9 items from 2014
by Mike Gold and Martha Thomases
Ed Summer, the man who opened one of America’s first comic book stores and went on to a varied and significant media career, died Thursday from cancer.
A graduate of the New York University School of the Arts (his classmates included Oliver Stone, Jonathan Kaplan and Alan Arkush), Summer opened the Supersnipe Comic Book Emporium on Manhattan’s upper east side in 1971. The store was named after the Street and Smith comic book character who owned more comic books than anybody else in the world. In the late 1970s he opened a comic art gallery, also one of the first, near his store. His friend George Lucas was an investor.
- ComicMix Staff
Lifetime has put an end to “Witches of East End.” The hour-long supernatural drama was canceled on Tuesday, a spokesman for the network told TheWrap. See photos: Lifetime's ‘Saved by The Bell’ Movie Cast: Who Are These People, Anyway? The series, which starred Jenna Dewan, Julia Ormond, Rachel Boston and Mädchen Amick as a family of witches, was based on Melissa de la Cruz's novel of the same name. Co-stars included Eric Winter, Christian Cooke and Daniel Ditomasso. “Witches of East End” was produced by Fox 21 and executive-produced by Maggie Friedman, Jonathan Kaplan, Erwin Stoff and Josh Reims. »
- Travis Reilly
The release of Pride in cinemas this Friday sees the struggles of the gay community in London meld with the struggles of the mining community in Wales under Thatcher’s rule.
To celebrate the film reaching cinemas, we take a look at some of the most effective riots on screen, from the oppressed to the angry to the downright silly.
Warning: Contains plot spoilers and violent content.
With a concluding riot dangerously reminiscent of what London experienced in 2011, this tale of unruly youth shows the consequences of kids when they’re pushed too far.
Featuring Matt Dillon’s first on screen appearance as the disgruntled Richie, the film follows the teens of a neglectful American town as they amuse themselves with petty crime, drugs and necking.
When one of their own is killed by a cop after a misunderstanding, the teenagers lock their parents »
- Beth Webb
Season 2 of Lifetime's "Witches of East End" begins Sunday, July 6th, and if you're a regular watcher of genre TV, you should easily recognize the two new cast members who were recently announced...
First up, James Marsters (pictured; aka Spike on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") will play Tarkoff, a family friend of Julia Ormond's Joanna who has recently come back into her life. Next, Bianca Lawson (most recently seen as Ms. Morell on "Teen Wolf") will play Eva, a mysterious new character spending some time with Daniel Ditomasso's Killian.
"Witches of East End," based on Melissa de la Cruz's popular novel of the same name, comes to Lifetime from Fox 21 and is executive produced by Maggie Friedman, Jonathan Kaplan, Erwin Stoff, and Josh Reims. »
- Debi Moore
This week sees the release the incredible Fruitvale station. The debut feature by director Ryan Coogler shows the last 24 hours of Oscar Grant’s life, before he was shot and killed by a member of the Oakland police force. The film begins with the real footage of Grant and his friends at Fruitvale Station right up until the point where Grant was shot, but the rest of the film is a dramatised version of true events. The film is said to be almost entirely accurate, give or take on or two scenes which Coogler claims were only fictitious as nobody could account for what Coogler was doing at that time. Coogler obviously decided to stay as close to the truth as was possible, perhaps because Grant’s family were involved and he had access to certain information, but how much does sticking to the truth actually matter?
Perhaps the best »
- Nia Childs
Here's another installment featuring Joe Dante's reviews from his stint as a critic for Film Bulletin circa 1969-1974. Our thanks to Video Watchdog and Tim Lucas for his editorial embellishments! Exploitable potpourri of sex, comedy, action with high school setting has enough funny stuff to draw and amuse youth trade in ballyhoo markets and drive‑ins. Rating: R.
Although The Student Teachers follows the New World "student nurse" formula almost slavishly (pretty girls, lotsa nudity, low‑comedy plotting, violent black subplot dragged in by the heels), it stacks up as a nifty little programmer by virtue of fast pacing and an engagingly breezy comic style. Where aggressively promoted, it holds strong lures for the general youth trade and should prove an especially appealing drive‑in item.
The makers of last year's Night Call Nurses have simply lifted the gags and situations from that film and transplanted them to a high school setting, »
- TFH Team
"Witches of East End" is set to return to Lifetime for a second season beginning July 6th, and to help kick off the long Memorial Day weekend, here's an extended promo. Witches have never been hotter - will you be tuning in?
Starring Julia Ormond, Madchen Amick, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, and Rachel Boston as a family of witches, the series has proven to be Lifetime's youngest-skewing original to date. Season 2 of "Witches of East End" will contain 13 episodes.
"Witches of East End," based on Melissa de la Cruz's popular novel of the same name, comes to Lifetime from Fox 21 and is executive produced by Maggie Friedman, Jonathan Kaplan, Erwin Stoff, and Josh Reims.
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- Debi Moore
Toward the end of last year we learned that Lifetime had renewed its "Witches of East End" for a second season, and with the show's summer premiere approaching, we have a look at two new teaser videos for you.
"With its great storytelling and amazing cast, 'Witches of East End' is leading a full-blown witch renaissance," said Lifetime Executive VP/Gm Rob Sharenow when announcing the renewal. "The show's perfect mix of premium execution with content that is in the zeitgeist is drawing new viewers to Lifetime, and we're very excited to be bringing it back for a second season."
Season 2 of "Witches of East End" will contain 13 episodes.
Starring Julia Ormond, Madchen Amick, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, and Rachel Boston as a family of witches, the series has proven to be Lifetime's youngest-skewing original to date. "Witches of East End," based on Melissa de la Cruz's popular novel of the same name, »
- Debi Moore
From Anchor Bay Entertainment, the 30th anniversay edition of director Jonathan Kaplan's Oscar nominated 1983 feature "Heart Like a Wheel" starring Bonnie Bedelia as real-life racing champion 'Shirley "Cha Cha" Muldowney', is now available on DVD:
"...overcoming sexist hurdles, Shirley works hard to qualify for the major auto race competitions of America. Firmly in her cheering section is her dad Hoyt Axton, and--at least at first--her husband 'Jack'.
"When Jack, jealous of Shirley's success, leaves her, she casts her lot with troublesome banned racer 'Connie Kalitta' (Beau Bridges).
"The film comes to a head at the 1966 'National Hot Rod Association World Championship', which Shirley eventually wins three times..."
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- Michael Stevens
9 items from 2014
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