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1941: A Great Comedy For Slim Pickens Day

On Monday, August 28, 2017, Turner Classic Movies will devote an entire day of their “Summer Under the Stars” series to the late, great Louis Burton Lindley Jr. If that name doesn’t sound familiar, well, then just picture the fella riding the bomb like a buckin’ bronco at the end of Dr. Strangelove…, or the racist taskmaster heading up the railroad gang in Blazing Saddles, or the doomed Sheriff Baker, who gets one of the loveliest, most heartbreaking sendoffs in movie history in Sam Peckinpah’s Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.

Lindley joined the rodeo circuit when he was 13 and soon picked up the name that would follow him throughout the length of his professional career, in rodeo and in movies & TV. One of the rodeo vets got a look at the lank newcomer and told him, “Slim pickin’s. That’s all you’re gonna get in this rodeo.
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Celebrating the B-movie performances of Michael Caine




From killer bees to Steven Seagal, Michael Caine's seen it all. We celebrate five hilarious performances in five very bad B-movies...

"If there is one thing worse than being offered bad scripts it's being offered none at all," Michael Caine once noted - an admission that might explain some of the roles he's taken on over his long and often wonderful career.

Michael Caine may have attained national treasure status now, but from the late 70s to the middle of the 90s, classic roles like Dr Frank Bryant in Educating Rita and Scrooge The Muppet Christmas Carol were interspersed with some - shall we say - less acclaimed movies. Yet even when the production values were awful, the script stank and the films flopped, Michael Caine's performances often remained fascinating. This isn't to say he was necessarily putting his heart and soul into them -
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Dwayne Johnson Will Probably Have to Fight Volcanoes In 'San Andreas 2'

Disaster movies typically don't get sequels. Granted there are exceptions (Beyond the Poseidon Adventure), but for the most part they just don't happen. There's no Day after The Day After Tomorrow. People would have a hard time buying Dante's Peak destroying a town a second time. The Towering Inferno can only burn down once.  But nobody has told that to Dwayne Johnson and the rest of his team behind the smash hit San Andreas. The movie made a nice chunk of money not just in the U.S., but also around the world. Naturally Warner Bros. would be interested in a sequel and thankfully San Andreas has something going for it that most disaster movies don't: an event that can happen anywhere at any time. THR broke the news that WB is now actively prepping...

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Raise The Titanic and its $5m replica liner

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The thriller Raise The Titanic was a $40m flop in 1980, its model Titanic alone costing millions. Ryan charts the replica's sad history...

By autumn 1977, author Clive Cussler was the toast of the publishing world. Following a decade of writing and two moderately successful novels, his third book, Raise The Titanic! was a runaway bestseller. Its popularity was a contrast to Cussler's earlier books, which had earned him a relatively meagre $5,000. But those earlier adventures - The Mediterranean Caper and Iceberg - helped establish the daring hero Dirk Pitt, a practical, earthy hero designed as a counterpoint to the suave, refined James Bond.

For Raise The Titanic!, Cussler dreamed up a scenario in which Pitt headed up a multi-billion-dollar operation to find and recover the doomed luxury liner, which sank in 1912. Their goal: to recover a mysterious, incredibly rare substance called byzantium from the ship's belly - a
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Danger, Will Robinson! Cast Members Recall ‘Lost in Space’ on its 50th Anniversary

Danger, Will Robinson! Cast Members Recall ‘Lost in Space’ on its 50th Anniversary
When it premiered on September 15, 1965, the CBS sci-fi adventure “Lost in Space” met with little enthusiasm from TV viewers. But the show, which originally debuted in black and white, gained popularity during its second month on the air, and eventually cracked the top ten weekly programs by January.

A cosmic variation on Johann David Wyss’s classic novel “The Swiss Family Robinson,” the Emmy nominated series became a beloved pop culture phenomenon when it was picked up for syndication following its cancellation after three seasons.

To mark the show’s 50th anniversary, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment releases a lavish 18-disk Blu-ray boxed set on Tuesday, featuring all 83 episodes of the campy space saga, along with hours of never-before-seen material culled from the personal archives of series creator Irwin Allen.

Allen, best known for the blockbuster disaster movies that he produced in the ‘70s, gained early success as a fantasy TV producer,
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Trends in 70's Cinema: Disaster Movies

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Let’s face it, most of us have a soft spot for things blowing up in movies, and for a long time movies have been happy to feed our appetite for destruction. But it wasn’t always that way.

I know it’s hard to imagine, but there was a time when explosions weren’t so common in movies. Back then, big-budget movies had dancing and singing, and everyone had a merry time. After WWII though, things started to change. In newspapers and magazines, Americans were being exposed to terrible images of war-torn Europe and Japan. This imagery was haunting, yet it sparked some imaginations. At first, Hollywood was careful not to glamorize it. They figured out a way to show massive destruction and violence while making it fun and moderately profitable instead of soul-crushing and distasteful. The 50’s became known for its low-budget cheese-fests; sci-fi B movies featuring such
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Raising Caine on TCM: From Smooth Gay Villain to Tough Guy in 'Best British Film Ever'

Michael Caine young. Michael Caine movies: From Irwin Allen bombs to Woody Allen classic It's hard to believe that Michael Caine has been around making movies for nearly six decades. No wonder he's had time to appear – in roles big and small and tiny – in more than 120 films, ranging from unwatchable stuff like the Sylvester Stallone soccer flick Victory and Michael Ritchie's adventure flick The Island to Brian G. Hutton's X, Y and Zee, Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Sleuth (a duel of wits and acting styles with Laurence Olivier), and Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men. (See TCM's Michael Caine movie schedule further below.) Throughout his long, long career, Caine has played heroes and villains and everything in between. Sometimes, in his worst vehicles, he has floundered along with everybody else. At other times, he was the best element in otherwise disappointing fare, e.g., Philip Kaufman's Quills.
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DVD Review: "Beyond The Poseidon Adventure" (1979) Starring Michael Caine, Sally Field And Telly Savalas

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By Lee Pfeiffer

Seven years after his blockbuster success producing the 1972 film The Poseidon Adventure, Irwin Allen revisited the same story for a sequel, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure. The 1979 film represents all the reasons that sequels to most hit films are generally disdained. Yes, there was The Godfather trilogy to buck the trend, but there were also those God-awful sequels to Jaws. Beyond the Poseidon Adventure opens the morning after the capsizing of the cruise ship. Michael Caine is Mike Turner, the financially destitute captain of a small vessel who is facing bankruptcy after losing his cargo in the same violent storm that destroyed The Poseidon. On board his boat are his first mate Wilbur (Karl Malden) and Celeste Whitman (Sally Field), a perky but klutzy young drifter the men have befriended. They stumble upon the capsized wreck of the Poseidon and Turner immediately smells financial opportunity in the tragedy.
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Weekend Rock Question: What's the Most Disappointing Movie Sequel?

Weekend Rock Question: What's the Most Disappointing Movie Sequel?
Summer movie season is officially upon us now that X-Men: Days of Future Past is in theaters and Godzilla managed to gross over $100 million in a single week. That means we're about to be bombarded with sequels. We have high hopes for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Dumb and Dumber To, though we're a little unsure about 22 Jump Street and The Expendables 3

Readers' Poll: The 25 Best Movies of the 1990s 

Now we have a question for you: What is the most disappointing movie sequel you've ever seen?
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Virgins and Prostitutes: Jones' Movies on TCM

Shirley Jones Movies: Innocent virgins and sex workers galore (photo: Shirley Jones and Burt Lancaster in ‘Elmer Gantry’) (See previous post: “Shirley Jones: From Book to Movies.”) I haven’t watched The Cheyenne Social Club (1970), a comedy Western directed by Gene Kelly, and starring 62-year-old James Stewart as a cowpoke who inherits an establishment that turns out to be a popular house of prostitution. Henry Fonda plays Stewart’s partner. And I’m sure Shirley Jones, as one of the sex workers, looks lovely in the film. Hopefully, director Kelly gave this likable, talented actress the chance to do more than just stand around looking pretty. But then again … For all purposes, The Cheyenne Social Club ended Shirley Jones’ film stardom; that same year she turned to TV and The Partridge Family. Jones would return to films only nine years later, as one of several stars (among them Michael Caine,
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Post Sandy Thoughts: Seven Disaster Films Done Right

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The gray rolling seas thundered through the forest of pilings under the piers, sometimes cresting enough to send a geyser of wind-whipped froth up onto the decking. Other places, it poured through the gaps the wind and tide had eaten through the dunes and poured into the beach town streets. It pulled boats large and small from their moorings in the lagoon marinas and piled them like a child’s toys up on the land. Some in apartment buildings would tell of the cars in the ground level garage floating against each other bathtub playthings. But there was nothing childlike in the way it took entire houses, made seaside villages look like an extension of the ocean and not the land.

For the day and a half I watched Hurricane Sandy pound my home state of New Jersey – which was all the time I had before I lost my cable
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[Now Streaming] Your ‘Contagion’, ‘Warrior’ & ‘Black Power Mixtape’ Alternatives

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Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to the worthwhile titles currently available on Netflix Instant Watch. This week we focus on Contagion, Warrior and Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975.

This Friday in theaters is all about fighting. Whether it be fighting a world-rattling outbreak, fighting in the ring, or fighting the powers that be, movie protagonists will be engaging in the battles of their life for your viewing pleasure. And if you want to take the fight home, we’ve got a list of movies now available online full of stars, struggle and striking revelations.

Steven Soderbergh directs this star-studded and shocking disaster-thriller about a deadly outbreak. Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Laurence Fishburne, Marion Cotillard and John Hawkes co-star.

For more disaster flicks full of stars and scares, check out this trio:

Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979) This sequel is as star-studded as its source,
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Protosevich on 'Poseidon' trip

Protosevich on 'Poseidon' trip
Mark Protosevich has been hired to write The Poseidon Adventure, the remake that Wolfgang Petersen's Radiant Pictures and reality TV impresario Mike Fleiss are producing for Warner Bros. Pictures. The original movie, released in 1972 by 20th Century Fox, told the story of a ragtag group of survivors trapped on a passenger ship after it is capsized by a monster wave. Produced by Irwin Allen, it was part of a cycle of big-budget disaster movies that proved popular in the 1970s. It was followed by the 1979 sequel Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, which was released by Warner Bros. The new movie, which is being eyed as a big-budget tentpole, would be set in the present day and follow a new set of characters as they brave fires, explosions and flooding corridors in their attempt to survive after a tidal wave flips the S.S. Poseidon. Radiant's Diana Rathbun also is producing, and the company's Samuel Dickerman is executive producing. Chris Briggs is co-producing. Protosevich is no stranger to writing on large canvases. He is the screenwriter of A Princess of Mars, which Paramount Pictures has developed for Robert Rodriguez to direct, and he wrote New Line Cinema's The Cell. He also scripted Warners' I Am Legend and Paramount's Stranger in a Strange Land. Protosevich is repped by CAA.

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