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A Medium With a Message: Inside TV’s Long History of Tackling Social Issues

A Medium With a Message: Inside TV’s Long History of Tackling Social Issues
Abortion. Alcoholism. Pedophilia. Slumlords. Assisted suicide. Civil rights. Criminal justice reform.

These are all timely topics for television drama in 2017. But they were also tackled, with gritty realism, more than a half century ago on two landmark CBS series: “The Defenders” (1961-65), starring E.G. Marshall and Robert Reed as crusading father-and-son defense attorneys, and “East Side/West Side” (1963-64), featuring George C. Scott as a New York City social worker, with Cicely Tyson as his able secretary. Tyson’s series regular role, coupled with the fact that she appeared with her natural hair, was groundbreaking in a fraught period of civil rights struggles.

The New Frontier era ushered in by President John F. Kennedy’s election marked a moment when the networks made room for “prestige” narrative series that dealt with weighty social issues. The appetite for serious fare was stoked by the May 1961 declaration by Kennedy’s FCC chairman, Newton
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Win 'Freud' and 'The Execution of Private Slovik' on DVD

You'd think that every great classic film would be available on DVD by now but today (Monday 23rd April) sees two unreleased films finally coming out in the UK: Freud, directed by the legendary John Huston (The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre) is a magnificent film noir starring Montgomery Clift (A Place in the Sun, From Here to Eternity), whilst The Execution of Private Slovik is an 8 Emmy Award nominated war classic and stars the always brilliant Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now, The Amazing Spider-Man).

To celebrate their arrival, we're giving three Flickering Myth readers the chance to win a copy of both films; read on for details of how to enter this competition and enrich your film collection...

"Freud - Very much a forerunner of David Cronenberg’s recent and critically acclaimed A Dangerous Method, legendary director John Huston approaches his biopic of one of the world
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The Way Review

Martin Sheen is a treasure. Now 71 years of age, it's impossible to look at him and not think of Kit, the polite murderer he played in Terrence Malick's Badlands, or Willard, the military assassin in Francis Coppola's Apocalypse Now, or the creep who menaced Jodie Foster in The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane, or his performances in memorable movies made directly for television (The Execution of Private Slovik, The California Kid, The Missiles of October). He was charm and evil incarnate in David Cronenberg's The Dead Zone. When he returned to television as President Jed Bartlet in The West Wing, he left another mark as the kind of political leader who everyone dreams existed in real life. And he was a vital...
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10 Charlie Sheen Roast Jokes That Haven’t Been Made Yet

Comedy Central just announced that their next annual Roast will feature none other than 2011′s most ubiquitous tigerblooded human-shaped-chaos-factory, Charlie Sheen. I’m a big fan of all the Comedy Central Roasts, but this time, I’m legitimately concerned — seemingly every Charlie Sheen joke that could’ve ever possibly been made was already Tweeted seventy times in the past couple months, and if everyone’s already sick of “Winning” jokes now, I can’t imagine we’ll be back in the mood for them by the time September rolls around. Because there’s no Charlie Sheen jokes left, we’ve scoured the slightly more obscure corners of Charlie Sheen’s IMDb page to come up with this list of 10 Charlie Sheen Roast Jokes That Haven’t Been Made Yet: 1. Who could forget Charlie Sheen’s portrayal of “Peter” in the 1990 epic Courage Mountain? That movie was huger than Lisa Lampanelli’s vagina!
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