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Daily Briefing. 2011 Lists from Slant, Frieze, Ebert, MSN and More

16 December 2011 3:18 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Slant's is, of course, the big list to appear since the last Briefing. From Nick Schager's introduction to the countdown of their collective top 25: "The auteurs had it in 2011, which delivered such a feast of fantastic domestic and international cinema that it's difficult to remember a year in which it was harder to compile a consensus Top 25. Nonetheless, best-of-year rankings wait for no critic, and our list is practically overflowing with films by young and old masters at the apex of their games, be it Terrence Malick's sumptuous spiritual odyssey The Tree of Life, Edward Yang's long-unreleased 1991 classic A Brighter Summer Day, or Abbas Kiarostami's formalist masterwork Certified Copy." Which lands at #1. At the House Next Door, you can scan the titles that came in between #26 and #50 as well as the individual ballots by Schager, Ed Gonzalez, Andrew Schenker, Jaime N Christley, Bill Weber, Jesse Cataldo, »

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Rest in Peace: Susan Gordon

15 December 2011 12:54 PM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

Susan Gordon was best known as a child actress and is remembered mostly for her appearance in the "Twilight Zone" episode "The Fugitive", in which she befriends the ruler of a planet who is hiding out on earth. We're sad to report the news that Susan passed away on December 11th at the age of 62 after battling cancer.

Gordon also appeared in such genre films as Attack of the Puppet People (directed by her father, Bert I. Gordon), Tormented, and Picture Mommy Dead as well as the TV series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour".

From the website:

Susan Gordon

b. July 27, 1949 in St. Paul, Minnesota

d. December 11, 2011 in Teaneck, New Jersey

Susan was last able to speak to us on November 8, 2011. Her final words in the conversation were: "I need to sleep" — she seemed to be consciously avoiding the word "goodbye" in ending conversations with us in her final months. »

- The Woman In Black

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Actress Gordon Dies At 62

15 December 2011 4:06 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Former child star Susan Gordon has died at the age of 62.

The actress, also known as Susan L. Aviner, passed away on Sunday in New Jersey after a long battle with cancer, according to Variety.

Gordon made her acting debut as a child in 1958 movie Attack of the Puppet People, which was directed by her father Bert I. Gordon.

She went on to land roles in 1959 film The Five Pennies and hit TV show The Twilight Zone, as well as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Gunsmoke and a TV version of Miracle on 34th Street.

In her later career she worked as a copywriter at an advertising agency in Japan before returning to acting to star in a 2002 Off-Broadway production of A Magic Place in a New Time. »

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Exploring The Twilight Zone #90: The Fugitive

23 October 2011 12:00 PM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

With the entire original run of The Twilight Zone available to watch instantly, we’re partnering with Twitch Film to cover all of the show’s 156 episodes. Are you brave enough to watch them all with us? The Twilight Zone (Episode #90): “The Fugitive” (airdate 3/9/62) The Plot:  An old man can do the kind of magic that no one else seems to understand, except the children he hangs around with all day. That bliss is about to be crushed by two men in suits looking for whatever that old man really is. The Goods: Rob just wrote a strong review of one of the most iconic episodes – To Serve Man - but I would argue that this story deserves the same recognition in the pantheon of the champions of the series. It’s got everything that represents The Twilight Zone: heart, sci-fi, a lesson, and the wondrous magic of belief. Old »

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Kitten miraculously survives washing machine cycle

30 July 2011 3:10 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

An 8-week-old kitten has survived over an hour trapped inside a washing machine. Aberdeen resident Susan Gordon had been unaware that her kitten Princess had crawled inside the machine's drum when she began a wash cycle. After realising her mistake, Gordon freed Princess, who was miraculously still alive, and quickly rushed her to see a veterinarian. "Princess arrived at the clinic very shaken-up and shivering, with a nose bleed and sore eyes," a senior surgeon at Vets Now told BBC (more) »

- By Tom Ayres

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desiFEST 2011 Announces 5th Anniversary Artist Line-Up

19 April 2011 11:57 AM, PDT | Filmicafe | See recent Filmicafe news »

Canada.s largest South Asian music concert desiFEST is proud to release its highly anticipated 5th anniversary line-up, boasting 12 hours of chart-topping artists performing from 11 Am to 11 Pm on Saturday May 28, 2011 free for audiences at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto.Taz and Stereo Nation, a legendary UK bhangra funk band will be headlining, with exciting South Asian artists from across Canada including Roach Killa, Parichay, KatEyez, Swaras (Toronto) ; The Bilz & Kashif,  Prita Chhabra (Montreal) and Ray Gill (Vancouver). UK R&B sensation Navin Kundra will be returning, while Denmark.s Anita Lerche, a household name in India thanks to being the first non-Indian woman to record an album in Punjabi, will be marking her first time debut in Toronto at desiFEST.desiFEST.s lead-up to its 5th year anniversary event included producing South Asian showcases for both Canadian Music Week and Junofest this past March. This year.s line-up is sure »

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