Larry Cohen, the avant-garde writer and director who made his mark in the horror and blaxploitation genres with such innovative cult classics as It's Alive, God Told Me To, Black Caesar and Hell Up in Harlem, has died. He was 77.
Cohen died Saturday night surrounded by loved ones, his friend, actor and publicist Shade Rupe, told The Hollywood Reporter. No other details were immediately available.
The older brother of late Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen — she got her start promoting his early films — Cohen began his career by writing for television in the late 1950s, and he created the Chuck Connors-starring Branded for NBC and the cult sci-fi drama The Invaders, starring Roy Thinnes, for ABC.
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North Bergen High School’s drama club staged the play on the 19th and 22nd this past week, and one of the school’s students posted some details about the production on Reddit. They noted that it follows the plot of the film, “with a few scenes added to kill time for scene changes,” (which apparently included the Xenomorph walking amongst the members of the audience). The school put together a trailer for the production earlier this month.
This sounds like the world's best school
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Universal/Monkeypaw’s “Us” is blowing by all analysts’ expectations. On the back of strong pre-release buzz and an opening day total of $29 million, Jordan Peele’s second film is estimated to gross $67 million from 3,741 screens this weekend
If that estimate holds, not only will “Us” have doubled the opening weekend of Peele’s debut film “Get Out” ($33.3 million), it will set a new opening weekend record for original horror films, beating the $50.2 million of last year’s “A Quiet Place.” It’s also a record for any original film released in March.
Supernatural is ending after 15 seasons.
Series stars Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, and Misha Collins made the announcement in a video posted on Instagram on Friday. “We just told the crew that even though we’re very excited to be moving into our 15th season, it will be our last,” Ackles said. “15 years of a show that has certainly changed my life, I know it’s changed these two guys’ lives, and we just wanted you to here from us that though we’re excited about next year, it will be the finale.”
“We’ve cried some tears and we’ll cry some more, but we’re grateful and we’re going to work all that emotion into next season,” added Padalecki. Watch the announcement in full below.
The final season will consist of 20 episodes. “Supernatural” has been a cornerstone of The CW throughout its run and remains one of the most popular shows on the network
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Now that preproduction for the movie is nearly complete, Glenn Danzig has shared stills from his directorial debut, Verotika, a film set to share with the world Evil Elvis' cinematic vision. The photos feature three scenes presumably taken from the anthology film's trifecta of stories: One sees a topless woman shot from the back gazing eerily into a mirror in a darkened room, the second is a horrifying look at some grotesque monster pulling back the facial skin of what appears to be a complacent captive, and the final shows a spike-crowned Queen in a mesh headdress angrily wielding a knife in one hand while holding the hair of a dead-eyed young lady in her other.
The prolific musician also promised the movie would stay true to his established aesthetic and will include "a lot of the stuff I love ... shadowy stuff, gore and all of it." He added, "I'm not doing anything other than an R movie. I like boobs and blood." Fittingly then, the cast includes adult film star Kayden Kross in a prominent role.
Verotika will be based on the output of Danzig's long-running adult-themed comic-book publishing company Verotik, founded in 1994. A portmanteau of the words "violence" and "erotic," the company grew out of Danzig's lifelong love of comic books and has already inspired one film, the pornographic 2006 movie Grub Girl about a zombie sex worker who uses her newfound undead status to exact revenge on her abusive pimp.
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Macon Blair has been tapped to write and direct Legendary’s reboot of the cult classic “The Toxic Avenger,” sources tell Variety.
Legendary acquired the feature film rights in December and have quickly made the project a high priority at the studio. Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz of Troma Entertainment will serve as producers with Alex Garcia and Jay Ashenfelter overseeing for Legendary.
Kaufman and Herz produced the original 1984 comedy, set in the fictional town of Tromaville, N.J., and centered on a mild-mannered janitor at a health club who’s chased out a second story window by bullies and lands in a drum of toxic waste. The chemicals cause him to transform into the Toxic Avenger, who has superhuman size and strength and stands up to bullies and corruption
“The Toxic Avenger” became successful after a long run as a midnight movie in New York City, leading to the sequels “The Toxic Avenger Part II,” “The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie,” and “Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV.” The property also became a stage musical production, a children’s cartoon TV series, and a Marvel comic.
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Nicolas Cage will star in the martial arts actioner “Jiu Jitsu,” based on the comic book of the same name.
The cast will also include Alain Moussi, who stars in the “Kickboxer” franchise. Dimitri Logothetis is producing with Martin Barab and directing from a script he wrote with Jim McGrath. Highland Film Group is handling worldwide sales, which are currently underway at Hong Kong Filmart.
“Jiu Jitsu” centers on an ancient order of expert Jiu Jitsu fighters facing fearsome alien invaders in a battle for Earth every six years. Cage’s character and his team of Jiu Jitsu fighters band together with Moussi’s character to defeat the Brax.
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