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Feb.18.2014
The Duke’s legacy continues to live on through the annual John Wayne Film Festival, which makes its Dallas debut April 24th-27th at LOOK Cinemas. The fest previously was held in the small town of Snyder, Texas, lying about halfway between Lubbock and Abilene. The festival’s organizer,...
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Feb.18.2014
The Academy Awards are next month, and since yesterday was President’s Day, I thought it might be fun to explore Hollywood’s Golden Age to see who earned Oscar nods for playing a chief executive. Remember, last year was the initial instance an actor won a statuette as a...
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Feb.16.2014
Thanks to Michelle Merker, my co-producer of the Forgotten Hollywood documentary, for sending me a link to a Vimeo video spotlighting absolutely fascinating work at the Criterion Collection. They’ve been restoring and re-releasing classic films for the past thirty years....
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Feb.12.2014
For a third time in the past couple of months, we lost two legends in a row; Peter O’Toole and Joan Fontaine… Maximiliam Schell and Philip Seymour Hoffman… and now, Shirley Temple Black and Sid Caesar are gone. Caesar was more than a genius in the field of comedy. He was a pioneer of...
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Feb.11.2014
Shirley Temple Black was THE top film actress, singer, and dancer of the 1930s. Her mother began styling her daughter’s hair in ringlets similar to those of silent movie star Mary Pickford, which became a signature look for the tot. Many Temple-inspired products were manufactured and...
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Feb.11.2014
The New York Times hosts a Film Club that is sponsored by HBO. The events take place in collaboration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Every once in a while, they pull a classic out of the archives. Previous screenings have included An American in Paris, The Shining,...
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Feb.09.2014
 The sudden loss of the president to an assassin’s bullet consigned a dark cloud over our nation.  We remained that way for over two months. What we didn’t figure is how four lads from Liverpool would geo-politically affect almost every American household by catering to ...
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Feb.08.2014
At a private party celebrating his birthday, friends, former teammates, and luminaries paid tribute to Henry Aaron, who turned 80 on Wednesday. His tribute continued, when he spoke as part of the Living Portrait Series at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. In addition, a painting...
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Feb.07.2014
 If there is any indication on the impact Philip Seymour Hoffman had on the film industry, it was shown through a series of memorial services these past few days. Industry leaders were omni-present at a wake and private funeral, which included actors, directors, and news anchors....
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Feb.06.2014
getTV is a new television network that brings classic films you love to your living room.  Enjoy the glamour of old Hollywood with legendary actors and award-winning films playing all day and night.   getTV continues to expand. Check with your cable provider or your...
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Feb.05.2014
The crew of Tomorrowland, a 2014-15 production starring George Clooney and Hugh Laurie, is coming to Disneyland this week, with filming in front of It’s a Small World:    Filming today, with clean up work on Friday and Saturday  It’s a Small World is ...
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Feb.04.2014
An unknown novel by Charlie Chaplin — the only fictional book the comic ever wrote — is public for the first time. Footlights, unveiled in London, was written by Chaplin in 1948, and later transformed into his film Limelight. The motion picture is the only time he and...
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Feb.02.2014
One of the great character actors of our times has died of an apparent drug overdose. His versatility was unmatched over the last twenty years with highly memorable roles in support of top actors of our day. His fine efforts would be the kind of celluloid memories welcomed in the Forgotten...
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Feb.01.2014
Austrian-born actor Maximilian Schell, a fugitive from the Nazis, who became a Hollywood favorite and won an Oscar for his performance as a defense attorney in Judgment at Nuremberg, has died. He was also a writer, director, and producer of several films. His sister was the celebrated actress...
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Jan.30.2014
Good e-e-evening… The director’s welcome at the start of his groundbreaking television series, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, a veritable electronic laboratory where the filmmaker could develop new ideas, themes, and talent. The Paley Center for Media presents twenty telefilms Hitch...
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