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Newman's Coming into His Own

Newman's Coming into His Own

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 26th 2018

On today’s 93rd birthday of the revered screen icon Paul Newman (1925-2008), fans are thankful for his legacy of 57 performances in feature films both monumental and somewhat less meritorious betwe

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John, Bill and Their Abiding Concerns

John, Bill and Their Abiding Concerns

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 3rd 2018

For two names in cinematic history sharing today as a birthday, stories they portrayed to popular effect made a sufficiently profound impact that compelled both to revisit them, one on screen, the

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Exodus: Its First and Subsequent Years

Exodus: Its First and Subsequent Years

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 15th 2017

Fifty-seven years ago tonight, producer/director Otto Preminger’s massive and sweeping film adaptation of Exodus (1960), Leon Uris’s 1958 historical novel set during the tumultuous early years of th

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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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Mining Musical Gold

Mining Musical Gold

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jul 13th 2017

After breaking into films via B-pictures and some wonderful Gerald McBoing Boing animated shorts, Vienna-born composer/conductor Ernest Gold (1921-1999), whose 96th birthday is marked today, enjoye

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