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Stalking the Night: The Legacy of TV’s First Monster Hunter

3 December 2014 3:57 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

In the contemporary landscape of supernatural investigators on television—high school cheerleaders adept at martial arts and chiseled GQ hunks offering quips with every shot of a silver bullet—Carl Kolchak would appear to be an anomaly. The name itself is likely unknown to the younger generation, lest they faintly recall handsome Stuart Townsend briefly playing the role on ABC in 2005 before disintegrating into the televisual ether.

But before this scant resurrection, there was the original Kolchak. Author Jeff Rice’s unpublished manuscript The Kolchak Papers was picked up by producer Dan Curtis, the creator of Dark Shadows, to be filmed as a made-for-television movie in 1972 that would star established actor Darren McGavin as the irascible reporter. The film, retitled The Night Stalker, dealt with the Las Vegas inkslinger’s investigation into a series of prostitute deaths that turned out to be the work of red-eyed and centuries-old vampire Janos Skorzeny. »

- Jose Cruz

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Before 'Beetlejuice' and 'Batman,' Watch Tim Burton Direct 'The Jar' on 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents'

29 November 2014 | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Before he was making Batman and Beetlejuice, director Tim Burton did some work in the field of episodic television. One of those credits came during the mid-1980s revival of anthology series Alfred Hitchcock Presents, where Burton was tasked with adapting Ray Bradbury’s story The Jar. If you ever wondered what a Tim Burton television episode on a major network would look like, well, wonder no more… Burton takes Bradbury’s 1944 story and gives it his own unique spin while staying relatively true to the source material. The television take makes things more modernized (its set in the ‘80s, complete with all the hilarious fashions and hairdos of the era, and it makes the main character an artist instead of a farmer), and injects some of...

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- Mike Bracken

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TV Review: ‘Momsters: When Moms Go Bad’

26 November 2014 7:15 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Sure, Investigation Discovery basically makes the same show over and over again, but it’s hard not to admire the channel’s creativity in mildly differentiating them with cheeky titles and inspired talent. Enter “Momsters: When Moms Go Bad,” hosted by Roseanne Barr in a gig similar to the wraparounds on “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.” So Barr gets a paycheck for what must have been an afternoon’s work for the entire series, and ID gets a promotable little confection to air through the holidays. In the trade, that’s generally known as a win-win.

Granted, as is so often true with these concepts, the creativity pretty much evaporates right after the title and casting, featuring shoddy re-enactments that condense what used to pass as the stuff of TV movies into a brisk half-hour. Indeed, the first of two back-to-back episodes feature the case that inspired “The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom, »

- Brian Lowry

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Norman Lloyd at 100: Hollywood’s Living Memory

7 November 2014 6:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The earliest surviving footage of broadcast television in America is a fragment of “The Streets of New York,” an adaptation of playwright Dion Boucicault’s 19th-century drama, aired by the experimental New York NBC affiliate W2XBS on August 31, 1939. All that now remains of the hour-long program is a silent, 11-minute kinescope, filmed off a TV screen and archived at the Paley Center For Media. And there, in those primitive flickering images, you can catch a glimpse of one of the show’s actors: the 24-year-old Norman Lloyd.

Next July, you can see the 99-year-old Lloyd in the Judd Apatow comedy “Trainwreck,” which shot on location in New York this summer and in which Lloyd plays, by his own admission, “a lecherous old man.” In between those unlikely bookends is a career that has quite literally spanned the 20th century and edged into the 21st, during which Lloyd has shared the stage, »

- Scott Foundas

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Inside the Writers’ Room: Post #14: The Revolution is Loading

5 November 2014 5:15 AM, PST | Hope for Film | See recent Hope for Film news »

A few weeks ago HBO and then CBS announced that they would launch stand-alone online services in U.S. in 2015. Before that, Netflix had made known that it would start producing features, crushing theatrical release windows once and for all, after it had contributed to the change of the patterns of attention and the way TV series are made by releasing its House of Cards episodes all at once, as a 13-hour movie. ‘Now the real shakeout begins’, wrote Ted Hope in Hollywood Reporter. ‘We are witnessing the march from once lucrative legacy practices built around titles to a new focus on community.’ Michael Wolff, writing also in the Hollywood Reporter, disagrees: ‘Streaming services from the two networks don’t signal television’s capitulation to Netflix and the web; it’s actually the opposite, as the medium expands yet again to gobble up more revenue.’ And in that sense, he says, »

- Christina Kallas

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Watch: 13-Minute Tribute To Alfred Hitchcock Celebrates The Films Of The Master Of Suspense

23 October 2014 12:03 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It’s been 34 years since Alfred Hitchcock’s passing and his influence still looms large, such as TV shows like “Bones,” which will present an homage to the director for its 200th episode. The tributes to the self-described traditional filmmaker don’t end there, as editor Shaun Higgins has crafted a nearly 13-minute long video tribute to the Master of Suspense. Covering the entirety of his big-screen career —which that means no “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” —the video contains shots from every single film Hitchcock directed, from the 1925 silent film “The Pleasure Garden” to Hitch’s last film, the disappointing 1976 comedy-thriller “Family Plot.” This may be the first time a tribute video finds itself impervious to criticisms of omitted films, though you may still be miffed that your favorite moment or shot isn’t accounted for. Watch “Alfred Hitchcock (1925 - 1976)” below and let us know what some of your favorite Hitchcock movies are. »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Trio of Movie-Related Authors at the 2014 Jewish Book Festival Next Month in St. Louis

19 October 2014 5:53 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

What do actor Theodore Bikel, author Steven Pressman, who wrote the HBO Holocaust documentary Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus, and Tracey Davis, daughter of Sammy Davis Jr. and May Britt, have in common? They will all three be guests at this year’s St. Louis Jewish Book Festival! More than 49 writers make up this year’s lineup including award-winning producers, novelists, bakers, historians, and humorists – there’s something for everyone but We Are Movie Geeks is most interested in these three guests because of their contributions to cinema.

The venue is the Jewish Community Center – Staenberg Family Complex – 2 Millstone Campus Drive in St. Louis

Details and ticket info can be found at the Fest’s site Here

http://www.stljewishbookfestival.org/index.html

Theodore Bikel will speak Sunday, November 2, at 7pm – Tickets are $40

It’s not mentioned in the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival press release, »

- Tom Stockman

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"I Deal In Nightmares": Watch Vintage 20-Minute Interview With Alfred Hitchcock

3 October 2014 9:05 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

We’re finally in the spooky month of October, the time of year where TV networks of all stripes start broadcasting horror films. One filmmaker whose work is a staple of the annual celebration of the macabre is the master of suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock. Earlier this week, a 20-minute interview from 1966 with the British director surfaced online and it not only showcases Hitchcock’s deadpan wit, but also has some great quotes like, “I deal in nightmares.” Although many pretend otherwise, the migration of high-caliber, world-class filmmakers like Steven SoderberghDavid Fincher and Jane Campion to the small screen isn’t entirely without precedent. During the same time period that he released films like “To Catch a Thief,” “Vertigo,” “North by Northwest” and “Psycho,” Hitchcock helmed 17 episodes for his eponymous TV show, “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” between 1955 and 1961. Indeed, in the interview Hitchcock says that he applied some of the lessons. »

- Cain Rodriguez

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31 Netflix Instant Titles to Get You Ready for Halloween

1 October 2014 6:52 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

With every horror fan’s favorite time of year just right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to put together a list of 31 genre-related titles currently available on Netflix Instant that undoubtedly will get you ready for the Halloween season.

Happy Haunting!

Invaders from Mars (Tobe Hooper)

David is the only one who knows the truth about the aliens invading his small town in this remake of the 50s science-fiction classic.

Re-Animator (Stuart Gordon)

Based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft, this campy send-up follows an egotistical medical student who develops a serum that miraculously revives the dead.

Fright Night (Tom Holland)

When Charley Brewster discovers that his suave new neighbor is a vampire, he seeks help from actor Peter Vincent, famed for portraying a ghoul hunter.

Creepshow 2 (Michael Gornick)

Join the rotting but amiable Creep as he introduces this anthology of three gruesome tales written by the master of horror, »

- Heather Wixson

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Don Keefer Has Passed Away

25 September 2014 12:22 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Don Keefer left an indelible mark on the minds of horror and sci-fi fans with his crucial and courageous role in a classic episode of The Twilight Zone and his memorable turn in “The Crate” segment of George A. Romero and Stephen King’s Creepshow. Though his impressive onscreen personalities will last forever, we’re sad to report that Don Keefer has passed away at the age of 98.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Don Keefer passed away of natural causes on September 7th. In the 1961 “It’s a Good Life” episode of The Twilight Zone, Don played Dan Hollis, a man celebrating his birthday with his wife, a few friends, and the six-year-old mind-reading malevolent mutant, Anthony Fremont. Don turned in a powerful performance, standing up to the young telepathic murderer and challenging his friends to put an end to the madness. His desperate speech was a spine-tingler and helped »

- Derek Anderson

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7 Filmmakers that should give TV a try

8 September 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Richard Linklater

In this new golden age of television that we are currently living in, the television industry is poaching some of cinema’s greatest minds more than ever to create their own long form stories after being restricted to the hour and a half to maximum four hours that film allows. The gap is getting increasingly small between the two in terms of quality, and some would argue that TV has already overtaken film in some respects.

Steven Soderbergh, Guillermo del Toro, Eli Roth, Martin Scorsese, and Lars Von Trier have or are about to make the leap from the silver screen to the small screen with The Knick, The Strain, Hemlock Grove, and the upcoming Shutter Island prequel and The House That Jack Built. They’re not the first major filmmakers to create a show; both Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch famously did so with Alfred Hitchcock Presents »

- Max Molinaro

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Event Report – The Big Picture: Hitchcock! Live!

3 September 2014 7:00 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Every once in a while, you’ll hear the details of an event that sounds so, so awesome, that it takes you a moment to properly process what you just heard. Such was the case when my friend Monica invited me to join her for what was being billed as “The Big Picture: Hitchcock!” – A tribute to the great Alfred Hitchcock, one of the greatest directors of all time, and more importantly a tribute to all the wonderful music that has been created for his masterpieces. The concert took place at the legendary Hollywood Bowl theater on August 31st, 2014 with composer David Newman (son of the great Alfred Newman) leading the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra to perform live music from select scenes of 12 Hitchcock pictures.

The performers took to the stage to the narration that opens the record Alfred Hitchcock Presents “Music To Be Murdered By,” which immediately set the fun »

- Rob Galluzzo

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French Actor Jacques Bergerac, ‘Hypnotic Eye’ Star, Dies at 87

26 June 2014 12:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jacques Bergerac, a French actor who made a name for himself in film and TV and was wed to some of Hollywood’s most sought-after actresses during the 1950s and ’60s, has died. He was 87.

Bergerac died June 15 at his home in Anglet in the Pyrenees-Atlantiques region of southwest France, according to French media reports. The actor appeared in the cult horror film “Hypnotic Eye” and musical romantic comedy “Gigi” alongside Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron.

Bergerac gained his U.S. citizenship in 1963 and married Oscar-winning actress Ginger Rogers when he was 26. Rogers was 16 years his senior. He left his law studies behind in France and returned to the U.S. with Rogers to pursue a career in acting.

When they first met in France Rogers landed him a screen test at MGM, which led to a role in “Twist of Fate” in 1954 with him playing her onscreen boyfriend.

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- Jordyn Holman

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One of Earliest Surviving Academy Award Nominees in Acting Categories Dead at 88

1 June 2014 2:41 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Joan Lorring, 1945 Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee, dead at 88: One of the earliest surviving Academy Award nominees in the acting categories, Lorring was best known for holding her own against Bette Davis in ‘The Corn Is Green’ (photo: Joan Lorring in ‘Three Strangers’) Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee Joan Lorring, who stole the 1945 film version of The Corn Is Green from none other than Warner Bros. reigning queen Bette Davis, died Friday, May 30, 2014, in the New York City suburb of Sleepy Hollow. So far, online obits haven’t mentioned the cause of death. Lorring, one of the earliest surviving Oscar nominees in the acting categories, was 88. Directed by Irving Rapper, who had also handled one of Bette Davis’ biggest hits, the 1942 sudsy soap opera Now, Voyager, Warners’ The Corn Is Green was a decent if uninspired film version of Emlyn Williams’ semi-autobiographical 1938 hit play about an English schoolteacher, »

- Andre Soares

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Arlene McQuade, Actress on ‘The Goldbergs,’ Dies at 77

24 April 2014 4:11 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Arlene “Fuzzy” McQuade, who played Gertrude Berg’s daughter, Rosalie, throughout the seven-year run of the hit 1950s series “The Goldbergs” and had a role in the Orson Welles film “Touch of Evil,” died on April 21 in Santa Fe, N.M. She was 77 and had long struggled with Parkinson’s Disease.

Born in New York City, McQuade worked in radio, early television and on Broadway as a young girl, including a critically acclaimed performance in Tennessee Williams’ “Summer and Smoke” that drew the attention of CBS executives, who signed her to a leading role in their new television series “The Goldbergs,” about a Jewish immigrant family. (Arlene is pictured above standing next to the seated Gertrude Berg, who played her mother on the show and penned most of the episodes.)

McQuade was a member of the New York Actors Studio for five years. In 1957, she traveled to California under contract »

- Carmel Dagan

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Arlene McQuade, Actress on ‘The Goldbergs,’ Dies at 77

24 April 2014 4:11 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Arlene “Fuzzy” McQuade, who played Gertrude Berg’s daughter, Rosalie, throughout the seven-year run of the hit 1950s series “The Goldbergs” and had a role in the Orson Welles film “Touch of Evil,” died on April 21 in Santa Fe, N.M. She was 77 and had long struggled with Parkinson’s Disease.

Born in New York City, McQuade worked in radio, early television and on Broadway as a young girl, including a critically acclaimed performance in Tennessee Williams’ “Summer and Smoke” that drew the attention of CBS executives, who signed her to a leading role in their new television series “The Goldbergs,” about a Jewish immigrant family. (Arlene is pictured above standing next to the seated Gertrude Berg, who played her mother on the show and penned most of the episodes.)

McQuade was a member of the New York Actors Studio for five years. In 1957, she traveled to California under contract »

- Carmel Dagan

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The Fear Monger: Cabin Fever Gets A Remake, Sinister 2 Gets A Director, And Wolves Fight Mutants

19 April 2014 1:44 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

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 »

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Showtime tempted by Morgan Spurlock's 'Seven Deadly Sins'

28 March 2014 12:45 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

(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

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‘Se7en’ Meets ‘Super Size Me’ With New Morgan Spurlock Series

26 March 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

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

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Morgan Spurlock’s ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ Gets Series Order at Showtime

26 March 2014 9:59 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

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

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