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Ronald Reagan Film Festival, Museum Of The Moving Image, Queens, NY August 25-30

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The series includes a screening of President Reagan in his last big screen appearance in the 1964 remake of "The Killers", which offered one of his best performances.

The Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, NY will present a screening of the new documentary "The Reagan Show" about the influence of film in President Ronald Reagan's life and career. The screening is part of a series of showings of Reagan movies including some that are rarely seen on the big screen. This includes "Hellcats of the Navy" in which The Gipper starred with his future wife and first lady, Nancy Davis. Some of the key films will have special guests introduce and/or discuss the movies.  The festival runs from August 25-30. Click here for more info. 
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March 22nd Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Black Sleep and Fear The Walking Dead Season 1 Special Edition

March 22nd’s Blu-ray and DVD releases are an eclectic bunch, featuring a handful of cult classics, a thriller with the likes of Val Kilmer and Michael Madsen, Goth Katie Holmes fighting against the oppressive nature of her educational system, cowboys taking on prehistoric creatures, and a special edition of Fear the Walking Dead’s inaugural season. Yes, there’s truly something for almost every genre fan.

Notable home entertainment releases arriving this Tuesday include Disturbing Behavior (from The X-Files alum David Nutter), The Black Sleep, Donovan’s Brain, Kill Me Again, All Hell Breaks Loose, Curse of the Poltergeist, Cowboys vs. Dinosaurs, and as mentioned above, Fear The Walking Dead​: The Complete First Season Special Edition.

The Black Sleep (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray)

Newly remastered in HD! The masters of classic horror, Basil Rathbone (Tales of Terror), Bela Lugosi (Dracula, White Zombie), Lon Chaney, Jr. (The Wolf Man) and
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Nancy Reagan, Former First Lady, Actress, Dies at 94

Nancy Reagan, Former First Lady, Actress, Dies at 94
Former First Lady and theater and film actress Nancy Reagan passed away earlier today at her home in Los Angeles, at the age of 94. Deadline confirmed the news with her spokesperson, Joanne Drake, who revealed she passed from congestive heart failure. Nancy Reagan will be buried alongside her husband, former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, California.

Born Anne Frances Robbins on July 6, 1921 in New York City, Nancy Reagan started performing on the East Coast in summer stock productions after graduating from Smith College in 1943. After making her Broadway debut in Lute Song opposite Yul Brynner and Mary Martin, she got a Hollywood screen test, but it has been rumored that director George Cukor said she had no talent, which he passed along to several studio heads. Regardless, she landed roles in the 1949 film East Side, West Side and had
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Nancy Reagan, Former First Lady, Dies at 94

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Nancy Reagan, Former First Lady, Dies at 94
Nancy Reagan, the actress-turned-first lady who led the “Just Say No” anti-drug campaign of the 1980s and kept working to prevent drug abuse after leaving the White House, has died of congestive heart failure. She was 94 years old. Born Anne Frances Robbins, the wife of President Ronald Reagan starred in films such as “Night Into Morning” (1951) and “Hellcats of the Navy” (1957), in which she appeared with her husband. According to a statement from a Reagan Foundation spokesperson, Mrs. Reagan will be interred beside the president at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. Also Read: Bill O'Reilly's 'Killing.
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Nancy Reagan, Actress Who Became Powerful First Lady, Dies at 94

Nancy Reagan, Actress Who Became Powerful First Lady, Dies at 94
Former first lady Nancy Reagan, who as an aspiring actress married affable leading man Ronald Reagan, and then offered her unfailing support and Hollywood style as his unlikely political career took them to the Sacramento’s governor’s mansion and then all the way to the White House, has died. She was 94.

A family spokesperson told CBS that Reagan died Sunday in her Los Angeles home of congestive heart failure.

Reagan had a reputation as her husband’s greatest protector, whether regarding publicity or public policy, but she won public admiration as she took on the role of caregiver as he faced the onset of Alzheimer’s disease in the last 10 years of his life.

Nancy Davis was an actress under contract with MGM in 1949 when she first met Reagan, then president of the Screen Actors Guild, and asked for his help in clearing her name after it mistakenly appeared
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Former President Ronald Reagan Dies at 93

Former President Ronald Reagan Dies at 93
Former President Ronald Reagan, whose career as an actor preceded his highly successful run in politics, died Saturday after a long bout with Alzheimer's disease; he was 93. Reagan died at his home in California, after his health reportedly took a swift turn for the worse, and word of his death was given to news sources on condition of anonymity by a family friend, who also said the Reagan family was currently making funeral arrangements and would issue an official statement later Saturday. "Dutch" Reagan, as he was known in his younger years, started his career as a radio sportscaster in Chicago and moved to Hollywood in 1937, where he became a contract player for Warner Bros., making his debut in Love Is on the Air. Numerous Warner films followed through the 30s and 40s, most notably a supporting role opposite Bette Davis in Dark Victory and the iconic part of George Gipp, aka "the Gipper," in Knute Rockne All American. 1942's Kings Row (where Reagan uttered the memorable line, "Where's the rest of me?") marked a turning point for the actor, and after completing military service during World War II and returning to Hollywood, well-received roles in The Voice of the Turtle, The Hasty Heart, and Storm Warning followed. Alas, most of his post-war films were less than memorable . though Bedtime for Bonzo, in which Reagan was paired with a monkey, became something of a comedy classic . but 1957's Hellcats of the Navy paired him with his second wife, Nancy Davis, whom he married in 1952 (he had previously been married to Oscar-winning actress Jane Wyman from 1940-1948).

TV work followed, though Reagan also began pursuing a career in politics, serving as president of the Screen Actors Guild twice; he also made a notable turn from liberal to conservative in the 60s. Reagan made his last film in 1964 . the acclaimed The Killers opposite Lee Marvin . and successfully ran for governor of California in 1966, a post he held for eight years. Though he lost the Republican party's candidacy for president in 1976, he successfully ran again in 1980, and his eight year term as President, in which he survived an assassination attempt, defined the 80s; the rest, as they say, is history. After his presidency, Reagan's health quickly declined due to Alzheimer's, and was said to have contributed to his rapidly deteriorating mental condition; he lived the rest of his life in seclusion, tended to by his wife. According to news reports, Reagan's body is expected to be taken to his presidential library in Simi Valley, CA, and then flown to Washington to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda. A funeral is expected to be at the National Cathedral, with his body to be returned to California for a sunset burial at the library. Living longer than any US President, Reagan is survived by his wife, Nancy, and three children: Michael Reagan, Patti Davis and Ron Reagan Jr. --Prepared by IMDb staff

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