OUCH! by MR.E.

OUCH! by MR.E.

Monday, April 21, 2014


“Yo- wazzup dog?”

“Drink Diet Pepsie!”

"No, that wasn't me, it was Jared Leto."

“Gumlegs in the third at Pimlico.”

“Yes, I can fly.”

“One of you groupies has a burning bush!”

“Superman would lose.”

“Ah-ah-ah- choo! ...Well?”

“and with every Whopper purchased- you’ll receive a free 12 oz Apostle glass- collect all eight!”

“Look for me at the Taj Mahal the weekend of June 16th!  Sinbad is my opening act.”

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Monday, March 31, 2014

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Friday, March 7, 2014

FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIE: Al Adamson DEATH DIMENSION (1978) Jim Kelly George Lazenby Aldo Ray

Although it's very unlikely that his admittedly cheap-'n'-cheesy films will ever be acknowledged as true works of cinematic art, director/producer/screenwriter Al Adamson did nonetheless make a slew of entertainingly if trashy low-budget exploitation features for the drive-in market throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

He was born on July 25, 1929, in Hollywood, California, the son of actress Dolores Booth and actor/director Victor Adamson, who appropriately enough specialized in shoddy "B"-grade--and lower--westerns in the 1920s and 1930s, both as an actor and especially as a director. Al's first foray into filmmaking was helping his father as director and producer on the movie Halfway to Hell (1954). In the mid-'60s Al founded the prolific grindhouse outfit Independent-International Pictures with producer/distributor Sam Sherman. Adamson cranked out flicks in every conceivable genre: scuzzy biker items (Satan's Sadists (1969), Hell's Bloody Devils (1970), Angels' Wild Women (1972)), grungy westerns (Five Bloody Graves (1970), Jessi's Girls (1975)), smarmy softcore sex comedies (The Naughty Stewardesses (1975), Blazing Stewardesses (1975)), funky blaxploitation (Mean Mother (1974), Black Heat (1976)), ridiculous science-fiction dross (the gloriously ghastly Horror of the Blood Monsters (1970)), two Jim Kelly martial arts action outings (Black Samurai (1977), Death Dimension (1978)), lurid horror fare (Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971), Brain of Blood (1971), Nurse Sherri (1978)) and even a tongue-in-cheek softcore science-fiction musical (Cinderella 2000 (1977)). Moreover, Adamson served as a producer for both the exciting Fred Williamson blaxploitation vehicle Hammer (1972) and the acclaimed made-for-TV drama Cry Rape (1973). The casts of Adamson's movies were made up of oddball but enthusiastic amateurs and faded professional thespians whose career was on the wane, including Kent Taylor, Russ Tamblyn, Lon Chaney Jr. and the ubiquitous John Carradine. Al frequently gave his wife Regina Carrol sizable parts in his films. Moreover, Adamson was a mentor for future schlock-feature directors Greydon Clark and John Cardos. He was also instrumental in launching the career of ace cinematographer Gary Graver. In addition, Adamson kept fellow top cinematographers László Kovács and Vilmos Zsigmond employed in their early days.  Al Adamson's life came to a brutal and untimely end at age 66 when he was murdered by live-in contractor Fred Fulford on August 2, 1995.

DEATH DIMENSION (also known as FREEZE BOMB; KILL FACTOR; and BLACK ELIMINATOR) stars the late JIM KELLY, the first Black martial arts film star. He co-starred alongside Bruce Lee in the blockbuster, Enter the Dragon (1973); which led to a three-picture deal with Warner Brothers where he made Black Belt Jones (1974); Three the Hard Way (1974) co-starring blaxploitation superstars Jim Brown (Slaughter) and Fred Williamson (Black Caesar); and Hot Potato (1976).  After which he starred in the low-budget films Black Samurai (1977); Death Dimension (1978); and Tattoo Connection (1978).  His last major appearance was in One Down, Two to Go (1982), co-starring again Brown and Williamson, along with Richard Roundtree (Shaft).

ALDO RAY, a major star in 1950s Hollywood, who worked with such legends as Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Rita Hayworth, Jose Ferrer, Van Heflin, and Robert Ryan, career slowly faded as the 1960s ended. Though he worked steadily in the 1970s, the quality of his roles diminished, and he was typically cast as gruff and gravelly rednecks. In 1976, Ray appeared in The Haunted, and also a pornographic movie, Sweet Savage, in a non-sexual role. His career decline accelerated in the 1980s, and after being diagnosed with throat cancer, he accepted virtually any role that came his way to maintain his costly health insurance. His SAG membership was revoked when it was discovered he was acting in non-union productions.

TERRY MOORE started out in radio and starred in several box office hits, including Mighty Joe Young (1949), Come Back, Little Sheba (1952; for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress), Daddy Long Legs (1955), Between Heaven and Hell (1956), and Peyton Place (1957).  After the 1960s, Moore semi retired from acting, only completing two films in the 1970s; though by the 1980s her career had resumed (after gaining publicity by appearing nude at age 55 in Playboy magazine and claiming to've been secretly married to Howard Hughes) with minor roles in low-budgeted B-movies.

GEORGE LAZENBY was the successor to Sean Connery playing James Bond in the film On Her Majesty's Secret Service.  World famous, success went to his head, and he lost any chance to follow up as 007.  In 1973, Lazenby was set to work in Hong Kong with Bruce Lee. A planned meeting with Lee and Raymond Chow to discuss a movie project for the Golden Harvest film Game of Death collapsed after Lee's sudden death, although Lazenby would still go on to make three of the four films he signed to do with Lee in Hong Kong, The Shrine of Ultimate Bliss (1974), The Man from Hong Kong (1975; aka The Dragon Flies), and A Queen's Ransom (1976).  In 1978, he took out an advertisement in Variety, offering himself for acting work. "If I could get a TV series or a good movie, I swear I'd do it for nothing," he told a journalist.

Death Dimension's other Bond connection (Goldfinger) comes with HAROLD "ODD JOB" SAKATA whose limited ability to speak English forced his part to be dubbed by Chinese actor James Hong.

Directed by Al Adamson, and Produced by Harry Hope; the Cast includes: Jim Kelly as Lt. Detective Ash; George Lazenby as Capt. Gallagher; Aldo Ray as Verde; Terry Moore as Madam Maria; Harold "Odd Job" Sakata as The Pig; Patch Mackenzie as Felicia; and Myron Bruce Lee as Li

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Monday, March 3, 2014


"The paparazzi were chasing me."

"I'm a celebrity."

"I'm the child of a celebrity."

"I'm the parent of a celebrity."

"I'm Lindsay Lohan."

"I can't read."

 "They're not my drugs."

"I have a prescription for those drugs."

"I'm on Ambien and was sleepwalking."

"I was just following scripture."


"The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat."

"She told me she was eighteen."

"The heart wants what the heart wants."

"I thought you were dead."
KURT RUSSELL (Snake Pliskin)

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Friday, February 28, 2014

FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIE: 3 THREE IN THE ATTIC (1968) Christopher Jones Tribute

Christopher Jones, an heir apparent to James Dean who quit show business at the height of his brief but dazzling career, died Friday, January 31, 2014 at Los Alamitos, California Medical Center of complications from cancer; he was 72.  Paula McKenna, who had four children with Jones, told The Hollywood Reporter he had been diagnosed in December with gallbladder cancer; they lived in Seal Beach and he worked occasionally as an artist.  Even after he quit the business, Jones was besieged with offers. "I was sent many scripts that I never even looked at or acknowledged," he said in a 1999 interview with the Toronto newspaper Globe and Mail. "I was too busy living and having fun."  Jones is survived by daughters Jennifer, Delon and Calin; sons Tauer, Seagen and Chris; brother Bobby; and several grandchildren.

William Franklin Jones, better known as Christopher Jones (born August 18, 1941), was an American stage, movie, and television actor from Jackson, Tennessee.  His father was a grocery clerk and his mother Robbie was an artist.  She was admitted to the State Hospital in Bolivar, Tennessee in 1945 suffering from emotional problems; she died when he was 19.  Jones and his brother were earlier placed in Boys Town in Memphis where he became a fan of James Dean after being told he bore a resemblance to him.  Jones joined the Army at the age of 16 with the permission of his father, but went AWOL, resulting in a military prison term. 

He then moved to New York where he began his acting career.  Jones (adopting the stage name Christopher) made his Broadway debut on December 17, 1961, in Tennessee Williams's The Night of the Iguana, directed by Frank Corsaro and starring Shelley Winters.  Winters introduced Jones to actress Susan Strasberg, the daughter of Method acting progenitor Lee Strasberg. Jones later studied at Strasberg's Actors Studio.  Despite friction with Lee, Jones married Susan in 1965. The couple had a daughter, Jennifer Robin Jones, in 1966, named as a tribute to actress Jennifer Jones.  It was a stormy marriage, according to the actress' autobiography, "Bittersweet" (she died in 1999).

Moving to Hollywood, Jones' career took its first big leap when he was cast as the title character in the ABC-TV series "The Legend of Jesse James" (produced by 20th Century Fox), which ran for thirty-four episodes.  Co-starring Alan Case as Frank James, the western lasted just one season (faced steep competition on Monday nights from The Lucy Show on CBS and Dr. Kildare on NBC); aired from September 1965 to May 1966.

Premiere  episode  "The Legend of Jesse James" (9-13-65)

He got thousands of fan letters a week and later appeared on episodes of "Judd for the Defense" and "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."

When the series ended, he accepted the role of Strasberg's lover/husband in the movie Chubasco (Warner Brothers, 1967); their marriage did not survive the filming and they divorced in 1968.  Jones then played Max Frost, the malevolent rock star who gets elected president when the voting age is lowered to 14, in American International Pictures’ Wild in the Streets (1968).

 Singing "The Shape of Things to Come"

The satire, also starred Shelley Winters and, in one of his first films, Richard Pryor, propelled him to the peak of his fame.  Jones, who seemed to have everything at 26, including sensitive good looks, adoring fans and a steady stream of film offers, said in a Los Angeles Times interview, he wasn't much devoted to acting.  "I think of acting as only a means to an end," and "Acting's just my work."

He next appeared with Yvette Mimieux in the sex comedy Three in the Attic (A.I.P., 1968) as a man who gets his comeuppance from three girls who discover he’s been three-timing them.


In Frank Pierson’s The Looking Glass War (Columbia, 1969), adapted from the spy novel by John le Carre, Jones portrays a civilian who is recruited by British intelligence to go behind the Iron Curtain on a mission.  The Frank Pierson film co-starred Sir Ralph Richardson, Anthony Hopkins, Pia Degermark and Susan George.

Jones was then cast by director David Lean in Ryan's Daughter (M.G.M., 1970). The two men had a difficult relationship. This intensified when production of the film took twelve months instead of the expected six.  Jones played Randolph Doryan, a dashing but shell-shocked British officer who has an affair with a married Irish woman (Sarah Miles) during World War I.  He and Miles have a memorable lovemaking scene in the woods.
Jones also became friends with actress Sharon Tate and her husband Roman Polanski. He later claimed that he had an affair with Tate while she was pregnant with Polanski's child and that she had a premonition of her death.  He made another film with Pia Degermark, the Italian, Una Breve Stagione aka Brief Season (Dino de Laurentis, 1969).

Tate was murdered by members of the Manson family; Jones returned from to California and stayed for a time in the caretaker's cottage behind the house where Tate had died; and abandoned his acting career.  Jones, who continued to live in Southern California, was not much interested in explaining why he left the business at his peak. "I am happy," he told the Chicago Tribune in 2000. "I did exactly as I pleased — within my world."

Jones was offered the part of Zed in Pulp Fiction (1994) by director Quentin Tarantino.  "Quentin was really sweet and very gracious to offer him the part," McKenna said.  “He had excitement.  He was a movie star,” Tarantino said in a 1999 episode of E! True Hollywood Story.  “He looked like James Dean, but Chris Jones didn’t take himself seriously like James Dean. He was a big comer- and with the right person handling and directing, he could still be as big as anybody."  Jones turned down the role of the violent character who rapes another man in the movie- a decision with which McKenna agreed. "I told him I didn't want him to do a part that would not be good for his children to see," she said.

In the August 1996 issue of Movieline, he was interviewed by Pamela Des Barres: "I was flipped out on the agony and the ecstacy.  Let me tell you, if you have two managers trying to rob you, an ex-wife driving you crazy, and everybody's after your fucking money--I went through a Howard Hughes kind of thing. . . . I guess I went a little nuts." 

He made a final screen appearance in crime comedy Mad Dog Time aka Trigger Happy (1996) directed by, son of Joey, Larry Bishop- who also appeared in Wild in the Streets.  Jones told the Globe and Mail it was "just something to do."

Jones maintained in interviews that he didn't miss that career, but he made statements that had an air of mystery. "I'm not bitter and I have no reason to be bitter," he told the Globe and Mail. "Fate is fate. That's the way it was. As for the rest, I want my epitaph to read: 'Some things are better left unsaid.' "

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Monday, February 24, 2014


Craig Bierko

Daniel Craig

Craig Ferguson

Craig Kilborn

Craig Richard Nelson

Craig T. Nelson

Craig Nettles

Craig Robinson

Craig Sheffer

Craig Stadler

Craig Stevens

Craig Wasson

Yvonne Craig


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Friday, February 21, 2014


Plan 9 from Outer Space (originally titled Grave Robbers from Outer Space, or simply known as Plan 9) is a 1959 American science fiction thriller film written and directed by cross-dresser Edward D. Wood Jr. and released by Distributors Corporation of America (as Valiant Pictures).


Shortly before Bela Lugosi's death in August 1956, he had been working with Wood on numerous half-realized projects, variously titled Tomb of the Vampire or The Ghoul Goes West. Scenes unconnected to Plan 9, featuring Lugosi weeping at a funeral, walking in front of Tor Johnson's house at daytime, walking in and out of Johnson's side door at nighttime, and a daylight scene near a highway showing Lugosi stalking towards the camera and dramatically spreading his Dracula cape before furling it around himself and walking off screen, had been shot. Only the first two sequences had reached any level of completion. When Lugosi died, Wood shelved these projects. It is not certain for which projects the Lugosi footage was intended, and Wood's own account of the affair in his written memoirs seems to suggest that the director had something like Plan 9 in mind when the material was filmed. This claim stands in apparent contradiction to the Vampires' Tomb/Ghoul Goes West theory, backed up by a comment Lugosi made about Ghoul being his next project in a filmed interview upon his release from drug rehabilitation.


After Lugosi's death Wood planned to use the unconnected, unrelated footage of Lugosi as a means of putting a credit for him on the picture. Though Wood's actions were driven in part by the desire to give his film a 'star name' and attract horror fans, the Lugosi cameo was also meant as a loving tribute and farewell to the actor, who had become fast friends with Wood in the last three years of Lugosi's life. Wood hired his wife's chiropractor, Tom Mason, as a stand-in for Lugosi, even though Mason was taller than Lugosi and bore no resemblance to him.


The film opens with an introduction by Criswell: "Greetings my friends! We are all interested in the future, For that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives! ...". Criswell was the star of Criswell Predicts on KLAC Channel 13 (now KCOP-13), and the introduction could be an allusion to the opening lines of his show.


According to tv horror movie host "Vampira" (Maila Nurmi), she was recruited by Paul Marco to act as a vampire in the film. She was offered 200 dollars for her part. She recalled insisting for her part to be silent, as she did not like the dialogue that Wood had scripted for her. This recollection might be inaccurate since the undead of this film are generally mute.


Tor Johnson befriended director Wood, Jr., who directed him in a number of films, most notably Bride of the Monster and Plan 9 from Outer Space, both which co-starred Bela Lugosi. During this period, Tor also appeared as a guest contestant on the quiz show You Bet Your Life; showing the show's host Groucho Marx, his scariest face, Groucho ran off the stage in mock terror pleading, "Don't make that face again!"


The plot of the film involves extraterrestrial beings who are seeking to stop humans from creating a doomsday weapon that would destroy the universe. In the course of doing so, the aliens implement "Plan 9," a scheme to resurrect Earth's dead as "ghouls" to get the planet's attention, causing chaos.

PAUL MARCO as Kelton the Cop

The Cast:  Bela Lugosi as Old Man/Ghoul Man; Lyle Talbot as General Roberts; Gregory Walcott as Jeff Trent; Tom Keene as Col. Tom Edwards; Tor Johnson as Inspector Dan Clay; Maila Nurmi (credited as Vampira) as Vampire Girl; Criswell as Himself; Mona McKinnon as Paula Trent; Duke Moore as Lt. John Harper; Carl Anthony as Patrolman Larry; Paul Marco as Patrolman Kelton; Conrad Brooks as Patrolman Jamie; Dudley Manlove as Eros; Joanna Lee as Tanna; John Breckinridge as The Ruler 

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