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An Ideal Partnership - The films of director J. Lee Thompson and actor Charles Bronson - Part 2

After working on Caboblanco, Thompson moved onto the slasher genre with Happy Birthday to Me (1981). Whilst by no means the best the genre has to offer, Happy Birthday to Me proved to be an enjoyable horror film, and definitely better than some similar films made in the wake of John Carpenters Halloween (1978). Between Caboblanco and 10 to Midnight, Bronson kept himself busy, starring in director Peter Hunt’s Death Hunt (1981), which found the actor sharing the screen once again with Lee Marvin, the first time since working together on The Dirty Dozen. Opening to mixed reviews, Death Hunt is still an excellent old style action movie, and one of Bronson’s best later star vehicles. Death Hunt was followed by Death Wish 2 (1982),...

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Competition: Win Premium Collection release ‘Point Blank’ on Blu-ray

We are giving away a limited edition poster and Blu-ray to celebrate the release of Point Blank – out 18th September 2017.

They double-crossed Walker, took his $93,000 cut of the heist and left him for dead, but they didn’t finish the job. Big mistake. He – someday, somehow – is going to finish them. Lee Marvin is in full antihero mode as remorseless Walker, talking the talk and walking the walk in John Boorman’s (Deliverance) edgy neo-noir classic filled with imaginative New Wave style, blunt dialogue and Walker’s relentless quest that, one by one, smashes into the corporate pecking order of a crime group called the Organisation. Angie Dickinson plays the accomplice who uses her seductive wiles to ensnare one of Walker’s prey.

Special Features:

Commentary by Director John Boorman and Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh Vintage Featurettes The Rock Part 1 and The Rock Part 2 Theatrical Trailer

The Premium Collection, revered
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Lee Marvin Died 29 Years Ago Today – Here Are His Ten Best Films

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman

Lee Marvin rose through the ranks of movie stardom as a character actor, delivering mostly villainous supporting turns in many films before finally graduating to leading roles. Regardless of which side of the law he was on however, he projected a tough-as-nails intensity and a two-fisted integrity which elevated even the slightest material. Born February 19, 1924, in New York City, Marvin quit high school to enter the Marine Corps and while serving in the South Pacific was badly wounded in battle when a machine gun nest shot off part of his buttocks and severed his sciatic nerve. He spent a year in recovery before returning to the U.S. where he began working as a plumber. The acting bug bit after filling in for an ailing summer-stock actor and he studied the art at the New York-based American Theater Wing. Upon making his debut in summer stock,
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Richard Davalos, ‘East of Eden’ Actor, Dies at 85

Richard Davalos, ‘East of Eden’ Actor, Dies at 85
Actor Richard Davalos, who played James Dean’s brother Aron in Elia Kazan’s 1955 film “East of Eden,” died Tuesday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif. He was 85.

Davalos approached stardom in the ’50s and ’60s with roles in “East of Eden” and as convict Blind Dick in 1967 classic “Cool Hand Luke,” starring Paul Newman. While working on “East of Eden,” Davalos and Dean roomed together in a Burbank apartment. His other credits include “I Died a Thousand Times” (1955), “All the Young Men” (1960), “The Cabinet of Caligari” (1962), “Pit Stop” (1969), “Kelly’s Heroes” (1970), “Brother, Cry for Me” (also 1970), “Hot Stuff” (1979), “Death Hunt” (1981), “Something Wicked This Way Comes” (1983) and his final screen credit, 2008’s “Ninja Cheerleaders.”

The actor also had an active career in television. He starred with Darryl Hickman in NBC’s brief series “The Americans” in 1961 and guested on shows including “Bonanza,” “Hawaiian Eye,” “77 Sunset Strip,” “Perry Mason,
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Richard Davalos, ‘East of Eden’ Actor, Dies at 85

Richard Davalos, ‘East of Eden’ Actor, Dies at 85
Actor Richard Davalos died Tuesday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank. He was 85.

Davalos approached stardom in the ’50s and ’60s when he played James Dean’s brother Aron in “East of Eden” and convict Blind Dick in “Cool Hand Luke.” While working on “East of Eden,” Davalos and Dean roomed together in a Burbank apartment. His other credits include: “I Died a Thousand Times,” “All the Young Men,” “The Cabinet of Caligari,” “Pit Stop,” “Kelly’s Heroes,” “Brother, Cry for Me,” “Hot Stuff,” “Death Hunt,” “Something Wicked This Way Comes” and “Ninja Cheerleaders.”

In the ’90s, Davalos gained a measure of pop music fame by appearing on the covers of multiple albums for the Smiths. He appears in the album art for “Strangeways,” “Here We Come,” “Best…I” and “…Best II.”

He was the father of actress Elyssa Davalos and musician Dominique Davalos and the grandfather of actress Alexa Davalos,
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Who are the New Mutants? A guide to the new X-Men spinoff

Who are the New Mutants? A guide to the new X-Men spinoff
We were all a bit surprised this week by 20th Century Fox's official announcement of a New Mutants film, coming from The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone.

X-Men writer and producer Simon Kinberg revealed that Boone will be teaming with Knate Gwaltney (Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa) to deliver a script.

Unless you are a committed X-Men fan, we imagine your first thought was: 'Who are the New Mutants?'

Not wanting to see you left in the dark, here is our beginner's guide to everything you need to know about the New Mutants:

X-Men Juniors

Simply put, the New Mutants was a training group for young X-Men.

The New Mutants comic was introduced at the height of the '80s X-Men craze, when Marvel's mighty mutants were the biggest property in comics.

Chris Claremont - whose 16+ years on X-Men defined the team forever - teamed up with artist
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Prolific Character Actor Ed Lauter Passes Away

The veteran television and film actor Ed Lauter has passed away at his home in West Hollywood following a battle with a rare form of cancer. He as 74 years-old. His four decade-long career began with classic television shows like The Streets Of San Francisco and Ironside before moving on to memorable big-screen roles in The Longest Yard (1974) and Magic (1978).

The 1980/90s brought him even more attention in Charles Bronson thriller Death Hunt (1981), Youngblood (1986), Born On The Fourth Of July (1989), My Blue Heaven (1990) and The Rocketeer (1991). All the while continuing as a permanent fixture on a number of hit television shows like The Equalizer and The A-Team.

Through the naughties and beyond, Lauter continued his trend for imposing and authoritative figures on the big and small screen, appearing in a significant recurring role in ER, Gary Ross’ horse racing biopic Seabiscuit and a role in Adam Sandler’s remake of the
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Character Actor Ed Lauter Dead at 74

Ed Lauter was one of my favorite character actors, one who seemed to be around as long as I can remember. With his height, balding head, and distinctive bearing, Lauter was often cast as cops, toughs and villains. He was Captain Knaur, the head prison guard opposite Burt Reynolds in The Longest Yard. He costarred with Charles Bronson four times (Breakheart Pass, The White Buffalo, Death Hunt, and Death Wish 3). He acted alongside Clint Eastwood last year in Trouble With The Curve (I was surprised that was the first time the two had performed together). He was in Hitchcock’s Family Plot and was one of the few highlights of the ’76 version of King Kong. He even had a nice role as Berenice Bejo’s butler in the Oscar-winning The Artist in 2011. He worked steadily for four decades and was always an asset to whatever film he was in.
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Fright At Home: August 27th’s DVD & Blu-ray Releases!

Today may not be a massive day for home video for some people, but most people have not been introduced to the insane fun of I Come In Peace (or Dark Angel, whichever floats your Lundgren boat). It’s something of a miracle that Scream Factory’s brought it to Blu-ray, and a testament to how incredible they are. Also out from Scream & Shout Factory are Larry Cohen’s Q: The Winged Serpent on Blu-ray, Charles Bronson & Lee Marvin’s western team-up Death Hunt, an action-packed double feature of The Barbarians and The Norseman, and last but not least Season 3 of The Walking Dead from Anchor Bay.

I’ve attached artwork and links below to purchase if you so desire!

Fright At Home: August 27th’s DVD & Blu-ray Releases

Purchase: Dark Angel (I Come In Peace) (Blu-ray/Scream Factory)

Detective Jack Caine (Dolph Lundgren, Joshua Tree, The Expendables) thought he
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New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'Epic' and More

This week: See the beauty of a magical miniature world in the animated family film "Epic," which features the voices of Colin Farrell, Beyonce Knowles and many more.

Also new this week is this year's Best Foreign Language Film, "Amour"; Robert De Niro and John Travolta going mano a mano in "Killing Season"; and "Scary MoVie," the latest sequel in the unkillable horror spoof series.

'Epic'

Box Office: $107 million

Rotten Tomatoes: 64% Fresh

Storyline: There is an ongoing battle deep in the forest between the forces of good and evil in this animated adventure from the creators of "Ice Age" and "Rio." When a teenage girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she bands together with a ragtag group of wild characters in order to save their world … and perhaps ours. "Epic" features the voices of Colin Farrell, Beyonce Knowles, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Knoxville, Aziz Ansari and Christoph Waltz.
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Comic Book Review - East of West #3

Oliver Davis reviews East of West #3...

"Death's reign of terror over Those Who Rule continues, as the forces of the End Times continue to work to bring about the Apocalypse. It's the End Of The World: Someone dies, someone lives, and someone falls in love."

Who Is This Woman, The One That Conquered Death? reads the opening page in faded grey letters. It's above a Triforce looking thing, the central image of the book.

It's all to do with an impending apocalypse, but one of the four horsemen has gone Awol (avenging without leave). As was revealed at the end of issue two, Death is off looking for his wife. That's the woman that 'conquered death'. Get it?

East of West is a heady mix of such mythical conventions. Essentially a Western, Jonathan Hickman also mixes science-fiction, alternative history and spiritualism. The world building is epic, where the Us never became United,
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Top Ten Tuesday – The Best of Lee Marvin

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman

We’re celebrating one of Hollywood’s great tough guys and one of our favorite actors September 6th at The Way Out Club in St. Louis with Super-8 Lee Marvin Movie Madness.

Lee Marvin rose through the ranks of movie stardom as a character actor, delivering mostly villainous supporting turns in many films before finally graduating to leading roles. Regardless of which side of the law he was on however, he projected a tough-as-nails intensity and a two-fisted integrity which elevated even the slightest material. Born February 19, 1924, in New York City, Marvin quit high school to enter the Marine Corps and while serving in the South Pacific was badly wounded in battle when a machine gun nest shot off part of his buttocks and severed his sciatic nerve. He spent a year in recovery before returning to the U.S. where
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Win a Signed Copy of the Original Final Destination on Blu-ray from Warner Bros.

We told you yesterday that starting on Saturday, August 13th, several copies of the original Final Destination sold in the WB Shop on Blu-ray or DVD will be signed by series creator Jeffrey Reddick. Nice, right? Even better, Dread Central, in association with Warner Bros., has one autographed Blu-ray to give away to a lucky reader. Super nice!

2000's Final Destination was directed by James Wong and starred Devon Sawa, Ali Larter, and Kerr Smith. In case your memory banks are a little foggy, here's the synopsis:

After a teenager has a terrifying vision of him and his friends dying in a plane crash, he prevents the accident only to have Death hunt them down, one by one.

To enter, just send us an E-mail Here including your Full Name And Mailing Address. We’ll take care of the rest. Remember, this contest is for a Blu-ray, not a DVD.
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Party Favors: The Audio & The Visual

  • Quick Stop
Rochester, NY - Ever wonder why schools today stink compared to decades ago? Every think tank moron has their dubious reasonings that appeases their corporate masters. But the truth is extraordinarily simple: Schools dumped their education films.

Do you remember those days when the gym teacher had to pad out health class by wheeling in the 16mm projector from the Av department? They’d thread up classic tales about your body, narcotics, driving safety and manners. Things which kids nowadays can’t seem to handle.

When the Vcr arrived in schools, the 16mm projector was quickly dumped as teaching tool.

Where did these classic films go? Many arrived at the city dump. However a few lucky tens of thousands found themselves on the racks of the Av Geeks Archive. This repository of cinematic education is overseen by Skip Elsheimer. He started collecting the films after I moved out of the infamous PineHaus.
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Goodbye, Uncle Leo

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Len Lesser, the veteran character actor best known for his scene-stealing role as Uncle Leo on "Seinfeld," has died. He was 88.

Lesser's family said in a statement that he died Wednesday in Burbank, Calif., from cancer-related pneumonia.

Lesser's lengthy list of television credits included parts on "Get Smart," "That Girl," "The Munsters," "The Monkees," "The Rockford Files," "thirtysomething," "ER," and "Everybody Loves Raymond," which featured Lesser in a recurring role as the arm-shaking Garvin. His film credits included Outlaw Josey Wales, Kelly's Heroes, Birdman of Alcatraz and Death Hunt. He most recently appeared on the TV drama "Castle" but for many he'll likely be fondly remembered for playing Jerry Seinfeld's wacky, befuddled uncle Leo, who was keen on proper salutations and known for being exquisitely cheap.
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Uncle Leo from Seinfeld Dead at 88

Len Lesser, best known as Uncle Leo on "Seinfeld" and a veteran actor with more than 500 appearances on film, television and the stage, died Wednesday in Burbank of pneumonia related to cancer. He was 88. The New York native and City College graduate also had more than 50 feature films to his credit, among them "Birdman of Alcatraz" (1962), "Kelly's Heroes" (1970), "Papillon" (1973), "The Outlaw Josey Wales" (1976) and "Death Hunt" (1981). "Heaven got a great comedian and actor today," said his daughter Michele Lesser. "The outpouring of sympathy we've already received has been amazing and is so greatly appreciated."
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Those Kiwi daredevil boys are back with Hard Bastards

Those guys who did The Devil Dared Me To, a daredevil comedy set in New Zealand, are back with something that sounds so outrageous, so fantastical that I already want to see it. Bare knucle brawling women? Check. Men hunting whales for dinner? Check. Just read below to see what I mean.

"Inspired by tough screen stars like Charles Bronson and Lee Marvin and rollicking adventure films like Death Hunt, Jeremiah Johnson and Apocalypto – the creators Matt Heath and Chris Stapp want to create an epic story of good and evil and set it in a quasi-parallel New Zealand universe.

The story takes place in the deep south of the South Island in the late 1900s, a unruly world where women have bare knuckle fist fights in the muddy main streets and men hunt whales for dinner.

An insanely over-the-top world exaggerated to the extremes, one that pokes fun of
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