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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Unravel the Mystery of "DIANE" in Theaters and On VOD This September -- See Trailer HERE



A Wounded Vet Finds Himself Transfixed by "DIANE"

Random Media Releases Michael Mongillo's Haunting Feature

Opens at LA's Arena Cinelounge on September 7th
Available Nationwide on Cable and Digital VOD September 17th


"Fantastically other worldly" -- Horror Talk
"Disturbing" -- Eye for Film

Los Angeles, CA - Random Media is crossing over to the other side with the limited theatrical and nationwide VOD release of Michael Mongillo's Diane, the story of a wounded veteran and the beautiful corpse he stumbles across that leads him down a rabbit hole.


Diane held its world premiere at FrightFest in London, where BritFlicks described Mongillo's latest as "Jacob's Ladder meets Memento".  The film later had its US premiere at the New York City Horror Film Festival and was a nominee for Best Independent Limited Release at the Rondo Classic Hatton Horror Awards.

Diane will open in Los Angeles September 7th at the Arena Cinelounge Sunset, followed by a launch on Cable and Digital HD, including iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google Play and Vudu, on September 17th.

Los Angeles September 7th Release:
Arena Cinelounge Sunset
6464 Sunset Blvd
Lobby Level
Los Angeles, CA 90028

WATCH THE TRAILER:



Steve's lingering physical and emotional scars from the war in Afghanistan plunge him into a soulless routine.  He continues his drab existence until the corpse of a beautiful singer, Diane, is dumped in his backyard, shaking him back to reality. Steve takes a photo of her before calling the police and soon he becomes obsessed with the dead woman's image. Steve is scrutinized by the police, becoming the prime suspect hassled by Diane's widower, and attacked by self-righteous neighbors. Before long, the malevolent ghost of Diane begins to work a dark spell that leads Steve to strange and startling revelations.

Diane: English / USA / 82 minutes



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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

SummerScreen Presents 'DIE HARD' in McCarren Park! Wednesday, August 15



Celebrating Its 13th Year...
NORTHSIDE MEDIA PRESENTS
 
SEE DIE HARD ON WEDNESDAY, 8/15 | RSVP HERE
  
FREE, EVERY WEDNESDAY THIS MONTH
AT MCCARREN PARK

AUDIENCE CHOICE - VOTE NOW 

"One of the crown jewels of summer outdoor movie season" -- Time Out New York

BROOKLYN, NY - Brooklyn's favorite FREE Film and Concert Series has returned this summer to McCarren Park for its 13th consecutive year! Taking place every Wednesday in July and August, the weekly event will screen eight films in the park and will offer food, beverage and live music. Screenings continue on Wednesday, August 15th with Die Hard!

Screenings kicked off last month with Jawbreaker. The lineup for this year includes cult classics, comedies, and fan favorites such as Hackers, When Harry Met Sally, and Fantastic Mr. Fox. In addition, there will be a seventh musical themed night and film with the eighth film will be Audience Choice and announced mid to late August. Contenders for this year's audience choice include classics like High Fidelity, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, Bad Boys, You Got Served, and Rocky Horror Picture Show. Voting is now open HERE.


Attendees can enjoy awesome food and beverage choices from local vendors around the NYC area. Doors open at 6pm, live music starts at 7:30pm and the film will begin at sundown!

2018 SummerScreen Line up
August 15: Die Hard
August 22: Musical Movie
August 29: Audience Choice - voting is now open!

Brooklyn artist Bethany Robertson has handcrafted limited edition posters for each film and SummerScreen event, which will be showcased at each screening.

SummerScreen, presented by Northside Media, is the longest-running event series of Northside Media, which creates exceptional content and experiences for passionate music, innovation & food communities. SummerScreen would like to give a big thanks to SHOWTIME® and Rx Bar all their support.

"We could not be more thrilled to announce that SummerScreen will be back for its thirteenth year," says Northside founder Danny Stedman. "We've carefully handpicked each feature film and hope that New Yorkers will continue spend their Wednesdays with us, their friends and families in beautiful McCarren Park. We've got a number of surprises in store this year and are excited to share them with the community."

Keep updated with SummerScreen
Website: www.summerscreen.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SummerScreen
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SummerScreenBK
Instagram: @summerscreen


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"LAUGH-IN: THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON" -- Celebrate the Final Season of the Groundbreaking TV Variety Series that Became a Cultural Touchstone On 9/4




CELEBRATE THE FINAL SEASON of THE GROUNDBREAKING TV VARIETY SERIES THAT BECAME A CULTURAL TOUCHSTONE

ROWAN & MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN:
THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON

Street Date: September 4, 2018
DVD SRP: $39.95


Available for the Very First Time at Retail, the 6-Disc Set - the Final Single Season Installment of the Emmy® and Golden Globe®-Winning Series -- Features 24 Complete, Remastered Episodes Loaded with Classics Yuks and an Unbelievable Roster of Guest Stars Including Steve Allen, Jack Benny, Carol Burnett, James Caan, Johnny Carson, Howard Cosell, Sammy Davis Jr., Dom DeLuise, Angie Dickinson, Phyllis Diller, Jack Klugman, Michael Landon, Rich Little, Don Rickles, Vin Scully, Mark Spitz, Sally Struthers and Many More!

WATCH THE TRAILER:


By the time "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" signed off the air on March 12, 1973 with 140 trailblazing episodes across six seasons, the show had become a cultural touchstone without peer. Winner of the 1969 Golden Globe® for "Best Television Show" and the most watched program on television during its first two seasons, "Laugh-In" was an integral part of the fabric of '60-'70s America. ROWAN & MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN: THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON, the final single season installment of the series from the TV DVD archivists at Time Life, will be released on September 4 in a set featuring all 24 re-mastered episodes from the last season of the landmark show (September 11, 1972-March 12, 1973).


Broadcast from beautiful downtown Burbank, "Laugh-In" was hosted by straight man Dan Rowan and wisecracking co-host Dick Martin, who led a gaggle of goofballs through a rapid-fire assault of one-liners, skits, bits and non sequiturs that left viewers in hysterics and disbelief. Anything and anyone in the public eye was a target. Political correctness? Forget it! The series received a makeover in its final season with a new cast members including comedian Patti Deutsch, folksy singer-comedian Jud Strunk, ventriloquist act Willie Tyler & Lester and giddy Goldie Hawn look-alike Sarah Kennedy, a new set, a bevy of new Downtown Beauties, and the show's musical director Ian Bernard and His Band playing live during some of the party scenes.


In THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON, Carol Burnett signs the Laugh-In autograph book and takes one on the chin. Phyllis Diller tickles the funny bone and the ivories with a little Bach. With their always critical and humorous eye, the "Laugh-In" crew saluted guns, law and order, adult books,
morality, the circus, Thanksgiving, beautiful people, sports, commercials, California, the family, airlines, actors, the '50s, and the Summer of '72. And, as always, the Sixth Season includes such classic features as "Cocktail Party," "Fickle Finger of Fate," "Here Comes the Judge," "The Joke Wall," "General Bull Right," "Big Al," "Ernestine" and "Edith Ann," "The Swizzles," and "Robot Theater."


A stellar constellation of celebrities lined up to be part of the final season, and TV audiences thrilled to appearances by Steve Allen, Jack Benny, Carol Burnett, James Caan, Johnny Carson, William Conrad, Howard Cosell, Sammy Davis Jr., Dom DeLuise, Angie Dickinson, Phyllis Diller, Sandy Duncan, Nanette Fabray, James Farentino, Robert Goulet, Jack Klugman, Michael Landon, Steve Lawrence, Rich Little, Don Rickles, Vin Scully, Mark Spitz, Sally Struthers, John Wayne, Henny Youngman, and many more! And by the time Ruth Buzzi and the daffy firewomen utter the last "Goodnight, Dick," ROWAN & MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN had solidified its standing as one of the most groundbreakling TV Variety shows ever. 

CAST
Dan Rowan
Dick Martin
Lily Tomlin
Ruth Buzzi
Arte Johnson
Gary Owens
Ann Elder
Dennis Allen
Richard Dawson
Moosie Drier
Tod Bass
Brian Bressler
Patti Deutsch
Sarah Kennedy
Jod Strunk
Willie Tyler & Lester
Donna Jean Young

PROGRAM INFORMATION
Format: DVD/6 Discs
Running Time: 1234 minutes
Genre: TV DVD/Comedy
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audio: Stereo

About Time Life
Time Life is one of the world's pre-eminent creators and direct marketers of unique music and video/DVD products, specializing in distinctive multi-media collections that evoke memories of yesterday, capture the spirit of today, and can be enjoyed for a lifetime. TIME LIFE and the TIME LIFE logo are registered trademarks of Time Warner Inc. and affiliated companies used under license by Direct Holdings Americas Inc., which is not affiliated with Time Warner Inc. or Time Inc.


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Backward Shot Of John Wayne In "Chisum" (1970) (video)




"Chisum" opens with an iconic zoom-in shot of the Duke sitting on his horse.

But the unnatural movement of the horse's tail indicates that it's a reverse shot...

Only at the end of the movie do we see the same shot again, but in forward motion.


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Musical Thriller "DEAD ENVY" Opens in LA August 24th, Digital HD September 3rd -- See Trailer and Pics Here!




Random Media Rocks into Theaters With

"DEAD ENVY"


Musical Thriller Opens in Los Angeles August 24th
Debuts on Cable VOD and Digital HD September 3rd


Los Angeles, CA - Random Media has announced the limited theatrical and nationwide VOD release of Harley Di Nardo's Dead Envy, a thriller following an aging rocker who finds himself in over his head when he thinks he meets the perfect protege.

The semi-autobiographical debut feature of writer-director Di Nardo and co-writer Stacy Hullah, Dead Envy had its world premiere at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, where the filmmakers took home the prize for Best Thriller.


Dead Envy will open in Los Angeles August 24th at the Arena Cinelounge Sunset, followed by a launch on Cable and Digital HD, including iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google Play and Vudu, on September 3rd.

Los Angeles August 24th Release:
Arena Cinelounge Sunset
6464 Sunset Blvd
Lobby Level
Los Angeles, CA 90028

WATCH THE TRAILER:



Aging Rock artist David Tangier's sense of identity is all but destroyed as he works cutting hair to provide a comfortable life for himself and his wife. His sound and age bind him to the Rock of the 2000's, where his band Katatonic Spin once ruled the scene. David cannot tolerate that his entire existence has fallen prey to the persona of "the has been."

By taking one last long shot at maintaining his integrity, David sets out to organize the follow-up album that he never had the chance to make. When Javy Bates, a mysterious young musical talent shows up for a job at David's salon, this Rocker thinks he has found a solution to his alienation. Initially guarded, Javy soon opens up... as he has an agenda of his own.

Dead Envy: English / USA / 71 minutes



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Monday, August 13, 2018

TO AUSCHWITZ & BACK: THE JOE ENGEL STORY -- DVD Review by Porfle




When I started watching TO AUSCHWITZ & BACK: THE JOE ENGEL STORY, I was thinking, "I hope this has a lot of film footage and pictures, and isn't all talk."  But before it was over, all I wanted to do was listen to Joe Engel talk.

Engel, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor, wears a name tag identifying himself as such so that people will ask him about it.  He welcomes any opportunity to talk about his experiences during this horrific period in history, because people such as himself who can still relate firsthand stories on the subject are dwindling rapidly.

Fortunately, age has diminished neither Mr. Engel's memories of that time nor his ability to draw us in with vivid descriptions of the most tragic and sordid events imaginable and make us feel as though we're witnessing them ourselves.


His verbal accounts are amazingly comprehensive, detailed, and evocative, as well as straightforwardly articulate, for someone dredging up such a maelstrom of turbulent memories and putting them into words for us and for history itself.

Engel begins the story with his youth in a large family, most of whom he would never see again after the harsh indignities of life in the Warsaw ghetto led to a train journey in a cattle car to one of Hitler's horrendous death camps.

He calmly describes each step in the process, bringing up each memory in his mind with enough detail so that our imaginations can paint heartrending pictures of every dreadful experience.

Most of these stories are accompanied by visuals, whether they be rare photos of young Engel and his family or haunting actual footage from the Warsaw ghetto and from Auschwitz and other death camps (much more of which is available in the DVD's bonus menu) which accentuate Engel's words without overwhelming them.


The combination of words and pictures creates a nightmare world in our minds, one which is too horrible to contemplate as Engel's unfaltering narrative builds with the intensity of a suspenseful thriller.

Often he describes being beyond hope, yet there comes a time when he sees an opportunity to escape and, figuring his odds at 99 to 1, takes it. Miraculously he does manage to get away, eventually joining a resistance movement through which he was able to strike back in a small way against Hitler's Germany.

And then, finally, comes the liberation of the death camps by the Allies and a terrible reckoning for those guilty of such ungodly crimes against humanity. Here, we learn of Mr. Engel's journey to America, how many of his surviving family members he was able to locate, and what has become of him since.


One thing he's done is to make sure his story is told, "over and over and over", as long as he is able to tell it.  He reminds me of one of the living books from Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451", his very existence a precious historical treasure of which we can and should avail ourselves.

To this end, TO AUSCHWITZ & BACK: THE JOE ENGEL STORY is a most irreplaceable record of this man's passage through a literal Hell and his miraculous survival to tell the tale.  The presentation is admirably low-key and subtle, eliciting a sudden surge of emotion at the end which was both unexpected and exceedingly well-earned.
 

TO AUSCHWITZ & BACK: THE JOE ENGEL STORY
Running Time: 47 mins.
Genre: Documentary
Aspect Ratio: 16 x 9
Audio: Stereo

Read our original coverage


About The Holocaust Education Film Foundation
Established in 2018, the Holocaust Education Film Foundation was started to build an international, interactive online community one Holocaust survivor story at a time. Through full-length documentaries, distributed globally through numerous platforms, the online site and educational programs, the 501c3 foundation seeks to ensure that we never forget.



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Val Kilmer in "THE SUPER" -- Saban Films Acquires US Distribution Rights



SABAN FILMS ACQUIRES U.S. DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS TO VAL KILMER STARRER “THE SUPER”

LOS ANGELES (August 13, 2018) – Saban Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to The Super from director Stephan Rick and screenwriter John J. McLaughlin (Black Swan).

Starring Val Kilmer (Top Gun, Heat) and Patrick John Flueger (“Chicago P.D.”), the elevated genre film is based on an idea from “Law & Order” creator/producer Dick Wolf, who produced through his company Wolf Entertainment alongside Tom Thayer, Patrick Rizzotti and Brett Forbes.

The Super centers on the mysterious disappearance of several tenants at a luxury New York City apartment building. Phil Lodge (Flueger), the building’s new superintendent and former NYPD officer, immediately suspects Walter (Kilmer), the strange maintenance man. With his daughters’ lives on the line, Phil must decipher the cryptic riddles in which Walter speaks to solve the disappearances before it’s too late.


Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley commented, “The Super marks a return to form for Val Kilmer, who delivers a truly menacing performance.”

Bromiley and Jonathan Saba negotiated the deal for Saban Films, with Endeavor Content and Brett Forbes on behalf of filmmakers.

Saban Films recently acquired a slew of films out of the Cannes Film Festival, including: Between Worlds starring Nicolas Cage; the anthology Berlin, I Love You with Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley and Jim Sturgess; the Gerard Butler starrer Keepers; and David L.G. Hughes’ Viking Destiny.

Saban Films’ slate also includes: Craig William Macneill’s racy drama Lizzie, starring Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart; and Ivan Kavanagh’s Never Grow Old starring John Cusack and Emile Hirsch.

Since the company’s launch in 2014, Saban Films has released over 40 films and continues to be active in the acquisition and distribution space, with successes that have run the gamut from critically acclaimed theatrical films such as The Homesman, to one of the biggest Fathom events in 2016 with Rob Zombie’s horror thriller 31.

Recent Releases include: Alexandre Moors’ The Yellow Birds starring Tye Sheridan, Alden Ehrenreich, Toni Collette, with Jason Patric, Jack Huston and Jennifer Aniston; Alexandros Avranas’ Dark Crimes starring Jim Carrey and Charlotte Gainsbourg; Roland Joffe’s The Forgiven starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana; Taran Killam’s Killing Gunther starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; Ric Roman Waugh’s Shot Caller starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Lake Bell; War on Everyone starring Alexander Skarsgård, Michael Peña, and Theo James; The Girl with All the Gifts starring Gemma Arterton and Glenn Close; Brad Silberling’s war thriller An Ordinary Man starring Academy Award® Winner Ben Kingsley; and Ethan Hawke action thriller 24 Hours to Live.

About Saban Films
Saban Films, an affiliate of Saban Capital Group (“SCG”), is a film acquisition and distribution company which acquires high-quality, feature films to distribute in North America.  Focusing on commercial, talent driven films, the company looks at projects in all stages of production for release across multiple platforms, including a day and date theatrical/VOD release strategy. Based in Los Angeles, Saban Films was established by Haim Saban, SCG Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and is led by Bill Bromiley who serves as President, Shanan Becker, Chief Financial Officer and Ness Saban, Vice President of Business Development.



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John Wayne Burns His Hand In "Chisum" (1970) (video)




In this scene, Chisum (John Wayne) discusses old times with his niece.

He burns himself with his cigar, right after he says "I didn't expect you to"...

...but covers it well, making only the slightest jerking motion.

Thus saving the take.


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Sunday, August 12, 2018

"Great Train Robbery" Homage in "Chisum" (John Wayne, 1970) (video)




John Wayne starred in the classic western "Chisum" in 1970.

In one scene, rustlers ambush some cowboys and steal their herd.
The scene ends with a fourth-wall-breaking shot.

It recalls the first screen western, "The Great Train Robbery"...
...whose classic ending of a man shooting directly into the camera startled crowds in 1903.

In this way director Andrew V. MacLaglen pays brief homage to the genre's past.


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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Were The 3 Stooges Ever Nominated For An Oscar? ("Men In Black", 1934) (video)




The Three Stooges made 190 short comedies for Columbia Pictures...

...which were released between 1934 and 1959.

Their third Columbia short, "Men In Black", was released in 1934. 
It was a spoof of an earlier Clark Gable film, "Men In White."

Virtually plotless, it's mainly just a fast paced stream of silly gags...
...with the three inept interns wreaking havoc in a modern hospital.

"Men In Black" was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Comedy).
It is the only Three Stooges film ever to receive such an honor.


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Friday, August 10, 2018

Curly's Swan Song As A Stooge: "Half-Wits Holiday" (1947) (video)




Curly's Swan Song As A Stooge: "Half-Wits Holiday" (1947)

A remake of 1935's "Hoi Polloi", this was Curly's final Three Stooges short...
...before being replaced by his brother Shemp.

After his first stroke, Curly's performances often suffered.
His timing and energy were off, and his speech was sometimes slurred.

At times Curly is able to recapture moments of his old magic.

While filming the party sequence Curly  would suffer a crippling stroke.
These are his final moments as a Stooge.

Curly is conspicuously absent from the final scenes...
...as a downcast Moe and Larry finish the short as a duo.

Curly would return for a brief cameo in "Hold That Lion" (1947)...
...but never again as a Stooge.


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Thursday, August 9, 2018

John Lennon Missing From A Scene In "A Hard Day's Night" (1964) (video)




One of the most popular scenes in the Beatles' film debut, "A Hard Day's Night"...

...is when the boys cavort in a field to the tune of "Can't Buy Me Love."

But during filming, John had to leave to promote his book, "In His Own Write."

And director Richard Lester filled in for him.

So for a few moments, the girls in the audience were screaming not for John...

...but for Richard Lester.

Music by Lennon/McCartney
Performed by karafun


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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Bizarre Opening Scene in "The Beast of Yucca Flats" (1961) (video)




In Coleman Francis' no-budget 1961 thriller "Beast of Yucca Flats"...

...Tor Johnson plays a nuclear physicist. (Yes, you read that right.)

Until an A-Bomb blast turns him into a mindless, homicidal psycho wandering the desert.

For the most part,  it's your typical PG-rated monster movie.  You could watch it with your kids.
Despite Tor having a somewhat questionable interest in one of his victims.

But none of that compares to the totally weird opening scene.

First, there's the brief "nipple slip." In 1961, no less.
The girl wears loafers right out of the shower. 
And has a very loud clock.

The scene is obviously meant as a preview...
...yet at no time during the movie does Tor go near anyone's house.

This is where it gets really weird...

(Read our review of the movie HERE.)


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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The Invisible Man Becomes Visible Again (3 Reveals) (video)




In the "Invisible Man" series, one of the highlights is sometimes the reveal of the title character's face at the end.

In "The Invisible Man" (1933), it's the first time in the movie that we see Claude Rains' face.

Again, Vincent Price's face is revealed for the first time at the end of "The Invisible Man Returns" (Universal, 1940).

In "Abbott & Costello Meet The Invisible Man" (Universal-International, 1951) we've already seen Arthur Franz's face, but it's still interesting to watch him become visible again.


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John Carpenter's "THE FOG" 4K- In Theaters for Halloween- NYC, LA, Chicago and More



JOHN CARPENTER’S
"THE FOG"


TO HAUNT THEATERS AGAIN HALLOWEEN WEEK

NEW 4K RESTORATION WILL ROLL IN OCTOBER 26 WITH NYC, LA AND CHICAGO RUNS

SCREENINGS ACROSS U.S. AT ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE CIRCUIT AND OTHER VENUES

August 7, 2018- New York based Rialto Pictures will release John Carpenter’s landmark horror movie THE FOG on October 26, in its first-ever major restoration. The horror classic, in a full 4K restoration from Studiocanal, opens October 26 for limited runs at the Metrograph, in New York, Landmark’s Nuart in Los Angeles, and The Music Box Theatre in Chicago.

Additional screenings will occur during the week of Halloween throughout the Alamo Drafthouse circuit and other specialty theaters.


Carpenter’s first post-Halloween venture into the H.P. Lovecraft-inspired, apocalyptic vein that he would continue to mine in films like The Thing (1982) and Prince of Darkness (1987), THE FOG depicts the seaside California town of Antonio Bay in the grips of an ancient curse and a creeping mist. Drenched in malevolent atmosphere and packing an ensemble cast that includes Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins, Hal Holbrook and the mother-daughter duo of Janet Leigh and Jamie Lee Curtis, this is the director at his ingenious, chilling best, servicing a contemporary taste for gore while simultaneously evoking the spirit of Val Lewton.


Out of theatrical release for years due to faded, unplayable prints, THE FOG can now be viewed again as it was intended, with the restoration of its breathtaking color cinematography by Dean Cundey (Escape From New York, Back To The Future (I-III), Apollo 13, Romancing The Stone), who deftly captured both the daylight beauty of the Point Reyes shore and the ghostly goings-on in the dark, eerie night.

“The Fog has been our most requested title for as long as we have handled the Studiocanal library here,” according to Eric Di Bernardo, Rialto’s director of sales. “It is Carpenter’s most visually alluring film and we think it’s been worth the wait.”


Founded in 1997 by Bruce Goldstein, Rialto Pictures brings the finest of world cinema to screens across North America. From new restorations of enduring classics such as Carol Reed's The Third Man, Jean Renoir's Grand Illusion, and Akira Kurosawa's Ran to genre mainstays like John Carpenter’s Escape From New York and Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead 2, Rialto Pictures offers an eclectic range of cinematic adventures appealing to any audience. Since 2012, Rialto Pictures has been the U.S. theatrical and non-theatrical representative of the Studiocanal library of over 2,000 international classics. Often featuring updated subtitles and renewed marketing materials, Rialto Pictures aims to engage moviegoers with cinematic history, preserve film culture, and highlight the continued relevance of classic stories through high quality theatrical presentations.


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"CREED II" MGM and Warner Bros. Release First Official Film Stills -- See Trailer Here



Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures have debuted the first official film stills from CREED II

Stephen Caple Jr. directs the continuation of the Rocky saga, starring Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone and Tessa Thompson


In Theaters Wednesday, November 21st

Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life.

Facing an opponent with ties to his family's past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what's worth fighting for, and discover that nothing's more important than family.

Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can't escape your history.


Release Date: Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Director: Steven Caple Jr.
Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Wood Harris, Russell Hornsby, Florian "Big Nasty" Munteanu, Andre Ward, Phylicia Rashad, Dolph Lundgren
Writer: Sylvester Stallone
Producers: Sylvester Stallone, Kevin King-Templeton, Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, David Winkler, Irwin Winkler
Executive Producers: Ryan Coogler, Michael B. Jordan, Guy Riedel
Distributor: MGM, Warner Bros. Pictures

WATCH THE TRAILER:


#Creed2
Official Site: http://creedthemovie.com/
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Monday, August 6, 2018

Buster Keaton Breaks His Neck in "Sherlock, Jr." (1924) (video)




"Sherlock, Jr." contains several of Buster Keaton's best stunts.

But out of all the dangerous stunts he performed in his films...
...this one resulted in a broken neck...
...when the force of the water was greater than expected.

Buster simply ignored the pain and kept working until a callus grew over the fracture.

It was discovered by a doctor who X-rayed him over a decade later.


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Viral Outbreak "EPIDEMIC" Unleashed Upon the World From First-Time Writer/Director Stephen Michael Giglio



"EPIDEMIC"

Breaking Glass Pictures
9/4/18


Breaking Glass Pictures will release the tender, female centric coming-of-age drama EPIDEMIC on DVD/VOD September 4, 2018.


SYNOPSIS: A deadly pathogen is unleashed and unknowingly carried to Dana’s 30th birthday party, where her estranged father, Rufus, is coming to make amends. What begins as a family drama soon escalates to a horrific turning point as the epidemic spreads and Rufus fights to save his daughter’s life.

WATCH THE TRAILER: 



DVD/VOD RELEASE: September 4, 2018

CAST: Andrew Hunsicker, Amanda K. Morales, Shelley Brietling, Mike Sutton
DIRECTOR: Stephen Michael Giglio
WRITERS: Stephen Michael Giglio, Adam Romanchik



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Tarantino's "ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD" New Margot Robbie Photo As Sharon Tate



Tarantino's "ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD"

First-look image of Margot Robbie in costume in the role of Sharon Tate in writer-director Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood."

The film is slated for release on July 26, 2019.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OnceInHollywood/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/OnceInHollywood/
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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Lucille Ball Meets the Three Stooges ("Three Little Pigskins", 1934) (video)




Lucille Ball Meets the Three Stooges ("Three Little Pigskins", 1934) 

Twenty some-odd years later, she'd be a comedy legend in her own right.

But in 1934, a very young Lucille Ball was playing straight woman to the Three Stooges.


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Saturday, August 4, 2018

The Infamous Jump Cut in "Night of the Living Dead" (1968) (video)




In George Romero's classic 1968 zombie thriller, "Night of the Living Dead", there's a glaring jump cut...

...where several minutes of dialogue have been removed.

It comes right in the middle of a shot.

Here is one suggestion for eliminating the jump cut.


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"RWBY" Returns October 27th to Rooster Teeth With Volume 6



RWBY Returns October 27th to Rooster Teeth With Volume 6

Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang have been reunited and Team RWBY’s first mission back is one of grave importance: escorting the Relic of Knowledge to Atlas. With Beacon fallen and Mistral compromised, Remnant’s northernmost academy may now be the safest place in the world, but making it there will be more dangerous than anyone could have imagined.

In a world filled with horrific monsters bent on death and destruction, humanity's hope lies with powerful Huntsmen and Huntresses. Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna, and Yang Xiao Long are four such Huntresses in training whose journeys will take them far past the grounds of their school, Beacon Academy. Though each may be powerful on their own, these four girls must overcome dark forces and work as a team if they truly hope to become the next generation of Remnant's protectors.

RWBY is the first western-style anime to be distributed in Japan and is produced by Rooster Teeth in Austin, Texas. Stay tuned for more announcements about Volume 6.


Connect with RWBY
Full Episodes: http://roosterteeth.com/show/rwby
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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RT.RWBY/
Official website: roosterteeth.com

ABOUT ROOSTER TEETH
Rooster Teeth is a pioneering media and entertainment company responsible for some of the biggest online series in history, such as the award-winning and longest-running web series, Red vs. Blue. They also produce the globally acclaimed animated series RWBY, the first western anime series to be distributed in Japan; the award-winning Rooster Teeth Podcast; and Immersion, a reality format that brings video game theory to the real world. Rooster Teeth has a massive global footprint of more than 45 million subscribers to its YouTube Network, 5 million unique monthly visitors to its RoosterTeeth.com hub and 3 million registered community members. The company was founded in 2003, and is now a subsidiary of Otter Media, a joint venture between AT&T and The Chernin Group. Discover more at RoosterTeeth.com.



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Friday, August 3, 2018

Rooster Teeth & Scholastic Announce "RWBY"-Inspired YA Series -- RTX Austin 2018



Rooster Teeth And Scholastic Team Up On RWBY-Inspired YA Series Out Next Year

“RWBY: After the Fall” To Be Penned By Award-Winning Author E.C. Myers

Austin, Texas - August 2, 2018 - Rooster Teeth, the pioneering entertainment and media company behind some of the biggest online series in history, is excited to announce a RWBY YA series published by Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company.

Featuring brand new RWBY content in the form of original novels, the first book in the series, After the Fall will be available in 2019. The series will be written by award-winning author E.C. Myers (Fair Coin, The Silence of Six) with consulting writing from RWBY head writers Kerry Shawcross and Miles Luna.

A little about After the Fall:
After Beacon Academy fell, Coco, Fox, Velvet, and Yatsuhashi made a vow: No one else is getting left behind. It’s been more than a year since Team CFVY saw their school destroyed by the Creatures of Grimm, their friends felled in battle or scattered across the world of Remnant. Since then, they’ve been settling into life at Shade Academy in Vacuo, fighting hard to finish their training so they can reunite with their friends and save their world.

When a distress message comes into Shade, asking for huntsmen and huntresses to defend refugees from a never-ending stream of Grimm, Team CFVY answers the call without hesitation. But in the heat of the desert, they’re forced to relive their former battles, both from the Fall of Beacon and from everything that came before.


“When Scholastic approached us about doing a series of novels, we knew we wanted to explore some untold stories in the RWBY universe,” said Shawcross. “We’re excited to share a new adventure with Team CFVY in this first book and we can’t wait for people to be able to read it.”

RWBY is the first western-style anime to be distributed in Japan and is produced by Rooster Teeth in Austin, Texas. Stay tuned for more announcements about the upcoming series of RWBY novels!

ABOUT ROOSTER TEETH

Rooster Teeth is a pioneering media and entertainment company responsible for some of the biggest online series in history, such as the award-winning and longest-running web series, Red vs. Blue. They also produce the globally acclaimed animated series RWBY, the first western anime series to be distributed in Japan; the award-winning Rooster Teeth Podcast; and Immersion, a reality format that brings video game theory to the real world. Rooster Teeth has a massive global footprint of more than 45 million subscribers to its YouTube Network, 5 million unique monthly visitors to its RoosterTeeth.com hub and 3 million registered community members. The company was founded in 2003, and is now a subsidiary of Otter Media, a joint venture between AT&T and The Chernin Group. Discover more at RoosterTeeth.com.



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Thursday, August 2, 2018

THE CHANGELING -- Blu-ray Review by Porfle




One of the last of the "pure" ghost stories to appear on the big screen, 1980's THE CHANGELING (Severin Films) is noteworthy for its intent to send chills up and down our spines without resorting to any graphic violence or gore, and with hardly a jump scare to be found.  

The premise, reportedly based on actual events, is simple: composer and music teacher John Russell (George C. Scott), deeply grieving the tragic loss of his wife and daughter, moves into a massive old mansion that turns out to be haunted.

His raw emotional state seems to attract a troubled spirit within the house, which reaches out to him.  As frightening paranormal events continue to frazzle his nerves and ours, John and a sympathetic lady friend, Claire (Scott's real-life wife Trish Van Devere), endeavor to solve the mystery behind whoever may have died violently in the house and is now a restless and potentially dangerous supernatural entity.


There's a vaguely Argento quality to this setup (DEEP RED comes to mind), but director Peter Medak (ROMEO IS BLEEDING, THE KRAYS) intends to scare us using only images and situations rather than shocking violence or gouts of blood.  It's like a campfire tale that's effective because of evocative storytelling alone.

Still, the visuals are key, especially the huge, three-storey mansion that's so full of deep shadows, long passageways, endless stairways, and one of those hidden rooms accidentally discovered by our hero which is creepy, cobwebby, and stocked with disturbing clues including a child's ancient wheelchair. (A couple of ghostly manifestations are also highly effective.)

George C. Scott, of course, is about as good in the role as anyone could be, revealing the occasional insight into John Russell's unending grief while giving the impression that he's much too rational and in control to let a little thing like a haunted house scare him away.


Indeed, it's the intrigue of the murder mystery he's stumbled upon that keeps him there--when most of us would be out the door at the first errant creak--along with a growing sympathy for the ghostly, unknown victim of whatever terrible crime occurred there.

To this end, Russell and Claire enlist the aid of a female medium and her husband/assistant for a late night seance which proves to be one of the film's eeriest sequences.

Further clues in the mystery later lead them to tear up the floorboards of a nearby house where they discover an abandoned well which may hide a horrible secret. This is dark stuff from which director Medak derives every possible shivery scare.


Medak's visual style is mostly low-key and formal, with very little use of handheld camera and, at times, a bit of the coldness of Cronenberg's early work.  The influence on later ghost stories such as THE OTHERS is clear, as both films show a reliance on the supernatural as well as a bleak, shadow-strewn setting in evoking fear the old-fashioned way.

The film does herald an unfortunate future trend in ghost stories, which is the use of loud noises and sometimes raucous visuals in order to elevate the fear factor.  One of the eeriest scenes in the film uses neither--John is sitting at his piano, unaware that a door behind him is slowly opening. We expect the maid or handyman to be standing there when it swings open wide, but there's no one there at all.

THE CHANGELING resorts to sound and fury mostly during the finale, adding wind and fire effects and slow-motion for no apparent reason except to give us something to occupy our attention after the mystery has already been resolved and the actual scare factor pretty much faded out.


In fact, it has always been this final segment of the film that I found most unsatisfying ever since my first viewing during its initial theatrical run in 1980. But one or two people in the group I saw it with found it deeply frightening throughout.

This indicates that some, such as myself, will find THE CHANGELING a mostly, if not completely, effective old-fashioned ghost story with more than its share of chills but a not-quite-effective conclusion.  And others will sit in rapt, fearful, goose-pimpled thrall, holding their breath till the last flickering frame. 


Buy it from Severin Films

SPECIAL FEATURES:
Special Features:
Audio Commentary With Director Peter Medak and Producer Joel B. Michaels Moderated By Severin Films’ David Gregory
The House On Cheesman Park: The Haunting True Story Of The Changeling
The Music Of The Changeling: Interview With Music Arranger Kenneth Wannberg
Building The House Of Horror: Interview With Art Director Reuben Freed
The Psychotronic Tourist: The Changeling
Master of Horror Mick Garris On The Changeling
Poster & Still Gallery
Trailer
TV Spot





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"SPIDER-MAN™: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE" See Trailer and Info HERE!




SPIDER-MAN™: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE

Animated
December 14, 2018


Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind.

Spider-Man™: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.

WATCH THE OFFICIAL TRAILER:



Directed by:     Bob Persichetti
Peter Ramsey
Rodney Rothman
  
Screenplay by:    Phil Lord
Producers:     Avi Arad
Amy Pascal
Phil Lord
      Christopher Miller
      Christina Steinberg

Cast:      Shameik Moore
      Hailee Steinfeld
Mahershala Ali
Jake Johnson
Liev Schreiber
Brian Tyree Henry
Luna Lauren Velez
Lily Tomlin


©2018 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved. MARVEL and all related character names: © & ™ 2018 MARVEL

This film is not yet rated by the MPAA. For future ratings information refer to http://www.filmratings.com. Credits not final.




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"MILE 22" - See New Featurette "Overwatch" HERE!



"MILE 22"
In Theatres from STXfilms August 17, 2018


NEW FEATURETTE: "OVERWATCH"

In a visceral modern thriller from the director of Lone Survivor, Mark Wahlberg stars as James Silva, an operative of the CIA's most highly-prized and least-understood unit.

Aided by a top-secret tactical command team, Silva must retrieve and transport an asset who holds life-threatening information to Mile 22 for extraction before the enemy closes in.

WATCH THE FEATURETTE "OVERWATCH":



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