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Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal Returns for Two Nights Only This February

From co-directors Jim Henson and Frank Oz, the film returns to U.S. cinemas February 25 and 28, featuring an exclusive interview with Lisa Henson.
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Press release: Thirty-five years after it first stunned audiences and critics with its unprecedented visions and mythic storytelling, Jim Henson’s 1982 epic fantasy-adventure The Dark Crystal, co-directed by Henson and Frank Oz, will return to big screens nationwide in a special two-night presentation from Fathom Events, The Jim Henson Company and Universal Pictures. Newly restored in 4K (at select theaters), The Dark Crystal is a visually spectacular tale of a young hero who must find a legendary relic in order restore harmony to the universe. A watershed in fantasy filmmaking produced by Gary Kurtz (Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back),

Criterion Announces March 2018 Releases

Set aside some holiday money for these upcoming titles.
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In March, Criterion plams on releasing five titles. New to the collection are Martin Scorsese's The Age of Innocence, Volker Schlöndorff's Baal, John Murray Anderson's King of Jazz, and Ken Russell's Women in Love. Getting an HD upgrade are Carl Theodor Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc. Read on to learn more about them. The Age of Innocence (#913) out Mar 13 No filmmaker captures the grandeur and energy of New York like Martin Scorsese. With this sumptuous romance, he meticulously adapted the work of another great New York artist, Edith Wharton, bringing to life her tragic novel of

Mel Brooks to Open 2018 TCM Classic Film Fest with The Producers

Fiftieth anniversary screening celebrates the seminal filmmaker.
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Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will kick off the 9th annual TCM Classic Film Festival on Thursday, April 26th, with a 50th anniversary world premiere restoration screening of the Mel Brooks groundbreaking comedy The Producers with the legendary director, producer, writer and actor in attendance. Recognized as one of the funniest movies ever made, The Producers won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Brooks and a nomination for Best Supporting Actor for Gene Wilder, it would be the gift that kept on giving. Thirty years after its theatrical release, Brooks turned it into a Tony-Award winning Broadway musical,

Game of Thrones: The Complete Seventh Season is the Pick of the Week

This week's new releases include a trio of Criterions, a couple of Reese Witherspoons, plus Colin Firth as an action star.
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If you read the words I put onto this little website, then you know that I am a Game of Thrones fan. It was about the time my daughter was born that the HBO series came out. I watched a few episodes then decided the story was so dense I really needed to read the books. I put the show on pause and read the first couple of books then returned to the series. I managed to read ahead of the show, but now things have reversed and the show has caught up to the books and then some. Season

2018 Golden Globes Nominations Announced

Did your favorite films and TV shows get nominated or overlooked?
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The Hollywood Foreign Press has selected their nominations in film and television for the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Hosted by Seth Meyers, the Golden Globe Awards will air live coast-to-coast on NBC on Sunday, Jan. 7 at 5-8 p.m. PT/8-11 p.m. ET from the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Best Motion Picture, Drama Call Me by Your Name Dunkirk The Post The Shape of Water Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri | Review Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy The Disaster Artist Get Out | Review The Greatest Showman I, Tonya Lady Bird | Review Best Director, Motion Picture Guillermo del Toro,

Two Maigret Films Starring Jean Gabin Are the Picks of the Week

They were some of the earliest looks American audiences had at Maigret, and I, for one, am excited to give them a chance.
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I have reviewed two different series (one English, the other French) based upon the Georges Simenon character of Maigret. I have never read any of the books, nor do I have a real affinity for the character. Why then do I keep watching and reviewing these things? You can blame my wife. She is a great francophile - a lover of all things French - and she turned me on to Maigret. Honestly, I don’t think she’s ever read one of the books either, but as he is one of the great detectives to come out of France (or Belgium,

Fathom Events Unveils 2018 TCM Big Screen Classics Lineup

Audiences can experience 60 years of movie magic in the yearlong cinematic celebration.
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Press release: Six decades of Hollywood hits will fill movie theaters across the country in 2018 as Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) present stars like Humphrey Bogart, Bing Crosby, James Dean, Tom Hanks, Katharine Hepburn, Kim Novak, James Stewart, Gloria Swanson, John Travolta, Gene Wilder, Bruce Willis, Natalie Wood - and dozens more - in the yearlong “TCM Big Screen Classics” series. For the third consecutive year, the “TCM Big Screen Classics” series will present 13 unforgettable films spanning the 1930s to the 1990s, each accompanied by insightful, specially produced commentary from favorite TCM hosts. The 2018 “TCM

60th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees in Visual Media

The GRAMMYs meet the movies.
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The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States released their nominees for the 2018 Grammy Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry. The eligibility period was October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017. The ceremony will be held on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 8-11:30 pm ET/5-8:30 pm PT. Honoring the "best" music in Visual Media are the following categories. Links go to our coverage of the films. Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media (Award to the artist(s) and/or ‘in

Animal Factory is the Pick of the Week

This week brings a bounty of new releases.
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Steve Buscemi is one of those guys. Or should I say he’s one of those “oh, that guy” in that nearly everybody who watches TV and movies knows his face but may not know his name. He’s an actor who when you see him you might smile, nod, and go something like, “Hey, it’s that guy, the one from the thing.” I’ve loved him since the '90s when I watched him in films like Resevoir Dogs, Living in Oblivion, and Fargo. Dude has been in everything. He’s like Samuel L. Jackson, who will take about any role just to keep

Titanic Returns to the Big Screen for 20-Year Anniversary in Exclusive Dolby Cinema at AMC Engagement

Director James Cameron invites audiences to experience the critically acclaimed film in Dolby Vision, including select 3D locations.
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Press release: Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:DLB), Paramount Pictures, and AMC Theatres (NYSE:AMC) today announced that Titanic, winner of 11 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, will return to select theaters nationwide for an exclusive one-week engagement in Dolby Cinema at AMC. In celebration of the film’s 20-year anniversary, audiences across the U.S. can experience Paramount Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox’s Titanic in all Dolby Cinema at AMC locations, including 20 locations supporting 3D, beginning December 1, 2017. This marks the first-ever release of Titanic in Dolby Vision in 2D and 3D, a direct result of ongoing partnerships with

SVCC 2018 Registration Opens with Stan Lee Announcement

Other guests announced were Sean Astin, Matthew Lewis, and Jewel Staite.
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Press release: Registration is now open for Silicon Valley Comic Con (SVCC) 2018. The first guests for the April event were announced today by SVCC, including special guest of honor Stan Lee. Other guests announced were Sean Astin, Matthew Lewis, and Jewel Staite. “We are excited to launch SVCC 3.0 with such an amazing group of guests, including the legendary Stan Lee”, said Trip Hunter, Chairman of SVCC. “This is just the first of a long list of exciting announcements about guests and events that we will be adding to our lineup to make SVCC the best science, technology, and

2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Announced

Winners, who are selected by Film Independent Members, will be announced at the Spirit Awards on Saturday, March 3, 2018.
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Press release: This morning, Film Independent announced the nominations for the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards and revealed that director Ava DuVernay (Selma, 13th, A Wrinkle in Time) will be this year’s Honorary Chair. Past Honorary Chairs include David Oyelowo, Jessica Chastain, Kerry Washington, Ang Lee and Martin Scorsese. The Spirit Awards are the primary fundraiser for Film Independent’s year-round programs, which cultivate the careers of emerging filmmakers and promote diversity in the industry. Film Independent President Josh Welsh presided over the press conference held at the Jeremy Hotel in West Hollywood, with actors Lily Collins and Tessa Thompson presenting

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is the Pick of the Week

This week's new releases include a a sci-fi epic from Luc Besson, an animated film from France, a slew of silent films, most of Monty Python, and more.
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It's funny how time messes with your mind the older you get. My mind is filled with all of these wonderful little snippets of memories. I can wrap them up in short story form and tell you all about them. But if you were to ask me to place them inside my own timeline precisely, I’d be at a loss. That time from high school to just post college - a time that was so important to me back then - has all become a blur. This is especially true when remembering the movie I saw back then, movies that

The Tragically Hip Documentary Film and Kingston Concert Video Available in December

For more than 30 years, The Tragically Hip have occupied a singular place in the Canadian musical zeitgeist.
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Press release: Two powerful and poignant narratives of The Tragically Hip’s 2016 Man Machine Poem tour will be released this fall via Universal Music Canada (UMC), the country’s leading music company. A National Celebration encompasses the band’s hometown concert in Kingston from August 20 while Long Time Running is the feature film documentary of the preparations for and completion of the tour. Long Time Running was created in collaboration between the band, Banger Films, and SHED Creative Agency, a division of UMC. The film was directed by Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier (Watermark, Manufactured Landscapes) and chronicles the rehearsals

Criterion Announces February 2018 Releases

Film lovers can find plentu of options for Valentine's Day
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February finds Criterion delivering another six titles. New to the collection are George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead, Satyajit Ray's The Hero, Kon Ichikawa's An Actor’s Revenge and Tony Richardson's Tom Jones. Getting an HD upgrade are Loius Malle's Elevator to the Gallows and Jonathan Demme's The Silence of the Lambs. Read on to learn more about them. Elevator to the Gallows (#335) out Feb 6 For his feature debut, twenty-four-year-old Louis Malle brought together a mesmerizing performance by Jeanne Moreau, evocative cinematography by Henri Decaë, and a now legendary jazz score by Miles Davis. Taking place over

George A. Romero: Between Night and Dawn is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us a surprising number of horror films plus some cool concert videos, Doctor Who, and some cute cats.
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I’ve loved movies for as long as I can remember. My mother tells the story of the first time I went to the cinema. I was maybe five or six years old at the time. I saw in the front row with my brother and cousins, but I kept walking back to where my mom was exclaiming how excited I was and how magical being at the moves felt. I no longer sit in the front row but movies are still magic. I’ve written plenty of times in these pages about how I’m also a big fan of horror films.

The Limehouse Golum is the Pick of the Week

This week's new releases include animated anthropomorphic autos, a boxed set of DC animated movies, a boxed set inside a plastic head, and more.
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I've been obsessed with golems since I first read about them in Michael Chabon's novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. I don't remember much about what that story but the idea of a golem, a creature made of clay who comes to life, stuck with me. Golems are a part of Jewish folklore. They are made of any inanimate object but usually it's mud or clay. They are not sculpted well, more like clumped together as made by a child and given life. They can be creatures of good, but in the best stories they turn evil and

TCM Announces Month-Long Spotlight on 70th Anniversary of the Hollywood Blacklist

Airs every Monday and Tuesday in November beginning Nov 6 co-hosted by blacklisted actress Lee Grant and author Glenn Frankel.
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Press release: Turner Classic Movies will spotlight the 70th anniversary of “The Hollywood Blacklist,” a turbulent period during the Cold War that was the result of the American government embarking on what some considered to be a “witch hunt” against communism, ruining many careers and lives. The month-long programming event begins Nov. 6 and will continue every Monday and Tuesday in November highlighting the professionals that were affected along with the films they worked on. Joining TCM Primetime host Ben Mankiewicz as co-hosts are blacklisted actress and director Lee Grant (The Landlord) and author Glenn Frankel (High Noon: The Hollywood

The Dark Tower is the Pick of the Week

This week's new releases include more horror films for Halloween, some packaged TV for Christmas, and a flopped Stephen King adaptation.
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I’d call myself a casual Stephen King fan. I’ve read maybe half a dozen of his books and seen about as many of his movie adaptations. I’ve always liked him but considering how prolific he is as a writer, I cannot even began to call myself a true believer. Actual fans could argue all day over which of his many books are the best but the general consensus seems to be that his Dark Tower series is up towards the top. To call it an epic is to not understand who Stephen King is as an author. He’s written single

Thanks for the Memories: The Bob Hope Specials Deluxe Collection Celebrates a Legendary Entertainer

Featuring more than 37 hours of classic Hope and legendary celebrity guests, this 19-disc set includes 39 specials.
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Press release: Bob Hope, America's greatest entertainer of the 20th century, is celebrated in Thanks for the Memories: The Bob Hope Specials, the most complete collection of his television specials ever assembled! The TV DVD archivists at Time Life have selected the very best of Hope's 250 network specials spanning five decades, many in support of the U.S. Armed Forces, for this ultimate boxed set. Celebrating the legendary and beloved entertainer's legacy, this one-of-a-kind collection is packed with comedy, music, dancing, movie stars, and, of course, Bob's memorable monologues all perfect for wholesome family viewing. Across 19 DVDs, fans will

The Corpse Grinders is the Pick of the Week

This week's new blu-ray releases include some really terrible (and terribly awesome) looking horror, the last of the Planet of the Apes trilogy, and more.
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I've often wondered why I like bad movies. Not even bad movies, but bad horror movies, which are set apart on the bad-movie scale. Why do I enjoy watching people be torn apart in the most violent, gore-filled way? What makes a bloody decapitation or a close-up on a knife slicing the skin so much fun to watch? I abhor violence in real life but show me a man getting hacked to death on the big or little screen and I'm in my happy place. I don't have a good answer for that. Part of it is an appreciation of

Spider-Man: Homecoming is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us a web-crawling superhero, a couple of Criterions, some raunchy ladies, and several nice boxed sets.
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Towards the end of Captain America: Civil War, there is a sweeping scene in which Captain America and Black Widow prepare to train War Machine, Vision, Falcon, and Scarlet Witch to be new Avengers. It was a "passing of the torch" moment. Truth is, over the last decade and dozens of films. the old Avengers are getting, well, old. The actors are all getting tired of playing the same characters and I suspect many fans are ready to move on as well. Marvel has constantly been expanding their cinematic universe and it seems they are preparing to allow some of

Criterion Announces January 2018 Releases

You might want to exchange your holiday presents for these.
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Criterion rings in 2018 with six titles in January. New to the collection are John Hughes' The Breakfast Club; Ken Loach's I, Daniel Blake; and two by G. W. Pabst, Westfront 1918 and Kameradschaft. Getting an HD upgrade is John Ford's Young Mr. Lincoln. There will also be another entry in the Eclipse Series, #45 offers four films from French director Claude Autant-Lara Read on to learn more about them. The Breakfast Club (#905) out Jan 2 What happens when you put five strangers in Saturday detention? Badass posturing, gleeful misbehavior, and a potent dose of angst. With this exuberant

Doctor Who Comes to the Big Screen with 'Twice Upon a Time' on December 27

Event to include exclusive content featuring Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat.
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Press release: Doctor Who fans are getting a special gift this Christmas from Fathom Events with BBC AMERICA’s Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time. The epic finale to the Peter Capaldi era of Doctor Who is coming to U.S. movie theaters for one night on Wednesday, December 27 at 7:00 p.m. local time, featuring the return of Pearl Mackie and special guests Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) and David Bradley (Game of Thrones). The event will also introduce the Thirteenth Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch), who is the first woman to assume the role. The cinema event will also feature two

A Ghost Story is The Pick of the Week

October is here and with it comes a slew of new horror releases.
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I love October. The long, sweltering days of summer are gone. The air is crisp and cool. Sweatshirts go back into the closet to be worn once again. The leaves start turning. The smell of burning wood in fireplaces and fire pits fill the air. It is a glorious time. It is the month of Halloween and with it scary movies. As you’ll see from the list of movies coming out this week, October means horror. For a genre fan like me, October is like Christmas. Surprisingly, my Pick of the Week isn’t supposed to be all that scary, violent,

Garagehouse Pictures to Screen 3D 35mm Print of Frankenstein's Bloody Terror

Paul Naschy's 1971 film to be presented theatrically in original 3D format for first time in nearly 50 years.
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Press Release: Garagehouse Pictures and Independent International Pictures announce new 35mm print of FRANKENSTEIN’S BLOODY TERROR in 3D available for theatrical bookings. Horror fans rejoice! One of the "holy grails" of cult cinema, presumed lost forever, has been unearthed and is heading back to the big screen for the first time in nearly fifty years. Garagehouse Pictures is proud to announce a newly struck 35mm print of FRANKENSTEIN’S BLOODY TERROR in 3D! The story behind FRANKENSTEIN’S BLOODY TERROR is legendary: in 1971, famed film producer Samuel Sherman's Independent International Pictures secured theatrical rights to distribute the Spanish werewolf movie MARK

David Lynch: The Art Life is the Pick of the Week

This week's new releases bring us a couple of Criterions, a couple of live albums, Texas football, and something scripted by Ed Wood.
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David Lynch is one of the most fascinating directors working today. His films aren’t always good but they are always interesting. He creates nightmarish, surreal landscapes in which plot doesn’t always make sense and which leave themselves up for various interpretations. His career has taken all sorts of strange detours and loops. He’s made very personal, very experimental films; he’s worked on broadcast television; adapted popular science fiction novels; and made several things that were initially only released on his website. It's the sort of career that’s ripe for a good documentary. With any luck David Lynch: The Art Life

TCM Launches Final Year of Trailblazing Women Initiative Celebrating Women's Contribution to the Film Industry

Month-long programming event begins Oct. 2 hosted by Illeana Douglas.
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Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced the final year of Trailblazing Women, a three-year initiative in partnership with Women In Film Los Angeles (WIF) to raise awareness about the historical contributions of women in the film industry. This year’s programming event will examine the substantial impact that female writers, editors and producers have held within the film industry. Hosted by actress, producer and director Illeana Douglas, Trailblazing Women premieres Oct. 2 and airs every Monday throughout October. The theme of the 2017 programming slate - Trailblazing Women: Creators That Made a Difference - highlights female creative influences during

Garagehouse Pictures to Bring Web of the Spider to Blu-ray in October

A classic Italian gothic horror ghost story directed by Antonio Margheriti.
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Press release: An intrepid reporter by the name of Alan Foster (Anthony Franciosa, TENEBRE), accepts a wager from Edgar Allan Poe (Klaus Kinski, NOSFERATU THE VAMPIRE) and his companion, Thomas Blackwood, to spend a single night in the reputedly haunted Blackwood Castle on All Souls Eve. Shortly after settling into the spooky abode, the reporter meets the beautiful Elisabeth Blackwood (Michele Mercier, BLACK SABBATH), and begins to witness ghostly phenomena and visitations from beyond the grave, as an assortment of specters relive the last moments before their ghastly murders. Soon, Foster realizes that the damned spirits of Blackwood Castle require

Samurai Jack: The Premiere Movie Event Plays Big Screens Nationwide on October 16 Only

The first look at the show’s epic Season One movie remastered in high definition, exclusive extras from Samurai Jack: The Complete Series Box Set, and special surprises for fans.
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Press release: Created by famed animation director Genndy Tartakovsky, the fully remastered Emmy-nominated premiere movie from acclaimed Season 1 of the Adult Swim series, Samurai Jack, will debut for the first time in remastered HD when “Samurai Jack: The Premiere Movie Event” arrives in movie theaters nationwide. Presented by Fathom Events and Adult Swim, “Samurai Jack: The Premiere Movie Event” will be shown in U.S. cinemas for one night on Monday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m. local time. Offering fans the ultimate Samurai Jack experience, the exclusive one-night cinema event will captivate audiences with special content filmed for this exclusive

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