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A Gold Mine For Film Research

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 17, 2010 4:00 AM
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Like anyone who’s spent much of his life in libraries and archives, hearing a young person claim that you can find “everything you need” to do research online is upsetting, to put it mildly. One can easily find simple information, and misinformation, but if you’ve devoted hours and days digging through vintage film publications or studio production files you know that acres of primary research materials don’t exist on the Internet. Even if you’re lucky enough to have access to great collections like the ones held by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Margaret Herrick Library in Beverly Hills, or the New York Public Library in Manhattan, you’re limited to how many hours or days you can spend taking notes and making photocopies.

A Tale of Two Critics

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 11, 2010 7:15 AM
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The fact that film critics are losing their jobs is no longer considered breaking news; rather, it’s become a protracted process of mourning over the last few years. But when Variety, the trade journal once known as “the Bible of show business,” fired Todd McCarthy on Monday, after thirty-one years, it sent shock waves through the film industry. Civilians who don’t read “the trades” may wonder what the fuss is all about. Todd was usually the first critic to voice his opinion of new movies in print (along with his counterpart at the Hollywood Reporter, Kirk Honeycutt). His opinion had weight; it mattered.
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Oscar's Music Masters

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 8, 2010 6:53 AM
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The gifted and prolific Alexandre Desplat, whose scores this year alone include Fantastic Mr. Fox, A Prophet, Coco Before Chanel, Julie & Julia, and The Twilight Saga: New Moon, poses with Academy music branch governor Arthur Hamilton, whose many songs include the standard “Cry Me a River.”
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Famous Voices For "Alice"—Now And Then

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 4, 2010 5:00 AM
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Hollywood's All-Star 'Alice'

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 3, 2010 5:00 AM
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Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland has always held great appeal for Hollywood. Johnny Depp is a big lure, but back in 1933 Paramount put almost all of the studio’s star-power into its production, including Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, and virtually every actor it had under contract—including W.C. Fields as Humpty Dumpty.
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Good Movies—Resurrected

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 26, 2010 8:28 AM
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Ellen Burstyn in Resurrection (1980)
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Talking Movies on NPR's All Things Considered

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 17, 2010 6:20 AM
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Inside The Oscar Nominees Luncheon

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 16, 2010 2:15 AM
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In contrast to Oscar night, when everyone is tense and on parade, the atmosphere at the annual Oscar Nominees’ Luncheon is relaxed and celebratory. Once the curtains are drawn there are no television cameras inside and everyone is in high spirits. I feel awfully lucky to be invited to attend every year.
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Quentin Tarantino and Kirk Douglas Do A Q&K

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 16, 2010 1:19 AM
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One of the highlights of the just-wrapped Santa Barbara Film Festival was a matinee screening of the underrated 1975 feature Posse, produced and directed by its star, Kirk Douglas, who agreed to appear on stage with the film’s number-one fan, Quentin Tarantino, in what festival director Roger Durling dubbed a “Q&K.”
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Let's Hear It For Lon

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 12, 2010 4:58 AM
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I doubt if any horror-film buff doesn’t already own a copy of The Wolf Man (1941) in one of its DVD incarnations, but the release of the new Benicio Del Toro feature has inspired Universal to reissue the original one more time—with a brand-new 35-minute biography of Lon Chaney, Jr. among its bonus features. The documentary, titled Pure in Heart: The Life and Legacy of Lon Chaney, Jr. may not hold any revelations, but it’s a first-rate survey of the actor’s bittersweet life and career, with rare photos, a sampling of film clips (including some of his earliest appearances in the 1930s, and his immortal performance as Lenny in Of Mice and Men), and interviews with a number of admirers, scholars, and colleagues—
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