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Chilly Scenes of Winter

Joan Micklin Silver applies sensitive direction to Ann Beattie’s novel about a lonely guy trying to win back his girlfriend, and going about it in all the wrong ways. John Heard is excellent as Charles, who can’t understand why Laura (Mary Beth Hurt) has gone back to her husband and child. The whole thing plays out during a snowy winter in Salt Lake City… which is not the place to expect unrealistic romantic dreams to come true.

Chilly Scenes of Winter

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Twilight Time

1979 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 95 min. / Street Date February 7, 2017 / Head Over Heels / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95

Starring: John Heard, Mary Beth Hurt, Peter Riegert, Kenneth McMillan, Gloria Grahame, Nora Heflin, Jerry Hardin, Tarah Nutter, Mark Metcalf, Allen Joseph, Frances Bay, Griffin Dunne, Anne Beattie.

Cinematography: Bobby Byrne

Film Editor: Cynthia Scheider

Original Music: Ken Lauber

From the novel by Ann Beattie

Produced by Griffin Dunne,
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3 Classic Films by Claude Chabrol

Being called the French Hitchcock does Claude Chabrol a disservice, as his dark thrillers approach mystery and suspense almost completely through character, not cinematics. These three very good 1990s productions are completely different in tone and approach, and each showcases a stunning French actress.

Betty, Torment (L’enfer), The Swindle (Rien ne vas plus)

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3 Classic Films by Claude Chabrol

Cohen Film Collection

1992,1994,1997 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 103, 102, 105 min. / Street Date February 21, 2017 / 49.99

Starring Marie Trintignant, Stéphane Audran, Jean-François Garreaud, Yves Lambrecht; Emmanuelle Béart, François Cluzet, Nathalie Cardone, Dora Doll; Isabelle Huppert, Michel Serrault, François Cluzet, Jean-François Balmer.

Cinematography: Bernard Zitermann; Bernard Zitermann, Eduardo Serra

Film Editor: Monique Fardoulis (x3)

Original Music: Matthieu Chabrol (x3)

Written by Claude Chabrol from a novel by Georges Simenon; Claude Chabrol from a script by Henri-Georges Clouzot; Claude Chabrol

Produced by Marin Karmitz (x3)

Directed by Claude Chabrol (x3)

Not all Claude Chabrol films are equal, but
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Watch The CW’s New Show Trailers for ‘Frequency,’ ‘No Tomorrow,’ ‘Supergirl’

Watch The CW’s New Show Trailers for ‘Frequency,’ ‘No Tomorrow,’ ‘Supergirl’
The CW has released trailers for its new shows ahead of the 2016-17 season, which were unveiled at the network’s Upfront presentation in New York on Thursday morning. The CW’s fall schedule includes film adaptation “Frequency” and hourlong comedy “No Tomorrow,” along with Season 2 of “Supergirl,” which is shifting to the network from corporate sibling CBS. Greg Berlanti’s “Riverdale” will debut at midseason.

Check out the new promos below.

Frequency

Detective Raimy Sullivan (Peyton List) has always wanted to prove that she is nothing like her father. In 1996, when Raimy was eight years old, NYPD Officer Frank Sullivan (Riley Smith) left Raimy and her mother, Julie (Devin Kelley), behind when he went deep undercover, got corrupted, and got himself killed. Or so the story has always gone. Few people knew about the secret undercover sting operation Frank was really charged with, led by Stan Moreno (Anthony Ruivivar
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'The CW' Lists Fall 2016 Schedule: 'Supergirl' Arrives, 'Supernatural' Moves

The CW has a "super" new lineup for Fall 2016-2017, including the arrival of "Supergirl," which appears to be making a smooth transition from CBS on the same night and time, plus "Supernatural" moving once again for Season 12, this time back to Thursdays. The network really wants to keep fans on their toes with that show (which also has new showrunners). Whatever. Fans will follow it wherever it goes, even if it gets traded to CBS like a network fantasy league.

The president of The CW, Mark Pedowitz, issued a statement with the schedule release:

"We have four terrific additions to our schedule next season, and five great anchors at eight o'clock, every night of the week. [...] We are thrilled to have Supergirl on The CW this fall, joining our popular roster of DC heroes. Plus, we have three new series lined up for next season that perfectly fit our brand,
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CW Fall Schedule: ‘Supergirl’ Lands on Monday, ‘No Tomorrow’ Grabs Post-‘Flash’ Slot

CW Fall Schedule: ‘Supergirl’ Lands on Monday, ‘No Tomorrow’ Grabs Post-‘Flash’ Slot
Supergirl” will land in its familiar Monday 8 p.m. time slot when the drama relocates from CBS to the CW in the fall.

The DC Comics superhero series will be paired on the night with the third season of CW’s “Jane the Virgin,” in what the network called the union of a woman with superpowers and an “everyday superwoman.” “We think ‘Supergirl’ will give a real boost to ‘Jane the Virgin,’ ” CW chief Mark Pedowitz said.

Meanwhile, new romantic comedy “No Tomorrow” lands the coveted Tuesday 9 p.m. slot behind CW’s highest-rated series, “The Flash.” Pedowitz said the offbeat show about a romance that blooms as the apocalypse draws near “shares with ‘The Flash’ a blue-sky optimism” that made it a good fit for the time slot.

CW has ordered four new dramas for the 2016-17 campaign (see listings below), with three settling onto the fall schedule. “Riverdale,
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Ed Catto: Paul Kupperberg Looks Up Into the Sky!

I have a friend who loved opera and music growing up, and now she sings in the chorus for the Metropolitan Opera. There’s something energizing when you witness someone leverage their passion and turn it into a wonderful and fulfilling career.

And my friend, comic writer Paul Kupperberg, is exactly that kind of person.

As a kid back in 1976, Paul was buying comics at My Friend’s Bookstore in Flatbush, Brooklyn. “My ideal book store,” Kupperberg explained. “Carts out front, loaded with cheap books. The counter on the right had all the Golden Age issues. Superman #1 was $100. They used the Howard Rogofsky price list. Behind the counter there were boxes on the shelves. A magical place – we’d go on weekends. We would even work there.”

Even though Superman was his favorite, Kupperberg has had a long experience with the character, Supergirl. “I didn’t come to the Supergirl strip until the sixties,
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Lynch / Rivette. Phantom Ladies, or: It Doesn’t Hurt to Fall Off the Moon: “Mulholland Dr.” and “Céline and Julie Go Boating”

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This article accompanies the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s dual retrospective of the films of Jacques Rivette and David Lynch and is part of an ongoing review of Rivette’s films for the Notebook, in light of several major re-releases of his work.“I’m going to the movies!” — Pauline Kael In Céline and Julie Go Boating Jacques Rivette takes the stuff of living—quite literally documentary shots of Paris in summertime 1973—and makes it a kind of mock-backdrop to a world of psychedelic fiction. The opening scene, built from criss-crossing point-of-view shots, takes routine images of parkgoers milling around on a warm day and whips them into a particular perspective, that of curious, cooing librarian Julie (Dominique Labourier), who sedately watches the goings-on while leafing through her book of magic. In documenting Julie’s subsequent pursual of Juliet Berto’s ragtag Céline, an impulse-effort to return shedded belongings
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Save on Tickets to Michael John Lachiusa's First Daughter Suite at The Public Theater

From Tony nominee Michael John Lachiusa comes a musical fantasia about mothers, daughters and the surprising discoveries we make about one another as we grow. Directed by Kirstin Sanderson and inspired by four pivotal moments of the presidency, First Daughter Suite imagines the secret lives of Pat Nixon and daughters Tricia and Julie, Rosalynn and Amy Carter, Betty and Susan Ford, Patti Davis and mom Nancy Reagan, and Barbara Bush and daughter-in-law Laura as they navigate complex private relationships while living in the public eye.
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Cine-Simenon: Georges Simenon on Film

The Belgian-born Georges Simenon (1903-1989) wrote over 200 novels (by Wikipedia's count) plus many shorter works. The New York Times estimates that number (including his memoirs and nonfiction works) as being between 400 and 500. Simenon's creation, Inspector Jules Maigret, who appeared in about 75 works, "ranks only after Sherlock Holmes as the world's best known fictional detective." (I'm not sure how Poirot feels about that.) Of course, such popularity could not be overlooked by the entertainment industry, and imdb.com has compiled a list of 132 movies and TV shows based on his oeuvre. And now the Anthology Archives, with Kathy Geritz and the Pacific Film Archive, is presenting 14 of these celluloid joys within the series appropriately entitled Cine-Simenon: George Simenon on Film, which runs until August 21st.

Before viewing the celluloid Simenon, I decided to nestle down with the textural Simenon, and within a week, I had plowed through five of his works,
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Director & Actor Teams: The Overlooked & Underrated (Part 1 of 2)

Cinema is a kind of uber-art form that’s made up of a multitude of other forms of art including writing, directing, acting, drawing, design, photography and fashion. As such, film is, as all cinema aficionados know, a highly collaborative venture.

One of the most consistently fascinating collaborations in cinema is that of the director and actor.

This article will examine some of the great director & actor teams. It’s important to note that this piece is not intended as a film history survey detailing all the generally revered collaborations.

There is a wealth of information and study available on such duos as John Ford & John Wayne, Howard Hawks & John Wayne, Elia Kazan & Marlon Brando, Akira Kurosawa & Toshiro Mifune, Alfred Hitchcock & James Stewart, Ingmar Bergman & Max Von Sydow, Federico Fellini & Giulietta Masina/Marcello Mastroianni, Billy Wilder & Jack Lemmon, Francis Ford Coppola & Al Pacino, Woody Allen & Diane Keaton, Martin Scorsese & Robert DeNiro
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'Mad Men' Season 6 episode 11 recap 'Favors': Ranking Sally, Don, Bob, Pete and more on the happiness index

This is why "Mad Men" is still TV's best drama.

My confidence may have been shaken by last week's uneven installment -- one of three average, momentum-stunting, episodes this season along with "The Flood" and "Man with a Plan" -- but as we've seen repeatedly in the past, be patient with "Mad Men" and you will be rewarded.

"Favors" was downright masterful in its confluence of storylines, major reveals and welcome callbacks. This was "Mad Men" craftsmanship at its finest, and while it provided several miserable developments in the characters' lives, it made us incredibly happy as viewers.

[Note: In the spirit of showrunner Matthew Weiner declaring that this season is about Dr. Arnold Rosen telling Don, "People will do anything to alleviate their anxiety," we're tracking the happiness of key characters week by week.]

The "Mad Men" happiness index, week ten:

1) Roger (last week, #1): This hasn't been a sterling season for Roger, who is reduced to juggling oranges and apologizing for courting possible conflicting business (Sunkist versus Ted's play for Ocean Spray). John Slattery must have needed a break after directing last week's episode.

2) Megan (last week,
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Denise Richards: Why She's Caring for Charlie Sheen's Kids with Brooke Mueller

Denise Richards: Why She's Caring for Charlie Sheen's Kids with Brooke Mueller
The knock on the front door of Charlie Sheen's troubled ex-wife Brooke Mueller's home came around 9 p.m. on May 2. Social workers from L.A.'s Department of Child and Family Services, alarmed by Mueller's erratic behavior in recent weeks, had arrived for one explicit reason: to take custody of her two 4-year-old twins, Bob and Max. "It was a real mess," says a Sheen friend familiar with the incident. But what happened next came to many as a shock. Denise Richards, 42, Sheen's ex wife, stepped forward to offer her help, caring for the children. "Denise told Charlie
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Shows That Deserve A "Carrie Diaries"-Style Prequel

I was thinking about The Carrie Diaries, and a bizarre truth hit me: It's a great idea for a show! Though Sex and the City ran six seasons, inspecting Carrie Bradshaw's teenage history through whatever overly glamorized or cutesy lens is intriguing. All these years after the HBO hit left the air, Carrie is a beloved and somehow relevant protagonist that everyone has an opinion about. I salute The Carrie Diaries for exploring her deep past. Moreover, I hope it inspires TV networks to mine the potentially fertile backstories of these five other classic TV shows, which range from the broadly comic to the grimly serious. 

Bewitched

Don't you hate it when you have to explain to a novice why Bewitched is a better, cooler, and more subversive show than I Dream of Jeannie? Samantha Stephens' quietly paranormal domesticity exhibited the type of control and autonomy that would later be
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Amid depression, bleak stories can be as consoling as self-help

Rather than exhorting the depressed to help themselves, fiction can provide a welcome realisation that we are not alone in despair

The plan to refer people with mild depression and anxiety to books has provoked some fascinating discussions, not least the discussion here of how fiction can be more helpful than non self-help. Having studied philosophy, I still have Elizabeth Anscombe's injunction to stop doing philosophy and start reading novels ringing in my ears, so this is no surprise. What I want to make the case for is those works of fiction that go beyond the positive, beyond stories of survival, works many wouldn't imagine offering help, would even want to keep out of the hands of the mentally fragile.

I made the case for the dangerousness of the blanket prescription of self-help in the comments on other posts here, the guilt when we do not succeed in pulling ourselves from the mire,
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TV on Tap: NBC Signs Roseanne for Another Comedy, "Hannibal" Gets a "Dead Like Me" Reunion and "The Americans" Opens Big

Lifetime examines the story of the wives of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X with Betty & Coretta.

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Here's the news that kept me going amid yesterday's bleakness, Dead Like Me star Ellen Muth will appear in an episode of (Dead Like Me creator) Bryan Fuller's new show, Hannibal, according to TVLine.

Angry Jonathan Coulton supporters are sinking user ratings for Glee's version of "Baby Got Back," which...er, borrowed heavily from Coulton's interpretation.

Gerald MacRaney will have a recurring role on the upcoming season of Southland, according to EW. Major Dad will play a retired police officer who trained Cooper back in the day.

Ben & Jerry's frozen tribute to 30 Rock is ... Liz Lemon Frozen Yogurt with a blueberry lavender swirl. Buzzfeed is unimpressed, but I was hoping for a lemon flavor (though I suspect Liz Lemon would say she treats herself to frozen yogurt but ends
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America Ferrera Set to Lead Premiere of Bethany at Women's Project Theater, 1/11-2/17

Emmy Award winning actress America Ferrera, best known for her fearless portrayal of Betty on ABC's hit comedy Ugly Betty, will star as a financially-strapped woman who discovers just how far shell go to regain what she has lost in Womens Project Theaters first play of the 2012 2013 season, the world premiere dark comedy Bethany by Laura Marks, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, Julie Crosby, Women's Project Theater Producing Artistic Director, announced.
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Rien Ne Va Plus (The Swindle) DVD Review

Director: Claude Chabrol

Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Michel Serrault, François Cluzet

Running Time: 105 mins

Certificate: 15

Synopsis: Betty (Huppert) and Victor (Serrault) are professional swindlers. They get by with relative ease, taking advantage of lonely rich men, until Betty reveals their latest potential victim, Maurice (Cluzet). He’s an enigmatic treasurer of a multinational company, and their most difficult target yet, but the five million francs up for grabs prove too tempting. Betty’s allegiances are soon called into question, as it becomes increasingly difficult to see what her true motives are.

Chabrol wrote and directed this crime thriller, which, like a lot of French New Wave cinema (which he was a co-innovator of in the fifties and sixties), adopts a deliberately casual pace. It also focuses primarily on exposition and dialogue rather than all-out action, which is refreshing, particularly coming from a genre that can often excel visually, but rarely backs
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Awards! Awards! Awards!

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The lingering memory of my year of blogging for the Sfbc — which ended five years ago, so I really should be over it by this point — still compels me to post SFnal awards, even when I do so far too late to benefit anyone. What can I say? I’m a flawed person.

Anyway, here’s some recent awards that you probably already know about:

2011 Aurealis Awards

The Australian national awards for Sf and other imaginative literature were given out three weeks ago (I know, I know!), and the full list has been available since then.

Here’s the novel-length awards, just because:

Young Adult Novel: Only Ever Always, by Penni Russon Fantasy Novel: Ember and Ash, by Pamela Freeman Science Fiction Novel: The Courier’s New Bicycle, by Kim Westwood

(via Sf Signal)

Analog and Asimov’s Reader’s Awards

The same weekend as the Nebulas (suddenly suspicious — did I blog about the Nebulas?
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Desperate Housewives’ Finale: All Whimper, No Bang

If when you arrive at the office this morning, you hear the word “lame” being bandied about, fear not, gentle reader. It’s likely that the water cooler talk is not about you, but about last night’s finale of Desperate Housewives.

Now, I’ll admit: I went into the last-ever outing with low expectations. After all, since airing one of the most brilliant pilots in recent television history, this show has rarely — if ever — managed to recreate the very elements that originally drew me in. Over the years, the series devolved into uninspired, overly-long “mysteries” (Betty Applewhite, anyone?) and the type of humor that one would expect to find in a Saturday morning cartoon as opposed to a Sunday night sudser. The childish bickering that ensued after Julie’s water broke on the way to Renee’s wedding was everything wrong with Housewives. Time and again, we sat through
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What to Watch: The TVLine-Up for Sunday

What to Watch: The TVLine-Up for Sunday
On TV this Sunday: Once Upon a Time closes the storybook on its first season (bibbidi bobbidi boo!), a Sole Survivor is crowned, the Desperate Housewives get us in a lather one final time, Sherlock is “dogged” by a murder and more. We singled out nine programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm Once Upon a Time (ABC) | Season 1 finale: Emma and Regina work together to save Henry, while Charming struggles to get to Snow White, who, unbeknownst to him, has just bitten into the Evil Queen’s poison apple. Jamie Dornan, Emilie de Ravin, Kristin Bauer and Sebastian Stan
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