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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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Catching Up...

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 24, 2011 4:00 AM
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There never seems to be enough time to deal with all the things I’d like to write about. Fortunately, other people have covered some of these topics, so I’m happy to serve as your tour guide to some worthwhile articles, blogs, and web postings.
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Toasting A Silent Film Gala

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 18, 2011 4:30 AM
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This weekend is a special one in Los Angeles, because on Sunday night the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is holding its annual Silent Film Gala at UCLA’s glorious Royce Hall.
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Silent Movie Locations—At Your Fingertips

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 16, 2011 4:15 AM
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Where did Charlie Chaplin stage a throwaway gag in his classic 1931 movie City Lights—and does the street look the same today, eighty years later? The answer is yes, and John Bengtson just figured it out.
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‘DAILY’ FILM HISTORY ONLINE

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 11, 2011 5:00 AM
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In the online era it might be difficult for young people to appreciate the role daily and weekly trade journals played in the movie industry way back when.
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Disney Rarities On Auction—And On View

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 9, 2011 4:00 AM
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Auctions offering Disney artwork and memorabilia are fairly commonplace, but the material gathered for Profiles in History’s newest event, in conjunction with The actual envelope, in Walt Disney’s handwriting.
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Remembering Jackie Cooper

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 6, 2011 1:30 AM
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I feel as if I’ve known Jackie Cooper my whole life. Like many baby boomers, I grew up on a daily diet of The Little Rascals (originally known as Our Gang) on television, and also watched reruns of his 1950s TV series The People’s Choice, which I liked because it featured a dog named Cleo who “talked” to the audience. When I first interviewed Jackie, by telephone in 1974, he told me that when he directed episodes of that comedy series he remembered a valuable lesson from The Little Rascals: when in doubt, cut to the dog.
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TCM Goes Hollywood—Again

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 4, 2011 4:30 AM
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Euphoric: that’s the best word I can think of to describe the feeling that permeated the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood this past weekend.
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Good Riddance To Movie Prints

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 2, 2011 4:30 AM
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Well, it’s about time. After more than a hundred years of faithful service, 35mm prints seem destined to go the way of the dodo bird, and I for one am glad. Who needs those pesky, perforated pieces of film anyway?Actual 35mm frames from Can-Can with Maurice Chevalier, Shirley MacLaine and Frank Sinatra.
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100 Years Of Movie Memories

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 27, 2011 4:30 AM
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