Smashing Pumpkins Rocker Billy Corgan Purchases National Wrestling Alliance (Report)

Smashing Pumpkins Rocker Billy Corgan Purchases National Wrestling Alliance (Report)
From The Smashing Pumpkins to body-slamming: Billy Corgan has purchased the National Wrestling Alliance, according to PWInsider. The rocker and former Tna Wrestling president now owns the name, rights and trademarks to the Nwa — he also gets its iconic championship belt. Additionally, Corgan inherits a ton of history: the National Wrestling Alliance was formed way back in 1948, and its roots are even older. Since officially starting 69 years ago, the league has produced many all-time greats, like Buddy Rogers, Pat O’Conner, Dory Funk, Jack Brisco, Terry Funk, Dusty Rhodes, Kerry Von Erich, Ric Flair, Sting, Ricky Steamboat, Ken Shamrock, Jeff.
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Wings Screening With Live Music by the Prima Vista Quartet at Webster University April 14th

“Hello Yank, welcome to a very merry little war. And now how about a wee drop for the King and Uncle Sam?”

The 1927 silent classic Wings will screen at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood) April 14th at 7:30pm. Wings will be accompanied by an original score by the Prima Vista Quartet. Tickets are $10.00

Ticket information can be found Here

In 1927, the first Best Picture Oscar went to Wings, a thrilling silent WW1 drama from director William S. Wellman. Wings told the story of poor boy Jack (Charles Rogers) and rich boy David (Richard Arlen) who are in love with the same woman, which causes the two to become bitter enemies. When WW1 breaks out the two are thrown together and quickly become friends, although David is too nice to let Jack know that the girl back home doesn’t love him. Clara Bow
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Search Party: TBS Orders Mystery Comedy Series

TBS has given the go-ahead for a new mystery sitcom called Search Party. Alia Shawkat, John Early, John Reynolds and Meredith Hagner will star in the series about four twenty-somethings who reunite when a mutual friend goes missing.

Here's the press release and a video preview:

TBS Greenlights Mystery Comedy Series Search Party

Alia Shawkat, John Early, John Reynolds and Meredith Hagner Star in Series from Creators Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers and Michael Showalter

TBS has given a greenlight to Search Party, a dark comedy about a group of four self-absorbed 20-somethings who come together when a former college acquaintance mysteriously disappears. Led by Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development), the cast of Search Party features an ensemble of young comic actors, including John Early, John Reynolds and Meredith Hagner. The pilot was written and directed by Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers, whose
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Alia Shawkat’s ‘Search Party’ Ordered to Series by TBS

Alia Shawkat’s ‘Search Party’ Ordered to Series by TBS
Alia Shawkat is returning to TV with TBS giving a greenlight to “Search Party,” a half-hour sitcom on which the “Arrested Development” actress will star. The show follows four self-absorbed 20-somethings who come together when a former college acquaintance mysteriously disappears. John Early, John Reynolds and Meredith Hagner join Shawkat in the ensemble cast. The pilot was written and directed by Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers, and was overseen by Michael Showalter. Tony Hernandez and Lilly Burns will serve as executive producers alongside Showalter, Rogers and Bliss. Also Read: Fall TV Preview: 126 New and Returning Shows Premiere Dates “Sarah-Violet, Charles,
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WWE Night of Champions 2015 Preview – Sting vs. Seth Rollins, John Cena challenges for the Us title, The Dudleys look to win tag team gold and more

Here’s our full preview for this Sunday’s WWE Night of Champion 2015…

Every title is on the line, and there’s a couple of other matches as well! This Sunday WWE presents Night of Champions on traditional PPV and the WWE Network, which will see Seth Rollins pull double duty after defeating John Cena last month to become the first person to hold Both the World Championship and the Us Championship (apart from Buddy Rogers).

So let’s run down the card.

Seth Rollins vs. Sting for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship

For as big of an icon Sting is in this industry, WWE have gone out of their way to make him look like ‘any other guy’. He was the last person they needed to get to complete their WCW Trading Card set, and all they’ve done with him is have him job to Triple H at
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10 Smallest Ever WWE World Heavyweight Champions

On April 25, 1963 the original “Nature BoyBuddy Rogers defeated Antonino Rocca in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to become the first ever WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Since then the title has (officially) changed hands on 119 different occasions, with the current champion Seth Rollins being the 45th WWE Superstar to hold the belt.

Among these 45 champions there have been some of the biggest giants to ever enter the ring such as ‘The Big Red Machine’ Kane (7ft 0in), ‘The World’s Largest Athlete’ Big Show (7ft 0in) and the tallest champion of all-time, WWE Hall of Famer Andre the Giant (7ft 4in).

But who cares about the big guys?!

If there’s one thing that the WrestleMania XXX main event proved it’s that wrestling fans love cheering on the smaller underdog wrestlers. This article lists the 10 smallest of these wrestlers to have defied the odds and won the biggest prize in sports entertainment,
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10 Things WWE Fans Need To Know About Buddy Landel

Another wrestling legend has passed away too soon. William Ansor, better known as the “Nature BoyBuddy Landel, passed on June 22nd 2015 following a car accident. Reportedly, he drove himself to hospital, left shortly after, and passed away at home from injuries directly related to the crash.

Of course, our thoughts are with his friends, family, and loved ones.

While modern day WWE fans may not remember him save for a brief run in the mid-90s and a handful of later appearances, Landel had a wide career outside the promotion and shared the ring with legendary names like Ric Flair, Bret Hart, Buddy Rogers, and others over the years. Following the news of his death breaking late yesterday, the WWE released a statement saying they were “saddened to learn of the passing of William Ansor, aka “Nature BoyBuddy Landel and offered their condolences to his family,
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Wings Screening With Live Organ Music March 8th – St. Louis Theatre Organ Society

“Hello Yank, welcome to a very merry little war. And now how about a wee drop for the King and Uncle Sam?”

The 1927 silent classic Wings will screen at 2pm on Sunday March 8th at the St. Louis Scottish Rite Cathedral Auditorium (3633 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, Mo 63108) with live organ music by Dr. Marvin Faulwell.

In 1927, the first Best Picture Oscar went to Wings, a thrilling silent WW1 drama from director William S. Wellman. Wings told the story of poor boy Jack (Charles Rogers) and rich boy David (Richard Arlen) who are in love with the same woman, which causes the two to become bitter enemies. When WW1 breaks out the two are thrown together and quickly become friends, although David is too nice to let Jack know that the girl back home doesn’t love him. Clara Bow plays the girl who is madly in love with Jack but
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10 Most Successful WWE Champions Ever

The WWE Championship dates back to 1963 and is the symbol of success in pro wrestling. If you carry the belt, it basically means you carry the company. Certainly back in the old days, the champion was picked on their ability to boost TV ratings, pay per view buys and ticket sales. Even today the same still rings true, the main event spot is nearly always built around Championship matches.

With this in mind, we can accurately judge a wrestler’s success in the industry by how long they reigned as champion in combined days of their title runs. Those trusted with the most time as champion were the guys who the promoter felt were draws. Whether it was fans paying to see the heel champ finally lose, or fans paying to cheer on a babyface champion, what matters is that the champion brought people in. If you were a successful wrestler,
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10 Most Infamous WWE Champions

The WWE Championship is the most prestigious prize in all of sports-entertainment. Since 1963, the best and brightest Superstars have held the gold, serving as the top attraction in World Wrestling Entertainment. “Nature BoyBuddy Rogers was the first and John Cena is the latest but in between, there have been several industry giants who have laid claim to the belt. Whether it was Hulk Hogan or Randy Savage, Bret Hart or Shawn Michaels, Steve Austin or The Rock, anyone who is anyone in the professional wrestling industry has, at one time or another, strapped the gold around their waist. It is the symbol of excellence, the validation of one’s hard work and the universally recognized stamp of approval from Vince McMahon. Winning that title, regardless of the era, means you have made it.

With such a rich history, there are sure to be several instances of champions
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WWE 2K15 Leaked Roster Includes Cm Punk

The highly anticipated WWE 2K15 roster has allegedly leaked online. The big news is that Cm Punk is in the game, alongside a range of Nxt stars. There’s 92 wrestlers in total, including Mick Foley who had been in doubt after not signing a WWE legends deal earlier this year.

The leak surfaced on GameFAQs, where it was claimed that the list came from the August edition of Game Informer Magazine. The post has since been removed.

The official roster reveal will be on August 16th in Los Angeles. 2K will be working in partnership with WWE’s SummerSlam event which takes place on the same weekend. That timing ensures maximum publicity for the video game’s content.

Is there any validity to this apparent leak ahead of time? The list certainly looks plausible. Punk’s contract may have expired, but he would have been under a deal when production of the game started.
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10 Most Wildly Unpopular WWE Title Changes

This Sunday in Boston, WWE will crown a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. This time, they’ve been pushed into such a choice by circumstance- Daniel Bryan’s neck injury proving to be too severe to pass the test of time- however, usually, such new champions being crowned are very cerebral choices, made for a variety of reasons. Long term story-lines concluding, a snap-reaction to a sudden rise in popularity, transitioning from one long-term champion to the next or, perhaps, something as simple as an attempt to freshen things up a bit; the motivations behind such decisions tend to be the subject of debate and scrutiny.

The WWE World Heavyweight Championship is the latest incarnation of the organisation’s oldest and most prestigious title. First awarded to Buddy Rogers on April 25th 1963, to this date the WWE has seen 45 different men hoist the belt above their head over
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Watch Nwa Wrestling for Free on FilmOn

Watch Nwa Wrestling for Free on FilmOn
Nwa Wrestling is now available for free viewing on FilmOn. Wrestling fans will love this channel, which was created by the National Wrestling Alliance. Nwa Wrestling was founded in 1948 and is the world’s largest and oldest professional wrestling sanctioning body. The Nwa has produced some of the biggest wrestling stars in the world today, including Pat O’Connor, Buddy Rogers, Loy Thesz, Bobo Brazil, Jack Brisco, Ricky Steamboat, Ron Killings, Naoya Ogawa, Dan Severn, Ken Shamrock, Rob Conway, Kahagas and plenty more. Need some wrestling right now? Take a look at what Nwa Wrestling has to offer below the post. You can watch Nwa Wrestling’s channel on FilmOn as well, [ Read More ]

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Fort Tilden wins SXSW

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Fort Tilden wins SXSW
Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers’ comedy earned the narrative feature competition grand jury prize while Margaret Brown’s Deepwater Horizon disaster film The Great Invisible prevailed in the documentary section.

The awards were handed out at the festival’s ceremony on March 11 in Austin, Texas.

Actor and screenwriter David Dastmalchian earned special jury recognition for courage in storytelling in the narrative competition for Animals and Natalie Tena and David Verdaguer garnered special jury recognition for best acting duo for 10,000Km (Long Distance).

In the documentary special jury recognitions, Vessel director Diana Whitten was cited for political courage and Print The Legend directors Luis Lopez and Clay Tweel were praised for editing and storytelling.

In the short film awards, Quelqu’un D’extraordinaire director Monia Chokri won the narrative shorts strand as Person To Person director Dustin Guy Defa was cited for special jury recognition and Krisha director Trey Edward Shults earned special recognition for cinematography.

Kehinde Wiley: An Economy Of Grace director
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(William A Wellman, 1927; Eureka!, PG)

In the mid-20s, Hollywood's movie moguls were always on the lookout for grand projects to head their annual schedules, and in 1926 Paramount (then the major studio) bought Wings, a Great War flying story by John Monk Saunders. A wartime training instructor who, to his enduring chagrin, never got to France, Saunders devoted his Hollywood career to flying movies, creating what became a dominant adventure genre of the 30s. A little-known B-movie director, William A Wellman, was hired as director because of his active service as a pilot in the war, and the film was shot in Texas with the Us army providing 220 planes and hundreds of skilled extras.

A mixture of melodrama, sentimental romance and heavy-handed comedy, Wings was superbly choreographed with skilfully photographed stunt flying and aerial combat. It tells the tale of two small-town boys (Richard Arlen, Charles Rogers) undergoing flight training
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Amfm Fest Wraps in Cathedral City, CA

We are always glad to see Fests close to L.A. in new places and the desert outside of L.A. is also one of our favorite places. And ... the Dennis Hopper award personally moved me. In UCLA film school in 1967 Dennis was in a somewhat notorious movie I photographed and we remained friends. He was, to say the least, a very interesting guy. New Coachella Valley Festival Amfm (Art, Music, Film and More) wrapped its inaugural outing with an awards ceremony held at the Buddy Rogers Theatre in Cathedral “Cat” City on June 17. Festival organizers Rich Henrich and Rob Galarza of Film 4 Change gave awards in several categories from among the 108 total entries in the festival:

Best Film went to Gary King’s film How To Write A Joe Schermann Song and the festival accepted on his behalf.

Best Documentary Award went to American Road, directed by Kurt Jacobsen and Warren Leming. The film, which “delves into the artistic, musical and literary resonances of the mystique of the road – and especially of veering off the beaten track - in American lore,” made its world premiere at the Festival. Accepting the award was Ed Asner who narrated parts of the film. He said, “I am truly honored they chose it--particularly because it’s in a festival Viggo won an award in—and I am a great admirer of his. As for American Road, take a lesson from it. It is a beautiful piece of work.”

Best Feature went to Slamdance award winner Joy De V, by Nadia Szold.

Best Short went to Jason Guy McLagan for Elegy For Eden, which also screened at Slamdance. Accepting the award, he said “Thank you for being here. I don’t have anything else to say. Thank you."

Best Music Video was, Loneley, by Alethea Root for the artist Azhia. She said, “I really won an award? Thanks y’all, it was locally produced and shot here in the desert.”

Best Director went to Tony Glazer, director of Junction, which also world premiered at the Festival. He said, “Thanks for the honor of this award and for having the film in this festival; this is everything indie filmmakers want to be a part of. They say it takes a village. Well, it takes a small nation army to make a film and I am indebted to them—the actors, the crew, and even the financiers. This film would not be what it is without their involvement.”

Matthew Millan’s We Win Or We Die won the award for best short documentary. He remarked, “Thanks for having us. Thanks to the Libyan people and to my own stupidity for going there. People are still suffering there in Benghazi and that’s what this is all about.”

Special Jury Award was presented to Joseph Laraja’s comedy about a Northeastern seafood cook-off, The Golden Scallop. Laraja said, “This is a complete thrill all the way around—everyone has been lovely and it’s a tremendous honor."

The Wally Award for is given by a panel of judges to San Diego State University students. Students come in and pitch a film idea. Winners get an award and cash but most of all they gain the confidence to make it in this industry. The award is conferred by UltraStar Cinemas VP Wally Schlotter.

For Spring 2013 the award went to Plain White Tee. Director/ Producer Devin Dolan said, “What a great learning experience. A good experience our first festival. Thanks to our actors and crew and friends and family.”

The Festival presented a Best No-Show to His Own Poetry Reading to actor Michael Madsen—who was of course unavailable to receive it. His schedule reading at the Ace Hotel Saturday night didn’t deter the audience, who rose up and turned the evening into an impromptu poetry slam—reading their own work as well as Madsen’s and other poets’. Amazingly, about half the audience had their own material handy, including Junction’s Neil Bledsoe, and director Alex Kleinert, who read a poem about wild horses based on his Festival film Wild Horses And Renegades.

Johnny Dowers, FX’s The Bridge star, presented two awards. First was the Cinephile Award. It went to the individual who went to the most events, who volunteered and assisted and who generally “helped make it happen.” This award went to David Gardener. He received a bag of Festival swag labeled “I Got Swag.” “He said, “I have no idea what I am doing up here but I am happy about it.”

The Film 4 Change Humanitarian Award went to Ellen Jefferson for her immigrations documentary The Second Cooler. She said, “I am so excited I want to cry. Thanks to the festival for including me, thanks to Tyler Snyder (her web designer) for encouraging me. Corporate greed…I can’t go into all of that now. I hope this film can give a lot of people so much hope. People who are waiting to make that crossing, people who have been deported, a lot of hope for those that have had to follow their deported loved ones into exile and want to be reunited. “

Film 4 Change recognized a photographer with the Film 4 Change Photographer of the Year Award, which went to Craig Semetko. Henrich said, “His work captures moments in the American spirit. Wherever he goes in the world, his lens follows it and captures it.” Semetko in turn thanked the organizers. “They worked tirelessly, sleeplessly. Now it’s officially a tradition. I think about how I got started taking photographs. It was a desire to tell people’s stories. As an actor, I have been a people watcher my entire life. Maybe with a camera I can tell stories in a different medium.” He exhorted the crowd, “Be true to yourself and remember that kernel of passion that started you on your path to creativity. Keep that thing that fed your soul to begin with. Be authentic.”

Finally Henrich and Galarza honored acclaimed actor and artist Viggo Mortensen with the Dennis Lee Hopper Award.

Mortensen is the fourth artist to receive the award, named for (and originally presented to) renegade renaissance man Dennis Hopper. Film 4 Change previously bestowed the award to Dean Stockwell and Alex Cox at the Albuquerque Film Festival. Amfm embraces the sprit of Hopper and the Festival’s motto: hip, cool, funny, strange, social change. “We are a community of artists committed to having pride in what we do and dedicated to making our country great through artistic and creative innovation,” Henrich said.

Here’s some excerpts from Mortensen on accepting the award: “it’s a hell of an honor due to its connection to Dennis, with that it couldn’t be more meaningful to me. “I’ve been to some awards programs that are a load of self-important crap compared to this. Thank you. I look forward to future festivals—this is a great idea and it will grow and grow, I am sure it will. Thanks to Jared Davis, Hugh Millstein, and Digital Fusion Los Angeles; more is going to be inflicted on you on screen [in a montage of art and poetry that followed the presentation].”

He continued, “[It was] kind of hard to pick from thousands of images, something that was concise enough that feels the connection that comes across that that I have with Dennis and his work. There’s something about Dennis and what he means to lots of artists.

Dennis Hopper was not generally thought to be a recluse or hermit. He managed to share moments of creativity and wild excess with others. He was socially active by nature, and always curious about people. But he also emphasized that to be an engaged, conscious artists is to essentially be alone, to come to terms with mysteries we all have to face. The absurd side of being alive can be the source of joy. He used laughter; he used it as an important weapon against darkness. The joke was always on him, with laughter—he looked for a joke to make one and to be one, but valued fearlessness and curiosity in others.”

Mortensen concluded by reading a poem read when Hopper got his star on Hollywood Boulevard, a poem by Hopper’s fellow Kansan William Stafford: For My Young Friends Who Are Afraid.

There is a country to cross you will

find in the corner of your eye, in

the quick slip of your foot–air far

down, a snap that might have caught.

And maybe for you, for me, a high, passing

voice that finds its way by being

afraid. That country is there, for us,

carried as it is crossed. What you fear

will not go away: it will take you into

yourself and bless you and keep you.

That’s the world, and we all live there.

Amfm Fest ran June 13 -16, 2013 at the UltraStar Mary Pickford Theater, the Cathedral City Town Square and other select desert venues. Film 4 Change’s mission is to bring communities together through the power of story and the art of laughter while showcasing the best emerging talent and thought leaders in art, music, film, photography and comedy. The Festival features six world premiere films (more than 50 in all), dozens of live shows, comedy, fine art, spoken word, seminars, a Celebrity Indy Kart Race and more. Other celebrity guests ranged from Ed Asner, Jason London, Jason Mewes, David Zayas, and Tinsel Korey to filmmakers Monte Hellman, Adrian Belic, Gary King, Jesse Baget and even the Coachella Valley’s own Christian Sesma.
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WWE Raw Review: Looking At The “Cash for Gold Standard” Edition

Over the last few weeks, Raw has been very entertaining to say the least. With the rise of Daniel Bryan, the disintegration of the Punk- Heyman relationship and Kaitlyn and Aj battling it out, the show has felt more vibrant. However, even with all those elements still in play the show felt a little lackluster then in previous weeks.

The show begins not with a recap of last week as has been customary for the last few months, but with a cold open with Vickie Guerrero. The managing supervisor announces the champion versus champion main event with Alberto del Rio and John Cena.

This would lead to a showcase of great WWE and World Champions of their perspective eras. I like the pomp and circumstance of it all, but I think more often than not, regardless of how you hype the match it just doesn’t matter like used to.

Universal Studios Rescued by Teen Star's 'Miracle Movies'

Deanna Durbin ‘saves’ Universal (photo: Deanna Durbin in Three Smart Girls) [See previous post: "Deanna Durbin: Remembering One of Hollywood's Top Stars."] During the Great Depression most Hollywood studios were in dire financial straits, until, as the story goes, one (or more) lucky star(s) made them once again solvent. Mae West is credited for "saving" Paramount; Shirley Temple "saved" Fox; the Busby Berkeley, Ruby Keeler, and Dick Powell combo "saved" Warner Bros.; and the curious mix of King Kong, Fred Astaire, and Ginger Rogers "saved" Rko. So, did Deanna Durbin truly save Universal from bankruptcy? Well, Charles Rogers’ investment company came to the financial rescue of Universal in 1936, but the success of Durbin’s movies surely helped the new management get the studio back on its feet. For instance, according to author David Shipman, Three Smart Girls cost $300,000 — its budget doubled after studio bosses realized they had a hit in their hands — and earned Universal a hefty $2m. (An unspecified
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Remembering One of the Top Players of the Studio Era: Deanna Durbin

Deanna Durbin dies at 91: One of the top stars of Hollywood’s studio era (photo: Deanna Durbin in I’ll Be Yours) According to Hollywood lore, teen star Deanna Durbin saved Universal Pictures from bankruptcy in the mid-’30s, when her movies earned the Great Depression-hit studio some much-needed millions. The story may seem like an exaggeration, but in fact future Universal players such as Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, Maria Montez, Rock Hudson, Doris Day, and even Jaws‘ Bruce the Shark and the assorted dinosaurs found in Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park partly owe their film careers to the pretty, bubbly, full-faced, soprano-voiced Deanna Durbin, the star of immensely successful Universal releases such as Three Smart Girls, One Hundred Men and a Girl, and That Certain Age. Universal should be in mourning this week. Late this past Tuesday, April 30, it was announced that Deanna Durbin had died a
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Toronto Silent Film Festival 2013: ‘My Best Girl’ is a charming proto-screwball romance

My Best Girl

Directed by Sam Taylor

Written by Allen McNeil & Tim Whelan

USA, 1927

Tsff made its merry way up to Casa Loma on Monday night for a special screening of Mary Pickford’s final silent film on the occasion of the star’s 121st birthday (the organizers even served birthday cake during the intermission). Despite an interminable, bone chilling rain (which looked rather cozy sliding down the other side of the hundred-year old Gothic Revival castle’s windows), there was a packed house on hand to experience an authentic presentation of the film as it would have been shown at a cinema palace of the era, complete with accompaniment by the irrepressible Clark Wilson on the Toronto Theatre Organ Society‘s justly celebrated Wurlitzer organ. This magnificent instrument, which once enlivened screenings at Shea’s Hippodrome on Bay Street, was designed to put the power of an entire orchestra
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