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As a first time filmmaker, it takes a lot of courage to not follow the trends. The early ‘80s were flooded with slashers, and for good reason; they were, for the most part, instant ATMs to the studios. Thank God then (or Satan, your florist, a masseuse, whatever floats your boat) for Frank Laloggia, a New Yorker in his mid-20s who decided to go epic out of the gate with Fear No Evil (1981), a parable on Good Versus Evil, capital letters, with a strong Catholic bent filtered through Carrie’s prom dress.
Filmed in 1979 with initial funding coming from Laloggia and the rest from Avco Embassy (who ended up releasing it), this January release found little love from critics (except for Variety) but did pick up the Saturn Award for Best Low Budget Film – and well earned, indeed. Fear No Evil boasts high production values, (more or less) solid performances, »
- Scott Drebit
Samantha Geimer speaks up on behalf of ‘justice’.
The woman raped by Roman Polanski 40 years ago flew in to Los Angeles to ask a judge on Friday to drop charges against the director.
In her first public legal appearance in the long-running saga, Geimer appealed to Los Angeles Superior Court judge Scott Gordon. “I am not speaking on behalf of Roman, but justice,” she said.“I implore you to consider to resolve this matter without incarcerating an 83-year-old man.”
Judge Gordon delayed on a decision as he considers a request by Polanski’s attorney Harland Braun to unseal testimony by former Deputy District Attorney Roger Gunson.
It is the contention of the Polanski camp that their client has served sufficient prison time under a plea deal, and evidence »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Jerry Goldsmith was already a veteran film composer with numerous iconic scores under his belt by the time he was enlisted to work on Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979). He’d worked in radio and television through the 1950s, contributing music to classic shows such as The Twilight Zone (1959) and Perry Mason (1959) before making the move to film, writing scores for films as diverse in subject matter (and sound) as Stagecoach (1966) and Planet of the Apes (1968) in the 1960s and Chinatown (1974) and The Omen (1976) in the 1970s. Goldsmith’s rich orchestral scores for such films, which were informed and influenced by early 20th century modernist composers, are both experimental and economical in their use and development of thematic material. He explained, “What I really try to do is to take one simple motif of the material for the picture, and a broad theme, and construct it so they always can work »
If you haven't yet watched The Exorcist TV series and you're looking to catch up before the recently announced second season, then you'll be pleased to know that Hulu is now streaming the ten-episode first season of the Fox series.
Press Release: Santa Monica, CA [May 19, 2017] – In a new licensing agreement with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, Hulu has acquired the exclusive subscription streaming video on-demand rights to the complete library of ABC’s hit comedy series, Fresh Off the Boat. All past episodes of the series – including the complete third season – are now available to stream exclusively on Hulu and future episodes will stream the day after they air on ABC.
Through the library deal, Hulu also becomes the exclusive streaming home to Fox’s recently-renewed thriller, The Exorcist, and gains streaming rights to past episodes of NBC’s critically-acclaimed comedy series The Carmichael Show. All episodes of both The »
- Derek Anderson
Hulu has acquired the exclusive subscription streaming video on-demand rights to the complete library of ABC’s comedy series “Fresh Off the Boat,” the streamer announced Friday.
The acquisition is part of a new licensing agreement with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, granting Hulu access to all past episodes of the series, including the complete third season,with future episodes set to stream the day after they air on ABC.
The series is inspired by Chef Eddie Huang’s memoir of the same name, and follows 12 year old, hip-hop loving Eddie (Hudson Yang) who moved to suburban Orlando from DC’s Chinatown with his parents (Randall Park and Constance Wu). Nahnatchka Khan writes the series, in addition to serving as executive producer and showrunner. Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar are executive producers, and the series is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television for ABC.
Through the library deal, Hulu has also become the exclusive streaming home to »
- Joe Otterson
“You’re a very nosy fellow, kitty cat. Huh? You know what happens to nosy fellows? Huh? No? Wanna guess? Huh? No? Okay. They lose their noses!”
Chinatown screens Wednesday May 17th at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar in ‘The Loop’) as part of their ‘Classics in the Loop’ Crime & Noir film series. The movie starts at 7pm and admission is $7. It will be on The Tivoli’s big screen.
Chinatown (1974) is a seminal classic of ’70s cinema, with Jack Nicholson excellent as Jake Gittes, a mostly-ethical former cop-turned-private detective in 1930s Los Angeles who believes he’s been hired by the wife of the chief engineer of the Water and Power Department. He thinks her husband’s cheating on her but, as it turns out, she’s not the real Mrs. at all, and so propels Gittes into a tug-of-war between powerful ex-partners, with carnality and family secrets the key to unraveling the mystery. »
- Tom Stockman
Vulture Watch: Will Eddie and his family realize the American dream before the show ends? Has the Fresh Off the Boat TV show been cancelled or renewed for a fourth season on ABC? The television vulture is watching for the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is a dedicated place to track the status of Fresh Off the Boat, season four. You can bookmark this page or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?What's this TV show about? Airing on the television network, Fresh Off the Boat follows a Taiwanese family that moves from DC's Chinatown to Orlando in Florida. Pursuing the American Dream in the 90s, the parents (Randall Park and Constance Wu) open a steak restaurant. They and their kids (Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler and Ian Chen) experience some serious »
has struggled to establish Tuesday comedy series but Fresh Off the Boat has survived. The show was renewed for a third season, despite a sizable decline in the ratings. Will the numbers continue to fall? Will it be cancelled or, is it sure to be renewed for a fourth season so there will be enough episodes for syndication? Stay tuned.Taking place in the '90s, Fresh Off the Boat follows a Taiwanese family that moves from DC's Chinatown to Orlando in Florida. Pursuing the American Dream, the parents (Randall Park and Constance Wu) open a steak restaurant. They and their kids (Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler and Ian Chen) experience some serious culture shock along the way. Additional castmembers include Lucille Soong, Chelsey Crisp, and Ray Wise.Read More… »
Set in the mid-‘90s, “Fresh Off the Boat” follows 12-year-old hip-hop loving Eddie Huang (Hudson Yang) and his Taiwanese family as they move from Chinatown in Washington, D.C. to suburban Orlando, Florida. Eddie’s father sets his sights on running a Western-themed restaurant, while Eddie struggles with assimilating into his new school and the rest of the family contends with living in an area with virtually no other Asian families.
In addition to Yang, the series stars Randall Park, Constance Wu, Forrest Wheeler, Ian Chen, Lucille Soong, and Chelsey Crisp. The series is based on the memoir of the same name by Eddie Huang. Nahnatchka Khan created the series in addition to executive producing. Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar also serve as executive producers. The »
- Joe Otterson
Author: Dave Roper
With Actors, Directors, Actresses and Screenwriters under our collective belt and Cinematographers still to come, we presently turn our eye towards Composers, whose music lends so much to the films they work on.
As with the other lists, credit is given for not merely one or two sterling scores, but rather a consistently excellent body of work with specific stand-out films. To be blunt, this is a trickier prospect than it at first appears. Just because a film is terrific or well-loved doesn’t necessarily mean that the score is itself a standout. We begin with perhaps the most obvious and celebrated film composer of them all…..
Goodness me. The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno, Earthquake, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Long Goodbye, Catch Me If You Can, Star Wars, Close Encounters, Star Wars, Superman, Et, Born on the Fourth of July, »
- Dave Roper
1. A Patch of Blue (1965) For the tender relationship between a blind white girl (Elizabeth Hartman) and the kindly black man (Sidney Poitier) she befriends, Goldsmith wrote a haunting, delicate score featuring piano and harmonica.
2. The Sand Pebbles (1966) Goldsmith’s first epic score, for director Robert Wise’s film about a U.S. gunboat in Chinese waters in the 1920s starring Steve McQueen. He evoked an Asian atmosphere with exotic instruments, and his love theme (“And We Were Lovers”) was recorded by artists from Andy Williams to Shirley Bassey.
3. Planet of the Apes (1968) A landmark in film-music history, this unearthly, Bartok- and Stravinsky-influenced soundscape strongly implied that Charlton Heston and his fellow astronauts were marooned on a far-off planet… when, in fact, they were on Earth all along. »
- Jon Burlingame
When Joe Dante was asked about supporting the effort to secure a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Jerry Goldsmith, the director – who had worked with the respected composer on nine films over 20 years – said he was “flabbergasted” to realize Goldsmith didn’t already have one.
On May 9, the Oscar- and Emmy-winning composer of such classics as “Chinatown,” “Planet of the Apes,” “Patton” and dozens more will receive his star, posthumously, on Hollywood Boulevard just east of Highland Avenue. Goldsmith died in 2004.
Few filmmakers would disagree. Paul Verhoeven, who did “Total Recall,” “Basic Instinct” and “Hollow Man” with Goldsmith, recalls: “Every film was a new adventure, as Jerry was able to adapt to the most diverse narratives and styles. He never repeated himself, always looking for new, »
- Jon Burlingame
Lionsgate has released the first-look image from Roman Polanski’s thriller-drama “Based on a True Story,” which marks the French-Polish director’s first film in four years. The film, whose original title in French is “D’après une histoire vraie” and stars Eva Green and Emmanuelle Seigner, will show at the Cannes Films Festival, which will run May 17 – 28.
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The film is an adaptation of Delphine de Vigan’s novel of the same name. Polanski wrote the script with writer and “Personal Shopper” director Olivier Assayas. “Based on a True Story” follows a Parisian writer (Seigner) who gets romantically involved with an obsessed admirer (Green) who tries to impose influence on her.
Read More: The Films of Roman Polanski, Ranked Worst to Best
During his embattled five-decade career, Polanski has helmed a long list of acclaimed films, »
- Yoselin Acevedo
“You say you hate Washington’s Birthday or Thanksgiving and nobody cares, but you say you hate Christmas and people treat you like you’re a leper.”
Gremlins plays midnights this weekend (May 5th and 6th) at The Tivoli Theater as part of the Reel late at The Tivoli Midnight series.
It’s Christmas in American picture-postcard town Kingston Falls. Billy Peltzer is given an unusual present; a cute little furry creature called a Mogwai. He is delighted with the gift until he accidentally gets it wet and it quickly multiplies. Worse still is to come when the new creatures are fed after midnight and transform into horribly mischievous Gremlins …
Gremlins (1984) is a fabulous flick, because it somehow manages to be both a sentimental good-natured modern-day fairytale, and an uproariously riotous comic horror film that stomps all over the nice wholesome image of Christmas and small-town America. The script by »
- Tom Stockman
It was the biggest mistake in Oscars history... Appearing on tonight's NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Faye Dunaway finally broke her silence on the shocking moment at this year's Academy Awards ceremony, when a disastrous mix-up with envelopes caused her to mistakenly proclaim La La Land as the Best Picture winner, over Moonlight, which actually nabbed the top nod. What followed was a collective "what?!" and a whole lot of confusion from everyone—both at home and in the audience. But what we never got was the Chinatown star's version of what went down... The Bonnie and Clyde star said she mistook Warren Beatty's confusion as a dramatic pause and »
A new week brings three new episodes.
This week is maybe the best yet over at One Perfect Pod, our podcasting channel, and features a pair of reviews of the hottest film in the land, a look back at one of the most beloved films of the 21st century, and an exploration of the success of Beauty and the Beast (the new one).
First up, the latest episode of Matthew Monagle’s After the Credits, podcasting’s only before-and-after review show. This week the film up for discussion is — what else? — The Fate of the Furious, and Matthew’s guest is film critic Erin Whitney. Find out where they land on what many are already calling the most polarizing film yet from the eight-film franchise.
Then there’s this week’s Shot by Shot podcast, the official cinematography podcast of One Perfect Shot and Film School Rejects. This go-around Geoff Todd, Ops »
- H. Perry Horton
“The stuff that dreams are made of.”
The Maltese Falcon screens Wednesday April 5th at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar in ‘The Loop’) as the first installment of their new ‘Classics in the Loop’ Crime & Noir film series. The movie starts at 7pm and admission is $7. It will be on The Tivoli’s big screen.
Frequently considered the first – and finest – example of film noir filmmaking in Hollywood, 1941’s classic The Maltese Falcon will cast its mysterious shadows on the silver screen once again at the Tivoli
Here’s the rare chance for movie buffs to see it in on the big screen, while a new generation can discover the secrets of the infamous “black bird” by seeing it for the first time. Originally released on Oct. 3, 1941, as the nation braced itself for the possibility of war, The Maltese Falcon launched John Huston’s directorial career with the story of high-living »
- Tom Stockman
There’s nothing more fun than getting to watch classic movies the way they were intended–on the big screen!
Now, I understand plenty of people don’t want to go to a theater, spend a fortune on tickets, popcorn, and a drink just to see the glow of cell phones and hear people rudely talking while someone kicks your seat from behind, but that’s not the experience you’ll get at Landmark theaters affordable ‘Crime & Noir’ film series. St. Louis movie buffs are in for a treat as Landmark’s The Tivoli Theater will return with it’s ‘Classics on the Loop’ every Wednesday beginning April 5th at 7pm. This season, the Tivoli will screen, on their big screen (which seats 320 btw), eight crime and noir masterpiece that need to be seen in a theater with an audience. Admission is only $7.
One benefits of the big screen is »
- Tom Stockman
Just because a movie or a celebrity wins an Oscar, that doesn't mean the win was deserved. While the Academy Awards are seen as the capstone to awards season -- and one of the highest honors in the business -- we all know that stars and movies get snubbed or overlooked all the time.
What's worse is when we look back at what did win, and shake our heads in confusion and disbelief. So, with the 89th Academy Awards just around the corner, let's take a look back over the show's illustrious history at a few times the Academy voters clearly made a mistake.
Watch: 2017 Oscar Awards Nominees: 'La La Land' Leads With 14 Nominations
1. How Green Was My Valley wins Best Picture at the 14th Academy Awards in 1942
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Come Sunday, a.k.a. Oscars night, we'll all be tipping our hats to the year's winners. But before we do that, here's to the "losers" – the worthy ones of 2016 that, for whatever cockamamie reason, didn't even get a nomination.
In an effort to do right where the Academy effed up, I give you the Travers Awards – my own personal version of the Alt-Oscars. (For those of you playing along at home, the award is an engraved image of a critic screaming.) It's one last chance to single out the »
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