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  1. *Karen Black is such a strange actress. I really like her style for some off beat reason she is very believable in all her roles, but man she can really go for the top at times.* *Very kooky and fun to watch. I just re-watched _Burnt Offerings_ (1976), & she gives such a borderline psycho performance. Nice, cool and calm one minute, & then then next, she lets it rip.* *I love her eyes. They are every expressive!* I have _Firecracker_ (2005) coming from Netflix! In March 2005, Karen Black received the Best Actress Award at the Fantasporto International Film Festival in Porto, Portugal, for her work in this critically-acclaimed Steve Balderson film. So this should be interesting to see since It never came to a theater here in the US. Karen again plays two roles, Sandra and Eleanor, just like in the film _Trilogy of Terror_ (1975). I also have _The Pyx_ (1973) coming from Netflix. THis should be interesting since Inever heard of it till I started research Miss. Black's career! Karen Black (born July 1, 1939) is an American actress, screenwriter, singer and songwriter. She is noted for films such as: _Five Easy Pieces_, _The Great Gatsby_ and _Nashville_ in a career that has spanned five decades. *_Karen Black's Best Films_:* _Easy Rider_ (1969) - Great film and cast! _Five Easy Pieces_ (1970) - Great cast! Karen Got an Oscar Nomination for: Best Actress in a Supporting Role! _The Great Gatsby_ (1974) Another great film, and book! _Airport 1975_ (1974) - "Fly the Plane Karen!!". LOL! _Trilogy of Terror_ (1975) - Gotta love the Zuni hunting fetish!! LOL! _The Day of the Locust_ (1975) - I love the book and the film! _Nashville_ (1975) - Great film..great song ("It Don't Worry Me"), great director...great cast..& Karen sings! _Burnt Offerings_ (1976) - Strange film...strange casting! _Capricorn One_ (1978) _Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean_ (1982) - Karen Should have gotten an Oscar Nod for Best Actress for her role as Joanne. Very heartbreaking! _House of 1000 Corpses_ (2003) - Mother Firefly - Great Casting from Rob Zombie. img src=http://www.moderntimes.co.il/files/pics/7523Karen%20Black.jpg>
  2. *French New Wave director Eric Rohmer dies* Tue, 12 Jan 2010 *Eric Rohmer, a leading filmmaker of the French New Wave cinema whose films explored love and intimacy with stark realism, has died in Paris at the age of 89.* He emerged in the 1960s and was active as a key member of the French New Wave. He worked with Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut, who are main figures of the genre in France. The films he made under the rubric Six Moral Tales between 1962 and 1972 brought international prominence. The French director mostly known for My Night at Maud's and Claire's Knee was internationally known for his films' long, philosophical conversations. Rohmer's most recent film, the 17th-century costume tale Romance of Astree and Celadon, was released in 2007.
  3. This is all over the net...from Cinematical to Movieweb!! Now this shall be a hotly debated remake. Variety has just announced that Peter Berg will be directing the latest version of Dune for Paramount (as previously rumored). It will be produced by Kevin Misher, who has spent the last year trying obtain rights from Frank Herbert's estate. Dune has been made twice already -- most famously by David Lynch, less so by the Sci-Fi Channel. This time, they are looking for writers who can adapt the definitive version for movie audiences. However, just a glance through any "geek" forum shows fans are already worried that the studio's belief that "its theme of finite ecological resources [is] particularly timely" is already missing the point. The Lynch version is a film that people either love or despise. Most critics despised it upon release, but it has a fairly large fan following. (I know one guy who considers loving it a dating criteria.) Well, except me -- it's been so long since I have seen it that I fall into neither camp, especially since I watched it at 2am through very bleary eyes. I must remedy that so I can discuss this properly. So I'm not entirely convinced a remake is a bad idea -- after Lord of the Rings, no book is considered impossible, and it would please many Herbert fans to see a more loyal adaptation. Then again, there are so many sci-fi books I would love to see tackled that I'm disappointed to see them simply pick up Dune again. Perhaps it is the beginning of a trend.
  4. I just love _The Wizard of Oz_ (1939). For some strange reason, for which I can not rationaliz, I'm a huge fan of this bizarre, eccentric film W./it's mix messages of home, lost childhood etc. Sooooo, ......Here is my _fan tribute_.! Please, TCM movie fans and friends, Please, leave comments about the film, news, etc. *_Let's discuss _The Wizard of Oz_ (1939) film!!!_* *_Per WIkipedia:_* *_The Wizard of Oz_ is a 1939 American musical-fantasy film mainly directed by Victor Fleming and based on the 1900 children?s novel _The Wonderful Wizard of Oz_ by L. Frank Baum.* *The film features Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale, Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow, Jack Haley as the Tin Man, Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion, Billie Burke as Glinda the Good Witch of the North, Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch of the West, and Frank Morgan as the Wizard.* *In June 2008, AFI revealed its "_Ten top Ten_"?the best ten films in ten "classic" American film genres?after polling over 1,500 people from the creative community. _The Wizard of Oz_ was acknowledged as the best film in the fantasy genre.* *The film was nominated for several Academy Awards upon its release, including Best Picture and Academy Award for Visual Effects.* - *SAD!! A travesty!* *It lost the award in the Best Picture category to _Gone with the Wind_ (another MGM release), but *_won_* in the category of Best Song: _Over The Rainbow_) and Academy Award for Best Original Score.* *Although the Best Song award went to E.Y. Harburg and Harold Arlen, the Best Original Score Award went to, not the songwriters, *but* Herbert Stothart, who composed the _background score_.* *Judy Garland received a special Academy Juvenile Award that year, for "Best Performances by a Juvenile" ( this meant that the award _was also for her role_ in the film version of _Babes in Arms_ ).*
  5. CelluloidKid

    An applause for Hayley Mills!!

    *I have a good friend that loves Hayley Mills ..... & this is for him & "*ALL*" fans of Hayley Mills!!* *Hayley Catherine Rose Vivien Mills (born 18 April 1946) is an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning English actress.* Mills was born in London, England, the younger daughter of actor Sir John Mills and playwright Mary Hayley Bell. She is also the younger sister of actress Juliet Mills and the cousin of Susie Blake, who played Bev Unwin in the long running ITV soap Coronation Street. Mills was only a year old when she made her movie debut, in the film _So Well Remembered_, starring her father, Oscar winner John Mills. Mills was 12 when she was discovered by J. Lee Thompson, who was initially looking for a boy to play the lead role in Tiger Bay. Walt Disney's wife, Lillian Disney, saw her performance and suggested that Mills be given the lead role in Pollyanna. The role of the "glad girl" who moves in with her aunt catapulted Mills to super-stardom in the United States and earned her a special Academy Award. After her contract with Disney expired in 1966, Mills starred in The Trouble with Angels, opposite Rosalind Russell. Looking to break from her clean-cut, girl-next-door image, Mills went home to England to star in The Family Way. Though meant to be a light British comedy about a couple having difficulty consummating their marriage, a brief shot of Mills' bare bottom generated a certain amount of controversy upon first release, possibly because of her previous "family movie" background. Though harmless by today's standards, The Family Way hurt Mills' film career. Mills made her stage debut in a 1966 West End revival of _Peter Pan_. In 2000, she won a Theatre World Award for her performance in Suite in Two Keys - her off-Broadway debut. In the mid-1980s, Mills returned to The Parent Trap in a trio of TV movies: The Parent Trap II, The Parent Trap III and The Parent Trap: Hawaiian Honeymoon. In later life, Mills appeared in television's Saved By the Bell, which was formerly titled Good Morning, Miss Bliss. Other television work includes The Flame Trees of Thika for the BBC in 1981 and a trio of made-for-TV movies based on The Parent Trap. She later moved on to theater work, appearing in New York in _Suite in 2 Keys_, a play by Noel Coward in which she Theatre World Award for her performance , and touring with a production of The King and I during the 1990s. *_Hayley Mills Trivia_* Daughter of playwright Mary Hayley Bell and actor John Mills. Her son is Crispian Mills, lead singer of Kula Shaker. Signed with Sony; their second single went straight to number 2 in UK charts. He is now part of The Jeevas. Of the Oscar-winning father-daughter couples, she and her father are one of two couples (the other is Jane Fonda/Henry Fonda) where the daughter won an Academy award before the father did. Is the god-daughter of Sir Laurence Olivier. She and her father John Mills were the first Oscar-winning father-daughter couple She had hit recordings on both sides of The Atlantic with "Let's Get Together"(1961), which she performed in the film "The Parent Trap", and "Johnny Jingo" (1962). Last person to be awarded a "Juvenile Award" at the Oscars. Mills was considered for the role of Lolita Haze in Stanley Kubrick's 1962 film version of _Lolita_. However, Walt Disney discouraged the casting, feeling the role was not up to Disney's wholesome standard, and the part eventually went to Sue Lyon. ; *_Movies_* _Wild at Heart_ (2007) (TV series)........ Caroline _Stricken_ (2005) ..... Hildy _2BPerfectlyHonest_ (2004) ........ Terri _Troll in Central Park, A_ (1993) (voice) .... Hilary _Back Home_ (1990) (TV) .... Peggy _Parent Trap Hawaiian Honeymoon_ (1989) (TV) .... Susan Wyatt/Sharon Evers aka: Parent Trap IV: Hawaiian Honeymoon (1989) (TV) _Parent Trap III_ (1989) (TV) .... Susan/Sharon Evers _Appointment With Death_ (1988) .... Miss Quinton "Good Morning, Miss Bliss" (1987) TV Series .... Miss Carrie Bliss aka "Saved By The Bell" (1987) _Parent Trap II_ (1986) (TV) .... Sharon Ferris/Susan Corey "Flame Trees of Thika, The" (1980) (mini) TV Series .... Tilly _Kingfisher Caper, The_ (1975) .... Tracy aka: Diamond Lust (Canada: English title) (video title) aka: The Diamond Hunters (South Africa: English title) _Bananas Boat, The_ (1974) .... Jenny aka: What Changed Charley Farthing? (1974) _Deadly Strangers_ (1974) .... Belle Adams _Cry of the Penguins_ (1971) .... Tara St. John Luke aka Mr. Forbush and the Penguins (1971) _Endless Night_ (1971) .... Ellie aka Agatha Christie's Endless Night (1971) _Take a Girl Like You_ (1970) .... Jenny Bunn _Twisted Nerve_ (1968) .... Susan Harper _Africa - Texas Style!_ (1967) .... Girl at airport aka Cowboy in Africa (1967) _Matter of Innocence, A_ (1967) .... Polly aka Pretty Polly (1967) _Daydreamer, The_ (1966) (voice) .... The Little Mermaid _Family Way, The_ (1966) .... Jenny Fitton _Gypsy Girl_ (1966) .... Brydie White aka Sky West and Crooked (1966) _Trouble With Angels, The_ (1966) .... Mary Clancy _That Darn Cat!_ (1965) .... Patti Randall _Chalk Garden, The_ (1964) .... Laurel _Moon-Spinners, The_ (1964) .... Nikky Ferris _Truth About Spring, The_ (1964) .... Spring Tyler _Summer Magic_ (1963) .... Nancy Carey _In Search of the Castaways_ (1962) .... Mary Grant _Parent Trap, The_ (1961) .... Sharon McKendrick/Susan Evers aka Petticoats and Bluejeans (1961) _Whistle Down the Wind (_1961) .... Kathy Bostock _Pollyanna_ (1960) .... Pollyanna _Tiger Bay_ (1959) .... Gillie _So Well Remembered_ (1947) .....Infant.....Uncredited
  6. *LOL!!!!! I just wish Hollywood would live classic films alone, & well since "_The Birds_" turns 45 yrs Old in 2008, Hollywood should just clean up the orginial print and re-release it into theaters!* First came Naomi Watts as a possible replacement for Tippi Hedren in that long-brewing remake of The Birds. Now a rumor straight from Metro.co.uk claims that George Clooney might play Mitch Bremner. It seems that the original Mitch, Rod Taylor, told the Daily Express: "I often cringe when I hear mention of remakes but I'll hold judgment, especially since I've been told Clooney's the favorite*." To add to the displeasure, Tippi herself said: "Can't we find new stories, new things to do? Must you be so insecure that you have to take a film that's a classic and try to do it over?"* Good question, Ms. Hedren. I've been doubly anxious nauseous about the long-rumored _The Birds_ remake ever since word hit that this incarnation might have the birds fighting back against our treatment of the environment. It just brings to mind Jaws: The Revenge mixed with the terrible _Psycho_ remake. But all the time that has passed -- it seemed like a fleeting dream that would wonderfully die in development hell. And Clooney? I like the guy every which way, but attaching his name to this project would really make me reconsider that statement. Luckily it's still deep in the rumor seas. Thanks, Cinematical By: Monika Bartyzel Oct 27th 2008
  7. *The "Original" "Clash of the Titans" (1981) ON TCM 03/26/2010!!* *Fri, Mar 26, 2010 @ 10:00 PM on TCM (Turner Classic Movies!) (Check Local Time Schedules in your area!)* Clash of the Titans (1981) Directed by Desmond Davis. Stars: Laurence Olivier, Claire Bloom, Maggie Smith. It was released on June 12, 1981 and was a box office hit, grossing $41 million omestically, on a $16 million budget. It was the 11th highest grossing film of the year. A novelization of the film by Alan Dean Foster was published in 1981. The special effects used to create the various creatures in the film were done by Ray Harryhausen who employed stop motion animation. Harryhausen was also co-producer of the film, and retired from filmmaking shortly after the movie was released making this his last main feature film. Stars Harry Hamlin and Ursula Andress were romantically involved at the time of production. Their son, Dimitri, was born in 1980 after filming was completed, though their relationship ended in 1982. The film's screenwriter, Beverley Cross, was married to Maggie Smith, who played Thetis, until his death in 1998. Cross worked with producer Charles H. Schneer, before, writing the screenplay for Schneer's production of Jason and the Argonauts
  8. *AMC Unveils 'BMC', A New Online Destination Streaming Classic B-Movies* April 8th, 2009 Star Pulse AMC brings film fans a new online destination for B-Movie classics with the launch of BMC (for "B Movie Classics"), a go-to website for films from the "Golden Age of Hollywood." BMC's online movie collection - part of the network's extensive library of iconic films - is unprecedented in size and scope for the website and features a diverse selection of genres from action/adventure and comedy, to sci-fi/fantasy and horror. Now live at www.amctv.com/b-movies, fans can stream all 27 B-Movies in full-screen, with more titles to be added in the coming months. *The complete BMC film line-up includes the following 27 titles:* Assassination In Rome (1965) Asylum (1972) Carnival Of Souls (1962) College Girl Murders (1968) Corridors Of Blood (1959) Creation Of The Humanoids (1962) Dark Star (1974) Dragstrip Girl (1957) Dynamite Joe (1968) The Hellfire Club (1960) Hercules Unchained (1959) The Horror Of Party Beach (1965) How To Make A Monster (1958) Invasion Of The Neptune Men (1961) Motorcycle Gang (1957) Planet On The Prowl (1966) Reform School Girl (1957) Rock All Night (1957) The Ruthless Four (1968) Saga Of The Viking Women (1957) Shake Rattle & Rock (1956) A Swingin' Summer (1965) Teenage Caveman (1958) Terror Beneath The Sea (1966) War Of The Colossal Beast (1958) What A Carve Up (1962) Suicide Battalion (1958)
  9. I went to a midnight screening of _Prom Night_ (1980), & as a "Mystery" double-feature. they showed this rare horror film called: _Curtains_ (1983)! Very strange film! Didn't make alot of sense! The plot: Samantha Sherwood has worked with the well-known director Jonathan Stryker on all his major films. She naturally assumes she has been given the title role in his latest venture, "Audra". He tells her that she nn needs to do some background research on the part, so arranges to have her committed to an asylum (as Audra is a former psychiatric patient). She goes along with this, not realising that he intends to leave her there indefinitely and audition six young women of various professions for the part instead. _Curtains_ (1983) Canadian horror film. Though a fairly obscure film, Curtains has gained some underground cult status among fans of the slasher film genre, many of whom cite the 'ice skating' murder scene as the film's memorable highlight. The film was relatively obscure until word of mouth among horror fans developed interest in the film again. *_Trailer_:* Curtains Trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoxhyBpQP-8
  10. *Brek Eisner Directing Escape From NY‎* Shockya.com Apr 23 2010 Costa Koutsoutis *Breck Eisner (?The Crazies?) is attached to direct the remake of the 1981 cult classic film ?Escape From New York? for New Line/Warner Bros.* The film follows former war hero and convict Snake Plissken, who?s sent into a futuristic Manhattan which has been turned into a no-man?s land/maximum security prison to bring back the American President after he?s shot down over the island and captured by the violent gangs who now lay claim to the island. The project?s script was written by Ken Nolan, David Kajganich and Allan Loeb. Neal H. Moritz?s Original Films and Canal Plus are producing. The original film starred Kurt Russell as Plissken, and was written and directed by John Carpenter. A follow-up, ?Escape from L.A.?, was released in 1996. Stay tuned to Shockya.com for more on the ?Escape From New York? remake. Escape From New York
  11. *Haunting Sharon Tate archive reveals touching personal side of tragic actress* *Consigned by cousin Kelley Denson, available at Heritage Entertainment Auction, Nov. 14; never before seen correspondence traces Tate?s family ties* News-Antique.com - Nov 09,2010 - BEVERLY HILLS, CA A moving and heartbreaking archive of Sharon Tate?s childhood letters, holiday cards and adult correspondence with her grandmother form an emotional and fascinating facet of Heritage Auction Beverly Hills? Nov. 14 Signature? Music & Entertainment Memorabilia Auction. The archive is being offered by Tate?s cousin, Kelley Denson, who was very young at the time of Tate?s untimely death, but became the Tate?s de facto archivist in the four-plus decades that have passed since the night of Aug. 8, 1969. This is the first time that these documents have been made public. They carry estimates ranging from $700 up to $1,500. ?Sharon?s cousin Kelley has held on to these documents for a long time and now wants to share them with the public,? said Kristen Painter, Manager of Music & Entertainment Auctions at Heritage. ?They reveal a very personal and loving side of Tate. She was always known more for her beauty or her love life. Now perhaps people will understand her better as the caring person her friends and family all loved very deeply.? http://news-antique.com/?id=795157&keys=SharonTate-Heritage-Auction-photos
  12. CelluloidKid

    Upcoming Releases

    *I just found this at Best Buy on 11/09/2010!!*. A list of bonus features: Commentary by Frank Sinatra Jr. and Angie Dickinson Interactive Las Vegas Then and Now Map Casino Vignettes The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Excerpt Featuring Guest Host Frank Sinatra and Guest Angie Dickinson Theatrical Trailer
  13. I never heard of that!
  14. CelluloidKid

    Name a Celebrity - Name a Movie

    Henry Wilcoxon was in: _The Last of the Mohicans_ (1936) directed by George B. Seitz!! *NEW DIRECTOR: George B. Seitz!*
  15. CelluloidKid

    Jill Clayburgh has died

    *Another Jill film I would love to see again is: _It's My Turn_ (1980) starring: Jill Clayburgh, Michael Douglas, Charles Grodin!*
  16. CelluloidKid

    Jill Clayburgh has died

    Jill Clayburgh her last film role, playing Jake Gyllenhaal?s mother in _Love and Other Drugs_, will be released in two weeks. Jill Clayburgh as Mrs. Randall
  17. CelluloidKid

    Jill Clayburgh has died

    *The one (1) fiilm I would love to see is: _Luna_ (1979)!* While touring in Italy, a recently-widowed American opera singer has an incestuous relationship with her 15-year-old son to help him overcome his heroin addiction.
  18. CelluloidKid

    Jill Clayburgh has died

    *Best Jill Clayburgh Films:* _Silver Streak_ (1976) _An Unmarried Woman_ (1978) _I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can_ (1982) _Shy People_ (1987) _Running with Scissors_ (2006) ... Agnes Finch ,,,Love her in this role!! She shld have got an oscar nod!! _Gable and Lombard_ (1976) - Not her best film .. but still interesting to see her play Carole Lombard! _Where Are the Children?_ (1986) - Good book ...not well adapted to screen! Wasted her talents!
  19. *Insist on the Truth -- Even When It's Good News* Donald Spoto October 28, 2010 As the author of twenty-six books, most of them biographies, I've developed a kind of motto: "The biographer is obliged to tell the truth--even when it means saying something good about someone." This is not always a popular position to stake. Twenty years ago, for example, I began research for a life of Marilyn Monroe--the first such project authorized by her Estate, with no strings attached and unhindered access to a massive array of materials never before consulted. After conducting more than a hundred interviews and surveying an astonishing cache of primary material, something unexpected became clear. Monroe was not a dimwitted woman of easy virtue who spiraled downward into suicidal depression. She was something very different indeed from that popular misconception. I had precisely the same experience while working on my latest book, _Possessed: The Life of Joan Crawford_. Important new material revealed a woman very different from the conventional, false image. With the possible exception of Marilyn Monroe, perhaps no movie star has been so underappreciated, misrepresented by rumor, innuendo, fabrication, unfounded allegation and rank distortion. Joan Crawford was neither Joan of Arc nor an arch she-devil. She was a recognizably human and passionate woman who entertained millions; she made egregious mistakes and learned from them; and she always had a legion of friends and countless admirers. One's fame or power or influence was never the criterion for friendship with Joan, and she was on warm terms with people from every walk of life. The shift in public opinion from respect to contempt began a year after her death, with the publication of a book called Mommie Dearest, which alleged that Joan was a sadistic alcoholic who took special pleasure in torturing her adopted children. That volume, remarkable as the work of a somewhat hysterical imagination, cannot be taken seriously after one has checked the facts, reviewed original documents and interviewed those who knew Joan and her children. More to the point, the author of the book has retreated from her most outlandish claims--but that, of course, is very rarely reported. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donald-spoto/insist-on-the-truth-even-_b_774999.html
  20. *Editors' Book Buzz #1: David Highfill* Executive Editor David Highfill (William Morrow) talks with Virginia Stanley, Director of Library Marketing. Two stellar picks for Fall 2010: Donald Spoto's Possessed: The Life of Joan Crawford
  21. CelluloidKid

    Name a Celebrity - Name a Movie

    Eddie Bracken was in: _National Lampoon's Vacation_ (1983) directed by Harold Ramis! *NEW DIRECTOR: Harold Ramis!!*
  22. CelluloidKid

    The First Film That Comes to Mind...

    dilettante ................ _The Agony and the Ecstasy_ (1965) NEW WORD: _X-rays_ began on Nov. 8, 1895 through Wilhelm R?ntgen's work with tubes and radiation. Happy 115th Anniversary!
  23. *'Back to the Future' Returning to US Theaters in Advance of New Blu-ray* *We recently reported that 'Back to the Future' will be making a special appearance in theaters to celebrate its 25th anniversary and the upcoming release of the entire trilogy on Blu-ray -- but only in England. But don't despair! Things are about to get heavy at AMC theatres here in the US, too.* The movie chain is showing the digitally remastered version of 'Back to the Future' across the country on Saturday, October 23rd, and Monday, October 25th, which, if you'll remember, is the exact day that Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) climbed in Doc's DeLorean to travel back to 1955. Rewatching 'Back to the Future' on the day Marty traveled back in time and almost screwed up his and his parents' lives could, in fact, trigger some sort of space-time wormhole where we all end up back in the '80s, sipping on Tab and listening to Huey Lewis and the News. In fact, I'm a little concerned that this could cause a massive 'Hot Tub Time Machine' event where we're all back in the '80s searching for our "great white buffalo." In any case, AMC is offering movie-goers full-sized 'Back to the Future' posters and related goodies in the 40 cities where these special screenings take place. (Chances are not good that it's a DeLorean or a special appearance of Christopher Lloyd at your birthday party, but you can always hope.) Jenni Miller Posted Sep 28th Cinematical http://www.bttfmovie.com/ http://www.amctheatres.com/Script_to_Screen/_Back_To_The_Future__Returns_To_AMC_Screens_For_25th_Anniversary_Celebration!/
  24. *I'm a huge William Castle fan, I was surprised to find not to find a thread about him.* *Well this thread is for William Castle & for all of William Castle's fans!* *William Castle (April 24, 1914 - May 31, 1977) was an American film director, producer, and actor.* *William Castle was born William Schloss in 1914. He began his career in show business as a teenager where he worked on Broadway in a number of different jobs. At the age of 29, he directed his first Hollywood film, "_The Lady from Shanghai_" with legendary actor and director, Orson Welles. Castle's genius was discovered upon the production and direction of many different low budget horror films as he found inventive ways to market the films to young and young at heart audiences.* *Although Castle's films were relatively low-budget vehicles, he was fortunate enough to feature some well-known actors in many of his pictures. When he directed Joan Crawford in "_Strait Jacket_," he didn't need any gimmicks as he had the lure of Joan Crawford, who was fresh from "_Whatever Happened To Baby Jane_" as his star. In "_Strait Jacket_," an aging Crawford plays a former mental patient recently released from an asylum where she spent twenty years after murdering her husband and his lover with an axe.* *Other films Castle made, particularly in the late 1950s and early 1960s, didn't have well-known stars to draw an audience. They were made with very little money, few "special effects" and less than stellar scripts. Castle began to invent ways to make these films seem much scarier than they were.* *His first foray into gimmicky advertising was for the 1958 film, "_Macabre_." Castle gave theatergoers a $1,000 life insurance policy from Lloyd's of London that could be cashed in by their loved ones in case they were frightened to death during the film.* _Per Wikipedia_: William Schloss was born in New York City to a Jewish family. Schloss means "castle" in German, and Castle probably chose to translate his surname into English to avoid the discrimination often encountered by Jewish entertainers of his time. He spent most of his teenage years working on Broadway in a number of jobs ranging from set building to acting. This put him in a good stead to become a director, and he left for Hollywood at the age of 23, going on to direct his first film 6 years later. He also worked an as assistant to director Orson Welles, doing much of the second unit location work for Welles' noir classic, _The Lady from Shanghai_. He also produced, and had a brief non-speaking role in, Roman Polanski's film _Rosemary's Baby_ (1968). (Castle is the grey-haired man lurking outside the phone booth while Mia Farrow is attempting to get in touch with the obstetrician.) *A documentary focusing on Castle's life, _Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story_, directed by Jeffrey Schwarz, had its premiere at AFI FEST 2007 in Los Angeles on November 8, 2007. It won the Audience Award for Best Documentary* *_Films by Castle:_* Bug (1975, writer/producer) Shanks (1974) Rosemary's Baby (1968, producer only) Project X (1968) The Spirit Is Willing (1967) The Busy Body (1967) Let's Kill Uncle (1966) I Saw What You Did (1965) Night Walker (1964) Strait-Jacket (1964) The Old Dark House (1963) 13 Frightened Girls (1963) Zotz! (1962) Mr. Sardonicus (1961) Homicidal (1961) 13 Ghosts (1960) The Tingler (1959) House on Haunted Hill (1959) Macabre (1958) Uranium Boom (1956) The Houston Story (1956) Duel on the Mississippi (1955) The Gun That Won the West (1955) New Orleans Uncensored (1955) The Americano (1955) Masterson of Kansas (1954) The Law vs. Billy the Kid (1954) The Saracen Blade (1954) The Iron Glove (1954) Drums of Tahiti (3-D) (1954) Jesse James vs. the Daltons (3-D) (1954) The Battle of Rogue River (1954) Charge of the Lancers (1954) Slaves of Babylon (1953) Conquest of Cochise (1953) Serpent of the Nile (1953) Fort Ti (3-D) (1953) Cave of Outlaws (1951) Hollywood Story (1951) The Fat Man (1951) It's a Small World (1950) Undertow (1949) Johnny Stool Pigeon (1949) The Gentleman from Nowhere (1948) Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven (1948) Crime Doctor's Gamble (1947) Crime Doctor's Man Hunt (1946) The Return of Rusty (1946) Mysterious Intruder (1946) Just Before Dawn (1946) Voice of the Whistler (1945) Crime Doctor's Warning (1945) The Mark of the Whistler (1944) When Strangers Marry (1944) She's a Soldier Too (1944) The Whistler (1944) Klondike Kate (1943) The Chance of a Lifetime (1943) -By MF, published Oct 21, 2007
  25. *What 10 films U would place into Time Capsule that would be opened 50 years from 2009!* *I'm open to any & all films that U would consider to be a "Classic film .. Say... 5..10 or even 50 years from now.!* *_Mine_:* 1) _Gone with the Wind_ (1939) 2) _The Hurt Locker_ (2008) 3) _Gentlemen Prefer Blondes_ (1953) 4) _The Grapes of Wrath_ (1940) 5) _Mildred Pierce_ (1945) 6) _Dracula_ (1931) 7) _The Day the Earth Stood Still_ (1951) 8) _Wings_ (1927) 9) _Casablanca_ (1942) 10) _Star Wars_ (1977)

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