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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest review – an extraordinary performance, beautifully contained

Jack Nicholson is the driving force, but this rerelease reminds us how delicately he is supported by the rest of the cast

Think about Milos Forman’s multi-Oscar-winning 1975 adaptation of the Ken Kesey novel, and the first thing likely to come to mind is Jack Nicholson’s performance. It’s extraordinary, a completely uninhibited powerplay, which dominates the screen. But what’s remarkable, when you watch this BFI rerelease in honour of Nicholson’s 80th birthday, is the way Forman is able to balance this enormous, film-dominating turn, and draw our eyes to the supporting characters – to the scaly chill and stillness of Louise Fletcher’s glare as Nurse Ratched, to the immutable sadness of Will Sampson’s Chief. It’s not just Nicholson’s performance that makes this film a masterpiece; it’s the fact that Forman was able to prevent that performance from capsizing the whole enterprise.

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Win tickets to One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest at the BFI Southbank

  • HeyUGuys
Author: Competitions

On 22 April, the incomparable Jack Nicholson will reach 80. In celebration of this milestone birthday, the BFI is bringing the magnificent 1975 tragicomedy in which he starred, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, back to big screens across the UK on 14 April 2017. We are giving three lucky winners a pair of tickets to a BFI Southbank screening of the film between 20 and 24 April 2017

Nicholson’s unforgettable performance as the ingenious, heroic free spirit Rp ‘Mac’ McMurphy, who leads an uprising in the men’s ward of a mental hospital run by callous Nurse Rached (Louise Fletcher), won him his first Best Actor Oscar®.

Adapted from Ken Kesey’s best-selling 1962 novel, directed by Miloš Forman (Amadeus, Man on the Moon) and produced by Saul Zaentz (Amadeus, The English Patient) and Michael Douglas (his first producer role), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was only the second film ever to
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‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ Trailer: BFI Re-Releasing the Best Picture Winner for Jack Nicholson’s 80th Birthday — Watch

  • Indiewire
For the first time in more than 40 years, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” has a new trailer. BFI is re-releasing the multiple Oscar winner to mark the occasion of Jack Nicholson’s 80th birthday, which the actor will celebrate on April 14. Watch the new trailer below.

Read More: Watch: 13 Minutes of Deleted Scenes From ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’

Miloš Forman’s adaptation of the best-selling novel by Ken Kesey belongs to an exclusive club: “Cuckoo’s Nest” is just one of three films to win the Academy Awards for Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenplay, the other two being “It Happened One Night” and “The Silence of the Lambs.” Made for $3 million, it grossed more than $100 million.

Read More: Watch: Exploring the Set-Ups in ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’

Louise Fletcher, Will Sampson, William Redfield, Brad Dourif, Christopher Lloyd and Danny DeVito co-star in the film.
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Blu-ray Reviews: Poltergeist II: The Other Side and Poltergeist III Collector’s Editions

  • DailyDead
There was never really a need to sequelize 1982’s Poltergeist. It told a complete story. It vanquished the evil spirit haunting the house by film’s end. Heck, it even vanquished the house itself. But because the original movie was a hit and it was the ’80s, the Tobe Hooper/Steven Spielberg collaboration got not just one sequel but two, despite the fact that it does not lend itself to being a franchise. New villains and new mythology—and eventually even new family members—were introduced to keep the story going, albeit with mixed results. And while the sequels have their fans, they’re hardly among the most beloved horror films of the decade. Thanks to Scream Factory’s new Collector's Editions of both, horror fans now have the chance to reevaluate them in the best possible format.

Though released four years after the 1982 original, Poltergeist II: The Other Side
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January 31st Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Lair Of The White Worm, Poltergeist Sequels

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For this final week of home entertainment releases in January, horror and sci-fi fans have a ton of cult classics to look forward to, including Poltergeist II and Poltergeist III from Scream Factory, and Lair of the White Worm and Parents from Lionsgate via their Vestron Video Collector’s Series.

Synapse Films is also keeping busy with a trio of releases this Tuesday—The Coffin Joe Trilogy Collection, At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul, and This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse—and for those of you missed it in theaters, Boo! A Madea Halloween comes home to both Blu-ray and DVD on January 31st as well.

Lair of the White Worm: Vestron Video Collector’s Series (Lionsgate, Blu-ray)

Bram Stoker’s last novel is the basis for this wild tale of a horrific beast and the evil forces it unleashes on the beautiful English countryside.

Vestron Video
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Watch an Exclusive Clip from Scream Factory’s Poltergeist II: The Other Side Collector’s Edition Blu-ray

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If your home away from home in your formative years was the dentist’s office, then you know that braces can be hell. That teeth-centric fear was tapped into by the special effects team in Poltergeist II: The Other Side, and with the sequel coming out on a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on January 31st from Scream Factory, we’ve been provided with an exclusive bonus features clip just for Daily Dead readers that goes behind-the-scenes of the movie’s intense braces scene.

Check out our exclusive bonus features clip of actor Oliver Robins reminiscing about the braces scene below, and be sure to visit Scream Factory to learn more about their Collector’s Edition Blu-rays of both Poltergeist II: The Other Side and Poltergeist III:

https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/film-horror/poltergeist-ii-the-other-side-collector-s-edition https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/film-horror/poltergeist-iii-collector-s-edition

Poltergeist II: The Other Side (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray
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Contest: Win Poltergeist II: The Other Side Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray

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Beginning January 31st, sinister spirits return to haunt the Freeling family on Scream Factory’s Poltergeist II: The Other Side Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, and we’ve been provided with three copies to give away to Daily Dead readers.


Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Collector’s Edition Blu-ray copy of Poltergeist II: The Other Side.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject “Poltergeist II Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on February 3rd. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.


Poltergeist II: The Other Side (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray): “In this thrilling follow-up to the smash hit Poltergeist, the Freeling family (JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson,
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Watch Clips & Trailers from Poltergeist II: The Other Side and Poltergeist III Collector’s Edition Blu-rays

  • DailyDead
Scream Factory welcomes back the spirits that plagued the Freeling family with their respective Collector’s Edition Blu-rays of Poltergeist II: The Other Side and Poltergeist III, and to get you prepped for the January 31st releases, we have high-def clips and trailers from both films for you to enjoy.

Poltergeist II: The Other Side (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray): “In this thrilling follow-up to the smash hit Poltergeist, the Freeling family (JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, Heather O’Rourke, Oliver Robins) settles into a new home following the annihilation of their former residence by terrifying visitors from the netherworld. But the spirits of the dead are still hell-bent on luring the family’s clairvoyant daughter Carol Anne to “the other side.” This chilling sequel, directed by Brian Gibson (Breaking Glass) also stars Will Sampson (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), Julian Beck (The Cotton Club) and Zelda Rubinstein (Anguish) returns as Tangina.
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Happy 86th Birthday Clint Eastwood! Here Are His Ten Best Films

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman

Happy Birthday to one of We Are Movie Geeks favorite stars. Clint Eastwood was born on this day in 1930, making him 86 years old. The actor and two-time Oscar winning director hasn’t let his age slow him down a bit. Sully, his new movie as a director, opens in September.

We posted a list in 2011 of his ten best directorial efforts Here

Clint Eastwood has appeared in 68 films in his six (!) decades as an actor, and here, according to We Are Movie Geeks, are his ten best:

Honorable Mention: Honkytonk Man

By the 1980s, Clint Eastwood was one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars. With his own production company, directorial skills, and economic clout, Eastwood was able to make smaller, more personal films. A perfect example is the underrated Honkytonk Man, which also happens to be one of Eastwood’s finest performances.
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‘Firewalker’ Blu-ray Review (101 Films)

  • Nerdly
Stars: Chuck Norris, Louis Gossett Jr., Melody Anderson, Will Sampson, Sonny Landham, John Rhys-Davies, Ian Abercrombie, Richard Lee-Sung | Written by Robert Gosnell | Directed by J. Lee Thompson

Looking back now – three decades later – it’s hard to believe that the idea of an archaeologist as The go-to film hero was, oftentimes, a guarantee to bring in the punters and create a big-money blockbuster movie! Indiana Jones, Romancing the Stone, King Solomon’s Mines, etc. all graced the big screen to varying degrees of success during the mid-80s; and yes, it was Spielberg’s film that reignited the genre but it took Cannon Films – the purveyors of low-budget, high-concept big screen bonanzas – to really put the fun into this now-buried treasure of a genre.

After hitting it big with King Solomon’s Mines, they milked the classic character for another big-budget (at least for Cannon) movie before the flash-in-the-pan adventurer genre faded.
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Blu-ray Review – Firewalker (1986)

Firewalker, 1986.

Directed by J. Lee Thompson.

Starring Chuck Norris, Louis Gossett Jr., Melody Anderson, Sonny Landham, Will Sampson, John Rhys-Davies, Ian Abercrombie.


A pair of hapless adventurers take on a job to find priceless Aztec gold but are pursued by a vengeful spirit who will stop at nothing to protect it.

Back in the mid-1980s there was a brief moment when ripping off Indiana Jones movies was a thing and, as was the norm, it was the legendary Cannon Films who were the masterminds behind many of those low-budget gems. Whilst the mainstream responded to Harrison Ford’s archaeological adventures with the likes of the slick Michael Douglas-led romp Romancing the Stone, Cannon gave us the lacklustre King Solomon’s Mines and its sequel Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold (both of which featured a young Sharon Stone alongside Richard Chamberlain in the lead role
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Krysten Ritter and Mike Colter talk about the sex scenes in Jessica Jones

Over the weekend at the Netflix TCA (via ComicBook), the stars of Jessica Jones were around to take questions about the first season, particularly after the announcement of a second series. One of the ‘hot’ topics of conversation however was the chemistry and relationship between Jessica (Krysten Ritter) and Luke Cage (Mike Colter). How did the actors find them?

“If you’re gonna have to do a scene like that, it’s not terrible to do it with Mike,” Ritter said laughing. “He’s all right looking, but he’s also just a nice guy, always has your back.”

They both added that there’s “nothing sexy” about their scenes and that they actually pick on each other during them.

“The awkward point is the people that are in the room besides us,” Colter added. “We’re okay, it’s the 20-30 people that are around who are all of
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First image from Jessica Jones season 2

Following last night’s announcement of a second season of Jessica Jones, the official Twitter feed released the first official image from the show.

Check out the tweet below:

Did you get the memo? Marvel’s #JessicaJones is back for Season 2, only on Netflix. pic.twitter.com/RPXkREmCgx

Jessica Jones (@JessicaJones) January 17, 2016

There’s no release date for the second season of Jessica Jones just yet, but it will see the return of Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, Rachel Taylor as Trish Walker/Hellcat, Eka Darville as Malcolm, Carrie-Anne Moss as Jeri Hogarth and Wil Traval as Will Sampson.

See Also: Listen to Defenders TV Podcast reviews of Jessica Jones here
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How Cuckoo's Nest swept the Oscars and the 5 films that came close

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On the surface, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’s 1975 release seems like an exercise in perfect timing. An incredible cast, expert direction and instant-classic source material make the film seem like the kind of project that nowadays goes from page to screen in a matter of months.

However, as the film celebrates its 40th anniversary, it remains a stunning combination of luck and endurance.

True, Jack Nicholson was the perfect candidate to play Randle McMurphy. His manic magnetism made him the perfect actor to overtake a mental hospital like a whirlwind. The same goes for Louise Fletcher, who – though inexperienced on the big screen – proved a revelation as the icy-blooded Nurse Ratched. Veteran Czech director Milos Forman had also made some of the finest European films of the 1960s and would use the film to help launch a long Hollywood career that eventually brought him around to films
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The Poltergeist Curse: Here's the Real Story Behind the Movie Myth

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It's the spookiest month of the year, and you know what that means! It's time to figure out whether you believe in curses or simply unfortunate coincidences. A reboot of the classic 1982 horror film Poltergeist came out this year, but let's be honest: nothing could compare to the original. While no horrific accidents occurred on the set of this year's film (that we know of, anyway), the release reminded us of the rumors of a curse on the original film trilogy's cast. The movie revolves around a suburban family who move into a new home and begin to notice strange things surrounding their young daughter. Take a look below to find out about the mysterious events that have made people speculate that Poltergeist may be the most cursed franchise in Hollywood. Source: Getty / MGM The Whole Ordeal Began With Human Skeletons One of the most famous scenes features JoBeth Williams's character,
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Documentary To Explore The Curse Of Poltergeist

Documentary To Explore The Curse Of Poltergeist
Any number of famous horror movies are supposed to have had a curse that plagued their cast and crew both during the shoot and subsequently. The Exorcist is one; Poltergeist is another. And the latter is now set to be the subject of a documentary. Producer and director Adam Ripp is putting together The Curse Of Poltergeist, taking the life and experiences of actor Oliver Robins as its starting point and main focus.What's the supposed curse? A number of deaths, basically. Actress Heather O'Rourke - the trilogy's cute Carol-Anne -  died suddenly at the tragically young age of 12, just before the release of Poltergeist 3. Dominique Dunne, who played Dana, was killed by her boyfriend in 1982, not long after the first film. Bit-part player Lou Perryman was the victim of an axe murder in 2009. Will Sampson died two years after appearing in Poltergeist II. And Julian Beck - Poltergeist II
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Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull’s History Lesson | Review

Director: Robert Altman Writers: Arthur Kopit (play Indians), Alan Rudolph (screenplay), Robert Altman (screenplay) Starring: Paul Newman, Joel Grey, Kevin McCarthy, Harvey Keitel, Allan F. Nicholls, Geraldine Chaplin, John Considine, Robert DoQui, Denver Pyle, Frank Kaquitts, Will Sampson, Pat McCormick, Shelley Duvall, Burt Lancaster Thanks to Kino Lorber Studio Classics, there’s now an excuse to revisit a film you […]
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Watch: 13 Minutes Of Deleted Scenes From 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest'

Next year marks the 40th anniversary of Milos Forman’s fantastic and Oscar-winning “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” but it’s never too early to start celebrating a great film. To that end, some of the deleted scenes from the film have been posted online for your viewing pleasure. Starring Jack Nicholson, the Forman-directed film was only the second ever film (at the time)—after 1934’s “It All Happened One Night”—to sweep the five major Academy Award categories (Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Actor in Lead Role and Actress in Lead Role). The reel of deleted scenes runs about thirteen minutes long and look to have been uploaded from the film’s home video release several years ago. You get to see McMurphy’s initial meeting with Dr. Spivey as well as other scenes featuring the rest of the ensemble cast including a very uncomfortable shaving scene with Will Sampson’s Chief.
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Orca DVD Review

Director: Michael Anderson

Starring: Richard Harris, Charlotte Rampling, Will Sampson, Bo Derek, Keenan Wynn, Robert Carradine

Running Time: 88 minutes

Certificate: PG

This 1977 cash in on Jaws could have just changed the animal and ran with it. Instead it goes for something a lot deeper and poignant. Philosophical themes are interwoven throughout the film and before you know it you’re gripped. From legendary producer Dino De Laurentiis, the man who produced pretty much everything from Federico Fellini classics to the Hannibal Lecter films, he knew when a specific genre was popular, he knew how to exploit it, but he also knew to make it its own.

We follow Richard Harris as Captain Nolan, a hard drinking Irishman who loves to hunt the beasts of the ocean. Despite this, his character has a dramatic arc and one that is completely believable thanks to Harris’ nuanced performance. He’s disgusted after an
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Top 10 movie adaptations

Books and films have been joined at the hip ever since the earliest days of cinema, and adaptations of novels have regularly provided audiences with the classier end of the film spectrum. Here, the Guardian and Observer's critics pick the 10 best

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10. Planet of the Apes

Although the source novel, La Planète des Singes, was written by Frenchman Pierre Boule and originally reached its futureshock climax in Paris, this enduring sci-fi fantasy is profoundly American, putting Charlton Heston's steel-jawed patriotism to incredible use. It also holds up surprisingly well as a jarring allegory for the population's fears over escalating cold war tensions.

Beginning with a spaceship crash-landing on an unknown planet after years of cryogenic sleep, Franklin J Schaffner's film soon gets into gear as Heston's upstanding
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