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It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly 40 years since the release of Mel Brooks’ classic horror comedy, but Young Frankenstein was released on December 15, 1974 and Fox is preparing a new 40th anniversary edition Blu-ray.
The new release is set for September 9th and we have a (small) look at the official cover art below. The final list of bonus features have not yet been announced, but we expect that all of the bonus features from the previous release will carry over and have included that list below:
“Comedy icons Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr and Madeline Kahn star in Mel Brooks’ brilliantly outrageous riff on Mary Shelley’s classic story of Frankenstein. After inheriting his grandfather’s castle in Transylvania, young Dr. Frankenstein (Wilder) follows in his ancestor’s freaky footsteps as he sets out to reanimate a dead body in Brooks’ “funniest, »
- Jonathan James
Richard Lester’s directing career has had a rather tortured epilogue. His last completed film was the dreadful, unloved Return of The Musketeers (1989), during the making of which his long-time friend and troupe-member Roy Kinnear died after a freak accident. To add insult to injury, the Comic-Con crowd has been burning Lester in effigy ever since Richard Donner’s cut of Superman II was released in 2006. Donner had been fired as director of the 1980 sequel half way through filming and Lester was hired to finish the job. Since the release of the Donner cut, expressing a preference for the original, jokier version is rather like suggesting that Cesar Romero was a better Joker than Heath Ledger.
I do wonder sometimes whether the fanboys realise what an important, highly influential and iconoclastic director they’re dismissing when they’re kicking sand into Lester’s face. Martin Scorsese would certainly correct them (sternly, »
- Cai Ross
Have you ever considered the job of Location Manager? I can quickly confess that I have not despite often considering plentiful jobs that go on behind the scenes on motion pictures. The Credits discusses the complicated work with Catou Kearney the Location Manager of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. It's a technically challenging movie, not least of which because they shot so much outdoors and needed a lushly overgrown forest.
The apes ... have created a vast forest utopia. Finding such a place, one that looks as abundant as the script demands, but that could also support a large crew and a ton of equipment, takes months of research, legwork, and a few thousand phone calls. Kearney is a seasoned location manager, and relishes the opportunity. “It’s like putting a ten-thousand piece puzzle together,” she says. “When that last piece falls into place, there’s nothing like it. »
- NATHANIEL R
There is something about getting a kick out of the sleazy celluloid cretins that feels rather intriguing. Whether these movie weasels are unctuous lawyers, abusive spouses or borderline bullies the concept of being a big screen weasel brings to mind some of the most colorful cast of conniving cohorts of misbehaving ever assembled. Okay…maybe that is a stretch as there are countless of other worthy weasels deserving of making a top ten list–probably even better known or notorious than the selection being presented currently.
Nevertheless, let’s check out the weasel-like wonders that movie audiences have learned to love or despise depending on the frame of mind in celebrating these shifty oddballs.
Note: The selections of The Art of Being Shady and Shifty: The Top 10 Movie Weasels featured below are presented in no particular preference or order:
Now how can anyone omit one of »
- Frank Ochieng
Some films are hot potatoes and some are a potato farm sitting under a volcano. The producers of the 007 franchise are to make a film based on the story of former National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, thus instigating a lava shower of no doubt welcome controversy. Snowden became a polarizing figure when he lifted the lid on questionable practices in intelligence gathering. With the authorities and a gaggle of flustered news reporters on his trail he ended up in Russia, where he has been living ever since while the Us works out how to crowbar him out.
The source material, aside from Snowden himself, is “hot off the press” tome No Place To Hide by journalist Glenn Greenwald, who aided Snowden in his revelations and which is making as big a splash in the publishing world as the perfectly-timed movie deal will make in Hollywood. Sony Pictures Entertainment and »
- Steve Palace
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