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Where’s Claude Rains when you need him?
Comcast’s pursuit of its $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable has already yielded some interesting political theater as execs from the cable giant run gauntlet in Washington to secure federal approval of the deal. But the dramatic stakes were raised Wednesday morning as Comcast came out swinging against key opponents of the deal, notably Discovery Communications and Netflix.
See Also: Comcast: Discovery, Other Critics Tried ‘Extortion’ Tactics to Stay Quiet on Merger
In a conference call with reporters, Comcast public policy chief David Cohen (pictured) came across a bit like Rains’ “Casablanca” character, Capt. Renault, the gendarme who is “shocked” to learn that gambling going on in his fair city.
In this case, the dice-roll that Comcast cited is all the behind-the-scenes maneuvering that a megabucks merger sparks among competiting companies. It’s no secret that businesses will try seek any »
- Cynthia Littleton
In addition to terrorizing teenagers on the silver screen, Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees stalked and slashed 8-bit characters in the worlds of two 1989 Nes games appropriately titled A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th. Nostalgic gamers can rejoice now that Funko and Super7 have captured the garish garb of the Nes versions of Freddy and Jason with new Nycc-exclusive ReAction figures.
The Nes Freddy and Jason figures will be available exclusively at Toy Tokyo’s booth at the New York Comic Con, which runs from October 9th – 12th at New York City’s Javits Center, and we have a look at the figures below (thanks to Toy Tokyo for the image!).
As a reminder, Funko and Super7’s ReAction Horror Series figures and Universal Monsters figures are now available. Similar to previous releases, the figures are 3 3/4 inches and come in retro Kenner-like packaging. These figures are priced at $9.99 apiece. »
- Derek Anderson
Attention, Universal monster fans... that means, well, all of you. The big U is releasing a gargantuan 30-film box set which spans their history of horror from 1931 to 1956, and we have your chance to score a copy on us!
To enter for your chance to win, just send us an email at email@example.com including your Full Name And Mailing Address. We’ll take care of the rest.
This contest will end on at 12:01 Am Pt on September 1st.
Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection Description
They informed our dreams and nightmares, each and every one. Brilliant actors, craftspeople, and filmmakers combined to deliver these indelible characters who may have died on screen, but they will surely live forever. They are the one and only Universal Classic Monsters.
Now, for the first time ever, all 30 Universal Pictures' Classic Monster films will be available together on DVD in »
- Steve Barton
For years a battle has raged amongst horror fans over who is the biggest and baddest movie maniac. Jason Voorhees? Freddy Krueger? Pinhead? Now, thanks to a nifty new graph from Film.com, you can find out for yourselves, despite one glaring omission!
Check out the chart below, which sees everyone's favorite mama's boy come out with the most impressive number. Know what's funny though? One movie maniac outshined all but one of those prestigious baddies on the graph when it comes to a kill count, And he did it in just a single 77-minute movie.
I speak of course of Universal's 1933 classic The Invisible Man. Admittedly, he's not a conventional slasher, but when it comes to evil, he cannot be denied. You see, this under-appreciated loony, played by the wonderful Claude Rains as the title character also known as Dr. Jack Griffin, causes the death of 122 people (most of »
- Steve Barton
“In sleep he sang to me, in dreams he came…”
It’s not a secret that I’m a jazz-handing, jazz squaring, belt singing musical theatre fangirl. Pair my love of horror movies with my obsession of musicals and it’s no surprise that one of my favorite horror movie characters is the famous “Phantom of the ______.” First brought to us in the form of the french novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra, the tortured story of a man forced to hide in the shadows and choosing to create chaos from his anger of being unloved has been retold, revamped, re-imagined, and remounted for over a century. Often, the story is told of the scorned man obsessing over something (usually a woman) and despite being presented as the villain, audiences always end up loving the elusive Phantom. In honor of Scream Factory’s release of Phantom Of The Paradise on Blu-Ray, »
- BJ Colangelo
All you cats out there who refuse to upgrade to Blu-ray are about to get one hell of a present from Universal! That is, if you're a Universal monster fan. The big U is releasing a gargantuan 30-film box set which spans their history of horror from 1931 to 1956!
The Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection is set for release on September 2nd and includes the following films, which are also available in smaller themed collections.
The Mummy (1932)
The Invisible Man (1933)
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Werewolf of London (1935)
Dracula’s Daughter (1936)
Son of Frankenstein (1939)
The Mummy’s Hand (1940)
The Invisible Woman (1940)
The Invisible Man Returns (1940)
The Wolf Man (1941)
Invisible Agent (1942)
The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)
The Mummy’s Tomb (1942)
Phantom of the Opera (1943)
Son of Dracula (1943)
The Invisible Man’s Revenge (1944)
The Mummy’s Ghost (1944)
House of Frankenstein (1944)
The Mummy’s Curse (1944)
House of Dracula (1945)
- Steve Barton
(Cbr) Christopher Eccleston passed on the opportunity to return to "Doctor Who," and he’s equally likely to reject any offers to reprise his role as "Thor: The Dark World" villain Malekith the Accursed. Not that a return to Malekith makes much sense, considering the Dark Elf was crushed and killed by the end of the 2013 sequel. Still, should Marvel ask Eccleston to cameo as the universe-threatening menace in a future film, he’s not inclined to accept the offer. “I don’t think I’d like to revisit six hours of makeup every day,” he told MTV. “And I think Malekith has served his time. The way of the Marvel films, the Thor films, they have a new villain every time.” Interestingly, Eccleston is much more amenable to returning to a different superhero franchise: "Heroes," returning in 2015 as "Heroes Reborn." Eccleston starred in the first season of the NBC superhero series as Claude Rains, »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
Christopher Eccleston's filmography is filled with a pretty impressive amount sci-fi and superhero assignments. There's Doctor Who, Heroes, Thor: The Dark World, G.I Joe: The Rise of Cobra and a host of other projects. Recently, MTV caught with Eccleston and asked him about possibily returning to the role of Malekith the Accurrsed for another Marvel Studios adventure and/or returning to the role of Claude Rains on NBC's upcoming, Heroes Reborn. Said The Ninth Doctor on returning to Heroes, "Of course, yeah, I had a great time on the show! Yeah. I’d always be interested. That was a great character. I love that guy." However, Eccleston was not as enthusiastic about the possibility of suiting up one more time as the dark elf, Malektih. "Eh, the makeup was a little, I don’t think I’d like to revisit six hours of makeup every day. And I »
Since the era of silent films, Universal Pictures has earned a reputation as the home of the monster movie, producing landmark films that defined the horror genre for all time.
Now for the first time ever, all 30 Universal Classic Monster films will be available together on DVD in the Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection, available on September 2, 2014.
Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection showcases every original film featuring Hollywood’s most iconic monsters, including Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Phantom of the Opera and The Creature from the Black Lagoon.
Starring legendary actors Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr., Claude Rains and Elsa Lanchester in the roles they made famous, these films set the standard for decades to come with revolutionary makeup, mind-blowing cinematography and groundbreaking special effects. Featuring hours of revealing bonus features, Universal Classic Monsters: Complete »
- Michelle McCue
For the first time ever, all of Universal’s classic monster movies are heading together in one collection. Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection is set for release on September 2nd.
Here’s the press release:
Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection showcases every original film featuring Hollywood’s most iconic monsters, including Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Phantom of the Opera and The Creature from the Black Lagoon.
Starring legendary actors Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr., Claude Rains and Elsa Lanchester in the roles they made famous, these films set the standard for decades to come with revolutionary makeup, mind-blowing cinematography and groundbreaking special effects. Featuring hours of revealing bonus features, Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection brings home classic thrills and chills with some of the most unforgettable characters ever filmed.
With hours of bonus features as »
- Luke Owen
Universal is proud of its monsters – from the classic horror pictures with Boris Karloff and Claude Rains to recent reboots with Hugh Jackman and Brendan Fraser. The original The Mummy first rose from his tomb in 1932 and over the course of two decades the studio got several instalments out of the tightly-wrapped menace. That ended with Abbott And Costello Meet The Mummy in 1955 before writer/director Stephan Sommers created an Indiana Jones-inspired series in 1999 that saw Darkman star Arnold Vosloo take the title role.
That franchise ended with the belated whimper of The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor by which time Sommers had jumped ship. Underworld’s Len Wiseman was attached to a revival, but when he bailed also Mama director Andy Muschietti came aboard. Like Wiseman he was lured by the prospect of bringing the character back with a darker angle but now he too has opted to close the sarcophagus. »
- Steve Palace
“I saw Lon Chaney Junior Dancing with the Queen!”
There will be a full moon Thursday May 1st when The Wolf Man screens at Schlafly Bottleworks in Mapelwood at 7pm.
“Even a man who is pure at heart and says his prayers by night may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright”. This is one of the most classic lines from Universal’s Gloden Age of Horror along with “It’s Alive”(Frankenstein) and “Listen to them, the children of the night….what music they make”(Dracula). In The Wolf Man (1941) Lon Chaney stars as Lawrence Talbot, who returns home to England, is bitten by a werewolf and then becomes one himself. It is very easy to become sympathetic toward Talbot and Chaney well-portrays the anguish and shame at what he has become. Claude Rains is excellent as Sir John Talbot’s father and Ralph Bellamy, »
- Tom Stockman
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has unveiled the complete list of 20 cities that will be treated to a free theatrical screening of classic Casablanca (1942) on Tuesday, March 4.
Nearly 10,000 fans voted to help choose 10 of the markets that will host screenings, with the most votes going to Baltimore, Buffalo, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Orlando, St. Louis and San Diego.
Those cities join the previously announced screenings in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Miami,Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.
Presented in collaboration with Warner Bros., TCM’s 20-market screening of Casablanca is one of many events surrounding the celebration of the network’s 20th Anniversary as a leading authority in classic film. Although the screenings are free, tickets are required for entrance.
Free tickets are now available for download from the TCM 20th Anniversary website: tcm.com/20.
TCM’s special screenings of Casablanca will begin at 7:30 p. »
- Melissa Thompson
Cinema Retro has received the following announcement:
To celebrate Valentine's Day, the Redford Theatre is offering free admission to this film event weekend in appreciation gratitude for the support and loyalty of our patrons. That's you!
Join us this weekend for what has been called one of the greatest films Hollywood has ever produced: "Casablanca". The black and white film from 1942 (a colorized version never went over very well) stars Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart, with a stellar supporting cast that includes Paul Henreid, Sidney Greenstreet, Claude Rains and Peter Lorre. While other great films from the '40s faded into obscurity, "Casablanca" just continued to grow in popularity. By 1977, it was the most frequently broadcast movie on TV. As recently as last March, Warner Brothers released a 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collectors Edition Combo Set on Blu-ray. That's all well and good, but how often do you have the opportunity »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
The Overlooked Hotel is a new column in which we throw the spotlight behind the front line, champion those unfairly lost in the shallow focus of fame and feed the hungry underdogs.
Our maiden guest in the Hotel is character actor and master storyteller Stephen Tobolowsky.
There are plenty of superstars out there. The Tom Cruises and Brad Pitts and George Clooneys of this world who, with a sprinkle of their magic pixie dust, can get a film made, with their name above the title on the poster and a big cut of the profits to boot. Likewise, hundreds of films (deservedly or otherwise) have their moment in the sun, awards and box office success lavished upon them as they are admitted to the ranks of “The Acclaimed”.
Then there are the other guys. The other films. Actors who always add something great to the films they appear in, but »
- Dave Roper
Maximilian Schell dead at 83: Best Actor Oscar winner for ‘Judgment at Nuremberg’ (photo: Maximilian Schell ca. 1960) Actor and filmmaker Maximilian Schell, best known for his Oscar-winning performance as the defense attorney in Stanley Kramer’s 1961 political drama Judgment at Nuremberg died at a hospital in Innsbruck, Austria, on February 1, 2014. According to his agent, Patricia Baumbauer, Schell died overnight following a "sudden and serious illness." Maximilian Schell was 83. Born on December 8, 1930, in Vienna, Maximilian Schell was the younger brother of future actor Carl Schell and Maria Schell, who would become an international film star in the 1950s (The Last Bridge, Gervaise, The Hanging Tree). Immy Schell, who would be featured in several television and film productions from the mid-’50s to the early ’90s, was born in 1935. Following Nazi Germany’s annexation of Austria in 1938, Schell’s parents, Swiss playwright Hermann Ferdinand Schell and Austrian stage actress Margarete Schell Noé, »
- Andre Soares
Kenneth Branagh, as a villainous Russian oligarch, is the highlight of this thrashabout featuring CIA spies and familiar tropes
The best scene in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit shows someone's first murder. CIA analyst Jack (Chris Pine) has just been picked up from Moscow airport by his driver, a big Ugandan who drives him to his hotel, helps him carry his bags to his room, then calmly turns, unholsters a pistol and starts firing. What follows is a Bourne-ish kinetic thrashabout – sinks are smashed, porcelain shattered, doors splintered. The brawl ends with Ryan drowning his assailant in the bathtub. "In this much water", Jack later recounts in rattled tones to his CIA boss Harper (Kevin Costner), who looks at Ryan's still shaking hand and tells him, "better after than during".
It's been a while since I felt that kind of mortal dread in a movie. Ok, so it's not Paul Newman »
- Tom Shone
“Welcome to Sherwood, my lady!”
Captain Blood may have made Errol Flynn a star but his role as the fit, cocky hero Robin Hood made him an immortal, and is no doubt his most remembered role. Actually, The Adventures Of Robin Hood was originally intended as a project for Jimmy Cagney, but when Errol became a star they knew he was made for the role. Warner Brothers really went all out on this one – period costumes, glorious Technicolor, (it looks like it could have been made yesterday – yet it was over 75 years ago!), a cast of thousands, mind blowing sets and much, much more! This movie, of course, is about the man who steals from the rich and gives to the poor: the handsome, young chap named Robin Hood who creates a lot of trouble around Sherwood! Trouble arises when Prince John (Claude Rains) takes advantage of King Richard’s »
- Tom Stockman
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