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Review: "The Adventures Of Captain Marvel" Starring Tom Tyler; Kino Lorber Blu-ray Special Edition

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By Hank Reineke

Collectors and enthusiasts of the serials produced by Republic Pictures Corporation (1936-1955) have reason to rejoice. Save for the too occasional and often spotty rare film release, proprietary rights to the Republic’s vast back catalog from that studio’s “Golden Age” have mostly languished in the vaults. Then, with little fanfare, Paramount Pictures, Inc. - the company who had obtained the rights through a dizzying history of corporate takeovers and mergers - began to quietly make some of these moribund but treasured troves of rare films digitally available to fans in late 2015. Though streaming through the Youtube channel via the company’s Paramount Vault portal was not the platform that many of us had hoped for, it was a welcome turn of events and certainly better than nothing.

If nothing else it was a long time coming. Devotees of these decidedly nostalgic vintage chapter plays have
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Flashback: Jay Thomas Tells Letterman the Lone Ranger Story

Flashback: Jay Thomas Tells Letterman the Lone Ranger Story
The late Jay Thomas is going to be remembered for a great many things. Children of the 1980s will always see him as Carla's husband Eddie LeBec husband on Cheers. People that came of age just a bit later will remember him as kindly gym teacher Bill Meister in Mr. Holland's Opus, while millennials will always associate him with the Easter Bunny from The Santa Clause 2 and The Santa Clause 3. He was also a disc jockey in the 1970s and a SiriusXM host over the past decade.

But one
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Murphy Brown Actor Jay Thomas Dies at 69

Murphy Brown Actor Jay Thomas Dies at 69
Murphy Brown actor Jay Thomas has died after losing his battle with cancer, TMZ reports. He was 69.

Thomas played Jerry Gold on the ‘90s sitcom and also starred in Cheers and Morky & Mindy. Most recently, the Texas native held a reoccurring role on Ray Donovan and appeared on episodes of Bones and NCIS: New Orleans. He also hosted The Jay Thomas Show on SiriusXM.

His days as a radio DJ inspired his annual appearance on Late Night with David Letterman, where Thomas would tell the story of how a young disc jockey and his older coworker captured The Lone Ranger
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May 30th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Blackcoat’S Daughter, The Hearse

Happy Memorial Day, everyone! While you’re off enjoying some much-needed downtime with friends and family, we’ve gone ahead and put together a recap of this week’s horror and sci-fi home entertainment releases that are coming our way on May 30th.

For those of you cult film aficionados out there, get those wallets ready, because there’s a bunch of great titles arriving on Blu-ray this Tuesday, including Blackenstein, Evil Ed, The Blood of Fu Manchu / The Castle of Fu Manchu double feature, The Hearse, The Undertaker, Slaughterhouse Rock, and Hide and Go Shriek.

As far as new genre films go, The Blackcoat’s Daughter (one of my personal favorites of 2017) and Rupture are making their way to Blu-ray and DVD, with the Shock-o-Rama box set also coming out on DVD.

The Blackcoat’s Daughter (Lionsgate, Blu-ray & DVD)

Beautiful and haunted Joan (Emma Roberts) makes
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Blu-ray Review: Blackenstein

Blaxploitation made its move on the horror market with Aip’s Blacula (1972); so successful was the foray that the money wheels started turning towards a follow up. And while Aip was busy cooking up a sequel to their surprise hit, an outsider saw an opening in the window of the American Dream and leapt right through. Frank Saletri may have been a lawyer by trade, but his heart belonged to horror and he gave his all to write and produce Blackenstein (1973) – a movie somewhat better than its godawful reputation, restored for posterity on Blu-ray by the fine folks at Severin Films. Come for the monster; stay to hear Saletri’s story.

Eddie (Joe De Rue) is a Vietnam vet who while in service, danced with a landmine and lost all his limbs as a result. As he arrives back home, his fiancée, Dr. Winifred Walker (Ivory Stone) meets with her
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General Hospital Vet Peter Hansen, Played Lee Baldwin, Dead at 95

General Hospital Vet Peter Hansen, Played Lee Baldwin, Dead at 95
Peter Hansen, who for decades played General Hospital legal eagle Lee Baldwin, died on Sunday at age 95.

Prior to his esteemed Gh run (where in 1965 he replaced Ross Elliott as the eventual adoptive father to Scott and husband of Gail), Hansen appeared on such series as The Lone Ranger, The Adventures of Jim Bowie, Sea Hunt and Gomer Pyle: Usmc. His TV credits also include How the West Was Won, Coach, Golden Girls and the Gh spinoff Port Charles.

For his work as Gh‘s Lee, a recovering alcoholic and onetime Port Charles mayor, Hansen earned two Daytime Emmy nominations,
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Peter Hansen, General Hospital Actor, Dies at 95

Peter Hansen, General Hospital Actor, Dies at 95
A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com.

Actor Peter Hansen, known for his role as lawyer and addiction counselor Lee Baldwin on General Hospital, has died at the age of 95.

Hansen died Sunday in Santa Clarita, California, the General Hospital twitter account confirmed Tuesday.

Though he made over 100 film and television appearances, Hansen was best known for his role as the stalwart Lee Baldwin on General Hospital and its spin-off Port Charles. He appeared on the weekday soap opera from 1965 through 2004, making his last appearance at Lila’s (Anna Lee) funeral in 2004 and retiring from the screen thereafter.
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‘General Hospital’ Alum Peter Hansen Dies at 95

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‘General Hospital’ Alum Peter Hansen Dies at 95
Actor Peter Hansen, who played Lee Baldwin on the ABC soap opera “General Hospital,” died Sunday, his family announced. He was 95. Born in Oakland, California, in 1921, Hansen pursued acting at the Pasadena Playhouse before signing with Paramount Studios, appearing in films such as 1950’s “Branded” with Alan Ladd, “When Worlds Collide” and 1952’s “The Savage” with Charlton Heston. Hansen also appeared on numerous television shows including “Sea Hunt,” “The Lone Ranger” and “Perry Mason,” but was perhaps best known for his portrayal of Baldwin on “General Hospital,” a role he played on and off for decades. Also Read: Barbara Tarbuck,
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Brazil (1944)

Good neighbor policy? Wartime exigencies inspired an intra-hemisphere cultural exchange, with the movies seizing on the new popularity of Latin music. Republic’s contribution gives us the great songs of Ady Barroso and a full soundtrack of his compositions — in a featherweight musical romance, of course.

Brazil

Blu-ray

Olive Films

1944 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 91 min. / Street Date December 6, 2016 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.98

Starring Tito Guízar, Virginia Bruce, Edward Everett Horton, Robert Livingston, Veloz and Yolanda, Fortunio Bonanova, Richard Lane, Frank Puglia, Aurora Miranda, Billy Daniel, Dan Seymour, Roy Rogers.

Cinematography Jack A. Marta

Film Editor Fred Allen

Songs Ary Barroso, Hoagy Carmichael

Written by Frank Gill Jr., Laura Kerr, Richard English

Produced by Robert North

Directed by Joseph Santley

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

The wartime ‘Good Neighbor Policy’ was a P.R. blitz intended to steer South America toward the U.S. and away from the Axis.
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Mike Gold: Polishing Icons

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There was a time when it was generally perceived that iconic heroic fantasy characters such as The Lone Ranger, The Green Hornet, The Shadow and Buck Rogers were so popular for so long that they would be around forever. I think of that whenever somebody alleges Superman and Spider-Man will be around forever. Times change, as do our cultural predilections and venues.

Nonetheless, those heroes have become part of our cultural fabric. Most Americans (at least) who have neither read, seen, nor heard the adventures of these characters have heard their names and have some vague idea of their modus operandi. Just as DC Entertainment has kept Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman “alive” through their comic books while merchandisers and movie producers such as Michael Uslan could enhance their visibility through their more profitable endeavors.

Right now all of the retired heroic fantasy characters I mentioned above are being kept
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Hudson Hawk at 25

If there is a reliable truism that can coexist alongside the American film industry’s dance of death with economically insane budgets that now routinely soar north of $200 million, it is that (most) critics and potential ticket-buyers can be counted on to review bad buzz and publicized woes of dollars and production instead of the actual movie once it finally finds its way to a screen. And it may in fact be true that the drama behind the scenes often outstrips the quality of the wide-screen finished product, though certainly this is not always the case. The reception of big-budget box-office flops like John Carter, The Lone Ranger, Jupiter Ascending and Oliver Stone’s Alexander are but some late examples of our number-crunching obsession with pop culture minutiae and the fascination of a behemoth’s preordained fall. Most who trudged out to see any of these films during their theatrical
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Flying Disc Man from Mars

Make room for Mota, the man from Mars! Mota enlists a scientist and two thugs to lay the groundwork for a full-scale invasion from space. Only the heroes of Fowler Aerial Patrol can save us! Republic's serial adventure ought to carry an "80% Recycled" label -- even the flying disc craft is second-hand, bearing a Japanese Rising Sun flag from a previous wartime serial. Flying Disc Man from Mars Blu-ray Olive Films 1950 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 169 min. / Street Date October 27, 2015 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.98 Starring Walter Reed, Lois Collier, Gregory Gaye (or Gay), James Craven, Harry Lauter, Richard Irving, Sandy Sanders, Michael Carr. Cinematography Walter Strenge Film Editors Cliff Bell, Sam Starr Original Music Stanley Wilson Special Effects Howard and Theodore Lydecker Written by Ronald Davidson Produced by Franklin Adreon Directed by Fred C. Brannon

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Looking at the gloriously redundant Flying Disc Man from Mars,
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Bloodsucking Bastards and Stung Blu-ray Clips & Trailers

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Creatures of the night co-workers and party-crashing mutant wasps invade home media next week with Scream Factory's respective Blu-ray releases of Bloodsucking Bastards and Stung, and we have clips and trailers from both high-definition horror films.

Bloodsucking Bastards Blu-ray: "An action-packed vampire comedy in the vein of Office Space and Shaun of the Dead, Bloodsucking Bastards stars Fran Kranz (Cabin in the Woods) as Evan Sanders, a dutiful and overworked employee stuck at a soul-killing corporation with his beautiful girlfriend, Amanda (Emma Fitzpatrick, Significant Mother), and his slacker best friend Tim (Joey Kern, Beneath). Evan's world begins to crumble when Amanda dumps him and his boss, Ted (Joel Murray, God Bless America), hands his coveted promotion to his nemesis Max (Pedro Pascal, Game of Thrones). But just when Evan's convinced that life couldn't bite any harder, his office mates start going through disturbing changes… and bodies begin to pile up.
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Joaquín Cosío Joins The Strain Season 2 As "The Silver Angel"

Hitfix report that renowned Mexican actor Joaquín Cosío has joined season 2 of The Strain as Angel Guzman Hurtado, aka The Silver Angel. The character was at one time Mexico's most famous luchador (masked wrestler) who suffered an injury and found himself washed up and working as a dishwasher in a restaurant. But when the vampire apocalypse kicks off he gets the opportunity to don the mask once more and fight alongside former gang leader Gus to battle the forces of darkness. Cosío is a three-time Arieles (Mexican Academy of Film Awards) nominee, and has appeared in the likes of Quantum of Solace, A Better Life, Savages and The Lone Ranger. The second season of FX's The Strain is currently shooting, and will première this summer.
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Bob Ingersoll: The Law Is A Ass #329: The Lone Ranger Rains In The Lynch Mob

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The answer to the legal question posed in The Lone Ranger v 2 # 22 is: I don’t know, either.

There, that was short and sweet. I answered the question, so we can all move on to other things. Me, I’ve got Baseball playoff games to watch. And you…

And you, you’re not satisfied.

Okay, guess it’s time to make a short story long.

The Lone Ranger v 2 # 22 “Rainmaker.” It started in 1870 in a “rural town at the edge of what would become the Oklahoma Territory.” Actually, it started quite a bit earlier. It started whenever the drought started; however many weeks, months, or years that was. The drought which turned the earth dry, killing the crops and the cattle of this rural town alike.

It started because the good people of this rural town were so desperate for the saving rain that they paid an elderly Indian woman
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Comic-Con: Quentin Tarantino Confirms 'Hateful Eight' Is Moving Forward

Comic-Con: Quentin Tarantino Confirms 'Hateful Eight' Is Moving Forward
Last week, we reported that filmmaker Quentin Tarantino was heading to Comic-Con 2014 to present his Dynamite comic book series that combines characters from his hit 2012 Western Django Unchained with the iconic Zorro character. During the panel, the filmmaker confirmed that he is moving forward with his new Western The Hateful Eight.

Deadline reported just before the panel began that the filmmaker is eyeing an early 2015 start date, which lines up with a report from earlier this month where Kurt Russell revealed shooting will begin early next year. The director wouldn't divulge any more details about the project at the Comic-Con panel.

As you may know, The Hateful Eight almost never made it off the ground after the script was first completed. We reported in January that the first draft of his script was leaked, which lead to the lawsuit he filed against Gawker Media. After initially talking about shelving the project indefinitely,
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Oscars 2014: The Complete Winners List

Oscars 2014: The Complete Winners List
From Best Picture to Best Visual Effects, here is the complete list of winners at the 2014 Oscars.

Best Picture:

*12 Years a Slave

American Hustle

Captain Phillips

Dallas Buyers Club

Gravity

Her

Nebraska

Philomena

The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Actor:

*Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Christian Bale, American Hustle

Bruce Dern, Nebraska

Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave

Leonardo Dicaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Actress:

*Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Amy Adams, American Hustle

Sandra Bullock, Gravity

Judi Dench, Philomena

Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Best Supporting Actor:

*Jared Leto,
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9 Movies I Can't Believe Were Nominated for a 2014 Oscar

9 Movies I Can't Believe Were Nominated for a 2014 Oscar
The 86th Annual Academy Awards nominations were announced Thursday morning, and it was a fairly brief and unsurprising affair. The end results looked like the majority of 2013's 'Best Of Movie' lists, with the same handful of titles being mentioned over and over again. But there were a few loopy choices thrown into the mix that made us cock our head. Who thought Disney's mega-bomb The Lone Ranger or the outsider punk rock aesthetic of Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa would capture the attention of Oscar's antiquated ballot pushers? Those weren't the only surprising inclusions. Let's look at the 9 Movies We Can't Believe Were Just Nominated for an Oscar...

1The Lone Ranger

Category: Best Visual Effects/Best Makeup and Hairstyling. Will It Win?: Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha! Disney's mega-bomb is now packed with a bit of prestige as it takes home an Oscar nomination. It doesn't need to win.
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Gilligan's Island Actor Russell Johnson Dead at 89

Actor Russell Johnson, who is best known for playing The Professor on the hit TV series "Gilligan's Island," has passed away on Thursday morning at his home in Washington. He was 89 years old and died of natural causes. On the show, Johnson playing a high school science teacher who was capable of building just about anything, including generators, radios and other gadgets from regular items found on the island. But as Johnson joked, the one thing The Professor could never figure out was how to patch the hold at the bottom of the SS Minnow. Outside of "Gilligan's Island," the actor also appeared in several episodes of "The Twilight Zone," as well as "Gunsmoke," "Rawhide" and "The Lone Ranger. He also had parts in dozens of feature films, including "MacArthur," "It Came From Outer Space" and the 1953 Western "Law and Order," in which he took part in a gunfight with the film's star,
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Film Feature: Predictions For the 2014 Oscar Nominees

It’s that most wonderful time of the year in which one group of people (journalists) try to figure out what another group of people (Academy members) think are the best films and performances of the year. Sure, we have the Guild nominees, critics awards, and general buzz but there’s only one thing that I can tell you for sure — one of the predictions below will be wrong. And yet we go out on that limb again every year.

Best Picture

12 Years a Slave

American Hustle

Captain Phillips

Dallas Buyers Club

Gravity

Her

Inside Llewyn Davis

Nebraska

The Wolf of Wall Street

This category is a bit harder to predict than the last few years. We really only have three undeniable locks. Both Golden Globe winners — “American Hustle” and “12 Years a Slave” — are in for sure and are likely the frontrunners to win the big prize. Alfonso Cuaron’s
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