4 items from 2016
From Kino Lorber: “Coming August 16th on DVD and Blu-ray!
Brand New 2016 HD Master!
Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (1971)
• Audio Commentary with Film Historian David Del Valle and Film Scholar Nathaniel Bell
Synopsis (via Blu-ray.com): “This is a retelling of the old tale of Hansel and Gretel, but set in England in the 1920’s. To the children and staff at the orphanage, Auntie Roo is a kindly American widow who gives them a lavish Christmas party each year in her mansion, Forrest Grange. In reality, she is a severely disturbed woman, who keeps the mummified remains of her little daughter in a nursery in the attic. One Christmas, her eye falls upon a little girl »
- Tamika Jones
Actor who played Shakespearean roles and in Hammer horror movies, as well as such well-known films as Dr Zhivago
Adrienne Corri, who has died aged 85, was an actor of considerable range and versatility whose career ranged from the high – with Shakespearean roles alongside Ralph Richardson and Alec Guinness – to the decidedly low, including appearances in many quota quickies and low-budget horror movies that showcased her striking red-haired beauty. Although seen regularly on big and small screens in the 1950s and 60s, Corri is mainly remembered for her participation in the short but notorious gang rape scene from Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange (1971). Despite complaining to Kubrick about the multitude of takes, Corri retained a friendship with the director for a short while afterwards. One Christmas she gave him a pair of bright red socks, a reference to the scene, in which she is left naked but for such garments. »
- Ronald Bergan
Uncle Jesse was my first TV crush and be advised, the love was real. One Christmas in the late 80s, I got a cool plastic Smurf camera and spent an entire roll of film* trying to take a picture of Uncle Jesse, a k a John Stamos, on my TV.** (Note: This did not work and I settled with a hand drawing, which I still have in a box somewhere and it is signed "Kristin Katsopolis.") My sister and I watched Full House like it was a religion. We knew all the catchphrases, we laughed every single time Uncle Jesse did his Elvis impression or baby Michelle quipped "You got it, dude!" We even thought John Stamos' mullet, which basically looked like a raccoon landed backwards on his head, »
With his chiseled jaw and easy smile, it's no wonder Nathaniel Marston found fame as Dr. Michael McBain on One Life to Live. But his friends, family and the fans who he'd stop in the middle of New York City's bustling streets to chat with remember him more for the warm way he'd greet them: a bear hug. About 100 mourners gathered during Marston's memorial Saturday in N.Y.C's grand Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, and those who gave eulogies all remembered how he'd envelop everyone he met in his arms. Speaking to People in a pew after the service, »
- Michele Corriston, @mcorriston
4 items from 2016