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Aziz Ansari's Golden Globe Win A Breakthrough for South Asian Representation

Aziz Ansari's Golden Globe Win A Breakthrough for South Asian Representation
Aziz Ansari made history Sunday night for South Asian representation at the Golden Globes.

During the 75th annual ceremony hosted by Seth Meyers on Sunday, the Master of None co-creator and star won Best Actor, Television – Comedy, marking the second time an actor of South Asian descent has won a Golden Globe in 35 years. Ben Kingsley, who is of Indian descent, won for Best Actor – Motion Picture, Drama in 1982.

Both Ansari and Hong Chau (Downsizing) were the only two Asian actors nominated at the Golden Globes, representing roughly three percent of the actors recognized across all the film and TV categories. The last actor of Asian descent to be nominated was Riz Ahmed in 2017, for the HBO miniseries, The Night Of. The only other actors of Asian descent to win Globes in the awards' 75-year history include Haing S. Ngor, Peg Tilly, Sandra Oh and Vic Tayback.

Asian representation onscreen and at awards show has long been a
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Love with the Proper Stranger

What are two individualistic, highly motivated movie stars supposed to do when faced with an unimaginative studio system eager to misuse their talents? Natalie Wood and Steve McQueen collaborate with a great writer, director and producer for an urban romance with an eye on the sexual double standard. It’s a hybrid production: a gritty drama that’s also a calculated career move.

Love with the Proper Stranger


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1963 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 100 min. / Street Date September 19, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Natalie Wood, Steve McQueen, Edie Adams, Tom Bosley, Herschel Bernardi, Harvey Lembeck, Agusta Ciolli, Nina Varela, Marilyn Chris, Richard Dysart, Arlene Golonka, Tony Mordente, Nobu McCarthy, Richard Mulligan, Vic Tayback, Dyanne Thorne, Val Avery.

Cinematography: Milton Krasner

Film Editor: Aaron Stell

Original Music: Elmer Bernstein

Written by Arnold Schulman

Produced by Alan J. Pakula

Directed by Robert Mulligan

1963’s Love with the Proper Stranger is
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Top Cat, Alice: Character Actor Marvin Kaplan Dies at 89

Marvin Kaplan has died of natural causes at the age of 89. Between 1978 and 1985, Kaplan recurred as Mel's Diner regular Henry Beesmeyer on the CBS comedy Alice, starring Linda Lavin, Vic Tayback, Beth Howland, Philip McKeon, and Polly Holliday. He also voiced Choo-Choo on Hanna-Barbera's Top Cat cartoon, which first ran on ABC in the 1961-62 television season.Kaplan played producer Dwight McGonigle on the show-within-a-show sitcom, On the Air, starring Ian Buchanan, Marla Rubinoff, Nancye Ferguson, Miguel Ferrer, Gary Grossman, and Mel Johnson, Jr. Despite its title, of the seven episodes shot, only three aired, before the show was cancelled by ABC in 1992.Read More…
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Bluray Review: Scream Factory’s Blood And Lace & Nightmares Blurays

Scream Factory is having a hell of a year. So many releases to cover in such a small amount of time (I’m lying, I’ve got time, so keep ’em coming!). With how many releases the Shout! Factory horror imprint puts out every month, we figured we’d tackle a couple of them at once, and give you fright fanatics a double dose of Scream Factory greatness.

This time, we’re taking a good look at two films which could not be more different from each other. 1971’s pre-slasher era whodunnit, Blood And Lace and 1983’s anthology film, Nightmares. So, whether it’s Seinfeld’s Uncle Frank chasing people with a cleaver or Christina Raines trying to protect herself from deranged murderers is your thing, there’s a little something for everyone.

Blood And Lace (1971)

Setting the slasher tone before films like Black Christmas or Halloween did, Philip Gilbert
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Blu-ray Review: Blood And Lace

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The origin of the slasher movie has always been of great interest to horror fans, who have long sought to pinpoint the film that launched one of horror’s most popular and enduring subgenres. For years, it was assumed that John Carpenter’s Halloween kicked off the movement, though in recent years that opinion has been widely revised to consider Bob Clark’s Black Christmas as patient zero. Now, Scream Factory has helped dig up 1971’s Blood and Lace, a movie that suggests the origins of the slasher film as we know it began three years before Black Christmas.

Opening with an extended Pov sequence seen through the eyes of a killer as a sleeping couple is murdered with a hammer (seven years before Halloween would open in similar fashion, though still 11 years after Peeping Tom), the movie eventually follows Ellie Masters (Melodie Patterson), daughter of the murdered couple, who
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Contest: Win Blood And Lace on Blu-ray / DVD

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A hammer is used for something much more horrific than home improvement projects in Blood and Lace, hitting home media on Tuesday from Scream Factory. Ahead of the film's high-definition release, we've been provided with three Blood and Lace Blu-ray / DVD combo packs to give away to Daily Dead readers.


Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray / DVD combo pack copy of Blood and Lace.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email with the subject “Blood and Lace Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on November 27th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.


Blood and Lace Blu-ray / DVD: "After her mother’s brutal murder at the hands of a hammer-wielding maniac,
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Blood And Lace Blu-ray Clips & Trailer

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An orphanage becomes a living nightmare for young Ellie Masters (Melody Patterson) in 1971's Blood and Lace, coming out on a Blu-ray / DVD combo pack November 24th from Scream Factory. Ahead of the film's new home media release, we have high-definition clips as well as the film's trailer.

Blood and Lace Blu-ray / DVD: "After her mother’s brutal murder at the hands of a hammer-wielding maniac, teenaged Ellie Masters (Melody Patterson) is suddenly orphaned. She is sent to a home for children run by the enigmatic Mrs. Deere (Gloria Grahame, a 1952 Best Supporting Actress Academy Award® winner for her role in The Bad and The Beautiful), in spite of the concern that Ellie will be the newest target of her mother’s killer. But as terror strikes again and again, it becomes unclear who might be the bigger threat to Ellie’s life: the mysterious murderer with a hammer…or her sadistic new caretaker.
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Blood And Lace Blu-ray / DVD Release Details & Cover Art

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The 1971 cult horror film Blood and Lace will hit shelves on November 24th in a new Blu-ray / DVD combo pack from Scream Factory, featuring a fresh HD transfer and more:

Press Release: She searched through the dark corridors of the unknown, only to find… the unbearable. Available for the first time on a home entertainment format, the 1971 cult favorite Blood and Lace is a twisted tale of horror frequently cited as a precursor to the slasher films of the late 70s and early 80s. On November 24, 2015, the long-lost film released theatrically from American International Pictures is finally available for horror fans on Blu-ray + DVD combo pack, complete with bonus features including a brand new high definition transfer and new audio commentary with film historian Richard Harland Smith.

After her mother’s brutal murder at the hands of a hammer-wielding maniac, teenaged Ellie Masters (Melody Patterson) is suddenly orphaned. She is
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Emperor of the North

What would seem the perfect project for tough-guy director Robert Aldrich still commands a high reputation with some. Ambitious top-dog hobo Lee Marvin squares off against Ernest Borgnine's nearly demonic railroad conductor who routinely murders bums that dare to hitch a ride. The mayhem culminates in a battle on a moving flat car, between Ernie's log chain and Lee's fire ax. But the poetic dialogue and allegorical pretension may be more lethal. Emperor of the North Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1973 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 120 min. / Ship Date September 8, 2015 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Keith Carradine, Charles Tyner, Malcolm Atterbury, Simon Oakland, Harry Caesar, Hal Baylor, Matt Clark, Elisha Cook Jr., Joe Di Reda, Liam Dunn, Diane Dye, Robert Foulk, Sid Haig, Vic Tayback, Dave Willock, Lance Henricksen. Cinematography Joseph Biroc Art Direction Jack Martin Smith Film Editor Michael Luciano Original Music Frank De Vol
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Massive Scream Factory Update! Slashers, Trolls, Ghosts, Goblins & More For November!

October is just around the corner, thus unloading a deluge of horror happenings like a trick-or-treater’s pillowcase bursting at the seams with goodies. If candy rots your teeth, then prepare for Scream Factory to fill our eyes with HD cavities. They’ve already got us covered all month long in October, with deluxe editions of Army Of Darkness, Tales From The Crypt: Demon Knight (and Bordello Of Blood if that’s your thing), but most excitingly The Larry Fessenden Collection, which collects the indie horror titan’s best work.

What about after the greatest month of the year has passed and leaves us counting down the days until next All Hallow’s Eve? Fear not, Scream Factory has a slew of frights to keep us warm all Winter long, including some obscure chillers and a cult classic that’ll have you screaming “oh my goddddddddd!”: White Of The Eye,
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Sex Kitten Turned Two-Time Oscar Nominee on TCM Tonight

Ann-Margret movies: From sex kitten to two-time Oscar nominee. Ann-Margret: 'Carnal Knowledge' and 'Tommy' proved that 'sex symbol' was a remarkable actress Ann-Margret, the '60s star who went from sex kitten to respected actress and two-time Oscar nominee, is Turner Classic Movies' star today, Aug. 13, '15. As part of its “Summer Under the Stars” series, TCM is showing this evening the movies that earned Ann-Margret her Academy Award nods: Mike Nichols' Carnal Knowledge (1971) and Ken Russell's Tommy (1975). Written by Jules Feiffer, and starring Jack Nicholson and Art Garfunkel, the downbeat – some have found it misogynistic; others have praised it for presenting American men as chauvinistic pigs – Carnal Knowledge is one of the precursors of “adult Hollywood moviemaking,” a rare species that, propelled by the success of disparate arthouse fare such as Vilgot Sjöman's I Am Curious (Yellow) and Costa-Gavras' Z, briefly flourished from
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Bobcat Goldthwait Honors Mentor Barry Crimmins With ‘Call Me Lucky’

Bobcat Goldthwait Honors Mentor Barry Crimmins With ‘Call Me Lucky’
Bobcat Goldthwait can recall the exact moment he knew he needed to make a film about his friend and mentor, Barry Crimmins. Crimmins had just learned that the man who raped him as a child died in prison. “I said, ‘How does that make you feel?'” Goldthwait recalled. “And he said, ‘I feel sad.’ I said, ‘Because you can’t confront him? There won’t be any closure?’ And he said, ‘No. Because he died alone.'”

Goldthwait was speaking to a packed crowd alongside Crimmins following a screening of their documentary “Call Me Lucky” this week in Hollywood. The film, which premiered to critical and audience raves at the Sundance Film Festival, opens this week in limited release. The film tracks Crimmins’ career as a standup comic beginning in the 1970s and his influence on a generation of comics (including Patton Oswalt and Marc Maron) whom he encouraged to find unique voices.
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Report to the Commissioner | Blu-ray Review

Another forgotten gem from the mid-1970s receiving a new Blu-ray treatment is 1975’s Report to the Commissioner, a textured police procedural examining changing social mores and the generalized internal corruptions we’re used to in these scenarios, resulting in tragic circumstances thanks to the sincere ignorance of its protagonist. Yaphet Kotto, a regular supporting player in a number of Blaxploitation features from the decade, is a standout as a weary, sympathetic detective numbed by the machinations of law enforcement. It’s a greatly overlooked title of the era, featuring a variety of recognizable names in early roles as street hoods, and based on a novel by James Mills (The Panic in Needle Park, 1971), adapted for the screen by Abby Mann (Judgment at Nuremberg, 1961) and Ernest Tidyman (Shaft; The French Connection, both 1971). Though its narrative is, at times, a bit rough around the edges, this deliberately paced thriller features rich characterizations and excellent chase sequences.
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McGregor On 'Star Wars' "Wankers", New 'Age of Ultron' Clip, 'True Detective' Season 2 Casting & More

Ewan McGregor tells Details the Trainspotting sequel "might happen" and doesn't speak to highly of Star Wars crazies saying: I don't have any experience with them. I've never been to one of the conventions. The people I meet are the f**kers who want me to sign Star Wars photos so they can sell them on the Internet or the people at premieres who are crushing children against barriers to get me to sign their f**king picture of Obi-Wan Kenobi. They're not fans -- they're parasitical lowlifes and f**king wankers. The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have signed on to write The Lego Movie 2, though no word on whether they'll return to direct the sequel which is set for a May 25, 2018 release date. Deadline Bruce Greenwood joins Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett in Truth for writer/director James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) telling the story of
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Casting Net: Demian Bichir in talks for untitled Low Riders pic

Demian Bichir is in negotiations to take the lead in the untitled Low Riders film for Universal, Blumhouse Productions, and Imagine Entertainment. Ricardo de Montreuil is attached to direct the film. Cheo Hodari Coker and Elgin James wrote earlier drafts of the script; Josh Bierne-Gordon and Justin Tipping wrote the current draft. Set in the East Los Angeles world of lowrider cars and street tagging, the story follows a teenager caught in the middle of his traditional father, whom Bichir would play, and his estranged gangbanger brother, both of whom are competing in the annual lowrider “Supershow.” Imagine Entertainment’s
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Wesley Snipes Has "Five Minutes To Live"

Wesley Snipes is back in action and is set to star in a Chuck Russell-directed remake of the 1961 Johnny Cash-led crime-drama "Five Minutes to Live" for Hannibal Pictures.

The original starred Cash and Vic Tayback as two thieves who conspire to rob a bank and hold the bank manager’s wife hostage. Russell and Raul Sanchez-Inglis co-write the script for the remake.

Joseph Nasser, Michael Mendelsohn and Richard Rionda Del Castro will produce. International rights for the project will go on sale next week at the American Film Market.

Source: Variety
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AFM: Wesley Snipes Joins Crime-Drama ‘Five Minutes to Live’

AFM: Wesley Snipes Joins Crime-Drama ‘Five Minutes to Live’
Wesley Snipes will star in a remake of crime-drama “Five Minutes to Live” with Chuck Russell directing.

Hannibal Pictures will begin selling international rights next week at the American Film Market.

The 1961 movie starred Johnny Cash and Vic Tayback as two thieves who conspire to rob a bank and hold the bank manager’s wife hostage.

Russell wrote the script with Raul Sanchez-Inglis. Producers are Joseph Nasser, Michael Mendelsohn and Richard Rionda Del Castro of Hannibal.

Snipes served a three-year prison sentence starting in 2010 in Pennsylvania for misdemeanor failure to file U.S. federal income tax returns. He appeared in “The Expendables 3″ as Doc in August.

The news was first reported by The Tracking Board.
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Mark Wahlberg and Director Rupert Wyatt Team Up for The Gambler

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Mark Wahlberg and Director Rupert Wyatt Team Up for The Gambler
Mark Wahlberg and director Rupert Wyatt are in talks to join The Gambler remake at Paramount Pictures.

Last August, Todd Phillips signed on to direct, taking over for Martin Scorsese who had been attached to direct since August 2011. Leonardo DiCaprio was, at one point, attached to star, but he is no longer involved. Deals for both Mark Wahlberg and Rupert Wyatt are still coming together, and Rupert Wyatt does have an option on an untitled project at 20th Century Fox that he may still go ahead with.

James Caan starred in the original 1974 drama The Gambler, which followed a literature professor who is addicted to gambling and gets into hot water with some local gangsters. Paul Sorvino and Lauren Hutton co-starred in the film, which was directed by Karel Reisz.

William Monahan (The Departed) wrote the screenplay for the remake, with Irwin Winkler set to produce. No production schedule was given.
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Todd Phillips Set to Direct The Gambler

Todd Phillips Set to Direct The Gambler
Director Todd Phillips, who is set to go into production on The Hangover Part III soon, has lined up his first drama project with Paramount's remake of The Gambler.

We first reported on this project last August, when Martin Scorsese was attached to direct from a screenplay by William Monahan. The story centers a UCLA literature professor, who has a serious gambling addiction and gets in trouble with with gangsters. Our earlier report indicated that Leonardo DiCaprio was circling the lead role, but it isn't known if he is still involved.

Irwin Winkler, who produced the original, is back on board as a producer. It is believed that this could be Todd Phillips' next project after he wraps on The Hangover Part III, although that has not been confirmed.

The Gambler was released September 1974 and stars James Caan, Paul Sorvino, Lauren Hutton, Morris Carnovsky, Jacqueline Brookes, Burt Young, Carmine Caridi,
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Jan de Bont to Direct Five Minutes to Live Remake

Jan de Bont to Direct Five Minutes to Live Remake
Jan de Bont has signed on to direct a remake of the 1961 crime thriller Five Minutes to Live for producers Joseph Nasser and Jack Nasser.

Raul Inglis is writing the screenplay, which follows two men who attempt to rob a bank through an unconventional method. One man holds the bank manager's wife hostage, while the other tells the manager his wife only has five minutes to live unless he transfers money to their account. Musician Johnny Cash starred in the original Five Minutes to Live, which also featured Ron Howard.

Nasser Entertainment Group is financing the drama, which will begin casting immediately. No production schedule was given for Five Minutes to Live.

Jan de Bont, who was a longtime cinematographer before making his directorial debut with Speed, has not directed a movie since 2003's Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life.

Five Minutes to Live was released December 7th,
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