Talking Three Stooges and more: An interview with the creator of Columbia Shorts Department website
Apr23

Talking Three Stooges and more: An interview with the creator of Columbia Shorts Department website

Talking Three Stooges and more: An interview with the creator of Columbia Shorts Department website by Doug Gibson When it comes to history on the 25 or so years that the Columbia comedy shorts were a staple in movie theaters, there was the book, “The Columbia Comedy Shorts,” by Ted Okuda and Ed Watz, that has been like a bible for us genre fans. However, one individual has taken it a step further into the digital age....

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SciFi Weekend: Orphan Black; Outlander; Roy Leaving Arrow; Oliva Munn, Super Hero; Gotham; Veep; Daredevil; The Americans; Sopranos Ending Explained; Jon Stewart On Why He Is Leaving The Daily Show
Apr20

SciFi Weekend: Orphan Black; Outlander; Roy Leaving Arrow; Oliva Munn, Super Hero; Gotham; Veep; Daredevil; The Americans; Sopranos Ending Explained; Jon Stewart On Why He Is Leaving The Daily Show

Orphan Black returned on Saturday, beginning with a fun scene for the fans. It was another scene with Tatiana Maslany playing multiple seestas at once in Helena’s dream of perfect baby shower, reminiscent of the clone dance party scene last season. The theme for the season is girl clones vs. boy clones, which sort of sounds like a season of Survivor. So far I have far less interest in the male clones. They didn’t get the...

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Book Review: “Vernon Dent: Stooge Heavy” by Bill Cassara (a second banana gets his due)
Apr20

Book Review: “Vernon Dent: Stooge Heavy” by Bill Cassara (a second banana gets his due)

Review of Vernon Dent: Stooge Heavy, a second banana gets his due by Doug Gibson It’s a pleasant surprise to see that BearManor Media has provided cinema genre fans a biography of that most famous supporting character of slapstick comedy shorts, Vernon Denton (here). Mentored by Keystone cop Hank Mann, his career started about 100 years ago and never really ceased, moving smoothly through the heydays of Mack Sennett, Educational...

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A Review of Death Cab for Cutie’s Kintsugi: A Beautiful Reformation of Life’s Shards
Apr18

A Review of Death Cab for Cutie’s Kintsugi: A Beautiful Reformation of Life’s Shards

Death Cab For Cutie’s new album Kintsugi is more Death than Cutie, but it still has plenty of Cab to make it a worthwhile journey. The album’s title, Kintsugi, comes from the Japanese art of repairing or transforming broken pottery with gold, silver or platinum lacquer. Instead of hiding the breakage lines of the pot, the gold, silver and platinum threads highlight the cracks as part of the restored pottery’s life and beauty. Although...

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How ‘Liberal Hollywood’ Raised Money For GOP
Apr18

How ‘Liberal Hollywood’ Raised Money For GOP

After the Republicans took over the House of Representatives in 2010, Hollywood bigwigs, often stereotyped as liberals, adapted. In order to build clout with the new Congress to help ensure favorable legislation, the entertainment industry started moving its money to Republicans. The Wall Street Journal chronicled this major shift last year. Now, emails from executives...

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Five Strange Facts About Charlie Chaplin
Apr17

Five Strange Facts About Charlie Chaplin

Slapstick comedy and silent film superstar Charlie Chaplin would have been 116 years old today. Though he’s best remembered for his contributions to silent film, in classics like The Kid (1921) and City Lights (1931), The Tramp’s real life was just as entertaining—and twice as strange. 1. He got his start in a clog-dancing troupe....

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The NRA and Comic-Con
Apr16

The NRA and Comic-Con

The NRA and Comic-Con by Daryl Cagle This weekend I went to the National Rifle Association (NRA) convention in Nashville, Tennessee, my hometown. I’m an editorial cartoonist; I sit at home drawing and I rarely go to big conventions. The only thing I have to compare the NRA to is the San Diego Comic-Con, and I thought the NRA convention stacked up pretty well to Comic-Con. The NRA convention is half the size of Comic-Con. The...

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I give you my sprig of lilac
Apr14

I give you my sprig of lilac

This is the day that last week’s Appomattox Anniversary was ignored in favor of, as we shall re-enact the American Passion Play yet again. The Associated Press has their original news reports, but can’t help congratulating themselves, making Lincoln merely secondary: Associated Press AP Was There: Original AP report of Lincoln’s assassination On the night Abraham Lincoln was shot, April 14, 1865, Associated Press...

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Concert Review: Nellie McKay At The Deer Head Inn
Apr14

Concert Review: Nellie McKay At The Deer Head Inn

Nellie McKay is one of those artists you’ll be glad you saw on the way up (like catching Bruce Springsteen in a small club, which I happened to do in 1973). This is because McKay’s star is burning brightly these days and she is going to be very big. McKay (pronounced mick-kai) detonated her vocal dynamite on Sunday evening at the Deer Head Inn, a Delaware Water Gap, Pa. institution that happens to be the oldest...

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SciFi Weekend: 12 Monkeys and Better Call Saul Season Finales; The Americans; Daredevil; iZombie; SNL on Clinton’s Announcement; Killing Hitler
Apr13

SciFi Weekend: 12 Monkeys and Better Call Saul Season Finales; The Americans; Daredevil; iZombie; SNL on Clinton’s Announcement; Killing Hitler

I had been wondering where 12 Monkeys would go after a first season. The season finale, Arms of Mine, doesn’t give the answer but does show that they are probably heading in new directions. Some of the minor questions from previous episodes were answered but far more was left open. Time travel has become messy, as it should be. Ramse turned out to have been the one responsible for the time travel device after he went back in...

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Saturday Night Live On Hillary Clinton’s Announcement
Apr12

Saturday Night Live On Hillary Clinton’s Announcement

Saturday Night Live gave their impression of Hillary Clinton‘s announcement that she is running for the Democratic nomination in the video above. She did not come across very well in her first attempt at filming a video on her phone: “Citizens: You will elect me. I will be your leader.” Other attempts were interrupted by Darrell Hammond, who returned to play Bill Clinton, with lines such as, “Hillary, isn’t it crazy that phones...

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‘Fantastic Four’ Reboot Unveils First Image Of Jamie Bell As The Thing [PHOTO]
Apr11

‘Fantastic Four’ Reboot Unveils First Image Of Jamie Bell As The Thing [PHOTO]

FOX’s Fantastic Four movie has released the first image of actor Jamie Bell as The Thing. You can see the new stills of the reboot in the upcoming issue of Empire magazine. Director Josh Trank gushed about working with Bell on the Fantastic Four set, stating the actor is just as strong as his character....

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Brian Williams And The Problems At NBC News
Apr08

Brian Williams And The Problems At NBC News

Vanity Fair has a fascinating article on Brian Williams and NBC News. Here are just a few of the highlights: Much of the blame is placed on Comcast–an easy target to blame: Since Comcast took control of NBC, the network’s news division—famously termed Comcast’s “crown jewel” by C.E.O. Brian Roberts—has endured one debacle after another. “When Comcast took over, they had the No. 1 morning show, the No. 1 Sunday show, and the No....

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12 Horror Movies From 2012 That Deserve a Sequel Before SINISTER
Apr08

12 Horror Movies From 2012 That Deserve a Sequel Before SINISTER

12 Horror Movies From 2012 That Deserve a Sequel Before SINISTER Sinister, the inexplicable 2012 box office horror hit, is getting a sequel. Sinister 2 is on the way, set to be out in theaters on Aug. 21. While the first Sinister made an effective assault on the creepy kid horror movie trope by demonstrating just how stupid it could get, it seems that the world...

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SciFi Weekend: Agents of SHIELD; Better Call Saul; Arrow; The Flash; The Americans; Outlander; 12 Monkeys; Orphan Black; Continuum; X-Files; Big Bang Theory; Good Riddance, Carrie Matheson
Apr06

SciFi Weekend: Agents of SHIELD; Better Call Saul; Arrow; The Flash; The Americans; Outlander; 12 Monkeys; Orphan Black; Continuum; X-Files; Big Bang Theory; Good Riddance, Carrie Matheson

It felt like almost every show I watched last week had major episodes. Agents of SHIELD went back to the events of Captain America: Winter Soldier and showed the origin of the other SHIELD. Will Nick Fury or Tony Stark settle this dispute? Better Call Saul revealed who was sabotaging Jimmy’s career all along. Arrow blew everything wide open with Lance arresting Oliver and Roy taking his place. I’m undecided as to who I was...

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‘Sinatra’ on HBO review: A loving tribute, but a little stale
Apr06

‘Sinatra’ on HBO review: A loving tribute, but a little stale

When Frank Sinatra died in 1998 at the age of 82, there followed a deluge of farewells. But as Pete Hamill in “Why Sinatra Matters,” “much of the language had a stale, even hollow quality,” from obituaries that had been written months or years before. The television coverage had a tone of “odd insincerity —...

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Comedy Is Work (Guest Voice)
Apr05

Comedy Is Work (Guest Voice)

Comedy Is Work by Gene Perret Comedy, when it’s done correctly, appears easy, spontaneous. As television writers, we noted that irony. When we did an excellent job of writing, it appeared that we did nothing at all. I recall one time when Bob Hope was hosting his annual golf tournament in Palm Springs, he sent me a list of golfers and said, “These are the guys I’ll be interviewing when they leave the 18th green. Get me some adlibs.”...

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From Submissive To Rebel: The Evolution Of Christ In Cinema
Apr04

From Submissive To Rebel: The Evolution Of Christ In Cinema

With the evolution of cinema, the figure of Jesus Christ depicted in film has changed dramatically. In the most popular Hollywood movies of the 50s and 60s, Jesus was usually depicted as the kindest man on Earth: someone who would never get angry, would always — metaphorically speaking — turn the other cheek when slapped,...

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‘The Last Supper’ – Once More, With a Smile
Apr03

‘The Last Supper’ – Once More, With a Smile

The Last Supper is one of the most revered and moving events that took place two millennia ago during a week we now call the Holy Week. In his “On the Trail of the Last Supper,” Philip McCouat describes this event perhaps best as follows: According to Christian belief, on the evening before Jesus died, he gathered his Apostles around him for a last supper together. At the meal, which occurred during the traditional time for...

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What makes a star: 20 Feet from Stardom
Apr01

What makes a star: 20 Feet from Stardom

This is taken from my blog Chocolate Films. Enjoy. At its heart, 20 Feet from Stardom answers a question that I have wrestled with since my teens – why Beyonce and not Kelly? Another way to pose that question is – why isn’t Janelle Monae a multi-million selling superstar? Morgan Neville’s excellent documentary gives a relatively simple answer to these questions. For an hour and a half or so, the documentary does a great job of...

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