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Chargers Coach Anthony Lynn ... Cusses, Screwup During 1st Presser

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[[tmz:video id="0_swk8wrts"]] Rough start for new L.A. Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn ... who misnamed his team and then Cussed on live TV during his introductory news conference.  It started off with Lynn referring to the team as the San Diego Chargers (he quickly caught that mistake) ... but it got worse when he was telling a story about his mentor, Bill Walsh, and dropped an S-bomb. Speaking of s*** ... at least the team got rid of that terrible logo.
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Disney Classics Getting Blu-Ray Release August 12th – Tarzan, Hercules, And More

A slew of classic Disney movies are hitting for the first time on Blu-Ray, including one double-pack release, and you’re going to want to make sure to pick these up. You haven’t paid attention to some of these titles for a while, and it’s about time you got the chance to catch them on Blu-Ray. The best part is that there’s a great mix of releases hitting. Bedknobs and Broomsticks is all but lost in the cultural consciousness, and it deserves a return. The Academy Award-winning movie from the year I was born is filled with a lot of fun and adventure, and like most Disney films, holds up well for a whole new generation.

The rest of the group covers a great spectrum, including two animated “big” titles, and a 10th Anniversary release. There’s a lot to expose your family to here, so check out all the info below,
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‘Pulp Fiction,’ ‘Roger & Me,’ ‘Mary Poppins’ Join National Film Registry

‘Pulp Fiction,’ ‘Roger & Me,’ ‘Mary Poppins’ Join National Film Registry
Pulp Fiction,” “Roger & Me,” “The Magnificent Seven,” “Mary Poppins,” “Judgment at Nuremberg” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” are among 25 films selected by the Library of Congress this year to be added to its National Film Registry.

The registry is composed of U.S.-made pics dating from 1912 that are deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” enough to warrant preservation. The list is expanded annually by 25 titles selected by the librarian from suggestions by the facility’s curators, members of the National Film Preservation Board and the public. The 2013 selections bring the number of pics in the Registry to 625.

Eligible films run the gamut of Hollywood classics, silent films, documentaries, independent and experimental motion pictures. This year’s picks are the usual eclectic mix that include MGM’s 1956 sci-fi classic, “Forbidden Planet;” John Wayne’s much-praised turn in John Ford’s 1952 drama “The Quiet Man;” the Charles Vidor- directed film noir classic,
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AFI Fest 2013 Announces Full Program

AFI Fest 2013 presented by Audi, a program of the American Film Institute, today announced the remaining sections and films that will screen in the festival’s World Cinema, American Independents, Breakthrough, Midnight, Cinema’s Legacy and Presentations programs. AFI Fest, which redefines Hollywood today as a place where icons and emerging artists bring audiences together to experience global cinema in the movie capital of the world, will take place November 7 through 14 at the historic Tcl Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

World Cinema showcases the most anticipated and prize-winning international films of the year, the American Independents section features work by U.S. filmmakers, Breakthrough highlights work discovered only through the blind submission process, Midnight’s selections tend toward the macabre and Cinema’s Legacy highlights restorations and classic films.

This year’s program includes the return of several filmmakers to AFI Fest
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AFI Fest Completes Lineup, Includes 15 Foreign Language Oscar Candidates

AFI Fest Completes Lineup, Includes 15 Foreign Language Oscar Candidates
The AFI Fest has unveiled the remainder of its lineup for the Nov. 7-14 event, encompassing 119 films representing 43 countries.

The fest, a program of the American Film Institute, will include the World Cinema, American Independents, Breakthrough, Midnight, Cinema’s Legacy and Presentations programs and include 83 features and 36 shorts. The lineup includes 27 films directed/co-directed by women, 10 documentaries and 14 films representing the work of 54 AFI alumni.

The fest has previously announced its galas, which include “Saving Mr. Banks” as its opening night film and “Inside Llewyn Davis” as the closing night title.

The films from AFI alums include “Breathe In” from writer-director Drake Doremus; “La Jaula de Oro” by producer-director-writer Diego Quemada-Diez; “We’ve Got to Get Out of This Place” from producer Brian Udovich and director Zeke Hawkins; and “Machsom” from director Bayard Outerbridge (AFI Class of 2012).

The fest will be held at the Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres,
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Clare 1-17 Tipperary 2-10 – Munster U21 Hurling Final 2013

Clare pulled off a fantastic performance to retain their Munster title in a thrilling Munster U21 Hurling Final at Semple Stadium on Wednesday evening.

There was large turnout at Thurles, due in part to the fine weather, and the gathered crowd saw an imperious Clare barrel to victory over their near neighbours and rivals Tipperary.

Jason Forde put in an exhibition of free-taking to keep the Premier County in touch, but they were no match for the Bannerman in truth. Late goals from star man Forde, including a bullet of a penalty, reduced the final deficit, but Clare never looked in danger of losing at any stage, and with a host of players from the senior panel in their ranks, they closed out the game in some style.

Cathal O’Connell pointed six frees from a total of 8 points, and Cunningham, Galvin, and Tony Kelly also grabbed a brace each
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‘Herbie Rides Again’ deliberately breaks the sequel rule.

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Herbie Rides Again

Written by Bill Walsh, based on the novel Car, Boy, Girl by Gordon Buford

Directed by Robert Stevenson

USA, 1974, imdb

Listen to the Mousterpiece podcast about Herbie Rides Again or read Josh’s extended thoughts about the film!

*****

“The first rule of all drive-in sequels: make the same damn movie you made the first time!”

-Joe Bob Briggs

Herbie Rides Again stands proudly alongside Halloween III: Season of the Witch as the two films that most deliberately break the sequel rule. It is debatable which is more cruel. Halloween III has no Michael Myers (and for that matter no witches) but never explains why. No doubt many in the audience when it was first released must have been wondering when Michael Myers was going to show, right up until the moment the film ended.

While discarding most of what made the first film work: Dean Jones as racer Jim Douglas,
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Extended Thoughts on ‘Herbie Rides Again’

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Herbie Rides Again

Directed by Robert Stevenson

Written by Bill Walsh

Starring Ken Berry, Stefanie Powers, Helen Hayes, Keenan Wynn

Sometimes, I wonder why studios spend money on certain projects. Ok, scratch that, I wonder this all of the time, not some of the time. Why spend money on this reboot or that remake or these sequels? Sure, a movie makes money and studios want to replicate that success until the end of time. But still, the money that studios spend—presumably precious—is often spent in unfortunate and baffling ways. What’s more, once a movie gets greenlit, the way its budget is used is even more troubling. Saying this about movies coming out in 2012 isn’t exactly groundbreaking, but I’m surprised that the practice extends as far back as 1974. Call me naïve, but the way Hollywood spends money like it’s going out of business will never not be confusing.
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Extended Thoughts on ‘Mary Poppins’

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Mary Poppins

Directed by Robert Stevenson

Written by Bill Walsh and Don DaGradi

Starring Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson

I think it’s a bit dangerous to call movies classics; that title can be a heavy crown for any film to wear, whether it’s your favorite or one you’ve never heard of before. Sometimes, we consider movies classics because our parents or our siblings or our friends loved them first, and we just followed along with them. Sometimes, we consider movies classics as soon as we walk out of the theater, blown away at what we’ve just seen. And sometimes we’re told that movies are classics, not because we’ve seen them, but because film buffs and critics have deemed it that way. No matter what makes a movie a classic, I’m unable to separate that movie from its status when I watch it,
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‘The Love Bug’ evokes the era of Disney as underdog innovators

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The Love Bug

Directed by Robert Stevenson

Written by Bill Walsh and Don DaGradi, based on the book Car, Boy, Girl by Gordon Buford

1968, USA, imdb

As I mentioned during the Mousterpiece Cinema podcast about The Love Bug, when I was a very young boy – about 3 or 4, my parents would drive to Ndg from the Laurentians to visit my grandparents. Once there, my Bompa would take me down to his basement garage, wave his hands, intone dramatically “Abracadabra” and the garage doors would open. Then he would wave his hands and proclaim “Abracadabra” to close them back up. I thought he was quite a magician… and he was! At least in the Arthur C. Clarke sense that, “Any sufficiently advanced technology,” in this case an automatic garage-door opener in 1970, “is indistinguishable from magic.”

This is the key to the Herbie films. Children see a sentient car and believe it to
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Extended Thoughts on ‘The Love Bug’

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The Love Bug

Directed by Robert Stevenson

Written by Bill Walsh and Don DaGradi

Starring Dean Jones, David Tomlinson, Michele Lee, Buddy Hackett

Live-action films at Walt Disney Pictures have always occupied an interesting place, not only within cinema as a whole, but within the company. Even during the dark days of the 1960s and 1970s—basically the period from when Walt Disney passed away in 1966 to when Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg joined the company in 1984—live-action was a moneymaker without being anywhere near as iconic as the animation output. Granted, the studio often fell back on re-releasing its older animated films, but they treated animation as something to be respected, while live-action was just there to get kids in the theater.

In some ways, I wonder if that’s why Walt Disney Pictures was able to have such a tight-knit system comprised of directors, writers, composers, and so on.
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Why the Lakers' Phil Jackson Is Overrated

He's a media creation in a business where coaches add very little. Buzz Bissinger on why the Zen Master bears some blame for the Lakers' spectacular collapse.

And now, as the great Zen Master Phil Jackson walks down the rose-covered road into retirement, let us meditate on the most overrated position in all of sports: the Coach.

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Reams have been written on the Coach-his X-and-o genius, his ability to motivate in the locker room (do you think there is a single player who hasn't heard a variation of that speech a thousand times before?).

Do coaches make a significant difference? They do in college football and basketball, not because of anything they do on the hardwood or gridiron, but because of their ability to recruit with or without intermediaries to deliver the cash.

When I wrote the book Three Nights in August,
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DVD Review: Delightful ‘Bedknobs and Broomsticks’ is Timeless

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Chicago – When it was announced that Disney would be releasing a new special edition of “Bedknobs and Broomsticks,” the little kid in me woke up and started pounding on my memory banks. I have such vivid memories of watching the film as a child, mouth agape, eyes wide, and falling in love with the blend of animation and live-action that looked so revolutionary to this future critic’s young mind. Pick up the DVD and inspire a child you know.

DVD Rating: 3.5/5.0 “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” is a film so ingrained in the memory of my childhood that I can’t really approach it critically. It’s difficult to separate the personal meaning the film has for me on rainy Sundays around the Vcr with my mother and sister and look at it without bias. But I bet I’m not alone. And if you remember “Bedknobs” with the same fondness,
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'Bedknobs and Broomsticks' - See 9 clips from the DVD!

We have nine clips in from Buena Vista Home Entertainment's "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" which comes to DVD for the very first time on . This was one of my favorite family films during my youth which I must have visited easily over a dozen times. The charming cast stars Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson, Roddy McDowall, Sam Jaffem John Ericson, Bruce Forsyth and Cindy O'Callaghan. Robert Stevenston directs from the writing by Bill Walsh and Don DaGradi based on the book "Bed-Knob and Broomstick."
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