The Coraline Collection From Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

Coraline by Neil Gaiman: The Collection from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

Coraline “Not Caroline” Jones is one of the most dangerous things known to humanity: a smart kid who is bored. Unlike the young lumpenproletariat who merely engages in standard juvenile delinquency, these young masters of disaster make nitroglycerin in the bathtub, or hack into various federal agencies, or perform science experiments on their siblings. But even more than that: Coraline belongs to that elite class where their troublemaking is not restricted to this plane of existence. She travels to a world which is similar to ours but not quite. In this other world, there is her Other Mother and her Other Father–they’re like Coraline’s parents, but with crucial differences. Those being that her Other Parents pay attention to Coraline, cook her non-exotic food, and just basically love her to pieces. Even her neighbors are far more interesting and the whole apartment building seems alive with magic. Of course, everyone having buttons for eyes is a little off-putting. And the Other Mother seems really needy. Especially when she wants Coraline to stay and have buttons installed as well. Coraline is going to have to be very brave and very clever because the Other Mother simply does not take ‘No’ for an answer.


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Stuff: Biggest Zombie Party on the Planet Nigh

I Spit on Your Rave poster
  • I Spit on Your Rave has the best movie title you will hear this week. The concept is it’s 2018 and six years since a zombie virus unleashed upon the 2012 Olympics and mankind has gone the way of the dodo and good Marvel Comics. So out of boredom, a zombie music festival is born. This sounds so mental, I am filled with glee just telling you about it. Apparently, they’re filming this at the Big Chill Festival with production starting on August 6th and they want everybody to show up and play a zombie extra. Not only do they get their movie, but they get the world record for “Most Amount of Zombies Captured on Camera”. Is there anything about this film to not respect? Not at present. Here’s their official site for more info. Source.
  • The Coraline musical is now running through July 5th. It seems to have pleased The Neil, so my hope is that a DVD of the performance will be on sale for those of us who don’t have a prayer of seeing it in NYC before it closes. Source.
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    Stuff You Need to Know: Ghostbusters 3 Still Has Some Life After Death In It. Allegedly.

    Because if you want to read an entire site devoted to this stuff, be our guest. But trust us, the news is still fresh when we get around to sharing it. And we get it out of the way quickly so you can grit your teeth and get it over with. Enjoy.

  • Sherlock Holmes trailer is up. And even Doc thinks it has some promise, so all is definitely not lost. Yet.

    Direct link for the feedreaders.

    You can take a look at the round-up of various previous versions of Holmes here. Thanks to Occasional Superheroine (@ohsuperheroine) for the headsup.

  • Some bits from the Coraline musical are going up for auction over at the MCC Theater’s website. Check their site out for more information. Via The Neil (@neilhimself).
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    Coraline (2009) – Widge’s Movie Review

    Coraline poster art

    Written by: Henry Selick, based on the book by Neil Gaiman
    Directed by: Henry Selick
    Starring: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman, Keith David, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Ian McShane

    My Advice: Don’t miss it

    Coraline (voiced by Fanning) is a young girl who finds herself uprooted from her friends and school by her parents, instead living in a converted house in Oregon called The Pink Palace. Her mother (Hatcher) is a bit domineering and her father (Hodgman) is a bit distracted (and unhealthy looking…Jesus, even I look better than that…WTF, Mr. Selick?) but it appears they’re preoccupied but loving and trying to get by. Coraline, though, being bored and trapped in a new place, desires more. And she finds it in spades when she discovers a hidden door–it leads to a world populated by her Other Parents. Everything’s perfect over there–her parents exist just to entertain her and feed her and clothe her and love her…but what’s the price for all this attention? And what does it mean to her real parents and real life?


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    Coraline (2009) – Rox’s Movie Review

    Coraline movie poster

    Written by: Henry Selick, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman
    Directed by: Henry Selick
    Starring: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Keith David, John Hodgman, Ian McShane
    Music by: Bruno Coulais with a song by They Might Be Giants

    My Advice: See it Twice. Once in 3D and once in 2D.

    Coraline Jones (Fanning), a bored and precocious girl, moves to Oregon where her very busy parents (voiced by Hatcher and Hodgman) write a gardening catalog. She goes outside to investigate her new surroundings. There she finds a boarded up well, a mysterious cat (David), a very talkative boy named Wybie (Robert Bailey Jr.) and eventually an odd doll that resembles her, which Wybie brings from his grandmother’s house.


    By | 2017-09-24T23:05:51+00:00 February 17th, 2009|Movie Reviews|1 Comment

    Design Neil Gaiman Footwear

    Coraline shoes

    NOTCOT posted something that I thought, at first, was a joke: Coraline shoes by Nike. Not that there’s anything wrong with Coraline shoes, but when I first read the book, I had no idea that we’d be seeing Hardee’s tie-in toys and…well, Nike products based on the concept. And as much as I appreciate Neil Gaiman, and have thought many things about him–never was one of my thoughts “This is a man who needs a high-top basketball shoe created for him.” Scents, sure. But shoes?

    But now that precedent has been set, I thought that it would be relatively simple to create a list of other shoes that would be based on Neil’s work. But before I set upon creating some sort of list of Top 10 Footwear Based on the Work of Neil Gaiman, I had already gotten bored with the idea. Then I had a better idea.

    I’m going to get you to do it. Conceive of/design a pair of shoes based on something Neil Gaiman has created. If you can actually draw: draw them, upload them to Flickr (or wherever) and send me a link. If you can’t draw (like me), write a detailed description of what they would look like. This isn’t a guessing game–tell me what you’re basing the shoes on. Also “Black — based on what Neil wears everyday” is not sufficient. So throw that out right now.


    By | 2017-09-24T23:06:27+00:00 February 2nd, 2009|Contests|21 Comments

    Win Coraline Swag!

    Coraline art

    It’s Gaiman Mania, as the guy just won the Newbery, has a movie coming out and, you know, lots of cool stuff. Plus he has impeccable fashion sense.

    The movie coming out is, of course, Coraline. And to celebrate its impending arrival, we think you should get a chance to win some movie swag.

    We’ve got three prize packs to give away, all of them Coraline, and each one contains: a tie-in book, a button set, a pen, a t-shirt, an “Alphabet Collector Card,” and a bookmark. But first, have a kickass trailer:


    By | 2017-09-24T23:06:34+00:00 January 28th, 2009|Contests|1 Comment

    Stuff You Need to Know, Saturday, November 15, 2008

    Coraline poster

    It’s like Reader’s Digest for entertainment news. But snarkier. Enjoy.

  • To the right there (click to embiggen) is the one-sheet for Coraline. If you need to know why you should see this, then check out my book review. Short version: Henry Selick + The Neil = potential for gold.
  • The Dark Knight has been disqualified for Best Musical Score because five composers are listed on the cue sheet. You can go read the article if you want, but I didn’t understand it. If it makes any sense to you, come back here and explain it to me. Maybe they only have the budget to create three little statue-guys. I dunno.
  • On one hand, when I tell you that Steve Carell is going to voice the titular character of Despicable Me for Universal and Illumination Entertainment, you’re probably going to yawn. I did. But then the synopsis got my attention: “Carell’s title character is a deplorable man known as Groo who masterminds the mother of all heists when he plots to steal the moon. Egged on by an evil mother (
    [Julie] Andrews), Groo finds one obstacle in his way: a trio of orphan girls who temporarily come under his care and won’t leave.” Now there’s some potential. On top of that all, Russell Brand and Jack McBrayer (from 30 Rock) are also in the cast. Russell Brand is, so far as we know, not providing the voices for the orphan girls. Expect the film in 2010. Source: Variety.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:09:57+00:00 November 15th, 2008|Stuff You Need to Know|1 Comment

    Coraline: The 3-D Trailer! Now in 2-D!

    Dave McKean: Coraline

    The Neil points out that somebody shot the Coraline trailer, apparently from the audience. This is a 3-D trailer and naturally shooting from what I guess was a phone camera isn’t going to give you the same effect, but as he also points out–when people are oohing that probably means “3-D shot.”

    Bear in mind this trailer, even in 3-D, is nowhere near as creepy as the movie itself should be. So.

    Direct link for the feedreaders.

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