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Patrick Macnee, Star of The Avengers 1960s Spy Series, Dead at 93

Patrick Macnee, Star of The Avengers 1960s Spy Series, Dead at 93
British actor Patrick Macnee, most recognizable to American audiences for playing secret agent John Steed in the 1960s cult-favorite TV series The Avengers, has died of natural causes at age 93.

He briefly reprised his iconic, umbrella sword-wielding role for the short-lived mid-‘70s revival The New Avengers.

Macnee’s post-Avengers TV credits included the title role in ABC’s CIA series Gavilan, the 1989 miniseries Around the World in 80 Days, voicing the opening credits for TV’s original Battlestar Galactica, the CBS drama P.S.I. Luv U, the syndicated action-adventure series Thunder in Paradise and, most recently, a 2001 episode of Frasier.
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Fright At Home: November 12th’s DVD & Blu-ray Releases!

Another Tuesday, another round of Fright At Home to give you the lowdown on this week’s must-have DVD & Blu-ray releases! November 12th is filled with an eclectic mix of genre titles, and in some cases making their way to both formats for the first time! Such an example is shot-on-video classics Black Devil Doll From Hell and Tales From The Quadead Zone. Both films from director Chester N. Turner are some of the rarest and obscure tapes in circulation, and have been known to fetch hundreds of dollars. Massacre Video was able to track down the thought dead director, and bring it back into print to melt the minds of a whole new generation.

Scream Factory has saved John Carpenter & Tobe Hooper’s horror-anthology Body Bags from its long-oop DVD release, reissuing the film onto Blu-ray in its uncut form with a slew of newly produced features. I’ve
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From Spaced To The World’s End: The Connecting Cast Of The Cornetto Trilogy – Part One

Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are frying up some gold in preparation for The World’S End. The trio are back for the final instalment of, what has become known as, ‘The Three Flavours Cornetto’ trilogy. Shaun Of The Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007) and now The World’S End may not be linked by narrative or characters like classic trilogies Back To The Future (1985-1990), Star Wars (1997-1983) or Thunder In Paradise (1993-1995). But they are bound by themes, recurring jokes and references. Most notably, though, is the cast. Pegg and Frost have starred as unlikely companions in all three films and their supporting cast are essentially a troop of actors dating back to one of the greatest sitcoms of all time, Spaced.

Here we shall look at those performers, their finest moments in the films and Spaced and related shows/movies that link them all together. Programmes like Black Books,
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Ready To Rumble: Wrestlers In The Movies

To some, the stars of WWE, Tna, and the now defunct WCW are actors. They throw themselves around and pretend to be in pain for a living after-all. But why, when it comes to movies, do wrestlers (or sports-entertainers) rarely make the grade?

Since Hulk Hogan made his debut in Rocky III (1982) and moved onto his first starring role in Suburban Commando (1991) Hollywood has been determined to cash in on wrestling’s biggest stars.

Hogan was a reasonable success, even having his own TV series Thunder In Paradise (1994) in which Hogan played a former Navy Seal-turned-mercenary and later Hogan Knows Best (2005-present), which introduced us to his (rather wretched) family. Still running in the Us, the show has been a huge success for Hogan financially but not personally, as it’s seen the dissolution of his marriage.

To have a career in film and TV span almost 30 years is a rarity.
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Forgotten Films: Santa With Muscles

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Forgotten Films [1] is a semi-regular feature on Film Junk where we explore interesting movies that have fallen off the radar or slipped through the cracks over the years. Everyone loves a good turkey around Christmas, so this week we've got a very special movie to satisfy that holiday craving: Santa with Muscles, the 1996 crapterpiece starring Hulk Hogan! Sometimes movies become "forgotten films" for a very good reason, and in the case of Santa With Muscles, it seems perfectly acceptable that the majority of the world is blissfully unaware of its existence. Still, with a ridiculous title like that, I felt compelled to seek out a copy and investigate further. It had to be good for at least a few laughs, right? In recent years we've seen plenty of WWE wrestlers make the transition to questionable acting careers, but many people forget that a handful of the popular '80s wrestlers
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