Category Archives: Classic Film

How the Death of Aereo Impacts Classic Film + TV Fans

At 11:30 a.m. (ET) on Saturday, June 28, Aereo suspended service to subscribers in the eleven U.S. television markets it served – including as many as 135,000 in New York City. I was one of them. For me, the Supreme Court ruling on Wednesday … Continue reading

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Remembering Eli Wallach + 5 of His Films

Sometime in the mid-1990s, on the corner of 82nd Street and Riverside Drive, I stopped to gawk at an icon. “Yes, it’s me,” Eli Wallach said, apparently accustomed to silent, slack-jawed admirers on New York City street corners. He greeted me … Continue reading

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90 Years Later, Lost Marx Brothers Musical is Reborn

For Marx Brothers fans, I’ll Say She Is is the missing piece of the puzzle. Written by brothers Tom and Will B. Johnstone, and incorporating some of the team’s earlier Vaudeville routines, the Marx Brothers’ first Broadway musical comedy revue … Continue reading

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The Man Who Discovered Katharine Hepburn

Today was the hottest day of the year so far in New York City, but I’m suddenly feeling nostalgic for the holidays – not for the cold weather, but for the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s epic, fifty-film George Cukor … Continue reading

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Update: Lost Marx Bros. TV Clips Headed to DVD

Updated: 5/18/14 7:30 p.m. Remember that sitcom with Chico Marx? Or the Pepsi commercial with Harpo Marx playing his trademark harp?  Or the time that Groucho Marx donned his greasepaint mustache for a duet with Jackie Gleason? If you answered … 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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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: New Channel Brings Classic Film to Broadcast TV

Updated: 5/18/14 7:30 p.m. (updated affiliate info in italics at end of article) 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 … Continue reading

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Remembering Shirley Temple (1928-2014)

As usual, Robert Osborne says it best. “Shirley Temple was a good friend and an extraordinary human being who, after being the most famous person in the world at age 6 and Hollywood’s pint-sized queen at age 7, grew up … Continue reading

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Take a Look, I’m In a Book!

I’ve written a lot of things since I got my first professional credit at the ripe old age of 15, but I’ve never been published in a book. Now, thanks to Monster Serial: Morbid Love Letters to Horror Cinema, a new … Continue reading

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