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Cop Rock: Remembering the ABC Police Musical's Cancellation

Welcome to your weekend flashback! In case you blocked it out, The Cop Rock TV show premiered on ABC on Wednesday, September 26, 1990. A police procedural TV series musical drama created by Steven Bochco and William M. Finkelstein, Cop Rock was cancelled by ABC after 11 episodes -- of the 13 ordered -- had been produced. ABC famously gave sponsors free ad time on the experimental hybrid project. The Cop Rock TV series finale, "Bang the Potts Slowly," aired Wednesday, December 26, 1990.The Cop Rock TV series cast includes: Anne Bobby, Barbara Bosson, Ronny Cox, Vondie Curtis-Hall, David Gianopoulos, Larry Joshua, Paul McCrane, James McDaniel, Ron McLarty, Mick Murray, and Peter Onorati. Terri Austin, Dennis Lipscomb, William Thomas, Jr., and Kathleen Wilhoite recurred.Actors from Bochco's other series were featured in crossovers: James B. Sikking from Hill Street Blues and L.A. Law's Jimmy
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Wamg Interview: Charles Bronson Scholar Paul Talbot – Author of Bronson’S Loose Again!

Bronson’s Loose Again!: On the Set with Charles Bronson is author Paul Talbot’s all-new companion volume to his acclaimed Bronson’s Loose!: The Making of the ‘Death Wish’ Films. His new book reveals more information on the Death Wish series and also details the complex histories behind eighteen other Charles Bronson movies. Documented herein are fascinating tales behind some of the finest Bronson films of the mid-1970s (including Hard Times and From Noon Till Three); his big-budget independent epics Love And Bullets and Cabo Blanco; his lesser-known, underrated dramas Borderline and Act Of Vengeance; his notorious sleaze/action Cannon Films classics of the 80s (including 10 To Midnight, Murphy’S Law and Kinjite: Forbidden Sunjects); the numerous unmade projects he was attached to; and his TV movies of the 90s (including The Sea Wolf). Exhaustively researched, the book features over three dozen exclusive, candid interviews including
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Film4 FrightFest 2015 Short Film Lineup Announced

Giving UK horror fans yet another reason to attend their scare-packed festival, the fine folks at Film4 FrightFest have announced their short film lineup that features over thirty shorts, including the cannibalistic wrestling tale, El Gigante:

Press Release: "Film4 FrightFest 2015 has expanded its Short Film Showcase event, with three strands and over thirty shorts from around the world, including eleven World Premieres and seven European Premieres. With films from thirteen countries, this is the most diverse and exciting shorts event yet programmed.

Highlights include the London premiere of actress Karen Gillan’s intense directorial debut Coward, and the UK premiere of Shevenge, a darkly funny tale of revenge, directed by Buffy The Vampire Slayer alum Amber Benson. Local FrightFest alumni will also be returning: screenwriter and director James Moran is back with screams and laughter in Ghosting, and Dan Auty brings us nostalgia and magic children in his new
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Blu-ray Reviews: Night of the Demons & Witchboard

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This week, Scream Factory gave all those Kevin Tenney fans out there what they’ve been waiting for by the way of stellar presentations of two of his beloved cult classics on Blu-ray: Witchboard and Night of the Demons. Once again, Scream Factory did a wonderful job of shining the spotlight on two more great horror films that many of us grew up enjoying.

Review: Witchboard Blu-ray

Witchboard, a movie I last saw back in the 90’s when it was still only available on VHS, isn’t by any means the scariest work from Tenney’s career, but there’s a lot to admire about his oddball supernatural story where a super-sexy Tawny Kitaen gets a little too handsy with her friend’s Ouija board.

The story begins when Brandon Sinclair (Stephen Nichols) trots out his trusty ol’ Ouija (pronounced wee-jaa as Brandon so fondly likes to correct people) board
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Watch the Original Trailer for Witchboard

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Many horror fans are familiar with Night of the Demons, but before he directed that, Kevin Tenney brought us Witchboard in 1986. Both movies will be released to Blu-ray by Scream Factory on February 4th and we’ve already given you a look at the original trailer for Night of the Demons. Here’s the original trailer for Witchboard:

“It’s called a Ouija Board and it’s been used for thousands of years to communicate with the souls of the afterworld. For beautiful Linda Brewster (Tawny Kitaen), it brings the playful ghost of a dead ten-year-old boy. But when the friendly spirit develops a sudden taste for violent murder and demonic possession, Linda’s boyfriend (Todd Allen) and her former lover (Stephen Nichols) must race to destroy the ferocious portal of the damned.”

Bonus Features:

New Audio commentary with Writer/Director Kevin Tenney and actors Stephen Nichols, James W. Quinn,
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Scream Factory Announces Short Film Contest Plus Night of the Demons and Witchboard on Blu-ray!

If there's any company we expected Halloween excitement from today, it's Scream Factory, which delivers treats all year long. Today they've got a trio of tasty offerings to drop in our pails, and you can find details about all of it below - beginning with an exciting new short film contest!

From the Press Release

Scream Factory™, the premiere horror genre home entertainment provider, announced today the launch of its Mini-movie Massacre horror short film and video contest to be held on Scream Factory’s official YouTube channel Scream Factory TV. The call for entries is now open starting today, October 31, through the deadline of November 17. Please visit the Mini-Movie-Massacre site for in-depth details, submission guidelines, and forms.

Presented by Scream Factory™, the 2013 Mini-movie Massacre was created to shine the spotlight on some of today’s best independent horror short films and videos, emerging masters of horror, storytellers, and budding scream queens.
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Night of the Demons & Witchboard Blu-ray/DVD Release Details

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On February 4th, 2014, we’ll see a Blu-ray and DVD release of Night of the Demons and Witchboard. We’ve already given you a look at the cover art, but we now have details on new bonus features straight from Scream Factory:

“Horror movie enthusiasts and loyal fans are invited to join the magic circle and journey into the world filled with ancient dark rituals, spine-chilling suspense and blood-curdling terror when Scream Factory™ unleashes two of Director Kevin S. Tenney’s creepy supernatural ‘80s cult hits Night Of The Demons Collector’s Edition and Witchboard on home entertainment shelves everywhere February 4, 2014. Featuring a generous dose of gore and violence, Night Of The Demons stars William Gallo (Crash), Hal Havins (Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-o-Rama), Mimi Kinkade (Night of the Demons II & III), Cathy Podewell (Dallas), scream queen Linnea Quigley (Return of the Living Dead) and Jill Terashita (Sleepaway Camp
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Charles Bronson Died Ten Years Ago Today – Here Are His Ten Best Films

I think everyone remembers where they were August 31st, 2003 when they heard that Charles Bronson had died. I was visiting my brother in Atlanta when my nephew knocked on my door and informed me that CNN had announced his death. I collapsed into a sobbing heap. Bronson was my hero, my muse, my role model. Hollywood’s brightest star would shine no more. It’s hard to believe he’s been gone ten years.

Charles Bronson was the unlikeliest of movie stars. Of all the leading men in the history of Hollywood, Charles Bronson had the least range as an actor. He rarely emoted or even changed his expression, and when he did speak, his voice was a reedy whisper. But Charles Bronson could coast on presence, charisma, and silent brooding menace like no one’s business and he wound up the world’s most bankable movie star throughout most of the 1970’s.
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Night of the Demons and Witchboard are Coming to Blu-ray

It seems like every week we get a new Blu-ray announcement from Scream Factory and they just revealed that they’ll be releasing Night of the Demons and Witchboard in 2014:

“Director Kevin Tenney’s ouija board hit Witchboard and the “Eat a bowl of F*@K” classic Night Of The Demons (which, in particular, has quite a vocal following and has been requested many times here) will both be coming to Blu-ray in early 2014!!!!!!!!!!!

No details to report other than Demons will be a “Collector’s Edition” and the artwork is already in the works. ”

For those who may not have seen either film, here are some more details:

Night of the Demons: “It’s Halloween night and Angela is throwing a party, but this is no ordinary spook bash. Everybody’s headed to Hull House, a deserted funeral home with a shocking secret in its past and
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California Solo | Review

Lachlan (Robert Carlyle) is a former Britpop guitarist who has retired to a quiet existence in a quaint agricultural town somewhere in the vicinity of Los Angeles. A far cry from the glamorous star he once was, Lachlan toils away on an organic farm and sells produce at the Silver Lake farmers’ market; then, by night, he records a podcast that recounts the deaths of great musicians. It is a very solitary life that Lachlan leads, drowning his sorrows in whiskey while wasting away in a tiny, nondescript apartment. Beau (Alexia Rasmussen) is an amateur chef who meets Lachlan while shopping at the farmers' market. Her boyfriend Paul (Danny Masterson) is a Britpop DJ and one of Lachlan's biggest fans. While Paul fawns over Lachlan, Lachlan develops a hopeless crush on Beau, but the scent of his depression and desperation keeps her at arm's length. On one fateful night, Lachlan
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Review: Robert Carlyle’s Strong Performance Can’t Quite Redeem the Murky ‘California Solo’

A man who’s down on his luck looks for redemption when a time of need arises in his life – will a new love interest save him, or will the gained love of his estranged daughter do the trick? Sounds like The Wrestler, right? We can all dream, but this scenario also describes the plot of Marshall Lewy’s California Solo, in which Robert Carlyle is the man down on this luck – a washed up rocker facing possible deportation back to the UK. While Carlyle is effective in the lead, unlike The Wrestler, this overly derivative film never quite makes its protagonist likeable enough to root for. The film is also in desperate need of some levity to cut through its wholly depressing atmosphere. Carlyle’s not-quite-likable musician is Lachlan, a Scot who is faced with deportation after many years in the States when he is charged with a DUI. Lachlan
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California Solo | Review

California Dreamin’: Lewy Taps Carlyle for Understated Character Study

For his sophomore feature, director Marshall Lewy brings Robert Carlyle back to the big screen for his best film role in years with California Solo, a compelling character study goaded along as an immigration tale. An aging British rock star from the early 90s, with a distant child and a predilection for alcohol, recalls elements of other recent releases this year like Flight or This Must Be the Place even, and though it’s a slight, minimal take on themes explored by many far wiser than he, Lewy manages to make a melancholy portrait of a man forced to face significant demons from his past, imbued by the simple, sad, solo that is Carlyle’s affecting performance.

Lachlan MacAldonich (Robert Carlyle) has been living out a self imposed exile for the past decade and a half, working as a farm
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California Solo trailer and new poster starring Robert Carlyle

Watch the trailer and see the latest poster for Marshall Lewy's California Solo drama from Strand Releasing. The drama starring Robert Carlyle opens on November 15th, with other cast names like Alexia Rasmussen, Kathleen Wilhoite, A Martinez, Michael Des Barres and Danny Masterson in the mix. Helmer Lewy also scripts the film seen at this year's Sundance Film Festival from Cherry Sky Films in association with Syncopated Films. Lachlan MacAldonich (Carlyle) is former Britpop rocker who has settled into a comfortably numb existence in farm country just outside Los Angeles. By day, he works on an organic farm and travels regularly to the city’s farmers’ markets to sell produce. By night, he retreats to his crummy apartment to record "Flame-Outs," his podcast that recounts the tragic deaths of great musicians. The only spark in his humdrum existence is Beau (Alexia Rasmussen), a lovely struggling actress and amateur chef
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California Solo trailer and new poster starring Robert Carlyle

Watch the trailer and see the latest poster for Marshall Lewy's California Solo drama from Strand Releasing. The drama starring Robert Carlyle opens on November 15th, with other cast names like Alexia Rasmussen, Kathleen Wilhoite, A Martinez, Michael Des Barres and Danny Masterson in the mix. Helmer Lewy also scripts the film seen at this year's Sundance Film Festival from Cherry Sky Films in association with Syncopated Films. Lachlan MacAldonich (Carlyle) is former Britpop rocker who has settled into a comfortably numb existence in farm country just outside Los Angeles. By day, he works on an organic farm and travels regularly to the city’s farmers’ markets to sell produce. By night, he retreats to his crummy apartment to record "Flame-Outs," his podcast that recounts the tragic deaths of great musicians. The only spark in his humdrum existence is Beau (Alexia Rasmussen), a lovely struggling actress and amateur chef
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Eiff 2012: California Solo Review

Holding himself responsible for his band-mate brother’s untimely death, Lachlan MacAldonich (Robert Carlyle) hasn’t been back to Britain since for fear of finally facing his friends and family. Lachlan’s life in California – split between his work as a farmhand and a podcast he runs commemorating fallen stars – is put on the line, however, when a DUI conviction puts him on the wrong side of the country’s immigration laws.

Forced to re-evaluate his life there, he embarks on a friendship with a loyal customer (Alexia Rasmussen), seeks assistance from one of his old band’s managers and contacts his ex-wife (Kathleen Wilhoite) in an attempt to reconnect with his daughter (Savannah Lathem). The question is: are his efforts sincere, or is he just looking for a way to overturn the charge?

As a story of a washed up rocker struggling with long-fermenting demons and an endlessly destructive personality,
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Strand Releasing Buys Sundance Drama 'California Solo' Starring Robert Carlyle

Strand Releasing Buys Sundance Drama 'California Solo' Starring Robert Carlyle
Strand Releasing has acquired all Us rights to Marshall Lewy's "California Solo," which made its world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. "California Solo" stars Robert Carlyle as a former Britpop rocker-turned-southern California farm worker who faces deportation after a DUI.  The film was written and directed by Lewy and also stars Alexia Rasmussen, Kathleen Wilhoite, A Martinez, Michael Des Barres and Danny MastersonMynette Louie produced the film. "California Solo" is co-produced by Ross Girard, an in-house producer for Michel Gondry's Partizan, and is executive produced by Carlyle, Joan Huang of Cherry Sky Films, and Rick Rosenthal and Nick Morton of Whitewater Films. Jon Gerrans of Strand Releasing negotiated the deal with Ryan Kampe of Visit Films. Strand plans for a fall theatrical release. Lewy previously wrote and directed "Blue State" starring Anna Paquin. He's adapting...
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Sundance 2012. Premieres and Documentary Premieres Lineups

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Following last week's announcements of the Competition and Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, Next <=> and New Frontier lineups, the Sundance Film Festival, running January 19 through 29, has just announced the lineups for its out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections. Straight from today's release:

Premieres

A showcase of some of the most highly anticipated dramatic films of the coming year from new and established directors. Presented by Entertainment Weekly. Each is a world premiere.

2 Days in New York / France (Director: Julie Delpy, Screenwriters: Julie Delpy, Alexia Landeau) — Marion has broken up with Jack and now lives in New York with their child. A visit from her family, the different cultural background of her new boyfriend, her sister’s ex-boyfriend, and her upcoming photo exhibition make for an explosive mix. Cast: Julie Delpy, Chris Rock, Albert Delpy, Alexia Landeau, Alex Nahon. Image above.

Arbitrage / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Nicholas Jarecki) — A
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Sundance adds premieres by Spike Lee, Stephen Frears, and more

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Sundance adds premieres by Spike Lee, Stephen Frears, and more
Just about every film at Sundance is a world premiere. So why is there a "Premieres" section, and how is it different than the Competition or the Spotlight or the New Frontiers or the Next or...okay, I think that's all of them. Sundance describes Premieres as "a showcase of some of the most highly anticipated dramatic films of the coming year from new and established directors" and Documentary Premieres as "about big subjects or by master filmmakers that showcase the power of the form."

Basically, what it really means is here's where you find the attention-grabbers at Sundance. These are the big honking movies, the movies featuring Hollywood directors and talent coming down from their Valhalla of craft services and video village to get their hands dirty with the independents. These are the movies that have the biggest red carpets and the majority of the press coverage (see this post).

True to form,
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22 Documentaries and Films to Premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival

Sundance Film Festival has already revealed the films for In Competition and Out of Competition. Now we are getting the 22 titles for both films and documentaries. These are the biggest movies of the entire festival. Shadow Dancer, Bachelorette, and Peter Jackson’s documentary West Memphis are among the titles that will premiere at the film festival. Check out the full list below.

Premieres:

A showcase of some of the most highly anticipated dramatic films of the coming year from new and established directors. Presented by Entertainment Weekly. Each is a world premiere.

2 Days in New York (Director: Julie Delpy; Screenwriters: Julie Delpy, Alexia Landeau) — Marion has broken up with Jack and now lives in New York with their child. A visit from her family, the different cultural background of her new boyfriend, her sister’s ex-boyfriend, and her upcoming photo exhibition make for an explosive mix. Cast: Julie Delpy, Chris Rock,
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Sundance 2012 Announces Feature and Documentary Premieres

The Sundance Film Festival (apart from Venice) remains the only major film festival that we have not yet had a chance to fully cover. Hopefully 2012 will change that situation. It is one of our goals for next year and so you should be seeing a lot of Sundance posts for the next two or so months.

Sundance has just announced their Feature and Documentary Premieres for next months line-up and it of course includes notable stand-outs including Spike Lee‘s latest Red Hook Summer, Stephen Frears‘ Lay the Favourite, Josh Radnor‘s sophomore effort, Liberal Arts with Elizabeth Olson and Joe Berlinger‘s latest documentary on Paul Simon. In other words, if you are lucky enough to attend the festival, now is the time to get even more excited.

Here’s the full list of feature and documentary premieres at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival:

Premieres

A showcase of some of
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