Wrestling (real wrestling - not that soap-opera stuff you see on cable TV) is an odd sort of sport. You basically dress two people in tights, toss them on a rubber mat, and watch while they try to roll each other on the ground. I know there is more to it than that and I don’t mean to belittle the sport’s rich history, its athleticism, or the skill involved, but really it is pretty silly. Which probably helps explain why it never really took off professionally (aside from the even more silly aforementioned soap-opera stuff) and why there aren’t a
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This week brings us a very serious Steve Carell, a not so humble Al Pacino, an old Robin Hood, and a gruff sheriff.
His work will live long and the audience will prosper from it.
Leonard Nimoy died on February 27 due to complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which he claimed was due to having been a smoker even though he had kicked the habit nearly 30 years. Though he had a long career as an actor playing a variety of parts, he became forever identified the world over as Star Trek's Mr. Spock, the half-human/half-Vulcan First Officer of the Enterprise. He not only played Spock on the initial TV series for three seasons, but would return to it many times over the years from The Animated Series and the theatrical movies, and
Press release: Start the week with some of Tinsel Town’s finest and most desirable actors, as getTV presents a special “Hollywood Heartthrobs” block, every Monday in March at 7 p.m. ET. The stunt pays tribute to some of the most distinguished and finely chiseled men to ever hit the silver screen and kicks off on March 2 with the incomparable Cary Grant in the Howard Hawks comedy HIS GIRL FRIDAY, and THE TALK OF THE TOWN, with Jean Arthur. Then, Steve McQueen soars as a bomber pilot in THE WAR LOVER with Robert Wagner, and BABY THE RAIN MUST FALL
The roster of guests and films has expanded.
New additions to the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festivals line-up have been announced by The Hollywood Reporter. Shirley MacLaine will be appearing at screenings of Billy Wilder's The Apartment (1960) and William Wyler's The Children's Hour (1961). She will also sit with Robert Osborne for a conversation about her career. Peter Fonda is set to introduce two films in which his father Henry was directed by John Ford, Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) and My Darling Clementine (1946). Peter will also appear at a separate interview session with author Scott Eyman, who has written a number of books about Hollywood luminaries
This week features two Oscar winners, two Criterions, and a quaint historical drama.
Out of all the winners (and even nominees) of last night’s Oscars, I’ve seen exactly one (The Grand Budapest Hotel). That’s low by even my standards. I’ve lamented in these pages before how I rarely get out to the movies anymore, but this year it was even worse. This is mainly due to me losing my privileges as a stay-at-home dad and having to go out and get a job. Employment means being away from the house for many hours at a time which means less time to take in a film (though I must add being a stay-at-home dad
Press release: Long Beach Comic Expo is unveiling legendary guests and buzzworthy panels, as well as innovative programs and new partners, in preparation for the 6th annual Long Beach Comic Expo, to be held at the Long Beach Convention Center on February 28 and March 1, 2015. The Expo will play host to more than 140 guests and 50 panels and, for the first time, it will be held in the full exhibit hall. Long Beach Comic Expo is proud to announce bestselling writer Chris Claremont and bestselling artist Ethan Van Sciver as the Long Beach Comic Expo Guests of
Also appearing are Oscar-winning film editor Anne V. Coates and stuntman and stunt coordinator Terry Leonard.
Press release: TCM (Turner Classic Movies) will welcome several notable film luminaries to the already-exciting lineup for the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival. Oscar® winner Dustin Hoffman, Oscar nominee Alec Baldwin, and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Lee are set to appear at the festival, taking place in Hollywood March 26-29. Dustin Hoffman will sit down for an extended discussion with Oscar nominee and former co-host of TCM’s The Essentials, Alec Baldwin following a screening of Bob Fosse’s Lenny (1974). Hoffman earned an Oscar nomination for his performance as comedian Lenny Bruce. Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Spike Lee will present a screening of
This month's releases may break your bank.
In May, Criterion offers six releases. Five are new to the Collection. Those titles are Mark Rydell's The Rose, Charlie Chaplin's Limelight, Rainer Werner Fassbinder's The Merchant of Four Seasons, and two from Costa-Gavras' State of Siege and The Confession. Also scheduled is one high-definition digital restoration: Leo McCarey’s Make Way for Tomorrow. The Rose (#757) out May 19 in Blu-ray & DVD Editions Bette Midler exploded onto the screen with her take-no-prisoners performance in this quintessential film about fame and addiction from director Mark Rydell. Midler is the rock-and-roll singer Mary Rose Foster (known as the Rose to her
The one-day-only “An Encore Of Interstellar: The IMAX Experience” will play in AMC Theatres on Saturday, February 21, 2015.
Press release: Paramount Pictures, IMAX Corporation and AMC Theatres are giving fans one last opportunity to see Christopher Nolan’s Academy Award-nominated film Interstellar. The critically acclaimed film will play in the IMAX format in select AMC Theatres in the U.S. on Saturday, February 21st, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. local times and will feature more than 12 minutes of never-before-seen exclusive behind-the-scenes content. Moviegoers who purchase a ticket at a participating AMC Theatres box office to see “An Encore of Interstellar: The IMAX Experience” can receive an additional ticket free. This special offer is only available at participating AMC Theatres box
This week has us talking about has-been super-heroes, Japanese folk-tales, dumb comedies, and life itself.
Last year, I moved from a teeny tiny little town in Tennessee to a slightly larger one in Oklahoma. The benefit of the slightly larger one is that it's fairly close to a much larger city, namely Tulsa, Oklahoma. Now, Tulsa isn’t the most cosmopolitan of metropolises. It isn’t the biggest and brightest of places in the universe. It's not even the largest city in Oklahoma, and lord knows Oklahoma rarely shows up on anybody’s places you want to be. But it has its appeal. It has some nice shopping, some big parks, a couple of museums (and while they
This week brings us social commentaries, based-on true stories, foreign horror, and a drugged-up nurse.
In Nightcrawler, Jake Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, a seedy young man who makes a name for himself filming crime scenes and selling them to a local Los Angeles news station which in turn uses it to draw larger and larger viewers to their screens. They come, of course, in droves, leading Lou to make more videos with more lurid crimes and eventually pushes him to manipulate the scenes. That’s an interesting set up and one rife with social commentary. It is almost cliche to talk about the media-saturated world in which we live, and yet here we are. The standard
After missing a week I'm back talking about Keanu Reeves, the search for happiness, Australian nurses and more.
My computer crashed last week. Well, no, that is not exactly true, my computer got very sick so I reformatted it. It had been running very slow for a few months. Strangely, it got ridiculously slow whenever I ran iTunes. Like every 90 seconds or so, it would just lock up for a minute or two, then run fine only to freak out again after a little while. This would be exasperating to anyone but it was hopeless to someone like me who spends inordinate amounts of time listening to and manipulating music. I looked around a bit online to
Happy birthday to getTV and its watchers.
Press release: getTV is turning one on Tuesday, February 3, and viewers are invited to the birthday party! To commemorate this milestone day, the network will take to Twitter and Facebook at 6 a.m. PT, encouraging viewers to share their own film stories, favorite classics, and more using #1STMovieMemory, while testing their knowledge of Oscar-themed trivia. Additionally, the month includes a new Tuesday block (The Year Was), as well as premieres of IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (February 1) and HIS GIRL FRIDAY (February 4)—both making their debuts on getTV. Start each week with Jack Lemmon in 10 of the Oscar-winner’s
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Turner Classic Movies (TCM) continues to add award-winning titles and iconic stars to the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival, taking place March 26-29, 2015 in Hollywood, including world premiere restorations of: Warner Bros’ classic musicals 42nd Street (1933) and Calamity Jane (1953) and 1776 (1972) William Wyler’s delightful romance Roman Holiday (1953) from Paramount MGM’s western drama The Proud Rebel (1958) Jules Dassin’s French caper film Rififi (1958) from Rialto Pictures Festival goers will also get to enjoy other iconic films such as: David Lean’s award-winning Doctor Zhivago (1965) from Warner Bros. 70mm print of Franklin J. Schaffner’s Oscar-winning Patton
The 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival to Host World Premiere Screening of Harry Houdini's The Grim Game
Composer Brane Zivkovic will be on hand to conduct a live performance of his new score for the film.
Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is bringing the long-lost Harry Houdini classic The Grim Game (1919) back to the public eye in a world premiere screening during 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival held March 26-29 in Hollywood. This much-sought-after film - a complete print of which was only recently rediscovered and brought to TCM for restoration - features the escape artist and legendary illusionist in one of his few starring roles. The film was discovered and the restoration was produced and restored by award-winning film preservationist and silent-film scholar Rick Schmidlin, whose credits include such landmark restorations as The
"I can't imagine any one more delightful to sit and talk with about movies on a regular basis." - Robert Osborne
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced Oscar, Golden Globe, Emmy, and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Sally Field will co-host the 15th season of TCM’s signature showcase: The Essentials. Field will take the chair opposite TCM host Robert Osborne each week to introduce a hand-picked classic film and offer commentary on its cultural relevance and what makes it a timeless, must-see movie. The new season of The Essentials, which airs on Saturday nights premieres Saturday, March 7, at 8 p.m. (ET) with a screening of William Wyler’s classic, Roman Holiday. “We couldn't be happier that Sally will be joining us
The Sound of Music (1965) to Open 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival with Appearances by Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer
Is one of your favorite things opening up the sixth annual festival?
Press release: Hollywood will come alive with The Sound of Music (1965) this spring as the beloved, Oscar-winning classic returns to the big screen to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a gala opening-night screening on Thursday, March 26 at the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival. Legendary stars Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer will join Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne at the world-famous TCL Chinese Theater IMAX to introduce the beautifully restored film and kick off the sixth annual festival, which will run March 26-29, 2015, in Hollywood. The film is being presented in collaboration with Twentieth Century Fox, in
Rest in peace, James Gandolfini.
It was a rough year to be a celebrity in 2014. It seems like we lost a lot of greats. There were some such as Richard Attenborough, Lauren Bacall, and Shirley Temple whose deaths, while very sad, were not a shock to hear about. But then there were others, Harold Ramis, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Robin Williams - whose deaths were like a blow to the head. A great bit punch in our collective guts. Hoffman and Williams especially, their deaths made more tragic by the means in which they happened. I want to include James Gandolfini in that list,
You've been warned.
Official synopsis: When Lou (Rob Corddry) finds himself in trouble, Nick (Craig Robinson) and Jacob (Clark Duke) fire up the hot tub time machine in an attempt to get back to the past. But they inadvertently land in the future with Adam Jr. (Adam Scott). Now they have to alter the future in order to save the past... which is really the present, in the sequel from the same team that brought you the original cult hit. Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is in theaters February 20th
Get a leg up in your Oscar office pool.
Press release: ShortsHD is once again bringing the wildly popular Oscar-nominated Short Film program (Live Action, Animation, and Documentary) in over 350 theaters throughout the U.S. and Canada starting January 30 and will continue to expand in the following weeks. A list of participating theaters is available here. Together with the theatrical run, the nominated short films will be available on Vimeo OnDemand, iTunes Stores in 54 countries, Amazon Instant Video, Verizon and will be released across the U.S. on VOD/Pay Per View platforms. LIVE ACTION AYAIsrael & France / 39 minsDirectors: Mihal Brezis and Oded BinnunProducers: Yael Abecassis, Hilel
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In April, Criterion offers six releases. Three are new to the Collection. Those titles are Carol Reed's Odd Man Out, Jean-Pierre Melville's Le silence de la mer, and Eclipse Series 42: Silent Ozu—Three Crime Dramas. Also scheduled are three high-definition digital restorations: Preston Sturges' Sullivan's Travels, Jean Renoir's The River, and Peter Yates' The Friends of Eddie Coyle. Odd Man Out (#754) out Apr 14 in Blu-ray & DVD Editions Taking place largely over the course of one tense night, Carol Reed’s psychological noir, set in an unnamed Belfast, stars James Mason as a revolutionary ex-con leading a robbery that
Everything is awesome for some people this today.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2014 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center and televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The nominees are: Best Animated FeatureBig Hero 6The BoxtrollsHow To Train Your Dragon 2Song of the SeaThe Tale of Princess Kaguya Best Documentary FeatureCITIZENFOURLast Days In VietnamVirungaFinding Vivian MaierThe Salt of the Earth Best Documentary ShortCrisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1JoannaOur CurseThe Reaper (La Parka)White Earth Best Film EditingAmerican SniperBoyhoodThe Imitation GameWhiplashThe Grand Budapest Hotel Best Original Song"Everything is Awesome," The
"[Blended] is offensive on many levels." - RonsReviews
Press Release: Hollywood was not happy with box office returns for 2014, their lowest-grossing year in recent history. Despite a handful of high-grossing hits, there were way more major misses — movies based on recycled premises and re-worked concepts that were already tired a decade or more ago, the cinematic equivalent of re-treaded tires. Those are the films The Golden Raspberry Awards have annually "saluted" since 1980. Nominees for the 35th Annual Razzie Awards, satirizing the Worst Achievements in Film for 2014, include new names and several Repeat Offenders, returning for more pie-in-the-face/light-hearted joshing by the one Tinsel Town trophy
This week brings us David Fincher's latest thriller, an empires final boardwalk, a Hendrix biopic, a space documentary and The Facts of Life.
I very much like to read, I’m just not very good at it. Or rather I’m not very good at making the time to read more than a few pages at a time. Between movies, TV, games, Facebook, music, work, and family I rarely make myself sit down for long stretches with a good book. Honestly, I do most of my reading on the toilet, or sometimes at the dinner table (when my wife doesn’t let out that groaning sigh that tells me she’d like a little attention rather than the pages in front of me). Now and again I’ll
"How in the seven hells did I come to this?" - Clark Elwood
From Eisner Award Hall of Fame inductee Richard Corben, best known for his work in Heavy Metal, comes Rat God, an original story that finds the artist once again inspired H.P. Lovecraft, published by Dark Horse Comics. The first issue goes on sale February 4, 2015 and is available to preorder. The official synopsis reads: Terrible things stalk the forests outside Arkham in this chilling original tale from comics master Richard Corben! An arrogant city slicker on a quest to uncover the background of a young woman from the backwoods finds horrors beyond imagining, combining Lovecraftian mutations with Native American
After a week off I'm looking for movies about boys, girls, a former wizard growing horns, and Nick Cage in his most inexplicable role ever.
I took last week off to spend some time with my wife’s family. Her clan are a bit spread out with the parents living in Kentucky, one brother in North Carolina, the other in Nashville. We now live in Oklahoma, all of which makes it rather difficult for us all to see each other at the same time. We always try to meet up over the Christmas break, and if the star align properly, we might all of us gather sometime in the summer. The brothers have three boys amongst them, two born months apart some 13 years ago and
"Two hunters stalking the same prey?" - Conan
Writers Gail Simone and Jim Zub have teamed up to create the sword and sorcery team-up Conan Red Sonja for Dark Horse Comics. Dan Panosian is the artist, and Dave Stewart is the colorist. The first issue goes on sale January 14, 2015 and is available to preorder. The official synopsis reads: In a story spanning multiple eras in the lives of these classic characters, Conan and Red Sonja become comrades to take down a sorcerer-priest hell bent on creating a dark new age in Hyborian warfare! Here's a look at Issue #1 and the cover of Issue #2:
The "Kaiju Christmas" marathon brings over 48 hours of giant monster mania featuring the original King of the Monsters, Godzilla.
Press release: Join El Rey Network for a “Kaiju Christmas” marathon that brings you over 48 hours of giant monster mania featuring the original King of the Monsters, Godzilla. El Rey Network is celebrating the iconic fire-breather with a mega marathon that befits this behemoth’s pop culture impact. The Godzilla marathon stomps into homes with the original film that started it all, Gojira on Wednesday, December 24 at 6 PM ET and culminates with Godzilla vs. Biollante on Saturday, December 27 at 3:45 AM ET. The “Kaiju Christmas” Godzilla films will air in the following order: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 24 Gojira
It's a slow week and I'm using that as an excuse to say very little.
When I’m not writing about movies and televisions shows, I run The Midnight Cafe, a little blog that deals in unofficially released concert recordings, or "bootlegs" as they are sometimes called. I own thousands upon thousands of hours of live music that was kindly recorded by untold fans just wanting to share their passion. I lovingly upload these shows into the cloud and share them freely with whoever wants them. Mostly, I just post the shows with the pertinent information included and leave the discussion to the comment section. But I’m a writer at heart and sometimes I like to
Start planning next year's viewing with getTV.
Press release: Mystery and intrigue rules getTV this January as the network kicks off a month-long salute to the Boston Blackie franchise. The Chester Morris starring films start New Year’s Day with a triple feature and continue throughout the month on select nights and Saturday mornings. On Thursday, Jan. 1, the Boston Blackie marathon begins at 8 p.m. ET, as Morris tracks an ocean liner murder to a Coney Island spy ring in MEET BOSTON BLACKIE; then, Boston Blackie investigates an art gallery murder in CONFESSIONS OF BOSTON BLACKIE; and Blackie helps a wrongly convicted prisoner in 1942’s ALIAS BOSTON