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Holy mother of God!

February 7th, 2011 | Comments Off on Holy mother of God!
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Movies, Seen & Heard, Tempe Entertainment

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I was recently in San Francisco for Macworld 2011, and during my stay, my colleague Charles Zimmerman happened to be browsing YouTube and discovered this — an interview that I don’t even remember doing at my old Suburban Tempe Company office, circa 1990 after finishing ROBOT NINJA and SKINNED ALIVE.

Go ahead, laugh… you know you want to. Embedded video after the break!

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Indie filmmakers: You just got Netflix’ed!

November 12th, 2010 | Comments Off on Indie filmmakers: You just got Netflix’ed!
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Announcements, Complaint Department, Movies, Tempe Entertainment

 

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Remember those Dell commercials with the idiot who kept popping up shouting, “Dude, you got a Dell!”? Well, today I’d like to introduce independent filmmakers to a new expression that will likely become equally annoying: “Dude, you got Netflix’ed!” — but before you go thinking that’s a good thing, read on.

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Fan of the week

June 19th, 2010 | Comments Off on Fan of the week
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Complaint Department, Random Thoughts, Tempe Entertainment

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I rarely get these, but this message on the Tempe DVD YouTube account this morning just proves how such services have only served to train assholes to think that all content should be free.

“Your shit belongs on youtube, not for sale at the ridiculous price of 19.99.”

He’s referring to the trailers posted there, and I guess feels that the movies should be offered for free as well. Has this guy ever heard of Bittorrent? LOL

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Then & Now: Another DEAD NEXT DOOR landmark falls

March 31st, 2010 | 1 Comment »
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Announcements, Movies, Random Thoughts, Tempe Entertainment

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While driving through my old stomping grounds in Springfield Township, Ohio today to meet my father for our usual mid-week lunch at our favorite Chinese place, I was aghast to see that the last of my old Ohio offices had finally been torn down.

This wasn’t just any old office — it was the one where most of the production of my first feature film, THE DEAD NEXT DOOR, was staged, circa 1986-1987. I couldn’t resist stopping to grab a quick photo of the now-empty lot on my iPhone today, similar to an old shot of the back entrance to the building from that era, which you can see side by side above — and that got some old memories coming back.
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Sign of the apocalypse: DEADLY STINGERS now playing in U.K.

January 16th, 2010 | Comments Off on Sign of the apocalypse: DEADLY STINGERS now playing in U.K.
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Announcements, Movies, Seen & Heard, Tempe Entertainment

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I’ve had a number of folks randomly drop me a line wondering what became of the last work-for-hire feature that I directed, DEADLY STINGERS (which I not-so-affectionately refer to as DEADLY STINKERS). Much to my surprise, in recent weeks I’ve gotten word that the movie is actually playing on television in the United Kingdom after sitting on a shelf for nearly 7 years (?!).

As a result of it finally getting airplay, it’s all over the torrent sites now, just waiting for anyone who really wants to see it to download it. (Or, if you just want a guilt-free taste of the movie, you can check out the original promo trailer.) But remember, if you’re not in the U.K., Google is your friend.

P.S.: I have no idea who did the artwork above but I thought it was kind of cool for something thrown together for a torrent site. Kudos!

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2009: Now only a memory (Updated 12/30/09)

December 29th, 2009 | Comments Off on 2009: Now only a memory (Updated 12/30/09)
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Family, Freelance, Movies, Random Thoughts, Seen & Heard, Tempe Entertainment

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Update 12/30/09: Turns out I have to eat a little crow on part of this post: Only hours after writing this, Netflix coughed up a purchase order for TAINTLIGHT at long last, so thanks to everyone who put it in their queue it should be available to rent there shortly after the New Year. Still no word one way or another re: COCKHAMMER, though… 😉

Hard to believe, but in just a couple of days, 2009 will be a distant memory. Seems like only yesterday that I was writing a blog about how much 2008 sucked and how I was looking forward to what 2009 would bring. And bring it did!
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How Netflix is about to limit choices for indie movie fans (Updated 12/30/09)

November 16th, 2009 | Comments Off on How Netflix is about to limit choices for indie movie fans (Updated 12/30/09)
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Complaint Department, Movies, Tempe Entertainment

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Update 12/30/09: Thanks to everyone who added TAINTLIGHT to your queues, we finally received a buy on the title from Netflix yesterday so the title should be available from them shortly after the first of the year. You guys are my heroes!

So tomorrow (Tuesday, Nov. 17) is the street date for Tempe’s Splatter Rampage release TAINTLIGHT. It’s the latest horror parody from MULVA: ZOMBIE ASS KICKER! creator Chris Seaver, and as you can tell from the artwork above, it’s a parody of the book/film TWILIGHT. If you buy your DVDs, it’s available now at Tempevideo.com, Amazon.com, DeepDiscount.com and all the usual suspects.

If you choose to rent, then unfortunately your options are now quite limited. Here’s why.
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SKINNED ALIVE: The Musical…?

July 14th, 2009 | Comments Off on SKINNED ALIVE: The Musical…?
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Movies, Seen & Heard, Tempe Entertainment

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OK, not really… but thanks to the musical stylings of one of the cast members, you can sit back and imagine what it might be like!

This audio track comes courtesy of Michael Render, who played “Willard” in SKINNED ALIVE. Mike is a talented musician first & foremost, having been a founding member of Joy Circuit, the popular Akron-area band back in the ’80s who also contributed an end title track, “The Answer”, to THE DEAD NEXT DOOR. Mike’s other contributions to the Tempe Universe include a cameo in ROBOT NINJA and guitar tracks on the original (VHS-era) version of “Into The Black” (the end title track from OZONE).

And now comes this, a musical version of the scene in SKINNED ALIVE where the Willard character meets his untimely fate at the hands of Phink, Violet and Crawldaddy. It’s a hoot!

SKINNED ALIVE: The Musical (Demo) by Michael Render

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Photos: German ROBOT NINJA hijinks!

April 20th, 2009 | 1 Comment »
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Movies, Publicity, Tempe Entertainment

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As I mentioned in a post back on March 23, my second “epic of the imagination” ROBOT NINJA got a screening in Kiel, Germany on April 14, and here’s the proof. I’m told a good time was had by all, and that the attendance was better than similar screenings for I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (so take that, Camille Keaton!).

More photos after the break. Check it!
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ROBOT NINJA vs. METAL MAN… fight!

March 23rd, 2009 | 1 Comment »
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Announcements, Movies, Tempe Entertainment

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Quick update for German fans: ROBOT NINJA will be playing at Die Pumpe, a venue in Kiel, Germany on April 14th. The screening is the work of Koki Underground’s Christian Vittrup and filmmaker/fan Tobias Piwek, whose short film METAL MAN will open the evening.

For those unfamiliar with ROBOT NINJA, this was my second crack at directing back in 1989, out of print on VHS for years and still no U.S. DVD release (yet). I have a rare German-dubbed DVD in my collection which Die Pumpe will be using to screen the flick. Tobi is promising photos and maybe some video of the event, so stay tuned for the bloody aftermath of what is sure to be a cyborg-asmic night of fun.

In the meantime, check out the Die Pumpe website (German language) for more details. U.S. readers can see METAL MAN for free right now on YouTube!

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