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Frightfest 2017: ‘King Cohen’ Review

Featuring: Martin Scorsese, Eric Roberts, Traci Lords, J.J. Abrams, john landis, Robert Forster, Barbara Carrera, Rick Baker, Joe Dante, Yaphet Kotto, Michael Moriarty, Fred Williamson, Eric Bogosian | Written and Directed by Steve Mitchell

Buckle up for the true story of writer, producer, director, creator and all-around maverick, Larry Cohen. Told through compelling live interviews, stills and film/TV clips, the people who helped fulfill his vision, and industry icons such as Martin Scorsese, John Landis, Michael Moriarty, Fred Williamson, Yaphet Kotto and many more, including Larry himself, bring one-of-a-kind insight into the work, process and legacy of a true American auteur…

I’m not going to lie, there’s no way I can talk about the documentary King Cohen without any bias. Larry Cohen is, to this day, one of my all-time favourite filmmakers. He has been since the first time I saw Q The Winged Serpent on TV. Seeing
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17 films to catch at Horror Channel FrightFest 2017

Den Of Geek Aug 22, 2017

Horror Channel FrightFest takes place in London this weekend. Here's our pick of films to look out for...

Summer’s almost over and what better way to welcome in the spooky season than by hiding from the heat in a darkened room, with five days of wall-to-wall horror? Yep, it’s August Bank Holiday and that means the 18th annual London Horror Channel FrightFest is upon us. For some, this is a familiar pilgrimage. Veterans will be used to bloodshot eyes, numbness in the spine, a lack of nutrition and an acute anxiousness every time there’s a loud noise. For others, it may be their first visit and these are things to look forward to. Either way, FrightFest promises probably the biggest, purest, uncut dose of horror you can endure without going insane, complete with special guests, world premieres, live events and at least a couple of parties.
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5 Things from New Book Original Gangstas You Didn’t See in the Movie Straight Outta Compton

5 Things from New Book Original Gangstas You Didn’t See in the Movie Straight Outta Compton
Ever since Straight Outta Compton became a box office sensation last year, there’s been no shortage of claims that there were many infamous N.W.A. tales omitted from the movie.

Most of them can be found in new book Original Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-e, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap â€. which offers an impressive and exhaustive look inside the real world of the pioneering group that brought gangsta rap to the masses.

Here, author Ben Westhoff discusses five pieces of the band’s history that you didn’t see in the film.
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20 Things We Learned from Larry Cohen’s Commentary for Q the Winged Serpent

Larry Cohen hasn’t directed a film since 1996 (Original Gangstas), but he’s stayed busy as a writer with thrillers like Phone Booth, Best Seller and Cellular. It’s a bit of a shame as the man’s directorial touch is usually a guarantee that a movie is going to be a fun ride — think It’s Alive, The Stuff, The Ambulance — and one of his best is 1982’s flying monster movie, Q the Winged Serpent. Scream Factory released the film to Blu-ray in 2013 complete with a new commentary track from Cohen, and we decided it was time to give it a spin. It was a smart decision as the track is a fun, informative and occasionally surprising listen. Keep reading to see what I heard on the commentary track for Q the Winged Serpent. Q the Winged Serpent (1982) Commentator: Larry Cohen (writer/director) 1. They had an early preview of the film prior to distribution, and
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Badass Grandpas: ‘The Expendables 3′ and 12 More Seasoned Stars

Badass Grandpas: ‘The Expendables 3′ and 12 More Seasoned Stars
When Bette Davis coined the phrase “Old age is no place for sissies,” she may as well have been describing the plot of “The Expendables 3.” Written by and starring Sylvester Stallone, the ensemble film features a cast of mature action vets who aren’t about to trade in their bullets for bifocals just yet. As the third entry in the popular franchise explodes into theaters on August 15, here’s a look at 12 films starring some of the toughest seniors in cinema.


Continuing his late-career reinvention as a post-middle aged action hero, Liam Neeson plays a federal air marshal who receives a series of threatening texts during a transatlantic flight. Trapping the 62-year old star in a confined location proved a wise decision as the modestly-budgeted thriller opened at No. 1 in the U.S. and earned over $200 million worldwide.

The Equalizer

Arriving on September 26, this feature adaptation of the
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Fred Williamson’s Original Gangstas 2: Old School Gangstas Needs Your Help

Back in 1996, director Larry Cohen teamed up with Fred Williamson, Pam Grier, Jim Brown, Richard Roundtree, Ron O’Neal, Paul Winfield, and the late Isabel Sanford for the action flick “Original Gangstas.” It was kind of “The Expendables” of its day, bringing together a slew of action veterans for one incredibly bad-ass experience. I love the flick, and I freely recommend it to anyone with a passing interest in the blaxploitation genre. Apparently Fred Williamson is extremely eager to write, direct, and star in a sequel entitled “Original Gangstas 2: Old School Gangstas.” The guy is hoping to generate $1.2 million to fund the project on Kickstarter, though it looks like the gang is off to a slow start as of this writing. That’s where you and your wallet come in, my friend. Assuming, of course, that you have plenty of money to spare. Unfortunately, I don’t have a dime.
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Fund This Film: Fred Williamson’s ‘Old School Gangstas’ is the African-American ‘Expendables’

There continues to be talk of the all-women version of The Expendables, so why not an all-black version? Actually, there already kinda was one way back in 1996. Blaxploitation stars Fred Williamson (Black Caesar; Hell Up in Harlem), Pam Grier (Foxy Brown; Coffy), Jim Brown (Slaughter; The Dirty Dozen), Ron O’Neal (Super Fly) and Richard Roundtree (Shaft) and director Larry Cohen (Black Caesar; Hell Up in Harlem) came together for a movie titled Original Gangstas. It was sort of what The Expendables is all about now — nostalgia for the action movies of the ’80s and early ’90s with a round up of legendary action heroes who are now middle-aged or older — but then, it was in tribute to the African-American-focused genre of the ’70s as well as an answer to the rise of the urban crime films that broke out through the early work of John Singleton, the Hughes Brothers and Mario Van Peebles, the
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TV Review: ‘The Originals’

TV Review: ‘The Originals’
The Originals” is a rather unfortunate name for a series that so clearly isn’t — a “Vampire Diaries” spinoff that at least has less awkward initials than its sire. Vampires in various forms have become a swoon-inducing conceit in terms of wooing young female demos, which is certainly in CW’s wheelhouse. Still, this busy pilot — teeming with vamps, witches and werewolves — is so dense with backstory it fails to provide uninitiated viewers with what vampires require: An overt invitation to come in. “These aren’t just any vampires,” we’re told at the outset. But yeah, they sort of are.

The title — repeated so often as to sound like fodder for a drinking game (red wine will suffice) — refers to the Original Vampires (not to be confused with Original Gangstas), a family transformed to the undead side a millennium ago that eventually fled Europe for New Orleans. Leaving no prior screen Nosferatu unturned,
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Poster: 'Gangsta Squad'

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Remember "Original Gangstas," the 1996 action flick that brought together such '70s-era exploitation stars as Fred Williamson, Pam Grier and Jim Brown? "Gangsta Squad" sports an even greater ensemble dream cast, one that would've inspired the late, great Isaac Hayes to record an entire album of theme songs.

50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Dmx and Lil Kim invade 1940s Hollywoodland in this else-world variation on "Gangster Squad," brought to life by our go-to partner in crime, Old Red Jalopy. Actually, "Gangsta Squad" would've made quite a splash 15 years ago as the unofficial companion piece to Hype Williams' dreamlike crime drama, "Belly," in which a pair of gangsters (played by Nas and, wouldn't you know it, Dmx) have spiritual awakenings. Alas.

Check out the poster below and imagine how amazing the soundtrack album would be. Meanwhile, "Gangster Squad" opens Jan. 11.

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Black Dynamite Is Going To Get You, Sucker

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Remakes, sequels, reboots: these are common parlance in the film industry today and have been since its birth, really. There is no film property immune to this, especially a successful one. And though the blaxploitation genre, which reached its height of popularity in the 1970s, still enjoys a rabid cult following, few of the attempts to re-energize this vital branch of American film have been very successful.

Until now.

Black Dynamite, the 2009 film starring Michael Jai White, is now also an animated series now airing Sundays on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. And while the character and his world may still effectively be a cult happening, it is clear that Black Dynamite is the most successful blaxploitation property to hit the streets since platform shoes went out of fashion. Loaded with sex, violence, and sex and violence, Black Dynamite is the true sequel to Shaft that fans have been waiting for.
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NFL's Greatest Players: The 13 Best Football Stars in Movies

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On Super Bowl Sunday, the best and baddest of the professional football world will lay it on the line for the biggest of prizes. But only a select few will go on to achieve an even greater glory: movie superstardom.

Okay, the odds of anybody from the NFL rubbing shoulders with Daniel Day-Lewis is somewhat slim, but there have been several former players who have acquitted themselves well on the big screen.

Join us as we salute these gridiron heroes-turned-silver screen stars. (Pros only, please: Sorry, former college star The Rock.)

13. Dan Marino, 'Ace Ventura: Pet Detective' (1994)

"Laces out, Dan!" As the object of place kicker-turned-psycho killer Ray Finkel's madness, former Dolphins Qb great Dan Marino plays a key role in the mystery that leads Jim Carrey's wacky title character into a multiple-murder mystery. But what's surprising is the manner in which Marino acquits himself as an actor,
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FEARnet On Board For 'Tom Holland's Twisted Tales'

FEARnet On Board For 'Tom Holland's Twisted Tales'
FEARnet announced today it has made a deal with Dead Rabbit Films to acquire the domestic rights to Tom Holland's Twisted Tales, a brand new anthology series. Ten episodes of the series of short films, written and directed by Tom Holland (the master of horror behind legendary scares including Fright Night, Child's Play, and the adaptations of Stephen King's Thinner, and The Langoliers) will be made available on FEARnet.com in July 2012.  Dead Rabbit Films is the imprint owned by Holland and his partner David Chackler (co-producer of John Carpenter's Village of The Damned, and executive producer of Original Gangstas), who will also executive produce the series.  Full details below. In the great...
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Elm Street On-Set Report from Gary, Indiana

Michael Puente from Chicago-based Public Radio station Kbez reported in from the Gary, Indiana, set of the Nightmare on Elm Street reboot, and it looks like the project has generated mixed feelings among the townsfolk.

Ben Clement, head of the city’s film and television office, is concerned about the image of Gary, especially after 1996's Original Gangstas portrayed the town as a tough place. He says, "We’re always concerned about our image because our image is not the best. So to combat that we try to minimize the amount of media or motion picture production that contributes to that negative image.

On the other hand, the mayor of Gary, Rudy Clay, doesn't mind that his town is home to a horror film. He adds, "We’re not going to be too picky, although we would love to have more movies that don’t deal with violence. We’re
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Stern knows 'Nobody' for ABC Family

Stern knows 'Nobody' for ABC Family
Dawn Stern has landed the lead role in the ABC Family drama pilot Nobody, from Desperate Housewives writer Kevin Murphy.

Nobody centers on Jessica Drake (Stern), a mother who gives up her own identity to save the life of her daughter. In doing so, however, she finds that she must pay the price of being erased from the memories of her family and the rest of the world.

Jessica ends up working for a covert ops branch of heaven dedicated to fighting the forces of darkness on Earth -- while continuing to make sure her family is safe.

The pilot starts shooting this month in Vancouver.

Murphy is executive producing Nobody, based on the comic book created by Alex Amado, Sharon Cho and Charlie Adlard. He also is writing the pilot.

Noreen Halpern, John Morayniss, Jason Netter and Ken Levin also are executive producing.

Blueprint Entertainment will produce the one-hour project for ABC Family.

Stern was a series regular on NBC's Viper and Fox's 413 Hope St. She also has appeared on such series as UPN's The Parkers, CBS' The Young & the Restless, Fox's Wanda at Large and ABC's Thieves. Her film credits include The Fugitive and Original Gangstas.

Stern is repped by Robert S.

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