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    Clint Eastwood & Co.

    So how did I luck into a moment of serendipitous spontaneity with Clint Eastwood, Matt Damon, and Morgan Freeman? Allow me to explain. As any media veteran will tell you, participating in movie press junkets...

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    Out and About with George Clooney

    George Clooney, most observers agree, is the closest thing we have to an old-fashioned Movie Star. He’s got the looks, the talent, the smarts, and the attitude. At Monday night’s premiere of Up in the Air he forsook waiting photographers and TV crews in Westwood to cross the street and spend time with his fans—a great deal of time. He normally “works” the press line, as well, but he breezed right through on Monday; fortunately he came over to say hello to me and lingered long enough for me to get in some quick questions and answers for Entertainment Tonight. And here are the results: . It was a pleasure to talk to his colleagues and costars, ...

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    Wallace and Gromit, Jessica Rabbit and other uniquely entertaining gift ideas

    Wallace and Gromit, Jessica Rabbit and other uniquely entertaining gift ideas

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    Grauman's Chinese Theater update:

    After posting my story (see Big Shoes to Fill - In the Rain) about hosting Robert Downey, Jr.’s hand-and-footprint ceremony I got a nice note from Stacey Behlmer, who (as Stacey Endres, then unmarried) co-wrote the definitive book on the history of the theater, Hollywood at Your Feet. She had a few notes and corrections to pass along: “I can't vouch for the ceremonies that took place after [our book] was published, but it did rain on a couple of the earlier ceremonies: James Mason was one and the Anne Baxter/Gregory Peck dual ceremony was another. Baxter actually drew an umbrella, a heart, and the sun in the cement and insc...

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    Big Shoes To Fill - In The Rain

    Big Shoes To Fill - In The Rain

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    Disney’s Nautilus Replicated

    Disney’s Nautilus Replicated

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    Disney Museum Kickoff

    There is an extended Disney family that includes veteran animators and artists, Imagineers, contemporary filmmakers, fans, and enthusiasts. Many of them were on hand for the gala opening of the Walt Disney Family Museum on September 29, and I snapped as many as I could. (Photography is not allowed ...

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    Disney Museum In A Word: Dazzling

    A cut-out of Walt Disney and his family on their backyard train greeted guests on opening night.When Walt Disney’s surviving daughter, Diane Disney Miller, set out to create a museum in her father’s honor, no one (including Diane) knew how it should look or what it might include. I sat in on an earl...

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    Stamp of Approval

    For the fifteenth in a series of Hollywood Legend stamps, the U.S. Postal Service chose to honor Gary Cooper, and I was privileged to host the first day of issue ceremony held, appropriately enough, at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles. Cooper didn’t just make Westerns, of course, but I reckon if you asked most people to instantly name one Gary Cooper movie the answer you’d get most often would be High Noon. The actor’s charming daughter, Maria Cooper Janis, was the morning’s guest of honor. She has kept her father’s memory alive in many ways; she compiled a lovely picture-and-text book, Gary Cooper Off-Camera: A Daughter Remembe...

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