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Lucca Film Festival to Honor Oliver Stone

Lucca Film Festival to Honor Oliver Stone
Tuscany’s Lucca Film Festival is expecting an international red carpet come April. Oliver Stone will receive the festival’s main lifetime achievement award, which in previous years has honored directors including David Lynch and William Friedkin.

And this year’s festivities also will honor European directors Aki Kaurismaki and Olivier Assayas and actors Willem Dafoe and Valeria Golino.

The festival will dedicate a complete retrospective of the works of three-time Oscar winner Stone, from Seizure (1974) to Snowden (2016). He’ll be feted with the festival’s spotlight prize and will be on hand to host a master class open to the public.

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The Poignant, Romantic and Bleak Snowden: Jim Hemphill’s Home Video Recommendation

One of the best films of 2016 begins streaming this week, as Oliver Stone’s Snowden drops on iTunes and Amazon. Stone has long been one of our most versatile directors, having made horror flicks (Seizure, The Hand), a Vietnam trilogy (Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Heaven & Earth), a musical (The Doors), historical epics (Alexander, Nixon), a sports film (Any Given Sunday), a love story (World Trade Center), business movies (the two Wall Street movies), and three audacious and darkly funny crime pictures (Natural Born Killers, U-Turn, Savages). With Snowden, Stone synthesizes all of his strengths in one […]
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‘The Oliver Stone Experience’ Book Illuminates Controversial Director’s Career

‘The Oliver Stone Experience’ Book Illuminates Controversial Director’s Career
Jammed with lengthy and insightful Q&As with three-time Oscar-winner Oliver Stone, as well as news clippings, script pages, rare photos, and production memos, Matt Zoller Seitz’s 480-page book “The Oliver Stone Experience” is, like the filmmaker and his movies, obsessive and captivating.

Even longtime fans of the polarizing but undeniably brilliant director might not know the practical reason behind the innovative style of “JFK,” that “The Doors” was originally visualized as a Fellini movie, or why Stone was sued for incitement of violence in the wake of “Natural Born Killers.” Other highlights of the book, available Sept. 13 for $50, include treatments for unproduced films, storyboards, and scene breakdowns.

More than just a fawning career survey, Seitz’s probing questions challenge Stone on a number of important subjects, including the representation of women in his work. Seitz argues that prior to the 1993 drama “Heaven and Earth,” Stone’s female characters
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Celebrating the B-movie performances of Michael Caine

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From killer bees to Steven Seagal, Michael Caine's seen it all. We celebrate five hilarious performances in five very bad B-movies...

"If there is one thing worse than being offered bad scripts it's being offered none at all," Michael Caine once noted - an admission that might explain some of the roles he's taken on over his long and often wonderful career.

Michael Caine may have attained national treasure status now, but from the late 70s to the middle of the 90s, classic roles like Dr Frank Bryant in Educating Rita and Scrooge The Muppet Christmas Carol were interspersed with some - shall we say - less acclaimed movies. Yet even when the production values were awful, the script stank and the films flopped, Michael Caine's performances often remained fascinating. This isn't to say he was necessarily putting his heart and soul into them -
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Sundance Film Review: ’31’

Sundance Film Review: ’31’
Rob Zombie truly loves horror movies. But he still hasn’t made a good one, and “31” is a perfect encapsulation of the reasons why: It’s a fanboy’s highlight reel of homages, without any of the credibility or context that made most of the films he’s inspired by so fine. Those who liked his first narrative features, “House of 1000 Corpses” and “The Devil’s Rejects,” will probably enjoy his latest, which feels like a mash-up of the two (as well as numerous older films). But for others, this energetic exercise in forced badassery will be too silly and self-conscious to feel genuinely edgy, despite all the blood spilt and familiar taboos violated. (You know something’s wrong when your reaction to one character’s entrance is “Oh. A Nazi killer dwarf. That figures.”) As with Zombie’s prior efforts outside the “Halloween” reboots, this looks destined for
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The rise and fall of Hemdale

Hemdale became one of the largest indie studios of the 80s with films like The Terminator and Platoon. Ryan charts its turbulent history...

When Platoon won four Oscars in 1987, it marked not only a new chapter in Oliver Stone's career as a filmmaker, but also the end of a decade-long battle. Since the 1970s, Stone had been struggling to make his harrowing account of the horrors he'd seen firsthand as a soldier in the Vietnam conflict, but was famously turned down by every major studio in Hollywood.

Platoon, and Stone, finally found sanctuary at a small independent studio with a grand-sounding name: the Hemdale Film Corporation. It was Hemdale, and its co-founder John Daly, that had taken a chance on Stone, and when Platoon came out in 1986, the gamble proved to be a shrewd one: its $6m investment was covered by the first month's ticket sales, and the film
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September 9th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Pumpkinhead, Prom Night

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For the second week of September, horror fans have a ton of Blu-ray and DVD titles they can choose from, including Stan Winston’s Pumpkinhead (the latest from Scream Factory), Synapse Films’ brand new Blu-ray of the original Prom Night, and Bobcat Goldthwait’s sasquatch tale Willow Creek.

Scorpion Releasing is also giving fans their first chance to own Oliver Stone’s directorial debut, Seizure, in stunning HD and Graduation Day is also making its Blu-ray bow this week as well. And as if all that’s not enough, we’re also getting a few re-releases as well including The Amityville Horror, a groovy 4 pack of horror movies from Image and a double DVD of House and House II: The Second Story.

Prom Night Special Edition (Synapse Films, Blu-ray & DVD)

Jamie Lee Curtis (the Halloween film series) and Leslie Nielsen (The Naked Gun film and TV series, Forbidden Planet) star
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Watch 'Seizure,' the Strange Horror Movie That Served As Oliver Stone's Directorial Debut

Oliver Stone’s reputation precedes him. He’s known for being notoriously difficult to work with, antagonistic toward his actors (he once told Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx, “You’re just not good at all, are you?”), and occasionally downright reckless (remember that whole James Woods and a gun incident?). His directing debut, which he also cowrote, contains an appropriate amount of on-screen and offscreen menace. The 1974 film Seizure, about a horror novelist’s recurring nightmare that shockingly comes true, is a nice slice of cult weirdness. The cast is equally entertaining. Where else can you find Dark ShadowsJonathan Frid, Bond and Hammer Films hottie Martine Beswick, Fantasy...

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Watch: Oliver Stone's Low Budget Horror Film Debut 'Seizure' In Full

Did you know Oliver Stone's first movie was a 1974 horror quickie called “Seizure”? Probably not, especially given that he doesn't want you to know that (hell, even we skipped over it in our retrospective of the director in 2012) . The official story is that Stone got famous writing screenplays in the late 70s and early 80s — “Midnight Express,” “Conan the Barbarian,” “Scarface” — but he made “Seizure” and 1981's “The Hand” (with Michael Caine!) first. He wasn't exactly proud of the work, though, and though it did come out on VHS, “Seizure” has never had a DVD release: Stone has bought the rights to ensure it never happens. But thanks to the interwebs, you can still get a (blurry) look at the whole thing. The film “stars” Jonathan Frid (who played Barnabas Collins, in the original TV run of “Dark Shadows”), Martine Beswick (famous for “catfight” scenes in both “One Million Years BC” with Raquel Welch,
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Oliver Stone Speaks at Sliff on the 50th Anniversary of the JFK Assassination

“Back, and to the left… back, and to the left… back, and to the left”

It was the hottest ticket in town on the 50th anniversary of one the most tragic events of the 20th century! Director Oliver Stone, who made the historically dubious, but entertaining as hell JFK in 1991 spent the 50th anniversary of the JFK Assassination here in St. Louis as part of The St. Louis International Film Festival. The event was last night at The Tivoli. The sold-out crowd was treated to a speech by Stone reflecting on the historic date. This was followed by a clip reel highlighting his 40-year Hollywood career (but not a single clip from Seizure!) and a 15-minute segment from his Showtime documentary series ‘The Untold History of the United States‘. After receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from Cinema St. Louis, Stone took to the stage for an interview moderated by St.
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London Film Memorabilia Convention Hammer & Horror Film Day- London, 9 November

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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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CinemaCon: Oliver Stone Compares Horror Filmmakers to CIA Torturers

CinemaCon: Oliver Stone Compares Horror Filmmakers to CIA Torturers
Oliver Stone apparently has a different definition of horror than anyone else you know.  The "JFK" director equated horror filmmakers to CIA torturers during a CinemaCon panel on Wednesday in Las Vegas, explaining that he could no longer watch or make any movies in the genre. Stone's early directorial career began with horror films "Seizure" and "The Hand," the latter of which Guillermo Del Toro fervently praised during the panel. But neither of them was financially successful. "I realized at that point that I wasn't a horror director," Stone told a crowd of
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Win Copies of House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows on Blu-ray!

House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows are hitting home video for the first time ever on Blu-ray and DVD on October 30th, and we have your shot to nail down a pair of these classics in all their high definition glory right now!

To enter for your chance to win, just send us an E-mail Here including your Full Name And Mailing Address. We’ll take care of the rest.

House of Dark Shadows features the talents of Jonathan Frid ("Dark Shadows", Seizure, The Devil’s Daughter), best known for his role as the vampire Barnabas Collins in the original TV series, Grayson Hall (TV’s “One Life to Live,” “All My Children”), and Kathryn Leigh Scott ("Dark Shadows", Parasomnia, TV’s “Huff”). In this film expansion, vampire Barnabas Collins searches for a cure so he can marry the lovely woman who resembles his long-lost fiancée, Josette.
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House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows Finally Hitting Blu-ray and DVD

Never mind the mind-numbing weirdness of Tim Burton's Johnny Depp flick, we're talking about the original goodies right here, kids. Read on for the first look at the DVD and Blu-ray releases of House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows!

Warner Home Video has announced DVD ($14.96 each) and Blu-ray ($19.98 each) releases of House of Dark Shadows (1970) and Night of Dark Shadows (1971) for October 30th. The only extra features will be the theatrical trailers.

House of Dark Shadows features the talents of Jonathan Frid ("Dark Shadows", Seizure, The Devil’s Daughter), best known for his role as the vampire Barnabas Collins in the original TV series, Grayson Hall (TV’s “One Life to Live,” “All My Children”), and Kathryn Leigh Scott ("Dark Shadows", Parasomnia, TV’s “Huff”). In this film expansion, vampire Barnabas Collins searches for a cure so he can marry the lovely woman who resembles his long-lost fiancée,
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THR's Todd McCarthy Ranks Oliver Stone's Movies

THR's Todd McCarthy Ranks Oliver Stone's Movies
Oliver Stone has been a major force in Hollywood for a quarter-century, during which time he's made 19 feature films and numerous documentaries, as well as the epic series The Untold History of the United States, which is finally due to be shown this year. Following is a ranking of Stone's features, from most to least (more applicable, somehow, in his case, than best to worst), minus his first two getting-into-the-game efforts, Seizure and The Hand, which, in ambition and achievement, stand quite apart from his subsequent work; just as Otto Preminger disregarded everything he made prior

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Wamg Interview: Kathryn Leigh Scott – Dark Shadows Star

In 1966 Kathryn Leigh Scott, fresh out of acting school and working part time as a Playboy bunny, was was cast as Maggie Evans the waitress-turned-governess on the ABC-tv cult serial Dark Shadows. In its prime, the Dark Shadows daytime series (which ran from 1966 to 1971) attracted 20 million viewers. The spooky, literate, romance and horror-driven show had universal appeal and came to be known as the program kids ran home from school to watch. Reruns and DVD releases of all 1,225 episodes have spawned new generations of Dark Shadows fans, who attend annual Dark Shadows Festivals where cast members reunite to celebrate the show’s unending popularity. During her tenure at the show, Kathryn Leigh Scott played several roles including Josette du Pres, the ghostly lover of Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid), who was killed at Widow’s Hill in the 18th-century flashbacks. After leaving the series, she co-starred in The Great Gatsby (1974), and
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R.I.P. Jonathan Frid

Jonathan Frid, star of the original Dark Shadows, has died He was 87. The Canadian actor, who passed away Friday in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, played benign vampire Barnabas Collins on ABC’s gothic soap opera from 1967-71 and in the 1970 movie House Of Dark Shadows. Frid also has a cameo in Warner Bros’ upcoming Tim Burton-directed Dark Shadows reboot as an older version of Barnabas. In the movie, which comes out May 11, he meets up with the younger version of himself played by Johnny Depp. Although Frid wasn’t in Dark Shadows when it first debuted in 1966, his elegantly fiendish Barnabas quickly became the star when he joined several months later. After the series ended, Frid returned to the theater, performing Edgar Allen Poe, William Shakespeare and a long run on Broadway in the 1980s in Arsenic And Old Lace. He also appeared in several films including Oliver Stone’s 1974 directorial debut Seizure.
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Jonathan Frid, original 'Dark Shadows' star, dies at 87

Jonathan Frid, original 'Dark Shadows' star, dies at 87
Updated: Johnny Depp comments below …

Just a few weeks before his most famous character was to be reborn, the original Barnabas Collins from Dark Shadows has died.

Jonathan Frid, the Canadian actor who brought the suave bloodsucker to life on the 1966-71 gothic soap opera, passed away from natural causes on April 13 in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, according to Mpi Home Video, which releases the Dark Shadows DVDs.

Dark Shadows inspired a generation of boys — Tim Burton and Johnny Depp among them — to become obsessed with a show originally aimed at their mothers. On May 11, Burton and Depp will
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Rest in Peace: Jonathan Frid

We have some very sad news to pass on to our readers today as reports are coming in that the great Jonathan Frid, aka Barnabas Collins from "Dark Shadows", has passed away at the age of 87 in Ontario, Canada.

Frid, who was born December 2nd, 1924, reportedly died of natural causes at Juravinski Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, this past Friday, April 13th. In addition to his iconic portrayal of Barnabas on the soap that ran on ABC from June, 1966-April, 1971, the actor also starred in the 1973 television movie The Devil's Daughter and the 1974 horror film Seizure.

He filmed a cameo appearance - his final acting credit - in Tim Burton's forthcoming Dark Shadows film remake, which stars Johnny Depp as Barnabas.

"The death of Jonathan Frid has left all of us at Mpi deeply saddened," said Malik Ali, CEO of Mpi Media Group, home of the "Dark Shadows" series on DVD.
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'Dark Shadows' Jonathan Frid dies at 87

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Jonathan Frid, star of the original "Dark Shadows," died of natural causes in Canada last Friday (April 13) at the Juravinski Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario.

Frid was best known for playing Barnabas Collins on gothic soap opera "Dark Shadows," which aired on ABC from June 1966 to April 1971. The character of Barnabas appeared a year into its run on TV and catapulted the show's popularity.

Frid did not do much acting other than in "Dark Shadows" and did not have an acting credit since the 1974 film "Seizure" until he filmed a cameo for the 2012 release "Dark Shadows," which features Johnny Depp as Barnabas.

Actress Kathryn Leigh Scott, who played Maggie Evans on the series, posted this message to Frid on her website:

"I am so grateful to have worked with Jonathan, and to have known him as the charismatic, entertaining, complex and plain spoken man that he was. What fun we had working together!
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