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Chicago – Nothing causes would-be lovers to fall into one another’s arms quite like a good, old-fashioned apocalypse. The nerve one lacks to pursue a romantic obsession tends to reemerge when faced with impending extinction. While Abel Ferrara’s “4:44 Last Day on Earth” and David Mackenzie’s “Perfect Sense” took a brooding look at last-minute romance, director Lorene Scafaria heads in quite a different direction.
Her film, “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,” is a whimsical road movie not unlike her script for the cuddly teen comedy, “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.” She views the apocalypse not as a horrific tragedy but as a metaphor for mankind’s impending mortality and how it can be used as a motivational tool to make every second count. It wasn’t until apartment dweller Dodge (Steve Carell) heard the news of Earth’s demise (scheduled to occur in three weeks time, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Looking for something to get you into that Halloween frame of mind? Why not do it with fellow movie geeks and fans of the horror genre tomorrow afternoon and evening in Hollywood. The Academy is hosting an October-long celebration of classic horror films in honor of .Universal.s Legacy of Horror.- part of the studio.s year-long 100th anniversary celebration.
Saturday Double-double Feature*
Saturday, October 27, at 2 p.m.
Linwood Dunn Theater
1313 Vine Street, Hollywood
Special guests scheduled include actress Joan Staley, who played Alma Parker in .The Ghost and Mr. Chicken,. and Karen Knotts, daughter of Don Knotts, who played Luther Heggs in the film. Figuring the answers to the mystery lie in the old Simmons mansion, Luther Heggs (Knotts »
- Michelle McCue
From classic monsters to killer tomatoes, horror film satires have always been a real scream. Wheter Dracula is meeting Aboot & Costello or running the Hotel Transylvania, he is often as good for a laugh as he is for a scare.
Halloween is coming. It's time for trick-or-treat, jack-o-lanterns, costumes and comedy. Yes, I said comedy, because some of the best movies shown at this time of year are horror-comedies. Every genre has been parodied at some point, and horror has often been great fodder for satire. Just this year, we've had Paranorman, Hotel Transylvania, and Tim Burton's new Frankenweenie. At the time of year when scares are the business of the day, let's look at some of those side-splitting horror parodies which remind us that monsters are funny, too.
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
Over a year has passed since Zookeeper, so the multiplexes are overdue for another family friendly comedy from Kevin James. Since his TV sitcom ” The King of Queens ” ended James has been a matinee fixture going back to Paul Blart: Mall Cop in 2009. And he’s now firmly established as a member of Adam Sandler’s staple of film stars ( along with Sandler’s old SNL buddies ) as either a headline or supporting player ( in Grown Ups and its upcoming sequel ) or lead. Since Sandler went for the more adult audiences with last Summer’s under-performing That’S My Boy, James is being sent in to scoop up the pre-teen box-office bucks. The new flick, Here Comes The Boom, is an odd mix of subjects. He’s a teacher, so he can have cute interactions with some youngsters. But a good deal of it is set in the ultra-violent world of mixed martial arts competitions. »
- Jim Batts
A couple weeks ago I debuted Fright At Home, our newly minted video column that’s dedicated solely to genre, cult & horror Blu-ray & DVD releases that adamantly deserve your attention and support. Today sees the release of many cult classics getting the HD treatment, including Stuart Gordon’s Re-Animator, Charles Kaufman’s original Mother’s Day, Rankin/Bass’ stop motion Mad Monster Party, and vintage monster comedy with Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein! Check out all of September 4th’s releases below!
Fright At Home: September 4th’s Blu-ray & DVD Releases
Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (Universal, Blu-ray) Hocus Pocus (Disney, Blu-ray) Horror Collection: Waxwork, 976-Evil 2, Ghoulies Go To College, The Unholy, Chud 2, Chopping Mall, Slaughter High & Class of 1999 (Lionsgate, DVD) Re-Animator (Image, Blu-ray) Mother’s Day 1980 (Anchor Bay, Blu-ray) Mad Monster Party (Lionsgate, Blu-ray) Piranha 3Dd (Anchor Bay, Blu-ray) Sleepwalkers (Image, Blu-ray) »
- Justin Edwards
Chicago – Universal’s landmark line of Blu-ray releases under the banner of the company’s 100th anniversary continues with four more of the studio’s most beloved films — “Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein,” “Airport,” “Harvey,” and “Sixteen Candles.” It’s clearly an eclectic bunch and a wonderful sampler platter of what this line of releases have offered Blu-ray owners. Jimmy Stewart, Burt Lancaster, Bela Lugosi, and Molly Ringwald — it’s a star-studded quartet that is sure to have at least one release that appeals to the Blu-ray collector in your family.
In alphabetical order (star rating takes into account transfer & special features along with the film itself):
Photo credit: Universal
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Hey Abbott! The bumbler and the straight man meet the creatures of the night in this funny film that was said to mark the end of the Universal Monsters era. It didn.t happen that way with me, but more on that later. Let.s open up the crypt and see if there are still laughs within. Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney Jr.) is frantically calling a shipping company to make sure two ominous crates are not delivered to McDougal.s (Frank Ferguson) House of Horrors. The phone is answered by Wilbur (Lou Costello) who misunderstands the snarling message thanks to the full moon in London. He.s chastised by his partner Chick (Bud Abbott) and it isn.t the first or last time. »
- Jeff Swindoll
Not long ago on Twitter, Bret Easton Ellis said that Matthew Bomer couldn't possibly play the testosterone-spewing lead role in the film version of Fifty Shades of Grey because he's openly gay. I personally find that statement more incendiary than insightful, but let's move onto a more interesting concern: Who should our gay actors be portraying on the big screen? Here are nine gay thespians who'd be perfect on screen in these real-life roles. Jane Lynch, hold onto your seat.
There's something about the '50s teen idol that's never been replaced. The combination of innocence and the burgeoning power of new rock 'n roll made for a parent-approved, yet slightly dangerous mix. Chris Colfer can pull off talk-singing like most McKinley High upperclassmen, and therefore he and his wide blue eyes are perfect for the role of snarling sitcom scion Ricky Nelson.
2. Cheyenne Jackson »
For 100 years, Universal Pictures has been entertaining audiences all around the world with some of the most unforgettable movies ever made. For a limited time only, own a piece of Hollywood history with the Universal 100th Anniversary Collection arriving on Blu-ray and DVD on November 6, 2012 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The collection features a selection of 25 unforgettable films that helped shape the legacy of one of the most successful movie studios of all time. Featuring prestigious Academy Award winners such as To Kill a Mockingbird and The Sting, genre-defining classics like Dracula and Spartacus, captivating storytelling such as Field of Dreams and Do the Right Thing, blockbusters like Jurassic Park and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and pure entertainment with franchises including The Bourne Identity and The Fast and the Furious, these movies continue to have an enduring impact throughout the world.
The Universal 100th Anniversary Collection includes an exclusive "100 Years of »
For 100 years, Universal Pictures has been entertaining audiences all around the world with some of the most unforgettable movies ever made. For a limited time only, own a piece of Hollywood history with the Universal 100th Anniversary Collection arriving on Blu-ray. and DVD on November 6, 2012 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The collection features a selection of 25 unforgettable films that helped shape the legacy of one of the most successful movie studios of all time. Featuring prestigious Academy Award® winners such as To Kill a Mockingbird and The Sting, genre-defining classics like Dracula and Spartacus, captivating storytelling such as Field of Dreams and Do the Right Thing, blockbusters likeJurassic Park and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and pure entertainment with franchises including The Bourne Identity and The Fast and the Furious, these movies continue to have an enduring impact throughout the world.
The Universal 100th Anniversary Collection includes an exclusive “100 Years of Universal »
- Michelle McCue
Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman
No other actor in the long history of horror has been so closely identified with the genre as Boris Karloff, yet he was as famous for his gentle heart and kindness as he was for his screen persona. William Henry Pratt was born on November 23, 1887, in Camberwell, London, England. He studied at London University in anticipation of a diplomatic career; however, he moved to Canada in 1909 and joined a theater company where he was bit by the acting bug. It was there that he adopted the stage name of “Boris Karloff.” He toured back and forth across the USA for over ten years in a variety of low-budget Theater shows and eventually ended up in Hollywood. Needing cash to support himself, Karloff landed roles in silent films making his on-screen debut in Chapter 2 of the 1919 serial The Masked Rider. His big »
- Movie Geeks
Let’s start with Roddy Piper running out of bubblegum and being forced to kick ass in John Carpenter’s 1988 science fiction action flick They Live about a drifter who acquires a pair of special sunglasses and discovers the world as we know it is actually controlled by aliens. Scream Factory has yet to announce any specific details other than November 6th being the date the film arrives on Blu-ray. Stay tuned for future details. Obey
Three Stephen King movies will be bowing on Blu-ray in the coming months. Starting with the one that I don’t think I’m going too far out on a limb to say is the least anticipated of the trio, Olive Films »
by Michael Juvinall, MoreHorror.com
As part of their 100th anniversary celebration, Universal Studios announced they will be releasing what many believe to be the best horror/comedy of all time, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein on blu-ray DVD combo pack this August. The film features classic monsters from the Universal stable such as the Wolf Man (Lon Chaney Jr.), Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi), Frankenstein (Glenn Strange) and even a cameo from the Invisible Man (Vincent Price).
Comedy meets horror when Bud Abbott and Lou Costello encounter Universal’s classic monsters in the frightfully funny Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. The world of baggage handlers Chick Young (Abbott) and Wilbur Grey (Costello) is turned upside down when they receive the remains of Dracula (Bela Lugosi) and Frankenstein (Glenn Strange) bound for the House of Horrors museum. When Dracula and Frankenstein escape, complete chaos ensues as Chick and Wilbur »
As part of their 100th anniversary celebration, Universal is releasing a number of their classic titles on Blu-ray. We previously reported on the Blu-ray edition of Jaws and we’ll be getting some of the Universal Monsters on Blu-ray later this year.
One of Universal’s latest announcements is a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, which features Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi, Glenn Strange, and a brief invisible cameo from Vincent Price.
Synopsis: Comedy meets horror when Bud Abbott and Lou Costello encounter Universal’s classic monsters in the frightfully funny Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. The world of baggage handlers Chick Young (Abbott) and Wilbur Grey (Costello) is turned upside down when they receive the remains of Dracula (Bela Lugosi) and Frankenstein (Glenn Strange) bound for the House of Horrors museum. When Dracula and Frankenstein escape, complete chaos ensues as Chick and Wilbur get »
- Jonathan James
If you’ve hunted around for movie bargains, you’ve probably seen some of Mill Creek Entertainment’s 50-Movie Packs on DVD. Apart from other great releases by Mill Creek, these packs are phenomenal boons to cinephiles looking to collect older titles.
There are three new packs available, and I want to not only let you in on a discount code, but I have one of the packs available for you to win.
I know a lot of people may be quick to overlook these packs, and not every movie included stands out as a major value, but there are some great titles in each of them, and fans of the genres will be pleasantly surprised by what they get out of the deal. I have to admit that there is something about seeing a 50-movie pack, especially when it doesn’t cost a couple of hundred dollars, or more, »
- Marc Eastman
Today marks the 100th birthday of Universal Pictures and to celebrate the studio has released a list of 100 facts based on its first 100 years in existence. I have placed in bold some of the ones I found interesting as well as offered a selection of photo and video accompaniments here and there. 1. Universal Film Manufacturing Company was officially incorporated in New York on April 30, 1912. Company legend says Carl Laemmle was inspired to name his company Universal after seeing "Universal Pipe Fittings" written on a passing delivery wagon. 2. The only physical damage made during the filming of National Lampoon's Animal House was when John Belushi made a hole in the wall with a guitar. The actual Sigma Nu fraternity house (which subbed for the fictitious Delta House) never repaired it, and instead framed the hole in honor of the film. 3. The working title for Et: The Extra Terrestrial was "A Boy's Life. »
- Brad Brevet
Chicago – I have a confession — I grew up watching Abbott & Costello movies. I can remember watching them at a very early age and getting into the hysterical verbal jousting of two stellar movie comedians. The timing in some of the best bits from Bud Abbott & Lou Costello is simply amazing. And watching it again, in their breakthrough debut “Buck Privates,” a film in the Universal 100th Anniversary Collection series of Blu-rays and the first Abbott & Costello movie in HD, I was stunned at how much I still loved it. Abbott & Costello rock.
Blu-ray Rating: 4.5/5.0
“Throw your chest out, private.”
“I’m not through with it yet.”
If that silly exchange of verbal wordplay doesn’t make you smile, don’t bother with “Buck Privates.” Here, let’s try another one:
“You got three dollars?”
“Roughly speaking.” [Pause.] “When you smooth it out, I got a buck.”
Personally, I find that kind of silly, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The holiday hit "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" finally arrives on DVD and Blu-ray this week, and we've got an exclusive look at the making of Tom Cruise's jaw-dropping stunt on top of the world's tallest building. If you're more into cute animals than espionage and explosions, then you'll be interested in a special look at Warner Bros.' crowd-pleasing nature doc "Born to Be Wild." Whether you're DVD or Blu-ray, streaming or rental, Moviefone has the full breakdown on all the home entertainment releases this week. Moviefone's Pick Of The Week "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" What's It About? Ethan Hunt and his Imf team are framed for a crime they didn't commit, plotted by a Russian madman with nuclear capabilities. But really, it's just a set-up to some exhilarating, inventive action sequences -- including that heart-stopper on the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. See It Because: At this point in the series, »
- Eric Larnick
Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to worthwhile titles currently available on Netflix Instant Watch. This week we offer alternatives to The Three Stooges, Cabin in the Woods & Lockout.
Craving more classic comedy teams?
Duck Soup (1933) The iconic Marx Bros. front this comedy classic. Here Groucho plays Rufus T. Firefly, the recently appointed dictator of the country Freedonia. Masterful slapstick and sharp political satire ensue. Chico, Zeppo, and Harpo Marx co-star.
Laurel & Hardy: Flying Deuces (1939) One of the most critically heralded comedy double acts, Laurel and Hardy made an art out of slapstick. In this winsome misadventure they parody the war stories that were all the rage with a wacky tale of two American idiots who get caught up in »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Horror and comedy function hand in hand. Both genres demand viewers suspend all disbelief, leap into outlandish scenarios and ride the wave until the tide leads to foreign shores. Knowing this, it should be no surprise that time has gifted us an onslaught of absolutely fantastic horror/comedy hybrids. The amalgamation of content dates back to the 1940’s, when Universal Studio’s selected Bud Abbott and Lou Costello to “meet” many a famous Universal Monster in a series of hilarious crossover films (I’m still partial to Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein) that won over quite the diverse audiences. »
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