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Phil Hall’s The Bootleg Files Returns on Cinema Crazed After a Two-Year Hiatus

NEW YORK, N.Y -- The Bootleg Files, Phil Hall's celebrated weekly column focusing on classic and offbeat films and television productions that can only be accessed through unauthorized reproductions, is returning to the Internet after a two-year absence. The first new column will be published on Friday, February 10, on Cinema Crazed (www.cinema-crazed.com).

The Bootleg Files column was introduced on Film Threat in 2003 and ran every Friday until the site went offline in 2015. Over the years, the column gained attention for its insightful and colorful consideration of entertainment history, and many columns were cited in books, magazines and online articles. When Film Threat recently relaunched without The Bootleg Files, Cinema Crazed welcomed the opportunity to bring back this popular feature under its editorial banner.

"I am thrilled to bring back The Bootleg Files at Cinema Crazed, which is the perfect site for this distinctive column," said Phil Hall. "After a two-year rest, I am ready to return with a new slate of columns that will track down classic and kooky works that are not available in any commercial home entertainment format and can only be seen in bootlegged videos or pirated online video postings.

"There is an extraordinary volume of movies and TV offerings that remain in the public eye only because of the so-called grey market. Of course, this column stresses that bootlegging copyrighted material is against the law - but watching this material online or on a collector-to-collector DVD is legal, and The Bootleg Files acknowledges the wealth of historically and artistically significant works available through these channels."

Phil Hall is also the host of "The Online Movie Show with Phil Hall" (www.soundcloud.com/onlinemovieshow) and the author of critically-acclaimed film history books including "The Greatest Bad Movies of All Time" and "In Search of Lost Films." His cinema-related writing has been published in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Wired and on the Library of Congress' National Film Registry website.

Cinema Crazed is the New York-based online resource devoted to coverage of contemporary and classic independent cinema, cult movies and the intersection of motion pictures and pop culture. Founded and published by Felix Vasquez Jr., the site is online at www.cinema-crazed.com.

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Tommy Wiseau’s ‘The Room’ Named Worst Film Ever by FilmSnobbery Survey of Cinema Experts

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- With Thanksgiving on the near horizon, FilmSnobbery decided to serve up another type of turkey: in this case, the cinematic variety, with a seasonal celebration of the worst films of all time. And in a survey of approximately 100 filmmakers, critics, historians and performers, the choice for the worst film of all time went to Tommy Wiseau's utterly astonishing 2003 production "The Room."

"In the history of motion pictures, there is nothing like Tommy Wiseau's anti-classic," declared Phil Hall, managing editor at FilmSnobbery.com and author of the books "The Greatest Bad Movies of All Time" and "In Search in Lost Films."

"From the visceral ineptitude of the acting to the utter incoherence of the screenplay to a lethal assault of bizarre imagery to Wiseau's brilliantly ridiculous on-screen persona, 'The Room' takes the cake and the whole bakery, too! It doesn't get better - or badder - than this!"

For the Top 10 Worst Films of All Time, the FilmSnobbery survey came up with these delicious big screen turkeys:

1. "The Room" (2003)
2. "Battlefield Earth" (2000)
3. "Birdemic: Shock and Terror" (2010)
4. "Swept Away" (2002 - the Madonna remake)
5. "Manos: The Hands of Fate" (1966)
6. "Troll 2" (1990)
7. "Howard the Duck" (1986)
8. "Catwoman" (2004)
9. "Plan 9 from Outer Space" (1959)
10. "Sausage Party" (2016).

The complete list of the FilmSnobbery survey of worst films is available at http://filmsnobbery.com/.

Founded in 2009, FilmSnobbery helps filmmakers promote their work and find their audience. This online resource features original reviews and interviews plus news on festivals and screenings and links to cinematic podcasts.

Phil Hall
Of FilmSnobbery
Phone: 203-870-5676

Twitter: @FilmSnobbery

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‘The Online Movie Show with Phil Hall’ Relaunches As a Weekly SoundCloud Series

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- "The Online Movie Show with Phil Hall," a weekly celebration of films and filmmaking, is being relaunched via a new channel and a new production outlet.

Starting this week, "The Online Movie Show" will be available on Mondays on the SoundCloud channel: https://soundcloud.com/onlinemovieshow.

Each half-hour episode will present original interviews with the creative talent on both sides of the camera, along with visits by leading film critics to ascertain the best choices in the theaters, on DVD and on the streaming channels.

The first line-up of guests include Peter L. Winkler, editor of the new book "The Real James Dean"; John O'Dowd, author of "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye: The Barbara Payton Story"; Rachel Mason, creator of the award-winning independent feature "The Lives of Hamilton Fish"; and silent film archivist and composer Ben Model.

Upcoming episodes will feature discussions of contemporary Christian filmmaking, the cultural impact of the Three Stooges and a celebration of 1970s adult cinema.

"The Online Movie Show" is produced at the Platinum Wolfe Studios (www.platinumwolfe.com), one of the finest podcast recording studios in the New York market.

Phil Hall brings three decades of film journalism experience to "The Online Movie Show." He is the author of the acclaimed books "The History of Independent Cinema" and "The Greatest Bad Movies of All Time," and his new book "In Search of Lost Films" (ISBN: 978-1593939380) was recently published by BearManor Media later this year. His film writing has been featured in The New York Times, Wired and American Movie Classics Magazine.

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