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Unscripted Coincidences

Unscripted Coincidences

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 2nd 2017

As serendipity goes in the movie business, it just so happened that two prominent adaptation screenplays by now-90-year-old veteran scribe Alvin Sargent opened as major studio releases within days

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A Soldiers' Epic

A Soldiers' Epic

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jun 6th 2017

On this date of World War II D-Day invasion remembrance, one can also recall that fighting forces who distinguish themselves in fierce in bloody conflict in theaters of war are made up of individua

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Lining Up Lions

Lining Up Lions

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 31st 2017

When the film version of Irwin Shaw’s powerful bestseller The Young Lions (1958), about the turbulent lives and fateful intersection of one German and two American GIs in World War II, premiered 59

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Dean's Dramatic Year

Dean's Dramatic Year

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jun 7th 2016

The year 1958 was a turning point for Dean Martin (1917-1995), born 99 years ago today. Severed from his comedic partner Jerry Lewis after 10 years as a dominant box-office team and enjoying some re

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Material for a Movie: Julia

Material for a Movie: Julia

Posted by Mike Fnnegan on Mar 29th 2016

Director Fred Zinnemann spent a few years in the 1960s developing projects that did not come to fruition for him, most notably Hawaii (which was reconcieved and scaled back by United Artists and tak

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