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If you live in the Los Angeles area, the New Beverly Cinema is presenting a Ray Harryhausen Sinbad tribute on Friday, December 20th and Saturday, December 21, 2013. First up is the 40th anniversary showing of The Golden Voyage of Sinbad which was released in the States in April 1974. Directed by Gordon Hessler, the film co-stars John Phillip Law as Sinbad, Caroline Munro as Margiana, and Tom Baker as Koura. Note: Mr. Hessler is scheduled to appear personally at the Friday showing, as is Paul Maslansky who was a unit manager on 1963’s Jason and the Argonauts.
Kerwin Matthews stars as the titular hero in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, released here in December 1958. Along for the ride are Kathryn Grant as Princess Parisa, Richard Eyer as The Genie, and Torin Thatcher as Sokurah the Magician.
The New Beverly Cinema is located at 7165 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036.
Click here for showtimes and ticket info. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
"Fast & Furious 6"
What's It About? Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Vin Diesel, and the late Paul Walker reunite with Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, and future Wonder Woman Gal Gadot to put the pedal to the medal in the sixth iteration of this car-racing series. Can our favorite speed freaks outwit and outdrive a gang of drivers led by a British baddie named Shaw (Luke Evans)?
Why We're In: Besides the fact that some of the DVD earnings will be donated to the late Paul Walker's charity Reach Out Worldwide, this is the perfect guilty-pleasure action film to pop on with a bunch of friends. It's worth it for the runway scene alone.
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"Big" (25th Anniversary Edition)
What's It About? Before Tom Hanks saved "Mr. Banks," he won our hearts as a little »
- Jenni Miller
This weekend (November 23rd & 24th) sees the McM Comic Con and Memorabilia show take place at the NEC in Birmingham. We’ll be there on the Saturday, checking out what’s happening at one of the UK’s biggest conventions. If you haven’t grabbed a ticket yet, what are you waiting for? Ok, ok, so some of you may still be undecided, so let me tempt you with a rundown of just some highlights of the guests attending the event this weekend…
Red Dwarf Reunion – Chris Barrie (Arnold Rimmer); Hattie Hayridge (Holly); Danny John-Jules (The Cat) and Robert Llewellyn (Kryten) from much-loved British sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf. Quadrophenia Reunion – Stars Phil Daniels (Jimmy); Toyah Willcox (Monkey) and Daniel Peacock (Danny) celebrate the ultimate mod movie, based on The Who’s 1973 rock opera.
- Phil Wheat
Timelord Tom Baker recalls introducing jelly babies to the Doctor's diet, how the Daleks were darlings, and why his scarf kept getting longer
Tom Baker, the Doctor
I was an unhappy, out-of-work actor in 1974, working on a building site where they all took the mickey and called me Laurence Olivier. In desperation, I wrote to the BBC just as they were looking to replace Jon Pertwee, who was stepping down as Doctor Who. There were plenty of others in consideration, but when the team behind the programme saw The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, the Ray Harryhausen film in which I played the magician Koura, that was it.
I didn't consciously try to be different from Jon because I didn't know anything about the series. I was younger, of course – but, having been brought up a Catholic, the idea of disappearing and reappearing, of miraculous events, strange voices and all the »
Hammer and Horror Film Day!
Saturday November the 9th ( 10am – 5pm )
Central Hall Westminster.
Storey’s Gate, Westminster, London SW1H 9Nh
UK’s longest running film fair and convention.
Now in it’s 40th year!
The Convention presents dealers from all over the UK, Europe, Us ,
Canada and South America.
Specialising in rare original film memorabilia and collectables.
Taking place six times a year these are truly unique events for anyone with an interest in films!
With actors and director’s signings, illustrated talks, retrospectives and film screenings taking place through out the day.
Items covering the history of cinema can be found. From the silents to the present.
From rare items of the 1920’s to new releases and the latest heart throb.
Among the many different field of cinema covered at the show is – Classic Hollywood, horror films, sci-fi, the best of British and European cinema as we as cult tv! »
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Blu-ray Release Date: Dec. 10, 2013
Price: Blu-ray $Tba
Studio: Twilight Time
A scimitar-wielding Kali makes her move in The Golden Voyage of Sinbad.
Twilight Time honoring the inimitable stop-motion animation special effects of the late Ray Harryhausen with the first time Blu-ray release of a pair of Harryhausen-infused family-friendly Sinbad adventure films from the 1970s, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973) and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977).
In The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, Harryhausen gives us another installment in the adventures of the swashbuckling sailor Sinbad (John Phillip Law), who is pitted against a nefarious master of the black arts (Tom Baker, TV’s Doctor Who) as the two race to find a magical treasure trove. Over the course of the film, Sinbad confronts a host of astonishing Harryhausen creatures, including a wee-winged homunculus, a one-eyed centaur, and the six-armed, scimitar-wielding deity Kali. Directed by Gordon Hessler, the film co-stars »
Special effects legend Ray Harryhausen, whose dazzling and innovative visual effects work on fantasy adventure films such as Jason And The Argonauts and The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad passed away in May at age 92. The Ray Harryhausen Super-8 Tribute which debuted in May at Wonderfest in Louisville, played to a standing room only crowd at the Way Out Club in July, and played at the Contamination Convention in St. Louis in August will be returning September 6th to the Horrorhound Weekend in Indianapolis. The Ray Harryhausen Super-8 Tribute will take place there on Friday, September 6th from 4 to 8pm. This is the Four Hour version of the show that played at The Way Out (Wonderfest and Contamination only the got the two-hour version). Admission is free when you buy a pass to the Horrorhound Weekend.
The Horrorhound Weekend site can be found Here:
The Ray Harryhausen »
- Tom Stockman
Special effects legend Ray Harryhausen, whose dazzling and innovative visual effects work on fantasy adventure films such as Jason And The Argonauts and The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad passed away in May at age 92. The Ray Harryhausen Super-8 Tribute which debuted in May at Wonderfest and Louisville and played to a standing room only crowd at the Way Out Club last month will be returning this weekend.
If you missed it at The Way Out (or are too young to attend that 21+ establishment), The Ray Harryhausen Super-8 Tribute will be presented again this weekend at Contamination Defcon 4, St. Louis’ Horror, Sci-Fi, and Pop Culture Convention. Contamination Defcon 4 takes place August 2-4 at the Holiday Inn South County Center. The Ray Harryhausen Super-8 Tribute will take place there on Saturday (August 3rd) from 11am to 1pm. Admission is free when you buy a pass to Contamination Defcon 4 (for Contamination Defcon 4 ticket info, »
- Tom Stockman
Special effects legend Ray Harryhausen, whose dazzling and innovative visual effects work on fantasy adventure films such as Jason And The Argonauts and The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad passed away last month at age 92. The Ray Harryhausen Super-8 Tribute on July 2nd at the Way Out Club will be a great way to honor the stop-motion wizard who breathed cinematic life into the gargantuan, the mythical and the extinct. Harryhausen created countless memorable big-screen moments from sword fighting skeletons to swooping pterodactyls, and from 8pm to Midnight, we will distill his entire career into an amazing show with the Super-8 sound films condensed from his films. The Super-8 sound format cuts features down to an average length of 15 minutes and Harryhausen’s films lent themselves to this format beautifully. The digest versions of the Ray Harryhausen films are cut around the animation, so there will be so many Harryhasuen monsters »
- Tom Stockman
Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, Sam Moffitt, and Tom Stockman
Special effects legend Ray Harryhausen, whose dazzling and innovative visual effects work on fantasy adventure films such as Jason And The Argonauts and The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad passed away last month at age 92. In 1933, the then-13-year-old Ray Harryhausen saw King Kong at a Hollywood theater and was inspired – not only by Kong, who was clearly not just a man in a gorilla suit, but also by the dinosaurs. He came out of the theatre “stunned and haunted. They looked absolutely lifelike … I wanted to know how it was done.” It was done by using stop-motion animation: jointed models filmed one frame at a time to simulate movement. Harryhausen was to become the prime exponent of the technique and its combination with live action. The influence of Harryhausen on film luminaries like Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Peter Jackson, »
- Tom Stockman
Fans of Ray Harryhausen came to pay their respects to the filmmaking titan at last night’s Day 1 of American Cinematheque’s tribute to the stop-motion wizard. At the classic, old-time Aero Theater in Santa Monica, people came far and wide to get a double dose of Sinbad.
Before the screening, I perused the wonderful collection of Ray Harryhausen’s very own art, showcasing many original signed copies, featuring Sinbad, Jason, Ymir, centaurs, and cyclops… all of Harryhausen’s movie monsters and heroes that made it to the big screen with his vivid imagination. The collection came courtesy of the great Art Kandy, an organization that has all the artwork up for sale, ranging from $75 to $2,100. You can check some of the pieces in the gallery below.
For me, this was a unique experience. I had never seen a Ray Harryhausen film projected on the big screen, limited to my »
- Andy Greene
It’s always time to celebrate Ray Harryhausen, but now more than ever. American Cinematheque is paying tribute to the late, great stop-motion master Ray Harryhausen with double features of many of his classic films throughout June. The event begins tonight, June 6th, at 7:30 Pm with a screening of The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad and The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad, and culminates with a screening of some of his early shorts on Saturday June 15th.
We’re happy to announce that We Are Giving Away two pairs of tickets to two upcoming double features at Aero Theater in Santa Monica, CA, on Friday June 7th and Saturday June 8th. All you need to do is Share And Comment On This Facebook Post, and you’ll be automatically entered for your chance to win one of four bundles of tickets.
On Friday, you’re treated to a Triple feature, starting at 7:30Pm, »
- Andy Greene
When we lost Ray Harryhausen on May 7th, we could at least find comfort in all the indelible and immortal works of imagination that he left behind, and all the disciples that he created through his love of dinosaurs, stop-motion and film. To celebrate and honor his memory, American Cinematheque, the esteemed non-profit film organization, is putting together a tribute of some of his best films. The event will take place from Thursday June 6th to Saturday June 15th, at the Aero Theater at 1328 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, CA, with a bevy of double feature screenings within that period of time.
Films include The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad, Jason & The Argonauts, Clash Of The Titans, Mysterious Island and so much more. I’ve been to American Cinematheque screenings before, and they’re sure to be glorious prints of Harryhausen’s master craft. Here’s the press release from American »
- Andy Greene
Several of this year’s summer blockbusters have strong ties — either direct origins or strong inspirations — to some classic vfx titles that have become touchstones for this generation’s vfx artists.
“Man of Steel,” the latest take on the Superman mythology, will bring back General Zod, the hero’s Kryptonian nemesis for a battle royale. This fight, though, will be shot cinema verite, in contrast to 1978’s “Superman: The Movie.”
According to vfx supervisor John ‘DJ’ Desjardin, it was a challenge to shoot a fight scene between two characters with superpowers while using a decidedly documentary-style of a camera work during the whole process.Vfx supervisor Dan Kaufman, who was heavily influenced by the late great Ray Harryhausen as a kid, found himself creating the kind of archetypal monsters immortalized by the master filmmaker for “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.”
“I saw ‘The Golden Voyage of Sinbad’ when I was »
- Karen Idelson
We're still reeling from the passing of special effects legend Ray Harryhausen, and he is already sorely missed. As a means to pay tribute to the man, Sony Movie Channel has added a movie marathon to its programming schedule celebrating the maestro's work.
From the Press Release
To pay tribute to the legendary Ray Harryhausen’s remarkable achievements, Sony Movie Channel has revised its schedule to include a special TV marathon on Saturday, May 11, highlighting the filmmaker’s career. Harryhausen, who died recently at the age of 92, is renowned for his special effects innovations and as the inventor of stop-motion animation.
On Saturday, May 11, Sony Movie Channel will be airing the definitive Ray Harryhausen documentary, Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan, at 12:45 p.m. Et/9:45 a.m. Pt. Following the documentary, Harryhausen fans will enjoy watching three Sinbad-focused films featuring Harryhausen’s special effects animation from Sony Pictures Entertainment »
- Uncle Creepy
Ray Harryhausen—no, make that The Great Ray Harryhausen— one of the most wondrous craftsmen and peerless special effects artists in the history of cinema, died on Tuesday, May 7, in London, where he had lived for years. He was 92 years old.
Ray Harryhausen, 1920-2013
Though Ray Harryhausen utilized all kinds of Diy effects over the years in such films as Mighty Joe Young (1941), The Beast from 20th Fathoms (1953), 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957), The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), Jason and the Argonauts (1963), One Million Years B.C. (1966), Clash of the Titans (1981) and a bunch of others (if you’re not familiar with at least a couple of these, you’re from another planet), he was best known for his work in the field of stop-motion animation.
Out of deep respect for Mr. Harryhausen and the stop-motion artistry of which he was the undisputed king, let me quickly explain what it all was »
In tribute to the legacy of special effects legend Ray Harryhausen, who passed away yesterday at 92, Sony Movie Channel has updated its programming to include a Harryhausen-themed TV marathon this Saturday, May 11. This new lineup begins with the documentary Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan at 12:45 Pm Et. The creators of the documentary, which took ten years to complete and had its Us premiere on Smc last month, worked closely with the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation to cover the full history of Ray's career, from his early days in Hollywood to the development of his “Dynamation” technique and concluding with his 90th birthday celebration. The documentary is followed by three of the beloved Sinbad films which showcase Harryhausen's amazing work: The 7th Voyage of Sinbad airs at 2:30 Pm, followed by The Golden Voyage of Sinbad at 4:10 Pm and Sinbad And The Eye of the Tiger at 6: »
- Gregory Burkart
Like the great painters, Harryhausen was a visionary who brought the old myths back to life for a contemporary audience
Ray Harryhausen's cinematic masterpiece Jason and the Argonauts is so deeply written in my childhood memories that when I watch it as an adult (and I do, regularly) I can scarcely match it to the images I recall seeing on a black-and-white television when I was little.
It long ago fused with my own fantasies. For instance, in my childhood perceptions, the clashing rocks the Argonauts have to sail between were even vaster and more sublime than when I see them today – and as for the skeleton army ...
Harryhausen, who has sadly died aged 92, was not only a special effects genius, the wizard of stop-motion animation. He was a visionary who depicted the ancient myths for a modern audience: the 20th century's answer to artists such as Piero di Cosimo, »
- Jonathan Jones
This week's column is dedicated to the memory of Mr. Ray Harryhausen 1920-2013 . I still remember seeing "The Golden Voyage of Sinbad" at a drive-in in 1973 at the age of seven and it changed my life forever. I didn't know who Harryhausen was at the time, but just to see all those amazing creatures I'd only read about in books come to life on the screen, it really drove an already impressionable 7-year-old to all sorts of new possibilities. Within three years I was doing stop-motion animation myself in school and doing other creative projects. I'm saddened that my Harryhausen box set is sitting somewhere in my apartment in New York City and I can't throw them in and watch them right now. Needless to say, anyone who had such a pivotal impact on my childhood would upset me to »
Raquel Welch wigs vs. Ray Harryhausen monsters: One Million Years B.C. [See previous post: "Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan Dies."] Without Charles H. Schneer as producer, Ray Harryhausen created the visual effects for the 1966 camp classic One Million Years B.C. — though, admittedly, his work in that movie played second fiddle to Raquel Welch’s physical effects as a blonde-bewigged (?) cavewoman parading around Earth’s pre-history in a cleavage-enhancing fur bikini. Whereas in producer Hal Roach’s 1940 effort One Million B.C., lizards made up as dinosaurs made life difficult for Victor Mature and Carole Landis, in the creationist-style pre-history of the 1966 (sort-of) remake, Raquel Welch and fellow caveman John Richardson had to square off against Harryhausen’s stop-motion models of giant reptiles. (Photo: Raquel Welch One Million Years B.C.) [Please scroll down to check out TCM's beautiful Ray Harryhausen tribute.] Starring James Franciscus and featuring Earth vs. the Flying Saucers‘ Richard Carlson, The Valley of Gwangi (1969) was Harryhausen’s next-to-last mid-level effort. Both The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974), with John Phillip Law, »
- Andre Soares
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