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A Sequel To The Omen To Be Developed For U.s. Tv Movie


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The Walking Dead producer Glen Mazzara is developing a sequel to classic 1976 horror movie The Omen.

Mazzara will write the script and executive produce the project for America's Lifetime network, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Damien will follow the movie's main character as he comes to terms with the fact that he is the Antichrist.

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Star Wars Cinematographer Gilbert Taylor Dead At 99


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Gilbert Taylor, the veteran British cinematographer behind classic films Star Wars, The Omen and Dr Strangelove and The Beatles A Hard Day's Night, has died, aged 99.

He passed away on Friday (23Aug13) at his home on the Isle of Wight.

Born in Hertfordshire in 1914, Taylor started his career in the late 1920s as a camera assistant at Gainsborough Studios in London and shot daring Royal Air Force raids over Germany during World War Ii at the request of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

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The Exorcist Voted Greatest Horror Film Of All Time

By on 31 October 2008

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William Friedkin's The Exorcist has been voted the best horror film ever made in a new Halloween poll.

The 1973 thriller, based on William Peter Blatty's book, topped an online poll of more than 6,000 HMV customers, thanks to its unique blend of supernatural horror, religious iconography and a taboo-breaking script.

The Shining, Stanley Kubrick's 1980 adaptation of the Stephen King novel, finished a narrow second while Alien was voted third.

James Wan's Saw, from 2004, was a surprise choice in fifth and the highest-placing film from the 21st century.

Jonny Scurfield, an HMV DVD buyer, commented: "Over the last few years, we've seen a significant upsurge of interest in this genre - probably more than for any other movie category, with younger customers in their late teens and early 20s leading the way.

"Halloween has become a key retail event, with sales of horror DVDs more than doubling in the past three years, and this year, with the doom and gloom of the credit crunch, you get The Feeling it may prove a bit of a boom for horror, with more people staying in to watch their favourite movies."

The top 50 films in vote order (title/director/date/% votes received/position last year)

1 The Exorcist - William Friedkin (1973)/8.8% (1)
2 The Shining - Stanley Kubrick (1980)/7.6% (2)
3 Alien - Ridley Scott (1979)/5.8% (11)
4 The Silence Of The Lambs - Jonathan Demme (1991)/5.7% (12)
5 Saw - James Wan (2004)/5.4% (15)
6 Halloween - John Carpenter (1978)/4.0% (3)
7 A Nightmare On Elm Street - Wes Craven (1984)/3.9% (4)
8 Ring (Ringu) - Hideo Nakata (1998)/3.3% (5)
9 The Wicker Man - Robin Hardy (1973)/3.1% (17)
10 The Omen - Richard Donner (1976)/3.0% (7)
11 The Birds - Alfred Hitchcock (1963)
12 The Thing - John Carpenter (1982)
13 Lost Boys - Joel Schumacher (1987)
14 Dawn of the Dead - George A. Romero (1978)
15 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - Tobe Hooper (1974)
16 Jaws - Steven Spielberg (1975)
17 The Blair Witch Project - Daniel Myrick & Eduardo Sanchez (1999)
18 An American Werewolf in London - John Landis (1981)
19 Se7en - David Fincher (1995)
20 Poltergeist - Tobe Hooper (1982)
21 The Amityville Horror. Stuart Rosenberg (1979)
22 Candyman - Bernard Rose (1992)
23 Scream - Wes Craven (1996)
24 Carrie - Brian De Palma (1976)
25 Friday the 13th - Sean S Cunningham (1980)
26 Final Destination - James Wong (2000)
27 The Evil Dead - Sam Raimi (1981)
28 Hellraiser - Clive Barker (1987)
29 Hostel - Eli Roth (2005)
30 Salem '> s Lot - Mikael Salomon (2004)
31 The Descent - Neil Marshall (2005)
32 The Hills Have Eyes - Wes Craven (1977)
33 Wolf Creek - Greg McLean (2005)
34 Misery - Rob Reiner (1991)
35 Rosemary's Baby - Roman Polanski (1968)
36 Child's Play - Tom Holland (1989)
37 The Orphanage - Juan Antonio Bayona (2008)
38 The Entity - Sidney J Furie (1981)
39 Nosferatu - FW Murnau (1922)
40 Night of the Living Dead - George A. Romero (1968)
41 House on Haunted Hill, William Malone (2000)
42 The Haunting, Robert Wise (1963)
43 It - Tommy Lee Wallace (1990)
44 Audition - Takashi Miike (1999)
45 The Changeling - Peter Medak (1980)
46 The Mist - Frank Darabont (2008)
47 Suspiria - Dario Argento (1977)
48 The Vanishing - George Sluizer (1993)
49 Shutter - Masayuki Ochiai (2008)
50 Planet Terror - Robert Rodriguez (2007)

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Farrow: 'Spielberg Could Become The Leni Riefenstahl Of Olympic Games'


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Actress Mia Farrow has condemned director Steven Spielberg for aiding China's staging of the 2008 Olympic Games, warning he could become known as "the Leni Riefenstahl of the Beijing Games".
Farrow, a United Nations Unicef goodwill ambassador, launched an impassioned appeal on behalf of African victims in the over-spilling Sudan crisis earlier this month (MAR07).
And The Omen star, 62, is astonished so many big names and corporations like Coca-Cola and MCDonald's are also readily lending their support to what they have dubbed 'The Genocide Olympics', because China openly supports the government of Sudan.
She writes in a Wall Street Journal article, "That so many corporate sponsors want the world to look away from that atrocity during the games is bad enough.
"But equally disappointing is the decision of artists like director Steven Spielberg - who quietly visited China this month as he prepares to help stage the Olympic ceremonies - to sanitise Beijing's image. Is Mr. Spielberg, who in 1994 founded the Shoah Foundation to record the testimony of survivors of the Holocaust, aware that China is bankrolling Darfur's genocide?"
Farrow went on to warn the SCHINDLER'S LIST director that he risked becoming a modern version of Nazi propaganda filmmaker Riefenstahl, who is famed for her 1936 Berlin games film OLYMPIA.
She writes, "Does Mr. Spielberg really want to go down in history as the Leni Riefenstahl of the Beijing Games?
"Do the various television sponsors around the world want to share in that shame? Because they will. Unless, of course, all of them add their singularly well-positioned voices to the growing calls for Chinese action to end the slaughter in Darfur."
According to official United Nations figures, more than 200,000 people have died and more than two million have been displaced since the rebels and government forces first clashed in Dafur in 2003.

Gambon: 'I'm So Jealous Of Nighy'


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The Omen star Michael Gambon is insanely jealous of his best friend actor Bill Nighy, and always tries to out-class him in movies.
Gambon fears his Love Actually pal is both more talented and better looking, and is wracked with envy between movie projects.
He says, "In a way, the truth of the matter is, when you're not working you don't really exist.
"It's all right for a couple of weeks, 'cos it's quite exciting and the kudos of what you've just done is still lurking.
"But any longer than that and you come into nothing, you become like a shell.
"And then you get jealous. I'm very jealous - he's a dear friend - of Bill Nighy. Bill's such a handsome, successful actor. I'm jealous of him."

Fast And The Furious In Poll Position


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The Fast And The Furious: TOKYO DRIFT has toped the UK box office chart with double the takings of nearest competitor X-Men: THE LAST STAND. The third movie in the Fast And The Furious series took GBP1.8 million ($3.2 million) over the weekend (16-18JUN06), overtaking previous top earner, horror remake The Omen, which falls to number three. Drama Hard Candy, which features Ellen Page and Patrick Wilson, made its debut at number four in the chart. The only other new entry is the satirical comedy THANK YOU FOR SMOKING, staring Katie Holmes, which entered the chart at 10.

Original Damien Never Allowed To Forget He Was The Son On Satan


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Fans of horror classic The Omen will never let former child actor Harvey Stephens forget he once played the spawn of Satan. Stephens, who played scary DAMIEN in the 1976 film, insists he has never been touched by the film's famous curse, but he has found himself in several strange situations since making his movie debut. The retired actor, who has a cameo in THE OMEN remake - as a "fat grey" reporter, recalls, "A few freaks have got in touch with me. One man knocked on my door with a set of six knives he claimed were from our film. "He asked me to sign the case. I was bathing my daughter at the time." Stephens, who now runs a London-based chauffeur company, admits he was the recipient of a host of bizarre text messages on Tuesday (06JUN06) when The Omen remake was released - on the apt 06-06-06. He adds, "I got messages saying, 'Happy Birthday.'" But that was nothing to the terror he felt when he realised his three-year-old daughter's birthdate was 6 June. He explains, "Thankfully she was born on the 20th."

Farrow Fears Omen Curse


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Actress Mia Farrow was terrified during filming for the remake of 1960s horror film The Omen, because of the 'curse' that struck her co-stars on another satanic film, ROSEMARY'S BABY. Woody Allen's ex admits the film reminded her of the 1968 Roman Polanski movie and the horrendous events that occurred afterwards - star Sidney Blackmer and Polanksi's wife Sharon Tate died within a few years of the film's release. Farrow says, "I remember the scene where people were toasting Satan and dear old SIDNEY BLACKMER (who played Satanist ROMAN CASTEVET), saying, 'This isn't good, this is very bad luck.' "Sure enough, the next year Sidney was blind and then he died. There were many deaths. Roman's beautiful wife Sharon". Polanski's pregnant wife Sharon was murdered by serial killer Charles Manson's followers in August 1969.

The Omen Curse Alive And Well


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The cast and crew behind classic horror movie The Omen couldn't escape the film's legendary curse while they were remaking the movie in Italy - a pivotal scene featuring the discovery of creepy character DAMIEN's 666 'tattoo' was mysteriously wiped from a film reel. Director JOHN MOORE spent a day shooting Liev Schreiber's character uncovering the eerie birthmark in his devil spawn son - only for the footage to later disappear. The movie-maker says, "One day we shot the scene whereby the THORNE character (Schreiber) cuts the child's hair and finally reveals the mark of the beast and realises his son is the son of the devil. "That scene also involved a choreographed fight with Mia Farrow (character). It was a tough day's work." But somehow the footage was lost as the labatory used to process the scenes mysteriously destroyed 13,500 feet (4,114 metres) of film. Moore adds, "The worst the lab and the collective crew ever heard of is losing a roll, which is 400 feet. The guys in the lab were in tears. They had no explanation." The original 1976 movie, which starred Gregory Peck and Lee Remick, was dogged by odd and tragic occurences throughout the filming, which peaked when an animal trainer was killed in an ape frenzy scene.

The Omen Star Keeps Tricycle


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Creepy former child star Harvey Stephens has turned down a fortune to sell the tricycle he rode on in classic horror movie The Omen because he wants to give it to his baby daughter.

Stephens, 33, who played DAMIEN in the spooky cult film, kept the tricycle after the project wrapped in 1976 and it remains his only piece of memorabilia from the movie.

He says, "It is in the attic and probably worth a few bucks. I was offered $15,000 for it once, but couldn't part with it."

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