Friday, September 24, 2021

Trailer 'Apache Junction' in theaters Friday Sept. 24, 2021 plus Video-On-Demand

APACHE JUNCTION from HILLIN ENTERTAINMENT. It was filmed right here at Santa fe,  New Mexico. If you cannot find it in a movie theater near you. It's online over at Prime Video for $6.99. Written and Directed by Justin Lee.

I found two movie reviews and both were not "glowing." The trailer looks promising. I'm not sold yet because of the western cliche's. Justin Lee's "Badland" was an internet streaming hit during the pandemic. However - the bad reviews over at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) scared me away. 

If anyone knows me. I love westerns and have seen them all dating back to the silent movie era. I try to find something new that westerns haven't done before. The problem with independent westerns is..., The filmmakers try too hard to be "westerns." 

I'll take a chance on renting APACHE JUNCTION at Prime Video. Only because it was filmed right here in New Mexico.

(2021 movie logo. Hillin Entertainment.).


KOB 4 News spotlight "Apache Junction" filmed at Santa Fe.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

SAG-AFTRA Podcast 'Fighting to Get Music Creators Paid Fairly'

"For years, music creators have struggled to receive fair compensation for their work. But the bipartisan American Music Fairness Act seeks to remedy this." 

"New York Congressman and Chairman of the musicFIRST coalition Joe Crowley and SAG-AFTRA General Counsel Jeffrey Bennett join hosts Gabrielle Carteris and Duncan Crabtree-Ireland to discuss the bill, the challenges it faces, and why this time might be different."

SAG-AFTRA Podcast 'Safety on the Set' 2021

"SAG-AFTRA and its industry partners updated the COVID-19 safety protocols. Hosts Gabrielle Carteris and Duncan Crabtree-Ireland discuss which policies are new and which remain the same. They also address some of the questions and concerns they’re hearing from members."

An all new '48 Hours' on Saturday Sept. 25, 2021

48 HOURS on CBS. The next episode will air this Saturday at 10/9 p.m. 

Preview: What Happened to Gabby Petito?

48 Hours - goes inside the disappearance of Gabby Petito and the hunt for Brian Laundrie. CBS News' Jericka Duncan reports."

Monday, September 20, 2021

2021 Podcast 'Unsolved Mysteries' will run 40 episodes

UNSOLVED MYSTERIES on PODCAST. The classic TV show was been rebooted into Podcast format.  

The first episode, "The Haunting of Ball Cemetary" aired last Feb. 17, 2021. Unsolved mysteries will come from the original show. Each segment runs 30 minutes and will air each week.

I am binge listening right now. Most of them are murder mysteries never solved.

The creators of the show keep the theme music playing. It is nostalgic and fun to recall.

Click logo below for UNSOLVED MYSTERIES at AUDACY.

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Sunday, September 19, 2021

The '48 Hours' episode 'The Life & Death of Bianca Devins' Hits 2.40 TV Ratings Overall

The 48 HOURS (CBS) episode called, "The Online Life & Death of Bianca Devins" that aired on Saturday night (9/18/2021) at 10/9 p.m. In the overnight TV ratings. It garnered 2.40 million TV viewers overall. It reached 0.3 million TV viewers in the all important 18-49 adult demographic. "College Football" (ABC) grabbed 6.59 overall & 1.5 with adults (8-11 p.m.). "America's Got Talent" (NBC) nabbed 1.29 overall & 0.2 with adults (9-11 p.m.).

Click photos below for 48 HOURS on CBS.

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Trailer 'Dear Evan Hansen' in movie theaters Sept. 24, 2021

Top Box Office 'Cry Macho' with Clint Eastwood debuts at #3 with $4.5 million

TOP BOX OFFICE / WEEK-ENDING / SEPT. 19, 2021 / ESIMATED

  1. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings    $21.7 Million
  2. Free Guy         $5.2M
  3. Cry Macho $4.5M
  4. Candyman $3.5M
  5. Malignant         $2.7M

Saturday, September 18, 2021

The 'Dateline' episode 'What Happened to Amy?' hits 2.11 TV Ratings Overall

The DATELINE (NBC) episode called, "What Happened to Amy?" aired Friday night (9/17/2021) at 10/9 p.m. In the overnight TV ratings. It garnered 2.11 million TV Ratings Overall. It reached 0.3 million TV million viewers in the all-important 18 to 49 adult demographic. "20/20" (ABC) grabbed 2.61 overall & 0.3 with adults (9-11 p.m.). "Blue Bloods" (CBS)  2.24 overall & 0.1 with adults.

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Friday, September 17, 2021

Remake 'Nightmare Alley' in movie theaters December 2021

NIGHTMARE ALLEY from 20TH CENTURY FOX (1947). It starred that studio's biggest star Tyrone Power (He died of a heart attack in 1958 at age 44.). He portrayed Stanton "Stan" Carlisle who is a con-artist and carnival barker. The role was a departure from his romantic leading roles that made him an international star. Power had stated that Stan was his favorite role in all of the films he made.

It was a box office flop in 1947. Movie audiences just didn't want to see Tyrone as an evil character. Nonetheless - the movie was re-released in Europe for 7 years from 1947 to 1954. It has now become a Cult Classic among film "Noir" fans. It looks fantastic on DVD and in glorius "Black & White." Power is absolutely convincing as this seedy character in the carnival world.

It would be one of three movie roles where Tyrone was "evil." The first was as a Cad with, "In Old Chicago" (1938), Stan in "Nightmare Alley" (1947) and a handsome killer in, "Witness for the Prosecution." (1958).

74 years later - Guillermo del Toro (director) will release his version of "Nightmare Alley" with Bradley Cooper (Dec. 2021).

(1947 with Joan Blondell & Tyrone Power in "Nightmare Alley.).

1947 movie trailer of "Nightmare Alley.


2021 Movie trailer of "Nightmare Alley" with Bradley Cooper.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

2021 Season Premiere of '48 Hours' on Saturday Sept. 18, 2021

48 HOURS on CBS. This Saturday at 10/9 p.m.

"The Online Life & Death of Bianca Devins"

"How did images of a 17-year-old girl’s murder go viral? CBS News' Jericka Duncan reports in the season premiere of - 48 Hours.

TV Preview will begin after Commercial Ad.

1950's MGM musical star 'Jane Powell' dies at age 92

MGM (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) was a movie studio who claimed that they had more "stars" than there are in heaven. Jane Powell was under contract to MGM from the 1940's and into the 1950's. She was a singer and dancer who performed mainly in musicals. Her most popular roles were, "A Date with Judy" (1948), "Royal Wedding" (1951) and "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers." (1954).

"Brothers" was a box office smash and Jane's most enduring role. The musical was nominated for 5 Oscars including Best Picture. It won only for "Best Scoring of a Musical Picture." The American Film Institute ranked, "Brothers" at number #21 of the 25 Best Musicals of all Time (2006). It was also entered into the "National Film Registry of the Library of Congress" (2004).

It is said that Jane Powell was one of the last remaining stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood. She was certainly one of the last "contract players" under the Hollywood studio system. It was where and when "stars" were made. It is an era long gone.... RIP Miss Powell.

Below is a scene from "7 Brides for 7 Brothers" with Jane Powell. 


(Movie Poster 1954 from MGM.).

(1951 Movie Poster from MGM with Fred Astaire & Jane Powell.).

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Monday, September 13, 2021

2020 Western 'News of the World' gives us the ravages of Civil War

NEWS OF THE WORLD from UNIVERSAL. According to "Box Office Mojo" which tracks box office receipts. This Western grabbed $12.6 million and is now streaming On-Demand across internet platforms. It is also on Blu-Ray and DVD. 

The movie was filmed at Santa Fe, New Mexico (2019). 200 crew members were employed and 25 local actors were hired. That included numerous back-ground extras which consisted of Kiowa Indians. 

"World" tells the story of Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Tom Hanks) who served in the Civil War. It is now five years later in 1870. He was employed as a newspaper printer in a business that was destroyed. He goes on the road across the southwest to read newspapers to settlers... On this journey - Jefferson discovers a lost 10-year-old German girl Johanna. She was kidnapped by Kiowa Indians who only speaks their language. Jefferson ends up deliverying her to the only living relatives she has. The aunt and uncle.

Their journey is perilous. The Civil War changed the southern U.S. states drastically. Slavery is over and Americans are still expanding west to California. Jefferson and Johanna can barely speak to each other because she only knows Kiowa. They face off with men who want to sell her into prostitution. Buffalo hunters want to kill Jefferson because he doesn't read their self-aggrandizing newspapers. Johanna's parents were killed by Indian raiders and the Kiowa people have to relocate. She screams for them even though they have to leave her behind - for their own survival. Both of them end up on foot with no food or water. They finally face the dust storms of the southwest. This journey changes both of their lives and they realize that they might need each other.

If anyone knows me. I love a good Western. I've seen this twice now. (Once in a movie theater and now on Blu-Ray). It's based on a book by Paulette Jiles and the movie never steers away from it. The feel of the American Southwest is so authentic and true. The cinematography is great. I was transported back to 1870... Check it out if you can.

Click on photos for NEWS OF THE WORLD.

(Movie photo 2020.).

Kiowa Indians as backround extras. Tom Hanks with hat on. Photo by Lynda Delaune.).

(Movie Scene with Tom Hanks as Jefferson Kidd.).

(Movie Scene. Tom Hanks and Helena Zengl in the middle.).

Sunday, September 12, 2021

The '48 Hours' episode 'The Delivery-Man Murders' hits 1.87 TV Ratings Overall

The 48 HOURS (CBS) episode called, "The Delivery-Man Murders" that aired on Saturday night (9/11/2021) at 10/9 p.m. In the overnight TV ratings. It garnered 1.87 million TV viewers overall. It reached 0.2 million TV viewers in the all important 18-49 adult demographic. "College Football" (ABC) grabbed 4.06 overall & 1.0 with adults (8-11 p.m.). "America's Got Talent" (NBC) nabbed 1.32 overall & 0.2 with adults (9-11 p.m.).

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Trailer 'CopShop' in movie theaters Sept. 17, 2021

Trailer ' Blue Bayou' in movie theaters Sept. 17, 2021

Trailer 'Cry Macho' in movie theaters Sept. 17, 2021