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Dark of the Sun

It’s tendon-biting combat, with guns, trains, planes, chainsaws, and an indestructible all-terrain vehicle (that still couldn’t stand the potholes in the street of Los Angeles)! Rod Taylor, Jim Brown and Yvette Mimieux blast their way through one of the roughest of the ’60s action spectacles, as mercenaries on a mission of mercy that’s really a venal grab to ‘rescue’ a fortune in diamonds. Director Jack Cardiff pushed the limits of acceptability on this one — legends persist about longer, more egregiously violent cuts.

Dark of the Sun


Warner Archive Collection

1968 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 100 min. / The Mercenaries / Street Date December 18, 2011 / available through the Warner Archive Collection / 19.95

Starring: Rod Taylor, Yvette Mimieux, Peter Carsten, Jim Brown, Kenneth More, André Morell, Olivier Despax, Guy Deghy, Bloke Modisane, Calvin Lockhart.

Cinematography: Edward Scaife.

Film Editor: Ernest Walter

Original Music: Jacques Loussier

Written by Quentin Werty (Ranald MacDougall), Adrian Spies from the
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Rod Taylor and Jim Brown in Dark Of The Sun Available on Blu-ray December 18th From Warner Archives

Exciting news for fans of action! Rod Taylor and Jim Brown in Dark Of The Sun (1968) is available on Blu-ray December 18th from Warner Archives. Ordering information can be found Here

Rod Taylor stars in this action classic, playing the leader of a band of mercenaries attempting to smuggle diamonds and refugees out of Congo via steam train at the height of the ’60s Congo Crisis. Directed by master cinematographer Jack Cardiff, Dark of the Sun shocked contemporary audiences with its stark and unflinching scenes of violent brutality. Jim Brown and Yvette Mimieux join Taylor for the hi-octane, high tension action. Overlooked in its initial run, Dark of the Sun is a justly revered classic of the genre, now seen as a seminal entry in the genre. And now it’s more explosive than ever on this stunning, new HD presentation. And did we mention there is a chainsaw fight scene?
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Comic Book Review – Transformers: The Wreckers Saga

Ricky Church reviews Transformers: The Wreckers Saga…

Over the years of the Transformers franchise, there have been plenty of Autobots and Decepticons who have often gotten the short end of the stick in its many iterations. Plenty of bots on both sides just haven’t been fleshed out or fully explored, leaving a lot of room for potential open to Transformers writers. That’s where James Roberts and Nick Roche came in on The Wreckers, a group of highly trained and deadly Autobots who go on near-suicide missions to defeat Decepticons. Their casualty rate is so high they have a pretty decent turnaround rate in its members. Over the course of two miniseries and one special, one of which has gone down as one of the best Transformers stories ever made, Roberts and Roche delivered some great characters with heartfelt and heartbreaking moments while expanding the lore of Transformers. Now
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Charles Bronson look-alike takes out the scumbags in Death Kiss trailer

  • JoBlo
Charles Bronson, the action bad-ass known for his roles in House Of Wax, The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, The Dirty Dozen, Once Upon A Time In The West, and, of course, the Death Wish series, sadly passed away in 2003, but he appears to have been resurrected in the form of Robert Kovacs, a man who has a remarkable likeness to the late actor. That resemblance seems to be pretty much the sole reason to...
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Donald Sutherland To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at the Zurich Film Festival

  • Variety
Donald Sutherland To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at the Zurich Film Festival
Donald Sutherland will be honored with the Zurich Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award at its upcoming 14th edition. There will also be a retrospective of the veteran film and TV star’s work.

Sutherland will be in Zurich and present his recent movie, Paolo Virzi’s “The Leisure Seeker.” His recent work also includes roles in “The Hunger Games” and TV series “Trust.” His son, Kiefer, has previously been honored at Zurich, receiving its Golden Eye award in 2015.

The Canada-born actor won Emmy and Golden Globe awards as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the HBO film “Citizen X,” and he won a Golden Globe for his performance in the HBO historical drama “Path to War.” He has also received an honorary Oscar and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The Zurich retrospective will show classic Sutherland movies including “The Dirty Dozen,” “Kelly’s Heroes,
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Donald Sutherland to Get Lifetime Honor at Zurich Film Festival

Donald Sutherland to Get Lifetime Honor at Zurich Film Festival
Canadian acting legend Donald Sutherland will be honored at the 2018 Zurich International Film Festival with a lifetime achievement award.

Sutherland, 83, will attend Zurich and present his latest film, Ella & John: The Leisure Seeker. Sutherland stars alongside Helen Mirren in the English-language debut of Italian director Paolo Virzi.

Zurich will also present a retrospective of Sutherland's work over the past 60 years, including such classics as Robert Aldrich's The Dirty Dozen (1967), M*A*S*H (1970) from Robert Altman, Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now (1973) and the Robert Redford-directed Ordinary People (1980).

“Sutherland is an icon of,...
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Showbiz History: Betty Boop, Bob Aldrich, and the Muscles from Brussels

We're still so terribly depressed about the Academy's foolhardy new decisions, that we're looking for Anything else to think about today as distraction. Herewith...

12 random things that happened on this very day (Aug 9th) in history...

1918 Happy Robert Aldrich Centennial! The director was born 100 years ago today in Rhode Island. Among his best known films: The Big Knife, The Dirty Dozen, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, Autumn Leaves, Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte, and The Longest Yard. Alfred Molina was recently Emmy-nominated for playing him in the TV series Feud: Bette and Joan...
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Giveaway – Win Birdman of Alcatraz on Dual Format

Eureka Entertainment is releasing Birdman of Alcatraz, John Frankenheimer’s moving and compelling biopic starring Burt Lancaster and Karl Malden, as part of The Masters of Cinema Series in a definitive Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition on 6th August 2018, and we have three copies to give away.

With an all-star cast that includes Karl Malden (A Streetcar Named Desire), Thelma Ritter (Pickup on South Street), Telly Savalas (The Dirty Dozen) and Edmond O’Brien (The Barefoot Contessa), The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present John Frankenheimer’s Birdman of Alcatraz for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK.

Often acknowledged as one of the best prison films ever made, Birdman of Alcatraz was director John Frankenheimer’s first huge success and received rave reviews for its performances, cinematography and Frankenheimer’s directing.

Burt Lancaster stars as the notorious prisoner, Robert Stroud, sentenced to a life of solitary
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Clint Walker Dead At Age 90

  • CinemaRetro
Clint Walker as Cheyenne.

By Lee Pfeiffer

Clint Walker, the towering, rugged-looking leading man who specialized in playing gentle giants, has passed away at age 90. Walker had a diverse career including serving as a deputy sheriff providing security to the Sands casino in Las Vegas prior to entering show business. His first big break came during the craze for western TV series in the 1950s when he was cast in the title role of "Cheyenne", the first network series produced by Warner Brothers. The show proved to be a major hit, with Walker playing a solitary loner who came to the rescue of those being menaced by various villains. The show ran from 1955 to 1962. Walker had less success on the big screen, though he did land top billing in modest productions such as "Gold of the Seven Saints" which teamed him with Roger Moore, the India-based "Maya" and "Night of the Grizzly", a 1966 western adventure.
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Clint Walker, Star of TV Western ‘Cheyenne,’ Dies at 90

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Clint Walker, Star of TV Western ‘Cheyenne,’ Dies at 90
Clint Walker, who starred in the television Western “Cheyenne” and had a key supporting role in the WWII film “The Dirty Dozen,” died on Monday in Northern California, according to the New York Times. He was 90.

For seven seasons from 1955-61, he played Cheyenne Bodie, a rambunctious wanderer in the post-Civil War West, on the ABC series “Cheyenne.” (He also guested as the character on “Maverick.”)

The actor’s seriocomic confrontation with star Lee Marvin was one of the highlights of the classic 1967 war picture “The Dirty Dozen.”

After “Cheyenne” ended, Walker made some guest appearances on TV — “77 Sunset Strip,” “Kraft Suspense Theatre” and “The Lucy Show,” in an episode called “Lucy and Clint Walker.”

But the actor became more interested in movies both theatrical and for TV. In 1964, he had a supporting role in the Doris Day-Rock Hudson comedy “Send Me No Flowers.” His acting was not distinguished,
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Clint Walker Dies: TV’s ‘Cheyenne’ Star & One Of The Dirty Dozen Was 90

Clint Walker Dies: TV’s ‘Cheyenne’ Star & One Of The Dirty Dozen Was 90
Clint Walker, the hulking star of TV’s Cheyenne who also appeared in such classic films as The Ten Commandment and The Dirty Dozen, died Monday. He was 90. Walker’s daughter Valerie told TMZ that the family believes he died from a heart problem.

Walker was best known for playing Cheyenne Bodie, the strapping, brooding, mean title drifter in the 1955-63 ABC Western Cheyenne. Roaming from town to town and job to job in the post-Civil War West. The series did a slow build, breaking into the year-end Primetime Top 25 at No. 12 in its third season, where it peaked amid the crush of Western fare.

Around then, a contract beef with producer Warner Bros led Walker to quit the show. The studio replaced him with an unknown actor — Ty Hardin, who would go on to star in Bronco — but Walker returned in early 1959 and finished out the series’ seven-season run.
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Clint Walker, Star of 1950s TV Western 'Cheyenne,' Dies at 90

Clint Walker, Star of 1950s TV Western 'Cheyenne,' Dies at 90
Clint Walker, who flexed his considerable brawn — but only when he had to — as a gentle giant on Cheyenne, the landmark 1950s Western that aired for seven seasons on ABC, has died. He was 90.

Walker, who also starred in such films as Send Me No Flowers (1964), None But the Brave (1965) and the World War II classic The Dirty Dozen (1967), died Monday of congestive heart failure in Grass Valley, California, his daughter Valerie said.

With a chiseled 6-foot-6, 250-pound physique that showed off a 48-inch chest and 32-inch waist, the rugged, blue-eyed Walker was often hired ...
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'Cheyenne' Star Clint Walker Dead at 90

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'Cheyenne' Star Clint Walker Dead at 90
11:15 Am Pt -- Clint's daughter, Valerie, tells us Walker died from congestive heart failure.Clint Walker -- best known for playing a TV cowboy on the hit western series "Cheyenne" -- has died ... TMZ has learned. Clint died suddenly Monday in the company of his wife and daughter ... according to a source close to the family. It's still unclear what caused his death, but a family member says they believed it was a heart issue.
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The Last Word on ‘Moonrise Kingdom’

Describing what happens in Wes Anderson‘s Moonrise Kingdom will take some time. It’ll sound like a seemingly random series of characters and quirks that don’t have much relation to each other, but as you’re watching the film, every single one of them not only seems natural, but completely necessary. This film takes place off the coast of New England, in the mid-’60s, only because I think it’s an appropriate time for Anderson to use some of the pop music he likes. The time period doesn’t matter, though, not in a Wes Anderson film. They take place, anywhere, and wherever he wants them too, and rewrites the rules as he sees fit. There’s a few things that he always has: funny insert shots, often with words elaborating on something, that play similar to title cards in silent films, he has wide-angle dolly shots,
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Bill O’Hare, Studio Publicity and Advertising Executive, Dies at 88

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William “Bill” O’Hare, a longtime movie marketing executive for companies including MGM, Paramount and Columbia, died of lung cancer April 2 at the Motion Picture and Television Fund in Woodland Hills, Calif.

Born in Lake Placid, N.Y., O’Hare started out as an assistant manager at Century Theatres in Brooklyn and worked his way up to VP of advertising and publicity for Dca, MGM, Cinema Center Films, Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures..

He served as art director for poster campaigns for films including “Dr. Zhivago,” an anniversary celebration of “Gone With the Wind,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “The Dirty Dozen.”

Over more than three decades in entertainment, he worked with stars including Elvis Presley, John Wayne, Lee Marvin and Steve McQueen, as well as filmmakers David Lean, Robert Aldrich and Stanley Kubrick.

He published a book “Movie Magic: A Marketing Memoir,” detailing his time in the business and his work with countless complex personalities.
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Donald Sutherland on 'Trust,' '70s Cinema and Sympathy for the Devil

Donald Sutherland on 'Trust,' '70s Cinema and Sympathy for the Devil
There are several Donald Sutherlands you're likely to meet if you start spelunking through the nearly six decades of this Canadian actor's screen career. There's the sparkle-eyed Sixties hippie in he-man war films, the type of wonderfully anachronistic presence that enlivens movies like The Dirty Dozen ("Madison City, Missouri, sir!" "Never heard of it.") and Kelly's Heroes, and which he parlayed into a countercultural double act with Elliott Gould in Mash. There's the curly-hair-and-mustache combo of the mid-Seventies leading man Sutherland, which turned him into a blue-eyed hangdog sex symbol.
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Action Figure: Lee Marvin

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There's something preternaturally destructive about Lee Marvin, something dangerous. “You’re a very bad man [...] a very destructive man,” spits a threatened Carroll O’Connor, with the sweaty haste of a hypochondriac, in John Boorman’s Point Blank (1967), a split-second after Marvin blasts a telephone into oblivion with his hand cannon. O’Connor could be describing any of Marvin’s roles, from the stoical hitman in Don Siegel’s The Killers (1964) to his gun-for-hire in Richards Brooks’s The Professionals (1966) to his Sergeant leading a gaggle of undisciplined men sentenced to die in Robert Aldrich’s The Dirty Dozen (1967). He exuded an odd kind of menace, a disciplined minatory authority. The six-foot-two actor possessed a weathered, world-weary malaise and uncalculated brutality that suggested internal turmoil, an indignation that manifested in abrupt bursts of violence. For all the pain he inflicted on screen, he seemed to be carrying his own, an ineffable kind,
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The Incident

New Yorkers of two centuries ago surely complained loudly about rampant street crime, but in the 1960s the media really ramped up the reportage paranoia. Had a new age of senseless violence begun? A New York play about terror on the subway is the source for this nail-biter with a powerful cast, featuring an ensemble of sharp new faces and undervalued veterans.

The Incident


Twilight Time

1967 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 99 min. / Street Date February 20, 2018 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store / 29.95

Starring: Tony Musante, Martin Sheen, Beau Bridges, Jack Gilford, Thelma Ritter, Brock Peters, Ruby Dee, Ed McMahon, Diana Van der Vlis, Mike Kellin, Jan Sterling, Gary Merrill, Robert Fields, Robert Bannard, Victor Arnold, Donna Mills.

Cinematography: Gerald Hirschfeld

Film Editor: Armond Lebowitz

Production design: Manny Gerard

Original Music: Terry Knight, Charles Fox

Written by Nicholas E. Baehr

Produced by Edward Meadow, Monroe Sachson

Directed by Larry Peerce

Various pundits
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February 6th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Grizzly, Victor Crowley, Welcome To Willits, Day Of The Dead: Bloodline

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February 6th is shaping up to be a busy day for horror and sci-fi fans, as there are a bunch of great films heading home on Tuesday. The highly anticipated Hatchet sequel, Victor Crowley, arrives on Blu-ray and DVD this week courtesy of Dark Sky Films, and Scream Factory and IFC Midnight have the slasher comedy Welcome to Willits on their release slate.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is keeping busy this week with a slew of titles, including House of Demons, Keep Watching, and Family Possessions, and cult film fans will definitely want to pick up the brand new Blu-rays for Grizzly and The Gruesome Twosome.

Other notable releases for February 6th include Day of the Dead: Bloodline, Inoperable, the Friday the 13th: 8-Movie Collection, The Diabolical Dr. Z, and the Stephen King 6-Movie Collection.

Day of the Dead: Bloodline (Lionsgate, Blu-ray & DVD)

In this terrifying retelling of George A. Romero's zombie horror classic,
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Oscars flashback: ‘In the Heat of the Night’ wins Best Picture 50 years ago taking on racism in the south [Watch]

Oscars flashback: ‘In the Heat of the Night’ wins Best Picture 50 years ago taking on racism in the south [Watch]
Racial issues in the south. Small town police department. Best Picture nominee at the Oscars. Lead performance frontrunner to win. These are certainly descriptions of 2018 Oscar contender “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri” starring Frances McDormand but they also describe the film that won the Academy Award for Best Picture 50 years ago: “In the Heat of the Night” (watch the video above).

With “Get Out” and “Three Billboards” as big awards hits for 2017 and “Moonlight” as Best Picture the previous year, it looks as though films dealing with racism and civil rights have risen to a new level of recognition from the Academy. One of the first to be embraced by Oscar voters was the 1967 film “In the Heat of the Night,” a crime drama about an African-American detective (Sidney Poitier) and bigoted police chief (Rod Steiger) in rural Mississippi.

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