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Independence Day 20th Anniversary Edition is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us invasions, counterculture icons, Holocaust survivors, and a fancy mop.
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Twenty years ago, I was a sophomore in college. That was the first summer where I didn’t go home for break and instead stayed at school and got a few more credits. I went to a small, private university and it was absolutely dead in the summer. Almost everybody took off, leaving only a hundred of us or so staying on campus. We formed a strange bond, those of us that stayed, hanging out though we weren’t really friends in the normal school months. My roommate stayed too and we mostly just hung out watching TV when we weren’t in

getTV Presents War Movies, a Mother's Day Salute, and Birthday Blocks in May

Thrilling war epics, sidesplitting comedies, and star-studded dramas airing in primetime all month long.
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Press release: getTV deploys an A-list lineup of Golden Age classics this May, featuring thrilling war epics, sidesplitting comedies, and star-studded dramas, airing in primetime all month long. The roster includes a month of war-time favorites starring Humphrey Bogart, Steve McQueen, and Jack Lemmon, every Thursday in May, in honor of Memorial Day; as well as a Mothers’ Day block featuring Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, and Lucille Ball, among others; and birthday blocks celebrating John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, and Frank Capra. War Epics—Every Thursday in May, at 8 p.m. ET getTV salutes the troops with eight war epics, airing every

The Nice Guys Present a Retro Trailer

Director Shane Black's The Nice Guys is in theaters on May 20.
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Set in 1970s Los Angeles, down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Ryan Gosling) and hired enforcer Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power.

Turner Classic Movies Launches TCM Backlot, the Network's First-Ever Fan Club

"Creating a fan club allows us to super-serve and further engage with our most passionate and devoted fans," said Jennifer Dorian, general manager of TCM.
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Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced the launch of its first ever-official fan club, TCM Backlot, which will serve as the ultimate destination for enthusiasts of TCM. TCM Backlot will give fans unprecedented access to all things TCM including exclusive content, never-before-seen talent interviews, archival videos from the TCM vault, an exclusive TCM podcast, as well as opportunities to win visits to the TCM set, attend meet and greets with TCM hosts and the opportunity to influence programming through online votes. TCM Backlot can be accessed at for an $87 annual fee and will be available for

Son of Saul is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us two movies about the Holocaust, three films from Criterion, Natalie Portman with a gun, a Christmas horror story, and more.
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The Holocaust has been milked and bilked of every possible dramatic meaning for decades on screens both big and small. One would think you couldn’t possible find another way to tell its story. Apparently one would be wrong. Son of Saul tells the story of a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando - Jewish concentration camp prisoners forced to help with disposing of their comrades' corpses or be killed themselves. I’d heard of these people before, and imagined how horrible that experience must have been, but this is the first time I’ve heard of it being presented dramatically. A fresh story

KISS Rocks Vegas in Cinemas on Wednesday, May 25

"Join us for a 'Crazy Crazy Night' at your cinema!" - Gene Simmons
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Press release: Fans worldwide are anxiously awaiting the release of KISS Rocks Vegas, and now stateside fans are one step closer to this spectacular concert event as tickets for the cinema event are now on sale domestically. Presented in the U.S. by Fathom Events, MusicScreen and Eagle Rock Entertainment on May 25 at 7:30 p.m. local time, KISS Rocks Vegas immortalizes KISS’ historic nine-show run at the infamous Hard Rock Hotel in November 2014. From this blistering live show, fans can expect sky high flames, show-stopping dramatics and more than a few drops of blood! This spectacular event also offers

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 04-25-16

In between TCMFF 2016 updates, here's what's playing.
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As TCM returns to Hollywood for its seveth annual Classic Film Festival, here's what you can watch from the comfort of your home. TCM Spotlight: The Best of the Barrymores - Grand Hotel (1932) Monday, April 25 at 10:15 p.m. (ET) Guests at a posh Berlin hotel struggle through scandel and heartache. Because They're Young (1960) Tuesday, April 26 at 9:45 p.m. (ET) A crusading high school teacher tries to help his troubled students. Pandora's Box (1929) Wednesday, April 27 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A young innocent's sexuality destroys all who come near her. Live from the 2015 TCM Classic

getTV adds 14 Retro Programming to Weekdays

The roster features 14 classic series at launch, divided into three blocks of rare comedies, westerns, and action/crime dramas.
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Press release: Fueled by the positive response to its programming blocks celebrating rare classic television series, getTV has launched an all-new weekday schedule focusing on hard-to-find favorites. The lineup includes 14 television series to start, with more to be added throughout the cycle. The new schedule is divided into three distinct blocks—Comedies, Westerns, and Action/Crime—airing weekdays from 7 a.m. ET to 8 p.m. ET, beginning May 2. In a special kick-off event, getTV will present the two-hour premiere of the 1984 series RIPTIDE, starring Perry King, Joe Penny, and Thom Bray, as part of the network’s Silver Screen Favorites block

The Revenant is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us Leonardo DiCaprio getting torture porned, Maggie Smith living in a van, Julia Louis-Dreyfus playing politics, and much more.
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If you relentlessly abuse your no-name actors, then your film gets called torture porn, but if you treat Leonardo DiCaprio in the same manner, then you win Oscars. Or something. There’s a lot of nonsense politics involved in the Academy Awards and with critical evaluations of genres, and just general movie watchng. Just read the message boards on IMDB on any given film and you’ll see nothing but nonsense. Personally, I can dig a little low-brow torture porn alongside my high-minded films where big named stars get mauled viciously by bears. The Revenant certainly does abuse Leonardo DiCaprio over and

Criterion Announces July 2016 Releases

Here's a cure for the summertime blues.
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The six offerings from Criterion in July are four new titles to the Collection and two upgrades. The former are Arthur Hiller's The In-laws; Alain Resnais’ Muriel, or The Time of Return; King Hu's A Touch of Zen; and Terrence Malick's The New World. The latter are Herk Harvey’s Carnival of Souls and a second Resnais title, Night and Fog. Read on to learn more about them. The In-laws (#823) out Jul 5 Peter Falk and Alan Arkin make for a hilarious dream team in this beloved American sidesplitter. Directed by Arthur Hiller from an ingenious script by Andrew Bergman,

AMC to Host Pop-up Fan Screenings of the Highly-anticipated Preacher Series Premiere

Screening of pilot episode to take place in four select cities.
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Press release: AMC announced today a social media campaign that will bring special pop-up screenings of the highly-anticipated new series Preacher to super fans’ hometowns in the weeks leading into the show’s May 22 premiere. Beginning today, fans can visit Twitter or Instagram to post their most creative photos, videos or comments about why their hometown deserves an exclusive “Preacher” screening using the hashtag #PreacherFanScreenings. AMC will select four cities or towns for a screening of the series’ pilot episode on April 30, May 7, 15 and 21. Fans can visit for more information. Based on Garth Ennis and

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 04-18-16

Ladies dominate the highlights this week. If that bothers you, seek professional help.
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This week on TCM finds Ethel as the Barrymore in the spotlight, Gloria Steinham guest programming, and more than one "Funny Girl." TCM Spotlight: The Best of the Barrymores - The Spiral Staircase (1946) Monday, April 18 at 10:00 p.m. (ET) A serial killer stalks a mute servant girl in a remote mansion. Guest Programmer: Gloria Steinem - Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) Tuesday, April 19 at 10:00 p.m. (ET) A young writer gets caught up in a party girl's carefree existence. Metropolis (1926) Wednesday, April 20 at 3:00 a.m. (ET) In this silent film, a city of the future is

RiffTrax Live: MST3K Reunion Show Set for June 28 and July 12

Fathom Events and RiffTrax present a side-splitting get together with beloved MST3K cast of characters.
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Press release: Get ready for a Satellite of Love-fest as the guys of RiffTrax -- Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett (best known for the groundbreaking Mystery Science Theater 3000) -- celebrate their 10th year at RiffTrax by producing “RiffTrax Live: MST3K Reunion Show,” an amazing night of riffing and comedy with most of the original MST3K stars. Joining Mike, Kevin and Bill live, in front of a packed house at the State Theater in Minneapolis, will be none other than MST3K creator Joel Hodgson (“Joel Robinson”), Trace Beaulieu (“Dr. Clayton Forrester,” “Crow T. Robot”), Frank Conniff (“TV’s

Bride of Re-Animator is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us reanimated corpses getting married, Cray Grant as a fly-boy, DC comic heroes fighting, other Heroes being reborn and much more.
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When I was a young teen, I used to daydream about the day when I’d turn 16 and could take myself to see R-rated movies (or rent them at the video store). My parents were not ridiculously strict with these things. I’d seen plenty of R-rated movies but those were mostly action movies. In my family, like many American families, violence on the screen was okay for us young ones to watch. We could get away with a certain amount of cursing in movies, but sex and nudity were big no-nos. On the occasions my mother was out of town,

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 04-11-16

Nosferatu won't be the only one running silent this week.
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This week on TCM finds the Barrymores back in the spotlight, star-of-the-month Judy Garland planning to meet you in St. Louis, and the Jets and Sharks fighting/dancing in the streets. TCM Spotlight: The Best of the Barrymores - One Man's Journey (1933) Monday, April 11 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) Father and son doctors disagree over the son's materialistic goals. Juke Girl (1942) Tuesday, April 12 at 10:15 p.m. (ET) A migrant laborer becomes a champion of farm worker's rights. Nosferatu (1922) Wednesday, April 13 at 11:30 p.m. (ET) In this silent film, a beautiful woman risks her life to end

French New Wave Super-star Anna Karina to Appear in Person at Hollywood & NYC Tributes

Restoration of Godard’s Band of Outsiders, starring Karina, to bow at TCN Classic Film Festival & Film Forum.
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Press release: In a rare visit to the United States, screen idol Anna Karina, a darling of the French New Wave, will appear in person at tributes in Los Angeles and New York City. Karina will make an appearance at this year’s TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, where she will be interviewed following the U.S. premiere of a new restoration of Jean-Luc Godard’s offbeat crime comedy, Band of Outsiders, in which she stars with Sami Frey and Claude Brasseur. Karina will also appear at L.A.’s Cinefamily on April 29, followed by a three-borough New York tour: BAM Cinematek, Brooklyn

Shakespeare Adaptations Screen for Free Saturdays in April at The Frida Cinema

Four rarely-screened stage adaptations of works by William Shakespeare as BBC and the world celebrate his 400th birthday.
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Press release: With the partnership of the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), The Frida Cinema will be offering our community to see four rarely-screened stage adaptations of works by William Shakespeare as BBC and the world celebrate the 400th Birthday of theatre's most celebrated playwright, William Shakespeare. The Shakespeare at 400 series will present: Saturday, April 9 - 1:30pmAS YOU LIKE IT (1963) Directors Michael Elliott and Ronald Eyre's 1963 adaptation of Shakespeare's 1603 comedy was originally produced for television, and has very rarely presented on the big screen! This charming black and white adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company production

Sixth Annual Grateful Dead Meet-Up Features Previously Unreleased 1989 Sullivan Stadium Concert

Fathom Events and Rhino Entertainment continue annual “Meet-Up at the Movies” with a special one-night showing of a classic concert on May 11.
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Press release: Legendary rock band, the Grateful Dead, comes back to the big screen for the 6th annual event, “Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies 2016,” presented by Fathom Events and Rhino Entertainment on Wednesday, May 11 at 7:00 p.m. local time. This special cinema event features the previously unreleased Grateful Dead concert from Sullivan Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts on July 2, 1989. It captures the Grateful Dead (Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Brent Mydland and Bob Weir), as the band opens their tour in front of a sell-out crowd of more than 60,000 fans. Audiences will

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us Star Wars! And some other stuff.
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From the moment George Lucas announced the sale of his Star Wars franchise to Disney and that there would then be more movies, the hype has been astronomical. Every day there were dispatches from TV, radio, podcasts, and more websites than one can imagine. We learned about each cast member as they got hired, about the crew, the caterers, about the shooting locations, the title, the posters, the trailers, the teaser posters for the trailer, and when J.J. Abrams sneezed on his way home. They hype was colossal. It was absolutely insane. I totally loved it. Well, that's not entirely

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 04-04-16

Probably not the first time New Orleans and a Lost Weekend have occurred in the same week.
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This week finds TCM celebrating the Barrymores, Gregory Peck's 100th Birthday, and Star-of-the-Month Judy Garland on her iconic trip to the Land of Oz. TCM Spotlight: The Best of the Barrymores - A Bill of Divorcement (1932) Monday, April 4 at 10:00 p.m. (ET) A recovered madman learns his ex-wife and daughter are about to marry Gregory Peck 100th Birthday Tribute - To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) Tuesday, April 5 at 10:00 p.m. (ET) A young girl grows up fast when her lawyer father defends a black man accused of raping a white woman (review) Starring Arturo De Cordova -

getTV's Variety Programming Block in April Features Warhol, Mays, Parton, and More

Highlights include Chita Rivera, Peter Lawford & Louis Jourdan on THE JUDY GARLAND SHOW, and specials starring Woody Allen, Andy Williams, Dolly Parton, & Dick Van Dyke.
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Press release: getTV unveils a star-studded Monday Night Variety block in April, as some of entertainment’s biggest names deliver unforgettable performances, shine in charming skits, and sit down for insightful interviews, every week starting at 8 p.m. ET. This month’s roster includes classic episodes of THE JUDY GARLAND SHOW featuring appearances by Vic Damone, Chita Rivera, Peter Lawford, and Louis Jourdan; and rare specials starring Woody Allen, Andy Williams, Dolly Parton, and Dick Van Dyke at 9 p.m. ET; followed by some of THE MERV GRIFFIN SHOW’s most iconic episodes at 10 p.m. ET, with special guests Bette Davis, Olivia

TCM Announces Screen Legend Burt Reynolds for Live from the 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival Interview

Reynolds will also introduce a screening of The Longest Yard (1974).
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Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) announced today that renowned actor Burt Reynolds is set to attend the 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival, taking place in Hollywood April 28 - May 1, to participate in a sit-down interview about his life and career. In addition to the interview, Reynolds will be on-hand to introduce a screening of The Longest Yard (1974), for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. The interview will be taped Saturday, April 30 in front of a live audience of festival pass holders at The Ricardo Montalbán Theatre. "For more than five decades,

Spencer Tracy, Bette Davis, Gregory Peck Headline getTV's April Programming

Other highlights include Birthday Blocks honoring William Holden & Barbra Streisand, a Month of Crime Doctor Mysteries, Harrison Ford in HANOVER STREET, and more.
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Press release: getTV puts the spotlight on some of Hollywood’s most notable names, with an impressive April lineup featuring acclaimed war epics, classic crime dramas, breathtaking love stories, and more, airing in primetime all month long. The roster includes themed-double features honoring cinema icons Spencer Tracy, Gregory Peck, and Bette Davis; as well as birthday blocks honoring William Holden and Barbra Streisand; a month of CRIME DOCTOR mysteries starring Warner Baxter; Shirley MacLaine and Elizabeth Taylor in the 2001 romp THESE OLD BROADS; and fan-favorite Harrison Ford in the beloved romance HANOVER STREET. Spencer Tracy—Fri., Apr. 1 at 8 p.m.

The Hateful Eight is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us new Tarantino, old foreign classics, cyborgs, Will Smith, and more.
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Last Friday, I loaded the family into the car and we spent Easter weekend in our old stomping grounds in Tennessee. Good Friday was also my 40th birthday and we celebrated with multiple parties, tons of food, and lots of laughs with some old friends. On several occasions, various friends came up to me to ask what movies I had seen lately, or what my top films of 2015 were, etc. This isn’t surprising as I’m a big pop-culture nerd and film buff and as such that tends to be what me and my friends talk about. The thing is,

El Rey Network's 'April Ghouls' Marathon Begins April 1st

You know what they say… April growlers bring May blood showers.
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Press release: April will be creeping up on you with El Rey Network’s “April Ghouls” marathon! This marathon is no joke - El Rey Network will be crawling under your skin this April Fool’s Day with the classic CRITTERS and GHOULIES series, as well as the recent release GHOULS. The marathon of mini-monsters will begin on Friday, April 1 at 4:00 PM ET/PT, and will nibble at your soul throughout the weekend until it ends on April 3. Below us the schedule and synposes. El Rey Network's April Ghouls Film Schedule Friday, April 1 4:00 PM ET/PT “GHOULIES” 5:30 PM

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 03-28-16

The months may change, but the films keep coming from TCM.
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As March transitions into April, this week on TCM sees films about con artists and recent Oscar winner for Best Picture, The Artist. F for Fake (1973) Monday, March 28 at 9:45 p.m. (ET) Director Orson Welles examines the career of a notorious art forger. Starring Peter Fonda - Lilith (1964) Tuesday, March 29 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A young psychiatrist finds himself drawn to a beautiful young mental patient. The Artist (2011) Wednesday, March 30 at 9:30 p.m. (ET) A silent screen swashbuckler faces career problems with the coming of sound. TCM Spotlight: Condemned - Baby Doll (1956) Thursday,

Roddenberry's Debut TV Series 'The Lieutenant' Airs on getTV Every Wed. in April

The Block puts the spotlight on five episodes each week, with guests such as Robert Duvall, Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols, Ricardo Montalban, & more.
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Press release: getTV deploys an all-new “Get Lost In TV” April lineup, with a tribute to Gene Roddenberry’s classic 1963 military series THE LIEUTENANT, every Wednesday at 8pE​/5pE​. The weekly block, which kicks off on April 6, presents four episodes, airing back-to-back, to create the ultimate vintage binge watching experience. Future blocks will highlight beloved leading man James Stewart in the 1971 family comedy THE JIMMY STEWART SHOW, among others. Running from 1963 to 1964, THE LIEUTENANT starred Gary Lockwood as USMC Second Lieutenant William Rice, and Robert Vaughn as Rice’s company commander Captain Raymond Rambridge, who find trouble and

RiffTrax Live: Time Chasers to Bring a Beloved MST3K Classic to Big Screens May 5 and 17

Fathom Events and RiffTrax present a lambasting of the ludicrous Time Chasers.
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Press release: Dust off that time machine (and the floppy disks that run it), because this May the guys of RiffTrax -- Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett (best known for the groundbreaking Mystery Science Theater 3000) - are bringing RiffTrax Live: Time Chasers to select cinemas across the nation. Presented by Fathom Events and RiffTrax on Thursday, May 5 LIVE at 8:00 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. CT and tape-delayed to 7:00 p.m. MT/ 8:00 p.m. PT and a re-broadcast on Tuesday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. local time, RiffTrax Live: Time Chasers will take on one of

Black Mama, White Mama is the Pick of the Week

This week's new releases include a classic comedy, a not-so classic exploitation drama, the conclusion of the Hunger Games and more.
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Every once in awhile you have to ask yourself whether you want the much beloved, critically acclaimed, and highly influential classic comedy or the ridiculously sexist and exploitative women-in-prison flick to be the pick of the week. And if the person asking is me, you go for the exploitation flick. Every time. In the 1970s, Pam Grier was the queen of the exploitation flick. Between 1970 and 1973, she made such classics as The Big Doll House, Women in Cages, The Big Bird Cage, and this week’s pick, Black Mama, White Mama. All that before her 25th birthday and before

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 03-21-16

and the week closes an Easter-themed picture.
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In addition to TCM's ongoing series of Condemned films and honoring Star-of-the-Month Merle Oberon, this week sees actor Richard Kind stop in to program a night and a focus on films featuring characters that got their start in the comics The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) Monday, March 21 at 10:00 p.m. (ET) A man remains young and handsome while his portrait shows the ravages of age and sin. Guest Programmer: Richard Kind - The Apartment (1960) Tuesday, March 22 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) An aspiring executive lets his bosses use his apartment for assignations, only to fall for the

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