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Filling in the Ellipses

Filling in the Ellipses

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 22nd 2018

Seventy-four years ago this month, Kathleen Winsor’s 972-page historical novel Forever Amber, a well-detailed and highly sexy novel about a 17th-century courtesan’s rise from an orphaned country girl

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A Victorian Triptych of Tenderness and Tension

A Victorian Triptych of Tenderness and Tension

Posted by Mike Finnegan on May 25th 2018

Chance encounters paved the way to movie careers for many notable performers, all with a modicum of talent and a great deal of hope. In the case of Sydney, Australia, native Jeanette Elphick, born 83

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Forever Ravishing

Forever Ravishing

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 5th 2017

Twentieth Century Fox reportedly paid $200,000 for the rights to a somewhat scandalous but ferociously popular historical novel, and were in turn ready to foot a $5-million budget to bring it to th

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Diary of an On-Edge Director

Diary of an On-Edge Director

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 2nd 2017

He would go on to make many of his best-remembered films – including Flaming Star (1960, a Twilight Time title), Madigan (1968), Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970), Dirty Harry (1971) and the underra

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Beguiling Genre Guy

Beguiling Genre Guy

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jun 22nd 2017

Tomorrow’s stateside opening of the new film version of the Civil War-era Southern Gothic melodrama The Beguiled, written and directed by Lost in Translation Academy Award® winner Sofia Coppola, who

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