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Willow Maclay’s Top 10 Films of 2017

Cinema cannot save us. It’s not going to force Donald Trump to resign from office. It isn’t going to soften the hearts of Republicans who want to destroy the economic future of the current generation of American youths. It isn’t going to halt global warming. It is not going to end things like racism and transphobia and homophobia. Roger Ebert once famously said that cinema is an empathy machine, but the notion of such an idea is more complex than simply saying cinema can change the world through its narrative achievements. Cinema can foster empathy, but only on a case by case person by person basis, and what are we to do if the films that do force viewers to think aren’t available in the small towns and lower economic areas of the world? If these films that can have a positive effect on viewers and
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Tony Burton, Duke in 'Rocky', Passes Away at 78

Tony Burton, Duke in 'Rocky', Passes Away at 78
Tony Burton, who played the boxing trainer Tony "Duke" Evers in the long-running Rocky movie franchise, passed away in Los Angeles earlier today, at the age of 78. M Live confirmed the actor's death with his sister, Loretta "Peaches" Kelly. His sister revealed that the actor had been hospitalized several times over the past year, but he was never officially diagnosed with any illness at the time of his death. Due to his health, the actor was never able to see the Rocky spinoff Creed.

Tony Burton was born March 23, 1937 in Flint, Michigan, USA, and long before he portrayed Apollo Creed's (Carl Weathers) trainer Duke in all six Rocky movies, the actor was a boxer himself. Tony Burton won two Flint Golden Gloves trophies in the light heavyweight division in 1955 and 1957, after excelling in football and baseball for Flint Northern High School. He went on to box professionally, with a 16-3 professional boxing record,
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‘Rocky’ Actor Tony Burton Dies at 78

‘Rocky’ Actor Tony Burton Dies at 78
Tony Burton, best know for his role as Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed’s trainer in the “Rocky” films, died on Thursday night. He was 78.

His cause of death has not been disclosed, but his sister, Loretta Kelly, told the Michigan news site MLive that he had been hospitalized several times in the last year.

Burton played Tony “Duke” Evers alongside Sylvester Stallone and Carl Weathers in the franchise’s first six films. He retired from acting in 2007, the year after his final “Rocky” movie, “Rocky Balboa,” was released.

Weathers confirmed Burton’s death Thursday night on Twitter.

“Sad news. Rip Tony Burton. His intensity and talent helped make the Rocky movies successful,” he wrote.

@E_Woodyard @TheSlyStallone Sad news. Rip Tony Burton. His intensity and talent helped make the Rocky movies successful. #BePeace

Carl Weathers (@TheCarlWeathers) February 26, 2016

MGM, the studio behind the “Rocky” films, also paid tribute to Burton,
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Contest: Win The Car on Blu-ray

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A Lincoln Continental Lhe with quite a temper is getting a high-definition upgrade on Tuesday from Scream Factory, and we've been provided with three Blu-ray copies of The Car to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of The Car.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject “The Car Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on December 18th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

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From the previous press release: Fasten your seatbelts for the terrifying thrill ride that has become a cult classic! On December 15, 2015, Scream Factory™ is proud to present The Car, arriving for the
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The Car Blu-ray Clips & Trailer

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Following the unveiling of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's Christine Blu-ray earlier this year, Scream Factory's giving another malevolent vehicle a high-definition upgrade with their Blu-ray release of The Car next Tuesday, and we have clips and a trailer teasing the highway horrors to come.

From the previous press release: Fasten your seatbelts for the terrifying thrill ride that has become a cult classic! On December 15, 2015, Scream Factory™ is proud to present The Car, arriving for the first time on Blu-ray™. Directed by Elliot Silverstein, the action-packed thriller stars James Brolin (The Amityville Horror), Kathleen Lloyd (It Lives Again), John Marley (Deathdream), Elizabeth Thompson (A Shadow in the Street) and Ronny Cox (RoboCop). R.G. Armstrong (Race with the Devil, Evilspeak), Roy Jenson (Soylent Green), Melody Thomas Scott (Piranha, The Fury), Kim Richards (Assault on Precinct 13) and Kyle Richards (Halloween) also star in this high-octane thriller.

A must-have for loyal fans,
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The Car Blu-ray Release Details & Cover Art

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Years before viewers witnessed a ’58 Plymouth Fury scorned, they were introduced to a Lincoln Continental Lhe with quite a temper. Scream Factory's giving the latter an HD upgrade with their December 15th Blu-ray release of 1977's The Car, and we have the official release details and cover art.

Press Release: Fasten your seatbelts for the terrifying thrill ride that has become a cult classic! On December 15, 2015, Scream Factory™ is proud to present The Car, arriving for the first time onBlu-ray™. Directed by Elliot Silverstein, the action-packed thriller stars James Brolin (The Amityville Horror), Kathleen Lloyd (It Lives Again), John Marley (Deathdream), Elizabeth Thompson (A Shadow in the Street) and Ronny Cox (RoboCop). R.G. Armstrong (Race with the Devil, Evilspeak), Roy Jenson (Soylent Green), Melody Thomas Scott (Piranha, The Fury), Kim Richards (Assault on Precinct 13) and Kyle Richards (Halloween) also star in this high-octane thriller.

A must-have for loyal fans,
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Ogre and still more “final” guests added to La Fango con

We thought we were finished, but everybody wants to come to our scary shindig next week! Legendary Skinny Puppy singer Nivek Ogre (a.k.a. Oghr) and a few more notable genre folks have joined the lineup of the fast approaching West Coast edition of Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors convention, to be held April 17-19 at the Los Angeles Convention Center (1201 South Figueroa).

Ogre will appear with his Repo! The Genetic Opera cast and crew on Sunday. The singer played Pavi Largo in the cult horror/rock musical. The latest bonus guests (hey, we are running out of room!) include:

Greydon Clark: cult director of Without Warning, Satan’S Cheerleaders, Wacko, Black Shampoo and Dance MacAbre (signing at Hollywood Book & Poster table)

Tim Thomerson: fan favorite from Near Dark, Trancers, Dollman, Nemesis and new War Wolves and Live Evil (the latter screening at the con; Thomerson will
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Lost Boys singer G Tom Mac w/ Corey Haim at L.A. Fango Con!

The Los Angeles Weekend of Horrors just keeps getting better, with so many guests being added (and some day-of surprises in-store!) that we can barely keep up here at Fango HQ! The latest addition to the West Coast edition of Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors convention, to be held April 17-19 at the Los Angeles Convention Center (1201 South Figueroa) is G Tom Mac, the writer and voice of "Cry Little Sister" from The Lost Boys. He'll be joined with star Corey Haim at the event on Sunday, April 19th!

The most recent announcement of Fango terror talent includes:

Roddy Piper Wrestler/They Live star previews new film A Gothic Tale; also appearing: Piper’s daughter, actress Ariel Teal Toombs of Creeper (Sunday)

Terrance Zdunich, Repo! The Genetic Opera star and co-creator (appearing Sunday)

Last House On The Left reunion: with original baddies David Hess, Fred Lincoln, Jeramie Rain and Marc Sheffler
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Roddy Piper and a ton more guests added to La Fango con

Wrestler/They Live star Roddy Piper and a ton more genre stars have joined the lineup of the fast approaching West Coast edition of Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors convention, to be held April 17-19 at the Los Angeles Convention Center (1201 South Figueroa). Piper will appear with his daughter, actress Ariel Teal Toombs of Creeper (formerly Little F*Cker), on Sunday to discuss their respective new fright films (also screening at the con), including Piper’s new anthology A Gothic Tale (pictured).

The additional, perhaps final, windfall of Fango terror talent includes:

Terrance Zdunich, Repo! The Genetic Opera star and co-creator (appearing Sunday)

Last House On The Left reunion: with original baddies David Hess, Fred Lincoln, Jeramie Rain and Marc Sheffler (panel on Sunday; signing all three days at Hollywood Book & Poster tables)

Christa Campbell: star of 2001 Maniacs and Day Of The Dead, signing free posters from her new
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Assault on Precinct 13

Assault on Precinct 13
As pointless remakes go, the new Assault on Precinct 13 is actually better than a lot of the recent bunch.

The 1976 John Carpenter original has been reworked enough to give the urban thriller a distinct flavor of its own, and stars (the Carpenter version didn't have any) Ethan Hawke and Laurence Fishburne provide enough gravitas to keep things involving even as some of the supporting characters fight a losing battle with caricature.

But in the end, there just isn't sufficient edge-of-the-seat suspense to make the ultraviolent Assault a desired destination for the targeted young male audience, the majority of whom are likely unfamiliar with the film Carpenter made a couple of years before breaking out big time with Halloween.

Distributed by Focus Features genre division, Rogue Pictures, the film should, however, nab some significant business in its DVD stakeout.

To be fair, Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13, was itself a remake, inspired by the 1959 Howard Hawks film Rio Bravo, starring John Wayne and Dean Martin, which exchanged a Wild West town jail for a soon-to-be-shuttered Los Angeles police station that comes under siege by gang members.

Aside from being highly cost-effective, that one-set premise provided for plenty of neatly self-contained, claustrophobic tension that was nicely heightened by Carpenter's off-kilter synthesizer score.

For the brand-new edition, French director Jean-Francois Richet and screenwriter James DeMonaco (The Negotiator) have relocated the setting to an aging precinct on the outskirts of snow-choked Detroit during the closing hours of 2004.

The adverse weather conditions have forced a prison-bound busload of inmates to make a detour to the remote Precinct 13, even though it's in the process of closing down.

Among those being accommodated in its few cells is formidable crime lord Marion Bishop (Fishburne), whose presence puts a damper on the New Year's Eve festivities planned by the precinct's partying secretary, Iris (Drea de Matteo), and veteran cop Jasper Old School O'Shea (Brian Dennehy).

Even Sgt. Jake Roenick (Hawke) was up for the festivities despite still bearing the physical and emotional scars of a badly botched undercover drug sting months earlier that claimed the lives of his team.

But those plans are put on permanent hold when the station house comes under siege from not gang members but a crack force of gunmen commandeered by none other than Marcus Duvall (Gabriel Byrne), chief of the Organized Crime and Racketeering Squad who intends to eradicate Bishop and anybody else who gets in their way.

That cops-attacking-cops twist initially serves the script well until things start unraveling at the midway point. With a good 15 minutes to go before the end, DeMonaco and director Richet, having exhausted all possibilities involving the precinct, are forced to move the action outdoors, which causes the already slackening tension to sag further.

While Hawke and Fishburne do solid work, many of the supporting cast, including Maria Bello and John Leguizamo, are forced to grapple with shrill, stock characters that threaten to sink this Assault in tired B-movie conventions.

Assault on Precinct 13

Rogue Pictures

Rogue Pictures presents a Why Not/Liaison Films/Biscayne Pictures production

Credits:

Director: Jean-Francois Richet

Screenwriter: James DeMonaco

Based on the film written by: John Carpenter

Producers: Pascal Caucheteux, Stephane Sperry, Jeffrey Silver

Executive producers: Don Carmody, Sebastien Kurt Lemercier, Joseph Kaufman

Director of photography: Robert Gantz

Production designer: Paul Denham Austerberry

Editor: Bill Pankow

Costume designers: Vicki Graef, Georgina Yarhi

Music: Graeme Revell

Cast:

Jake Roenik: Ethan Hawke

Marion Bishop: Laurence Fishburne

Iris Ferry: Drea de Matteo

Jasper O'Shea: Brian Dennehy

Beck: John Leguizamo

Smiley: Jeffrey Ja Rule Atkins

Alex Sabian: Maria Bello

Marcus Duvall: Gabriel Byrne

MPAA rating R

Running time -- 109 minutes

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