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Fantasia 2017 Review: King Cohen and the Art of the Steal

"Anybody will put up with anything if they think a movie is being shot." These are words of wisdom, but also kind of a guerrilla filmmaking mission statement, from filmmaker Larry Cohen. Steve Mitchell's King Cohen offers a breathless sprint through the writer-director-producer's prolific 'lets just shoot the damn movie!' ethos, from writing for NBC's Kraft Theatre in the era of live television in the late 1950s through episodic shows like The Fugitive and Branded -- "The bulk of the series, Dude" -- in the 1960s to directing racy social commentary (Bone, Black Caesar, God Told Me To, The Private Lives of J. Edgar Hoover) in the 1970s and gonzo genre-mashing creature features in the 1980s (Q: The Winged Serpent, The Stuff), before finally settling with writing mid-tier Hollywood...

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Streamy Awards 2017 Sets Date For Twitter Live Stream

The seventh annual Streamy Awards recognizing the year’s best in online videos and their creators will roll out live on Twitter on September 26 from the Beverly Hilton. Last year’s Streamys scored 750,000 views in a YouTube live stream. The awards, from Dick Clark Productions and Tubefilter, are also doing a bit of a revamp this year, adding Comedy Series and Drama Series and removing gender distinction from the performance categories. Organizers are also adding Branded
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Streamy Awards 2017 Sets Date For Twitter Live Stream

Streamy Awards 2017 Sets Date For Twitter Live Stream
The seventh annual Streamy Awards recognizing the year’s best in online videos and their creators will roll out live on Twitter on September 26 from the Beverly Hilton. Last year’s Streamys scored 750,000 views in a YouTube live stream. The awards, from Dick Clark Productions and Tubefilter, are also doing a bit of a revamp this year, adding Comedy Series and Drama Series and removing gender distinction from the performance categories. Organizers are also adding Branded
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‘In Search of Bigfoot / Cry Wilderness’ Review (Vinegar Syndrome)

Usually it’s a lot easier and quicker for me to review films one by one but I thought for this release from Vinegar Syndrome, it’s only right to review the release as a whole.

In Search of Bigfoot

Stars: Robert Morgan, Rene Dahinden, John Green, Sam Melville | Written and Directed by Lawrence Crowley, William Miller

First up on this Drive-in Collection double feature, we have the 1975 documentary In Search of Bigfoot, directed by Lawrence Crowley (Bigfoot: Man or Beast) and William Miller (Cowboy Spirit, Mysteries From Beyond the Triangle). The documentary focuses on Robert Morgan (Blood Stalkers, Mako: The Jaws of Death) and his team who set out to locate the legendary Bigfoot. While on their expedition they meet loggers and eyewitnesses who all claim to have either witnessed or interacted with the mythical creature. There are highs and lows for Robert and his team and although an
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Dracula Performer Dead at 104; Uncle Founded Universal Studios

Dracula’ 1931 actress Carla Laemmle dead at 104 (photo: Carla Laemmle ca. 1930) Carla Laemmle, a bit player in a handful of silent movies and at the dawn of the sound era — e.g., the horror classics The Phantom of the Opera (1925) and Dracula (1931) — and a niece of Universal Studios co-founder Carl Laemmle, died on June 12, 2014, at her Los Angeles home. Laemmle, who had reportedly been in good health, was 104 years old. Born Rebekah Isabelle Laemmle on October 20, 1909, in Chicago, Carla Laemmle was less known for her movie work than for having survived most of her contemporaries and for her family connection to the Universal mogul — her father, Joseph Laemmle, was Carl’s brother. ‘Dracula’ actress was a member of Carl Laemmle’s ‘very large faemmle’ "Uncle Carl Laemmle, Has a very large faemmle," once half-joked poet Ogden Nash, in reference to Laemmle’s penchant for hiring family members. As Laemmle’s niece,
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5 Things You Might Not Know About Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho'

What's the greatest Alfred Hitchcock film? Every film fan will have a different answer, with "The 39 Steps," "Rebecca," "Spellbound," "Notorious," "Rear Window," "Vertigo" and "North By Northwest" all making compelling cases for being the very best. But few of his films had such an impact on cinema as "Psycho," the 1960s thriller that saw him go into darker, more shocking territory than ever before, with some of the most famous sequences in the history of the medium.

Following secretary Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) as she embezzles money from an employer and hides out at a deserted motel owned by the mysterious Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), a man with serious mother issues, only to stunningly and unforgettably kill off its lead halfway through the film, the picture turned out to be the biggest hit of Hitchcock's career, and was arguably his last truly great movie. It was released fifty-two years ago tomorrow,
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Rumblings: Gaspar Noe Remaking a Larry Cohen Flick?

Gaspar Noe’s God Told Me To?

This is still protozoal, I’m sure, but I’m more than happy to even have it exist in that state. Take this with a grain of salt (salty things are tasty!) and let’s maintain this largely as a thought experiment.

That said, if you haven’t read the latest issue of Film Comment, you might have missed this: Gaspar Noe has approached Larry Cohen with the idea of remaking Cohen’s certifiable, audacious 1976 film God Told Me To.

So sayeth the issue:

One of Fc’s staffers recently ran into Larry Cohen during one of the legendary writer/diretor’s stopovers in New York. The 70-year-old Cohen mentioned that he had just come from a meeting with an interesting young Frenchman who was seeking the rights to remake God Told Me To. “What’s his name?” inquired the staffer. “I don’t remember,
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Suits Season Finale Giveaway

Photo by: Christos Kalohoridis/USA Network

The definitive winner this summer, as far as I'm concerned, is USA's Suits. Already picked up for another season, the legal drama starring Patrick J. Adams and Gabriel Macht won over fans immediately. As young genius Mike Ross, and legal powerhouse Harvey Specter, the pair have delivered time and again, as the show details their curious relationship, the firm's inner turmoil, and a variety of interesting and offbeat cases.

The show has given us a great balance of character study and episodic treatment, and the result has been a growing, devoted fanbase.

Not only has the show given us great episodes, and a dynamic duo to grip us, but the supporting cast is better than the main players are most offerings. Chief among the show's standouts is Rick Hoffman, who gives us a wonderful turn as the shady-ish Louis, another partner in the firm,
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Contest: Win Cowboys & Aliens Prizes

Contest: Win Cowboys & Aliens Prizes
Cowboys & Aliens is getting ready to invade theaters on July 29 and we certainly have to celebrate this genre Western starring Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig. We are celebrating this new release with a contest where we're giving away a branded leather satchel bag, dice game, t-shirt, metal replica wrist blaster, and screenplay book. These prizes will ceertainly go fast, so enter this contest today.

Winners Receive:

Cowboys & Aliens Branded Leather Satchel Bag

-Cowboys & Aliens Dice GameOfficial Cowboys & Aliens T-ShirtCowboys & Aliens Metal Replica Wrist Blaster (replica of same worn in the film!)Cowboys & Aliens Screenplay Book

Here's How To Win!

Just "Like" (fan) the MovieWeb Facebook page (below) and then leave a comment below telling us why these prizes must be yours!

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1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger (Craig) with no memory of his past
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SXSW 2011 – SXSW Announces 2011 Panels & Schedule Live

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Austin, TX – SXSW has released their 2011 SXSW Film Conference lineup, which includes two exciting key panels with Todd Phillips (The Hangover), and Paul Reubens (The Pee-wee Herman Show), as well, the cast and crew from Source Code will also be in attendance, in addition to many other panels and workshops to feed the creative mind.

Additionally, the complete schedule for the event, including screening and panel dates and times will be live starting Tuesday. at: http://schedule.sxsw.com.

SXSW 2011 – Saturday, March 12

A Conversation with Todd Phillips

Director Todd Phillips has forever left his mark on comedy entertainment with his own brand of films exploring, in often-outrageous ways, the nature of male relationships. With films like Old School, Starsky & Hutch, School For Scoundrels, Due Date and The Hangover, the highest grossing R-rated comedy of all time, he has worked with some of today’s most innovative and acclaimed comic actors.
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2011 SXSW Film Panels Announced

2011 SXSW Film Panels Announced
South By Southwest have announced the 2011 SXSW Film Conference lineup, which includes two key conversations with Todd Phillips (director of The Hangover), Paul Reubens (aka Pee-wee Herman), the cast and crew of Super (James Gunn, Ellen Page and Rainn Wilson) and filmmaker Duncan Jones (Source Code, Moon). Additionally, the complete schedule for the event, including screening and panel dates and times are live at: http://schedule.sxsw.com [1]. You can read the full press release after the jump. SXSW Film Festival Announces 2011 Conference Lineup Todd Phillips & Paul Reubens Among Key Panelists Schedule of Screening and Panel Dates & Times Now Live Austin, Texas – February 15, 2011 – The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival is thrilled to announce over 100 Film Conference sessions for the 2011 event, which will take place Friday, March 11 – Saturday, March 19, 2011 in Austin, Texas. These panels, largely selected from proposals submitted via the SXSW PanelPicker™ interface, offer fresh perspectives on
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Oscar Season Chat #2: A Conversation with Reviewer Stephen Whitty

At a time of the year that’s all about picking the best of the best among movies, it seems singularly appropriate to talk to someone whose year-round profession is assaying the good and the bad up on the big screen.

“I’m one of the few people on the paper who’s never had a journalism class, and I’m one of the few people reviewing movies who’s actually studied movies, made movies.” Stephen Whitty is talking about his job as movie critic for The Star-Ledger, the biggest newspaper in New Jersey. Whitty came to The Ledger 13 years ago after a ten-year stint at the San Jose Mercury News.

The reference to making movies stems from his time as a student in the film department at New York University, one of the two most respected cinema studies programs in the U.S. (the other being at UCLA). Whitty
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Actress Ahna Capri dies

Actress Ahna Capri dies
Ahna Capri, who began as a child actress in the 1950s and had a career as a sexy starlet through the 1970s, died on August 19 at age 65 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Los Angeles.

The beautiful blonde was probably best known for her role as Tania, the secretary of Han, the villain in the 1974 global hit "Enter The Dragon," which starred Bruce Lee.

Born Anna Marie Nanasi on July 6, 1944 in Budapest, Hungary, she began appearing on American television as Anna Capri at age 11 on series such as "The Danny Thomas Show" and "Father Knows Best."

She made her big screen debut at age 13 in the United Artist production "Outlaw's Son," and continued working on such TV shows as "Police Story," "Cannon," "Mannix," "Ironside," "Adam-12," "The Mod Squad," "The Invaders," "The Wild, Wild West," "I Spy," "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," "Branded," "Leave It to Beaver," and "Maverick."

In
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Fango Flashback: “Tourist Trap”

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Fango Flashback: “Tourist Trap”
Chuck Connors never asked for your pity. That said, one can’t help but catch the simplest whiff of off-camera tragedy surrounding his star turn in 1979’s Tourist Trap today. The headliner of such ’60s television Westerns as Branded had gone on record saying he accepted the role of demented Mr. Slausen in hopes of becoming the “Boris Karloff of the 80’s.” Watching Connors rave and rage through the film is to see a leading-man-in-decline struggling to reinvent himself on screen, a Tinseltown phoenix fighting to rise up from his own celluloid ashes.
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Q And A The Winged Serpent? A Short Interview With Genre Master Larry Cohen

In the world of independent filmmaking a lot of people get their break only to discover they have no followup game. Then there are people like Larry Cohen. He's made his name and stayed in the game as a writer director and producer for decades. Known mainly for his work on films like It's Alive (1974), and The Stuff (1985) Cohen has also worked the mainstream side of cinema serving as screenwriter on such hi-profile projects as Phone Booth (2002), and Cellular (2004). And in the early part of his career he worked extensively in television creating such hugely popular shows as The Defenders, Branded and The Invaders. Talking to him, however briefly , was a true thrill. Finding him to be articulate, funny, gracious and deeply thought out about his career was even better. 

Larry is appearing in Chicago April 10 at Sci-Fi Spectacular 4 in conjunction with a special screening of Q The Winged Serpent
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Boos! and Whoop-doos!: Who Should Star in Board Game: The Movie?

Toys, candy, and board games? Whoop-doo!

In the last few weeks, a ludicrous number of generic sounding movies have been greenlit on the backs of well-known toy store properties. Battleship, Bazooka Joe, and Barbie are just some of the many weird, bland, go-nowhere flicks that have been announced for production. Soon, we'll be inundated with these lame brained franchises, and it's all because of the box office success won by Transformers and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. In this new age of socioeconomic depression, a filmmaker has to arrive in his pitch meeting with some sort of name recognition. Otherwise his epic masterwork will forever languish in the recesses of his brain like a trapped prisoner.

It won't be too long before high-minded folks figure this out, and start using household items to sell their unique and interesting art house flicks or high concept action comedies. There's a wealth of interesting toys,
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