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The Last American Hero

All-American race car mania is alive and well in this excellent Jeff Bridges movie, a true biographical story researched by Tom Wolfe. Junior Johnson needs a future beyond running moonshine for his father, and finds it climbing the rungs of success in the stock car racing game. This may be the most satisfying saga of its kind, and it helped prove that Bridges was a star.

The Last American Hero

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1973 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 95 min. / Street Date March 28, 2019 / Der letzte Held Amerikas / Available at Amazon.de

11.92 Euros Starring: Jeff Bridges, Valerie Perrine, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Gary Busey, Art Lund, Ed Lauter.

Cinematography: George Silano

Art Director: Lawrence G. Paull

Film Editors: Robbe Roberts, Tom Rolfe

Original Music: Charles Fox

Written by William Roberts from stories by Tom Wolfe

Produced by John Cutts, William Roberts

Directed by Lamont Johnson

Catching up with older Jeff Bridges movies is never a bad idea,
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Horror Highlights: Exhumed Films’ 35mm Marathon, Escape Room, Paperbacks From Hell, Godzilla Faq, Ghastlies, Mountain Fever

Exhumed Films is resurrecting some beloved horror favorites from the 1970s and ’80s and projecting them onto the big screen at Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers, including Friday the 13th Part III, starring my original horror crush and maybe yours, too, Jason Voorhees! And also, we have release details for Escape Room, Paperbacks From Hell, Ghastlies, and Mountain Fever, as well as information on the new book Godzilla Faq.

Exhumed Films' Guilty Pleasures IV Marathon: Press Release: "Exhumed Films Presents: Guilty Pleasures IV--in 3-D!

Exhumed Films is pleased to return to the Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers to present the fourth edition of The Guilty Pleasures Marathon, our annual assault of cinematic insanity. For this year’s marathon, we present some of the greatest 3-D films of all time, projected from original 35mm prints using state of the art technology! The 1970’s and 1980’s saw a resurgence of three-dimensional movies, particularly in the realm of genre cinema.
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You’LL Like My Mother (1972) Blu-ray Clips & Trailer

After her husband is killed in action in Vietnam, Francesca (Patty Duke) seeks solace with her mother-in-law, but you know what they say about mother-in-laws… Lamont Johnson’s You’ll Like My Mother debuts on Blu-ray, coincidentally, just two days after Mother’s Day on May 10th, with bonus features including cast interviews and the official trailer. Speaking of the film’s trailer, we have it to share with our readers today, as well as two Blu-ray clips.

“Why did they fear Francesca’s baby?

Oscar® winner* Patty Duke stars in the tense and claustrophobic psychological thriller, You’ll Like My Mother.

When her husband is killed in Vietnam, Francesca Kinsolving (Duke) finds herself alone… and pregnant. She makes her way to Minnesota in order to meet her late husband’s mother, certain that she’ll be greeted with open arms. But Francesca soon discovers that there may be more
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Canadian Cult Cinema: The Overlooked & Underrated

You love the horror, suspense thriller, action and science fiction films that make up the world of Canadian cult cinema affectionately known as Canuxploitation.

You’ve watched the entire David Cronenberg genre filmography (if not, please do so now as The Brood, Scanners and The Fly are three of the greatest horror films ever made).

You’ve seen Black Christmas and The Changeling and watched a slasher-ific marathon of Prom Night, Terror Train, Happy Birthday to Me and My Bloody Valentine.

You caught up with Cube, the Ginger Snaps series, Splice, Hobo with a Shotgun and WolfCop all while keeping close tabs on the works of Astron-6.

Yet your hunger for Canadian genre film productions and co-productions cannot be satiated.

To aid you in your deeper exploration of the field, following is a chronological look at a number of Canadian genre films that simply don’t get enough attention.

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The Groundstar Conspiracy
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‘Please Murder Me’ sees underrated greats Lansbury and Burr go head-to-head

Please Murder Me

Written by Donald Hyde and Al C. Ward

Directed by Peter Godfrey

U.S.A., 1956

*It should be noted that the following review contains spoilers pertaining to the film’s plot, including an important revelation on which most of the drama hinges. Readers have been forewarned.

Defence Attorney Craig Carlson (Raymond Burr) sits alone in his office late one night. Having turned on a recording machine he begins to narrate to a fellow lawyer that he is surely to be killed within the hour. At that moment the film flashbacks to some months ago when Craig approaches a dear old friend, Joe Leeds (Dick Foran) with terrible news: Joe’s wife and him have fallen in deeply in love. Joe appears visibly disappointed, but, curiously, less angry than one might expect. He implores Craig to give him time to mull over the situation. Shortly thereafter Joe returns home to see his wife,
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Nicki Minaj Welcome at This NY High School, After Alma Mater Rejects Her

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Nicki Minaj Welcome at This NY High School, After Alma Mater Rejects Her
Nicki Minaj may not be welcome at her alma mater, but another New York high school says it would be glad to have the rapper and actress visit its campus. Hempstead Board of Education President Lamont Johnson said he has no qualms about Minaj visiting the campus and talking to the students. “Hempstead School District, which has had some recent hardships, feels it would be a boost to their students,” said the district in a release, according to Wcbs 880. Johnson said he had sent a letter to Minaj with the invite. Also read: Nicki Minaj Claims Her High School Alma Mater Won't.
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Lead Actors: The Overlooked and Underrated

This article is dedicated to Andrew Copp: filmmaker, film writer, artist and close friend who passed away on January 19, 2013. You are loved and missed, brother.

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Looking at the Best Actor Academy Award nominations for the film year 2012, the one miss that clearly cries out for more attention is Liam Neeson’s powerful performance in Joe Carnahan’s excellent survival film The Grey, easily one of the best roles of Neeson’s career.

In Neeson’s case, his lack of a nomination was a case of neglect similar to the Albert Brooks snub in the Best Supporting Actor category for the film year 2011 for Drive(Nicolas Winding Refn, USA).

Along with negligence, other factors commonly prevent outstanding lead acting performances from getting the kind of critical attention they deserve. Sometimes it’s that the performance is in a film not considered “Oscar material” or even worthy of any substantial critical attention.
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Review: "Mr. Lucky: The Complete Series" On DVD From Timeless Media Group

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By Harvey Chartrand

Mr. Lucky: The Complete Series is now available for the first time ever as a 4-dvd box set from Timeless Media Group… all 34 episodes, with a running time of about 840 minutes. Mr. Lucky– created by writer/director Blake Edwards (Peter Gunn) – ran for only one season (from 1959 to 1960), even though it was a hit with viewers.

This adventure/crime drama is a sort of Peter Gunn Lite, featuring a lush, organ-powered theme song by Henry Mancini (a bonus CD of Mr. Lucky’s soundtrack is included in the set), an assortment of shady characters aboard a floating casino, and competent acting by series regulars John Vivyan (as suave professional gambler Mr. Lucky), Ross Martin (as his sidekick and business partner Andamo), Pippa Scott (as Mr. Lucky’s girlfriend Maggie Shank-Rutherford) and Tom Brown (as Lieutenant Rovacs, Mr. Lucky’s
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Reviews: Hammer Blu-rays, M.R. James BBC Ghost Stories Vol.5, Wallenberg

Hammer Blu-rays The Devil Rides Out (1968, dir. Terence Fisher)

Hammer applies its trademark Gothic veneer with considerably greater care than usual in this, the second and best of the company's three stabs at the satanic stylings of author Dennis Wheatley. Christopher Lee comes over to the light for a rare foray as central hero the Duc de Richleau, teaming up with friend Rex van Rijn (Leon Greene) to prevent the evil Satanist Mocata (Charles Gray) from enmeshing the son of his old friend (Patrick Mower) into a devil-worshipping cult.

The Devil Rides Out is perhaps best remembered for what Lee argues in his commentary to be Hammer's most enduring image, that of our heroes fighting a series of spectral and psychological nemeses from within the protective confines of a ritual circle. And yet the most chilling scene contains no special effects, but is instead a simple conversation between the wife
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Twilight Zone Reboot Getting Script Rewrites

Fairly recently, I rewatched all of Felicity through Netflix. Not having seen every episode during its original run, I didn't realize that J.J. Abrams did a Twilight Zone episode of the drama during its second season. Directed by Twilight Zone's Lamont Johnson and written by Abrams, "Help for the Lovelorn" turned Felicity into an episode of The Twilight Zone, twisting the otherwise reality-based drama about a group of college kids into a bizarre and pretty fantastic tribute to the CBS sci-fi series, and focused on Felicity's attempts to heal her broken heart. Since then, I've wondered if there had been any recent attempts to revive The Twilight Zone on television. I haven't heard anything about a small screen attempt to bring the Rod Serling-created series back to TV, but Warner Bros. is planning to put the concept back on the big screen, and it looks like they
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The Execution of Private Slovik

(Lamont Johnson, 1974, Transition, 12)

In January 1945, Private Eddie Slovik was executed in France, the only American soldier shot for desertion since the civil war. General Eisenhower refused to commute the sentence (as he later, when president, refused to reprieve the Rosenbergs).

The Pentagon attempted unsuccessfully to repress William Bradford Huie's 1954 book on the subject. In 1960, Frank Sinatra cancelled his proposed film version (scripted by blacklisted writer Albert Maltz) under pressure from Joseph Kennedy, who thought Sinatra's involvement in such a controversial project would damage JFK's presidential prospects. In formerly blacklisted Carl Foreman's The Victors (1963), a wintry firing squad scene inspired by the Slovik affair is accompanied by Sinatra's Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

The movie was finally made for TV by the reliable Lamont Johnson. It attracted a record audience for a one-off TV drama and is a sombre, sober, unsentimental work about chance fate, the arbitrary
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DVD and Blu-ray Deal: The Twilight Zone

Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day is The Twilight Zone: The Complete Collection on Blu-ray or DVD for 69% off the regular price. That makes the DVD $91.99 and the Blu-ray $152.99. Included are all five seasons (156 episodes) over 28 Discs. Extras are the Rod Serling bio-documentary, interviews with the show’s writers, the series’ unaired pilot, audio commentaries with Martin Landau, Leonard Nimoy, Cliff Robertson and much more. Like all Amazon Gold Box Deals, it’s only for today. Remember, if you spend over $25 dollars you get free shipping. Hit the jump for more info. Special Features Excerpts from Rod Serlings’s Audio Lectures at Sherwood Oaks Experimental CollegeAudio Commentaries by Martin Landau, Don Rickles, Cliff Robertson, Jonathan Winters, Shelley Berman, Bill Mumy, Leonard Nimoy, Mickey Rooney, Mariette Hartley and more Video Interviews with Richard Matheson, George Clayton Johnson, Earl Hamner, Jr. and more Vintage Audio Recollections with Buck Houghton,
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DVD Review: Jeff Bridges is The Last American Hero!

What do you get when you cross Southern Hillbillies and fast cars? You get The Last American Hero, a film about Nascar and demolition derbies but little else. Released today on DVD for the first time, check out our review below…

Elroy ‘Junior’ Jackson (Jeff Bridges) is a kid full of attitude who helps his bootlegger father transport their homemade booze. When Junior crashes into a police blockade, they arrest his father who is looking at a lengthy prison stretch. Junior must raise some fast cash to get him released and hits the demolition derby circuit. His natural skill behind the wheel sees him swiftly move on to stock car racing where he meets a promoter (Ned Beatty) and finally gets the chance to make it big on the famous Nascar circuit…

It’s quite easy to see why The Last American Hero hasn’t been previously released on DVD
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DVD Review - The Last American Hero (1973)

The Last American Hero, 1973.

Directed by Lamont Johnson.

Starring Jeff Bridges, Valerie Perrine, Ned Beatty, Gary Busey and Geraldine Fitzgerald.

Synopsis:

Elroy ‘Junior’ Jackson helps his bootlegger father transport moonshine. After accidentally getting his father arrested, Junior looks at raising money through demolition derby and Nascar racing to raise the cash needed to free his father.

I find it hard to look at Jeff Bridges in his pre-beard days. There is this haunting vacuum of space on his chin when he pops up clean shaven. It almost comes to the point where I have to draw a beard on my screen to address this problem. Even his voice suggests he needs a beard. Ironically, in The Last American Hero, a beard would have really suited his character, what with him being a hillbilly and all.

Jeff Bridges plays Elroy ‘Junior’ Jackson, a son of a bootlegger who can drive a car through just about anything.
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Joan Blondell Movie Schedule: Stand-in, Cry Havoc, Kona Coast

Joan Blondell on TCM: Dames, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? Schedule (Et) and synopses from the TCM website: 6:00 Am The Reckless Hour (1931) A young innocent almost ruins her life for the love of an unfeeling cad. Dir: John Francis Dillon. Cast: Dorothy Mackaill, Conrad Nagel, H. B. Warner. Bw-71 mins. 7:15 Am Big City Blues (1932) A country boy finds love and heartache in New York City. Dir: Mervyn LeRoy. Cast: Joan Blondell, Eric Linden, Jobyna Howland. Bw-63 mins. 8:30 Am Central Park (1932) Small-town kids out to make it in the big city inadvertently get mixed up with gangsters. Dir: John G. Adolfi. Cast: Joan Blondell, Wallace Ford, Guy Kibbee. Bw-58 mins. 9:30 Am Lawyer Man (1933) Success corrupts a smooth-talking lawyer. Dir: William Dieterle. Cast: William Powell, Joan Blondell, David Landau. Bw-68 mins. 10:45 Am Traveling Saleslady (1935) A toothpaste tycoon's daughter joins his rival to teach him a lesson. Dir: Ray Enright.
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Joan Blondell on TCM: Dames, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

Joan Blondell, Dick Powell, Dames Joan Blondell has always been a favorite of mine, much like fellow wisecracking 1930s Warner Bros. players Aline MacMahon and Glenda Farrell. The fact that Blondell never became a top star says more about audiences — who preferred, say, Shirley Temple and Mickey Rooney — than about Blondell's screen presence and acting abilities. As part of its "Summer Under the Stars" film series, Turner Classic Movies is currently showing no less than 16 Joan Blondell movies today, including the TCM premiere of the 1968 crime drama Kona Coast. Directed by Lamont Johnson, Kona Coast stars Richard Boone and the capable Vera Miles. Blondell has a supporting role — one of two dozen from 1950 (For Heaven's Sake) to 1981 (The Woman Inside, released two years after Blondell's death from leukemia). [Joan Blondell Movie Schedule.] Unfortunately, TCM isn't showing the super-rare (apparently due to rights issues) The Blue Veil, Curtis Bernhardt's 1951 melodrama that earned Blondell her
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DVD Review: "Kona Coast" Starring Richard Boone And Vera Miles

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By Lee Pfeiffer

Warner Archive has released the 1968 thriller Kona Coast, based on the novel Bimini Gal by popular mystery writer John D. MacDonald. The modestly-budgeted production reminds one of John Ford's Donovan's Reef in the sense that one suspects both movies were primarily used as justifications for cast and crew to take a nice vacation in Hawaii. Boone plays Sam Moran, a charter boat captain living the good life in Honolulu, where he routinely indulges in drinking binges and womanizing. When his teenaged daughter falls in with a local high living drug peddler named Kryer (Steve Inhat), she is accidentally given a heroin overdose at a drug-fueled party. Rather than deal with the consequences, Kryer orders her to be murdered. When her body washes ashore, the police think it's a drowning but Sam suspects foul play from the beginning. As he begins his own investigation, he is severely beaten,
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Live Blog: 83Rd Academy Awards!

Thank you for visiting ScottFeinberg.com for live coverage of the 83rd Academy Awards! Keep refreshing your browser for all the latest stats/developments — new updates will push down older updates so that you won’t have to scroll down.

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The show ends movingly — if somewhat randomly — with the Ps-22 Staten Island Chorus performing “Over the Rainbow” as all of the evening’s winners join them on-stage, with many singing along. Franco and Hathaway wind up bringing in the show only 10 minutes late (most years run way over), and although it was far from the funniest or most dramatic production, it wasn’t as bad as some are making it out to be (Roger Ebert just Tweeted that it was “the worst Oscarcast I’ve ever seen!”). Franco seemed like he didn’t want to be there (it must have been brutal trying to prepare for this only on the
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Image Announces Twilight Zone Season 3 on Blu-ray!

As we all eagerly anticipate the upcoming release of "The Twilight Zone: Season 2" onto Blu-ray high definition this November 16th, Image Entertainment, the rock stars that they are, have already released the goods on Season 3!

As per High-Def Digest:

"The release will be a 5-disc set and will contain all 37 episodes in the third season in 1080p video, an uncompressed monaural soundtrack, and supplements include: Audio commentaries by actors Bill Mumy, Lois Nettleton, William Windom, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Cornthwaite and Cliff Robertson; Audio commentary by Jonathan Winters for "A Game of Pool," plus Winters reads the alternate ending from the original script; Clip from the 1989 remake of "A Game of Pool," featuring George Clayton Johnson's original ending; Clip from the 1985 remake of "Dead Man's Shoes," featuring Helen Mirren in "Dead Woman's Shoes"; Vintage audio recollections with Buzz Kulik, Buck Houghton, Richard L. Bare, Lamont Johnson and Earl Hamner; and
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Emmy-winning Director Johnson Dies

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Emmy Award-winning television and film director Lamont Johnson has died after suffering heart failure. He was 88.

Johnson passed away at his home in Monterey, California on Sunday.

He won critical acclaim for his controversial U.S. television works, including 1970 series My Sweet Charlie, which explored interracial relationships, 1972's That Certain Summer, which took a look at homosexuality, and 1981 series Crisis at Central High, about America's civil rights movement.

He also directed episodes of Have Gun - Will Travel, Peter Gunn, The Twilight Zone, Naked City and The Defenders, in addition to helming films including 1973's The Last American Hero, starring Jeff Bridges.

Johnson, who received 11 Emmy nominations during his 40-plus years directing, won in 1986 for his work on Wallenberg: A Hero's Story, a miniseries about Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg.

In 1989 he won another Emmy for Gore Vidal's Civil War drama Lincoln, starring Sam Waterston.

Johnson is survived by a son and daughter, three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
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