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Free "It" Screening in Palm Springs

I enjoyed the new "It" (review and interviews coming soon) and if you want to see one of the most anticipated movies of the year, pick up your free tickets at Mix 100.5 in Palm Springs (1321 N. Gene Autry) weekdays between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Our screening is on Wednesday, Sept. 6th at 7:30 p.m. at Regal Rancho Mirage 16. Pick up your tickets soon!
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Remembering Rogers' Unfairly Neglected, Subversive Musical Western

Remembering Rogers' Unfairly Neglected, Subversive Musical Western
Roy Rogers, Singing Cowboy of 1940s and 1950s Hollywood. Known for his affable characterizations and, both on and off screen, “traditional values” stance, the King of the Cowboys – step aside, John Wayne & Gene Autry – toplined the “subversive” 1938 musical Western Under Western Stars. Sound bites: Remembering Roy Rogers & 'subversive' singing cowboy movie 'Under Western Stars' It is a typically hot day in Palm Springs on May 5, 2001, as I sit outside the Palm Springs Museum at the invitation of Roy Rogers' oldest daughter, Cheryl, while a star in his remembrance is placed on the sidewalk in front of the building. I am seated next to Ruth Terry, a lady with whom I am totally unfamiliar, but who, it transpires, was a leading lady to both Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. As we talk, it is obvious that she is also a very sensible and charming lady. I express my vote for Roy Rogers over Gene Autry, and
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Building Lavish Retro Worlds for ‘The Crown,’ ‘Westworld’ and ‘Stranger Things’

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Building Lavish Retro Worlds for ‘The Crown,’ ‘Westworld’ and ‘Stranger Things’
Retro vibes underscore the remarkable production design work on “The Crown,” “Stranger Things,” “Westworld,” “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” and “Hairspray Live!,” which all share the same goal: to humanize their worlds with imagination and relatability.

In “The Crown,” Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) endures a rite of passage inside and outside the palace that offers personal and political challenges; In “Stranger Things,” ’80s suburbia contains a mirror-image dark side. In “Westworld,” the allure of a western adult theme park cracks open violence and hate. In “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” three orphan children persevere despite being passed around from one bizarre home to another. And in “Hairspray Live!,” idealistic Tracy Turnblad (Maddie Baillio) upends segregated Baltimore by winning a dance contest.

The Crown

Oscar-winning production designer Martin Childs (“Shakespeare in Love”) utilized showrunner Peter Morgan’s sense of dramatic movement and sharp dialogue to make the private world of Queen Elizabeth II more intimate.
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A Mexican Affair

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A Mexican Affair Created and performed by Rafa Reyes Produced and directed by Jeremy Williams The Metropolitan Room, NYC Saturday, April 8, 2017

What keeps A Mexican Affair -- cabaret show headlined by Rafa Reyes and backed by a fine Latin group -- going? It is the immense personable charm and contagious self-delight of Rafa himself, coupled with the powerful support he receives from the quintet behind him. This young singer from Mexico, who came to the United States to attend New York’s American Musical and Dramatic Academy, certainly has “that something” and it bespeaks of the kind of presence that compels an audience to stay with him and see what will unfold. That’s no mean feat in the world of solo cabaret performing (or in solo performing of any kind). The seasoned New York cabaret audience knows immediately if the performer in front of them is up to something,
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Sunset in the West

This charming Roy Rogers oater could reboot interest in vintage ‘series’ westerns. Basically a film for little kids, it’s earnestly played by all concerned and director William Witney’s direction sparkles. The added filip that makes the difference is the beautifully restored Trucolor image — Roy’s wonder horse Trigger is indeed magnificent. I listened carefully, but I don’t think Roy actually says, “Yippie-ki-yay, M_____f____r.”

Sunset in the West

Blu-ray

Kl Studio Classics

1950 / Color / 1:37 flat Academy / 67 min. / Street Date April 18, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 19.95

Starring: Roy Rogers, Trigger, Estelita Rodriguez, Penny Edwards, Gordon Jones, Will Wright, Pierre Watkin, Charles La Torre, William Tannen, Gaylord Pendleton, Paul E. Burns, Dorothy Ann White, Riders of the Purple Sage.

Cinematography: Jack Marta

Color by Trucolor

Film Editor: Tony Martinelli

Original Music: R. Dale Butts

Special Effects: Howard & Theodore Lydecker

Written by Gerald Geraghty

Produced by Edward J. White

Directed
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California Artist Creates Billboards Covered with the Views That They’re Blocking: ‘It Took People by Surprise’

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California Artist Creates Billboards Covered with the Views That They’re Blocking: ‘It Took People by Surprise’
Jennifer Bolande always thought it was bizarre to suddenly see an enormous slot machine or a house-sized basket of shrimp on highway billboards as she drove from her home in Los Angeles to her getaway cottage in Joshua Tree, California.

So when the UCLA art professor, sculptor and photographer was asked by the DesertX art project last year to come up with a desert artwork for a temporary display in the Coachella Valley, she immediately flashed on the billboards that blocked her view of the mountains along the Gene Autry Trail near Vista Chino.

She decided it was the perfect
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Deadwood movie: Ian McShane wants in

Don Kaye Feb 1, 2017

Ian McShane confirms he'd be up for a Deadwood return - but that they better get cracking...

It was just a few weeks ago that HBO programming exec Casey Bloys said that Deadwood creator David Milch was still working on the script for a movie based on the beloved Western series. But with the project first announced a year ago Milch certainly seems to be taking his time. Yet the movie is still in the works, and series star Ian McShane says he’s ready to return as well to the role of Al Swearengen.

Den Of Geek Us spoke with McShane at the recent press day for John Wick: Chapter 2 (in which he reprises his role as assassin society chieftain Winston) and naturally Deadwood came up. “I am going to have lunch with David next week,” revealed McShane. “He is writing the script. I think they are doing rewrites.
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Billie Lourd Shares Tribute to Mom Carrie Fisher and Grandma Debbie Reynolds

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Billie Lourd Shares Tribute to Mom Carrie Fisher and Grandma Debbie Reynolds
2016 was considered quite the horrible year when it came to celebrity deaths, since it claimed many more iconic performers than in years past. It all ended on quite the tragic note, with beloved Star Wars legend Carrie Fisher passing away days after suffering a heart attack on an international flight from London to Los Angeles. Then just one day later, Carrie Fisher's iconic mother Debbie Reynolds passed away at the age of 84. Earlier today, Carrie Fisher's daughter and Debbie Reynolds' granddaughter, actress Billie Lourd, issued her first public statement after losing both her mother and grandmother.

Billie Lourd, who made her feature film debut last year alongside her mother in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, took to Instagram to post a photo of the actress at a very young age with both her mother and granddaughter. She also posted a brief message, thanking fans for all
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The Friends and Other Stars Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher Will Join at Legendary L.A. Cemetery

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The Friends and Other Stars Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher Will Join at Legendary L.A. Cemetery
Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher will be buried among many other famous stars at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles.

Reynolds’s son and Fisher’s younger brother Todd Fisher told ABC’s 20/20 that he is planning a joint service with Billie Lourd, 24, his niece and Fisher’s daughter. According to Todd, his mother and sister will be buried “among friends,” at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Fisher, 60, was aboard an 11-hour flight from London to Los Angeles on Friday, Dec. 23, when she went into cardiac arrest. She later died that following Tuesday in the hospital. Reynolds died a
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Review: "Death Valley Days: The Complete First Season" DVD Release From Timeless Media

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By John M. Whalen

Death Valley Days” was a half-hour western anthology series that ran for 20 years on radio starting in 1930, continued on TV for 18 seasons (1952-1970), and is still being shown on cable TV today. The series, noted for its authentic detail and historical accuracy, was created by British writer Ruth Woodman at the request of Pacific Coast Borax, the company that made 20 Mule Team Borax. The company wanted a series that tied in with their detergent product, and since Borax is principally mined in Death Valley, Woodman suggested the series be focused on stories based on the history and geography of that area. She made frequent trips to the borax mines and the surrounding vicinity digging up historical tidbits that could be used as the basis for stories. She eventually became one of the foremost experts on that period and place in history.

For the first 11 years of its run,
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Lupita Tovar, Actress in Spanish-Language Version of ‘Dracula,’ Dies at 106

Lupita Tovar, Actress in Spanish-Language Version of ‘Dracula,’ Dies at 106
Lupita Tovar, a Mexican-born actress who played a historic role in the country’s cinema and starred in the Spanish-language version of “Dracula,” died Saturday. She was 106.

Her niece, Lucy Tovar, confirmed the news on Facebook. The Washington Post reports that she died in her Los Angeles home.

Tovar was widely considered Hollywood royalty, and not only for her own impact in Mexican cinema. She was married high-powered Hollywood producer Paul Kohner, and became the matriarch to a family that was involved in the entertainment industry for generations. Her daughter, Susan Kohner, received an Oscar nomination for her role in “Imitation of Life” in 1959, and her grandsons, Chris and Paul Weitz, co-directed such movies as “American Pie” in 1999 and “About a Boy” in 2002.

Tovar was discovered by talent scouts at the age of 16, and would go on to appear in a handful of films in the silent era. Once the
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The 2016 Lone Pine Film Festival: Words And Pictures

Ten years ago I attended the Lone Pine Film Festival for the first time. It was the 17th annual celebration in 2006 of a festival dedicated to the heritage of movies (mostly westerns, but plenty of other genres as well) shot in or near the town of Lone Pine, California, located on the outer edges of the Mojave Desert and nestled up against the Eastern Sierra Mountains in the shadow of the magnificent Mt. Whitney. The multitude of films that could and have been celebrated there were most often shot at least partially in the Alabama Hills just outside of town, a spectacular array of geological beauty that springs out of the landscape like some sort of extra-planetary exhibit, a visitation of natural and very unusual formations that have lent themselves to the imaginations of filmmakers here ever since near the dawn of the Hollywood filmmaking industry.

In writing about the
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‘Westworld’: How Video Games Inspired Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s New Sci-Fi Western Hybrid

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‘Westworld’: How Video Games Inspired Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s New Sci-Fi Western Hybrid
You can’t accuse HBO’s biggest drama gamble in years of playing it safe. Developed by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, “Westworld” remakes Michael Crichton’s 1973 film about a futuristic theme park as a mediation on what it means to be human — from the point of view of the robots created to populate an artificial Western world.

Read More: ‘Westworld’ Premiere: Watch the First Episode Online For Free

The world “Westworld” occupies is lush with authentic details, made possible by HBO’s commitment to physical production, and that same sheen of quality is only enhanced by the stellar cast, including Sir Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton and James Marsden.

At the Television Critics Association press tour, IndieWire spoke with Joy and Nolan about the impact of video game design, what went into creating the world of Westworld and the ethics of consent as they apply to robot sex.
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‘Westworld’: How Video Games Inspired Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s New Sci-Fi Western Hybrid

‘Westworld’: How Video Games Inspired Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s New Sci-Fi Western Hybrid
You can’t accuse HBO’s biggest drama gamble in years of playing it safe. Developed by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, “Westworld” remakes Michael Crichton’s 1973 film about a futuristic theme park as a mediation on what it means to be human — from the point of view of the robots created to populate an artificial Western world.

Read More: ‘Westworld’ Premiere: Watch the First Episode Online For Free

The world “Westworld” occupies is lush with authentic details, made possible by HBO’s commitment to physical production, and that same sheen of quality is only enhanced by the stellar cast, including Sir Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton and James Marsden.

At the Television Critics Association press tour, IndieWire spoke with Joy and Nolan about the impact of video game design, what went into creating the world of Westworld and the ethics of consent as they apply to robot sex.
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Swap Shop and Saturday morning kids' TV 40 years on

Alex Westthorp Oct 3, 2016

It's 40 years since Multi-Coloured Swap Shop made its television debut and kick-started the Saturday morning kids' TV slot...

Imagine the excitement - it's just before 9.30am on Saturday 2nd October 1976. It's almost like Christmas has come early, such is the anticipation. The nation's kids, who hitherto got their kicks at the Saturday morning pictures, settle in front of their television screens and press the button marked 'BBC1'. Those who read their parents' Radio Times know a new show is about to start with Radio 1 Breakfast Show DJ Noel Edmonds at the helm. 28 year old Noel is cool and down with the kids. Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen - the Doctor and Sarah Jane from Doctor Who - are to be the first star guests, and you can actually speak to them live by telephone! The TV set warms up and the familiar blue and yellow BBC
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Hugh O’Brian, Star of TV’s ‘The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp,’ Dies at 91

Hugh O’Brian, Star of TV’s ‘The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp,’ Dies at 91
Hugh O’Brian, who starred in the long-running series “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp,” died Monday. He was 91.

The actor died peacefully in his Beverly Hills home, according to a statement from Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership.

ABC Western “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp,” in which the exceedingly handsome, muscular O’Brian starred as the title character, ran for 221 episodes from 1955-61. At the time he was one of television’s great male sex symbols.

In 1957 he was nominated for an Emmy for best continuing performance by an actor in a dramatic series for his work on “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp.”

So popular and so much a part of popular culture was O’Brian that he showed up as Earp, uncredited, in the 1959 Bob Hope Western comedy “Alias Jesse James,” as well as in the 1960 TV movie “The Secret World of Eddie Hodges”; when the actor guested on “Make Room for Daddy” in
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The Smallest Show On Earth: In Memory Of The Bijou (1957) And The Alger (1940-2015)

The delightful British comedy The Smallest Show on Earth headlines a great Saturday matinee offering from the UCLA Film and Television Archive on June 25 as their excellent series “Marquee Movies: Movies on Moviegoing” wraps up. So it seemed like a perfect time to resurrect my review of the movie, which celebrates the collective experience of seeing cinema in a darkened, and in this case dilapidated old auditorium, alongside my appreciation of my own hometown movie house, the Alger, which opened in 1940 and closed last year, one more victim of economics and the move toward digital distribution and exhibition.

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“You mean to tell me my uncle actually charged people to go in there? And people actually paid?” –Matt Spenser (Bill Travers) upon first seeing the condition of the Bijou Kinema, in The Smallest Show on Earth

In Basil Dearden’s charming and wistful 1957 British comedy The Smallest Show on Earth (also
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15 years ago today, we finally found out why Homer Simpson is so stupid

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15 years ago today, we finally found out why Homer Simpson is so stupid
15 years ago today, we finally learned the cause of Homer Simpson’s sub-normal intelligence. “The Simpsons” episode “Homr” gave us an answer as to how Homer could get his arms stuck in not one but two vending machines and forget the word for spoon (“that metal … dealy… you use to… dig… food?”). In that season 12 episode — which aired on January 7, 2001 — an x-ray reveals that Homer has a crayon lodged in his brain that’s been there since he was six years old. When Homer gets the crayon removed, his Iq skyrockets, and he’s suddenly no longer the village idiot. But once he realizes he’s happier when he’s dumber (despite a newfound connection to his intelligent daughter Lisa), he has the crayon re-inserted into his brain. Other notable January 7 happenings in pop culture history: • 1929: The comic strip “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century” (then called “Buck Rogers 2429 A.
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Sliff 2015 Interview: Gerald Peary – Director of Archie’S Betty

Archie’S Betty screens Sunday, November 15th at 12:00pm at The Plaza Frontenac Theater as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. Director Gerald Peary will be in attendance. Ticket information can be found Here

In Archie’S Betty, journalist and filmmaker Gerald Peary embarks on a personal journey to determine whether the beloved characters in “Archie” comics were modeled on real-life people. As an “Archie”-obsessed child, Peary believed that somewhere in America there was a real town of Riverdale, where Archie and his teen friends went to school. As an adult, he found that his fantasy might have basis in fact: Riverdale could indeed be the city of Haverhill, Mass., where Bob Montana, the original cartoonist of “Archie,” attended high school in the mid-1930s. Did Montana love Haverhill High so much that he based “Archie” characters on students in his classes? Was Archie
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Bluray Review: Ghost Town

Filmmakers in the 80’s used any and every trick and gimmick conceivable during the decade’s slasher boom solely for the purpose of making as much money as possible. Audiences flocked to box offices in droves and though some of these films were successful, many weren’t and were immediately forgotten by moviegoers as soon as they left theaters only for them to find a following during the advent of home video much later. For every holiday that existed on the calendar, there was a horror movie made about it; sometimes, even two. For every season, there was fright film that corresponded to it. There were a plentiful number of films about teenagers being slaughtered during spring break and an endless barrage of them set in the summertime accompanied by nature and the elements. Though not as numerous, there were also some filmed that took place during the autumn season
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