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In Memory of Carrie Fisher: Leia on the Beach in the Gold Bikini   Leave a comment


In 1983’s Return of the Jedi, Princess Leia, played by then-27-year-old Carrie Fisher, is taken prisoner by Jabba the Hutt, made his slave and forced to wear a gold bikini.

So when Rolling Stone ran an article on Fisher and the film, a beach was the obvious place to showcase both the cast and Fisher’s interstellar swimwear (we’re guessing).

At California’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the shoot featured Fisher together with Leia’s dad (Darth Vader), plus an Ewok and a Gamorrean Guard. And a beatbox.

According to the bikini’s Wikipedia page (yes, that’s correct), Fisher’s breasts had to be taped into place to prevent them from escaping her costume.

Thirty years later, Fisher has returned as General Leia Organa in The Force Awakens. During the run up to the new film’s release, Fisher was asked whether she still had the bikini. “I wear it on special occasions. I’ve got it on underneath now. I wear it always, for luck.”

The Wall Street Journal also asked Fisher for her take on rumors that Disney will no longer market or sell “Leia as slave” merchandise. “I think it’s stupid,” she replied. “The father who flipped out about it, ‘What am I going to tell my kid about why she’s in that outfit?’ Tell them that a giant slug captured me and forced me to wear that stupid outfit, and then I killed him because I didn’t like it. And then I took it off. Backstage.”







Posted December 27, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Stunning Hawaiian Beach used in the 1976 King Kong Film   Leave a comment

Honopū Valley is a landmark valley within Nā Pali Coast State Park along the northwest shore of Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi. It is known for its distinctive natural arch, which at approximately 90 feet (27 m) tall is the tallest in Hawaii. At the lower end of the valley is Honopū’s secluded, 0.25-mile (0.40 km) beach, also known as Cathedral Beach.

Honopū means “conch shell”, and the valley’s name is derived from the conch shell-like sound its arch makes when hit by winds from the north.


In the 1976 remake of King Kong the beaches and jungles of Kauai, Hawaii were made to stand in for South Pacific. Originally only the jungle scenes were to be shot in Hawaii and the rest on Zuma Beach, California. Producer Dino De Laurentiis, however, was so pleased with Hawaii that he decided to film all the beach scenes at Honopū and Kalalau Valley.





This really does look like an island that would be King Kong territory.


Posted March 4, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Do the chickens have large talons?   Leave a comment

From the film Napoleon Dynamite:



Posted March 2, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Ennio Morricone finally wins an Oscar   Leave a comment


After clocking over 500 movie credits, legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone finally landed Oscar gold at this year’s Academy Awards.

Winning for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, he stated; “There isn’t a great soundtrack without a great movie that inspires it. This is why I thank Quentin Tarantino for choosing me, as well as the producer Harvey Weinstein and the whole crew.”

Posted March 1, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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George Kennedy: a real Hollywood Heavy   Leave a comment

George Harris Kennedy, Jr. (February 18, 1925 – February 28, 2016) was an American actor who appeared in more than two hundred film and television productions. He is perhaps best remembered for portraying “Dragline” opposite Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture.

His eclectic roster of performances also includes Joe Patroni in Airport (for which he received his second Golden Globe nomination) and its three sequels, Police Captain Ed Hocken in the Naked Gun series of comedy films and corrupt oil tycoon Carter McKay on the original Dallas television series.


George often played the bad guy in many movies.  Such as the big thug Red Leary in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot and Abe Fraser in Cahill U.S. Marshall with John Wayne.

George in the Frosty mobile in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot.


Posted February 29, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Ghostly Apparitions of Slim Pickens Photographed Riding Various Weapons Platforms   1 comment

Louis Burton Lindley, Jr. (June 29, 1919 – December 8, 1983), better known by his stage name Slim Pickens, was an American rodeo performer and film and television actor. During much of his career Pickens played mainly cowboy roles, and is perhaps best remembered today for his comic roles in Dr. Strangelove and Blazing Saddles.


Pickens played B-52 pilot Major T.J. “King” Kong. in Dr. Strangelove. Stanley Kubrick cast Pickens after Peter Sellers, who played three other roles in the film, sprained his ankle and was unable to perform in the role due to having to work in the cramped cockpit set. Pickens was chosen because his accent and comic sense were perfect for the role of Kong, a cartoonishly patriotic and gung-ho B-52 commander. He was not given the script to the entire film, but only those portions in which he played a part.

One of the best known scenes in Dr. Strangelove had Pickens riding a dropped H-bomb to a certain death, whooping and waving his cowboy hat (in the manner of a rodeo performer bronc riding or bull riding), not knowing its detonation will trigger a Russian doomsday device.

Recently it has come to light that photographs of what appears to be Slim Pickens spook riding various United States weapons platforms. It must be that Slim’s soul can’t follow the path to the bright light at the end of the tunnel that leads to the promised land. In other words, his soul is suspended between the earthly everyday reality and the afterlife.  Poor bastard.

Various military analysts were astounded to see the phantasm of Slim hooking rides on the high-flying weapons. Hopefully Slim will pick the right door and move towards the bright light and ultimately the heavenly realm.

Below are recently released U.S. Air Force photos of Slim’s lost soul in ghostly forms.


In the photo above Slim seems to be relaxing on the wing of a B-2 Stealth bomber that is pulling away from a refueling tanker.


In a rare color manifestation, Slim’s ghost is riding a Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb, better known as a MOAB. Hopefully he bailed out before it impacted the target.


A bewildered looking Pickens apparition checks in for a ride on the wing of an F-16 fighter.


In the mind-boggling photo above Slim is performing a hair-raising balancing act on top of a Predator attack drone.


Here Slim’s ghost is in the famous riding the bomb pose on top of a AC-130 Spooky gunship.

Rest in peace Slim Pickens.

Posted February 13, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Robocop 1987 Nuke Em and Strategic Laser Beam Misfires   Leave a comment

Robocop was released in 1987 when the United States and the former Soviet Union (Russia) were engaged in a very hot Cold War.  Tensions were high and the world was facing a possible nuclear showdown between the two aforementioned superpowers. The movie demonstrates this in the two clips below.

Posted February 12, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Beyond the Valley of the Lurid Exploitation Film Posters of the 50s, 60s & 70s   Leave a comment

Dangerous Minds

Copyright 2015 Century Guild/ Thomas Negovan


A Lovecraftian poster for an odd 1960s mermaid thriller starring Dennis Hopper with a freaky cameo appearance by Marjorie Cameron, the bohemian witch of Los Angeles.

This is a sampling from a private collection of rare, massive 40” x 60” posters that were printed on cardstock for drive-In movie theaters.


Copyright 2015 Century Guild/ Thomas Negovan

An American distributor purchased a historical film and repackaged it as a Nazisploitation thrill; the fact that the movie was years old at this point was sold to the audience as the film having been “censored until now!”

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A towel-clad Brigitte Bardot stuns in this incredible 1961 Pop Art poster.

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A giant poster advertising a 1966 Hammer double-feature where theatregoers would get their own Rasputin beard!

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After stabbing her mother’s boyfriend, a teenager escapes from reform school amid a barrage of attempted rape and lesbianism.

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A psychedelic graphic for a 1971 camp film marketed as druggy horror to capitalize on the Charles Manson trials.

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This 1963 poster lured theater goers over to listen to the whispering of a rocky-skinned slime monster.

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Vincent Price narrates this “travel documentary” exploring bizarre cultural practices.

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Hammer horror classic with the busty Ingrid Pitt as Carmilla, the original prototype of the lesbian vampire.

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An Italian dramatic film released in the United States with a decidedly sexy marketing campaign.

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Mario Bava directed this 1964 film that created the template for the “body count” slasher films of the 1980s.

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In 1967, the first Argentinian vampire film offers viewers a unique experience called “Erotomania!”

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The dismembered hand of an astronaut possessed by an evil alien intelligence goes on a killing spree.  Luckily a hungry cat saves everyone at the end.  Burt Reynolds screen tested twice for this film and was turned down both times.

Copyright 2015 Century Guild/ Thomas Negovan

Deranged: The confessions of a Necrophile is loosely based on serial killer Ed Gein and features a man using corpses for various aspects of home décor.

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H.P. Lovecraft presented with the patina of 1960s cinema.

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A hallucinogen-paranoid tale of espionage and psychedelic “acting.”

Posted February 6, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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What’s Up Tiger Lily?   Leave a comment




Fifty years ago—in the perfect pop culture year of 1966—Woody Allen did his first film project for American International Pictures, home to Roger Corman, monsters, bikers, acid heads and futuristic Death Races looking way forward to the year 2000. I say film project as he didn’t make his first film, he sort of stole it! Legally.

Basically Allen took the Japanese action film International Secret Police: Key of Keys and re-dubbed the dialogue, changing the plot to make it revolve around a secret egg salad recipe being fought over by rival James Bond-type spy characters. The film became What’s Up Tiger Lily? and was quite well received. The idea had been done before of course, on a smaller scale by Rocky and Bullwinkle creator Jay Ward for his Fractured Flickers TV series in 1963, and surely others had toyed with the concept, but not in a feature length film. The opportunities for juvenile, MAD Magazine humor were endless and very funny.

Posted February 2, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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The ‘Banned Trailer’ from The Exorcist   Leave a comment


In my humble opinion the The Exorcist is the most frightening horror movie ever made.  Nothing ever created before or since contains the chilling notions and graphic images put forward in that film.  The Hellraiser movies get honourable mention.

The Exorcist will scare the meanest, nastiest and badest hombres out there.




William Friedkin’s 1973 masterpiece, The Exorcist, was a landmark in horror cinema, a cultural phenomenon, and (if adjusting for inflation) the ninth highest-grossing film of all time.

The film makes minimal use of music—a stylistic choice which gives the film an air of stark realism despite the supernatural events depicted onscreen. Of the minimal music used in the film, most famous is Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells,” which went on to become a smash so huge that it essentially birthed the Virgin empire.

Before Friedkin settled on Oldfield’s prog masterpiece, he had originally commissioned a score from Lalo Schifrin, who had famously done soundtrack work for Cool Hand Luke, Dirty Harry, and the instantly recognizable Mission Impossible TV show theme.

Schifrin’s atonal Exorcist score was very much in the vein of Krzysztof Penderecki (whose “Cello Concerto No. 1” of Polymorphia was used in the film’s final edit) with the addition of Bernard Herrmann-esque “fright stabs.”

This score was used in an advanced trailer which some have called the “banned trailer.” As the stories go, this trailer literally made audiences sick when it was shown. It’s unclear if the sounds and images were simply upsetting or if the flashing images actually caused seizures in some viewers.


Below the banned trailer and a short film showing audience reaction to the movie.

Posted January 27, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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