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The Alternates

The Alternates

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 29th 2016

Congratulations are in order for the recipients of and fellow nominees vying for the 88th Annual Academy Awards® bestowed last night. As with any movie industry laurels, there are partisans and det

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Awards Seasoning

Awards Seasoning

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 12th 2016

Congratulations to the nominees and winners at Sunday’s Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) Golden Globe® Awards. Many names in the movie categories will come up again on Thursday when the no

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The Seasonal Hand of Providence

The Seasonal Hand of Providence

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 11th 2015

Despite the care and craft lavished on it, director Fred Zinnemann’s 1964 historical epic Behold a Pale Horse was not a critical or box-office success. But he still had the backing of the studio fo

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The Christmas Spirit of Oliver!

The Christmas Spirit of Oliver!

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 9th 2015

In A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens gave the world a vision of Christmas – with its contrasting views of deprivation and plenty, callousness and conscience, exuberance and mortality – that endure

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A Wild Card Made for You and Me

A Wild Card Made for You and Me

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 7th 2015

The United Artists distribution team had quite a winning hand of cards to deal to theaters for the 1976 holiday season, all in their way rabble-rousers. The Sidney Lumet-Paddy Chayefsky collaborati

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