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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Prop Store News: "HARRY POTTER" Props From Warner Bros. Archive To Be Auctioned For Charity



First time ever that Harry Potter’s Wand and Eyeglasses made for Daniel Radcliffe during production on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 & 2 (2010-2011) direct from Warner Bros. archive will go under the hammer in upcoming Los Angeles auction

Harry Potter’s wand and eyeglasses made for Daniel Radcliffe during production on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 & 2 (2010-2011), valued at $30,000 – 50,000 each, made available through donation from Warner Bros. archive and will include original Certificates of Authenticity from Warner Bros.

100% of the Hammer Price proceeds from the sale of the wand, eyeglasses, and a limited edition boxed set of the seven Harry Potter books signed by J.K. Rowling will benefit the charity, Lumos Foundation USA, Inc., founded by J.K. Rowling

Total of 10 original Harry Potter props and memorabilia are up for sale, along with over 1,300 other unique and original film & TV items to be made available to bidders in an upcoming Los Angeles auction next month

Original Harry Potter Hogwarts letter expected to sell for $8,000 – 10,000

Bids can be placed online from anywhere in the world or by phone

Brandon Alinger, Prop Store COO, commented on the upcoming auction:
"This month’s auction is the first time Harry Potter fans will have a chance to bid on a Harry Potter wand and set of eyeglasses that have come directly from the Warner Bros. Studios archive. Bidders on those items, and a limited edition boxed set of the seven Harry Potter books signed by J.K. Rowling, will also be directly supporting Lumos, an international charity founded by J.K. Rowling that is fighting for every child’s right to a loving family to ensure they have the care and protection they need to thrive. We are incredibly honored for this chance to help Lumos further its work supporting vulnerable children and families while bringing a new opportunity to fans of Harry Potter. These pieces, along with over 1,300 other props, costumes and memorabilia will be sold in Prop Store’s Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction on June 29th, June 30th, and July 1st, 2020."


Harry Potter's Wand made for Daniel Radcliffe during production on HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS - PART 1 (2010) est: $30,000 – 50,000 (£21,500 – 35,900)

Harry Potter's Eyeglasses made for Daniel Radcliffe during production on HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS - PART 2 (2011) est: $30,000 – 50,000 (£21,500 – 35,900)


Notable items to be sold at the Prop Store auction (with estimated sale prices) include:

    Harry Potter's Eyeglasses Made for Daniel Radcliffe During Production on HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS - PART 2 (2011) est: $30,000 – 50,000 (£21,500 – 35,900)
    Harry Potter's Wand Made for Daniel Radcliffe During Production on HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS - PART 1 (2011) est: $30,000 – 50,000 (£21,500 – 35,900)
    J.K. Rowling-Signed Limited Edition Hardcover Boxed Set (1997 - 2007) est:  $8,000 – 10,000 (£5,600 – 7,000)
    Harry Potter's (Daniel Radcliffe) Hero Hogwarts Acceptance Letter from HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE (2001) est:  $8,000 – 10,000 (£5,600 – 7,000)
    Poster Photoshoot Nimbus 2000 from HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE (2001) est:  $5,000 – 7,000 (£3,500 – 4,900)
    "Dumbledore Daft or Dangerous" Daily Prophet from HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX (2007) est:  $4,000 – 6,000 (£2,800 – 4,200)
    Ron Weasley's (Rupert Grint) Howler Letter from HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS (2002) est:  $4,000 – 6,000(£2,800 – 4,200)
    Golden Snitch Executive Gift from HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE (2001) est:  $2,000 – 3,000 (£1,400 – 2,100)
    Daniel Radcliffe and Cast Autographed Call Sheet from HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE (2001) est:  $1,200 – 1,800 (£800 – 1,200)
    Daniel Radcliffe and Cast Autographed Book from HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN (2004) est:  $1,000 – 1,500 (£700 – 1,000)


Left to Right: Harry Potter's (Daniel Radcliffe) Hero Hogwarts Acceptance Letter from HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE (2001) est:  $8,000 – 10,000 (£5,600 – 7,000); Daniel Radcliffe and Cast Autographed Book from HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN (2004) est:  $1,000 – 1,500 (£700 – 1,000); "Dumbledore Daft or Dangerous" Daily Prophet from HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX (2007) est:  $4,000 – 6,000 (£2,800 – 4,200); Ron Weasley's (Rupert Grint) Howler Letter from HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS (2002) est:  $4,000 – 6,000( £2,800 – 4,200); Golden Snitch Executive Gift from HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE (2001) est:  $2,000 – 3,000 (£1,400 – 2,100); Poster Photoshoot Nimbus 2000 from HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE (2001) est:  $5,000 – 7,000 (£3,500 – 4,900); J.K. Rowling-Signed Limited Edition Hardcover Boxed (1997 - 2007) est:  $8,000 – 10,000 (£5,600 – 7,000)


Online bidding is now open at The auction will be broadcast live over three days on Tuesday June 29th, Wednesday June 30th and Thursday July 1st, 2021 from 10:00 am PDT.

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About Prop Store

Prop Store sells original movie props and costumes and related memorabilia, regularly hosting live and online prop and costume auctions. Operating since 1998, Prop Store founder Stephen Lane’s love for movies led him to begin hunting for the same props and costumes that were used to create his favourite films. He found that he could not only provide collectors with access to their most coveted pieces, but also establish archival standards for a new, pop-culture hybrid of fine art and memorabilia collecting – prop art. Prop Store handles prop disposal, sale, archive and auction services to production companies and distributors as well as fixed price item sale on its website,


About Lumos

Lumos is fighting for every child’s right to a family by transforming care systems around the world. We are an international charity striving for a future where every child is raised in a safe, loving home, supported by family to help them thrive.
On average more than 80% of children in orphanages have living parents, and research proves that these institutions can harm a child’s growth and development. Yet there are still an estimated 5.4 million children trapped in institutions globally.
Lumos sheds light on the root causes of family separation – poverty, conflict and discrimination – and demonstrates that children can safely be united with families. By pressing governments to reform care systems, and by building global expertise and capacity with partners, we ensure no child is forgotten.
Founded by author J.K. Rowling, we are lighting a path to a brighter future where all children can grow up in a safe and loving family.
We believe in a family for all children. We are Lumos.


Principal Photography Commences On "THE MARSH KING'S DAUGHTER" With Brooklynn Prince, Gil Birmingham, and Caren Pistorius Joining The Cast




Los Angeles (June 16, 2021) – STXfilms, Black Bear Pictures and Anonymous Content today announced the start of production on Neil Burger’s (Limitless, The Illusionist) highly anticipated psychological thriller The Marsh King’s Daughter, which is now underway in Canada. Brookylnn Prince (The Florida Project, “Home Before Dark”), Gil Birmingham (Wind River, upcoming Eternals) and Caren Pistorius (Unhinged) have also joined the star-studded cast alongside previously announced Daisy Ridley (Star Wars trilogy) and Ben Mendelsohn (Babyteeth, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story).

The forthcoming adaptation of Karen Dionne’s best-selling novel of the same name was written by Elle Smith & Mark L. Smith (The Revenant, Midnight Sky) and is produced by Black Bear Pictures’ Teddy Schwarzman (The Imitation Game, I Care a Lot), Anonymous Content’s Keith Redmon (The Revenant, Midnight Sky) and Mark L. Smith. Executive Producers are Black Bear’s Michael Heimler, Syndicate Entertainment’s Cliff Roberts, and Charles Miller. Black Bear will fully finance the project.

The Marsh King’s Daughter follows Helena (Daisy Ridley), a woman living a seemingly ordinary life with her husband and young daughter, but hiding a dark secret within: that her father is the infamous “Marsh King,” the man who kept Helena and her mother captive in the wilderness for years. Helena is forced to face her demons when her father escapes from prison unexpectedly. Knowing that he will hunt for her and her family, Helena must find the strength to confront her past and the man she once idolized.

Prince currently stars in the Apple TV+ series “Home Before Dark,” which made its season two debut last week. She is best known for her starring role in the Academy Award® nominated The Florida Project, and has since appeared in films including The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, The Turning, and The One and Only Ivan.

Birmingham has a long and accomplished career with notable credits including Wind River, the Twilight franchise, Hell or High Water, The Lone Ranger, The Space Between Us, and “Yellowstone.” Gil recently wrapped five episodes of the limited Netflix series “Pieces of Her” opposite Toni Collette, currently shooting in Australia. He will next be seen in Marvel’s highly anticipated Eternals from director Chlo√© Zhao. 

Pistorius starred opposite Russell Crowe in the action thriller Unhinged, and is known for roles in Gloria Bell, High Ground, Mortal Engines, and Slow West.

Prince is represented by UTA, ThirtyThree Management and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman; Birmingham is represented by Amsel, Eisenstadt, Frazier & Hinojosa Talent Agency (AEFH); and Pistorius is represented by CAA.
STXfilms, a division of Eros STX Global Corporation, recently acquired the U.S. distribution rights for the highly anticipated film from Black Bear and Anonymous Content, and will directly distribute the film in the UK, Ireland and India. The Marsh King’s Daughter falls under the output and distribution agreement between Black Bear Pictures and STXinternational.

Black Bear Pictures’ current slate includes J Blakeson’s I Care A Lot which debuted at #1 on Netflix earlier this year and received a Golden Globes win for ‘Best Actress’ for Rosamund Pike; Martin Campbell’s upcoming thriller Memory starring Liam Neeson, now in production; Annette Bening starrer Nyad which is currently in pre-production and will be directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin; and Heidi Ewing’s I Carry You With Me which will be released by Sony Pictures Classics and received two Spirit Award nominations.

About Black Bear Pictures

Black Bear Pictures develops, produces and finances original and engaging content for film and television. Since its 2011 launch, Black Bear’s slate has grossed over $350 million worldwide, been nominated for thirteen Academy Awards®, ten Golden Globes®, ten BAFTAs®, and premiered at such prestigious festivals as Cannes, Sundance, Venice, Telluride, Toronto, New York, and London. Black Bear’s library includes such films as: The Imitation Game, I Care A Lot, Mudbound, All Is Lost, The Rental, Suburbicon and Ben Is Back.  In addition, Black Bear owns Elevation Pictures Corp, the leading independent film and TV distribution company in Canada.

For more information:, Instagram: @blackbearpics, Twitter: @blackbearpics

About STXfilms

STXfilms, a division of Eros STX Global Corporation, is a next-generation film studio that produces, acquires, distributes, and markets motion pictures at scale. From blockbusters like Greenland, Hustlers, Bad Moms, and The Upside to hits like The Gentlemen, Molly’s Game, and The Gift, STXfilms produces star-driven films for a global audience. In just 5 short years, its slate of films has already grossed over $1.8b in global theatrical box office. With a wide range of partners including Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Showtime (which handle the physical and premium television releases of STXfilms content, respectively), the studio is a fast-growing, industry powerhouse. Upcoming films include Queenpins starring Kristen Bell, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Paul Walter Hauser, and Vince Vaughn,  a new action-comedy film directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Jason Statham, Hugh Grant, Aubrey Plaza, and Josh Hartnett, The Marsh King's Daughter starring Daisy Ridley and directed by Neil Burger, American Sole starring Pete Davidson, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Camila Mendes, Offset, and Bad Bunny, The Godmother starring Jennifer Lopez, Universe’s Most Wanted starring Dave Bautista, and Violence of Action starring Chris Pine.

Follow STXfilms for more film content: Twitter (@STXfilms), Instagram (@STXfilms), Facebook (/STXfilms), and YouTube (/STXfilms)

For the latest news and releases from ErosSTX: Twitter (@ErosSTX), Instagram (@ErosSTX), and Facebook (/ErosSTXOfficial)

About Anonymous Content

Anonymous Content is a visionary and disruptive media company that produces mult-platform premium content and boasts an exceptional client roster which includes many of the world’s most renowned and innovative directors, writers, actors, and comedians. The company’s award-winning Film & TV division boasts many commercially successful and critically acclaimed works including BABEL, WINTER’S BONE, BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, THE REVENANT and Best Picture Academy Award winning SPOTLIGHT. Current Anonymous Content films include the recently released THE MIDNIGHT SKY (Netflix) as well as the upcoming STILLWATER (Focus Features) and SWAN SONG (Apple). The company’s TV credits include “True Detective” (HBO), “Mr. Robot” (USA Network), “Schitt’s Creek” (POP), “Dickinson” (Apple), “Home Before Dark” (Apple), and “Defending Jacob” (Apple).  Through its Commercial work, Anonymous Content is also the driving creative force behind countless leading global brands. For more information, visit


Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Feel That Muscle" (video)


Curly holds his arm up...

...and says "Feel that muscle!" to Moe.

Moe feels Curly's stomach instead...

...and says "Pretty good!"



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



Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Alexandra Daddario & Diego Boneta Heat Up The Summer In "DIE IN A GUNFIGHT" -- Watch the Trailer HERE!




Official Trailer Debut
In Theaters and On Demand: Friday, July 16, 2021

From Lionsgate


In Die in a Gunfight, Mary (Alexandra Daddario) and Ben (Diego Boneta) are the star-crossed black sheep of two powerful families engaged in a centuries-long feud – and they’re about to reignite an affair after many years apart. 

Their forbidden love will trigger the dominoes that will draw in Mukul (Wade Allain-Marcus), Ben’s best friend, who owes him a life debt; Terrence (Justin Chatwin), Mary’s would-be protector-turned-stalker; Wayne (Travis Fimmel), an Aussie hitman with an open mind and a code of ethics; and his free-spirited girlfriend, Barbie (Emmanuelle Chriqui). 

As fists and bullets fly, it becomes clear that violent delights will have violent ends.


Alexandra Daddario, Diego Boneta, Justin Chatwin, Wade Allain-Marcus, Billy Crudup, with Emmanuelle Chriqui and Travis Fimmel

Collin Schiffli

Written By:
Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari

Tom Butterfield, p.g.a., Mark Gordon, p.g.a., Jonathan Bronfman, Jason Ross Jallet, Allyson Seeger, Adrian Politowski, Martin Metz


Sexy Eddie Pool Scene ("Fast Times At Ridgemont High"/"Christmas Vacation") (video)


If you've seen FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982)...


 ...chances are you remember "that" scene with Phoebe Cates and Judge Reinhold.

And if you've seen any of the VACATION movies (CHRISTMAS VACATION in particular) you're also probably familiar with Randy Quaid as Clark Griswold's cousin "Eddie."

So, we thought: why not combine the two? seemed like a good idea at the time.

(caution: adult content)

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



Sunday, June 13, 2021

Great 3 Stooges Running Gags: "Flypaper Face" (video)


Even the Three Stooges should know...

...that flypaper's great for catching flies...

...but not so great when it's stuck to your face.



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


Saturday, June 12, 2021

Emile Hirsch, Thomas Jane, and Liana Liberato in new Thriller "DIG" - First Look for Cannes


Emile Hirsch and Liana Liberato Join Thomas Jane and Harlow Jane in New Thriller


With Film Mode and Screen Media to Show First-Look Footage in Cannes

LOS ANGELES (June 11, 2021) –Screen Media Ventures, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment company, has acquired international rights for the new thriller, DIG, starring Thomas Jane and Harlow Jane. Clay Epstein’s Film Mode Entertainment will launch international sales for the film at Cannes. The film is made in partnership with Film Mode, BondIt Media Capital, and producer Daniel Cummings and is in post-production. First-look footage of the film is scheduled to be shown during Cannes.
Emile Hirsch (INTO THE WILD, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD) and Liana Liberato (IF I STAY), join Thomas Jane (THE EXPANSE, THE VANISHED) and his daughter, Harlow Jane (I LOVE US, TEXAS RISING) in DIG. The duo play father and daughter in the movie. DIG is directed by K. Asher Levin. The script was penned by brothers Banipal Ablakhad and Benhur Ablakhad.
Contracted for home demolition, a widowed father (Thomas Jane) and his daughter suffering from major hearing loss (Harlow Jane) arrive at the construction site. They are soon taken hostage by a dangerous couple (Hirsch and Liberato), who will stop at nothing to retrieve what lies beneath the property. The father and daughter must work together to outsmart their captors and survive the grueling night.
“Emile and Liana are the perfect additions to round out a great cast in DIG. The film is a powerful thriller with a fresh take on the genre that global audiences are craving. We’re thrilled to be working with Daniel and Asher again, and the teams at Screen Media and BondIt on another exciting film,” said Epstein.   
“It’s been a great partnership working with Bondit, Film Mode and Screen Media to bring Thomas, Liana, Harlow and Emile to the project. The way the everyone embraced the story and the film allowed Asher to focus on getting stellar performances out of both cast and crew,” said Cummings.
“We are excited to have acquired this outstanding thriller and continue our partnership with Clay, Film Mode and BondIt. The footage looks great and will definitely generate a lot of interest at Cannes,” said David Fannon, President of Screen Media.
Hirsch has a dedicated following stemming from his roles in films like INTO THE WILD, TAKING WOODSTOCK, LORDS OF DOGTOWN and SPEEDRACER to more recent projects like THE COMEBACK TRAIL with Robert De Niro and Morgan Freeman, AMERICAN NIGHT, alongside Jonathan Rhys Myers and THE LEGITIMATE WISE GUY with Harvey Keitel and Ruby Rose.
Previous collaborations between Screen Media and Film Mode include the William Shatner and Christopher Lloyd comedy SENIOR MOMENT, the Barry Pepper, Colm Feore and Laura Vandervoort action-thriller TRIGGER POINT, and the Bruce Willis sci-fi thriller ANTI-LIFE/BREACH.
BondIt and Film Mode Entertainment have an ongoing partnership and first-look relationship as previously announced and have already successfully collaborated on features like the upcoming SLAYERS, starring Malin Akerman, Abigail Breslin and Thomas Jane, the award-winning, newly released STAGE MOTHER starring Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver, Lucy Liu and Adrian Grenier, CRYPTO starring Kurt Russell, Luke Hemsworth, and Alexis Bledel, and the recently released horror film DREAMKATCHER starring Radha Mitchell and Lynn Shaye.
DIG is produced by Daniel Cummings, along with WLAD’s Rob Goodrich and Jason Armstrong, and Buffalo 8 New Mexico’s Robert Dean. Executive Producers include Clay Epstein, BondIt Media Capital’s Matthew Helderman, Luke Taylor and Grady Craig, and Thomas Jane and Courtney Lauren Penn through Renegade Entertainment. Jarnell Stokes and Josh Monkrash are also executive producing.
“So much went into making this film happen. The producers and director performed under pressure, on-schedule, and executed according to plan,” noted Grady Craig. “We’re excited to share our second film with this team.”
Film Mode is handling international sales in partnership with Screen Media Ventures. The film is currently in post-production.
Thomas Jane and Renegade Entertainment are represented by Paradigm.
Harlow Jane is represented by Molly Madden at 3 Arts Entertainment and Liana Diamond at Gersh.
Emile Hirsch is represented by UTA.
Liana Liberato is represented by Innovative Artists / Management 360.
K. Asher Levin is represented by Jason Newman and Brett Etre at Untitled Entertainment.
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 titles include CRYPTO starring Kurt Russell, Luke Hemsworth and Alexis Bledel, HOOKING UP starring Brittany Snow, Sam Richardson and Vivica A. Fox, STAGE MOTHER starring Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver, Lucy Liu and Adrian Grenier, and DREAMKATCHER starring Radha Mitchell, Lin Shaye, and Henry Thomas. Previous releases include SUGAR MOUNTAIN starring Jason Momoa, and THE GOOD NEIGHBOR starring Academy Award nominee James Caan. Film Mode accelerated their growth and expanded their capabilities by entering into a partnership with SCREEN MEDIA, representing their catalogue of more than 600 titles, including WHAT’S EATING GILBERT GRAPE starring Leonardo DiCaprio, who was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for his performance, and MONSTER, starring Charlize Theron who won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Actress for the film. The company also has its own distribution arm, as well as a documentary label, DocMode. Film Mode is based in Beverly Hills, CA.
About Screen Media Ventures, LLC                                                            
Screen Media Ventures, LLC, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) company, acquires the rights to high quality, independent television series and feature films. Screen Media Ventures acquires worldwide rights for distribution through theatrical, home video, pay-per-view, free, cable and pay television, video-on-demand, and new digital media platforms. The company acquires AVOD rights for third party networks and is the main supplier of content for Crackle Plus and other Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. properties. With a library of over 1,500 television series and motion pictures, Screen Media Ventures is one of the largest independent suppliers of high-quality tv series and motion pictures to U.S. and international broadcast markets, cable networks, home video outlets and new media venues. For more information, visit
About BondIt Media Capital
BondIt Media Capital is a media financing company focused on providing funding to filmmakers and creatives for all types of content. Founded in 2013 by Matthew Helderman and Luke Taylor, who also founded Buffalo 8 Productions several years prior, BondIt has been a leading competitor in film and media financing, funding films such as COSMIC SIN, BECKY, and THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON. BondIt’s sister company Buffalo 8 recently opened a division in New Mexico lead by producer Robert Dean. The new division of the company aims to serve producers and companies looking to film within the state.
About Buffalo 8
Buffalo 8 is a full-service production company assisting producers and filmmakers in services related to executive production, post-production, and distribution. Since being founded in 2010 by Matthew Helderman and Luke Taylor, Buffalo 8 has worked on hundreds of projects. Originals include THE DEAD OF NIGHT, THE FLOOD, and RODNEY KING. Recently, Buffalo 8 has expanded and now consists of a full-service New Mexico division lead by Robert Dean. Buffalo 8 New Mexico serves producers and projects that want to shoot in the state, providing budgeting, production teams, and tax guidance.
About Renegade Entertainment
Thomas Jane and Courtney Lauren Penn’s Renegade Entertainment has been prolifically active since launching late in 2019. The production company recently completed production on “Murder at Emigrant Gulch,” starring Gabriel Byrne, Isaiah Mustafa, and Thomas Jane, and “Dig,” starring Thomas Jane, Harlow Jane, and Emile Hirsch. Also, in the can are “The Last Son,” starring Thomas Jane, Sam Worthington and Colson Baker, and “Slayers,” starring Abigail Breslin, Thomas Jane and Malin Akerman. Renegade will soon start production on the highly anticipated crime drama series ‘Troppo” alongside AGC Television, starring Jane. Among their projects in development, Renegade will continue the “Malone” franchise with a sequel to the cult fan favorite “Give ‘em Hell Malone,” with Jane returning to star as the enigmatic Malone and will produce an adaptation of Stephen King’s “From a Buick 8,” marking the fourth collaboration between Jane and King, following “1922,” “The Mist,” and “Dreamcatcher.”


Friday, June 11, 2021

THE GHOST IN THE INVISIBLE BIKINI (1966) -- Movie Review by Porfle


Currently watching: THE GHOST IN THE INVISIBLE BIKINI (1966), the last American-International teen flick to bear even the slightest resemblance to the studio's original "Beach Party" series that began in 1963 and lasted until original stars Frankie and Annette had moved on to other things and only a few hardy supporting players and extras still remained.

For the first time, there's no reference whatsoever to the beach or surfing. In a repeat of the earlier PAJAMA PARTY, the action takes place in a large mansion (this time, it's the haunted hideaway of recently-deceased Hiram Stokely, played by a very aged Boris Karloff) and its swimming pool, giving the cast an excuse to cavort in bikinis and swim trunks and flail around to the music of a bland rock 'n' roll band, the Bobby Fuller Four.

Basil Rathbone (SON OF FRANKENSTEIN, "Sherlock Holmes" series) plays Hiram's crooked attorney, Reginald Ripper, who plans to eliminate the old man's heirs after they assemble for the reading of his will. They include beach-movie veterans Tommy Kirk and Deborah Walley, along with venerable comic actress Patsy Kelly as "Myrtle Forbush." 


Aiding in Ripper's deadly scheme is his cohort J. Sinister Hulk (Jesse "Maytag Repairman" White), along with series regular Bobbi Shaw and Benny Rubin as Princess Yolanda and Chief Chicken Feather. All three characters are holdovers from PAJAMA PARTY, although Rubin replaces an ailing Buster Keaton who originated the role.

Of course, Harvey Lembeck is on hand as motorcycle gang leader Eric Von Zipper, with his usual motley mob of sycophantic cycle stupes. This time, he falls in love with Princess Yolanda, thus giving the writers an excuse to have Von Zipper and crew scurrying around the mansion along with everyone else once the plot, as it is, finally goes into high gear.

When Myrtle's nephew Bobby (Aron Kincaid, whom I think of as "the male Joy Harmon") shows up with a double decker bus full of swinging teens who turn the mansion into party central, the search for Hiram's hidden fortune quickly becomes a frenetic free-for-all as the rightful heirs clash with Ripper's dastardly baddies and a gaggle of spooks and monsters have the freaked-out teens going ape.


This will lead to an extravagantly silly finale that's like a deluxe live-action episode of "Scooby-Doo", only dumber and less coherent as everyone runs screaming hither and yon throughout the mansion (finally ending up in old Hiram's ghastly torture chamber) while some of the hoariest gags and haunted house tropes imaginable are recycled by former Three Stooges writer Elwood Ullman, who co-wrote the script with beach-party regular Louis M. Heyward.

Amidst all this, the simple romantic subplot between Tommy Kirk and Deborah Walley is barely given a chance to develop. Meanwhile, Ripper's gorgeous but evil daughter Sinistra (Quinn O'Hara) directs all her considerable seductive powers toward eliminating Myrtle's nephew Bobby (I forgot why), a goal that's repeatedly thwarted by her extreme nearsightedness.

Also appearing in the film are Nancy Sinatra (who sings the wince-inducing "Geronimo"), a young Danny Thomas discovery named Piccola Pupa (who's cute but not much of a singer), famed gorilla suit actor George Burrows as "Monstro", and former silent film star Francis X. Bushman (BEN HUR), who joins the rest of the cast's rather impressive group of vintage stars having some late-career fun (we hope) in this bit of nonsense.


Not the least of these is the great Boris Karloff, whose scenes with gorgeous Susan Hart were added, according to Wikipedia, after AIP producers James H. Nicholson and Samuel Z. Arkoff were unhappy with the film and thought it needed improvement. In their framing scenes, Karloff, as Hiram Stokely, is awakened from death's slumber by the ghost of his dead wife Cecily (Hart) and told that they will be reunited in the afterlife if he performs one final good deed.

The result is Hart's character, clad in an "invisible bikini", being awkwardly inserted into already filmed scenes as a mischievous but helpful ghost, with cutaways to Karloff observing the action in his crystal ball and making various comments being fed to him from off-camera.

One of the film's best assets is its use of lavish sets that are obviously left over from other AIP productions. That, along with the interesting cast and an occasionally infectious sense of fun, are just about the only reasons to recommend THE GHOST IN THE INVISIBLE BIKINI to all but the most diehard beach movie fans and lovers of bad movies in general.  As part of the latter group, I enjoyed it, but others may find it just shy of unwatchable.


"DEAD & BURIED" 4K Ultra HD 3 Disc Limited Edition Lenticular Covers



Exclusive Limited Collector’s Edition includes 4K UHD Blu-ray

Remastered Blu-ray, Soundtrack CD, Collectible Booklet,
Reversible Sleeve and three different 3D Lenticular Slipcovers

Available on July 20th


“Chills to the bone… A film that effortlessly captures the essence of the horror genre!”



The Creators of ALIEN Bring A New Terror To Earth

Something very strange is happening in the quiet coastal village of Potters Bluff, where tourists and transients are warmly welcomed… then brutally murdered. But even more shocking is when these slain strangers suddenly reappear as normal, friendly citizens around town. Now the local sheriff (James Farentino of THE FINAL COUNTDOWN) and an eccentric mortician (Academy Award® winner Jack Albertson of WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY) must uncover the horrific secret of a community where some terrifying traditions are alive and well… and no one is ever really DEAD & BURIED.

Melody Anderson (FLASH GORDON), Lisa Blount (PRINCE OF DARKNESS), and Robert Englund (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET) co-star in this genuinely chilling horror hit written by Ronald Shusett and Dan O’Bannon (ALIEN), directed by Gary A. Sherman (POLTERGEIST III), and featuring ultra-grisly gore effects by Oscar® winner Stan Winston (JURASSIC PARK). In honor of its 40th Anniversary, Blue Underground is proud to present DEAD & BURIED in an eye-popping new restoration approved by Director of Photography Steven Poster, ASC (DONNIE DARKO), scanned in 4K 16-bit from its 35mm IP, with Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio, and packed with exclusive new and archival Extras!


 Note: Publicity stills are NOT screenshots from the 4K master 


Bonus Features:

    Audio Commentary #1 with Director Gary Sherman
    Audio Commentary #2 with Co-Writer/Co-Producer Ronald Shusett and Actress Linda Turley
    Audio Commentary #3 with Director of Photography Steven Poster, ASC
    NEW! Audio Commentary #4 with Film Historians Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson
    NEW! Behind the Scenes of Dead & Buried
    NEW! Dead & Buried Locations: Now & Then
    NEW! Murders, Mystery, and Music - Interviews with Director Gary Sherman and Composer Joe Renzetti
    NEW! The Pages of Potters Bluff - Interview with Novelization Author Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
    Stan Winston's Dead & Buried EFX
    Robert Englund: An Early Work of Horror
    Dan O'Bannon: Crafting Fear
    Theatrical Trailers
    NEW! Poster & Still Galleries
    Steven Poster’s Location Stills
    BONUS! DEAD & BURIED Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD by Joe Renzetti
    BONUS! Collectible Booklet with new essay by Michael Gingold


Note: Publicity stills are NOT screenshots from the 4K master 



    “Bone chilling… A singular blend of creepy atmosphere and gruesome shocks!”
– All Movie Guide
    “An impressive fright flick… Exudes terror from start to finish!” – Monsters At Play
    “Stylish, imaginative, gruesome, atmospheric, chilling and terrifying… This one gets my highest recommendation!” – DVD Review
    “Chills to the bone… A film that effortlessly captures the essence of the horror genre!” –
    “Director Gary Sherman injects the film with an unsettling, atmospheric, twisted style that you just don't see anymore!” – DVD Drive-In
    "A nice twist on the usual small-town-hides-sinister-secret setup… offers some genuine scares and impressive gore!” – Empire