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B-movie king Roger Corman: ‘Death Race isn’t an essay on violence – it’s an action comedy’

With the release of Death Race 2050, a remake of his cult classic, the veteran director talks about the film’s political undertones – and how he became the king of trash

To be considered a genius, you need only one great idea. For Moses, it was parting the Red Sea, then closing it with Pharaoh’s army still inside. Bach had counterpoint. And Lady Godiva did that thing with the horse.

Six decades ago, Roger Corman got a really great idea. Realising that young people were being ignored by Hollywood, he began making tons of super-low-budget films about vampires, monsters, mutants, ghosts and moody bikers. The films had names such as Swamp Women, She Gods of Shark Reef, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Fast and the Furious. This was preferable to films with names such as That Touch of Mink and Father Goose.

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Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume Xxxiv Review

Brad Cook reviews Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume Xxxiv…

Shout! Factory’s previous MST3K set, Volume Xxxiii, was a solid release with a nice complement of bonus features. This new one, Volume Xxxiv, seems to take a step back with a more sparse set of extras, like Volume Xxxii, but upon taking a closer look, I realized that what’s here is on par with the previous set.

The extras centerpiece in Volume Xxxiv is a 90-minute retrospective, It Was a Colossal Teenage Movie Machine: The A.I.P. Story, which I’m almost certain is the longest such historical piece found in an MST3K volume. It accompanies the Roger Corman film Viking Women and the Sea Serpent, an A.I.P. release that was skewered during the series’ third season. It Was a Colossal Teenage Movie Machine covers the history of American International Pictures (A.I.
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10 Essential B-Movies From the Aip Library

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10 Essential B-Movies From the Aip Library
Read More: Roger Corman, Major Artist: 'Corman's World' Makes the Case Founded in 1954 by James H. Nicholson, the independent film production house American International Pictures (Aip) was to become a leading and innovative producer of cheaply made yet very profitable films. Focusing on that quintessential product of post-war American society, the teenager, Aip chronicled and often anticipated the rapidly changing cultural landscape. To mark the beginning of a three-part retrospective at the Anthology Film Archives in New York this week, below is a selection of the 10 most significant flicks proudly wearing the Aip badge. "The Fast and the Furious" (John Ireland and Edward Sampson, 1955) A testament to the lasting influence of Aip productions, this car chase spectacle deals with pretty much the same subject of Nicholas Ray's "Rebel Without a Cause." But instead of focusing on the existential disaffection of American teenagers in the 50's, "The Fast and...
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Bernard Glasser, Producer of ‘Day of the Triffids,’ Dies at 89

Bernard Glasser, Producer of ‘Day of the Triffids,’ Dies at 89
Bernard Glasser, who financed the Three Stooges’ film “Gold Raiders” before teaming with Edward Bernds on low-budget films such as “Day of the Triffids” and “The Return of the Fly,” died Thursday in Los Angeles. He was 89.

Born in Chicago, Glasser started out as a substitute teacher at Beverly Hills High, then started working as a production assistant. In 1950, he bought an old studio and turned it into rental lot Keywest Studio, where producers such as Roger Corman filmed movies such as “The Fast and the Furious.”

Glasser and Bernds then teamed on a series of movies for Robert L. Lippert’s Regal Films such as “Space Master X-7″ and “Return of the Fly,” starring Vincent Price. After parting with Regal, he went on to produce “Battle of the Bulge,” “Crack in the World,” “The Thin Red Line,” “Bikini Paradise” and 1963 cult sci-fi pic “The Day of the Triffids.” He
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Corman's Drive-In Expands

The influence of the great Roger Corman has reverberated through the film industry for many, many years. Now, with advancements in technology making movie watching easier than ever, his reach is about to extend to a larger audience than he could have imagined.

From the Press Release

Iconic American filmmaker Roger Corman and Julie Corman are expanding their personal YouTube subscription channel. After its successful launch in the U.S. and Canada last month, “Corman’s Drive-In” is now available to fans in the United Kingdom, Japan, Brazil, France, Spain, Russia, South Korea, and Australia.

Due to the tremendous popularity of Corman’s films around the globe, YouTube is making the channel available around the world immediately. The authentically American drive-in movie concept is gaining in popularity globally as Paris’ famous Grand Palais has been transformed into an American-styled drive-in cinema for the summer while in Japan Roger Corman is
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Corman’s YouTube channel extends overseas

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Corman’s Drive-In channel now available overseas on Youtube.

Us filmmaker Roger Corman and Julie Corman are expanding their YouTube subscription channel.

Following its launch in the Us and Canada last month, Corman’s Drive-In has been made available in the UK, Japan, Brazil, France, Spain, Russia, South Korea and Australia.

Corman personally selects the films that debut each month on the channel, chosen from their vault of 400 titles which include pictures such as Grand Theft Auto and The Fast and the Furious.

Many of the films are being offered for the first time digitally, exclusive to the YouTube channel.

Some of the first titles to be offered include a double-feature of Jack Nicholson’s debut films; sci–fi Starcrash, the original Piranha and the grindhouse sexploitation Big Doll House.

The channel also features a library of exclusive content including sneak peeks of upcoming features; direct access to Roger and Julie Corman through personal anecdotes and video
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Roger Corman's Digital Drive-In

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“A small band of efficient, dedicated, highly trained warriors can defeat any number of rabble. That’s my theory of filmmaking.”

Roger Corman

What sort of creature is 21st century cinema going to be? Two-headed beast or tentacular jellyfish? Branded or brain-dead entertainment? Elitist pastime or popular food for thought? To be on the safe side and remind future generations of the genetic foundations of this untamed living being called cinema, at the venerable age of 87 year-old, Roger Corman has opened his own YouTube channel. From king of the drive-in to elder librarian of the digital cinematheque of Babel, Corman’s protean genius is anything but nostalgic. Instead of mourning the cyclical “death of cinema” the legendary producer keeps injecting new life and ideas into the changing shape of films. While his output has significantly decreased throughout the years his relevance has not, nor, it would appear, has his maverick spirit.
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“Corman’s Drive-In” Launches This Summer On YouTube Paid Channel

As one of the first major Hollywood filmmakers to launch a paid channel on YouTube, Roger Corman, along with his longtime producer partner Julie Corman, will unveil “Corman’s Drive-In” on YouTube, which reaches more than one billion unique users monthly. Corman’s new channel is part of YouTube’s new platform offering viewers more channels through a paid subscription model.

“Corman’s Drive-In” – set to launch this summer – gives the legendary Oscar winning director the opportunity to take the treasured library of more than 400 classic films directly to his fan base, as well as reach a new millennial audience.

“I have always approached filmmaking with the desire to reach a broad audience, and YouTube is clearly where the viewers are now,” said Roger Corman. “In today’s ever-connected marketplace, I couldn’t think of a better platform on which to unveil “Corman’s Drive-In.”

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The Ultimate List of Films for Carmageddon!

Stay off the streets and stay in with a movie…that takes to the streets.

Los Angelenos are aflutter with impending chaos. And, if you don’t live in Los Angeles, you probably don’t understand. (I live here and I’m not sure I fully understand.) But this weekend (July 15-17), the City of Los Angeles has gotten it in its mind to shut down the 405 Freeway, one of the central lifelines for the (frankly absurd) amount of traffic that hits Los Angeles on a daily basis. This means that, functionally, no one’s going anywhere this weekend and the entire West side of Los Angeles is going to be choked off by the cold, unrelenting hands of the Los Angeles Dot.

Naturally, this has become a bit of a cultural meme (surely confusing anyone who doesn’t live in Los Angeles) dubbed by internet pun genii as “Carmageddon.
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Dorothy Malone on TCM: The Last Voyage, Pushover, Warlock

Stop the presses and/or the tweets! Dorothy Malone is on tonight on Turner Classic Movies. TCM is showing six movies featuring Dorothy Malone, an actress who should have become a major movie star but inexplicably didn't. Malone had the right amount of talent, lips, ass, bosom, eyelashes, and Oscar (supporting, for Written on the Wind) — even so, she remained a (however popular) "leading lady." Check her out tonight. The TCM movies are former Hollywood Ten blacklistee-turned-informer Edward Dmytryk's Western Warlock (1959), Andrew L. Stone's disaster movie The Last Voyage (1960), actor-turned-director John Ireland's crime thriller The Fast and the Furious (1954), Henry Levin's crime drama Convicted (1950), Charles Marquis Warren's Western Tension at Table Rock (1956), and Richard Quine's crime drama Pushover (1954), which also features Kim Novak. Schedule (Pt) and synopses from the TCM website: 5:00pm [Western] Warlock (1959) A Western town hires a famous gunman to rid it
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Weekend Shopping Guide 1/8/10: Kung Fu Fightin’

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The weekend’s here. You’ve just been paid, and it’s burning a hole in your pocket. What’s a pop culture geek to do? In hopes of steering you in the right direction to blow some of that hard-earned cash, it’s time for the Fred Weekend Shopping Guide - your spotlight on the things you didn’t even know you wanted…

(Please support Fred by using the links below to make any impulse purchases - it helps to keep us going…)

It’s been a long, long, Long wait, but the fine folks at Cinematic Titanic make a strong return with their road-tested riff of the awkward merging of both Kung-Fu And Blaxsploitation, all wrapped in a model of poor filmmaking and worse acting… I give you East Meets Watts (Cinema Titan, Not Rated, DVD-$14.99). Not only is the riffing tight, but this is also the first Cinematic Titanic Live release,
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