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From Caged to Orange Is the New Black: A Brief History of Incarcerated Women on Screen

15 June 2016 11:10 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Orange Is the New Black returns June 17. The show has rightly earned praise for its nuanced, moving portrayals of female inmates of all stripes, and serves as a reminder of how far things have come in terms of images of incarcerated women on screen. In appreciation of series creator Jenji Kohan and the cast and crew's elevated take on the subject matter, we're looking back at the bleak and often exploitative history of the strange "women's prison drama" film genre. The portrayal of women in prison can be split - as most of Hollywood can - into two periods: Pre- and Post-Code. »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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From Caged to Orange Is the New Black: A Brief History of Incarcerated Women on Screen

15 June 2016 11:10 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Orange Is the New Black returns June 17. The show has rightly earned praise for its nuanced, moving portrayals of female inmates of all stripes, and serves as a reminder of how far things have come in terms of images of incarcerated women on screen. In appreciation of series creator Jenji Kohan and the cast and crew's elevated take on the subject matter, we're looking back at the bleak and often exploitative history of the strange "women's prison drama" film genre. The portrayal of women in prison can be split - as most of Hollywood can - into two periods: Pre- and Post-Code. »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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Win Black Mama, White Mama And Sheba, Baby On Blu-ray From Arrow Video And TwitchFilm

1 June 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

A couple of weeks ago we had a badass giveaway for a pair of Sho Kosugi gems from Arrow Video. This week we are continuing the trend with another opportunity to win some badass flicks from the baddest woman in town, Pam Grier. Arrow Video have kindly given us a prize pack of Sheba, Baby and Black Mama, White Mama to give away to TwitchFilm readers. I reviewed these discs upon their release and they are definitely ones to own. Here a taste of what I had to say back then: Sheba, Baby Arrow Video’s Blu-ray of Sheba, Baby is excellent, in following along with their releases for both Foxy Brown and Coffy. The image quality is surprisingly good, but I guess I shouldn’t be surprised anymore given the quality level of these discs...

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Bram Stoker's Dracula, Helena Bonham-Carter, and Peggy Lee Fever

26 May 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

On this day in history as it relates to the movies...

1828 Feral teenager Kaspar Hauser is discovered wandering Nuremberg, claiming to have been raised in total isolation. Theories abound and the story inspires many artists down the road including Werner Herzog in the film The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974).

1877 Influential dancer Isadora Duncan is born. Vanessa Redgrave gets an Oscar nomination playing her in Isadora! (1968)

1886 Al Jolson is born. Will later star in the first "talkie" The Jazz Singer (1927)

1894 Silent film star Norma Talmadge is born

1897 Bram Stoker's epistolary novel "Dracula" is published. Never stops being adapted for film and television but our hearts will always belong to Francis Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) despite the aggravating double possessive

1907 John Wayne was born. Did he always talk like that?

1913 Peter Cushing is born in England. Later stars in Hammer Horror films with his irl best friend Christopher Lee, the Dracula to his Van Helsing. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Horror Highlights: Independence Day: Resurgence, Ghoster, New Arrow Video Us Releases, Beacon Point

20 May 2016 8:25 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Can’t get enough looks at Independence Day: Resurgence before its release on June 24th? Four new behind-the-scenes videos have dropped, giving us a look at some pivotal scenes in the film as well as a profile of director Roland Emmerich. Also: a Ghoster concept trailer, details on three new Arrow Video Us releases, and info on the Dances with Films screening of Beacon Point.

Watch Four New Independence Day: Resurgence Videos: “We always knew they were coming back. After Independence Day redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.

Directed by Roland Emmerich, »

- Tamika Jones

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Review: Cult Cinema: An Arrow Video Companion

15 April 2016 5:50 AM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Arrow Video have developed a reputation for being the foremost distributor of cult movies on Blu-ray and DVD over the last few years, and it’s a very justly deserved one. The love and attention that they put into releases of not only the more widely known classics like Hellraiser, Dawn of the Dead and Deep Red but also more obscure films that deserve a wider audience as they did with their recent American Horror Project box set, is second to none and ensures that any Arrow release is one that’s worth taking a look at.

Many of the releases include new essays discussing the particular films, and it’s from these that this limited edition book, Cult Cinema: An Arrow Video Companion, has evolved. Rather than aiming at being a definitive guide to cult cinema, an endeavour that would take more than the almost two hundred and fifty pages on offer here, »

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‘Black Mama, White Mama’ Blu-ray Review

4 April 2016 8:52 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Pam Grier, Margaret Markov, Sid Haig, Lynn Borden, Zaldy Zshornack, Laurie Burton, Eddie Garcia, Alona Alegre, Dindo Fernando | Written by H.R. Christian | Directed by Eddie Romero

It’s obvious with a title like Black Mama, White Mama you know the type of film you are going to be getting…. A prison women exploitation flick, its known for Pam Grier, Margaret Markov and Sid Haig and fits into the “Grindhouse” style quite well. Arrow Video have brought the film to Blu-ray in the UK and as usual provides plenty of special features; but is it worth your time?

When Lee (Grier), a tough prostitute and Karen (Markov) a revolutionary are sent to a tough women’s prison they immediately clash with a hatred of each other. When they are packed off to a maximum security prison they are chained together, but soon find themselves on the run during an ambush of their transport. »

- Paul Metcalf

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Win Black Mama, White Mama on Blu-ray

4 April 2016 3:26 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To mark the release of Black Mama, White Mama on 4th April, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray. Lee (Pam Grier), a tough prostitute and Karen (Margaret Markov), a revolutionary, are admitted to a tough women’s prison where almost immediately (after some playful showering that prefigures Porky’s) they clash. Packed off

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Exclusive: Pam Grier Gets Ambushed In Clip From Blu-ray Release Of Grindhouse Cult Fave 'Black Mama, White Mama'

21 March 2016 1:56 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

You may not have seen "Black Mama, White Mama," but it's likely you've heard it. Quentin Tarantino used "Police Check Point" from the score by Harry Betts in "Kill Bill," but if you want to see the movie that first sparked the director's interest, it's now hitting Blu-ray and we've got an exclusive clip from the release. Starring Pam Grier, and with a story credit belonging to Jonathan Demme, this grindhouse take on "The Defiant Ones" follows Lee (Grier), a tough prostitute and Karen (Margaret Markov), a revolutionary, inmates at a tough women's prison where they almost immediately clash. Packed off to a maximum security facility, their transport is ambushed by Karen's guerrilla friends and the two escape into the Filipino jungle. Chained together and with differing escape plans, their clash intensifies as Lee wants to retrieve a stash of stolen cash to get her off the island and Karen »

- Edward Davis

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Pam Grier Tweets About Irish Film Making

15 March 2016 4:39 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Irish film has been growing in leaps and bounds in the last few year, getting the international recognition the industry in this country deserves, and that continues with recently released indie feature Nola and the Clones, getting the thumbs up from one of the strongest females actresses ever, Pam Grier: https://t.co/1vaKaUVUFF via @youtube Love this! Your team rocks! Booya Indie filmmakers! From Ireland! — Pam Grier Ph.D (@PamGrier) March 14, 2016 > The indie film tells the story of a prostitute in Dublin who encounters a series of men that appear strikingly similar to one another. Young Irish actress Caoimhe Cassidy (By The Bog Of Cats, Abbey Theatre) gives an authentic performance in the lead role of Nola, while a battalion of male clones are portrayed with versatility by Irish actor Joseph Lydon (Low Level Panic, The New Theatre). The film was made with limited resources and has a considerable sense of realism, »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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Baadasssssploitation! A Celebration of blaxploitation and black cinema

2 March 2016 12:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Aspiring film-makers from around the world with an appreciation of Black cinema now have a chance to be a part of an anthology which will celebrate luminaries such as Melvin and Mario Van Peebles.

Us indie filmmaker Shane Ryan of Mad Sin Cinema, and Tony Newton of Vestra pictures have an open call for Baadasssssploitation. Shorts, scenes, trailers and music videos are welcome (up to 10 minutes long) and submission is free (from anywhere in the world). You can pay homage in any way you see fit, whether that is trying to unearth the next Pam Grier or Fred Williamson, or if you fancy yourself as the new Spike Lee. Any genre is considered. The star of your film must be black and the film must be in English (or with English subtitles).

For full terms and conditions, and to submit, visit the website here.

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- Gary Collinson

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Blu-ray review: Pam Grier in Sheba, Baby

1 March 2016 1:43 PM, PST | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Pam Grier classic Sheba, Baby comes to Blu-ray. To say that indie genre filmmaker William (Grizzly, The Manitou) Girdler’s 1975 “Griersploitation” gem Sheba, Baby is one of its star Pam Grier‘s worst films is odd and yet many fans do just that. Sure, Girdler aint Jack Hill and Sheba, Baby lacks the caustic edge of…

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- Chris Alexander

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Sheba, Baby | Blu-ray Review

1 March 2016 8:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Strangely enough, Pam Grier’s last Blaxploitation feature, 1975’s Sheba, Baby, would be the title to introduce her to a much wider audience thanks to its PG rating. Though undoubtedly adult in theme, it’s a kittenish exercise compared to the violence, gratuitous sex, and shameless taken-for-granted racist and misogynistic antics of earlier efforts. Its classification as the final chapter of Grier’s Blaxploitation days is also sort of a misnomer, since this refers to the last time she’d don her famous persona as an action star in pursuit of a more serious career, heading into Drum (a sequel to the infamous Mandingo), starring opposite Richard Pryor in Greased Lightning, and even a Ray Bradbury adaptation in Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983). But 1975 was one of several sterling years for Grier, headlining three films, though none of them would eventually reach the same iconicity as the prior year’s »

- Nicholas Bell

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Now On Blu-ray: Pray For Death, The Mutilator And Sheba, Baby From Arrow Video

29 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Arrow Video continues its assault on pocketbooks on both sides of the Atlantic with its latest releases. We've taken a look at three of their recent Blu-ray discs for you. First up is Gordon Hessler's early '80s ninja classic, Pray for Death starring Sho Kosugi, then is the never before available on digital home video VHS shelf mainstay The Mutilator, directed by Buddy Cooper, finally we turn to director William Girdler for Aip era Pam Grier vehicle Sheba, Baby. All three are a lot of fun and deserve a spin, check out the details below!...

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The Arrow: Revenge By Guns, By Swords (Sheba, Baby and Pray For Death)

23 February 2016 11:13 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

A few weeks back, I watched Jack Hill’s Coffy for the first time. Being a fan of down-and-dirty revenge movies, especially those from the 1970s, I knew I’d probably like it. I was only familiar with Pam Grier as a… Continue Reading →

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- Matt Serafini

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Blu-ray Exclusive: Pam Grier's Got Company In Clip From Blaxploitation Action Film 'Sheba, Baby'

9 February 2016 1:10 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Of the many faces that defined the Blaxploitation wave in American cinema during the 1970s, Pam Grier is one of the most important. She anchored pictures like "Foxy Brown" and "Coffy" while starring in numerous other pictures that became cult favorites and alternatives to the fare Hollywood was churning out. And in 1975, she was busier than ever, with three films hitting cinemas, including "Bucktown," "Friday Foster," and "Sheba, Baby." And today, we have an exclusive clip from the latter, which has just landed in a fresh edition on Blu-ray. Read More: Before Katniss: 25 Of The Most Kick-Ass Movie Heroines Ever Directed by William Girdler, the story follows Sheba Shayne, a private eye based in Chicago who is called to her hometown to stop the local mob boss from moving in on her father's loan business. Aided by her father's partner, Brick Williams, Sheba finds out that the violent thugs aren't »

- Edward Davis

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February 9th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Crimson Peak, Freaks Of Nature, A Lizard In A Woman’S Skin

8 February 2016 5:55 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

February 9th has an interesting array of horror and sci-fi titles enjoying their home entertainment bow this week. Fans have Guillermo del Toro’s latest, Crimson Peak, to look forward to on both Blu-ray and DVD, and Sony is releasing Freaks of Nature on DVD, too.

We also have two different cult classics getting the HD treatment on Tuesday—A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin and Sheba, Baby (starring the eternally badass Pam Grier)—and for those of you Trekkies out there, Paramount is releasing Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection on both formats as well.

Other notables titles include Convergence, E.N.D., Hangman, Sociopathia, and Zombie Croc.

Crimson Peak (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Blu/DVD/Digital HD & DVD)

When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay— a place filled »

- Heather Wixson

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The Great Digital Film Festival: Quentin Tarantino's 10 Greatest Female Characters

5 February 2016 7:00 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl.”

Quentin Tarantino took Jean-Luc Godard’s quote to heart, populating his blood-splattered films with some of the most iconic female characters in the last twenty-five years. There’s almost always a female lead or, at the very least, a villain.

Quentin's next movie, The Hateful Eight, isn't any different. Early press for the film has raved about Jennifer Jason Leigh and her performance as Daisy Domergue. So get ready for Tarantino’s eighth film with “Bang Bang” byNancy Sinatra and a celebration of the badass babes that have defined Quentin Tarantino’s filmography.

Who is Tarantino’s greatest female character?

 

 

10. Honey Bunny (Amanda Plummer) - Pulp Fiction

Amanda Plummer’s Honey Bunny is a watered down version of the Mallory Knox (Juliette Lewis) in Oliver Stone’s Tarantino-penned crime satire, Natural Born Killers. Honey Bunny isn’t quite »

- Sasha James

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#OscarsSoWhite: how questions of diversity are inextricably linked to taste

3 February 2016 2:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Some say that arguments over race shouldn’t rest on which films were passed over at the Oscars, but our views of what’s good and bad are linked to our prejudices – and ultimately racism itself is an aesthetic judgment

Aesthetics are subjective. To me, as I said in a recent Guardian article, it’s blindingly obvious that Pam Grier’s layered performance in 1997’s Jackie Brown is infinitely superior to Helen Hunt’s by-the-numbers spunky, angelic waitress in As Good As it Gets. But maybe you think (somehow) Hunt was better. Maybe you think she really should have won the Oscar that year, and that, therefore, her victory was a sign of virtue and merit rewarded, rather than an example of the Oscars’ usual preference for white actors in stories about white people. The existence of racism, or the ability to see racism, is built on the tottering foundation of personal taste. »

- Noah Berlatsky

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Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

26 January 2016 10:24 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

This is my film review and it Freaks Me Out!  Girlie-art legend Russ Meyer and then- tyro critic Roger Ebert fashion the most garish, vulgar and absurd satire of wild Hollywood that they can think of, a camp vision of joy straight from the dizzy imagination of a breast-obsessed glamour photographer. All your favorites are here -- Erica Gavin, Dolly Read, Marcia McBroom, Cynthia Meyers, Edy Williams. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls + The Seven Minutes Region B Blu-ray + Pal DVD Arrow Video (UK) 1970 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 109 min. / Street Date January 18, 2016 / Available from Amazon UK £17.99 Starring Dolly Read, Cynthia Meyers, Marcia McBroom, Erica Gavin, John Lazar, Michael Blodgett, David Gurian, Edy Williams, Phyllis Davis, Harrison Page, Duncan McLeod, Charles Napier, Haji, Pam Grier, Coleman Francis, The Strawberry Alarm Clock. Cinematography Fred J. Koenecamp Editors Dann Cahn, Dick Wormell Original Music Stu Phillips Written by Roger Ebert, Russ Meyer Produced and »

- Glenn Erickson

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