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    Frank Sinatra in Concert (At Royal Festival Hall)

    In 1971, at age 55, Frank Sinatra announced his retirement from show business, though of course he returned two years later and then barely quit till his death. The aborted retirement, however, neatly marks the close of Sinatra’s extraordinary Act II: Following his twin 1953 comebacks, in From Here to Eternity , and on his epoch-making first Capitol album, Swing Easy , Sinatra became the first modern superstar. For the next fifteen years, he made every year at the very least one album and one film—-once, as many as five films, and once, seven albums. Then in 1969, three albums but no film; 1970, one disastrous movie (Dirty Dingus Magee), and one often affecting but split-focused album (Sinatra and Company). Within a year, Sinatra announces retirement, being no fool: He certainly knew by then that an exit must precede a new entrance, that there’s a curtain after every act. For Sinatra fans (and who isn’t?), there’s a DVD available of a rare 1970 concert, right around the release of that Sinatra and Company album---FRANK SINATRA IN CONCERT AT ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL---and it is pure gold in assaying just exactly how much Sinatra knew and where he was as both performer and person as his superstar period came to an end.

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    Hamptons: "Toy Story 3" Meets "Blue Valentine"

    Hamptons: "Toy Story 3" Meets "Blue Valentine"

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    Hamptons: Guggenheim in the Spotlight

    Awards season has become an important aspect of the Hampton's International Film Festival here on Long Island. The film stoked talk about the education system in this country with attendees comparing notes on their own schooling. At lunch yesterday at The Maidstone, Davis Guggenheim (above and center below) chats with Bob Berney (below left) and Mark Urman (below right). Guggenheim's "Waiting for Superman" screened yesterday at the fest and the film will get a big boost this week at an unannounced event. But, yesterday Guggenheim asked his lunch partners not to spill the beans on that... Stay tuned.iphone photos by eugene hernandez

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    Posts About "Megamind"

    Posts About "Megamind"

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Box Office: Word-of-Mouth Sells Social Network Over Newbies Life as We Know It, Secretariat

    Strong word-of-mouth propelled The Social Network to a strong hold over two openers with femme appeal, the Katharine Heigl rom-com Life as We Know It and the 70s true story sports drama Secretariat, starring Diane Lane. Anthony D'Alessandro reports.A soft Columbus Day weekend frame totaling an estimated $76 million, off 16% from a year ago, slowed moviegoing for new entries this weekend, but kept holdovers alive. Sony’s The Social Network remained online with the masses, hanging onto No. 1 with $15.5 million, off a sweet 31%.  The film saw a 32% spike between Friday and Saturday, clearly indicating that word-of-mouth continues to be strong for this potential awards contender. 

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    Posts About "Star Wars"

    Posts About "Star Wars"

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    'Outsourced' and the movie roots

    'Outsourced' and the movie roots

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    Posts About "127 Hours"

    Posts About "127 Hours"

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    Posts About "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World"

    Posts About "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World"

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    Posts About "Harry Potter"

    “Harry Potter” and the Neverending Story, or Over-Regarding Dumbledore’s Last Piece of Wisdom Could “Harry Potter” Win Best Picture? Videos: “Deathly Hallows” Animator Ben Hibon’s “Codehunters” and Other Works In Theaters: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1,” “The Next Three Days,” “Heartless” Is the Nod to “Twilight” in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” Coincidence, Intentional or Both? “Harry Potter” 3-D Conversion: Cameron’s Logic Says “Sorcerer’s Stone” OK, But Not “Deathly Hallows” Video: “Harry Potter” Battle in NYC’s Grand Central Station Steven Spielberg Would Have Animated and Condensed “Harry Potter” Video: What if Disney Animated the “Harry Potter” Series? Video: Sexual Subtext and Forced Text in the “Harry Potter” Films Video: Yet Another “Harry Potter” Parody Involving Pedophilia Video: Harry Potter and the Many Awkward Moments Video: Harry Potter and the Hangover Videos: “Tangled” Spoiled; “Harry Potter” Soiled

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