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Moulin Rouge

John Huston’s 1952 bio-pic of tortured artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec avoids most of the “tortured-artist” cliches by surrounding star Jose Ferrer with beautiful recreations of Lautrec’s world and even more beautiful women including a (believe it or not) completely charming Zsa Zsa Gabor as the flighty but sweet can-can dancer Jane Avril. Plus a moving score from Georges Auric and ravishing Technicolor cinematography by Oswald Morris. Look for bit parts from Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.
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Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ and Ang Lee’s ‘Gemini Man’ Are Changing the Face of Digital De-Aging

Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ and Ang Lee’s ‘Gemini Man’ Are Changing the Face of Digital De-Aging
Digital de-aging is Hollywood’s latest tech toy. However, the controversial CG process faces a major test next year with Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” and Ang Lee’s “Gemini Man.”

Robert De Niro and Al Pacino face off as real life mob hitman Frank Sheeran and labor union boss Jimmy Hoffa in Scorsese’s gangster biopic, as Industrial Light & Magic digitally removes decades from their appearances for a series of flashbacks. And elite 50-year-old assassin Will Smith gets stalked by his 23-year-old clone (created by Weta Digital) in Lee’s cutting edge sci-fi thriller.

Obviously, there’s more at stake here than the successful de-aging of Sean Young and Kurt Russell, or Johnny Depp in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” Robert Downey Jr. in “Captain America: Civil War,” and Michael Douglas in “Ant Man.” Any misstep into the Uncanny Valley could prove fatal. Then again,
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Lucasfilm Has Digital Scans of All Lead Star Wars Actors

Star Wars: The Last Jedi VFX supervisor Ben Morris reveals it’s standard procedure at the studio to digitally scan the lead actors of the films to have on file. The galaxy far, far away has always been at the forefront of pushing the boundaries of filmmaking technology, but it wasn’t too long ago Lucasfilm generated some controversy due to their innovative advancements. As many know by now, 2016’s Rogue One featured a CGI recreation of the late Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin, and the final scene starred a digitally de-aged Carrie Fisher as the 19-year old Princess Leia from A New Hope. There’s no denying this was an impressive feat, but the technique raised serious ethical questions.
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Doctor Who Novel (Sort Of) Confirms Peter Cushing Is In Canon

Steven Moffat’s novelization of “The Day of the Doctor” has finally confirmed that the Peter Cushing movies are part of the Doctor Who canon – in a sense.

Doctor Who is best known as one of Britain’s most popular TV series, but the show has actually inspired several movies too. The most recent was 1996’s Doctor Who film, starring Paul McGann, which is actually considered part of the canon; McGann’s face has been shown several times in the relaunched TV series, and he’s reprised the role in several Big Finish audio adventures.
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Mark Hamill says Carrie Fisher as Leia is “irreplaceable” for Star Wars: Episode IX

Mark Hamill has commented on the idea of replacing the late Carrie Fisher in her role as Leia for Star Wars: Episode IX.

With Fisher’s passing in December 2016, many rumours started to circulate about what would become of her iconic character Leia Organa in the new Star Wars trilogy. Her scenes were already shot for Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi, and the director opted not to alter her performance in any way to shuffle her out of the plot.

With Episode IX now in the works and Leia still an active character in the story, many are wondering just what will happen. Mark Hamill, one of Fisher’s co-stars in the Star Wars saga, is certain that she could never be replaced or the character recast.

”First of all, I don’t know what the specific plans were for that character but just the way Han Solo was more prominent in Episode VII,
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Mark Hamill on Recasting Carrie Fisher in Star Wars 9: She's Irreplaceable

Mark Hamill on Recasting Carrie Fisher in Star Wars 9: She's Irreplaceable
On any given day, there are no shortage of Star Wars rumors, and one of the most recent ones to surface was that Meryl Streep may be eyed to replace the late great Carrie Fisher in Star Wars 9. That has never been confirmed, but it hasn't stopped others from asking about it, and during a new interview to promote the home video release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Mark Hamill was asked about the possibility of re-casting another actress to step in and play Leia in Star Wars 9, and here's what he had to say in response.

"First of all, I don't know what the specific plans were for that character, but just the way Han Solo was more prominent in 7, Luke was more prominent in 8, we assumed that Leia would be more prominent in 9, especially since the dynamic of having Kylo Ren as her son... I think it would be tough recasting,
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Mark Hamill On The Possibility Of Being Digitally Recreated For A Future Star Wars Movie

Similar to how the late, great Carrie Fisher has and always will be synonymous with Princess Leia Organa, it’s difficult to imagine anyone other than Mark Hamill playing the role of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars.

Hell, it’s part of the reason why people reacted in shock to the news that a small pool of fans had launched a petition calling on Lucasfilm to cast Meryl Streep as Leia for Episode IX. Mark Hamill has since renounced the petition on the belief that you simply can’t recast Leia – even if it involves an actress of Streep’s caliber – though The Last Jedi actor is pretty open to the possibility of Lucasfilm casting a young Luke Skywalker.

Per Variety:

It depends on what point in Luke’s life that you would have him be in the movie. Because at first, I’m thinking … the whole point of Luke
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Star Wars: Mark Hamill ‘Absolutely’ Supports Digitally De-Aged Luke

Mark Hamill says he has no problems being de-aged if any future Star Wars film has the need for it. Conversations about digitally recreating actors, whether dead or alive, have become more commonplace in recent years, with the latest example being the discussion about how Star Wars 9 should handle Leia’s sendoff. When Carrie Fisher untimely died in 2016, before Leia was to be featured front and center in Episode IX, some fans were left wondering if the latter film would recreate the actress by way of CGI (a la how Rogue One: A Star Wars Story brought back the late Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin). While Lucasfilm has since confirmed it has “no plans” to digitally recreate Fisher, Hamill seems more open to the idea of being digitally de-aged.
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5 More Actresses Who Could Replace Carrie Fisher as Leia in Star Wars 9

5 More Actresses Who Could Replace Carrie Fisher as Leia in Star Wars 9
The Last Jedi landed like a meteor this past December. And it went on to become the most profitable movie of 2017, earning $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office. The Rian Johnson directed space opera offered staggering reveals that have divided an entire fanbase of devotees. Some absolutely love it. Even more seem to hate it. But a strange thing has happened for its home video debut. A new petition was launched. And suddenly some fans decided they needed to see General Leia's arc finished. Now, they are calling for Meryl Streep to come in and finish the role.

If Carrie Fisher were to get recast, this seems like the pure fantasy choice. Meryl Streep is the greatest actress of the last forty years. She doesn't look anything like Carrie Fisher and is taller at 5'6". But think of the buzz her casting would generate. Streep has never done science fiction.
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Full Release Details for Scream Factory’s The House That Dripped Blood Blu-ray

Horror anthology lovers will want to mark May 8th on their calendars for Scream Factory's Blu-ray release of The House That Dripped Blood. Featuring a dream cast that includes Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, the 1971 Amicus movie's new home media release comes with a bevy of bonus features that should please horror fans, including a new audio commentary and interview:

Press Release: Los Angeles, CA – Vampires! Voodoo! Vixens! Victims! Terror waits for you in every room. A quartet of frightening fables is presented in The House That Dripped Blood, which comes to Blu-ray for the first time on May 8, 2018.

A Scotland Yard inspector’s search for a missing film star leads him to a haunted house. The house sets the framework for four separate tales of terror written by the author of Psycho, Robert Bloch, and starring horror icons Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Ingrid Pitt. All four stories center
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Review: "Scream And Scream Again" (1970) Starring Vincent Price, Christopher Lee And Peter Cushing; Twilight Time Blu-ray Special Edition

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By Mark Cerulli

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Like the old saying goes, “You can’t go home again.” Having seen Scream And Scream Again decades ago, I remembered it as being thrilling and suspenseful... now, 47 years (!) after its release, not so much. The story is a hodgepodge of sci-fi and social commentary as a brusque police inspector (Alfred Marks) and a curious doctor (Christopher Matthews) investigate the brutal deaths of several young women, eventually connecting them to a scientist (Vincent Price) who is creating synthetic humans using body parts from unwilling live donors. Christopher Lee is the head of British Intelligence, whose agency is – I think – secretly funding the experiments. A subplot with a sadistic official (Marshall Jones) from a fictional Eastern European nation (think East Berlin) in collusion with the Brits is also in the mix. (In an interview years later, even Vincent Price admitted he
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At The Earth’S Core – The Blu Review

Review by Roger Carpenter

Based upon the classic first novel of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ seven-book Pellucidar series and produced by British genre film company Amicus Productions, At the Earth’s Core (1976) is a star-studded tale of science fantasy complete with dinosaurs, a psychic master race of pteranodon-like monsters, and a caste-like civilization featuring a monkey-faced race who have enslaved the humans who populate the prehistoric land found inside the Earth.

Directed by Kevin Connor (The Land That Time Forgot; The People That Time Forgot; Warlords of the Deep; Motel Hell) and starring Doug McClure (The Land That Time Forgot; The People That Time Forgot; Roots; Humanoids from the Deep), the gorgeous Caroline Munro (The Spy Who Loved Me; Starcrash; Maniac), and the inimitable Peter Cushing, At the Earth’s Core is a fun, kid-oriented special effects extravaganza, with the emphasis on kid-oriented.

Though Amicus is best known for its portmanteau
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Deadpool 2 Director May Helm Fast And Furious Spinoff

Not unlike James Wan before him, Straight Outta Compton filmmaker F. Gary Gray had a monumental task on his hands upon taking the reins of The Fate of the Furious.

The sequel formerly known as Fast 8 shouldered a huge weight of expectation prior to release because of Paul Walker’s tragic and untimely death – even if Universal considered incorporating a CG Brian O’Connor a la Peter Cushing in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – and it’s a testimony to both Gray and his crew that the pic managed to carve out a new chapter in the studio’s petrolhead franchise, all the while collecting a whopping $1.2 billion at the worldwide box office.

Beyond the mainline series, though, there are also plans to extend the franchise in exciting new directions via spinoffs. Details are still scarce at this early stage, but we do know that there’s one in
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The House That Dripped Blood Coming to Blu-ray from Scream Factory

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Featuring a horror lover's dream cast that includes Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, the 1971 Amicus movie The House That Dripped Blood is coming to Blu-ray with a remaster makeover this May from Scream Factory, and we have a look at the cover art and full announcement of the thrilling news:

From Scream Factory: "Vampires! Voodoo! Vixens! And Victims! You’ll find them all in the 1971 Amicus film The House That Dripped Blood. Coming to Blu-ray this Spring and newly-remastered.

A Scotland Yard inspector's search for a missing film star leads him to a haunted house. The house sets the framework for four separate tales of terror written by the author of Psycho, Robert Bloch, and starring horror icons Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Ingrid Pitt. All four stories center on the mysterious fates of tenants who have leased the mansion over the years.

Extras are in progress and will be announced at a later date.
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The Amicus Collection

The Amicus Collection



1972, ’73, ’74/ 1:85 / 88 Min., 91 Min., 93 Min. / January 16, 2018

Starring Peter Cushing, Herbert Lom, Patrick Magee, Calvin Lockhart

Cinematography by Denys Coop, Jack Hildyard

Written by Robert Bloch

Music by Douglas Gamley,

Produced by Milton Subotsky, Max Rosenberg

Directed by Roy Ward Baker, Paul Annett

Released in 1956, Rock, Rock, Rock was a bantamweight jukebox musical bolstered by the presence of three indelible signifiers of 50’s pop culture, rabble-rousing DJ Alan Freed, Hollywood’s perennial Lolita Tuesday Weld and guitar slinging provocateur Chuck Berry. Produced by Milton Subotsky and Max Rosenberg, the movie’s success inspired the New York-born duo to pack up shop and move to England where they founded Amicus Productions.

Hedging their bets, the fledgling company followed in the footsteps of both Aip and Hammer, putting one foot in teensploitation and the other into a line of shockers with a supernatural bent. To their credit their initial
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VFX, CGI Pros Move Forward in Creating Digital Characters, but Still Have a Ways to Go

the practitioners of the fine arts of visual effects and CGI have always had a Holy Grail: the creation of digital characters who seem so real that audiences will be fooled into believing they’re being played by real human beings.

But that goal has not yet been reached. People have an innate knowledge of how human faces and bodies move and react. Artists who fail to include in their work even the almost imperceptible qualities of a real person won’t fool anyone.

But progress is being made. Visual effects supervisor Richard Clegg of effects house the Moving Picture Co. — who created a digital Arnold Schwarzenegger fighting his real-world self in 2015’s “Terminator Genisys” — staged somewhat of a breakthrough with his work on the VFX character Rachel in last year’s “Blade Runner 2049.” She was animated to look like actress Sean Young as she appeared in the original “Blade Runner” in 1982. “We might spend all day
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January 16th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Happy Death Day, Eye Of The Cat, Blade Runner 2049

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Welcome back for another week of horror and sci-fi home entertainment releases, readers! January 16th features plenty of intriguing offerings, from cult classics to sequels of cult classics to even a few recent films as well. If you happened to miss Blade Runner 2049, Happy Death Day, or The Snowman in theaters, all three are making their way home this Tuesday. Severin Films has put together The Amicus Collection (which features Asylum, And Now The Screaming Starts and The Beast Must Die), and Scream Factory is giving Eye of the Cat the Blu-ray treatment as well.

Beyond Skyline is also coming to Blu on January 16th, and for all you Joe Dante fans out there, Shout Select has put together a Collector’s Edition release of Matinee that looks like it’s a must-have.

The Amicus Collection (Severin Films, Blu-ray)

Known as The Studio That Dripped Blood, the British film
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Hammer Stars Reunite for House of the Gorgon

Although it starred Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, Terence Fisher’s 1964 Hammer film The Gorgon never went on to achieve quite the same level of fame and recognition as many of the other films produced by the studio. However, it had such a strong impact on filmmaker Joshua Kennedy that he’s currently raising cash on […]

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Votd: How ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Recreated the Replicant Rachel

Votd: How ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Recreated the Replicant Rachel
Visual effects are getting better and better every day. While some didn’t quite buy the digital recreation of Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (not to mention have problems with the ethics of such a production element), it appears Blade Runner 2049 succeeded in a somewhat similar visual […]

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Forbidden Tomes: The Vast Unknown – Hammer’s Homage to Algernon Blackwood in The Abominable Snowman (1957)

While Hammer achieved international fame (and notoriety) for their colorful and bloody adaptation of Gothic classics, their first foray into the horror genre was not The Curse of Frankenstein. Just a few months before that, the studio released another kind of monster flick—also starring Peter Cushing—called The Abominable Snowman. It sounds cheesy, without doubt, but what could have been a silly man-in-rubber-suit schlock picture becomes something just as chilling as its location. It affects something of the atmosphere that Algernon Blackwood employs in his cosmic horror stories.

As discussed in a Forbidden Tomes last year, Algernon Blackwood revolutionized the genre with sweeping tales of environmental horror—vast, incomprehensible spirits of nature threatening puny mankind. His tales evoke a special kind of dread, the sort that rises as you listen to the wind rock your house’s flimsy walls at night. Many of his stories draw from his personal experience as an adventurer,
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