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Get Back to More Beatles

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In case you live under a rock or wherever beetles crawl out from under, we thought you should know about the mass hysteria and adulation over Peter Jackson's Beatles doc  Get Back,  on of all places, Disney+. While it is objectively mesmerizing and feels like it was shot yesterday, only a fraction of The Beatles' story is portrayed. We do see their dissolution and discomfort but we miss so much of what made them fascinating - the impression of those closest to them. TheArchive has a few up close and personal accounts of the fab four in the form of episodic documentaries featuring many of their closest confidants including John's sister Julia Baird. In case you were left wanting from Get Back be sure to check out: The Beatles: A Long and Winding Road In this five part documentary watch the evolution of The Beatles as they  shake the world, change the course of history, and transcend rock group status and become inextricably connected to our musical souls. This documentary

Taking Stock: TheArchive Remembers Dean Stockwell

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TheArchive never ceases to amaze. Upon learning of Dean Stockwell's passing, we immediately dug in to our library to recount how many Stockwell titles we own. It should be of no surprise that we have five titles of which one is a series. But before we share the list, let's celebrate an awesome career that spanned over 70 years and began in childhood in the 1940s if you'll believe it. Perhaps best known for  Quantum Leap,  you may be surprised to learn that Stockwell was also  an Oscar, Golden Globe winning, and Emmy-nominated actor with over 200 credits to his name. His earliest work was on a Broadway stage as a child before he found himself on screen with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Errol Flynn and opposite Katharine Hepburn in  Long Day’s Journey Into Night  which earned him a Best Actor prize at Cannes. Of course it was Wim Wenders’ 1984 film  Paris, Texas t hat led to a reignited career in the 1980s and 90s where he found himself in David Lynch's Blue V

Gary Cole vs. Mark Harmon

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It's a network series talent smackdown and the stakes are high. With NCIS episode 3 of Season 19 debuting tonight, anything can happen as we learn more about Gary Cole's character Agent Park. As Mark Harmon steps back on NCIS and Gary Cole steps in...will Cole assume the NCIS throne or is this all shameless TV marketing? After 19 seasons can anyone really just replace Harmon? Can Cole fill those polished shoes? I guess we shall see. But in the meantime, we have our own Cole v. Harmon marathon below so you decide who's got the chops or should be chopped! We start with the Harmon and Prince of Bel-Air . Four years before the series of nearly the same title starring Will Smith, and a year before they starred in the cult hit "Summer School," Mark Harmon and Kirstie Alley showed their romantic comedy chemistry in this little known 80s classic.  Next up is For My Daughter's Honor   following a high school student who becomes an object of creepy romantic affection to

Ed Asner: Just Getting Started

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Ed Asner was and will always be one of the greats. To be in his orbit was to know “shit's gonna get done.” This was a stalwart of a man, dare we say a bullhorn for speaking his mind and defending the rights of others. Today TheArchive commemorates a long, well lived life. Despite 91 years, it always felt like he was just getting started. Beyond the seven-time Emmy-winning actor from Mary Tyler Moore to Roots, and even as an octogenarian who never slowed appearing most recently in Cobra Kai, Asner also was revered for the kind of activism that served so many. Criticizing the entertainment business’ labor standards and a long time advocate for unionism, then rising to President of SAG, Asner galvanized his position and impact by walking the talk. TheArchive is proud to have some excellent content starring Asner including The Trials of Rosie O’Neill , for which he garnered a supporting actor Emmy nomination. We also have some of his earliest work in Decoy , a 1950’s noir series star

Charlie Watts: Two Sticks Among The Stones

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One of the great drummers of any generation has passed. Watts leaves behind Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood after more than 50 years behind his kit. Growing up the son of a truck driver in Wembley with a penchant for jazz and a gift for design, little did he know that the children's book about Charlie Parker he published at such a young age would so beautifully foretell his own greatness despite the humble ode he inscribed in the preface: "This story was compiled by one Charlie to a late and great Charlie." Through the decades his greatness ramped up like his many unmistakable rhythms, always playing to a slightly different beat as early as the beginning of the 1960s when he turned down the Stones' first invitations to join them. But despite those first tones of rejection, Jagger persisted and Watts joined the band that took off like a rocket and never cooled down. Into the 1980s with the Charlie Watts Orchestra, Watts finally reached his penultimate ambit

John Saxon: One Year Later

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Today would have been Golden Globe winner John Saxon's 85 th   birthday.   Saxon died last year but is immortalized in movies like Black Christmas  and A Nightmare on Elm Street . Interesting trivia,  he was buried at Lake View Cemetery in Seattle, Washington, the same location as his  Enter the Dragon  costar, Bruce Lee. He even made a fun cameo in From Dusk til Dawn . TheArchive commemorates Jon and his incredible work that also found him in a number of our films as well: Joseph’s Gift Joseph is the youngest and his father's favorite. When his brothers grow so envious of the affection that Joseph receives from their father they scheme to abandon Joseph in New York. Lancelot: Guardian of Time Merlin sends Lancelot through a window in time to act as a young Arthur's bodyguard. A wicked sorcerer interferes with these plans, sending Arthur and Lancelot to present day Los Angeles.   Tunnels Beneath the streets and beyond the sewers of New York, this horror-thriller follows two

Basketball, James Toback, and Al Franken. What could go wrong?

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Harvard Man stars Adrian Grenier, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Joey Lauren Adams in a film about a Harvard student and star point guard for Harvard's basketball team.  When his parents' house is destroyed by a tornado, Grenier inadvertently hooks up with the mob who agrees to give him the repair money if he throws his college basketball game.  The plot takes an even more bizarre turn when our star drops too much acid and goes on a hallucinogenic journey longer than the movie.  It's interesting to note that disgraced, allegedly serial abuser James Toback is the director who back in the early 2000s was still in demand and could command one helluva cast. In addition to Gellar and Grenier, Eric Stoltz, Rebecca Gayheart, and Al Franken, oddly playing himself, round out the star quotient.  And what brings around the relevance is Milwaukee Bucks legend himself, Mr. Ray Allen, who is featured in this early 2000s basketball drama while he was still on the Bucks.... If you need to pas

They Call Me Bruce? (Lee) and its Journey to Inclusion

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"Let nature take its course, and your tools will strike at the right moment.” ― Bruce Lee Johnny Yune and his classic They Call Me Bruce ? are an inextricably linked one two punch. One being Yune and his comedic brilliance discovered early on by none other than the late great Johnny Carson. And two, They Call Me Bruce ?, the byproduct of Yune’s genius that was far ahead of its time. So far ahead that one may even say he helped pave the way for amazing, topical shows like Fresh off the Boat.  But it is also entirely likely that Yune also felt the underrepresentation of the times, foreshadowing even today where, according to NBC News, a recent  study on Asian American representation in Hollywood  found that only 3.4 percent of Hollywood’s top-grossing movies featured Asian American or Pacific Islander leads. For its time, grossing over $16 Million at the box office deems this a rarified hit starring an Asian American. Even in today's standards. While IMDB describes They Call Me