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Producer Robert A. Goldston Dies at 88

Film, television, and theater producer Robert A. Goldston died on September 23 from complications due to Crohn’s disease. He was 88.

Goldston got his start in entertainment on the radio show “Let’s Pretend.” After attending Harvard Law School and briefly working as a lawyer, he went to work with Screen Gems/Columbia before becoming the president of Nta Production,s where he created the Peabody Award winning series “Play of the Week,” a series of 67 Broadway-like productions for television.

He produced films like “The Bofors Gun,” “Murder By Decree,” “The Bell Jar” and “Mandela.” His Playpix Productions produced off-Broadway plays and earned Goldston a reputation for creating thoughtful, high-quality productions. The “American Film Theater,” which he created after the success of “Play of the Week,” attracted stars like Katherine Hepburn, Paul Scofield, Gene Wilder, and Jeff Bridges.

Goldston was a vocal advocate of compassion and fought against racial and social subjugation. He
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Blu-ray Review: Black Christmas Reigns

Canadian director Bob Clark (A Christmas Story, Murder By Decree) tragically left this mortal realm in a car crash in 2007, but his legacy of work lives on. He worked in several genres, but in horror, his 1970s masterpiece Black Christmas is revered by both fans and filmmakers. It's easy to see why when you watch the movie. Its fantastic cast John Saxon, Olivia Hussey, Art Hindle, Keir Dullea, and Margo Kidder stars in a film that's both scary and pushes hot topic buttons (abortion) that are sadly still relevent today. A 2006 remake had a chilly reception, and the original remains unsurpassed. After all, Black Christmas is said to have influenced John Carpenter's Halloween. The dread that Clark created was palpable and still quite effective; in fact, the...

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What's Leaving Netflix in October 2015

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Well, this is lousy timing. Several horror movies, including "The Exorcist," "Night of the Living Dead," and "Interview with the Vampire" are leaving Netflix on October 1, right before Halloween.

Also leaving October 1, some spooky TV titles, including "The Dead Files."

More than 150 titles are leaving Netflix in October; here's the entire list of movies and TV shows that will disappear from Netflix streaming in October.

Leaving Oct. 1, 2015

"Aces High" (1976)

"A Fond Kiss" (2004)

"Agata And The Storm" (2004)

"A Good Day to Die" (2013)

"Alakazam The Great" (1960)

"All Is Lost" (2013)

"An Affair to Remember" (1957)

"Agora" (2009)

"A Liar's Autobiography" (2012)

"America Declassified" (2013)

"Analyze This" (1999)

"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues " (2013)

"Angela's Ashes" (1999)

"Annie Hall" (1977)

"Another Woman" (1988)

"Apocalypse Now" (1979)

"Apocalypse Now Redux" (2001)

"Axed" (2012)

"Baby's Day Out" (1994)

"Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession" (1980)

"Baron Blood" (1972)

"Beaufort" (2007)

"Belle of the Yukon" (1944)

"Big Night" (1996)

"Blue Velvet" (1986)

"Brewster's Millions" (1945)

"Buying & Selling" (2013)

"Caesar and Cleopatra" (1945)

"Caprica" (2009)

"Carve Her Name With Pride" (1958)

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Sherlock Holmes: 10 offbeat takes on the Great Detective

From spoofs to point-and-click adventure games, here are 10 of the most memorable unusual incarnations of Sherlock Holmes...

We don’t know a great deal about the content of the 90-minute Sherlock special set to air later this year, but one thing has emerged from the set photos and tantalising titbits of information we’ve seen so far. Sherlock Holmes and John Watson will be in nineteenth-century garb, pitching them back into the setting of the legendary detective’s original adventures: 1895, to be precise. Why that happens is as yet unclear, but all will be revealed.

For those still craving their Holmes fix in the meantime, the new film Mr. Holmes offers us Ian McKellen’s take on the character, musing upon an old case as he looks back on his long career from the vantage point of retirement. Jonny Lee Miller’s ultra-modern, Us-based Sherlock will be entering his fourth
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Long Before Downey Jr. There Was Gillette: Lost Holmes Movie Has Been Unearthed

'Sherlock Holmes' movie found at Cinémathèque Française (image: William Gillette in 'Sherlock Holmes') Sherlock Holmes, a long-thought-lost 1916 feature starring stage performer and playwright William Gillette in the title role, has been discovered in the vaults of the Cinémathèque Française. Directed by the all-but-forgotten Arthur Berthelet for the Chicago-based Essanay production company, the approximately 90-minute movie is supposed to be not only the sole record of William Gillette's celebrated performance as Arthur Conan Doyle's detective, but also the only surviving Gillette film.* In the late 19th century, William Gillette himself wrote the play Sherlock Holmes, which turned out to be a mash-up of various stories and novels featuring the detective, chiefly the short stories "A Scandal in Bohemia" and "The Final Problem." ("May I marry Holmes?" Gillette, while vying for the role, telegraphed Conan Doyle. The latter replied, "You may marry or murder or do What you like with him.
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10 Suspects Of The Jack “The Ripper” Murders – 125 Years On

125 years ago the streets of London were host to perhaps the most infamous series of murders in human history. Prostitutes were found mutilated with their organs removed, leading to sensational newspaper articles and mass speculation as to the identity of who would later become known as ‘Jack the Ripper’.

While the crimes have long since subsided, the mystery about who the killer was has not, with countless books being released and re-released positing various theories about who the Ripper may be. In this article I will examine 10 of the suspects to these crimes and the various reasons why they may or may not be seen as ‘the smoking gun’.

10. Sir William Gull & The Masonic Conspiracy

This is possibly the most well known theory thanks to the films From Hell and Murder by Decree as well as the connections the theory has to royalty, which have ensured many people know something about this idea.
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Christopher Plummer Joins The Forger Cast – Stars John Travolta And Tye Sheridan

Oscar winner Christopher Plummer (Beginners, The Last Station) joins the cast of heist film, The Forger, starring opposite two-time Academy Award nominee and two-time Golden Globe winner John Travolta and recent Venice Film Festival Award winner for Best New Young Actor Tye Sheridan (Joe, Mud), it was announced today by producers and co-financiers Code Entertainment’s (“Code”) Al Corley and Bart Rosenblatt and Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel of The Solution Entertainment Group (“The Solution”).

The film, to be directed by BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning director, Philip Martin (BBC’s “Wallander”), will begin shooting in Boston in October.

Starring as Travolta’s father and Sheridan’s grandfather, Plummer will play Joseph Cutter, the patriarch of the family that spans three generations in the film.

Written by Richard D’Ovidio (The Call), The Forger tells the story of a former child art prodigy and second generation petty thief, Ray Cutter (Travolta
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Earthquake, Coma Star Returns: Nominated for Canadian Oscar

Geneviève Bujold is back: Canadian Screen Awards 2013 [See previous post: "Canadian Screen Awards: Oscar-Nominated War Witch Tops."] In addition to War Witch‘s Rachel Mwanza, the Canadian Screen Awards 2013 Best Actress nominees are Evelyne Brochu for Inch’allah, Marilyn Castonguay for L’Affaire Dumont, Suzanne Clément for Laurence Anyways, and Geneviève Bujold for Still Mine. In the Michael McGowan-directed drama based on real-life events, the veteran Bujold plays farmer James Cromwell tough-but-ailing wife whose physical frailty sets in motion the film’s plot: Cromwell’s desire to build a better, more comfortable house for Bujold pits him against government inspector Jonathan Potts. (Photo: Geneviève Bujold, James Cromwell Still Mine.) The Montreal-born Geneviève Bujold is best known for her Hollywood movies: Charles Jarrott’s Best Picture Academy Award nominee Anne of the Thousand Days (1969), which earned Bujold a Best Actress Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Anne Boleyn; Mark Robson’s Earthquake, playing Charlton Heston
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Competition: Win Sherlock adventure 'Murder by Decree' on DVD

To celebrate last week's DVD release of Murder by Decree (1979), Bob Clark's classic Sherlock Holmes thriller starring Christopher Plummer and Donald Sutherland, the wonderful team at StudioCanal have kindly provided us with Three copies of the film to give away to our Holmes-loving readers. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook fans, so if you haven't already, head over to, 'Like' us, and then follow the instructions below.

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The Hunger Games Movie Box Office: (Actually) $250M+

The Hunger Games passed the $250 million milestone at the North American box office on Monday, April 2, according to figures found at Box Office Mojo. Although Gary Ross' futuristic adventure tale reached that milestone one day after the studio had predicted, that's an impressive feat all the same. After 11 days, The Hunger Games has collected $253 million in the Us/Canada. Ignoring inflation, only six movies have reached $250 million at the domestic box office in 11 days or less. In addition to The Hunger Games, the others are: Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight in 8 days (Christian Bale / Heath Ledger / Maggie Gyllenhaal) David Yates' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in 9 days (Daniel Radcliffe, Ralph Fiennes / Emma Watson / Rupert Grint) Michael Bay's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in 9 days (Shia Labeouf / Megan Fox / Josh Duhamel) Gore Verbinski's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest in 10 days (Orlando Bloom
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DVD Review: 'Murder by Decree' (re-release)

★★★★☆ This week sees the DVD re-release of Bob Clark's hugely enjoyable 1979 Sherlock Holmes crime drama Murder By Decree courtesy of StudioCanal, and starring recent Oscar winner Christopher Plummer and the magnificent James Mason. The film lifts Conan Doyle's world famous crime fighting duo straight of the page, pitting Holmes (Plummer) and Watson (Mason) against one of history's most notorious criminals - Jack the Ripper.

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The Hunger Games: Twilight-Like Drop-Off Rate

Jennifer Lawrence / Josh Hutcherson's The Hunger Games Box Office: $250M Milestone Not Reached Last Weekend. Another consequence of The Hunger Games' lower-than-expected weekend box-office performance was that its drop-off rate was slightly higher than originally thought. At close to 62%, The Hunger Games drop was about the same as that of Catherine Hardwicke / Robert Pattinson / Kristen Stewart's original Twilight movie in fall 2008 — even though Ross' film version of Suzanne Collins' novel received much better reviews. For comparison's sake, among non-sequels: James Cameron / Sam Worthington's Avatar was down a minuscule 2% on its second weekend. Sam Raimi / Tobey Maguire / Kirsten Dunst's original Spider-Man was down 38%. Chris Columbus / Daniel Radcliffe's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was down 36%. Michael Bay / Shia Labeouf / Megan Fox's Transformers was down 47.5%. Tim Burton / Mia Wasikowska's Alice in Wonderland was down 46%. When it comes to sequels, David Yates' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
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DVD Review - Murder by Decree (1979)

Murder by Decree, 1979.

Directed by Bob Clark.

Starring Christopher Plummer, James Mason, David Hemmings, Susan Clark, Donald Sutherland, John Gielgud, Anthony Quayle, Geneviève Bujold and Frank Finlay.


Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson find themselves on the trail of Jack the Ripper as they investigate the notorious Whitechapel murders.

Sherlock Holmes has offered a go to for the film and TV world for many years. There have been countless incarnations on the big and small screen of Holmes and Watson. In recent times of note, we’ve had Robert Downey Jr. donning the famous hat and pipe, as well as the immensely popular BBC series with Benedict Cumberbatch. Murder by Decree was “yet another” Holmes cinematic escape, way back in 1979.

Jack the Ripper has been murdering prostitutes in the Whitechapel area. Holmes is called upon to uncover the identity of the killer. When Holmes takes on the case he uncovers
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This week's new DVD & Blu-ray


A children's movie directed by Martin Scorsese is an interesting proposition. Rather than try to get down with the youth of today or give us a Goodkiddies or Raging Calf, Scorsese has instead made a rather sweet and fantastical movie loosely about the childhood version of himself: a lonely child who loves movies.

Hugo is an orphan secretly living in a Parisian train station, where he tends the clocks while trying to repair an automaton his father left him. His friendship with a fellow orphan and her toy kiosk-owning guardian reveals many life-changing secrets. While the script seems a little undercooked, the same cannot be said for the visuals. It's great to see a master such as Scorsese take full advantage of CGI and 3D; it never looks anything less than stunning. The 1930s setting means no product placement and the film feels less like an advert for toys
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Win the Sherlock Holmes / Jack the Ripper thriller Murder by Decree on DVD

A classy forerunner to Alan Moore's From Hell, the Sherlock Holmes / Jack the Ripper tale Murder By Decree - starring Academy Award-winner Christopher Plummer (Beginners) as Arthur Conan Doyle's master detective - arrives on DVD on April 2nd, and to celebrate the release Flickering Myth have three copies of the film to give away to our readers courtesy of StudioCanal.

Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter this competition...

"Jack the Ripper’s murders catch the attention of Sherlock Holmes but he does not receive the expected call from Scotland Yard because he is being purposefully excluded from the investigation. Instead, Robert Lees (Donald Sutherland; Don’t Look Now), a psychic who volunteered information to the police about the murders, provides the Great Detective with the necessary incitement to action. As the murders proceed, it becomes clear to all concerned that it is more
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Retro Active: Murder by Decree (1979)

by Nick Schager

What's new is always old, and in this recurring column, I'll be taking a look at the classic genre movies that have influenced today's new releases. In honor of Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, this week it's Bob Clark's 1979 Holmes-vs.-the-Ripper thriller, Murder by Decree.

Navigating the deserted misty streets of 1880s London from the point of view of its notorious villain, Jack the Ripper, Bob Clark's camera delivers an immediate jolt of Black Christmas-style malevolence to Murder by Decree, the director's superlative Sherlock Holmes adventure. Armed with John Hopkins' smart script (based on Elwyn Jones and John Lloyd's book The Ripper File), Clark situates his iconic sleuth in the midst of England's most infamous crime spree, pitting him against the Ripper and, in doing so, a social hierarchy as inflexible as it is entrenched. It's a tale
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[Now Streaming] Your ‘Sherlock Holmes,’ ‘Alvin and The Chipmunks,’ & ‘Corman’s World’ Alternatives

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Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to worthwhile titles currently available on Netflix Instant Watch. This week we offer alternatives to Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked, and Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel.

This weekend a trio of song-singing chipmunks will do box office battle with a charming super sleuth and the ultimate Hollywood rebel. But if the weather outside’s too frightful for you to venture out, enjoy these selected streaming adventures that feature beguiling gumshoes, screwball siblings and brilliant and bizarre showbiz docs — all from the comfort of your couch!

The to sequel Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes has the dapper detective (Robert Downey Jr.) and his devoted Watson (Jude Law) chasing down Holmes’ malevolent nemesis Moriarty (Jared Harris). Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams co-star.

Screen Sherlocks through the ages:

Sherlock Holmes: Dressed to Kill (1946) Basil Rathbone,
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Home Invasion: DVD & Blu-Ray Releases for this Week

It’s Tuesday! That means it’s time for another Home Invasion post. Home Invasion is a list of DVD & Blu-Ray releases for the week. All descriptions are from unless otherwise noted. We have included buttons for you to order that product which not only makes it easy on you but also helps us pay the bills around here.

Batman: Year One (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)

Batman: Year One is an animated adaptation of the four issue story arc Batman: Year One. The premiere was at Comic-Con on July 22 and the official release date is October 18, 2011. The film was directed by Lauren Montgomery and Sam Liu. It is the 12th film released under the DC Universe Animated Original Movies banner. (from

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Shady Grove has many dark secrets among them is the sadistic legend of Shane,
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Scorpion Releasing Brings Two More Lost Classics to DVD

It's October, kids, and that means everyone and their grandmother are looking for cool things to turn you on to. Next up to the plate - Scorpion Releasing with two little seen gems starring some true horror heavyweights.

From the Press Release

Masters of horror Sir Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing pair up in this spine-tingling Gothic thriller! When a Scottish island orphanage is inundated by a rash of cold-blooded murders, Special Bureau Chief Bingham (Lee, Dracula Prince Of Darkness, The Wicker Man, The Mummy) of Scotland Yard is dispatched to investigate. He and his ally (Cushing, Star Wars, The Creeping Flesh, She, Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell), a hospital pathologist, begin to uncover a series of bizarre and baffling clues.

Special Features

Play with or without Katarina's Nightmare Theater Liner Notes by Christopher Gullo, author of Peter Cushing biography, "In All Sincerity...Peter Cushing". Original Trailer Reversible sleeve
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Christopher Plummer receiving Hollywood Supporting Actor Award for “Beginners” – Awards Alley

By Sean O’Connell The legendary Christopher Plummer, who has been earning raves for his performance in Mike Mills’ “Beginners” as a widower embracing his homosexuality, will receive the “Hollywood Supporting Actor Award” at this year’s 15th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards, presented by Starz Entertainment. The event is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 24, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Plummer, an Academy Award nominee for his recent performance in “The Last Station,” has been enjoying even more awards chatter as of late for his turn as Hal, a closeted gay man who didn’t choose to come out until his wife passed away … much to the surprise of his son (Ewan McGregor).

Plummer, who can be seen in “Barrymore” and “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” later this year, will be on hand to accept the award.

His bio is below:

Christopher Plummer
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