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    book review: Kay Thompson: From Funny Face To Eloise

    By Sam Irvin (Simon and Schuster)

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    A Towering Figure—And A Towering Book

    BOOK REVIEW — EMPIRE OF DREAMS: THE EPIC LIFE OF CECIL B. DeMILLE by Scott Eyman (Simon & Schuster)

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    Untold Disney Stories—And More

    book review: THE LION AND THE GIRAFFE by Jack Couffer (BearManor Media) The author of this colorful memoir may not be a household name, but he’s been involved in everything from Walt Disney’s The Living Desert to Out of Africa, from Disney animal movies like The Incredibl...

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    Silent Stars Still Mesmerize

    At the recent San Francisco Silent Film Festival I acquired several recently-published books I hadn’t seen before. Now that I’ve spent time with them I feel duty-bound to spread the word.

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    book review: Three Chords For Beauty's Sake:

    The Life of Artie Shaw by Tom Nolan (Norton)

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    book and dvd reviews: It's A Noir, Noir, Noir, Noir World

    The term “film noir” didn’t exist in the 1940s and early 1950s. The late Larry Gelbart, who wrote the noir-inspired stage musical City of Angels, once told me that back then “film” was something you got if you didn’t brush your teeth. People went to “the movies.” But ever since the term was taken up by American film buffs and scholars in the 1970s it has created a special allure for those dark, hard-boiled melodramas that studios ground out so effortlessly in the post-War era. What’s more, since today’s audiences have no trouble digesting cynicism, these films seem positively mode...

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    Looney Tunes, On-Screen And In Print

    Sometimes I think I was born at exactly the right time, as a child of the first television generation. When local TV stations purchased libraries of old cartoons and made them part of their daily programming, I had the opportunity to digest and memorize seemingly every Warner Bros. cartoon from t...

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    Cartoons Forever!

    As Toy Story 3 racks up some of the best reviews of the year, I’m pleased that so many critics have taken time to make note of the innovative short-subject that accompanies it. Day & Night—which is so clever it’s almost impossible to describe—is the work of an up-and-c...

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    Book review: Shoot The Rehearsal!

    By Rudy Behlmer (Scarecrow Press)

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