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Part Two: "The Incredible Hulk" A 40th Anniversary Tribute: A Conversation With The Show's Creator, Kenneth Johnson

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(This is the second and final part of Ernie Magnotta's exclusive interview with Kenneth Johnson, creator of the classic 1970s TV series "The Incredible Hulk", which debuted 40 years ago today.)

By Ernie Magnotta

Em: Nice…I’d like to talk about Jack Colvin for a sec.

Kj: Sure.

Em: I really loved him as McGee. I thought he was terrific. Did he enjoy playing the role?

Kj: Yeah, he did. But he was frustrated sometimes and he would say to me, “How many times can I say that I’m looking for a hulking, green creature?” So, we tried to really write episodes where he had meaningful stuff to do.

Em: Yeah, that was actually my next question because the character changed a bit. He was a little unlikeable in the first season; like a weasel.

Kj: Yeah, that’s it. I love those yellow rag journalists. The tabloid
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Part One: "The Incredible Hulk" A 40th Anniversary Tribute: A Conversation With The Show's Creator, Kenneth Johnson

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To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the classic TV series "The Incredible Hulk", Cinema Retro's Ernie Magnotta sat down for an extensive discussion with the show's creator Kenneth Johnson.

By Ernie Magnotta

Dr. David Banner—physician, scientist…searching for a way to tap into the hidden strengths that all humans have. Then, an accidental overdose of gamma radiation alters his body chemistry. And now, when David Banner grows angry or outraged, a startling metamorphosis occurs.

The creature is driven by rage and is pursued by an investigative reporter. The creature is wanted for a murder he didn’t commit. David Banner is believed to be dead. And he must let the world think that he is dead until he can find a way to control the raging spirit that dwells within him.

Kids who grew up in the 1970s remember that narration well. Every Friday night at 9pm (until it
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Two of Redford's Biggest Box-Office Hits on TCM Tonight

Robert Redford movies: TCM shows 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,' 'The Sting' They don't make movie stars like they used to, back in the days of Louis B. Mayer, Jack Warner, and Harry Cohn. That's what nostalgists have been bitching about for the last four or five decades; never mind the fact that movie stars have remained as big as ever despite the demise of the old studio system and the spectacular rise of television more than sixty years ago. This month of January 2015, Turner Classic Movies will be honoring one such post-studio era superstar: Robert Redford. Beginning this Monday evening, January 6, TCM will be presenting 15 Robert Redford movies. Tonight's entries include Redford's two biggest blockbusters, both directed by George Roy Hill and co-starring Paul Newman: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, which turned Redford, already in his early 30s, into a major film star to rival Rudolph Valentino,
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An Oscar Winner Has His Day Supporting a Brilliant Woodward and a Heavily Made-Up Hoffman

Martin Balsam: Oscar winner has ‘Summer Under the Stars’ Day on Turner Classic Movies Best Supporting Actor Academy Award winner Martin Balsam (A Thousand Clowns) is Turner Classic Movies’ unusual (and welcome) "Summer Under the Stars" featured player today, August 27, 2013. Right now, TCM is showing Sidney Lumet’s The Anderson Tapes (1971), a box-office flop starring Sean Connery in his (just about) post-James Bond, pre-movie legend days. (Photo: Martin Balsam ca. early ’60s.) Next, is Joseph Sargent’s thriller The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974). Written by Peter Stone (Father Goose, Arabesque) from John Godey’s novel, the film revolves around the hijacking of a subway car in New York City. Passengers are held for ransom while police lieutenant Walter Matthau tries to handle the situation. Now considered a classic (just about every pre-1999 movie is considered a "classic" these days), The Taking of Pelham One Two Three was
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New On DVD This Week

Here’s a list of some of the new movie and TV shows coming to DVD and Blu-ray this week that we’re looking forward to seeing. Also, there’s some classic, and not-so-classic, movies hitting Blu-ray for the first time this week as well.

Of all the new releases, we’re particularly interested in the Blu-ray versions of movies and TV shows like Army of Darkness, Hero, An American Werewolf in London, The Big Bang Theory Season Two and Bonanza. Yes, some of us are even excited about the debut of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which drops today on Blu-ray.

Check them out.

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An American Werewolf in London (Full Moon Edition) ~ David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Griffin Dunne (Blu-ray)

Army of Darkness (Screwhead Edition) ~ Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz (Blu-ray)

Bionicle: The Legend Reborn ~ Dee Bradley Baker, Jeff Bennett, Jim Cummings, and Michael Dorn (DVD)

Child’s Play ~ Roslyn Alexander, Jack Colvin,
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The Incredible Hulk: Lou Ferrigno's Return as the Big Green Guy

With The Incredible Hulk movie set to hit movie theaters on June 13th, NBC's American Gladiators is serving up a special tribute. Those who tune in tonight will see a special preview of the movie, a special green version of the Los Angeles Sports Arena, spectators sporting Hulk hands and masks, and gladiator Titan will be all made up to look like the big green guy. Best of all, they'll also see TV's original green giant, Lou Ferrigno.

As you probably know, Ferrigno played the title character in The Incredible Hulk live-action television series. His gentle alter ego, Dr. David Bruce Banner, was played by TV series veteran Bill Bixby. Dr. Banner was constantly trying to cure himself of his alter-ego problem, control his temper, and dodge nosey reporter Jack McGee (Jack Colvin).

The series ran for five seasons, from 1977 until 1982. Three TV movies followed in 1988, 1989, and 1990. The third Hulk
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Jack Colvin Dies

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Child's Play star Jack Colvin died on Thursday of complications following a stroke. He was 71. The actor, best known for playing journalist Jack McGee in The Incredible Hulk television series, died in North Hollywood, his longtime friend, actress Maaren Edvard confirmed. Edvard says, "Jack was, in every sense of the word, a consummate artist. He wrote, painted and read philosophy, but he always came back to acting." After a varied career on the stage, as well on TV and film, Colvin taught the Chekhov acting technique at various universities in the US and the Central School of Cinematography in Rome, Italy. Edvard said Colvin was teaching acting classes two days a week up until his death.

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