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Deanna Lund Dead at 81

Actress Deanna Lund died on June 22 at her home in Century City of pancreatic cancer. She was 81.

Lund played one of the seven castaways trying to survive in a world of large, unfriendly people on the 1960s ABC series Land of the Giants. Her Valerie Scott was a selfish party girl on the Irwin Allen-created series, which aired for two seasons, from September 1968 until March 1970.

Set in the year 1983, 20th Century Fox's Land of the Giants revolved around the crew and passengers of the spaceship Spindrift, which on the way to London crashed on a planet whose humanoid inhabitants were hostile and unbelievably huge. The show was extremely expensive to make, costing a reported $250,000 an episode.

The sexy Lund had appeared as a redheaded lesbian stripper opposite Frank Sinatra in Tony Rome (1967) and as Anna Gram, a moll working for The Riddler (John Astin), on ABC's Batman, leading
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Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz to Lead Animated ‘Addams Family’ Movie

Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz to Lead Animated ‘Addams Family’ Movie
Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron have been cast as the respective voices of Gomez and Morticia Addams in MGM’s animated comedy “The Addams Family.”

Chloe Grace Moretz will voice their daughter Wednesday Addams and Finn Wolfhard is on board as brother Pugsley Addams. Nick Kroll is voicing Uncle Fester, with Bette Midler as Grandmama and Allison Janney as the family’s arch nemesis, Margaux Needler.

Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan are co-directing from Matt Lieberman’s screenplay based on the Charles Addams’ cartoon series. The film will be produced by Vernon with Gail Berman, via her shingle The Jackal Group, and Alex Schwartz. It will be executive produced by Andrew Mittman, Kevin Miserocchi, and Joe Earley.

Tabitha Shick is overseeing the project on behalf of the studio. CG animation and digital visual effects production is underway in Vancouver at Cinesite Studios.

The story will follow the Addams family, whose
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Sebastian Stan would like to play The Riddler in a DC movie

Given that he’s currently midway through a nine-film contract with Marvel Studios to play Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier, it’s unlikely that we’ll be seeing actor Sebastian Stan popping up in a DC movie any time soon. Nevertheless, should the opportunity arise, it seems he has a particular character in mind.

During a Q&A at Wizard World St. Louis, Stan was asked which character he’d like to play in a DC film, with the actor responding by namedropping the iconic Batman Rogue Edward Nygma, a.k.a. The Riddler, adding that: “Honestly, I would not know what to do with the character at all. But it’s such a crazy, crazy character. Maybe I wouldn’t.”

See Also: Sebastian Stan on The Winter Soldier and whether we might see him as Captain America

The Riddler has appeared on screen numerous times over the years, played
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January 23rd Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Dario Argento’s Opera, Jigsaw, Dance MacAbre

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January 23rd doesn’t feature a ton of new genre titles making their way to Blu-ray and DVD, but there are a few films that cult film fans should definitely get excited for, including newly remastered versions of Dario Argento’s Opera and Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, and the Director’s Cut of Red Krokodil. Several recent movies are also coming home too, including Jigsaw, The Killing of A Sacred Deer and Geostrom, and Paramount has put together 4K releases of both Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane as well.

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes: Special Edition (Mvd Rewind Collection, Blu/DVD Combo)

UFOs! Bigfoot! Communists! The government has swiftly dealt with many a crisis... But can it survive the diabolical Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes? Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the supermarket, you're face to face with terror so bold, so frightening it
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Oscar Isaac in Talks to Voice Gomez Addams in Animated ‘Addams Family’ Movie

Oscar Isaac in Talks to Voice Gomez Addams in Animated ‘Addams Family’ Movie
Star Wars: The Last Jedi” star Oscar Isaac is in talks with MGM to voice Gomez Addams in the animated feature film “The Addams Family.”

Isaac portrays the heroic pilot Poe Dameron in “The Last Jedi.” The rest of the cast for “The Addams Family” has not been unveiled. Conrad Vernon is directing from a screenplay by Pamela Pettler based on Charles Addams’ iconic cartoon series with revisions by Matt Lieberman.

Producers of “The Addams Family” are Gail Berman, Vernon, and Alex Schwartz. Executive producers are Kevin Miserocchi and Andrew Mittman. The Jackal Group is producing with Cinesite Studios providing the computer-generated animation.

MGM announced Friday that it had set an Oct. 11, 2019, release date for the film. The announcement comes seven weeks after MGM and Annapurna Pictures unveiled a new joint venture for theatrical distribution in the U.S. Through this joint venture, MGM expects to release approximately six to eight films per year beginning with Eli Roth
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The Addams Family: Director Hired for New Animated Movie

The Addams Family has found a new leader. Variety reports Conrad Vernon has been tapped to direct MGM's upcoming film adaptation of the ABC TV show.The original 1960s series followed the macabre Addams family, which included Gomez (John Astin), Morticia (Carolyn Jones), Wednesday (Lisa Loring), Pugsley (Ken Weatherwax), and Uncle Fester (Jackie Coogan). The show has been adapted for film before, with the 1991 movie starring Raul Julia and its 1993 sequel, Addams Family Values.Read More…
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"The Addams Family" Animated Feature

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MGM has confirmed that Conrad Vernon ("The Sausage Party") will direct a new animated feature adapting cartoonist Charles Addams' "The Addams Family":

"...'The Addams Family' are a satirical inversion of the ideal twentieth-century American family...

...as an eccentric wealthy aristocratic clan who delight in the macabre...

"...seemingly unaware, or do not care, that other people find them bizarre or frightening..."

"They're creepy and they're kooky,

Mysterious and spooky,

They're altogether ooky, The Addams Family.

"Their house is a museum

When people come to see 'em

They really are a scream, The Addams Family.

"Neat, Sweet, Petite...

"So get a witch's shawl on

A broomstick you can crawl on

"We're gonna pay a call on

The Addams Family"

Main characters include 'Gomez', 'Morticia', 'Uncle Fester', 'Wednesday', 'Pugsley', 'Lurch'. 'Grandmama', 'Thing' and 'Cousin Itt'.

Charles Addams created his creepy characters in 1938, published as single-panel cartoons in "the New Yorker" magazine.
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Fan-Made Poster Imagines Addams Family Reboot With Oscar Isaac And Eva Green

A movie reboot of The Addams Family has long been in the works. For years, the plan was for Tim Burton – natch – to direct a stop-motion film featuring the ooky, kooky brood. However, once he vacated the project back in 2014, things stalled. Word has it, though, that it’s being reignited as a CGI flick from MGM. Conrad Vernon, the co-director of the R-rated Sausage Party, is set to helm, working off a script from Pamela Pettler (Corpse Bride, Monster House).

While that’s all well and good, the internet still has its heart set on a live-action movie. Social media users have even collectively agreed on the perfect actors to resurrect Gomez and Morticia: Oscar Isaac and Eva Green. The idea has been doing the rounds online for a while, but now, Boss Logic has set his digital art skills into imagining what such a film would look like,
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‘The Addams Family’ Gets Animated in a New CG Movie from ‘Sausage Party’ Co-Director

Originally created by cartoonist Charlie Addams back in 1938, The Addams Family has gone on to enjoy a number of successful adaptations over the years. In 1964, a live-action TV series starring John Astin and Carolyn Jones as Gomez and Morticia Addams came to ABC, with a Halloween TV movie inspired by the show airing in 1977. The fearsome family saw a revival of sorts in the early 90s with a pair of live-action films starring Raul Julia, Anjelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd and Christina Ricci. The series was rebooted once more in the late 90s with Tim Curry
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Addams Family Animated Movie Gets Sausage Party Director

Addams Family Animated Movie Gets Sausage Party Director
After languishing in development for years, MGM is finally moving forward with its The Addams Family animated adaptation, bringing on director Conrad Vernon (Sausage Party) to take the helm. The filmmaker has also been brought on to produce the movie, alongside The Jackal Group's Gail Berman and Alex Schwartz. CG animation work is already under way in Vancouver, but MGM hasn't announced a release date, so it may be quite some time before it hits theaters, but it looks like it's finally on the right track after several years in development.

MGM Studios announced this project back in 2013, setting writer Pamela Pettler (The Corpse Bride) to write the script. Andrew Mittman and Kevin Miserocchi were initially attached as producers at the time, but now they are executive producing, with MGM's executive director Tabitha Shick overseeing the project. Matt Lieberman (Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief) provided revisions on Pamela Pettler's screenplay,
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‘Sausage Party’s’ Conrad Vernon to Direct Animated ‘Addams Family’ Movie

‘Sausage Party’s’ Conrad Vernon to Direct Animated ‘Addams Family’ Movie
Conrad Vernon is on board to direct MGM’s animated “The Addams Family” movie, sources confirm to Variety.

Vernon, who directed Sony’s animated comedy “Sausage Party,” will also produce the movie with Gail Berman and Alex Schwartz, principals of production house the Jackal Group.

The Addams family began their macabre life as single-panel gag illustrations by cartoonist Charles Addams that appeared primarily in the New Yorker. Their popularity led to the Addams Family becoming a television show in the 1960s that starred John Astin and Carolyn Jones as well as an animated series in the early 1970s. The family enjoyed a revival in the early 1990s with a pair of movies that starred Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, and Christina Ricci.

The premise revolved around Gomez and Morticia Addams and their children named Wednesday and Pugsley. Also in the household were Uncle Fester and Grandmama, plus their imposing butler Lurch, the disembodied hand Thing,
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'Sausage Party' Director Tackling 'The Addams Family' (Exclusive)

'Sausage Party' Director Tackling 'The Addams Family' (Exclusive)
Conrad Vernon, who co-directed The Sausage Party, has come aboard to helm MGM’s animated feature version of The Addams Family.

Vernon will also produce the movie with Gail Berman, via her shingle The Jackal Group, and Alex Schwartz.

The Addams Family began their macabre life as single-panel gag illustrations by cartoonist Charles Addams that appeared primarily in The New Yorker. Their popularity led to The Addams Family becoming a television show in the 1960s that starred John Astin and Carolyn Jones, as well as an animated series in the early 1970s. The family enjoyed a revival in the early 1990s...
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Video: 6 Best Movies based on TV shows

With Chips (2017) becoming the latest in a list of movies based on television shows, we decided to look back at previous attempts and rank our favourites. So here are the 6 best movies based on television shows.

6. The Man from Uncle (2015)

One of many shows from the 60s that explored the world of spies, The Man from Uncle (1964-1968) starred the legendary Robert Vaughn and David McCallum as Us and Russian spies, respectively. In 2015, Guy Ritchie revisited the characters of Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin in a film adaptation. Keeping the 60s cold war setting, but with epic set pieces and a tongue-in-cheek tone, The Man from Uncle was your typical Guy Ritchie fair with its slickness.

5. The A-Team (2010)

It was always going to be hard to replace the original actors who spent most of the 80s helping those in need, however once you add Liam Neeson to the cast your film immediately gains several points.
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It Came From The Tube: Mr. Boogedy (1986)

I was a teenager when ABC’s The Disney Sunday Movie aired Mr. Boogedy (1986), a haunted house tale, and I had no interest in seeing it. I was beyond such childish ventures; my horror was blood and guts and sex and probably more blood. But teenaged Scott didn’t bother to think that every horror fan starts somewhere, and at every age too – and some gateway horror is geared towards nudging the kid to the edge of the pool instead of throwing him in. If you’re looking for some fun horror water wings, Mr. Boogedy will do the trick.

Originally airing on April 20th, Mr. Boogedy did well enough against CBS’ 60 Minutes and NBC’s Punky Brewster/Silver Spoons lineups to garner a sequel the following year, Bride of Boogedy. As the ‘80s progressed, The Disney Sunday Movie didn’t quite have the same cache due to the rise of VCRs and video stores.
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‘Get To Know Your Rabbit’: Brian De Palma’s Transitional Fiasco

There’s an alternate version of Brian De Palma’s career where 1972’s Get to Know Your Rabbit stands as one of the most seminal entries. The last of De Palma’s early-70s comedies, the film is most readily recognized as a prelude to his directorial turning point. Just a year later, he began a string of legacy defining films: Sisters, Obsession, and Carrie.

But this early-period black sheep is more than a mere historical footnote. It’s the transitional fiasco that De Palma needed. Coming after the modest hits of Greetings and Hi, Mom!, this was the big leagues, a chance for the nascent but rising director to work with Hollywood and establish himself as a conjunction of artistic and financial impulses.

It’s only inevitable that even De Palma’s crowd-pleasing comedy scans as commentary about the prison of working with studios. In an impish reversal of the artist’s own circumstances,
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New 'Batman' Animated Movie Reunites Original Cast

New 'Batman' Animated Movie Reunites Original Cast
Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar will reprise their 1960s TV Batman roles – in vocal form, at least – for the new animated film Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. In a trailer, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, Batman (West) and Robin (Ward) approach death in a giant oven (conveniently labeled "Giant Oven") before hatching an escape plot.

"Holy spoiler alert!" Robin exclaims. Batman teases the film, vowing, "A good crime-fighter always keeps his fans informed." Caped Crusaders – available October 11th on Digital HD and November 1st as a Blu-Ray
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Review: Arrow’s Return Of The Killer Tomatoes Blu-ray / DVD is an Enjoyable Presentation of the Oddball Cult Film

It’s mathematically impossible for me to hate anything with John Astin in it, which is probably why I have fond memories of watching Return of the Killer Tomatoes a handful of times as a kid. Revisiting it now as an adult with Arrow Video’s recent Blu-ray/DVD release, Return doesn’t really hold up as the hilarious farce I remembered it as, but despite some uneven jokes, for the most part it is still pretty entertaining and feels like the best Troma movie the Zucker brothers never made.

Released nearly ten years after its notorious predecessor, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, the sequel introduces a world in which the titular vegetables have now been outlawed after the “Great War” that pitted humans against their oversized tomato foes, forcing new generations to adapt to a tomato-free lifestyle. That doesn’t sit well with Professor Gangreen (John Astin, who would
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Blu-ray Review: Return of the Killer Tomatoes (Arrow Video)

Speaking of horror-comedies and things returning, Return of the Killer Tomatoes was also recently released to Blu-ray, this time by the Us chapter of Arrow Video. I know, you’re thinking to yourself “Return of the Killer Tomatoes, really?” Yes, really, and honestly, it deserves every inch of the Criterion-like treatment that Arrow Video gives their releases. It’s not a great movie, and it definitely doesn’t retain a lot of the novelty established by the original, but it features a very young and sex-starved George Clooney, and even though it recycles a lot of footage, it’s actually a pretty fun time. It’s not up there with Return of the Living Dead, but it has a fan base, of which I am a member.

This sequel takes place ten years after the events of Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, in a land where people live in fear of tomatoes,
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June 28th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Return Of The Killer Tomatoes

June is ending on a quiet note for horror and sci-fi home entertainment releases, as we only have six titles coming our way on June 28th.

Blue Underground has shown some love to two cult classics with their Blu-ray double feature of Circus of Fear and Five Golden Dragons, and Arrow Video is resurrecting another cult classic (albeit one that is a bit more recent) with their Return of the Killer Tomatoes Special Edition Blu-ray.

Other notable titles being released this Tuesday include Alien Strain, Shark Exorcist, Forgotten Tales, and Hotel Inferno.

Alien Strain (Mti Home Video, DVD)

After his girlfriend vanishes without a trace on a camping trip, he quickly goes from witness to suspect. Now, a year later, she returns to the very spot from which she was taken, but not like she was before.

Circus of Fear/Five Golden Dragons Double Feature (Blue Underground, Blu-ray)

Circus Of Fear
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The Bottom Shelf: Return Of The Killer Tomatoes, He Never Died

Nick Aldwinckle Aug 10, 2016

Blood Bath, The Beast With 1,000,000 Eyes and Return Of The Killer Tomatoes: it's our latest DVD and Blu-ray round-up...

Britain is in a state of turmoil, with Brexit, political leadership spinning out of control and social media civil war already underway. As such, it has perhaps never been a more appropriate time for a release of John De Bello and Stephen Peace’s 1988 meditation on the path towards peace and racial tolerance, Return Of The Killer Tomatoes, out on Arrow Bluray.

Set ten years after the events of the Great Tomato War, as depicted in uncompromising detail in De Bello and Peace’s earlier epic, Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes, tomatoes – following the mutant, sentient, strain responsible for the deaths of many citizens – are now outlawed in the Us. As with all the best banned items, killer tomatoes have now gone underground, with a thriving black market
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