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The Bottom Shelf: Willard, Ben, Street Trash and The Wonderful Worlds of Ray Harryhausen

Nick Aldwinckle Oct 30, 2017

This month's round up of genre DVDs and Blu-rays features Ray Harryhausen, Willard, rats on the rampage and more...

The underappreciated ‘nature gone wild’ porn horror movie subgenre has a somewhat patchy history, with a viewer’s search more likely to end up in some SyFy channel Megapterranoshark Versus Crocosaur cul-de-sac than something of the calibre of a Jaws or Arachnophobia. Sharks, spiders and gators are all well served, though (alongside the glaring lack of a movie adaptation of Guy N. Smith’s glorious Night Of The Crabs books) rodents have had something of a raw deal.

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Fear not, though, faithful readers: we’re not going to drift off into Stuart Little territory just yet (that’ll be next month’s Stuart Little IV: The Rattening), as this month brings with it not one but two seventies rat-themed monster movie classics (well,
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Remembering Chuck Berry, Chuck Barris and More Reel-Important People We Lost in March

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Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Lola Albright (1924-2017) - Actress, Singer. A regular on TV's Peter Gunn, she also appears in the movies Easter ParadeThe PirateChampion, The Way West, The Tender Trap, Joy House, Lord Love a DuckThe Monolith Monsters and Kid Galahad. She died on March 23. (THR) Chuck Barris (1929-2017) - Game Show Host, Producer, Director, Songwriter, Author. He created The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game and The Gong Show, hosting the latter, and...

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Lola Albright, the Smokey-Voiced Star of Peter Gunn and Kirk Douglas’ Champion, Dies at 92

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Lola Albright, the Smokey-Voiced Star of Peter Gunn and Kirk Douglas’ Champion, Dies at 92
Sultry singer and actress Lola Albright, who starred in TV’s Peter Gunn and in Kirk Douglas’s classic film Champion, has died at 92.

Albright died Thursday in Toluca Lake, California, her friend, Eric Anderson, confirmed to Ohio’s Akron Beacon Journal.

“She went very peacefully,” friend Eric Anderson said. “She died at 7:20 a.m. of natural causes. We loved her so much.”

Albright’s breakout role came as Douglas’s spurned lover in the boxing classic Champion, which earned Douglas an Oscar nomination.

She’s perhaps best remembered for playing the smokey-voiced nightclub singer Edie Hart opposite Craig Stevens
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‘Peter Gunn’ Star Lola Albright Dies at 92

‘Peter Gunn’ Star Lola Albright Dies at 92
Lola Albright, the glamorous blonde actress best known for starring on the television series “Peter Gunn,” died Thursday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 92.

A native of Akron, Ohio, news of her death was first reported by the Akron Beacon-Journal. “She went very peacefully,” her friend Eric Anderson told the newspaper. “She died at 7:20 a.m. of natural causes. We loved her so much.”

Albright was a receptionist at Wakr radio in Akron, then left to go to Cleveland’s Wtam, where she wed announcer Warren Dean — the first of three marriages.

Her first film appearance came in 1947 in “The Unfinished Dance,” starring Margaret O’Brien. She then starred with Judy Garland in “Easter Parade” in 1948. The next year she appeared opposite Kirk Douglas in 1949’s “Champion,” portraying a spurned lover. Douglas received an Oscar nomination for his work.

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Wamg Interview: Charles Bronson Scholar Paul Talbot – Author of Bronson’S Loose Again!

Bronson’s Loose Again!: On the Set with Charles Bronson is author Paul Talbot’s all-new companion volume to his acclaimed Bronson’s Loose!: The Making of the ‘Death Wish’ Films. His new book reveals more information on the Death Wish series and also details the complex histories behind eighteen other Charles Bronson movies. Documented herein are fascinating tales behind some of the finest Bronson films of the mid-1970s (including Hard Times and From Noon Till Three); his big-budget independent epics Love And Bullets and Cabo Blanco; his lesser-known, underrated dramas Borderline and Act Of Vengeance; his notorious sleaze/action Cannon Films classics of the 80s (including 10 To Midnight, Murphy’S Law and Kinjite: Forbidden Sunjects); the numerous unmade projects he was attached to; and his TV movies of the 90s (including The Sea Wolf). Exhaustively researched, the book features over three dozen exclusive, candid interviews including
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Review: "Hornet's Nest" (1970) Starring Rock Hudson And Sylva Koscina; Blu-ray Release From Kino Lorber

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By Doug Oswald

Rock Hudson is an American commando sent to blow up a dam in “Hornets’ Nest,” a 1970 WWII action adventure set in 1944 Italy as the Allies advance on the German occupation force. Directed by Phil Karlson (“Hell to Eternity,” “Kid Galahad,” “The Silencers,” “The Wrecking Crew” and “Walking Tall”), the movie was an American-Italian co-production filmed in Italy with a mostly all Italian cast and crew.

The movie opens as the residents of Reanoto are massacred by German soldiers after they refuse to give up the location of Italian resistance fighters. Meanwhile, American commandos parachute in on a mission to blow up a nearby dam, but all are killed except for Capt. Turner (Hudson). A group of boys hiding in the hills when the German’s murdered their families rescue Turner and hide him from the Germans. Turner is running a fever from his wounds and the boys convince a local doctor,
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News Bites: Baz Luhrmann and Elvis Presley; Hailee Steinfeld Joining 'Pitch Perfect 2;' 'What We Do in the Shadows' Trailer

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Elvis Presley: Baz Luhrmann, who brought new life to The Great Gatsby last year, is in talks to direct a movie based on the life of Elvis Presley. Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks) is writing an original screenplay, though it's not known which period(s) of Presley's life the film will cover. (We favor the early 1960s, when he made rockin' movies like Kid Galahad, pictured above.) Reportedly, music rights have been secured by Warner Bros. for the project. [The Wrap]   Pitch Perfect 2: Hailee Steinfeld, an Academy Award nominee for 2010's True Grit (pictured above), is joining the sequel to the musically themed sleeper hit Pitch Perfect. She will star alongside Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson, who are reprising their roles from the original....

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Movie News: Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley; Hailee Steinfeld and 'Pitch Perfect 2;' 'What We Do in the Shadows' Trailer

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Elvis Presley: Baz Luhrmann, who brought new life to The Great Gatsby last year, is in talks to direct a movie based on the life of Elvis Presley. Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks) is writing an original screenplay, though it's not known which period(s) of Presley's life the film will cover. (We favor the early 1960s, when he made movies like Kid Galahad, pictured above.) Reportedly, music rights have been secured by Warner Bros. for the project. [The Wrap] Pitch Perfect 2: Hailee Steinfeld, an Academy Award nominee for 2010's True Grit, is joining Pitch Perfect 2, the sequel to the musically themed sleeper hit. She will star alongside Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson, who are reprising their roles from the original. Elizabeth Banks is set to make her...

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Dolores Fuller obituary

Hollywood actor known for her roles in the so-bad-they're-good films of Ed Wood

There are artists in various fields whose fame rests solely on how bad their work is alleged to be. Among them are the poet William McGonagall, the novelist Amanda McKittrick Ros, the soprano Florence Foster Jenkins and the film director Ed Wood. The latter's reputation as the world's worst film-maker rubbed off on Dolores Fuller, his muse, lover and leading lady, who has died aged 88.

It would be unfair to pick on Fuller for her stiff posture and stilted delivery in Wood's movies when the others in the casts were equally awkward, mainly because of the minimum amount of takes and the lack of strong direction. The "peak" of Wood and Fuller's collaboration was the camp classic Glen or Glenda (aka I Led Two Lives, 1953), an unintentionally hilarious, well-meaning film on transvestism. The theme was particularly close
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Elvis 75th Birthday Collection DVD Review

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This year on January 8, Elvis Presley would have celebrated his 75th birthday. The occasion was commemorated with a huge party in Memphis, Tennessee, where Elvis’ ex-wife Priscilla and daughter Lisa Marie went before a throng of fans during record-breaking cold weather to cut a lovely cake baked especially for the King. Vans traveled furiously up and down Elvis Presley Boulevard delivering hundreds of fervent Elvis followers to their Mecca: Graceland. There were cameras and news crews, along with minor celebrities attending the event that had known or even worked with Elvis himself. The whole occasion was a rather big deal for Elvis fans. One would think that with all of this hullabaloo going down, 20th Century Fox and MGM would have acquired some footage of the birthday scene for their recent DVD release: Elvis – The 75th Birthday Collection 7 DVD set.

The DVD could include some commentaries by the many Elvis
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DVD Review: ‘Elvis 75th Birthday Collection’ Seven-Movie Set

Chicago – Attention Elvis Presley fans. Coming out a few months after what would have been his actual birthday on January 8th is the “Elvis 75th Birthday Collection” from 20th Century Fox, which includes seven of the King’s films in one set. With a few hits and a few more unheralded gems, the “75th Birthday Collection” has a very low price point (under $6 a movie) that might make it the perfect Father’s Day gift choice for the patriarch in your family.

DVD Rating: 3.5/5.0

With no special features and standard video/audio quality, the only notable thing about the “75th Birthday Collection” is the chance to have seven films from Presley’s career in one affordable set. With only the films that Elvis made under the MGM banner available, instantly recognizable hits like “Jailhouse Rock,” “Viva Las Vegas,” and “Girl Happy” are not included (but will be in a massive,
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[DVD Review] Elvis 75th Birthday Collection

Elvis Presley holds the throne as “The King” of rock n’ roll. Music was his forte, but he did dabble in film for awhile and the results were a mixed bag. In honor of his 75th birthday which he won’t be able to celebrate for himself (unless you’re an Elvis Lives conspiracy theorist), Fox has released the Elvis 75th Birthday Collection. Presented in 2.35:1 Widescreen (save for Kid Galahad in 1.85:1 and Frankie and Johnny in 1.66:1), the collection shows its age in a few places as Fox seems to have done little to remaster these classics, but overall it’s a nice look at the musician who would be an actor, even if the selection of films leaves a lot to be desired. If the set is good for anything it’s for showing his progress as an actor from his first film ever, Love Me Tender,
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American Earnestness and a French Soufflé

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A cursory look at the filmography of writer-director Ramin Bahrani -- and by "cursory," I mean one not involving actually viewing any of his films -- will suggest to many that he's the kind of filmmaker who specializes in the oft-dreaded Movie That Is Good For You. His films invariably deal with cross-cultural exchange, or lack thereof; his characters are strangers in strange (albeit torn-from-today's-headlines) lands. They are immigrants looking for ways of belonging, foreigners trying to make peace with their obscure pasts and other species of societal outcasts. A possible précis for Bahrani's latest picture, "Goodbye Solo," wouldn't have to try terribly hard to make it sound like a cross between "Driving Miss Daisy" and Kiarostami's "A Taste of Cherry." The picture, set in Winston-Salem (where Bahrani himself was born) tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a cheery Senegalese cab driver named Solo (Souleymane Sy Savane) and a super-gruff,
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Robert E. Relyea- The Man Behind The Legends Part II

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By Graham Hill

Welcome back to my visit with producer Robert E. Relyea, who continues to share with us some more anecdotes from his remarkable career. If you remember from part one, the principal wooded exterior location for the Elvis Presley picture Kid Galahad (1962), was the small mountain community of Idyllwild, California, near Palm Springs. Relyea had kept the location in mind for his next film, The Great Escape (1963). As hard as it is to believe, director John Sturges and United Artists were all set to shoot right there in sunny southern California, building the Pow camp in the California hills with only some second unit shots done on location in Germany. This strategy would have obviously ensured that the movie was shot on a relatively low budget. Relyea told Sturges “It’s not exactly the Black Forest, but it does have
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