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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

Kino Lorber Releases Two Fritz Lang Films on Blu-ray & DVD in August

"Opened my eyes to the poetic expressiveness of the cinema. When I saw 'Destiny,' I suddenly knew that I wanted to make movies." - Luis Buñuel
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Press release: Kino Lorber is proud to announce the Blu-ray and DVD of Fritz Lang's 1921 silent masterwork, DESTINY, in a stunning new 2K restoration by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung. Weaving together stories of tragic love, set in three distinct historical places and periods, DESTINY established director Fritz Lang as one of the leading filmmakers of the German silent era, and laid the groundwork for his highly-stylized classics such as Die Nibelungen and Metropolis. This new restoration of DESTINY was released theatrically by Kino Lorber, opening at New York's Film Forum in May 2016 before moving on to engagements in national markets.DESTINY

11.22.63 is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us time travel, holograms, superheroes, and more.
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The assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963 looms large in our American identity. Hell, it looms over my own identity and I wasn’t born until 13 years later. The 1960s as a whole were greatly influential upon our culture. It gave us the Beatles, the Stones, Dr. Strangelove, Lawrence of Arabia, hippies, free love, Woodstock, Altamont, the Civil Rights Movement and the murder of a President. In the years since that decade died, countless amount of words have been written, documentaries filmed, and art created praising those ten years as monumental. Sometimes, it feels like that from the very

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

What 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 Esther Williams, Tim Holt, Hedy Lamarr, Spencer Tracy, Janet Gaynor, Ralph Richardson, and Cyd Charisee. Summer Under the Stars: Esther Williams - Million Dollar Mermaid (1952) Monday, August 8 at 10:00 p.m. (ET) True story of Annette Kellerman, the world's first great swimming star. Summer Under the Stars: Tim Holt - The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) Tuesday, August 9 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) Dobbs and Curtin meet up in Mexico, and go to work for a contractor who takes them away to a remote

National Lampoon's Animal House Joins TCM Big Screen Classics Series Lineup on August 14 & 17

The raucous comedy hits more than 600 movie theaters nationwide.
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Press release: It’s time to grab your toga and return to Faber College for the wildest frat party ever when National Lampoon’s Animal House joins the year-long lineup of Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies’ TCM Big Screen Classics series. The event will take place at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time on Sunday, Aug. 14, and Wednesday, Aug. 17, and includes specially produced commentary from a TCM host before and after the feature. Tickets for the “TCM Big Screen Classics” series can be purchased online at www.FathomEvents.com or at over 600 participating movie theater box offices. For a

Key & Peele: The Complete Series is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us the funniest comedy duo of the decade, a sci-fi remake, a sci-fi original, a motion comic, and more.
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Mat Brewster is on vacation this week, so I am filling in. Two weeks ago, I was preparing to go to the world famous San Diego Comic-Con where I would immerse myself in entertainment and pop culture for five days with over 130,000 like-minded folks. It can be a hectic schedule running around the convention center and outer locations, through throngs of cosplayers, autograph seekers, memorbilia purchasers, to then stand in long lines or wait through panels in an effort to get into one's desired programs. The sleep and feeding schedules are usually thrown off, and of course with my

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 08-01-16

What star are you going to spend the day with?
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August is Summer Under the Stars month where each day finds the channel's programming devoted to an actor or actress. The first week features Edward G. Robinson, Lucille Ball, Bing Crosby, Fay Wray, Karl Malden, Montgomery Clift, and Jean Harlow. Summer Under the Stars: Edward G. Robinson - Scarlet Street (1945) Monday, August 1 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A middle-aged would be painter falls into the clutches of an unscrupulous woman. Summer Under the Stars: Lucille Ball - Yours, Mine and Ours (1968) Tuesday, August 2 at 10:00 p.m. (ET) A widow with eight children marries a widower with ten,

getTV Celebrates Lucille Ball, Billy Jack, and More in August

Other highlights include stunts starring Cher, Rosalind Russell, Chevy Chase, Cary Grant, and more.
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Press release: getTV gets you through the dog days of summer with an August lineup of Golden Age favorites featuring award-winning dramas, side-splitting comedies, and beloved stars. The month includes a Lucille Ball birthday block; a trio of iconic divas on THE MERV GRIFFIN SHOW; a GIDGET two-pack; stunts starring Cher, Jeff Bridges, Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant; a night of classic Mitzi Gaynor specials; and the Oscar®-winning drama THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI; among others. Merv Salutes The Greatest Stars—Mon., August 1 at 8 p.m. ET Merv Griffin sits down with some of cinema’s most iconic divas in

Shout Factory! Releases The Transformers - The Movie (30th Anniversary Edition) on September 13, 2016

Featuring all-star voice cast of Peter Cullen, Eric Idle, Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Stack, Frank Welker and Orson Welles as UNICRON.
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Press release: Experience the enormously popular animated feature The TRANSFORMERS - THE MOVIE like never before! In celebration of the film’s 30th anniversary, The TRANSFORMERS - THE MOVIE has been meticulously restored and remastered from a spectacular brand-new 4K transfer of the original 35mm film elements. Fans now can immerse themselves in this thrilling animated adventure with stunning picture quality for optimal home entertainment experience. The TRANSFORMERS - THE MOVIE has captured a special place in the hearts of millions and has been a staple in the pop culture zeitgeist since 1986. Featuring memorable characters - the heroic AUTOBOTS, villainous

getTV Adjusts Its Classic TV Daytime Schedule and Adds Docs in August

Programming includes specials highlighting the lives and legacies of William Holden and Will Rogers.
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Press release: getTV puts the spotlight on two of Hollywood’s most beloved entertainers, with a pair of in-depth documentary specials airing August 21 and August 28 at 10 p.m. ET, giving viewers an in-depth look at the lives and legacies of the Golden Age icons whose work has continued to influence and inspire generations of fans and filmmakers. The informative event kicks off on August 21 with WILLIAM HOLDEN: AN UNTAMED SPIRIT—a detailed account narrated by Peter Graves, that illustrates some of the Oscar-winning actor’s most defining moments, from his humble beginnings working for his family’s fertilization company, and being

LA Podcast Festival 2016 Set for Sep. 23-25 in Beverly Hills, CA

Showcasing the best in podcasting - Comedy/True Crime/Storytelling/Sports/Pop Culture - at the 5th annual festival held at Sofitel Los Angeles.
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Press release: Los Angeles Podcast Festival 2016 (aka LA Podfest 2016), featuring live recording sessions of dozens of popular podcasts, panel discussions, parties, a podcast lab, and stand-up comedy, will take over Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills from Friday, September 23 to Sunday, September 25, 2016. This year’s festival, organized by founders Dave Anthony, Graham Elwood, and Chris Mancini, will unite roughly 2,100 attendees, including popular podcasters, their celebrity guests, fans from across the globe, and the podcasting industry, in celebration of the thriving medium. While the podcasters recording their shows live at the festival are traveling from as

Pioneers of African-American Cinema is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us a huge collection of African-American films, several revenge style flicks, Pocahontas. and much more.
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I consider myself an amateur cinephile. By which I mean I take films seriously - I watch with a critical eye, I attempt to understand the artistry and craftsmanship of cinema, and I do my best to dig into the history of the medium. But I also have a life, a job, a family, and not nearly the time I need to dedicate myself full-time to watching movies. This means there are large gaps in both genre and history of movies that I’ve never seen. There is a very long list of movies I really ought to watch before I

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 07-25-16

TCM offers a diverse roster of films this week.
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TCM finally gets to Shane in their Shane Plus A Hundred More Great Westerns series. The cable channels also features a night of Robert Francis films, a night showcasing America in the '70s, and pioneers of African American Cinema. Starring Robert Francis - The Long Gray Line (1955) Monday, July 25 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) An Irish immigrant becomes one of West Point's most beloved officers. TCM Presents: Shane Plus A Hundred More Great Westerns: Shane (1953) Tuesday, July 26 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A mysterious drifter helps farmers fight off a vicious gunman. TCM Presents: Shane Plus A Hundred

O.J.: Made In America is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us O.J., Elvis meeting Nixon, three films from Criterion, and much more.
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In the summer of 1994, I was 18, had just graduated high school, and was doing my best to have "The Best Summer Ever" while college loomed just over my shoulder. I was looking forward to that experience, but I had signed on to University in Alabama - a good 800 miles away from my home in Oklahoma - so I was a little nervous about leaving everything I knew for something new. At the same time, the entire world became obsessed with a football player turned actor and the lurid murder of his wife and her friend. Somehow, I
The week starts with a visit to the studio by guest programmer Lou Gossett Jr. Then it's another two-night stint of westerns followed by a time jump to "America in the [19]70s" and other classic titles. TCM Guest Programmer: Lou Gossett Jr. - Blackboard Jungle (1955) Monday, July 18 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) An idealistic teacher confronts the realities of juvenile delinquency. TCM Presents: Shane Plus A Hundred More Great Westerns: A Fistful of Dollars (1967) Tuesday, July 19 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A mysterious stranger plays dueling families against each other in a Mexican border town. TCM Presents: Shane

Criterion Announces October 2016 Releases

Tricks and treats from Criterion.
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In October, Guillermo del Toro's Pan’s Labyrinth is available as a standalone from Criterion and also together in Trilogía de Guillermo del Toro with previous entries in the Collection with Cronos and The Devil’s Backbone. There's a two-fer from Robert Altman as McCabe & Mrs. Miller joins the collection and Short Cuts gets a high-definition upgrade. Other new titles include Richard Linklater's Boyhood, Ermanno Olmi’s The Tree of Wooden Clogs, and Luis García Berlanga's The Executioner. Read on to learn more about them. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (#827) out Oct 11 This unorthodox dream western by Robert Altman (Nashville) may

Green Room is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us a green room, a carnival of souls, passionate crimes and much more.
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Last week I wrote about buying a house and noted that we would be moving in on Tuesday. We did exactly that and then moved right back out. The very evening we moved in the wife and I both took showers. Upon exiting, I noted that the tub was very slow to drain. An hour or so later my wife asked me if I had made a mess getting out of the tub as the towel I had put down was sopping wet. Further investigation noted large amounts of water filling in around the toilet. Our lines were clogged and

TCM Programming for the Week of Alert 07-11-16

Looking for a movie this week? TCM can help.
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Director Martin Scorsese is featured when the TCM spotlight focuses on America in the '70s. Also, the two westerns highlighted below certainly fit the series title, "Hundred More Great Westerns." About Mrs. Leslie (1954) Monday, July 11 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) An aging woman recalls the affair that consumed her life. Shane Plus A Hundred More Great Westerns: The Naked Spur (1953) Tuesday, July 12 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A captive outlaw uses psychological tactics to prey on a bounty hunter. Shane Plus A Hundred More Great Westerns: The Magnificent Seven (1960) Wednesday, July 13 at 10:00 p.m. (ET) Seven

Kino Lorber Studio Classics Announces its August 2016 Home Video Releases

Some classic films to end your summer with.
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Kino Lorber Studio Classics has presented its August roster, which includes two films starring Tyrone Power, two westerns starring Randolph Scott, and a slew of other titles that include a silent film by John Ford and the '60s spy spoof Modesty Blaise starring Monica Vitt. THE MARK OF ZORRO (1940) Blu-ray Street Date: August 2, 2016 Blu-ray SRP $29.95 Blu-ray UPC 738329206192 Adventure | NR | 94 min Director: Rouben Mamoulian Starring Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Basil Rathbone, Gale Sondergaard, Eugene Pallette Synopsis: The Mark Of Zorro is regarded by most as the finest telling of the Zorro legend -

FX Announces FXhibition for San Diego Comic-Con 2016

Fans challenged to test their fears in American Horror Story’s Immersive VR Experience.
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Press release: FX Networks is headed to the City in Motion, bringing innovative activations and live entertainment to San Diego this July. FX Networks will take center stage at Hilton Bayfront Park during San Diego Comic-Con July 21-24, 2016 with groundbreaking activations and installations of fan-favorite shows Archer, American Horror Story, The Strain, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, and Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. FXhibition will transport guests to each FX series through a visually arresting, one-of-a-kind interactive art space featuring the riveting American Horror Story Fearless VR Experience. For attendees who love a thrill, American Horror Story will curate a virtual reality experience

Cartoon Network Unleashes the Ultimate Fan Experience at San Diego Comic Con 2016

Learn about the panels, events, and signings.
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Press release: Get ready for an epic summer event with Cartoon Network at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con with debut panels of fan-favorites, The Powerpuff Girls, We Bare Bears and a first-of-its-kind musical panel of the critically-acclaimed Steven Universe that will have everyone singing alongside Grammy Award-winner Estelle, creator Rebecca Sugar and other key cast and crew. Soaring high above the convention floor, larger-than-life balloons of Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup will be suspended above the Townsville-inspired booth (#3735), where convention goers can immerse themselves in all things sugar, spice and everything nice. Fans can also walk away with their own,

Blood and Black Lace is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us some Italian horror, Studio Ghibli animation, a '90s indie, some sorority babes, and much more.
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The wife and I recently bought a house. It's the first time we’ve ever done that. We talked about it for years but had never been stable enough in our jobs or location that we felt it was possible. When we moved back to my hometown a couple of years ago, we started talking about it seriously. A little over a year ago we started looking. Got pre-approved from the bank, connected with a realtor, and visited every house within our price range within a 50-mile radius. Turns out it's really quite difficult to choose a place that you are

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