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Every October, horror hounds and cinephiles alike delve into the vast history of this art we call cinema, looking for the greatest in spine chilling horror pictures. Be it the latest in gruesome yet cliche-ridden found footage features or the gothic roots of classic Universal monster pictures, horror cinema comes to life in a distinct and visceral way each October.
And thanks to Kino Lorber, this is going to be a special holiday season, as one of horror’s earliest cinematic entries, and one of its greatest and most unforgettable, is now available on Blu-ray in a shockingly dense new release.
Starring one of horror’s most iconic stars, Lon Chaney, The Phantom Of The Opera has entered the ranks of Kino Lorber’s home video canon, in one of the year’s most enticing classic cinema releases. Released 90 years ago, the story from which it is based is a touch older. »
- Joshua Brunsting
Directed by Arthur Lubin
It comes as a surprise to no one when stating that Hollywood is not averse to remaking movies. It is an old practice that goes back many decades, all the way back to the earliest days of the studio system. Great stories, apparently, bear retelling with more modern casts and more modern filmmaking techniques. In some cases, it is an issue of actually modernizing the setting, whereas in others instances the studio believes that audiences crave a new version of a familiar classic even though it was a period piece to begin with. Among several early attempts at refurbishing highly regarded motion pictures was 1943’s Phantom of the Opera, released not quite 20 years after the terrifying original and about 15 years after said original was itself the subject of tinkering to »
- Edgar Chaput
The following review is based on the silent version from 1925, not the 1930 version that included some dialogue. The version viewed for the purposes the present review also featured colour-tinted scenes and the infamous opening scene in which a man with a lamp walks through a dark tunnel, which is reportedly footage shot later for the 1930 sound version, but has somehow made it into all existing cuts of the original 1925 film.
The 1920s represent a defining decade for film, both in the United States and worldwide. Many of the earliest great pictures we produced during this time, with several film auteurs getting their start, such as Alfred Hitchcock, Jean Renoir and F. W. Murnau but to name a few. For Hollywood, which was growing in »
- Edgar Chaput
The latest release of Lon Chaney's most famous silent classic is a Blu-ray, which allows us to marvel at at the actor's artistry in a beautifully tinted HD image. Erik the Phantom is one of the two or three greatest fantasy makeup performances of all time. The release has three separate encodings, of different versions running at different film speeds. A 1929 recut has the best image, while the original 1925 version is uncut. The Phantom of the Opera Blu-ray Kino Classics / Blackhawk 1925/29 / B&W with tints and Technicolor sequences / 1:37 flat Silent Aperture / 78, 92 and 114 min. / Street Date October 13, 2015 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry, Arthur Edmund Carewe, Gibson Gowland, John St. Polis, Snitz Edwards. Cinematography Milton Bridenbecker, Virgil Miller, Charles Van Enger Consulting Artist Ben Carré Film Editors Maurice Pivar, Gilmore Walker Original Music Makeup Lon Chaney Written by Elliott J. Clawson from the novel »
- Glenn Erickson
“Mamma Mia!” held its final Broadway curtain call this past Saturday after 14 years and well over 5,000 historical performances. Do you know which other Broadway shows have enjoyed similarly impressive stretches? These are 11 of the Great White Way’s longest running shows. And here’s to keeping a good thing going! “The Phantom of the Opera”A worldwide phenomenon and Broadway’s longest running musical, “Phantom” opened in 1988 to rave reviews and multiple awards, and has stood the test of time ever since. The epic Andrew Lloyd Webber masterpiece is still playing at Broadway’s Majestic Theatre (clocking in at over 10,000 performances) and is wowing new audiences a generation removed from the show’s first fans. “Chicago”Though Broadway’s original 1975 production may have closed after a (relatively) short two years, the current revival of “Chicago” has been jazzing it up at Broadway’s Ambassador Theatre since 1996. The latest iteration has »
Given to Daily Dead as an exclusive, the Night People trailer shows us that even criminals can spin the creepiest of yarns. Also: details on the 10th anniversary screening of Neil Marshall's The Descent and a look at the short film Tailypo.
A pair of professional but badly mismatched criminals breaks into a vacant house to carry out an insurance scam. Awkwardly thrown together with an hour to kill, they reluctantly start telling each other tall tales. One concerns two friends who discover a mysterious device that may be of alien origin. The more they learn about it, the closer to the breaking point their friendship is pushed. The other is about an ambitious business woman who provides a dating agency for wealthy fetishists. She attempts »
- Tamika Jones
Fans of Stephen King will be happy to hear that Mile High Horror Film Festival is screening Dan Attias' Silver Bullet. Also: details on Danai Gurira's (Michonne, The Walking Dead) charity and an update on the DVD release of A Plague So Pleasant.
Silver Bullet: Press Release: "Denver, Co -- This past month, the Mile High Horror Film Festival has been making exciting announcements in our media partnership with Fangoria, including a live edition of Fangoria's We'll See You In Hell Podcast, a 30th Anniversary VHS Screening of The Return Of The Living Dead with a live Q&A with Linnea Quigley as well as Mile High's 90th Anniversary screening of The Phantom Of The Opera with an appearance from Ron Chaney. However, in our joint efforts to bring fright fans an essential horror fest experience, Mhhff '15 and Fangoria are proud to exclusively announce another »
- Tamika Jones
It.s .The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. versus .Straight Outta Compton. at the box-office this weekend. .U.N.C.L.E. is based on the popular 1960s TV series. This one stars Henry Cavill as an American spy and Armie Hammer as his Russian counterpart. It.s directed by Guy Ritchie. .Straight Outta Compton. is the big-screen docu-drama of the rise and fall of N.W.A. Which one is my pick of the week? Take a look!
Official .The Man From U.N.C.L.E.. Synopsis
Henry Cavill ("Man of Steel") stars as Napoleon Solo opposite Armie Hammer ("The Social Network") as Illya Kuryakin in director Guy Ritchie's "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," a fresh take on the hugely popular 1960s television series. Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." centers on CIA agent Solo and Kgb agent Kuryakin. »
The cast, which included Liam Tamne (Raoul), Gero?nimo Rauch (The Phantom) and Harriet Jones (Christine), celebrated with what looks like an enormous cake at the end of the show.
The musical opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre on 9th October 1986 with Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman in the leading roles. In it’s 29th year, the production continues to go from strength to strength.
Here’s some images from the milestone performance in the West End last night.
The post Phantom Of The Opera celebrates 12,000 shows in London appeared first on The Hollywood News. »
- Paul Heath
The rebooted Universal Monsters world is set to officially kick off with the release of The Mummy remake in 2017, but planning on the films has been underway for quite awhile, and recently at the Television Critics Association Press Tour, filmmaker Alex Kurtzman touched on how there will be plenty of horror in the upcoming monster movies, which were previously coined as "action-adventures."
Kurtzman, the co-leader of Universal's Monsters reboot initiative along with Chris Morgan, gave Collider an update on the fright films:
"We have actually started doing a lot of design work, we’re getting scripts in, everything is feeling really really good, so I don’t want to curse it by saying too much to you, but it’s going well."
Kurtzman insisted that these Universal Monster movies will be horror films, including The Mummy reboot that he will direct:
"...I think there was some lost in translation quality »
- Derek Anderson
Kim Kardashian's baby bump has officially popped! The reality star, who is expecting a baby boy with her husband, Kanye West, stepped out with her family on Sunday to catch a showing of The Phantom of the Opera at Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. The California heat didn't seem to bother Kim, as she looked relaxed and gorgeous in a skintight dress that showed off her curves. Kim's sister Kourtney, who recently split from longtime boyfriend Scott Disick, showed him what he's missing in a low-cut top. Kendall and Kylie Jenner were also in attendance, as well as Kris Jenner and her boyfriend, Corey Gamble. The Kardashian outing is the just the latest we've seen of Kim's bump. In July alone, the reality star stepped out for a cute movie date with daughter North, went on a shopping spree in La, and traveled to Paris. Keep reading to »
Neutrals are a bump's best friend! Kim Kardashian (who's pregnant with her second child with husband Kanye West) stepped out to see a matinee performance of The Phantom of the Opera at Hollywood's Pantages Theatre on Sunday, July 26, with her sisters. And naturally, the reality star couldn't resist showcasing her blossoming bump! Kardashian, 34, modeled a nude bodysuit and a matching skintight skirt, which hugged her growing tummy. She topped the ensemble with a blush-hued Juan Carlos Obando kimono-style jacket, and finished with Manolo Blahnik ankle-strap sandals. On [...] »
The first time I performed on stage, I was cast as a lead in a baseball musical in the first grade. The rest of the cast was comprised of 3rd graders who were Furious that a first grader was given a lead, but I apparently didn’t suck and I nabbed a starring role. My parents sat in the back of the auditorium next to the door just in case I was awful and they needed to sneak out. Luckily, I took to the stage the way a duck takes to water and I’ve been singing and acting on stage ever since. As I write this, I’ve returned home from an opening night performance of The Pajama Game, a performance I put on only hours after having caught a showing of the newest Blumhouse project, The Gallows.
- BJ Colangelo
Every year, following the Tony Awards, Broadway settles in for the summer, celebrating its freshly-minted winners and welcoming a few brave new productions for tourists and locals alike. While the new season doesn't really gear up until the fall, there's no shortage of offerings in which to escape the sweltering New York heat. Beyond the favorites of previous seasons (Matilda, Aladdin, Kinky Boots, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, The Book of Mormon, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and Les Miserables) and the long-running smashes (Jersey Boys, Wicked, The Lion King and The Phantom of the Opera), The Hollywood
- Ashley Lee
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
Joel Schumacher is a name that lives in infamy with Batman fans around the world. Although the director of A Time to Kill and The Phantom of the Opera was primarily known for crafting darker movies in the mid-1990s, things changed when he was given the keys to the kingdom of DC Comics' Dark Knight. After the somewhat polarizing reception to 1992's Batman Returns, Warner Bros. wanted to take the franchise in a bit of a different direction. Previous series director Tim Burton would transition into a producer capacity for the upcoming third film, and Schumacher was selected to direct what ultimately became 1995's Batman Forever. That film was the series' biggest financial success up to that point, so it...
- Chris Clow
Kelly Clarkson, one of American Idol's biggest success stories and confirmed queen of covers, has put her own spin on an unlikely track: Rihanna's "B*tch Better Have My Money." Clarkson did the rendition for BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge, and - dare we say - she nailed it. It almost sounds like a completely different song, except for all the "brrap, brrap, brrap"s, of course. Check it out above, and don't miss Clarkson and Josh Groban's cover of "All I Ask of You" from The Phantom of the Opera. »
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