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Frank Lucas, American Gangster Drug Kingpin Played by Denzel Washington, Dead at 88

Frank Lucas, American Gangster Drug Kingpin Played by Denzel Washington, Dead at 88
Drug lord Frank Lucas, who inspired the 2007 film American Gangster, played by Denzel Washington, has died at 88 years old.

Lucas passed away on Thursday, as confirmed by his nephew, Aldwan Lassiter, who revealed to The Rolling Stone that his uncle’s death was of natural causes.

The drug kingpin is best know for being one of the brains behind the “Golden Triangle,” an area in Southeast Asia where he used the coffins of fallen American soldiers from Vietnam to transport drugs into the U.S.

His origins with drugs came from his involvement with gangster Bumpy Johnson, whose mob boss
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Peggy Lipton, star of TV landmarks ‘Mod Squad’ and ‘Twin Peaks, dead at 72

As leggy and lithesome flower girl and undercover cop Julie Barnes on ABC’s “The Mod Squad,” Peggy Lipton, who is dead on age 72 from cancer on May 11, became a counter-cultural sex symbol alongside actors Michael Cole as long-haired Pete Cochran and Clarence Williams III as African-American Lincoln Hayes. The catchphrase for the series that lasted five seasons from 1968 to 1973, “One black, one white, one blonde,” might sound corny these days, but it was one of the first network shows to feature an integrated cast that also reflected the times were a-changing by tackling cases with social issues and using the cool jargon of the day.

Check out the clip above featuring a “Mod Squad” scene between Cole and Lipton.

As often was the case back in the ’60s, Lipton would cash in on her TV popularity by recording a self-titled album in 1968, tackling such tunes as Donovan‘s “Wear
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'Twin Peaks' star Peggy Lipton passes away

Actress and former model Peggy Lipton, who rose to stardom with "The Mod Squad" and "Twin Peaks", has died. She was 72.

Her death from cancer was announced on Saturday by Kidada and Rashida Jones, her daughters from a marriage to famed music producer Quincy Jones, reports latimes.com.

"She made her journey peacefully with her daughters and nieces by her side," Lipton's daughters said. "We feel so lucky for every moment we spent with her."

Born in New York on August 30, 1946, Lipton began modelling at age 15. At age 19, she made her television debut on the sitcom "The John Forsythe Show", going on to make appearances on series as "Bewitched", "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" and "The Virginian".

At 21, Lipton rocketed to fame in 1968 as the street-smart flower child Julie Barnes, one of the undercover "hippie cops" in Los Angeles on the crime series "The Mod Squad".

It was one of the
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Peggy Lipton Dead: ‘Mod Squad’ And ‘Twin Peaks’ Actress Was 72

Peggy Lipton Dead: ‘Mod Squad’ And ‘Twin Peaks’ Actress Was 72
Peggy Lipton, a former model and actress known for her roles on TV’s The Mod Squad and Twin Peaks, died Saturday after battling cancer, according to published reports. She was 72.

Lipton’s daughters from her marriage to music producer Quincy Jones, Rashida and Kidada Jones, announced her death.

“She made her journey peacefully with her daughters and nieces by her side,” the two said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. “We feel so lucky for every moment we spent with her.”

Lipton was initially diagnosed with and treated for colon cancer at age 56.

The actress launched her television career with a series of guest roles, and landed the part as undercover cop and flower child Julie Barnes on ABC’s Mod Squad. The series co-starred Michael Cole and Clarence Williams III, and ran from 1968 to 1973. Lipton won a Golden Globe and received four Emmy nominations for the role.
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Peggy Lipton, of The Mod Squad and Twin Peaks, Dead at 72

Peggy Lipton, of The Mod Squad and Twin Peaks, Dead at 72
Peggy Lipton, well known for her roles on TV’s The Mod Squad and Twin Peaks, died on Saturday following a battle with cancer. She was 72.

Lipton’s passing was announced by Rashida and Kidada Jones, her daughters via her 1974-1990 marriage to music producer Quincy Jones. “She made her journey peacefully with her daughters and nieces by her side,” Lipton’s daughters said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. “We feel so lucky for every moment we spent with her.”

Lipton had first been diagnosed with and treated for colon cancer at age 56, when during a routine
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‘Tales From the Hood’ Director Rusty Cundieff: Why It Took 20 Years to Make a Sequel to His Black Horror Anthology

‘Tales From the Hood’ Director Rusty Cundieff: Why It Took 20 Years to Make a Sequel to His Black Horror Anthology
More than 20 years before “Get Out” transformed widespread anxieties about racism into a riveting horror-comedy, Rusty Cundieff’s “Tales From the Hood” got the ball rolling. Taking a tip from “Tales From the Crypt,” the 1995 horror anthology tackled the issues that terrorized black communities in America, from racist police officers to gang violence and the Kkk. With those themes still very much a part of the national conversation, “Tales From the Hood” is finally receiving a long-overdue sequel. With Spike Lee again attached as a producer, “Tales From the Hood 2” premieres this month at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal ahead of its direct-to-dvd release later this year.

For those who missed out on the original: Cundieff, whose 1993 hip-hop mockumentary “Fear of a Black Hat” was a breakout Sundance hit, used a framing device that stretches back to the E.C. Comics days. Creepy funeral home director Mr. Simms
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‘Tales from the Hood 2’ Trailer: Mr. Simms Returns 23 Years Later for an Eerie, Campy Sequel from Producer Spike Lee — Watch

‘Tales from the Hood 2’ Trailer: Mr. Simms Returns 23 Years Later for an Eerie, Campy Sequel from Producer Spike Lee — Watch
Fantasia Festival will host the world premiere of “Tales from the Hood 2” this Friday, and the film’s first trailer has arrived. Like its 1995 precursor, the ghoulish feature is executive produced by Spike Lee, and summons funeral director Mr. Portifoy Simms to narrate four vignettes based on grim realities of the modern African-American experience. The 35-second debut clip includes a blow to the head, burning crucifix, and zombie invasion, not to mention shots of nefarious-looking dolls.

Armageddon” actor Keith David replaces Clarence Williams III in the Simms role, while “Mad Men” veteran Bryan Batt plays a clairvoyant in need of an exorcism. Both films were written by former “Chappelle’s Show” director Rusty Cundieff and Darin Scott. Cundieff directed the original while Scott served as its producer; this time, they share directing and producing credit.

Per its official synopsis, horror fans can expect “bloodcurdling stories about lust, greed, pride, and
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Tales from the Hood 2 Trailer Gets Spooky with the Return of Mr. Simms

Tales from the Hood 2 Trailer Gets Spooky with the Return of Mr. Simms
Horror is back in the hood as the first trailer for Tales from the Hood 2 has arrived. The original Tales From the Hood was released in 1995 and not only succeeds as a great horror anthology, but as a horror movie with a lot of effective political commentary. In the wake of Jordan Peele's Get Out, now seems like the perfect time for a sequel and we're getting exactly that in just a few months, as Tales From the Hood 2 is set to arrive on home video this October, as revealed in the teaser.

Tales from the Hood 2 arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and digital platforms on October 2, 2018, from Universal 1440 Entertainment, in partnership with 40 Acres and a Mule. Starring Keith David (The Nice Guys), the sequel introduces the audience to four new dreadful short tales, that follow the original film's cult classic roots. As teased in the trailer, we'll be treated to tales of lust,
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First Photos from Tales From The Hood 2

Tales From the Hood 2 will be making its world premiere at Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival on Friday, July 13th. Ahead of the upcoming premiere, we have a look at the first photos from the new anthology horror movie:

Horror is back in the hood! The sequel to the groundbreaking original film Tales From The Hood reunites executive producer Spike Lee (Honorary Academy Award® winner) and writers/directors/producers Rusty Cundieff and Darin Scott for an all-new gripping, horrifying and oftentimes devilishly comical anthology. Keith David stars as a contemporary Mr. Simms to tell bloodcurdling stories about lust, greed, pride, and politics through tales with demonic dolls, possessed psychics, vengeful vixens and historical ghosts. Mr. Simms’s haunting stories will make you laugh... while you scream.

With its openly political bent, it’s no surprise that Tales From The Hood 2 has Spike Lee as an executive producer. Original 1995 Tales From
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“Scream” Star Joins ‘Tales From the Hood’ Sequel [Exclusive]

“Scream” Star Joins ‘Tales From the Hood’ Sequel [Exclusive]
We’re getting more Tales From the Hood from director Rusty Cundieff, which recently wrapped filming in New Orleans. It was revealed late last week that Keith David, best known to horror fans from both John Carpenter’s The Thing and They Live, would be replacing Clarence Williams III as the film’s funeral director. Now, Bloody Disgusting can exclusively reveal the addition of Bryan Batt, […]
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Tales From The Hood 2 Is Finally Heading Our Way!

One of the slickest horror anthology films from the 90’s was director Rusty Cundieff’s Tales from the Hood starring Clarence Williams III as the coolest undertaker ever. The film begged for a sequel – or a whole series of sequels – but nothing ever came to pass. Until today that it. Supposedly, yes, there is […]

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Tales from the Hood 2 Is Happening with Original Director

Tales from the Hood 2 Is Happening with Original Director
After more than 20 years, Tales From the Hood 2 is finally happening. The horror anthology genre has come and gone over the years, but it's delivered its fair share of cult classics in the decades that the sub-genre has been around. One such cult classic is 1995's Tales From the Hood. Now, director Rusty Cundieff has revealed that a sequel is in the works. Though, he may have jumped the gun a bit.

The director took to Twitter recently to make the reveal that Tales From the Hood 2 is currently in development. In a tweet, that has since been deleted, indicating that he spilled the beans on the sequel a bit too early, the director revealed an image from his location scouting with the caption, "In New Orleans location scouting for Tales From The Hood 2 This is part of Anne Rice's old Home and where she held her LeStat parties.
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‘American Gangster’ and the Two Sides of Ridley Scott

Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.

There are at least two Ridley Scotts working in Hollywood. Ridley Scott, auteur — the man who revolutionized science fiction and horror cinema at the same time with Alien, who single-handedly resurrected the swords-and-sandals epic with Gladiator, who
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Blu-ray Review: Tales From The Hood Collector’s Edition

Now that we’re nearly 20 years removed and the dust has settled on the 1990s, the decade long believed to be a wasteland for horror movies is finally being reconsidered for the number of really good films it actually did produce. Because there weren’t as many horror movies being released as in the 1980s and because the genre wasn’t part of the cultural conversation the way it previously had been, critics and audiences didn’t know what to make of a number of titles as they slowly dripped out over the course of the decade. That led to some unfairly negative reviews and disappointing box office results as horror movies were given a bad name, until they began finding their audiences on home video just a few years later. This is great news, because it means that Tales from the Hood is finally getting its due as one
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We Have Always Been At War With Drugs: ‘Deep Cover’ A Quarter-Century Later

Looking back at Jeff Goldblum and Laurence Fishburne wearily fighting the war on drugs 25 years ago.

This Monday marked the 25th anniversary of the release of Deep Cover, itself an endpoint of the preceding quarter-century. It bears a deep weariness, beset by crime, racism, and, increasingly, the American government itself. Every frame of the film is soaked in that weariness, and its script explicitly addresses it, as the entire business of its story turns out to be that of the American government’s profit from the illegal drug trade, with then-president George H.W. Bush and the former president of Panama, the notorious CIA operative Manuel Noriega addressed by name.

That it’s ostensibly a crime thriller, a genre picture, makes Deep Cover all the more effective a messenger. In his last film billed as “Larry” — while we’re talking about culmination — Laurence Fishburne stars as a young police officer who, as
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April 18th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Donnie Darko 4-Disc Set, Tales From The Hood, M. Night Shyamalan’s Split

April 18th looks to be another fun day of home entertainment releases for genre fans, as we have an excellent variety of films—both old and new—coming home to Blu-ray and DVD. M. Night Shyamalan’s psychological thriller Split makes its way to both formats on Tuesday courtesy of Universal Studios Home Entertainment, and Arrow Video is keeping busy with a trio of Blu-rays: The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave, The Red Queen Kills Seven Times, and their four-disc set celebrating Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko.

Other notable releases for April 18th include Scream Factory’s stellar collector’s edition of Tales From the Hood, Contamination .7, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Mephisto Waltz from Kino Lorber.

Donnie Darko: 4-Disc Limited Edition Set (Arrow Video, Blu-ray)

Fifteen years before Stranger Things, Richard Kelly set the template and the high-water mark with his debut feature, Donnie Darko.
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Contest: Win Tales From The Hood Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray

Beginning April 18th, Scream Factory invites viewers back into the Simms' Funeral Home to experience the 1995 horror anthology Tales From the Hood like never before with their new Collector's Edition Blu-ray release, and we've been provided with three copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Collector's Edition Blu-ray copy of Tales from the Hood.

How to Enter: We're giving Daily Dead readers multiple chances to enter and win:

1. Instagram: Following us on Instagram during the contest period will give you an automatic contest entry. Make sure to follow us at:

https://www.instagram.com/dailydead/

2. Email: For a chance to win via email, send an email to contest@dailydead.com with the subject “Tales From the Hood Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on April 24th. This contest is
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Tales From The Hood Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Clips & Trailer

On April 18th, Scream Factory will take viewers into the Simms' Funeral Home for a night to remember with their Collector's Edition Blu-ray release of Tales from the Hood, and we have a look at high-def clips and a TV spot and trailer for the film ahead of its new home media release.

Tales from the Hood Collector's Edition Blu-ray: "Synopsis: Welcome to the 'hood of horrors!

It's a place where your worst fears can come to life. A place where it's hard to tell nightmares from reality. A place where you will discover Tales From The Hood.

Stack, Ball and Bulldog arrive at a local funeral parlor to retrieve a lost drug stash held by the mortician Mr. Simms (Clarence Williams III). But Mr. Simms has plans for the boys. He leads them on a tour of his establishment, introducing them to his corpses. Even the dead have tales to tell and Mr.
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‘Tales from the Hood’ Welcomes You to Hell M*therf*ckers

Scream Factory brings an under-appreciated horror anthology to Collector’s Edition Blu-ray.

Great horror anthologies are hard to come by these days, but luckily there are still plenty to be rediscovered thanks to home video labels like Scream Factory. 1995’s Tales from the Hood is a highly entertaining blend of horror and social commentary from director Rusty Cundieff (who co-wrote alongside Darin Scott who also co-wrote an earlier horror anthology From a Whisper to a Scream), and it’s now found a new home on Blu-ray. Keep reading as we take a look at the film and new Collector’s Edition Blu-ray.

As with all the best anthology films Tales from the Hood features a wraparound tale (“Welcome to My Mortuary”) from which the individual stories are born, and the script couldn’t have chosen a better setting. Three gang-bangers come to a mortuary to pick up a shipment of drugs, and
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Brawl Breaks Out at Double Homicide Court Hearing Involving Rhonj Star Kim DePaola’s Car

Brawl Breaks Out at Double Homicide Court Hearing Involving Rhonj Star Kim DePaola’s Car
A New Jersey courtroom erupted as the men accused in the shooting deaths of two men found in a burned out Audi owned by Real Housewives of New Jersey cast member Kim DePaola made their first court appearance on Friday, multiple outlets report.

NJ.com reported that suspects Clarence Williams, 26, and Gerry Thomas, 28, were denied bail in the alleged murders of Aaron Anderson, 27, and Antonio Vega Jr., 25. As Thomas was being led out of the courtroom, a fight broke out between Anderson’s mother, Michele Ryerson, and the suspect’s female relative.

The bickering escalated into both parties yelling obscenities,
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