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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."

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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Update: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: a Musical with Modern Sensibility + a Classic Heart

Updated 12/12/16 – New info in italics. A few months ago Netflix released the results of a fascinating study. By analyzing viewing patterns across 25 of their most popular TV series – both originals and acquired – they were able to … Continue reading

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