Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Magazines; Val Lewton


Andy Cox is one of the most talented editor-publishers working today. His second issue of Black Static is rich with dark fiction as well as articles about writers and writing. With stories by such fine writers as Lisa Tuttle & Steven Utley in collaboration; Christopher Fowler, Scott Nicholson and Steve Rasnic Tem (and many others), Andy has created a type of magazine uniquely his own. The excellent layout and design enhances the material. This is a must-read for those who like their fiction contemporary and uncensored. TTAPRESS.COM

Cinema Retro #10 is packed with a wide assortment of goodies in both prose and photographs. CR bills itself as "The Essential Guide To Movies of the 60s and 70s" and so it is. But it's not just a nostalgia trip. The articles show how we got here today from back there. Interesting takes on Elke Sommer, Doris Day, Hammer Films, Richard Johnson (the actor who turned down the Bond job originally) and Sam Peckinpah--to mention just a few. My favorite is a retro review of "I'll Never Forget What's His Name," a British film about advertising agencies and treachery in Mod UK. Great issue.

From our friend Toss Mason on Rara-Avis today:
As the TCM website puts it:

Martin Scorsese presents [and produces and narrates] VAL LEWTON: THE
MAN IN THE SHADOWS, which is being
produced for TCM by Scorsese's Sikelia Productions, with Kent Jones
writing and directing.

The following is the schedule for the Jan. 14-15 premiere and
of Lewton classics (all times Eastern):

8 p.m. Martin Scorsese Presents: VAL LEWTON - THE MAN IN THE SHADOWS

9:30 p.m. Cat People (1942) - starring Simone Simon, Kent Smith and

10:45 p.m. I Walked with a Zombie (1943) - starring Frances Dee and

Midnight Martin Scorsese Presents: VAL LEWTON - THE MAN IN THE

1:30 a.m. The Leopard Man (1943) - starring Dennis O'Keefe and
Margot [based on Cornell Woolrich's novel BLACK ALIBI]

2:45 a.m. The Seventh Victim (1943) - starring Kim Hunter, Tom Conway
and Hugh Beaumont.

4 a.m. The Curse of the Cat People (1944) - starring Simone Simon and
Kent Smith.

5:15 a.m. The Body Snatcher (1945) - starring Boris Karloff, Bela
and Henry Daniell.

6:30 a.m. Isle of the Dead (1945) - starring Boris Karloff, Ellen
and Marc Cramer.

7:45 a.m. Bedlam (1946) - starring Boris Karloff, Anna Lee and Ian

***The TCM website uncleverly fails to note that this will be
immediately followed by:

9:15 a..m. Martin Scorsese Presents: VAL LEWTON - THE MAN IN THE

10:45 am Youth Runs Wild

12p Madamemoiselle Fifi

--and since they for some reason decided to drop one of the
horror/suspense films from the unit's work, they've wisely chosen THE
GHOST SHIP to drop. The last two titles are the other two films the
Unit made, the spy drama MADAMEMOISELLE FIFI and wartime j.d. drama
YOUTH RUNS WILD, unlike THE GHOST SHIP missing from the recentish DVD
box set.

Todd Mason



Anonymous said...

Cool...I think Toss Mason was my Warner Bros. Television contract name, when I was the ironic relief on CHECERBOARD (ABC, 1959-1960).

And as a previous contributor to Andy Cox's THE FIX magazine, he does indeed know how to stylishly design a page...

Anonymous said...

Ha! Typos do proliferate. The fictional lighthearted crime drama was meant to be typed CHECKERBOARD...part of the limited success of CHECERBOARD was that no one could pronounce it. Wonder whatever happened to stars Bronk Mann and Dave Cheer? Candy Glass is still doing the soap, LOVE AND REGRET, on Canadian tv...

Ed Gorman said...

I'm always glad to hear from my old pal Toss Mason.
Eed Gohrmann

Ed Gorman said...

I'm always glad to hear from my old pal Toss Mason.
Eed Gohrmann