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Demons 2 (1986)

Dèmoni 2 (Demons 2) is a 1986 Italian horror film directed by Lamberto Bava and co-written and produced by Dario Argento. It is a sequel to Bava’s 1985 film Dèmoni and stars David Edwin Knight, Nancy Brilli, Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni, as well as Argento’s youngest daughter Asia Argento in her debut film performance at age ten. In this sequel, Bava opted to use British New Wave bands such as the Smiths, the Cult, Dead Can Dance, and the Art of Noise on the soundtrack as opposed to heavy metal bands in the original Dèmoni.

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A group of tenants and visitors are trapped in a 10-story high-rise apartment building infested with demons who proceed to hunt the dwindling humans down.

 

 

 

Trivia:

  • Bobby Rhodes, who played Tony the pimp in Dèmoni (1985), returns as a completely different character in this sequel. Lino Salemme also reappears, this time as a security guard.
  • The scene where Hannah (Nancy Brilli) has a baby was not part of the original script. Originally, Hannah’s baby would become a demon inside her and claw its way out of her. This scene was taken out when Lamberto Bava and Dario Argento decided they wanted a happier ending.
  • Asia Argento’s film debut.
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    planet of the vampires (1965)

    Planet of the Vampires (Italian title: Terrore nello spazio) is a 1965 Italian science fiction/horror film directed by Mario Bava. The film stars Barry Sullivan and Norma Bengell. The screenplay, by Bava, Alberto Bevilacqua, Callisto Cosulich, Antonio Roman, and Rafael J. Salvia, was based on an Italian language science fiction short story, Renato Pestriniero’s “One Night of 21 Hours”. The story follows the horrific experiences of the crew members of two giant spaceships that have crash landed on a forbidding, unexplored planet. The disembodied inhabitants of the world possess the bodies of the crew who died during the crash, and use the animated corpses to stalk and kill the remaining survivors.

    Tagline:  This was the day the universe trembled before the demon forces of the killer planet!

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    The film was co-produced by American International Pictures and Italian International Film, with some financing provided by Spain’s Castilla Cooperativa Cinematográfica. Ib Melchior and Louis M. Heyward are credited with the script for the AIP English-language release version. Years after its release, some critics suggested that the film’s narrative details and visual design appeared to have been a major influence on Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979).

    Production:

    American International Pictures had achieved a great deal of commercial success in the early 1960’s with Bava’s Black Sunday (1960) and Black Sabbath (1963), as well as dozens of lesser Italian films, including several sword and sandal pictures. Eventually, AIP heads Samuel Z. Arkoff and James H. Nicholson decided to coproduce some of these films, rather than just pay for the rights to distribute them, in order to have more control over their content. Planet of the Vampires was one such coproduction, financed by AIP and Italy’s Fulvio Lucisano for Italian International Film, along with some Spanish production money provided by Castilla Cooperativa Cinematográfica. AIP provided the services of writer Ib Melchior, whose previous movies had included such modest hits as The Angry Red Planet and Reptilicus, as well as the relatively big budget Robinson Crusoe on Mars. Melchior wrote the screenplay for the English language version of the film, with some assistance from AIP producer Louis M. Heyward.

    American Barry Sullivan and Brazilian Norma Bengell led the cast of international actors. Writer Robert J. Skotak reported that each castmember “used their own native language on the set, in many cases not understanding what the other actors were saying.
    Sullivan’s lines were spoken in English, Bengell’s in Portuguese, Evi Marandi’s in Italian, and Ángel Aranda’s in Spanish.

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    Restricted by a low budget, Bava was unable to utilize opticals, so all of the film’s extensive visual effects work were done “in camera”. Miniatures and forced perspective visuals are used throughout, with lots of colored fog adding atmosphere but also obscuring the sheer cheapness of the sets. Bava explained: “Do you know what that unknown planet was made of? A couple of plastic rocks — yes, two: one and one! — left over from a mythological movie made at Cinecittà! To assist the illusion, I filled the set with smoke.” According to Tim Lucas, the two plastic rocks were multiplied in several shots by mirrors and multiple exposures. The planet’s exterior sequences were filmed on an empty stage obscured by mists, table top miniatures, and Schüfftan process shots.

    Trivia:

    • This was the film on which Mario Bava’s son, Lamberto Bava, began his career as his father’s assistant. Lamberto would latter become a director himself.
    • This film had more then 15 titles before it was decided to be Planet of the Vampires.
    • German Import DVD has a Super-8 Version (German language only), as a special feature on the disc.
    • Director Mario Bava used the mirror-based Schufftan Process to combine live action with miniatures and thereby avoiding the costly matte/optical printing techniques.
    • In 1965, American International Pictures distributed this film, dubbed in English and titled “Planet of the Vampires“, on a double bill with Die, Monster, Die! (1965).

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    Evi Marandi

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    Richard Kiel Birthday September 13th

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    Richard Keil

    Richard Dawson Kiel (born September 13, 1939) is an American actor best known for his role as the steel-toothed Jaws in the James Bond movies The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979) as well as the video game Everything or Nothing, and Mr. Larson in Happy Gilmore. He is 7 feet 1.5 inches (2.17 m) tall.

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    Trivia:

    Original choice to play the title character in the television series “The Incredible Hulk” (1978). After 2 days of filming, it was decided that he was not “bulky” enough for the role. He was paid for the two movies of the week and replaced by Lou Ferrigno. Kiel was happy this happened because he only had sight in one eye and the full contact lens were bothering him.

    Once said that people are always confusing him with André the Giant, Fred Gwynne (“Herman Munster” from “The Munsters” (1964)), or Ted Cassidy (“Lurch” from “The Addams Family” (1964)), all of whom are deceased.

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    In 1992, he was in a serious automobile accident which affected his auto-balance and now walks using a walking stick or rides a battery powered scooter around if he has to go very far. In the movie Happy Gilmore (1996), he is never seen walking and almost all of his scenes are from the waist up. There are only two full body scenes and both times he is leaning on something. The first is a post, the second is a man.

    Worked as a bouncer at a Los Angeles nightclub, before being recruited by Arch Hall Sr. for the lead role in Eegah (1962).

    Owns a film production company in Oakhurst, California.

    Appeared in a National Geographic special produced by David L. Wolper in which he portrayed Big Foot.

    His son “Richard George” appears in the film The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). He is the little boy on the beach pointing out to the upcoming car that “James Bond” is driving from the water.

    Interviewed about “Eegah” in Tom Weaver’s book “Eye on Science Fiction” (McFarland & Co., 2003).

     

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     13 Frightened Girls (1963): William Castle launched a worldwide hunt for the prettiest girls from 13 different countries to cast in the film. Starring Kathy Dunn, Murray Hamilton, Joyce Taylor, Hugh Marlowe, and Khigh Dhiegh as Kang. Directed by William Castle.

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    Candace Hull is the daughter of a high ranking United States diplomat. She’s young, popular and has an eye for the much older secret agent Wally Sanders. But Candace is hiding something, she’s also turned on by secrets and espionage as international super spy “Kitten”. Candace befriends fellow student Mai Ling, niece of the mysterious Uncle Kang and during a girls night sleepover inadvertently uncovers a secret and diabolical plot against the man known as Kagenescu. Soon enough “Kitten” has her hands full with secrets and the assassin known as “Spider” on her trail.

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    hellraiser 3: hell on earth (1992)
     
    Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth is a film released September 11, 1992, directed by Anthony Hickox. It is the third film in the Hellraiser series and the first to be made outside of the United Kingdom.
    Tagline:What began in Hell, will end on Earth.
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    From horror legend Clive Barker comes “the ultimate in fear!” Dan Scapporotti, Cinefantastique. Some call him the Black Prince of Hell. Some call him the Angel of Suffering. The horror fans everywhere, he’s Pinhead (Doug Bradley), the urbane, spike-faced minion of evil with a bloodlust for human souls. Now Pinhead’s back in the most diabolical Hellraiser of them all – Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth! TV reporter Joey Summerskill (Terry Farrell, Back To School) is on assignment at a local hospital when a bloodied teenage boy is rushed into the emergency room. As Joey watches, the writhing boy is literally torn apart by chains impaling his body. Fleeing the carnage, Joey follows the victim’s girlfriend to a downtown nightclub, the Boiler Room. In the apartment above the Boiler Room rests the owner’s newly purchased sculpture: A pillar etched with distorted figures and faces. Among the frozen images is Pinhead. Tonight he shall be released.
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      Bill Bradley … makeup artist
      Mark Coulier … special makeup effects artist
      Shaune Harrison … special makeup effects artist
      Herita Jones … assistant makeup artist
      Paul Jones … makeup effects coordinator
      Martin L. Mercer … makeup effects artist
      Jeff Swan … special makeup crew
      Jeff Swan … special makeup effects trainee
      Gary J. Tunnicliffe … makeup effects crew
     
    Special Effects Department
      Larry Dean Bivins … special effects foreman
      Ray Bivins … special effects
      Richard Darwin … animatronic technician
      Nikolai Galitzine … special effects technician
      Bob Keen … special effects
      Greg R. Stone … special effects technician
      Jeff Swan … special effects
     
     

     
    Visual Effects Department
      Dave Gregory … optical supervisor, main title: Title House Inc.
      Steve Wright … digital effects supervisor: Sidley Wright & Assoc.
      Joan Collins Carey … digital effects producer: Sidley Wright & Assoc. (uncredited)
      Tom Martinek … film scanner: component video (uncredited)
     
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    Battle Beyond the Stars

    is a Roger Corman-produced science fiction film, directed by Jimmy T. Murakami and released in 1980. The film is notable in that the screenplay was partly written by John Sayles, the score was by James Horner and the special effects were directed by James Cameron. Several of the effects shots were re-used for other films throughout the 1980s. An example of this can be seen during the movie theater fight scene at the end of Bachelor Party. Additionally the space ship models and effects were re-used in the film Space Raiders.

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    Tagline: A battle beyond time, beyond space.

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    Seven mercenaries are recruited from throughout the galaxy to save a peaceful planet from the threat of an evil tyrant bent on dominating and enslaving the entire universe.

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    Robert Vaughn

    Trivia:

  • ‘Robert Vaughn (I)’ plays essentially the same character he played in The Magnificent Seven (1960).
  • The main character, Shad, hails from the planet Akir. The natives of Akir are known as the Akira. This is no doubt a tribute to legendary director Akira Kurosawa (whose film Shichinin no samurai (1954) served as the inspiration for this film).
  • Gelt is modeled closely after the character Lee from The Magnificent Seven (1960) (both of whom were played by Robert Vaughn) and some of Gelt’s dialogue is lifted almost verbatim from “The Magnificent Seven”.
  • Most of the model shots were reused Space Raiders (1983).
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  • Screenwriter John Sayles had originally envisioned the character of Cayman as a brooding dark humanoid, not the lizard alien seen in the final product.
  • This was Roger Corman’s most expensive feature up to that time, costing $2 million. Most of the budget was spent on salaries for Robert Vaughn and George Peppard, who both had high asking prices.
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    George Peppard

  • The main body of the Hephastus space station was made from a plastic terrarium salvaged from a garbage dumpster
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    John Saxon

  • Not only are the effects re-used in Space Raiders (1983), but the entire James Horner score is used as well.
  • Not one of Sador’s fighters manages to gain a kill during the movie. All of the hero’s vessels, which are destroyed, are destroyed by the flagship’s actions or sacrificed by the pilot.
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      Charles Balazs … hairdresser
      Sue Dolph … makeup artist
      Ken Horn … prosthetic assistant
      Karen Kubeck … assistant makeup artist
      Mike La Valley … prosthetic assistant
      Steve Neill … prosthetic makeup
      Cliff Raven … makeup artist: Quopeg’s tattoo
      Thom Shouse … prosthetic assistant
      Rick Stratton … prosthetic makeup

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      Frank DeMarco … pyrotechnics
      Roger George … pyrotechnics
      Hal Miles … special effects technician (uncredited)

     

     

    Visual Effects Department
      Larry Albright … lighting pieces
      Ed Banks … gaffer: special photographic effects
      Stephen Barncard … effects lighting and props
      Chris Brightman … additional photography: special photographic effects
      Steve Caldwell … camera operator: special photographic effects
      Jim Cameron … additional director of photography: special photographic effects
      Jim Cameron … miniature design and construction
      Tom Campbell … additional photography: special photographic effects
      Tom Campbell … engineering: miniature design and construction
      Jo Carson … production manager: special photographic effects
      Brian Chin … miniature design and construction
      C. Comisky … producer/supervisor: special photographic effects
      John Cruz … effects lighting and props
      Chuck De Cola … effects lighting and props
      George D. Dodge … director of photography: special photographic effects
      Marcia Dripchak … optical effects supervisor
      Steve Elliott … rotoscope/animation/graphic effects
      Judith Evans … rotoscope/animation/graphic effects
      Michele Ferrone … production manager: special photographic effects
      Randall Frakes … additional photography: special photographic effects
      Deborah Gaydos … rotoscope/animation/graphic effects
      Alec Gillis … miniature design and construction
      Daniel Gross … rotoscope/animation/graphic effects
      Doug Hall … effects lighting and props
      Dr. Ken Jones … technical director: special photographic effects
      Robert Maine … additional photography: special photographic effects
      Austin McKinney … additional director of photography: special photographic effects
      René Meunier … optical lineup
      Joshua Morton … additional director of photography: special photographic effects
      John Muto … rotoscope/animation/graphic effects
      Eric Peterson … additional photography: special photographic effects
      Anthony Randel … editor: special photographic effects
      Jack Reed … effects lighting and props
      Peter Regla … optical consultant
      David Riley … additional photography: special photographic effects
      Maury Schallock … supervisor: model design and construction
      Dennis Skotak … director of photography: special photographic effects
      Dennis Skotak … miniature design and construction
      Robert Skotak … miniature design and construction
      Robert Skotak … special designs/effects creations
      Dan Slater … optical consultant
      Dan Smith … camera operator: special photographic effects
      Carolyn Strauss … additional photography: special photographic effects
      Pat Sweeney … additional photography: special photographic effects
      Jon Thaler … optical editorial
      Pat Thompson … miniature design and construction
      Melissa Tripp … assistant editor: special photographic effects
      Paul Turner … effects lighting supervisor
      Nina Vlahos … editor: special photographic effects
      Gary Wagner … additional photography: special photographic effects
      Susan Welsh … assistant editor: special photographic effects
      Barry Zetlin … rotoscope/animation/graphic effects
      Rob Maine … miniature process projection (uncredited)
      Mike Warren … optical effects (uncredited)

    Making Movie Magic: K.N.B. EFX Group

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    K.N.B. EFX Group background:

    In 1988, Robert Kurtzman along with Gregory Nicotero and Howard Berger, formed K.N.B. EFX Group, a special effects studio which has gone on to work on over 600 film and television projects. K.N.B. has won numerous awards, including an Emmy Award in 2001 for their work on the 2000 Sci Fi Channel miniseries Frank Herbert’s Dune.  They were awarded an Academy Award in 2006 for achievement in makeup for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

    In 2002, Kurtzman left K.N.B. EFX Group. Kurtzman and his wife, relocated their family to Crestline, Ohio, and started their own production company, Precinct 13 Entertainment. Founded in 2003, Precinct 13 is described as a Film/Television and Radio Commercial/Visual Effects production facility.

    From the current K.N.B. website: http://www.knbefxgroup.com/

    Transformers, Pulp Fiction, Dances with Wolves, Land of the Dead, The Green Mile, Sin City, Spy Kids, The Chronicles of Narnia, Army of Darkness; The Island….These aren’t merely the names of great genre films; they’re iconic interpretations of some of the most imaginative and groundbreaking special makeup effects ever created.  KNB EFX Group is the force behind some of the most memorable effects put on film.  With work on over 600 films, including 5 Oscar winners, and dozens of awards; including an Oscar of their own, one Emmy, one BAFTA award, and a whole host of Saturn’s, KNB is the culmination of two decades of creative passion for making real what was previously unreal and unimagined.  Over the last 20 years, Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger’s company has grown and matured within the ever changing landscape of makeup and creature effects.  KNB’s principal philosophy has remained consistent: deliver ground breaking visually spectacular EFX while breathing life into the illusion of what is seen on the screen.

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    Michael Keaton Birthday September 5

    Keaton, Michael

    Michael John Douglas (born September 5, 1951), better known as Michael Keaton, is an American actor, well known for his early comedic roles in films such as Night Shift, Mr. Mom, Beetlejuice, and for his portrayal of Bruce Wayne/Batman in Tim Burton’s Batman and Batman Returns, as well as lead roles in other films including The Paper, Jackie Brown, and White Noise.

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    An unsuccessful attempt at stand-up comedy led Keaton to working as a TV cameraman at public television station WQED (TV) in Pittsburgh. Keaton first appeared on TV in the Pittsburgh-based public television program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (1975), as one of the “Flying Zucchini Brothers.”  He also served as a full-time production assistant on the show. (In 2003, following Rogers’ death, Keaton hosted the PBS memorial tribute program, Fred Rogers: Everybody’s Favorite Neighbor.)

    Before his big break (while still credited as Michael Douglas), Keaton did a billboard ad for the Architect Jeans Company. In an interview in 2003 for Live from Baghdad, Keaton recalled how he and the director of the Architect commercial, Spike Jonze, became fast friends.

    Keaton left Pittsburgh and moved to Los Angeles to begin auditioning for various TV parts. He cropped up in various popular TV shows including Maude and The Mary Tyler Moore Hour. Around this time Keaton decided to use an alternative surname to remove confusion with well known actor Michael Douglas, as well as satisfying SAG rules, and after reading an article on actress Diane Keaton, he decided on “Michael Keaton.”

    His next key break was working alongside James Belushi in the short-lived comedy series Working Stiffs, which showcased his comedic talent and led to a co-starring role in the comedy Night Shift directed by Ron Howard. His role as the hilariously fast-talking schemer Bill “Blaze” Blazejowski alongside nerdish morgue attendant Henry Winkler earned Keaton some critical acclaim, and he scored leads in the subsequent comedy hits Mr. Mom, Johnny Dangerously, and Gung Ho.

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    Keaton’s role as the title character in the 1988 Tim Burton horror-comedy Beetlejuice, which co-starred Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Catherine O’Hara, and Winona Ryder, earned Keaton widespread acclaim and boosted him to movieland’s A-list. He was originally turned down for the title role in Beetlejuice but was reconsidered by director Burton. Keaton now considers Beetlejuice his favorite of his own films.  That same year, Keaton also gave an acclaimed dramatic performance as a drug-addicted businessman in Clean and SoberNewsweek featured him in a story during this time.

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    Michael Keaton’s career was given another major boost when he was again cast by Tim Burton, this time as the title superhero of the 1989 blockbuster Batman. Burton cast him because he thought that Keaton was the only actor who could believably portray someone who has the kind of darkly obsessive personality that the character demands.  Warner Bros. received thousands of letters of complaint by fans commenting that the comedic Keaton was the wrong choice for Gotham City’s creature of the night, given his prior work in comedies and the fact that he lacked the suave, handsome features and tall, muscular physicality often attributed to the character in the comic books. However, Keaton’s dramatic performance earned universal acclaim from critics and audiences alike, and Batman became the highest-grossing film of the year.

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    According to Keaton, he was astounded when he was first considered as Batman since he was only familiar with the 1960s Batman television series starring Adam West, but it was not until Burton introduced Keaton to Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns that Keaton really understood the dark and brooding side of Batman that he portrayed to much fan approval. Keaton wore the cape and cowl again in Batman Returns (1992), which was another financial success, though controversial for being darker than the original.

    Keaton was prepared to return for Batman Forever (1995), even going so far as to show up for costume fitting. However, when Burton was dropped by Warner Bros., Keaton left the franchise. He was reportedly dissatisfied with the screenplay approved by the new director, Joel Schumacher, which Keaton considered to be lighter in tone than the past two Batman movies. According to the A&E Biography episode on Keaton, after he had refused the first time (after meetings with Schumacher), Warner Brothers offered him $35,000,000 (one of the highest salaries offered to an actor at the time), but Keaton steadfastly refused. He was subsequently succeeded as Batman by Val Kilmer and later on by George Clooney in Batman & Robin (1997), which became the least successful Batman film both critically and commercially. It was not until the success of Batman Begins (2005), a reboot starring Christian Bale as the Dark Knight, that the film series was continued.

    Keaton remained in demand during the 1990s, appearing in a wide range of films including Pacific Heights, One Good Cop, My Life, and the star-studded Shakespearian story Much Ado About Nothing. He also starred in another Ron Howard film, The Paper, as well as with Andie MacDowell in Multiplicity and twice in the same role, Elmore Leonard character Agent Ray Nicolette, in Jackie Brown and Out of Sight. The actor also made Jack Frost and the thriller Desperate Measures.

    Keaton starred in Speechless with Geena Davis (his co-star in Beetlejuice) and Christopher Reeve, as a political candidate’s speechwriter. As with Keaton and Batman, Christopher Reeve had gained notoriety for playing an iconic comic superhero, in his case Superman. Out of Sight starred George Clooney, who succeeded Keaton in the role of Batman in Batman & Robin.

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    Micheal Keaton and Tim Burton

    Since 2000, Keaton has appeared in several films with mixed success including Live From Baghdad for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe award, First Daughter, White Noise, and Herbie: Fully Loaded. While he continues to receive good notices from the critics (particularly for Jackie Brown), with the exception of Cars, in which he played the part of Chick Hicks, he has not been able to approach the box-office success of Batman. On New Years Day of 2004, he hosted the PBS TV special Mr. Rogers: America’s Favorite Neighbor. It was released by Triumph Marketing LLC on DVD September 28 that year.

    In 2006, Keaton starred in an independent film called Game 6, a semi-thriller based around the infamous 1986 World Series bid by the Boston Red Sox. He had a cameo in the Tenacious D short film, Time Fixers, an iTunes exclusive. The 9-minute film was released to coincide with Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny. Keaton was announced to be the lead in Media 8 Entertainment’s film Reaper, a supernatural thriller. He reportedly agreed to star as John Target in the Matt Evans scripted No Rule To Make Target, and he has directed a drama, The Merry Gentleman.

    Keaton reportedly was cast as Dr. Jack Shephard in the series Lost, understanding that the role of Jack would be a brief one. Once the role was retooled to be a long-running series regular, Keaton withdrew. The part was given to actor Matthew Fox.

    Keaton starred in the 2007 TV mini-series The Company, set during the Cold War, in which he portrayed the real-life CIA counterintelligence chief James Jesus Angleton. The role garnered Keaton a 2008 SAG nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries. The Company also starred Chris O’Donnell, who portrayed Batman’s crime fighting sidekick Robin (the Boy Wonder was absent from the two Batman films that Keaton starred in) in Batman Forever and Batman & Robin.

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    Keaton is slated to join the Toy Story animated film’s cast for the upcoming Toy Story 3, providing the voice of Ken, Barbie’s friend.

    Trivia:

    When he realized he needed to change his name, he remembered an article he had read with a nice picture of Diane Keaton. He chose her last name with the intention of changing it later. However, the name stuck. Years later, he phoned her and thanked her. The two have never actually met.

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    Was in a relationship with Courteney Cox (1989-1995).

    His hobbies are fly-fishing and riding horses at his California ranch.

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    Tim Burton cast him in the title role of Batman (1989) because he thought that Keaton was the only actor who could believably portray someone who has the kind of darkly obsessive personality that the character has. There was a great deal of fan anger over his selection, forcing the studio to release an advance trailer both to show that Keaton could do the role well and that the movie would not be a campy parody like the TV show “Batman” (1966).

    Attended Montour High School.

    Is the fourth actor to play Batman.

    Has a son, Sean Maxwell Douglas (born May 27, 1983), with ex-wife Caroline McWilliams.

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    Decided to change his name when he began acting because there was already a Michael Douglas in movies and a Mike Douglas in broadcasting. While he uses a stage name, he has never legally changed his name to Michael Keaton.

    One of only two actors to reprise the role of Batman in major, live-action films (Batman (1989)/Batman Returns (1992). Adam West did only one movie (Batman (1966)) as Batman (along with the live-action TV series “Batman” (1966) and voice-work) and Kevin Conroy has only done voice-work as Batman. Christian Bale is the second and most recent actor to play the role more than once with (Batman Begins (2005) followed by (The Dark Knight (2008).

    Played Agent Ray Nicolette in Jackie Brown (1997) and again in Out of Sight (1998).

    Started his career as a stagehand in “MisteRogers’ Neighborhood” (1968) (he operated “Picture, Picture”), and in 2004 he produced a documentary on Rogers, Fred Rogers: America’s Favorite Neighbor (2004) (TV).

    Turned down the role of the ill-fated mad scientist Dr. Seth Brundle in David Cronenberg’s remake The Fly (1986). The part eventually went to Jeff Goldblum.

    Is a Second City alumni – a member of the Los Angeles branch.

    According to Mike Myers on “Revealed with Jules Asner” (2001), Keaton saw the comic actor perform at Second City Toronto. After the show ended, Keaton went to personally congratulate Myers and said, “Keep up the great work.” Myers would soon work with Keaton on an episode of “Saturday Night Live” (1995) when Keaton was guest host.

    His son Sean plays keyboard for a band called The Hatch.

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    Was originally slated to play Jeff Daniels character in Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) and actually did film some scenes, but Allen decided it wasn’t working and replaced him with Daniels.

    Appeared with the late Christopher Reeve in Speechless (1994). Keaton and Reeve played DC Comics two most iconic characters, Batman and Superman, respectively.

    He was originally to play the role of Dr. Jack Shephard in the TV show “Lost” (2004), with the understanding that the character would be killed off early on in the show. Keaton later had to walk away from the part when the creators decided not to kill off the doctor. Matthew Fox ended up playing the character.

    Was parodied by Matthew Perry on “Saturday Night Live”.

    Was considered for the role of Dr. Curtis McCabe in Vanilla Sky (2001).

    Was considered for the role of Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs (1991).

    Was considered for the role of Capt. Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003).

    Was considered for the role of Lt. Col. Kazinski in Jarhead (2005).

    An avid Pittsburgh Steelers football fan, he grew up about five miles from former Steelers coach Bill Cowher’s hometown of Crafton, Pennsylvania.

    Lived in his ’63 VW Bug for 2 nights in California while trying to become an actor.

    Has only reprised two roles in his career. First, he played Batman in Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992). Second, he played Ray Nicolette in Jackie Brown (1997) and Out of Sight (1998). Also appearing in the latter film was George Clooney, who has also played Batman.

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    Was offered to play either Peter Venkman or Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters (1984) but turned down both parts, which went to Bill Murray and Harold Ramis.

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    William Friedkin Birthday – August 29

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    William Friedkin (born 29 August 1935 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter best known for directing The Exorcist and The French Connection in the early 1970s. His recent film is Bug (2006) for which he won the Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique (FIPRESCI).

    After seeing the movie Citizen Kane as a boy, Friedkin became fascinated with movies and began working for WGN-TV immediately after high school. He eventually started his directorial career doing live television shows and documentaries, including The People vs. Paul Crump which won several awards and contributed to the commutation of Crump’s death sentence. In 1965 Friedkin moved to Hollywood and two years later released his first feature film, Good Times starring Sonny and Cher. Several other “art” films followed (including the gay-themed movie The Boys in the Band), although Friedkin didn’t necessarily want to be known as an art house director.

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    In 1971, his The French Connection was released to wide critical acclaim. Shot in a gritty style more suited for documentaries than Hollywood features, the film won five Academy Awards, including Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Director.

    Linda Blair and William Friedkin

    Linda Blair and William Friedkin

    Friedkin followed up with 1973′s The Exorcist, based on William Peter Blatty’s best-selling novel, which revolutionized the horror genre and is considered by some critics to be the greatest horror movie of all time. The Exorcist was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.

    Following these two critically acclaimed pictures, Friedkin, along with Francis Ford Coppola and Peter Bogdanovich, was deemed as one of the premier directors of New Hollywood. Unfortunately, Friedkin’s later movies did not achieve the same success. Sorcerer (1977), a $22 million dollar American remake of the French classic Wages of Fear, starring Roy Scheider, was overshadowed by the box-office success of Star Wars, which was released around the same time. Friedkin considers it his finest film, and was personally devastated by its financial and critical failure (as mentioned by Friedkin himself in the documentary series The Directors (1999)).

    Sorcerer was shortly followed by the crime-comedy The Brink’s Job (1978), based on the real-life Great Brink’s Robbery in Boston, Massachusetts, which was also unsuccessful at the box-office. In 1980, he released the highly controversial gay-themed crime thriller Cruising, starring Al Pacino, which was protested against even during its making, and remains the subject of heated debate to this day.

    Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Friedkin’s films received mostly lackluster reviews and moderate ticket sales. Deal of the Century (1983), starring Chevy Chase, Gregory Hines and Sigourney Weaver, was sometimes regarded as a latter-day Dr. Strangelove, though was generally savaged by critics. However, his action/crime movie To Live and Die in L.A. (1985), starring William Petersen and Willem Dafoe, was a critical favorite and drew comparisons to Friedkin’s own The French Connection (particularly for its car-chase sequence), while his courtroom-drama/thriller, Rampage (1987), received a fairly positive review from Roger Ebert despite major distribution problems. The Guardian (1990) and Jade starring Linda Fiorentino received minor success by critics and audiences.

    In 2000, The Exorcist was re-released in theaters with extra footage and grossed $40 million in the U.S. alone.

    Friedkin’s involvement in 2007′s Bug resulted from a positive experience watching the stage version in 2004. He was surprised to find that he was, metaphorically, on the same page as the playwright, and felt that he could relate well to the story.

    Later, Friedkin directed an episode of the hit TV series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, entitled Cockroaches, which re-teamed him with To Live and Die In L.A. star William Petersen. He would go on to direct again for CSI’s 200th episode, Mascara.

    William Friedkin and Laurence Fishburne CSI set

    William Friedkin and Laurence Fishburne CSI set

    Trivia:

    The night he won his Academy Award for directing The French Connection (1971), he was riding with his manager when their Rolls-Royce broke down several miles from the ceremony. They had to hitch a ride from a driver at a gas station in order to arrive in time.

    His video for Laura Branigan’s song “self control” has never been shown in its entirety on MTV. Friedkin’s uncut version features a brief shot of a female breast.

    Was going to work with Peter Gabriel on a film project, but Gabriel was caught up with work with his former band Genesis on the album “The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway”. The project was called off.

    He was believed to be the youngest person to win the Best Director Oscar, at age 32. Later, he was discovered to have actually been born in 1935, and was 36 at the time. The record returned to Norman Taurog.

    Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. “World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945-1985″. Pages 372-375. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.

    After The Exorcist (1973), he was planning on making a film about Aliens and Atlantis. But, after Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) went into production, he abandoned the film and made Sorcerer (1977), instead.

    While on his first directing assignment for “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour” (1962), he was reprimanded by Alfred Hitchcock for not wearing a tie.

    Friedkin and wife Sherry Lansing

    Friedkin and wife Sherry Lansing

    Began his career in the mail-room of WGN-TV in Chicago. Within two years, he was directing live television.

    In 1985, was sued for plagiarism by Michael Mann, who claimed that To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) stole the entire concept of Mann’s TV series “Miami Vice” (1984). Mann lost the lawsuit.

    He directed 5 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Jason Miller, Ellen Burstyn and Linda Blair. Hackman won an Oscar for The French Connection (1971).

    Does not like to work with storyboards.

    Was offered the chance to direct The Exorcist (1973) by producer William Peter Blatty after Blatty screened The French Connection (1971). Warner Bros. had been pressuring him to use another director but after seeing the Friedkin’s film, Blatty decided he wanted the film of his novel to be infused with as much energy as Friedkin had brought to “The French Connection”.

    Eli Roth and William Friedkin

    Eli Roth and William Friedkin

    His two most famous films, The French Connection (1971) and The Exorcist (1973), both begin in a foreign country, in which something in that country is brought over to America and then dealt with by American “authorities” in that field. The French Connection (1971) has drugs coming from France and then dealt with by American narcotics officers; The Exorcist (1973) has a demonic presence (from an idol) coming from Iraq to America, and dealt with by American priests.

    Has two sons: Jack with Lesley-Anne Down and Cedric with Australian dancer Jennifer Nairn-Smith.

    Directed his first opera, “Salome” by Richard Strauss, at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich (2006).

    Profiled in “Conversations with Directors: An Anthology of Interviews from Literature/Film Quarterly”, E.M. Walker, D.T. Johnson, eds. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2008.

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    Hell Night released August 28, 1981

     

     

     

     

    Hell Night (1981)

    Hell Night (1981)

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hell Night is a 1981 American independent horror film (with elements of Creature Features). Tom DeSimone directed the film, which was written by Randy Feldman and stars Linda Blair. The film depicts a night of fraternity hazing (“hell night”) set in an old manor, during which a deformed maniac (that turns out to be a duo of siblings) terrorizes and murders many of the college students.

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    Linda Blair

    Future film director Chuck Russell, who would helm the remake of The Blob in 1988 and 2002′s The Scorpion King, served here as an executive producer.

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    Four college pledges are forced to spend the night in a deserted old mansion where they get killed off one by one by the monstrous surviving members of a family massacre years earlier for trespassing on their living grounds.

     

     

    Make Up Department
      Kenneth Horn … special makeup effects artist
      Pam Peitzman … makeup artist
      Tom Schwartz … special makeup effects artist

    Special Effects Department
      John Eggett … special effects supervisor (uncredited)


    Hell Night (1981)

    Hell Night (1981)

    Jenny Neumann in Hell Night

    Jenny Neumann in Hell Night

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