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Leonard Maltin

Looney Tunes, On-Screen And In Print

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 7, 2010 4:00 AM
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Sometimes I think I was born at exactly the right time, as a child of the first television generation. When local TV stations purchased libraries of old cartoons and made them part of their daily programming, I had the opportunity to digest and memorize seemingly every Warner Bros. cartoon from the 1930s and 40s. And that’s exactly what I did. I wish I’d had a book like the newly-published The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes Cartoons to guide my path back then.

Cartoons Forever!

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 5, 2010 4:00 AM
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As Toy Story 3 racks up some of the best reviews of the year, I’m pleased that so many critics have taken time to make note of the innovative short-subject that accompanies it. Day & Night—which is so clever it’s almost impossible to describe—is the work of an up-and-coming talent named Teddy Newton whom the folks at Pixar have earmarked for big things.

Book review: Shoot The Rehearsal!

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 1, 2010 3:00 AM
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By Rudy Behlmer (Scarecrow Press)

Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast At Tiffany's, And The Dawn Of The Modern Woman

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 21, 2010 11:50 AM
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by Sam Wasson (HarperStudio) This splendid new book is more than a mere “making-of” chronicle. It examines Breakfast at Tiffany’s in a variety of contexts, including the careers of its principals (Truman Capote, Audrey Hepburn, Blake Edwards, Henry Mancini, Edith Head, et al), the state of American mores in the early 1960s, society’s view of single women at that time, and the exigencies of the still-potent Production Code in Hollywood.

film review: Toy Story 3

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 17, 2010 12:59 PM
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film review: The Karate Kid

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 11, 2010 4:00 AM
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In today’s risk-averse movie business, we’re seeing more remakes than ever, including retreads of films that don’t seem that old (to some of us). After a screening of the new Karate Kid I asked a couple of ten-year-old boys if they knew the 1984 movie, and they did, thanks to DVDs and cable TV reruns. Interestingly enough, neither one wanted to compare one version with the other: they like them both. I do, too.

Catching Up

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 26, 2010 5:14 AM
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This is a momentous week for me: we’ve just finished the new edition of my annual paperback Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide—the 2011 Edition, to be specific. In this era of instant communication the process of writing, editing, and preparing a book seems quaint at best, and cumbersome at worst, but our book is still alive and well, and (I’m happy to say) has a healthy audience around the world. (I use the editorial “we” advisedly, since this has always been a team effort. Some of my collaborators have been working on this book for thirty years or more. If I didn’t have their input I’d be lost.)

dvd review: Stagecoach

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 24, 2010 6:56 AM
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(Criterion Collection)

film review: Holy Rollers

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 21, 2010 4:00 AM
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A good movie starts with an idea. In the case of Holy Rollers, a news item about a drug bust involving Hasidic Jews from Brooklyn, New York inspired a novice producer to believe that this could be the springboard for a film…and he was right. Holy Rollers is a piece of fiction inspired by that factual incident. It’s modest in its ambitions but realizes them fully, in a deceptively simple, stragithforward film that’s both satisfying and thought-provoking.

The Original King of Comedy

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 19, 2010 3:59 AM
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Book Review: MACK SENNETT’S FUN FACTORY by Brent E. Walker (McFarland)

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