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American Authors

American Authors

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 30th 2017

Two rascally and eloquently outspoken men of letters born a century apart share today as a birthday, and each has spawned movie and TV adaptations from either the printed page or the stage that shar

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Two Shermans, Two Twains

Two Shermans, Two Twains

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jun 12th 2017

If ever a birthday were an occasion ripe for bursting into song, it would be that of Richard M. Sherman, who turns 89 today and collaborated with brother Robert B. Sherman (1925-2012) on tunes – fr

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Blue Freedom

Blue Freedom

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jul 4th 2016

Happy Independence Day. The director of Grease enjoyed his personal freedom to pick a passion project following that 1978 musical’s huge success, and Randal Kleiser’s choice was a more scenically g

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Shadows Play

Shadows Play

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 19th 2015

Following the moral quagmire of Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) and the magical whimsy of Alice (1990), Woody Allen next visited another recurring subject for him: death. That is, his one-act play D

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