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Drama

“Boardwalk Empire” costars help introduce TCM’s night of Prohibition biopics

From Turner Classic Movies: Before the debut of HBO’s Prohibition-era series Boardwalk Empire, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will get viewers in the speakeasy mood with an evening of biopics about some of the time period’s most notorious gangsters and bootleggers. TCM’s “Prohibition All-Stars” marathon, scheduled to air September 15, will showcase five films about such figures as Al Capone, John “Legs” Diamond, Arnold Rothstein, Louis “Lepke” Buchalter and Vincent “Mad Dog” Coll. Rod Steiger, Tony Curtis and David Janssen are among the stars in the title roles. Boardwalk Empire co-stars Vincent Piazza (Rescue Me), who plays Lucky Luciano, and Michael […]

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Documentary

TCM’s Eastwood movie marathon and new doc celebrate Clint’s 80th birthday

He’s made our day, many times over the years, with dozens of memorable, if not classic, films in which he has starred or directed — or both (and in some cases also served as the composer of music scores). Now, Clint Eastwood is getting his own day on TCM when the movie network devotes 24 hours of programming to the works of the Oscar-winning actor and filmmaker. The celebration airs this Monday, May 31 (Eastwood’s 80th birthday), beginning at 6am ET. At the center of the marathon is the world television premiere of The Eastwood Factor, a new documentary written […]

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Family

What to watch this Halloween season

**This was our 2009 Halloween preview. To see what’s coming up for Halloween 2010, click here. Whether you’re looking for hardcore horror, family-friendly frights, or something in between, here’s a selection of some of the shows and movies to get you in a macabre mood this Halloween season. For more detail on the scary movies listed here, and to search for others throughout the month, visit our online movie database. Goosebumps — Cartoon Network, weekdays at 4:30pm ET through Oct. 29. Episodes from all three seasons of the show that adapted R.L. Stine’s spooky book series for television. The Othersiders […]

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TV News & Program Updates

TV Commemorates 40th Anniversary Of Moon Landing

This Monday, July 20, marks the 40th anniversary of one of humanity’s greatest achievements — reaching and walking on the moon. Because of this, you’ll notice the occurrence of moon-themed TV programming waxing this weekend: Direct From the Moon (repeat) — National Geographic Channel (HD), July 19 at 7pm ET. Stunning footage of the eerie silence of the moon comes from Japan’s Kaguya lunar orbiter in this cool special. Living on the Moon (premiere) — National Geographic Channel (HD), July 19 at 9pm ET. It’s been a while since we’ve visited the moon, but might we one day live on it? […]

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TV News & Program Updates

What To Watch This July 4th Weekend

By Jeff Pfeiffer Sounds of the Seasons — Music Choice, July 1-6. Patriotic music to celebrate Independence Day. Twilight Zone Marathon — SCI FI Channel, July 2 at 8am ET through July 5 at 6am ET. The annual favorite. New to the network are episodes of the 1980s version of Zone, airing July 2 and most of July 3. Classic episodes air July 3 at 5pm to 6am on July 4. A viewer’s choice marathon of classic episodes airs all day July 4. The Revolutionary War — Military Channel, July 4 at noon ET. 14-hour marathon of the documentary series […]

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Comedy

Five Fabulous Flicks (Plus Two)

by Karl J. Paloucek Start the weekend — and next week — right with these films airing June 12-18. All times ET. June 12 Tropic Thunder (2008) This one’s up in the air — depending on your sense of humor, it’s either the funniest movie of 2008 or it’s an OK comedy with Ben Stiller and Jack Black. Regardless, it still yields an Academy Award-nominated performance from Robert Downey Jr. in his controversial role as African-American action-film star Kirk Lazarus, and enough audacity to make it a pop-culture staple. Cinemax (HD), 8pm ET June 13 The Dark Knight (2008) Why […]

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Movies

Five Fabulous Flicks

There’s a worthy film for every night of your week. Here are our picks for April 26-30. Remember, all airtimes are ET. April 26 The Night of the Hunter (1955) “Leeeaning … leeeaning …” Never has a Protestant hymn been so creepy. Robert Mitchum stars as the preacher with LOVE and HATE tattooed on his fists and an agenda from a place a little south of heaven. TCM, 6pm ET April 27 Sabrina (1995) Nothing will replace Holden, Bogey and Hepburn in the original, but this Sydney Pollack-directed remake appropriately casts Harrison Ford as the uptight stuffed shirt who gets […]

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Movies

Five Fabulous Flicks (Plus Two)

by Karl J. Paloucek There’s a worthy film for every night of your week. Here are our picks for April 19-25. Remember, all airtimes are ET. April 19 The Pianist (2002) Director Roman Polanski revisits the Warsaw of his childhood in this compelling story of pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman (Adrien Brody) and his struggle to survive the destruction all around him. The film earned three Academy Awards, including Best Actor and Best Director. Harrowing and brilliant. IFC, 10pm ET April 20 The Conversation (1974) In between directing his epics The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II, Francis Ford Coppola

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Movies

Five Fabulous Flicks (Plus Two)

by Karl J. Paloucek There’s a worthy film for every night of your week. Here are our picks for April 12-18. Remember, all airtimes are ET. April 12 The Departed (2006) He’s done better films by far, so it’s a little disappointing that this effort — a remake of a 2002 Hong Kong thriller — was the one to bring Martin Scorsese Academy gold, but it definitely has his fingerprints all over it. Solid performances from Martin Sheen, Matt Damon and even Leonardo DiCaprio make this a knuckle-biter you’ll want to see again … if you can stand the tension. […]