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A Special Starting Place

A Special Starting Place

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 23rd 2018

In a 1971 San Antonio Light interview months before her new film, Dalton Trumbo’s shattering Johnny Got His Gun, would premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, actress Diane Varsi (1938-1992), who woul

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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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Guilded Circle

Guilded Circle

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 11th 2018

Congratulations go to today’s announced nominees for the 70th annual Director Guild of America Awards for achievement in 2017 Feature Film and First-Time Feature Film. By way of paying tribute to t

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Titanic Troubled Talents

Titanic Troubled Talents

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Sep 8th 2017

Two free-spirited creative talents share today as a birthday. Arriving a year apart, each took their work seriously even as taste-makers at first didn’t, and each chafed at being boxed in by erupti

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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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