Kentucky lawyer Eric Conn known as ‘Mr. Social Security’ was perpetrator of massive fraud – American Greed

Eric Conn, the disability practice layer who carried out the largest Social Security fraud in Us history is the subject of this week’s American Greed. Conn built up his business from Eastern Kentucky, where he used billboards and other forms of advertising to reach a mass audience. He ended up with the third-largest disability practice in the country, representing people looking to get disability payments. He even had a group of young women that helped at promotions, they were known as ‘Conn’s Hotties.’ Bizarre Eric Con Promo Ad with Dr. Ralph Stanley, Obama Girl, and the Dancing Outlaw Jesco White However, his […]

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Squidbillies: Season 10 of Adult Swim Series Launches in July

Squidbillies, where are you? Below, watch a promo with Jesco White and find out. Did you think Adult Swim's Squidbillies TV show was cancelled? The ninth season finale, "Jose, Can You? Sí!" aired in November 2014. Now, after nearly two years off the air, Adult Swim announces the tenth season of Squidbillies premieres Sunday, July 10, 2016, at 11:30pm Et/Pt.The Squidbillies voice cast includes: Dana Snyder, Unknown Hinson (aka Stuart Daniel Baker), Daniel McDevitt, and Dave Willis. Season 10 will feature new covers of the theme song each week, from artists including Father John Misty, Kurt Vile, The B-52s, Sharon Van Etten, Jimmy Cliff, and Rebecca Schiffman. The series is created by Jim Fortier, Dave Willis, and Matt Maiellaro. Fortier and Willis write and produce.Read More…
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Tribeca Film Festival Experience Hits UK Via Exclusive ‘On Demand’ Service

The Tribeca Film Festival experience is now exclusively available in homes across the UK through Tribeca Film, the distribution label of Tribeca Enterprises, which today announced its expansion to the UK and the first six films which it will distribute across multiple platforms in the region.

From April 16th, for an eight week run, UK audiences will be given direct access to watch select Festival titles on demand, both at home and on the go. The films will be available on demand in the UK via pay-per-view with Virgin Media, as well as select digital platforms including iTunes, PlayStation, and Xbox.

The initial slate of six films features selections from the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, including Greetings From Tim Buckley and Fresh Meat, as well as favourites from previous Festival editions including Supporting Characters, Rubberneck, Monogamy and The Wild And Wonderful Whites Of West Virginia. All except ‘Whites’ are new releases in the UK.
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Squidbillies: Volume 5 'Granny Cuyler' DVD Featurette

Squidbillies: Volume 5 'Granny Cuyler' DVD Featurette
Warner Home Video has provided us with a new featurette for Squidbillies: Volume Five, arriving on DVD August 7. To help get you familiar with all of the features, the popular character Granny Cuyler (Dana Snyder) breaks down everything that is included in this 10-episode set. Check it out.

Squidbillies - Granny Cuyler

When you can't count on that expensive hog mess we call "modern medicine" to fix your funnybone, Squidbillies is there to git-r-done! And this August, Adult Swim's got just what the doctor ordered with the release of the Squidbillies: Volume Five DVD, packed to the gills with all 10 episodes from the series' fifth season and bonus content including Art + Music, Pete Stuff and behind-the-scenes featurettes. In this latest installment, everyone's favorite family of inbred hillbilly squids lay out the welcome mat for special guest appearances by T-Pain, Kevin Gillespie, Jesco White, Riley Martin and Billy Joe Shaver.
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10 Future Icons of Horror

I’m going to start by boldly/naively stating that I am not as big a fan of horror as I could be or indeed as many of you are likely to be. Yet I do have faith in the genre, I believe it to have the possibility and potential to make classic cinema, the obvious likes of Alien and The Shining are fine examples of that. As horror continues on into the 21st century there are one or two pieces of cinematic gold for every dozen appalling slasher sequels, monster mash-ups and vampire flicks.

Below is a list of 10 filmmakers, writers and actors who I guestimate could be crucial to the future of horror. So here it goes, a horror rookie looking into the possible future crystal ball of the genre with some very safe predictions (filmmakers that have already proven their craft) and a few more riskier suggestions.
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Squidbillies' Dave Willis and Jim Fortier Slack Their Jaws

The creators of Squidbillies sure do have a lot to hoop and holler about, given the absurdist show is in its sixth year, with an impending sixth season due out on September 11th, 2011.

But what might really get creators Dave Willis and Jim Fortier firing guns in the air? How about the release of Squidbillies: Volume 4 on DVD? Say, isn't that the same DVD we're giving away today?

Starting June 21st 2011, fans can own the DVD, which features the entire ten episodes and a slew of bonus material from the the fifth season. From the official press release:

It’s mayhem time! The 'billies are crazier and more dysfunctional than ever and their antics will be documented on DVD in the Adult Swim release of Squidbillies Volume 4 on June 21, 2011. Everyone’s favorite (and maybe the only) inbred hillbilly squids are up to their usual reckless ways, getting into trouble
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DVD Playhouse--June 2011

DVD Playhouse June 2011


Allen Gardner

Kiss Me Deadly (Criterion) Robert Aldrich’s 1955 reinvention of the film noir detective story is one of cinema’s great genre mash-ups: part hardboiled noir; part cold war paranoid thriller; and part science- fiction. Ralph Meeker plays Mickey Spillane’s fascist detective Mike Hammer as a narcissistic simian thug, a sadist who would rather smash a suspect’s fingers than make love to the bevvy of beautiful dames that cross his path. In fact, the only time you see a smile cross Meeker’s sneering mug is when he’s doling out pain, with a vengeance. When a terrified young woman (Cloris Leachman, film debut) literally crossed Hammer’s path one night, and later turns up dead, he vows to get to the bottom of her brutal demise. One of the most influential films ever made, and perhaps the most-cited film by the architects
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Netflix Nuggets: Naked Whites Enter the Dogtooth Ballad

Netflix Nuggets is my way of spreading the word about what I consider to be the greatest thing since sliced bread… Netflix streaming movies instantly to your computer and/or compatible home theater. As Netflix makes movies titles available in their already vast and eclectic catalog of rentals via online streaming technology, I’ll spotlight the one’s I feel are worth taking note of as they become available.

In this, the first edition of Netflix Nuggets, we’ll feature five films; two brand new and wildly unique foreign films, one new documentary, and two classics from master filmmakers.

The Ballad Of Cable Hogue (1970)

[streaming of Ballad Of Cable Hogue available only until 1/31/2011]

Director: Sam Peckinpah

Synopsis: Abandoned in the desert, prospector Cable Hogue survives his ordeal when he discovers a freshwater spring. Transforming the oasis into a much needed pit stop on the local stagecoach route, the resourceful Hogue sits back to wait for his double-crossing former partners.
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Tribeca Alumni Ring in the New Year

As sites around the blogosphere post their end-of-year film favorites, we point you to those including films from Tff's past. Awarded the #1 spot on Pop Matters' list of The Top 10 Films of 2010 That You Never Heard Of: The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia! The doc was also listed as one of 16 straight-to-dvd films worth adding to your queue by Gary Thompson (Philadelphia Daily News). In this shocking, eccentric and often moving documentary, executive producers Johnny Knoxville and Jeff Tremaine (Jackass) present a-year-in-the-life of the Whites of Boone County, West Virginia, a legendary family known for its gas-huffing, drug dealing, pill popping and even famous mountain dancing members, including Jesco White, the star of the cult classic documentary Dancing Outlaw. Catch this outlaw gang in action on DVD or on demand via Tribeca Film. Clocking in at #8 on Moviefone's Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies of 2010, we applaud ...
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The Austin Alamo Programmers’ Top 10s of 2010

In the Alamo programming office, movies are sort of our thing. We watch ‘em, we fight about ‘em, and sometimes we even book ‘em for our theatres. We bring you the greatest and most bizarre movies from the past 100 years, and also highlight some of the greatest achievements in new cinema, too.

It’s a tough job…especially when it comes time to narrow down our favorites at the end of each year. But we do it all for you.

The lists below represent the most powerful and/or entertaining films of 2010, according to Alamo programmers Tim League, Lars Nilsen, Zack Carlson, Henri Mazza, Kayla Williams, Daniel Metz, Bret Neuman, George Bragdon, and Caitlin Stevens. We hope you have some time on your hands, because you’re going to want to read everything.

In case you’re interested, you can see our combined list as a group on Badass Digest.
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Deliciously Demented Trailer for Dominic Murphy’s White Lightnin’

I have been waiting for Dominic Murphy’s Jesco White biopic “White Lightnin’” to find its way onto DVD for quite some time now, and, for the most part, my hopes and dreams have been left dangling in the proverbial Appalachian breeze. The film chronicles the life of legendary “dancing outlaw” Jesco White, a man who became something of a cult phenomenon back in the day thanks to a heavily-traded bootleg of this decidedly peculiar individual’s dancing abilities. The high water mark for his popularity was an appearance on “Roseanne”, an episode I’ve yet to catch in syndication. IFC Films dumped the film into a handful of theaters at the beginning of the year, but a DVD release date has yet to be set. Please, for the love of all that’s holy, release this film as soon as humanly possible. As always, a handy synopsis: Deep in
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Wwwwv Site Launches

Just in time for the holiday weekend, check out the new website for the hit documentary The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia, directed by Julien Nitzberg. The film is now available On Demand via Tribeca Film. The film follows the legacy of the White family of Boone County, West Virginia. The juicy new site has all the details about Mamie and Jesco White - reckless, larger-than-life characters notorious for criminal activity. With news about upcoming screenings, a family tree, and a daily blog, the website has everything you need to know about the film, the filmmakers, the Whites, and much, much more. Check it out! Theatrical Screenings: Opens June 25 at the Laemmle Sunset 5 in Los Angeles. Denver Film Society, June 8. At Cinemapolis in Ithaca, NY, over the weekend of June 26-27. And in Austin, TX, at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz July 13 and 14.
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Summer Indie Film Preview

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Summer Indie Film Preview
Yes, we're excited to see "Iron Man 2," "Inception" and God help us, "Predators." But what we're really looking forward to spending a few hours in the company of an undertaking Bill Murray ("Get Low"), an Italian-speaking Tilda Swinton ("I Am Love") and a toga-wearing Rachel Weisz ("Agora") in the comfort of air-conditioned theater over the next three months. (Either that or we'll be enjoying them from the comfort of home online, on demand or on DVD.)

There are no less than 114 independently produced movies arriving in theaters this summer to compete with the big studio blockbusters and we've compiled this helpful guide that covers all of them. Yet realizing that the latest arthouse and foreign fare is subject to changing dates, particularly if you don't live in Los Angeles or New York, we've also included links to follow the films on Twitter, Facebook and release schedules where available, so
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Director Jacob Young at the Ritz tonight with Dancing Outlaw

Director Jacob Young is in town to present his cult-legendary documentary about cult-legend wildman Jesco White- this is like meeting a man who fell into a blackhole and lived to tell about it. Do Not Miss This One!

Join us for the classic documentary about Jesco White, greatest living Appalachian mountain dancer, hell-raiser, glue-sniffer and all-around hero for our times.

“In the dark recesses of the hills of Boone County, West Virginia lives a man named Jesse (Jesco) White. Around 1990, the eccentric “genius” of this Appalachian everyman became the subject of an irreverent documentary titled Dancing Outlaw, and whether viewed as a comedy or a study in psychosis, the video has managed to catch the attention of quite a few people…This sociological milestone takes the viewer on an enlightening trip into the lives of people in a part of America that is shrouded in mystery, folklore and (not always unjustified) stereotypes.
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The Alamo Guide for March 25th

The Alamo Guide for March 25th, 2010

We Are Back In Action! SXSW is over for another year, and we are jam packed with Super Fun Times! For reals. We’ve got new release films out the wazoo, and a full week of specialty programming.First off, for all you hot tub enthusiasts, the most ridiculous (or genius?) time travel film to date opens Friday at the Ritz. That’s right, folks, it’s a Hot Tub Time Machine. If you’re more of a genre type of guy or gal, check out Mother, the newest thriller from the director of The Host! If you never saw The Host, go rent that, and Then you’ll really want to see Mother! We’ve also got Greenberg at S. Lamar starting Friday for all you thirty-somethings in an existential crisis… or for those that just want to see Ben Stiller in an existential crisis.
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The Alamo Guide for Jan 21!

The Alamo Guide

for January 21st, 2010

I would just like to inform the general public that after the Alamo Iron Chef show last night, our own John Bullington came out the victor! However, Parkside still remains delicious. They have some wicked seared foie gras that I can’t seem to stop ordering everytime I go there.

We’ve got a whole buncha goodies coming up this week! First of all, A Town Called Panic finally opens this Friday, and we’ve been waiting for the day every since we saw it at Fantastic Fest. It’s a great time so def check it out if you can. Also, if you’ve been following this whole Leno vs. Conan debacle, you may be interested to know that we’re showing the Final Episode Of The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien. We’re definitely Team Coco. Our Valentine’S Day Feasts are selling strong,
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The Alamo Guide for January 14th!

The Alamo Guide

for January 14th, 2010

Hello again, friends. I hope your days are well. I am here, once again, to tell you how your days could be better: with the Alamo! We are packed full of new release films from the past week or two, and still we find time for specialty programming! How Do We Do It?! Lots and lots of work hours, that’s how…If you haven’t gone out to see Crazy Heart yet, tomorrow is the perfect opportunity to do so. Local country honky-tonkers The Derailers are playing an after show at The Highball and you can get tickets for both events! If you’re one of those over-planner people, you might want to make some Valentine’s Day plans Now because our Valentine’S Day Feasts go On Sale Friday At Noon! Those sell out super fast and are pretty damn romantic and delicious.
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Am I Black Enough for You, White Lightnin' Dynamic: 01, Lynch (one) and Derek

Mark Kermode enjoys a Billy Paul biopic, a faux-biopic of mountain-dancing madman Jesco White, two David Lynch collections and a celebration of Derek Jarman

Over the past few years, several music documentaries that would previously have been confined to TV have taken a brief theatrical bow before appearing on DVD. This year's standout was Am I Black Enough for You (pictured, 2009, Drakes Avenue, E) the story of Philadelphia soul legend Billy Paul. Having achieved mainstream success with "Me and Mrs Jones", Paul horrified his "cross-over" fans with the radical broadside that gives this DVD its name, which promptly relegated him to outsider status. Years later, artists such as Schoolly D (who features here) helped to reclaim him as a lost icon of black power, although the bittersweet battle between principle and opportunity is left unresolved in this engrossing portrait.

Occupying a space between music biopic and psychotic fantasia, White Lightnin' (2009, Momentum,
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Sundance Selects Keeps the Devil Away from 'White Lightnin'

Ask me what the most ambitious films are of the year, and so far I might point you to Dominic Murphy’s White Lightnin’ - a crazy piece of filmmaking that merits a "genre" label of its own. The pic was a recent winner Hitchcock D’Or at the Dinard Film Festival and grabbed the headlines less than 48 hours ago for winning big at the Mumbai Film Festival. Screen Daily reports that Sundance Selects won't leave this small in stature film orphaned in the backwoods for much longer. - Ask me what the most ambitious films are of the year, and so far I might point you to Dominic Murphy’s White Lightnin’ - a crazy piece of filmmaking that merits a "genre" label of its own. The pic was a recent winner Hitchcock D’Or at the Dinard Film Festival and grabbed the headlines less than
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Austin Film Festival 2009 Wrap Up

Jesco White and Hank Williams IIIThe Wild and Wonderful Whites of West VirginiaYou can have Jon and Kate, the Osbournes or the Kardashians. I'll take the Whites of Boone County, West Virginia for pure reality entertainment. Produced by the "Jackass" MTV folks the documentary follows these modern day hillbillies with their bent for crime. They make the Gotti mob look like the Osmonds.  Openly using and selling drugs, milking the government entitlement system and maybe worst of all, giving their kids names like Cheyan and Tylor. Hank Williams III contributes some tunes with "Punch Fight Fuck!" being the appropriate theme song. Downtown CallingDowntown...
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