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Robin Of Sherwood: looking back at a modern TV classic

Llinos Cathryn Thomas Aug 5, 2016

Thirty years since it ended, we revisit much-loved 80s historical fantasy series Robin Of Sherwood...

The Robin Hood legend has been retold in countless ways, but one of the most memorable of modern times is Richard Carpenter’s hugely influential 1980s imagining, telling the story of Sherwood’s band of outlaws with a combination of realism and luminous fantasy with its roots in British folklore.

Made by Htv in association with production company Goldcrest Films (which was also behind Chariots Of Fire and Gandhi), its 26 episodes ran on ITV from 1984 to 1986, garnering a positive critical reception and inspiring a fan following that’s still enthusiastically active today.

Much of the success of the show was down to the spot-on casting and the chemistry between the performers. Michael Praed’s charismatic-yet-otherworldly presence as Robin was the perfect match for the show’s aesthetic, and the more down-to-earth Little John,
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Jimmy Carter's Grandson Died at Age 28 After Suffering Heart Attack in Front of His Mother, Says Brother

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Jimmy Carter's Grandson Died at Age 28 After Suffering Heart Attack in Front of His Mother, Says Brother
Jimmy Carter's grandson Jeremy died suddenly on Sunday, after suffering a heart attack in front of his mother, who performed CPR and tried desperately to save him, according to an emotional blog post by his brother Josh. Josh also writes that Jeremy underwent "a whole battery of tests" two weeks ago. "He couldn't eat well and his legs ached. He had nearly every doctor at Emory look at him. They ended up prescribing him Vitamin A and Vitamin D. After all that. He got the full work over and really just needed vitamins. If a 28 year old heart is going to go out,
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Jimmy Carter's Grandson Died at Age 28 After Suffering Heart Attack in Front of His Mother, Says Brother

  • PEOPLE.com
Jimmy Carter's Grandson Died at Age 28 After Suffering Heart Attack in Front of His Mother, Says Brother
Jimmy Carter's grandson Jeremy died suddenly on Sunday, after suffering a heart attack in front of his mother, who performed CPR and tried desperately to save him, according to an emotional blog post by his brother Josh. Josh also writes that Jeremy underwent "a whole battery of tests" two weeks ago. "He couldn't eat well and his legs ached. He had nearly every doctor at Emory look at him. They ended up prescribing him Vitamin A and Vitamin D. After all that. He got the full work over and really just needed vitamins. If a 28 year old heart is going to go out,
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Laish La crowdfunds with Aflamnah

Laish La crowdfunds with Aflamnah
Mbc’s pan-Arab show Laish La (Why Not?) has turned to Dubai-based, crowd-funding site Aflamnah to finance a project to rebuild a women’s radio station in the Gaza Strip.

The popular show, fronted by four Saudi social activists with big YouTube followings, aims to fulfil wishes sent in by viewers.

For their latest project, they are trying to raise $20,000 to help rebuild the Nisaa radio station, the first community radio station in the Gaza Strip for women, which was destroyed during the Israeli bombardment of the Palestinian territory over the summer.

“It’s an interesting concept for us, combining a radio station, TV show and crowd-funding,” said Vida Rizq, who runs Aflamnah alongside co-founder Lotfi Bencheikh. “These guys have a huge following on YouTube and the campaign has generated some 100,000 hits since it started two weeks ago.”

Launched in July 2012, Aflamnah is a fund-raising platform for creative projects in any domain in the Arab world.

Film
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Midnight Syndicate Live Begins Funding for the Ultimate Halloween Concert!

The Midnight Syndicate consists of composers Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka. Together they have created numerous Halloween soundtracks, while also composing music for films, such as The Dead Matter (2010) and Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan (2013). Their latest production is a multimedia event, which combines film, music and live performances. Most recently, the Midnight Syndicate have started a Kickstarter campaign for this project. Campaign funds will help support a Halloween Horror Concert, titled Midnight Syndicate Live! This one-of-a-kind concert is expected to start in Cleveland, Ohio and more details on the Kickstarter campaign and concert launch are below. Performers: Edward Douglas, Gavin Goszka, Roberth Kurtzman, Gary Jones, David "House" Greathouse, Jason Carter and Jason Blasczak. An interview on the project is located here: The Midnight Syndicate Live! Kickstarter Campaign is here: The Midnight Syndicate Kickstarter Campaign The...

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Midnight Syndicate Looking to Embark on a Live Tour

Fans of Midnight Syndicate know that they have been writing and developing eerie music for years. Now the band members want to bring their nightmarish music to the live stage and are looking to their devoted following to help them get there.

Check out the Midnight Syndicate Live! Kickstarter page, and be sure to visit the official Midnight Syndicate website.

From the Press Release

After 17 studio albums, including three horror movie scores and a motion picture of their own, Gothic Halloween horror music composers Midnight Syndicate have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a multimedia concert experience. Entitled Midnight Syndicate Live! the Halloween horror-themed show will feature a unique blend of live Midnight Syndicate music, original films, music videos, and live theatre.

"We want it to be a feast for the eyes as much as the ears," said band member Gavin Goszka, "a unique show that is not only a
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Top 10 sci-fi and fantasy beards

The sci-fi and fantasy genres simply wouldn’t be the same without a bit of arresting facial hair on its protagonists. Here are Sarah’s top 10 beards...

Beards are awesome, aren’t they? The right kind of beard can make any man into… well, a slightly hairier man, but theoretically a much more awesome man. Beards seem pretty intrinsically linked with sci-fi and fantasy, too: there are some kinds of facial hair that just scream “this is the future!” while “beardy” has been used as an adjective to suggest excessive nerdiness.

We, of course, would never use “beard” in a pejorative sense, ever. Because, as previously mentioned, beards are awesome. Here are the ten best beards in all of sci-fi and fantasy:

10. Rubeus Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane)

The Harry Potter franchise

According to an article in Scotland on Sunday, part of the character concept for Hagrid is that he’s a “mountain of leather and hair.
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Step Right Up! Midnight Syndicate Releases Carnival Arcane on CD August 2nd!

If ever a musical group could be given credit for writing the soundtrack for nightmares, Midnight Syndicate would have to take the honor. With 13 albums already under their collective belt, the Chardon, Ohio based duo of Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka proudly announce the August 2nd release date of #14, Carnival Arcane

With this album based on a turn of the century circus (does anything say creepy more effectively than circus freaks and scary old-time carnys?) fans of the group can expect more of chilling, shadowy sounds they have grown to love from Midnight Syndicate.

From the Press Release

Gothic horror soundtrack musicians Midnight Syndicate will be releasing their fourteenth studio album, entitled Carnival Arcane, on August 2nd. "The theme of the new disc surrounds the Lancaster-Rigby Carnival, a shadowy, turn-of-the-century traveling circus with more than a few skeletons in its closet," said band member Edward Douglas. "The Victorian and
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Pros and Cons of Cons

I have a long history with Scifi conventions. I attended the second or third Star Trek Convention ever held in the early 70s when I was barely a teenager. The Hubs has been going to Philcon forever, it seems. However, it wasn’t until moving to Los Angeles that we really started attending major conventions with any frequency. That wasn’t by any design on our part. I had begun the insane writing experiment, The Secret Logs of Mistress Janeway. Because of those stories and later, the webpage, we started getting invitations to speak on panels at conventions. We became even more popular on convention panels after I appeared in the documentary, Trekkies. I was in fangirl heaven for a while. If a convention paid for me to attend, I had money to buy lots of stuff from the vendors. I bought t-shirts and buttons from my favorite shows, and I wore them,
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Exclusive Photos: Adam Lambert, Vanessa Williams and More at Last Night's "Drag Race" Premiere

Last night's premiere for RuPaul's Drag Race Season 3 was held at Rage in West Hollywood and brought out a lot of star power. Among the familiar faces were Adam Lambert, Vanessa Williams  and The A-List: New York's Mike Ruiz (who was overheard on the red carpet describing himself as "the Queen of Logo!")

Here's hoping that RuPaul and many of Drag Race's fabulous former contestants on hand last night (Raven, Ongina, Tammie Brown, etc.) didn't hear that. Otherwise, Mike might have a fight on his hands.

Luckily for us here at AfterElton.com, we had some friends on hand for the event (thanks Lisamarie, thanks Clint!) and they got some killer shots from the red carpet. Enjoy!

Vanessa Williams

All photos credit: Clinton Gaughran

Adam Lambert

Mike Ruiz

Manilla Luzon

Mimi Imfurst

Ongina and her husband

Raven

Morgan McMichaels and Dylan Jewel

Tammie Brown

Vanessa Williams

Jason Carter
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The Dead Matter Movie Review

The Dead Matter Movie Review
Title: The Dead Matter Directed by: Edward Douglas Starring: Andrew Divoff, Jason Carter and Tom Savini Is this another example of a musician following in the footsteps of Rob Zombie? Composer and Midnight Syndicate music group creator Edward Douglas has taken the leap into the horror film genre by co-writing and directing the new movie ‘The Dead Matter.’ The film, which is now available on DVD and stars Tom Savini, Andrew Divoff and Jason Carter, combines the two biggest sub-genres of horror today, vampires and zombies in an interesting plot of good vs. evil. The movie follows two vampire lords, Sebed (played by Savini) and Vellich (portrayed by Divoff), as they fight each other [...]
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The Dead Matter (2010)

Directed by: Edward Douglas

Written by: Tony Demci, Edward Douglas

Cast: Andrew Divoff, Jason Carter, Tom Savini, Sean Serino, Tom Nagel, C.B. Spencer, Christopher Robichaud, Brian Van Camp, Donna Williams

The Dead Matter, available now in special edition at Hot Topic, is Edward Douglas' feature length film debut as director. Written by Edward and Tony Demci, it is a low budget, independent remake of a film he made in 1996 with $2,000, a few friends and his backyard.

Edward Douglas is known more for the gothic, heavily atmospheric horror themed music, designed to spark the imagination, he has been creating since forming Midnight Syndicate in 1996. Having become the reigning champ in spooky music featured at Halloween events and haunted houses he has given his other passion a go. Having completed the score for Robert Kutzman's (K.N.B. Efx Group) The Rage in 2007, filmed in Edward Douglas's home state of Ohio where
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The Dead Matter Releases Today on DVD and Stars Tom Savini

The Dead Matter DVD ArtA special edition of The Dead Matter, a supernatural thriller, is being released today (July 30th). The film stars Tom Savini (Machete) as a vampire lord, who squares off against Andrew Divoff's (Knight Club) character Vellich. Worlds collide as both parties hope to atain an ancient artifact (The Dead Matter). The film comes with two additional CDs and an assortment of special features, which are listed below. Have a look at this film that has been described as "an ambitious effort for a first-time filmmaker" (Fearnet).

The synopsis for The Dead Matter here:

"The film tells the story of a guilt-ridden young woman (Sean Serino) desperate to contact her deceased brother who discovers a powerful ancient relic that controls the dead. Her dark obsession drags her into the tangled world of two warring vampire lords (Andrew Divoff and Tom Savini) each with his own sinister
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Tales of an Ancient Empire to Debut at Fright Night Film Fest

Unfortunately, his efforts to debut Tales of an Ancient Empire during the recently concluded San Diego Comic-Con didn't pan out, but that hasn't stopped director Albert Pyun from coming up with Plan B. This weekend, on Saturday, July 31st to be exact, the film will have its world premiere at Fright Night Film Fest in Louisville, Kentucky.

Tales is screening at 9:00 pm, and the show will be followed by a Q&A with director Pyun, writer Cynthia Curnan, and director of photography Phillip Waters. They will be guests at the Fest on August 1st as well.

A brief summary of Tales of an Ancient Empire, which stars Christopher Lambert, Melissa Ordway, Kevin Sorbo, Lee Horsley, Victoria Maurette, and Jennifer Siebel Newsom, is as follows: A princess (Ordway) is on a quest to unite the five greatest warriors to save her kingdom from a demon sorceress. But the odyssey to
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The Taking of Savannah Trailer to Debut at Fright Night Film Fest

The full schedule for Fright Night Film Fest, which runs July 30th-August 1st in Louisville, Kentucky, isn't quite finalized yet, but we did hear from producer/director Jeff Chitty that the trailer for his current project, The Taking of Savannah, will be having its world premiere there.

Synopsis:

Five thugs and an unknowing girlfriend make a Big mistake when they kidnap and hold young Hollywood "celebutante" Savannah Sondheim (heiress to the Sondheim tissue fortune) for a weekend to collect a ransom. When Savannah escapes, it becomes a brutal fight for survival where friends turn against one another and fight for their lives.

The film is scheduled to wrap principal photography on July 11th, and its cast list is as follows: Savannah - Krystal Heib (Fetch), Ashley - Denise Carroll (Fetch), Scott - Antoinne Williams, Spencer - Mike Ducey, Finn - Jeremy Everts, Riff - Cameron Haines, and Torg - John D.
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International festival winner Vampire coming to DVD

Released on DVD on July 5 is the horror flick Vampire, winner of the Outstanding Feature award at the International Vampire Film Festival.

The film stars Jason Carter (Blood Ties, Revamped), Garett Maggart (CSI: Miami, Days of our Lives) and Kira Reed (Cheerleader Ninjas, The Final Victim).

Following a string of bloody murders, a real vampire is captured by a mysterious secret military unit, imprisoned in a high security medical centre and then subjected to horrific and brutal medical experiments in an attempt to discover the source of his power.

As the experiments become more gruesome, the project's doctor becomes torn between sympathy for the patient's suffering and the concern for the evil that threatens to consume everyone involved. 

Vampire (certificate 15) will be released on DVD by Stax Entertainment. Running time: 110mins.
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The Dead Matter with a Special Edition July 30th

Midnight Syndicate Films will be releasing a special edition of The Dead Matter starring Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead). This latest will be available July 30th and the DVD will include two additional soundtracks. The story for The Dead Matter follows a desperate young woman who wants to contact her recently deceased brother and instead finds an ancient artifact that can control the dead (Bloody). Have a look at a preview for this film until the July 30th showing draws near.

The synopsis for The Dead Matter here:

"A guilt-ridden young woman desperate to contact her deceased brother discovers a powerful ancient relic that controls the dead. Her dark obsession drags her into the tangled world of two warring vampire lords (Andrew Divoff of Lost, Wishmaster and Tom Savini of Friday the 13th, Dawn of the Dead) each with his own sinister plans for the artifact and a vampire
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Trailer for Midnight Syndicate's Dead Matter

Midnight Syndicate Films has announced plans to release a special edition of The Dead Matter DVD that will include two bonus CDs by gothic Halloween music artists Midnight Syndicate. It will be available at all Hot Topic stores nationwide on July 30th. You can watch a new official trailer for the film below. Executive produced by Robert Kurtzman, The Dead Matter concerns a guilt-ridden young woman, desperate to contact her deceased brother, who discovers a powerful ancient relic that controls the dead. Her dark obsession drags her into the tangled world of two warring vampire lords (Andrew Divoff and Tom Savini) each with his own sinister plans for the artifact and a vampire hunter (Jason Carter) who will stop at nothing to destroy it. For more, visit TheDeadMatter.com ....
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Midnight Syndicate Releases First Halloween Music Video Dark Legacy

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Cleveland, Ohio (April 30, 2010)- The Gothic Halloween music group Midnight Syndicate has released their first official music video, ‘Dark Legacy.’ The video showcases the song ‘Dark Legacy’ from their ‘Dead Matter: Cemetery Gates’ CD as well as clips from the upcoming dark fantasy vampire/zombie film, ‘The Dead Matter.’ ‘The Dead Matter’ movie which stars genre favorites Andrew Divoff, Jason Carter, and Tom Savini will be released on DVD July 30,2010. Produced as a part of Midnight Syndicate’s 13th Anniversary celebration, the video marks the first time band mates Gavin Goszka and Edward Douglas have performed together live. Also featured in the video are fellow Cleveland music [...]
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The Dead Matter in July! Sweet New Midnight Syndicate Contest!

It's been a long time coming! We're happy to report that the long-awaited vampire/zombie movie from Midnight Syndicate maestro Edward Douglas, The Dead Matter, is finally on its way and locked in for a July 30th release!

From the Press Release

"Midnight Syndicate Films has announced that The Dead Matter movie and soundtrack will be released on July 30th. Production on an interactive website that allows fans to delve deeper into the world and characters they will encounter in the movie is under way. A set of three new trailers, the first of which will be released in February, is also in production along with a mini-documentary produced by Smudgeline Productions and other behind-the-scenes featurettes. All of these items and more special features to be announced soon will be included on the DVD release.

Midnight Syndicate Halloween Music is hosting a 13th Anniversary Video Contest where filmmakers and animators
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