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Drive-In Dust Offs: Strange Invaders (1983)

Long live Michael Laughlin. Two years after he released one of my favorite early ‘80s oddities, Strange Behavior (I wrote about it here), he was back to unleash the next chapter in a proposed ‘Strange’ trilogy, Strange Invaders (1983). And while the former is a tribute to Mad Scientist films of the ‘50s via an updated Slasher take, the latter tips its fedora to the great Alien Invasion films of the same era. It may not reach the same dizzyingly weird heights, but Strange Invaders is an affectionate romp that captures the feel of those bygone drive-in classics and solidifies Laughlin’s unique voice.

A co-production between Emi Films and Lone Wolf McQuade Associates, Strange Invaders was released by Orion Pictures in mid September stateside to positive reviews and lackluster box office. Returning only a quarter of its $5 million plus budget, this was the Way of the Laughlin – everyone liked his movies,
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Watch Sammy Davis Jr. Announce the Wrong Oscar Winner Back in 1964 (Video)

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Watch Sammy Davis Jr. Announce the Wrong Oscar Winner Back in 1964 (Video)
Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty will probably never live down Sunday’s epic Oscars flub. At least they can console themselves in knowing they’re not the first to make such an error at the Academy Awards. Also Read: Read the Oscar Accountants' New, Expanded Apology: 'Last Night We Failed the Academy' In 1964, Sammy Davis Jr. endured a similarly awkward moment after he was handed the wrong envelope when presenting the Oscar for Best Music Score. Instead of announcing the winner as Andre Previn for “Irma La Douche,” Davis Jr. read his card, which mistakenly listed the winner as John Addison for “Tom Jones.
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Sammy Davis Jr. Was Given the Wrong Envelope at the 1964 Oscars (Watch)

Sammy Davis Jr. Was Given the Wrong Envelope at the 1964 Oscars (Watch)
Perhaps Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty can find some solace in the fact that they weren’t the only presenters in Oscars history to get it wrong.

53 years before the “Bonnie and Clyde” duo incorrectly announced the winner for best picture on Sunday night after being handed the wrong envelope, Sammy Davis. Jr. was also given the incorrect winner during the 1964 Oscars ceremony while presenting the award for best music score for an adaptation or treatment. Originally, Davis Jr. announced John Addison as the winner for “Tom Jones,” who was not even in the category, when in actuality the award was supposed to be given to Andre Previn for “Irma La Douce.”

Davis Jr. smoothly played off the error, joking “wait till the NAACP hears about this,” which garnered a huge applause from the audience. After he was promptly handed the correct envelope, Davis. Jr. slid on his glasses, and
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Best Picture Mix-Up Isn't the First Time Someone Opened the Wrong Envelope at the Oscars

Best Picture Mix-Up Isn't the First Time Someone Opened the Wrong Envelope at the Oscars
That was pretty wild!

There's at least some precedent for the 'La La Land'-'Moonlight' snafu that has gone down as one of the most shocking moments in Academy Awards history.

Watch: 2017 Oscars: The Best, Worst and Weirdest Moments of the Night

It's safe to say that the snafu will go down as one of the most shocking moments in Academy Awards history, but a presenter receiving the incorrect envelope is not a completely unprecedented occurrence at the show -- it's happened before!

The year was 1964, and Sammy Davis Jr. was to read the winner for the Adapted Music Score category, only to unwittingly declare John Addison (Tom Jones) the winner.

It's not totally the same. While Addison did win that night, it was in the Original Music Score category.

Exclusive: Inside Oscars After-Parties: Warren Beatty Keeps the Envelope!

"They gave me the wrong envelope?" Davis asked, before everything was cleared up, and [link=nm
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The 1 Other Time in Oscars History When the Wrong Winner Was Called

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The biggest story to come out of the Oscars this year is undoubtedly the fact that presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway called out the wrong best picture winner. Initially they said La La Land had won the honor, but the real winner was Moonlight. (Cue mortified producers scurrying around the stage.) As embarrassing as the whole fiasco was, it's not the first time it's happened at the Oscars. No, I'm not talking about the time Marisa Tomei was rumored not to have won in 1993. I'm going way back to the 1964 Oscars. Sammy Davis Jr. was presenting the award for best music, scoring of music, adaptation or treatment. The nominees were Irma La Douce, Bye Bye Birdie, A New Kind of Love, Sundays and Cybele, and The Sword in the Stone. He opened the envelope and read off the name: John Addison for Tom Jones. Addison did win an Oscar that year,
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This Wasn’t the First Time a Presenter Was Given the Wrong Card at the Oscars

This Wasn’t the First Time a Presenter Was Given the Wrong Card at the Oscars
Even the biggest night in movies isn’t without the occasional flub.

While many were perplexed as to how Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were handed the wrong envelope at the 2017 Oscars, leading the presenters to mistakenly announce La La Land as the winner of Best Picture, it’s happened before.

At the 1964 Academy Awards, Sammy Davis Jr. presented the award for Best Music Score (adaptation or treatment) during the 36th Academy Awards, but he too was given the incorrect envelope.

Davis Jr. read the nominees: Irma La Douce, Bye Bye Birdie, A New Kind of Love, Sundays and Cybele
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A Taste of Honey

Elfin Rita Tushingham makes a smash film debut as Shelagh Delaney's dispirited working class teen, on her own in Manchester and unprepared for the harsh truths of life. It's one of the best of the British New Wave. A Taste of Honey Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 829 1961 / B&W / 1:66 widescreen / 100 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date August 23, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Rita Tushingham, Dora Bryan, Paul Danquah, Murray Melvin, Robert Stephens. Cinematography Walter Lassally Film Editor Anthony Gibbs Original Music John Addison Written by Tony Richardson and Shelagh Delaney adapted from her stage play Produced and directed by Tony Richardson

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

The British New Wave got a real shot in the arm with 1961's A Taste of Honey. A stubbornly realistic drama about life in the lower working classes of Manchester, it was adapted from a near-revolutionary play by Shelagh Delaney, produced by Joan Littlewood. Here in
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John Osborne on Film: The Entertainer

Part I. Anger, Suez and Archie Rice

“There they are,” George Devine told John Osborne, surveying The Entertainer‘s opening night audience. “All waiting for you…Same old pack of c***s, fashionable assholes. Just more of them than usual.” The Royal Court had arrived: no longer outcasts, they were London’s main attraction.

Look Back in Anger vindicated Devine’s model of a writer’s-based theater. Osborne’s success attracted a host of dramatists to Sloane Square. There’s Shelagh Delaney, whose A Taste of Honey featured a working-class girl pregnant from an interracial dalliance; Harold Pinter’s The Room, a bizarre “comedy of menace”; and John Arden’s Serjeant Musgrave’s Dance, which aimed a Gatling gun at its audience. Devine encouraged them, however bold or experimental. “You always knew he was on the writer’s side,” Osborne said.

Peter O’Toole called the Royal Court actors “an
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Academy’s Song Nominee Disqualification Not Unprecedented

Academy’s Song Nominee Disqualification Not Unprecedented
Last week’s disqualification of “Alone Yet Not Alone” from Oscar’s best song category is the latest in a series of scandals and head-scratchers that have plagued the music Oscars for years.

It’s only the second time in four decades that a music nomination has been withdrawn. The last time was in 1972, when composer Nino Rota’s Oscar-nominated score for “The Godfather” was declared ineligible after it was learned that his love theme was written for a 1958 Italian film.

The “Godfather” score was replaced by a new nominee, John Addison’s music for “Sleuth.” Curiously, the winner that year was the score from “Limelight,” Charlie Chaplin’s 1952 movie, which became eligible by getting a belated Los Angeles release in 1972.

Rota wound up winning the Oscar two years later for his “Godfather II” score, despite the fact that a great number of those themes could be found in the earlier score,
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The all-time greatest war movie themes

A great theme tune forms the backbone of any classic war movie, but which are the best? Here’s Mark’s selection…

When I was growing up in the 60s, there was a definite nostalgia for the war that stimulated the making of some excellent movies, mostly based on real events in World War II. But through some entirely inexplicable quirk of fate (or the fact that they had big enough budgets), many of them ended up with such evocative theme music. Just hearing some of the music stirs up the emotions.

I bought a few such themes on various movie soundtrack albums, but eventually hit gold with a record put out by Geoff Love and his orchestra called Big War Movie Themes. This has, without exception, some of the best examples of the genre.

I don't really need an excuse to talk about war movies, so which were the most stirring themes?
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Top 7 Movies (20 yrs+) That Should Never Have Sequels

We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.

Everyone, including yours truly, is uber-excited about the long overdue sequel to Tron, Tron: Legacy. When Bayer requested that I do a Top 7 Movies That Need Sequels, I was intrigued and excited. When Bayer also gave Calhoun that same assignment I was somewhat less intrigued and excited; and when Calhoun hogged up all the movies I was going to pick and ran off giggling, the romance was over.

Kersten’s Top 7 Movies (20 yrs+) That Deserve Sequels

In desperately searching for movies that should have a sequel that aren’t on Calhoun’s list, I’ve amassed a list of sequel abominations, sequels that would mean a desecration of the art of film and make us all feel like dirty wh*res. These are the sequels that would improve upon celluloid the way the Visigoths tidied up Rome.

Yes, folks. It’s the
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