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An Evening With Shirley MacLaine And Jack Black

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 30, 2011 4:30 AM
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Peter Falk: As You Wish

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 27, 2011 3:00 AM
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The obituaries of Peter Falk headlined his portrayal of Columbo on television, and understandably so. He played the character for years and years, so the wily detective burrowed his way into the consciousness of audiences around the world. But my daughter, who’s 25, never saw the show: she knows him best as the story-telling grandfather in The Princess Bride, and I suspect many other young people would concur. A colleague in my age range zeroed in on the hilarious picture The In-Laws, in which he worked so well opposite another masterful comedic actor, Alan Arkin. And I remembered how great it was to watch him and Jason Alexander perform a terrific two-character play called Defiled at the Geffen Playhouse back in 2000. It was an exceptional —
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It's Called "Showmanship"

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 22, 2011 3:00 AM
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The Hollywood/Coca-Cola Connection

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 15, 2011 4:00 AM
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  • 9 Comments
As I wrote yesterday, my family and I had an all-too-brief trip to Atlanta this past weekend for a family wedding, but we did get to see the Fox Theatre and another of the
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Atlanta's Moviegoing Mecca

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 14, 2011 4:30 AM
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A whirlwind weekend trip to Atlanta for a family wedding yielded a few personal perks, including a tour of the Fox Theatre, which I’d never visited before. Wow!
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Little Rascals Back In Action

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 6, 2011 4:30 AM
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My wife and I love tchotchkes—little knickknacks that remind of us favorite movies or cartoon characters—but we’ve tried to restrain ourselves in recent times because we’ve used up all the shelf space in our house. (My desktop has no room for actual desk work like signing papers; it’s full of figurines.) Still, every now and then, we just can’t resist. That’s how Alice felt when she walked into our local drugstore, which doubles as a gift emporium, and found brand-new salt-and-pepper sets featuring the Our Gang kids, better known today as the Little Rascals. They’re made by Westland Giftware and they’re actually quite nice; the product line also includes two ceramic cookie jars.
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Hollywood Goes To War

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 2, 2011 4:30 AM
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Have you ever seen this photo of Buster Keaton serving drinks at the Hollywood Canteen? Neither have I. It’s just one of the many pictures, posters, scripts, audio
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Tim Burton On Display

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 31, 2011 5:48 AM
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Tim Burton. (American, b. 1958), Untitled (Edward Scissorhands), 1990, Pen and ink, and pencil on paper, 14 1/4 x 9", Private Collection, Edward Scissorhands © Twentieth Century Fox, © 2011 Tim Burton.
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Fred Harvey And The Harvey Girls

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 30, 2011 4:11 AM
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With Memorial Day upon us, and people thinking about vacation travel this summer, I can’t think of a better time to put in a plug for Stephen Fried’s wonderful book Appetite for America, which has just been released in paperback by Bantam. This amazing saga of an English-born entrepreneur who changed the face of the American West is one of those stories that’s larger than life, in some ways better than fiction.
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The Last Remaining Seats

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 26, 2011 5:49 AM
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What could be better than watching a classic movie in a great theater, surrounded by like-minded people? Last night I was proud to introduce the opening night of the Los Angeles Conservancy’s 25th annual festival known as The Last Remaining Seats. Once a year, vintage films are screened in a handful of our city’s remaining movie palaces on Broadway downtown. These theaters—which truly deserve to be called palaces—generally seat about 2,000 people, and they’re usually full, as tickets sell like hotcakes the minute the series is announced every year. Opening night spotlighted Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window at the Orpheum; upcoming Wednesday evening programs feature The Music Man, Captain Blood, King Kong, Zoot Suit, Sunset Blvd, and Safety Last, at the Los Angeles Theatre, the Palace, the aforementioned Orpheum, and Sid Grauman’s original Million Dollar Theatre, all on Broadway.
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