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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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Gratitude for Mike

Gratitude for Mike

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 6th 2017

Lasting legacies in any field have their ups and downs, and that of the extraordinary director/producer/comedian/ mentor-of-careers Mike Nichols (1931-2014), born 86 years ago today, was no excepti

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Beatty Rules

Beatty Rules

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 23rd 2016

Hollywood lion Warren Beatty returns to movie theaters today in the aptly-titled Rules Don’t Apply, marking his 23rd screen appearance as an actor, 10th foray as a producer, 6th time out as credited

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The Ashby Decade

The Ashby Decade

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Sep 2nd 2016

Seven films from the ’70s – The Landlord (1970), Harold and Maude (1971), The Last Detail (1973), Shampoo (1975), Bound for Glory (1976), Coming Home (1978), Being There (1979) – comprise one remar

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The Fortune's Fools

The Fortune's Fools

Posted by Mike Finnegan on May 20th 2016

Personal relationships do not always a successful film make. Carole Eastman, who had written the plum role of Bobby Dupea in Five Easy Pieces for Jack Nicholson, had concocted another screenplay, a

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