Equally sad and uplifting, this piece of news is coming from Deadline.com, reporting about Jamie Lee Curtis officiating the wedding of a Halloween superfan shortly before his death.
A terminally ill fan got a final wish fulfilled, courtesy of Jamie Lee Curtis and Rough House Productions.
Anthony Woodle, a super horror fan, married his longtime girlfriend Emilee in a ceremony officiated by ordained minister Curtis. The 29-year-old aspiring director had been diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2019. But just prior to that, he had been in touch with Rough House Productions, the South Carolina house that is reviving the Halloween franchise.
Through them, he was connected with Curtis. They talked about the new movie, his health, and how he planned to get married soon. Curtis offered to officiate, and arrangements were made for Sept. 13.
The day of the ceremony saw Woodle’s health deteriorate dramatically. Curtis was on the phone as Woodle’s family surrounded the bed where he lay unconscious, with Emilee at his side. The ceremony started at 10:30 PM.
“Anthony and Emilee, all anyone is promised is this moment,” Curtis said. “We live and we love in this moment. May the blessings of God rest upon you, may his peace abide with you, may her spirit illuminate your heart now, in this moment. With the power vested in me by the internet, it is my great pleasure to tell you that you are now married people.”
Woodle died at 11:17 PM.
Before he died, Woodle and Emilee were the first outsiders to watch the upcoming thriller Halloween Kills. Director David Gordon Green set up a private screening of the film, which will be released in 2021.
“That was the most I’ve seen him smile — during and after the movie,” Emilee said to Charleston’s Post and Courier media outlet.
According to her Instagram, Jamie is set to host a virtual Halloween parade this year! Check out the text below, and check back later for additional news once we have it.
Since COVID put the kibosh on much of the HALLOWEEN festivities, this year we can stay home safe AND celebrate. I’ll be hosting a virtual Halloween costume parade here on my Instagram page, and I want YOU to be a part of it. Stay tuned for more details later this month, but get your costumes ready.
As the market for niche and boutique releases grow, it’s only natural that we get to see more and more of Jamie’s films get new releases. Though Scream Factory has already released Roadgames on Blu-Ray as part of their Collector’s Edition series, Powerhouse films is bringing it to Region B with their Indicator series.
This release also features a new transfer of the film, as well as all new special features. Check out the details below:
- New 2020 restoration from a 4K scan of the duplicate negative, produced exclusively for this release
- Original mono audio
- Audio commentary with director Richard Franklin (2003)
- Audio commentary with cinematographer Vincent Monton, costume designer Aphrodite Kondos, production secretary Helen Watts, and film historian Mark Hartley (2019)
- Audio commentary with writers and programmers Anna Bogutskaya and Olivia Howe (2020)
- Kangaroo Hitchcock (2003): archival documentary on the making of Roadgames featuring interviews with Franklin and actor Stacy Keach
- Australian Long Haul (2019): actor Stacy Keach discusses the role of Pat Quid and working in Australia
- Audio interview with Stacy Keach (2016): further thoughts on the film by the actor
- Audio interview with Richard Franklin (2001): the director recalls his early career as a filmmaker and the production of Roadgames
- Archival Interview with Richard Franklin (1981): documentary profile of the director
- Audio interview with Grant Page (2016): an in-depth discussion with the actor and stunt co-ordinator
‘Not Quite Hollywood’ Interview Excerpts (2008): over an hour of outtakes from Hartley’s acclaimed documentary on Australian cinema, featuring Franklin, Page, actors Keach and Jamie Lee Curtis, screenwriter Everett De Roche, and assistant director Tom Burstall
- Roadgames: A Lecture (1980): archival recording of Franklin, co-producer Barbi Taylor and composer Brian May discussing the making of the film
- Neil Sinyard on ‘Roadgames’ (2020): newly filmed appreciation by the British film historian
- …And His Ghost May Be Heard (1973): rare short film by Franklin, marking his first collaboration with Roadgames cinematographer Monton
- Script Read (1980): audio recording of a pre-production read-through, featuring Franklin and actors Keach and Marion Edward
- Music demos: excerpts from the Brian May score in demo form
- Original theatrical trailer
- Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials
- New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
- Limited edition exclusive 80-page book with a new essay by Lee Gambin, extensive archival interviews with Richard Franklin, Stacy Keach and Jamie Lee Curtis, Franklin’s 1980 Alfred Hitchcock obituary, an overview of contemporary critical responses, Mark Hartley on …And His Ghost May Be Heard, and film credits
- Limited edition exclusive double-sided poster
- Limited edition of 3,000 copies
- Region B-locked
You can pre-order the release through Powerhouse’s website, Amazon UK or Zavvi!
From now through October 31, John Carpenter’s Halloween – along with and Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers – is returning to drive-in theatres.
Speaking with HalloweenMovies.com, Halloween (2018) and Halloween Kills producer Ryan Freimann offered of the news, “Trancas International Films and Compass International Pictures have partnered with CineLife Entertainment in order to bring Halloween to audiences safely during this time of pandemic, and drive-in theater owners seem excited to be booking it as the Halloween season is right around the corner.”
For the 2020 drive-in engagement, the digital print of Halloween has been restored and remastered under the supervision of cinematographer Dean Cundey. Much like it did in 1978, the film’s rollout has started small and will grow throughout the upcoming weeks.
Locations showing John Carpenter’s Halloween this week include include Hummel’s Drive-In in Winchester, Indiana, as well as EVO Entertainment locations in both San Antonio and Austin, Texas on July 31.
Additional drive-ins also showing Halloween include ones in Nashville, Tennessee (Montana Drive-in), Buffalo, New York (Kane Family Drive-in), Hartford and New Haven, Connecticut (Pleasant Valley Drive-in) and Westtown, New York (Warwick Drive-in).
Wanna’ see Michael Myers at your own local drive-in? It’s easy! Reach out to them and let them know that they can book Halloween by visiting CineLife Entertainment’s website at cinelifeentertainment.com.
Unfortunate, but expected news, has broke today. Though the film was reportedly finished, Universal has officially postponed the release of Halloween Kills until October 15, 2021, and Halloween Ends to October 14, 2022.
In a statement on his Twitter, John Carpenter announces the delay, while also revealing the film will get an IMAX release next year. He then went on to share a brief clip of footage from the film, suggesting that it will pick up directly from the ending of the 2018 film