Thursday, 24 March 2011

How egg-citing! Egghead's taking over Gotham City on ITV4

Batman, Thursday, 3pm & Friday 8.45am, ITV4 (Sky 120, Virgin 118, Freeview 24, Freesat 117)

The World's Greatest Criminal Mind causes trouble for the caped crusaders in An Egg Grows in Gotham when he forms an alliance with Mohican Chief Screaming Chicken in an attempt to take Gotham City. Then, in The Yegg Foes in Gotham, Egghead claims Gotham City for his own as the Dynamic Duo are eggs-communicated.

For more on these episodes, including clips from the show, head on over to my Batman page at (The Sound of Vincent Price).

And here's something novel. Egghead has raised his bulbous cranium once again in Issue 16 of the comic Batman: The Brave and the Bold. How egg-cellent is that?

Monday, 21 March 2011

The Vincentennial is looking in good shape. Scheduled for May 19-28, 2011 in Vinnie's hometown of St Louis, Missouri, there's screenings of nearly 20 of Price’s major works; participation by filmmakers/actors, critics, and academics - including Vincent's daughter Victoria and Roger Corman; and an exhibition of Price-related memorabilia.

Check out the Vincentennial website for the complete schedule.

Sunday, 13 March 2011

In tribute to the late Jane Russell, BBC2 screens His Kind of Woman

Sunday 13 March, 12noon, BBC2

In this oddly surreal parody of a film noir thriller, Robert Mitchum plays a gambler holed up in a luxurious resort in Baja California where he falls for Jane Russell's sultry Lenore and finds himself being forced to help an exiled hoodlum (Raymond Burr) return to the States.

As conceited actor Mark Cardigan, given to spouting cod Shakespeare even at the most dangerous of moments, Price is at his most hysterical. Unforgettable.

Monday, 7 March 2011

Catch The Whales of August today on TCM

TCM, 1.10pm & 5.00am, Monday 7 March (Sky 317, Virgin 415)

This is a little gem about two elderly sisters living on an island off the coast of New England. Not only was director Lindsay Anderson to be congratulated on making one of his finest films, but also in achieving the almost impossible in getting legends Lillian Gish and Bette Davis to play the sisters.
Gish edges out her rival with her intuitive warmth, but that isn't to say Davis doesn't have some striking, subtle and emotive moments. Also good are Ann Sothern, as the sister's old friend and Vincent Price as the Russian emigré who tries to batten on to the sisters before confessing that 'I have spent my life visiting friends'.
Full of poignant moments, the film has an ending that is certain to have you on the verge of tears. Gish is simply a marvel, Davis as cantankerously indomitable as ever. Together, they carve out a memorable movie memorial in roles for once worthy of their own greatness. (Review, courtesy of TV Times)

For more information and audio clips, see my Whales of August page (The Sound of Vincent Price)

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Nicolas Roeg: London's BFI celebrates the legacy of the visionary British director

This March the BFI Southbank is celebrating the work of Nicolas Roeg.

From The Masque of the Red Death, Roger Corman's lurid tale about an evil prince (Vincent Price) who sells his soul to the devil, to Puffball, Roeg's long-awaited return to the big screen, here's a chance to savour one of Britain's most visionary, maverick directors and his amazing collection of works in which taboos are embraced and explored.

Other highlights include screenings of Performance (with producer Sandy Liberson), The Man Who Fell to Earth (introduced by screenwriter Paul Mayersberg), and Eureka (which Roeg will introduce himself). Jenny Agutter will also be attendance at the screening of Walkabout on Saturday 6 March.

Meanwhile, Sight & Sound magazine presents The Roeg Legacy on Tuesday 22 March, in which Nick James leads a discussion about the director's ouevre.

For more information, log onto the BFI's website.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Farewell, Jane Russell!

Yep! Another Hollywood legend has left this mortal coil. RIP Jane Russell. What a woman! What an amazing life!.

I can just picture her now sharing a cocktail or two with her former leading men Victor Mature (Las Vegas Story) and Robert Mitchum (His Kind of Woman), while Hoagy Carmichael tinkles the ivories and Vincent lets rip his sly sense of humour.