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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, »
- Scott Drebit
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. »
- Nigel Smith
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 »
- Sarah Ahern
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!
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 »
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, »
- Maggie Pehanick
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.
- Stephanie Petit
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