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War of the Worlds star Gene Barry Dies

19 December 2009 1:52 PM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Gene Barry was a suave leading man in films and television from the 1950s.  He was best known for his starring role as Dr. Clayton Forrester in George Pal’s 1953 film adaptation of H.G. WellsThe War of the Worlds.  Several years later he again faced alien invaders in the underrated sci-fi film The 27th Day (1956).

He was born Eugene Klass in New York City on June 14, 1919.  He began his career as a singer in nightclubs and variety shows, and was appearing on the Broadway stage in the early 1940s.  He made his film debut in the 1952 sci-fi/spy thriller The Atomic City.

Barry was also a familiar face on television from the early 1950s.  He starred as the dapper western lawman William Barclay `Bat’ Masterson in the Bat Masterson series from 1958 to 1961.  Barry also starred as Captain Amos Burke, the suave Los Angeles Chief of Detectives who would arrive »

- Harris Lentz

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Us actor Gene Barry dies aged 90

11 December 2009 1:08 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Los Angeles - The Us film, television and stage actor Gene Barry has died aged 90. His family said he died in California, the Washington Post reported on Thursday. After appearing on Broadway in the 1940s, including with Mae West, he went to Hollywood. He took the lead role in the science-fiction film The War of the Worlds in 1953. Steven Spielberg used him for a remake of the Hg Wells classic in 2005 alongside Tom Cruise. He also appeared in the piloto of the popular TV series Columbo, Prescription: Murder in 1968. By that point he was already a »

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Jane Austen's Emma Meets Her Match: Werewolves

4 December 2009 11:38 PM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

Jane Austen's much beloved matchmaking character Emma Woodhouse has been portrayed by a wide variety of actresses including Alicia Silverstone, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kate Beckinsale, the latter of whom would probably fare best in the story's latest incarnation: Emma and the Werewolves.

The novel comes out December 8th (it's available now for the Kindle) from Coscom Entertainment, a small press publisher that focuses on superhero books, comics, and monster-themed fiction. The plot for Emma and the Werewolves is described as follows:

As the ever headstrong Ms. Emma Woodhouse schemes and plots as matchmaker, a dark and deadly terror descends upon Highbury. A series of bestial murders fills the residents with fear as the ever mysterious Mr. Knightley leads a secret life, unknown to all, combating evils not of this Earth.

Carnage and destruction reign throughout the land, and though the residents of Highbury try to attend to day-to-day matters as civilly as possible, »

- Uncle Creepy

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Discuss: Why Are Movies Like '2012' So Interesting?

16 November 2009 9:02 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Despite all the jokes about Roland Emmerich's love for blowing up cities, how the hell Lloyd Dobbler will save the world, and of course, the infamous line "Download my blog," 2012 earned $225 million worldwide in its opening weekend.

I dislike adding "porn" or "-sploitation" to descriptive phrases (torture porn, poorsploitation, etc. etc.), but if anything could be called an exploitation of our natural fear of an upcoming worldwide crisis, it would be 2012. Eerie shots of crowds praying en masse and major landmarks crumbling are juxtaposed with smaller stories, like the family struggling to stay together, a personal crisis set off by an ethical conundrum, and, of course, the prophet-kook in the woods who's happy to see his greatest suspicions verified.

Orson Welles's radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds sent Americans running for their bomb shelters in 1938, and once everyone realized it was just a radio show (and »

- Jenni Miller

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Hellboy writer to direct Mortis Rex

27 October 2009 10:02 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Variety reports that Peter Briggs (pictured) will direct the supernatural actioner Mortis Rex for Frelaine Productions. One of the producers is Jim Jacks, whose credits include the Mummy series and a few films for Sam Raimi (who named David Paymer’s Drag Me To Hell character after him).

Mortis is set in Rome circa 122 A.D. and focuses on a disgraced war hero who gets a chance to salvage his reputation when he’s assigned to investigate strange and violent killings at a garrison. The producing team also includes Stuart Pollok, Matthew Dench and Marisa Kagan; Briggs, who co-wrote the first Hellboy feature, first broke onto the screenwriting scene with a highly regarded but eventually abandoned Alien Vs. Predator spec script, and has subsequently worked on Freddy Vs. Jason and an aborted period version of The War Of The Worlds. Shooting on Mortis Rex is scheduled to start next spring on British, »

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AFI Fest 2009: Something’S Gonna Live, North By Northwest

26 October 2009 12:41 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Cary Grant in North by Northwest Among the highlights of AFI Fest 2009 is the Nov. 2 screening of AFI Conservatory Alumnus Daniel Raim’s documentary Something’s Gonna Live, which profiles several behind-the-scenes Hollywood veterans — most of whom have already passed away — including production designers Robert Boyle (who turned 100 this past Oct. 10), Henry Bumstead (To Kill a Mockingbird, The Sting), Harold Michelson (Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Mommie Dearest, Dick Tracy), and Albert Nozaki (When Worlds Collide, The War of the Worlds, The Ten Commandments), in addition to cinematographers Conrad L. Hall (In Cold Blood, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Road to Perdition) and Haskell Wexler (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, In the Heat of [...] »

- Andre Soares

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The War Of The Worlds gets Zombified

23 April 2009 6:29 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

A new trend continues, as the world of classic literature is about to get another injection of zombie action.

The following press release popped up in the 'Bunny's inbox this morning...

Master of the Undead gives The War Of The Worlds new life

Following hot on the heels of Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, undead short story master Eric S. Brown takes a stab at H.G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds.

In genre circles, science fiction usually carries with it some level of horror. Now zombie short story master Eric S. Brown takes sci-fi horror to a whole new level with his amazing additions to H.G. Wells’s famed novel, The War of the Worlds, now titled, The War of the Worlds Plus Blood, Guts and Zombies

What if it wasn’t just aliens that landed that fateful day when ships from Mars appeared in the sky? »

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