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Halloween Pin-Ups 2013

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 30, 2013 12:00 AM
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While Halloween celebrations grow more elaborate with each passing year, I like to stick with the tried-and-true. Therefore, I’m pleased to present my annual array of vintage publicity photos featuring some of Tinseltown’s best and brightest, decade by decade.

Leonard Answers Questions

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 29, 2013 3:51 PM
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  • 7 Comments
I’m delighted that my YouTube debut got such a warm and enthusiastic response. Here is Installment 2, in which (as promised) I answer some of your questions.

Revisiting ‘War Of The Worlds’

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 28, 2013 4:27 PM
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  • 8 Comments
One vintage radio show remains vibrantly alive in the American consciousness: Orson Welles’ Halloween eve broadcast of H.G. Wells’ "War of the Worlds" from 1938.

The Counselor

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 25, 2013 2:09 AM
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The actors in "The Counselor" are speaking English, but I still couldn’t understand a lot of what they said. That’s because the screenplay, by esteemed novelist Cormac McCarthy, is so dense it’s incomprehensible at times.

Tackling A New Medium

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 23, 2013 2:35 PM
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Yes, it’s true: I’ve launched a YouTube channel. It’s not meant to take the place of this website, as I love to express myself through writing, but I also enjoy talking, interviewing, and exploring...
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More John Ford? Never Enough!

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 22, 2013 3:17 PM
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When TCM asked if I would provide on-camera thoughts for a DVD set of five John Ford films made for Columbia Pictures, I happily said yes.

12 Years A Slave

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 18, 2013 12:04 AM
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The gifted Chiwitel Ejiofor is a perfect choice to play the confident Northerner whose freedom and dignity are cruelly stripped away when he is sold into slavery in the 1840s.

Bridegroom

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 18, 2013 12:03 AM
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Bloodworth Thomason's film is effective because it tells one couple’s story and allows it to implicitly represent thousands of others.

The Fifth Estate

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 18, 2013 12:02 AM
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Usually, movies derived from current or recent events take one of two courses: to reveal, or speculate about, the background story we don’t know, or to provide insight into the actions of familiar real-life figures. Writer Peter Morgan is particularly adept at this, as he has shown in such screenplays as The Queen and Frost/Nixon. Sorry to say, The Fifth Estate falls short in both areas.

All Is Lost

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 18, 2013 12:00 AM
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Redford is the film's most credible ingredient of all; in many key scenes it is evident that he is performing his own stunts.

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