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Director: Michael Thelin
Running Time: 80 Minutes
Synopsis: After their regular babysitter “can’t make it”, the Thompson family turn to her friend Anna to look after the children while they go out for a rare night out to celebrate their anniversary. However, is this girl who they think she is?
Certainly aiming to terrify parents at this year’s FrightFest is the tense first full-feature film by Michael Thelin, Emelie. Apart from Halloween and When A Stranger Calls, there aren’t many films that present babysitting as a dangerous prospect. Films like Mary Poppins and Mrs. Doubtfire, show it to be a fun and wacky time for kids to have with interesting “mature” teenagers/adults. Has anybody wondered why parents so freely in these films, allow such strangers into their homes? Adventures In Babysitting for example, could »
- Louise Tooth
War-Gods of the Deep Kl Studio Classics Savant Blu-ray Review War-Gods of the Deep Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1965 / Color / 2:35 widescreen 1:37 flat Academy / 84 min. / City in the Sea / Street Date August ll, 2015 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Vincent Price, Tab Hunter, David Tomlinson, Susan Hart, John Le Mesurier, Harry Oscar, Derek Newark, Roy Patrick, Herbert the Rooster. Cinematography Stephen Dade Film Editor Gordon Hales Original Music Stanley Black Written by Charles Bennett, Louis M. Heyward, David Whitaker based on City in the Sea by Edgar Allan Poe Produced by Daniel Haller Directed by Jacques Tourneur
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
By 1965 American-International Pictures was looking in all directions, trying to hit on new themes to replace the monsters and juvenile delinquents of their early days. Beach party movies and the Edgar Allan Poe cycles had almost reached their limit as well. The company expanded into TV distribution and inaugurated co-productions in both Italy and London. »
- Glenn Erickson
Debbie Reynolds ca. early 1950s. Debbie Reynolds movies: Oscar nominee for 'The Unsinkable Molly Brown,' sweetness and light in phony 'The Singing Nun' Debbie Reynolds is Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” star today, Aug. 23, '15. An MGM contract player from 1950 to 1959, Reynolds' movies can be seen just about every week on TCM. The only premiere on Debbie Reynolds Day is Jerry Paris' lively marital comedy How Sweet It Is (1968), costarring James Garner. This evening, TCM is showing Divorce American Style, The Catered Affair, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and The Singing Nun. 'Divorce American Style,' 'The Catered Affair' Directed by the recently deceased Bud Yorkin, Divorce American Style (1967) is notable for its cast – Reynolds, Dick Van Dyke, Jean Simmons, Jason Robards, Van Johnson, Lee Grant – and for the fact that it earned Norman Lear (screenplay) and Robert Kaufman (story) a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award nomination. »
- Andre Soares
Life Coach: Mills’ Debut a Showcase for Own Multi-talents
Toronto based filmmaker Pat Mills makes his directorial debut with Guidance, a dark hearted comedy that gets a lot of traction from exaggerated, inappropriate behavior draping its endearing core. Aping the hook of Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003), Mills manages to surpass David Spade’s limitations with a basic premise that has a myriad of possibilities, and, as far as comedies hinged on adults behaving badly goes, Mills’ film works on a variety of entertaining levels. Director, screenwriter, and star, his strongest asset happens to be himself in an entertaining performance that is as unabashedly off-putting as it is strangely empathetic. His onscreen persona manages to help us overlook some of the film’s minor sleights to the development of supporting characters necessary for the attempted third act pathos. Nevertheless, this is an impressionable first feature, one deserving of attention as »
- Nicholas Bell
Animal might want to stick to playing the drums, ’cause it doesn’t look like remembering lyrics is the guy’s forte. In a new video of from “The Muppets” YouTube channel, Floyd Pepper and Animal deliver (or attempt to deliver) a dramatic reading of “It’s a Small World.” (This video made possible by the 2004 Disney acquisition of the Muppets.) This might be the most tolerable rendition of the Disneyland earworm. (Trivia for you: The song was written by The Sherman Brothers, the same folks who gave us the music of “Mary Poppins” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”) Check out the video below: The video is among several videos being rolled out to promote the upcoming mockumentary-style “Muppets” TV show, which premieres on ABC on Sept. 22. »
- Emily Rome
The summer is winding down, but your auditions are just getting started! Check out these eight upcoming auditions you should be aware of, including ones from Disney cruises, Baz Luhrmann’s new Netflix series, and others. Disney Cruise Line, Male And Female VOCALISTSThe entertainment giant’s luxury cruise lines are casting “talented and versatile theater vocalists” to play iconic Disney roles such as Aladdin, Genie, Hercules, Ursula, Mary Poppins, and others. Auditions are Sept. 13 in New York City, so start upping those voice lessons! “The Nether”From Los Angeles to the West End to New York to New Jersey, Jennifer Haley’s sci-fi thriller and crime drama has critics raving and theaters clamoring to produce it. This Hackettstown, N.J. production is casting several roles for its Oct. 9–25 run. Auditions are Sept. 2 with rehearsals beginning Sept. 22. This is a paid Equity Spt contract. “Where Seagulls Go To Die”The lead »
Director: Chris Columbus; Screenwriters: Tim Herlihy, Timothy Dowling; Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad, Michelle Monaghan, Brian Cox, Sean Bean; Running time: 106 mins; Certificate: 12A
The prospect of a new Adam Sandler movie hitting cinemas instills the same sense of trepidation as the theme from Jaws. Shivers down the spine. Heart palpitations. A cold sweat. Can the intriguing blockbuster premise of Pixels prove to be that bigger boat and offer us salvation?
Scarily similar in concept to a 2002 episode of Futurama, Pixels revolves around an attack on Earth by aliens who have received a signal beamed into outer space that includes classic arcade games from the 1980s. They interpret it as a declaration of war and use a giant size Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and other such characters to launch a wave of destruction.
It's left to childhood video game champion and adulthood loser Sam (Sandler), his »
We’ve got another busy week of horror and sci-fi home entertainment releases on the horizon as August 11th has a great variety of titles both new and old to get excited about. Scream Factory is releasing their Collector’s Edition Blu-ray for Wes Craven’s The People Under the Stairs and Kino Lorber has dug up another great cult classic, War-Gods of the Deep, and given it an HD overhaul as well. Unfriended is also coming home on Blu and DVD and Universal is finally releasing James Wan’s Dead Silence on Blu-ray, featuring an unrated version of the underrated film. And for all you DC Comics fans out there, get ready for a ton of titles making their debut this week on Blu courtesy of Warner Home Video.
The People Under the Stairs: Collector’s Edition (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)
- Heather Wixson
A year after starring in House of Wax, Vincent Price made another film with a solid cast and a script by an Oscar-winning writer, photographed in Technicolor by the man who went on to shoot such rainbow-hued classics as Mary Poppins. But Born in Freedom: The Story of Colonel Drake never played in theaters: it was an industrial film. Many Hollywood professionals made a good living working in the arena of nontheatrical filmmaking. These sponsored films were underwritten by various corporations, industrial groups, and branches of our government. Now my pal Ron Hall at Festival Films has released a collection of these oddities on DVD under the title Industrial Strength America. Born...
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- Leonard Maltin
The British royal family gathered for a very special occasion on Sunday: Princess Charlotte's christening! The young royal was christened at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene on Queen Elizabeth II's Sandringham Estate, where the late Princess Diana was baptized. Princess Charlotte, whose five godparents were revealed shortly before the ceremony, wore a replica of the royal christening robe that, until 2004, was used to baptize every royal baby since Queen Victoria's time. It's the same replica that Prince George wore for his baptism in 2013, and she also followed in her big brother's footsteps by using the traditional silver-gilt Lily Font, which has been used for almost all royal baptisms since 1841. Prince William and Kate Middleton were all smiles on their daughter's big day, with Kate wearing a cream outfit for the christening. Although it was a private service for fewer than 30 guests, fans of the royal family who »
Ron Moody as Fagin in 'Oliver!' based on Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist.' Ron Moody as Fagin in Dickens musical 'Oliver!': Box office and critical hit (See previous post: "Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' Actor, Academy Award Nominee Dead at 91.") Although British made, Oliver! turned out to be an elephantine release along the lines of – exclamation point or no – Gypsy, Star!, Hello Dolly!, and other Hollywood mega-musicals from the mid'-50s to the early '70s. But however bloated and conventional the final result, and a cast whose best-known name was that of director Carol Reed's nephew, Oliver Reed, Oliver! found countless fans. The mostly British production became a huge financial and critical success in the U.S. at a time when star-studded mega-musicals had become perilous – at times downright disastrous – ventures. Upon the American release of Oliver! in Dec. 1968, frequently acerbic The »
- Andre Soares
This year, Mark and Simon are joined by Belle director Amma Asante in picking the winning film - which must be less than two minutes long and eligible for a U certificate from the British Board of Film Classification.
Simon got in touch with us to talk about this year's Well Done U contest, which is open to filmmakers as young as 13. We also grabbed his thoughts on fellow BBC radio types Nick Grimshaw and Chris Evans's latest job announcements.
How does the judging work - will Mark pull rank as a professional critic or do you point out he's just a contributor?
"There's a sifting process that will be done by the production team, so everything will be watched... they'll come up »
The Royals have a new Mary Poppins! A source confirms to Us Weekly that Prince William and Kate Middleton have hired a new housekeeper to help them at Anmer Hall after months of searching. The Sun was first to break the news. Sadie Rice is the lucky new hire. Rice previously worked for Crown Prince Haakon, his wife Mette-Marit, and their children in Oslo, Scandinavia. The single 33-year-old employee has already moved into Anmer Hall. Her duties will include running the house, being in charge of household supplies, [...] »
Lightning strikes a clock tower at the climax of a high-stakes, high-octane cinematic sequence. Bullies run after our 17-year-old hero in a thrilling skateboard chase scene. A late-night test drive fills us with wonder as we first see a DeLorean travel through time, leaving behind trails of fire. These memorable scenes of “Back to the Future” shine their brightest on the big screen — and with big sound. That’s the thinking behind Film Concerts Live!, a partnership of two music artist agencies that is screening movies accompanied by orchestras performing the film’s score live. After screenings of “Home Alone” and J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” with live music, Film Concerts Live! is joining the 2015 “Back to the Future” festivities with screenings that spotlight the score by Alan Silvestri (whose film music resume also includes “The Avengers” and “Forrest Gump”). Silvestri wrote about 20 minutes of new music for the concert series, »
- Emily Rome
From commercials to Netflix series to theater in L.A., Backstage has a slew of roles on offer for all actors. Check out seven you might have missed from this past week and see if any are right for you! Careerbuilder.Com “Best Work Party Ever” Web COMMERCIALProducers are seeking two day players, Sandra and Big Wayne, to shoot a Web commercial June 14 out of Chatsworth, Calif. Compensation varies. “Stain”Urban Waves @ Open Hydrant is casting five leads and two supporting roles in a play that follows 15-year-old Thomas as his life falls apart around him and his family members try to keep their darknesses secret. Performances begin in September with rehearsals two days/week. Holland America Line PRODUCTIONSSingers, dancers, and a combination of the two are being sought for an upcoming contract on Holland America’s luxury cruise ships. Auditions are June 30 in Williamsburg, Va., and hired performers will »
"It's like Mary Poppins in here!" Dorothy Wang showed off her designer Hermes handbag and took each item out one by one to give us a glimpse into her daily routine! She explained that she always has, "My two phones, Blackberry and iPhone." Her Blackberry is for business and her iPhone is more pleasure. Our favorite item? Dorothy explains, "I just have like a box of jewelery, you never know when you want to accessorize more or less. It's probably not good to carry around." No, probably not. But worst case, you can just buy more? Watch the above video to see all the amazing products and items she carries in her bag and find out how many wallets she »
PBS’ Fall 2015 primetime schedule is revealed today as all genres — from drama to the performing arts to sumptuous nature and science programs.Of note: “Walt Disney” on American Experience “Walt Disney is an entrepreneurial and cultural icon,” said American Experience Executive Producer Mark Samels. “No single figure shaped American popular culture in the 20th century more than he.”From Steamboat Willie to Pinocchio to Mary Poppins, Disney’s movies grew out of his own life experiences. He told stories of outsiders struggling for acceptance and belonging, while questioning the conventions of class and authority. As Disney rose to prominence and gained […] »
- April Neale
Michelle Gomez, seen last year as Doctor Who’s havoc-causing, murderous Missy, has a memorable history of bananas TV roles behind her. There’s been Green Wing’s Sue White, Bad Education’s Pickwell, and more recently Psychobitches’ meth-head Mary Queen Of Scots and projectile-vomiting Margaret Thatcher.
If you were to make a Venn diagram depicting the crossover between deeply funny and fundamentally unhinged TV characters, you'd likely end up with just a .gif of Gomez, gnashing her teeth and riding a camel.
In new web series Heather’s American Medicine, she takes on another comic persona, that of a straight-talking online agony aunt doling out highly questionable advice to America’s troubled citizens.
We caught up with Gomez, whose take on The Master is confirmed to be returning to Doctor Who this year, »
Jazz music has long expressed its capacity to borrow from various, sometimes contradictory sources in order to create something which in every sense transcends the original elements. Since the earliest days of jazz as a musical form, it has been inspired by military and funeral marches; has stylishly interpreted popular songs; and even brought the classical intricacies of Wagner into the domain of swinging brasses and reeds. This multiculturalism and eclecticism of jazz likens it to cinema which, in turn, has transformed pop culture motifs into something close to the sublime and mixed ‘high’ and ‘low’ artistic gestures to remarkable effect.In the history of jazz, the evolution from ragtime or traditional tunes, to discovering the treasure trove of Broadway songs was fast and smooth. The latter influence was shared by cinema, as the history of film production quickly marched on. The emergence of ‘talkies’ in the United States meant rediscovering Broadway, »
- Ehsan Khoshbakht
As if The Founder didn’t already sound promising enough the highly anticipated biopic, telling the story of the notorious McDonald’s exec Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), has just added another very talented actor to its cast. B.J. Novak of NBC’s The Office has now joined the pic, marking the actor/comedian’s reunion with director John Lee Hancock.
The Founder is a dark telling of the rise of the massive McDonald’s food chain. The biopic will detail the true story of how Illinois salesman Ray Kroc met brothers Mac and Dick McDonald (John Carroll Lynch and Nick Offerman) in Southern California, where they were running a small-time burger operation. Kroc eventually took control of the siblings’ company and turned it into a billion-dollar fast food empire.
- William Fanelli
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