(Los Angeles Times) Also By David Ng September 28, 2013, 4:49 p.m. John Calvert, a Hollywood illusionist whose magic tricks won him numerous fans as well as several film roles, including three movies during the 1940s in which he played the detective known as the Falcon, has died. He was 102. Calvert died Friday in Lancaster, according to the International Brotherhood of Magicians. No cause was given. Hollywood’s Magic Castle said on its Facebook page Friday: “We are very sad to report that Mr. John Calvert, our oldest performing magician, has passed away at the age of 102.” Calvert impressed many of Hollywood’s most famous personalities with his sleight-of-hand tricks, and he invited some of them to perform in his stage shows. Among the stars he counted as friends were Cary Grant, Danny Kaye and Gary Cooper. His magic shows were often humorous and usually involved sequences such as firing a woman from a cannon and sawing volunteers with a buzz saw. His wife, Tammy, sometimes served as his onstage assistant. In his heyday during the ’40s and ’50s, Calvert performed regularly in Hollywood to star-filled audiences. He also brought his acts to Las Vegas and Broadway. Known for his robust physical presence, Calvert often flew his own airplanes and sailed the world aboard his yacht.
“Carrie,” save us. Chloe Moretz stars in the titular role in ‘Carrie,’ the only horror movie scheduled for the pre-Halloween weekend this year. (Photo: Michael Gibson, Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures/Screen Gems) Story Highlights ‘Carrie’ is the only horror movie scheduled for the pre-Halloween weekend this year Horror movies are now released all year long Any Friday the 13th is seen as a good date to open a horror movie SHARE 52 CONNECT 33 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE LOS ANGELES Halloween is traditionally an all-out horror assault at the nation’s multiplexes. But spook season 2013 is lacking major scares for horror fans at theaters. The Oct. 18 release of Carrie is the only national release on the normally crowded docket, which lacks a genuine horror contender in the hallowed pre-Halloween Oct. 25 weekend. “Normally, it’s that time of year you go to haunted houses and then catch a horror flick at the theater,” director Micheal Tiddes says during a production break of his horror comedy A Haunted House 2. “But it’s just a really quiet year this October for horror movies. It’s kind of a bummer.” The month still features a large number of limited releases and video-on-demand horror films, such as Nothing Left to Fear (co-produced by former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash) opening Friday, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (Oct. 11) and Haunter (Oct. 18), with Abigail Breslin. There’s even a spider invasion film starring Greg Grunberg as a hero exterminator called Big Ass Spiders (Oct. 18). TRAILERS: Coming soon to theaters “But if you’re in a small town, the multiplexes don’t show these limited-run movies.
‘Harry Potter’ spinoff movies: Warner Bros. trademarks more Hogwarts names
Pictures seems to be planning more ” Harry Potter ” spinoff movies , according to a report published by The Independent on Sept. 30, 2013. The fictional Hogwarts textbooks “Quidditch Through the Ages,” as well as the name of the book’s fictional author, Kennilworthy Whisp, and the names of the Quidditch teams the Wimbourne Wasps, the Chudley Cannons and the Kenmare Kestrels. “Tales of Beedle The Bard,” another Hogwarts textbook, has also reportedly been trademarked. Warner Bros. Pictures has not commented on these reported trademarks. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is where Harry Potter and his friends attended in the “Harry Potter” books. Quidditch is a competitive sport played on flying brooms in the wizarding world of “Harry Potter.” As previously reported , “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling has signed a deal with Warner Bros. Pictures to write the screenplay to the fictional Hogwarts textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” which will be her first screenplay. The “Harry Potter” movie series is the highest-grossing series for Warner Bros. Pictures and is one of the highest-grossing movie franchises of all time. The movies have grossed $7.7 billion in ticket sales, according to Box Office Mojo. That number does not include revenue from home videos, merchandise and other sales related to the movie series.
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Numerous cultural critics, not to mention “Breaking Bad” maestro Vince Gilligan himself, have cited cinemas influence in the crafting of the hit series. And for good reason: There are scores of film references in just a single episode of the Bryan Cranston show. AMC s finale Sunday night garnered a whopping 10.3 million viewers (more people than went out and paid for tickets to a solid cinematic hit like, say, The Purge this past summer, speaking of movies. And we have a feeling this one will be around a lot longer). With that in mind, here are six movies — some intuitive, some less so — that the show evoked and that, who knows, may be able to fill the void on a rainy Netflix day now that Walt and Jesse are gone from the airwaves forever. PHOTOS: ‘Breaking Bad’ scenes | Every season, every episode “Taxi Driver.” A man is driven to the edge by forces (possibly) beyond his control and squanders whatever sympathy we have for him with his increasingly desperate acts. And of course, there are the bloody gun fights. Academic papers galore could be written about the Travis Bickle-Walt White dichotomy. Or just watch a few episodes and the Scorsese movie back to back. You may not sleep for weeks. “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” Gilligan has said he sees his show as a Western, above all else, which only makes this comparison more resonant. The fact that both Breaking Bad” and “Butch Cassidy” are about two men on the run whose fate we somehow know wont turn out well cements the comparison. Fargo, or most things Coen-ish. A bleak Middle America populated by emasculated male characters who try to overcome their destiny with the help of some stylized violence? Not to mention tense moments interrupted by oddball humor?