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Leonard Maltin’s 151 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 9, 2010 6:12 AM
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I’m pleased to announce the publication of Leonard Maltin’s 151 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen. As those of you know who watch my weekly show Secret’s Out on ReelzChannel, there’s nothing I enjoy more than steering movie lovers to good films they may have missed. HarperStudio gave me an opportunity to write essays about 151 such films, and I jumped at the chance.
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James Cameron, The Terminator and Me

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 9, 2010 1:47 AM
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James Cameron likes to be in control, but Arnold Schwarzenegger took him by surprise during Saturday night’s presentation of the Modern Master Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. I was onstage conducting an evening-long interview with Cameron, interspersed with clips from many of his films. Normally, a presenter appears at the end of the program to hand the physical award to our honoree, but when that person is the Governor of the state of California, things work a bit differently. As he was unable to stay past a certain hour, and hadn’t arrived by the time we started the program, we surprised Cameron and the audience by having Schwarzenegger appear immediately following a lengthy scene from Terminator II.
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A New Look At Old Movies

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 4, 2010 12:00 AM
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Oscar's Early Bird Special

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 2, 2010 6:05 AM
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Anne Hathaway and Academy President Tom Sherak read the announcements at 5:38 a.m.I don’t relish hearing my alarm go off at 4 in the morning, but I hopped out of bed today with a smile on my face. An hour later it’s still dark outside the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, but inside there’s tangible excitement in the air. The lobby is packed with the familiar faces of reporters, critics, publicists, and Academy staffers. We’re all at the nexus of show-business, where eagerly-awaited news is about to be beamed around the world.
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Dennis Hopper On Display

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 1, 2010 6:42 AM
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Even as Hollywood survivor Dennis Hopper battles prostate cancer, he is being celebrated in a multimedia show that’s touring the world. I caught a glimpse of it on my recent trip to Australia, where the exhibition called Dennis Hopper and The New Hollywood is on display through April 25 at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne. The touring show of photographs and artwork by Hopper is accompanied by a coffee-table book of the same name, published by Flammarion in conjunction with the ACMI and La Cinematheque Francaise. The book was on sale in the Centre’s lovely gift shop, but I didn’t want to lug it home, figuring it would turn up on our shores soon enough: in fact, it is scheduled for U.S. publication in April. But I did purchase one Hopper-related goodie: a replica of his stars-and-stripes-decorated Harley Davidson cycle from Easy Rider.

John Lasseter, Toy Guru

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 31, 2010 4:20 AM
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James Cameron may be the King of the World when it comes to box-office receipts, but I haven’t seen him personally selling Avatar merchandise. On the other hand, Pixar’s John Lasseter is now appearing in a series of videos at the Disney Store online to introduce and promote a new high-end line of Toy Story toys and collectibles. A cynic could write this off as nothing more than a commercial ploy, and it’s certainly meant to sell merchandise, but what makes it work is that Lasseter is in fact a dedicated toy collector. When he says that he buys two of everything—one to keep in its package, in mint condition, and the other to play with—he isn’t kidding. His office at Pixar is crammed with character toys, and not just from Pixar movies. If you’re of the same stripe, you’ll want to check out this new line from Thinkway Toys, featuring Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and other Toy Story characters—in anticipation of Toy Story 3’s release later this year. And if you follow the links you’ll see individual Lasseter videos describing each individual item.
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Remembering Jean Simmons

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 27, 2010 1:59 AM
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Like most film buffs, I was upset to hear about Jean Simmons’ passing over the weekend…but I felt incredibly lucky to have met her at the Telluride Film Festival over Labor Day Weekend in 2008. In his program notes for her tribute, Scott Foundas wrote, “It is one of the few serious shortcomings, don’t we all agree, of David Lean’s otherwise exemplary version of Great Expectations (1946) that Jean Simmons leaves the screen much too soon, to be replaced by Valerie Hobson as the grown-up version of the Estella character.
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It's All About Me!

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 21, 2010 6:32 AM
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Musician, entertainer, radio host and all-around good guy John Pizzarelli I don’t like blowing my own horn, but I can’t resist sharing two things with you. First, I’m the guest on this week’s edition of Radio Deluxe, the radio show hosted by John Pizzarelli and his wife Jessica Molaskey. John is one of the most talented guitarists on the planet, and a great all-around entertainer; Jessica is a theater-trained singer with impeccable taste. Somehow in the midst of their busy touring schedule they find time to host a lively (and very funny) two-hour radio show that celebrates the Great American Songbook, features the new generation of cabaret performers, and welcomes music-minded guests of all kinds. I was delighted to sit in and bring along some of my favorite arcane jazz and pop tracks—with and without movie connections—featuring Cliff “Ukulele Ike” Edwards, Mel Blanc, Jack Teagarden and a host of others. You can download a podcast at http://www.johnpizzarelli.com/go.php?page=radiodeluxe_listen, and learn more about the show and where it airs near you by going to the home page at www.johnpizzarelli.com and clicking on Radio Deluxe.
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A Great Speech About A Great Movie

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  • January 18, 2010 7:21 AM
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Dynamic Duos At The AFI Awards

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 16, 2010 1:35 AM
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The best part of being asked to serve on the jury for the AFI Awards is that I get to attend an elegant luncheon for the honorees. Once the doors of the Four Seasons Hotel banquet room close, there are no television cameras inside, no publicists, no press. It’s meant to be a celebration of outstanding work in film and television during the past year, and that’s just what it is. Part of the fun is the schmoozing—getting to meet people whose work I’ve admired—and a personal pastime of mine is...matching up interesting pairs of filmmakers for snapshots. Here are some of the results from today’s lunch.
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