15 items from 2014
Good day, voyeurs of all things salaciously gelatinous. Go back into the 1970s this weekend and celebrate both Record Store Day on April 19 and stoner holiday 4/20 on, well, that day. Death Waltz Recording will be releasing limited 7" splits of the themes for The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits on one vinyl, and the themes for Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Munsters on another. And though the stoner horror sub-genre is pretty weak . Evil Bong! . there.s always The Cabin in the Woods. And now for a few quick tidbits. Christopher Landon.s dismal-sounding Scouts vs. Zombies suddenly became more legitimate with the casting of comedian and Cheap Thrills star David Koechner as the troop leader. Scream Factory is putting out separate special edition Blu-rays for Pumpkinhead and Pumpkinhead II: Bloodwings, while quality control specialists Criterion are bringing David Cronenberg.s classic Scanners to Blu-ray on July 15th, which »
(Cbr) Morgan Spurlock is returning to television, this time turning his attention to some of humanity’s indulgences with a Showtime limited series called "Seven Deadly Sins". The documentary will be broken into seven episodes, each hosted by Spurlock as he examines one of the Seven Deadly Sins: greed, sloth, envy, pride, wrath, lust and gluttony. “For years, I’ve wanted to do an "Alfred Hitchcock Presents"-style show comprised completely of nonfiction stories,” Spurlock said in a statement. “A series just as dark and twisted as anything fiction could imagine, and now I’m thrilled to have that dream come true with "Seven Deadly Sins". With Showtime as a partner, we’re going to make this as depraved as any scripted program as we dive head first into Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy and Pride. You won’t believe it until you see it…and even then, you may not believe it. »
- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources
Imagine a nonfiction television series focused on greed, gluttony, sloth, lust, pride, envy and wrath. Well, doesn’t that just describe the whole gamut of reality TV? Yes, but not in a condemnable way that acknowledges these things as the cardinal sins they are. We need someone to take these vices back and put them in their place, and Oscar-nominated documentarian Morgan Spurlock seems to be that person, like a premium cable version of John Doe in Se7en, only without the killing. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he’s got a new show headed to Showtime called Seven Deadly Sins, which he describes as being like Alfred Hitchcock Presents but with true stories. I’d say this joins the new trend this year for major documentary filmmakers hitting the small screen with nonfiction miniseries, but Spurlock has been producing and hosting stuff for TV for years and already currently has the continuing Inside Man on CNN »
- Christopher Campbell
Documentarian Morgan Spurlock’s “Seven Deadly Sins,” which offers an in-depth look at the weird and darkly comic world of sin, has received a series order from Showtime.
Hosted by Spurlock, the project will explore each of the seven deadly sins, one per episode. Spurlock is also exec producing under his Warrior Poets production banner along with producing partner Jeremy Chilnick.
“For years, I’ve wanted to do an ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents’ style show comprised completely of non-fiction stories,” said Spurlock. “A series just as dark and twisted as anything fiction could imagine, and now I’m thrilled to have that dream come true with ‘Seven Deadly Sins.’ With Showtime as a partner, we’re going to make this as depraved as any scripted program as we dive head first into lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride. You won’t believe it until you see it … and even then, »
- Whitney Friedlander
The maker of Super Size Me is going to explore the “seven deadly sins” in a new Showtime documentary series.
Oscar-nominated executive producer Morgan Spurlock will host the “dark and twisted” series, which promises to detail each of the cardinal sins through “Spurlock’s unique and extreme lens.”
“For years, I’ve wanted to do an Alfred Hitchcock Presents-style show comprised completely of non-fiction stories,” Spurlock said in a statement. “A series just as dark and twisted as anything fiction could imagine, and now I’m thrilled to have that dream come true with Seven Deadly Sins. With Showtime as a partner, »
- James Hibberd
Showtime will air Seven Deadly Sins, a new documentary from Super Size Me writer-director Morgan Spurlock. Hosted by Spurlock, the series will explore each of the seven deadly sins — one per episode — taking an in-depth look at the weird and darkly comic world of sin. The project had been in development and production at Showtime, which is now announcing the series, along with a June 19 premiere date. Seven Deadly Sins comes from Warrior Poets, Spurlock’s production banner with partner Jeremy Chilnick. “For years, I’ve wanted to do an Alfred Hitchcock Presents-style show comprised completely of non-fiction stories,” said Spurlock. “A series just as dark and twisted as anything fiction could imagine, and now I’m thrilled to have that dream come true with Seven Deadly Sins. With Showtime as a partner, we’re going to make this as depraved as any scripted program as we dive head first into Lust, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Showtime will take an in-depth look at the weird and darkly comic world of sin in the documentary series "Seven Deadly Sins," from Oscar-nominated executive producer Morgan Spurlock ( Super Size Me ), under his Warrior Poets production banner ( Inside Man , One Direction: This is Us ), along with his producing partner Jeremy Chilnick. Hosted by Spurlock, this stylized documentary series will explore each of the seven deadly sins -- one per episode -- and will be told through Spurlock.s unique and extreme lens. "Seven Deadly Sins" will debut on Thursday, June 19 at 11 p.m. on Showtime. "For years, I've wanted to do an Alfred Hitchcock Presents style show comprised completely of non-fiction stories,. said Spurlock. .A series just as dark and twisted as »
One of the most beloved art/horror fests on the West Coast is Monsterpalooza, which celebrates the "Art of Monsters." The fest will hit Burbank once again on March 28-30. Save the date!
As usual, Monsterpalooza will feature award-winning F/X artists, special presentations, a walk-thru monster museum, and monster-related artwork on display and for sale. The list of celebrity guests is large and impressive. Take a look at whom you can expect to see at this year’s Monsterpalooza.
Special Celebrity Guests From The Genre And Beyond!
Nancy Allen – Blow Out, »
- Scott Hallam
Feeling very much like a long lost episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Eugenio Mira’s Grand Piano is a stylish and taut thriller that wastes no time on spectacle, instead choosing to meticulously focus on story, characters, atmosphere and building tension throughout.
In Grand Piano, Elijah Wood portrays piano virtuoso Tom Selznick, who has fallen from the limelight after his last performance was a total disaster, leaving him as the laughing stock of the pianist world. Primed to make his comeback while playing his mentor’s piano at a special concert put together by his loving wife Emma (Kerry Bishe), Tom does his best to feign confidence as he first sits down to perform for an eager audience.
That façade of confidence is quickly shaken when he realizes there’s a maniacal sniper in the building (John Cusack) who has a gun aimed at his head. If Tom plays even »
- Heather Wixson
Feature Mark Harrison 3 Mar 2014 - 07:02
Roald Dahl has often been referred to as one of the greatest storytellers for children in the 20th century. His books have delighted children for generations, with their dark and inventive sense of humour and their eccentric, dastardly adult characters.
Likewise, his written work for adults has just as much wit and creativity, and over the years, he also worked as a screenwriter on a number of projects, including TV work on Alfred Hitchcock Presents and his own anthology series, Roald Dahl's Tales Of The Unexpected.
Given how it doesn't even take the likes of J.K. Rowling and Stephanie Meyer five years to have their popular works adapted by Hollywood, there has inevitably been an extensive crossover between Dahl's written work and the big screen. »
The British actress was a familiar face on TV and on Broadway during the 1950s and early ’60s, earning a Tony nom for her supporting role in 1959’s Goodbye, Charlie. Sarah Marshall died Saturday of cancer in Los Angeles. She was 80. Marshall appeared on dozens of TV shows from the mid-’50 through the mid-’90s, including such popular series as Thriller, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Get Smart, Daniel Boone, Three’s Company and Cheers. She also was a regular on the 1979 CBS comedy Miss Winslow & Son and appeared in the 1980 miniseries Scruples. But Marshall is perhaps best known to American TV audiences for starring roles on episodes of The Twilight Zone (the worried mother in “Little Girl Lost”) and Star Trek (the disease-curing scientist an ex-flame of Capt. Kirk in “The Deadly Years”). »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Johnson was a World War II veteran who acted in shows such as "The Adventures of Superman," "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and "The Twilight Zone." His last credited role is a 1997 guest spot on the animated series "Meego" as "The Professor."
"My 2 favorite people are now gone," writes Johnson's costar Dawn Wells, who played Mary Ann, on her Facebook page. "The Professor [passed] away this morning. My heart is broken." Bob Denver, who played Gilligan, died in 2005.
Wells also posted a vintage photo of Johnson, which you can see below:
Post by Dawn Wells. »
Actor Russell Johnson, best known for playing The Professor on Gilligan’s Island, has died. He was 89. His longtime agent Mike Eisenstadt told Deadline that Johnson died this morning of natural causes at his home in Washington state. The Pennsylvania native had dozens of TV and film credits during his decades-long career, but it was as Professor Roy Hinkley in 1960s sitcom Gilligan’s Island for which he is best remembered. Johnson appeared on the show all three seasons it aired on CBS (1964-67). He reprised the role in The Castaways On Gilligan’s Island TV movie in 1979. Deadline recently reported that Warner Bros was planning a feature film based on the series. Russell’s Hollywood career began in the early 1950s, with early roles mainly in westerns including 1953′s The Stand At Apache River and Tumbleweed and sci-fi pics such as It Came from Outer Space (1953), This Island Earth »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Russell Johnson, who played Professor Roy Hinkley on Gilligan's Island, has passed away at age 89. The actor died of kidney failure Thursday at his home in Washington, surrounded by his wife Constance Dane and daughter Kim Johnson. "He died at home, peaceful, in his sleep at 5:21 a.m. today," Dane told ABC News. "[He was] a very brave guy who knew what he wanted, and he wanted to be at home." His death came quickly, says his agent Michael Eisentstadt. "I spoke to him right before the holidays and he did an autograph job," says Eisentstadt. "He had just done that and he was fine. »
- Sheila Cosgrove Baylis
If you live in the Los Angeles area, the New Beverly Cinema is presenting a sci-fi double feature of This Island Earth (1955) and It Came From Outer Space (1953) on Saturday, January 12, 2014 and Sunday, January 13, 2014. Both films are widely considered to be classic science fiction films of the 1950s and were made during a time in which artists made up beautiful, colorful and spectacular posters first, and then the films were based on the imagery seen in the poster. Sometimes this method worked and sometimes it didn’t.
This Island Earth was directed by Joseph M. Newman, who was fairly prolific during the 1940’s and 1950’s both on the large and small screens, directing episodes of The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents for the latter. Jeff Morrow, Faith Domergue, Rex Reason, Lance Fuller and Russell Johnson star.
Jack Arnold made a career of directing some of the best known science »
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15 items from 2014
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