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Celebrating A Cinematic Heritage

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 31, 2010 4:00 AM
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I don’t know of another town in the United States that celebrates its link to movie history quite like Niles, California. Last year I wrote about my long-delayed introductory visit to the Niles Essanay Silent Film History Museum (to read it and see my photos, click HERE). This year I made a return visit with my wife and some friends and enjoyed the experience all over again, thanks to the good folks who run the nickelodeon-turned-museum.
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It's Thelma Todd Day on TCM!

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 29, 2010 4:00 AM
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Thelma Todd and her screen partner ZaSu Pitts.
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maltin on movies: Mesrine: Killer Instinct

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 27, 2010 11:45 AM
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film review: Flipped

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 27, 2010 4:00 AM
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Because it shares a time period and sense of nostalgia with the well-remembered Stand By Me (1986), Flipped has been pegged as an official companion piece for director Rob Reiner. There’s some validity to this, especially since the soundtrack is filled with familiar oldies, which also added to the earlier film’s appeal.

Let's Hear It For Vitaphone!

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 26, 2010 4:00 AM
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Carlena Diamond, "Harpist Supreme"
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Doug Loves Movies

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 25, 2010 4:00 AM
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Doug Benson is a very funny guy. You may have seen him on TV or at a local comedy club; he tours all the time. Or you may be familiar with his stoner documentary Super-High Me. But I’ve gotten to know Doug because he hosts a podcast called Doug Loves Movies (formerly known as I Love Movies) that’s recorded in front of a live audience at L.A.’s comedy hotspot, Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. The heart of every show is a competition he calls—no kidding—The Leonard Maltin Game.

review: Von Sternberg Dazzles On DVD

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 24, 2010 4:00 AM
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I am extremely happy because one of my all-time favorite films—The Last Command—has finally come to DVD, as part of a glorious boxed set from Criterion called 3 Silent Classics by Josef von Sternberg.

maltin on movies: Animal Kingdom

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 20, 2010 7:25 AM
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Animal Kingdom | Leonard Maltin | Maltin on Movies | Movie Trailers This gritty crime drama from Australia is a late-summer sleeper.

film review: The Switch

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 20, 2010 4:00 AM
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The Switch is the kind of movie that gives romantic comedies a bad name. I won’t dwell on the welcome-to-the-21st century premise, in which a guy substitutes his sperm for that of an official donor as his so-called best friend is about to be inseminated. Nor will I comment on whether or not I ever want to hear the words “sperm” and “romantic comedy” in the same sentence again. I like Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman and don’t like to see them wasting their time in a mediocrity like—

Untold Disney Stories—And More

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 18, 2010 4:00 AM
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book review: THE LION AND THE GIRAFFE by Jack Couffer (BearManor Media) The author of this colorful memoir may not be a household name, but he’s been involved in everything from Walt Disney’s The Living Desert to Out of Africa, from Disney animal movies like The Incredible Journey to Never Cry Wolf…and he has great stories to tell.

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