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Few latecomer ’60s spy movies were big successes. This amusing Brit effort sank without a trace, perhaps taking with it the career of the talented Tom Courtenay as a leading man. The comic tale pits an underachieving, cheeky London lad against an intelligence conspiracy that wouldn’t be doing anybody much harm — if they didn’t insist on murdering people.

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Powerhouse Indicator (UK)

1969 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 92 min. / Available at The Ph page / Street Date March 19, 2018 / £15.99

Starring: Tom Courtenay, Romy Schneider, Alan Badel, James Villiers, Leonard Rossiter, James Bolam, Fiona Lewis, Freddie Jones, James Cossins, James Maxwell, Edward Hardwicke, Ronald Lacey, Phyllida Law, Geoffrey Bayldon, Frank Middlemass.

Cinematography: Austin Dempster

Film Editor: Richard Best

Art Direction: Carmen Dillon

Original Music: Stanley Myers

Written by Dick Clement, Ian la Frenais from a book by Martin Waddell

Produced by Bruce Cohn Curtis, Carl Foreman

Directed by Dick Clement

The British film
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Viral Site Takes You Inside the New Proton Packs in 'Ghostbusters'

Today marked another day when audiences were given a blast from the past in the form of the first trailer for the Ghostbusters reboot, which is directed by Paul Feig and stars Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth.

In addition to the trailer, however, Sony also launched a viral site for the film called Paranormal Studies Lab. On the site, the filmmakers take you behind the scenes of Ghostbusters, giving you an inside look at the very thing that makes the Ghostbusters the Ghostbusters: the proton pack!

In the video, particle physicist James Maxwell, who worked as a consultant on the film, goes into agonizing detail about what makes the proton pack kick, and how it differs from the one seen in the original film back in the 1980s.

While the proton pack is a definite highlight of the site, it also gives us
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'Ghostbusters' Featurette: How to Bust Ghosts with Science

'Ghostbusters' Featurette: How to Bust Ghosts with Science
'Light 'em up!' Erin Gilbert screams as she and her new team of spirit chasers face off against the biggest threat New York has ever seen. Earlier this morning, we got our first official look at the Ghostbusters reboot with the exciting new trailer. Now, we get a featurette that goes behind-the-scenes and delves into the real science on display in this reboot of the 1984 classic, starring comedy heavyweights Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, in theaters this summer.

The Ghostbusters trailer actually contains a hidden URL that directs fans to ParanormalStudiesLab.com. This viral site for the movie has debuted with new photos of Ghostbusting equipment. This site also arrives with blueprints and schematics, along with an exclusive sneak peek. About the movie and its science, director Paul Feig had this to say.

"Our film centers on Erin and Abby, who have spent many years
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The Films of Val Lewton: ‘Cat People’ and ‘I Walked With a Zombie’

Val Lewton, Russian émigré turned horror master, was a reporter, pulp novelist and MGM publicity writer before moving into film. He spent the 1930s as David O. Selznick’s story editor, directing second unit work on A Tale of Two Cities (1935) and script doctoring Gone With the Wind (1939), warning Selznick it would be “the mistake of his life.” While not Hollywood’s most prescient man, Lewton’s professionalism earned Selznick’s respect, and their collaboration led to Rko offering Lewton a producing job in 1942.

Rko was reeling from Orson WellesThe Magnificent Ambersons, an expensive flop forcing a refocus on low budget films. Charles Koerner headed the studio’s B Unit, envisioning a horror series inspired by Universal Studio’s successful franchises. Where Universal culled from established literature (Dracula, Frankenstein), Rko worked from Koerner’s whim: he created a title and left the filmmakers to handle trivia like plot and characters.
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From 'Mad Men' To Jane Austen

From 'Mad Men' To Jane Austen
New York — To find their Mr. Darcy, the Guthrie Theater in Minnesota has turned to a Mad Man.

Vincent Kartheiser, who plays the malcontent Pete Campbell on AMC's "Mad Men," will star this summer in a new Guthrie production of "Pride and Prejudice" as the brooding hero of Jane Austen's most famous novel.

"It's interesting playing a character that people have such strong feelings about before I've even begun playing him," he said Friday by phone from Los Angeles. "I don't have a lot of experience playing famous characters and it's an interesting expectation that lays on my head."

Kartheiser is a native of Minneapolis and first appeared at the Guthrie in 1986 at age 7 as Tiny Tim in "A Christmas Carol." He returned to play small roles in the company's 1990 productions of "Henry V" and "Henry IV."

"I think my biggest scene I was being carried around dead," he joked.
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Doctor Who complete reviews: Underworld

Mention Underworld to any Doctor Who expert, and they’ll most likely respond with a barely disguised sneer of contempt. For years, the story has been derided for ridiculous looking Cso caves to the point where it looks less like a Doctor Who story, more an episode of kids’ virtual reality TV show, Knightmare.

Ironically though, the Cso isn’t the worst thing about Underworld. The recent DVD sheds a bit more light on this troubled production. Back in 1977, funds weren’t quite so high as they had been on previous stories, and so it was decided that a good way of saving money was to build model caves and film these via Cso. Sadly though, the Cso doesn’t totally convince, and according to the DVD featurette, this wasn’t a particularly easy production to work on. The grainy black and white footage shows Big Tom alternating between a
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