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13 items from 2016


Drive-In Dust Offs: X: The Man With The X-ray Eyes

4 June 2016 10:50 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Undisputed Fact: Roger Corman is the greatest B picture producer of all time. His ability to find (and exploit, if we’re being honest) amazing talent and pull together movie miracles on miniscule budgets is nothing short of astonishing. However, it’s often downplayed what a smart, succinct director he was on many a project. X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963) is a stellar example of his talent behind the lens.

Released by Aip in September, X turned a tidy profit on top of its $250,000 budget. Critics were generally kind, but dismissive, calling X well made hokum, essentially. And due to its meager fundage X certainly shows its pedigree through petty set design. But…there’s a kinetic buzz that permeates every frame of X, a swirling colorgasm that bleeds through with Corman’s gift for storytelling. X rises from pulp to a lucid perfection.

Dr. Xavier (Ray Milland »

- Scott Drebit

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Happy 90th Birthday to Roger Corman – Here Are His Ten Best Films

5 April 2016 11:15 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman

Happy 9oth Birthday to a legend! Roger Corman has directed more than 50 low-budget drive-in classics, produced and/or distributed 450 more, and helped the careers of hundreds of young people breaking into the industry. A partial list: Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Irvin Kershner, Monte Hellman, Peter Bogdanovich, Gail Ann Hurd, James Cameron, Jonathan Kaplan, Joe Dante, Robert Towne. Considering Corman’s own films, Jonathan Demme has stated. “Roger is arguably the greatest independent filmmaker the American film industry has seen and probably ever will see.” And he’s still going strong, currently producing the upcoming actioner Death Race 2050. We Are Movie Geeks has taken a look at Corman’s career and here are what we think are the ten best films that he has directed:

 

Honorable Mention. The Premature Burial

The Premature Burial (1962) is the ‘odd man out’ among the »

- Movie Geeks

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Panic in Year Zero!

5 April 2016 12:22 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Hey, we're having a Nuclear family crisis, so load up your shotgun, grab the grenades and head for the hills, stealing what you need as you go. Ray Milland's tense tale of doomsday survival shook up a lot of folks with its endorsement of ruthless violence. Fortunately the worst never happened, allowing us to ask, "Where were you in '62?" Panic in Year Zero! Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1962 / B&W / 2:35 widescreen / 92 min. / Street Date April 19, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Ray Milland, Jean Hagen, Frankie Avalon, Mary Mitchel, Joan Freeman, Richard Bakalyan, Cinematography Gilbert Warrenton Production Designer Daniel Haller Film Editor William Austin Original Music Les Baxter Written by John Morton, Jay Simms Produced by Samuel Z. Arkoff, Arnold Houghland, James H. Nicholson, Lou Rusoff Directed by Ray Milland

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

There's nothing like good old atom-scare hysteria, which Hollywood dished out as early as 1952's Invasion, »

- Glenn Erickson

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Best Baseball Movies

3 April 2016 9:01 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

In the midst of March Madness and with the Kentucky Derby around the corner, the first pitch of baseball season is almost here.

A quote from Field Of Dreams best describes America’s national pastime, “The one constant throughout the years has been baseball.”

To mark the start of the 2016 season, here’s our list of the Best Baseball movies.

The Bad News Bears

Considered by some to be the best baseball movie ever, the film celebrates its 40th anniversary this month (April 7, 1976). In an article from the NY Daily News, one line reads, “It is a movie that someone like the late Philip Seymour Hoffman called his favorite, and one which resonates on many levels today, with all different generations.”

Who are we to argue with greatness?

After skewering all-American subjects such as politics (The Candidate) and beauty pageants (Smile), director Michael Ritchie naturally set his sights on the »

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Review: "The Safecracker" (1958) Starring Ray Milland; Warner Archive DVD Release

3 April 2016 3:21 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Lee Pfeiffer

In addition to being a reliable and fairly popular leading man, Ray Milland also showed some talent as a film director. In total, he directed five movies- among them "The Safecracker", a 1958 low-budget British film noir made by MGM.  The fast-moving story concerns one Colley Dawson (Milland), an expert safecracker who uses his skills for a home security company. He is hired out to design safes for wealthy clients that can be deemed impossible to crack. Although regarded as a genius in his field, Colley is in a deep funk. He's in his fifties, has no home to call his own and still lives with his doting, aging mother (Barbara Everest) in a small home in a nondescript street in London. When Colley lands a major, lucrative contract for his company, his skinflint boss "rewards" him with a bonus of a measly five pound note. Colley's fortunes »

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Who Is Gloria Vanderbilt? The Extraordinary Life of Anderson Cooper's Heiress Mother

30 March 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Anderson Cooper has become famous the world-over for his hard-hitting reporting and tough questions on CNN. But his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, has been famous since she was born. Her father, Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt, was from one of the richest families in U.S. history. Her great-grandfather Cornelius Vanderbilt built the New York Central Railroad. After Reginald married his second wife, Gloria Morgan, the couple welcomed Gloria Vanderbilt in 1924. Her birth made headlines. But just 18 months later, her father died of cirrhosis of the liver and she was left in the care of her 19-year-old mother. "She wanted to have fun. »

- Emily Strohm, @emablonde

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Who Is Gloria Vanderbilt? The Extraordinary Life of Anderson Cooper's Heiress Mother

30 March 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Anderson Cooper has become famous the world-over for his hard-hitting reporting and tough questions on CNN. But his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, has been famous since she was born. Her father, Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt, was from one of the richest families in U.S. history. Her great-grandfather Cornelius Vanderbilt built the New York Central Railroad. After Reginald married his second wife, Gloria Morgan, the couple welcomed Gloria Vanderbilt in 1924. Her birth made headlines. But just 18 months later, her father died of cirrhosis of the liver and she was left in the care of her 19-year-old mother. "She wanted to have fun. »

- Emily Strohm, @emablonde

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Rita Gam obituary

29 March 2016 7:06 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Versatile actor with notable roles in films such as The Thief and Klute

The actor Rita Gam, who has died aged 87, starred in many films from the 1950s onwards, alongside famous names including Gregory Peck and Jane Fonda. When just 24, with modest stage and television experience, she was cast opposite another leading figure, Ray Milland, for her Hollywood debut in what the publicity described as “the only motion picture of its kind”.

This was The Thief (1952), a cold war spy film devised by the writer-director Russell Rouse in the style of Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights (1931) as a sound film entirely without dialogue. Indeed, Rouse went one better in having no intertitles, the cards using written words to set the scene or supply the dialogue.

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- Brian Baxter

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Rita Gam obituary

29 March 2016 7:06 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Versatile actor with notable roles in films such as The Thief and Klute

The actor Rita Gam, who has died aged 87, starred in many films from the 1950s onwards, alongside famous names including Gregory Peck and Jane Fonda. When just 24, with modest stage and television experience, she was cast opposite another leading figure, Ray Milland, for her Hollywood debut in what the publicity described as “the only motion picture of its kind”.

This was The Thief (1952), a cold war spy film devised by the writer-director Russell Rouse in the style of Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights (1931) as a sound film entirely without dialogue. Indeed, Rouse went one better in having no intertitles, the cards using written words to set the scene or supply the dialogue.

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- Brian Baxter

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Nancy Reagan, Actress Who Became Powerful First Lady, Dies at 94

6 March 2016 8:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Former first lady Nancy Reagan, who as an aspiring actress married affable leading man Ronald Reagan, and then offered her unfailing support and Hollywood style as his unlikely political career took them to the Sacramento’s governor’s mansion and then all the way to the White House, has died. She was 94.

A family spokesperson told CBS that Reagan died Sunday in her Los Angeles home of congestive heart failure.

Reagan had a reputation as her husband’s greatest protector, whether regarding publicity or public policy, but she won public admiration as she took on the role of caregiver as he faced the onset of Alzheimer’s disease in the last 10 years of his life.

Nancy Davis was an actress under contract with MGM in 1949 when she first met Reagan, then president of the Screen Actors Guild, and asked for his help in clearing her name after it mistakenly appeared »

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper’

28 January 2016 11:40 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Many a still-alert nonagenarian would doubtless appreciate an offspring orchestrating a review of their life to date, although you might have to be Anderson Cooper for the result to take the form of an HBO-produced documentary feature. The CNN journalist’s mom, of course, is famous in her own right. Liz Garbus’ “Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper” is an entertaining overview of the famed heiress’ colorful history to date, drawing on an extensive trove of archival materials and the subject’s own testimony. Casting her as a brave survivor of numerous travails, this glossy, somewhat superfluous recap of an already much-examined life leaves one question unasked: Would there be any pressing reason to care about their personal hardships if these protagonists weren’t longtime celebrities? The Sundance-preemed pic bows on U.S. cable April 9.

As his mother passes 90 years, Cooper, her youngest son, decides to go through voluminous »

- Dennis Harvey

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Sylvester Stallone ('Creed') is sixth performer nominated twice at Oscars for same role (Photo Gallery)

19 January 2016 6:12 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Will Sylvester Stallone win an Oscar for playing the iconic character of boxer Rocky Balboa in "Creed," nearly four decades after first contending for "Rocky" (1976)? He's now the sixth performer to reap multiple Oscar bids for the same role in different films, though Stallone now holds the record of the most years (39) between noms. Scroll through our gallery by clicking here or the photo above. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions If Stallone were to win -- as most of our expert journalists, in-house staff editors and contest entrants like you predict will happen with leading 4/7 odds -- he would join Bing Crosby and Paul Newman who both prevailed on one of their two nominations for the same role. Crosby won for playing Chuck O'Malley in "Going My Way" (1944), but was then bested two years later by Ray Milland ("The Lost Weekend") when he returned as O. »

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Drive-In Dust Offs: Premature Burial

2 January 2016 11:06 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

It’s one of those fears I never think about until someone brings it up - being buried alive. Just saying it makes my skin crawl, and not in a scary movie kind of way. Waking up in total darkness, unable to really move, hearing the sound of my heart beating wildly in my chest and this is before the true panic sets in. Check please, and bring the car around, won’t you? This is why I will be cremated, thanks (and save the comments about waking up engulfed in flames – it’ll be quicker, at least). Roger Corman’s Premature Burial (1962), based on the short story by Edgar Allan Poe, taps directly into this fear and mines that vein for 81 entertaining minutes.

Released in North America on March 7th by American International Pictures (there’s a story – more on that later), Premature Burial was the 3rd of Corman’s Poe adaptations, »

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