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From Grammys to Bono: 3 Wild Stories from Notorious Gate Crasher Craig Schmell’s New Book

From Grammys to Bono: 3 Wild Stories from Notorious Gate Crasher Craig Schmell’s New Book
Driving in President Reagan’s motorcade and talking with Bono about Irish football — these are some of the crazy things that Craig Schmell got to experience during the peak of his celebrity event crashing days.

Schmell famously spent his 20s scheming his way into some of the biggest celebrity events of the time. In his new book, The Uninvited, he details some of his best crashes and how he ended up turning his cheating ways around.

During his heyday, Schmell got into some serious hijinks, like getting high inside of the Kremlin, but the book dives deeper past the scheming
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Dark Universe: the undignified death of a cinematic universe

Ryan Lambie Nov 14, 2017

It's fair to say that The Mummy didn't ignite the multi-movie franchise expected of it. We look at the death of the Dark Universe...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for 2017's The Mummy.

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For some, The Mummy's marketing campaign began not with a bang, but a squeaky Tom Cruise scream. In December 2016, an unfinished trailer for the then-forthcoming film appeared online, and soon went viral: lacking music and proper sound effects, the promo's otherwise dramatic visuals suddenly seemed comically threadbare. A violent plane crash unfolded with only a few chunks of dialogue and an amusing yelp from co-star Annabelle Wallis; Tom Cruise stumbled about in zero-gravity with only a few apologetic 'oofs' and 'eeks' for company.

Steps were taken to have the leaked trailer removed, but as is the way of the web,
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Film Review: ‘Wonder’

Film Review: ‘Wonder’
Auggie Pullman (Jacob Tremblay), the central character in Stephen Chbosky’s “Wonder,” is a brainy 10-year-old boy with a sweet high voice and a congenital facial deformity, whom numerous corrective surgeries have left looking like a cherub after a car accident. His left eye tugs downward as if a teardrop were falling from it; his ears are bulbs of flesh, and his face is framed by a pinkish ring of scar tissue. That said, he’s not the Phantom of the Opera. He’s just an ordinary kid whose looks take a bit of getting used to.

Auggie is a science geek who loves “Star Wars” and Minecraft, ice cream and X-Box sports games; he’s fueled by all-American fantasies of going to outer space. (He likes to walk around in a toy astronaut helmet that conceals him and feeds his dreams.) His face, which looks youthful and old at the same time, is jarring
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Inside the Music: Vishal Dadlani On the Soundtrack of Om Shanti Om

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It has been 10 years since Farah Khan’s brilliant film Om Shanti Om hit the big screen. Filled with incredible performances by Shah Rukh Khan, Arjun Rampal, Shreyas Talpade, Kirron Kher and Deepika Padukone in her first film, Om Shanti Om is a musical full of drama, action, comedy, and of course romance. Everything that makes a movie good!

To bring the musical sound of Om Shanti Om to life, Farah Khan chose the great duo Vishal-Shekhar with lyrics by Javed Akhtar. The soundtrack ranges from love songs, to a classic filmy tune, some disco, a haunting, poignant theme, a party song and an epic full on musical number – it truly is a soundtrack in the best of forms.

In an incredible and in-depth conversation Vishal Dadlani takes us inside the creation of the songs of Om Shanti Om.

What do you remember was your first thought when you heard
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Riverdale Stars Preview Nick St. Clair's Arrival, Betty and Archie's Special Bond — Plus: Is 'Bughead' in 'Jeopardy'?

Riverdale Stars Preview Nick St. Clair's Arrival, Betty and Archie's Special Bond — Plus: Is 'Bughead' in 'Jeopardy'?
The town of Riverdale‘s got enough problems with a killer on the loose… but a new arrival is looking to add a little rich-kid mischief to the mix.

The Good Wife alum Graham Phillips makes his debut this Wednesday (The CW, 8/7c) as Nick St. Clair, Veronica’s old pal from her New York days — and the slick charmer wastes no time in introducing the gang to his hard-partying ways. “He definitely stirs the pot a lot in Riverdale, for sure,” star K.J. Apa (Archie) tells TVLine, adding that Archie’s not exactly thrilled to meet Nick: “Obviously, [with him] being Veronica’s ex-boyfriend,
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The Silence Of The Lambs: the thinking person's monster movie

Ryan Lambie Nov 3, 2017

As The Silence Of The Lambs re-emerges courtesy of the BFI, we look at how it created one of the screen's most iconic monsters...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for The Silence Of The Lambs

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"Is it true what they're saying?" a cop asks FBI agent Clarice Starling around The Silence Of The Lambs' midpoint. "That he's some kind of vampire?"

The cop is referring, of course, to Hannibal Lecter, the former psychiatrist and serial killer played by Anthony Hopkins. Originally created by author Thomas Harris and making his first appearance in the 1981 novel Red Dragon, Lecter - otherwise known as Hannibal the Cannibal - has long since become a fixture on the pop culture landscape. The Silence Of The Lambs isn't specifically about Lecter - rather, it's about Starling (Jodie Foster) and
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'Dancing With the Stars' Week 7 Preview: Terrell Owens & Drew Scott Selected as Halloween Night Team Captains!

'Dancing With the Stars' Week 7 Preview: Terrell Owens & Drew Scott Selected as Halloween Night Team Captains!
It's week seven of Dancing With the Stars -- and the ballroom's about to get eerie!

As the eight remaining contestants and their pro partners take the stage on Monday, they'll be dancing to various spooktacular routines ranging from the Charleston to the jive to the tango. Later, the stars will split into two teams, delivering performances we can only imagine will be memorable.

It's Halloween night, and Et's breaking down everything we can expect to see in the ballroom!

Who's on top of the leaderboard?

1. Lindsey Stirling & Mark Ballas: 40/40

2. Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold: 39/40

2. Terrell Owens & Cheryl Burke: 37/40

Who's in danger of elimination?

Drew Scott & Emma Slater received the lowest score from the judges last week, 30/40, followed closely behind by Victoria Arlen & Val Chmerkovskiy, who scored a total of 31 points.

What are the couples dancing to?

Drew ScottEmma Slater

Charleston, "Remains of the Day" by Danny Elfman

Frankie Muniz & Witney Carson

Contemporary, "Every Breath You Take" by Chase
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Drew Scott Teases 'Epic' Halloween-Themed Routine for 'DWTS': 'You Guys Are Going to Love This!' (Exclusive)

Drew Scott Teases 'Epic' Halloween-Themed Routine for 'DWTS': 'You Guys Are Going to Love This!' (Exclusive)
Drew Scott has a really good chance at taking home the mirrorball trophy.

The Property Brothers star and his pro partner, Emma Slater, are moving on to week seven of the competition, and getting excited about the possibility of winning season 25 of Dancing With the Stars. Et caught up with Scott over the phone on Wednesday, where he shared behind-the-scenes secrets from his rehearsals with Slater… and revealed what they plan to do with the prize if they do win!

"Emma says she wants a custom built-in in her living space for her mirrorball, or I guess, [hopefully] two mirrorballs," the 39-year-old Hgtv reality star explained. "I was like, 'Oh, yeah. I'll build some nice custom thing for you, no problem.'"

"I want something where it's the first thing I see when I wake up and the last thing I see when I go to bed," he continued. "So, I'll just reverse mount the mirrorball on the ceiling
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The Dancing with the Stars Halloween Week Teams Revealed!

The Dancing with the Stars Halloween Week Teams Revealed!
It’s team week on Dancing with the Stars — and People can exclusively reveal the teams!

For Halloween Week on Monday, the eight remaining couples competing on season 25 of the ABC reality dance competition will be split into two teams.

This year’s teams are listed below:

Team Monster Mash

Lindsey Stirling & Mark Ballas

Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold

Nikki Bella & Artem Chigvintsev

Terrell Owens & Cheryl Burke

Team Phantom of the Opera

Vanessa Lachey & Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Victoria Arlen & Valentin Chmerkovskiy

Frankie Muniz & Witney Carson

Drew Scott & Emma Slater

Owens and Scott are the leaders of their respective teams, which will perform
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Hollywood Mourns ‘Benson’s’ Robert Guillaume: ‘That Smile and Laugh Touched Us All’

Hollywood Mourns ‘Benson’s’ Robert Guillaume: ‘That Smile and Laugh Touched Us All’
Actor Robert Guillaume died in his Los Angeles home on Tuesday at age 89 after a battle with prostate cancer.

Guillaume, who won two Emmys and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, was known for his role as the sharp-tongued butler on “Soap” and its spinoff, “Benson.” He also voiced Rafiki in “The Lion King.” He earned a Tony nomination for playing Nathan Detroit in the first all-black version of “Guys and Dolls” in 1977 and was the first African-American to star as the Phantom with an all-white cast in “Phantom of the Opera.”

Celebrities were quick to mourn Guillaume’s death. Actor Sterling K. Brown said in a statement, “St. Louis’ finest. He may not have called himself the Hnic (see ‘Lean on Me’), so I’ll have to do it for him. Rip, sir. Thank you for paving the way.”

His “Sports Night” co-star Josh Malina tweeted, “R.I.P. Robert Guillaume.
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Robert Guillaume, TV's 'Benson,' Dead at 89

Robert Guillaume, TV's 'Benson,' Dead at 89
Robert Guillaume, who played Benson DuBois on 'Soap' and 'Benson,' has died after a battle with prostate cancer. He was 89. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Robert Guillaume, who played the quick-witted and sarcastic Benson DuBois on Soap and the spinoff Benson, has died. His widow, Donna Brown Guillaume, told The Associated Press that he died at home in Los Angeles where he was battling prostate cancer. He was 89.

In 1977, Guillaume took on the role of DuBois, a butler to the wealthy Tate family, on ABC's soap-opera parody sitcom Soap.
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'Lion King' and 'Benson' Star Robert Guillaume Dead at 89

  • TMZ
Robert Guillaume -- best known for his '80s hit TV show, "Benson" -- died Tuesday at his L.A. home from complications of prostate cancer ... according to his wife, Donna. Guillaume won the Emmy for lead actor in a comedy for playing sarcastic, wise-cracking butler, Benson DuBois, on the hit ABC show. "Benson" was a spin-off from "Soap." He won a supporting actor Emmy for that show. He was also the voice of Rafiki
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The Man Who Laughs: the movie that inspired The Joker

Jim Knipfel Sep 18, 2017

One of the earliest scary clown movies, The Man Who Laughs was also an influence on the creation of Batman villain, The Joker...

Clowns, both creepy and, well, slightly less creepy, were lurking about in the shadows for thousands of years before Stephen King’s evil clown Pennywise shambled along with those sinister red balloons of his. The Egyptians had them, the Greeks had them, the Romans had them. But in the 17th and 18th centuries, an interesting and telling thing happened.

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During the Middle Ages, the clown and the performing freak were essentially one and the same. The jesters and fools who entertained in the royal courts of Europe were usually attired in flamboyant and garish costumes and makeup, and were often physically deformed in some way. After that, however, the two began to tear themselves apart, with the
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Roy Budd’s Score For The Phantom of the Opera to Premiere This October

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One of the last pieces renowned British composer Roy Budd was working on before his tragic death in 1993 was a brand new score for Rubert Julian’s 1925 horror masterpiece The Phantom of the Opera, which was based on the… Continue Reading →

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How to Save the Dark Universe

Harrison Abbott on how Universal can save the Dark Universe

Whilst its international take is admittedly surpassing its domestic performance by quite some way, it is still reasonable to suggest that The Mummy hasn’t been the mega-hit that Universal were hoping for. Weighed down by astonishingly clunky exposition, countless instances of tonal whiplash and a certain high profile ego to contend with (not to mention that embarrassing PR blunder with the trailer audio), the film has been the deserving subject of bad word of mouth and a relentless onslaught of critical maulings. Suffice it to say, it has been something of a rocky journey for the first instalment in the fledgling ”Dark Universe”.

In case you need catching up to speed, this Dark Universe is essentially the latest attempt to revive all of Universal’s classic movie monsters. Many efforts have been made in the past to reboot these characters,
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Lon Chaney The Phantom Of The Opera October 6th at Schlafly Bottleworks

“His eyes are ghastly beads in which there is no light – like holes in a grinning skull! His face is like leprous parchment, yellow skin strung tight over protruding bones! His nose – there is no nose!”

The Phantom Of The Opera (1925) starring Lon Chaney screens Thursday October 6th at 7:00pm at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue Maplewood, Mo 63143).

The Phantom Of The Opera is not only a classic of the silent screen, it is one of the all-time greatest movies ever made. The great Lon Chaney, at the peak of his career, plays the title character, in perhaps the role for which he is best remembered. Mary Philbin plays the heroine, Christine, an opera singer for whom the Phantom has taken a personal interest, and Norman Kerry as Raoul, Christine’s love interest and hero of the piece.

The now famous story centers around the Phantom’s interest in Christine,
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The Burning Vinyl & Cassette Soundtrack Announced by One Way Static Records

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With summer camp season in full swing, One Way Static Records has picked the perfect time to announce their vinyl and cassette soundtrack of 1981's The Burning:

Press Release: One Way Static Records is excited to bring you their latest release: Rick Wakeman’S iconic motion picture soundtrack for the 1981 slasher-classic The Burning. Available on both vinyl & cassette.

The Burning is loosely based on the NY urban legend of Cropsey, a tale that became popular at summer camps in the 1960s and '70s. In the film, a summer camp caretaker who was horribly disfigured from a prank gone wrong is released from the hospital with severe deformities and seeks revenge on those he holds responsible, starting with the kids at a nearby summer camp.

Made at the height of the low-budget slasher-film craze fueled by the success of Halloween and Friday the 13th in the early 1980s, the
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Day of the Dead List: Top 10 Most Piercingly Horrific Movie Screams

Top Ten Scream Queens: Barbara Steele, who both emitted screams and made others do same, is in a category of her own. Top Ten Scream Queens Halloween is over until next year, but the equally bewitching Day of the Dead is just around the corner. So, dead or alive, here's my revised and expanded list of cinema's Top Ten Scream Queens. This highly personal compilation is based on how memorable – as opposed to how loud or how frequent – were the screams. That's the key reason you won't find listed below actresses featured in gory slasher films. After all, the screams – and just about everything else in such movies – are as meaningless as their plots. You also won't find any screaming guys (i.e., Scream Kings) on the list below even though I've got absolutely nothing against guys who scream in horror, whether in movies or in life. There are
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25 Great Horror Movies for Halloween

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It’s Halloween, the time of year for watching horror films with the lights out. You may be trying to decide which films you should watch for your Halloween scare-fest. There are many good films, depending on your taste. As a Halloween gift to you, Cinelinx lists 25 of the best horror films to watch, for your Halloween enjoyment. All these films are of excellent quality and convey the requisite eeriness and suspenseful mood to keep you in the creepy Halloween mood.

First…here’s a couple of Honorable Mentions:

Silence of the Lambs (1991) Hugely successful suspense thriller film that isn’t technically a horror movie but it’s close. This classy chiller became one of the few movies ever to capture the 'Big Five' awards at the Oscars. (Best picture; Best director for Jonathan Demme; Best actor for Anthony Hopkins; Best Actress for Jodie Foster; and best screenplay by Ted Tally.
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Event Report: When Ron Became Lon Chaney in Hollywood

Hollywood horror film historian David Del Valle reports on a very special screening of the Lon Chaney classic The Phantom Of The Opera. Ron Chaney is the great grandson of Lon Chaney Sr. and the grandson of Lon Chaney Jr. and it has long been one of his goals in life to honor the legacy these…

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