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getTV Programming Highlights for February 2015

Happy birthday to getTV and its watchers.
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Press release: getTV is turning one on Tuesday, February 3, and viewers are invited to the birthday party! To commemorate this milestone day, the network will take to Twitter and Facebook at 6 a.m. PT, encouraging viewers to share their own film stories, favorite classics, and more using #1STMovieMemory, while testing their knowledge of Oscar-themed trivia. Additionally, the month includes a new Tuesday block (The Year Was), as well as premieres of IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (February 1) and HIS GIRL FRIDAY (February 4)—both making their debuts on getTV. Start each week with Jack Lemmon in 10 of the Oscar-winner’s

TCM Classic Film Festival Announces Ann-Margret, Astronaut Captain James Lovell, and More Titles

Which titles would you be most interested in seeing on the big screen?
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Turner Classic Movies (TCM) continues to add award-winning titles and iconic stars to the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival, taking place March 26-29, 2015 in Hollywood, including world premiere restorations of: Warner Bros’ classic musicals 42nd Street (1933) and Calamity Jane (1953) and 1776 (1972) William Wyler’s delightful romance Roman Holiday (1953) from Paramount MGM’s western drama The Proud Rebel (1958) Jules Dassin’s French caper film Rififi (1958) from Rialto Pictures Festival goers will also get to enjoy other iconic films such as: David Lean’s award-winning Doctor Zhivago (1965) from Warner Bros. 70mm print of Franklin J. Schaffner’s Oscar-winning Patton

The 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival to Host World Premiere Screening of Harry Houdini's The Grim Game

Composer Brane Zivkovic will be on hand to conduct a live performance of his new score for the film.
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Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is bringing the long-lost Harry Houdini classic The Grim Game (1919) back to the public eye in a world premiere screening during 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival held March 26-29 in Hollywood. This much-sought-after film - a complete print of which was only recently rediscovered and brought to TCM for restoration - features the escape artist and legendary illusionist in one of his few starring roles. The film was discovered and the restoration was produced and restored by award-winning film preservationist and silent-film scholar Rick Schmidlin, whose credits include such landmark restorations as The

TCM Announces Sally Field as Co-host for New Season of The Essentials

"I can't imagine any one more delightful to sit and talk with about movies on a regular basis." - Robert Osborne
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Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced Oscar, Golden Globe, Emmy, and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Sally Field will co-host the 15th season of TCM’s signature showcase: The Essentials. Field will take the chair opposite TCM host Robert Osborne each week to introduce a hand-picked classic film and offer commentary on its cultural relevance and what makes it a timeless, must-see movie. The new season of The Essentials, which airs on Saturday nights premieres Saturday, March 7, at 8 p.m. (ET) with a screening of William Wyler’s classic, Roman Holiday. “We couldn't be happier that Sally will be joining us

The Sound of Music (1965) to Open 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival with Appearances by Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer

Is one of your favorite things opening up the sixth annual festival?
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Press release: Hollywood will come alive with The Sound of Music (1965) this spring as the beloved, Oscar-winning classic returns to the big screen to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a gala opening-night screening on Thursday, March 26 at the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival. Legendary stars Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer will join Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne at the world-famous TCL Chinese Theater IMAX to introduce the beautifully restored film and kick off the sixth annual festival, which will run March 26-29, 2015, in Hollywood. The film is being presented in collaboration with Twentieth Century Fox, in

The Drop (2014) is the Pick of the Week

Rest in peace, James Gandolfini.
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It was a rough year to be a celebrity in 2014. It seems like we lost a lot of greats. There were some such as Richard Attenborough, Lauren Bacall, and Shirley Temple whose deaths, while very sad, were not a shock to hear about. But then there were others, Harold Ramis, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Robin Williams - whose deaths were like a blow to the head. A great bit punch in our collective guts. Hoffman and Williams especially, their deaths made more tragic by the means in which they happened. I want to include James Gandolfini in that list,

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Red Band Trailer

You've been warned.
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Official synopsis: When Lou (Rob Corddry) finds himself in trouble, Nick (Craig Robinson) and Jacob (Clark Duke) fire up the hot tub time machine in an attempt to get back to the past. But they inadvertently land in the future with Adam Jr. (Adam Scott). Now they have to alter the future in order to save the past... which is really the present, in the sequel from the same team that brought you the original cult hit. Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is in theaters February 20th

The 2015 Oscar-nominated Short Films in Theaters January 30

Get a leg up in your Oscar office pool.
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Press release: ShortsHD is once again bringing the wildly popular Oscar-nominated Short Film program (Live Action, Animation, and Documentary) in over 350 theaters throughout the U.S. and Canada starting January 30 and will continue to expand in the following weeks. A list of participating theaters is available here. Together with the theatrical run, the nominated short films will be available on Vimeo OnDemand, iTunes Stores in 54 countries, Amazon Instant Video, Verizon and will be released across the U.S. on VOD/Pay Per View platforms. LIVE ACTION AYAIsrael & France / 39 minsDirectors: Mihal Brezis and Oded BinnunProducers: Yael Abecassis, Hilel

Criterion Announces April 2015 Releases

What are you most interested in?
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In April, Criterion offers six releases. Three are new to the Collection. Those titles are Carol Reed's Odd Man Out, Jean-Pierre Melville's Le silence de la mer, and Eclipse Series 42: Silent Ozu—Three Crime Dramas. Also scheduled are three high-definition digital restorations: Preston Sturges' Sullivan's Travels, Jean Renoir's The River, and Peter Yates' The Friends of Eddie Coyle. Odd Man Out (#754) out Apr 14 in Blu-ray & DVD Editions Taking place largely over the course of one tense night, Carol Reed’s psychological noir, set in an unnamed Belfast, stars James Mason as a revolutionary ex-con leading a robbery that

2015 Academy Award Nominations Have Been Announced

Everything is awesome for some people this today.
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Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2014 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015, 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 are: Best Animated FeatureBig Hero 6The BoxtrollsHow To Train Your Dragon 2Song of the SeaThe Tale of Princess Kaguya Best Documentary FeatureCITIZENFOURLast Days In VietnamVirungaFinding Vivian MaierThe Salt of the Earth Best Documentary ShortCrisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1JoannaOur CurseThe Reaper (La Parka)White Earth Best Film EditingAmerican SniperBoyhoodThe Imitation GameWhiplashThe Grand Budapest Hotel Best Original Song"Everything is Awesome," The

2015 Razzie Nominations Have Been Announced

"[Blended] is offensive on many levels." - RonsReviews
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Press Release: Hollywood was not happy with box office returns for 2014, their lowest-grossing year in recent history. Despite a handful of high-grossing hits, there were way more major misses — movies based on recycled premises and re-worked concepts that were already tired a decade or more ago, the cinematic equivalent of re-treaded tires. Those are the films The Golden Raspberry Awards have annually "saluted" since 1980. Nominees for the 35th Annual Razzie Awards, satirizing the Worst Achievements in Film for 2014, include new names and several Repeat Offenders, returning for more pie-in-the-face/light-hearted joshing by the one Tinsel Town trophy

Gone Girl is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us David Fincher's latest thriller, an empires final boardwalk, a Hendrix biopic, a space documentary and The Facts of Life.
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I very much like to read, I’m just not very good at it. Or rather I’m not very good at making the time to read more than a few pages at a time. Between movies, TV, games, Facebook, music, work, and family I rarely make myself sit down for long stretches with a good book. Honestly, I do most of my reading on the toilet, or sometimes at the dinner table (when my wife doesn’t let out that groaning sigh that tells me she’d like a little attention rather than the pages in front of me). Now and again I’ll

Panel Preview: Rat God #1

"How in the seven hells did I come to this?" - Clark Elwood
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From Eisner Award Hall of Fame inductee Richard Corben, best known for his work in Heavy Metal, comes Rat God, an original story that finds the artist once again inspired H.P. Lovecraft, published by Dark Horse Comics. The first issue goes on sale February 4, 2015 and is available to preorder. The official synopsis reads: Terrible things stalk the forests outside Arkham in this chilling original tale from comics master Richard Corben! An arrogant city slicker on a quest to uncover the background of a young woman from the backwoods finds horrors beyond imagining, combining Lovecraftian mutations with Native American

Boyhood is the Pick of the Week

After a week off I'm looking for movies about boys, girls, a former wizard growing horns, and Nick Cage in his most inexplicable role ever.
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I took last week off to spend some time with my wife’s family. Her clan are a bit spread out with the parents living in Kentucky, one brother in North Carolina, the other in Nashville. We now live in Oklahoma, all of which makes it rather difficult for us all to see each other at the same time. We always try to meet up over the Christmas break, and if the star align properly, we might all of us gather sometime in the summer. The brothers have three boys amongst them, two born months apart some 13 years ago and

Panel Preview: Conan Red Sonja #1

"Two hunters stalking the same prey?" - Conan
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Writers Gail Simone and Jim Zub have teamed up to create the sword and sorcery team-up Conan Red Sonja for Dark Horse Comics. Dan Panosian is the artist, and Dave Stewart is the colorist. The first issue goes on sale January 14, 2015 and is available to preorder. The official synopsis reads: In a story spanning multiple eras in the lives of these classic characters, Conan and Red Sonja become comrades to take down a sorcerer-priest hell bent on creating a dark new age in Hyborian warfare! Here's a look at Issue #1 and the cover of Issue #2:

El Rey Network Invites Godzilla to Your Home for Christmas

The "Kaiju Christmas" marathon brings over 48 hours of giant monster mania featuring the original King of the Monsters, Godzilla.
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Press release: Join El Rey Network for a “Kaiju Christmas” marathon that brings you over 48 hours of giant monster mania featuring the original King of the Monsters, Godzilla. El Rey Network is celebrating the iconic fire-breather with a mega marathon that befits this behemoth’s pop culture impact. The Godzilla marathon stomps into homes with the original film that started it all, Gojira on Wednesday, December 24 at 6 PM ET and culminates with Godzilla vs. Biollante on Saturday, December 27 at 3:45 AM ET. The “Kaiju Christmas” Godzilla films will air in the following order: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 24 Gojira

Pride (2014) is the Pick of the Week

It's a slow week and I'm using that as an excuse to say very little.
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When I’m not writing about movies and televisions shows, I run The Midnight Cafe, a little blog that deals in unofficially released concert recordings, or "bootlegs" as they are sometimes called. I own thousands upon thousands of hours of live music that was kindly recorded by untold fans just wanting to share their passion. I lovingly upload these shows into the cloud and share them freely with whoever wants them. Mostly, I just post the shows with the pertinent information included and leave the discussion to the comment section. But I’m a writer at heart and sometimes I like to

getTV Programming Highlights for January 2015

Start planning next year's viewing with getTV.
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Press release: Mystery and intrigue rules getTV this January as the network kicks off a month-long salute to the Boston Blackie franchise. The Chester Morris starring films start New Year’s Day with a triple feature and continue throughout the month on select nights and Saturday mornings. On Thursday, Jan. 1, the Boston Blackie marathon begins at 8 p.m. ET, as Morris tracks an ocean liner murder to a Coney Island spy ring in MEET BOSTON BLACKIE; then, Boston Blackie investigates an art gallery murder in CONFESSIONS OF BOSTON BLACKIE; and Blackie helps a wrongly convicted prisoner in 1942’s ALIAS BOSTON

TCM Presents The Wizard of Oz in Theaters on January 11 & 14

A special two-day event brought to you by Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies, and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
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Press release: Join Dorothy, Toto, and the rest of the crew as they head to Emerald City for a special two-night event brought to you by Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies (TCM), and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. "TCM Presents: The Wizard of Oz" will be shown in select U.S. cinemas on Sunday, January 11, and Wednesday, January 14, 2015, for two show times each day at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time. In addition to the feature, classic film fans will get to enjoy a special introduction from TCM host Robert Osborne. Tickets for “TCM Presents: The Wizard of

The Godfather LIVE Comes to Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on January 24, 2015

A theatrical experience you can't refuse.
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Press release: Winner of three Academy Awards & countless other honors, The Godfather remains one of the greatest films in the history of cinema. Nino Rota's iconic score accompanied by the film's traditional Italian folk music & jazz comes to life on stage, performed live by symphony orchestra while the film is simultaneously shown in high definition on the big screen. Tickets are currently available at www.AXS.com, STAPLES Center Box Office, or charge by phone at 888-929-7849. This concert is produced by AEG LIVE. “It is with great excitement that we are able to bring this masterful score and film

Arrested Development: Season Four is the Pick of the Week

Another banner week of releases as Christmas comes near.
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So often when writing this series I have to admit that I haven’t seen the things that I pick, or even the ones I highlight. I rarely make it to the movie theater anymore and since I cut the cord at home, I inevitably have to wait until TV series come out on DVD before I get a chance to watch them. Sadly, I now have to admit that even though Arrested Development: Season 4 has been out for some time and that I’ve had a subscription to Netflix on which I could watch it and that I’m a huge

Criterion Announces March 2015 Releases

How many are you going to add to your collection?
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In March, Criterion offers six releases. Four are new to the Collection. Those titles are François Truffaut's The Soft Skin, Robert Montgomery's Ride the Pink Horse, and two by documentarian Errol Morris, the Gates of Heaven/Vernon, Florida set and A Thin Blue Line. Also scheduled are two high-definition digital restorations that close out the month: Ingmar Bergman's Cries and Whispers and Hoop Dreams by Steve James, Frederick Marx, and Peter Gilbert. The Soft Skin (#749) out Mar 10 in Blu-ray & DVD Editions François Truffaut followed up the international phenomenon Jules and Jim with this tense tale of infidelity. The

2015 Golden Globes Nominations Announced

More celebration and disappointment for the award watchers.
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Press release: The nominations for the 72nd Golden Globe Awards were announced bright and early this morning at the Beverly Hilton hotel. During the traditional pre-dawn ceremony in Beverly Hills, HFPA president Theo Kingma introduced Kate Beckinsale, two-time Golden Globe Award-nominee Peter Krause, Paula Patton, and Golden Globe-winner and five-time nominee Jeremy Piven to do the honors. The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, will air on Sunday, January 11, 2015, live coast-to-coast on NBC from 5:00-8:00 p.m. (PST)/8:00-11:00 p.m. (EST). Update 1/11: Winners are in Bold MOTION PICTURES Best Drama Boyhood Foxcatcher The

Mad Max: Fury Road Official Theatrical Teaser Trailer is Unleashed

"Everybody's gone out of their mind." You will too after seeing this.
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Wow! I hope Sentry Shawn Bourdo hasn't finished his "Top 10 Trailers of 2014" round-up yet. Not only do we have a new entry, but my vote for #1 Forget the synopsis; just dive right into this preview of George Miller's fourth foray into the post-apocalyptic world of Mad Max (now with Tom Hardy in the role) after a 30-year absence and tell me you aren't dying to see this. Behold: Your thoughts?

getTV Programming Highlights for December 2014

Spend the rest of the year with Sinatra, Bogart, and others.
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Press release: Get into the holiday spirit with getTV this December, as the network delivers a loaded lineup of marathons, stunts, and festive favorites, headlined by the rarely-seen Christmas special HAPPY HOLIDAYS WITH BING AND FRANK. The special will air throughout December with special broadcasts for Frank Sinatra’s birthday on Friday, December 12, at 7 p.m. ET, and Christmas Eve at 11:30 p.m. ET. This Golden Age gem is the perfect start to the holidays, as two of Hollywood’s top showmen deliver unforgettable duets of yuletide standards such as “Jingle Bells,” “The Christmas Song,” and “White Christmas.” Also in December,

Guardians of the Galaxy is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us several Criterions, more Woody Allens, three TV collections, a talking, space traveling raccoon and so much more.
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My recent visit to Wizard World solidified the fact that while I like geeky things I am not in anyway a full-fledged geek. This is especially true when it comes to comic-book movies. News will come out that some new superhero is hitting the big screen and the Internet goes wild. Speculation starts on who they should cast, cyber wars are waged when the cast lists are actually announced. Web sites are broken from the massive spikes in traffic whenever the posters, images, trailers, and other media are released. We collectively go crazy. I used to get caught up in

57th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees in Visual Media

Get caught up on the nominees.
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The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States released their nominees for the 2015 Grammy Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry. The eligibility period was October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014. The ceremony will be held on February 8, 2015, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and portions will be broadcast live on CBS from 8-11:30 p.m. (ET/PT), Honoring the "best" music in Visual Media are the following categories. Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media American Hustle [Legacy Recordings] Frozen [Walt Disney Records] Get On Up - The James Brown Story

Panel Preview: Lady Killer #1

Jones and Rich reteam for another "killer' series.
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Lady Killer is co-written and drawn by Joëlle Jones. Jamie S. Rich is her co writer. Laura Allred is the colorist. The first issue goes on sale January 07, 2015 and is available to preorder. The official synopsis from Dark Horse reads: Josie Schuller is a picture-perfect homemaker, wife, and mother—but she’s also a ruthless, efficient killer for hire! A brand-new original comedy series that combines the wholesome imagery of early 1960s domestic bliss with a tightening web of murder, paranoia, and cold-blooded survival. Here's a look at Issue #1 and the cover of Issue #2:

Terminator Genisys Trailer & Poster

Will you be back to see the latest installment?
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Set for release on July 1, 2015, director Alan Taylor's Terminator Genisys stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, Matt Smith, Byung-Hun Lee, and JK Simmons in some sort of timeline reboot of the Terminator universe. Written by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier, the story as presented in the trailer is understandably a bit confusing given it's just a couple of minutes and it has to include some great action. However, the synopsis on Wikipedia does little to clear things up: The year is 2029. John Connor, leader of the resistance continues the war against the machines. At

Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us an excellent concert series, some damn, dirty apes, short journeys, vampires, and more.
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I’ve been blogging now for a little over ten years. I started back in 2004 when my wife and I spent a year living in Strasbourg, France. Initially it was solely a journal of my experience abroad. I invited a few friends and family that I thought might enjoy reading about my adventures, but mostly kept it private. Eventually I got bored writing about baguettes and started writing pop culture reviews. At first that was just for fun, a way to kill some time while my wife was at work, but over time I got serious about it. If you

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