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Woo Hoo! We’re girl-starved teen nerds, and we’re cooking up our own living sex toy with our home computers! John Hughes turns an infantile idea into one of his not-bad teen angst comedies, as Kelly LeBrock materializes to fulfill their wildest dreams. The idea is of course transformed into a basically benign coming-of age story … with the underlying message that we’d not all mind having Ms. LeBrock reformat our hard drive. It all begins as a bad arrested-development joke, but Hughes’ audaciousness and fine production values make this a nostalgic favorite for folk that miss their (ugh) 1980s memories.

Weird Science

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1985 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 94 min. / Street Date July 23, 2019 / 39.95

Starring: Anthony Michael Hall, Kelly LeBrock, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Bill Paxton, Suzanne Snyder, Judie Aronson, Robert Downey Jr., Robert Rusler.

Cinematography: Matthew F. Leonetti

Film Editor: Chris Lebenzon, Scott Wallace, Mark Warner

Original Music: Ira Newborn

From
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July 23rd Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Hellboy (2019), Alita: Battle Angel, Universal Horror Collection Volume 2, Critters Attack!

July 23rd is playing host to an excellent variety of home media releases for films both new and old. In terms of recent titles, Alita: Battle Angel, Hellboy (2019), and Critters Attack! are all hitting a variety of formats this Tuesday, and for those of you who grew up during the heyday of John Hughes, Arrow Video’s special edition release of Weird Science looks to be yet another home run collection from the distributor.

Criterion is showing some love to Michael Radford’s 1984 adaptation this week (which unfortunately feels super timely these days), Scream Factory has put together another Universal Horror Collection box set, and if you happen to dig psychological thrillers from the ’90s, Pacific Heights hits Blu-ray on Tuesday as well.

Other Blu-ray and DVD releases for July 23rd include Master Z: Ip Man Legacy, Assimilate and Rock, Paper, Scissors.

1984: The Criterion Collection

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Blu-ray Review – Weird Science (1985)

Weird Science, 1985.

Directed by John Hughes.

Starring Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton, Robert Downey Jr., Robert Rusler, Michael Berryman, Vernon Wells, and Judie Aronson.

Synopsis:

A pair of high school nerds create a ‘perfect’ woman using their computer but chaos ensues as she tries to teach them the error of their ways.

So how do you go about selling Weird Science – a movie so 1980s it should come with a free tin of hairspray and a pair of florescent socks – to a new audience in 2019? Quite a tough sell considering the two essential plot details involve a computer and a pair of teenage nerds who just want to be liked, and in 2019 audiences are savvier about computers and being a nerd is seen as a badge of honour and not the negative insult it was back then.

But the current fetishism of the 1980s in pop
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Choke Gasp! Book Will Celebrate the Best of 75 Years of EC Comics

Announced at Comic-Con 2019, Dark Horse is giving us the horror for Christmas this year with the release of a premiere collection of the best stories of EC Comics. In a 528-page deluxe hardcover book, Choke Gasp! will arrive just in time to celebrate the legendary publisher's 75th anniversary.

This volume collects stories from EC Comics' most famous titles, featuring classic stories from the hands of legendary creators Al Feldstein, Harvey Kurtzman, Johnny Craig, Jack Davis, Wally Wood, and more! The book collects material from issues of Crime SuspenStories, Frontline Combat, Haunt of Fear, Impact, Shock SuspenStories, Tales from the Crypt, Two-Fisted Tales, Vault of Horror, Weird Fantasy, Weird Science, and Weird Science-Fantasy.

"William Gaines' EC Comics has been recognized by many as the greatest group of comic titles in history. The EC Archives have been an important corner stone of Dark Horse's publishing line for years. With the 75th
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Win Weird Science Blu-ray Steelbook

To celebrate the release of Weird Science – out on DVD and Blu-ray 22nd July – we have a limited edition Blu-ray SteelBook up for grabs.

If you can’t get a date… make one! After proving himself the king of heartfelt teen flicks with Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, writer-director John Hughes infused the genre with a hefty dose of whacked-out sci-fi comedy in Weird Science, a film where every teenage boy’s wildest fantasies come to life.

Perennially picked-on high school nerds Gary and Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) are sick of their status at the bottom of the social food chain. Using Wyatt’s computer, the two hatch a plan to create their dream woman – and following a massive power surge, that woman unexpectedly appears in the form of Lisa (Kelly LeBrock). Gorgeous, intelligent, and blessed with limitless magic powers, Lisa makes the boys’ dreams come true… but what about
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'Avengers: Endgame' Comes Home: Watch Exclusive Featurette

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You can now pre-order Avengers: Endgame on FandangoNow right here, and you can own one of the biggest films of all-time beginning July 30. Long before he became known as Tony Stark, Robert Downey Jr. established himself as a distinguished actor and presence in Hollywood through a series of roles that may surprise those who only know him as Iron Man. (Yes, that's him in Weird Science, Back to School, Less Than Zero, Chaplin and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, among a number of other memorable...

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Primetime Emmy nominee Naomi Grossman teams up with Cult Stars Vernon Wells and Mel Novak for the The Initiation

Primetime Emmy nominee Naomi Grossman teams up with Cult Stars Vernon Wells and Mel Novak for the The Initiation Primetime Emmy nominee Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story) teams up with legendary cult stars Vernon Wells and Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, An Eye for An Eye opposite Chuck …

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Weird Science Available on Blu-ray July 25th From Arrow Video

They Went From Zeroes To Heroes In One Fantastic Weekend.

If you can t get a date… make one! After proving himself the king of heartfelt teen flicks with Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, writer-director John Hughes infused the genre with a hefty dose of wacked-out sci-fi comedy in Weird Science, a film where every teenage boy s wildest fantasies come to life.

Perenially picked-on high school nerds Gary and Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) are sick of their status at the bottom of the social food chain. Using Wyatt s computer, the two hatch a plan to create their dream woman and following a massive power surge, that woman unexpectedly appears in the form of Lisa (Kelly LeBrock). Gorgeous, intelligent, and blessed with limitless magic powers, Lisa makes the boys dreams come true… but what about Wyatt s gun-toting psycho older brother Chet (Bill Paxton), and the two bullies (Robert
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John Hughes’ ‘Weird Science’ To Get A Mind-Blowing Blu-ray Re-release

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John Hughes’ 1980s comedy Weird Science is to get a sparkling new Blu-ray re-release. The film will be re-released on the home HD format with in sparkling new 4K with a host of bonus features. The original movie was released all of the way back in 1985 an has achieved cult status in the years since.

If you’re unfamiliar, here is the official synopsis as provided by Arrow Video, who are behind the new home release.

Perennially picked-on high school nerds Gary and Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) are sick of their status at the bottom of the social food chain. Using Wyatt’s computer, the two hatch a plan to create their dream woman – and following a massive power surge, that woman unexpectedly appears in the form of Lisa (Kelly LeBrock). Gorgeous, intelligent, and blessed with limitless magic powers, Lisa makes the boys’ dreams come true… but what about
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Slideshow: Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr. Featured at 2019 Gene Siskel Film Center Gala

Previous | Image 1 of 4 | NextJon Favreau, recipent of the Siskel Center Renaissance Award.

Chicago – The annual Gene Siskel Film Center Gala – benefitting the cinema jewel of Chicago’s State Street – took place on June 15th, 2019, and packed some serious super heroism. Each year, the Center honors a special guest with their Renaissance Award, and the 2019 honor went to Jon Favreau. To interview the actor/director at the event was Robert Downey Jr., who just anchored Marvel Studios “Avengers: Endgame,” portraying Tony Stark/Iron Man.

Each year, the Siskel Center celebrates the art of film by honoring a filmmaker who advances the art of cinema. Past Renaissance Award honorees have included some of the most respected actors and directors working in the film industry today, such as Michael Mann, Nicole Kidman, George Lucas, Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx, Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson and Ethan Hawke.

“Jon
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Primetime Emmy nominee Naomi Grossman teams up with Screen Villains Vernon Wells and Mel Novak for the The Initiation

Primetime Emmy nominee Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story) teams up with legendary screen villains Vernon Wells and Mel Novak for ThunderKnight Entertainment Ltd and Aec Studios’ indie horror drama film, The Initiation as profiled in Deadline Hollywood. Drain and Ty M.C. wrote the screenplay. Brian McCulley is the film’s director. Professor Daniel Kimmer (Jimmy Drain) of St. Elzears College, has come to terms that his marriage with wife Jaime (Meggie Maddock) is ending. This, combined with the growing epidemic of a scandalous on campus "faculty to student relations" threatens to expose a love affair with one of his own ex student's, the alluring Starr Bramlett (Lauren...

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‘American Horror Story’ Actress Naomi Grossman Joins Genre Pic ‘The Initiation’

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‘American Horror Story’ Actress Naomi Grossman Joins Genre Pic ‘The Initiation’
Exclusive: American Horror Story actress Naomi Grossman has joined horror film The Initiation.

The actress joins Vernon Wells, Mel Novak, Lauren C. Mayhew and Jimmy Drain in the ThunderKnight Entertainment Ltd and Aec Studios’ indie pic about a professor struggling to save his marriage and career who uncovers a society of witches. Grossman plays the role of Lillian Know, who is privately the High Priest of the Siren Society of Satan, aka The Sirens.

Production is underway in Denver, Colorado. Monique Candelaria, London Grace and rapper T.O.N.E.-Z round out the cast.

Grossman’s credits include FX’s American Horror Story and Hulu’s Casual. Wells starred in The Road Warrior and Weird Science. Novak is best known for playing Stick The Assassin in Game Of Death, recently starred in sci-fi action film Abeyance and is set to be featured in the upcoming urban legend thriller Ash And Bone with Scout Taylor-Compton.
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It's Going To Be A Scorching Summer With Arrow Video's July Titles

Arrow Video's July announcements are here, and there are more than a few welcome surprises! With seven total releases during the month, there are several high profile classic '80s comedies in the mix that, frankly, I did not see coming. A pair of John Hughes classics headline the retro titles with Sixteen Candles (UK only) and Weird Science (Us/UK/Can), a Willem Dafoe punk gem The Loveless (Us/Can), Jörg Buttegereit nihilist sludgefest Schramm (UK), a snowy slasher wonderland in The Chill Factor (Us/UK/Can), FM (Us/UK/Can) a film about the spirit of radio, and Jones Åkerlund's brilliant black metal opus, Lords of Chaos (UK).   Check out full details below...

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Film Review: ‘Penguin Highway’

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An impressive first feature from director Hiroyasu Ishida, “Penguin Highway” sticks to the big-eyed, fine-limbed aesthetic seen in most adult-targeted anime, but fleshes out the characters at the screenplay level, such that the entire enterprise stands apart — a notch better
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Out of Bounds: An 80s Flop That Foretold A Generation's Loss of Innocence [Rewind]

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On the heels of Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Weird Science, Anthony Michael Hall was geek cool before Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory knew what pocket protectors were. Anthony Michael Hall was the right actor at the right time, and his performances in those three films would cement him forever as an 80s icon.

The only problem was that Weird Science came out in 1985. Hall was 17 years old and he knew he wanted to have a long career ahead of him. In fact, he said as much when I heard him interviewed at a local film festival that, ironically, Pirates of Silicon Valley was screened at. So, as great as being the star of three John Hughes films probably was, Hall knew that he need to show some range.

Add to this that St. Elmo's Fire also came out in 1985 the pressure for Hall to spread his acting wings probably increased.
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King Kong Bundy, WWE Legend, Dies at 61

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Wrestling legend King Kong Bundy, real name Christopher Alan Pallies, has died. He was 61.

“WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Legend King Kong Bundy has passed away,” WWE said in a statement. “WWE extends its condolences to Bundy’s family, friends and fans.” The cause of death is not yet known.

The New Jersey native, who stood at 6-foot-4 and weighed in at 458 pounds, had a dominant wrestling career, and chalked up a record-fast win versus S.D. “Special Delivery” Jones at the very first WrestleMania. Bundy main-evented WrestleMania 2, losing to Hulk Hogan in a steel cage match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship.

In addition to pro-wrestling, Pallies played two different roles on TV’s “Married With Children” — first as Peggy’s brother and then as his wrestling
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WWE Legend King Kong Bundy Dead at 61

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Pro wrestling legend King Kong Bundy -- who famously battled Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania 2 -- has died, WWE confirms. He was 61. Details surrounding Bundy's death are unclear. We're working on it. Bundy was a monster in the ring -- billed at 6'4", 458 pounds -- he mauled opponents and usually made the refs count to 5 instead of 3 ... just to prove his dominance. He made his WWF debut in 1985 -- while managed by the "Mouth of the South,
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‘Bold And The Beautiful’ Is Bringing On Florence’s Mother For A Major Hope Stolen Baby Twist

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Hey, Bold And The Beautiful fans. We've got some major casting news for you guys in this new article, and it sounds like it could result in a major twist for the Hope stolen baby storyline. It turns out that the producers have decided to bring on the mother of Reese's accomplice Florence! That's right, guys. They're about to make this a family affair. According to the folks over at People.com, the Bold And The Beautiful producers have hired veteran actress Denise Richards to come on and portray Florence's mother Shauna Fulton. The Shauna character is a long term contract role. That means we can expect to see a lot Shauna as well as Florence in the future. Really, it just sounds like they're going to drag this storyline out even more. The official description that's been attached to the new Shauna Fulton character reads like this, "Shauna is a fun-loving,
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John Hughes movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Ferris Bueller,’ ‘Sixteen Candles,’ ‘Home Alone’

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John Hughes movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Ferris Bueller,’ ‘Sixteen Candles,’ ‘Home Alone’
John Hughes would’ve celebrated his 69th birthday on February 18, 2019. The patron saint of adolescents found great success with a series of hit comedies, most of them centering around the plight of teenagers. Yet how many of those titles remain classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 12 of his greatest films as both a writer and director, ranked worst to best.

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Born in 1950, Hughes first came to the attention of Hollywood as a writer after penning “National Lampoon’s Vacation” (1983) and “Mr. Mom” (1983). That financially successful one-two punch landed him his first directing gig: “Sixteen Candles” (1984). A tender coming-of-age story about a teenage girl (Molly Ringwald) suffering one indignity after another on her sweet sixteen firmly established him as the premiere helmer of adolescent comedies, leading to
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John Hughes movies: 12 greatest films ranked worst to best

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John Hughes movies: 12 greatest films ranked worst to best
John Hughes would’ve celebrated his 69th birthday on February 18, 2019. The patron saint of adolescents found great success with a series of hit comedies, most of them centering around the plight of teenagers. Yet how many of those titles remain classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 12 of his greatest films as both a writer and director, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1950, Hughes first came to the attention of Hollywood as a writer after penning “National Lampoon’s Vacation” (1983) and “Mr. Mom” (1983). That financially successful one-two punch landed him his first directing gig: “Sixteen Candles” (1984). A tender coming-of-age story about a teenage girl (Molly Ringwald) suffering one indignity after another on her sweet sixteen firmly established him as the premiere helmer of adolescent comedies, leading to “The Breakfast Club” (1985), “Weird Science” (1985), and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (1986).

Yet Hughes also excelled at entertainments outside the classroom,
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