Very Naughty Boys by Robert Sellers

very naughty boysThe 1980s decade of films were dominated by Hollywood blockbusters and sequels, but also during this time, from across the pond in Britain, a couple of films would make it’s way over, like the “Life of Brian”, “Time Bandits”, “Mona Lisa” and “The Missionary.”  All these films was brought to film-goers by an unlikely friendship between a famous musician and Wall Street-type accountant/lawyer forming an independent film company.  During the ten-year run, HandMade Films produced 23 films and made it’s own mark in British film history.

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Interview with Anno Dracula author Kim Newman

annodraculajohnnyThe fan favorite vampire series Anno Dracula returns!  Author Kim Newman recently released his latest Anno Dracula novel – Johnny Alucard that takes place from 1976-1991.  Retrenders interviews author Kim Newman about his new book – Johnny Alucard and what the future holds for this popular Dracula series.

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RTNDR:  The universe of Anno Dracula and the characters you’ve created is very popular and many fans enjoy this series, so with this new book Johnny Alcuard, did you set out thinking, “Well, the fans might enjoy it if this character or that character goes through this plotline or this journey” or did you already have your own ideas and had everything mapped out?

KIM:  I plot books – and, in this case, series  – by a method known as ‘feeling your way in the dark’. I usually know where I’m going with a story but not the exact route I’ll get there.  I hope readers enjoy where I take the characters (and them) but tend to think of what the story needs rather than what people want – indeed, sometimes you have to go against expectations or wishes.  In this case, the book was written piecemeal over decades – the first chunk of it was done before the third novel in the series – and I always knew the spine was where a particular character went, though the details were developed during the composition and I think I surprised myself. 

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Movie Hipster Kit Prints by Alizée Lafon

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If you are into minimalist art form, then take a look at these movie prints by Alizée Lafon.  It’s her minimalist illustration tribute to Seventh Art.  Depending on the size of the prints, the prices run anywhere from $29.00USD to $360.00USD.

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Digital Clapperboard: MovieSlate

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Whoever work on a short or film project knows having a slateboard can be expensive and a hassle.  As a P.A., I hated always looking for a Eraseable Magic Marker or chalk depending on the slateboard being use.  Well, now – you can just download MovieSlate an app from the Apple Appstore by PureBlend Software and magically have a digital slateboard for your iPad, iPhone or iTouch.  The latest version of MovieSlate was just updated a few weeks ago.

MSRP:  $24.99USD

Buy it @ Apple – MovieSlate.

For more product information, go to:  PureBlend Software – MovieSlate.

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Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection – Bluray

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Looking for something to add to your movie library?  You might want to pick this limited edition Bluray release – the Alfred Hitchcock:  The Masterpiece Collection.  The collection collects 15 iconic films from Hitichcock:  Psycho, The Birds, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Marnie, Saboteur, Shadow of a Doubt, Rope, The Trouble with Harry, Torn Curtain, Topaz, Frenzy, and Family Plot.  The set also includes various special features and a book.

MSRP:  $144.00USD

Buy it @ Amazon.com – Alfred Hitchcock:  The Masterpiece Collection – Bluray.

The Popinator: Voice-Command Popcorn Machine

We all have those moments when the sudden urge to munch is greater than getting up and getting the darn food. No need to suffer any more, with the voice activated popcorn shooter, you can shoot food into your mouth at a moment’s notice. You don’t have to miss your favorite touchdown or get up from that 24 hour gaming marathon with your friends, just say the word “pop” to shoot out the popcorn and snatch the food out of the air. I wish I had one right now so I don’t have to take my fingers off this keyboard. Or if someone came up with a margarita model – then life would be complete.

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The Great Showdowns by Scott Campbell

Have you ever watch a movie and then a great scene appears on screen with an actor and thought to yourself, man that was an epic moment or just an iconic scene that will resonate in your brain forever?  Well artist Scott Campbell thinks so, and his “Great Showdowns” series celebrates cool moments in films of various genres, from the classics, thrillers, romantic-comedies, action flicks and even documentaries.

The art book collects over 130 paintings of “Great Showdowns” and showcases Scott’s eclectic taste in films like The Roman Holiday, Alfred Hitchcock’s Birds and Psycho, Kickass, Black Swan, Say Anything, and others.  The art style is simple and whimsical and will surely put a smile on your face.

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