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Black Friday Week: Home Video Deals for Thursday, November 23rd

The Black Friday DVD, Blu-ray, and Uhd deals are here!

I’ll be gathering deals over the course of the day, and updating this post as things come and go.

These are all affiliate links, and a portion of any sales made will go to helping the CriterionCast.

Deals at Amazon Home Video Gadgets Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote | Streaming Media Player $24.99 $39.99 1 new from $24.99 Buy Now amazon.com Free shipping All-New Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote (2017 Edition, Pendant) | Streaming Media... $69.99 1 new from $69.99 Buy Now amazon.com Free shipping Roku Express - HD Streaming Player $24.99 $29.99 11 new from $24.99 5 used from $24.95 Buy Now amazon.com Free shipping Last updated on November 23, 2017 12:03 am TVs Tcl 55S405 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart Led TV (2017 Model) $369.99 $599.99 8 new 1 used from $449.50 Buy Now amazon.com Free shipping Tcl 55P607 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart Led TV (2017 Model
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Catalog From The Beyond: The Invisible Man (1933)

After a little over a year of doing this column, I think you and I have a pretty good thing going. If you’ve come this far and are still willing to follow my incessant ramblings, I think our relationship can survive a wee confession: hard as I try, I just cannot get into the Universal Monsters movies. Don’t get me wrong, I value them for laying the foundations of the horror genre, but when it comes to actually watching them, I just don’t find them as engaging as more modern films.

Take, for example, James Whale’s iconic Frankenstein. This is a movie that defined gothic horror and created the look for Frankenstein’s monster that would be ingrained in our collective consciousness for generations. I’m a huge fan of the film’s visual aesthetic and the notion of a sympathetic villain is one that always resonates with me.
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Critics Pick the Best Movies That Should Be Made Into TV Shows — IndieWire Survey

Critics Pick the Best Movies That Should Be Made Into TV Shows — IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In light of recent “Galaxy Quest” and “Lord of the Rings” news, which movie/movie franchise should be rebooted as a TV series? (question courtesy of Allison Keene)

Pilot Viruet (@pilotbacon), Vice

I have so many ideas for this! During that season we got “Minority Report” and “Limitless,” I got angry about how many of these reboots/remakes/sequels are male-skewering and male-dominated and started making a list of all the movies I’d rather see instead – obviously ones that are more focused on telling stories about women and non-binary folks. “Whip It” could be a fantastic Freeform teen drama series (I’m still angry that
See full article at Indiewire Television »

Critics Pick the Best Movies That Should Be Made Into TV Shows — IndieWire Survey

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Critics Pick the Best Movies That Should Be Made Into TV Shows — IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In light of recent “Galaxy Quest” and “Lord of the Rings” news, which movie/movie franchise should be rebooted as a TV series? (question courtesy of Allison Keene)

Pilot Viruet (@pilotbacon), Vice

I have so many ideas for this! During that season we got “Minority Report” and “Limitless,” I got angry about how many of these reboots/remakes/sequels are male-skewering and male-dominated and started making a list of all the movies I’d rather see instead – obviously ones that are more focused on telling stories about women and non-binary folks. “Whip It” could be a fantastic Freeform teen drama series (I’m still angry that
See full article at Indiewire »

The Simpsons on Fox: Cancelled or Renewed for Season 30?

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Vulture Watch Will Homer, Marge, and the kids go on forever, or is their story near its end? Has the The Simpsons TV show been cancelled or renewed for a 30th season on Fox? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of The Simpsons season 30. Bookmark it or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?  What's This TV Show About? An animated sitcom airing on the Fox television network, The Simpsons features the vocal talents of Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Harry Shearer, and Hank Azaria. The comedy centers on the dysfunctional Simpson family, as well as their neighbors, friends, and life in the fictional town of Springfield. A safety inspector at the Springfield
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The Best Movies and Marathons To Watch This Thanksgiving Weekend

The Best Movies and Marathons To Watch This Thanksgiving Weekend
Television is arguably the saving grace for all successful Thanksgiving celebrations. After getting stuffed to the brim with cheese and feeling tipsy in the early evening, it’s natural to yearn for a nap, a television marathon, or both.

Gear up for the occasion by scouting out the best movies available during Thanksgiving day and all through the weekend. Whether it’s a favorite movie from childhood or a marathon of your favorite show, here’s the complete list of all the best Thanksgiving programming for 2017.

Throwback Thanksgiving Marathon, VH1

When: Thursday, Nov. 23 until Sunday, Nov. 26

What: Throughout Thanksgiving weekend, VH1 will be showing classic throwbacks like “Dazed and Confused” and “Coming to America,” and “Space Jam.” The network will be playing the nostalgia game hard, so you’re bound to catch one of your favorites. Save room in your schedule for “Grease,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” and “Pretty Woman.
See full article at Indiewire Television »

The Best Movies and Marathons To Watch This Thanksgiving Weekend

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The Best Movies and Marathons To Watch This Thanksgiving Weekend
Television is arguably the saving grace for all successful Thanksgiving celebrations. After getting stuffed to the brim with cheese and feeling tipsy in the early evening, it’s natural to yearn for a nap, a television marathon, or both.

Gear up for the occasion by scouting out the best movies available during Thanksgiving day and all through the weekend. Whether it’s a favorite movie from childhood or a marathon of your favorite show, here’s the complete list of all the best Thanksgiving programming for 2017.

Throwback Thanksgiving Marathon, VH1

When: Thursday, Nov. 23 until Sunday, Nov. 26

What: Throughout Thanksgiving weekend, VH1 will be showing classic throwbacks like “Dazed and Confused” and “Coming to America,” and “Space Jam.” The network will be playing the nostalgia game hard, so you’re bound to catch one of your favorites. Save room in your schedule for “Grease,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” and “Pretty Woman.
See full article at Indiewire »

How Valerie Harper Survived a Fatal Cancer Diagnosis: ‘It’s a Miracle She’s Still Here’

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How Valerie Harper Survived a Fatal Cancer Diagnosis: ‘It’s a Miracle She’s Still Here’
On a recent afternoon, Valerie Harper kicks back on a sofa in her Santa Monica, California, condo overlooking the Pacific, happily chewing gum and talking matter-of-factly about the disease that should have killed her four years ago.

“I’m still here,” Harper tells People in an exclusive interview in this week’s issue. “I still have cancer, but I’m okay and most of my days are good.”

Nearly a half century has passed since Harper made her debut as Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, a character that gave the actress her own hit sitcom, Rhoda, and made her a 1970s icon.
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‘The Problem with Apu’: Hari Kondabolu Doesn’t Want to Punish ‘The Simpsons,’ but He’s Looking for a Shift in the System

‘The Problem with Apu’: Hari Kondabolu Doesn’t Want to Punish ‘The Simpsons,’ but He’s Looking for a Shift in the System
For a movie meant to start conversations, “The Problem with Apu” follows its own advice and includes plenty of its own. In his search for answers about the origins, impact, and continued inclusion of “The Simpsons” character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Hari Kondabolu gives over much of the runtime of his new truTV documentary to his talks with South Asian performers and professionals about how Apu has affected not just their careers, but their lives.

Kondabolu’s film argues that as a character, Apu isn’t just a vehicle for promoting misguided and harmful stereotypes about South Asian people. For him, it’s a symptom of a system that never had anyone at the table to explain why the Kwik-e-Mart owner might be a caricature that would fundamentally shape understanding of the South Asian-American experience for everyone from playground bullies to well-intentioned businessmen.

This need for an honest evaluation of what Apu might represent,
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‘The Problem with Apu’: Hari Kondabolu Doesn’t Want to Punish ‘The Simpsons,’ but He’s Looking for a Shift in the System

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‘The Problem with Apu’: Hari Kondabolu Doesn’t Want to Punish ‘The Simpsons,’ but He’s Looking for a Shift in the System
For a movie meant to start conversations, “The Problem with Apu” follows its own advice and includes plenty of its own. In his search for answers about the origins, impact, and continued inclusion of “The Simpsons” character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Hari Kondabolu gives over much of the runtime of his new truTV documentary to his talks with South Asian performers and professionals about how Apu has affected not just their careers, but their lives.

Kondabolu’s film argues that as a character, Apu isn’t just a vehicle for promoting misguided and harmful stereotypes about South Asian people. For him, it’s a symptom of a system that never had anyone at the table to explain why the Kwik-e-Mart owner might be a caricature that would fundamentally shape understanding of the South Asian-American experience for everyone from playground bullies to well-intentioned businessmen.

This need for an honest evaluation of what Apu might represent,
See full article at Indiewire »

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ vs. ‘Young Sheldon’ vs. NFL Football: Everyone’s A Winner in Thursday Night Smackdown — Ratings Watch

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ vs. ‘Young Sheldon’ vs. NFL Football: Everyone’s A Winner in Thursday Night Smackdown — Ratings Watch
It turns out there’s enough to go around ratings-wise on Thursday night. NBC has taken hold of the Thursday Night Football package, which it shares with CBS (both of whom simulcast with NFL Network), and its fortunes on the night have grown substantially. Now with two nights of NFL, plus staples like “This Is Us” and “The Voice,” NBC easily won the week ending November 12 in adults 18-49, and scored its first total viewers victory of the season.

But on Thursday nights, ABC and CBS also have reason to crow in the 8 p.m. hour: “Grey’s Anatomy,” which just hit its 300th episode, remains a potent force. And “Young Sheldon” is developing into a new hit behind “The Big Bang Theory.” (Also in the hour, Fox’s “Gotham” and The CW’s “Supernatural” also perform relatively respectably, although not nearly at the same level).

Later on Thursday, ABC
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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ vs. ‘Young Sheldon’ vs. NFL Football: Everyone’s A Winner in Thursday Night Smackdown — Ratings Watch

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ vs. ‘Young Sheldon’ vs. NFL Football: Everyone’s A Winner in Thursday Night Smackdown — Ratings Watch
It turns out there’s enough to go around ratings-wise on Thursday night. NBC has taken hold of the Thursday Night Football package, which it shares with CBS (both of whom simulcast with NFL Network), and its fortunes on the night have grown substantially. Now with two nights of NFL, plus staples like “This Is Us” and “The Voice,” NBC easily won the week ending November 12 in adults 18-49, and scored its first total viewers victory of the season.

But on Thursday nights, ABC and CBS also have reason to crow in the 8 p.m. hour: “Grey’s Anatomy,” which just hit its 300th episode, remains a potent force. And “Young Sheldon” is developing into a new hit behind “The Big Bang Theory.” (Also in the hour, Fox’s “Gotham” and The CW’s “Supernatural” also perform relatively respectably, although not nearly at the same level).

Later on Thursday, ABC
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'The Problem With Apu': TV Review

For 624 episodes and counting, I've been a devoted viewer of The Simpsons. I've seen every episode, most multiple times, and I bristle whenever somebody negates the quality of the recent seasons just because the quality of the first 10 or 15 seasons was so high. And if you asked me if the character of Kwik-e-Mart owner Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, voiced by Hank Azaria, was a caricature with severely retrograde elements, my answer would probably have been something along the lines of "Yes, but…," bringing up certain elements of layering and evolution that the character has experienced over the years.

If...
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‘The Problem with Apu’ Has A Few Problems Itself

Comedian Hari Kondabolu has had a problem with The Simpsons character Apu. So much so that he decided to make a documentary about it. The documentary is called The Problem with Apu and airs nationwide on truTV Sunday, November 19 at 10Pm Et/Pt and will be available on all VOD but there are somethings that you might want to know before going into it.

There’s a lot of opinion and some facts.

So obviously going into this, Kondabolu makes it clear that he has problems with Apu. I mean it’s pretty much the title. So you should be aware that there will be both opinions and facts in this doc. The facts are based off of what Kondabolu had to go through in his life as well as what some other actors, actresses, doctors etc. had to face when dealing with racism that they believe have to do
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Ranking the Top Five “The Simpsons” Thanksgiving Episodes

The Simpsons is one of the best-loved animated sitcoms of all time. Adults and children alike adore the characters in this television series and find their antics and day-to-day life hilarious. Originally, ‘The Simpsons was a series of shorts shown on ‘The Tracey Ullman Show’ before making its debut as a show in its own right on December 17, 1989. The show covers many different events and situations throughout each season, including the holidays. Strangely, although there are many episodes devoted to Halloween and Christmas, The Thanksgiving celebrations are rarely mentioned. In fact, there is just one episode from all

Ranking the Top FiveThe Simpsons” Thanksgiving Episodes
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'Apu was a tool for kids to go after you': why The Simpsons remains problematic

The standup comic Hari Kondabolu talks about his documentary The Problem with Apu, which uses the notorious Kwik-e-Mart clerk as a springboard to discuss issues of representation and minstrelsy in pop culture

The words “thank you, come again” have haunted Hari Kondabolu, the Queens-born standup comic, for 28 years, he tells us at the beginning of his new documentary. Why? Because that’s the catchphrase uttered repeatedly by a certain cartoon store clerk, The Simpsons’ Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, a beloved recurring character who was more or less a noxious pastiche of south Asian stereotypes.

Voiced by the white actor Hank Azaria, Apu is an unlikely subject for a documentary, having appeared in less than one-third of the show’s 623 episodes. But he’s also an appropriate case study into issues of representation, especially for a film that’s as much about The Simpsons as it is Kondabolu’s attempt to unpack – per
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Kevin Campbell Joins 20th Century Fox Film as Marketing Co-President

Veteran marketing executive Kevin Campbell has been named co-president of worldwide theatrical marketing at 20th Century Fox Film.

Campbell, who previously held executive marketing roles at Fox from 2005-08, rejoins the studio after most recently serving as head of marketing for Amblin Partners. His appointment will become effective before the end of this year.

Campbell will work with Pam Levine, who became head of marketing last year.

“Kevin’s leadership will be instrumental as he collaborates closely with Pam on both shaping and implementing the vision we have for our studio’s marketing group,” said Stacey Snider, chairman and CEO of Twentieth Century Fox Film. “Kevin has had extensive experience working with some of the best filmmakers in our business; and with some of Hollywood’s best studio marketing groups. We are fortunate to take advantage of all of these many assets so that we can make sure that Twentieth Century Fox’s marketing prowess is future
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The Simpsons: Season 29 Viewer Votes

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How dysfunctional is the Simpson family the 29th season of The Simpsons TV show on Fox? As we all know, the Nielsen ratings typically play a big role in determining whether the TV show The Simpsons is cancelled or renewed for season 30. Unfortunately, most of us do not live in Nielsen households. Because many viewers feel frustration when their viewing habits and opinions aren't considered, we'd like to offer you the chance to rate all of The Simpsons season 29 episodes below. An animated Fox sitcom, The Simpsons features the vocal talents of Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Harry Shearer, and Hank Azaria. The comedy centers on the dysfunctional Simpson family, as well as their neighbors, friends, and life in the fictional town of Springfield. A safety inspector at the
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George Takei Denies Sexual Assault Claim, But Admitted Bad Behavior on Stern

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George Takei Denies Sexual Assault Claim, But Admitted Bad Behavior on Stern
Former model Scott R. Brunton has accused iconic Star Trek actor George Takei of sexual assault. According to Brunton, the alleged incident occurred in 1981. At the time, he was 23 and Takei was 43 or 44. As Brunton tells it, the actor invited him out to dinner after he had broken up with his boyfriend and tried to help console him. Here's how Brunton describes the incident.

"He was very good at consoling me and understanding that I was upset and still in love with my boyfriend. He was a great ear. He was very good about me spilling my heart on my sleeve. We have the drink and he asks if I would like another. And I said sure. So, I have the second one, and then all of a sudden, I begin feeling very disoriented and dizzy, and I thought I was going to pass out. I said I need to
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Hari Kondabolu Takes on the Stereotype in ‘The Problem with Apu’ Clips

Comedian Hari Kondabolu (Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell) takes on a very popular cartoon and a specific character from that cartoon. The cartoon: The Simpsons. The Character: Apu. In the upcoming documentary The Problem with Apu Hari Kondabolu tells why he has a problem with the show, the character and minority media representation.

Below are new clips from the doc followed by the synopsis.

In this highly-personal, insightful and timely exploration of minority media representation, Kondabolu speaks with prominent South Asian actors about the damaging legacy of Apu – an animated character voiced by a white actor with a heavily exaggerated, stereotypical Indian accent. Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation), Kal Penn (Harold and Kumar), Aasif Mandvi (The Last Airbender), Hasan Minjaj (The Daily Show), Utkarsh Ambudkar (Pitch Perfect), Aparna Nancherla (Late Night with Seth Meyers), Russell Peters (Source Code), Sakina Jaffrey (House of Cards) and Maulik Pancholy (30 Rock) share poignant
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