Posts Tagged ‘Movies’

This Lawsuit Goes To Eleven

Friday, February 10th, 2017

There’s such a fine line between clever and a crooked movie studio:

The three members of Spinal Tap and the director of the 1984 movie about the fictional band are involved in a very real lawsuit against the media company Vivendi.

Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Rob Reiner have joined an earlier suit filed by Harry Shearer that claims Vivendi and StudioCanal have denied them profits from the 1984 rockumentary.

The amended lawsuit was filed in California federal court yesterday, according to The Hollywood Repoter. Shearer filed a fraud and contract-breach lawsuit last October. The original damages set at $125 million have been increased to $400 million.

The three actors, along with director Reiner, state they were given only $81 in merchandising income and $98 in music sales over the past few decades. They also claim to have not received accounting statements for the past three years in regards to This Is Spinal Tap.

$400 million? Well, that’s just nitpicking, isn’t it?

William Peter Blatty: RIP

Friday, January 13th, 2017

William Peter Blatty, author of The Exorcist, has died at age 89.

I remember about a quarter of a century ago, I finished one book before bedtime, and went “I know! I’ll read the first chapter of The Exorcist and then go to sleep.”

At 3:30 AM I finished the book. It was that good. William Friedkin’s very faithful movie adaptation was also great (indeed, arguably the best horror movie of all time), but it helped that he had great source material to start with.

Library Addition: Two Signed Books

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Here are two signed books I picked up during the most recent Half Price Books coupon sale:

  • Buckell, Tobias, The Apocalypse Ocean. Self-published, 2012. First edition hardback, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket. Inscribed by Buckell: “To Sarah,/Tobias Buckell.” Originally offered at $50 through Kickstarter. Bought for $6.39.

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  • Kaufman, Lloyd and Adam Jahnke. The Toxic Avenger: The Novel. Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2006. First edition trade paperback original, a Near Fine copy with a crease to bottom front corner. Inscribed by Kaufman: “To Cynthia & Kazuyoshi/Toxie Loves You!/Lloyd Kaufman.” Novelization of the cult film by its writer/director. Bought for $6.98 (though at one point Half Price had it marked at $50).

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  • Live Action Ghost in the Shell Trailer Drops

    Monday, November 14th, 2016

    I was pleasantly surprised to get to the end of the trailer and not automatically think “Boy, this is going to suck.”

    It might still suck, but it looks like they’re making a good-faith effort to capture the postcyberpunk vibe at the heart of the franchise. Never mind that I’m a much bigger fan of GitS:SAC than I am of the original movies, and that the movie leans much more heavily on the latter. (“No Tachikomas for you!”)

    Mood: Cautious optimism.

    Library Addition: Neal Barrett, Jr.’s Judge Dread

    Friday, October 21st, 2016

    Another signed Neal Barrett, Jr. book for my collection.

    Barrett, Neal, Jr. Judge Dread. First edition paperback original, a Fine- copy with slight touches of edgewear. Signed by Barrett. Based on the Sylvester Stallone movie. Bought for $5 at Armadillocon

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    Six Degrees of Marty Feldman

    Saturday, September 10th, 2016

    Probably because I was searching for various clips following Gene Wilder’s death, this video about Marty Feldman’s life came up on YouTube. I thought I’d see a few minutes of it and actually ended up watching the whole thing.

    Here in the U.S. Feldman is probably know mainly for appearing in Young Frankenstein, but in the UK he was revered as a radio and TV comic writing and performing genius who held his own working with many of the people who would later form Monty Python. Indeed, Feldman co-wrote the famous “Four Yorkshiremen” skit Python would later adopt as their own, and when Python first went on the air, Feldman was staring in his own Marty show on the BBC.

    It’s worth a watch.

    Gene Wilder RIP

    Monday, August 29th, 2016

    Gene Wilder has died at age 83 of Alzheimer’s.

    He was one of his generation’s great comic actors, with a natural gift for underplaying a straight man and perfect deadpan delivery, and was in some of the greatest comedies of the 1970s.

    Blazing Saddles, of course:

    Young Frankenstein:

    And who can forget the freaky boat ride from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory:

    And here’s an animated overview of his life in his own words:

    Star Wars Rogue One Trailer Meets Beastie Boys “Sabotage”

    Saturday, August 20th, 2016

    Really, what action film trailer isn’t improved by “Sabotage”?

    I’m pretty sure the use of it in the Star Trek: Beyond trailer probably added a good $5-10 million to that film’s gross. But I suspect Disney doesn’t have the audacity to follow Star Trek and pony up money to make this an official trailer…

    MST3K Reunion Concert Rebroadcast Tomorrow

    Monday, July 11th, 2016

    If you missed the live broadcast of the MST3K reunion concert, you can still catch the rebroadcast tomorrow, July 12.

    Having attended the live simulcast, I highly recommend attending seeing it to any MST3K fans, where the combined Rifftrax/MST3K crews tackle such shorts as Shake Hands With Danger and At Your Fingertips: Grasses, a school arts-and-crafts film of such depressing sadness (“It’s Jim Henson’s Blair Witch Babies!”) that you realize how desperately kids of the 1960s and 70s needed the Internet and video games to be invented.

    And new star/test subject Jonah Ray did a pretty good job holding his own in the riffing, only flubbing once.

    if you’re a fan of MST3K or riffing, you should definitely check it out.

    Shoegazer Sunday: The Fauns’ “Road Meets the Sky”

    Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

    For your Sunday dose of Shoegaze, here’s The Fauns’ “Road Meets the Sky,” accompanied by the lightcycle race scene from Tron, a combination that, for some strange reason, works really well together…