14 items from 2012
The latest edition of the Indie Spotlight contains all of the recent independent horror news sent our way. In this feature, we have a look at a Behind the Mask Leslie Vernon action figure, details on an upcoming screening of Teller’s Play Dead, multiple trailers, and more:
Behind the Mask’s Leslie Vernon Action Figure: “This Rhode Island based toy company has their first line of licensed product out that will surely be a surprise to quite a few horror fans out there. Based on the character from the 2006 movie “Behind the Mask, The Rise of Leslie Vernon”. They have just released their 7” action figure and limited edition reproductions of the mask & scythe props from the movie.
It’s one of the best horror movies in the last 10 years and we’re very excited to have this as our first license says president Neal DeConte who started the company »
- Tamika Jones
I'm not writing this as some kind of definitive list, but more in response to The Playlist's ranking of what writer Oliver Lyttelton considers to be the five worst James Bond film. His list includes Diamonds are Forever (1971), Moonraker (1979) disagree, Licence To Kill (1989), Die Another Day (2002) and Quantum of Solace (2008). Of course, like all lists these are someone else's opinion and pretending one's opinion is "right" over someone else's is preposterous, but Lyttleton's list made for a good starting point. Of the films on his list, Diamonds are Forever and Die Another Day are spot on. The only real redeeming factor in Diamonds is Lana Wood as Plenty O'Toole and I will admit to liking Rick Yune's face scarred with diamonds in Die Another Day, but otherwise it is a disaster. I will say Moonraker is probably the closest of his remaining three films to making my list of »
- Brad Brevet
With a mask somewhat reminiscent of Rorschach from Watchmen or Kroenen from Hellboy, the mysterious Dr Savior has been unveiled in upcoming horror film Donors.
Behind the mask of the "diabolical" doctor (above) is genre actor/producer DJ Perry. Earlier this year, we brought you the first teaser poster and some cast pictures featuring Perry alongside co-stars French/Philippine beauty Anne Gauthier and former Bond girl Lana Wood (famous for her role as Plenty O'Toole in 1971's Diamonds Are Forever starring Sean Connery), who is playing a character called Norma.
In desperation the woman seeks to get help »
- David Bentley
James Bond 007 Declassified File #7: "Diamonds Are Forever" This series will trace the cinema history of James Bond, while also examining Ian Fleming's original novels as source material and examining how faithful (or not) the films have been to his work. Directed by Guy Hamilton Screenplay by Richard Maibuam and Tom Makiewicz Produced by Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli Characters / Cast James Bond / Sean Connery Tiffany Case / Jill St. John Ernst Stavro Blofeld / Charles Gray Plenty O'Toole / Lana Wood Willard Whyte / Jimmy Dean Saxby / Bruce Cabot Mr. Kidd / Putter Smith Mr. »
- Drew McWeeny
Full disclosure: an online screener of this film was provided by Midnight Releasing. Director: Robert H. Gwinn. Writer: Charles Pisaeno. Cast: DJ Perry, Terence Knox, Johnny Dark and Lana Wood. Tagline: "It's All in the Plans." Deadly Renovations was initially titled the simpler Renovations. It has been given a name change, perhaps, to make it sound more dangerous. The film does host a dangerous killer who seeks 2 million dollars of stolen cash from the Hotel del Sol. To release on DVD August 21 through Midnight Releasing, Deadly Renovations is an indie thriller with some adequate tension during the finale. You will just need to be patient to get there. The film begins with several friends and a new project. They hope to renovate the Hotel del Sol and flip it for profit. Unfortunately for them, there are a group of thieves working in the darkness. The thieves want to find »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
You know you're in trouble when the urgent care facility you go to for help has to call 911 ... which is exactly what happened with "Diamonds Are Forever" star Lana Wood this week ... TMZ has learned. As TMZ previously reported, Wood -- who played Plenty O'Toole in the classic James Bond flick -- suffered a terrible allergic reaction at her Fillmore, CA home and went to the local urgent care.When the urgent care couldn't fix the problem, »
- TMZ Staff
Veteran actress Lana Wood was hospitalised on Tuesday night after reportedly suffering a severe allergic reaction.
The former Bond girl, who starred in 1971's Diamonds Are Forever, started coughing while cooking dinner at her home in Fillmore, California.
She attended a local urgent care facility after her face and tongue swelled up - but paramedics were called to give her further treatment.
A picture obtained by TMZ.com shows Wood being treated while lying on a sidewalk before she was taken to a local hospital.
Wood's face swelled further, causing her eyelids and mouth to close, but she was later discharged when her symptoms subsided, according to the website. »
Former Bond girl Lana Wood -- who played Plenty O'Toole in the 1971 classic "Diamonds Are Forever" -- nearly died Tuesday night after going into anaphylactic shock ... and TMZ has obtained a picture of the desperate rescue effort.Sources close to Lana -- the younger sister of Hollywood legend Natalie Wood -- tell TMZ, the actress was cooking dinner at her home in Fillmore, CA when she started having a coughing attack.We're told she assumed »
- TMZ Staff
There are few more tragic losses in the history of Hollywood film than the disappearance of the western. Once one of the most popular genres in cinema, the myth of the west has been replaced with box-office focused action movies which dedicate more time to explosions than to character development or setting the scene. The true magnitude of this loss cannot be appreciated without seeing the John Ford 1956 classic The Searchers.
The Searchers is the story of Ethan Edwards (John Wayne), who, along with his adopted nephew Martin Pawley (Jeffrey Hunter), goes on an arduous, years-long quest to find his kidnapped niece Debbie (played first by Lana Wood, then elder sister Natalie). Whilst this may sound like the standard cowboys and Indians fare (and much of the film is), there’s also a significant amount going on under the surface, not least in the sense that Ethan’s highly questionable »
- Matt Clough
Natalie Wood's sister fears for the life of her troubled niece Courtney, insisting the 38 year old has "spiralled out of control".
Courtney Wagner - the daughter of actor Robert Wagner and the late Rebel Without a Cause beauty Wood - was arrested on 22 April on suspicion of cocaine and heroin possession after cops were called to her California home to investigate reports of a domestic disturbance and the sound of gunfire. She was released after posting $10,000 (£6,250) bail.
And now the tragic icon's sister and Diamonds Are Forever actress Lana Wood has opened up about her grave concerns for Courtney, admitting the she turned to drugs once cops reopened the case into her famous mother's drowning last year.
She tells the National Enquirer, "My sister would be devastated if she knew how Courtney has ruined her life. She was Natalie's golden girl - the child she always longed for with R. J. (Wagner)... She was a stunning child and just so young when Natalie died. Both parents doted on her. But R.J.'s love hasn't saved her from a life that's spiralled out of control...
"She was rushed to the hospital some years ago after attempting suicide, but in the past few years the poor girl has become an emotional tragedy. For a time she was receiving psychiatric care... This is a terrible tragedy."
Natalie passed away in November, 1981, when Courtney was just seven years old. The investigation into her drowning death off the coast of California death has since been ruled a cold case. »
Would you kill for millions? Could sex turn you into a murderer? Who can you trust? Some of these questions have their answers in the plot of Deadly Renovations.
The horror thriller was shot largely at the historic Hotel Del Sol, in Yuma, Arizona, which comes with its own secrets and ghosts and was also used as the location for the 1994 film The Getaway starring Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger.
Directed by Robert Gwinn, Deadly Renovations will get a domestic (Us) release on August 7, 2012, it has been announced. A new motion poster has been unveiled and can be viewed below.
The story follows a group of property developers who turn into greed-driven killers when they discover their hotel project may contain a hidden stash of millions of dollars.
- David Bentley
Nicole Cherie Saletta plays the damsel in distress and DJ Perry is the diabolical Doctor Savior in the Charles Pisaeno directed dark thriller "Donors". The film is now shooting in Yuma, Az with some B-unit work also being done in Michigan. It was just announced that a true Hollywood legend of the film industry Ms. Lana Wood, sister of the late Natalie Wood, has joined the intense thriller. Lana has an incredible body of work including the James Bond film "Diamonds Are Forever" with Sean Connery. She has worked with the producers of "Donors" in their previous thriller "Deadly Renovations" (www.deadlyrenovations.com ) due out this year with Midnight Releasing/Acort International. It will make a 1st appearance at the Hong Kong film market (Filmart) this March. Also joining the »
The sister of the late actress Natalie Wood, she was a regular in soap Peyton Place and in 1979 appeared in Captain America II: Death Too Soon, starring Reb Brown as the star-spangled supersoldier in a second TV pilot for a series that never went into production.
- David Bentley
To mark the 50th Anniversary of one of the most successful movie franchises of all time and as James Bond prepares for his 23rd official outing in Skyfall later this year, I have been tasked with taking a retrospective look at the films that turned author Ian Fleming’s creation into one of the most recognised and iconic characters in film history.
Following the departure of George Lazenby after just one film in the lead role, producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman were left wondering if the success and popularity of the series so far had been down to just one man, Sean Connery. While Lazenby had made a good impression as Bond in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service his performance was essentially a reinterpretation of Connery rather than a reinvention of the role itself. With the producers keen to cast a new lead they set to work auditioning actors for the part, »
- Chris Wright
14 items from 2012
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