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Dracula & The Mummy: Complete Legacy Collections

The 2016 blu ray release of the Frankenstein and Wolf Man Legacy Collections was a moment of celebration for movie and monster lovers everywhere, bringing together all the golden age appearances of Frankenstein’s misbegotten creation and Larry Talbot’s hairy alter-ego. Universal Studios treated those dusty creature features to luminous restorations; from Bride of Frankenstein to She Wolf of London, these essential artifacts never looked less than impeccable and, at times, even ravishing. Colin Clive’s frenzied declaration, “It’s Alive!”, never felt more appropriate.

Now Universal has turned their attention to their other legendary franchise players, Dracula, the sharp-dressed but undead ladies’ man and Im-ho-tep, the cursed Egyptian priest who loved not wisely but too well.

Dracula: Complete Legacy Collection

Blu-ray

Universal Studios Home Entertainment

1931, ’36, ’43, ’44, ’45, ’48 / 449 min. / B&W / 1:33 / Street Date May 16, 2017

Starring: Actors: Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Jr. , Boris Karloff, Bud Abbott, Lou Costello

Cinematography: Karl Freund,
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Latest 'Hur' Remake Gets a Loud, Bombastic Trailer for the Fast and Furious Crowd

'Ben-Hur' 2016 with Jack Huston: Chariot race to the death. 'Ben-Hur' 2016 trailer: 'Gladiator' meets 'Fast Seven' meets 'Star Wars' meets… Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer have released the trailer for their 2016 Ben-Hur remake (or reboot or readaptation) – a.k.a. Fast and Furious A.D., as one wag called it in an online comment. Instead of grandiose spectacle featuring at its core a “human” story with Christian overtones, this chariot-and-sandals epic is being sold as Gladiator meets Fast Seven meets Spartacus: Blood and Sand meets Star Wars – with Morgan Freeman's Sheik Ilderim as the Roman Empire's dreadlocked version of Alec Guinness' Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi. Say what you will, the trailer-makers sure know their target audience. And that's not the same crowd that would go check out what's usually referred to in the U.S. media as “faith” (i.e., Christian) movies. One assumes that particular audience segment will be getting
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Grandiose Christian Epic Became Biggest Worldwide Box Office Hit Until Gwtw

Ramon Novarro: 'Ben-Hur' 1925 star. 'Ben-Hur' on TCM: Ramon Novarro in most satisfying version of the semi-biblical epic Christmas 2015 is just around the corner. That's surely the reason Turner Classic Movies presented Fred Niblo's Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ last night, Dec. 20, '15, featuring Carl Davis' magnificent score. Starring Ramon Novarro, the 1925 version of Ben-Hur became not only the most expensive movie production,[1] but also the biggest worldwide box office hit up to that time.[2] Equally important, that was probably the first instance when the international market came to the rescue of a Hollywood mega-production,[3] saving not only Ben-Hur from a fate worse than getting trampled by a runaway chariot, but also the newly formed Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which could have been financially strangled at birth had the epic based on Gen. Lew Wallace's bestseller been a commercial bomb. The convoluted making of 'Ben-Hur,' as described
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13 Essential Mummy Movies

Marc Buxton Oct 11, 2019

You can probably guess which Mummy movie Isn't on this list!

Throughout horror movie history, mummies have seemed like the forgotten classic monster. Lumbering around, covered in bandages, they don’t have the literary cache of Frankenstein’s Monster or the sexual appeal of Dracula. But mummies have a historical edge, a faded part of lost empires, angry at the modern world, desperately longing for the days of their past glories and lost loves.

Despite years of monstrous marginalization, mummies can be and in many cases have been really freakin’ scary and are worthy of recognition in horrordom. In fact, when Universal Studios tried (and failed...miserably) to relaunch its pantheon of monsters into a Marvel-inspired shared universe, they looked to The Mummy to kick it all off.

Allow us to celebrate the Mummy with the 13 greatest Mummy films ever produced. These are the films that
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Shirley Temple Dies At Age 85

Screen icon and one-time child star Shirley Temple Black died late Monday evening. She was 85. Temple Black "peacefully passed away" in her California home, dying of natural causes, Reuters reports. In a statement released to the media, her family shares: "We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat, and most importantly as our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and adored wife of fifty-five years." The actress.s career began at the ripe old age of 3, when she accepted a role in Christy Cabanne.s 1932 drama Red Haired Alibi. The ingénue charmed audiences for years as a precocious silver screen idol, appearing in numerous short films and features. She was characterized by her infamous curly hair, but had talent to back up her cute-girl looks. As Reuters notes, Temple "became a national institution, and her raging popularity spawned look-alike dolls, dresses and dozens of ...
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The First Megabudgeted Hollywood Production to Be Saved by Moviegoers Overseas?

Ramon Novarro is Ben-Hur: The Naked and Famous in first big-budget Hollywood movie saved by the international market (See previous post: "Ramon Novarro: Silent Movie Star.") Turner Classic Movies’ Ramon Novarro Day continues with The Son-Daughter (1933), on TCM right now. Both Novarro and Helen Hayes play Chinese characters in San Francisco’s Chinatown — in the sort of story that had worked back in 1919, when D.W. Griffith made Broken Blossoms with Lillian Gish and Richard Barthelmess. By 1933, however, the drab-looking, slow-moving The Son-Daughter felt all wrong. (Photo: Naked Ramon Novarro in Ben-Hur.) Directed by the renowned Clarence Brown (who guided Greta Garbo in some of her biggest hits), The Son-Daughter turned out to be a well-intentioned mess, eventually bombing at the box office. And that goes to show that Louis B. Mayer and/or Irving G. Thalberg didn’t always know what the hell they were doing with their stars and properties.
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Dracula Actress Turns 103; Grandson Directed Different Kind of Vampire Movie (Think Twilight)

Lupita Tovar turns 103: Actress starred in Spanish-language ‘Dracula’ and in the first Mexican talkie, ‘Santa’ (photo: Lupita Tovar in ‘Santa’) Mexican actress Lupita Tovar, best remembered for the Spanish-language version of Dracula and for starring in the first Mexican talkie, Santa, turned 103 years old on Sunday, July 27, 2013. Tovar was born in 1910 in the city of Oaxaca, the capital of the Mexican state of the same name. In an interview with author Michael G. Ankerich (Mae Murray: The Girl with the Bee-Stung Lips) published on Ankerich’s site Close-ups and Long Shots, Tovar recalled her brief foray as a silent film actress at Fox (several years before it became 20th Century Fox): "Silent films were wonderful because you didn’t have to worry about your dialogue. You could say whatever you felt. We had music on the set all the time. It was absolutely wonderful." Unfortunately for Tovar, whose English was quite poor,
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‘The Mummy’s Hand,’ gives mummy Kharis less agency

The Mummy’s Hand

Directed by Christy Cabanne

Written by Griffin Jay

Starring Dick Foran, Peggy Moran, and Tom Tyler

USA, 67 min – 1940.

“You are very beautiful…so beautiful I’m going to make you immortal. Like Kharis, you will live forever. What I can do for you I can do for myself. Neither time nor death can touch us. You and I together for eternity here in the Temple of Karnak. You shall be my high priestess.”

In The Mummy’s Hand, the first sequel to the 1933 Mummy film, two out of work archaeologists in Cairo, Steve Banning and Babe Jenson (Dick Foran and Wallace Ford) are sold an ancient vase that they believe will lead them to the tomb of Princess Ananka. The two embark on a mission to uncover her final resting place. Helped financially by the magician ‘The Great Solvani’ (Cecil Kellaway) and his beautiful daughter, Marta
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Top Movies of the Teens

Everybody's favorite movie decade: Which ones are the best movies released in the 20th century's second decade? Best Film (Pictured above) Broken Blossoms: Barthelmess and Gish star as ill-fated lovers in D.W. Griffith’s romantic melodrama featuring interethnic love. Check These Out (Pictured below) Cabiria: is considered one of the major landmarks in motion picture history, having inspired the scope and visual grandeur of D.W. Griffith’s Intolerance. Also of note, Pastrone's epic of ancient Rome introduced Maciste, a bulky hero who would be featured in countless movies in the ensuing decades. Best Actor (Pictured below) In the tragic The Italian, George Beban plays an Italian immigrant recently arrived in the United States (Click below for film review). Unfortunately, his American dream quickly becomes a horrendous nightmare of poverty and despair. Best Actress (Pictured below) The movies' super-vamp Theda Bara in A Fool There Was: A little
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Van Heflin Classics on TCM

Van Heflin Movies Turner Classic Movies, Monday, August 6 6:00 Am The Outcasts Of Poker Flat (1937) A former lowlife adopts a child to help him go straight. Dir: Christy Cabanne. Cast: Preston Foster, Jean Muir, Van Heflin. Black and White-68 minutes. 7:15 Am H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941) A stuffy businessman livens things up by having a fling. Dir: King Vidor. Cast: Hedy Lamarr, Robert Young, Ruth Hussey, Van Heflin. Black and White-120 minutes. 9:15 Am Tennessee Johnson (1942) Biography of Andrew Johnson, who followed Abraham Lincoln into office and became the first U.S. president ever to be impeached. Dir: William Dieterle. Cast: Van [...]
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The Faces of Jane Eyre

Mia Wasikowska is the latest in a long line of talented actresses who have portrayed Charlotte Brontë’s iconic heroine. In this photo gallery, we revisit some of the fine performers who have romanced Rochester.

Mia Wasikowska (2011): On the heels of bringing Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” to Technicolor life in Tim Burton’s reimagining of the classic tale, Mia Wasikowska plays another literary heroine opposite Michael Fassbender’s Rochester in Cary Joji Fukunaga’s latest impassioned adaptation. Photo by Laurie Sparham © 2011 Focus Features

Charlotte Gainsbourg (1996): Miramax, which built its brand partly on the power of period movies, put up this Franco Zeffirelli (“Romeo and Juliet”) production in the middle of its most successful decade — both “Emma,” starring Gwyneth Paltrow, and “The English Patient” also came out this year. French actress Charlotte Gainsbourg, whose collaborators have included Michel Gondry, Todd Haynes and Lars von Trier, starred opposite William Hurt.
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The Faces of Jane Eyre

Mia Wasikowska is the latest in a long line of talented actresses who have portrayed Charlotte Brontë’s iconic heroine. In this photo gallery, we revisit some of the fine performers who have romanced Rochester.

Mia Wasikowska (2011): On the heels of bringing Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” to Technicolor life in Tim Burton’s reimagining of the classic tale, Mia Wasikowska plays another literary heroine opposite Michael Fassbender’s Rochester in Cary Joji Fukunaga’s latest impassioned adaptation. Photo by Laurie Sparham © 2011 Focus Features

Charlotte Gainsbourg (1996): Miramax, which built its brand partly on the power of period movies, put up this Franco Zeffirelli (“Romeo and Juliet”) production in the middle of its most successful decade — both “Emma,” starring Gwyneth Paltrow, and “The English Patient” also came out this year. French actress Charlotte Gainsbourg, whose collaborators have included Michel Gondry, Todd Haynes and Lars von Trier, starred opposite William Hurt.
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