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‘King of B’s’ Roger Corman Remembers His Stint as an Agent

‘King of B’s’ Roger Corman Remembers His Stint as an Agent
Few filmmakers have impacted American cinema as indelibly as Roger Corman, the self-proclaimed “King of the B’s” and the man who famously made low-budget, long-shelf-life moneymakers, ranging from “Little Shop of Horrors” to the pic that first conjured the billion-dollar title “The Fast and the Furious” 60 years ago. Variety first noted Corman during his short stint as a rep with the Dick Hyland Literary Agency.

You studied engineering at Stanford, but you found work as an agent in Hollywood?

Of all the graduates of the Stanford engineering program, I must have had the worst paying job of anyone. I was a $32.50-a-week messenger at Fox. When I heard there was an opening for an assistant to Dick Hyland, I took it.

Who was your top client?

I was trying to become a writer, and I wrote a script called “The House in the Sea.” I sold my own script
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TV on Tap: Aaron Hill’s New ABC Family Role and Lifetime’s New June Carter Cash Biography

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Did you binge-watch Arrested Development yesterday and now you need more? Let’s hope Buzzfeed‘s ranking of the its 30 favorite guest stars does the trick.

By the way, there’s no such software as ShowStealer Pro.

I’m tempted to pull out that old “our long national nightmare is over” joke with the news that Fox reality TV executive Mike Darnell has quit at Fox, as initially reported by Deadline. Darnell has been at Fox for 19 years, which pre-dates the rise of reality TV and his early days include specials like When Animals Attack! and Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire?. His most valuable contribution to culture is that many probably people know about the Milgram experiment thanks to the ways Fox’s reality programs repeatedly inspired critics to make comparisons to the infamous study. A part of Darnell’s legacy, as Andy Dehnart notes is a long
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Terence Winkless Talks 'The Nest', Cockroach Wrangling, and Roger Corman

  • FEARnet
Terence Winkless Talks 'The Nest', Cockroach Wrangling, and Roger Corman
Shout! Factory’s “Scream Factory” arm continues to release some of the most awesomely obscure and beloved horror titles ever and this coming Tuesday February 19 is no exception. Terence Winkless’ cult cockroach classic The Nest finally gets the high-definition treatment in the form of an excellent Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack that features a commentary track from the director himself. Tasked with making a film about man-eating cockroaches, Winkless makes what is easily the very best (and probably the only) film about killer cockroaches ever made. It’s a horror fan’s dream come true. That is, if your dreams consist of a terrifying Man-Roach and a healthy dose of gore. Here at FEARnet, that’s all we dream about.

FEARnet sat down with Winkless to discuss working with Roger Corman, wrangling cockroaches in the middle of the night, and the infamous Cat-Roach.

FEARnet: I just re-watched The Nest again the
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Contest: Win Camel Spiders and Corman's World on Blu-ray

Contest: Win Camel Spiders and Corman's World on Blu-ray
Anchor Bay is celebrating the work of Roger Corman by releasing Camel Spiders on Blu-ray and DVD and Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel on Blu-ray and DVD the same day, March 27. We are celebrating both of these titles with a contest, where we're also giving away Anchor Bay titles such as Sharktopus, Cyclops, Dinoshark, and Dinocroc vs. Supergator. These titles will surely go fast, so enter this contest today.

Winners Receive:

Sharktopus Blu-ray

Cyclops Blu-ray

Dinoshark Blu-ray

Dinocroc vs. Supergator Blu-ray

Camel Spiders Blu-ray

Corman's World Blu-ray

Here's How To Win!

Just "Like" (fan) the MovieWeb Facebook page (below) and then leave a comment below telling us why these prizes must be yours!

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Camel Spiders

During a routine desert patrol, an U.S. Military unit head by Captain Sturges (Brian Krause) is ambushed by insurgents.
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[Now Streaming] Your ‘Woman in Black’, ‘Chronicle’ and ‘W.E.’ Alternatives

  • The Film Stage
Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to worthwhile titles currently streaming on Netflix Instant Watch. This week we offer alternatives to Woman in Black, Chronicle and W.E.

In theaters Friday Harry Potter goes ghostbusting, while teen boys with superpowers test the bonds friendship and the Material Girl tempts with her directorial debut that boasts true-to-life romance. If you’re desperately seeking more Gothic horror, superhero tales, and love-filled biopics, we’ve got you covered with the best what’s now streaming.

Danielle Radcliffe leaves magic behind to tackle the role of a young father and lawyer whose skeptical worldview is shaken when he comes face to face with a vengeance-seeking ghost in James Watkins’ gothic thriller. [Teaser]

Looking for more Gothic horror?

The Phantom of the Opera (1925) Silent film icon Lon Chaney secured his legacy with his gut-wrenching performance as the eponymous composer
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‘Corman’s World’ Filmmaker Alex Stapleton on the Legendary Roger Corman

‘Corman’s World’ Filmmaker Alex Stapleton on the Legendary Roger Corman
Courtesy of the filmmaker Alex Stapleton

Alex Stapleton is the director of the new documentary “Corman’s World,” which opens in theaters Dec. 16.

I have always been fascinated by Roger Corman. I loved his low budget genre flicks like “Not of This Earth,” “Deathrace 2000″ and “Attack of the Crab Monsters.” Never having the opportunity to go to film school, books, films and DVD extras, and served as my personalized film course. One of the books I got my hands on
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11 films and TV shows that tried to be Star Wars

The success of Star Wars inspired a legion of similarly themed rip-offs. Here, Rob salutes some of the best and worst…

1977 was a big year for sci-fi, given that it's when George Lucas first gave the world Star Wars. And while it's been said that George himself 'borrowed' from a lot of other films to make the original trilogy (and from a lot of poor computer games for the latter ones), there were those who jumped on the sci-fi bandwagon at the time and tried, no matter what the quality, to give us more space opera fun.

Here, then, we salute 11 films and TV shows that tried to be another Star Wars....

Star Trek 2: The Wrath Of Khan (1982)

How can Star Trek copy Star Wars? Well, for the first outing on the big screen for Trek, the premise was a big, galactic cerebral space epic, filled with more high-brow
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Sharktopus Review | Excuse Me Baby, I Can't Control Myself In The Octopus Mode

  • Pajiba
It's hard to believe, but this is what I'm doing with my Saturday night. It won't be as bad as The Client List (it's can't be. Please, God, don't let it be worse than The Client List), but it's not gonna be good. Once again, additional commentary is provided by Mrs. Tk. And we are joined by one surly cat named Little Man and one mildly retarded one named Desmond.

Let's rock.

9:00 - Holy fucking balls, Sharktopus has its own theme song. It's some kind of freaky surf rock track. "Sharktopus won't be kept at bay, and you can never ever ever ever get away." I think I'm in love.

9:02 - First gratuitous ass shot. Two minutes in. Damn, that's impressive. Oh, this girl is gonna get herself all kinds of eaten.

Wait, no, I'm wrong. Sharktopus sighting already, and it just fucked up a great white shark.
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Fantastic Fest 2010 Honors Roger And Julie Corman!

Fantastic Fest Honors Roger And Julie Corman With

"Syfy Imagine Greater" Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award Will Be Presented Preceding the

World Premiere Gala Screening of “Sharktopus

One check mark I had the honor of marking off of my bucket list earlier this summer was meeting the living legend Roger Corman at Fright night film Fest!

The 6th annual Fantastic Fest will honor Roger and Julie Corman with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Premiere of their new Syfy movie Sharktopus, starring Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight, The Expendables) and Sara Malakul Lane (Belly of the Beast) on Friday, September 24, 2010 at The Paramount Theatre in Austin, TX. Sponsored exclusively by Syfy, the film will play as the second part of a double feature with the U.S. premiere of Machete Maidens Unleashed!, a documentary about Philippine exploitation films from the 70's and 80's directed by Mark Hartley
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Fantastic Fest to Honor Roger and Julie Corman with Lifetime Achievement Award; Will Host World Premiere Gala Screening of Sharktopus

This year’s Fantastic Fest will honor legendary filmmakers Roger and Julie Corman with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Following the award ceremony will be the world premiere of the Cormans’ new Syfy movie Sharktopus. For those who don’t know, the Cormans are the minds behind numerous cult classics including Death Race 2000, X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes, and The Little Shop of Horrors. The two also helped discover acting and directing luminaries including Jonathan Demme, James Cameron, Ron Howard, Joe Dante, Martin Scorsese, Jack Nicholson, Charles Bronson, Robert De Niro, and Sylvester Stallone.

Sharktopus will play as the second-part of a double feature with the U.S. premiere of Mark Hartlety’s documentary about Philippine exploitation films of the 70s and 80s, Machete Maidens Unleashed! (check out the great trailer here). The presentation of the Lifetime Achievement award will take place between the two films. Tickets for
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Roger and Julie Corman to be honored with “Syfy Imagine Greater” Lifetime Achievement Award

The 6th annual Fantastic Fest will honor Roger and Julie Corman with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Premiere of their new Syfy movie Sharktopus, starring Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight, The Expendables) and Sara Malakul Lane (Belly of the Beast) on Friday, September 24, 2010 at The Paramount Theatre in Austin, TX. Sponsored exclusively by Syfy, the film will play as the second part of a double feature with the U.S. premiere of Machete Maidens Unleashed!, a documentary about Philippine exploitation films from the 70’s and 80’s directed by Mark Hartley (Not Quite Hollywood), which features Roger Corman prominently. The Lifetime Achievement award ceremony will take place between the two shows, each of which will include classic Corman trailers and surprises.

Roger Corman received an Honorary 2010 Oscar for his contributions to filmmaking, and is the legendary director and producer of numerous cult classics, among them It Conquered the World,
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Syfy Announces Return Dates

Here it comes, Syfy fans, the big list of premiere dates.

Unscripted Programming

Ghost Hunters – Returns Wednesday, August 25, at 9Pm – The fall season of Jason, Grant and the rest of The Atlantic Paranormal Society will feature some of the team’s most thrilling locales, including cases at the famous Philadelphia Zoo and the Baseball Hall of Fame. The crew kicks it off with an investigation at the historic Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown, New York, where they come away with stunning video evidence of paranormal activity. In addition, the crew will host a trio of special guest investigators at Atlanta’s Rhodes Hall: Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Sheree Whitfield, NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak. Ghost Hunters is produced in association with Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Films and Television (Dirty Jobs, The Ultimate Fighter, My Fair Wedding). Piligian and Thomas Thayer, along with Rob Katz and Alan David,
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Anchor Bay Looks Into "Alternate Realities"- April 6

"Alternate Realities" from Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada, is a new, classic science fiction film collection, to be released on several DVDs, beginning April 6.

In director Aaron Lipstadt's 1982 feature "Android", starring Klaus Kinski, Bree Howard and Norbert Weisser:

"...Somewhere on the outskirts of deep space, orbits 'Ulz-53', a forgotten research station manned only by intense scientist 'Dr. Daniel' (Kinski) and his lonely android assistant 'Max 404' (Don Keith Opper). When three escaped convicts-including a beautiful woman- arrive aboard, Dr. Daniel finds the missing element to his outlawed experiments while Max discovers his own forbidden urges. Can a turned-on robot turn off his human insticnts and still get down to earth?..."

In "Astro Boy Greatest Astro Adventures", directed by creator Osamu Tezuka :

"...In the first ever 'Astro Boy' series created in full color, brilliant robot engineer 'Doctor Boynton' loses his son 'Toby' in an accident. The dedicated.
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Anchor Bay Looks Into Alternate Realities

Alternate Realities from Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada, is a new, classic science fiction film collection, to be released on several DVDs, beginning April 6. In director Aaron Lipstadt's 1982 feature Android, starring Klaus Kinski, Bree Howard and Norbert Weisser: "...Somewhere on the outskirts of deep space, orbits 'Ulz-53', a forgotten research station manned only by intense scientist 'Dr. Daniel' (Kinski) and his lonely android assistant 'Max 404' (Don Keith Opper). When three escaped convicts-including a beautiful woman- arrive aboard, Dr. Daniel finds the missing element to his outlawed experiments while Max discovers his own forbidden urges. Can a turned-on robot turn off his human insticnts and still get down to earth?..." In Astro Boy Greatest Astro Adventures, directed by creator Osamu Tezuka : "...In the first ever 'Astro Boy' series created in full colour, brilliant robot engineer 'Doctor Boynton' loses his son 'Toby' in an accident. The dedicated.
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Eric Roberts to Wage War With Sharktopus

Since news broke that recent honorary Oscar winner Roger Corman and Syfy were teaming up to gift the world with a motion picture about a half-shark/half-octopus oceanic killing machine gone wild, Sharktopus-mania has engulfed the World Wide Web. Now comes news that a former Oscar nominee has signed on to star.

Eric Roberts was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in 1985 for his role in Runaway Train. Now he's starring in Sharktopus. I smell Emmy.

Roberts stars as a research scientist who, with his talented daughter (presumably not to be portrayed by his real-life daughter Emma Roberts), develops a top secret military weapon - a hybrid shark/octopus that can be controlled by electrical implants. Seems the military is prepared to go to any length to deal with modern-day pirates. But in a shocking turn of events, the controls break down and Sharktopus goes wild. The resort beaches of Mexico
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Exclusive Video: New Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead DVD Clip

We have a brand new exclusive clip from the new DVD Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead, which will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on October 20. Click below for our exclusive clip, which features the film's star, Janet Montgomery, trying to warn some men about Three Finger's clan.

Three Finger and his disturbed family of inbred cannibals are alive and well-fed in this terrifying, white-knuckle ride directed by Sci-Fi Channel movie veteran Declan O'Brien (Cyclops, Rock Monster). The first course for the bloodthirsty family comes when a group of campers arrive, realizing only too late that ticks aren't the only things that bite in these backwoods. But when some of the most vicious killers in the country escape into the woods from a bus transporting them to prison, Three Finger and his family may have met their match. Will justice be served on the convicted murderers or upon the mutant killers?
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Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead Chops It Up on DVD and Blu-ray on October 20th

You can bring home the latest installment of cannibalistic terror on DVD and Blu-ray this October. Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on October 20. The standard DVD will be priced at $22.98 Srp while the Blu-ray will be priced at $29.98 Srp. The film stars Janet Montgomery, Tom Frederic, Tamer Hassan and Gil Kolirin.

Three Finger and his disturbed family of inbred cannibals are alive and well-fed in this terrifying, white-knuckle ride directed by Sci-Fi Channel movie veteran Declan O'Brien (Cyclops, Rock Monster). The first course for the bloodthirsty family comes when a group of campers arrive, realizing only too late that ticks aren't the only things that bite in these backwoods. But when some of the most vicious killers in the country escape into the woods from a bus transporting them to prison, Three Finger and his family may have met their match. Will
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Deadpool Is Green Lantern? Here Are Five Actors Who Played Both Marvel & DC Characters

In the world of comics, a few superstar creators have made names for themselves on both Marvel and DC Comics titles. Artist Jim Lee launched "X-Men" and went on to do a classic run on "Batman." John Byrne defined "Fantastic Four" for years before redefining "Superman" in the 1980s.

Now, some of the biggest names in film are getting the chance to do the same with Marvel and DC's biggest characters, and big-name actors like Ryan Reynolds and Natalie Portman are getting the chance to define both publishers' characters for filmgoers.

Here are five actors who have been cast in live-action roles for characters originating in both the Marvel and DC Comics worlds.

Halle Berry

Marvel Role: Storm in "X-Men"/"X2"/"X-Men: The Last Stand"

DC Role: Catwoman in "Catwoman"

Halle Berry's hair went white when she appeared as Ororo Munroe in 2000's "X-Men." She reached for the black
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Wrong Turn 3 director talks release, Little Shop remake

  • Fangoria
At our recently concluded New York City Weekend of Horrors convention, Fango got a chance to sit down with director Declan O’Brien, who was there to talk up his eagerly awaited sequel Wrong Turn 3, now subtitled Left For Dead. The filmmaker shared the details of where fans will be able to check out the latest adventures of the bloodthirsty redneck mutants.

“I just heard before I came to New York that it has been accepted by London’s FrightFest, and it will debut there in late August,” O’Brien (pictured) tells us. “That’ll be the world premiere, and then I think—though I’m not 100 percent positive—that we’re going to be at Los Angeles’ Screamfest after that.”

As for Wrong Turn 3’s disc debut via Fox Home Entertainment, the street date is tentatively set for October 20. “I’ve already done the special features,” O’Brien says.
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"The Little Shop Of Horrors" Remake in the Works

The seed for another remake has been planted. Roger Corman's "The Little Shop Of Horrors" is going to be updated under the direction of Corman vet and "Wrong Turn 3" helmer Declan O'Brien. "I just optioned the remake rights," O'Brien announced to ShockTillYouDrop.com this morning. "We're going to set that up as a studio feature." The director is going to be shepherded by Roger Corman and "The Bourne Identity" producer Andrew Tennenbaum "After I did this movie for Roger called Cyclops he was so happy he said, 'This is the best movie that's come through my doors in 20 years, so here's my catalogue, pick something else.'" The original "Little Shop Of Horrors" was produced in 1960 with star Jonathan Haze. This tale of a mild-mannered young man who discovers a carnivorous plant was...
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