Press release: X-Men: Days of Future Past: The Rogue Cut will be available on Digital HD, Blu-ray, and DVD July 14th, but while you wait we're pleased to release this exciting 30-second first look of the film, first debuted by director Bryan Singer on his Instagram account this morning. With a never-before-seen, alternate cut of the film—plus nearly 90 minutes of all-new, immersive special features, the X-Men: Days of Future Past: The Rogue Cut takes you deeper into the X-Men universe than ever before. Rogue (Anna Paquin) makes her return as the all-star characters from the original X-Men film trilogy
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This week brings us some live rock and roll, classic Jack Nicholson, weird Czechoslovakians and Will Ferrell in corn rows.
It's Summer. It's hot. School’s out. Vacations are on. Everybody is busy. I have to yell at my wife every now and again just to keep us from doing something. Every. Single. Weekend. It gets a bit ridiculous how busy we are. Everybody else is too it seems, if the state of traffic has anything to do with it. It's so stinking hot outside and yet nobody is staying in doors where it's cool. Where the AC runs. I don’t know what we’re all doing, but apparently its not sitting inside watching DVDs. This week's pickings are once again very
Funimation Entertainment and Fathom Events to bring all-new Dragon Ball Z feature to the big screen August 4-12.
Press release: Hot on the heels of last year’s summer blockbuster, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, the internationally beloved animated franchise, Dragon Ball Z, is back in theaters with a highly-anticipated new release: Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F,’ presented by FUNimation Entertainment in partnership with Fathom Events. Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ is the second feature personally supervised by series creator, Akira Toriyama. The event will be presented on the big screen in select cinemas across North America from August 4 -12, 2015. Fathom Events is proud to be showcasing the movie in more than 500 U.S. cinemas on
This week brings us some classic Terry Gilliam, live Rolling Stones, resurrected British Crime TV, John Travolta forging Monet, and much more.
At some point during my early teens, we had Showtime or HBO or some such pay-cable channel. Whatever it was, they played Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits over and over again. I was absolutely mesmerized by it. It was so weird and unlike anything I’d ever seen before. Its hero was a little boy and a bunch of little people and the story was full of fantasy so it seemed like it was made for children. Yet it was also very dark, weird, and adult feeling. Everyone talked really funny too, and I remember very specifically how strange the police sirens
Other highlights include a Friday Icons Lineup featuring Barbara Stanwyck, Peter Sellers, Janet Leigh, and Yul Brynner; Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl; and much more.
Press release: Cinema’s greatest detectives are on the case, as getTV presents a month of mystery featuring 19 classic crime dramas in the “Watching the Detectives” block, every Thursday in July at 7 p.m. ET. The lineup includes Warren William as a reformed jewel thief in THE LONE WOLF SPY HUNT (1939) with Rita Hayworth and Ida Lupino, and 1940’s THE LONE WOLF KEEPS A DATE (July 2); Chester Morris stars as Boston Blackie in the Christmas caper ALIAS BOSTON BLACKIE (1942) with George E. Stone, and 1941’s MEET BOSTON BLACKIE(July 9) with Rochelle Hudson; Warner Baxter is the amnesiac
Are these the heroes (and villains) we need?
DC Comics had a strong presence on the 2014-15 television landscape. FOX's Gotham was the TV season’s #2 broadcast drama among men 18-34; Arrow was the CW’s #2 show among Total Viewers, averaging 4.2 million viewers weekly for each original episode, behind only The Flash, which had the most-watched series premiere in The CW's history (reviewed by Gordon S. Miller), and original episodes averaged six million viewers weekly throughout the season. In September, each series is releasing seasons sets on Blu-ray and DVD, allowing fans to revisit the stories and newcomers to learn what all the fuss was ablout before
A well-rounded collection of films from around the world.
In September, Autumn comes and so does this batch of six Criterion titles. New to the collection are Krzysztof Kieślowski's Blind Chance, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, Merchant Ivory’s A Room with a View, and two films by Bruce Beresford, Breaker Morant and Mister Johnson. Also available is a new 2k digital restoration of Leonard Kastle’s The Honeymoon Killers. Read on to learn more about them. Blind Chance (#772) out Sep 15 in Blu-ray & DVD Editions Before he stunned the cinematic world with the epic The Decalogue and the Three Colors trilogy, the great Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieślowski made his
This week features some critically panned sci-fi, some critically adored art-house, some wonderful animation and much more.
It's always amazing to see a new and interesting director come onto the scene, and then utterly disappointing to see them crash and burn. I was as excited as anyone to see what M. Night Shyamalan would do after The Sixth Sense and maintained that excitement through Unbreakable (under appreciated in my opinion and holds up way better than Sense in repeat viewings). But I have slowly gone from great anticipation over what he’s doing next to complete ambivalence as he continues to make the same movie over and over (in increasingly disappointingly fashion again and again). In a similar
Programming tribute to include The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) and Horror of Dracula (1958).
Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will celebrate the life and career of acclaimed British actor Christopher Lee, whose haunting, intimidating performances as Count Dracula, the Frankenstein monster and Fu Manchu made him an icon of horror films with an eight-film tribute on Monday, June 22. Lee, who passed Thursday June 11 at the age of 93, had long career which emcompased more than 275 credits including Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and four films with director Tim Burton. The following is the complete schedule for TCM's tribute to Christopher Lee: TCM Remembers Christopher Lee - Monday, June
Slim pickings this week my friends
As I’m browsing through the new releases each week and putting all the interesting ones in new tabs, I make a little mental checklist. There are things that sound interesting, things that are interesting, things that will almost certainly be picked, and others that most assuredly will not be but that I think are important enough to at least mention. Every once in a while those last things get bumped up and I actually wind up picking them. We now find ourselves in one of those weeks. Living now in close proximity to my parents means that me and the
An insider tour of Pixar Animation Studios, including Live Q&A with filmmakers and the voice of Joy, Amy Poehler.
Press release: Fathom Events and Disney are working together to present a special screening of “Insider Access to Disney•Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’” in select U.S. movie theaters on Tuesday, June 16, 2015—three days before “Inside Out” hits theaters nationwide. Kicking off at 6 p.m. CT and 7 p.m. ET/MT/PT/AK/HI, this one-night event will include 15 minutes of exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from Pixar Animation Studios, the new “LAVA” short, a screening of the full-length feature “Inside Out,” plus a Q&A with director Pete Docter, producer Jonas Rivera and the voice of Joy, Amy Poehler, via satellite from their Australian tour—live in ET
Gods & Monsters and The Legion of Doom! What more do you need?
Fans waiting for next year's release of the live-action Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice can pass the time this summer with two animated adventures of DC Comics' Justice League. Press release: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Warner Bros Animation and DC Entertainment present an all-new animated feature film from renowned producer and animator Bruce Timm, Justice League: Gods & Monsters, on July 28, 2015. The title will also include never-before-seen bonus content and will be available on Blu-ray Deluxe Edition, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. The Blu-ray Deluxe Edition will include the Blu-ray Combo Pack, along with an
See it before it disintegrates.
Official synopsis: With the IMF disbanded, and Ethan (Tom Cruise) out in the cold, the team now faces off against a network of highly skilled special agents, the Syndicate. These highly trained operatives are hellbent on creating a new world order through an escalating series of terrorist attacks. Ethan gathers his team and joins forces with disavowed British agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), who may or may not be a member of this rogue nation, as the group faces their most impossible mission yet. Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation stars Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner,
Highlights include classic favorites starring Russell opposite Melvyn Douglas, Kim Novak, Sid Caesar, and Ray Milland.
Press release: getTV honors the legacy of actress Rosalind Russell with a special birthday block featuring 11 of her finest films, every Thursday in June at 7 p.m. ET. The month-long event kicks off June 4—what would have been Russell’s 108th birthday—with the WWII drama THE GUILT OF JANET AMES, starring Russell as a grieving war widow who meets one of the men her husband died to save, played by Melvyn Douglas. Next, at 9 p.m. ET, Russell stars as Harriet Craig, a conniving housewife who uses her marriage as a means of attaining money and power in CRAIG’S WIFE,
This week brings us the conclusions of two great shows, the high definition upgrade of a better one, plus Kevin Costner, loads of cannibals and a naked Helen Mirren.
Like a lot of people, it seems, I at first dismissed Parks and Recreation as another The Office clone and didn’t much bother with it. I remember seeing the first couple of episodes, thought it was pretty funny but I’d seen enough of that schtick with The Office and put it down thinking I’d never come back. And I didn’t for a good two, maybe three more seasons. Then I started hearing some good buzz about it. When a friend commented about it on Netflix, I made my The Office dismissal, and she countered with I should skip season one
TCM Presents Continues with Jaws 40th Anniversary Presentation in Select U.S. Movie Theaters This June
Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies, and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment bring this classic shark title back to the big screen June 21 and 24 only.
Press release: You're gonna need a bigger boat this June when “TCM Presents: Jaws 40th Anniversary” comes to select U.S. cinemas, presented by Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Originally released in 1975 and celebrating its 40th anniversary, this action-packed event will screen at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on both Sunday, June 21 and Wednesday, June 24 for a second showing. In addition to the feature, audiences will be treated to a special introduction by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz. Tickets for the “TCM Presents: Jaws 40th Anniversary” can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com,
Series Hosted by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg Premieres June 7 at 8 p.m.
Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced the premiere of TCM Movie Camp, a new summer-long series targeted to young adults and future filmmakers beginning on June 7 at 8 p.m. Hosts William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, Oscar-winning filmmakers and co-founders of Moonbot Studios, will guide audiences through great films and landmark movie moments during the series, airing every Sunday this summer. "Our goal with TCM Movie Camp is to bring a new audience to the network and to inspire their interest in classic films at a young age," said Charles Tabesh, senior vice president of programming for TCM.
This week brings us some interesting Criterions, Bob Dylan in the Basement and lots of TV collections.
My freshman year of college I started collecting movies on VHS tape. I think I realized that with the parents no longer renting me films every weekend it was cheaper on my minuscule budget to buy them periodically and build a collection that I could watch over and over again. I quickly decided that I was going to build a world-class collection of only the best movies. I’d buy classics and modern masterpieces with some cool art-house numbers thrown in for good measure. I’d stay away from big, dumb blockbusters with their ridiculous plot and giant explosions. This concept lasted
The nine-film lineup pays tribute to the Army, Navy, and Air Force.
For classic movie fans planning their Memorial Day weekend viewing, getTV offers nine choices on Monday for your consideration. Press release: getTV honors the brave men and women in the Armed Forces with a Memorial Day Marathon starting Monday, May 25 at 8 a.m. ET. The nine-film lineup pays tribute to the Army, Navy, and Air Force with classics starring silver-screen icons Peter O’Toole, Kirk Douglas, Steve McQueen, Sidney Poitier, and James Stewart, among others. The commemorative event includes a roster of legendary War titles featuring Steve McQueen as a hotshot bomber pilot in THE WAR LOVER, with Robert Wagner;
This week brings us Larry Sanders, Cybermen, women in prison, midwives, Charlie Chaplin, Bette Midler playing Janis Joplin, and more.
“This is the theme to Garry’s show / the theme to Garry’s show / Garry called me up and asked me if I would write his theme song.” That’s the opening lines to the theme song to The Garry Shandling Show. It goes on like that, referencing itself and describing how the singer came to write the song. The show does that too, references itself, the characters seem to know they are on a television show and often bring the audience in on the gag. It was a great show. Or at least I think it was. I watched it
So many good titles it may kill your wallet.
In August, Criterion adds Karel Reisz's The French Lieutenant’s Woman, François Truffaut's Day for Night, Brain De Palma's Dressed to Kill and Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's Two Days, One Night to the collection. They also present a new digitial restoration of Jules Dassin's Night and the City and the 43rd release in the Eclipse Series: Agnes Varda in California. Read on to learn more about the films and the releases. Night and the City (#274) out Aug 4 in Blu-ray & DVD Editions Two-bit hustler Harry Fabian (Richard Widmark) longs for a life of ease and plenty. Trailed by an
This week brings us the wonderful David Tennant, cyber hackers, Alzheimer's dramas, cartoon burgers, lesbian vampires, and more.
A big thanks goes out to Gordon for finishing last week’s pick for me. I had actually written an entire article and submitted it with Broadchurch: The Complete Second Season as my pick. I was then informed that despite what Amazon said the release date had been pushed back a week. No problem, I thought I’ll just pick something else, write on it, and use what I’d said for Broadchurch the next week, and all would be well. Then my computer died. Gordon was kind enough to step in, chose a new pick, and all was right with the plan.
The Mother's Day Marathon features five classics starring Claudette Colbert, Barbara Hale, Carole Lombard, Marlene Dietrich, and Marilyn Monroe.
Press release: Celebrate Mother’s Day with getTV in a star-studded afternoon brunch block honoring some of Hollywood’s most influential actresses on Sunday, May 10, starting at 9:30 a.m. ET. The special event highlights career-defining performances from Golden Age icons Barbara Hale, Claudette Colbert, Carole Lombard, Marlene Dietrich and Marilyn Monroe in five unforgettable films that highlight motherhood. The day begins at 9:30 a.m. ET with the classic 1949 comedy AND BABY MAKES THREE, starring Barbara Hale as a woman who discovers she’s pregnant with her ex-husband’s child while walking down the aisle to marry her new beau; next, Oscar-winner Claudette
MTV and R.E.M. came of age together and for decades were inexorably intertwined.
Before alternative music was known as alternative music, R.E.M. (singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry) became the Kings of College Radio in the '80s with an impressive run of five albums, from Murmur (1983) to Document (1987). Then, they conquered the mainstream in the 1990s, with five albums, two #1s, Out of Time (1991) and Monster (1994), and none lower than #3. Berry left the band in 1997 and the band continued as a trio with varying degrees of success until 2011 when they announced their break up shortly after the release of
It's a Cinema Sentries Team-Up.
Hello, PotW readers. Mat 's desktop computer went to that great IT department in the sky over the weekend, so while he selected some titles that looked interesting (see below), he didn't make his Pick. But the show must go on, so this week is going to be a joint effort, and I didn't need to peruse the new releases long before I knew what I was going to select. The Fugitive ran for four seasons and starred David Janssen as Dr. Richard Kimble, who is, as narrator William Conrad first tells viewers during the opening credits of the second
"Our film noir programming slate will trace the evolution of noir from its cinematic origins to its influence on more recent films," said Charles Tabesh.
Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is returning to the shadowy world of film noir with the return Summer of Darkness, the network's ultimate film noir programming event. The summer programming event beings June 5 at 6 a.m. and airs for 24 hours on Fridays in June and July with primetime screenings hosted by Eddie Muller, known to classic film fans as “The Czar of Noir” and as a frequent TCM contributor, introducing noir films on-air and at the TCM Classic Film Festival. Film noir, with its gritty and dark style, attracted audiences of the 1940s and ’50s and continues
Fifth-Annual Grateful Dead Meet-Up Presents Previously Unreleased Footage from 1989's Alpine Valley Concert
Recorded live from the legendary concert venue in East Troy, Wisconsin on July 19, 1989.
Before the band hits the concert stage in Santa Clara and Chicago to celebrate their 50th anniversary, fans can celebrate the Grateful Dead's golden anniversary with this year's Meet-Up at the Movies. To learn more, keep reading. Press release: Fathom Events and Rhino Entertainment are thrilled to bring legendary rock band, the Grateful Dead, back to the big screen for the 5th annual event, “Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies 2015.” The third title in Fathom Events’ “Classic Music Series” comes to select movie theaters nationwide on Monday, May 4th at 7:00 p.m. local time. This year’s can’t-miss Meet-Up features
This week brings us a P.T. Anderson film that isn't as popular as I expected, a talking Bear that is, plus Mark Wahlberg, King Henry VII, and some bloody good bloody TV.
For a moment I thought Inherent Vice was some kind of cheap knock-off film. Let me explain (no, no, there is too much, let me sum up), I was scanning through the new releases on Amazon as I do before writing this column. It is naturally sorted by best sellers. Inherent Vice was way down towards the bottom of the first page. I couldn’t believe that the real Inherent Vice - the one directed by P.T. Anderson and starring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, and Reese Witherspoon would not be #1 on Amazon. Well, maybe it would be behind
Is this the Joker we need?
I try to be open-minded. When it comes to movies, I don't immediately dismiss sequels or remakes at their announcement. I am indifferent to casting news because I have no idea what producers and directors have in mind for a script I haven't read nor how well someone may have performed at an audition. Comic-book fanatics take it to another level and seem in perpetual outrage over the creative choices made as their favorite characters are brought to life on screen. Any deviation to what has come before is frequently met with a large amount of derision, whether it be
This week's new releases include a murder in the arctic, a sad Jennifer Aniston, Iranian vampires, Liam Neeson getting taken (again), and some arty foreign flicks.
One of the best parts of writing this column every week is learning about all the movies and shows that are coming out that I’d somehow missed the first go round. I try to stay pretty well keyed in to what’s hitting the movie theaters each week and what’s showing on the TV, but there is just so much stuff coming out each and every day that it's impossible to know about it all. With this column I get to browse everything that’s coming out in a given week on DVD and Blu-ray and not a week goes by that