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Adam West, TV’s ‘Batman,’ Dies at 88

Adam West, TV’s ‘Batman,’ Dies at 88
Adam West — an actor defined and also constrained by his role in the 1960s series “Batman” — died Friday night in Los Angeles. He was 88. A rep said that he died after a short battle with leukemia.

“Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight, and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans’ lives. He was and always will be our hero,” his family said in a statement.

With its “Wham! Pow!” onscreen exclamations, flamboyant villains and cheeky tone, “Batman” became a surprise hit with its premiere on ABC in 1966, a virtual symbol of ’60s kitsch. Yet West’s portrayal of the superhero and his alter ego, Bruce Wayne, ultimately made it hard for him to get other roles, and while he continued to work throughout his career, options remained limited because of his association with the character.

West also chafed against the darker versions of Bob Kane
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Film Review: ‘The Remaining’

Film Review: ‘The Remaining’
Genre mashups don’t come much odder than “The Remaining,” a theologically questionable but fitfully exciting melodrama about fear and loathing among the non-Raptured. once this small-budget indie finishes its limited theatrical run and is resurrected in homescreen platforms.

Director and co-scripter Casey La Scala strikes dim echoes of “Left Behind,” “The Leftovers” and Michael Tolkin’s overdue-for-rediscovery “The Rapture” while focused on a cross-section of unfortunates who don’t make the final cut when God separates the wheat from the chaff. During La Scala’s version of Judgment Day, souls are separated from their bodies and whisked up to heaven — leaving behind an unsettling abundance of corpses, and triggering panicky news accounts of an “Instant Death Syndrome” pandemic that is “both troubling and foreboding.”

This sudden accumulation of cadavers — accompanied by earthquakes, loud thunder, downpours of fire and ice, and sundry other biblical portents — puts a serious damper on
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Film4 FrightFest's Amazing 2014 Line-up Announced! New Images Revealed!

The line-up for this year's Film4 FrightFest in London has just been announced – and boy, is it a doozy! Sporting a record-breaking 38 UK/European premieres and 11 world premieres, this August is going to be an exciting time in the genre calendar.

Check it all out right here, including lots of new images!

This year Film4 FrightFest will be moving from its previous home at Leicester Square's Empire Cinema to the nearby Vue Cinema (also on Leicester Square), prompting an ingenious reshuffle of the screening arrangements.

All main screen films will be presented at different times across three different screens, with two extra screens reserved for single-slot screenings of the various films hitting this year's Discovery Screens.

Here's the full list of goodies:

Main Screens (5, 6, 7)

Thursday Aug 21

Opening Night Film - The Guest (UK Premiere)

Director: Adam Wingard. Cast: Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Brendan Meyer, Sheila Kelley, Leland Orser. USA 2014. 99 mins.
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Frightfest 2014 – Full Line-up Announced

Film4 FrightFest 2014, returning for its 15th year, unveils its biggest line-up ever. From Thurs 21 August to Monday 25 August, the UK’s leading event for genre fans will be at the Vue West End, Leicester Square, to present sixty-four films plus twenty shorts across five screens. There are sixteen countries representing five continents with a record-breaking thirty-eight UK or European premieres and eleven world premieres.

Are you ready for a monstrous and memorable mayhem of killer claws, cannibalism, cult classics, murderous musicals, chiller thrillers, graphic novel action and sick celluloid masterpieces? Then prepare yourself for the biggest, strongest and most eclectic must-see programme in Film4 FrightFest’s history.

From the opening night turbo-driven thrill-ride The Guest to the UK premiere of the closing night mesmeric sci-fi fantasy The Signal, FrightFest has netted the latest works from genre big-hitters such as Eli Roth (The Green Inferno), Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins (Show
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Movie News After Dark: This Is The Darkest Timeline

Tonight on Movie News After Dark, Community is dead, the documentary is better, AMC is making sci-fi shows now and filmmakers are having their films taken away for no good reason. Everything is a mess, but we’ll sort it out together. How NBC’s Community Died – Over at Pajiba, Steven Lloyd Wilson writes passionately about finally cutting the cord with fan favorite Community. Personally, I’ve been avoiding this latest season of the once-beloved show. I don’t like watching friends die. How Documentary Became the Most Exciting Kind of Filmmaking – David Edelstein takes to Vulture to explain why documentaries are better than fictional films, at least from a filmmaking point of few. A few salient points, but don’t expect me to jump ship and go all-doc anytime soon. Not when there is a new Star Trek movie coming out. Ending with The Rapture – Exiting his post as Av Club Film Editor, Scott Tobias
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The New Cult Canon ended and we talk Community puppets this week on The A.V. Club

Don’t miss: Our film editor Scott Tobias closed out his New Cult Canon feature with a look at Michael Tolkin’s The Rapture. Inventory looked at songs with weird whispers and governments too inept to be sinister. Nathan Rabin deconstructed The Simpsons’ Yellow Album, a record that put merchandising first and quality control a very distant second. Controversy sparked around Glee’s school-shooting episode, which, while emotionally harrowing, was undeniably trashy. LL Cool J and Brad Paisley released “Accidental Racist,” a song so misguided, it makes Soul Man seem subtle. AMC is still seriously considering a Breaking Bad spin-off ...
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Trailer Watch: Michael Tolkin's The Rapture Posits the End of the World

Trailer Watch: Michael Tolkin's The Rapture Posits the End of the World
Anyone who was raised as a Christian knows that deep in your consciousness are buried irrational childhood ideas, beliefs, and hopes. Your rational adult self may revise your views of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spigot (as Rowan Atkinson would say), but you never get rid of all that embedded Stuff. The Player author Michael Tolkin wrote and directed the underappreciated The Rapture, starring Mimi Rogers and David Duchovny, which Fine Line Features released without much fanfare in 1991. The film clearly tapped into my parental separation issues, but it was more than that. No other screening has ever left me sobbing in the car afterwards, unable to drive. The movie posits that the end of the world, The Rapture, when earth and ...
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The return of religious films

Apocalyptic angels and satanic shadows are creeping back on to cinema screens. Don't be surprised, says Anne Billson – biblical themes have only ever been one global crisis away

There's been a distinct whiff of the Good Book at the cinema of late – literally so in the case of Denzel Washington's latest, The Book of Eli. "Dear Lord," he says, "thank you for giving me the strength and the conviction to complete the task you entrusted to me." Denzel is on a mission from God, and not in a Blues Brothers way; his task is to convey a leather-bound book with a cross on it from A to B while killing lots of evil people en route. You don't need to have seen the film to guess the book in question is not The Da Vinci Code.

Meanwhile, in Solomon Kane, James Purefoy says: "Satan's creatures will take me if
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Top Ten Apocalyptic/Post-Apocalyptic Films

Top Ten Apocalyptic/Post-Apocalyptic Films It seems Hollywood's infatuation with the end of the world has found its place in 2009 with releases such as Knowing this past March and upcoming releases such as 9, The Road and 2012 later this year. I never saw The Horsemen, but I know it had an apocalyptic theme, and films such as Terminator Salvation and even Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen threaten the continued existence of the human race. So, with such a situation at hand what better time than now to take a look at what I believe to be the best apocalyptic films of all-time... or at the very least of those I have seen... We all have a morbid curiosity when it comes to the world's end. Will it go with a whimper or a bang? Will the apocalypse be man-made, ape-made, E.T.-made, nature-made, or God-made? Will I be holding Nicolas Cage
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