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San Andreas 3D: Earthquake to Wipe Out California, Bring Estranged Couple Together

2 December 2011 7:49 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Mark Robson's Earthquake in Los Angeles An acquaintance of an acquaintance of a friend claims he has predicted several catastrophes in the not-too-distant past: the Indian Ocean tsunami, the Japanese earthquake, the George W. Bush election and reelection, the near-collapse of the international banking system. His latest claim: the Big One will shake and rattle Los Angeles next December 25. Talk about a memorable Christmas gift. Now, I'm not sure if this acquaintance of an acquaintance etc. knows someone at New Line. But perhaps he does. As per the Los Angeles Times blog 24 Frames, the studio is developing San Andreas: 3D. I'm assuming you know what 3D is. As for San Andreas, that's the fault line running through California, splitting much of the state in half. Remember that old nonsense — I mean, that old saying: As California goes, so goes the nation? Well, there's another: When San Andreas goes, so will California. »

- Andre Soares

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Singer Finds 'Battlestar' Fan To Write Film

21 October 2011 11:02 AM, PDT | | See recent GeekNation news »

John Orloff has wanted to write "Battlestar Galactica" since he was 12. Of course, his inspiration was Lorne Greene, not Edward James Olmos. And he'll have a chance to fulfill that dream now thanks to Bryan Singer. Orloff, best known for his work on "Band of Brothers" and the controversial film "Anonymous" questioning William Shakespeare's contribution to stage work, will put "Battlestar Galactica" on the silver screen. The writer said he "built a Galactica model from scratch out of balsa wood, cardboard, old model parts and LEDs," according to "I Love BSG, and I would pass on the job rather than frack it up." And yes, we spelled that "frack" and not "frak," because Orloff is focusing on the original ABC series, not the later Syfy outing that was a critical hit. Singer »

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"Earthquake" (1974): Watch The Original Trailer

5 September 2011 3:41 AM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »


It's one of the great guilty pleasures of 70s cinema. The blockbuster Sensurround epic Earthquake that boasted an all-star cast headed by stalwart Hollywood icon Charlton Heston. The dialogue is awful, the Universal sets are cheesy but the model work is still impressive and the effects still hold up well today. Our favorite howler is the casting of Lorne Greene as Ava Gardner's father, even though he was only six years older than her. Ross Warner pays tribute to the film in a major article in issue #20 of Cinema Retro and Thomas Hauuerslev provides a fascinating history of the short-lived Sensurround gimmick. Click here to view original trailer for the film.

Click Here To Order The Film On DVD From Amazon »

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New Release: Mike Hammer Complete Series DVD

9 August 2011 3:30 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Release Date: Sept. 20, 2011

Price: DVD $89.95

Studio: A&E Home Entertainment

Darren McGavin gets his point across as Mike Hammer.

The 1958 hard-boiled detective TV show Mike Hammer: The Complete Series, starring Darren McGavin (A Christmas Story), has been much sought-after on DVD, and we’re glad to see the series get its digital day.

Based on the books by legendary crime novelist Mickey Spillane, Mike Hammer was pummeled by critics for its “excessive and gratuitous violence” (by 1950’s standards). But the television series was successful, nonetheless, though it ran for only two seasons.

The 12-disc DVD collection contains all 78 half-hour mystery-filled episodes of the classic show, which feature guest appearances by such familiar TV faces as Angie Dickinson (Police Woman), Marion Ross (Happy Days), DeForest Kelley (Star Trek), Barbara Bain (Space: 1999), Ted Knight (The Mary Tyler Moore Show) and Lorne Greene (Bonanza).

No bonus features are in the set. »

- Laurence

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