The legendary Sir Christopher Lee returns to Hammer studios for The Resident.
By Lee Pfeiffer
Long-suffering Hammer horror fans must feel like the Rodney Dangerfield's of today's movie business: they just don't get no respect. For many years, Hammer has been promising to re-emerge as a viable production company. The result was Beyond the Rave, a youth-oriented low-budget horror pic that "premiered" on web sites in 2008. The studio fared better with this year's Let Me In, but the movie still under-peformed at the box-office. Hammer lovers were far more enthused about The Resident, a creepy thriller that not only attracted two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank to star, but also brought legendary Sir Christopher Lee back into the Hammer fold. Alas, this film seems cursed as well: it will receive only a cursory theatrical release before going straight to DVD in March. Click here for details.
Steve Martin photographed in London by Cinema Retro's Mark Mawston. (Photo: copyright Mark Mawston, all rights reserved)
As we reported last week, Steve Martin was the center of an awkward appearance at New York's famed 92nd Street Y. Martin was there to discuss his new novel, which is set in the world of art. When the interviewer did not ask Martin about his comedy roots, the management became anxious- especially when viewers who were watching on closed-circuit TV E mailed complaints that they were bored by the conversation. The management apologized and issued refunds. Now Martin responds with his side of the story in a New York Times opinion piece. Click here to read