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Cop Rock: Remembering the ABC Police Musical's Cancellation

9 July 2016 3:36 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Welcome to your weekend flashback! In case you blocked it out, The Cop Rock TV show premiered on ABC on Wednesday, September 26, 1990. A police procedural TV series musical drama created by Steven Bochco and William M. Finkelstein, Cop Rock was cancelled by ABC after 11 episodes -- of the 13 ordered -- had been produced. ABC famously gave sponsors free ad time on the experimental hybrid project. The Cop Rock TV series finale, "Bang the Potts Slowly," aired Wednesday, December 26, 1990.The Cop Rock TV series cast includes: Anne Bobby, Barbara Bosson, Ronny Cox, Vondie Curtis-Hall, David Gianopoulos, Larry Joshua, Paul McCrane, James McDaniel, Ron McLarty, Mick Murray, and Peter Onorati. Terri Austin, Dennis Lipscomb, William Thomas, Jr., and Kathleen Wilhoite recurred.Actors from Bochco's other series were featured in crossovers: James B. Sikking from Hill Street Blues and L.A. Law's Jimmy »


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Examining Hollywood Remakes--Captain America: The First Avenger

2 May 2016 9:38 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

 Our series on remakes continues and this time we’ve got one that you may not even realize was filmed in live-action before. In honor of the release of Captain America: Civil War on Friday, we’re talking about the star spangled man with the plan. This week, Cinelinx looks at Captain America: The First Avenger.

 It’s not too often that a remake is much, much, much better than the original but we have one of those rare instances in the case of Captain America. Years before Captain America: The First Avenger, the first movie version of the star-spangled hero of WW2 was filmed in 1990 and directed by Albert Pyun.

This movie…was awful! It has a 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and went directly to a video release, wisely bypassing theaters to prevent millions of people demanding their money back. Captain America is played in this mess by Matt Salinger, »

- (Rob Young)

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The Captain America Movie You Haven’t Seen (And Probably Don’t Want To)

24 April 2016 4:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week Neil Calloway looks at a forgotten Marvel comic book film from 1990…

With the release next week of Captain America: Civil War, it’s time to look back when Marvel Films weren’t blockbuster event movies with bottomless budgets and huge all star casts.

The 1990s were an odd time for superhero movies; the Batman films were doing well at the box office, and there were several attempts to get Superman back off the ground, but most of the films were substandard versions of relatively unknown superheroes. One exception to that rule – or at least to the unknown superheroes part of it – was 1990’s Captain America film.

Before the McU came into being, the film rights for Marvel characters were owned by different production companies. Cannon Films – who produced the last of the Superman films starring Christopher Reeve – had snapped up the rights to Captain America. When founder Menahem Golan left Cannon, »

- Neil Calloway

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Bound For Glory | Blu-ray Review

23 February 2016 1:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Biopics are best when focused on segmented portions of emotional turmoil, professional escalation or some perfect combination of the two, rather than trying to collapse entire lives into just a couple hours time. Hal Ashby’s 1976 retelling of Woody Guthrie’s popular ascent from dust bowl deadbeat to socially conscious folk music figurehead in Bound For Glory coolly pursues the latter with genuinely endearing, authentic feeling results. With David Carradine aptly filling the role of the humbly charismatic, musically driven drifter and a fully stocked catalog of Guthrie songs adapted for the screen by Leonard Rosenman, Ashby’s oddly conventional mid-period picture was in competition for the Palme d’Or, but ultimately lost to Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s Padre Padrone.

The film was shot by the late, great Haskell Wexler the very same year he took over principal photography from Néstor Almendros on Malick’s golden glazed Days of Heaven »

- Jordan M. Smith

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Star Trek: The Next Generation’s 25 must-watch episodes

28 January 2016 9:24 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




These 25 Star Trek: The Next Generation stories are the series’ unmissable episodes…

Leading the charge back to television for the Star Trek franchise, and paving the way for three further series to follow, Star Trek: The Next Generation's 7 seasons had some very high points, and a couple of very low ones (that some would simply call “season 1....”, not that I’m one of them.)

These are the top 25 “must-watch” episodes, not necessarily the top 25 for quality, or indeed my 25 favourites, but the 25 stories that give you the best flavour of the series and its relatively unplanned story arcs. Just don’t forget that, like The Original Series, The Next Generation is a product of its time, and as such certain issues that writers wanted to bring to the screen not only necessitated allegory, but sometimes stretched it thin so as not to raise issues with censorship. »

- louisamellor

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