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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.

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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.

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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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Beatlemania by Anne-Katrin Titze

Rock and Roll Forever Foundation founder Steven Van Zandt recalls his first Beatles song: "Yeah, it was I Want to Hold Your Hand." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Steven Van Zandt and Paul Shaffer hosted the Imagine, Apple Corps and White Horse Films New York première of Ron Howard's The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years at Village East Cinema last night. Elvis Costello, Sigourney Weaver, Larry Kane, Whoopi Goldberg, Eddie Izzard, Howard Goodall, and The Beatles: A Hard Day's Night and Help director Richard Lester share their memories in Howard's loving Beatles tribute, written by Mark Monroe.

Julie Taymor, Paul Rudd and Bobby Cannavale at The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years reception Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind director's latest film erupts like a sudden familiar, yet fresh, scent that engulfs you and carries you back to a place half-imagined,
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Madonna Hits Premiere of Beatles Documentary While in London Looking After Son Rocco

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Madonna Hits Premiere of Beatles Documentary While in London Looking After Son Rocco
She flew to London on Monday to look after 16-year-old son Rocco during his first week of school. But on Thursday night, it was girls' night out for Madonna as she hit the premiere of director Ron Howard's new documentary on The Beatles. The film, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years, chronicles the best-selling band during the years of their initial success, focusing on their history-making world tours and their power as a live act. With two gal pals by her side, the 58-year-old singer rocked the blue carpet - wearing a button-down black and white varsity dress.
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Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping review

Mark Harrison Published Date Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 05:44

Richard Lester's A Hard Day's Night is one of the most influential movies of all time, pioneering a genre out of Beatlemania and inventing the language that has proliferated in music videos over the last 50 years. However, most modern music acts don't go down the Hard Day's Night/Spice World route in their cinematic tie-ins and concert documentaries (in 3D!) are more common than narrative features.

If we had to bet on any modern music act reviving the band movie as the Beatles had it, it would be the comedy group The Lonely Island, who first came to prominence through Saturday Night Live's Digital Shorts and have released a catalogue of catchy numbers with hilarious music videos. But for Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer, it would have been almost too easy to loosely string together a number of
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The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates

Take a look at the roots of American campaign image consciousness, and the then-new techniques of cinéma vérité to bring a new 'reality' for film documentaries. Four groundbreaking films cover the Kennedy-Humphrey presidential primary, and put us in the Oval Office for a showdown against Alabama governor George Wallace. The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates Blu-ray Primary, Adventures on the New Frontier, Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment, Faces of November The Criterion Collection 808 1960 -1964 / B&W / 1:33 flat full frame / 53, 52, 53, 12 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date April 26, 2016 / 39.95 Starring John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy, Robert Drew, Hubert H. Humphrey, McGeorge Bundy, John Kenneth Galbraith, Richard Goodwin, Albert Gore Sr., Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Pierre Salinger, Haile Selassie, John Steinbeck, George Wallace, Vivian Malone, Burke Marshall, Nicholas Katzenbach, John Dore, Jack Greenberg; Lyndon Johnson, John Kennedy Jr., Caroline Kennedy, Peter Lawford. Cinematography Richard Leacock, Albert Maysles, D.A. Pennebaker,
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Paul McCartney Joins 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales'

Here's an odd bit of casting news: According to a new report, Paul McCartney has joined "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" in a secretive role.

Deadline has the scoop that the former Beatle will shoot a special scene for the fifth entry in the lucrative "Pirates" franchise, though the details of his part are being kept under wraps. While principal photography for "Dead Men Tell No Tales" has already wrapped, Deadline reports that McCartney's mysterious role will be filmed "not [as] a re-shoot, but rather an extra scene," which is being described as "an extra big set-piece." The flick isn't due in theaters for over a year, so filmmakers have plenty of time to edit this new part into the rest of the finished footage, according to the trade.

We're not sure what could possibly have been written for Sir Paul that would encourage him to take on a high-profile acting role,
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Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 adds Paul McCartney to the cast

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The upcoming fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film will reportedly be shooting scenes with rock legend Paul McCartney.

While Disney’s upcoming franchise extender Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales officially wrapped its production way back in August of 2015, it seems that the creative coalition behind the high-seas-finagling fivequel will commence some additional shooting, specifically around a new character played by the one and only Paul McCartney.

According to a report by Deadline, directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg along with longtime franchise producer Jerry Bruckheimer will once again be rolling cameras on Dead Men Tell No Tales for what is being described as “a big set piece scene” centering around a character played by McCartney. While no further details have been revealed in regards to the character he will portray, the prospect of seeing Sir Paul trade his Rickenbacker for a rapier is actually intriguing.
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Paul McCartney Joins 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5'

Paul McCartney Joins 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5'
Not all reshoots are bad. Especially when they allow you to bring one of The Beatles into your big blockbuster. Even though Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has wrapped, directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg have gone back to shoot a massive action set piece. And guess what? This additional scene will include the one and only Paul McCartney!

The new scene is reportedly built around Paul McCartney's new character, which will be introduced for the first time in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Deadline reports that the iconic musician, sometimes actor, only quietly joined the movie. He slides into a cast that includes Johnny Depp returning as the legendary pirate Captain Jack Sparrow alongside Geoffrey Rush, Martin Klebba, Orlando Bloom, Kaya Scodelario and Brenton Thwaites. Javier Bardem is playing the villain, Captain Salazar, this time out.

At this time, Paul McCartney
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Sir George Martin Dies at 90: Legendary Producer Credited as the '5th Beatle' Signed Band When No One Else Would

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Sir George Martin Dies at 90: Legendary Producer Credited as the '5th Beatle' Signed Band When No One Else Would
Legendary music producer and the so-called 'Fifth Beatle' George Martin has died at the age of 90. Sir George Henry Martin Cbe was known for boldly signing the Beatles in 1962 - when Parlophone Records were focussed on jazz and comedy - and went on to produce and arrange nearly all their songs. Drummer Ringo Starr took to Twitter to confirm the news Tuesday, telling fans: "God bless George Martin peace and love to Judy and his family love Ringo and Barbara George will be missed xxx" God bless George Martin peace and love to Judy and his family love Ringo and
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