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17 items from 2012


Extended Thoughts on ‘The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride’

17 November 2012 2:00 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride

Directed by Darrell Rooney

Written by Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus

Starring Matthew Broderick, Neve Campbell, Jason Marsden, Nathan Lane, Suzanne Pleshette, Andy Dick, Moira Kelly

Is it enough for a movie to not be terrible? On the face of it, this question’s pretty easy to tackle. Any movie, no matter the intended audience or the genre, needs to be more than not awful. But I do wonder if my standards for certain movies should be lowered depending on the context. I bring this up, of course, in reference to direct-to-dvd sequels from the Walt Disney Company. It’s fair to say that no one expects these movies to be on the same level of quality as their predecessors. That’s why, for example, it’s so notable to remember that Toy Story 2 was originally going to be a direct-to-dvd sequel »

- Josh Spiegel

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Post Sandy Thoughts: Seven Disaster Films Done Right

2 November 2012 11:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The gray rolling seas thundered through the forest of pilings under the piers, sometimes cresting enough to send a geyser of wind-whipped froth up onto the decking. Other places, it poured through the gaps the wind and tide had eaten through the dunes and poured into the beach town streets. It pulled boats large and small from their moorings in the lagoon marinas and piled them like a child’s toys up on the land. Some in apartment buildings would tell of the cars in the ground level garage floating against each other bathtub playthings. But there was nothing childlike in the way it took entire houses, made seaside villages look like an extension of the ocean and not the land.

For the day and a half I watched Hurricane Sandy pound my home state of New Jersey – which was all the time I had before I lost my cable »

- Bill Mesce

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Horrifying Special Preview Arrives for Squirrel Comic

18 October 2012 1:51 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Squirrel is arriving in horrific style with blood and gore everywhere. The comic's story revolves around bloodthirsty squirrels who are out for vengeance and is a parody story of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. Read on to learn more!

Squirrel is a parody of the Alfred Hitchcock classic The Birds, wherein a flock of birds attack a sleepy Northern California community, creating chaos and death everywhere. The 1963 film starred Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette, and Rod Taylor. The movie is famous for its inspirational camera angles and frames and some of the most memorable cinematic scenes from Alfred Hitchcock.

Bringing the comic book to life is the nutty gang from Legends of Heroes and Villains; Richard Zerga and Kristi Zerga are once again putting their unique art skills to work as the did with Taffy Love Is Not a Laughing Matter, another collaboration between the Comic Book Divas and Lhv Publishing. »

- Amanda Dyar

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Digital Fury: DVD Essentials for August

22 August 2012 4:43 PM, PDT | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

A Planet Fury-approved selection of notable genre releases for August.

Jaws (1975) Universal Blu-ray/DVD/Digital combo Available Now

Steven Spielberg’s classic thriller has been painstakingly restored from the original film elements. Amity Island has never been so beautiful. The movie itself seems to improve with age, with amazing performances and scenes that still manage to unnerve — Susan Backlinie’s death at the beginning is truly one of the most horrifying ever portrayed onscreen. Making this a true “special edition” is the long-awaited release of The Shark Is Still Working, an expansive documentary on the making and the impact of the 1975 film. All of the surviving cast and crew are interviewed along with several minutes of never-before-seen footage.

Special Features:

*Digitally remastered and fully restored from high resolution 35mm original film elements.

*Digital Copy of Jaws

*UltraViolet Copy of Jaws

*The Shark Is Still Working: The Impact & Legacy »

- Bradley Harding

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'Willy Wonka' director Mel Stuart dies at age 83

10 August 2012 9:00 AM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Director Mel Stuart's family tells the AP that Stuart has died of cancer in his Los Angeles home at the age of 83. Stuart was an award-winning documentary filmmaker, including films "The Making of the President," an "American Masters" piece on director Billy Wilder and groundbreaking film "Wattstax," which focused on the Los Angeles community of Watts in the wake of the 1965 riots and 1972 music festival.

Stuart did not film many feature films, but two of his are quite famous. His 1969 Golde Globe-nominated romantic comedy "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium" stars Ian McShane ("Deadwood") as a British tour guide who takes a group of Americans on an 18-day tour of Europe and along the way has an affair with one of his clients, played by Suzanne Pleshette.

And of course, no one can forget the 1971 adaptation of "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" starring Gene Wilder. We like »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Mel Stuart Has Died

10 August 2012 5:49 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Mel Stuart, the director of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory and If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium, has died.News of the 83 year-old Stuart's losing his fight with cancer at his Beverly Hills home late on Thursday night was announced by his daughter, Madeline, earlier today.Though a very successful and much-respected TV producer for the majority of his career, he is perhaps best remembered for adaptating Roald Dahl's children's book into Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory in 1971 - a movie that only came about after an 11 year-old Madeline asked her dad to turn his favourite book into a film.The wonderfully-titled If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium is another gem from early in his career, starring Ian McShane as an English tour guide and Suzanne Pleshette as one of a group of Americans he's taking around Europe.The prolific TV movie director won an Academy Award nomination (for his documentary, »

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Classic Horror Returns to Theaters

6 August 2012 2:11 PM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Prepare yourselves! The Birds, Frankenstein and The Bride Of Frankenstein are coming back to theaters to celebrate Universal Pictures’ 100th anniversary. As they tend to describe this stuff way better than I, here’s the official press release detailing the events and the upcoming boxed sets.

Ncm Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies event series featuring four newly restored titles commemorating Universal Pictures’ 100th anniversary begins with Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” on Wednesday, Sept. 19. The series continues with a double feature on Wednesday, Oct. 24 with “Frankenstein” and “The Bride of Frankenstein” followed by a special 50th Anniversary edition of “To Kill a Mockingbird” on Thursday, Nov. 15.  Each event will begin at 7:00 p.m. local time, with special matinees in select theaters at 2:00 p.m. The series will feature newly restored versions of the films created by Universal in celebration of its 100th Anniversary and will also include »

- Andy Greene

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Remastered Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein Coming to Theaters

6 August 2012 2:00 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

It has been announced that Ncm Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies are teaming up to bring a number of classic Universal films to theaters in celebration of Universal Pictures’ 100th Anniversary. Included on the list is a horror double feature with restored versions of Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein:

“Centennial, Colo. – Aug. 6, 2012 – Ncm® Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) event series featuring four newly restored titles commemorating Universal Pictures’ 100th anniversary begins with Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” on Wednesday, Sept. 19. The series continues with a double feature on Wednesday, Oct. 24 with “Frankenstein” and “The Bride of Frankenstein” followed by a special 50th Anniversary edition of “To Kill a Mockingbird” on Thursday, Nov. 15. Each event will begin at 7:00 p.m. local time, with special matinees in select theaters at 2:00 p.m. The series will feature newly restored versions of the films created by Universal »

- Jonathan James

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Fathom Events Bringing Some of Universal's Best Horror Flicks to the Big Screen

6 August 2012 1:39 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Fathom Events has long been bringing cool and obscure movies and events to the big screen, but this latest announcement from them is nothing short of a slice of horror heaven! Read on for all the latest details.

Ncm Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies event series featuring four newly restored titles commemorating Universal Pictures’ 100th anniversary begins with Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds on Wednesday, September 19. The series continues with a double feature on Wednesday, October 24, with Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein followed by a special 50th Anniversary edition of To Kill a Mockingbird on Thursday, November 15. Each event will begin at 7:00 p.m. local time, with special matinees in select theaters at 2:00 p.m. The series will feature newly restored versions of the films created by Universal in celebration of its 100th Anniversary and will also include a specially-produced TCM introduction by film historian, author and TCM host Robert Osborne, »

- Uncle Creepy

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'Gone With the Wind' Actress Ann Rutherford Dead at 94

12 June 2012 8:14 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Ann Rutherford, best known for playing Scarlett O'Hara’s younger sister Carreen in Gone with the Wind, has died. She was 94. A close friend of Rutherford’s confirmed the actress died Monday evening in her Beverly Hills home to the Los Angeles Times, which reports she had been dealing with declining health. In addition to her role in the 1939 classic, Rutherford entertained audiences in Mickey Rooney’s popular Andy Hardy series, where she played Rooney’s girlfriend Polly Benedict. She is also known for her small screen role as Suzanne Pleshette's mother on The Bob Newhart Show. Photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2012 When Rutherford was cast in Gone with

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- THR Staff

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'Pretty Little Liars' holds its own with 'Dallas' when it comes to big TV reveals

5 June 2012 2:04 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

"Dallas" (CBS, 1986): Soap operas had brought characters back from the dead before, but never so audaciously as this prime-time sudser did in its ninth-season finale, in which Pam Ewing (Victoria Principal) awoke to find her presumed-dead husband, Bobby (Patrick Duffy), alive and well in the shower. It turned out that Bobby's death and all the events that followed -- basically all of Season 9 -- were nothing but a dream Pam had.

"St. Elsewhere" (NBC, 1988): This medical drama took the "it was all a dream" gimmick to the next level, revealing in the series finale that the entire St. Eligius universe existed only in the mind of Tommy Westphall (Chad Allen), the nonverbal, autistic son of Dr. Donald Westphall -- who, the finale also revealed, was never a doctor.

"Newhart" (CBS, 1990): This sitcom put yet another twist on the dream reveal with a surprise callback to another series. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Seitz Asks: What’s Your Favorite TV Theme Song?

30 May 2012 11:00 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Seitz Asks is a weekly feature in which our critic proposes a question about the medium, gives his own answer, then engages with readers about their responses. The theme to The Bob Newhart Show is my favorite piece of opening music for any TV series. Composed by the series' co-creator Lorenzo Music with his wife Henrietta, it's got a commercial big band jazz feel that's fairly typical for the era. Not for series, though. For all its considerable sweetness, this is a surprisingly conceptual piece for network TV, easing in and out of different modes.It starts with Bob answering a phone (a reference to his early stand-up routines featuring one-way phone conversations). This is followed by a false start, then by an extended bit of cheerful but hard-charging music accompanying Bob's walk from his office to the elevated train that'll take him home to his wife Emily (Suzanne Pleshette »

- Matt Zoller Seitz

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'The Bob Newhart Show' Memorial Day weekend marathon: 'The show holds up,' says star

26 May 2012 7:00 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Bob Newhart believes being smart, and not overly specific, about its time has helped his first sitcom's popularity endure.

Hallmark Channel presents 12 hours of evidence Sunday (May 27) with a 40th-anniversary marathon of "The Bob Newhart Show," a 1972-78 staple of the CBS Saturday-night lineup that included such other classics as "All in the Family," "M*A*S*H," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "The Carol Burnett Show."

Newhart's famously buttoned-down humor perfectly suited his role as Chicago psychologist Bob Hartley, whose office misadventures were balanced by his home life with wife Emily (Suzanne Pleshette).

"First, Hallmark is very classy and secondly, the show holds up," Newhart tells Zap2it of his pleasure about this weekend's marathon. "It's enjoying a renaissance, and that's a tribute to the writing and performing. We didn't really go too much into the style of the era, which I think accounts for the longevity ... though in some scenes, »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Cinema Retro's Exclusive Interview With Bradford Dillman

31 March 2012 3:35 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Retro-active: The Best Articles From Cinema Retro's Archives 

Bradford Dillman: A Compulsively Watchable Actor

By Harvey Chartrand

In a career that has spanned 43 years, Bradford Dillman accumulated more than 500 film and TV credits. The slim, handsome and patrician Dillman may have been the busiest actor in Hollywood during the late sixties and early seventies, working non-stop for years. In 1971 alone, Dillman starred in seven full-length feature films. And this protean output doesn’t include guest appearances on six TV shows that same year.

Yale-educated Dillman first drew good notices in the early 1950s on the Broadway stage and in live TV shows, such as Climax and Kraft Television Theatre. After making theatrical history playing Edmund Tyrone in the first-ever production of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night in 1956, Dillman landed the role of blueblood psychopath Artie Straus in the crime-and-punishment thriller Compulsion (1959), for which he »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 40 Pairs of Chicago Passes to Alfred Hitchcock’s Classic ‘The Birds’

22 March 2012 9:57 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film with our unique social giveaway technology, we have 40 admit-two movie passes up for grabs to the classic Turner Classic Movies screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds”! Oscar winner and star Tippi Hedren will be in attendance at this special screening!

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is bringing the Road to Hollywood tour to Chicago in celebration of the Classic Film Festival this April in Hollywood. Tippi Hedren and TCM host Ben Mankiewicz will conduct a Q&A prior to the start of the film. “The Birds” (1963) stars Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Suzanne Pleshette, Jessica Tandy, Veronica Cartwright, Ethel Griffies, Charles McGraw and Ruth McDevitt from director Alfred Hitchcock and writers Daphne Du Maurier and Evan Hunter.

To win your free passes to the Chicago screening of “The Birds” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, get interactive with our new Hookup technology directly below. That’s it! »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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“The Birds” – do not screw with nature!

21 March 2012 2:53 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Every month the Sound On Sight staff bands together to tackle a specific filmmaker, event and/or some sort of movie related theme. This month our focus shifts towards the “Master of Suspense”, Alfred Hitchcock.

The Birds

1963, Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Screenplay by Evan Hunter, adapted by a novel by Daphne du Maurier.

Upon seeing The Birds for the first time is like the unveiling of a masterpiece.  You know people who have talked about it yet you cannot really describe what you feel about it…until you have seen it with your own eyes.

The Birds is a B-movie with a Hitchcock spin when the residents of a small coastal town are mysteriously attacked by flocks of vicious birds.

The screeching credit sequence serves as a prelude as to the avian horror that gradually unfolds in this twisted tale of nature-gone-batshit-crazy.

From its intriguing beginnings where we see Tippi Hedren »

- Katie Wong

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Universal Pictures Celebrates 100th Anniversary with Restoration of 13 Classic Films

10 January 2012 7:38 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Universal will mark its 100th anniversary in 2012, and will commemorate its centennial with a yearlong celebration honoring the studio's rich film history and cultural legacy. The campaign draws its inspiration from Universal's extraordinary and diverse library of films, many of which will be highlighted throughout the year, and is designed to engage fans of all ages in the art of moviemaking.

A significant element of the centennial includes the extensive restoration of 13 of the studio's most beloved titles such as To Kill a Mockingbird, All Quiet on the Western Front, Jaws, The Sting, Out of Africa, Frankenstein and Schindler's List.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment will kick off the celebration in January with a special 50th anniversary release of To Kill a Mockingbird, debuting on Blu-ray for the first time ever. Throughout the year, Universal will pay tribute to other influential films in the Universal library with special events and Blu-ray »

- MovieWeb

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