The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
American filmmakers have been fascinated by horror and the fantastical since the birth of cinema itself, with one early example cited here being an 1898 New York screening by the Thomas Edison Company of a short film featuring a witch and an appearance from Mephistopheles. Partially inspired by the work of French magician Georges Méliès, it was not long before ghosts, demons, witches and devils would become commonplace in the silent films being produced in New York, and eventually Hollywood itself.
Jonathan Rigby’s American Gothic (Signum publishing) is a fascinating and idiosyncratic exploration of the American horror film, a genre which has inspired filmmakers to create some of the most memorable moments in cinema history. More than a simple encyclopaedia, the book charts the historical development of the genre through not only the classics such as Phantom of the Opera, Dracula and The Cat and the Canary,
A love letter to Universal’s iconic monster “The Creature,” The Shape of Water is a gorgeously crafted tribute to cinema of yesteryear that delivers a poignant and timeless romance about two beings who meet under the most unusual of circumstances, and how their unique love helps them persevere in the most dire of circumstances.
At a recent press day,
Schmell famously spent his 20s scheming his way into some of the biggest celebrity events of the time. In his new book, The Uninvited, he details some of his best crashes and how he ended up turning his cheating ways around.
During his heyday, Schmell got into some serious hijinks, like getting high inside of the Kremlin, but the book dives deeper past the scheming
It's fair to say that The Mummy didn't ignite the multi-movie franchise expected of it. We look at the death of the Dark Universe...
Nb: The following contains spoilers for 2017's The Mummy.
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For some, The Mummy's marketing campaign began not with a bang, but a squeaky Tom Cruise scream. In December 2016, an unfinished trailer for the then-forthcoming film appeared online, and soon went viral: lacking music and proper sound effects, the promo's otherwise dramatic visuals suddenly seemed comically threadbare. A violent plane crash unfolded with only a few chunks of dialogue and an amusing yelp from co-star Annabelle Wallis; Tom Cruise stumbled about in zero-gravity with only a few apologetic 'oofs' and 'eeks' for company.
Steps were taken to have the leaked trailer removed, but as is the way of the web,
To bring the musical sound of Om Shanti Om to life, Farah Khan chose the great duo Vishal-Shekhar with lyrics by Javed Akhtar. The soundtrack ranges from love songs, to a classic filmy tune, some disco, a haunting, poignant theme, a party song and an epic full on musical number – it truly is a soundtrack in the best of forms.
In an incredible and in-depth conversation Vishal Dadlani takes us inside the creation of the songs of Om Shanti Om.
What do you remember was your first thought when you heard
The Good Wife alum Graham Phillips makes his debut this Wednesday (The CW, 8/7c) as Nick St. Clair, Veronica’s old pal from her New York days — and the slick charmer wastes no time in introducing the gang to his hard-partying ways. “He definitely stirs the pot a lot in Riverdale, for sure,” star K.J. Apa (Archie) tells TVLine, adding that Archie’s not exactly thrilled to meet Nick: “Obviously, [with him] being Veronica’s ex-boyfriend,
As The Silence Of The Lambs re-emerges courtesy of the BFI, we look at how it created one of the screen's most iconic monsters...
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"Is it true what they're saying?" a cop asks FBI agent Clarice Starling around The Silence Of The Lambs' midpoint. "That he's some kind of vampire?"
The cop is referring, of course, to Hannibal Lecter, the former psychiatrist and serial killer played by Anthony Hopkins. Originally created by author Thomas Harris and making his first appearance in the 1981 novel Red Dragon, Lecter - otherwise known as Hannibal the Cannibal - has long since become a fixture on the pop culture landscape. The Silence Of The Lambs isn't specifically about Lecter - rather, it's about Starling (Jodie Foster) and
As the eight remaining contestants and their pro partners take the stage on Monday, they'll be dancing to various spooktacular routines ranging from the Charleston to the jive to the tango. Later, the stars will split into two teams, delivering performances we can only imagine will be memorable.
It's Halloween night, and Et's breaking down everything we can expect to see in the ballroom!
Who's on top of the leaderboard?
1. Lindsey Stirling & Mark Ballas: 40/40
2. Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold: 39/40
2. Terrell Owens & Cheryl Burke: 37/40
Who's in danger of elimination?
Drew Scott & Emma Slater received the lowest score from the judges last week, 30/40, followed closely behind by Victoria Arlen & Val Chmerkovskiy, who scored a total of 31 points.
What are the couples dancing to?
Drew Scott & Emma Slater
Charleston, "Remains of the Day" by Danny Elfman
Frankie Muniz & Witney Carson
Contemporary, "Every Breath You Take" by Chase
The Property Brothers star and his pro partner, Emma Slater, are moving on to week seven of the competition, and getting excited about the possibility of winning season 25 of Dancing With the Stars. Et caught up with Scott over the phone on Wednesday, where he shared behind-the-scenes secrets from his rehearsals with Slater… and revealed what they plan to do with the prize if they do win!
"Emma says she wants a custom built-in in her living space for her mirrorball, or I guess, [hopefully] two mirrorballs," the 39-year-old Hgtv reality star explained. "I was like, 'Oh, yeah. I'll build some nice custom thing for you, no problem.'"
"I want something where it's the first thing I see when I wake up and the last thing I see when I go to bed," he continued. "So, I'll just reverse mount the mirrorball on the ceiling
For Halloween Week on Monday, the eight remaining couples competing on season 25 of the ABC reality dance competition will be split into two teams.
This year’s teams are listed below:
Team Monster Mash
Lindsey Stirling & Mark Ballas
Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold
Nikki Bella & Artem Chigvintsev
Terrell Owens & Cheryl Burke
Team Phantom of the Opera
Vanessa Lachey & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Victoria Arlen & Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Frankie Muniz & Witney Carson
Drew Scott & Emma Slater
Owens and Scott are the leaders of their respective teams, which will perform
Robert Guillaume, who played the quick-witted and sarcastic Benson DuBois on Soap and the spinoff Benson, has died. His widow, Donna Brown Guillaume, told The Associated Press that he died at home in Los Angeles where he was battling prostate cancer. He was 89.
In 1977, Guillaume took on the role of DuBois, a butler to the wealthy Tate family, on ABC's soap-opera parody sitcom Soap.
One of the earliest scary clown movies, The Man Who Laughs was also an influence on the creation of Batman villain, The Joker...
Clowns, both creepy and, well, slightly less creepy, were lurking about in the shadows for thousands of years before Stephen King’s evil clown Pennywise shambled along with those sinister red balloons of his. The Egyptians had them, the Greeks had them, the Romans had them. But in the 17th and 18th centuries, an interesting and telling thing happened.
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During the Middle Ages, the clown and the performing freak were essentially one and the same. The jesters and fools who entertained in the royal courts of Europe were usually attired in flamboyant and garish costumes and makeup, and were often physically deformed in some way. After that, however, the two began to tear themselves apart, with the
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Not only will we be screening The Phantom of the Opera - but we will be welcoming ' The Happenings Quartet' made up of musicians Matthew Nolan, David Stalling, Sean Mac Elaine and Sharon Phelan who will perform an original score that will accompany Rupert Julian’s 1925 classic.
Happenings & Dcc want Dublin film lovers to grab their mates, loved ones and some picnic blankets for this blissful summer evening as the city centre park will be transformed into a pop-up outdoor cinema, musical amphitheatre with entertainment, music and food.
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Whilst its international take is admittedly surpassing its domestic performance by quite some way, it is still reasonable to suggest that The Mummy hasn’t been the mega-hit that Universal were hoping for. Weighed down by astonishingly clunky exposition, countless instances of tonal whiplash and a certain high profile ego to contend with (not to mention that embarrassing PR blunder with the trailer audio), the film has been the deserving subject of bad word of mouth and a relentless onslaught of critical maulings. Suffice it to say, it has been something of a rocky journey for the first instalment in the fledgling ”Dark Universe”.
In case you need catching up to speed, this Dark Universe is essentially the latest attempt to revive all of Universal’s classic movie monsters. Many efforts have been made in the past to reboot these characters,
The Phantom Of The Opera (1925) starring Lon Chaney screens Thursday October 6th at 7:00pm at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue Maplewood, Mo 63143).
The Phantom Of The Opera is not only a classic of the silent screen, it is one of the all-time greatest movies ever made. The great Lon Chaney, at the peak of his career, plays the title character, in perhaps the role for which he is best remembered. Mary Philbin plays the heroine, Christine, an opera singer for whom the Phantom has taken a personal interest, and Norman Kerry as Raoul, Christine’s love interest and hero of the piece.
The now famous story centers around the Phantom’s interest in Christine,
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