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70s Rewind: Greaser's Palace, Jesus Christ in the Old West

Watching Greaser's Palace (1972) for the first time without having any idea that it was a Christ parable, I was completely bewildered. It's newly available on Blu-ray from Doppelganger Releasing and Scorpion Releasing and looks absolutely lovely. The disc is highly-recommended for fans of the film. As an innocent in the world of filmmaker Robert Downey, however, I realized I needed to do some research to put Greaser's Palace into perspective. Three of his early films -- Babo 73 (1964), Chafed Elbows (1966) and No More Excuses (1968) -- are available to watch on The Criterion Channel via the Filmstruck streaming service, which began in the U.S. and is expanding internationally. Downey is rooted...

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70s Rewind: Greaser's Palace, Jesus Christ in the Old West

Watching Greaser's Palace (1972) for the first time without having any idea that it was a Christ parable, I was completely bewildered. It's newly available on Blu-ray from Doppelganger Releasing and Scorpion Releasing and looks absolutely lovely. The disc is highly-recommended for fans of the film. As an innocent in the world of filmmaker Robert Downey, however, I realized I needed to do some research to put Greaser's Palace into perspective. Three of his early films -- Babo 73 (1964), Chafed Elbows (1966) and No More Excuses (1968) -- are available to watch on The Criterion Channel via the Filmstruck streaming service, which began in the U.S. and is expanding internationally. Downey is rooted...

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A Celebration Of The Films Of Robert Downey Sr., L.A. December 5-9

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The Friends of Cinefamily Weekend

presents Truth And Soul Inc., 

a celebration of the films of Robert Downey Sr.

For Immediate Release, Los Angeles, November 12, 2014 - The Friends Of Cinefamily announced today that it will present a weekend celebration of the films of legendary filmmaker Robert Downey Sr. on December 5th - 8th. This inaugural fundraiser event for The Cinefamily, presented by the newly formed Friends Of Cinefamily, will include never before seen rarities, new prints, special appearances, and newly restored versions of his most acclaimed films.  

Events include a career spanning conversation between father and son, Robert Downey Sr. and Robert Downey Jr. with a 35mm restoration screening of his breakthrough underground hit, Chafed Elbows; an intimate Q&A with filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson and screening of a new 35mm print of Greaser's Palace that will include a cast & crew reunion and tribute to the music of Robert Downey Sr.,
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P.T. Anderson, Louis C.K. and More to Fete Robert Downey Sr. at Cinefamily

P.T. Anderson, Louis C.K. and More to Fete Robert Downey Sr. at Cinefamily
Cinefamily, one of La's premier repertory theaters, will present Truth and Soul, a weekend celebration of midnight moviemaking legend Robert Downey Sr, from December 5 to 8. The fundraiser, which will support Cinefamily's year-long programming, boasts never Downey Sr. rarities, new prints, special appearances, and newly restored versions of his most acclaimed cult films. Highlights include a career-spanning conversation between Downey Sr. and his son, Robert Downey Jr., alongside a 35mm restoration of the director's 1966 underground comedy "Chafed Elbows." Director (and midnight movie buff) Paul Thomas Anderson will present a new 35mm print of Downey Sr.'s trippy 1972 Western "Greaser's Palace," with cast and crew attending.  Festivities will spill into downtown La, where Louis C.K. will host a Dcp screening of Downey's spicy 1969 satire "Putney Swope." Tickets now on sale. More info here.
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Watch: 30-Minute Talk With Paul Thomas Anderson & Jonathan Demme About Robert Downey Sr.'s 'Greaser's Palace'

A couple years back, The Criterion Collection issued "Up All Night With Robert Downey Sr.," a box set compiling the most oddball of the filmmaker's already wildly out there and experimental oeuvre. He's a fairly obscure talent, but one longtime fan has been Paul Thomas Anderson, who participated in a series of video segments with Downey Sr. about the films in the Criterion set. But as we wrote at the time, one movie we were really bummed about not making the cut was the religious parody/western "Greaser's Palace." And while that movie is still hard to find, PTA has given it a little more shine. Last year, the filmmaker and Jonathan Demme hit the Austin Film Festival to co-host a screening of "Greaser's Palace" and talk a little bit about the film. For whatever reason, it's taken a while to make its way online, but you'll want to check it out.
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'M*A*S*H' star Allan Arbus dies in his home at age 95

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Actor and former fashion photographer Allan Arbus has died. He was 95.

Arbus' daughter Amy Arbus confirmed the news to The New York Times. She says the "M*A*S*H" actor died in his Los Angeles home on April 19. No cause of death was given.

Before he became a television staple, Arbus and his then-wife Diane were best known for their fashion photography business. They separated before Arbus' acting career took off, and he went on to marry Mariclare Costello in 1977. Though Diane committed suicide in 1971, her work continues to be shown in museums.

In addition to playing psychiatrist Major Freedman in "M*A*S*H," Arbus had roles in "Greaser's Palace," "Coffy," "The Electric Horseman" and "Crossroads." At the turn of the millennium, he ended his career on TV shows like "NYPD Blue," "Judging Amy" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Arbus is survived by Mariclare and his daughters Amy, Doon and Arin.
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'M*A*S*H' actor Allan Arbus dies, aged 95

'M*A*S*H' actor Allan Arbus dies, aged 95
Allan Arbus has died, aged 95.

The veteran actor was perhaps best known for his role of psychiatrist Dr Sidney Freedman on the 1970s TV series M*A*S*H.

He passed away on Friday (April 19) at his Los Angeles home, his daughter Amy Arbus told The New York Times.

He had many roles on TV, including appearances in Matlock, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Law & Order and Judging Amy.

In film, he also starred in the likes of Scream, Pretty Peggy, Wc Fields and Me and Damien: Omen II. His character kills a young Robert Downey Jr in the 1972 movie Greaser's Palace.

Allan was married to the notable photographer Diane Arbus until their separation in 1956. However, they remained friends until her suicide in 1971.

He was also a credible photographer himself during his time with the Us Army, before setting up a business with Diane.

Nicole Kidman portrayed Diane Arbus in the 2006 movie Fur,
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Actor Don Calfa And Artist Graham Humphreys In Brum For Rotld Screening!

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Actor Don Calfa And Artist Graham Humphreys In Brum For Rotld Screening!
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Character actor Don Calfa's credits range from the chaotic theatricality of Robert Downey Sr.'s The Pound and Greaser's Palace to the more commercial yuks of Foul Play and Weekend At Bernie's, but he's perhaps best known as weirdo mortician Ernie Kaltenbrunner from Dan O'Bannon's 1985 Return Of The Living Dead. It's in honour of this iconic role that Calfa makes an appearance in Birmingham (UK) at The Custard Factory (home also to my favourite film festival, Flatpack) alongside poster artist Graham Humphreys, who created the UK campaigns for Rotld as well as The Evil Dead 1+2, Basketcase, Santa Sangre and many more (and who created the fantastic event poster pictured here!)

Details:

Saturday September 23, 2013

Custard Factory (Gibb St, Digbeth)

http://www.custardfactory.co.uk/

Admission: £20 (Gbp)

Tentative Schedule:

*4.00 pm Meet and greet

*4.30 pm Q&A with Christian Sellers and Gary Smart writers of 'The Complete History of the
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Actor Don Calfa And Artist Graham Humphreys In Brum For Rotld Screening!

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Actor Don Calfa And Artist Graham Humphreys In Brum For Rotld Screening!
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Character actor Don Calfa's credits range from the chaotic theatricality of Robert Downey Sr.'s The Pound and Greaser's Palace to the more commercial yuks of Foul Play and Weekend At Bernie's, but he's perhaps best known as weirdo mortician Ernie Kaltenbrunner from Dan O'Bannon's 1985 Return Of The Living Dead. It's in honour of this iconic role that Calfa makes an appearance in Birmingham (UK) at The Custard Factory (home also to my favourite film festival, Flatpack) alongside poster artist Graham Humphreys, who created the UK campaigns for Rotld as well as The Evil Dead 1+2, Basketcase, Santa Sangre and many more (and who created the fantastic event poster pictured here!)

Details:

Saturday September 23, 2013

Custard Factory (Gibb St, Digbeth)

http://www.custardfactory.co.uk/

Admission: £20 (Gbp)

Tentative Schedule:

*4.00 pm Meet and greet

*4.30 pm Q&A with Christian Sellers and Gary Smart writers of 'The Complete History of the
See full article at Fangoria »

The Forgotten: It's All Part of the Process, Gregory

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"I have a brain tumor."

"It's all in your head."

What to make of Moment to Moment, Robert Downey's 1975 sketch-format feature film? Following in the wake of rather more professional, organized and (relatively) big budgets romps like Putney Swope, Pound and Greaser's Palace, it in a sense marks a step backwards to the shambling, purposeless derangement of Chafed Elbows (1966) and similarly centers around a series of deft and goofy comic performances from Downey's writing partner and muse Elsie (L.C.) Downey.

"Why don't you go outside and make a movie?"

"And ruin my skin?"

In a sense, this 85 minute affair, available in its original cut as an Avi ripped from a DVD-r ripped from VHS (until recently the fate of most of R.D.'s films), or in a new re-edit on the Eclipse Box Set Up All Night with Robert Downey Sr., can perhaps best be understood as
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"What The Fuck Is Going On?" Paul Thomas Anderson & Robert Downey Sr. Talk The Criterion Box Set 'Up All Night With...'

It really doesn't get more irreverent and outlandish than the cult films of Robert Downey Sr. and let's face it, every cinephile worth his salt loves an excuse to talk about the underground filmmaker's outré classic "Putney Swope."

And so one of the more strange and wonderfully offbeat box sets to come to DVD late last month was Criterion's Eclipse set dedicated to the unconventional works of Robert Downey Sr. titled, "Up All Night With Robert Downey Sr."  The father of Robert Downey Jr. and a satirical, experimental and counter cultural filmmaker in New York in the late 1960s, many of Downey Sr.'s vehmently uncommercial and mischievous pictures have been virtually awol for decades outside of small, appreciative arthouses like New York's Anthology Film Archives.

Often featuring taboo and trangressive topics, shot on shoestring budgets (guerilla style without permits), utilizing non-actors, told with often whimsical aesthetics ("Chafed Elbows" is mostly visualized via 35 mm photographs,
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Daily Briefing. Pablo Ferro in La and Hope in Athens

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Pablo Ferro is "more popularly known for his work as a master title sequence designer (Dr Strangelove and The Thomas Crown Affair among countless others) and occasionally an actor as well (Greaser's Palace)," writes Marcus Herring in an entry punctuated with clips and exclamations, "but Pablo also crafted a number of the most memorable trailers of all time…. The Cinefamily is devoting an entire evening to showcasing the genius of Pablo Ferro on Tuesday September 27th, with Pablo himself in attendance! He'll bring loads of unavailable commercials (Beachnut Gum!), rare 35mm trailers (the Japanese version of A Clockwork Orange!), lost animations, and of course, his famous title sequences. We'll finish everything off with an ultra-rare presentation of Pablo's 1969 short The Inflatable Doll, starring one of our favorite on-screen strangemen, Don Calfa!" More on Pablo Ferro from Holly Willis; plus, three sites dedicated to his work: 1, 2 and 3.

"Greece, of course,
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True Grit Beats Season of the Witch at Box Office

Coen brothers' "True Grit" landed in first place this weekend with another $15 million, despite being in theaters for three weeks now. The film has now grossed $110 million domestically on a $38 million budget. It is the highest-grossing Coen brothers movie and one of the highest-grossing Westerns of all time. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Coens recently revealed their favorite Westerns. On that list are "Once Upon a Time in the West" (1968), "The Outlaw Josey Wales" (1976), "Greaser's Palace" (1972), "Doc" (1971), "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean" (1972). While "True Grit" keeps rolling, "Little Fockers" is now being considered a success as well. The third installment in the "Meet the Parents" franchise has grossed $13.8 million this weekend, which was good enough for second place. It has now taken in $123 million domestically on a $100 million budget and is expected to cross the $300 million mark worldwide. The one wide release of the weekend was Nicolas Cage's "Season of the Witch,
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Coen Brothers Select Their Five Favorite Westerns

Last week Entertainment Weekly published a top five list supplied by True Grit writer/directors Joel and Ethan Coen as they listed their top five Westerns. I felt it went hand-in-hand with Ben Affleck's list of top 11 heist films although you'll see the Coens' choices are a bit more eclectic.

I've listed a little bit of information on each as well as linked to each title over at IMDb and you can click here for the Coens' reason as to why they chose each. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) - Directed by Sergio Leone and starring Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards and Charles Bronson The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) - Directed by and starring Clint Eastwood Greaser's Palace (1972) - Written and directed by Robert Downey Sr. Doc (1971) - Directed by Frank Perry and starring Stacy Keach and Faye Dunaway The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972) - Directed by John Huston,
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The Coen Brothers List Their 5 Favorite Westerns

The Coen Brothers have created a masterful Western with True Grit.  I'm surprised and overjoyed that the film is doing well at the box office since audiences usually don't turn in large numbers for the genre or for the Coens' films.  EW recently spoke with the genius filmmakers and wanted to find out what they listed at their five favorite westerns.  Here's their list: 1. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968, dir. Sergio Leone) 2. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976, dir. Clint Eastwood) 3. Greaser's Palace (1972, dir. Robert Downey Sr.) 4. "Doc" (1971, dir. Frank Perry) 5. The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972, dir. John Huston) It's interesting that their favorite Westerns comes from around the 60s and 70s and doesn't include earlier fare like Stagecoach or High Noon.  Click over to EW.com for the Coens' explanation of their choices.
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"Lost and Found" Footage and Other Discoveries This Week on DVD

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"America Lost & Found: The Bbs Story" (1968-1972)

Released by Criterion Collection

A set of seven films that's as diverse and wild as the era in which they were born, Criterion's reassembly of Bbs Studios' run from 1968 through 1972 boasts influential hits like "Easy Rider," "Five Easy Pieces" and "King of Marvin Gardens" and obscurities like Jack Nicholson's directorial debut "Drive, He Said" and Henry Jaglom's "A Safe Place" that have never been on DVD before. New interviews, vintage documentaries and much more from directors Bob Rafelson, Peter Bogdanovich (whose "Last Picture Show" is also included), Nicholson and the late Dennis Hopper highlight a collection that doubles as a history of when there was a changing of the guard in American cinema.

"Countdown to Zero" (2010)

Directed by Lucy Walker

Released by Magnolia Home Entertainment

This "scareumentary," as our own Alison Willmore termed it in her review, reunites Participant Media and
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Robert Downey's Greasers Palace Returns to DVD

Scorpion Releasing is issuing a new DVD of Robert Downey's weirdo classic Greasers Palace next week. It is available for pre-order from Amazon right now.

Unlike the older DVD from Image, this one is presented in 16x9 (1.85:1) anamorphic widescreen and some cool new extras. I think Putney Swope is his best film, but Greaser's Palace is right at the top of the list. Here is the full press announcement from Scorpion Releasing.

On 11/23, Scorpion Releasing proudly presents cult director Robert Downey's Greasers Palace on DVD! Robert Downey's critically acclaimed Greaser's Palace  is one of the most original, bizarre, hilarious, unforgettable films that you'll ever see. This audacious social satire...even more riotous than Downey's Putney Swope... pokes fun at just about every sacred cow with great gusto, a highly developed sense of the absurd, and a good measure of slapstick.

In a film that must be seen to be believed,
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New DVD Label Arrives with a Silent Scream

Man, it has been a long time since I've heard anyone even mention the movie Silent Scream. It seems as if it's been lost a good long time. Thankfully a new DVD label known as Scorpion Releasing is changing all that, and the DVD will be hitting home in November! Hell yeah!

From the Press Release

A new DVD label, Scorpion Releasing, announces the 11/24/09 DVD release of one of the highest grossing slasher films from the golden age of the slasher genre, reaching number one at the box office in February of 1980. For the first time on DVD anywhere in the world, Scorpion Releasing is proud to present Silent Scream, the classic slasher film featuring Barbara Steele in one of her most terrifying roles. Out of circulation for decades, the film has recently been mastered in HiDefinition by Scorpion Releasing, and will be sure to shock a whole new generation of horror fans.
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Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr. was born in New York City on April 4th, 1965, the son of film maker Robert Downey. One of his first roles was The Pick-Up Artist, opposite Molly Ringwold in 1987. He has since starred in films like Chaplin as Charlie Chaplin as well as the more recent Iron Man and the upcoming Guy Ritchie film Sherlock Holmes.

The Avengers (2011) Iron Man 2 (2010) Master Mind (2010)  Sherlock Holmes (2009)  The Soloist (2009)  Tropic Thunder (2008)  The Incredible Hulk (2008) Iron Man (2008)  Charlie Bartlett (2007)  Lucky You (2007)  Zodiac (2007)  A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)  Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006) A Scanner Darkly (2006)  The Shaggy Dog (2006) Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005) Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) Game 6 (2005) Eros (2004)  Gothika (2003) .... Pete Graham The Singing Detective (2003) Whatever We Do (2003) Lethargy (2002)  Auto Motives (2000)  Wonder Boys (2000) Bowfinger (1999) Friends & Lovers (1999) In Dreams (1999) U.S. Marshals (1998) The Gingerbread Man (1998) Hugo Pool (1997)  Two Girls and a Guy (1997) One Night Stand (1997) Danger Zone (1997 Home for
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