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Vampira And Me – The DVD Review

Review by Sam Moffitt

Being the first is not always a good thing. Many ground breaking artists who introduce something new into the cultural mix do not always fare well after they have changed the rules and the game. Take, just as one example, Orson Welles who changed forever how movies were made as well as radio drama and stage productions. Although Welles made out better than Maila Nurmi, also known as Vampira, the subject of the incredible and unforgettable documentary Vampira and Me.

H Greene first got to know Maila Nurmi when he interviewed her for a documentary called Schlock! The Secret History of Hollywood, (a good documentary in its own right.) Nurmi had grown distrustful of just about everyone, and with good reason. Yet for reasons Greene doesn’t even speculate on she trusted Greene and gave him almost two hours of interview time and discussed every last moment of her bizarre,
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Release Details and Cover Art for Mystery Science Theater 3000: Xxvi

This week sees the DVD release of Mystery Science Theater 3000: Xxvi, featuring The Magic Sword, Alien From L.A., Danger!! Death Ray and The Mole People:

“The poet Tennyson wrote that in spring our fancies lightly turn to thoughts of love. This spring, turn your fancies to the intrepid crew of The Satellite of Love with the latest installment in the Mystery Science Theater 3000 line: Mystery Science Theater 3000: Xxvi. Available March 26th, 2013 from Shout! Factory, this 4-dvd set is a must-have for fans of cult television shows and B-movies alike. Featuring four episodes previously unreleased on DVD: The Magic Sword, Alien From L.A., Danger!! Death Ray and The Mole People; MST3K: Xxvi also includes all new bonus features including a new interview with Alien From L.A. director Albert Pyun, an interview with The Magic Sword director Bert I. Gordon, Life After MST3K: Mike Nelson,
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A brief history of dragons in cinema

As Age Of The Dragons arrives on DVD and Blu-ray, Duncan takes a look at the history of dragons in the movies…

It's no wonder so many of us have grown up geeky, for dragons have been a strong mainstay of children's movies for decades now. With their inextricable link to the fantasy genre, many of us have been brainwashed into a fixation with them before we even knew what was happening. Well, that's a decent enough excuse, anyway, should you ever find yourself needing one in a dragon-based argument, which I'm sure there aren't nearly enough of.

Pity the children growing up from the mid-nineties onwards, as they've barely been able to make it through one whole year without a dragon movie being released, a trend which sees no sign of slowing. This year has already seen the release of Age Of The Dragons, starring Danny Glover and Vinnie Jones
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Star Trek Script Supervisor Robert Gary is Dead

Robert Gary worked in films and television as a script supervisor from the 1950s onward. He worked on most of the Star Trek television series during his career, including the original series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager.

Gary was born in Illinois in 1920. He was an aspiring actor before taking a job as a script supervisor on John Ford’s 1956 western classic The Searchers. He also served as script supervisor for the films The Magic Sword (1962), What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), The Strangler (1964), Hush… Hush… Sweet Charlotte (1964), and The Flight of the Phoenix (1965). He also worked frequently in television on such shows as Perry Mason, The Outer Limits, and Highway to Heaven.

Gary died in Los Angeles on May 3, 2010 at age 90.
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Starblog: Liner Notes: Seven Meals to Doomsday!

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Out to eat am I, but I also Have to write a Starblog with dinner. And it amuses me (if not others) to recount past meals I’ve had that were sort of far-out to eat. Or as the topic title I’ve assigned myself declares: Seven Meals to Doomsday!

Our cuisine criteria: I had to be at the table (sometimes semi-against my will), pop culture should be involved and there must be some Surreal aspect to it all. How good the food is—well, that hardly matters. It’s not the vittles; it’s the experience.

#1) Bethany College, Bethany, West Virginia, 1976 or ’77. CBS (and later NBC) newscaster Roger Mudd has come to our small college of distinction to give a lecture. We’re going to feed him, too, and I (as one of Communications Department Chairman James Carty’s pet students) have been drafted to attend that small dinner in the cafeteria rear.
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Fangoria #288 Sneak-Preview!

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Since we just announced that Fango #287 is out there staggering around to infect the masses, it's time to look into the future to see what Fangoria #288 has in store.

Hitting retailers on October 15th (with subscribers getting theirs early as always), Fango #288 is packed with another 100 pages of gory goodness. With a cover photo featuring Edi Gathegi in his role as Laurent from The Twilight Saga: New Moon, this next issue of Fango is sure to burn up the magazine racks!

What else is inside? Check out the full Guts and Gravy below the jump! Guts:

When “Halloween II” First Fell Twenty-eight years ago, Michael Myers made his initial stab at franchise-hood. “Box” Your Fears Would you make the deadly bargain this film offers? And how would you deal with the aftermath? *Contains Exclusive Cast Interviews, and a full gallery of never-before-seen exclusive photos! The “Saw VI” Factory If it’s Halloween,
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