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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Big Jake/Tuco Mash-Up (John Wayne/Eli Wallach) (video)




I was watching the shower scene in "Big Jake" (1971) again today and it just struck me...

...how similar it is to Eli Wallach's bath scene in "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" (1966).

So I decided to sort of mash them together and see what happened.


I neither own nor claim any rights to this material.  Just having some fun with it.  Thanks for watching!


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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Kumail Nanjiani And Adam McKay Partner on "NO GLORY" for Valparaiso Pictures and Gary Sanchez Productions




Kumail Nanjiani and Adam Mckay partner on “NO GLORY” for Valparaiso Pictures and Gary Sanchez productions

Sam Bain to Adapt from Yet to Be Published Manuscript
 

LOS ANGELES (February 27, 2019) – Valparaiso Pictures today announced that Academy Award Nominee Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) is attached to star in the upcoming spy action comedy No Glory, which Sam Bain (Corporate Animals) is adapting based on the original manuscript of the same name.

Valparaiso Picture’s David Carrico and Adam Paulsen are producing alongside Gary Sanchez Productions’ Adam McKay, Chris Henchy and Will Ferrell.  Valparaiso’s head of development Bobby Hoppey will executive produce. Academy Award winning producer/writer/director McKay (The Big Short, Vice) and Nanjiani are overseeing Bain’s script. 30WEST is co-repping the film with UTA.

Adam McKay said:  "I can't wait to dig into this incredible true story. With Kumail at the helm this has a chance to be really ‘special,’ as Kumail likes to say."

Valparaiso ‘s David Carrico continued: “This is the type of story that we created our company to help tell, narratives that can have broad commercial appeal without sacrificing artistry.  We found the prefect partners and storytellers in Kumail & Adam.”

No Glory is based on the manuscript which was written by a National Security Operative and author Scott Shephard about the operative’s time in service to the country, a unique account described as “The Rambunctious Patriotism and World-Wide Shenanigans of a First Generation American in the Clandestine Service of a Grateful and Mostly Unwitting Nation.”

Nanjiani was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for The Big Sick, in which he also starred alongside Zoe Kazan.  He will next be seen in Columbia Pictures’ highly anticipated Men in Black: International and Universal Pictures’ The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle.

McKay wrote, directed and produced Vice starring Christian Bale and Amy Adams which was nominated for 8 Academy Awards including Best Director, Best Motion Picture of the Year and Best Original Screenplay. He co-wrote and directed Paramount's The Big Short, which was nominated for five Academy Awards and earned an Oscar, BAFTA and WGA Award for best adapted screenplay.

McKay is a principal at Gary Sanchez Productions alongside Chris Henchy and Will Ferrell.  The company has a deal with Paramount, partnering on past films such as the R-rated action/fairy tale Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters ($226 million), Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues ($173 million) and the Ferrell/Mark Wahlberg family comedies Daddy’s Home ($242 million) and Daddy’s Home 2 ($180 million).

Bain penned Patrick Brice’s Corporate Animals starring Demi Moore and Ed Helms which just made its World Premiere at Sundance.  His upcoming comedy, The Stand-In, stars Drew Barrymore and Michael Zegen and is currently in production.

Valparaiso Pictures is quickly expanding its development and production portfolio. They recently premiered The Sound of Silence starring Peter Sarsgaard and Rashida Jones in competition at Sundance 2019.

Nanjiani is represented by UTA and Mosaic. Bain by UTA.  Valparaiso Pictures is repped by Craig Emanuel of Paul Hastings.



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John Wayne's Coolest Scenes #27: Shower, "Big Jake" (1971) (video)




Big Jake McCandles (John Wayne) enters a Mexican barbershop...

...which has a newfangled shower-bath contraption.

But while he's trying it out, one of the bad guys takes him by surprise.

Or is it the other way around?


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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Go Beyond the Big Screen for an Augmented Reality Experience Based on “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” – the Best Animated Feature Film




Sony Pictures Takes Augmented Reality Users “Into the Spider-Verse” With Mobile Web AR Experience 

8th Wall, Trigger and Amazon Web Services Bring Spider-Man™ to Life with Mobile Web AR Experience

LAS VEGAS — In anticipation of the nationwide release of Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, 8th Wall and Trigger today announced the launch of the film’s Mobile Web AR Experience. The immersive AR camera is built using 8th Wall Web and Amazon Sumerian technology running on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and is designed to let users interact with Spider-Man in augmented reality (AR) where they can take pictures and share them with friends.

The Spider-Verse Web AR Experience, powered by 8th Wall Web and Amazon Sumerian technology and produced by Trigger, is designed to allow users to easily jump directly into Spider-Man’s AR world on any smartphone, without having to download an app.

“Spider-Man is a perfect match for AR not only because his acrobatic moves and iconic poses lend themselves well to the format, but because he’s one of the most relatable superheroes,” said Rose Phillips, SVP, Digital Marketing at Sony Pictures Entertainment. “We’re excited to collaborate with 8th Wall, Amazon Sumerian and Trigger on Spider-Verse Web AR Experience and bring it to all – and new – Spider-Man fans.”

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique sensibilities to a fresh version 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 anyone can wear the mask. Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman from a screenplay by Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman and story by Phil Lord, the producers are Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, Phil Lord & Christopher Miller and Christina Steinberg.

“The Spider-Verse Web AR Experience demonstrates how established brands can dramatically enrich their customer experiences and better engage with their fans,” said Erik Murphy-Chutorian, CEO at 8th Wall. “Augmented reality allows consumers to dive deeper into the worlds of their favorite products and characters. Sony Pictures has deepened and enriched the Spider-Man experience with the innovative work they’ve produced with Trigger and 8th Wall, and powered by AWS. It’s the perfect example of how AR for the web is the best new medium for brands to make their content come to life while increasing the accessibility and interactivity of their stories.”

"Spider-Man is in our DNA. My team has been a digital developer since the first Spider-Man film and Trigger has been developing AR for Spider-Man properties at Sony Pictures since 2014. We're excited to continue this longstanding collaboration with this experience for Spider-ManTM: Into the Spider-Verse,” says Jason Yim, CEO and Executive Creative Director for Trigger. “We believe Web AR is the final barrier for mass adoption of AR and we are honored to be part of the first large-scale web AR campaign with Sony Pictures, AWS, and 8th Wall as partners. Web AR will not only become the first entry to AR for most audiences, but it will build a foundation of behavior that will lift adoption in social, mobile and head mounted AR."

“Mobile Web AR is making possible for Sony Pictures to bring people into the world of Spider-Man and engage with the character like never before,” said Kyle Roche, General Manager, Amazon Sumerian, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “Using Amazon Sumerian, the teams at 8th Wall and Trigger were able to deliver an immersive browser based AR experience and do so without any specialized programming or 3D graphics expertise. Together with Sony Pictures, we’re changing the way fans experience their favorite web slinger.”


Be part of the experience by visiting intothespiderverse-ar.com/


About Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse:
Columbia Pictures presents in association with Marvel an Avi Arad/Lord Miller/Pascal Pictures production a Sony Pictures Animation film, Spider-ManTM: Into the Spider-Verse. Featuring the voices of Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Velez, Lily Tomlin, John Mulaney, Kimiko Glenn, with Nicolas Cage and Liev Schreiber. Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman, the screenplay is by Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman from a story by Phil Lord based on the Marvel Comics. The film is produced by Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Christina Steinberg. Stan Lee, Brian Michael Bendis and Will Allegra serve as executive producers.

About Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., which is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition, and distribution; television production, acquisition, and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. SPE’s Motion Picture Group production organizations include Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems, TriStar Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, Stage 6 Films, AFFIRM Films, and Sony Pictures Classics. For additional information, visit sonypictures.com/corp/divisions.html.

About 8th Wall, Inc.
Founded in 2016, 8th Wall, Inc. helps developers redefine markets by using augmented reality to break down the walls between the physical and digital worlds. 8th Wall’s cross-platform solution lets developers build AR-enriched experiences in minutes and deploy them to more than 3.2 billion mobile devices. 8th Wall is headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif. For more information, please visit: 8thwall.com. Follow 8th Wall on Twitter @the8thWall.

About Trigger
Trigger, The Mixed Reality Agency ™, invents unrivaled mixed reality experiences for the world’s top brands including: Sony, AMC, Honda, Mattel, LEGO, the Spider-Man movie franchise, and recent Star Wars movies. From major marketing campaigns to powerful enterprise solutions, their work combines premiere content with the latest technology, blending physical and digital worlds in innovative yet measurable ways. Trigger has over 125,000 hours of development in AR/VR/XR and is a showcase developer for Vuforia and Google. Trigger is also a Snapchat Lens Studio Partner, preferred developer for Facebook and an early developer for Magic Leap.

About Amazon Sumerian
Amazon Sumerian is a browser-based authoring tool designed to create and run for the development and publishing of AR, VR and 3D applications. Using Amazon Sumerian, developers and designers can build immersive apps quickly and easily without requiring any specialized programming or 3D graphics expertise. Experiences built with Sumerian are designed to be embedded into a web page or be consumed on popular hardware such as Oculus Go, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, HTC Vive Pro, Google Daydream, and Lenovo Mirage as well as Android and iOS mobile devices. For more information, please visit aws.amazon.com/sumerian.


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Was "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" Inspired By "Lost In Space"? (video)




Star Trek's "V'ger" and Lost In Space's "Mr. Nobody" aren't that different.

In both stories, an all-powerful being yearning to evolve...

...achieves transcendence through love.

Both are reborn as newly self-aware space-dwelling energy beings.


("Lost In Space" Season 1 Episode 7 "My Friend Mr. Nobody", 1965)

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Neon's "APOLLO 11" To Release Exclusively in IMAX® Theaters For One Week Only Beginning March 1




NEON’S APOLLO 11 TO RELEASE EXCLUSIVELY IN IMAX® THEATRES FOR ONE WEEK ONLY BEGINNING MARCH 1

FEATURING NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN-FOOTAGE, APOLLO 11 IN IMAX IS A CINEMATIC EVENT 50 YEARS IN THE MAKING


New York, NY - February 13, 2019 - NEON and IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) announced today “Apollo 11,” the highly-anticipated documentary which premiered to critical acclaim at 2019’s Sundance Film Festival, will be digitally re-mastered into the IMAX format and will initially release in IMAX® theatres exclusively for one week only beginning March 1, 2019.  With some of the most spectacular and rarest behind-the-scenes space footage captured from the first moon landing, it is a cinematic event 50 years in the making that was designed for IMAX, the movie experience that has been bringing audiences to space for decades.

From director/producer Todd Douglas Miller (“Dinosaur 13”), producer Thomas Petersen at Statement Pictures and executive producers Amy Entelis and Courtney Sexton of CNN Films, “Apollo 11” was crafted from a newly discovered trove of 65mm footage, and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings. The film takes audiences straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission—the one that first put men on the moon, and forever made Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins into household names. Immersed in the perspectives of the astronauts, the team in Mission Control, and the millions of spectators on the ground, moviegoers vividly experience those momentous days and hours in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future.

Miller and team were working closely with NASA and the National Archives (NARA) to locate all existing Apollo 11 footage when NARA staff members made a startling discovery that changed the course of the project: an unprocessed collection of 65mm large format footage, never before seen by the public, containing stunning shots of the launch, the inside of Mission Control, and recovery and post-mission activities. The footage was so pristine and the find so significant that the project evolved beyond filmmaking into one of film curation and historic preservation. Commissioned by CNN Films to create a film about the most extraordinary event in human exploration, “Apollo 11” began taking shape as a documentary feature film.

Director, Todd Douglas Miller remarked on the release, "We’re so excited to be working with NEON and IMAX on this very special event film. Ever since we saw the first frame of 65mm film footage roll off the film scanner we always envisioned ‘Apollo 11’ to be seen on the biggest screens possible. IMAX theaters are the cathedrals of cinema and we can’t think of a more perfect way for audiences to enjoy the adventure of ‘Apollo 11’." 

“Miller’s film is a stunning achievement in filmmaking,” said Megan Colligan President of IMAX Entertainment. “The film is immersive, crisp and clear.  Audiences can palpably feel the tension, immense pride and overwhelming joy of the team that came together to make the impossible possible. We at IMAX couldn’t be happier to be partnering with NEON in the release of ‘Apollo 11’.”

The more than 11,000 hours of audio recordings were made by two custom recorders which captured individual tracks from 60 key mission personnel throughout every moment of the mission. “Apollo 11” film team members created code to restore the audio and make it searchable, then began the multi-year process of listening to and documenting the recordings, an effort that yielded remarkable new insights into key events of the mission as well as surprising moments of humor and camaraderie.

The digitization of the 65mm collection—as well as the re-scanning of 16mm and 35mm materials—was undertaken at Final Frame, a post-production house in New York City, which helped create a custom scanner, capable of high dynamic range scanning at resolutions up to 8K. The resulting transfer—from which the film was cut—is the highest resolution, highest quality digital collection of Apollo 11 footage in existence.

Constructed entirely from archival materials and eschewing talking heads, “Apollo 11” captures the enormity of the event by giving audiences of all ages the direct experience of being there. When John F. Kennedy pledged in 1962 to put Americans on the moon by the end of the decade, he described it as a bold act of faith and vision. “Apollo 11” bears witness to the culmination of that pledge, when America and the world came together in an extraordinary act of unity and resolve, to achieve one of the greatest and most complex feats in human history.

“Apollo 11” will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-Mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

The film currently holds a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

About IMAX Corporation
IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you’ve never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX’s network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with additional offices in London, Dublin, Tokyo, and Shanghai. As of September 30, 2018, there were 1,443 IMAX theatre systems (1,346 commercial multiplexes, 13 commercial destinations, 84 institutional) operating in 79 countries and territories.  On Oct. 8, 2015, shares of IMAX China, a subsidiary of IMAX Corp., began trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code “HK.1970.”

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience®, IMAX Is Believing® and IMAX nXos® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com. You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (www.facebook.com/imax), Twitter (www.twitter.com/imax) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/imaxmovies).

ABOUT NEON:
2018 was a record-breaking year for NEON, with the release of Craig Gillespie’s runaway hit I, Tonya starring Margot Robbie and the Academy Award winner for best supporting actress, Allison Janney, as well as Matt Spicer's Sundance and Independent Spirit Award-Winner Ingrid Goes West. Three years after inception, the company continues to push the boundaries and take creative risks on bold content.

NEON acquired three of the most talked about features at last year’s Sundance Film Festival:  Reinaldo Marcus Green's Monsters & Men, winner of the Sundance Dramatic Special Jury Award for Outstanding First Feature; Sam Levinson's Assassination Nation; and Tim Wardle's Three Identical Strangers, winner of the Sundance Special Jury Award for Storytelling which has surpassed $13m at the box office.  Upcoming releases include:  Harmony Korine’s The Beach Bum, John Chester’s The Biggest Little Farm, the electrifying Amazing Grace, and Todd Douglas Miller’s cinematic event, Apollo 11, which just had its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

After their successful collaboration on I, Tonya, in January 2018, 30WEST (Dan Friedkin's and Micah Green's strategic venture) partnered with NEON's Tom Quinn (Founder & CEO) and Tim League (Co-Founder) to become majority investors in the company.



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All The Crawling Hand Scenes In "The Crawling Hand" (1963) (video)




A dead astronaut's hand is reanimated by deadly radiation...

...and goes on a killing spree.

Watch for Peter Breck ("The Big Valley") and Alan Hale, Jr. ("Gilligan's Island").

And look out for those cats!


I neither own nor claim any rights to this material.  Just having some fun with it.  Thanks for watching!





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Sunday, February 24, 2019

John Wayne's Coolest Scenes #26: Sheep, "Big Jake" (1971) (video)




Jacob McCandles (John Wayne) is a harsh and unpleasant kind of man. 

Just the kind of man you want on your side in the rough days of the Old West.

One sheepman with a noose around his neck (Bernard Fox) finds this out the hard way...

...when Big Jake steps in to stop him from being lynched by a gang of cattlemen.


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Saturday, February 23, 2019

NEXT OF KIN -- Blu-ray Review by Porfle




A real gem in 80s Australian cinema, NEXT OF KIN (Severin Films, 1982) breaks through all the usual Ozploitation gore and sensationlism to give us a down-under-sized taste of Euro-inspired horror with touches of Giallo.

Not that it doesn't shock, or shies away from morbid elements that give it a nice shivery ambience.  But in the pleasingly literate script by director Tony Williams and Michael Heath, nothing's gratuitous--every dead, bloated body in a bathtub, every bashed-in skull, every punctured eyeball drives the plot relentlessly forward.

In fact, the story takes its sweet time getting started, allowing us to settle comfortably into the relatively normal world of an ivy-covered old folks' home--actually a sprawling mansion--before gradually turning it into a nightmare. It's here that Linda (Jacki Kerin, effective in her only feature film) grew up and is now returning after having inherited the place from her recently-deceased mother.


Linda's a likable sort with a good head on her shoulders, easing back into old relationships with the townspeople including old boyfriend Barney (John Jarratt, DJANGO UNCHAINED, WOLF CREEK) and taking over the home's frazzled financial management, but even she quickly becomes a nervous wreck when people start dying and generally weird, almost supernatural things begin to happen inside that dark, spooky old building.

Some of it seems to be connected to a mystery surrounding her mother's death and how certain people on the staff may be involved. This includes resident physician Dr. Barton (familiar face Alex Scott of "Lillie", "The Avengers", FAHRENHEIT 451, THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES) and the efficient but enigmatic Connie (Gerda Nicolson, GALLIPOLI, "Prisoner: Cell Block H"), both of whom seem in on some secret they're keeping from Linda.

A new resident, Mrs. Ryan (Bernadette Gibson, "Prisoner: Cell Block H"), adds another shadowy presence to the group of old people whose age and infirmity are played for maximum effect in grotesque and squeamish ways.  Most disturbing of all is the dark, unknown figure who keeps popping up in Linda's periphery like Michael Myers.


The first half of the film indulges us in a slow, simmering buildup with little violence or overt terror but lots of eerie Gothic unease and creepy-crawly suspense punctuated by a few very effective jump-scares.  As the mystery surrounding her mother's death closes in around Linda, nightmare flashbacks increase her emotional distress, with whatever malignant force that was always within the house now threatening to come after her as well.

Once all this meticulous build-up has been established, the story then plunges us into the kind of bloody horror and nail-biting suspense that we've been primed for.  Even here, the film shows remarkable restraint, never getting too wildly improbable or going off the deep end, and keeps us solidly involved in what's going on until the last frame.

As a work of cinema, NEXT OF KIN is exquisite, with director Tony Williams' constantly inventive staging only occasionally calling attention to itself due to its sheer ingenuity.  (I was reminded at times of Dario Argento.) Cinematography and lighting are equally good, frequently lavishing us with the most eye-pleasing visuals that such a setting might yield. Also adding to the overall effect is a musical score by Tangerine Dream member Klaus Schultze.


The Blu-ray from Severin Films is transferred from original Australian vault elements and looks fantastic.  The bonus menu includes two commentary tracks--an informative one with director Williams and producer Tim White, and a more informal one with members of the cast--as well as interviews with Williams and actor John Jarratt, deleted scenes, trailers, early short films by Tony Williams, an image gallery, a location revisit, and more.  The Blu-ray cover is reversible.

Unlike many films of this nature, NEXT OF KIN proved to be effortlessly involving--without overly relying on lurid sensation--right up to its most satisfactory fadeout, which I found even more impressive once I learned how ingeniously executed that final shot was.  It's one of the best Australian horror films I've seen, a real standout among that industry's most memorable cult classics. 


Buy it from Severin Films

Release Date:2/26/19

Special Features:
Commentary with Director Tony Williams and Producer Tim White
Commentary with Mark Hartley & Cast Members Jackie Kerin, John Jarrett & Robert Ratti
House Of Psychotic Women Intro By Kier-La Janisse for Morbido TV
Extended Interviews from Not Quite Hollywood
Return to Monteclare: Location Revisit, 2018
Deleted Scenes
Before the Night is Out: Ballroom Footage, 1979
Original Theatrical Trailer
UK VHS Trailer
German Theatrical Trailer
Alternate German Opening
Image Gallery
Tony Williams Short Films
REVERSIBLE COVER




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Was "You Only Live Twice" Inspired By "Lost In Space"? (video)




The Jupiter 16 space capsule hijack scene in the James Bond film "You Only Live Twice" (1967)…

...bears a strong similarity to the Jupiter 2 hijack scene...

...in "Lost In Space" Season 1: Episode 2 "The Derelict" (1965).

(Watch them both and see if you agree.)

Coincidence? Or inspiration?


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Friday, February 22, 2019

John Wayne's Coolest Scenes #25: Daddy, "Big Jake" (1971) (video)




Big Jake McCandles (John Wayne) is reunited...

...with his eldest son, James (Patrick Wayne).

The reunion is decidedly unsentimental on the son's part.

James takes particular delight in needling the old man.

Not a good idea!


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Thursday, February 21, 2019

INVASION OF THE BLOOD FARMERS -- Blu-ray Review by Porfle




Bad movie fans love to wander through that magical, dreamlike territory created when a low-budget, made-on-a-shoestring horror movie transcends its badness to become an almost blissfully immersive experience in "so bad it's good"-ness.

One movie that easily transports willing viewers to that wacky wonderland of the twisted mind is INVASION OF THE BLOOD FARMERS (Severin Films, 1972).  This makeshift affair was filmed on three weekends with actors paid mostly with six packs of beer (the highest-paid thespian in the cast received a whopping $25) on rural locations in upstate New York.

Director and co-writer (with Ed Kelleher) Ed Adlum, who also produced and co-wrote SHRIEK OF THE MUTILATED, planned for this to be an alien invasion movie, but economy forced him to make it about druids who are kidnapping people and draining them of their blood in an isolated farmhouse, hoping to find the right blood type that will reanimate their sleeping Queen Onhorrid and please the underworld gods that they worship.


It's an uneasy juxtaposition of MOTEL HELL (these druid-drones are some real backwood hick-types), complete with a torture barn where screaming victims are chained up and horrifically power-drained of their blood with what appears to be a cow-milking machine, and some diabolical Gothic-tinged scenes with an effeminate cult leader, Creton (Paul Craig Jennings), and his capo who both appear to have studied at the Bunny Breckinridge School of Acting.

Meanwhile, blissfully square med student Don Tucker (Bruce Detrick) is engaged to waiflike Jenny (Tanna Hunter) while assisting her scientist father Dr. Anderson (Norman Kelley) in studying a sample of druid-victim blood that is constantly increasing in volume.

Little do they realize that Dr. Anderson's friend and consultant on the case is Creton's right-hand man, who conspires to sabotage his research and kidnap Jenny as a potential blood donor for the druids' slumbering queen.


Add to that a gang of comical ne'er-do-wells down at the local bar, including a drunken police deputy who refers to the bar as a "police annex", and we have a cast of characters whose Ed Wood-level acting and dialogue are a constant delight, especially during the more dramatic scenes which just can't help but turn out delightfully funny.

Writer-director Adlum himself confirms that there was no intentional humor in the film (save for one reference to Bloody Marys) and that things just sort of turned out that way while they were earnestly trying to get the film done with the rushed schedule and meager resources available.  As it is, the film's technical qualities vary wildly with different people behind the camera and some occasionally rough editing, among other things.

Yet it all comes together to create a strangely satisfying and pleasingly odd horror film experience that reminded me somewhat of EQUINOX (without the SPFX) by way of TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE and garnished with the sort of florid Goth touches found in old horror comics.  All of which is juxtaposed with that hokey Hicksville ambience that seems rife for an invasion by evil blood farming druids.


The Blu-ray from Severin Films features a very nice-looking print taken from the original negative.  English subtitles are available.  The bonus menu includes a commentary track with Ed Adlum and actress Ortrum Tippel, moderated by Kier-La Janisse (author of "House of Psychotic Women"). There's also a very interesting and engaging interview with Adlum, an interview with actor Jack Neubeck (who played druid-drone Egon), an interview with cinematographer Frederick Elmes, and the film's trailer.

INVASION OF THE BLOOD FARMERS is one of those delightful bad-movie romps that just can't help being consistently entertaining in one way or another. The big finale, shot mostly in one take, is just too oddly off-kilter for words.  And even the happy ending left me agog.  It's the sort of blandly bizarre narrative one might dream after being hit over the head with a blunt instrument. 


Buy it from Severin Films

Release date: 2/26/19

Special Features:
Audio Commentary with Director Ed Adlum and Actress Ortrum Tippel, Moderated by Kier-La Janisse, Author of House of Psychotic Women
Nothing You’d Show Your Mom: Eddie Adlum’s Journey through Exploitation, Coin-Op & Rock n’ Roll
Harvesting the Dead: Interview with Actor Jack Neubeck
Painful Memories: An Interview with Cinematographer Frederick Elmes
Trailer




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The OTHER Tarzan Yells (Besides Johnny Weissmuller) (video)




One of the most distinctive things about the ever-popular Tarzan is his yell.

Most fans agree that Johnny Weissmuller had the definitive Tarzan yell.

But there were others...

Larry "Buster" Crabbe
Herman Brix (aka Bruce Bennett)
Glen Morris
Jock Mahoney

Some just borrowed the old Weissmuller yell...

Gordon Scott
Denny Miller
Ron Ely

And the first screen Tarzan, Elmo Lincoln, shows us what his 1918 silent cry sounded like...


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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

All The Teenage Werewolf Scenes In "I Was A Teenage Werewolf" (Michael Landon, 1957) (video)




Troubled teen Tony (Michael Landon) has an anger management problem...

...made worse when his own doctor uses him as a guinea pig in a regression experiment.

Tony becomes a half-human, half-wolf monster with an urge to kill.

Aware of the beast he now becomes, Tony returns to the doctor (Whit Bissell)…

...but one last experiment leads to horror.


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Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson Lay Down the Law in "THE HIGHWAYMEN" Trailer -- See It HERE




Netflix Presents

"THE HIGHWAYMEN"


Official Selection - 2019 SXSW Film Festival
Starring Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, Kathy Bates and Kim Dickens 


Directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side)


Launching globally on Netflix on March 29 with exclusive theatrical engagements beginning March 15th


The outlaws made headlines. The lawmen made history.

From director John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side), THE HIGHWAYMEN follows the untold true story of the legendary detectives who brought down Bonnie and Clyde.

When the full force of the FBI and the latest forensic technology aren’t enough to capture the nation’s most notorious criminals, two former Texas Rangers (Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson) must rely on their gut instincts and old school skills to get the job done.

WATCH THE TRAILER:


Distributor: Netflix
Cast: Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, Kathy Bates, Kim Dickens
Directed By: John Lee Hancock
Written By: John Fusco
Producer: Casey Silver
Executive Producers: Michael J. Malone and Matthew Reynolds
Music By: Thomas Newman
Cinematography By: John Schwartzman
Production Design By: Michael Corenblith
Costume Design By: Michael Orlandi




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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

"DO IT YOURSELF" Is the Dark Horse Action DVD Release for March -- See Trailer HERE




"DO IT YOURSELF" Comes Out on DVD and VOD 

Tarantinoesque Crime Actioner From Greece Explodes Off the Screen 


Think of countries where guns-blazing, action-packed genre films are made and Greece probably is not on the top of the list. But AFI grad Dimitris Tsilifonis proves to be the exception with this hyperventilating crime thriller. Artsploitation Films will release the film March 5th on DVD and select VOD outlets.

Synopsis: Small-time crook and ex-con Alkis is double-crossed by an ex-cellmate and finds himself trapped in a working porn studio where his shady, trigger-happy accomplices have no intention of letting him out alive. The disheveled crook has only one option – to escape by any means possible.


 
WATCH THE TRAILER HERE

Order Do It Yourself on Amazon

Title: Do It Yourself
Director/Screenwriter: Dimitris Tsilifonis
Country: Greece
Year: 2017
Running Time: 98 minutes
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Language: Greek with English subtitles
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
UPC: 851597006704



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Margaret Hamilton's OTHER Witch: Abbott & Costello, "Comin' Round the Mountain" (1951) (video)




Margaret Hamilton is best known as the Wicked Witch of the West...

...in the 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz."

In 1951, she played another great witch character...

...but this time for laughs.

And she more than holds her own with Abbott & Costello.


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Monday, February 18, 2019

Una O'Connor Totally Befuddles The Frankenstein Monster ("Bride Of Frankenstein", 1935) (video)




After surviving a lynch mob and falling through a burning mill...

...the Monster is understandably peeved and in a mood to lash out.

But then he meets Una O'Connor.

The Monster doesn't know what to make of her.

He just stands there in silent awe.


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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Shatner Vs. Shatner: Half-Breed Twins In A War Of Words ("White Comanche", 1968) (video)




Johnny Moon (Shatner) confronts his evil brother Notah (also Shatner).

Shatner is really in his acting element here.

The stilted dialogue is rife with colorful and oddly-worded putdowns.

We know that things just aren't going to end well between these two.

Read our review of the movie HERE.


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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Did Director Richard Lester Do A Cameo In The Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night"? (1964) (video)




When the Beatles made their first film, American director Richard Lester was hired.

He had earlier directed "The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film", a Beatles favorite.
Lester gave their film the same sense of nonsensical, wildly satirical fun.

But did he give himself a cameo appearance in it, as some directors do?

Yes...but not intentionally.

During the final extended concert sequence, Lester was caught on camera...
...just barely.

It's not much, but he did manage a tiny bit of screen immortality. 


(Two songs removed for copyright reasons.)
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Friday, February 15, 2019

Major Martial Arts Action Event From Well Go USA -- "TRIPLE THREAT" Trailer Out Today (See It HERE!)




Well Go USA Entertainment presents the official trailer & poster for TRIPLE THREAT

In Wide Release for One Night Only Tuesday, March 19 

In Select Theaters and VOD Friday, March 22 

   
A down-and-out team of mercenaries must take on a group of professional assassins and stop them before they kill their target: a billionaire’s daughter intent on bringing down a major crime syndicate.

This breakneck thriller teams over half a dozen of the world’s biggest action stars for the martial arts event film of the year.


WATCH THE TRAILER:
 



Director: Jesse V. Johnson

Cast: Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, Tiger Chen, Celina Jade, Michael Bisping, Michael Jai White & Scott Adkins

Writers: Joey O’Bryan and Paul Staheli
Producers: Mike Selby, Ying Ye, Gary Hamilton & Mike Gabrawy
Distributor: Well Go USA Entertainment

Theatrical Release Date (150+ screens): Tuesday, March 19
DVD/VOD Release Date: Friday, March 22



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Shatner Does Own Stunts In Wild West Saloon Brawl! ("White Comanche", 1968) (video)




Half-breed Johnny Moon (William Shatner) is mistaken for his evil twin brother, Notah.

In the fierce saloon brawl that follows...

...Shatner appears to be doing all of his own stunts.

Read our review of the movie here.


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Thursday, February 14, 2019

The Little Girl Who Met Frankenstein's Monster Twice: Marilyn Harris (video)




In "Frankenstein" (1931), Marilyn Harris plays Maria.

One day while playing, she encounters the Monster.

They have a very pleasant time together, until...

...the Monster mistakenly thinks she can float like a flower.

In "Bride of Frankenstein" (1935), Marilyn meets the Monster again.

But this time, her reaction is very different.


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"21 YEARS: QUENTIN TARANTINO" -- Director Tara Wood Reclaims Rights to Authorized Docu from Weinstein Co., Seeking New Distributor




AUTHORIZED TARANTINO DOC FREED FROM WEINSTEIN WRECKAGE

"21 YEARS: QUENTIN TARANTINO"

Conclusion of Year-Long Legal Battle Restores Rights to Wood Entertainment, Currently Seeking New Distribution

Los Angeles, CA February 14, 2019—Director Tara Wood has successfully reclaimed the rights to the authorized Quentin Tarantino documentary feature, “21 Years: Quentin Tarantino”. The film, a celebration of Tarantino’s works-to-date, looks at the passion behind the worldwide box office dominator. The lightening rod that is Tarantino’s career illuminates the discussion of changes in the industry.

In 2017, Wood, co-director of 2014’s acclaimed “21 Years: Richard Linklater”, asked The Weinstein Co. to release the documentary following the onslaught of sexual harassment allegations against company founder Harvey Weinstein. “TWC should respectfully release us from our deal,” Wood said in a statement at the time, “To allow the project to be handled with the care and consideration it, Mr. Tarantino, and all the participants deserve.” The company refused, and Wood embarked on a prolonged legal battle.


Now, Wood is proud to announce that the film has returned to the creative team at Wood Entertainment, and is ready to find the right home for distribution.

“We are thrilled, and eager to conduct our final interviews and complete the documentary, free from Harvey Weinstein and his complicit cohorts” said Wood last week. “We look forward to finding a new distribution partner, timed with the July 2019 release of Quentin’s next film, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD.”

Quentin Tarantino’s career is unmatched in its wellspring of talent and the diversity of subjects in his eight films to date. In the trendsetting RESERVOIR DOGS and the ground-breaking PULP FICTION, Tarantino revolutionized the status quo. He reworked genre and celebrated badass women in films like JACKIE BROWN, KILL BILL and the gasoline-charged DEATH PROOF. He took on issues of race in America in DJANGO UNCHAINED and boldly rewrote history in INGLORIOUS BASTARDS, leaving us snowbound in the ultimate “who done it” murder mystery, THE HATEFUL 8. His films reap as much controversy as they do accolades. The documentary coincides with the end of an era – the collaboration of Tarantino with the now disgraced Harvey Weinstein.

Longtime staple Tarantino collaborators speak to the essence of his passion and the success of his career: Michael Madsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jamie Foxx, Eli Roth, Zoë Bell, Robert Forster, Diane Kruger, Kurt Russell, Louis Black, Richard Gladstein, Scott Speigel, and Stacey Sher.

Wood concluded, “This project has always been in honor of Mr. Tarantino's career, and as a woman, creator and protector of that vision, I am grateful to have it back in caring, respectful hands.”

21 YEARS: QUENTIN TARANTINO
Genre: Documentary
Rating: NR
Language:English
Year: 2019
Status: Post Production
Production Co.: Wood Entertainment

Featuring:
Zoë Bell
Louis Black
Robert Forster
Jamie Foxx
Richard Gladstein
Samuel L. Jackson
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Diane Kruger
Lucy Liu
Michael Madsen
Tim Roth
Eli Roth
Kurt Russell
Stacey Sher
Scott Speigel
Christoph Waltz

Directed by: Tara Wood
Produced by: Tara Wood, Jake Zortman
Executive Produced by: Veronica “Riki” Rushing, Robert C. McGirr,
Lorraine Lamb
Cinematography by: Jake Zortman
Edited by: May Kuckro, Eric Myerson, Jeremy Ward



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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

First Photos Revealed - "Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase" in Theaters March 15




Three of the first officially-released images from "Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase" 

All-new film coming to theaters on March 15 from Warner Bros., Ellen DeGeneres’ A Very Good Production and Red 56



After the death of his wife, Carson Drew decides to leave Chicago behind and make a fresh start with his daughter in River Heights.  But for 16-year-old Nancy Drew, life in a small town is mighty dull. She longs for excitement, adventure, and the chance to make a difference.

Nancy gets that opportunity when she is asked to help solve the ghostly activity at the Twin Elms mansion.  Can she help explain the creaking footsteps, exploding lightbulbs and the ominous creature?  Is it the handiwork of high-school bully Derek Barnes? Or is it possible that the ghost of original owner Malcolm Colfax is back for revenge?

Recruiting her best friends George and Bess, along with local “mean girl” Helen, Nancy Drew is on the case!


The three images depict the following (click to enlarge):

- Nancy Drew 1: (r to l) In "Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase," Nancy (Sophia Lillis, second from right) is aided in her youthful sleuthing by her pals (L-R) Helen (Laura Slade Wiggins), George (Zoë Renee) and Bess (Mackenzie Graham).

- Nancy Drew 2: In "Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase," Nancy's extracurricular sleuthing gets her in trouble with the law -- and sentenced to custodial duties as community service. In this scene, Nancy (Sophia Lillis) and her friend Helen (Laura Slade Wiggins) are confronted by Sheriff Marchbanks (Jay DeVon Johnson).

- Nancy Drew 3: In "Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase," Nancy (Sophia Lillis) and Helen (Laura Slade Wiggins) must investigate the strange goings-on within Helen's aunt's haunted house.


Photo credit: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
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Very Risque' Swimming Scene In "Valley Of The Dragons" (1961) (video)




In this Jules Verne adaptation, two 19th-century men find themselves in prehistoric times...

...thanks to lots of stock footage from "One Million B.C." and other movies.

Each man eventually finds his own love interest.

Cesare Danova's is Playboy centerfold Joan Staley...

...who would later play Don Knotts' girlfriend in "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken" (1966).

Joan and Cesare share a swim which, at times, is quite revealing.

For a kid-friendly dinosaur movie, the scene is startlingly mature.

It's the sort of thing that would have boys in 1961 coming back for repeat viewings.


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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

First Trailer For "TERROR IN THE SKIES" Takes Flight From Small Town Monsters




Small Town Monsters Launches First Trailer for "Terror in the Skies"

Documentary of Encounters with Winged Creatures Across the Prairie State

Production Company Announces Plans for 2019 Slate

Los Angeles, CA -- Small Town Monsters has released the first trailer for Terror in the Skies and outlined their plans for 2019.  Director Seth Breedlove explores hundreds of years of terrifying reports of encounters with massive, winged creatures around the land of Lincoln. From Alton's man-eating Piasa Bird legends to recent sightings in Chicago of a creature said to resemble Point Pleasant, West Virginia's infamous Mothman, Terror in the Skies unlocks a centuries-old mystery.

The first trailer for Terror in the Skies promises to open viewers' minds to the possibility that such a thing could exist by way of believable witnesses and fascinating photographic, video and audio evidence. Small Town Monsters made waves in 2017 with their documentary The Mothman of Point Pleasant, which Terror in the Skies acts as a "spiritual sequel" to and one that will be concluded in 2020 by the final film in their Mothman trilogy, The Mothman Legacy.

WATCH THE TRAILER:


Small Town Monsters is funding Terror in the Skies, as well as a second film (MOMO: The Missouri Monster) through a Kickstarter campaign launching this week and running through March 9th. The campaign offers backers the opportunity to have their names added to the credits of the films, or have the chance to appear on-camera, alongside posters, apparel, DVD copies of the films and more.

Journey to the heartland of the Midwest in this new documentary which offers an in-depth look at an ongoing phenomenon.  Director Seth Breedlove contacted numerous witnesses and investigators who claim to have seen massive beings in the sky as recently as last year. One of the most recent, and popular stories in recent years has been an ongoing wave of sightings of a red-eyed, shapeless creature dubbed "the Chicago Mothman".


Terror in the Skies is narrated by author, musician and television personality Lyle Blackburn. It is co-written by Seth Breedlove and Mark Matzke, with cinematography by Zac Palmisano, an original score by Brandon Dalo, and sound design by Jason Utes.

SRV Films and Santino Vitale are handling VFX and the film contains original illustrations by Matt Harris and Brian Serway. The film is produced by Seth and Adrienne Breedlove. Authors Loren Coleman and Troy Taylor are featured alongside numerous others.


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John Wayne's Coolest Scenes #24: Taller, "The War Wagon" (1967) (video)





Taw Jackson (John Wayne) has a price on his head.

Hired guns Bruce Dern and Chuck Roberson are aiming to collect.

But Taw and his friend Lomax (Kirk Douglas) have other ideas.


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Monday, February 11, 2019

Sean Connery's Kid Brother In A James Bond Rip-Off? ("Operation Kid Brother", 1967) (video)




Sean Connery's James Bond movies were so popular in the 60s...

...that in 1967, Sean's younger brother Neil was courted to star in a Bond clone.
It was called "Operation Kid Brother", aka "O.K. Connery."

Neil bore a resemblance to Sean, but with little of his screen presence.
And although he sounded much like his brother, Neil's voice was dubbed by another actor...
...because he'd suffered a throat injury prior to the ADR sessions.

The producers cast as many familiar faces as possible from the actual Bond films.

The music was composed by Ennio Morricone and Bruno Nicolai.
The movie itself was your typical Italian "spy-ghetti" romp.

Sean Connery was so upset by it that he didn't speak to any of the participants for some time.
But most earned more for this film than for their Bond movie roles.

And it still has its fans.


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Sunday, February 10, 2019

"Psycho" Musical Homage In "Star Wars: A New Hope" (video)




Bernard Herrmann ended his classic score for "Psycho" (1960) with three chilling notes.

In 1976, he used the same three-note motif in his score for "Taxi Driver."

And one year later, it turned up in an unlikely place--"Star Wars: A New Hope."

Film editor Paul Hirsch used it as part of the "Star Wars" temp track...

...and "Star Wars" composer John Williams left it in.

(possible spoilers)


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Saturday, February 9, 2019

The Long, Legendary Last Walk Of “The Wild Bunch” (1969) (video)


Aging outlaws "The Wild Bunch" reach the end of their trail... 

...and decide to go out in a blaze of glory against an entire regiment of Mexican federales.

The script merely called for them to walk to the village plaza where the gun battle would occur.

But director Sam Peckinpah insisted that something much more momentous was called for.

And thus, he created and staged the Wild Bunch's long, final march to their doom.

The martial-sounding drum beat increases the tension and gravitas of the moment.

Peckinpah's long camera lens compresses the distance between figures.

As a prelude to the explosive final sequence, it's a high point in Western cinema.

"Ah, los gringos otra vez..."


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Friday, February 8, 2019

"I AM MOTHER" -- Netflix Nabs North American Rights to Grant Sputore’s Sci-Fi Thriller




NETFLIX NABS NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO GRANT SPUTORE’S SCI-FI THRILLER “I AM MOTHER”


Netflix has acquired the North American rights to I Am Mother out of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival after previously locking several international territories.

I AM MOTHER is a sci-fi thriller about a teenage girl (Rugaard), who is the first of a new generation of humans to be raised by Mother (Byrne), a robot designed to repopulate the earth after the extinction of humankind. But the pair’s unique relationship is threatened when an injured stranger (Swank) arrives with news that calls into question everything Daughter has been told about the outside world and her Mother’s intentions.

The robot depicted is created by the special effects team at WETA Workshop (Lord of the Rings, Avatar).

Screen Australia, South Australian Film Corporation, Screenwest and Adelaide Film Festival present in association with Rhea Films and Hercules Film Fund produced in association with Southern Light Alliance a Penguin Empire and Southern Light Films production.

Endeavor Content handled the sale on behalf of the filmmakers.

Director: Grant Sputore in his feature film debut

Screenwriter: Michael Lloyd Green, based on a story by Grant Sputore and Michael Lloyd Green

Cast: Two-time Academy Award® winner Hilary Swank (Boys Don’t Cry, Million Dollar Baby), up-and-comer Clara Rugaard (Teen Spirit, Good Favour), Golden Globe® and Emmy® nominee Rose Byrne (Instant Family, X-Men: Apocalypse)

Producers: Kelvin Munro for The Penguin Empire, Timothy White for Southern Light Films

Executive Producers:  Paris Kasidokostas Latsis, Terry Dougas and Jean-Luc De Fanti for Rhea Films, Bryce Menzies, Grant Sputore, Philip Wade, John Wade 

Co-producers: Anna Vincent and Michael Lloyd Green

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"INHERITANCE" -- Lily Collins Joins Simon Pegg in Vaughn Stein's High-Stakes Thriller




LILY COLLINS JOINS SIMON PEGG IN VAUGHN STEIN’S HIGH-STAKES THRILLER "INHERITANCE"

Highland Film Group to continue foreign sales at the EFM this week


BERLIN (February 6, 2019) – Highland Film Group announced today that Golden Globe® nominee Lily Collins (“Les Misérables,” To the Bone, Rules Don’t Apply, Okja) will join Simon Pegg (Mission Impossible, Star Trek, The Cornetto Trilogy) in the high-stakes thriller Inheritance, with British helmer Vaughn Stein directing, fresh off his recent work with Pegg and Margot Robbie in his noir thriller Terminal. Matthew Kennedy penned script, and Richard B. Lewis (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Backdraft, August Rush) is producing through his Southpaw Entertainment banner alongside David Wulf (upcoming The Night Clerk). UTA and Highland Film Group are co-repping the US rights with Highland Film Group handling foreign sales, which will continue in Berlin at the EFM this week.

Inheritance explores what happens when the patriarch of a wealthy and powerful family suddenly passes away, leaving his wife and daughter with a shocking secret inheritance that threatens to unravel and destroy their lives.

This marks HFG’s second collaboration with Stein, previously partnering on his debut film Terminal, which released last year.


Collins currently stars in BBC’s television adaptation of “Les Misérables” alongside David Oyelowo and Dominic West, which will premiere in the US on Masterpiece on PBS April 14th, and the Ted Bundy thriller Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile, which premiered in Sundance last month. Past credits include To the Bone, Okja, Love, Rosie, Mirror Mirror and Wareen Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe®. Up next, she will star alongside Nicholas Hoult in Fox Searchlight’s Tolkien, releasing in May.

Pegg most recently reprised the role of Benji Dunn, starring alongside Tom Cruise in the Paramount critical and box office success Mission: Impossible – Fallout, and also starred in Stein’s Terminal last year. Previous credits include: Star Trek, Ready Player One, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and more. 

Collins is represented by CAA, LBI Entertainment and Definition Entertainment and Pegg is represented by UTA and Dawn Sedgwick Management.

HFG’s diversified production and sales slate includes: Joe Carnahan’s Boss Level starring Frank Grillo, Naomi Watts and Mel Gibson; Michael Cristofer’s The Night Clerk starring Tye Sheridan, Ana de Armas and Helen Hunt; Marc Meyer’s thriller We Summon the Darkness starring Alexandra Daddario; Shawn Ku’s action thriller A Score to Settle starring Nicolas Cage; Vaughn Stein’s Terminal starring Margot Robbie, which released earlier this year; the star-studded Berlin, I Love You with Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, Jim Sturgess, Mickey Rourke, Diego Luna, and Jenna Dewan Tatum; Lin Oeding’s thriller Braven starring Jason Momoa; and Steven C. Miller’s action thriller Escape Plan 2: Hades starring Sylvester Stallone and Dave Bautista.

About Highland Film Group

Led by founding partners Arianne Fraser and Delphine Perrier, Highland Film Group (HFG) is an independent worldwide sales, production and film financing company. Launched in 2010, HFG has had success across a wide range of film genres and platforms, building a reputation for handling high-octane films in the action/horror/thriller space, focusing on cast, director, filmmaker driven content.



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Three Stooges' Shemp As A Giant Hideous Bat! ("SPOOKS!", 1953) (video)




The Stooges are stuck in a mad doctor's house in this 3D comedy.

Moe almost fluffs a line.

Here comes that bat with the strangely familiar face.

"Hee-bee-bee-bee!"


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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Psychological Horror Feature Film "SOMETHING" in Select Theaters Friday, March 1st - Starring Michael Gazin, Jane Rowen, Joel Clark Ackerman, Eric Roberts




"SOMETHING"
A film by Stephen Portland

Written and directed by Stephen Portland
Starring: Michael Gazin, Jane Rowen, Joel Clark Ackerman, Eric Roberts

Opening in Select Theaters - Friday, March 1, 2019
Los Angeles | Laemmle Music Hall

New York | Cinema Village
*On Demand | Digital | VOD -  Tuesday, March 5th

VIEW OFFICIAL TRAILER

iTunes Pre-Order link:  Coming Soon

86 minutes | Color | HD | English 

SYNOPSIS
A man and woman are struggling to adjust to life with their new baby. The woman, possibly suffering from post-natal depression, breaks down and afterwards begins feeling as though there is someone at their house, watching them.

She claims to have seen an intruder in the baby’s room over the baby monitor, but the man blames it on her stress and tiredness. Despite her pleas, the man refuses to cancel an upcoming business trip.
She continues to do irrational things she doesn’t remember doing, frustrating the man who accuses her of trying to sabotage his trip to keep him at home.

But that changes when he also glimpses the intruder inside their house.   Now, unsure of whether they are being hounded by a stranger or being driven insane, the two of them fear for their safety and that of their new baby.

Social Media:
Instagram: www.instagram.com/something.film
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/something.film
Website:     www.something.film
IMDb:         www.imdb.com/title/tt6185266/


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Was Ted Baxter (Ted Knight) In "Psycho"? (video)




Most of us fondly remember Ted Knight as "Ted Baxter"...

...on the classic sitcom "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."

But not everyone knows Ted is in Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho."

Of course, he doesn't show up until almost the end.

But if you look fast, you'll see...

Ted!


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"NANCY DREW AND THE HIDDEN STAIRCASE" Out In Theaters March 15 -- See The Trailer HERE!




Classic Girl Detective Nancy Drew Is Back On March 15 In An All-New Adventure!

"NANCY DREW AND THE HIDDEN STAIRCASE" - Out In Theaters March 15

The iconic mystery solving teenager from the classic Nancy Drew books is back with an all-new movie in theaters March 15 from Warner Bros.!

Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase is Co-Produced by Ellen DeGeneres, and the film stars Sophia Lillis (IT and “Sharp Objects”), Sam Trammell (“True Blood” and “This is Us”), and Linda Lavin (“The Good Wife” and Alice), and follows Nancy Drew in her new town, making new friends and on a mission to solve the case!

WATCH THE TRAILER:


Synopsis:
After the death of his wife, Carson Drew decides to leave Chicago behind and make a fresh start with his daughter in River Heights.  But for 16-year-old Nancy Drew, life in a small town is mighty dull. She longs for excitement, adventure, and the chance to make a difference.

Nancy gets that opportunity when she is asked to help solve the ghostly activity at the Twin Elms mansion.  Can she help explain the creaking footsteps, exploding lightbulbs and the ominous creature?  Is it the handiwork of high-school bully Derek Barnes? Or is it possible that the ghost of original owner Malcolm Colfax is back for revenge? Recruiting her best friends George and Bess, along with local “mean girl” Helen, Nancy Drew is on the case!

Nancy Drew has been a  #1 female heroine for young girls since the 1930s.  There have been over 80 million books sold. The books have been translated in over 45 languages. There have also been other movies, a TV series and Nancy Drew video games.

Generation after generation Nancy Drew is re-introduced to new fans – and new and old fans alike will love this all-new feature film!



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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

John Wayne's Coolest Scenes #24: Shoot Him!, "McLINTOCK!" (1963) (video)




John Wayne stars in this seriocomic western about a colorful cattle baron.

His headstrong but flighty daughter is played by Stephanie Powers.

Duke's son Patrick plays the young man she doesn't know she's in love with yet.

Here, she thinks her honor has been impugned and demands that Duke shoot him.


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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Bear Wrestling Scene Deleted From "THE WOLF MAN" (Lon Chaney, 1941) (video)




"The Wolf Man" is the story of Larry Talbot, who is bitten by a werewolf...

...and then becomes one.

During an early scene, villagers visit a gypsy camp for amusement.
Larry encounters Gwen (Evelyn Ankers), in whom he has taken an interest.

In a deleted scene, Larry accepts a challenge to wrestle a bear for money.
His feral side takes over, and, in an alarming display, defeats the bear.

Some say the scene was never completed since the unwilling bear kept running away.
Others claim the scene appeared in screenings during the 1940s...
...and was lost when the film was sold to television.

All that is now known to exist from the scene is this still...
...and a brief clip used in the film's trailer.


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"BROKEN GHOST" Coming to a Screen Near You in Berlin and Across North America -- Watch the Trailer HERE




Film Mode Entertainment Announces The North American Release Of
BROKEN GHOST


Coming of age Ghost Story starring SCOTTIE THOMPSON, NICK FARNELL, DEVON BAGBY & AUTRY HAYDON-WILSON Achieves North American Release via on February 12, 2019

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK/BERLIN (February 5, 2019) – Clay Epstein’s Film Mode Entertainment is pleased to announce the North American release of BROKEN GHOST.  Written by ABE POGOS & CATHERINE HILL (SUGAR MOUNTAIN) this captivating and haunting film tells the story of one girl’s struggle with bullies and her rise to confront her demons, starring SCOTTIE THOMPSON(12 MONKEYS, THE BLACK LIST, STAR TREK).

The talented female-driven cast is further bolstered by NICK FARNELL (WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, THE MULE), DEVON BAGBY(RAY DONOVAN) JOY BRUNSON (THIS IS US, SHAMELESS), GEORGE GRIFFITH (TWIN PEAKS)and introduces a stellar performance by up-and-comer AUTRY HAYDON-WILSON. 


The film will screen for buyers in Berlin this week and will be available for audiences across North America next week.

BROKEN GHOST will be distributed by Film Mode Entertainment and available across major digital platforms and VOD in North America starting on Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

Directed by the prolific RICHARD GRAY(THE LOOKALIKE, SUGAR MOUNTAIN, ROBERT THE BRUCE), BROKEN GHOST focuses on a family desperate to leave behind their past secrets for a fresh start in a small town in Montana. 

“We’re thrilled that folks are going to be able to experience our movie, we had a ball making it” said Gray.  “I was so taken by the originality of the script.  Imogen’s story of rising above harrowing bullying and depression really took hold of me, and to be able to tell it on such a large canvas.  I love ghost stories, but the human elements, including the empowerment of the female leads in BROKEN GHOST are what make the film so special to us.”

“The entire Film Mode Entertainment team is excited to be working with Richie Gray and the Yellow Brick Films team again on another enthralling film that raises the genre bar to the next level.” Said Epstein. “With his keen sense of taught storytelling and perfectly placed scares, and a remarkable cast that draws the audience in from the start, we are looking forward to moviegoers across North America having the opportunity to see the film for themselves.”

Desperate for a new life, Imogen (HAYDON-WILSON) and her family move to Montana in an attempt to escape a secretive past from the big city.  Eager to make a new life for herself, Imogen must overcome new tormentors, old secrets, and a strange presence in the attic.  In one girl’s fight to rise up, this family eventually discovers that the ghosts of their pasts are not the only ones they have to deal with.

Film Mode Entertainment is distributing the film as well as representing worldwide rights on BROKEN GHOST.
 
About Film Mode Entertainment

Film Mode Entertainment is a leading worldwide sales agent, production entity and distribution company, focusing on commercially driven feature films of all genres and budget sizes. Film Mode represents projects at all stages of the filmmaking process, often as Executive Producer, with the aim of helping producers and distributors achieve maximum exposure for their films. Film Mode’s recent successes include SUGAR MOUNTAIN starring Jason Momoa, LITTLE PINK HOUSE starring Academy Award nominee Catherine Keener and VIKING DESTINYstarring Academy Award nominee Terence Stamp.  Upcoming releases include CRYPTO starring Kurt Russell, Beau Knapp, and Alexis Bledel, STAGE MOTHERstarring Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver, Lucy Liu, and Adrian Grenier, and BURN starring Josh Hutcherson and Suki Waterhouse. Additional titles include THE GOOD NEIGHBOR starring Academy Award nominee James Caan, and GANGSTER LAND starring Milo Gibson, Sean Faris, Jason Patric, and Jamie-Lynn Sigler.  DocMode, Film Mode’s Documentary label was launched to focus on award-winning Documentaries that impact the world.  BALLERINA, the first film under the label had its American debut in 2018.  Film Mode is based in Beverly Hills, CA. Click here for more information: http://www.filmmodeentertainment.com


About Yellow Brick Films
The Yellow Brick Films team have produced eight independent feature films across the US and Australia. Whilst they draw on their collective experiences and skills, they exercise a highly tuned collaborative approach to filmmaking by maintaining a strong and knowledgeable team of like-minded people across all projects. Through the successes of their previous ventures, Yellow Brick Films continues to produce quality, independent feature films each year. Click here for more information: http://www.yellowbrickfilms.net

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