Welcome Retro Set readers to this week’s roundup of noteworthy news in the world of film and TV! With Halloween just over a week away, we’re sure all of you are busy getting ready for the official kickoff to the holiday season, so let’s get straight to business!
Thanks to TCM’s Trailblazing Women festival this month, and the flurry of controversy surrounding this season of Project Greenlight; women and minorities have finally become the dominant conversation in and around Hollywood. THR frames this discussion front and center with their expose on Hollywood’s Last Frontier.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens may or may not be the greatest film ever made — but the decision is final when it comes to J.J. Abrahams, as, according to Rolling Stone, he takes the award for greatest “trailer” director of all time.
Halloween’s a week away, and while there are spook-filled events filling up everyone’s calendars country-wide, Starz is breaking the rule with their premiere of the highly anticipated series based on the films; Ash vs. Evil Dead. What’s really “mortifying” though, is the revolutionary way Starz is rolling it out.
And hitting screens in time for Halloween is Fathom Events & TCM’s partnership, presenting a double feature of 1931’s Dracula. Double Feature? That’s right – while Bela Lugosi was roaming the sound stage by day, a Mexican crew and cast filled the space overnight, to deliver a decidedly different and arguably superior rendering of the Transylvanian Count. You can see them both next week!
If you’re an Angeleno, then this Halloween you won’t want to miss a live musical accompaniment to John Barrymore’s seminal horror silent Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde!
Meanwhile, on the small screen (well, small depending on how you have your home “theatre” set up) The Simpson’s famous “couch gag” will get a Ren & Stimpy makeover for this year’s Treehouse of Horror!
And if you’re looking for a truly “immersive” Halloween experience (and who isn’t?) check out The Shining’s Horrific Hotel Museum!
One of Horrordom’s Hall of Famer’s Vincent Price led a very private life. Now, his daughter reveals her father’s “bi-sexuality.”
If you’re an audiophile, then you must know about the seminal record chain of the 70s and 80s, Tower Records which was a staple of any visit to LA and the Sunset Strip (not to mention locations dotted across SoCal). Long defunct, actor/director Colin Hanks has put together his love letter to the bygone chain, All Things Must Pass.
Speaking of music, Merry Clayton, the singer who killed it decades ago as the back-up singer to the Stones’ Gimme Shelter and was featured in the Oscar winning documentary 20 feet From Stardom was in a major car crash last year Now Keith Richards honors the diva with a voice to rattle the heavens.
If you’ve sworn off the Oscar telecast over the last several years’ worth of abysmal hostings, then it’s time to rejoice. Chris Rock is back!
Hollywood has always done a deft (and not so much) dance with advertising. Here’s the quaint way they first attempted to fuse movies and make-up.
Playboy may no longer be publishing nude photos, but you always read it for the articles anyway, right? Now you can prove it by checking out this great interview with Blofeld heir-apparent Christoph Waltz.
And finally, what would be your choice for one of the most hated shows on television? Here’s 10 of ’em! Did yours make the cut?