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"The Power of Christ Impales You!"

“The Power of Christ Impales You!”

The Projection Booth podcast discusses Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter this week and features as a guest the Cultural Gutter’s Screen Editor Emeritus Ian Driscoll, who wrote the screenplay and plays Johnny Golgotha in JCVH.

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Prithviraj Kapoor Is Alexander The Great

Prithviraj Kapoor Is Alexander The Great

At Beth Loves Bollywood, Beth watches Sikandar, a 1941 Hindi-language, sword and sandals movie in which Alexander the Great’s army sings these words as they march on Hindustan: “Life exists because of love, so let it be spent in love.”

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Before shooting began on Pillow Talk, Doris Day and Marty Melcher, her third husband, launched weekly informal dinner parties for the cast and crew at their house on North Crescent Drive, in the flats of Beverly Hills. In her efforts to make the insecure Rock Hudson feel more at home in a comic role, Day remained on the set when he filmed their split-screen telephone scenes to read him her lines, and during the pre-recording session for the title song, in which Hudson was to join her in the chorus, she spontaneously suggested, “Why don’t you sing a verse?”

He later said he had been expecting someone “as warm as a December night on an ice floe.” But, as Day herself recalled, “the very first day on the set, I discovered we had a performing rapport that was remarkable. We played our scenes together as if we had once lived them.” Their compatibility should have been foreseeable, for they had much in common. Like Day, Hudson was riddled with doubts and insecurities, stemming from a miserable childhood. When he was still Roy Harold Scherer Jr., his father abandoned him, and his mother and stepfather abused him emotionally and physically. At bottom, Hudson was no more the All-American Male than Day was the Girl Next Door. They soon came up with nicknames for each other. He became Ernie; she was either Eunice or Maude. In the course of shooting, Day adopted Hudson’s habit of doing crossword puzzles during downtime on the set. She, in turn, wanted to teach him how to play tennis, but he didn’t take her up on the offer. Hudson later recalled, “They had to add a week on to the shooting schedule because we could not stop laughing I used to think about terrible things, to try not to laugh, but I think that’s the wonderful part about when you see two people on the screen—if you like them, if they like each other, and you sense that they like each other.”

When Pillow Talk opened, in October 1959, the reviewers welcomed it as a new modern comedy and embraced Day and Hudson as a natural team. It was the No. 1 film for a couple of months.

Doris Day & Rock Hudson in Pillow Talk (1959)

RIP, Harry Novak

Producer and exploitation pioneer Harry Novak has died. Daily Grindhouse remembers Novak with a collection of trailers from his films. Dougsploitation has an overview of Novak’s career well-illustrated with film posters. The Los Angeles Times has a brief obituary.

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"Gang War" Scene from The Raid 2/Berandal

“Gang War” Scene from The Raid 2/Berandal

Gareth Evans has shared a deleted scene from the upcoming Berandal / The Raid 2. As Evans says: “Just to clarify, this isn’t something we had to cut for censorship. We removed this back in December during editing.”

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RIP, James Rebhorn

Actor James Rebhorn has died. The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and The Hollywood Reporter have obituaries. Rebhorn had roles in films including Independence Day, Basic Instinct, The Talented Mr. Ripley and He Knows You’re Alone. And he had roles in television shows including, Search for Tomorrow, Guiding Light, As The World Turns, Wiseguy, Third Watch, Law & Order, White Collar and Hom…

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Johnny Guitar (1954)