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    Just For Laughs

    Imagine my surprise when, last week, I was contacted by a producer from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She told me that they were preparing an annual fundraising event called The Night of Too Many Stars, to raise money for Autism education. Launched several years ago by comedian Robert Smigel, better known to most people as the voice of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, and whose son has autism, the charity event has raised millions of dollars thanks to its airing on Comedy Central and the participation of Jon Stewart as host… not to mention a truly impressive array of stars. The producer explained to me that Smigel and Sarah Silverman had crea...

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    Prodding My Memory...

    Gloria Stuart was no empty-headed ingénue: here she plays chess with George Sanders on the set of The Lady Escapes (1937).

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    Movie Crazy All Over Again

    Dooley Wilson as Sam, the movies’ most famous piano player (who couldn’t really play) in Casablanca.

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    Tony, Tony, Tony

    A Some Like It Hot reunion: Curtis, Lemmon, and Wilder.

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    Hail To Republic!

    In its heyday, Republic Pictures wasn’t taken seriously by the mainstream studios. It was a B-movie factory, and nothing more. (Erich von Stroheim referred to it as “Repulsive Pictures.”) In recent decades, enthusiasts have come to appreciate just how good Republic was at making those B movies, especially westerns and Saturday matinee serials. Their stunts and camerawork were exceptionally good, and many aficionados believe that their visual effects (created by the brothers Lydecker, Howard and Theodore) were even better than the work being done at that time by the “big boys” at MGM and Fox. Republic didn’t make movies to win awards or critic...

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    The Voice Of Hollywood Is Stilled

    Art loaned me this sweet photo of him with protean radio actress Lurene Tuttle taken in the late 1930s outside of CBS in Hollywood.

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    Gloria Stuart Remembered

    When you’ve lived a full life and made it to the century mark, it’s hard to complain, but Gloria Stuart still had a special spark even in her 101st year on the planet. Her energy was waning, and her mind could wander, but she loved life, including her family, her artwork, her fine-edition books, kites and bonsai plants. I’m happy that she was able to celebrate her 100th birthday in high style two months ago with a series of events, including a citation from the Screen Actors Guild, which she helped to found, and a gala evening at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which positively thrilled her. (I was privileged to host that eve...

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    Welcome Back, Wile E.

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    Farewell To A Real-Life Heroine

    Grace Bradley when she was a Paramount starlet in the 1930s.

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    Update Your App!

    The Hurt Locker is one of 365 new entries in the 2011 Movie Guide and its app!

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