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Femme Fatales: Seen & Unheard – An Independent Documentary on Asian Action Cinema

Femme Fatales: Seen & Unheard – An Independent Documentary on Asian Action Cinema.

Maria Tran is back and this time digging deep into the world of Femme Fatales, to speak to the kick ass women in Asian Action Cinema and those trying to make a name for themselves in the film business. Maria is traveling to Hong Kong, Vietnam and the Philippines on a journey to understand the hardship and sacrifices each person makes to get to the top. Michelle Yeoh, Cynthia Rothrock, Moon Lee and Yukari Oshima were some of the female fighters Maria looked up to, the Tiger Cop mini series (Dedication to 80’s Asian Action Cinema), is a prime example of Maria’s love for the genre.

Mike Leeder with Jean Claude Van Damme

Also on board is Mike Leeder (associate producer), who has worked with some of the very best such as Jackie Chan, Jean Claude Van Damme,
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Maria Tran Exploring The World Of Female Kung Fu Stars In Femme Fatales

Who says the world of martial arts cinema needs to be a boys club? Certainly not Australian filmmaker Maria Tran, who is very much aware that while the Jet Lis and Jackie Chans of the world have historically claimed most of the limelight, standing right behind them - and often kicking their asses - are a host of talented female performers. And she's bringing them front and center with her new documentary project, Femme Fatales, which is launching in to its production cycle now. For the past decade of her life, Fairfield-based filmmaker Maria Tran has devoted her life in making Hong Kong cinema homage action films in her backyard. She and her female led film production company Phoenix Eye will soon be embarking internationally...

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Interview with Scream Queen Debra Lamb (Part Two)

Recognised as one of the original scream queens and a career spanning over three decades, Debra Lamb continues to work in film both as an actress and writer. I was lucky enough to talk with Debra about working on her upcoming film projects There’s No Such Thing as Zombies and Expresso to Die For, the title of a scream queen title, her short stories and an idea for the delicious sounding vegan dish ‘Lamb Stew.’ Check out part one of this interview right here.

A slightly longer question for you here. Although you have worked in the various genres over the years, your name has been synonymous with the term Scream Queen. There has been some debate recently as to whether the Scream Queen title is still relevant and if it is being overused. How do you feel about the title Scream Queen having been one of the originals along with Linnea Quigley,
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Isa of the Day: Shoreline Becomes Latin American Talent & Literary Manager

Isa of the Day: Shoreline Becomes Latin American Talent & Literary Manager
Isa of the day is a continuing series of profiles of very special international sales agents. Shoreline Entertainment, one of the longest running independent film production companies and international sales agencies, has expanded its management arm to foster Latin American and women driven projects. You can see its Cannes lineup here.

The company was founded in 1992 by CEO and film producer Morris Ruskin whose production “Glengarry Glen Ross” launched him into the top level of indie producers. Shoreline’s Latin American Division for Management and Production is meeting with great success in repping over 25 directors, writers, actors, DPs and more.

Two interviews here, one with Alex Flores, the head of the division and the other with Diana Elizabeth Torres, a California based actress and writer illuminate their strategy and mission.

Alex and Morris’s friendship dates back 20 years, and their professional relationship flourished with films “Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing & Charm School” starring Robert Carlyle,
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David Ayer’s Gotham City Sirens Could Possibly Include the Villain Black Mask

A few months ago we learned that Suicide Squad director David Ayer was taking on Gotham City Sirens with Margot Robbie returning to the role of Harley Quinn. We’ve known the film will also include the DC Femme Fatales Poison Ivy and Catwoman. Now it looks like we know who the villain might be.

From out of nowhere, Ayer posted a piece of comic art on Twitter featuring the character Black Mask. No text was included with the image, but it came from the comic Batman: Under the Red Hood.

pic.twitter.com/sfkjNeSIHW

David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) February 27, 2017

Ayer could just be in the midst of doing some research and found a cool image to post. Or maybe it’s a character he actually plans on using for Gotham City Sirens. It definitely seems like a character that fits Ayer’s style.

Black Mask is a ruthless Gotham mob
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"Femme Fatales: Women In Espionage Films & Television, 1962-1973" By Tom Lisanti And Louis Paul, Revised And Updated Edition Now Available

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Cinema Retro columnist Tom Lisanti co-authored (with Louis Paul) the book "Femme Fatales: Women in Espionage Films and Television, 1962-1973" for McFarland publishers. The book has just been issued in a softcover edition, revised and updated. Here is Tom Lisanti's story behind the creation of the book.

It was a long time coming, fifteen years in fact, but McFarland and Company finally released a soft cover edition of the very popular and well-received Film Fatales: Women in Espionage Film & Television, 1962-1973 by Louis Paul and myself. The book profiles 107 dazzling women (Ursula Andress, Raquel Welch, Dahlia Lavi, Carol Lynley, Elke Sommer, and Sharon Tate, among them) who worked in the swinging sixties spy genre on the big and small screens. Some include interviews with these sexy spy gals. This new edition contains some profile revisions and updates and a few new photos.

The idea for this book was all Louis Paul’s.
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Hollywood: Women in Movies From Past to Present

For years, we have seen women in films portrayed as a supporting character. From devoted wives to hardworking husbands to sexually attractive Femme Fatales. Though movies like Pride and Prejudice, The Devil Wears Prada and The Intern portray strong female characters, it’s not enough. Take the recent Ghostbusters reboot, for example. It has an all-female cast, replacing the original cast of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Rick Moranis. Some say it’s a refreshing tribute to the original film while others disagree. Die hard fans say the film is abysmal (to an extent) compared to the original regarding character interaction

Hollywood: Women in Movies From Past to Present
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Black Sails to End After Season 4 on Starz

Black Sails Season 4 will not be returning until 2017.

That ten-episode season, Starz announced today, will also be it's last.

“It’s a rare privilege in television to be given the kind of creative freedom we’ve enjoyed on this show over the last four years," said series co-creator and executive producer Jonathan E. Steinberg.

"While it was a difficult decision for us to make this season our last, we simply couldn’t imagine anything beyond it that would make for a better ending to the story nor a more natural handoff to Treasure Island.”

“We’d like to thank Chris, Carmi and everyone at Starz for all their faith and support, and to our astounding cast and crew for joining us on this ride.”

Jon Steinberg and Robert Levine, along with their crew and the phenomenal cast, have delivered a spectacular take on the most legendary pirate story in literature,
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In Praise of Lana Turner Losing Her Mind in 1969’s The Big Cube

60s psychedelic mind-bender The Big Cube is Lana Turner’s last great film. Poor Lana Turner. The former Hollywood sex-siren, she being one of the original Femme Fatales in Tay Garnett’s 1946 adaptation of James M. Cain’s The Postman Always Rings Twice, was considered in her prime to be one of the most dangerous and desirable…

The post In Praise of Lana Turner Losing Her Mind in 1969’s The Big Cube appeared first on Shock Till You Drop.
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New This Week: Batman: The Animated Series & Classic '66 Batman Busts and Statues!

It’s a DC kind of week at Diamond Select Toys HQ, as comic shops are receiving eight new collectibles from the world of DC Comics-based television! Batman: The Animated Series, the Batman Classic TV Series, iZombie and Superman: The Animated Series all get new products this week, including busts, statues, action figures and banks! Read on for more info, then find your nearest comic shop and see what they have on hand! If they don’t have it, ask them if they can order it! Batman The Animated Series Catwoman Resin BustCatwoman just got busted! The master thief, who has been perpetrator, partner and paramour to Batman, is now the newest resin bust in Dst’s line of busts based on Batman: The Animated Series. With her feline companion perched on her shoulder, this approximately 6-inch bust of Selina Kyle features detailed paint applications and a purr-fectly formed sculpt atop an art-deco base.
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Toy Fair '16 Preview: Dst Batman:The Animated Series Phantasm Statue & Joker Pvc Figure!

Diamond Select Toys has been knocking it out of the park with their amazing Batman: the Animated Series busts, statues and banks already and these new offerings are just another shining example of why this is the era of perfect nostalgia for collectors!

Batman The Animated Series Movie Phantasm 6” Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Phantasm strikes! From the first-ever feature-length film based on Batman: The Animated Series, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, it’s the first-ever resin bust of the Phantasm! First seen in 1993, the mysterious assassin known as The Phantasm stalked Gotham’s crime bosses until Batman interfered, and now this 6-inch bust can sit on your shelf, atop an art-deco pedestal. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, it comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Sculpted by Varner Studios!

Bust Srp: $59.99

Batman The Animated Series Gallery Joker 9” Pvc Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release!
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New Batman: Tas Statues In Stores Today! Harley Quinn & Batgirl!

It’s getting pretty late in the game, but there’s still time to shop locally for that last-minute gift idea! Luckily, Diamond Select Toys is shipping a whole variety of new products to comic shops nationwide on Wednesday, December 23rd! This week’s New Toy Day sees the arrival of products from Aliens, Marvel, Back to the Future, The Muppets, Batman: The Animated Series.

Batman: The Animated Series

Gotham City’s gorgeous guardian is the next Femme Fatales Pvc Statue to come out of Batman: The Animated Series! Based on Bruce Timm’s timeless designs, this 9-inch scale statue depicts Batgirl, a.k.a. Barbara Gordon, in full crimefighting mode, and is the perfect addition to your Femme Fatales statue collection. And the line continues when Batgirl is joined by the Clown Princess of Crime, Harley Quinn! This 9” scale Pvc statue captures the Joker’s partner-in-crime standing on top
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Round-Up: The Nightmare Before Christmas Sally Figure, Phobia Fest, The Forest Giveaway, Venom Blu-ray, Death Follows

Hide the Deadly Nightshade, Diamond Select Toys' Sally action figure can be available to purchase for your home / favorite space as early as summer of 2016. Also in this round-up: details on Phobia Fest in Detroit, a trip giveaway themed to The Forest, Venom on Blu-ray, and Death Follows.

The Nightmare Before Christmas Sally Figure: From Diamond Select Toys: "She’s no nightmare!

This static vinyl figure of Sally from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas depicts the shy, stitched-together girl holding her basket of food on a stony path in Halloween Town. With a detailed sculpt and exacting paint applications, this approximately 9” scale figure is in scale with other Femme Fatales statues. Packaged in a full-color window box.

Estimated availability: Summer 2016 - $45.00." ---------

Phobia Fest: Press Release: "The team behind Detroit Zombie Con plan a bolder and bloodier return this March with Phobia.

Phobia is a two day and
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Alraune (1952)

There's one ironclad rule for mad scientist movies:  if you show a monstrous caged ape-creature in the first act, that ape-creature must absolutely break loose and wreak havoc before the end of Act III.  Just ask George Zucco or John Carradine, they'll tell you. It makes no difference if the film is being made on Gower Gulch, or at Germany's prestigious UfA Studios. Alraune Region 2 Pal (Germany) DVD Arthaus 1952 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 87 min. / Unnatural, Mandragore, Vengeance / Street Date July 6, 2007 / Available at Amazon.de / Eur 16,90 Starring Hildegard Knef, Erich von Stroheim, Karlheinz Böhm, Harry Meyen, Rolf Henniger, Harry Halm, Hans Cossy, Gardy Brombacher, Trude Hesterberg, Julia Koschka, Denise Vernac. Cinematography Friedl Behn-Grund Film Editor Doris Zeitman Costume Designer Herbert Pioberger Original Music Werner R. Heymann Written by Kurt Heuser from the novel by Hanns Heinz Ewers Produced by Günther Stapenhorst Directed by Arthur Maria Rabenault

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
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Videodrome: how Cronenberg subverts the noir thriller genre

David Cronenberg's Videodrome isn't just a classic sci-fi horror, but also a brilliant noir thriller. Ryan explains why...

Everything in Max Renn’s life is beginning to pulsate. First the Betamax videotape sent to him by one Bianca O’Blivion, which seems to breathe in his hand as he removes it from its beige packaging. Then Max’s television, squatting in the corner of his apartment, appears take on a life of its own: veins twitching, the screen bulging to the sound of a woman’s voice: “Come to me, Max. Come to me...”

David Cronenberg’s Videodrome, released in 1982, is loaded with violent and startling imagery like this. Like Apocalypse Now, its very narrative seems to disintegrate as its morally suspect protagonist Max Renn (James Woods) embarks on a journey into his own heart of darkness: a fascination with the origins of a video signal soon leads him to a world of corruption,
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James Bond Meets the 'Author of All His Pain' In Explosive 'Spectre' Trailer

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Femme fatales, souped up cars and a mysterious villain in a Nehru jacket -- yep, it must be a new James Bond film! Sony released a brand new trailer for "Spectre" early this morning, giving us a better glimpse at Daniel Craig's next outing as 007. The clip sees our favorite secret agent bouncing between Mexico City, Rome, London and the Austrian Alps on a rogue mission to infiltrate a "sinister organization" known only as Spectre. With the aid of Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw), 007 tracks down Madeleine Swann (Lea Seydoux), the daughter of Mr. White -- who was previously seen in "Quantum of Solace" and "Casino Royale." This all leads him to Christoph Waltz's Franz Oberhauser, the head of the shadowy organization who has a "chilling connection" to Bond himself. "Welcome James, you come across me so many times, yet you never saw me. What took you so long?
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Femme Fatales terrorize Keanu Reeves in new ‘Knock Knock’ trailer from Eli Roth

If It Follows was the best argument for abstinence in a horror movie in some time, Eli Roth’s Knock Knock should make a good double feature about the sin of adultery.

Keanu Reeves stars in Roth’s latest, in which two gorgeous women (breakouts Lorenza Izzo and Ana De Armas) seemingly stranded out in the rain take advantage of him sexually while his family is away, only for them to return, invade his home and terrorize him for his infidelity.

In our review upon its premiere at Sundance, Dylan Griffin called it “camp glory,” writing, “Knock Knock is Roth’s most measured work to date, but it does still carry some of his filmmaking’s more significant pitfalls.” Griffin added that the film is designed to be something of a horror satire, lit like a soap opera and offering great joys in Keanu Reeves shouting at the top of his lungs.
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Cam Girls Web Series Takes You Inside The Lives Of The World’s… Newest Profession

The world of Web Series is about as diverse as it gets. From format, to genre, to production quality, they’re everywhere, and some of them take the opportunity to go for a risk.

Being un-Google-able is a risk, as is being a fairly tame show with a name like Cam Girls, but the series, which hits June 1st is surprisingly layered for something that only has 4-6 minutes to get things done.

The story revolves around Liv (Kate Bond), and the journey that leads her to becoming a Cam Girl. As she mentions in the trailer, she starts at the beginning. It’s actually a well-developed road that highlights the odd, and unforeseeable turns our lives may take. A new job, a new friend, a friend’s husband who has spy cams all over his house… the usual.

The show isn’t exactly comedic, or dramatic, and those who
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Lifeforce Remake, Film Adaptation of V/H/S Segment ‘Amateur Night’ & New Series ‘Slasher’ Announced by Chiller

Chiller has original and reimagined onscreen scares lined up for this year and the next, as they've just announced that their first original series, Slasher (directed by Todd & The Book of Pure Evil’s Craig David Wallace), will premiere late this year, along with a reimagining of Tobe Hooper's 1985 space vampire flick, Lifeforce. Also in development at Chiller (and slated for a 2016 debut) is Siren, a full-length film adaptation of David Bruckner's highly regarded V/H/S segment, Amateur Night, which gave viewers a chilling new perspective on the line, "I like you."

Press Release (via The Futon Critic) -- "New York - May 5, 2015 - On the heels of its most-watched original movie to date (Animal) and the SXSW 2015 premiere of its original movie The Boy, Chiller announces new original content for 2015 and 2016, including its first-ever original series, Slasher, and two new original movies, Lifeforce and Siren.

"Chiller
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Wasikowska’s ‘Madame Bovary’ Sells; Solution Boards Radcliffe Thriller, XLrator Pacts With Rnr — Berlin Briefs

Mia Wasikowska’s Madame Bovary Sells For Radiant Films

Radiant Films International has completed multiple sales deals in territories worldwide for Madame Bovary starring Mia Wasikowska including all French-speaking rights to Jour2Fête and Italy to Paco Pictures. Additional sales include Benelux to A-Film, Scandinavia to Svensk Filmindustri and Portugal to Nos Lusomundo Audiovisuais, Latin America to Swen, Australia to Transmission Films, South Korea to Noori Pictures, Turkey to Aqua Pinema, Middle East to Gulf Film, Greece to Odeon and Iceland to Myndform. Radiant is handling all foreign sales on the project which they are actively selling at Efm.

The Solution Boards Tokyo Vice Starring Daniel Radcliffe

The Solution Entertainment Group is handling international rights to Tokyo Vice, produced by John Lesher’s Le Grisbi Productions. The Solution’s Myles Nestel and Lisa Wilson will exec produce and present to buyers at the Efm. UTA is representing Us rights. Adam Kassan is also producing.
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