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Battle Cry

Move over James JonesLeon Uris clobbers the big screen with a sprawling adaptation of his WW2 combat novel, loaded down with roles for promising young actors. This is the one where twice as much time is spent on love affairs than fighting. War may be hell, but if Mona Freeman, Nancy Olson, Dorothy Malone and Allyn McLerie are going to be there for comfort, sign me up.

Battle Cry

Blu-ray

Warner Archive Collection

1955 / Color / 2:55 widescreen / 148 min. / Street Date , 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Van Heflin, Aldo Ray, Mona Freeman, Nancy Olson, James Whitmore, Raymond Massey, Tab Hunter, Dorothy Malone, Anne Francis, William Campbell, Fess Parker, Justus E. McQueen (L.Q. Jones), Perry Lopez, Jonas Applegarth, Tommy Cook, Felix Noriego, Susan Morrow, Carleton Young, Rhys Williams, Allyn Ann McLerie, Gregory Walcott, Frank Ferguson, Sarah Selby, Willis Bouchey, Victor Milian.

Cinematography: Sidney Hickox

Film Editor: William H. Zeigler

Original Music: Max Steiner
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The Truth Behind JFK’s Mobbed Up Mistress — and What She Might Have Known About the Assassination

The Truth Behind JFK’s Mobbed Up Mistress — and What She Might Have Known About the Assassination
President John F. Kennedy‘s tendency toward extramarital romances has been well-documented in the decades since his assassination – but did one of his relationships play a direct role in his untimely death?

Judith Exner famously had a 2½-year affair with JFK, ending in 1962 – just one year before his assassination in Dallas.

Now – ahead of the 18th anniversary of her death at age 65 after a battle with breast cancer – People is looking back on her stunning 1977 memoir, which was full of revelations about the president’s much-debated relationship with the mob.

Life Among the Stars

Exner, the daughter of an architect,
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TCM goes to war on Memorial Day: But thorny issues mostly avoided

Submarine movie evening: Underwater war waged in TCM's Memorial Day films In the U.S., Turner Classic Movies has gone all red, white, and blue this 2017 Memorial Day weekend, presenting a few dozen Hollywood movies set during some of the numerous wars in which the U.S. has been involved around the globe during the last century or so. On Memorial Day proper, TCM is offering a submarine movie evening. More on that further below. But first it's good to remember that although war has, to put it mildly, serious consequences for all involved, it can be particularly brutal on civilians – whether male or female; young or old; saintly or devilish; no matter the nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any other label used in order to, figuratively or literally, split apart human beings. Just this past Sunday, the Pentagon chief announced that civilian deaths should be anticipated as “a
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Horror Highlights: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 Screening, Dementia 13, Cod: Infinite Warfare, Torchwood

To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, a screening of the film will occur at this year's Popcorn Frights Film Festival on Friday, July 8th. Also in today's Horror Highlights: info on the digital restoration of Roger Corman and Francis Ford Coppola's Dementia 13, and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Torchwood #1 San Diego Comic Con 2016 details.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 30th Anniversary Screening Details: "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2: 30th Anniversary Screening.

This Friday Night. July 8th at 11pm. Presented by Popcorn Frights Film Festival.

Giveaways by Scream Factory and Neca.

O Cinema Wynwood: 90 Nw 29th St, Miami, Fl 33127.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 will be preceded by Aj Briones’acclaimed short-film “Smiling Man”.

The Buzz Is Back!!! Over ten years after making the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Tobe Hooper returns to his deranged family of reclusive cannibals for another round of chainsaw chases and non-stop screaming.
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‘Blood Bath’ Blu-ray Review

Arrow Video’s latest release, Blood Bath, has a storied history. You may be surprised to discover how the footage filmed for it was stretched over four different films. Thankfully Arrow have not only included these four films, but taken a look into a very interesting production…

Blood Bath in its final form is the story of Antonio Sordi (William Campbell) who believed himself to be the reincarnation of a murderous vampire. Killing young women, he then boils them in a vat of wax, using their beauty to create his latest masterpieces which he then sells.

In Blood Bath you can see all the trademarks of a Corman horror film, but this is down to the work of Jack Hill and Stephanie Rothman who worked on rewrites and re-shoots for many of the footage that had been recorded. The film in its original form was actually known as Operation Titian
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Blu-ray Review – Blood Bath (1966)

Blood Bath, 1966.

Directed by Jack Hill & Stephanie Rothman.

Starring William Campbell, Marissa Mathes, Lori Saunders, Sid Haig, Roger Corman, Biff Elliot, Carl Schanzer and Patrick Magee.

Synopsis:

A crazed artist believes himself to be the descendant of a vampire and goes on a killing spree murdering young women and drinking their blood.

You’ve got to hand it to Arrow Video, they don’t do things by halves. If you’re a collector of cult movies and you know that more than one version of a particular film exists then that little bit of prehistoric jelly at the back of your brain that thrives on instinct won’t rest until you possess every edition possible, and Arrow Video being well aware of this are more than happy to cater for your particular needs. On this occasion they have taken Blood Bath, a 1966 film that B-movie maestro Roger Corman was an
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Arrow Video’s May Us Blu-rays Include Blood Bath and Killer Dames Box Set

Mvd Entertainment Group looks to please Emilio P. Miraglia fans with Arrow Video’s May Us Blu-ray releases, including the Killer Dames box set collecting The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave and The Red Queen Kills Seven Times. Horror fans can also look forward to Arrow’s high-definition release of 1966’s Blood Bath that features all four versions of the Roger Corman-produced film.

Press Release: Mvd Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of Arrow Video in the Us with several new titles in May…

Hired To Kill (Director Approved Special Edition Blu-ray + DVD)

No man on earth could get him out of prison alive. Seven women will try.

Release Date: May 17th

List Price: $29.95

Starring legendary actors Oliver Reed (Gladiator, The Brood) and George Kennedy (The Delta Force and the Naked Gun series), Hired to Kill is a hugely entertaining action flick featuring guns, girls and a plethora
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Batgirl Craig Dead at 78: Also Known for 'Star Trek' Guest Role

Batgirl Yvonne Craig. Batgirl Yvonne Craig dead at 78: Also featured in 'Star Trek' episode, Elvis Presley movies Yvonne Craig, best known as Batgirl in the 1960s television series Batman, died of complications from breast cancer on Monday, Aug. 17, '15, at her home in Pacific Palisades, in the Los Angeles Westside. Craig (born May 16, 1937, in Taylorville, Illinois), who had been undergoing chemotherapy for two years, was 78. Beginning (and ending) in the final season of Batman (1967-1968), Yvonne Craig played both Commissioner Gordon's librarian daughter Barbara Gordon and her alter ego, the spunky Batgirl – armed with a laser-beaming electric make-up kit “which will destroy anything.” Unlike semi-villainess Catwoman (Julie Newmar), Batgirl was wholly on the side of Righteousness, infusing new blood into the series' increasingly anemic Dynamic Duo: Batman aka Bruce Wayne (Adam West) and Boy Wonder Robin aka Bruce Wayne's beloved pal Dick Grayson (Burt Ward). “They chose
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Elizabeth Taylor, Farley Granger, Jane Russell, Peter Falk, Sidney Lumet: TCM Remembers 2011

"TCM Remembers 2011" is out. Remembered by Turner Classic Movies are many of those in the film world who left us this past year. As always, this latest "TCM Remembers" entry is a classy, immensely moving compilation. The haunting background song is "Before You Go," by Ok Sweetheart.

Among those featured in "TCM Remembers 2011" are Farley Granger, the star of Luchino Visconti's Senso and Alfred Hitchcock's Rope and Strangers on a Train; Oscar-nominated Australian actress Diane Cilento (Tom Jones, Hombre), formerly married to Sean Connery; and two-time Oscar nominee Peter Falk (Murder, Inc., Pocketful of Miracles, The Great Race), best remembered as television's Columbo. Or, for those into arthouse fare, for playing an angel in Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire.

Also, Jane Russell, whose cleavage and sensuous lips in Howard Hughes' The Outlaw left the puritans of the Production Code Association apoplectic; another Australian performer, Googie Withers, among
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Anne Francis Movie Schedule: Funny Girl, Impasse, Blackboard Jungle

Anne Francis on TCM: Forbidden Planet, Brainstorm, A Lion Is In The Streets Schedule (Et) and synopses from the TCM website: 6:00 Am Summer Holiday (1948) Musical remake of Ah, Wilderness!, about a small-town boy's struggles with growing up. Dir: Rouben Mamoulian. Cast: Mickey Rooney, Gloria DeHaven, Walter Huston, Frank Morgan, Jackie Jenkins, Marilyn Maxwell, Agnes Moorehead. C-93 mins. 7:45 Am So Young So Bad (1950) A crusading psychiatrist tries to help troubled reform school girls. Dir: Bernard Vorhaus. Cast: Paul Henreid, Catherine McLeod, Cecil Clovelly, Anne Jackson, Rita Moreno. Bw-91 mins. 9:30 Am Battle Cry (1955) A group of Marines eagerly await deployment during World War II. Dir: Raoul Walsh. Cast: Van Heflin, Aldo Ray, Mona Freeman, Dorothy Malone, Nancy Olson, Tab Hunter, James Whitmore, Raymond Massey, William Campbell. C-148 mins, Letterbox Format. 12:00 Pm Bad Day At Black Rock (1955) A one-armed veteran uncovers small-town secrets when he tries to visit an Asian-American war hero's family.
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William Campbell obituary

American actor known for his roles in horror films and Star Trek

The actor William Campbell, who has died aged 87, had a long and varied career in films and on television, finding recognition from his association with several low-budget horror pictures and with the TV sci-fi series Star Trek. However, although he had the hooded eyes and languid manner of Robert Mitchum and something of the laid-back anarchism of Jack Nicholson, entry into the major league of stardom eluded him.

Campbell was in the first series of Star Trek, in an episode entitled The Squire of Gothos (1967), in which he has a field day as General Trelane, a foppish, childish humanoid, swinging wildly from joviality to sulkiness to anger. In The Trouble With Tribbles (1967), in the second season, Campbell was equally impressive as Koloth, a bearded, bureaucratic Klingon, a character that he revived 27 years later, towards the end of his working life,
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William Campbell obituary

American actor known for his roles in horror films and Star Trek

The actor William Campbell, who has died aged 87, had a long and varied career in films and on television, finding recognition from his association with several low-budget horror pictures and with the TV sci-fi series Star Trek. However, although he had the hooded eyes and languid manner of Robert Mitchum and something of the laid-back anarchism of Jack Nicholson, entry into the major league of stardom eluded him.

Campbell was in the first series of Star Trek, in an episode entitled The Squire of Gothos (1967), in which he has a field day as General Trelane, a foppish, childish humanoid, swinging wildly from joviality to sulkiness to anger. In The Trouble With Tribbles (1967), in the second season, Campbell was equally impressive as Koloth, a bearded, bureaucratic Klingon, a character that he revived 27 years later, towards the end of his working life,
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More Classic MGM Horrors Hitting DVD

Oh, MGM. So many classics chills have you provided over the years. It's so good to see your long lost terrors being rediscovered and redistributed. That's right, kids! A fresh crop of vintage spookshow horror is on its way and we've got all the details for you right here!

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is bringing more classics to DVD in May through the unique “manufacturing on demand” (Mod). The newest selection of available films is a part of MGM’s Limited Edition Collection and available through major online retailers.

This latest batch features:

Mr. Wong, Detective (1938): Mr. Wong investigates the deaths of 3 partners in the poison gas export trade - each death occurring while the person was alone in his quarters. Stars Boris Karloff, Grant Withers, Maxine Jennings. Directed by William Nigh.

The Mystery Of Mr. Wong (1939): Chinese criminologist Mr. Wong investigates the murder of a curio
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William Campbell, 'Star Trek's' Trelane, Dead At 87

Whether it was a gold-armored Klingon, or an omnipotent being who forgot to factor in how long it takes light to travel, William Campbell could play just about anything. The celebrated character actor, who appeared in both "Star Trek" and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," died April 28. He was 87. Campbell is probably best known to Trek fans as Trelane, the Q-like character who pestered the Enterprise crew in the 1967 episode "Squire of Gothos." Trelane was actually later added to the Q Continuum, outside of canon, by author Peter David in his popular 1994 book "Q-Squared." He also appeared in one of "Star Trek's" other famed episodes, "The Trouble With Tribbles," playing the Klingon Koloth. It's a role he would revive in 1994 for the DS9 episode "Blood Oath," along with Michael Ansara ...
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Rest in Peace: William Campbell

Another film treasure has set out into the great beyond, and while you may not know his name you assuredly know his work. Sadly, classic film actor William Campbell passed away April 28th at the age of 84.

Campbell was known for being the first actor to ever sing with Elvis Presley in a movie in Love Me Tender (1956); for such classic films as Hush … Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) with Bette Davis; as Jerry Austin in the popular ’50s television series "Cannonball"; and for guest-starring in two memorable episodes of the original "Star Trek" TV series, playing the all-powerful Trelane in the episode “The Squire of Gothos” and Koloth, a Klingon, in “The Trouble With Tribbles,” both of which aired in 1967; among many, many other notable film and television credits.

Campbell was also known for his role in the iconic cult film Dementia 13 (1963) (which has just been released on Blu-ray), which
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William Campbell: From Elvis to JFK to Captain Kirk

William Campbell: From Elvis to JFK to Captain Kirk
Even if his life had never put him (indirectly but thoroughly) into a sex scandal involving the most charismatic president of the 20th Century, William Campbell would have enjoyed a remarkable string of close encounters with greatness. He made movies with John Garfield; "sang" with Elvis Presley; was reportedly dumped by his wife for Frank Sinatra; helped Francis Ford Coppola launch his directing career; wound up in two cult horror movies ("Dementia 13" and "Track of the Vampire") and two classic "Star Trek" episodes; and played characters loosely based on murderer
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News Shorts: May 2nd 2011

The first photos from the remake of Straw Dogs, along with new stills from The Three Musketeers and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.

Set photos galore today including Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone on the New York set of The Amazing Spider-Man, and a bunch of constructions in Tenerife for "Wrath of the Titans" here and here.

There's also some shots of Daniel Craig and David Fincher shooting The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Will Smith and Josh Brolin on the set of Men in Black III, and Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill on the set of 21 Jump Street.

Posters for Melancholia, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Sleeping Beauty, The Hangover Part II, and both a big banner and one-sheet for "Green Lantern".

Full details on the Blu-ray sets for the "Star Wars" films are scheduled to be released at maythe4th.starwars.com on May 4th.

"It has now
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Star Trek: William Campbell Dies; Farewell Trelaine and Koloth

An actor who played two memorable villains from the original Star Trek series has died. William Campbell passed away on April 28th at the Motion Picture & Television Country Home and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California. He was 84 years old.

Originally from Newark, New Jersey, Campbell appeared in several movies from the 1950s through the 1970s, including Love Me Tender (with Elvis Presley), Dementia 13, Operation Pacific, Battle Circus, The High and the Mighty, and Pretty Maids All in a Row.

The latter was written by Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. Campbell had worked with Roddenberry on two memorable episodes of Star Trek in the latter part of the 1960s. He played Trelane, an all-powerful being who had taken the form of a Liberace-like fop, "The Squire of Gothos." He reprised the role for the Star Trek: Judgment Rites video game many years later.
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Actor Campbell Dead At 84

Actor Campbell Dead At 84
Star Trek actor William Campbell has died, aged 87.

Campbell, who played Klingon warrior Captain Koloth on Star Trek, also teamed up with Elvis Presley in his first film Love Me Tender.

He was married to President John F. Kennedy's one-time girlfriend Judith Campbell Exner.

Campbell made his film debut in The Breaking Point in the early 1950s. He also appeared in Cell 2455 Death Row in 1955, The Naked and the Dead and Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte.

William Campbell Dies: Star Trek, Cell Block 2455 Death Row

Actor William Campbell died on April 29 at age 87 of "natural causes" at the Motion Picture & Television Fund's hospital in the Los Angeles suburb of Woodland Hills. Though perhaps best-remembered for his roles in two Star Trek episodes, "The Trouble with Tribbles" and "The Squire of Gothos" (doing a Liberace sendup), Campbell appeared in more than 30 features, and nearly 50 television series and movies. On the big screen, Campbell's most notable role was probably as San Quentin inmate Whit Whittier, the "Lovers' Lane Bandit," in Fred F. Sears' Cell 2455 Death Row (1955), a competent if uninspired prison drama based on death-row inmate Caryl Chessman's bestselling autobiography. (Despite worldwide appeals for clemency, Chessman was sent to the gas chamber in 1960.) Had Cell 2455 Death Row been a sleeper hit, Campbell might have become a star (one of his romantic interests in the film, Kathryn Grant, went on to [...]
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