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Extended Thoughts on ‘The Rescuers’

28 December 2012 9:05 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Rescuers

Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman, John Lounsbery, Art Stevens

Written by Larry Clemmons, Vance Gerry, Ken Anderson, Frank Thomas, Burny Mattinson, Fred Lucky, Dick Sebast, Dave Michener

Starring Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, Geraldine Page, Pat Buttram, George Lindsey

One of the most fascinating aspects of our podcast is watching the struggle within the Walt Disney Company to blend reality and fantasy. From the beginning, Disney had stated that he wanted movies like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to be perceived as films for adults, as opposed to films for children or families. I’m always heartened to see that comment brought up in modern conversation, because the stigma that animation is specifically for children hasn’t ever dissipated in popular culture. What frustrates me is the film Disney refers to, and how it became a template of sorts for the animators and filmmakers who work at the Walt Disney Company. »

- Josh Spiegel

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Watch the Week’s Best Viral Videos

30 November 2012 12:00 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

We almost got through a week without Lindsay Lohan getting arrested after allegedly punching someone at 4 a.m. at a nightclub in Manhattan. So Close! Could you imagine what would have happened if Lindsay Lohan quietly just … cooled out after the reviews from Liz & Dick blew over? That would’ve been crazy. Just nuts. But just like Lindsay Lohan can’t go a week without getting busted, we can’t go a week without bringing you the best viral videos on the web. (Also, cocaine. We can’t go a week without some fantastic cocaine.) (Jk, guys.) This week, there was a really awesome optical illusion video. And, also, pervy, cartoon Elmo. And a female Don Knotts. So that’s three illusions. »

- Eliot Glazer

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20 Family Films to Watch on Thanksgiving Day

21 November 2012 9:58 PM, PST | | See recent news »

We’ve watched the marching bands and giants balloon characters parade by on TV, we’ve watched college football, we’ve had our fill of turkey and all the trimmings… now, what better than to cuddle up with our loved ones and watch some good, wholesome family favorites on Thanksgiving Day? After all, we need our rest so we can rise and shine before the sun comes up on Black Friday to catch all the sales. So, in honor of the holiday and as a way to give you a jump on your holiday viewing schedule, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite family-friendly movies to watch on Thanksgiving Day.

Wizard Of Oz

For many years this 1939 masterpiece was truly event television. Before home video and cable TV, the only way to see this (outside of revival movie theatres and colleges), was once a year (usually on »

- Movie Geeks

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Mousterpiece Cinema, Episode 69: ‘The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again’

3 November 2012 2:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Is The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again one of the greatest and most underrated sequels of all time? Is it a cinematic classic? Or is it a movie so bad that even Mike said it’s “terrible”? You can, of course, take a wild guess, but we bet you know the answer. After discussing the 1975 original at the end of September, it’s time for Mike and Josh to tackle this 1979 follow-up, placing Don Knotts and Tim Conway as leading men as well as comic relief. They don’t exactly pull it off, sadly, partly because Knotts and Conway are only so funny, and partly because this movie is so packed with Western-movie cliches, it gave your hosts whiplash. But don’t let that scare you away–take a listen to the new episode, to listen to, among other topics, exactly how unfortunate it is that Muppet Treasure Island made less than, »

- Josh Spiegel

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Extended Thoughts on ‘The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again’

3 November 2012 2:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again

Directed by Vincent McEveety

Written by Don Tait

Starring Don Knotts, Tim Conway, Tim Matheson, Elyssa Davalos

I feel like I’m going to turn into a broken record, writing these columns, before the podcast even gets to its 100th episode. I keep coming back to the notion of nostalgia, to whether there is a great amount of inherent value in appreciating something from the past, simply because you liked it in the past. It’s not that I don’t have nostalgia for things I cherished in my childhood, it’s that I don’t let that guide me. For example, though I won’t be writing an extended-thoughts column solely dedicated to it, I imagine the idea of nostalgia will be very strong in relation to the new Disney movie Wreck-It Ralph, which takes place in a fictional video-game arcade with some »

- Josh Spiegel

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Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein And The Ghost And Mr. Chicken Sure To Scare At The Academy On Saturday

26 October 2012 2:21 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Glenn Strange, Lon Chaney, Jr., and Bela Lugosi in Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein, 1948.

Looking for something to get you into that Halloween frame of mind? Why not do it with fellow movie geeks and fans of the horror genre tomorrow afternoon and evening in Hollywood. The Academy is hosting an October-long celebration of classic horror films in honor of .Universal.s Legacy of Horror.- part of the studio.s year-long 100th anniversary celebration.

Saturday Double-double Feature*

.Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. (1948) and .The Ghost and Mr. Chicken.(1966)

Saturday, October 27, at 2 p.m.

Linwood Dunn Theater

1313 Vine Street, Hollywood

Special guests scheduled include actress Joan Staley, who played Alma Parker in .The Ghost and Mr. Chicken,. and Karen Knotts, daughter of Don Knotts, who played Luther Heggs in the film. Figuring the answers to the mystery lie in the old Simmons mansion, Luther Heggs (Knotts »

- Michelle McCue

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Hitchcock’s The Birds To Descend Upon Filmgoers At The Academy

21 October 2012 7:42 AM, PDT | | See recent news »


Fan of the Master of Suspense? You’re about to get your full of the iconic English director Alfred Hitchcock, one of the greatest creative minds in the history of cinema, in the upcoming weeks. On Saturday evening (October 20) HBO unveiled it’s latest film, The Girl. Known for his psychological thrillers, Hitchcock focused on characters in peril, on the run, or under suspicion. His leading men were handsome but compromised; his leading ladies were cool, beautiful and preferably blonde. One such actress was Tippi Hedren, an unknown fashion model given her big break when Hitchcock.s wife saw her on a TV commercial. Brought to Universal Studios by Hitchcock and offered a seven-year contract, Hedren was shocked when the gifted director, at the peak of his successful career, quickly singled her out and cast her to star in the ambitious and terrifying film The Birds. Little did she »

- Michelle McCue

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Mousterpiece Cinema, Episode 64: ‘The Apple Dumpling Gang’

29 September 2012 2:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Don Knotts is well-known and beloved for his role as Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show, but was he really just a pervy old uncle in disguise? Well, if you listen to Mike talk about him, you might think so too! Somehow–yes, really–this is a point of discussion in the brand-new episode of Mousterpiece Cinema, where Josh and Mike tackle the 1975 Disney family film The Apple Dumpling Gang. Did this story of kids finding gold in an Old West town charm and delight both of your hosts? Or have the planets aligned once more, leaving Josh to be more negative about a movie than Mike? And what, pray tell, does John Wayne have to do with this goofball family comedy? The only way to know is to listen to the new podcast!

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- Josh Spiegel

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Extended Thoughts on ‘The Apple Dumpling Gang’

29 September 2012 2:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Apple Dumpling Gang

Directed by Norman Tokar

Written by Don Tait

Starring Don Knotts, Tim Conway, Bill Bixby, Susan Clark

Oh, my stupid memory. While I hadn’t exactly built up, in my mind, The Apple Dumpling Gang as a true live-action classic from Walt Disney Pictures, I clearly fooled myself. As I mentioned on the show, I have vague memories of watching this film and its sequel, The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again. The more I ponder those memories, the more I realize that I don’t remember the movies themselves so much as the experience of having watched them, renting them on VHS from my local library. I had a glimmer of watching Don Knotts and Tim Conway play bumbling thieves in the Old West…and that’s it. I had hopes for watching the 1975 film, which is apparently Disney’s most successful live-action film of the 1970s (not too shabby, »

- Josh Spiegel

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Emmys 2012: We Live-Blogged 'Em!

23 September 2012 4:37 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

TV’s biggest night has arrived, and while there’s been no movement on my personal pet project of getting Vanessa Williams a retroactive Emmy for her four seasons of brilliant work as Ugly Betty‘s Wilhelmina Slater, we’ll nevertheless have plenty of additional action to anticipate.

Will Mad Men score a record fifth consecutive Emmy for Best Drama Series? Can Modern Family make it a three-peat in the Best Comedy Series category? Will someone bring unscripted LOLs or rampant foolery to the podium? And who’s holding onto Amanda Bynes’ keys?

In the midst of keeping one eye »

- Michael Slezak

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‘Lost’ Losers And Next-Best ‘Sex’ Comediennes: The Biggest Emmy Snubs of All-Time

17 September 2012 10:59 PM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Carson Blackwelder

Television Contributor


With the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards coming this Sunday, claims of snubs are running rampant. Sure, NBC’s Community and Parenthood (airing tonight) are topping the list of this year’s slights, but they aren’t the first, nor are they the last.

Everyone has his or her favorite TV show, actor or actress. Sometimes a show struggles to maintain decent ratings while viewers and critics believe it’s the best series on TV. However, just because a program gets praise doesn’t mean it will get bigger ratings — or even awards, for that matter.

How does this happen? Answer: The Primetime Emmys are run and voted on by members of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Translation: not viewers. Voting occurs in the summer, and although branches of the ATAS vote for just their respective categories, all are allowed to vote for the “best program categories. »

- Carson Blackwelder

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'Parks and Recreation': Nick Offerman wins Reddit with his Ask Me Anything

31 August 2012 7:04 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

"Parks and Recreation" star Nick Offerman took part in an "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit Friday (Aug. 31), and it was glorious.

You can read the whole thing here -- give yourself ample time, because Offerman answered dozens of questions from the site's users -- but we've collected some of Offerman's best responses.

One thing you won't see: A positive mention of Jerry Gergich/Jim O'Heir, in keeping with the "Parks and Rec" staff's general disdain for the character.

Pics: Stache-off! Ron Swanson vs. the world

(It's Ok, though: O'Heir had his own Ama recently.)

The best of Offerman's Ama:

On whether anything about him is "drastically different" from Ron Swanson: "I wouldn't call it drastic, but my penis is 5/8" larger than Ron's, in both length And breadth, but it is held that he wields his with greater aplomb."

On what he's building in the latest "Nick Offerman from »


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‘Herbie Goes Bananas’ has a Bad Reputation

10 July 2012 4:13 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Herbie Goes Bananas

Written by Don Tait, based on the novel Car, Boy, Girl by Gordon Buford

Directed By Vincent McEveety

USA, 1980, imdb

Listen to our Mousterpiece Cinema Herbie Goes Bananas podcast or read Josh‘s extended thoughts about the film.


Some films acquire a bad reputation that sticks like a bad smell, driving potential viewers away before they ever see it. Everyone knows that Alien³ and Alien Resurrection are terrible even especially those who have never seen the film. This fate happens particularly to notorious bombs – especially to films that (temporarily) kill off franchises. There is a perverse feedback loop in place, the film bombed because no one went to see it, and since the film bombed it must be terrible, so no one wants to watch it.

But this is confusing quality with popularity. They can be linked, but films bombing may result from any number of factors »

- Michael Ryan

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Remember Me: Andy Griffith (1926 – 2012) – The Yokel As Shrewdie

7 July 2012 8:20 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Andy Griffith was understandably defined by his most popular role: Sheriff Andy Taylor on the early 1960s series, The Andy Griffith Show.

Because of that, it sometimes seemed, in the years after – at least to those of us who’d grown up watching Sheriff Andy — Griffith was working awfully hard to show there was more to him than the genial, sage, small-town sheriff on what was easily one of the gentlest and most sweet-natured (without being saccharine) shows in TV history. I remember his racist murderer in the true crime-inspired Murder in Coweta County (1983), still defiant and unapologetic as he’s being strapped into an electric chair for execution; his caustic, hard-drinking, and ultimately thieving Hollywood cowboy extra in the overlooked cult favorite, Hearts of the West (1975); his neo-fascist general in the 1979 TV mini-series redo of From Here to Eternity.

This was, in fact, the reason he’d left Andy Griffith »

- Bill Mesce

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Andy Griffith 1926-2012

4 July 2012 7:27 AM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Yesterday a true entertainment legend passed into the great beyond. Andrew Samuel Griffith, best known as Mayberry’s humble sheriff Andy Taylor, passed away at 7:00 am on July 3, 2012. Born in Mount Airy, North Carolina on June 1, 1926, Andy lived a true working class life. Although a shy student that didn’t immediately fit in, he soon learned how to make his fellow schoolmates laugh. He always had an interest in music, and originally studied to be a preacher at Unc, but changed his major to music and joined a theatre group. His early showbiz experience was as a monologist, his most famous story being “What it Was, Was Football”, told from the point-of-view of a backwoodsman trying to understand the sport. It was released as a single and reached number nine on the charts.

His first television appearance was in “No Time for Sergeants”, a teleplay on The United States Steel Hour, »

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Andy Griffith

4 July 2012 4:24 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

American actor whose career was defined by his role as the folksy Sheriff Andy Taylor

It may seem unfair that the nine seasons (1960-68) during which the actor Andy Griffith, who has died aged 86, distributed folksy wisdom as Sheriff Andy Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show should define his career, but that is partly because the television programme has lived on in syndication for the past 44 years, and also because Griffith brought such verisimilitude to the character. The shrewd country bumpkin is a staple of American myth, and Griffith was its finest practitioner since Will Rogers. His finest roles allowed him to explore multiple facets of that character, which he reprised as the defence attorney Ben Matlock (1986-95). He claimed modestly that "any time I try to play anything that doesn't come natural, I'm just plain bad".

And it did come natural. Griffith was born in Mount Airy, North Carolina, »

- Michael Carlson

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Legendary TV Actor Andy Griffith Dies at 86

3 July 2012 1:39 PM, PDT | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

Andy Griffith (right) along with Don Knotts (left) and Ron Howard (center) in a still from The Andy Griffith Show.

He was “America’s Favorite Sheriff,” and today, television icon Andy Griffith is dead at age 86.

Best known for starring in The Andy Griffith Show between 1960-1968, the actor, writer, director, singer and producer died at about 7 a.m. at his coastal home in Manteo, North Carolina, Dare County Sheriff Doug Doughtie said in a statement.

Griffith was a regular on The Ed Sullivan Show in the 1950s, but it was his portrayal of Sheriff Andy Taylor, a wise widower who kept the peace in the fictional town of Mayberry, North Carolina, that propelled the actor’s career. Mayberry was based on Griffith’s hometown of Mount Airy, Nc.

The series was a huge hit, with its final season finishing first in the Nielsen ratings. TV Guide named the CBS »

- Robert Falconer

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Andy Griffith to be honored by TV Land

3 July 2012 10:53 AM, PDT | | See recent news » TV Land will honor the life and work of beloved actor Andy Griffith, who passed away today at the age of 86, with blocks of programming highlighting his most treasured work, “The Andy Griffith Show.” On Wednesday, July 4th from 8am-1pm Et/Pt and Saturday and Sunday, July 7th and 8th from 11am to 8pm Et/Pt, TV Land will air some of the most memorable episodes in marathons of “The Andy Griffith Show.” The TV Land Facebook page ( will also pay tribute to Andy, celebrating some of his best TV moments.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend, Andy Griffith,” said Larry W. Jones, President, TV Land. “His contributions to the entertainment industry and his role as Sheriff Andy Taylor will live forever in the minds and hearts of generations of television viewers past, present and yet to come. »

- Josh Abraham

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Andy Griffith dead at 86, says friend

3 July 2012 9:02 AM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Andy Griffith is dead at 86 says a close friend of the legendary actor. Former University of North Carolina president Bill Friday tells North Carolina's Witn that Griffith died early Tuesday (July 3) morning in his home state.

Griffith is best remembered as the affable TV sheriff and star of "The Andy Griffith Show," a role he played from 1960 to 1968 opposite then child star Ron Howard and bumbling deputy Don Knotts. He made a triumphant return to TV in the late 1980s in the legal drama "Matlock."

Griffith was also an accomplished dramatic actor who showed off his considerable chops in movies like 1957's "A Face in the Crowd" in which he played against type as a corrupt evangelical preacher. He continued to work into his older years, appearing in cameos in shows like "Dawson's Creek" and the indie hit "Waitress" (both filmed in his home state of North Carolina).

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Breaking News: Andy Griffith Dead At Age 86

3 July 2012 8:57 AM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

President Bush awards the Medal of Freedom to Andy Griffith at the White House, 2007.

By Lee Pfeiffer

Fox News has reported that Andy Griffith, an icon of American comedy and television, has passed away at age 86. Griffith gained fame in the 1950s with hit comedy albums based on naive hillbilly characters. Before long, he was a Broadway and TV star. In 1960, he spun off a character introduced on a Danny Thomas TV episode and starred in The Andy Griffith Show. Griffith played Sheriff Andy Taylor of the small town of Mayberry. He was surrounded by a lovable group of eccentric country characters including his bumbling deputy Barney Fife, played by Griffith's old friend Don Knotts (who won five Emmys for his performance in the role).  Griffith also produced successful TV series, notably Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C, a major hit starring Jim Nabors in the role he created on The Andy Griffith Show. »

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