Drive-In Dust Offs: Bug (1975)

Known as the King of the Gimmicks, producer/director William Castle will surely be remembered for such B staples as House on Haunted Hill (1959), The Tingler (also ’59) and 13 Ghosts (1960), cheap but fun pictures with added pleasure for the moviegoer by the use of ingenious devices such as Emergo, Percepto, and Illusion-o. It’s only fitting that he ended his career as co-writer/producer of Jeannot Szwarc’s Bug (1975), a nature gone amok flick that becomes a Weird-o halfway through to detail a descent into madness.

Distributed by Paramount Pictures in June, Bug didn’t make much of a dent in the summer box office, bringing in a little over $3.6 million and infuriating critics. Richard Eder of The New York Times called it “sick, and literally sickening.” Some people just can’t handle arson prone killer cockroaches, I guess. Never mind them, because the rest of us get to revel in
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Kanye West: 40 Years of Fire -- The Ultimate Birthday Playlist!

Kanye West: 40 Years of Fire -- The Ultimate Birthday Playlist!
Wake up, Mr. West. It's your birthday!

On "No More Parties in L.A." off The Life of Pablo, Kanye West describes himself as "a 38-year-old 8-year-old," which is maybe a perfect summation of the qualities that have made the 40-year-old rapper such an enigma: a larger-than-life icon who has cultivated a persona that draws as much infamy as it does reverence, with a head-spinning number of acclaimed tracks to show for it.

Watch: Inside Kanye West's 40th Birthday in Bahamas With Kim Kardashian and Their Kids: 'No Work or Social Media'

Somehow, as Kanye has gotten older, his almost youthful sense for defiance and creativity have created work that has only gotten more experimental, more groundbreaking, and with each new album, inspired a new crop of artists of hip hop and of music in general.

The roster of rappers that 'Ye has inspired is truly staggering. Chance the Rapper has rhapsodized about the transformative
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Interview: Director Marie Ullrich on Blu-ray & DVD Release of ‘The Alley Cat’

Chicago – Using Chicago as a backdrop has rarely been as kinetic and exciting as under the direction of Marie Ullrich. Expanding upon a short film she produced in 2010 called “Faster,” about a bike messenger in the Windy City, Ullrich went for a grittier and more emotional look at that world in “The Alley Cat” in 2014. The film was released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 16th, 2016.

The Alley Cat” evolves the story of Jasper (Jenny Strubin), the protagonist in the previous short film “Faster.” In “The Alley Cat,” Jasper is participating in a nighttime bike race/rally through Chicago, with her bike messenger colleagues. At the same time she is having family issues, including a relationship confrontation with her sister. Everything is coming to a resolution on race night, as fast as a lightweight bike on flat pavement. The film uses the available light of the streets, and is told
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Is Nicolas Winding Refn Betraying His Own Talent?

Is Nicolas Winding Refn Betraying His Own Talent?
Two weekends ago, Nicolas Winding Refn’s glitzy surreal horror film “The Neon Demon” opened on 783 screens, and when the weekend was over the box-office tally was far scarier than anything in the movie. Presented as a “mainstream” crossover thriller, the film had grossed just $589,000, with a mind-bendingly low per-screen average of $752. When a movie that’s striving to be a work of art falls on its face commercially, there’s no shame in that failure. The history of cinema is dotted with great films that didn’t, at first blush, find their audience, and then become appreciated over time. Yet in this case, the failure may contain a lesson.

The reason that Amazon Studios shoved “The Neon Demon” into so many theaters in the first place is that the relatively young company was betting — reasonably, I would say — that the movie, on its gorgeously bloody Day-Glo surface, was studded
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The Fathergamer Podcast Episode 60

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In this all-new episode of Tfgp we discuss our recent Youtube Stream of Rainbow Six: Seige, Katy dives in the world of Indie Games, while Eric talks about his time with Telltale’s Game of Thrones and Minecraft: Story Mode. Come inside to listen.

Since it’s almost Valentine’s Day, the crew also decided to talk about love, relationships and the joy and pain that come from them. In Wtf we reveal some of our worst jobs as well as the benefits to vagina weight-lifting.

Some how, we also manage to cover some of the biggest stories in gaming and geek culture.

Warning! Explicit Content!

A very big thanks to Clockwork in College Station Texas for hosting us.

Cast: Eric, Kyle and Katy and Ransom

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This weeks Artist Spotlight is Drive, by the group Glades.

Listen to the episode to find out how you could win one
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Edward Parone, Who Directed Edgy Theater in ’60s NYC, L.A.’s Taper, Dies at 90

Director and writer Edward Parone, who was a mentor to many of the promising young playwrights in 1960s New York, including Edward Albee and LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka), died at his home in Nambe, New Mexico, on Sunday, January 24 after a short battle with cancer. He was 90.

In what was one of the most fertile periods in American theater, with the emergence of edgy, boundary-pushing playwrights, Parone was an artistic member of New York’s Albee-Barr-Wilder Playwrights Unit, a company devoted exclusively to the development and production of new American plays and an early pioneer of the type of new play development that has since been replicated by nonprofit theaters across the country. During this period, Parone directed the world premiere of LeRoi Jones’ signature play “The Dutchman,” and would go on to nurture playwrights such as Sam Shepard, Lanford Wilson and John Guare.

In 1967 Parone joined Gordon Davidson, artistic
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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Ost review

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Ost review
You only have to look at Zane Lowe's re-scoring of Drive to see how impassioned fans get about film soundtracks. In fairness, that was a brave undertaking, and swapping College & Electric Youth's sublime 'A Real Hero' for The 1975 in that aqueduct scene aside, it wasn't a total disaster. But the DJ's reimagining of the ineffably stylish thriller was still met with widespread scorn.

Admittedly, it was a strange choice of project (why mess with perfection?), although it's perhaps stranger still that altering the soundtrack from a film just three years old could be branded an act of sacrilege and defacement. But it's proof if proof were needed that scores worth their salt can quickly wedge themselves into the Zeitgeist and become as revered as the films themselves.

So will the same be said of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 in a few years' time? Lorde only knows…
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Drive, and exploring alternative movie soundtracks

A rescoring of Drive has caused online outrage, but Mark's keeping an open mind about musical reinterpretations

Movie music matters. It's tough to wax lyrical about why it matters without sounding like one of those autocue scripts that we'll be hearing all throughout the coming awards season, probably read out by unlikely pairs of presenters, (“Now, to present the award for Best Sound Editing, Justin Bieber and Angela Lansbury!”) so let's just say that it does.

Whether it's an original score from Hans Zimmer or a jukebox tour of Quentin Tarantino's record collection, a movie's soundtrack informs the tone and timbre of the movie itself. So when we get into the question of movie rescores, we're really getting back into that thorny issue of asking whether the director's original intentions are sacrosanct to any subsequent versions of a film. As some of you may already have guessed, we bring
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Radio 1's Zane Lowe re-scores Drive: A brave gamble, but did it pay off?

Radio 1's Zane Lowe re-scores Drive: A brave gamble, but did it pay off?
Of all the great movies the Oscars have shunned over the years, Drive's snub in 2012 was a tough one to take.

Ryan Gosling stars as the Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver in his most mesmerising performance since he was a Jewish neo-Nazi in 2001's The Believer. Carey Mulligan is the struggling single mum who Gosling falls for, and a between-Breaking Bad seasons Bryan Cranston plays his mechanic partner in crime.

Nicolas Winding Refn's direction is suave and daring; he follows the blood, sweat and tears of The Driver's journey with total badassness and ends up with something in between Taxi Driver and Michael Mann's Thief... And then there's the soundtrack. What a soundtrack.

So when Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe announced that he was curating a score of new music for the film masterpiece, you can understand the anger and confusion it sparked. But
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Dennis O’Neil Goes To Kokomo

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Out on runway number nine, big 707 set to go / But I’m stuck here on the ground where the cold winds blow • Gordon Lightfoot

You’d think, after all the trips we’ve taken, that we’d know how to get to the airport on time. But this day, we didn’t. So there we were, grounded somewhere in New Jersey, while an aircraft with our names on the passenger list soared west. Obviously, we had a problem. We were expected in Kokomo, Indiana, on the following day and I didn’t want to cancel the appointment, mostly because I’ve already cancelled an appointment or two this year and breaking promises is a lousy habit to get into.

Okay, now what?

We weren’t the ones who made the reservations, so scrubbing them and getting replacements would be unusually hasslesome, even if it were possible. What then? Train? No
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Zane Lowe defends BBC Drive soundtrack project: 'It's really good'

Zane Lowe defends BBC Drive soundtrack project: 'It's really good'
Zane Lowe has defended his forthcoming BBC Radio 1 Drive soundtrack project.

The DJ has curated a new soundtrack for Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Winding Refn's cult hit, bringing in Chvrches, The 1975, Baauer, Banks, Bastille, Bring Me the Horizon, Eric Prydz, Jon Hopkins, Laura Mvula, The Neighbourhood and Zcc (Simon Neil) to create new music.

The re-scored film will be shown on BBC Three on October 30 at 10pm.

Despite backing from director Refn and the makers of the 2011 film, fans have taken to social media to voice their objection to replacing the likes of Kavinsky, College, Electric Youth and Chromatics from the original soundtrack.

"I've read some messages from people who are either confused or angry about #R1Drive. Its important to say no-one is trying to improve here," Lowe wrote on his Twitter page, adding that "the experiment comes from a place of respect".

"It is a parallel experience
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"Drive" Gets Rescored For UK Next Week

One of the most acclaimed elements of Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive" was the score - a blend of original electronic numbers by composer Cliff Martinez along with a couple of key pop songs such as College & Electric Youth's "A Real Hero," The Chromatics' "Tick of the Clock" and Kavinsky and Lovefoxxx's "Nightcall".

For a film with minimal dialogue, the score played a very important part in generating that film's sense of tone. Now, in an intersting experiment, Radio 1 and BBC Three have announced plans to rescore the entire film for a one-time only broadcast in the UK next week.

Zane Lowe is curating the project which is being dubbed "Radio 1 Rescores: Drive," which suggests there may be more re-score broadcasts of this type on the way.

The new score will boast all original music from thirteen bands/artists including the likes of - The 1975, Baauer, Banks, Bastille,
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Zane Lowe curates new Drive soundtrack with Chvrches, Bastille, more

Zane Lowe curates new Drive soundtrack with Chvrches, Bastille, more
Zane Lowe is curating a new soundtrack for the Ryan Gosling film Drive.

The DJ is collating music from Chvrches, Foals and Sbtrkt, who are covering tracks from the 2011 cult hit by the likes of Kavinsky, College featuring Electric Youth and Chromatics.

The 1975, Baauer, Banks, Bastille, Bring Me the Horizon, Eric Prydz, Jon Hopkins, Laura Mvula, The Neighbourhood and Zcc (Simon Neil) will also feature on the new soundtrack.

Listen to Chvrches cover 'Get Away' for Radio 1 Rescores: Drive below:

The film, complete with reworked soundtrack, will be shown on October 30 at 10pm on BBC Three.

Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn spoke about the project, saying: "I consider it a great honour that my movie Drive inspired so many wonderful artists to come together and create one ultra-cool glam experience."

Watch a trailer for Radio 1 Rescores: Drive below:
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‘Drive’ Getting Nicolas Winding Refn-Approved Rescored Version With Chvrches, Foals & More

One can’t listen to more than a few seconds of Kavinsky‘s Nightcall or College‘s A Real Hero before being taken directly back to Nicolas Winding Refn‘s version of Los Angeles in Drive. Integral to the director’s 2011, Ryan Gosling-led break-out hit was indeed the soundtrack and Cliff Martinez‘s score, but now a few years later, we’re getting […]
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Listen To Chvrches "Get Away" From The Rescored Version Of Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Drive' Plus Check Out The Trailer

Quite simply, the soundtrack to Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive" is one of the best of the past few years. Seamlessly blending Cliff Martinez's distinct, throbbing score with retro-future jams by Kavinsky, College, Chromatics, and Desire, the entire sonic palette helped inform the neon mood of the Ryan Gosling starring film. But what happens when you drape the movie with a bunch of random new music? Well, you're about to find out. BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe has undertaken the task of rescoring "Drive," with Chvrches, Foals, Sbtrkt, Jon Hopkins, Laura Mvula, the 1975, Baauer, Banks, Bastille, Bring Me The Horizon, Eric Prydz, the Neighbourhood, and Zcc (aka Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro) all tapped to provide new exclusive music. A 30-second trailer—with Lowe talking all over it—does preview a bit of what it will sound like, and, unsurprisingly, results may vary. Refn carefully crafted his film with
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Ucsb Shooting Suspect Is Son of ‘Hunger Games’ Second Unit Director

Ucsb Shooting Suspect Is Son of ‘Hunger Games’ Second Unit Director
The young man who killed six people and injured seven others near Uc Santa Barbara following multiple drive-by shootings was the son of filmmaker Peter Rodger, a second unit director on the first “Hunger Games” movie.

ABC News confirmed that an attorney for Peter Rodger said that his 22-year-old son Elliot Rodger was involved in the shooting.

Elliot, who was found with a gunshot wound and a semi-automatic handgun inside his vehicle, was among the dead on Friday night.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s office said it’s unclear whether he took his own life or was shot during two different gunfights with deputies. The suspect fled following the armed confrontation and crashed his black BMW into a parked car on Del Playa Drive.

The shooting spree started before 9:27 p.m. in the campus town of Isla Vista. The suspect shot at passerby at nine different locations in I.
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Television Academy Foundation Announces College TV Awards Winners

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The 35th College Television Awards were held by the Television Academy Foundation on Wednesday, with 13 awards going to filmmakers attending various colleges across the country. The awards, which recognize demonstrated excellence in entertainment content production, were given out at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre. Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham, stars of USA's upcoming comedy series “Playing House,” hosted the ceremony, which was attended by Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, Max Greenfield (“The New Girl”) and Matt Bomer (“White Collar”) among others. Also read: Television Academy Announces New Name, Fundraising Drive The winners, culled from more than 1,100 students who participated.
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Entertainment Geekly: Why are we so obsessed with the 1980s?

Entertainment Geekly: Why are we so obsessed with the 1980s?
Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses!

Measuring time in specific decades is a fallacy, but it’s a fallacy that everyone believes in. There’s no legitimate reason that we should set aside the passage of time between January 1, 1980 and December 31, 1989 as a specific and clearly defined unit of time. 1979 wasn’t too different from 1980; most of the movies released in 1990 were probably shot in 1989. People used to refer to the ’80s as “the MTV Decade” before every decade
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Michael Davis: The Teacher Who Changed My Life

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If by some chance you are Ms. Darvin from Beach Channel High, my name is Michael Davis and I was at Beach Channel the Very first year, I transferred to The High School Of Art & Design at the end of that year.

I was in your art class, I was black (still am) wickedly funny ( still am) and had a running rivalry with another student named Robert Stein.

Long story short-I’m now a huge success on so many levels ( and modest) and I’m reaching out to you because today I was being interviewed (told you I was a success) by CNN and they asked me who was the most influential teacher in my life.

I said Renee Darvin.

So, if you are that Renee Darvin please contact me so we can catch up. You told me once you would never forget me and I said the same to you…
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Comic Book Release List – July 24, 2013

The following is a list of all comic books, graphic novels and specialty items that will be available this week and shipped to comic book stores who have placed orders for them.


Adventure Time Encyclopedia Hc (resolicited), $19.95

Amp! Comics For Kids

Cul De Sac Mighty Alice Goes Round And Round Tp, $9.99

Pearls Before Swine Beginning Pearls Tp, $9.99

Antarctic Press

Steam Wars #2, $3.99

Arcana Studio

10th Muse Volume 1 The Image Comics Run Part 1 Sc, $14.95

Kozmik Gn, $14.95

Domain Gn, $9.95

Punch Drunk Gn (not verified by Diamond), $12.95

Archaia Entertainment

Reason For Dragons Hc, $19.95

Archie Comic Publications

Betty And Veronica Double Digest #214, $3.99

Aspen Comics

All New Fathom #1 (Of 8)(Aspen Reserved Cover), $1.00

All New Fathom #1 (Of 8)(Direct Market Cover), $1.00

Avatar Press

Crossed Badlands #33 (Gabriel Andrade Wraparound Cover), $3.99

Crossed Badlands #33 (Matt Martin Torture Cover), $3.99

Crossed Badlands #33 (Raulo Caceres Red Crossed Incentive Cover), Ar

Crossed Badlands #33 (Raulo Caceres Regular Cover), $3.99

Ferals #16 (Gabriel Andrade Gore Cover), $3.99

Ferals #16 (Gabriel
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