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George A. Romero – “Between Night and Dawn” Coming on Blu-ray October 23rd from Arrow Video

There’s Always Vanilla, Season of the Witch, and The Crazies, made between Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, showcase the extraordinary versatility and dynamism of this irreplaceable American auteur… Three films from the late, legendary horror director, George A. Romero, showing that although he might have defined zombie cinema, it didn’t define him. George A. Romero – “Between Night and Dawn” will be released on Blu-ray October 23rd from Arrow Video

There’S Always Vanilla (1971)

Young drifter Chris and beautiful model Lynn embark upon a tumultuous relationship which seems doomed from the outset.

Season Of The Witch (1972)

Joan Mitchell is a bored housewife whose dissatisfaction with her humdrum life leads to an unhealthy interest in the occult.

The Crazies (1973)

A small rural town finds itself in the grip of an infection which sends its hosts into a violent, homicidal frenzy

When George A. Romero passed away in July,
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Wild, Dangerous, Imperfect, Wounded Grandeur: 18 Double Features About America

The United States is “my country, right or wrong,” of course, and I consider myself a patriotic person, but I’ve never felt that patriotism meant blind fealty to the idea of America’s rightful dominance over global politics or culture, and certainly not to its alleged preferred status on God’s short list of favored nations, or that allegiance to said country was a license to justify or rationalize every instance of misguided, foolish, narrow-minded domestic or foreign policy.

In 2012, when this piece was first posted, it seemed like a good moment to throw the country’s history and contradictions into some sort of quick relief, and the most expedient way of doing that for me was to look at the way the United States (and the philosophies at its core) were reflected in the movies, and not just the ones which approached the country head-on as a subject.
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Untitled Robert Zemeckis Project Gets a 2018 Release Date

Untitled Robert Zemeckis Project Gets a 2018 Release Date
Well, you can forget about those meetings between Robert Zemeckis and Warner Bros. about The Flash leading anywhere anytime soon. The Back to the Future and Used Cars director’s next feature, which will star Steve Carell, is scheduled to come out November 21, 2018, and it ain’t called The Flash. Originally titled The Women of Marwen, the project is based on Jeff Malmberg‘s acclaimed […]

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Michael Bay says the Bumblebee Transformers spinoff will be a prequel aimed at a younger audience

With Transformers: The Last Knight set to hit cinemas this June, Paramount Pictures will soon be turning its attention to its first Transformers spinoff movie, centred on the fan-favourite character of Bumblebee.

The project found a director last month in Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings), and now Michael Bay has offered up a few hints as to the plot, revealing to MTV that it will be a prequel to the first Transformers movie and that it will “go a little younger, and it will be dealing more with his character, and it’s just about him.”

See Also: Paramount has 14 more Transformers stories written, Michael Bay interested in directing one

Bumblebee did spend a number of years stationed on Earth prior to the first Transformers movie, so assuming it doesn’t take place on Cybertron or another alien world, it sounds like we’ll be seeing one of
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Daily Dead’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaways: Day 11 – Waxwork Records, FiveFingerTees, Star Wars Books, Hero Complex Gallery & More!

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Welcome back for Day 11 of Daily Dead’s fourth annual Holiday Gift Guide, readers! Once again, our goal is to help you navigate through the horrors of the 2016 shopping season with our tips on unique gift ideas, and we’ll hopefully help you save a few bucks over the next few weeks, too. For our second-to-last day of this year’s Gift Guide, we’re going to be featuring several great cult films that arrived on Blu-ray in 2016, as well as Star Wars books, a ton of horror-themed enamel pins, the amazing artwork of Hero Complex Gallery, FiverFingerTees, and much more!

This year’s Holiday Gift Guide is sponsored by several amazing companies, including Mondo, Anchor Bay Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Magnolia Home Entertainment, who have all donated an assortment of goodies to help get you into the spirit of the season. Daily Dead also recently teamed up with
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Behind the Scenes at NBC’s ‘Hairspray Live!’

“Dance like your mama’s watching!”

It’s just two weeks before the Dec. 7 debut of NBC’s “Hairspray Live!,” and choreographer Jerry Mitchell is (cheer)leading the troupe of performers through rehearsal on a soundstage on the Universal lot.

“You Can’t Stop the Beat” is the musical’s show-stopper, the final song, which features the entire dream-team cast — from Jennifer Hudson (Motormouth Maybelle) to Kristin Chenoweth (Velma Von Tussle) to Ariana Grande (Penny Pingleton) — meticulously assembled by executive producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan. It’s a high-energy number, which Harvey Fierstein (Edna Turnblad), who wrote the teleplay, has dubbed “You Can’t Stop to Breathe.”

Like all the Tracys who came before her, Maddie Baillio was plucked from obscurity to play the role. Now Baillio (right, with Harvey Fierstein) stars in a musical in which she appears in every scene. “When she dances, it’s infectious,” says choreographer Jerry Mitchell. “You
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Watch a Pair of Early Short Films From Robert Zemeckis

It’s strange to use the word “under-appreciated” when it comes to the director behind such hits as Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Contact, Cast Away, and Forrest Gump, but in today’s Hollywood it feels like Robert Zemeckis‘ talents are often overlooked. His eye for composition and structure scene-by-scene is remarkable in his recent return to live-action and certainly the case when it comes to his Allied, which is more entertaining than most of its awards-fare brethren.

With the release of his World War II thriller, it’s time to take a look back at his early directorial eye when he was at USC with two short films. The first is 1972’s The Lift, featuring black-and-white photography and a jazzy score as we follow a man’s bout with machinery. Playing with shadows and close-ups in tight quarters, it shows off a 20-year-old Zemeckis’ control of the camera,
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Review: Allied, In the Territory Between Tribute and Parody

A ripe potboiler, Allied resembles countless World War II motion pictures, yet its intended tone is difficult to discern. Is it meant as a tribute? Or a parody? The answer lies somewhere between the two, obviously, for a movie that includes a childbirth scene -- outdoors, at night -- as London is bombed by the Nazis and an orchestral score soars. The exploding bombs light up the skies like fireworks! The actors look glamorous! How could anyone take that seriously? Director Robert Zemeckis has been mapping the territory between sincerity and cynicism for much of his career. His first two films, I Wanna Hold Your Hand and Used Cars, flopped neatly from one extreme to the other, a pattern that has trailed him for years,...

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September 20th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Beware! The Blob, Labyrinth 30th Anniversary Edition

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The third week of September has a lot of fantastic horror and sci-fi home entertainment offerings coming our way, including an incredible pair of Criterion Blu-ray releases—Cat People (1942) and Blood Simple—as well as the 30th Anniversary Edition of Labyrinth and the Special Edition of Brian Trenchard-Smith’s Dead End Drive-In. Other notable titles being released on September 20th include the horror doc The Blackout Experiments (which premiered earlier this year at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival), Sacrifice, The Rift (1990), Beware! The Blob, and a Blu-ray set featuring all kinds of Twin Peaks goodness.

Beware! The Blob (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray & DVD)

Newly Re-mastered in HD! The Blob returns... more outrageous than ever in this 1972 sequel to the popular sci-fi classic! Plenty of familiar faces, including Robert Walker Jr. (Ensign Pulver), Larry Hagman (Dallas), Sid Haig (Busting), Burgess Meredith (Rocky), Dick Van Patten (Eight is Enough), Godfrey Cambridge
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‘Last Week Tonight’: John Oliver Enlists Keegan-Michael Key for the Most Twisted Auto Dealership Ever

‘Last Week Tonight’: John Oliver Enlists Keegan-Michael Key for the Most Twisted Auto Dealership Ever
What does HBO’s John Oliver know about predatory lending by used car dealers? A lot, actually. On Sunday’s episode of “Last Week Tonight,” Oliver and Keegan-Michael Key appeared in a sketch that breaks down just how disgusting the used car trade is.

Watch: Last Week Tonight’ Targets Journalism With Rose Byrne & Jason Sudeikis ‘Spotlight’ Parody

Posing as salesmen at “Crazy Johnny’s Used Cars,” the pair gives an overly transparent pitch to viewers about the nature of used car loans. “Is your credit so bad that giving you a high interest loan will basically trap you under a mountain of debt from which there is no reasonable hope for escape?” Oliver asked. “We don’t care!” Key then tries to sell viewers on a beat up sedan that has “four tires, up to one engine, and a beeping device which emits a sound that will haunt your dreams.
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‘Last Week Tonight’: John Oliver Enlists Keegan-Michael Key for the Most Twisted Auto Dealership Ever

‘Last Week Tonight’: John Oliver Enlists Keegan-Michael Key for the Most Twisted Auto Dealership Ever
What does HBO’s John Oliver know about predatory lending by used car dealers? A lot, actually. On Sunday’s episode of “Last Week Tonight,” Oliver and Keegan-Michael Key appeared in a sketch that breaks down just how disgusting the used car trade is.

Watch: Last Week Tonight’ Targets Journalism With Rose Byrne & Jason Sudeikis ‘Spotlight’ Parody

Posing as salesmen at “Crazy Johnny’s Used Cars,” the pair gives an overly transparent pitch to viewers about the nature of used car loans. “Is your credit so bad that giving you a high interest loan will basically trap you under a mountain of debt from which there is no reasonable hope for escape?” Oliver asked. “We don’t care!” Key then tries to sell viewers on a beat up sedan that has “four tires, up to one engine, and a beeping device which emits a sound that will haunt your dreams.
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Off The Shelf – Episode 83 – New Blu-ray & DVD Releases for Tuesday, March 22nd 2016

In this episode of Off The Shelf, Ryan and Brian take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016.

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Follow-Up Twilight Time Quantity Updates: Used Cars and Center of the Earth Ryan is out of space, but still buying box sets! (Buyers remorse vs unwatched stuff) Hertzfeldt Kickstarter Arrivals News Star Trek: Digital Bits News (Animated Series on Blu-ray, Khan Uhd) Kino Lorber: Fathom, Star Slammer, Modesty Blaise, Gold (1934) Code Red: House on the Edge of the Park, Truck Stop Women, Hot Moves …bucket list fever! Scorpion: The Rift (from the director of Pieces) Blue Underground: Circus of Fear/5 Golden Dragons & The Shape of Things to Come Misc Links Larry Karaszewski on After The Fox Night of the Comet vinyl Kickstarter Links to Amazon After the Fox Bandits Black Mama, White Mama The Black Sleep Breaker! Breaker!
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Will MacMillan, Actor Known for The Crazies, The Enforcer, Dies at 71

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Will MacMillan, Actor Known for The Crazies, The Enforcer, Dies at 71
Actor Will MacMillan, known for his role as David in George A. Romero's 1973 cult favorite, The Crazies, has died at 71, his family announced Thursday. MacMillan appeared in a streak of films from the ’70s through the ’90s, including Robert Zemeckis's Used Cars (1980), Oliver Stone's Salvador (1986), and across from Clint Eastwood in The Enforcer (1976). He played Boris Roskov in the early years of General Hospital (credited as William MacMillan) and later put in guest appearances on The West Wing, Matlock, NYPD Blue, Three's Company, and several other TV shows. MacMillan was also a stage actor, performing in productions of Brigadoon, 1776, and Pippin, and the artistic director of Psychic Repertory Theatre, which toured America to put on shows for children with special needs from 1976 to 1990.Born in Steubenville, Ohio, on November 25, 1944, MacMillan grew up playing for his high-school football team. He later received a BA from Washington & Jefferson College
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Phantom Of The Paradise

Fighting off a 60’s sugar hangover of Disney singalongs and reluctant nannies, musicals took turns being either idealistic (Hair) or Good Book Wavin’ moralistic (Godspell, Jesus Christ Superstar), and we called them Rock Musicals – the music (slightly more) hard hitting, the lyrics speaking to the issues of the day – spirituality, war – heady stuff (on paper). But who was giving the Devil his due? Where was a musical about the fun side of sin, temptation, sacrifice, and ill gained ecstasy? Where was the rock musical About rock and roll? And then, yay and verily, it did arrive on the world’s doorstep in a black bassinet, cackling and screaming, eager to please and ready to reign. Welcome to Phantom of the Paradise (1974). As a wise old Glam queen once said, “Life at last! Salutations from the other side!”

Released on Halloween by 20th Century Fox, PotP did not reign. At all.
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'Back to the Future': 30 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About the Time-Travel Classic

Since its release 30 years ago, "Back to the Future" has been everyone's favorite time-travel movie. It's remained a must-see long enough for Marty McFly's own kids to enjoy it.

Even so, there's much you may not know about the beloved sci-fi comedy, from the unused ideas that popped up in other films, to why there has yet to (thankfully) be a reboot. To celebrate Back to the Future Day (October 21), here are 30 things you need to know about Marty McFly's first trip through time.

"Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy" is available to own now on Blu-ray & DVD.

1. Director Robert Zemeckis and co-screenwriter Bob Gale (pictured above) tried for years to create a time-travel story. The key came in 1980, when Gale was looking over his father's high school yearbook and wondered whether he and his father would have been friends if they'd both been teenagers at the same time.
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We Have Arrived at ‘Back to the Future’ Day, But Without Flying Cars

We Have Arrived at ‘Back to the Future’ Day, But Without Flying Cars
On Oct. 21, Universal Home Entertainment will host a red-carpet screening at Lincoln Center of “Back to the Future,” wrapping a week-long celebration tied to the day shown on Marty McFly’s time-machine DeLorean car. It’s a pretty impressive array of activities, considering the movie started out with nobody wanting to make it.

Bob Gale, who scripted the 1985 original with Robert Zemeckis, told Variety this week that they spent years trying to get it made, but most studios thought it was too tame, saying “very nice, very sweet, but take it to Disney.” However, when they finally met with Disney, execs thought it was too racy, nervous about Lorraine’s attraction to Marty McFly (who’s her son, though she doesn’t know it because he’s visiting from the future).

The reason he sets the DeLorean to Oct. 21, 2015? It’s the day 30 years in the future when the Cubs
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Review: 'The Walk' may be the best use ever of Zemeckis and his VFX wizardry

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Review: 'The Walk' may be the best use ever of Zemeckis and his VFX wizardry
I knew how it ended before I walked into the theater. After all, I've seen "Man On Wire," and it ended up on my ten best list for 2008, and I know how the story ends. Beyond that, I knew that I was looking at the state-of-the-art of what visual effects could accomplish in the year 2015 and not actual footage of an event in the '70s. Even so, the new Robert Zemeckis film "The Walk" made my hands sweat and my stomach ache for a solid 45 minutes, and I suspect it's going to be a big-screen sensation thanks to people going back to witness it several times. One of the truths of the new age of theatrical distribution is that you have to give an audience a reason to go to a theater and not just wait for a more convenient time and place to see a film. If you
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MoMA announces Zemeckis retrospective by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2015-07-31 16:20:09

Robert Zemeckis with the cast of Flight Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

After the New York Film Festival Opening Night Gala screening of Robert Zemeckis’s The Walk in 3D, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Petit with Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon and Ben Schwartz had to be rescheduled due to the visit of Pope Francis, the Museum of Modern Art in New York announced today, What Lies Beneath: The Films of Robert Zemeckis.

His feature films, including Romancing The Stone, Forrest Gump, The Polar Express, Contact, Used Cars, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Cast Away, A Christmas Carol, Beowulf and Flight (Closing Night Gala selection of the 2012 New York Film Festival) will be shown. On October 3, screenings of Back To The Future, Back To The Future Part II and Back To The Future Part III in succession celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original film's release.

Kicking off...
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'Back to the Future': 30 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About the Time-Travel Classic

Since its release 30 years ago this week (on July 3, 1985), "Back to the Future" has been everyone's favorite time-travel movie. It's remained a must-see long enough for Marty McFly's own kids to enjoy it.

Even so, there's much you may not know about the beloved sci-fi comedy, from the unused ideas that popped up in other films, to why there has yet to (thankfully) be a reboot. To celebrate the film's 30th anniversary, we're firing up the flux capacitor and traveling back 30 years to learn the secrets of "Back to the Future."

1. Director Robert Zemeckis and co-screenwriter Bob Gale (pictured above) tried for years to create a time-travel story. The key came in 1980, when Gale was looking over his father's high school yearbook and wondered whether he and his father would have been friends if they'd both been teenagers at the same time.

2. Zemeckis and Gale took their idea to Steven Spielberg,
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Wild, Dangerous, Imperfect Grandeur: 11 Double Features About America

The United States is “my country, right or wrong,” of course, and I consider myself a patriotic person, but I’ve never felt that patriotism meant blind fealty to the idea of America’s rightful dominance over global politics or culture, and certainly not to its alleged preferred status on God’s short list of favored nations, or that allegiance to said country was a license to justify or rationalize every instance of misguided, foolish, narrow-minded domestic or foreign policy.

And now more than ever we seem to be living in a country poised at the edge of some sort of transition, with all the attendant tension and conflict and intense conviction that can be expected on either side of the chasm that prevents us from a true state of national togetherness. Just last week we celebrated a Supreme Court decision that finally offered legality (and legal protection) to the
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