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The Killer is Loose

Psycho killers long ago lost their novelty, but in 1956 Budd Boetticher and Wendell Corey gave us Leon ‘Foggy’ Poole, a screen original with limitless appeal. Imagine a time when ‘normalcy’ was so taken for granted that any weird behavior was enough to give us the chills? Foggy carries this crime potboiler with a refreshing new idea: his dangerous maniac looks more normal than normal people.

The Killer Is Loose

Blu-ray

ClassicFlix

1956 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 76 min. / Street Date June 13, 2017 / 29.98

Starring: Joseph Cotten, Rhonda Fleming, Wendell Corey, Alan Hale Jr., Michael Pate, John Larch, Dee J. Thompson, Virginia Christine.

Cinematography: Lucien Ballard

Original Music: Lionel Newman

Written by Harold Medford, story by John & Ward Hawkins

Produced by Robert L. Jacks

Directed by Budd Boetticher

A smartly directed mid-fifties noir with a sensational central performance from the overlooked Wendell Corey, The Killer is Loose shows director Budd Boetticher at ease with a modest budget,
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Howard Stern Says He 'Knew' Harvey Weinstein Lied About Sleeping with Actresses in 2014 Interview

Howard Stern Says He 'Knew' Harvey Weinstein Lied About Sleeping with Actresses in 2014 Interview
With Harvey Weinstein facing several allegations of sexual misconduct, Howard Stern now says he long knew that the movie mogul was not being honest when he denied using his power in the industry to sleep with actresses.

On Monday’s episode of his SiriusXM show, Stern recalled a 2014 interview with Weinstein in which he asked the producer whether he ever used his position to engage in sexual activity with women.

“Howard, the movies are too expensive, the risks are too great,” Weinstein responded in a clip of the interview Stern aired. “It doesn’t happen that way anymore.”

Stern pressed
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The Best TV Directors of All Time – IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best TV Directors of All Time – IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Who is the best TV director? Why? (For old, current or upcoming shows.)

Marisa Roffman (@marisaroffman), TV Guide Magazine

The recent Emmy Awards was a good reminder of just how great television directors are right now. It was the best overall crop we’ve had in years, and one of the few categories where it felt like it could have gone any way.

But in terms of best television director, I’m partial to David Nutter. His 30-plus year resume is impressive (“The Sopranos,” “ER,” “The X-Files,” plus an Emmy win for “Game of Thrones”) and wildly varied (he’s done procedurals like “Without a Trace,
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The Best TV Directors of All Time – IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best TV Directors of All Time – IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Who is the best TV director? Why? (For old, current or upcoming shows.)

Marisa Roffman (@marisaroffman), TV Guide Magazine

The recent Emmy Awards was a good reminder of just how great television directors are right now. It was the best overall crop we’ve had in years, and one of the few categories where it felt like it could have gone any way.

But in terms of best television director, I’m partial to David Nutter. His 30-plus year resume is impressive (“The Sopranos,” “ER,” “The X-Files,” plus an Emmy win for “Game of Thrones”) and wildly varied (he’s done procedurals like “Without a Trace,
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Marlon Brando was my idol but he turned into a monster. He sabotaged my film

Screenwriter Ron Hutchinson reveals the bizarre truth behind one of the Hollywood giant’s final films, The Island of Dr Moreau

He was one of cinema’s biggest stars, but Marlon Brando behaved like a “monster” and seemed “hell-bent on sabotaging” The Island of Dr Moreau, one of his last films, according to its screenwriter.

When Ron Hutchinson was asked to work on a film with The Godfather star in 1996, he could not believe his luck. In adapting Hg Wells’s science fiction novel about a renegade scientist who creates an island of monsters, Hutchinson would be working with one of his great acting idols, as well as the acclaimed director John Frankenheimer. There was the added bonus of spending a couple of months on the Great Barrier Reef and in the rainforests of northern Australia.

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Review: "Ronin" (1998) Starring Robert De Niro; Arrow Video Blu-ray Release

  • CinemaRetro
By Todd Garbarini

I’m a sucker for car chases. Not the perfunctory, last-minute “Hey, this movie needs a car chase!” variety, but the kind that comes as a result of a particular plot point wherein someone or some group has to get away from some other group. While most new car chases such as The Fast and the Furious sort are usually accomplished through CGI, I find that this sleight-of-hand fakery virtually abolishes all tension. The best ones that I have seen all did it for real through innovative and unprecedented filming techniques and excellent editing: Grand Prix (1966), Vanishing Point (1967), Bullitt (1968), The Seven-Ups (1973), The Blues Brothers (1980), The Road Warrior (1981), The Terminator (1984), F/X (1986), Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991), and The Town (2010) all have action sequences that put the full wonder of film editing on display.

There are two major car chases in the late John Frankenheimer’s Ronin, which opened on Friday,
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Film/TV News: Richard Anderson, Oscar Goldman in ‘The Six Million Dollar Man,’ Dies at 91

Los Angeles – We can’t rebuild him, but we can honor him. Richard Anderson, best known for portraying Oscar Goldman, the aide de camp of Steve Austin (Lee Majors) in “The Six Million Man,” died on August 31st, 2017 at age 91. The versatile character actor was one of the few remaining performers that came up through the old studio system, in this case the dream factory known as Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Richard Anderson in Chicago, 2010

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

Richard Anderson was born in New Jersey, and was an Army veteran of World War II. He started out in the mailroom at MGM shortly after the end of the war, and became a contract player for the studio after Cary Grant took an interest in his career. His major film debut was “The Magnificent Yankee” (1950), followed by “Scaramouche” (1952) and “Forbidden Planet” (1956). He made 24 films for MGM. His
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Richard Anderson, ‘Six Million Dollar Man’ and ‘Bionic Woman’ Actor, Dies at 91

Richard Anderson, ‘Six Million Dollar Man’ and ‘Bionic Woman’ Actor, Dies at 91
Richard Anderson, who simultaneously played Oscar Goldman, leader of secret government agent the Osi, on both “The Six Million Dollar Man” and “The Bionic Woman” after a long career as a supporting actor in film and TV, died on Thursday in his Beverly Hills home. He was 91.

Anderson famously intoned the words heard in voiceover in the opening credits of “The Six Million Dollar Man”: “Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world’s first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better … stronger … faster.”

Anderson was one of a handful of actors who’ve played the same character simultaneously on more than one series on an ongoing basis; some actors in the “Law & Order” franchise made occasional or special appearances on another “Law & Order” series, but were not seen regularly on more than one series.

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Richard Anderson, ‘Six Million Dollar Man’ and ‘Bionic Woman’ Actor, Dies at 91

Richard Anderson, ‘Six Million Dollar Man’ and ‘Bionic Woman’ Actor, Dies at 91
Richard Anderson, who simultaneously played Oscar Goldman, leader of secret government agent the Osi, on both “The Six Million Dollar Man” and “The Bionic Woman” after a long career as a supporting actor in film and TV, died on Thursday in his Beverly Hills home. He was 91.

Anderson famously intoned the words heard in voiceover in the opening credits of “The Six Million Dollar Man”: “Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world’s first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better … stronger … faster.”

Anderson was one of a handful of actors who’ve played the same character simultaneously on more than one series on an ongoing basis; some actors in the “Law & Order” franchise made occasional or special appearances on another “Law & Order” series, but were not seen regularly on more than one series.

In
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Red Line 7000

It’s finally here in all its glory, the Howard Hawks movie nobody loves. The epitome of clueless ’60s filmmaking by an auteur who left his thinking cap back with Bogie and Bacall, this show is a PC quagmire lacking the usual compensation of exploitative thrills. But hey, it has a hypnotic appeal all its own: we’ll not abandon any movie where Teri Garr dances.

Red Line 7000

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Kl Studio Classics

1965 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 110 min. / Street Date September 19, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: James Caan, Laura Devon, Gail Hire, Charlene Holt, John Robert Crawford, Marianna Hill, James (Skip) Ward, Norman Alden, George Takei, Diane Strom, Anthony Rogers, Robert Donner, Teri Garr.

Cinematography: Milton Krasner

Film Editors: Bill Brame, Stuart Gilmore

Original Music: Nelson Riddle

Written by George Kirgo story by Howard Hawks

Produced and Directed by Howard Hawks

Critics have been raking Howard Hawks’ stock car racing epic
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Richard Stanley may get another chance at The Island of Dr. Moreau

More than twenty years after he was fired from the project three days into shooting, South African filmmaker Richard Stanley has revealed that he may get another opportunity to direct a film adaptation of H.G. Wells’ classic tale The Island of Dr. Moreau.

Stanley spent years developing the 1996 feature starring Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer, only to be removed from the production (finding out via fax) and replace by John Frankenheimer. However, during a chat with Birth.Movies.Death, Stanley has revealed that plans are afoot for a new adaptation thanks to David Gregory, filmmaker behind the 2014 documentary Lost Soul which details the film’s troubled production.

“At this stage, I can’t say exactly by who, and how long it will take, but the project does live again, largely thanks to David,” said Stanley. “We’re currently scripting and designing the thing. It’s going to be an all-new
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Richard Stanley Plans to Finally Bring His ‘The Island of Dr. Moreau’ to Life

Richard Stanley Plans to Finally Bring His ‘The Island of Dr. Moreau’ to Life
As chronicled in the crazy, must-see documentary Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau, Richard Stanley (Hardware) was fired mere days into the production of 1996’s The Island of Dr. Moreau, which was then taken over by director John Frankenheimer. But all these years later, Stanley hasn’t given up hope. […]
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Ronin

Robert De Niro picks up a gun once again as a highly paid spy-mercenary-thief hired for a bit of international larceny, the robbing of a courier of some undisclosed secrets of one kind or another. Juicing up a Melville- like stoic crime fantasy with superb car stunt work puts director John Frankenheimer back in the game, with a worthy project.

Ronin

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Arrow Video USA

1998 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 122 min. / Street Date August 29, 2017 / Available from Arrow Video 39.95

Starring: Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Sean Bean, Stellan Skarsgard, Skipp Sudduth, Michael Lonsdale, Jan Triska, Jonathan Pryce.

Cinematography: Robert Fraisse

Film Editor: Tony Gibbs

Original Music: Elia Cmiral

Written by J.D. Zeik, David Mamet (as Richard Weisz)

Produced by Frank Mancuso Jr.

Directed by John Frankenheimer

Ronin is something of a last gasp for the Mancuso-era United Artists (MGM), a lavishly appointed all-on-location major action picture directed by a great
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Fired Island of Dr. Moreau director might get a chance to direct a reboot

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1996's would-be blockbuster Island Of Dr. Moreau is notorious as one of the most troubled productions in history. The first director, Richard Stanley, was fired just a few days into production (after over four years in pre-production) and replaced by veteran director John Frankenheimer. Then egomaniacal stars Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer made the set a living nightmare, with things like Brando demanding a... Read More...
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Richard Stanley Will Finally Get To Make ‘The Island of Dr. Moreau’

Some twenty years after allegedly being fired (by fax) from a film that he had developed for years, filmmaker Richard Stanley looks set to actually get to make The Island of Dr. Moreau.

All of the way back in 1996, Stanley was ejected from the set of the in-production movie, starring the likes of Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer, and replaced with John Frankenheimer. The fact that Stanley looks set to move forward with a new version, is looking to be partly because of David Gregory, who made the 2014 documentary Lost Soul. Stanley explained to Birth.Movies.Death:

“At this stage, I can’t say exactly by who, and how long it will take, but the project does live again, largely thanks to David. We’re currently scripting and designing the thing. It’s going to be an all-new screenplay and an all-new cast of beast-people; the original creatures are copyrighted
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Richard Stanley to get second go at directing Dr Moreau

Simon Brew Aug 15, 2017

Director Richard Stanley might just get to make his take on The Island Of Dr Moreau after all...

When director Richard Stanley stepped onto the set of The Island Of Dr Moreau just over 20 years ago, it followed the many years he’d spent trying to get the adaptation of H G Wells’ story to the big screen. A glittering cast had been assembled, led by Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer. Everything was in place. And then Stanley was fired three days into filming. By fax.

The story was told in the excellent documentary Lost Soul. It recalled how replacement director John Frankenheimer was brought in, and how he, er, ‘failed to get on with the crew’. Then there were reports of Brando’s behaviour, of Kilmer’s behaviour as well, and general unrest on set. And that was before the terrible final cut of the movie was released.
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Blu-ray Review – Ronin (1998)

Ronin, 1998.

Directed by John Frankenheimer.

Starring Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Sean Bean, Michael Lonsdale, Jonathan Pryce, Stellan Skarsgård, and Skipp Sudduth.

Synopsis:

A group of mercenaries are hired by Irish terrorists to retrieve a case to stop it falling into Russian hands.

In case you didn’t know, ronin are Samurai warriors whose masters have been killed, leaving the warriors free to roam the land as swords-for-hire to anybody willing to pay them. The movie Ronin informs you of this in the title cards so you could be forgiven for thinking this is going to be a bloodthirsty martial arts epic in the vein of Shogun Assassin until you are thrown into a Paris bistro as a ragtag group of shifty characters are assembling. We don’t know them, they don’t know each other and only one person knows why they are there – that person being
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Ronin Starring Robert DeNiro Available on Blu-ray August 29th from Arrow Video

Ronin Starring Robert DeNiro and directed by John Frankenheimer will be available from Arrow Academy on August 28th.

Ronin: Noun, historical. A samurai who no longer serves a daimyo, or feudal lord.

From director John Frankenheimer (Reindeer Games, The Manchurian Candidate) comes Ronin, a pulse-pounding, action-packed crime thriller featuring an all-star cast headlined by Robert De Niro (Taxi Driver, Heat) and Jean Reno (Léon: The Professional).

On a rain-swept night in Paris, an international crack team of professional thieves assembles, summoned by a shady crime syndicate fronted by the enigmatic Deirdre (Natascha McElhone, The Devil’s Own). Their mission: to steal a heavily guarded briefcase from armed mobsters, its contents undisclosed. But what begins as a routine heist soon spirals into chaos, with the group beset by a series of double-crosses and constantly shifting allegiances, and it falls to world-weary former CIA strategist Sam (De Niro) and laconic Frenchman
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Full Details for Arrow Video’s August Horror Releases, Including Re-animator 4K Restoration Limited Edition Blu-ray

This August, Arrow Video enters the deranged mind of Herbert West with their limited edition 4K restoration of Stuart Gordon's Re-Animator (which was initially slated for a July 25th release), and we now have the full list of special features for the anticipated release, along with two other horror Blu-rays coming out this month from Arrow: The Slayer and a limited edition steelbook of Society.

Press Release: The summer really hots up in August, as Arrow Video releases a special edition of an 80s classic, a white-knuckle thriller, a splatter horror masterpiece, a box set of crime classics, a rare Italian sword-and-sandal epic, and an amazing new limited edition steelbook.

First up, one of the most wildly popular horror movies of all-time, Stuart Gordon's enduring splatter-comedy classic Re-Animator returns to Blu-ray in a stunning restoration packed with special features. According to the distributor (Mvd), this awesome package is officially sold out already,
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