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

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

Nocturnal Animals is the Pick of the Week

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

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

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

Criterion Announces May 2017 Releases

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

Arrival is the Pick of the Week

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

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

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

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

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

Loving is the Pick of the Week

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

Transformers: The Last Knight - Extended Super Bowl Spot!

Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours.
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The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock). There comes a moment in everyone’s life when we are called upon to make a difference. In Transformers: The Last

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 02-06-17

Another week to catch up on your Academy Award bucket list.
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TCM's 31 Days of Oscar From A to Z continues this week, starting with the 1943 version of The Constant Nymph, which saw Joan Fontaine nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, through to Ice Station Zebra, which was nominated for Best Visual Effects and for Best Cinematography (Daniel L. Fapp). Days of Wine and Roses (1962) Monday, February 6 at 10:15 p.m. (ET) A husband and wife fight to conquer alcoholism. Dreamgirls (2006) Tuesday, February 7 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) An unscrupulous promoter takes a girl group to the top but dumps their lead singer. Foreign Correspondent (1940)

getTV Celebrates Black History Month with Epic Performances

Highlights include rare appearances by Whitney Houston, Muhammad Ali, Lena Horne, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Patti LaBelle, Lola Falana, and more.
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Press release: getTV pays tribute to Black History Month in a lineup packed with classic appearances from some of the biggest African-American stars of all time, including four straight weeks of Sonny & Cher guest performances by Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5 each Monday at 9 p.m. ET, followed by rare TV specials starring Lena Horne, Lola Falana, and more at at 10 p.m. ET. As part of the network’s Sunday overnight “Get Lost In TV” block celebrating classic TV rarities, getTV will also present a Night Of Soul on Sunday, February 12, at 11 p.m. ET, in honor

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us generic action from Tom Cruise, a queen from England, a Nazi love camp, and more.
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Tom Cruise, the human, seems like a pretty awful dude. He’s a high-ranking member of a terrible cult/religion that uses brainwashing, blackmail, and mob-like intimidation techniques. He’s publicly made damaging comments about psychiatry, that if taken seriously, could do untold harm to millions of patients who desperately need the medical practice and their prescribed medication. I also don’t think he’s that great of an actor. He gets the job done, sometimes very well, but there’s never been a moment in which I found his performance in any film to be elevated into the level of greatness. Despite all this, I

getTV Adds Shane, Grizzly Adams, and Blue Thunder in February

In addition to airing every episode of these series, the network will debut the Blue Thunder, starring Dana Carvey, in a nine-episode marathon Feb. 26.
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Press release: getTV expands its popular Sunday Westerns posse, as the beloved 1977 adventure series THE LIFE AND TIMES OF GRIZZLY ADAMS moves into the weekly 9 a.m. ET slot with a Super Bowl Sunday marathon on February 5, while the rare 1966 David Carradine Western SHANE takes over at 10 a.m. ET starting February 12. In addition to these two classic series, the network will air the 1984 action series BLUE THUNDER in a special Get Lost In TV nine-episode marathon on Sunday, February 26, starting at 10 p.m. ET. getTV is rooting for the Bears this Super Bowl

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 01-30-17

It's time to catch up on past Oscar winners.
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After the Stars Behind Bars spotlight concludes on Tuesday, TCM begins its 31 Days of Oscar marathon begins on Wednesday. This year the films run alphabetically, starting with Abe Lincoln in Illinois and ending the week with Bonnie and Clyde. Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956) Monday, January 30 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A concert pianist with amnesia fights to regain her memory. TCM Spotlight: Stars Behind Bars - Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) Tuesday, January 31 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) True story of Robert Stroud, the prison lifer who became an expert on birds. 31 Days of Oscar: Oscars A

getTV Honors Mary Tyler Moore with 1960s Specials on Monday, Jan. 30

See her unforgettable appearances on the 1969 special Dick Van Dyke and the Other Woman, and the rare 1960 crime series Johnny Staccato.
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Press release: getTV celebrates the life and legacy of trailblazing television icon Mary Tyler Moore with special broadcasts of her appearance on the 1969 special DICK VAN DYKE AND THE OTHER WOMAN, and her early guest spot in a 1960 episode of the rare crime drama JOHNNY STACCATO, airing Monday, January 30 at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT. With her trademark smile and sharp timing, Moore rose to fame playing the wife of comedy legend Dick Van Dyke on the beloved 1961 sitcom THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW. However, it was her lead role on the 1970 series THE MARY

2017 Academy Award Nominations Announced

And the nominees are...
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have revealed their nominees for outstanding film achievement of 2016. La La Land ties the record for most nominations with 14, matching Titanic and All About Eve. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the Oscars will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2017, 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 Arrival | Review Fences Hacksaw Ridge Hell or High Water | Review Hidden Figures La La Land Lion

The Handmaiden is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us a new film from Park Chan-wook, Robert Langdun solving more clues, a story from Jaws coming to life and much more.
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There is a scene in Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy that just might be the greatest fight ever put in a movie. It immediately made me a fan of the South Korean director. Oldboy is the middle part of the director’s Vengeance Trilogy (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Lady Vengeance are the other two). All three ensconce themselves in perverse violence that will please even the most hardcore action fan, but that violence is never the point. Chan-Wook uses the unrelenting and incredibly crafted brutality to dig deeper into the soul’s of his characters and ponder man’s insatiable need to destroy. He’s

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 01-23-17

The Unsinkable Debbie Reynolds is honored this week.
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This week on TCM, in addition to the usual nights devoted to star-of-the-month Jane Wyman and films set Behind the Bars, there are evenings featuring James Mason, SAG Life Achievement Award honoree Lily Tomlin, and Debbie Reynolds. The Seventh Veil (1945) Monday, January 23 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A concert pianist with amnesia fights to regain her memory. TCM Spotlight: Stars Behind Bars - Caged (1950) Tuesday, January 24 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A young innocent fights to survive the harsh life in a women's prison. Rome Adventure (1962) Wednesday, January 25 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A rebellious teacher moves

The Frida Cinema Presents Overrated! An Art & Film Tribute to Meryl Streep

The retrospective offers hours of entertainment.
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Press release: A celebrated actress who has been honored with over 160 international awards - including three Academy Awards - over her four-decade-long film career, Meryl Streep was recently proclaimed "overrated" (via Twitter...) by the soon-to-be leader of the free world. The Frida Cinema invites you to decide for yourself: is it possible that the woman who gave cinema such unforgettable characters as traumatized Polish immigrant Sophie Zawistowski, globally-vilified Australian mother Lindy Chamberlain, complex crusading nun Sister Aloysius, and dead-but-not-really aging Broadway legend Madeline Ashton has been, all along, nothing more than an "overrated Hillary flunky?" Has Meryl Streep been

Criterion Announces April 2017 Releases

What life is about: music, food, movies.
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April sees the release of four new titles from the Criterion Collection. They are Wim Wenders' Buena Vista Social Club, George Stevens’ Woman of the Year, Juzo Itami's Tampopo, and Francis Ford Coppola’s Rumble Fish. And on April 11, Jacques Demy's The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and The Young Girls of Rochefort get new stand-alone editions. Read on to learn more about them. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (#716) out Apr 11 An angelically beautiful Catherine Deneuve was launched into stardom by this glorious musical heart-tugger from Jacques Demy. She plays an umbrella-shop owner’s delicate daughter, glowing with first love for a

Girl on the Train is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us a girl on a train, a fox and his friends, plus Aaron Paul, Jon Hamm, and many others.
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I was never much of a reader growing up. I would read whatever was assigned to me at school but I much preferred to watch TV or play video games than read. I was about 15 when Silence of the Lambs hit theaters. My brother and his then-girlfriend saw it on a date and raved about it. With their nudging, and promises that it wasn’t too graphic, my mother allowed me to see it. I loved it. I must have talked about it nonstop because that Christmas my mother bought me the book. I loved it too and with it

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 01-16-17

Highlights from the week ahead.
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This week at TCM the highlights include civil-rights documentaries, Golden Globe-winning director Damien Chazelle programming a night, and evenings focused on The Saint, star-of-the-month Jane Wyman and the Stars Behind Bars spotlight. Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (1963) Monday, January 16 at 12:00 a.m. (ET) President John F. Kennedy and his brother work to get two black students enrolled at the University of Alabama. TCM Spotlight: Stars Behind Bars - Jailhouse Rock (1957) Tuesday, January 17 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) After learning to play the guitar in prison, a young man becomes a rock 'n' roll sensation. Guest Programmer: Damien

USC Libraries 2017 Scripter Finalists

Honoring the authors of printed works alongside the screenwriters who adapt their stories.
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Press release: The USC Libraries have named the finalists for the 29-annual USC Libraries Scripter Award. Since 1988, Scripter has honored the authors of printed works alongside the screenwriters who adapt their stories. Last year, the USC Libraries inaugurated a new Scripter award, for television adaptation.The television and film finalists compete in separate categories for their own Scripter award. The finalist writers for film are, in alphabetical order by film title: Screenwriter Eric Heisserer for Arrival, adapted from the novella “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang August Wilson for the play and screenplay of Fences Screenwriters Allison Schroeder and

His Girl Friday (Criterion Collection) is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us a comedy classic, a classic of the French New Wave, a holistic detective, and much more.
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I can’t even remember the first time I saw His Girl Friday. It was high school, probably, or maybe on a trip home from college. I watched it with with my mother I’m pretty sure. Whenever, wherever it was, I immediately loved it. I’ve seen it a good dozen times since then and love it even more now. It gives me great pleasure to show the film off to those who haven’t seen it and watch them discover one of the great comedies of all time. The film stars Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell as two hard-nosed reporters who were

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 01-09-17

What are you watching this week?
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This week sees the Stars Behind Bars TCM Spotlight continue with Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman in Papillon and another night of of programming devoted to Star-of-the Month Jane Wyman. Links are included to films we've covered. Some Like It Hot (1959) Monday, January 9 at 11:00 p.m. (ET) Two musicians on the run from gangsters masquerade as members of an all-girl band. [Review] TCM Spotlight: Stars Behind Bars - Papillon (1973) Tuesday, January 10 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) Two Devil's Island prisoners devote all of their time to hatching escape plans. Psycho (1960) Wednesday, January 11 at 8:00 p.m.

TCM to Remember Legendary Actress-Singer Debbie Reynolds on Jan. 27

24-Hour programming tribute to include Singin’ In The Rain, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and The Tender Trap.
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Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will celebrate the life and career of legendary actress Debbie Reynolds, the vivacious actress, singer and dancer who entertained audiences in musicals such as Singin’ in the Rain (1952) and Tammy and the Bachelor (1957) with a 24-hour film tribute on Friday, January, 27. Reynolds, who passed away Wednesday, Dec. 28 at the age of 84, became a sensation after starring with legendary hoofers Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor in the immortal MGM musical Singin’ in the Rain (1952) and received her only Oscar nomination for playing th e title role in The Unsinkable

Blair Witch is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us a sequel no one was asking for, a trip into outer space, Holocaust deniers getting their day in court, and some girls.
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It's difficult now to imagine a time when every movie didn’t have its own social media team. Or when there weren’t dozens of websites dedicated to promoting every single aspect of a film months before it made it to a movie screen. But in 1999, that was very much the case. The World Wide Web had been around for a little while, it was becoming a huge force in our daily lives. It had grown out of its infancy and was now into its adolescence trying to figure out what it was going to be. Movie studios didn’t know what

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 01-02-17

An evening of Road pictures with Hope and Crosby is a main highlight for the week.
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In addition to a new month and a new year, January brings with it a new Spotlight (Stars Behind Bars), a new Star-of-the-Month (Jane Wyman), and a new Guest Programmer (Warren Beatty). East of Eden (1955) Monday, January 2 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) Two brothers compete for their father's approval and a woman's love. TCM Spotlight: Stars Behind Bars - Brute Force (1947) Tuesday, January 3 at 10:15 p.m. (ET) Tough, disgruntled prisoners plan a daring, possibly bloody escape while on a drain pipe detail. Co-host: Warren Beatty - Heaven Can Wait (1978) Wednesday, January 4 at 8:00 p.m. (ET)

Snowden is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us Oliver Stone's take on a whistleblower, Ethan Hawke committing violence, teenagers cruising around the country and more
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Turn on the news and you are bound to hear any number of stories about computer hacking of some sort. Whether it's Hillary Clinton’s e-mails (and Russia’s potential involvement) or some celebrity having their private photos released publicly, there is no escaping that we live in a world governed by our technological devices and increasingly made vulnerable by them. It used to be easy to write off those who lived in fear of what technology might bring. Back in the '80s, we used to laugh at my grandfather who would rant about how the government was spying on us through

getTV Adds Westerns and Daytime Programs in January 2017

Other highlights include David Bowie on Cher, an all-day Hondo marathon, and more.
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Press release: getTV kicks off a new year of classic films and rare series, with a January lineup offering heartfelt tributes, new programming additions, and more—airing in primetime, all month long. The roster is headlined by a month-long Cher double-shot, featuring appearances by David Bowie, Muhammad Ali, and Carol Burnett; and also includes Sally Field in the 1973 sitcom THE GIRL WITH SOMETHING EXTRA; Kurt Russell and Tim Matheson in the 1976 Western series THE QUEST; Richard Burgi in the 1996 sci-fi hit THE SENTINEL; an all-day HONDO marathon; a Sunday night Tom Selleck birthday block; stunts starring Betty White,

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