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12 items from 2014


'Willy Wonka,' 'Saving Private Ryan,' 'Big Lebowski' added to National Film Registry

17 December 2014 6:57 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Each year, the Library of Congress selects 25 films to be named to the National Film Registry, a proclamation of commitment to preserving the chosen pictures for all time. They can be big studio pictures or experimental short films, goofball comedies or poetic meditations on life. The National Film Registery "showcases the extraordinary diversity of America’s film heritage and the disparate strands making it so vibrant" and by preserving the films, the Library of Congress hopes to "a crucial element of American creativity, culture and history.” This year’s selections span the period 1913 to 2004 and include a number of films you’re familiar with. Unless you’ve never heard of "Saving Private Ryan," "The Big Lebowski," “Rosemary’s Baby” or "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Highlights from the list include the aforementioned film, Arthur Penn’s Western "Little Big Man," John Lasseter’s 1986 animated film, “Luxo Jr.," 1953’s “House of Wax, »

- Matt Patches

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‘Saving Private Ryan’, ‘Ferris Bueller’ & More Added To National Film Registry

17 December 2014 2:36 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Spanning the years 1913-2004, the 25 films to be added to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry for 2014 include Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby, Arthur Penn’s Little Big Man, John Hughes’ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and the Coen brothers’ The Big Lebowski. The annual selection helps to ensure that the movies will be preserved for all time. This year’s list brings the number of films in the registry to 650.

Also on the list are John Lasseter’s 1986 animated film, Luxo Jr; the original Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory with Gene Wilder; and Howard Hawks’ classic 1959 Western Rio Bravo. Documentaries and silent films also make up part of the selection which represents titles that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant; they must also each be at least 10 years old. Check out the rundown of all 25 movies below:

2014 National Film Registry »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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‘Big Lebowski,’ ‘Willy Wonka’ Among National Film Registry’s 25 Selections

17 December 2014 12:01 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Big Lebowski,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Rosemary’s Baby,” “Saving Private Ryan” and “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” are among the 25 films saluted by the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in the organization’s annual selection of notable works.

The org says selection will help ensure preservation of these films. This year’s choices bring the registry total to 650, a small fraction of the Library’s vast collection of 1.3 million items. As always, the choices are eclectic, including Hollywood films, indies, documentaries, silent movies and student films.

“The National Film Registry showcases the extraordinary diversity of America’s film heritage and the disparate strands making it so vibrant,” said the Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. “By preserving these films, we protect a crucial element of American creativity, culture and history.”

Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, each year the Librarian »

- Tim Gray

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Ken Weatherwax of TV's Addams Family Is Dead

8 December 2014 8:00 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Ken Weatherwax, who played the mischievous and slightly deviant Pugsley on TV's The Addams Family in the mid-'60s, died of an apparent heart attack Sunday at his home in Southern California, his nephew told the Los Angeles Times. "The family is devastated," said the relative, Beau Vieira. The young Weatherwax, a native of Los Angeles, according to the Hollywood Reporter, started his career on toothpaste commercials. Showbiz ran in the family: His aunt was the 1930s Warner Bros. dancing star Ruby Keeler (42nd Street) and his uncle was Lassie's trainer, Rudd Weatherwax, said the trade journal. Besides acting on the Addams Family, »

- Stephen M. Silverman, @stephenmsilverm

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Ken Weatherwax of TV's Addams Family Is Dead

8 December 2014 8:00 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Ken Weatherwax, who played the mischievous and slightly deviant Pugsley on TV's The Addams Family in the mid-'60s, died of an apparent heart attack Sunday at his home in Southern California, his nephew told the Los Angeles Times. "The family is devastated," said the relative, Beau Vieira. The young Weatherwax, a native of Los Angeles, according to the Hollywood Reporter, started his career on toothpaste commercials. Showbiz ran in the family: His aunt was the 1930s Warner Bros. dancing star Ruby Keeler (42nd Street) and his uncle was Lassie's trainer, Rudd Weatherwax, said the trade journal. Besides acting on the Addams Family, »

- Stephen M. Silverman, @stephenmsilverm

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BFI’s Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder – Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

17 November 2014 6:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Invasion of the Body Snatchers, 1956.

Directed by Don Siegel.

Starring Kevin McCarthyDana WynterLarry GatesKing Donovan and Carolyn Jones.

Synopsis:

Body Snatchers invade the small town of Santa Mira…

In this current era of comic-book obsessed filmmaking, the archaic trait whereby a villain is bit by/hit by/falls into radioactive elements, we automatically relate it to our current heroes. Of course, these heroes were created in the atomic age, whereby fear was rife regarding the power of nuclear energy. The atomic age not only inspired comic book heroes and villains but also impacted on cinema, providing the path for films including Forbidden Planet, Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Thing and Invasion of the Body Snatchers. All of which are either due to be shown, or have been shown, at the BFI in their outstanding Sci-Fi season: Days of Fear and Wonder.

Bookended by a Cabinet-of-Dr-Caligari, mad-man narration, »

- Simon Columb

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Chain Saw Massacre and Eaten Alive Actress Dead at 64

7 August 2014 7:11 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ actress Marilyn Burns dead at 64 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre actress Marilyn Burns, the one cast member who manages to survive Leatherface in Tobe Hooper’s low-budget 1974 horror cult classic, was found dead on Tuesday, August 4, 2014, at her home in the Houston area. According to her manager, "she was found unresponsive by a family member." The cause of death remains unclear. Burns (born on July 5, 1950, in Erie, Pennsylvania) was 64. The Houston-raised Marilyn Burns began appearing in films in the early ’70s. She had a bit part in Robert Altman’s Houston-filmed Brewster McCloud (1970), starring Bud Cort, Sally Kellerman, and Shelley Duvall, and was later cast in a supporting role in Sidney Lumet’s Austin-shot 1974 drama Lovin’ Molly; however, Burns was ultimately replaced by Susan Sarandon, reportedly remaining in the production as a stand-in for both Sarandon and Blythe Danner. Also in 1974, Marilyn Burns landed the »

- Andre Soares

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Batman: The Complete Television Series Blu-ray Trailer & Comic-Con Announcement

2 July 2014 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will officially unveil the details of its highly-anticipated November 2014 release of "Batman: The Complete Television Series" at a Comic-Con International panel -- featuring special guests Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar -- on Thursday, July 24 from 6:00-7:00pm in Hall H. Starring Adam West, Burt Ward, Cesar Romero, Burgess Meredith, Frank Gorshin, John Astin, Julie Newmar, Eartha Kitt, Alan Napier, Neil Hamilton, Stafford Repp, Madge Blake and Yvonne Craig with special guest appearances by George Sanders, Otto Preminger, Victor Buono, David Wayne, Eli Wallach, Cliff Robertson, Carolyn Jones, Milton Berle and Vincent Price, 1960s series was known for its comic camp, upbeat theme music and overt moral lessons geared towards children. The actors »

- Pietro Filipponi

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"Drive-in" Sci-fi Double Feature At Redford Theatre, Detroit June 13-14

11 June 2014 8:10 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Hey, all you Sci-Fi fans, this one’s for you — or better yet, these two are for you! The Redford Theatre is happy to present a Drive-in-style double feature with two of the best loved science fiction films from the 1950s: “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” and “War of the Worlds.” The night will include a vintage intermission program, complete with dancing hot dogs, a minutes-to-showtime countdown and 1950s movie trailers.

War of the Worlds” stars Gene Barry (of "Bat Masterson” and "Burke’s Law” fame) and Ann Robinson in her only starring role for Paramount. (She also appeared on our screen two weeks ago in a small role as a showgirl in “Imitation of Life.") A few familiar names appeared here in small roles. Sir Cedric Hardwicke provided the voice for the commentary/narration. Les Tremayne (General Mann) was best known for his estimated 30,000 radio broadcasts. (He also appeared »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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12 of the Best TV Moms Ever

8 May 2014 12:01 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Yesterday we took a tour of some of the small screen’s worst mothers, and today it’s time to celebrate the ladies who did it best.  Ranging from traditional to terrifying, these mothers represent the kinds of moms we’d be honored to call our own. (Of course, I should mention that my own mother blows these fictional ladies out of the water – mean it, Ma!)

(in alpha order)

Morticia Addams (The Addams Family)

Goth icon Morticia (Carolyn Jones) belongs on this list because she didn’t give a rat’s damn about fitting into the mold of a modern wife and mother – she clearly loved her children dearly (also her garden of Deadly Nightshade), and the fact that she looked like Vampira from Plan 9 From Outer Space was nobody’s damned business. Steadfast in her loyalty to family and tradition, Morticia taught us all to let our »

- Brian Juergens

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The American Nurse Is a Documentary About Genuine Human Decency Without Kitsch

6 May 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

With the form so often used to expose horrors, it's nice to see a documentary about genuine human decency without kitsch. Carolyn Jones's portrait of five medical caregivers walks us through day-in, day-out sacrifices without ever coming off as sentimental or aggrandizing.

"So many body fluids and so much screaming" is how Naomi Cross, a maternity ward nurse, describes her life. The visceral first scene, which follows Cross to the operating room as she assists with a Caesarian section, is wildly harrowing, but Cross strides through the ordeal like it's business as usual.

That introduces Jones's argument: Nurses are awesome not only for their medical proficiency — doctors have that, too — but for the extra, undefined part of their job that demands superhuman »

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Heather’s 14 Favorite Horror Couples (Part I)

10 February 2014 2:12 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Ah, Valentine’s Day- that special time of year when, if you’re in a relationship, everything seems just wonderful. If you’re not, you pretty much wish everyone around you would stop being so damn lovey-dovey and just grow up already.

The horror genre has seen its share of passionate lovers and soul mates over the years willing to fight it out to the end, whether they’re being chased by creatures, psychotic serial killers, Mother Nature or even as they struggling against internal forces that threaten those they love most in the world. 

To celebrate Valentine’s Day this Friday, I decided to pay homage to some of my very favorite couples in the horror that demonstrate to the very fullest the idea, “til death do us part.” Check out the first part of my 14 Favorite Horror Couples countdown below and look for part two later this week right here on Daily Dead! »

- Heather Wixson

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