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Review: "Alice, Sweet Alice" (Aka "Communion") (1975) Starring Brooke Shields; Arrow Blu-ray Special Edition

  • CinemaRetro
By Todd Garbarini

Alfred Sole is a production designer who has carved out a nice career for himself in Hollywood, most notably on the television shows Veronica Mars (2004-7), Castle (2009-16), and the reboot of MacGyver (2017-18). Long before he chose that line of work however, he dabbled in the world of film directing. His first film, a 1972 hardcore sex “comedy” called Deep Sleep, which was financed on a bet, must be seen to be believed. He apparently made a follow-up film after that called American Soap which to my knowledge has never seen the light of day. I would be very interested in seeing the latter as despite a few flourishes of cinematic style and several humorous sequences involving dialogue, the former is just a hardcore sex romp featuring folks no one in their right mind would want to see naked, let alone copulating. I only mention it because there is nothing,
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American Horror Story: 1984 Gets a Psycho Inspired Teaser Trailer

We’ve got a new teaser trailer for you to check out for American Horror Story: 1984, and as you’ll see it was inspired by the iconic shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, only it takes place in the daylight at an outdoor shower stall at a summer camp.

The upcoming season of the anthology horror series is heavily inspired by the 80s slasher film genre. The new season takes place at a Summer Camp called Camp Redwood and it revolves around a masked killer who is out to terrorize the counselors and teens that they will be looking over.

It’ll be fun to see how this story ends up playing out, but I’m mostly interested in seeing what kind of weird and crazy twists and turns it’ll have.

American Horror Story: 1984 stars Emma Roberts, Billie Lourd, Cody Fern, John Carroll Lynch, Leslie Grossman, and
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CBS-Viacom Merger: Telenovelas, British Formats & Business Down Under, What The Tie-Up Means In The Rest Of The World

  • Deadline
The fact that CBS-owned Showtime revealed at the end of last month that it was developing a U.S. version of Paramount TV and Viacom International Studio’s Argentinean comedy 100 Days To Fall In Love is undoubtedly a coincidence, but it also sums up what the two companies need to do globally following the long-awaited decision to merge.

There has already been huge focus on the merger from a domestic point of view, including what the C-suite will look like and how the various domestic assets will work together, but both businesses are also global giants with CBS generating around $2.5B in revenue outside the U.S. last year and Viacom generating around $2.2B.

Below, Deadline looks at the different global strategies and what the merger will mean internationally for the two companies’ slew of foreign divisions as they rebuild the House of Sumner.

In short, Viacom’s focus
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Trailer: Teaser for Slasher-Themed American Horror Story: 1984 Is An Homage to Psycho

Look for American Horror Story: 1984 to premiere on FX September 18th. This is the ninth season of the hit anthology series launched by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk in 2000. Today brings a new teaser for the series, one that pays tribute to Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal slasher Psycho! Give it a spin at the top of […]

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Universal announces The House of Hitchcock Collection Blu-ray box set

Universal has announced the upcoming release of The House of Hitchcock Collection, a rather splendid-looking Blu-ray box set containing fifteen of the Master of Suspense’s Hollywood features, ten TV episodes, and a host of special features – all packaged in the iconic Psycho house.

Included in The House of Hitchcock Collection are Saboteur (1942), Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Rope (1948), Rear Window (1954), The Trouble with Harry (1955), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), Vertigo (1958), North by Northwest (1959), Psycho (1960), The Birds (1963), Marnie (1964), Torn Curtain (1966), Topaz (1969), Frenzy (1972) and Family Plot (1976), while bonus features include:

• 7 TV Episodes from Alfred Hitchcock Presents• 3 TV Episodes from The Alfred Hitchcock Hour• Documentaries• Expert (Audio) Commentaries• Interviews• Screen Tests

The House of Hitchcock Collection will go on sale on October 1st.

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House of Hitchcock Blu-ray Collection Packaged in the Psycho House Is Coming in October

October 1st can't come fast enough as Universal is set to release The House of Hitchcock Collection limited Blu-ray set. The set will contain 15 iconic Alfred Hitchcock movies from the acclaimed director's illustrious career including Psycho, The Birds, Rear Window, Vertigo and North by Northwest, 7 episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, 3 episodes of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and over 15 hours of bonus features. Limited edition extras include blueprints of the infamous Psycho house, movie poster art cards for all the films, a booklet about Hitchcock's work, all housed inside a replica of the Psycho house.

The House of Hitchcock blu-ray set movies:Saboteur (1942)Shadow of a Doubt (1943)Rope (1948)Rear Window (1954)The Trouble with Harry (1955)The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)Vertigo (1958)North by Northwest (1959)Psycho (1960)The Birds (1963)Marnie (1964)Torn Curtain (1966)Topaz (1969)Frenzy (1972)Family Plot (1976)

The House of Hitchcock blu-ray set extras:&#8226 7 TV Episodes from Alfred Hitchcock Presents&#8226 3 TV Episodes from The
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Sacha Gervasi (‘My Dinner with Herve’ writer-director) on the ‘real story’ that inspired his Herve Villechaize film [Exclusive Video Interview]

Sacha Gervasi (‘My Dinner with Herve’ writer-director) on the ‘real story’ that inspired his Herve Villechaize film [Exclusive Video Interview]
“My Dinner with Herve” “originated from a real story,” reveals Sacha Gervasi. In the summer of 1993 the young journalist was sent to Los Angeles to write “a whole host of very important celebrity interviews, the least important of which was an interview with a now-faded French actor called Herve Villechaize.” But the inconsequential chat turned into a five-day discourse during which the star poured his heart out, only to die by suicide shortly thereafter. Twenty-five years later Gervasi wrote and directed the Emmy-nominated film starring Peter Dinklage as Villechaize and Jamie Dornan as a character based on Gervasi. Watch our exclusive video interview with the filmmaker above.

See Peter Dinklage (‘Game of Thrones’) 2019 Emmy Awards episode revealed for Best Drama Supporting Actor (exclusive)

After shooting to fame as the diminutive sidekick on “Fantasy Island,” Villechaize was fired by producer Aaron Spelling over a salary dispute and quickly faded into obscurity.
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The Abyss at 30: why James Cameron's sci-fi epic is really about love

The director’s underwater folly might have flopped on release in 1989 but in the years since, various new cuts have granted it many more lives

James Cameron’s The Abyss was released in theaters on 9 August 1989. Exactly three months later, the Berlin Wall was demolished, putting a symbolic end to the Soviet bloc and the decades-long tensions that went along with it. It’s easy to forgot how closely these two events coincided, perhaps because Cameron’s films have always seemed directed toward the future, deploying technologies that wouldn’t take hold in the industry for years later. But The Abyss is as old to us now as Alfred Hitchcock’s North By Northwest or Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot was to audiences in 1989, and it is the product of a generation that grew up fearing nuclear annihilation. Expected it, even.

Related: The 'Burbs at 30: how the
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Beijing-Born USC Filmmaker On The Unifying Power Of Slasher Films: “Fear Is Universal”

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Beijing-Born USC Filmmaker On The Unifying Power Of Slasher Films: “Fear Is Universal”
This is a big month for young filmmaker Mike Gan, a USC graduate and Beijing native who is notching writer-director credits on two film projects, one for television and the other an indie film for theatrical release.

First, on Hulu, Gan has the just-released School Spirit, a campus horror film with an outsider-kids-in-detention plot that is equal parts Breakfast Club and Scream. The slasher is the newest installment in Blumhouse’s Into The Dark showcase series on Hulu and stars Corey Fogelmanis (Ma) and Annie Q. (The Leftovers).

Second, on Aug. 23, Gan makes his feature film theatrical debut with Burn, a thriller set in a gas station where a would-be bandit portrayed by Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games) is captured by employees. The eOne and Momentum Pictures production (which was shot under the name Plume) also stars Suki Waterhouse, Tilda Cobham Hervey,
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The 7 Best Movies New to Netflix in August 2019

Leaning into the dog days of summer, when everything is languid and everyone is just waiting for Labor Day, Netflix’s August movie slate is light on excitement and heavy on familiar pleasures — the kind of stuff that you’ve probably seen a million times before, and can only watch while lying down across the entire couch.

Major new additions are few and far between, with the breakout Sundance documentary “American Factory” being the streaming giant’s biggest exclusive release of the month. That essential new film is joined by a hodgepodge of cable standards that ranges from Nancy Meyers’ most beloved rom-com to Quentin Tarantino’s most human story; “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” might borrow a few tricks from the likes of “Inglourious Basterds,” but its tender side harkens all the way back to the touching story of “Jackie Brown.”

Here are the seven best movies new
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Cinespia Sets September Movies Including ‘Blade Runner,’ ‘Harry Potter,’ at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

  • Variety
Cinespia announced the list of titles screening at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in September.

First up is the Sunday, Sept. 1 screening of the 1989 rom-com “When Harry Met Sally” starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan. Then director Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-noir mashup “Blade Runner” will come to the cemetery on Saturday, Sept. 7. The 1950 rising starlet versus established diva drama “All About Eve” will play on Sep. 14. Closing out the season is the 2001 Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman led musical “Moulin Rouge!” with a post viewing fireworks show.

This year’s season, sponsored by Amazon Studios, is the 18th anniversary of the iconic Los Angeles outdoor cinematic experience. Fans often dress up as characters and shout out famous lines as they come on screen.

The 1991 surfer/heist flick “Point Break” will kick off the month of August on Saturday. The late John Singleton’s 1991 “Boyz N The Hood” will screen on Saturday,
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Olivia Wilde's Don't Worry, Darling Lands at New Line After Bidding War

David Crow Aug 12, 2019

Olivia Wilde is following up Booksmart with Don’t Worry, Darling, a new thriller she’s directing and starring in.

Booksmart might still be the most entertaining movie to be released in 2019. It’s certainly one of our faves with its gleeful anarchy that not only proved there is still life in the R-rated teen anthem subgenre, but also announced Olivia Wilde as a major director to watch. And she’s following the movie up with another directing project that will bring her in front of the lens this time as a woman in a marriage that is apparently anything but idyllic.

It was announced last month that Wilde would direct and produce Don’t Worry, Darling, a psychological thriller set in the 1950s. Further she is reteaming with Kate Silberman on the project. Silberman was one of several writers on Booksmart who also produced that riotous comedy.
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France Aims to Lure Large Productions With Big Studio Expansions

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France Aims to Lure Large Productions With Big Studio Expansions
With Luc Besson’s Cite du Cinema and the Bry-sur-Marne studios both facing uncertain futures, France hopes to lure ambitious productions with a vast new studio complex in Bretigny, on the outskirts of Paris, and with a revamped La Victorine, the historic 100-year-old studio on the French Riviera.

Lacking a facility as large as Pinewood in the U.K. or Babelsberg in Germany, France has struggled to attract big productions for non-exterior shoots, despite the fact that its tax incentive for international productions is highly competitive, offering a 30% tax rebate capped at €30 million ($33.5 million) per project. Private and public investors are now working to remedy the situation by ordering up studios that combine top-notch technology with massive back lots and sound stages.

Bretigny Studios is based at a former air force base in Plessis-Pâté, near Paris, and boasts a 20-acre back lot. Launched in 2018, the new studios are operated by Tfs Groupe,
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Movie Review – She’s Just a Shadow (2019)

She’s Just a Shadow, 2019.

Directed by Adam Sherman.

Starring Tao Okamoto, Haruka Abe, Kihiro, Kentez Asaka, Mercedes Maxwell, and Marcus Johnson.


A Tokyo crime ring addicted to gun fights, kinky sex, and drug-filled parties is targeted by a vicious, sexist serial killer.

Adam Sherman has crafted an energetic if derivative neo-noir set in Japan but featuring a cast speaking English for most of the film. While the film has several protagonists, it vacillates between two main characters. Kihiro plays Gaven, a drug addict, pining to leave the life of crime and blood behind. Tao Okamoto plays Irene, a madam running a lucrative prostitute ring, who is in an abusive relationship with muscular Red Hot (Kentez Asaka).

Even trying to describe the plot would be pointless as the film is largely an exercise in pure style. This film will probably immediately polarize a viewer. The first few minutes features
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10 Best Things Bates Motel Did As A Prequel To Psycho

We all know—or at least should—the classic 1960 film by the brilliant Alfred Hitchcock, Psycho. We're all intrigued by the story of Norman Bates, who suffers from a dissociative identity disorder. For big fans, we also know that Bates Motel is a stellar A&e series that acts as a prequel to this infamous film.

Starring Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga, this show offers 5 intense and creepy seasons of a young Norman Bates and his mother, Norma Bates. This show is where it all began, and what came to be one of the most famous killers of Hollywood. Here are the 10 best things Bates Motel did as a prequel to its famous counterpart, Psycho.

Related: 13 Creepiest Characters on TV
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The Cast of Criminal Minds Promises Answers After J.J.'s Finale Revelation

The cast of Criminal Minds will be on the cover of the July/August edition of Watch! magazine, and TV Guide has your first look at the Alfred Hitchcock-inspired shoot as well as the cast's first teases for the upcoming fifteenth and final season.

The Bau was having a good time when we last saw them,


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Other Links From Criminal MindsA.J. CookMatthew Gray GublerDaniel HenneyAisha TylerKirsten VangsnessPaget Brewster
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10 Iconic Quotes From Psycho

When Psycho was released in 1960, the film received mixed reviews but is now seen as a classic and one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most notable films. Psycho was quite controversial in its time due to its adult nature and gore, but is rather tame compared to today’s horror movies.

Related: 10 Horror Movie Remakes That Missed The Mark

The film stars Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates; the proprietor of the Bates Motel, as well as Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, and John Gavin. The film was based on the novel of the same name by Robert Bloch, which had been released a year prior. The book and the movie are both unique in their own way, but the film has more than a few memorable scenes with incredible dialogue. Here are 10 Iconic Quotes From Psycho.
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Alfred Hitchcock’s North By Northwest at The Tivoli Next Monday!

“That wasn’t very sporting, using real bullets.”

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, nominated for three Academy Awards and celebrated as one of the most popular spy thrillers of all time, North By Northwest comes to life on the big screen Monday July 22nd as part of the ‘Classics on the Loop’ series. Showtimes are 4pm and 7pm. Admission is $7. A Facebook invite can be found Here

Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason and Martin Landau give fast and furious chase across the country, from the skyscrapers of Manhattan to the dizzying peaks of Mount Rushmore, set to the music of Bernard Herrmann, don’t miss your chance to see North By Northwest on the big screen

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Emmys Snubs and Surprises: ‘Homecoming,’ ‘Catch-22’ Lose Out, ‘Fleabag,’ ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Break Big

While Emmy nominations morning is bound to bring about its fair share of extreme exuberance and hurt feelings, always remember two things:

There are always more shows left off the list than those that make it. A “snub” implies a purposeful exclusion — a choice made to rebuff a request, rather than a mere omission.

In the peak TV era, the idea of Emmy voters purposefully excluding someone is much harder to believe than the reality that 26,000-odd voters just couldn’t see everything. Those who don’t make the cut aren’t really snubs…so much as inevitable exclusions.

As always, the 2019 Emmy nomination list was filled with plenty of surprises, good and bad. And while it would be more accurate to refer to the unexpected exclusions as exactly that — surprises — the disappointment felt on Emmy morning demands a stronger descriptor. So we’re sticking with snubs. It’s the accepted nomenclature,
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