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‘Dark Phoenix': Why Dazzler Took 40 Years to Get to the Big Screen

‘Dark Phoenix': Why Dazzler Took 40 Years to Get to the Big Screen
If you went to refill your Diet Coke early in “X-Men: Dark Phoenix,” you may have missed the long-awaited cinematic debut of Alison Blaire, aka Dazzler — one of the most kicked-around characters in the X-Men universe of outcasts.

Almost from the beginning, Marvel had big-screen ambitions for Dazzler. But like so many cinematic dreams, Dazzler’s have been repeatedly dashed, leading to makeshift makeovers, dark trips down industry side alleys, and coulda-been-a-contender moments in the makeup mirror. But Dazzler’s failure as a movie star — both in the comics and in real life — has fueled some of the most compelling-yet-forgotten Marvel stories of the 1980s.

I learned about Dazzler in 1985, at the age of 10, though a comic book purchased at a 7-Eleven in the San Fernando Valley. She was jarringly different than every other character, living on a neon edge between fame and Dirk Diggler’s life in the second half of “Boogie Knights.
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Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis April 5th – 7th – Great Line-Up of Guests!

Pop culture comes to life in St. Louis next month! It’s the Wizard World Comic Con April 5th – 7th at America’s Center downtown, and boy oh boy, do they have an amazing line-up of guests!

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, video gaming, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. St. Louis show hours are Friday, February 2nd, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, February 3rd, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday,February 4th, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest on Saturday night.
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Bedazzled (1967)

All hail the memory of Stanley Donen. We also appreciate the razor-sharp satire of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, whose genius Donen preserved in this hilarious Faustian comedy. Poor pitiful Stanley Moon bargains with the Devil for seven chances to win the woman of his dreams, which naturally turns out to be a big mistake. Who could make a wise decision with Raquel Welch’s ‘Lillian Lust’ climbing into their bed?



Twilight Time

1967 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 104 min. / Street Date February 19, 2019 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store / 29.95

Starring: Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Eleanor Bron, Raquel Welch, Barry Humphries, Alba, Michael Bates, Robin Hawdon, Robert Russell, Evelyn Moore.

Cinematography: Austin Dempster

Art Direction: Terence Knight

Film Editor: Richard Marden

Original Music: Dudley Moore

Written by Peter Cook and Dudley Moore

Produced and Directed by Stanley Donen

Stanley Donen took his first big screen credit at age 19, and at 28 co-directed
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Raquel Welch Pays Tribute to Director Stanley Donen: "Are You Kidding? He's Legendary!"

Raquel Welch Pays Tribute to Director Stanley Donen:
I wasn't too keen on doing the film. When I got the call, they said, "Peter Cook and Dudley Moore are doing a movie about the seven deadly sins and they want you to play Lilian Lust." And I was like, "Ugh, I don't need to wear something skimpy again." I was about to turn it down and then they said, "And Stanley Donen is directing." I was like, "Are you kidding? He's legendary!"

I met him on the set in London right before we started shooting. I didn't have ...
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The Wrong Box

Director Bryan Forbes tries his hand at comedy. His nostalgic Victorian farce features an eclectic choice of Brit stars — established greats John Mills & Ralph Richardson, the freshly-minted Michael Caine, reigning jester Peter Sellers and even a debut for the collegiate pranksters Peter Cook & Dudley Moore. It’s a beaut of a production with a charming John Barry music score… but the result yields more indulgent smiles than out-and-out laughs.

The Wrong Box

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Powerhouse Indicator

1966 / Color / 1:75 widescreen / 105 min. / Street Date November 23, 2018 / available from Amazon UK / £14.99

Starring: John Mills, Ralph Richardson, Michael Caine, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Nanette Newman, Tony Hancock, Peter Sellers, Wilfrid Lawson, Thorley Walters, Gerald Sim, Irene Handl, Norman Bird, John Le Mesurier, Norman Rossington, Diane Clare, Tutte Lemkow, Charles Bird, Vanda Godsell, Jeremy Lloyd, James Villiers, Graham Stark, Dick Gregory, Valentine Dyall, Leonard Rossiter, André Morell, Temperance Seven, Andrea Allan, Juliet Mills.

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Oscar Flashback: Best Original Songs of the early 1980s, including ‘Fame,’ ‘Flashdance…What a Feeling’

Oscar Flashback: Best Original Songs of the early 1980s, including ‘Fame,’ ‘Flashdance…What a Feeling’
This article marks Part 16 of the Gold Derby series analyzing 84 years of Best Original Song at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at the timeless tunes recognized in this category, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the winners.

The 1980 Oscar nominees in Best Original Song were:

“People Alone” from “The Competition

“Fame” from “Fame”

“Out Here on My Own” from “Fame”

“On the Road Again” from “Honeysuckle Rose

9 to 5” from “9 to 5

Won: “Fame” from “Fame”

Should’ve won: “9 to 5” from “9 to 5”

1980 marks a refreshingly sensational year for Best Original Song at the Oscars – and that’s even in spite of voters not recognizing the memorable likes of Blondie‘s “Call Me” (from “American Gigolo”); Kenny Loggins‘ “I’m Alright” (from “Caddyshack”); Olivia Newton-John‘s “Magic” (from “Xanadu”); and Neil Diamond‘s “America” (from “The Jazz Singer”).

What voters did offer
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Movie Santa Clauses – ranked!

Ten of the best Hollywood Kris Kringles, from Jim Broadbent (twice) and Billy Bob Thornton to Richard Attenborough and Gene Hackman

For the veteran supporting actor – who would go on to play a certain big Lebowski – this must have seemed like a welcome headlining role, even if the plot revolves round Dudley Moore’s wide-eyed elf being seduced by capitalism. Still, Huddleston brings bags of earthy jollity.
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British TV Comedies of the 1960s Brought Eric Idle With His ‘Monty Python’ Mates

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British TV Comedies of the 1960s Brought Eric Idle With His ‘Monty Python’ Mates
It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly 50 years since the founding of the comedy troupe that gave us Silly Walks, Dead Parrots, Hell’s Grannies, the Argument Clinic and Sam Peckinpah’s Salad Days, to name only a few of the classic Monty Python sketches, but as with other great comedy artists, from Laurel and Hardy to Chaplin, Keaton, Abbott and Costello and Lewis and Martin, there’s something timeless about the truly ridiculous in the hands of the truly brilliant.

One of the founders of the Python troupe, Eric Idle, aided and abetted his colleagues, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam, in their wonderful five-year run on the BBC as well as in their classic films such as “Life of Brian,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and “Meaning of Life.”

Idle has also carved his own spectacularly funny way through the world of show business,
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David Landsberg, 'CPO Sharkey' Actor and 'Cosby' Writer, Dies at 73

David Landsberg, an actor, screenwriter and producer who appeared opposite Don Rickles on CPO Sharkey and penned and produced episodes of Bill Cosby’s CBS sitcom, has died. He was 73.

Landsberg died Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from complications that arose from surgery for esophageal cancer, his daughter, Caryn O'Neill, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Landsberg also wrote and/or produced episodes of Blossom, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Herman's Head, Fantasy Island, The New Love Boat and The John Larroquette Show and co-created with Brenda Hampton (7th Heaven) a 1994 CBS sitcom called Daddy's Girls, starring Dudley Moore, Harvey Fierstein and Keri ...
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Take a Girl Like You

It’s a Brit sex comedy that addresses the basic facts about boy-girl petting — and not much else. A noted ‘adult’ role for Hayley Mills, it pairs her with an unlikable Oliver Reed, trying his damnedest to affect natural charm. Was Reed the reason Hayley chose as her next picture a story about a lady studying penguins?

Take a Girl Like You


Twilight Time

1970 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 98 min. / Street Date June 19, 2018 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store / 29.95

Starring: Hayley Mills, Oliver Reed, Noel Harrison, John Bird, Sheila Hancock, Ronald Lacey, Penelope Keith, Imogen Hassall, Pippa Steel, George Woodbridge.

Cinematography: Dick Bush

Film Editor: Jack Harris, Rex Pyke

Original Music: Stanley Myers

Written by George Melly

Produced by Hal E. Chester

Directed by Jonathan Miller

Wait a minute — when exactly did they finally stop calling young women, ‘birds?’

When the Hollywood studios all but collapsed at the end of the 1960s,
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10 Back to the Future Facts You Never Knew

10 Back to the Future Facts You Never Knew
1.21 Gigawatts! Run for it, Marty! It's one of the most quotable movies from the 1980s, filled with comedy, action, history, rock n' roll, and science. He's trapped in 1955 and he needs to get back to 1985, the year of Huey Lewis and the News and Pepsi Free. And only Doctor Emmett Brown can help him get Back... to the Future! Here we look at 10 things you never knew about Back to The Future.

The Original Marty McFly.

It's arguably the best-known part of the Back to the Future lore. Director Robert Zemeckis wanted Michael J. Fox to play the lead, but the young actor was simply too tied up with the hit sitcom Family Ties. So the acclaimed star of the movie Mask, Eric Stoltz, was cast as Marty McFly instead. What's lesser known is exactly how much of the movie was shot with Stoltz, who learned to skateboard and play guitar for the part.
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Lights, Camera, Christmas

With X-Factor, Strictly and BBC Sports Personality of the Year all done and dusted, it’s time to shine the limelight on movies once again. That’s right, it’s the return of Roobla’s festive film guide! As with last year, we’ll just be looking at channels 1-5 (as we don’t want to be here until next Christmas) and, also like last year, Harry Potter fans look away now…

Saturday, December 23

Easy to forget that it’s not just Christmas round the corner, but the Winter Olympics too. So to remind us of this fact, the BBC have decided to christen the day with factual comedy Cool Runnings. If snow isn’t your bag, there’s always Despicable Me, Crocodile Dundee and Gladiator to get you going.

Top of the Tree: Crocodile Dundee (1986) C4, 6.10pm – Paul Hogan scored one of the most impressive debuts in history with this comedy gem.
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The BFI’s “Missing Believed Wiped” season gets horrific!

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The BFI’s Missing Believed Wiped returns to BFI Southbank this December to present British television rediscoveries, not seen by audiences for decades, most since their original transmission dates…. The bespoke line-up of TV gems feature some of the countries most-loved television celebrities and iconic characters including Alf Garnett in Till Death Us Do Part: Sex Before Marriage, Cilla Black in her eponymous BBC show featuring Dudley Moore , Jimmy Edwards in Whack-o!, a rare interview with Peter Davison about playing Doctor Who, an appearance by future Doctor Who Patrick Troughton from ITV’s early police drama, No Hiding Place plus a significant screen debut from a young Pete Postlethwaite.

However for Nerdly readers, one of the real highlights of this edition of Missing Believed Wiped is the uncovering of TV horror Late Night Horror: The Corpse Can’t Play. Originally broadcast on 3 May, 1968 on BBC2 this is the only
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An A-z of Festive Film

If you thought you’d seen the last of Roobla’s alphabetical rundowns with our Halloween effort, think again. With Christmas drawing ever closer, we couldn’t let the big one pass without the A-Z film treatment, so here we go…

A is for Alastair Sim. His performance in the 1951 version of A Christmas Carol still remains the definitive portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge.

B is for Bruce Willis. You can even get Die Hard festive jumpers now – ho-ho-ho.

C is for Channel 5. This lot love to start early with the Yuletide flicks; in fact I’m sure I saw one during August Bank Holiday.

D is for Disney. From Snow White to Frozen, they’ve made family entertainment into an art form, especially at this time of year..

E is for elves. Played by Dudley Moore and Will Ferrell amongst others, they’ve served Santa well over the years.
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Emilio Estevez named Hollywood’s most profitable actor since 1980

If you had to take a guess at Hollywood’s most profitable actor since 1980, who would immediately spring to mind? Tom Cruise? Arnold Schwarzenegger? Harrison Ford? Chances are you’d be guessing all day before you arrived upon the answer…

Yes, according to data compiled by PartyCasino, Emilio Estevez tops the list of Hollywood’s most profitable top-billed actors, with the 80s Brat Pack star having generated $6.70 at the box office for every dollar he’s been paid.

In second place was action star Jean-Claude Van Damme with a return of $4.20 per dollar, followed by Mel Gibson ($3.50), Tyler Perry ($3) and Dudley Moore ($3).

In terms of actresses, Party Casino found the data more difficult to compile as “women, unfortunately, are less likely to be the top-billed actor for a movie.” From the data they could find, Rose Byrne was the most profitable with $9.80 per dollar, followed by Regina Hall ($3.50) and Octavia Spencer
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Brad Pitt Is the Least Profitable Actor in Hollywood

Brad Pitt Is the Least Profitable Actor in Hollywood
It's hard to gauge who the most popular star in the world is, and by all accounts, that person is probably from India, not Hollywood. But there is no denying that Brad Pitt is one of the biggest names on the planet. And you'd expect that he'd turn more of a profit at the box office. But as it turns out, a new study shows he's the least profitable star in Hollywood.

He's not alone. A few other big name actors failed to turn a pretty penny when it came to their movies over the last thirty years. Analysts from PartyCasino, a unit of the Gvc gaming group, have done an intensive break down and study, which proves that Brad Pitt only brings in ten cents for every dollar spent on one of his movies. Coming in behind him is Johnny Depp, who only manages to pull in twenty cents for every dollar.
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Emilio Estevez Crowned Hollywood’s Most Profitable Actor

Data compiled by Party Casino has revealed the most and least profitable stars in Hollywood, and Emilio Estevez has landed top of the pile.

Estevez, who ruled the roost during the ’80s and ’90s thanks to roles in The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo’s Fire and The Mighty Ducks, enjoyed the best return for any male actor who starred in at least 10 films between the years of 1980 and 2017. To reach their somewhat surprising conclusion, Party Casino analyzed those box office numbers to determine that Emilio Estevez generated $6.70 for every $1 spent on the actor’s movies.

Jean-Claude Van Damme, meanwhile, ranked second with $4.20 for each dollar, with Mel Gibson ($3.50), Tyler Perry ($3), and Dudley Moore ($3) rounding out the top five. On the lower end of the scale, Brad Pitt was deemed Hollywood’s least profitable actor and returned only 10 cents for every $1 spent, followed by Johnny Depp (20 cents), Robert De Niro (24 cents
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Emilio Estevez Is the Most Profitable Actor in Hollywood

Emilio Estevez Is the Most Profitable Actor in Hollywood
Hard to believe? Yes. But Emilio Estevez, who hasn't appeared in a movie since 2010's The Way, which he directed, is the most profitable actor in modern Hollywood. He has overshadowed Brad Pitt, Robert Downey Jr., and even workaholic Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson. So, how is this even possible? That's a good question.

Research has proven without a doubt that between the years 1980 and 2017, Emilio, brother to Charlie Sheen and son to Martin Sheen, has made more profitable movies than his big screen counterparts. Which is kind of amazing. The data comes from analysts at PartyCasino, a unit of the Gvc gaming group. They have intensely studied and broken down box office data from the past thirty years. And when the smoke cleared, it was Young Guns and Mighty Ducks star Estevez who stood as the king of Hollywood profitability. Perhaps he'll soon return to leading man status now that
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Home Again (2017) – Review

Okay, Summer’s pretty much done, one for the books (and if we’re talking the”balance book” or financial ledger, it’s one Hollywood would like to forget). Things were so dire, that the major studios pretty much gave up on the last half of August. But look out “indies”, they’re back with a one-two punch. On one hand (and in most of the theatres) is Stephen King’s killer clown, and for a little alternative marketing there’s this family themed “rom-com”. It’s set in the upper classes of La with homes outfitted and decorated with impeccable taste. Sounds like the work of writer/director Nancy Myers, you say? Well actually this is the feature film making debut of her daughter. So does the apple fall far from the tree (or the expensive ceramic coffee table fruit bowl)? Let’s find out when we go Home Again.
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Tribute to France’s star platinum blonde by Richard Mowe

Mireille Darc as Corinne Durand in Jean-Luc Godard’s Weekend with Jean Yanne (Roland Durand). Photo: Unifrance The French actress and model Mireille Darc who was one of the beautiful people of the Sixties and Seventies and a constant companion over many years of Gallic superstar Alain Delon, has died last night (August 27) in Paris, her family have announced.

Mireille Darc: 'When I saw myself a blonde, I realised that it was me' Photo: Unifrance Darc, who was 79 and who chose her surname as a reference to Jeanne d’Arc (Joan of Arc), was born in Toulon on May 15, 1938 as Mireille Aigroz. She began her career as a model and television presenter before turning to cinema.

Early on, she landed roles in various films, including Jean-Luc Godard’s Weekend (1968), and at the opposite end of the spectrum Ken Annakin’s comedy romp Monte Carlo Or Bust! (1969) with Tony Curtis,
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