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Blu-ray Review – Carrie (1976)

Carrie, 1976.

Directed by Brian De Palma.

Starring Sissy Spacek, Nancy Allen, John Travolta, William Katt, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, P.J. Soles, and Betty Buckley.


A shy teenage girl with a domineering religious mother unleashes hell with her telekinetic powers against all those who have wronged her.

On the back of their excellent release of John Carpenter’s The Thing on Blu-ray earlier this year, Arrow Video have yet again delved into the vault of horror classics from notable directors and given Brian De Palma’s 1976 adaptation of Stephen King’s Carrie a 4K restoration, presented here in a glorious limited edition featuring some juicy new extras.

Carrie White (Sissy SpacekJFK) is a shy teenage girl without any friends, bullied at school by the other girls and sheltered from the fun of regular teenage life by her overbearing religious mother Margaret (Piper LaurieThe Hustler), who punishes Carrie whenever
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Yes, Dame Judi Dench Has Totally Played Queen Victoria Before

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Image Source: Focus Features If Dame Judi Dench's latest role seems a bit familiar, there's good reason. Dench stars in the new movie Victoria and Abdul, which is based on a true story about the unlikely bond between England's Queen Victoria and an Indian servant who became one of her closest advisers. But Dench already had some practice with this particular monarch: she also played Queen Victoria in the 1997 film Mrs. Brown, for which she snagged both an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe win. Judi Dench in Mrs. Brown. Image Source: Everett Collection Judi Dench with costar Ali Fazal in Victoria and Abdul. Image Source: Everett Collection While the film itself has been subject to some mixed reviews, there's been almost unanimous praise for Dench's stunning performance in the starring role. And if she garners an Oscar nomination, she'll join an exclusive club: only six other actors
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Jake Lamotta, Real-Life Raging Bull Boxer, Dies at 95

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Jake Lamotta, Real-Life Raging Bull Boxer, Dies at 95
Jake Lamotta, the boxing champion whose memoir inspired Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull has passed away. Lamotta died in a Miami nursing home due to complications with pneumonia, TMZ reports. Lamotta's wife confirmed the news while another family member said that his condition has deteriorated quite a bit over the fast weeks after he was put on a feeding tube, which he kept pulling out. Lamotta's wife said, "I just want people to know, he was a great, sweet, sensitive, strong, compelling man with a great sense of humor, with eyes that danced."

Lamotta's memoir inspired Martin Scorsese and his 1980 movie, Raging Bull, which Robert De Niro won an Academy Award for his portrayal of the troubled boxer. The movie is widely considered one of Scorsese's best, as well as one of the best American movies of all time. In 1990, it was named to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry,
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Jake Lamotta, Real-Life ‘Raging Bull’ Boxer, Dies at 95

Jake Lamotta, Real-Life ‘Raging Bull’ Boxer, Dies at 95
Jake Lamotta, the boxing champion whose memoir inspired Martin Scorsese’s 1980 film “Raging Bull,” is dead. He was 95.

Lamotta’s daughter, Christi, confirmed the news in a Facebook post. “Rest in peace pop,” she captioned a photo of her late father. Lamotta’s wife told TMZ the late boxer “died in a nursing home due to complications from pneumonia.”


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Lamotta was born in the Bronx in the early ’20s to Italian immigrant parents. He became a professional boxer at 19, and fought most of his career as a middleweight. His career was highlighted by a rivalry with Sugar Ray Robinson, which led to a six-fight series, of which Lamotta won only one. He did, however, win the world middleweight title in 1949, defeating Marcel Cerdan. Over the course of his career as a boxer, Lamotta earned the nickname “The Raging Bull” for his rough and aggressive fighting style.

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Larry Sherman, New York Actor and Onetime Donald Trump Publicist, Dies at 94

Character actor Larry Sherman, who also served as publicist for Donald Trump in the 1980s, died Aug. 26 in New York of natural causes. He was 94.

Sherman received degrees in theater and journalism from the University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill, kicking around Manhattan with some stage roles and bit parts before segueing into a successful career as a sports journalist. He covered the 1962 Rome Olympics, and wrote for The Herald Tribune and Newsday before landing at the Long Island Press, where he worked for 25 years.

When the newspaper folded in 1977, Sherman moved to Los Angeles to take a job as head writer for the game show “The Joker’s Wild.” When that program went dark, he moved back to New York looking for work. “He began calling on his friends, and it was a guy at the New York Times, I think, who said ‘I hear this guy Trump is looking for a guy to do
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How Paul Newman returns for Cars 3 years after his death

Fans were surprised when the late Paul Newman was revealed to be in the cast for Cars 3, and what was more surprising still was what appeared to be new dialogue of his appearing during the film’s trailer.

Newman — the legendary and iconic actor of films such as The Hustler, Hud, and Cool Hand Luke, to a name a few – voiced the character of Doc Hudson in Cars back in 2006, before passing away two years later.

Last week’s trailer however includes vocals that are unmistakably Newman’s, leaving fans curious just how this was achieved. The film’s director Brian Fee was luckily on hand to explain just where this new dialogue came from during an interview with Cinema Blend.

“The Paul Newman voice you hear in that trailer is not actually in the film. There’s other Paul Newman stuff in the film. That was for the trailer.
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Film Festival Roundup: Hot Docs Announces Forum Titles, Wisconsin Film Festival Unveils Lineup and More

Film Festival Roundup: Hot Docs Announces Forum Titles, Wisconsin Film Festival Unveils Lineup and More
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– The Wisconsin Film Festival returns to Madison, running March 30 – April 6. Highlights of the program include James Gray’s “The Lost City of Z,” Terence Davies’ “A Quiet Passion,” Alex Ross Perry’s “Golden Exits,” Olivier Assayas’ “Personal Shopper,” Geremy Jasper’s “Patti Cake$” and a section dedicated to new women directors. Find out more information at their official site.

– The Denver Film Society has announced its full festival program and schedule for the 7th Women+Film Festival on International Women’s Day. The Festival will take place at the Sie FilmCenter April 4 – 9 and individual tickets and all-access passes are on sale now. The Women+Film Festival shines a spotlight on stories by and about women with a high profile, female-centric mix of documentaries, feature presentations and short films.
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Piper Laurie to Be Honored at Ojai Film Festival

Piper Laurie to Be Honored at Ojai Film Festival
Two-time Oscar nominee Piper Laurie will be honored at a special event next weekend at the Ojai Film Festival.

An Evening With Piper Laurie, to be held March 11 at the Ojai Art Center, will feature a half-hour documentary on her 100-plus film career, followed by a live Q&A with the veteran actress, now 85, and a screening of 1961’s The Hustler, for which she received Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Laurel and New York Film Critics Circle nominations.

The mini-documentary is part of Women in Film’s Legacy series, produced by Ilene Kahn Power and directed by Linda Feferman, which features filmed...
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Oscar Political Moments: A Timeline of the Memorable Sacrifices, Protests, and Speeches Throughout The Telecast’s History

Oscar Political Moments: A Timeline of the Memorable Sacrifices, Protests, and Speeches Throughout The Telecast’s History
Filmmakers and stars have often taken a political stance by choosing which projects to make. But when the Academy Awards ceremony began in 1929 to honor the best in film, this created a more public way to demonstrate opinions about the state of the world, the government or a cause.

Read More: Meryl Streep Fires Back at Donald Trump in Blistering Speech: ‘We Have the Right to Live Our Lives’

Not everyone has taken this opportunity though, except for maybe wearing the odd ribbon to support awareness or using their attendance (or lack thereof) to show solidarity. Those blessed by winning a coveted statuette, however, can use their actual acceptance speech as a platform to speak out. Although the awards started being televised in 1953, it took until the 1970s until winners began to really take advantage of having a massive audience for their views. And at times, even the Academy itself got political.
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Witness the Evolution of Cinematography with Compilation of Oscar Winners

This past weekend, the American Society of Cinematographers awarded Greig Fraser for his contribution to Lion as last year’s greatest accomplishment in the field. Of course, his achievement was just a small sampling of the fantastic work from directors of photography, but it did give us a stronger hint at what may be the winner on Oscar night. Ahead of the ceremony, we have a new video compilation that honors all the past winners in the category at the Academy Awards

Created by Burger Fiction, it spans the stunning silent landmark Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans all the way up to the end of Emmanuel Lubezki‘s three-peat win for The Revenant. Aside from the advancements in color and aspect ration, it’s a thrill to see some of cinema’s most iconic shots side-by-side. However, the best way to experience the evolution of the craft is by
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The Best Of The Best: The Greatest Movie Actors and the roles that made them great

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Author: Dave Roper

The prospective candidates for admission to MiB were hand-picked because they were the best of the best of the best. That’s a lot of superlatives. Eric Roberts and Chris Penn were two of the more unlikely members of a Tae Kwon Do team that took on Korea in The Best of the Best and across pretty much every athletic and artistic theatre of endeavour you can think of, debate rages as to who is the best of the best. Today we look at the greatest movie actors.

This new series of articles is not intended to lay such arguments to rest. Instead it will hopefully prompt some discussion and (polite) debate as we consider, within certain film-making disciplines, who might be considered to be the best and what is their best work. Highly subjective, of course, but that is whence springs healthy debate. We’ll get to actresses,
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Something Wild (1961)

Something Wild


The Criterion Collection 850

1961 / B&W / 1:66 widescreen 1:37 flat Academy / 113 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date January 17, 2017 / 39.95

Starring: Carroll Baker, Ralph Meeker, Mildred Dunnock, Jean Stapleton, Martin Kosleck, Charles Watts, Clifton James, Doris Roberts, Anita Cooper, Tanya Lopert.

Cinematography: Eugen Schüfftan

Film Editor: Carl Lerner

Original Music: Aaron Copland

Written by Jack Garfein and Alex Karmel from his novel Mary Ann

Produced by George Justin

Directed by Jack Garfein

After writing up an earlier Mod disc release of the 1961 movie Something Wild, I received a brief but welcome email note from its director:

“Dear Glenn Erickson,

Thank you for your profound appreciation of Something Wild.

If possible, I would appreciate if you could send

me a copy of your review by email.

Sincerely yours, Jack Garfein

Somewhere back East (or in London), the Actors Studio legend Jack Garfein had found favor with the review. Although
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The 12 Best Movie Sequels Ever

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Movie sequels are big business for Hollywood. Many fans are getting burnt-out on sequels, especially since so many of them are unnecessary. Still, let’s not forget that when they’re done right, sequels can be great. Here are a dozen of the greatest sequels ever made.

12. Star Trek 2: The Wrath Of Khan (1982): Still the best of all the Star Trek films, this excellent sequel corrected everything that went wrong with its disappointing predecessor, Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The action, the humor and the character interactions were all excellent. The comparisons to Moby Dick gave it a literary flavor, and Ricardo Montalban was fantastic as the villain, Khan Noonien Singh. The death of Spock was a surprise to long-time fans, even if it didn’t last. This film made the Trek film franchise fun and set the standard for the future films.

11. The Color Of Money
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Will Kevin Costner Return in Bull Durham 2?

Will Kevin Costner Return in Bull Durham 2?
It's never too late for a sequel. Something we've certainly learned over the last few years with movies like Independence Day and Zoolander getting follow-ups years after the originals came out. But this isn't some kind of new precedence just set in the last couple of years. Paul Newman didn't return in The Color of Money, a sequel to 1961's The Hustler, until twenty-some years after the fact. Getting a Bull Durham 2 would play to that same conceit, especially considering the fact that it's a sports movie.

There have always been sequels. But now, the multiplex lives and breathes by them as studios race to set up their own cinematic universes that can compete with the likes of Star Wars and Marvel. Some call this the Golden Age of the sequel. And we've gotten to the point where the most obscure film from decades ago could finally get a follow-up.
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Blu-ray Review – Smokey & The Bandit: The Complete Collection

Smokey & The Bandit: The Complete Collection.

Directed by Hal Needham/Dick Lowry.

Starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Pat McCormick, Paul Williams, Mike Henry, Colleen Camp, Dom DeLuise, Macon McCalman, Michael Mann, George Reynolds.


Box set featuring all three car chase movies remastered on Blu-ray, courtesy of Fabulous Films.

Thanks to Fabulous Films you can now relive those rainy bank holidays of the 1980s with this box set of good ol’ boy charm and crazy car stunts that is the Smokey & The Bandit trilogy, fully restored and available as a box set or individually.

In the first movie, legendary driver The Bandit (Burt ReynoldsDeliverance/Boogie Nights) accepts a challenge from shady businessmen Big Enos Burdette (Pat McCormickScrooged) and his son Little Enos (Paul Williams – The Muppet Movie) that he cannot illegally transport a truckload of beer from Texas to Atlanta within 28 hours. Recruiting
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Prom-Themed 40th Anniversary Carrie Reunion/Charity Event Heading to La’s Ace Hotel; October 14th Sees Reunion/Screening

With Scream Factory’s upcoming 40th Anniversary Bluray release of Brian de Palma’s 1976 classic Carrie on its way, what better way to not only celebrate the release, the legacy and the film that brought so many of us into either discovering or rediscovering the work of Stephen King, than with an all out 40th Anniversary reunion/screening/charity event?

Going down on Friday, October 14, 2016, the event is taking place not only to celebrate the release, but also as an effort to raise critical funds for the weSPARK Cancer Support Center (which sees Carrie star Nancy Allen as its Executive Director). The Ace Theater will be transformed head to tow with prom-themed decorations, and attendees are encouraged to dress in their best ’70s formal attire (or favorite character from the film for an opportunity to pose for a photo in a special photo booth and win Best Dressed “Carrie” character
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Carrie Reunion Screening & Prom-Themed After Party to Raise Money for weSPARK’s Cancer Support Center

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Scream Factory is already celebrating the 40th anniversary of Carrie with a Collector's Edition Blu-ray release of the iconic film, and now they are taking the prom party one step further with a cast and crew reunion screening in Los Angeles to raise money for the weSPARK Cancer Support Center.

Taking place at the Ace Theater in Los Angeles on Friday, October 14th, the 40th anniversary screening of Carrie will reunite cast members Piper Laurie, Nancy Allen, William Katt, and P.J. Soles, as well as editor Paul Hirsch and casting director Harriett B. Helberg.

The 1970s prom-themed evening will feature a screening of Scream Factory's new 4k transfer of Carrie and a cast and crew Q&A moderated by Bryan Fuller (NBC's Hannibal). The money raised through the event will go to weSPARK's cancer support programs. To learn more, we have the official press release with full details:

Press Release: Los Angeles,
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Paul Newman Talks About The Joy (And Pain) Of Finally Winning His Oscar In 1987 Interview – Watch

Paul Newman Talks About The Joy (And Pain) Of Finally Winning His Oscar In 1987 Interview – Watch
The Color of Money” wasn’t a Martin Scorsese project: iI was a Paul Newman project. The acclaimed actor, an enormous fan of “Raging Bull,” wrote the director a fan letter asking to make a picture based on a 1984 novel by Walter Tevis. The resulting film is one of Scorsese’s most uncharacteristic, framing the story as comeback narrative for Newman’s pool hustler Fast Eddie Felson — though it’s arguable they never really show him leaving the game at all.

The final film lets Newman’s star persona bounce off the power of a rising Tom Cruise in an oddly sweet and optimistic package, one that would finally win Paul Newman his first Oscar in 1987 for Best Actor. A few weeks before the ceremony, Newman sat down with “Film 87” host Russell Harty to talk about that elusive trophy, as well as what it’s like to be Paul Newman
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Carrie Turns 40 With Awesome Looking Bluray From Scream Factory; Hitting This October!

While we previously got the Bluray double feature of the TV adaption of Stephen King’s Carrie & the sequel to the 1976 adaption of the film, horror fans have been waiting for a Good HD release of Brian De Palma’s Sissy Spacek-led film. Previous releases have been “eh” at best, and it’s a title that just Begs for the Scream Factory treatment…and it looks like that’s about to happening. In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the horror classic, the Sf gang are pulling out the stops with a brand new October 11th Bluray release, complete with a new transfer, new supplemental material and quite the artwork (all versions…keep reading…).

It’s an excellent year for all things De Palma, and this news is really something for horror lovers to latch onto. I know I’ll be checking this one out, how about you fright fanatics?
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Carrie (1976) 40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Announced by Scream Factory

*Updated with the official press release.* This fall, Scream Factory will give horror fans an early Halloween treat with their 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition Blu-ray release of Brian De Palma's Carrie (1976).

Initially announced on EW, the Carrie Collector's Edition Blu-ray will be released on October 11th with a 4K scan of the movie's original negative and over three hours of extras for fans of the Stephen King adaptation to enjoy.

Similar to their 30th anniversary Return of the Living Dead Blu-ray, Scream Factory will also release Carrie in both a regular Collector's Edition and a Deluxe Limited Edition with an exclusive second slipcover, poster, and shipping of the film three weeks before its release.

Press Release: Los Angeles, CA - In 1976, Carrie, the “absolutely spellbinding horror movie” (Roger Ebert) directed by Brian DePalma (Scarface, The Untouchables, Dressed to Kill) and based on the best-selling Stephen King novel, premiered in theaters,
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