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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."

TCM Makes Summer School Cool w/ Free Film Noir Course

For a generation of fans old and new, Turner Classic Movies has been like film school without the student loans. Now, more than two decades after the channel’s launch, you can remove like from that sentence. On June 1, TCM will … Continue reading

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CBS is Colorizing “I Love Lucy.” Here’s Why I’m Okay with That.

“The last time I checked, I owned the films that we’re in the process of colorizing,” a television executive said in 1986. “I can do whatever I want with them, and if they’re going to be shown on television, they’re going … Continue reading

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The Sexy GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933 “Sequel” You Haven’t Seen

Even if you don’t like old movies you’ve probably heard of GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933. The Warner Bros. musical about sassy showgirls and their in-the-money beaus has become iconic, thanks in part to lampoons in Preston Sturges’ SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS (where … Continue reading

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TV is Dead, Long Live TV!

“That people will only watch television like this in the future is so obvious,” Jerry Seinfeld said this week at the Hulu upfront event for advertisers in New York City. Seinfeld was talking about streaming of course, and his message … Continue reading

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UPDATE #2: The Widescreen is Out There: Why Netflix May Be Covering Up “The X-Files” in HD

Updated 4/29/15 -New info in italics. There may be a conspiracy afoot at Netflix worthy of the Cigarette Smoking Man himself. One month after I reported that Netflix was streaming The X-Files in fuzzy, standard definition video transfers, the world’s most popular subscription VOD service has … Continue reading

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BATMAN v SUPERMAN Trailer Re-Cut with Adam West and Christopher Reeve

Holy send-up! Somebody re-cut the awful, ponderous trailer for Zack Snyder’s BATMAN v. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (2016) with the decidedly non-ponderous Christopher Reeve as Superman and Adam West as Batman. Cinema geek Bobby Burns on YouTube intercut scenes from Richard Donner’s SUPERMAN: … Continue reading

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Cora Sue Who? The 1930s Child Star You Don’t Know – But Should

Even if you love old movies, there’s a good chance you haven’t heard of Cora Sue Collins. And that’s a shame, because the 87-year-old former child star is a living history of classic Hollywood. Collins acted in nearly 50 films between 1932 … Continue reading

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