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    SDCC 2012 TV Preview Part IV: Saturday

    Part III: Friday Here’s a look at the TV panels scheduled for Saturday, 7/14 Dedicated TV Series Panels- 10-10:45am: Ballroom 20, Warehouse 13 (SyFy) 10-11am: Indigo Ballroom, Attack of the Show (G4) 10:30-11:30am: Room 6BCF, Marvel TV, Ultimate Spider-Man (Disney XD) 11-11:45am: Ballroom 20, Once Upon a Time (ABC) 11am-12pm: Room 28E, Avatar: the Last […] More

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    So long, Luce: A mother and son at the movies

    Somehow we’d fallen into calling her “Luce the Moose.” No one even remembers why. After that, I used to buy her some kind of moose – a stuffed doll, a carving, anything – every Christmas. Her given name was Lucy Sylvia Mesce. Lucia, actually, but other than her immigrant parents, I don’t think anybody ever […] More

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    9 Great Cop Movies You’ve Probably Never Seen

    As happened for so many other genres, the 1960s/1970s saw a tremendous creative expansion in crime and cop thrillers. The old Hollywood moguls had died off or retired, most of the major studios were bleeding red ink, attendance had gone off a cliff since the end of WW II, and a new breed of young, […] More

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    10 (Kind Of) Great Classic Sci-Fi Flicks You May Have Never Heard Of

    We know the greats; movies like Metropolis (1927), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Star Wars (1977). And there are those films which maybe didn’t achieve cinematic greatness, but through their inexhaustible watchability became genre touchstones, lesser classics but classics nonetheless, like The War of the Worlds (1953), Godzilla (1954), […] More

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    Cannes 2011 Diary #5: ‘Melancholia’, ‘Oslo, August 31st’, ‘Tatsumi’, ‘Corman’s World’

    Another day, another controversy. This time around, it was all about the highly anticipated Melancholia, from Danish provocateur Lars von Trier. Looking well fed and in good spirits, this time he was all jokes, including saying that his next film is religious porn starring Kirsten Dunst and the he understands Hitler. That was enough for […] More

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    ‘The Masque Of The Red Death’ is a visually beguiling collaboration

    The Masque Of The Red Death (1964) Directed by Roger Corman Nicolas Roeg was one of the more successful cinematographers to graduate from the apex of the camera team to the director’s chair, a difficult transition which he arguably traversed with far more dexterity and than his European peers Freddie Francis, Jan De Bont, or Jack Cardiff. […] More

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    A Fight for Horror Supremacy: Week 1

    It is horror season again, my favorite time of year, which means my dear friend Justine and I reprise our rivalry and do our best to out-watch each other, for no other prize other than bragging rights for the year. Really, it is an excuse for two horror fanatics to cram their brains with as […] More

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    RIGHT-HAND MAN: Mike Elliott

    Throughout history, standing to the right of every great king one usually finds a great prime minister turning the king’s vision from abstract ambition into fact. During critical years for Roger Corman’s Concorde studio, the man at Corman’s elbow was Mike Elliott. Look up Mike Elliott on the Internet Movie Data Base ( and you’ll […] More

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