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Panther Girl of the Kongo

Did Republic’s serial-makers lose their marbles? This is an endurance test of a thriller, with 12 chapters that refuse to advance a story beyond the same repetitive ambushes and fistfights. It’s got monsters in the form of giant crawfish bred to… well, bred for almost no reason at all. With Phyllis Coates and Myron Healey. I tell you, watching this feels like watching an endless loop. But hey, it’s quite handsomely filmed!

Panther Girl of the Kongo

Blu-ray

Olive Films

1955 / B&W / 1:37 flat full frame (originally widescreen) / 168 min. / Street Date February 21, 2017 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.95

Starring: Phyllis Coates, Myron Healey, Arthur Space, John Day, Mike Ragan, Morris Buchanan, Roy Glenn, Archie Savage, Ramsay Hill, Naaman Brown, Dan Ferniel, James Logan, Steve Calvert.

Cinematography: Bud Thackery

Film Editor: Cliff Bell

Original Music: R. Dale Butts

Written by Ronald Davidson

Produced and Directed by Franklin Adreon

Ah yes.
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Nine reveals new shows in production and second quarter lineup

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Channel Nine has revealed a raft of new domestic programs that are currently in production along with the network's lineup for the second quarter of 2016. .

Nine Network, director of television, Michael Healy, said today's announcement reinforced the network's promise to bring viewers more local content with stories that reflect and depict their lives and the world they live in.

Among the new programs that are in production are: Travel Guides, The Briefcase, Sex Ed and Unreal Estate.

Travel Guides will see a bunch of travellers offer a surprising take on some of the most popular holiday destinations in Australia and around the world..

Featuring a different holiday each episode, Travel Guides will scrutinise everything from the mattresses to the margaritas. Based on the hit UK series, Travel Guides is produced by the Nine Network in conjunction with Studio Lambert — the people who brought you Gogglebox.

The Briefcase will select two
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Adrian Swift to depart ABC for "spiritual home"

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ABC head of content and creative Adrian Swift will return to Channel Nine after he was controversially poached by the public broadcaster in 2014.

Swift formerly ran Channel Nine's reality TV division and was credited with being behind programs including The Voice and Big Brother..

Swift has been appointed to the position of head of content production and development at Nine.

Nine director of television, Michael Healy, said the role would incorporate production and development of Nine's local content, across all platforms..

"Adrian has a great knowledge of Nine, he will be a welcomed member of our team.. he said.

Swift will be responsible for non-scripted production across Nine broadcast and digital platforms including external commissions and the internal production unit as well as program development and format acquisitions.

.Nine is my spiritual home and I.m very excited to be returning," Swift said..

"With so many great shows commissioned for
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Strong year for Australian TV drama

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The just-concluded 2015 official ratings period has given all three commercial networks something to crow about, despite the continued shrinkage of free-to-air audiences.

New and returning Australian dramas performed strongly for the Seven and Nine Networks while Network Ten had just one fresh drama, the FremantleMedia Australia telemovie Mary: The Making of a Princess.

The Seven Network was No. 1 in primetime for the ninth year running, Seven was the most watched primary channel and 7Two the most popular digital channel.

My Kitchen Rules (2.473 million) was the top-rating regular program and 800 Words (2.103 million) the most successful new series and new drama.

Seven also scored handsomely with Catching Milat (2.55 million). Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door (2.36 million), The X Factor (1.95 million). House Rules (1.86 million) and Winter (1.57 million).

The Nine Network claimed the crown as No. 1 in the key demographics of 25-54, 18-49 and 16-39 for the fourth successive year.

Measured in total viewers including time-shifting and catch-up,
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Graeme Hill joins Nine Perth

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Channel Nine Perth has appointed Graeme Hill as programming, marketing and communications manager for its operations in Western Australia.

.Hill has held senior executive positions in programming, marketing, promotions, sponsorship management and publicity.

.Mr Hill said he was very excited to be joining Nine Network Perth.

Channel Nine managing director, Ray Wardrop, he had worked closely with Hill for many years from opposite sides of the country.

"To now have him as part of my team in Perth is a great opportunity for us," he said..

"He is highly regarded by his peers and colleagues and possesses great creativity and passion for the television business..

.Nine Entertainment Co director of television, Michael Healy, said Hill brought a wealth of knowledge and experience in programming and marketing.

"I personally welcome him to the Nine team," he said..

"He.ll be a great asset to us..

Hill will start on November 23.
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Nine to launch fourth channel

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The Nine Network today announced the launch of a fourth free-to-air channel and outlined plans to start live streaming all four channels in 2016.

Debuting on November 26, 9Life will feature lifestyle and reality content sourced mostly from Scripps Networks Interactive whose brands include Hgtv, Diy Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Travel Channel.

The new channel will screen programs that had not been seen on Australian television before such as Flip or Flop, House Hunters and House Hunters International and Tiny House, Big Living and Fixer Upper. Some other content will be held back until after the Foxtel premieres.

The line-up will also include The Bachelor USA, Million Dollar Listing, Flipping Out, Top Chef and Millionaire Matchmaker.

That will be the second free-to-air channel to launch next month. Sbs's Food Network, with programming sourced largely from Scripps Networks, goes live on November 17..

Network executives played down the prospect that 9Life may
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Nine to produce life-changing series

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The Nine Network is to produce a studio-based entertainment series which challenges everyday people to transform their lives.

This Time Next Year will follow participants as they try to change their lives over the course of 12 months by, for example, losing weight, finding love or having a child.

The broadcaster acquired the Australian format rights from Britain.s Twofour, which is producing the UK version hosted by Davina McCall for ITV. Nine will produce six 60 minute episodes.

In the UK show, once each person makes his or her pledge, he or she leaves the studio to begin the task. Moments later he or she reappears in the studio, transformed one year later, as McCall reveals how each feat was accomplished.

The deal was announced at Mipcom. In a media release Nine Network director of television Michael Healy said: .This Time Next Year stands out as something we believe will resonate with Australian audiences.
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The Voice and Australia's Got Talent back on Nine in 2016

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The Voice and Australia.s Got Talent will return to the Nine Network in 2016.

.The fourth season of The Voice has attracted an average national audience of more than two million after just six episodes.

.Shine Australia chief executive, Mark Fennessy, said the Voice was a certified global smash which continued to deliver outstanding ratings and a brilliant second-screen experience..

"Together with our partners at Nine, we.re delighted to commence work even earlier in building on that success in 2016..

Applications for artists to be the 2016 Voice of Australia will open later in the year.

.Australia.s Got Talent casting starts today, with FremantleMedia executive producer, Julie Ward at the helm.

.FremantleMedia Australia will be producing Agt in association with her production company, ZigZag TV.

.FremantleMedia Australia and Asia chief executive, Ian Hogg, said "Got Talent" was a world-class format and that Julie was a world-class creative..

"It.s a powerful combination,
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Blu-ray Review – The Incredible Melting Man (1977)

The Incredible Melting Man, 1977.

Directed by William Sachs.

Starring Alex Rebar, Burr DeBenning, Myron Healey, Ann Sweeny, and Michael Alldredge.

Synopsis:

An astronaut returns to Earth after flying through the rings of Saturn and mutates into a gooey mess whilst going on a murderous rampage.

With one of the best movie titles ever, The Incredible Melting Man is a 1977 horror film with its roots in 1950s sci-fi and the horror comics of the day, where gloopy, radioactive monsters would roam the country and infect innocent people whilst the world was under the threat of nuclear war. The full details of the plot are basically what is in the summary above – astronaut Steve West (Alex Rebar) and his crew are flying their spacecraft through the rings of Saturn when Steve suffers some sort of seizure and blacks out. He wakes up in a hospital back on Earth covered in bandages and,
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‘The Incredible Melting Man’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

Stars: Alex Rebar, Burr DeBenning, Myron Healey, Michael Alldredge, Ann Sweeny, Lisle Wilson, Rainbeaux Smith, Julie Drazen, Edwin Max, Dorothy Love, Jonathan Demme, Janus Blythe | Written and Directed by William Sachs

If any movie deserved to be seen as one of the best worst movies of all time it would probably be The Incredible Melting Man, and no that is not an insult. The acting leaves much to be desired, most of the film is about a guy in make-up walking around the countryside and the story never really finds a right direction, but you know what? I like it, and more importantly this is a movie that shows that sometimes the makeup department (and more importantly, Rick Baker) can cement the movie into the memories of those who have seen it as something a little special.

“You’ve never seen anything till you’ve seen the Sun through the
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ABC poaches senior Nine executive

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Adrian Swift is jumping ship from the Nine Network to the ABC as the public broadcaster.s new head of content and creative development.

Swift has spent the last three years at Nine, initially as director of development. In May his role was expanded to director of development and digital, with oversight of catch-up platform Jump-in and the websites that support such shows such as Big Brother and The Block.

ABC TV director Richard Finlayson announced Swift.s appointment today, observing, .Adrian is one of the most highly regarded production executives in the country. His experience across public broadcasting, digital media, and in building broad, engaging shows for Nine, gives him a unique perspective to lead ABC Content into the challenges ahead..

Swift will remain with Nine for a couple of months and join the ABC in the fourth quarter. Stuart Menzies, the former controller of ABC2 whose post was
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Lots of love for new Aussie drama

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The premiere of Playmaker Media.s Nine Network drama Love Child has drawn nearly 4.5 million viewers, according to figures released today.

The first episode was watched by 2.2 million people nationally, including catch-up viewing. A repeat screening last Friday attracted a further 531,000 viewers and another airing on Sunday pulled in 422,000.

So the peak audience for the three broadcasts was 3.18 million in the five capitals and 1.27 million in regional areas, for a total of 4.451 million. A further 20,000 have downloaded the first four episodes via Nine.s second-screen app, Jump-In.

The second episode won its timeslot last night with a national average of 1.85 million viewers and a peak of 2.51 million.

.Love Child has been a labour of love for everyone here at Nine and at Playmaker Media,. said Michael Healy, Nine Network Director of Television. "It.s gratifying the series is resonating with audiences in such large numbers all over the country. I
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Love Child evokes the spirit of the Sixties

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Jessica Marais in Love Child..

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Sarah Lambert wasn.t around in the 1960s but Love Child, the drama series she created for the Nine Network, sets to capture that era of revolution, bohemia, youthful innocence and exuberance.

The eight-part series set in Kings Cross in 1969 evidently delivers on that promise, encouraging the network to commission a second season as announced by director of television Michael Healy at the launch of Nine's 2014 season this week..

As the writer-producer, Lambert was inspired to make the show when she learned that a close family friend of her mother was one of thousands of women who had been forced to live in an unwed mothers' home and give up her baby daughter for adoption 20 years earlier.

Produced by Playmaker Media, the series follows characters who live and work in a maternity hospital and home for unwed mothers, contrasted with those who inhabit the streets
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Nine unveils Corby, Rinehart, mid-air drama projects

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The Nine Network today revealed details of its upcoming telemovie on Schapelle Corby, a miniseries on Gina Rinehart and a telemovie chronicling a near- disaster involving a Qantas flight.

The network.s 2014 slate also includes a factual series which follows Australian diplomats as they deal with Aussies in crisis in Thailand, relationships documentary Married at First Sight, dating show When Love Comes To Town and a new, six-part current affairs series, Inside Story.

FremantleMedia.s Schapelle features Krew Boylan as the 27-year-old beauty school dropout from the Gold Coast who was arrested at Bali airport with 4.2kg of marijuana in a boogie board bag. The cast includes Jacinta Stapleton as her sister Mercedes, Denise Roberts as her mother Ros, Colin Friels as her father Mick, Les Chantery as her mentor Ron Bakir, Vince Colosimo as lawyer Robin Tampoe, Francis Greenslade as Foreign Minister Alexander Downer and Michael Croaker as Federal Police boss Mick Keelty.
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New trailer for J.J. Abrams' Almost Human

We're going to have to wait a couple of extra weeks before the premiere of Almost Human - with Fox pushing the date back from Monday November 4th to a two-night double-bill on Sunday November 17th and Monday November 18th - but to make up for it, the network has released a new trailer for the J.J. Abrams-produced sci-fi series, which you can watch right here....

Described as "an action-packed police procedural set 35 years in the future, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids", Almost Human stars Karl Urban (Star Trek Into Darkness), Michael Healy (Underworld: Awakening), Lili Taylor (The Conjuring), Mackenzie Crook (The Office), Michael Irby (The Unit) and Minka Kelly (Lee Daniels' The Butler).
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'Teen Beach Movie': Maia Mitchell and Garrett Clayton have fun in the sun for latest Disney musical

Creating the next Disney movie phenomenon feels a bit like baking a cake from a mix. If the formula is followed, the outcome will be airy and sweet.

"Teen Beach Movie," premiering Friday, July 19, on Disney Channel, is a mash-up of 1950s surfers and bikers. It has chaste romances, energetic choreography and peppy songs. It also has time travel and a cartoonish villain.

Seventeen months ago on Governor's Beach in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, the cast rehearsed as iguanas scuttled under trailers, and flocks of blackbirds screeched. The plot has the plucky heroine, Mack (Maia Mitchell, "The Fosters"), happily living with her grandfather. She loves to surf with her boyfriend, Brady (Ross Lynch, "Austin & Ally").

Her aunt arrives to whisk her away to a preppy school. Mack feels obligated to live up to expectations. In her diary, Mack's late mother wrote: "I dream my daughter becomes a great success, that she
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Naketha Mattocks To Head Original Movies For Disney Channel

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Naketha Mattocks has been named VP Original Movies at Disney Channels, where she will oversee creative development for the Disney Channel Original Movie franchise, reporting to Evp Original Programming Adam Bonnett. She succeeds Svp Original Movies Michael Healy, who left the company in April after nearly 16 years and more than 90 Disney Channel movies to pursue other opportunities. The next installment in Disney Channel’s original movie franchise, Teen Beach Movie, premieres July 19. Mattocks comes from an independent film and television producer background. Last year, she was a consultant for Lifetime, where she served as an executive on such telefilms as Betty and Coretta, A Killer Among Us, Twist of Faith and House of Versace. From 2006-11 Mattocks was Head of Development for writer-director Gary Ross’s Larger Than Life and before that she was an executive for more than three years at Paramount Pictures, supervising development and production for Alfie,
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Disney Channel’s Head Of Original Movies Michael Healy To Depart

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Exclusive: Michael Healy, Disney Channel‘s Svp Original Movies, is leaving the company after nearly 16 years and more than 90 Disney Channel movies to pursue other opportunities. Healy, whose last day is April 26, led the Disney Channel Original Movie franchise to a streak of 11 consecutive year-end finishes as cable TV’s #1 original movie telecast among tweens 9-14, boasting the #1 scripted cable TV telecast in total viewers for six of the past seven years. He shepherded megahits High School Musical and its sequel High School Musical 2 whose premiere became the most watched basic-cable telecast with 18.6 million viewers. The HSM franchise also crossed over into features and into virtually every facet of the Disney company to become a billion-dollar worldwide franchise. Other hit Disney Channel original movies developed by Healy include Princess Protection Program, The Cheetah Girls (1-3), Camp Rock, Jump In! and Wizards Of Waverly Place The Movie. “Michael’s contributions
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Dawn French joins 'Australia's Got Talent' judging panel

Dawn French is the second judge to be confirmed for the 2013 series of Australia's Got Talent.

The Vicar of Dibley comic joins Spice Girl Mel B on the Aussie version of Simon Cowell's reality series.

2012 judges Dannii Minogue, Kyle Sandilands and Brian McFadden will not be returning for the show's seventh series.

The latest run will air on the Nine Network after being dropped by Seven Network for disappointing ratings.

Nine's head of TV Michael Healy claimed that French is "widely recognised and adored" by Australian viewers and has promised a "bigger and better series".

French made her reality TV debut in 2012, appearing as a judge on Andrew Lloyd Webber's Superstar.
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The Incredible Melting Man Drips onto Blu-ray

Oh, what a lovely world we live in when the 1977 shlock classic The Incredible Melting Man can see the light of day on Blu-ray. That's right, kids; throw those awful DVDs away because Shout! Factory is getting set to deliver the goods.

While no dates or specs have been announced yet, we do have the artwork for you right here. Dig it below.

Look for more on The Incredible Melting Man - directed by William Sachs, starring Alex Rebar, Michael Alldredge, Burr Debenning, and Myron Healey, and featuring some truly ghastly make-up effects work from Rick Baker - soon!

Synopsis

An astronaut contracts a disease that causes his flesh to melt. In order to stop the rapid deterioration of his flesh, he must feed on the flesh of other human beings.

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