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    Robert Rodriguez's El Rey Network Will Air An 'Inside the Actors Studio' for Directors

    Robert Rodriguez's El Rey Network will host an "Inside the Actors Studio"-like program for directors as well as a filmmaking reality show.

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    The Playlist Team Picks Their 13 Scariest Movies

    On the off chance you haven't literally tripped over a pumpkin in the last five minutes, we're here to remind you that tonight we celebrate the single greatest excuse ever invented to get trashed and wear skimpy clothing: Halloween. But of course, in addition to its status for some as a nationwide n...

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    Why John Carpenter Is the Most Underrated Filmmaker Of Our Time

    About a decade ago while I was attending the Vancouver International Film Festival, I ended the screening day over beers with a small group of critics. By the end of the evening, we came around to proclaiming John Carpenter the most underrated American filmmaker of our time.

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    The Essentials: 7 Great John Carpenter Movies

    This week, "The Fog," filmmaker John Carpenter's 1980 chiller about a fog that rolls into a sleepy seaside community carrying with it ghostly visitors, will be re-released on Blu-ray and DVD by Shout Factory, complete with a host of all new special features (including a wonderful, retrospective conv...

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    Watch: Test Footage From John Carpenter's 'Halloween' Using Steadicam Competitor Panaglide

    Though many know of the great impact that the Steadicam had on the filmmaking world at large, few are aware of its competitor, the Panaglide. Though many use the two names interchangeably now, both were two different systems that were part of a nasty battle but what’s important now are the images th...

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    Watch: 1-Hour 2004 Documentary 'John Carpenter: Fear Is Just The Beginning...The Man And His Movies'

    There is no doubt that John Carpenter is already one of the titans of genre filmmaking, and one whose influence is still being felt today, even if his most recent efforts haven't quite matched his career highs. But really, getting into the same ballpark of movies like "Dark Star," "Halloween," "Assa...

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    'Mud' & 'Take Shelter' Director Jeff Nichols Writing John Carpenter-Esque Project ‘Midnight Special'

    After making three distinct, small-scale films focusing on unique individuals caught in stories that could also be fables or fairy tales -- "Shotgun Stories," "Take Shelter," the upcoming "Mud" -- Jeff Nichols seems to want to shift gears a bit. He was on Fox's shor...

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    5 Things You Might Not Know About John Carpenter's 'The Thing'

    June 25, 1982, was a good day for genre fans. Hell, that summer saw a spate of genre classics released, including "The Road Warrior," "Poltergeist," and "E.T." But June 25th in particular saw not only the release, as we discussed earlier today, of "Blade Runner," but also another legendary sci-fi pi...

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    John Carpenter Wants Amy Adams To Star In His "Gothic Western" (In His Dreams)

    It's been well documented how much John Carpenter loves and is influenced by classic westerns – his breakthrough feature "Assault on Precinct 13" was an updated, urbanized version of Howard Hawks' "Rio Bravo;" his iconic Snake Plissken character is modeled after the western heroes John Wayne embodied; and his films often share a kind of compositional identity with early westerns with an emphasis on the kind of luxurious widescreen framing that Sergio Leone and John Ford employed. But he's never actually made an honest-to-god western himself, although 1998's mostly forgettable "Vampires," with James Woods playing a grizzled vampire hunter, pro...

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