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A New Movie Guide

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 27, 2010 4:00 AM
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(The Penguin Group)I know, I know: the idea of publishing a reference book in the age of instant communication sounds positively quaint. But the 2011 Edition of Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide is just out, in two paperback formats—mass-market and a larger “trade size”—still alive and kicking after forty-one years (!). True, we can’t offer the immediacy of the Internet, but I still think the book is relevant, and so do a substantial number of readers around the world, thank goodness. We’ve added 300 new reviews, as recent as Sex and the City 2 and Iron Man 2, bringing the book up to a whopping 1,643 pages, and as always we’ve made hundreds and hundreds of changes, corrections, and additions. If a film is remade or followed by a sequel, turned into a TV series or Broadway play, we say so. If an actor who wasn’t well known when a film was—
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Celebrating Glorious Gloria

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 23, 2010 12:31 PM
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Gloria Stuart joined by fellow actresses Carla Laemmle and Pauline Wagner, all of whom are centenarians, at the "Academy's Centennial Celebration with Gloria Stuart." (photo courtesy of AMPAS)
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Let’s Go To The Movies!

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 20, 2010 6:00 AM
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On July 4, a slow news day, The New York Times ran an interesting feature article about a number of small towns that are operating their own first-run movie theaters—like the Roxy in Landon, North Dakota. They don’t add much to the weekend grosses you read about on Monday mornings, but they are keeping the tradition of moviegoing alive in close-knit communities from coast to coast: www.nytimes.com (You may have to be registered with The New York Times to read this piece.)
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Movie Palaces Come Alive Again

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 2, 2010 4:00 AM
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There is no thrill to compare with seeing a classic movie in a great movie theater. For twenty-four years, the Los Angeles Conservancy has hosted a month-long series called Last Remaining Seats, showing vintage films in the city’s great movie palaces, most of which are located on Broadway downtown. This year’s wide-ranging bill of fare included Strangers on a Train, American Graffiti, The Graduate, the 1943 Mexican classic Flor Silvestre, and the silent version of Peter Pan. (The evening I’m really sorry I missed featured How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying with its stars Robert Morse and Michele Lee in person, interviewed by Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, who features Morse on his show.) I don’t know of another major city with more surviving theaters from the glory days than ours. Alas, this part of Broadway—which used to be a Mecca for Southland shopping and entertainment—is now just a business district during the day and something of a ghost town at night. Post-World War Two suburban sprawl and the destruction of Los Angeles’ much-loved Red Car light-rail system saw to that.
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Juicy AFI Photos!

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 17, 2010 9:13 AM
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Meryl Streep poses with her Silkwood costar Cher
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Hobnobbing With The Stars

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 16, 2010 6:16 AM
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Mike Nichols being honored by the American Film Institute
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A Lost Charlie Chaplin Film—Found!

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 7, 2010 5:59 AM
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I sacrificed a “scoop” on today’s exciting news about the cache of rare American films discovered in (and now being repatriated from) New Zealand, because I’m part of the National Film Preservation Board and didn’t think it was right to undermine The New York Times, NPR, et al.
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Farewell To A Member Of Our Gang

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 7, 2010 1:39 AM
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Dorothy poses with "Uncle Bob" McGowan, the co-creator and primary director of Our Gang.
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On The Obit Watch

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 3, 2010 6:26 AM
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Last week my wife and I took a road trip to the Grand Canyon, which I would recommend to anyone who hasn’t done it. I had one experience, however, that set me apart from most other tourists: during a stop in the midst of a river rafting trip down the Colorado River my wife’s cell phone rang. It was the CBS Radio Network in New York City asking if I could comment about the death of Art Linkletter. Which I did. (The cell reception was crystal clear, and our Navajo guide was kind enough not to restart his outboard motor until I finished my conversation.)
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A Disney Artist Comes Into Her Own

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 31, 2010 12:17 PM
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