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Halloween Pin-Ups

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 31, 2012 1:00 AM
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Here are some silly publicity photos of attractive actresses making faces to herald the arrival of Halloween. We begin with an unusual selection, as Jane Wyman was past the starlet phase when she took this picture at Warner Bros. to promote A 'Kiss in the Dark' (1949).

The Harry Langdon Mystique

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 29, 2012 1:00 AM
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If Harry Langdon is the neglected figure from the pantheon of great silent-comedy stars, Chuck Harter and Michael J. Hayde have done their best to rectify that situation in a massive, and exhaustive, new book. A whopping 686 oversized pages, it resembles a phone directory for a mid-sized city as much as a film book.

Cloud Atlas

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 26, 2012 1:00 AM
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Enthralling and frustrating…far-reaching and obtuse…grandiose and gimmicky. 'Cloud Atlas' is all of these and more, and while I was less taken with the film at its conclusion than I was midway through, it offered me a unique moviegoing experience for which I am grateful.

Hollywood Snapshots, 90 Years Ago

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 25, 2012 1:00 AM
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The National Film Preservation Board continues to post newly-restored silent films online from the cache of long-unseen titles held by the New Zealand Film Archive. One of the latest is 'Hollywood Snapshots' (1922), a rudimentary travelogue that purports to show a farmer from the “sticks” taking a tour of Movieland.

A Mixed Blessing For Kubrick Fans

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 23, 2012 2:44 PM
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The good news is that Kino has just released Stanley Kubrick’s rarely-screened feature-film debut 'Fear and Desire' (1953) on DVD and Blu-ray, mastered from a 35mm print that was recently restored by the Library of Congress.

Cary Elwes On ‘Princess Bride’ And ‘Men In Tights’

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 20, 2012 2:04 PM
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This occasion for my chat with the charming Cary Elwes about his experiences making two memorable films:'The Princess Bride' and 'Robin Hood: Men in Tights,' was a special episode of my weekly Reelz show 'Maltin on Movies' devoted to medieval movies, tied to the channel’s debut of a new Ken Follett miniseries, 'World Without End' (which, by the way, is quite good).

The Sessions—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 19, 2012 1:05 AM
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John Hawkes has emerged as one of the finest chameleon-like character actors of our time, in films like 'Winter’s Bone', 'Martha Marcy May Marlene', and 'Higher Ground.' With his performance in 'The Sessions' he reaches a new plateau, transforming himself into the wry, self-deprecating journalist Mark O’Brien, a polio victim who spends most of his time in an iron lung, tended to by a succession of caregivers.

Under The Radar: Little Red Wagon

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 19, 2012 1:00 AM
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This heartfelt movie is based on the true story of an 8-year-old boy who set out to help homeless children and wound up spearheading a full-blown crusade. Director David Anspaugh and screenwriter Patrick Sheane Duncan are nothing if not sincere, and tell their story in an appealing, straightforward manner.

Classic Animation In Prime Time

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 18, 2012 1:00 AM
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When I was growing up, TV was a living museum of animation. Every day I was exposed to everything from silent Terrytoons to Looney Tunes from Warner Bros. I learned the name Ub Iwerks from the main titles of Flip the Frog and Willie Whopper shorts I saw every morning, and became familiar with such now-forgotten characters as Molly Moo Cow. What’s more, Walt Disney and Walter Lantz showed me how animated films were made on their weekly shows.

Truly Organic Movie Music

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 17, 2012 3:27 PM
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If you go to see 'Frankenweenie' at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood this month you’ll be treated to a pre-movie concert by Rob Richards on the Mighty Wurlitzer organ. I always enjoy these serenades, but I believe Rob has outdone himself with his wide-ranging Halloween medley—which received multiple rounds of applause from the audience on the Saturday morning I was present.
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