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Celebrate National Coming Out Day by Binge-Watching Ellen’s Historic Sitcom on Hulu

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Celebrate National Coming Out Day by Binge-Watching Ellen’s Historic Sitcom on Hulu
Wednesday, Oct. 11 marks National Coming Out Day, but this past April is when comedy doyenne Ellen DeGeneres celebrated the momentous 20th anniversary of coming out on her primetime ABC sitcom, “Ellen.” To properly commemorate the historic event, Hulu is streaming all five seasons of the series, including the revolutionary two-parter, “The Puppy Episode.”

“The Puppy Episode,” which aired April 30, 1997, features Ellen Morgan (played by DeGeneres) coming out as gay to potential love interest Susan, played by Laura Dern. This marked the first time a lead character had ever come out on TV, which has ultimately led to a more inclusive era of television. DeGeneres herself had followed suit in real life afterwards, creating her famous yet politely nonchalant Time magazine cover which read, “Yep, I’m gay.”

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Also appearing in the episode as Ellen’s therapist is Oprah Winfrey,
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Ellen's Groundbreaking Coming-Out Episode: Cast Reunites on 20th Anniversary — Watch Video

Ellen's Groundbreaking Coming-Out Episode: Cast Reunites on 20th Anniversary — Watch Video
Ellen DeGeneres will commemorate the 20th anniversary of Ellen‘s iconic “Puppy Episode” — during which the then-sitcom star came out as gay on national television (by way of her fictional character) — with the help of a few friends.

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The hour-long tribute, which is set to take place on DeGeneres’ daytime talker on Friday, April 28 (check your local listings), will reunite the comedian with former castmates Joely Fisher, Clea Lewis and David Anthony Higgins. Also on hand for the celebration: Oprah Winfrey — who played DeGeneres
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Ellen DeGeneres to Celebrate 20th Anniversary of Lgbt Landmark “The Puppy Episode”

The Ellen DeGeneres Show”: Warner Bros.

It’s been 20 years since Ellen DeGeneres came out as a lesbian — on her ABC sitcom “Ellen” and in real life — and the Emmy-winning talk show host wants to celebrate. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the Medal of Freedom recipient is organizing an hourlong commemoration of “The Puppy Episode,” the landmark two-part ep that featured the main character’s realization that she is gay.

It was an instance of art mimicking life, as the “The Puppy Episode” coincided with DeGeneres’ own coming out via Time magazine. The cover read, next to DeGeneres’ wide grin, “Yep, I’m Gay.”

“Ellen” co-stars Joely Fisher, Clea Lewis, and David Anthony Higgins will appear on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” April 28 to honor “The Puppy Episode,” which aired April 30, 1997. Oprah Winfrey and Laura Dern (“Big Little Lies”), who portrayed the lesbian woman who inspired Ellen to come out, will also be there.

THR notes that this is the first “Ellen” cast reunion since the show ended in 1998, and “the tribute will also feature messages from celebrities and real-life stories of how the episode impacted fans, viewers, and the Lgbt community.”

“The Puppy Episode” helped “usher in a more inclusive era of television,” the source writes. Since then, Lgbtq characters have continuously appeared in larger numbers on television series. Lesbians in particular are well-represented on shows like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “The Wire,” “Orange Is the New Black,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “Orphan Black,” and “Jessica Jones,” to name just a few.

When DeGeneres confirmed both her and her character’s sexual orientation to Time, she observed, “I don’t think I could have done this a long time ago, and I don’t think people would have accepted it as readily as they do now. Now I feel comfortable with myself, and I don’t have to be fearful about something damaging my career if it gets out, because now I’m in control of it — sort of. No one can hurt me now.”

Ellen DeGeneres to Celebrate 20th Anniversary of Lgbt Landmark “The Puppy Episode” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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TVLine Items: Gotham's Spring Trailer, Showtime at the Apollo Series and More

TVLine Items: Gotham's Spring Trailer, Showtime at the Apollo Series and More
“A dark hero will rise,” touts a new promo for the return of Fox’s Gotham (on Monday, April 24 at 8/7c).

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In the spring premiere, “Heroes Rise: How The Riddler Got His Name,” “Nygma convinces himself that he doesn’t need Penguin to succeed and begins to introduce himself to Gotham as The Riddler,” per the official description. Meanwhile, “Bullock and Lucius Fox get caught up in Nygma’s mind games, Gordon learns troubling news about his father’s death and the Court of Owls reveals its next move.
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London Film Convention Celebrates 80th Anniversary Of Hammer Studios, 8 November

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Cinema Retro has received the following press release:

London Film Convention

The 80th Anniversary of Hammer!

Saturday November the 8th ( 10am – 6pm )

Venue : Central Hall Westminster.

Storey’s Gate, Westminster, London SW1H 9Nh

Celebrates in a one-off special event one of the worlds longest running film production companies Hammer’s 80th anniversary.

Founded by William Hindes and James Carerras in November 1934!

The company very much dominated the world market from the 1950’s to the 1970’s in comedies but above all their now classic horror films.

Now very much back in production with several successful films over the past years.

With a sequel to their film version of the play “ Woman In Black “ that starred Daniel Radcliff due for release in 2015 “ Woman In Black : Angel Of Death “ .

The show is also a celebration of the British film industry and of the past and present creative film making in
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9 potentially great movie sequels teased but never made

Odd List Ryan Lambie 23 Apr 2014 - 06:54

We take a look back at the geek movies that have hinted at sequels that were never made, and we'd really like to see...

Nb: The following contains inevitable spoilers. If you haven't seen a film in a particular entry, feel free to skip to the next one.

In some cases, it comes as a relief when a threatened sequel fails to materialise. The end of the infamous Mac And Me, for example, sees its family of cretinous aliens drive off in a pink Cadillac, a speech bubble chillingly telling us, "We'll be back!" Thankfully, Mac And Me 2 has yet to materialise, despite the original film's near-legendary status.

Every so often, though, we'll come across a movie that strongly hints at more adventures to come, but for a variety of reasons - usually financial ones - the sequel never got made. To illustrate this,
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What is Obscene? Oshima and His Films Offer the Answer

Nagisa Oshima movies: From Death by Hanging to Taboo [See previous post: "Nagisa Oshima: In the Realm of the Senses (Truly) Iconoclastic Filmmaker Dies."] Among Nagisa Oshima’s other seminal works are Death by Hanging (1968); and the Cannes Film Festival entries Empire of Passion (1978), Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983), Max Mon Amour (1986), and Taboo (1999), which turned out to be Oshima’s last effort. With the exception of Max Mon Amour, the Cannes titles were also nominated for multiple Japanese Academy Awards, including Best Picture. (Photo: Nagisa Oshima.) Much like In the Realm of the Senses, Death by Hanging was inspired by a real-life incident: the botched hanging of a young Korean man convicted of rape and murder. In Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, David Bowie plays a World War II prisoner of war who has a complex Billy Budd-like — desire/hate — relationship with a Japanese captain (played by rock star Ryuichi Sakamoto, who also composed the film’s score). Despite its title and the presence of Tatsuya Fuji,
See full article at Alt Film Guide » Hookup: 25 Pairs of Anytime IMAX Passes to ‘Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark’

Chicago – For the first time ever, Indy’s in IMAX! In this Hookup: Film, we have 25 pairs of run-of-engagement, anytime movie passes up for grabs for the special, one-week theatrical return of “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark”! Also, the “Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures” Blu-ray box set releases on Sept. 18, 2012!

This theatrical engagement runs Sept. 7, 2012 through Sept. 14, 2012! Pick your own showing! These anytime movie passes are valid Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 through Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 at select AMC theatres in the Chicago and Chicagoland area. These showings are open to paying customers, so seating is first-come, first-served for our winners.

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark,” which hit theatres in 1981 and won four Oscars, stars Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Alfred Molina, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, John Rhys-Davies, Denholm Elliott, Wolf Kahler, Anthony Higgins, Vic Tablian, Don Fellows, William Hootkins and Bill Reimbold from director
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Toronto Film Festival 2012: Walter Salles Working on New On The Road Cut

On the Road movie reedited for Toronto screening Based on Jack Kerouac's '50s novel, Walter Salles' Otr adaptation starring Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, and Kristen Stewart (above photo) will be screened at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival. We all knew that. What we didn't know is that Tiff 2012 will unveil a new cut of the film (via indieWIRE), which premiered last spring at the Cannes Film Festival to mixed reviews. The 2hr20m drama has been downsized to approximately 125 minutes. That's an interesting development, as Otr has already been screened in several countries, with varying degrees of box-office success. [Check out the On the Road trailer. Check out Kristen Stewart On the Road poster; Garrett Hedlund On the Road poster.] Otr movie reedit hardly unique On the other hand, different cuts shown in different countries is hardly something new. Whether as a result of poor critical/box-office reception, (perceived) local sensibilities, and/or censorship, the movie you watch in, say, Canada isn't necessarily the exact same movie watched by someone in Singapore,
See full article at Alt Film Guide » Hookup: 25 Pairs of Chicago Passes to Digitally Restored ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’

Chicago – We agree that it’s sometimes exploitative to re-release a hit film from long, long ago so a studio can newly bloat previously fat wallets. But, sometimes, you’re happily exploited, such as with the Music Box Theatre’s re-release of the newly digitally-restored “Raiders of the Lost Ark”. It’s 1981 Indiana Jones, people. Enough said.

In this special edition of Hookup: Film, we’ve got 25 admit-two run-of-engagement movie passes for you to the 30th-anniversary, two-week engagement of Harrison Ford’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark” at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre!

Raiders of the Lost Ark” from director Steven Spielberg also stars Karen Allen, Alfred Molina, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, John Rhys-Davies, Denholm Elliott, Wolf Kahler, Anthony Higgins, Vic Tablian, Don Fellows, William Hootkins, Bill Reimbold, Fred Sorenson and Patrick Durkin from writers Lawrence Kasdan and George Lucas.

To win your free pass to the 30th-anniversary
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James Reviews Robert Young’s Vampire Circus [Blu-Ray Review]

Hammer Films was a premier company when it came to making horror films in the 1950′s and 1960′s. But as times were changing, the company started faltering and were putting out watered down stories and sexually exploitative cinema. It seemed as if there were no more gems in their collection and that they’d just crank out the same old Dracula films with Christopher Lee starring in them. But then came a title that just sounds so interesting, you can’t believe it’s a real film. Vampire Circus is a bright spot of the later Hammer Films and thankfully Synapse Films has put it out on Blu-ray.

Vampire Circus begins with a prologue, showing a little girl frolicking in the forest. She is being led by a beautiful woman, Anna (Domini Blythe) to the castle of Count Mitterhaus (Robert Tayman), a sadistic and handsome vampire. He feeds on the
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Rewind TV: Zen; Above Suspicion: Deadly Intent; Silent Witness – TV review

Rufus Sewell prowls Rome's backstreets stylishly in sexy thriller Zen, while Silent Witness strains credulity to the limit

Zen (BBC1) | iPlayer

Above Suspicion: Deadly Intent (ITV1) | ITV Player

Silent Witness (BBC1) | iPlayer

Perhaps the most testing challenge that confronts crime drama is how to stay the right side of absurdity. It doesn't matter how good the acting is, or how impressive the location work, a sinking feeling will inevitably set in if the plot is ludicrously unrealistic. So Wallander, for example, may be bathed in naturalism, but it's also bathed in blood, and therefore in the Swedish countryside, where murderers are as rare as coconut palms, belief is the preserve of the credulous.

Happily, there is a place in which a great deal of tireless work – grazie Silvio Berlusconi – has been done to redraft the borders of absurdity, and its name is Italy. It's the ideal environment for crime
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TV Review: Zen, 1.1 – “Vendetta”

There are so many regional detectives cluttering up British television that executives have started to look abroad for inspiration. But why bother importing a foreign series and subtitling it (as BBC4 did with French crime drama Spiral) when you can simply film British actors overseas, pretending to be foreigners. First out of the gate was an English-language remake of Wallander, where Kenneth Branagh played a dour Swedish detective in a country suddenly populated by “Brits”, and now it’s the turn of late author Michael Dibden‘s Italian detective Aurelio Zen, played by the smouldering Rufus Sewell. The benefit is we get detective shows crammed with exotic scenery, with a cultural backdrop that’s unfamiliar and thus fascinating to explore. On the downside, it might take some people awhile to adjust to seeing Italians played by people who sound like they’re from the home counties, but I found myself
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DVD and Blu-Ray Releases: December 14th - Mr. Gacy at the Vampire Circus

This week is the lightest in recent memory with only four (barely) notable horror releases. Synapse Films' 100th release, Robert Young’s classic Vampire Circus, will be gracing our screens and so will Dear Mr. Gacy, the adaptation of The Last Victim, the memoirs of Jason Moss, who corresponded with serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Read on to see what the other two are.

Vampire Circus (1972)

Directed by Robert Young

Starring David Prowse, Robert Tayman, Anthony Higgins, Thorley Walters

A little girl is brutally slain by a vampire in a tiny 19th century Austrian village. Seeking revenge, the townspeople invade the foreboding castle of Count Mitterhaus and kill him for the crime. As the Count falls, he curses the villagers and vows that their children will all die so that he may someday return to life. 15 years later, as the village is ravaged by the plague, a traveling circus
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Exclusive Video: New Malice in Wonderland Clip

We have a brand new exclusive clip from the brand new film Malice in Wonderland, which arrived in theaters April 16th and will be coming to DVD on May 11th. Click below to watch our brand new exclusive clip from the film, which features Maggie Grace's interesting encounter with a cab driver.

Exclusive: A Pick Me Up

An American law student in London. Knocked down by a black cab, she wakes with amnesia in a world that's a million miles from home - Wonderland. We follow her adventures as she's dragged through an underworld filled with twisted individuals and the lowest low-lifers, by the enigmatic cab driver, Whitey. She needs to find out who she is, where she's from and use what wits she has left to get back home in one piece. As her journey progresses she discovers nothing is what it seems, realizes that fate and life are terminally entwined,
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