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Details on Argento’s ‘Opera’ on Blu-Ray to Open Your Eyes

Little over a week ago, we shared details that the Argento-directed, Opera, and Argento-produced films, The Sect and The Church, would be hitting Blu-Ray by Doppelgänger Releasing and Scorpion Releasing. We finally got some specific details today on the Opera Blu-Ray!

While we had some details back in 2016 about the Opera release, we’re not sure if they are still using the cover art displayed in that post.

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From the Press Release:

Best known for his work in the horror and thriller genres and regarded as one of the most influential artists of the past half-century, Italian filmmaker Dario Argento’s 1987 cult classic film Opera will make a fresh new reprise in the new year. Arriving for the first time on Blu-ray, Doppelgänger Releasing and Scorpion Releasing will present a remastered/restored edition in high definition, with over 45 hours of color correction, brand new 5.1 soundtrack,
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Fresh, diverse and earthy: 2017’s great debuts from UK film directors

The end of the London Film Festival highlights the growing success of a new wave of UK film-makers, including Michael Pearce and Rungano Nyoni

Ever since the late Colin Welland collected his screenwriting Oscar for Chariots of Fire in 1982 and declared with a most un-British triumphalism that “The British are coming!”, such public displays of confidence in the country’s film industry have been uncommon, even frowned upon. Perhaps it is time to amend Welland’s cry this year and state the obvious: the British are here. In 2017, there have been more distinctive homegrown debut features funded, made and released, displaying a greater diversity of theme and focus, than in any other year in recent memory.

Previously it has been possible to identify small, localised pockets of new talent: think of 2006, when both Andrea Arnold (Red Road) and Paul Andrew Williams (London to Brighton) made their debuts, or 2008, which brought
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Lyon’s Lumiere Festival Honors Classic Film

The 9th Lumière Festival in Lyon, France, is again bringing together some of the biggest names in world cinema, including Guillermo Del Toro, Wong Kar-wai and Michael Mann, while celebrating the history of film with some 400 screenings of international classics.

Launched in 2009 by Bertrand Tavernier and Thierry Frémaux, the respective president and director of the Institut Lumière, the event has become one of the largest international festivals of classic cinema. Last year it hosted 160,500 festivalgoers – up from 2015’s 150,000 admissions – and more than 1,000 industry professionals.

It was in Lyon where brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière invented the cinematograph in 1895, and in keeping with the city’s cinematic tradition, the festival celebrates the history of film by presenting restored works, retrospectives, tributes and master classes.

In 2013, the festival also started what it describes as the first and only classic film market in the world, noting that the heritage cinema sector is currently expanding thanks to advancements in conservation standards
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From The Archives: The Shocking Death of Princess Diana, 20 Years Ago Today

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Princess Diana’s tragic death in a Paris car crash on August 31, 1997 shocked the world. It would become one of the biggest news events of the 20th century – and the only time People has ever featured a photo-only cover with no headline. Here is that cover story in its entirety.

To her ex-husband, Prince Charles – as well as the rest of the world – the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, was an unimaginable shock. On Sept. 1, the day after Diana, 36, and her companion Dodi Al Fayed, 42, died in a cataclysmic car crash in Paris, the distraught Charles walked the hills surrounding Balmoral,
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Interview: Alexander Cooper

First time Producer Alexander Cooper has passionately stomped his feet into the world of independent cinema with erotic thriller Parallel. So, we caught up with him to talk about his filmmaking journey so far and the challenges of producing a self-financed indie film.

How did you become a producer and what made you want to produce Parallel?

I’ve always had an interest in film since a young age. And I’ve always wondered what it would take to make a film, although I hadn’t had any formal training in it. I had been working in a totally different sphere for quite a long time, I’d been working in law in the city, totally different. There were big changes in my life, work had dried up and my father had passed away. It was around 2014 when all these changes were going on.

So I started looking around for a script,
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Listen to this Incredible Cello Cover of Chariots of Fire

Uplifting is one of the few ways that really works to describe this strong, sensational piece of music. If you’ve ever heard this song in your life then you know just how inspirational it already is. It speaks of triumph, of perseverance, and of a depth of spirit that is felt within the heart of everyone at some point. The music drives people to achieve greatness, to admire the drive that it takes to accomplish whatever they set their mind to. The mastery within this performance is simply amazing and more to the point is so well done that it

Listen to this Incredible Cello Cover of Chariots of Fire
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The Funniest Uses of the “Chariots of Fire” Theme in Movies

There are instrumental pieces that convey triumph, freedom, and the joy of the spirit. Chariots of fire was initially created for the 1981 film of the same name. Since then it has been used in various ways for TV and film, and has almost always been meant to relay a very inspirational feeling that gives hope and even lends itself to a bit of a comedic moment or routine that elevates the movie in a way that viewers can enjoy. As a satirical addition it is still meant to give joy and even a measure of hope, which makes it

The Funniest Uses of the “Chariots of Fire” Theme in Movies
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Jeff Dowd and Alex Nohe Launch Consulting Firm Blood Sweat Honey

Jeff Dowd and Alex Nohe Launch Consulting Firm Blood Sweat Honey
Indie filmmaking veterans Jeff Dowd and Alex Nohe have announced the launch of consulting agency Blood Sweat Honey, which aims to provide strategic counsel to indie filmmakers.

Blood Sweat Honey will offer services ranging from producer representation, film festival strategy, script and post-production creative consulting to theatrical release, hybrid distribution, marketing and international consultation.

Dowd has been involved in the indie film industry for over 45 years, and has consulted on films such as “Blood Simple,” “The Black Stallion,” “Chariots of Fire,” “Gandhi,” “War Games,” “Desperately Seeking Susan,” and “The Blair Witch Project.” A founding member of the Sundance Institute and Sundance Film Festival and inspiration for “The Dude” from the Coen brothers’ “The Big Lebowski,” Dowd has extensive knowledge of scriptwriting, marketing, distribution and exhibition. Currently, he is working on interactive transmedia series “Our Classic Tales that Fuel Our Future,” which will be released this fall.

Nohe is a film distributor and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of executive and management experience in the film industry. Most recently, he was a partner in Circus Road Films, where he helped more than 100 films find distribution. Nohe has broad-based relationships with talent agencies, managers, publicity firms, festival programming, post-production, marketing, and theatrical distribution. Nohe has worked with filmmakers including Christopher Nolan on “Following” and Bill Condon on “Gods & Monsters.”

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Jeff Dowd, Alex Nohe launch Blood Sweat Honey

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Jeff Dowd, Alex Nohe launch Blood Sweat Honey
Partners bring more than 65 years of industry experience.

Jeff Dowd and Alex Nohe have launched a full-service distribution and creative consultancy.

Blood Sweat Honey will specialise in providing strategic counsel to independent filmmakers, offering producer representation, festival strategy, script and post-production creative consulting, and hybrid distribution and marketing strategy.

Dowd (main picture), the inspiration for the character of ‘The Dude’ in the Coen brothers’ The Big Lebowski, has worked in the independent sector for more than four decades as a producer, distributor, exhibitor, festival director and producer’s rep.

He has consulted on such films as Blood Simple, Chariots Of Fire, Ghandi, War Games, Hoosiers, Desperately Seeking Susan, Kissing Jessica Stein, and The Blair Witch Project.

He and several partners are preparing to release the transmedia series Our Classic Tales That Fuel Our Future this autumn.

Nohe is a film distributor, filmmaker and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of executive and management experience in the film business
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Say Your Prayers! The Unholy (1988) Available on Blu-ray June 27th – Vestron Horror Classics

Say your prayers before the Vestron Video Collector’s Series releases the demonic horror classic The Unholy, arriving for the first time on limited-edition Blu-ray on June 27 from Lionsgate. Following the mysterious murders of his predecessors, a newly appointed pastor must battle a powerful demon to save his parish and the world. The Unholy is packed with all-new special features, including an audio commentary with director Camilo Vila, isolated score selections, interviews with the cast and crew, the original storyboard gallery and more! Plus, this special edition includes the film’s original ending with optional audio commentary from producer Mathew Hayden. Restored and remastered, The Unholy Vestron Video Collector’s Series Blu-ray will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.97.

Official Synopsis

In New Orleans, a city with a dark underside of black magic and satanic worship, 2 priests have been brutally murdered at St Agnes Church. Now The Unholy
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Joe Hyams, Longtime Warners Publicity Exec, Dies at 90

Joe Hyams, former Warner Bros. publicity executive who worked with notable names including Clint Eastwood, Barbra Streisand, and Stanley Kubrick, died Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 90.

Hyams spent more than 40 years at Warners, rising to executive VP of special projects. He worked with Eastwood on all his films from 1971’s “Any Which Way But Loose” through 2004’s “Mystic River” and shepherded the films through film festivals, premieres and awards campaigns.

Eastwood said in a statement, “Joe was an incredibly smart, intuitive and talented executive who played a crucial role in making my movies succeed. More important, he was a great friend and I will miss him.”

Working with stars such as James Dean, Burt Lancaster, Hillary Swank, and Morgan Freeman, Hyams nurtured personal relationships with many of the stars he worked with, and he served as a mentor and advisor to many people.

“To me he was the dean of what he did,
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Christopher Nolan Curates BFI Series on the Influences of ‘Dunkirk’

“I spent a lot of time reviewing the silent films for crowd scenes –the way extras move, evolve, how the space is staged and how the cameras capture it, the views used,” Nolan said earlier this year when it came to the creation of his WWII epic Dunkirk, referencing films such as Intolerance, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, and Greed, as well as the films of Robert Bresson.

Throughout the entire month of July, if you’re in the U.K., you are lucky enough to witness a selection of these influences in a program at BFI Southbank. Featuring all screenings in 35mm or 70mm — including a preview of Dunkirk over a week before it hits theaters — there’s classics such as Greed, Sunrise, and The Wages of Fear, as well as Alien, Speed, and even Tony Scott’s final film.

Check out Nolan’s introduction below, followed by
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Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk To Play At BFI Southbank On July 13

Running from 1-31 July, BFI Southbank are delighted to present a season of films which have inspired director Christopher Nolan’s new feature Dunkirk (2017), released in cinemas across the UK on Friday 21 July.

Christopher Nolan Presents has been personally curated by the award-winning director and will offer audiences unique insight into the films which influenced his hotly anticipated take on one of the key moments of WWII.

The season will include a special preview screening of Dunkirk on Thursday 13 July, which will be presented in 70mm and include an introduction from the director himself.

Christopher Nolan is a passionate advocate for the importance of seeing films projected on film, and as one of the few cinemas in the UK that still shows a vast amount of celluloid film, BFI Southbank will screen all the films in the season on 35mm or 70mm.

In 2015 Nolan appeared on stage alongside visual artist
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Stephen Johnston, Former Goldcrest Films President, Dies at 68

Stephen Johnston, former president of Goldcrest Films, whose best picture Oscar winners included Chariots of Fire, Gandhi, Dances With Wolves and Driving Miss Daisy when run by co-founder Jake Eberts during the 1980s, has died. He was 68.

Johnston, who served as president and managing director of the Los Angeles office of Goldcrest before retiring in 2013, died May 4 in Los Angeles after a short illness, according to his publicist.

"I’ll miss him terribly and fondly recall our 30 years of joy and laughter," Goldcrest Group chairman John Quested said Sunday in a statement.

Johnston was born...
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Relive the magic of Baywatch's comedic Slowmo Marathon promotional event

  • JoBlo
Quick, somebody cue up the Chariots Of Fire theme song by Vangelis. Oh, but before you do, can you slow is down by about 800%? There, that's perfect for what you're about to see. On April 22nd, the world was introduced to an evolution in the field of sport. A marathon, but a marathon like no other - The Baywatch SlowMoMarathon, a grueling 0.3km that must be run... Read More...
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‘Chewing Gum,’ ‘Catastrophe’ And The Rise Of UK TV Comedy

  • The Playlist
When Colin Welland, accepting his screenwriting Oscar for “Chariots of Fire” in 1982, echoed Paul Revere’s famous words “the British are coming!,” it’s widely felt he ushered in a long period of decline in the fortunes of U.K. filmmaking in the U.S. So we don’t want to make the same mistake here, and will just point out that, in addition to all the British imports that have already snuck past Customs and Border Protection and onto American screens, in just a few weeks we see season 3 of “Catastrophe” come to Amazon (this Friday), and the first two seasons of “Chewing Gum” come to Netflix, to no little fanfare.

Continue reading ‘Chewing Gum,’ ‘Catastrophe’ And The Rise Of UK TV Comedy at The Playlist.
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Say Your Prayers! The Unholy (1988) Available on Blu-ray March 28th – Vestron Horror Classics

Say your prayers before the Vestron Video Collector’s Series releases the demonic horror classic The Unholy, arriving for the first time on limited-edition Blu-ray on June 27 from Lionsgate. Following the mysterious murders of his predecessors, a newly appointed pastor must battle a powerful demon to save his parish and the world. The Unholy is packed with all-new special features, including an audio commentary with director Camilo Vila, isolated score selections, interviews with the cast and crew, the original storyboard gallery and more! Plus, this special edition includes the film’s original ending with optional audio commentary from producer Mathew Hayden. Restored and remastered, The Unholy Vestron Video Collector’s Series Blu-ray will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.97.

Official Synopsis

In New Orleans, a city with a dark underside of black magic and satanic worship, 2 priests have been brutally murdered at St Agnes Church. Now The Unholy
See full article at WeAreMovieGeeks.com »

The Unholy Vestron Video Collector’s Series Blu-ray Coming This June

  • DailyDead
Lionsgate's Vestron Video Collector's Series is looking to raise a little hell this summer, as The Unholy (1988) is coming to Blu-ray on June 27th with new bonus features.

Press Release: The Vestron cult classic horror title releases continue with The Unholy, coming to Blu-ray on June 27 with all new special features!

Street Date: 6/27/17

Blu-ray™ Srp: $39.97

Program Description

Say your prayers before the Vestron Video Collector’s Series releases the demonic horror classic The Unholy, arriving for the first time on limited-edition Blu-ray on June 27 from Lionsgate. Following the mysterious murders of his predecessors, a newly appointed pastor must battle a powerful demon to save his parish and the world. The Unholy is packed with all-new special features, including an audio commentary with director Camilo Vila, isolated score selections, interviews with the cast and crew, the original storyboard gallery and more! Plus, this special edition includes the film’s original ending
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2017 Oscars: 6 Surprisingly Close Races to Watch

2017 Oscars: 6 Surprisingly Close Races to Watch
For weeks now, Oscar pundits and awards-circuit journalists have been saying virtually the same thing: La La Land should dominate the night; Zootopia has all but picked up its statuette and put it on a mantel; the impeccably written Manchester by the Sea will almost assuredly go home with the Best Original Screenplay award. When narratives like this cement themselves around the Academy Awards, as they do almost every year, it's tough to shake off what seems like an inevitability. But as anyone who's been covering the show for a minute or three knows,
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Archstone takes Joseph Fiennes-starring Eric Liddell biopic to Efm

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Archstone takes Joseph Fiennes-starring Eric Liddell biopic to Efm
Exclusive: Flying Scotsman stars Fiennes in the unofficial sequel to Chariots Of Fire.

Us-based Archstone Distribution is in town talking up the drama On Wings Of Eagles starring Joseph Fiennes as ‘Flying Scotsman’ Eric Liddell.

The drama charts the adult life of the athlete and devout Christian and is styled as an unofficial sequel to 1981 Oscar-winner Chariots Of Fire.

Liddell was born in 1902 in China to Scottish missionaries and became a gifted sportsman who represented his country at rugby and competed in the 1924 Olympics in Paris.

He won the 400m gold medal at the Games after he refused to compete in the 100m heats because they took place on a Sunday.

A year later Liddell returned to work as a missionary teacher in China and died in a Japanese civilian internment camp in 1945.

Archstone screens On Wings Of Eagles again on Sunday. Brady Bowen brokered the acquisition with Jerry Dasti of Goodland Pictures and Kevin Mills of Innowave
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