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Robert Altman’s Kansas City Available on Blu-ray March 3rd From Arrow Academy

” He’s a loser. And losers’ve got to be respected. They’re the backbone of my business. They’re my customers, and I take good care of my customers.”

Returning to the city of his birth for inspiration, legendary maverick director Robert Altman helms an evocative, bullet-riddled tribute to the music and movies of his youth in Kansas City, a Depression-era gangster flick as only he could make one.

Blondie O Hara (Jennifer Jason Leigh) resorts to desperate measures when her low-level hood husband Johnny (Dermot Mulroney) gets caught trying to steal from Seldom Seen (Harry Belafonte), a local crime boss operating out of jazz haunt The Hey-Hey Club. Out on a limb, Blondie kidnaps laudanum-addled socialite Carolyn (Miranda Richardson), hoping her influential politician husband can pull the right strings and get Johnny out of Seldom Seen s clutches.

Nominated for the Palme d Or at Cannes, and featuring
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Marj Dusay, 'Star Trek' Actress and Veteran Soap Opera Player, Dies at 83

Marj Dusay, 'Star Trek' Actress and Veteran Soap Opera Player, Dies at 83
Marj Dusay, who played an alien who stole Spock's brain on Star Trek and worked on five daytime soap operas during her career, has died. She was 83.

Dusay died Tuesday of natural causes at her home in Manhattan, her son-in-law, David Blocker, announced. 

Dusay also portrayed the mother of Lisa Whelchel's Blair Warner on NBC's The Facts of Life and appeared opposite Gregory Peck as the wife of Gen. Douglas MacArthur in MacArthur (1977).

The Kansas native stepped in for the ailing Carolyn Jones as Myrna Clegg on CBS' Capitol in 1983 and went ...
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Amazon Prime Video: Here’s Everything New Coming in January

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Amazon Prime Video: Here’s Everything New Coming in January
Amazon Prime Video is out with its list of everything new coming to the streaming service in January 2020.

New Prime Original, “Troop Zero,” is out Jan. 17. It stars Viola Davis and Allison Janney and “tells the story of a misfit girl dreaming of life in outer space but living in rural 1977 Georgia. When a national competition offers her a chance at her dream, to be recorded on Nasa’s Golden Record, she recruits a makeshift troop of Birdie Scouts, forging friendships that last a lifetime and beyond,” according to Amazon.

Other Prime Originals include the five-part docuseries “Ted Bundy: Falling for a Killer,” out Jan. 31, and new standup special “Ilana Glazer: The Planet is Burning,” out Jan. 3.

Also Read: 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Renewed For Season 4 at Amazon

Here is the full list of titles coming to Amazon Prime Video in January.

January 1

Amores Perros (2000)

Arbitrage (2012)

Captivity (2007)

Cinderfella (1960)

The Conspirator
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What’s Coming to Hulu in January 2020

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What’s Coming to Hulu in January 2020
Hulu is kicking off the new year with a mix of new and old movies and TV shows that will be added to the streaming service in January.

Reality series including “The Bachelor,” “Project Runway” will release this month, along with “Cooks vs. Cons” and “Cutthroat: Kitchen.”

On the film front, “13 Going on 30,” “Eyes Wide Shut,” “Forrest Gump” and “Little Miss Sunshine” are arriving early in January.

Several children’s classics will be added on the platform as well. “Dennis the Menace,” which stars a young Mason Gamble as a neighborhood hooligan, and the animated saga “An American Tail,” starring an adventurous mouse named Fievel, will be available to stream.

See a complete list of movies and TV shows coming to Hulu in January 2020:

Jan. 1

Bring It!: Season 4

Brockmire: Season 3


Deputy: Series Premiere

Divided States

Fox’s New Year’s Eve Special with Steve Harvey

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Hulu in January: Here’s Everything Coming and Going

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Hulu is out with its list of everything new coming in January, as well as everything that’s leaving at the end of the month.

Highlights include the Season 24 premiere of “The Bachelor,” available the day after it airs first on ABC — so Jan. 7 for Hulu subscribers. Get ready to see Peter Weber in all his glory.

Homeland” Seasons 6 and 7 will be available Jan. 10, following CIA officer Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) and her mentor, Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin).

Also Read: 'The Bachelor' Goes Retro in Cheesy 70s-Themed Promo (Video)

U.K.’s “Love Island” Season 6 will premiere on Jan. 20, sans Caroline Flack. The second seasons of “Lodge 49” and “Shrill” premiere Jan. 13 and the 24th respectively.

Leaving on Jan. 31 are “The Fantastic Four,” “Crazy For Christmas,” and a handful of others.

Here’s the full list of everything coming and going to and from Hulu in January.

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‘Little Fires’ to ‘Picard’: The Most Anticipated TV of 2020

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‘Little Fires’ to ‘Picard’: The Most Anticipated TV of 2020
The new year will bring with it quite a few new content platforms, from HBO Max to Peacock and Quibi. With so many emerging players developing scripted series by the dozens, there is still a lot to be announced about exactly when some of this new content will come. But one thing is for sure: the volume of original series shows no sign of slowing down.

Here, Variety previews some of the most anticipated scripted television of 2020 — both new and returning.

Aj and the Queen (premieres Jan. 10)


RuPaul steps into his first series regular scripted role since 2017 and his first lead small screen performance as the titular queen, a man named Robert by day who performs in drag under the name Ruby by night. Robert thinks he has it all when the show begins, but he soon gains new perspective as he embarks on a cross-country road trip with
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Neil Young Preps Legendary Unreleased 1975 LP ‘Homegrown’ For 2020 Release

Neil Young Preps Legendary Unreleased 1975 LP ‘Homegrown’ For 2020 Release
Neil Young’s legendary unreleased album Homegrown will finally come out in 2020. He recorded it in 1975 and was on the verge of releasing it, going as far as commissioning cover art, when he decided at the last minute to shelf it in favor of Tonight’s The Night.

“A record full of love lost and explorations,” Young wrote on the Neil Young Archives. “A record that has been hidden for decades. Too personal and revealing to expose in the freshness of those times…The unheard bridge between Harvest and Comes a Time,
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Epix Developing Comedic Western From Ron Shelton & Frank Marshall, Apollo 8 Limited Drama From Makeready

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Epix has put in development two more series, Wicked, Kansas and Rocket Men. Epix is expected to make the announcement during its TCA session.

Wicked, Kansas is a darkly comedic western from Oscar-nominated feature writer Ron Shelton and Oscar-nominated feature producer Frank Marshall.

Rocket Men, from Brad Weston’s Makeready and Brillstein Entertainment, is a six-part limited series based on the best-selling book by Robert Kurson.

Set in 1968 – the year of the Tet offensive, the assassinations of Mlk and Rfk and the Chicago DNC riots, It tells the true story of the Apollo 8 mission as a stark example of what America was capable of in a time of dramatic violence and discord, Rocket Man focuses on the three astronauts of the Apollo 8 crew and their families, presenting a vivid, gripping narrative that shows anew how much danger was involved – and how much
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The Delinquents

“Here is the screen’s most shocking exposé, of the ‘Baby-Facers’ just taking their first stumbling steps down Sin Street U.S.A.!” Robert Altman’s first feature film is far too good to be described as any but an expert step toward an impressive career. But he had to deal with a young actor who drove him up the wall, Tom Laughlin.

The Delinquents


Olive Films

1957 / B&W / 1:66 widescreen / 72 min. / Street Date March 21, 2017 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.98

Starring: Tom Laughlin, Peter Miller, Richard Bakalyan, Rosemary Howard, Helen Hawley, Leonard Belove, Lotus Corelli, James Lantz, Christine Altman, George Mason Kuhn, Pat Stedman, Norman Zands, James Leria, Julia Lee, Lou Lombardo.

Cinematography: Charles Paddock

Film Editor: Helene Turner

Second Unit Director: Reza Badiyi

Produced, Written and Directed by Robert Altman

The hoods of tomorrow! The gun molls of the future!

Ah, the glorious Juvenile Delinquency film, or J.D. Epic,
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Short Cuts

Success in the ’90s gave Robert Altman the opportunity to experiment once again. Several short stories by Raymond Carver interlock in a mosaic of Los Angeles populated by scores of actors in ensemble mode. Clocking in at three hours, Altman’s epic has all the time and space it needs.

Short Cuts


The Criterion Collection 265

1993 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 187 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date October 18, 2016 / 39.95

Starring Andie MacDowell, Bruce Davison, Jack Lemmon, Julianne Moore,

Matthew Modine, Anne Archer, Fred Ward, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Chris Penn, Lili Taylor, Robert Downey Jr., Madeleine Stowe, Tim Robbins, Lily Tomlin, Tom Waits, Frances McDormand, Peter Gallagher, Annie Ross, Lori Singer, Lyle Lovett, Buck Henry, Huey Lewis, Margery Bond, Robert DoQui.

Cinematography Walt Lloyd

Production Designer Stephen Altman

Art Direction Jerry Fleming

Film Editors Suzy Elmiger, Geraldine Peroni

Original Music Gavin Friday, Mark Isham

Written by Robert Altman, Frank Barhydt from writings
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March Mayhem Heroes Vs. Villains: The Top 8- Xena Fights for Her Crown

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March Mayhem Heroes Vs. Villains: The Top 8- Xena Fights for Her Crown
And now it’s gets serious. Round 4 of Hitfix’s March Mayhem, the Second Annual Tournament of Heroes versus Villains kicks off this morning and the field is reeling from some stupendous upsets in Round 3, as some seemingly unstoppable titans continue their march towards destiny. The defending champion, Xena, Warrior Princess advances to the next round after easily besting poor little Arya Stark. The defeat marks the end of Game of Thrones’ dream of dominance in this tournament. Across the board, Arya’s tormenter Cersei Lannister also fell to the might of Tony Soprano. Xena will go on to face Oliver Queen for the title of the TV Heroes division. Queen scored a stunning upset, having defeated Walking Dead’s Rick Grimes. Grimes had been the top vote getter in an earlier round, but Walking Dead fans stopped to rest just a moment too long. Up in the Movie Heroes division,
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3 Americans Killed in Synagogue Attack in Jerusalem

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3 Americans Killed in Synagogue Attack in Jerusalem
A Kansas City rabbi and the grandson of a prominent Jewish leader were among the five people killed in a synagogue attack in Jerusalem on Tuesday. The Associated Press reports that two Palestinians armed with knives and a gun attacked worshipers during their morning prayers, and were subsequently shot and killed by police. According to the ABC News, three of the people killed in the attacks were Americans; the fourth was a British national, and a hospital spokeswoman later announced the fifth, a police officer, died of wounds from the attack, CNN reports. Kalman Levine, originally from Kansas City, Missouri,
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3 Americans Killed in Synagogue Attack in Jerusalem

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3 Americans Killed in Synagogue Attack in Jerusalem
A Kansas City rabbi and the grandson of a prominent Jewish leader were among the five people killed in a synagogue attack in Jerusalem on Tuesday. The Associated Press reports that two Palestinians armed with knives and a gun attacked worshipers during their morning prayers, and were subsequently shot and killed by police. According to the ABC News, three of the people killed in the attacks were Americans; the fourth was a British national, and a hospital spokeswoman later announced the fifth, a police officer, died of wounds from the attack, CNN reports. Kalman Levine, originally from Kansas City, Missouri,
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'The Bachelor' will try to spice things up with a 3-hour live premiere

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'The Bachelor' will try to spice things up with a 3-hour live premiere
The Bachelor” will try to spice things up with a 3-hour live premiere The Jan. 5 season premiere will mix in taped segments, such as the limo arrivals, with Chris Harrison live with a studio audience joined by "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" alums offering commentary, according to TV Line. The live premiere may be a response to concerns that "Bachelor" Chris Soules is "boring" and "as exciting as watching soybeans grow." Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's newly elected successor declines Jimmy Kimmel’s invitation John Tory, who was elected this week to replace Mayor Rob Ford, says he’s not going on the ABC talk show because “I’m not in show business.” He adds: Let’s talk (about) why I’m there. I’m there because the previous guy was the subject of jokes and all the sort of stuff and they’ll probably replay old tapes. I just don’t
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Interview: Lady Filmmakers Honoree and Groundbreaking Director Neema Barnette

Director Neema Barnette was recently honored at the 6th Annual Lady Filmmakers Festival, and rightfully so. She made history as the first African American Woman to direct a major network TV sitcom, and the first African American woman to get a major studio deal. She has won countless awards (including an Emmy, the NAACP Image Award, the Women in Radio & TV Award, the Lilly Award, and the Peabody Award to name a few) and is a shining example of what is possible for women in film.

Neema shares her thoughts on the Lady Filmmakers Festival, her inspiration and the beginnings of her career, and her own advice to women who are just embarking on their own journeys in film:

What was your impression of the Lady Filmmakers Festival?

I’ve been in many festivals with my film “Civil Brand”, which was at Sundance and won five other festivals, including the American Black Film Festival and the Urbanworld Film Festival. This festival was interesting because it focused on women and the men who work with them, which I’ve never seen before. That was really interesting. It also was very intimate and supportive. What I liked the most is how people came up to me after the first seminar and shared how excited and encouraged they were.

As an experienced female filmmaker and director, I truly understand the significance of this festival. There aren’t enough women directing in our business. Even though the statistics are low, we still have to keep moving them up. It is not true that women can’t fulfill their dreams of becoming filmmakers, and share their voices cinematically.

What was it like for you to start your film career, and what was the inspiration that kept you going?

I was very young, and never the kind of person who was told I couldn’t do things. In school, one of our teachers was Vinette Carol, a black director from the West Indies who directed plays on Broadway - I had never seen a black woman director before. When I was in college, Vinette was working with what was called Urban Arts Corps and chose me to act in her plays.

After that experience, I got a job at the Harlem Ymca as a drama and dance instructor for the summer. It was through this that I recreated Vinette Carol's plays with the kids. I really enjoyed it, and felt authentically creative in this process.

I joined a theater group in Harlem called The Frank Silver Writer's Workshop. They had a play and asked, “Who wants to direct it?” I was young and daring enough to raise my hand, and I did it! I really enjoyed directing that play, and knew it was what I wanted to do.

I was a young director when I got accepted to the American Film Institute. I knew how to work with actors, how to develop characters, but I didn’t know too much about filmmaking. My only film experience prior to this was at Third World Cinema in New York, which was made to train people in developing countries about film and television.

When I got to La, I did my film "Sky Captain"' and I was encouraged. I think my motivation came from my love for directing. It was what I loved to do, and I just kept doing it.

When I graduated and started getting hired as a professional director, I was in heaven. I was getting paid for what I love to do. I was also told things like “You’re too young to be a director,” and “directors are old, and you have to have experience,” but I just ignored that and said I’m directing. That’s it!

There were several people who were very encouraging, including Jean Ferstenburg, Gloria Steinem, and Roselyn Heller. Barbara Corday, Head of Columbia Television at the time, hired me and it was her decision that helped me to make history as the first African American woman to direct in television! I also had support from people like Paul Mason at Viacom, David Putnam at Columbia Pictures, Frank Price of Sony Pictures, Tom Werner of Carsey Werner TV, Robert Greenwald, Bill Haber at CAA and Hugh Wilson. I was kind of a novelty, and very appreciative for them to take a shot and give me opportunities to work.

What is your best advice for young women filmmakers?

I’ve been an adjunct professor at USC for seven years, and this is my 18th year at UCLA. I tell my students that they need to understand that nothing is easy, but when you have a passion for something, you just have to do it.

Now is a better time than ever, because you don’t have to be in Hollywood to make a movie. You can be in Kansas and use your iPhone to make a movie. The Internet has provided such a great creative outlet for young people to tell their stories. With things like the web series, it’s a very exciting time to be a filmmaker.

My advice is to find their tribe, their group of people with positivity, like minds and spirit. You need the honesty of what’s coming ahead, but you also need the inspiration to get you through it. That’s very important. You can’t be a filmmaker because you want to party and where all black at festivals. You have to have a voice, because film is one of the most important art forms for social change we have - even if it’s just pure entertainment, it’s still influential.

I think that we as women have to really stick together, and really understand that the images put on the screen will really affect generations to come. Film is in perpetuity, and we have a responsibility to say something real.

Positivity is important. It doesn’t make sense to keep complaining. The time that you spend complaining is the time that you could spend creating something. A lot of success isn’t all based on talent. It’s based on perseverance and building connections.

What projects are you working on?

I have a couple of projects that I’m working on. I’m writing a script about Ida B. Wells Barnett, one of the first black women to ever have a newspaper. She was active in the anti-lynching movement.

I’m also doing a family film called "Soccer Monkey" with Myrl Schreibman. It's exciting because it's something different from my usual. It’s a heart-warming film (being produced by Good Deed Productions) about a kind of lonely young kid who befriends a chimp who can play soccer. After dealing with films of very serious matters, it’s nice to change it up.

I’m also very excited about a web series that my husband and I started called Black History Mini Docs. They’re docs about black history and are about 90 seconds long. We started it a year ago on Facebook and have gotten so many positive responses.

My daughter, a playwright, has a new play that I'll be directing in New York soon. I’m absolutely thrilled about it!
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“For Mature Audiences Only”: treasured TV oldsters of yesteryear

Some may say that television hasn’t been too good to senior citizens in terms of their stereotypical depictions. Regardless of the unflattering portrayals there had been some memorable oldsters (in this case over 60) that have given us equal shares of both laughs and cries. In “For Mature Audiences Only”, let’s take a look at some of the more mature characterizations that had an impact on our daily doses of entertainment on the glorious boob tube.

Instead of doing a typical top ten or top twenty listing let’s go in between with a top fifteen selection, shall we? The “For Mature Audiences Only” choices are not necessarily a tasting that everyone will agree on. Perhaps you have your own preferences that were omitted or something that you feel should be added? Anyway, here are the candidates in alphabetical order…

Now for our pop cultural Pepto Bismol personalities:

1.) Doc Galen Adams,
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Frightfest announce Halloween All-Nighter line-up

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If there’s one thing you can say about the Frightfest Halloween All-Nighter it’s that the one-night only event has provided some of the most diverse horror line-ups to be screened theatrically in its meagre seven year existence – and 2013′s line-up is no different, with screenings of the eagerly awaited remake of Aussie horror Patrick, from director Mark Hartley (Not Quite Hollywood, Machete Maidens Unleashed); Soulmate, from actress turned director Axelle Carolyn (Centurion); and the first film from former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash’s new production outfit Slasher Films, Nothing Left To Fear. And as if those weren’t enough, this years retro screening is the awesome, and formerly banned in the UK, Mark of the Devil, from director Michael Armstrong.

This years London event is scheduled for Saturday 26th October from 6.30pm and will be located for the third year at the Vue, West End. Tickets (costing
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Fries with Matt Dillon

Hitting the bars of Kansas with the Rumble Fish star back in 1987

On a day off from playing a bank robber in the film Kansas in 1987, Matt Dillon was keen to drive me around the movie's location, a town called Lawrence in the titular state, despite the expletives scratched large into the paintwork of his car ("Some girl," he shrugged).

Wearing a Jack Daniel's cap backwards, he soon homed in on "the poorest part of town" and cruised and mused on the lives of "drunk and armed folk" on crumbling porches. Speeding into countryside, to a soundtrack of religious radio ("Do you believe in sowing & reaping?"), he exclaimed: "Wheat! As far as your mince pies can see. Feeding a nation!"

I asked what he'd be doing if back in his home town of New York. "The greatest pleasure for me is to grab a Post, read it backwards, sports first,
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NFL Draft 2013: Full Mock Draft Of The First Round

We are now less than 24 hours away from the kick-off to the 2013 NFL Draft.

On Thursday night, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will walk up to the podium, welcome all of the fans to an exciting evening and then, the Kansas City Chiefs will be on the clock.

Ever since the end of Super Bowl Xlviii back in February, fans have been making their wish lists and making their own mock drafts for their teams.

Some of those lists changed dramatically back in March when free agency started and teams shelled out major money to land premier talent on the market.

But teams have also been very quiet in free agency with the draft in mind, like the reigning Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens.

After they defeated the San Francisco 49ers two months ago, Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Dannell Ellerbe, Paul Kruger, Cary Williams, Bernard Pollard, Anquan Boldin and Matt Birk have all either retired,

Film Feature: The 10 Best Films of Sundance 2013

Chicago – The general consensus in Park City this year was that the overall quality of films presented to critics, industry, and paying audiences was near the highest it’s ever been. There seemed to be a lack of true stand-outs — I heard people say “There’s no Beasts of the Southern Wild” repeatedly — but the overall picture was a pretty one. I have to say that it was easy to find ten films from this year’s fest that I thoroughly recommend, some of which will likely find their way into my best-of-year lists in eleven months. In alphabetical order and with details on when you can see them, these were the best that the Sundance Film Festival had to offer in 2013:

Honorable Mentions: “C.O.G.,” “Fire in the Blood,” “No,” and “S-vhs.”

All synopses courtesy of Sundance.

After Tiller

After Tiller

Photo credit: Sundance

Written by: Greg O’Toole,
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