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“Feed me, Seymour!”
Get in touch with your inner Devil or Angel while enjoying complimentary Casillero de Diablo, the official wine of Halloween on Friday, October 31st beginning at 8pm. It’s the Devils & Angels Halloween Bash and We Are Movie Geeks is especially excited to hear that they will be screening two of our favorite films there that night: Mel Brooks’ 1974 gutbuster Young Frankenstein and the 1987 monster musical Little Shop Of Horrors – (I had almost forgotten that Bill Murray was in that!).
The fun happens at The Moulin Events-Jefferson Ballroom, 2017 Chouteau Ave, St. Louis, Mo 63103.
In addition to those two horror/comedy classics, the party offers Local craft beers, specialty Halloween cocktails and snacks, a chance to dance the night away with Millennium DJs, a Costume Contest, and Free Parking!
Tickets: $30 +tax in advance / $40 +tax after October 26th
Purchase tickets at devilsangelshalloweenbash.chirrpy.com
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- Tom Stockman
Some of you might be asking: why do I care what Daniel Radcliffe, Harry Potter, has to say about Frankenstein? He, person who doesn't know, is playing Igor in 20th Century Fox's take on a prequel to Mary Shelly's novel that focuses on the relationship between James McAvoy's Victor Frankenstein and Igor, his assistant.
Empire talked to Radcliffe about the role:
The character maybe lost a little intellectual freight with Marty Feldman’s portrayal of him as a boggle-eyed lunatic in Mel Brooks’ hilarious Young Frankenstein (“It’s pronounced ‘I-gor’!”), so Radcliffe’s version will probably be a little closer to what Shelley intended.“There is that physicality,” he stressed of Igor’s famous hunchback, “but the story this time around is told through his eyes. He’s granted more of a story than he has been before. It’s an equal partnership where one of them is trying to be dominant, »
Photo: Marco VitturWith his quirky drama Horns just around the corner, Daniel Radcliffe stopped by to chat movie things with Empire. With his Seb Coe movie Gold currently in a holding pattern, the current Rad-slate is dominated by 20th Century Fox’s new take on Mary Shelley’s weird scientist, Victor Frankenstein. Radcliffe, who plays Igor (or Ygor), bills it as “a real adventure at its heart, a fun movie” while stressing that there’s brains to go with the brawn. “[It’s] very smart in terms of the ideas it’s discussing, [which is] a rare combination for a huge movie.”Igor, of course, is Frankenstein’s (James McAvoy) factotum. The character maybe lost a little intellectual freight with Marty Feldman’s portrayal of him as a boggle-eyed lunatic in Mel Brooks’ hilarious Young Frankenstein (“It’s pronounced ‘I-gor’!”), so Radcliffe’s version will probably be a little closer to what Shelley intended. »
“For the experiment to be a success, all of the body parts must be enlarged. “
Movies for Foodies, a regular film series put on by Chef Liz Schuster, Chef Steve Schmidt, and the other talented chefs at Tenacious Eats, is back in a new location and a fresh slate of films to write menus around. Enjoy a five-course gourmet meal (and five unique cocktails) while enjoying one of your favorite movies! That’s the Tenacious Eats way! The movie starts at 8pm. The doors open at 6:00 for the pre-show which includes an hour of Super-8 Movie Madness!
The new locale is Food Outreach, 3117 Olive Street in St. Louis. The next Tenacious Eats ‘Movies for Foodies’ event will be a screening of the Mel Brooks’ 1974 gutbuster Young Frankenstein on October 30th. Tickets are $65.00 and ticket information can be found at the Tenacious Eats site Here
Good comedies are rare. »
- Tom Stockman
Make people laugh and they won't even realize you're making them think. Over the past 50 years, women have broken through the glass ceiling time after time, shattering stereotypes and thumbing their noses at the old chestnut that "Women aren't funny." Fact: Anybody who says women aren't funny doesn't want them to be funny. We're looking back on the 50 funniest women of the past 50 years, their contributions to comedy, and their enduring legacies that inspire men and women alike. These are the 50 women who have helped (and are helping) to introduce the next class of hilarious women, which will inevitably include Amy Schumer, Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Tig Notaro, Chelsea Handler, Maria Bamford, Aubrey Plaza, and Kate McKinnon. Keep in mind this list only includes women who are primarily performers in movies, television, and standup comedy. That's why you don't see legends like Nora Ephron, Anne Beatts, and Elaine May here. »
- Donna Dickens, Chris Eggertsen, Louis Virtel,
Fox has picked up an original film idea called Thrill Ride from Neighbors scribes Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien. The movie is a horror comedy, and Cohen is set to direct it. The actual script for the movie will be written by Peter Warren.
When horror and comedy are brought together in a smart and engaging way they make for a completely awesome movie. Some of my favorites include Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil, Young Frankenstein, and The Burbs just to name a few.
The move is described as being in the vein of This Is The End and Scream. I absolutely love the concept and think it could make for an amazingly fun flick. According to Deadline, the story "takes place at a particularly cruel high school where bullying has become the norm. At Senior Night, the school rents out an amusement park for the entire senior »
- Joey Paur
“I am not a Frankenstein. I’m a Fronkensteen!”
Young Frankenstein plays this weekend (October 10th and 11th) at the Tivoli as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight series.
Good comedies are rare. Great ones are rarer. Great parodies are needles in the haystack, and this is it. The parody can be brilliantly funny (most are horrid), but Young Frankenstein is near perfect.
Mel Brooks hit all nails right on the head in his black & white classic from 1974. Taking its themes from the Mary Shelley novel and providing some spot-on homage/parody to the James Whale classic Bride Of Frankenstein (and plenty of references to Son Of Frankenstein as well), Young Frankenstein is a breathless laugh and a half. In a weak comedy, you have the entire cast setting up one character for the laughs. Here, you have every character providing humor in every scene. None more »
- Tom Stockman
“Ugh, I smell like a human!”
Princess Mononoke plays this weekend (October 5th and 6th) at the Tivoli as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight series. The midnight show this weekend is sponsored by Star Clipper, (St. Louis’ premier pop culture shop), who will provide trivia and prizes.
Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke (1997) is reportedly a delightful anime from the man who has come to define everything that is best about the genre, I’ve never seen it, but Miyazaki always brings in the crowds for the midnight shows so I’m sure it’s a worthy choice. Princess Mononoke was Miyazaki’s calling card to the world outside Japan. The English voice cast boasts Billy Crudup, Billy Bob Thornton, Minnie Driver, Claire Danes, Jada Pinkett Smith, Gillan Anderson and Keith David – a considerable volume of talent for an animation back in 1997 (Toy Story was 1995), arguably marking »
- Tom Stockman
Filmmakers have been obsessed with Frankenstein since James Whale brought Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel to life and instantly gave birth to an iconic monster franchise that remains a major priority for Universal. It’s one of the most important public domain properties in fiction, but reanimating the Green Guy into a worthy anti-hero isn’t easy. Everyone from Kenneth Branagh, Robert De Niro and Aaron Eckhart have discovered you need more than neck bolts to spark a good movie. The futility hasn’t stopped Candyman and Immortal Beloved director Bernard Rose, who’s returning to horror filmmaking with his own modern take on the Frankenstein legend. He shot his in downtown Los Angeles, with Xavier Samuel, Carrie-Anne Moss, Danny Huston, and Tony Todd starring in a Frankenfilm set against the backdrop of the contemporary 3D bio-printing revolution. “They’re already 3D-printing organs, so to actually print an entire human being »
- Jen Yamato
The Room plays this weekend (September 26th and 27th) at the Tivoli as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight series.
There are different types of ‘Bad Movies’. It’s become sport to poke fun at bloated star vehicles such as Ishtar, Glitter, or Gigli but those films are usually miserable experiences to actually sit through. There are films that are intentionally bad such as those from Troma studios (Toxic Avenger, Poultrygeist) but Troma knows its audience and anyone seeing a Troma film knows what they are getting into. Tommy Wiseau’s The Room belongs with the group of movies that are so bad that they can transform their own awfulness into a “comedy of errors”. Unlike more mundane bad films, these films develop an ardent following of fans who love them because of their poor quality, because normally, the errors (technical or artistic) or wildly contrived plots »
- Tom Stockman
Is Tina Fey the queen of comedy?
Since breaking out on "Saturday Night Live" as head writer and anchor of Weekend Update, Fey has had her hands all over TV and film. She engineered a critically acclaimed sitcom, "30 Rock," while starring in hits like "Mean Girls" and "The Muppets Most Wanted." Did we mention she's also hosted the Golden Globes... twice? This fall, she can be seen again on the big screen, in the ensemble comedy-drama "This Is Where I Leave You."
1. Tina Fey was born May 18, 1970 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania to Jeanne Xenakes and Donald Fey.
2. Her mother works at a brokerage firm, while her dad wrote grants for universities.
3. She is half German and half Greek.
4. Fey's birth name is actually Elizabeth Stamatina Fey. "Tina" is taken from »
- Jonny Black
“That’s what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age!”
Dazed And Confused plays this weekend (August 19th and 20th) at the Tivoli as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight series.
I graduated from Kirkwood High School in 1979 and Dazed And Confused, which I saw at the Shady Oak Theater in Clayton 14 years later, is so spot-on it’s scary. Writer-Director Richard Linklater is one year older than me and his film debut was a nostalgic look back at the final day of school, when the soon-to-be-seniors get drunk and stoned waiting for their first year at the top of the food chain while the incoming freshmen get prepared for a year of getting picked on. A wide range of character drink, smoke pot and have fun talking about what life is about to offer them. I think »
- Tom Stockman
Drew Struzan might be the name you first think of when someone mentions movie poster artist, but few can argue that the work of John Alvin is not a equally iconic. Alvin’s art has be collected in great effort into one tight package in The Art of John Alvin by his wife Andrea Alvin. The high quality coffee table book collects the late artist’s film poster art in their final form and in the earliest stages when he was just starting to figure out the layouts for some of the posters that would go on to be some of the most iconic of all time.
An introduction gives a brief overview of his life and his earliest experiences painting images from the films that made him fall in love with the art, like 1954’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and 1960’s Spartacus. It details his life, marriage, and sudden »
- Max Molinaro
After immortalizing a joke in the cement at the Tcl Chinese Theatre — with an extra finger on his left hand — Mel Brooks was in his usual feisty form Tuesday night at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to kick off a 40th anniversary screening of “Young Frankenstein.”
'Ok, Leonard – start the bullshit' – Mel Brooks following a standing ovation at the Academy—
Dave McNary (@Variety_DMcNary) September 10, 2014
Brooks told the Sro crowd that the screening of the first cut — which came in at two-and-a-half hours — didn’t go well but credited himself and editor John C. Howard with key adjustments for the final 105-minute version.
Dave McNary (@Variety_DMcNary) September 10, 2014
Brooks contended »
- Dave McNary
Mel Brooks gave the Tcl Chinese Theatre the finger — the fake finger, that is. The celebrated actor, screenwriter, producer, and director made his mark on the famous venue's walk of fame on Monday, Sept. 8, adding an unexpected 11th finger to his handprint. Brooks, 88, was honored with a marker boasting his signature, handprint, and footprint in recognition of his years of work and the 40th anniversary of the Oscar-nominated Young Frankenstein, which he directed and co-wrote. The Blazing Saddles director subtly attached a fake sixth finger [...] »
Earlier this year, James McAvoy dazzled audiences as the psychic mutant Charles Xavier (known mostly by his cool superhero moniker Professor X) in the blockbuster "X-Men: Days of Future Past." In that movie, he was on one side of an embittered relationship with the leader of the mutant uprising, Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and the movie tried, with varying degrees of success, to show both sides of that relationship (and point-of-view).
Similarly, McAvoy returns to cinemas this week in "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them." Now, when the film played the Toronto International Film Festival last year and Cannes this year, it was split into two halves: "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him" and "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her." The "Him" chapter told the story of a crumbling relationship from McAvoy's perspective, while "Her" was completely devoted to the point-of-view of his ex-wife, played by always-wonderful Jessica Chastain. It's like »
- Drew Taylor
It's a rite of passage for any star of entertainment to get a spot on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The sidewalks of Tinseltown are covered with the stars, along with the imprints of their hands and feet. Just yesterday, American comedy icon Mel Brooks (writer and director of Spaceballs, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein and more) was given that very honor, and the master of laughter wasn't going to let this opportunity for what will be a more permanent joke just slip away. The comedy legend, who is actually fairly active on Twitter despite his oage, posted a picture of his imprint after he was done. Notice anything weird? Here's the image Mel Brooks posted on his Twitter, along with some other photos from BuzzFeed: I desperately need to wash my hands. pic.twitter.com/fKVl4FyMFt— Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) September 8, 2014 And here is Brooks appearing on "Conan" shortly after, »
- Ethan Anderton
The four guys sitting around the lunch table in Beverly Hills have been business associates and friends for decades.
This includes the decade known as the ’70s, when lunchee Mel Brooks directed and co-wrote “Young Frankenstein” (1974) for fellow lunchees, former Fox studio chief Alan Ladd Jr. and the film’s producer, Michael Gruskoff, as well as longtime Ladd associate Jay Kanter, who once repped the likes of Marlon Brando, Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe.
But this is clearly Brooks’ show, a point he reinforces when Gruskoff tries to tell their guest about the day the two of them and star Gene Wilder pitched the “Young Frankenstein” project to the top brass at Columbia Pictures.
Gruskoff may have gotten through the first word of the first sentence but he quickly and wisely lets Brooks finish: “Let Me Tell The Story I Can Tell It Better Than You.”
“So everything was great, »
- Steven Gaydos
Mel Brooks added a little something extra to his handprint when he preserved it in cement for the Los Angeles’s famed Tcl Chinese Theatre yesterday: an 11th finger. The comedian wore a prosthetic finger on his left hand for his ceremony, giving future tourists a reason to double-take. (We can only imagine how Lucy would have reacted.) Brooks slyly tweeted about his joke:
I desperately need to wash my hands. pic.twitter.com/fKVl4FyMFt
— Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) September 8, 2014
Later, the 88-year-old explained the thought process behind his gag when he appeared on Conan. “I wanted to do something just a little different, »
- Esther Zuckerman
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America (Chris Evans) is still getting used to life in the 21st century, but before he gets too comfortable he's enlisted by S.H.I.E.L.D. to help stop another big bad. Captain American partners with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) for a lot of action and awesomeness in their mission to stop the Winter Soldier. Anthony Mackie co-stars as Falcon.
Why We're In: The "Avengers" series just keeps getting better and better. Plus, "Winter Soldier" gives us even more of Black Widow's bad-assery, proving once again that it's high time we get a stand-alone for this fantastic character.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
- Jenni Miller
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