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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’

    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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    A Community Comes Together

    It’s easy to find cynical views of Hollywood in the press, and even in fictional films and TV shows. The venal industry depicted in Entourage seems all too credible to insiders and civilians alike. Turner Classic Movies’ Moguls and Movie Stars series reminds us that scandal has been a part of Hollyw...

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    "One Of Us" Gets An Oscar

    Kevin Brownlow now has two Oscars, and I couldn’t be happier. The second award, which bears his name, is the result of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences deciding that a film historian and archivist of his stature is as worthy of an honorary Oscar as two world-class directors (Francis ...

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    LAST CRITICS STANDING

    A wave of memories and mixed emotions came over me as I read the news of Gene Shalit’s retirement from NBC’s Today Show this week. Shalit’s once robust presence had diminished in recent times, but he was still part of the team after 40 years, and his departure marks yet another loss in the world of movie reviews. Although he had a background in journalism, some people never took him seriously, in part because of his flamboyant appearance, but make no mistake: he’s a smart guy who reached an enormous audience. (He also inspired an imitation by SCTV’s Eugene Levy that was sidesplittingly funny.) On a personal level, he has special meaning for m...

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    Classic Clowns Span The Globe

    Photo courtesy of Bill Brioux

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    James MacArthur: The Disney Connection

    When James MacArthur passed away last week at the age of 72, the obituaries I read emphasized his role as “Danno” on the long-running TV hit Hawaii Five-O, and understandably so…but at the same time they glossed over his career-building years at the Walt Disney studio. I was too young to see teenaged MacArthur in the live TV drama The Young Stranger and the feature film it spawned was over my head as a young moviegoer, but I vividly remember being introduced to the actor when Disney released The Light in the Forest, Third Man on the Mountain, Kidnaped, and Swiss Family Robinson. I wrote about all those films, and their significance, in my boo...

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    Horror's Forgotten Man

    TOD SLAUGHTER… AND OTHER HALLOWEEN DISCOVERIES

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