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About willmckinley

Will McKinley is a New York City-based writer, producer and classic film and TV obsessive. He’s been a guest on Turner Classic Movies (interviewed by host Robert Osborne), Sirius Satellite Radio and the official TCM podcast. Will has written for PBS and his byline has appeared more than 100 times in the pages of NYC alt weeklies like The Villager and Gay City News.

Take a Trip in the Hollywood Time Machine

Cancel your Saturday night plans, because I’ll be guest co-hosting the inaugural episode of Hollywood Time Machine with Alicia Mayer live tonight at 9 p.m. (ET) on L.A. Talk Radio. Guests include Victoria Wilson, author of A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel True … Continue reading

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Remembering Richard Kiel (1939-2014) in EEGAH (1962)

Richard Kiel was unforgettable as the steel-toothed villain Jaws in THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (1977) and MOONRAKER (1979). But 15 years before he put the bite on James Bond, Kiel chomped on the scenery in a delightfully terrible drive-in classic. In EEGAH (1962), the 7 foot, 3 … Continue reading

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Friday on the Couch with Will

One of the great things about being freelance, unmarried, and childless is, I can pretty much do whatever I want, whenever I want. For example, if I choose to stay home on a Friday and watch movies all day long … Continue reading

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Netflix Classic Film Comings + Goings – September, 2014

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end,” said Seneca the Younger, or my freshman year guidance counselor, or the guy that sang “Closing Time” in the late ’90s. Whoever it was, it’s certainly true – and nowhere more so … Continue reading

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Update: Big Changes at Turner Broadcasting – Will They Affect TCM?

UPDATE 8/29/14 9 a.m. (ET)  The departures are beginning at Turner, with the announcement that TNT, TBS and TCM programming chief Michael Wright would be leaving the company after a decade. Original Post – 8/27/14 According to Nielsen, the average U.S. … Continue reading

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Bogart + Bacall’s Rarely Seen Final Team-up – And Where to Watch It

Turner Classic Movies announced today that they will preempt scheduled programming on September 15 and 16 for a 24-hour marathon honoring the life and career of Lauren Bacall, who died on August 12 at age 89. Following Robert Osborne’s delightfully … Continue reading

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5 Reasons to Watch NIGHT NURSE (1931)

Tough broads, bootleggers, drug-abusing doctors, debauched rich people, and Barbara Stanwyck – William A. Wellman’s NIGHT NURSE (1931) has everything I love about Pre-Code movies. Stanwyck is Lora Hart, a determined young nursing student in a busy metropolitan hospital in this lurid melodrama, released by … Continue reading

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