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Erik the Conqueror

“And On The Eighth Day Bava Created Color.” That’s my sentiment with every new quality restoration of a Mario Bava picture. This amazing new disc of Il Maestro’s teeth-clenched Viking epic delivers stunning action scenes and eye-bending widescreen fantasy visuals. Arrow’s Blu-ray is spiked with a new Tim Lucas commentary.

Erik the Conqueror

Blu-ray + DVD

Arrow Video USA

1961 / Color / 2:35 widescreen (Dyaliscope) / 90 min. / Street Date August 29, 2017 / Available from Arrow Video / 39.95

Starring: Cameron Mitchell, Alice & Ellen Kessler, George Ardisson, Andrea Checchi, Françoise Christophe, Raf Baldassarre, Joe Robinson, Folco Lulli.

Cinematography: Mario Bava, Ubaldo Terzano

Film Editor: Mario Serandrei

Original Music: Roberto Nicolosi

Written by Oreste Biancoli, Mario Bava

Produced by Ferruccio De Martino

Directed by Mario Bava

Far too good to be slammed as a mere imitation of Richard Fleischer’s The Vikings, Mario Bava’s exciting Erik the Conqueror is one of the best of the Italian-made
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Joe Robinson, Stuntman, Actor And James Bond Villain, Dead At Age 90

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Joe Robinson, 2004. (Photo copyright Cinema Retro. All rights reserved.)

By Lee Pfeiffer

Joe Robinson, the estimable stuntman, stunt arranger and occasional actor, has passed away in his native England at age 90. Robinson came from a family of wrestlers and he won the European Heavyweight Championship in 1952. Robinson drifted into the film industry initially as an actor, starring in the 1955 movie "A Kid for Two Farthings". Leading man status eluded him but he found a steady career arranging stunts for films and television shows and occasionally acting in them as well. Like many British and American actors, he gravitated to Italy in the early 1960s to appear in some of the "Hercules"-inspired strongman films that were quite popular during that era. He scored small action roles in "Barabbas" and "Ursus" before returning to England, where he had a supporting role in Tony Richardson's classic "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Rnner.
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Tiger Joe Robinson, Actor in 'Diamonds Are Forever,' Dies at 90

Tiger Joe Robinson, a real-life British judo, karate and wrestling champion who famously engaged Sean Connery in a fierce fight in an elevator in Diamonds Are Forever, has died. He was 90.

Robinson died July 3 after a short illness in Brighton, England, his family announced.

Robinson also jumped in the ring to wrestle the Italian giant Primo Carnera in director Carol Reed's A Kid for Two Farthings (1955), which competed for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

In Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Robinson, who played a...
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Tiger Joe Robinson, Actor in 'Diamonds Are Forever,' Dies at 90

Tiger Joe Robinson, Actor in 'Diamonds Are Forever,' Dies at 90
Tiger Joe Robinson, a real-life British judo, karate and wrestling champion who famously engaged Sean Connery in a fierce fight in an elevator in Diamonds Are Forever, has died. He was 90.

Robinson died July 3 after a short illness in Brighton, England, his family announced.

Robinson also jumped in the ring to wrestle the Italian giant Primo Carnera in director Carol Reed's A Kid for Two Farthings (1955), which competed for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

In Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Robinson, who played a...
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Paula Wagner Tags Film Rights To Hip-Hop Mama Sylvia Robinson’s Story

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Hollywood and Broadway producer Paula Wagner has acquired the film rights to the life story of the late Sylvia Robinson, the singer, songwriter, record producer, publisher, and record company head known as “the Mother of Hip-Hop.” The film will feature rap music owned by Robinson’s family and administered by Universal Music Publishing Group. Rights were acquired directly from the family. Sylvia’s son, Joey Robinson, will exec produce and consult on the project. Veteran music executive Robert Kraft will co-produce. Grandmaster Melle Mel, lead rapper of the group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5, will serve as a consultant to Joey Robinson.

Robinson earned the nickname as producer of the landmark 1979 hit “Rapper’s Delight” and co-founder of Sugar Hill Records with her husband Joe Robinson. She had earlier success as part of Mickey & Sylvia, who scored with the 1958 hit “Love Is Strange.”

Sylvia Robinson’s life story has all
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The Life Story of the "Mother of Hip Hop" (Sylvia Robinson) Optioned by Producer Paula Wagner

Sylvia Robinson, a singer, songwriter and record producer, who formed the pioneering hip-hop group Sugarhill Gang and made the first commercially successful rap recording with them, died at 75 years old, in September 2011, of congestive heart failure, after being in a coma. She built a successful career as an R&B singer before she and her husband, Joe Robinson, formed Sugar Hill Records in the 1970's, and went on to nurse a musical genre that came to dominate mainstream music.  In the late 1960s, Ms. Robinson became one of the few women to produce records in any genre when she and her husband founded All Platinum Records. She played an important role in the...
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Daytime Emmy nominations: 'Young and the Restless' leads CBS

Daytime Emmy nominations: 'Young and the Restless' leads CBS
The Young and the Restless tallied 23 nominations as honors were announced this morning for the 40th annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Restless’ impressive take helped CBS lead all networks with 50 overall nominations. PBS and ABC followed, with 44 and 38 nods, respectively.

General Hospital, which earned 19 nominations, joined Restless in the race for Outstanding Drama Series, and Sesame Street received 17 nods, including three for Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo who faces allegations of sexual misconduct.

Good Morning America and Today will bring their ratings rivalry to the Emmys, where they’ll be joined by CBS Sunday Morning in the Outstanding Morning Program category.
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Slamdance 2012 Review: Identity Theft Is No Rapping Matter in ‘I Want My Name Back’

You may have heard the song “Rapper’s Delight” by The Sugarhill Gang (“I said a hip hop, a hippie, a hippie to the hip hop”), but what you might not know is this song helped hip hop break into the mainstream and helped a genre that, up until that point had been brushed off as a fad, start to take root in our musical history. Even though the group was changing the face (and sound) of the music industry, The Sugarhill Gang found themselves on top of the charts with barely a dime to their name. While this is not the first time we have heard stories of talent swindled by shady and greedy record executives, the story of the Sugarhill Gang is not just about losing money, it is about having their name and the true identity of the band member’s themselves stolen from them. The Sugarhill Gang was originally made up of Wonder Mike
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Nelson Mandela’s Grandchildren to Star in Reality Show

Nelson Mandela’s Grandchildren to Star in Reality Show
Getty Former South Africa President Nelson Mandela and wife Graca Machel wave to the crowds prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Nelson Mandela’s children to star in reality show; producer Sylvia Robinson passes away…

Mandela’s Grandchildren to Star in Reality Show: The grandchildren of South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela, will star in their very own reality show.
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