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Top Ten Tuesday – The Best Substitutes for Downton Abbey

26 May 2015 7:44 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

By rights I should hate the English. Seriously, my background is almost entirely Scots and Irish. I grew up hearing about the troubles the English gave to the Scots and Irish, both in school and from my parents.

Yet I do not, I love the English. How can I hate a country that gave us not only Monty Python but also Benny Hill and the Carry On Films? How can I bear any ill will to a country that gave us writers of the caliber of Ramsey Campbell, Brian Aldiss, Michael Moorcock and J. G Ballard? How can anyone hate a country that not only prizes eccentric behavior but encourages it? Take Mr. Kim Newman for instance, a brilliant writer whose work appears regularly in Video WatchDog and Videoscope Mr. Newman dresses himself, has his hair and mustache styled and speaks in the manner of someone from the 19th Century! »

- Sam Moffitt

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Uma Thurman signs for 9/11 drama 'The 11th'

17 May 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Uma Thurman and Christopher Lee are among the ensemble cast to have signed for a Copenhagen-set drama set during the 24-hours before 9/11.

The 11th follows eight interwoven stories, which occur in the lead-up to the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center but on the other side of the Atlantic. It is being introduced to buyers in Cannes by sales agent Level K.

The ensemble cast of the $5.7m (€5m) project also includes Connie Nielsen, Michael Nyqvist, Lena Olin, Lars Mikkelsen and Paprika Steen.

Thurman is to play an obsessive cop while Lee plays a distinguished but alcoholic former surgeon who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. Nyqvist plays his son and carer.

The film, shooting in September, marks the directorial debut of Xavier Nemo and is produced through Dog One Productions Olivier Piasentin and Renaud Laplanche. Jean-Charles Levy is executive producer.

The production aims to have the film ready for Cannes 2016, with a September 2016 release to tie »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Howling II – Bluray Debut Announced

16 May 2015 2:20 PM, PDT | Horror News | See recent Horror News news »

Howling II – Bluray Debut Announced

Outrageous, Over-the-top Sequel to the Original Cult Hit The Howling Debuts for the First Time on Blu-ray™!  Howling II A Film by Philippe Mora Starring Christopher Lee, Annie McEnroe, Reb Brown, Marsha A. Hunt and Sybil Danning Arrives On Home Entertainment Shelves Everywhere July 14, 2015 From Scream Factory™  Pre-Order This Definitive Edition Today! After ...

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- Horrornews.net

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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Curse Of Frankenstein

16 May 2015 11:13 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Oh, to have been there at the drive-in in 1957 when this came out. Drive-ins were peaking in popularity, with over 4000 far and wide across North America providing countless hours of entertainment for youngsters, teenagers, and parents alike. However, if I was a little one and had seen this lurid and terrifying spectacle bleeding from the enormous outdoor screen, looming over the family car, I probably would have cried for my dad to rip off the attached speaker from the car window and make for the safety of home. And fast.

Released in the early summer of 1957, The Curse of Frankenstein was a huge hit worldwide, delighting audiences and – wait for it – appalling reviewers at the time. This isn’t much of a surprise. Curse is different from the Universal monster films of yore; even though it is set in the 1800’s, it has a direct, hip, and dare I say »

- Scott Drebit

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Howling II Blu-ray Release Details and Cover Art

13 May 2015 12:16 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Scream Factory's bringing full moon frights to their Summer of Fear Part 2 with the Blu-ray release of Howling II, starring Christopher Lee and Sybil Danning. Howling II hits Blu-ray on July 14th and we have release details on the werewolf sequel:

Press Release -- "After countless millennia of watching, waiting and stalking, the unholy creatures known as werewolves are poised to inherit the earth. Legendary horror icon Christopher Lee (The Lord of the Rings, Count Dracula) faces off against sexy cult favorite Sybil Danning (Battle Beyond the Stars, Chained Heat, Grindhouse) in this terrifying descent into a world of nightmares that turns out to be all too real! Fans of the popular Howlings movies rejoice as the long-awaited Blu-ray edition of Howling II hits home entertainment shelves everywhere on July 14, 2015 from Scream Factory™. This high-anticipated release contains extensive bonus content, including all-new interviews with actor Reb Brown, actress Sybil Danning, »

- Derek Anderson

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Cannes: Picture Tree Gives Market Premieres to ‘Adama,’ ‘Midwife’

7 May 2015 1:54 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Berlin-based world sales and production company Picture Tree Intl. will give market premieres at Cannes to poetic French animation “Adama” and the Lapland-set romantic drama “The Midwife.”

Simon Rouby’s feature debut “Adama” follows a boy’s adventurous journey from his West African village to Europe to find his brother. It ultimately leads him to the trenches of World War I.

The pic will make its French premiere in the feature competition of Annecy International Animation Film Festival in June, having won the Work in Progress award at the festival’s 2014 edition.

Adama” was produced by Philippe Aigle and Severine Lathuilliere for Naia Productions, in co-production with Pipangai Studio and France 3 Cinema. Ocean Films is handling French rights and will give the film a wide release on Oct. 21.

Rouby’s short film “Blind Spot” competed for a Cinefondation Award at Cannes.

Antti J. Jokinen’s “The Midwife” centers on »

- Leo Barraclough

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Why 1973 Was the Best Year in Movie History

30 April 2015 4:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

All week our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. It’s perhaps a little quaint to choose a year that I wasn’t even alive during to represent the best year of cinema. I was not there to observe how any of these films conversed with the culture around them when they were first screened. So, although I am choosing the glorious year of 1973, I am choosing not just due to a perusal of top ten lists that year—but because the films that were released that year greatly influenced how I engage with movies now, in 2015. Films speak to more than just the audiences that watch them—they speak to each other. Filmmakers inspire each other. Allusions are made. A patchwork begins. These are the movies of our lives. Having grown up with cinema in the 90s, »

- Brian Formo

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The Callow Way – On Politicians and Films

26 April 2015 8:03 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With less than two weeks before the UK General Election, Neil Calloway looks at the connections between politicians and the film industry…

They say politics is show business for ugly people, but some people have crossed the line between the two, with varying degrees of success over the years.

Whoever wins the UK General Election, there will no longer be a double Oscar winner in the House of Commons; Glenda Jackson, the Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn (and Hampstead and Highgate before that), will be standing down. Jackson is probably the most successful example of the actor/politician in Britain, but there have been others. If you’re worried that without an Oscar winner then Parliament will suffer, then Julian Fellowes, who won for his screenplay for Gosford Park – which now looks like a trial run for Downton Abbey – still sits on the Conservative benches in the House of Lords. »

- Neil Calloway

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Time Machine: Burton and Bonham Carter Sporting Matching Hairdos on the Oscars' Red Carpet

24 April 2015 7:44 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter at the Academy Awards Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter on the Oscars' Red Carpet Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter sported matching hairdos upon their arrival at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Tim Burton's global blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, in which Helena Bonham Carter is one of the featured players (as the Red Queen), won Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction. Bonham Carter was a Best Supporting Actress nominee for Tom Hooper's The King's Speech (as another queen, Elizabeth). Helena Bonham Carter: Career boosted by Oscar nomination Helena Bonham Carter's film career began in earnest in James Ivory's 1986 Best Picture Oscar nominee A Room with a View, in which she romanced Julian Sands. She kept on working without creating too much of a stir – e.g., Lady Jane, »

- D. Zhea

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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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James Bond 007: revisiting Moonraker

23 April 2015 9:12 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

There's a good case to be made for this being the silliest Bond of them all, but Moonraker's still a lot of fun...

Well, we’ve come a long, long way since From Russia With Love. Moonraker: a film that redefined the possibilities of the Bond franchise if only by sheer scale of stupidity. The space bits are relatively by-the-numbers (other than being in space). However, the script was probably written in crayon. Chases happen without explanation, people randomly bump into each other, the utterly implausible is presented as mundane. Purists think of Istanbul and weep. But treat the whole thing as a comedy – perhaps a gentle spoof – and you’ll actually enjoy yourself. A plot-hole drinking game will get everyone plastered.

The Villain: Weirdly good. The master of the dry putdown – “James Bond. You defy my attempts to devise an amusing death for you” – Hugo Drax almost steals the film. »

- simonbrew

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Blu-ray Review

22 April 2015 12:49 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Peter Jackson

Starring: Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, Evangeline Lilly, Benedict Cumberbatch, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee

Running Time: 144 Minutes

Certificate: 12

Extras: Recruiting the Five Armies, Completing Middle Earth, ‘The Last Goodbye’ Music Video, New Zealand: Home of Middle Earth Part 3.

When it was originally announced The Hobbit would be divided into three films, I wasn’t sure why it was necessary and after a long year wait for the finale since the vivacious Smaug outing, we head into The Battle Of The Five Armies and on reflection… I feel despondently justified.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies is not a bad movie but after the epic build-up in The Desolation Of Smaug, we’re thrown bang in the middle of the action and, for me, it doesn’t work very well. It’s not that the spectacle isn’t glorious but »

- Dan Bullock

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The Golden Compass: what went wrong?

20 April 2015 8:03 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

With fantasy franchises having been so popular in recent years, why did Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series stop before it got going?

A much beloved trilogy of fantasy novels, Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials was much praised for its rich, imaginative fantasy world, nuanced and ambiguous characters and powerful anti-religious themes. Critically acclaimed, award-laden bestsellers with a young heroine in the form of Lyra Bellacqua, the trilogy seemed an obvious choice to follow Harry Potter and Lord Of The Rings and become a blockbuster movie series.

New Line bought the rights after bringing Lord Of The Rings to the screen, hoping for a similar success. The two stories are very different High Fantasies though, and The Golden Compass contains concepts less familiar to audiences than wizards, monsters and swordplay. His Dark Materials was also occasionally categorised in shops as a children’s book, unlike Lord Of The Rings. »

- simonbrew

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‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ Blu-ray Review

20 April 2015 7:04 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Dean O’Gorman, Aidan Turner, John Callen, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sylvester McCoy, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Manu Bennett | Written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro | Directed by Peter Jackson

When The Hobbit was announced I’m sure nobody would have thought it would be three movies long, J. R. R.Tolkien fit the whole story into one book, and even that wasn’t very long.  Here we are though with the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies which in theory should be the last Lord of the Rings movie Peter Jackson makes.  Unless he can pull more tales of Middle-earth out of the appendices of course (and I’m sure some of us hope he could).

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- Paul Metcalf

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Release Details & Cover Art for The Crimson Cult, Madhouse, Deranged, Black Sabbath Blu-rays

17 April 2015 3:10 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Kino Lorber looks to provide plenty of onscreen summer scares this year via a diverse high-definition horror movie slate, with The Crimson Cult, Madhouse, Deranged, and Black Sabbath all scheduled for Blu-ray releases in July. Respectively starring genre legends Boris Karloff, Barbara Steele, Vincent Price, Peter Cushing and more, these home media releases come complete with bonus features and vintage cover art, and we have details on the former and a look at the latter.

Via their Facebook page, Kino Lorber revealed the final bonus features and cover art for the following:

The Crimson Cult (hitting shelves July 7th):

• Audio Commentary by Film Historian David Del Valle and Actress Barbara Steele

• In Conversation: 47 minute interview with Christopher Lee

• Music Macabre: An Interview with Composer Kendall Schmidt - Produced by Code Red

• Original UK and Us Trailers

Synopsis: "In this spooky thriller, an evil sorcerer invites an innocent young man »

- Derek Anderson

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Watch "The House That Dripped Blood" On Shoutfactorytv.Com For Free!

17 April 2015 5:59 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

The Shout! Factory video company has launched an excellent new streaming site, www.shoutfactorytv.com that features dozens of classic TV episodes and cult movies every month. Best of all, you can view them for free! This month we recommend the 1970 Amicus horror flick "The House That Dripped Blood", a 1970  anthology of terror tales by Robert Bloch, author of "Psycho" and starring Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Ingrid Pitt and John Pertwee. Click here to view.  »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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May The Facts Be With You In Star Wars: The Digital Collection

9 April 2015 4:53 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Celebrate the April 10th digital release of the Star Wars saga with this collection of fun facts and interstellar statistics. For the first time ever, all six epic films in the Saga, from The Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi, will be available on Digital HD.

Want more behind-the-scenes revelations? Then check out the extras on Star Wars: The Digital Collection.

http://www.starwars.com/the-star-wars-digital-movie-collection

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

Jedi Knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn rescue Queen Amidala, ruler of a peaceful planet invaded by dark forces. On their escape, they discover nine-year-old Anakin Skywalker, a child prodigy who is unusually strong in the Force. 

Anakin Skywalker’s Podracer in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was created from an interesting collection of vehicles and props. The front of the shuttle, in which Anakin sits, was made from the shell of a 1960’s racing car called a Maserati Birdcage. »

- Michelle McCue

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'Sworn Virgin' takes top prize at Hong Kong

7 April 2015 3:57 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Laura Bispuri’s Sworn Virgin won the Firebird Award in the Young Cinema Competition at this year’s Hong Kong International Film Festival (Hkiff), which wrapped on Monday night.

The Italian-Albanian co-production is a socio-political and magical tale about a girl from the Albanian mountains who escapes a life of servitude by pledging her eternal virginity in return for a male body. Bispuri collected the award at the Hkiff awards gala on April 3, which included a screening of Tsui Hark’s The Taking Of Tiger Mountain.

In the same competition, Chinese director Xin Yukun’s The Coffin In The Mountain received a Special Mention, while Kafka-esque fable K, directed by D.E. Bulag and Emyr ap Richard, picked up the Jury Prize as well as the Fipresci award. The Mongolian production was produced by Jia Zhangke.

Jurors for the Young Cinema Competition included Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf, critic Jonathan Rosenbaum, Hong Kong actress »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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James Bond 007: Revisiting The Man With The Golden Gun

6 April 2015 5:53 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Roger Moore comes up against the excellent Christopher Lee in our look back at The Man With The Golden Gun...

The Film: Lousy, quite frankly. Throws away a brilliant premise and the best villain of the series. A decent if uninspiring first act slides into an utterly shambolic second. Clarity is left by the wayside, dignity jettisoned swiftly after. The Solex Agitator must be the dullest MacGuffin in cinema, the villain’s lair is a solar power plant operated by a single henchman (who looks highly unqualified in thermal energy). Potentially strong scenes are sabotaged by nonsensical additions: Goodnight in the wardrobe, the ‘whoop’ noise as the car corkscrews over the river.

The Villain: Destroys the received wisdom that a Bond film is measured by its antagonist. Were that the case, Golden Gun would be a stone cold classic. Francisco Scaramanga is the baddie benchmark. He is far more compelling »

- simonbrew

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DVD Review – 50 Shades of Erotica (2015)

6 April 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

50 Shades of Erotica, 2015.

Synopsis:

A collection of trailers featuring some of the best in erotic cinema from the golden age of erotica.

You’ve got to hand it to those wonderful people at Nucleus Films, for not only do they want to entertain you they wish to educate you as well. Inspired by the popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey and adopting the format of their Grindhouse Trailer Classics DVD’s, Nucleus have sought high and low to bring together fifty trailers of popular classics and forgotten gems from the 1960s through to the early 1990s that, quite frankly, puts the much hyped and inevitably disappointing Fifty Shades of Grey in the shade when it comes to titillation.

Watching a collection of trailers is a bit like watching an anthology film, as if there is something you don’t particularly care for then something else will be along shortly, and »

- Gary Collinson

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