R.I.P. KAREN BLACK 1939 – 2013

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From Deadline.com:

The Five Easy Pieces Oscar nominee also known for such films Nashville, [Easy Rider, The Great Gatsby], and Alfred Hitchcock’s final [film] Family Plot has died at [age] 74. Karen Black recently had turned to crowdfunding to help with her long battle against cancer. Her husband, Stephen Eckelberry, confirmed Black’s death in a Facebook post: “It is with great sadness that I have to report that my wife and best friend, Karen Black has just passed away, only a few minutes ago,” he wrote. “Thank you all for all your prayers and love, they meant so much to her as they did to me.”

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Perhaps best known to horror fans for her roles in fright films such as Trilogy Of Terror wherein she memorably faced off against a demonic Tiki Doll, Dan Curtis’s Burnt Offerings, The Last Horror Film, and with a recent revival of her horror status as Mother Firefly in Rob Zombie’s House Of 1000 Corpses, Karen Black (born Karen Blanche Ziegler) had a long and varied film and television career beginning in 1959, working consistently with two films currently in post production (coming out this year (2013). She was an amazing actress who put herself entirely into any role she took on. She will be missed.

“Goodbye, sweetie. We could’ve been great.” – Karen Black as Mother Firefly

ALFRED HITCHCOCK: THE MASTERPIECE COLLECTION COMING TO BLU-RAY FROM UNIVERSAL

Alfred Hitchcock’s most important films are coming to Blu-ray via a multi-disc pack from Universal.

FROM THE PRESS RELEASE:

Fifteen of the most acclaimed films by legendary director Alfred Hitchcock come together on Blu-ray for the first time ever when Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection is released on September 25, 2012, for a limited time only. Digitally restored from high-quality film elements and presented in perfect high-definition picture and sound, Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection brings the Master of Suspense’s best work to home audiences as it’s never been seen before. This ultimate collector’s set features 13 films previously unavailable on Blu-ray, a collectible 50-page book featuring storyboards, costume sketches, correspondence, photographs, and much more.

Spanning three-and-a-half decades of the director’s prolific career, Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection includes classic thrillers featuring performances from some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Cary Grant, Julie Andrews, Paul Newman, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Tippi Hedren, Eva Marie Saint, Kim Novak, and Sean Connery. One of the most influential and revered cinematic innovators of all time, Alfred Hitchcock had a profound and lasting impact on modern moviemaking. Renowned for his signature wit, thrilling plots, pioneering camerawork, and original editing style, Hitchcock’s masterful ability to wring every drop of suspense out of each scene is still studied and emulated by filmmakers around the world. He was nominated for five Best Director Academy Awards®, and four of his films (all of which are included in this collection) appear on AFI’s prestigious “100 Years…100 Movies” list. Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection is the ideal gift for film lovers, Hitchcock fans—or anyone who wants to discover for themselves what makes him the undisputed Master of Suspense.

For a list of the films and features, keep reading after the break…

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