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When I was younger, I used to hurry home from school to catch the Syfy (what was then Sci-Fi) Channel's afternoon block of programming: Alfred Hitchcock Presents; Ray Bradbury Theater; and Tales From the Darkside. I loved that weird anthology show that was never super-scary, but gross and twisted and fun.
So I was excited to hear that The CW is working on updating the series and bringing it to television as early as Summer 2014. Of course, it does beg the question, how will they keep it from turning into a generic anthology show? The original was created by George Romero, and aside from the "strange twist endings," there were no wrap arounds or anything else to tie each episode together.
- Alyse Wax
A short while ago we told you about the new web series called Horror Hotel that was poised to bring us some indie tales of the weird and fantastic. Well, now we've gotten word that the doors are open for business and the series is in full swing on YouTube. Check in and check it out!
Season One of Horror Hotel features six episodes entitled 'Tilt', 'Invader', 'Guillotine', 'Bookworm', 'Houdini's Hand' and 'Tesla's Tooth'. You can watch the first episode embedded right here, and the others are lined up straight after. Of course everything is also available over on the Horror Hotel YouTube channel.
A family affair since inception, Horror Hotel is the brainchild of award-winning costume designer and independent filmmaker Ricky Hess, produced in turn by him and Debbie and Al Hess. Said to be influenced by the likes »
We here at FEARnet are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of producer Hilton A. Green yesterday at the age of 84. His father Alfred E. Green was a legendary director in his own right, but Hilton worked his way up as an assistant director for several popular television shows including Alfred Hitchcock Presents, which led to him working as first A.D on the original 'Psycho' and later 'Marnie.' From there he went on to produce all the 'Psycho' sequels & was the one common thread (besides Anthony Perkins) that all of those films shared. He also produced the John Hughes comedy classic 'Sixteen Candles' and 'Home Alone 3.'
- Rob Galluzzo
Veteran horror actor Ted Raimi is about to follow in the footsteps of his big brother Sam (whom you all know as the godfather of the Evil Dead franchise and now an A-list Hollywood director), and go behind the camera to write and direct his own first feature film. In an interview at Crypticon Minneapolis last weekend, Ted told me he will be shooting the film "early next year." "It's a supernatural horror tale about Los Angeles itself," Raimi revealed. "Not enough horror has been told about that city. People seem enamored about it who live there, but I don't know why. I find it completely upsetting and terrifying, so I thought, 'What better place to set a horror movie?'" While Raimi, 47, couldn't divulge the title of the film or any other vital details, he did note that he will make a cameo appearance: "I'll have a small part in it, »
- Tim Lammers
Over the past couple weeks, I’ve dedicated a lot of time to covering the World 3-D Film Expo, which took place at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood and knocked my socks off. One of the headlining films, the most exciting one for us certainly, was Creature From The Black Lagoon, the legendary monster flick from Jack Arnold that starred Richard Carlson, Richard Denning, Nestor Paiva, and one Julie Adams, who may very well be the most famous scream queen of all-time thanks to her iconic role as Kay.
Julie and her son, Mitchell Danton, were in attendance for the Expo (for two screenings, Wings Of The Hawk also played) for a book signing and Q&A after the screening. I was lucky enough to get a chance to talk with the delightful pair, catching them after a late breakfast (as Mitch says, “a day can never start too late, »
- Andy Greene
Legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock’s birthday is tomorrow, August 13th, and the good folks at Mondo are celebrating the occasion by releasing a few Hitchcock-related goodies. Available to purchase will be a rather haunting new Psycho poster by artist Tomer Hanuka, two excellent new Vertigo posters by Ghoulish Gary Pullin, and a T-shirt boasting Hitch’s classic caricature logo from Alfred Hitchcock Presents, available in two color schemes. All items will be on sale at a random time tomorrow, so keep your eye on Mondo’s Twitter for the drops. Hit the jump to take a closer look at the posters and T-shirts. Psycho by Tomer Hanuka 24”x36” Edition of 290 $45 Vertigo by Ghoulish Gary Pullin 24”x36” Edition of 240 $40 Vertigo by Ghoulish Gary Pullin 24”x36” Edition of 240 $40 Black Hitchcock T-Shirt $25 White Hitchcock T-Shirt $25 »
- Adam Chitwood
Ansara portrayed the Klingon villain Kang in three different versions of "Star Trek." He made his debut in a 1968 episode of the television series, then returned to the role in 1994 on "Deep Space Nine" and again in 1996 on "Voyager."
Ansara's voice also repeatedly filled the villainous role of Dr. Victor Fries, aka Mr. Freeze, in various versions of the Batman story, beginning with the 90s TV series, "Batman," followed by "The New Batman Adventures," "Batman Beyond," and the video game, "Batman: Vengeance."
The actor's credits date back to the 1940s, with notable roles as Native American Cochise in the 50's TV series, "Broken Arrow" and as Deputy U.S. Marshal Sam Buckhart in "Law of the Plainsman. »
Ansara played the Klingon commander on three different “Star Trek” TV series: the original “Star Trek” (1968), “Deep Space Nine” (1994) and “Voyagers” (1996). He is beloved by fans of the franchise for being one of just seven actors to play the same character on three versions of the skein.
Ansara is also remembered for his starring role of the Chiricahua Apache cheif Cochise on the TV series “Broken Arrow.” The popular series was considered groundbreaking when it premiered in 1958, as it was one of few westerns to portray Native Americans in a positive light.
Despite being of Syrian descent, Ansara continued to be cast in Native American roles. He played another Apache, Deputy U.S. Marshal Sam Buckhart, on the Peacock’s 1959 series “Law of the Plainsman. »
- Allegra Tepper
The actor died in his home in Calabasas, Calif., after a longterm illness, according to The Hollywood Reporter. His former publicist confirmed the news on August 2.
Born in Syria, Ansara came to the U.S. with his parents when he was two years old. He is known as one of the only seven "Star Trek" actors to play the same character on three different versions of the beloved series. His last appearance as Kang was in 1996.
His major film roles include parts in the 1953 version of "Julius Caesar," 1961's "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" and "The Greatest Story Ever Told" in 1965. He also made many TV appearances on shows like "I Dream of Jeannie," "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," and "The Outer Limits." His accomplishments earned him »
- The Huffington Post
The veteran character actor who played shopkeepeer Ike Godsey on CBS‘ period family drama The Waltons died Sunday at a care facility in Newbury Park CA. He was 85. Joe Conley appeared in episodes of dozens of TV shows during the 1950s and ’60s, including Lassie, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Dragnet, Dennis the Menace, Gunsmoke, Green Acres, The Beverly Hillbillies, Mister Ed and The Brady Bunch. Then he landed the Waltons gig, appearing in more than 170 episodes during the show’s 1972-81 run and some subsequent reunion movies in the 1990s. Conley continued to act sporadically into the 21 century, including a small role in the 2000 Tom Hanks film Cast Away. His autobiography, Ike Godsey of Walton’s Mountain, was published in 2009 »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Paul Henreid: From lighting two cigarettes and blowing smoke onto Bette Davis’ face to lighting two cigarettes while directing twin Bette Davises Paul Henreid is back as Turner Classic Movies’ Star of the Month of July 2013. TCM will be showing four movies featuring Henreid (Now, Voyager; Deception; The Madwoman of Chaillot; The Spanish Main) and one directed by him (Dead Ringer). (Photo: Paul Henreid lights two cigarettes on the set of Dead Ringer, while Bette Davis remembers the good old days.) (See also: “Paul Henreid Actor.”) Irving Rapper’s Now, Voyager (1942) was one of Bette Davis’ biggest hits, and it remains one of the best-remembered romantic movies of the studio era — a favorite among numerous women and some gay men. But why? Personally, I find Now, Voyager a major bore, made (barely) watchable only by a few of the supporting performances (Claude Rains, Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee »
- Andre Soares
A Mercury Theater player turned comic actor, Elliott Reid may be best known as the thorn in Fred MacMurray's side in The Absent-minded Professor (1961) and Son Of Flubber (1963). Reid starred in director William Cameron Menzies' Cold War sci-fi thriller The Whip Hand (1951), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Inherit The Wind (1960), The Thrill Of It All (1963), The Wheeler Dealers (1963), Move Over, Darling (1963), Who's Been Sleeping In My Bed? (1963), Blackbeard's Ghost (1968) and Some Kind Of A Nut (1969). Reid also made countless TV appearances, notably Design For Loving, a classic 1958 episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents based on a story by Ray Bradbury. Reid last appeared onscreen in a 1992 episode of Seinfeld and in a 1995 episode of Maybe This Time with Bette White.- Harvey Chartrand
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Director: Sacha Gervasi
Running Time: 98 minutes
Extras: Audio Commentary with Sacha Gervasi and Stephen Rebello, Deleted Scene, Becoming the Master: From Hopkins to Hitchcock, Obsessed with Hitchcock, Sacha Gervasi’s Behind the Scenes Cell Phone Footage (15 cert.), Hitchcock Cell Phone PSA, The Story, The Cast, Danny Elfman Maestro, Hitch and Alma, Remembering Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock led a life of intrigue and alleged perversion, with his penchant for working his leading ladies into the ground should they dismiss his advances explored in the excellent The Girl starring Toby Jones. Hitchcock instead focuses on the making of the director’s shocker Psycho (1960) taking particular care in dissecting the relationship with his wife Alma (Mirren), and star Vivien Leigh (Johansson). Sadly the unnecessary tangents the story takes result in a picture as misshapen as Anthony Hopkins prosthetic gut.
Puzzlingly Hitchcock »
- Sam Carey
Harry Lewis, who started as an actor in films such as “Key Largo” and went on to found the Hamburger Hamlet and Kate Mantilini restaurants with his wife Marilyn, died of natural causes Sunday in Beverly Hills. He was 93.
Born in Hollywood, he started acting in the Air Force during WWII and was signed to Warner Bros. when he left the military. He met his future wife Marilyn when she came to see him several nights in a row at the Pasadena Playhouse. In “Key Largo,” he played Edward “Toots” bass, a member of Edward G. Robinson’s gang.
The Lewises opened the first Hamburger Hamlet on the Sunset Strip in 1950, with Harry cooking and Marilyn waiting tables, then opened a »
- Pat Saperstein
The Writers Guild of America (WGA) has decided to put together a list of 101 best scripted television shows of all time. Members of the WGA took part in an online survey in order to rank the many shows and HBO's "The Sopranos" came out on top, earning the title of WGA best scripted TV series in history. "Seinfeld" took second place, topping the list of the best sitcoms, beating "M*A*S*H" (5th), "Cheers" (8th), and "Friends" (24th). "The Twilight Zone" landed in third place. The show has been around since the 50's and is still on the air today. It's been rebooted twice and Bryan Singer is currently in the works on a fourth version. Check out the full list below and let us know if you believe something is missing or is not properly placed. 1. The Sopranos 2. Seinfeld 3. The Twilight Zone 4. All in the Family 5. M*A »
Last night the Writers Guild of America unveiled a list of what they are calling the 101 "Best Written TV Series of All Time."
The choices are mostly excellent, but like with any list - the ordering is highly debatable. "The Sopranos" and "Seinfeld" took the top two spots whilst current acclaimed shows like "Mad Men," "The Wire," "The Simpsons," "Breaking Bad" mixed with old classics like "The Twilight Zone," "Mas*H," "Cheers" and "Hill Street Blues".
Of course, everyone has their own take. I think some shows should be higher than they are such as "Deadwood," "The X-Files," "Game of Thrones" and "I Claudius". There's also some glaring omissions - the UK "The Office" makes it, but the far superior writing in the likes of Brit comedies like "Black Adder," "Yes Minister" and "The Thick of It" does not?
Here's the complete list, what do you think?
- Garth Franklin
Let the debate begin!
The Writers Guild of America has come out with its 101 Best-Written TV shows of all-time, putting this HBO drama at the very top of the list.
And while plenty of arguments will likely get underway regarding certain slots (The Shield isn't in the Top 10?!?), it will be difficult for anyone to truly take issue with The Sopranos at number-one.
Sit back now and consider the full list:
1. The Sopranos
6. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
7. Mad Men
9. The Wire
10. The West Wing
11. The Simpsons
12. I Love Lucy
13. Breaking Bad
18. Six Feet Under
21. 30 Rock
22. Friday Night Lights
26. The X-Files
29. The Cosby Show
31. The Honeymooners »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Richenthal)
The Writers Guild of America has released its list of the 101 best-written TV shows of all time. Over half the list is from the last decade, which the WGA says is due to the "sharp growth in original programming on bath basic and pay cable television," where writes are "given more latitude to explore the moral complexities of the worlds they created."
However, the WGA also points out that shows from TV's previous great eras are all the more impressive because of the constraints under which these previous generations of TV writers had to work.
Here is the complete list, though check out the WGA post for more details about why each show was included. What do you think got left off that should've been included? Do you take issue with any of the ordering?
1. The Sopranos
6. The »
The Writers Guild of America unveiled its picks for the 101 best-written TV series of all time over the weekend, and The Sopranos whacked the competition.
HBO’s seminal mob drama snagged the top spot on the highly subjective and sure-to-be-picked-apart list (Sex and the City ahead of Game of Thrones? Dexter ahead of The Shield? Bupkis for The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson?)
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Review the selections below and then hit the comments with your snappy judgements.
1. The Sopranos
5. M*A »
- Michael Ausiello
The Writers Guild of America on Sunday unveiled its list of the “101 Best Written TV Series of All Time,” topped by HBO’s “The Sopranos.”
The mob drama created by David Chase (pictured above right with “Sopranos” star James Gandolfini) led the list over such perennial faves as “Seinfeld” (which ranked No. 2), “All in the Family” (No. 4), “Mash” (No. 5) and “The Wire” (No. 9).
The list, the results of online voting by members of the WGA West and WGA East, immediately spurred debates over the rankings and omissions. The TV tally was a follow-up to the WGA’s “101 Greatest Screenplays” member survey conducted in 2006.
The WGA’s complete list of TV series follows:
Created by David Chase
- Cynthia Littleton
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