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Lee Marvin Died 29 Years Ago Today – Here Are His Ten Best Films

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman

Lee Marvin rose through the ranks of movie stardom as a character actor, delivering mostly villainous supporting turns in many films before finally graduating to leading roles. Regardless of which side of the law he was on however, he projected a tough-as-nails intensity and a two-fisted integrity which elevated even the slightest material. Born February 19, 1924, in New York City, Marvin quit high school to enter the Marine Corps and while serving in the South Pacific was badly wounded in battle when a machine gun nest shot off part of his buttocks and severed his sciatic nerve. He spent a year in recovery before returning to the U.S. where he began working as a plumber. The acting bug bit after filling in for an ailing summer-stock actor and he studied the art at the New York-based American Theater Wing. Upon making his debut in summer stock,
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It Came From The Tube: Satan’S Triangle (1975)

No, this title doesn’t refer to being the last one to arrive in music class and getting stuck with the lamest of instruments to play. Satan’s Triangle (1975) is a creepy, seafaring TV tale of supernatural mystery with an ending that absolutely kills. You may think the title tells all, and the journey can’t quite supplant the destination, but oh boy, what a destination. You’re going to need your sea legs for this finale.

For those not familiar with The Bermuda Triangle, aka The Devil’s Triangle, it is an area of water loosely configured between Bermuda, Puerto Rico, and Florida that was privy to many disappearances – boats, planes, and people. And back in the ‘70s, long before the internet, the only information to go on about this and other phenomena (Hey Bigfoot!) was provided by speculative quasidocumentaries, scientific journals dispelling the myths, and TV fodder such as Satan’s Triangle.
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Eureka

Nicolas Roeg's bizarre blend of high drama, searing sex and over-the-top brutality waited a year, only to be given a tiny American release. It then dropped out of sight. We're now in a better position to appreciate the show's great actors - especially Theresa Russell, the boldest and bravest actress of the 1980s. Eureka Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition Small>1983 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 130 min. / Ship Date May 10, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Gene Hackman, Theresa Russell, Rutger Hauer, Jane Lapotaire, Mickey Rourke, Ed Lauter, Joe Pesci, Helena Kallianiotes, Corin Redgrave, Joe Spinell, Frank Pesce, Timothy Scott. Cinematography Alex Thomson Production Designer Michael Seymour Film Editor Tony Lawson Original Music Stanley Myers Written by Paul Mayersberg from a book by Marshall Houts Produced by Jeremy Thomas Directed by Nicolas Roeg

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

I remember Nicolas Roeg's Eureka as being one of the biggest busts of the 1980s.
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Magic (1978)

It’s the eyes, isn’t it? Wide like saucers and twice as deep, they’re impenetrable. And the wooden leer of the wide open maw betrays them, separate and with its own agenda. Of course I’m referring to ventriloquist dummies, and the eerie spell they cast upon the viewer. The horror viewer, specifically; we’ll seek out anything that gives us a sense of unease. Which brings us to Richard Attenborough’s Magic (1978), a wryly creepy tale of encroaching madness and showbiz folly. (Aren’t they the same thing?)

Produced by 20th Century Fox and Joseph E. Levine (Carnal Knowledge) and released by 20th Century, Magic opened in November of ’78 in the U.S. and rolled out to the rest of the world in early ’79. Grossing nearly $24 million U.S. against a $7 million budget with positive reviews to boot, Magic was an unqualified success – with one of the
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Happy 80th Burt-day to Burt Reynolds! – Here Are His Ten Best Movies

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, Travis Keune, and Tom Stockman

Burt Reynolds, one of We Are Movie Geeks favorite actors, turns 80 today. Happy Birthday Burt!

On February 11th, 1936, Reynolds was born in Waycross, Georgia, before his family moved to Jupiter Florida, where his father served as Chief of Police. Young Burt excelled at sports and played football at Florida State University. He became an All Star Southern Conference halfback (and was earmarked by the Baltimore Colts) before injuries sidelined his football career. He dropped out of college and headed to New York with dreams of becoming an actor. There he worked in restaurants and clubs while pulling the odd TV job or theater role. Burt was spotted in a New York City stage production of Mister Roberts and signed to a TV contract and eventually had recurring roles in such shows as Gunsmoke (1955), Riverboat (1959) and his own series, Hawk
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Ed Lauter Exemplified Versatility, Authenticity in Character Actor’s Craft

Ed Lauter Exemplified Versatility, Authenticity in Character Actor’s Craft
Being one of the top character actors of American film and television must be the ultimate double-edged career sword.

On the one hand, if you’re good — and the late Ed Lauter was one of American cinema’s great character actors — you work all the time. On the other hand, as Lauter told Shock Cinema magazine back in 2010, “Sometimes people don’t know my name. They’ll say, ‘Oh, yeah! There’s that guy! You were in … Jesus Christ … you were in … in …’ So, in a way it’s good — and in a way it’s bad.”

Lauter was not alone in his plight. He and his fellow character actors who consistently deliver the goods have been a mainstay of American cinema since the days of the Hollywood’s “stock players,” a moniker that devalues the work of great performers from Hattie McDaniel to Peter Lorre, from Sidney Greenstreet to
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Sliff 2015 Interview: Alex Winter – Actor and Director of Deep Web

Director Alex Winter’s Deep Web screens at The St. Louis International Film Festival Thursday, November 5th at 7:30. Winter will be in attendance and will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. Ticket information for that event can be found Here. Alex Winter will also attend a screening of Bill And Ted’S Excellent Adventure, the 1989 comedy which he co-starred in along with Keanu Reeves and George Carlin at The Tivoli Theater Friday, November 6th at 9:30. Ticket information for that event can be found Here. Finally, Winter will attend a screening of his 2013 documentary Downloaded Saturday November 7th at 4:30 pm at The Tivoli Theater. Ticket information for that event can be found Here.

Winter is coming to St. Louis! The St. Louis International Film Festival honors former St. Louisan Alex Winter, whose varied career includes acting on stage and in film, and directing both narratives and documentaries. Winter’s new film Deep Web,
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‘The Town that Dreaded Sundown’ DVD Review

Stars: Addison Timlin, Veronica Cartwright, Anthony Anderson, Travis Tope, Joshua Leonard, Andy Abele, Gary Cole, Edward Herrmann, Ed Lauter, Arabella Field, Denis O’Hare | Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Earl E. Smith | Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

What do you get if you remake a movie, but in truth make it more of a sequel to the original? The answer is The Town that Dreaded Sundown, a film that ends up being a likeable oddity, even if a little generic in terms of being a horror…

65 years after a masked serial killer terrorised the small town of Texarcana, the killing returns to strike again. Jami (Addison Timlin) a victim who manages to escape his initial attack becomes obsessed with discovering who the killer is. Is it a copycat killer? Or has the ghost returned to remind the people of the town of his past deeds?

The Town that Dreaded Sundown is a
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Progressive social activist, 'The Sound of Music' Broadway Star, and Oscar-Nominated Actor Bikel Dead at 91

Theodore Bikel. Theodore Bikel dead at 91: Oscar-nominated actor and folk singer best known for stage musicals 'The Sound of Music,' 'Fiddler on the Roof' Folk singer, social and union activist, and stage, film, and television actor Theodore Bikel, best remembered for starring in the Broadway musical The Sound of Music and, throughout the U.S., in Fiddler on the Roof, died Monday morning (July 20, '15) of "natural causes" at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. The Austrian-born Bikel – as Theodore Meir Bikel on May 2, 1924, in Vienna, to Yiddish-speaking Eastern European parents – was 91. Fled Hitler Thanks to his well-connected Zionist father, six months after the German annexation of Austria in March 1938 ("they were greeted with jubilation by the local populace," he would recall in 2012), the 14-year-old Bikel and his family fled to Palestine, at the time a British protectorate. While there, the teenager began acting on stage,
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'Cujo' Remake Is Titled 'C.U.J.O.', Will Have a New Story

'Cujo' Remake Is Titled 'C.U.J.O.', Will Have a New Story
Cujo, the 1983 horror classic, is getting the remake treatment from Sunn Classic Pictures, with the new title C.U.J.O., which stands for Canine Unit Joint Operations. DJ Perry is set to star, with Lang Elliott, the head of Sunn Classic Pictures, set to direct. No story details were given at this time, but a press release discovered by Film School Rejects reveals that the screenplay by an unspecified writer is complete and development is under way.

The original movie is based on Stephen King's 1981 novel of the same name, which centers on a massive St. Bernard dog that contracts rabies and unleashes a reign of terror on an unsuspecting small town. Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Christopher Stone and Ed Lauter starred in the original, which took in $21 million at the box office from a $5 million budget. It isn't known what character DJ Perry will play,
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Time Machine: Best Picture Nominee Co-Star Timberlake on the Oscars' Red Carpet

Justin Timberlake on the Oscars' Red Carpet Justin Timberlake at the Academy Awards The Social Network actor Justin Timberlake arrives at the 83rd Academy Awards, which took place on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. At the ceremony, Timberlake and Black Swan actress Mila Kunis introduced the nominees – and eventual winners – in the animation categories. Throughout the proceedings, he pretended to be the elusive Banksy, whose Exit Through the Gift Shop was a Best Documentary Feature contender. The joke fell mostly flat, but Timberlake actually elicited some laughs when he imitated three-time Oscar-nominated veteran Kirk Douglas*, who mercilessly stretched the Best Supporting Actress announcement into what seemed like hours. Admittedly, Douglas was funny. (The winner in that particular category turned out to be Melissa Leo for David O. Russell's The Fighter.) As announced by the Justin Timberlake-Mila Kunis duo, the Best Animated Short Film was Shaun Tan
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Movie Review – The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014)

The Town That Dreaded Sundown, 2014

Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

Starring Addison Timlin, Veronica Cartwright, Anthony Anderson, Gary Cole, Joshua Leonard and Ed Lauter.

Synopsis:

65 years after a masked serial killer terrorized the small town of Texarkana, the so-called ‘moonlight murders’ begin again. Is it a copycat or something even more sinister? A lonely high school girl, with dark secrets of her own, may be the key to catching him.

Everyone knows A Nightmare On Elm Street, Friday The 13th, Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – including their respective remakes over the last few years. Less known to the general populace is Charles B. Pierce’s 1976 slasher The Town That Dreaded Sundown, in which a hooded killer terrorizes a small town in Arkansas following World War II. Perhaps that’s simply because it’s not as good as such aforementioned classics, but that’s still nothing to stop the perpetual influx of
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Town That Dreaded Sundown Gets New Poster

Town That Dreaded Sundown Gets New Poster
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's The Town That Dreaded Sundown provides some classic scares, so it's fitting that this new one-sheet has employed a classic poster artist. Graham Humphreys, justly lauded for his Nightmare On Elm Street, Evil Dead and FrightFest work, has composed this beautiful old-school image for the film. We've also got some work-in-progress shots.Nominally a remake of Charles B. Pierce's 1976 slasher, Gomez-Rejon's film is actually a bit more interesting than that. The new version takes place in a world where the previous film exists and everyone has seen it. Gomez-Rejon wanted to explore the notion of a town that suffered a real-life horror and then came to be defined by a movie version. You can read his thoughts in more detail in Empire's interview here.The Town That Dreaded Sundown stars Addison TimlinVeronica Cartwright, Gary Cole, Anthony Anderson, the late Edward Herrmann, Ed Lauter and Denis O'Hare.
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‘The Town That Dreaded Sundown’ Review

Stars: Addison Timlin, Veronica Cartwright, Anthony Anderson, Travis Tope, Joshua Leonard, Andy Abele, Gary Cole, Edward Herrmann, Ed Lauter, Arabella Field, Denis O’Hare | Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Earl E. Smith | Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

When you think about it, John Carpenter and Wes Craven are to blame. Without them we wouldn’t have the stone-cold genre classics Halloween and A Nightmare on Elm Street. And without them we wouldn’t have their dubious legacy of derivative sequels, remakes and reboots that has plagued multiplexes for going on fifteen years now.

Outside of such an environment, a remake of (or sequel to?) The Town That Dreaded Sundown would never have been greenlit. The blind greed of studio executives is the only logical explanation for this movie’s existence. The creative merit of the enterprise certainly evades me.

Perhaps you need some context; I certainly did. The original was a 1976 slasher
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Mayhem 2014: ‘The Town That Dreaded Sundown’ Review

Stars: Addison Timlin, Veronica Cartwright, Anthony Anderson, Travis Tope, Joshua Leonard, Andy Abele, Gary Cole, Edward Herrmann, Ed Lauter, Arabella Field, Denis O’Hare, Spencer Treat Clark, Wes Chatham, Morganna May, Jaren Mitchell | Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Earl E. Smith | Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

In 1946, the American town of Texarkana was rocked by a series of murders. Dubbed “The Moonlight Murders” by the press, these were real, tragic events that scarred the town. In 1976, Charles B. Pierce directed The Town That Dreaded Sundown, a film “based on true events” depicting the events of the killing spree thirty years earlier. There’s an ongoing tradition in Texarkana to show a drive-in screening of the film on Halloween every year.

And now in 2014, American Horror Story‘s Alfonso Gomez-Rejon has created a new version of Town that finds itself with a unique premise. Acknowledging that both the 1946 murders took place, and that the 1976 film was released,
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'The Town That Dreaded Sundown' Trailer

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'The Town That Dreaded Sundown' Trailer
Based on a terrifying true story, The Town That Dreaded Sundown picks up sixty-five years after a masked serial killer terrorized the small town of Texarkana, when the "moonlight murders" begin again. Is it a copycat or something even more sinister? A lonely high school girl, with dark secrets of her own, may be the key to catching the murderer.

The Town That Dreaded Sundown was just announced as one of the final wave entries at Fantastic Fest, which kicks off September 18. Check out the trailer and poster for The Town That Dreaded Sundown, then read on for more details about Ff's 10th anniversary.

Fantastic Fest celebrates its 10th Anniversary with its biggest year yet with 80 exciting films including 22 World Premieres, 43 North American & Us Premiere screenings and 38 short films. The final wave includes Horns, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, The Hive, It Follows, Everly, Open Windows and guests Joe Lynch,
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New Images From The Town That Dreaded Sundown

Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions has been ridiculously busy of late, so much so that it’s almost impossible to keep track of all its upcoming projects. And you’ll be forgiven if Blumhouse’s take on The Town that Dreaded Sundown slipped through the cracks for you – the horror redo has been flying very much under the radar. That’s changing today, however, with the unveiling of two official images from the flick.

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (American Horror Story) makes his directorial debut on the movie, a “reinvention” of the 1976 independent horror cult film. The Town that Dreaded Sundown isn’t a remake in the traditional sense – it’s set in a world in which the original film exists and is on the minds of townspeople in Texarkana. This time around, a maniac who bears a striking resemblance to the figure from the 1976 film is slaughtering people on the town’s streets.
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Ed Lauter's Widow -- CBS, NBC and Ford Killed My Husband with Asbestos

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The family of Ed Lauter -- the famed actor who died last October -- is suing CBS, Ford, Ge and others claiming they exposed him to asbestos which killed him.Ed's widow Mia Lauter claims in her lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- Ed contracted malignant Mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos and blames the various companies.  Mia's suing CBS and Ge (which owned NBC) because she says their facilities contained asbestos and Ed shot various
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Rob Lowe Says There Is An "Unbelievable Bias" Against Good-Looking People While Promoting Second Memoir

While promoting his second memoir, Love Life, Rob Lowe lamented the hardships of being beautiful, saying that society has a certain bias against people deemed good-looking.

Rob Lowe Talks Bias Against Good-Looking People

Lowe’s newest memoir, a follow up to his successful 2011 publication, Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography, hit bookshelves April 8 and the actor has recently been making publicity rounds to promote Love Life. In an interview with The New York Times published Sunday, April 6, Lowe mentioned what he believes to be an “unbelievable bias” against good-looking people.

“There’s this unbelievable bias and prejudice against quote-unquote good-looking people, that they can’t be in pain or they can’t have rough lives or be deep or interesting. They can’t be any of the things that you long to play as an actor. I’m getting to play those parts now and loving it. When I was a teen idol,
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Last Female Munchkin From ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ Dies At 95

Ruth Robinson Duccini, the sole surviving actress who played a Munchkin in the 1939 classic ‘The Wizard of Oz’, died on Jan. 16 at age 95.

Ruth Robinson Duccini, one of the last remaining Munchkins from “The Wizard of Oz,” died after a short illness at a hospice in Las Vegas, Nev., her son Fred Duccini said. Now there is just one surviving male little person who starred in the film.

Ruth Robinson Duccini Dies — Last Female Munchkin From ‘Wizard Of Oz’ Dead At 95

Ruth, who was 4 feet tall, was one of the 124 little people who appeared with legendary actress Judy Garland in the acclaimed musical fantasy film The Wizard of Oz, which was based on the novel of the same name by author L. Frank Baum.

Munchkin From ‘Wizard Of Oz’

Ruth never lost touch with her Wizard of Oz roots, making appearances at Oz-related events across the country in her later years.
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