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maltin on movies: The Winning Season

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  • September 3, 2010 9:53 AM
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Time...Marches On!

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  • September 2, 2010 4:00 AM
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Most people who watch the opening segment of Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane, a faux newsreel called “News on the March,” don’t realize that it is a very precise parody of The March of Time, the innovative documentary short-subject series that played in theaters, while an equally popular radio show of the same name blanketed the airwaves. Both were narrated, in stentorian fashion, by Westbrook van Voorhis, who was imitated almost as often as the public figures whose voices were replicated on the radio series by such versatile actors as Jeanette Nolan, John McIntire, Elliot Reid and, yes, Orson Welles.

Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist And Rebel

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  • September 2, 2010 2:39 AM
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There are few people who can be credited with affecting real or lasting change in our culture. One of them is Hugh Hefner, an aspiring cartoonist who borrowed money to put out the first issue of a magazine called Playboy that became an overnight sensation back in the uptight 1950s. Hef became a celebrity, and used his success to promote his ideas and ideals; that’s the focus of Oscar-winning filmmaker Brigitte Berman’s new documentary, Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist, and Rebel.

film review: The American

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  • September 1, 2010 10:20 AM
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Celebrating A Cinematic Heritage

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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!

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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

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

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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!

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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.

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