Thursday, June 25, 2015

Patty Duke as "Billie" and The Black Cat

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In the movie, Billie what appears on the surface as a featherweight teenage romp is in reality a hotbed for social and political debate. Celebrate the 50th birthday of this pop culture oddity, and there’s no better time to explore this neo-musical’s unique thesis on social change, political activism, and gender identification disorder . . . all to the infectious beat of mid-1960s rock and roll!
 
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In 1934, Universal Pictures' first teaming of Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi produced the darkest, most sinister horror classic in the studio's legendary canon. Return to the shadowy sound stage of this macabre milestone and to the facts, the figures, the studio politics, the sinister inspirations, the demonic virtuosity of director Edgar G. Ulmer, the censorship troubles, the personal memories of the leading ladies, a sexual harassment saga almost as perverse as the film itself and and the complex, moving, ultimately tragic relationship of the film's two horror superstars. Included are the pressbook, and many rare and striking photos.
 
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Dr. Elinor Barry, a forensic therapist, has been summoned to evaluate the sanity of Dr. Frank Enari, one of two scientists assigned to  work  on a  project  involving monkeys at a high-altitude research lab isolated in an Arctic-like wasteland, but what they encounter is far more sinister and threatening.


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In 1887, Eadweard Muybridge created what we now call "movies" by taking a series of consecutive still photos of a horse that he hoped would prove his wager that a horse actually is fully off the ground at one point when galloping.
 
Coming next year, a major motion picture release will be a biography of Muybridge called Flying Horse, starring Amanda Seyfried, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ralph Fiennes, and Gary Oldman, and written and directed by Gary Oldman. The story follows photographer Eadweard Muybridge, who is famous for pioneering technological advances in photography and motion capturing imagery, which were essential in the development of motion picture filmmaking. The story focuses on the courtship and love affair between Muybridge's wife, Flora, and Harry Larkyns, a famous theater critic killed by Muybridge. (I recall seeing this same story on an old episode ofDeath Valley Days. Do you, too?)

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Albie's family wants a new car, but Albie just doesn't make enough dough. So, he goes to work, taking a second job as a male escort. He just doesn't tell his family about it. From the creator of The Bickersons and the writer for Eddie Cantor, Danny Kaye, and Baby Snooks, comes a television script we've fine-tuned to bring out in print for the first time ever!


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What do you do when your rich employer chases after every skirt he sees and doesn't care a hoot if she's a gold digger or not? You stick close, boy, you stick close! From the comic genius mind of Philip Rapp (creator of The Bickersons and writer for Topper and Baby Snooks) comes a script for a television pilot featuring Edward Everett Horton, in print for the very first time!
 
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He's disturbing and angry. He hides skeleton’s in closets and has ghosts haunting him. He's a dark hero, trying to cope with his past and retrieve some sense of the true hero he once was. He's out to raise hell and get revenge.
 
     
 
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Tony Dow won the role of Wally Cleaver, the older brother on Leave It To Beaver,in a casting cattle call. He had almost no previous acting experience (although his mother, Muriel Montrose, had appeared in a number of Our Gang shorts).
Today, Tony's quite successful behind the scenes as a producer and director.  


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IN MEMORIAM

PHIL AUSTIN


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Phil Austin and the Firesign Theatre's famous character, Nick Danger, were synonymous for over fifty years. Phil succumbed to various forms of cancer Friday, June 20, 2015, at his home on Fox Island, Washington, with his wife Oona and their six beloved dogs at his side. 

Nick Danger is a fictional character featured in several of the Firesign albums produced by the comedy group, including How Can You Be in Two Places at Once When You're Not Anywhere at All (1969), Nick Danger: The Case of the Missing Shoe (1979), The Three Faces of Al (1984), and The Bride of Firesign (2001).
Voiced by Phil Austin, he is a Film Noir-style hard-boiled detective, who gets into wacky, mysterious adventures, frequently involving mistaken identity, betrayal, and femme fatales.

Hear "The Case of the Missing Yokes" one more time.
 
              

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