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Hollywood Flashback: When the Comedy Store Helped Put L.A. on the Map

The Hollywood Reporter's main contribution to Los Angeles' vibrant 1970s comedy scene was a building. In 1940, THR founder Billy Wilkerson opened Ciro's nightclub on the Sunset Strip (he also owned the Strip's Trocadero club and La Rue restaurant). By 1972, Ciro's had morphed into The Comedy Store, owned by Sammy Shore and Rudy De Luca. In a divorce settlement, Shore's ex-wife, Mitzi, took over the club the following year. "At the time, this was the only place where stand-ups could hone their act; places like the Improv and the Laugh Factory came later," says Tom Dreesen, a veteran...
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Geena Davis Joins The Exorcist TV Series

Another new name has been added to the cast of Fox’s The Exorcist TV series, and it should excite fans of Beetlejuice and 1986’s The Fly.

Variety reports that Geena Davis has joined the cast of The Exorcist TV series. Davis is set to play the role of Angela Rance, who “does everything she can to stay positive and keep her faith even though her family is currently struggling.” Despite her sunny outlook on life, Angela dreams of a demon and wonders if it is related to the problems plaguing her family.

Angela appears to be the mother of Charlotte Rance (Brianne Howey from Scream Queens), a teenager who is potentially possessed by a demon following an intense accident, and Charolotte’s concerned sister, Casey (Hannah Kasulka from The Fosters).

Horror fans are well aware of Geena Davis, who previously starred in David Cronenberg’s The Fly, Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice,
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October 13th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Phantom Of The Opera (1925 / 1929), The Brood, The Return Of Count Yorga

  • DailyDead
As we get closer and closer to Halloween, the home entertainment releases on Blu-ray and DVD seem to get better and better, as this Tuesday will see the release of several fantastic cult classics and so much more. On October 13th, Criterion Collection is bringing home David Cronenberg’s terrifying masterpiece The Brood to both Blu and DVD and we’ve also got The Return of Count Yorga to look forward to courtesy of Scream Factory.

For those of you who love a good "bad movie," Synapse Releasing has a restored version of the granddaddy of them all, Manos: The Hands of Fate, arriving on both formats this week as well.

Other notable October 13th releases include a two-disc Blu-ray of the 192os classic The Phantom of the Opera, The Gallows, the 2oth anniversary release of Mosquito, Shakma, Tomorrowland, and the high-def debut of Class of Nuke ’Em High 3.

The Brood (Criterion Collection,
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Contest: Win The Return Of Count Yorga on Blu-ray

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The Deathmaster returns from "beyond the grave" tomorrow when Scream Factory releases The Return of Count Yorga on Blu-ray, and we've been provided with three copies to give away.

The Return of Count Yorga Blu-ray: "A horrifying love story… with bite!

When the overlord of the damned rises again to prowl the shadows, who will stand against The Return Of Count Yorga? Robert Quarry is back as one of the most dapper vampires to ever set up shop in California in this thrilling sequel that really raises the stakes. Revived by the well-known supernatural properties of the Santa Ana winds, our undead leading man takes to the streets with an unquenchable thirst. In search of new blood, Yorga moves next door to an orphanage. But when he crosses paths with a beautiful young woman, the Count's thoughts turn to love. Has the ruler of the night finally found the girl
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The Return Of Count Yorga Blu-ray Clips & Trailer

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Scream Factory's giving Robert Quarry fans an early Halloween treat with their October 13th Blu-ray release of The Return of Count Yorga, and we have vampiric clips and a trailer to give you an idea of the sharp-toothed scares to come.

The Return of Count Yorga Blu-ray: "A horrifying love story… with bite!

When the overlord of the damned rises again to prowl the shadows, who will stand against The Return Of Count Yorga? Robert Quarry is back as one of the most dapper vampires to ever set up shop in California in this thrilling sequel that really raises the stakes. Revived by the well-known supernatural properties of the Santa Ana winds, our undead leading man takes to the streets with an unquenchable thirst. In search of new blood, Yorga moves next door to an orphanage. But when he crosses paths with a beautiful young woman, the Count's thoughts turn to love.
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Scream Factory Welcomes The Return Of Count Yorga Bluray This October

According to the press release sent to us, Yorga-nna love this one! The always reliable gang at Scream Factory are set to release The Return Of Count Yorga to Bluray this October 13th, marking the first time the sequel to the 1970 film Count Yorga has seen an HD release in North America. The film, which sees Robert Quarry’s villainous Deathmaster wreak havoc on Santa Ana this time around, and also features the on screen debut of Poltergeist star, Craig T. Nelson. It’s always a fun one to watch and if we all know the Sf gang, the disc is sure to look good and perhaps have a few goodies to go with the film. Read on!

When the overlord of the damned rises again to prowl the shadows, who will stand against The Return Of Count Yorga? Robert Quarry is back as one of the most dapper vampires
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The Return Of Count Yorga Blu-ray Release Details & Cover Art

Two of my favorite Aip horror movies, Count Yorga, Vampire and The Return of Count Yorga, are both making their way to Blu-ray this October. Scream Factory will be handling the release of the sequel and we now have final release details, including the list of bonus features.

"A horrifying love story… with bite! Scream Factory proudly presents The Return of Count Yorga in its North American Blu-ray debut on October 13, 2015. The sequel to the hit 1970 original film Count Yorga, Vampire, the Deathmaster makes his triumphant return in this release, complete with special features including an audio commentary with film historian Steve Haberman and actor Rudy De Luca (Dracula: Dead and Loving It).

When the overlord of the damned rises again to prowl the shadows, who will stand against The Return Of Count Yorga? Robert Quarry is back as one of the most dapper vampires to ever set up shop
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Review: Mel Brooks' "Life Stinks" (1991) Blu-ray Special Edition From Kino Lorber Studio Classics

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By Lee Pfeiffer

One of Mel Brooks' least-discussed films, the 1991 comedy "Life Stinks", is also one of his most accomplished works. The film didn't click with Brooks's usual audience at the time, perhaps because the film is laced with social commentary. Brooks obviously ignored the old Hollywood advice to "Leave the messages to Western Union". Nonetheless, it's precisely because of this departure from his usual productions that gives "Life Stinks" a certain poignancy that isn't found in his earlier works. Granted, Brooks always included some sentiment in his films (even Zero Mostel's Max Byalystock in "The Producers" is con man with some admirable traits.) However, "Life Stinks" makes a  plea for compassion toward society's most vulnerable people, even as it concentrates on the primary purpose of any Brooks film: to make the audience laugh.  

The movie opens with a very amusing scene in which we are introduced to the central character,
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indieFilmFunding, a New Crowdfunding Platform for Indie Films, Is Open for Business

indieFilmFunding, a New Crowdfunding Platform for Indie Films, Is Open for Business
There's a new crowdfunding platform exclusively for indie films and, as of today, it's open for business. indieFilmFunding.com (iFF) officially launched to the public today, along with its first theatrical film campaign, and it's a big one. The comedy "The Big Finish" comes from director Martin Guigui ("The Bronx Bull") and will be written by Guigui and Rudy De Luca ("The Carol Burnett Show"). The film will star Bob Newhart, Don Rickles, Jerry Lewis, Tim ConwayGarrett Morris, Debbie Reynolds, Cloris Leachman, Mary Tyler Moore and other legendary Hollywood actors of a certain age. In fact, De Luca joked, "We gotta hurry up and shoot this film, cause we're droppin' like flies." "The Big Finish" has set an ambitious $3 million goal for the production. Read More: 8 Things I Learned from My (Failed) Kickstarter Campaign iFF's platform is open for submissions from any producer, director, or filmmaker seeking funding for a film project.
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Mel Brooks: Exclusive Cinema Retro Interview

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Mel Brooks: Comedy As The Currency Of Friendship

By Eddy Friedfeld

(Photo copyright Steven R. Stack)

Mel Brooks is profiled in a superb American Masters documentary entitled Mel Brooks: Make a Noise, which premieres nationally on PBS stations on May 20th. One of 14 Egot (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) winners, he has earned more major awards than any other living entertainer, and shows few signs of slowing down. With new interviews with Brooks, his friends and colleagues, including Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Cloris Leachman, Joan Rivers, Tracey Ullman, Rob Reiner, and his close friend, with whom he created The 2000 Year Old Man, Carl Reiner. A DVD with bonus material will be available Tuesday, May 21 from Shout Factory.

"When they called me to say I had been chosen as the next 'American Master,' I thought they said I was chosen to be the next Dutch Master. So I figured what the hell,
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Mel Brooks to make comedy horror 'Pizzaman'

Mel Brooks to make comedy horror 'Pizzaman'
Mel Brooks is to make a comedy horror film about an insane pizza delivery man. The film centres on a man wrongfully sent to prison who decides to take revenge by getting a job as a pizza deliverer and committing murders. Brooks's regular collaborator Steve Haberman will be directing from a script by Rudy De Luca. The acting legend told Fangoria: "When they told me the plot of Pizzaman, I said, 'Are you kidding?' And they said, 'No, it's a real great idea for a horror story'. "And they wrote a rather exciting, interesting script, and I worked with them a little bit on it. It's purely original, based on Rudy and Steve's insane imagination." He continued: "And sometimes there are problems, but sometimes there are unexpected victories, where a bad guy (more)
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Mel Brooks cooks up horror flick Pizzaman

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Mel Brooks cooks up horror flick Pizzaman
Comedy legend and horror fan Mel Brooks says his next film will be a slasher flick called Pizzaman, with production expected to start this autumn/winter in Illinois. “I’ve got a script and I’ve got a director,” Brooks told Fangoria. “Pizzaman was written years ago by my longtime collaborators Steve Haberman and Rudy De Luca. They did Dracula: Dead And Loving It for me, a great horror/comedy film. Then they also did Life Stinks, in which I starred. It was funny and very moving, too. It was one of...

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B-Sides: Calling Transylvania 6-5000...

One should have known the 1985 monster comedy Transylvania 6-5000 was headed for trouble just by mere fact that its title was a pun based on a hit 1940 Glenn Miller tune that would have been obscure even to audiences 25 years ago, though not nearly as obscure as the film’s theme song is to this day.

Transylvania 6-5000, written and directed by Rudy De Luca, cast Ed Begley, Jr., and Jeff Goldblum as tabloid reporters sent by their editor to uncover the truth behind a rash of (then) modern day Frankenstein monster sightings. It was neither critically acclaimed nor a commercial hit. It’s probably only really remembered for being the movie where Goldblum first hooked up with his future ex-wife, Geena Davis, who played a sexy vampiress.

Transylvania 6-5000’s theme song is one of those disgustingly catchy tunes we rarely get on movie soundtracks these days, the kind specifically tailored to the film,
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Mel Brooks Getting Scary with “Pizzaman”

Mel Brooks is looking to serve up a slice of deep-dish horror, hold the laughs. The 83-year-old comedy guru is still at work producing a film called “Pizzaman.” Unlike such Brooks-directed horror spoofs as “Young Frankenstein” and “Dracula: Dead and Loving It,” he says this one will be a straight chiller. Besides the parody movies he’s known for writing, directing and starring in, Brooks has also been a producer of creepier fare through his Brooksfilms company, including David Lynch’s “The Elephant Man” and David Cronenberg’s “The Fly” (which is maybe the scariest movie we’ve ever seen). In fact, Brooks founded the company in 1980 for reasons similar to those he mentions now, to put a little distance between his name and the darker films he produces, so that audiences won’t expect laughs. The plot remains under wraps, but the screenwriters are longtime Brooks collaborators Rudy De Luca and Steve Haberman,
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Mel Brooks Delivering Pizza-man?

Mel Brooks’ History Of The World Part 1 is a film I adore. Sure, it’s not the most sophisticated comedy ever made or even one of the best, but it’s supremely funny stuff. Alas, Brooks’ genius comedy days are behind him. And he can reflect on having delivered some classic moments in film.

Every once in a while he likes to produce for other talents. After all, he helped David Lynch make The Elephant Man and David Cronenberg get his remake of The Fly from pupate state to full blown gore show. Brooks also came up with the beautifully accurate description of David Lynch as, “Jimmy Stewart from Mars”.

Word on the street, via Variety, is Brooks is putting on his producer hat again for a “serious” horror flick entitled Pizzaman. Brooks has described it as a:

“a flat-out horror film.”

While the idea of a horror film about
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Mel Brooks Calls Pizzaman

We don't see much of Mel Brooks these days (barring a great cameo in Curb Your Enthusiasm a couple of years ago) but he's keeping busy. According to Variety he's still "having a lot of fun doing Spaceballs: The Animated Series", and has a "serious horror film in the works" by the name of Pizzaman.Not the scariest title, and the involvement of Life Stinks and Dracula: Dead and Loving It co-writers Rudy De Luca and Steve Haberman is also food for rather alarmed thought. But lest we forget, Brooks-as-producer was behind David Cronenberg's The Fly and David Lynch's The Elephant Man. So it's not all parody and slapstick.There are no plot details yet, but, says Brooks, Pizzaman "is a flat-out horror film", and that, in case people think it's a comedy, "I'll keep my name away from it." He's not doing terribly well at that so far,
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The Pizzaman Delivering Horror For Mel Brooks

When you hear the name Mel Brooks, the last thing you think of is horror movies. The closest the man has ever come personally to our genre is the wondrously entertaining and still very much kickass horror comedy Young Frankenstein (which by the way there is never a wrong time to watch), but that's about to change as his company Brooksfilms is taking a little walk on the dark and murderous side.

Brooks tells Variety in a recent interview that production is gearing up for a flick called Pizzaman.

"Pizzaman is a flat-out horror film that I'll keep my name away from, in case people think it's a comedy," he tells the site. Rudy De Luca and Steve Haberman are set to tackle writing duties.

Though he himself hasn't dabbled much in our genre, Brooksfilm also produced David Cronenberg's The Fly remake as well as The Fly II.

Further
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Brooksfilms Makes a Call to the Pizzaman

Buried in an article about Mel Brooks comes to the news that Brooksfilms is going to produce the horror film Pizzaman , no relation to the 2000 film The Pizzaman . Brooks tells Variety, "Pizzaman is a flat-out horror film that I'll keep my name away from, in case people think it's a comedy." Rudy De Luca and Steve Haberman will write. If you recall, Brooksfilms also produced David Cronenberg's The Fly and The Fly II .
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Mel Brooks not closing shop

Mel Brooks not closing shop
Mel Brooks isn't going anywhere.

The renowned funnyman said Friday that he's not shuttering his 30-year-old production shingle Brooksfilms, contrary to one New York gossip page report, and that he's developing a horror film with longtime writing collaborators Rudy De Luca and Steve Haberman.

"I'm not quitting," Brooks told The Hollywood Reporter. "Brooksfilms is still here and will be going on for a while. I'm not at all slowing down, and nobody has told me to stop."

The latest project, Pizzaman, is a serious horror film that marks Brooksfilms' return to the genre. The company produced the successful The Fly and its not-so-successful The Fly II.

Brooks said the project is in the script and rewrite stage and that he's hasn't shopped it to the studios yet.

De Luca's collaboration with Brooks goes back to 1976's Silent Movie and continued with High Anxiety, Life Stinks and Dracula: Dead and Loving It. Haberman worked with Brooks on the Dracula spoof as well as Life Stinks.

Brooks formed Culver Studios-based Brooksfilms in 1980 when he became interested in producing the drama The Elephant Man and believed audiences would think the film was a comedy if it was labeled "A Mel Brooks Film".

Mel Brooks Developing a 'Serious' Horror Film!

Contrary to reports last week, legendary director-producer Mel Brooks isn't going anywhere. The renowned funnyman said Friday that he's not shuttering his 30-year-old production shingle Brooksfilms, contrary to one New York gossip page report, and that he's developing a horror film with longtime writing collaborators Rudy De Luca and Steve Haberman, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The latest project, Pizzaman, is a serious horror film that marks Brooksfilms' return to the genre. The company produced the successful "The Fly" and its not-so-successful "The Fly II." Brooks said the project is in the script and rewrite stage and that he's hasn't shopped it to the studios yet.
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