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A spoof slasher film appeared in the discography of a fictitious band. Then it was constructed from snippets of 60 other movies. Now it's got its own making-of documentary
Do you remember the first time you saw the 80s exploitation horror classic Hiker Meat? Chances are you don't. Although it conjures up that innocent age when teenagers with Silvikrin locks and too-short shorts could get unironically butchered on camping holidays, Hiker Meat isn't quite what it appears to be. In fact, it doesn't even exist. Which makes it all the more peculiar that it is now the subject of a new making-of documentary called Rough Cut, an intriguing experiment that combines elements of Grindhouse and Berberian Sound Studio with a fanboy fondness for the slasher genre.
The title Hiker Meat first cropped up as an imaginary film score on the discography of a fictitious krautrock band, Lustfaust, co-created for an art »
- Ryan Gilbey
• Edith Head's classic designs – in pictures
Edith Head, the subject of today's Google Doodle, still holds the record for most Oscar wins by an individual woman: eight, all for her costume designs. Most of these wins came in the early 50s, including two for Audrey Hepburn movies, Roman Holiday and Sabrina, but it was Head's work on a string of Alfred Hitchcock films that have ensured her place in the cinematic firmament.
In fact, it's fair to say that Head's costume work in films such as Vertigo, The Birds, and Rear Window was integral to Hitchcock's particular, recondite concern: the dismantling of apparently perfect women. The co-ordinated suits and neat frocks worn by the likes of Tippi Hedren, Grace Kelly and Kim Novak were the most obvious part of »
- Andrew Pulver
Who's that man posing with the Beatles? He's the Hollywood producer who signed the Fab Four to star in A Hard Day's Night before they touched down in America for the first time. He's also the guy who launched the James Bond movie franchise by giving the green light to make Dr. No, then saved it by luring Sean Connery back for one more movie. He also discovered the likes of Steve Martin and Woody Allen on the stand-up circuit and started their movie careers. Many movers and shakers in the entertainment industry are hidden in the fine print and not seen in the spotlight, and now legendary producer David Picker is stepping out with a new memoir – Musts, Maybes, and Nevers: A Book About the Movies – and sharing some Hollywood tales with ETonline.
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"I've been a very lucky guy," says Picker. "I wound up in a situation where I was able »
Angelina Jolie will be bringing home a second Oscar, but not for a performance on the silver screen. The actress will be receiving the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her volunteer work, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday. Jolie, who won in 2000 for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Girl, Interrupted, will receive one of four honorary awards, with the others going to Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and Piero Tosi. "The Governors Awards pay tribute to individuals who've made indelible contributions in their respective fields," said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. »
- Sheila Cosgrove Baylis
Steve Martin is on manic form as Dr Hfuhruhurr, a pioneering neurosurgeon who marries a scheming patient (Kathleen Turner) while secretly being in love with his dead wife's disembodied brain. Turner turns up her Body Heat persona to amusing effect in this bout of Frankensteinian tomfoolery from Martin and his regular director Carl Reiner (The Jerk, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid). It's not every day you hear the line "Into the mud, scum queen!" »
5 items from 2013
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