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Modern Mages: Harry Walton

16 December 2009 3:07 PM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

When we contacted Harry Walton and requested an interview, his reply was simple and immediate: “Sure! I grew up on Famous Monsters.  When do you want to talk?”  Nothing keeps us more enthused about our mission than speaking with the fanboys and –girls who grew up to become the modern mages of today’s visual effects.

Harry's buddy Rick Baker in his Frankenstein mask, West Covina, CA, 1968

Harry’s enthusiasm goes way back and deep; during our interview we spent a long time lost amongst his many scrapbooks of personal photos.  A few of these may be seen on Harry’s own website.  (All photos in this interview are from the Harry Walton Collection, (c) VFXmasters.)

Top Row: Davey & Goliath, Harry running an optical printer, "Honey, I Shrunk The Kids". Middle Row: the Pillsbury Doughboy, "The Golden Child," "The Nightmare Before Christmas." Bottom Row: "Land of the Lost", "RoboCop2", "James »

- Steve Weintz

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Gothic (DVD Review)

10 December 2009 10:59 PM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

A Gothic Weekend of Hallucinations

Last night, I was circling a local used video store for some long forgotten haunts when I happened upon Gothic . I remembered seeing this cover on the store shelves when I was young and my mom not letting me rent it because the cover art featured what looked like a naked midget squatting over a half-naked chick. She was determined it was some lurid, disturbing sex fest. So, now well into my 20’s, I grabbed it a truly teen-angsty way and headed home to enjoy my forbidden fruit. My mom’s assessment of the film was not that far off.

I knew little about this film aside from the fact that it was supposed to be a “version” of how Mary Shelley came to write the epic horror story Frankenstein. For those of you who feel asleep in high school English class, Mary Shelley, her husband /poet Percy Shelley, »

- (Rebekah McKendry)

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Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie' Begins Casting, Official Breakdown!

30 November 2009 8:13 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Man, I hate retyping information. This afternoon I received a fax from a close friend with some really interesting Intel. Apparently, Disney is officially undergoing casting for Tim Burton's Frankenweenie, although a shoot date or location has yet to be locked down. At least they're moving on the project, at least that's something. Anyways, below you'll find the official breakdown being sent out to New York actors. Frankenweenie (1984) is one of Burton's earlier films, a parody of the 1931 film Frankenstein based on Mary Shelley's book of the same name. The story tells of a man who brings his dog back to life after it is killed by a car. »

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And The Oscar Goes To: Roger Corman

20 November 2009 10:36 AM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

…Ho yeah, it happened. On the evening of November 14th, and with surprisingly little fanfare.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences bestowed an honorary Academy Award to Roger Corman at the Inaugural Governor’s Awards in Los Angeles this past Saturday. The event was attended by many of Corman’s former colleagues, including Jack Nicholson (who appeared in a handful of early Corman pictures, such as the original The Little Shop of Horrors and The Raven), Ron Howard (whose directorial debut was the Corman-produced Grand Theft Auto in 1977) and Gale Anne Hurd (who was Corman’s executive assistant during her New World tenure). The award was presented by Quentin Tarantino.

In the words of the Exeter, formerly of Metaluna, “Whether you consider me a saint or a sinner is unimportant…” That is to say, many have lauded this irony-defining turn of events because of Corman’s overall contributions to film. »

- Jesse

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Creepy Casting: More Thor News!

20 November 2009 9:49 AM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Fans of The Wire will be pretty excited to hear the news about the latest addition to the cast of Thor: Idris Elba will be traveling to Asgard.

Elba is best known for playing Stringer Bell, the business-minded right-hand man of drug kingpin Avon Barksdale on the HBO series The Wire. More recently, he appeared in Guy Ritchie’s Rocknrolla, and played Charles Miner, a rival to Steve Carrell’s Michael Scott, in an entertaining turn on The Office.

In Thor, he’ll be playing Heimdall, sentry of Asgard and brother to Thor’s lover, Sif. True, Elba doesn’t exactly look Norse, but then, Michael Clarke Duncan doesn’t look like the comic book image of Wilson Fisk, and his portrayal of the Kingpin was just about the only good thing about the Daredevil movie. And Stringer Bell was one of the most compelling characters on The Wire, »

- Sean

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Playing Iconic Roles

20 November 2009 4:07 AM, PST | | See recent Backstage news »

Shakespeare, Ibsen, Chekhov, Williams, Miller—all these playwrights and many more wrote memorable roles that over time have become iconic. For example, when we think of Stanley, we think Brando. Certain lines, too, carry extra weight. You know the ones I mean: "Stelllllaaa!," "To be or not to be," and so on.Actors generally take one of two approaches to such roles. Either they "steal" from others' performances, stage or film, at some point during rehearsals or the run, or else they studiously avoid seeing anyone else in the role and try to erase their memories of others' performances from their mind. For some, though, the course they follow depends on the role itself."It seems everyone who's ever played Dottie Ottley has won a Tony," sighs Deborah Strang, who was in rehearsal for "Noises Off" at Los Angeles' A Noise Within when I called her. Judi Dench is one »

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Stephenie Meyer - a squeaky-clean vampire queen

16 November 2009 6:36 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

New Moon's chaste tale of the undead will fill the world's cinemas with teenage girls this week, yet the woman behind a publishing phenomenon to rival Jk Rowling and Dan Brown has never even seen an R-rated movie

If you have even the most fleeting acquaintance with a prepubescent girl, the chances are you've gathered that the film of New Moon, the second in Stephenie Meyer's bestselling quartet of vampire novels, is released on Friday.

At a "stars meet the fans" event in London's Battersea Park last week, the hysteria that has greeted each publication day quickened into a bacchanalian frenzy. It came complete with nubile tweens with "Bite me" scrawled across their foreheads, thanks largely to the pallid charms of Robert Pattinson, the young British actor who graduated from a bit part in a Harry Potter film to playing the glitteringly beautiful 107-year-old vampire Edward Cullen.

Edward Cullen, »

- Olivia Laing

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AFI's 100 Years ...100 Movie Quotes

4 November 2009 4:45 AM, PST | Extra | See recent Extra news »

"Extra" brings you AFI's 100 Best Movie Quotes of all time! From "The Wizard of Oz" to "Taxi Driver," see if your favorites made the list!

AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie QuotesGone with the Wind (1939)

“Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.” —Said by Clark Gable as Rhett Butler to Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara.

The Godfather (1972)

“I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.” —Marlon Brando as Don Corleone.

On the Waterfront (1954)

“You don’t understand! »

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Top Ten Tuesday: Classic Stories That Should Not Be Adapted Again

3 November 2009 10:17 AM, PST | | See recent news »

While the idea of ceasing the overall usage of adapting stories, classic or otherwise, into feature films is laughable, there are those stories that just should not be touched again.  Whether they have been done so many times that it seems trivial to adapt onto the silver screen or an adaptation has come along that so definitely captures the essence of the story, there are those classic stories that should simply be left alone.  Certainly, there are those stories that we will have left off this list, and some of you may think some of these classic stories deserve another go in the feature film realm.  For now, and in honor of Robert Zemeckis’ adaptation of A Christmas Carol, we give you our 10 classic stories that should Not be adapted ever again.

10. Macbeth

Adapted Roughly 35 Times

MacBeth is perhaps one of the best Shakespeare stories and also one of the most difficult to adapt successfully, »

- Movie Geeks

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Win a Fangoria 30th Anniversary Prize Pack! 30 DVD's + More!

24 October 2009 10:02 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Our year-long celebration of Fangoria's 30th Anniversary continues with a phenomenal Prize Pack from Fangoria Entertainment and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's Horror Unleashed!

One lucky Fangoria reader will win 30 DVD's from the Horror Unleashed Series (including the new Night Of The Creeps!) and a copy of the Fangoria #284  30th Anniversary Ultimate Edition Magazine!

The following titles will be included on DVD

13 Ghosts Blood & Chocolate Bram Stoker’s Dracula Candyman Christine Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King Prom Night (remake) Fright Night Ghostbusters Ghostbusters 2 Hostel Hostel part II I Know What You Did Last Summer Jason and the Argonauts John Carpenter’s Vampires Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Night of the Creeps November Secret Window Silent Hill The Cave The Covenant The Exorcism of Emily Rose The Fog The Grudge The Return of the Vampire The Revenge of Frankenstein Underworld Underworld Evolution Zombie Strippers To Enter: Send an email to fango30@fangoria. »

- (James Zahn)

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HorrorFest 2009: 'Frankenstein,' both Branagh and Shelley

22 October 2009 1:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Welcome to HorrorFest 2009. Two things arrived in the mail in quick succession recently, and it seemed like a lovely bit of synchronicity.  First up, Sony sent the BluRay of Kenneth Branagh's version of "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein," and I decided to brave it out and watch the film for the first time since it was released in theaters. Second, Vintage Classics sent me a new paperback edition of the book, and I almost just tossed it on a shelf without looking at it.  I've got several copies of the book in the house already, and I couldn't imagine why a new edition would »

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Breakdown: The Actors Who Might Be in Thor

19 October 2009 4:44 PM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Casting is in full-force this month for Marvel's next big comic adaptation, the Kenneth Branagh directed Thor, which means that you will undoubtedly be bombarded with more than a few "this person is auditioning" stories. And until official word is heard from inside the halls of Marvel, it is all nothing more than hearsay. However, it is fun and I would like to indulge you by breaking down some of the names who've been named in the past few days. Dominic Cooper The most solid of these rumors is Mamma Mia! star Dominic Cooper, who is doing press for his role in Lone Scherfig's An Education. He talked to Movieline this week, and it was revealed that he's been studying for an audition for the film. When probed as to what part he might play, Cooper and interviewer Kyle Buchanon settled on the part of Fandral the Dashing, one of the Warriors Three. All »

- Neil Miller

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Could Robert De Niro be in Thor?

19 October 2009 12:42 AM, PDT | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

Colour us supremely skeptical until someone makes an official announcement, but the latest Thor rumour has Robert De Niro and Jude Law joining the cast. Here's why our Crapola Radar is currently beeping its neurotic little heart out: the word is from Ain't It Cool News, which got a tip that Valkyrie's Matthias Schweieghofer had told German GQ that the pair had already signed on. It's possible - after all, Kenneth Branagh's worked with both of them separately in the past (on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Sleuth) and he's the sort of...

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- James White

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Robert De Niro and Jude Law reportedly join cast of Thor

18 October 2009 11:31 PM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Robert De Niro and Jude Law have joined the cast of Kenneth Branagh's Thor movie, it's being claimed.

Ain't It Cool News says it received a tip-off about an interview with actor Matthias Schweighofer (pictured) in the November edition of GQ magazine in Germany.

In it, the 28-year-old actor apparently says he is in the running for a part in Thor and reveals that De Niro and Law have already been cast in the film, which is set for release in May 2011.

At present, this is all unconfirmed and their roles are unspecified. The article is not on the website for German GQ, nor is it mentioned in the media interviews section on Matthias Schweighofer's official website.

Schweighofer starred with Branagh in Bryan Singer's Valkyrie. De Niro was in the Branagh-directed Frankenstein, Law in Branagh's Sleuth.

In addition, Stan Lee, the former president of Marvel Comics, recently revealed »

- David Bentley

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Robert De Niro and Jude Law Joining Thor?

18 October 2009 9:15 PM, PDT | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

Star power seems to be a necessity for comic-book movies. The trend started back in 1978 with Superman: The Movie, when the formula was to find the right actor to portray Superman (as opposed to finding a star and putting him in the costume) and then surround Superman with big name talent—in that case Marlon Brando (Jor-El) and Gene Hackman (Lex Luthor).

It worked, and it worked brilliantly.

Nowadays there seems to be a greater emphasis on ensuring that all the major players — even the lead — have some name recognition, and to that end, Kenneth Branagh is apparently about to cast some big-name talent in his comic book-to-feature adaptation of Marvel's Thor. AICN reports that actor Matthias Schweighofer (Valkyrie) has revealed to GQ magazine that he is in the running for a role in Thor and that both Jude Law and Robert De Niro have already joined the cast. »

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Jude Law & Robert De Niro Join Thor Cast?

18 October 2009 5:59 AM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

In last two weeks there have been a few additional announcements made for Marvel Studios’ upcoming Thor film. We learned that Stellan Skarsgård, father of Thor candidate Alexander Skarsgård, was cast into the movie but he had to remain tight-lipped about who he was playing. Following that, a pair of open casting calls surfaced that asked for a college student and a bunch of large “fearless” warriors.

So, if you weren’t excited about the cast so far which also includes Chris Hemsworth as the title character, Tom Hiddleston as his nemesis, Natalie Portman, Jaimie Alexander, Colm Feore and possibly Brian Blessed as Odin, you might be more excited now with the following two names possibly added to the cast.

According to actor Matthias Schweighöfer (Valkyrie) in an interview for the German edition of GQ, he reveals that he’s in the running for a role in Thor but that »

- Rob Keyes

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Halloween and Horror Books Every Fan Should Own

18 October 2009 1:22 AM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

Horror fans love this time of the year. For those of us not living in La, there's the chill in the air, the colorful leaves, pumpkins everywhere, dead cornfields to explore … if you dare. So, in honor of Our official holiday, I have come up with a list of books and some movies every horror fan should at least take a look at, if not outright add to your book or DVD library.

Without further ado (and in no particular order):

Creepy Places to Visit:

Creepy Crawls: A Horror Fiend’s Travel Guide by Leon Marcelo, Santa Monica Press, 380 pages

I Love this book!! Leon Marcelo travels the world, literally, to find places of horror both real and fictional. Rome to visit the Dario Argento Profondo Rosso Shop then to George Romero’s Pennsylvania and H.P. Lovecraft’s New England. Marcelo also covers Stephen King country, Poe’s Baltimore, »

- thebellefromhell

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Blu-Ray Round Up, Oct. 15, 2009: ‘Wolf,’ ‘Waterworld,’ ‘Frankenstein’

15 October 2009 3:37 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – The Blu-Ray Round-Up is back with this week’s collection of HD titles that may not get the buzz of something like the latest Sandra Bullock romantic comedy or what Sam Raimi brought back from Hell but could be just what you’re looking for at the mall this weekend. A few modern horror movies, a notable box office bust, and a beloved BBC show highlight this week’s list. Pick your favorite.

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,” “Wolf,” and “Red Dwarf: Back To Earth - The Director’s Cut” was released on October 6th, 2009.

Waterworld” will be released on October 20th, 2009.

Red Dwarf: Back To Earth - The Director’s Cut”

Photo credit: BBC

Synopsis: “Back To Earth takes place after “Series X.” Kochanski’s dead and the crew are hurled through a portal and discover they’re just characters from a TV series. Knowing they »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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Brad Anderson To Direct 'The Living And The Dead' Adaptation

14 October 2009 5:32 AM, PDT | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

Brad Anderson has signed on to direct the film adaptation of “The Living And The Dead,” a graphic novel by writers Todd Livingston & Robert Tinnell and artist Micah Farritor.

Anderson—perhaps best known for his work on “The Machinist” and “Session 9”—has more recently left his mark on TV by directing several episodes of “Fringe.” He is currently directing the horror/thriller “Vanishing on 7th Street” with Hayden Christensen and Thandie Newton.

Mania is reporting that Anderson will direct “The Living And The Dead” for Solipsist Films. Livingston & Tinnell have also written the screenplay adaptation of their graphic novel.

Originally released in 2005 by Speakeasy comics, “The Living And The Dead” takes place in nineteenth century Europe and focuses on a perverse madman who lures his victims to be tortured and killed as part of his twisted “performance art.”

MTV News caught up with “The Living And The Dead” co-writer Robert Tinnell, »

- Blair Marnell

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Classic Movie Monsters vs. Modern Movie Monsters

8 October 2009 8:29 AM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

It’s classic movie monster time! I was going to wait until Christmas to talk about this, but now seemed like a more appropriate time. We are going to compare the original black and white movie monsters (and the actors who brought them to life), against more modern versions and actors to see who comes out on top.

I know there are dozens of classic monsters, including the Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Fly, giant robots, aliens, and over-sized insects/animals, but I’m going to focus on the more famous literary monsters : Frankenstein’s monster, The Wolf Man, Dracula and The Mummy.


Let’s start with my favorite character, Frankenstein’s monster. Most people incorrectly refer to the monster As Frankenstein - but actually, author Mary Shelley never gave the creature a name. In the 1818 novel, Shelley writes about mad scientist Dr. Victor Frankenstein and how he learns to create life. »

- Paul Young

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