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    Oscar's Music Masters

    The gifted and prolific Alexandre Desplat, whose scores this year alone include Fantastic Mr. Fox, A Prophet, Coco Before Chanel, Julie & Julia, and The Twilight Saga: New Moon, poses with Academy music branch governor Arthur Hamilton, whose many songs include the standard “Cry Me a River.”

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    Hollywood's All-Star 'Alice'

    Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland has always held great appeal for Hollywood. Johnny Depp is a big lure, but back in 1933 Paramount put almost all of the studio’s star-power into its production, including Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, and virtually every actor it had under contract—including W.C. Fiel...

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    Good Movies—Resurrected

    Ellen Burstyn in Resurrection (1980)

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    Inside The Oscar Nominees Luncheon

    In contrast to Oscar night, when everyone is tense and on parade, the atmosphere at the annual Oscar Nominees’ Luncheon is relaxed and celebratory. Once the curtains are drawn there are no television cameras inside and everyone is in high spirits. I feel awfully lucky to be invited to attend every y...

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    Quentin Tarantino and Kirk Douglas Do A Q&K

    One of the highlights of the just-wrapped Santa Barbara Film Festival was a matinee screening of the underrated 1975 feature Posse, produced and directed by its star, Kirk Douglas, who agreed to appear on stage with the film’s number-one fan, Quentin Tarantino, in what festival director Roger Durlin...

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    Let's Hear It For Lon

    I doubt if any horror-film buff doesn’t already own a copy of The Wolf Man (1941) in one of its DVD incarnations, but the release of the new Benicio Del Toro feature has inspired Universal to reissue the original one more time—with a brand-new 35-minute biography of Lon Chaney, Jr. among its bonus features. The documentary, titled Pure in Heart: The Life and Legacy of Lon Chaney, Jr. may not hold any revelations, but it’s a first-rate survey of the actor’s bittersweet life and career, with rare photos, a sampling of film clips (including some of his earliest appearances in the 1930s, and his immortal performance as Lenny in Of Mice and Men), ...

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    Leonard Maltin’s 151 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen

    I’m pleased to announce the publication of Leonard Maltin’s 151 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen. As those of you know who watch my weekly show Secret’s Out on ReelzChannel, there’s nothing I enjoy more than steering movie lovers to good films they may have missed. HarperStudio gave me an opportunity t...

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    James Cameron, The Terminator and Me

    James Cameron likes to be in control, but Arnold Schwarzenegger took him by surprise during Saturday night’s presentation of the Modern Master Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. I was onstage conducting an evening-long interview with Cameron, interspersed with clips from many of his films. Normally, a presenter appears at the end of the program to hand the physical award to our honoree, but when that person is the Governor of the state of California, things work a bit differently. As he was unable to stay past a certain hour, and hadn’t arrived by the time we started the program, we surprised Cameron and the audience by h...

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