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Movie Trivia for Universal’s 100th Anniversary

The Universal Film Manufacturing Company was officially incorporated in New York on this date in 1912. According to company legend, Carl Laemmle named his company Universal after seeing “Universal Pipe Fittings” written on a passing delivery wagon. To commemorate the 100th anniversary, we asked the good people at Universal to share some of their [...]

Planet of the Apes Dance Party

(Video Link) Scenes from Planet of the Apes. Glow sticks. Mirror ball underpants. Electronic dance music. It makes no sense, and yet feels right. Brad Hasse, the madman behind it, writes: …I couldn’t help but try to make it for the fun of it to see what it would look like if Charlton Heston found a few [...]

15 Cool Modernized Propaganda Posters

They say the revolution won’t be televised, but it most certainly will be “posterized.” With so many stylized propaganda posters circulating throughout the twentieth century, it’s no wonder that so many artists have taken inspiration from these influential works of art. Here are 15 awesome examples of propaganda poster art. Video Games Steve Thomas is able to [...]

The Late Movies: Civil Rights Roundtable

Tonight, instead of a handful of short clips, we’re bringing you one half-hour video. On August 28, 1963, Marlon Brando, James Baldwin, Harry Belafonte, Charlton Heston, Joseph Mankiewicz, and Sidney Poitier gathered to discuss the Civil Rights Movement. Hosted by David Schoenbrun of CBS, the discussion occurred following the March on Washington for Jobs and [...]

Charlton Heston’s 3 Post-Apocalyptic Films Make Sense if Played Simultaneously

(Video Link) Charlton Heston starred in three post-apocalyptic films: Planet of the Apes (1968), Omega Man (1971), and Soylent Green (1973). As an art project, Anthony Discenza took the entire run of each film and spliced them together at every tenth of a second while playing their soundtracks simultaneously. The result is both trippy and coherent. via [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Famous Authors Who Tried Scriptwriting

During the holiday season, I was doing some research for a story and discovered that the uber-sarcastic Dorothy Parker did some work on the script for the saccharine and sappy It’s a Wonderful Life (that’s not a slam, by the way, I love that movie). Apparently lots of famous writers have put in their time [...]

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1951) Trailer

(YouTube link) YouTube member whoiseyevan, the creator of Ghost Busters 1954 puts together a trailer for the 1951 version of Raiders of the Lost Ark, featuring Charlton Heston, Gregory Peck, and Peter Lorre. -via Metafilter

The Late Movies: Mel Brooks

Each year, the Kennedy Center honors a group of legendary performers who have contributed to the arts. This morning, they announced that Mel Brooks would join Robert DeNiro and Bruce Springsteen, among others, in the 2009 class. For tonight’s Late Movies, here are a few clips of Mel Brooks, who brought us such classics as [...]