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Secret's Out - The Hurt Locker

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  • January 28, 2010 3:21 AM
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Remembering Jean Simmons

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 27, 2010 1:59 AM
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Like most film buffs, I was upset to hear about Jean Simmons’ passing over the weekend…but I felt incredibly lucky to have met her at the Telluride Film Festival over Labor Day Weekend in 2008. In his program notes for her tribute, Scott Foundas wrote, “It is one of the few serious shortcomings, don’t we all agree, of David Lean’s otherwise exemplary version of Great Expectations (1946) that Jean Simmons leaves the screen much too soon, to be replaced by Valerie Hobson as the grown-up version of the Estella character.
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Secret's Out - Crazy Heart

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  • January 25, 2010 7:48 AM
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book review: Hidden Talent: The Emergence of Hollywood Agents

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  • January 22, 2010 7:44 AM
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music review: The Bing Crosby CBS Radio Recordings 1954-56

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 22, 2010 7:19 AM
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Few stars in the history of show business can match Bing Crosby for longevity and popularity in every medium of entertainment; he was at once a top-ranked star of movies, radio, and recordings. (How many Oscar winners for Best Actor can you name who also made best-selling records, year after year?) That doesn’t include his other professional pursuits, from golf and horse-racing to the development of audiotape. Many facets of Bing’s life and career underwent serious change in the 1950s, from the death of his wife Dixie to the near-death of network radio, which he had dominated for twenty years. In 1954 he earned an Oscar nomination for his dramatic film, The Country Girl, and then made a momentous decision, to...

It's All About Me!

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 21, 2010 6:32 AM
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Musician, entertainer, radio host and all-around good guy John Pizzarelli I don’t like blowing my own horn, but I can’t resist sharing two things with you. First, I’m the guest on this week’s edition of Radio Deluxe, the radio show hosted by John Pizzarelli and his wife Jessica Molaskey. John is one of the most talented guitarists on the planet, and a great all-around entertainer; Jessica is a theater-trained singer with impeccable taste. Somehow in the midst of their busy touring schedule they find time to host a lively (and very funny) two-hour radio show that celebrates the Great American Songbook, features the new generation of cabaret performers, and welcomes music-minded guests of all kinds. I was delighted to sit in and bring along some of my favorite arcane jazz and pop tracks—with and without movie connections—featuring Cliff “Ukulele Ike” Edwards, Mel Blanc, Jack Teagarden and a host of others. You can download a podcast at http://www.johnpizzarelli.com/go.php?page=radiodeluxe_listen, and learn more about the show and where it airs near you by going to the home page at www.johnpizzarelli.com and clicking on Radio Deluxe.
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Secret's Out - Whip It!

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  • January 21, 2010 3:10 AM
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A Great Speech About A Great Movie

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  • January 18, 2010 7:21 AM
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The Young Victoria

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 16, 2010 2:20 AM
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The challenge of any historical drama is to engage us so that we’re not passively observing a pageant of events but actively involved in the characters and their story. Screenwriter Julian Fellowes has drawn on many sources to create a witty, often gripping screenplay that tells a story many people may not know about the teenage girl who was crowned Queen of England in 1837—and how her life was often cruelly manipulated, both before and after...

Dynamic Duos At The AFI Awards

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  • January 16, 2010 1:35 AM
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The best part of being asked to serve on the jury for the AFI Awards is that I get to attend an elegant luncheon for the honorees. Once the doors of the Four Seasons Hotel banquet room close, there are no television cameras inside, no publicists, no press. It’s meant to be a celebration of outstanding work in film and television during the past year, and that’s just what it is. Part of the fun is the schmoozing—getting to meet people whose work I’ve admired—and a personal pastime of mine is...matching up interesting pairs of filmmakers for snapshots. Here are some of the results from today’s lunch.
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