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Black Keys Among Vinyl Offerings for Record Store Day

By admin Published: October 31, 2011

The guys will make available a limited-edition 12" of the "Lonely Boy" with"Run Right Back" on the B-side. The price is $10.98.

The official word: In keeping with its commitment to the annual vinyl bonanza that is Record Store Day, a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the U.S. and hundreds of similar stores internationally, Warner Bros. Records has announced that it will make several vinyl pieces available on November 25th (or Black Friday, if you speak retail), exclusively in honor of 2011's second annual Record Store Day. April saw the release of vinyl from The Flaming Lips, Devo, Mastodon, Sonic Youth, and others. The day after Thanksgiving, the following very special exclusive releases will go on sale in record stores across the country and at www.becausesoundmatters.com:

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"American Horror Story" Gets 2nd Season

By admin Published: October 31, 2011

The official word: Fans of American Horror Story got a Halloween treat today from FX as the network placed a second-season order of 13 episodes from Twentieth Century Fox Television, announced John Landgraf, President and General Manager, FX Networks.

American Horror Story, created by producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, is the eighth FX drama series to earn a second season order. Nine all-new episodes of AHS remain in the first season airing Wednesdays at 10:00 PM E/P, with the final two episodes airing December 21.

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SAG& AFTRA Support Actors Lying About Their Ages

By admin Published: October 28, 2011

You may have read recently about the flap over IMDB publishing the real age of an actress, and whether that affected the roles she could get. Now two unions representing actors have joined the fray -- ridiculously, I might add. Some in Hollywood may practice age discrimination -- as do people in many other industries -- but that's no defense against the truth.

The official word: Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA Deplore Age Discrimination Facilitated by IMDb.com and Similar Online Databases

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Charlie Sheen/"Anger Management"/FX Deal

By admin Published: October 27, 2011

The official word: Former Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen will return to television in summer 2012 on FX in Anger Management, a new sitcom loosely based on Revolution Studios’ 2003 hit comedy feature of the same name, announced John Landgraf, President and General Manager, FX Networks.

FX has ordered 10 episodes of Anger Management from Lionsgate-owned distributor Debmar-Mercury, led by Co-Presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein. Production on the sitcom will begin in early 2012 with comedy veteran writer-producer Bruce Helford (George Lopez, The Drew Carey Show) as executive producer and showrunner. It will be produced by Lionsgate Television, led by Television Group President Kevin Beggs and COO Sandra Stern; Joe Roth and Revolution Studios’ Vince Totino; Sheen manager Mark Burg’s production company, Evolution Management; and Ramon Estevez and Estevez Sheen Productions.

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This Week's HeldenFiles Live!

By admin Published: October 27, 2011

Including Mindy Kaling's new book, Errol Morris's "Tabloid," "Captain America" (now on DVD), the vintage "Murphy's Romance," "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," "Cop Land."

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This Week's "DWTS" Chat

By admin Published: October 27, 2011

"X Factor" Top 12 and Other Notes

By admin Published: October 26, 2011

It was good news for Wooster's Josh Krajcik, who made it to the Top 12 and who is already being talked about as a favorite to win. (He has also been dubbed Burrito Josh, apparently by my friend Dan Fienberg at Hitfix, and there was a #teamburritojosh at work on Twitter last night.)

We'll get to the boilerplate about the list in a moment. But first let me say that -- after seeing "The Voice," "American Idol," "The Sing-Off," "Nashville Star" and other vocal competitions -- "The X Factor" may be the worst of the lot.

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Macie's Back -- At Channel 5

By admin Published: October 24, 2011

The official word: NewsChannel 5 welcomes home anchor Macie McInnis Jepson to Good Morning Cleveland. She will join Meteorologist Christine Ferreira, Traffic Anchor/Reporter Alicia Roberts, and another co-anchor to be announced soon.

Northeast Ohioans will recognize Macie from her years at WJW Fox 8, where she was employed from 1994 through 1999. At various times during those years, she anchored the morning, noon, and 5PM newscasts.
But Macie’s first career stops were at KTBS and KNOE, both in Louisiana, working various anchor positions and reporter beats.

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Scott Baio Stars in New Nick at Nite Sitcom

By admin Published: October 24, 2011

The official word: Nickelodeon has ordered its first-ever original scripted comedy pilot, Daddy’s Home, starring Scott Baio, it was announced today by Marjorie Cohn, President, Original Programming and Development, Nickelodeon.

A multi-camera, half-hour comedy for Nick at Nite, Daddy’s Home follows David Hobbs (Baio) an actor who, after ten years of starring as America’s favorite TV dad, becomes a stay-at-home father to honor the deal he made with his soap star wife so that she may return to the limelight.

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Frampton Plays Akron Feb. 22; Tickets on Sale Friday

By admin Published: October 24, 2011

The gist: Reserved seats are $76, $53.50, $33.50. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 28th at 10:00am and will be available at www.livenation.com, all Ticketmaster locations, The Akron Civic Theatre Box Office and charge by phone (800)745-3000.

The official word: Following his critically acclaimed new album Thank You Mr Churchill, Grammy®-winning guitarist and songwriter Peter Frampton will continue his massive world tour
with a stop at the beautiful Akron Civic Theatre on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, for 97.5 WONE’s Birthday Bash!

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Monday Notebook

By admin Published: October 24, 2011

Hectic weekend. Target Demo and her fiancee visited, and on Sunday the Bride and I attacked the lawn and flower beds during what proved to be a brief period of sunshine. This was the first weekend in three when conditions allowed for a lawn mowing. And what a mowing it was.

Also saw "Puss in Boots 3D," which I will be reviewing later this week. Revisited "Murphy's Romance" on DVD. Still love the movie. Finally saw "Captain America" on Blu-ray and may post some longer notes about that. It was intermittently entertaining, but not my favorite superhero movie. And I spent a fair amount of time pondering why, even now, the Marvel universe is so tangled up with the events of and around World War II. (See also "X-Men: First Class."

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Robert Pierpoint, R.I.P.

By admin Published: October 24, 2011

The CBS newsman was 86. The official word:

Robert Pierpoint, a CBS Newsman whose coverage of six presidents made him one of the longest serving White House correspondents and whose reports from the front lines in Korea were among the first for television to focus on the individual soldier, died yesterday(22) after complications related to hip surgery. He was 86 and lived in Santa Barbara, Calif.

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Overstreet "Glee" Return Set

By admin Published: October 24, 2011

The official word: Chord Overstreet will return to GLEE’s McKinley High as underdog SAM EVANS for a multi-episode arc beginning this December on FOX.

“We love Chord and have always said that we wanted him back,” said Ryan Murphy, executive producer and co-creator of GLEE. “So here's an early Christmas present for all the Gleeks—Sam is coming back to McKinley, and just in time for sectionals!”

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Video: HeldenFiles Live!

By Dan Published: October 20, 2011

Pop culture writer Rich Heldenfels talks about music, movies and somewhat obscure cultural refere

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Video: 'Dancing with the Stars' recap

By Dan Published: October 20, 2011

Lynne Sherwin, features editor and former dance instructor, and Rich Heldenfels talk America's favorite dance show.


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19's Van Vliet Is Cosmo's Bachelor of the Year

By admin Published: October 19, 2011

The official word: After a nationwide search, Cosmopolitan Magazine has named 19 Action News (WOIO) entertainment reporter Chris Van Vliet the 2011 “Bachelor of the Year.” This is the second consecutive victory for Cleveland in Cosmo’s annual contest, which also took home the 2010 title.

Thanks to millions of votes that came in from across the country, Van Vliet placed as a Top 10 finalist out of all contestants from each state. A panel of Cosmo editors then selected Cleveland’s 28-year-old host of The Buzz --crowning him as their “Bachelor of the Year” at Tuesday night’s ceremony in New York City. Van Vliet was awarded with a $10,000 check, which he plans to send straight to the Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland.

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Ohio Stations To Televise Issue 2 Debate

By admin Published: October 19, 2011

The official word: Ohio NBC affiliated stations have partnered to present the first televised statewide debate
of Issue 2, the referendum on Senate Bill 5. The debate will be broadcast from Columbus,
Ohio on Tuesday, October 25 from 7 p.m. to8 p.m. It will be carried live on WKYC Cleveland, WCMH Columbus, WLWT Cincinnati, WDTN Dayton, WLIO Lima, WNWO Toledo, WTOV Wheeling/Steubenville, WFMJ Youngstown, and WHIZ Zanesville. It will also be streamed live on each of the stations’ websites.

Debating Issue 2 will be State Senator Keith Faber of Building a Better Ohio, who will be
defending Issue 2, and Former Ohio Congressman Dennis Eckart of We Are Ohio, which
opposes Issue 2.

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The "X Factor" Top 17

By admin Published: October 19, 2011

After the jump, the official list, with contestants' Twitter and Facebook links, and generally unenlightening quotes from each.

As I have said elsewhere, I really don't like the show. The background music is endless and irritating, the vocals look manipulated, and Simon's supposed change of mind seemed especially phony in the context of wild cards and last-minute additions of finalists on Cowell's former singing show.

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OK, This Made Me Laugh

By admin Published: October 17, 2011

Seth Rogen on "Sesame Street"

By admin Published: October 14, 2011

The segment, above, airs on Oct. 21.

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"West Side Story" in Theaters for 50th-Anniversary Celebration

By admin Published: October 14, 2011

Local venues will include Cinemark Tinseltown USA, Cinemark at Valley View
Cinemark 14 in Mansfield and Hudson Cinema 10.

The official word: Bringing one of the most acclaimed works of musical drama ever captured back to movie theaters nationwide this fall, NCM Fathom and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) are presenting The West Side Story 50th Anniversary Event on Wednesday, November 9th at 7:00 pm local time. This unprecedented opportunity allows audiences to enjoy every sensational song and dazzling dance number in this cinematic masterpiece, which originally won a stunning 10 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, in 1961. The West Side Story 50th Anniversary Event will open with an exciting new TCM original production featuring a discussion with Walter Mirisch of The Mirisch Company, which produced the classic; Oscar®-winning actor George Chakiris; and vocalist Marni Nixon, who served as Natalie Woods’ voice double. TCM Host Robert Osborne moderates the discussion, which was taped at the 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival in historic Hollywood.

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"America's Most Wanted" Special Set

By admin Published: October 14, 2011

The official word: Emmy Award-Winner John Walsh returns to FOX to host a special two-hour edition of AMERICA’S MOST WANTED: 50 FUGITIVES 50 STATES, featuring a nationwide round-up of the country’s worst criminals, airing Saturday, Oct. 29 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Walsh takes viewers coast-to-coast on the biggest manhunt of the year in hopes of capturing fugitives who continue to elude authorities. His first stop is Montana where authorities search for a former militia leader who took sheriff’s deputies on a harrowing car chase that ended in a shootout. The militia leader is still on the loose and considered armed and extremely dangerous.

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Moroder "Metropolis" at Cedar Lee

By admin Published: October 14, 2011

The official word: The Cedar Lee Theatre (2163 Lee Rd., Cleveland Hts.) will present two screenings of the digitally restored film GIORGIO MORODER PRESENTS METROPOLIS on Friday, October 28th and Wednesday, October 29th at midnight.

In 1981, three-time Academy Award-winning composer Giorgio Moroder began a three-year endeavor to restore director Fritz Lang’s science fiction classic, Metropolis. During this process, Moroder made the controversial decision to give the film a new, contemporary score, and added a pop music soundtrack featuring songs from some of the biggest stars of the early MTV era, including Pat Benatar, Billy Squier, Freddie Mercury, Bonnie Tyler, Adam Ant, Jon Anderson and more.

In addition to the new score, missing footage was re-edited into the film, intertitles were removed and replaced with subtitles and sound effects and color tinting were added, creating an all new experience...and an all-new film! But for more than a quarter century, this version of Metropolis has remained out of print - until now. A new HD transfer was created from one of the few remaining prints available, and film distributor Kino Lorber is presenting the film in the best possible quality - just as it was seen in its original release in August 1984.

Tickets are $5 and are on sale now at the Cedar Lee Theatre box office and online at www.clevelandcinemas.com.

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This week's 'Dancing With the Stars' video chat

By Dan Published: October 13, 2011

Lynne Sherwin, features editor and former dance instructor, and Rich Heldenfels, pop culture writer discuss this week's show.


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Video: HeldenFiles Live

By Dan Published: October 13, 2011

Pop culture writer Rich Heldenfels talks about the latest books, movies and DVD releases.

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This Week's Video Column -- Online Only Edition

By admin Published: October 8, 2011

It has been said more than once that Terrence Malick is a brilliant but maddening filmmaker. He can offer up astounding images, but his pacing can bore and his narratives can puzzle.
Both the problems and the glories are on display in "The Tree of Life," the latest in his handful of films, which Fox Home Entertainment releases Tuesday in a combo pack with the Blu-ray, standard DVD and digital copy. The suggested retail price is $39.99. And, if you plan to watch this movie, do so on Blu-ray, where Malick’s visual splendor will be most clearly evident (especially in scenes full of darkness and shadow).
Just deciding what the movie is about may be a challenge for many viewers. When it was released theatrically, publicity for the film called it "a hymn to life, excavating answers to the most haunting and personal human questions through a kaleidoscope of the intimate and the cosmic, from the raw emotions of a family in a small Texas town to the wildest, infinite edges of space and time, from a boy’s loss of innocence to a man’s transforming encounters with awe, wonder and transcendence.’’
It seems to begin somewhere before the actual creation of humans, inching forward into the life of a Texas family (with Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain as the parents) and the adulthood of one of those Texas children, played as a grownup by Sean Penn. At times the movie is quite moving. You don’t just see some of the moments in Texas, you nearly feel them. And Pitt is very good as a father whose life is laced with frustration.
But even Malick’s admirers — and I am one — have struggled with the film. The Rotten Tomatoes website, which collects movie reviews (including mine), found that 84 percent of the "Tree of Life" reviews were positive. But one positive review called the film “exquisite but frustrating” and another proclaimed it “beautiful, baffling, poetic, pretentious.”
Not that such judgments worry Malick. He has consistently made the films he wants to make without apology, explanation or even passing comment. As an extra, the video package includes a 30-minute documentary about the making of Tree of Life but Fox says it relies on “interviews with his collaborators and cast members as well as with directors Christopher Nolan and David Fincher who share an appreciation for his work.”
Where "Tree of Life" rated highly with critics, the Kevin James comedy "Zookeeper" did not, generating a 13 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The new release on video contains not one positive quote on the package. (It does, however, boast a large sticker promoting the inclusion of a video-game demo.) But the movie still managed to make about $79 million in U.S. theaters, and about that much again in overseas release.
Like his frequent collaborate Adam Sandler, James is content to please audiences and bypass the critics; Grownups, for example, with both Sandler and James got even worse reviews than "Zookeeper" and was still a big hit. But audiences are picky, too, and "Zookeeper" — with James as a man who learns that the animals in his zoo can talk — was not as big as some of James’s previous films.
Besides the game demo, extras on Zookeeper include bloopers, deleted scenes and featurettes on the cast, characters and visual effects.

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In Case You Missed It: "X Factor" Top 32

By admin Published: October 7, 2011

I came back to the show for the "boot camp" episodes but am still less than thrilled. The overly dramatic, prolonged background music is especially annoying. And the selection of the top 32 clearly considered the dramatic-story potential of contestants as much or more than the music. Plus, with the breakdown of the contestants into four demographic groups (over 30s, groups, males under 30, females under 30), some contestants had an easier road because their group overall was small or less talented. I suppose it's comparable to playing in a bad division in pro sports (or a weak college league) but it still seems unreasonable. And I am tired of Simon implying that certain decisions are not his choice. It's his blasted show.

Anyway, after the jump is a list of the contestants continuing on the show.

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Complete "Smallville," 10th Season Video Release Coming

By admin Published: October 7, 2011

The official word: After 10 incredible seasons, Smallville: The Complete Series will soar onto DVD from Warner Home Video on November 29. This ultimate collector’s set for the ultimate fan features over 192 hours of content – including all 218 episodes, over five hours of newly added special features such as an unaired, never-before-seen Superboy pilot from 1961, a retrospective look at the series with over 100 minutes of season featurettes, a decade of Comic-Con featurette and more!

In addition, exclusive printed materials include a Daily Planet newspaper, written by DC Comics, that highlights the important storylines developed during the 10-year run of the show and an episode guide with never-before-seen production art (storyboards/sketches) and behind-the-scenes photos. Smallville: The Complete Series is presented in highly collectable new packaging consisting of two lay-flat picture books that hold 62 discs and available for $339.88 SRP.

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This Week's "Dancing With the Stars" Video Chat

By Dan Published: October 5, 2011

Food writer and DWTS fan Lisa Abraham stands in for vacationing Lynne Sherwin to talk the two-step and more with pop culture writer Rich Heldenfels on this week's discussion. Included: Chaz Bono's problems and the magic of J.R. Martinez.

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Video: HeldenFiles Live

By Dan Published: October 5, 2011

Many topics this week, including new books about John Huston, Kendra Wilkinson and crafting with cat hair, and videos of "The Trip," "Page One" and the complete "Barney Miller."


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First Network Cancellation of Fall '11: "Playboy Club"

By admin Published: October 4, 2011

No regrets here. Didn't like the pilot and had not yet gotten up the energy to watch a second episode. NBC will replace it with a new, badly titled news program. (See below.) The network has also given full-season orders to "Up All Night" (kind of entertaining) and "Whitney" (not).

The official replacement word: The highly anticipated NBC News primetime newsmagazine “Rock Center with Brian Williams” will debut on Monday, October 31st at 10pm ET. The announcement was made today by Steve Capus, President of NBC News and Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment.

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Nicholas Ray Tribute Begins Tonight on TCM

By admin Published: October 4, 2011

The official word: This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nicholas Ray, director of such memorable films as They Live by Night (1947), In a Lonely Place (1950), Johnny Guitar (1954) and Rebel Without a Cause (1955). In October, TCM will set aside each Tuesday night to celebrate the legendary filmmaker with 19 of his movies, including the Oct. 25 world television premiere of We Can’t Go Home Again (1976/2011), Ray’s visionary, unfinished film. Premiering alongside that experimental work will be Don’t Expect Too Much (2011), a revealing new documentary directed by Susan Ray, last wife of the director.

In an exclusive article for tcm.com, the first in an ongoing series of monthly articles for the website and TCM’s Now Playing guide, filmmaker Martin Scorsese writes, "...of all the great American filmmakers, Ray is the one whose work many of us associate most powerfully with youth." Ray, who studied under luminaries like Frank Lloyd Wright and Thornton Wilder, began his career with a splash by directing the Broadway production of Duke Ellington’s Beggar’s Holiday in 1946. One year later, he was in Hollywood working on his film debut, They Live by Night, an unflinching look at a gang of criminals and a romance that blossoms in the wake of a bungled robbery.

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Muppet Battles Hunger -- And Not in a Cookie Monster Way

By admin Published: October 4, 2011

The official word: Growing Hope Against Hunger, a one hour primetime television special, produced by Sesame Workshop with documentary films by Academy Award winning director and filmmaker Cynthia Wade, will premiere on PBS starring Brad Paisley, Kimberly Williams Paisley and the Sesame Street Muppets airing nationwide on October 9th at 7:00 PM ET/ PT (check local listings). The special, made possible by the generous support of Walmart, presents families’ personal stories to raise awareness of the widespread issue of hunger in the United States, as well as strategies that have helped these families find resources and grow stronger together. Growing Hope Against Hunger will also introduce a new Muppet named Lily whose family has an ongoing struggle with hunger.

A preview of the special was presented today at the Bethel Gospel Academy with H. Melvin Ming, Chief Operating Officer of Sesame Workshop; Andrea Thomas, Senior Vice President of Sustainability at Walmart; Vicki Escarra, President and CEO of Feeding America and Sesame Street Advisory Board Member; The Gleason family, who were featured in the special; and Sesame Street’s Grover and new Muppet Lily. In addition, a Spanish version of the special will air on October 22nd at 1 PM ET/PT on Univision and on October 23rd at 1 PM ET/PT on Telefutura. All materials will also be available online at sesamestreet.org/food.

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