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Hammer Vol. 1 – Fear Warning!

Starting out in 1939 as the little studio that could, Hammer would finally make their reputation in the late fifties reimagining Universal’s black and white horrors as eye-popping Technicolor gothics – their pictorial beauty, thanks to cameramen like Jack Asher and Arthur Ibbetson, was fundamental to the studio’s legacy. So it’s been more than a little frustrating to see such disrespect visited upon these films by home video companies happy to smother the market with grainy prints, incoherent cropping and under-saturated colors. The House of Hammer and the film community in general deserve far better than that.

Thanks to Indicator, the home video arm of Powerhouse films based in the UK, those wrongs are beginning to be righted, starting with their impressive new release of Hammer shockers, Fear Warning! Even better news for stateside fans; the set is region-free, ready to be relished the world over.

Hammer Vol. 1 – Fear Warning!
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Mary Kay Letourneau and Husband/Former Student, Vili Fualaau, Separate

  • TMZ
Mary Kay Letourneau -- the teacher who served more than 7 years in prison for having sex with her student, who she later married -- is about to be single again ... TMZ has learned. Vili Fualaau filed for legal separation earlier this month. Mary Kay was 34 years old in 1996 when she began having sex with her sixth grade student. They married in 2005. At the time Mary Kay started the affair, she was married with 4 children.   Her story
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Mildred Pierce

Mildred Pierce

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The Criterion Collection 860

1945 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 111 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date , 2017 /

Starring Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden, Ann Blyth, Bruce Bennett, Lee Patrick, Moroni Olsen, Veda Ann Borg, Jo Ann Marlowe, Butterfly McQueen.

Cinematography: Ernest Haller

Art Direction: Anton Grot

Film Editor: David Weisbart

Original Music: Max Steiner

Written by: Ranald MacDougall from the novel by James M. Cain

Produced by: Jerry Wald, Jack L. Warner

Directed by Michael Curtiz

James M. Cain’s 1941 novel Mildred Pierce offers a venal and self-destructive view of America not with a story of respectable bourgeois society, not the criminal underworld. A de-classed, suburb-dwelling nobody fights her way onto the social register by using men and by hard work… and then watches as her obsessive goals blow up in her face In Cain’s worldview it’s every woman for herself. He drags in an odd personal theme,
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Gigi Hadid Got Stuck in a Poncho for Being ‘Not Quite As Thin’ as the Other Tommy Hilfiger Models

Gigi Hadid Got Stuck in a Poncho for Being ‘Not Quite As Thin’ as the Other Tommy Hilfiger Models
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Gigi Hadid seems to have it all: more magazine covers than any other model this year, every major catwalk under her belt, a standing invitation to walk the Victoria’s Secret runway and pose for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, a killer squad of fellow models, a cute boyfriend who lets her wear his shoes … we could go on. She’s even moved into the role of muse for Tommy Hilfilger, collaborating with him on a clothing line and serving as the face of his fragrance. But things weren’t always so golden for the model and the designer.
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Clowntown: Where is Little Ricky in This Exclusive Clip?

Tom Nagel's horror flick Clowntown will open in select cinemas across the U.S. on September 30th. After a quick stint in the cinemas it is off to VOD and DVD on October 4th. For now, we have an exclusive clip to share with you from the flick.    A group of friends get stranded in a seemingly abandoned town and find themselves stalked by a gang of violent psychopaths dressed as clowns.   In the clip All-American girl, Sarah (you can tell from the standard uniform, cut off jeans and a white tank top), looks for little Ricky. Where oh where could he be? ...

[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...]
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Showrunner Aline Brosh McKenna Brings Logic to ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ (Emmy Watch)

Showrunner Aline Brosh McKenna Brings Logic to ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ (Emmy Watch)
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” is an odd TV series. A comedy with dramatic elements, it’s a musical that expresses the feelings of its lead character, Rebecca Bunch (YouTube star Rachel Bloom), via original songs. The ratings aren’t amazing and the show is an Emmy longshot, but people are finding it, and the fans are passionate. It’s unlike anything you’ve seen before; the question is, how many Emmy voters will see it.

At a recent Fyc Emmy event, Bloom bounded out in bra and Spanx to perform an opening number and then returned dressed for an informative Q & A panel. The audience, packed with fans, whooped and hollered; everyone on stage enjoyed playing to the room. That’s the feeling you get from the CW show itself: as hard as it is to pull off, everyone is having a blast.

So how did this crazy show come about? While
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Fresh Faces Like Rachel Bloom, Ellie Kemper Could Populate Emmy Comedy Actress Nominations

Fresh Faces Like Rachel Bloom, Ellie Kemper Could Populate Emmy Comedy Actress Nominations
Dying is easy, comedy is hard,” goes the old adage. But that doesn’t take into account the added burden of being a comedic actress these days, let alone a newcomer trying to find some Emmy love that is usually reserved for perennial favorites including Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Lisa Kudrow and Edie Falco.

But there is some good news. With three of last year’s nominees — Poehler, Kudrow and Falco — not eligible this year, the comedy actress field is a lot more wide open. And while usual suspects Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”), Amy Schumer (“Inside Amy Schumer”), Melissa McCarthy (“Mike & Molly”) and Lena Dunham (“Girls”) have shots at nominations, 2016 could be the year when acclaimed fresh faces, including Aya Cash (“You’re the Worst”), Rachel Bloom (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”), Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”), Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) and Constance Wu (“Fresh Off the Boat”), get some well-deserved attention.
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Women Must Demand to Reshape the Media’s Take on the Ideal Femme

Women Must Demand to Reshape the Media’s Take on the Ideal Femme
Growing up, Sophia Loren was called the little toothpick, “stuzzicadenti,” starving as she was in her native Naples during wartime. And, then, she blossomed. She became a beauty: wasp-waisted, full-bosomed, hippy. Despite “a nose too long, and lips too wide” (according to Loren herself at a recent tribute in Schenectady, N.Y.), that body and the way she used it propelled her to international stardom. Watching Loren mambo in 1955’s “Scandal in Sorrento” (tagline: “So much Woman! So much Spectacle! So much Excitement!”), it’s clear that she’s no longer the toothpick. Instead, she’s a colossus whose body is a vessel of power for a future Oscar winner who knew how to deploy it — and didn’t underestimate its effect on the men around her.

Contemporary Hollywood would fumble with all that gorgeous flesh. That body is too powerful, too full: female but invulnerable. Perhaps only Sofia Vergara,
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Why TV Is Finally Embracing the Realities of Race

Why TV Is Finally Embracing the Realities of Race
Four years ago, Alan Yang wrote a pilot about a father and son. Both characters were white.

At the time, Yang, whose own father is from Taiwan, was a writer for “Parks and Recreation,” and Greg Daniels, a “Parks” executive producer, was advising Yang as he worked on the script. “Why not make the father and son Asian?” Daniels asked. Yang refused.

“It wasn’t even other people that shut it down,” Yang says. “I shut it down in my own brain.”

What Yang now calls his “misguided conservatism” arose from a practical concern: What if no one wanted to make a comedy about an Asian father and son? After all, since the crash and burn of Margaret Cho’s “All-American Girl” two decades ago, shows revolving around the lives of nonwhite families had been few and far between, especially on the broadcast networks.

Cut to 2015, when “Master of None,
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How Fresh off the Boat Celebrated TV's First Chinese New Year

  • Vulture
How Fresh off the Boat Celebrated TV's First Chinese New Year
It was just one year ago that Fresh off the Boat premiered on ABC, becoming the first sitcom about an Asian-American family to air on broadcast television since Margaret Cho’s All-American Girl in 1994. And while this achievement is bewildering in its simplicity, so is the next one: Last night, during its midseason return, Fresh off the Boat become the first show to celebrate Chinese New Year. “Obviously every holiday has been done a thousand times. There’s been a million Christmases, a million Thanksgivings, a million Halloweens,” showrunner Nahnatchka Khan said. “But I’d be surprised if there was a show that has ever done Chinese New Year because there just hasn’t been the opportunity or awareness that we have on our show.” Khan knew she wanted to do Chinese New Year when they they got a second season order. At the time, ABC had only ordered 13 episodes,
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Margaret Cho’s New TV Show Highland Hopefully Means She’ll Get Stoned With Her Mom

  • Vulture
Margaret Cho’s New TV Show Highland Hopefully Means She’ll Get Stoned With Her Mom
It's been over 20 years since Margaret Cho starred in the first Asian-American family sitcom on network television, All-American Girl, but it looks like she might be coming back with her own show on Amazon. Deadline reports that Cho has an hour-long dramedy in the works at the streaming/selling-you-everything giant called Highland, where her character must attend court-ordered rehab and move in with her family, which now runs a pot dispensary. Unlike All-American Girl, Cho will have some creative control: She'll be executive-producing the show alongside the writer Liz Sarnoff. It's a long way from the bookstore in San Francisco, but hopefully there are still copies of Ass Master lying around.
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In 'Pin-Up: The Movie!' Documentary, Women Recapture the Power of the Iconic Style

In 'Pin-Up: The Movie!' Documentary, Women Recapture the Power of the Iconic Style
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. Pin-Up: The Movie! Logline: Dangerous. Sexy. All-American Girl. You know the look. Now meet the women who are making retro style modern. Elevator Pitch: "Pin Up! The Movie" follows a group of women through their everyday lives, showing why they’re drawn to the retro style. There are two interrelated stories. In one, a group of women compete for the title of Miss 1940s White Christmas Ball. In the other, an established pin up photographer and her crew seek a fresh face for a magazine spread. Production Team: Director/Producer: Kathleen M. Ryan About the Film: People think that the pin up
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Emmy Breakout Constance Wu is Not ‘Fresh Off The Boat’s’ Tiger Mom: Watch Her #selfieinterview (Video)

Emmy Breakout Constance Wu is Not ‘Fresh Off The Boat’s’ Tiger Mom: Watch Her #selfieinterview (Video)
A version of this story first appeared in the TheWrap Magazine’s Emmy Comedy-Drama Issue. #selfieinterview produced in partnership with Verge. ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” is only the second sitcom about Asian-Americans, and the first since Margaret Cho‘s All-American Girl in 1994. It has also proven to be a showcase for actress Constance Wu, who plays the wife in a Taiwanese family who move to Orlando to open a restaurant. Wu’s previous roles were mostly in support in projects like “Stephanie Daley” and “Law & Order: Svu.” “I think that it’s great that we’re claiming our identity as Asian-Americans,
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Taraji P. Henson’s ‘Empire’ Win Highlights Critics’ Choice Awards’ Diverse Selections

Taraji P. Henson’s ‘Empire’ Win Highlights Critics’ Choice Awards’ Diverse Selections
Another day, another awards show… But what made Sunday’s Critics’ Choice Television Awards different was the array of American talent taking home trophies and nominations.

Bet Networks made their Critics’ Choice debut with the “Book of Negroes.” The 35-year-old channel — which expanded its network to scripted programming in 2011 — gained its first award nominations with best limited series and series’ leading lady Aunjanue Ellis for actress in a movie or limited series. Cast members along with network CEO Debra Lee and head of programming Stephen Hill attended the awards show and after-party.

“It feels a little like someone let the door open, like, ‘Do they know?’” Ellis kidded. She got a little more serious, “I’m claiming it, it’s a movement.”

Lou Gossett Jr. spoke candidly alongside co-star Lyric Bent about the awards show’s diversity.

“It’s her turn, it’s our people’s turn, it’s been so many others’ turn,
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It Follows Review

This is a repost of our review from the 2014 Toronto Film Festival [Tiff 2014].

Thank you, David Robert Mitchell, because I now have a way of avoiding that awkward “Birds and the Bees” chat when the time comes for my bewildered offspring, as I’ll just pop on It Follows and let your sinisterly sexual horror flick work its magic!

We’ve all seen our fair share of high school slashers where hormone-ravaged teens can’t keep it in their pants long enough to evade the clutches of Jason, Freddy, Michael, or any of the usual suspects, but Mitchell’s hanky-panky fueled genre-bender creates a new game that turns premarital sex into an orgasmic death sentence. Being a slow-burn cat-and-mouse thriller in the simplest sense, It Follows trounces the vilest of STDs by creating a post-sex monster who hunts down the unluckiest of fornicators. There are rules to Mitchell’s scenario, rules
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Fresh Off the Boat: Why You Need to Watch ABC's New Fish-Out-of-Water Comedy

Fresh Off the Boat: Why You Need to Watch ABC's New Fish-Out-of-Water Comedy
Fresh Off the Boat premiered Wednesday with 7-plus million viewers and a positive response from audiences and critics alike. However, for a juggernaut like ABC, that's still a lot of eyeballs missing from a show that just may be the best new comedy of 2015.

Based off restauranteur Eddie Huang's memoir of the same name, the show is your classic fresh-out-of-water comedy. The series opens with the Huangs moving from Washington, D.C., to Orlando, Florida, so that patriarch Louis (Randall Park) can fulfill his dream of opening a steak restaurant. As he goes all-in in his embrace of the American Dream,
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Fresh Off the Boat: Why You Need to Watch ABC's New Fish-Out-of-Water Comedy

  • PEOPLE.com
Fresh Off the Boat: Why You Need to Watch ABC's New Fish-Out-of-Water Comedy
Fresh Off the Boat premiered Wednesday with 7-plus million viewers and a positive response from audiences and critics alike. However, for a juggernaut like ABC, that's still a lot of eyeballs missing from a show that just may be the best new comedy of 2015. Based off restauranteur Eddie Huang's memoir of the same name, the show is your classic fresh-out-of-water comedy. The series opens with the Huangs moving from Washington, D.C., to Orlando, Florida, so that patriarch Louis (Randall Park) can fulfill his dream of opening a steak restaurant. As he goes all-in in his embrace of the American Dream,
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Review: ABC's 'Fresh Off The Boat' is fresh off the bat

  • Hitfix
Review: ABC's 'Fresh Off The Boat' is fresh off the bat
Based on his memoir, "Fresh Off The Boat" is Eddie Huang's story. It's certainly not my story. I've never been an 11-year-old son of Taiwanese immigrants moving from Chinatown in Washington, DC to the suburbs of Orlando. "Fresh Off The Boat" can't be my story. But I hope Eddie Huang would forgive my feeling that, at least to some degree, "Fresh Off The Boat" is absolutely my story. In the early '90s, I was a 13-year-old son of Canadian immigrants living in Mississippi, going to a middle school in which I was one of a dozen white kids and the only Jewish kid. I didn't have to explain stinky tofu to my colleagues at lunch, but I assure you that my bagels were plenty confusing. I spent a lot of time being called Bud Bundy, because at the time, all of my classmates were watching a lot of Fox
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'Fresh Off the Boat' stars and producers on race, conflict and comedy

  • Hitfix
'Fresh Off the Boat' stars and producers on race, conflict and comedy
Midway through the press tour panel for ABC's "Fresh Off the Boat," actress Constance Wu argued, "Progress arises out of conflict, not out of pretending everything's hunky-dory." "Fresh Off the Boat" — the first network sitcom with a predominantly Asian-American cast in 20 years, since ABC's "All-American Girl" with Margaret Cho — is a clear sign of progress, as well as one of the funnier comedies debuting over the next few months. (Its first two episodes air on Wednesday, February 4, before moving to Tuesdays at 8 on February 10.) It's also a show with a fair amount of conflict. Yesterday, New York Magazine published a first-person essay by Eddie Huang, who wrote the memoir on which the show is based, and serves as both a producer and the adult narrator of the '90s adventures of young Eddie (Hudson Yang). The essay goes on at length about his discomfort with the attempt to homogenize his
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Margaret Cho Defends Golden Globes North Korea Bit: “I’m Playing The Rice Card”

  • Deadline
Margaret Cho Defends Golden Globes North Korea Bit: “I’m Playing The Rice Card”
Comedian Margaret Cho has responded to critics who deemed her North Korea-skewering Golden Globes appearance racist – ironically enough, in an evening filled with achievements for diverse voices and cries of “Je Suis Charlie” in the name of freedom of expression.

“I’m of mixed North/South Korean descent – you imprison, starve and brainwash my people you get made fun of by me #hatersgonhate #FreeSpeech,” she Tweeted Monday morning.

I'm of mixed North/South Korean descent – you imprison, starve and brainwash my people you get made fun of by me #hatersgonhate #FreeSpeech

Margaret Cho (@margaretcho) January 12, 2015

Cho showed up in a running gag throughout the Globes show as “Cho Young-ja,” a humorless North Korean general-slash-hfpa member who criticized the Globes show (“You no have thousand baby playing guitar at the same time. You no have people holding up many card to make one big picture. You no have Dennis Rodman”) and
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