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Road Games Collector's Edition Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Stacy Keach Is Packed with New Features

Scream Factory will release Roadgames on Blu-ray on November 12, and riding shotgun is a host of new bonus features, including a new interview, audio commentary, script read, and music demos. Customers ordering from Shoutfactory.com will receive an exclusive 18x24 rolled poster featuring our brand new artwork, available while supplies last.

Stacy Keach is Pat Quid, a lone trucker who plays games to keep his sanity on long hauls through the desolate Australian Outback. Jamie Lee Curtis is a free-spirited hitchhiker looking for excitement with a game of her own. And somewhere up ahead is a maniac in a van whose game may be butchering young women along the highway. But when the killer decides to raise the stakes, Quid's game becomes personal ... and the rules of this road are about to take some very deadly turns.

Director Richard Franklin (Psycho II) packs plenty of Hitchcock-like twists and suspense into
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Full Release Details and Cover Art for Scream Factory’s Road Games (1981) Collector’s Edition Blu-ray

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Initially announced at their Comic-Con panel, Scream Factory has now revealed the full list of special features and cover art for their Collector's Edition Blu-ray of 1981's Road Games (starring Stacy Keach and Jamie Lee Curtis) ahead of its release on November 12th:

Press Release: Los Angeles, CA – Scream Factory will release Road Games on Blu-ray™ on November 12, and riding shotgun is a host of new bonus features, including a new interview, audio commentary, script read, and music demos.

Customers ordering from Shoutfactory.com will receive an exclusive 18x24 rolled poster featuring our brand new artwork, available while supplies last.

Stacy Keach is Pat Quid, a lone trucker who plays games to keep his sanity on long hauls through the desolate Australian Outback. Jamie Lee Curtis is a free-spirited hitchhiker looking for excitement with a game of her own. And somewhere up ahead is a maniac in a van whose
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Lifetime achievement award for Julia Blake and Terry Norris

Terry Norris and Julia Blake.

Julia Blake and Terry Norris last night received the 2018 Equity Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony at the Arts Centre Melbourne.

The award presented by Foxtel recognises the couple’s careers spanning more than five decades and their support of Equity campaigns, particularly the battle for Australian stories on screens and stages.

Previous recipients include Peter Carroll, the late Bob Hornery, Maggie Dence, Ron Haddrick, Jill Perryman, Kevan Johnston, Toni Lamond, Grant Page, Anne Phelan and Noeline Brown.

Equity president Chloe Dallimore described the husband and wife duo as an incredibly popular choice among Equity voters, stating: “Julia and Terry are deeply respected luminaries in our industry. What shines through most is their unswerving commitment to support others, especially our younger performers.

“Their tireless lobbying and campaigning efforts means that many of the working conditions we enjoy today are thanks to their hard work. We
See full article at IF.com.au »

Screen Nsw honours veteran stuntman Grant Page with inaugural award

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Grant Page accepts the Screen Nsw Award from George Miller..

Screen Nsw has gifted its inaugural annual award to legendary stuntman Grant Page, who has coordinated stunts for the likes of Mel Gibson and Jackie Chan.

Page was presented the $10,000 award, designed to .honour an individual to whom both screen audiences and the industry owe a significant debt., by George Miller. The director first worked with Page on the original Mad Max, as well as Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.

.Working, under fierce and extraordinary circumstances, on the first Mad Max,.I came to know the calibre of Grant Page. A masterful and innovative stuntman, he has a deep and elegant intelligence. He taught me a lot about filmmaking but even more about life. Inspirations which have sustained me ever since. Grant is heroic in every sense of the word,. said Miller.

Courtney Gibson, CEO of Screen Nsw, said: .When the director yells .action. on set,
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September 20th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Beware! The Blob, Labyrinth 30th Anniversary Edition

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The third week of September has a lot of fantastic horror and sci-fi home entertainment offerings coming our way, including an incredible pair of Criterion Blu-ray releases—Cat People (1942) and Blood Simple—as well as the 30th Anniversary Edition of Labyrinth and the Special Edition of Brian Trenchard-Smith’s Dead End Drive-In. Other notable titles being released on September 20th include the horror doc The Blackout Experiments (which premiered earlier this year at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival), Sacrifice, The Rift (1990), Beware! The Blob, and a Blu-ray set featuring all kinds of Twin Peaks goodness.

Beware! The Blob (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray & DVD)

Newly Re-mastered in HD! The Blob returns... more outrageous than ever in this 1972 sequel to the popular sci-fi classic! Plenty of familiar faces, including Robert Walker Jr. (Ensign Pulver), Larry Hagman (Dallas), Sid Haig (Busting), Burgess Meredith (Rocky), Dick Van Patten (Eight is Enough), Godfrey Cambridge
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'Mad Max': 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Mel Gibson Classic

"It's that rat circus out there, I'm beginning to enjoy it. Look, any longer out on that road and I'm one of them, a terminal psychotic, except that I've got this bronze badge that says that I'm one of the good guys."

And so we were introduced to the ticking time bomb of fury that is Mel Gibson, at least on screen, in "Mad Max."

Released 35 years ago this week (on April 12, 1979), George Miller's film about a near-future cop who turns vigilante when a biker gang kills his partner and his family, made an international star out of Gibson, made Miller an A-list director, and helped put the new wave of Australian cinema on the world map. It also launched a franchise that continues to this day; next year, Miller will finally release the long-gestating "Mad Max: Fury Road," with Tom Hardy taking over as Max.

While the original
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Stunt Rock alert!

Bts’ classic rock concert/stunt/explosion hybrid comes to TCM! Screens in the homeland, too!

We all know the legend of Stunt Rock by now, I hope: how Brian Trenchard-Smith conceived of a wacky hybrid of stunts and rock concert, the limitations of the shoot, the cult classic love letter to actual, human-performed stunts that was born and how, 30+ years later, that cult legend lives on in midnight screenings and smoke-filled basements. Grant Page, the film’s stuntman star, is a complete madman in the film, and if you don’t walk away from a viewing of it all warm and gushy and longing for modern action spectacles to bring back more honest-to-a-god stunt work*, I think you and I can safely assume we’ll never be friends.

Stunt Rock is just a simple, awesome pleasure and if you’ve never seen it, now is finally your chance. The film
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Lions and Tigers and Bears…Oh Brian!

Brian Trenchard-Smith looks deep into the art of directing animals, long before the digital age.

When Brian Trenchard-Smith wants to tell you about directing animals on film, you step out of the way. Here’s Brian with many, many wonderful tales (and tails).

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is the latest example of how digital makes possible previously impossible animal actions, like a gorilla leaping from the Golden Gate Bridge into a helicopter cockpit. Take a look at the Comicon teaser.

But there was a time when the animal and the lens were all you had to work with. In the pre-cgi era, I was lucky enough to stage sequences involving cats, bobcats, dogs, lions, elephants, boa constrictors, chimps, spiders, scorpions, cockroaches, a mud crab, a pigeon, and a frog.

Working with All Creatures Great And Small requires complex planning, flexibility, and infinite patience. I hold the trainers
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Dive Another Day: Stunt performers hang tight

Stunt men and women are the go-to team for risk-taking. But is this school of hard knocks doing it tough in the industry. Georgina Pearson reports.

As humans, we have a natural fascination with danger. Since Buster Keaton emerged unscathed from a house collapsing around him (Steamboat Bill Jr) we have been unable to tear ourselves from a thrilling action sequence, or a daring gunfight.

However, with each actor comes a stunt double and despite their relatively low-profile these gutsy professionals put their bodies on the line for their craft – and in turn are vital to the success of the films they represent. But as we move into an age of increased CGI and VFX, the fundamentals of post-production are rapidly shifting. Not only do we now have the ability to digitally change the way an entire scene is shaped – but we can actually create the physical characters within that scene.
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Trailer Trash

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In this new feature on the site, I'll be periodically posting various oddballs trailers from the far reaches of cinema obscurity. So, without any further ado, let's check out some "coming attractions"!

Stunt Rock (1978):

This mind-melting slab of Australian lunacy pairs footage of wild stuntman Grant Page with performances by goofy 70's rockers/magicians Sorcery! Directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith of Turkey Shoot, Dead End Drive-in and Leprechaun 4: In Space fame.

Frankenstein General Hospital (1988):

Oh boy, this looks ridiculous. A forgotten straight-to-video comedy featuring a respectable cast of recognizable character actors including lovable lug Irwin Keyes, Mark Blankfield, Leslie Jordan and even Ben Stein. There's a part of me that wants to check this out, while another part of me screams "What the fuck is wrong with you?!".

Night of the Dribbler (1990):

Jesus Christ, where did this come from?! An absurd high school slasher flick/goofball comedy
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UK Readers! Win a Long Weekend with Jesus!

Nope, we aren’t offering an all expenses paid trip to Jesus Camp – but what we do have are three copies of the new Jim Caviezel vehicle Long Weekend (review here), directed by Jamie Blanks, to give away courtesy of Showbox Home Entertainment and The Associates.

Synopsis:

When unhappily married and recently estranged city couple Peter (Caviezel) and Carla (Claudia Karvan) set off for a long weekend camping in a remote but picturesque spot on Austalia’s North Coast with Peter’s friend Luke and his girlfriend, they are hoping that a few days of sun, surf and solitude will help heal their marital wounds. After getting lost in the dark and spending an uncomfortable night in their car, Peter and Carla awake to find themselves parked mere yards from their intended destination and, despite the mysterious non-arrival of Luke and his partner, set up camp. In stereotypical city folk
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UK Due a Long Weekend This February

Unfortunately, no, this isn’t an announcement that all UK readers get an extra day off work next month, but lovers of Mother Nature can at least rejoice as Showbox Home Entertainment will release Jamie (Urban Legend, Storm Warning) Blanks’ eco-horror remake Long Weekend (previously titled Nature’s Grave in the Us) to DVD on February 8th.

Starring Jim Caviezel and Claudia Karvan, the synopsis is as follows:

When unhappily married and recently estranged city couple Peter (Caviezel) and Carla (Karvan) set off for a long weekend camping in a remote but picturesque spot on Austalia’s North Coast with Peter’s friend Luke and his girlfriend, they are hoping that a few days of sun, surf and solitude will help heal their marital wounds. After getting lost in the dark and spending an uncomfortable night in their car, Peter and Carla awake to find themselves parked mere yards from their intended destination and,
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Christopher Lee's Concept Album About Charlamagne: Top Shelf Wizard Rock

Christopher Lee isn't actually a wizard, he just plays one in the movies (and sort of looks like one in real life, now that we think of it). But still, that hasn't stopped him from diving headlong into the mystical, magickal world of Wizard Rock, with a full-blown symphonic concept album he's calling Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross.

And, yes, we know the real Charlemagne wasn't technically a wizard (just the subject of an awesome Steely Dan song and most of the Hold Steady's Separation Sunday) but Lee's album is still a prime example of bearded, bong-glazed Wizard Rock, full of trilling strings and rolling timpani drums, songs with titles like "The Iron Crown of Lombardy" and "The Bloody Verdict of Verden," and Lee's booming voice, which, much like the legendary Sword of Erdrick, is strong enough to cleave even the heartiest of steel. Not to mention, you know,
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This List of 'Most Dangerous Stunts Done Without Stunt Doubles' Needs Your Help

This List of 'Most Dangerous Stunts Done Without Stunt Doubles' Needs Your Help
PopCrunch just put up a compilation of the 13 Most Dangerous Movie Stunts Done Without Stunt Doubles and, well, it's missing a few must-haves for such a topic. But before getting to who/what didn't make the cut, let's look at those who did: Jason Statham's helmet-less bike ride wearing a hospital gown in Crank? Sylvester Stallone in Rambo and Harrison Ford in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull simply because they were old during filming? Christian Bale losing 63 pounds for The Machinist? Matt Damon filming a "scene in the water" in one of the Bourne films? I find few of those qualifying of a Most Dangerous label.

Now PC's list isn't always so nebulous. Jackie Chan, Tom Cruise, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd all warrant being on such a list, but unfortunately they're inclusion only serves to highlight how lacking the rest of the roster is; not to mention their
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Party Favors: Those Red Running Hills

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Kill Devil Hills - The scary season has arrived.

In the spirit of movies that make you fear going to the movies comes The Hills Run Red on DVD. Tyler (Tad Hilgenbrinck) is a film geek obsessed with an ’80s film called The Hills Run Red. The movie was quickly yanked from theaters and no prints or videotapes of the film exist. He finds a clue to the movie by locating one of its stars played by Sophie Monk. After a lapdance, she agrees to take Tad and his two friends to the shooting location. Tad doesn’t realize there might be a sequel in production.

Star Tad Hilgenbrinck and director Dave Parker called up the Party Favors hotline to chat about their grisly horror film about a gruesome horror film recently released on DVD by Warner Premiere.

Tad has been in Epic Movie, Disaster Movie and Lost Boys: The Tribe,
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Portland’s Rooftop Cinema Summer Schedule

There is something insanely romantic about a movie on a city rooftop. And I’m not just talking taking a hold of your girl’s hand. It’s the night air, the hint nostalgia for drive-in movies, and hopefully stars in the sky as well as the screen.

Here is Portland’s schedule thanks to the Northwest Film Center …

The Northwest Film Center presents: Top Down: Rooftop Films July 16-August 27 This summer the Northwest Film Center’s Top Down rooftop cinema event is back for a fifth season. Warm starry nights in downtown Portland are filled with entertaining films, culinary treats, live music and spectacular city views, all atop the panoramic parking rooftop at the Hotel deLuxe (Sw 15th at Yamhill). The evenings begin at 8pm with local music and refreshments. Gracie’s Restaurant will offer easy-to-juggle meals, snacks and cocktails, and additional beverages will be available from Tazo and BridgePort Brewing.
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Not Quite Hollywood (Film Review)

“Ozploitation”—the frequently low-budget but often equally high-energy fare of several genres that proliferated Down Under in the 1970s and ’80s, was characterized by its brash aggressiveness, and is celebrated in kind by Mark Hartley’s Not Quite Hollywood. Subtitled The Wild, Untold Story Of Ozploitation!, it’s a rip-roaring, addictive documentary that fully conveys just how wild those flicks were, while assuring little of their history remains untold.

Not Quite Hollywood (playing this weekend at the Philadelphia Film Festival, and set for further theatrical play by Magnolia Pictures) charts this cinematic movement from its origins in the early ’70s, when censorship was relaxed in favor of the creation of an R (adults-only) rating. Unlike filmmakers in other countries who (willingly or not) avoided such a tag, those in Australia embraced it, and began churning out sex-and-violence-packed films with abandon. Hartley gives equal weight to softcore features (silly, bawdy stuff
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Pink and Oz: Two Fantastic Fest Repertory Series Announced!

Press Release: For Immediate Release

Where: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema South Lamar, Austin, TX

Fantastic Fest, September 18-25, 2008

Contact:

Tim League

(512) 912-0529

info@fantasticfest.com

www.fantasticfest.com

While much of the attention of Fantastic Fest centers around the new discoveries and premiere feature films, each year we always present a new repertory retrospective. This year we are featuring two classic series: Not Quite Hollywood: Ozsploitation Classics and Behind The Pink Curtain: Japanese Pinku Films.

Not Quite Hollywood: Ozsploitation Classics

This year, Fantastic Fest is dedicated to making everyone we know into giant, committed fans of Ozploitation cinema. That is - the peculiar brand of exploitation films that bubbled to the surface in Australia in the '70s and '80s. Certainly the best known are the Mad Max films but those didn't emerge in a vacuum. The industry was already pumping out films as rude, tough and resourceful as the primal Aussie himself,
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Pink and Oz: Two Fantastic Fest Repertory Series Announced!

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Press Release: For Immediate Release

Where: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema South Lamar, Austin, TX

Fantastic Fest, September 18-25, 2008

Contact:

Tim League

(512) 912-0529

info@fantasticfest.com

www.fantasticfest.com

While much of the attention of Fantastic Fest centers around the new discoveries and premiere feature films, each year we always present a new repertory retrospective. This year we are featuring two classic series: Not Quite Hollywood: Ozsploitation Classics and Behind The Pink Curtain: Japanese Pinku Films.

Not Quite Hollywood: Ozsploitation Classics

This year, Fantastic Fest is dedicated to making everyone we know into giant, committed fans of Ozploitation cinema. That is - the peculiar brand of exploitation films that bubbled to the surface in Australia in the '70s and '80s. Certainly the best known are the Mad Max films but those didn't emerge in a vacuum. The industry was already pumping out films as rude, tough and resourceful as the primal Aussie himself,
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Fantastic Fest announces Pinku and Ozspoitation classics series

Those boys at the Alamo Drafthouse have announced a slew of films with will be playing as part of the repertory series at the upcoming Fantastic Fest, all of which fall under the Japanese pinku (porno) or ozsploitation categories! Does this mean Mad Max and Road Warrior will be playing? Yup. How about Blue Film Woman and S&M Hunter? Yup. Check out the full list after the break!

Not Quite Hollywood: Ozsploitation Classics

In 2008, Fantastic Fest is dedicated to making everyone we know into giant, committed fans of Ozploitation cinema. That is - the peculiar brand of exploitation films that bubbled to the surface in Australia in the '70s and '80s. Certainly the best known are the Mad Max films but those didn't emerge in a vacuum. The industry was already pumping out films as rude, tough and resourceful as the primal Aussie himself, kicked out of
See full article at QuietEarth »

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