Film | Anorak - Part 13

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Includes cinema reviews and trailers for upcoming films. A digest of the best and worst interviews on movies and cinema.

1978: Dar Robinson hits the high flying double trampoline

SEPTEMBER 20 1978: Movie stuntman Dar Robinson drops to second trampoline suspended below a helicopter flying at 300-feet as he performs the stunt live for the Dick Clark’s Live on Wednesday TV series. After hitting the bottom trampoline Robinson did several somersaults while cameras rolled. Dar Robinson died in 1986. He was 39. At his peak he held 21 world stunt records. He died working on the set of Million Dollar Mystery. He had worked in such films as Papillon, Airplane!, Police Academy and Lethal Weapon.

Posted: 15th, November 2012 | In: Film, Flashback | Comment

Behind the scenes on Raiders of the Lost Ark

RAIDERS of the Lost Ark is a cracking film. The first time I saw the ghosts erupt from the Ark of the Covenant, I was scared. When the Nazi’s head melts, you wasn’t disturbed? This is how they did it:? They used make-up, technology, impressive beards and wax…


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Posted: 3rd, November 2012 | In: Film | Comment

Why Disney buying Star Wars & Co, is a good thing

NERDS, geeks, sci-fi nuts and nostalgia enthusiasts have been kicking through the air, swearing and cussing at the news of Disney’s new ownership of Star Wars. Disney, it seems, are going to spoil the Star Wars franchise and the rest of the Lucasfilm canon.

“Obviously I’ve been talking about retiring for several years now,” George Lucas said. “I wanted to get into sort of another stage of life where I’m not in the film business anymore, where I don’t have to run a corporation. It occurred to me one day that the perfect person to run the company was [Lucasfilm co-chair] Kathy [Kennedy]. It’s just such a perfect fit, and I felt that I really wanted to put the company somewhere in a larger entity that would protect it. Disney is a huge corporation; they have all kinds of capabilities and facilities. There’s a lot of strength to be gained by this.”

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Posted: 31st, October 2012 | In: Film | Comment

A few choice cuts of weed smoking in the movies

A QUICK look sat marijuana smoking in the cinema:

Posted: 27th, October 2012 | In: Film | Comment

How Darth Vader got his voice

HOW Darth Vader got a voice:

Posted: 24th, October 2012 | In: Film | Comment

In Photos: the Skyfall Royal World Premiere

IN Photos: the Skyfall Royal World Premiere at the Royal Albert Hall, London. This is Bond’s 23rd film. It’s not the best. But, then, Daniel Craig is not the best Bong. Roger Moore was:


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Daniel Craig arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

Posted: 23rd, October 2012 | In: Film | Comment

Rolling Stones at Crossfire Hurricane Premier (photos)

THE Rolling Stones arrived for the premier of Crossfire Hurricane, the film marking the first 50 years of the band. A personal note: I spent a while with Keith Richards. He was charming, generous and funny. As for the film…Well, you know what you’re going to get. You’ve seen it all before. And it was best in the 60 and 70s…


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(L-R) Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts arrive to attend the gala screening of 'Crossfire Hurricane, Odeon Leicester Square, London.

Posted: 18th, October 2012 | In: Film | Comment

Then and now: Children of horror films grown up

WHAT happened to the child stars of horror films?


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Linda Blair in "The Exorcist" in 1973


Posted: 16th, October 2012 | In: Film, Flashback | Comment (1)

Henry Thomas auditions for ET

1982: Henry Thomas auditions for the role of Eliot in ET:

Posted: 14th, October 2012 | In: Film, Flashback | Comment

Charlie Brown and Snoopy to be ruined in new film

HOW do you improve on perfection? Simple answer is that you can’t. So, when dealing with something that is absolutely perfect in every way, you’d better tread carefully around it right?

This is the problem facing 20th Century Fox who are going to make a new feature length animation of Peanuts, the strip that gave us Charles Schulz’s Charlie Brown and Snoopy (and all the other brilliant characters of course. Fight amongst yourselves in your bid to decide who is best).

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Posted: 10th, October 2012 | In: Film | Comment

Judy Garland’s Wizard of Oz dress goes under the hammer

C’MON lads. Here’s yer chance. The dress that Judy Garland wore in the Wizard of Oz film will be auctioned in Beverly Hills on November 9th and 10th at the Icons and Idols event. The gingham dress and white puff-sleeve blouse could be yours for £310,000 or thereabouts….

Posted: 9th, October 2012 | In: Film, The Consumer | Comment

Million Dollar Crocodile – a plot with killer Amao

WHAT news of China’s film industry? Million Dollar Crocodile is the film that will make Chinese cinema huge. The plot cannot fail:

“Xiao (10) befriends Amao, a 36 foot crocodile, who lives on his fathers croc sanctuary. Soon his father is forced to sell the crocodiles to a gangster who plans to use them for high priced meals. Before Amao is slaughtered, he escapes slaying his captors in the process. In the chaos, Amao accidentally swallows a cellphone with the location of 1 million dollars. When the rumor of this spread, the locals are split in two: some afraid for their lives, others set out to capture and kill the crocodile at any cost.”

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Posted: 7th, October 2012 | In: Film | Comment

Actor attacks reviewer – The Knot is ‘the must-miss comedy of 2012’

DOES Davie Fairbanks have a problem with reviewers? His new film is called The Knot:

A couple endures a series of mishaps right before their wedding day.

Londonfilmfanatiq, tols its readers:

Predictable, idiotic, insulting and insipidEvery joke, gag and idea dies an immediate death before it begins to rot whilst onscreen.  Not a single actor or moment makes one minute of The Knot worth viewing. ..The Knot is 90 minutes of non-stop horrible, derivative ‘comedy’ that is never once funny, even in the slightest…The Knot is the must-miss comedy of 2012…”

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Posted: 7th, October 2012 | In: Film | Comment

Bollywood Jaws: the most spectacular end to a film ever (video)

BOLLYWOOD Jaws features the greatest, most dramatic, ending to a film ever:

Spotter: Neatorama

Posted: 5th, October 2012 | In: Film, Key Posts | Comment

Small Frenchman Monsieur Merde attacks Tokyo

MONSIEUR Merde appears from Leos Carax’s episode of TOKYO! Monsieur Merde is Denis Lavant marching to the tune of the Godzilla theme.



Posted: 28th, September 2012 | In: Film | Comment

The best movie death scene ever?

IS this the best movie death scene ever? As seen on From Turkish flick Kareteci Kız (1973):

Posted: 27th, September 2012 | In: Film | Comment

Return of the Ewok: Star Wars actor Warwick Davis goes looking for work

DAVID Tomblin broke from filming Star Wars movie Return of the Jedi to work on Return of the Ewok, a 24-minute film featuring Warwick Davis, 11, looking for work. Can he be Chelsea’s goalkeeper? A weightlifter? Young Davis goes to see The Empire Strikes Back. Duly inspired, Warwick decides on a career in acting…

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Posted: 24th, September 2012 | In: Film | Comment

John Travolta goes half cocked at Salma Hayek’s cleavage: Savages photo call

WHO cares what kind of a film Savages proves to be. The London photo call will be a hard act to follow. Salma Hayek supplied the beverages; Oliver Stone nearly fell into her cleavage; and John Travolta put on his Play People hair, cocked an arm on his hip and wondered what all the fuss was about…


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Salma Hayek and Oliver Stone attending a photocall for new film Savages at the Mandarin Hotel, London.


Posted: 20th, September 2012 | In: Film | Comment

The Hobbit trailer is here! Sadsacks rejoice!

THE Lord of the Rings trilogy were a lousy bunch of films that were akin to Star Wars, episodes 1-3: The MTV Unplugged version. Bad CGI, too much clunky dialogue and politics and, worst of all, roughly 80 years too long. Still, they were furiously successful and spawned fans so ardent that I’m probably going to be killed in my sleep for not liking them.

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Posted: 19th, September 2012 | In: Film | Comment

B Movie posters: young women being violated by fish, plants, monsters and men

IN the 1950s and 1960s, posters for B movies routinely featured scantily dressed young women in peril. We’ve compiled a gallery of the very best, including women being attacked by sexually aroused: flying fish; the undead; plants; werewolves, massive apes; robots; monsters; vampires; zombies; their husbands…

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Posted: 18th, September 2012 | In: Film, Flashback | Comment (1)

Film of the day: Untitled International Suspense Thriller

FILM of the day: Untitled International Suspense Thriller. Hope it keeps that name:

Posted: 15th, September 2012 | In: Film | Comment

Death of the Gay Cliche – the movie

DEATH of the Gay Cliche – the movie is our advert of the day. To advertise Queer Lisboa 16, theLisbon Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, FUEL Lisbon created this film:

Posted: 11th, September 2012 | In: Film | Comment