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Fox Cinema Archives to offer 6 Sonja Henie films

By Rich Heldenfels Published: November 26, 2013

The Henie films include "Thin Ice," "Wintertime" and "My Lucky Star.": As a consumer advisory, let me note the reference below to these versions being "limited to the film’s available source material." There have been complaints about the archive using pan-and-scan versions and prints that were in serious need of remastering. But if you are just eager to have the titles in authorized form, here is the complete official word on the new releases, with the new titles listed below:

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is releasing their latest selection of vintage films on DVD from their popular Fox Cinema Archives collection beginning today through December 17. Launched in 2012, the collection already includes more than 200 classic films drawing from the studio’s deep vault of movies. The collection dives into the studio’s rich catalog to resurrect some of the most memorable films from the 1930s, 40s and 50s.

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"Blue Jasmine" DVD/Blu-ray plans

By Rich Heldenfels Published: November 25, 2013

The official word: Explore an intimate portrayal of the inner-battle between fantasy and reality in the lighthearted drama from Sony Pictures Classics, BLUE JASMINE, available Jan. 21 on Blu-ray™* and DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.  Written and directed by Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris, To Rome With Love), this endearing film finds Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett (The Aviator, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, 2004) as Jasmine French, a former New York socialite, after her life falls to pieces.  Following her fall from grace, Jasmine flees the Manhattan high life for San Francisco, where she tries to pull herself back together again, while teetering between a troubled past and a fresh start.

The NEW YORKER’s David Denby called the critically acclaimed film "startling and brilliant,” noting that “Cate Blanchett gives the most complicated and demanding performance of her movie career." BLUE JASMINE also features a powerful ensemble cast, including Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, Louis C.K., Bobby Cannavale, Andrew Dice Clay, Peter Sarsgaard, and Michael Stuhlbarg. Exclusively available on the BLUE JASMINE Blu-ray and DVD, Notes from The Red Carpet gives insight into the cast’s thoughts on their characters and Woody Allen’s filmmaking process. Also included is the BLUE JASMINE Cast Press Conference with Cate Blanchett, Peter Sarsgaard and Andrew Dice Clay.

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"Melissa & Joey," "Baby Daddy" return Jan. 15

By Rich Heldenfels Published: November 25, 2013

The official word: ABC Family continues its rollout of all new episodes of original series with the return of the hit comedies “Melissa & Joey” and “Baby Daddy” on January 15 (8:00PM – 9:00 PM ET/PT).

“Melissa & Joey” (8:00PM-8:30PM ET/PT) – In picking up where the summer cliff-hanger left off, Joe rushes home to tell Mel that he has feelings for her after their romantic night together in New Jersey. When he arrives, he’s shocked to find Austin (guest star Trevor Donovan) has shown up and wants to give his relationship with Mel another try. Deciding he can’t stay and watch them fall in love all over again, Joe quits. Meanwhile, Lennox plots to get Joe and Mel together and Ryder gets sick from his own cooking.

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A&E orders more "Longmire"

By Rich Heldenfels Published: November 25, 2013

The official word: A&E Network has picked up a 10-episode third season of the acclaimed drama series, "Longmire" starring Robert Taylor, it was announced today by David McKillop, General Manager and Executive Vice President of A&E.

In its second season, "Longmire" averaged 3.7 million total viewers with the season finale episode on August 26, 2013 delivering a season high of 4.4 million total viewers. The show continues as A&E's number one original drama series of all time in total viewers.

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Rich and the movies - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

By Ohio.com Published: November 22, 2013

This week, Akron Beacon Journal pop culture writer Rich Heldenfels checks out the latest movie in the Hunger Games franchise. Is the movie as good as its box office numbers will be?

 

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Chi McBride now a "Hawaii Five-0" regular

By Rich Heldenfels Published: November 21, 2013

He has been on the show enough lately that I wondered if a spin-off was in the works. Instead: regular status!

The official word: CBS announced today that Chi McBride has been upped to series regular on the Friday night series, HAWAII FIVE-0.  His character, Captain Lou Grover, was first seen in the fourth season premiere this past September, and is based on a character of the same name from the original “Hawaii Five-0” series.  Captain Grover, who recently moved his family from Chicago to Oahu, heads the SWAT unit on the Island.

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Oscar-buzzing "All Is Lost" sets home-viewing plans

By Rich Heldenfels Published: November 21, 2013

The film, directed by College of Wooster alum J.C. Chandor, will be on VOD and PPV on Jan. 21, and on DVD/Blu-ray/digital on Feb. 11. The official word:

Hailed as one of the year's best films by critics everywhere, the "off the scale brilliant" (Huffington Post) and "masterful" (Washington Post) survival drama All Is Lost makes its highly-anticipated debut on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), and Digital HD February 11th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The "thrilling, nail-biting, pulse-racing adventure," (Rolling Stone) will be available three weeks earlier on Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View on January 21st. In a role that is "the capstone to a great star's career" (Time Magazine), Academy Award® winner Robert Redford (*Best Directing, Ordinary People, 1980) delivers a commanding solo performance as a man who must battle to survive after his boat is wrecked in the open seas. Written and directed by J.C. Chandor, the Oscar®-nominated writer of Margin Call, All Is Lost is an enthralling story of one man's courage and perseverance against all odds.

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ICYMI: Taraji P. Henson talks "Person of Interest"

By Rich Heldenfels Published: November 21, 2013

Rock Hall introduces T-shirt line with inductees

By Rich Heldenfels Published: November 20, 2013

They sell for $28.99 apiece up to size 2X, which is $30.99. All plus tax whether bought in the store or onlne. . I would buy a bunch if they were cheaper -- but may slide a few onto my Christmas list. The official word:

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is pleased to introduce its exclusive Inductee T-shirt Collection - an exciting and fun way for music fans to support the Museum’s mission of telling the story of rock and roll’s global impact.

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Mixed Notes Wednesday

By Rich Heldenfels Published: November 20, 2013

Some odds and ends that have been piling up while I worked on another project ...

Drew Carey strikes me as a Vegas-for-New-Year's kind of guy. Not this year: At the stroke of midnight, everyone celebrating New Year’s Eve on Public Square in downtown Cleveland will ring in 2014 with a familiar face and voice. Today, Ohio Homecoming and the Cleveland New Year’s Eve Alliance announced that comedian and native-son Drew Carey will be part of Cleveland Rocks New Year’s Eve 2013 – Electric Ice! Carey joins the celebration after the recent announcement that popular electronic dance music (EDM) band Krewella will headline the night’s musical festivities.

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Canton's Dan Dierdorf retiring from CBS at season's end

By Rich Heldenfels Published: November 20, 2013

The official word: After 43 consecutive years in the National Football League as a Hall of Fame player and Hall of Fame broadcaster, Dan Dierdorf has announced his retirement following this season.

Dierdorf, who is the longest-tenured NFL analyst on television and teams with Greg Gumbel for NFL ON CBS coverage, has spent the past 30 years as an NFL broadcaster, following a 13-year playing career with the St. Louis Cardinals.

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ABC mid-season plans

By Rich Heldenfels Published: November 19, 2013

The official word: The ABC Television Network announced midseason premiere dates today for new series “The Assets,” “Killer Women,” “Mind Games,” and “Mixology.” In addition, the network has scheduled premiere dates for the new season of “The Bachelor” with Juan Pablo Galavis, critically acclaimed comedy “Suburgatory,” and the cooking competition series “The Taste,” now expanded to two hours.  Previously announced new drama series “Resurrection” will now premiere at 9:00 p.m., on SUNDAY, MARCH 9, and “Revenge” will move into the 10:00 p.m. time slot on that date.
Below are ABC’s midseason premiere dates (all times ET):
THURSDAY, JANUARY 2
8:00-10:00 p.m.  “The Taste”
10:00-11:00 p.m. “The Assets”

MONDAY, JANUARY 6
8:00-10:00 p.m. “The Bachelor”

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Planning your moviegoing for next March?

By Rich Heldenfels Published: November 19, 2013

Video: Rich and the movies - The Best Man Holiday

By Ohio.com Published: November 15, 2013

This week Beacon Journal pop culture writer Rich Heldenfels checks out The Best Man Holiday. He says it's a good, but not great movie, for everybody.

 

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AMC renews "Hell on Wheels"

By Rich Heldenfels Published: November 14, 2013

The official word: AMC announced today that it renewed its original Western drama Hell on Wheels for an expanded fourth season. For its third season, Hell on Wheels was moved to Saturday – a day that AMC has traditionally devoted to classic Western films and television shows – and the show attracted a larger audience than it had in its second season on Sunday nights. In its third season, Hell on Wheels delivered an average audience of 3.3 million viewers, live and with three days of time shifting.

 

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"Game of Thrones" Season 3 DVD/Blu-ray plans

By Rich Heldenfels Published: November 14, 2013

The official word: Featuring one of the most shocking episodes of all time, the third season of the HBO® series Game of Thrones captured headlines and captivated audiences with its gruesome battles and political intrigue. The season was "bigger than ever" (Entertainment Weekly) - and the most nominated series at the 2013 Emmy® Awards. Bring home a piece of TV history when Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season makes its highly anticipated debut on Blu-ray with HBO Select ($79.98), DVD ($59.99) and Digital Download on February 18, 2014. Game of Thrones is consistently the hottest BD/DVD title on the home entertainment charts, with seasons one and two currently ranked as the fastest-selling TV-on-BD releases of all time. The BD and DVD sets are packed with special features that further explore the characters, families and politics that populate the richly drawn world of Westeros.

In Season 3, the battling families of the Seven Kingdoms continue to fight for power as bonds are strained, loyalties are tested and cruel fates are met. The Lannisters barely hold on to power after a savage naval onslaught from Stannis Baratheon, while stirrings in the North threaten to alter the overall balance of power. Robb Stark, King in the North, faces major calamity in his efforts to build on his victories over the Lannisters, and beyond the Wall, Mance Rayder and his huge army of wildlings continue their inexorable march south. Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen - reunited with her three fast-maturing dragons - attempts to raise an army to sail with her from Essos, in hopes of eventually claiming the Iron Throne for herself.

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CBS moves "Intelligence" premiere earlier

By Rich Heldenfels Published: November 13, 2013

The official word: CBS announced today the new premiere date for the action thriller INTELLIGENCE, which will have a special preview on Tuesday, Jan. 7 (9:00-10:01 PM, ET/PT) following an original episode of NCIS. It will premiere in its regular Monday (10:00-11:00PM, ET/PT) time period on Jan. 13.       

INTELLIGENCE stars Josh Holloway as a high-tech intelligence operative enhanced with a super-computer microchip in his brain. With this implant, Gabriel is the first human ever to be connected directly into the global information grid.  He can hack into any data center and access key intel in the fight to protect the United States from its enemies. In her highly anticipated return to network television, Marg Helgenberger stars as Lillian Strand, the Director of the elite government cyber-security agency who supports Gabriel and oversees the unit’s missions. Strand assigns Riley Neal (Meghan Ory), a Secret Service agent, to protect Gabriel from outside threats, as well as from his appetite for reckless, unpredictable behavior and disregard for protocol.

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CW gives three series full-season orders

By Rich Heldenfels Published: November 12, 2013

The official word: The CW has ordered full season pickups for all three of its freshmen series, THE ORIGINALS, THE TOMORROW PEOPLE and REIGN, it was announced today by Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW.

“In just a few seasons, we have built a much stronger primetime schedule. Our on-air ratings are up year to year, and our digital viewing continues to grow exponentially,” said Pedowitz. “We're excited about the creative momentum the producers have established for all three of our new series, and now our fans will have the chance to see the full stories unfold for them this season. With the additional episodes ordered, plus two new dramas and new reality for midseason, we’ll be able to continue our commitment to adding more original programming all year long.”

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NBC Sports Network sets special on Dallas Cowboys, JFK (and the Browns)

By Rich Heldenfels Published: November 12, 2013

The special looks at the Dallas team in the wake of Kennedy's assassination in Dallas, and its game two days after the assassination -- against the Browns in Cleveland.

The official word: Fifty years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Bob Costas looks back at the time leading up to and following the Nov. 22, 1963 tragedy through the eyes of the 1963 Dallas Cowboys and 1963 U.S. Naval Academy quarterback Roger Staubach on the one-hour Costas Tonight Special – No Day For Games: The Cowboys and JFK. The show debuts Wednesday, November 20 at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

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Encore retools some channels, introduces "Encore Black"

By Rich Heldenfels Published: November 12, 2013

The official word: Starz’ sister network ENCORE is excited to announce that it will introduce the channels Encore Black and Encore Classic, plus launch a new ENCORE ESPAÑOL, beginning Monday, December 2, 2013. In addition to these channel enhancements, ENCORE SUSPENSE will launch a month-long, nightly horror film block entitled “The Graveyard Shift,” all December-long. The ENCORE channels will bring an extensive combination of commercial-free premium movie and television content, offered in HD.

 

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A Turner Classic Movies app promises live feeds, on-demand films

By Rich Heldenfels Published: November 11, 2013

I just downloaded it to my phone -- before discovering that Time Warner isn't taking part in it.

The official word: Turner Classic Movies (TCM), which is in its 20th year as a leading authority in classic film, is giving fans access, anywhere and at any time, to the most extensive and immersive mobile and online experience ever created for classic movie fans. The Watch TCM app and website (http://www.tcm.com/watch) feature not only live streaming of East and West Coast feeds for TCM but also more than 300 titles available on demand each month. Nearly every film on the TCM schedule is offered on demand, complete with host introductions by TCM's Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz.

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BBC America's big "Doctor Who" plans for November

By Rich Heldenfels Published: November 8, 2013

Buckle up. There's a lot to be told, including programming details following the explanation of what "Doctor Who" is. The official word:

BBC AMERICA is the #1 destination in the U.S. for a year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of global phenomenon Doctor Who. On November 23, 1963, a Time Lord known as the Doctor landed on the BBC’s airwaves, forever changing storytelling on television and how the world viewed the inside of a British police box.  In honoring the legacy of the longest-running and most successful sci-fi series in history, BBC AMERICA presents new programming dedicated to the iconic series, culminating in a groundbreaking television event – the global simulcast to more than 75 countries of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary special, Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor on November 23. Written by lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat (Sherlock), the special stars the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith (How to Catch a Monster), the Tenth Doctor, David Tennant (Broadchurch), companion Jenna Coleman (Dancing on the Edge), with Billie Piper (Secret Diary of a Call Girl) and John Hurt (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Alien). The global simulcast will air Saturday, November 23 at 2:50pm ET. BBC AMERICA will encore the special in primetime at 7:00pm ET with exclusive Inside Looks with Matt Smith and David Tennant.

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Video: 'Dancing with the Stars' recap

By Ohio.com Published: November 7, 2013

We've got Cher as the guest judge, making Len look better and better.

 

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Video: Rich and the movies - 'Thor: The Dark World'

By Ohio.com Published: November 7, 2013

This week, Beacon Journal pop culture writer Rich Heldenfels checks out the latest Thor movie. If there's a good reason to watch, it's Tom Hiddleston, who plays Loki.

 

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Disney, Netflix make deal for new Marvel characters shows

By Rich Heldenfels Published: November 7, 2013

The official word: The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) and Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) today announced an unprecedented deal for Marvel TV to bring multiple original series of live-action adventures of four of Marvel’s most popular characters exclusively to the world’s leading Internet TV Network beginning in 2015. This pioneering agreement calls for Marvel to develop four serialized programs leading to a miniseries programming event.

Led by a series focused on “Daredevil,” followed by “Jessica Jones,” “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage,” the epic will unfold over multiple years of original programming, taking Netflix members deep into the gritty world of heroes and villains of Hell’s Kitchen, New York. Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, thirteen episodes series and a culminating Marvel’s “The Defenders” mini-series event that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.

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"From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" starts production

By Rich Heldenfels Published: November 6, 2013

You may remember the movie with George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino and Salma Hayek. The series, with a new cast, will air in '14 on El Rey, Robert Rodriguez's new network, which promises "original signature dramas, feature films, grindhouse genre, cult classic action, horror/sci-fi and next-generation sports." It launches in December.

The official word on the series: El Rey Network in association with FactoryMade Ventures, today announced the production start of  "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series," the first scripted original to air on Robert Rodriguez's new genre-busting cable network set to debut this December. Based on his cult classic film of the same name, the supernatural crime saga, hour-long series (which will premiere on El Rey Network in Q1 2014) began filming in Austin this week with Rodriguez set to direct the first two installments.

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Fourth "American Horror Story" planned

By Rich Heldenfels Published: November 6, 2013

The official word: FX has ordered a fourth installment of American Horror Story, the Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning miniseries franchise from Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, it was announced today by John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks and FX Productions. The network has ordered 13 episodes from Twentieth Century Fox Television.

“Put simply, Ryan Murphy is a master television producer,” said Landgraf. “Time and time again he reinvents the form. What he, co-creator Brad Falchuk and their producers Dante Di Loreto, Tim Minear, Jennifer Salt, James Wong, Brad Buecker, Jessica Sharzer, Douglas Petrie, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, Alexis Martin Woodall and the entire production team and cast responsible for the American Horror Story franchise have done is nothing short of extraordinary. Every year, they create a riveting and brilliant new miniseries.  AHS: Coven is the best yet, and I have no doubt that the next installment will be even better.”

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FX sets returns of "Justified," "The Americans," more

By Rich Heldenfels Published: November 6, 2013

The official word: FX has locked down the January premiere dates of its original series including the Emmy Award-winning drama Justified, the hit animated comedy Archer, and its new animated comedy Chozen, which had been scheduled to run on FXX but now will be paired with Archer for a Monday night animation block. With the move of Chozen to FX, FXX will pair Ali G: Rezurection with the critically acclaimed original comedy series Legit.  The scheduling announcements were made today by Chuck Saftler, President of Program Strategy and COO, FX Networks

 

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Season 5 of "NYPD Blue" coming to DVD in January

By Rich Heldenfels Published: November 6, 2013

It has been more than seven years since the fourth season was on DVD, with long delays because of tepid sales. Amazon.com has had the whole series available as streaming video but here's a chance for those of you who prefer discs ...

The official word: One of television’s most acclaimed series returns! The award-winning groundbreaking cop series NYPD Blue returns with more riveting drama and gritty New York City action at the 15th Precinct. On January 21, 2014, Shout! Factory will release NYPD Blue: Season 5 in a 6-DVD box set featuring all 22 original episodes.

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ABC announces selected Christmas-special dates

By Rich Heldenfels Published: November 4, 2013

The official word: ABC celebrates the joy of the holidays, including the beloved animated special, “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” an all-new Hallmark Hall of Fame film, “Christmas in Conway,” the all-new competition series, “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” and classic, animated Christmas specials from Walt Disney Animation Studios, PEANUTS, DreamWorks Animation and Dr. Seuss, among others.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28

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"NCIS" unveils new team member

By Rich Heldenfels Published: November 4, 2013

The official word: Emily Wickersham joins the team on NCIS as a series regular beginning Tuesday, Nov. 19.  She plays NSA Analyst Eleanor “Ellie” Bishop, a mysterious mixture of analytic brilliance, fierce determination and idealism who specializes in international threat assessment and global preparation.

 

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Mixed Notes Sunday

By Rich Heldenfels Published: November 3, 2013

I have seen the "new" "MIke & Molly," which begins tomorrow, and have some thoughts here.

In case you missed it, I pondered 3D and what-not, and when audiences are left behind by tech advances in a column here.

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Rich and the movies: Ender's Game

By Ohio.com Published: November 1, 2013

If Beacon Journal pop culture writer Rich Heldenfels were a 10-year-old boy, he'd probably love Ender's Game. While there are good things about the movie, it drags on at times.

 

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