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By Los Angeles Times | March 24, 1992
if you can't get enough of those terrifying giant pods in the 1956 "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" and the 1978 remake, don't worry. Version No. 3, titled just "Body Snatchers," is filming in Selma, Ala.Co-screenwriter Stuart Gordon ("Re-Animator") says that it's more of a remake than a sequel."We realized that it's been 14 years since the last 'Body Snatchers' movie and that there's a whole new audience that really knows nothing about the first two films," says Mr. Gordon. "This one doesn't depend on knowing about the first two movies.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2012
Three decades and more than 25 films into his directing career, and Barry Levinson is still mining his hometown for movie ideas. But his latest film, a horror-mystery about a murderous parasite let loose in the Chesapeake Bay, is about as far removed from the genial atmosphere of his first as two movies could be. If "Diner" made audiences yearn for the bygone days of the neighborhood greasy spoon, "The Bay" - set in the fictional bayside town of...
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | February 25, 1994
Like "A Christmas Carol" or "Romeo and Juliet," "Body Snatchers" almost defies ruination, even by the most enthusiastic of hacks.Jack Finney's original novella is so exactingly structured both as story telling and morphic resonance that it has now become a movie for the third time. First, it was a '50s meditation on the numbing horrors of conformism, as directed by the gifted, underrated Don Siegel; it had an echo of political meaning to it, a possible metaphoric connection to McCarthyism.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun movie critic | August 17, 2007
Apparently cooked up by a squad of Oxford-educated chimps and edited by a team of Iron Chefs soused on sake, the fourth version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers has nothing going for it except the smashing good looks of Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. Set mostly in present-day Washington, with a long stop in Baltimore, The Invasion is even worse than the forgotten 1993 version, Body Snatchers, and that was set on a boring military base. Even if you sense the movie dead-ending at the close of every sequence, the pull of the central idea may keep you hooked for a while.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun movie critic | August 17, 2007
Apparently cooked up by a squad of Oxford-educated chimps and edited by a team of Iron Chefs soused on sake, the fourth version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers has nothing going for it except the smashing good looks of Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. Set mostly in present-day Washington, with a long stop in Baltimore, The Invasion is even worse than the forgotten 1993 version, Body Snatchers, and that was set on a boring military base. Even if you sense the movie dead-ending at the close of every sequence, the pull of the central idea may keep you hooked for a while.
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November 18, 1995
Arnold R. Holt, 67, an industrial designer, died Oct. 26 at a hospital in Greenwich, Conn., after a heart attack. The New York native with homes in Cos Cob, Conn., and North Haven, Maine, grew up in Baltimore, where he graduated from Gilman School and attended the Johns Hopkins University. He also attended New York University before obtaining a degree in industrial design from the Pratt Institute. He is survived by his wife, the former Eleanor Oliver Rutledge; three daughters, Olivia Cauldwell Holt of Cos Cob, Susan Middleton Holt of Rockland, Maine, and Eliza Rutledge Holt of Santa Ana, Calif; a sister, Linda M. Holz of Camden, Maine; and two granddaughters.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | May 31, 1997
Those nasty aliens on "Dark Skies" bid prime time goodbye (except possibly for reruns), tonight on NBC."Children's Miracle Network Champions Telethon" (9 p.m.-6 p.m. tomorrow, WMAR, Channel 2) -- CMN co-founders Marie Osmond and John Schneider are the hosts for this 15th annual fund-raiser for children's hospitals. Live from Walt Disney World in Florida, scheduled performers include Kenny Loggins and John Tesh, with appearances by athletes Drew Bledsoe, Steve Young, Shannon Miller and Kerri Strug.
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By Rasmi Simhan | July 27, 2000
Classic Filmfest 2000 Meet the people who made suspense, sci-fi and horror all too real this weekend at Classic Filmfest 2000 in Arlington, Va. Actors such as Janet Leigh ("Psycho") and Kevin McCarthy ("Invasion of the Body Snatchers") will discuss the films that made them stars. The cult-film convention includes an awards ceremony for classic films and screenings of new flicks such as "Attack of the Bat Monster." Vendors will sell posters, magazines, films and memorabilia. The film festival runs tomorrow through Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway in Arlington, Va. Daily passes $20 at door.
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By Desmond Ryan and Desmond Ryan,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | December 25, 1998
If you're in high school -- or in your dotage and still having nightmares about the experience -- the proposition that teachers are from another planet will not seem like a ludicrous Hollywood fantasy. It would be more an affirmation of your long-held suspicions.Of course, it should be immediately added that if you're a teacher, the idea that the student body is composed entirely of hostile aliens amounts to the only logical explanation for their attire, attention span and attitude.But in the shrewdly calculated audience demographics behind "The Faculty," teachers don't count.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | August 4, 2005
We do D.C. well," says Jack Gerbes, director of the Maryland Film Office, and that's why Baltimore will host Nicole Kidman when she heads the cast of the Warner Bros. sci-fi thriller Invasion this fall. The star, who won an Oscar for portraying a suicidal writer in The Hours (2002), plays a Washington psychiatrist who uncovers the unearthly secret to a behavior-altering epidemic - and must fight to protect her son, who she thinks may be the crucial person standing between Earth and an extraterrestrial invasion.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | May 4, 2007
Call summer 2007 the season of the three-peat. After Spider-Man 3 comes the deluge: Shrek the Third arrives on May 18, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End on May 25, Ocean's Thirteen on June 8, The Bourne Ultimatum on Aug. 3, and Rush Hour 3 on Aug. 10. And three-peats in disguise add to the flood. The new Hairspray (July 20) is the third Hairspray: a reimagining of the Broadway musical hit based on John Waters' 1988 film sensation. The Nicole Kidman-Daniel Craig sci-fi movie, The Invasion (Aug.
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By CHRIS KALTENBACH and CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | October 14, 2005
Now we know we're hitting the big time: James Bond has been seen on the streets of Baltimore and will be stationed here for at least another few weeks. British actor Daniel Craig, set to be introduced as the next 007 at a London news conference today, has been in Baltimore since late last month. He's playing opposite Nicole Kidman in The Visiting, a film about invading aliens - it'll be the fourth screen adaptation of Jack Finney's 1955 novel, Invasion of the Body Snatchers - that is largely being filmed here and in Washington.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | August 4, 2005
We do D.C. well," says Jack Gerbes, director of the Maryland Film Office, and that's why Baltimore will host Nicole Kidman when she heads the cast of the Warner Bros. sci-fi thriller Invasion this fall. The star, who won an Oscar for portraying a suicidal writer in The Hours (2002), plays a Washington psychiatrist who uncovers the unearthly secret to a behavior-altering epidemic - and must fight to protect her son, who she thinks may be the crucial person standing between Earth and an extraterrestrial invasion.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | September 12, 2003
Funnymen who don't know the strength of their humor often prove to be the best. That's the case with comical directors, too, such as Eli Roth, whose unassuming horror movie Cabin Fever wins laughs not only with its overt jokes, but also with its general, warped affability. Roth aims to do nothing more than scare you craftily with this tale of five feckless youths who fall prey to a flesh-eating virus while vacationing in North Carolina woods. Today's audiences have become inured to schlock weighed down with platitudes.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | May 8, 2002
The Last Waltz, opening tomorrow at the Senator Theatre in a new print with even sweeter sound, changed the face - including the ears - of rockumentaries forever. Before Martin Scorsese's celebration of the Band came out in the late spring of 1978, everyone thought they knew what a rock-concert film was supposed to move and sound and feel like: a jumping-bean, an alley cat and a Mack truck, respectively. The catch-as-catch-can images would meld into a psychedelic haze (often with out-and-out fantasy interludes)
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By Rasmi Simhan | July 27, 2000
Classic Filmfest 2000 Meet the people who made suspense, sci-fi and horror all too real this weekend at Classic Filmfest 2000 in Arlington, Va. Actors such as Janet Leigh ("Psycho") and Kevin McCarthy ("Invasion of the Body Snatchers") will discuss the films that made them stars. The cult-film convention includes an awards ceremony for classic films and screenings of new flicks such as "Attack of the Bat Monster." Vendors will sell posters, magazines, films and memorabilia. The film festival runs tomorrow through Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway in Arlington, Va. Daily passes $20 at door.
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By Orlando Sentinel | November 15, 1992
We're nearing the end of the Bush era in movies.In movies? Yes, that's right.Just as presidential administrations set the tone in such areas as education, energy and international diplomacy, they also seem to have a mysterious relationship with the national movie mood.The original "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (1956), for example, was a telling emblem of the paranoid Eisenhower period, while the free-spirited "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961) seemed to reflect the optimism of the Kennedy years.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | July 24, 1996
Several good movies on tonight, for those of you not Olympic-minded."A League of Their Own" (8: 30 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) Until this movie was released in 1992, a lot of people never knew there was such a thing as women's professional baseball, an invention of Philip K. Wrigley spurred by the lack of available male players during World War II. Geena Davis and Lori Petty are sisters who end up on rival teams, Madonna and Rosie O'Donnell are among...
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By Desmond Ryan and Desmond Ryan,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | December 25, 1998
If you're in high school -- or in your dotage and still having nightmares about the experience -- the proposition that teachers are from another planet will not seem like a ludicrous Hollywood fantasy. It would be more an affirmation of your long-held suspicions.Of course, it should be immediately added that if you're a teacher, the idea that the student body is composed entirely of hostile aliens amounts to the only logical explanation for their attire, attention span and attitude.But in the shrewdly calculated audience demographics behind "The Faculty," teachers don't count.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | May 31, 1997
Those nasty aliens on "Dark Skies" bid prime time goodbye (except possibly for reruns), tonight on NBC."Children's Miracle Network Champions Telethon" (9 p.m.-6 p.m. tomorrow, WMAR, Channel 2) -- CMN co-founders Marie Osmond and John Schneider are the hosts for this 15th annual fund-raiser for children's hospitals. Live from Walt Disney World in Florida, scheduled performers include Kenny Loggins and John Tesh, with appearances by athletes Drew Bledsoe, Steve Young, Shannon Miller and Kerri Strug.
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