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Conrad Brooks, Actor in 'Plan 9 From Outer Space' and Other Ed Wood Films, Dies at 86

Conrad Brooks, Actor in 'Plan 9 From Outer Space' and Other Ed Wood Films, Dies at 86
Conrad Brooks, the actor whose résumé of rotten movies includes Plan 9 From Outer Space and five other collaborations with cult writer-director Ed Wood, has died. He was 86.

Brooks died Wednesday after a series of health problems at Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia, family spokesman Edward Hopf told The Hollywood Reporter.

A native of Baltimore, Brooks first met Wood in 1947 while on a trip to Hollywood with his brothers. He then played four characters in the cross-dressing/transsexual docudrama Glen or Glenda (1953), which marked Wood's directorial debut.

The pair went on to work together in
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Plan 9 from Outer Space Star Conrad Brooks Passes Away at 86

Plan 9 from Outer Space Star Conrad Brooks Passes Away at 86
Conrad Brooks, star of Plan 9 from Outer Space, has passed away. Brooks was 86-years-old and his cause of death has not yet been announced. Reports of his death have been circulating on social media and several outlets have reported on his passing, though, no official obituary has been released. Neither his family or representatives have released a statement regarding Brooks' passing yet.

With a career dating back to 1953, in an uncredited role in William Beaudine's Jalopy, Conrad Brooks had a career that spanned more than six decades. The late actor was known best for his relationship with director Ed Wood, who directed legendary B-movies such as Plan 9 From Outer Space and Bride of the Monster. Jerry Williams, who worked with Brooks several times over the years, had this to say in an Instagram post.

"Rip Conrad Brooks...plan 9 from outer space alum and you starred in several of my films.
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The Disaster Artist movie review: a view on ‘The Room’

MaryAnn’s quick take… A hilarious ode to talentless passion. James Franco gives the bizarre Tommy Wiseau depth without solving his mystery, but skips a deserved zing at Hollywood. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I don’t think you need to have seen the 2003 cult film The Room to appreciate The Disaster Artist, director and star James Franco’s hilarious ode to the talentless passion that birthed it. But I was glad that I had finally seen it for the first time just before I attended a screening of Artist. Because I’m not sure that I would have believed Artist’s depiction of the astonishing awfulness of The Room — Franco reproduces essential scenes from the film in all their crummy glory — if I hadn’t already witnessed the horror for myself.
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The 25 greatest movies about making movies

Mark Harrison May 19, 2017

From the currently playing Their Finest to the likes of Bowfinger and Boogie Nights, we salute the movies about making movies...

If you haven't caught up yet, Their Finest is currently playing in UK cinemas and it's a gorgeous little love letter to perseverance through storytelling, set against the backdrop of a film production office at the British Ministry of Information during the Second World War. Based on Lissa Evans' novel, Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy play characters whose access to the film industry has been contingent on the global crisis that takes other young men away from such trifling matters, and it's a real joy to watch.

Among other things, the film got us thinking about other films about making films. We're not talking about documentaries, even though Hearts Of Darkness, the documentary about the making of Apocalypse Now, may be the greatest film about
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Deadly Pleasures: Seed Of Chucky (2004)

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I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: Seed of Chucky is the best Child’s Play movie by John Waters that he never directed. And to me, it’s probably the most underappreciated entry in the entire series, because if you take a moment to look at what Don Mancini did with this 2004 sequel, you’ll realize it’s a brilliant celebration of B-movies that also cleverly mixes up the Child’s Play franchise formula once again.

Seed of Chucky picks up after the events of Bride of Chucky, addressing the deaths of both Chucky (voiced by Brad Dourif) and Tiffany (voiced by Jennifer Tilly), and the birth of their unlikely progeny, who was rescued from the graveyard by a ventriloquist named Psychs (Keith-Lee Castle) and now works as a dummy named “Shitface” (voiced by Billy Boyd). One night, Tiffany and Chucky’s offspring sees what
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‘Wonder Woman’ Director Patty Jenkins Reveals She First Campaigned for the Film 10 Years Ago

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‘Wonder Woman’ Director Patty Jenkins Reveals She First Campaigned for the Film 10 Years Ago
Director Patty Jenkins is best known for her 2003 biographical crime-drama “Monster,” the indie hit that saw Charlize Theron win the Academy Award for Best Actress, but her career since then has been almost entirely in television. That changed when Jenkins landed the directing job for Warner Bros.Wonder Woman,” which stars Gal Gadot in the lead role and is set to hit theaters in June 2017.

Read More: ‘Wonder Woman’ Director Patty Jenkins Fights Back Against Anonymous Attack on Film

In a recent interview with THR, Jenkins said she told executives at Warner Bros. that she wanted to make “Wonder Woman” more than 10 years ago.

“I’ve always been moved by the idea of movies that are personal but still have a huge reach,” Jenkins told THR. “‘Superman’ had that effect on me when I was a kid — it rocked my world. That kind of movie was always the brass ring
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Making Of The Star Wars Holiday Special! Stage Play Coming to St. Louis

“Would you look at Lumpy! He’s sure grown, huh? And I think his voice is changing!”

George Lucas and his intergalactic entourage don’t stand a chance when St. Louis Shakespeare’s The Magic Smoking Monkey Theatre takes them on in December. The uber-talented Smoking Monkeys adapt a cult film (or TV show) into an onstage farce once a year. Plan 9 From Outer Space, Reefer Madness, Glen Or Glenda, The Star Wars Trilogy, The Abominable Dr. Phibes, Stupefy!: The 90-minute Harry Potter, and last year’s Mad Max – Live! have all been the victims of sidesplitting, Pythonesque parody courtesy of The Smoking Monkeys. This time these lunatic thespians are calling their show The Making Of The Star Wars Holiday Special! – A Magic Smoking Monkey Theatre 20th Anniversary Special!

And rumor has it that Charles Bronson will be making an appearance hawking Mandom Cologne!!! It doesn’t get any better than that!
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Trespass Against Us’

Toronto Film Review: ‘Trespass Against Us’
In “Ed Wood,” the greatest movie ever made about a godawful filmmaker, the joke — and the glory — of watching Johnny Depp’s Edward D. Wood Jr. direct his beyond-bad grade-z sci-fi and horror films is that he essentially made movies like a child. He made up whatever suited him at the moment; he had no filter, no sense. His only aesthetic was: If it felt good to him…why not? (That’s what made a movie like his 1953 transvestite confessional “Glen or Glenda” so sincere.) Most cinematic ineptitude isn’t touched by Wood’s tacky purity, but the tendency toward a child’s-eye view still applies. When you’re watching a movie that’s truly terrible, it’s often one in which anything goes, which is why anything can go very, very badly.

Take, for instance, “Trespass Against Us,” which is without a doubt the worst film I’ve seen
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View a List of Edgar Wright’s 1,000 Favorite Films and a Selection of Video Essays on His Work

Give them the attention they deserve, and Edgar Wright‘s movies, TV shows, and music videos will start to exhaust with allusions to the culture from which they spring. These are not necessarily name-drops of the typical “geek” variety, but allusions in narrative, structure, and visual expression that evince a creative brain cycling through item after item.

So, yes, it will hardly surprise anybody that Wright has seen a lot, yet I’m still intrigued by a chronologically ordered, 1,000-title Mubi list he co-created with user Sam Disalle. For being free of comments about any choices, this proves all the more intriguing in how it must stand alone. Sunset Blvd. and Notorious, sure, but Glen or Glenda? Could I make a connection between Ed Wood‘s camp classic and, say, Scott Pilgrim? (Don’t answer that.) The bonus, as opposed to ten- or twenty-title collections: you’ll probably never see everything here,
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Mad Max – Live! Stage Play Coming to St. Louis in June

“If I’m gonna die, I’m gonna die historic on the Fury Road!”

St. Louis Shakespeare’s The Magic Smoking Monkey Theatre adapts a cult film into an onstage farce once a year. Previous adaptions have included Plan 9 From Outer Space, Reefer Madness, Glen Or Glenda, Game Of Thrones, Harry Potter, and The Star Wars Trilogy (!!). In 2011 they helped celebrate Vincentennial, the Vincent Price 100th Birthday Celebration with a stage presentation of one of the home town horror star’s classics: The Abominable Dr. Phibes in 3D, a sidesplitting, Pythonesque parody.

This year, those crazy Smoking Monkeys are presenting Mad Max – a spoof of all four of those great Mel Gibson action movies (and that Tom Hardy one). So join Mad Max and a cast of rowdy characters in an epic race for guzzolene, freedom and a better life beyond Thunderdome…in 60 minutes or less. That’S Right!
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Tim Burton-Themed Bar Opening In NYC

I've seen it all. New York City is soon to be home to Beetle House, a Tim Burton-themed bar. Slashfilm says the establishment, which comes from the same guys who created a Will Ferrell-themed bar last year, will embody the feel of Burton's films...but probably not Batman. The whole idea — even for the most average of Burton fans like myself — sounds pretty cool. The drink list gives you a feel of the place. It all sounds good...but man, look at those NYC drink prices!

It’s Showtime: Bulleit Rye whiskey, 2 shots of espresso, simple syrup, dash of peychauds bitters, lemon peel garnish. $16

Beetlejuice: Muddled blackberry and limes, Tequila, Blackberry schnapps, Angostura bitters, splash of cranberry. $14

Edward’s Lemonade: Old fashioned with Orange bitters $12

Alice’s Cup of Tea: Peach vodka, Gin, rum, tequila, peach schnapps, sour mix, splash of coke. $14

The Headless Horseman: Hendricks Gin,
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NYC Weekend Watch: Fassbinder Favorites, Buñuel, Queer Cinema, King Hu & More

Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Metrograph

You’ve read of Rainer Werner Fassbinder‘s ten favorite films — now you can see them. The German titan’s beloved titles are celebrated in a new series: Johnny Guitar screens this Friday; Saturday offers Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Night of the Hunter, and the rarely seen The Red Snowball Tree; on Sunday, one can
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Academy Awards Film Series: 'Neverland' Found, Genuine Drama Lost

'Finding Neverland' movie: Johnny Depp as James M. Barrie, with the Llewelyn Davies family: Kate Winslet, Freddie Highmore, Joe Prospero, Nick Roud and Luke Spill. 'Finding Neverland' movie review: Losing reality Back in 2001, German-born director Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace, World War Z) brought a much welcome non-Hollywood touch to the independently made psychological drama Monster's Ball. Besides the daring (if way overlong) sex scenes, that film imparted a refreshingly realistic atmosphere that was much enhanced by Forster's minimalist approach. As the title implies, his follow-up effort, Finding Neverland (2004), has absolutely nothing to do with reality, whether Peter Pan author James M. Barrie's or anyone else's. Even so, Forster's early, no-nonsense directorial touch is sorely missing from what is little more than your usual big-studio holiday movie whose “magical moments” might as well have been created by a computer. 'Finding Neverland' plot: James M. Barrie
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Tim Burton’s Ed Wood Screening at Schlafly Bottleworks November 5th

“My girlfriend still doesn’t know why her sweaters are always stretched out!”

Tim Burton’s Ed Wood screens Thursday December 5th at 7:30pm at Schlafly Bottleworks

Ed Wood tells the story of the world’s worst movie director. Ed Wood Jr. was the man behind a number of inept American b-pictures such as Glen Or Glenda, Bride Of The Monster and his bizarro world masterwork Plan 9 From Outer Space. Wood (played in the film by Johnny Depp) had an incompetent directorial style, which included casting a group of non-actors that included dope addicts, transvestites, a struggling TV horror queen and the fading Hollywood legend Bela Lugosi. He was content to botch scenes by allowing his actors to muff their lines and he also mixed day and night shots together with no disregard for continuity. Ed Wood also focuses on the way his erratic career and behavior affected
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The New Girlfriend – The Review

Review by Stephen Jones

The New Girlfriend is the sort of middle-brow, forgettable movie you’d stumble upon while watching Showtime in the mid 90’s. It has what it views as a tantalizing hook, seems to know very little about it, but thinks that knowing about it at all is enough. With the movie’s particular hook, cross-dressing, that probably Would have been enough in the mid 90s. But that was 20 years ago.

I’m not really in a position to delve into a movie from the perspective of trans issues. It’s not an experience I know well enough to speak from. But the main characters agreeing that “gay is less embarrassing than tranny” even had me cringe a little. This isn’t a movie I’d throw under the “transphobic” label, because in the end it seems to be on the side of David/Virginia being alright after all,
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The One-Hour Game of Thrones Parody! – Stage Play Coming Soon to St. Louis!

Don’t have time to binge watch the entire first season of Game Of Thrones? The lunatics at The Magic Smoking Monkey Theater group have the perfect solution!

In the tradition of their internationally-acclaimed 1-hour productions of The Star Wars Trilogy, The Ten Commandments, Lord Of The Rings, the Smoking Monkeys are proud to present The One-Hour Game of Thrones Parody! And it’s coming to St. Louis this month

St. Louis Shakespeare’s The Magic Smoking Monkey Theatre adapts a cult film into an onstage farce once a year. Previous adaptions (besides the hour-long ones I mentioned) have included Pan 9 From Outer Space, Reefer Madness, and Glen Or Glenda. In 2011 they helped celebrate Vincentennial, the Vincent Price 100th Birthday Celebration with a stage presentation of one of the home town horror star’s classics: The Abominable Dr. Phibes in 3D, a sidesplitting, Pythonesque parody. These guys stage the most
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Tenacious Eats Presents ‘Super-8 Super Snacks’ Saturday at Wizard World Comic Con

If Christian Kane gets hungry this weekend at Wizard Works Comic Con, he’ll likely head over to the Tenacious Eats Presents Super-8 Super Snacks event Saturday at 2.

We were going to show the Marvel Super-Heroes cartoon, it turns out there’s a moratorium on all things Marvel at this time (thanks a lot, Avengers!), but the show will go on!

Tenacious Eats “movies for Foodies’ is a one-of-a-kind event where food is prepared and plated in front of you while you watch a film on the big screen. We’ve covered many of the movie-dinners here at We Are Movie Geeks. Now we’ll be teaming up with Tenacious Eats this Saturday at Wizard World Comic Con for an event we’re calling Tenacious Eats Presents Super-8 Super Snacks. It will be from 2pm to 2:45pm in Room 106 at America’s Center

We will be showing a pair
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Ed Wood Personal Items Hit the Auction Block

Ed Wood Personal Items Hit the Auction Block
Here is your chance to own some of the best personal items belonging to arguably cinema's worst director: A collection of notebooks, candid photos, press clippings and more amassed by infamous B-movie extraordinaire Ed Wood, the filmmaker responsible for the critically reviled cult classics Plan 9 From Outer Space and Glen or Glenda and the inspiration behind the Tim Burton biopic of the same name, has hit the auction block.

Rr Auction in Boston is selling the contents of a leather briefcase and two trunks that Wood used to store his "various publicity-related ephemera,
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Gillian Anderson webchat – as it happened

From the impact of ‘The Scully Effect’ on young women, her dreams of doing a comedy with Jason Bateman, to why Paolo Nutini is a ‘living genius’, the actor was here to answer your questions. Read all her answers here

Gillian Anderson on therapy, rebellion and ‘being weird’

2.31pm GMT

Thank you everybody for joining me this afternoon - thanks for all the questions, and for making me think, and have a great day!

2.21pm GMT

The conversation is in process. And the result ultimately is up to Fox.

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shanghaisputnik asks:

I saw Streetcar at the Young Vic in July and later how they chose to present it live-to-tape when shown in cinemas via Nt Live, so I feel now I’ve seen three unique iterations of this production. I assumed the decision to go with a wide static frame and the long takes to compliment and keep
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Nicki Minaj’s Dirty Duet With Ariana Grande Leaks

Nicki Minaj’s Dirty Duet With Ariana Grande Leaks
Nicki Minaj’s latest album The Pinkprint drops in four days, but fans already have a taste of the rapper’s new songs, including her latest collaborations with Ariana Grande and Beyonce.

Minaj teamed up with Grande on the Jessie J song "Bang Bang," but risque new track "Get On Your Knees" is the duo’s first duet. The sexy club track is all about female domination, and the chorus repeatedly implores their men to skip the cute stuff and "get on your knees."

"I don’t need a dozen roses / you ain’t gotta wine and dine me, no / I don’t need a pretty boy / getting all emotional," Grande croons over the chorus. "You gotta beg for it, beg for it."

Minaj gets down and dirty in her rap verses, referencing yet another diva when she rhymes, "Got me seein' them fireworks / I’m on my Kate Perry (sic)."

News: Nicki Minaj’s New Song
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