On This Day In Movies: A Spooky Holiday Gets Reborn With ‘Halloween’

halloweenOn this day in 1978 (34 years ago!!), a little company called Compass International released a little movie called HALLOWEEN and holiday horror history was made. Set in a small mid-western town on Halloween night, the tale of a rampant psychopathic killer (who may or may not be the incarnation of the boogie-man) started a parade of teen slasher films that continues to this day. The brainchild of writer/director JOHN CARPENTER, the HALLOWEEN cast included JAMIE LEE CURTIS, DONALD PLEASENCE, P.J. SOLES and TONY MORAN. Despite several sequels, a remake  and countless copy-cats, HALLOWEEN remains a fright-fest classic.

The original HALLOWEEN is available now on DVD

Not For The First Time Michael Keaton Steps Into A Fantasy Reboot

robocop-teaser-posterWord hit yesterday that MICHAEL KEATON has signed on the dotted line to replace HUGH LAURIE as corporate mogul Raymond Sellers in the upcoming ROBOCOP reboot. A re-working of the 1987 PAUL VERHOEVEN cult classic, shooting is scheduled to begin next month for an August 2013 release.
Under the direction of JOSE PADILHA, KEATON will be joining the already announced cast that includes JOEL KINNEMAN, GARY OLDMAN and SAMUEL L. JACKSON.
The last time MICHAEL KEATON stepped into a comic-book reboot, it was to take the titular role in director TIM BURTON’S 1989 game-changing classic BATMAN and the 1992 follow-up BATMAN RETURNS. It was back then KEATON gave us his thoughts about stepping into the role and doing a “reboot” rather than a “sequel.” (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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Both BATMAN and BATMAN RETURNS are available on DVD
ROBOCOP is scheduled for release 8/9/13

Out Of The Vaults: Birthday Boy Macaulay Culkin Recalls Shopping Spree With Michael Jackson

culkinIt’s just come to our attention that former child star MACAULAY CULKIN turns 32 years old today. First introduced to audiences in such ’80s films as ROCKET GIBRALTER and UNCLE BUCK, he catapulted to superstardom as the star of such ’90s staples as ONLY THE LONELY, MY GIRL and, of course, the HOME ALONE franchise. Known for his close, personal friendship with MICHAEL JACKSON and his squabbles with controlling parental units, CULKIN became a favorite of the tabloids before slipping into relative obscurity. Now, only the occasional TV or film acting gig draws him out of semi-retirement.
Dipping into the vaults, we were reminded that we first sat down with the young star well  over twenty years ago and during one of our many conversations, he talked about going on a shopping spree at a major toy store with The King Of Pop. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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MACAULAY CULKIN 8/26/80

AND NOW THE KENTUCKY MUSIC HALL OF FAME (& MUSEUM)

KENTUCKY MUSIC HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM

KENTUCKY MUSIC HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM

The Kentucky Hall of Fame & Museum will usher in the new class of honorees, including Keith Whitley, Patty Loveless, Steve Wariner, John Michael Montgomery, The Goins Brothers, Molly O’Day and Larnelle Harris.

Presenters confirmed for the ceremony include Eddie Montgomery, set to induct his brother John Michael Montgomery, Kyle Macy (former UK basketball great) who will be inducting Steve Wariner, and Tom T. Hall and Dixie Hall who will induct The Goins Brothers. Additional presenters will be confirmed in the coming weeks. The 2011 Induction Ceremony will be held in the Lexington Center Bluegrass Ballroom in Lexington, Kentucky on April 7, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

“This year’s inductees include some of the most recognizable music artists in the world,” says Lawson of the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame. “The ceremony taking place in April 2011 will feature performances by this year’s class as well as some of this state’s greatest music achievers.”

For more information call 1-877-356-3263 or visit www.KYMusicHallofFame.com

OPRAH INTRODUCES HER LOST SISTER

Oprah Winfrey courtesy Alan Light (CC 2.0)

Oprah Winfrey courtesy Alan Light (CC 2.0)

Surprise-a-day Oprah Winfrey introduced her sister today.  That is, the sister she never knew she had.

Seems Winfrey‘s mother never told her about this half sister named Patricia.  That’s because Patricia spent her early life in orphanages and foster homes until she was finally adopted at seven.

Oprah‘s mother only recently revealed the existence Patricia.

On her show, Winfrey led her mother and Patricia to the stage for a frank and emotional discussion where they all reunited.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ERNIE KOVACS! A NEW COLLECTION DVD BOX SET – CELEBRATE THE COMIC GENIUS

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Had Ernie Kovacs lived he would have been 92 years old on Sunday, January 23rd, 2011. We can only imagine what sort of funnyman he would have been at that age, but we do have proof of his comic genius by way of a complete DVD box set.

The Ernie Kovacs Collection will included hours of entertainment on six discs from his body of work. The DVDs won’t be available until April, 19th, 2011, but The Shout! Factory, the company releasing the collection, is encouraging us all to give Kovacs a Happy Birthday shout-out via Twitter, Facebook and MySpace.

Fans can celebrate Kovacs’ birthday via their own social media outlets or visit the following sites:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/realerniekovacs <http://t.ymlp164.net/ehjhapamqyataqmsaoaussjq/click.php>

Twitter:  @erniekovacs <http://t.ymlp164.net/ehjwagamqyagaqmsanaussjq/click.php>

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/realerniekovacs <http://t.ymlp164.net/ehjqafamqyagaqmsaraussjq/click.php>

Official website: www.erniekovacs.com <http://t.ymlp164.net/ehjmaaamqyadaqmsaraussjq/click.php

The HollywoodOutbreak.com gang are all fans of Kovacs’ comedy and if you’ve never seen this comic wiz in action (who died way too soon), do yourself a favor and check out the discs.

And now, just to get the party started…Happy Birthday, Ernie! We miss your genius!

Click onto the two videos for a couple of classic bits from Ernie Kovacs and his beautiful wife Edie Adams.