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While July 28th may be a light day in terms of the amount of horror and sci-fi titles making their home entertainment debuts, we do have an interesting assortment of films and TV to look forward to. Kino Lorber has dug up two classics—The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein and Cherry 2000 (starring Melanie Griffith)—which are being released on Blu-ray this Tuesday, and Scream Factory has another underrated genre gem getting the HD treatment as well—the horror western Ghost Town.
For all you MST3K fans out there, Shout! Factory is putting out another collection of campy films that you’ll be able to add to your collections this week and Bayview Entertainment also has a double feature of cult movies from Germany—Strangler of the Tower / Monster of London—arriving on DVD.
After the death of Victor Frankenstein »
- Heather Wixson
The deserted town the Brady family got trapped in on their way to the Grand Canyon is charming compared to the one in 1988's Ghost Town. On July 28th, Scream Factory will release Ghost Town on Blu-ray, and we've been provided with three copies to give away.
Ghost Town synopsis: "A dusty ghost town, seemingly abandoned, holds the lives of its original inhabitants in an animated netherworld for 100 years…
When a modern-day sheriff's deputy is lured to a desolate, spooky ghost town in search of a missing woman, he comes face-to-face with a malevolent spirit from the town's past. The spell of death and suffering over the undead townspeople must end to set them free from eternal pain. The horrors of a possessed outlaw, in a time-suspended dimension are only the setting for a frightening battle for the mind, nerves and flesh.
- Derek Anderson
Whether you're a tourist just visiting or a resident of New York City, everyone loves spotting the many movie locations around the Big Apple. There's the Ghostbusters firehouse, the bench near the Queensboro Bridge from Woody Allen's Manhattan (and now Trainwreck), Katz's Deli because of When Harry Met Sally and of course the F.A.O. Schwarz housing the giant floor piano in Big. Well, unfortunately the last of those iconic sites is no longer a possible attraction for movie fans. While the building still stands for now, the famous toy store just shut its doors this week. After 27 years of drawing in fans, who'd regularly show off their own "Chopsticks" skills, a la Tom Hanks and Robert Loggia, but maybe not to spend any money on the products for sale...
- Christopher Campbell
Fifteen years ago, Jim Gaffigan was yet another young stand-up comic riding the conveyer belt from the comedy clubs to a network sitcom in the wake of the success of Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Romano, Tim Allen, and more. His CBS sitcom "Welcome to New York" was designed as a vehicle for him, but somewhere between the start of development and when it hit the air, the focus shifted to co-star Christine Baranski, an Emmy winner for CBS' "Cybill." It turned out to be a good showcase for neither, and produced only 13 episodes before calling it quits. That wasn't the end of Jim Gaffigan, sitcom actor, but for a long time, it was the end of Jim Gaffigan, aspiring sitcom star. He took jobs on other people's shows ("The Ellen Show," "My Boys") and largely focused on his food-obsessed comedy act (like his famous routine about Hot Pockets). Given how well »
- Alan Sepinwall
'In Stereo' movie with Micah Hauptman and Beau Garrett. 'In Stereo' movie review: Witty, sarcastic romantic comedy In Stereo is a particular kind of romantic comedy – the kind full of characters that aren't remotely romantic, that tend more toward wit and sarcasm rather than light or camp comedy (unless it involves someone getting beaten up), and in which things may very well turn out badly for the protagonists, whom we may or may not be inclined to root for or even like. This is my kind of romantic comedy; a little mean and very funny if you prefer wit and sarcasm to fart jokes – as witty and sarcastic people always do. By definition, something that is in stereo comes at you from at least two directions at once – the same yet different – together creating something that is fuller and truer than either of the elements alone. In Stereo, the film, »
- Tim Cogshell
Meg Ryan rarely hits the red carpet, so it's been a real treat to see her going glam at Paris Fashion Week! The 53-year-old actress stole the spotlight at the Georges Chakra show, donning an off-the-shoulder, black lace dress. She completed her elegant ensemble with tousled curls and a raspberry-hued lip. The day before, the "Sleepless in Seattle" star dazzled in a fitted, long-sleeved black dress at the Schiaparelli fashion show. Before this recent run in Paris, the beloved '80s and '90s actress hadn't hit up a red carpet event since April 2014, when she and Billy Crystal presented their "When Harry Met Sally" director, Rob Reiner, with the Chaplin Award at the 41st Annual Chaplin Award Gala in NYC. It appears the Hollywood veteran made the trip alone, after splitting from and then reconciling with boyfriend John Mellencamp in 2014. "Meg is an angel," Mellencamp told Howard Stern about »
- tooFab Staff
Director Leslye Headland’s comedy is about two ex-lovers and now platonic friends who remain “just friends” because of their exhaustive sex addictions, fearing that sex might ruin the relationship they have. Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie are the titular couple who in the film’s first trailer can be seen getting stoned at a children’s birthday party and sleeping around in destructive fashion. Here’s the official synopsis:
Can two serial cheaters get a second chance at love? After a one-night stand in college, New Yorkers Lainey (Alison Brie) and Jake (Jason Sudeikis) meet by chance twelve years later and discover they each have the same problem: because of their monogamy-challenged ways, neither can maintain a relationship. Determined »
- Brian Welk
It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (2015) Film Review from the 21st Annual Los Angeles Film Festival, a movie directed by Emily Ting, Starring Jamie Chung, Bryan Greenberg, Zach Hines, Richard Ng, Linda Trinh, Collin Leydon and Po-Chih Leong.
There were many films to get lost in at this years Film festival. The film budgets are going up and named actors are throwing their hat in the dance more and more. One thing I also noticed was new directors coming in and telling an old story with fresh faces.
Emily Ting, Director and Writer of It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong, has directed six films. This appears to be her best film to date. When this movie starts I noticed the wonderful photography and the beauty of Hong Kong. It’s an amazing place…especially when filmed at night. It reminded me of another film…from another time – When harry Met Sally. »
- Brian Fire
Alison Brie and Jason Sudeikis star as relationship phobics in the indie comedy Sleeping with Other People. The pair play Lainey and Jake, serial cheaters who reconnect twelve years after they last hooked up. Acknowledging their failure at monogamy, the two make a pact to be just friends, but their increasing attraction to one another throws a wrench into their plans to keep it out of the bedroom.
The comedy was a hit when it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival with comparisons to a modern-day When Harry Met Sally… popping up in the film’s buzz. A romcom for the Tinder age, the first trailer for Sleeping with Other People shows us that sharp-witted dialogue and some heartfelt humour are in store for the cast which also includes Adam Scott, Natasha Lyonne, and Amanda Peet.
The comedy pedigree doesn’t stop with the cast. Will Ferrell is a producer »
- Rachel West
Leslye Headland has described her Bachelorette follow-up Sleeping With Other People as "When Harry Met Sally, but with assholes," which means that instead of Meg Ryan faking an orgasm, we've got Jason Sudeikis pleasuring a bottle of green tea. That scene's not in this trailer — can't give away that kind of genius for free — but there are still plenty of other sex jokes from your favorite rom-com stalwarts. You'll never eat an avocado the same way again. »
- Nate Jones
The first Sleeping with Other People trailer has gone online, and you can already tell it’s hiding the good stuff. The premise revolves around two old friends Jake (Jason Sudeikis) and Lainey (Alison Brie) who have become sex addicts, and decide to rely on each other by keeping their relationship platonic. Their plan becomes more difficult as their affection for each other grows. That’s the sweetness the trailer presents with only a couple hints at the raunchy, abrasive humor director Leslye Headland delivered with her first film, Bachelorette. At Sundance, she described the movie as “When Harry Met Sally with assholes,” and that’s the film I want to see, especially after checking out Adam’s positive review. I don’t mind that that the trailer is burying the dirty jokes; they’ll be even more surprising when I end up checking out the film later this year. »
- Matt Goldberg
Everyone always talks about the first season of HBO’s True Detective as part of the McConaissance, marking star Matthew McConaughey’s ascension to the top of the A-list, so it’s easy to forget that the series also featured a stunning performance from co-lead Woody Harrelson. Luckily, enough people have their heads screwed on straight that Harrelson is still landing lead roles, and today brings news that the actor has boarded a project seemingly primed for awards attention: biopic Lbj.
Rob Reiner, the veteran helmer whose best films include Stand By Me, A Few Good Men and When Harry Met Sally…, is sitting behind the camera for the biopic, which has been gathering steam for years. Though it was previously thought that Reiner would be adapting biography Means of Ascent by Robert Caro into a script, the latest news has it that the helmer is working from Joey Hartstone’s screenplay Lbj, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Let’s just face it: Scream Factory’s insane amount of releases aren’t about to slow down anytime soon, and well, I think I speak for most horror fans when I say that that’s something to celebrate. Not only are they continually putting out great Bluray releases of older and almost forgotten titles like their Tentacles/Reptilicus, but the Collector’s Editions like the recently announced People Under The Stairs and I, Madman releases are definitely ones to celebrate.
In case you fright fanatics haven’t been paying attention or just haven’t gotten around to checking out some of the oncoming onslaught of titles, here are a few that are quite exciting for us at Icons of Fright. Read on!
It’s angry. It’s hungry. It’s extremely well-armed and it’s descending on a small seaside town to sample the local cuisine! »
- Jerry Smith
Nestled away just off embankment in London sits Whitehall Place. Amongst the opulence and heritage sits ‘The Corinthia’. A hotel for which the phrase ‘five star’ was invented and also where I met Tess Morris. Diane Keaton fan, When Harry Met Sally expert and lover of Duran Duran. Someone who is funny, knowledgeable and above all screenwriter for new rom-com Man Up.
Mc: So in terms of your writing do you have a writing routine… so when you wake up in the morning and, you know, apart from your ablutions?
Tm: Apart from my ablutions which are obviously very important…umm..not really I think I’m supposed to say yes, but I don’t really have like a sort of set routine. I think it would probably help if I did but I tend to work quite well like very early. »
- Gary Collinson
This summer, Scream Factory will take viewers to a ghost town that's a lot more sinister than the one the Brady family was trapped in on The Brady Bunch. Slated for a July 28th release, the western horror film Ghost Town hits Blu-ray on July 28th:
Press Release -- "The good. The bad. The Satanic. Scream Factory proudly presents the Empire Pictures classic Ghost Town on July 28, 2015 in its Blu-ray debut.
A dusty ghost town, seemingly abandoned, holds the lives of its original inhabitants in an animated netherworld for 100 years…
When a modern-day sheriff’s deputy is lured to a desolate, spooky ghost town in search of a missing woman, he comes face-to-face with a malevolent spirit from the town’s past. The spell of death and suffering over the undead townspeople must end to set them free from eternal pain. The horrors of a possessed outlaw, in a time-suspended »
- Derek Anderson
“The Good, The Bad, The Satanic.” When reading those words at the top of Ghost Town‘s VHS box as a kid, that line was all that it took for me to beg my father to let me rent it. Being the upstanding religious person he was, he said yes, and there I went, further down the Empire Pictures rabbit hole. Empire Pictures was such a huge part of my childhood (see Issues #4 and 7 of Delirium Magazine for proof of that), and writing this up right, I can’t help but to think of maybe some horror fans who didn’t get a chance to witness this Satanic cowboy tale as a kid/teenager, finally getting the chance to do so, with Scream Factory’s upcoming July 28th Bluray debut of the 1988 film.
A dusty ghost town, seemingly abandoned, holds the lives of its original inhabitants in an animated netherworld for 100 years… »
- Jerry Smith
The lessons we learned from 80s movies are dissected by Hadley Freeman in her new book. Here's our review...
One of my favourite movie websites is The Shiznit. If you've never had the pleasure, do check it out. What I like about it is it's a site that has a habit of asking the question I wanted to ask, but in about half the word count. Were he around today, I'm quietly confident that George Orwell would follow The Shiznit on Twitter.
The reason I bring the site up here - and thus prove my point about my own wordiness - is a question they asked Edgar Wright when on the junket trail for The World's End. For they cut straight to the nub of it: what's the film about, and then, what's it really about?
On the surface, Hadley Freeman's new book, Life Moves Pretty Fast, is her love »
Hadley Freeman's latest book has harnessed her love of 80s movies, and gone into detail about just why they work so well. Entitled Life Moves Pretty Fast, you won't be surprised to hear that Ferris Bueller's Day Off features in there. But then so does Dirty Dancing, Top Gun, Ghostbusters, Back To The Future and Eddie Murphy.
So what makes 80s movies so special? That seemed a logical place to start, as we caught up with Hadley for a chat...
Can I start by throwing a paraphrased movie quote at you? That line in The Truman Show about accepting the reality with which we're presented? At what point did you come to accept and realise that the movies of the 80s were so special to you? As you grew up with them, »
Recently, the so-called demise of the romantic comedy has been well-documented. Aside from a few outliers and indie gems, it’s been a long time since there was a big romantic comedy hit of the kind that were commonplace in the 1990s and early 00s, and even longer since there was one that could sit with “When Harry Met Sally,” “Four Weddings And A Funeral” and the other films at the top of the genre. Thank god then for “Man Up." The film, directed by “The Inbetweeners Movie” helmer Ben Palmer, stars Lake Bell as Nancy, thirtysomething and single, who is mistaken for the blind date of fortysomething divorcé Jack (Simon Pegg), and decides to roll with it, leading to an evening of drunkenness, dancing and possibly more. As our review from Tribeca revealed, it’s one of the best films of its kind in years, funny, sweet and refreshing, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Before he heads off to make the next Star Trek film, Simon Pegg is back in UK cinemas this weekend for the really rather good romantic comedy, Man Up. He co-stars with Lake Bell in the movie, and ahead of its release, he spared us some time to chat about the film, and what he's up to next...
Another South Bank movie!
Absolutely, yeah. You make a very good point. »
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