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NOT FAMOUS ENOUGH…

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 29, 2013 1:00 AM
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Monday’s press release reads, “The Walt Disney Studios has announced that its live-action release previously known as 1952 will be titled "Tomorrowland."

BEN AFFLECK ON STAGE

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 28, 2013 2:14 PM
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Every year, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival gives me the opportunity to host its Modern Master tribute to a major star or filmmaker. This year Ben Affleck and I spent more than two hours on stage reviewing his career, with excerpts from his many films, beginning with "Dazed and...

DISNEY ANIMATION ART BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 25, 2013 1:00 AM
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Who ever thought you’d be able to flip original Disney animation art—just as the master animators drew it, in pencil form—or purchase high-quality replicas of the first Disney artwork ever sold to the public? Both options are now available to one and all.

MOVIE REFERENCE AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 23, 2013 1:38 PM
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When I was told that someone had transformed my 1,600 page paperback reference "Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide" into an iPhone app, I’ll admit I was wary…but the folks at MobileAge did a fine job and now the newly updated app for 2013 is ready.

THE WIZARD OF MGM

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 22, 2013 1:00 AM
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For forty years, A. Arnold “Buddy” Gillespie made movie history as the king of visual effects at MGM. From Tarzan swinging on a supposed vine to a tornado ripping through Kansas in The Wizard of Oz, he and his team created true movie magic.

SEEING DOUBLE: RARE FILMS IN ALTERNATE VERSIONS

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 18, 2013 1:00 AM
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UCLA Film and Television Archive is giving film buffs in Los Angeles an unprecedented opportunity to view six pictures from the transitional period from silence to sound in dual versions, back to back.

BROKEN CITY

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 18, 2013 12:56 AM
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When a film purports to have a powerful secret—and then, after almost two hours, produces a “big reveal” that’s no big deal, it’s pretty disheartening. That’s how I felt at the end of "Broken City."

WELCOME TO RIPPER STREET

  • By Darwyn Carson
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  • January 17, 2013 1:00 AM
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Guest review by Darwyn Carson - Suffering from "Copper" withdrawal yet? No worries. "Ripper Street" is more than enough to keep BBC America drama lovers ecstatic until Corky pummels his way back to our TV sets.

CALL THE MIDWIFE – Season One

  • By Alice Maltin
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  • January 15, 2013 1:00 AM
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Guest column by Alice Maltin - I watched the first episode several months ago. Screaming women giving birth in squalid conditions in the poorest part of London was not my cup of tea. Looking for a pleasant escape, I turned off the DVD. Then, on a rainy Sunday afternoon with nothing to do, I watched an episode…and then another. I couldn’t stop.

STARS SHINE AT AFI LUNCHEON

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 11, 2013 9:26 PM
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Every year, the American Film Institute convenes a jury to select the Ten Outstanding Films and Television Shows of the year. The outcome is a celebratory luncheon that everyone seems to agree is an oasis in the crowded awards season.

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