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The Tfh Gift Guide: Part 1 – Movies!

13 December 2011 12:21 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Better late than never with the shill…I mean the Wow Look At All These Great Things! (And, all joking aside, I do mean that sincerely.)

We’ve finally done it. We’ve reached the end of our biggest year ever here at Trailers From Hell, a year with a lot of growing pains and a lot of triumphs. So allow me to extend some seasonal greetings to you, readers, watchers, visitors and strangers who may have just now stumbled upon our humble little site. (If you’re of the latter group, really, what took you so long?) We can only hope to keep growing the site though (please tell your friends!), and our always-amazing, never-ceasing stable of gurus only increases the realm of greatness we hope to bring you.

In the spirit of the  season — that spirit being crass consumerism, of course — we thought we might direct your attention »

- Danny

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Do Movies About Movies Win Oscars?

23 November 2011 7:54 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) has had it with the movies in "The Artist"Over at Fandor's Keyframe blog I'll be musing about the Oscar race on a biweekly basis. This week's topic is the unusual abundance of movies about movies in this year's Oscar race from Marilyn Monroe (My Week With Marilyn) to George Melies (Hugo) to Hollywood's seismic sound shift in the late 20s (The Artist). But one thing I didn't dwell on too much in the article (which I hope you'll go and read!) is the lack of Oscars won for movies about movies.

Everyone predicting a win for The Artist (2011) before the nominations are even announced should consider the following list and sobering fact: No movie about movies has ever won Best Picture.

Movies About Movies: How Do They Do With Oscar?

(Best Picture Nominees are in red) 

Janet Gaynor (already an Oscar winner) was nominated again »

- NATHANIEL R

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The Godfather’s Alex Rocco returns to his mobster roots in Batman: Year One

20 October 2011 10:01 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Alex Rocco, best known for his role as gangster Moe Greene in The Godfather, returns to his mobster roots as Carmine Falcone in Batman: Year One, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies.

The appearance in a Dark Knight-related project brings Rocco’s 44-year career full circle. The Massachusetts-born actor, who was once an adjunct member of Boston’s Winter Hill Gang, got his first on-screen role in the 1960s Batman television series.

Rocco appeared as the thug Block in the back-to-back episodes “A Piece of the Action” and “Batman’s Satisfaction,” which premiered on March 1 and 2, 1967.  The episodes also featured the first true crossover appearance of Green Hornet and Kato on the Batman series (aside from a cameo popping out a window in the first season).

Since then, Rocco has been seen on primetime in everything from Get Smart, The F.B.I. and »

- Robert Greenberger

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Alex Rocco Talks Carmine Falcone in Batman: Year One

13 October 2011 9:59 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Alex Rocco, best known for his role as gangster Moe Greene in The Godfather, returns to his mobster roots as Carmine Falcone in Batman: Year One, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies.

The appearance in a Dark Knight-related project brings Alex Rocco's 44-year career full circle. The Massachusetts-born actor, who was once an adjunct member of Boston's Winter Hill Gang, got his first on-screen role in the 1960s Batman television series.

Alex Rocco appeared as the thug Block in the back-to-back episodes "A Piece of the Action" and "Batman's Satisfaction," which premiered on March 1 and 2, 1967. The episodes also featured the first true crossover appearance The Green Hornet and Kato on the Batman series (aside from a cameo popping out a window in the first season).

Since then, Rocco has been seen on primetime in everything from Get Smart, The F.B.I. »

- MovieWeb

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Weinberg Reviews Drive

16 September 2011 11:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

The dangers of "pre-release hype" are not limited to simple spoilers or heightened expectations. Sometimes the early buzz on a film can lead you in the wrong direction entirely. Take the ridiculously cool new movie called Drive. Early press out of various film festivals led one to believe that this was some sort of hyper-kinetic, non-stop action-fest. Please allow me to set things straight: Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive is not an action movie. It is a fantastic little character study / crime story that feels more like Michael Mann's Thief, Richard Rush's The Stunt Man, and Walter Hill's The Driver than anything resembling a non-stop chase-fest. Please note: none of the preceding paragraph is meant as a slight, knock, or criticism of Drive, which »

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Ed Helms' Stunt Double Sues -- Claims 'Hangover' Accident Caused Brain Injuries

31 August 2011 8:35 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

The man who was Ed Helms ' stunt double in " The Hangover 2 " is suing Warner Bros -- claiming he was badly injured during a high speed stunt-gone-wrong for the movie last year in Bangkok, Thailand. The stunt man -- Scott McLean -- filed a lawsuit in California federal court on Tuesday ... claiming he was participating in a stunt where he had to lean out of the window of a moving truck ... when something went terribly wrong. »

- TMZ Staff

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Drafthouse Films Grabs Onto 'The Fp'

1 August 2011 10:08 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

There are quite a few film fans who will be happy to know that Drafthouse Films just snatched the U.S. distribution rights to "The Fp." The story is absolutely wonderful in the sense that several gangs fight for one piece of turf in the form of dance-fighting. Pretty cool, right? Read on to find out more on the project and the brand new company director.Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, today announced the acquisition of Us rights to The Fp from its July 30th screening at Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival.Set in a near post-apocalyptic future, The Fp centers on two rival neon-clad gangs raging an underground turf war for dominance of Fraizer Park (“The Fp”) in the deadly arena of “Beat-Beat Revelation” – a competitive dance-fight video game. The Fp is a nod to ‘80s sci-fi/action genre fare and is »

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Drafthouse Films Follows Up ‘Four Lions’ With ‘The Fp’ Acquisition

1 August 2011 8:27 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Austin favorite The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has become something of a phenomenon with their strict no-talking policy. They recently launched a distribution component, Drafthouse Films, where they picked up the excellent terrorist comedy Four Lions. We now know what is next in their pipeline as a press release reveals their second acquisition.

They’ve come on as distributor and plan to release Jason and Brandon Trost‘s The Fp in the first quarter of 2012. We saw the action/sci-fi/comedy at SXSW and called it a “gleefully over-the-top spoof on the action films of the 1980s.” Check out the trailer below, followed by the press release. There is also announcement of a new company director, which can be read below.

Austin, TX – Monday, August 1, 2011 – Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, today announced the acquisition of Us rights to The Fp from it’s July 30th »

- Jordan Raup

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #326: Horrible Bosses and Bad Teacher

13 July 2011 6:41 AM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

0:00 - Intro 9:10 - Headlines: Spike Lee to Direct Oldboy Remake, Neil Burger to Direct Uncharted, The King of Kong Remake Will Be a Mockumentary? 23:18 - Review: Horrible Bosses 48:50 - Review: Bad Teacher 1:09:30 - Trailer Trash: Jack and Jill 1:18:35 - Other Stuff We Watched: Cedar Rapids, Unknown, The Stunt Man, Princess Mononoke, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Just Go With It, Gulliver's Travels, Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Hot Coffee, Transcendent Man, Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story 1:50:10 - Junk Mail: Mystery Melody and Character Themes, Medical Story, Time Travel Movies, Criterion Recommendations, It's Garry Shandling's Show, TV Shows that Grow On You, Canadian TV, Might as Well Junk 2:31:10 - This Week's DVD Releases 2:33:00 - Outro » Download the MP3 (72 Mb) [1] » View the show notes [2] » Vote for us on Podcast Alley! [3] » Rate us on iTunes! »

- Sean

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Giveaway: Win The Baby and Bloody Birthday on DVD!

28 June 2011 12:24 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Two titles, three chances to win.

Let it be known that the gentlemen at Severin Films aren’t just behind classy, high-caliber, prestigious releases like Richard Rush’s The Stunt Man. They’re also a little insane (and if you’re in La and make it to The Cinefamily for the Everything is Festival, Evan Husney of Severin promises to inflict that insanity upon you with his mash-up “Brain Bludgeon”).

Today, for example, Severin Films are dropping some new titles, including two of the weirdest, most shocking, exploitative “kid” movies that you’ll find anywhere.

First up is Ted Post’s The Baby, a supremely odd looking title about which I don’t even know what to say. Just look at the trailer:

That’s weird. And it got a PG rating! As American Grindhouse director Elijah Drenner says:

…describing The Baby as ‘sleazy’ is too simple, not to mention inaccurate. »

- Danny

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Severin Films Celebrates 5 Years With A Sale

14 June 2011 10:12 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Those of you who've read my Video Home Invasion column (to return after I settle some personal business), know that I love Severin Films.  They have a great roster of films, and they are expanding their business all the time.  They've gone from fantastic euro-sleaze (A Perversion Story, Black Emanuelle), to classic slashers (Bloody Moon), to video nasties (Cannibal Terror), to full on cult classics (Santa Sangre, Inglorious Bastards, The Stunt Man, Psychomania, etc, etc) all in the space of five fantastic years.  They've done all of this without forgetting their roots and releasing great classics from the 70's and 80's while still pushing forward with their own in house feature productions.What really gets me excited about Severin, though, isn't what they've done, but what »

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The Stunt Man

14 June 2011 10:16 AM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

“Every so often comes a film so startling, so breathtakingly new that it literally defies description.” Such words were echoed by countless critics at the time of its release, and three decades later The Stunt Man remains as elusive and nuanced a film as ever was brought to the screen. Shot in 1978, but not released until 1980, the project attracted talents like Sean Connery and George C. Scott opposite young hopefuls Jeff Bridges and Martin Sheen. The journey took nine years, but director Richard Rush finally created his passion project and masterwork with the actor he wanted most; Peter O’Toole, opposite Steve Railsback. The result is a film that defies convention, transcends genre, and sits with the immortals in the pantheon of film.

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Week 198 Closing Credits: Submerged

12 June 2011 10:48 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Our week of underwater monsters, friends, fiends and creatures comes to a close. Did you miss anything?

Trailers

On Monday, June 6, Howard Rodman brought you the best of the Universal monsters as he investigated The Creature From The Black Lagoon.

On Wednesday, June 8, Joe Dante explored what it meant to get the Famous Monsters of Filmland approval and asked The Monster of Piedras Blancas about ripping heads.

And on Friday, June 10, Mick Garris dove with The Nautilus to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Residuals

Elsewhere on the blog, Joe Dante laid out his take on the week’s Drive-In Double Features on TCM.

We brought you some further reading in the form of a very smart essay on one half of the actors in the famous Gill-man suit, Ben Chapman.

We checked in again with the guru blotter, parsing out bits from the web about Brian Trenchard-Smith, Ernest Dickerson, John Sayles and more. »

- Danny

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DVD Playhouse--June 2011

10 June 2011 10:53 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse June 2011

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Allen Gardner

Kiss Me Deadly (Criterion) Robert Aldrich’s 1955 reinvention of the film noir detective story is one of cinema’s great genre mash-ups: part hardboiled noir; part cold war paranoid thriller; and part science- fiction. Ralph Meeker plays Mickey Spillane’s fascist detective Mike Hammer as a narcissistic simian thug, a sadist who would rather smash a suspect’s fingers than make love to the bevvy of beautiful dames that cross his path. In fact, the only time you see a smile cross Meeker’s sneering mug is when he’s doling out pain, with a vengeance. When a terrified young woman (Cloris Leachman, film debut) literally crossed Hammer’s path one night, and later turns up dead, he vows to get to the bottom of her brutal demise. One of the most influential films ever made, and perhaps the most-cited film by the architects »

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DVD Obscura: The Stunt Man, Insignificance, and More

8 June 2011 7:08 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

New DVDs and Blu-rays for the first half of June include a wonderfully warped look at the filmmaking process, Marilyn Monroe canoodling with Albert Einstein, and a retail crew that dreads the weekly ritual of “New Comics Day.”   Peter O’Toole Pulls the Strings One of the greatest movies ever made about moviemaking, Richard Rush’s The Stunt Man (now available from Severin Films) gets a snappy new Blu-Ray reissue that comes jam-packed with extras, most notably Rush’s feature-length documentary “The Sinister Saga of the Making of ‘The Stunt Man,’” which catalogs the many travails the film faced during production and while trying to get into theaters. (Unlike other movies that traveled a bumpy road, at least The Stunt Man...

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DVD: DVD: The Stunt Man

7 June 2011 10:00 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Richard Rush’s The Stunt Man was released in 1980, the same year as Heaven’s Gate, the famed Michael Cimino debacle that nearly destroyed United Artists and marked an unofficial end to a libertine decade when directors were kings. Yet in Peter O’Toole’s performance as the half-mad egomaniac behind The Stunt Man’s movie-within-a-movie (within-a-movie-within-a-movie), Rush— adapting Paul Brodeur’s novel—offers a sly commentary on the state of the ’70s auteur. It’s just as pointed as the lessons of Cimino’s excesses, and in this case, it’s intentional. O’Toole’s efforts to orchestrate »

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"The Stunt Man" On Blu-ray: The Ultimate "Double" Feature

7 June 2011 6:21 PM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

We don't think much about stunt men in this business because we're not supposed to think much about stunt ment. But consider what it must be like to risk your life on a daily basis, doing the things they won't let a guy who looks like a more rich, famous, and handsome version of you do because they're too dangerous, with no shot at riches, fame or additional handsomeness. That inequity -- stars getting adoration for things a stunt man does -- could drive a man crazy. And maybe that's what I like best about Richard Rush's film "The Stunt Man," out today for the first time on Blu-ray. It may not be the most accurate depiction of Hollywood moviemaking, but it's a very believable depiction of the mind of a stunt man. On a bad day, it must feel like the world is out to kill you.

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- Matt Singer

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Bookmarks: Two Weeks with Orson Welles, The Stunt Man, Peter Fonda and more.

7 June 2011 1:56 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Some cool stuff’s out there, but your gateway to it is right here.

If you didn’t catch up with out the latest guru blotter early this morning, head over there to find out all the latest in guru-related news, notes and glorious good stuff. It’s all worth checking up on, especially the John Sayles interview with the Av club.

But, really, the “must read” of the day goes to this and it is…well, I’ll let Joe explain:

Author and biographer Joe McBride turned us on to the fact that producer and film historian Dennis Bartok has started his own blog. And this week he’s up with a fascinating glimpse of Orson Welles shooting The Other Side of the Wind as observed by director Vincent Sherman’s son Eric, who worked for two weeks as a second cameraman on the still-unreleased feature, sort of a »

- Danny

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New on Blu-ray and DVD: The Wild Hunt! Mother's Day! Breaking Bad!

7 June 2011 11:52 AM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

The Wild Hunt - A medieval reenactment game turns into a Shakespearean tragedy when a non-player crashes the event to win back his girlfriend.

Exorcismus - A family allows their young daughter's exorcism to be recorded secretly in this Spanish camcorder shocker.\

Mother's Day - Three girls discover that two men are willing to do anything to impress Mother and what impresses Mother is watching her son commit acts of rape and murder. The Troma classic comes home to Blu-ray for the first time ever!

The Housemaid - A man's affair with his family's housemaid leads to a dark consequences.

Burial Ground [Blu-ray] - A professor opens a crypt and reanimates rotten zombies. The zombies attack a jet-set-group which is celebrating a party in a villa nearby... This is a classic Italian zombie flick from the 80s which is loved by a lot of gore hounds.

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Cineaste, DVDs, More

7 June 2011 10:19 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Tuesday, DVD roundup day, is a fine day for taking a look at the new Summer 2011 issue of Cineaste, particularly since, among the online samplings this time around, DVD reviews outnumber all other types of articles combined.

To begin, Darragh O'Donoghue on Harun Farocki's Still Life (1997): "Five aphoristic essays on 17th-century Dutch still-life painting, of about three minutes each, bracket four documentary sequences of photographers creating modern still lifes for magazine advertisements. These two levels, though defined by opposites — stasis/motion, tell/show — are linked by visual motifs and rhymes, just as the modern products echo the subjects of the paintings. The documentary sequences have no commentary, mostly last ten to fifteen minutes, and take their cue from Farocki's earlier An Image (Ein bild, 1983). In that short, he recorded the shooting of a German Playboy centerfold spread, from the building of sets and the arrangement of props (including »

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