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From VHS to VOD #3

I don’t know if you’re anything like me, but I can often spend hours upon hours trawling through iTunes looking for new movies to buy… Usually I’ll randomly come across a title I haven’t seen in years and use the “Cast & Crew” links to make my way down the rabbit hole to the more obscure side of Apple’s digital movie service.

Now whilst many will decry that iTunes is a terrible VOD service due to Apple’s desire to lock its audience to their platforms, if you have an Apple TV or iPad be aware – there are some truly obscure films hidden away in the depths of the vast collection of movies. Some of which have been made available in the UK for the first time since VHS and a Lot that have been added to the service in their original uncut form!

So, with
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Jerry Goldsmith Receives a Star on the Walk of Fame

Jerry Goldsmith Receives a Star on the Walk of Fame
When Joe Dante was asked about supporting the effort to secure a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Jerry Goldsmith, the director – who had worked with the respected composer on nine films over 20 years – said he was “flabbergasted” to realize Goldsmith didn’t already have one.

On May 9, the Oscar- and Emmy-winning composer of such classics as “Chinatown,” “Planet of the Apes,” “Patton” and dozens more will receive his star, posthumously, on Hollywood Boulevard just east of Highland Avenue. Goldsmith died in 2004.

Dante, for whom Goldsmith scored “Gremlins,” “Explorers,” “Innerspace” and other films, cited “his brilliance and versatility. Any film he scored was automatically improved tenfold.”

Few filmmakers would disagree. Paul Verhoeven, who did “Total Recall,” “Basic Instinct” and “Hollow Man” with Goldsmith, recalls: “Every film was a new adventure, as Jerry was able to adapt to the most diverse narratives and styles. He never repeated himself, always looking for new,
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‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Director Joachim Rønning in Talks for Michael Crichton’s ‘Micro’

‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Director Joachim Rønning in Talks for Michael Crichton’s ‘Micro’
Joachim Rønning is in talks with Amblin Entertainment to direct its adaptation of Michael Crichton’s science thriller “Micro.”

Rønning teamed with Espen Sandberg to co-direct “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and “Kon-Tiki.”

Amblin’s predecessor DreamWorks acquired the film rights in 2015 to “Micro” with Frank Marshall attached to produce. The story follows a group of graduate students lured to Hawaii to work for a mysterious biotech company, only to find themselves miniaturized and cast out into the rainforest with nothing but their scientific expertise and wits to protect them.

Darren Lemke, whose credits include “Goosebumps,” “Turbo,” and “Jack the Giant Slayer,” is attached to write the “Micro” screenplay.

“Micro” was unfinished when Crichton died in 2008, then was completed by author Richard Preston and published by HarperCollins in 2011. Crichton had teamed with Steven Spielberg for mega-hit “Jurassic Park” in 1993, a year before Spielberg co-founded DreamWorks Skg
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It Came From The Tube: When Michael Calls (1972)

A lot of great TV horror movies rely on a final image, a real shocker, to hammer home the fear. But not all of them. When Michael Calls (1972) is a telefilm that measures out its chills, leading to a logical conclusion (for a small screen sinner) instead of an iconic screen shot for nostalgic viewers. Regardless, this one provides a platform for a solid thriller with a pedigree behind and in front of the camera.

Originally broadcast on Saturday, February 5th, as the ABC Movie of the Weekend, When Michael Calls had the normal competition from CBS’ New Dick Van Dyke Show/Mary Tyler Moore Show and NBC’s Saturday Night at the Movies. But ABC’s Movies of the Week (on Tuesday’s, and here) almost always won out with viewers, providing exciting, original fare. This one is no exception.

Let’s crack open our fair weathered faux TV
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The Bat People (1974), Vicious Lips (1986), The Man From Planet X (1951) & More Coming to Blu-ray from Scream Factory

  • DailyDead
Scream Factory wasted no time kicking their week into high gear, as today they announced six upcoming Blu-ray releases that are sure to scratch the cult horror and sci-fi itch for home media collectors.

Coming to Blu-ray this summer from Scream Factory are Alienator, Vicious Lips, The Bat People, The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake, The Man From Planet X, and Windows. Specific release dates and special features have yet to be announced, and you can be sure that we’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated on all six of these releases.

From Scream Factory: “Some of you may remember last year that we asked you to vote on some obscure titles we had existing rights on and if you wanted to see them come to the Blu-ray format. Since then we already announced several from that list and now we can confirm that we have even more planned
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Supergirl season 2 episode 5 review: Crossfire

Kayti Burt Nov 8, 2016

Mon-El gets a job, James starts down his Guardian path, and Alex is brave in one of the best Supergirl episodes yet...

This review contains spoilers.

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2.5 Crossfire

If there's anything Supergirl understands, it's the power of a montage. The opening of Crossfire started off with a classic as we watch Mon-El get dressed for his first day as Mike of the Interns. And, guys? The episode didn't slow down from there. This was one hour packed full of laughs, heartwrenching confessions, and plenty of action. Basically, it was Supergirl at its best.

Hilariously, Mon-El gets a job. Well, not even a job — an internship. Bowtied (bowties are cool
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Young Justice renewed for season 3

Kayti Burt Nov 8, 2016

Young Justice will back for more superhero adventures. Season 3 has now been confirmed...

The critically-acclaimed Young Justice animated series was canceled after two seasons back in 2013, never to be heard from again... or so it seemed. Fast forward three years and Warner Bros. Animation has just announced that it has begun production on season three of the action-animated series, based on some of the most popular characters from DC Comics.

See related New TV 2016: 28 Us shows for this autumn HBO’s Westworld: ambitious, clever, unmissable sci-fi 37 movies currently being turned into TV shows Looking back at Michael Crichton's Runaway Looking back at Michael Crichton's Coma

According to the official press release:

"Season three promises new twists, turns and dangerous new threats for the team, but most importantly, the opportunity for fans to finally continue the adventures of some of their favorite Super Heroes.
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Blu-ray Review – The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

The Hills Have Eyes, 1977.

Directed by Wes Craven.

Starring Susan Lanier, Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman, Robert Houston, Russ Grieve, John Steadman, Lance Gordon, Martin Speer, James Whitworth, Virginia Vincent, Janus Blythe and Cordy Clark.

Synopsis:

An all-American family travelling across country fall foul of a clan of cannibals that live in the desert.

Quite surprisingly, this is the first UK Blu-ray release of the late Wes Craven’s 1977 notorious horror outing The Hills Have Eyes; surprising because, despite the title being a well-known and not very obscure movie, the hilariously awful 1984 sequel got an HD release first. Nevertheless, it’s here now and thankfully it was cult movie specialists Arrow Video who got to give it its UK Blu-ray debut.

The Carters are a typical all-American family driving across the Us desert to spend some family time together celebrating mum and dad’s silver wedding anniversary. Stopping off at a
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Michael Crichton’s Novel ‘Dragon Teeth’ Bought by HarperCollins

Michael Crichton’s Novel ‘Dragon Teeth’ Bought by HarperCollins
Michael Crichton’s “Dragon Teeth” has been acquired by HarperCollins for publication in May — the third posthumous novel to be released from the bestselling author.

HarperCollins made the announcement Thurday, describing “Dragon Teeth” as a fictional recounting of the actual rivalry between paleontologists Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh during “The Bone Wars” of the 1870s.

“The story unfolds through the adventures of a young fictional character named William Johnson who is apprenticed first to one, then to the other and not only makes discoveries of historic proportion, but transforms into an inspiring hero only Crichton could have imagined,” the publisher said.

“Known for his meticulous research, Crichton uses Marsh and Copes’ heated competition during the ‘Bone Wars’ — the golden age of American fossil hunting — as the basis for a thrilling story set in the wilds of the American West.”

Crichton, who died in 2008, authored a dozen books that
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Self/less | Review

The Change-Up: Singh Sleepwalks Through Sci-Fi Stock

Time is not on anyone’s side in director Tarsem Singh’s latest blunder through familiar material, Self/less, a mash-up of recycled sci-fi tropes drained of innovation or potential potency. Issues of class, identity, and health insurance get chugged through the blender of David and Alex Pastor’s script, the directing/screenwriting duo’s foray into the English language. Singh, known for expressively beautiful visuals, presents his most demurely dressed feature to date, though his usual ocular trickery may have offered a slight reprieve from the crushing banality of the laughably conservative moral fable proffered here.

Damian (Ben Kingsley) heads his own self-built empire, but finds he’s been diagnosed with cancer and doesn’t have much longer to live. He has a troubled relationship with his daughter, Claire (Michelle Dockery), but finds he’s not quite ready to call it quits.
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Michael Crichton's Micro heading to the movies

With Jurassic World still breaking records, Michael Crichton's final novel - Micro - has been snapped up for a film adaptation...

The late Michael Crichton probably would have enjoyed the fact that the latest Jurassic Park sequel - Jurassic World - is proving an even bigger box office draw than the first film. The author died in 2008, and the book he was working on at the time, Micro, was subsequently completed by Richard Preston, and then published in 2011. It proved, as many of Crichton's books did, to be a bestseller.

We can't say we really got on with the book, the sees students arriving to work a biotech company in Hawaii, only to find themselves miniaturised. But its success has tempted DreamWorks Studios (not, we should note, DreamWorks Animation) to open its chequebook. It's acquired the film rights to Micro, and Frank Marshall will be producing the adaptation. Sherri
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Film Rights to Michael Crichton’s Micro Acquired by DreamWorks Studios

From The Andromeda Strain to Jurassic Park to Prey and beyond, the late Michael Crichton offered readers numerous gateways to intelligent escapism on the printed page. Published posthumously, 2011's Micro is no exception. DreamWorks Studios seems to agree, as the company has picked up the film rights to the thriller.

Press Release: "Los Angeles--(Business Wire)--DreamWorks Studios has acquired the film rights to the Michael Crichton novel, “Micro,” it was announced today by Michael Wright, CEO of DreamWorks Studios. Frank Marshall is on board to produce, with Sherri Crichton and Laurent Bouzereau set as executive producers for CrichtonSun LLC.

The high-concept thriller follows a group of graduate students lured to Hawaii to work for a mysterious biotech company—only to find themselves miniaturized and cast out into the rain forest, with nothing but their scientific expertise and wits to protect them.

"Micro" was unfinished when Michael Crichton passed
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Television that Home Video Forgot: The Return of Jezebel James (2008)

The Return of Jezebel James

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Created by Amy Sherman-Palladino

Produced by Dorothy Parker Drank Here Productions, Regency Television, Fox Television Studios

Aired on Fox for 1 season (7 episodes, 4 Unaired) from March 14, 2008 – March 21, 2008

Cast

Parker Posey as Sarah Tomkins

Lauren Ambrose as Coco Tomkins

Michael Arden as Buddy

Scott Cohen as Marcus Sonti

Ron McLarty as Ronald Tomkins

Show Premise

The series centers on a well off and buttoned down children’s book editor named Sarah Tomkins who, after a break up with a long-time boyfriend, finds her plans at having a husband, then a baby, flipped when she decides to go ahead and try to make a baby all on her own. The plan hits another bump when her doctor explains she is unable to conceive, and therefore she needs to consider other options.

Sarah turns to Coco, her estranged free spirited sister, as she is the only person
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'Romancing the Stone': 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Kathleen Turner Classic

With its blend of adventure, love story, and comedy, "Romancing the Stone" is remembered today as one of the quintessential hits of the 1980s. Nonetheless, at the time the movie was released (30 years ago this week, on March 30, 1984), no one expected much from it. Director Robert Zemeckis was seen as a failed whiz kid, star Kathleen Turner had never carried a picture, and co-star Michael Douglas had yet to prove himself as a leading man. Of course, the film ended up propelling all three of them onto the A-list and generated an equally successful sequel, "The Jewel of the Nile."

As familiar as you are now with the story of Joan Wilder (the mousy romance novelist who blossoms during a real-life treasure hunt in Colombia) and Jack T. Colton (the unlikely guide who proves to be the romantic hero of Joan's fantasies), there's still a lot about "Romancing the Stone" you may not know,
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Super-8 Children’S Cancer Fundraiser Movie Madness December 3rd at The Way Out Club

Super-8 Movie Madness is teaming up with Roger’s Reels and The National Children’s Cancer Society for the third annual Super-8 Children’S Cancer Fundraiser Movie Madness which takes place Tuesday December 3rd at The Way out Club. The cover charge is $4.00 and all of that money will be donated to the St. Louis-based National Children’s Cancer Society.

Roger will be bringing by three 16mm prints from his collection of classic TV sitcoms to share. They are episodes of: Happy Days: “Fonzie’s Hero”, I Love Lucy: “Lucy Meets Superman” with special guest star George Reeves, and The Andy Griffith Show: “Barney and the Choir”, considered one of the best episodes of that beloved show.

The Super-8 Sound films (condensed from features, they average 15 minutes in length) to also be projected on a large screen December 3rd are: Bette Midler in The Rose, Phantasm, Gene Hackman in The French Connection,
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TV highlights 06/06/2013

  • The Guardian - TV News
Live Athletics: Diamond League, Rome | Ultimate Shopper | Up The Women | Coma | The Most Dangerous Man In Tudor England | David Walliams: Snapshot In Time | The Alps Murders | Lemon La Vida Loca

Live Athletics: Diamond League, Rome

7pm, BBC3

Round five of the elite athletics series. All eyes, and cameraphones, will be trained as ever on the loping figure of Usain Bolt who, despite recently recording his worst ever 100m final time – a measly 10.09, though he did win the race – is still the man to beat. Elsewhere, Olympic gold medallist Allyson Felix competes in the 200m, while British hopes include Christine Ohuruogu in the 400m, Shara Proctor in the long jump, and Steven Lewis in the pole vault. Gwilym Mumford

Ultimate Shopper

8pm, TLC

The search is on for Britain's Ultimate Shopper, a title that will surely put an end to fears about the dearth of genuine talent on reality TV.
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Five films to avoid during surgery

A new scheme encourages patients to watch their favourite film while under local anaesthetic. Here are some to steer clear of

A pioneering scheme has been launched at Peterborough City Hospital that encourages older patients undergoing certain orthopedic operations to watch their favourite movie during surgery. The idea is to keep them relaxed while their procedure is carried out under spinal block anesthesia. Consultant anaesthetist Dr Richard Griffiths (top marks for a topical cinema name, there) reports recent requests for The Sound of Music and Dirty Dancing. On the surface, it seems a winner: the hospital saves on sedation costs; the public can expand their cinephilia (and avoid the risks of a general anaesthetic). But anyone with a collection of more than three DVDs will know that they have a way of slipping into the wrong box. Here are five movies to check you're not inadvertently watching as you go under the knife.
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Earthquake, Coma Star Returns: Nominated for Canadian Oscar

Geneviève Bujold is back: Canadian Screen Awards 2013 [See previous post: "Canadian Screen Awards: Oscar-Nominated War Witch Tops."] In addition to War Witch‘s Rachel Mwanza, the Canadian Screen Awards 2013 Best Actress nominees are Evelyne Brochu for Inch’allah, Marilyn Castonguay for L’Affaire Dumont, Suzanne Clément for Laurence Anyways, and Geneviève Bujold for Still Mine. In the Michael McGowan-directed drama based on real-life events, the veteran Bujold plays farmer James Cromwell tough-but-ailing wife whose physical frailty sets in motion the film’s plot: Cromwell’s desire to build a better, more comfortable house for Bujold pits him against government inspector Jonathan Potts. (Photo: Geneviève Bujold, James Cromwell Still Mine.) The Montreal-born Geneviève Bujold is best known for her Hollywood movies: Charles Jarrott’s Best Picture Academy Award nominee Anne of the Thousand Days (1969), which earned Bujold a Best Actress Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Anne Boleyn; Mark Robson’s Earthquake, playing Charlton Heston
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Five Forgotten Gems From Five Great Movie Music Composers

Anybody who has ever been to a high school reunion (and I’ve been to my share) will tell you that the calendar and the clock can be incredibly cruel (particularly when combined with the long-term effects of gravity, but let’s not go there).

Time punishes creative works as well. Some work grows dated, stale, stiff. Time and the evolving form of the given art leaves a once vibrant and exciting work behind looking dead and obsolete.

More cruel, perhaps, is work that is simply…forgotten. Not for any good reason. Good as it was, maybe it was simply not successful enough to lodge very deeply in the popular consciousness; working well enough in its day, but soon lost among the ever-growing detritus of a lot of other pieces of yesterday.

Movie music is particularly vulnerable to the cruelties of time. Outside of the form’s devotees, it rarely
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"The Good Wife" Recap: Gold Medal Crazy

The Good Wife practically dared you to keep up with its weird plots and circumstances this week, and for those who were game, it was a fruitful trip into the cuckoo. Alicia had to spring our kooky lawyer pal Elsbeth Tascioni (Carrie Preston) out of the pokey after she'd been arrested on overblown charges. Diane and Will took over for Elsbeth on a case concerning a young Olympic runner who tests positive for doping thanks to her aborted pregnancy, which she conducted in secret using mifepristone that produced a misleading test result. Because the runner doesn't want her abortion revealed, Will and Diane essentially have to lie in order to win the case. Ah, morals! Always sucks to abandon them for the sake of a weepy athlete. And of course, Eli put out more dumb fires for Peter while Peter learned a bit about how he treats his staff. Educational!
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