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12 items from 2016


Time to Double Dip on One of the Best Horror/Comedies of All Time

23 July 2016 7:33 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

This Week in New DVD ReleasesZombies Politely Request More Paramedics in One of the Best Horror/Comedies of All TimePick of the WeekThe Return of the Living Dead [Scream Factory]

What is it? You’ve gone through life thinking the events dramatized in George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead were fictional, but the fact is the film was based on a real incident. Freddy learns this truth the hard way on his first day at a medical supply warehouse when he accidentally unleashes the chemical that once again resurrects the dead into flesh-hungry zombies.

Why buy it? Dan O’Bannon’s mid-’80s classic is one of the best horror/comedies ever made, period. The laughs are frequent, sharp, and just as likely to come from dialogue, delivery, or events, but don’t let its comedic chops make you doubt its quality as a horror movie. Scares, gore, and terrific pacing drive this gem forward to the »

- Rob Hunter

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TV Stars Who Died in 2016, From Garry Shandling to Chyna (Photos)

12 July 2016 5:43 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

A look back at the small-screen entertainers who passed this year The entertainment world lost some of its most memorable TV stars in 2016. Click on to read more. Pat Harrington, Jr. (died Jan. 6, age 86) Harrington had a master’s degree in philosophy but followed his father into acting. He earned praise for his early TV comedy work with Steve Allen and others, but audiences today remember him best as Schneider, the wisecracking building superintendent on the ’70s sitcom “One Day at a Time.” Also Read: Pat Harrington Jr. Remembered by Hollywood: 'He Brought So Much Joy and Laughter to Our Planet' Abe. »

- Scott Collins

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John C. Reilly on Marc Maron, Martin Scorsese Revisits ‘The King of Comedy,’ Director Streaks, & More

27 June 2016 12:59 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Dailies is a round-up of essential film writing, news bits, videos, and other highlights from across the Internet. If you’d like to submit a piece for consideration, get in touch with us in the comments below or on Twitter at @TheFilmStage.

Martin Scorsese talks about the making of The King of Comedy with Vanity Fair‘s Simon Abrams:

I didn’t really understand where I stood in relationship to the film, the story, Rupert Pupkin, and Jerry Langford, too, until I was in the process of making the film—the shooting, the editing. I don’t think I necessarily liked what I found. What I mean is: I saw myself in Rupert, on the surface, as somebody that came from that appreciation of early television of the 50s—particularly New York variety comedy shows. Steve Allen, Jack Paar. These personalities were so vivid and so strong that they became something very new to me. »

- The Film Stage

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Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words

25 June 2016 1:13 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words takes its title from a song found on the composer’s 1972 fusion album The Grand Wazoo, and there may be no better preparation for the Frank Zappa revealed in director Thorston Schutte’s extraordinary documentary than this command to consume, and then presumably digest and defecate out, the sort of journalistic queries Zappa routinely endured, with patience, smarts and inescapable sarcasm, throughout his career. “Being interviewed is one of the most abnormal things that you can do to somebody,” Zappa explains during a TV interview to a reporter whose expression, an uneasy mixture of intimidation and confusion, remains constant throughout their encounter.

The composer’s testy relationship with the media is one of the threads that unites Schutte’s somewhat unusual approach—there are none of the usual associates, scholars and friends on hand to tell you secondhand (at best) what a genius Zappa was, »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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The Player

30 May 2016 5:08 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Robert Altman's murder tale reeks of insider access and Hollywood hipster Bs; its main claim to greatness is its fifty-plus star cameos. It may no longer seem as smart as it looked in 1992, but they don't make 'em any slicker than this. The Player Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 812 1992 / Color /1:85 widescreen / 124 min. / Available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date May 24, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward, Whoopi Goldberg, Peter Gallagher, Brion James, Cynthia Stevenson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Lyle Lovett. Cinematography Jean Lépine Original Music Thomas Newman Written by Michael Tolkin from his novel Produced by David Brown, Michael Tolkin, Nick Wechsler Directed by Robert Altman

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Robert Altman's filmography is undergoing what looks like a full retrospective through Criterion; even the 1975 title Nashville came out not long ago. This very successful later picture marks a revitalization of the director's career. It's sort of a Kafkaesque spin on Hail, »

- Glenn Erickson

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University of Kansas Sorority Girl Allegedly Kidnapped By Tinder Date and Beaten in His Trailer

12 May 2016 1:50 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A University of Kansas sorority member was allegedly kidnapped and beaten by a man she met on Tinder, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by People. The affidavit, filed in the Douglas County District Court, alleges the 20-year-old college student was picked up from her sorority house by Shane Steven Allen, 30, on Tuesday April 12. She did not return to her sorority house until the following Monday, and when she did, she was "severely battered," according to the affidavit. She was taken straight to the hospital that Monday, the morning of April 18, with visible bruising to her face, neck, chest, back and legs, »

- Mollie Cahillane, @MollieCahillane

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University of Kansas Sorority Girl Allegedly Kidnapped By Tinder Date and Beaten in His Trailer

12 May 2016 1:50 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A University of Kansas sorority member was allegedly kidnapped and beaten by a man she met on Tinder, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by People. The affidavit, filed in the Douglas County District Court, alleges the 20-year-old college student was picked up from her sorority house by Shane Steven Allen, 30, on Tuesday April 12. She did not return to her sorority house until the following Monday, and when she did, she was "severely battered," according to the affidavit. She was taken straight to the hospital that Monday, the morning of April 18, with visible bruising to her face, neck, chest, back and legs, »

- Mollie Cahillane, @MollieCahillane

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‘Spotlight’ Wins First La Press Club Film Award

18 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Best Picture Oscar nominee Spotlight is the recipient of the Los Angeles Press Club’s inaugural Veritas Award, given to a film based on or inspired by real events and people. The award, judged and voted on by Lapc membership, will be presented February 25 at the Steve Allen Theatre in L.A., with the Boston Globe‘s original Spotlight team of Sacha Pfeiffer, Ben Bradlee Jr. and Mike Rezendes expected among the guests. The pic, directed by Tom McCarthy and written by… »

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Watch: Trailers from Hell Takes on 'Smutty' Cult Classic 'College Confidential'

12 February 2016 2:30 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Noted moralist Albert Zugsmith takes the directorial reins on this smutty followup to "High School Confidential" that pushes the envelope about as far as a 1960 studio picture could go, and emerges as pretty entertaining for mostly the wrong reasons. Steve Allen (!) is the crusading sex researcher who seems to find Mamie Van Doren a suitable target — for study of course.  »

- Trailers From Hell

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College Confidential

11 February 2016 10:00 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Noted moralist Al Zugsmith takes the directorial reins on this smutty followup to High School Confidential that pushes the envelope about as far as a 1960 studio picture could go, and emerges as pretty entertaining for mostly the wrong reasons. Steve Allen (!) is the crusading sex researcher who seems to find Mamie Van Doren a suitable target-- for study of course. »

- TFH Team

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Film Review: ‘Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words’

1 February 2016 11:17 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words” pulls together interview, concert and behind-the-scenes footage to commemorate one of the rock era’s most idiosyncratic star musicians. Thorsten Schutte’s entirely archival assemblage is most likely to be appreciated by the previously converted, as its stimulating if somewhat patchy overview of a multi-various career skims over or omits too many aspects to comprise a definitive introduction. Sony Classics picked up worldwide rights (excluding France and Germany) at Sundance.

A self-taught composer and multi-instrumentalist primarily interested in avant-garde music, the young Zappa is seen wresting sounds from an adapted bicycle (accompanied by studio band) on the syndicated “Steve Allen Show” in 1963. Also heavily influenced by free jazz, such experimentation won much attention if not wide commercial success with 1966’s “Freak Out,” his first album with the Mothers of Invention.

It established him as a challenging outlier in the rock field, »

- Dennis Harvey

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Pat Harrington Jr., Schneider on 'One Day at a Time', Passes Away at 86

7 January 2016 10:57 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sad news for classic TV fans and animation enthusiasts. Pat Harrington Jr. has passed away at the age of 86. The comedian and voice-over actor was best known as the handyman Schneider on the classic 70s sitcom One Day at a Time. He even won an Emmy for his work on the show. He died Wednesday night, it was announced by his daughter. This happened two months after she announced that he was suffering from Alzheimer's disease, and that his health was deteriorating. Phil Brock of the Studio Talent Group had this to say in a statement.

"We have all lost a gracious human being who will always be remembered for his portrayals of the human condition. Pat had the ability to bring laughter and kindness to any role. The twinkle in his Irish eyes let you know that you were in on the joke. His was an extraordinarily impactful long lasting career. »

- MovieWeb

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