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1964 The Beatles release "A Hard Day's Night" their 3rd studio album. Have you seen Yesterday the high concept musical comedy about a world without The Beatles in it? Only the title song from this particular album gets played in Yesterday. 

1981 It was a big weekend for Kurt Russell with two new movies in theaters...
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Ambitions Season 1 Episode 4 Review: Reap What You Sew

Bella is playing a dangerous game. 

On Ambitions Season 1 Episode 4, Bella thought she had Evan right where she wanted him only for him to pull the rug from under her. 

Bella knew those photos and videos of Evan in her bed were going to come in handy at some point, but it was silly of her to show her hand so soon. 

Evan was ignoring her, yes, but he would have returned her calls eventually.

He had just witnessed her getting hot and heavy with another man, so he needed some time to gather his thoughts and heal. 

At his core, Evan is a man who strives to be in control. That probably explains why he's the Mayor of Atlanta. He likes to have people following him like lemmings, but Bella is tired of that. 

Related: Ambitions Season 1 Episode 3 Review: Welcome to Birmingham

She's resigned to the fact that Evan
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Yesterday Review: A Groovy Good Time at the Movies

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Yesterday Review: A Groovy Good Time at the Movies
Last year, I saw the second trailer for Welcome to Marwen, and by the end of its wonderful 2-minute runtime, Marwen was my most anticipated film of the year. By the end of the movie's 114-minute runtime, I had barely made it through my worst experience in a movie theater in a decade. I was not ready to love again. Then I saw the trailer for Yesterday, a high-concept comedy which seemed, like Marwen, to have a bunch of really great ingredients; You have a script by the legendary Richard Curtis of Love, Actually fame, starring a charismatic new actor in Himesh Patel, and a fabulous director in Danny Boyle. All the ingredients promised something great. After the betrayal I had experienced the previous year, I was nervous to risk going through this a second time.

With a tremendous sigh of relief, I can say that Yesterday, while not quite living up to the anticipation,
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The Forgotten: See Sammy Run

Ken Hughes was an interesting character. The closest thing I have to a personal anecdote came from an old friend who was an assistant director: "Ken Hughes was the dirtiest man I ever met." I don't really know what he meant by that, and it may be unfair. But you can see little hints in his work.Hughes is best-remembered today for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), and he did some of the better work in the astonishing sixties farrago Casino Royale (1967), but none of that really typifies him. His best film may be The Small World of Sammy Lee (1963), which he wrote as well as directed, and which brought to a kind of climax his early thriller period.Hughes' first film, in 1952, was Wide Boy, about a lowlife blackmailer, not a distinguished work but an unusual one for its frankness about the anti-hero's Jewishness. Sammy Lee is a much more
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David V. Picker, Legendary Studio Chief, Dead At Age 87

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David Picker and his wife Sandy at a book party for release of his memoirs in Beverly Hills, 2013.

By Lee Pfeiffer

David V. Picker, whose tenure at major film studios and as an independent producer, made him a legend in the film industry, has died from colon cancer in New York at age 87. The Picker family lived and breathed movies and in the 1950s they ran United Artists under the leadership of Arthur Krim. Under Krim and the Pickers, UA entered a "Golden Age" of achievements. David, who was named head of production at an early age, showed an uncanny ability to attract top talent and produce films that were popular and critical successes. He was ultimately named President and COO of the company. During his tenure, UA brought to the screen films that were diverse in content including "West Side Story", "The Magnificent Seven", "The Great Escape", "In the Heat of the Night
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No One Is Safe From the Feels These Rare Photos From the Grey's Anatomy Pilot Will Give You

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If it feels like Grey's Anatomy has been on since the beginning of time, that's understandable. The ABC series just became the longest-running medical drama with the airing of its 332nd episode on Feb. 28, and despite some moments of concern, there are no signs of it stopping anytime soon. In celebration of such a historic occasion, series creator Shonda Rhimes pulled out some serious #ThrowbackThursday snapshots from the early days of Grey's and shared them on her official Shondaland site.

The personal photos are all behind-the-scenes snapshots from the pilot episode, "A Hard Day's Night," aka the very first episode in 2005. If you've been a Grey's fan since day one, you will definitely find yourself in your feelings checking out these snaps. Keep scrolling to see the really Og cast of Grey's Anatomy, including Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh, T.R. Knight, Katherine Heigl, and Patrick Dempsey.

Related: The Best 10 Seasons of Grey's Anatomy,
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Canceled Fantastic Four Movie Plans Revealed by Ant-Man Director

Canceled Fantastic Four Movie Plans Revealed by Ant-Man Director
Ant-Man and the Wasp director Peyton Reed has opened up about the Fantastic Four movie he never got to make. Unfortunately for Marvel fans, Reed Richards and the gang have never had the big screen treatment they truly deserve. That's all likely going to change in the coming years, as Marvel Studios will be regaining the rights to the characters after their purchase of Fox is complete. And, based on what Reed has to say about what he wanted to do with the franchise, they may already have the perfect guy for the eventual reboot.

Peyton Reed recently participated in a lengthy Q&A following an IMAX screening of Ant-Man and the Wasp, which he helmed for Marvel Studios. During the course of the conversation, he talked a bit about when he worked on a Fantastic Four movie with Fox before Tim Story would eventually go on to make the
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John Lennon Movies Restored and Coming in October

Tony Sokol Sep 25, 2018

Eagle Vision will release restored and remastered John Lennon films Imagine and Gimme Some Truth on October 5

Drums loom large in Ringo Starr's legend, we hear in the Beatles film A Hard Day's Night. But movies loomed large in John Lennon's. The songwriting rhythm guitarist and mouth organ player was the first member to step out of the band to enlist as Private Gripweed in Richard Lester's antiwar satire How I Won The War. While he only had a minor role in the film, Lennon wrote the major work "Strawberry Fields Forever" while on location. Lennon, sometimes with Yoko Ono, made several experimental films, including Smile, Two Virgins and You Are Here and Rape in 1968. Eagle Vision will release two films made about Lennon, Gimme Some Truth and Imagine on Oct. 5.

The films come out as Geffen and Universal Music celebrate Lennon’s solo career with a six-disc box set,
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10 Things About Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park You Never Knew

It's a strange piece of pop culture history from a time when Kiss ruled the world. A legendarily wacky production full of hilariously ridiculous anecdotes resulted in one awesomely bad made-for-tv movie, starring a super-powered Kiss vs. an evil inventor and some robot imposters at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Here we're taking a look at 10 things you never knew about Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park.

It was supposed to be A Hard Day's Night meets Star Wars

NBC aired Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park a few days before Halloween, 1978. At the time, few things were bigger in pop culture than Star Wars and Kiss. Worn out by rigorous touring and recording schedules and the worsening substance abuse problems of Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, some of the Kiss guys and the people around them saw comic books, television, and movies as the next logical steps for
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Monkee Business and a Whole Lot More: Catching up With Micky Dolenz (Exclusive)

When looking back at his days as a member of the TV show The Monkees, Micky Dolenz has no illusions about what he had gotten himself involved with. The media and everybody out there may have claimed that the show was created in direct response to The Beatles, and the creation of the band within it to more or less cash in on their success, but he doesn’t agree. In this exclusive interview, Micky explains, “I was happy being cast into a show. Not the member of a band, but the member of a cast in a television show about a band. That’s a fine distinction, but an important one. I was playing the role of the wacky drummer, and part of that job was they’d say, ‘Okay, on Tuesday night you’re going to record a lead vocal for a couple of songs,’ or sometimes two
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Sex and Death and the Whole Damn Thing: Gary Walkow and "Radio Mary"

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Mubi is hosting the exclusive global premiere of Gary Walkow's Radio Mary (2017), which will be showing November 28 - December 28, 2017.Gary Walkow’s filmmaking career has a peculiar shape. For a while he looked like a low-key American indie success story waiting for his breakthrough. His first feature The Trouble With Dick shared the Grand Prize at the 1987 Us Film Festival, which was renamed to Sundance a few years later. Notes From Underground (1995), a modern-day Dostoyevsky adaptation, premiered at Toronto and got good reviews and a modest bit of distribution; but Beat (2000), with Kiefer Sutherland and Courtney Love as Bill and Joan Burroughs, had a rocky reception at Sundance and seemed to mark the end of Indiewood’s flirtation with Walkow. After a hiatus that included an unfinished film, Walkow’s career began a second, more clandestine phase with Crashing (2007), a very low-budget comedy that eventually received DVD distribution, boosted
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Looking back at the original Beatles films

Mark Allison Apr 13, 2017

From A Hard Day's Night to Magical Mystery Tour, Yellow Submarine and Help!, we revisit the original Beatles films...

Of all the art that the Beatles brought into the world, their cinematic misadventures are probably less fondly remembered than their music. But in addition to 12 studio albums, 13 EPs, and 22 singles, the Fab Four also released five films in their comparatively few years together. These efforts comprised two feature films, a TV movie, a cartoon, and a documentary, all of admittedly inconsistent quality. Looking back now, these films provide a fascinating insight into the phenomenon of Beatlemania.

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For Beatles fanatics such as myself, the music alone makes them a joy to watch and re-watch, but as pieces of cinema in their own right there’s plenty to still be enjoyed and appreciated.
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Every Time Martin Scorsese Has Appeared In His Own Films, And Why His Cameos Matter — Watch

Every Time Martin Scorsese Has Appeared In His Own Films, And Why His Cameos Matter — Watch
Directors making small cameo appearances in their own films is nothing new. Let’s face it, we’ve all watched an Alfred Hitchcock movie and devoted time to keeping a look out for one of his trademark blink-and-you’ll-miss-him cameos. Hitchcock’s appearances appeal more to our fun side, but the same can’t be said for Martin Scorsese.

Read More: Martin Scorsese is Heading to Netflix, But He Still Doesn’t Want You Watching Movies At Home

Scorsese has in fact appeared in a cameo or a supporting role in nearly all of his movies. Even in his documentaries he’s a presence that can be seen alongside his subjects. But what if Scorsese’s cameos actually mean something for the movie at large? What if he’s doing more than just randomly inserting himself into the background of a shot?

A new video essay from the Fandor team
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‘Tormentero’ Exclusive Trailer: Spookiness Abounds in SXSW Mexican Ghost Story — Watch

‘Tormentero’ Exclusive Trailer: Spookiness Abounds in SXSW Mexican Ghost Story — Watch
Things are all kinds of eerie in the exclusive trailer for Rubén Imaz’s Mexican ghost story “Tormentero,” which recently debuted at this year’s SXSW Festival.

Read More: SXSW 2017: 10 Talents Poised to Break Out At This Year’s Festival

The film follows Romero, a retired fisherman who was rejected by his community when, years ago, he discovered an oil field in his village that caused his friends and neighbors to lose their way of life. Haunted by his past, his alcoholism, and his schizophrenia, Romero makes it his mission to reclaim the love and honor he lost decades earlier.

Read More: Zoë Kravitz and Lola Kirke Wander Through a Dreamy Los Angeles in Aaron Katz’s Hypnotic Mystery ‘Gemini’ — SXSW 2017 Review

The fantasy/drama stars José Carlos Ruiz, Gabino Rodríguez, Mónica Jiménez, Rosa Márquez, Waldo Facco, Nelly Valencia, Ausencio Valencia, and Leonardo Verdjo.

Tormentero” recently made its North American premiere at SXSW.
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Photo Flash: First Look at Debra Monk, Boyd Gaines and More in James Lapine's Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing at D.C.'s Signature Theatre

Signature Theatre presents theworld premiere production Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing, written and directed by Pulitzer Prize winner James Lapine Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods. This new play based on the real-life story of Elva Miller, a middle-aged housewife who gained notoriety as an unlikely pop phenomenon in the 1960s for her warbling renditions of chart topping hits 'Downtown,' 'Monday, Monday,' 'A Hard Day's Night,' and more runs now throughMarch 26 in Signature Theatre's Max Theatre. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below
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James Lapine's Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing Premieres Tonight at D.C.'s Signature Theatre

Signature Theatre'sworld premiere production ofMrs. Miller Does Her Thing,written and directed by Pulitzer Prize winner James Lapine Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods,based on the real-life story of Elva Miller, a middle-aged housewife who gained notoriety as an unlikely pop phenomenon in the 1960s for her warbling renditions of chart topping hits 'Downtown,' 'Monday, Monday,' 'A Hard Day's Night,' and more, runs tonight, February 28, throughMarch 26 in Signature Theatre's Max Theatre.
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Full Casting Announced for James Lapine's Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing at Signature Theatre

Signature Theatrehas announced full casting for the world premiere production Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing written and directed by Pulitzer Prize winner James Lapine Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods. This new play based on the real-life story of Elva Miller, a middle-aged housewife who gained notoriety as an unlikely pop phenomenon in the 1960s for her warbling renditions of chart topping hits 'Downtown,' 'Monday, Monday,' 'A Hard Day's Night,' and more runs February 28 - March 26 in Signature Theatre's Max Theatre.
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The T.A.M.I. Show + The Big T.N.T. Show

For nostalgic excitement there's no better '60s pop compendium than this! An impossibly eclectic mix of talent at the Santa Monica Civic, in a brilliantly produced live show recorded in the wonder of Electronovision! The lineup is incredible: The Rolling Stones, James Brown and Lesley Gore on the same stage? The T.A.M.I. Show; The Big T.N.T. Show Blu-ray Shout Select (Shout! Factory) 1964 / B&W / 1:66 & 1:85 widescreen / 112 + 93 min. / Electronovision / Collector's Edition / Street Date December 2, 2016 / 29.98 Starring T.A.M.I.: The Beach Boys, The Barbarians, Chuck Berry, The Blossoms, James Brown and The Flames, Marvin Gaye, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Lesley Gore, Jan & Dean, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Supremes, The Rolling Stones Toni Basil, Glen Campbell, Teri Garr, Jack Nitzsche, Leon Russell, Phil Spector, David Winters. T.N.T. David McCallum, Ray Charles, Petula Clark, Bo Diddley, Joan Baez, Phil Spector, The Ronettes,
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Paul McCartney -- Fans on the Run ... For Surprise Desert Concert (Photos + Video)

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Sir Paul McCartney caused another mania Thursday night ... playing a concert out of nowhere for 300 lucky fans in Joshua Tree out in the California desert. The intimate show was announced on Paul's site in the afternoon, so fans raced to the venue, Pappy & Harriet's, to line up for tickets -- which were incredibly only 50 bucks. We're told Paul went on at 8:15 Pm and played till 10 -- nothing but the hits. Some of the songs
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The 20 Funniest Movies Ever Made

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Comedy is very subjective but a great comedy will stand the test of time and continue to make generation after generation laugh. Some people like their humor dry, while some like it shocking and offensive. Whatever your taste, good humor will always be out there. Here are 20 great comedies that will no doubt continue to be appreciated in the future.

20. Fargo: The Cohen Brothers funniest black comedy may not be for everyone's taste, because it is quite violent. However, underneath all that is a droll observation on the human condition, highlighted by a winning performance from Frances McDormand as a very likeable and very pregnant police chief. Her character police chief Marge Gunderson is kind, clever and compassionate. She’s a much more admirable role model than all the recent ‘badass female’ clichés we’ve been inundated with lately. Another standout here is William H. Macy as a two-bit schemer who's plan utterly backfires.
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