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Forgotten Actress Bruce on TCM: Career Went from Dawn of Talkies to L.A.'s Punk Rock Scene

25 August 2015 9:02 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Virginia Bruce: MGM actress ca. 1935. Virginia Bruce movies on TCM: Actress was the cherry on 'The Great Ziegfeld' wedding cake Unfortunately, Turner Classic Movies has chosen not to feature any non-Hollywood stars – or any out-and-out silent film stars – in its 2015 “Summer Under the Stars” series.* On the other hand, TCM has come up with several unusual inclusions, e.g., Lee J. Cobb, Warren Oates, Mae Clarke, and today, Aug. 25, Virginia Bruce. A second-rank MGM leading lady in the 1930s, the Minneapolis-born Virginia Bruce is little remembered today despite her more than 70 feature films in a career that spanned two decades, from the dawn of the talkie era to the dawn of the TV era, in addition to a handful of comebacks going all the way to 1981 – the dawn of the personal computer era. Career highlights were few and not all that bright. Examples range from playing the »

- Andre Soares

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What Would Walt Disney Say? Banksy Comes Up with the Theme Park to End All Theme Parks

20 August 2015 3:45 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Dismaland Castle and Big Little Mermaid suffering from split-personality disorder. Dismaland: Banksy and more than 50 other artists create bemusement theme park Who gives a damn about the cheap thrills to be offered by the Star Wars-themed expansion of Disneyland when you can relish the thought-provoking wonders of Dismaland? The artist Banksy, whose 2010 documentary feature Exit Through the Gift Shop was nominated for an Academy Award, has come up with his latest revolutionary artwork: a theme park for the bemusement of the whole family! Or perhaps not quite the whole family. Banksy calls his 2.5-acre art show a “family theme park unsuitable for small children.” Another Dismaland plus. Its construction shrouded in secrecy, Dismaland opened today, Aug. 20, '15, on the sea front at Weston-super-Mare, in Somerset, southwest England. While the theme park was being built, locals believed that the work going on at the derelict Tropicana “lido” – shut down in »

- Andre Soares

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Fright At Home: August 18th – Killer kids, Nomads, Alien Abductions and a whole lot of craziness!

18 August 2015 3:58 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

This week, for our Fright At Home column, we thought we’d try out something new. While we typically share the week’s newly released titles and give you a small rundown on what films are ones that you might want to check out, we thought it would be fun to switch it up a bit. We’re going to give you the DVD/Bluray art and the official synopsis for each film, but instead of writing small pieces on each film, this week we’re going to be featuring a video review of each film, so we can tell you in more detail about each film. It’s a test, so if you fright fanatics would rather have our usual format, sound off and let us know, and if you dig the new approach to Fright At Home, let us know that as well, because like it’s said in the video: ultimately, »

- Jerry Smith

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The Secret to Making 'Magic Mike Xxl''s Channing Tatum Strip

6 July 2015 10:51 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

By her own admission, Alison Faulk has never had a problem "dancing like a dude." When she took on the assignment of staging the routines in Magic Mike Xxl, however, the 38-year-old choreographer had to dial her inner oversexed guy up to 11. "We wanted those scenes to feel daring and dirty," she says. "We wanted it to be really sexy — the sort of stuff where you you watch the actors do the moves and then ask yourself, 'Um, have we just crossed a line? Is this too much?'"

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No Weapon Formed Against Me Shall Prosper: Los Angeles, 2015

22 June 2015 9:04 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Los Angeles' Bendix Building. Photo by Jordan Cronk.The bats have left the bell towerThe victims have been bled  Red velvet lines the black boxBela Lugosi's dead —BauhausBela-Bonkers Brit Bloke Brazenly Boosts Bendix-Building Black Bandana!In the annals of Los Angeles crime, it was hardly an episode to titillate James Ellroy. Was it even really a crime? I was on the short stairwell that connects the 11th—the top—floor of the Bendix Building, a Garment District block on the corner of Maple St and 12th St, when I spotted the square of white-patterned black cotton. Into my pocket it rapidly went, compensation for the fact that my quest for rooftop access had been stymied. An orange plastic sign across the door up ahead, warning (bluffing?) of alarms that would ring out if opened, dissuaded further progress. I wasn't too disheartened—my unplanned visit to the Bendix Building had yielded sufficient delights. »

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Freaks review – ‘remarkable beauty’ in once-banned movie

14 June 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

If there are ‘freaks’ on display, they are not the versatile performers to whom this 1932 movie’s title appears to allude

Tod Browning’s 1932 tale of love and deception among the members of a carnival sideshow was banned for years by the BBFC on the grounds that it “exploited for commercial reasons the deformed people that it claimed to dignify”. Today, Browning’s sympathies are clear; if there are “freaks” on display here, they are not the versatile performers to whom the title seems to allude. Now accepted as a modern classic, Freaks boasts a memorable turn by Johnny Eck that would inspire the casting of the drones from Doug Trumbull’s sentimental 70s sci-fi charmer Silent Running. As Trumbull recalled: “Here’s this remarkable, beautiful guy, with this amazing agility. Not once do you feel horrified. You are amazed and respectful at his adjustment.”

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- Mark Kermode

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Melissa McCarthy comedy Spy tops the UK box office

10 June 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 5th June to Sunday 7th June 2015…

Melissa McCarthy’s latest collaboration with director Paul Feig, the action comedy Spy, has topped the UK box office chart in its opening weekend, with the film earning £2,557,824, including £198k in previews. That’s pretty much on par with 2013’s The Heat, which debuted with £2.5 million, but less than the £3.44 million opening for Bridesmaids back in 2001.

Elsewhere in the chart, horror prequel Insidious: Chapter 3 pulled in £1,440,299 to take third place (matching the opening of the first movie but half that of Chapter 2’s £2.88 million debut), while Secret Cinema’s screenings of The Empire Strikes Back earned £304,115 to claim eighth, followed by Bollywood comedy-drama Dil Dhadakne Do with £212,719 in ninth.

Number one this time last year: 22 Jump Street

1. Spy, £2,557,824 weekend (New)

2. San Andreas, £1,794,747 weekend; £8,334,562 total (2 weeks)

3. Insidious: Chapter 3, £1,440,299 weekend (New)

4. Mad Max: Fury Road, »

- Gary Collinson

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Freaks: ‘A fleeting glimpse of the Old Weird America’

9 June 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Once banned in the UK, Tod Browning’s bizarre circus-set horror is both a vision of a long-gone weird world and a reminder of the censor’s squeamishness

I love Freaks – the notorious 1932 film rereleased in UK cinemas this week – for any number of reasons. As a fleeting glimpse of the Old Weird America of tent-shows and carnivals and rural backwardness that was long gone before anyone thought to commit it to celluloid. Because after its original test screening, a woman sued MGM claiming it had forced her to miscarry, thus prompting the studio to perform cuts on the film so savage that they unwittingly reenacted the brutal mutilation meted out in revenge to its leading “normal” protagonist, who starts out as Cleopatra of the trapeze, and ends up as the legless, tarred-and-feathered Chicken Lady.

Because MGM made it – the studio of class, elegance and poise! Because it killed off »

- John Patterson

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Arrow Video Bringing Pit Stop, La Grande Bouffe and Blood Rage To DVD/Bluray This June/August!

30 May 2015 2:17 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

For a good while, fans of Arrow Video’s amazing releases had to put their heads in the laps and cry while listening to Joy Division, due to the releases not being U.S. capable (unless you had an all region player or liked to be a hacker…like the girl in Jurassic Park…). Well, Arrow is a company that cares, and they’ve expanded their releases to the States, and I for one, have been doing jumping jacks nonstop over it (not really, I still have a gut dammit).

We were sent some information that made us quite excited, and if you’re one of the cool kids (blame my daughter for my using of that phrase, she is obsessed with that crazily catchy song), you’ll be excited as well!

On June 30th, Arrow is bringing Pit Stop, Jack Hill’s awesome followup to Spiderbaby (another film that »

- Jerry Smith

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The Last Horror Blog: Eight Movies More Controversial Than 'The Human Centipede' Series

28 May 2015 9:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

As far as cinematic genres go, few are as reliably controversial as horror cinema. From the days of Tod Browning’s Freaks (which used real sideshow performers for its ghastly tale of retribution) way back in 1932, to some of the unforgettable moments of Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist, controversy is one of the genre’s constants. While there’s no official title bestowed upon the filmmaker who’s the king of upsetting mainstream audiences (often in the worst way possible), if there was, director Tom Six would probably be the reigning ruler. Six is the man responsible for The Human Centipede films, a trilogy of features that find people (in ever-increasing numbers…) being connected mouth to anus for…something. Six’s third installment...

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- Mike Bracken

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Arrow Films announces August Blu-ray line-up

2 May 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It’s the start of a new month, and as ever in film and Blu-ray circles, nothing gets the fans salivating more than the upcoming release slate from the awesome folks over at Arrow Films. Its line-up of releases for August has been unveiled (both UK and Us), and you can view all the information below, including the stand-out title, David Cronenberg’s Videodrome, which is getting a very special, limited edition release in a collector’s package.

Videodrome: Limited Edition

Combining the bio-horror elements of his earlier films whilst anticipating the technological themes of his later work, Videodrome exemplifies Cronenberg’s extraordinary talent for making both visceral and cerebral cinema. Max Renn (James Woods) is looking for fresh new content for his TV channel when he happens across some illegal S&M-style broadcasts called ‘Videodrome’. Embroiling his girlfriend Nicki (Debbie Harry) in his search for the source, his »

- Scott J. Davis

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Freaks getting a big screen re-release in June

26 April 2015 3:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Metrodome and Hollywood Classics have announced that Tod Browning’s controversial 1932 horror Freaks is to receive a big screen re-release in the UK, with the film set to open in cinemas in June. Banned in this country by the BBFC until the 1960s, the film is set in a travelling circus and tells the story of trapeze artist Cleopatra, who is welcomed into a group of deformed carnival sideshow performers after marrying midget circus owner, Hans. However, as it becomes clear that Cleopatra is only after Hans’ money, and is conducting an affair with the strongman, the close-knit clan of ‘freaks’ plan a revenge.

“Under our relationship with certain studios, we can create DCPs for selected features that we feel will be of particular interest to a discerning audience”, Hollywood Classics tells Screen Daily. “Tod Browning’s Freaks is widely considered of great cinematic importance, reflecting the macabre historical fascination »

- Gary Collinson

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Round-Up: Metal Hammer Visits Studio of The Walking Dead’s Charlie Adlard, Before I Wake Release Date Changed, UK Theatrical Re-Release Planned for Freaks (1932)

9 April 2015 3:07 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

To celebrate Charlie Adlard illustrating the cover of their latest issue, the folks at Metal Hammer magazine visited The Walking Dead artist's studio in a new video. Also included in our latest round-up is a new release date for Mike Flanagan's Before I Wake and early details on an upcoming UK theatrical re-release of Tod Browning's classic 1932 horror film, Freaks.

Charlie Adlard's Studio: "Charlie Adlard, the comic book artist responsible for The Walking Dead (And The Latest Metal Hammer Cover) talks to Metal Hammer Magazine about how he got into comic books and his inspirations."

Video courtesy of Metal Hammer via TheWalkingDead.com:

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Before I Wake: Variety reports that Mike Flanagan's Before I Wake, originally scheduled to come out on May 8th, is now slated to hit theaters on September 25th from Relativity Studios.

"In this intense and heart pounding supernatural thriller, Jessie (Kate Bosworth »

- Derek Anderson

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Controversial classic 'Freaks' gets UK re-release

8 April 2015 3:43 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Hollywood Classics to re-release banned 1930’s film.

Hollywood Classics is to re-release Tod Browning’s controversial classic Freaks in UK cinemas this June.

Browning’s 1932 film about a travelling “freak show” circus was completed in 1931 but disastrous test screenings forced studio MGM to make extensive cuts .

The original version was considered too shocking and exploitative to be released, and no longer exists.

The final 59-minute cut was released to international audiences but was rejected by the BBFC in the UK until 1963 when it received an X-rating.

The film, whose cast was made up of carnival sideshow performers with real deformities, charts a love triangle between a wealthy dwarf, a gold-digging aerialist, and a strongman; a murder plot; and the vengeance dealt out by the dwarf and his fellow circus performers.

Eponymous characters include The Living Torso, Bearded Lady, Human Skeleton, Half Boy and Stork Woman.

While director and producer Browning was given considerable leeway by MGM »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Recap of Mat Fraser on 'Without Your Head Horror Radio', 02/19/2015

20 March 2015 7:11 PM, PDT | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

by Vic Schiavone

MoreHorror.com

Hosts Nasty Neal and Annabelle Lecter welcomed actor, drummer, and performance artist Mat Fraser. Mat is best known for his role as Paul the Illustrated Seal on the fourth season of the FX horror anthology TV series “American Horror Story”, which was entitled “American Horror Story: Freak Show”.

Highlights included the following:

• Wyh: How did you end up on “American Horror Story”? Is it something you sought out or did they find you?

Mf: “I had heard about it, but my agent in Britain had been unable to secure me an audition, which I was rather disappointed about, and I put the whole thing in the back of my head and forgot about it. Then, I was doing a show with my wife, Julie Atlas Muz. We were doing an adult version of “Beauty and the Beast”, which smashed it and got rave reviews »

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15 Most Perverse Movies Ever Made

19 February 2015 9:27 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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What makes a film perverse? It could be a character and their individual perversions, or it could be down to the director of the film creating a pervasive air of seediness, but generally the rule of thumb is that highbrow perverted films that carry a ‘message’ get away with more than the lowbrow films which are viewed to be potentially corrupting to the masses.

This class division has been a rule of film classification and censorship since its inception and it carries on to the present day. Subtitled and foreign arthouse cinema generally gets away with more perverse unexpurgated material than your bog standard Hollywood film, which is also more likely to be censored.

Even more persecuted is exploitation cinema, whose raison d’être is generally to be prurient and perverted. These films are subject to severe censorship (12 and a half minutes were shorn off the first UK »

- Clare Simpson

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American Horror Story Freak Show episode 12 review: Show Stoppers

16 January 2015 4:11 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Freak Show's penultimate episode pays impressive visual homage to Tod Browning's classic horror movie, Freaks...

This review contains spoilers.

4.12 Show Stoppers

All season long, American Horror Story has been flirting with something. It took a dozen episodes, but it finally got around to actually putting out after a season-long tease. I'm not talking about a character death or something of that nature, I'm talking about Freaks. Tod Browning's classic, iconic horror movie is one of the most enduring films of its type in the film canon, and even though it's in black and white and the sound is odd, it's one of the most unsettling things ever displayed for the public thanks to one scene. The freaks, betrayed by someone they accepted, get revenge.

The freaks of Fraulein Elsa's Cabinet of Curiosities are also out for revenge. They, like director Loni Peristere and writer Jessica Sharzer, have the »

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Recap: American Horror Story: Freak Show — 412, ‘Show Stoppers’

15 January 2015 7:29 AM, PST | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

“Show Stoppers” opens with a scene right out of Tod Browning’s Freaks, a huge feast to celebrate Elsa having sold the carnival to Chester. She asks for time alone with her core cast and announces that, as a thank you to Stanley for getting her a television show, she will screen Freaks. (From her own…

The post Recap: American Horror Story: Freak Show — 412, ‘Show Stoppers’ appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Samuel Zimmerman

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'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Recap, Episode 12: 'Show Stoppers'

14 January 2015 4:15 PM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It's the penultimate episode of "American Horror Story: Freak Show," which means Ryan Murphy and his crew are going at full throttle. There are horrific flashbacks, a murderous doll, sexy conjoined twins, revenge, revelations, and lots of blood. This episode isn't called "Show Stoppers" for nothing!

Gabba, Gabba, Hey!

It isn't a coincidence that the long dinner table that they occasionally use in the main tent looks an awful lot like the set-up in Tod Browning's seminal horror film "Freaks," and they finally got right down to it. When Stanley arrives for dinner, Elsa announces that evening's entertainment will be one of her favorite movies, "Freaks," and then Eve, Paul, Suzi, and the other performers explain how the "freaks" in the movie take their horrific revenge on the person who betrayed them, then gather their own weapons and chase Stanley through the fairgrounds. I was expecting more of an »

- Jenni Miller

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