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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.

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.)

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)

book review — 3 Significant New Film Books

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 1, 2010 4:10 AM
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GEORGE LUCAS’S BLOCKBUSTING(George Lucas Books/It Books) Edited by Alex Ben Block and Lucy Autrey Wilson, with a Foreword by Francis Ford Coppola

book review - Inside the Brat Pack

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 17, 2010 8:20 AM
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You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried by Susannah Gora

A New Look At Old Movies

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 4, 2010 12:00 AM
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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.

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