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Jul.21.2012
The History Channel takes an in-depth look at the most iconic trilogy in cinema, this side of John Ford’s trio of Westerns in the late 1940′s. The Godfather Legacy is a new two-hour special premiering this Tuesday, July 24th at 9pm (EST). The documentary looks at how this groundbreaking...
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Jul.19.2012
With Summer in full swing, I found this on Facebook via the Screen Actors Guild Awards. It’s so much fun, I thought I would share this with you. According to a website selling these unique Hollywood-style maps: A street map made up of over 900 film titles, including cinema classics such...
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Jul.19.2012
Arclight Cinemas is hosting an anniversary party for the Cinerama Dome with a film festival. The weeklong event is taking place September 28th – October 4th.     You can enjoy twelve classic Cinerama productions. Select titles will be presented in the original 3 strip...
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Jul.17.2012
A pioneer of early television has died. William Asher directed and wrote teleplays for some of the most popular small screen sitcoms in history. He also furthered the concept of the Beach Movie. He won an Emmy, and received a Directors Guild Award (DGA) nomination for his fine work. Asher was...
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Jul.15.2012
A grand character actress, Celeste Holm prospered on stage, cinema, and television. Along the way, she garnered an Oscar, and was knighted by the King of Norway for her vast charitable work. President Reagan appointed her to a six-year term in 1982 on the National Council For...
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Jul.13.2012
The son of Darryl F. Zanuck, who was also an award-winning producer of cinema, is dead. Richard D. Zanuck worked for his father at 20th Century Fox, rising to the ranks as chief  mogul. He also headed Warner Brothers, and later formed his own production company, with an office at Universal....
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Jul.13.2012
The Film Society of the Lincoln Center is currently presenting a Gene Kelly retrospective. Invitation to the Dance: Gene Kelly at 100, features 23 of the innovative dancer’s films through July 26th. On Friday, July 20th, Kelly’s widow, film historian Patricia Ward Kelly, takes a ...
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Jul.13.2012
Maria Cole was part of entertainment royalty. Singing legend Nat King Cole, and their daughter Natalie, had many pop hits to their credit. Maria was also a fine entertainer in her own right during the Big Band era, and beyond.          ...
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Jul.12.2012
  The city of El Paso, TX, is the place to be in early August. The Plaza Classic Film Festival will feature loads of cinema, panel discussions, and A-List stars, including live appearances from Al Pacino (August 4th), Tippi Hedren, and Eva Marie Saint. Without the necessary fanfare, here...
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Jul.11.2012
Last Monday was quite special at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Members of the cast and crew of the iconic It’s a Mad Mad Mad World assembled for a fun panel discussion. The 1963 epic-comedy followed, in it’s fully restored version. It was part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and...
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Jul.11.2012
Peter O’Toole, the most nominated actor (8) to never win a competitive Oscar in Hollywood history, is retiring from his craft. In 2003, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences did honor the star with a Lifetime Achievement Award. He has  earned four Golden Globes, a Bafta, and an...
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Jul.09.2012
Ernest Borgnine was a true Hollywood legend. The burly Italian with a large smile was comfortable playing screen heavies, and a variety of character actors, for over 60 years. And, he got a late start, after spending a decade in the United States Navy.    He served with...
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Jul.06.2012
With Major League Baseball’s annual All-Star Game being held in Kansas City this year, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is receiving plenty of attention this weekend. Located in the same city, efforts are being made so that the African American Golden Age of the sandlot,...
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Jul.05.2012
A new exhibition at London’s Barbican Centre explores the style of James Bond. The collection includes costumes, props, set pieces and design drawings from half a century of 007 films. The show is both a reflection of the remarkable durability of Ian Fleming’s fictional secret agent, and a tribute...
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Jul.04.2012
My wife Laurie and I are spending our 4th of July at a movie theater, enjoying the boffo classic documentary, That’s Entertainment. Produced by MGM in 1974, this epic  feature was hosted on the backlot by Gene Kelly, Liza Minnelli, James Stewart, Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, Frank Sinatra,...
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