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Jerry's Moviemaking Run

Jerry's Moviemaking Run

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Sep 15th 2017

Marking today’s 106th birthday of studio executive/screenwriter/producer Jerry Wald (1911-1962), one asks: “What made Jerry Wald run?” Across 30 years of remarkable stints at four Hollywood studios

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The Best of Joan

The Best of Joan

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 6th 2017

Last night marked the premiere of prolific executive producer Ryan Murphy’s new FX miniseries Feud: Bette and Joan, chronicling the contentious carnival of bad behavior surrounding the making of Wh

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Peyton Placement

Peyton Placement

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 2nd 2017

“Peyton Place was one of the best-selling novels of all time and no one thought it could be made into a decent movie. The subject matter was so steamy it was feared that it might be truncated and d

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Sheilah and Scott, Coincidentally

Sheilah and Scott, Coincidentally

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 16th 2016

Tomorrow marks one of those strange-but-true coincidences you might have read sometime in a gossip column. On November 17, 1988, long-time author and show-business gossip maven Sheilah Graham, who c

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Turning 60: This Thing Called Duchin

Turning 60: This Thing Called Duchin

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jun 21st 2016

Done with adept casting and respectful celebration of their subject’s musical legacy, bandleader biographies enjoyed a certain vogue in the 1950s from Clifton Webb in the John Philip Sousa chronicl

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