Also today, our friends at The Warner Archive Collection have just revealed a pair of new catalog Blu-ray titles that are coming on 12/6: Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (1958) and The Night of the Iguana (1964). You can see the cover art below.
Also, there’s a new Twilight Time labeled Blu-ray title coming on 11/8 from Screen Archives Entertainment: Domenico Paolella’s 1973 Italian “nunsploitation” film The Nun and the Devil (aka Le Monache di Sant’Arcangelo). Extras will include audio commentary with Kim Newman and Barry Forshaw, 4 featurettes (Judging Luc, The Devil and Martine, Paolella Connection, and Horny Devils: Nunsploitation Explained), and the original theatrical trailer. You can see that cover below as well.
In other industry news, here’s a nice surprise: Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn and producer Peter Safran are officially taking the reins at DC Films, reporting directly to new Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, per Variety. And whatever else you may think of Zaslav’s leadership decisions, that’s a very smart move. What the “DC Extended Universe” films have lacked this past decade is consistency, freedom from corporate meddling, and any kind of coherent, long-term vision. Given his Marvel Cinematic Universe experience, Gunn obviously has the talent and know-how to correct that. Whether DC’s polarized fanbase will keep an open mind and go along with that vision—or continue calling for a complete Zack Snyder takeover of the DCEU—remains to be seen. But tip of the hat to Zaslav for the choice.
Keep in mind, this comes just days after Henry Cavill revealed that he’s coming back to the role of Superman in future films. Given how much we loved Man of Steel here at The Bits, we’re all for it.
For those of you who are fans of the new Andor Disney+ streaming series, which—in my opinion—is absolutely fantastic and one of the best pieces of Star Wars content that Lucasfilm has delivered since the Disney takeover, there’s a great interview with producer/showrunner Tony Gilroy on The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith podcast. You can listen to it here and it’s well worth your time.
Also today, we have a couple of sad notes to report. The first is the death of animator, producer and director Jules Bass, he of Rankin/Bass fame. Bass was responsible for such holiday TV classics as Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, and thus played a massive role in the lives of Generation X viewers in particular. Bass was 87. You can read more here at Variety.
Finally, the Emmy-winning actor and social media star Leslie Jordan died on Monday in a car accident in Hollywood. Jordan appeared in TV’s Will & Grace, American Horror Story, Ally McBeal, Boston Legal, Star Trek: Voyager, Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, and many, many other series and films. Kind-hearted, witty, and self-deprecating, with a trademark Southern drawl, he was a longtime LGBTQ icon who later became an Instagram phenom with millions of loyal followers. Jordan was 67. You can read more on his life and career here at Variety as well.
We’ll leave you with a look at the cover artwork for a number of the titles mentioned above and more, with Amazon pre-order links if available...