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Children of the Chuckle Patch rejoice, the lost “Magic Garden Christmas Special” has been found

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Doctor Who isn’t the only show that finds lost episodes. Earlier this month, Wpix, channel 11 in New York City, announced that they they had unearthed the long-lost Magic Garden Christmas Special, which will be broadcast today for the first time in 32 years.

The master tapes for the episode were found in a storage vault that had literally been forgotten about for over twelve years. The building alerted the station to its existence, and upon inspection, found a treasure trove of archived footage in a variety of formats. In addition to the Magic Garden special, they’ve uncovered decades-old news reports, and a pristine master copy of the locally-legendary Yule Log broadcast from the eighties. The station gives a peek into the vault in a piece prepared for their news broadcast. They continue to pore through the huge collection of footage, and sharing results of its findings on the twitter feed @WPIXArchives.
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Review: “Duck Tales Remastered” – Ah-hoo-oo!

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Duck Tales Remastered is out, and it is glorious perfection.

The original gameplay of the original Capcom Nes classic (largely considered the finest platformer on the system) is reproduced perfectly. Nothing has been “improved”, nor need it be.Yes, there are difficulty settings now, but if you want to reproduce the original in its infuriating awesomeness, it is there for you.

Note that I only said the gameplay had not been improved. The rest has been catapulted into the 21st century by spectacular game developers WayForward, makers of the Mighty Switch Force series, and also just reinvigorated Shantae. The graphics are still 2-D, but they are as sharp as the animation from the series, and thanks to the advances in technology, includes voiced narration and dialogue…by the original cast, wherever possible. Almost everyone is back; June Foray as Magica deSpell, Chuck McCann as Duckworth and half the Beagle Clan,
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It’s Not TV: HBO, The Company That Changed Television: Greener Grass

Greener Grass

The two leading recipes for success are

building a better mousetrap and finding a bigger loophole.

Edgar A. Shoaff

For the first few decades of broadcast television, the then three major networks held a near-monopoly on the national audience. More often than not, on any given night it was likely nine out of every ten people watching TV were watching one or another of ABC, CBS, NBC.

But even then, in that small sliver of the audience not watching the nets, there was evidence of a viewer appetite for an alternative to the often formula-dominated programming of the big broadcasters. Statistically, they didn’t amount to more than what would, years later, come to be referred to as a “niche” audience, and you’d be making a hell of an assumption saying they were looking elsewhere for their TV entertainment because they wanted something better. But it was
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Child's Play - A Look Back at Long Lost Kid Friendly Horror TV Shows!

A lot of people ask me, "Creepy, how did you first come to love horror movies so much?" Well, growing up in the Seventies, there was plenty to go around. There were TV classics like Gargoyles, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, and any number of TV Movies of the Week, and there was also...

There was also a ton of weird and quirky bits of monster-themed kids programming. Usually "The Munsters" and "The Land of the Lost" get all the love, and rightly so. They're absolute classics. That being said, we're gonna talk about some other things here. Things you may not have known even existed. For instance, were you aware that way before Venkmen, Spengler, Stantz and Zeddmore there was a whole other set of Ghostbusters? How about a different Monster Squad? Got your attention? Good. Sit back, relax, and get ready to soak up some lunacy as we revisit.
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Comic Book Release List – Week of November 7, 2012

The following is a list of all comic books, graphic novels and special items that will be available this week and shipped to comic book stores who have placed orders for them.

12-gauge Comics

Ride Southern Gothic #2 (Of 2), $5.99

Aam Markosia

Dark Lies Darker Truths Gn, $15.99

Voyaga Gn, $12.99

Aazurn Publishing

Indie Comics Horror #1 (not verified by Diamond), $4.75


Crypt Of Horror Volume 15 Tp, $29.95

Alternative Comics

Injury #4, $6.00

Amryl Entertainment

Cavewoman Gangster #2 (Of 3)(Budd Root Special Edition), Ar

Andrews McMeel

Big Nate All Work And No Play Tp, $14.99

Arcana Studio

Pixies Hc (resolicited), $19.95

Archie Comics

Kevin Keller Volume 1 Welcome To Riverdale Tp, $11.99

Life With Archie #24 (Fernando Ruiz & Bob Smith Cover), $3.99

Life With Archie #24 (Fiona Staples Cover), $3.99

New Crusaders Rise Of The Heroes #3 (Ben Bates Regular Cover), $2.99

New Crusaders Rise Of The Heroes #3 (Pep Comics Variant Cover), $2.99

New Crusaders Rise Of The Heroes #3 (Sanford Greene Variant Cover), $2.99

Sonic Super Digest #1, $3.99

Sonic The Hedgehog Genesis Tp,
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It’S A Mad Mad Mad Mad World Screens At The Academy

On Monday evening the Academy presented a cast and crew reunion from director Stanley Kramer’s It’S A Mad Mad Mad Mad World. It was the inaugural film in “The Last 70mm Film Festival” series. The first guest I noticed at the reception was writer Bruce Vilanch wearing his Simpsons “Krusty the Clown” t-shirt. When I asked him about his choice of wardrobe he said, “because it was going to be a night filled with Clowns.” The evening was off to a fun start.

Script Supervisor Marshall Schlom, Casting Agent Lynn Stalmaster, Mrs Karen Kramer, and actors Marvin Kaplan, Barrie Chase, Carl Reiner, Jonathan Winters, and Mickey Rooney were all there at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The evening was hosted by surprise emcee Billy Crystal. As I moved about the filled room, I couldn’t help but be in awe of the Hollywood history that had gathered together.
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Comic-Con 2012: Schedule of Headliners

The Comic-Con 2012 schedule has now been released in full, and barring any major updates, is set. The blessing and curse of being an attendee is deciding which panels/autograph sessions/special events to attend, when they conflict. And they always do.

For you to see for yourself, below are what we are calling the “headliner” panels; those panels that are taking place in Hall H, Ballroom 20, Room 6Bdf, and the just-next-door Hilton Indigo Ballroom, the four major venues for panels. There are descriptions of each panel as well as the show(s) and/or movie(s) they are there to discuss.

See how many conflicts you might have, or how you might arrange time and space to somehow attend these plus spend every day in the vendors’ Exhibit Hall and chasing zombies in the nearby The Walking Dead Escape. By the way, if you figure that out, Please let us know.
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Comic-Con 2012 - Full Saturday Schedule!

Another day, another Comic-Con schedule! Are you ready to plan out our Saturday at this years convention!? Once again there's a ton of great panels going on including Iron Man 3, Pacific Rim, Man of Steel, The Hobbit, Marvel TV, Django Unchained, The Simpsons, Family Guy, and more!

Saturday has shaped up to be a hell of a great day for those of you attending Comic-Con. I've put *** next to all of the panels that we want to attend, but like every year, I'm sure we'll be covering a lot more stuff.

We'll be wearing our GeekTyrant shirts, so if you see us walking around San Diego and the convention center, please stop and and say hi! We'd love to meet our readers. We will also be holding our annual meet-up on Wednesday night before the crazy geek storm.

Check out the schedule below and let us know what panels you'll be attending,
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Late Night Classics – Cameron’s Closet

Being afraid of what might be under my bed or inside my closet is a childhood fear that used to leave me frozen in terror. I assume it is part of growing up. I still remember like it was yesterday when one night in my room I cowered under my blankets because a pair of glowing red eyes were glaring back at me from the closet; the same kind that are attached to the monster in Cameron’s Closet. I guess it was fate that art would somehow imitate my life, and that I would get to interview Armand Mastroianni, the director of the film.

Jason Bene: The film is written and adapted from a 1987 novel by Gary Brandner, a horror writer who authored the novel The Howling. You previously directed the favorites He Knows You’re Alone and The Supernaturals. What made you decide to make Cameron’s Closet?
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Party Favors: Hufn Pufnstuf

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Lidsville -Sid Krofft talked to me over the phone. That’s almost as wild and weird as the shows he created with his brother Marty that dominated the ’70s. Their live action Saturday morning series mixed puppets and people went perfect with the sugar rush from a fresh bowl of Count Chocula. This was like a weird childhood dream as I had so many questions that had puzzled me since childhood. Krofft was eager to give answers.

He was excited about Vivendi Entertainment’s recent release of H.R. Pufnstuf: The Complete Series Collector’s Edition. There’s also a normal H.R. Pufnstuf: The Complete Series. What’s the difference? A cool bobblehead of H.R. Pufnstuf. I’ve had little contact with the bobblehead since my two year-old has turned it into her new best friend. I told Sid Krofft how another generation has embraced the lizard hero of my youth.
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DVD Playhouse--March 2011

DVD Playhouse—March 2011


Allen Gardner

127 Hours (20th Century Fox) Harrowing true story of Aron Ralston (James Franco, in another fine turn), an extreme outdoorsman who finds himself trapped in a remote Utah canyon, his arm pinned between two boulders, with no help nearby, no communication to the outside world, and dim prospects for survival, to say the least. Director Danny Boyle manages to prove again that he’s one of the finest filmmakers working today by making a subject that is seemingly uncinematic a true example of pure cinema. Inventive, breathtaking, funny, and horrifying, often all at once. Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara make a memorable, brief appearance as hikers who connect with Ralston during his journey. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Commentary by Boyle, producer Christian Colson, co-writer Simon Beaufoy; Deleted scenes; Featurettes. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS-hd 5.1 surround.

Amarcord (Criterion) Federico Fellini’s Oscar-winning, autobiographical classic might
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Tim Conway on guest starring on ‘Hot in Cleveland’

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith Legendary TV funnymen Tim Conway and Carl Reiner guest on Wednesday’s (7/28) “Hot in Cleveland” episode on TV Land, playing rivals for Betty White’s affections. And Tim declares, “I had such a great time, I’m going to insist on coming back, whether they want to film it or not.”

He adds, “I haven’t had that much fun since I was on the [Carol] Burnett show.”

As far as whether he or Carl is the more suitable suitor for the 88-year-old wonder girl, Tim dead pans, “I’m the right guy. I’m the right guy for any lady, actually. Carl – unfortunately, he’s too bright for women. I’m more in their Iq class.”

Yes, still naughty at 76, six Emmy-winner Conway these days divides his work time between occasional guest spots on the tube – like his “CSI” stint this
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Party Favors: Full Frame 2010

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Durham - Once more The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is a four day film festival that plays like it should last a week They show so many films that it’s impossible to even come close to seeing them all. Five theaters are going at once and the only repeats are the award winning movies. It’s hard to pick while going through the schedule. I’ve yet to hear anyone complain about the movie they saw so much as wishing they could have seen two or three of the other ones that were showing concurrently. This is the best festival for documentary film viewers. The 2010 edition kept up the lofty standards with films about basketball, pork, pastries, scoundrels, nomads and undiscovered superstars.

Steve James created the greatest film about the dirty business of Chicago high school basketball in Hoop Dreams. Espn gave him a chance to look into
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Review: 'The Flash Gordon Serials, 1936-1940: A Heavily Illustrated Guide'

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The Flash Gordon Serials, 1936-1940: A Heavily Illustrated Guide

By Roy Kinnard, Tony Crnkovich, and R.J. Vitone

McFarland & Co. Publishers, August 2008, $55

Growing up in New York during the 1960s meant that Sunday morning we were treated to two choices: Sonny Fox on Channel 5’s Wonderama or the zany Chuck McCann who hosted a show that seemed to be a little bit of this and that. Included among them were the old movie serials from the 1930s. Among the most aired and best remembered were the ones starring Buster Crabbe as Flash Gordon. Imagine being 6 or 10 years old, and being introduced to these breathless adventures taking place on other worlds in digestible chunks that made you anxiously await the following Sunday. It was merely a taste of what an earlier generation experienced in actual movie theaters.

Those serials, Flash Gordon, Flash Gordon’s Trip to Mars,
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