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About markfp2

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    Life-long passion for films of many kinds especially classics and British films. Avid reader of mysteries. Also very interested in old movie theaters.

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  1. markfp2

    Hotels that carry TCM - compiling a list

    I once had a nice chat with the manager of a major chain hotel in this area and I asked him why they didn't carry TCM. He was very open and honest with me. He said that when he made his deal with the cable company, he naturally chose all the major entertainment, sports and news channels that his, mainly business, customers would expect. Then he said that he avoided TCM because his corporate bosses felt that having a non-commercial movie channel included for free would drain business from the premium channels like HBO and Showtime that his hotel charged extra for and made money from. I didn't like his answer, but I did appreciate his honesty.
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    The Paramount Network Jan 18.

    Since Paramount sold off it's pre-1948 film library to MCA way back when and those are now owned by Universal, I wouldn't hold my breath that the Paramount Channel is going to be showing many of them.
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    CBS once again validates colo(u)rizing

    While I still oppose colorizing of classic b/w movies, I have to admit that this was the best job of colorizing, I've ever seen. If I hadn't known it was originally b/w I would have assumed it was shot in color. For contrast, I caught a little bit of the horrible colorized version of MIRACLE ON 34th STREET which his been playing all over the last few weeks. Not only was the process poor, but some idiot gave Maureen O'Hara BROWN hair instead of her fiery RED. You'd really think that somebody at Fox would have caught that, or maybe they just don't care. If the studios really must show colorized versions, then they should scrap all there earlier efforts and remake them to look as good as the Van Dyke shows. Then maybe some of us "closed-minded purists" might be more accepting of them.
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    Watch TCM for ROKU

    I have a Roku and the only way to get TCM is if you subscribe to Sling TV which gives you, via streaming, a bunch of popular cable channels for $20 a month and then pay an extra $5 for their movie add-on which includes TCM. I don't subscribe because I get TCM on DirecTV, so I can't say anything about Sling one way or the other, but I guess a lot of folks use it as an alternative to expensive cable.
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    Suggest a Movie feature

    Over the years, I've had two or or three or my requests filled, but keep in mind that unless TCM already has that title under contract with a studio or distributor it can take months or even years before they show it. Getting a film often requires negotiations with the rights holder and for any number of reasons the film may not be available to TCM. The most common is some other channel has exclusive rights to it, such as ABC and THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. Still it's always worth making suggestions, just don't expect them too soon.
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    Letterbox Movies on TCM

    Can't say I've noticed lately either, but it does happen from time-to-time. Usually because it's what the distributor sends them. I don't think TCM intentionally orders the wrong format but I sometimes wonder if anybody actually looks at it before it airs.
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    RKO/Desilu Prop Seen In Citizen Kane

    I don't have any idea, but it does have a "manly" look to it so maybe it could be in one of the offices.
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    Now Playing Magazine Emailed Yet?

    I don't know the specifics of how bulk emails go out, but mine was time-stamped as being received at 6:02 am ET this morning (9/1)
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    Now Playing Magazine Emailed Yet?

    They sent out an August issue, which I think was probably a test run right on August 1st. I hope TCM starts to realize that folks like to have them sooner than that. I'm not one who needs it a month early, but a week or two would be nice.
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    Now Playing Magazine - August 2017 Issue

    I believe all the functions regarding subscriptions were handled by the outside company that actually printed and distributed the magazine for TCM. Their contract with TCM probably ended with the mailing of the final issue and that number was deactivated.
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    Best Submarine War Motion Pictures

    I don't usually get into naming "the best" in any category, However, in my opinion, DAS BOOT has to rate very high on any list. The British made a couple of good ones, both coincidently starring John Mills. WE DIVE AT DAWN (1943) directed by Anthony Asquith and MORNING DEPARTURE (1950) directed by Roy Baker.
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    "Beauty and the Beast" (2017)

    I treated myself to a Blu-Ray of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and I thought it was visually stunning. I know some people compare it to the animated feature and are disappointed, but I see it more as a screen adaptation of the Broadway show than a movie remake.. Some things worked better in one version and some worked better in the other. I thought Beast fighting off the wolves was far more terrifying in new version while I much preferred the singing voice of Belle in the animated one. Overall I thought Emma Watson was fine but her voice wasn't as strong as it could have been. I'll enjoy having both versions in my collection.
  13. As long as TCM's various "side-ventures" helps keep the movies commercial-free, I can live with it even if it's not something that interests me.
  14. Sorry to disagree but I love pre-ordering from because of their price guarantee. Every time they reduce the selling price between the time you order and when it ships, you get the lower price. I've had prices drop as much as ten or fifteen bucks on DVD sets and books. It's done automatically and you don't even have to ask. Preorders ares simply a way to order something, often months before it comes out, and know that it will be delivered to you the day it's officially released. Add to that Amazon's price guarantee it's a great arrangement. There's a lot of scams in this world, but pre-orders, especially from Amazon, isn't one of them.
  15. I've been a subscriber since the first issue and always enjoyed it, but the whole world of printed publications is in trouble and any number of them are dropping print versions so I'm not surprised. I have many movie friends and most of them have access to TCM, but I don't know a single one that subscribed to Now Playing. That's probably the problem, TCM just doesn't have a big enough subscriber base to keep the printed version going. No doubt when they start the free online version they'll be swamped with new subscribers. My one gripe was that since Now Playing went to press so far in advance it couldn't reflect any schedule changes. So somebody like me, who does a lot of recording, had to go online and check for updated schedules anyway. Hopefully, the new online edition will be more accurate.

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