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8 items from 2014


Influential Cult Classic Filmmaker Black Dead at 77: Worked with Perkins, Redgrave, Mitchum

9 August 2014 7:09 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Cult movie classic ‘Pretty Poison’ filmmaker Noel Black dead at 77 (photo: Tuesday Weld and Anthony Perkins in ‘Pretty Poison’) Noel Black, best remembered for the 1968 cult movie classic Pretty Poison, died of pneumonia at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital on July 5, 2014. Black (born on June 30, 1937, in Chicago) was 77. Prior to Pretty Poison, Noel Black earned praise for the 18-minute short film Skaterdater (1965), the tale of a boy skateboarder who falls for a girl bike rider. Shot on the beaches of Los Angeles County, the dialogue-less Skaterdater went on to win the Palme d’Or for Best Short Film and tied with Orson WellesFalstaff - Chimes at Midnight for the Technical Grand Prize at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival. Besides, Skaterdater received an Academy Award nomination in the Best Short Subject, Live Action category. (The Oscar winner that year was Claude Berri’s Le Poulet.) ‘Pretty Poison’: Fun and games and »

- Andre Soares

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Noel Black, Director of Cult Hit ‘Pretty Poison,’ Dies at 77

1 August 2014 6:17 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Noel Black, who directed the 1968 black comedy “Pretty Poison,” a cult hit despite a diverse critical response, died of bacterial pneumonia at a hospital in Santa Barbara, Calif. on July 5. He was 77.

Starring Anthony Perkins and Tuesday Weld, “Pretty Poison” was adapted by Lorenzo Semple Jr. from Stephen Geller’s novel “She Let Him Continue.”

Perkins plays an arsonist who’s done his time and tries to win the affection of a pretty blond student, played by Weld. But despite a well-scrubbed facade, Weld’s character is in fact a psychopath, and soon the pair are committing a string of crimes, including homicide.

Twentieth Century Fox pulled the picture after weak box office, but when some critics championed the film, the studio re-released the movie, which began to pick up a cult following — a following that only grew with time.

It was released on DVD in 2006.

His short about California skateboarders, »

- Variety Staff

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Noel Black, Director of Cult Hit ‘Pretty Poison,’ Dies at 77

1 August 2014 6:17 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Noel Black, who directed the 1968 black comedy “Pretty Poison,” a cult hit despite a diverse critical response, died of bacterial pneumonia at a hospital in Santa Barbara, Calif. on July 5. He was 77.

Starring Anthony Perkins and Tuesday Weld, “Pretty Poison” was adapted by Lorenzo Semple Jr. from Stephen Geller’s novel “She Let Him Continue.”

Perkins plays an arsonist who’s done his time and tries to win the affection of a pretty blond student, played by Weld. But despite a well-scrubbed facade, Weld’s character is in fact a psychopath, and soon the pair are committing a string of crimes, including homicide.

Twentieth Century Fox pulled the picture after weak box office, but when some critics championed the film, the studio re-released the movie, which began to pick up a cult following — a following that only grew with time.

It was released on DVD in 2006.

His short about California skateboarders, »

- Variety Staff

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Willard

27 May 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

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!   Currently tearing up ballyhoo market boxoffice records, this generally ordinary horror film has a potent selling gimmick in its rat heavies. A big grosser for the broad range of markets thanks to unusually powerful promotion campaign. Rating: Gp.

Willard, the tender story of a boy and his killer rats, is already the surprise hit of the season, thanks largely to a shrewd ballyhoo campaign devised by the showmen at Cinerama releasing which makes the Bcp Production a virtually irresistible attraction for a broad range of thrill fans. Far better horror films have come and gone in recent years, but without Willard's main distinction‑its rat gimmick, which is bringing out the monster fans, the kids and anyone else »

- Joe Dante

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Voltage taking Knock Knock to Cannes

27 April 2014 6:34 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: The biggest title announced so far for the upcoming Cannes market is an erotic psycho-thriller that pairs director Eli Roth with Keanu Reeves.

Production on the Camp Grey, Black Bear Pictures and Sobras International Pictures co-production is underway in Santiago, Chile, and Voltage chief Nicolas Chartier hopes to show footage on the Croisette.

Knock Knock stars Reeves as a married man home alone who is visited by two beauties who throw his life into disarray.

Lorenza Izzo, the star of Roth’s upcoming cannibal horror The Green Inferno, also stars alongside Ana de Armas.

The cast includes Ignacia Allamand, the Chilean telenovela star whose feature credits include The Green Inferno and Aftershock, which Roth co-wrote and produced and Nicolas Lopez directed.

Producers are Colleen Camp, Roth, Lopez, Miguel Asensio, Tim DeGraye and Cassian Elwes, who represents Us rights with CAA.

Reeves serves as executive producer alongside Teddy Schwarzman, Peter Traynor, Larry Spiegel and [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Voltage sparks to Knock Knock

27 April 2014 6:34 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: The biggest title announced so far for the upcoming Cannes market is an erotic psycho-thriller that pairs director Eli Roth with Keanu Reeves.

Production on the Camp Grey, Black Bear Pictures and Sobras International Pictures co-production is underway in Santiago, Chile, and Voltage chief Nicolas Chartier hopes to show footage on the Croisette.

Knock Knock stars Reeves as a married man home alone who is visited by two beauties who throw his life into disarray.

Lorenza Izzo, the star of Roth’s upcoming cannibal horror The Green Inferno, also stars alongside Ana de Armas.

The cast includes Ignacia Allamand, the Chilean telenovela star whose feature credits include The Green Inferno and Aftershock, which Roth co-wrote and produced and Nicolas Lopez directed.

Producers are Colleen Camp, Roth, Lopez, Miguel Asensio, Tim DeGraye and Cassian Elwes, who represents Us rights with CAA.

Reeves serves as executive producer alongside Teddy Schwarzman, Peter Traynor, Larry Spiegel and [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Keanu Reeves to Star in Eli Roth's Psychosexual Thriller ‘Knock Knock’

4 April 2014 2:10 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

With no passenger onboard his long-gestating sci-fi romance “Passengers,” Keanu Reeves has signed on to star in and executive produce Eli Roth's psychological thriller “Knock Knock,” TheWrap has learned. Roth will direct from an original screenplay he co-wrote with Nicolas Lopez and Guillermo Amoedo. Roth and Lopez will also produce with Colleen CampMiguel Asensio and Tim DeGraye, while Teddy Schwarzman, Peter Traynor, Larry Spiegel and Sondra Locke will executive produce with Reeves. Also read: Summer Movies Forecast: Can Spider-Man, Transformers and Godzilla Smash Records? Lorenza Izzo (“The Green Inferno”) and Ana de Armas (“Hands of Stone”) will star as two beautiful young girls. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Phil Everly obituary

5 January 2014 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Half of the brilliant duo that transformed 1950s pop music

With his older brother Don, Phil Everly, who has died of pulmonary disease aged 74, formed one of pop music's greatest vocal partnerships. If it was Elvis Presley who became the most spectacular icon of 1950s rock'n'roll, the Everly Brothers created a musical legacy which was every bit as influential. Their unique vocal harmonies, coupled with ingenious guitar arrangements and timeless material, had a revolutionary impact on the Beatles, the Hollies, Simon & Garfunkel, the Beach Boys, the Byrds and Crosby Stills & Nash.

The Everly Brothers' breakthrough hit was Bye Bye Love (1957), still regarded as one of their most impressive creations. Up to that point, Don and Phil had been chipping away at the country music scene in Nashville, Tennessee, with limited success. Bye Bye Love topped the country charts, but more significantly soared to No 2 on the pop charts, just »

- Adam Sweeting

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