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G. Gordon Liddy, Convicted Watergate Operative, Dies at 90

G. Gordon Liddy, Convicted Watergate Operative, Dies at 90
G. Gordon Liddy, the colorful chief operative in the Watergate scandal who went to prison for his crimes and later cut a wide swatch across pop culture as a talk show host and actor, has died. He was 90.

His son, Thomas P. Liddy, confirmed his death to the Washington Post, but did not provide a cause.

Liddy held many roles during his lifetime, including as a lawyer, FBI agent, talk show host and actor. However, he is best known as the chief operative in the Nixon administration’s White House Plumbers unit, which organized and carried out a burglary of the DNC headquarters in the Watergate building. The scandal rocked American politics and led to Nixon’s resignation from the presidency in 1974. Liddy was ultimately convicted of conspiracy, burglary, illegal wiretapping and refused to testify during the Senate committee hearing on the scandal. As a result, Liddy served over four years in prison.
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"Stripes" TV Series

When things get back to normal on the production side, director Ivan Reitman's military comedy feature "Stripes" (1981) will be rebooted as a series for Sony Pictures Television and CBS TV, with Reitman set to direct the pilot from a teleplay by Trevor Moore, Sam Brown and Zach Cregger:

The original film starred Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, P. J. Soles, Sean Young, and John Candy, with John Larroquette, John Diehl, Conrad Dunn, Judge Reinhold, Joe Flaherty, Dave Thomas, Timothy Busfield and Bill Paxton:

"...'John Winger' is a cab driver who, in the span of a few hours, loses his job, his apartment, his car and his girlfriend. Realizing he has no prospects, he decides to join the Army. 

"Talking his best friend 'Russell Ziskey', a teacher of English as a second language, into joining him, they go to a recruiting office and are soon sent off to basic training.
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August 11th Horror Releases Include The Wretched (Blu-ray/DVD), Mikey (Blu-ray/DVD), 1962’s The Phantom Of The Opera (Blu-ray)

August 11th Horror Releases Include The Wretched (Blu-ray/DVD), Mikey (Blu-ray/DVD), 1962’s The Phantom Of The Opera (Blu-ray)
We have an eclectic slate of Blu-ray and DVD releases headed our way this week, led by Scream Factory’s Collector’s Edition of the Hammer Films version of The Phantom of the Opera. If you’re into killer kid horror, you’ll definitely want to check out Mikey, and for those of you looking to indulge in some new genre stories, The Wretched is easily one of the biggest surprises for this writer to come along in 2020.

Other releases for August 11th include Aquaslash, American Sasquatch, Skin Walker, Ozone, Watch Me Die and a double feature of The Lady Kills and Pervertissima.

Mikey: Collector’s Edition

Mikey Kelvin has been a bad boy, only nobody knows exactly how bad. Tragic and Deadly ''accidents'' seem to happen all around Mikey. So, from foster family to foster family and from school to school he goes, leaving a trail of unanswered questions.
See full article at DailyDead »

"Stripes" TV Series

When things get back to normal on the production side, director Ivan Reitman's military comedy feature "Stripes" (1981) will be rebooted as a series for Sony Pictures Television and CBS TV, with Reitman set to direct the pilot from a teleplay by Trevor Moore, Sam Brown and Zach Cregger:

The original film starred Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, P. J. Soles, Sean Young, and John Candy, with John Larroquette, John Diehl, Conrad Dunn, Judge Reinhold, Joe Flaherty, Dave Thomas, Timothy Busfield and Bill Paxton:

"...'John Winger' is a cab driver who, in the span of a few hours, loses his job, his apartment, his car and his girlfriend. Realizing he has no prospects, he decides to join the Army. 

"Talking his best friend 'Russell Ziskey', a teacher of English as a second language, into joining him, they go to a recruiting office and are soon sent off to basic training.
See full article at SneakPeek »

"Stripes" TV Series

Director Ivan Reitman's military comedy feature "Stripes" (1981) will be rebooted for Sony Pictures Television and CBS TV, with Reitman set to direct from a teleplay by Trevor Moore, Sam Brown and Zach Cregger:.

The original film starred Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, P. J. Soles, Sean Young, and John Candy, with John Larroquette, John Diehl, Conrad Dunn, Judge Reinhold, Joe Flaherty, Dave Thomas, Timothy Busfield and Bill Paxton:

"...'John Winger' is a cab driver who, in the span of a few hours, loses his job, his apartment, his car and his girlfriend. Realizing he has no prospects, he decides to join the Army. 

"Talking his best friend 'Russell Ziskey', a teacher of English as a second language, into joining him, they go to a recruiting office and are soon sent off to basic training.

"Upon arriving at 'Fort Arnold', they meet their fellow recruits,
See full article at SneakPeek »

"Stripes" TV Adaptation

According to reports, director Ivan Reitman's 'buddy, military' comedy feature "Stripes" (1981) will be rebooted for Sony Pictures Television and CBS TV, with Reitman set to direct from a teleplay by Trevor Moore, Sam Brown and Zach Cregger:.

The original film starred Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, P. J. Soles, Sean Young, and John Candy, with John Larroquette, John Diehl, Conrad Dunn, Judge Reinhold, Joe Flaherty, Dave Thomas, Timothy Busfield and Bill Paxton:

"...'John Winger' is a cab driver who, in the span of a few hours, loses his job, his apartment, his car and his girlfriend. Realizing he has no prospects, he decides to join the Army. 

"Talking his best friend 'Russell Ziskey', a teacher of English as a second language, into joining him, they go to a recruiting office and are soon sent off to basic training.

"Upon arriving at 'Fort Arnold', they meet their fellow recruits,
See full article at SneakPeek »

Slideshow, News: The Hollywood Show in Chicagoland From Sep. 9-11, 2016

Previous | Image 1 of 17 | Next1970s and ‘80s icon Kristy McNichol.

Chicago – “The Hollywood Show” is an exciting gathering of celebrities and memorabilia for movies, TV and pop culture fans. The latest edition will be this weekend – September 9th-11th, 2016 – at the Hilton/O’Hare Airport Hotel in Rosemont, Ill. (details below). Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com will be there to photograph the stars, and offers a Slideshow featuring the celebrities who attended the 2015 event.

Scheduled to appear at the 2016 Hollywood Show are Joyce DeWitt (“Three’s Company), Loretta Swit (“M*A*S*H”), Oscar nominated actress Mariel Hemingway, Morgan Fairchild (“Falcon Crest”) and Jan Michael Vincent (“Airwolf”), among many other favorites from “Three’s Company,” “My Three Sons,” and “The Waltons.” There is a fee for autographs and pictures, and the show offers a huge memorabilia market.

Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to
See full article at HollywoodChicago.com »

Review: "The North Star" (2016) DVD Release From Rlj/Image Entertainment

By Giacomo Selloni

The "coming of age" genre of American movies can vary wildly in terms of subject matter. There are the great teenage "coming-of-age" films (see: John Hughes)- which are more poignant than standard, individual teen angst stories dealing with topics such as "Why doesn't he like me?" or "How do I get rid of my acne and become more popular?" Yet other, far more dramatic "coming of age" films center on the evolution of the United States, none more movingly than those dealing with the abolitionist period of our nation's history. It was a proud time in our history; people of conviction stood up against an abhorrent societal norm in certain areas of the country. Some people went willingly and others were dragged kicking and screaming into a new age of tolerance and growth. Yes, I know, we're still not all growed-up yet but you notice that
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White of the Eye | Blu-ray Review

For the first time ever, Donald Cammell’s obscure 1987 serial killer thriller White of the Eye is available on DVD and Blu-ray in the United States (the UK arm of Arrow Video brandished its own striking package of the title in early 2014). Director of only four features, including his iconic 1970 debut Performance (co-directed by Nicolas Roeg), Cammell’s quartet of features were all labors of love, the filmmaker undergoing significant set backs on each project up until his death following 1995’s Wild Side.

With seven to ten years in-between each outing, this feature marked the end of a decade long hiatus following 1977’s adaptation of the Dean Koontz novel Demon Seed starring Julie Christie. Adapting from an obscure novel by brothers Laurence and Andrew Klavan (a notable writer of mystery thrillers) writing under the pseudonym Margaret Tracy, Cammell’s wife and actress China Kong co-wrote the screenplay. With his experience
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Jurassic Park III Revisited: “This Is How You Make Dinosaurs?”

I don’t know if anyone involved in Jurassic Park III had an idea about why the movie needed to be made other than Universal Pictures keeping the IP alive. Steven Spielberg had moved on, and if he couldn’t find life in a sequel, who was going to be able to attempt it just four years later? Going with Spielberg’s former VFX art director Joe Johnston wasn’t a terrible bet, but it was also a journeyman choice. Johnston was proficient enough to get the job done, but lacked the vision to see anything through beyond “more dinosaurs.” This time, the movie spins the wheel and lands on a slightly more credible protagonist with Sam Neill returning to play Alan Grant, who is lured to Isla Sorna under the false pretenses of being a dinosaur guide to wealthy couple Paul (William H. Macy) and Amanda Kirby (Téa Leoni
See full article at Collider.com »

Everything Wrong With Jurassic Park III In 15 Minutes

Adventure runs wild when renowned paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) agrees to accompany a wealthy adventurer (William H. Macy) and his wife (Tea Leoni) on an aerial tour of Isla Sorna, InGen's former breeding ground for prehistoric creatures. But when they're terrifyingly stranded, Dr. Grant discovers that his hosts are not what they seem and the island's native inhabitants are smarter, faster, fiercer and more brutal than he ever imagined in this heart-stomping thriller. Jurassic Park III featured: Director: Joe Johnston Sam Neill as Dr. Alan Grant William H. Macy as Paul Kirby Téa Leoni as Amanda Kirby Alessandro Nivola as Billy Brennan Trevor Morgan as Eric Kirby Michael Jeter as Udesky John Diehl as Cooper Bruce A. Young as M. B. Nash Laura Dern as Dr. Ellie Degler Taylor Nichols as Mark Degler Mark Harelik as Ben Hildebrand Julio Oscar Mechoso as Enrique Cardoso Blake Michael Bryan as
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Music Box rocks to Twisted Sister doc

Music Box rocks to Twisted Sister doc
The Chicago-based distributor has acquired rights to Andrew Horn’s documentary We Are Twisted Fucking Sister, while in a separate deal monterey media has picked up North American rights to Forever.

Music Box Film plans an August theatrical release for We Are Twisted Fucking Sister, which recounts the early years of one of the great ‘hair metal’ bands of the 1980s before they rode a wave of worldwide acclaim for their outrageous live acts, musicianship and tongue-in-cheek MTV videos.

The band recently announced they will embark on a 40th anniversary and farewell tour in 2016 called Forty And Fuck It following the death in March of drummer A J Pero.

The documentary premiered at Idfa in Amsterdam and screened at Goteborg Film Festival earlier this year. Music Box negotiated the deal with Horn.

monterey media plans an early autumn theatrical launch on Forever, Tatia Pilieva’s feature debut starring Deborah Ann Woll, Luke Grimes, [link
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The End of Violence | Blu-ray Review

Arriving for the first time on Blu-ray courtesy of Olive Films is Wim Wenders’ 1997 existentialist take on the definition of violence and its depictions with The End of Violence. A film that was re-cut after its poor reception after playing at the Cannes Film Festival in competition, its underwhelming limited theatrical release did little to spark much interest in the title, though Wenders would receive an Indie Spirit Award nod as Best Director. Feeling very much like the type of philosophically overbaked yarns that we’ve come to see frequent the later period of Atom Egoyan, Wenders’ Hollywood metaphor exploring voyeuristic societal issues at large is trapped by its fascinations with its own ideas. On paper, it sounds intriguing, as we’re dealing with the provocative hypothesis that, at a base level, asserts the mere act of ‘looking’ or ‘seeing’ something will eventually render the necessity of violence to be obsolete.
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"Almost Human: Straw Man"- Season Finale

From VancouverFilm.Net, Sneak Peek extended footage from the Season Finale of executive producer Jj Abrams' Vancouver-lensed 'cops 'n clones' Fox TV series, "Almost Human" and the episode titled "Straw Man", airing March 3, 2014 :

"...in 'Straw Man', 'Det. Kennex' (Karl Urban) and 'Dorian' (Michael Ealy) investigate a string of murders by a killer whom Kennex’s father (guest star John Diehl) put in jail. As the investigation unfolds, biotechnology from the future sheds light on crimes of the past.

"Meanwhile, Dorian receives his performance evaluation since being reactivated..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Almost Human: Straw Man"...
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Stargate Reboot Will Be a Trilogy Reveals Roland Emmerich

Stargate Reboot Will Be a Trilogy Reveals Roland Emmerich
Stargate was a moderate hit for MGM back in 1994, bringing in $196 million at the worldwide box office. It never got a sequel, instead spawning a number of syndicated television spin-offs. That wasn't the original plan, though, as director and co-writer of the movie explains in a new interview.

Roland Emmerich claims he always had a trilogy in mind for the sci-fi epic, but that never came to fruition. While he is planning direct sequels to his other sci-fi hit Independence Day, he thinks its impossible to do the same with Stargate, as the original story's continuation needs to be immediate and the actors are far too old to return now.

Instead, the director is planning a whole new reboot that will consist of three film's bringing his original trilogy plans to the screen for the first time. This is what Roland Emmerich told Digital Spy about his plans to keep working in the Stargate universe.
See full article at MovieWeb »

Greatest TV Pilots: Miami Vice, “Brother’s Keeper”

Miami Vice

Season 1, Episode 1: “Brother’s Keeper” (Pilot)

Directed by Thomas Carter

Written by Anthony Yerkovich

Original air date: Sept. 16, 1984

Hey, Tubbs…ever consider a career in Southern law enforcement?” – Crockett

Miami Vice premiered on September 16, 1984 with a two-hour season premiere. The episode titled “Brother’s Keeper” garnered critical acclaim, and the series went on to become a symbol of the times. Legend has it that NBC President Brandon Tartikoff started the ball rolling after he scribbled “MTV Cops” on a napkin, and then went looking for someone at NBC to produce the show. However the series was actually the brainchild of scriptwriter-turned-director Michael Mann (coming off the critical success of Manhunter), and Hill Street Blues writer-producer Anthony Yerkovich, who was already drafting the idea based by news stories about the thriving drug trade in Florida. But regardless what Yerkovich brought to the table, the show’s most dominant creative force was Michael Mann.
See full article at SoundOnSight »

Greatest TV Pilots: Miami Vice, “Brother’s Keeper”

Miami Vice

Season 1, Episode 1: “Brother’s Keeper” (Pilot)

Directed by Thomas Carter

Written by Anthony Yerkovich

Original air date: Sept. 16, 1984

Hey, Tubbs…ever consider a career in Southern law enforcement?” – Crockett

Miami Vice premiered on September 16, 1984 with a two-hour season premiere. The episode titled “Brother’s Keeper” garnered critical acclaim, and the series went on to become a symbol of the times. Legend has it that NBC President Brandon Tartikoff started the ball rolling after he scribbled “MTV Cops” on a napkin, and then went looking for someone at NBC to produce the show. However the series was actually the brainchild of scriptwriter-turned-director Michael Mann (coming off the critical success of Manhunter), and Hill Street Blues writer-producer Anthony Yerkovich, who was already drafting the idea based by news stories about the thriving drug trade in Florida. But regardless what Yerkovich brought to the table, the show’s most dominant creative force was Michael Mann.
See full article at SoundOnSight »

Jurassic Park III: Making Of Spinosaurus (Videos)

Jurassic Park III (2001) - continues the adventure that began with Jurassic Park (1993) and Lost World: Jurassic Park, The (1997). Directed by Joe Johnston, from a screenplay written by Peter Buckman and Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor. The film starred Sam Neill, William H Macy , Téa Leoni, Alessandro Nivola, Trevor Morgan, Michael Jeter, John Diehl, Bruce A. Young and Mark Harelik, with Laura Dern making a special appearance as Dr. Ellie Sattler.
See full article at ComicBookMovie »

Gravitas moves into Apartment 1303 starring Mischa Barton

Mischa Barton, Rebecca De Mornay and Julianne Michelle starrer Apartment 1303 3D, a horror based on novel by Kei Ôishi, will be distributed theatrically, and on VOD by Gravitas Ventures. Sources say that the film will hit VOD on June 17th, and find a theaters more than a month later on July 25th. Michael Taverna directs the film which also stars Corey Sevier and John Diehl. This is actually a remake of the 2007 film of the same title directed by Ataru Oikawa which starred Noriko Nakagoshi, Arata Furuta and Eriko Hatsune. Cindy Nelson-Mullen, Jim Steele, David Shoshan and Taverna produce.
See full article at Upcoming-Movies.com »

Gravitas moves into Apartment 1303 starring Mischa Barton

Mischa Barton, Rebecca De Mornay and Julianne Michelle starrer Apartment 1303 3D, a horror based on novel by Kei Ôishi, will be distributed theatrically, and on VOD by Gravitas Ventures. Sources say that the film will hit VOD on June 17th, and find a theaters more than a month later on July 25th. Michael Taverna directs the film which also stars Corey Sevier and John Diehl. This is actually a remake of the 2007 film of the same title directed by Ataru Oikawa which starred Noriko Nakagoshi, Arata Furuta and Eriko Hatsune. Cindy Nelson-Mullen, Jim Steele, David Shoshan and Taverna produce.
See full article at Upcoming-Movies.com »
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