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Dennis Hopper On Display

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 1, 2010 6:42 AM
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Even as Hollywood survivor Dennis Hopper battles prostate cancer, he is being celebrated in a multimedia show that’s touring the world. I caught a glimpse of it on my recent trip to Australia, where the exhibition called Dennis Hopper and The New Hollywood is on display through April 25 at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne. The touring show of photographs and artwork by Hopper is accompanied by a coffee-table book of the same name, published by Flammarion in conjunction with the ACMI and La Cinematheque Francaise. The book was on sale in the Centre’s lovely gift shop, but I didn’t want to lug it home, figuring it would turn up on our shores soon enough: in fact, it is scheduled for U.S. publication in April. But I did purchase one Hopper-related goodie: a replica of his stars-and-stripes-decorated Harley Davidson cycle from Easy Rider.

film review - Edge of Darkness

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 28, 2010 9:29 AM
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Let’s deal with the elephant in the room right away: I wasn’t sure how I would respond to seeing Mel Gibson on screen for the first time since his public embarrassments and utterances. Like many of you, I have felt ever since queasy about the man. I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to like his new starring vehicle. But minutes into Edge of Darkness I forgot about all that;

book review: Hidden Talent: The Emergence of Hollywood Agents

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  • January 22, 2010 7:44 AM
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music review: The Bing Crosby CBS Radio Recordings 1954-56

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 22, 2010 7:19 AM
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Few stars in the history of show business can match Bing Crosby for longevity and popularity in every medium of entertainment; he was at once a top-ranked star of movies, radio, and recordings. (How many Oscar winners for Best Actor can you name who also made best-selling records, year after year?) That doesn’t include his other professional pursuits, from golf and horse-racing to the development of audiotape. Many facets of Bing’s life and career underwent serious change in the 1950s, from the death of his wife Dixie to the near-death of network radio, which he had dominated for twenty years. In 1954 he earned an Oscar nomination for his dramatic film, The Country Girl, and then made a momentous decision, to...

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 8, 2010 4:20 AM
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Over the years, Terry Gilliam has become something of a brand name, leading moviegoers to expect a generous display of visual razzle-dazzle and an offbeat sensibility; the problem often lies in his story or screenplay. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, written by Gilliam and his frequent collaborator Charles McKeown, is one of his better endeavors: a bit rambling, but enjoyable. Christopher Plummer plays the title character, who...

Great And Not-So-Great Movies...

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 31, 2009 3:02 AM
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At year’s end it’s traditional to look back and make Ten Best Lists. The problem is that in the flurry of award season—and its attendant hype—one tends to forget how many mediocre films have come and gone, or how many months there seemed to be nothing worth going out to see. I wish I could forget suffering through Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen for two and a half miserable hours, but that’s another story. This was not an outstanding year for moviegoing. That doesn’t mean there wasn’t some excellent work,
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Boris Karloff Tales Of Mystery, Volume One:

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 31, 2009 1:06 AM
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DARK HORSE ARCHIVES; Introduction by Sara Karloff In 1960, Boris Karloff was recruited to host a weekly anthology show called Thriller. It was an obvious attempt to emulate the success of a not dissimilar show hosted by another movie figure with a “brand name,” Alfred Hitchcock. It lasted only two seasons, although Stephen King has called it the best series of its kind, which is no small compliment.

Year End Film Book Survey - 2009

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 14, 2009 1:57 AM
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I love reading film books but I simply can't keep up with all the new titles that come over the transom...so, with holiday gift-giving in mind, I have compiled this annotated listing based on my first impressions of these recent releases, including a few that haven't gotten the attention they deserve. I haven't bothered to list anything that doesn't seem worthwhile. If you click on the book covers or titles, you'll be taken directly to their purchase page at Amazon.com.

Year End Film Book Survey - 2009 Part 2

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  • December 13, 2009 9:57 AM
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The Three Stooges Collection, Vol. 7 – 1952-1954

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 13, 2009 4:46 AM
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