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Paramount Vault Includes 100 Free Titles From Noah Baumbach, John Cassavetes and More

Paramount Vault Includes 100 Free Titles From Noah Baumbach, John Cassavetes and More
Read More: Why You Should Care About Paramount's Distribution Experiment (Podcast)  The latest major player in the world of online streaming is Paramount, who has just announced that the Paramount Vault will offer over 100 titles from their collection that are free to stream via their YouTube channel. Though many of the titles read a bit like bargain-bin picks, the channel also includes critically lauded films like "The Devil and Miss Jones," "Margot at the Wedding," and "Love Streams."  Here are all of the films on the Paramount Vault channel available to stream in their entirety, including Indiewire's picks on what not to miss.  Comedy"Funny About Love" (1990) "A New Life" (1988) "A New Kind of Love" (1963) "Serving Sara" (2002) "The Busy Body" (1967) "Festival in Cannes" (2001) Indiewire Pick: "Margot At the Wedding" (2007)In "Margot at the Wedding," Noah...
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Remembering Sid Caesar

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The death of funnyman Sid Caesar leaves precious few legends remaining from the Golden Age of American television comedy. Caesar was one of the giants of 1950s TV and his series Your Show of Shows and Caesar's Hour were considered training grounds for future legendary comedy writers such as Carl Reiner, Howard Morris, Mel Brooks,  Larry Gelbart Neil Simon and Woody Allen. Caesar also appeared in many feature films including a leading role in the blockbuster 1963 comedy It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. In the 1960s, however, his career was derailed due to his personal demons such as battles with alcoholism and substance abuse. By the 1980s, he had conquered these weaknesses and found a welcome audience still respectful of his talents. His other feature film appearances include The Busy Body, The Spirit is Williing, Grease and Silent Movie. Click here to read more about his remarkable career.  
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70s Rewind: Cops And Robbers

Donald E. Westlake is the creative genius behind the Parker series of novels, a hard-boiled character who has been portrayed on the screen by Lee Marvin, Robert Duvall, and Mel Gibson, among others. Westlake, who wrote the Parker books under the pseudonym Richard Stark, was a prolific writer with a gift for spinning yarns filled with colorful cops 'n' criminals, the type of people who are never as bright as they think they are (except for Parker). His books began to be adapted into movies with Jean-Luc Godard's Made in U.S.A. in 1966, followed by The Busy Body, Point Blank, Pillaged, The Split, The Hot Rock, Cops and Robbers, The Outfit and Bank Shot, all within a period of 8 years. As a young reader,...
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Addams Family Theme Writer Vic Mizzy Dies

Composer Vic Mizzy wrote the classic theme songs for the 1960s television comedy series The Addams Family and Green Acres. His best known work commenced with a “buh-buh-buh-bump” – two finger snaps – another “buh-buh-buh-bump”, and the opening verse “They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re altogether ooky – the Addams family.” Mizzy sang, overdubbing his voice three times, and played the harpsichord himself for the theme. He also directed the title sequence where the actors who played the Addams clan where instructed to snap their fingers in a bored fashion. He also retained the publishing rights to the theme, which remained profitable throughout his life.

Mizzy was born in Brooklyn, New York, on January 9, 1916, and began playing musical instruments as a child. He began writing songs after serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Mizzy began working in television in the late 1950s, scoring
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The William Castle Film Collection—The DVD Review, Part II

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The William Castle Film Collection (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, $80.95) includes eight pictures produced and directed by master showman Castle. In Part One of this lengthy DVD review, I dissected four of them—13 Ghosts, Homicidal and the two best, The Tingler and Mr. Sardonicus. Believe you me, it was a ghastly business! As Sardonicus would say, “I have known a ghoul—a disgusting creature that opens graves and feeds on corpses.” Like a DVD reviewer. See here.

In this epic conclusion, I am fitted out with a Strait-jacket (about time!) and also chronicle Zotz!, 13 Frightened Girls and The Old Dark House, the three Castle entries new to DVD (which lack the short, individual “making of” documentaries accompanying the other five). Only two of these eight flicks were shot in color (Girls, House); theatrical trailers are included with all of the movies. And that’s all you need to know as we continue—in amazing Screamarama,
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R.I.P. Composer Vic Mizzy

Various outlets are reporting the loss of film and television composer Vic Mizzy. He was 93. The Brooklyn born Mizzy was responsible for the theme to The Addams Family as well as Green Acres . He also delivered a bouncy soundtrack to the Don Knotts supernatural comedy The Ghost and Mr. Chicken . In '64 he did the score to William Castle's The Night Walker . The two reunited three years later for The Busy Body . He is survived by a daughter, a brother and two grandchildren. For a full look at his work, follow this link !
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