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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 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."

Girl, Reconstructed: Clara Bow in GET YOUR MAN (1927)

“Everything you’re going to see today has never been screened before,” film historian David Stenn said on Sunday at the Museum of Modern Art. These are words most film fans only dream of hearing. But when they’re spoken by the biographer of Silent … Continue reading

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Classic Film Icons Tarnish in TRUMBO (2015)

John Wayne rarely played the bad guy in his nearly half-century film career, but he finally gets the chance in TRUMBO, Jay Roach’s uneven biopic of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Wayne (David James Elliott) and gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen … Continue reading

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Explaining Halloween Folklore w/ Classic Film Cameos

As a lifelong classic film fan, I often find myself scanning contemporary media for old movie influences. And at no time of the year is that more fun than Halloween, when the monsters I’ve enjoyed since I was a kid make cameo appearances in … Continue reading

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Kick off Halloween Weekend w/ 18-hour TCM Party

When I was in fifth grade I invited five friends over for a slumber party. “It’ll be great!” I promised. “We’ll stay up all night watching movies!” I neglected to mention that all of the movies we’d be watching were … Continue reading

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Classic Horror Movies Haunt NYC Theaters for Halloween 2015

Halloween is the best time of the year to be a classic film fan. And it’s even better if you live (or are un-dead) in New York City, where more than sixty screenings of horror and suspense films released before 2001 … Continue reading

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Giant Monsters Attack Palm Springs!

When I was 12, my father took me to a Halloween screening of PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE at a high school on Long Island. The print was weathered and the setting was imperfect, but the auditorium was packed with people … Continue reading

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“Monty Python” + “The Kids in the Hall” Headed to NBC’s New Streaming Service

Just when I thought I’d subscribed to every streaming service known to man, along comes something…completely different. Today, NBCUniversal unveiled SeeSo, a subscription video on demand “channel” devoted entirely to comedy programming. The commercial-free, $3.99 per-month service launches in January on the web, mobile platforms, and TVs … Continue reading

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