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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."

Vote for “Bride of Monster Serial” in the Rondo Awards!

Last year I was honored to be included in Bride of Monster Serial, an anthology of essays about horror films past and present. Edited by Wallace McBride, the book covers an eclectic collection of 40 fright films, from early Talkies like THE BLACK … Continue reading

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“In Search Of…” Leonard Nimoy’s 1970s Reality Show

Leonard Nimoy called his 1975 autobiography I Am Not Spock. For me, at least at the time, that sentiment was accurate. I first discovered Nimoy, who died today at age 83, as the host and narrator of In Search Of…, a weekly “documentary” series focusing on … Continue reading

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50 Years of THE ODD COUPLE

The Odd Couple has been rebooted so many times in the last half century it’s difficult to keep track without a Felix Unger-style spreadsheet. So, as sloppy sports reporter Oscar Madison and persnickety photographer Felix Unger move in together again, this time on CBS in the … Continue reading

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Sophia Loren to Appear at 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival

Sometime in the early 1980s, my mom brought home a new perfume. “What’s ‘So-peeya’?” my sister Missy asked, adorably mispronouncing the name inscribed on the fancy glass bottle. “It’s Sophia,” my mother corrected. “It’s a perfume named after a beautiful movie actress. … Continue reading

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UPDATE #3: Original “Dark Shadows” Rises from the Dead on CBS’ DECADES TV Network

Updated 2/13/15 – new info in italics You can’t keep a good vampire down. Nearly half a century after its debut, the original Dark Shadows TV series is returning to television on DECADES, an over-the-air digital TV network co-owned by CBS and Weigel … Continue reading

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TCM Introduces Jennifer Dorian as New GM, Seeks to “Grow”

To paraphrase THE WIZARD OF OZ, Turner Classic Movies has two new women behind the curtain, and they’re not to be ignored. Variety and Deadline Hollywood reported today that Jennifer Dorian has been named general manager of TCM, a development I first reported … Continue reading

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Bacall and Bogart Personal Items up for Auction

Death is a way of life for classic movie fans. And if you don’t believe me, just search YouTube for TCM Remembers (and remember to have plenty of Kleenex handy). For many of us, the passing of Lauren Bacall last summer … Continue reading

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