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The Gate

Screen horror gets a fun-ride boost with the adventures of a trio of home-alone kids squaring off against demons from, ‘right in their own back yard.’ Creative, expertly daring special effects heighten a perfect spook thriller for young kids, that’s has more and better ‘Boo’ moments than most of the hardcore genre classics of its decade.

The Gate


Lionsgate / Vestron Video

1987 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 85 min. / Street Date February 28, 2017 / 39.97

Starring: Stephen Dorff, Christa Denton, Louis Tripp, Kelly Rowan, Jennifer Irwin, Deborah Grover, Scot Denton, Ingrid Veninger, Sean Fagan

Cinematography: Thomas Vámos

Film Editor :Rit Wallis

Speical Visual Effects Designer and Supervisor: Randall William Cook

Special Makeup: Craig Reardon

Original Music: Michael Hoenig, J. Peter Robinson

Written by: Michael Nankin

Produced by: John Kemeny

Directed by: Tibor Takács

Horror enthusiasts of a different generation than mine speak highly of the theatrical shockers of the 1980s that set their nerves on edge.
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Lady Gaga Is Back in the Studio as She Teases Joanne Tour

Lady Gaga Is Back in the Studio as She Teases Joanne Tour
This article first appeared on EW.com.

Lady Gaga rocked fans with the release of her last album, Joanne, reaching the top of the U.S. charts in October with the LP’s fresh, Americana-inspired sound. And the upcoming Super Bowl LI halftime show headliner could be traversing new sonic territory once again, as she recently hit a recording studio with R&B producer Brian Kennedy.

The genre hitmaker — who’s worked with Rihanna (“Disturbia”), Chris Brown (“Forever”), Ciara (“My Love”), and Kelly Clarkson (“Mr. Know It All”) in the past — shared a photo to Instagram over the weekend previewing
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On This Day: Marie Curie, Steve McQueen, Bush v Gore

On this day in showbiz history... 

15 Agrippina the Younger, the sister of the infamous Caligula and wife of Claudius is born. She's been played in movies for film and television by actresses like Barbara Young (I Claudius), Lori Wagner (Caligula), and Ava Gardner (A.D.) among others

1867 Pioneering physicist Marie Curie is born in Poland. 76 years later her biopic Madame Curie is nominated for 7 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Actress (Greer Garson). It's worth noting that there's a new Polish biopic about her life opening next month in Europe starring Karolina Gruszka 

1874 Political cartoonist Thomas Nast first uses the elephant to symbolize the Republican party in an illustration...
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‘Stand by Me’ Oral History: Rob Reiner and Cast on River Phoenix and How Coming-of-Age Classic Almost Didn’t Happen

‘Stand by Me’ Oral History: Rob Reiner and Cast on River Phoenix and How Coming-of-Age Classic Almost Didn’t Happen
It’s been three decades since “Stand By Me” became the little drama that could, catapulting River Phoenix to stardom, establishing Rob Reiner as a director on the rise, and racking up big ticket sales on a paltry budget.

The story of four friends from small town in Oregon, hiking into the countryside in search of the body of a boy who has been hit and killed by a train, is an unlikely coming-of-age tale. Yet in Reiner’s sensitive hands, it becomes a meditation on mortality — one that transcends its 1950s setting to have a universal appeal.

Stand By Me” is unique in other ways. For one thing, it rivals “The 400 Blows” in its ability to evoke complex characterizations from young actors. Not only Phoenix as spiritual leader Chris Chambers, but co-stars Wil Wheaton as sensitive Gordie Lachance, Jerry O’Connell as wisecracking Vern Tessio, and Corey Feldman as hot-tempered Teddy Duchamp,
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Revolt of the Slaves

Let's give a cheer for the lowly sword 'n' sandal epic. This persecution and torture spectacle also takes in the martyrdom of Saint Sebastian. The impressively mounted Italian-Spanish production stars Rhonda Fleming, Fernando Rey, Wandisa Guida, and as the slimy villain, none other than Serge Gainsbourg. Revolt of the Slaves MGM Limited Edition Collection 1960 / Color / 2:35 enhanced widescreen (Totalscope) / 103 min. / La rivolta degli schiavi / Street Date February 16, 2016 / available through Screen Archives Entertainment / 19.98 Starring Rhonda Fleming, Lang Jeffries, Darío Moreno, Ettore Manni, Wandisa Guida, Gino Cervi, Fernando Rey, Serge Gainsbourg, José Nieto, Benno Hoffmann, Rainer Penkert, Antonio Casas, Vanoye Aikens, Dolores Francine, Burt Nelson, Julio Peña . Cinematography Cecilio Paniagua Film Editor Eraldo Da Roma Original Music Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Written by Stefano Strucchi, Duccio Tessari, Daniel Mainwearing from the novel 'Fabiola' by Nicholas Patrick Wiseman Produced by Paolo Moffa Directed by Nunzio Malasomma

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Make all
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A Q&A with director Ramin Bahrani for 99 Homes

Back at the Sydney Film Festival in June, I managed to sit in a Q & A Discussion with 99 Homes director Ramin Bahrani after the screening of his incredible film. Here’s an excerpt from this insightful and oft times, entertaining talk.

You’ve worked with non-professional actors before. What is you take on using non-professional actors –v- professional actors?

There are certain things that a non-professional cast can do that professional cast actors cannot do and the vice versa is also true. For Michael Shannon… what he can do… the dialogue Shannon has to deliver, I cannot get that out of non-professionals. And the emotional mind that Andrew has… that moral ambiguity he has to deal with would be harder for me to pull from a non-professional. I like both sides and I’ll probably go back and forth.

What is your take on Antony Partos and Matteo Zingales and
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Bluray Review: The Sentinel

The gang over at Scream Factory has another great hit on their hands, with their 9/22 release of Michael Winner’s 1977 horror classic, The Sentinel. A title that many fans were asking for (especially This one), The Sentinel, despite its lack of many new supplemental materials, is one to check out, because the gateway to hell has never looked better. We took a look at the disc, and it’s definitely one to pick up, with its Satanic edge, interesting plot and one creepy and eerie ending that is sure to leave chills running up your spine.

Adapted from the 1974 novel by Jeffrey Konvitz, The Sentinel is, like a lot of ’70s horror, a character driven descent into madness and hell. It follows Allison Parker, a model who two years prior to film’s beginning, attempted to kill herself. She’s a fragile character, yet instead of moving in with her
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The X-Files: an episode roadmap for beginners

If it's help navigating The X-Files' many, many episodes you're after, then you've come to the right place...

Maps To TV Shows: Is there a popular show you’d really like to watch but you just don’t have time to wade through years of it all at once? Do you just want to know why that one character keeps turning up on Tumblr? Do the fans all tell you ‘season one is a bit iffy but stick with it, it gets great!’, leaving you with absolutely zero desire ever to watch the boring/silly/just plain weird season one? Then Maps To TV Shows is for you!

In these articles, we’ll outline routes through popular TV shows focusing on particular characters, story arcs or episode types. Are you really into the Klingon episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation? Do you want to get the overall gist
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Trailer Park Vol.7 – On the Edge of an Interstellar Calvary with Devil’s

Welcome to the seventh installment of Trailer Park, our regular look at the latest trailers to hit the interwebs. This “volume” is packed with trailers for a whole host of new movies including: Interstellar, Edge of Tomorrrow, Calvary, How To Make Money Selling Drugs, Devil’s Due, Pompeii 3D, 300: Rise of an Empire, and The Devil’s Bargain.


Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

Edge of Tomorrrow

The epic action of ‘Edge of Tomorrrow’ unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously
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London Film Memorabilia Convention Hammer & Horror Film Day- London, 9 November

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Hammer and Horror Film Day!

Saturday November the 9th ( 10am – 5pm )

Central Hall Westminster.

Storey’s Gate, Westminster, London SW1H 9Nh

UK’s longest running film fair and convention.

Now in it’s 40th year!

The Convention presents dealers from all over the UK, Europe, Us ,

Canada and South America.

Specialising in rare original film memorabilia and collectables.

Taking place six times a year these are truly unique events for anyone with an interest in films!

With actors and director’s signings, illustrated talks, retrospectives and film screenings taking place through out the day.

Items covering the history of cinema can be found. From the silents to the present.

From rare items of the 1920’s to new releases and the latest heart throb.

Among the many different field of cinema covered at the show is – Classic Hollywood, horror films, sci-fi, the best of British and European cinema as we as cult tv!
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Casting: Weaver, Janney, Reubens, Agbaje

6 Dance Lessons in 6 Weeks

Jacki Weaver will star opposite Gena Rowlands in Arthur Allan Seidelman's touching indie comedy "6 Dance Lessons In 6 Weeks". Weaver will play the role of sassy vixen, Irene, one of the male lead's dance students.

The story follows a retired woman (Rowlands) who hires a handsome, energetic dance instructor (Cheyenne Jackson) to give her private dance lessons — one per week for six weeks — in her gulf-front condo in Florida. [Source: Deadline]


Allison Janney is in talks to join the Melissa McCarthy comedy "Tammy" at New Line. Susan Sarandon and Mark Duplass also star in the film which will begin shooting next month.

The story follows a woman (McCarthy) who, after losing her job and learning that her husband has been unfaithful, hits the road with her profane, hard-drinking grandmother (Sarandon). Janney would play McCarthy's mother. [Source: Variety]

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

Paul Reubens has signed on as
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The 9 Trippiest Road Trip Movies

This week sees the release of "Paul," Simon Pegg & Nick Frost's outrageous comic road movie where they play two British sci-fi nerds in America who help a rowdy alien (Seth Rogen) get back to his home planet. Over the course of their journey they inevitably get their minds blown in many ways, although Paul's love of super-strong Mary Jane is definitely involved at one point.

Since Jack Kerouac first put pedal to the literary metal, the horizon-expanding aspect of a road trip seems intrinsically linked with a factor of trippiness, and thus we chose the nine greatest movies that indulge in a bizarre, crazy, and surreal atmosphere. Dig it, man!

9. 'The Hangover' (2009)

The equation is simple: 4 dudes + a night of extreme Vegas boozing = 3 dudes. When the self-proclaimed Wolf Pack of four guys celebrating their friend's bachelor party cannot recall the debauchery of the night before, and wake
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Bill Taylor And Syd Dutton To Receive Art Directors Guild’S Cinematic Imagery Award

HollywoodNews.com: Emmy Award® winner Bill Taylor, Asc and Emmy Award® winner Syd Dutton have been selected to receive the Art Directors Guild’s coveted honorary Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award, it was announced today by Thomas A. Walsh, Adg President, and Awards co-producers Dawn Snyder and Tom Wilkins. Taylor and Dutton are co-founders of Illusion Arts, where they earned credits on nearly 200 films. As Illusion Arts wound up its 26 year run, the company completed dozens of shots for Michael Mann’s Public Enemies (2009) for supervisor Robert Stadd and some key environments for G.I. Joe. One of their first major assignments was to create special effects for the new version of the television series The Twilight Zone.

Both Taylor and Dutton were visual effects artists on numerous notable films together, including U-571 (2000), The Fast and the Furious (2001), Bruce Almighty (2003), and Casanova (2005). More recently Taylor and Dutton co-supervised Milk
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DVD Playhouse: September 2010

DVD Playhouse September 2010


Allen Gardner

The Girl Who Played With Fire (Music Box Films) Follow up to the hit The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo finds Lisabeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) and Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) joining forces once again as Blomkvist is about to break a story on Sweden’s sex trade, which leads unexpectedly to a dark secret from Elizabeth’s past. Starts off well, then quickly nose-dives into sensationalism and downright silliness, with a pair of villains who are straight out of a Roger Moore-era James Bond film. A real letdown for those of us who felt Dragon Tattoo had finally breathed life into the cinema’s long-stagnant genre of the thriller. Bonuses: English language track; Trailer. Widescreen. Dolby 5.1 surround.

The Killer Inside Me (IFC Films) Michael Winterbottom’s adaptation of Jim Thompson’s classic, and notorious, novel about the psychotic mind of a small town sheriff (Casey Affleck,
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Gabriel Byrne: The Hollywood Interview

Actor Gabriel Byrne.

Gabriel Byrne: Talk To Me


Alex Simon

Editor's Note: The following article appears in the April issue of Venice Magazine.

Gabriel Byrne was born in Dublin May 12, 1950, the eldest of six children. After schooling under the stern tutelage of The Christian Brothers and five years in Catholic seminary, Byrne attended University College in Dublin, where he studied linguistics and archeology, as well as honing his love of soccer, playing with the renowned Stella Maris Football Club.

Byrne discovered acting late compared to most of his peers, spending his 20s working in a variety of professions including schoolteacher, where his students inadvertently helped him discover his true calling (see below for more details). Since then, he has starred in over 45 films for some of cinema's finest contemporary directors both in the Us and Europe (John Boorman, Costa Gavras, Michael Mann, Ken Loach, David Cronenberg, and the Coen Brothers,
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