The sequel to the 2014 Dazzler music video,
I Will Steal Your Heart sees the New Mutants attending a concert by Lila Cheney, the hottest underground rock act in the galaxy! For more info, check out our site at Superhero Pop — via Youtube
A statuette from the John Huston-Humphrey Bogart classic The Maltese Falcon is one of the most recognisable, and sought-after, pieces of movie memorabilia in history. In fact, Steve Wynn paid $4.1 million for it. But was it the genuine article? Bryan Burrough tracks down a flock of Falcons, with links to both Leonardo DiCaprio and a famous Hollywood unsolved murder.
Aong with the ruby slippers Judy Garland wore in The Wizard of Oz and Orson Welles’s
Rosebud sled, which burns in the final frames of Citizen Kane, there is probably no more iconic item of Hollywood memorabilia than the Maltese Falcon, the black statuette that Humphrey Bogart, as detective Sam Spade, tracked down in John Huston’s classic film of the same name.
Lost to history for decades, it resurfaced in the 1980s in the hands of a Beverly Hills oral surgeon, and beginning in 1991 traveled the world as part of a Warner Bros. retrospective, with stops at the Centre Pompidou, in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art, in New York, and elsewhere. In 2013 it was offered for sale by Bonhams auction house. There was talk it might go for $1 million or more. But at the auction in Bonhams’s Madison Avenue showroom on November 25, 2013, the bidding quickly passed $1 million, then $2 million, then $3 million. Spectators gasped as a bidder in the audience dueled with one on the telephone, driving the price higher and higher.
Only when the bidding reached $3.5 million did the bidder in the crowd surrender, sending the Falcon to the man on the phone, who was later revealed to represent Steve Wynn, the Las Vegas hotel and casino billionaire. With the buyer’s premium, the total price came to a stunning $4.1 million. The crowd burst into applause. The auctioneers wheeled out a tub of champagne bottles to celebrate.
And with good reason. It was one of the highest prices ever paid for a piece of movie memorabilia, and two of the others were for cars: the original Batmobile, which had sold for $4.6 million earlier that year, and the Aston Martin Sean Connery drives in Goldfinger. News of the Falcon sale was carried on the network news and in newspapers around the world. Today it sits, along with a pair of Picassos, a Matisse, and a Giacometti sculpture, in a meeting room in Wynn’s Las Vegas villa.
That is the official version of what happened to the Maltese Falcon. But it is just one chapter in a complex tale. It turns out there is another, far stranger version, and another Falcon, several more in fact. And this version, which draws in characters as diverse as Leonardo DiCaprio and the woman butchered in one of Hollywood’s greatest unsolved murders, constitutes a real-life mystery every bit as bizarre as the one Sam Spade confronted on film — via redwolf.newsvine.com
Since we had to say goodbye to David Bowie so soon, we decided to honour him by reviewing that one weird kid’s movie he was in that was way worse than we remember — via Youtube
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The star had been suffering from cancer, a statement said.
He became one of Britain’s best-loved acting stars thanks to roles including Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films and Hans Gruber in Die Hard.
Harry Potter author JK Rowling led the tributes, describing him as
a magnificent actor and a wonderful man.
She wrote on Twitter:
There are no words to express how shocked and devastated I am to hear of Alan Rickman’s death.
Rock legend David Bowie has died at the age of 69 after an 18-month-long battle with cancer, according to his son and to his official Facebook page.
David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer, the statement read.
While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.
His son Duncan Jones tweeted:
Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all.
Born David Jones in London in 1947, Bowie enjoyed a string of worldwide hits from the late 1960s onwards.
Known for albums including Heroes, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, and Hunky Dory, he established himself as one of music’s most innovative performers.
On Saturday, Bowie marked his 69th birthday with the release of a new album, Blackstar, with critics giving the thumbs up to the latest work in a long and innovative career.
The album features only seven songs, but Britain’s Guardian newspaper called it a
spellbinding break with Bowie’s past.
It is a well known fact that Quentin Tarantino is a self-proclaimed cinephile. But the writer/director’s love for cinema is most obviously expressed through his own films. In addition to showing his characters spending a great deal of time discussing cinema, Tarantino’s films are jam-packed with homages and visual references to the movies that have intrigued him throughout his life.
Many filmmakers pay homage, but Tarantino takes things a step further by replicating exact moments from a variety of genres and smashing them together to create his own distinct vision. Just like Kill Bill: Vol 2 (2004) draws on The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) and Samurai Fiction (1998), Tarantino’s work often reflects Spaghetti Westerns and Japanese cinema — both new and old. His unique way of referencing other films allows him to bend genre boundaries and shatter the mold of what we expect to experience. While his methods are often criticised and he is accused of
ripping off other filmmakers, it seems that Tarantino is simply writing love letters to the art he is ever so passionate about.
Stevie Wright, who fronted rock outfit The Easybeats in the 1960s and is widely regarded as Australia’s first international pop star, has died at the age of 68.
The ARIA hall of famer became ill on Boxing Day and was taken to Moruya Hospital on the New South Wales south coast, where he died on Sunday night with his son Nick by his side.
Rock historian Glenn A Baker said Wright was a dynamo on stage.
Stevie would hurl himself off stage he would catapult, he would somersault, it was an extraordinary thing to witness, he gave everything, he said — via redwolf.newsvine.com
Peter Lorre & Sidney Greenstreet celebrating Christmas (Warner Bros, 1942) — via arcaneimages
Rock am Ring 2015 — via Youtube
Jeff Wayne’s musical version of this science fiction classic from 1978. Still triggers synaesthesia — via Youtube
A short comedy/sci-fi film we made for this year’s Homespun Yarns showcase.
Cropped is about a group of UFO enthusiasts who clash with their cynical crop circle tour guide. When night falls the group have to set their differences aside when the mystery of the crop circles is revealed
GWAR scares us, both because they’re giant monsters from outer space with exaggerated genitals, and also because they keep coming back to Undercover and destroying (in the best way) every song they attempt. This year it’s Cyndi Lauper’s
She Bop, the 1984 single that followed in the massive wake of
Girls Just Want To Have Fun. The lyrics here are something of an extension of that song, considering that they’re about masturbation. Though they’re pretty tame-sounding 30 years later, the words to
She Bop were cited as one of the
filthy 15 that led to Tipper Gore and the PMRC getting all up in the music business. As usual, GWAR made the song their own — and added a little something extra, too — via Youtube
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Quite a departure from Josh Agle — aka Shag — who has left the 1960s and dropped into the ‘70s for this wonderful Summer of ’76 limited edition print.
Of course, the stars of this particular show are The Ramones and (we are guessing) the CBGB club. Although we’re not sure if there were so many posters on the wall of the club back in 1976! Either way, it’s an iconic band in a cool club setting.
It is a 13-colour hand pulled serigraph print, sized at 32.5 x 17 inches (82.5cm x 43cm) and sold in an edition of 150. Each print is also signed and numbered by Shag and comes with a certificate of authenticity. The initial price is $450 — via Retro To Go
In this short clip, John Waters announces that
no smoking is allowed in this theatre and goes on to encourage people to smoke anyway, as it keeps the ushers busy — via Youtube
Rod Serling monologue about dictatorship and the destruction of human rights — via Youtube
No animals were harmed during the filming of this commercial. The scenes in this commercial are the result of awesome visual effects — via Youtube
There is a place or fictional characters meet. Outside of time, outside of all logic, this place is known as Hell’s Club, but this club is not safe — via Youtube
Prolific horror filmmaker Wes Craven, who directed the slasher classic A Nightmare on Elm Street, has died aged 76, his family said in a statement.
Craven, who was also behind the 1990s horror hit Scream, died surrounded by his loved ones at his Los Angeles home after suffering from brain cancer, the statement said.
It is with deep sadness we inform you that Wes Craven passed away, the family said.
Our hearts are broken.
Craven suffered from ailing health over the past three years, but continued to work on projects including several television shows, a graphic novel and a new film, The Girl in the Photographs, which is set to premiere at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival next month.
He was awarded lifetime achievement awards by the New York City Horror Film Festival and the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, according to the Internet Movie Database — via redwolf.newsvine.com
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The set of twelve prints have been produced in collaboration with StudioCanal — the official copyright holders of the show — and draw on the extensive archive held at Pinewood Studios. The print above, for example, is based on a publicity shot taken on the set of the episode called
Never, Never Say Die.
Each print is designed employing half tone printing, and can come in a whole range of different colours. Add to that three different sizes, and the various sets of prints and there are loads of options for John Steed-ing and Emma Peel-ing your walls!
Prices range between £15 and £39 — via Retro To Go
For my project, I wanted to recreate The Fifth Element stones that were used to kill the
evil in the weapon chamber in Egypt. It was evident that the movie versions were made out of polystyrene, but I wanted mine to be a bit more durable and long lasting, and so I ended up manufacturing them out of wood. Also, following my own rules on prop creation, I decided to turn them into functional pillar candle holders that I could use to decorate my dinner table during gatherings, as a conversation piece, or simply as an everyday accent — via Instructables
The sticky blood used in horror films of this period became known as Kensington Gore — a jokey reference to the London street of the same name. While Hammer’s special recipe remains obscure, Mark demonstrates his own favourite method.
- 2 cups of Golden Syrup
- 1 cup of Water
- 10 teaspoons of Red food colouring
- A few drops of Blue food colouring
- A few drops of Yellow food colouring
- 10 tablespoons of Corn Flour
- Mint flavouring — to taste
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I put together a fun tutorial for you: DIY Totoro Plush Tutorial. It’s a little different than the Totoros I made earlier, but still just as cute. The pattern I created is more simple and the materials are cheap and easy to find. The finished plush will be 6.5″ wide and 8″ tall (not including ears or arms). I hope you find this tutorial enjoyable and make a Totoro plush for yourself or as a gift — via cheek and stitch
The former professional wrestler
Rowdy Roddy Piper, known for wearing a kilt in the ring, has died aged 61.
Piper, born Roderick Toombs in Saskatchewan, Canada, was one of the main stars of the wrestling circuit from the mid-1980s.
During his career, he won more than 30 titles and was inducted into WWE’s Hall of Fame in 2005.
His death comes a month after that of Dusty Rhodes, another Hall of Fame member, aged 69.
The cause of Piper’s death was not revealed. He had successfully fought Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2006.
Roddy Piper was one of the most entertaining, controversial and bombastic performers ever in WWE, said chairman Vince McMahon — via redwolf.newsvine.com