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Holy cow! John Sayles is making a no-joke Django movie with Franco Nero

23 May 2016 5:35 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Oh, I see. Hollywood decided to get me all sorts of presents this month, and they’re just spacing them out so I don’t explode from joy on my actual birthday. Today’s delightful news is that John Sayles is going to direct Django Lives with Franco Nero returning to play the title character. While I love Sayles and the diversity of his output as a writer/director, I admit a certain fondness for his genre work. When he wrote a script like The Howling or Alligator or Battle Beyond The Stars, he didn’t treat those jobs as garbage. Instead, he wrote with the same degree of invention and dedication, and as a result, many of those movies have aged incredibly well, better than a lot of the drive-in fare of the same era. Franco Nero should have been a bigger movie star. The guy is pretty much just raw onscreen charisma, »

- Drew McWeeny

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Star Trek Is Approaching Its 50th Birthday This Fall

9 January 2016 9:10 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

 The Star Trek franchise will be 50 years old this September. It’s one of the most popular and enduring of all TV and film franchises, still going strong nearly 50 years after its debut in 1966. A third film of the rebooted series is in the works. Cinelinx looks at the ever-popular sci-fi property as it warps into its 50th year.

 Star Trek, a show that didn’t do very well in the ratings when it first debuted, has become a multi-media monster. It has gone from television to cartoons, novels, comic books, video games and films. Many of the character names have become an iconic part of pop-culture. The real-life space shuttle Enterprise was named in honor of the space vessel from Star Trek. The whole concept of the sci-fi convention was begun by the fan-created ‘Trek’ conventions of the early seventies. Few franchises can claim to have had the impact »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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Drive-In Dust Offs: Galaxy Of Terror

9 January 2016 9:29 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

By the early ‘80s, Roger Corman was firmly entrenched in the public’s eye as The low budget wizard, always cranking out movies like a reliable sausagemeister. However, to the more discerning trash hound, his films were fertile ground for up and coming filmmakers, a place to learn the craft and hopefully develop one’s own style. And while Galaxy of Terror (1981), a crossbreed of Alien with a strand of Forbidden Planet DNA, does boast one James Cameron among the crew, its most notable feat is being highly entertaining regardless of a decimated budget and convoluted plot.

Released in October of ’81 Stateside by New World Pictures/United Artists, and alternately known as Mindwarp: An Infinity of Terror And Planet of Horrors (Hey Rog – pick one!), GoT cost $700,000 Us, and of course made its money back (Corman almost always saw a return). This was right in the middle of Corman’s space mining – before this, »

- Scott Drebit

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