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It Came From The Tube: When Michael Calls (1972)

A lot of great TV horror movies rely on a final image, a real shocker, to hammer home the fear. But not all of them. When Michael Calls (1972) is a telefilm that measures out its chills, leading to a logical conclusion (for a small screen sinner) instead of an iconic screen shot for nostalgic viewers. Regardless, this one provides a platform for a solid thriller with a pedigree behind and in front of the camera.

Originally broadcast on Saturday, February 5th, as the ABC Movie of the Weekend, When Michael Calls had the normal competition from CBS’ New Dick Van Dyke Show/Mary Tyler Moore Show and NBC’s Saturday Night at the Movies. But ABC’s Movies of the Week (on Tuesday’s, and here) almost always won out with viewers, providing exciting, original fare. This one is no exception.

Let’s crack open our fair weathered faux TV
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How the Gilmore Girls Team Remembered Their Late Costar Edward Herrmann, On-Screen and Off

How the Gilmore Girls Team Remembered Their Late Costar Edward Herrmann, On-Screen and Off
When the residents of Stars Hollow reconvened for Netflix’s highly-anticipated revival series Gilmore Girls: A Year In the Life, one key member of the Gilmore family was missing: Edward Herrmann.

The actor, who played the distinguished family patriarch Richard Gilmore for seven seasons on the original Gilmore Girls series, passed away in 2014 at age 71 after a battle with brain cancer.

In the revival, which debuts Nov. 26, the cast and crew made certain he was there in spirit. His character Richard has also died on the show — but his memory provides key story points as his family processes his loss.
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NCIS: 'Bionic Woman' Lindsay Wagner to Play Bishop's Mom During Sweeps

NCIS: 'Bionic Woman' Lindsay Wagner to Play Bishop's Mom During Sweeps
Somewhere, Jaime Sommers’ enhanced right ear is burning.

TVLine has learned that TV’s erstwhile Bionic Woman, Lindsay Wagner, will guest-star on CBS’ NCIS — as Agent Ellie Bishop’s mother.

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Wagner will appear in the most watched drama’s final sweeps outing, airing Tuesday, Nov. 24, when Bishop has cause to take a Thanksgiving-time trip back home to Oklahoma.

“I’m super excited about it, because I’m a huge Lindsay Wagner fan going back to The Paper Chase,” NCIS showrunner Gary Glasberg told us.
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The Naked Gun's timeless buffoonery

We take a look back at 1988's The Naked Gun, its timeless brand of comedy, and Leslie Nielsen's superb performance...

Detective Frank Drebin's outside his Los Angeles police precinct, squeezing off shots into the receding backside of his own car.

How this came to happen almost defies description. Having driven his Ford Crown Victoria into a couple of bins outside the building, Drebin stumbles out, seemingly oblivious to the airbags going off inside. One airbag knocks the car into drive and off the vehicle goes, almost running Drebin over as it rumbles downhill.

As an orchestrated bit of comedy cinema, it's the knockabout equivalent of the famous scene in The Untouchables, where Brian De Palma expertly wrings every drop of suspense from a pram thudding down a flight of stairs at a train station.

On the spur of the moment, Drebin comes to the conclusion that there's a criminal
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List of New Movies Coming to Amazon Prime Instant Video in June 2015

Heeeeere's Johnny! Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" is just one title being added to Amazon Prime: Instant Video in June 2015. Classics like "Roman Holiday" and "Apocalypse Now" are also coming, along with more random additions like "Troll" (and "Troll 2"!) and "Leprechaun: Origins." Most of the additions are arriving June 1, which is just a couple of weeks away at this point, but here's the full list:

June 1

"The Shining"

"Roman Holiday"

"Apocalypse Now"

"Apocalypse Now Redux"

"Something Wild" (1986)

"Sid & Nancy"

"Sucker Punch"

"Troll"

"Troll 2"

"Rep: The Genetic Opera"

"The Island of Dr. Moreau"

"Seven Psychopaths"

"The Paper Chase"

"People Will Talk"

"Far From Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog"

"Murder of a Cat"

"Nine Months"

"Word and Pictures"

June 12

"Life of Crime"

June 13

"Transformers: Age of Extinction"

June 15

"Leprechaun: Origins"

June 19

"A Most Wanted Man"

June 22

"Lucky Number Slevin"

June 24

"Covert Affairs" - Season 5

June 26

"Katy Perry: The Prismatic
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'Grey's Anatomy' First Episode: THR's 2005 Review

'Grey's Anatomy' First Episode: THR's 2005 Review
On March 27, 2005, ABC debuted a new hospital drama from executive producer Shonda Rhimes. Ten years and multiple accolades later, Grey's Anatomy is going strong at the network, and Rhimes is one of the industry's most influential showrunners. The Hollywood Reporter's original review of the show is below: For nearly a year, ABC preserved Grey's Anatomy in the network jar of formaldehyde, waiting for the right moment. Turns out that for this overdosed blend of The Paper Chase and ER, the right moment was about three decades ago. As a medical drama, the show has more in common with the sweetly

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Movie News: Edward Herrmann Dies at 71; New, Dazzling 'Cinderella' International Trailer

Edward Herrmann: Distinguished actor Edward Herrmann, who became best known for his role as a loving paternal figure on TV's Gilmore Girls, has died at the age of 71. Herrmann first scored with supporting roles in The Paper Chase and The Great Gatsby in the early 1970s, and remained busy throughout his long career, often playing establishment characters with great flair and humanity -- not to mention his delightful turn as a vampire in The Lost Boys. [CNN] Exodus: Gods and Kings: As we noted recently, Morocco has banned Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings, but the government's decision has sparked unexpected controversy. Reportedly, the movie was banned because it portrays God in a scene, which is forbidden by Islam. Politicians, however, have raised objections...

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News Briefs: Edward Herrmann Dies at 71; New, Dazzling 'Cinderella' International Trailer

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Edward Herrmann: Distinguished actor Edward Herrmann, who became best known for his role as a loving paternal figure on TV's Gilmore Girls, has died at the age of 71. Herrmann first scored with supporting roles in The Paper Chase and The Great Gatsby in the early 1970s, and remained busy throughout his long career, often playing establishment characters with great flair and humanity -- not to mention his delightful turn as a vampire in The Lost Boys. [CNN]   Neill Blomkamp:...

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Edward Herrmann, Noted Character Actor, Dead At 71

  • CinemaRetro
By Lee Pfeiffer

The year 2014 has proven to be one of the cruelest in terms of depriving us of notable people in the arts. The year's morbid streak has continued  to the bitter end with the announcement of the death of noted character actor Edward Herrmann. The 71 year-old actor has passed away after a months-long battle with brain cancer. Herrmann, who was both an Emmy and Tony award winner, had worked steadily in films, TV and on stage since he first made his mark in the early 1970s. His feature film credits include "The Paper Chase", "Brass Target", "The Lost Boys", "The Great Gatsby", "The Purple Rose of Cairo", "Nixon" and "The Aviator". His TV credits include "Eleanor and Franklin", "The Practice" (for which he won an Emmy in a recurring role), "The Gilmore Girls", "The Good Wife", "How I Met Your Mother" and "M*A*S*H". For more on his life and career,
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Edward Herrmann Has Passed Away

  • DailyDead
We’re sad to report that Edward Herrmann has passed away at the age of 71.

According to Deadline, Edward Herrmann passed away in New York this morning of brain cancer. About one year ago, Herrmann was diagnosed with a “Stage 4 glioblastoma brain tumor.”

When you think of Herrmann’s 40+ year acting career, the words “durable”, “eclectic”, and “classy” may come to mind. A Bucknell University graduate, Herrmann cut his teeth in theatre before making his credited feature film debut in 1973’s The Paper Chase. Later that same decade, Herrmann portrayed two iconic real-life characters in TV movies: United States President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1976’s Eleanor and Franklin and 1977’s Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years and New York Yankees legend Lou Gehrig in 1978’s A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story.

Herrmann stayed busy throughout the early to mid-1980’s, guest-starring on the “Heal Thyself” episode of M*A*S*H,
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'Gilmore Girls' star, Emmy and Tony winner Edward Herrmann dies

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'Gilmore Girls' star, Emmy and Tony winner Edward Herrmann dies
Character actor Edward Herrmann has died at the age of 71. The news was first reported by TMZ and confirmed by Buzzfeed. Herrmann's career spanned over four decades and it's no wonder that he's being memorialized today in different ways by different generations of film, TV and theater audiences.  Most recently, Herrmann was beloved for his performance as Richard Gilmore on The WB's "Gilmore Girls." The performance capped years as one of Hollywood's go-to actors for roles as patrician parents, lofty corporate board members and other ostensibly rigid WASPs. The catch with Richard Gilmore was that while he was introduced as seemingly out-of-touch and disapproving when it came to daughter Lorelai, his warmth for both his estranged progeny and for granddaughter Rory was a key source of "Gilmore Girls" heart. Herrmann and Kelly Bishop's parts could have been marginalized, what with The WB's focus on young female viewers, but the
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Edward Herrmann Dies; ‘Gilmore Girls’ Regular Won Emmy & Tony In 40-Year Career

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Edward Herrmann Dies; ‘Gilmore Girls’ Regular Won Emmy & Tony In 40-Year Career
Edward Herrmann, an Emmy-winning character actor best known for his seven-season run on Gilmore Girls and his long run as the voice of the History Channel, died today at a New York hospital where he was being treated for brain cancer. He was 71. The actor’s manager, Robbie Kass, told Deadline Herrmann died a year after being diagnosed with a Stage 4 glioblastoma brain tumor. “Besides being an accomplished actor, Ed was also a true gentleman and a scholar, as well as being an incredibly kind and decent man,” Kass said. “He will be sorely missed.”

Herrmann worked in TV and films for more than 40 years, racking up more than 120 credits. He began his career on the big screen in such movies as The Paper Chase, The Great Gatsby and The Great Waldo Pepper before landing the role of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the 1976 ABC telefilm Eleanor And Franklin, playing the
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Edward Herrmann, ‘Gilmore Girls’ and ‘Lost Boys’ Actor, Dies at 71

Edward Herrmann, ‘Gilmore Girls’ and ‘Lost Boys’ Actor, Dies at 71
Edward Herrmann, the actor who gained fame playing a young Fdr on TV but was known more recently as the patriarch of “Gilmore Girls,” died Dec. 31 in New York. He was 71.

Herrmann, who co-starred with Jane Alexander in a pair of much-praised “Eleanor and Franklin” telepics in 1976 and 1977, had been previously diagnosed with brain cancer. His family told TMZ that he had been in the ICU for the past three and a half weeks, and they decided to take him off the respirator when his condition did not improve.

Herrmann was well-liked in the biz and respected for his deft touch any number of character roles. He lent both gravitas and warmth to “Gilmore Girls” in his role as the upper-crust wealthy father who softens in the face of his strong-willed daughter and granddaughter. Herrmann was a series regular through the show’s seven-season run from 2000-2007 on the WB and CW nets.
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R.I.P. Edward Herrmann

Long-time character actor Edward Herrmann has lost a battle with brain cancer and has died at the age of 71. Herrmann was known for his strikingly tall physical presence, kind and sympathetic demeanour, and distinct voice. He is best remembered for his countless supporting parts in numerous films and TV shows.

Amongst his big screen works are key roles in films such as "The Lost Boys," "Overboard," "The Aviator," "The Cat's Meow," "Nixon," "Annie," "Reds," "The Great Gatsby," "The Betsy," "Intolerable Cruelty," "Born Yesterday," "The Great Waldo Pepper," "Harry's War," "Rko 281," "The Paper Chase," "Big Business," and "Richie Rich".

On the small screen he is best known for his regular role as Richard Gilmore on "Gilmore Girls," narrating countless History Channel docos, and guest starring roles galore on shows like "The Practice," "Oz," "Grey's Anatomy," "30 Rock," and two "Eleanor and Franklin" TV movies for which he scored Emmy nominations. He
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R.I.P. Edward Herrmann

Long-time character actor Edward Herrmann has lost a battle with brain cancer and has died at the age of 71. Herrmann was known for his strikingly tall physical presence, kind and sympathetic demeanour, and distinct voice. He is best remembered for his countless supporting parts in numerous films and TV shows.

Amongst his big screen works are key roles in films such as "The Lost Boys," "Overboard," "The Aviator," "The Cat's Meow," "Nixon," "Annie," "Reds," "The Great Gatsby," "The Betsy," "Intolerable Cruelty," "Born Yesterday," "The Great Waldo Pepper," "Harry's War," "Rko 281," "The Paper Chase," "Big Business," and "Richie Rich".

On the small screen he is best known for his regular role as Richard Gilmore on "Gilmore Girls," narrating countless History Channel docos, and guest starring roles galore on shows like "The Practice," "Oz," "Grey's Anatomy," "30 Rock," and two "Eleanor and Franklin" TV movies for which he scored Emmy nominations. He
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Character actor Edward Hermann has passed away

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We couldn't get through the final day of 2014 without losing another recognized face from film and television as we remember character actor Edward Hermann who has passed away at the age of 71. Hermann succumbed after a long battle with brain cancer, depriving the world of stage and screen of another performer. Hermann began his career in the 1970s working on films like The Paper Chase, The Great Waldo Pepper, and Robert Altman's M*A*S*H. In his career, he worked with everyone from Woody...
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‘The Comeback’ Finale Strains To Find Redemption (Spoilers)

‘The Comeback’ Finale Strains To Find Redemption (Spoilers)
The Comeback” has ended its comeback on HBO, completing what amounted to a victory lap for a show that was ahead of its time, yes, but despite cultish devotion, never really victorious.

Perhaps that’s why the finale came as such a surprise, exhibiting a sentimentality that provided a sense of closure but which simply felt incongruous with much of what transpired within the show’s fictional world, much less the realities of Hollywood that it sought to lampoon.

Several movies came to mind while viewing the final hour (and Spoiler Alert if you haven’t watched), in which Lisa Kudrow’s character, Valerie Cherish, completed what amounted to a “Shawshank”-like redemption, crawling through a torrent of excrement (literally, in an unnecessary twist) to come out cleansed on the other side.

Like “The Paper Chase” – in which the protagonist, having chased law-school grades the entire movie, finally decides that
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Netflix Is Dropping These Movies From Streaming on December 1st

Netflix giveth and Netflix taketh away.

While everyone's favorite subscription streaming service is adding a ton of awesome movies and TV shows in December, it's also yanking a huge list of popular titles from its library. Below is said list. I'm especially sad to see "Dirty Dancing" and "The Talented Mr. Ripley" go. Those movies are the sh...

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Movies Being Dropped by Netflix on December 1st

"1941" (1979)

"The Apostle" (1997)

"Audrey Rose" (1977)

"The Believers" (1987)

"Better than Chocolate" (1999)

"Blood & Chocolate" (2007)

"The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" (2008)

"Chaplin" (1992)

"The Choirboys" (1977)

"The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County" (1970)

"Coffee and Cigarettes" (2003)

"The Cold Light of Day" (1996)

"The Constant Gardener" (2005)

"Count Yorga, Vampire" (1970)

"Cry-Baby" (1990)

"Dirty Dancing" (1987)

"Double Indemnity" (1944)

"En la Cama" (2005)

"Event Horizon" (1997)

"Eye for an Eye" (1996)

"Fairy Tale: A True Story" (1997)

"First Knight" (1995)

"Five Easy Pieces" (1970)

"Foreign Student" (1994)

"Free Men" (2011)

"Funny Lady" (1975)

"The Ghost and Mrs Muir" (1947)

"The Girl from Petrovka
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We Know What Mens Rea Is: How to Get Away With Murder’s Familiar DNA

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We Know What Mens Rea Is: How to Get Away With Murder’s Familiar DNA
Last night's premiere of How to Get Away With Murder lit up Twitter like crazy and further solidified Shonda Rhimes's position as ABC's Mvp. Viola Davis stars as the super-intimidating lawyer and law-school professor Annalise Keating, who bounces between terrifying her (often wimpy) students and winning high-profile cases through questionable courtroom strategies. She's brilliant! She's tough! And she wears leather jackets in business-formal settings, so you know she's serious. On the whole, Murder is a dark, zippy murder-mystery series — though fans of legal fiction might find the pilot pretty familiar. Some moments were straight out of The Paper Chase, another recalled 12 Angry Men, but the two biggest overlaps are Damages and Legally Blonde. And it's a lot like both.Davis is the star of Murder, but we see a lot of the show through the eyes of law student Wes Gibbins (Alfred Enoch, a.k.a. Dean Thomas from
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Viola Davis Is Commanding in How to Get Away with Murder — the Show Just Needs to Get Out of Her Way

  • Vulture
Viola Davis Is Commanding in How to Get Away with Murder — the Show Just Needs to Get Out of Her Way
First, the good news: Viola Davis, the marquee name headlining ABC's new procedural How to Get Away with Murder, is every bit as commanding as you figured she'd be. And the show around her is lively. Executive-produced by Shonda Rhimes and created by Peter Nowalk (who has written for Rhimes's Grey's Anatomy and Scandal), it feels like a hip, bouncy version of one of the countless CBS crime series built around a mercurial and assholish fortysomething genius surrounded by gifted but unseasoned whippersnappers.Davis's character, law professor and defense attorney Annalise Keating, is John Houseman from The Paper Chase crossed with Alan Dershowitz (who's named-checked in an early scene in which the show's erstwhile protagonist, Alfred Enoch's Wes Gibbins, first enters the heroine's classroom). She's cool and imperious and wears a brownish-red leather jacket that might have been filched from Tyler Durden's closet. She interrogates her students as if
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