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The Godfather LIVE Comes to Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on January 24, 2015

A theatrical experience you can't refuse.
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Press release: Winner of three Academy Awards & countless other honors, The Godfather remains one of the greatest films in the history of cinema. Nino Rota's iconic score accompanied by the film's traditional Italian folk music & jazz comes to life on stage, performed live by symphony orchestra while the film is simultaneously shown in high definition on the big screen. Tickets are currently available at www.AXS.com, STAPLES Center Box Office, or charge by phone at 888-929-7849. This concert is produced by AEG LIVE. “It is with great excitement that we are able to bring this masterful score and film

Arrested Development: Season Four is the Pick of the Week

Another banner week of releases as Christmas comes near.
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So often when writing this series I have to admit that I haven’t seen the things that I pick, or even the ones I highlight. I rarely make it to the movie theater anymore and since I cut the cord at home, I inevitably have to wait until TV series come out on DVD before I get a chance to watch them. Sadly, I now have to admit that even though Arrested Development: Season 4 has been out for some time and that I’ve had a subscription to Netflix on which I could watch it and that I’m a huge

Criterion Announces March 2015 Releases

How many are you going to add to your collection?
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In March, Criterion offers six releases. Four are new to the Collection. Those titles are François Truffaut's The Soft Skin, Robert Montgomery's Ride the Pink Horse, and two by documentarian Errol Morris, the Gates of Heaven/Vernon, Florida set and A Thin Blue Line. Also scheduled are two high-definition digital restorations that close out the month: Ingmar Bergman's Cries and Whispers and Hoop Dreams by Steve James, Frederick Marx, and Peter Gilbert. The Soft Skin (#749) out Mar 10 in Blu-ray & DVD Editions François Truffaut followed up the international phenomenon Jules and Jim with this tense tale of infidelity. The

2015 Golden Globes Nominations Announced

More celebration and disappointment for the award watchers.
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Press release: The nominations for the 72nd Golden Globe Awards were announced bright and early this morning at the Beverly Hilton hotel. During the traditional pre-dawn ceremony in Beverly Hills, HFPA president Theo Kingma introduced Kate Beckinsale, two-time Golden Globe Award-nominee Peter Krause, Paula Patton, and Golden Globe-winner and five-time nominee Jeremy Piven to do the honors. The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, will air on Sunday, January 11, 2015, live coast-to-coast on NBC from 5:00-8:00 p.m. (PST)/8:00-11:00 p.m. (EST). MOTION PICTURES Best Drama Boyhood Foxcatcher The Imitation Game Selma The Theory of

Mad Max: Fury Road Official Theatrical Teaser Trailer is Unleashed

"Everybody's gone out of their mind." You will too after seeing this.
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Wow! I hope Sentry Shawn Bourdo hasn't finished his "Top 10 Trailers of 2014" round-up yet. Not only do we have a new entry, but my vote for #1 Forget the synopsis; just dive right into this preview of George Miller's fourth foray into the post-apocalyptic world of Mad Max (now with Tom Hardy in the role) after a 30-year absence and tell me you aren't dying to see this. Behold: Your thoughts?

getTV Programming Highlights for December 2014

Spend the rest of the year with Sinatra, Bogart, and others.
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Press release: Get into the holiday spirit with getTV this December, as the network delivers a loaded lineup of marathons, stunts, and festive favorites, headlined by the rarely-seen Christmas special HAPPY HOLIDAYS WITH BING AND FRANK. The special will air throughout December with special broadcasts for Frank Sinatra’s birthday on Friday, December 12, at 7 p.m. ET, and Christmas Eve at 11:30 p.m. ET. This Golden Age gem is the perfect start to the holidays, as two of Hollywood’s top showmen deliver unforgettable duets of yuletide standards such as “Jingle Bells,” “The Christmas Song,” and “White Christmas.” Also in December,

Guardians of the Galaxy is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us several Criterions, more Woody Allens, three TV collections, a talking, space traveling raccoon and so much more.
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My recent visit to Wizard World solidified the fact that while I like geeky things I am not in anyway a full-fledged geek. This is especially true when it comes to comic-book movies. News will come out that some new superhero is hitting the big screen and the Internet goes wild. Speculation starts on who they should cast, cyber wars are waged when the cast lists are actually announced. Web sites are broken from the massive spikes in traffic whenever the posters, images, trailers, and other media are released. We collectively go crazy. I used to get caught up in

57th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees in Visual Media

Get caught up on the nominees.
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The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States released their nominees for the 2015 Grammy Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry. The eligibility period was October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014. The ceremony will be held on February 8, 2015, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and portions will be broadcast live on CBS from 8-11:30 p.m. (ET/PT), Honoring the "best" music in Visual Media are the following categories. Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media American Hustle [Legacy Recordings] Frozen [Walt Disney Records] Get On Up - The James Brown Story

Panel Preview: Lady Killer #1

Jones and Rich reteam for another "killer' series.
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Lady Killer is co-written and drawn by Joëlle Jones. Jamie S. Rich is her co writer. Laura Allred is the colorist. The first issue goes on sale January 07, 2015 and is available to preorder. The official synopsis from Dark Horse reads: Josie Schuller is a picture-perfect homemaker, wife, and mother—but she’s also a ruthless, efficient killer for hire! A brand-new original comedy series that combines the wholesome imagery of early 1960s domestic bliss with a tightening web of murder, paranoia, and cold-blooded survival. Here's a look at Issue #1 and the cover of Issue #2:

Terminator Genisys Trailer & Poster

Will you be back to see the latest installment?
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Set for release on July 1, 2015, director Alan Taylor's Terminator Genisys stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, Matt Smith, Byung-Hun Lee, and JK Simmons in some sort of timeline reboot of the Terminator universe. Written by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier, the story as presented in the trailer is understandably a bit confusing given it's just a couple of minutes and it has to include some great action. However, the synopsis on Wikipedia does little to clear things up: The year is 2029. John Connor, leader of the resistance continues the war against the machines. At

Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us an excellent concert series, some damn, dirty apes, short journeys, vampires, and more.
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I’ve been blogging now for a little over ten years. I started back in 2004 when my wife and I spent a year living in Strasbourg, France. Initially it was solely a journal of my experience abroad. I invited a few friends and family that I thought might enjoy reading about my adventures, but mostly kept it private. Eventually I got bored writing about baguettes and started writing pop culture reviews. At first that was just for fun, a way to kill some time while my wife was at work, but over time I got serious about it. If you

The Peanuts Movie Poster and Trailer

It's your new movie, Charlie Brown.
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After a 35-year absence, Charles Schulz's collection of well-known comic-strip characters return to the silver screen for their fifth movie. The Official Synopsis: In Peanuts, a 3D, CGI animated comedic adventure, Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle - and flying ace! - embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home. Directed by Steve Martino and written by Charles' son Craig Schulz, Charles' grandson Bryan Schulz, and Cornelius Uliano, The Peanuts Movie is set to be released on

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer Will Awaken Your Interest

"Have you felt it?"
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The first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has debuted in theaters and online. Over the course of 88 seconds, it teases some exciting action scenes from a group of X-wings flying across a body of water and the Millennium Falcon engaging TIE fighters. And John Williams' fanfare remains an exhilarating piece of music. Does this have you looking forward to December 2015?

TCM and Walt Disney Studios Team Up to Share Stories Centered on Classic Film

Features include new TCM integration in theme park attraction and on-air showcase of disney treasures.
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Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced new strategic relationships with Walt Disney World Resort and The Walt Disney Studios to broaden its reach in family entertainment with joint efforts centered on classic film. At Disney's Hollywood Studios, the "The Great Movie Ride" Attraction highlights some of the most famous film moments in silver screen history and is set to receive a TCM-curated refresh of the pre-show and the finale. TCM branding will be integrated into the attraction's marquee as well as banners, posters and display windows outside the attraction. In the queue line, families will enjoy new

2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Announced

Nominees for Best Feature included Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Boyhood, Love is Strange, Selma, and Whiplash.
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Press release: Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the Los Angeles Film Festival and Film Independent at LACMA, announced nominations for the 2015 Spirit Awards this morning. Film Independent President Josh Welsh presided over the press conference held at the W Hollywood, with actors Rosario Dawson and Diego Luna presenting the nominations. Nominees for Best Feature included Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Boyhood, Love is Strange, Selma and Whiplash. "As we celebrate 30 years of great independent film," said Josh Welsh, President of Film Independent, "this year’s nominees are an astonishingly

Drunk History: Seasons 1 & 2 Are the Picks of the Week

I'm taking a chance that an odd comedy will actually tickle my funny bone.
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I have an unusual sense of humor. I generally don’t find the things that the apparent majority of people find hilarious to be in the least bit amusing. I’ve never enjoyed a Farrelly Brothers' film or any movie associated with Judd Apatow. I’ve got no use for Hangovers or elderly Virgins. I stare at the Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men dumbfoundedly wondering how anybody could find any ounce of humor in any of it. Broad comedy almost always falls flat to my ears and even more esoteric and odd comic film like Borat or Archer barely

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer Debuts on Friday, November 28

Has your interest in this film awakened?
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To ensure the Internet chatter and specualtion doesn't die down, an 88-second teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be shown in 30 theaters across North America, beginning Friday morning, November 28. The teaser will then be shown in theaters around the world this December. For those Star Wars fanatics who can't wait for the official trailer and think they can be satsifed by 88 seconds (insert your own joke here), the complete list of participating theaters playing the tease is listed below: AZ PHOENIX HARKINS TEMPE MARKETPLACE CA LOS ANGELES AMC CENTURY CITY CA LOS ANGELES Indep

ABC Family's Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas Starts This Sunday, November 23

What films will you be watching as ABC Family closes out the month?
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Press Release: ABC Family offers viewers the best way to gear up their holiday festivities with the network’s annual programming bonanza “Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas” beginning on Sunday, November 23rd . The movies featured in this year’s “Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas” demand to be watched with a bowl of popcorn and possibly some loved ones. There is no better way to unwind from a day of holiday activities - preparing the turkey, eating leftovers, spending all your money during Black Friday - than with a favorite movie and your social-media platform of choice. Let’s face it:

TCM to Remember Award-Winning Filmmaker Mike Nichols on Dec. 6

The director will be honored with triple feature.
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Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will celebrate the life and career of award-winning filmmaker Mike Nichols with a three-film tribute on Saturday, Dec. 6. Nichols, who passed away Nov. 19 at the age of 83, is one of the few artists who has earned Oscar, Tony, Emmy, and Grammy accolades. TCM's tribute will showcase his Oscar-nominated work on Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966) and his Oscar-winning work on The Graduate (1967). The night will also include Nichols' acclaimed 1971 film Carnal Knowledge. The following is the complete schedule for TCM's tribute to Mike Nichols. (All times Eastern) TCM Remembers Mike

It Happened One Night is the Pick of the Week

The Christmas season keeps bringing all sorts of great stuff.
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When I bought my first DVD player back in 1999 I vowed that I would only buy really great movies - the classics, interesting indies, fantastic foreign flicks, etc. I wanted to develop a collection of the world’s best movies with no fluff. That died out with in a few months. At the time DVDs were still really rather expensive, running about $20 or more per film. Every now and again, I’d find a used sale at Blockbuster or some such place and you could grab something for ten or sometimes even five dollars. Such a bargain price often made

Criterion Announces February 2015 Releases

Here are some options for your film-loving valentine.
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In February, Criterion offers six new releases. Four are by directors who see an increase of their work added to the Collection. Those titles are Jean-Luc Godard's Every Man for Himself, Nicholas Roeg's Don't Look Now, Jean Renoir's A Day in the Country, and Federico Fellini’s Fellini Satyricon. Criterion also adds an animated film to their roster with Martin Rosen's Watership Down. Also scheduled is the high-definition digital restoration of Yasujiro Ozu's An Autumn Afternoon. Every Man for Himself (#744) out Feb 3 in Blu-ray & DVD Editions After a decade in the wilds of avant-garde and early video experimentation,

Lots of TV Series Sets are the Pick of the Week

Halloween is over so its time for the Christmas season and with it lots of big TV collections.
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You’ve got to love the (extended) Christmas season. It seems like every year it gets pushed farther and farther up the calendar. I’ve barely taken down my Halloween stuff and already the stores are flooded with Christmas decorations and the radio is playing non-stop carols. There’s plenty of reasons to get annoyed with that - the crass commercialism, the lack of decent music, the spoiling of any specialness the season actually has, etc., but as a collector I gotta say I love it. From now until the end of the year there are going to be sales and deals on

Batman: The Complete Television Series Offers Options for Every Bat-fan!

Holy Multiple Formats!
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Press Release: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) sets a new standard for accommodating Bat-fans from the uber-avid to caped-casual with the upcoming release of Batman: The Complete Television Series on November 11, 2014. The most anticipated home entertainment release of all time will be available in several distinct packaging choices with varying content and bonus materials. These offerings include multiple national physical options - most notably, the Limited Edition Blu-ray™ box set - as well as varying digital selections, and a few specialty alternatives. As the ultimate collector’s pièce de résistance, the Limited Edition box set (SRP $269.97) is a

2015 TCM Classic Film Festival Lands Four World Premiere Restorations

Festival to Feature Newly Restored Editions of Apollo 13 (1995), Spartacus (1960), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) and Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928).
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Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has landed four film restorations set to make their world premieres during the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival, taking place March 26-29, 2015, in Hollywood. The movies, each from a different era in cinema history, including Ron Howard's Apollo 13 (1995), Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus (1960), William Dieterle's The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) and Charles Reisner and Buster Keaton's Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928). The Keaton comedy will be accompanied by legendary silent film composer Carl Davis conducting the world premiere performance of his new score for the film. Passes for the 2015 TCM Classic

Stanley Kubrick: Masterpiece Collection is the Pick of the Week

Christmas is coming and with it comes big boxed sets and lots of TV collections.
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For nearly as long as I can remember and certainly for as long as I’ve taken cinema seriously ,I’ve been a follower of the auteur theory. Even at a young age, I realized how influential a director was to the overall development and final artistic vision of a film. To this day, I tend to refer to films by their director rather than their stars or plot lines. The best directors leave their stamp on a movie no matter the genre. Stanley Kubrick was truly an auteur in every meaning of the word. You can tell its one of his

Cinema Eye Announces the 2015 Unforgettables

"The Unforgettables celebrates the fearlessness of this unique collaboration between filmmakers and subjects."
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As announced on their website, "Cinema Eye, the organization that celebrates artistry and craft in nonfiction filmmaking, have announced their annual list of “The Unforgettables” - this year’s most notable and significant nonfiction film subjects. “Filmmakers know that their relationships with their subjects are often the most important element of in the success of their films,” Cinema Eye Founding Director AJ Schnack said. “Many of the greatest documentaries ever made - from Grey Gardens to Crumb to American Movie - were built on compelling individuals who allowed a filmmaker to capture and observe their lives. With the Unforgettables we celebrate

Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Three Titles Revealed

I don't know about you, but Make Mine Marvel.
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This morning at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, Marvel Studios President/producer Kevin Feige announced the slate of films planned for Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which sent shockwaves of joy through the Internet. Over the next five years, movie-goers will be able to see: Captain America: Civil War | May 6, 2016 The team behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier, directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, return as Captain America and Iron Man face off. Doctor Strange | November 4, 2016 The Sorceror Supreme enters the MCU under the direction of

Deliver Us from Evil (2014) is the Pick of the Week

Surprisingly its a weak week for scary movies, but a good one for everything else.
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In case you’ve been stuck inside without any form of media (or a calendar) over the last month, Halloween is this Friday. I love this holiday more than just about any other day. I love the weather, the candy, the scary movies and dressing my kid up in some ridiculous costume. I just love every little bit of it. For years now, my wife and I have hosted a pumpkin-carving party. We invite all of our friends over, decorate the house, dress up the kids, fill every bowl with candy, put Thriller on the stereo, and carve little orange vegetables

George Lucas Talks Fantasy Cinema in TCM's Latest A Night at the Movies Documentary

TCM will also be airing a 24-hour salute to films that transport viewers into a world of dreams.
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Press Release: As excitement continues to build over the new trilogy in the Star Wars franchise, the man who created it - George Lucas - is going to take Turner Classic Movies (TCM) viewers on a ride through some of the movies that have sparked his imagination and inspired his career. This November, Lucas will talk extensively about his fantasy favorites in the one-hour special TCM Presents A Night at the Movies: George Lucas & The World of Fantasy Cinema, the latest in the network's ongoing series of genre documentaries. Produced by Amblin Television and award-winning filmmaker and author Laurent

Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron Teaser Trailer

"It's the end. The end of the path I started us on." - Tony Stark
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Thanks to some anonymous jerk who spoiled Marvel's plans (likely some entitled idiot fanboy, but how fun would it be if there was corporate espionage taking place), fans don't have to wait for next week's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to see the new trailer for Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron. Scheduled for release on May 1, 2015, the heroes reunite to take on the evil robot Ultron (voiced by James Spader), although the great bit of the trailer is Iron Man in a specially designed suit to handle the Hulk. Give it a look and tell is what you think of

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