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Killer Dames: Two Gothic Chillers is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us a couple of Italian horrors, Jesus, a midwife, and Scott Baio using magic to look up girls skirts.
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I have somewhat eclectic cinematic tastes. I’m just as thrilled to see classic American films like Casablanca or To Kill a Mockingbird as I am modern blockbusters such as the Marvel movies or the new Star Wars. I can sit contemplatively through even the densest Bergman or Godard arthouse films and fist pump at creative kills in an '80s slasher flick or the sadomasochistic weirdness that is Takashi Miike movies. As such, I am perpetually feeling guilty about not watching one sort of film or another. If I start watching a bunch of big budget, smashy-smashy, exploding movies, then I

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 05-23-16

The week concludes with the Annual Memorial Day Weekend War Movie Marathon.
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In addition to TCM's Annual Memorial Day Weekend War Movie, which features 72 hours of films including Star of the Month Robert Ryan in Battle of the Bulge, the channel presents Martin Scorsese's Boxcar Bertha as part their American International Pictures spotlight and Jayne Mansfield in The Girl Can't Help It. Peabody Award Winning Films - Promise (1986) Monday, May 23 at 1:00 a.m. (ET) When his mother dies, a son inherits her house and custody of his younger brother, who suffers from schizophrenia and epilepsy. Sleeper (1973) Tuesday, May 24 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) After awaking from cryogenic suspension,

World Premiere of 'Star Trek Beyond' to Debut in IMAX at San Diego Comic-Con

The first-ever outdoor IMAX premiere event will include appearances by the film’s cast and crew, and a live concert performance by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra.
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Press release: Paramount Pictures, Skydance, Bad Robot and director Justin Lin today announced that the world premiere of Star Trek Beyond will play in the immersive IMAX format at Comic-Con International: San Diego, in partnership with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and IMAX Corporation, on Wednesday, July 20, at the Embarcadero Marina Park South. The red carpet event at San Diego Comic-Con, which marks the first-ever open-air IMAX world premiere, will feature special appearances by Lin and the Star Trek Beyond filmmakers and cast, as well as a live concert performance of Academy Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino’s film score by

AMC Releases First Four Minutes of 'Preacher' in Advance of Sunday Premiere

After a supernatural event at his church a preacher enlists the help of a vampire to find God.
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Press release: Premiering this Sunday at 10 p.m. ET/PT, Preacher is a supernatural, twisted, and darkly comedic drama that follows a West Texas preacher named Jesse Custer, who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that causes him to develop a highly unusual power. Jesse, his badass ex-girlfriend Tulip and an Irish vagabond named Cassidy come together and when they do, they are thrust into a crazy world populated by a cast of characters from Heaven, Hell, and everywhere in between. Based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s popular ‘90’s comic book franchise of the same name, the series stars Dominic

The Witch is the Pick of the Week

This week bring us an acclaimed horror, some women in prison, a dirty grandpa and much more.
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Last Friday was the 13th of May, my brother’s birthday, but more importantly a traditional day of horror. Normally, I’d watch the slasher series with the hockey-masked killer, but my family was having none of that. Instead, we watched one of the newest incarnations of Scooby-Doo (which strangely features a lot of heart-throbbing between the characters - yuck,) an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and part of The Mummy Returns. There wasn’t enough gore-filled stabbing in either of those for my taste, but one has to deal with all sorts of compromises when one has a family. What this

Criterion Announces August 2016 Releases

How many will you be adding to your collection?
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The six offerings from Criterion in August are five new titles to the Collection and one high-definition upgrade. The former are Robert Altman's McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Stig Björkman's Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words, Tony Richardson's A Taste of Honey and two by Orson Welles, Chimes at Midnight and The Immortal Story. The lone upgrade is Hiroshi Teshigahara's Woman in the Dunes. Read on to learn more about them. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (#827) out Aug 9 This unorthodox dream western by Robert Altman may be the most radically beautiful film to come out of the New American Cinema

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

"How could I have known that murder could sometimes smell like honeysuckle?" - Walter Neff, Double Indemnity
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Among the channel's highlights this week are TCM continuing to shine the spotlight on American International Pictures with a screening of Beach Party, starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, and on Star of the Month Robert Ryan in The Outfit. Short Stories: O. Henry's Full House (1952) Monday, May 16 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) Five stories reveal O. Henry's gift for the surprise ending Air Force (1943) Tuesday, May 17 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A bomber crew sees World War II action over the Pacific. Across the Wide Missouri (1951) Wednesday, May 18 at 10:15 p.m. (ET) An explorer leads

Mötley Crüe: The End, the Band's Final Show, Comes to Select U.S. Cinemas on June 14

"While not everyone was able to see their Final Show live, Crüe fans can now catch all the action."
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Press release: On December 31, 2015, legendary rock icons Mötley Crüe completed their 35-year touring career as a band with a spectacular final concert at Staples Center in their hometown of Los Angeles, CA, just 10 miles from the Sunset Strip where the band’s infamous and decadent career first launched. The band thrilled the sold-out arena with performances of such mega-hits as “Kickstart My Heart,” “Girls, Girls, Girls,” “Home Sweet Home” and “Dr. Feelgood.” While not everyone was able to see their Final Show live, Crüe fans can now catch all the action when Fathom Events, Live Alliance, Eagle Rock

Steven Spielberg to Present John Williams with AFI Life Achievement Award

This marks the first time in AFI history that it will be bestowed upon a composer.
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Press release: Steven Spielberg will present John Williams with the American Film Institute's (AFI) 44th Life Achievement Award. This marks the first time in AFI history that America's highest honor for a career in film will be bestowed upon a composer. Williams' career will be celebrated at the private Gala Tribute on June 9, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA. The televised special, AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Williams, will air on TNT on June 15 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/ PT), followed by an encore presentation on sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM) on September

Deadpool is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us an R-rated superhero, a classic Bogart, a miniseries take on Tolstoy, and much more.
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For the foreseeable future, it is a blockbuster world and we’re just living in it. Marvel has been churning out massive, gigantic, skyscraper busting mega-hits since 2008 and they show no sign of slowing down anytime soon. With the huge success of The Force Awakens, the Star Wars universe will be joining in with at least a couple of lightsaber flicks every year. Then you’ve got Michael Bay, those furiously fast folks, and a horde of others all who will ensure that pretty much anytime you go to your local megaplex you will be seeing a film that contains no

Independence Day 20th Anniversary Edition is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us invasions, counterculture icons, Holocaust survivors, and a fancy mop.
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Twenty years ago, I was a sophomore in college. That was the first summer where I didn’t go home for break and instead stayed at school and got a few more credits. I went to a small, private university and it was absolutely dead in the summer. Almost everybody took off, leaving only a hundred of us or so staying on campus. We formed a strange bond, those of us that stayed, hanging out though we weren’t really friends in the normal school months. My roommate stayed too and we mostly just hung out watching TV when we weren’t in

getTV Presents War Movies, a Mother's Day Salute, and Birthday Blocks in May

Thrilling war epics, sidesplitting comedies, and star-studded dramas airing in primetime all month long.
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Press release: getTV deploys an A-list lineup of Golden Age classics this May, featuring thrilling war epics, sidesplitting comedies, and star-studded dramas, airing in primetime all month long. The roster includes a month of war-time favorites starring Humphrey Bogart, Steve McQueen, and Jack Lemmon, every Thursday in May, in honor of Memorial Day; as well as a Mothers’ Day block featuring Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, and Lucille Ball, among others; and birthday blocks celebrating John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, and Frank Capra. War Epics—Every Thursday in May, at 8 p.m. ET getTV salutes the troops with eight war epics, airing every

The Nice Guys Present a Retro Trailer

Director Shane Black's The Nice Guys is in theaters on May 20.
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Set in 1970s Los Angeles, down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Ryan Gosling) and hired enforcer Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power.

Turner Classic Movies Launches TCM Backlot, the Network's First-Ever Fan Club

"Creating a fan club allows us to super-serve and further engage with our most passionate and devoted fans," said Jennifer Dorian, general manager of TCM.
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Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced the launch of its first ever-official fan club, TCM Backlot, which will serve as the ultimate destination for enthusiasts of TCM. TCM Backlot will give fans unprecedented access to all things TCM including exclusive content, never-before-seen talent interviews, archival videos from the TCM vault, an exclusive TCM podcast, as well as opportunities to win visits to the TCM set, attend meet and greets with TCM hosts and the opportunity to influence programming through online votes. TCM Backlot can be accessed at tcmbacklot.com for an $87 annual fee and will be available for

Son of Saul is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us two movies about the Holocaust, three films from Criterion, Natalie Portman with a gun, a Christmas horror story, and more.
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The Holocaust has been milked and bilked of every possible dramatic meaning for decades on screens both big and small. One would think you couldn’t possible find another way to tell its story. Apparently one would be wrong. Son of Saul tells the story of a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando - Jewish concentration camp prisoners forced to help with disposing of their comrades' corpses or be killed themselves. I’d heard of these people before, and imagined how horrible that experience must have been, but this is the first time I’ve heard of it being presented dramatically. A fresh story

KISS Rocks Vegas in Cinemas on Wednesday, May 25

"Join us for a 'Crazy Crazy Night' at your cinema!" - Gene Simmons
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Press release: Fans worldwide are anxiously awaiting the release of KISS Rocks Vegas, and now stateside fans are one step closer to this spectacular concert event as tickets for the cinema event are now on sale domestically. Presented in the U.S. by Fathom Events, MusicScreen and Eagle Rock Entertainment on May 25 at 7:30 p.m. local time, KISS Rocks Vegas immortalizes KISS’ historic nine-show run at the infamous Hard Rock Hotel in November 2014. From this blistering live show, fans can expect sky high flames, show-stopping dramatics and more than a few drops of blood! This spectacular event also offers

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 04-25-16

In between TCMFF 2016 updates, here's what's playing.
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As TCM returns to Hollywood for its seveth annual Classic Film Festival, here's what you can watch from the comfort of your home. TCM Spotlight: The Best of the Barrymores - Grand Hotel (1932) Monday, April 25 at 10:15 p.m. (ET) Guests at a posh Berlin hotel struggle through scandel and heartache. Because They're Young (1960) Tuesday, April 26 at 9:45 p.m. (ET) A crusading high school teacher tries to help his troubled students. Pandora's Box (1929) Wednesday, April 27 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A young innocent's sexuality destroys all who come near her. Live from the 2015 TCM Classic

getTV adds 14 Retro Programming to Weekdays

The roster features 14 classic series at launch, divided into three blocks of rare comedies, westerns, and action/crime dramas.
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Press release: Fueled by the positive response to its programming blocks celebrating rare classic television series, getTV has launched an all-new weekday schedule focusing on hard-to-find favorites. The lineup includes 14 television series to start, with more to be added throughout the cycle. The new schedule is divided into three distinct blocks—Comedies, Westerns, and Action/Crime—airing weekdays from 7 a.m. ET to 8 p.m. ET, beginning May 2. In a special kick-off event, getTV will present the two-hour premiere of the 1984 series RIPTIDE, starring Perry King, Joe Penny, and Thom Bray, as part of the network’s Silver Screen Favorites block

The Revenant is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us Leonardo DiCaprio getting torture porned, Maggie Smith living in a van, Julia Louis-Dreyfus playing politics, and much more.
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If you relentlessly abuse your no-name actors, then your film gets called torture porn, but if you treat Leonardo DiCaprio in the same manner, then you win Oscars. Or something. There’s a lot of nonsense politics involved in the Academy Awards and with critical evaluations of genres, and just general movie watchng. Just read the message boards on IMDB on any given film and you’ll see nothing but nonsense. Personally, I can dig a little low-brow torture porn alongside my high-minded films where big named stars get mauled viciously by bears. The Revenant certainly does abuse Leonardo DiCaprio over and

Criterion Announces July 2016 Releases

Here's a cure for the summertime blues.
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The six offerings from Criterion in July are four new titles to the Collection and two upgrades. The former are Arthur Hiller's The In-laws; Alain Resnais’ Muriel, or The Time of Return; King Hu's A Touch of Zen; and Terrence Malick's The New World. The latter are Herk Harvey’s Carnival of Souls and a second Resnais title, Night and Fog. Read on to learn more about them. The In-laws (#823) out Jul 5 Peter Falk and Alan Arkin make for a hilarious dream team in this beloved American sidesplitter. Directed by Arthur Hiller from an ingenious script by Andrew Bergman,

AMC to Host Pop-up Fan Screenings of the Highly-anticipated Preacher Series Premiere

Screening of pilot episode to take place in four select cities.
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Press release: AMC announced today a social media campaign that will bring special pop-up screenings of the highly-anticipated new series Preacher to super fans’ hometowns in the weeks leading into the show’s May 22 premiere. Beginning today, fans can visit Twitter or Instagram to post their most creative photos, videos or comments about why their hometown deserves an exclusive “Preacher” screening using the hashtag #PreacherFanScreenings. AMC will select four cities or towns for a screening of the series’ pilot episode on April 30, May 7, 15 and 21. Fans can visit PreacherFanScreenings.com for more information. Based on Garth Ennis and

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 04-18-16

Ladies dominate the highlights this week. If that bothers you, seek professional help.
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This week on TCM finds Ethel as the Barrymore in the spotlight, Gloria Steinham guest programming, and more than one "Funny Girl." TCM Spotlight: The Best of the Barrymores - The Spiral Staircase (1946) Monday, April 18 at 10:00 p.m. (ET) A serial killer stalks a mute servant girl in a remote mansion. Guest Programmer: Gloria Steinem - Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) Tuesday, April 19 at 10:00 p.m. (ET) A young writer gets caught up in a party girl's carefree existence. Metropolis (1926) Wednesday, April 20 at 3:00 a.m. (ET) In this silent film, a city of the future is

RiffTrax Live: MST3K Reunion Show Set for June 28 and July 12

Fathom Events and RiffTrax present a side-splitting get together with beloved MST3K cast of characters.
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Press release: Get ready for a Satellite of Love-fest as the guys of RiffTrax -- Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett (best known for the groundbreaking Mystery Science Theater 3000) -- celebrate their 10th year at RiffTrax by producing “RiffTrax Live: MST3K Reunion Show,” an amazing night of riffing and comedy with most of the original MST3K stars. Joining Mike, Kevin and Bill live, in front of a packed house at the State Theater in Minneapolis, will be none other than MST3K creator Joel Hodgson (“Joel Robinson”), Trace Beaulieu (“Dr. Clayton Forrester,” “Crow T. Robot”), Frank Conniff (“TV’s

Bride of Re-Animator is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us reanimated corpses getting married, Cray Grant as a fly-boy, DC comic heroes fighting, other Heroes being reborn and much more.
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When I was a young teen, I used to daydream about the day when I’d turn 16 and could take myself to see R-rated movies (or rent them at the video store). My parents were not ridiculously strict with these things. I’d seen plenty of R-rated movies but those were mostly action movies. In my family, like many American families, violence on the screen was okay for us young ones to watch. We could get away with a certain amount of cursing in movies, but sex and nudity were big no-nos. On the occasions my mother was out of town,

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 04-11-16

Nosferatu won't be the only one running silent this week.
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This week on TCM finds the Barrymores back in the spotlight, star-of-the-month Judy Garland planning to meet you in St. Louis, and the Jets and Sharks fighting/dancing in the streets. TCM Spotlight: The Best of the Barrymores - One Man's Journey (1933) Monday, April 11 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) Father and son doctors disagree over the son's materialistic goals. Juke Girl (1942) Tuesday, April 12 at 10:15 p.m. (ET) A migrant laborer becomes a champion of farm worker's rights. Nosferatu (1922) Wednesday, April 13 at 11:30 p.m. (ET) In this silent film, a beautiful woman risks her life to end

French New Wave Super-star Anna Karina to Appear in Person at Hollywood & NYC Tributes

Restoration of Godard’s Band of Outsiders, starring Karina, to bow at TCN Classic Film Festival & Film Forum.
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Press release: In a rare visit to the United States, screen idol Anna Karina, a darling of the French New Wave, will appear in person at tributes in Los Angeles and New York City. Karina will make an appearance at this year’s TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, where she will be interviewed following the U.S. premiere of a new restoration of Jean-Luc Godard’s offbeat crime comedy, Band of Outsiders, in which she stars with Sami Frey and Claude Brasseur. Karina will also appear at L.A.’s Cinefamily on April 29, followed by a three-borough New York tour: BAM Cinematek, Brooklyn

Shakespeare Adaptations Screen for Free Saturdays in April at The Frida Cinema

Four rarely-screened stage adaptations of works by William Shakespeare as BBC and the world celebrate his 400th birthday.
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Press release: With the partnership of the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), The Frida Cinema will be offering our community to see four rarely-screened stage adaptations of works by William Shakespeare as BBC and the world celebrate the 400th Birthday of theatre's most celebrated playwright, William Shakespeare. The Shakespeare at 400 series will present: Saturday, April 9 - 1:30pmAS YOU LIKE IT (1963) Directors Michael Elliott and Ronald Eyre's 1963 adaptation of Shakespeare's 1603 comedy was originally produced for television, and has very rarely presented on the big screen! This charming black and white adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company production

Sixth Annual Grateful Dead Meet-Up Features Previously Unreleased 1989 Sullivan Stadium Concert

Fathom Events and Rhino Entertainment continue annual “Meet-Up at the Movies” with a special one-night showing of a classic concert on May 11.
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Press release: Legendary rock band, the Grateful Dead, comes back to the big screen for the 6th annual event, “Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies 2016,” presented by Fathom Events and Rhino Entertainment on Wednesday, May 11 at 7:00 p.m. local time. This special cinema event features the previously unreleased Grateful Dead concert from Sullivan Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts on July 2, 1989. It captures the Grateful Dead (Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Brent Mydland and Bob Weir), as the band opens their tour in front of a sell-out crowd of more than 60,000 fans. Audiences will

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us Star Wars! And some other stuff.
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From the moment George Lucas announced the sale of his Star Wars franchise to Disney and that there would then be more movies, the hype has been astronomical. Every day there were dispatches from TV, radio, podcasts, and more websites than one can imagine. We learned about each cast member as they got hired, about the crew, the caterers, about the shooting locations, the title, the posters, the trailers, the teaser posters for the trailer, and when J.J. Abrams sneezed on his way home. They hype was colossal. It was absolutely insane. I totally loved it. Well, that's not entirely

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 04-04-16

Probably not the first time New Orleans and a Lost Weekend have occurred in the same week.
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This week finds TCM celebrating the Barrymores, Gregory Peck's 100th Birthday, and Star-of-the-Month Judy Garland on her iconic trip to the Land of Oz. TCM Spotlight: The Best of the Barrymores - A Bill of Divorcement (1932) Monday, April 4 at 10:00 p.m. (ET) A recovered madman learns his ex-wife and daughter are about to marry Gregory Peck 100th Birthday Tribute - To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) Tuesday, April 5 at 10:00 p.m. (ET) A young girl grows up fast when her lawyer father defends a black man accused of raping a white woman (review) Starring Arturo De Cordova -

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