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Makin’ Monkeys: The Evolution of Primate Special Effects

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a film that could only have been made in this moment. Think of it like Avatar or InAPPropriate Comedy; a film that owes its very existence to modern technology. You wouldn’t stage an all-out ape war without the assistance of lifelike computer apes any more than you’d try to film a Rob Schneider “comedy” about apps (is it really about apps? I’m not exactly sure) in a time before apps ever existed. Yes, the road to this weekend’s monkey mayhem is a long one. Because primates have been waging bloody vengeance on each other (and us, mostly) for more than a century, but only now is photorealistic chimp warfare a legitimate thing we can pay ten dollars to see. So let’s start back at the very beginning, and trace cinema’s primate special effects from their origins to the present day; from King Kong to »

- Adam Bellotto

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Stage Fright Blu-Ray Review

9 July 2014 8:17 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Winning my award for “Most Badass 2014 SXSW Midnighters Feature” was a horror musical that took me by complete surprise, blending operatic theatrics and bitchin’ 80s hair metal for a gloriously gory chorus of terror. Stage Fright, created by Jerome Sable and Co-Composer Eli Batalion, is an exquisite throwback to a greater era of horror, but the boys who brought you The Legend Of Beaver Dam also inject a humorous bite worthy of both laughs and screams. I mean, who doesn’t love a sing-along boasting a body count? Wait – don’t answer that. Just let me keep thinking I’m normal.

Drawing comparisons such as “Glee meets Sleepaway Camp” and “The Phantom Of The Opera meets Scream,” I like to think Stage Fright finds a unique, witty blend that goes beyond Glee‘s overly-dramatic sarcasm. Coming out guns blazing, Sable and Batalion hit fans right away with a self-deprecating song »

- Matt Donato

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5 Nonunion Theater Auditions You Might Have Missed This Week!

4 July 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

Nonunion theater performances don’t get as much love as they should. Here are five auditions for the nonunion actors looking to get themselves on stage! “Breaking Legs”“Breaking Legs” is seeking talent for the supporting role of Tino, a 55–62-year-old mafia type. Submissions are being sought from New York, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania. This performance at the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse in New Jersey plays $125, plus housing and car on premises. Vox Lumiere, “The Phantom Of The Opera”The Vox Lumiere is looking for lead singers in the Los Angeles region. This new presentation of “Phantom” seeks “young youthful-looking, sexy” male and female actors who can preferably read music. Rehearsals begin in August with a Sept. 19 opening. To apply email headshots, résumés, MP3s or links with singing samples to “An Irish Christmas”This paid production is on a nationwide-worldwide search for a “male singer with excellent »

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Birthday Gallery: Patrick Wilson Turns 41

3 July 2014 7:55 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Patrick Wilson has spent the last fifteen years as a triple-threat on Broadway, film, and TV, garnering two Tony nominations (for The Full Monty and Oklahoma), and Golden Globe and Emmy noms for the groundbreaking Angels In America.

One of our most versatile actors, he’s moved easily from such wildly diverse projects as The Phantom of the Opera, Little Children, Watchmen, The A-Team, Insidious, and Hard Candy, and he even starred in the unfortunately short-lived CBS series A Gifted Man.

Today is his 41st birthday, so let’s take a stroll down memory lane with a gallery of some highlights from Patrick’s career.

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- snicks

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On the digital legacy of Michael Mann's 'Collateral' nearly 10 years later

2 July 2014 8:42 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

If you're interested in an anniversary conversation that really has some bearing on today's film industry, I highly recommend American Cinematographer's recent chat with "Collateral" Dp Dion Beebe. It's been nearly a decade (if you can believe it) since Beebe and Paul Cameron carved out a serious place for digital with that film, earning an American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) nomination in the process. It got me thinking about the history of the industry's acceptance of digital as reflected in the nominations handed out by both the Asc and Academy's cinematography branch over the last 10 years. Academy members were a bit slower on the uptake, as you might recall. Beebe and Cameron were snubbed by the branch despite the Asc nomination. Of course, that was still a dicey time for the technology. The first feature films shot digitally were Lars Von Trier's "The Idiots" and Thomas Vinterberg's "The Celebration, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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The director of 'Bend It Like Beckham' wants Brazil to win the World Cup

1 July 2014 12:10 PM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

Monday, June 30, at 10:30 a.m. Pst was probably not the best time to call Gurinder Chadha. As a reporter interested in her thoughts on this year’s World Cup, I really should have known better: The France v. Nigeria game was wrapping up with about 20 minutes to go.

Chadha, who is based in London, is the director, writer, and producer of 2002’s Bend It Like Beckham, which tells the story of an 18-year-old girl who rebels against her Sikh parents’ traditionalism to pursue a career in soccer. Chadha’s ultimate goal—get it?—was to draw attention to the »

- C. Molly Smith

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'The War of the Roses' Stakes Out Broadway Battleground

30 June 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

New York — It looks like The Phantom of the Opera soon won't have the only plummeting chandelier on Broadway.  Preliminary plans have been announced for a run during the 2015-16 season of Warren Adler's stage adaptation of his bestselling 1981 novel The War of the Roses, a divorce lawyer's cautionary tale of the ugliness that can ensue over the division of assets. The property is best known via the 1989 Fox black comedy that starred Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner as Jonathan and Barbara Rose, the once-blissful married couple whose union devolves into a vicious divorce battle.

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- David Rooney

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La Film Festival: Clint Eastwood’s ‘Jersey Boys’ Gets Closing Night Send-Off With Rousing Premiere

20 June 2014 2:27 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The Los Angeles Film Festival ended  Thursday night on a high note (a really high note, in fact) at La Live with the premiere of Clint Eastwood‘s movie version of the smash Broadway jukebox musical, Jersey Boys which has been running nearly a decade — and with no end in sight. The film, which I thought was terrific but very different from what I saw on stage, will almost certainly goose the sales of the play. The conventional wisdom used to be that when a movie came out, the live show was toast. But in recent years Chicago, The Phantom Of The Opera, Mamma Mia!, and […] »

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Release Details for The Phantom of the Opera Re-Score Vinyl Soundtrack

18 June 2014 2:14 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Even if you’ve seen 1925′s classic silent film The Phantom of the Opera countless times, you’ve likely never seen Lon Chaney haunt the Paris Opera House to a horn-heavy, rock-infused backdrop. From the Belgium-based One Way Static Records and available now for pre-order comes a re-score soundtrack to Rupert Julian’s highly-regarded adaptation of the novel of obsessive and lethal love by Gaston Leroux.

Performed by The Laze, this new soundtrack to The Phantom of the Opera will hit shelves on August 12th in a wide variety of formats: vinyl, cassette, compact disc, and digital. This release features retro artwork showcasing Lon Chaney as the disfigured, passionate Phantom. The non-digital versions of this soundtrack are limited in number, ranging from 300 to 1,000 copies depending on the format. One Way Static Records is releasing The Laze’s re-score soundtrack through both a European and a North American distributor. To pre-order »

- Derek Anderson

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Dracula Performer Dead at 104; Uncle Founded Universal Studios

13 June 2014 2:09 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Dracula’ 1931 actress Carla Laemmle dead at 104 (photo: Carla Laemmle ca. 1930) Carla Laemmle, a bit player in a handful of silent movies and at the dawn of the sound era — e.g., the horror classics The Phantom of the Opera (1925) and Dracula (1931) — and a niece of Universal Studios co-founder Carl Laemmle, died on June 12, 2014, at her Los Angeles home. Laemmle, who had reportedly been in good health, was 104 years old. Born Rebekah Isabelle Laemmle on October 20, 1909, in Chicago, Carla Laemmle was less known for her movie work than for having survived most of her contemporaries and for her family connection to the Universal mogul — her father, Joseph Laemmle, was Carl’s brother. ‘Dracula’ actress was a member of Carl Laemmle’s ‘very large faemmle’ "Uncle Carl Laemmle, Has a very large faemmle," once half-joked poet Ogden Nash, in reference to Laemmle’s penchant for hiring family members. As Laemmle’s niece, »

- Andre Soares

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How I Shot That (Laff Edition): Shooting in a Cemetery for 'Comet'

12 June 2014 12:21 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Eric Koretz was the cinematographer for Sam Esmail's "Comet." His previous credits include the award-winning documentary "Dragonslayer" and AMC webseries "The Trivial Pursuits of Arthur Banks." The film stars Emmy Rossum ("The Phantom of the Opera," "Mystic River") and Justin Long ("Live Free or Die Hard," "Dodgeball") and will have its world premiere on the 13th of July. [Editor's Note: Indiewire reached out to filmmakers with films playing at the 20th La Film Festival (June 11-19) to ask them about how they shot their indie, and what advice they had for other filmmakers. We'll be posting their responses throughout the run of the festival. Go Here for the master list.] What camera and lens did you use? Red Epic with Cooke S4 primes. What was the most difficult shoot on your movie and how did you pull it off? The scenes at the cemetery were difficult because we couldn't control the time of day in which to shoot because we didnt have much time there. »

- Oliver MacMahon

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The Bottom Shelf: Re-Animator, The Beast Within and more

9 June 2014 4:48 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Re-Animator, The Beast Within and Camp Dread are among the horror films to appear on DVD and Blu-ray this month. Nick takes a look...


Wow. Just a month in and this regular post dedicated to the - shall we say - more idiosyncratic, less delicate of movies (or shall we just say “gory horrors and not-quite-b-movies”) has the splendid fortune of getting to review Stuart Gordon’s tongue-in-cheek classic, Re-Animator.

Produced by Brian Yuzna, the warped individual behind the brutal class satire/mutant cannibalism jaunt Society, and starring that rubber-faced icon of the midnight movie, Jeffrey Combs, this remains one of the crowning glories of 80s cult film-making. Re-Animator's essentially an outlandish, sillier take on Hp Lovecraft’s spin on the Frankenstein mad-scientist story, and Combs, who you’ll undoubtedly know from such box-office juggernauts as Doctor Mordrid and Cellar Dweller (reviewed here next month), plays brilliant-if-misguided medical student Herbert West. »

- ryanlambie

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10 remarkable things about Tetris

6 June 2014 2:48 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The classic Tetris turns 30. Ryan shares a few remarkable things about the legendary videogame...

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Somewhere in Moscow in 1984, 29-year-old computer engineer Alexey Pajitnov sat at his work station, deep within a building called the Soviet Academy of Sciences. Here, in front of his hulking computer, an Elektronika 60, Pajitnov was working on one of his latest programs. If you’d been one of his superiors, Pajitnov would have told you that he was examining its code for bugs. But in reality, he was addicted.

Had you taken a look over Pajitnov’s shoulder at what he was working on back then, it’s likely you wouldn’t have thought much of it in any case. Just a few characters juddering down a screen - the Elektronika being such a crude computer that it could only display text. But what the young programmer had in front of him was the early »

- ryanlambie

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Tony Awards Go Global with Live Broadcast in More Than 30 Countries

2 June 2014 9:21 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Matching the increasingly international reach of Broadway fare, the 2014 Tony Awards ceremony will be broadcast live in more than 30 countries around the world.

With a starry cast of presenters and performers led by Hugh Jackman, this year’s kudofest will encompass a broad swath of talent with a global profile. Besides, Broadway, a growing magnet for international tourists visiting New York, has in recent years established worldwide recognition with the ongoing international success of titles including “The Phantom of the Opera,” “‘The Lion King” and “Wicked.”

A musical segment from the latter will be showcased during the 2014 Tony ceremony, celebrating the tuner’s tenth anniversary. Sting is on board to perform a seg from his upcoming musical “The Last Ship,” while fellow music names Patti Labelle, Gladys Knight and Fantasia will do a number from nominated tuner “After Midnight.” Idina Menzel, Neil Patrick Harris, Bradley Cooper, Clint Eastwood and Will Ferrell »

- Gordon Cox

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Norm Lewis Presents 'The Black Stars of The Great White Way' June 23

21 May 2014 11:08 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

There's a chance this just might be televised - or, at least taped, and made available to the public at a later date. When I know more on that, I'll update this post. In the meantime, the necessary details follow... (by the way, most will probably know actor Norm Lewis from his brief days on Scandal, as Olivia Pope's ex. He also very recently became the first black actor to play the Phantom on Broadway, in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical The Phantom of the Opera. He also co-starred with Audra McDonald playing Porgy in the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of Porgy & Bess)... Presented by Norm Lewis, Chapman Roberts, and »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Michael Jackson -- Mj Estate Slams New Molestation Claim

13 May 2014 9:12 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

10:00 A.M. Pdt -- Howard Weitzman -- attorney for Jackson's estate -- tells TMZ Safechuck has denied many times over the past 25 years that Michael ever did anything inappropriate to him ... but is "now demanding money from Michael's Estate by claiming he suddenly recalls life differently."  Weitzman says Michael is no longer able to defend himself, but "we believe these false and scurrilous allegations will not prevail."A new sexual molestation claim has been »

- TMZ Staff

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Exclusive: Jerome Sable and Eli Batalion on Horror Musicals and More for Stage Fright

29 April 2014 2:49 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Currently available on VOD and arriving in limited theaters on May 9th courtesy of Magnet Releasing is Jerome Sable’s wonderfully manic horror musical Stage Fright. Daily Dead recently chatted with Sable and co-composer Eli Batalion about the inspiration behind their ambitious debut feature film project, working with their talented ensemble of actors and singers and much more.

I really enjoyed Stage Fright, guys- I really thought you guys showed a ton of ambition and ingenuity and loved the fact that you embraced a subgenre we don’t see very often, horror musicals. What made you guys decide to go this route for your first feature?

Jerome Sable: Yeah, I can probably count the number of horror musical movies on both of my hands so I think that was a huge appeal to both of us from the start- to be able to do something different and to do »

- Heather Wixson

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'Stage Fright' filmmakers talk Meat Loaf, Minnie Driver, and musical mayhem -- Exclusive Video

17 April 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

How gory is the new slasher movie Stage Fright? This gory: During her post-shoot Adr recording session, actress Minnie Driver wouldn’t even watch her own, very early demise. “It was too gruesome for her,” says director Jerome Sable.

So why did Driver agree to appear in the film in the first place? “She had been in The Phantom of the Opera, the film version ,” explains Sable. “So I appealed to her on that level.”

Oh, right. There’s something we forgot to mention about Stage Fright. In addition to being a full-on, blood-soaked horror flick, the film is also a full-fledged, »

- Clark Collis

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Amazon Special! Save $95 On "Universal Monsters: The Essential Collection" On Blu-ray

8 April 2014 9:21 AM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Amazon is temporarily offering a special sale on the Universal Monsters Essential Collection Blu-ray boxed set that includes Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy, The Phantom of the Opera, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein and Creature From the Black Lagoon. The set is loaded with 12 hours of bonus materials and includes a collector's book. Click below to order. 


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Deal! Universal Classic Monsters Blu-ray Collection On Sale

8 April 2014 8:07 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

This week, Amazon is offering Universal's Classic Monsters: The Essential Blu-ray Collection for only $54.49 and if you've been reading this site for over a year-and-a-half you'll know what a fan of this collection I am. Back in October 2012 I received a review copy of the set, which includes Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Phantom of the Opera and Creature From the Black Lagoon and sought to review the three films I hadn't seen of the bunch. Those reviews can be found at the following links: The Invisible Man (read here) The Phantom of the Opera (read here) The Creature from the Black Lagoon (read here) Of those I didn't explicitly review for this set, I actually love them all. The original Wolf Man is great and Dracula is particularly creepy, but you really can't go wrong with any of them. The »

- Brad Brevet

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