On This Day … 07 September

Events 1927 – The first fully electronic television system is achieved by Philo Farnsworth. 2019 – Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and 66 others are released in a prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russia. People (Births) 1855 – William Friese-Greene, English photographer, director, and cinematographer (d. 1921). 1894 – George Waggner, American actor, director, and producer… Read More

On This Day … 06 September

Events 1642 – England’s Parliament bans public stage-plays. People (Births) 1885 – Otto Kruger, American actor (d. 1974). 1890 – Clara Kimball Young, American actress and producer (d. 1960). 1909 – Michael Gordon, American actor and director (d. 1993). 1917 – John Berry, American-French actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1999). 1925 – Andrea Camilleri,… Read More

On This Day … 05 September

People (Births) 1912 – Frank Thomas, American voice actor, animator, and screenwriter (d. 2004). 1916 – Frank Shuster, Canadian comedian, actor, and screenwriter (d. 2002). 1918 – Luis Alcoriza, Mexican actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1992). 1920 – Fons Rademakers, Dutch-Swiss actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2007). 1921 – Jack Valenti, American businessman, created… Read More

What is Friday Night Death Slot?

Introduction The Friday night death slot, or Friday evening death slot, is a perceived graveyard slot in American television. For information on the graveyard slot look here. Dump months, the equivalent to the Friday night death slot on the American film schedule. What Time Slot Does It Refer To? It implies that a television programme… Read More

What is a Graveyard Slot?

Introduction A graveyard slot (or death slot) is a time period in which a television audience is very small compared to other times of the day, and therefore broadcast programming is considered far less important. Graveyard slots are usually in the early morning hours of each day, when most people are asleep. What Happens during… Read More

What is a Yakuza Film?

Introduction Yakuza film (Japanese: ヤクザ映画, Hepburn: Yakuza eiga) is a popular film genre in Japanese cinema which focuses on the lives and dealings of yakuza, Japanese organised crime syndicates. Early Films In the silent film era, films depicting bakuto (precursors to modern yakuza) as Robin Hood-like characters were common. They often portrayed historical figures who… Read More