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Remembering 'Dirty Harry' Inspiration Dave Toschi, Oscar-Winning Actress Dorothy Malone and More Reel-Important People We Lost in January

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Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies who have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Albert Bettcher (1920-2017) - Cameraperson. His credits as a camera operator or assistant cameraperson include Blade RunnerThe GraduateStar Trek: The Motion PictureHoward the DuckBody HeatBattle for the Planet of the ApesMy Stepmother Is an AlienSome Kind of Wonderful and the 1976 King Kong. He actually died on December 21. (THR) Alan Bleviss (1941-2017) - Voice Actor. He provided voiceovers for numerous trailers, including...

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Prince Has Passed Away at the Age of 57

Few people left a mark on every facet of pop culture quite like Prince, the legendary artist who passed away today at age 57 of currently unknown causes. Most may think of him first and foremost as a musician, but some of our favorite movies simply would not be the same were it not for Prince. His iconic songs have infiltrated countless soundtracks since the early 1980s, from silly family movies like My Stepmother Is an Alien to romantic comedies like Pretty Woman and even modern action movies like The Equalizer. Tim Burton's Batman movie would not be quite as weird and quite as memorable were it not for Prince, whose music for Jack Nicholson's Joker often became the perfect, colorful bow that tied that character together on the big screen. And then of course...

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Prince Has Died at the Age of 57

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Few people left a mark on every facet of pop culture quite like Prince, the legendary artist who passed away today at age 57 of currently unknown causes. Most may think of him first and foremost as a musician, but some of our favorite movies simply would not be the same were it not for Prince. His iconic songs have infiltrated countless soundtracks since the early 1980s, from silly family movies like My Stepmother Is an Alien to romantic comedies like Pretty Woman and even modern action...

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Legendary Producer Jerry Weintraub Dies at 77

Legendary Producer Jerry Weintraub Dies at 77
Jerry Weintraub, the colorful and controversial producer whose films included “Nashville,” “Diner,” “The Karate Kid” and the trio of “Ocean’s Eleven” films, died Monday of cardiac arrest in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 77. He had been in poor health recently.

When he received Variety‘s Creative Leadership Award in 2013, Weintraub told Variety that he had a yacht and a Rolls-Royce, but was “not a big Hollywood guy.” Some would disagree. He was actually an old-school Hollywood showman, who understood the relationship between production and marketing. He was also a snappy dresser — his shoes were colorful and fun — who knew how to work the room and how to work the press: He was always available to the media and when he had a film in release, he knew how to maximize public awareness.

But the showiness was backed by hard work. His savvy came after decades of performing in many different jobs in the industry.
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Legendary Producer Jerry Weintraub Dies at 77

Legendary Producer Jerry Weintraub Dies at 77
Jerry Weintraub, the colorful and controversial producer whose films included “Nashville,” “Diner,” “The Karate Kid” and the trio of “Ocean’s Eleven” films, died Monday of cardiac arrest in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 77. He had been in poor health recently.

When he received Variety‘s Creative Leadership Award in 2013, Weintraub told Variety that he had a yacht and a Rolls-Royce, but was “not a big Hollywood guy.” Some would disagree. He was actually an old-school Hollywood showman, who understood the relationship between production and marketing. He was also a snappy dresser — his shoes were colorful and fun — who knew how to work the room and how to work the press: He was always available to the media and when he had a film in release, he knew how to maximize public awareness.

But the showiness was backed by hard work. His savvy came after decades of performing in many different jobs in the industry.
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Alyson Hannigan

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Born on the 24th March 1974 (making her forty years old, can you believe that?!), in Washington D.C., Alyson Hannigan is the daughter (and only child) of Emilie Haas, a Jewish real estate agent, and Al Hannigan, a truck driver with Irish ancestry. Her parents divorced when she was just two years old and she was brought up by her mother in Atlanta, Georgia as a result.

Hannigan began performing very early – even as a baby she appeared in photoshoots and an instructional video for parenting – and started appearing in commercials when she was just four years old.

After a handful of minor television jobs, she made her first major film appearance in 1988’s My Stepmother Is An Alien, in which she starred alongside the likes of Kim Basinger, Dan Aykroyd and Seth Green – the latter whom played her boyfriend, just like he would go on to do
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Radical Arcade-Style Animated Tribute to 1980s Sci-Fi Movies

We've got a delightful short animated trailer for you to check out today that was made to promote some of our favorite classic 1980s sci-fi films. It was created by Francesco Baiocchi for the European sci-fi cable channel Axn. It was done in the style of a '80s side-scrolling video game, and some of the films that are featured in the promo include Ghostbusters IIThe NeverEnding StoryShort Circuit, and even My Stepmother Is an Alien. The result is pretty radical. 

Remember the '80s? Remember those amazing Arcade video games? As we had to create a weekly stunt to promote different movies from the 80s' we decided to celebrate that fabulous decade using one of its most recognizable look and design.

Via: Laughing Squid
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What you could do with 100 percent of your brain: A supercut

What you could do with 100 percent of your brain: A supercut
Even though it makes up a major plot point (actually pretty much the plot) of Lucy, the myth that you only use 10 percent of your brain has been pretty thoroughly debunked.

But for whatever reason, mostly because Hollywood doesn’t really need to pay attention to science, this pseudo-science, with varying numbers tacked on, still appears throughout film and television. The possible outcomes of using the other 90 percent, however, differ between cases. There are the standard examples, like Lucy and Limitless, which promise intelligence-related superpowers. Others, like Seinfeld and Honey I Shrunk the Kids (the TV version, natch), just promise intelligence.
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Out of this world: Sexy sci-fi seductresses on the silver screen

Out of this world: Sexy sci-fi seductresses on the silver screen
Scarlett Johansson gives a breathtaking performance as an alien femme fatale in Jonathan Glazer's mesmerising new movie Under the Skin.

Johansson's unnamed character inhabits the body of a young woman in order to lure male hitchhikers to their deaths, as she travels around Glasgow in her white transit van.

The silver screen has a long tradition of both spine-tingling and silly sci-fi seductresses, so prepare to be charmed by a few of our favourites below:

The Astounding She-Monster (1957)

"If you're not too afraid, make a date with a woman you'll never forget... a woman impervious to bullets....The Astounding She Monster!!!" warns the trailer for this 1957 sci-fi horror.

Shirley Kilpatrick played a beautiful yet highly-radioactive alien who lands on earth after accidentally crashing her spaceship. Unbeknownst to her, she's capable of killing with the touch of her delicate, bare hands, and begins stalking and unwittingly harming humans around her.
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Briefs: Kelly Clarkson Vs. Clive Davis, Gareth Thomas is a Welsh Dragon, and Can "Smash" Escape the Cancellation Bear?

Zachary Quinto on the cover of the digital magazine Snap.

Birthday shoutouts go to Smokey Robinson, who is 73, Seal is 50, and Beth Ditto is 32. We should celebrate the departure of a revolting villain.In ratings news, The Following was up 17% over last week's tumble. The Cancellation Bear believes that Smash is likely to be canceled. Kelly Clarkson has some harsh words for Clive Davis about his new autobiography (In which he also comes out as bisexual): "So I just heard Clive Davis is releasing a memoir and spreading false information about me and my music. I refuse to be bullied and I just have to clear up his memory lapses and misinformation for myself and for my fans. It feels like a violation. Growing up is awesome because you learn you don't have to cower to anyone - even Clive Davis."If you can make it to the end of this,
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Seth Green teases 'Robot Chicken' Christmas special, reunion with Alyson Hannigan on 'How I Met Your Mother'

Seth Green teases 'Robot Chicken' Christmas special, reunion with Alyson Hannigan on 'How I Met Your Mother'
Christmas comes early for fans of Seth Green this year: On Sunday, Robot Chicken’s Atm Christmas Special premieres (Adult Swim, midnight Et), and on Monday, he reunites with his Buffy the Vampire Slayer costar Alyson Hannigan on How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 8 p.m. Et).

Entertainment Weekly: This is your first time acting opposite Alyson on-screen since Buffy.

Seth Green: Since then, yes. But Aly and I have worked together since we were teenagers. I think she was 11 or 12, and I was like 13 when we met. We did a movie called My Stepmother is an Alien , and
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Before They Were Famous: Alyson Hannigan in 'My Stepmother Is an Alien'

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Though she's known these days as the sweet and innocent Lily on the CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother," Alyson Hannigan's biggest contribution to pop culture is indisputably her role as the sweet and not-so-innocent Michelle Flaherty in the "American Pie" franchise.

Her character's big reveal at the climax of the classic 1999 teen comedy, in which the audience's (and protagonist Jim's) perception of her goes from tame to over-the-top with one unforgettable "band camp" story, is a scene that has achieved near mythic status among millennial moviegoers, and we've all got a special place in our hearts for her because of it. However, Hannigan's very first starring role came more than a decade before she rocked Jason Biggs' world, in the sci-fi comedy "My Stepmother Is an Alien."

At the time it was a big career boost for the then 14 year-old actress, who had only appeared briefly
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Before They Were Famous… They Were in The X-Files

Gary Collinson with a selection of star names who made an early 'before they were famous' appearance in The X-Files...

Over the past few months I’ve been revisiting Chris Carter’s classic science fiction TV series The X-Files on DVD and besides jogging my memory as to just how good of a pairing David Duchovny’s Fox Mulder and Gillian Anderson’s Dana Scully made, I’ve found myself surprised at the number of famous faces who’ve cropped up across the series’ nine-season run.

Now I’m not talking about those guest stars who were already firmly established (or pretty much on their way) by the time they made an appearance – the likes of Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead), Brad Dourif (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), R. Lee Ermey (Full Metal Jacket), David Faustino (Married… with Children), Terry O’Quinn (The Stepfather), Burt Reynolds (Deliverance), Kurtwood Smith
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'Radio Days' 25th Anniversary: 25 Things You Didn't Know About Woody Allen's Nostalgic Classic

With "Midnight in Paris," Woody Allen's comic look at nostalgia and its limitations, having earned four Oscar nominations last week (including nods for Best Picture, Allen's direction and his original screenplay), it's a good time to take a look back at Allen's 1987 comedy "Radio Days." Another comic take on nostalgia, "Radio Days" is now officially a golden oldie itself, having been released exactly 25 years ago, on January 30, 1987. A fond look, filtered through memory, of a 1940s New York childhood, the radio broadcasts that captivated audiences back then, and the behind-the-scenes gossip about the performers who voiced them, "Radio Days" may be best known today for launching the career of Seth Green -- then a 12-year-old who played the Allen-like narrator as a boy. But there's also a wealth of little-known true stories behind the film, some of them from Allen's own life, some from classic radio lore, and some
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Dan Aykroyd to Get Southern and Political Again for ‘Dog Fight’

It feels like Dan Aykroyd hasn’t been around for a while, but that’s only because I refused to see Yogi Bear, barely noticed him as the Vice President in War, Inc. and refused (again) to see I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. So he hasn’t been retired or anything, but it’s sure felt like it. Nevertheless, he’ll be coming out of that non-retirement for Dog Fight, the political comedy starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as two South Carolinians who have their sights on the presidency. According to Movie Hole, the Oscar nominated actor is on board, but the role isn’t specified. Hopefully this won’t further delay that certain, ghost-bustin’ sequel Aykroyd has been steadily working on. I’m speaking, of course, about My Stepmother is an Alien 2. The capable Jay Roach is directing a script from Chris Henchy (The Other Guys, and
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8 Great ... Human-Monster Romances

The successful Twilight franchise begins its victory lap with the upcoming release of the first of two Breaking Dawn movies, and whether you love or hate these sparkly-boy-meets-lip-biting-girl romances, the idea of a human falling in love with a non-human creature has a rich and varied history at the movies. (Although with rare exceptions like My Stepmother is an Alien, such films are almost always about female homo sapiens falling for men of a completely different species, which is no doubt fodder for someone's doctoral thesis.) Here's a list of some classic movies about pretty ladies and the strange creatures who love them; tell us your favorite girl-and-ghoul flicks in the comments section.

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We Are Movie Geeks attends Contamination in St. Louis

Contamination, St. Louis. second annual convention billed as our city.s first and only .Horror, Sci-Fi, and Pop Culture Convention. was last weekend and We Are Movie Geeks was there to cover all the action (and to drink). The con took place at the Westport Sheraton Chalet and Hotel in West St. Louis County. Contamination is put on by Dyer Straits Productions who, according to their website .is constantly thinking outside the box trying to bring you the best and the most unusual in Horror, Sci-Fi, Music and Pop Culture.. The guests last weekend included Tony Todd (who played Candyman!), Kane Hodder (played Jason in three Friday the 13th Films), Brad Loree (played Michael Meyers in one of the Halloween films), and the cast of the never-aired 1994 TV movie The Fantastic Four. Headline guests Eric Roberts and Norman Reedus (of Boondock Saints and The Walking Dead fame) were no-shows but
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Seth Green's Big Break Involved a Really Cheesy Catchphrase (Video)

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Digging into Seth Green's past work is like chowing down on a cornucopia of awesomeness. Perhaps you remember him mocking Patrick Dempsey for his card nights of chips, dips and dorks in 'Can't Buy Me Love,' or how he loved the Willow well before Buffy in 'My Stepmother Is an Alien,' or maybe you fell for his ultra-sweet ultra-mullet as a fan of Happy Harry Hard On in 'Pump Up the Volume.'

Though Green started working in 1984 with a slew of bit parts, his big break didn't come until May of 1997 when he played Scott Evil in 'Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery' ... or so we thought. If you're familiar with the Rally's fast food chain, you know better.

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Seth Green's Big Break Involved a Really Cheesy Catchphrase (Video)

Seth Green's Big Break Involved a Really Cheesy Catchphrase (Video)
Filed under: Movie News, Video, Cinematical

Digging into Seth Green's past work is like chowing down on a cornucopia of awesomeness. Perhaps you remember him mocking Patrick Dempsey for his card nights of chips, dips and dorks in 'Can't Buy Me Love,' or how he loved the Willow well before Buffy in 'My Stepmother Is an Alien,' or maybe you fell for his ultra-sweet ultra-mullet as a fan of Happy Harry Hard On in 'Pump Up the Volume.'

Though Green started working in 1984 with a slew of bit parts, his big break didn't come until May of 1997 when he played Scott Evil in 'Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery' ... or so we thought. If you're familiar with the Rally's fast food chain, you know better.

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R.I.P. Grant McCune

He was one of George Lucas’s original team of F/X wizards who in 1978 took home an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects (which he shared with John Dykstra) for his work on R2-D2 and all those wonderful creatures from the 1977 Star Wars. (In addition to his work as chief modelmaker for the groundbreaking film, he also appeared as a Death Star Gunner.) Grant McCune died of complications from cancer on Monday. He was 67. Described as a "quiet but crucial" innovator who specialized in models and miniatures, Grant McCune was one of Hollywood's best known special and visual effects artists pumping out designs for over 100 films, spanning decades of sci-fi and action classics, from Star Trek: The Motion Picture to Ghostbusters II to Speed to Batman Forever to Spider-Man 2. McCune worked as miniature supervisor for Apogee Inc. on Star Trek: The Motion Picture and received an Academy
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