You may have missed the news, but this is the 50th anniversary of a cheap, scrappy British science fiction series called Doctor Who. Like a fair number of folk my age, I first stumbled across Doctor Who one Saturday afternoon on PBS, back when PBS was able to air things like Doctor Who, The Avengers, The Prisoner, and it being cultural and all, Benny Hill. Unlike many, however, I seem to be one of the few people who came into the show not during an airing of the iconic Tom Baker years, but rather during the tenure of the man with the velvet smoking jackets and Venusian aikido. The Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee, was my introduction to Doctor Who, and he remains my favorite. Continue reading…
Actress Julie Harris has died. The Los Angeles Times remembers her. The Hollywood Reporter has an obituary. She appeared in countless film, television and stage roles. Here she is as Eleanor in The Haunting (1963) and as Betty in Harper (1966).
Emilie Sannom performs hair-raising and death-defying stunts in this collection of Danish silent film clips from 1923.
Actor Michael Ansara has died. While Ansara had countless television and movie roles, he is probably best known now for his roles as Kang in Star Trek and the Technomage Elric in Babylon 5, the voice of Mr. Freeze in Batman: The Animated Series and Cochise in the 1950s tv series Broken Arrow. The Texas […]
Actress, singer and swimming champion, Esther Williams has died. Williams starred in elaborate mid-Twentieth Century MGM musicals with water set-pieces. The New York Times and The Hollywood Reporter have obituaries. Here’s Williams’ segment in That’s Entertainment! (1974).
New clip promoting Venture Bros. season 5.
Here’s a clip from Bong Joon-ho’s The Host 2/ Gwoemul 2 (sequel to the 2007 film, The Host / Gwoemul). More river monster + a little behind the scenes look.
Matt Shapiro has put together a lovely compilation representing the Cinescape of 2011. (via Peter Gutierrez)
Here are two more trailers for films screening at this year’s Midnight Madness Program at the Toronto International Film Festival. First up, a teaser and clip from Eduardo Sánchez’ Lovely Molly. There’s also a trailer for Frederic Jardin’s thriller, Sleepless Night / Nuit Blanche. (Updated: The Incident trailer was incorrect).
The Master and Margarita anime? That’s right, Russian animation in Japanese style at Catsuka!
Every zombie death in The Walking Dead. 42 deaths in 1:09. (via @SFSignal)
Todd from 4DK takes over Fighting Femmes, Fiends and Fanatics vlog to discuss the Italian superhero/eurospy hybrid, The Fantastic Argoman–with clips!
Here’s the opening 2 minutes of the new live-action Space Battleship Yamato. (I grew up with Space Battleship Yamato as Star Blazers). (Thanks, August Ragone!)
A clip from Insidious, the creepy new ghost movie from James Wan (Saw) and Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity). (via both FearNET and Dread Central)