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Greta Garbo movie 'The Kiss.' Greta Garbo movies on TCM Greta Garbo, a rarity among silent era movie stars, is Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” performer today, Aug. 26, '15. Now, why would Garbo be considered a silent era rarity? Well, certainly not because she easily made the transition to sound, remaining a major star for another decade. Think Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, William Powell, Fay Wray, Marie Dressler, Wallace Beery, John Barrymore, Warner Baxter, Janet Gaynor, Constance Bennett, etc. And so much for all the stories about actors with foreign accents being unable to maintain their Hollywood stardom following the advent of sound motion pictures. A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer star, Garbo was no major exception to the supposed rule. Mexican Ramon Novarro, another MGM star, also made an easy transition to sound, and so did fellow Mexicans Lupe Velez and Dolores del Rio, in addition to the very British »
- Andre Soares
From thrillers to sci-fi to horror, here's our pick of 20 films from 1986 that surely deserve a bit more love...
A fascinating year for film, 1986. It was a time when a glossy, expensive movie about handsome men in planes could dominate the box-office, sure (that would be Top Gun). But it was also a year when Oliver Stone went off with just $6m and came back with Platoon, one of the biggest hits of the year both financially and in terms of accolades. It was also a period when the British movie industry was briefly back on its feet, resulting in a new golden age of great films - one or two of them are even on this list.
As ever, there were certain films that, despite their entertainment value or genuine brilliance in terms of movie making, somehow managed to slip through the net. So to redress the balance a little, »
Roundly dismissed upon its release by critics in 1983, Tony Scott’s classy, stylish art-house vampire film The Hunger arrives on Blu-ray as a demure addition to the Warner Bros. Archive Collection. A notable cult item still lacking of a deserving reappraisal for its significant merits, the film has long languished in obscurity with the exception of its references to the explicit lesbian sex scene shared between Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon (featured in a first-wave resurgence of interest in Lgbt cinematic themes with the documentary version of Vito Russo’s The Celluloid Closet, 1991). It represents one of three cinematic adaptations from horror writer Whitley Streiber, following the also forgotten Wolfen (1981), starring Albert Finney.
Miriam Blaylock (Deneuve) is an ancient yet breathtakingly beautiful vampire. Her lover of the past three centuries, John (David Bowie) has suddenly begun to age and decay, apparently something that has eventually happened to all of her past lovers, »
- Nicholas Bell
One of the new additions to the cast of FX's The Strain this season is Samantha Mathis (Under the Dome, American Psycho), who plays Councilwoman Justine Feraldo. Daily Dead recently participated in an interview call with Mathis, who discussed her character's determination to kill the bloodthirsty strigoi, Justine's strengths, and much more.
Mathis on early memories of watching vampire movies:
"I remember being five or six years old and sitting in my father’s living room in the summertime, in Brooklyn at night, sort of cuddled between him and my stepmother watching Dracula movies. To see those movies—maybe I wasn’t five or six, maybe I was seven or eight—but those really old Bela Lugosi movies, they terrified me. I think that that sort of continued thematically through several horror movies. Things that go bump in the night. That sort of evil lurking outside your window has »
- Derek Anderson
“Rats. Rats. Rats! Thousands! Millions of them! All red blood! All these will I give you if you will obey me!”
Dracula (1931) screens Thursday August 6th at 7:00pm at Schlafly Bottleworks
Ladies fainted in their seats when Bela Lugosi rose from his coffin as a vampire in the 1927 Broadway stage production of “Dracula” that preceded Tod Browning’s timeless 1931 film version that had an equally chilling effect on movie audiences. Playwright Hamilton Deane based his lean script on Bram Stoker’s famous 1897 novel, and introduced horror to talkies. Dwight Frye’s gonzo performance as Renfield, the hapless Brit accountant who first sets foot inside Dracula’s foreboding castle, set the film’s tone of ghoulish insanity. For the well-established lead, Bela Lugosi is positively blood-curdling as he stalks every scene. With his thick native Hungarian accent and dapper tuxedo and cape, Lugosi forever defined the title character. The way he looks, »
- Tom Stockman
'Jurassic World' velociraptor kicks Iron Man ass at worldwide box office. 'Jurassic World' officially surpasses 'The Avengers' at worldwide box office Directed by Colin Trevorrow; starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Vincent D'Onofrio; and co-executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, Jurassic World has officially become the third biggest worldwide box office hit in history. The Jurassic Park sequel – or reboot, as it's basically the same story with a slightly different twist – has surpassed Marvel's Joss Whedon-directed all-star superhero flick The Avengers, which broke box office records back in 2012. Of course, "officially" just ain't what it used to be – like, in the days before The Fall. So you wisely ask, "But which movie has actually sold the most tickets?" After all, that's the true measure of a film's popularity. Well, that's a tough one to answer without the studios providing accurate, precise numbers. And that's not about to happen. It always »
- Zac Gille
Some of the most memorable characters in movie history are antagonists. Here are our picks for the franchises that have make the biggest impression based on their villains alone.
A great antagonist in a film can make the effort of the protagonist seem more important. The hero’s plight becomes elevated to have meaning beyond just simple entertainment. It is those struggles that define some of the best movies ever made, and give the audience something to really cheer about.
It’s challenging enough to make one good antagonist, but what happens when you need to make a sequel? What happens if your antagonist has died but your protagonist needs more adventures to keep them busy or complete their story? Maintaining quality villains in a movie franchise is not easy to do. Some movie franchises have had better success at maintaining great antagonists, to the point of often being more »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
By Mike Thomas
In the beginning, there was Lon. As the disfigured antagonist in The Phantom of the Opera, his half-masked face hid a horrible secret, only to be revealed at the climax of the film. The formula of the masked villain had been played out in countless films, with the hero unmasking the villain in the end. This worked well for suspense, and it an easy gimmick for an exciting reveal.
In the Golden Age of Horror, villains - monsters - had faces. Frankenstein. Dracula. the Wolfman.. With these characters, it was the creature that was important, not the actor. So anyone, from Bela Lugosi, to John Carradine, to -- Leslie Nielsen could portray the undead creature of the night. (Bar Bet: though Lugosi is most identified with Dracula, it was Count Dooku, Christopher Lee, who played the part more than any other actor). In the Universal Monsters era, »
- Mike Thomas
Many actors played Bram Stoker's iconic creature of the night on film, but Bela Lugosi memorably portrayed the bloodsucker on both the stage and screen, playing Dracula on Broadway in the late 1920s before donning the fangs for the classic 1931 film adaptation of Stoker's 1897 novel. Lugosi's version of Dracula is now further immortalized with an incredible new life-size bust from Sideshow Collectibles and Black Heart Enterprises.
Now available to pre-order for $599.99 and expected to ship this summer, Sideshow Collectibles and Black Heart Enterprises' life-size bust of Bela Lugosi's Dracula was authorized by Bela Lugosi Jr. and perfectly captures the entrancing blue eyes that have scared and thrilled viewers for the better part of a century. To learn more, visit:
- Derek Anderson
Los Angeles' Bendix Building. Photo by Jordan Cronk.The bats have left the bell towerThe victims have been bled Red velvet lines the black boxBela Lugosi's dead —BauhausBela-Bonkers Brit Bloke Brazenly Boosts Bendix-Building Black Bandana!In the annals of Los Angeles crime, it was hardly an episode to titillate James Ellroy. Was it even really a crime? I was on the short stairwell that connects the 11th—the top—floor of the Bendix Building, a Garment District block on the corner of Maple St and 12th St, when I spotted the square of white-patterned black cotton. Into my pocket it rapidly went, compensation for the fact that my quest for rooftop access had been stymied. An orange plastic sign across the door up ahead, warning (bluffing?) of alarms that would ring out if opened, dissuaded further progress. I wasn't too disheartened—my unplanned visit to the Bendix Building had yielded sufficient delights. »
- Neil Young
Extraordinary Tales Animation Gets October Release Date
Five of Edgar Allen Poe’s best-known stories are brought to vivid life in this heart-pounding, visually stunning animated anthology featuring Sir Christopher Lee, Bela Lugosi, Guillermo del Toro, Roger Corman and Julian Sands. Murderous madmen, sinister villains and cloaked ghouls stalk the darkened corridors of Poe’s imagination, as his haunting tales are given a terrifying ...
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Christopher Lee’s regal tones will again be heard in a new movie at multiplexes after an animated film based on the stories of Edgar Allan Poe that features his voice was picked up for Us distribution.
Lee is a narrator for the Extraordinary Tales project, with horror directors Guillermo del Toro, Roger Corman and actor Julian Sands also taking part. The film will cover Poe’s stories The Tell-Tale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Facts in the Case of M Valdemar and The Masque of the Red Death, though which storyteller will work on which tale is not known.
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- Ben Child
Animation features a voice performance from the late Christopher Lee.
The film, which features the voices of Sir Christopher Lee (in one of his final film performances), Bela Lugosi, Julian Sands, Roger Corman, and Guillermo Del Toro, screens throughout this week at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival.
Gkids plans a day-and-date release on October 30, in theaters and on video-on-demand platforms.
The film, directed by Raúl García, features new takes on The Tell-Tale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar, and The Masque of the Red Death.
The animation is inspired by sources from classic Hollywood black-and-white monster films to the pulp feel of EC Comics »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
The film features the voices of Christopher Lee (in one of his final film performances), Bela Lugosi, Julian Sands, Roger Corman and Guillermo del Toro. The stories are “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar” and “The Masque of the Red Death.”
The movie screens throughout this week at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. GKids plans a day-and-date release on October 30 in theaters and on VOD.
- Dave McNary
Annecy – Annecy’s 2015 guest country, Spain arrives at 2015 Annecy Fest with the biggest animation spread in its history, the largest delegation – 264 registrations by last Thursday, 80% up vs. 2014 – from any country in Europe outside France, and at last some financing and market tailwinds after being hit hard by recession.
It’s too early to talk of a Spanish animation boom. But there is a larger sense of optimism in the sector, of some sort of recovery. “We are at a key point in animation history in Spain. There’s an incredibly active panorama which we haven’t seen for years,” said Ignacio Perez Dolset, president at Ilion Animation Studios.
The question now is whether Spain’s industry can really turn that corner.
From 2015, Spain’s tax authorities offer 15% tax credits to international productions that use Spanish animation houses or vfx. Spain’s animation sector needs as a matter of urgency such structural aid. »
- John Hopewell
Ron Moody in 'Oliver!' movie. Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' actor nominated for an Oscar dead at 91 (Note: This Ron Moody article is currently being revised.) Two well-regarded, nonagenarian British performers have died in the last few days: 93-year-old Christopher Lee (June 7, '15), best known for his many portrayals of Dracula and assorted movie villains and weirdos, from the title role in The Mummy to Dr. Catheter in Gremlins 2: The New Batch. 91-year-old Ron Moody (yesterday, June 11), among whose infrequent film appearances was the role of Fagin, the grotesque adult leader of a gang of boy petty thieves, in the 1968 Best Picture Academy Award-winning musical Oliver!, which also earned him a Best Actor nomination. Having been featured in nearly 200 movies and, most importantly, having had his mainstream appeal resurrected by way of the villainous Saruman in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies (and various associated merchandising, »
- Andre Soares
Sir Christopher Lee, at the opening of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival Photo: Siebbi
Of all the great horror actors who have come and gone over the years, only Vincent Price, Peter Cushing and Bela Lugosi have achieved anything like his legendary status, and when the death of Christopher Lee was announced today it was hard to shake the feeling that a whole era was being laid to rest. Yet this remarkable actor had a career that went far beyond horror, proving himself capable in any genre he turned his hand to. He also enjoyed a remarkable television career, wrote books, lent his distinctive voice to audio recordings of horror classics, and carved out a reputation as a singer of opera and symphonic metal. An Air Force volunteer who also served with the Ghurkhas and the Sas, he spoke nine languages and travelled the world before settling in London »
- Jennie Kermode
Christopher Lee — Sir Christopher in his final years — was the last living horror icon in the mode of Lon Chaney Sr., Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Vincent Price, and Lee’s frequent co-star, Peter Cushing, and it was an association with which he only reluctantly made his peace. His Count Dracula in the 1958 Horror of Dracula (British title: Dracula) remains an indelible portrait, alternately totemlike and bestial, with a penchant for nuzzling his buxom female victims before savagely sinking his fangs into their throats, and it made him an international star — but in the sorts of films he always longed to escape. In interviews, he took every opportunity to quote artists on his versatility, among them Billy Wilder (for whom he appeared as Mycroft in The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes) and his The Lord of the Rings antagonist Sir Ian McKellen, who reportedly said that Lee’s avoidance »
- David Edelstein
The day monster kids have dreaded for some time has arrived. Mournful, nostalgic, and melancholy – it’s the end of an era for more than one generation of horror fans. It seemed like Christopher Lee would live through all eternity, but unlike some of the characters he played, there’s no bringing him back to life this time. He made it to 93 and went out on a high note, appearing in the final Hobbit film just this past winter. He had an amazing career of fantastic performances and remains the greatest villain actor in film history. Rip to the last classic horror star and thank you for all the monster memories.
Christopher Lee was married to his wife Birgit (Gitte) for 54 years.
Here, according to Movie Geeks Jim Batts, Dana Jung, Sam Moffitt, and myself, are Christopher Lee’s ten best roles.
It’s only fitting that The Curse Of Frankenstein, »
- Tom Stockman
Lee appeared in more than 250 movies, including memorable roles as the wicked wizard Saruman in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the evil Count Dooku in two of George Lucas' Star Wars prequels. But for many he will forever be known as the vampire Count Dracula in a slew of "Hammer Horror" movies - the gory, gothic thrillers churned out by the British studio in the 1950s and 1960s that became hugely popular.
He railed against the typecasting, however, and ultimately the sheer number and range of his roles - from Sherlock Holmes to the founder of Pakistan - secured his place in film history.
"I didn't have dreams of being a romantic leading man," Lee told The Associated Press in 2002. "But I »
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