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Oscars flashback: Iraq invasion in 2003 almost cancelled 75th anniversary Oscars family album reunion of 59 acting winners [Watch]

The 75th anniversary ceremony for the Academy Awards almost didn’t happen as scheduled. When America led an invasion of Iraq that weekend, broadcast network ABC pleaded with producer Gil Cates and Academy president Frank Piersen to move the event back a week. The duo claimed it would be too expensive to make the switch and that the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood would be unavailable.

On March 23, 2003, the ceremony went live on ABC as scheduled, hosted by comedian, actor, and writer Steve Martin, with the Best Picture proclaimed to be “Chicago.” However, several presenters such as Cate Blanchett, Jim Carrey, and Will Smith cancelled their appearances. That day’s events also caused several past winners to bail out on appearing in the Oscars family album slated for late in the show. Similar to a segment five years early for the 70th anniversary show (read more on the link above), the
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Fox is Developing a Sequel to Murder On The Orient Express Called Death On The Nile

It's been revealed that Twentieth Century Fox is developing a sequel to Murder on the Orient Express and that sequel will be based on Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile. The studio has haired Orient Express screenwriter Michael Green to write the script for the film.

Director Kenneth Branagh is expected to return to helm the film and he will reprise his role of detective Hercule Poirot. I actually really enjoyed Murder on the Orient Express and I'm happy to hear that we will be getting another film in the franchise.

Death on the Nile was published in 1937, and the plot "places Poirot on a vacation in Egypt, discovering a murder on the Nile River as a result of a love triangle gone bad." I'm sure that the studio will once again bring together an all-star cast for the film.

This novel was previously adapted in 1978 and it had
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Kenneth Branagh to Return in Murder on the Orient Express Sequel

Kenneth Branagh to Return in Murder on the Orient Express Sequel
20th Century Fox is moving forward with a sequel to the Agatha Christie adaptation Murder on the Orient Express, entitled Death On the Nile. The studio is bringing back Murder on the Orient Express writer Michael Green to pen the script. While there is no deal in place as of yet for filmmaker/star Kenneth Branagh, he is expected to return to the director's chair, while also coming back to star as detective Hercule Poirot. Whether Poirot's epic mustache also returns remains to be seen, but that seems likely as well.

Death on the Nile was first published in 1937, three years after Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express was published. The story finds Hercule Poirot on vacation in Cairo, Egypt, where he becomes entangled in a deadly love triangle. While Poirot is the only character from Murder on the Orient Express to cross over, the story features the same
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Fox Developing ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Sequel ‘Death on the Nile’

Fox Developing ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Sequel ‘Death on the Nile’
Twentieth Century Fox Film is working on a follow-up to “Murder on the Orient Express,” developing Agatha Christie’s “Death on the Nile.”

The studio has hired “Orient Express” screenwriter Michael Green to return for “Death on the Nile.” It has not yet signed a deal with Kenneth Branagh, but he is expected to return to the director’s chair and reprise his role of the mustachioed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.

Murder on the Orient Express” has performed solidly at box office with $50 million domestically and another $100 million internationally. In addition to Branagh, producers were Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon, Simon Kinberg, Judy Hofflund, and Michael Schaefer. Executive producers were James Prichard and Hilary Strong of Agatha Christie Ltd. along with Aditya Sood and Matthew Jenkins.

Christie first published “Death on the Nile” in 1937, three years after her “Murder on the Orient Express” was published. The plot places Poirot on a vacation in Egypt, discovering a murder
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Halloween 2017: Wtf: 10 Bonkers Movies to Watch on Shudder

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As horror fans, we are constantly seeking out the new and the different. Because the genre is marked by so much sameness—sequels, franchises, remakes, copies of copies—it can sometimes be a challenge to find those horror films that truly carve out their own space. They don’t even have to be great movies, necessarily; many times, “different” is enough to make us happy.

With that in mind, here are 10 horror movies currently available on the terrific streaming service Shudder that are, if nothing else, different from almost anything else you’ll watch this October. They vary in quality from title to title, but what even the roughest among them lacks in technical polish, it more than makes up for in sheer maniac insanity. After you’ve cycled through all your favorites this October, why not add a little Wtf to your lineup?

1. Beyond the Darkness (1979, dir. Joe D
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The Flight of the Phoenix (Region B)

Forgotten amid Robert Aldrich’s more critic-friendly movies is this superb suspense picture, an against-all-odds thriller that pits an old-school pilot against a push-button young engineer with his own kind of male arrogance. Can a dozen oil workers and random passengers ‘invent’ their way out of an almost certain death trap? It’s a late-career triumph for James Stewart, at the head of a sterling ensemble cast. I review a UK disc in the hope of encouraging a new restoration.

The Flight of the Phoenix

Region B Blu-ray

(will not play in domestic U.S. players)

Masters of Cinema / Eureka Entertainment

1965 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 142 min. / Street Date September 12, 2016 / £12.95

Starring: James Stewart, Richard Attenborough, Peter Finch, Hardy Krüger, Ernest Borgnine, Ian Bannen, Ronald Fraser, Christian Marquand, Dan Duryea, George Kennedy, Gabriele Tinti, Alex Montoya, Peter Bravos, William Aldrich, Barrie Chase.

Cinematography: Joseph Biroc

Stunt Pilot: Paul Mantz

Art Direction: William Glasgow
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Revisiting the film of Stephen King's Creepshow 2

Rebecca Lea Jun 5, 2017

We look back at the films based on Stephen King's writing. This time? It's Creepshow 2...

The film: The Creep arrives in town with a fresh batch of stories for another boy named Billy, who delights in grabbing a copy of the Creepshow comic. He reads the tale of Old Chief Wood’nhead first, in which an elderly couple find themselves victimised by an armed robbery in their general store. Next, The Raft, in which four college students take trip to a lake to go swimming, only to find out there’s something in the water. Finally, a married woman travelling home from a meeting with her lover loses control of her car and runs down a hitch-hiker, but flees from the scene to keep her life in order.

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Oscars In Memoriam: Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Gene Wilder, Others Honored

Oscars In Memoriam: Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Gene Wilder, Others Honored
Sara Bareilles helped the Academy pay tribute to lives lost this year during the Oscarcast’s In Memoriam segment. The “Waitress” songstress sang Judy Collins’ “Both Sides Now” while the annual video honored Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, John Hurt, Mary Tyler Moore, Anton Yelchin, Prince, Garry Marshall, Ken Howard, and more.

The cutoff for including deaths in the segment is usually around Jan. 31. Therefore, David Bowie was included in last year’s Oscar ceremony. Bill Paxton, who died Saturday, was remembered by an emotional Jennifer Aniston before she introduced the segment.

The segment saluted the more recognizable names and faces in addition to below-the-line creatives and executives. As in years past, the Academy asked attendees to hold their applause until the end to avoid favoritism and any disrespect toward the lesser-known honorees.


Academy Award Winners 2017: Updated List

“Sara’s unique artistry will honor those we’ve lost in our community,
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Love Actually: Close-Up on Albert Brooks’ "Modern Romance"

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Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Albert Brooks' Modern Romance (1981) is showing February 17 - March 19, 2017 in the United Kingdom in the series The Rom Com Variations. She’s out of my lifeShe’s out of my lifeAnd I don’t know whether to laugh or cry—Michael Jackson, “She’s Out of My Life”“cras amet qui numquam amavitquique amavit cras amet”—The Magus (John Fowles) Life comes at you fast. As someone recently on the receiving end of an unexpected breakup, I was a little cool on the idea of watching Albert Brooks’ 1981 film Modern Romance—whose premise was summarized, on the one-sheets at the time, in the following terms: “Robert was madly in love with Mary. Mary was madly in love with Robert. Under the circumstances they did the only thing they could do… they broke up.” But then, in that brutal darkness of heartache,
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From VHS to VOD #1

I don’t know if you’re anything like me, but I can often spend hours upon hours trawling through iTunes looking for new movies to buy… Usually I’ll randomly come across a title I haven’t seen in years and use the “Cast & Crew” links to make my way down the rabbit hole to the more obscure side of Apple’s digital movie service.

Now whilst many will decry that iTunes is a terrible VOD service due to Apple’s desire to lock its audience to their platforms, if you have an Apple TV or iPad be aware – there are some truly obscure films hidden away in the depths of the vast collection of movies. Some of which have been made available in the UK for the first time since VHS and a Lot that have been added to the service in their original uncut form!

So, with
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Screen Actors Guild Awards 2017: Mary Tyler Moore, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds Honored During Touching In Memoriam

Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds and Mary Tyler Moore were just a few of the famous faces that were honored during the in memoriam at Sunday evening’s Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Hosted live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Moore — who passed away Wednesday — and the mother-daughter duo — who died one day apart in December — were some of the many late actors and actresses that were recognized on-screen at the annual awards show for their contribution to the world of film and television.

In a touching tribute, the SAG Awards honored the men — Ken Howard, William Schallert, Jack Riley,
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In Memoriam: Movie Stars We Lost in 2016

In Memoriam: Movie Stars We Lost in 2016
While Hollywood is still mourning the recent deaths of screen icon Debbie Reynolds and her daughter Carrie Fisher, there were many other notable big screen stars who passed away in 2016.

Alan Rickman, one of the most prolific actors of the last two decades, died of pancreatic cancer at age 69 on January 14. Rickman made his big screen debut in 1998’s “Die Hard,” playing the villain Hans Gruber opposite Bruce Willis. From that film on he took on varied roles, from the noble Colonel Brandon in the period piece “Sense and Sensibility” to the faux-alien Dr. Lazarus in the sci-fi comedy “Galaxy Quest.” But most will know him as the antihero Severus Snape from the “Harry Potter” movies. Emma Thompson, who starred with Rickman in five films, called him “the finest of actors and directors.” (Read his obituary here.)


How a Younger Generation Embraced Debbie Reynolds Through ‘Kim Possible,’ ‘Halloweentown’ and ‘Rugrats

George Kennedy,
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Blu-ray Review: Creepshow 2 [Special Edition]

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As a lifelong fan of the original Creepshow—one of the first R-rated horror movies I ever saw as a kid and still my favorite horror anthology of all-time—it has taken me years to come to terms with the fact that Creepshow 2 is not bad. In fact, it’s quite good at times. But because it failed to capture the lightning-in-a-bottle magic of the first film (I mean, you had George A. Romero, Stephen King, and Tom Savini all working at their peaks), I have always ignored the fact that there’s a lot to like in Creepshow 2, even if it does fall short of its predecessor’s greatness. Thankfully, Arrow’s new special edition Blu-ray helped put me in my place.

Based on three more stories by King, Creepshow 2 finds original director Romero trading in the director’s chair for screenwriting duties. Calling the shots
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Beatles’ Iconic ‘Sgt Pepper’ Image Updated With Legends Lost in 2016

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Beatles’ Iconic ‘Sgt Pepper’ Image Updated With Legends Lost in 2016
The Beatles’ 1967 “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album artwork has been given a creative update by British art director Chris Barker, using it as a memorial for celebrities we’ve lost in 2016. Among those who’ve been paid tribute are Prince, David Bowie, Glenn Frey, George Kennedy, Muhammad Ali and even Kenny Baker, who played R2-D2 in the “Star Wars” films. The artist’s latest addition was astronaut John Glenn, who passed away Thursday. See who you can spot. .@bluegrasshaze I did do a key, but it's hideously out of date now! #sgtpepper2016 — christhebarker
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The Boston Strangler

True-Crime Terror! Richard Fleischer and Edward Anhalt’s riveting serial killer makes extensive use of split- and multi-screen imagery. One of the most infamous murder sprees on record fudges some facts but still impresses as a novel approach.

The Boston Strangler


Twilight Time

1968 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 116 min. / Street Date November 15, 2016 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95

Starring Tony Curtis, Henry Fonda, George Kennedy, Mike Kellin, Hurd Hatfield, Murray Hamilton, Jeff Corey, Sally Kellerman, George Furth

Cinematography Richard H. Kline

Art Direction Richard Day, Jack Martin Smith

Film Editor Marion Rothman

Written by Edward Anhalt from the book by Gerold Frank

Produced by Robert Fryer

Directed by Richard Fleischer

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Twelve years ago i wasn’t all that impressed with The Boston Strangler. I thought it too slick and felt that its noted multi-screen sequences were a trick gimmick. I appreciate it more now — except for the name cast,
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Full Blu-ray Release Details for Arrow Video’s Hellraiser: The Scarlet Box, Creepshow 2, and The Driller Killer

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Arrow Video has a few items for horror fans to place under the tree and slip into stockings this holiday season, and we have full release details and cover art for their December Blu-ray releases of Hellraiser: The Scarlet Box Limited Edition Trilogy, Creepshow 2, and The Driller Killer (which is now slated for a December 13th release).

Press Release:Mvd Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of Arrow Video in the Us with three great new titles in December. The biggest release of the the month is Hellraiser: The Scarlet Box Limited Edition Trilogy, a limited edition run of 10,000 deluxe box-sets featuring Clive Barker's iconic and seminal horror classic Hellraiser. Arriving just in time for Christmas on December 13th, this exclusive box set will include the first three films in the Hellraiser saga alongside an abundance of bonus materials and never-before-seen footage.

The horror continues with the
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Just Before Dawn (1981)

Although he hasn’t made very many films, Jeff Lieberman is a unique voice in the world of horror. From Squirm (1976) through to Satan’s Little Helper (2004), he’s crafted only a handful of feature length films, each one different than the last. Watching him tackle a different sub-genre is like looking at a new painting by a great artist. Just Before Dawn (1981) is his take on backwoods butcher clans, an inbred cross of Deliverance and Friday the 13th. Everyone should own a Lieberman. This one is mine.

Released by Picturmedia (the fine folks behind Mako: The Jaws of Death) in October, Just Before Dawn played the grindhouses and drive-ins before shuffling off this mortal coil. Of course it had a home video release, but slipped through the cracks there as well. It’s only been with the advent of the internet and social media that people are starting to
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Blood Simple, Sweet Charlotte, Suicide Squad And Other Scattered Shots And Short Ends

I’ve been back from my Oregon vacation for a couple of weeks now, and though the getaway was a good and necessary one, I’m still in the process of mentally unpacking from a week and a half of relaxing and thinking mostly only about things I wanted to think about. (I also discovered a blackberry cider brewed in the region, the source of a specific sort of relaxation that I’m still finding myself pining for.) It hasn’t helped that our time off and immediate time back coincided with the bombast and general insanity of the Republic National Convention, followed immediately by the disarray and sense of restored hope that bookended the Democrats’ week-long party. The extremity of emotions engendered by those two events, coupled with a profoundly unsettling worry over the base level of our current political discourse and where it may lead this country, hasn
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Looking For Albert Brooks In The Netflix World

In the hierarchy of significance in what made news this past week, the sudden availability of the entirety of Albert Brooks’ output of feature films as a writer-director via Netflix Streaming may not carry the urgency of, say, the alarming continuance of African-American deaths under police fire, the attack on a peaceful protest against police violence by shooters who killed five law enforcement officers and wounded several more in Dallas, the ongoing partisan bloviating inspired by the FBI’s decision to not charge Hilary Clinton with federal crimes, or the frightening clown circus of offenses that characterizes the dawning of each new day in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. But art can, among many other things, provide a momentary respite from pain, sometimes even while examining some of the more frustrating, self-centric and petty dissonances within our own, or someone’s else’s worldview, and in this Brooks’ films at
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Netflix Will Stream 7 Albert Brooks Movies for the First Time

Netflix is throwing a film festival for Albert Brooks: The service is making seven movies written and directed by the comedian available for the first time on a subscription-streaming service, starting Friday, July 1.

The films are: “Defending Your Life,” “Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World,” “Lost in America,” “Modern Romance,” “Mother,” “The Muse” and Brooks’ directorial debut “Real Life.” The titles will be available only to Netflix’s U.S. subscribers.

Albert Brooks and his films have been a huge influence on American comedy,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer. “His innovative early short films and comedy albums lead to body of film work that thrives in the culture and keeps us laughing today. We are proud to have our U.S. Netflix members revisit these great works and to help introduce Brooks’ comedies to the next generation of fans.”

Brooks currently can be heard as
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