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Tony, Tony, Tony

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 30, 2010 7:47 AM
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A Some Like It Hot reunion: Curtis, Lemmon, and Wilder.
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Hail To Republic!

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 29, 2010 4:00 AM
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  • 8 Comments
In its heyday, Republic Pictures wasn’t taken seriously by the mainstream studios. It was a B-movie factory, and nothing more. (Erich von Stroheim referred to it as “Repulsive Pictures.”) In recent decades, enthusiasts have come to appreciate just how good Republic was at making those B movies, especially westerns and Saturday matinee serials. Their stunts and camerawork were exceptionally good, and many aficionados believe that their visual effects (created by the brothers Lydecker, Howard and Theodore) were even better than the work being done at that time by the “big boys” at MGM and Fox. Republic didn’t make movies to win awards or critical plaudits, but it certainly pleased its target audience—small-town moviegoers and kids.
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The Voice Of Hollywood Is Stilled

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 28, 2010 12:53 PM
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  • 14 Comments
Art loaned me this sweet photo of him with protean radio actress Lurene Tuttle taken in the late 1930s outside of CBS in Hollywood.
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Gloria Stuart Remembered

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 27, 2010 5:37 AM
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When you’ve lived a full life and made it to the century mark, it’s hard to complain, but Gloria Stuart still had a special spark even in her 101st year on the planet. Her energy was waning, and her mind could wander, but she loved life, including her family, her artwork, her fine-edition books, kites and bonsai plants. I’m happy that she was able to celebrate her 100th birthday in high style two months ago with a series of events, including a citation from the Screen Actors Guild, which she helped to found, and a gala evening at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which positively thrilled her. (I was privileged to host that evening, and wrote about it HERE). She was also feted by Suzy Amis—who played her granddaughter in Titanic—and her husband James Cameron, who treated her like—
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Welcome Back, Wile E.

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 27, 2010 4:00 AM
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film review—Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 24, 2010 4:00 AM
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I’m not a fan of sequels, by and large, but I suppose events of the past few years made it inevitable that someone would devise a followup to Oliver Stone’s Wall Street, which became a touchstone of its era. The new movie isn’t likely to have the same effect, as so many documentaries are covering the financial debacle, with more to come…but it certainly is entertaining.

Farewell To A Real-Life Heroine

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 23, 2010 7:05 AM
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Grace Bradley when she was a Paramount starlet in the 1930s.
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film review: You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 22, 2010 4:00 AM
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  • 10 Comments
I’m partial to Woody Allen, but that doesn’t mean I’m a pushover. I have some quibbles with his latest film, You Will Meet a Dark Stranger, but I had a good time watching it, and that’s what really matters. As usual, he has assembled an impressive cast and given them interesting roles to play. It’s a treat to watch Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin, Antonio Banderas, Gemma Jones, Freida Pinto, Lucy Punch, and a fine supporting cast in this mordantly amusing social roundelay set in London. If the whole isn’t quite as good as the sum of its parts, I’m not inclined to complain.

Music Worth Hearing—And Seeing

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 21, 2010 4:00 AM
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I love music almost as much as I love movies. That’s why I start every morning with a visit to Tin Pan Alley at www.youtube.com/user/petermintunmusic, where the gifted pianist, singer and musicologist Peter Mintun offers “A Different Tune Each Day.” I’ve also had some wonderful experiences in recent months watching DVDs that celebrate a wide variety of music I happen to like. These documentaries and performance videos don’t have marketing muscle behind them, so they depend on loyal followers and word-of-mouth. That’s why I’m happy to recommend them here, in the hope that I can expand that audience just a bit.

Update Your App!

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 20, 2010 4:00 AM
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The Hurt Locker is one of 365 new entries in the 2011 Movie Guide and its app!
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