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    CRUISING THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS

    It may not sound like work, because I’m lucky enough to combine business and pleasure, but I lecture on Princess Cruises. For a year-end trip through the Panama Canal I was asked to introduce four of my favorite unsung films of 2010, and I was happy to do so. City Island was by far the audience favo...

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    Remembering “Hollywood And The Stars”

    It’s that time when we look back and remember the people who’ve pass on during 2010. (If you haven’t seen Turner Classic Movies’ always-incredible memorial segment, you should: www.tcm.com) One of those who left our midst was producer David L. Wolper. When I read his obituary in August, I knew it wo...

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    Scanning The Movie Year

    Like any critic, I have an ego: it comes with the territory, or I couldn’t express my opinion with confidence. Imagine what it’s like, then, to sit in a room with forty other critics—each one certain and confident—and try to reach a consensus, as I do with my colleagues in the Los Angeles Film Criti...

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    MR. DeMILLE, MEET MR. DISNEY

    When I first became interested in old-time radio I didn’t comprehend just how strong a connection existed between the empire of the air and the movie industry during the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. At first, Hollywood was wary of radio, just as it would be when television came along. Then the powers-that-b...

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    DORIS DAY SPEAKS!

    There aren’t many true movie stars still with us from Hollywood’s golden age, or even from the 1950s and 60s, when the studio era was on the wane. But one star who occupied a unique place in America’s heart, as a top box-office attraction and a top-selling recording artist at th...

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    Chaplin—First, Last, And Always

    For me, comedy begins with Charlie Chaplin. I know there were screen comedies before he came along, and I appreciate the work of everyone from Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Drew to Max Linder. But none of them created a persona as unique or indelible as the Little Tramp, and no one could match his worldwide i...

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    Gift Ideas: From Reel Clocks To John Wayne's Toupee

    As promised, here is a wide-ranging selection of gift ideas for that special film buff in your life. When I started collecting 8mm films as a boy, and then graduated to 16mm, reels and cans were strictly functional items. I never dreamed that I’d see the day when they were pieces of décor or objets d’art. I started thinking along those lines in recent years when I came upon especially attractive or distinctive reels or Kodascope library cans from the 1920s which polish up to a high shine. But now, the oldest name in this field, Goldberg Brothers of Denver, is manufacturing all sorts of neat items based on 16mm and 35mm reels, which has been t...

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    Going Crazy For The Holidays

    If you’re unsure what to give that film-buff friend or relative this year for Christmas, or the last night of Chanukah, might I be so bold as to suggest a gift subscription to Leonard Maltin’s Movie Crazy? We’ll send the lucky recipient our current issue, with my story on the forgotten music of Casablanca and an interview with MGM director George Sidney, along with a personalized gift card. That will be the first of four issues, which are published on an admittedly irregular schedule. If you want to augment the gift you can also purchase back issues which are chockfull of unusual interviews, articles, rare photos and movie memorabilia. For mo...

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    Leslie Nielsen And ‘Forbidden Planet’

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    BRIGHTENING THE PICTURE

    Even though we’re in our fifth season on the air, and beamed into more than 50 million homes, ReelzChannel is still building its audience. Not long ago the powers-that-be decided to commission new sets, not only to make them more attractive,

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