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Monster Day at Boness Hippodrome

1 November 2012 | | See recent news »

Scottish cinemagoers looking to extend their Halloween, should head to Bo'ness Hippodrome on Saturday November 17.

The cinema - which is currently celebrating its centenary - is hosting a Monster Day event.

There will be a screening of horror classic King Kong - with free bananas for the kids and a Fay Wray screaming competition - while adults can get an early look at Eiff monster hit Grabbers. The film's screenwriter Kevin Lehane will also be on hand to take part in a Screenwriting Masterclass.

The event will wrap up with a screening of spooky Seventies classic The Wicker Man.

The whole day has been programmed by the team of young ambassadors (aged 18-30) as part of the Hippodrome 100 project and those buying tickets to two or more events will get a 20 per cent discount.


- Amber Wilkinson

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Beasts of the Southern Wild – review

19 October 2012 2:24 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This Malick-inspired response to Hurricane Katrina, about a six-year-old bayou-dweller and her father, has ambition and poetry to burn

Benh Zeitlin's debut feature is part film, part hallucination: a ripe and gamey piece of what you might call Apocalyptic Southern Gothic, ambitious and flawed but sprinting with energy. It's set at the time of the Katrina catastrophe – though it could as well be happening hundreds of years in the future, when much-prophecied climate calamities have come to pass. At other times it looks like some sort of modern-dress re-enactment of the distant biblical flood.

The setting is a fictional bayou territory, partly modelled on the real Isle de Jean Charles in southern Louisiana, the kind of place where, in another, more heartless type of movie, yuppies might ask for directions or gasoline from sinister locals inscrutably playing a mean banjo on their crumbling porch. This place is an eerily beautiful wetland called The Bathtub, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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King Kong Becomes an Aussie Musical

7 October 2012 10:59 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

We have seen many iterations of King Kong over the years, and each has been met with varying degrees of success. Just when you think that there couldn't be anything more absurd than the pendulous breasts on the female gorilla in King Kong Lives, the flick is now getting the musical treatment!

According to Variety the Aussie tuner incarnation of King Kong has tapped Marius de Vries, the composer and arranger for films including Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet, to oversee the score.

De Vries will pull together a score combining 1930s standards, including I Wanna Be Loved by You and Get Happy, with new and pre-existing tunes by music acts including Sarah McLachlan, Justice, the Avalanches, Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja and Elbow's Guy Garvey. Stephen Pavlovic from Oz music label/promoter Modular People as well as scribe Michael Mitnick, book writer of the upcoming Animal House musical, »

- Uncle Creepy

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Despite Mammoth Blockbuster, Wray Never Became a Hollywood Superstar

17 September 2012 4:51 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Fay Wray: King Kong actress, but never a Hollywood superstar [See previous article "Fay Wray bio."] While at Paramount at the dawn of the sound era, Fay Wray was featured opposite the fast-rising Gary Cooper in three movies: William A. Wellman’s war drama Legion of the Condemned (1928), Rowland V. Lee’s romance The First Kiss (1928), and John Cromwell’s Western The Texan (1930), the pair’s last film together while they were both at the studio. (Photo: Fay Wray King Kong, in which Wray plays screaming heroine Ann Darrow.) A mere three years later, Wray was reunited with Gary Cooper in Stephen Roberts’ slice of [...] »

- Andre Soares

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Academy Film Scholar Richard Jewell Revisits Rko Deals, Dynamics During Hollywood’s Golden Age

6 September 2012 3:40 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Academy film scholar Richard B. Jewell, professor of critical studies at the University of Southern California.s School of Cinematic Arts, will present highlights from his book Rko Radio Pictures: A Titan Is Born on Tuesday, September 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Jewell.s presentation will be followed by a screening of a production typical of the Rko system, “Bachelor Mother” (1939), starring Ginger Rogers and David Niven, and directed by Garson Kanin. Admission is free.

The complex corporate history of Rko Radio Pictures has often been overshadowed by its cinematic gems, including “King Kong,” “Citizen Kane,” its sparkling screwball comedies and the Astaire-Rogers musicals.

With his rigorous scholarship and unparalleled access to original studio materials, Jewell has documented the business side of the studio.s distinctive and often turbulent story, from its formation in 1929 through 1942. In »

- Michelle McCue

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Everything You Need to Know About Godzilla Before the Reboot

13 August 2012 7:37 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Godzilla is being reinvented for a new generation. The reboot is due in the summer of 2014. This is a look at the long history of the Godzilla franchise, providing new viewers with everything they need to know about the King of Monsters.

Godzilla always returns. You can't keep a good monster down. A new Godzilla film is being produced by Legendary Pictures and is scheduled for release in 2014, which will be the 60th anniversary of Gojira, the first screen appearance of the perennially popular atomic mutation. (The image below is the only piece of the new teaser trailer which has been leaked to the internet, but it's not very clear.) For those who are unfamiliar with the six decade history of the most popular monster of the Japanese film industry, here's everything you need to know about the king of the monsters.


Godzilla--originally called "Gojira"--was inspired by (some »

- (Rob Young)

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E.T. Creator, Three-Time Oscar Winner, Mechatronics Wiz Carlo Rambaldi Dies; Didn't Care for CGI

10 August 2012 5:14 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Carlo Rambaldi: E.T. creator, three-time Oscar winner dies. Special-effects designer and mechatronics expert Carlo Rambaldi, best known as the creator of the alien E.T. in Steven Spielberg’s 1982 blockbuster E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, died Friday, August 10, in Lamezia Terme, a town in Calabria, in southern Italy. According to reports, Rambaldi, who was 86, had been ill for quite some time. Rambaldi’s three Academy Awards for Visual Effects were for John Guillermin’s King Kong (1976, non-competitive Oscar, shared with Glen Robinson and Frank Van der Veer), a widely panned but moderately successful remake of the 1933 classic, with Jessica Lange replacing Fay Wray as the [...] »

- Andre Soares

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The Pit Ventures into New Territory: An Interview with Matthew Gunnoe

31 March 2012 10:32 AM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Filmmaker Matthew Gunnoe has the spirit of an auteur; he enjoys being involved in all aspects of producing a movie. And his love for the horror genre is going to be demonstrated in The Pit, currently in mid-production for both SyFy and the Chiller networks.

The vision is going to be uniquely his, and as the screenwriter, he does not believe in rehashing old ideas or being cliché driven. As a director, some movie enthusiasts may say he belongs to the Lloyd Kaufman school of thought: "Make Your Own Damn Movie!" Desire is all it takes. Gunnoe knew he was destined to be a filmmaker ever since he went to the drive-in with his family but as for how he got into the trade, that was a question of how he wanted to get in.

“I’ve been in the film Business for about 15 years, really starting all out in 2000. Before that, »

- (Ed Sum)

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Essential Viewing For Fans Of ‘The Hunger Games’ (Part 1)

25 March 2012 5:17 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games series has often been compared with Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight novels primarily because both centre on a young female protagonist and somehow both became phenomenons for their shared young-adult demo. Personally, I think this is both an insult to the novel and the latest big screen adaptation, since The Hunger Games is leagues above Twilight in artistic credibility. The sense of familiarity of The Hunger Games in fact goes much further back, recalling everything from William Golding to Phillip K. Dick and even Stephen King. Here are several films which may or may not have inspired Gary Ross’s big screen adaptation – eleven films which come highly recommended and should be essential viewing for any fan of the soon-to-be billion dollar franchise.

1- Battle Royale

Directed by Kinji Fukasaku

Written by Kinji Fukasaku

2000, Japan

The concept of The Hunger Games owes much to Japanese author »

- Ricky

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