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Cooties is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us an ice-skiing Robert Redford, an inside look at Amy Winehouse, Roger Water's performing The Wall, and lots of zombies.
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I don’t know about you, but I had a mighty fine Thanksgiving. The weather outside was frightful, but inside was nice and warm, cozy and delicious. With that behind us, everybody turns to Christmas. The trees and lights go up, the holiday music plays on repeat, and everybody has a certain kind of cheerfulness. I really do love the season, even if so much of it is artificial. I used to be quite the grinch, but marriage and perhaps age has led me to enjoy all things Christmas. We buy a real tree every year and decorate it with our

ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas Programming Event Starts Tuesday, December 1

Cable's biggest programming event of the year will include the network premiere of newly remastered versions of classic Jim Henson Christmas specials "The Bells of Fraggle Rock" and "Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas".
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Press release: ABC Family’s “25 Days of Christmas,” cable’s biggest programming event of the year, returns with 25 continuous days of holiday-themed entertainment for the whole family. From December 1 - 25, viewers can ring in the holidays with holiday specials, classic holiday movies, and returning favorites. This year, “25 Days of Christmas” will feature classic Jim Henson Christmas specials The Bells of Fraggle Rock and Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas, which have been remastered and are returning to television after several years. Additionally, December 13 features a marathon of Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story films. Also, the network will air Beyond the

2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Announced

Winners will be announced at the Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 27, 2016.
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Press release: Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the LA Film Festival and Film Independent at LACMA, announced nominations for the 2016 Spirit Awards this morning. Film Independent President Josh Welsh presided over the press conference held at W Hollywood, with actors John Boyega and Elizabeth Olsen presenting the nominations. Nominees for Best Feature included Anomalisa, Beasts of No Nation, Carol, Spotlight and Tangerine. (Links to reviews appear on film's first mention below.) 2016 FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS BEST FEATURE (Award given to the Producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.) Anomalisa Producers:

Criterion's Ikiru is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us a couple of classics from Criterion, some not-so-classics from Arrow, some disturbing looking stop-motion shorts, Doctor Who at Christmas, and much more.
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Not long ago my aunt was diagnosed with cancer. They initially thought it was in her lungs, which made for a very grim prognosis. For days friends and family gathered in various small groups and talked, and cried. I hugged my aunt and told her I loved her. She began making preparations for her eventual death. She gave me a ring that her father had made for her and told me to give it to my daughter when she got older. It was all so very sad. The one sliver of hope was that all of her tests had not

Thanksgiving Week Programming for AMC and El Rey Network

Do you know the Way of the Turkey?
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To help plan your holiday viewing this week, AMC offers a variety of well-known movies while the El Rey Network presents a heaping helping of Kung Fu flicks. AMC Celebrates: Home Alone 25th Anniversary - Monday, November 23 beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT, as well as Friday, November 27 and Saturday, November 28 beginning at 6:00 p.m. ET/PT, featuring back-to-back airings of Home Alone. AMC Celebrates: Jumanji 20th Anniversary - Tuesday, November 24 beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. "Gone with the Wednesday” Marathon - Wednesday, November 25 beginning at 9:00 a.m. ET/PT and featuring back-to-back airings of Gone with the

getTV Airs Classic Christmas Variety Specials Beginning Nov. 23

getTV is beginning a new TV Christmas tradition.
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Press release: It’s beginning to look and sound a lot like Christmas on getTV, as the network presents a month of classic Yuletide specials hosted by some of Hollywood’s most legendary variety stars, every Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET, from November 25 through December 23. As part of the festivities, getTV will also air a Christmas-themed Monday Night Variety Block packed with holiday episodes of THE JUDY GARLAND SHOW, THE ANDY WILLIAMS SHOW and THE MERV GRIFFIN SHOW on November 23 at 8 p.m. ET; as well as a comprehensive 30-hour marathon featuring all of getTV’s holiday

The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us a big box of awesome Japanese animated films, some early silent films, a couple of Criterions, another Hobbit, and much more.
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I remember distinctly the first time I ever watched a Hayao Miyazaki film. I was still single, but heavily into the girl who would become my wife. I was a film buff who was interested in foreign films but who had not yet seen all that many, certainly not any foreign animation outside of a Robotech series or two. I’d started hearing really good things about Princess Mononoke, and the English language cast for it was pretty awesome (Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Billy Bob Thornton, Minnie Driver, and Gillian Anderson to name a few) so I went out and rented

Criterion Announces February 2016 Releases

Presenting six classics from U.S. and world cinema.
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No matter what the groundhog does, Criterion is supposed to deliver six new titles in February. They are Jan Troell's The Emigrants / The New Land set, Nagisa Oshima's Death by Hanging, Charlie Chaplin's The Kid, Mike Nichols' The Graduate, and Antonio Pietrangeli's I Knew Her Well. Read on to learn more about them. The Emigrants / The New Land (#796 & 797) out Feb 9 This monumental mid-nineteenth-century epic from Jan Troell (Here Is Your Life) charts, over the course of two films, a poor Swedish farming family’s voyage to America and their efforts to put down roots in

RiffTrax Live: Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny Brings the Laughs in Select U.S. Cinemas on December 3 and 15

"Santa’s sleigh is stuck on the beach, and only one creature can help him: The Ice Cream Bunny!"
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Press release: Don't miss the former stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000, Mike Nelson, Bill "Crow" Corbett and Kevin "Tom Servo" Murphy, as they aim their trademark funny commentary at the long-lost holiday film Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny! Thursday, December 3 live at 8pm ET/ 7pm CT, tape-delayed to 7pm MT/ 8pm PT/HI/AK, and Tuesday, December 15 at 7:30pm (local time). One of the strangest Christmas titles ever made, Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny defies logic, reason and several laws of physics. In a warped nutshell: Santa’s sleigh is stuck on the beach, and only one creature

Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies Present Roman Holiday In Select U.S. Cinemas on November 29 and December 1

Roman Holiday won three Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Costume Design and Best Writing.
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Press release: Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) continue their TCM Presents series with William Wyler’s Roman Holiday on Sunday, November 29, 2015 and Tuesday, December 1, 2015 2:00 p.m. local time and 7:00 p.m. local time (both dates). The event will include a special introduction by TCM host Robert Osborne. Starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn and directed by William Wyler, Roman Holiday won three Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Costume Design and Best Writing. In this timeless classic, Hepburn is at her transcendent best as a sheltered princess who falls for an

Mr. Holmes is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us yet more adaptations of Conan Doyle's detective, a Kurt Cobain documentary, a french sci-fi flick, Terminators, con men and much more.
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By my count, there have been over 800 kajillion filmic adaptations of Sherlock Holmes. Within the last few years we’ve had two films from Guy Richie, a BBC series, and a separate CBS series. There has hardly been a time in the last century when someone hasn’t been adapting Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's sleuth to screens either big or small. When you start counting all the derivatives, pastiches, and out-right stolen works that use similar characters then one has to start wondering if theirs anything produced in the last century that hasn’t been influenced by Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

Sony Movie Channel Presents a Veterans Day Marathon Featuring Ronald Reagan and Alan Ladd

Other Highlights Include Gregory Peck and Stacy Keach in The Blue and the Gray, Jack Lemmon in The Wackiest Ship in the Army, and more.
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Press release: Sony Movie Channel (SMC) salutes the men and women of America’s Armed Forces with a special Veterans Day Marathon on Wednesday, November 11, starting at 6:30 a.m. ET. The 13-film block kicks off with a pair of critically acclaimed television epics, featuring Robert Altman’s celebrated courtroom drama THE CAINE MUTINY COURT-MARTIAL, as Eric Bogosian stands trial for relieving troubled Lieutenant Commander Brad Davis of his duties—an action that may have saved the lives of his ship and crew. The film follows the events of the Humphrey Bogart classic THE CAINE MUTINY, and also stars Jeff Daniels and Peter

getTV Presents Columbia Pictures Crime Classics and a Thanksgiving Day Marathon

Other highlights include Glenn Ford in the Fritz Lang drama Human Desire, Aldo Ray in Nightfall, and more.
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Press release: getTV puts the spotlight on some of Columbia Pictures’ finest Film Noir classics in the 15-film “Noirvember” block, every Thursday in November starting at 7 p.m. ET. The arresting event opens on November 5 with a triple feature starring Oscar-winning icon Humphrey Bogart as an Army captain tangled in a web of lust and murder in DEAD RECKONING, with Lizabeth Scott. Then, Bogart defends a troubled young man on trial for murder in the 1949 crime drama KNOCK ON ANY DOOR, with John Derek and George Macready, at 9:30 p.m. ET. And Gloria Grahame starts to second-guess her

Pixar's Inside Out is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us some big emotions and little toys from Pixar, half a season of Doctor Who, dark pirates, final girls and much more.
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It was a tough October. I got strep throat and followed it with a nasty virus that turned into an eternal coughing session. A friend of mine - actually an ex-girlfriend from college who I stay in touch with via Facebook - her three-year-old son was diagnosed with brain cancer. Ms. Roberta, a lady I don’t know but who I have associations with, ran an orphanage and food shelter in poverty-stricken Haiti. She was recently murdered while getting gasoline and her young son was kidnapped and presumably sold into slavery. Another friend of mine went to the hospital thinking he

Panels of Interest at Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo 2015

How do they sound to you?
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Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center this Halloween weekend for the 2015 edition. The three-day event is jam-packed with programming. These are the panels that look to be the most interesting/entertaining with their synopses from the Expo website. Friday, 10/30 Star Trek Stories (Room: 518, 4:00pm) - Hear from the saviors of Star Trek TOS, John and Bjo Trimble, and classic Star Trek writer David Gerrold about Trek's early days. Mr. Gerrold became a fan of a show and began submitting stories to become scripts, eventually leading to "The Trouble with Tribbles" and many novelizations

Black Cats is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us two takes on an Edgar Allan Poe story, Jake Gyllenhall in the boxing ring, a fair lady, a Mulholland drive, an invasion by classic arcade games, and The Rolling Stones in Japan.
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Autumn is by far my favorite season. The dog days of summer slip into the cool, crisp nights of fall. The leaves turn from dull brown to bright oranges, reds, and yellows. The air smells of fire, of warmth, of cider and home. Jackets are put on, marshmallows are roasted, and all is well with the world. Even football can’t bring down this perfect of all seasons. Best of all is Halloween, a holiday that lets us dress up, turn into other people, eat loads of sugary sweets, and scare the dickens out of each other. I’ve written in these

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride in U.S. Theaters on January 5 & 6, 2016

“For us, it's a giant leap backwards - into Victorian London. The mean streets of 1895 have never looked so good.” - co-writer Steven Moffat
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Press release: BBC Worldwide North America has partnered with Fathom Events for the first theatrical screening event of Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, marking the debut of Emmy Award-winners Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman on the big screen in their iconic roles as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. The feature-length cinema screening will premiere on Tuesday, January 5 with an encore Wednesday, January 6, 2016 both at 7:30 p.m. local time. Theater audiences will experience 20 minutes of exclusive, additional footage which will include a guided set tour of 221B Baker Street hosted by co-writer/executive producer Steven Moffat prior to

STARZ Presents Evil Dead Movie Marathon on Friday, October 30

Includes a midnight sneak peek of Ash vs Evil Dead first episode.
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No plans for Halloween? Subscribe to Starz and invite your cool friends over. Here's why: Press release: Setting the stage for the premiere of the highly anticipated STARZ Original series Ash vs Evil Dead, Starz presents a marathon of the cult classic Evil Dead horror franchise on Friday, October 30 beginning at 8:00pm ET/PT hosted by Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell (Ash). The marathon will conclude with a sneak peek of the first episode of Ash vs Evil Dead at 12:15 a.m. ET/PT. The Evil Dead marathon kicks off with the original 1981 cult classic, The Evil Dead at 8:00pm

Jurassic World is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us dinosaurs on the loose, British mysteries starring Doctor Who alum, Vincent Price and Christopher Lee in a crazy horror flick, Japanese ghosts, and much more.
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I was 17 when Jurassic Park came out in 1993. Even then, I knew it wasn’t a great film, artistically speaking. It was too silly to be taken seriously. But I didn’t care. Don’t care now. It was great fun. Terrifically entertaining and exciting. It's hard to remember now - when seemingly every effect, special or not is rendered in CGI - but Jurassic Park was revolutionary in its use of computer-generated effects mixed with real puppets and effects by Stan Winston. It was a technological marvel. The culmination of Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster powers. It's fascinating to think that while

[Updated] Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer, Theatrical Poster, and Exhibitor Exclusives

If you plan right, you can get some swag with your ticket.
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LucasFilm has released the official theatrical poster for The Force Awakens, a nice blend of new and familar characters (but no Luke Skywalker?!) and also delivered other news. The TFA official trailer made its debut during the halftime of ESPN's Monday Night Football [synergy] between the New York Giants and the Philadelpha Eagles. In conjuction with the debut of TFA, LucasFilm is screening a Marathon Event showing all seven films, and some theaters, along with Fandango, are offering exclusives if you buy your tickets from them. Who offers what is listed below. Star Wars Marathon Event The Star Wars Marathon

Criterion Announces January 2016 Releases

The future looks bright.
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Criterion rings in 2016 with five titles. They are The Complete Lady Snowblood boxset featuring Toshiya Fujita’s Lady Snowblood and Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance, Giuseppe De Santis' Bitter Rice, Wim Wenders' The American Friend, Charles Vidor's Gilda, and the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis. Read on to learn more about them. The Complete Lady Snowblood (#790 & #791) out Jan 5 A young woman (Meiko Kaji), trained from childhood as an assassin and hell-bent on revenge for her father’s murder and her mother’s rape, hacks and slashes her way to gory satisfaction. Rampant with inventive violence and spectacularly

FXX to Air The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror Marathon

You'll howl with laughter (at least during the early episodes).
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For those planning their Halloween-viewing schedules, make sure to include a visit to the Treehouse of Horror courtesy of The Simpsons gang and FXX. Press release: FXX will countdown to Halloween with a frightfully fun The Simpsons “Treehouse of Horror” programming event beginning October 25 and concluding Halloween night with a marathon featuring all 25 spooktacular “Treehouse of Horror” episodes airing in consecutive order from 12pm - 12:30am ET/PT. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25 (4pm - 8pm) · “Treehouse of Horror XVII” (Season 18) · “Treehouse of Horror XVIII” (Season 19) · “Treehouse of Horror XIX” (Season 20) · “Treehouse of Horror

Nakatomi Plaza Die Hard Collection is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us a bunch of double dipping special editions, complete sets of two excellent shows, early Cronenberg and more.
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Forgive me if I begin this Pick of the Week with a bit of a rant. In all forms of media, the companies who make media have a tendency to double, triple, and even quadruple dip. What I mean is a company will release a movie onto a new format - we’ll say Blu-ray since that’s what I tend to talk about - and it will either come pretty bare bones, just the movie and a minimal of extras, or maybe they’ll tack on some extras from some previous DVD edition. Then a few months later they’ll come out with

Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies Present Dracula Double Feature in Select Cinemas on October 25 and 28

Listen to the children of the night and los niños de la noche.
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Press release: Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) continue their TCM Presents series with a double-feature of the English and Spanish language versions of Dracula on October 25 and 28. Along with the iconic Bela Lugosi version, vampire fans will have the opportunity to see the Spanish language version shot with a different cast and only at night, as well as hear insights on these 1931 vampire-horror classics from TCM host Ben Mankiewicz. After a harrowing ride through the Carpathian Mountains in Eastern Europe, Renfield enters castle Dracula to finalize the transferal of Carfax Abbey in London to Count

All Hail the Trailer for the Coen Bros' Hail, Caesar!

It just made my "Most Anticipated Movies of 2016" list. How about you?
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Joel and Ethan Coen are following up Inside Llewyn Davis with this all-star comedy set behind the scenes of 1950s Hollywood. If the talent alone hadn't already sold you on the film, surely this trailer will. From the film's website: Four-time Oscar-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, True Grit, Fargo) write and direct Hail, Caesar!, an all-star comedy set during the latter years of Hollywood's Golden Age. Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum, Hail, Caesar! follows a single day in the

The Truth Is Still Out There with The X-Files: The Collector's Set for the First Time on Blu-ray

It features more than 23 hours of content across all nine seasons.
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Press release: The truth is out there…and now it can be found in its entirety when Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment exposes the complete world of The X-Files on Blu-ray for the first time - just ahead of the event series premiere Sunday, January 24, 2016. The X-Files: The Collector's Set - featuring a slot for the upcoming six-episode event series - releases on December 8, giving fans the chance to own a piece of television history and one of the year’s must-have giftset collections. Fans can also purchase each season individually on Blu-ray on December 8. Since its inception

Tremors 5: Bloodlines is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us a documentary about Tom Cruise's religion, another dying teenager, Gus Van Sant's best film, greased-up naked dudes, possibly the last Ghibli, a nostalgic sequel, and so much more.
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I was 14 when the original Tremors came out. I loved it. We all did, my family and me. It was the perfect mix of action, adventure, comedy, and horror. It had Kevin Bacon at the height of his powers, Michael Gross just off of his long run in Family Ties, Reba McEntire in her first acting role, and Finn Carter in her underwear (oh man, my 14-year-old self memorized every frame of the scene where she gets caught in barbed wire and has to take off her pants, but I digress.) I caught it again not too long ago

John Carpenter's Original Halloween Returns to Cinemas October 29

It includes an exclusive introduction by John Carpenter, providing insights on Halloween and how it has forever changed the horror genre in Hollywood.
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Press release: The horror classic “John Carpenter’s Original Halloween” (1978) is returning to the big screen for a special one-night event on Thursday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m. local time. Fathom Events, in partnership with SpectiCast, will present this fan favorite in its entirety with an exclusive introduction by John Carpenter, providing insights on Halloween and how it has forever changed the horror genre in Hollywood. Tickets for “John Carpenter’s Original Halloween” can be purchased online by visiting, or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in select movie theaters

The Avengers: Age of Ultron is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us a bunch of dudes in costumes, a pregnant virgin, ghosts rebooted, killers, addicts and plenty more.
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Tuesday morning of last week, I woke up feeling fine. I turned off the alarm, got out of bed, got dressed and went to work. It was a perfectly average morning. Came home for lunch, drove out to a job site to finish cleaning it up. Worked about an hour and left the boys to finish. On my way back to the office, I started feeling a little off - slightly nauseated, kind of achy, and really tired. I decided to stop off at home for a minute to use the restroom, have a big glass of water, and rest

getTV Launches Variety Night with The Judy Garland Show and Merv Griffin Oct. 12

Network also announces slate of classic variety episodes And specials.
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Press release: Expanding on its commitment to add classic TV to its vintage movie lineup, Sony Pictures Television Networks’ getTV has announced a weekly night of variety and talk programming from TV's Golden Age, to air weekly on Mondays beginning October 12th. The lineup will be headlined by The Judy Garland Show at 8PM (ET) and The Merv Griffin Show at 10PM (ET), with a rotating slate of musical variety specials and series episodes airing between the shows at 9PM (ET). Each week's programming will be repeated that same night, from 11PM to 2AM (ET). In 1963, The Judy Garland

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