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No Wonder ‘It’ Is a Smash Hit: It’s the World’s Most Deluxe Freddy Krueger Movie

No Wonder ‘It’ Is a Smash Hit: It’s the World’s Most Deluxe Freddy Krueger Movie
When I finally caught up with the smash-hit horror film “It,” it wasn’t hard to divine the secret of the movie’s success: It’s a spooky but reassuringly programmed terror app — the world’s most deluxe Freddy Krueger film. It’s “A Nightmare on Elm Street 8” with Stephen King benefits. Pennywise, the monster clown who shows up at regular intervals to terrify a handful of 13-year-olds in small-town Maine (at a running time of two hours and 15 minutes, that’s a lot of intervals), is a demon jester who laughs at everything, including his own image. Rabbity and carrot-topped, like Bozo crossed with Klaus Nomi, and with a face that opens up into nightmare jaws, he turns jolts into jokes and jokes into bloody mischief. He’s the film’s icon of superstar evil, and also its ringleader (Step right up and see how wide my jaw will bend!), and
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Watch Fred Armisen's Tribute to David Bowie on 'Saturday Night Live'

Watch Fred Armisen's Tribute to David Bowie on 'Saturday Night Live'
During the Adam Driver-hosted episode of Saturday Night Live, the long-running sketch comedy series paid tribute to David Bowie by having former cast member Fred Armisen return to reminisce about a memorable 1979 episode of SNL where Bowie served as musical guest.

"When I was in high school and living in Long Island, I stayed up to see David Bowie play on Saturday Night Live. Watching him, for me, was a life-changing experience," Armisen told the audience. "David Bowie transformed whatever space he was in, whatever medium he was using,
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Fred Armisen Salutes David Bowie For “Transforming Live Television” On ‘Saturday Night Live

Fred Armisen cameoed on last night’s season-return of Saturday Night Live, offering a brief and deeply felt tribute to David Bowie, who died last Sunday of cancer at 69. “When I was in high school and living on Long Island,,” Armisen said, “I stayed up to see David Bowie play on Saturday Night Live.” It was December 15, 1979 and Bowie performed “The Man Who Sold The World” with an assist from German performance artist Klaus Nomi and New York’s own acclaimed drag artist…
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Is There Life on Mars?

I was gutted by the news shared by playwright/producer Jeff Cohen as he and I walked our dogs in Riverside Park early this morning. The Thin White Duke was no more. I struggled to understand the implications of losing a music hero. Rushing home, resigned to reality, I watched his two new videos, the one above and the ablum's title track which I featured on this website last week, both from his 28th studio album, ★(Blackstar), released this past week on January 8th, 2016, the date of Bowie's 69th birthday. As I watched "Lazarus" again, it all made sense.

"Lazarus" is clearly Bowie's epitaph, his final prophetic performance on this mortal coil...

Look up here / I'm in heaven I've got scars that can't be seen I've got drama that can't be stolen Everybody knows me now...

The coins on his eyes, the pallor of his skin, his frail body wrapped in a fashionalbe shroud.
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On Mubi / Off #1: "Terminal Island" & "Spectre"

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The parameters, mutually agreed upon by my editor Danny Kasman and myself, are these: A bi-weekly (every two weeks) column, entitled "On Mubi / Off," covering two films—one currently available on the Mubi streaming platform in the United States, the other screening offsite (in theaters, on VOD, Blu-ray/DVD, etc). The movies may share some similarities in approach, execution and theme, or they may not. Mostly, my own interests and curiosity will dictate what films are covered and in what way, and I hope you'll find the prose, the pairings, and/or the analysis compelling enough to follow along.On MUBITerminal Island (Stephanie Rothman, 1973)Sight unseen, I thought Stephanie Rothman's 1973 exploitation cheapie Terminal Island would make for a good inaugural article lead-off—something Z-grade disreputable to complement the A-level sleaze (not necessarily a criticism) of the other movie covered in this column. (We'll get to you momentarily, Mr. Bond.
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Revoltin’ Reviews: The Post-Apocalyptic Films of Enzo G. Castellari

Revoltin’ Reviews: The Post-Apocalyptic Films of Enzo G. Castellari
I’m so thankful for Mad Max: Fury Road—not because it’s a great film or brought back a beloved character from my misspent youth or any other such bullsh*ttery. I’m thankful because it made those sexy bastards o’er at Blue Underground realize that us fiendish fans of ol’ Max would be chompin’ at the bit for more post-apocalyptic monkey-nannigans, and man have they delivered with a 3-course pasta dinner of cinematic gold: Maestro Enzo G. Castellari’s The New Barbarians, 1990: The Bronx Warriors, and Escape From The Bronx—all on Blu-ray/DVD combo packs!

Now before we get into lookin’ at each one of these babies, I’m just going to say in advance that you need each and e’ery one of these flicks in your collection immediately if you are as big a fan of outrageous, over-the-top, flat-out fun-as-hell drive-in flicks as yours cruelly is.
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'Test' Clip: Solo Dance | Exclusive

'Test' Clip: Solo Dance | Exclusive
Set in the free-spirited San Francisco of 1985, writer-director Chris Mason Johnson 's Test lovingly portrays this exciting and harrowing era as young Frankie (dancer Scott Marlowe in a breakout acting debut) confronts the challenges of being an understudy in a modern dance company where he's taunted to "dance like a man!"

Frankie embarks on a budding relationship with Todd (Matthew Risch), a veteran dancer in the same company and the bad boy to Frankie's innocent. As Frankie and Todd's friendship deepens, they navigate a world of risk - it's the early years of the epidemic - but also a world of hope, humor, visual beauty and musical relief.

We have an exclusive clip from Test, which makes its debut on DVD today. Watch as Frankie takes to the stage for an empowering solo routine in a scene you'll remember long after you see it.

The captivating dance sequences were especially
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Test | Review

Some Gentle People There: Johnson’s Sophomore Effort Recalls Place of Fear

Here’s an arresting point of intrigue into the miasma of historical reexaminations of the AIDS onslaught—the fear and trepidation associated with the initial development of the test used to detect infection. Would the government use it to quarantine, as a way to cordon off the diseased before they could spread the virus among others? Would it be information employers could get a hold of? The endless anxieties that resulted from something as simple as confirmation were boundless, and so, Chris Mason Johnson’s sophomore film, Test, manages to gain a unique perspective in this examination of knowing one’s status and the implementation of safe sex. Cineastes may compare its anxious final act to Agnes Varda’s New Wave classic, Cleo From 5 to 7, though Johnson’s film doesn’t quite grapple with its protagonist
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“RuPaul’s Drag Race” Episodes 6.7 & 6.8 Makeup To Break Up

The Queens have to to shill Ru’s cosmetic line, and perform a standup routine on this week’s Double Episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

In the first episode, the ladies have to pair up to shoot commercials for Ru’s new Glamazon cosmetic line, and naturally, the teams are chosen based on potential for drama, so we get Bianca and Trinity, Joslyn and Courtney, BenDelaCreme and Darienne, and Laganja and Adore. At least one of these Queens is not happy about her pairing.

In the second episode, the Queens have to perform a standup routine for an older audience. One of them is heckled off the stage.

Let’s take a look at how each Queen did in both episodes.

Adore Delano – She was paired up with Laganza for the makeup challenge, and while they were given the win, I think Adore was the stronger of the two,
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Anniversaries: Klaus Nomi Born 70 Years Ago

The one-of-a-kind New Wave singer Klaus Nomi was born Klaus Sperber in Bavaria on January 24, 1944. Though his career effectively lasted just five years and he had no hits, he became a beloved cult artist and introduced people outside the realm of classical music to the glories of opera through stunning, highly stylized performances that crushed genre boundaries in a way that the many more calculated "classical crossover" acts since have been unable to achieve, no matter how many more records they may have sold.

Some sources say Nomi (adopted as a stage name as an anagram of "omni") was "classically trained" (though that could just mean piano lessons); Kurt Loder, writing for MTV, calls him "a true, if untrained, countertenor." (A countertenor is basically a male alto.) He did, in his youth, work as an usher at the German Opera in West Berlin, and informally sang there for an audience of his fellow workers.
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Second Language: A decade of pop music on TV

The third track on one of my favorite rock records of the last decade, Okkervil River’s The Stage Names, is called “A Hand to Take Hold of the Scene.” Without context, its lyric is a bit of a tough nut to crack. Will Sheff sings about events unfolding on a TV screen in the first verse, recaps a dream in the second, and seems to outline the narrator’s innermost wishes in the third. What’s not immediately apparent is that the first verse outlines scenes from two completely different TV shows – scenes that happened to be scored by Okkervil River songs. The first half of the verse refers to “It Ends With a Fall” (from Down the River of Golden Dreams) and its use on the reality series Breaking Bonaduce. (I don’t have that clip handy.) The second half, and probably the more illustrative of the two in any case,
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The Unseen - 'Liquid Sky'

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The Unseen - 'Liquid Sky'
Set in the neon grime of 1980’s New York City, Liquid Sky focuses on the new wave/punk performance art movement complete with copious amounts of sex and drug use. By today’s standards, I feel like this title may be classified more as sci-fi, but many 80s video stores lumped this into horror, and that is the vein in which I and many cult enthusiasts first viewed it. Just don’t expect any gory gut-bursting action; this one is more weird and shocking than blood-soaked.

Amidst a sea of shiny latex and heroin we find Margaret, a bi-sexual alternative model trying to build her career. She is often confronted by snarky modeling rival Jimmy who is played by the same actress as Margaret, just in drag. (This gets really weird later in the film when Jimmy and Margaret have sex.) Margaret lives in a small apartment with her girlfriend Adrien,
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8 Fictional Characters Inspired by David Bowie

From the late 1960s onwards David Bowie has been an unavoidable pop culture icon. His variety of musical genres, electric performances and memorable aesthetic have inspired musical artists like Duran Duran, Lady Gaga and even Marilyn Manson. Music, however is not the only thing Bowie has inspired. In everything from comic books to movies, writers and actors have cited David Bowie as a template for their characters.

Sometimes the reference is obvious, at other times it may surprise you to find exactly how David Bowie inspired this character. The following list is just eight examples of how David Bowie is everywhere and you cannot escape him. Although why would you even want to?

8. David Bowie – Venture Bros

Venture Bros doesn’t even try and hide its Bowie influence; instead it goes all-out and has the mysterious character previously known only as “The Sovereign” revealed to be David Bowie himself. Bowie

A guide to Olga Neuwirth's music

This remarkable creator – of orchestral pieces and chamber works as well as hybrids of film and performance art – draws on a plethora of influences, yet devises her own astonishing sound

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After Igor Stravinsky, it's a bit of a cliche to think of contemporary composition as making the most of the etymological truism that the roots of the verb "to compose" come from the Latin "componere" meaning "to put together" – ie that you're not creating anything new as a composer, merely creating new combinations of sounds, of things, of ideas, that already exist. But Austrian, er, composer Olga Neuwirth (whose recent viola concerto Remnants of Songs ... An Amphigory will have its first British performance at the Proms on 13 August) perhaps more than any other musician of her generation (she was born in 1968) really does take that principle as her starting point.

What does that mean for how her music sounds?
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Six Awesomely Gay Things About The Venture Brothers

The Venture Brothers may have started out as a funny little parody of Johnny Quest and 1960s superhero comics, but over the course of four seasons it's evolved into an incredibly complex and detailed satire of pop culture. It also might be the gayest cartoon on television right now.

The show centers on self-serving super-scientist Thaddeus “Rusty” Venture and his sons Hank and Dean, naïve Hardy Boys wannabes stuck in a permanent state of clean-cut curiosity. But they're just a small slice of a massive ensemble cast that includes some of the most original gay characters we've seen in years.

Without further ado, here are six super gay things about The Venture Brothers.

1. Shore Leave

Shore Leave is a nautical-themed hero who once belonged to a team of G.I. Joe-style agents modeled after the Village People. Presently, he's a member of Sphinx, a secret organization that hunts down unlicensed supervillains.
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Watch 'The Nomi Song,' About the Eccentric Musician Who Inspired David Bowie

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Filed under: Documentaries

Musician Klaus Nomi never became a household name, but as Snagfilms' 'The Nomi Song' shows, his otherworldly live performances and rock-disco-opera hybrid inspired a legion of classic musicians, including David Bowie whom Nomi backed up during Bowie's appearance on 'Saturday Night Live.'

Andrew Horn's award-winning documentary is part concert footage, part interview and part bizarre sci-fi film in line with Nomi's cosmic fixations. As Nomi's music and live performances -- replete with heavy make-up, bizarre hairstyles and multiple costumes -- began to earn him critical acclaim, the singer became the first prominent musician to be killed by AIDS in 1983. 'The Nomi Song' celebrates a truly unique musical figure.

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Adam Lambert Whips Up Frenzy On Glam Nation Tour

The glam-pop singer's vocal fireworks were as electric as his stage show during a two-night stint in New York City.

By Jim Cantiello

Adam Lambert performs at the Nokia Theatre on the first night of his New York stint

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New York — Adam Lambert brought the drama, the voice to a sold-out two-night stint at New York City's Nokia Theatre, stopping in Times Square on his Glam Nation Tour. Lambert aimed for spectacle with video screens, backup dancers and extravagant costumes and makeup. But as cool as the lasers were, all the bells and whistles were no match for the glam-pop star's vocal fireworks, which were in top-notch condition on his Tuesday and Wednesday dates. His pitch-perfect pipes proved to be the real star of the show.

Pulling liberally from his debut For Your Entertainment, the singer whipped concertgoers into a frenzy during uptempo numbers like the fan fave "Strut,
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Tribeca '10 Podcast: Joey Arias, Basil Twist & Bobby Sheehan

Photographer-turned-filmmaker Bobby Sheehan began his career documenting the late-'70s NYC punk scene, which was around the time that he befriended cabaret singer and drag artist Joey Arias (also memorably seen in Elvira, Mistress of the Dark and Wigstock: the Movie). However, it wasn't until Arias found and shared his biggest success with puppeteer extraordinaire Basil Twist—their wild 2008 stage collaboration "Arias with a Twist"—that Sheehan decided to turn his camera on the both of them in Arias with a Twist: The Docufantasy:

This euphoric documentary explores the dynamic creative relationship between Arias and Twist, but it also takes us on a tour of downtown New York's club, art, fashion, and performance scene starting in the late '70s, a time when these worlds were in constant dialogue, constantly inspiring each other. Director Bobby Sheehan has unearthed never-before-seen footage from the era of Andy Warhol, David Bowie, Keith Haring,
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Watch This: The Nomi Song

Klaus Nomi was a prominent figure in the New Wave scene of the '80s in New York City, not only for his gorgeous counter tenor that made pop and punk songs into opera but also for his iconic look and stage presence. Watching the documentary The Nomi Song, I can only wish I was around when he was performing, perhaps in the same clubs I went to many years after his death. With campy futuristic stage performances and an iconic look that was a mix between a space alien, a Kabuki performer, and the robot from Metropolis, he was the one shocking the seemingly unshockable downtown punk crowds.

This doc about his short career and early death from a mysterious disease we now know is AIDs has fantastic footage of him performing live, shots of the East Village as it was then and now, and, of course, tales from
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Adam Lambert Defends Album Cover Via Twitter

The glittery fall-out from Adam Lambert's campy For Your Entertainment album cover reveal continues. Lambert woke up this morning (after spending part of his evening at the "Michael Jackson's This Is It" premiere), and took to Twitter to defend his artistic vision.

The "Idol" rocker wrote, "Thank you to those who appreciate and understand that the album cover is deliberately campy. It's an homage to the past. It Is ridiculous. For those that don't get it: oh well. Glad to have gotten your attention." He closed with, "Androgyny. Rock n roll."

He's right. The androgynous look and science-fiction influence were both very much a part of the glam rock movement in the '70s, even spilling into the early '80s with New York City-based artist (and personal fave) Klaus Nomi. Lambert's makeup on the For Your Entertainment cover seems more of a throwback to '80s glam rock,
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