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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), 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."

TV Land Pulls “The Dukes of Hazzard”

Bo and Luke Duke may be “makin’ their way the only way they know how.” But that’s just a little bit more than TV Land will allow. The Viacom-owned cable network quietly removed The Dukes of Hazzard from their programming schedule yesterday in … Continue reading

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George Winslow (1946-2015): Child Star of the 1950s Who Upstaged Icons

Even if you love old movies, there’s a good chance you won’t recognize the name George Winslow. And that’s unfortunate because Winslow, a former child star who died on June 14 at age 69, was one of the funniest film actors of the 1950s – in any … Continue reading

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Lifetime’s A DEADLY ADOPTION is Brilliant – And Don’t Believe Anyone Who Tells You It’s Not

For 30 years, Lifetime has been making predictable movies about women in peril, marriages on the skids, and adorable children in danger. These competently produced but uninspired films usually feature familiar faces from TV and provide disposable diversion for the channel’s … Continue reading

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TCM Without Cable or Satellite on Sling TV

In the last three years, a single search term has brought more people to this blog than any other: “How can I watch TCM without cable?” And the answer has always been the same: you can’t. Now you can. DISH Network’s Sling … Continue reading

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Update: A Brief History of the Classic Movie Tweet-a-Long

Updated 6/19/15 – New info in italics. When scholars write the history of social media – and they will (but probably not with a pen) – Thursday, June 9, 2011 will forever be remembered as the night the live movie tweet-a-long was born. … Continue reading

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TCM Launches Multi-Year Focus on Female Filmmakers

If you love old movies you love strong women. From the plucky heroines of silent film, to the dangerous dames of Pre-Code and Noir, to the liberated women of the New Hollywood of the 1960s and ’70s, classic film has no … Continue reading

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For Classic Film Fans, Death is a Way of Life

“This is really the closest thing you get to news in your world,” my girlfriend’s brother said to me the day Christopher Lee’s death was announced. The passing of a 93-year-old is never a surprise; still, Thursday was a somber day … Continue reading

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