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The Horn Blows At Midnight

Jack Benny used this film’s disappointing box office as a long-running gag but that shouldn’t keep fans (or even non-fans) from seeking it out, it’s a real curio. Supposedly a jaunty comic-fantasy, Raoul Walsh’s 1945 film carries an undeniably dark undertone as musician Benny dreams he’s an angel of doom whose trumpet will signal the end of the world… a barrel of laughs, right? Not that you could tell from this low-information trailer. The brilliant composer Franz Waxman (Bride of Frankenstein, Sunset Boulevard) provided the score. Benny reprised his angelic role on a restaging for NBC’s Omnibus in 1953.
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Comic Book Release List – July 10, 2013

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

3 Finger Prints

Zombies Vs Cheerleaders Volume 2 #2 (Cover A Ryan Kincaid), $3.99

Zombies Vs Cheerleaders Volume 2 #2 (Cover B Jason Pedersen), $3.99

Zombies Vs Cheerleaders Volume 2 #2 (Cover C Matt Hebb), $3.99

Aam Markosia

Infernal Fyre-Dragon Gn, $17.99

Tales Of Discord Gn, $17.99

Abstract Studios

Rachel Rising #18, $3.99

AC Comics

Men Of Mystery #90, $29.95

Action Lab Entertainment

Princeless Tales Of The Family Ashe (One Shot), $3.99

Altus Press

Doc Savage The New Adventures Volume 5 Skull Island Sc, $24.95

Amigo Comics

Westwood Witches #2 (Of 4), $3.99

Antarctic Press

Boneyard The Biggening #1 (One Shot), $3.99

Victorian Secrets Summer Special #1, $3.95

Archaia Entertainment

Mouse Guard Volume 3 The Black Axe Hc, $24.95

Archie Comic Publications

Archie And Friends Double Digest #29, $3.99

Archie Meets Glee Tp, $12.99

Jugheads Double Digest #194, $3.99

Mega Man #27 (Patrick Spaziante Variant Cover), $2.99

Mega Man #27 (Patrick Spaziante Regular Cover
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Entertainment News: Comedian Jonathan Winters Dies at 87

Los Angeles – Jonathan Winters, one of the most influential comedians of the past two generations, has died of natural causes on April 11th at his home in Montecito, California. His characteristic schizophrenic comic style inspired modern funnymen like Robin Williams, George Carlin and Jim Carrey. He was 87 years old.

The career of Jonathan Winters spanned from 1948 to the present, during which his freaky, energetic expression of humor had its own unique form. A fixture on such legendary television shows such as “The Tonight Show” (with both Jack Paar and Johnny Carson), “The Dean Martin Show” and “Hollywood Squares,” Winters would often appear as his alter ego Maude Frickert, a sharp tongued old lady character. It wasn’t just an act, as during his early career he spent time in mental institutions, and was diagnosed with manic depression.

Jonathan Winters as Lennie Pike in ‘It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad
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Oscars 2013: Tie for Best Sound Editing win is only the sixth in history

The surprise tie in this year's Best Sound Editing category officially makes this year's Oscars one for the record books: It's only the sixth time a tie has happened in Oscar history and the first in a technical category.

"Zero Dark Thirty" and "Skyfall" shared this year's Sound Editing award -- beating out "Argo," "Django Unchained" and "Life of Pi." (In an odd coincidence, both Kathryn Bigelow's acclaimed "Zero" and the blockbuster James Bond film "Skyfall" were both distributed by Sony Pictures.)

Perhaps the most famous tie happened in 1968, when Barbara Steisand's "Funny Girl" breakout performance tied with legendary Katherine Hepburn's turn in "The Lion in Winter" for Best Actress. We know from the record books that that was an exact tie, each actress received the same number of votes.

However, historically, Oscar will declare a tie if two nominees come within a few votes of each other.
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Exclusive Interview, Part 3: Clu Gulager on Working with Family

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Exclusive Interview, Part 3: Clu Gulager on Working with Family
Did you ever do a soap opera?

About five soap operas were written for me over my lifetime that I know about. I had to turn them all down. I said, "I can't remember those lines. It would kill me." I had to turn them all down. As I turned them down, friends of mine took the parts and within about two weeks most of them were in the hospital. That's how tough it is to go into soap operas. You have to have a phenomenal kind of memory. Jim Drury has one. Barry Sullivan had one. My wife had one. There are many people who are actors, good actors, who have photographic memories. They look at a page and it's, "Okay, let's shoot it". They are literally that fast. I can't do that. So I had to do it the hard way and it was really hard on me.
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Author, playwright, and screenwriter Gore Vidal has died: A history of controversial movies

Gore Vidal movies: The Best Man, Caligula, Suddenly Last Summer. (Photo: A young Gore Vidal.) Author, playwright, screenwriter, acerbic storyteller, and political commentator Gore Vidal died Tuesday, July 31, at his home in the Hollywood Hills. Vidal, who had been living in Los Angeles since 2003, was 86. Gore Vidal movies Details about Vidal’s life and literary career can be found elsewhere on the Web. But it’s good to remember that Gore Vidal was also a notable — though hardly prolific — screenwriter. After penning various television plays for anthology series such as Studio One and Omnibus, Vidal wrote the film version of Paddy [...]
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Comic Book Release List – Week of 3-14-2012

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.

AC Comics

Golden Age Greats Spotlight Volume 8 Outrageous Good Girl Art Comics, $29.95

Antarctic Press

Gearhearts Steampunk Glamor Revue #2, $3.99

Gold Digger #136, $3.99

Ape Entertainment

Richie Rich Digest Volume 1 Boon Under The Bay Tp, $6.99

Subculture The Webstrips Volume 2 Return Of The King’s Throne Tp, $9.95

Arcana Studio

Amour Volume 1 Gn, $14.95

Amour Volume 2 Gn, $14.95

Cat Named Haiku Coloring Book Sc (not verified by Diamond), $2.95

Hyper-Actives Gn (resolicited), $14.95

Nieves Gn, $14.95

Redfoot Gn, $8.95

Romeros Requiem Gn, $9.95

Scionic Gn (resolicited), $14.95

Sideshows Gn, $9.95

Archaia Entertainment

Mouse Guard Black Axe #4 (Of 6), $3.50

Primordia Hc (with dust jacket)(resolicited), $19.95

Archie Comic Publications

Archie Double Digest #227, $3.99

Archie The Married Life Volume 2 Tp, $19.99

Mega Man #11, $2.99

Ardden Entertainment

Comeback Kings #2 (resolicited), $2.99

Aspen Mlt

Dead Man’s Run #2 (Cover A Tony Parker)(not
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Come Live in Corman’S World!

Spoiler alert: you already live there! The Corman’s World documentary is out today, so here’s a playlist of all the Roger Corman you could ever need!

Look, you simply can’t escape the pull of the Roger Corman singularity at the center of modern Hollywood.

So many of our gurus come either out of the Roger Corman factory or have been influenced by his work greatly. By far, he is the most well-represented filmmaker on our little site, with nearly 40 films commented on by gurus including Allan Arkush, Joe Dante, Josh Olson, John Landis, Chris Wilkinson, Howard Rodman, Jon Davison, Mary Lambert, Jonathan Kaplan, Mick Garris, Jack Hill, Amy Holden Jones, Sam Hamm and, of course, Roger Corman himself.

If you ever wanted all of those trailer commentaries in one place, I give them to you now in an extended YouTube Omnibus playlist. Watch every single one.

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Peter Falk, 1927 - 2011

Updated through 6/26.

"Peter Falk, the stage and movie actor who became identified as the squinty, rumpled detective in Columbo, which spanned 30 years in primetime television and established one of the most iconic characters in police work, has died. He was 83." Anthony McCartney for the AP: "Falk made his film debut in 1958 with Wind Across the Everglades and established himself as a talented character actor with his performance as the vicious killer Abe Reles in Murder, Inc. Among his other movies: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Robin and the Seven Hoods, The Great Race, Luv, Castle Keep, The Cheap Detective, The Brinks Job, The In-Laws, The Princess Bride. Falk also appeared in a number of art house favorites, including the semi-improvisational films Husbands and A Woman Under the Influence, directed by his friend John Cassavetes, and Wim Wenders's Wings of Desire, in which he played himself."

Last November,
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Richard Leacock (1921-2011)

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Documentary pathfinder Richard Leacock (1921-2011) passed away yesterday at the ripe age of 89. Readers are probably more familiar with the two documentary movements he helped refine, Direct Cinema and Cinéma Vérité, than his work on the Direct Cinema doc Primary (1960). Produced by former Life magazine editor and correspondent Robert Drew, shot by Leacock and Albert Maysles (whose work with his brother David include Gimmie Shelter and Grey Gardens) and edited by D.A. Pennebaker (the rock documentarian who brought us Don't Look Back, Monterey Pop, and Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars), Primary chronicled the 1960 Wisconsin Democratic Primary between John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey. The joint forces of Drew, Maysles, Pennebaker, and Leacock on Primary, with the aid of mobile cameras, faster film stocks, and mobile sound equipment gave rise to the Direct Cinema movement.

Direct Cinema, often considered synonymous with Cinéma Vérité (they are very different, but that's
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Superstars of Comics and Popular Arts Headline Impressive List of Guests for WonderCon

WonderCon, one of the country’s most popular and well-attended comic book conventions, boasts an impressive guest list for the annual event being held in San Francisco on Friday through Sunday April 2-4, 2010. WonderCon is produced by the same organization that produces the world-renowned Comic-Con International in San Diego.

Guests at WonderCon will take part in programs and panel discussions that spotlight their career and contributions to the comic book and popular arts industries. Many will also be available for autographing sessions. Those scheduled to appear include:

Murphy Anderson: One of comics’ most respected inkers, Anderson is also known for his stunning pencils on Hawkman, Adam Strange, and Atomic Knights. Anderson’s long career in comics — dating back to the Golden Age — includes the Buck Rogers syndicated comic strip and a long stint producing Ps, the Preventive Maintenance magazine for the U.S. Army.

Sergio Aragones: As one of Mad
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DVD: Review:King Lear: The Historic Omnibus Production

What happens when you strip Shakespeare’s King Lear down to its basic plot, shuffling all the subplots and most of the comic bits off to the wayside? You end up with something almost maliciously pessimistic about what humans are capable of, but also something that moves with a malevolent sense of purpose. Lear is maybe the greatest work ever written in the English language, but it’s amazing how much one of the greatest works in the English language resembles a grim, gritty action film at its core. Mounted in 1953 for CBS’ Sunday-afternoon arts-and-culture program Omnibus, Peter Brook ...
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[TV] King Lear: The Historic Omnibus Production

What I’m reviewing at present is William Shakespeare’s four-hour King Lear, presented as a seventy-three minute 1953 television special. If that doesn’t interest you in the slightest, I empathize. There’s the back button.

If you’re still here, I’ll let you in on the star of this Historic Omnibus Production from the Archive of American Television. It’s Orson Welles, in an awesome beard and a crown, with a badass cane and a royal bearskin coat, and he sits on his throne for nearly half the runtime, his thundering guffaws echoing as mighty quakes throughout your living room.

To clarify the matter of the runtime, all of the sequences actually pertaining to King Lear have been retained, and presented without act headings or other structural breakdowns. The entire subplot, which makes up the majority of the original text, has been eradicated.

Keep in mind whilst passing judgment,
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[TV] Leonard Bernstein: Omnibus

Leonard Bernstein’s name has become a legacy unto itself. Besides being one of the most well-known All-American musicians (composing, conducting, pianist), the man had a presence that surpassed his musical talent. The Omnibus series featured a plethora of famous personalities, however Bernstein’s appearances made for notable nights of television. Omnibus stood for culture. Viewers tuning in were guaranteed something high-class and refined. In that way Bernstein satisfies, but measured against the rest of the Omnibus’s library, Bernstein did much more than that. His episodes, simple in presentation as they often have little more than Leonard sitting at a piano or walking about talking about a classical piece of music, are magnificent. Bernstein’s music proved him a great storyteller using notes and clefs, but the Omnibus series allowed him to come across as the brilliant persona which understood music intimately and sought to share it with those around him.
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King Lear (1953) - DVD Review

Orson Welles would first appear on American television in the Omnibus production of King Lear. This was back in the day where television was thought of as an instructional and culture enlightening medium, but it was also a live medium. It may not be the best Lear, but classic television is always welcome. King Lear (Orson Welles) is old and ready to retire from the throne of England. He is going to divide his kingdom amongst his three daughters, Goneril (Beatrice Straight), Regan (Margaret Phillips), and Cordelia (Natasha Parry). He tests their devotion by asking each to tell of their love to give the winner the largest section of the kingdom. The older daughters give flattering answers,
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Leonard Bernstein: Omnibus - The Historic TV Broadcasts - DVD Review

The Archive of American Television brings together the appearances of conductor Leonard Bernstein from the beloved television series Omnibus. Omnibus hosted by Alistair Cooke brought viewing audiences experiences in culture, the sciences and the performing arts during the 1950.s, and Leonard Bernstein was a favorite guest presenting programs on music. For a generation of Americans, Leonard Bernstein is the face and voice of orchestral music. He was the first person to show us what the conductor does, how much work goes into conducting and presenting a piece of orchestral music. His sense of humor and ability to teach through his words and actions made us all appreciate the music we heard, and helped us to understand the different styles within
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Criterion Collection's First Blu-ray Release Dates Announced

Late last week Criterion announced the first five titles they will release on Blu-ray high-definition discs and they will come loaded with bonus features and are already available for pre-order on Criterion's site. The first five titles include The Third Man and The Man Who Fell to Earth on November 18 and The Last Emperor, Bottle Rocket and Chungking Express the following week on November 25. I have included the specs and special features below as well as the cover art for three of the titles. The Third Man (1949) Will feature a restored high definition transfer in 1.37:1, and an uncompressed mono soundtrack. Video introduction by writer-director Peter Bogdanovich Two audio commentaries: one by filmmaker Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Tony Gilroy, and one by by film scholar Dana Polan Shadowing "The Third Man" (2005), a ninety-minute feature documentary on the making of the film Abridged recording of Graham Greene's treatment, read by
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Alistair Cooke dies; longtime radio, TV host

Alistair Cooke dies; longtime radio, TV host
LONDON -- Former BBC broadcaster Alistair Cooke, who was famous in the United States as host of Omnibus in the 1950s and Masterpiece Theatre in the 1970s and '80s, died Tuesday at his New York home. He was 95. No cause of death was given. The Britain-born American citizen broadcast a 15-minute weekly news commentary, Letter From America, on BBC Radio for 58 years, recording his last one this month (HR 3/3). The show, which began in 1946, had more than 2,500 editions, making it the longest-running radio program in the world. "I can no longer continue my 'Letter From America, ' " Cooke said in a statement released by the BBC at the time. "I have had much enjoyment in doing these talks and hope that some of it has passed over to the listeners, to all of whom I now say thank you for your loyalty and goodbye."

Legendary BBC broadcaster Alistair Cooke dies at 95

Legendary BBC broadcaster Alistair Cooke dies at 95
LONDON -- Veteran BBC broadcaster Alistair Cooke, who was famous in the United States as host of Omnibus in the '50s and Masterpiece Theater in the '70s and '80s, died at his New York home Tuesday. He was 95. The British-born American citizen broadcast a 15-minute news commentary, Letter From America on BBC Radio for 58 years, recording his last one earlier this month (HR 03/03). The show, which began in 1946, had more than 2,500 editions, making it the longest-running radio program in the world. "I can no longer continue my 'Letter From America, '" Cooke said in a statement released at the time by the BBC. "I have had much enjoyment in doing these talks and hope that some of it has passed over to the listeners, to all of whom I now say thank you for your loyalty, and goodbye." Tributes to Cooke, whose distinctive voice and broadcasting style bridged American and British society since his arrival in Manhattan in 1937, flowed in Tuesday after the BBC announced his death. "He was really one of the greatest broadcasters of all time," said British Prime Minister Tony Blair. "I was a big fan. I thought they were extraordinary essays. They brought an enormous amount of insight and understanding to the world. We shall feel his loss very keenly indeed."

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