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Edward Cullen, stalker? Yes, but so is the hero of 'The Graduate'

30 November 2009 1:45 PM, PST | - The Movie Critics | See recent - The Movie Critics news »

Is Bella Swan an independent and sort of daring young lovesick renegade…or a doormat? A good role model...or a godawful role model? Or should she be considered a role model at all? And what of the Twilight saga itself: Is it liberating the fantasy life of a new generation of young women by inviting them to wallow in the kind of stormy-skies, trembling-damsel romanticism that has been a staple of popular fiction from Wuthering Heights onward? Or is it setting back the holy cause of women's enlightenment by 50 years? These and other questions were debated, with rude and furious passion, »

- Owen Gleiberman

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This is the Ape that Climbed the Empire State Building?

27 November 2009 7:45 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Back in 1933 there was this little movie called King Kong. While not an epic award-winner, the film instantly became a legend for stunning special effects and arguably the most iconic Hollywood monster of them all. Whether you've seen the film or not, you've no doubt witnessed the scene, where the large ape grabbed Fay Wray's Anne Darrow and carried her to the top of the Empire State Building, where he fought off planes and machine gun fire to be with the unwilling object of his affection.

MSNBC reports that the specific metal skeleton used in that iconic scene has sold for approximately $200,000 at a Christie's auction in London. Talk about a killer find! The 22-inch figurine was originally "covered in cotton, rubber, liquid latex, and rabbit's fur," but being over 70 years old, that covering has rotted away to reveal what you see above -- a collection of metal, rivets, »

- Monika Bartyzel

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King Kong's metal skeleton sold for £120,000

24 November 2009 10:21 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A metal skeleton used to make King Kong come to life in a 1933 film has been sold

A metal skeleton used to make King Kong come to life in a 1933 film was sold for more than £120,000 today.

The armature was the base for a 22-inch model of the gorilla used in the movie's climax at the top of the Empire State building in New York.

It was bought by an anonymous bidder for £121,250, including buyer's premium, at Christie's auction house in South Kensington, London.

The firm's head of popular memorabilia Neil Roberts said: "This King Kong armature was instrumental in filming one of the most recognisable sequences in cinema history, and as such it is an exceptional relic of film memorabilia.

"We are thrilled to have seen such excitement leading up to the auction and to have been able to exhibit the model to the public for the first time, »

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Top Five Movie Screamers

30 October 2009 7:09 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Top Ten Movie Screamers: 10 to 6 5 – Janet Leigh in Psycho (1960) I don’t recall myself recoiling in horror while watching Janet Leigh’s shower scene in Psycho, but I do recall quite vividly one night long ago when I was showering at an acquaintance’s place and imagined myself facing the same fate as Leigh’s unlucky bank teller. So, I guess that sequence did leave a lasting impression on me. (Needless to say, I was out of that acquaintance’s shower stall and all dried up in a matter of seconds.) 4 – Fay Wray in King Kong (1933), Doctor X (1932), and The Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) Fay Wray has to be here. To her belongs the title of [...] »

- Andre Soares

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Producers Guild of America to Honor John Lasseter with the David O. Selznick Achievement Award; Up’s Oscar Chances Go Up

21 October 2009 9:42 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Named after the legendary producer behind such films as “King Kong”, “Gone with the Wind” and “Rebecca” The David O. Selznick Achiement Award in Motion Pictures is a tremendous honor bestowed upon producers by the Producers Guild of America.  Past recipients include Saul Zaentz, Robert Evans, Roger Corman, and Jerry Bruckheimer.  But never in its history has a producer of animated films received the award…until now.

At the 21st Annual PGA Awards Ceremony on Sunday, January 24, 2010, writer, director, producer, and Pixar COO John Lasseter will receive the David O. Selznick Achievement Award.  Hit the jump for details and what this could mean for “Up’s” chances at a Best Picture Oscar.

It does seem overdue that the man who produced every Pixar film hasn’t received an award from the Producer’s Guild but since most people consider animation as a genre for family films instead of an artistic medium, »

- Matt Goldberg

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The 10 Sexiest Scream Queens

10 September 2009 5:45 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

One of the things I love best about the internet is that people post movie-related lists and then other people get to comment on all the things the lists did wrong (or, sometimes, did right). Today, in anticipation of this week's Sorority Row, Moviefone posted a list of the ten sexiest scream queens. It's a fun list, and it's wise enough to go all the way back to Fay Wray (King Kong) and Janet Leigh (Psycho), and it includes two essentials: Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween) and Marilyn Burns (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre). It also includes Shannon Elizabeth, a dubious choice for films like Jack Frost, 13 Ghosts and Cursed (although I'm glad someone has thrown Cursed back into the ring; it's silly but it's also sexy, well-acted and very sharply directed by Wes Craven).

I like Adrienne Barbeau as a choice, too, even though she's really only a "scream queen" in one movie, »

- Jeffrey M. Anderson

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Greatest Scream Queens

1 September 2009 12:00 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Debbie Rochon, often described as a scream queen herself, wrote in an article originally published in Gc Magazine that "a true Scream Queen isn't The Perfect Woman. She's sexy, seductive, but most importantly 'attainable' to the average guy. Or so it would seem." Nastassja Kinski Films: To the Devil a Daughter (1976) [1] Cat People (1982) [2] The Day the World Ended (2001) [3] Inland Empire (2006) [4] Kinski will always be remembered for the iconic photograph shot by Richard Avedon (with a snake coiled around her body) and her role in Paul Schrader's (not so good) remake of Cat People. Needless to say, it was a hit at the box office and Kinski deservingly received a Saturn Award for Best Actress. Caroline Munro Films: The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) [5] Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972) [6] Dracula A.D. 1972 [7] Maniac (1980) [8] Faceless (1987) [9] Demons 6 (1989) [10] Caroline Munro seduced audiences in her Hammer roles in films like Dracula A.D. 1972, but for gore hounds, »

- Ricky

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Harryhausen producer Charles Schneer dies

23 January 2009 10:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Charles Schneer, a producer who collaborated with special-effects wizard Ray Harryhausen to make such film fantasy classics as "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad" and "Jason and the Argonauts," died Jan. 21 at a hospice in Boca Raton, Fla. He was 88.

Also among Schneer's 25 films as producer was "Hellcats of the Navy" (1957), in which former President Ronald Reagan and former first lady Nancy Reagan made their only screen appearance together.

Schneer and Harryhausen also teamed on "The 3 Worlds of Gulliver" (1960), two other films about the mythical nautical adventurer Sinbad, "It Came from Beneath the Sea" (1955) and their last film together, "Clash of the Titans" (1981).

On his own, Schneer produced "Half a Sixpence," the 1967 film version of the London and Broadway musical starring Tommy Steele. He also was responsible for the 1960 biographical film on the life of German rocket scientist Wernher von Braun, "I Aim at the Stars," and several World War II action dramas, »

- By Mike Barnes

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