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The Neon Demon is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us sinister models, shark attacks, goofy horror flicks, critically acclaimed Polish films and so much more.
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I used to say that the best part of going to the movies was watching the movie trailers before the show started. That wasn’t really true of course (unless the film was bad), but in those days that was about the only place I could find out what movies were coming up. It wasn’t like today where there are a hundred million sites dedicated to giving us every scrap of information about every upcoming movie from here to eternity. Truth be told, I don’t really pay that much attention to those things anyway. My Facebook and Twitter feeds get filled

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 09-26-16

Goodbye, September. Hello, October.
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September on TCM concludes as does "Ouch! A Salute To Slapstick," which focuses on films from the 1970s, the 1980s, and Anchorman. Star-of-the-month Gene Hackman can be found in Nicaragua, and horror fans get an early start on their Halloween viewing with Bride of Frankenstein. Torch Song (1953) Monday, September 26 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A tempestuous musical theater star falls for a blind pianist. Ouch! A Salute To Slapstick - Young Frankenstein (1974) Tuesday, September 27 at 9:30 p.m. (ET) A descendant of Dr. Frankenstein sets out to make a man. Ouch! A Salute To Slapstick - Naked Gun:

Disney's The BFG on Digital HD, Blu-ray and Disney Movies Anywhere Dec. 6

This magical tale of an extraordinary friendship loaded with exciting extras will brighten the holidays for the whole family!
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Press release: This month, the world celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Roald Dahl, beloved children’s author of family favorites like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda and Dahl’s personal favorite, The BFG, as well as World Dream Day, an annual event honoring “the dreamer, visionary and innovator in all of us.” It seems a fitting time to announce the in-home release of The BFG, Disney’s fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, on Dec. 6 on Digital HD, Blu-ray, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand. As dreamers around the globe gear up

William Shatner, Buzz Aldrin, Star Trek: The Next Generation Cast Coming to SVCC 2017

After its successful inaugural year, SVCC will return to downtown San Jose the weekend of April 21-23, 2017.
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Press release: General admission tickets are now on sale for Silicon Valley Comic Con (SVCC), Steve Wozniak’s pop culture and technology expo taking place April 21-23, 2017 in downtown San Jose. Pairing science with fiction, Silicon Valley Comic Con aims to inspire and entertain with celebrity appearances, science/tech discussions, film and TV screenings, panels with award-winning authors and artists, cosplay contests and more. Three-day and single-day passes for SVCC 2017 can be purchased today at Fans who purchase three-day passes before October 1 will be entered into a drawing to ride around SVCC 2017 with the Woz in his

Beauty and the Beast (25th Anniversary Edition) is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us a Disney classic, David Bowie with crazy hair, an early Coen Brothers film, teenaged turtles and more.
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Memory is a funny thing. It changes and mutates along the way as we get older. My memory says I was a great fan of the Disney Renaissance of the 1990s, but looking back at those films it seems I really wasn’t. The Little Mermaid kicked things off in 1989. I was 13. I love that film. I think I saw it in theaters upon first release, but honestly, it's become such a part of my cinematic DNA, I can no longer remember the first time I saw it. Beauty and the Beast was released two years later, and I’m

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 09-19-16

Another very good week from TCM.
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This week on TCM, the "Ouch! A Salute To Slapstick" event features films from the 1950s and 1960s, star-of-the-month Gene Hackman in a Woody Allen film, the original Magnificent Seven, and the marvelous Stormy Weather. Bus Stop (1956) Monday, September 19 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) An innocent cowboy kidnaps a small-time singer with whom he's infatuated. Ouch! A Salute To Slapstick - The Long, Long Trailer (1954) Tuesday, September 20 at 10:00 p.m. (ET) Life on the road isn't what it's cracked up to be when a honeymooning couple invests in an oversized motor home. Ouch! A Salute To Slapstick

A Town Called Panic: Double Fun Plays Select Theaters on Sept. 24

Join Cowboy and Indian as they embark on their latest wild and crazy adventures in two new specials, Christmas Panic & Back to School Panic.
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Press release: Take another trip to A Town Called Panic, with two award-winning new specials from the directors of the zany feature film and the Academy Award-nominated Ernest & Celestine, in theaters on September 24 for one day only! With disarming wit and hilarious visuals, A Town Called Panic: Double Fun revels in the simple setup of three plasticine toys sent on increasingly surreal and freewheeling adventures. Cowboy and Indian are always up to some harebrained scheme, with Horse left to clean up the mess. In Christmas Panic, their out-of-control antics lead Horse to call Santa and cancel the presents.

Criterion Announces December 2016 Releases

Four new options for you Xmas wish list.
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In December, Criterion offers four titles for those who make the "nice" list. Three new titles added to the Collection are Laurie Anderson's Heart of a Dog, John Huston's The Asphalt Jungle, and Federico Fellini's Roma. Luis Buñuel's The Exterminating Angel (El ángel exterminador) gets a high-def upgrade. Read on to learn more about them. The Exterminating Angel (#459) out Dec 6 A group of high-society friends are invited to a mansion for dinner and inexplicably find themselves unable to leave in The Exterminating Angel (El ángel exterminador), a daring masterpiece from Luis Buñuel. Made just one year after his

Shin Godzilla Stomps Across North America This October

"A larger than life monster like Godzilla has to be experienced on the big screen."
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Press release: The iconic science-fiction monster Godzilla makes land fall in the U.S. and Canada this October with the North American theatrical release of Shin Godzilla from Toho Company, Ltd—and you can score your tickets now! Fans have been clamoring for news of the film’s theatrical dates ever since Funimation Films made its surprise acquisition announcement in July at San Diego Comic Con 2016. The company revealed that Shin Godzilla will roar into theaters for a limited engagement October 11 - 18, screening in more than 440 theaters across the U.S. and Canada. Tickets for Shin Godzilla are now available

TCM Launches Second Year of Trailblazing Women Initiative

Hosted by Illeana Douglas, the month-long programming event begins Oct. 4 and features Bette Midler, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno, and Dana Delany.
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Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced the second year of Trailblazing Women, a multi-year initiative in partnership with Women in Film Los Angeles (WIF) to raise awareness about the historical contributions of women in the film industry. This year’s programming event will feature acclaimed actresses Bette Midler, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno and Dana Delany as co-hosts examining the remarkable impact of actresses on the movie industry. Hosted by actress, producer and director Illeana Douglas, Trailblazing Women premieres Oct. 4 and airs every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the October. The theme of the 2016 programming slate -Trailblazing Women: Actresses

Aliens: 30th Anniversary Edition is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us a special anniversary, a ghost story sequel, a comic book nerd's dream come true, and lots of classic films getting nice upgrades.
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I can’t remember when I first saw Aliens. It was definitely the plural and not the singular (it would be years later than I’d finally sit down with the original Ridley Scott film). I vaguely remember seeing it with my cousins. I certainly discussed it with them and we quoted it regularly. But the details fade. My strongest memory of the actual film is the scene in which two of the marines are caught in a tunnel and one decides to take out as many aliens as she can by letting them come in close and exploding a grenade. As

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders Set for Exclusive One-Time Cinematic Event October 10

Fathom Events, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment spotlight Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar voicing classic roles.
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Press release: Travel back to the 1960s as Batman and Robin spring into action when Gotham City is threatened by a quartet of Batman’s most fiendish foes. Audiences will have the opportunity to join all the animated excitement as it unfolds on the big screen for one special day. Fathom Events is once again partnering with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment to bring Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders to movie theaters for three exclusive showings on Monday, October 10 at 2:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. local time, before it comes to EST on October 11 and Blu-ray™

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 09-12-16

A lot of good selections this week.
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As September rolls along, TCM presents two more nights of the "Ouch! A Salute To Slapstick" event, a winner of Best Picture for star-of-the-month Gene Hackman, and some will like the Billy Wilder classic on Saturday. Jaws (1975) Monday, September 12 at 9:15 p.m. (ET) The sheriff of an island town takes to the seas when a bloodthirsty shark invades the local waters. Ouch! A Salute To Slapstick - Sons of the Desert (1933) Tuesday, September 13 at 9:00 p.m. (ET) Two friends hatch a harebrained scheme to attend a lodge convention over their wives' objections Ouch! A Salute To

Young Frankenstein Jolts Back into Cinemas on Oct. 5 Only

With a live introduction by director Mel Brooks.
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Press release: It’s alive! It’s alive! up on the big screen for one special night when 20th Century Fox and Fathom Events present the electrifying comedy classic Young Frankenstein in cinemas nationwide. Seeing this black-and-white masterpiece on the big screen with fellow audience members is a rarity in itself, but to make this screening a truly one-of-a-kind experience, writer and director Mel Brooks will introduce the classic live from the 20th Century Fox Lot—near the Young Frankenstein Mural on Stage 5, which was unveiled on the film’s 40th anniversary. Brooks will also pay tribute to his friend and the film’s

Money Monster is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us a World War II film from Carol Reed, Bryan Cranston as a president, Salma Hayek in an Italian fairy tale, and George Clooney's charm.
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My wife and I have never, nor will we ever make a freebie list - a list of five celebrities whom we can sleep with without the other getting upset over it - but if we did, George Clooney would be at the top of hers. Hell, he’d be pretty close to the top of mine, and I don’t begin to even swing that way. But he’s just so damn handsome and he just bathes in charm, and push come to shove, I don’t think I’d be able to help myself. He’s one of my all-time favorite movie stars, which

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 09-05-16

Ouch! A Salute To Slapstick begins this week.
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The first full week of September features two nights of the "Ouch! A Salute To Slapstick" event, another night with star-of-the-month Gene Hackman, and one night with Guest Programmer Tom Bruno, who picks the "rarely seen on TCM" Casablanca. Citizen Kane (1941) Monday, September 5 at 11:30 p.m. (ET) The investigation of a publishing tycoon's dying words reveals conflicting stories about his scandalous life. Ouch! A Salute To Slapstick - Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914) Tuesday, September 6 at 9:30 p.m. (ET) In this silent film, a con man dupes a wealthy country girl into marriage. Ouch! A Salute To Slapstick

ArcLight Presents...The Class Of

Arclight takes audiences back to school with their latest film series.
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Press release: This September, ArcLight Cinemas is bringing you the best of the high school days with Arclight Presents… The Class Of. Rediscover the romance, and drama of your teenage years or come have some fun before hitting the books with these iconic fan favorites. Titles such at Ferris Buller's Day Off starring Matthew Brodrick, Clueless starring Alicia Silverstone, The Breakfast Club starring Molly Ringwald, and Bring It On starring Kirsten Dunst - just to name a few. Titles that are showing include: Bring It On September 6th - Hollywood 7:15 PM September 13th - Sherman Oaks 7 PM September

Star Trek: The Original Series - The Roddenberry Vault Arrives Dec. 13

Twelve classic episodes, three exclusive special feature documentaries presenting unseen footage and new interviews with notable Star Trek figures.
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Press release: Fans can dive into the making of pop culture history when STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - THE RODDENBERRY VAULT is released on Blu-ray December 13. In honor of the show’s 50th Anniversary, and just in time for holiday gift giving, the three-disc collector’s edition Blu-ray set from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution gives fans unprecedented access to never-before-seen footage from the production of Star Trek: The Original Series. During the shooting of Star Trek, bits and pieces of episodic footage were left on the cutting room floor and later preserved in film canisters by

Kino Lorber Studio Classics Releases Two Gene Wilder Films on Sept. 6

Kino Lorber Studio Classics has decided to move the release date of two of Haunted Honeymoon and The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother, originally slated for September 27th, to this Tuesday, September 6th.
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Press release: With the sad news of the recent passing of celebrated comedian, actor, writer, and director Gene Wilder, Kino Lorber Studio Classics has decided to move the release date of two of Mr. Wilder's films, HAUNTED HONEYMOON and THE ADVENTURE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES' SMARTER BROTHER, originally slated for September 27th, to this Tuesday, September 6th.These two films, both of which were written, directed by, and starring Gene Wilder, showcase his versatility and comic talents that have endeared him to audiences for several decades, and Kino Lorber is proud to celebrate Mr. Wilder's legacy by bringing these classic comedies to

The Jungle Book (2016) is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us a Disney remake, a couple of Orson Welles' Criterion releases, a hotel manager, and more.
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I suppose it's not all that strange that in this world of constant remakes, reboots, prequels, sequels and cinematic universes that Disney would be reimagining their classic animated catalog as (more or less) live-action films. No that seems perfectly normal to me. What is sort-of amazing to my mind is just how many terrific people they are getting to perform in them, and in the case of The Jungle Book, just how rather good the final product is. This new version of The Jungle Book was directed by Jon Favreau and stars Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o,

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 08-29-16

"Summer Under the Stars" may come to a close, but there's still more movies to see.
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TCM's "Summer Under the Stars" programming concludes with spotlights on Charles Boyer, Jean Simmons, and Dean Martin. September begins with films by director Preston Sturges and Star-of-the-Month Gene Hackman. Summer Under the Stars: Charles Boyer - Algiers (1938) Monday, August 29 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A thief on the run from the law risks his life for love. Summer Under the Stars: Jean Simmons - Spartacus (1960) Tuesday, August 30 at 10:00 p.m. (ET) The rebellious Thracian Spartacus, born and raised a slave, is sold to Gladiator trainer Batiatus. Summer Under the Stars: Dean Martin - Ocean's Eleven (1960) Wednesday,

Ash vs Evil Dead: The Complete First Season is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us the return of the Evil Dead, more zombies, the devil living in L.A., and much more.
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I turned 18 in 1994. So though I consider myself a child of the '80s, it was really the early '90s that informed who I am culturally. I have a great fondness for much of the TV, movies, and music that came from the '80s but when I really break it down, it was that period from 1990 to 1994 that I began to take the culture’s artistic mediums seriously. I may reach a nostalgic sort of glee when I hear Tiffany sing “I Think We’re Alone Now” or I catch Gremlins running amok, but its not until I hear

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 08-22-16

Whatcha watching this week?
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The "Summer Under the Stars" month-long marathon continues on TCM with days devoted to Robert Montgomery, Brigitte Bardot, Constance Cummings, Van Johnson, Boris Karloff, James Garner, and Jean Arthur. Summer Under the Stars: Robert Montgomery - Lady in the Lake (1947) Monday, August 22 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) Philip Marlowe searches for a missing woman in this mystery shot entirely from the detective's viewpoint. Summer Under the Stars: Brigitte Bardot - Love On A Pillow (1963) Tuesday, August 23 at 9:45 p.m. (ET) After saving a man from suicide, a young woman falls in love with him. Summer Under the

getTV Begins Airing Sonny & Cher on Monday, Sept. 12

Showcasing some of the series’ best episodes, featuring guests such as David Bowie, Muhammad Ali, Betty White, Carol Burnett, the Jackson 5 & many more,
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Press release: getTV brings one of television’s most beloved couples back to the forefront, as the network welcomes former husband-and-wife duo Sonny and Cher—comprised of accomplished songwriter Sonny Bono, and legendary songstress Cher—to its popular Monday Night Variety Block. The weekly lineup handpicks some of the best episodes from the hit variety series THE SONNY & CHER COMEDY HOUR, CHER, and THE SONNY & CHER SHOW, airing every Monday at 8 p.m. ET, starting on September 12. Many of these episodes have not been seen on television in over a decade. The block kicks off with three weeks of the

Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Movie Ever Made is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us fan films, angry birds, murders by appliances, Elvis, and more.
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Movies were a huge part of my childhood. I have all sorts of fond memories of going to the cinema and watching them on TV. My parents were early adopters to the Beta and VHS home-movie formats and nearly every weekend we’d wind up at the rental place finding something to watch. As a teenager, I thought my parents were completely lame and I didn’t get along with them most of the time, but I still went with them to the movies regularly. It was the one way in which we could enjoy each others company. But I never went

Criterion Announces November 2016 Releases

No need to wait for Black Friday.
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In November, those looking for Xmas presents for film fans in their inner circle need look no further than this roster. The six films from the Lone Wolf and Cub series are collected in a box set. Also being added to the Collection are Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams, Paul Thomas Anderson's Punch-Drunk Love, Marlon Brando's One-Eyed Jacks, and Noah Baumbach's The Squid and the Whale. Read on to learn more about them. Lone Wolf and Cub Collector's Set out Nov 8 Based on the best-selling manga series, the six intensely kinetic Lone Wolf and Cub films elevated chanbara to bloody, new

TCM Announces Month-Long Slapstick Comedy Programming Special

Ouch! A Salute To Slapstick begins Sep. 6th hosted by comedian Greg Proops.
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Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will pay tribute to pratfalls and double-takes with Ouch! A Salute To Slapstick, a month-long programming special featuring more than 50 films exploring the history of slapstick. Hosted by acclaimed stand-up comedian Greg Proops, the special will feature programming from silent masters Chaplin, Keaton and Lloyd to modern master Will Ferrell, and will premiere Sep. 6th and air every Tuesday and Wednesday during the month. Additionally, TCM is once again partnering with Ball State University and Canvas Network to offer a free online multimedia course on slapstick comedy. Enrollment begins today and comedy fans

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 08-15-16

And what classic film star will you be spending time with this week?
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The "Summer Under the Stars" month-long marathom continues on TCM with days devoted to Roddy McDowall, Anne Baxter, James Edwards, Angie Dickinson, Ruby Keeler, Humphrey Bogart, and Bette Davis. Summer Under the Stars: Roddy McDowall - My Friend Flicka (1943) Monday, August 15 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A boy's love for his horse helps him grow up. Summer Under the Stars: Anne Baxter - All About Eve (1950) Tuesday, August 16 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) An ambitious young actress tries to take over a star's career and love life. Summer Under the Stars: James Edwards - Home of the Brave

Get Access to the Most Classified Event of the Year With an Early Premiere of Snowden

Featuring an exclusive live interview with Edward Snowden by filmmaker Oliver Stone, in cinemas nationwide on September 14.
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Press release: Get full security clearance for Snowden, one of the most anticipated upcoming releases, ahead of the thriller’s wide release. Fathom Events and Open Road Films are taking an exclusive look into the world of former CIA employee Edward Snowden through the eyes of Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone for a one-night event on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 live at 7:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. CT and tape-delayed to 7:30 p.m. MT/PT. “Snowden Live” gives audiences the opportunity to be the first to see Snowden on the big screen and hear directly from the man who inspired it
Press release: To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the 1986 science fiction horror film Aliens, Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Laguna Niguel has partnered with SquaredCo Events to present moviegoers with a spirited lobby experience and film-themed pop-up art show in advance of a special screening of the cult classic. Guests can expect to: View Aliens-themed fan art commissioned by an international roster of pop culture artists Have the opportunity to win surprise giveaways and limited edition event posters designed by animator and illustrator Jason Yang of Invisible Element Have film-themed photo-ops throughout the decorated theater lobby and with a costumed Aliens

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