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The delightful British comedy The Smallest Show on Earth headlines a great Saturday matinee offering from the UCLA Film and Television Archive on June 25 as their excellent series “Marquee Movies: Movies on Moviegoing” wraps up. So it seemed like a perfect time to resurrect my review of the movie, which celebrates the collective experience of seeing cinema in a darkened, and in this case dilapidated old auditorium, alongside my appreciation of my own hometown movie house, the Alger, which opened in 1940 and closed last year, one more victim of economics and the move toward digital distribution and exhibition.
“You mean to tell me my uncle actually charged people to go in there? And people actually paid?” –Matt Spenser (Bill Travers) upon first seeing the condition of the Bijou Kinema, in The Smallest Show on Earth
- Dennis Cozzalio
It's been five years since the release of "Scream 4" (on April 15, 2011), but like the Ghostface killer, the franchise refuses to die.
Since the first film's release nearly 20 years ago (on December 20, 1996), there have been four movies that have grossed $604 million worldwide, as well as a spinoff series on MTV whose second season begins May 31. "Scream" not only became the most lucrative slasher-film series ever, but it also revitalized the teen horror genre. Still, as inescapable and relentless as the "Scream" franchise has been, there are still a lot of secrets behind that mask. Here are 15 terrifying tidbits of trivia.
1. "Scream" was originally a screenplay by Kevin Williamson called "Scary Movie," inspired in part by the real-life killings of five college students in Gainesville, Florida in 1990. But Dimension studio chief Bob Weinstein didn't think the title reflected Williamson's blend of horror and comedy.
2. Inspired by the recent Michael Jackson hit, »
- Gary Susman
The Hollywood Scream queen is back – as a hard-boiled fixer in TV series House of Cards. Neve Campbell talks about being lonely in La, how political back-stabbing beats running around with a kitchen knife – and why she’s backing Hillary over Bernie
‘What does it even mean to be the world’s sexiest woman?” asks Neve Campbell. “Did they see every woman in the world? What does ‘sexy’ mean? Is what I find sexy what you find sexy?”
All good questions. I had asked Campbell to recall her early career, in which the Hollywood star was forever getting her sexiness ranked. In 1998, Empire magazine rated her No 3 in their list of 100 sexiest movie stars. More intriguingly, FHM ranked her No 31 in 1998, then 20 in 2000, and 42 in 2001. Did Campbell become more sexy in 2000 – and then less so a year later? Or was the 2000 ranking just because Scream 3 came out and she was in the news? »
- Stuart Jeffries
The truth is, it started with Blade, and it ended with him. The rest of us were just along for the ride.
I won’t try and pretend that Blade: Trinity is anywhere as good as its predecessors—it simply isn’t. What I will say, though, is that it is still a decent sequel that squanders a lot of potential but ultimately has a few cool tricks up its sleeve, which has made me a longtime defender of this often-maligned third installment in the Blade franchise.
In Blade: Trinity, our titular hero has more to contend with than just bloodsuckers, as he’s quickly become a vigilante in the eyes of humankind. City officials and other governmental agencies have refused to publicly acknowledge the existence of vampires and have targeted everyone’s favorite monster hunter. During the film’s opening chase sequence, Blade has the misfortune of mistakenly killing »
- Heather Wixson
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