Reflecting on Chuck Barris' sensational claims in 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind'.
It's a sad week for Chuck fans all round because it has just been announced that the legendary daytime TV star Chuck Barris - the man who once claimed to be a CIA assassin and inspired the movie 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind' - is dead at the age of 87.
Chuck Barris joking around at a ball in 2006
The Philadelphia-born television presenter died of natural causes at his home yesterday (March 21st 2017) in Palisades, New York and is survived by his wife of seventeen years Mary Rudolph. Chuck Barris revolutionised daytime TV in that he created the internationally popular 'blind date show' concept with his 1965 show 'The Dating Game', as well as one of the first TV talent competitions 'The Gong Show'. But perhaps the thing that he is most famous for is his claim that he once worked as a hitman for the Central Intelligence Agency.
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It's been a pretty spooky year...
It's almost Halloween and, if you're staying in, you're going to have to go through that difficult process of deciding what film to put on. 2015 has seen rather a few horror movies, but it has to be noted that only a handful of them are worth your time.
Mia Wasikowska stars in Crimson Peak
Here's the top five best and worst scary films of the year:
Continue reading: What Should You Watch This Halloween? 2015 Horror Films Ranked
The actor is heading up the cast of The Poltergeist remake due out in July
Actors often get type-cast in specific genres and as particular characters but 46-year-old star Sam Rockwell cannot be accused of doing that with an impressive C.V. that includes Green Mile, Seven Psychopaths, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Iron Man 2.
Sam Rockwell plays father Eric Bowen in a remake of the 1980s classic, Poltergeist
However, if he could be accused of appreciating one particular kind of film it may be the horror kind as he steps into the remake of the 1980s horror classic, Poltergeist, having started off his big screen career in the 1989 scare-fest, Clownface.
Continue reading: Sam Rockwell Thinks Audiences "Just Want To Be Scared"
A read-through of Sam Rockwell's resume‚ is like a read-through of the best of American cinema. Since his debut over 25 years ago, in the Francis Ford Coppola-produced horror flick, Clownhouse, his work has been as diverse as it's been steady, with barely a moment to rest between jobs. Lawn Dogs, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Matchstick Men, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Moon, Seven Psychopaths, The Green Mile, Galaxy Quest, Frost/Nixon, Iron Man 2, The Way Way Back. a single DVD box set could barely contain them all.
He's been a mainstay in the theater too, a long-term member of the LABryrinth Theater Company in New York City. He was directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, and later this year will return to Broadway in Fool To Love, written by renowned playwright (and Poltergeist screenwriter) David Lindsay-Abaire.
At 46, the California native shows no signs of slowing down. Last year alone he starred in four film projects, including Lynn Shelton's romantic comedy Laggies, and the comedy drama Better Living Through Chemistry alongside Olivia Wilde, Jane Fonda and Ray Liotta. This year, Rockwell has another four slated for release, including the remake of seminal horror movie, Poltergeist.
Continue reading: Sam Rockwell - Poltergeist Interview
While audiences have become weary of constant remakes, film-makers live in fear of them - especially iconic 1980s Spielberg films.
Steven Spielberg and Tobe Hooper's 1982 haunted house movie 'Poltergeist' is so iconic that remaking it has always scared away filmmakers. Instead, they have merely been mimicking its innovative approach for more than 30 years.
'Poltergeist' was released on 22nd May 2015
The remake's star Rosemarie DeWitt couldn't agree more. "I mean they rip it off constantly in the horror genre," she says. "So now we just didn't 'pretend' to not make 'Poltergeist', we just made 'Poltergeist'! Because the younger generation doesn't know that movie."
Continue reading: 'Poltergeist''s New Cast Take On A Classic
This reboot of the scary 1980s original of the same name doesn't look like its holding back on any of the horror
They’re heeeerrrre... those pesky poltergeists that love to steal children and scare adults are back in this modern reboot of the 1982 horror classic, Poltergeist.
The frightening remake is out in cinemas soon
Producer Sam Rami, of Spiderman directing fame, has teamed up with director Gil Kenan from Monster House to guide the unsuspecting Bowen family through a succession of horrors after stepping into their new house, unfortunately built on an ancient burial ground.
Continue reading: It's Heeeere... The Poltergeist Remake Has Arrived
Finding the perfect house is an important part of starting a family. But for one family, the perfect house may not be all that they first thought. The Bowen family, Eric (Sam Rockwell), Amy (Rosemarie DeWitt), Kendra (Saxon Sharbino), Griffin (Kyle Catlett) and young Madison (Kennedi Clements) are in for a terrifying surprise, when they discover that their estate was built upon the sight of an ancient graveyard. But rather than realising there is an army of vengeful spirits, they are under attack from a horrific poltergeist. When they seek help from paranormal expert Carrigan Burke (Jared Harris), the poltergeist itself begins to discover everyone's true inner fear, and uses it against them.
Continue: Poltergeist - Teaser Trailer
The film, with Sam Rockwell as the lead, sees his character on the look out for all things Holy
Drama comedy Don Verdean follows actor Sam Rockwell as he takes his title character on a journey to find the Holy Grail. Unfortunately, Don's job as a 'biblical archaeologist' comes very much shrouded in comical 'air quotes' as he earns a bit of cash here and a bit of cash there in his attempts to uncover and sell works of art with biblical history in exchange for a quick buck.
Sam Rockwell's character is on the hunt of the holy grail
Don is eventually hired by a local church pastor who is determined to fund his adventures as he tries to find faith-promoting relics from the Holy Land.
Continue reading: Don Verdean Hits Screens Looking For Biblical Treasure In A New Trailer
With the potential to earn a quick bit of cash here and there, Don Verdean (Sam Rockwell) turned to the life of a "Biblical archaeologist", uncovering and selling works of art and pieces of Biblical history. As he starts to fabricate and lie his way through his 'adventures', Verdean acquires the help of a church that announce their intentions to bankroll his expeditions and help him do whatever he wants to in his quest to find and return The Holy Grail. With the potential of being found out and exposed, Verdean is forced to think inwardly about what is truly most important to him.
Continue: Don Verdean - Clip
Keira Knightley continues to open up as an actress with this sparky comedy. As in Begin Again and The Imitation Game, she taps into her own lively personality to create a punchy character who's loose, likeable and prickly. And while the film has a warm, engaging tone that's often both honest and funny, it also feels somewhat contrived as it pushes Knightley's character into corner after corner. As with films like Humpday and Your Sister's Sister, director Lynn Shelton takes a spirited idea and ends up playing it oddly safe.
It's set in Seattle, where Megan (Knightley) is in her late-20s, horrified to see her close circle of friends settling down into predictable lives involving marriage and children. So when her longtime boyfriend Anthony (Mark Webber) proposes, just as she discovers that her dad (Jeff Garlin) has cheated on her mom, Megan makes a run for it. At a convenience shop, a group of teens asks her to buy some alcohol, and suddenly she has a new best friend in Annika (Chloe Grace Moretz). As they bond, Annika invites Megan to stay at her house. So Megan invents a story about attending a self-help conference and lays low, hanging out with her new teen gang like it's the good old days. But Annika's single dad Craig (Sam Rockwell) begins to challenge Megan to realise that perhaps there are benefits to growing up.
Yes, it's obvious from the moment Megan and Craig start bickering where this is headed. And these predictable plot turns feed into the standard rom-com structure of the screenplay, right up to climactic scenes at both an airport and the prom. There isn't a single surprise along the way, but Knightley's breezy performance is more than enough to carry the audience with her on this odyssey. Effortlessly charming even when she's being a jerk, she develops a wonderful improv-like chemistry with both Moretz and Rockwell, while the bit players add plenty of texture to each episodic sequence.
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Leslie Bibb and Sam Rockwell - Leslie Bibb and Sam Rockwell New York City, USA - take a curtain call for 'The 24 Plays' at the American Airlines Theatre. This annual production calls for creative types to write, direct and perform six original short plays in just under a day. The event is sponsored by Montblanc and is a benefit for Urban Arts Partnership, which provides arts programs for New York public schools. Monday 9th November 2009
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