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Crime Novel Remembered: Everywoman Heroine & Bourgeois Values + 'Straight & Gay' Movie Versions

Crime novel The Blank Wall by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding. While her husband is away during World War II, housewife Lucia Holley – the sort of “Everywoman” who looks great in a two-piece bathing suit – does whatever it takes to protect the feeling of “normality” in her bourgeois, suburban household. […]


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Crime Novel Remembered: Everywoman Heroine & Bourgeois Values + 'Straight & Gay' Movie Versions



How to Be a Latin Lover: Ricardo Cortez & Leading Ladies + Marriage to Tragic Drug-Addicted Hollywood Star

How to be a Latin Lover: Ricardo Cortez, formerly known as Jacob Krantz from a working-class family of Austrian/Hungarian immigrants that had settled in New York City, succeeded in restyling himself as the next – even if, according to some, “second rank” – Rudolph Valentino. It's unclear whether or not […]


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How to Be a Latin Lover: Ricardo Cortez & Leading Ladies + Marriage to Tragic Drug-Addicted Hollywood Star



'Latin Lover' - The 2nd Valentino & 1st (and Best) Sam Spade: Q&A with Ricardo Cortez Biographer Dan Van Neste

“Latin Lover” Ricardo Cortez, who went on to play a series of all-American scoundrels and criminals, in addition to similar unsavory types of other nationalities. Although never as big a star as fellow silent era screen heartthrobs Rudolph Valentino, Ramon Novarro, and John Gilbert – or fellow Pre-Code era antiheroes […]


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'Latin Lover' - The 2nd Valentino & 1st (and Best) Sam Spade: Q&A with Ricardo Cortez Biographer Dan Van Neste



Ricardo Cortez: Remembering the 'Latin Lover Threat' to Rudolph Valentino & Star of Original 'The Maltese Falcon'

Ricardo Cortez biography The Magnificent Heel: The Life and Films of Ricardo Cortez. Dan Van Neste's book covers the life and career of Paramount's “Latin Lover” threat to a recalcitrant Rudolph Valentino; one who would later portray a sly, seductive Sam Spade in the original – and highly enjoyable – […]


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Ricardo Cortez: Remembering the 'Latin Lover Threat' to Rudolph Valentino & Star of Original 'The Maltese Falcon'



Comediennes of the Silent Era & Film Historian Anthony Slide: Remembering Cinema's Pioneering Women

One of cinema's early comediennes, Dorothy Devore: between 1918 and 1930, the Ft. Worth-born actress was seen in nearly 100 movies, both features and shorts. Among them were Salvation Sue, Naughty Mary Brown, and Saving Sister Susie, all with frequent partner Earle Rodney. 'Comediennes of the Silent Era' & film […]


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Comediennes of the Silent Era & Film Historian Anthony Slide: Remembering Cinema's Pioneering Women



Comedy Actress Rediscovered: 'She Could Be Chaplin!' Q&A with Film Historian Anthony Slide

Comedy actress Alice Howell on the cover of film historian Anthony Slide's latest book: Pioneering funky-haired performer “could have been Chaplin” – or at the very least another Louise Fazenda. Rediscovering comedy actress Alice Howell: Female performer in movie field dominated by men Early comedy actress Alice Howell is an […]


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Comedy Actress Rediscovered: 'She Could Be Chaplin!' Q&A with Film Historian Anthony Slide



Vaudeville Theatre History: From Shimmy Dancing to Male Impersonators - Q&A with Author Anthony Slide

Vaudeville history: George Burns and Gracie Allen, The Encyclopedia of Vaudeville Vaudeville history in Anthony Slide's The Encyclopedia of Vaudeville. Vaudeville is now extinct – at least officially. But about a century ago and well into the '30s, vaudeville (under various names, e.g., musical hall, revues, variety shows) was a […]


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Vaudeville Theatre History: From Shimmy Dancing to Male Impersonators - Q&A with Author Anthony Slide



Andrew Sarris Auteur Theory Film Critic Dead

Andrew Sarris, auteur theory proponent in the United States, died earlier today at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan, apparently of complications caused by a stomach virus. Sarris, who was 83, was married to fellow film critic Molly Haskell. The Brooklyn-born (Oct. 31, 1928) Andrew Sarris didn't “invent” the auteur theory, […]


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Andrew Sarris Auteur Theory Film Critic Dead



Ann Dvorak Q&A Pt.2: 'Scarface' Actress Never Quite Made It to the Top

Ann Dvorak and Rudy Vallee in Sweet Music. See previous post: Ann Dvorak: Hollywood Rebel. Ann Dvorak's best-remembered film is probably the 1932 Scarface, starring Paul Muni, directed by Howard Hawks, produced by Howard Hughes, and released by United Artists. What was that experience like for her? Making Scarface must […]


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Ann Dvorak Q&A Pt.2: 'Scarface' Actress Never Quite Made It to the Top



Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten Rebel

Ann Dvorak The name Ann Dvorak wouldn't ring even a faint bell for most people around at the beginning of the 21st century. Most people, I said – but definitely not everyone. A while back, author James Robert Parish heard a loud gong when I told him during lunch at […]


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Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten Rebel



Abhishek Bachchan New Movie + Corey Feldman vs. Hollywood & Media

Director Karan Johar and star Shah Rukh Khan filming My Name Is Khan Following the success of Shah Rukh Khan's My Name Is Khan, which has grossed $31.9 million worldwide (as per Box Office Mojo; not including India) and became the top Bollywood movie ever in the United Kingdom (not […]


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Abhishek Bachchan New Movie + Corey Feldman vs. Hollywood & Media



'Leading Couples': Q&A with Frank Miller

In Leading Couples: The Most Unforgettable Screen Romances of the Studio Era (Chronicle Books, 2008), author Frank Miller, whose previous books include Leading Ladies, Leading Men, and Censored Hollywood, presents nearly forty highly successful movie pairings from the 1920s to the 1960s. Among those featured in Leading Couples are dancing […]


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'Leading Couples': Q&A with Frank Miller



'Revolutionary Road' Movie: Leonardo DiCaprio & Kate Winslet Images + Christopher Plummer Autobiography

Revolutionary Road with Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio. Directed by Sam Mendes – Winslet's husband and the director of the 1999 Oscar-winning Suburbia Hell effort American Beauty – the dysfunctional suburbia-set Revolutionary Road was adapted to the screen by Justin Haythe, using as his source Richard Yates' 1961 National Book […]


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'Revolutionary Road' Movie: Leonardo DiCaprio & Kate Winslet Images + Christopher Plummer Autobiography



'Casablanca' vs. 'Everybody Comes to Rick's': Movie vs. Play + Hollywood's 'Leading Couples'

Casablanca vs. “Everybody Comes to Rick's”: A Warner Bros. release, the Michael Curtiz-directed 1942 movie classic stars Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman as war-crossed lovers; Murray Burnett's and Joan Alison's play remained unproduced when Warners' Hal B. Wallis acquired the film rights. Philip G. Epstein, Julius J. Epstein, and Howard […]


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'Casablanca' vs. 'Everybody Comes to Rick's': Movie vs. Play + Hollywood's 'Leading Couples'



Tito Guízar Centennial Tribute Tonight + Why Miriam Hopkins Biography?

The Cervantes Center of Arts & Letters will celebrate the birth centennial of Mexican actor-singer superstar Tito Guízar (1908-1999) with a screening of the 1936 cowboy musical (“charro”) Alla en el rancho grande / Over at the Big Ranch this evening at 7pm at USC's Leavey Library Auditorium in downtown […]


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Tito Guízar Centennial Tribute Tonight + Why Miriam Hopkins Biography?



Norman Mailer Dead at 84: 'The Naked and the Dead' & Controversial 'Marilyn' Author

Author Norman Mailer, as well known for his books as for his convoluted private life, died early today of acute renal failure at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. He was 84. Born on Jan. 31, 1923, in Long Branch, New Jersey, Mailer decided to become a writer while […]


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Norman Mailer Dead at 84: 'The Naked and the Dead' & Controversial 'Marilyn' Author



'Now Playing': Movie Poster Art Book

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' new book, Now Playing: Hand-Painted Poster Art from the 1910s through the 1950s, showcases more than 150 rarely seen original movie poster paintings, thus offering a glimpse into a largely forgotten form of film-related art. “This book documents the unrecorded and uncelebrated […]


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'Now Playing': Movie Poster Art Book



Kurt Vonnegut: 'Slaughterhouse-Five' Author Dies

Satirical novelist Kurt Vonnegut Jr, author of the bestselling anti-war novel Slaughterhouse-Five, died Wednesday, April 11. According to his wife, photographer Jill Krementz, Vonnegut had suffered brain injuries after a fall at his Manhattan home weeks ago. The Indianapolis-born (on Nov. 11, 1922) author, a “fourth-generation German-American religious skeptic Freethinker,” […]


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Kurt Vonnegut: 'Slaughterhouse-Five' Author Dies



Ann Sheridan: Warner Bros. Star Discussed with Author Ray Hagen

Ann Sheridan. If someone asked me to name a truly tough film star, I'd never think of naming John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Clint Eastwood, Humphrey Bogart, or any of those male performers whose toughness mostly consists of caressing assorted weaponry while posing for the camera. With rare exceptions […]


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Ann Sheridan: Warner Bros. Star Discussed with Author Ray Hagen



Stanislaw Lem

Science-fiction writer Stanislaw Lem, 84, whose novel Solaris was made into a film by Andrei Tarkovsky in 1972, died today of heart failure at a hospital in Krakow. According to the Associated Press obit, Lem was one of the most popular science-fiction writers working in a language other than English. […]


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Stanislaw Lem