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Before special effects were done with CGI, movie creatures were built out of rubber and imagination. And Rubberhead is the first of a projected five-volume sex, drugs, and movies series from Steve Johnson, the guy behind such iconic movie creatures as Slimer from “Ghostbusters” and the glowy underwater guys in “Abyss.” Johnson takes us behind the scenes with anecdotes about how the movies were made.

Entertainment Weekly wrote:

Johnson recalls disguising [Michael] Jackson so the King of Pop could mingle with the public unrecognized or fleeing to Costa Rica in the mid-aughts after the rise of computer-generated trickery knee-capped a career built on practical effects. “I really enjoyed working with Michael,” he says. “Michael was very unassuming, very child-like. Not intimidating at all. Just a really really really sweet man.”

Johnson is also open about his onetime drug usage and how, for example, he sculpted the character of Slimer in the original Ghostbusters movie high on cocaine. “I’m not glamorizing anything,” he says. “I’m basically screaming to the universe, ‘Look, here’s what happened to me, don’t make these same mistakes!’”

Demetri Martin plays an illustrator mourning the loss of his mother and unhappy that his father (Kevin Kline) is planning to sell the family home.

The Queen of Katwe DVD

You can win a DVD/Blu-Ray of one of the best family movies of 2016, “The Queen of Katwe,” based on the true story of a girl from the poorest part of Uganda who became an international chess champion. It stars Lupita Nyong’O and David Oyelowo.

Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with Queen in the subject line and tell me your favorite board game. Don’t forget your address! (US addresses only) I’ll pick a winner at random on February 25, 2017. Good luck!

Screen Rant has a great piece busting the myths underlying some movie stunts. Pro tip: don’t try these at home. And don’t spin a six-shooter.