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For The Postseason: Joe E. Brown As Alibi Ike

If you’re a baseball fan, particularly if you’re a Dodgers, Astros, Cubs or Yankees fan, the real baseball season started this past Friday with the inauguration of the American and National League Championship Series. I’m a Dodgers fan, which means I’m among that group who, arguably, have gone the longest without the satisfaction/excitement/nail-biting terror of seeing their team in the World Series, the next step for whoever wins in the Nlcs. The Dodgers last appeared in the World Series in 1988, capping a memorable run with a championship by beating the Oakland A’s. That was 29 years ago. The Cubs are the reigning Mlb champions, having won last year’s World Series after a 107-year drought. And the Yankees, a mainstay of the World Series around the turn of this century, last appeared in an October championship series in 2009.

The only team to come close
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Some Like It Hot – Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe Swing Back to Movie Theaters June 11th and 14th

“Story of my life. I always get the fuzzy end of the lollipop.”

Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe Swing Back to Movie Theaters Nationwide in the Iconic Comedy Some Like It Hot, June 11 and 14 only, as Part of the TCM Big Screen Classics Series

Music, mobsters and Marilyn Monroe fuel the mixed-up madness in the 1959 classic film that holds the No. 1 spot in the American Film Institute’s list of 100 funniest American movies of all time – and nearly 60 years after its original release, Some Like It Hot returns to movie screens for two days only on June 11 and 14, as part of the TCM Big Screen Classics series from Turner Classic Movies and Fathom Events. Each screening will also feature specially produced commentary by TCM host Tiffany Vazquez before and after the feature. Struggling musicians Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) find themselves fleeing the Chicago mafia after witnessing the St.
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Remembering George Harrison: Why the Music Legend Re-Recorded His Biggest Hit Months Before His Death

Remembering George Harrison: Why the Music Legend Re-Recorded His Biggest Hit Months Before His Death
George Harrison became the first former Beatle to have a solo No. 1 when he released “My Sweet Lord” in 1970. Though slightly marred by a copyright lawsuit — he was found guilty of “subconsciously plagiarizing” the Chiffon’s 1963 hit “He’s So Fine”— the rock hallelujah included on his majestic triple album All Things Must Pass went on to become Harrison’s signature song.

By 2000 Harrison’s strength was fading due to his battle with lung cancer, but he threw what remaining energy he had into supervising an elaborate 30th anniversary edition of his breakout album. “To create something extra for the Anniversary issue,
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Criterion Reflections – Beyond the Law (1968) – Es 35

David’s Quick Take for the tl;dr Media Consumer:

In posting this review, I might be giving more time and thought to the merits of Beyond The Law, Norman Mailer’s second venture in pursuit of auteurist credibility, than went into the film’s original conception and construction. As the middle installment of three films that Mailer churned out in a brief dabble as a director, we have a companion piece, maybe even an evil twin, to his first effort Wild 90. That film, released in early 1967, records the imaginary, sloppily performed interplay of three seriously drunk gangsters evading the cops as they’re holed up in a dingy Brooklyn apartment. A few months later, over two nights in October ’67, Mailer and the same pals he recruited for Wild 90 (Buzz Farber and Mickey Knox) show up again for another foray into experiential improv performance art, this time as
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Show Boat Screens Saturday Morning at The Hi-Pointe

“There’s still not enough room on this boat for the two of us!”

Show Boat (1951) is one of Hollywood’s most beloved musicals and you’ll have a chance to see it on the big screen at St. Louis’ fabulous Hi-Pointe Theater this weekend as part of their Classic Film Series. It’s Saturday, May 14th at 10:30am at the Hi-Pointe located at 1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63117. Admission is only $5.

Show Boat (1951) a colorful version of the Edna Ferber novel may not be held in as high regard as the 1936 adaption directed by James Whale and starring Irene Dunn and Paul Robeson, but is a big, fun musical nonetheless.

The songs by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein are considered some of the best either ever composed and are sung by those talented performers Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel. Both do excellent work both musically and dramatically even
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Her Majesty, Love

It's the final Hollywood film by the legendary Ziegfeld star Marilyn Miller, and it's also a terrific talkie feature debut for W.C. Fields -- with one of his dazzling juggling bits. But the real star is director William Dieterle, whose moving camera and creative edits rescue the talkie musical from dreary operetta staging. Her Majesty, Love DVD-r The Warner Archive Collection 1931 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 75 min. / Street Date January 19, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Marilyn Miller, Ben Lyon, W.C. Fields, Leon Errol, Ford Sterling, Chester Conklin, Clarence Wilson, Ruth Hall, Virginia Sale, Oscar Apfel. Cinematography Robert Kurrie Film Editor Ralph Dawson Songs Walter Jurmann, Al Dubin Written by Robert Lord, Arthur Caesar from story by Rudolph Bernauer, Rudolf Österreicher Directed by William Dieterle

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

The Warner Archive Collection has been kind to fans of early talkies. We've been able to discover dramatic actresses like Jeanne Eagels
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Remembering Oscar-Winning Gwtw Art Director Menzies

William Cameron Menzies. William Cameron Menzies movies on TCM: Murderous Joan Fontaine, deadly Nazi Communists Best known as an art director/production designer, William Cameron Menzies was a jack-of-all-trades. It seems like the only things Menzies didn't do was act and tap dance in front of the camera. He designed and/or wrote, directed, produced, etc., dozens of films – titles ranged from The Thief of Bagdad to Invaders from Mars – from the late 1910s all the way to the mid-1950s. Among Menzies' most notable efforts as an art director/production designer are: Ernst Lubitsch's first Hollywood movie, the Mary Pickford star vehicle Rosita (1923). Herbert Brenon's British-set father-son drama Sorrell and Son (1927). David O. Selznick's mammoth production of Gone with the Wind, which earned Menzies an Honorary Oscar. The Sam Wood movies Our Town (1940), Kings Row (1942), and For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943). H.C. Potter's Mr. Lucky
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The Definitive Romantic Comedies: 10-1

Well, we’ve finally reached the summit: the 10 most definitive romantic comedies of all time. Unlike the other sections of this list, there is not a movie here that approaches “bad.” As always, some are better than others, despite the order. But one thing is for sure: if you plan to have a rom-com binge-a-thon soon, this is where you start, no questions asked. In fact, after reading this, you should go do that and report back.

courtesy of reverseshot.com 10. Some Like It Hot (1959)

What’s funnier than men dressing in drag? Depends on who you ask. It’s Billy Wilder again with a fictional story of two musicians – Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) – who witness the St. Valentine’s Day massacre in Chicago and leave town. But, since the mob has ties everywhere, they need to disguise themselves as best they can: as women in an
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Judge Joe Brown Begins Jail Sentence for Contempt of Court After 2014 Courtroom Outburst

Judge Joe Brown Begins Jail Sentence for Contempt of Court After 2014 Courtroom Outburst
The star of the Emmy-winning courtroom show Judge Joe Brown recently turned himself in to police to begin a five-day jail sentence for contempt of court. Joe Brown, whose series was canceled two years ago, was arrested and sentenced in 2014 for ranting at and getting into an argument with a magistrate during proceedings at a juvenile court in Memphis, Tennessee after learning the child support case he was litigating was not on the docket. After his sentencing, he filed an appeal over his contempt of court charges and lost this past March. Before the 68-year-old turned himself in, he stopped to thank supporters. The group held signs that read slogans such as...
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TV Judge Joe Brown Begins 5-Day Jail Sentence for Contempt of Court

TV Judge Joe Brown Begins 5-Day Jail Sentence for Contempt of Court
Former TV star Joe Brown found himself on the other side of the law Thursday.

Brown, who presided over CBS's arbitration show Judge Joe Brown from 1998-2013, turned himself in to serve a five-day jail sentence for contempt of court in Memphis, Tennessee, Wmc Action News 5 reports.

According to the station, Brown, 68, had a "heated exchange" with a magistrate while working as a lawyer on a child custody case in March 2014.

In an audio recording of the proceedings obtained by TMZ, Brown demanded of the judge,"Excuse me, on what authority do you sit, by the way?"

"I will not
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Two-Time Best Actress Oscar Winner Shines on TCM Today: Was Last-Minute Replacement for Crawford in Key Davis Movie of the '60s

Olivia de Havilland on Turner Classic Movies: Your chance to watch 'The Adventures of Robin Hood' for the 384th time Olivia de Havilland is Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” star today, Aug. 2, '15. The two-time Best Actress Oscar winner (To Each His Own, 1946; The Heiress, 1949) whose steely determination helped to change the way studios handled their contract players turned 99 last July 1. Unfortunately, TCM isn't showing any de Havilland movie rarities, e.g., Universal's cool thriller The Dark Mirror (1946), the Paramount comedy The Well-Groomed Bride (1947), or Terence Young's British-made That Lady (1955), with de Havilland as eye-patch-wearing Spanish princess Ana de Mendoza. On the other hand, you'll be able to catch for the 384th time a demure Olivia de Havilland being romanced by a dashing Errol Flynn in The Adventures of Robin Hood, as TCM shows this 1938 period adventure classic just about every month. But who's complaining? One the
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‘Mona Lisa’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

Stars: Bob Hoskins, Cathy Tyson, Robbie Coltrane, Michael Caine, Clarke Peters, Kate Hardie, Zoë Nathenson, Sammi Davis, Rod Bedall, Joe Brown, Pauline Melville | Written by Neil Jordan, David Leland | Directed by Neil Jordan

The second of Arrow Video’s recent Bob Hoskins releases, Mona Lisa may be the better movie of the two. When you look at the quality of The Long Good Friday and how good the movie is, this should be taken as a hint about how good this release from Arrow Video is. Not heavy in special features, it is the movie that speaks for itself both in the quality of the restoration and how relevant the film still feels to this day.

When George (Bob Hoskins) is released from jail his mobster boss Mortwell (Michael Caine) gives him a job as a driver. Taking a call-girl Simone (Cathy Tyson) from one customer to the next, he
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Blu-ray Review – Mona Lisa (1986)

Mona Lisa, 1986.

Directed by Neil Jordan.

Starring Bob Hoskins, Cathy Tyson, Michael Caine, Robbie Coltrane, Sammi Davis, Clarke Peters, Kate Hardie, Zoe Nathenson and Joe Brown.

Synopsis:

An ex-con just released from prison lands a job driving a call girl from job to job.

Arrow Films follow-up their excellent release of The Long Good Friday with Mona Lisa, the 1986 crime drama directed by Neil Jordan (The Company of Wolves) and starring the late, great Bob Hoskins. Hoskins plays George, a criminal released from prison and looking for a job. After going to see his ex-wife and daughter and being told where to go, George goes to see his former colleagues and is offered work driving high-class call girl Simone (Cathy Tyson – The Serpent & The Rainbow) from job to job. Sounds easy but George’s rough, wide-boy charm and Simone’s more elegant manner initially causes the two to clash, until
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Last Surviving Gwtw Star and 2-Time Oscar Winner Has Turned 99: As a Plus, She Made U.S. Labor Law History

Olivia de Havilland picture U.S. labor history-making 'Gone with the Wind' star and two-time Best Actress winner Olivia de Havilland turns 99 (This Olivia de Havilland article is currently being revised and expanded.) Two-time Best Actress Academy Award winner Olivia de Havilland, the only surviving major Gone with the Wind cast member and oldest surviving Oscar winner, is turning 99 years old today, July 1.[1] Also known for her widely publicized feud with sister Joan Fontaine and for her eight movies with Errol Flynn, de Havilland should be remembered as well for having made Hollywood labor history. This particular history has nothing to do with de Havilland's films, her two Oscars, Gone with the Wind, Joan Fontaine, or Errol Flynn. Instead, history was made as a result of a legal fight: after winning a lawsuit against Warner Bros. in the mid-'40s, Olivia de Havilland put an end to treacherous
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It’S A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World – Criterion Review

Cast

Captain T. G. Culpeper Spencer Tracy J. Russell Finch Milton Berle Melville Crump Sid Caesar Benjy Benjamin Buddy Hackett Mrs. Marcus Ethel Merman Ding Bell Mickey Rooney Sylvester Marcus Dick Shawn Otto Meyer Phil Silvers J. Algernon Hawthorne Terry-Thomas Lennie Pike Jonathan Winters Monica Crump Edie Adams Emeline Finch Dorothy Provine Cabdriver Eddie “Rochester” Anderson Tyler Fitzgerald Jim Backus Man driving in the desert Jack Benny Union official Joe E. Brown Biplane pilot Ben Blue Police sergeant Alan Carney Detective Chick Chandler Mrs. Halliburton Barrie Chase Mayor Lloyd Corrigan Police chief William Demarest Sheriff of Crocket County Andy Devine Ginger Culpeper (voice) Selma Diamond Cabdriver Peter Falk Detective Normal Fell Colonel Wilberforce Paul Ford Deputy sheriff Stan Freberg Billie Sue Culpeper (voice) Louise Glenn Cabdriver Leo Gorcey Fire chief Sterling Holloway Mr. Dinckler Edward Everett Horton Irwin Marvin Kaplan Jimmy the Cook Buster Keaton Nervous motorist Don Knotts Airport
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Blu-ray Review: The Vincent Price Collection II (Scream Factory)

The first Vincent Price collection from Scream Factory was a pure treasure. When October rolls around, almost nothing puts me in the Halloween mood like a constant stream of Vincent Price films on my TV. Never did I think that Scream could improve upon their original price collection, but when the films that would be included in this new set were announced, I was shocked. The first Vincent Price Collection has some really solid Price films, mostly of a Poe nature, and it was one of the most exciting releases of the year for fans of classic horror. The second set, drops the Poe theme(mostly), and includes some of Price’s most famous, well-regarded films, including a couple of my favorites. The list of films is impressive, and there are extras on most of the films. The packaging is consistent, and equally pleasing to the eyes. Scream Factory’s
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Full Details On Scream Factory’s The Vincent Price Collection II 10/21

The first Vincent Price collection that was released by Scream Factory is a thing of beauty. It was announced recently that they would bringing us a second collection of Vincent Price films on Blu-ray, and I couldn’t be any more excited about it than I already am. Well, maybe I can be, because Scream Factory just released the full details of the set, and it’s going to be a good one. Check out the press release below, and please click here to pre-order your own copy of this collection, which streets on October 21. Man, October is really upon us, isn’t it?

The Vincent Price Collection II

Featuring The First-ever Blu-ray™ Presentation Of

The House On Haunted Hill (1959), The Return Of The Fly (1959),

The Comedy Of Terrors (1963), The Raven (1963),

The Last Man On Earth (1964), The Tomb Of Ligeia (1964),

And Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972)

In Stores Everywhere On October
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Judge Judy's Advice to Judge Joe Brown: ‘Stay Sober’

  • The Wrap
Judge Judy's Advice to Judge Joe Brown: ‘Stay Sober’
Judge Judy Sheindlin apparently thinks Joe Brown should take the phrase “sober as a judge” to heart. Sheindlin, who presides over the popular daytime court show “Judge Judy,” offered a bit of advice for Brown — the former televised bench-sitter on the daytime court show “Judge Joe Brown” — regarding his recent legal woes, when approached by TMZ on Wednesday night. It seems that Sheindlin might believe that Brown has been pounding drinks instead of gavels recently. Also read: Judge Joe Brown Jailed for Contempt of Court “Stay sober,” Sheindlin offered, when asked if she had any words for Brown. Brown, whose show went.
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Coupling and Uncoupling: See The Week's Most Provocative Stories on People.com

Coupling and Uncoupling: See The Week's Most Provocative Stories on People.com
Relationship milestones, both happy and sad, got People.com readers talking this week. Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West - they all made headlines this week, for very different reasons. Kevin Bacon and judge Joe Brown also sparked plenty of commentary. Below, check out the five stories that got the strongest reactions on People.com this week. And let us know what you think of every story by clicking on the icons at the bottom. One of Hollywood's cutest couples are preparing to extend their cuteness. Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are expecting,
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Judge Joe Brown Released From Jail After Courtroom Rant

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Former TV judge Joe Brown has been sprung from jail ... after a nuclear courtroom fight Monday (hear audio) in Memphis.A juvenile court judge sentenced Brown to 5 days in the slammer for contempt of court ... after Brown went  Al Pacino "And Justice for All" nuts during a hearing.Brown -- who is running for D.A. --  claims jailing him was "dirty politics."Brown's lawyer went to another court Monday night and the judge was more lenient,
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