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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Funhouse (1981)

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Everyone needs an escape from time to time. A place apart from reality, where the strange whisper with the miraculous, and cheap trinkets are bartered with greasy denizens of the night. What better place to set a horror film than the carnival, where the potential for mystery awaits around every crimson tent and distorted mirror? If you’re so inclined, step right up and buy a ticket to The Funhouse (1981), the late Tobe Hooper’s wonderful tribute to the seedy shadowed world of carnies, caramel apples, and Universal monsters.

Released in March by Universal, The Funhouse underperformed at the box office, but critics (including Gene Siskel) admired it for focusing on suspense and thrills rather than gruesome mayhem. In a landscape littered with severed limbs and phallically inclined urban legends, Mr. Hooper used his genius to once again showcase the underbelly of the American psyche, this time with a major studio’s dollars.
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Scott Glenn on 'The Defenders' and Why 'Silence of the Lambs' Is a Coming-of-Age Movie

Scott Glenn on 'The Defenders' and Why 'Silence of the Lambs' Is a Coming-of-Age Movie
There is a certain relish to the way Scott Glenn describes a knife. His voice – a sort of Midwestern drawl that has a touch of Pittsburgh flint and a lot of Ketchum, Idaho, where he's called home for decades, in it – stays slow and steady as he talks about some of the various weapons he's been using in his martial-arts training lately. You can tell from the gleam in his eye, however, that the actor is getting a serious kick out detailing his recent discoveries in self-defense cutlery.

"There's this one called a karambit,
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Wamg Giveaway – Win The Lovers Blu-ray – Stars Debra Winger

Written and directed by critically acclaimed filmmaker Azazel Jacobs, and starring three-time Academy Award® nominee Debra Winger (Best Actress, An Officer and a Gentleman, 1982), The Lovers arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD) and DVD August 1 from Lionsgate. Theatrically released by A24, The Lovers is a refreshing, funny look at love, fidelity, and family. The critically acclaimed film features a standout ensemble cast, including Tony Award® winner Tracy Letts (The Big Short, Indignation), Aidan Gillen (Sing Street, “Game of Thrones”), Melora Walters (The Butterfly Effect), Tyler Ross (Zombieland), and Jessica Sula (Split), and is Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh.

Now you can own The Lovers on Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has Four copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie starring Debra Winger? (mine is Urban Cowboy!). It’s so easy!

Good Luck!

Official Rules:

1. You Must Be A Us Resident.
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C.O. 'Doc' Erickson dead at 93

C.O. 'Doc' Erickson dead at 93
The producer and production manager associated with Chinatown and Groundhog Day, died on Wednesday from heart complications.

Born on December 17,1923, C.O. ‘Doc’ Erickson was living in Las Vegas when he died from heart complications, according to The Gersh Agency.

Erickson began his career at Paramount Pictures, serving as production manager on five Alfred Hitchcock films during the mid-to-late 1950s, including Rear Window, To Catch A Thief, The Trouble With Harry, The Man Who Knew Too Much and Vertigo.

The producer left Paramount in the early 1960s to become John Huston’s associate producer on The Misfits, Freud, and 1967s Reflections In A Golden Eye.

He went on to serve as production manager on Joseph L Mankiewicz’s There Was A Crooked Man and also spent three years supervising film production for Brut Productions.

He would later become associated with Robert Evans on Chinatown, Players, Urban Cowboy, and Popeye.

Other producer-production credits include 55 Days At Peking, [link
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C.O. ‘Doc’ Erickson, Alfred Hitchcock Associate, Dies at 93

C.O. ‘Doc’ Erickson, Alfred Hitchcock Associate, Dies at 93
Longtime motion picture producer and executive C.O. “Doc” Erickson, who worked on Alfred Hitchcock’s movies along with “Chinatown,” “Blade Runner,” and “Groundhog Day,” died Wednesday in Las Vegas due to heart complications. He was 93.

He began his career at Paramount Pictures, serving as production manager on five Hitchcock films: “Rear Window” (1954), “To Catch a Thief” (1955), “The Trouble with Harry” (1955), “The Man Who Knew Too Much” (1956), and “Vertigo” (1958).

He left Paramount to become John Huston’s associate producer on “The Misfits” (1961), “Freud” (1962), and “Reflections in a Golden Eye” (1967). He was production manager on Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s “There Was a Crooked Man…” (1970).

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Erickson spent three years supervising film production for Brut Productions and later became associated with Robert Evans on “Chinatown” (1974), “Players” (1979), “Urban Cowboy” (1980), and “Popeye” (1980). Other producer/production credits include “55 Days at Peking” (1963), “Magic” (1978), “Blade Runner” (1982), “Nicholas and Alexandra” (1971), “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” (1982), “The Lonely Guy” (1984), “Stuart Saves His Family” (1995), and
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‘Chinatown,’ ‘Groundhog Day’ Producer C.O. ‘Doc’ Erickson Dies at 93

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‘Chinatown,’ ‘Groundhog Day’ Producer C.O. ‘Doc’ Erickson Dies at 93
C.O. “Doc” Erickson, veteran executive producer and production manager for films like “Chinatown” and “Groundhog Day,” died Wednesday at age 93 due to heart complications, according to his reps. Erickson had over forty years experience in the film industry, serving as production manager for films like “Blade Runner,” “Urban Cowboy,” and five Alfred Hitchcock films including “Vertigo” and “Rear Window.” It was through Hitchcock that Erickson got his start in Hollywood, working at Paramount in the 1950s before leaving to serve as associate producer on John Huston’s “The Misfits” in 1961. In the 1970s, Erickson worked under Robert Evans’ production team at.
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Debra Winger Has a Genius Solution to Dealing with Aging in Hollywood

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Debra Winger Has a Genius Solution to Dealing with Aging in Hollywood
Debra Winger says the best advice she could give anyone about aging is simple: “Own fewer mirrors!”

The actress, 62, tells People in the magazine’s new issue that when it comes to getting older, she sticks to one simple trick.

“Every birthday, give away a mirror. When you get to a certain age, you have the little one above your bathroom sink to make sure you don’t have anything green in your teeth,” she says.

On a more serious note, Winger — who is currently staring opposite Tracy Letts in The Lovers — says it’s important for women to not focus so much on appearances.
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Debra Winger Talks Hollywood Clashes, Running Risks and Why She Took a Break from Acting

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Debra Winger Talks Hollywood Clashes, Running Risks and Why She Took a Break from Acting
After a successful career in Hollywood with starring roles in touchstone ’80s films such as An Officer and a Gentleman, Terms of Endearment and Urban Cowboy, Debra Winger shocked everyone when she decided to leave Hollywood at the age of 40.

Winger famously clashed with costars such as Richard Gere and Shirley MacLaine and says she’s never really felt part of Hollywood.

“I don’t know what Hollywood is. I’m living under the freaking sign now, and I just stare at it and laugh,” Winger, now 62, tells People in the magazine’s new issue. “Los Angeles is a place,
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'The Lovers' Movie Review: Bittersweet Rom-Com Gives Debra Winger Her Comeback

'The Lovers' Movie Review: Bittersweet Rom-Com Gives Debra Winger Her Comeback
Mary (Debra Winger) and Michael (Tracy Letts) are married. She has something going on the sly with an Irish novelist (Aidan Gillen); he's been sneaking around with a high-strung ballet teacher (Melora Walters). Both are counting the days until they can dissolve the union and move in with their new partners. Then, on the brink of separation, Mary and Michael decide they still turn each other on – and start cheating on their side dishes with each other.

That, in a tweet and a half, is the plot of The Lovers,
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The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Scott Glenn

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Scott Glenn Scott Glenn has been in some pretty outstanding films. One of his earliest was Robert Altman’s Nashville, and he also turned up in a small (but important) part in Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, leading to his break-out turn as John Travolta’s rival in Urban Cowboy. At this point, Glenn got the star build-up, but for whatever reason it never quite panned out... Read More...
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It Came From The Tube: When Michael Calls (1972)

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A lot of great TV horror movies rely on a final image, a real shocker, to hammer home the fear. But not all of them. When Michael Calls (1972) is a telefilm that measures out its chills, leading to a logical conclusion (for a small screen sinner) instead of an iconic screen shot for nostalgic viewers. Regardless, this one provides a platform for a solid thriller with a pedigree behind and in front of the camera.

Originally broadcast on Saturday, February 5th, as the ABC Movie of the Weekend, When Michael Calls had the normal competition from CBS’ New Dick Van Dyke Show/Mary Tyler Moore Show and NBC’s Saturday Night at the Movies. But ABC’s Movies of the Week (on Tuesday’s, and here) almost always won out with viewers, providing exciting, original fare. This one is no exception.

Let’s crack open our fair weathered faux TV
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The Americans Recap: Call the Exterminators — Plus: Hi, [Spoiler]!

The Americans Recap: Call the Exterminators — Plus: Hi, [Spoiler]!
Before we get into Philip and Elizabeth’s Nashville cosplay — and the guy who wishes he never met them — this week on The Americans, we have a more pressing matter to discuss.

Martha’s alive! Yes, after a half-season of keeping us in suspense, the FX spy drama confirmed that our favorite hard-luck FBI secretary (aka “Poor Martha”) survived getting shipped off to the Ussr by her “husband” Philip. After Oleg met with a Moscow grocer this week about her suspiciously fresh produce, he walked through her market… and right by Martha, clad in a humble babushka. She browsed through a few barren shelves,
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John Travolta Reveals Which Hollywood Heavyweights Convinced Him to Do The People v. O.J. Simpson (Thanks, Oprah!)

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John Travolta Reveals Which Hollywood Heavyweights Convinced Him to Do The People v. O.J. Simpson (Thanks, Oprah!)
John Travolta‘s performance in this year’s American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson earned him an Emmy nomination — but as it turns out, he only agreed to the role after some (very famous) prodding.

In a new interview with GQ, the actor revealed the mysterious panel of advisors that encouraged him to take on the role of O.J. Simpson‘s attorney Robert Schapiro in the hit FX series, which chronicled the notorious 1994 murder trial of Nicole Brown Simpson.

According to Travolta, 62, he wrestled over whether to join the cast for four months and only decided to
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You Have Less Than a Month to Watch These Movies on Netflix

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The time has come. Well, almost. Netflix has released its list of films and TV shows that are leaving the streaming service in November. The majority of movies are expiring on the first day of the month, but there are a few that are slowly trickling out, as well. Take a look, and make sure you've caught all the new stuff from October! Related:25 New November Additions to Netflix That Will Complement the Cozy Weather Expiring Nov. 1 The Addams Family Almost Famous Angel Heart Barnyard Bratz: The Movie The 'Burbs Can't Hardly Wait Chuck, seasons one to five The Core Deliverance E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Echelon Conspiracy Eight Crazy Nights Empire State Equilibrium Escape to Witch Mountain The Family Man Fatal Attraction Fresh Get Rich or Die Tryin' The Holiday Into the Wild Kangaroo Jack Legally Blonde Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Major League Mansfield Park Meet Joe Black Mel Brooks
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Moulin Rouge Being Adapted as a Stage Musical and 7 More Movies That Should Get the Same Song-and-Dance Treatment

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Moulin Rouge Being Adapted as a Stage Musical and 7 More Movies That Should Get the Same Song-and-Dance Treatment
Broadway has a long tradition of taking movies and adapting them as stage musicals. The results have been mixed. Hits have included Hairspray, The Lion King, Billy Elliott and the more recent School of Rock and Waitress but then there are clunkers like Urban Cowboy, Leap of Faith and Finding Neverland. Earlier today, Playbill reported that a musical adaptation of Baz Luhrmann's 2001 Oscar-nominated film Moulin Rouge starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor is (finally!) being developed as a musical for the stage. No word on casting or when or where the musical will open, but we can't wait to see what they come up with. With that in mind, here are seven more movies we'd love you to see turned...
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John Travolta Signs With CAA

Exclusive: John Travolta has signed with CAA. The two-time Oscar nominee and two time Globe-winning actor is coming off his performance as attorney Robert Shapiro in the FX series American Crime Story: The People Vs O.J. Simpson. It was Travolta’s first TV stint in two decades. Travolta had been with Wme. The cumulative gross of the actor’s films exceeds $4 billion, including Hairspray, Saturday Night Fever, Grease Urban Cowboy, Pulp Fiction and Get Shorty. Travolta…
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John Travolta Signs With CAA

John Travolta Signs With CAA
Exclusive: John Travolta has signed with CAA. The two-time Oscar nominee and two time Globe-winning actor is coming off his performance as attorney Robert Shapiro in the FX series American Crime Story: The People Vs O.J. Simpson. It was Travolta’s first TV stint in two decades. Travolta had been with Wme. The cumulative gross of the actor’s films exceeds $4 billion, including Hairspray, Saturday Night Fever, Grease Urban Cowboy, Pulp Fiction and Get Shorty. Travolta…
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‘The Saint’ Movie Reboot in the Works at Paramount

‘The Saint’ Movie Reboot in the Works at Paramount
Paramount is developing a movie reboot of “The Saint,” two decades after Val Kilmer’s thriller and 50 years after Roger Moore’s TV series.

The studio has secured a deal for book series rights and is closing producing deals with Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Brad Krevoy and Robert Evans with the goal of starting an action franchise.

The Saint” is based on Leslie Charteris’ book series, which follow the debonair Simon Templar character first introduced in the 1928 novel “Meet the Tiger,” followed by “Enter the Saint” in 1930. Templar stole from corrupt politicians and warmongers, leaving a calling card of a stick figure with a halo.

George Sanders starred in half a dozen films as “The Saint” in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Prior to his days portraying James Bond, Moore starred in a popular long-running British TV series during the 1960s.

The 1997 movie starred Kilmer and Elisabeth Shue, and was
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John Travolta and Rob Lowe on Comedy, Favorite Roles and the Secret of their Long Careers

John Travolta and Rob Lowe on Comedy, Favorite Roles and the Secret of their Long Careers
When John Travolta sat down with Rob Lowe at Variety’s “Actors on Actors” studio, they bonded immediately. It wasn’t just about their impressively long careers, though they did swap tales about the pitfalls they’ve faced throughout. Or their ability to transition from television to film and back again. But Lowe stunned Travolta (and the audience) with his tale of being disappointed at missing out on the role of Christian Troy in “Nip/Tuck” — and confronting Ryan Murphy. When he finally met the producer, Lowe said Murphy told him, “Rob, don’t you know I wrote that part for you?” But the script never made its way to the actor, because, as Lowe recalled, Murphy was “not Ryan Murphy yet,” he said. “Isn’t that a great Hollywood story?”

John Travolta: What I find the most interesting, is that whether you are doing a dramatic character or
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Why are Debra Winger and Sam Elliott doing a multi-cam sitcom for Netflix?

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Why are Debra Winger and Sam Elliott doing a multi-cam sitcom for Netflix?
Through long, varied, and successful careers in show business, Debra Winger and Sam Elliott have done a little bit of everything. She was one of the world's biggest movie stars in the '80s thanks to films like An Officer and a Gentleman and Terms of Endearment, but she also played Wonder Girl on the Lynda Carter Wonder Woman series, did stand-up comedy at the start of her career, and was one of the final patients on HBO's In Treatment. Elliott was a late-period castmember on the Mission: Impossible TV show, has played dozens of heavies and heroes in the movies, and even turned up clean-shaven on the final season of Justified. Starting Friday, though, you'll get to see them do something they've never done before: act in a traditional multi-cam sitcom, shot on a stage in front of a studio audience. In Netflix's The Ranch(*), they play an estranged
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