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About willmckinley

Will McKinley is a New York City-based writer, producer and classic film obsessive. He’s been a guest on Turner Classic Movies (interviewed by host Robert Osborne), Sirius Satellite Radio and the 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.

My TCM Film Fest Family Album

I’m not a big hugger; it’s nothing personal, it’s just not my thing. But I received – and gave – more hugs at the recently completed TCM Classic Film Festival than in any other weekend of my adult life.  So, what gives? … Continue reading

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My Obsessive-Compulsive Guide to the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival

Last updated 4/22/14 7 PM (ET). Updated info in italics  Here’s my favorite thing about the TCM Classic Film Festival, which kicks off on Thursday in Hollywood: there’s no right or wrong way to pick the movies you see. Hold … Continue reading

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Where’s Barnabas? The Vampire-Free NIGHT OF DARK SHADOWS (1971)

Fans of the original Dark Shadows have a complicated relationship with NIGHT OF DARK SHADOWS (1971), the rarely seen second film based on the popular supernatural soap opera. And that’s unfortunate, because NIGHT OF DARK SHADOWS, which is now available … Continue reading

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TCM Wins Peabody Award for THE STORY OF FILM

“We’re going to do our best to uphold the high standards that this Peabody Award symbolizes,” Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne said in May of 2009 when the then-15-year-old network was first honored with the prestigious prize for excellence … Continue reading

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Revisiting HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS (1970) on Warner Archive Instant

“Son, you should video this movie,” my father said, handing me a copy of TV Guide and pointing emphatically to the VCR he had just bought – for $1,000 – as a family Christmas gift. “It’s based on a soap … Continue reading

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Update: TCM to Release Robert Osborne Interviews on DVD

Last updated 4/02/14 4:00 p.m. Updated info at end of post After 20 years as the face of Turner Classic Movies, host Robert Osborne has earned his moment in the spotlight. Beginning on April 7, TCM will launch a new … Continue reading

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New Channel Brings Classic Film to Broadcast TV

Turner Classic Movies is getting an unexpected present for their twentieth birthday: competition. On February 3, Sony Pictures Television launched getTV, a broadcast television network devoted exclusively to classic film from the 1930s through the 1960s. At launch, the channel … Continue reading

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TCM 20th Anniversary Video

Turner Classic Movies has posted their 20th anniversary video, and it’s an appropriately elegant tribute to a network that has slowly grown into a way of life for scores of fans. Produced by Tim Reilly of TCM, directed by Scott … Continue reading

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Update: Roll ‘em! TCM’s Bus Tour Goes Hollywood

Last updated 3/02/14 4:00 p.m.  Turner Classic Movies is celebrating its 20th birthday, but the viewers are getting the presents. The network announced today the launch of the TCM Movie Locations Tour: Los Angeles, a three-hour bus trip “through movie … Continue reading

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The Good, the Bad and the Stretched

This is a story about good news and bad news. It’s also a tale of one man’s obsession with film and television aspect ratios, and why you should be too (if not obsessed at least aware). We’ll start with the Bad … Continue reading

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