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Spectre is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us some Bond, a haunted house, a grandma, Leftovers, and much more.
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I have many fond memories of watching James Bond. I remember my dad taking me to see him in the theatre. I remember catching Octopussy as a pubescent teen on cable in the back bedroom of my grandparents' house. Then they started releasing the films on VHS, and I watched them all over again. I remember being so mad at Timothy Dalton when he got the gig as Bond as I’d heard rumors Pierce Brosnan was going to get the role and I’d loved him on Remington Steele. Then I remember being disappointed when Brosnan did get the role as

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 02-08-16

I'm shocked, shocked to find that classic movies are being shown there!
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TCM's 31 Days (and 360˚) of Oscar puts the emphasis on "classic" this week as February marches on. Flying Down to Rio (1933) Monday, Feb. 08 at 3:30 p.m. (ET) A dance-band leader finds love and success in Brazil. Cabaret (1972) Tuesday, Feb. 09 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A young writer gets mixed up with a pleasure-loving singer in a decadent world of 1930's Berlin. The Great Escape (1963) Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) Thrown together by the Germans, a group of captive Allied troublemakers plot a daring escape. Imitation of Life (1934) Thursday, Feb. 11 at 8:00

Bridge of Spies is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us three period dramas, a witch hunter and some zombies playing Tyler Durden.
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We’re less than a month away from the Oscars and I’ve seen exactly three of the nominated films - four if you count the animated feature nominees (and five more if you add in the animated shorts). This isn’t unusual for me as I rarely get to watch more than a couple of the nominees before the ceremony airs. I’ve noted many times before how difficult it is for me to get to the theatre to see new films and I won’t rehash that here. I do appreciate that many of the films now get released to home video just

getTV Salutes the Oscars with Columbia Pictures Award Winners

Highlights include two weeks of Frank Capra Classics, a Night of King Henry Epics, and a Romantic Two-Pack.
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Press release: getTV celebrates awards season with a roster of Oscar-winning Columbia Pictures features, airing every Thursday at 8 p.m. ET. The month-long lineup puts the spotlight on some of cinema’s finest films with themed blocks featuring two weeks of Frank Capra classics starring James Stewart, Gary Cooper, and Jean Arthur, as well as a pair of King Henry period pieces starring Peter O’Toole and Robert Shaw, and a night of romance and whimsy starring Robert Montgomery and Evelyn Keyes, among others. Frank Capra, Part 1—Thurs., Feb. 4 at 8 p.m. ET The month of Oscar kicks off with a

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 02-01-16

The first week of 31 Days (and 360 Degrees) of Oscar.
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On Monday, Turner Classic Movies will kick off its 31 Days of Oscar, the network's annual month-long celebration of the Academy Awards, on February 1 at 6am with a screening of Gigi (1958). This year’s theme is “31 Days (and 360 Degrees) of Oscar,” which features 360 Oscar-winning or nominated films with each connected to the next by an actor or actress who has a role in both. No films or connections are repeated and it all comes full circle when the last film of the programming, Around the World in 80 Days (1956) connects back to Gigi (1958). This

Silicon Valley Comic Con Announces First Wave of Panels

Highlights include: An Evening with William Shatner, Ask Adam Savage, Let’s Go to Mars!, Con Man: The Fan Revolt 14 Years in the Making.
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Press release: Silicon Valley Comic Con (SVCC), Steve Wozniak’s pop culture and technology expo, today revealed the initial round of panels that will be featured during the highly anticipated event that blends the best of entertainment, technology, gaming, comics, VR and all things pop culture. Attendees will have the opportunity to gain an insider’s perspective as they hear a wide variety of discussions helmed by their favorite Hollywood icons, scientists, technology luminaries and more. Panel Highlights: POP CULTURE AND ENTERTAINMENT An Evening With William ShatnerFrom Star Trek’s Captain Kirk to Boston Legal’s Denny Krane, there are few actors that are

getTV Honors Black History Month on Monday Nights

Highlights include interviews and performances featuring Diana Ross, Lena Horne, Harry Belafonte and Martin Luther King Jr., and a Sidney Poitier Birthday Block on Feb. 19.
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Press release: getTV celebrates Black History Month with a Monday Night Variety lineup featuring rare interviews and performances by groundbreaking African-American icons, airing every week in primetime. This month’s roster includes beloved entertainers Lena Horne, Richard Pryor, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, and more, headlined by a powerful interview with Martin Luther King Jr. on THE MERV GRIFFIN SHOW on February 29 at 10 p.m. ET. As part of the month’s festivities, getTV will also pay tribute to Oscar-winning actor Sidney Poitier with a special birthday block on Friday, February 19, starting at 8 p.m.

Doctor Who: Series Nine, Part Two is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us Doctor Who split apart, Spike Lee modernizing the ancient Greeks, Jack Black fighting children's monsters, and Bradley Cooper playing with food.
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I have very vague memories of watching Doctor Who as a kid. This was the '80s when the long=scarfed Tom Baker was the titular character and the series ran late-night Saturdays on my local PBS station. I wasn’t really a fan of the series and I only watched it a few times, but I remember the Daleks. I remember being old enough to be embarrassed to ask my mother to lay down next to me afterwards but young (and terrified) enough to ask her anyways. When the new series came on, those memories weren’t enough to make me raise even

TCM Programming Alert for Week of 01-25-16

TCM will take viewers around thew world in seven days.
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For those who are absent-minded, feel free to bookmark this list of TCM suggestions for the final week of January. '60s Spy Stories: Arabesque (1966) Monday, Jan. 25 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A university professor gets mixed up with international spies and a two-timing woman. The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964) Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) Musical biography of the backwoods girl who struck it rich in Colorado and survived the Titanic. Star of the Month: Fred MacMurray - The Absent-Minded Professor (1961) Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A college professor fights off corrupt businessmen to market

Criterion's Inside Llewyn Davis is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us one of the Coen Brothers' best films, some influential hip hop, a deadly mountain climb, a deadlier internship, and much more.
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Many times in these pages I’ve mentioned my extraordinary love for both the Criterion Collection and the Coen Brothers. When you put them together, you pretty much have a guaranteed Pick of the Week. Surprisingly, Inside Llewyn Davis is the first time the two have met. You’d think the Coens' films would get the Criterion treatment every time like Wes Anderson films do. Seemingly, their films fit the Criterion niche perfectly. They are quirky, arty, funny and often strangely violent . They are well loved by critics and maintain a relatively small but highly devoted fanbase. I suspect there is

TCM Programming Alert for Week of 01-18-16

If you watch TCM, there's no way out of seeing quality films.
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This week's highlights at TCM suggests that films don't have to be old to be considered classics. African American Coming-of-Age: Sounder! (1972) Monday, Jan. 18 at 10:00 p.m. (ET) Black sharecroppers during the Depression fight to get their children a decent education. Robert Osborne's Picks: Penny Serenade (1941) Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 9:45 p.m. (ET) A woman on the verge of divorce recalls her heartbreaking attempts to adopt a child. Star of the Month: Fred MacMurray - The Apartment (1960) Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 10:15 p.m. (ET) An aspiring executive lets his bosses use his apartment for assignations, only to

Criterion Announces April 2016 Releases

Something old, something new...
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Next April, the Criterion Collection expands with four new entries. They are Howard Hawks' Only Angels Have Wings, four films about John F. Kennedy by Robert Drew & Associates, Christian Petzold's Phoenix, and Whit Stillman's Barcelona, which is part of A Whit Stillman Trilogy set. Also, David Lean's Brief Encounter gets a standalone release. Read on to learn more about them. Only Angels Have Wings (#806) out Apr 12 Electrified by the verbal wit and visual craftsmanship of the great Howard Hawks, Only Angels Have Wings stars Jean Arthur as a traveling entertainer who gets more than she bargained for

2016 Academy Award Nominations Have Been Announced

Who is bringing Oscar home this year?
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have revealed their nominees for outstanding film achievement of 2015. Alejandro G. Iñarritu's The Revenant leads the roster with 12 nominations. Hosted by Chris Rock, the Oscars will be presented on Sunday, February 28, 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 (with links to our reviews) are: Best Picture The Big Short Bridge of Spies Brooklyn Mad Max: Fury Road The Martian The Revenant Room Spotlight Best Actor Bryan Cranston, Trumbo Matt Damon,

The Martian is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us two Criterions, a Victorian Sherlock, a hacking Robot, and Ridley Scott once again making great films.
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I subscribed to the auteur theory before I even knew what that was. That is to say as I began to take films seriously, I naturally gravitated towards directors moreso than genres, stories and actors. There are certain directors whose films get me excited by the mere fact that it was directed by them whether or not anything else about the pictures is interesting to me at all. I’ll see anything by people like Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson, and the Coen Brothers no matter if the stories or actors or anything else excites me about it. So much more is

TCM Programming Alert for Week of 01-11-16

What are you watching this week?
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The top highlights of the week include a number of classics, such as Bonnie and Clyde, Gone with the Wind, and Double Indemnity with star of the month, Fred MacMurray. Guest Programmer: Dick Guttman - Bonnie and Clyde (1967) Monday, Jan. 11 at 10:30 p.m. (ET) The legendary bank robbers run riot in the South of the 1930s. The Little Fugitive (1953) Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) Fearing he has killed his older brother, a boy runs off to Coney Island Star of the Month: Fred MacMurray - Double Indemnity (1944) Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 8:00 p.m. (ET)

Grant, Hepburn, Taylor, Streisand, and Boston Blackie Headline getTV in January

Highlights include Rita Hayworth in Gilda, the 40th Anniversary of Murder by Death, and Katharine Hepburn & Liz Taylor in Suddenly, Last Summer.
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Press release: getTV opens the New Year with a January programming lineup packed with acclaimed dramas and beloved favorites, airing in primetime all month long. The roster features stunts starring Barbra Streisand and Rita Hayworth, as well as a month of Boston Blackie serial thrillers; a night of Cary Grant classics; a 40th Anniversary celebration of MURDER BY DEATH; and Golden Age icons Katharine Hepburn and Liz Taylor in SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER. Highlights of getTV’s January programming lineup are as follows: FUNNY LADY (1975)—Wed., Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. ET Barbra Streisand brings the story of Vaudeville legend Fanny Brice

Sicario is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us some cool sounding action, high-wire acts, zombies, detectives, Quentin Tarantino inspirations' and much more.
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A great big thanks to Davy for helping me out last week. Extra credit since I gave him about a day's notice. At least it was an easy week for him to cover. The last week of the year always brings out very little as the studios have all shot their wads for the Christmas shoppers and they’ve not yet had time to recharge for the new year. This week brings us quite a few things I’m finding interesting though most of it was found to be disappointing by critics and audiences alike. Still there’s a lot of it and

TCM Programming Alert for Week of 01-04-16

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The top highlights of the first full week of 2016 include a variety of monsters from criminals to stage mothers. There's also King Kong. Behold a Pale Horse (1964) Monday, Jan. 4 at 10:45 p.m. (ET) A Spanish bandit returns from exile to visit his dying mother. King Kong (1933) Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A film crew discovers the "eighth wonder of the world," a giant prehistoric ape, and brings him back to New York, where he wreaks havoc. Star of the Month: Fred MacMurray - Suddenly It's Spring (1947) Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 11:15 p.m. (ET)

Paramount Pictures and Landmark Theatres Present a Charlie Kaufman Retrospective January 4 - 7, 2016 in NY, LA, Chicago, and SF

The exclusive event will feature five of Kaufman’s critically acclaimed films with Q&As in New York and Los Angeles.
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Press release: Paramount Pictures and Landmark Theatres present a Charlie Kaufman Retrospective featuring the work of the Academy Award®-winning filmmaker exclusively at Landmark Theatres in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. The four-day retrospective will run January 4 - 7, 2016 with special screenings of five of Kaufman’s most critically acclaimed films: BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, ADAPTATION, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK, and his latest film with co-director Duke Johnson, the Golden Globe-nominated stop-motion animated feature ANOMALISA. In New York and Los Angeles, showings of ANOMALISA will include Q&As with the movie’s filmmakers and voice

Bone Tomahawk is the Pick of the Week

Probably the most disappointing week releases brings us a gory Western, a very flawed Fatal Attraction ripoff, a robbery flick that went nowhere, and more.
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[Editor's note: Davy is filling in while Mat is away for the holidays.] Since everyone is getting over the Christmas holidays, I think they are just too stuffed with food and having to clean up all the wrapping paper to purchase the latest releases. Fortunately this week's releases will help people save a lot of money, and help them save for New Year's. With the exception of a bloody throwback Western, I don't think that people will be upset not to own the other releases. On paper, Bone Tomahawk sounds like a very interesting, successful tribute to the ultraviolent Italian

SYFY's 21st Annual Twilight Zone Marathon Will Air All 156 Episodes Chronologically

Visit "a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity" from December 30 through January 3. In HD!
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Press release: Syfy will take viewers into a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity during its 21st annual New Year’s Eve The Twilight Zone marathon, which will air all 156 episodes of Rod Serling’s legendary TV series in chronological order and in HD for the first time ever on the channel. The 87-hour marathon will begin Wednesday, December 30 at 7PM (ET/PT), concluding Sunday, January 3 at 12PM. The only interruption will be the telecast of WWE SmackDown on Thursday, December 31 from 8-10PM. Among The Twilight Zone fan favorites will be "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet"

TCM Programming Alert for Week of 12-28-15

Highlights from the week ahead on TCM.
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TCM presents some magnificient choices to close out 2015 and begin 2016, such as a Thin Man New Year's Eve marathon and His Girl Friday on Sunday. TCM Spotlight: Girlfriends - The Children's Hour (1961) Monday, Dec. 28 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A malicious student tries to destroy the teachers at a girls' school. Gigi (1958) Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A Parisian girl is raised to be a kept woman but dreams of love and marriage. Star of the Month: Frank Sinatra - The Joker is Wild (1957) Wednesday, Dec. 30 at 11:30 p.m. (ET) Singer Joe

Largest TCM Big Screen Classics Series Ever Comes to Cinemas With a Year of Unforgettable Titles Starting January 2016

An extraordinary look at four decades of magic at the movies, from the 1940s to the 1980s, all with added insights from TCM hosts.
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Press release: Discover the stuff that dreams are made of. Hold your breath, make a wish, count to three. Take a day off with Ferris Bueller. Survive a winter in the Overlook Hotel. Movie lovers will be able to do all of this and more in 2016 as Fathom Events partners with Turner Classic Movies (TCM) for the biggest-ever “TCM Big Screen Classics” series. The not-to-miss lineup begins in January and continues monthly throughout the year as Fathom Events and TCM bring some of the greatest titles ever back into movie theaters, each for just four showings. These classics will

Antenna TV's 2015 Classic Christmas Collection Schedule

Celebrate Christmas with your favorite TV families.
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Antenna TV is presenting a 38-hour marathon of Christmas-themed episodes from their roster of classic television shows. The festivities start on Christmas Eve at 3:00 PM (ET) with Mr. Belvedere and run late into Christmas night with Maude at 4:30 AM (ET). Although there are a few repeats and the Yule Log runs at 3:00 AM for the Pacific time zone, the elves at Antenna TV offer hours of fun to those who tune in. According to their website, "Local television stations air Antenna TV as a digital multicast channel often on a .2 or .3 channel depending on the

Pan is the Pick of the Week

A rather dull week brings us another take on Peter Pan, another take on Bobby Fischer's life, a two very different takes on religion.
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If the weeks leading up to Christmas are a bonanza for home-video collectors, then the actual week of Christmas is something like the day after a party when there’s nothing left but junk nobody wanted. I guess the people who decide which Blu-rays get released when figure everybody has already purchased all their presents so there isn’t any reason to put anything out that anybody wants. There’s never more than a handful of releases at this point in the year, most of which is absolute junk. But then again there is always a release or two that could have been

TCM Programming Alert for Week of 12-21-15

Invite these films into your home for the holidays.
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This week's top highlights from TCM feature films to remember, from Robert Osborne's Christmas Eve Pick to musicals starring Fred & Ginger, Frank Sinatra, and Little Orphan Annie. Where The Boys Are (1960) Monday, Dec. 21 at 9:45 p.m. (ET) College coeds go looking for love during spring break in Fort Lauderdale. Guest Programmer: Tina Fey - Desk Set (1957) Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A computer expert tries to prove his electronic brain can replace a television network's research staff. Star of the Month: Frank Sinatra - High Society (1956) Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 11:00 p.m. (ET)

Criterion Announces March 2016 Releases

You'll always have Paris if you buy one of these new releases.
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Next March, Criterion adds four new titles to the collection. They are Jacques Rivette's Paris Belongs to Us, John Frankenheimer's The Manchurian Candidate, Edward Yang's A Brighter Summer Day, and Les Blank's A Poem is a Naked Person. Also, Vittorio De Sica's Bicycle Thieves gets a high-def upgrade. Read on to learn more about them. Paris Belongs to Us (#802) out Mar 8 One of the original critics turned filmmakers who helped jump-start the French New Wave, Jacques Rivette began shooting his debut feature in 1958, well before that cinema revolution officially kicked off with The 400 Blows and Breathless.

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us a couple of Italian horrors, some early Hitchcock, impossible missions, and more.
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It's easy to get cynical and annoyed with all the remakes, reimaginings, rehashes, and sequels that seem to come out every other day. Most of them really are terrible and it's difficult not to think that Hollywood has lost its imagination. At the same time, there are some remakes and sequels worth paying attention to. Almost two decades ago, Tom Cruise dusted off the old Mission: Impossible television series and has made a long lasting, continually interesting film franchise out of it. The secret has been its use of very different directors. Through five films, the series has hired out

TCM Programming Alert for Week of 12-14-15

Turner Classic Movies has some suggestions for you.
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The Top Highlights of the Week for TCM include a musical starring Star of the Month Frank Sinatra and a few Christmas Classics. TCM Spotlight: Girlfriends - The Women (1939) Monday, Dec. 14 at 10:15 p.m. (ET) A happily married woman lets her catty friends talk her into divorce when her husband strays. Topper Returns (1941) Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 9:30 p.m. (ET) An beautiful ghost enlists a henpecked husband to track down her killer. Star of the Month: Frank Sinatra - On The Town (1949) Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 9:00 p.m. (ET) Three sailors wreak havoc as they search

2016 Golden Globes Nominations Announced

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Press release: Carol, The Revenant, Steve Jobs and The Big Short led the the nominations for the 73rd Golden Globe Awards, announced early in the morning today, December 10. Among the TV nominees the highlights were American Crime, Fargo, Mr. Robot, Outlander, Transparent and Wolf Hall, with three nominations each. The nominations were introduced by HFPA president Lorenzo Soria and announced by America Ferrera, Angela Bassett, Chloe Grace Moretz and Dennis Quaid. For both films and TV this year’s nominations made it clear that this would be a wide open race, with no clear favorites. With five nominations - best

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