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Stag Night of the Dead and Breaking All the Rules: A Movie Review

31 December 2011 4:00 AM, PST | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

*a screener of this film was provided by Left Films.

Director/writer: Neil Jones.

Cast: Sebastian Street, Sophie Lovell Anderson and Joe Rainbow.

There are three rules of Zomball in Stag Night of the Dead: 1) stay together, 2) look out for the recharge station and 3) never humiliate a zombie. The characters in Stag Night of the Dead break all of these rules and unsurprisingly, many of the characters do not make it to the end credits. Stag Night of the Dead will release on DVD and iTunes January 9th and this film is a satisfying romp through a zombie apocalypse. The grainy film stock and a few poor character choices are the only elements that hamper a comedic movie watching time.

The film begins with six men on stag. Dean (Sebastian Street) is the groom and he has only one more night of freedom before marrying his very bitchy sweetheart. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Michael Allen)

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Dorothy and the Witches of Oz: New Title, New Stills, New Release Date

28 December 2011 11:25 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

It’s been awhile since there’s been any news regarding Leigh Scott’s Dorothy and the Witches of Oz (formerly just Witches of Oz), but now comes word that the dark fantasy featuring the likes of Lance Henriksen, Jeffrey Combs, Mia Sara, Billy Boyd, Sean Astin, and Christopher Lloyd as “The Wizard of Oz” is getting a limited Us theatrical release this February.

Dorothy and the Witches of Oz follows the exploits of the grown Dorothy Gale (Paulie Rojas), now a successful children's book author, as she moves from Kansas to present day New York City. Dorothy quickly learns that her popular books are based on repressed childhood memories, and that the wonders of Oz are very, very real. When the Wicked Witch of the West shows up in Times Square, Dorothy must find the inner courage to stop her.

Though Witches of Oz has already received a DVD »

- Foywonder

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Immersed in Movies: 'War Horse' Production Designer Rick Carter Talks Spielberg, War, 'Gone with the Wind'

28 December 2011 5:15 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Long-time Steven Spielberg collaborator, production designer Rick Carter, is preoccupied with "the nature of conscience and the Goya-esque disasters of war." It began with Spielberg's "War of the Worlds" (a gritty metaphor for the destruction of the World Trade Center) and continued with "Munich" (terrorist reprisal),"Avatar" ("The Wizard of Oz" meets "Apocalypse Now"), "Sucker Punch" (war as a means of escaping insanity), "War Horse" (land and life laid waste during the Great War), and the upcoming "Lincoln" (putting a human face on the 16th President's crucible to win the Civil War and end »

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Munchkin Items Fetch A Small Fortune At Hollywood Auction

16 December 2011 3:11 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The Munchkins from The Wizard Of Oz were all the rage at a Hollywood auction on Friday after two items sailed way past the prices they were expected to fetch.

An original Munchkin soldier hat and soldier jacket went under the hammer for $13,000 (GBP8,100) and $30,000 (18,750), respectively.

Bidding for the hat was twice what was expected and the jacket was tipped to fetch $20,000 (GBP12,500).

Other items from The Wizard of Oz, including Dorothy's ruby slippers and the Cowardly Lion's costume were expected to hit the auction block at the Profiles in History Icons of Hollywood sale later on Friday . »

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Geek Deals: Wizard of Oz, The Office, Star Trek, Goodfellas, Frida, English Patient, Shakespeare in Love and More

16 December 2011 8:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] Amazon [2] has some awesome deals on Blu-rays this week: The Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary Edition [3] on Blu-ray for $8.49 The English Patient [4] on Blu-ray for $9.99 Shakespeare in Love [5] on Blu-ray for $9.99 Frida [6] on Blu-ray for $9.99 GoodFellas [7] on Blu-ray for $5.49 Also: Jj Abrams' Star Trek [8] on DVD for only $3.49, 90% off the $35 msrp. The TV deal of the week is The Office: Seasons 1-7 on DVD [9] for only $107.99, 64% off the $300 msrp. Previously posted Blu-ray box set deals: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Collector's Edition [10] (which includes Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Secret of the Ooze, Turtles in Time and Tmnt) for only $23.99, 63% off the $65 msrp. Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology 1989-1997 [11] on Blu-ray (which includes Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin) for only $24.99, 62% off the $65 msrp. Ocean's Trilogy [12] on Blu-ray (which includes Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve, and Ocean's Thirteen) for only $14.99, 58% off the $36 msrp. [1] http://www. »

- Peter Sciretta

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Rare Prints Of Silver Screen Icons Wow Auction Experts In Hollywood

15 December 2011 2:01 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Rare stills of silver screen greats like Greta Garbo, Bette Davis and Tallulah Bankhead are the early highlights of what has been dubbed the memorabilia auction of the year.

The glimpses of Hollywood's golden age were among the first items to go under the hammer at Profiles in History's two-day Icons of Hollywood sale in California, which began on Thursday morning.

Camera negatives of Bankhead, Garbo and Norma Shearer, which were expected to fetch $300 (£187), sold for more than 10 times that figure, while shots of Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck and Loretta Young taken by legendary photographers Ernest Bachrach and Clarence Sinclair Bull went under the hammer for $2,250 (£1,400).

Other early big hitters included camera negatives of Gina Lollobrigida taken by John Engstead, which sold for almost seven times their expected price; a rare signed Jean Harlow photograph, which more than doubled its asking price at $4,250 (£2,650), and an autographed Ronald Reagan self-portrait, which went under the hammer at $9,225 (£5,760).

The biggest auction items, including a collection of clothing and memorabilia from The Wizard of Oz and Cleopatra, will hit the auction block on Friday. »

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Here's looking at you, kid: how classic films are winning new fans

14 December 2011 7:55 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Buster Keaton, Bugsy Malone and the Wizard of Oz are captivating children at film clubs across the UK

Black and white images flicker across absorbed young faces as timeless stories unfold. To the delight of the education charity Filmclub, classic films are captivating children as young as seven.

In the past year, a quarter of all the films watched by its members have been pre-1979 movies and some, such as The Electric Edwardians (1900), date right back to the birth of cinema.

Launched in 2008 by film director Beeban Kidron and educationist Lindsay Mackie, Filmclub (@filmclub) helps schools set up film clubs and supplies a huge range of thoughtfully curated films.

Libby Serdiuk, aged 10, was "pleasantly surprised by The General (1926):

"I had never watched a film without sound or colour. Before I knew it my eyes were glued to the screen! The stunts were exhilarating to watch, Buster Keaton was mind blowing, »

- Judy Friedberg

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Hollywood's Most Expensive Pieces of History

13 December 2011 2:00 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Ahead of Profiles in History's "Icons of Hollywood" auction to be held in Beverly Hills this Thursday and Friday, which will put up for auction such items as Bela Lugosi's "Dracula" cape and Dorothy's red slippers from "The Wizard of Oz," THR mounts a retrospective gallery of the priciest pieces of Hollywood history.  It's no surprise that the ruby slippers would be expensive Hollywood memorabilia--the shoes hold a place in the film pantheon to which few other props can aspire.  Still, their value is mind-boggling: THR estimates that they will go for $2-3 million at auction.  This June, a test version of the slippers that »

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This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: December 13, 2011

12 December 2011 10:33 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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It's the holidays so I'm going to continue featuring some deals you can get at Amazon right now as there are some really good ones either for yourself or as gifts for movie lovers among your family and friends. Deal Of The Week Planet of the Apes 40th Anniversary Collection [Blu-ray] only $39.99 Planet of the Apes Beneath the Planet of the Apes Escape From the Planet of the Apes Conquest of the Planet of the Apes Battle for the Planet of the Apes Blu-ray Deals The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (Extended Editions) ($49.99) Inception ($7.99) The Ultimate Matrix Collection ($32.99) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 ($9.99) The Dark Knight ($7.99) Batman Begins ($7.99) The Social Network ($11.99) Sherlock Holmes ($8.49) 300 ($10.49) Seven [Blu-ray Book] ($10.99) The Departed ($7.99) The Town (Two-Disc Extended Cut) ($9.99) DVD Deals It's a Wonderful Life (60th Anniversary Edition) ($10.49) The Wizard of Oz »

- Brad Brevet

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This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: December 13, 2011

12 December 2011 10:33 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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It's the holidays so I'm going to continue featuring some deals you can get at Amazon right now as there are some really good ones either for yourself or as gifts for movie lovers among your family and friends. Deal Of The Week Planet of the Apes 40th Anniversary Collection [Blu-ray] only $39.99 Planet of the Apes Beneath the Planet of the Apes Escape From the Planet of the Apes Conquest of the Planet of the Apes Battle for the Planet of the Apes Blu-ray Deals The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (Extended Editions) ($49.99) Inception ($7.99) The Ultimate Matrix Collection ($32.99) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 ($9.99) The Dark Knight ($7.99) Batman Begins ($7.99) The Social Network ($11.99) Sherlock Holmes ($8.49) 300 ($10.49) Seven [Blu-ray Book] ($10.99) The Departed ($7.99) The Town (Two-Disc Extended Cut) ($9.99) DVD Deals It's a Wonderful Life (60th Anniversary Edition) ($10.49) The Wizard of Oz »

- Brad Brevet

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MGM musicals: more stars than the heavens

9 December 2011 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Watching the best of the studio's output – Singin' in the Rain, Meet Me in St Louis – is to indulge in pure joyous artifice

Fred Astaire strolls into a toyshop with a walking stick and spats, whistling. He snatches an oversized Easter bunny from a small boy and proceeds to do a tap dance using a series of conveniently positioned props that happen to be lying around on the shop floor. "I'm plumb crazy for drums," he sings, for no obvious reason. Then he takes his bunny – without paying – and nonchalantly strolls out again.

This – a scene from Easter Parade (1948) – is the sort of thing that could only happen in the fantastical Technicolor world of the MGM musical. Such trifles as logical plot development and plausible human motivation have no place here. What matters is getting as quickly as possible to the next song and the next dance and letting the stars do their thing. »

- Bee Wilson

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Zawe Ashton: 'It's difficult for women to admit we're not coping'

8 December 2011 4:04 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

She's the gobby scene-stealer from student sitcom Fresh Meat. So how did she portray Joyce Vincent, a woman who lay dead and forgotten in her flat for three years, in the new film Dreams of a Life?

Joyce Vincent was found in a bedsit above a shopping centre in Wood Green, north London, in 2006, three years after she had died. Council workers, finally spurred into action by rent arrears, had to scale a mountain of post before they could get through the door to where she lay in front of the sofa, the television still on. Reading the scant news reports, it was easy to jump to the conclusion she had been a marginal figure, perhaps a drug addict or somebody with no family or friends. But there were details that nagged – the Christmas presents she had been wrapping lay next to her (who were they for and why hadn't they missed her? »

- Emine Saner

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Friends Coffee Shop Sofa Up For Sale

7 December 2011 2:01 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The Central Perk coffee shop sofa used by the characters in hit sitcom Friends has been added to the year's most exciting memorabilia auction.

The couch and other Friends keepsakes, like the Jouets Rocking Horse print from Courteney Cox's character Monica's room and even a "cast & crew only" snow globe Christmas gift, will go under the hammer at the Profiles in History Icons of Hollywood auction later this month (15-16Dec11) in Los Angeles.

Other must-have items up for grabs include the ruby slippers and Cowardly Lion costume from The Wizard of Oz, the DeLorean sports car from Back to the Future III, Steve McQueen's Le Mans racing suit and Bela Lugosi's Dracula cape.

There are also exclusive items from the estates of movie icons Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe on the block. »

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This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: December 6, 2011

6 December 2011 8:18 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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This week I thought I would add a few holiday deals from Amazon for you to check out before getting into the week's new releases. Maybe you'll find something you like.

Blu-ray Deals Toy Story Ultimate Toy Box Collection ($49.99) The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (Extended Editions) ($49.99) Inception ($7.99) The Ultimate Matrix Collection ($32.99) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 ($9.99) The Dark Knight ($7.99) Batman Begins ($7.99) DVD Deals It's a Wonderful Life (60th Anniversary Edition) ($10.99) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 ($4.99) The Wizard of Oz (Two-Disc 70th Anniversary Edition) ($7.99) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ($5.00) The Hangover ($6.99) The Blind Side ($5.49) Gone with the Wind (Two-Disc 70th Anniversary Edition) ($8.49) And now for today's new releases...

The Lady Vanishes (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] A great film and a solid presentation, and a disc owners of even the four-year-old DVD remaster »

- Brad Brevet

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Star Wars Camera Breaks Records At Auction

5 December 2011 5:31 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

A camera used to film Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope has smashed all auction records for movie equipment after selling for $625,000 (£390,600).

The camera went under the hammer at the Profiles in History Debbie Reynolds Collection Part II auction over the weekend.

A spokesman tells WENN, "No movie camera previously sold has come anywhere close to this amount."

The Panavision Psr 35mm motion picture camera was used by George Lucas for principle photography on the film. The lot was a complete camera package with two 1000 ft. magazines, a Panaspeed motor, matte box, follow focus, a Moy geared head, Italian-made Elemack camera dolly and lens. The camera has been fully restored and is fully functional.

Coming up next for the Profiles in History auction house is the Icons of Hollywood auction on 15 and 16 December at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. Highlights include the ruby slippers and Cowardly Lion costume from The Wizard of Oz, the DeLorean sportscar from Back to the Future III, Steve McQueen's Le Mans racing suit and Bela Lugosi's Dracula cape. »

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What's On Stage? Jude Law, Kevin Spacey Up For Theater Awards

2 December 2011 1:36 PM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

London - There's a Hollywood cast for Britain's Whatsonstage theater awards, with James Earl Jones, Jude Law and Kevin Spacey competing for best actor in a play.

Jones is nominated for "Driving Miss Daisy," Law for "Anna Christie" and Spacey for "Richard III," alongside Benedict Cumberbatch for "Frankenstein," James Corden for "One Man, Two Guvnors" and David Tennant for "Much Ado About Nothing."

The prizes, run by theater website whatonstage.com, are decided by public vote.

Best actress contenders announced Friday include Vanessa Redgrave for "Driving Miss Daisy" and Kristin Scott Thomas for "Betrayal."

In the musical categories, there are multiple nominations for the movie-inspired romance "Ghost" and Roald Dahl-based "Matilda."

Winners will be announced Feb. 19. See below for the full list of nominees.

Watch previews of some of the nominated plays:

The Full List Of 2011/12 Nominations

Best Actress in a Play

Eve BestMuch Ado About Nothing at »

- AP/The Huffington Post

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Geek Deals: Battlestar Galactica, The Wizard of Oz and Lord of the Rings

2 December 2011 7:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the Day today is Battlestar Galactica: The Complete 2004 Series [2] on DVD [3] for only $79.99 or on Blu-ray [4] for only $109.99. As with any of the Gold Box Deals, the price will disappear at midnight tonight, so act fast! [5] The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy [6] on Blu-ray for only $49.99 with Free shipping. The set includes Extended Editions of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King, along with Digital Copies of each film. The Wizard of Oz (Two-Disc 70th Anniversary Edition) [7] on DVD for only $5.49, 74% off the $21 msrp. The Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary Edition [8] on Blu-ray for only $12.99, 48% off the $25 msrp. [1] http://www.slashfilm.com/wp/wp-content/images/ZZ3F6A7A88.jpg [2] http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&ref_=tsm_1_tw_s_dvd_luz2me&tag=film-20&ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&docId=1000747021&camp=1789&t=slickdeals%23&creative=390957 [3] http://www. »

- Peter Sciretta

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Preview: Syfy Makes Peter Pan Much More Interesting

2 December 2011 2:48 AM, PST | AirlockAlpha.com | See recent Airlock Alpha news »

I'm not particularly a fan of the whole Peter Pan story, so I didn't really make it a priority to watch a preview of the upcoming Syfy miniseries "Neverland." Sure, the same people who brought us an excellent retelling of "The Wizard of Oz" as well as a so-so exploration into "Alice in Wonderland" in the form of "Tin Man" and "Alice," were behind it. But still. I wasn't sure if I really wanted to visit Neverland, Capt. Hook, the Lost Boys and everyone else. But I'm glad I did. And when "Neverland" premieres Dec. 4 on Syfy, you will too. Written and directed by Nick Willing, who also wrote "Alice" and directed "Tin Man," this new approach to the story of Peter Pan and the creation of what would become a world where no one ages is both fun and moving at the same time. Charlie Rowe, »

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Wizard of Oz Lion costume to fetch 3m

2 December 2011 2:45 AM, PST | Virgin Media - Movies | See recent Virgin Media - Movies news »

The Cowardly Lion costume from 'The Wizard of Oz' is set to fetch $3 million at auction next month. The outfit - made from real lion hide - has been carefully preserved at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art until now, but it will now go on sale at Profiles in History's two-day auction on December 15 and 16 at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. James Comisar, a specialist in preserving cultural materials at the museum, said: ''We can all relate to not having enough courage, and I believe that's why the Cowardly Lion »

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Preview the 10 Animated Shorts Shortlisted for 2012 Oscar Consideration

1 December 2011 1:14 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I previously detailed all 45 animated shorts in contention for Oscar's 2012 Best Animated Short Film category and today the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced the ten animated short films that will advance in the voting process for the 84th Academy Awards. Taking all of the information I compiled for the long list of 45 films I have listed the ten in contention for the Oscar with videos and additional information directly below The Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Reviewing Committee viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting in screenings held in New York and Los Angeles. Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select three to five nominees from among the ten titles on the shortlist. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco in January 2012. Dimanche (Sunday) Patrick Doyon, director (National Film Board of Canada) On a gray afternoon, »

- Brad Brevet

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