Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Trivia:

Has twice been nominated for Broadway’s Tony Award: as Best Actor (Play) in 2000 for a revival of Sam Shepard’s “True West;” and as Best Actor (Featured Role -Play) in 2003 for a revival of Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey into Night.”

He had the flu the entire time he appeared in Almost Famous (2000).

Has appeared in all of Paul Thomas Anderson’s movies, but he did not appear in Anderson’s upcoming film, There Will Be Blood (2007).

BFA in Drama – New York University, Tisch School of the Arts (1989)

Has appeared in three films with Julianne Moore: Boogie Nights (1997), The Big Lebowski (1998), and Magnolia (1999). They each then went on to appear in separate film in the Hannibal Lecter series. Moore played Clarice Starling in Hannibal (2001), and Hoffman played Freddie Lounds in Red Dragon (2002).

In 2002, he appeared in 25th Hour (2002), opposite Edward Norton and Brian Cox; and in Punch-Drunk Love (2002), opposite Emily Watson. That same year, he appeared with both Norton and Watson in Red Dragon (2002), which was a remake of Manhunter (1986), in which Cox had appeared.

Grew up in upstate New York, outside of Rochester, in the village of Fairport.

When asked who his acting idols were, he named Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Newman, Meryl Streep and Christopher Walken.

Appears in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) and Red Dragon (2002). Both are remakes of earlier films (Plein soleil (1960) and Manhunter (1986)), and both feature him as a character named Freddie who is killed by the villain/title character.

As of 2008, he and Dustin Hoffman are the only two winners of best actor in a leading role at the Oscars to share a last name. Philip won for ‘Capote’ and Dustin won for ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’ and ‘Rain Man’.

At NYU was a founding member of the notoriously short-lived and volatile theater company the Bullstoi Ensemble with actor Steven Schub and director Bennett Miller.

Beat Heath Ledger for an academy Award in the same category for Best Actor Academy Award in 2005 for his title role in Capote, and then lost out to the late great actor for the best supporting actor category in 2008 from his performance in Doubt to Ledger’s performance in The Dark Knight.

Is one of eight actors to have won the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award and SAG Award for the same performance. The others in chronological order are Geoffrey Rush for Shine (1996), Benicio Del Toro for Traffic (2000), Jamie Foxx for Ray(2004), Forest Whitaker for The Last King in Scotland (2006), Javier Bardem for No Country for Old Men (2007), Daniel Day-Lewis for There Will Be Blood (2007), and Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight (2008).

Happy Birthday Belinda Montgomery July 23

Belinda Mongomery

Belinda Montgomery

Before she was “Doogie Howser’s” mom Belinda Montgomery was a TV Scream Queen of the 70’s.  Montgomery’s Frightening Films include:

Ritual of Evil (1970) (TV)

The Todd Killings (1971)-tagline:”Skipper Todd digs girls. It’s his idea of killing time…”

Todd Killings

The Devil’s Daughter (1973)-tagline:”Satan Has Returned For Her!”

the devils daughter

 

Belinda Montgomery

Belinda Montgomery

Blackout (1978)-tageline: “The night the power failed…. and the shock began!”

Stone Cold Dead (1979)-tagline: “A lady of the night can sell anything…even her life.”

Happy Birthday Fritz Kiersch July 23

Fritz Kiersch director of the original Children of the Corn (1984) celebrates his birthday today!  23 July 1951, Alpine, Texas, USA
 

Children of Corn won “Best Fantasy Film” at the Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film in 1984.

Children of the Corn (1984)

Children of the Corn (1984)

 

 

Tagline: An adult nightmare.

 

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Courtney Gains as Malachai

John Franklin as Isaac Chroner

John Franklin as Isaac Chroner

Trivia

Kiersh started out as a camera assistant on TV commercials. Moreover, Kiersch also worked as both an assistant director and production manager before eventually working his way up to producer.

 

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Chupacabra

El Chupacabra

El Chupacabra

The Chupacabra or Chupacabras (pronunciation: /tʃupa’kabɾa/, from the Spanish words chupar, meaning “to suck”, and cabra, meaning “goat”; literally “goat sucker”), also called El Chupacabra or Los Chupacabras in Spanish, is a legendary cryptid rumored to inhabit parts of the Americas. It is associated more recently with sightings of an allegedly unknown animal in Puerto Rico (where these sightings were first reported), Mexico, and the United States, especially in the latter’s Latin American communities. The name comes from the animal’s reported habit of attacking and drinking the blood of livestock, especially goats. Physical descriptions of the creature vary. Eyewitness sightings have been claimed as early as 1990 in Puerto Rico, and have since been reported as far north as Maine, and as far south as Chile. It is supposedly a heavy creature, the size of a small bear, with a row of spines reaching from the neck to the base of the tail. Biologists and wildlife management officials view the Chupacabra as a contemporary legend.

Chupacabra

Chupacabra

The first reported attacks occurred in March 1995 in Puerto Rico.  In this attack, eight sheep were discovered dead, each with three puncture wounds in the chest area and completely drained of blood.  A few months later, in August, an eyewitness, Madelyne Tolentino, reported seeing the creature in the Puerto Rican town of Canóvanas, when as many as 150 farm animals and pets were reportedly killed.  In 1975, similar killings in the small town of Moca, were attributed to El Vampiro de Moca (The Vampire of Moca). Initially it was suspected that the killings were committed by a Satanic cult; later more killings were reported around the island, and many farms reported loss of animal life. Each of the animals had their bodies bled dry through a series of small circular incisions.

Puerto Rican comedian and entrepreneur Silverio Pérez is credited with coining the term chupacabras soon after the first incidents were reported in the press.  Shortly after the first reported incidents in Puerto Rico, other animal deaths were reported in other countries, such as the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Brazil, United States, and Mexico.

El Chupacabra

El Chupacabra

The most common description of Chupacabra is a reptile-like being, appearing to have leathery or scaly greenish-gray skin and sharp spines or quills running down its back.  This form stands approximately 3 to 4 feet (1 to 1.2 m) high, and stands and hops in a similar fashion to a kangaroo.  In at least one sighting, the creature was reported to hop 20 feet (6 m). This variety is said to have a dog or panther-like nose and face, a forked tongue, and large fangs. It is said to hiss and screech when alarmed, as well as leave behind a sulfuric stench.  When it screeches, some reports assert that the chupacabra’s eyes glow an unusual red which gives the witnesses nausea.

Another description of Chupacabra, although not as common, describes a strange breed of wild dog.  This form is mostly hairless and has a pronounced spinal ridge, unusually pronounced eye sockets, fangs, and claws. It is claimed that this breed might be an example of a dog-like reptile. Unlike conventional predators, the chupacabra is said to drain all of the animal’s blood (and sometimes organs) through a single hole or two holes.

 

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Happy Birthday Willem Dafoe! July 22

 

 

Willem Dafoe

Willem Dafoe

 

 

 

WilliamWillemDafoe (born July 22, 1955) is an American film and stage actor, and a founding member of the experimental theatre company The Wooster Group. He is best known for his roles in To Live and Die in L.A.(1985), Platoon (1986) , The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) , Shadow of the Vampire (2000), Mississippi Burning (1988), The Boondock Saints (1999), American Psycho (2000) and the Spider-Man(2002-2007) films.

"Shadow of the Vampire"

Dafoe as Max Schrek in "Shadow of the Vampire"

 

Dafoe as the Green Goblin in Spiderman Films
Dafoe as the Green Goblin in Spiderman Films
Trivia: 

His high school nickname, Willem, stuck with him.

He did practically all of his own stunts on the glider in Spider-Man (2002). So when you see the Green Goblin moving around on it, when it’s not CG, then it’s Willem pretty much the whole time.

The only actor to ever be nominated for an Oscar for playing a vampire, for his role as Max Schrek in Shadow of the Vampire (2000).

John Malkovich, Nicolas Cage, and Dafoe were all approached to play the Green Goblin in Spider-Man (2002). Dafoe and Malkovich starred in Shadow of the Vampire (2000) together, while Cage produced the film. Dafoe ended up getting the Spider-Man role.

Was a candidate for the role of the Joker in Batman (1989).

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The news magazine 20/20 aired this segment about movie makeup artists just prior to the 54th Annual Academy Awards March 29, 1982.  The Academy added a perminent catagory for Achievement in Makeup at that time.  Up to that time, there had only been two makeup artists who won Academy awards for their work, William Tuttle for 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1965) and John Chambers for Planet of the Apes (1968) but these were honorary awards.  The introduction of the makeup achievement award finally gave a nod to the behind the scenes work that makeup artists rightfully deserve.

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Artists featured in this video include:

 

Dick Smith

Dick Smith

Dick Smith

academy award winner “Best Makeup” Amadeus (1984) and creator of makeup special effects for Little Big Man (1970), The Exorcist (1973), The Godfather (1972) , Taxi Driver (1976), Altered States (1980), Scanners (1981), Ghost Story (1981), The Hunger (1983)

Rick Baker six time “Best Makeup” academy award winner for, An American Werewolf in London (1981), Harry and the Hendersons (1987),

Rick Baker

Rick Baker

Ed Wood (1994), The Nutty Professor (1996), Men in Black (1997), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

 

Lon Chaney Sr.

Lon Chaney Sr.

Lon Chaney Sr.

silent film actor/makeup designer for The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923),  The Phantom of the Opera (1925), London After Midnight (1927)

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                     

Jack P. Pierce makeup artist/designer

Jack P. Pierce

Jack P. Pierce

for Frankenstein (1931), The Mummy (1932), The Invisible Man (1933), Bride of Frankenstein (1935),  Werewolf of London (1935), Dracula’s Daughter (1936), The Wolfman (1941)

 

 

 

John Chambers

John Chambers

John Chambers

makeup artist/designer for Star Trek television series (1966) , Planet of the Apes (1968), Lost in Space television series (1967-68), The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977), Blade Runner (1982)

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Big Foot Folklore

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Harry and the Hendersons (1987)

 

Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch, is an alleged ape-like creature purportedly inhabiting forests, mainly in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. Bigfoot is usually described as a large, hairy, bipedal humanoid. Many believers in its existence contend that the same or similar creatures are found around the world under different regional names, most prominently the Yeti of the Himalayas.

The scientific community considers Bigfoot to be a combination of folklore, misidentification, and hoaxes, rather than a real creature. In general, mainstream scientific consensus does not support the posited existence of megafauna cryptids such as Bigfoot, because of the improbably large numbers necessary to maintain a breeding population and because climate and food supply issues would make such purported creatures’ survival in reported habitats unlikely.Despite these facts, Bigfoot is one of the more famous examples of a cryptid within cryptozoology.

Jack Links Messin with Sasquatch

Jack Links Messin with Sasquatch

Bigfoot is described in reports as a large ape-like creature, ranging between 6–10 feet (1.8–3.0 m) tall, weighing in excess of 500 pounds (230 kg), and covered in dark brown or dark reddish hair.Alleged witnesses have described large eyes, a pronounced brow ridge, and a large, low-set forehead; the top of the head has been described as rounded and crested, similar to the sagittal crest of the male gorilla. Bigfoot is commonly reported to have a strong, unpleasant smell by those who have claimed to have encountered it.The enormous footprints for which it is named have been as large as 24 inches (61 cm) long and 8 inches (20 cm) wide.While most casts have five toes—like all known apes—some casts of alleged Bigfoot tracks have had numbers ranging from two to six. Some have also contained claw marks, making it likely that a portion came from known animals such as bears, which have five toes and claws.Proponents have also claimed that Bigfoot is omnivorous and mainly nocturnal.

"Louie" the Boston Pizza Mascot

"Louie" the Boston Pizza Mascot

 

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1970s Bionic Bigfoot action figure by Kenner

1970s Bionic Bigfoot action figure by Kenner

 

–Source Wikipedia

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The Gremlin (not the car)

  

The Gremlins (1984)

The Gremlins (1984)

 

Gremlin is an English folkloric creature, commonly depicted as mischievous and mechanically oriented, with a specific interest in aircraft. Although their origin is found ingremlins special edition DVD myths among airmen, claiming that the gremlins were responsible for sabotaging aircraft, John W. Hazen states that “some people” derive the name from the Old English word gremian, “to vex”.Since World War II, different fantastical creatures have been referred to as gremlins, bearing varying degrees of resemblance to the originals.

 

  • In 1943, Bob Clampett directed Falling Hare, a Merrie Melodies cartoon featuring Bugs Bunny. With Roald Dahl’s book and Walt Disney’s proposed film being the inspiration, this looney tunesshort has been one of the early Gremlin stories shown to cinema audiences in which multiple gremlins featured.It features Bugs Bunny in conflict with a gremlin at an airfield. The Bugs Bunny cartoon was followed in 1944 by Russian Rhapsody, another Merrie Melodies short showing Russian gremlins sabotaging an aircraft piloted by Adolf Hitler.
Bugs Bunny "Falling Hare"

Bugs Bunny "Falling Hare"

  • A 1963 episode of The Twilight Zone, “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” directed by Richard Donner, featured a gremlin attacking a plane.This episode was remade as a segment of Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983). In the original television episode, the gremlin appears as an almost ape-like creature which inspects the aircraft’s wing with the curiosity of an animal and then proceeds to damage the wing. William Shatner plays the passenger who sees the Gremlin on the plane’s wing. No one else sees the Gremlin and Shatner’s character is removed from the plane on a stretcher with symptoms of psychosis. In the movie segment, the gremlin more resembles a troll or a goblin, with green skin and a frightening grin. This incarnation of the gremlin appears to be more intellectual and menacing, and is also shown to be capable of flying. The episode was famous enough to inspire at least two parodies:

 

William Shatner in the The Twilight Zone episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" (1963).

William Shatner in the The Twilight Zone episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" (1963).

  

  • A gremlin makes an appearance in a Halloween special of The Simpsons paralleling The Twilight Zone’s “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”, (the segment is even named “Terror at 5½ Feet”) in which the gremlin attempts to destroy the wheel of Bart’s school bus.simpsons season 12
Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror IV" Terror at 5 1/2 Feet

Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror IV" Terror at 5 1/2 Feet

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    • A Tiny Toon special titled Night Ghoulery (a spoof of Night Gallery, with Babs presenting in Rod Serling’s style) has a segment named “Gremlin on a Wing”, which twilight zone collectionparodies “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” as well, with Plucky in William Shatner’s place, accompanied by Hamton in an airplane, and a gremlin similar to that which appearen in Bugs’ short Falling Hare. In fact, this gremlin is so persistent, he even appears at the end as if he had impersonated the stewardess (who looks remarkably similar to Star Trek character Lt. Uhura).

 

As is not uncommon with folkloric creatures in fiction, the nature of gremlins differs greatly depending on the setting. Creatures called gremlins are encountered in various forms in video games, fantasy literature, role playing games, etc. Many of the gremlins encountered in popular culture have little in common with the original critters from the air force legend other than their name.

Pilot and Gremlin

Pilot and Gremlin

A famous example is the 1984 movie Gremlins and its 1990 sequel Gremlins 2: The New Batch. The gremlins in these movies had nothing obvious to do GoreMaster Makeup Effects Manualwith aircraft in particular, although they were portrayed as adept at subverting or sabotaging mechanical systems; more explicit connections between the films’ Gremlins and those of folklore were drawn in the novelizations however. The gremlins in these movies differ from traditional folkloric mythology as they appear as monsters with large ears that are similar to a bat’s, sharp teeth and claws, red eyes, and dark reptilian skin.

In fact, the creatures of this movie are named “gremlins” because the protagonist, Billy Peltzer, recalls a speech by his friend, Murray Futterman, about the legend of gremlins. Thus, noting the similarities, he names them “gremlins”.gremlins 2 the new batch

Another example of gremlins in popular culture appears on the episode of Charmed named “The Power of Three Blondes” where two little blue creatures Paige referred to as gremlins start sabotaging things at her new temp job.

–source Wikipedia

gremlin plush toy

 

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Michael Jackson's 1982 Thriller Album
Michael Jackson’s 1982 Thriller Album

Thriller was Michael Jackson’s most popular album; released on 30 November 1982, it stayed at #1 for 37 weeks on the Billboard Chart.  At its peak, the album was selling a million copies a week worldwide. In just over a year, Thriller became—and currently remains—the best-selling album of all time. Sales are estimated to be between 47–109 million copies sold worldwide.  An estimated 60,000 units continue to be sold every year in the U.S!   

Thriller Zombies and Michael Jackson

Thriller Zombies and Michael Jackson

Micheal Jackson and Thriller Zombies

Micheal Jackson and Thriller Zombies

Director John Landis

Director John Landis

When the time came to create a music video for the album’s title track, Michael Jackson had been so  impressed with the film An American Werewolf In London‘s (1981)  special effects he asked its director, John Landis, to direct Thriller – a 14-minute music video that also acts as a short horror film.

 

Special Effects Wizard Rick Baker

Special Effects Wizard Rick Baker

American Werewolf’s creature effects whizz, Rick Baker, was hired to create the monster Jackson turns into in front of his girlfriend — before it’s revealed Jackson and his girl (former Playboy model Ola Ray) were only watching themselves in a movie.

There is narration from horror icon Vincent Price which heralds the arrival of zombies… which Jackson proceeds to dance with, quickly transformed into one of the undead himself!

Horror film Legend Vincent Price

Horror film Legend Vincent Price

Created for $500,000 ($1.4 million today – which, in 1982, made it the most expensive music video ever), Thriller was an instant smash-hit. Today, over 25 years later, it continues to top most polls as the Best Music Video. At the time, Thriller‘s video was even released as a separate VHS tape, that included a making-of documentary, and sold 9 million copies just by itself!

 

Rick Baker's make turns Michael Jackson into a creature for Thriller video

Rick Baker's special effects makeup turns Michael Jackson into a creature for Thriller video

 

Jackson, who was a Jehovah’s Witness at the time, even added a disclaimer at the start of Thriller, saying:

Due to my strong personal convictions, I wish to stress that this film in no way endorses a belief in the occult.

 

GoreMaster's Guide to Makeup Special Effects 101

GoreMaster's Guide to Makeup Special Effects 101

 

The album won a record-breaking eight Grammy Awards at the 1984 Grammys.

Earlier this year 2009 there were reports that Jackson was partnering with the respected Nederlander Organization to create a Broadway show that expands the landmark 1983 Thriller video into a full-fledged stage extravaganza. 

Thriller zombies

Thriller zombies

With the news of Jackson’s death today it does seem fitting to remember the amazing talent that he was and happier times when doing the “Thriller” dance was all the rage.  R.I.P. Michael.

Thriller Dance Zombies

Thriller Dance Zombies

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Thriller Video Trivia:

1. When Michael leaves the cinema, an announcer says “see you next Wednesday” (a recurring in-joke used in many of John Landis’ films, taken from a line in 2001: A Space Odyssey.)

2. The reason Michael’s face isn’t always that of a zombie during the dance sequence is that he found the make-up too uncomfortable.

3. Grape jelly was used for all the gory effects.

4. Famous composer Elmer Bernstein did the incidental music for the video.

5. The sound of the growling animal, used for Michael’s transformation, is the exact same sound Landis used in An American Werewolf In London.

6. The music video qualified for an Academy Award nomination, because it debuted before a screening of Fantasia — with most audiences leaving once Thriller had finished!

7. At the time Jackson’s record company didn’t want to pay $500,000 to make a video for an album that they thought had hit its peak. So Landis and Jackson made the video off the profits of a one-hour “Making of Thriller” documentary they made and sold to cable channels.

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Jason The Argonauts Skeletons

Jason and the Argonauts (1963) is a Columbia Pictures fantasy feature film starring Todd Armstrong as the titular mythical Greek hero in a story about his quest for the Golden Fleece. Directed by Don Chaffey in collaboration with stop motion animation expert Ray Harryhausen, the film is noted for its stop-motion monsters. In particular, the sequence in which seven skeletons rise from the earth and attack Jason and his comrades is still widely considered to be among the greatest achievements of motion picture special effects.

Only $22.76!

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The score was composed by Bernard Herrmann, who also worked on other fantasy films with Harryhausen, such as Mysterious Island and The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad.

Ray Harryhausen

Ray Harryhausen

Tagline: Greatest Odyssey Of The Ages – for the first time on the screen

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In April 2004, Empire magazine ranked Talos as the second best movie monster of all time, after King Kong.

Talos

Talos

Ray Harryhausen regards this as his best film. Previous Harryhausen films had been generally shown as part of double features in “B” theatres. Columbia was able to book this film as a single feature in many “A” theatres in the United States. The skeletons’ shields are adorned with designs of other Harryhausen creatures, including an octopus and the head of the Ymir from 20 Million Miles to Earth.

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Visual Effects Department
  Ray Harryhausen … special visual effects creator
Arthur Hayward … sculptor: model (uncredited)

 

 

 

 

Ray Harryhausen

Ray Harryhausen

 

 

 

 Jason and the Argonauts poster

 

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