TV Junkie: PaleyFest2011 Announced; More DVDs & Podcasts
The Paley Center for Media has announced some of the lineup for PaleyFest2011. Shows to be highlighted include "The Walking Dead," "True Blood," "Freaks and Geeks"/"Undeclared" Reunion, and "American Idol." More info about tickets is available here, the full lineup will be announced on January 19.
BBC Worldwide has made a the Doctor Who: The Mazes of Time iPhone, iTouch, and iPad app is now available for download. This release coincides with the imminent broadcast of "Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol", airing on BBC America on December 25 at 9pm ET & PT which the extreme nerd in us can not wait for!
You still have time to get some DVDs as Christmas gifts so we thought we'd highlight some of the more hilarious examples from Roger Corman's Cult Classics as released by Shout Factory this year:Cannibal Girls (1973) - "These Girls Eat Men." Eugene Levy (with a hilarious 'stache and afro) and Andrea Martin from "SCTV" star in this unbelievably schlocky, to the point of outright hilariousness, movie about girls who lure guys to their cannibalized doom. The movie features a "warning bell" that goes off if a scene is about to get really gory.
Big Bad Mama (1976) / Big Bad Mama II (1987) - This double feature stars Angie Dickinson as the gun-toting gangster marauding a countryside of the 1930s. Look for some hilarious performances from William Shatner, Tom Skerritt, and Robert Culp.
Crazy Mama (1976) / The Lady In Red (1987) - Another double-header with some amazing casts: Crazy Mama stars Cloris Leachman, Donny Most ("Happy Days"), and Jim Backus ("Gilligan's Island") and is directed by Jonathan Demme. The Lady In Red features Pamela Sue Martin ("The Hardy Boys," "Dynasty"), Robert Conrad ("The Wild Wild West," "Mission: Impossible," "Black Sheep Squadron") and Christopher Lloyd ("Taxi") in another gangster moll flick directed by Lewis Teague (Cujo, Cat's Eye, Jewel of the Nile)
Roger Corman created an incubator for emerging talent to work writing, directing, and acting, it also provided a place for people who were at a plateau in their careers to keep their skills in use with many returning to the mainstream after being in a couple Corman films. You won't believe the list of award-winning actors, writers, and directors who cut their teeth on these films that alternate from hilariously bad to inspiringly good. Check out the full list of movies at Shout Factory.