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Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us a nuclear comedy, killer tomatoes, a special effects wizard and much more.
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If you’ve watched a movie with any sort of special-effects-laden creature in the last century, you’ve watched a film influenced by Ray Harryhausen. Inspired by watching King Kong (1933), Harryhausen went on to pioneer the use of stop motion effects and created what he called Dynamation in which he super imposed his stop-motion effects onto a previously shot scene, enabling real life actors to interact with his puppets. His films often fall into the science-fiction/fantasy gutter of the 1960s era, and I’ve honestly not seen the majority of them, but just seeing clips of those effects is jaw-dropping. Knowing that

Director's Cuts of Neil Young's Rust Never Sleeps and Human Highway Coming in July

Hey hey, my my. There's more to these pictures than meets the eye.
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Press release: Shakey Pictures will release two rare Neil Young films - the critically acclaimed director's cut of the post-apocalyptic musical comedy Human Highway and the restored and remixed Rust Never Sleeps --a concert fantasy on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time via Reprise Records. Rust Never Sleeps includes many of Young's most popular songs. Digitally remixed and restored by Shakey Pictures for Blu-ray and DVD, the full-length feature recently screened in sold-out theaters nationwide to ecstatic response and reviews and will be released July 1st. Human Highway is Young's 1982 legendary comedy starring Russ Tamblyn, Charlotte Stewart, Dean

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 06-27-16

A week of classics that will make a movie fan give a damn.
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As June changes into July, the classic films keep coming on TCM, including Oscar winners for Best Picture, Gone with the Wind, featuring Star-of-the-Month Olivia De Havilland, and Laurence Olivier's Hamlet. There's also another night of "Treasures from the Disney Vault," leading off with The Parent Trap. Dinner at Eight (1933) Monday, June 27 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A high-society dinner party masks a hotbed of scandal and intrigue. The Parent Trap (1961) Tuesday, June 28 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) Twins separated by divorce plot to bring their parents back together. TCM Spotlight: Stage to Screen - Hamlet (1948) Wednesday,

Knight of Cups is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us a bunch of Shakespearean adaptations, a fun-looking sci-fi thriller, a Norwegian disaster flick, and the award for worst titled film to ever get my pick.
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I hope someone was fired over this. Knight of Cups is a terrible name for a film. Terrence Malick has a difficult enough time selling his films to an audience in the first place so there is no need to give it the worst title possible. I mean, I’m rooting for the guy. I’ve loved the films of his that I’ve seen and I want him to make many more, but even I totally cringed at this title and stayed away from it in the theatre. It doesn’t help that his movies are becoming more and more experimental. Knight of

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 06-20-16

Well, they've got movies, my friend, I say, movies right on Turner Classics.
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More than some will like the Billy Wilder selection on TCM this week. Other highlights include the two-night Stage to Screen Spotlight, Best Picture winner The Sting, and more. Min and Bill (1930) Monday, June 20 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) Two crusty waterfront characters try to protect their daughter from a terrible secret. Lifeboat (1944) Tuesday, June 21 at 11:15 p.m. (ET) Survivors of a torpedoed boat take in a German Naval officer from the sub that sank them. TCM Spotlight: Stage to Screen - Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940) Wednesday, June 22 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) An explanation into

Batman: The Killing Joke Coming to Select Movie Theaters July 25

Starring Batman: The Animated Series actors Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill.
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Press release: The dark journey into insanity begins as Batman: The Killing Joke gets the big-screen treatment for one night on Monday, July 25, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. local time. Fathom Events, in partnership with Warner Bros., is teaming up with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment to bring the acclaimed graphic novel-turned-film to select cinemas nationwide. Batman: The Killing Joke reunites the foundation of Batman: The Animated Series with Bruce Timm returning as executive producer, and actors Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprising their seminal roles as Batman and The Joker, respectively.

Criterion Announces September 2016 Releases

Eight is enough.
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Christmas comes early this year from Criterion with eight releases in September. The six titles new to the Collection are Kenji Mizoguchi's The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum, Jacques Tourneur's Cat People, The Coen Brothers' Blood Simple, Mark Robson's Valley of the Dolls, Russ Meyer's Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, and Krzysztof Kieślowski's Dekalog. Carol Reed's Night Train to Munich and the mammoth 25-film set featuring Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman available in a Blu-Ray-only edition are the returning titles. Read on to learn more about them. Night Train to Munich (#523) out Sep 6 Night Train to Munich, from

The X-Files: Event Series is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us new X-Files, a couple of sequels, a couple of Criterions, a young Jesus, and much more.
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For one reason or another, I never got into The X-Files when it first ran. Truth be known, I’m not even sure how aware I was of its existence. Surely I’d seen some adverts for it, but I didn’t know anybody who watched it and it just wasn’t part of my cultural consciousness. Late in my college career, this would be around 1997-98, some friends dropped in for a weekend and they were fans so we watched that week’s episode. I was not impressed. The effects looked cheap, the monsters were silly, and I was completely lost in terms of

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 06-13-16

Learn about plastics and other bits of grown-up wisdom from films airing on TCM this week.
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Mondays with Star-of-the-month Marie Dressler continues this week as does Fridays with Billy Wilder and the two-night Stage to Screen spotlight. Star of the Month: Marie Dressler - Let Us Be Gay (1930) Monday, June 13 at 9:45 p.m. (ET) A visit to Paris brings divorced spouses back together. The Graduate (1967) Tuesday, June 14 at 10:15 p.m. (ET) A recent college graduate has an affair with his neighbor's wife, then falls for their daughter. TCM Spotlight: Stage to Screen - The Odd Couple (1968) Wednesday, June 15 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A divorced neat freak moves in with his

Jean-Claude Van Damme Hosts El Rey Network's June Claude Van Damme Marathon Beginning June 11

The back-to-back programming block includes six iconic action films.
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Press release: Starting Saturday, June 11 at 10:00AM ET/PT until Sunday, June 12, at 4:00 AM ET/PT, the back-to-back programming block includes six iconic action films featuring the “Muscles from Brussels”: Derailed, Universal Soldier: The Return, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, Street Fighter, Cyborg and Bloodsport. Lounge on the couch, keep your legs crossed, and grab some popcorn while Van Damme kicks some major butt back-to-back! El Rey Network’s “June Claude Van Damme” Marathon Film Schedule SATURDAY June 11, 201610:00 AM ET/PT DERAILED12:00 AM ET/PT UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING2:00 PM ET/PT UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: THE RETURN4:00 PM ET/PT STREET FIGHTER6:00

Star Trek 50th Anniversary TV and Movie Collection Will Be Arriving on Blu-ray September 6

The set boasts 30 Blu-ray discs with every movie and TV show featuring the original crew, including the newly remastered Animated Series on Blu-ray for the first time ever!
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Press release: Embark on a mission to the final frontier with the biggest, most comprehensive Star Trek collection ever offered when the Star Trek 50th Anniversary TV and Movie Collection is transported to Earth on September 6, 2016. Just in time to commemorate the September 8, 1966 airing of the very first Star Trek episode, this epic limited-edition gift set includes 30 Blu-ray Discs featuring all new disc art and every feature film and television show made with the original crew, plus a brand new, multi-part documentary with nearly two hours of new footage chronicling the franchise’s amazing 50-year journey.

Hail, Caesar! is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us the Coen Brothers playing with old Hollywood, U2 performing live in Paris, Michael Bay exploding things in Benghazi, and more.
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The Coen Brothers last took on Hollywood in 1991 with Barton Fink. That movie was a dark, cynical, symbolic look at the motion-picture business (and a whole lot of other things) that was rather relentless in its black comedy. Their newest Hail, Caesar! is a much breezier, lighter (if no less brilliant) affair that indicates, perhaps, a brighter view of Hollywood. Or maybe it's just the Coens being zany again. The plot (what little there is) follows Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) as he oversees various projects for Capitol Pictures and mostly “fixes” a multitude of problems created by the stars

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 06-06-16

Plan a classic movie week.
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The first full week of June programming from TCM presents a night with Star of the Month Marie Dressler and one with director Billy Wilder, and two nights of the Stage to Screen spotlight. Star of the Month: Marie Dressler - Chasing Rainbows (1929) Monday, June 6 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) Musical performers fall in love while rehearsing for the big show. Jigsaw (1962) Tuesday, June 7 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) Local police detectives try to solve the murder of a woman in a British coastal town. TCM Spotlight: Stage to Screen - A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) Wednesday, June

Batman: The Killing Joke World Premiere Set for Comic-Con International

Batman: The Killing Joke takes a journey into the dark psyche of the Clown Prince of Crime.
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Press release: Continuing a decade-long tradition, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) will host the World Premiere of its latest DC Universe Original Movie - this time, the highly anticipated Batman: The Killing Joke - on the Friday night (July 22, 2016) of Comic-Con International in San Diego. The premiere will spotlight the first public exhibition of the eagerly awaited film and a post-screening panel discussion among available members of the core cast and filmmaking team. The celebrity-laden cast is led by Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League) and Mark Hamill (Batman: The Animated Series, Star Wars franchise) as

Original Ghostbusters Hits Movie Theaters June 8 and 12

Includes special messages from Ivan Reitman and Paul Feig, plus sneak peek at the new film.
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Press release: Fathom Events and Sony Pictures Entertainment bring fan-favorite Ghostbusters (1984) back to the big screen on Wednesday, June 8 - the anniversary of the original release date - and Sunday, June 12 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time (both dates). The classic film is being re-released in anticipation of the worldwide release of Ghostbusters (2016), starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth, in theaters July 15. These special screenings will include an exclusive introduction from the original director and producer, Ivan Reitman, and outro from Paul Feig, director of the new

Wim Wenders: The Road Trilogy is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us three films from Wim Wenders, a human tornado, a city of women, a blood bath and much more.
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I’ve seen exactly one Wim Wenders film (Until the End of the World - I think - or it could have been Faraway, So Close. It was definitely a U2 song title, and I don’t remember any angels so I’m pretty sure it was Until the End of the World). Obviously, I don’t remember much of the film, but I do remember not liking it. Or rather I liked the first part of the film, which felt like (and had the run time of) a full movie, but then it just kept going and became a different film entirely. By

getTV's June Programming Highlights Include Divas, Crime TV Block, and Robert Kennedy

Also a month of divas on The Judy Garland Show and more.
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Press release: getTV launches into summer with a June lineup packed with touching tributes, rare crime series, tense thrillers, and more. The roster includes a special episode of THE MERV GRIFFIN SHOW, in honor of Robert F. Kennedy; a month of divas on THE JUDY GARLAND SHOW, with Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Lena Horne, and Ethel Merman; the all-new Crime TV Saturday block, featuring JOHNNY STACCATO, FELONY SQUAD, and THE LIEUTENANT; and birthday blocks celebrating Rosalind Russell, Dean Martin, and Judy Holliday. Rosalind Russell—Thurs., June 2 at 8 p.m. ET Golden Age icon Rosalind Russell shines in a night of

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 05-30-16

There will be no June gloom with this line-up.
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The week begins with the end of TCM's Memorial Day Marathon. Actor Matthew Broderick programs Tuesday night, and the channnel puts the spotlight on stories that originally appeared on the stage, director Billy Wilder, and actor Roy Scheider. Memorial Day Marathon: Kelly's Heroes (1970) Monday, May 30 at 10:45 p.m. (ET) An American platoon tries to recover buried treasure behind enemy lines. TCM Guest Programmer: Matthew Broderick - The Doorway to Hell (1930) Tuesday, May 31 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) Despite his efforts to go straight, a young gangster keeps falling back into crime. TCM Spotlight: Stage to Screen -

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

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