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Remembering Marvin Paige

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 5, 2014 12:16 PM
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A large crowd filled the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood a week ago Sunday to pay tribute to a man who touched many lives, including mine. Marvin Paige died in November, following a car accident and a short hospital stay, at the age of 86.

Oscar Nominations: From Scorsese To Mickey Mouse

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 16, 2014 1:21 PM
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Once again, the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have sprung a number of surprises on us with this year’s nominations.

Limelight, James Bond, And More

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 15, 2012 1:00 AM
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered L.A. movie lovers an abundance of riches over the past few weeks, with more events than I was able to attend—or write about, until now. Celebrating Charlie Chaplin’s Limelight on its 60th anniversary with his leading lady, Claire Bloom, and costar Norman Lloyd was very special indeed. Bloom remarked that she worshipped Chaplin from the moment she met him and still feels that way today. Lloyd, still a formidable raconteur at the age of 97, told about meeting Charlie through their mutual love of tennis, and how he watched the great man write his screenplay in longhand over several years’ time on his sun porch.

‘Wings’ Takes Flight—On DVD

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 25, 2012 2:51 PM
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While it’s fitting that Paramount Pictures should unveil its masterful restoration of Wings on the studio’s 100th birthday, it’s a shame we had to wait this long. It is, in fact, the last Academy Award-winning Best Picture to be released on DVD and Blu-ray—an unintended irony, since it was the first film to receive that honor. (Fox’s Cavalcade was the other longtime holdout, and even now it can only be obtained as part of a big, expensive Fox tribute package.)

Hollywood Home Movies: The Final Frontier

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 14, 2011 10:55 AM
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Film archivists and documentary filmmakers have come to value home movies as a valuable document of 20th century American life. But when those 8mm or 16mm films were taken by (and of) famous figures in Hollywood history it piques the curiosity of movie nuts like me. At last year’s TCM Classic Film Festival, Joan Crawford’s grandson introduced some of his famous grandmother’s personal footage. A documentary on Humphrey Bogart drew on the movies he actually shot of his children growing up. And Basil Rathbone’s footage on the set of The Adventures of Robin Hood has been a fan favorite on several home-video releases of the classic swashbuckler.

Uncovering An Early Hitchcock

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 26, 2011 4:36 AM
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Academy's Artwork Archive Goes Online

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 28, 2011 5:00 AM
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When I started doing research about film history, I counted myself lucky to live just outside Manhattan so I could visit the incomparable Billy Rose Theatre Collection at the Lincoln Center branch of the New York Public Library. I practically lived there when I was a teenager. On my first visit to California I discovered the Margaret Herrick Library at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, another world-class resource. I felt bad for people who wanted to write about film but didn’t have access to these unique institutions.
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A Gold Mine For Film Research

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 17, 2010 4:00 AM
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Like anyone who’s spent much of his life in libraries and archives, hearing a young person claim that you can find “everything you need” to do research online is upsetting, to put it mildly. One can easily find simple information, and misinformation, but if you’ve devoted hours and days digging through vintage film publications or studio production files you know that acres of primary research materials don’t exist on the Internet. Even if you’re lucky enough to have access to great collections like the ones held by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Margaret Herrick Library in Beverly Hills, or the New York Public Library in Manhattan, you’re limited to how many hours or days you can spend taking notes and making photocopies.

Oscar, Take A Bow

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 30, 2009 2:06 AM
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Hondo In 3-D at the Academy

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 1, 2008 7:37 AM
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Earlier this week, I was honored to be asked to host a screening of 'Hondo' (1953) at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Hondo is one of the few major films of its time that couldn’t be shown at the World 3-D Film Festival in recent years, so hardly anyone has seen it projected in 3-D since its original release.

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