MipCancun: 15 Takes on 2017’s Edition

Cancun, Mexico — The 4th MipCancun unspooled Nov. 15-17 in the Sunrise quarter of a beachside hotel. That name could stand metaphor for the Latin America’s independent TV production sector at large and for MipCancun itself, as attendance soared to over 700 delegates, boosted by a co-production strand which looks like representing much of the meeting’s future. 15 points on this year’s meet, which caught the industry on a dramatic upturn.

1.Viva La Revolucion, And Yes, It’S Quite A Revolucion

MipCancun’s defining energy, playing out in multiple iterations and sweeping MipCancun, was Hollywood – studios, big and boutique indies – and Latin America’s top TV players – broadcasters, producers – thrashing out the co-production, co-financing and distribution, here by the former, of ambitious TV dramas, rooted in Latin American realities but made for the world. Just two-or-three examples: “Narcos” producer Gaumont TV started “at the beginning of the year” to become co-producers and partners of series from Latin
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The Man Who Could Cheat Death

A thyroid operation every ten years, plus regular libations of an eerie green liquid, has allowed Anton Diffring to live over a hundred years without looking a year over forty. Hammer’s medical horror show features Christopher Lee, Hazel Court and sumptuous cinematography, but not a whole lot of surprises.

The Man Who Could Cheat Death


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1959 / Color/ 1:66 widescreen / 83 min. / Street Date March 14, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Anton Diffring, Hazel Court, Christopher Lee, Arnold Marle, Delphi Lawrence.

Cinematography: Jack Asher

Production Design: Bernard Robinson

Art Direction: Roy Ashton

Film Editor: John Dunsford

Original Music: Richard Rodney Bennett

Written by Jimmy Sangster from a play by Barré Lyndon

Produced by Michael Carreras

Directed by Terence Fisher

For its first two years of Technicolor horror Hammer Films could seemingly do no wrong. In just a few months their revivals of classic horror motifs were being bankrolled and
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Producer Claims NBC’s ‘Timeless’ Infringes on Spanish Series

Producer Claims NBC’s ‘Timeless’ Infringes on Spanish Series

The Spanish producer of a time travel series claims in a federal copyright infringement lawsuit that NBC’s upcoming “Timeless” is a ripoff of their show.

The series is set to debut on Oct. 3. A press screening of one of the episodes is scheduled on the Sony lot on Wednesday.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Tuesday, claims that Onza Partners, producers of the Spanish series “El Ministerio del Tiempo” contend that their storyline was stolen for “Timeless,” in which a trio travels through time to try to stop a criminal trying to alter the course of history.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages as well as a preliminary and permanent injunction prohibiting the “production and/or distribution (in any form or medium whatsoever) of any episodes” of “Timeless,” including the pilot. But the producers are not filing a separate application for a temporary restraining order to immediately halt the series
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NBC's 'Timeless' Hit With Copyright Lawsuit

NBC's 'Timeless' Hit With Copyright Lawsuit
Just days before its series premiere, Timeless is facing an untimely copyright lawsuit in California federal court.  Spanish producer Onza Partners claims the NBC series is a ripoff of El Ministerio del Tiempo, the story of a three-person government team who travels to time to change the past, according to the complaint filed Tuesday. Onza principal Gonzalo Sagardia met with Gersh partner Roy Ashton at an international television conference in April 2015, seeking his help in packaging an American version of the show. Sagardia gave Ashton a DVD and other promotional materials with the understanding that, if the agent

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Today is Peter Cushing’s 103rd Birthday! Here Are His Ten Best Roles

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, Michael Haffner, Sam Moffitt, and Tom Stockman

Peter Cushing, born on this day in 1913, was one of the most respected and important actors in the horror and fantasy film genres. To his many fans, the British star, who died in 1994, was known as ‘The Gentle Man of Horror’ and is recognized for his work with Hammer Films which began in the late 1950’s, but he had numerous memorable roles outside of Hammer. A topnotch actor who was able to deliver superb performances on a consistent basis, Peter Cushing also had range. He could play both the hero and the villain with ease.

Here, according to We Are Movie Geeks, are Peter Cushing’s ten best roles:

Dr. Maitland

During the 1960s, Amicus Studios had a knack for borrowing from the pool of Hammer Studios actors and filmmakers to make their own Hammer-inspired films. While
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Horror Classics: Four Chilling Movies from Hammer Films

Warners answers the call for Hammer horror with four nifty thrillers starring the great Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. The transfers are immaculate -- Technicolor was never richer than this. The only drawback is that Chris Lee's Dracula has so few lines of dialogue.  On hi-def, Cushing's Frankenstein movie is a major re-discovery as well. Horror Classics: Four Chilling Movies from Hammer Films Blu-ray The Mummy, Dracula has Risen from the Grave, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, Taste the Blood of Dracula Warner Home Video 1959-1970 / Color / 1:66 - 1:78 widescreen / 376 min. / Street Date October 6, 2015 / 54.96 Starring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Yvonne Furneaux, George Pastell, Michael Ripper; Christopher Lee, Rupert Davies, Veronica Carlson, Barbara Ewing, Barry Andrews, Ewan Hooper, Michael Ripper; Peter Cushing, Veronica Carlson, Freddie Jones, Simon Ward, Thorley Walters, Maxine Audley; Christopher Lee, Geoffrey Keen, Linda Hayden, Isla Blair, John Carson, Ralph Bates, Roy Kinnear. <Cinematography Jack Asher; Arthur Grant; Arthur Grant; Arthur Grant.
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‘The Curse of The Werewolf’ nails the FX, misses on content

The Curse of the Werewolf

Directed by Terence Fisher

Written by Anthony Hinds

UK, 1961

The original Universal Studios Wolf Man left an indelible mark on film history, particularly in it’s painstakingly specific make-up transformation that turned Lon Chaney, Jr.’s Larry Talbot into the title character. That effect has hung over every werewolf feature since, with films trying to compete with makeup maestro Jack Pierce’s legendary design. 20 years after the first Wolf Man film, Hammer Horror took a stab at the monster, utilizing a script based on A Werewolf in Paris and a barrel-chested Oliver Reed in his first film role.

By the time Hammer got around to making their werewolf film they’d already found success with multiple Peter Cushing/Christopher Lee vehicles such as The Mummy, Dracula and Frankenstein, all of which displayed exciting makeup effects, and they continued the trend early on in The Curse of the Werewolf.
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Top Ten Tuesday: Peter Cushing – His Ten Best Movie Roles

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, Michael Haffner, Sam Moffitt, and Tom Stockman









Peter Cushing (1913-1994) was one of the most respected and important actors in the horror and fantasy film genres. To his many fans, the British star was known as ‘The Gentle Man of Horror’ and is recognized for his work with Hammer Films which began in the late 1950’s, but he had numerous memorable roles outside of Hammer. A topnotch actor who was able to deliver superb performances on a consistent basis, Peter Cushing also had range. He could play both the hero and the villain with ease.

Super-8 Peter Cushing Movie Madness takes place February 4th at The Way Out Club in St. Louis and will be a great way to celebrate the actor’s career. The event is on February 4th beginning at 8pm. Condensed versions (average length:
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Newest in Roy Ashton Collection: Peter Cushing/Arthur Grimsdyke Action Figure!

Roy Ashton is known as one of the greatest make up artists to work in film, working for Hammer and Amicus and doing fantastic work in the horror genre. He’s a FM favorite.

Distinctive Dummies‘ newest action figure in the Roy Ashton collection is a 12″ Arthur Grimsdyke, from the Amicus film Tales From The Crypt. From the “Poetic Justice” segment, Roy turned actor Peter Cushing’s “kind hearted pensioner, Arthur Grimsdyke, into an undead Zombie who rises from the grave to wreak his ghostly revenge on the person who wronged him.”

The action figure comes with a custom pro print box, custom hand made clothing, and a torn out heart… all of which is authorized by the Roy Ashton estate.

It’s priced at $104.99 and ships July 23rd, and can be ordered here.
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Blu-ray Review - The Reptile (1966)

The Reptile, 1966.

Directed by John Gilling.

Starring Noel Willman, Jacqueline Pearce, Ray Barrett, Jennifer Daniel and Michael Ripper.


Following the mysterious death of his brother, Harry Spalding (Ray Barrett) and his wife Valerie (Jennifer Daniel) move to an inherited cottage in small Cornish village with a dark secret.

It is always refreshing to see a film launch straight into the action. No opening narration, no subtitles, no easing us in gently. From the word go, we’re stepping into dangerous territory, as some poor devil wanders about a darkened stately home, a letter in his hand, fear in his eyes. A smiling Malay waits at the foot of the stairs, watching as a shape emerges from the shadows, and sinks its teeth into our man’s neck. He runs, falls down the staircase, foaming at the mouth, his wound turning all sorts of colours you just know skin shouldn’t be.
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Amy Retzinger & Rob Golenberg Exit Gersh

Exclusive: Veteran Gersh TV lit agents Amy L. Retzinger and Rob Golenberg have left the agency. Both had been there for more than a decade. The move is a fallout from Gersh’s recent hire of CAA TV lit agent Roy Ashton as Partner and Head of the Television Literary Department and part of a restructuring at the department under Ashton. Neither Retzinger nor Golenberg have lined up their next gigs yet. There has been speculation that Retzinger might be headed to upstart Verve, while Golenberg is in the process of starting a representation/production business, which he will likely announce after the first of the year.
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Hammer comes to Horror [channel]

Voluptuous vampire vixens, high society diabolists, meandering mouldy mummies, rapacious reptiles, and zillions of zombies… Sound like fun? Well the new Hammer Horror Halloween season on Horror channel will be most definitely for you then! Showing on the channel from October 1st to October 31st, the Hammer season is introduced by author, broadcaster and critic Kim Newman.

The line-up includes:

Sat Oct 1st | 23:10 | Scars of Dracula (1970)

Christopher Lee’s fifth Dracula picture and was directed by Roy Ward Baker who was determined to do it in as gory a style as possible. The film’s greatest innovation, however, was to present a surprisingly verbose Count as Lee had been given very little dialogue in the previous Dracula movies, Bereft of an American pre-sale, Scars of Dracula and its support feature, The Horror of Frankenstein, were both produced on relatively low budgets

Sat Oct 8 | 23:10 |

Frankenstein Created Woman (1967) One of
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Classic Practical Horror Special Effects Vs. CGI - Which do you Prefer?

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With CGI (computer generated imagery) becoming the new norm in filmmaking, (most recently the emergence of almost every film being made with 3D technology) fans have let their displeasure for this new gimmick be heard as most of them feel that the new 3D fad is just that..a fad and while CGI does improve upon a film, practical effects can be used just as well....

The argument for special effects is that when used right in film it provides a sense of realism and tangibility for the audience which heightens the film experience for the viewer. Using special effects over CGI also gives a film the "how'd they do that" factor which is when filmakers find other ways to create set pieces, costumes, etc. to enhance the wow aspect of the movie. Good examples showing the wow factor of special effects being used in film range in a wide
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The William Castle Film Collection—The DVD Review, Part II

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The William Castle Film Collection (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, $80.95) includes eight pictures produced and directed by master showman Castle. In Part One of this lengthy DVD review, I dissected four of them—13 Ghosts, Homicidal and the two best, The Tingler and Mr. Sardonicus. Believe you me, it was a ghastly business! As Sardonicus would say, “I have known a ghoul—a disgusting creature that opens graves and feeds on corpses.” Like a DVD reviewer. See here.

In this epic conclusion, I am fitted out with a Strait-jacket (about time!) and also chronicle Zotz!, 13 Frightened Girls and The Old Dark House, the three Castle entries new to DVD (which lack the short, individual “making of” documentaries accompanying the other five). Only two of these eight flicks were shot in color (Girls, House); theatrical trailers are included with all of the movies. And that’s all you need to know as we continue—in amazing Screamarama,
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