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About willmckinley

I'm a New York City-based writer, video producer, print journalist, radio/podcast host, and social media influencer. I've been a guest on Turner Classic Movies (interviewed by Robert Osborne), NPR, Sirius Satellite Radio, and the official TCM podcast. My byline has appeared in Slate.com and more than 100 times in the pages of NYC alt weeklies like The Villager and Gay City News. I'm also a social media copywriter for Sony's getTV and 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 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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Update: Classic Horror + Sci-Fi Films Streaming Free on Comet TV

Updated 3/9/16 -New info in italics. You may not know what a digital sub-channel is, but, if you enjoy classic movies and TV shows, there’s a good chance you’ve watched one. More than two dozen nostalgia-themed TV networks have debuted since 2009, when … Continue reading

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Film Censorship in Focus – This Month on TCM

I’ll never forget the day our pastor Fr. Tunney told my mom I shouldn’t watch The Benny Hill Show. For a newly minted adolescent in the pre-cable Dark Ages of 1980, this was an unconscionable attack on my God-given right … Continue reading

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Lost Marx Brothers Musical Returning to the New York Stage

On May 19, 1924 the Marx Brothers made their Broadway debut in I’ll Say She Is, a musical comedy revue at the Casino Theater in New York. The show closed on February 7, 1925 after 313 performances and has never … Continue reading

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I’m a Contributor to a Book Nominated for an Award!

If you know me, you know I enjoy writing about obscure old movies most people have never even heard of, let alone want to read about. While this strategy has done nothing to reduce my high-interest credit card debt, it has … Continue reading

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Honoring a Forgotten Chapter in Film History w/ “Pioneers of African-American Cinema”

I spent Valentine’s Day with the devil on a train to Hell. That’s not a euphemism for a relationship gone sour, it’s the plot of HELL-BOUND TRAIN (1930), a newly restored silent rarity that screened on Sunday at Film Forum … Continue reading

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THE PHANTOM SPEAKS (1945) from the Paramount Vault – And I Obey

The more classic films I watch, the more affection I develop for B movies. These low budget “programmers” from the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s are often faster-paced, rougher, and more creatively daring than their better-known contemporaries. But many are forgotten today, … Continue reading

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