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By Brad Schleicher and Brad Schleicher,sun reporter | October 26, 2007
He plays the role of Jigsaw, the twisted opportunist who puts strangers into intricate death traps, teaching them to value their lives. Actor Tobin Bell, with his piercing stare, worn features and menacing voice, has sent chills through even the most seasoned of horror-movie buffs in the first three installments of Saw. And he hopes to do it again as Saw IV opens today. But Bell's off-screen demeanor is a surprising departure from his intense and self-righteous onscreen alter-ego. The 65-year-old is more like the wise, yet easygoing, uncle who'd slip you a few bucks for ice cream -- even when your parents said no. His hobbies and family life help paint a picture of an average Joe. Bell, a nature-lover and married father of two, spends his spare time writing, coaching Little League baseball and reminiscing about his favorite pro baseball moments on his personal blog.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | August 16, 2002
A Hollywood legend died on Aug. 16, and it wasn't Elvis. But it was somebody who remains almost as recognizable as Elvis, if not nearly as famous. Bela Lugosi, the Romanian-born actor who played Dracula in the 1931 film version and continues to embody the world's most famous bloodsucker even seven decades later, died on Aug. 16, 1956, at age 73. His best years long past, his health eaten away by a drug dependency he had only recently shaken, the impoverished...
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February 3, 1993
Aben KandelWrote screenplaysLOS ANGELES -- Aben Kandel, 96, who wrote the screenplay for such horror films as "I Was a Teenage Werewolf" and "Horrors of the Black Museum," died of heart failure Thursday at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital, said his son, Stephen.Mr. Kandel also wrote Joan Crawford's last film, "Trog," and one of Leonard Nimoy's first, "Kid Monk Baroni."His other films included "The Iron Major," "The Knute Rockne Story" and "Dinner at Eight."Kandel also wrote the novels "Vaudeville" in 1927, "Black Sun" in 1929 and "City for Conquest" in 1936, which was made into a film starring James Cagney.
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By MICHAEL SRAGOW and MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | July 21, 2006
Parents, please: If your juvenile entourage is screaming or complaining that a movie is too scary, let your children go - and you will earn the thanks of every adult sitting around you. You may even wind up with a happier, healthier child. At a preview showing of Monster House, a little girl started whimpering in the opening minutes. Why wouldn't she? In the first scene, a cadaverous old man with terrifying teeth and spooky eyes seizes a child's tricycle, breaks off the front wheel and then tosses it inside the title house.
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BY CHRIS KALTENBACH and BY CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | October 14, 2005
An occasional feature in which Sun writers and critics sound off about the movies. You will not find a review of The Fog in today's Sun. Not because we critics were shirking our duties. The Fog isn't being reviewed here because the studio releasing it, Sony, chose not to screen it for critics. I guess the folks at Sony wanted to make at least a few bucks before what they saw as the inevitable negative reviews began appearing. It is, you have to admit, a strange way to express confidence in a movie and the filmmakers behind it. Preventing critics from seeing a film is a trick long used by studios.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2012
"Lovely Molly," the horrific tale of a woman either demonically possessed or tragically insane, may be the film that makes Eduardo Sanchez someone other than one of the guys responsible for 1999's "The Blair Witch Project. " Which would be fine with the Maryland-raised filmmaker, whose movie gets its local premiere tonight to cap the first day of the 14th Maryland Film Festival. "I love being one of the guys that did 'Blair Witch,' but I'm really proud of 'Lovely Molly,'" Sanchez, 44, said about the film he shot last fall in and around Hagerstown.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,FILM CRITIC | May 7, 1993
If I told you the most successful film director in the world was named Ivan, you'd say "Huh?"Well, get ready to "Huh," hon.Ivan Reitman, whose "Dave" opens today in about a jillion theaters to glowing reviews and long lines, has very quietly become, if not the No. 1 director in the world, certainly the No. 1 comedy director. His movies have been sublimely successful: "Ghostbusters," still one of the highest-grossing comedies in the world; its sequel, which only made more than $100 million in domestic release; as well as "Twins," "Kindergarten Cop" and on back to two films that made Bill Murray a huge star: "Stripes" and "Meatballs."
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By CHRIS KALTENBACH and CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN REPORTER | August 18, 2006
The Wednesday night film series at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, West 37th Street and Roland Avenue, wraps next week with the 1936 version of Show Boat, adapted from the groundbreaking Broadway play. Based on a novel by Edna Ferber, the movie stars Irene Dunne, Allan Jones, Charles Winninger and Paul Robeson as some of the crew and performers on a showboat sailing the Mississippi over a number of years and through a number of traumatic personal stories. This will be the last show in the Wednesday night film series, as its host, the Rev. George Restrepo, S.J., will be leaving St. Thomas Aquinas next week.
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January 8, 2009
ARTS Cuba's art movement The contemporary art movement in Cuba will be the subject of a discussion and talk featuring curator Ana Joa and photographer Vince Gragg from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Galerie Myrtis, 2224 N. Charles St. The talk is held in connection with the current show at the gallery, Cuba: The Island and Its People, which runs through Jan. 11. Go to galeriemyrtis.com. FILM 'One Foot In the Grave' Boasting influences that range from the classic Hammer horror films featuring Christopher Lee to a pompous writing instructor, director Chris LaMartina, homegrown Baltimore horror specialist, has scheduled the debut of One Foot In the Grave tomorrow night at the Creative Alliance.
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By CHRIS KALTENBACH and CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | April 9, 2006
ANNA FARIS WOULD like to be taken seriously. Despite the odds, she may get her wish. The wholesomely beautiful actress has parlayed an ability to seem cheerfully obtuse into a blossoming career. Fans of broad humor already know her as the star of the Scary Movie franchise, a series of horror-movie spoofs that in its first three installments has earned nearly $338 million at the U.S. box office. With Friday's scheduled opening of the latest chapter, Scary Movie 4, the Baltimore native will return to the screen once again as the eternally naive, heedlessly happy Cindy Campbell, a literal-minded small-town girl who ends up the butt of some of the most outrageous comedy in the Scary Movies.
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