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Competition: Win ‘The Incredible Shrinking Man’ from Arrow Video!

To celebrate the Blu-ray release of The Incredible Shrinking Man, available on Blu-ray from 13th November, we have a copy of the film on Blu-ray up for grabs, courtesy of Arrow Video!

Based on the novel by the massively influential sci-fi and horror writer Richard Matheson (I Am Legend, The Martian Chronicles), with a script adapted by Matheson himself, and directed by Fifties sci-fi king Jack Arnold (Creature From The Black Lagoon), this is rightly regarded as being one of the finest science-fiction films of all time, a critically-acclaimed smash hit that currently has a 90 per cent score on Rotten Tomatoes. Genuinely thrilling, and, as Scott’s plight becomes more desperate, tense and gruelling, the film features superbly realised special effects that bely the era, and the setting Scott finds himself in – filled with oversized household objects that suddenly become threatening and dangerous – takes on a wonderfully surreal atmosphere.

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Giveaway – Win The Incredible Shrinking Man on Blu-ray

To celebrate the Blu-ray release of The Incredible Shrinking Man, available on Blu-ray from 13th November, we have a copy of the film on Blu-ray up for grabs, courtesy of Arrow Video!

Based on the novel by the massively influential sci-fi and horror writer Richard Matheson (I Am Legend, The Martian Chronicles), with a script adapted by Matheson himself, and directed by Fifties sci-fi king Jack Arnold (Creature From The Black Lagoon), this is rightly regarded as being one of the finest science-fiction films of all time, a critically-acclaimed smash hit that currently has a 90 per cent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Genuinely thrilling, and, as Scott’s plight becomes more desperate, tense and gruelling, the film features superbly realised special effects that bely the era, and the setting Scott finds himself in – filled with oversized household objects that suddenly become threatening and dangerous – takes on a wonderfully surreal atmosphere.

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S.O.S. Tidal Wave

Republic raids an early Rko talkie for a fantastic special effects sequence, and you won’t believe how it’s repurposed — in a story about a TV personality (in 1939!) taking on a corrupt political mob. New York crumbles and is then washed away — sort of. It’s yet another resurfacing of a title that not long ago we couldn’t see to save our cinema-curious souls.

S.O.S. Tidal Wave

Blu-ray

Olive Films

1939 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 62 min. / Street Date October 31, 2017 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.98

Starring: Ralph Byrd, George Barbier, Kay Sutton, Frank Jenks, Marc Lawrence, Dorothy Lee, Oscar O’Shea, Mickey Kuhn, Ferris Taylor, Don ‘Red’ Barry, Raymond Bailey.

Cinematography: Jack A. Marta

Film Editor: Ernest Nims

Musical Director: Cy Feuer

Written by Gordon Kahn, Stanley Rauh, Maxwell Shane, story by James Webb

Produced by Armand Schaefer

Directed by John H. Auer

If Republic wasn’t
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Film News: TCM Host & Film Historian Robert Osborne Dies at 84

New York City – Robert Osborne, one of the great film advocates and historians of our era, who hosted on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) with passionate skill from 1994 until recently, has passed away on March 6th, 2017, in New York City. The way that Mr. Osborne inspired film lovers everywhere was deep and influential. He was 84.

I was lucky enough to meet the man, naturally at a Chicago movie theater, back in 2005. Five years later, as I became a film reporter myself, I got to interview Ro via phone. He was the type of film man that you could spend a month with and never come to the end of his knowledge, and the way he shared it as the host on TCM was as if the finest uncle was giving us life lessons. Next to Roger Ebert, Robert Osborne is another reporter legend who galvanized my love for film.

King of the Classics: Robert Osborne,
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The Gallant Hours

Director Robert Montgomery's last is a war movie like no other, a study in leadership and command with no combat scenes. James Cagney uses none of his standard personality mannerisms; the result is something very affecting. And that music! You'll think the whole show is the memory of a soul in heaven. The Gallant Hours Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1960 / B&W / 1:66 widescreen / 115 min. / Street Date April 5, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring James Cagney, Dennis Weaver, Ward Costello, Vaughn Taylor, Richard Jaeckel, Les Tremayne, Walter Sande, Karl Swenson, Leon Lontoc, Robert Burton, Carleton Young, Raymond Bailey, Harry Landers, Richard Carlyle, James Yagi, James T. Goto, Carl Benton Reid, Selmer Jackson, Frank Latimore, Nelson Leigh, Herbert Lytton, Stuart Randall, William Schallert, Arthur Tovey, John Zaremba. Cinematography Joseph MacDonald Art Director Wiard Ihnen Original Music Roger Wagner Written by Beirne Lay Jr., Frank D. Gilroy Produced and Directed by Robert Montgomery
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Babe and Ricky's Inn - Los Angeles Screenings and Live Performances

Director/Producer Ramin Naimi’s new feature documentary opens Friday April 5 at Laemmle Santa Monica with live blues performances also every night after the screenings in the cinema. This is the story of L.A.'s legendary L.A. blues club Babe and Ricky’s Inn.

The film won the Programmers Award at the Pan African Film Festival in L.A. in February where it was the Centerpiece Gala presentation on Valentine's day with a concert and party and that it was picked up for all digital rights and TV by New Video/ Cinedigm. The film will be released around the country theatrically in other blues loving cities and in connection with Blues Festivals, live performances and even blues cruises and it will be released on premium VOD April 9 on iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, Youtube, Playstation, XBox, CinemaNow.

It will be an unusual and fun week of events at Laemmle particularly because of the live blues music performances incorporated into the screenings. Ramin has done a lot of radio for the release such as an hour and a half show playing music from the film and talking about the film with Ann the Raven on the Cal State Northridge radio (the one Nic Harcourt works for now) last Sunday with a ticket giveaway. He will have two interviews with Kpfk this week and he had two other radio interviews last week . Kcet is looking at coverage also. The trailer is at the website www.babesandrickysinn.com

It is getting good press thanks to the Laemmle publicist who sent it to be reviewed by some of the outlets including the L.A. Times , L.A. Weekly, Hollywood Reporter etc.

I can't wait to see the film and hear Mama Laura’s story.

Here are the details of the La screenings and a ‘pitch letter‘ from Ramin re the film below:

Friday, April 5 – Thursday April 11, 2013

At Laemmle Monica 4-Plex,1332 2nd Street, Santa Monica 90401

(310) 478-3836.

Tickets: www.laemmle.com

Daily Screenings: 1pm ● 4pm ● 7pm ● 10pm

A live blues performance and Q&A will follow each 7 pm evening screening Friday, April 5 to Thursday, April 11 inclusive (and also 4 pm screenings on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7). No additional charge for live music!

The current line up for live shows as part of the screenings of the film at the times listed below:

Ray Bailey Friday 4/5 (7pm); Gregg Wright Saturday 4/6 (4pm); Dennis Jones Saturday 4/6 (7pm); Deacon Jones Sunday 4 /7 (4pm and 7pm), Southsideslim Monday 4/8 (7pm); George Dez Tuesday 4/9 (7pm); Richard Martin-Ross Wednesday 4/10 (7pm), Suzanne Thomas Thursday 4/11 (7pm).

The director Ramin writes to us:

I am the director and producer of the upcoming film Babe’s and Ricky’s Inn, a feature-length documentary. For more than three years, I gathered the stories of the legendary L.A. blues club Babe and Ricky’s Inn, its owner Laura Mae Gross (“Mama Laura”) and its amazing collection of musicians. As an Iranian-American filmmaker (who along with along with my co-producer Behrouz Arshadi came to be known as the “Iranian Blues Brothers”), I take particular pride in having earned the trust of the community in South Central to document this important piece of L.A. blues and music history.

For fifty-three years, Mama Laura, a woman from Mississippi, brought well-known and up-and-coming musicians together, regardless of race, age, or gender. Babe’s and Ricky’s Inn was originally located on legendary Central Ave, in South Central La. drew world-famous musicians like Johnny Lee Hooker, B.B. King and Albert King, who often dropped in to the club and jam with best of La blues artists, Guitar Shorty, Keb’ Mo’, Zac Harmon, Deacon Jones and Ray Bailey. The film features original music by some of the most important blues artists alive. Stunning guitar performances and personal stories about the hard blues life come together in a film about what it means to devote your life to music. I feel privileged to have captured the unique sounds, atmosphere and people of this gem of a blues club in its last days.

Babe’s and Ricky’s Inn premiered as the centerpiece of the Pan African Film Festival in La last month and took home the Festival’s Programmer’s Award. The theatrical premiere run will be at the Laemmle Monica 4-plex in La commencing Friday, April 5th. It will have a one-week engagement, and will feature live blues performances and a Q&A each weeknight and twice a day on the weekend. Further theatrical dates follow around the country including at blues focused events and venues. The digital release of the film is being facilitated by Cinedigm and it will be released on VOD on April 9th on iTunes Premium, Amazon, YouTube and others.

And visit our website for more info: http://babesandrickysinn.com

By the way, I’m also in the process of finishing my new upcoming feature film Shirin in Love, a romantic comedy set in world of “Tehrangeles”, the Iranian American community in Los Angeles.
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DVD Review: "Return Of The Beverly Hillbillies" (1981) Starring Buddy Ebsen, Nancy Kulp, Werner Klemperer, Imogene Coca And Donna Douglas

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By Lee Pfeiffer

I have always been a great admirer of Paul Henning, the crooner-turned-tv producer/writer of some of the best-loved shows of the 1960s. It was Henning who gave a voice to rural audiences by creating such classic TV series as The Beverly Hillbilllies, Petticoat Junction and Green Acres. If you revisit any of them today, they remain far superior to most contemporary sitcoms. Henning not only created shows that have timeless appeal, but he also brainstormed the concept of interweaving characters and plot devices between the series- a stroke of genius that brought cross-promotion marketing to new levels. Henning also prided himself on making his country characters eccentric, but never idiotic. They were simple people living simple lives and if they seemed to exist in a time warp, they were all honest, admirable folks. It was always the sophisticated city slickers who would get their comeuppance at
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The Incredible Shrinking Man Reboot Moves Forward at MGM Studios

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The Incredible Shrinking Man Reboot Moves Forward at MGM Studios
MGM Studios is moving forward on an updated version of the sci-fi classic The Incredible Shrinking Man, tapping author Richard Matheson and his son Richard Christian Matheson to write the screenplay adaptation.

Richard Matheson's original 1956 novel centers on a man who is exposed to radiation and insecticide, which causes him to shrink. The new story will be modernized to reflect the advancements in nanotechnology, described by the author as an "existential action movie." Here's what Richard Matheson had to say about the remake.

"My original story was a metaphor for how man's place in the world was diminishing. That still holds today, where all these advancements that are going to save us will be our undoing. It's one of those fantasy concepts that does not age."

MGM president Jonathan Glickman also released a brief statement regarding the project.

"The themes of The Incredible Shrinking Man continue to be relevant.
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Interview: TCM Host Robert Osborne on Their First Classic Film Festival

Chicago – Turner Classic Movies, the basic cable gift to film buffs everywhere, is launching their first TCM Classic Movie Festival in Hollywood, August 22nd-25th. TCM’s main movie host and face of the network, Robert Osborne, will be there.

Osborne became the film guru we know today through a roundabout career route. Born in Washington state, he took his degree in journalism down to Hollywood during the late 1950s in hopes of becoming an actor. He hooked up with the famous Desilu studios, the brainchild of Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball during the height of the “I Love Lucy” days.

It was Lucille Ball herself that encouraged Osborne to switch careers – Osborne himself said “especially when she saw me act” – and take his love for film to a writing career for various publications including the Hollywood Reporter. In April of 1994, he hosted the first year of Turner Classic Movies,
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The Beverly Hillbillies: What Happened in the Last Episode "Jethro Returns"

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In 1962, a truly strange TV show hit the airwaves, The Beverly Hillbillies. The sitcom revolves around a poor mountaineer, Jed Clampett (Buddy Ebsen), who discovers oil on his backwoods property. Now a multi-millionaire, he's encouraged to move to Beverly Hills with his spunky mother-in-law, "Granny" (Irene Ryan), beautiful daughter Elly May (Donna Douglas), and dim-witted nephew Jethro (Max Baer). They try to understand their strange new surroundings and are aided by selfish banker Milburn Drysdale (Raymond Bailey) and his bookish secretary, Miss Jane Hathaway (Nancy Kulp).

It may be hard to imagine it now but in its day, The Beverly Hillbillies was a massive hit. Though hated by most critics, several episodes of the series are among the most-watched TV episodes in history, having drawn as much as 44% of the viewing households. A 1964 episode titled "The Giant Jackrabbit" is still the most-watched half-hour program
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