TCM (Temporarily?) Replaced by FXM on DISH

cnn_buildingOn the second day of the blackout that’s depriving as many as one in seven TCM viewers of their daily classic film fix, DISH Network has come up with a “creative” solution to help squelch viewer outrage.

After DISH pulled the plug on TCM, CNN, CNN en Espanol, HLN, TruTV, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and Boomerang at 2 a.m. (ET) on October 21, the satcaster began trying to fool viewers simulcasting similar programming on the blacked out channels. TCM has been replaced by FXM, MSNBC is now simulcast on the channels that previously carried CNN and HLN, and Discovery Family (formerly the Hub) is replacing Cartoon Network and Boomerang.

For as many as 14 million TCM viewers who subscribe to DISH, this is like the gift of a pox covered blanket. Because, while FXM (formerly known as Fox Movie Channel) may have previously been a commercial-free classic film channel, the network now devotes most of its advertiser-supported lineup to recent Fox releases like the Adam Sandler classic DON’T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN (2008). Even worse, many of these films are edited for content. In the case of Adam Sandler “comedies” that may be a gift, but that’s not really the point.

Fox_Moxie_ChannelFXM’s relationship with classic film has been more complicated than the plot of THE BIG SLEEP. The channel began life in 1994 as fXM: Movies from Fox, with programming from the 20th Century Fox film library. It was rechristened Fox Movie Channel in 2000 and, for the next 12 years, broadcast films from the mid-1930s through the 1970s during the day, often in cropped or panned-and-scanned transfers that had been created for broadcast TV syndication packages in the pre-widescreen TV days. In primetime, Fox Movie Channel programmed more contemporary classics like THE FABULOUS BAKER BOYS (1989), often with specially created wraparounds featuring Fox executives and guests.

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 8.31.42 PMIn 2012, the network switched to a 50/50 hybrid format, with Fox Movie Channel during the overnight and daytime hours and the newly branded – and now advertiser supported – FXM in primetime. And, in June of 2014, the channel officially switched to the FXM brand name, while retaining classics from roughly 3 a.m. until 2 p.m. The overnight/daytime lineup was rebranded FXM Retro and remains commercial free (during the films, at least).

You can still find the occasional classic film jewel in the wreckage that remains, but you have to look hard. Because the FXM website makes no reference to FXM Retro, the on-line schedule only begins at 2 p.m., and the TV listings site Zap2it.com doesn’t list the channel at all. There is a dedicated FXM Retro website, but you have to specifically look for it, and it’s not linked to on the main FXM site. This makes FXM Retro America’s only Secret Classic Film Network™. And now, thanks to DISH, it’s coming out of the black-and-white shadows.

While I may joke about this mess, it’s affecting lots of people in a very negative way. TCM fans are a dedicated bunch, and for some, the channel is a companion, a comfort, and even a nurse during times of serious illness. Both DISH and Turner Broadcasting need to get past the gamesmanship and get back to what really matters: the viewer.

Special thanks to Richard Kirkham, Ashley Phipps, Laura Grieve, and Valerie Frederick for their help with this article. For my original post on the DISH blackout, click here

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TCM Goes Dark on DISH Network

dish_network_logoTurner Classic Movies was dropped today by the nation’s third largest multichannel video programming distributor in a dispute over carriage fees, a move affecting more than 14 million viewers in the United States.

The Englewood, Colorado-based DISH Network removed TCM from their lineup in the early morning hours (after 2 a.m. ET), along with Turner Broadcasting networks CNN, CNN en Espanol, Headline News, TruTV, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and Boomerang. DISH’s deal for the affected channels expired in June, and the satcaster claims Turner refused to extend it. TNT and TBS are not affected by the blackout, though their separate contract with DISH expires in just a few weeks.

This is not the first Turner blackout in recent months on a major cable or satellite provider. A dispute over fees last October resulted in a 25-day blackout of Turner networks on Cable ONE, a Washington Post-owned MVPD serving 720,000 customers in 19 states.

As always in carriage fee disputes, the finger-pointing began almost immediately.

brand_stack“Turner has worked diligently for months to come to a fair agreement including multiple extensions and compromises, and it’s unfortunate that DISH is once again operating in a disruptive manner that takes away networks and programming from their customers,” Turner said in a statement. “We are hopeful our counterparts will return to the negotiating table, and we’ll get a deal completed.”

The Turner press release called the blackout “unilateral.”

Dish responded with their own statement, posted on the satcaster’s website:

“In the past year, Dish has successfully renewed agreements with many large content providers,” Dish SVP of programming Warren Schlichting said. “As a result, we are confident that we have offered a deal to Turner that reflects an appropriate value for our customers.”

Schlichting added that Dish remains “committed to reaching an agreement that promptly returns this content to DISH’s programming lineup.”

Both parties responded with websites voicing their talking points.

MelDISH’s site, Dish Stands For You, proclaims their commitment to “the best programming at a fair value” while suggesting that Turner is making “unreasonable financial demands.” DISH also claims that Turner pulled their programming from the satcaster. For TCM viewers, Dish kindly suggests “Other Dish Channels You My Like,” including Sundance, an advertiser supported movie channel from AMC that airs Law and Order and The Walking Dead reruns, as well as contemporary “classics” like CONSPIRACY THEORY, a 1997 thriller with Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts.

Turner’s rebuttal site, SaveMyShows.com, was down when I attempted to access it at 6 p.m. (ET) today, due to a “recent surge in traffic.” Ahem.

I had better luck with a second attempt at 6:50 p.m. TCM is featured prominently on the Shows You’re Missing page, with photos of CASABLANCA (1942), GONE WITH THE WIND (1939), NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959) and SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952) pictured, along with The Essentials. Clicking on any of these icons opens a dialogue box where viewers can initiate a phone call to DISH “through the use of automated technology” – provided by Turner, of course.

There’s also an option to “find other providers” but, for some viewers, that’s not possible.

“I live on a 52-acre farm, and, when I moved out here, cable was not an option,” Ashley Phipps of Julian, North Carolina told me via Facebook message. “TCM is one of the few channels I watch – almost all day, every day. Without it, and with DISH’s high prices, I’m thinking of ending my service.”

Unfortunately for Phipps and other DISH subscribers, TCM’s streaming app will not provide an alternative while the linear TV channel is blacked out.

Watch TCM will not be available to DISH customers while the network is off the air,” a TCM spokesperson told me in an email message.

1459919_10152777930720396_4348487113126238704_nThe fight even extended to TCM’s Facebook page, which was emblazoned with a banner claiming, “DISH dropped your favorite channels” and suggesting viewers “Call DISH now and demand your shows back.” As always when viewers lose programs they love – and pay for – the comments were vitriolic, with lots of ALL CAPS, and suggestions that “Ted Turner” should “agree to Dish’s terms.” As most informed TCM viewers know, Turner has not owned the company that bears his name since he sold it to Time Warner in 1996.

Public fights like this that leave viewers without the programming they love are always risky, particularly in a fragmented media landscape that offers more choice than ever before.

“These recent wars between providers and broadcasters have got to stop,” Phipps told me. “If they don’t, I see no point in continuing (to pay for) any service. getTV airs lots of old movies, and it’s free.”

You can read my follow-up to this post here

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As Turner Layoffs Loom, One Fan Says #DontTouchTCM

postWhen Turner Broadcasting announced job cuts yesterday that would eliminate nearly 1,500 employees, many TCM fans began to worry about the fate of their favorite channel – and the loyal men and women “behind the curtain” who work to keep classic film relevant and accessible.

But one viewer decided to do something about it.

Elise Crane Derby, a Los Angeles based writer and media blogger, took to her blog to pen an open letter to Turner’s New York-based CEO John Martin, the man who will dictate the headcount reductions that are expected to take effect within the next few weeks. Reports have indicated that 975 Atlanta-based employees will be laid-off, more than 15 percent of Turner’s workforce in the city of their founding.

“TCM is a family to us and we can’t imagine a single person is expendable,” Derby wrote on The LA Rambler. “It is every one one of TCM’s employees who have earned its viewers fierce loyalty and created a channel that is unparalleled.”

elise head shot (1)And she’s not stopping there. Derby is encouraging other TCM fans to show their support for the channel and its staff members by posting letters on their own blogs and mailing them to Martin. Her grassroots social media campaign has been dubbed #DontTouchTCM and Derby hopes it will inspire other fans to remind management of the important role the channel plays in the lives of film lovers.

“TCM often isn’t even mentioned in articles about Turner, or the layoffs,” she told me via email. “I  know the channel is a small part of the company, but it plays a huge role in the lives of many people. I thought it was important to make sure the corporate executives understand that. And when I read about the job cuts I decided to tell them how I feel.”

But is it too late for fans to make an impact? Recent reports have indicated that the number of headcount reductions has already been determined, and the pink slips are one step away from printing. But like Jimmy Stewart’s crusading senator in MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939), Mrs. Derby is not going down without a fight.

“Until the first TCM staffer loses their job it’s not too late,” she told me. “Fans need to speak up and spread the word. If we can save one job, this will all be worth it. And if we can’t, at least the people who are leaving will know how we feel about them.”

For more information on the #DontTouchTCM campaign visit The LA Rambler.

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Job Cuts Announced at TCM Parent Turner Broadcasting

CNNTurner Broadcasting, the parent of TCM, announced today that they’ll reduce their global workforce by roughly 10 percent through a combination of layoffs and buyouts. Roughly 1,475 positions – out of 14,000 worldwide – will be eliminated, with affected employees expected to be informed of their fates within the next two weeks.

The cuts are expected to hit hardest in Atlanta, the company’s base of operation since its founding by Ted Turner in 1970. Nearly half its employees – 6,500 of 14,000 – are based there, and approximately 975 of them can expect pink slips. CNN alone is expected to lose 300 staffers, with 170 layoffs and the balance accepting voluntary buyouts the company offered to employees 55 and older with ten years or more at Turner.

Although substantial, the cuts are not as far-reaching as had been feared. When confirmation of headcount reductions was first revealed in an August 19 company-wide memo by Turner’s New York-based CEO John Martin, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution estimated that the final tally could be as much as 15-to-20-percent of the total company, with an aggregate loss of as many as 2,000 employees. The actual cuts will impact roughly 10 percent of the workforce, and more than 15 percent of Turner’s Atlanta-based employees.

First announced by Martin on June 2, the “Turner 2020” initiative seeks to reduce spending and maximize growth and profitability, leading up to the 50th anniversary of the company a little more than five years from now. In the shorter term, Time Warner appears to be getting its financial house in order in advance of a meeting next week with Wall Street analysts to convince them the company is on the right track, after the board rejected a takeover offer from Rupert Murdoch that would have valued Time Warner at $85 per share. Time Warner stock closed today at $73.82

twIn addition to headcount reductions, management changes have altered the face of the company in recent months. Martin, the former Chief Financial Officer of Turner parent Time Warner, took over as CEO earlier this year, replacing Atlanta-based Phil Kent (a 12-year veteran of the company). And just last week, former Time Warner SVP and controller Pascal Desroches was named Turner CFO. In April, Turner Entertainment Networks president Steve Koonin departed after 12 years with the company. And TNT, TBS and TCM programming president Michael Wright is also leaving after a decade; a search is currently underway for his replacement.

How will these changes affect Turner Classic Movies? I asked Scott McGee, a senior writer/producer at TCM, that question when he was a guest on Hollywood Time Machine with Alicia Mayer last week.

“Everybody at TCM is very optimistic; our parent company recognizes that TCM is a very valuable jewel in the portfolio, if you will. So we’re all optimistic that things will stay relatively okay,” he said. “But to coin a phrase from William Goldman, nobody really knows anything.”

We do know one thing: the 2015 edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival will take place next March. What happens after that is anyone’s guess.

But the news wasn’t all bad today, at least if you’re a basketball fan. Turner agreed to contribute about $10 billion to a nine-year, $24 billion extension of its joint NBA rights deal with Disney’s ESPN. According to Deadline, “TNT will pick up 12 additional live regular season games each year, for a total of 64″ beginning with the 2016 season.

So there’s that.

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Classic Film Fan “Origin Stories” – Tonight on Hollywood Time Machine

MarxBeing a classic film fan can be a lonely experience.

When I discovered old movies in the late 1970s, like any kid with a new toy, I wanted to share it, talk about it on the playground, show off my skillz (we didn’t randomly add z’s to words back then, but you get my point). Sadly, none of the kids at St. Joseph’s School in Hewlett, New York cared about the films I was staying up all night to watch; they barely even knew they existed. And when I would launch into a bleary eyed review the next morning, they looked at me like I was a weirdo – which I was, proudly, and still am today.

Sometime in 1981, I coerced five friends into joining me for a Marx Brothers marathon sleepover party at my house.

“It’ll be great!” I promised. “We’ll stay up all night and eat popcorn and watch movies and nobody can tell us what to do!”

After my parents went to bed I put in my VHS tape of A NIGHT AT THE OPERA (1935), the one I had recorded on Channel 2’s Late Show with the commercials meticulously edited out via my VCR’s wired remote control. Despite my cheerleading (“here comes a funny part!”) and a bowl of air-popped, buttered popcorn, my friends were asleep before the film even ended. So I continued with my marathon all night, alone, while the sleeping-bagged, unconscious bodies of my “friends” littered the living room floor.

What’s your classic film origin story? How did you learn to see the magic that most other people can’t? I’d love to hear your story.

Breakfast-at-tiffany-s-breakfast-at-tiffanys-9813384-1992-2525Alicia Mayer and I will be taking your calls tonight on the Hollywood Time Machine, a live, on-line talk radio show devoted to all things classic. The show starts at 9 p.m. (ET) and also features some great guests: animation historian Tommy Stathes will talk about TCM’s night of rare, early animation this Monday; Profiles in History C.E.O. Joe Maddalena will discuss how his childhood love for old movies led him to found the world’s largest auctioneer of Hollywood memorabilia; and Tony Shepherd will remember his father, Richard Shepherd (1924-2014), producer of BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (1961).

We’ll also discuss this week’s TCM Classic Film Festival announcement, and give away some prizes. And we’ll take calls at the end of the show, so have your (short) stories ready. I promise I won’t fall asleep.

You can listen to Hollywood Time Machine live on L.A. Talk Radio channel 2 starting at 9 p.m. (ET)

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Update: 2015 TCM Film Festival Dates Announced

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Turner Classic Movies turns “legal” next spring. But, in the wake of recent headlines regarding buy-outs, layoffs, and management changes at Turner Broadcasting, some fans feared the channel might not reach its 21st birthday in the form in which it exists today, and that the future of the annual TCM Classic Film Festival might be in doubt.

SPOILER ALERT: It’s not. At least for now.

Today, the network announced the dates for the 2015 edition of the TCMFF, the most anticipated weekend of the year for Old Movie Weirdos from around the world. From Thursday, March 26 through Sunday, March 29, thousands of fans – 26,000 attended last year – will gather in Hollywood’s historic venues for more than 100 screenings and special events spread across 80 sleepless hours. Passes go on sale in November. 

The 2015 Festival’s theme is History According to Hollywood, promising to explore “how cinema has shaped how we view – and remember – history.” Selections are expected to focus on “works about the past that are a reflection of the period in which they were made,” and how Hollywood has reshaped facts to create tales that are “not always true to the historical record.” (Kind of an understatement, right?)

There’s no word yet on what films will be presented, but this year’s festival is unique in that it will take place two weeks earlier than last year – and more than a month earlier than the 2011 edition, which concluded on May 1.

tcmff_2For the sixth consecutive year, the historic Roosevelt Hotel on Hollywood Blvd. will again serve as home base, with a packed schedule of daily happenings at the “Club TCM” event space in the Blossom Room, site of the first-ever Academy Awards in 1929. The Roosevelt’s lobby will also be home to a broadcast television studio, where attendees can watch on-air hosts Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz interview celebrities, special guests, and fans. There’s also a pop-up boutique where you can score TCM gear, books, DVDs, and all manner of geeky classic film collectibles that will embarrass your significant other when guests come to visit. The Roosevelt also has two in-house restaurants (and multiple bars) that allow for fans to congregate and, if time allows, eat. (Man can not live for an entire weekend on popcorn alone, though I’ve been doing a pretty good job of it for five years now.)

robert-osborneOsborne and Mankiewicz will once again serve as emcees for the event, introducing screenings at the TCL (formerly Grauman’s) Chinese Theatre –rechristened in 2014 as one of the largest IMAX venues in the world – and the Egyptian Theater, as well as the nearby TCL Chinese 6 Theaters multiplex and other locations (Disney’s El Capitan also served as a venue the last two years). The guest list has not yet been revealed, but it will include performers from the selected films, family members of classic stars, authors, film historians, and contemporary personalities who share a love for Hollywood history.

So the good news is, there will be a TCMFF next year. Phew!

Now for the bad news: after no price increase in 2014, TCM has increased the price of passes at all levels by $50 for the 2015 event, and discontinued the Matinee Pass, which had offered a lower-cost option for daytime screenings only.

UPDATE 10/3/2014 – TCM responded to my request for comment regarding the changes:

“We have adjusted our 2015 pass prices and level offerings slightly in order to continue to offer the high level of festival experience our fans have come to expect,” a TCM spokesperson told me. “Taking into account feedback from passholders and wanting to provide the best possible experience for all attendees, we have made some modifications to our pass levels.”

The following is a summary of available passes and features:

The top tier Spotlight Pass promises “priority entry to all events,” as well as admission to the Vanity Fair-sponsored opening night party and daily meet-and-greet breakfasts with Osborne, Mankiewicz, and guests and a gift bag for $1,649.

The Essential Pass grants full access to all TCMFF events (excluding the opening night VF party), as well as a gift bag, for $749. The Classic Pass gives you everything except the as-yet-unannounced opening night red-carpet screening (and the gift bag) for $599. And TCM has also brought back the Deal of the Century, the $299 Palace Pass (introduced in 2013) for access to all movies at Grauman’s and the Egyptian from Friday through Sunday (sorry, no Club TCM events). Considering that most high-profile screenings happen at these two venues, it’s a great option for anyone on a budget (which is probably all of us).

Perhaps because of the excitement over last year’s 20th anniversary event, passes sold out unusually quickly in 2014. The Essential Pass sold out five hours after the announcement, and the Spotlight passes were all gone within a week – in both cases before the opening night red carpet screening of OKLAHOMA! (1955) was even announced. So, if walking the red carpet with classic film legends is important to you, you should probably get your passes as soon as they go on sale.

screen-shot-2013-09-27-at-7-08-36-pmIn previous years, TCM has also offered media credentials to active classic film bloggers. These press passes will get you into everything, with the exception of the opening night screening and after-party. There’s also typically a press conference on Thursday morning where bloggers get an opportunity to question Osborne, Mankiewicz, V.P. of Programming Charlie Tabesh, and Festival Managing Director Genevieve McGillicuddy. It’s an excellent opportunity to look behind the curtain, and a good indication of the network’s respect for its engaged and highly creative fan base. Social activities like tweet-ups began last year on Wednesday night, so account for that (if possible) when making longterm travel plans.

Applications for credentials are typically due a month before the event, with notification of acceptance a week later. If you’re planning on applying, but aren’t sure you’ll be approved, I recommend you buy a cheap pass in November (like the Palace Pass), apply for credentials, and then get a refund if you’re approved. (Technically, you will be past the deadline for refunds, but TCM has waived this deadline for bloggers in the past.)

If you’re planning to apply, you can review the 2014 accreditation application to make sure that your site content is consistent with the requirements. And, if you don’t have a blog but have been thinking of starting one, what are you waiting for? But remember: not everybody who applies gets approved. I know of a few very worthy candidates who were passed over last year, for reasons that are beyond me.

Screen Shot 2014-10-02 at 5.25.08 PMLastly, lodging: the Roosevelt Hotel offers discount rates for TCMFF attendees, but those rooms will likely be gone by the time you read this. Passholders also get a discount at the nearby W Hotel Hollywood. The Loews Hotel, across the street in the Hollywood and Highland Center, has been a lodging partner in recent years, but does not appear to be included on this year’s list (a quick check of their website shows only very pricey rooms available).

Other, lower-cost local options include the nearby Liberty Hotel ($124-$134) and the Hollywood Celebrity Hotel ($139-$179), right behind the Chinese Theater. Additional lodging options include the Hilton Garden Inn ($239 for cheapest room) and Best Western Hollywood Plaza Inn ($159) on N. Highland Ave., Saharan Motor Motel ($99+) and Days Inn ($119) on Sunset Blvd. I haven’t stayed at any of these places, so do your due diligence before your make your rezzie.

Note: The Roosevelt, Loews, W Hotel, Celebrity, and Liberty were are all sold out by early January for last year’s event. So even if you’re unsure of attendance, or which pass you will buy, make a reservation right now.

If you read me here, or follow me on Twitter, you know how I feel about the TCM Classic Film Festival. Even if you’re lucky enough to live in a city with an active repertory film scene, as I do, it’s still no match for the shared experience of the TCMFF. If all goes according to plan, 2015 will be my sixth year attending. I sure hope it won’t be my last.

For more information, visit the TCMFF website. And watch the first promo here

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Netflix Classic Film Comings + Goings – October, 2014

netflixLast month, when I wrote about Netflix “pulling” classic films from its streaming service, a few readers pointed out that programming decisions are often predicated on licensing agreements with rights holders, and that the “pulling” can sometimes be attributed to studios choosing to grant exclusivity to another licensee (like a cable network) for a finite period of time.

That’s a great point, and it’s an important reminder that we can’t necessarily blame Netflix when high profile classics disappear temporarily from Instant Watch. (And, for the sake of this conversation, we’re considering pre-2000 releases to be “classic.” We can argue about that topic in another post.)

StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome2Often, the period of time that a popular classic is gone from Netflix Instant is mercifully short. The ROCKY, KARATE KID, and original STAR TREK films tend to ricochet back and forth in a whiplash-inducing manner; for example, STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME (1986) was pulled on September 1 and it’s already back on the service.

But what about the older, more obscure classics that vanish from Netflix and don’t return quickly (or ever), only to be “replaced” by better known, more recent titles? Did some cable network really pay extra for exclusive rights to air CONVOY (1976) when it left Netflix last month? Not likely.

Perhaps more likely: you didn’t watch CONVOY, and that may be why its gone.

“We can’t license everything, and also maintain our low prices, so we look for those titles that deliver the biggest viewership, relative to the licensing costs,” Jenny McCabe, Netflix’s Director of Global Media Relations, said in a video posted to YouTube last June. “This also means that we’ll forego, or choose not to renew, some titles that aren’t watched enough relative to their costs.”

So now it’s confession time. While I often lament the lack of a robust collection of classic films on Netflix Instant, I almost never watch the ones that are actually still there because it never even occurs to me. I have so many other specialty options to feed my old movie fix: TCM’s live broadcasts, the Watch TCM streaming app, Warner Archive Instant on Roku, Hulu’s Criterion channel, a wall filled with unwatched physical media, and live theatrical screenings in New York City.

I’ve never said to myself, “I want to watch a classic film tonight” and switched over to Netflix Instant. So maybe I’m asking Netflix to be something it never was supposed to be in the first place – and something I never expected it to be: a classic film clearing house that serves as a replacement for my DVD and Blu-ray shelf.

“We remain focussed on our goal of being an expert programmer, offering a mix that delights our members, rather than trying to be a broad distributor,” McCabe says in the video. “We also use our in-depth knowledge about what our members love to watch to decide what (will be) available on Netflix.”

Then she adds what should be a call to action for me, and all classic film fans – especially if you believe that exposure on popular, mainstream platforms is key to new viewers discovering classic film: “If you keep watching, we’ll keep adding more of what you love.”

So start watching, or keep watching. Netflix’s Classic Films category has 500 films to keep you busy.

In the meantime, here are the Classic Film Comings and Goings for October. The news isn’t good, which is probably my fault:

September 30 pre-2000 GOINGs – 47

AQ1940s – 1
A Night in Casablanca (1946) – Sept 20

1950s – 3
The African Queen (1951)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Mädchen in Uniform (1958)

1960s – 2
The Sand Pebbles (1966)
Barefoot in the Park (1967)

1970s – 5 
The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant (1971)
Don’t Look Now (1973)
Death Wish (1974)
Sugar Hill (1974)
Breaking Away (1979)

1980s – 15
Hopscotch (1980) – Sept 20
Heavy Metal (1981)
The Keep (1983)
Uncommon Valor (1983)
Best Defense (1984)
Ghostbusters (1984)
Dreamscape (1984) – Sept 20
American Ninja (1985)
The Delta Force (1986)
China Girl (1987)
Fatal Attraction (1987)
Three Men and a Baby (1987) – Sept 22
Eight Men Out (1988)
Ghostbusters 2 (1989)
Major League (1989)

1990s – 21 
Ghost (1990)
King of New York (1990)
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
A League of Their Own (1992)
Patriot Games (1992)
Body of Evidence (1993)
The Young Americans (1993)
The Dark Half (1993)
Blue Chips (1994)
Legends of the Fall (1994)
Crimson Tide (1995)
Dead Man Walking (1995)
The Babysitter (1995)
Night of the Running Man (1995)
Blood and Wine (1996)
Primal Fear
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Meet Wally Sparks (1997)
Snow White: A Tale of Terror (1997)
The Thomas Crowne Affair (1999)
The War Zone (1999)

October 1 pre-2000 COMINGs – 16 

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Shane (1953)
Paths of Glory (1957)

1970s – 3
Hit! (1973)
Shivers (1975)
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

1980s – 5
Annie (1982)
Rain Man (1988) – Oct. 28
Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)
The Phantom of the Opera (1989)
Three Fugitives (1989)

1990s – 6
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
Tombstone (1993)
My Father the Hero (1994)
Annie: A Royal Adventure (1995)
Romeo + Juliet (1996)
Galaxy Quest (1999)

Primary source: What’s On Netflix Now

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