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Freebie and the Bean

Here’s how one pushed the limits of good taste in 1974. James Caan and Alan Arkin run the gamut of racist, raunchy, sexist & homophobic jokes as bad boy cops breaking the rules, and director Richard Rush delivers some impressive, expensive action stunts on location in San Francisco. Does it get a pass because it’s ‘outrageous?’ The public surely thought so. If the star chemistry works the excess won’t matter. With Valerie Harper, Loretta Swit and Jack Kruschen.

Freebie and the Bean

Blu-ray

Warner Archive Collection

1974 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 113 min. / Street Date August 8, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Alan Arkin, James Caan, Valerie Harper, Loretta Swit, Jack Kruschen, Mike Kellin, Paul Koslo, Linda Marsh, Alex Rocco.

Cinematography: Laszlo Kovacs

Film Editors: Michael MacLean, Fredric Steinkamp

Original Music: Dominic Frontiere

Written by Robert Kaufman, Floyd Mutrux

Produced and Directed by Richard Rush

‘Buddy’ pictures have been around forever, but I
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Top Ten Tuesday – Baby Driver Opens This Week, So Here Are the Best Car Chase Movies of the 1970’s

There’s nothing like a good car chase in a movie. Maybe it’s the daring-do of the stunt drivers that makes you feel you’re in danger even though you’re comfortably in your seat, or the high stakes of the moment in which the characters we’re rooting for will either get out of the situation or have a gruesome finale, but an impressive car-chase scene can make even a mediocre movie a beloved classic. What makes a car chase legendary, you ask? They’re the ones that keep you at the edge of your seat and actually fit in with the rest of the plot.

Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver opens Wednesday, June 28th. Baby (Ansel Elgort), is an innocent-looking getaway driver who gets hardened criminals from point A to point B, with daredevil flair and a personal soundtrack running through his head. That’s because he
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Slideshow: The Hollywood Show in Chicagoland on Mar. 24-26, 2017

Previous | Image 1 of 23 | NextMariel Hemingway of ‘Manhattan’ and ‘Star 80.’

Chicago – “The Hollywood Show” is an exciting gathering of celebrities and memorabilia for movies, TV and pop culture fans. The latest edition is coming up – March 24th-26th, 2017 – at the Hyatt Rosemont/Chicago O’Hare Airport Hotel in Rosemont, Ill. Among the TV and film stars scheduled to appear is Ed Asner (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show”), Stefanie Powers (“Hart to Hart”), Angie Dickinson (“Police Woman,” original “Ocean’s 11’), Dawn Wells (“Gilligan’s Island”), Charlene Tilton (“Dallas”) and Richard Chamberlain (“Dr. Kildare,” “Slipper and the Rose”). Detail link below the Slideshow.

To give you an example of the celebrities that appear at The Hollywood Show, photographer Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com took Exclusive Portraits at last year’s Fall show in September. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below.
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'Mash' Star William Christopher Dead at 84

  • TMZ
"Mash" star William Christopher -- who played Father John Mulcahy on the iconic show -- is the latest celebrity to die in 2016. Christopher was part of one of the most spectacular ensembles ever on TV ... a cast which included Alan Alda, Jamie Farr, Mike Farrell, Loretta Swit and Harry Morgan. Christopher, who played a Catholic priest but was actually Methodist in real life, auditioned for the role but went off script with a rambling ad lib.
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Mash: Jamie Farr Shares His Favorite Episodes

  • TVSeriesFinale
What are your favorite episodes of Mash? Starting Monday, star Jamie Farr will share his favorite episodes of the iconic CBS series on MeTV.Farr played Max Klinger on the long-running dramedy alongside fellow cast members Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, McLean Stevenson, and Loretta Swit. The series, which chronicled the staff of a mobile army surgical hospital during the Korean War, ran for 11 seasons before ending in 1983.Read More…
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Slideshow, News: The Hollywood Show in Chicagoland From Sep. 9-11, 2016

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Previous | Image 1 of 17 | Next1970s and ‘80s icon Kristy McNichol.

Chicago – “The Hollywood Show” is an exciting gathering of celebrities and memorabilia for movies, TV and pop culture fans. The latest edition will be this weekend – September 9th-11th, 2016 – at the Hilton/O’Hare Airport Hotel in Rosemont, Ill. (details below). Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com will be there to photograph the stars, and offers a Slideshow featuring the celebrities who attended the 2015 event.

Scheduled to appear at the 2016 Hollywood Show are Joyce DeWitt (“Three’s Company), Loretta Swit (“M*A*S*H”), Oscar nominated actress Mariel Hemingway, Morgan Fairchild (“Falcon Crest”) and Jan Michael Vincent (“Airwolf”), among many other favorites from “Three’s Company,” “My Three Sons,” and “The Waltons.” There is a fee for autographs and pictures, and the show offers a huge memorabilia market.

Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Race With The Devil

  • DailyDead
If you’re going to race with the Devil, you’ve got to be fast as hell!

Pull on up to the ’70s, when Satanic Panic fueled the nightmares of a horror-fed generation. Started by Rosemary’s Baby (1968), exploding with The Exorcist (1973), and culminating with The Omen (1976), hoofin’ with the Horned One was a popular dance at the box office. Race with the Devil (1975) is a much less grandiose ride than its esteemed colleagues, but remains a fun and interesting mesh of hot rods and Hell.

Released in June, Rwtd came off the assembly line for $1.7 million Us and returned $12 million, a sizable success for a modest B-flick. Car chase movies always turned a tidy profit on the circuit, exploitation filled with wheels and women perfectly suited for drive-ins across North America. By the time Rwtd was released, satanic horror had saturated the market. But by crossbreeding it with a
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Jill Melody seeing career flourish as star of television movie 'Hr' - Los Angeles Acting Auditions | Examiner.com

Jill Melody has enjoyed a film and television acting career that began as a teen. Now the award winning actress is taking on her directorial debut on the television movie "Hr". Jill keeps audiences amused and engaged as she leads a comedic cast as the charismatic, but trouble-making Hr Director Alexis Lennox, whose antics and schemes keep her staff panicked and unnerved. The movie is set in a human resources department in the South, and is a humorous look at one day in a truly dysfunctional yet laughable environment. Jill Melody trained at North Carolina School of The Arts and The New York Film Academy in Los Angeles. She has gone on to make a name for herself with roles on television shows such as the NBC hit show "Friends", and "Law & Order". Jill has performed with the entertainment greats Kelsey Grammer, Martin Sheen and Loretta Swit, to name just a few.
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What's New on TV, Netflix Streaming, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: February 2 - February 8

  • Moviefone
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"The Best of Me"

This might not be the best of Nicholas Sparks's oeuvre of weepy romantic dramas, but at least it's not the most insane! (That honor probably goes to "Safe Haven," for the record.) In any case, this story about true love lost and found stars Cyclops from "X-Men" and Michelle Monaghan. If you love Nicholas Sparks, you love him, and nothing anyone else says will change that. Which is sort of admirable, really. Extend your love Sparks with this exclusive featurette.

"Dear White People"

This indie from writer/director Justin Simien is a comedy about race politics on an Ivy League campus. It is funny and smart, and you should see it. Tessa Thompson leads a great ensemble
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From Veep to 24: Pop Culture's Female Politicians Ranked

  • PEOPLE.com
From Veep to 24: Pop Culture's Female Politicians Ranked
Last week, CBS premiered the new political drama Madam Secretary, which stars Téa Leoni as Elizabeth Faulkner McCord, the U.S. Secretary of State. It's hardly a far-fetched concept, as we've seen three female secretaries of state since 1997: Madeleine Albright, Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. But it's nonetheless rare to see a fictional universe with a woman in one of the nation's top three positions of political power. (Yep, even in fake realities, politics is a man's game.) And historically speaking, Hollywood has played it as a joke more often than not. So which fictional female presidents, vice presidents
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The Healthy Helpers: The Top 10 Movie Nurses

  • SoundOnSight
Now what would the medical profession be like without the dependable skills of nursing in cinema? Sure, the doctors get their lion’s share of representation in the movies but what about the nurses that serve them? What is so interesting about the portrayal of nurses in film is that they can be characterized beyond the compassionate medical maidens that the public associates them with on a whim. Motion pictures allow for big screen nurses to show some complexity beyond loving bedside manners and juggling bedpans. Cinematic nurses can be caring, comical, crazed, confused or corrupt.

Whatever the complication or consideration of these celluloid servers of health care rest assure that they are a glorified bunch in their devotion to the medical field. Whether flawed or favorable we will take a look at some of the top-notch nurses in film as cited in The Healthy Helpers: The Top 10 Movie Nurses.
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Better than Fast and Furious: ‘Race with the Devil’ a spare, solid, sharply paced horror/road flick

Race with the Devil

Directed by Jack Starrett

Written by Lee Frost and Wes Bishop

1975, USA

A follow up to the 20th Century Fox surprise success of Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (released a year earlier), this Peter Fonda-Warren Oates cult classic is a strange hybrid of genres. One might assume the film offers a car chase with Satan himself. This isn’ t that movie; that would instead be the Nicolas Cage 2011 vehicle, Drive Angry. The result here rests somewhere between Rosemary’s Baby and Vanishing Point, featuring requisite road chases and a Satanic cult. With the mash-up of what was then, two popular fads, it is no surprise Race with the Devil was a box office hit in 1975. Action filmmaker Jack Starrett (Nowhere to Hide, The Gravy Train, Cleopatra Jones) hits his career high directing this slickly executed genre-hopping cult favourite. Race with the Devil is an entertaining,
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The 10 Greatest Celebrity "Pyramid" Players, In Honor Of The Classic Game Show's 40th Anniversary

You may have guessed that I'm a fan of game shows, but if you're a decent, totally American human being, you love game shows too. Thus, it's only right that you know today is the 40th anniversary of the first airing of Pyramid, the beloved franchise that eventually spawned the Dick Clark-hosted $20,000, $25,000 and $100,000 versions, as well as two recent incarnations starring Donny Osmond and Price is Right producer Mike Richards, respectively. The classic game of verbal clues and Egyptian iconography is just so addicting, and we're lucky that Game Show Network still airs it all the damn time. 

For the record: The first-ever Pyramid celebrities -- when the show was filmed in New York -- were Rob Reiner and June Lockhart.

To celebrate the show's incredible run, I thought we'd rank the 10 greatest celebrities ever to lend their clue-giving skills to Dick Clark's game. My list includes mainly
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AfterElton Briefs: "Evil Dead" Goes Redband, Another Footballer Ally, and Anderson is the Chosen One

  • The Backlot
Here is last week's caption pic winner. This week's caption pic is at the bottom of the page.

Thanks to everyone for participating! The winner is ...

"Maybe having sauerkraut with the corned unicorn hash wasn't such a great idea after all."

Thanks to Luke for this week's winning caption!

Weekend Birthdays! (Note: Birthday shoutouts are for out entertainers, allies, or for any celeb that seems to have a following on Ae). Bradley Cooper (above) is 38, Michael Stipe is 52, Danny Pintauro is 37, Diane Keaton is 67, Pamela Sue Martin is 60, January Jones is 35, Robert Duvall is 82, Joe Flanigan is 46, and Dot Marie Jones is 49. 2013 Renewal Scorecard. Revenge is "A Sure Thing," The New Normal is "A Safe Bet," and Happy Endings "Could Go Either Way."Joseph Gordon-Levitt is set to host the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony.Out readers have chosen their man of the year , and it's ... Anderson Cooper. Jesse Tyler Ferguson
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'One November Yankee' Movie Rights Sell to Pam Williams Productions

  • The Wrap
'One November Yankee' Movie Rights Sell to Pam Williams Productions
Pam Williams Productions has acquired motion picture rights to Josh Ravetch's stage play "One November Yankee," the company announced on Monday. The play, which is running through Jan. 5, 2013, at the NoHo Arts Center, stars Loretta Swit and Harry Hamlin (pictured), as siblings who discover the wreckage of a single-engine plane crash years after the accident has occurred. The play follows three sets of siblings as each interacts with the downed aircraft over time, from the crash to the discovery to an artist's installation based on the event. "We've often discussed the
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Ten Underrated Horror Movies for Halloween 2012

  • HeyUGuys
For some strange reason the horror genre has more underrated and undervalued films than pretty much any other genre. The reason for this seems to be that despite films like The Exorcist, The Thing and An American Werewolf in London being considered classics, the genre still isn’t taken seriously. Roughly 75% of the straight to DVD market consists of horror films and with so much produced with critics ready and waiting to give it a kick, it’s no surprise that a great many titles go by without any attention or love.

So as it’s Halloween here are ten horror movies that didn’t get the attention they deserved and are well worth seeking out this Halloween if you aren’t really in the mood for another Paranormal Activity film.

10. Daybreakers (2009)

Despite having one of the greatest trailers in recent memory, The Spierig Brothers vampire film Daybreakers was a
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Natalie Haynes's guide to TV detectives: #7 – Dr Mark Sloan

Diagnosis Murder's Dick Van Dyke is a roller-skating, barbershop-singing global treasure

Before we go any further, let me just explain that this blog will be longer than usual, because Diagnosis Murder is, without any trace of competition, my favourite detective show of all time, bar none, ever. I like it so much that the theme music (by the ever-excellent Dick DeBenedictis – imagine being responsible for the themes of Diagnosis Murder and Perry Mason, and not being an actual saint. Weird) is the ringtone on my phone. Even bad news sounds good when prefaced by that cheery clarinet.

I like the show so much that I am replacing my glass of water on a Diagnosis Murder coaster in between typing sentences (yes, I have four. And they were a Valentine's gift. Envy me). I like it so much that I have a signed photo over my desk of Dick Van Dyke
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Swit Sued Over Art Business

  • WENN
Swit Sued Over Art Business
M*A*S*H star Loretta Swit is facing legal action from investors in her art business who claim she has failed to pay back their money.

The actress, famed for playing Major Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan in the TV show, has set up her own company and she allegedly used a loan of more than $10,000 (£6,250) from a firm called Heath Solutions, Inc to help pay for it.

Bosses at Heath Solutions allege she promised to pay back the money, along with a further $44,000 (£27,500) which they invested to help her develop her company website.

The investors have filed a lawsuit against Swit in a bid to have the cash returned, according to TMZ.com.

'M*A*S*H*' Star Sued -- Hot Lips Blew Us Off!

  • TMZ
She was one of the Biggest stars of one of the Biggest shows of all time ... but now the woman who played "Hot Lips" Houlihan on M*A*S*H* is in the middle of a major financial crisis. TMZ has learned ... 74-year-old Loretta Swit has been sued by a company she allegedly hired to help run her art business. According to the docs, Swit asked the company to front her more than $10k in
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10 Great 'M*A*S*H' Quotes

  • Extra
In honor of "M*A*S*H" star Harry Morgan, who died Wednesday, "Extra" collected 10 of the best quotes from the long-running hit CBS show.

10 Great 'M*A*S*H' QuotesCol. Sherman T. Potter (Harry Morgan)

Col. Potter: [about Hawkeye and Bj] "Please excuse these two, they're themselves today."

Col. Henry Blake (McLean Stevenson)

Henry Blake: "Do we have enough sherry and ginger-ale for the General?" Radar: "Oh, nobody does, sir." Henry Blake: "Oh, fine then, if
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