Actress Mercedes McCambridge was born on this date, so here’s a double feature of her playing some scary characters:
Mercedes McCambridge provided the demonic sounds that came out of Linda Blair in The Exorcist. While that’s probably the role most people know her for (even if they don’t know McCambridge by name), she had a long career working in both film and television. I probably watched The Exorcist a dozen times before I gave any thought to whose voice was behind the hellish obscenities and howls from beyond. Here she is discussing how she approached the role: Read the rest of this entry »
Up until last year, film festivals had always been a bit of a mystery to me. I had gone to a few conventions before and been shown advanced screenings of films, but to actually go to an event where all you did was watch films seemed a bit beyond my reach. Didn’t help either that I had never really lived in areas with affordable or frequent festivals. That is, up until last year when I was introduced to AFI FEST. They hooked me in with free tickets and the promise of engaging cinema from around the world. To say I had fun is a bit of an understatement. As the credits to the last film rolled, I decided that I would come back next year in a more professional manner and write about it.
Which brings us to now. AFI FEST 2011 Presented by Audi is a little over a week away (November 3-10) and they’ve once again made the tickets to all their films free. This is definitely a good thing as there’s quite an impressive lineup this year. It’s going to be difficult scheduling which films I’d like to see!
Listed below are all the films being showcased at the festival. If you’re in the LA area and want to go to any of these screenings hop over to the AFI FEST site and keep an eye out for ticket information.