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Walter Becker, Steely Dan Co-Founder, Dies at 67

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Walter Becker, Steely Dan Co-Founder, Dies at 67
Walter Becker, the co-founder, guitarist and bassist of the band Steely Dan, died Sunday at the age of 67.

The news was announced on Becker’s official website. No cause of death or further details were provided.

In July, Becker missed both of Steely Dan’s performances due to an unspecified ailment during the recent Classic West and Classic East concerts in Los Angeles and New York. His Steely Dan partner Donald Fagen later told Billboard that Becker was “recovering from a procedure” and hopefully would be “fine very soon,” but did not elaborate on Becker’s surgery or prognosis.

Becker,
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Ornette: Tomorrow is the Question

Joining such memorable events as Ornette’s week at Lincoln Center in 1997 and the celebration in his honor at Celebrate Brooklyn which was the last time he played in public and which is now documented in an incredible box set alongside the memorial held for him at Riverside Church and Wynton's own celebration of Ornette at Lincoln Center will be Ornette Coleman: Tomorrow is the Question, July 11–16 as part of their yearly indoor festival. There will be a four-part series honoring Ornette's work as a composer, innovator, and performer.

The evenings include a screening of Naked Lunch with live accompaniment by such giants as Ravi Coltrane, Henry Threadgill, Charente Moffatt, and Denard Coleman. Coleman will also be part of a Prime Time Reunion that will honor guitarist Bern Nix who sadly recently passed away and who had been a long time member of the original band. This night the members will include Joshua Redman,
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Edgar Wright Sets Up His Next Film, ‘Grasshopper Jungle,’ at New Regency

Resting on laurels is for suckers.

It’s been four excruciatingly long years since The World’s End, the last film from Edgar Wright, which in Edgar-Wright-fan years is like a century. He was set up to direct Ant-Man, but we all know how that turned out. And while you might think Wright spent some of his time post-Marvel licking that particular wound, you’d be wrong, because Edgar Wright knows that living well is the best revenge, so in the last few years he’s been busy gearing up for not one but two films. Immediately after Ant-Man Wright started developing Baby Driver, which is at long last completed, set for a June 28 release, and so far is garnering the best reviews of the director’s career. At the same time he was starting Baby Driver back in 2014, though, there was another project the director was kicking around, an adaptation of the novel Grasshopper Jungle, and
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Blu-ray Review – RoboCop 3: Collector’s Edition (1993)

RoboCop 3: Collector’s Edition, 1993.

Directed by Fred Dekker.

Starring Robert John Burke, Nancy Allen, Rip Torn, John Castle, Jill Hennessy, C.C.H. Pounder, Mako Iwamatsu, Robert DoQui, and Bruce Locke.

Synopsis:

Shout! Factory has released a Collector’s Edition of RoboCop 2, so it’s not a surprise that they did the same for the third installment, which ended the series with a whimper, rather than a bang. Fans, though, will appreciate the nice audio-visual presentation, as well as the included bonus features.

Sometimes a movie, no matter how successful it is, doesn’t really need a sequel. Or the filmmakers may end up exploring all their premise has to offer after two installments. Of course, such considerations bear just about zero weight in Hollywood, where every studio needs as many franchises as it can handle. And sometimes those movie franchise ends up like the fast food franchises that sell the same bland stuff to everyone.
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November 22nd Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Return Of The Living Dead 3, Rabid, C.H.U.D.

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After last week being rather quiet on the home entertainment front, November 22nd is looking to make up for some lost time with a ton of great genre Blu-ray and DVD titles coming our way on Tuesday. This week, Scream Factory is showing some love to another David Cronenberg classic, Rabid, and Arrow Video is resurrecting the cult film C.H.U.D. in HD for their brand new Special Edition Blu-ray.

Lionsgate is putting out a pair of Vestron Video Collector’s Series titles—Return of the Living Dead 3 and C.H.U.D. II: Bud the Chud—that horror fans will undoubtedly want to add to their home media collections. And for all you William Friedkin fans out there, Shout Select has put together a stellar Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of To Live and Die in L.A. that is absolutely worth owning.

Other notable releases for November 22nd include Intruder,
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Contest: Win David Cronenberg’s Rabid Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray

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The infection spreads on November 22nd with Scream Factory's Collector's Edition Blu-ray release of David Cronenberg's Rabid, and we've been provided with three copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Collector's Edition Blu-ray copy of Rabid.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject “Rabid Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on November 26th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

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Rabid Collector's Edition Blu-ray: "With Rabid, acclaimed director David Cronenberg (The Fly, Dead Ringers, Naked Lunch) delivers a high-tension thriller filled with "zombified sluts and shock moments… an irresistible combination that Cronenberg handles well" (Almar Haflidason, BBC)!

After undergoing radical emergency surgery,
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David Cronenberg’s Rabid Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Clips & Trailer

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Scream Factory will unleash the infectious fear and creepy chaos of David Cronenberg’s Rabid on a Collector's Edition Blu-ray beginning November 22nd, and we have high-def clips and a trailer teasing the film's 2K makeover.

Rabid Collector's Edition Blu-ray: "With Rabid, acclaimed director David Cronenberg (The Fly, Dead Ringers, Naked Lunch) delivers a high-tension thriller filled with "zombified sluts and shock moments… an irresistible combination that Cronenberg handles well" (Almar Haflidason, BBC)!

After undergoing radical emergency surgery, Rose (former adult film star Marilyn Chambers in her first leading role in a mainstream film) develops an insatiable desire for blood. She searches out victims to satisfy her incurable craving, infecting them with an unknown disease which in turn swiftly drives them insane… and makes them equally bloodthirsty.

Follow the lovely but deadly Rose through her terrifying ordeal as victim by victim, the spreading circle of casualties grows... until no one
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‘Never Stop’ Fragments Its Own Experimental Modern Noir Foundations

‘Never Stop’ Fragments Its Own Experimental Modern Noir Foundations
Here’s your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress — at the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

Never Stop

Logline: Once love stains your bloodstream, not even death can shake you free.

Elevator Pitch:

Unable to cope with the death of his love, Jimmy loses himself in strange sex and blinding opiates. When Anna and Chris show up, things go farther than anyone had planned. A smoky, psychedelic noir inspired by the bizarre worlds and methods of William S. Burroughs.

Production Team:

Nell Teare, Director: “Eve and Steve,” “Sweet Talk,” “Anton in Show Business

Chad Eschman, Writer/Producer/”Chris”: “The Memory Tax,” “Hellfire”

Kimberly Alexander, Producer/”Anna”: “The Romantics,” “NCIS

Luke Rampersad, Producer/”Jimmy”: “Mozart in the Jungle

Julia Swain,
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Criterion Review: Burroughs

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★★★★☆ Along with Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs was one of the most important and influential writers of the so-called Beat Generation, best known perhaps for his novel Naked Lunch. As with so many of his contemporaries, Burroughs life was defined by chaos, intense creativity, narcotic binges and personal tragedy. Filmed over five years, Howard Brookner's 1983 documentary Burroughs: The Movie is an oft-moving portrayal of one of literature's most prominent voices, an intimate and humanising account of a legend of twentieth-century American culture.
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2Nd of Cronenberg Mondo Soundtrack Trilogy Hits Tomorrow with Dead Ringers!!

If you’re heads over heels in love with the Mondo-released Vinyl soundtrack to David Cronenberg’s Naked Lunch, then tomorrow’s release of the second of the Cronenberg soundtrack trilogy of releases, Dead Ringers will make you mind explode, similarly to Scanners. We’ve got the Dead Ringers artwork below, which goes on sale at a random time tomorrow (Oh you Mondo bastards!!! jk), and has a pretty affordable price of $30 and features artwork of Randy Ortiz. The soundtrack alone is worth the price, it’s such a haunting score from Howard Shore and one of this writer’s favorite Cronenberg soundtracks.

Based on the novel Twins by Bari Wood and Jack Geasland, Dead Ringers tells the story of identical twin gynecologists—suave Elliot and sensitive Beverly, bipolar sides of one personality—who share the same practice, the same apartment, and the same women. It is a chilling tale,
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"I'm not your average dolly bird": Judy Davis on her career, quotas and writing

Judy Davis on the Sff red carpet with the winners of the Lexus Short Film Fellowship.

As the Lexus Short Film Fellowship jury chair, Judy Davis last week selected four young filmmakers - Alex Ryan, Anya Beyersdorf, Alex Murawski and Brooke Goldfinch - to receive $50,000 each to make a short that will premiere at next year's Sydney Film Festival.

The gender parity of the winners was a coincidence, Davis told If.

"On this jury, there was no quota, and I chose the films I liked. But as the afternoon wore on, it became clear it was looking like two and two. And one of the other members of the jury said, 'that's really good'."

Asked for her opinion on quotas, Davis said she wonders whether they might "breed resentment and mistrust", and argued instead for a shift in mindset: "that gradual but inevitable realisation that the female voice can be a profound voice,
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Edinburgh 2016 Presents Highlanders, (Yoga) Hosers And A Whole Lot More!

This week the world’s longest continually running film festival opened its doors for a monumental 70th occasion. Edinburgh International Film Festival may be old, but its content is as fresh as ever. Running June 15-26, the diverse lineup consists of new local and international work alongside a finely curated set of retrospective screenings. Spread across 20 different ‘Strands’ Edinburgh brings a wealth of cinema to Scotland’s historic capital. Offering more than just films, the Eiff offers visitors the chance to join in the conversation with an array of special guests. Actors Dominique Pinon and Kim Cattrall, legendary British producer Jeremy Thomas (Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, The Last Emperor, Naked Lunch, the list goes on…) and director Kevin Smith will all be present talking about works...

[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...]
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Edinburgh 2016 Presents Highlanders, (Yoga) Hosers And A Whole Lot More!

This week the world’s longest continually running film festival opened its doors for a monumental 70th occasion. Edinburgh International Film Festival may be old, but its content is as fresh as ever. Running June 15-26, the diverse lineup consists of new local and international work alongside a finely curated set of retrospective screenings. Spread across 20 different ‘Strands’ Edinburgh brings a wealth of cinema to Scotland’s historic capital. Offering more than just films, the Eiff offers visitors the chance to join in the conversation with an array of special guests. Actors Dominique Pinon and Kim Cattrall, legendary British producer Jeremy Thomas (Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, The Last Emperor, Naked Lunch, the list goes on…) and director Kevin Smith will all be present talking about works...

[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]
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Qff to open its second year with Pedro Almodovar’s Julieta

Qff co-directors Huw Walmsley-Evans and John Edmond.

Queensland Film Festival (Qff) has unveiled the program for its second year, to be held July 15-24 at New Farm Cinemas and the Institute of Modern Art.

The festival, which has doubled in size this year, will screen 40 features and shorts, including 19 Australian premieres. Festival co-directors John Edmond and Huw Walmsley-Evans said Qff's 2016 return is a direct result of an enthusiastic response to last year.s program. .Strong community support from both our partners and the general public has ensured that we could increase the number of screenings, and these are films that it.s important that the Brisbane public have a chance to see," Edmond said. Walmsley-Evans said: "Qff's first year proved what we knew to be true: Brisbane wants to see the best that the thriving world cinema has to offer.. Qff will open with Pedro Almodovar.s Julieta, screening direct from Cannes. Other highlights include The Red Turtle, Michael Dudock de Wit's dialogue-free collaboration with animation house Studio Ghibli; Chevalier; Lucile Hadžihalilovic.s Evolution; and Dead Slow Ahead. Local films will include Sean Byrne.s (The Loved Ones) horror The Devil.s Candy and Sydney-based Margot Nash.s documentary essay The Silences. In a nod to now-lost film festivals of Brisbane.s past, Qff will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first-ever Brisbane Film Festival with a restoration of Agnes Varda.s Cleo From 5 to 7, as well as a selection of shorts that screened at the first event. It will similarly mark the 25th anniversary of the Brisbane International Film Festival with a screening of David Cronenberg.s classic adaptation of William Burrough.s Naked Lunch.

There will also be free panels discussions regarding the art and history of filmmaking, including The Art and Craft of Editing in Eugène Green.s La Sapienza and The Son of Joseph, presented with the Australian Screen Editor.s guild and the Arc Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.

The festival will also reflect on the history of Brisbane film culture with Fifty Years of Film Festivals — Remembering Bff, courtesy of a presentation by Qff co-director Huw Walmsley-Evans and Queensland University of Technology.s (Qut) Dr Tess Van Hemert. Qut is the festival.s major partner. Qff is also supported by the Arc Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Australian Screen Editors Guild, Avant Card, the Cantrills, the Czech and Slovak Film Festival, David Stratton, the Institute of Modern Art, the National Film and Sound Archive, and New Farm Cinemas Full program and ticket sales: qldff.com .
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Dp Peter Suschitzky on The Empire Strikes Back, Collaborating with David Cronenberg and the New Wave’s “Boring Light”

British cinematographer Peter Suschitzky is known for his collaborations with David Cronenberg (Cosmopolis, A Dangerous Method, Eastern Promises, A History of Violence, Spider, eXistenZ, Crash, Naked Lunch and Dead Ringers). His eclectic career saw him start working in fantastical “what if” tales on It Happened Here (1966) and Privilege (1967). He worked with Peter Watkins, Albert Finney, Peter Watkins, John Boorman, Ken Russell and Warris Hussein in Britain, before Hollywood came calling. is first trip to Cannes, working on Charlie Bubbles by Albert Finney, was cancelled after the festival was stopped by the May ’68 protests led by Jean Luc-Godard. This year, I met him at the […]
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Vinyl Review: Mondo’s Naked Lunch and Dead Ringers Soundtrack Re-Releases

Shock’s Chris Alexander reviews 2 Howard Shore soundtracks for a pair of David Cronenberg masterpieces. We reported about the latest wave of David Cronenberg deluxe vinyl soundtrack releases coming from Mondo here and, if you’re a fan of DC and the work of his visionary composer and chief aural collaborator Howard Shore and if you’re…

The post Vinyl Review: Mondo’s Naked Lunch and Dead Ringers Soundtrack Re-Releases appeared first on Shock Till You Drop.
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Cool Stuff: Mondo Will Release Howard Shore’s ‘Crash,’ ‘Dead Ringers,’ and ‘Naked Lunch’ Scores on Vinyl

Cool Stuff: Mondo Will Release Howard Shore’s ‘Crash,’ ‘Dead Ringers,’ and ‘Naked Lunch’ Scores on Vinyl
For the first time, Howard Shore‘s scores for three of David Cronenberg‘s finest pictures — Crash, Dead Ringers, and Naked Lunch — will be released on vinyl, courtesy of Mondotees. As expected, they’re giving these soundtracks the grand treatment, with three gorgeous custom made covers that evoke the unnerving tone of Cronenberg’s trio of films. Below, learn more about the upcoming […]

The post Cool Stuff: Mondo Will Release Howard Shore’s ‘Crash,’ ‘Dead Ringers,’ and ‘Naked Lunch’ Scores on Vinyl appeared first on /Film.
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Horror Highlights: New Chucky Doll, Wizard World & Crypt TV, Mondo’s Cronenberg Vinyls, Screamfest 2016, Shortwave

Chucky’s back and better than ever… Mezco Toyz presents their newest Chucky doll based on his likeness in the first Child’s Play movie. Also: Wizard World and Crypt TV’s eight-city video showcase, Mondo’s Cronenberg vinyls, the Screamfest 2016 announcement, and over 10 photos from Shortwave.

Photos of Mezco Toyz’s New Chucky Doll: From Mezco Toyz: “Unlike the scarred and battle-damaged look Chucky normally bears (people have tried to destroy him in six films so far), this version represents the cleaner, earlier Chucky. His trademark outfit is un-slashed, his face is not yet mauled.

Just as he did in his films, Chucky has lots to say from his trademark “My name is Chucky” to far more sinister phrases.

The star of the Child’S Play films, Chucky stands fifteen inches tall and features real cloth Good Guys clothing, eleven points of articulation, his trademark orange hair and realistic glass-like eyes.
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Mondo Unveils Vinyl Artwork for Three Cronenberg Classics

Exciting vinyl announcement from our friends at Mondo:

Mondo, in collaboration with Howe Records, announces three incredible Howard Shore scores from classic David Cronenberg films Naked Lunch, Dead Ringers and Crash. This continuation of Mondo’s Cronenberg series, which began with a soundtrack for Scanners and The Brood, features beautiful and haunting design work and marks the first time all three titles will be available on vinyl.

Can’t wait to own these. While you’re waiting for these records to go on sale, check out this new Hoop Dreams print from Mondo.

Crash (1996) – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 2Xlp Music by Howard Shore Original Artwork by Rich Kelly 20th Anniversary. First time ever on Vinyl. Available online at mondotees.com this July $35

Dead Ringers (1988) – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack LP Music By Howard Shore Performed by London Philharmonic Orchestra Original Artwork by Randy Ortiz First time ever on Vinyl. Available online at mondotees.
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Soda picks up 'Never Steady, Never Still'

Soda picks up 'Never Steady, Never Still'
Canadian feature drama from Kathleen Hepburn stars Shirley Henderson and Théodore Pellerin.

London-based distributor Soda Pictures has picked up Kathleen Hepburn’s debut feature Never Steady, Never Still for release in Canada and the UK.

Starring Shirley Henderson (Trainspotting) and Théodore Pellerin (Les Demons), the film follows a woman struggling with advanced Parkinson’s disease while her son attempts to find his emotional and sexual identity.

Also amongst the cast are Mary Galloway (Fire Song), Nicholas Campbell (Naked Lunch) and Lorne Cardinal (Insomnia).

Written and directed by Hepburn – whose concept short of the same name played at Tiff and won her a most promising director prize at the 2015 Vancouver International Film Festival – the project is produced by Tyler Hagan for Experimental Forest Films and James Brown for Christie Street Creative, with Carole Whiteman exec producing.

Following a winter shoot in tough conditions in Canadian province British Columbia earlier this year, shooting will recommence
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