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Cinefest: A Little Slice Of Heaven

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 28, 2011 4:30 AM
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Every year, when my wife and I return from the Cinefest in Syracuse, New York, we find ourselves struggling to explain to our non-film-buff friends why we had such a good time in such an unlikely location in the dead of winter. Anyone who’s ever attended knows why we make the trek.
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Meeting Miss Taylor

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 23, 2011 6:55 AM
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I don’t usually get flustered before an interview, but I did when Entertainment Tonight told me I’d be talking to Elizabeth Taylor. The year was 1989, and she was promoting a new TV version of Tennessee Williams’ Sweet Bird of Youth she had made with Mark Harmon. I didn’t want to squander this opportunity, and I didn’t know what it would be like talking to the famously press-shy star. So I called her longtime friend Roddy McDowall, who’d been very kind to me on a number of occasions, and asked if there was anything Miss Taylor was fond of that people didn’t tend to ask her about.

Essential Reading...In Print And Online

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 14, 2011 5:30 AM
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Be honest: how often do you read the booklets that accompany deluxe DVDs? I always mean to, but too often I procrastinate and other things get in the way. If you’ve already been smart enough to pick up the Criterion Collection’s new two-disc release of Sweet Smell of Success, you’ll think even more of that whip-smart movie if you spend time with the supplementary reading material, which comes in a cleverly designed package meant to simulate a series of newspaper columns. First, there is an incisive—and expansive—essay about the picture by Gary Giddins, who not only explores the 1957 release in the context of well-worn genres (newspaper movies, Broadway movies, press agent movies, and nightclub movies, et al) but finds fascinating connections to The Great Gatsby. An essay by screenwriter Ernest Lehman, who originated the story, talks about the unusual production process that began with—
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Homes Of The Stars—Then And Now

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 9, 2011 5:30 AM
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Photo courtesy of Darrell Rooney.
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A Chaplin Milestone

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 7, 2011 5:28 AM
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This home-made cake pays tribute to the 75th anniversary—to the day—of “the end of the silent film era,” February 5, 1936, the date of Modern Times’ premiere in New York City. It also gives you some idea of the spirit behind Chaplinfest.
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The Fruits Of Film Preservation

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 3, 2011 6:30 AM
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A prized moment from Gene Kelly in New York, New York, a 1966 network TV special.
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Remembering Jane Russell

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 1, 2011 12:41 AM
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To younger people who only know her as Marilyn Monroe’s brunette costar in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, or baby boomers who remember her selling bras on TV “for us full-figured gals,” it might be hard to convey just how big an impact Jane Russell had on American popular culture in the 1940s and early 1950s.
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Fun On Oscar Weekend

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 27, 2011 3:47 AM
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A glowing Melissa Leo, at the Independent Spirit Awards, looks nothing like the mother she played so frighteningly well in The Fighter.
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Me and Mike Tyson Talk Oscars

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 23, 2011 7:10 AM
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Oscar Talk with Mike Tyson & Leonard Maltin from Mike Tyson
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A Clearer Picture

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 15, 2011 8:06 AM
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I abhor sloppy reporting, and now I have been guilty of it. Somehow I managed to garble the facts in yesterday’s post about this week’s blogathon. No great harm has been done, but I would like to set the record straight.
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