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The Pirates of Blood River

Can a pirate be a substitute monster? Hammer Films gives yet another genre a spin with this box-office winner that launched a sideline in costume adventures. The Hammer crew makes it work: Christopher Lee, Marla Landi, Marie Devereaux, Michael Ripper, Oliver Reed and Andrew Keir, plus yank assistance from Kerwin Mathews and Glenn Corbett.

The Pirates of Blood River

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Twilight Time

1962 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 87 min. / Street Date October 17, 2017 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store / 29.95

Starring: Kerwin Mathews, Christopher Lee, Andrew Keir, Glenn Corbett, Marla Landi, Michael Ripper, Peter Arne, Oliver Reed, Marie Devereux.

Cinematography: Arthur Grant

Production Design: Bernard Robinson

Art Direction: Don Mingaye

Film Editor: Eric Boyd-Perkins

Original Music: Gary Hughes

Written by John Hunter, John Gilling, Jimmy Sangster

Produced by Michael Carreras, Anthony Nelson-Keys

Directed by John Gilling

Hammer Films didn’t start out as a horror studio, but after their big Technicolor successes in 1957-
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Avanti!

Need a break from violence, misery, and injustice? Or maybe just the network TV news? Billy Wilder’s last great comic romance is an Italian vacation soaked in music, food, scenery and sunshine. It’s the best movie ever about Love and Funerals.

Avanti!

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Kl Studio Classics

1972 / Color/ 1:85 widescreen / 140 min. / Street Date October 10, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Jack Lemmon, Juliet Mills, Clive Revill, Edward Andrews, Harry Ray, Guidarino Guidi, Franco Acampora, Sergio Bruni, Ty Hardin.

Cinematography: Luigi Kuveiller

Film Editor: Ralph Winters

Art direction: Ferdinando Scarfiotti

Music Arranger: Carlo Rustichelli

Italian standards by Gino Paoli, Giuseppi Capaldo, Vittoriao Fassone, Don Backy, Detto Mariano, Sergio Brui, Salvatore Cardillo, Umberto Bertini, Paolo Marchetti.

Written by I.A.L Diamond and Billy Wilder from a play by Samuel L. Taylor

Produced and Directed by Billy Wilder

When Billy Wilder was reaching advanced old age, good friends rallied to make sure
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Elementary: Season Six? Ep Says CBS Series Could End with a Cliffhanger

Despite low ratings and being omitted from the CBS series renewal order in March, creator and executive producer Robert Doherty is still hopeful his Elementary TV show will not be cancelled. He's so optimistic, in fact, that he included cliffhangers into the Elementary season five finale episode.A CBS procedural crime drama, Elementary follows detective Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Dr. Joan Watson (Lucy Liu). Also starring are Aidan Quinn as Captain Thomas Gregson and Jon Michael Hill as Detective Marcus Bell. The cast also includes John Noble and Nelsan Ellis.Read More…
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Elementary: Season Six; Should the CBS Series Be Cancelled or Renewed?

Will Elementary return for season six? The CBS series is nearing the end of its fifth season and has not been renewed. What do you think? Should the TV show be cancelled or renewed for another season?The drama follows eccentric detective Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Doctor Joan Watson (Lucy Liu) as they help solve crimes in modern-day New York. The cast also includes Aidan Quinn and Jon Michael Hill.Read More…
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The best of BraveStarr: 15 amazing episodes

Andrew Younger Jul 12, 2017

We salute Filmmation's BraveStarr's best and most surprising instalments. Strength of the bear!

As the popularity of He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe began to wane in the mid 1980s, legendary animation studio Filmation turned their attention to a new, solely original series. A reportedly 65 million dollar venture, BraveStarr chronicles the adventures of the aforementioned Space Marshal, as he seeks to uphold law and order in the 23rd century.

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Guided and granted animal spirit powers by his Sharman, BraveStarr protects the planet of New Texas from the machinations of an evil, demonic broncosaur named Stampede, and his similarly supernaturally enhanced crony, Tex-Hex. Aided by a talking equestroid - the gun-toting Thirty-Thirty, and potential love interest Judge J.B. McBride, BraveStarr unlocks his superhuman powers by way of four thrill-inducing commands - Strength of the Bear,
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23 Paces to Baker Street

No, not a blind Sherlock Holmes, but a blind Van Johnson, who directs his butler, his girlfriend Vera Miles and the London police to thwart a crime based on something he overheard in a bar. Henry Hathaway directs a complicated murder mystery that plays like a combo of Rear Window and Wait Until Dark, with a cranky Van Johnson as the central character.

23 Paces to Baker Street

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Kl Studio Classics

1956 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 103 min. / Street Date February 21, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Van Johnson, Vera Miles, Cecil Parker, Patricia Laffan, Maurice Denham, Estelle Winwood, Liam Redmond, Isobel Elsom, Martin Benson, Queenie Leonard.

Cinematography: Milton Krasner

Film Editor: James B. Clark

Original Music: Leigh Harline

Written by Nigel Balchin from the novel Warrant for X by Philip MacDonald

Produced by Henry Ephron

Directed by Henry Hathaway

In the 1950s the murder mystery thriller came of age, as creakier older formulas
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Sherlock: Season Four Brings Big Ratings for BBC

Sherlock is back with a bang. Deadline reports the season four premiere brought in big ratings for BBC One.The popular UK drama, which airs on PBS in the United States, stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the world's most famous consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes. The cast also includes Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves, Louise Brealey, Mark Gatiss, and Amanda Abbington.Read More…
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Elementary: Season Five to Feature Return of Betty Gilpin

Fans will notice a familiar face on the upcoming season of Elementary. Entertainment Weekly reports Betty Gilpin is returning for season five of the CBS series.The actress originated the role of Fiona Helbron in season four of the detective drama, which stars Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu as Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson. The cast also includes Aidan Quinn and Jon Michael Hill.Read More…
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Dr. Mabuse The Gambler

He's back and more diabolically ruthless than ever! Berlin cowers under the influence of a gambler-mastermind, the secret architect of an 'Empire of Crime.' Restored to near its full length (4.5 hours!), Fritz Lang's monumental pulp masterpiece is a Euro-classic lover's delight. Dr. Mabuse The Gambler Blu-ray Kino Lorber Classics 1922 / B&W / 1:33 flat Full Frame / 270 min. / Street Date September 13, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Alfred Abel, Aud Egede Nissen, Gertrude Welcker, Bernhard Goetzke, Robert Forster-Larrinaga, Paul Richter Cinematography Carl Hoffmann Art Direction Otto Hunte, Erich Kettelhut, Karl Stahl-Urach, Karl Vollbrecht Writing credits Fritz Lang, Thea von Harbou & Norbert Jacques from the novel by Norbert Jacques Produced by Erich Pommer Directed by Fritz Lang

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Fritz Lang really upped his game, directing-wise, between his 1921 fantasy epic Destiny and his next thriller extravaganza Dr. Mabuse The Gambler. Transcending contemporary notions of a popular release, the
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September 6th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Haunted Honeymoon and Hammer Films Double Features

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Now that September is finally underway, you can expect to see a lot of horror and sci-fi offerings making their way to Blu-ray and DVD from now until Halloween. This Tuesday, we have a handful of selections to look forward to, including a double dose of Hammer Films double features, Haunted Honeymoon (directed by and starring the late, great Gene Wilder), and a trio of new releases: The Neighbor, Tale of Tales, and The Ones Below.

Other notable home entertainment releases for September 6th include Supernatural: Season 11, The Flash: Season Two, The Dead Room, The Darkness, and Night of the Living Deb.

Hammer Films Double Feature: Revenge of Frankenstein & The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (Mill Creek Entertainment, Blu-ray)

For more than four decades, Hammer Films’ unique blend of horror, science fiction, thrills and comedy dominated countless drive-ins and movie theaters. Enjoy this impeccable collection from the darkest corners of the Hammer Imagination!
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Beyond He-Man and She-Ra: celebrating the Filmation legacy

Andrew Younger Sep 2, 2016

Tarzan, Space Sentinels, The New Adventures Of Batman, Flash Gordon, Bravestarr and more, as we salute Filmation...

For a child of the 1970s and 80s, nothing readied you for a half hour of quality entertainment quite like the Filmation logo. Immortalised by their phenomenal success with He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe, and its spin off She-Ra: Princess Of Power, Filmation produced some of the most fondly remembered animated series to grace the small screen.

Over a period of 26 years - in tandem with classic Doctor Who funnily enough - the company's writers, artists and producers delivered a staggering amount of programming. While naysayers point to Filmation's penchant for reusing a stockpile of rotoscoped body movements, or the heavy handedness of its moralising and educational content - children on the other hand, thrilled to an irresistible mixture of action, adventure and superhuman heroes.

Now something of a lost art form,
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Spooky and magical kids' TV dramas of the 1980s: 1985-89

Alex Westthorp Sep 19, 2016

We revisit Tom's Midnight Garden, Moondial, The Chronicles Of Narnia and a few lesser-known UK children's TV series...

Read our look-back at UK kids' fantasy dramas 1980 - 1984 here.

By 1985 British TV's children's drama had really hit its stride, achieving "a balanced diet of programmes" as Edward Barnes, the head of the BBC children's department observed. The late 80s, arguably, saw a new golden age for spooky and magical kids drama. Excellent production values, improved significantly by well-honed special effects work using Quantel, Paintbox and Harry, and moreover some interesting casting - often of very talented newcomers - produced some of the most memorable dramas of the era.

The second half of the decade saw the BBC riding high on the back of the success of their state-of-the-art adaptation of John Masefield's Box Of Delights. Meanwhile, anthology series Dramarama was going from strength to strength on ITV.
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The Top Ten Funny Ladies of the Movies

The recent box office success of The Boss firmly establishes Melissa McCarthy as the current queen of movie comedies (Amy Schumer could be a new contender after an impressive debut last Summer with Trainwreck), but let us think back about those other funny ladies of filmdom. So while we’re enjoying the female reboot/re-imagining of Ghostbusters and those Bad Moms, here’s a top ten list that will hopefully inspire lots of laughter and cause you to search out some classic comedies. It’s tough to narrow them down to ten, but we’ll do our best, beginning with… 10. Eve Arden The droll Ms. Arden represents the comic sidekicks who will attempt to puncture the pomposity of the leading ladies with a well-placed wisecrack (see also the great Thelma Ritter in Rear Window). Her career began in the early 1930’s with great bit roles in Stage Door and Dancing Lady.
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Sherlock: Season Four Trailer Released at Sdcc

"Did you miss me?" The first trailer for season four of Sherlock was unveiled at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, Variety reports.The new season will continue the adventures of consulting detective Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his trusty friend, John Watson (Martin Freeman). The cast also includes Mark Gatiss, Andrew Scott, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves, and Louise Brealey.Read More…
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Writer Reveals Interesting Inspiration For New Take on 'Van Helsing'

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I'm just going to come right out with it:

I think a Van Helsing film series is a brilliant concept.

That said, I don't have faith in anyone getting it right after that unruly mess of a Hugh Jackman movie in 2004. I think the concept is fantastic, though. You have a main character- a monster hunter (!!!)- that can, essentially, navigate his way throughout an entire shared, cinematic universe. And the universe he lives in is inhabited by legendary monsters like Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, Frankenstein, and The Mummy! And one of the things that made those monsters legendary was the mystique surrounding them, and the way they could be used sparingly to create maximum tension and anticipation. Therefore, the idea of making the star of those movies a single, human protagonist means you don't have to over-expose your famous beasts!

Everybody wins, right? Van Helsing can be a gold mine,
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Sherlock Season 4 Begins Filming, Steven Moffat Teases Show’s ‘Climax’

Sherlock Season 4 still doesn’t have an official premiere date yet, but this bit of news will still get fans of the series very excited. The cast and crew have begun filming Sherlock Season 4, which means that Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman’s John Watson are closer than ever to actually returning to your TV screens. So what can fans expect from Sherlock Season 4? According to Masterpiece, the new season of the show “begins with the mercurial Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch), back once more on British soil as Doctor Watson (Martin Freeman) and his wife Mary (Amanda Abbington)

Sherlock Season 4 Begins Filming, Steven Moffat Teases Show’s ‘Climax’
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Alexander the Great

Tired of stupid sword 'n' sandal costume pictures? Robert Rossen's all-star bio-epic of the charter founder of the Masons is a superior analysis of political ambition and the ruthless application of power. Yeah, he's wearing a blond wig, but Richard Burton captures the force of Alexander without camping up Asia Minor. Alexander the Great Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1956 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 136 min. / Ship Date March 15, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Richard Burton, Fredric March, Claire Bloom, Danielle Darrieux, Barry Jones, Harry Andrews, Stanley Baker, Niall MacGinnis, Peter Cushing. Cinematography Robert Krasker Art Direction Andrej Andrejew Film Editor Ralph Kemplen Original Music Mario Nascimbene Produced by Gordon Griffith, Robert Rossen Written and Directed by Robert Rossen

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Critical opinions aren't supposed to flip-flop with every screening of a film, but I have to admit that my appreciation of Robert Rossen's 1956 epic Alexander the Great
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The Black Sleep

It's an All Star monster rally -- Lon Chaney Jr.!, John Carradine!, Bela Lugosi!, Basil Rathbone!, Tor Johnson! -- with Akim Tamiroff in there pitching as well. It's considered a must-see picture, and this HD presentation is nothing to sniff at. Added bonus: a Tom Weaver commentary. The Black Sleep Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1956 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 82 min. / Dr. Cadman's Secret / Street Date March 22, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Basil Rathbone, Akim Tamiroff, Lon Chaney Jr., John Carradine, Bela Lugosi, Herbert Rudley, Patricia Blake, Phyllis Stanley, Tor Johnson, Sally Yarnell, George Sawaya. Cinematography Gordon Avil Film Editor John F. Schreyer Original Music Les Baxter Written by John C. Higgins, Gerald Drayson Adams Produced by Howard W. Koch Directed by Reginald Le Borg

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Older monster kids know that the 1956 chiller The Black Sleep existed for years only through stills in Famous Monsters magazine. We saw tantalizing
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Matthew Lillard: 'I was ashamed of the Scooby-Doo movies - now I'm proud'

Matthew Lillard: 'I was ashamed of the Scooby-Doo movies - now I'm proud'
Matthew Lillard first entered the world of Scooby Doo in 2002 - and 13 years on, he's become the go-to Norville 'Shaggy' Rogers.

The actor voices Shaggy in new animated series Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! - having inherited the mantle from Casey Kasem, who passed away last year.

Lillard told Digital Spy that he is determined to "protect the legacy that was created" by Kasem, recalling how he would listen to tapes of the actor to prepare for his role in 2002's Scooby Doo film.

"I would listen to a recording - I had five episodes of Casey on loop and I would just mimic him the entire time," he revealed. "That's what really solidified the voice and the character, and carried me all the way through."

Lillard played Shaggy in two live-action outings - the first film, and a 2004 sequel - and admitted that his feelings about the divisive movies have changed over the years.
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