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Movie Review – Doomed! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four (2015)

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Doomed! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four, 2015.

Directed by Marty Langford.

Starring Roger Corman, Alex Hyde-White, Joseph Culp and Oley Sassone.

Synopsis:

In 1994, Roger Corman produced a movie adaptation of Marvel’s first ever comic-book, The Fantastic Four, a low budget picture destined never to be released. This is its fascinating story…

Documentaries which shine a light on movie projects that never saw the light of day are increasingly becoming all the rage, now the geeks have inherited the earth, and Doomed! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four is one of them. If perhaps lacking the snappy title of, say, The Death of Superman Lives which recently came out and told the doomed story of another major comic book movie endeavour that never saw the light of day. This is a very different story to the crazed egomaniacs and spiralling budgets that »

- Tony Black

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Wild in the Streets

22 August 2016 4:01 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Shelley Winters, Christopher Jones and Diane Varsi star in American-International's most successful 'youth rebellion' epic -- a political sci-fi satire about a rock star whose opportunistic political movement overthrows the government and puts everyone over 35 into concentration camps... to be force-fed LSD. Wild in the Streets Blu-ray Olive Films 1968 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 97 min. / Street Date August 16, 2016 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.98 Starring Shelley Winters, Christopher Jones, Diane Varsi, Hal Holbrook, Millie Perkins, Richard Pryor, Bert Freed, Kevin Coughlin, Larry Bishop, Michael Margotta, Ed Begley, May Ishihara. Cinematography Richard Moore Film Editor Fred Feitshans Jr., Eve Newman Original Music Les Baxter Written by Robert Thom from his short story "The Day it All Happened, Baby" Produced by Burt Topper Directed by Barry Shear

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Back around 1965 - 1966 we endured this stupid buzzword concept called The Generation Gap, a notion that there was a natural divide between old people and their kids. »

- Glenn Erickson

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Why Liking Bad Films Means You’re Smarter Than Average

21 August 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

If you’re constantly getting abuse from your friends about your taste in films, Neil Calloway says help may be at hand from a recent study…

In what appears to be the cinematic equivalent of those studies that receive an inordinate amount of publicity when they trumpet the fact that gorging yourself on chocolate and red wine makes your healthier,“Enjoying trash films: Underlying features, viewing stances, and experiential response dimensions” from the Max Planck Society argues that more intelligent people enjoy bad films. Now you have an excuse for your collection of Uwe Boll and WWE movies; you watch them because you’re intelligent.

Of course, correlation does not mean causation (the more films Nicolas Cage appears in in a given year, the more people drown in swimming pools); watching Roger Corman and Troma Movies doesn’t make you smarter, it’s just more intelligent people are more like to enjoy trashier films. »

- Neil Calloway

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Q&A: Mark Steger Discusses Bringing The Monster to Life on Netflix’s Stranger Things

20 August 2016 11:27 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

If your summer this year will forever be synonymous with Netflix’s Stranger Things, then you’ve discovered the wonders and dangers that lurk within the small town of Hawkins on the nostalgic new series. For our latest Q&A feature, we caught up with Mark Steger, the actor who plays The Monster on Stranger Things, to discuss what attracted him to the role, getting into the mindset of the creepy creature, the films that influenced his performance, and much more.

Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, Mark, and congratulations on your excellent work on Netflix’s Stranger Things.

Mark Steger: Thank you, I’m glad it’s resonated with so many people.

How did you prepare—mentally and physically—to portray The Monster on the series?

Mark Steger: In my work, I’m was always driving my body to transformed states and »

- Derek Anderson

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The Week in Spandex – Suicide Squad, Justice League, Aquaman, The Flash, Shazam!, Avengers: Infinity War, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Doctor Strange, Runaways, Fantastic Four, and the return of Adam West and Burt Ward!

20 August 2016 5:42 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Suicide Squad, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League, Aquaman, The Flash, Shazam!, Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, Gotham, Powerless, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Doctor Strange, Avengers: Infinity War, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Luke Cage, Runaways, Avengers: Ultron Revolution, Fantastic Four, Doomed! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s Fantastic Four and more…

We’ll kick off this edition of The Week in Spandex with Suicide Squad, which retained top spot at the domestic box office last weekend (despite suffering a near-Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice decline), and has since gone on to crack the $500 million mark worldwide. Meanwhile, a report from a Jared Leto fansite emerged this week claiming that the actor felt “tricked” into apeparing in the film and expressed his “disappointment” in the theatrical cut (although the author subsequently backtracked, »

- Gary Collinson

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Watch: Trailer for 'Doomed!' Doc About Roger Corman's Fantastic Four

19 August 2016 7:50 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Uncork'd Entertainment has released an official trailer for the documentary Doomed!: The Untold Story of Roger Corman's The Fantastic Four, directed by Marty Langford, which is actually getting released on VOD + DVD later this year. As the title explains, the film examines the curious case of the 1994 version of The Fantastic Four, which was made by Roger Corman and distributed by New Horizons, but it was never actually released. The film has since ended up online as a bootleg, but this doc goes back and tells the complete story of how it all fell apart. "The average moviegoer doesn’t know that, ten years before releasing Tim Story's version, Roger Corman was asked to produce a Fantastic Four movie. Unbeknownst to cast and crew, the film was never going to be released though - and for a variety of reasons." Find out why in the film. Trailer »

- Alex Billington

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Locarno 2016. Coverage Roundup

19 August 2016 5:20 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

© (C) Fotopedrazzini.ch / Massimo PedrazziniBelow you will find our favorite films of the 69th Locarno Film Festival, as well as an index of our coverage.Jorge MOURINHAConnections in Invisible Ink: A Look Back at Locarno 69On the International CompetitionCELLULOID Liberation Frontcoveragea Circus, a Wedding, and an Anti-ImperialistOn Tizza Covi & Reiner Frimmel's Mister Universo, Yousry Nasrallah's Brooks, Meadows and Lovely Faces, and Nicolas Wadimoff's Jean Ziegler, the Optimism of WillpowerFilmmakers of the Present & Signs of LifeOn Kris Avedisian's Donald Cried, Júlio Bressane's Beduino, and Anka & Wilhelm Sasnal's The Sun, the Sun Blinded MeINTERVIEWSTalking to Roger Corman, the Pope of Pop CinemaGUSTAVO BECKINTERVIEWSInviting Chance: An Interview with Matías PiñeiroEmbracing Uncertainty: An Interview with Eduardo WilliamsLanguage As a Rehearsal Space: An Interview with Nele Wohlatz »

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Fantastic Four doc “Doomed!” picked up for U.S release

18 August 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | Horror News | See recent Horror News news »

Uncork’d Entertainment acquires the heavily-anticipated Doomed! The Untold Story Of Roger Corman’S The Fantastic Four Highly-anticipated documentary Domed! The Untold Story Of Roger Corman’S The Fantastic Four, from writer-director Marty Langford, will be distributed in the Us and Canada by Uncork’d Entertainment. Chronicling the history of Roger Corman’s Fantastic Four (1994), Doomed! features never before …

The post Fantastic Four doc “Doomed!” picked up for U.S release first appeared on Hnn | Horrornews.net - Official News Site »

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Bulgarian Feature ‘Godless’ Takes Home Locarno’s Golden Leopard

14 August 2016 9:33 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For the first time since 1970, a Balkan feature is taking home the Golden Leopard. Gritty Bulgarian-Danish-French co-production “Godless,” by debuting features helmer Ralitza Petrova, will be sailing into Sarajevo’s main competition this week proudly displaying Locarno’s Golden Leopard, awarded Saturday evening at the conclusion of the 69th Locarno Film Festival. The jury, presided over by Arturo Ripstein, gave its Special Jury prize to Romania’s “Scarred Hearts,” a ’30s-set, formally rigorous drama by Radu Jude, whose previous film “Aferim!” took home the Silver Bear at last year’s Berlinale.

For best director, the jury gave its nod to cult helmer João Pedro Rodrigues, whose “The Ornithologist” is a handsomely made, highly personal and delightfully inventive riff on the legends of St. Anthony of Padua. The acting prizes were divided between Irena Ivanova, for her role in “Godless” as a corrupt medical aide awakening to her humanity, and veteran performer Andrzej Seweryn, »

- Jay Weissberg

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'Godless' triumphs in Locarno

13 August 2016 9:01 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Bulgarian drama won the Golden Leopard as well as Best Actress for star Irena Ivanova.

Bulgarian director Ralitza Petrova’s debut feature Godless has won the top prize, the Golden Leopard, at the 69th Locarno Film Festival.

The drama also took the Best Actress award for Irena Ivanova’s performance as a nurse looking after elderly patients with dementia in a remote Bulgarian town.

In addition, the production by Klas Film’s Rossitsa Valkanova with Denmark’s Snowglobe and France’s Alcatraz Films and Film Factory, received the Ecumenical Jury’s Prize, which comes with a cash award of $20,500 (CHF20,000).

The screenplay for Godless  - which is being handled internationally by Greek-based Heretic Outreach - had been supported by Torino FilmLab’s FrameWork, Sarajevo’s CineLink and the Women in Film Finishing Fund in Los Angeles.

“This prize was unusual among juries because it was a unanimous decision between all the members of our team,” the International »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Trailer and poster for the Roger Corman-produced Fist of the Dragon starring Josh Thomson

13 August 2016 2:55 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A trailer and poster have arrived online for the Roger Corman-produced action thriller Fist of the Dragon. The film features Mma star Josh Thomson in his first acting role alongside JuJu Chan and Ellary Porterfield; take a look below…

Damon, an Mma fighter retires and goes to China to meet his new love, Meili. But things take an immediate turn when he inadvertently takes a package sought by an underground arms dealer. Now he must fight to save himself and his loved one

Fist of the Dragon is set to receive its Us premiere on September 9th.

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- Amie Cranswick

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Roger Corman: 5 Reasons He’s Optimistic About the Film World and His Legacy

12 August 2016 8:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

There are some figures in film history who fade away along with the era in which they produce the bulk of their work. And then there’s veteran B-movie producer and director Roger Corman, still chipper than ever at 90. As a filmmaker, Corman was responsible for a string of vibrant Edgar Allen Poe adaptations in the early sixties (most of which starred Vincent Price). He also directed William Shatner in his best pre-“Star Trek” performance as a race-baiting lunatic in 1962’s “The Intruder.” But Corman more or less stopped directing movies in 1970 (with the exception of 1990’s “Frankenstein Unbound”) and shifted focus to producing a string of low budget genre efforts — several of which introduced some of the great American filmmakers still working today, including Martin Scorsese, Frances Ford Coppola, James Cameron, Jonathan Demme, and many others.

Read More: ‘Doomed!’ Exclusive Clip: New Documentary Explores Roger Corman’s Ill-Fated »

- Eric Kohn

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How Diane Kruger Went From Ballet Dancer to Actress And Found Herself Along the Way

12 August 2016 8:15 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“How are you not a big damn star?” This was the question I most itching to ask German actress Diane Kruger when we sat down to discuss her curious career and her latest lauded film, Alice Winocour’s surreal thriller “Disorder.”

A striking beauty with regal cheekbones, the tri-lingual Kruger has been awing audiences for years, thanks to turns in French prestige pictures like Benoît Jacquot’s “Farewell, My Queen” and bold American movies like Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds.” Yet somehow, Kruger’s path has not led her to A-list status. Retracing her steps from ballerina to model to internationally acclaimed thespian, we explored the whys and why bother of it all.

Read More: Watch: New Trailer For Thriller ‘Disorder’ Starring Matthias Schoenaerts And Diane Kruger

Kruger’s earliest artistic ambition was ballet, which she studied at the Royal Academy in London. “I didn’t know it then,” she told IndieWire, »

- Kristy Puchko

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‘Doomed!’ Exclusive Clip: New Documentary Explores Roger Corman’s Ill-Fated ‘Fantastic Four’ Movie

11 August 2016 1:26 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last year, 20th Century Fox released a “Fantastic Four” reboot directed by Josh Trank. Starring Miles Teller (“Whiplash”), Michael B. Jordan (“Creed”), Kate Mara (“The Martian”), Jamie Bell (“Snowpiercer”), the film was a critical and commercial disaster. The reboot tried to jumpstart the franchise after the original 2005 series underperformed with its 2007 sequel. But in 1994, Bernd Eichinger of Constantin Film and director Roger Corman teamed up to make their own “Fantastic Four” film that never saw the light of day.

Read More: Watch: First 3 Minutes From ‘Doomed! The Untold Story Of Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four

The new documentary “Doomed! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four” chronicles the history of the first ill-fated movie version of Roger Corman’s superhero film that was all set to be released, only for it to be forever shelved. It features never before seen footage from the production as well »

- Vikram Murthi

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The Forgotten: Joe Dante's "The Second Civil War" (1997)

11 August 2016 2:35 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The excellent retrospective of Joe Dante's subversive, eccentric cinema in New York at Bam this month includes all the expected classics, which can hardly be termed "forgotten"—"fondly remembered" would be more like it—but also some intriguing and more obscure pieces: The Film Orgy, a five-hour found footage riot; several items programmed by Dante, such as Anthony Mann's The Black Book (a.k.a. Reign of Terror) and Arthur Penn's existential art film Mickey One; and also some of Dante's TV work, much of which is far less well-known than it ought to be...Dante's episodes of cable show Masters of Horror are uniquely dark, savage affairs with strong political agendas—Homecoming (2005) was the first bit of American filmed drama to deal openly with the war in Iraq. The "serious comedy" of this all-out, take-no-prisoners assault on the Bush administration is anticipated by the »

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Locarno: ‘Interchange,’ ‘The Last Family,’ ‘Glory’ Close Sales (Exclusive)

10 August 2016 3:58 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Interchange,” “The Last Family” and “Glory” led early sales announcements at an ever more hectic Locarno Festival where “Moka” and “Paula” drew positive critical plaudits –  boding well for break-out sales as top Locarno titles segue from the Swiss Alps to Toronto.

Harvey Keitel, Bill Pullman and Roger Corman collected career awards, lending an U.S. edge to an event which largely focuses on European arthouse and world cinema. The most significant industry presence was, however, that of Participant CEO David Linde who talked about his career as an independent producer and emphasised his belief – and that of Participant founder Jeff Skoll – in further growth in international markets as an estimated 5 billion people, largely in Asia and Africa, will come online for the first time in the next 5 years.

Attendance at Locarno’s Industry Days, which ran Aug. 6-8, came in at around 1,100, on a par with 2015, after sustained rapid growth »

- John Hopewell and Emilio Mayorga

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Talking to Roger Corman, the Pope of Pop Cinema

9 August 2016 10:20 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Roger Corman. © Festival del film LocarnoGuest of honor at the Locarno Film Festival's Filmmakers Academy, Roger Corman is in the Swiss town to receive a lifetime achievement award and hold a masterclass open to all festival goers. For a festival like Locarno that continues to celebrate and champion the cinema of independence, to award a luminary like Corman is only natural. Though his pivotal role in the industry he forever changed hasn't always been adequately acknowledged, this year's award is yet another step towards the canonization of a man known as “The Pope of Pop Cinema.” A man whose influence on postwar American cinema cannot be overstated, having launched the careers of people like Jack Nicholson, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, Sylvester Stallone, Ron Howard, Joe Dante, Francis Ford Coppola, James Cameron and many others, Mr. Corman was kind enough to grant us an interview. Amiable, sharp and unassuming, the legendary »

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Roger Corman, ‘King of the B’s,’ Says Donald Trump Is Like ‘The Intruder’

9 August 2016 8:23 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Locarno, Switzerland — Known as “King of the B’s,” U.S. director and producer Roger Corman churned out some 400 low-budget pictures starting in the 1950s, including early films by Francis Ford Coppola, Ron Howard, James Cameron, and Martin Scorsese. He is at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland as guest of honor and mentor of its Filmmakers Academy.

Corman, 90, spoke to Variety about never actually having made a B-movie in his life; why his low-budget pictures made money; and the similarity between his 1962 drama “The Intruder,” which flopped, and Donald Trump.

You started making movies in the mid-’50s after working at Fox and not getting a credit you deserved.  The first 20 titles or so did really well. Then in 1962 you made “The Intruder,” in which William Shatner plays a rabble-rouser in a white suit who arrives in a small Southern town and tries to block integration in schools. Why was it a flop? »

- Nick Vivarelli

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In (partial) defence of Fantastic Four

8 August 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

One year after the release of the universally castigated superhero movie, Sean Wilson pops the question: is it really That bad?

Amidst a disappointing 2016 blockbuster movie season I’m struggling to identify any genuine underdog movies, ones that received their fare share of critical bile but which I actually liked. (Case in point: Suicide Squad, which has been near-universally hated and which I detested too.)

2015 however was slightly different. I can pinpoint at least three summer releases that I felt were unfairly treated: Tomorrowland, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and, most controversially, Fantastic Four. All of these movies tanked at the box office (Tomorrowland was considered a colossal live-action write-off for Disney) and received middling-to-poor reviews, slipping from the minds of most viewers whilst lingering in mine. True they are all considerably flawed but I can think of several, far more hateful 2015 releases that really got my back up. »

- Sean Wilson

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Locarno Industry Academy Builds Worldwide Network

6 August 2016 1:06 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Locarno — Mathias Noschis, a marketing specialist at Alphapanda, sales agent Virginie Devesa at Paris-based Alpha Violet, and Alexandre Michelin, head of Spicee, an online TV consultancy and documentary platform, are three of the tutors at Locarno’s 2nd Industry Academy, the  Swiss fest’s main training facility, targeting distribution, sales and exhibition. Running Aug. 4-9, , the Industry Academy has seen a rapid international expansion, launching overseas versions at Mexico’s Morelia Festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s New York Film Festival, and Cinema do Brasil’s Boutique Cinema mini-mart. A new international initiative will be shortly announced, Variety has learnt.

“Our main idea is to build a worldwide network of young professionals to generate a continuous debate and training forum beyond specific events such as Locarno’s Academy,” said Marion Klotz, the Locarno Industry Academy international project manager.

“‘How Do We Work Together’ could be one of our mottos, »

- Emilio Mayorga

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