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Make-Up Artist Rick Baker Announces Retirement Following Hollywood Shift to CGI

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Source: The Prop Store

Jun 3, 2015, 3:0 PM

Seven-time Oscar winner Rick Baker, the make-up artist of many films including King Kong (1976), Star Wars (1977), The Funhouse (1981), Videodrome (1983), and Ed Wood (1994), announced his retirement from show business last week citing a drop in demand for his services.  Since the industry-wide shift to computer-generated imagery (CGI for short) which permits movies to be made much quicker than the time it requires to put full makeup on a performer, Mr. Baker, who patterned his work after his idol and friend, the late great Dick Smith, will probably continue to act as a consultant and work on special projects in the future.  However, he is no longer interested in running a full studio.  This is a great shame as those of us who grew up watching his work as well as the work of the aforementioned Mr. Smith and Jack Pierce will never forget how we felt when we saw his work in our favorite films. 

I remember seeing Vincent Price and Kim Hunter give Mr. Baker the Academy Award for Best Make-Up on March 29, 1982, the first time that the category had ever appeared.  It seems like only yesterday!  Click here to watch his acceptance speech.


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Steven Spielberg's JAWS Gets 40th Anniversary Theatrical Re-Release

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Source: The Internet Movie Database

Jun 2, 2015, 12:0 PM

Can it really be forty years since Chrissy Watkins seduced a young man on the beach by stripping off all her clothes and diving into the water and unwittingly into the mouth of a Great White Shark?  Jaws, arguably Steven Spielberg's best film and my vote for The Greatest Summer Movie of All-Time, opened on Friday, June 20th, 1975 to an unsuspecting public on to the then-unheard-of 500 movie screens.  To celebrate the release of one of the most successful films of all-time, Universal is re-releasing Jaws on 500 movie screens across the country.  The film will be shown on Sunday, June 21 (Father's Day) and Wednesday, June 24 in selected theaters at selected times. 

This is an excellent opportunity to allow young moviegoers to experience one of the cinema's greatest achievements on a big screen with an audience.  From the press release:

Dare to relive the terrifying masterpiece? Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment invite you to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the one of the most popular American thrillers of all time when Jaws (1975) returns to select cinemas nationwide for a special two-day only event on Sunday, June 21 and Wednesday, June 24 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time.

It's a hot summer on Amity Island, a small community whose main business is its beaches. When new Sheriff Martin Brody discovers the remains of a shark attack victim, his first inclination is to close the beaches to swimmers. This doesn't sit well with Mayor Larry Vaughn and several of the local businessmen. Brody backs down to his regret as that weekend a young boy is killed by the predator. The dead boy's mother puts out a bounty on the shark and Amity is soon swamped with amateur hunters and fisherman hoping to cash in on the reward. A local fisherman with much experience hunting sharks, Quint, offers to hunt down the creature for a hefty fee. Soon Quint, Brody and Matt Hooper from the Oceanographic Institute are at sea hunting the Great White shark. As Brody succinctly surmises after their first encounter with the creature, they're going to need a bigger boat.

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Betsy Palmer, Mrs. Voorhees, Dead at 88

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Source: The Internet Movie Database

Jun 1, 2015, 4:0 PM

Betsy Palmer, who played the notorious Mrs. Pamela Voorhees in Sean Cunningham's 1980 film Friday the 13th, passed away on Friday, May 29, 2015 in a hospice care center in Connecticut, according to her manager Brad Lemack.  She was 88 years-old.  Mrs. Palmer was in show business for over 50 years, a remarkable feat for anyone. 

She began acting in many television roles in the 1950's and became a regular on the game show I've Got a Secret.  A 1979 incident that left her without a car led her to reluctantly accept the role as Jason Voorhees's mother in one of the most successful horror film franchises in the history of the medium.  The money she received for appearing in Friday the 13th, a film that she assumed would never see the light of day, allowed her to buy a new automobile.  It also permitted her to shed the wholesome roles that she played for many years and try something different.  As luck would have it, the film did phenomenal box office and she scored legions of fans for her role as the mother hell bent on killing the teenagers of Camp Crystal Lake who behaved like the teens who were preoccupied with themselves years earlier, causing her son Jason to drown.  Many years later, she drew long lines of autograph seekers at conventions that celebrated science fiction and horror films.  Incredibly, a lot of people never know of her career prior to this film!  The film brought her much fame and notoriety. 

In 2005, Mrs. Palmer appeared in Bryan Norton's excellent short film Penny Dreadful as Trudie Treadwell, a congenial psychic who attempts to help a couple who have moved into a new home that might be haunted.  Penny Dreadful is an excellent showcase for tip-of-the-hat moments for genre fans, and Mrs. Palmer shines in one of her last screen roles.  

Mrs. Palmer was one of the nicest and most interesting personalities to talk with at the conventions, and she will be truly missed.  Fortunately, we have her wonderful performances to enjoy for years to come.


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Saturday Nightmares Groovie Horror Event in Jersey City on May 2, 2015 - DAWN OF THE DEAD Screening

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Source: Saturday Nightmares

Apr 28, 2015, 12:24 PM

The Saturday Nightmares Groovie Horror Event will take place in Jersey City this Saturday, May 2, 2015.  The convention opens at 1:00 pm at runs until midnight, however some of the festivities will start at 11:30 am.  It will be held at the beautiful Landmark Loews' Jersey Theatre at 54 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ, opposite the train station.  The event schedule, which is zombie-based in theme and will resemble Dawn of the Dead (1978), is as follows:

Saturday May 2nd, 2015.

11:30am - 12:45pm 
Zombie Walk meetup

Meet at Journal Square across the street from the Theatre. Look for SN booth for check in. FX Make-up artists will be available if you wish to purchase professional zombie make up. 

Zombie Walk lead by Mike Christopher (Hare Krishna Zombie from
Dawn of the Dead) begins

We estimate that the zombie walk should take about 20 - 30 minutes. It will lead from the meet-up point, across the street and into the theatre. 

Theatre doors open 

1:00pm - 7pm
Horror pop-up shops open

Peruse through our ghoulishly exciting Horror Vendors and FX Artists booths! Food by Lucky Larry's Luncheonette and cash bar by LITM. DJ Cryptmaster Chucky spinning Horror beats.

1:00pm - 7pm
Special guests meet & greet signing and photos

Meet your favorite Dawn of the Dead actors David Crawford, Jim Krut, Mike Christopher and Roy Frumkes.

On stage in main auditorium: A conversation with David Crawford, Jim Krut, Mike Christopher & Roy Frumkes.

Main auditorium: Screening of
Dawn of the Dead with live intro Reenactment with David Crawford & Joseph Early. A tribute to the late David Early.

Zombie Party in the lobby with DJ Cryptmaster Chucky and pop-up cash bar by LITM. Featuring costume contest.

Doors close at the stroke of midnight. An after party at LITM in downtown Jersey City. 


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Actor Geoffrey Lewis Passes Away at Age 79

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Source: Variety

Apr 8, 2015, 12:39 PM

Veteran character actor Geoffrey Lewis, known to genre fans for his roles as Mike Ryerson in Tobe Hooper's Salem's Lot (1979), Terry McKeen in Brett Leonard's The Lawnmower Man (1992), Stubbs in Dan Curtis's Trilogy of Terror II (1996), and as Roy Sullivan in Rob Zombie's The Devil's Rejects (2005), passed away on April 7th in Woodland Hills, CA at age 79.  The father of actress Juliette Lewis, he appeared in over 200 roles in a career dating back over fifty years.  One of the earliest roles I saw him in was in Dan Curtis’s 1974 TV-movie The Great Ice Rip-Off, which I barely remember but I liked Mr. Lewis very much and saw him in innumerable roles over the last forty years. 

SALEM'S LOT - creepy!!

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Lewis at a Rock and Shock convention eight years ago. 

Here is the link to his page.  He will be missed!


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