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16 items from 2014

Leigh Chapman, Actress and Screenwriter, Dies at 75

11 November 2014 8:23 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Leigh Chapman, the 1960s actress-turned-screenwriter who wrote “Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry” and “The Octagon,” died Tuesday, Nov. 4 at her West Hollywood home, after an eight-month battle with cancer. She was 75.

Chapman was familiar to TV viewers as Sarah, Napoleon Solo’s efficient secretary in several 1965 episodes of “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” She also did guest shots on several other mid-’60s series including “Combat,” “Dr. Kildare,” “McHale’s Navy” and “The Monkees.”

But she found her calling as a scriptwriter, starting in TV with “Burke’s Law,” “Mission: Impossible,” “It Takes a Thief,” “The Mod Squad” and “My Favorite Martian.” She penned six scripts for “The Wild Wild West,” one of which earned Agnes Moorehead her only acting Emmy.

Chapman soon graduated to feature-film work, mostly – and unusually for a female writer in the ’70s – in the action-adventure genre, notably with the Peter Fonda car-chase film “Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry. »

- Jon Burlingame

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‘Bewitched’ To Be Magicked Back On Our Screens?

16 October 2014 3:12 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Long running and popular Us sitcom Bewitched may be coming back to our screens – in a new incarnation.

It looks like Sony Pictures is planning an updated version of the show, which celebrates its 50th anniversary today.

Elizabeth Montgomery played Samantha, the domesticated witch married to mere mortal man, Darrin (Dick York and later, Dick Sargent). The show, created by Sol Saks, follows Samantha’s attempts to adjust to the ordinary world and get out from under the thumb of her dreaded mother (Agnes Moorehead).

Bewitched almost got off the ground a few years back when CBS ordered a script, but the project never happened. So make a wish – this time it may materialise.

Source: Deadline »

- Claire Joanne Huxham

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‘Dark Passage’ is about the gruelling, unforgiving trek one must make to reach the light

5 September 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Dark Passage

Written by Delmer Daves

Directed by Delmer Daves

U.S.A., 1947

As a pickup truck transporting a collection of large sized barrels leaves San Quentin prison, one of its shipments topples over and rolls down a roadside hill. From it sprouts recently convicted convict Vincent Parry who then perilously makes his way to San Francisco where he plans to uncover the truth about his wife’s murder for which he claims to have been wrongfully accused. It is in San Francisco that Vincent luckily makes the acquaintance of one Irene Jansen (Lauren Bacall), a lonesome woman who, through a few degrees of separation, has ties to Vincent and hopes to assist him in his plight, particularly when a common foe, Madge Rapf (Agnes Moorehead) visits Irene, claiming that Vincent is on the loose and will surely find and kill her as well. With so much heat on his tail, »

- Edgar Chaput

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Gardner, Crawford Among Academy's Career Achievement Award Non-Winners

4 September 2014 3:08 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Honorary Award: Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth among dozens of women bypassed by the Academy (photo: Honorary Award non-winner Gloria Swanson in 'Sunset Blvd.') (See previous post: "Honorary Oscars: Doris Day, Danielle Darrieux Snubbed.") Part three of this four-part article about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Honorary Award bypassing women basically consists of a long, long — and for the most part quite prestigious — list of deceased women who, some way or other, left their mark on the film world. Some of the names found below are still well known; others were huge in their day, but are now all but forgotten. Yet, just because most people (and the media) suffer from long-term — and even medium-term — memory loss, that doesn't mean these women were any less deserving of an Honorary Oscar. So, among the distinguished female film professionals in Hollywood and elsewhere who have passed away without »

- Andre Soares

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The Outre Eye Of Daniel Xiii: Beneath, The Human Race, The Twilight Zone Essential Episodes and Septic Man!

21 August 2014 11:55 AM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

I got a real treat for ya my ghouls: more of what you love… namely, yours cruelly! Ya see, creeps, this here bit o’ wretched writing debuts a brand new format from the ol’ Ouija Board Kid, wherein I annoy—err—entertain you with even more revoltin’ reviews, insane interviews, and other assorted ass-foolery! I present to you the Giant-Sized Man-Thing Treasury Edition Super Special debut of The Outre Eye Of Daniel Xiii!

This week I turn my unblinking third eye upon the following fearsome flicks: Beneath, The Human Race, The Twilight Zone Essential Episodes, and Septic Man!

Release Date: Available Now on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Prime, Xbox, Time Warner, Comcast and Direct TV Written By: Patrick Doody, Chris Valenziano Directed By: Ben Ketai Starring: Jeff Fahey, Kelly Noonan, Brent Briscoe

Can You Get A Grip On The Thrills Of Beneath’S Long, Dark Shaft?

Caves and mines: not »

- Daniel Wilder

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TCM Classics Bringing Bogart/Bacall Noir Classics To DVD This December

5 August 2014 8:20 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

There are certain types of films that kind of go hand in hand with horror/thrillers/genre films. Though not specifically horror, the crime noir sub-genre gets me as excited as mentally possible, with enough twists and turns, and atmosphere to last for days. I’m a big fan of double features, so on most nights, instead of two slasher films, I like to switch things up and watch one of my favorite horror films, mixed with classic noir films.

Turner Classic Movies and Warner Home Video are gearing up to keep that tradition alive beginning December 2nd, by releasing  TCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends- Bogie & Bacall, a 4-film set that includes not only some excellent crime noir gold, but some of my favorite films of all time. With an Srp of $27.92, how could crime noir fans go wrong?

TCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends – Bogie & Bacall

To Have And Have Not »

- Jerry Smith

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“Haht” of Gold: Top 10 Oscar-Winning Actors from Massachusetts

11 July 2014 1:03 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

It is not too shabby in what the Northeast (New England) part of the United States has produced in terms of past and present actors/actresses making their show business dreams come true. Film careers can be a lot like ice cubes–they start out solid and cool but if you sit around in stagnation your efforts and hard work can melt away before one’s very eyes. Certainly no one can accuse this talented crop of thespians of being one-hit wonders on the big screen. After all, one does not become a recipient of an Academy Award by just sheer luck and charitable fortune.

As a native Bostonian and life long New Englander, I felt compelled to spotlight those Massachusetts-born and bred actors from the same region that had ultimate success on the big screen in winning the Oscar for their acting achievement and contribution to the motion picture industry. »

- Frank Ochieng

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TV on Tap: The “Witches of East End” Return, “Arrow” Finds a New Count and “Game of Thrones” Doesn’t Need a New Khaleesi

4 July 2014 6:12 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »


Arrow has cast a new Count Vertigo. TVGuide reports that Peter Stormare has been cast as Werner Zytle, who takes over the Count Vertigo name.

I’ve been trying to wrap my head around the idea of Lifetime’s The Lottery. At least, I’ve been trying to imagine how a drama about a dark future for humanity would work on Lifetime. Here’s the first trailer for the series:

This season, the winner of So You Think You Can Dance will win a role on the Broadway revival of On the Town — provided the show is running when there’s an opening in the cast.

Fringe alum Georgina Haig has been picked to play Elsa in Once Upon a Time‘s Frozen Storyline.

Morning After observes that seeing Tori Spelling‘s Mystery Girls so soon after her raw reality show True Tori finished makes her the real life version of The Combeback. »

- Lyle Masaki

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Podcast Part 2: A Smackdown Conversation w/ Melanie Lynskey

2 July 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Icymi  Part One of this Podcast & The Smackdown Itself

Starring: Actress Melanie Lynskey, the original creator of the Smackdowns Brian Herrera (aka StinkyLulu), and your regulars Nathaniel R,  Joe Reid and Nick Davis

Smackdown 1964 - A Companion Conversation Pt. 2

00:01 Back From Intermission & Joe freaks out over Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte

04:05 Bette Davis and Baby Jane

07:30 Agnes Moorehead totally divides us

13:30 The Night of the Iguana and its repressed lesbian

16:30 Melanie talks subtext, chemistry and shares an acting pet peeve

20:50 Nathaniel demands a remake and we cast it

24:00 Ava Gardner and Richard Burton Gif-ables

31:20 Not Nominated: Glynis Johns, Irene Papas, and Gloria Foster

34:10 A parting question for Melanie Lynskey

You can listen at the bottom of the post or download the conversation on iTunes. Continue the conversation in the comments.

Thanks Again To Our Guest Melanie Lynskey 

Her new film Happy Christmas (co-starring Anna Kendrick, »


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anything can happen in the woods... ♪ can i link you?

23 June 2014 4:30 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

La Curbed Character actress extraordinaire Agnes Moorehead's was apparently a wealthy gal. Her former home is going for $19 million. Whoa!

Empire new stills from The Imitation Game which I'm hearing very positive buzz on

HuffPo remembers Batman (1989) with pictures from the original premiere. Such a blast from the past. Remember when Robert Downey Jr and Sarah Jessica Parker were a couple!? Glenn Close looks so young. Anybody know the unnamed woman with Tim Burton?

In Contention Kris Tapley also paid tribute to the film which he says he owes... a lot

Movie Mezzanine Lars von Trier was making movies about "rape culture" before it had a name. Discussion of Dogville & Breaking the Waves

/Film Steven Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience (2009) is becoming a TV series. Lodge Kerrigan who made the disturbing indie Clean, Shaven (1993) and the actress Amy Seimetz are writing and directing.

Vf Hollywood Katey Rich on Gary Oldman »


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If We Had Oscar Ballots... a 1941 Extra

30 May 2014 7:46 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Tomorrow when the Supporting Actress Smackdown 1941 hits, we'll just be discussing the five nominees (24 more hours to get your ballots in for the reader's section of the vote!). As it should be. But for the first time in a Smackdown I polled my fellow panelists as to who they would have nominated if, uh, they'd have been alive in 1941 and if, uh, they'd been AMPAS members.

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde lust after Lana Turner & Ingrid Bergman. And so does our panel.

Angelica and I didn't vote (I haven't seen enough 1941 pictures, I confess) but our other three panelists have recommendations for you outside the Oscar shortlist. In fact, all three of them only co-signed 2 of Oscar's 5 choices... different ones mostly so the Smackdown should be interesting (I'm not telling you which as the critiques come tomorrow!). So here are some For Your Considerations for your rental queues or your »


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“For Mature Audiences Only”: treasured TV oldsters of yesteryear

27 May 2014 12:34 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Some may say that television hasn’t been too good to senior citizens in terms of their stereotypical depictions. Regardless of the unflattering portrayals there had been some memorable oldsters (in this case over 60) that have given us equal shares of both laughs and cries. In “For Mature Audiences Only”, let’s take a look at some of the more mature characterizations that had an impact on our daily doses of entertainment on the glorious boob tube.

Instead of doing a typical top ten or top twenty listing let’s go in between with a top fifteen selection, shall we? The “For Mature Audiences Only” choices are not necessarily a tasting that everyone will agree on. Perhaps you have your own preferences that were omitted or something that you feel should be added? Anyway, here are the candidates in alphabetical order…

Now for our pop cultural Pepto Bismol personalities:

1.) Doc Galen Adams, »

- Frank Ochieng

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The Details: Douglas’s Dissolves

18 March 2014 9:10 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

If the dissolve has traditionally been thought of as little more than a glue connecting scenes in a conventional dramaturgy, a functional symbol of time’s passage, the technique’s employment by Douglas Sirk always aimed at a more complex dimension. In Sirk’s films, the moment of the dissolve—often suspended for three or four seconds—becomes a composition in itself, a vital carrier of subtext. Less about division (1 happens, then 2 happens) than unity (1 affects or produces 2), Sirk’s dissolves—so tinged with import that they must have been the product of close collaborations with his editors and his regular cinematographer Russell Metty—reveal the psychological connective tissue that spreads across the course of a narrative. Temporal expanses have little relevance in this context; the dissolve becomes a way of demonstrating the coexistence of the past, present, and possible futures.

All That Heaven Allows (1955), simultaneously one of the leanest »

- Carson Lund

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Twilight Zone 3 3/4 action figures coming from Bif Bang Pow!

12 March 2014 3:21 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

First broadcast in 1959, The Twilight Zone captured the imagination of millions and has been called one of the finest television series ever made. Toy company Bif Bang Pow! have been pumping out action figures and collectables from classic moments of the show and now they've released images of their latest series.

From the press release:

World-renowned manufacturer Bif Bang Pow! announced a creative partnership with Zica Toys in conjunction with David Lee, makers of high-quality retro-style toys and action figures, to produce a line of "The Twilight Zone" 3-3/4-inch retro action figures scheduled to ship in the fall of 2014.

The collection will focus on some of the most iconic characters from "The Twilight Zone" series, including William Shatner's nervous airline passenger Bob Wilson and the Gremlin that wants him to crash, both from the terrifying episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet"; the sly alien Kanamit from "To Serve Man"; the »

- Luke Owen

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Bif Bang Pow! Officially Announces New 3-3/4" Twilight Zone Action Figures

12 March 2014 11:45 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

During last month's Toy Fair we got word that Bif Bang Pow! is giving "The Twilight Zone" the vintage treatment with six 3-3/4" figures coming in the first wave, and now we have more details and official photos to share.

From the Press Release:

World-renowned manufacturer Bif Bang Pow! announced a creative partnership with Zica Toys in conjunction with David Lee, makers of high-quality retro-style toys and action figures, to produce a line of "The Twilight Zone" 3-3/4-inch retro action figures scheduled to ship in the fall of 2014.

The collection will focus on some of the most iconic characters from "The Twilight Zone" series, including William Shatner's nervous airline passenger Bob Wilson and the Gremlin that wants him to crash, both from the terrifying episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet"; the sly alien Kanamit from "To Serve Man"; the Invader from Agnes Moorehead's "The Invaders" episode; Burgess Meredith's »

- Debi Moore

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Photos of The Twilight Zone Retro Action Figures

12 March 2014 9:10 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Retro action figures are gaining a lot of popularity these days, with companies producing figures we wish we had back in the 70′s and 80′s. Added to the list are a new line of The Twilight Zone retro-style action figures from Bif Bang Pow! and Zica Toys, with the first series including Talky Tina, William Shatner’s character from Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, a Kanamit from To Serve Man, and more:

“Los Angeles, CA (March 12, 2014) – World-renowned manufacturer Bif Bang Pow! announced a creative partnership with Zica Toys in conjunction with David Lee, makers of high-quality retro-style toys and action figures, to produce a line of The Twilight Zone 3 3/4-inch retro action figures scheduled to ship in the Fall of 2014.

The collection will focus on some of the most iconic characters from The Twilight Zone series-including William Shatner’s nervous airline passenger Bob Wilson and the Gremlin that wants him to crash, »

- Jonathan James

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