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Casting Directors Take The Spotlight

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 1, 2013 12:00 AM
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the formation of a Casting Directors’ branch, just as HBO is set to debut Tom Donahue’s outstanding documentary "Casting By" on Monday, August 5.

Studio Vaults Open—On DVD

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 25, 2013 12:00 AM
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Many of the major studios no longer want to be in the DVD (or Blu-ray) business; they’d rather stream or download their films. There are some notable exceptions, however, and they spell good news for serious buffs and collectors.

The True King Of Comedy

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 3, 2012 1:00 AM
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The first movie book I ever read was Mack Sennett’s autobiography 'King of Comedy', borrowed from my local library. I’ve bristled ever since when other people have claimed that title, but Turner Classic Movies is setting things right by devoting four Thursdays in September to Sennett films.

Feasting On The TCM Fest

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 18, 2012 1:00 AM
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There were so many films, panels, and guests at the third annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood this past weekend that it was impossible to take it all in. Since I hosted ten events over the course of the weekend, I missed out on Kim Novak’s conversation with Robert Osborne and her hand-and-footprint ceremony at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, among other highlights, but I still had plenty of great experiences, beginning on the red carpet opening night.

On The Road For TCM

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 9, 2012 4:25 PM
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As the folks at Turner Classic Movies gear up for their third Classic Film Festival this week in Hollywood, they’re also completing a ten-city “road trip.” I was pleased to host two of these events, with Tippi Hedren in Minneapolis and Jane Powell in Denver. What fun! (TCM hosts Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz handled most of the evenings, held in vintage movie houses around the country.)

UPA Cartoons—At Last!

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 28, 2012 1:00 AM
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I’m proud to be associated with TCM’s exclusive new three-disc DVD set of 'Jolly Frolics', the innovative, award winning UPA cartoons that have been neglected on home video so long. I’m speaking of 'Gerald McBoing Boing', 'Unicorn in the Garden', 'The Tell-Tale Heart', 'Rooty Toot Toot', and the first Mister Magoo cartoon, Ragtime Bear, among others. These shorts, made by former Disney staffers who embraced modern art and graphics, wowed pop-culture critics, audiences, and Oscar voters in the late 1940s and 50s, but haven’t been readily accessible in recent years.

A New Home For Old Movies

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 1, 2011 8:33 PM
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At a recent Hollywood screening a film buff I’ve known for many years asked why he couldn’t find some vintage titles in my newest annual Movie Guide. I asked if he’d looked in our companion volume, 'Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide', and he told me he didn’t know there was such a thing. Arrghhh!, as Charlie Brown used to say...

Deliverance—and The 3 Stooges

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 25, 2011 1:30 AM
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Some weeks back, when I traveled to Atlanta to tape my host segments for Turner Classic Movies, I thumbed through the then-current issue of Atlanta magazine in my hotel room. The theme of that issue was “Hollywood of the South,” a survey of movie and TV production in Georgia, and I pored over each article and photo feature with great interest.

Hollywood Home Movies: The Final Frontier

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 14, 2011 10:55 AM
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Film archivists and documentary filmmakers have come to value home movies as a valuable document of 20th century American life. But when those 8mm or 16mm films were taken by (and of) famous figures in Hollywood history it piques the curiosity of movie nuts like me. At last year’s TCM Classic Film Festival, Joan Crawford’s grandson introduced some of his famous grandmother’s personal footage. A documentary on Humphrey Bogart drew on the movies he actually shot of his children growing up. And Basil Rathbone’s footage on the set of The Adventures of Robin Hood has been a fan favorite on several home-video releases of the classic swashbuckler.

The Lost & Found RKO Collection

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 12, 2009 4:51 AM
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