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TCM Presents Continues with Jaws 40th Anniversary Presentation in Select U.S. Movie Theaters This June

Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies, and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment bring this classic shark title back to the big screen June 21 and 24 only.
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Press release: You're gonna need a bigger boat this June when “TCM Presents: Jaws 40th Anniversary” comes to select U.S. cinemas, presented by Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Originally released in 1975 and celebrating its 40th anniversary, this action-packed event will screen at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on both Sunday, June 21 and Wednesday, June 24 for a second showing. In addition to the feature, audiences will be treated to a special introduction by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz. Tickets for the “TCM Presents: Jaws 40th Anniversary” can be purchased online by visiting,

TCM Announces New Summer-long Series Movie Camp Targeted to Young Adults and Future Filmmakers

Series Hosted by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg Premieres June 7 at 8 p.m.
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Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced the premiere of TCM Movie Camp, a new summer-long series targeted to young adults and future filmmakers beginning on June 7 at 8 p.m. Hosts William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, Oscar-winning filmmakers and co-founders of Moonbot Studios, will guide audiences through great films and landmark movie moments during the series, airing every Sunday this summer. "Our goal with TCM Movie Camp is to bring a new audience to the network and to inspire their interest in classic films at a young age," said Charles Tabesh, senior vice president of programming for TCM.

The Confession and State of Siege are the Picks of the Week

This week brings us some interesting Criterions, Bob Dylan in the Basement and lots of TV collections.
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My freshman year of college I started collecting movies on VHS tape. I think I realized that with the parents no longer renting me films every weekend it was cheaper on my minuscule budget to buy them periodically and build a collection that I could watch over and over again. I quickly decided that I was going to build a world-class collection of only the best movies. I’d buy classics and modern masterpieces with some cool art-house numbers thrown in for good measure. I’d stay away from big, dumb blockbusters with their ridiculous plot and giant explosions. This concept lasted

getTV Salutes the Armed Forces with Memorial Day Marathon

The nine-film lineup pays tribute to the Army, Navy, and Air Force.
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For classic movie fans planning their Memorial Day weekend viewing, getTV offers nine choices on Monday for your consideration. Press release: getTV honors the brave men and women in the Armed Forces with a Memorial Day Marathon starting Monday, May 25 at 8 a.m. ET. The nine-film lineup pays tribute to the Army, Navy, and Air Force with classics starring silver-screen icons Peter O’Toole, Kirk Douglas, Steve McQueen, Sidney Poitier, and James Stewart, among others. The commemorative event includes a roster of legendary War titles featuring Steve McQueen as a hotshot bomber pilot in THE WAR LOVER, with Robert Wagner;

The Larry Sanders Show: The Complete Series is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us Larry Sanders, Cybermen, women in prison, midwives, Charlie Chaplin, Bette Midler playing Janis Joplin, and more.
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“This is the theme to Garry’s show / the theme to Garry’s show / Garry called me up and asked me if I would write his theme song.” That’s the opening lines to the theme song to The Garry Shandling Show. It goes on like that, referencing itself and describing how the singer came to write the song. The show does that too, references itself, the characters seem to know they are on a television show and often bring the audience in on the gag. It was a great show. Or at least I think it was. I watched it

Criterion Announces August 2015 Releases

So many good titles it may kill your wallet.
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In August, Criterion adds Karel Reisz's The French Lieutenant’s Woman, François Truffaut's Day for Night, Brain De Palma's Dressed to Kill and Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's Two Days, One Night to the collection. They also present a new digitial restoration of Jules Dassin's Night and the City and the 43rd release in the Eclipse Series: Agnes Varda in California. Read on to learn more about the films and the releases. Night and the City (#274) out Aug 4 in Blu-ray & DVD Editions Two-bit hustler Harry Fabian (Richard Widmark) longs for a life of ease and plenty. Trailed by an

Broadchurch: The Complete Second Season is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us the wonderful David Tennant, cyber hackers, Alzheimer's dramas, cartoon burgers, lesbian vampires, and more.
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A big thanks goes out to Gordon for finishing last week’s pick for me. I had actually written an entire article and submitted it with Broadchurch: The Complete Second Season as my pick. I was then informed that despite what Amazon said the release date had been pushed back a week. No problem, I thought I’ll just pick something else, write on it, and use what I’d said for Broadchurch the next week, and all would be well. Then my computer died. Gordon was kind enough to step in, chose a new pick, and all was right with the plan.

getTV Celebrates Mother's Day with a Special Afternoon Brunch Block

The Mother's Day Marathon features five classics starring Claudette Colbert, Barbara Hale, Carole Lombard, Marlene Dietrich, and Marilyn Monroe.
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Press release: Celebrate Mother’s Day with getTV in a star-studded afternoon brunch block honoring some of Hollywood’s most influential actresses on Sunday, May 10, starting at 9:30 a.m. ET. The special event highlights career-defining performances from Golden Age icons Barbara Hale, Claudette Colbert, Carole Lombard, Marlene Dietrich and Marilyn Monroe in five unforgettable films that highlight motherhood. The day begins at 9:30 a.m. ET with the classic 1949 comedy AND BABY MAKES THREE, starring Barbara Hale as a woman who discovers she’s pregnant with her ex-husband’s child while walking down the aisle to marry her new beau; next, Oscar-winner Claudette

R.E.M. by MTV Hits U.S. Movie Theaters for One Night on Tuesday, May 19

MTV and R.E.M. came of age together and for decades were inexorably intertwined.
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Before alternative music was known as alternative music, R.E.M. (singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry) became the Kings of College Radio in the '80s with an impressive run of five albums, from Murmur (1983) to Document (1987). Then, they conquered the mainstream in the 1990s, with five albums, two #1s, Out of Time (1991) and Monster (1994), and none lower than #3. Berry left the band in 1997 and the band continued as a trio with varying degrees of success until 2011 when they announced their break up shortly after the release of

The Fugitive: The Complete Series is the Pick of the Week

It's a Cinema Sentries Team-Up.
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Hello, PotW readers. Mat 's desktop computer went to that great IT department in the sky over the weekend, so while he selected some titles that looked interesting (see below), he didn't make his Pick. But the show must go on, so this week is going to be a joint effort, and I didn't need to peruse the new releases long before I knew what I was going to select. The Fugitive ran for four seasons and starred David Janssen as Dr. Richard Kimble, who is, as narrator William Conrad first tells viewers during the opening credits of the second

TCM Announces the Return of Summer of Darkness Film Noir Programming Event

"Our film noir programming slate will trace the evolution of noir from its cinematic origins to its influence on more recent films," said Charles Tabesh.
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Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is returning to the shadowy world of film noir with the return Summer of Darkness, the network's ultimate film noir programming event. The summer programming event beings June 5 at 6 a.m. and airs for 24 hours on Fridays in June and July with primetime screenings hosted by Eddie Muller, known to classic film fans as “The Czar of Noir” and as a frequent TCM contributor, introducing noir films on-air and at the TCM Classic Film Festival. Film noir, with its gritty and dark style, attracted audiences of the 1940s and ’50s and continues

Fifth-Annual Grateful Dead Meet-Up Presents Previously Unreleased Footage from 1989's Alpine Valley Concert

Recorded live from the legendary concert venue in East Troy, Wisconsin on July 19, 1989.
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Before the band hits the concert stage in Santa Clara and Chicago to celebrate their 50th anniversary, fans can celebrate the Grateful Dead's golden anniversary with this year's Meet-Up at the Movies. To learn more, keep reading. Press release: Fathom Events and Rhino Entertainment are thrilled to bring legendary rock band, the Grateful Dead, back to the big screen for the 5th annual event, “Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies 2015.” The third title in Fathom Events’ “Classic Music Series” comes to select movie theaters nationwide on Monday, May 4th at 7:00 p.m. local time. This year’s can’t-miss Meet-Up features

Inherent Vice is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us a P.T. Anderson film that isn't as popular as I expected, a talking Bear that is, plus Mark Wahlberg, King Henry VII, and some bloody good bloody TV.
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For a moment I thought Inherent Vice was some kind of cheap knock-off film. Let me explain (no, no, there is too much, let me sum up), I was scanning through the new releases on Amazon as I do before writing this column. It is naturally sorted by best sellers. Inherent Vice was way down towards the bottom of the first page. I couldn’t believe that the real Inherent Vice - the one directed by P.T. Anderson and starring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, and Reese Witherspoon would not be #1 on Amazon. Well, maybe it would be behind

Dave Ayer Releases Photo of Jared Leto as the Joker from Suicide Squad

Is this the Joker we need?
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I try to be open-minded. When it comes to movies, I don't immediately dismiss sequels or remakes at their announcement. I am indifferent to casting news because I have no idea what producers and directors have in mind for a script I haven't read nor how well someone may have performed at an audition. Comic-book fanatics take it to another level and seem in perpetual outrage over the creative choices made as their favorite characters are brought to life on screen. Any deviation to what has come before is frequently met with a large amount of derision, whether it be

Fortitude is the Pick of the Week

This week's new releases include a murder in the arctic, a sad Jennifer Aniston, Iranian vampires, Liam Neeson getting taken (again), and some arty foreign flicks.
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One of the best parts of writing this column every week is learning about all the movies and shows that are coming out that I’d somehow missed the first go round. I try to stay pretty well keyed in to what’s hitting the movie theaters each week and what’s showing on the TV, but there is just so much stuff coming out each and every day that it's impossible to know about it all. With this column I get to browse everything that’s coming out in a given week on DVD and Blu-ray and not a week goes by that

New Trailers for Fantastic Four (2015) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Are these the heroes you need?
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Although many are probably still watching The Force Awakens trailer on an endless loop since it debuted Thursday, a couple of other franchises wanted to remind folks this weekend they also have new films coming out as well. But how well do they work? Does either change your interest in seeing them? Let us know if the comments below. The official synopsis for Fantastic Four (2015): A contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders (Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, and Jamie Bell) who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser #2

"Chewie, we're home."
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It's here. After screening at the Star Wars Celebration 2015, the new teaser trailer hits the web, and it's sure to delight fans with new footage, particularly getting to hear Luke Skywalker and see Han Solo and Chewie. Let's us know what you think of it in the comments. Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters December 18, 2015.

TCM Honors Sophia Loren on April 21

Film debut kicks off primetime tribute to legendary actress Sophia Loren.
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On Tuesday, April 21, beginning at 8 p.m. (ET), Turner Classic Movies follows up its celebration of Sophia Loren at the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival by airing five of her films, including the most recent, Human Voice, which was shot by her son, Edoardo Ponti Press release: Turner Classic Movies will host the U.S. Television premiere of filmmaker Edoardo Ponti’s short film Human Voice, starring Sophia Loren as part of the networks five-film tribute to the actress on Tuesday, April. 21. The evening is scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m. with the U.S. television debut of the internationally

Criterion Announces July 2015 Releases

A killer line-up of titles this month.
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In July, Criterion adds Carroll Ballard's The Black Stallion, Jan Troell's Here Is Your Life, Stephen Frears' My Beautiful Laundrette, and Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom to its illustrious collection. They also present new digitial restorations of both Robert Siodmak and Don Siegel's versions of The Killers, and Alain Resnais' directorial debut, the French New Wave classic Hiroshima mon amour. Read on to learn more about the films and the releases. The Killers (#176) out Jul 7 in Blu-ray & DVD Editions Ernest Hemingway’s simple but gripping short tale “The Killers” is a model of economical storytelling. Two directors adapted it

Maps to the Stars is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us new films by David Croneberg, Jean-Luc Goddard, and Tim Burton plus old films by Carol Reed and Preston Sturges and much more.
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Since I first started watching films, or at least taking them seriously, I’ve consumed them for their directors more than anything else. Writers develop the building blocks of a movie, actors add the color, producers build the scaffolding, but it's the directors who really make the movie what it is. I guess I was a fan of the auteur theory long before I even knew what that was. Over the last few years, I’ve been trying to watch some of my favorite directors' entire oeuvres. I started with the Coen Brothers, then moved onto Martin Scorsese, and am about to

The Star Wars Saga Is Available on Digital HD April 10

The Walt Disney Studios will “finally bring all six films to Digital HD for the first time.”
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Press release: As anticipation builds for the December release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first new film in the Star Wars Saga in a decade, The Walt Disney Studios, Lucasfilm Ltd., and 20th Century Fox today announced the upcoming release of The Star Wars Digital Movie Collection. For the first time ever, all six epic films in the Saga, from The Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi, will be available on Digital HD throughout the galaxy - or at least here on Earth - globally beginning Friday, April 10. “Since the debut of the first film nearly

A Most Violent Year is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us the Netflix rabbit hole, the Fighters of Foo, The Immigrant and some TV boxed sets.
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One of the best things about Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and the other streaming services is finding something you’d never know about if not for them. I love browsing through the various suggestions on Netflix, clicking on something, then looking at what they suggest if I like that movie, then clicking on an actor from that film to see what else they have by him, etc, etc, and so forth. Down the rabbit hole, we go until something pops and I click play, often having never heard of the film before. I discovered Margin Call that way. That’s the 2011 drama

The Imitation Game is the Pick of the Week

It's a big week for interesting new releases including an Alan Turing biopic, a big outer-space epic, Reese Witherspoon getting real, Hugh Grant being Hugh Grant and much more.
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Whenever a film based upon real events comes out, there is always a lot of discussion over how historically accurate it is. There are always loud swaths of people who claim the film is nonsense or rubbish because it got one detail or another completely wrong. But then when the film is praised for its accuracy, the other swaths wind up calling it boring, or unnervingly slow. Between these two extremes lies the difficulties of making a "based upon a true story" movie. No matter how an exciting a life one might live, there are still going to be large

Old School Kung Fu Fest 2015 at Anthology Film Archives

Ninjas are invading New York next month! You've been warned.
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Press release: Subway Cinema and Anthology Film Archives present The Old School Kung Fu Fest, a four-day celebration of the rarest, wildest, and most incredible martial arts and action cinema from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s is back at the Anthology Film Archives for its 5th edition, which is dedicated to the deadliest fighter of them all...the ninja! Since the dawn of time, man’s natural predator has been the ninja. Hiding in your shower, crouching behind your laptop, clinging to your back — the ninja is everywhere. What killed the dinosaurs? Ninja. What battles great white shark? Ninja. Who is

Into the Woods is the Pick of the Week

This week brings a big Hollywood musical, a bigger battle for Middle Earth, a collection of documentaries, neatly packaged fury, and Angelina Jolie as a director.
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A funny thing happened on the way to posting this week’s pick. Yesterday, I wrote the words you will read below, which is all about how I’ve developed mix feelings for the theatre. I was hopeful over Into the Woods, but was afraid that I wouldn’t like it and be forced to turn in my theatre-geek card. But before I could post it I had to put my daughter to bed, and when I returned, my wife had stolen the computer and refused to relinquish it until way past my bed time. A day has since passed and in that

getTV Programming Highlights for April 2015

The channel celebrates the extraordinary legacy of Melvyn Douglas with 12 of the two-time Oscar-winner's finest films.
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Melvyn Douglas, an Oscar winner for Hud and Being There, is getTV's Star of the Month in April, and his films will be featured every Thursday night. "Friday Icons" starts each weekend by putting the spotlight on Spencer Tracy, Bette Davis, William Holden, and Ann Miller, and every Saturday sees the Western line-up stating at high noon with a Tim McCoy double feature. More details about the month's schedule are available in the channel's press release below. Press release: getTV celebrates the extraordinary legacy of Melvyn Douglas with 12 of the two-time Oscar-winner’s finest films, every Thursday in April at

My 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival Schedule (subject to change)

Each year it is harder to decide on what to see.
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With the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival a week away, I have started planning my schedule. Each year it is harder to decide on what to watch. I go in thinking I will stick with films I have not yet seen, but all-time favorites have a tendency to sneak onto my schedule. Below is my list of the top films I am most excited about and likely to attend (as of right now). Thursday: Too Late for Tears (1949): My festival will start off with my most sought after genre, film noir. I have never heard of the film but

The Soft Skin is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us early Truffaut, new Chris Rock, classic film noir, a silly sequel, and more.
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Before she became a stay-at-home mom (and forced me to get a real job, le sigh) my wife taught French at university. A small university. In Tennessee. She was the French department. Like all of it. The only person on campus that spoke French, I think. She made a real go of it, offering as many classes as she could but also hosting regular crepe days, celebrating French holidays, and inviting the kids to our house for the viewing of French films. My wife is a francophile and she lives to share that passion. Especially with me. I like to

Criterion Announces June 2015 Releases

Something old, something new.
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In June, Criterion packages previous titles in the collection, Louis Malle's My Dinner with André and Vanya on 42nd Street, with Jonathan Demme's A Master Builder to create André Gregory & Wallace Shawn: 3 Films. Those films will also be available individually. Bob Rafelson's Five Easy Pieces is being released apart from the America Lost and Found: The BBS Story set. New to the Criterion Collection are Bernhard Wicki's The Bridge, Terry Gilliam's The Fisher King, and Jaromil Jireš' Valerie and Her Week of Wonders. André Gregory & Wallace Shawn: 3 Films out Jun 16 in Blu-ray & DVD Editions

RiffTrax Announces Their Live 2015 Schedule

"Much like the '27 Yankees -- or perhaps more like 'The Three Stooges' in their latter days, with Curly Joe Derita, we feel like we have the perfect line-up in place for 2015.” - Michael J. Nelson
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Press release: The fans have spoken and has listened. Based on overwhelming fan demand, Fathom Events, RiffTrax, and IGN are thrilled to announce multiple RiffTrax events --all at once-- to keep fans laughing throughout the year. “RiffTrax LIVE 2015,” will consist of a series of four “classics” to be lambasted by the men of RiffTrax -- Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett (best known for the groundbreaking “Mystery Science Theater 3000”). Kicking off the series will be RiffTrax Live: The Room on May 6 and May 12; followed by RiffTrax Live: Sharknado 2: The Second One on

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