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Smt Thursday Trailers: ‘Snake Outta Compton’ Red Band Trailer

(Aotn)-Ok, Smt Heads, you’ve waited til the midnight hour for your Thursday Trailer fix… And the night time is the right time! The red band trailer for the craziest, new indie spoof “Snake Outta Compton” has smacked the interwebs hard. So, let’s get in on the fun!

Check the red band trailer right now: Warning: Explicit Language

Coming Attractions: And now for something completely different for Thursday Trailers!

John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction: Vortex #1 is the newest comic offering from the Horror Movie Master and his collaborators. Check out the book trailer here:

With all communication lost from a mining asteroid, space station Benson dispatches a rescue ship to investigate. What the team discovers threatens not only to overwhelm and destroy them, but could ultimately threaten all life on Earth. Vortex is the second story of John Carpenter’s monthly anthology series Tales of Science Fiction.
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Hugh M. Hefner: A Personal Tribute From Raymond Benson

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Hugh M. Hefner


A Tribute

By Raymond Benson

Raymond Benson with Hefner at the Playboy Mansion.

A true American innovator and icon has left us.

While I would never claim to be one of this brilliant man’s inner circle of close longtime friends or family, I was privileged to know him for nearly three decades. I was a guest at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles on numerous occasions, many times along with my wife and even my son, who first visited when he was eight years old! Hef was always a generous host—kind, warm-hearted, and full of conversation. He also had integrity. His championing of civil rights and First Amendment freedoms is legendary. He gave us the permission to embrace the sexual revolution—and, believe it or not, he was a strong advocate of women’s rights. The women who truly knew him loved him.

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Interview: Dan Allen

With Unhinged due to be released on 25th September, I had the pleasure of talking with the co-writer and director Dan Allen about why he chose to remake a 1980’s Video Nasty as his first feature film.

You started making films at a young age. What first got you into film making?

When I was young my parents got me a couple of these, behind the scenes books, mainly for Jurassic Park (1993). It showed you all these animatronic dinosaurs, what they looked like without skin on. They had the camera pointed at scenes where they have a head poking in and if the camera pans slightly to the right you would have this dude with all this metal polls and stuff. I just loved that idea of making things for the screen.

I have always been interested in the construction of film and I think Jurassic Park was one of the first films,
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Let There Be Light Interview: Director Mila Aung-Thwin, Physicists Mark Henderson and Michel Laberge Discuss Nuclear Fusion Becoming Mainstream

And now for something completely different. Many of the writing staff here at ScreenAnarchy have different careers outside of their movie enthusiasms. Myself, I have a degree in Chemistry, and work as a materials scientist. So when the opportunity to talk to the pair of nuclear fusion physicists presented itself, I was excited to get a bit more scientifically technical than is the norm when talking movies. I hope you enjoy the discussion, which is not dumbed down, with the two principals in the current excellent primer on creating the worlds first operating fusion power plant, Let There Be Light.    With all the alternative energy options slowly encroaching on the fossil fuel majority, the least discussed energy source in the 21st century is one...

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Bawdy Nun Comedy ‘The Little Hours’ Soars at Specialty Box Office

Bawdy Nun Comedy ‘The Little Hours’ Soars at Specialty Box Office
All of a sudden the scary decline at the indie box office has reversed. Through the first five months of 2017, only four films opening limited in the standard four New York/Los Angeles theaters opened with a per theater average of $20,000. In the last four weeks, four films have opened strong as “Beatriz at Dinner” (Roadside Attractions), “The Big Sick” (Lionsgate) and “The Beguiled” (Focus) opened well and reached crossover crowds.

This week’s addition, Sundance comedy hit “The Little Hours” (Gunpowder & Sky) is the latest surprise. Loosely inspired by the bawdy 14th-century Boccaccio classic “The Decameron” (The Hollywood version starred Joan Fontaine while Pasolini shocked in 1971), this tale is set in the Medieval Italian countryside with bawdy contemporary dialogue as a randy peasant hides out at a convent after his master catches him with his wife. It did strong business at four theaters on two coasts.

This comes the
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The Ballad of Cable Hogue

Easily the most mellow of the films of Sam Peckinpah, this relatively gentle western fable sees Jason Robards discovering water where it ain’t, and establishing his private little way station paradise, complete with lover Stella Stevens and eccentric preacher David Warner. Some of the slapstick is sticky but the sexist bawdy humor is too cute to offend . . . and Peckinpah-phobes will be surprised to learn that the movie is in part a musical.

The Ballad of Cable Hogue


Warner Archive Collection

1970 / 1:85 widescreen / 121 min. / Street Date June 6, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring Jason Robards Jr., Stella Stevens, David Warner, Strother Martin, L.Q. Jones, R.G. Armstrong, Peter Whitney, Gene Evans, William Mims, Kathleen Freeman, Susan O’Connell, Vaughn Taylor, Max Evans, James Anderson.

Cinematography: Lucien Ballard

Art Direction: Leroy Coleman

Film Editor: Frank Santillo, Lou Lombardo

Original Music: Jerry Goldsmith

Written by John Crawford and Edmund Penney

Produced by Sam Peckinpah
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The Saga of Anatahan

Take one fiercely individual auteur fed up with the Hollywood game, put him in Kyoto with a full Japanese film company, and the result is a picture critics have been trying to figure out ever since. It’s a realistic story told in a highly artificial visual style, in un-subtitled Japanese. And its writer-director intended it to play for American audiences.

The Saga of Anatahan


Kino Lorber

1953 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 91 min. / Anatahan, Ana-ta-han / Street Date April 25, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring: Akemi Negishi, Tadashi Suganuma, Kisaburo Sawamura, Shoji Nakayama, Jun Fujikawa, Hiroshi Kondo, Shozo Miyashita, Tsuruemon Bando, Kikuji Onoe, Rokuriro Kineya, Daijiro Tamura, Chizuru Kitagawa, Takeshi Suzuki, Shiro Amikura.

Cinematography: Josef von Sternberg, Kozo Okazaki

Film Editor: Mitsuzo Miyata

Original Music: Akira Ifukube

Special Effects: Eiji Tsuburaya

Written by Josef von Sternberg from the novel by Michiro Maruyama & Younghill Kang

Produced by Kazuo Takimura

Directed by Josef von Sternberg
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Seeso: Meet The Renegade Comedians Making a Name with the Bold New Platform

Seeso: Meet The Renegade Comedians Making a Name with the Bold New Platform
Editor’s Note: This article is presented in partnership with Seeso, an ad-free streaming service for comedy lovers. Subscriptions are $3.99 per month, with an option for a one-month free trial.

In early August, The New Yorker Magazine’s esteemed television critic, Emily Nussbaum, sent a tiny missive into the Twitterverse: “I just watched this new sitcom & it was good & funny & romantic. Wtf is Seeso??” with a link to “Take My Wife,” a scripted half-hour series by comedy’s favorite married lesbians, Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher, and a Seeso Original Series.

So, Ms. Nussbaum, to answer your question, what indeed (expletive redacted) is Seeso? In a growing world of niche streaming platforms, Seeso stands out for its wealth of TV classics (including all 42 seasons of “Saturday Night Live”), stand-up specials from the likes of Janeane Garofalo, Brian Posehn, Joey ‘Coco’ Diaz, Doug Stanhope, and Rory Scovel, and Original Series from
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Cinerama’s Russian Adventure

The Ussr’s Cinerama knockoff proved a ‘good business’ between the rival superpowers, when some producers imported and re-edited six Soviet Kinopanorama travelogues to make an action- & culture-packed 3-panel Cinerama attraction. In some ways it’s one of the best.

Cinerama’s Russian Adventure

Blu-ray + DVD

Flicker Alley

1966 / Color / Smilebox widescreen / 127 min. / Street Date November 22, 2016 / 39.95

Narrated by Bing Crosby

Cinematography Eduard Ezov, Nikolai Generalov, Ilya Gutman, Georgiy Kholnyy, Anatol Koloschin, V. Kryklin, Sergei Mdeynskiy, Arkadi Missyura, Vladimir Vorontsov

Film Editor Hal J. Dennis

Original Music Alexsandr Lokshin

Written by Homer McCoy

Produced by Thomas Conroy, Harold J. Dennis, J. Jay Frankel

Directed by Boris Dolin, Roman Karmen, Vasily Katanyan, Solomon Kogan, Leonid Kristi, Oleg Lebedev

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

And Now for Something Completely Different, or, There’s Always Something New to Learn. The excellent Flicker Alley series of Cinerama restorations dazzle us with their technical virtuosity and inform us
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American Horror Story: Roanoke Recap: C'mon, Baby, Let's Do the Twist

After weeks of speculation about the big game-changer that American Horror Story had planned for its sixth episode of Season 6, Ryan Murphy spilled the beans on Tuesday, and a day later, we did the twist, so to speak, leaving behind the format of My Roanoke Nightmare to join the series’ producer (Cheyenne Jackson) on the other side of the camera. But, this being Ahs, that was only the beginning. Read on, and we’ll go over the other ways that “Chapter 6” flipped the script.

Related2017 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?
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Masterminds (2016) – Review

Hey, there’s another movie out this weekend that’s “based on a true story”, but as the Monty Pythons would say, “And now for something completely different”. It’s not a gripping disaster like Deepwater Horizon (although its release problems were a disaster), but a “caper farce”. This flick concerns a real life heist like The Brink’S Job, but committed by The Gang That Couldn’T Shoot Straight. This crew gets by on sheer, bumbling stupidity because nobody would ever seriously refer to them as Masterminds.

The first mastermind we meet is Loomis Fargo money transport armored truck driver David Ghatt (Zach Galifiankis) circa 1997. Via voiceover he explains that he leads a dull life, that he’d even welcome a hold-up, despite the fact that he’ll soon tie the knot with his off-kilter fiance’ Jandice (Kate McKinnon). His world is soon rocked by the hiring of his new work partner,
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Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: Stanley Kubrick, Éric Rohmer, ‘Star Trek,’ Wes Anderson, and More

A nearly 600-page biography of a French filmmaker would not make every summer reading list, but any discerning cinephile will consider Éric Rohmer: A Biography. It’s one of several stunning recent releases, along with a weighty oral history of Star Trek, an intimate remembrance of Stanley Kubrick, and a fascinating breakdown of the great Suspiria. Now that’s an eclectic roster of beach reads.

The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: Volume One: The First 25 Years by Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman (Thomas Dunne Books)

Even minor Star Trek fans will be spellbound by The Fifty-Year Mission, a stunning oral history from Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman. The first in a two-volume set — Volume Two, covering the last 25 years, will be released in late-August — is impressively comprehensive, and full of unforgettable stories. These include the original series rivalry between William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy,
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‘The Strain’ Music Video: Carlton Cuse, Series Stars & ‘Vamps Boom’ Bring The Noise – Comic-Con

And now for something completely different. Here is a just-released music video to promote Season 3 of The Strain, which premieres August 28 on FX. This ditty wasn’t written by some carpetbagging songsmith looking to scoop a paycheck; “Vamps Rule” — billed by the cable net as “summer's most infectious new beat” — was penned by series co-stars Kevin Durand and Miguel Gomez, with David Bradley’s rap written by Ep Regina Corrado, a two-time WGA Award nominee. The Comic-Con…
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10 Best TV Shows of 2016 So Far

10 Best TV Shows of 2016 So Far
What an outrageously abundant year it's been for great TV — and we're only halfway through. 2016 has been a small-screen gold rush so far, from low-key comedies to mega-glitz miniseries, the Battle of the Bastards to the City of the Broads, hilarious fake news to horrifying true history — with dragons and spies and crooks and drunks. When two of the year's best shows are totally different takes on the same 1994 murder trial, you know all bets are off.

So here's a salute to the 10 best TV shows of 2016 so far:

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Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Sci-Fi Oddity "Zardoz" (1974)

"And now for something completely different"... Zardoz (1974)

I didn't mean to begin with a Monty Python quote but they were Brit contemporaries of Writer/Director John Boorman. And Zardoz (1974), the follow up to his most enduring classic (Deliverance, 1972) might be better if it were aiming for comedy instead of merely conjuring laughs. Nevertheless it doesn't get any more "different" than John Boorman's bizarre drug trip about false gods, immortal hippie communes, sentient crystals, marauding assassins, chest hair, and Charlotte Rampling's unique power to both cause erections and lecture about them simultaneously.

I chose it for Best Shot only to finally make sense of its frequent meme-ready presence online -- the jokes on me as it will never make any sense -- but I don't regret it. It's too weird to go unseen. It's the only movie in existence that begins with a floating disembodied head spewing out firearms,
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Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: ‘The Force Awakens,’ Spike Lee, ‘Alien,’ Pixar, and More

Force Awakens fever is still gripping the film industry two months after the release of the seventh Star Wars entry, and the world of cinema-centric books is just as Snoke-obsessed. But there’s plenty more worth snagging, including in-depth analyses of Pixar and Spike Lee’s Bamboozled, a lavish study of musicals, and a graphic stunner called Filmish.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary by Pablo Hidalgo (Dk Publishing)

Dk’s Star Wars visual dictionaries are, quite simply, must-owns. (Even the three prequel editions are fascinating.) And the Force Awakens Visual Dictionary might be the best yet. Author Pablo Hidalgo goes deep, providing everything you wanted to know about Jakku (but were afraid to ask), offering insight on briefly seen characters like Max Von Sydow’s Lor San Tekka, and breaking down exactly why the “crossguard blades” of Kylo Ren’s lightsaber are a necessity. Plus, the film stills
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‘Animals’ Trailer: HBO’s Animated Deep Dive Into Urban Fauna

And now for something completely different: Rodents doing a podcast. Canine bullies at the dog park. Unwelcome feline neighbors. Throat-slitting birds. Randy turtles. Pupating butterflies. A snake-gobbled mouse. The offbeat list goes on in this trailer for Animals, HBO’s decidedly adult animated series that premieres next month promising “a new breed of comedy.” Created by Phil Matarese & Mike Luciano and produced by Duplass Brothers Television, Animals focuses on the…
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NBCU Sets ‘Seeso’ Comedy Subscription VOD Channel Launch

NBCU Sets ‘Seeso’ Comedy Subscription VOD Channel Launch
NBCUniversal announced plans to launch Seeso, a $3.99-per-month over-the-top subscription channel stocked with episodes and clips from the Peacock’s top shows and other sources including “Saturday Night Live,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “The Office” and “Monty Python’s Flying Circus.”

In addition to licensed TV shows, Seeso includes a healthy slate of original series and aims to eventually stream live comedy specials. NBCU will launch the service in private beta in December, with public launch set for January.

“The big niche we’re focusing on is comedy,” Evan Shapiro, executive VP of NBCU Digital Enterprises, said at a press event in New York. “It’s the most popular genre out there by a long stretch, by a Secretariat stretch.”

Shapiro emphasized that ad-free Seeso service isn’t designed to go head-to-head with the three major subscription VOD services — Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime. He said the big
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Kim Ki-duk Gets $24 Million for Chinese War Film Who Is God

And now for something completely different. Maverick Korean auteur Kim Kim-duk is hopping over to China for his next project, and after years of working on microbudgets and failing to crack his own country's commercial realm, he's getting a supersized $24 million budget (+$6 million in P&A) to do it. The project is a war film with the tentative title Who Is God.After 21 films and a slew of international festival awards, including the Golden Lion from the Venice International Film Festival for Pieta (2012), Kim is one of the most well-known Korean filmmakers, but until now, he has strictly confined himself to the independent realm. Beyond the title, the only thing known about Who Is God is that it will focus on buddhism and...

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4 baffling questions 'Terminator Genisys' refused to answer...

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Terminator Genisys” didn't have the greatest opening weekend. Most likely due to questionable marketing decisions and lukewarm (at best) reviews. Maybe it’s because I watched “Man of Steel” for the first time before going to see “Genisys.” Or maybe it was because “Jurassic World” drastically lowered my expectations. But for whatever reason, I enjoyed “Terminator Genisys.” It was a perfectly serviceable action movie… …but. There were still plot holes big enough to drive an armored truck through. Warning: Spoilers Beyond This Point! #1: Why are we time-traveling to the future? Image Credit: Skydance Productions There aren’t many baffling questions to this movie. Like it or loathe it, the internal logic Attempts to be consistent. Except the whole thing balances on a premise so precarious that a wisp of wind would push it over the logic event horizon. Why on God’S Green Earth did Sarah Connor and Pops
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