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AC/DC Guitarist Malcolm Young Passes Away at 64

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AC/DC Guitarist Malcolm Young Passes Away at 64
For those about to rock, we salute you. Malcolm Young, founding member of AC/DC and brother to lead guitarist Angus Young, has passed away at the age of 64. Malcolm suffered through dementia and cancer for the last years of his life and has not toured or recorded with the band since 2008's Black Ice. Malcolm Young was the band's rhythm guitar player and is responsible for many of AC/DC's best-known songs that have topped the charts as well as helped launch movies into the top of the box office with his contributions to soundtracks.

In a statement on the Malcolm Young's Facebook, his family said, "Renowned for his musical prowess, Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many." While the statement is accurate, it also underscores just how amazing Malcolm Young really was. Arnold Schwarzenegger's The Last Action Hero was a box office bomb,
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October Horrors 2017 Day 30 – Maximum Overdrive (1986)

Maximum Overdrive, 1986.

Directed by Stephen King.

Starring Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, Laura Harrington and Yeardley Smith.


After radiation from a passing comet envelops the Earth, humanity is forced to contend with a violent uprising of machinery, with trucks leading the charge. In the midst of this mechanised apocalypse, a group of survivors finds themselves trapped in a diner trying to fight off the onslaught of these new man-made monsters.

Stephen King has written many novels and short stories across many genres for over 40 years with over 100 (I’m still amazed by that number) adaptations of his work filling both the big screen and the small screen.

I’ve devoted several entries of this month’s October Horrors to the work of Mr. King to celebrate the recent renaissance of King’s work (a Kingaissance?) on the big and small screen, with them ranging from the hilariously daft like the
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Revisiting the film of Stephen King's Thinner

Rebecca Lea Oct 30, 2017

Our lookbacks at the screen adaptations of Stephen King find us at Thinner, starring Robert John Burke...

The film: Morbidly obese and deeply unpleasant lawyer Billy Halleck (Robert John Burke) runs over an old gypsy woman with his car, distracted by his wife Heidi (Lucinda Jenney) who is doing something rather rude to him. His ties to the local law enforcement, Judge Cary Rossington (John Horton) and Chief of Police Duncan Hopley (Daniel von Bargen), means the case is dismissed before it gets to court. However, the old woman’s father (Michael Constantine) has a different kind of justice in mind. He curses Halleck with the word ‘thinner’ and soon, Halleck begins to lose weight at a dangerous and ever-increasing rate.

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Thinner is one of the books written under Stephen King’s pseudonym Richard Bachman, and it has the
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The 13 Worst Horror Movie Monsters of All Time

The 13 Worst Horror Movie Monsters of All Time
Some horror movie monsters instantly achieve iconic status and proceed to slash, mutilate and maim their way through an ever-increasing stack of sequels until the inevitable jump-the-shark moment when they’re shelved (until it’s time for a gritty, dark reboot).

Others … well, others don’t quite get that chance. For every Michael Myers, there’s a dozen wannabes stalking the shadows of lesser-known horror films, just trying their hardest to scare people. They fail miserably, of course, but where would we be as a civilization without the likes of …

Evil Trees in The Triffids

They’re trees. And they
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Cinepocalypse 2017: Full Lineup Announced, Opens With Sweet Virginia, Close With Beyond Skyline

Chicago! Cure your post-Halloween hangover with a healthy dose of fantastic cinema at Cinepocalypse at the Music Box Theatre during the first week of November. Jamie M. Dagg's Sweet Virgina, starring Jon Bernthal will the open the festival. Closing the fest is the bonkers action sci-fi flick Skyline Beyond, starring Frank Grillo and Iko Uwais, guaranteeing to fry any remaining brain cells left over from the week long event.    The tremendous selection of films from around the world includes a few circuit faves including Lowlife, Tragedy Girls, and Jailbreak. There are some really awesome retro screenings as well: Near Dark, Foxy Brown, Bullet in the Head and Maximum Overdrive.    There are other standouts from the circuit so far this year. If you liked...

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Worst Stephen King Movies of All Time

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Worst Stephen King Movies of All Time
Two months after The Dark Tower stunk up the multiplex, It came along and reminded all of us that it's possible to adapt a Stephen King story in a way that can be embraced by audiences and critics, to the tune of new box-office records, even. There are quite a few good films as you can see in our best Stephen King movies list. But while that may be true, there are probably more that just haven't hit the mark.

It's almost hard to blame Hollywood for getting it wrong so often, simply because there have been so many attempts at adaptations from wildly diverse source material, tackled by filmmakers with wide ranging levels of talent. Stanley Kubrick, Frank Darabont, Brian De Palma. There have been some real heavy hitters who have smartly adapted the work of our favorite Maine based ultra prolific author. But for every Stand By Me,
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Stephen King Was Killed on “Mr. Mercedes” Last Night

Stephen King Was Killed on “Mr. Mercedes” Last Night
Hot off the box office success of It, King just died for another adaptation of his work. Over the years, Stephen King has made cameo appearances in a handful of films, mini-series’ and TV shows based on his stories, including Maximum Overdrive, Pet Sematary, Sleepwalkers and “Under the Dome.” He just continued the tradition on last […]
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Awfully Good: Maximum Overdrive

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Early word is that the new It remake is one of the better Stephen King adaptations. So of course we're going to take a look back at one of the worst... Maximum Overdrive (1986) Director: Stephen King Stars: Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, Laura Harrington A mysterious comet flying close to Earth causes all machines on the planet to come alive and turn on their human owners. There's been no... Read More...
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The Top 10 Stephen King Movies

Tom Jolliffe with his top ten Stephen King movies…

With the impending release of the new It film, now seems a good time to run through a top 10 list of Stephen King movies. These are all feature films. I’ve not included TV miniseries.

As a writer it’s fair to say that King has been prolific. The sheer amount of novels, novellas and shorts he’s written has been astonishing and he doesn’t seem to show too many signs of slowing. The recent trend of translating popular fiction from page to screen is nothing new either. King’s work has been getting the Hollywood treatment for over 40 years. His films by their very concepts offer something interesting, often bizarre. As such there’s an array of films that lend themselves very much to cult followings. The output of King inspired work on-screen is a mixed bag. From cinema classics,
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Stephen King Talks About The Horror of Pennywise and It

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I've often wondered what it must be like for successful authors, like Stephen King, to see their works adapted for TV and film; sometimes it works out great (The Shawshank Redemption, Stand By Me) and sometimes not so much (Dreamcatcher, Maximum Overdrive). King, who's published more than 90 books in his 69 years of life -- nearly all of them optioned by Hollywood -- has certainly had his share of adaptation ups and downs.

It is, however, exceedingly rare for any single novel to be made into both a TV mini-series and also a movie (although that is becoming less unusual these days). King published the horror novel, It, in September 1986, and it's traveled a long, strange road ever since. The book was first adapted as a television mini-series in 1990, starring Tim Curry as the evil Pennywise the Clown, and then was again optioned by Warner Bros. in 2009 for a feature film.
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Stephen King Movie Adaptations: The Successes and Failures

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With the upcoming release of The Dark Tower and It: Part 1 - The Loser’s Club, we look back at the successes and failures of previous Stephen King film adaptations.

Stephen King published his first novel in 1974. That novel, Carrie, would go on to sell more than a million copies in its first year of publication. The popularity of this book resulted in a movie adaptation two years later. As Stephen King released more novels, his popularity as an author grew, and many more films, miniseries, TV shows, and graphic novels came to be based on his writings. Today, King is one of the most well known and successful modern writers. Although he has written in many genres (including contributions to comic books), he is best known for his horror writings.

58 films have been released so far that have been based at least in some part on the writings of Stephen King.
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Revisiting the film of Stephen King's The Lawnmower Man

Rebecca Lea Aug 7, 2017

The film that Stephen King insisted his name be taken off. It's The Lawnmower Man...

The film: Dr Lawrence Angelo (Pierce Brosnan) is at the forefront of research, using virtual reality and drug combinations in an attempt to increase intelligence in primates. When it all goes wrong, he turns to an intellectually disabled man, Jobe (Jeff Fahey), and promises him intelligence in return for his role as a human test subject. Naturally, it all goes a bit awry when Jobe succeeds beyond Angelo’s wildest dreams. Oh and Dean Norris adopts a weird, clipped accent and is nefarious.

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The Lawnmower Man did not start out life as an adaptation of Stephen King’s folksy short story of the same name, but rather as a screenplay called Cyber God,
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Lionsgate, ‘John Wick’ Producer Team on Female-Driven Action Movie ‘Ballerina’

Lionsgate, ‘John Wick’ Producer Team on Female-Driven Action Movie ‘Ballerina’
Lionsgate has picked up Shay Hatten’s action script “Ballerina” and set up the project with “John Wick” franchise producer Basil Iwanyk through his Thunder Road company.

Lionsgate won an auction for “Ballerina,” with Warner Bros. and Universal also expressing interest in the script, which centers on a young woman raised as an assassin who must hunt down the assassins who killed her own family. It’s said to be similar to Luc Besson’s 1990 actioner “La Femme Nikita,” which starred Anne Parillaud as a teen junkie who murders a policeman and becomes a skilled assassin.


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Hatten also wrote the comedy “Maximum King!” which was named to the 2016 Black List. He wrote that script and “Ballerina” while working for Robert Downey Jr.’s Team Downey. “Maximum King!” is a fictional look at Stephen King writing and directing the 1986 horror-comedy movie “Maximum Overdrive,” which
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They all float in this first ‘It’ trailer

Author Stephen King has had a very hit and miss track record when it comes to adaptations of his stories. For every Shawshank Redemption, The Shining and The Green Mile, there’s a The Lawnmower Man, Sleepwalkers and Maximum Overdrive. Even within some of his projects that are seen as a success, there can be weak moments. Take the TV mini-series based on his door-stop-thick novel, It – the first two thirds were fantastically freaky, spawning a generation of coulrophobics, but the last third is somewhat of a let down.

Hoping to rectify this is director Andrés Muschietti. His previous project Mama proved that he can do creepy, and this first trailer for his version of It brings all the scares.

Starring Midnight Special‘s Jaeden Lieberher, and Stranger ThingsFinn Wolfhard, this film will form the first of two movies. This one will tell the story of the ‘Loser’s
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Getting a Grip on ‘Evil Dead II’

Celebrating 30 years worth of fanaticism and community in the cult of Ashley ‘Ash’ Williams.

Thanks to our Star Trekian utopia of VOD insta-satisfaction (“Number One, slap The Greasy Strangler on the view screen!”), it’s becoming difficult to remember the ruthless savagery of that bygone VHS hunt. I spent far too many days roaming my hometown and neighboring cities chasing down lesser-known Kurosawas, the Critters sequels, and the seemingly always elusive pre-Mad Max apocalyptic mindfuck, A Boy and His Dog. Too often I had to settle for less, and rewatch Police Academy 4 instead of the highbrow hilarity of Zapped! cuz some other Scott Baio devotee had the local Power Video on stakeout. If your tastes in cinema aligned with the Blockbuster new release guarantee then you were golden, but us degenerates with a predilection for Roger Corman, and movies made before our births were doomed to the endless quest. Which, of
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Films that led to other films being cancelled

Ryan Lambie Feb 15, 2017

Had Tomorrowland been a hit, we might have had a Tron sequel. We look at movies whose fate had a knock-on effect on other films...

You've probably heard of chaos theory and a thing called the butterfly effect - a concept where the flapping of an insect's wings in a London borough causes a shed to collapse somewhere in the Australian outback. In other words, seemingly incidental events can have a knock-on effect on everything else - like that old board game, Mousetrap, where a ball falling into a bath caused a boot to kick a bucket, which eventually led to the cruel detainment of several rodents.

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The concept applies even in the high-stakes, high-energy world of filmmaking, where the success of one type of movie can prompt rival studios to greenlight their own,
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Performer of the Week: black-ish's Anthony Anderson

Performer of the Week: black-ish's Anthony Anderson
The Performer | Anthony Anderson

The Show | black-ish

The Episode | “Lemons” (Jan. 11, 2017)

The Performance | Nine weeks after the election and little more than a week until the inauguration, the fact that Donald Trump is going to be the next president of the United States remains a tough truth for many Americans to absorb. Enter black-ish‘s Anderson, who in Wednesday’s episode of the ABC comedy gave a masterful performance as Dre struggled with both the election results and his friends and family’s reaction to them.

Anderson’s usually jovial portrayal of his character fell away as Dre explained to
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 Episode 9 Review: Broken Promises

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Well, the return of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had pretty much everything you could want in a television program: killer robots, kickass action, epic betrayal, and a copious amount of Eighties movie references. It was so much fun, I made it halfway through the hour before realizing I missed Robbie Reyes.

On Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 Episode 9, Aida wasted no time in getting her evil plan into action. Said evil plan involved getting control of the Darkhold, the book of black magic that made Aida so powerful in the first place.

Exactly how powerful? We're talking capable of rewriting her own programming powerful. Yeah. Imagine if your iPhone could do that. (To be fair, it feels like my phone is doing that to me every time I try to check my email on it.) Scary stuff.

I didn't like feeling pain, so I fixed that.

Aida Permalink: I didn't like feeling pain,
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Kourtney Kardashian Shares a Never-Before-Seen Photo of Saint West For His Birthday

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Kourtney Kardashian Shares a Never-Before-Seen Photo of Saint West For His Birthday
Dec. 5 marked a very special day for Saint West: his first birthday! On Monday, Kris Jenner kicked off the celebration by posting an adorable throwback snap of the tiny tot on Instagram, writing, "Happy birthday to our sweet angel, Saint! #family #love #happybirthdaysaint #saintwest." Kourtney followed suit shortly after and posted a shot of herself cradling her nephew at what looks like a hospital, and captioned it, "I can't believe this was one year ago today. Happy birthday my little Sainty." Family friend Carla Dibello also chimed in and posted a sweet picture of her own, while the rest of the Kardashian clan took to their websites to share similar sentiments. It's safe to assume that Saint was surrounded by love and family as he celebrated his first birthday. Related:These Photos of Saint West Will Send Your Heart Into Maximum Overdrive
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Revisiting the film of Stephen King's Maximum Overdrive

Rebecca Lea Nov 13, 2016

Stephen King described Maximum Overdrive as a "moron movie". But was he right?

The film: The Earth is passing through the tail of a comet and it causes the technology across the world to become sentient and automatically evil. Humans swiftly become the targets and a motley crew of survivors take refuge in the Dixie Boy Truckstop, including ex-con Bill (Emilio Estevez), his grumpy, power-mad boss Bubba (Pat Hingle), and hitchhiker Brett (Laura Harrington). As the trucks around them start to pick them off, or more accurately, flatten them like pancakes, they have to work together and figure out a way to defeat the sentient vehicles surrounding them.

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One of the frequent responses I’ve had since I started revisiting Stephen King films is that people can’t wait
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