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Frightfest 2017: ‘King Cohen’ Review

Featuring: Martin Scorsese, Eric Roberts, Traci Lords, J.J. Abrams, john landis, Robert Forster, Barbara Carrera, Rick Baker, Joe Dante, Yaphet Kotto, Michael Moriarty, Fred Williamson, Eric Bogosian | Written and Directed by Steve Mitchell

Buckle up for the true story of writer, producer, director, creator and all-around maverick, Larry Cohen. Told through compelling live interviews, stills and film/TV clips, the people who helped fulfill his vision, and industry icons such as Martin Scorsese, John Landis, Michael Moriarty, Fred Williamson, Yaphet Kotto and many more, including Larry himself, bring one-of-a-kind insight into the work, process and legacy of a true American auteur…

I’m not going to lie, there’s no way I can talk about the documentary King Cohen without any bias. Larry Cohen is, to this day, one of my all-time favourite filmmakers. He has been since the first time I saw Q The Winged Serpent on TV. Seeing
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Director Steve Mitchell talks in depth about his new film King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen

Jason Souza chats with director Steve Mitchell on his latest film King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen

Steve Mitchell loves storytelling, and is a fan of all things film. He created the 80’s-slash-blast of a movie Chopping Mall, has written for numerous TV shows like Viper and the animated series Jem, and has produced DVD documentary extras for Never Say Never Again and Casino Royale. As an artist and media chronicler, it stands to reason that his directorial debut is about another renaissance man, Larry Cohen. King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen, is a documentary chronicling the work and character of an artist who’s never compromised, the man who wrote and directed influential blaxploitation films like Hail Caesar, 70’s creepers It’s Alive and God Told Me To, 80’s consumerist critique horror The Stuff, and more recently the writer of thrillers like Phone Booth and Captivity.
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Larry Cohen, a Horror Hero For James Wan and Eli Roth, Reveals Why He Doesn’t Watch Scary Movies and Hates Remakes

Larry Cohen, a Horror Hero For James Wan and Eli Roth, Reveals Why He Doesn’t Watch Scary Movies and Hates Remakes
New York’s greatest B-movie legend is coming back to the Big Apple. Prolific writer-director-producer Larry Cohen returns to his native New York this weekend to appear at a retrospective of his New York-set films at the newly-renovated Quad Cinema.

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The writer behind 2002’s “Phone Booth” and director of “A Return to Salem’s Lot,” Cohen directed 20 movies and wrote dozens of screenplays for both film and television during his roughly 50 year career. Many of his most well-known films were set in New York.

“It was my favorite place to shoot,” Cohen said. “New York is the world’s greatest backlot.”

The retrospective, entitled “Larry Cohen’s New York,” will include the “Whisper” cut of Cohen’s 1976 horror-thriller “God Told Me To,” a version that has never been screened in New York before. The other films
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Deadly Dialogue: Legendary Filmmaker Larry Cohen Reflects on His Trailblazing Career

Throughout the course of his filmmaking career, writer/director Larry Cohen has always bucked the Hollywood system to deliver ingenious stories that subvert genre expectations and challenge societal norms. With over 20 directorial credits and more than 80 writing credits to his name, Cohen’s influence in the realms of horror, sci-fi, and exploitation cinema have been felt far and wide for the last 60 years.

This weekend, the Quad Cinema in New York is honoring a variety of Cohen’s films set in the Big Apple, making for the ultimate celebration of one of the most prolific indie filmmakers of all time. On Saturday, they will be screening Special Effects (2:15pm), Perfect Strangers (4:30pm), Black Caesar (6:30pm), and God Told Me To: The Whisper Cut (8:30pm), and on Sunday, the Quad’s Cohen-centric lineup features The Ambulance (3:30pm), The Stuff (6:00pm), and Q (8:30pm)—all with Cohen in person.
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Horror Highlights: Talking With Chris Hardwick Guests, Larry Cohen Retrospective Screenings, Teenage Ghost Punk

Chris Hardwick is truly the man with many talk shows! Soon, AMC will introduce viewers to Talking with Chris Hardwick, which premieres on Sunday, April 9th! The lineup of guests is pretty interesting and includes Bryan Cranston and Elijah Wood. Also: details on screenings of Larry Cohen's films at The Quad and release details for Teenage Ghost Punk.

Talking With Chris Hardwick's First Lineup of Guests Revealed: Press Release: "New York, NY – March 30, 2017 – AMC announced today an initial lineup of guests set to appear on “Talking with Chris Hardwick,” an extension of the #1 talk show on television, “Talking Dead.” Guests include (not in air order): Michelle Monaghan, Charlie Hunnam, Connie Britton, Justin Theroux, Bryan Cranston, Elijah Wood, Damon Lindelof, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and the cast of “Silicon Valley.” Additional guests will be announced soon. “Talking with Chris Hardwick” premieres on Sunday, April 9 at 11:00 p.m.
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Director Larry Cohen to Be Celebrated By American Cinematheque and Cinefamily

Director Larry Cohen to Be Celebrated By American Cinematheque and Cinefamily
Read More: Raised in Fear: Coping with Excess in Larry Cohen's It's Alive Larry Cohen, the writer behind 2002's "Phone Booth" and director of "A Return to Salem's Lot," will be recognized for his work spanning from the 1970s to the 1990s with special screenings courtesy of American Cinematheque and Cinefamily. On August 6 at 7:30pm at the Egyptian Theater, American Cinematheque will show a Cohen double feature in "A Night of the Living '80s: A New Wave of Horror." Cohen's "Special Effects," starring Eric Bogosian, as well as "The Ambulance," starring Eric Roberts, Janine Turner, Red Buttons and James Earl Jones, will be screened. The double feature will be followed by a discussion moderated by film historian David Del Valle.  Cinefamily will have a midnight screening of Cohen's "God Told Me To" (1976) on August 21 at the Silent Movie Theater, which will be followed by a Q&A with Cohen.
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The Stuff at 30: An Absorbing Horror Comedy That Challenged 1980s Consumerism

On June 14th, prolific cult filmmaker Larry Cohen’s (It’s Alive, Maniac Cop) wonderfully eclectic horror comedy The Stuff will celebrate its 30th anniversary. Released during the heyday of Reaganomics, Cohen’s playful take on modern consumerism explored society’s growing compulsions for fast food and other potentially (or even directly) harmful products that we were all happily consuming without any real knowledge of just what we were putting inside our bodies. It may not be as well-known as some of its genre peers, but The Stuff has always been a favorite of mine, especially considering the amount of ambition and passion Cohen displays onscreen from start to finish.

The Stuff is centered around a mysterious, fluffy food product known only as, well, “The Stuff.” Discovered bubbling up from the grounds in a remote mining area, the highly addictive substance is quickly marketed out as pretty much the greatest
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20 Things We Learned from Larry Cohen’s Commentary for Q the Winged Serpent

Larry Cohen hasn’t directed a film since 1996 (Original Gangstas), but he’s stayed busy as a writer with thrillers like Phone Booth, Best Seller and Cellular. It’s a bit of a shame as the man’s directorial touch is usually a guarantee that a movie is going to be a fun ride — think It’s Alive, The Stuff, The Ambulance — and one of his best is 1982’s flying monster movie, Q the Winged Serpent. Scream Factory released the film to Blu-ray in 2013 complete with a new commentary track from Cohen, and we decided it was time to give it a spin. It was a smart decision as the track is a fun, informative and occasionally surprising listen. Keep reading to see what I heard on the commentary track for Q the Winged Serpent. Q the Winged Serpent (1982) Commentator: Larry Cohen (writer/director) 1. They had an early preview of the film prior to distribution, and
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Weekend Shopping Guide 4/22/11: I It’s Your Speech, Charlie Brown

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The weekend’s here. You’ve just been paid, and it’s burning a hole in your pocket. What’s a pop culture geek to do? In hopes of steering you in the right direction to blow some of that hard-earned cash, it’s time for the Fred Weekend Shopping Guide - your spotlight on the things you didn’t even know you wanted…

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I had worries that The King’s Speech (Anchor Bay, Rated R, Blu-Ray-$39.99 Srp) wouldn’t live up to all of the kudos that had been thrown its way, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a genuinely enjoyable cinematic experience about a very personal struggles of a very private figure, held together by a genuinely stellar cast. Bonus materials include a behind-the-scenes featurette, a cast and director Q&A,
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More Horror Classics Coming from the MGM Limited Edition Collection

Starting this month, look for more classic horror films to reach consumers through Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment's special manufacturing-on-demand platform. These DVDs are part of the MGM Limited Edition Collection and will be available from your favorite online retailer.

Here are the six genre films coming our way:

The Black Sleep (1958): The masters of classic horror (Basil Rathbone, John Carradine, Bela Lugosi, and Lon Chaney, Jr.) gather together and meet in a spooky old house in which a crazed scientist creates frightening human mutants. Directed by Reginald LeBorg.

Queen Of Blood (1966): When an alien ship crash-lands on Mars, a rescue ship is sent to look for survivors. They find just one: an alien vampire, who starts killing the crew by sucking their blood. Directed by Curtis Harrington.

Daughters Of Satan (1972): An antique dealer living in Manila falls victim to an ancient Satanic curse—the result
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Film Panels at Afm!

The 2009 American Film Market today announced its schedule of seminars and conferences to be held between Nov. 4 and 11. Celebrating its 30th year, the Afm will showcase panels on film financing opportunities, local and international distribution trends, marketing strategies and digital technologies. The sessions will include film executives, producers, writers, directors, distributors, financiers and attorneys. This year’s seminars and conferences will include the annual “Afm Finance Conference” on Friday, Nov. 6; “Pitch Me!” on Saturday, Nov. 7; “No Direction Home – Changing Indie Distribution Strategies” on Sunday, Nov. 8; “Writing for the Genre World” on Monday, Nov. 9; “Case Study: How to Package and Finance Your Independent Project Overseas” on Monday, Nov. 9; and “The New Hollywood Movie Studio, New Media and Social Networking” on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Programming the seminars and conferences will be the American Society of Cinematographers, British Academy of Film & Television Arts/Los Angeles, Directors Guild of America, Film Independent, Hong Kong Trade Development Council,
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