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Thanks to The Omen (1976) and little Damien’s watchdog, Hollywood figured they could mine some horror from our canine friends, on the assumption that there’s something inherently evil to exploit. Except…they’re not. Are they sometimes vicious? Definitely. But I would hardly call dogs evil, especially ones allegedly in favor with Satan. Which brings us to todays’ Tube, as TV naturally had to take a shot at demonizing our four legged friends, a task at which Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell (1978) fails spectacularly. It is however, a blast and more fun than a bowl full of kibble.
Originally airing on Halloween night of 1978 on CBS, Devil Dog was up against Linda Blair and her demonic cousin in Summer of Fear over on NBC, a true dilemma for horror fans as both satisfy in different ways. But since I’ve already covered that Wes Craven helmed Ya adaptation »
- Scott Drebit
Easily the most mellow of the films of Sam Peckinpah, this relatively gentle western fable sees Jason Robards discovering water where it ain’t, and establishing his private little way station paradise, complete with lover Stella Stevens and eccentric preacher David Warner. Some of the slapstick is sticky but the sexist bawdy humor is too cute to offend . . . and Peckinpah-phobes will be surprised to learn that the movie is in part a musical.
1970 / 1:85 widescreen / 121 min. / Street Date June 6, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99
Starring Jason Robards Jr., Stella Stevens, David Warner, Strother Martin, L.Q. Jones, R.G. Armstrong, Peter Whitney, Gene Evans, William Mims, Kathleen Freeman, Susan O’Connell, Vaughn Taylor, Max Evans, James Anderson.
Cinematography: Lucien Ballard
Art Direction: Leroy Coleman
Original Music: Jerry Goldsmith
Produced by Sam Peckinpah »
- Glenn Erickson
It’s the third 2017 title to hit the milestone, after Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” and Fox’s “Logan.” Production companies Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures, and Tencent Pictures made the announcement Thursday.
The domestic total has topped $150 million in its first four weeks, while the international take has reached $358.7 million, led by $123 million in China. “Kong: Skull Island” took in $22.5 million on its opening day in China, the second-largest English-language film launch of the year in the country, behind “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter,” and the fifth-biggest Friday debut ever for a U.S. title in the Middle Kingdom.
It’s also become the highest grosser of all time in Vietnam, one of »
- Dave McNary
Before he became the flag bearer for cinema violence, Sam Peckinpah made his reputation with this unique western, a marvelous rumination on ethics, morality and personal responsibility. MGM all but threw it away in the summer of 1962 but it immediately became a critical favorite.
1962 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 92 min. / Street Date April 4, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99
Cinematography Lucien Ballard
Film Editor Frank Santillo
Original Music George Bassman
Written by N.B. Stone Jr.
Produced by Richard E. Lyons
Directed by Sam Peckinpah
- Glenn Erickson
‘Beauty and the Beast’ maintains today’s biggest box office trend.
“It was Beauty and the Beast killed the beast…at the box office.” — paraphrasing fictional character Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong/Dudley Moore/Jack Black) seems appropriate on the occasion of Disney’s latest remake crushing the competition over the weekend. Both Logan and The Belko Experiment ran ads telling people to see “the beast” instead of “the beauty,” though that campaign would have made the most sense for Kong: Skull Island given King Kong is the source of that quote above. Well, Beauty and the Beast made more than three times as much as all those movies put together in its debut. Moviegoers overwhelmingly preferred the beauty.
Today is the rare Monday morning where a hit really does look like history. The spin and hype about Beauty and the Beast being a big deal is deserved. Taking in a $175m domestic gross, the »
- Christopher Campbell
“Kong: Skull Island” has opened with a solid $3.7 million in Thursday night preview screenings in North America.
The Warner Bros.-Legendary Entertainment tentpole — the only major new release in the marketplace — has been forecast to take in $45 million to $50 million at 3,846 sites this weekend. The Thursday night number is less than half of the $9.5 million preview total for Hugh Jackman’s “Logan” a week ago.
Film Review: ‘Kong: Skull Island’
Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman and Brie Larson star in “Kong: Skull Island,” a reboot of the King Kong franchise set on an uncharted island in the Pacific Ocean. The film, directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, has a hefty $185 million price tag. It’s opening with strong reviews, leading to an impressive 79% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics have lauded the film’s visual effects and fast-paced story.
“Kong: Skull Island” is also opening in 65 international markets this weekend. »
- Dave McNary
Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones, known as Lord Snowden, wed the princess in 1960. They had two children before divorcing in 1978.
“During the 60s, before their marriage started going wrong, they were royalty’s golden couple,” Margaret’s biographer Christoper Warwick tells People of the royal and Lord Snowdon. “Stories about them were legion, »
- Erin Hill
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