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This week is the lightest in recent memory with only four (barely) notable horror releases. Synapse Films' 100th release, Robert Young’s classic Vampire Circus, will be gracing our screens and so will Dear Mr. Gacy, the adaptation of The Last Victim, the memoirs of Jason Moss, who corresponded with serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Read on to see what the other two are.
Vampire Circus (1972)
Directed by Robert Young
A little girl is brutally slain by a vampire in a tiny 19th century Austrian village. Seeking revenge, the townspeople invade the foreboding castle of Count Mitterhaus and kill him for the crime. As the Count falls, he curses the villagers and vows that their children will all die so that he may someday return to life. 15 years later, as the village is ravaged by the plague, a traveling circus »
"The world has lost a great director and one of the most genuine people I've had the pleasure of knowing. Irvin Kershner was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. When I think of Kersh, I think of his warmth, his thoughtfulness and his talent. I knew him from USC -- I attended his lectures and he was actually on the festival panel that gave the prize to my Thx short. I considered him a mentor.
"Following Star Wars, I knew one thing for sure: I didn't want to direct the second movie myself. I needed someone I could trust, someone I really admired and whose work had maturity and humor. That was Kersh all over. I »
- Patrick Sauriol
Photo: StarWars.com It was a strange start to the week as I had two back-to-back obituary posts reporting the deaths of Leslie Nielsen and Irvin Kershner and while my personal experience with them is limited there are others that can shine a little more light on their respective careers with a little more first-hand knowledge than I can offer.
The first comes from George Lucas where the following quote comes from StarWars.com: "The world has lost a great director and one of the most genuine people I've had the pleasure of knowing... Irvin Kershner was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. When I think of Kersh, I think of his warmth, his thoughtfulness and his talent. I knew him from USC --- I attended his lectures and he was actually on the festival panel that »
- Brad Brevet
There had already been rumours that Patrick Wilson, who was The Nite Owl in Watchmen, might be in the running and so there is a danger here that anyone who has been in a Zack Snyder film and/or tried on a tights-oriented costume will be hailed as the next top candidate.
Having said that, Goode is reported to have enjoyed working with Snyder previously and although he is a little slight of build, a few factors work in his favour. Firstly, Christopher Reeve was pretty slight when he first auditioned as Superman, but »
- Dave Roper
To celebrate its 100th release, Synapse Films has created the sharpest, most colorful transfer ever of Robert Young’s Hammer Films classic, Vampire Circus. It will grace your screen with a rainbow of animal skin, writhing flesh, and bloody red delights!
A little girl is brutally slain by a vampire in a tiny 19th century Austrian village. Seeking revenge, the townspeople invade the foreboding castle of Count Mitterhaus and kill him for the crime. As the Count falls, he curses the villagers and vows that their children will all die so that he may someday return to life.
Fifteen years later, as the village is ravaged by the plague, a traveling circus comes to town and distracts the villagers from their current hardships. Little do they know that their troubles are only beginning! The circus is actually a troupe of shape-shifting vampires, and as the local children start disappearing, »
- Uncle Creepy
Melbourne, Nov 11 – David Prowse, better known as Darth Vader, on screen in the first Star Wars film in 1977, revealed a glimpse of a possible plot for the second sequel two years before its release but went unnoticed, according to a fan.f you liked the first movie, he tells a thousand fans gathered for an autograph session, just wait for the next two films.
He then drops the bombshell of all movie bombshells.
“Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, the young hero in the first film played by Mark Hamill, are hooked up in a do-or-die lightsaber duel when Luke learns that Darth is, in fact, his long-lost father,” the News.com.au quoted Prowse as saying.
“Father can’t kill son,. »
Attention classic horror fans! For their 100th release Synapse Films is bringing Hammer's Vampire Circus to high definition for the first time with a feature packed DVD and BluRay combo pack. Here's the official word:
A little girl is brutally slain by a vampire in a tiny 19th century Austrian village. Seeking revenge, the townspeople invade the foreboding castle of Count Mitterhaus and kill him for the crime. As the Count falls, he curses the villagers and vows that their children will all die so that he may someday return to life. Fifteen years later, as the village is ravaged by the plague, a traveling circus comes to town and distracts the villagers from their current hardships. Little do they know that their troubles are only beginning! The circus is actually a troupe of shape-shifting vampires and, as the local children start disappearing, they realize the prophecy of the long dead Count is coming true. »
The twist at the end of The Empire Strikes Back is easily one of the greatest of all time, if not the greatest. It's hard to imagine a time when it was an actual surprise, but there's little doubt that gasps were heard in audiences around the country in 1980. Too bad that actor David Prowse almost screwed the pooch. The Retroist has uncovered a newspaper article from 1978 in which Prowse, whose claim to fame is being the guy in the Darth Vader suit, revealed that the Dark Lord of the Sith was, in fact, the father of everyone's favorite Tattooine farm-boy. The article was found and cut out by the poster's mother, who knew that her son was a big Star Wars fan, and he has kept the article ever since. What makes the story even more interesting is a piece of lesser-known Star Wars trivia. In their write-up, io »
Everyone knows (even if you're not a fan) that the ending of The Empire Strike's Back, where Darth Vader reveals that he is in fact Luke Skywalker's father, was one of the biggest twists in movie history. People were just so shocked and fans were left slack-jawed in the movie theaters. Back then it was a tightly held secret and the director Irvin Kershner even went so far as to film an alternate ending, and it wasn't until James Earl Jones did the voice work, was the true ending revealed. Now it seems like all of that was for nothing as David Prowse had already spilled the beans two years previously.
It's amazing the world we live in today. With the internet, it's a simple matter of searching Google in order to find out every spoiler (hell sometimes the whole damn script) of a movie. Directors have to be very »
David Prowse, the man who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, told a cheering crowd at Berkeley, California that Darth Vader was Luke Skywalker's father! This was two years before Empire Strikes Back was released in theaters!
Here's a description of the newspaper clipping above that pretty much spoiled everything for anyone that read the paper. This is how spoilers and rumors spread back in the day before the internet, only it didn't get around as fast.
[M]y mother was good to keep an eye out for Star Wars news – and when this particular item showed up in our local paper, she cut it out for me. I still have it to this day. And, it was my first introduction to spoilers. In late 1978, David Prowse »
If you thought you knew everything about the the making of Star Wars, think again. The Making Of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back by J.W. Rinzler has got a ton of great information any Star Wars fan will enjoy!
Here are ten things revealed in the book that you probably didn't know about Empire Strikes Back, thanks to io9.
Yoda was originally named Buffy.
"Buffy very old — three or four thousand years. Kiber crystal in sword? Buffy shows Luke? Buffy the guardian. 'Feel not think.'"
And Lucas concludes by saying Luke will become the chosen one, »
Actor David Prowse as Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back The saga in 3D will begin with the release of the 1999 prequel Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, with the remaining films following in sequence.
“The live-action Star Wars saga will be converted to 3D. There are few movies that lend themselves more perfectly to 3D. The Star Wars Saga has always delivered an entertainment experience that is completely immersive,”. »
There are few movies that lend themselves more perfectly to 3D; from the Death Star trench run to the Tatooine Podrace, the Star Wars Saga has always delivered an entertainment experience that is completely immersive. Presented by Twentieth Century Fox and Lucasfilm Ltd., the cutting edge conversion will take that immersion to the next thrilling level, with Industrial Light & Magic supervising the project. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace is expected to be released theatrically in 2012. A release date has not yet been determined.
"Getting good results on a stereo conversion is a matter of taking the time and getting it right," said John Knoll, Visual Effects Supervisor for Industrial Light & Magic.
"It takes a critical and artistic »
Random House and LucasBooks will be releasing J.W. Rinzler‘s The Making of Stars Wars: The Empire Strikes Back on October 12th and they have released a cool trailer for the book that you can check out below, along with the cover and some details about this awesome book!
About the book:
In this lavish thirtieth-anniversary tribute to the blockbuster film Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, New York Times bestselling author J. W. Rinzler draws back the curtain to reveal the intense drama and magnificent wizardry behind the hit movie—arguably the fan favorite of the Star Wars Saga.
Following his The Making of Star Wars, the author has once again made use of his unlimited access to the Lucasfilm Archives and its hidden treasures of previously unpublished interviews, photos, artwork, and production mementos. »
- Jason Moore
Author J.W. Rinzler, who wrote The Complete Making of Indiana Jones and The Making of Star Wars, has written another great book that Star Wars fans and film geeks are sure to enjoy. This new book focuses on the making of The Empire Strikes Back. I guess we thought we already knew it all, but there's a good amount of stuff to learn about this classic film production.
Here's a little trailer that was released for the book that I thought you might want to check out. The book will be released on October 12th.
Here's the full description of the book:
In this lavish thirtieth-anniversary tribute to the blockbuster film Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, New York Times bestselling author J. W. Rinzler draws back the curtain to reveal the intense drama and magnificent wizardry behind the hit movie—arguably the fan favorite of the Star Wars Saga. »
Hey friendo's. Brian Gallagher here with a look at all the news that wasn't fit for print in the past seven days. We've got plenty of goodies to get to this week so let's start with another movie invention that is becoming a reality.
Nike To Make Self-Lacing Shoes From Back To The Future Part II - via MSNBC.com
Back in May there was news that some genius actually invented a real-life hoverboard like the one Michael J. Fox uses in Back To The Future Part II. Now MSNBC.com reports that Nike is actually making self-lacing shoes similar to those shown in Back To The Future Part II as well. It was said that Nike has filed a patent for the shoes and, while it wasn't said when these shoes will hit the market, they are working on the technology. Take a look at this confusing image below: »
At this weekend’s Star Wars Celebration V, director/creator George Lucas announced that next year, the entire Star Wars saga will be hitting Blu-ray. The set will feature all six live-action Star Wars feature films, with the highest picture and audio quality, along with extensive special features. Sadly, Lucas has also confirmed that the original (Han Shot First) versions will not be included on the discs.
The discs will include never-before-seen deleted scenes, including one scene from Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi that he premiered at Celebration with the help of a Jedi Knight (Mark Hamill) that you can watch in the embed below. The video of the entire main event at Celebration V in-which Jon Stewart (The Daily Show) interviews the man himself, Mr. George Lucas is included in the playlist below and the deleted scene can be found in part 8.
Star Wars Celebration »
- Jason Moore
All six Star Wars films are coming to Blu-ray Fall 2011 Filmmaker George Lucas announced at Star Wars Celebration V that all of the Star Wars films were finally being released on Blu-ray in the Fall of 2011, according to IGN UK.
"I wish I could say it's coming out this year, but it's coming out next year," Lucas told the crowd at the San Francisco event.
The filmmaker also talked about what kinds of bonus features would be included on the new Bd discs.
"They'll be different kinds of additional material," adding, "I think you've seen enough behind the scenes [material] for a lifetime. There's some really good material that will be included in there, [including] more deleted scenes that you haven't seen yet."
He also indicated that these new deleted scenes won't be edited into the actual films, being kept separate on the special features. LucasFilm also just issued an official press release announcing these new Blu-rays, »
This week's Inventory list on The A.V. Club is about famous actors being cut out of movies, like Adam McKay removing an entire subplot from "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" and completely excising Kevin Corrigan, Maya Rudolph and others from the film in the process (He cut out so much, in fact, that he was able to turn the deleted scenes into a straight-to-video bonus feature, "Wake Up, Ron Burgundy").
An article on Vulture suggests opportunities for a companion piece in the near future. In short, the "Meet the Parents" sequel "Little Fockers" is so troubled that "Dustin Hoffman might consider a last-minute reprise of his role as Bernie Focker in an effort to funny-up the comedy, which has already wrapped production." In other words, if Hoffman signs on to join the film, he'd be doing what we're going to dub "The Reverse 'Anchorman'": instead »
- Matt Singer
In case you can't tell what's going on in the above picture, taken from a security camera inside a Chase bank on Long Island, shows Darth Vader pointing a gun at an off-screen bank teller while a customer cowers behind him. Now I don't want to say there is a "best anything" about a bank robbery story, but...the best thing about this bank robbery story is that not only did the criminal sport a Vader helmet to conceal his identity, but he also wore a cape. Yes, Darth Vader, cape and all, robbed a bank yesterday. Further proof that no one is safe from these harsh economic times.
To kick-off the captioning, here's our own Joe Utichi's reaction to the story:
Do you think this is Dave Prowse now he's been banned from selling his autograph at conventions??
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- Peter Hall
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