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Blu-ray Review: The Beast In Heat (1977)

Hey, well, Nazisploitation. Like a festering cold sore on a sordid decade, these women-and-men-tortured-in-concentration-camps romps flooded the market after the surprise success of Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS (1975), with Italy leading the way in tribute. Now, I’ve thus far only skimmed the surface of a genre I’m none too keen to dive into; that’s where Severin Films comes in, to hold a newbie’s hand and make sure he survives all the grime. The Beast in Heat (1977) certainly has the grime angle covered (and then some) in Severin’s new Blu-ray; softer sensibilities are warned to stay far, far away.

The story hasn’t changed much, just the players: Dr. Ellen Kratsch is in charge of Research and Development for the Gestapo it seems, and her lab is quite full. Sure, she handles the requisite floggings and such, but a true trailblazer as herself also offers female genital electrolysis,
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Now on Blu-ray: Severin Films Delivers Filth To Your Doorstep With Robowar, The Beast In Heat, & Night Killer

Severin Films is one of the most reliable purveyors of high-quality trash on the planet right now, and their latest trio of releases for July is no exception. Today we're looking at three of the sleaziest exploitation films out there with Bruno Mattei's Robowar, Luigi Batzella's The Beast in Heat, and Claudio Fragasso's Night Killer. Check out the details below...

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June 25th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Night Of The Creeps and The Green Inferno Collector’s Editions, American Horror Project Volume 2, The New York Ripper Limited Edition

It’s a big week for horror and sci-fi home media releases, as we have some stellar collections coming our way this Tuesday. Scream Factory is set to thrill fans with their Collector’s Edition of Night of the Creeps, and as if that wasn’t enough, Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno is also getting the Collector’s Edition treatment, and they’ve put together a Blu for Monster on the Campus as well.

Arrow Video has compiled the second installment of their American Horror Project box set series that cult film fans will undoubtedly want to add to their collections, Blue Underground is celebrating The New York Ripper with a 3-Disc Limited Edition set, and Severin Films is resurrecting The Beast in Heat on both Blu and DVD, too.

Other releases for June 25th include The Believers, Night Killer, Ctrl, The Dark Side of the Moon and Isabelle.
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Severin’s June Releases See Night Killer Take On Robowar Like a Beast In Heat

This June, the fine folk over at Severin Films are planning on taking viewers through three very distinct horror journeys with their releases of Claudio Fragasso’s Night Killer, Bruno Mattei’s Robowar, and Luigi Batzella’s Beast in Heat! Below are descriptions, images, and special feature lists for each film and above is a trailer that highlights […] The post Severin’s June Releases See Night Killer Take On Robowar Like a Beast In Heat appeared first on Dread Central.
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‘Confirmation’ Writer Susannah Grant to Receive WGA West’s 2017 Paul Selvin Award

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‘Confirmation’ Writer Susannah Grant to Receive WGA West’s 2017 Paul Selvin Award
Screenwriter Susannah Grant, who recently penned HBO’s “Confirmation,” is set to receive the Writers Guild of America West’s 2017 Paul Selvin Award, the guild announced Thursday. Grant, whose other credits include “Erin Brokovich” and “In Her Shoes,” recently earned a WGA nomination for Long Form Original for “Confirmation,” and will be honored at the Wgaw 2017 Writers Guild Awards ceremony on Feb. 19. “Confirmation” stars Kerry Washington as Anita Hill, the woman who accused then Supreme Court-nominee Clarence Thomas of sexually harassing her in the workplace years earlier. Also Read: Emmy Quickie: Zoe Lister-Jones Danced Between Takes of 'Confirmation' (Exclusive Video) “From ‘Erin.
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Susannah Grant To Receive WGA West’s Paul Selvin Award For ‘Confirmation’ Script

Susannah Grant is set to receive the WGA West’s 2017 Paul Selvin Award for her Emmy-nominated Confirmation script. The award named for the guild’s late longtime general counsel is being presented for a work that "best embodies the spirit of constitutional rights and civil liberties that are indispensable to the survival of free writers everywhere." An Oscar nominee for her original screenplay for Erin Brockovich, Grant’s writing credits also include The 5th Wave, The Soloi…
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Tate Taylor To Direct DreamWorks Studios’ The Girl On The Train

Tate Taylor, who directed DreamWorks Studios’ Oscar-winning film, The Help, returns to direct its adaptation of the New York Times bestselling novel, The Girl On The Train.

DreamWorks acquired the rights to Paula Hawkins’ debut thriller in 2014, prior to the novel’s publication, and set Erin Cressida Wilson to adapt for the screen. Marc Platt will produce the film, while Jared LeBoff of Marc Platt Productions will serve as executive producer.

In “The Girl on the Train,” Rachel, who is devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.

“With ‘The Help,’ Tate deftly adapted a beloved novel into a compelling film that stayed true to its origin while pleasing fans and moviegoers alike,” said Holly Bario,
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'The Grand Budapest Hotel' edges out 'Boyhood' at 2015 Writers Guild Awards

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'The Grand Budapest Hotel' edges out 'Boyhood' at 2015 Writers Guild Awards
The Writers Guild of America (WGA) handed out top film honors to the screenplays of "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "The Imitation Game" Saturday night. On the television side, "Louie" and "True Detective" were favorites, winning two prizes each. Damien Chazelle's "Whiplash" competed in the original category at the WGA Awards, while the Academy's Writers Branch, in a rare move outside of guild designation, deemed it adapted due to the fact that a scene from the feature script was the basis of a short film that screened at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. So if "The Imitation Game" is to go on to Oscar glory, it will have to compete with Chazelle's popular film for the first time this season at the Feb. 22 Academy Awards ceremony. Additionally, presumed Best Picture frontrunner "Birdman" was not eligible for WGA (making it still significant competition with "Grand Budapest" in the original category), nor was "The Theory of Everything,
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Ace to honour Frank Marshall

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Ace to honour Frank Marshall
Frank Marshall will receive the American Cinema Editors’ Ace Golden Eddie Filmmaker Of The Year Award in Los Angeles on January 30.

Prior Ace Golden Eddie honournees including Steven Spielberg, Norman Jewison, Alexander Payne, George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Saul Zaentz and Paul Greengrass.

Margaret Nagle has been chosen by the Writers Guild Of America, West to receive the 2015 Paul Selvin Award for her screenplay The Good Lie.
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Get excited! ‘Grindhouse Trailer Classics 4′ coming in June

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Just when you thought you’d seen everything… here comes another 55 insane trailers to whip you into a frenzy in this collection of sick, depraved and hysterically brilliant movie previews from the golden age of Grindhouse cinema in Grindhouse Trailer Classics 4.

Following the successful and critically-acclaimed release of Grindhouse Trailer Classics 1, 2 & 3, Nucleus Films will once again take you on trip back to the “gory days” of cult and exploitation cinema with their latest unseen compilation of audacious theatrical trailers from the sleazy cinematic sub-genre known as “grindhouse”.

I’m a Huge fan of this series (check out this pic of my signed copies of the first 3 releases) so I’m super-excited to see what stupefyingly awesome trailers this collection has to offer. According to the press release, all of the trailers in this collection have been sourced from ultra-rare 35mm prints, many of which haven’t been seen since they
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Her, Captain Phillips & Stories We Tell Take Home Top Honors At 2014 Writers Guild Awards

Her, Stories We Tell and Captain Phillips took home top honors on Saturday night as the big winners of the 2014 Writers Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for screen. Television, radio, news, promotional, videogame, and new media writing were also recognized at simultaneous ceremonies at the Jw Marriott L.A. Live in Los Angeles and the Edison Ballroom in New York City. It’s the final precursor guild award leading up to the Oscars.

Below is a complete list of the winners.

Screen Winners

Original Screenplay (matched up with the Academy Awards nominations)

Her, Written by Spike Jonze; Warner Bros.

Nominees included American Hustle, Blue Jasmine, Dallas Buyers Club, Her and Nebraska.

Adapted Screenplay (3 for 5 Oscar nominations)

Captain Phillips, Screenplay by Billy Ray; Based on the book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty; Columbia Pictures

In addition to Captain Phillips,
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Director Alex Gibney To Receive WGA's Paul Selvin Award

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Director Alex Gibney To Receive WGA's Paul Selvin Award
Almost a year after Alex Gibney first premiered his acclaimed and controversial documentary "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks" at Sundance, he has been chosen as the Paul Selvin Award recipient by the Writers Guild of America, West. This marks the first time a documentary film has won the honor. “Alex Gibney is one of the foremost documentary filmmakers of this generation," said Wgaw President Christopher Keyser. "His work has been a filmic conscience for our times. In "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks", Mr. Gibney tackles issues arising out of us living, increasingly, in a surveillance state – from the public’s right to know and the press’ right to publish, to the treatment of whistleblowers." The Paul Selvin Award (named after the late WGA counsel) is given to a script that "exemplifies the liberties and civil rights that are essential to writers everywhere," a cause that Selvin fervently promoted throughout his career.
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Alex Gibney To Receive Writers Guild Award for WikiLeaks Documentary

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Alex Gibney To Receive Writers Guild Award for WikiLeaks Documentary
Alex Gibney has become the first documentary filmmaker to receive the Writers Guild of America, West’s Paul Selvin Award, the Wgaw announced on Wednesday. The award goes to a WGA member whose script, in the words of the guild, “best embodies the spirit of constitutional and civil rights and liberties.” Gibney will receive it for his documentary “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WilkiLeaks.” The documentary follows the rise of Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks, and focuses on the case of Pfc. Bradley Manning, who was sentenced to prison for leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks. Also read: WikiLeaks Doc Director on Julian Assange: ‘The.
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WGA Paul Selvin Award for Gibney

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Alex Gibey has been named the Wgaw’s 2014 Paul Selvin Award honouree for his screenplay for We Steal Secrets: The Story Of WikiLeaks.

This marks the first time in Writers Guild Awards history that a documentary has received the Selvin Award.

Gibney and his work will be recognized at the 2014 Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony on February 1.

The award is named after the late Wgaw counsel Paul Selvin and is presented to a WGA member “whose script best embodies the spirit of constitutional and civil rights and liberties.”
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Rip ‘Simpsons’, ‘Thor’ and ‘Thor: The Dark World’ writer Don Payne

Writer Don Payne, who began his writing career on TV in the mid-nineties with episodes of Hope and Gloria, Can’t Hurry Love, Men Behaving Badly, Veronica’s Closet and The Brian Benben Show before becoming writer, producer, supervising producer, co-executive producer and consulting producer of The Simpsons, has passed at 48, losing his long battle with bone cancer. The Simpsons’ showrunner Al Jean stated: “Don was a wonderful writer and an even more wonderful man. He was beloved in the ‘Simpsons’ community and his untimely passing is terrible news to us all.” Payne either wrote or co-wrote 18 episodes of the long-running Fox series beginning in 2000. He segued into screenwriting in 2006 with My Super Ex-Girlfriend, followed by Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Thor, Maximum Ride and this fall’s Thor: The Dark World. In 2006, he told the website Cinematical that “I’ve always wanted to write features. That’s
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Don Payne, 'Simpsons' Co-Executive Producer and 'Thor' Screenwriter, Dies of Cancer

Don Payne, 'Simpsons' Co-Executive Producer and 'Thor' Screenwriter, Dies of Cancer
Don Payne, a co-executive producer of "The Simpsons" and "Thor" screenwriter, died in Los Angeles on Tuesday after battling cancer. He was 48. The University of California, Los Angeles graduate won four primetime Emmys with "The Simpsons" since joining the Fox show's writing staff in 1998. Payne wrote 16 episodes, including "Fraudcast News," which earned him the 2005 Writers Guild Paul Selvin Award.  Also read: Henry Bromell, Writer-Producer on 'Homeland,' 'Homicide,' Dies at 65 "Don was a wonderful writer and an even more wonderful man," said "Simpsons" showrunner Al Jean in a statement. "He
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R.I.P. Don Payne

Don Payne, whose screenwriting credits include 2011′s Thor, Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer and My Super Ex-Girlfriend, and who was an award-winning writer/producer on The Simpsons, has died. He had been battling cancer. Payne started out in TV, hooking up with writing partner John Frink before graduating with a screenwriting master’s from UCLA. They penned episodes for such series as Hope & Gloria, The Brian Benben Show and Veronica’s Closet. Payne and Frink eventually joined The Simpsons, sharing in four Emmys for Outstanding Animated Program. In 2005, Payne received the WGA’s Paul Selvin Award for penning the Simpsons episode “Fraudcast News”, which skewered the TV news business. Another Simpsons episode — co-written as was the usual case with Frink — was “The Bart Wants What It Wants,” was nominated for a WGA Award for animation in 2003. Among his projects in the works, Payne, who described himself in a
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Writers Guild Awards Go to 'Argo,' 'Zero Dark Thirty,' and 'Searching for Sugar Man'

Writers Guild Awards Go to 'Argo,' 'Zero Dark Thirty,' and 'Searching for Sugar Man'
The East Coast WGA Awards show got under way at New York's Bb Kings a good hour before the pokey West Coast, and attendees tweeted up a storm. Soon the trades ran with the news that the key film awards had gone to the adapted screenplay for "Argo" and original script for "Zero Dark Thirty." WGA West was still running clips from nominated screenplays like "Silver Linings Playbook" after the winners had been announced ("Argo"'s clip was the WGA joke, natch.) "Lincoln" writer Tony Kushner accepted his Paul Selvin award from Steven Spielberg as "Argo"'s win was revealed in NYC. Lena Dunham had already tweeted her "Girls" win from New York, to her accepting producer in La, Jenni Konner. (Full list of film and television winners is here and below.) At evening's end, Jessica Chastain gave out the adapted screenplay, finally; "Argo" earned the most applause, and won.
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WGA Awards Winners: ‘Zero Dark Thirty’s Mark Boal, ‘Argo’s Chris Terrio, ‘Breaking Bad’, ‘Louie’, ‘Girls’, ‘Portlandia’, ‘Searching For Sugar Man’s Malik Bendjelloul (Live)

Deadline Editor in Chief Nikki Finke is writing from on-scene coverage by Deadline’s Awards Columnist, Awardsline’s Anthony D’Alessandro, and contributor Ray Richmond. The 2013 WGA award winners are named here. There will be an update to this post on Monday morning: Los Angeles… Refresh for latest… Speeches & Color To Come The 65th Annual Writers Guild Awards Los Angeles ceremony tonight honored outstanding achievement in writing in film, television, radio, new media, and other awards categories. The presentation at the Jw Marriott La Live was going on simultaneously with the New York City ceremony. (WGA East Awards 2013 Ceremony - Live). Or at least it was supposed to. Instead, the La event lagged NYC’s by almost an hour. Which meant award winners were being announced first by Wgae and then trickling into the Wgaw audience to ruin any suspense. ”This is outrageous,” one audience member emailed me from the scene.
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WGA Awards Winners: ‘Zero Dark Thirty’s Mark Boal, ‘Argo’s Chris Terrio, ‘Breaking Bad’, ‘Louie’, ‘Girls’, ‘Portlandia’, ‘Searching For Sugar Man’s Malik Bendjelloul (Live)

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Deadline Editor in Chief Nikki Finke is writing from on-scene coverage by Deadline’s Awards Columnist, Awardsline’s Anthony D’Alessandro, and contributor Ray Richmond. The 2013 WGA award winners are named here. There will be an update to this post on Monday morning: Los Angeles… Refresh for latest… Speeches & Color To Come The 65th Annual Writers Guild Awards Los Angeles ceremony tonight honored outstanding achievement in writing in film, television, radio, new media, and other awards categories. The presentation at the Jw Marriott La Live was going on simultaneously with the New York City ceremony. (WGA East Awards 2013 Ceremony - Live). Or at least it was supposed to. Instead, the La event lagged NYC’s by almost an hour. Which meant award winners were being announced first by Wgae and then trickling into the Wgaw audience to ruin any suspense. ”This is outrageous,” one audience member emailed me from the scene.
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