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Silence (2016) is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us a Martin Scorsese film about faith, some fantastic beasts, our own planet in HD, and much more.
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In my very first Five Cool Things article, I was excited about the trailer for Martin Scorsese's Silence. I also noted that I had really enjoyed the book. What I didn’t mention was that my copy of the book had a bunch of pages missing. For the last 20 pages or so, every other pages was blank. It was a horrible way to finish what was really a very good novel right at its conclusion. I learned what happened at the end in my class and always meant to buy another copy, but never did. As I’ve surely mentioned numerous

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 03-27-17

Featuring themed nights of programming under the headings of "African-American Independents", "Brainwashed", and "April Fools".
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This week TCM shines their spotlight on Kathryn Grayson, Dan Duryea, the works of Guy de Maupassant, and some picks by Robert Osborne. There are also themed nights of programming under the headings of "African-American Independents", "Brainwashed", and "April Fools". Kiss Me Kate (1953) Monday, March 27 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) Feuding co-stars reunite for a musical version of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew". The Three Faces of Eve (1957) Tuesday, March 28 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A psychiatrist tries to help a woman integrate her split personalities. Diary of a Madman (1963) Wednesday, March 29 at 8:00 p.m.

Dead Heads Unite on April 20 to Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of 'The Grateful Dead Movie' in Cinemas Nationwide

This cult favorite returns to the big screen for a special one-night celebration, including an exclusive bonus documentary from 1977.
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Press release: Dead Heads are in for a treat as “The Grateful Dead Movie 40th Anniversary” returns to movie theaters nationwide for one night on Thursday, April 20 at 7:00 p.m. local time, from Fathom Events and Rhino Entertainment, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the film’s release. Co-directed by Jerry Garcia and shot on 16mm film during October 1974’s five-night “farewell” run at San Francisco’s iconic Winterland, this concert-film captures incredible live performances from the revered band (Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Donna Godchaux and Keith Godchaux). In addition to the feature presentation,

Alfred Hitchcock's Action-Adventure 'North by Northwest' Returns to Cinemas April 2 and 5

Part of the TCM Big Screen Classics series.
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Press release: Roger O. Thornhill (Cary Grant) gets mistaken for a murderous spy and embarks on a suspense-filled adventure in Alfred Hitchcock’s whirlwind classic North by Northwest, returning to the big screen for two days this April thanks to Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Warner Bros as part of the yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics series. With stunning VistaVision cinematography and a remarkable score by Bernard Hermann, North by Northwest is one of those rare films that expertly encapsulates all the favorite plot devices and themes that have marked a film director's entire career. A star-studded cast includes Eva

Live By Night is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us a gangster flick from Ben Affleck, a disgusting one from John Waters, singing animals, and much more.
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I’m a sucker for gangster stories. There is something utterly fascinating about people who push aside all of society's rules and take what they want for themselves. Gangsters are often not the smartest, strongest, or the best but rather they are the most willing to use violence for their own means. Most of us avoid trouble whenever we can so when someone comes along willing to openly commit violence the vast majority of people shirk away. Those who don’t get a beating. In real life, I find that sort of thing appealing, but on film it's really interesting. Dennis Lehane

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 03-20-17

A great week of movies to watch in the dark.
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This might the scariest week of the year on TCM outside of October as themed nights focus on thieves, killers, monsters, and more. Also, Noir Alley returns next Sunday with Tension. Monday, March 20 - Psycho Killers Psycho (1960) at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A woman on the run gets mixed up with a repressed young man and his violent mother. | Review Peeping Tom (1960) at 10:00 p.m. (ET) Raised by a sadist, a cinematographer kills young women while filming their fear. Tuesday, March 21 - Femme Fatales Double Indemnity (1944) at 8:00 p.m. (ET) An insurance salesman gets seduced

'Teen Titans: The Judas Contract' World Premiere Held at WonderCon on March 31

Teen Titans actors Sean Maher, Jake T. Austin, Taissa Farmiga, Kari Wahlgren, Brandon Soo Hoo, and Stuart Allan to attend screening and panel discussion.
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Press release: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment continues its annual WonderCon tradition with the exclusive World Premiere of Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, the next DC Universe Original Movie, on the evening of Friday, March 31, 2017 at WonderCon Anaheim in the Arena of the Anaheim Convention Center.It will screen at 6:00pm in the 4,000-seat Arena, followed by a panel discussion amongst the film’s acting stars and filmmakers. Inspired by the 1984 DC story arc from Marv Wolfman and George Pérez, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract finds the Teen Titans - Starfire, Beast Boy, Raven, Blue Beetle, Robin and the just-returned

Criterion Announces June 2017 Releases

What are you going to add to your collection?
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Like they have planned for May, the Criterion Collection gives two titles high-def upgrades: Kenji Mizoguchi's Ugetsu and Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs. In addition, they are releasing Nicholas Ray's They Live By Night, Alfred Hitchcock's The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog, and Marcel Pagnol's The Marseille Trilogy, which contains Marius, Fanny, and César. Read on to learn more about them. Ugetsu (#309) out Jun 6 Having refined his craft in the silent era, Kenji Mizoguchi was an elder statesman of Japanese cinema—fiercely revered by Akira Kurosawa and other younger directors—by the time he made Ugetsu. And with this

TCM Celebrates Actor Michael Douglas in 'Live From the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival' Interview

Festival lineup also features cast reunion of Christopher Guest's Best in Show, plus appearances by film and television icons John Landis, Dick Cavett, and Bob Newhart.
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Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced that legendary actor Michael Douglas will attend the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival for a pair of major events. On April 8, Douglas will sit down with TCM host Ben Mankiewicz for an in-depth interview about his career at the legendary The Ricardo Montalbán Theatre as part of the annual Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival series. In addition, the Oscar-winning icon will participate in a discussion following a screening of the 1979 thriller The China Syndrome, which he produced and starred in opposite Jane Fonda and Jack Lemmon. "Michael Douglas

Fences is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us Denzel Washington in a critically praised drama, Will Smith in a critically hated one, a sci-fi adventure with Chris Pratt and much more.
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During that ridiculous let's-bring-in-a-tour-bus-full-of-common-folk-to-the-Oscars bit a few weeks ago, host Jimmy Kimmel asked one of the tourists who her favorite actor was. She pointed and simply said “him.” I turned to my wife and said, “It's Denzel Washington.” Of course it was. Everybody loves Denzel Washington. He’s one of the greatest living actors we have. He’s won all the awards. He’s beloved by just about everyone - men, women, African Americans, Caucasians, liberals, and conservatives alike. He happily mixes it up by playing in straight-up action flicks and small dramatic films. Last year, he was in both The Magnificent Seven

TCM to Remember Robert Osborne with 48-Hour Tribute

Tribute to feature his most memorable TCM interviews and moments.
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Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will dedicate two entire days to honor the legacy of longtime host Robert Osborne. Airing all day on Saturday, March 18 and Sunday, March 19, the 48-hour tribute will feature an extensive collection of the long-form interviews Osborne conducted during his 23 year tenure with the network, including: Memorable installments of Private Screenings and Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival. Special edition of Private Screenings where actor Alec Baldwin interviewed Osborne on the host's 20th anniversary at the network Robert's first-film introduction for the network of Gone with the Wind Among the Private

Moana is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us the best Disney music in a decade, a critically praised biopic, a Criterion drama, a creepy flick from Portugal, and Japanese animation.
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I’ve always liked Disney movies. but for the most part I’ve waited until they’ve reached home video (and have gained a favorable critical consensus) before watching them. Well, that’s the way things went until I had a daughter. Now, I pretty much see them in the theater, or at the very least as soon as they come out on Blu-ray, no matter the critical or popular opinion. So it was with Moana. It came out this summer while we were visiting the wife’s family in Kentucky so we took the in-laws along for the ride. I was a little worried

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 03-06-17

Hope you like your movies with Burton.
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TCM's Star of the Month Richard Burton can't be contained to just one night like most honorees and dominates the week with films over five days. Sunday brings another installment of Noir Alley. Star of the Month: Richard Burton - Prince of Players (1955) Monday, March 6 at 9:45 p.m. (ET) Acclaimed tragic actor Edwin Booth struggles to rebuild his career after his brother assassinates President Lincoln. Star of the Month: Richard Burton - The Night of the Iguana (1964) Tuesday, March 7 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A defrocked priest surrenders to the sins of the flesh in a Mexican

Donnie Darko Returns to U.S. Screens March 31 from Arrow Films

4K restorations of theatrical and director's cuts will be available at select locations.
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Press release: Arrow Films has announced the March 31 domestic theatrical debut of the 4K restoration of Richard Kelly's cult hit Donnie Darko. Following a wildly successful re-release in the UK for its fifteenth anniversary, the film will return to theaters in cities across the United States. Fifteen years before Stranger Things combined science-fiction, Spielberg-ian touches and '80s nostalgia to much acclaim, Kelly set the template and the benchmark with his debut feature, Donnie Darko. Initially beset with distribution problems, it would slowly find its audience and emerge as arguably the first cult classic of the new millennium. The 4K

This Sunday getTV Showcases Classic Comedy Including a Rare Jerry Seinfeld Appearance on The Merv Griffin Show

The night also includes the Friars Club Roasts of comedy icons Johnny Carson & Don Rickles, and two classic episodes of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.
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Press release: This Sunday night at 11 p.m. ET, getTV presents a rarely seen Jerry Seinfeld stand-up appearance from 1986 on THE MERV GRIFFIN SHOW. Seinfeld appeared on Merv Griffin’s talk show more than a dozen times in the early 1980s prior to his breakthrough in the sitcom SEINFELD, where he referenced his Griffin appearances in a legendary episode in which Kramer (Michael Richards) recreates the set from THE MERV GRIFFIN SHOW in his apartment. In addition to the Seinfeld guest spot, the night includes a lineup of some of the top male comedy performers of all-time, with two Friars

Sunday Program Highlights for Emerald City Comicon 2017

Where to find Todd at ECCC.
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Emerald City Comicon's fourth day of programming on Sunday March 5 offers the convention's final panels. My highlights are below. Their entire listing is available on the official website http://www.emeraldcitycomicon.com/ Crafting Reality Mar 05, 2017, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, TCC 301 An exploration into crafting a distinct world with two distinct and unique comic voices in Mark Waid and Jen Vaughn. Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Voice Acting Mar 05, 2017, 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM, Main Stage - WSCC 4A Experience Troy Baker, Jim Cummings, Jess Harnell, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille, Rob Paulsen AND John DiMaggio

Saturday Program Highlights for Emerald City Comicon 2017

Where to find Todd at ECCC.
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Emerald City Comicon's third day of programming on Saturday March 4 offers the largest group of panels. My highlights are below. Their entire listing is available on the official website. Robert Kirkman Q&A Mar 04, 2017, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Main Stage - WSCC 4A Join the creator of The Walking Dead, Invincible & Outcast for a lively Q&A. Why lively? Because there will be no moderator, just Robert Kirkman and you. Jim Cummings Spotlight Mar 04, 2017, 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM, WSCC 611 From Darkwing Duck to Winnie the Pooh, Jim Cummings has provided the voices of

Thursday and Friday Program Highlights for Emerald City Comicon 2017

Where to find Todd at ECCC.
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Emerald City Comicon's first two days of programming on Thursday, March 2 and Friday, March 3 offers an eclectic mix of panels. My highlights are below. Their entire listing is available on the official website. Build A World Workshop Mar 02, 2017, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, WSCC 603 A panel of professional authors will build a science fiction and/or fantasy world right before your eyes, taking tropes, themes, and ideas from audience suggestions and developing a setting as well as brainstorming stories one could write in that setting. A great hands-on workshop for learning how to take your setting

Moonlight is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us an Oscar upset,
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We cut the cord year ago and our cheap antenna doesn’t really work in our new house. We pick up a few channels but not ABC which carried the Oscars last night. I had all but resigned myself to not watching the ceremony this year and in fact wrote out several paragraphs for this article about how I wasn’t going to get to watch. Then my genius wife moved the antennae upstairs to our bedroom TV and got all the channels. I missed the first twenty minutes or so and then another twenty minutes or so in the middle putting

TCM to Launch New Noir-themed Programming Franchise 'Noir Alley'

New franchise hosted by Film Noir Foundation founder & president Eddie Muller premieres March 5 and airs every Sunday at 10 a.m.
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Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is taking up permanent residence in the shadowy world of film noir with the launch of Noir Alley, a new programming franchise hosted by Eddie Muller, founder and president of the Film Noir Foundation. Known to classic film fans as “The Czar of Noir,” Muller will explore the genre from every angle as he introduces a different noir classic each week. Noir Alley will air Sundays at 10 a.m. (ET) starting March 5 with a screening of the movie widely credited as the first film noir, The Maltese Falcon (1941). Film noir, with its

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 02-27-17

Curious how Days of Oscar From A to Z concludes?
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TCM's 31 Days of Oscar From A to Z concludes this week, starting with Three Comrades, co-scripted by F. Scott Fitzgerald, about three life-long friends sharing their love for a dying woman against the turbulent backdrop of Germany between the wars, which earned Margaret Sullavan a nomination for Best Actress. The finl selection is Z about a political assassination that uncovers a hotbed of corruption. It won for Best Film Editing (Françoise Bonnot) and Best Foreign Language Film, and was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (Costa-Gavras), and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Jorge Semprún and

Shmaltz Brewing Releases Star Trek Klingon Imperial Porter

The first of three limited Star Trek releases in 2017.
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Press release: In 2016, Shmaltz Brewing debuted two critically acclaimed Star Trek Golden Anniversary Ales to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the iconic franchise, Star Trek. 2017 brings triple the excitement with the limited release of three Star Trek specialty beers rolling out throughout the year. Under license by CBS Consumer Products, the first extraterrestrial elixir of 2017 is Star Trek Klingon Imperial Porter (7.3% ABV). Six malts including Specialty 2-Row, Vienna, Melanoidin, Crystal, Honey, and Pale Chocolate are masterfully brewed with two hops, Columbus and Vanguard. Lifting off this week, Star TrekKlingon Imperial Porter transports itself in 4-packs to

National Event Day Screening of '1984' Hosted by Arthouse Theaters, Including OC's The Frida Cinema

All participating theaters will be donating a portion of the proceeds to local charities and organizations.
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Press release: On April 4, 2017, The Frida Cinema joins almost 90 art house movie theaters across the country in 79 cities and in 34 states, plus one location in Canada, in participating collectively in a National Event Day screening of the film 1984. This date was chosen because it's the day novelist George Orwell's protagonist Winston Smith begins rebelling against his oppressive government by keeping a forbidden diary. These theaters owners strongly believe in supporting the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and see any attempt to scuttle that program as an attack on free speech and creative expression

Nocturnal Animals is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us another Amy Adams pick, a couple of Criterions, Mel Gibson's return, a Doctor Who Christmas special, and more.
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As I sit down to write out why Nocturnal Animals is my pick of this week, I realize I know next to nothing about the film. I know it stars Amy Adams and that it's gotten some critical buzz. I also really like its title. But other than that - nothing. Yet here I am ready to make it my pick. It's not like one of those weeks where there is nothing else coming out either. There’s a Doctor Who Christmas special, an Oscar-nominated Mel Gibson flick, and a couple of wonderful Criterion releases. Yet here I am, picking something

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 02-20-17

See what's playing during the last full week of TCM's 31 Days of Oscar From A to Z.
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TCM's 31 Days of Oscar From A to Z continues this week, starting with Penny Serenade about a woman on the verge of divorce recalling her heartbreaking attempts to adopt a child, which earned Cary Grant a nomination for Best Actor, through to Thousands Cheer about an egotistical acrobat who joins the Army and falls in love with his commander's daughter. It was nominated for Best Cinematography, Best Score and Best Art Direction. A Place in the Sun (1951) Monday, February 20 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) An ambitious young man wins an heiress' heart but has to cope with his

Criterion Announces May 2017 Releases

See what's in store for May.
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May begins with the Criterion Collection giving high-def upgrades to Chantal Akerman's Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles and Yasujiro Ozu's Good Morning. In addition, they are putting out releasing four new titles. They are Orson Welles' Othello, Jacques Audiard's Dheepan, Terry Zwigoff’s Ghost World and Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 2, which includes Insiang, Mysterious Object at Noon, Revenge, Limite, Law of the Border, and Taipei Story. Read on to learn more about them. Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (#484) out May 9 A singular work in film history, Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman,

Arrival is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us Amy Adams' language skills, a new Cinemax show, an Ang Lee Iraq War movie, a PBS Civil War show, and a gay porn crime drama starring James Franco.
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My wife is a language nerd. Technically, she’s a master linguist having received her degree from Indiana University many years ago. As such, she has many language-nerd friends. Which means I have many language-nerd friends. Arrival is a film in which Amy Adams plays a linguist who saves the world from an alien invasion using her language-nerd powers. All of those aforementioned friends were terribly excited by this film. I am not a language nerd. I’m not particularly interested in grammatical intricacies as one can easily tell by constant abuse of the rules in these weekly picks. I do however

Fiftieth Anniversary Screening of 'In the Heat of the Night' to Open 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival

The festival to celebrate Oscar-winner Sidney Poitier, producer Walter Mirisch, director Norman Jewison, actress Lee Grant, and composer Quincy Jones.
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Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will kick off the 8th annual TCM Classic Film Festival on Thursday, April 6th with a 50th anniversary screening of the Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger classic In the Heat of the Night (1967). The iconic actor Sidney Poitier, who will attend the screening, broke stereotypes and new ground when he starred in this five-time Academy Award winner about a black detective from the north who finds himself investigating a murder in a small-town in Mississippi. Producer Walter Mirisch and Director Norman Jewison along with actress Lee Grant and composer Quincy Jones will be

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 02-13-17

The parade of films recognized by the Academy Awards continues.
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TCM's 31 Days of Oscar From A to Z continues this week, starting with I'll Cry Tomorrow, a biography about actress Lillian Roth, which won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design for Helen Rose, through to the musical Pennies from Heaven, which saw Dennis Potter nominated for an Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay based on the 1978 BBC Series he wrote. Inherit the Wind (1960) Monday, February 13 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) In the twenties, a schoolteacher creates a national furor when he breaks the law against teaching evolution. The Lady Eve (1941) Tuesday, February 14 at 8:00

Loving is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us an Oscar nominee, another release of Dirty Dancing, Trolls, psychedelic horror, and much more.
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I first noticed Ruth Negga on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. where she played Raina, a villain who was working for the mysterious Centipede Group before becoming a spiky headed Inhuman. She was a striking presence but honestly didn’t make that much of an impression on me. After watching her in Preacher, I realize just how poorly used in S.H.I.E.L.D. as she is magnetic in that show. After watching the first season, I put a mental peg in her name as someone to always watch. It seems I wasn’t the only one as she’s getting all kind of accolades for her performance

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