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Jean's Great Expectations

Jean's Great Expectations

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 31st 2018

In The Great Movie Stars: The International Years, film historian David Shipman echoed the thought of many movie fans regarding today’s birthday honoree, who would have turned 89: “Jean Simmons [19

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Fellowship of the Ring

Fellowship of the Ring

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jul 26th 2017

Real lives are often shabby, dimly lit and lonely, but they can still have dreams and still be the stuff of rich storytelling. Director John Huston and producer Ray Stark recognized and realized th

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Hayward Hits 100

Hayward Hits 100

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jun 30th 2017

In marking today’s centenary of the birth of a singular and enduring Hollywood star from Brooklyn who was a potent box-office favorite in the 1950s after steadily building a career through persevera

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Saluting the Anti-Star

Saluting the Anti-Star

Posted by Mike Finnegan on May 1st 2017

On September 1, 2006, long-time Hollywood columnist Bob Thomas wrote in the Los Angeles Times of a beloved Canadian-born but dyed-in-the-wool American actor who died just two days prior: “He never

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Still Heavenly After 60 Years

Still Heavenly After 60 Years

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 13th 2017

Today marks the 60th anniversary of the opening of Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957), the much-loved Cinemascope World War II tale set in a 1943 battle zone, which marked the first time its two star

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