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    Turner Classic Movies Plays Its Cards Right

    I don’t know how the folks at TCM keep topping themselves, but they do. For their annual Summer Under the Stars festival, featuring a different star for every day in August, they’ve hired graphic artist Michael Schwab to create a series of distinctive collector cards, depicting each star in an iconi...

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    Silent Films Live Again!

    To celebrate the 15th year of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, its directors decided to extend the event by an extra day, kicking off Thursday night and screening all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The results were exhausting but exhilarating. As in years past, near-capacity crowds turn...

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    A New Movie Guide

    (The Penguin Group)I know, I know: the idea of publishing a reference book in the age of instant communication sounds positively quaint. But the 2011 Edition of Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide is just out, in two paperback formats—mass-market and a larger “trade size”—still alive and kicking after forty-one years (!). True, we can’t offer the immediacy of the Internet, but I still think the book is relevant, and so do a substantial number of readers around the world, thank goodness. We’ve added 300 new reviews, as recent as Sex and the City 2 and Iron Man 2, bringing the book up to a whopping 1,643 pages, and as always we’ve made hundreds and hu...

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    Celebrating Glorious Gloria

    Gloria Stuart joined by fellow actresses Carla Laemmle and Pauline Wagner, all of whom are centenarians, at the "Academy's Centennial Celebration with Gloria Stuart." (photo courtesy of AMPAS)

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    Let’s Go To The Movies!

    On July 4, a slow news day, The New York Times ran an interesting feature article about a number of small towns that are operating their own first-run movie theaters—like the Roxy in Landon, North Dakota. They don’t add much to the weekend grosses you read about on Monday mornings, but they are keep...

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    Movie Palaces Come Alive Again

    There is no thrill to compare with seeing a classic movie in a great movie theater. For twenty-four years, the Los Angeles Conservancy has hosted a month-long series called Last Remaining Seats, showing vintage films in the city’s great movie palaces, most of which are located on Broadway downtown. This year’s wide-ranging bill of fare included Strangers on a Train, American Graffiti, The Graduate, the 1943 Mexican classic Flor Silvestre, and the silent version of Peter Pan. (The evening I’m really sorry I missed featured How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying with its stars Robert Morse and Michele Lee in person, interviewed by Mad...

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    Juicy AFI Photos!

    Meryl Streep poses with her Silkwood costar Cher

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    Hobnobbing With The Stars

    Mike Nichols being honored by the American Film Institute

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    A Lost Charlie Chaplin Film—Found!

    I sacrificed a “scoop” on today’s exciting news about the cache of rare American films discovered in (and now being repatriated from) New Zealand, because I’m part of the National Film Preservation Board and didn’t think it was right to undermine The New York Times, NPR, et al.

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    Farewell To A Member Of Our Gang

    Dorothy poses with "Uncle Bob" McGowan, the co-creator and primary director of Our Gang.

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