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The Midnight Man's Métier

The Midnight Man's Métier

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Sep 4th 2018

When Tony®, Writers Guild of America and Academy Award® winner Sidney Sheldon, following decades of successful scribing for movies, theater and television, elected in 1969 to turn to the solitary prac

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Jewison's Sporting Effort

Jewison's Sporting Effort

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jun 26th 2017

Rollerball (1975), which smashed into theaters 42 years ago yesterday with its then-futuristic vision of a violence-soaked sport that’s a tool of multinational corporations to mind-numb the masses,

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Beck on Deck

Beck on Deck

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 26th 2017

Any actor who could do double duty for directors Sam Peckinpah and Woody Allen in the same movie year must be given his due as a capable utility player. Chicago-born John Beck, who turns 74 this we

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Peculiarities on Parade

Peculiarities on Parade

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Sep 30th 2016

With the annual run-up to Halloween underway, director Tim Burton’s latest big screen venture Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, based on Ransom Riggs’ 2011 young adult novel about a have

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