptunian family. It is one of seven inner moons of Neptune, a group that tightly orbits the planet roughly once every day.

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Size comparisons of Neptune’s inner moons, including Hippocamp. Image: Mark R. Showalter, SETI Institute

When the Voyager 2 spacecraft passed by Neptune in 1989, it discovered six moons in Neptune’s inner orbit. Neptune is also orbited by seven other satellites located in more distant and irregular trajectories.

Hippocamp, the second farthest of the inner moons from Neptune, managed to stay hidden from the Voyager probe because of its dimness and suboptimal camera angles.

A team led by Mark Showalter, a senior research scientist at the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute, pinpointed Hippocamp in images captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. Showalter and his colleagues published their findings on Wednesday in Nature.

The researchers think that the new moon might have formed after a comet collided with Proteus, the largest of Neptune’s inner moons, which is about 4,000 times the size of Hippocamp.

Hippocamp is close to Proteus, orbiting about 12,000 kilometers inside the trajectory of its hypothetical mother world. Proteus also happens to bear a giant impact crater called Pharos, which stretches at least 230 kilometers (143 miles) across its surface. Showalter and his colleagues suggest that Hippocamp could be made from broken-off debris from the Pharos event, which accumulated into a new small object.

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The earliest Hubble image of Hippocamp, taken in 2004. Image: Mark R. Showalter, SETI Institute

“The discovery of tiny Hippocamp contributes to our understanding of the history of Neptune’s inner system,” the researchers wrote in the study. “Proteus and Hippocamp were even closer in the past because Proteus is migrating outwards owing to tidal interactions with Neptune.”

“It is therefore worth exploring the possible connection between these moons,” they added.

Based on the rate at which Proteus has migrated away from Neptune, the team estimates that Hippocamp is a few billion years old.

There’s another layer to all this moon drama surrounding Neptune: All seven of the inner worlds were probably created by the arrival of Triton, Neptune’s largest moon, several billion years ago.

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Triton has an irregular retrograde orbit, meaning that it circles Neptune in the opposite direction of the planet’s rotation. Scientists think this is because Triton was once a free object from the Kuiper belt, a band of icy objects like comets and asteroids located beyond the known planets. Triton became bound to Neptune when it ventured too close.

Neptune probably had a completely different set of inner moons when it captured Triton, but Triton’s gravitational pull caused them to collide with each other, creating Neptune’s thin rings and the seven battered moons that now orbit it.

All of these chance encounters help “illustrate the roles that collisions and orbital migration have played in shaping the Neptune system that we see today,” Showalter’s team concluded.

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Criterion brings “BLUE VELVET” and “FUNNY GAMES” to Blu-ray in May; details and art

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

Two of the most disturbing and provocative films in history are coming to Criterion Collection Blu-ray; read on for the complete specs and cover art.

Criterion releases Michael Haneke’s original FUNNY GAMES May 14 and David Lynch’s BLUE VELVET (pictured) May 28; both titles will be issued on new DVDs as well. FUNNY GAMES, Haneke’s study of violence involving a family terrorized by a couple of cleancut young men, will be presented in a new 2K digital restoration supervised by the director, presented in 1.85:1 widescreen with 5.1 Surround DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray. Special features are:

  • New interviews with Haneke and actor Arno Frisch
  • New interview with film historian Alexander Horwath
  • Press conference from the 1997 Cannes Film Festival featuring Haneke and actors Susanne Lothar and Ulrich Mühe
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Bilge Ebiri

Retail prices are $39.95 for the Blu-ray, $29.95 for the DVD. BLUE VELVET, Lynch’s classic plunge into darkness pitting Kyle McLachlan’s naive young hero against Dennis Hopper’s memorably maniacal antagonist, has been given a new 4K digital restoration in 2.35:1 widescreen, with 5.1 Surround DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray, both supervised by Lynch. The bonus features are:

  • “BLUE VELVET” REVISITED, a feature-length meditation on the making of the film by Peter Braatz, filmed on set during the production
  • “The Lost Footage,” 51 minutes of deleted scenes and alternate takes assembled by Lynch
  • MYSTERIES OF LOVE, a 70-minute documentary from 2002 on the making of the film
  • Alternate original stereo soundtrack
  • Trailer

And more. Retail prices are $39.95 for the Blu-ray, $29.95 for the two-DVD edition. Both titles can be pre-ordered at discounts at the Criterion website.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE’s Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.

VIDEOMAN EXLORES THE COLLECTOR MINDSET VIA GIALLO AND DOUR SOCIAL REALISM

By ALEX DELLER
Stefan Sauk, Lena Nilsson, Martin Wallström and Carolin Stoltz
Written and directed by Kristian A. Söderström
FrightFest Presents / Signature Entertainment

 

Writer/director Kristian A. Söderström has chosen an idiosyncratic path for his debut feature – one that leaves VIDEOMAN (a.k.a. VIDEOMANNEN) part-way between glum kitchen-sinker and giallo-streaked whodunit.

The film follows Ennio (Stefan Sauk, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO), a cantankerous, curmudgeonly, J&B-swigging git who’s spent a lifetime tracking down the kind of hard-to-find VHS tapes that’d get many a Rue Morgue reader hot under the collar. He deplores those who don’t share his passion, hectors anyone who doesn’t handle his rare VHS tapes with kid gloves and has ultimately found himself adrift in a world that doesn’t understand – or care­ – when he tells them it’s Ennio “like Morricone.”  Today he’s an anachronism, and has tumbled from running one Sweden’s most feted video stores to sleeping on the floor of a cramped basement for which he can never seem to find the rent.

Ennio’s in luck, however: he turns up an ultra-rare tape that completes his Video Invest collection, and promises even greater reward when mysterious collector Faceless (Carolin Stoltz) offers him a life-changing chunk of cash in exchange for it. Once the deal has been struck, however, Ennio finds the tape has disappeared, and, with the increasingly-sinister Faceless moving in, he doesn’t have much time to unmask the thief.

“With the increasingly-sinister Faceless moving in, Ennio doesn’t have much time to unmask the thief.”

In the midst of it all, Ennio strikes up a relationship with Simone (deftly and often heartbreakingly played by Lena Nilsson), an 80s-obsessed alcoholic who fears her best years are behind her. Simone is on autopilot, losing herself in bottomless glasses of wine and a desperate quest for Instagram acceptance while her work and home lives crumble. Despite Ennio’s inadvertent attempts to scupper things (he doesn’t realise bringing MANHATTAN BABY over for date night might be a no-no…) they find a shy, faltering kinship thanks to their shared lot in life and the fact that their outré interests set them apart: “normal people don’t have time to be passionate,” she tells him.

It’s these social-realist overtones that provide the strongest source of interest: the relationship between two lost, fractured souls who don’t particularly care for each others’ interests but are able to find a deeper understanding. It’s as if something penned by Alan Sillitoe was shot against the grim, grey architecture of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, or the cast of DISTANT VOICES, STILL LIVES somehow found themselves watching THRILLER: A CRUEL PICTURE between swigs of rum and pep. The giallo inferences, meanwhile, are limited to a couple of slow-motion chase sequences and some strange, dreamlike non-sequiturs that blur the line between reality and whisky-shattered delusion. Indeed, rather than offering tense plot twists or operatic setpieces, the shadow of giallo instead provides moments of dry humour – Ennio and a friend pitting Argento against Fulci or being aghast at how a fellow collector catalogues his collection – and helps frame the world the characters inhabit.

This all leaves VIDEOMAN in a strange, shadowy place: it’s a neatly-crafted love letter to VHS and a sharply-observed ode to the obsessive collector spirit, but rather than thrill us with bloody spectacle it chooses to dig deeper, suggesting that it’s human connections that make us who we are, rather than the collectable plastic flotsam we covet or the likes we chase on social media.

Alex Deller
Alex Deller writes about films and music. He doesn’t get much sleep.

Follow him on Twitter here: @dellerrr

Breaking Bad AMC and Netflix TV Movie Set, Aaron Paul to Return as Jesse


Joseph Baxter

Feb 13, 2019

Aaron Paul’s Jesse Pinkman is officially set to return for a Breaking Bad sequel AMC/Netflix TV movie.

Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman on AMC's Breaking Bad Season 5

“Yeah, bitch!” is clearly the appropriate celebratory interjection of choice for the just-arrived news about a Breaking Bad TV movie, since the exploits of everyone’s favorite ne’er-do-well-turned elite meth cook, Jesse Pinkman, is set, with Aaron Paul reportedly reprising the now-iconic small screen role in a TV movie!

News from November that Breaking Bad follow-up movie project of some kind was in development – possibly centered on Paul’s three-time supporting Emmy-winning role as co-protagonist Jesse – stimulated what has long been the stuff of rumors ever since the original series – since spun-off with the currently-running prequel, Better Call Saul – rounded its killer climax back in September 2013. Now, a report from THR claims that it’s finally happening with Paul onboard.

Interestingly, while the Breaking Bad sequel movie is set to make the airwaves on the show’s original cable outlet, AMC, it will do so only after it premieres on Netflix! This may be a rather surprising development, but it’s apropos, nevertheless, seeing as the show – while a huge Emmy-dominating hit for AMC – continues to thrive in its afterlife as a binge attraction on the streaming giant.

Just as the November report suggested, Breaking Bad franchise mastermind Vince Gilligan is onboard to write and executive-produce the movie project, joined by repertory collaborators Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein. Gilligan is also reportedly rumored to serve as director, though this idea has yet to be confirmed.

As far as the plot goes, a Deadline report points to a project listed last fall with the New Mexico Film Office, called Greenbriar, a title that just screams secret code name. Moreover, a logline published in The Albuquerque Journal describes a project that “follows the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom.” This, of course, lines up with how we last saw Jesse in the Breaking Bad series finale, “Felina.” Freshly liberated from a meth-cooking enslavement in a conciliatory gesture by his cancer-stricken (later-mortally-wounded) former partner, Walter White (Bryan Cranston), we saw Jesse – beaten and traumatized by an immense array of personal tragedies – drive off into the night, laughing maniacally, leaving viewers to speculate about his fate (and mindset). Apparently, our days of speculating are numbered.

While no production or release dates were revealed for the Breaking Bad TV movie sequel, the NMFO listing – should it prove accurate – points to a mid-November production kick off. Of course, we will keep you updated on the developments!

Joseph Baxter is a contributor for Den of Geek and Syfy Wire. You can find his work here. Follow him on Twitter @josbaxter.