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"This Is Spinal Tap" Scores 11 Out Of 10 In Cult Movie Poll; Free Screening Of Film In London On December 3

1 December 2009 6:26 AM, PST | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Cinema Retro has received the following press release from the Jameson Cult Film Club, which is affiliated with Jameson Irish Whiskey:

The infamous eighteen-inch-high Stonehenge in rockumentary classic, This is Spinal Tap, has been voted the ultimate 'rock' cult film moment of all time by almost half (48%) of British film fans.

Dennis Hopper and the classic motorcycle moments set to Steppenwolf’s of 'Born to be Wild' in Easy Rider came a close second in the poll with 22% of the votes, followed by Bill and Ted's "excellent" guitar solo in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (19%).

The research, commissioned by Jameson Cult Film Club, which brings classic cult movie screenings to life via an immersive cinematic experience, also reveals that the music from 90’s movie Trainspotting is the favourite soundtrack of all time with almost 40 per cent of the votes (39%). In 1997, it was awarded 'best soundtrack' in the Brit Awards. »

- (Cinema Retro)

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Will Ferrell And Charles Napier Hang With Ken Jeong In Today's Daily TwitPic

21 October 2009 6:00 AM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

This morning's Daily TwitPic brings together a talented trio of performers into one mildly disturbing image. Will Ferrell hardly needs any introduction. The "Saturday Night Live" alum exists somewhere in the suburbs of pop culture's nerve center. It's been awhile since he had an "Anchorman"-level success, but his fans remain numerous.

Standing off on the right side of the pic is veteran actor Charles Napier. Here's a guy that puts the "working" into "working actor." He has 190 screen credits in film and TV according to IMDb, including roles in classics like "The Silence of the Lambs," "The Blues Brothers" and -- a personal favorite -- "The Cable Guy" (one of Jim Carrey's cop buddies). Standing between the two men is Ken Jeong, who had a solid summer with notable appearances in "The Hangover" and -- as you can tell from the writing on his chest -- "The Goods: Live Hard, »

- Adam Rosenberg

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New Universal Films to Watch Out For: Robin Hood, MacGruber

13 October 2009 6:46 PM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

Universal Studios has posted synopses of some of their major 2010 films, and two are piquing our interest here at Screen Rant.

The first is “Untitled Robin Hood Adventure,” directed by Ridley Scott of Blade Runner, Alien, Black Hawk Down, and I could keep going, fame. Russell Crowe steps into the tights (well, more like armor this time around looking at the Crowe’s Robin Hood costume) of the mythic English folk hero who enacted his own economic stimulus package for the peasants of Nottingham village.

This story has come to the big screen countless times, twice in one year even, with 1991 seeing Patrick Bergin in Robin Hood matching barbs with Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Some would say neither film, which played up the bandit’s romantic soul and added period realism, hit the bull’s-eye, and still consider Errol Flynn’s swashbuckling The Adventures of Robin Hood the gold standard. »

- Brian Gresko

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Dr. Who and Shaun of the Dead unite for 'Burke & Hare'

13 October 2009 4:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I hate the way most older directors are treated by this business. John Landis is a good example.  Yes... there is a reason his career took a nosedive during the mid-to-late '80s, but no matter what your feelings about that incident, Landis is still the guy who made "An American Werewolf In London," "National Lampoon's Animal House," "The Blues Brothers," "Coming To America," and "Three Amigos!", and the idea that a guy like that has trouble getting funding for anything is just preposterous.  Sure, give some new guys work, but don't just throw older directors away because of some arbitrary calendar date.  It's short-sighted, and »

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Henry Gibson, 1935-2009

17 September 2009 1:33 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

The gallery of colorful character actors has lost another one of its most reliable members. Don't feel bad if you don't know the name Henry Gibson, because I suspect that a "supporting" player like Mr. Gibson would take your ignorance as a compliment. Actors like Henry Gibson generally show up 7th or 8th in the opening credits, if they show up there at all, but they excel at two things: Providing flawless support for a lead actor or a big star, and giving movie-watchers a nice comfortable vibe of "Ohhh, this guy! He's been in a dozen flicks I've seen before. No idea who he is, but I'm glad to see him again."

That was Henry Gibson. The frustrated "Illinois Nazi" from The Blues Brothers. The confused grocer in Innerspace. The goofy preacher from Wedding Crashers. He was in Nashville, The Long Goodbye, The Nutty Professor, Magnolia, and The 'Burbs. »

- Scott Weinberg

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Comedy Actor Gibson Dead

17 September 2009 1:16 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Beloved American comedy actor Henry Gibson has died, aged 73.

The TV and film star lost his battle with cancer and passed away at his home in Malibu, California on Monday.

A stalwart of film and the small screen, with a career spanning over 40 years, Gibson made his name when he appeared in 1960s series Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In.

He went on to enjoy parts in the original version of The Nutty Professor, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, The Blues Brothers and most recently was in The Wedding Crashers.

Gibson enjoyed a recurring role as Judge Clarence Brown on hit U.S. show Boston Legal.

He also released two comedy albums.

He is survived by his sons, all high-fliers in the entertainment industry, and two grandchildren. »

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Henry Gibson 1935-2009

16 September 2009 11:47 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Henry Gibson, whose name you might not know but whose face you'll almost certainly recognise, has died at home in Malibu, a week before his 74th birthday.Gibson's hangdog expression disguised a great talent for deadpan comedy. His first movie role was in Jerry Lewis' original The Nutty Professor in 1963, and he was a regular on the sketch show Rowan and Martin's Laugh In from 1968 to 1971 alongside Lily Tomlin and Goldie Hawn. One of his characters was a flower-wielding poet, all of whose material was written by Gibson himself.Robert Altman cast him four times, in Nashville, The Long Goodbye, A Perfect Couple and Health, and Joe Dante used him three times, giving him the role of Tom Hanks' nemesis in The 'Burbs, Mr Wormwood in Innerspace, and a cameo in Gremlins 2. He was the leader of the Illinois Nazis in John LandisThe Blues Brothers. »

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Henry Gibson Dead at 73

16 September 2009 8:17 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Actor Henry Gibson died of cancer at the age of 73, a week before his 74th Birthday. While you might not recognize his name, you will almost certainly recognize Gibson's face from one of his many screen credits from the last 45 years. Gibson got his break in the 1963 Jerry Lewis comedy The Nutty Professor, but received his first major role as a three year stint as part of the cast of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. Children of the 1980's (like myself) will probably remember Gibson from the 1989 Joe Dante comedy, The 'Burbs, in which Gibson played the villain. He also played the leader of the "Illinois Nazis" in the 1980 John Landis classic The Blues Brothers. Director Robert Altman cast him in four of his films: The Long Goodbye, A Perfect Couple, Health, and Nashville. He made a brief appearance in Altman protege Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia as an »

- Peter Sciretta

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Henry Gibson Passes Away at Age 73

16 September 2009 7:26 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

In a story from the Los Angeles Times, veteran character actor Henry Gibson has died at the age of 73.

The actor made his mark in the late 1960s as the flower-holding poet on TV's landmark comedy satire Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.

The actor died late on Monday night at his home in Malibu. He had been battling cancer.

More recently the actor had portrayed Judge Clark Brown on Boston Legal.

Gibson's family stated that he used his fame to help support the fledgling environmental movement. He also contributed pieces and poetry to newspapers and other publications.

The actor played Haven Hamilton in director Robert Altman's 1975 film Nashville. He wrote most of his character's songs and then received a Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actor.

He also played an Illinois Nazi in The Blues Brothers, a crazy neighbor in The 'burbs, as well as a priest in the Wedding Crashers. »

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Henry Gibson, 1935-2009

16 September 2009 7:06 PM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

I don't even have the words anymore. Lots of tragedy this week. Henry Gibson was a gifted performer. He was acting at age 7 and got his break in "The Nutty Professor," the original from 1963. I'll always know him best as the creepy neighbor in "The 'Burbs." He left us today at the age of 73.

Gibson had more high profile roles and more serious ones as well, appearing in four of Robert Altman's films, Paul Thomas Anderson's "Magnola," comedy classic "The Blues Brothers" and, most recently, "Wedding Crashers." But I'll never forget the first time I saw him, in "The 'Burbs," when he seemed like this nice old neighbor being harassed by crazy Tom Hanks. Only then you find out that he actually is a psychotic killer, chopping up corpses and incinerating them in his basement.

Perhaps not the most heartfelt remembrance, but that's how Gibson left his mark in my life. »

- Adam Rosenberg

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'Laugh-In' original Henry Gibson dies

16 September 2009 1:01 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Henry Gibson, a wry comic character actor whose career included "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In," "Nashville" and "Boston Legal," died Monday at his home in Malibu after a brief battle with cancer. He was 73.

Gibson's breakthrough came in 1968 when he was cast as a member of the original ensemble of NBC's top-rated "Laugh-In," on which he performed for three seasons. Each week, a giant flower in his hand, he recited a signature poem, introducing them with the catchphrase that became his signature: "A Poem, by Henry Gibson."

The poems proved so popular that they led to the release of two comedy albums, "The Alligator" and "The Grass Menagerie," as well as a book, "A Flower Child's Garden of Verses."

After "Laugh-In," he played the evil Dr. Verringer in "The Long Goodbye" (1973), the first of four films in which he appeared for director Robert Altman. Their second collaboration came in "Nashville" (1975), in which »

- By Mike Barnes

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An American Werewolf In London: Full Moon Edition (DVD Review)

15 September 2009 2:42 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Two of my all-time favorite werewolf movies are An American Werewolf In London and The Howling, both released in 1981. While each has its qualities, none are more exciting than American Werewolf’s Oscar-winning transformation scene, superbly brought off by makeup artist Rick Baker. His FX in this sequence still hold up today, and are a testament that such practical creations are far more engaging and believable than CGI.

An American Werewolf was a groundbreaking in this area, marking the first time audiences witnessed a full-on man-to-wolf transition using physical FX rather than classic camera dissolves (like those utilized in 1941’s The Wolf Man). Baker’s achievements were among those that inspired the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to create a yearly Outstanding Achievement in Makeup category for the Oscars, in which American Werewolf was the first winner. Its transformation setpiece set the bar for all werewolf movies that came after it; among others, »

- (Glen Baisley)

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The Five Best Films Based on Comedy Sketches

1 September 2009 2:07 AM, PDT | | See recent IFC news »

Stretching a brief comedy sketch into an 80-plus minute feature is not a task for the timid, as the process of fleshing out quick, self-contained bits is rife with inherent risks -- the two main ones being that such an endeavor usually makes little sense and can spoil the original joke. Yet despite these pitfalls, a select few have succeeded where so many others fail, managing to retain the core aspects of their source material while creating developed narratives that expand upon their original conceits in ways that are smart and silly. While only two of the below five might actually qualify as "classic" (though feel free to argue otherwise), our choices for the five best films born from TV sketches all show a willingness to push boundaries and indulge in random flights of fancy in the service of goofy humor, a daring that can be attributed to inspired comedians recognizing, »

- Nick Schager

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John Landis’ new project: The ‘Burke And Hare’ Murders

25 August 2009 12:13 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The legendary comedy director, best known for Animal House and The Blues Brothers, as well as for Michael Jackson's Thriller, is finally returning to the big screen for a new black comedy about a pair of real-life murderous entrepreneurs called "Burke and Hare." It's been more than a decade since John Landis made his last theatrically released film. The project is still in development but Landis has confirmed Simon Pegg as one of the stars of the film. Landis was a key contributor to modern horror filmmaking movement of the 80's. His work provided a bridge between the hard-hitting and subversive horror films of the 70s and the campy horror comedies of the 80s providing genuine scares and gore while mixing in his sharp sense of humor. The director should feel right at home with a dark comedy and his Masters of Horror feature Family Man is proof that dark »

- Ricky

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John Landis Taps Simon Pegg For The 'Burke And Hare' Murders

24 August 2009 3:00 PM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

It’s been more than a decade since John Landis made his last theatrically released narrative film, a little-seen movie titled “Susan’s Plan.” The legendary comedy director, best known for “Animal House” and “The Blues Brothers,” as well as for Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video, is finally returning to the big screen for a new black comedy about a pair of real-life murderous entrepreneurs called “Burke and Hare.”

The project has been in development for a short while, but horror site Dread Central has just learned first-hand from Landis that casting has begun. First to come aboard is Simon Pegg of “Shaun of the Dead,” says Landis.

It wasn’t revealed who Pegg will be playing, though I'm fairly certain he'll be portraying one of the title characters. William Burke and William Hare infamously went on a murdering spree in Edinburgh, Scotland in the 1820s. The duo then sold »

- Christopher Campbell

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Landis and Pegg

24 August 2009 4:05 AM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

For whatever reason, John Landis has decided to take the last decade or so off from making movies. Maybe he thought that after directing such classics as Animal House, Coming To America, Three Amigos, Kentucky Fried Movie and The Blues Brothers, he deserved a bit of a break. And with that resume, I’d be inclined to agree. Well, he’s gotten his fill of rest and TV projects and is coming back to the big screen with Burke And Hare, and he's even started casting. This latest »

- Paul Tassi

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'Shaun of the Dead' Star to Sell Dead

23 August 2009 11:20 PM, PDT | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

After a lengthy hiatus from features, it appears that legendary director John Landis has a new project lined up. One thing’s for sure, it sounds more in line with An American Werewolf in London than his more comedic works, like National Lampoon’s Animal House.

Landis, whose last theatrical release was the 1998 Susan’s Plan, is working on a black comedy called Burke and Hare, based on the real-life West Port murders. According to /Film, Shaun of the Dead and Star Trek’s Simon Pegg will star, presumably as either William Burke or William Hare.

Between 1827 and 1828, the murders of 17 individuals were attributed to Burke and Hare, both Irish immigrants. They supposedly "burked" — a term that would come to mean purposefully smothering — their victims, and sold the bodies to Edinburgh Medical College for dissection. After initially selling the body of a dead man, Burke and Hare suffocated ill or »

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John Landis Reflects On "An American Werewolf In London"

18 August 2009 8:01 PM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

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Cinema Retro London correspondent Mark Mawston recently caught up with director John Landis to discuss his classic horror film.


Friday 26th June 09 was a sad day for many as they woke up to the news of Michael Jackson’s untimely passing. Although tributes were many and were omnipresent on TV and radio, the image that seemed to represent the high point in the singer’s career and resonate with fans and general public alike was his epic ‘Thriller’ video. Probably the most famous and influential music video ever, the landmark film was directed by the incomparable John Landis. On the day of Jackson’s death, Landis was in London to attend the Curzon Soho’s ‘Midnight Movies’ tribute to him with a rare screening of An American Werewolf In London. As usual, the Curzon staff had made a splendid effort, »

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The Pleasures of Putting a Team Together

18 August 2009 12:28 PM, PDT | | See recent IFC news »

It's the first line of the last trailer for Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds": "I'm putting together a special team," Brad Pitt's Lt. Aldo Raine says. Most of Tarantino's movies pay homage to particular strains of genre cinema, from kung fu flicks to heist thrillers to grindhouse slashers, and with that pronouncement, Tarantino puts "Inglourious Basterds" in that cinematic tradition of pictures about the recruitment and implementation of a specialized squad of badasses.

"Putting a Team Together" is more a structural motif that crosses into different genres than a genre unto itself. There are musicals -- "The Blues Brothers," for instance, where Jake and Elwood Blues reassemble their former band in order to fulfill a "mission from God." There are superhero films like "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," the adaptation of Alan Moore's graphic novel in which one famous literary figure drafts several other famous literary figures »

- Matt Singer

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Discuss: Embarrassing Film Favorites

28 July 2009 10:32 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

If you are somebody who is a little 'cinematically inclined', then I'm sure one of the questions you ask any new friend or foe is "So, what are some of your favorite movies?" Now I'm going to be honest here and tell you that if I'm trying to impress someone new, I might leave out a few of the less than 'high-minded' selections in favor of earning a little cool quotient by name dropping something underground or foreign. But, we've all got our dirty little secrets, and over at The Guardian Film Blog, Ryan Gilbey has taken the first step by admitting his top five embarrassing film obsessions.

Coming in at number one for Gilbey was John Landis' The Blues Brothers. As it turns out, Gilbey's love for the blues comedy faded as soon as he passed puberty and now his beloved film is "flat and joyless". But some »

- Jessica Barnes

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