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Paris Is Burning is the Pick of the Week

A fearless, influential 1990 LGBTQ documentary headlines a new week of great releases.
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As a member of the LGBTQ community, I'm always trying to find documents that depict our lives, especially with honesty and accuracy. There have been major ones about our hopes and struggles, including The Celluloid Closet, The Times of Harvey Milk, and How to Survive a Plague. However, the one I always seem to think about often is Jennie Livingston's brave and vital Paris Is Burning (1990), which depicts New York City's African American and Latinx Harlem drag-ball scene during the 1980s. It's a powerful and insightful look at the warmth and acceptance of people on the outskirts of a

Chasing Whiskey Documentary Brings the Untold Story of Jack Daniel's to Cinema Audiences Nationwide - May 11 Only

Journey across the globe to discover the heart and history of Jack Daniel's Tennessee whiskey.
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Press release: The new documentary Chasing Whiskey - The Untold Story of Jack Daniel’s premieres in movie theaters across the country as a one-night event on May 11. More than a simple narrative of the origins and impact of Jack Daniel’s, the documentary joins Tim Matheson, Shooter Jennings, Eric Church, John Grisham, Tina Sinatra and more, on a 57,000 mile journey across five countries and 17 time zones that is equal parts thought provoking, insightful, moving and hilarious. Tickets for “Chasing Whiskey” can be purchased at www.FathomEvents.com and participating theater box offices. Fathom Events and Movie City Films, in association

Rob Liefeld Gives Fans the First Look at Snake Eyes: Deadgame

Superstar artist writes and illustrates the fan-favorite ninja commando in upcoming G.I. Joe miniseries, debuting in June.
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Press release: IDW Publishing is proud to share the first look at Snake Eyes: Deadgame #1, the first issue of an explosive new comic book miniseries written and illustrated by Rob Liefeld (X-Force, Deadpool)! Snake Eyes has long been the most mysterious member of the G.I. JOE team, but within the pages of Deadgame, he’ll finally be forced to play his hand! How long can he keep his past classified… and what deadly secrets will come back to haunt him? “G.I. JOE was my first obsession. Those were the toys in the sandbox with me, kung fu grip, eagle eye,

Teorema is the Pick of the Week

A radical 1968 Pasolini masterwork tops a new week of releases.
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The late, controversial director Pier Paolo Pasolini made his dangerous mark on cinema with blunt stories of taboo-breaking material, such as sex and religion, and how the two can sometimes coexist. There is his 1962 breakthrough, Mamma Roma, with Anna Magnani playing a former prostitute who becomes a market trader; his trilogy of life: The Decameron, The Canterbury Tales, and Arabian Nights, and his most shocking final film, Salo: Or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975). But his finest work is 1968's Teorema (theorem), which remains a timely story about the masks we wear, and our true selves hiding underneath

TCM to Honor Actress & Comedian Lily Tomlin with Hand and Footprint Ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre

Celebration to take place Friday, April 17 during the 2020 TCM Classic Film Festival.
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Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced it will honor iconic actress and comedian Lily Tomlin with a hand and footprint ceremony at the world-famous TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX in Hollywood during the eleventh annual TCM Classic Film Festival on Friday, April 17. Tomlin, a Tony, Grammy, eight time Emmy, and two time Peabody Award winner, has had a remarkable career starting in the 1960s starring in cinematic classics, television staples and on stage. “Lily Tomlin’s talent has endured for fifty years because she knows who she is. She’s managed to play broadly drawn roles alongside more nuanced characters

Criterion Announces May 2020 Releases

Six titles in May.
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Hold off on that summer vacation budget because Criterion will be releasing six titles in May. They are John Sturges's The Great Escape; Dorothy Arzner's Dance, Girl, Dance; Paul Dano's Wildlife; John Cassavetes's Husbands; Scorsese Stories, a compilation of five early short films by Martin Scorsese; and given a Blu-ray upgrade Eric Rohmer's Six Moral Tales collection. Read on to learn more about them. Six Moral Tales (#342) out May 5 The multifaceted, deeply personal work of Eric Rohmer has had an effect on cinema unlike any other. One of the founding critics of the history-making Cahiers du cinéma, Rohmer

Howl's Moving Castle & Ponyo Arrive in Limited Edition Steelbook Blu-ray+DVD May 12, 2020

From GKIDS and distributed by Shout!Factory comes acclaimed animated features from Studio Ghibli.
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Press release: Studio Ghibli and GKIDS, with distribution by Shout! Factory, will release Howl’s Moving Castle and Ponyo, from the famed Studio Ghibli library of films, on May 12 in limited edition SteelBook packaging with striking new art. The Howl’s Moving Castle and Ponyo SteelBooks will house Blu-ray & DVD combo packs, presenting the films alongside hours of bonus features and a booklet with stunning art and statements from the filmmakers. With this release, films from one of the world’s most coveted animation collections can come home to collectors in limited edition SteelBook packaging for the first time in North

Roma (2018) is the Pick of the Week

Alfonso Cuaron's hauntingly beautiful portrait of 1970's Mexico headlines a new week of releases.
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When Green Book won the Oscar for best picture, it immedidately became a controversy, simply because it was a rather terrible pick, and also a safe choice. It felt more like a conventional Oscar-bait movie more than anything. The Academy really screwed up there, because Alfonso Cuaron's 2018 masterwork, Roma, should have been the choice. Not only was it arugably the best film of that year, but it was one of the best films of 2010s. Cuaron really hit his stride with his sharply moving depiction of not only its central family, but also Mexico at a certain time and

TCM To Celebrate Legendary Golden Age Actor Kirk Douglas

A 24-hour programming tribute airing on March 5 and special screening scheduled for TCM Classic Film Festival.
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Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will celebrate the life and career of seminal actor Kirk Douglas with a 24-hour programming tribute on Thursday, March 5 as well as a special screening of Spartacus (1960) at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood in April. Douglas, who passed away on Feb. 5 at the age of 103, was known for his iconic work in the Golden Age of Hollywood. Acting in more than 80 movies before he retired in 2004, Douglas was recognized for breaking the Hollywood Blacklist by hiring Dalton Trumbo to write his film Spartacus (1960). He earned

The Righteous Gemstones: The Complete First Season out on DVD 4/14

Featuring all nine episodes from Danny McBride’s latest hilarious comedy plus bonus content.
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Press release: Danny McBride returns and reunites the creative team behind Vice Principals and Eastbound and Down with HBO’s latest hit comedy The Righteous Gemstones. Ahead of the show’s second season, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is set to release The Righteous Gemstones: The Complete First Season on DVD April 14, 2020 for $24.98 SRP ($29.98 SRP in Canada). The two-disc set features all nine hilarious episodes plus an “Invitation to the Set” bonus feature. In addition to McBride, the comedic cast stars many familiar faces as series regulars including John Goodman (Roseanne, Treme), Edi Patterson (Vice Principals), Adam Devine (Pitch

Infinity Train: Book One Comes to DVD on April 21

With puzzles and perils awaiting them in every car, and the relentless Steward on their trail, will Tulip ever find a way off the train and return home?
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Press release: Created by Owen Dennis (former writer and storyboard artist from Regular Show), Cartoon Network’s mysterious and critically acclaimed series Infinity Train: Book One will be released on DVD on April 21, 2020 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Go on a journey will all 10 episodes from the first season and bring home some extra magic with over an hour of epic bonus features including commentaries, documentaries, animatics, and more! Infinity Train: Book One DVD is priced to own at $14.97 SRP ($16.99 in Canada). Join Tulip on a mind-bending journey aboard the mysterious Infinity Train, alongside her companions

Turner Classic Movies Announces the Latest Additions to the 11th Annual TCM Classic Film Festival

Which of these titles would you like to see on the big screen?
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Press release: The TCM Classic Film Festival will return for its 11th consecutive year and is set to take place Thursday, April 16 - Sunday, April 19, 2020 in Hollywood, CA. The following films have been added to the program: Dick Powell and Linda Darnell star in a U.S. premiere restoration of the fantastical comedy IT HAPPENED TOMORROW (1944); Harry Belafonte, Mel Ferrer and Inger Stevens star as the only living people in a post-apocalyptic city in THE WORLD, THE FLESH AND THE DEVIL (1959) presented here in a new 35mm print; Vincent Price is the title character in a

Crooklyn is the Pick of the Week

An underrated 1994 Spike Lee dramedy headlines a diverse week of good releases.
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When it comes to the coming-of age film, Spike Lee is not exactly the first director that comes to mind. However, with his 1994 sleeper hit, Crooklyn, I think he made one of the very best films about youth and family during a certain time and place. With an amazing soundtrack and great performances from Alfre Woodard, Delroy Lindo, and especially newcomer at the time, Zelda Harris (in her film debut), you get a classic that mostly hits all the right notes. The story is set in Brooklyn, New York, 1973, when eight-year-old Troy Carmichael (Harris) tries to navigate growing

All About My Mother is the Pick of the Week

A gorgeous 1999 Almodovar classic tops a new week of stellar releases.
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Director Pedro Almodovar is one of the finest filmmakers in the history of film. He is truly the greatest master of the modern melodrama, works of colorful art that features strong women, explicit themes of sexuality, and symbolic approaches to story/plot. In one of his sublime masterworks, All About My Mother (1999), he arguably reached his zenith, by tributing his love and respect for females, their friendships, and the issues that connect them forever. Cecilia Roth stars as Manuela, a nurse whose life is emotionally shaken and devastated after her son gets killed in a hit-and-run accident. She moves to

The Forgotten Army Debuts January 24, 2020 on Amazon Prime Video Worldwide

With the love story between two soldiers - Sodhi & Maya at the heart of it, the series raises several questions about identity, independence and the idea of motherland and the cost of freedom.
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The Forgotten Army chronicles the dynamic story of Lieutenant Sodhi and his army of heroic men and women fighting for Indian Independence during World War II as part of the Indian National Army led by the charismatic Indian leader Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. The Forgotten Army is the first story which will be depict the journey and sacrifice of the Indian National Army from the point of view of its soldiers, and brings to life the story of Lt. Sodhi’s daring group of men and women fighting for the liberation of their country from the grips of British colonial ruling

Fathom Events and TCM Present An American in Paris

Watching "An American in Paris" on the big screen was an exceptional experience and one I fully recommend.
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In the late 1940s, MGM executive Arthur Freed attended a production of George Gershwin classics and became inspired by the orchestral composition An American in Paris. Not so much because of the music, which he felt was great, but by the title. He felt you could really make a movie out of something like that. He hired Alan Jay Lerner to come up with a story. Gene Kelley was quickly hired to star and choreograph the many dance sequences. Gershwin's friend and grand pianist Oscar Levant was hired as Gene Kelly's friend and newcomer Leslie Caron was eventually signed to

The House by the Cemetery is the Pick of the Week

Lucio Fulci's gore-iffic 1981 haunted house chiller tops a new week of releases.
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The late Lucio Fulci will be forever known as the Italian "master of gore." His films have become influential templates of how gruesome blood and guts have been depicted in the horror genre, even if none of the plots are particularly original or inventive. His 1981 haunted house creeper, The House by the Cemetery, tends to get overshadowed by his more popular works, such as Zombie, City of the Living Fead, and The Beyond. However, Cemetery may arguably be his most accessible flick, because there is a sort-of sense of structure taking place that is actually missing from those iconic

Criterion Announces April 2020 Releases

Criterion rides again with five titles.
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In April, Criterion adds four titles to the collection. They are George Marshall's Destry Rides Again, Juraj Herz's The Cremator, Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Miranda July's Me and You and Everyone We Know. Also available will be a Blu-ray upgrade of Jean-Pierre Melville's Army of Shadows. Read on to learn more about them. Army of Shadows (#385) out Apr 7 The most personal film by the underworld poet Jean-Pierre Melville, who had participated in the French Resistance himself, this tragic masterpiece, based on a novel by Joseph Kessel, recounts the struggles and sacrifices of those who fought

ShortsTV to Release the Oscar-Nominated Shorts 2020 in Theaters January 31st

This is the only opportunity for audiences to watch the short film nominees in theaters before the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday February 9, 2020.
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Press release: ShortsTV, the leading platform dedicated to short entertainment (www.shorts.tv), today announced the titles it will feature in the 15th annual theatrical release of the Oscar Nominated Short Films, a three-compilation showcase. The 2020 Oscar Nominated Short Films feature Academy Nominated Short Films from the Live Action, Animation and Documentary categories. ShortsTV will debut the astounding compendium of some of the year’s best but unseen films that will clock in at more than five hours of film. ShortsTV will premiere the 2020 Oscar-Nominated Short Films at the IFC Center in New York City and in select markets on January

Film Critic and Historian Leonard Maltin to Receive 3rd Annual Robert Osborne Award

Award to be presented during the 11th annual TCM Classic Film Festival for his significant contribution to film history & preservation.
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Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced that the third annual Robert Osborne Award, recognizing an individual who has helped keep the cultural heritage of classic film alive for future generations, will be presented to one of the world's most respected film critics and historians, Leonard Maltin. He will receive the award at the 2020 TCM Classic Film Festival during a screening of a nitrate print, provided by the UCLA Film and Television Archive, of one of his favorite films, Counsellor at Law (1933). The first two Robert Osborne Awards were given out in 2018 to iconic filmmaker Martin

The Fugitive Kind is the Pick of the Week

Sidney Lumet's 1960 adaptation of a Tennessee Williams play heads a new week of releases.
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Legendary director Sidney Lumet (1924-2011) had a knack for creating cinematic creations from some of history's greatest plays, novels, and true stories. Whether it was his iconic examination of Reginald Rose's timeless 12 Angry Men; Al Pacino's Sonny's bizarre bank robbery in Dog Day Afternoon; or a harrowing study of domestic and familial breakdown that surfaces Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night, Lumet brought his own stylistic flourishes that continue to be beloved to this today. However, and this is painful for me to do this, but if I had to choose his most divided work, it has to

[Updated] 2020 Academy Award Winners Announced

Joker leads with 11 nominations followed by The Irishman, 1917, and Once upon a Time...in Hollywood with 10 each.
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Press release: The 92nd Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. “ Oscars: Live on the Red Carpet” will air at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide. Joker leads with 11 nominations followed by The Irishman, 1917, and Once upon a Time...in Hollywood with 10 each. Academy members from each of the 17 branches vote to determine the nominees in

Pan African Film Festival | Opening Night Film, 'Hero,' Helmed by Female Director Frances-Anne Solomon | Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The festival will be held from February 11 - 23, 2020 at the Cinemark 15 Theatres, located at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles.
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Press release: The 28th annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF) will open with the film “HERO: Inspired by the Extraordinary Revolutionary Life and Times of Diplomat and Judge Ulric Cross,” directed by Caribbean filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon. The festival will kick off festivities with a star-studded Opening Night Gala at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at the Directors Guild of America (DGA), located at 7920 W. Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. This year’s theme is “20/20 Vision,” kicking off the decade with a fresh lens and solidifying its commitment to tell diverse stories with a global, luminous view.

Holiday (1938) is the Pick of the Week

An almost forgotten 1938 George Cukor classic starts off 2020's first new week of releases.
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Talking about the films that Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn made together, you usually go to 1938's Bringing Up Baby, and definitely 1940's The Philadelphia Story. However, George Cukor's somewhat overshadowed romance, Holiday (also 1938), shouldn't be left in the dust, especially because it is actually more grounded and honest than both Baby and Philadelphia Story. There is a type of subversive social commentary that you didn't really expect in the '30s. Adapted from Philip Barry's 1928 play, the film stars Grant as Johnny Case, a free-spirted man from humble beginnings who is engaged to Julia (Doris Nolan), a beautiful

Paleyfest LA Returns to the Iconic Dolby Theatre in Hollywood March 13-22

The premier television festival announces the first selections: with the casts and creative teams of Modern Family, Outlander, Schitt's Creek, and A Special Evening with Dolly Parton & Dolly Parton's Heartstrings.
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Press release: The Paley Center for Media today announced the return of the premier television festival, PaleyFest LA 2020, which will take place March 13-22, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Citi cardmembers, plus Paley Patron, Fellow, and Supporting Members, will have an exclusive opportunity to purchase tickets first during a special presale period from January 14-15, 2020. The first program selections announced for this year’s festival include the casts and creative teams of the global phenomenon Outlander (Starz) on March 19, the farewell seasons of the groundbreaking Emmy Award-winning Modern Family (ABC) on March 13 and the highly

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC Present Beloved Elseworlds Tale 'Superman: Red Son'

Coming February 25, 2020 to Digital; arriving March 17, 2020 on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, & Blu-ray Combo Pack.
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Press release: What if the Man of Steel was raised behind the Iron Curtain? So begins DC’s acclaimed Elseworlds story, Superman: Red Son, now the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe Movies. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated film arrives - along with a new DC Showcase animated short, Phantom Stranger - from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting February 25, 2020, and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack on March 17, 2020. Superman: Red Son will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (USA $39.99 SRP;

A Holly Jolly H&I Schedule

H&I has you covered with multiple days of holiday programming from all your favorite shows.
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Snowed in this holiday season? Want to watch something good with the family? Or maybe you want to watch something good while avoiding the family. H&I has you covered with multiple days of holiday programming from all your favorite shows. Thursday, December 19 Monk "Mr. Monk and the Secret Santa" / "Mr. Monk Meets His Dad" / "Mr. Monk and the Man Who Shot Santa" 5/6/7p ET | 4/5/6p CT When a detective dies at the police department Christmas party after drinking from a poisoned bottle of port intended for Captain Stottlemeyer, can Monk find the killer? Monk's estranged father,

Silver Bullet is the Pick of the Week

A 1985 cult horror classic headlines a new week of eclectic releases.
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As far as Stephen King adaptations go, 1985's Silver Bullet does rank up there with other great '80s adaptations such as The Shining, The Dead Zone, Christine, Cujo, and Stand By Me. As we all know, the story of Marty Colsaw (the late Corey Haim), a young handicapped kid who thinks the local priest (Everett McGill) is a serial killer, especially after a series of bizarre murders that have taken place in the small town he lives in, isn't exactly compelling material, but director Daniel Attias infuses the film with enough campy teen humor with gory thrills that definitely makes

Criterion Announces March 2020 Releases

Spring brings four additions and two HD upgrades.
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March Madness happens for movies in addition to basketball as Criterion releases six titles. The four new additions to the collection are Spike Lee’s Bamboozled, John M. Stahl's Leave Her to Heaven, James Whale's Show Boat, and Barbra Streisand's The Prince of Tides. Also available will be Blu-ray upgrades of Mikhail Kalatozov's The Cranes Are Flying and David Maysles, Albert Maysles, and Charlotte Zwerin's Salesman. Read on to learn more about them. Salesman (#122) out Mar 10 This radically influential portrait of American dreams and disillusionment from Direct Cinema pioneers David Maysles, Albert Maysles, and Charlotte Zwerin captures, with indelible

ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band from Texas Available on DVD, Blu-ray & Digitally February 28, 2020

The film traces ZZ Top’s rich legacy, from their bar gig beginnings to their defining MTV era and meteoric rise to fame.
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Press release: ZZ Top’s big, brazen blues-rock, combined with a surrealist charisma that continues to intrigue fans, catapulted the band into worldwide stardom. Their history is deeply explored in ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas, which will be released via Eagle Rock Entertainment on DVD, Blu-ray and digitally on February 28, 2020. The release is available along with exclusive That Little Ol’ Band merchandise bundles from https://smarturl.it/ZZTopDoc now. Produced by the award-winning Banger Films (Super Duper Alice Cooper; Peabody/ International Emmy award-winning Netflix series Hip-Hop Evolution), ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas, presented through the unique

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