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Sliff 2016 – Tribute To King Kong Nov. 6th – Here are the Top Ten Giant Ape Movies of All Time!

A Tribute to King Kong takes place as part of the The St. Louis International Film Festival Sunday, Nov. 6 beginning at 6:00pm at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium. The first film screened will be the new documentary Long Live The King, which explores the enduring fascination with one of the biggest stars — both literally and figuratively — in Hollywood history: the mighty King Kong. Produced and directed by Frank Dietz and Trish Geiger, the creative team behind the award-winning “Beast Wishes,” the documentary devotes primary attention to the 1933 classic, celebrating the contributions of filmmakers Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, stars Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, and Bruce Cabot, writer Edgar Wallace, and especially stop-motion innovator Willis O’Brien. But Kong’s legacy is also fully detailed: the sequel “Son of Kong,” the cinematic kin “Mighty Joe Young,” the Dino DeLaurentis and Peter Jackson remakes, even the Japanese versions by Toho Studios.
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Christopher Lombardo & Jeff Kirschner Give Their Diagnosis of Healthcare Horror Movies

[Guest authors Christopher Lombardo and Jeff Kirschner of Really Awful Movies share their diagnosis of healthcare horror movies with Daily Dead readers.] When the Us was overhauling its healthcare system, much to-do was made about so-called “death panels,” government committees who would decide who lives and dies based on asset allocation. As far as healthcare horrors are concerned, it turns out that playing God is very real, but luckily only in film and Sarah Palin’s fright-filled imagination. Nefarious nurses, murderous docs, and psychopathic hallway stalkers in horror movies have effectively put end-of-life issues at the forefront, but not in a way that can be reasonably debated: your life, their ending of it.

We’ve decided to weigh in on the healthcare hullabaloo by looking at fictional settings that make One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest look like the height of patient-centered thinking. So sit back and self-medicate with whatever’s in the fridge (or better still, the medicine cabinet) and take these seven healthcare horrors—but don’t call us in the morning.
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‘Tower of Evil’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Jill Haworth, Bryant Haliday, Dennis Price, George Coulouris, Anna Palk, William Lucas, Anthony Valentine, Jack Watson, Derek Fowlds, Derek Fowlds, Gary Hamilton, Candace Glendenning, Dennis Price, Robin Askwith, Seretta Wilson | Written by Jim O’Connolly, George Baxt | Directed by Jim O’Connolly

Set in deserted lighthouse on fog-shrouded Snape Island, the terror of the Tower of Evil begins when a nude, crazed woman slaughters a sailor who visits the island. When she is taken back to civilization, she is found to possess an ancient relic; and so the authorities mount an expedition to solve a mysterious series of psycho-sexual murders…

I distinctly remember the very first time I saw Tower of Evil, it was on British TV – around the same time as the classic BBC 2 Horror double bills, so around 1993-95 – and, as someone who equated British horror with the likes of Amicus and Hammer, seeing the gloriously
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Blu-ray Review – Horror Hospital (1973)

Horror Hospital, 1973.

Directed by Anthony Balch.

Starring Michael Gough, Robin Askwith, Vanessa Shaw, Ellen Pollock, Dennis Price, Skip Martin amd Kurt Christian.

Synopsis:

A rock musician becomes the victim of a mad doctor who is looking for subjects to practise his mind control surgery on.

As British as fish n’ chips and cups of tea, Horror Hospital is a 1973 spoof on the mainstream horror movies of the time – Hammer, Amicus, etc. – that stars Robin Askwith (Confessions of a Window Cleaner and owner of probably the most exposed bottom of the 1970s) as Jason Jones, a failed rock musician looking to take a break from everything so he books a holiday at a health farm called Brittlehouse Manor way out in the countryside. On the way he hooks up with fellow traveller Judy Peters (Vanessa Shaw) and they arrive at the manor where they are the guests of Dr. Storm (Michael Gough
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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Dazzling-Looking Russian Revolution Epic Much Too Old-Fashioned

'Nicholas and Alexandra': Movie starred Michael Jayston and Janet Suzman 'Nicholas and Alexandra' movie review: Opulent 1971 spectacle lacks emotional core Nicholas and Alexandra is surely one of the most sumptuous film productions ever made. The elaborate sets and costumes, Richard Rodney Bennett's lush musical score, and frequent David Lean collaborator Freddie Young's richly textured cinematography provide the perfect period atmosphere for this historical epic. Missing, however, is a screenplay that offers dialogue instead of speeches, and a directorial hand that brings out emotional truth instead of soapy melodrama. Nicholas and Alexandra begins when, after several unsuccessful attempts, Tsar Nicholas II (Michael Jayston) finally becomes the father of a boy. Shortly thereafter, he and his wife, the German-born Empress Alexandra (Janet Suzman), have their happiness crushed when they discover that their infant son is a hemophiliac. In addition to his familial turmoil, the Tsar must also deal with popular
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Dr Who: films of Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy

Feature Alex Westthorp 16 Apr 2014 - 07:00

Alex's trek through the film roles of actors who've played the Doctor reaches Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy...

Read the previous part in this series, Doctor Who: the film careers of Patrick Troughton and Tom Baker, here.

In March 1981, as he made his Doctor Who debut, Peter Davison was already one the best known faces on British television. Not only was he the star of both a BBC and an ITV sitcom - Sink Or Swim and Holding The Fort - but as the young and slightly reckless Tristan Farnon in All Creatures Great And Small, about the often humorous cases of Yorkshire vet James Herriot and his colleagues, he had cemented his stardom. The part led, indirectly, to his casting as the venerable Time Lord.

The recently installed Doctor Who producer, John Nathan-Turner, had been the Production Unit Manager on
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Top 5: Reasons to attend McM Comic Con Birmingham

McM Comic Con and Memorabilia Birmingham take place this weekend, March 22nd-23rd, at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC). Unlike the huge event that is McM Comic Con London, this event is on a smaller scale – focusing more on memorabilia and the attending autograph guests. Having always attended the London event we took time out last November to attend our first McM Comic Con/Memorabilia Birmingham and enjoyed it so much we’re heading back this weekend.

But why should you attend? Well here’s out Top 5 reasons to attend McM Comic Con/Memorabilia Birmingham:

1) The Guests

As with any McM event, the guest list for Birmingham is packed with a veritable smorgasbord of actors and actresses from movies, television and anime. Plus for the more grown-up nerds there’s even an appearance from the odd glamour model and porn star!

My personal highlights for this weekends event are
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First guests announced for McM Comic Con / Memorabilia Birmingham

Whether you’re into Doctor Who and Star Wars or The Wire and Sherlock, there’s a great line-up of special guests coming to the NEC on 22-23 March for McM Birmingham Comic Con and Memorabilia. Here are just a few of them!

British actor, writer and director Phil Davis has appeared in a host of top TV shows including Whitechapel; Sherlock, Being Human, Merlin and Doctor Who, while his movie credits include Alien 3, Quadrophenia, Notes On A Scandal, Secrets & Lies and Vera Drake, for which he was BAFTA-nominated. Paul McGann – Famous for playing the Eighth Doctor in the 1996 Doctor Who television film – a role he reprised in 72 audio dramas and the 2013 mini-episode ‘The Night of the Doctor’ – and for starring alongside Richard E. Grant in much-loved 1987 black comedy Withnail And I. Clarke Peters – Best known as detective Lester Freamon in acclaimed crime drama The Wire, as well as
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The HeyUGuys Instant Watching Guide – January 6th 2014

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Man is there a lot of new content on streaming services this week. There are literally hundreds of new titles available for your viewing pleasure, I couldn’t possibly have written about all of it because I would be writing into next week! Just know that there is something there for everyone whether your bag is comedy, drama, action or horror.

Most impressively this week, Netflix have stepped up to the plate and unleashed a full load of good stuff. They have also announced that they are going to add an audio commentary to their original show House of Cards, which can only be good news for those holding on to their physical media love and may mean that this most valuable of DVD extras is not going away but will instead be reborn in a different guise.

This week’s new titles are as follows:

Star Trek Into Darkness
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Robin Askwith to play Dennis Tanner's mate in Corrie

Robin Askwith has been cast in 'Coronation Street'. The 'Confessions Of ' actor has landed a guest role as veteran rocker Ritchie in the ITV soap, and his alter-ego will be introduced as Dennis Tanner's (Philip Lowrie) former musical protégé. Ritchie's reappearance will revive Dennis's love of the music industry, prompting him to become the singer's manager once again, according to the Daily Star newspaper. His new job is set to cause friction with his wife Rita (Barbara Knox), who isn't happy about his time-consuming passion. Robin is rumoured to have started filming today (30.09.13) with the scenes set to air this autumn. The 62-year-old
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DVD Review: 'Run for Your Wife'

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★☆☆☆☆ The inimitable Danny Dyer returned to UK cinema screens earlier this year in Ray Cooney and John Luton's infamous Run for Your Wife (2012), occupying the type of role that few would have associated him with - but will be now be praying he never returns to. Far similar in style and tone to an extended CBeebies offering than the type of 1970s British sex comedy that it purports to ape (the Confessions... cycle's Robin Askwith even makes an ill-advised cameo - the first of many), Cooney and Luton's fatuous farce flops from one unbearable skit to the next, before letting its reprehensible bigamist off the hook, scot-free.

Dyer plays London cabbie John Smith, who inexplicably finds himself married to not one, but two attractive women - one in Stockwell (Denise Van Outen's Michelle), the other in Finsbury (Sarah Harding's Stephanie). After intervening to halt a late night
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Top Ten Tuesday – The Ten Best Giant Ape Movies

Article by Tom Stockman

Though he may have been but an animated model given life through primitive special effects, King Kong, with his doomed loved for the beautiful blonde, has become one of the most beloved of all movie characters, revived in remakes, sequels and knock-offs. But Kong wasn’t the only massive simian to grace the silver screen. Here’s a look at the ten best giant ape movies.

Honorable Mention: A*P*E

The ad campaign for the 1976 Korean film A*P*E warned “Not to be confused with King Kong”. A captive giant ape, after escapes from a freighter and sets his destructive sights on Seoul, Korea where he falls for an American actress (Joanna Kerns ) filming a movie there. A*P*E was originally filmed in 3-D so there are countless shots of a man in a moth-eaten ape suit throwing Styrofoam boulders at the camera.
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Playing For Keeps DVD Review

Director: Gabriele Muccino.

Starring: Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Dennis Quaid, Judy Greer, Uma Thurman, Iqbal Theba, Noah Lomax.

Running Time: 100 minutes.

Certificate: 12.

Synopsis: Ex-footballer George is trying to sort his life out when he decides to coach his infant son’s soccer team. His ex-wife Stacie is pleased to see him spend time with their kid, but all the soccer moms are pleased to see him for different reasons. Sexy reasons. Can George grow up enough to get his life together? Probably.

Imagine Mrs Doubtfire without the laughs and without the dragging up, then cross it with the Robin Askwith Confessions movies from the 1970s. Add an all-star cast, who really deserve better, and you’ve got Playing For Keeps. A soppy, family-friendly sex comedy that doesn’t quite know what it wants to do and ends up wasting your time.

Gerard Butler plays George, the hunky ex-footballer
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Run for Your Wife – review

Classic farces of the Feydeau, Aldwych and Whitehall kind have rarely worked in the cinema, and this widely performed stage play by Ray Cooney is no exception. The plot turns upon a bigamous London taxi driver (Danny Dyer) and accidental "have-a-go" hero having to explain his irregular lifestyle to the press, the police and the two wives. What we admire in great farce is the ingenuity and precision of the writing, the speed and virtuosity of the playing and the conviction that something serious is at stake for the characters. Run for Your Wife fulfils none of these conditions and is woefully dated in its misogyny and homophobia. Three-quarters of the British acting profession over the age of 60, all of them old chums of the author, appear in walk-on roles so we're constantly distracted by working out who's playing the bag lady (Judi Dench), the buskers (Rolf Harris, Cliff Richard,
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Run For Your Wife review: Danny Dyer stars in excruciating Brit comedy

Director: Ray Cooney, John Luton; Screenwriter: Ray Cooney; Starring: Danny Dyer, Sarah Harding, Denise Van Outen, Neil Morrissey; Running time: 94 mins; Certificate: 12A

Danny Dyer trades in his wideboy screen persona for slapstick japes in latest movie Run For Your Wife. It's a fresh side to the man best known for Nick Love lads' flicks and Deadliest Men documentaries, seeing him play a London cab driver reeling after a blow to the head threatens to expose him as a bigamist. Dyer's John Smith has two wives (Denise Van Outen and Sarah Harding) and two lives, organising his taxi shifts so he can shuttle between homes in North and South London.

Ray Cooney, whose long-running stage play inspired the film, steps behind the camera with John Luton to oversee the mayhem. Many of Cooney's old theatre pals - among them Judi Dench, Richard Briers, Andrew Sachs, Christopher Biggins and Lionel Blair
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No Jack Reacher sequel? How else will Tom Cruise rescue this ridiculous film?

It might seem like Mission: Impossible but give Tom Cruise another 15 years and he might make Paramount its money back

It's a bad day to be a Jack Reacher fan. Admittedly every day is a bad day to be a Jack Reacher fan, filled with endless meek admissions that you're a Jack Reacher fan and half-hearted defences of Tom Cruise's peculiar casting as Jack Reacher – but today is a particularly bad day to be a Jack Reacher fan. You see, it has been reported that there may not ever be a Jack Reacher sequel.

This is mainly down to numbers. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Paramount bosses were expecting Jack Reacher to gross $250m globally. But because it wasn't able to hold its own in a crowded Christmas market, the film now faces the unenviable task of having to make $100m in China, Japan and Korea alone. That's unlikely to happen,
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The Devil Rides Out with Bai Ling

Aleister Crowley. When it comes to being infamous, few names come to mind more than his. Let's face it; the dude was evil and batshit nuts! The perfect fodder for a horror film, and there's indeed a new one on the way!

Directed by Richard Driscoll, The Devil Rides Out stars Steven Craine (Highway to Hell, Return of the Jedi, HeadHunter), Bai Ling (The Crow, Sky Captain & the World of Tomorrow), Lysette Anthony (Krull, Jack the Ripper), Sylvester McCoy ("Dr Who," The Hobbit), Oliver Tobias (The Stud, Arabian Adventure), Robin Askwith (U571, Flesh & Blood Show, Confessions of a Window Cleaner), and Dudley Sutton (The Devils, Football Factory).

Synopsis

Dealing with the loss of his family to his murderous brother, Vincent (Robin Askwith), George Carney (Steven Craine) is already a man on the edge of life. Three stories merge from the mind of a writer trapped in a coma in hospital,
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Mark Kermode's DVD round-up

The Raven; Mirror Mirror; The Players

There's a tell-tale significance to the fact that adaptations of the works of Edgar Allan Poe have been a feature of every decade of cinema since the invention of the moving picture itself. For more than a century, film-makers have found inspiration in Poe's weird tales, which blend suspenseful psychodrama and sensational shocks in a manner perfectly suited to the mainstream movie palette.

Perhaps most enduring are the films of Roger Corman, with titles such as The Pit and the Pendulum, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Masque of the Red Death and Tomb of Ligeia all proving enduring low-budget favourites. In Europe, fans of the Italian "giallo" genre have seen directors as influential as Mario Bava and Lucio Fulci variously draw upon the writings of the so-called godfather of modern horror, while a collaboration between Dario Argento and George Romero
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Mad Men: season five, episode nine - Dark Shadows

The miseducation of Sally Draper continues, as Pete gets steamed up and Mike gets screwed again by Don

Spoiler Alert: This blog is for those who are watching season five of Mad Men on Sky Atlantic. Don't read on if you haven't seen episode nine

Paul MacInnes' episode eight blog

The miseducation of Sally Draper continues. So pressing, it appears, is the need to drag the soul of the eldest Draper in various directions at once that even her mother is brought into proceedings this week. Betty, since last we saw her, has stopped wearing a ton of prosthetics and is now just an identifiably overweight woman. But while she's lost the fat suit she hasn't lost her instinct for malevolence and, naturally, she opts to channel it through her only daughter.

The trick is this: to get Sally asking Don and Megan about Anna Draper and how her existence
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DVD Review: Kill Keith

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

When you first lay your eyes on the DVD case for Kill Keith (depicting TV’s Keith Chegwin in Uma Thurman’s Kill Bill garb and wielding a samurai sword) you really hope that what lies within will be gloriously inspired rather than unspeakably awful. Let’s face it, the idea of a slasher movie starring various TV-am Z-listers being killed off by an unknown “Breakfast Cereal Killer” is a fun idea, no matter how cringeworthy. Sadly, Kill Keith squanders any of its potential novelty value by being a confused and unfunny mess, which is somehow far worse on screen than it possibly ever sounded on paper.

Marc Pickering stars as Danny, a clumsy but well-intentioned runner on a breakfast TV show hosted by glamorous presenter Dawn (Susanna Fielding). Crudely named ‘The Crack of Dawn’ – a gag once used in The Office to highlight David Brent
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