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Link Tank: Halloween Will Return To Theaters This Month

Spencer Mullen Sep 18, 2019

John Carpenter's Halloween, Edward Snowden, The I-Land, and more in today's daily Link Tank!

Here's why recycling carbon dioxide as fuel can lead to zero-emissions flight travel.

"Air travel may be a convenient way to see the world, but its growing carbon footprint has given some travelers pause in recent years. A creative new solution could help reduce the environmental impact of air travel, though."

Read more at Inverse.

Here's why Britta Perry deserved better than the later seasons of NBC's Community.

"Community, a show with the highest of highs and lowest of lows, had a great ensemble of characters, but none were torpedoed quite as badly as Britta Perry (Gillian Jacobs). Britta began the show as a snarky, earnest feminist and ended it as the butt of nearly every joke. To coin one of the many in jokes from the show, they Britta’d Britta.
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Stellar Alumni Reflect on UCLA’s Arts Program

  • Variety
Decades before UCLA’s school of Theater, Film and Television formally became one of the world’s top-ranking drama departments, the Southern California university’s arts program was synonymous with nurturing artists whose iconic work irrevocably transformed entertainment, and media itself, for the better.

Marking the first time a major university combined the three disciplines under one administration, UCLA Tft was established in 1990, simultaneously building on the history of the school’s storied curriculum, bolstering industry connections to reflect its impact and influence, and developing a network of facilities, instructors and experts to help prepare and accommodate students for a constantly changing entertainment landscape.

Even before 14-time Academy Awards telecast producer Gil Cates became its founding dean, UCLA’s fine arts departments were already part of a considerable legacy, with a list of famous alumni that included James Dean, Steve Martin, Paul Schrader, Francis Ford Coppola, Carroll Ballard, Rob Reiner,
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‘Romancing the Stone’ at 35: How Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner Survived Gators, Rain, and Studio Expectations

  • Variety
‘Romancing the Stone’ at 35: How Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner Survived Gators, Rain, and Studio Expectations
Romancing the Stone” looks like a fun adventure romp onscreen, but making the Michael Douglas-Kathleen Turner movie that turns 35 this week was no stroll through the jungle. There were alligators, mud and plenty of back-and-forth with the studio — not to mention a tragedy after it opened.

The romantic comedy adventure opened March 30, 1984 and ended up as the eighth-highest grossing film of the year. It won the Golden Globe for best comedy or musical, and Turner took home the Globe for best actress in a comedy or musical.

Following in the footsteps of blockbuster “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Romancing the Stone” was a real game changer career-wise for star-producer Douglas, who became an even more popular leading man; Turner, who proved she was more than a femme fatale; and Douglas’ friend Danny DeVito, who became a bankable actor and director.

Director Robert Zemeckis went on to become one of Hollywood’s major filmmakers,
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Full Release Details for Scream Factory’s Warning Sign Blu-ray

  • DailyDead
In Warning Sign, a deadly virus not only infects its victims, it turns them into cold-blooded killing machines as well. Starring Sam Waterston, Kathleen Quinlan, and Yaphet Kotto, Warning Sign is coming to Blu-ray on May 26th from the team at Scream Factory, and they've provided us with the full release details for the Blu-ray, including a new interview with director/co-writer Hal Barwood.

Press Release: When tampering with the natural order of things, man must not ignore the Warning Sign. Making its Blu-ray debut on March 26th, 2019 from Scream Factory, the suspenseful thriller Warning Sign also includes a number of bonus features, including a new interview with director/co-writer Hal Barwood and a new interview with producer Jim Bloom, as well as a still gallery, theatrical trailers and more! Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com

In the rolling Utah countryside, a small town is host to a fortress-like research facility,
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Here's a Cool John Carpenter Movie Poster Series By Artist Matt Ferguson

I’ve got a pretty rad series of John Carpenter movie poster art to share with you today that was created by artist Matt Ferguson.

The posters were created in conjunction with StudioCanal for the 4k restorations of four of Carpenters classic films. Those films include The Fog, They Live, Escape From New York, and Prince of Darkness.

All four brand new 4k restorations were done using the original camera negatives, with the colour grading approved for the new restorations and Uhd versions by the films' Cinematographers: Gary B Kibbe and Dean Cundey.

The artist had this to say in a statement:

“Last year I had the distinct pleasure of being hired by StudioCanal to work on the 4K John Carpenter classics. I conceptualised and made all of the key art for the films. It was a dream job for me and I am really happy the art came out
See full article at GeekTyrant »

Grey Matter Art and Vice Press to Release Artist Matt Ferguson’s Posters for John Carpenter’s The Fog, They Live, Escape From New York, and Prince Of Darkness

  • DailyDead
In 2018, Studiocanal released 4K restorations of four essential John Carpenter movies—The Fog, They Live, Escape From New York, and Prince of Darkness—in UK theaters, and the screenings were accompanied by stunning new posters created by Matt Ferguson. This month, Grey Matter Art and Vice Press are teaming up to continue the Carpenter celebration by releasing Ferguson's posters for horror fans to plaster proudly on their walls.

Ferguson's posters for The Fog, They Live, Escape From New York, and Prince of Darkness will be released on Vice Press and Grey Matter Art beginning Thursday, January 10th until Thursday, January 17th. You can view all four posters below, and we also have the full announcement from Grey Matter Art:

Press Release: Last year Matt Ferguson and Vice Press had the honour of working with Studiocanal on the release of their brand new 4k restorations of four of John Carpenter’s most iconic titles: The Fog,
See full article at DailyDead »

Scream Factory Announces New Blu-ray Releases for 2019, Including Tarantula (1955), The Witches (1966), and Man’S Best Friend (1993)

  • DailyDead
With 2018 coming to an end, Scream Factory is giving horror fans plenty of titles to get excited about in 2019 with a bunch of new Blu-ray announcements for March, including 1955's Tarantula, Man's Best Friend (1993), 1966's The Witches (starring Joan Fontaine), and more!

From Scream Factory: "We’re being attacked by giant insects next Spring as the 1950s cult favorites Tarantula and The Deadly Mantis both scuttle to Blu-ray on March 19th!

Tarantula (1955) – Biochemist Gerald Deemer has a plan to feed the world by using a growth formula on plants and animals. Instead he creates terror beyond imagining when his work spawns a spider of mammoth proportions! Feeding on cattle and humans, this towering tarantula has the people of Desert Rock, Arizona running for their lives. Can this horrifying creature be stopped or will the world succumb to its giant claws? This classic sci-fi film from director Jack Arnold stars John Agar
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‘Escape From New York: Collectors Edition’ Blu-ray Review

  • Nerdly
Stars: Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Donald Pleasence, Isaac Hayes, Adrienne Barbeau, Ernest Borgnine, Tom Atkins | Written by John Carpenter, Nick Castle | Directed by John Carpenter

In the early 1980s, New York was grindhouse heaven: a hell of neon iniquity, with every alleyway harbouring some new nameless vice. Horror had a field day: the likes of Basket Case, The Driller Killer and Maniac captured the poverty and menace of those famous streets. With Halloween and The Fog under his belt, you’d think John Carpenter would have taken a similar horror route. But he chose a different direction. More akin to Walter Hill’s The Warriors, 1981’s Escape from New York is a bold and ambitious sci-fi action movie.

Kurt Russell plays Snake Plissken, an ex-military drifter who is about to be sent to Manhattan Island. It’s the future; the year is 1997, and NYC has been turned into a
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November 6th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Steelbooks for The Thing, Phantasm: Remastered, and Train To Busan

  • DailyDead
November 6th’s home media releases are all about the Steelbooks apparently, as horror fans have four different titles that are coming home this week that would be great additions to anyone’s collections. Scream Factory’s Steelbook for John Carpenter’s The Thing is a work of art, and Well Go USA has put together two beautiful Steelbook releases for both Phantasm: Remastered and Train to Busan, and we even get a Grindhouse Steelbook to boot. Scream Factory is also pulling double duty with the Collector’s Edition of Sleepwalkers, and as far as recent horror offerings go, Mara, The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time, and All Light Will End are getting released this Tuesday, too.

Other notable releases for November 6th include Revenge of the Dead aka Zeder: Voices from the Beyond, Restraint, and Apartment 407.

Phantasm: Remastered: Steelbook Edition

In Phantasm: Remastered, Well Go USA presents
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‘Halloween’ Spoiler Review: The Classic Franchise Is Scarier (and Sillier) Than It’s Been in Decades

Forty years after John Carpenter’s iconic slasher film, Halloween returned to theaters this weekend with a vengeance. Michael Myers and Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) are back with a stripped down history, and an updated polish thanks to director and co-writer David Gordon Green, who takes a cue from Carpenters' work with Dean Cundey and transforms the nightmares of Halloween into a visual treat with the sharp eye of cinematographer Michael Simmonds. So how does The Shape hold up as …
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Halloween (2018) – Review

As Tommy says to Laurie in the original 1978 film, “You can’t kill the Boogeyman.” It was never a question if he would return to the big screen… just a matter of when. Unfortunately, Halloween and Michael Myers have always been misinterpreted since the John Carpenter classic. His story has gone in directions that never lived up to the “Boogeyman” status. He once existed as part man and part dark fantasy. What he’s capable of in the original film goes beyond the suspension of belief, but it’s always grounded by John Carpenter’s masterful handling of the story. While the new 2018 film is the one sequel that comes the closest to presenting this idea, it once again falls victim to the same missteps that the later films in the series and the slasher genre as a whole embraced with open arms. The original was never about the kills and gory imagery on screen,
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October 16th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Trilogy Of Terror, Schlock, Dracula A.D. 1972, Steelbooks of Halloween II (1981) and Halloween III: Season Of The Witch

  • DailyDead
With Halloween nearly two weeks away now, we have another great new batch of horror and sci-fi Blu-rays and DVDs coming out this week that genre fans are undoubtedly going to want to add to their home media collections, as they are not only perfect to enjoy for the remainder of October, but pretty much any time of year. The two biggest highlights for me personally are Scream Factory’s absolutely stunning Steelbook editions of Halloween II (1981) and Halloween III: Season of the Witch, and Kino Lorber has also put together a brilliant Blu-ray presentation of Trilogy of Terror as well.

Warner Archive is resurrecting Dracula A.D. 1972 in HD this Tuesday, and Agfa is doing the dark lord’s work with their Schlock Blu-ray. Plus, if you’ve never had the chance to experience the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Olive Films has put together a new special
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Volume of Effects-Heavy Movies Threatens Perception of VFX

  • Variety
Volume of Effects-Heavy Movies Threatens Perception of VFX
The complaints are nothing new: Hollywood doesn’t make mid-budget dramas anymore. The assembly line of superhero blockbusters results in bigger, louder and less coherent movies. Easily distracted audiences demand an over-the-top set-piece every 15 minutes.

For many, responsibility for this seemingly escalating problem rests on the simulated shoulders of today’s computer-crazy visual-effects industry, which, they claim, has sucked the soul out of commercial cinema by churning out visuals like so much sausage, taking us on an endless journey of dinosaur attacks, superhero mashups and cities laid to waste that all blends together in viewers’ minds. Box office hits today, they say, are now more about spectacle than story, thrills instead of character.

“On any given day,” says Oscar-winning visual-effects veteran Richard Edlund, “there are more than 1,000 shots in the pipeline for the next Marvel movie. … I’m worried about the future of the industry, frankly, because the [mid-budget] $30 million-$50 million
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John Carpenter Classics Head Back To The Big Screen In 4K This Autumn

We’ve just received an exciting release detailing the re-release of a bunch of John Carpenter movies in UK cinemas and on the home formats for later this year. Studiocanal are behind the re-releases of The Fog, Escape From New York, Prince Of Darkness and They Live!

All four brand new 4k restorations were done using the original camera negatives, with the colour grading approved for the new restorations and Uhd versions by the films’ Cinematographers: Gary B Kibbe and Dean Cundey.

Celebrated UK based artist Matt Ferguson has created exclusive brand-new artwork for each film and audiences will be able to appreciate the new 4k restorations at home when all films, complete with new brand new and ‘best of’ extras material, are released across Home Entertainment platforms including Uhd for the very first time. A very special, 4-disc Collector’s Edition will be available of The Fog, Escape From New York,
See full article at The Hollywood News »

John Carpenter 4K Collection Trailer Celebrates the Return of 4 Classics

  • MovieWeb
John Carpenter 4K Collection Trailer Celebrates the Return of 4 Classics
Four John Carpenter classics have been given 4K restorations and are heading back to theaters this fall in order to celebrate the new versions of these fan-favorite horror and sci-fi movies. Now, we have a brand new trailer that showcases the restored and updated versions of Prince of Darkness, The Fog, Escape From New York and They Live. To say the least, this trailer is loaded down with coolness and should truly delight horror fans.

The 4K collection trailer is iconic shot after iconic shot, taken from all four of the movies. Any one of these movies on their own would have made for a nice, modern trailer, but having them all crammed into one is something to behold. Having Snake Plissken in the same place as Rowdy Roddy Piper's John Nada from They Live is undoubtedly great. Not to mention that all of these movies have never looked better,
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John Carpenter's Halloween is Getting a Theatrical Re-Release

If you’ve never seen John Carpenter’s classic horror film Halloween on the big screen before, your opportunity to do that is coming! The film is getting a theatrical re-release on September 27th and will pop up on over 1,000 screens for one night only.

This is three weeks before the David Gordon Green-directed sequel is released in theaters. That movie has been met with a lot of positive reviews and a few negative ones. But I’ve been hearing a lot more good things than bad.

It seems appropriate that fans would get the opportunity to see the original Halloween movie on the big screen before they see the upcoming sequel. I’ve seen Halloween on the big screen once before and I saw it with an awesome audience so it was an extremely fun movie going experience. I plan on catching it this time around as well.
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Original ‘Halloween’ to Return to Theaters

  • Variety
Original ‘Halloween’ to Return to Theaters
John Carpenter’s original “Halloween” is returning to theaters beginning on Sept. 27 on more than 1,000 screens — three weeks before the reboot arrives.

The announcement was made Wednesday by CineLife Entertainment, the event cinema division of Spotlight Cinema Networks, which has teamed up with Compass International Pictures and Trancas International Films.

In the film, villain Michael Myers (played by Nick Castle) has spent the last 15 years locked away inside a sanitarium under the care of child psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis. On the night before Halloween, Myers escapes and makes his way back home to Haddonfield, Ill., where he stalks high-school student Laurie Strode, memorably played by Jamie Lee Curtis in her film debut.

The original film has been restored and remastered digitally, created under the supervision of original cinematographer Dean Cundey.

“I’m thrilled to have the original make its way back into theaters, as we prepare for the release of the sequel,
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John Carpenter’s Halloween Returning to Theaters in Celebration of Its 40th Anniversary

  • DailyDead
Halloween fans have a lot to be thankful for this October. Not only are we getting a new movie, a 40th anniversary convention, and haunted attractions, but we'll also be getting theatrical screenings of John Carpenter's original masterpiece starting later this month:

For a list of participating theaters, visit:

http://www.cinelifeentertainment.com/event/halloween-40th-anniversary/

From the Press Release: Los Angeles, CA - CineLife Entertainment, the event cinema division of Spotlight Cinema Networks, has teamed up with Compass International Pictures and Trancas International Films to bring John Carpenter's seminal 1978 classic back to select theatres worldwide beginning September 27, 2018.

In the film, the villain, Michael Myers, has spent the last 15 years locked away inside a sanitarium under the care of child psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis. On October 30, 1978, Myers escapes and makes his way back home to Haddonfield, turning a night of tricks and treats into something much more sinister for three young women,
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Four John Carpenter Classics Are Getting 4K Restoration Re-Releases

  • MovieWeb
Four John Carpenter Classics Are Getting 4K Restoration Re-Releases
It's a great time to be a fan of John Carpenter. The horror legend just finished the score for the upcoming Halloween movie, which he also served as an executive producer on, and now we have learned that The Fog, Prince of Darkness, They Live, and Escape From New York are all getting 4K restorations. If that wasn't enough, all four of the films will be getting theatrical re-releases this fall as well, giving horror fans a truly special Halloween treat.

It was previously reported that Studiocanal was restoring The Fog, but now it has been revealed that Prince of Darkness, They Live, and Escape from New York are getting in on the action as well. Each film has been restored using the original negatives, along with color grading that was approved by cinematographers Gary B. Kibbe and Dean Cundey. Each of the movies will be available this fall on 4K Uhd,
See full article at MovieWeb »

FrightFest 2018: ‘Halloween’ Review: Dir. John Carpenter (1978)

Halloween review: As the 1978 classic turns 40, a new 4K restoration hits cinemas and London’s 2018 Arrow Video FrightFest.

Halloween review by Paul Heath August 2018.

In the four decades since the release of John Carpenter’s classic slasher flick Halloween, and the forty-something years that I have been on the planet, our paths have never crossed. Up until this very week, I had never seen the film – surprising when you think of the job I do – but I suppose horror hasn’t always been my thing – that said, I saw all of Wes Craven’s output – the ‘Nightmare On Elm Street’ movies particularly – growing up. In its fortieth year, Halloween is getting a major re-release, complete with a 4K makeover. It debuts at this month’s FrightFest, the UK’s premiere horror festival, from where we view it.

It seems a bit odd reviewing a film that is nearly as old as me,
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