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John Landis movies: 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Animal House,’ ‘The Blues Brothers,’ ‘Trading Places’

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John Landis movies: 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Animal House,’ ‘The Blues Brothers,’ ‘Trading Places’
John Landis celebrates his 69th birthday on August 3, 2019. Despite his many career ups and downs, the director has created a number of classics across several different genres. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 10 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1950, Landis made his filmmaking debut with the micro-budget creature feature “Schlock” (1973), in which he also starred as an apeman terrorizing a Southern California suburb. It was the first collaboration between him and makeup maestro Rick Baker, who went on to win the first Academy Award for Best Makeup for the director’s “An American Werewolf in London” (1981).

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Landis had his greatest successes with comedies, starting with the sketch compilation “The Kentucky Fried Movie” (1977), written by the “Airplane!” trio of Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker. He went on to helm
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John Landis movies: 10 greatest films ranked worst to best

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John Landis movies: 10 greatest films ranked worst to best
John Landis celebrates his 69th birthday on August 3, 2019. Despite his many career ups and downs, the director has created a number of classics across several different genres. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 10 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1950, Landis made his filmmaking debut with the micro-budget creature feature “Schlock” (1973), in which he also starred as an apeman terrorizing a Southern California suburb. It was the first collaboration between him and makeup maestro Rick Baker, who went on to win the first Academy Award for Best Makeup for the director’s “An American Werewolf in London” (1981).

Landis had his greatest successes with comedies, starting with the sketch compilation “The Kentucky Fried Movie” (1977), written by the “Airplane!” trio of Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker. He went on to helm the box office smashes “National Lampoon’s Animal House” (1978), “The Blues Brothers
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‘Lucha Underground’ Director Picks His Favorite Shots From the Series (Photos)

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‘Lucha Underground’ Director Picks His Favorite Shots From the Series (Photos)
Lucha Underground” has become a cult hit with wrestling fans, thanks in large part to the elaborate backstage segments that have given the show an otherworldly mythology that has gotten bigger with each season. Skip Chaisson, director of those cutscenes, takes TheWrap behind the scenes with notes on his favorite shots from the El Rey series and what inspired them.

Episode 1: The Opening Fight Scene: “Inspired by an old El Santo comic, this was our first big fight. It established what we were doing with Lucha “real world” fights.

Episode 4: King Cuerno’s introduction: “This was one of the moments where I knew we were on to something. The sun was setting and King walks out to the edge of the roof a la “The Dark Knight” with no fear, a total badass hero come to life.”

Episode 4: Fenix’s introduction: “This was another step we took
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Blu-ray Review – Amazon Women On The Moon (1987)

Amazon Women on the Moon, 1987.

Directed by John Landis/Joe Dante/Carl Gottlieb/Robert K. Weiss/Peter Horton.

Starring Rosanna Arquette, Michelle Pfeiffer, Arsenio Hall, Peter Horton, Griffin Dunne, Joe Pantoliano, Forrest J. Ackerman, Sybil Danning, Henry Silva, Carrie Fisher, Steve Guttenberg, Jenny Agutter, Dick Miller, Paul Bartel, and Russ Meyer.

Synopsis:

An anthology of comedy shorts and sketches based around the broadcast of a spoof 1950s sci-fi movie.

French writer Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr once noted that the more things change, the more they stay the same and how right he was because Amazon Women on the Moon, despite being made in the 1980s, is as largely relevant today as it was back then. Yes, the fashions and the technologies change but the sentiment and the ideas that are being parodied remain as funny and sharp as they did 30 years ago, which is quite depressing when you think about it.
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Ambulance Crew Takes Dying Woman to the Beach to See the Ocean One Last Time: ‘Tears Were Shed’

Ambulance Crew Takes Dying Woman to the Beach to See the Ocean One Last Time: ‘Tears Were Shed’
A terminally ill elderly woman in Australia had an ambulance crew transporting her to a local hospital on the country’s east coast make one small diversion: a nearby beach, where she could see the ocean for the last time.

“Tears were shed,” the Queensland Ambulance Service’s Hervey Bay officer-in-charge Helen Donaldson wrote in a post on the crew’s Facebook page on Wednesday, captioning a photo of paramedic Graeme Cooper standing aside the patient on a gurney as the two overlooked the water that has since been shared over 68,000 times. “The patient felt very happy.”

“Sometimes it is
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Watch Now: Runaway Bull on the Loose in Brooklyn's Prospect Park

Where’s the beef?

That is likely what a New York City slaughterhouse is asking itself right now.

According to ABC 7, a runaway bull, sporting tags common to those used in slaughterhouses, was loose in Brooklyn’s popular (and large) Prospect Park for a good chunk of the afternoon.

Police and dozens of farm animal enthusiasts were on the scene. The New York Police Department was able to surround the cow on one of the park’s soccer fields, where they safely corralled the animal into an emergency vehicle.

Live: Cow on the loose in Prospect Park, Brooklyn https://t.
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As You Wish! 10 Inconceivable Facts for The Princess Bride’s 30th Anniversary

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As You Wish! 10 Inconceivable Facts for The Princess Bride’s 30th Anniversary As You Wish! 10 Inconceivable Facts for The Princess Bride’s 30th Anniversary Kurt Anthony10/9/2017 11:00:00 Am

“Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!”

Oh, wait. You don’t have six fingers on your right hand? Sorry, our mistake.

A classic tale of true love and high adventure, The Princess Bride invaded theatres on October 9, 1987 and has been romancing audiences ever since. After all, true love is the greatest thing in the world! Well, except for a nice Mlt.

Based on William Goldman’s 1973 fantasy-romance novel, the film was directed by the legendary Rob Reiner (This Is Spinal Tap, When Harry Met Sally…) and features a swashbuckling cast, including Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn, and André the Giant. After earning a modest $30.8M at the box office upon its release, the
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Riley Keough and Producer Gina Gammell Team Up for Felix Culpa Production Co.

Riley Keough in “The Girlfriend Experience

Riley Keough is the latest actress to begin her own production company. Deadline reports that the “Logan Lucky” star has officially launched company Felix Culpa with producer Gina Gammell. What’s more, the duo have already lined up three female-centric projects: adaptations of the books “Sweet Lamb of Heaven,” “Heartthrob,” and “The Curse of Beauty: The Scandalous & Tragic Life of Audrey Munson, America’s First Supermodel.”

“Sweet Lamb of Heaven: A Novel,” written by Lydia Millet, “blends domestic thriller and psychological horror to tell the story of a mother fleeing her estranged husband,” Deadline summarizes. Felix Culpa will produce the feature adaptation of the National Book Award winner with Scott Free Productions.

Felix Culpa is executive producing Christopher Sebela’s graphic novel “Heartthrob” as a series. The “unexpected love story” sees Callie — the recipient of a heart transplant — meet and fall for a thief who is also her heart donor.

Finally, Felix Culpa is developing and producing James Bone’s best-selling biography “The Curse of Beauty” for film and TV. Bone’s book is “a deep, investigative dive into the extraordinary life of actress and artist model Audrey Munson — who rose to fame in the 1920s as ‘the world’s most perfectly formed woman’ — and the exploitation and remarkable tragedy that ultimately led to her downfall.” Keough and Gammell will produce with Pilgrim Media Group’s Lauren Pfeiffer and Craig Piligian and Regan ArtsJudith Regan and Nathan Ament.

Gina and I are so excited to launch Felix Culpa with three distinctive, character-driven stories,” Keough announced. “We are, very simply, lovers of film and literature. Our company is dedicated to developing material that gives a voice to talent and stories that deserve attention and need to be heard.”

“While Riley and I are interested in telling all kinds of human stories, as women filmmakers, we are proud that the first three projects out of the gate for Felix Culpa happen to feature wild, complicated, intelligent female protagonists,” added Gammell, whose producing credits include the Keough-starring “Dixieland” and “Welcome the Stranger.” “We look forward to discovering new, compelling material to bring to the screen.”

Keough has spoken up before about the need for interesting, complex female characters. “The roles they write for women are so shitty,” she observed. “I think part of me just rebels against it, so I immediately make myself not able to do [the part]. I walk in the room, and they are like, ‘Oh, never mind.’”

You can catch Keough in theaters now in the Rebecca Blunt-penned heist comedy “Logan Lucky.” Andrea Arnold’s “American Honey” and So Yong Kim’s “Lovesong” are among her other credits. In 2016 Keough earned a Golden Globe nod for playing high class escort Christine Reade in Season 1 of the Starz series “The Girlfriend Experience.”

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Riley Keough & Gina Gammell Launch Production Company Felix Culpa With Trio Of Book Deals

Exclusive: Riley Keough and producer Gina Gammell have taken the wraps off their new production company, dubbed Felix Culpa. They already have acquired rights to three books and will team on projects both in film and TV with producers including Studio 8, Scott Free, Pilgrim Media Group and Regan Arts. "Gina and I are so excited to launch Felix Culpa with three distinctive, character-driven stories,” said Keough, whose acting credits include The Girlfriend Experience,…
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Riley Keough & Gina Gammell Launch Production Company Felix Culpa With Trio Of Book Deals

Exclusive: Riley Keough and producer Gina Gammell have taken the wraps off their new production company, dubbed Felix Culpa. They already have acquired rights to three books and will team on projects both in film and TV with producers including Studio 8, Scott Free, Pilgrim Media Group and Regan Arts. "Gina and I are so excited to launch Felix Culpa with three distinctive, character-driven stories,” said Keough, whose acting credits include The Girlfriend Experience,…
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Pa. Man Allegedly Killed Father and Used Scented Candles to Cover Up Smell as Body Rotted on Couch

A Pennsylvania man allegedly fatally shot his father and left his body to rot on their couch for about a month, People confirms.

Tyler Swantek, 24, has been charged with criminal homicide, first- and third-degree murder, aggravated assault and abuse of a corpse in the death of Todd Swantek, 49, whose body was found May 24 in their Pennsylvania home, according to the police department’s Facebook post.

According to an arrest affidavit obtained by People, on May 24, Frackville police were called to check on the welfare of Swantek’s father who hadn’t been seen since the end of March. When authorities arrived at the home,
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12-Year-Old Chicago Girl Allegedly Murdered Sunday Lost Best Friend Last Month

12-Year-Old Chicago Girl Allegedly Murdered Sunday Lost Best Friend Last Month
A man has been charged in connection with the beating and stabbing death of a 12-year-old girl in Chicago Sunday in what police say was part of a domestic dispute.

The girl, Alexis Stubbs, sustained multiple stab wounds and blunt trauma, the Chicago Police Department said in a release.

Alexis was beaten and stabbed in her apartment building on North Beacon St. around 9:45 p.m., according to police. She was rushed to the hospital and later pronounced dead.

On Monday at 3:14 a.m., police arrested John Singleton, 31, of Chicago, a block away from the girl’s apartment building
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Director John Landis Trashes the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Director John Landis Trashes the Marvel Cinematic Universe
It's certainly hard to discount the enormous success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has released 15 hit movies over the past nine years with varying degrees of success, although none of their movies are considered total flops by any means. The McU's latest movie, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, is both a critical hit (81% on Rotten Tomatoes) and a commercial hit ($823.3 million worldwide), much like most of the other McU movies, but the franchise certainly has no shortage of detractors. One of those is legendary director John Landis, who bluntly stated that he's "bored s--tless" with the franchise in a new interview. Here's what he had to say, when asked his thoughts about shared universe's as a whole, and why Wonder Woman was received so well.

"I'm just... truthfully, I'm bored shitless with the Marvel Universe now. All the superhero movies tend to be interchangeable, you always have these mass
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‘The Passage’: Mark-Paul Gosselaar To Topline Fox Vampire Pilot; 5 Others Cast

Pitch star Mark-Paul Gosselaar is staying in the Fox/20th TV fold with a starring role in their off-cycle drama pilot The Passage, co-produced by Scott Free and Matt Reeves’ 6th and Idaho. Also cast in the project, based on author Justin Cronin's bestselling fantasy book trilogy, are child actress Saniyya Sidney (FX/20th TV’s American Horror Story), Time After Time star Genesis Rodriguez, Brianne Howey (Fox/20th TV’s The Exorcist), Bj Britt (Fox/20th TV pilot Behind Enemy…
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Princess Charlene Is Red Hot at the 75th Annual Monaco Grand Prix

Royals, start your engines!

The world’s most glamorous auto race, the Monaco F1 Gp, commemorated its diamond anniversary over the weekend, turning up the wattage with appearances by several celebrities and, of course, Monaco’s royal couple.

Princess Charlene, who attended Sunday’s big event alongside husband Prince Albert, stunned in a fitted sleeveless scarlet Akris gown, continuing her red dress trend at the event.

The former Olympic swimmer dazzled on the podium as she presented this year’s trophy to Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel.

Before the race, which is considered the “crown jewel” of auto racing, the royal
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Delta Apologizes to California Family Who Were Told If They Didn’t Give Up Seat Their Kids Could Be Put in Foster Care

Delta Apologizes to California Family Who Were Told If They Didn’t Give Up Seat Their Kids Could Be Put in Foster Care
Delta Air Lines is offering refunds and “additional compensation” to California parents who claim they were kicked off a flight on April 23 for refusing to give up a seat held by their 2-year-old son.

Brian and Brittany Schear of Huntington Beach, California, said they were traveling with their two toddlers when they were booted from a Los Angeles-bound Delta flight from Hawaii. In video footage of the incident, employees are heard threatening the family with arrest if they didn’t immediately leave the plane.

“We are sorry for the unfortunate experience our customers had with Delta, and we’ve reached
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Delta Worker Threatens Passenger’s Family With Jail Over Refusal to Give Up Child’s Seat (Video)

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Delta Worker Threatens Passenger’s Family With Jail Over Refusal to Give Up Child’s Seat (Video)
A Southern California family says they were kicked off an overbooked Delta flight because they refused to give up a seat they had bought for their young son sitting in a car seat. According to Kabc Eyewitness News, the Schear family from Huntington Beach were flying from Hawaii to Los Angeles last week when they were asked to give up their seat occupied by their 2-year-old son and have him sit on their lap for the entire duration of the flight. They refused, saying they paid for the seat, to which the airline staff threatened the family with jail time.
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California Family Kicked Off Delta Flight After Being Told to Give Up Their Child’s Seat: ‘You Will Be in Jail’

California Family Kicked Off Delta Flight After Being Told to Give Up Their Child’s Seat: ‘You Will Be in Jail’
A California couple traveling with their two toddlers say they were kicked off a Los Angeles-bound Delta flight from Hawaii on April 23 for refusing to give up a seat held by their 2-year-old son.

Parents Brian and Brittany Shear of Huntington Beach, California, filmed the entire encounter and posted it on YouTube. In the clip, employees can be heard threatening the family with arrest if they don’t immediately leave the plane.

“You and your wife will be in jail,” a female employee said, after Brian refused to exit the plane, according to the video.

Brian told Kabc-tv’s “Eyewitness News
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Princess Charlene ‘Can’t Wait’ to Show Africa to Her Twins: ‘This Is My Home

Princess Charlene ‘Can’t Wait’ to Show Africa to Her Twins: ‘This Is My Home
Monaco’s Princess Charlene wants her royal twins, Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques, to know their heritage and “can’t wait” to show them their African roots.

In a rare television interview during her current five-day trip to South Africa for her foundation and the South African Red Cross, the royal opened up about her strong ties to Africa.

“I am African,” she told Eyewitness News, “this is my home. It will always be. It’s in my heart, it’s in my veins and it always will be. I can’t wait for them to come here. I can
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First-look preview of All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #1

With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hitting cinemas in a few short weeks, Marvel Comics is launching a brand new ongoing comic book series featuring the cosmic heroes, and we’ve got a first-look preview of All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #1 for you here; check it out…

A new era begins right here! This May, blast off with your favorite ragtag group of spacefaring heroes for a historic new beginning! New adventures. New creative team. High adventure in the depths of space! Blockbuster creators Gerry Duggan (Deadpool, Uncanny Avengers) and Aaron Kuder (Death of X) take Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Groot and Rocket Raccoon to new heights as the Guardians of the Galaxy return to the stars! Yet as this band of misfit reunites to blast their way through the galaxy, they’ll find that it won’t be long before trouble finds them! With the new Nova Corps hot
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