The official name of The Nightmare Before Christmas is Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, but in an effort to make sure that people give the actual director his proper credit, I think I'm going to start referring to it as Henry Selick's Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. That's a bit of a mouthful, but it's worth it to chip away at the widely-held misconception that Burton directed this stop-motion holiday classic.

In any case, Disney has released a new video in which they reimagine what the film would look like if it were told using emoji, and it's a fun little way to celebrate the movie on this fine Halloween day. (Check out emoji adaptations of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Finding Dory, and Zootopia.) Have a safe and fun night, everyone!

Bonus: be sure to click here to read Selick's official word about whether his film is a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie.

DC Films’ THE FLASH Loses DOPE Director Rick Famuyiwa

More trouble is brewing behind the scenes at DC Films.

The Hollywood Reporter brings word that director Rick Famuyiwa, who was set to direct Warner Bros./DC Films' The Flash, has dropped out of the project due to "creative differences." The director previously helmed Dope, a coming of age movie that was a hit at the Sundance Film Festival. He released a statement about leaving the superhero film:

When I was approached by Warner Bros and DC about the possibility of directing The Flash, I was excited about the opportunity to enter this amazing world of characters that I loved growing up, and still do to this day.
I was also excited to work with Ezra Miller, who is a phenomenal young actor. I pitched a version of the film in line with my voice, humor, and heart. While it’s disappointing that we couldn’t come together creatively on the project, I remain grateful for the opportunity. I will continue to look for opportunities to tell stories that speak to a fresh generational, topical, and multicultural point of view. I wish Warner Brothers, DC, Jon Berg, Geoff Johns, and Ezra Miller all the best as they continue their journey into the speed force.

So much for DC Films being "filmmaker-driven," huh? This is the second director for this project alone; writer Seth Grahame-Smith was originally on board to direct before he parted ways.

Look, it would be easy to sit here and make snarky comments about the perceived inner workings of DC and how this announcement makes it appear as if they don't know what the hell they're doing over there, but Flash fans are probably reeling right now, so I'll avoid that line of thinking for now. The report says that because of Famuyiwa's departure, the film (which was originally scheduled to hit theaters on March 16, 2018) will likely be delayed because Miller has another movie to shoot next summer. (Filming on this was supposed to begin in March of 2017.)

The report also claims that Famuyiwa's take was too edgy for the studio, which could be indicative of a drastically different creative direction inside DC Films. Everyone knows Man of Steel, BVS, and Suicide Squad were pretty grim, and the studio went out of its way to try to convince press that Justice League will have a much lighter tone. It sounds like Famuyiwa may have wanted something a little darker, but the studio could be taking a page out of the TV playbook and wanting to give audiences a version of The Flash with a bit more levity. We'll see how this plays out, but what do you think about the director leaving the project? Who should step in to take his place?

Surprise! Disney is Now Making a Live-Action SNOW WHITE Movie

Disney is having a lot of success with their big screen live-action adaptations of their animated movies, and now they are throwing another into development. THR is reporting that Disney is moving forward with a new film adaptation of Snow White and the studio looking to hire The Girl on the Train screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson to write the script. 

Snow White was the very first animated feature film that was released by Disney and it came out in 1937. The original movie is actually pretty dark and terrifying, especially the end. According to the report, the new film "will expand upon the story and music from the beloved animated classic." It will also feature new songs created by songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who most recently wrote the lyrics for the upcoming film La La Land

There have been a few film adaptations of Snow White over the years, with recent incarnations being Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman. I wasn't really a big fan of either of those films, but I think fans of the classic animated movie can rest assured that Disney will deliver a solid live-action adaptation of Snow White. The question is, will it be as dark as the original or will they lighten it up?

I guess at this point we should just expect Disney to adapt every animated movie they've ever made into a live-action film. But for some damn reason, they still won't adapt Gargoyles into a movie! That's something I will just never understand. 

Lucasfilm’s Han Solo Movie Will “Break Some Rules,” and Be Complex & Unexpected

The news that Atlanta and Community star Donald Glover will be playing Lando Calrissian in Lucasfilm's Han Solo movie has certainly piqued our interest, but we've been curious about this project since the moment we heard that Phil Lord and Chris Miller were going to direct it. The Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Jump Street filmmakers have done an amazing job of taking concepts that sound terrible and actually turning out fantastic final products (exhibit A: The LEGO Movie), so something as clearly corporate-driven as a prequel about the adventures of young Han Solo could actually end up being enjoyable with these guys at the helm.

And we know that the movie will look fantastic, too, since they've hired cinematographer Bradford Young to shoot it. Young is the guy behind Selma, Ain't Them Bodies Saints, A Most Violent Year, and the upcoming sci-fi masterpiece Arrival, and in a new interview with Collider, he spoke a bit about joining the Star Wars universe and what we can expect from the Han Solo flick:

"Don’t put those guys in a box because they have a vision, they know exactly what they want. They have no hidden agenda, but they do have an agenda; they have a way of seeing that’s very special, and their collaboration is genuinely unique. So I have to say I had to get converted into that. I respect their work, I respect them as filmmakers, but I wasn’t quite sure if there would be a good marriage between what I’m trying to pursue and the work that I’m doing and what they’re doing, but they helped make that real clear to me early on by expressing some real interesting story [and] photographic ideas that really resonated with me.
These cats are subversive, don’t let it fool you (laughs). They are prepared to say exactly what they wanna say and it’s complex, it’s layered, it’s smart, it’s visual, it’s dramatic, it’s funny, it’s uneasy, it’s unexpected. These cats are—I’m honored to have them in the list of directors I’ve worked with, that’s for sure.
We’re doing our own thing, that’s why we’re there. Phil and Chris are there to bring what they bring to their films, their very unique vision, their perspective on story and they asked me to come bring what I bring, and so just for that it won’t feel like any of the other films. And nobody at Lucasfilm is asking us to betray that, they’re saying ‘We’re in full support of what you do and we wanna make sure that we’re able to help you do it in the best way.’ It’s gonna feel like a Star Wars film, but we’re definitely gonna break some rules, and we’re encouraged to do that. Visually, narratively, that’s a good mandate. They really are about, from what I’ve seen so far, supporting up and coming artists, artists who have a strong vision and voice and perspective, and they really wanna permeate the films with those kinds of voices. So it’s interesting, very interesting. Not what I thought it would be, that’s for sure. I’m pleasantly encouraged and pleasantly surprised."

That quote makes it sound like the fans' belief in these filmmakers is not misguided. I can't wait to see what they do with the opportunity to play in this sandbox.

Filming on the Han Solo prequel film begins in January, and it's scheduled to arrive in theaters on May 25, 2018. Alden Ehrenreich stars.

WESTWORLD Has Gone From Mostly Intriguing To Mostly Frustrating

HBO must be pretty happy with the audience response to Westworld. The show is only halfway through its first season, and it’s already dominating the pop culture discussion on Sunday nights with fan theories, speculation, and deep dive articles flying left and right after every episode. But I don’t know about you, but at the halfway mark of season one, the see-saw has tipped for me from the show being “mostly intriguing” to “mostly frustrating.”

There’s no arguing that the show is gorgeous to look at and exceptional at being mysterious. It’s set up a ton of mysteries in only five episodes and it’s delved into some interesting thematic territory while doing so, exploring questions about what makes us human, how much of an effect our environment has on what kind of person we are, and much more. It tries very hard to be deep and meaningful, and I’d say it occasionally succeeds in that regard.

But where it’s failed for me, at least so far, has been in presenting compelling characters. Westworld has drawn inevitable comparisons to Lost for the way it sets up mysteries. Many fans are hoping that Westworld answers its questions more satisfyingly than Lost did; say what you will about Lost, though — that was a show that truly cared about crafting its characters. It took the time to make us care about the castaways right from the very beginning and continued building and deepening them from there. Westworld has chosen to tell its story in a similarly oblique way, but telling it largely through the hosts’ perspective, while a theoretically interesting decision, hasn’t resulted in the kind of characters that an audience can latch on to in the same way. 

Yes, I’m interested in Dolores’ journey of self-discovery, and secondarily, I’m interested in Maeve’s similar trajectory toward finding out the truth about the park. But that’s about it for me so far. The storylines of the park operators don’t interest me because they haven’t even established the rules of how the park really works yet, and I think the show is at its worst in both acting (sorry, third Hemsworth brother, but your line readings are terrible) and dialogue (see: the scene from this week’s episode in which one lab guy yells at the other one how he’ll always be a butcher and nothing more…gimme a break). I could endure some of the “off” episodes of Lost because even if the interesting mythology stuff I cared about wasn’t addressed in a satisfactory way that particular week, I still had these characters to fall back on. So far in Westworld, I think showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy have spent too much time introducing mysteries and not enough making us care about the people trying to solve them.

What do you think?

Casey Affleck Will Star in a Vigilante Superhero Thriller He Wrote Called VILLAIN

While Ben Affleck is busy playing the latest live-action incarnation of Batman, his brother Casey Affleck isn't content to sit on the sidelines and let his big bro have all the fun. According to Variety, Casey will star in an upcoming movie called Villain, a film for which he also wrote the screenplay.

The movie is set in a city overrun with crime. Affleck’s character loses everything of meaning in his life when a brutal home invasion leaves his family dead and two bullets lodged in his head. He develops a unique power in the wake of his trauma — an ability to see into people’s pasts, presents, and futures — and goes on a mission of revenge to find the men who killed his family, and in the process clean up his city long overdue for justice.
But as his vigilante acts become more frequent and violent in nature, his arrival as the city’s hero may instead be the announcement of its most prolific villain.

A complex movie about a guy with superpowers who starts out with good intentions but takes things too far and may become the villain of his own story? Sounds awesome to me, and I've always considered Casey Affleck to be an underrated actor, so I'm glad to see him write a project for himself that will presumably play to strengths we might not even know he has as a performer.

He'll next appear in Manchester by the Sea, a drama that earned rave reviews at Sundance (read ours here) and seems to be in position to make a big splash during awards season. 

Guy Dresses Up Like 20th Century Fox Logo For Halloween

At GeekTyrant, we like to celebrate heroes. Some of us can only aspire to be as great as this guy who decided to dress up at the logo for 20th Century Fox. Even if we managed to recreate the artistry executed in his costume, I fear none of us would possess the strength to then meme themselves by playing the crappy flute version of the theme. 

This man did, and on this Halloween of 2016, we salute him.