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It Came From The Tube: Devil Dog: The Hound Of Hell (1978)

11 June 2017 12:07 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

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

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The Ballad of Cable Hogue

29 May 2017 9:59 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

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.

The Ballad of Cable Hogue


Warner Archive Collection

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

Film Editor: Frank Santillo, Lou Lombardo

Original Music: Jerry Goldsmith

Written by John Crawford and Edmund Penney

Produced by Sam Peckinpah »

- Glenn Erickson

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‘Kong: Skull Island’ Tops $500 Million at Worldwide Box Office

6 April 2017 6:23 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

King Kong is still a box office giant. “Kong: Skull Island” has crossed the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office.

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.


Kong: Skull Island,’ ‘Logan’ and Why March Is Kicking Off Summer Blockbuster Season

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

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Ride the High Country

4 April 2017 11:18 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »


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.

Ride the High Country


Warner Archive Collection

1962 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 92 min. / Street Date April 4, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, Mariette Hartley, Ron Starr, Edgar Buchanan, R.G. Armstrong, Jenie Jackson, James Drury, L.Q. Jones, John Anderson, John Davis Chandler, Warren Oates.

Cinematography Lucien Ballard

Art Direction Leroy Coleman, George W. Davis

Film Editor Frank Santillo

Original Music George Bassman

Written by N.B. Stone Jr.

Produced by Richard E. Lyons

Directed by Sam Peckinpah


MGM’s western Ride the High Country put Sam Peckinpah on the map with critics and the foreign cinema literati — although it didn’t do big box office when new, »

- Glenn Erickson

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Disney Cosplay Film is Humongous Hit

20 March 2017 10:06 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

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

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Box Office: ‘Kong: Skull Island’ Opens With $3.7 Million on Thursday

10 March 2017 7:28 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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Princess Margaret’s Former Husband Lord Snowdon Dies at 86

13 January 2017 7:32 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Lord Snowdon, the former husband of Princess Margaret, died peacefully at his home on Friday, a family spokesman said. He was 86.

Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones, known as Lord Snowden, wed the princess in 1960. They had two children before divorcing in 1978.

Before marrying Snowdon, Margaret had a highly-publicized relationship with Capt. Peter Townsend. The couple’s doomed love affair is featured on the hit Netflix series, The Crown.

“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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