Movies/TV

Jack H. Harris of “Blob” Fame Passes at Age 98.

Jack H. Harris, best known as the producer of the 1958 classic The Blob has passed away at his Beverly Hills home at the age of 98. His daughter, Lynda Resnick, announced on Tuesday that Mr. Harris died of natural causes.

Made on a shoestring budget in Pennsylvania, The Blob went on to gross more than 3 million dollars and helped launch the career of mega-star Steve McQueen.  The Blob also spawned a sequel (Beware! The Blob, 1972) that Mr. Harris co-wrote and produced and he also produced the 1988 remake that starred Shawnee Smith (Saw, The Stand) and Kevin Dillon (Platoon, The Doors).

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Edward James Olmos to Return as Gaff in Blade Runner 2049

Harrison Ford won’t be the only original actor to return to the upcoming film, Blade Runner 2049. Edward James Olmos recently told The Trend Talk Show that he will reprise his iconic role as Gaff in the film! Here’s what he had to say:

“I signed a seven page non-disclosure contract. I did, my manager did, my agent did, everybody did. I couldn’t talk about it. I couldn’t talk about it to anybody about it. Guess what? This is the first time that I’m telling the whole world, that yes, I am going to be Gaff in Blade Runner 2049.”

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Fede Alvarez’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web to Debut in Theaters October 2018

We learned in November, 2017 that Fede Alvarez, director of Don’t Breathe and the Evil Dead remake, would be directing The Girl in the Spider’s Web for Sony Pictures after the studio and talent elected not to continue the series started by David Fincher, Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig in 2011. We still don’t know who will portray Lisbeth Salander this time around, but we do have a release date! The Girl in the Spider’s Web will hit theaters on October 5th, 2018.

Variety reports that the date was unveiled on Monday at the London Book Fair, and that actresses Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman are both interested in the role of Lisbeth. Johansson was in the running the first time around, but Fincher ultimately choose relative newcomer Rooney Mara for the coveted role. Alvarez had this to say about this development:

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Godzilla Anime Film Will Debut on Netflix in 2017

According to the Anime News Network, an animated Godzilla film is being produced by Toho Studios and Polygon Pictures for a late 2017 debut on Netflix.

The film (which marks the first time that Godzilla has appeared in an anime film) is directed by Kubon Shizuno (Detective Conan: the Darkest Nightmare) and Hiroyuki Seshita (Knights of Sidonia).

The concept art appears futuristic and may transport the “thunder lizard” to an untraditional setting.

No date for the film’s release has been announced at this time, but more information should be provided soon, as “The film will have a stage event at AnimeJapan 2017 on Sunday, March 26. The six main voice actors will appear at the event.”

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Kong Reigns at Box Office; Get Out Continues to Roll

Kong: Skull Island was crowned box office champ this weekend with an estimated $61 million dollars over the March 10th-12th frame.

The total is a strong one for March, and would have been higher if not for the strong competition from last week’s winner Logan (which is currently over $152 million dollars after two weeks of release) and the critically acclaimed Get Out.   Logan made $37,850,00 in second place and Get Out came in third with a total of $21,072,600 in its third week of release.  Get Out also added 205 screens this weekend, quite a feat when you consider how many new releases are scheduled for March this year (and the success of the film probably accounts for the Belko Experiment’s recent screen count drop a week away from its debut to only 1,200 screens.)  At this rate, Get Out is almost certain to unseat Split as the number one horror hit of the year so far, with a current gross of $111 million and counting.

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Dawn of the Dead’s Ken Foree Announced for CT HorrorFest 2017

The co-founder of CT HorrorFest, Rob Caprilozzi, announced this week that actor Ken Foree will be appearing at this year’s convention.

Caprilozzi stated that, “Ken Foree is a horror movie icon. In his 40 year career, no matter what film he is in, he always manages to stand out.”

Foree is best know to horror fans as Peter from George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead (and what most fans don’t know is that he also worked with Romero on his Medieval motorcycle cult film Knightriders as well).  Foree also starred in Stuart Gordon’s H.P. Lovecraft adaptation From Beyond, playing Bubba Brownlee, a favorite of hard core horror fans of the 1980’s.

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Meet Walter Introduces us to New Android in Alien: Covenant

As the release of Alien: Covenant draws closer, more and more promotional material for the film is being released. The latest comes in the form of a website, meetwalter.com.

The website introduces us to a new android aboard the Covenant, “Walter.” Played by Michael Fassbender, “Walter” is considered to be the world’s most advanced synthetic companion. The android has even been engineered to understand and satisfy his owners every want.

Fassbender will also pull double duty in Alien: Covenant. In addition to being “Walter,” the award-winning actor will also reprise the role of “David” from the 2012 film, Prometheus. The last we saw, that character was attempting to find a way to flee the planet with “Elizabeth Shaw” (Naomi Rapace).

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Akira Kurosawa’s Edgar Allan Poe Script for Masque of the Red Death to be Produced by CKF Pictures

Chinese film studio CKF pictures and Huayi Brothers Media announced at a press conference in Beijing on Wednesday that they will team to produce a film based on a script by legendary Japanese director Akira Kurosawa.

The film (which is tentatively slated for a 2020 release and is titled Masque of the Black Death) is an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Masque of the Red Death”.  Poe’s story (which received the Roger Corman-treatment in 1964 and naturally starred perenial Poe actor Vincent Price) tells the tale of Prince Prospero, a vain and foolish man who invites all of his rich friends to a party so they can ignore and dismiss the terrible plague happening outside of the walls of the castle.  As is usually the case in these situations, even all of the Prince’s wealth and influence can not protect him and his guests from a visit from “the Red Death”.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Celebrates its 20th Anniversary

On March 10th, 1997 at 9:00 PM, Buffy the Vampire Slayer made its debut on The WB. After seven seasons and a major spinoff, Angel (which ran for five seasons of its own), it’s safe to say the show has made a permanent mark on pop culture. Redefining the modern television series with its witty dialogue and edgy content, Buffy almost instantly made creator Joss Whedon and actors Sarah Michelle Gellar, David Boreanaz, Alyson Hannigan, and many others, household names in the entertainment industry over the past two decades.

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Bates Motel – Season 5, Episode 3: Bad Blood Analysis and Review

Did you ever get the feeling that you know something you’re not supposed to know?  And then next thing you know, you’re in the thick of it….this secret cosmos you weren’t supposed to know about suddenly and openly playing itself out? So begins Episode Three, breaking down the fourth wall we have hidden behind until this point.

We pick up exactly where we left off with Caleb recovering from his bash upside the head and Norman still in his wig, frock and high heels. (Go, Freddie Highmore for working those pumps better than I ever could.) Our heart crumbles at the sight of Caleb, beaten both physically and mentally, as he regains consciousness handcuffed to a support beam in the basement.  His blow to the noggin allows him to see his sister for a moment until she morphs into his demented nephew.  Before the closing credits, we see the character of Caleb in all his glorious dichotomy. Bound to a pole through the majority of the episode, his physical strength is robbed from him and we are left with a weak, fragile man. He has always been incapable of accepting his relationship with his sister but his love for her is unrivaled. Enraged and unable to negotiate his release, Caleb drifts through dreams and flashbacks that are horribly intertwined with the reality of Norma’s death. Pure anguish personified. Norma-via-Norman visits Caleb and tells him that both her son and her brother are in love with her and therefore, the three of them cannot live happily ever after. This is the final push for Caleb who now no longer sees Norman’s face but that of his adoring sister. He professes his love while holding her hand and goes to a place beyond despair – a place with no sister, no son, no purpose.

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