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A Wuthering Heights West

A Wuthering Heights West

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 25th 2017

When a filmmaker explores a new frontier, the challenges can be daunting. Director Alan J. Pakula, who had shown his mastery of the urban paranoia thriller with his powerful trilogy of Klute (1971),

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Unscripted Coincidences

Unscripted Coincidences

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 2nd 2017

As serendipity goes in the movie business, it just so happened that two prominent adaptation screenplays by now-90-year-old veteran scribe Alvin Sargent opened as major studio releases within days

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The Post-Tombstone Truth

The Post-Tombstone Truth

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Aug 29th 2017

The October 26, 1881 Tombstone, Arizona, confrontation between the Earps and the Clantons and each side’s various allies continued to interest John Sturges in the decade after he directed the power

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Comes a Fonda

Comes a Fonda

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 21st 2016

Turning a robustly busy 79 today, Jane Fonda has more to mark of late than just a birthday, including a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress Performance in a Comedy Series as

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Material for a Movie: Julia

Material for a Movie: Julia

Posted by Mike Fnnegan on Mar 29th 2016

Director Fred Zinnemann spent a few years in the 1960s developing projects that did not come to fruition for him, most notably Hawaii (which was reconcieved and scaled back by United Artists and tak

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