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The veteran television and film actor Ed Lauter has passed away at his home in West Hollywood following a battle with a rare form of cancer. He as 74 years-old. His four decade-long career began with classic television shows like The Streets Of San Francisco and Ironside before moving on to memorable big-screen roles in The Longest Yard (1974) and Magic (1978).
The 1980/90s brought him even more attention in Charles Bronson thriller Death Hunt (1981), Youngblood (1986), Born On The Fourth Of July (1989), My Blue Heaven (1990) and The Rocketeer (1991). All the while continuing as a permanent fixture on a number of hit television shows like The Equalizer and The A-Team.
Through the naughties and beyond, Lauter continued his trend for imposing and authoritative figures on the big and small screen, appearing in a significant recurring role in ER, Gary Ross’ horse racing biopic Seabiscuit and a role in Adam Sandler’s remake of the »
- Craig Hunter
Ed Lauter was one of my favorite character actors, one who seemed to be around as long as I can remember. With his height, balding head, and distinctive bearing, Lauter was often cast as cops, toughs and villains. He was Captain Knaur, the head prison guard opposite Burt Reynolds in The Longest Yard. He costarred with Charles Bronson four times (Breakheart Pass, The White Buffalo, Death Hunt, and Death Wish 3). He acted alongside Clint Eastwood last year in Trouble With The Curve (I was surprised that was the first time the two had performed together). He was in Hitchcock’s Family Plot and was one of the few highlights of the ’76 version of King Kong. He even had a nice role as Berenice Bejo’s butler in the Oscar-winning The Artist in 2011. He worked steadily for four decades and was always an asset to whatever film he was in. »
- Tom Stockman
Today may not be a massive day for home video for some people, but most people have not been introduced to the insane fun of I Come In Peace (or Dark Angel, whichever floats your Lundgren boat). It’s something of a miracle that Scream Factory’s brought it to Blu-ray, and a testament to how incredible they are. Also out from Scream & Shout Factory are Larry Cohen’s Q: The Winged Serpent on Blu-ray, Charles Bronson & Lee Marvin’s western team-up Death Hunt, an action-packed double feature of The Barbarians and The Norseman, and last but not least Season 3 of The Walking Dead from Anchor Bay.
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Fright At Home: August 27th’s DVD & Blu-ray Releases
- Justin Edwards
Also new this week is this year's Best Foreign Language Film, "Amour"; Robert De Niro and John Travolta going mano a mano in "Killing Season"; and "Scary MoVie," the latest sequel in the unkillable horror spoof series.
Box Office: $107 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 64% Fresh
Storyline: There is an ongoing battle deep in the forest between the forces of good and evil in this animated adventure from the creators of "Ice Age" and "Rio." When a teenage girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she bands together with a ragtag group of wild characters in order to save their world … and perhaps ours. "Epic" features the voices of Colin Farrell, Beyonce Knowles, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Knoxville, Aziz Ansari and Christoph Waltz. »
- Robert DeSalvo
Oliver Davis reviews East of West #3...
"Death's reign of terror over Those Who Rule continues, as the forces of the End Times continue to work to bring about the Apocalypse. It's the End Of The World: Someone dies, someone lives, and someone falls in love."
Who Is This Woman, The One That Conquered Death? reads the opening page in faded grey letters. It's above a Triforce looking thing, the central image of the book.
It's all to do with an impending apocalypse, but one of the four horsemen has gone Awol (avenging without leave). As was revealed at the end of issue two, Death is off looking for his wife. That's the woman that 'conquered death'. Get it?
East of West is a heady mix of such mythical conventions. Essentially a Western, Jonathan Hickman also mixes science-fiction, alternative history and spiritualism. The world building is epic, where the Us never became United, »
- Chris Villeneuve
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