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Remembering a Forgotten 'Hollywood Hero'

'Hollywood Hero' John Dewar remembered (image: Anthony Slide wearing Tom Mix's hat in 1976) Perhaps I have been around too long, but as I grow older I grow despondent that those who contributed so much to film history in the past are forgotten, with others often coming along and taking […]


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Remembering a Forgotten 'Hollywood Hero'



'Notes on a Scandal' Movie Review: Brilliant Judi Dench & Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, Notes on a Scandal Directed by Richard Eyre, Notes on a Scandal is a must-see for those who enjoy a cleverly constructed plot that explores human relationships to the core. The story follows jaded older teacher Barbara Covett (Judi Dench), who contrives to ensnare young and […]


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'Notes on a Scandal' Movie Review: Brilliant Judi Dench & Cate Blanchett



Marsha Hunt: Great American Actress and Activist

As we recently celebrated our country's 234th birthday, I'd like to tell you about a patriotic American I have come to know and love, Marsha Hunt. Many people remember Marsha Hunt as an actress at Paramount and MGM in the '30s and '40s. Fewer people remember her tireless activist and […]


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Marsha Hunt: Great American Actress and Activist



Cinecon Capsule Reviews: Gender Contraints, Charles Chaplin

There was a lot of complaining about the line-up at Cinecon 2008, held on Labor Day Weekend, which was affected by the Univeral fire and other matters, including the deaths of Rusty Casselton and Bob Nudelman. Still, the films were some of the best I have seen in the Egyptian […]


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Cinecon Capsule Reviews: Gender Contraints, Charles Chaplin



'The Valet' Francis Veber Comedy

La Doublure / The Valet (2006) Dir. / Scr.: Francis Veber. Cast: Gad Elmaleh, Daniel Auteuil, Alice Taglioni, Kristin Scott Thomas, Virginie Ledoyen, Dany Boon, Richard Berry, Michel Aumont     French writer-director Francis Veber has done it again. La Doublure / The Valet is another hilarious romp featuring Veber's […]


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'The Valet' Francis Veber Comedy



'Sex and the City' Movie Review: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall

Sex and the City (2008) Dir. / Scr.: Michael Patrick King. Cast: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, Chris North, Candice Bergen, Jennifer Hudson, David Eigenberg, Evan Handler, Jason Lewis, Mario Cantone, Lynn Cohen, Joanna Gleason     When it was announced that Sex and the City […]


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'Sex and the City' Movie Review: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall



'Made of Honor' Review: Patrick Dempsey, Michelle Monaghan

Made of Honor (2008) Dir.: Paul Weiland. Scr.: Adam Sztykiel, Deborah Kaplan, and Harry Elfont; from a story by Sztykiel. Cast: Patrick Dempsey, Michelle Monaghan, Kevin McKidd, Kadeem Hardison, Chris Messina, Kathleen Quinlan, Sydney Pollack     Patrick Dempsey is riding the McDreamy wave as far as he can take […]


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'Made of Honor' Review: Patrick Dempsey, Michelle Monaghan



'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull': Steven Spielberg Regurgitates Franchise

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) Dir.: Steven Spielberg. Scr.: David Koepp; story by George Lucas and Jeff Nathanson. Cast: Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Shia LaBeouf, Karen Allen, Ray Winstone, John Hurt, Jim Broadbent, Igor Jijikine, Alan Dale     After reading the Indiana Jones and […]


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'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull': Steven Spielberg Regurgitates Franchise



'Forgetting Sarah Marshall': Jason Segel in Dark Comedy of Personal Disasters

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) Dir.: Nicholas Stoller. Scr.: Jason Segel and Judd Apatow. Cast: Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Russell Brand, Bill Hader, Jack McBrayer, Paul Rudd, Liz Cackowski, Maria Thayer, Jonah Hill, Steve Landesberg, Billy Bush, William Baldwin, Jason Bateman   Nicholas Stoller's directorial debut Forgetting Sarah Marshall […]


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'Forgetting Sarah Marshall': Jason Segel in Dark Comedy of Personal Disasters



'The Jazz Singer' Academy Screening

Last night, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the American Cinematheque presented a tribute to the 80th anniversary of The Jazz Singer at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. There were several celebs in attendance, including Rose Marie, Forrest Ackerman, Judy Lewis, Julie Newmar, and […]


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'The Jazz Singer' Academy Screening



Rudolph Valentino Memorial Service

Rudolph Valentino Memorial Service in the early 1950s   Scores Turn Out to Remember Silent Film Idol It was standing room only yesterday at Hollywood Forever Cemetery's Cathedral Mausoleum where around 200 mourners gathered to memorialize silent film heartthrob Rudolph Valentino on the 81st anniversary of his death. On August […]


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Rudolph Valentino Memorial Service



Human Rights Watch Film Festival: Child Abuse & Terrorism + Soccer-Playing Sex Workers

Directed by Chema Rodríguez, Estrellas de La Línea / The Railroad All Stars traces the lives of a plucky group of prostitutes who live in dismal conditions near a railroad in Guatemala City. Determined to bring some dignity to their lives – and to get publicity for their cause – […]


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Human Rights Watch Film Festival: Child Abuse & Terrorism + Soccer-Playing Sex Workers



'Suffering and Smiling' Movie: Dan Ollman

The mass suffering of the people of Africa has long been ignored by more affluent governments elsewhere. This neglect is compounded by the fact that much of that affluence has come from plundering the natural resources of the African continent – with little thanks or reimbursement to the people who […]


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'Suffering and Smiling' Movie: Dan Ollman



'Punam' Lucian Muntean

Punam (2006). Dir.: Lucian Muntean. The right of a child to experience the joys of learning and playing is rarely disputed. Yet, as Lucian Muntean's 27-minute documentary Punam shows, our world ignores the plight of millions of children like Punam Tamang, a motherless nine-year-old Nepalese girl caught in the inescapable […]


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'Punam' Lucian Muntean



'Total Denial' Milena Kaneva

The destruction of democracy in Myanmar (or Burma) is well known. The brutal behavior of the military is equally familiar, but the extent and consequences of that behavior have rarely been shown to such chilling effect as in Milena Kaneva's Total Denial. Watching the personal accounts – clearly obtained under […]


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'Total Denial' Milena Kaneva



'Carla's List' Michael Schüpbach

The devastating effects of political inertia and lack of moral drive are difficult subjects to capture on film, but Marcel Schüpbach's La Liste de Carla / Carla's List manages to accomplish that feat in an effective and memorable manner. Throughout Schüpbach's 2006 documentary, your attention is constantly focused on the […]


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'Carla's List' Michael Schüpbach



Colleen Moore Research Project

Colleen Moore in The Desert Flower. Photo: Courtesy of Jeff Codori Those who truly know film history know Colleen Moore: the quintessential 1920s flapper whose bobbed hair was the fashion plate for millions of young women everywhere. What most people do not know is that there was far more to […]


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Colleen Moore Research Project



'Jewel Robbery' Movie: William Powell & Kay Francis in Sparkling Pre-Code Comedy

Film scholars consider the 1932 comedy Trouble in Paradise to be the best work of actress Kay Francis. I disagree. Francis was good in everything she did – and if one particular performance could be named her best, that would be found in another 1932 release, the romantic melodrama One […]


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'Jewel Robbery' Movie: William Powell & Kay Francis in Sparkling Pre-Code Comedy



'Strange Interlude': Eugene O'Neill at MGM

LOVE IS A MUCH-FRUSTRATING THING By Marcus Tucker of Shadow Waltz With the advent of new technology comes experimentation. When sound arrived in Hollywood, films became stagebound because of the crippling limitations of the primitive equipment. But by the time MGM's film adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's 1928 Pulitzer-winning play Strange […]


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'Strange Interlude': Eugene O'Neill at MGM