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Love with the Proper Stranger

What are two individualistic, highly motivated movie stars supposed to do when faced with an unimaginative studio system eager to misuse their talents? Natalie Wood and Steve McQueen collaborate with a great writer, director and producer for an urban romance with an eye on the sexual double standard. It’s a hybrid production: a gritty drama that’s also a calculated career move.

Love with the Proper Stranger

Blu-ray

Kl Studio Classics

1963 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 100 min. / Street Date September 19, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Natalie Wood, Steve McQueen, Edie Adams, Tom Bosley, Herschel Bernardi, Harvey Lembeck, Agusta Ciolli, Nina Varela, Marilyn Chris, Richard Dysart, Arlene Golonka, Tony Mordente, Nobu McCarthy, Richard Mulligan, Vic Tayback, Dyanne Thorne, Val Avery.

Cinematography: Milton Krasner

Film Editor: Aaron Stell

Original Music: Elmer Bernstein

Written by Arnold Schulman

Produced by Alan J. Pakula

Directed by Robert Mulligan

1963’s Love with the Proper Stranger is
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The In-Laws

This Alan Arkin-Peter Falk show is finally being recognized as a comedy mini-masterpiece. Afraid of offending his daughter's future father-in-law, a dentist is sucked into a nightmare of crime and jeopardy, as a jolly Chinese airline whisks him away to a rendezvous with danger in a Latin American dictatorship. It's a gem of sustained mirth. The In-Laws Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 823 1979 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 103 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date July 5, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Peter Falk, Alan Arkin, Richard Libertini, Nancy Dussault, Penny Peyser, Arlene Golonka, Michael Lembeck, Paul Lawrence Smith, Ed Begley Jr., James Hong, Barbara Dana, David Paymer. Cinematography David M. Walsh Film Editor Robert E. Swink Original Music John Morris Written by Andrew Bergman Produced by Arthur Miller, William Sackheim Directed by Arthur Hiller

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Good grief, I had no idea that Albert Brooks and Michael Douglas remade this movie back in
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New Release: Celebrity Bowling DVD

Celebrity Bowling—that unabashedly silly but undeniably entertaining weekly TV show that ran for eight years in the 1970s (from 1971 though ’78) is coming to DVD From S’More Entertainment.

The Celebrity Bowling 3-dvd Collector’s Set will be available on June 14.

Hosted by Jed Allan (CSI: Miami), Celebrity Bowling featured a pair of two-celebrity teams competing on regulation size bowling lanes that were actually installed inside the show’s studio at L.A.’s Kttv Channel 5.

The rules of the game were known as “best ball”—each team member would take a shot on their own lane. If neither bowled a strike, then whoever rolled the worse shot would try to put up a spare on their partner’s lane. Winning teams garnered prizes (usually appliances, but occasionally even cars!) for audience members both present and sitting at home.

Dick Martin and Bob Newhart team up in that Seventies TV staple,
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Aaron Merken... Got the Part!

Aaron Merken fell in love with the Morgan-Wixson Theatre in Santa Monica, Calif., last summer, when he saw its production of "A Chorus Line." "I loved it so much that I went to see it twice," he says. "The second time I saw it, I thought to myself, 'Gee, I wish I could do a play here,' and then I couldn't believe when I saw the notice in Back Stage for 'The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler.' I thought, 'This is fate.' "The play, by Jeff Whitty, who wrote the book for the musical "Avenue Q," is an imaginative comedy in which Ibsen's Hedda Gabler meets characters throughout history and literature. Director Sabrina Ann Lloyd thought the role of Patrick, a wisecracking gay man with a 1960s style, might be difficult to cast. "The character is kind of a touchy stereotype," she explains. "I needed someone who
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I Spy: Watch the Last Episode, "Pinwheel"

The I Spy series ran for 82 episodes and three seasons on NBC, from 1965 until 1968. The show revolves around international tennis player Kelly Robinson (Robert Culp) and his trainer, Alexander Scott (Bill Cosby), as they travel to exotic locales enjoying the good life. However, they are secretly spies for the Pentagon and use their covers to gain access to exclusive functions, woo beautiful women, and stop international villains.

I Spy was revolutionary in its day for being the first series to feature an African-American actor in a lead role. Cosby won Emmys for all the three years of the series, beating out Culp each time. Other actors featured in the series include

In the last episode of the show, "Pinwheel," Robinson and Scott must work with a flighty agent named Melanie (Arlene Golonka) to retrieve Soviet documents in Acapulco.
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A Family Affair

Opened

Friday, May 9


Writing, directing, editing and starring in her first feature, Helen Lesnick makes a strong case for delegating responsibility with "A Family Affair", a forced romantic comedy about a Jewish lesbian who's torn between two lovers.

Unlike the title character in last year's "Kissing Jessica Stein", Lesnick's Rachel Rosen isn't at all conflicted about her sexual identity -- she knows exactly what she's searching for, and it's her "Ms. Rightowitz".

But also unlike the charming "Kissing", the Lesnick variation suffers from inexperienced filmmaking and a self-absorbed lead character who fails to elicit any truly tangible degree of audience sympathy.

While Lesnick's ambition is admirable, the end result will fail to cater to viewers beyond the big-city gay and lesbian milieu.

Fleeing New York after a traumatic breakup with her last girlfriend, Lesnick's wise-cracking Rachel takes refuge at the San Diego home of her parents, the tireless, smothering Leah (Arlene Golonka) and her supportive hubby, Sam (Michael Moerman), a man of very, very few words.

With Mom keeping busy with various PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) activities, Rachel bides her time going on a dispiriting series of blind dates -- until one fateful evening when she hooks up with Christine (Erica Shaffer), a sweet massage therapist.

The two initially hit it off, with the smitten Christine even going as far as taking conversion classes to become a perfect Jewish wife, but mopey Rachel is dragging her feet. It seems she still carries a torch for her ex, Reggie (Michele Greene), who has popped up in California and is determined to win Rachel back.

It might have been easier to overlook Lesnick's awkwardly staged scenes if she had been able to make the self-centered Rachel a little more likable. As it stands, it's hard to see why the adoring Christine would be attracted to her in the first place, unless it was that caustic wit that the other characters keep mentioning.

On the performance front -- with the film's budget-conscious mix of professional, amateur and nonactors -- there's a whole lot of mugging going on, with the notable exceptions of Shaffer and Greene, who broke some TV ground back in 1991 with a same-sex kiss (with Amanda Donohoe) on "L.A. Law".

As the unstoppable Reggie, Greene is a bright burst of energy in this otherwise labored "Affair".

A FAMILY AFFAIR

Small Planet Pictures

Credits:

Director-screenwriter: Helen Lesnick

Producer: Valerie Pichney

Executive producers: Helen Lesnick, Dolores Lesnick

Director of photography: Jim Orr

Production and costume designer: Lorrie Blackard

Editor: Helen Lesnick

Music: Natashais Ghost

Cast:

Rachel Rosen: Helen Lesnick

Christine Peterson: Erica Shaffer

Leah Rosen: Arlene Golonka

Sylvia Peterson: Barbara Stuart

Reggie Abravanel: Michele Greene

Carol Rosen: Suzanne Westenhoefer

Sam Rosen: Michael Moerman

Running time -- 100 minutes

No MPAA rating

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