PBS Pays Tribute To Bob Hope In New “American Masters” Episode

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It goes without saying that Bob Hope is one of the greatest names in the entertainment industry’s modern history.  From radio to television to movies to his famed USO tours, Hope entertained audiences of all ages for years, so when he died in 2003, it left a great void in not just the industry but in America’s whole.  Now thanks to PBS and Public Media Distribution, Hope’s legacy continues to live in a new episode of the network’s bio-based series American Masters.

American Masters: This Is Bob Hope was released this past Tuesday, January 9 on DVD and Digital HD.  The two-hour-long profile of the legendary entertainer tells what made — and makes him still today — an American Master.  Billy Crystal (Monsters Inc., Monsters UniversityCity Slickers) lends his talents to the program, reading Hope’s own words, which were pulled from Hope’s own personal archives for the presentation.  Interviews with the likes of Woody Allen (SleeperMidnight in ParisManhattan), Dick Cavett (The Dick Cavett Show), film critic/historian Leonard Maltin, Hope’s own daughter, Linda Hope, Kermit The Frog (yes, even Kermit) and others, add even more depth to the story.

Clips from Hope’s television specials, radio shows and his movies — including My Favorite BlondeThe Cat and his beloved Road movies, in which he starred alongside Bing Crosby — are also incorporated into the program to help tell the story of Hope’s life and career.  Audiences can view a trailer for this episode online now here.

American MastersThis Is Bob Hope is available now on DVD and Digital HD.  It is retailing for MSRP of $24.99, but can be ordered at a reduced price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other episodes of American Masters is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AmericanMasters

Twitter: http://twitter.com/PBSAmerMasters

 

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Shout! Factory TV Announces April Streaming Schedule

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Courtesy: Shout! Factory/Shout! Factory TV

Shout! Factory has released the April streaming schedule for its free online streaming service Shout! Factory TV.  The Dick Cavett Show and Backlot are spotlighted this month.

This month Shout! Factory TV will be streaming ten episodes of The Dick Cavett Show.  This month’s selection of episodes is pulled entirely from the 1990s.  It featured guests  from around the world of stand-up comedy in honor of Cavett’s own stand-up roots.  Among this month’s list of guests are: Conan O’Brien, George Carlin, Richard Lewis, Dennis Miller, Steve Martin, and others.  This month’s complete list of Dick Cavett Show episodes is noted below.

The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends: Steve Martin (1992)  

Steve Martin, comedian and actor known for films such as Bowfinger and The Jerk, is interviewed by Dick Cavett.

 

The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends: Conan O’Brien (1995)

Dick Cavett interviews legendary talk show host, Conan O’Brien.

 

The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends: Chris Elliott (1994)

Dick Cavett interviews comedian Chris Elliot, a man known for his late-night comedic sketches on Late Night with David Letterman.

The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends: Jon Lovitz (1992)

Dick Cavett interviews Jon Lovitz, actor comedian and singer, best known for his role on SNL.

The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends: George Carlin (1992)

Dick Cavett interviews the late comedian George Carlin, a man known for his outspoken stand-up comedy, thoughts on politics, religion and other various taboo subjects.

The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends: Richard Lewis (1990)

Dick Cavett interviews Richard Lewis, American comedian and actor.

 

The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends: Dennis Leary (1991)

Dick Cavett interviews Dennis Leary, comedian and former star actor of the show, Rescue Me.

 

The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends: Phil Hartman (1991)

Late Canadian-American SNL actor and comedian Phil Hartman, is a guest on this episode of The Dick Cavett Show.

 

The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends: Dennis Miller (1992)

Dick Cavett’s guest for this episode is Dennis Miller, stand-up comedian, talk show host, actor and commentator.

 

The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends: Bobcat Goldthwait (1992)

Bobcat Goldthwait, actor, comedian, filmmaker and voice artist is interviewed by Dick Cavett.

Also back this month is its exclusive series Backlot.  The series examines some of the most beloved cult favorite films and TV series.  It is hosted by Shout! Factory’s Brian Ward and features interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, featurettes, and a whole bunch more from those fan favorites.  In one of this month’s episodes of Backlot, Ward sits down with Paul Feig (Ghostbusters, Spy, Bridesmaids) and Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, This is 40, Pineapple Express) to discuss their work on the cult classic series Freaks and Geeks.  Shout! Factory recently re-issued the series on Blu-ray.   Along with his recent big screen work, Feig was the creator of Freaks and Geeks.  Apatow served as the series’ executive producer.   In another episode of Backlot Ward takes a look back at the 1961 King Kong spinoff Gorgo.  He will delve into how the Gorgo suit was created, the problem of putting a monster in Paris, and even how it was handled by the crew of the Satellite of Love in none other than Mystery Science Theater 3000.  Speaking of that series, Shout! Factory TV also has two classic episodes of MST3K streaming this month.  One of those episodes features Gorgo.  The other focuses on another so bad that it’s great movie in the form of the 1983 Canadian made-for-television movie Overdrawn at the Memory Bank.  The full list of MST3K episodes being streamed this month is noted below.

MST3K: Gorgo

Mike and the ‘bots gorge on Gorgo (1961), a maudlin monster mess featuring two giant mother-and-son lizards and a Samuel Beckett lookalike. Leonard Maltin shows up to hawk his movie guide, which inexplicably praises the film.

MST3K: Overdrawn at the Memory Bank

A weather tech’s mind gets trapped in a computer and Pearl establishes her own public television pledge program.

Along with the latest episodes of The Dick Cavett Show, Backlot, and MST3K being streamed this month, Shout! Factory TV is also streaming the series and movies listed below.

 

Other notable series and movies also streaming on Shout! Factory TV now include:

·         THE GREAT AMERICAN DREAM MACHINE

·         PRINCE KILLIAN

·         CHICAGO CAB

·         PERFECTLY NORMAL

·         ONE DOWN TWO TO GO

·         ROCK, ROCK, ROCK!

·         THE SMURFS AND THE MAGIC FLUTE

·         THE SAILOR WHO FELL FROM GRACE

·         CONVICT 762

 

 

More information on these and other presentations being streamed online now at Shout! Factory TV is available online at:

 

Website: http://www.shoutfactorytv.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shoutfactorytv

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ShoutFactory

 

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New Blu-Ray Shows Hendrix In A Whole New Light

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It goes without saying that Jimi Hendrix us one of the most influential musicians of the 20th Century.  Countless guitarists have tried to emulate his style ever since he came to fame in the late 1960’s.  And they still try to do just that to this day.  The irony of his influence is that Jimi Hendrix apparently was not fond of having such a label placed on him.

The brand new documentary, “West Coast Seattle Boy:  Jimi Hendrix:  Voodoo Child” presents a man who was actually a rather reluctant star.  Audiences see through Jimi’s personal documents and an interview with Dick Cavett, a man who was more about being a great musician than being a rock star.  That modesty and love of music first is ironically what makes him so worthy of respect.

Learning of Jimi’s modesty is just one part of what makes this documentary so impressive.  While it’s called a documentary on the box, the reality is that this presentation is actually a ninety-minute video bio.  Audiences are taken on a journey through Hendrix’s life from his childhood to his untimely death in 1970.  Instead of being just another documentary loaded with sound bites from various celebrities, his story is told through his own documents and words.  The visual timeline used to illustrate each phase of his life is an excellent visual aid that any viewer will love.

Through the course of the timeline, viewers learn interesting facts of Jimi’s journey to fame.  They’ll be left in awe to learn that this legend came up through the ranks, playing with legends such as Little Richard and The Isley Brothers just to name a couple.  And that Paul McCartney was one of the first individuals to give Jimi a major break is just as incredible to learn.  It’s amazing to learn that these legends would be the catalysts to Jimi himself one day becoming a legend in his own right.

“West Coast Seattle Boy:  Jimi Hendrix:  Voodoo Child” offers so much more history that viewers will enjoy discovering.  To try and cover it all would be to prattle on endlessly.  And that would defeat the purpose of this review.  Suffice to say that this new video bio of Jimi Hendrix is now available on blu-ray both in stores and online.  It can be ordered online, along with all four formats of the companion concert piece, “Jimi Plays Berkeley” at http://www.jimihendrix.com/us/shop.

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