TCM to remember Mike Nichols with film tribute

TCM to remember Mike Nichols with film tribute

Famed director Mike Nichols passed away yesterday at the age of 83. One of the few artists to have earned Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy accolades, Nichols will be remembered by Turner Classic Movies (TCM) with a three-film tribute on Dec. 6, featuring Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), The Graduate (1967) and Carnal Knowledge (1971). TCM Remembers Mike Nichols — Saturday, Dec. 6 (All Times ET) 8pm: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Sandy Dennis and George Segal 10:30pm: The Graduate – starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross, Murray Hamilton, William Daniels and … Continue reading

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Animal Planet’s “The Whale” explores real-life event that inspired “Moby-Dick”

Animal Planet's "The Whale" explores real-life event that inspired "Moby-Dick"

“From the network that brought you Mermaids,” read the title card ahead of the trailer for Animal Planet’s self-described “scripted event” The Whale: Revenge From the Deep. That may be enough to either intrigue or dissuade any number of people who either liked or disliked Animal Planet’s previous forays into scripted fare like Mermaids, but the trailer does look promising. Add to that the fact that Martin Sheen headlines the film based on a gripping true-life tale, and that’s enough to get us to dive in. The two-hour production is a retelling of the sinking of the Nantucket whaling ship … Continue reading

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When is “It’s a Wonderful Life” on TV 2014?

When is "It's a Wonderful Life" on TV 2014?

When is It’s a Wonderful Life on TV 2014? You might recall the days of being able to watch It’s a Wonderful Life on TV a LOT. The 1946 Frank Capra classic was in the public domain at that time, about 20 or 30 years ago, and it seemed to air nearly nonstop in syndication between Thanksgiving and Christmas. For the past several years, rights to It’s a Wonderful Life have belonged to NBC, so airings of the film have become more of a special viewing occasion, with the network usually airing it twice during the Christmas season. And they … Continue reading

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On Demand DVD New Releases Nov. 17-23

On Demand DVD New Releases Nov. 17-23

On Demand DVD New Releases Nov. 17-23 20,000 Days On Earth Drama and reality collide in a fictitious 24 hours in the life of iconic musician Nick Cave. Come celebrate the transformative power of the creative spirit. Nick Cave, Susie Bick, Kylie Minogue (Documentary, 1:37) 11/18 22 Jump Street (pictured below) Schmidt and Jenko are back, and Capt. Dickson is sending them to college. It’s the same plot as in 21 Jump Street — find the drug dealers to get to the suppliers. But we get a bigger budget in this film, so expect louder explosions and a keg full of collegiate … Continue reading

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Hollywood Film Awards bring out the stars on CBS

Hollywood Film Awards

The Hollywood Film Awards, which honors excellence in filmmaking, makes its television debut with this ceremony from the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on Friday, Nov. 14, on CBS. Winners are chosen by a committee of film industry insiders and executives. Coverage begins with a red-carpet preshow (7:30pm ET/delayed PT) and concludes with a wrap-up show hosted by CBS This Morning’s Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell. Queen Latifah hosts the ceremony, and Janelle Monáe is scheduled to perform. Other luminaries expected to appear are: Amy Adams Gerard Butler Steve Carell Benedict Cumberbatch Johnny Depp Laura Dern Robert Downey … Continue reading

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UP’s Paper Angels is a Moving Holiday Gift

Paper Angels

This weekend, UP presents an original film that serves as a reminder that the holiday season is far more about giving than receiving. Paper Angels, inspired by country star Jimmy Wayne’s inspiring hit of the same name, tells the story of two families whose lives impact each other through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program. The lives of the film’s two families, each struggling in different ways, intersect in the holiday spirit of giving. Both come to realize that the more they give, they more they receive; and the holiday season is less about what’s under your tree than what’s … Continue reading

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Visit Hallmark’s “Northpole”

Northpole

Hallmark gifts a glowing star of holiday cheer to movie fans with Northpole, one of the network’s 12 New Movies of Christmas, part of its larger, annual Countdown To Christmas. The film boasts visual effects which are the best Hallmark has ever produced and is cuddle-worthy family viewing. The wondrous village of Northpole, where Santa and his elves live and work, is running low on the holiday cheer that is used to fuel the city and make toys. Santa and Mrs. Claus (played by real-life spouses Richard Wagner and Jill St. John) are understandably concerned; this drop in spirit, represented … Continue reading

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Fallen Star: Lifetime’s long-awaited Aaliyah biopic premieres Saturday

Fallen Star: Lifetime’s long-awaited Aaliyah biopic premieres Saturday

Aaliyah Haughton — better known as Aaliyah — was the multitalented Brooklyn native who paved the way for superstars like Beyoncé and Rihanna. By the time she boarded a chartered aircraft back to the U.S. after a 2001 Bahamian video shoot, the 22-year-old stunner was a platinum-selling recording artist beginning to make a splash in feature films. And when the dual-engine plane plummeted to the ground shortly after takeoff, killing everyone aboard, one of entertainment’s most promising stars was extinguished. Now Lifetime will chronicle Aaliyah’s journey — from her debut on Star Search at age 10 through the personal and … Continue reading

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On Demand DVD New Releases Nov. 10-16

On Demand DVD New Releases Nov. 10-16

On Demand DVD New Releases Nov. 10-16 Always Woodstock When struggling songwriter Catherine Brown’s life in New York City falls apart, she must confront her past by spending the summer at her childhood home in Woodstock, NY. Brittney Snow,  Ryan Guzman (1:37) 11/14 Available same day as theatrical release. Bad Turn Worse A weekend of partying with stolen money leaves three Texas teens indebted to a dangerous criminal. Things go from bad to worse when he forces them to rob his boss to pay off the debt. Mackenzie Davis, William Devane (1:32)  11/14 Available same day as theatrical release. In Your Eyes Two seemingly polar opposites living on … Continue reading

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On Demand DVD New Releases Nov. 3-9

On Demand DVD New Releases Nov. 3-9

On Demand DVD New Releases Nov. 3-9 The Dog An intimate portrait of John Wojtowicz, the inspiration behind Al Pacino’s character in Sidney Lumet’s Oscar-Nominated Dog Day Afternoon. (TV-MA, 1:41) 11/4 Hercules The son of Zeus, Hercules has completed his 12 labors only to find himself without a family. As he moves forward, he leads his band of fighters into battle to collect money, fighting on any side — until one battle opens his eyes to the ruthlessness that exists within some of his employers. Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, John Hurt (PG-13, 1:38) 11/4 Land Ho!  Two men, former brothers-in-law, take … Continue reading

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