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Edwards Pt 2: The Pink Panther Sequels and Famous Silent Film Era Step-grandfather Director

'The Pink Panther' with Peter Sellers: Blake Edwards' 1963 comedy hit and its many sequels revolve around one of the most iconic film characters of the 20th century: clueless, thick-accented Inspector Clouseau – in some quarters surely deemed politically incorrect, or 'insensitive,' despite the lack of brown face make-up à la Sellers' clueless Indian guest in Edwards' 'The Party.' 'The Pink Panther' movies [1] There were a total of eight big-screen Pink Panther movies co-written and directed by Blake Edwards, most of them starring Peter Sellers – even after his death in 1980. Edwards was also one of the producers of every (direct) Pink Panther sequel, from A Shot in the Dark to Curse of the Pink Panther. Despite its iconic lead character, the last three movies in the Pink Panther franchise were box office bombs. Two of these, The Trail of the Pink Panther and Curse of the Pink Panther, were co-written by Edwards' son,
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How Much Do You Know About Movie Extras? New Book Discusses Their History

In the book Hollywood Unknowns, author Anthony Slide tackles a little-known side of Hollywood moviemaking: the aspirations and travails of the movie extras and bit players (in addition to "side" chapters on actors' stand-ins and stunt doubles). [Image: Book cover featuring -- possibly -- short filmmaker Pete Smith.] Slide's Hollywood Unknowns: A History of Extras, Bit Players and Stand-Ins covers the history of the movie extras from the very dawn of cinema -- when, say, someone like future "star" Florence Lawrence could be the focus of one film and mere "atmosphere" in another -- to the current crop of movie extras. Among the sujects discussed in Anthony Slide's highly entertaining tome are the history of Central Casting; union battles involving the Screen Actors Guild, the Screen Extras Guild, and splinter groups; and a look at former silent-era performers, including Clara Kimball Young, King Baggott, and William Farnum, who finished their days as Hollywood extras. So, next time you watch Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist,
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Brett Rickaby: Crazy for “Bereavement”

  • Fangoria
Brett Rickaby: Crazy for “Bereavement”
There are many reasons to feel Bereavement while watching Stevan Mena’s new horror film (opening in more theaters today; go here for the lineup), and most of them stem from the actions of its villain, Graham Sutter. Played by Brett Rickaby, Sutter not only kidnaps young women and murders them in his abandoned-slaughterhouse home, but forces his abducted preteen “protégé, Martin Bristol (Spencer List), to witness these hideous acts. It’s the first lead and the most attention-grabbing part yet for Rickaby, a veteran of numerous screen and stage roles previously most recognizable to horror fans as the jailed, raving Bill Farnum in The Crazies.
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Watch All Four of The Crazies Motion Comics

Breck Eisner's The Crazies is set to terrify audiences all over again this summer when it debuts on DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday, June 29th. As part of the special features, Anchor Bay is including two of the motion comic episodes created in conjunction with the film. In anticipation of this upcoming release, we have four more of the motion comics for you to watch right here. Simply click on the video clips below:

The Crazies - Motion Comic: Episode 1.01: "Hopman Bog"

When a military pilot loses control of his plane and careens into a local bog, he discovers something, or someone, hitched along for the ride.

The Crazies - Motion Comic: Episode 1.02: "Dwyer Creek"

Meet Bill Farnum, mild mannered husband and father. That is until the Crazies get him.

The Crazies - Motion Comic: Episode 1.03: "Black Pond"

Local mortician, Charlie Finley, is having a bad day.
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Frank Lloyd: Master Of Screen Melodrama

Milton Sills in The Sea Hawk (top); William Farnum in A Tale of Two Cities (bottom) Frank Lloyd Intro I: Two-Time Oscar Winner Unlike George Cukor, Henry Hathaway, Howard Hawks, William Wyler, or even John Ford, Frank Lloyd specialized in one movie genre: melodrama. From A Tale of Two Cities to Cavalcade, from The Sea Hawk to The Howards of Virginia, from Black Oxen to Blood on the Sun, the vast majority of Lloyd’s movies were supposed to make you leave the theater at least a little shaken up after having suffered for a couple of hours with Pauline Frederick, Norma Talmadge, Milton Sills, Clara Bow, Richard Barthelmess, Ann Harding, Claudette Colbert, Cary Grant, or James [...]
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New and Final Crazies Poster Hits Online

Overture Films has provided us with the brand new one-sheet for The Crazies which will be released in theaters everywhere on February 26, 2010. Click on this brand new poster below to enlarge the image. The Crazies stars Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Danielle Panabaker, Joe Anderson, Brett Rickaby, Christie Lynn Smith, Preston Bailey, Joe Reegan and Justin Welborn.

A remake of George A. Romero’s 1973 film of the same name. The film is a reimagining of the George Romero original and is directed by Breck Eisner from a screenplay by Ray Wright and Scott Kosar.

David Dutton (Timothy Olyphant) is sheriff of Ogden Marsh, a picture-perfect American town with happy, law-abiding citizens. One day, citizen Rory Hamill comes to a school baseball game ready to kill with a loaded shotgun, and is shot and killed by Dutton when he doesn’t surrender. Another man, Bill Farnum, burns down his own house after
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