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Interviews: Christmas Stars Shine With Mickey Rooney, Ernest Borgnine, Tippi Hedren, Larry Hagman

24 December 2009 6:10 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – On this Christmas Eve, we will bask in the light of sparkling film stars, and honor their legacy. Mickey Rooney, Ernest Borgnine, Tippi Hedren and Larry Hagman met admirers at the Hollywood Celebrities Show.

The older stars are the most fascinating and best attended towards at these type of events. There is a sense of regal elements to their bearing, but at the same time a knowledge that they were possessed in another era, simpler perhaps, but still significant in this time of online and DVD assess to the older canon.

Let us spend time briefly this Christmas Eve with the following legends of film, as HollywoodChicago and the ace of all aces, photographer Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto, connect to the living embodiments of our film history past at the Hollywood Celebrities Show in Rosemont, Illinois.

Mickey Rooney, Film and Box Office Titan for Metro Goldwyn Mayer

The Mickster, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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6 New Clips from Inglourious Basterds DVD & Blu-Ray

10 December 2009 8:40 PM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Universal Studios Home Entertainment just sent over a batch of clips from the upcoming DVD/Blu-ray release of Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds (available 12/15). The clips (along with a new trailer) show off some of the bonus features to be found on the special edition releases.

Get the full details on the discs and check out the new clips below the jump!

In the first year of the German occupation of France, Shosanna Dreyfus (Mélanie Laurent) witnesses the execution of her family at the hand of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz). Shosanna narrowly escapes and flees to Paris where she forges a new identity as the owner and operator of a cinema.

Elsewhere in Europe, Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) organizes a group of Jewish American soldiers to perform swift, shocking acts of retribution. Later known to their enemy as “the Basterds,” Raine's squad joins German actress and undercover »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (James Zahn)

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Iliades To Replace Campbell On 'Birds' Remake

5 December 2009 6:54 AM, PST | AMC - Script to Screen | See recent AMC - Script to Screen news »

Pajiba is reporting that Dennis Iliades ("The Last House on the Left") has apparently replaced Martin Campbell ("Casino Royale," "Goldeneye") in the director's chair for the remake of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds."

Here is what the site says:

But a Universal property like The Birds isn’t going to simply disappear because it lost a big-name director. It just gets kicked down a stair to the next available lower tier director. In this case, that director looks be Dennis Iliades, who brought us the stunningly mediocre remake of The Last House on the Left.

It’s not completely official yet, but Illiades is in the driver’s seat of the $60 million produced movie — he’s driving the new direction of the movie, which, under Campbell’s direction, was geared toward a PG-13 release. Illiades is more interested in amping up the horror and making it an R-rated affair, although at this point, »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Despite Being a Bad Idea, The Birds Remake Moves Forward

4 December 2009 3:19 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Once upon a time Daphne Du Maurier wrote a neat little short story about birds run amok called The Birds. In 1963 Alfred Hitchcock adapted the short story into a film starring Tippi Hedren. I saw it as a mere sprout when it was on  a small screen, in other words, television and had nightmares. By today's standards some corpses missing their eyeballs is pretty tame stuff, but gore was never Hitchcock's M.O. It then came to pass that Martin Campbell, Casino Royale, was to direct Naomi Watts in a remake. I wonder if she was set to revive the icy cool blond with the blond updo that seemed never to get frazzled on Tippi even as she fled screaming from flocks of belligerent birds. Or was she to be a more down to earth bird plagued heroine. Campbell has now left the project and it looks like Watts has as well. But »

- Robin Ruinsky

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The Birds Remake Gets The Last House on the Left Director

4 December 2009 6:20 AM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

Some potentially distressing news this week for fans of Alfred Hitchcock. It looks like that long-rumoured remake of The Birds from Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes production company is still happening, despite the fact that the previously attached director Martin Campbell has since left the project for Green Lantern pastures. According to Pajiba [1], a new director is settling into Campbell's place, and that man is Dennis Iliades, who helmed this year's remake of Wes Craven's The Last House on the Left. Now, I actually didn't mind the new version of The Last House on the Left, but the reason I find this news distressing (aside from the fact that they are remaking The Birds!) is the fact that Iliades reportedly wants to amp up the gore and turn the movie into an R-rated horror flick. It is also getting yet another rewrite, having already gone through Scott Derickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, »

- Sean

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New director for remake of Hitchcock classic The Birds

4 December 2009 2:30 AM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

It Looks like the planned remake of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds is about to spread its wings again.

Production company Platinum Dunes - created in 2001 by filmmakers Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form - has been developing a new version for several years as part of its catalogue of horror reimaginings.

In Hitchcock's classic - based on Daphne du Maurier's 1952 novella - birds inexplicably gather and attack in a California town.

Tippi Hedren, star of the film, criticised plans for the remake in 2007, telling MTV: "Why would you do that? Why? I mean, can't we find new stories, new things to do?"

In June this year, producers Form and Fuller admitted to Collider that they were having problems with the idea.

Fuller said at the time: "Birds... What do they do? They peck and poke...so there's not a lot of variety as to what can happen.

"We keep trying, »

- David Bentley

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'The Birds. Remake Gets Helmer

3 December 2009 9:35 PM, PST | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

How do you make an interesting movie out of killer birds? That’s what the executives at Platinum Dunes have been trying to figure out.

But since it’s ostensibly a remake of The Birds, the Alfred Hitchcock suspense classic, perhaps one way is hiring a director experienced with rehashes?

According to Coventry Telegraph’s The Geek Files, the production company run by Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form has hired Dennis Iliadis, director of the recent remake of The Last House on the Left. Iliadis is expected to deliver an R-rated horror film at a budget of approximately $60 million.

Screenwriter Scott Derrickson has already turned in a script, which like the Hitchcock classic, is based on Daphne du Maurier’s 1952 novella about birds that gather and attack in a California town. Billy Ray and Peter Craig are reportedly doing rewrites on it—and maybe that’s a good thing, »

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'The Birds' Remake May Take a Trip to the 'Last House on the Left'

3 December 2009 5:45 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Platinum Dunes, the company behind the reboots of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th, and the upcoming Nightmare on Elm Street, announced they were going to revisit Alfred Hitchcock's classic nature-run-amok film The Birds over two years ago. Though little progress has been tracked since then, the bulk of that time span found Casino Royale and Goldeneye director Martin Campbell the main name attached to the helm. And while one could have assumed the lack of visible progress meant the remake had idled at the studio, Pajiba is now reporting that's no longer the case.

According to their source, The Birds is once again looking to get off the ground, only without Campbell in the pilot's seat. They're told that Dennis Iliades is being courted to take over, a move that should divide fans of the original film. On the one hand, Campbell's experience with grand set pieces would »

- Peter Hall

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Martin Campbell Flies from ‘The Birds’ Remake

3 December 2009 5:17 PM, PST | newsinfilm.com | See recent newsinfilm news »

Martin Campbell is through with Universal’s remake of the Alfred Hitchcock classic The Birds.  The Casino Royale director has long been attached to the sacrilegious ideas, but he has signed to make The Green Lantern for Warner Bros and is moving on to bigger and better things.

The good folks at Pajiba have the scoop from the inside, who says Dennis Iliades (Last House on the Left, another remake) is interested in becoming the replacement.

Campbell’s departure was confirmed shortly after by horror site Bloody-Disgusting, but their source denies Iliades’ involvement.  Nothing seems to be signed there while the studio tweaks the script one more time (this makes at least 3 or 4).  I took a peek at an early version of the screenplay and it read like a flock had dive bombed a keyboard.

Naomi Watts has also been attached for years, but with Campbell peacing out she may come to her senses too. »

- Jeff Leins

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Rumor Control: 'The Birds' Remake Begins at the 'Last House on the Left'?

3 December 2009 9:09 AM, PST | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

We've firmed up some unconfirmed news floating around the web last night over at Pajiba. It is 100% true that Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) will Not be directing Universal Pictures' remake of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, although their report that Last House on the Left helmer Dennis Iliades would be replacing him was 100% bogus. Through a few e-mails we learned that Iliades had at once talked to Platinum Dunes producers, but at this time there are no deals on the table or even talks for that matter. The new version would be based on the short story by Daphne Du Maurier, to which Universal owns the rights and which inspired Hitchcock's movie. Tippi Hedren starred in the original thriller about increasingly vicious birds that terrorize a small town. »

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‘The Birds’ Remake Gets A New Director?

3 December 2009 8:49 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

The last time we reported on the completely unnecessary remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic The Birds, it looked to be dead on the ground, at least for the time being. Sadly, however, it appears the remake is still on its way, and it may have found a new director.

Casino Royale director, Martin Campbell, had been attached up until this point to direct The Birds. However, a little project called Green Lantern came along, and evidently The Birds got brushed to the side and almost forgot about. According to Pajiba, their inside source in The Hollywood Cog says that Campbell is no longer helming the $60 million project, which is set up at Michael Bay’s horror remake-prone production company, Platinum Dunes (the studio responsible for the remakes of A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Amityville Horror, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th, amongst others).

 

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- Ross Miller

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Martin Campbell Off The Birds

2 December 2009 5:55 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

As he's now far too busy working on Green Lantern, it appears Martin Campbell has decided to drop out of developing Platinum Dunes' planned remake of The Birds.Well, either that or the ghost of Alfred Hitchcock cameoed in one of his dreams to convince him that it was a bad idea. Still, Hitch has yet to make an appearance in the unconscious of Dennis Iliades, who, according to the Pajiba blog, is looking to take over the director's chair.Iliades isn't exactly new to the horror remake genre - just this year, he graced us all with a new version of Last House On The Left. So it appears he's producer Michael Bay's top choice to handle the feathered fiends.This fresh outing for the avian evil hasn't exactly enjoyed an easy flight to the screen - it's been through several writers, including Scott Derickson (The Exorcism Of Emily Rose »

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Geek Deal: Alfred Hitchcock Masterpiece DVD Collection for $54

28 October 2009 9:32 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the Day is the Alfred Hitchcock Masterpiece DVD Collection for $53.99, 55% off the $120 list price. The collection features "14 of the finest works from the universally acclaimed Master of Suspense come together for the first time in one collection." Packaged in a velvet box, the individual discs inside come four to a case, decorated with original poster art. A 36-page booklet is filled mostly with stills and poster art. As with all the gold box deals, this deal is only good until midnight. The titles include: The Birds; Marnie; Vertigo; Rope; Rear Window; Psycho; The Man Who Knew Too Much; Torn Curtain; Frenzy; Shadow of a Doubt; The Trouble With Harry; Topaz; Saboteur; and Family Plot. Each of the 14 films is supplemented with numerous documentaries, commentaries, and other bonus materials: 14 documentaries; 9 featurettes; Commentaries; Newsreel footage; Production photos, sketches and notes; Storyboards; Theatrical trailers; Masters »

- Peter Sciretta

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Mr. October: Dani Filth

3 October 2009 1:30 PM, PDT | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

Either you’re a Cradle of Filth fan, or you’re not, but even if you don’t listen to the music of the amazing metal band fronted by Dani Filth (sort of a cross between a musician, an evil warlock, and a British person), you won’t be able to deny Dani’s filthy charm. The dark enforcer of heavy metal and all things darkness has a surprisingly funny side to go along with his incontrovertible sex appeal. In 2003 he voiced the "Dominator" in the feature-length animated film of the same name and starred in the horror film Cradle of Fear. You can hear his collaborative work with Claudio Simonetti and the band Daemonia on the soundtrack of the Argento horror film The Mother of Tears. Now Dani’s latest creation, The Gospel of Filth, is causing us to get our panties in a tizzy. This collection of essays on the occult, »

- Superheidi

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Remaking A Nightmare on Elm Street

28 September 2009 9:45 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The new trailer for director Samuel Bayer and producer Michael Bay's remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street left me thinking these guys think I'm an idiot. And while I have yet to see the movie, I hold out hope that they won't turn another classic into a joke, steering the youth of today away from creepy, original storytelling towards the mire of generic, empty, in-it-for-the-money, crap. Bayer's credits include directing a bunch of videos, and although some of them are those of Iron Maiden and Metallica, that's about the closest he's come to directing horror. The trailer for the new Nightmare has the same feeling as Bay's other remake projects, namely The Amityville Horror and Texas Chainsaw Massacre, both of which turned out to be desecrations of their originals... in my humble opinion. Looks like one saving grace will be the role of Freddy Kruger played by Jackie Earle Haley »

- Melanie Lefebvre

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British Horror Filmmaker Ashley Thorpe Talks About The Hairy Hands

22 September 2009 12:31 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

If you click here you’ll be able to read the first feature I wrote about visionary UK based filmmaker Ashley Thorpe, an artist whose carefully controlled, creepy and rapturously gothic short films Scayrecrow and The Screaming Skull (which screened at this years NYC Fango Con) really left an impression on me.

The man is a stylist supreme, his weird rotoscope approach matched by his respect for myth and I wasn’t the only one who thought so. Both pictures have gone on to win a multitude of awards and earn a plethora of accolades (you can see them for yourself at Thorpe’s site) and I thought it was high time to play catch up with the man.

See, I’m still convinced this guy is going to be a huge influence in horror for years to come and it appeases my ego to know that I was one »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Chris Alexander)

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Who are the Greatest All-Time Scream Queens?

16 September 2009 12:49 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

With this week's release of Jennifer's Body it is inevitable the topic of scream queens will come up, and even if it doesn't... I'm bringing it up, but not in the form of a top ten. I really don't see how you can rank these ladies, or what purpose it would serve as several could take the top spot and the others all coming in a close second. They all bring a little something special to each of their films and remain memorable for their performances. So I present you a selection of classic scream queens, including all-timers such as Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh and Fay Wray, a few of my own favorites and a selection of memorable extras at the very end. However, once you look through my list tell me who I left off and who your favorite scream queens are. I think I've taken care of many of the obvious choices, »

- Brad Brevet

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Jackson tigers 'threatened by La fires'

2 September 2009 11:51 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Two of Michael Jackson's former tigers have reportedly been threatened by wildfires in Los Angeles. The 65-acre Shambala Preserve, which is run by The Birds actress Tippi Hedren, has housed the late singer's exotic felines Thriller and Sabu since 2006. The wildfires are less than a mile away from the reserve, while the 64 animals that populate the area are expected to be evacuated, according to E!. Thousands of area residents have already been displaced from the blaze, which is raging in the (more) »

- By Tim Parks

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L.A. Wildfires Threaten Michael Jackson's Tigers, Spare E.T.'s Home

2 September 2009 8:15 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Thanks to the capricious ways of Mother Nature, with a massive assist from Los Angeles firefighters, E.T. still has a home to phone. Michael Jackson's tigers—should they, you know, be capable of pulling off such a dialing feat—may not be so lucky. The Shambala Preserve, run by The Birds babe Tippi Hedren and, since 2006, home to the King of Pop's exotic felines Thriller and Sabu, has been threatened by the wildfires raging now less than a mile away from the 65-acre nonprofit sanctuary. The 64 animals housed on the preserve may be the next victims of the area's forced evacuation by the so-called Station fire, which has already displaced some 12,000 residents in the foothills of the »

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Happy Birthday, Alfred Hitchcock: Wake-Up Video

13 August 2009 6:00 AM, PDT | MTV Newsroom | See recent MTV Newsroom news »

It's always a little bit unusual to celebrate the birthday of somebody who has already passed away, but in this case an exception is necessary. On August 13, 1899, a boy was born to a fruit importer and a poultry merchant named Hitchcock. They named their son Alfred, and over the course of his life, he would reinvent the cinema more than any director in film history. His body of work reads like an essential film library: "Notorious," "Shadow of a Doubt," "Rope," "Suspicion" and "Lifeboat" are all classics, and they only represent a fraction of his output in the 1940s alone. The most incredible thing about Hitchcock is the fact that he lived through (and was a part of) most every film development of the 20th century, moving from the very invention of cinema to the introduction of sound to the development of color. He lent depth to huge Hollywood stars »

- Kyle Anderson

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