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Richard H. Kline Dies: Academy Award-Nominated ‘Camelot’ And ‘King Kong’ Cinematographer Was 91

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Richard H. Kline Dies: Academy Award-Nominated ‘Camelot’ And ‘King Kong’ Cinematographer Was 91
Known for his work in a wide array of film genres, Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Richard H. Kline died Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 91.

Kline was known for his work for the 1967 movie musical Camelot starring Vanessa Redgrave and Richard Harris. He received his first Academy Award nomination for the Joshua Logan-directed film and earned his second nomination for the 1976 remake of King Kong starring Jeff Bridges and Jessica Lange.

Born on Nov. 15, 1926, Kline was born into a family of cinematographers which included his father, Benjamin H. Kline, and two uncles, Sol Halperin and Philip Rosen. He had an affinity for surfing, but followed the cinematographer legacy of his family and got his start at Columbia Pictures as a slate boy in 1943 when working on the musical Cover Girl. He went on to serve in the Navy but returned to become a first assistant cameraman.

Throughout his 40 year career, Kline
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Ten Classic Scary Movies For Halloween

I have known for years, many people will not watch black and white movies, of any kind. It has to be color and no older than 10 years, preferably movies made this year, or last year. I have had people look at me with astonishment when I tell them I not only watch black and white movies regularly but even silent movies. I’ve had people admit they didn’t know movies were being made in 1927, much less 1915.

So for this Hallowe’en, when movie geeks thoughts turn to scary movies here is my personal and eclectic list of great, old, scary movies, filmed in glorious black and white.

10. Nosferatu 1922

The Great Grand Daddy of all Dracula movies, and the template for every vampire movie ever made, the first, one of the best and still creepy, even if you’ve seen it repeatedly. A silent masterpiece by Fw Murnau and with
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Jessica Lange: The double Oscar winner’s 12 greatest films from ‘Tootsie’ to ‘Cape Fear’ to ‘Big Fish’

Jessica Lange: The double Oscar winner’s 12 greatest films from ‘Tootsie’ to ‘Cape Fear’ to ‘Big Fish’
From her film debut more than 40 years ago in the splashy remake of “King Kong,” Jessica Lange has become one of our most distinguished and honored actresses. With her lengthy award-winning career continuing in 2017 as screen icon Joan Crawford in FX’s “Feud: Bette and Joan”, Lange returns to the Emmys once more, having […]
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The Valachi Papers

Charles Bronson plays a real-life Mafiosi in a period picture with a fine script, some good performances and a production so sloppy that the whole thing could be called The Anachronism Papers. Joseph Wiseman and Lino Ventura bring additional tough-guy star-power, and Bronson actually commits himself to the role — quite a change of pace for one of his later pictures.

The Valachi Papers


Twilight Time

1972 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 125 min. / Street Date June 13, 2017 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95

Starring: Charles Bronson, Lino Ventura, Jill Ireland, Walter Chiari, Joseph Wiseman, Gerald S. O’Loughlin, Amedeo Nazzari, Fausto Tozzi, Pupella Maggio, Angelo Infanti, Guido Leontini.

Cinematography: Aldo Tonti

Film Editor: Johnny Dwyre, Monica Finzi

Original Music: Riz Ortolani, Armando Trovajoli

Written by Stephen Geller from the novel by Peter Maas

Produced by Dino De Laurentiis, Roger Duchet

Directed by Terence Young

In 2001 I received the plum assignment of editing a
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70s Rewind: Orca, The Beached Whale of Killer Shark Movies

In the aftermath of Jaws, many cinematic imitators swam into shore, but few could compare to Orca. Steven Spielberg's first blockbuster benefited from terrific advance publicity. Peter Benchley's novel, first published in February 1974, became an instant bestseller, casting a large shadow on the forthcoming film, which began production three months later. According to Wikipedia. Orca was born from the mind of producer Dino de Laurentiis. Supposedly, late one night in 1975 -- perhaps unable to sleep because of his own, ill-fated production of King Kong that would be unleashed the following year -- he called fellow producer Luciano Vincenzoni and told him to "find a fish tougher and more terrible than the great white" shark portrayed in Jaws. Luciano's brother Adriano had an interest...

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The Fantasticast #227 – Fantastic Four #171 – Death Is A Golden Gorilla

Stephen Lacey and Andrew Leyland are your guide to Marvel’s First Family, The Fantastic Four. Starting at the very beginning of the Marvel Age of Comics, they cover every issue of The Fantastic Four, every spinoff title (Strange Tales, Marvel Two-In-One, and more), every guest appearance and every cameo, in order of publication…

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Hello, and welcome to episode 227 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.

Apparently, at the time this comic was released, there was a new King Kong movie about to be released. Now, I’d hate to suggest that such a cinematic event would affect the plotting of this issue… but when there’s a giant golden gorilla scaling the Baxter Building with Sue Richards in its hand whilst Ben Grimm cracks numerous Dino de Laurentiis jokes,
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'Feud': How Ryan Murphy's Hollywood-Diva Miniseries Rips Celebrity Apart

'Feud': How Ryan Murphy's Hollywood-Diva Miniseries Rips Celebrity Apart
Fame – it's a hell of a drug. Feud is like watching Robert De Niro and Al Pacino square off in Heat, except with two of Hollywood's living legends playing a couple of dead ones. In Ryan Murphy's new anthology series, Jessica Lange is Joan Crawford to Susan Sarandon's Bette Davis, a pair of toxic movie divas madly in hate with each other. As Davis famously snipped, "She has slept with every male star at MGM, except Lassie." This eight-episode fever dream celebrates how they basically invented the modern celebrity beef,
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My World Of Flops: Monkey dies, everybody cries case #82: King Kong Lives

My World Of Flops is Nathan Rabin’s survey of books, television shows, musical releases, or other forms of entertainment that were financial flops, critical failures, or lack a substantial cult following.

On a 1977 episode of Saturday Night Live, John Belushi played Italian super-producer and schlock maestro Dino De Laurentiis promoting his latest movie opposite Dan Ackroyd’s Tom Snyder on The Tomorrow Show. The blockbuster in question is a big-budget remake of King Kong starring Jeff Bridges, Charles Grodin, and Jessica Lange in her film debut.

When asked why the world needed another version of King Kong, Belushi’s De Laurentiis semi-famously insists, “When the Jaws die, nobody cry. When my Kong die, everybody cry,” an assertion he makes repeatedly with minor variations. According to Hollywood lore, De Laurentiis actually made a similarly bold assertion in real life about the waterworks that would inevitably ensue when his outsized ...
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Horror Highlights: The Walking Dead: March To War, The Heretics, Kong: Skull Island Soundtrack

Disruptor Beam has launched a new Survivor System for their mobile game The Walking Dead: March to War, and we have official details in today's Horror Highlights. We also have info on the world premiere of Chad Archibald's (Bite) new film, The Heretics, and details on the Kong: Skull Island soundtrack by composer Henry Jackman.

The Walking Dead: March to War: Survivor System: From Disruptor Beam: "How to Survive: An Interview with Senior Game Designer Michael Leoncavallo

Welcome Walking Dead fans!

We are excited to reveal the first major feature from our upcoming game, The Walking Dead: March To War -- the Survivor System!

We talked to the Senior Game Designer of The Walking Dead: March To War, Michael Leoncavallo, for all the latest details.

Then check out an exciting announcement at the end of this post...

Db: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
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First Crushes, Celibacy and Losing Titanic to Leo! 10 Revelations from Matthew McConaughey’s Playboy Interview

First Crushes, Celibacy and Losing Titanic to Leo! 10 Revelations from Matthew McConaughey’s Playboy Interview
During a recent interview with Playboy, Matthew McConaughey revealed more than ever about his personal life, upbringing and what makes him tick.

Here’s what the Sing star had to say on everything from toying with the idea of becoming a monk to his early-90s romance with Sandra Bullock.

The McConaissance wasn’t about ditching his rom-com days.

After taking some time off following a string of romantic-comedies, McConaughey re-emerged as the leading man in several critically-acclaimed projects.

“I didn’t rebrand in those 18 months; I unbranded,” said the 47-year-old. “I became some people’s good new idea. People
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Horror Highlights: Game Of Thrones Sdcc Scavenger Hunt, Famous Monsters, Tales Of Poe, Spell On Wheels

To celebrate the success of a variety of Game of Thrones merchandise, HBO is hosting a scavenger hunt for fans at Comic-Con starting on Wednesday, July 20th at 6:00pm! Also: Famous Monsters at Sdcc 2016, Tales of Poe DVD and Digital HD release details, and info on Spell on Wheels‘ first issue debut.

Game of Thrones Sdcc 2016 Scavenger Hunt Details: Press Release: “Wednesday, July 13, 2016 — HBO Global Licensing is excited to debut a wide array of new Game of Thrones products and convention exclusives at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, and to highlight some of its bestselling products released throughout the series’ run. To help celebrate, HBO is inviting fans to participate in a Comic-Con Scavenger Hunt, sending them on a quest to find some of the coolest Game of Thrones products available on the Comic-Con floor.

Starting Wednesday, July 20th, at 6 p.m. Pt when the convention floor opens for Preview Night,
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Review: Lalo Schifrin's "Black Widow" And "Towering Toccata" Dual Album Release

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By Darren Allison

Growing up with the film music of Lalo Schifrin in the 1970s made these two albums somewhat compulsory listening. Black Widow (1976) marked Schifrin’s debut album for the legendary Cti (Creed Taylor Incorporated) label with Towering Toccata (1977) proving to be a perfect follow up. Both of these albums (recorded in 1976) feature some of the greatest Jazz musicians of the period including Eric Gale, Steve Gadd, Hubert Laws, Jon Faddis, Anthony Jackson and Joe Farrell, to name just a few.

Schifrin provides a Jazz funk vibe to some classic movie themes including Steven Spielberg’s monster smash Jaws. The track (which still sounds incredible) was released from Black Widow as a single and charted at number 14 in the UK singles chart, becoming something of an established disco anthem. The Black Widow album also did well, reaching number 22 in the Us list of jazz bestsellers and appeared in the R&B chart.
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Rewind This! – The Review: A Look Back at the Days of VHS

I admit it, I’m a sentimental old fart. I get choked up and maudlin very often, when I think of family and friends, a moment in time when I realized the tragedy life can bring to us, or the joy. I tear up at the movies regularly, or reading certain passages in books. But I never thought I would weep at the loss of a video system. If you read We Are Movie Geeks regularly you must be aware of the video revolution of the 1980s, when VHS players and recorders found a place in almost every home in America. I hope you recall the early days when VHS was neck and neck with Betamax, a technically better system. Remember the days of Mom and Pop video rental stores when almost anyone could open a store front, and with a collection of VHS tapes start making money? As one of the many,
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Review: "The 88Th Annual Academy Awards"

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By Lee Pfeiffer

Remember the old days when unpredictable occurrences seemed to predictably occur at the Oscars ceremony? There was the nude streaker who failed to unravel the ever-unflappable David Niven. There were the political activist winners who used the forum to grandstand for their favorite causes. This included Vanessa Redgrave's pro-Palestinian, anti-Zionist remarks during her acceptance speech, Marlon Brando sending a surrogate to reject his "Godfather" Oscar in protest of Hollywood's treatment of Native Americans, "Patton" winner George C. Scott refusing to show up at all in protest of the competitive nature of awards shows, the producers of the anti-Vietnam War documentary "Hearts and Minds" taking solace that that the nation was about to be "liberated" by a brutal communist regime, which caused another stir when Frank Sinatra was pushed on stage at Bob Hope's urging to read a hastily-scribbled denouncement of the remark. The Oscars haven't
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‘Hollywood Banker’ DVD Review

Hollywood Banker, directed by Frans Afman’s daughter Rozemyn, charts the bankers early days working with producer Dino De Laurentiis through to his fall out with Credit Lyonnais Nederland over the company’s financing of MGM to Giancarlo Parretti, which would result in both the bank and the studio’s bankruptcy.

It’s hard to believe that, before Afman, there really was no model for independent studios to “easily” finance their projects. Yet today Afman’s model of pre-sales and completion guarantees seems simple. It’s no wonder how easily Afman managed to make himself the go-to guy for filmmakers in the 80s. A prime example being Dino De LaurentiisKing Kong remake, which was the first film to bring Afman’s financial nous to the attention of more than just the independent studios of the time. After all, the pre-sales model not only made it easier to finance movies
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Director John Guillermin Dead At Age 89; "The Towering Inferno" And "King Kong" (1976) Among His Credits

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Director John Guillermin has passed away at age 89. The British director was best known for his high profile action films including the 1974 blockbuster "The Towering Inferno" and the 1976 remake of "King Kong", a production that was plagued by troubles but ended up being quite profitable. Guillermin was despised by some in the industry for his mercurial temperament and harsh methods of directing actors. However, no one could deny his talents. He was equally adept at directing scenes of intimate drama as well as explosive, large-scale action scenes. Among his best films was the 1969 production of "The Bridge at Remagen" which was interrupted by the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. Guillermin and producer David L. Wolper managed  to salvage the film by moving the production elsewhere, a monumental task that they completed successfully. Other Guillermin films include "Death on the Nile", "The Blue Max", "El Condor", "Shaft in Africa", "Skyjacked", "Never Let Go
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John Guillermin obituary

Film director whose action movies included The Towering Inferno and King Kong

The film director John Guillermin, who has died aged 89, started on cheap British B films in the 1950s and progressed to such big-budget spectaculars as The Towering Inferno, the second King Kong and Death on the Nile in the 1970s. He learned to work with tight resources during his eight-year apprenticeship in the lower echelons of British cinema, and proved equally responsible when given the chance to handle large forces.

Whether they cost a shoestring or megabucks, most of his 35 films were made in a thoroughly workmanlike, Saturday-night-at-the-movies manner. Only in his later work was there sometimes a disparity between scale and quality.

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R.I.P. John Guillermin (1925 – 2015)

Award-winning British director John Guillermin died on Sunday at his home in Los Angeles aged 89.

Guillermin is regarded by some as one of best directors of his generation, with such films as The Towering Inferno, King Kong (1976) and Death on the Nile part of his distinguished career.

The Towering Inferno is probably the film he will be remembered most for, with the Paul Newman-Steve McQueen-starrer winning three Oscars as well as grossing $116 million back in 1974, which accounts to over $514 million adjusted for inflation.

Other films in the director’s career included King Kong Lives, Shaft in Africa, Skyjacked, El Condor, Tarzan’s Greatest Adventure and The Bridge at Remagen.

Guillermin’s wife Mary said on Facebook that her husband was “sensitive and passionate, full of a fierce rapture himself.”

Born in London in 1925, the director attended Cambridge University and won the Evening Standard British Film Award for
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John Guillermin, British director of Towering Inferno, dies aged 89

Perfectionist director of big-budget action fare also took the reins on Agatha Christie whodunnit Death on the Nile and blaxploitation sequel Shaft in Africa

John Guillermin, the British director whose expertise with big-budget action fare in the 1960s and 70s led him to direct the 1976 remake of King Kong and the 1974 disaster movie epic The Towering Inferno, has died. He was 89.

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