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How an Actor's Rare Genetic Disorder Launched a Career Playing Scary Monsters

20 July 2017 6:40 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

In 2013, a strange and creepy screen test started making the rounds in Hollywood. It showed an extremely tall and very lean figure in a long black wig and white face mask crawling on the floor, contorting freakishly long limbs and fingers in ways human skeletons aren't supposed to bend. A lot of people thought it was a puppet. Others figured it was CGI. It turned out to be Javier Botet, a Spanish actor who has since become the most in-demand monster man since Boris Karloff stomped around the Universal lot with bolts sticking out of his neck.

"My body »

- Rebecca Ford

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George A. Romero: A Maestro of Zombie Terror Who Created the Ultimate Horror-Movie Metaphor

16 July 2017 11:14 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The first time I ever saw “Night of the Living Dead,” the low-budget masterpiece of flesh-eating midnight terror directed by George A. Romero, who died on Sunday, it was in 1974. I was at home on a lonely high-school Saturday night watching TV, and at 11:30 p.m. an oddball black-and-white movie that opened in a cemetery just kind of…appeared.

I knew absolutely nothing about it. At that point, low-budget horror films — even those that became notorious and sold a lot of tickets on the drive-in and grindhouse circuit, as “Night of the Living Dead” had — possessed an up-from-the-underground, not-quite-on-the-radar quality. They weren’t all that easy to find (especially if you were 15). Yet here was “Night of the Living Dead” on TV. As I sat there in the darkened living room, the film’s end-of-the-world atmosphere of rapacious anxiety seemed, at that moment, as if it had been fashioned for the small screen, and »

- Owen Gleiberman

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National Bikini Day Salutes Hollywood, From Raquel Welch to Judi Dench

5 July 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s National Bikini Day on July 5, celebrating Louis Reard’s 1946 invention of the swimwear (of course it would be in France!). The swimsuit wasn’t an immediate hit, though, due to 1940s standards of modesty. But pop culture helped bring it to the masses, thanks to such early-1960s icons as Brigitte Bardot, Ursula Andress, and Raquel Welch.

In 1960, the novelty song “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini,” sung by Brian Hyland, became a No. 1 hit in the U.S. and the record company said bikini sales boomed as a result. And in 1962, Andress emerged from the water in the James Bond “Dr. No,” while Bardot appeared in “A Very Private Affair,” both in small white two-piece suits. And nothing was the same after that.

In 1964, American International Pictures released “Bikini Beach,” the third of its “Beach Party” movies starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. “Bikini Beach” featured surfers, bikers, »

- Tim Gray

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National Bikini Day Salutes Hollywood, From Raquel Welch to Judi Dench

5 July 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It’s National Bikini Day on July 5, celebrating Louis Reard’s 1946 invention of the swimwear (of course it would be in France!). The swimsuit wasn’t an immediate hit, though, due to 1940s standards of modesty. But pop culture helped bring it to the masses, thanks to such early-1960s icons as Brigitte Bardot, Ursula Andress, and Raquel Welch.

In 1960, the novelty song “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini,” sung by Brian Hyland, became a No. 1 hit in the U.S. and the record company said bikini sales boomed as a result. And in 1962, Andress emerged from the water in the James Bond “Dr. No,” while Bardot appeared in “A Very Private Affair,” both in small white two-piece suits. And nothing was the same after that.

In 1964, American International Pictures released “Bikini Beach,” the third of its “Beach Party” movies starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. “Bikini Beach” featured surfers, bikers »

- Tim Gray

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July 4th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Bethany, Awakening The Zodiac, Windows, Here Alone

3 July 2017 7:51 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Happy Independence Day, everyone! While most of us in the Us are busy with BBQs and enjoying some outdoor fun, that doesn’t mean this week’s Blu-ray and DVD releases are taking any time off, as we have a handful of titles making their debuts on July 4th.

Scream Factory has given the cult psychological thriller Windows something of an HD upgrade this week with their brand new Blu-ray, and we have several indie titles arriving on both formats as well, including Accidental Exorcist, Here Alone, Bethany, and Awakening the Zodiac. Rounding out the July 4th home releases are Peelers and a 9-movie creature feature set on DVD featuring all sorts of murderous beasties.

Accidental Exorcist (Cinedigm, Blu-ray & DVD)

A 30-something, dirt-poor alcoholic (Daniel Falicki) can't hold down a day job or maintain a normal life due to the fact that he is a natural-born exorcist. He soon learns »

- Heather Wixson

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Catalog From The Beyond: The Ghoul (1933)

28 June 2017 1:34 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Universal’s explosion of the horror genre in the 1930s gave us two legendary actors in Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff. Lugosi, who I’ve covered before in this column, was the leading-man type in that whomever he played, he was still pretty much Bela Lugosi (arguments could be made either way as to whether this was to his benefit or his detriment). Karloff, however, often had a tendency to get lost in his roles. Granted, part of this was done via the magic of FX. In movies like Frankenstein and The Mummy, Jack Pierce covered Karloff in enough prosthetics to make him unrecognizable. But credit must also be given to Karloff’s performances. Few people could pull off his take as Frankenstein’s monster where even with his face completely covered, and not a word of dialogue in script, he still managed to make this hulking monster come across as sympathetic. »

- Bryan Christopher

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A Look at Al Capone in the Movies

19 June 2017 7:42 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Al Capone is America’s best known gangster and the single greatest symbol of the collapse of law and order in the United States during the 1920s Prohibition era. Capone had a leading role in the illegal activities that lent Chicago its reputation as a lawless city and an interesting variety of Hollywood stars have had the leading role as Al Capone in the many films that have been made that featured him as a character.

The first film about Capone was produced when he was still making headlines. The main character may be named Antonio Camonte, but there’s little doubt as to who producer Howard Hughes had in mind when he and director Howard Hawks filmed Scarface during the Great Depression. Camonte shares more than the same initials with one Al Capone, who was about to begin his eleven-year sentence for tax evasion when the movie was released »

- Tom Stockman

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‘The Mummy’ (2017) Film Review

14 June 2017 8:20 PM, PDT | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

Reviewed by Jesse Miller,

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The first in what will be the Dark Universe, a cinematic world sharing new takes on Universal’s creatures, The Mummy is a weird mix of classical horror and adventure tropes with the Tom Cruise Actioner that is spectacle and action.

The first half of the film establishes the creepy nature of The Mummy herself, Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella), while introducing us to our present cast, among them the roguish soldier Nick Morton (Tom Cruise), who stumbles upon Ahmanet’s prison beneath the surface.

Things are suitably creepy in this first half. There’s ghostly hallucinations, soul-sucking and strange seductive daydreams, all wonderfully presented with impressive set design and exciting visuals.

The film shifts into horror as the audience and Nick Morton learn more about this Ahmanet while she’s on a quest of her own, to find her chosen. There’s jump scares »

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Why Brendan Fraser Didn't Show Up in The Mummy Reboot

12 June 2017 3:12 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Universal Pictures kicked off its Dark Universe this past weekend with The Mummy reboot, which brings the iconic franchise to present day. This horror series stretches all the way back to 1932 with The Mummy, which starred Boris Karloff, although most fans are most familiar with the 1999 version of The Mummy starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. While there was a reference to the 1999 film, some fans were wondering why there wasn't at least a cameo from Brendan Fraser as Rick O'Connell, but it turns out there's a perfectly good reason for that.

Last week, we reported that this reboot is connected to Brendan Fraser's Mummy, without featuring the actor himself. This entire Dark Universe centers around a corporation known as Prodigium, lead by Dr. Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe), and we see at its London headquarters that they have assembled a number of artifacts from various creatures throughout the years, »

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Film News: Adam West, the 1960s TV Batman, Dies at 88

10 June 2017 10:48 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Los Angeles – When Adam West had a voice role on “The Simpsons,” portraying the Batman – as he had in the iconic TV series from 1966 through 1968 – he remarked, in reference to the rubber muscle costume that the movie actors wore, that his Batman was “All Pure West.” West died on June 9th, 2017, at the age of 88.

His career had three acts – first as a movie/TV contract performer, then as the title character on “Batman” in 1966, and then, after a struggle to go beyond that hero role, as a notable voice actor… most famous as Mayor Adam West on the animated series “Family Guy.” For years, as he was struggling with the inability to get jobs because of his brilliantly weird and cartoonish portrayal of The Dark Knight, he tried to shake the character. But as his career blossomed again, and The Batman took off in movies, he re-engaged with his superhero self, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Review: The Mummy (2017) [Monte’s Take]

10 June 2017 9:15 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The legendary Boris Karloff portrayed many iconic characters throughout his long career—The Monster in Frankenstein (1931) and Imhotep in The Mummy (1932) are undoubtedly two of the most recognizable. Mr. Karloff's roles in these films are a fundamental building block in creating the foundation for Universal Pictures, which would go on to make the classic monsters we can all identify today.

And now, Tom Cruise has been chosen to lead the Universal Monster universe in a new direction, with a new franchise. In recent years, the actor has become somewhat typecast as the "smartest guy in the room" action hero, and he's actually quite good playing this character. Mr. Cruise has a charisma about him and a dedication to keep everything authentic, even down to performing his own terrifying stunts or taking roles earlier in his career that were different and out of character. This makes it all the more »

- Monte Yazzie

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‘The Mummy’ – What Did You Think?

9 June 2017 4:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

The Mummy isn’t a remake of the 1999 blockbuster starring Brendan Fraser. Nor is it a remake of the 1932 horror classic starring Boris Karloff. Instead, it is Universal’s attempt to launch a brand new cinematic franchise (dubbed “Dark Universe”) that will blend their stable of classic movie monsters like Frankenstein, the Wolf Man, the […]

The post ‘The Mummy’ – What Did You Think? appeared first on /Film. »

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Crypt of Curiosities: The Mummies of Hammer Horror

9 June 2017 2:22 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Here’s a spicy hot take—I’m as far as one could get from excited for Universal’s new film The Mummy. This isn’t exactly the movie’s fault, per se, as much as it is the world the movie inhabits, a sort of bizarro realm where a Brian Tyler-scored Tom Cruise action spectacle that’s meant to lay the groundwork for a Marvel-style cinematic universe, complete with Dr. Jekyll in the role of Nick Fury, is the most commercially viable way to make a movie about an ancient mummy’s curse. Now, I can see why the film’s being made, and you can’t exactly fault a studio for wanting to chase the money train that is the McU, but personally, I couldn’t care less about the picture being released. Because when I think of mummies, I don’t think of Tom Cruise, or Brendan Fraser, »

- Perry Ruhland

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Exclusive: 'The Mummy' Director Alex Kurtzman on Building a Dark Universe and Dream Casting Jennifer Lawrence

9 June 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Alex Kurtzman knows his way around a franchise. The writer-director-producer had a hand in creating million-dollar tentpoles out of Transformers and Star Trek, in addition to scripting the second installment in The Amazing Spider-Man series. With his latest, a reboot of The Mummy starring Tom Cruise, he hopes to not only resurrect the iconic bandaged baddie, but spawn an entire cinematic universe of Universal Monster movies, to be known as the Dark Universe.

"It's like childbirth," Kurtzman told Et of the anticipation he feels over fans finally being able to see his take on The Mummy (in theaters now). "The head is crowning, so you're just waiting for the whole world to see your child. It's exciting! It's been a long journey."

Review: 'The Mummy' Is a Thrilling Start to the Dark Universe's Monster Mash

Et: In terms of building this new cinematic universe, which came first: the idea of rebooting The Mummy or this »

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How Brendan Fraser's The Mummy Is Connected to Dark Universe

9 June 2017 9:31 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Fans across the country were among the first to check out sneak preview screenings of The Mummy reboot last night, the first installment in Universal's Dark Universe franchise, which reboots classic horror characters from the studio's library with modern-day adventures. Universal's history with The Mummy goes all the way back to 1932, with the Boris Karloff classic that spawned numerous movies throughout the 1940s. Most fans, though, are more familiar with the most recent trilogy, which began in 1999 with The Mummy, starring Brendan Fraser and a breakout performance by a talented young actress named Rachel Weisz. It seems that this new Mummy has a subtle Easter Egg that acknowledges the previous trilogy. There will be mild Spoilers below for The Mummy, so read on at your own risk.

Last month, Universal unveiled the official Dark Universe logo, and confirmed that Johnny Depp will play The Invisible Man while Javier Bardem has »

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Mark Cerulli Reviews "The Mummy" Starring Tom Cruise

8 June 2017 12:03 PM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Mark Cerulli

Anyone who grew up in the 1970s fondly remembers “Chiller Theater” playing on Wpix in the NY area.  Chiller introduced me to all the Universal classics – Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolfman and, of course, Karloff’s 1932 addition, The Mummy. Universal’s new re-imagining of their beloved classic isn’t that Mummy, not by a long shot– but we’re in a different time and a different world, so why not?

This new Mummy stars Tom Cruise as Nick Morton, an Army commando/antiquities raider who finds and sells priceless relics on the black market. He’s stolen a map from a lovely, combative British archaeologist (Annabelle Wallis) that leads him to modern day, ultra dangerous Iraq. After he and his Army bro (Jake Johnson) call in an airstrike to save them from insurgents, a missile blast reveals the hidden tomb of Ahmanet, an Egyptian Princess who murdered her »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Hollywood Flashback: Universal's 'Mummy' First Rose From the Dead in 1932

8 June 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

THR was certain Carl Laemmle Jr.'s Universal Pictures was going to have a hit with The Mummy. The film stars Boris Karloff, the then-44-year-old English actor who THR said "steals the picture. He is weird, terrifying."

While the newest version of The Mummy, out June 9, has an ancient avenging princess going up against Tom Cruise, Karloff played the Egyptian priest Imhotep returning to life. The reanimated 3,700-year-old mummy immediately goes looking for his love, Ankhesenamon, who he believes has been reincarnated as a Cairo woman named Helen. "My love has lasted longer than the temples of »

- Bill Higgins

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‘The Mummy’ Composer Brian Tyler Gets Deep About Film’s Score: Hear an Exclusive Clip

7 June 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Brian Tyler wrote half an hour’s worth of music for “The Mummy” before director Alex Kurtzman even started shooting. The “Fate of the Furious” composer was on the film for a year and a half, ultimately recording well over two hours of music (for a film that only runs 107 minutes) with an 84-piece orchestra and 32-voice choir at London’s Abbey Road.

“There was more music than they could actually put in the theatrical version,” Tyler told Variety from Paris, where he attended the premiere of the Tom Cruise film. “I scored extra themes, backstory, mythology, all sorts of things.” And in an era when so many directors demand scores that avoid memorable melody, Tyler created a score with at least half a dozen identifable themes that intertwine and develop in the classic sense of scores past. Here is an excerpt from Tyler’s exotic-sounding main theme, complete with »

- Jon Burlingame

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Critics Curse ‘The Mummy’ as ‘Bland’ and ‘Mechanical’

7 June 2017 10:28 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Universal Pictures’ “Dark Universe” series has not gotten off to a good start, as critics have damned “The Mummy” as a bland and predictable big-budget summer title that, unlike the pharaohs of Egypt, will soon be forgotten in the mists of time. With early reviews in, the film currently stands at 30 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, as reviews have criticized it for failing to dedicate itself to true horror like the original Boris Karloff it is based on. They also say it fails to establish a different identity in place of that horror, as Brendan Fraser’s campy spin on “The Mummy” did last. »

- Jeremy Fuster

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'The Mummy' Review: First of 'Dark Universe' Reboots Is a Monster Fail

7 June 2017 9:57 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

How meh is The Mummy? Let me count the ways. For all the huffing and puffing and digital desperation from overworked computers, this reboot lands onscreen with a resounding thud. Tom Cruise should have played the Mummy – that way his face would be swathed in bandages and his fans wouldn't have to see him sweat so hard to get this lumbering loser off the ground.

In a gender flip, the title role originated by Boris Karloff in 1932 is played by Algerian actress Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service). She's Ahmanet, »

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