This week’s The Retro Set Minutes sadly offers up more notable passings…
Of course, Christopher Lee, the only heir apparent to Bela Lugosi’s Dracula and a staple from the Hammer Studios, not to even mention Lord of the Rings, has passed. He was 93.
Here in the “No Respect for The Dead” department, we bring you the “late” Lee doing The Time Warp.
Ron Moody, best known for the role of Fagin in 1968’s Oliver! has passed at 91. Personally, we will always love him for his hilarious turn as a postal worker in post-revolutionary Russia racing against time and Dom Deluise for Mel Brooks’ The Twelve Chairs. “How could you do such a thing?”
Ornette Coleman, a household name in free-style jazz, composed and contributed music to several films, including cult classic Naked Lunch, has passed. He was 85.
TCM’s ever brilliant “Summer of Darkness” Noir Series continues on with its second week of stellar choices, including Detour, Mildred Pierce, Gun Crazy and the “seen-to-be-believed” Nightmare Alley, all airing today and tonight. Check local listings!
Quentin Tarantino wants to get people back into theaters to actually watch movies on film, thus he is shooting Hateful Eight in 70mm, and had a screening of some footage on the Paramount Lot. The film will open on Christmas, 2015 and only in 70mm! Better get in line early and wear your big format pants!
Sunset Blvd! A Beverly Hills home! Residing inside: a once famous movie star! No, it’s not the Billy Wilder classic a la Norma Desmond, but the estate of one Marlene Dietrich, and it’s for sale!
TCM and Fathom Events are continuing to conquer the special screening “space” with more movies between now and the end of the year. Jaws, Psycho and what we here at The Retro Set believe is the most exciting and edgy showing of them all, a double-bill of the original Lugosi classic and the Spanish language Dracula, both shot on the same set at the same time with dramatically different outcomes.
“I’ll have a large pizza with pepperoni and black olives. Make it a stuffed crust. Yeah, add two cokes and some dipping sticks. Yes, parmesan cheese and peppers please, for delivery. Oh, and can you make sure the pizza box converts into a movie projector?”
Elmore Leonard, the “Dickens of Detroit,” has posthumously released several early stories. Check them here!
One of the more ludicrous pieces to ever come out of the NY Post is here. Fair and balanced journalism means that we will share this with you, before offering up the blistering rebuttal from Sasha Stone here.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt reveals he will produce, direct and star in Neil Gaiman’s masterful Sandman on the big screen! Fan boys are all, “squee!”
And speaking of fan boys, this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego will have Friday’s scheduling completely take over by Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Is that a bad thing?
ILM wants to bring virtual reality to the movies! Fan boys are all, “squee!”
We here at The Retro Set believe in counter-programming. Not just in film festivals, but even our printed content. How’s that for a transition over to PBS’ broadcast of Driving Miss Daisy starring Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones? Fan boys are all, “squee!”
Have a great weekend! Go see a movie! And #stayclassic!