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"TCM Remembers 2011" is out. Remembered by Turner Classic Movies are many of those in the film world who left us this past year. As always, this latest "TCM Remembers" entry is a classy, immensely moving compilation. The haunting background song is "Before You Go," by Ok Sweetheart.
Among those featured in "TCM Remembers 2011" are Farley Granger, the star of Luchino Visconti's Senso and Alfred Hitchcock's Rope and Strangers on a Train; Oscar-nominated Australian actress Diane Cilento (Tom Jones, Hombre), formerly married to Sean Connery; and two-time Oscar nominee Peter Falk (Murder, Inc., Pocketful of Miracles, The Great Race), best remembered as television's Columbo. Or, for those into arthouse fare, for playing an angel in Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire.
Also, Jane Russell, whose cleavage and sensuous lips in Howard Hughes' The Outlaw left the puritans of the Production Code Association apoplectic; another Australian performer, Googie Withers, among »
- Andre Soares
One of our favorite channels is back at it, and Joe Dante preps you for Thursday’s night of great sci-fi double bills! If you’ve been following along with TCM’s Thursday night lineups this month, you’ll know that they’ve had killer double-bills of sci-fi monster movies. It’s been really wonderful and this week, they’re back with possibly the best and weirdest lineup yet. Here’s Joe with his takes:
Attack Of The 50 Foot Woman – The bizarre death of co-star Yvette Vickers (“that slut Honey Parker”) has thrust this iconic but endearingly preposterous anti-classic into the limelight once more. Who else but that damned can’t get-rid-of-him Dante, who knew Yvette personally, is back to expound in one of the very first Tfh episodes, as you can see by the backdrop, his Hollywood screening room.
Village Of The Giants - Apart from the cool »
This is a government warning. An explosion has caused radiation to pour over a cable channel called Turner Classic Movies and as a result large-scale monsters will be invading every Thursday! For fans of the drive-in classic “B movies” of the 50′s, TCM is bringing back all the cheesy fun throughout the month of June. Continuing tonight, TCM will host such films as Them!, The Black Scorpion, The Giant Claw, and many more. These campy classics reflected the nuclear fear that ran rampant at this time. Later this month, you will be able to catch Attack of the 50 foot Woman, The Cyclops, It Came From Beneath The Sea, The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, and The Blob. Click here for more info on the line-up. So, if you like your monsters large, your films with small budgets, and your acting over-the-top, make sure to keep an eye out for TCM every Thursday in June. »
- Michael Haffner
Hollywood is notoriously fickle in its favours, but the macabre demise of a former B-movie queen was an especially cruel twist
The concerned neighbour suspected something amiss. She came to check on the old lady and saw the mailbox covered with cobwebs. The only letters in it were yellowing, untouched bills. Forcing open the barricaded front gate and peering through a broken window, she saw lights illuminating a formerly beautiful interior now in total disrepair, filthy clothes, junk mail and boxes strewn everywhere.
Once inside, the only sound she heard was the low hum of a space heater still running. Evidently, the utility company never turned off the power. In the bedroom, she noticed a dead cordless phone on the floor … before she made the grisly discovery of a mummified, unrecognizable corpse. She knew instinctively it was the old lady.
The police said the woman, in her eighties, may have been dead for months. »
- Cory Franklin
Playboy magazine was a 6-year-old scandalous sensation when Hugh Hefner chose Yvette Vickers to appear as Miss July 1959, with a centerfold photo of her lying on a sofa flashing her bare behind. "Our lawyer thought that photo was going to get us into trouble," recalls Hefner with a laugh. "He literally wanted to stop the presses and change the Playmate. I said, 'Forget it.' " More than 50 years later, Hefner received another message about Vickers, this time a Tweet. The former Playmate and one-time B-movie queen had been found dead in a mummified state in her home. She had died »
- Dahvi Shira
Though I can't remember why I was watching Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) a few months back and thinking of maybe writing something up on it. (I thought I'd look at the 1990s Daryl Hannah remake too.) Needless to say that never came to fruition but this morning I read some horrific news. Yvette Vickers, the star of that infamous Bad Movie People Love about an angry adulteress who rampages once she's giantized, was found dead this week in her home in Benedict Canyon. She was 82ish.
The worst part of the story is this gruesome detail: her body was mummified indicating she'd been dead for a long time, possibly a year. That nobody checked in for that length of time -- neither friend nor neighbor (she had no surviving family members) -- is scarier than any horror movie.
Her first film appearance was in the showbiz classic, Sunset Boulevard. »
- NATHANIEL R
The mummified body found in the home of B-movie actress and former Playboy Playmate Yvette Vickers has yet to be identified by the Los Angeles Coroner, EOnline is reporting. But it is believed to be Vickers’ remains, and a coroner spokesperson has contacted the family of the 82-year-old actress. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Vickers’ friends have not seen the ‘Attack of the 50 Foot Woman’ star in months. It may have even taken the Lapd up to a year to locate the body. Vickers’ neighbor, Susan Savage, reportedly found the body on April 27, 2011 on the floor of an upstairs room. The coroner’s spokesperson said bodies »
This a strange and sad story, perhaps the strangest and saddest you.ll read this week. Yvette Vickers the star of Attack of the 50 Foot Woman and many other notable, ridiculous, and fun B-movies from the 50s was found dead last week in her home. She was 82 and the circumstances of her death sound like something out of one of the B-movies she was once famous for. Vickers was a blonde bombshell and a Playboy Playmate before making a career in the movies. She appeared in more than 40 different films and television programs, the last one in 1990. She worked most in the 50s doing edgy, tawdry cult films like 50 Foot Woman or Attack of the Giant Leeches, which in their own way shaped the modern film era but were mostly a lot of completely trashy fun. Even if you.ve never seen any of her films, you.ve almost »
Actress and former Playboy Playmate Yvette Vickers has been found dead in her Beverly Hills home. She was 82 years old. Vickers had kept to herself so neighbors did not notice her absence until a year after she apparently died of natural causes. A neighbor broke into her home after noticing signs of neglect on the property and discovered her body, which was so badly decomposed she was unrecognizable. Vickers gained her primary fame from the 1958 B science fiction classic Attack of the 50 Foot Woman. Her image from the movie poster as the titular character became an iconic part of American pop culture. Stardom didn't follow, however, although Vickers did continue to work in small parts in feature films and on TV. Click here for more »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
The remains of '50s B-movie actress and former Playboy model Yvette Vickers were found in her L.A. home. She was 82.
A neighbor noticed cobwebs on Vickers' mailbox, and when she entered the dilapidated house, she found the actress' decomposing body. Vickers had long been a recluse -- and could have been dead for as long as a year, reports the Los Angeles Times.
"She kept to herself, had friends and seemed like a very independent spirit, »
This writer has been to the beloved New Beverly Cinema countless times over the last several years, but not for something nearly as cool as what I experienced last Wednesday night. Last week, the four masterminds behind the upcoming horror anthology Chillerama- Adam Green, Joe Lynch, Adam Rifkin and Tim Sullivan- all converged with their relative casts in tow to the revival theater to shoot the final scenes of the film.
Green explained the reasoning behind wanting to shoot at the New Beverly, a place I know that he and the other directors have spent countless nights at throughout the years. “The New Beverly is such a special, special place to all Los Angeles' cinefiles and most of the working genre directors have spent a lot of time there over the years. From the old grindhouse double features to the random midnight horror selections to my own ‘Evening »
In what is absolutely the strangest, and saddest, story I've reported lately, the mummified body of actress, singer and pinup model Yvette Vickers has been found in her Benedict Canyon home. It is expected she died of natural causes.
Apparently, Vickers, who appeared in 1950s cult faves such as Attack of the 50 Foot Woman and Attack of the Giant Leeches, died a year ago at age 82, but no one realized it until a concerned neighbor, Susan Savage, noticed her mail piling up last week. Savage then forced open a barricaded front gate, scaled a hillside, climbed through a broken window and pushed past piles of "clothes, junk mail and letters" to reach her, according to the Los Angeles Times.
A mummified body, believed to be that of one-time Playboy Playmate Yvette Vickers, was found in a Beverly Hills home on Monday (May 2).
The body was found in a dilapidated home, according to Reuters, after a neighbor noticed cobwebs and old letters in the mailbox. It's believed the body was in situ for at least a year before being discovered.
The house was reportedly packed with boxes, one window was broken and a space heater was running in the upstairs room where the body was found. Police said there were no signs of foul play.
Vickers, named Playboy's Miss July in 1959, was also a B-movie actress whose credits include "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman" and "Attack of the Giant Leeches." She also made an uncredited appearance in 1950's "Sunset Boulevard."
In the 1990s, Vickers released a jazz CD, "Tribute to Charlie and Maria," dedicated to her parents. According to Wikipedia, »
Well this is beyond creepy. The Los Angeles Times reports that Yvette Vickers, star of the schlock sci-fi (schli-fi?) classic "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman" (1958) was found dead in her Los Angeles home last Wednesday. But not just any kind of dead: mummified dead.
Vickers, who was 82, became a recluse after her Hollywood career, which ended in the early 1990s. According to a friend quoted in the Times, she was convinced she was being stalked, and became increasingly paranoid. With no immediate survivors -- she was married and divorced twice -- Vickers had no one looking in on her. So when neighbors finally became suspicious of the mail piling up outside her house, they were the ones who discovered her body, which was "so decomposed that it was unrecognizable," according to People. Police say that the condition of Vickers' body indicates she was dead for nearly a year when she was found. »
- Matt Singer
'Attack of the 50 Foot Woman' star Yvette Vickers has been found dead. The screen beauty and former Playboy Playmate's body was discovered in her Los Angles home on April 27 by her neighbour, Susan Savage. It is unclear at present how Yvette died, but her body was in an advanced state of decomposition and unrecognisable to her neighbour. Explaining why she went into the house, Susan told the La Times newspaper: ''The letters seemed untouched and were starting to yellow. I just had a bad feeling.'' Police attended the 82-year-old star's home and while »
She caused guys at the drive-in movies of the '50s and the readers of Playboy to swoon, counted Cary Grant and the actor Jim Hutton (father of Timothy Hutton) among her lovers, and even appeared - briefly - opposite Paul Newman in the Oscar-winning Hud. But when it came to Hollywood endings, pinup model and actress Yvette Vickers reached a heartbreaking fadeout. As her uncollected mail gathered cobwebs outside, inside Vickers's dilapidated Los Angeles home last Wednesday, police, acting on a concerned neighbor's tip, discovered the mummified remains of the onetime 36"-24"-36" cult star of the space-alien B-movies »
- Stephen M. Silverman
Apparently she’d been dead in her apartment for many months and they just discovered her mummified remains. The sultry B-movie starlet was known for her sexy sneer and was often cast as bad girls in 50′s schlock such as Reform School Girl (1957) and Attack Of The Giant Leeches (1958). The vivacious blonde was Playboy’s Playmate of the Month in July 1959. I met her at a Fangoria convention years back and she was a great, fun broad. Listen to her commentary on the Attack Of The 50 Foot Woman DVD and you’ll hear a woman with a lot of stories to tell.
From Yahoo News:
Los Angeles . Los Angeles County coroners are trying to confirm that a badly decomposed body found in the home of former Playboy Playmate and B-movie actress Yvette Vickers is hers.
A neighbor discovered the body in a mummified state last week, police told the Los Angeles Times. »
- Tom Stockman
The mummified remains of former Playboy Playmate Yvette Vickers were discovered in the model's L.A. area home this week ... and investigators believe the state of her body suggests she may have been dead for close to a year. 82-year-old Vickers -- who famously starred in "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman" -- was reportedly a recluse ... and neighbors say they hadn't seen her since last Summer. A neighbor decided to inspect the house after »
- TMZ Staff
Another star from Hollywood's heyday has passed on, albeit in a very curious fashion. Attack of the 50 Foot Woman co-star Yvette Vickers was found dead in her home under some really odd and extremely sad circumstances.
According to the Los Angeles Times Vickers (pictured right), a B-movie actress whose credits include Attack of the Giant Leeches, was found dead last week at her home in L.A.'s Benedict Canyon area. She was 82.
Based on the mummified state of her body, police believe that she could have been dead for nearly a year, the Los Angeles Times reported. Police don't suspect foul play, but the Los Angeles county coroner's office will determine the official cause of death.
Her body was discovered by a neighbor, who had gone to check on Vickers after noticing old letters and spiderwebs in her mailbox. The neighbor said Vickers was unrecognizable when she found her. »
- Uncle Creepy
Former Playboy pinup and B-movie actress Yvette Vickers died at the age of 82. But it wasn't until a year later—last Wednesday—that her mummified body was found in her Beverly Hills home. Neighbor Susan Savage found the Attack of the 50 Foot Woman star lying on the floor of an upstairs room, after pushing open a barricaded front gate, "scaling a hillside", climbing through a broken window and pushing through stacks of "clothes, junk mail and letters" to reach her, according to the Los Angeles Times. Although Vickers generally kept to herself in the neighborhood, Savage decided to check on her after seeing cobwebs and old letters in her mailbox. "The letters seemed »
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