The price of an awesome costume
Miracole Burns as Wonder Woman.
October 27th, 2011
05:39 PM ET

The price of an awesome costume

Going to a Halloween party this weekend? Have the perfect, over-the-top, completely genre-accurate costume in mind to wear?

Take it from some seasoned costumers and cosplayers – awesome costumes don’t survive crowds. Sometimes they don’t even survive the journey there. And sometimes, the costumes are so awesome that you can’t survive them.

People like Chris and Miracole Burns, from “Avengers Assemble” and full-time cosplayer Yaya Han can make a living out of creating and wearing costumes. They’re invited to fan conventions to show up as comic book, anime, movie, TV and video game characters. They know how to create Hollywood-quality costumes and special effects makeup. They’re skilled at putting together the perfect look, the perfect pose, and making the whole package last for hours at a time on a crowded con floor.

They also know that fellow fans are thrilled to see their characters “come to life” through these costumes - but such admiration can sink hours of hard work and hundreds, possibly thousands of dollars of investment in an outfit. FULL POST

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Bruce Campbell's secret blood recipe and other horrible makeup
Bruce Campbell on the CNN Express bus at this year's San Diego Comic Con.
October 27th, 2011
03:29 PM ET

Bruce Campbell's secret blood recipe and other horrible makeup

Editor's note: Aaron Sagers is a New York City-based entertainment writer and nationally syndicated pop-culture columnist. He has specialty knowledge in 'paranormal pop culture,' has lectured at conventions across the country on the topic and is a media pundit on supernatural entertainment. He covers pop culture daily at paranormalpopculture.com and can be found on Twitter @aaronsagers.

Whether you prefer the shambling or sprinting camp, there’s no excuse to be a shoddy zombie at a Halloween party.

Sure, retail stores have stocked up on fake blood and latex applications this October, but those are the same pre-packaged apps anyone could buy and use. That’s not good enough for a dedicated nerd who wants to take their effects to the next level.

So we’ve assembled a few movie magic tips from makeup gurus who know how to make you look horribly awesome this Halloween. FULL POST

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Miyazaki's latest anime to arrive on U.S. shores
October 27th, 2011
02:51 PM ET

Miyazaki's latest anime to arrive on U.S. shores

We were thrilled to get a look at the latest film from Oscar-nominated anime legend Hayao Miyazaki, "The Secret World of Arrietty."

Like many of his recent offerings, such as "Spirited Away" and "Ponyo," Walt Disney Pictures will be distributing the film stateside, with a star-studded American cast (this time, including Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett and Will Arnett) dubbing in the dialogue.

Miyazaki's works rank among the highest grossing films of all time in Japan ("Princess Mononoke" and "Spirited" have both held that title).

"Arrietty" – coming to U.S. screens on February 17, 2012 – is based on the 1952 children's book, "The Borrowers," which was previously made into a live action film in 1997 (with a then-little known actor named Tom Felton).

Without further ado, check out the trailer for "The Secret World of Arrietty," after the jump, and tell us what you thought of it in the comments:
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