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Video: Filmmaker Rick McKay Captures a Legendary West End Backstage Meeting in Memory of Peter Hall

In this rare footage, Dame Judi Dench introduces screen legend King Kong Fay Wray 1907-2004 to Sir Peter Hall 1930-2017 backstage in her dressing room in London when Dame Judi was performing in the play Filumena in the West End in November, 1998. The legendary director, Sir Peter Hall passed away on September 11th, 2017.
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Review: "The Vampire Bat" (1933) Blu-ray Special Edition From Film Detective

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By Hank Reineke

The Vampire Bat (1933) was a staple of TV late-night movie programming well into the 1980s. Too often the running time of this maltreated film was irreverently trimmed or stretched to accommodate commercial breaks or better fit into a predetermined time slot. With black-and-white films almost completely banished from the schedules of local television affiliates by 1987, TV Guide disrespectfully dismissed The Vampire Bat as a “Dated, slow-motion chiller.” That’s an unfair appraisal. But with the MTV generation in the ascendant and Fangoria gleefully splashing the lurid and blood-red exploits of such slice-and-dice horror icons as Michael Meyers, Jason Voorhees, and Freddy Krueger on its covers, it’s somewhat understandable why the other-worldly atmospherics of The Vampire Bat were perceived as little more than a celluloid curio – an antiquated footnote in the annals of classic horror.

The Vampire Bat is hardly original. The film was, no doubt, conceived
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Kong: Skull Island Director Unlikely To Return For Future Installments In The MonsterVerse

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Looks like it’s one and done for Kong: Skull Island‘s Jordan Vogt-Roberts after the director all but ruled himself out of future installments in the MonsterVerse.

Appearing on the latest episode of Screen Junkies News (via Screen Rant), the filmmaker hinted that he’s ready to spend some time away from Hollywood’s blockbuster scene and the MonsterVerse in particular. That’s understandable, really, particularly when you consider the fact that Skull Island heralded Vogt-Roberts’ first true crack at a big-budget production. The end result was an entertaining, if flawed resurrection of cinema’s great ape, and while the director is clearly looking forward to some downtime far, far away from Legendary’s newly-formed world of gods and monsters, Jordan Vogt-Roberts was wary of ruling himself out of the equation entirely when it comes to 2020’s Godzilla Vs.
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I’m Having Trouble Picturing a King Kong TV Series

I think I’m secretly hoping that this show never gets picked up. Today it was revealed that a contemporary, female-led King Kong Skull Island series is being developed by MarVista Entertainment and Im Global. The project, which will feature a multicultural ensemble, explores the wonders and horrors of Skull Island and its origins. Jonathan Penner and Stacy Title (The WB’s Lone Ranger pilot) will pen the drama, which has yet to be shopped to networks. This just seems awful does it not? Honestly I don’t care who is writing this or potentially directing it. King Kong is made for the

I’m Having Trouble Picturing a King Kong TV Series
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TVLine Items: King Kong Coming to TV, Alec Baldwin Hosts Essentials and More

TVLine Items: King Kong Coming to TV, Alec Baldwin Hosts Essentials and More
The Flash‘s Grodd may soon have some competition for TV’s Scariest Ape.

A contemporary, female-led King Kong Skull Island series is being developed by MarVista Entertainment and Im Global.

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The project, which will feature a multicultural ensemble, explores the wonders and horrors of Skull Island and its origins.

Jonathan Penner and Stacy Title (The WB’s Lone Ranger pilot) will pen the drama, which has yet to be shopped to networks.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…
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'King Kong' series lands at MarVista, Im Global Television

'King Kong' series lands at MarVista, Im Global Television
King Kong Skull Island to feature contemporary, female-led multicultural ensemble.

MarVista Entertainment and Im Global Television have partnered to develop, co-produce and co-finance a contemporary television series reinvention of King Kong.

Jonathan Penner and Stacy Title are attached to write and serve as executive producers on King Kong Skull Island.

The project is based on the Skull Island property created by fantasy and sci-fi artist Joe DeVito’s DeVito ArtWorks, a storytelling universe authorised by the estate of King Kong creator Merian C Cooper.

Trolls executive producer Dannie Festa of World Builder Entertainment will also serve as executive producer.

The partners envision King Kong Skull Island as a serialised, contemporary continuation of Cooper’s classic 1933 monster film to feature a female-led, multicultural ensemble.

The project is unrelated to the recent Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures feature Kong: Skull Island, although the producers aim to tap into the global fanbase of Kong.

The indelible
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King Kong: Scull Island: Not Your Dad’s Or Grand Dad’s Monster Movie (Video)

King Kong” is a timeless tale about beauty and the beast, whether it’s Fay Wray in the original 1933 film, Jessica Lange in the 1976 remake or any of the six other movies featuring the monster. Now, Kong is ready to take another bow in “King Kong: Scull Island.” The ensemble cast includes Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Jing Tian, Toby Kebbell, John Ortiz, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Shea Whigham, Thomas Mann, Terry Notary and John C. Reilly. ...Read More
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Skull Island Review: Kong Delivers Insane Monster Movie Madness

Skull Island Review: Kong Delivers Insane Monster Movie Madness
Kong fans rejoice. Skull Island delivers the monster beat down exactly as promised. The overall plot is fairly simplistic. That's not a deal killer here. The runtime, superb visual effects, and incredible sound editing make this theater experience a must see. You can almost feel Kong's snarling breath as he swats helicopters like flies.

The plot takes place in 1973 at the end of the Vietnam War. A team from a government agency called Monarch discovers a hidden island in the South Pacific. Led by Bill Randa (John Goodman), they put together an expedition to chart the mysterious Skull Island. Colonel Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson) is in command. His helicopter squadron will be responsible for transportation and security. Former Sas soldier turned elite mercenary, James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston), is hired as an expert tracker and extra gun hand. Rounding out the crew is Mason Weaver (Brie Larson), a celebrated war
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A*P*E 3-D

It’s awful, it’s terrible, it’s difficult to watch — but it’s finally available in its original 3-D, in the improved Space-Vision process. A giant monkey attacks Seoul, trashing cardboard buildings, toy boats and a dead shark (and it’s not shamming). Keep a good movie on hand to rinse this one away immediately afterwards. Not recommended for people taking prescription medication. If simians persist, consult your doctor.


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1976 / Color / 2:35 widescreen 3-D / 87 min. / ‘Attacking Primate monstEr’ / Street Date February 28, 2017 / 29.95

Starring Joanna Kerns, Alex Nicol, Rod Arrants, Nak-hun Lee.

Cinematography Tony Francis, Daniel L. Symmes

Editor Paul Leder

Original Music Bruce McRae

Written byPaul Leder, Reuben Leder

Produced by Paul Leder, K.M. Leung

Directed by Paul Leder

They say home video 3-D is in trouble, but viewers properly equipped are presently experiencing a renaissance in retrofitted and refurbished 3-D features.
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Kong: Skull Island In St. Louis

On March 10, witness the rise of the King.

On March 10, 2017, the producers of Godzilla transport audiences to the birthplace of one of the most powerful monster myths of all in Kong: Skull Island, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures.

When a scientific expedition to an uncharted island awakens titanic forces of nature, a mission of discovery becomes an explosive war between monster and man. Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly star in a thrilling and original new adventure that reveals the untold story of how Kong became King.

Wamg invites you to enter for the chance to win Two (2) seats to the advance screening of Table 19 on March 6th at 7Pm in the St. Louis area.

Answer the following:

King Kong was originally conjured by revolutionary special effects master Willis H. O’Brien and sculptor Marcel Delgado to be the enigmatic
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Interview: Director Stacy Title Talks The Bye Bye Man

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In theaters today courtesy of Stx Entertainment is The Bye Bye Man, which was directed by Stacy Title and stars Douglas Smith, Doug Jones, Carrie-Anne Moss, Faye Dunaway, and Leigh Whannell. Daily Dead had a chance to catch up briefly with Title this week, and she discussed what she initially saw in the project, her approach to collaborating with her husband and writer for The Bye Bye Man, Jonathan Penner, and her unique cast of familiar faces and newcomers.

I’d love to start off by hearing what it was in the story of The Bye Bye Man that drew you in. The concept of this figure basically being the physical embodiment of evil is an interesting one to explore.

Stacy Title: It’s an amazing concept. We worked a very long time to make sure that we created a story that matched the innovative concept. The thing with
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Bright Lights: 15 Surprises in the Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher Documentary

Bright Lights: 15 Surprises in the Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher Documentary
Bright Lights, the documentary about Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds that debuted on HBO Saturday, was filled with major revelations about the life of the Hollywood icons — but some of its best moments and most memorable lines came by far quicker.

Here are 15 of the most-surprising moments in directors Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens’ superb documentary.

1. Reynolds and Fisher were so in sync, they even wore the same shoes in one scene. The sandals were different colors, for what it’s worth.

2. Fisher’s home with Reynolds was built by Robert Armstrong, who was in King Kong. The two lived there for 20 years,
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The Final Years of King Baggot – From the ‘King of the Movies’ to Bit Player

The King Baggot Tribute will take place Wednesday September 28th at 7pm at Lee Auditorium inside the Missouri History Museum (Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri). The 1913 silent film Ivanhoe will be accompanied by The Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra and there will be a 40-minute illustrated lecture on the life and career of King Baggot by We Are Movie Geeks’ Tom Stockman. A Facebook invite for the event can be found Here

Here’s a look at the final phase of King Baggot’s career.

King Baggot, the first ‘King of the Movies’ died July 11th, 1948 penniless and mostly forgotten at age 68. A St. Louis native, Baggot was at one time Hollywood’s most popular star, known is his heyday as “The Most Photographed Man in the World” and “More Famous Than the Man in the Moon”. Yet even in his hometown, Baggot had faded into obscurity.
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The 27 greatest stop motion movies of all time

Sean Wilson Sep 16, 2016

With Kubo & The Two Strings now playing, we salute some of our favourite stop motion animated movies...

With Laika's visually sumptuous and breathtaking stop motion masterpiece Kubo And The Two Strings dazzling audiences throughout the country, what better time to celebrate this singular and remarkable art form?

The effect is created when an on-screen character or object is carefully manipulated one frame at a time, leading to an illusion of movement during playback - and such fiendishly intricate work, which takes years of dedication, deserves to be honoured. Here are the greatest examples of stop motion movie mastery.

The Humpty Dumpty Circus (1898)

What defines the elusive appeal of stop motion? Surely a great deal of it is down to the blend of the recognisable and the uncanny: an simulation of recognisably human movement that still has a touch of the fantastical about it. These contradictions were put
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25 great action films that are 90 minutes or under




Want a quality action film, but you only have an hour and a half? Step this way...

Looking back over the genre, action films definitely haven’t suffered from the trend to make everything longer. They’ve always been pretty long, regularly clocking in at over two hours. Perhaps because of all the slo-mo? But while the sweet spot for action classics seems to be the 100-110 minute mark, there are those that have cut the genre right down to basics, and succeeded all the more for it.

Below is my pick of 25 great action films 90 minutes or under. Even more so than other genres, action crosses many other films - picking a pure ‘action’ flick is all but impossible. So below I’ve chosen films that retain action sequences as their main narrative device, and keep the action at the heart of the movie, rather than as a extra.
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'Flash' Ep and Danielle Panabaker Talk Firestorm 2.0, Killer Frost, and More

If you've seen trailers for Tuesday's all new episode of The CW's "The Flash," then you already know the flame-spewing superhero Firestorm is getting a sizzling makeover.

When Dr. Martin Stein (Victor Garber) falls ill, Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and his S.T.A.R. Labs scientists must find a replacement for his metahuman partner Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell), who died last season saving the city.

After a screening of the flame-filled, emotionally charged episode -- titled "The Fury of Firestorm" -- Moviefone spoke to "Flash" co-showrunner Andrew Kreisberg and star Danielle Panabaker, who plays Dr. Caitlin Snow, Ronnie's crestfallen widow. The two of discussed the new-look Firestorm and also teased several big moments from later on in the season, including the emergence of Killer Frost, the upcoming "Arrow" crossover, and the return of everyone's favorite villain -- Grodd.

1. Firestorm 2.0 Will Be Hilarious

When Ronnie died saving Central City, he
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‘The Flash’ Ep, Star Tease King Kong-Style Grodd Return

‘The Flash’ Ep, Star Tease King Kong-Style Grodd Return
Psychic gorilla Grodd is coming back to Central City to menace “The Flash” and the team at S.T.A.R. Labs in Season 2, it was revealed Thursday. With his return, he’ll look to settle some “unfinished business” with Dr. Caitlin Snow in particular, according to star Danielle Panabaker and showrunner Andrew Kreisberg, who dished details at a press event in Los Angeles. “Caitlin plays Fay Wray to Grodd’s Kong,” Kreisberg teased of the non-human meta-human gorilla’s upcoming return, referencing the 1933 classic “King Kong” film. Also Read: 5 Jaw-Droppers From 'The Flash' Season 2 Premiere: Barry Goes Rogue,
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Why the Midnight Madness of 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' Still Matters 40 Years Later

Why the Midnight Madness of 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' Still Matters 40 Years Later
Read More: 9 Cult Films That Deserve a Television Prequel Series "Michael Rennie was ill / The day the Earth stood still / But he told us where we stand. / And Flash Gordon was there / In silver underwear, / Claude Rains was the Invisible Man. / Then something went wrong / For Fay Wray and King Kong, / They got caught in a celluloid jam. / Then at a deadly pace, / It came from Outer Space, / And this is how the message ran..." The opening lines to "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" reference American low-budget productions in the horror-sci-fi genre that were made between the 1930s and 1950s. Michael Rennie starred as an alien visitor in "The Day the Earth Stood Still;" Flash Gordon, who originated as a comic strip hero in the 1934, became a film franchise by the end of the decade; Claude Rains had a breakthrough performance as the titular Invisible Man in 1933 and Fay Wray portrayed the equally.
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Review: "When A Stranger Calls" (1979) Starring Carol Kane And Charles Durning; Region 4 Blu-ray Release

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By Todd Garbarini

Just after the school year ended in June 1984, I went to a friend’s house on a Friday night to watch the premiere of Carlin on Campus, an HBO concert of one of my favorite comedians, the legendary George Carlin. When the concert was over, my friend switched around until he reached NBC-tv. They were airing When A Stranger Calls, a 1979 thriller starring Carol Kane, Charles Durning, and Colleen Dewhurst. I saw the film from the beginning, and the first twenty or so minutes had me utterly captivated. It presented a scenario that I found to be terrifying, and apparently so did Rex Reed, whose proclamation “some of the most terrifying sequences ever filmed” was used in the newspaper ads. I thought it was so original – until I saw Bob Clark’s frightening Black Christmas (1974) four years later and saw where the “inspiration” may have come from.
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5 excellent horror films you may not have known were directed by women

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5 excellent horror films you may not have known were directed by women
Horror isn't known for being a woman-friendly genre. From the flailing histrionics of Fay Wray in "King Kong" to the slasher sub-genre and its attendant bevy of brainless, scantily-clad female victims, there's a perception -- in some ways warranted -- that the horror film caters in misogyny. And yet that's also a frustratingly reductive viewpoint. It seems obvious but I'll say it anyway: boiling down the horror genre to "Friday the 13th Part VII" is like boiling down the comedy genre to Adam Sandler's "Grown-Ups." There is so much more to horror than "a girl running up the stairs when she should be going out the front door." So what of the women working behind the scenes? The number of high-profile woman directors who have worked in the genre remains frustratingly limited, yet there are a few who have not only managed to infiltrate the boys' club but created
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