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Nov.08.2013
She was born Vera Jayne Palmer, but the world knows her as Jayne Mansfield  The star was a true entertainer: actress of theater, film, and television; a singer; a model; and a nightclub performer. Jayne was the original blonde bombshell, an early Playboy Playmate, and the...
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Nov.07.2013
The Paley Center for Media is proud to partner with CBS Consumer Products in presenting the Los Angeles premiere gallery exhibition of Star Trek: The Art of Juan Ortiz. Star Trek (1966-69) occupies a rarified place in popular culture, and continues to be a force in all facets of media. Ortiz’s...
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Nov.06.2013
Theater producers are planning a Broadway revival of the musical Gigi, and will open the sumptuous production at the Kennedy Center in Washington. The engagement announced Wednesday is slated to open in January 2015. They plan to bring Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Lowe’s stage play...
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Nov.01.2013
One Hollywood film studio has commanded A-list talent since its inception — Elizabeth Taylor, Morgan Freeman, Sandra Bullock, Michael Douglas, Nicole Kidman — and they all worked for free. What studio head has such pull? It’s Rabbi Marvin Hier, the mini-mogul of Moriah Films, the movie...
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Nov.01.2013
AFI Fest 2013 is right around the corner! Held from November 7th – 14th, it’s an annual celebration of international cinema from modern masters and emerging filmmakers. AFI FEST 2013 will feature nightly red-carpet galas, special screenings, and celluloid tributes. This year, they also have an...
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Oct.30.2013
Steven Spielberg’s Dreamworks is again expected to collaborate with noted historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. The movie studio has secured the cinematic rights to her upcoming work, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism.   ...
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Oct.30.2013
The Roger Corman Horror Classics Collection from Film Chest Media Group not only gives you three of Corman’s most popular movies, but you get them in high definition. Taken from the original 35mm prints, these digitally restored widescreen versions look and sound better than ever before. You...
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Oct.29.2013
Governor Rick Perry formally presented the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor posthumously to Major Audie L. Murphy today in a public ceremony in Farmersville, Texas.  The award was accepted by Murphy’s sister, Mrs. Nadine Murphy-Lockey. Murphy was America’s most decorated World War II...
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Oct.27.2013
Stephen Humphrey Bogart, son of movie legends Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, gives his take on movies currently in theaters, as well as on his favorites from the Golden Age of cinema. A jam-packed thirty minute show where Bogart breaks down his pick of movies from different genres, and...
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Oct.26.2013
Director Hal Needham began his career as a stuntman. His initial break came when he was cast as a billboard model for Viceroy Cigarettes while searching for a job in Hollywood. He eventually received an honorary Oscar for his contributions in the technical aspects of cinema.  ...
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Oct.22.2013
Legendary actress Tippi Hedren is headed to Richmond for a special screening of The Birds in celebration of the 50th anniversary for the film. The ingenue of Alfred Hitchcock will be at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to help kick-off the museum’s Hollywood Costume exhibit, which...
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Oct.21.2013
The Workshop Theatre is proud to be Calgary’s longest running community theatre  (since 1969). They are pleased to announce the War of the Worlds, which opens on  October 29th. It’s the 75th anniversary of the Mercury Theatre broadcast. Shortly after 8p on the Halloween Eve, 1938,...
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Oct.16.2013
 Henry Bushkin was the longtime barrister and advocate of the late-night king of television. His new book, Johnny Carson, is a juicy peek inside the noted celebrity’s life. Bushkin’s memoir is a well-written corporate tale that reveals the tough business of staying America’...
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Oct.16.2013
The Wizard of Oz stage adaptation continues to set box office records around the world. From its 1.1 million Facebook followers to its nearly 100 major global awards, including three Tonys and a Grammy, Wicked has shown the heart, brains, and courage to reign as the highest-grossing show on...
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Oct.15.2013
Local literary works can be a surprising source of home state pride, no matter where you’re from. Here’s a compiled list of the generally-regarded most famous book set in each state (or commonwealth). Many of these works have translated into cinema. How many have you read?     * * * *...
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