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With Halloween right around the corner, we're counting down the days by posting five fun or freaky facts about our favorite fright flicks. Today's featured film is "The Exorcist."1. The film is considered cursed. Ellen Burstyn was permanently injured during filming, stars Jack MacGowran and Vasiliki Maliaros both died before the movie was even released and a fire destroyed most of the set. A film-goer seeing the movie also broke his jaw after fainting ... and sued Warner Bros., claiming the flick made him pass out.2. While everyone knows Regan's vomit is made from pea soup, did you know it's specifically Andersen's brand? The filmmakers reportedly tried using Campbell's but didn't like how it looked.3. The flick was the first horror movie to be nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award. It lost to "The Sting," but won Best Adapted Screenplay.4. Linda Blair had to be followed around by bodyguards »
- tooFab Staff
Yesterday, we caught up with star of the iconic thriller The Exorcist, Linda Blair, who has joined forces with Reader's Digest for Be Afraid of the Dark, the must-have soundtrack to Halloween. The Playlist contains 15 seasonal classics, including the theme song from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Dreamcatcher from The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Little Fugue in G Minor, Things That Go Bump in the Night and The Exorcist theme, Tubular Bells.
Linda Blair is also the founder of the Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization devoted to the loving care and rescue of animals throughout Los Angeles, to which proceeds from this new CD will go to.
Linda Blair combines her love for rescue dogs and haunting music with this special Halloween interview, in which she offers up some helpful tips for your dogs this Halloween, along with a little bit of head-spinning and »
Directed by Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski’s comedy was his first foray into both Hollywood and colour filmmaking, and, whether intentional or not, feels like a deliberate parody of the Hammer studio’s brand of gothic horror. Polanski’s film has similarly striking castle locales, but the general aesthetic here excels beyond imitation and is among the most beautiful in both horror and comedy cinema. Taking place in a snowbound Transylvania, the lavish studio sets and location shots from the Alps combine to create a gorgeous widescreen film that feels like a winter wonderland; a snow globe environment host to production and costume designs fit for a period epic.
- Josh Slater-Williams
Morgan Creek is backing this series, adapted from the classic William Peter Blatty novel. The show will take a different approach than the 1973 film classic, following the events that lead up to the demonic possession, and how the family turns to Father Damien Karras after doctors and psychiatrists fail to explain the bizarre behavior.
The series won't be shopped to the networks for two weeks, although executives are already scheduling meetings for this updated series.
William Friedkin directed the 1973 adaptation of The Exorcist, which centered on a priest (Max von Sydow) who tries to remove a demonic spirit from a young girl. It was the first horror movie to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.
From John Gall, art director for Vintage and Anchor Books, comes word that legendary publisher and film distributor Barney Rosset has passed away at the age of 89. Gall points us to a lively profile by Louisa Thomas that ran in Newsweek in late 2008: "Rosset's publishing house, Grove Press, was a tiny company operating out of the ground floor of Rosset's brownstone when it published an obscure play called Waiting for Godot in 1954. By the time Beckett had won the Nobel Prize in 1969, Grove had become a force that challenged and changed literature and American culture in deep and lasting ways. Its impact is still evident — from the Che Guevara posters adorning college dorms to the canonical status of the house's once controversial authors. Rosset is less well known — but late in his life he is achieving some wider recognition. Last month, a black-tie crowd gave Rosset a standing ovation »
5 items from 2012
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