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Cinderella Scribe

Cinderella Scribe

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 12th 2018

Forty-five years ago this week, former high school English teacher and Navy veteran Darryl Ponicsan enjoyed the rare and exciting experience of having a pair of movies open in theaters based on two of

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Hail Hal

Hail Hal

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Sep 13th 2018

Opening last weekend in New York and Friday in Los Angeles, the documentary profile Hal is “a most welcome reassessment of one of the most important figures in 1970s Hollywood” (Todd McCarthy, Th

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Jones for James

Jones for James

Posted by Mike Finnegan on May 29th 2018

Yesterday, Memorial Day tributes were paid throughout the country to the men and women of the armed forces who gave their lives in service. Today, a 98th birthday salute is offered to a beloved charac

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Carradine's Two Rail Rides

Carradine's Two Rail Rides

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 8th 2017

David Carradine (1936-2009), who would have turned 81 today, confided in his 1995 autobiography Endless Highway that his casting as union organizer-turned-outlaw Big Bill Shelly in the Roger Corman

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Johnny Be Thankful

Johnny Be Thankful

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 23rd 2017

Among the blessings evoking expressions of gratitude this Thanksgiving Day, one to add to the list is appreciation of the legacy of the legendary Johnny Mandel, marking his 92nd birthday today. A co

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