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An Icon's Island Interlude

An Icon's Island Interlude

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jun 20th 2017

Like its subject’s work across a six-decade stage and screen career, Marc Eliot’s detailed and amiably flowing new 500+-page biography Charlton Heston: Hollywood’s Last Icon gets the job done with

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Personal to Private to Killer

Personal to Private to Killer

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 16th 2016

Opening in New York 41 years ago tomorrow, director Sam Peckinpah’s The Killer Elite (1975) – prescient in its themes of moral corruption and malevolent unlawful activity in high places during that

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Melting Pots

Melting Pots

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 14th 2016

In advance of this week’s hi-def arrival of Robin Williams as a Moscovite musician who decides to defect to America while shopping in Bloomingdale’s Manhattan flagship store in Paul Mazursky’s soul

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Heston's Epic Creativity

Heston's Epic Creativity

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 4th 2016

“It’s a lot harder to be creative in an epic than in a low-budget picture. It’s terribly easy to get swamped in a turgid sea of angry slaves brandishing spears. But it’s worth it because of the cha

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Mirisch's Hawaiian Saga

Mirisch's Hawaiian Saga

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 28th 2016

In his autobiography I Thought We Were Making Movies, Not History, Academy Award®-winning producer Walter Mirisch (In the Heat of the Night) devotes an entire chapter to the filming of James Michen

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