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Horror Channel Frightfest Interview: Marko Makilaakso talks ‘It Came From the Desert’

Ahead of the UK premiere of his latest film It Came From the Desert at the Horror Channel Frightfest Halloween event, director Marko Mäkilaakso shares his admiration for Roger Corman, love of B-Movies, spoofing and overcoming homeland obstacles.

It Came From the Desert is inspired by Cinemaware’s cult 1980s video game, which in turn was motivated by the giant creature feature craze infesting 1950s Hollywood. What was the main inspiration for you?

There’s so many movies and makers which inspired Icftd, but the main inspiration was exactly that; creature feature infested 1950s Hollywood films, and the legendary Cinemaware Desert games and creature features and action comedies I grew up with in the 1980s. I love B-movies and mainstream filmmakers who give homages to those in their works, like Joe Dante, John Landis, Tim Burton, Steven Spielberg etc. There’s something so pure and honest about B-movies and even
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Celebrate Reel Love: A Day of Movies About Movies at the Genesis Cinema in November

To celebrate the upcoming release of Owen Michael Johnson’s (Beast Wagon) graphic novel Reel Love, a collaboration between the Genesis Cinema and also the publisher Unbound will see a special one-day event, titled Reel Love: A Day of Movies About Movies take place on the 4th November. Not only will some classic films be shown, but they will be the opportunity to get hold of exclusive posters and attend comic book workshops too.

Reel Love: A Day of Movies About Movies is a one-day event screening films about the movie business: from projectors to production hell to popcorn, the day is an affectionate celebration of the art of making movies and includes Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose Of Cairo, Tim Burton’s Ed Wood and Giuseppe Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso.

A £15 ticket day-pass covers all the screenings and events of this special day, including to an
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Mars Attacks: extra nerdy facts about the 1990s favourite

Den Of Geek Oct 1, 2017

Tim Burton's 1996 alien invasion movie Mars Attacks!, and some of the nerdy stuff behind it...

Coming off the back of arguably his most acclaimed film, the Oscar-winning Ed Wood, director Tim Burton returned to blockbuster movie territory, with his anarchic 1996 take on the Topps Tradiing Card series, Mars Attacks! He pulled together a cracking ensemble cast, and proceeded to take real glee in having them dispatched by aliens with a penchant for shooting birds of peace out of the sky, and saying ‘ack!’ a lot. In fact, the dialogue of ‘ack!’ was a placeholder in the screenplay penned by Jonathan Gems, and was never replaced. A wise move, that. Gems, goes the story, developed the screenplay for the film, and only when he was done did he realise the trading cards themselves came with their own story on the reverse side!

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Mars Attacks: extra nerdy facts about the 1990s favourite

Den Of Geek Oct 1, 2017

Tim Burton's 1996 alien invasion movie Mars Attacks!, and some of the nerdy stuff behind it...

Coming off the back of arguably his most acclaimed film, the Oscar-winning Ed Wood, director Tim Burton returned to blockbuster movie territory, with his anarchic 1996 take on the Topps Tradiing Card series, Mars Attacks! He pulled together a cracking ensemble cast, and proceeded to take real glee in having them dispatched by aliens with a penchant for shooting birds of peace out of the sky, and saying ‘ack!’ a lot. In fact, the dialogue of ‘ack!’ was a placeholder in the screenplay penned by Jonathan Gems, and was never replaced. A wise move, that. Gems, goes the story, developed the screenplay for the film, and only when he was done did he realise the trading cards themselves came with their own story on the reverse side!

Get Mars Attacks! in posh new packaging here,
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Here Are The First ‘The Disaster Artist’ Reactions

The first reactions from ‘The Disaster Artist‘ have arrived. The film about the making one of the worst movies of all time recently got a new trailer, and it looks absolutely amazing. Based on the true story about the making of what some consider to be the worst movie ever made, ‘The Room‘, James Franco Writes, Directs, Produces and Stars as Tommy Wiseau.

Over the past few months, the film has screened a few times, most recently at Tiff ’17. The reactions overall seem to praise the film for successfully telling the story on the making of ‘The Room’. In Addition to James Franco, the stellar cast includes Dave Franco, Alison Brie, Seth Rogen, Judd Apatow, Kristen Bell, Kate Upton, Zac Efron, Lizzy Caplan, Bryan Cranston, Adam Scott, Sharon Stone, Zach Braff, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Hannibal Buress.

At the time of ‘The Room‘s release, the film was critically panned, but earned
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Doug Jones & Sarah Lancaster Discuss The Terror Of Hallow’S Eve in Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Video

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He's known as Billy from Hocus Pocus, Abe Sapien from the Hellboy films, and Pale Man to name a few, and in the new horror film The Terror of Hallow's Eve, Doug Jones plays Scarecrow, and you can watch him and actress Sarah Lancaster discuss what attracted them to Todd Tucker's latest film in our exclusive behind-the-scenes video.

From Illusion Industries Inc., The Terror Of Hallow's Eve will premiere at London's FrightFest on August 28th. Below, we have full details on the film, as well as the trailer and our exclusive behind-the-scenes video.

Press Release: Los Angeles, California – (July 17, 2017) Leading Special Makeup FX studio Illusion Industries Inc. will premiere horror feature The Terror Of Hallow’s Eve at this year’s FrightFest, which takes place in London, UK, August 24 - 29. The Terror Of Hallow’s Eve combines mind bending practical effects, 1980s nostalgia and a relatable story with a
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Bedtime Stories and Parties with Mel Brooks: Martin Landau's Daughter Remembers Life with Her Legendary Dad

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Bedtime Stories and Parties with Mel Brooks: Martin Landau's Daughter Remembers Life with Her Legendary Dad
Martin Landau’s daughter Susie Landau Finch tells People growing up with the Hollywood star made for a very exciting childhood.

“No one day was the same. He was full of excitement and would tell me amazing bedtime stories and was always making funny voices – so much that he scared my little sister,” she says.

The actor, who won an Academy Award in 1994 for the Tim Burton-directed Ed Wood, came to fame playing a villain in Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest and later in the original Mission: Impossible TV show on CBS. He died at UCLA Medical Center
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Movie News: Martin Landau Passes Away at 89; Watch Natalie Portman in New 'Planetarium' Trailer

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Martin Landau: Winner of an Academy Award for his supporting performance in Tim Burton's Ed Wood, Martin Landau appeared in more than 175 movies and television shows over a rich and varied career that began in 1953. He passed away yesterday at the age of 89. He gave a notable performance in North by Northwest, starred on TV's Mission: Impossible and later earned Academy Award nominations for Tucker: The Man and His Dream and Crime and Misdemeanors. [THR]   Killers of the Flower Moon: We heard back in April that director Martin Scorsese might be teaming with Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro to make a big-screen version of Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, based on a true story about murder and mayhem in Oklahoma in the...

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Martin Landau's Epic Love with Mission: Impossible Costar Barbara Bain: Inside Their 36-Year Romance

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Martin Landau's Epic Love with Mission: Impossible Costar Barbara Bain: Inside Their 36-Year Romance
Martin Landau and Barbara Bain had a love meant for the screen.

Oscar winner Landau, who died Saturday at at age 89 after a brief illness, rose through the ranks in Hollywood alongside his Mission: Impossible costar Bain, as their marriage spanned 36 years and two children before they divorced in 1993.

Their romance got off to an unlikely start when Bain showed up to one of Landau’s classes at the Actors Studio in New York.

“I thought she was an empty-headed model, a magazine cover wired for sound,” he told People back in 1976 of his first impression of Bain. “I had hair down to my shoulders,
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Martin Landau, Oscar-Winner & ‘Ed Wood’ Star, Dies At 89

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Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau died Saturday night, aged 89. Martin Landau Dead At 89 Landau’s publicist Dick Guttman said the actor died of unexpected complications during a short stay at UCLA Medical Center. Landau gained fame in the 1960s as Rollin Hand on Mission: Impossible the TV show. His real-life wife, Barbara Bain, also starred in the show. […]

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Hollywood Reacts to Death of Oscar-Winning Actor Martin Landau

Hollywood Reacts to Death of Oscar-Winning Actor Martin Landau
Hollywood paid tribute on social media to Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau, who died Saturday in Los Angeles.

Actors and filmmakers remembered Landau for his scene-stealing roles in films including, “North by Northwest,” “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” and “Ed Wood,” and the TV series, “Mission: Impossible.”

In addition to those who celebrated the life and mourned the loss of the actor online, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce also announced Monday that flowers will be placed on Landau’s Walk of Fame star on Monday at 11:30 a.m. Landau’s star is located at 6845 Hollywood Boulevard.

His ex-wife, Barbara Bain, said in a statement, “If one could examine his DNA, it would read Actor. He embraced every role with fire and fierce dedication. Playing Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton’s ‘Ed Wood’ was his loving tribute to all actors and garnered him a well-deserved Academy Award. His work was his joy and his legacy.”

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Oscar Winner Martin Landau Dead At Age 89

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Landau (center) with "Mission:Impossible" co-stars (clockwise) Peter Graves, Greg Morris, Peter Lupus and Barbara Bain.

By Lee Pfeiffer

Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau has passed away at age 89. Landau had originally intended to be a cartoonist before studying at the esteemed Actors Studio in New York City. With his intense looks and persona, he began to be noticed by Hollywood studios. In 1959 he was cast as James Mason's gay henchman in Alfred Hitchcock's classic "North by Northwest". It was Landau who suggested playing the role as a not-so-closeted homosexual, a rather daring strategy for the era. The result made Landau standout in a cast of heavyweights that included Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and Leo G. Carroll. Roles in epic films such as "Cleopatra" and "The Greatest Story Ever Told" followed. Landau also appeared regularly on popular TV programs including "The Twilight Zone", "The Untouchables", "I Spy", "The Wild,
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Academy Award Winner Martin Landau Dead at 89

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Academy Award Winner Martin Landau Dead at 89
Martin Landau, the Oscar-winning character actor who has worked with acclaimed directors like Alfred Hitchcock, Woody Allen, and Tim Burton, has died at the age of 89. He is perhaps best known by modern audiences for his role as the down-on-his-luck Bela Lugosi in the black comedy Ed Wood, the Burton-directed biopic of the titular […]

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2017 celebrity deaths: Remembering Martin Landau, Mary Tyler Moore, Bill Paxton and more

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2017 celebrity deaths: Remembering Martin Landau, Mary Tyler Moore, Bill Paxton and more
Oscar winner Martin Landau died on July 15 at the age of 89. The veteran actor won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in the film “Ed Wood” (1994) and received two other Oscar nominations for “Tucker: The Man and His Dream” (1988) and “Crimes and Misdemeanors” (1989). One of his first notable film […]
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Martin Landau, Oscar-Winning 'Ed Wood' Actor, Dead at 89

Martin Landau, Oscar-Winning 'Ed Wood' Actor, Dead at 89
Martin Landau, the Oscar-winning Ed Wood actor who appeared in Crimes & Misdemeanors, North by Northwest and the Mission: Impossible TV series over a career that spanned over 50 years, died Saturday at the age of 89.

Landau died following "unexpected complications during a short hospitalization" at the UCLA Medical Center, his representative told The Hollywood Reporter.

The actor spent five years as a newspaper cartoonist in his native New York before deciding to focus on acting; As Landau often stated, he and Steve McQueen were notably the only two applicants accepted into
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Film News: Martin Landau, Oscar Winner for ‘Ed Wood,’ Dies at 89

Los Angeles – His acting career spanned from working with Alfred Hitchcock to Tim Burton. Along the way, he had significant TV and film roles including a Best Supporting Oscar win for portraying Bela Lugosi in Burton’s “Ed Wood”. Martin Landau died in Los Angeles on July 15, 2017. He was 89.

He was one of the rare actors known both for distinctive parts in both television and film, and had a revival in his career towards the end of his life. Besides working for directors Hitchcock and Burton, he also has roles in films by Woody Allen, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Francis Ford Coppola and Frank Darabont. On television, he had an early role on “Mission: Impossible in the 1960s, and another on the cult series “Space :1999”

Martin Landau in a 2013 Appearance in Chicago

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

Martin Landau was born in Brooklyn, New York,
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Martin Landau obituary

Actor who played Rollin Hand in the Us television series Mission: Impossible and Bela Lugosi in the 1994 film Ed Wood

•A life in pictures

In the first three series of the television show Mission: Impossible (1966-69), Martin Landau, who has died aged 89, played the ace impersonator Rollin Hand, one of the specialists used by the Impossible Missions Force. Hand was described as a “man of a million faces”. Landau’s own face was instantly recognisable, with its haunted eyes, wide mouth and furrowed brow; even when he broke into a smile, he could seem to be frowning.

Landau was disguised beneath heavy makeup for his best known film role, as the horror actor Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood (1994), Tim Burton’s biopic of the cross-dressing director of trashy movies. Landau’s Lugosi is a tragicomic creation: his wife has left him, he is addicted to morphine and most of Hollywood thinks he is dead.
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R.I.P. Martin Landau and George A. Romero

Yesterday, the film world lost a pair of legends as reports came in that both Martin Landau and George A. Romero had passed away over the weekend. These two titans of the industry impacted Hollywood in very different ways, but both left an indelible mark on cinema, that’s for sure. One was an actor whose career spanned decades, including recent awards worthy work. The other was an independent filmmaker who revolutionized a whole genre, one he would tinker with for decades, creating a franchise that spanned his entire career. Both will be greatly missed. The film world is a lesser place for having lost them. Let us now celebrate Landau and Romero a bit with a small tribute to the two departed talents. Landau (1928-2017) was a giant of acting. An Oscar winner for his supporting turn in Tim Burton’s Ed Wood, he also had nominations to his
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