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Roger Ebert Announces 'At The Movies' Will Return in January

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 10th 2010 2:30PM
At The MoviesThis is crazy-good news. Roger Ebert announced at his site today that the film review show 'At the Movies' will return in January.

The official title of the show will be 'Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies' and will be produced by Ebert and his wife Chaz at WTTW, the same station where the show started back in 1975. The show will be seen on various stations nationwide.

Ebert is not going to be one of the hosts of the show, however. Who will be in front of the camera every week? A couple of film critics you might know (and a couple you might not...)

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'I Do & I Don't': Jane Lynch on Marriage, Singing and Life with 'Glee'

by Anna Dimond, posted Aug 11th 2010 6:00PM
These days, Jane Lynch may be synonymous with Sue Sylvester, 'Glee''s resident tough-talking cheerleading coach (and soon also with 'Saturday Night Live'), but before the Emmy-nominated actress donned her track suit, she starred in 'I Do & I Don't', an indie comedy about the the meaning of marriage.

As the DVD of 'I Do & I Don't' arrives on DVD, Lynch spoke with TV Squad about the film, it's message, and life since 'Glee' -- not to mention what might be ahead for Sue this fall.

While 'I Do & I Don't' deals with one of life's more serious milestones, it's antics are far from heavy. The movie features the story of a young couple on the cusp of getting married when they learn that the bridegroom must attend Catholic pre-marital classes (aka "pre-Cana") before his fiancee's church will marry them. But with time running out, their only choice is counseling by another couple.

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This Ain't Your Father's 'A-Team'

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jun 16th 2010 11:00PM
The poster for Going to see the new 'A-Team' movie wasn't a new movie-going experience. In fact, I've experienced it approximately 167 times before in my lifetime. It was just another big budget movie remake of a classic campy TV show that seemed to only aim for mediocrity by grave-robbing the memories of my youth spent unsupervised in front of the television.

I didn't have cable growing up, so the only time I could enjoy such classic kiddie staples of the 1980s such as 'Double Dare' or 'You Can't Do That on Television' were at a friend's house, my babysitter's place or my grandparents' living room. (That's right, my grandparents had cable before my parents did. I'm surprised I didn't have to enjoy the adventures of the 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' on an Westinghouse tube radio.)

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'The A-Team' Movie Central: What Did You Think?

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 11th 2010 5:00PM
The A-TeamWith 'The A-Team' buzz in full-throttle it feels like it's 1984 again when the show was the hottest thing on TV! But, check yourself, it's 2010 and the movie version of the hit TV series is busting into theaters and we've got your 'A-Team' needs covered.

Want to know what critics are saying about the new versions of Murdock, B.A. Baracus, Hannibal and Faceman? Check out our sister site Moviefone's collection of reviews for the new action flick.

Interested to see how the movie is different than the series before you had to the multiplex? This writer answers many FAQs about the new film.

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Tim Burton To Give 'The Addams Family' The Big Screen 3D Treatment

by Mike Moody, posted Mar 18th 2010 3:25PM
addams familyHere's more proof that Tim Burton has transitioned from creating original films to grafting his signature freaky style onto well-established franchises: Burton is directing a 3D stop-motion movie based on 'The Addams Family.'

We've seen countless iterations of Charles Addams' all together ooky clan since the classic 1960s TV series left the air. My favorites are Barry Sonnefeld's clever '90s Addams flicks starring Raul Julia and Anjelcia Huston as Gomez and Morticia (let's not talk about the straight-to-DVD sequels). There were also two animated shows, a second live-action TV series in the late '90s, and a Broadway musical starring Nathan Lane and 'Frasier's Bebe Neuwirth (previewed by our very own Brad Trechak).

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Even Movie Makers Love TV

by Stephanie Earp, posted Mar 9th 2010 11:23PM


I took a little break from this column last week because in my other life – the one not spent glued to the tube – I help run a 5-day film festival in the smallish Canadian city where I live. Running a film festival is not unlike running film – there are actors, directors and producers on hand, a general sense of panic, long hours, and really good after-parties, and with luck a critically-praised result.

This was my first year working on the film fest and I expected to be way out of my depth when it came to conversation. After all, I'm a small screen kind of girl. I even slipped up while introducing a panel of filmmakers, talking about how their films had "aired" the night before. Apparently, films screen, only TV shows air.

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ABC restored to Cablevision

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 8th 2010 10:05AM
ABCIn a nick-of-time save that was worthy of a movie unto itself, ABC was restored to Cablevision just in time for the Academy Awards. Apparently both sides hammered out enough of a deal for the awards show to be broadcast.

Cablevision customers -- 3.1 million in the New York City area -- got another treat on the same day. To accommodate those that lost their ABC, the company offered free On Demand movies all day. As a Cablevision customer, I was interested in the veracity of the claim and took advantage of that particular offer. Later this month, it will be determined how legitimate that offer was when I see my bill.

So many people were using this freebie that the first few times a movie download was attempted, the system would return an error. This issue stopped once the Academy Awards started.

It seems more likely that Cablevision acquiesced to the demands of ABC given the timing of the channel restoration rather than the other way around. What do you think?

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20/20's real story of The Blind Side with Sandra Bullock included

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 23rd 2009 9:02AM
the_blind_side_sandra_bullockUnless you've been living in a cave or don't keep up with what's playing at the local multiplex, you probably know that one of the biggest hits of the fall was the Sandra Bullock football movie The Blind Side.

No, that's not a typo. It is a Sandra Bullock football movie, but unlike Goldie Hawn's football movie -- Wildcats -- Sandra's movie was very good. It's so good that Sandra's probably going to get her first Oscar nomination and -- depending on the competition -- she could win.

Well, ABC has noticed that The Blind Side has struck a real chord with people. 20/20 will take advantage of the interest in the true story on which the movie is based to present the true story of The Blind Side.

They're calling the special edition of 20/20, "The Blind Side: The Real Story Behind the Movie." That was in case you thought you were going to tune in and see the movie.

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TCM's Classic Film Festival is coming in 2010

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 4th 2009 8:02PM
TCM logoIf we lived in a world where we could only watch five TV networks on our televisions (I don't know what type of world that would be but it sounds like one of those bleak futures you often see in sci-fi movies), I would definitely choose Turner Classic Movies as one of those networks. That's a no-brainer. I think I'd have a harder time choosing which major networks(s) I'd want on that list too.

The movie network has announced that they're doing a classic film festival in April 2010.

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Halloween type movies you can see for free

by Nick Zaino, posted Oct 23rd 2009 5:01PM
Halloween movies: Return of the Living Dead 3It's the season for scary movies - bad scary movies, good scary movies, campy scary movies, any kind of scary movie. And depending on what cable company you subscribe to, there are plenty of free offerings right now on demand.

FearNet is the obvious go-to place for freebies, although it has its detractors hanging around this blog. One of the best choices available now is Return of the Living Dead III. Unless you're a hardcore horror geek, you may not know this one. And the plot -- a young couple near a military base are torn apart when she becomes one of the living dead -- may not sound exciting. But the first zombie onscreen is convincingly freaky, and the surprise ending is actually kind of a surprise.

FearNet also has Severed Ties, in which a severed arm comes back to life as a reptilian killing machine. And who doesn't like a good Garrett Morris/Oliver Reed team-up? And there are a couple of bigger movies, like Brian DePalma's Body Double and Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses, and Sleepaway Camp II and III, featuring Pamela Springsteen (Bruce's sister).

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A.O. Scott and Michael Phillips on revitalizing At The Movies

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Oct 23rd 2009 3:02PM
A.O. Smith and Michael Phillips head up the new season of At the Movies.It looks like the new crew at Disney's At the Movies is turning the ship around.

The new series run with fresh hosts (New York Times film critic, A.O. Scott (left), and Chicago Tribune film critic, Michael Phillips (right)) has gone 180 degrees in the other direction from the lighter, more sensationalized previous season.

Last year's host combination of Ben Mankiewicz and Ben Lyons often came off more glib than informative -- leaving both critics and fans wondering what happened to the more measured, analytical tone of former hosts Roger Ebert, Richard Roeper and the late Gene Siskel.

Between the two of them, Scott and Phillips bring decades of entertainment writing and critiquing experience -- combining a love of movies with a willingness to tick off the Hollywood powers that be when necessary.

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Weather Channel to Begin Airing Movies This Month

by Andrew Scott, posted Oct 21st 2009 11:48AM
March of the PenguinsGet ready to see a lot more movies in the Weather Channel's forecast.

Variety is reporting that the channel, now under the direction of president and CEO Michael Kelly, will air a number of weather-themed movies, starting at the end of this month.

First up will be the George Clooney vehicle 'The Perfect Storm' on Fri., Oct. 30. The channel will then roll out an additional three movies in November, including 'March of the Penguins' (Nov. 6), 'Misery' (Nov. 13) and 'Deep Blue Sea' (Nov. 20), co-starring 'NCIS: Los Angeles'' LL Cool J.

Hosted by meteorologist Jennifer Carfagno, this will be another opportunity for the Weather Channel to provide a wider variety of content. Other recent examples of this have included the July launch of 'Wake Up With Al,' a morning news program hosted by 'Today''s Al Roker.

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Encore Westerns add classic titles

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 1st 2009 8:45AM
have_gun_Will_Travel_cbsMovies are great, and Encore Western has feasted on showing lots of theatrical features and shorts. However, the premium channel has wisely veered from its bread and butter, by mixing in TV shows. The channel will soon be adding to the TV fare when Gunsmoke, Rawhide, and Have Gun Will Travel join Encore Westerns.

These are three classic TV westerns that had significant long runs and big name stars. They'll be a nice addition to shows like Cheyenne and Maverick currently on the net, as well as the Roy Rogers and Gene Autry programmers that run through the day.

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What You Missed Last Night: Matt Damon isn't dead and George Clooney isn't gay

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 11th 2009 11:33AM
Matt Damon was on The Late Show last night to promote his new film The Informant! As usual, he did his Matthew McConaughey impersonation for Dave and they also talked about a recent web rumor that Damon had died (really? I guess I missed that one).

This led to Damon telling another story about the Venice Film Festival involving George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and a stripping journalist.

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Army Archerd dead at 87

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 9th 2009 10:00AM
Army ArcherdA little bit of Hollywood died yesterday.

Army Archerd wrote for Variety since 1953, when he replaced columnist Sheilah Graham. That's not a typo. That's 1953, as in 56 years ago. That means he talked to everyone, saw everything, and wrote about just about everything that happened in Hollywood for more than five decades.

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