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From Chaplin To Ford To Kubrick…

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 14, 2010 3:59 AM
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If someone had bet me that we’d have a chance to see formerly-unknown movies by Charlie Chaplin and John Ford during the course of one year, I’d have lost the wager but I wouldn’t have resented the loss because it’s been such an exciting turn of events. The Chaplin appearance discovered by Paul Gierucki (click HERE) wasn’t just a lost film—it was undocumented in Chaplin’s career. The Ford film, Upstream, was one of many he made in the teens and 1920s that have been missing in action. The good news is that those films represent the mere tip of the iceberg.
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High On Movies At Telluride

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 8, 2010 4:00 AM
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This year’s poster image was created by Oscar-winning Pixar artist Ralph Eggleston, whose many credits include production design for Finding Nemo and WALL•E.
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Time...Marches On!

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 2, 2010 4:00 AM
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Most people who watch the opening segment of Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane, a faux newsreel called “News on the March,” don’t realize that it is a very precise parody of The March of Time, the innovative documentary short-subject series that played in theaters, while an equally popular radio show of the same name blanketed the airwaves. Both were narrated, in stentorian fashion, by Westbrook van Voorhis, who was imitated almost as often as the public figures whose voices were replicated on the radio series by such versatile actors as Jeanette Nolan, John McIntire, Elliot Reid and, yes, Orson Welles.

Celebrating A Cinematic Heritage

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 31, 2010 4:00 AM
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I don’t know of another town in the United States that celebrates its link to movie history quite like Niles, California. Last year I wrote about my long-delayed introductory visit to the Niles Essanay Silent Film History Museum (to read it and see my photos, click HERE). This year I made a return visit with my wife and some friends and enjoyed the experience all over again, thanks to the good folks who run the nickelodeon-turned-museum.
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It's Thelma Todd Day on TCM!

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 29, 2010 4:00 AM
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Thelma Todd and her screen partner ZaSu Pitts.
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Let's Hear It For Vitaphone!

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 26, 2010 4:00 AM
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Carlena Diamond, "Harpist Supreme"
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Doug Loves Movies

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 25, 2010 4:00 AM
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Doug Benson is a very funny guy. You may have seen him on TV or at a local comedy club; he tours all the time. Or you may be familiar with his stoner documentary Super-High Me. But I’ve gotten to know Doug because he hosts a podcast called Doug Loves Movies (formerly known as I Love Movies) that’s recorded in front of a live audience at L.A.’s comedy hotspot, Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. The heart of every show is a competition he calls—no kidding—The Leonard Maltin Game.

Everything Old Is New Again—In 3D

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 12, 2010 4:00 AM
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If you’re in New York City any time over the next two weeks and you’ve never seen “old-school” Hollywood 3D, make a beeline for Film Forum on Houston Street. Forget the untruths and distortions you’ve read about how primitive the process was in the 1950s and judge for yourself. You’ll have a great time, even if most of the movies aren’t great…and you won’t be wearing red-green glasses: that’s just one of the myths that’s been perpetuated by an ignorant press while touting new digital 3D.

A New Show: Maltin On Movies

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 5, 2010 9:03 AM
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Turner Classic Movies Plays Its Cards Right

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 3, 2010 9:03 AM
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I don’t know how the folks at TCM keep topping themselves, but they do. For their annual Summer Under the Stars festival, featuring a different star for every day in August, they’ve hired graphic artist Michael Schwab to create a series of distinctive collector cards, depicting each star in an iconic role one can recognize even in silhouette. You can admire the whole series online HERE. These are not “virtual” creations, however: the network plans to give away 500 complete sets through a sweepstakes drawing you can read about at their site.
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