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So Aaron Sorkin? As Claude Rains said at the end of “Casablanca,” “As I suspected, you’re a rank sentimentalist.” Then again, anyone who has stuck with “The Newsroom” through its three interesting, exhausting, at times aggravating seasons — or for that matter, “The West Wing” in its heyday — won’t find that to be a major surprise, or always a bad thing.
Yes, the writer rails against the failings of the modern media, but that’s because of his faith in the nobler aspects of the calling. Yet in romanticizing the news, his fictionalized work didn’t just preach, capitalizing on the benefit of hindsight to illustrate where journalists have fallen short, but too often rang hollow.
Those excesses, for good and ill, were evident throughout this finishing six-episode arc and Sunday’s series finale (and Spoiler Alert if you haven’t watched), which followed the sudden death of news »
- Brian Lowry
One of the most common fantasy powers to have – arguably right up there with flying and super strength – is the power of invisibility. Long before Harry Potter got his invisibility cloak or Susan Storm was given the ability to make herself invisible, H.G. Wells introduced modern popular culture to the double-sided coin this power could hold. Years after Wells wrote his book “The Invisible Man,” Universal Studios adapted the story into a film with Claude Rains, which spawned several inferior sequels. Throughout the years, our fascination with invisibility continued to show, in modern versions of the story by John Carpenter (Memoirs of an Invisible Man) and Paul Verhoeven (Hollow Man) as well as elements of other films like the goofy sci-fi invisible Aston Martin in Die Another Day. In fact, invisibility shows up so much in movies that it got me thinking about it more than I ever did walking past the girls’ shower room while I »
- Kevin Carr
The Universal Monsters Shared Universe franchise announced back in July keeps getting bigger and bigger, with the studio rumored to be developing a reboot of The Wolf Man.
Prisoners screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski has reportedly come aboard to write the script, although no details were given about how this classic character will be rebooted. Universal's Dracula Untold was confirmed last month to be the first in this series. Although it wasn't initially envisioned as a part of the franchise, a prologue scene that showed Luke Evans' title character in a modern-day market is what helps kick off this universe.
The Untitled Mummy Reboot will fully launch the franchise, arriving in theaters June 24, 2016, with the studio announcing last month that an unspecified monster movie will hit theaters on April 21, 2017. It isn't known if The Wolf Man or another project will occupy this date yet.
The Wolf Man franchise was launched in »
'Henry V' Movie Actress Renée Asherson dead at 99: Laurence Olivier leading lady in acclaimed 1944 film (image: Renée Asherson and Laurence Olivier in 'Henry V') Renée Asherson, a British stage actress featured in London productions of A Streetcar Named Desire and Three Sisters, but best known internationally as Laurence Olivier's leading lady in the 1944 film version of Henry V, died on October 30, 2014. Asherson was 99 years old. The exact cause of death hasn't been specified. She was born Dorothy Renée Ascherson (she would drop the "c" some time after becoming an actress) on May 19, 1915, in Kensington, London, to Jewish parents: businessman Charles Ascherson and his second wife, Dorothy Wiseman -- both of whom narrowly escaped spending their honeymoon aboard the Titanic. (Ascherson cancelled the voyage after suffering an attack of appendicitis.) According to Michael Coveney's The Guardian obit for the actress, Renée Asherson was "scantly »
- Andre Soares
Top 100 horror movies of all time: Chicago Film Critics' choices (photo: Sigourney Weaver and Alien creature show us that life is less horrific if you don't hold grudges) See previous post: A look at the Chicago Film Critics Association's Scariest Movies Ever Made. Below is the list of the Chicago Film Critics's Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time, including their directors and key cast members. Note: this list was first published in October 2006. (See also: Fay Wray, Lee Patrick, and Mary Philbin among the "Top Ten Scream Queens.") 1. Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock; with Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam. 2. The Exorcist (1973) William Friedkin; with Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow (and the voice of Mercedes McCambridge). 3. Halloween (1978) John Carpenter; with Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Tony Moran. 4. Alien (1979) Ridley Scott; with Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt. 5. Night of the Living Dead (1968) George A. Romero; with Marilyn Eastman, »
- Andre Soares
With Halloween fast approaching, EW is picking the five best films in a variety of different horror movie categories. For the past week and a half, we've been posting our top picks from several specific groups—demons, ghosts, slasher movies, and so on—and giving you the chance to vote on which film from each category is your favorite. On Oct. 31, EW will reveal your top choices. We already covered vampires earlier today—but now it's time to tackle their furry, sharp-toothed nemeses. We've never really had a Werewolf Moment. Vampires have been popular figures onscreen since the silent film era. »
- Darren Franich
In 1931, Universal Studios made a killing with their scary movies Dracula and Frankenstein. Audiences loved the supernatural characters, and to capitalize on the burgeoning movie monster craze, Universal rolled out The Mummy (1932) and, nine years later, The Wolf Man (1941).
The Mummy casts the incomparable Boris Karloff as a 3,000-year-old Egyptian priest who was mummified alive for attempting to bring back the dead. Archaeologists accidently revive the wrinkly man-monster, who wreaks havoc searching for his lost love.
The Wolf Man stars Lon Chaney Jr. as an American who is bitten by a werewolf while visiting his ancestral home in Wales. He transforms into a hairy beast who kills villagers, and only his father (Claude Rains) can stop the mayhem.
Neither the Mummy nor the Wolf Man possess the star power of their more popular monster brethren Drac and Frank, but they’re still creepy enough to spawn chills.
Watch as our »
- Ingrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine
Best British movies of all time? (Image: a young Michael Caine in 'Get Carter') Ten years ago, Get Carter, starring Michael Caine as a dangerous-looking London gangster (see photo above), was selected as the United Kingdom's very best movie of all time according to 25 British film critics polled by Total Film magazine. To say that Mike Hodges' 1971 thriller was a surprising choice would be an understatement. I mean, not a David Lean epic or an early Alfred Hitchcock thriller? What a difference ten years make. On Total Film's 2014 list, published last May, Get Carter was no. 44 among the magazine's Top 50 best British movies of all time. How could that be? Well, first of all, people would be very naive if they took such lists seriously, whether we're talking Total Film, the British Film Institute, or, to keep things British, Sight & Sound magazine. Second, whereas Total Film's 2004 list was the result of a 25-critic consensus, »
- Andre Soares
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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