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Harry Stradling Jr., ‘The Way We Were’ Cinematographer, Dies at 92

Harry Stradling Jr., ‘The Way We Were’ Cinematographer, Dies at 92
Harry Stradling Jr., a two-time Academy Award-nominated cinematographer for “1776” and “The Way We Were,” died Oct. 17 at the Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills, Calif. He was 92.

He was the son of cinematographer Harry Stradling, who has more than 130 credits to his name, including “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” and “My Fair Lady.” His great uncle was a cinematographer in the silent era, known for films starring Mary Pickford.

“Harry was a giant in the business,” Steven Poster, president of the Icg said in a statement. “Between him and his father, they spanned almost the entire history of motion picture industry before the end of last century. I first remember his name from watching ‘Gunsmoke’ as a kid. When I first met him, it was like meeting a star, and I will never forget that.”

During his prolific film career, Stradling Jr. worked heavily in Westerns, including cinematography
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Heavenly Harmonies: The Soundtrack of Wim Wenders' "Wings of Desire"

“When a child was a child…”A man’s voice is heard, reading out words as they are written in thick ink on paper.…it didn’t know it was a child”He continues, some of the words delivered in sing-song, joyfully, as if they were a children’s nursery song:“Everything was full of life/And all life was one...”His voice is friendly voice; a comforting voice; a voice that we will soon learn belongs to Damiel (Bruno Ganz), an angel who watches over the city of Berlin and its inhabitants with the curiosity and reverence of a child. Damiel has such deep affection for human life that he is willing to eschew immortality for earthly pleasures and the most intoxicating human experience of all: love. Both Damiel’s voice and those of the humans he consoles and studies feature prominently on the film’s soundtrack, sometimes in isolation,
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From Buddy Holly to Big Brother: 14 fun Gary Busey life & career pictures

A slightly confused Gary Busey entered the Celebrity Big Brother house last night (August 18), and we couldn't be more excited that he's in there.

Digital Spy celebrates the Hollywood actor's big entrance with 14 pictures of the star's life and colourful career below:

1. Gary Busey began his foray into show business as a drummer in a band called The Rubber Band, and also played guitar for Carp.

2. Gary Busey plays a blonde Californian surfer dude in 1978 comedy drama Big Wednesday along with Jan-Michael Vincent and William Katt.

3. Busey played Buddy Holly in the Oscar-winning The Buddy Holly Story, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Lead Actor.

4. Busey attends the 36th Annual Golden Globe Awards with first wife Judy in 1979.

5. If there's anything scarier than a clown, then it's Gary Busey's face painted as a clown. Busey stars in creepy 1980 drama Carny.

6. Gary Busey prepares his hair
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15 Weird and Evil Clowns in Movies

The concept of the evil clown in movies is directly related to the irrational fear of clowns. This condition is known as coulrophobia.

A relatively new word (and newly-recognized phobia as well), coulrophobia is nonetheless a real and palpable fear for a lot of people. Clowns have become an archetype of evil. I guess it has something to do with the unstable psyche required to paint your face in ridiculous makeup and put on big, floppy shoes before heading out in public – such a person just can’t be playing with a full deck. Or maybe it’s just our aversion to people who disguise their true features. After all, that’s what makes Michael Myers so scary in Halloween, isn’t it? And obviously the creepiness factor of Jason is enhanced by his infamous hockey mask.

Anyway, with this third article in my own personal tribute to Halloween we
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Casting For Rob Zombie’s The Lords Of Salem

Casting For Rob Zombie’s The Lords Of Salem
Rob Zombie has announced via his Facebook page that Meg Foster is joining the cast of The Lords Of Salem, where she will be playing the character of Margaret Morgan, the leader of a secret coven of witches.

Foster has appeared in such films as Josh Boorman’s The Emerald Forest, Sam Peckinpah’s The Osterman Weekend, John Carpenter’s They Live, and Robert Karlor’s Carny.

The Lords Of Salem follows a local DJ who mistakenly unleashes a hellish curse on the town. 300 years earlier on the very streets of Salem that the townspeople walk on today, innocent folks were rounded up from their homes, convicted of being witches and sentenced to death. The Lords of Salem ran the town with an iron fist, but four witches who were tortured and killed in secrecy vowed that one day they would be back for revenge.
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Lords of Salem Casting News: We Have Our First Witch!

We finally have our first official Lords casting news! As per Rob Zombie on Facebook, "Meg Foster has joined the cast of The Lords Of Salem as Margaret Morgan the leader of a secret coven of witches in Salem." Meg has appeared in such films as John Boorman's The Emerald Forest, Sam Peckinpah's The Osterman Weekend, John Carpenter's They Live and Robert Kaylor's Carny. Shooting is expected to start this fall. Stay tuned for more news! Source…
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First Official Casting for Rob Zombie's 'The Lords of Salem'

First Official Casting for Rob Zombie's 'The Lords of Salem'
Rob Zombie announced today via his official Facebook that Meg Foster has joined the cast of The Lords Of Salem, which begins lensing this fal from the producing team behind Insidious and Paranormal Activity. Foster will play "Margaret Morgan", the leader of a secret coven of witches in Salem. She has appeared in such films as John Boorman's The Emerald Forest, Sam Peckinpah's The Osterman Weekend, John Carpenter's They Live and Robert Kaylor's Carny. "The story is about a local DJ who mistakenly unleashes a hellish curse on the town. 300 years earlier on the very streets of Salem that the townspeople walk on today, innocent folks were rounded up from their homes, convicted of being witches and sentenced to death. The Lords of Salem ran the town with an iron fist, but four witches who were tortured and killed in secrecy vowed that one day they would be back for revenge.
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Review: Jodie Foster directs a powerful Mel Gibson in 'The Beaver'

Review: Jodie Foster directs a powerful Mel Gibson in 'The Beaver'
Jodie Foster has been part of film as long as I've been paying attention.  She's eight years older than I am, so by the time I was paying attention to movies at all, she was already working and familiar and established, a regular guest star on every show on TV, it seemed.  I saw her in movies like "Tom Sawyer" and "Bugsy Malone" and "Freaky Friday," and once I got a little bit older, I started seeing her in other films like "Taxi Driver" and "The Little Girl Who Lived Down The Lane" and "Foxes" and "Carny," and she was constantly...
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DVD Review: 'Carny'

DVD Review: 'Carny'
If you're a fan of the films provided by Rhi Entertainment, Genius Products, and/or the SyFy Channel, then you already know what you're in for with a flick like Carny. Obviously unrelated to the 1980 Jodie Foster film of the same name, this new Carny stars video flick stalwart Lou Diamond Philips as a small town lawman who is forced to contend with an evil carnival manager. But more specifically, he's forced to contend with the evil carnival manager's bloodthirsty "Jersey Devil" beast, which has just escaped its cage and loves nothing more than eating small town idiots. For all its cheap silliness and ridiculously familiar trappings, Carny is no better or worse than most of its "Maneater Series"...
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Warners digs up some cheesy gold on DVD

Back in March, Warner Bros announced the creation of Warner Archives, a mail-order service that offered some of the more obscure titles from the studio's vaults on DVD for armchair cinephiles. Each month, the studio promised to dust off more films and add them to the list. We'll be honest, the first batch was loaded with a lot of mothball-scented curios that were never released on DVD for a reason. They were lesser films from big stars like Cary Grant, Clark Gable, and Greta Garbo. Sure, the Robert Osborne crowd would eat them up, but what about the rest of us with -- how should we put this -- less discerning tastes? Well, this month's arsenal of Warner Archives titles is for you! Here are some of the highlights. *Razorback:  Highlander's Russell Mulcahy helms this 1984 killer pig movie is a wonderfully gory slice of Ozploitation. This is Grade
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Rockin' The Reel: Musicians Turned Moviemakers

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By Stephen Saito

As McA of the Beastie Boys, Adam Yauch has rapped about "Three MCs and One DJ," but as a filmmaker, he's had to learn to go solo. With his latest documentary "Gunnin' For That #1 Spot," Yauch is continuing the tradition of musicians who crossed over to direct movies, something that started all the way back when Frank Sinatra sat in the director's chair for 1965's World War II drama "None But the Brave." From documentaries to narratives, here's a list of modern musicians who have become filmmakers in one form or another in recent years.

Madonna

It seems as though the one place Madonna has never been able to reinvent herself is on the big screen, but that might change. Although she's had an almost disastrous track record as an actress (particularly when working with whomever was her significant other at the time), one forgets that Madonna
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