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Birthday Family Values

Birthday Family Values

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Aug 3rd 2016

The Democratic National Convention kicked off last week with a Day One whose theme of putting American family life front and center resonated with speeches from First Lady Michelle Obama, Massachus

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Claire the Conqueror

Claire the Conqueror

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 15th 2016

Turning 85 today, London-born Claire Bloom has a nearly seven-decade résumé of stage, movie and television roles that few if any working actors can hope to equal. She has collaborated with pantheon

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A Window to the Past and the Future: Inherit the Wind

A Window to the Past and the Future: Inherit the Wind

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 25th 2015

As today marks the dark anniversary of the issuance of the 1947 Waldorf Statement that launched the Hollywood Blacklist, it seems appropriate on the eve of Thanksgiving to champion personal freedom

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Frankly Outspoken

Frankly Outspoken

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 13th 2015

Born 95 years ago tomorrow, Irving Ravetch (1920-2010) was a team player whose screenplay collaborations with his wife Harriet Frank Jr. (still with us at age 98) resulted in several profoundly movi

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Diane and Donald

Diane and Donald

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 5th 2015

Faces made for movie screens – one from Australia that made a vivid impression in only a handful of appearances, the other from England who was a regular and welcome presence for 40 years – are th

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