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About willmckinley

I'm a New York City-based writer, video and live event producer, print journalist, radio/podcast host, and social media influencer. I've been a guest on Turner Classic Movies (interviewed by host Robert Osborne), NPR, Sirius Satellite Radio, and the official TCM podcast. My byline has appeared in and more than 100 times in the pages of NYC alt weeklies like The Villager and Gay City News. I'm 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."

Remembering Uncle George

“He sounds like a second father,” a friend said when I told him about Uncle George. Honestly, I didn’t need another father. I had two before I was six months old. I never met the first one (his loss) but … Continue reading

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Update #2: TCM + Criterion’s FilmStruck Launches Oct 19

Updated 10/18/16 – New info in italics. Streaming video was supposed to be the great equalizer. With a century’s worth of movies from all genres available on-demand – without the programing or advertising constraints of a linear TV channel  – fans … Continue reading

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Barbra Streisand + Mitzi Gaynor Specials – Tonight on getTV

Since its launch in February of 2014, getTV has been home to some of the most innovative classic-themed content available on television today. And that trend continues tonight with two rarely seen 1960s variety shows and a brand new special … Continue reading

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TCM Names “Ultimate Fan” as On-Air Host

It’s a story right out of the movies: plucky newcomer dances her way from the chorus to center stage. And where else but TCM would a classic movie dream like that become a reality? Turner Classic Movies announced today that Tiffany Vazquez, the … Continue reading

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Update: KING OF JAZZ (1930) Restoration Debuts to Cheers and Tears

Updated 8/24/16 – New info in italics. “You will be the second audience to have seen this film in a close approximation to its original form since 1930,” film curator Dave Kehr told a capacity crowd at the Museum of Modern … Continue reading

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TCM + Criterion Partner for FilmStruck Streaming Service

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans,” John Lennon wrote in “Beautiful Boy.” And FilmStruck, a just-announced subscription video-on-demand service from TCM, is what happens to Old Movie Weirdos while we’re waiting for the option to subscribe … Continue reading

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Update #2: KING OF JAZZ (1930) Reigns Again w/ Restoration + New Book

Updated 8/24/16 – New info in italics. It’s a story right out of the movies: forgotten star gets a second chance at fame. Only this time, the star is actually a film – and the second chance is both a new … Continue reading

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