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There are some figures in film history who fade away along with the era in which they produce the bulk of their work. And then there’s veteran B-movie producer and director Roger Corman, still chipper than ever at 90. As a filmmaker, Corman was responsible for a string of vibrant Edgar Allen Poe adaptations in the early sixties (most of which starred Vincent Price). He also directed William Shatner in his best pre-“Star Trek” performance as a race-baiting lunatic in 1962’s “The Intruder.” But Corman more or less stopped directing movies in 1970 (with the exception of 1990’s “Frankenstein Unbound”) and shifted focus to producing a string of low budget genre efforts — several of which introduced some of the great American filmmakers still working today, including Martin Scorsese, Frances Ford Coppola, James Cameron, Jonathan Demme, and many others.
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- Eric Kohn
The Summer Olympics has its fair share of weird sports, from race walking to trampolining to hammer throwing. But those still don’t quite hold a candle to some of the unusual fictional sports that have been depicted on the big screen—you know, like The Hunger Games. So the Vimeo channel Fandor Keyframe decided to round up the 10 best fake movie sports, from Rollerball to Quidditch.
The 10 Best Fake Movie Sports from Fandor Keyframe on Vimeo.
Disturbingly, quite a few of these sports center on murder, including the aforementioned Hunger Games, the Death Race in Death Race 2000 and the Battle Royale in Battle Royale. But at least Fantastic Mr. Fox’s Whack-bat is there to lighten things up.
- Caroline Siede
Roger Corman. © Festival del film LocarnoGuest of honor at the Locarno Film Festival's Filmmakers Academy, Roger Corman is in the Swiss town to receive a lifetime achievement award and hold a masterclass open to all festival goers. For a festival like Locarno that continues to celebrate and champion the cinema of independence, to award a luminary like Corman is only natural. Though his pivotal role in the industry he forever changed hasn't always been adequately acknowledged, this year's award is yet another step towards the canonization of a man known as “The Pope of Pop Cinema.” A man whose influence on postwar American cinema cannot be overstated, having launched the careers of people like Jack Nicholson, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, Sylvester Stallone, Ron Howard, Joe Dante, Francis Ford Coppola, James Cameron and many others, Mr. Corman was kind enough to grant us an interview. Amiable, sharp and unassuming, the legendary »
One of the many reasons I’ve never been terribly successful as a movie reviewer is that I tend to confuse “interesting” with “good.” Consistent with that, yet worse still, as in the case of The Purge: Election Year, is that I’m likely to find a movie’s most incoherent, contradictory, or unbelievable moments its most strangely compelling. Of course one could argue, and plenty of critics have, that the very premise of James DeMonaco’s Purge films is absurd, not just select moments. Twelve hours of legally sanctioned carnage every year? Um… maybe. I guess everything depends on where you go from there, both in tone and the world-building you do around such a premise. Consider Death Race 2000, Battle Royale, The Hunger Games. For me the...
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Cult Us director will also be guest of honour at Locarno’s Filmmakers Academy.
Locarno Film Festival (August 3-13) is to pay tribute to Roger Corman, the cult Us filmmaker known as the “king of the B-movie” whose features include The Little Shop of Horrors (1960), Death Race 2000 (1975) and Piranha (1978).
The 69th edition of the festival will screen two of his films - The Intruder (1962) and Masque of the Red Death (1964) - and the 90-year-old filmmaker will also hold a masterclass.
In addition, Corman will be guest of honour at Locarno’s Filmmakers Academy, a training project for young directors, which this year received more than 290 applications and selected 15 participants including Leonor Teles, winner of Berlin’s Golden Bear for Best Short Film, and emerging talents from Ethiopia and Madagascar among others.
Locarno artistic director Carlo Chatrian said: “Merely mentioning the name Roger Corman evokes an approach to understanding and making films that is synonymous with freedom »
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On the heels of the news that Jen Lilley is leaving her Days of Our Lives role of scheme queen Theresa Donovan comes word that the also-exiting Kate Mansi has been recast as troubled ingénue Abigail Dimera: Marci Miller will make her debut as Chad’s bride this fall, Soap Opera Digest reports.
Though a soap rookie, the actress has appeared in a bunch of short films and stars in the upcoming Children of the Corn: Runaway and Death Race 2050, Roger Corman’s upgrade of his 1975 cult classic, »
As Oscar-nominated coming-of-age drama Mustang hits cinemas, can you identify which car is from which movie?
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- Benjamin Lee
Norman Reedus is set to attend Wizard World’s first-ever cruise! The cruise sets sail this December. Also: Death Race 2050 behind-the-scenes photos released in honor of Roger Corman’s 90th birthday, Cavity Colors’ Leatherface pin and Machete Zombie patch, The Curse of Sleeping Beauty trailer and stills, and Sherwood Horror Kickstarter details.
Norman Reedus on Wizard World Cruise: Press Release: “El Segundo, Calif., April 5, 2016 – Wizard World, Inc. (Otcbb: Wizd) and Rose Tours today announced its first Wizard World Cruise, a pop-culture, comic con-themed, three-night journey on the Norwegian Sky, December 2-5, from Miami to Nassau, Bahamas. The event will feature celebrities including Norman Reedus as well as an Artist Alley with noted comics creators, cosplay contests, exhibitors, parties, video game tournaments and more.
- Tamika Jones
On its 55th anniversary, Shock looks at Roger Corman’s terrifying The Pit And The Pendulum. Though he has made hundreds of films (and is currently making a companion movie to his 1975 classic Death Race 2000), spanning over six decades, producer/director and indie genre film pioneer Roger Corman’s 8-picture “Poe Cycle” continues to be among…
- Chris Alexander
Will Stallone return as Machine Gun Joe?!?
An outrageous action-packed film and reboot of the original Death Race 2000, Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050 began filming February 8 in Peru. Filled with the full-throttle mayhem and black-hearted humor, this all-new film drops the flag on a phalanx of automotive gladiators who earn points for killing pedestrians — and their fellow drivers. Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050is an original release from Universal 1440 Entertainment, a production entity of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The film will be available exclusively on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD in 2016.
In the decades since well-known independent film pioneer and Academy Award® winner Roger Corman first put the iconic anti-hero Frankenstein into the driver’s seat in Death Race 2000, this over-the-top cult classic has hurtled headlong toward cinematic immortality. Among the most enduring of the prolific producer’s legion of memorable films, Death Race 2000 has inspired a »
- Tom Stockman
Well this came out of nowhere. It seems as though an official sequel to the cult film Death Race 2000 is now currently in production under the watchful eye of original producer Roger Corman. Details of Death Race 2050 are scarce, but it is said to have a similar plot to the original but will incorporate virtual reality.
“This is an amazing opportunity for me and millions of Death Race 2000 fans to experience the intensity, thrills and dark humor of the original, fueled by a terrific young cast, spectacular vehicles and side-splitting action, literally,” says Corman in the official press release. “Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050 puts the pedal to the metal to bring this enduring franchise to a whole new level.”
- Luke Owen
A reboot of the original 1975 David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone film "Death Race 2000," the story follows a group of automotive gladiators who earn points for killing pedestrians - and their fellow drivers.
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- Garth Franklin
In case you needed any more proof that reboots are happening faster than ever these days, Universal Pictures, who only rebooted Death Race 2000 with Paul W.S. Anderson back in 2008, is already in production on Death Race 2050, which looks to be, not another in their recent series, but a reboot.
The interesting thing here is that Roger Corman is on board as a producing partner and said this about the project in a statement: "This is an amazing opportunity for me and millions of Death Race 2000 fans to experience the intensity, thrills and dark humor of the original, fueled by a terrific young [Continued ...] »
Fans of the Death Race franchise can now buckle up for a new installment, as Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050 is currently filming in Peru and will be released later this year on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
A reboot of the cult classic Corman-produced Death Race 2000 (the 1975 film shown above), Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050 stars Manu Bennett (Azog from The Hobbit films) as the feared driver Frankenstein and also features genre legend Malcolm McDowell as the Chairman. The new film is directed by G.J. Echternkamp (Hard Candy) from a screenplay by Matt Yamashita (Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda).
A Death Race remake directed by Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil) was released in 2008 and was followed by two prequels, Death Race 2: Frankenstein Lives and Death Race 3: Inferno. Below, we have the official press release with full details on the new Death Race reboot:
Press Release: Universal City, »
- Derek Anderson
An outrageous action-packed film and reboot of the original Death Race 2000, Roger Corman's Death Race 2050 began filming February 8 in Peru. Filled with the full-throttle mayhem and black-hearted humor, this all-new film drops the flag on a phalanx of automotive gladiators who earn points for killing pedestrians - and their fellow drivers. Roger Corman's Death Race 2050 is an original release from Universal 1440 Entertainment, a production entity of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The film will be available exclusively on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD in 2016.
In the decades since well-known independent film pioneer and Academy Award winner Roger Corman first put the iconic anti-hero Frankenstein into the driver's seat in Death Race 2000, this over-the-top cult classic has hurtled headlong toward cinematic immortality. Among the most enduring of the prolific producer's legion of memorable films, Death Race 2000 has inspired a growing fan base that continues to propel the »
The most terrifying thing about 1975’s Death Race 2000 is that its cartoonish satire has only grown more plausible over the years. Set in a dystopian future where culture revolves around a cross-country race where the murder of other drivers and innocent pedestrians is encouraged, it’s a trash masterpiece, a slapstick scream from the depths […]
- Jacob Hall
Genre film icon Roger Corman starts production on sequel to cult hit. Disregard the glossy Death Race 2000 remake Death Race and its direct to video sequels as Shock just learned that legendary indie genre film maverick Roger Corman is sculpting a direct sequel to his original 1975 splatter action/satire. Principal photography on Roger Corman’S Death…
- Chris Alexander
Kris Wall reviews Dying Light: The Following…
Every now and again, a game comes along that completely takes you by surprise and Dying Light was that game for me in 2015. After Dead Island, I wasn’t expecting much from Dying Light, which carried on through my first few hours with the game, a grueling and almost off-putting grind to survive that looked nothing like the awesome trailers we had been shown, showing off incredible acts of parkour acrobatics and zombie decimation. I persevered and stuck with it and suddenly the game just clicked, I started leveling up and getting to grasps with its parkour system, crafting crazy weapons out of salvage and cutting down hordes of the undead, the game was exactly like the awesome trailers we had been shown. Apart from an underwhelming story, I absolutely adored the game and it ended up in my top 3 games of the year, »
- Kris Wall
Rev up your engines, Junkies, because this week’s episode covers not one, but two flicks! We pitting Roger Corman’s Death Race 2000 against Paul Ws Anderson’s 2008 remake Death Race to see how one keeps pace with the other. As it turns out, these two very different versions of the same idea remain neck and neck (for very different reasons) as we reach the final laps of the show! It’s the living version of Wacky Racers v. a ripoff of The Running Man…this is Death Race v. Death Race! You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #78 Directly On This Week’s Show: On Our Marks [0:00 – 1:57] We’re Set [1:58 – 46:00] Now Go [1:04:33 – 1:08:47] Films Discussed: Get In Touch With Us: Email Junkfood Cinema Follow the Show: Subscribe on iTunes Follow Us on Twitter Subscribe on Stitcher »
- Brian Salisbury
Feast your eyes this Valentine's Day on a livestream horror movie marathon featuring some of Scream Factory's cult classic films for free. Also in this round-up: a new teaser for A&E's Damien, The Girl in the Photographs release details, a gallery of images from 6:66 Pm, and release date / trailer for Nailed Down.
Love Is in the Scare Livestream: Press Release: "Have no fear, love is in the scare. This Valentine’s Day, ditch the roses and keep the box of chocolates for yourself while you watch Love Is in the Scare, a marathon of Scream Factory classics streaming free on Sunday, February 14th, from noon to midnight Pt at loveisinthescare.com.
Brace yourself for 12 hours of heart-stopping shocks from seven terrifying films including the Shout! Factory TV premiere screenings of Beyond Darkness, Ghosthouse, Metamorphosis, Nomads, Class of 1984, Witchery and The Editor. The marathon event serves as »
- Tamika Jones
20 items from 2016
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