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Part One: "The Incredible Hulk" A 40th Anniversary Tribute: A Conversation With The Show's Creator, Kenneth Johnson

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To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the classic TV series "The Incredible Hulk", Cinema Retro's Ernie Magnotta sat down for an extensive discussion with the show's creator Kenneth Johnson.

By Ernie Magnotta

Dr. David Banner—physician, scientist…searching for a way to tap into the hidden strengths that all humans have. Then, an accidental overdose of gamma radiation alters his body chemistry. And now, when David Banner grows angry or outraged, a startling metamorphosis occurs.

The creature is driven by rage and is pursued by an investigative reporter. The creature is wanted for a murder he didn’t commit. David Banner is believed to be dead. And he must let the world think that he is dead until he can find a way to control the raging spirit that dwells within him.

Kids who grew up in the 1970s remember that narration well. Every Friday night at 9pm (until it
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Flipper Season One

Back in 1964 a lot of people still thought dolphins were fish, but by the time this TV show was finished, we all knew that our happy undersea friend was smarter than the average bear and lives in a world full of wonder. Ivan Tors’ grandly successful Florida-shot family show kept a lot of seagoing movie veterans in green seaweed, including both original ‘Creature’ Gill Men.

Flipper, Season One

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Olive Films

1964-65 / Color / 1:33 flat TV / 780 min. / Street Date August 29, 2017 / available through the Olive Films website / 39.95

Starring: Brian Kelly, Luke Halpin, Tommy Norden.

Cinematography: Clifford H. Poland Jr., Lamar Boren

Original Music: Henry Vars, song by

Written by: Jack Cowden, Ricou Browning, Peter L. Dixon, Laird Koenig, Stanley H. Silverman, Orville H. Hampton, Lee Erwin, Art Arthur, Jess Carneol, Key Lenard, Ivan Tors, Alan Caillou, Arthur Richards, Robert Sabaroff.

Produced by Ivan Tors, Ricou Browning, Leon Benson, Andrew Marton

Directed by: Ricou Browning,
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World Without End

“Thru the Time Barrier, 552 years Ahead… Roaring To the Far Reaches of Titanic Terror, Crash-Landing Into the Nightmare Future!” … and as Daffy Duck says, “And it’s good, too!” Allied Artists sends CinemaScope and Technicolor on a far-out timewarp to a place where the men are silly and the women are… very female. Hugh Marlowe stars but the picture belongs to hunky Rod Taylor and leggy Nancy Gates.

World Without End

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Warner Archive Collection

1956 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 80 min. / Street Date March 28, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Hugh Marlowe, Nancy Gates, Nelson Leigh, Rod Taylor, Shawn Smith, Lisa Montell, Christopher Dark, Booth Colman, Everett Glass.

Cinematography: Ellsworth Fredericks

Makeup: Emile Lavigne

Art Direction: Dave Milton

Film Editor: Eda Warren

Original Music: Leith Stevens

Produced by Richard V. Heermance

Written and Directed by Edward Bernds

“CinemaScope’s first science-fiction thriller.”

First, huh? What about MGM’s CinemaScope attraction Forbidden Planet, which
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Panther Girl of the Kongo

Did Republic’s serial-makers lose their marbles? This is an endurance test of a thriller, with 12 chapters that refuse to advance a story beyond the same repetitive ambushes and fistfights. It’s got monsters in the form of giant crawfish bred to… well, bred for almost no reason at all. With Phyllis Coates and Myron Healey. I tell you, watching this feels like watching an endless loop. But hey, it’s quite handsomely filmed!

Panther Girl of the Kongo

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Olive Films

1955 / B&W / 1:37 flat full frame (originally widescreen) / 168 min. / Street Date February 21, 2017 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.95

Starring: Phyllis Coates, Myron Healey, Arthur Space, John Day, Mike Ragan, Morris Buchanan, Roy Glenn, Archie Savage, Ramsay Hill, Naaman Brown, Dan Ferniel, James Logan, Steve Calvert.

Cinematography: Bud Thackery

Film Editor: Cliff Bell

Original Music: R. Dale Butts

Written by Ronald Davidson

Produced and Directed by Franklin Adreon

Ah yes.
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Review: "Hooper" (1978) Starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field And Brian Keith; Blu-ray Release

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By John M. Whalen

Back in 1978, Burt Reynolds was still at the beginning of a cycle of six action comedies that he made with director Hal Needham—a cycle that started with “Smokey and the Bandit “(1977) and ended with “Cannonball Run II” (1984). One of the best of these films was “Hooper”—a tribute to Hollywood’s unsung hero, the Hollywood stunt man. “Hooper” was a very personal film for both Reynolds and Needham who both started their movie careers as stunt doubles. Needham started doing stunt work in the early years of live TV in New York and is best remembered for his stunt driving in Steve McQueen’s “Bullitt” (1968). Reynolds also began in TV and parlayed his athletic ability along with his good looks to become one of tinseltown’s biggest stars. In a very real way, “Hooper” is even more personal film for Reynolds, because one of the
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Happy 80th Burt-day to Burt Reynolds! – Here Are His Ten Best Movies

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, Travis Keune, and Tom Stockman

Burt Reynolds, one of We Are Movie Geeks favorite actors, turns 80 today. Happy Birthday Burt!

On February 11th, 1936, Reynolds was born in Waycross, Georgia, before his family moved to Jupiter Florida, where his father served as Chief of Police. Young Burt excelled at sports and played football at Florida State University. He became an All Star Southern Conference halfback (and was earmarked by the Baltimore Colts) before injuries sidelined his football career. He dropped out of college and headed to New York with dreams of becoming an actor. There he worked in restaurants and clubs while pulling the odd TV job or theater role. Burt was spotted in a New York City stage production of Mister Roberts and signed to a TV contract and eventually had recurring roles in such shows as Gunsmoke (1955), Riverboat (1959) and his own series, Hawk
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Examining Hollywood Remakes: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

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With Hollywood so remake crazy in modern times, Cinelinx takes a look at what makes a good remake and what makes a bad one, by examining examples of cinematic revamps. In the first of several articles, Cinelinx looks at a good remake: Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

What makes for a good remake is that it must succeed in being old and new at the same time. A remake has to satisfy those who loved the original and have certain specific expectations; and it also has to be its own entity, putting a new spin on an old idea. A good remake can’t completely toss out the old (like the remake of House of Wax) and conversely, it can’t just be a scene-by-scene imitation (like the remakes of Psycho and the Omen, which were just photocopies of the originals) so it’s a hard balancing act,
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Kings of the Sun

Who needs epics about Ancient Rome, Egypt, or Greek mythology when we have a thousand years of exotic Central and South American civilizations to exploit? Well, it's only been done a handful of times. This cinematic concatenation of nifty architecture, fruity multicolored headgear and athletic oiled warriors is, well, nifty, fruity and athletic!   Kings of the Sun Kl Studio Classics Savant Blu-ray Review 1963 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 108 min. / Street Date May 26, 2015 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95  Starring Yul Brynner, George Chakiris, Shirley Anne Field, Richard Basehart, Brad DexterBarry Morse, Armando Silvestre, Leo Gordon, Victoria Vettri, Rudy Solari, Ford Rainey, Chuck Hayward, James Coburn (narrator). Cinematography Joseph MacDonald Film Editor William Reynolds Original Music Elmer Bernstein Written by James R. Webb, Elliot Arnold  Produced by Lewis J. Rachmil Directed by J. Lee Thompson

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Epics don't get wilder than this. According to producer Walter Mirisch, 1963's Kings of the Sun
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DVD Review: "The Glory Stompers" (1967) Starring Dennis Hopper, Jody McCrea Chris Noel And Jock Mahoney

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By Lee Pfeiffer

Probably no genre illustrates the rapid advance of cinematic screen freedoms than the biker movie. The genre debuted in 1953 with Marlon Brando in "The Wild One". The film, which chronicled the virtual takeover of a small California town by a wild motorcycle gang, was considered extremely controversial at the time. The biker film remained largely dormant until the release of Roger Corman's "The Wild Angels" in 1966, which became a surprising boxoffice and media sensation. Only a year or two before, teenage audiences were being fed a steady diet of white bread rock 'n roll films that bore little resemblance to real life. Suddenly, the biker film blatantly presented raging hormones, gang wars, drug use and group sex without apology. Young people patronized these films in droves. With social constraints falling by the minute, the biker films- cheaply made as they were- spoke to the emerging generation
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Chris Hemsworth May Star in Shane Black’s Doc Savage Film

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He’s been the God of Thunder and now he might be the Man of Bronze. Thor and the Avengers star Chris Hemsworth has reportedly met with director Shane Black about starring as the title character in Black’s Doc Savage film.

The long planned Doc Savage film, which will be directed and produced by Shane Black—who is also now involved with the Predator reboot—has been slow to get started, and there’s been little news; until now.

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Black has met with the currently hot actor Chris Hemsworth (Thor, the Avengers, Thor: the Dark World, Snow White and the Huntsman) about starring in the film version of the famous ‘science detective’, who first appeared in pulp magazines written by Lester Dent in the thirties, and has been the hero of many novels ever since. There was a satirical film version in 1975 called
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Review: The Adventures of Superboy Season Three

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When last we visited Clark Kent and Lana Lang, they were at college, leaving Smallville behind and as Season Three of the syndicated series arrived, it came with changes. The first was that Superboy became The Adventures of Superboy and then the focus moved the characters from the well-named Shuster University to a quasi-internship at The Bureau for Extra-Normal Matters in Capitol City, Florida. Clearly, the actors were aging and the premise of them being in college stopped making sense, plus menace of the week stories was becoming tougher to make plausible on the static campus. The more plausible setting worked for super-heroes but certainly took something away from the civilian side of life, a similar issue plaguing Smallville in its latter seasons.

The third season, out now on DVD from Warner Archive, also brought the welcome removal of the annoying Andy McCalister, character, with actor Ilan Mitchell-Smith taking a
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Remembering 'Knots Landing' Star Julie Harris

Remembering 'Knots Landing' Star Julie Harris
Julie Harris, Lilimae Clements to "Knots Landing" fans, has died. She was 87.

The five-time Tony winner first made a splash on TV in the late 1940s with ABC's "Actor's Studio." From there, her TV work was primarily TV movies including "The Lark," "Pygmalion" and "Anastasia." In the 1960s, Harris appeared opposite Ron Ely in "Tarzan" (pictured below) as Charity Jones.

More guest appearances followed, including roles on "Bonanza," "Columbo" and "Medical Center." In 1980, Harris joined the cast of "Knots Landing" as Lilimae Clements. She stayed with the series until 1987. Harris was nominated for an Emmy for her performance on the CBS series.

In 1986, Harris appeared in an episode of "Family Ties" as Margaret Hollings, an older woman in Mallory Keaton's (Justine Bateman) class.

After her time on "Knots Landing," Harris' TV work included many minseries projects. She appeared in "The Civil War" and "Scarlett." Harris' last credited TV role was
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Classic Western Star on TCM

Randolph Scott movies: From Westerns to Cary Grant / Irene Dunne comedy Handsome, granite-faced Randolph Scott is Turner Classic Movies’ next great choice in its "Summer Under the Stars" film series. Monday, August 19, 2013, is Randolph Scott Day, which begins and ends with Westerns. That shouldn’t be surprising, for although Scott was initially cast in a variety of roles and movie genres (including Westerns), he became exclusively a Western star in the late ’40s, sticking to that genre until his retirement in 1962 following the release of Sam Peckinpah’s elegiac Ride the High Country, which TCM will be showing on Monday evening. Joel McCrea at his very best and Mariette Hartley co-star. (See “On TCM: Randolph Scott Westerns.”) (Photo: Randolph Scott ca. 1945.) Many of Scott’s Westerns were routine fare, including Badman’s Territory (1946), which kicks off Randolph Scott Day. Some, however, have become classics of the genre, especially his late
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Esther Williams obituary

Swimmer who found movie fame in a string of MGM musicals

Esther Williams, "Hollywood's Mermaid", who has died aged 91, swam her way through more than a dozen splashy MGM musicals in the 1940s and early 50s. While smiling at the camera, she was able to do a combination of crawl, breast and backstroke, and was forever blowing bubbles under water, seemingly having an inexhaustible supply of air.

Like the starlets Lana Turner, Kathryn Grayson and Donna Reed before her, she started out for MGM in a Hardy Family picture, Andy Hardy's Double Life (1942) – though one that allowed her to swim with Mickey Rooney. After being billed 19th in A Guy Named Joe (1943), she shot to stardom in her third film, Bathing Beauty (1944).

It started out as an average Red Skelton vehicle, first called Mr Co-Ed, then Sing and Swim, but Esther's superb figure and pretty features were heightened by Technicolor
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Shane Black set to Direct Doc Savage Movie

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Iron Man 3 director Shane Black is planning to bring another iconic super hero to the screen. Black is planning to adapt the classic pulp-hero Doc Savage for the big screen.

Still riding high from the colossal success of Iron-Man 3, Shane Black has decided to follow up his mega-hit by moving from a man of Iron to a man of Bronze. Black will be helming another page-to-screen super hero adventure, since he has signed on to film a Doc Savage movie. Doc Savage was a popular hero who debuted in the old pulp magazines in the 1930s and 40s, as well as in a series of ‘Doc Savage: Science Detective’ novels, written by Lester Dent. He has also appeared in comic books, a radio show and in a 1975 film titled Doc Savage: Man of Bronze, starring Ron Ely as the eponymous hero. Black’s film will reintroduce the
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Shane Black to direct Doc Savage

With his latest film raking in the cash worldwide, Shane Black has wasted little time lining up his next project, with the Iron Man 3 director set to swap the comic book superhero Tony Stark for the pulp adventurer Doc Savage. We've known for a while that Black was developing a script for the project, which he has co-written with Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry, and now Sony has announced that he's eyeing the project as his next directorial effort.

Created by Henry W. Ralston and John L. Nanovic, Doc Savage became one of the most popular pulp characters of the 1930s and 1940s before branching out into radio, film, television and comic books. A scientist, physician, adventurer, inventor, explorer and researcher, Clark Savage, Jr. possesses genius-level intellect and near superhuman abilities thanks to years of training, and puts his skills to good use punishing evil around the globe. He
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Top Ten Tuesday – The Best of Burt Reynolds

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, Travis Keune, and Tom Stockman

We like to celebrate the movie tough guys of the ’70s here at We Are Movie Geeks and at Super-8 Movie Madness. We’ve posted Top Ten lists to tie into Super-8 shows featuring Charles Bronson (Here), Clint Eastwood (Here), and Lee Marvin (Here). This month we’re going to honor the #1 top money-making star for five consecutive years – 1978 – 1982 – Burt Reynolds. On February 11th, 1936, Reynolds was born in Waycross, Georgia, before his family moved to Jupiter Florida, where his father served as Chief of Police. Young Burt excelled at sports and played football at Florida State University. He became an All Star Southern Conference halfback (and was earmarked by the Baltimore Colts) before injuries sidelined his football career. He dropped out of college and headed to New York with dreams of becoming an actor. There he worked in restaurants
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Learn The Lyrics To 'Star Wars' Song 'Duel Of The Fates'

Learn The Lyrics To 'Star Wars' Song 'Duel Of The Fates'
If you've ever wanted to sing along with John Williams' "Duel of the Fates," there is now this handy video with the lyrics.

Also, Tarzan swings back and Denzel flies upside down in today's Dailies!

» Check out these ovary-bursting pictures of celebrity dads. [Parade]

» Here's a helpful transcript of the "Duel of the Fates." [Cheezburger]

» The first official clip from "Skyfall" [Yahoo! Movies]

» Here's a TV spot for "Flight." [Collider]

» Motion-cap "Tarzan" teaser trailer /Film]

» Hungry-Hungry Hippos: The Movie! [La Times]

Welcome to the Dailies, where the MTV Movies team runs down all the film and television news, odds and ends that are fit to print! From awesome fan art to obscure casting news, this is your place to feast on all the movie leftovers you didn't know you were hungry for.
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Warner Home Video Presents Retro TV Classics At The Paley Center, Los Angeles, September 21-22

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On September 21-22, Warner Home Video will present screenings and seminars of classic action TV series from their archives at the Paley Center in Los Angeles. Among the attendees Tarzan's Ron Ely and Cheyenne star Clint Walker. Super hero shows will also be shown on the big screen and there is a tour available of props and costumes from many of the shows. Click here for more
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David Yates Close to ‘Tarzan’; Christopher McQuarrie Is ‘Without Remorse’

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The recent, director-based rumors emerging for WB’s Tarzan was, while not without its interest, coupled with a whole other issue: What would happen to Craig Brewer‘s prospective adaptation, itself a planned trilogy?

This news answers that question, I’d think, as Deadline reports that “things are getting serious” for the previously-mentioned David Yates (Harry Potter), who’s currently in talks with Warner Bros. about the project. (Nothing’s been arranged at the moment, but… you know how this works.) The big questions remain unanswered, still, some of them being when he would get around to it — there’s Your Voice in My Head and Cicero, though probably not Doctor Who — or, even, what the thing’s about.

The script, by Adam Cozad, is being kept hidden for now — so that simply has to wait — but, based on four major films made for the studio, I’d say Yates is probably a great choice.
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