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About willmckinley

Will McKinley is a New York City-based writer, producer, arts + culture reporter, radio/podcast host, and #OldMovieWeirdo. He’s been a guest on Turner Classic Movies (interviewed by host Robert Osborne), NPR, Sirius Satellite Radio, and the official TCM podcast. Will has written for PBS and his byline has appeared in Slate.com and than 100 times in the pages of NYC alt weeklies like The Villager and Gay City News. He's also a contributor to four film-and-TV-related books: "Monster Serial," "Bride of Monster Serial," "Taste the Blood of Monster Serial," and "Remembering Jonathan Frid."

Changes at TCM – What they Mean for Classic Film Fans

“We definitely want to create on-ramps for a new generation to enjoy the classics,” newly appointed Turner Classic Movies general manager Jennifer Dorian said at the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival. The first of those ramps is open for business, … Continue reading

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Dates Announced for 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival + 5 Ways to Keep it Fresh

In Billy Wilder’s 1955 comedy THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH, a man begins to lose interest in his spouse of seven years and seeks out greener romantic pastures – in the (shapely) form of Marilyn Monroe. Turner Classic Movies hopes film buffs … Continue reading

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That Time I Met Batgirl

“You were my first crush,” I said to Yvonne Craig, dispensing with the small talk. It was September of 2006 and Craig was appearing at an event in New York City celebrating the fortieth anniversary of Batman, the TV series that … Continue reading

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One Last Gasp for #NoirSummer

What did you do this summer? I saw a bunch of people get killed. Thanks to Turner Classic Movies’ nine-week Summer of Darkness series, I spent June and July with duplicitous dames, menacing mugs and the movie buffs that love … Continue reading

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Here’s Johnny! Carson Returns to Late Night TV

From 1962 until his retirement in 1992, Johnny Carson ruled late night with wit, charm, and a feathered turban. He wasn’t the first host of NBC’s The Tonight Show, nor the last, but he’s considered by just about everyone to be the … Continue reading

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POW! Classic Film Stars Reimagined as Comic Book Heroes

As Hollywood maps out a future almost entirely reliant on superhero movies – the soft opening of Marvel’s ANT-MAN notwithstanding – it’s important to remember that comic books were not always on Hollywood’s A-list. In their first live-action screen incarnations in the … Continue reading

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It’s a Wonderful Podcast

This week marks the third anniversary of Cinematically Insane, and nobody is more surprised than I am – except maybe my accountant, who advised me to stop working for free years ago. Not all advice is meant to be heeded, of course, even if … Continue reading

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