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The big green guy with the bolts in his neck gets his day in St. Louis when we celebrate Hollywood’s most famous movie monster at The Way out Club. Super-8 Frankenstein Movie Madness will take place on Tuesday, September 2nd beginning at 8pm.
Condensed versions (average length: 15 minutes) of these Frankenstein films will be screened on a big screen on Super-8 sound film: Frankenstein (1931), Bride Of Frankenstein, Son Of Frankenstein, Shost Of Frankenstein, Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman, House Of Frankenstein, I Was A Teenage Frankenstein, and Frankenstein Conquers The World!
Frankenstein-free movies we’re showing on September 2nd are: Bugs Bunny in All This And Rabbit Stew, Kirk Douglas and Farrah Fawcett in Saturn 3, a Sean Connery double feature of The Anderson Tapes and Darby O’Gill And The Little People, the ‘Fistful of Yen’ sequence from Kentucky Fried Movie, and Charles Bronson in The White Buffalo.
- Tom Stockman
When Oscar glory comes knocking for a successful Hollywood actor, it must be hugely tempting when the chance arrives for them to reprise that award-winning role. But while sequels and reboots are a common enough sight in the movie industry these days, examples of stars who've returned to their Oscar-winning roles are relatively few and far between.
The reason, perhaps, is because it's so difficult to recapture the creative lightning in a bottle that led to the Oscar win in the first place. Nevertheless, some actors do occasionally take up the offer and return to the filmmaking well. And as the list below proves, the results can sometimes be highly accomplished - though seldom quite as powerful and fresh as the films they're following...
Won for: The French Connection
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Less than a week shy of his 91st birthday, news has come from across the pond that actor and director, Lord Richard Attenborough passed away earlier today at a nursing home he lived at with his wife. Attenborough had a film career spanning six decades. He began acting in the early 1940s and his breakout role came in 1948 as gangster Pinkie Grown in Brighton Rock. He starred in one of the all time great WWII films The Great Escape, which featured a massive ensemble cast including Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence, James Coburn and James Garner. Contemporary audiences will remember him best as John 'spared no expense' Hammond in Spielberg's Jurassic Park films.He began directing in 1969 with Oh! What A Lovely War. A...
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Menahem Golan, who died Aug. 8 at age 85, loved movies, perhaps too much. At its height, Cannon Films — the Hollywood studio Golan ran with his cousin, Yoram Globus — was releasing nearly one film per week: an eclectic bounty of awards bait and bottom-drawer schlock, all foisted on the public with a mix of carnival-barker rhetoric and vaudevillian flair. In the 1980s, the Cannon logo was unmistakable, along with its promise of cut-rate adventure starring Chuck Norris, Charles Bronson, Lou Ferrigno or an up-and-coming Jean-Claude Van Damme. (That Golan never managed to team these signature Cannon brands in a single movie — an “Expendables” — boggles the mind.)
“It was an extraordinary experience to have a man who made decisions without thinking for three minutes,” recalls Andrei Konchalovsky, the Soviet emigre director who made four films for Cannon, including “Runaway Train” (1985). “That was the quality that also ruined the company, but it left me with carte blanche doing films. »
- Scott Foundas
To recall the cinema of Charles Bronson, one can’t get far without referencing his sterling epoch in 1970s era American film, a period eclipsed mightily by the star’s work with director Michael Winner. Kino Lorber resurrects one of the star’s lesser remembered titles, Mr. Majestyk, a 1974 action flick written by the great Elmore Leonard and directed by the illustrious Richard Fleischer, known for a varied career that included a penchant for true crime related titles (Compulsion; The Boston Strangler; 10 Rillington Place), and famed adaptations of pulpy novels, like Soylent Green and the infamous Mandingo. Unfortunately, Fleisher’s title opened one week prior to the juggernaut known as Death Wish back in July of 1974, and has perhaps been unfairly overshadowed ever since.
Bronson stars as Vince Majestyk, a humble melon farmer whose only desire is to harvest his crop of watermelons. A Vietnam veteran, Majestyk steps to in »
- Nicholas Bell
One half of the Cannon Films duo, Menahem Golan, has died, at the age of 85.
Producer Menahem Golan, one half of the legendary duo behind Cannon Films, has died at the age of 85. He passed away on Friday in Tel Aviv, leaving behind a catalogue of more than 200 films that he was involved with.
The story of Cannon Films is being told in a pair of upcoming documentaries, and we looked at the infamous company's rise and fall here. What was clear is that Cannon was one of a kind, and along with his cousin, Yoram Globus, Golan was one of the key reasons for that.
Cannon was instrumental in the careers of Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme for a start, and also worked on more than one occasion with the likes of Sylvester Stallone and Charles Bronson. One of the pair's most infamous productions was the cheap and »
Menahem Golan, who started his film career as Roger Corman’s apprentice before going on to gain a foothold in some of Hollywood’s most lucrative franchises, has passed away in his home country of Israel aged 85. With his cousin and business partner Yoram Globus he oversaw some of the Eighties’ most highly-regarded “bad” movies. Via Cannon Films they brought us cheap and relatively cheerful productions such as Superman IV: The Quest For Peace (famously shot in Milton Keynes), Death Wish 2 – 4 and Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. There was also a proposed version of Spider-man that fell by the wayside with only teaser material released. The unused sets and costumes were eventually utilized for Cyborg with Jean-Claude Van-Damme. Action stars Van-Damme and Chuck Norris have paid tribute to Golan, crediting him with launching their careers.
He was reportedly one of the more flamboyant characters of the industry with a fiery temperament, »
- Steve Palace
Though his name is most commonly associated with the Charles Bronson and Chuck Norris action movies that Cannon Films churned out in the 1980s, Menahem Golan, who has died at the age of 85, also produced films directed by the likes of John Cassavetes (Love Streams), Andrei Konchalovsky (Maria's Lovers and Runaway Train), Robert Altman (Fool For Love), Franco Zeffirelli (Otello), Barbet Schroeder (Barfly), Norman Mailer (Tough Guys Don't Dance) and, perhaps most famously, Jean-Luc Godard, whose adaptation of Shakespeare's King Lear features Burgess Meredith, Molly Ringwald, Julie Delpy—and Woody Allen. » - David Hudson »
Menahem Golan, best known for producing and directing scores of schlocky ’80s action pics under the Cannon Films banner—including the likes of Bloodsport and some of the Death Wish sequels—died Friday, Haaretz reports. He was 85.
Obsessed with movies from a young age, the Israeli-born Golan got his start working with B-movie master Roger Corman on 1963’s The Young Racers. He eventually teamed up with his cousin Yoram Globus to head up The Cannon Group, a fledgling production company that they bought in 1979. They transformed Cannon into a veritable force in the industry by the mid-’80s, producing testosterone-driven »
- Lindsey Bahr
It is with sadness we report that today Menahem Golan, co-founder of 1980′s movie studio Cannon Films, has died at the age of 85. According to multiple Israeli news outlets, Golan lost consciousness while strolling outside his house in the city of Jaffa with family members in the early hours of Friday evening. Ambulances rushed to the scene, and following attempts of more than an hour to resuscitate him, paramedics pronounced him dead.
With his cousin and business partner Yoram Globus, the duo purchased Cannon Films, which at the time was a ailing film company, in 1979 for $500,000. When Cannon was at the height of its powers in 1986/7, shares in company had jumped up $35 a share. With their speciality of producing B-movies cheaply and selling them on for profit, Cannon thrived in the mid-eighties, and for a while in 1986 it looked like they would become a new Hollywood “major”. Sadly, their business strategy soon began to unravel, »
- Scott Davis
The filmmaker behind the Death Wish sequels and such 1970s and ’80s Cannon Group actioners as The Delta Force the Lou Ferrigno-led Hercules died today in Jaffa, Israel, Haaretz reports. Menahem Golan was 85. The big-personality Israeli producer, writer and director was behind dozens of films during a nearly half-century career, featuring stars including Charles Bronson, Sylvester Stallone, Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme. He also directed many of the films, including 1986’s Delta Force with Lee Marvin and Norris, and Stallone’s Over The Top the following year. Those and many others were produced by Cannon Entertainment, which Golan started with his cousin Yoram Globus. Cannon’s output also included such decidedly non-action fare as Bolero (1984), starring Bo Derek and George Kennedy; the Mario Van Peebles starrer Rappin’ (1985); A Cry In The Dark (1988), starring Meryl Streep and Sam O’Neill; and Jean-Luc Godard’s King Lear (1987). But the action »
- The Deadline Team
The filmmaker behind the Death Wish sequels and such 1970s and ’80s Cannon Group actioners as The Delta Force the Lou Ferrigno-led Hercules died today in Jaffa, Israel, Haaretz reports. Menahem Golan was 85. The big-personality Israeli producer, writer and director was behind dozens of films during a nearly half-century career, featuring stars including Charles Bronson, Sylvester Stallone, Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme. He also directed many of the films, including 1986′s Delta Force with Lee Marvin and Norris, and Stallone’s Over The Top the following year. Those and many others were produced by Cannon Entertainment, which Golan started […] »
Menachem Golan, the colorful, free-spending Israeli-born producer and director whose Cannon Films yielded hundreds of productions starring the likes of Sylvester Stallone and Chuck Norris before going bust, died Friday in Israel, according to Haaretz. He was 85.
Golan, whose first name is sometimes spelled Menahem, was famous for his overblown pronouncements and business plans, and partnered for many years with his cousin, Yoram Globus. The duo started their U.S. career making fast-paced action exploitation titles starring the likes of Norris and Charles Bronson. Then, in the ’80s, Golan and Globus headed the ill-fated public company Cannon Entertainment, which began spending more on films such as “A Cry in the Dark,” “Cobra,” “Sahara” (1983), “Over the Top” and “Bolero” with such actors as Stallone, Brooke Shields and Bo Derek.
For a decade Golan dominated the market portion of the Cannes Film Festival, booking hundreds of pages a day in trade papers »
- Richard Natale
Renowned film star Jacqueline Bisset believes she’s an even better actress than she used to be, certainly backing up such a statement by turning in one of her bravest roles of her career to date, in Abel Ferrara’s contentious drama Welcome to New York.
Inspired by the now infamous Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair, Bisset plays Simone, the beleaguered wife to Gérard Depardieu’s sociopathic, somewhat repulsive Devereux, who is going through a court case following his sexual assault on a hotel maid. Bisset, who shines in her supporting role, tell us that she’s better now than she’s ever been, which is certainly saying something, given she’s starred in productions such as Bullitt and Murder on the Orient Express, across what has been a truly illustrious career.
“I’m a much better actress now than I was then,” she said. “I have a lot more life experiences, »
- Stefan Pape
Okay, I doubt Charles Bronson will be there, but if anyone could pull it off, Colin Geddes could. There are few things I look forward to with more fervor each year than Toronto's Midnight Madness selection each year. Programmer Colin Geddes is not just a phenomenal ringleader, an instigator of a controlled cinema riot every single night of the festival, but he is also a tremendous friend, the sort of person who is a pleasure to bump into anywhere at any festival in the world. Today, the announcement was made of his line-up, and my first reaction is, "I can vouch for some of those." I really liked "The Guest" when I saw it at Sundance, and I think it's got one of the weirdest performances of the year in the form of Dan Stevens, previously best known for "Downton Abbey." It's from the same team who brought you "You're Next, »
- Drew McWeeny
War movies have been around as long as cinema has existed. There is something about the horror, bravery, tragedy, and excitement of combat that has inspired filmmakers and drawn audiences. We’ll be celebrating the Great War films On August 5th at The Way Out Club with Super-8 Movie Madness Goes To War!
We’ll be showing six films in the condensed (average length: 15 minutes) Super-8 sound film format projected on The Way Out’s big screen that tells heroic stories of World War Two. They are: William Holden and Alec Guinness in The Bridge On The River Kwai, Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton in Where Eagles Dare, Lee Marvin and Charles Bronson in The Dirty Dozen, Frank Sinatra in Von Ryan’S Express, Harrison Ford and Robert Shaw in Force Ten From Navarone, and John Wayne and an all-star cast in The Longest Day.
Movie that we’ll be »
- Tom Stockman
It’s fair to say that Frank Grillo’s career has taken something of an upward turn of late. The actor, now in his 50s, has been something of a grafter, a journeyman in a career that has lasted over twenty years already. However his recent, more dominant and crucial roles, in big movies as The Grey, End of Watch and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, signify a change in fortunes, and that much is evident with his latest project too, taking the starring role in James DeMonaco’s The Purge: Anarchy.
Grillo discusses what it was about this original concept that attracted him – speaking candidly about getting into the head of his character, and what he would do in a similar position. He also tells us about the benefits in playing such an elusive a role with so little dialogue, and also tells us as much as he can »
- Stefan Pape
Indeed it is sad news to acknowledge the passing of Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actor James Garner (1928-2014). The Hollywood icon Garner has endured a remarkable show business career during a five-plus decade stretch as he has entertained generations of TV and film audiences throughout the ages. Upon the death of this immensely likable leading man on both the small and big screen many are probably wondering about their mortality at this point. After all, you either grew up with James Garner as a peer or spent your childhood watching him in your living rooms on the boob tube or at the local movie theater.
Although the majority of folks associate Garner with television from his first western series Maverick in the 1950′s to his landmark role as ex-con Pi Jim Rockford in the 1970′s The Rockford Files (some teens and young adults may recall his brief stint as grandfather Jim »
- Frank Ochieng
Despite all the hatred surrounding James DeMonaco’s original home invasion thriller, I ended up giving an approving nod to The Purge based on tight, tense horror featuring a psychotically hypnotic twist. People ranted and raved about how the movie missed a major opportunity by caging all purging in a barricaded house while chaos presumably erupted outside, but thanks to a limited budget that showed tremendous profits, The Purge: Anarchy was greenlit, and DeMonaco embraced his dystopian America in all its pulpy, purgin’ glory.
But what about those horror fans who actually dug Ethan Hawke’s last stand? Where The Purge disappointed adrenaline junkies expecting some bloodthirsty insanity, this year’s sequel does the complete opposite by erasing all moments of horror in favor of gritty, 80s style action. These two films couldn’t be any tonally different, but will enough jaded viewers take another chance on DeMonaco’s sequel? »
- Matt Donato
While at Texas Frightmare Weekend, I had the pleasure of hearing from a few cenobites at the Hellraiser panel, known to other Frightmare attendees as the Cenobite Me panel. Doug Bradley, who played the infamous character of Pinhead, along with Nicholas Vince, who played Chatterer, and Barbie Wilde, who played the female cenobite in Hellbound: Hellraiser II reunited in Texas for a quick chat with Fangoria Magazine’s editor in chief, Chris Alexander. This was undoubtedly one of the most entertaining panels I’ve ever been to, and I feel lucky to have had witnessed it in person. However, I know a lot of people couldn’t make it all the way to Texas, so I wanted to share the experience with everyone. This way, everyone can rejoice in the event of some of horror’s most iconic figures reliving the shocking, provocative, unforgettable Hellraiser films that we all know and love. »
- Kalyn Corrigan
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