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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night | Blu-Ray Review

28 April 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Hailed as one of the best new cinematic discoveries in 2014 is director Ana Lily Amirpour with her debut A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, a moody vampire noir that premiered in the Next section at the Sundance Film Festival. Scooping up the Gotham Award’s Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award and picking up a pair of Indie Spirit Award nominations (including Best First Feature) and wins at international film fests such as Deauville and Sitges, the film opened theatrically in the fall of 2014 to a barrage of critical acclaim. Credited as the first Iranian Vampire Western, Amirpour is operating with a mash-up of vintage tropes, creating an inspired concoction.

With all its characters speaking Farsi, yet filmed in California and set in the fictional locale of Bad City, there is an enigmatic, surreal aura to Amirpour’s exciting debut. An exploration of loneliness utilizing a set of nighttime creatures »

- Nicholas Bell

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Time Machine: Veterans Wallach and Coppola - Godfather 3 in Common - Are Special Oscar Honorees

24 April 2015 12:28 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on »

- D. Zhea

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A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night – The Blu-ray Review

24 April 2015 11:03 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Film

I first watched Ana Lily Amirpour’s directorial debut in November at the St. Louis International Film Festival. Her heavily stylized “vampire-western” set in the fictional crime-ridden Bad City impressed me immensely. I even went so far to call it “the best vampire film since Let The Right One In.” I still stand by that conviction. But to go a step further, upon watching the film a second time for this review, I feel that the film has a unique power that forced me to see the events that unfold from a different viewpoint. During the first viewing I found myself relating more to the male lead Arash. He’s cautiously optimistic but a little green behind the ears. More or less, he’s still figuring out what Bad City is. The second time I watched A Girl Walks Home… I found myself viewing the film more from »

- Michael Haffner

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Syfy’s Summer to Include Three New Series, ‘Sharknado’ Week

23 April 2015 4:19 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It’s going to be a busy summer on Syfy, and not just because of its latest “Sharknado” movie. The network on Thursday announced a summer lineup that also includes three new series and the return of three others.

The slate includes new scripted series “Killjoys,” from the producers of “Orphan Black,” and “Dark Matter,” from the writers of “Stargate Atlantis.” Also on tap are the new unscripted gameshow “Geeks Who Drink,” hosted and exec produced by Zachary Levi; and returning seasons of scripted originals “Defiance” and “Dominion,” as well as competition series “Face Off.”

Syfy kicks off its summer on Friday, June 12, with the two-hour, third-season premiere of “Defiance,” followed by the series premiere of “Dark Matter.” In “Dark Matter,” the crew of a derelict spaceship awakens with no memories of who they are or how they got there. Facing threats at every turn, they have to work together »

- Rick Kissell

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Syfy Announces the Full 'Sharknado 3' Cast and Premiere Info

23 April 2015 9:45 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The third installment in the so-silly-it's-awesome "Sharknado" series now has its final lineup and is getting a special premiere week slate of programming, which Syfy announced on Thursday.

"Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!" (love the subtitle) reunites viewers with original stars Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, who are reprising their roles as estranged spouses/sharknado survivors Fin and April. Joining them this time around is original "Sharknado" star Cassie Scerbo (who sat out last summer's "Sharknado 2: The Second One"), along with some new faces: David Hasselhoff (playing Fin's father, Gil), Bo Derek (April's mother, May), Ryan Newman (taking over the part of April and Fin's daughter, Claudia Shepard, from original star and current "Nashville" cast member Aubrey Peeples), and Jack Griffo (Claudia's friend, Billy).

Those main characters join previously-announced cameos from a random assortment of "stars" (we use that term lightly), including Mark Cuban (President of the United »

- Katie Roberts

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Blu-ray Review – Escape from New York (1981)

22 April 2015 3:33 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Escape from New York, 1981.

Directed by John Carpenter.

Starring Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, Isaac Hayes, Harry Dean Stanton, Adrienne Barbeau and Tom Atkins.


In 1997, when the Us President crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in for a rescue.

Conversations about major big budget genre filmmakers of the 70s and 80s tend to center around Lucas and Spielberg, with Kubrick usually thrown into the mix, but John Carpenter deserves a spot in those talks too, even if he typically worked with a much smaller budget than those guys. Look at Halloween, The Fog, The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, They Live, and this review’s subject, Escape from New York: That’s quite a run of films that are well remembered by many fans today, even if they didn’t all set the box office ablaze. »

- Gary Collinson

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Jack Nicholson Facts: 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Iconic Actor

22 April 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Let's hope Jack Nicholson has a pleasant birthday on Wednesday, or at least a less disturbing one than the birthday when pal Hunter S. Thompson showed up outside his house, turned on a spotlight, blasted a recording of a pig being eaten alive by bears, fired several rounds from his 9mm pistol, and (when the terrified actor and his kids refused to open the door) left an elk's heart on the doorstep.

Nicholson turns 78 on April 22, and even though he hasn't been in a movie for five years, he still looms large in our collective imaginations. Younger viewers know him from his flamboyant performances in "The Departed," "The Bucket List," "Something's Gotta Give," and "Anger Management," but his older films remain ubiquitous on TV as well, including "As Good as It Gets," "A Few Good Men," "Batman," "The Witches of Eastwick," "Terms of Endearment," "The Shining," and "Chinatown." A late bloomer, »

- Gary Susman

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April 21st Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Escape From New York, Ghoulies, Everly

20 April 2015 6:48 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

April 21st is another big day for genre fans looking to add to their home entertainment collections, as we’ve got a bounty of titles heading our way this Tuesday. The good folks over at Scream Factory are keeping busy with the release of several great Blu-rays, including their Collector’s Edition of John Carpenter’s Escape From New York and their Ghoulies double feature. Joe Lynch’s Everly and the film fest sensation A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night are also making their way to Blu-ray and DVD this week, and we’ve got a Ton of indie titles arriving Tuesday to look forward to, including the latest from the great Jeffrey Combs, Motivational Growth.

Escape from New York (Collector’s Edition) (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

A thrilling landmark film that jolts along at a breakneck pace, Escape From New York leapt to cult status with high-octane action, edge-of-your-seat »

- Heather Wixson

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Chuck Cooper & Taran Killam Join ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’ Summer Concert

14 April 2015 11:49 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The Nightcrawler star will play the nerdy, lovestruck florist Seymour in this summer’s three-performance concert revival of Little Shop Of Horrors, the musical adaption of the 1960 Roger Corman sorta-horror flick that put composer Alan Menken and the late lyricist Howard Ashman on the map. Gyllenhaal just concluded a sold-out Broadway run opposite Ruth Wilson in Constellations and will be making his musical-theater debut in the show. He’ll be joined by Chuck Cooper as the… »

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Chuck Cooper & Taran Killam Join ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’ Summer Concert

14 April 2015 11:49 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The Nightcrawler star will play the nerdy, lovestruck florist Seymour in this summer’s three-performance concert revival of Little Shop Of Horrors, the musical adaption of the 1960 Roger Corman sorta-horror flick that put composer Alan Menken and the late lyricist Howard Ashman on the map. Gyllenhaal just concluded a sold-out Broadway run opposite Ruth Wilson in Constellations and will be making his musical-theater debut in the show. He’ll be joined by Chuck Cooper as the… »

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April 14th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Babadook, Class of 1984, Long Weekend, Tales of Terror

13 April 2015 5:29 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The second week of April is a big one for horror fans, as one of the most buzzed-about indie genre films of 2014—The Babadook—is finally coming home this Tuesday courtesy of Scream Factory and IFC Midnight. There are also a multitude of classic cult titles arriving in high-def on April 14th as well, including Long Weekend, Tales of Terror, the sequels to both The Toxic Avenger and Class of Nuke ’Em High, and Class of 1984.

Several new titles are also being released this week including Jinn, Roadside, and Echoes, and 20th Century Fox is unleashing their terror-filled sequel, The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death, on both Blu-ray and DVD.

The Babadook (Scream Factory/IFC Midnight, Deluxe Edition Blu-ray & DVD)

Amelia (AFI Award winner Essie Davis, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, The Slap) is a single mother plagued by the violent death of her husband. »

- Heather Wixson

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Kino Brings Roger Corman / Ray Milland Horror to Blu

13 April 2015 11:43 AM, PDT | | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Kino Lorber’s Studio Classics label has announced the first Blu-ray releases for two 60s era Roger Corman-directed, Ray Milland-starring Aip productions, The Premature Burial and X: The Man With the X-Ray Eyes. The former, 1962’s Premature Burial is the only Roger Corman-directed Edgar Allan Poe adaptation to not star Vincent Price. X meanwhile is a…

The post Kino Brings Roger Corman / Ray Milland Horror to Blu appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Samuel Zimmerman

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Actors-turned-directors: The good, the bad and the unwatchable

11 April 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

This month Alan Rickman's A Little Chaos, Ryan Gosling's Lost River and Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner see these performers make the dizzying leap from actor to director. But in which of their colleagues' footsteps might they follow?

We take a look at six different categories of actor-turned-directors.

The career-changers

Too handsome to be a supporting actor, and lacking the gravitas of a major star, Ben Affleck looked to be heading towards Kilmer-ville before he released Gone Baby Gone, a dark Dennis Lehane thriller he co-wrote and directed, with brother Casey taking the lead. Follow-up The Town proved solid, but his next effort, Argo, was a surprise Best Picture winner. The fact Affleck didn't receive a Director nomination suggests he's not yet been forgiven for the likes of Gigli, but the forthcoming Lehane adaptation Live By Night should fix that.

As an actor, Clint Eastwood's flinty »

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Producer Calls ‘Furious 7′ Most Challenging Film of His Career

10 April 2015 5:10 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Amid a stunning box office performance for “Furious 7,” producer Neal Moritz told an industry conference Friday that dealing with the death of Paul Walker presented the toughest task of his career.

“He would have wanted us to do the movie,” Moritz said at Variety’s Massive Entertainment Marketing Summit keynote event at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. “It was by far the most challenging thing — physically and emotionally — that I’ve ever done.”

Walker died in late 2013 in a fiery car crash while “Furious 7″ was in mid-production, forcing Moritz and Universal to figure out how to deal with fan expectations — which led to a simple mantra, the producer revealed. “We had one goal in the making of the movie, which was to honor Paul,” he said in a far-ranging half-hour discussion with Variety editor-in-chief Claudia Eller.

Moritz also explored the intricacies of marketing “Furious 7,” which looks likely to lead the U. »

- Dave McNary

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Daniel Radcliffe in Talks to Play 'Grand Theft Auto' Creator

9 April 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

To his credit, Daniel Radcliffe has worked hard to re-establish himself post-Harry Potter, solely based on his acting chops and not by crude antics or shock performances. However, the British actor will soon play Sam Houser, a man who popularized himself by letting others engage in lewd acts and once-shocking behavior galore... in the video game world that is. Houser is the co-founder and president of Rockstar Games, and the film is named after the company's most popular title, Grand Theft Auto. The BBC biopic doesn't center on Houser's life specifically, but more on his real-life legal battle with Jack Thompson, a Miami attorney and activist who attempted to ban violence in video games. The latter's role has yet to be cast. amz asin="0470936371" size="small"At the helm of this true-life story is Owen Harris, a television director behind episodes of "Misfits" and "Black Mirror." This will be his second feature, »

- Will Ashton

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Roger Corman's 'The Fantastic Four'"

9 April 2015 7:37 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Thanks to SneakPeekTV.Com, Sneak Peek producer Roger Corman's 1992 "The Fantastic Four" feature in its entirety, plus a trailer from director Marty Langford's documentary "Doomed ! The Untold Story of Roger Corman's 'The Fantastic Four':

Low-budget film producer Corman reportedly finished the New Horizons feature in 1992 and although filming was completed, the picture was never officially released.

" a flashback, 'Reed Richards' (Alex Hyde-White) and 'Victor Von Doom' (Joseph Culp) are college friends who use the opportunity of a passing comet to try an experiment; however, the experiment goes wrong, leaving Victor horribly scarred. 'Sue' and 'Johnny Storm' are two children living with their mother, who has a boarding house where Reed lives. 'Ben Grimm' (Michael Bailey Smith), is a family friend and a college buddy of Reed's.

"Early 1990s: Reed, 'Sue' (Rebecca Staab), 'Johnny' (Jay Underwood), and Ben go up into an experimental spacecraft as »

- Michael Stevens

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First poster for Doomed: The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four

8 April 2015 11:58 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Last year we got our first look at documentary Doomed: The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four and now they have shared the first poster via their Facebook page.

Check out the poster below:

Written and directed by Marty Langford, the documentary explores the story of the infamous 1994 Concord-New Horizons / Constantine Films adaptation of Marvel’s First Family, which was produced by B-movie legend Roger Corman and starred  Alex Hyde-White as Reed Richards, Rebecca Staab as Susan Storm, Jay Underwood as Johnny Storm and Michael Bailey Smith as Ben Grimm.

Doomed: The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four will be released this summer.


- Luke Owen

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A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night On DVD And Blu-Ray April 21

6 April 2015 9:38 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Kino Lorber has announced A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on April 21.

In his Sliff 2014 review, Michael Haffner wrote A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, “is the best vampire film since Let The Right One In.”

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The film’s Blu-ray brings over two hours of special features (138 minutes), as well as a collectible version of the first two issues of the comic book, written by Ana Lily Amirpour and drawn by Michael DeWeese, being published by Radco.

After grossing over $420,000 in Us theaters and playing in more than 75 markets, Ana Lily Amirpour’s feature debut is ready for its home media release. »

- Michelle McCue

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Ingmar Bergman's 'Cries and Whispers' Endures on Criterion Blu-ray (Video)

3 April 2015 9:19 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The arthouse of the 1970s was transfixed by the marriage of sex and death and its crowning figure hailed from Sweden. More than 40 years later, "Cries and Whispers," on Criterion Blu-ray this week, feels like Ingmar Bergman's gloomiest, and most glorious, creation. Three sisters (Liv Ullman, Ingrid Thulin, Harriet Andersson) mope about a manor house as one (Andersson) lies on her deathbed, coming and going through dark corridors as they brood over the awful inevitability of dying, and the gossamer nature of faith. In 1972, B-movie king Roger Corman paid $75,000 for the film's Us rights, taking it all the way to the Oscars with five nominations including Best Picture. This arch chamber drama, perhaps Bergman's angriest film, won for longterm Bergman collaborator Sven Nykvist's crimson-colored imagery. "Cries and Whispers" did impressively at the box office. It offered the crucial ingredient of foreign film appeal: a shocking scene of aberrant sexual violence. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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That Guy Dick Miller's Not as Great as Dick Miller

31 March 2015 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

A curiosity: The actor Dick Miller, a rumpled salt, has brightened up countless B-movies by showing up for a scene or two to reel off some exposition or maybe get gutted by a robot. Yet his own movie, the one about his years of B-brightening, the one inviting us to get to know the best thing in Piranha and Night of the Creeps and White Line Fever and dozens of Roger Corman's cheapies, is by-design crafted to exclude the most singular element of a Miller appearance: pleased surprise. Miller can't from out-of-nowhere save a picture that's only about Miller from out-of-nowhere saving pictures.

That Guy Dick Miller is a cheery and likable film, one that bops along the surface of its story with lots of interviews, too-quick film clips, and spazzy-quirky-to »

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