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Gratitude for Mike

Gratitude for Mike

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 6th 2017

Lasting legacies in any field have their ups and downs, and that of the extraordinary director/producer/comedian/ mentor-of-careers Mike Nichols (1931-2014), born 86 years ago today, was no excepti

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From a Butler Metaphor to the Nobel Prize

From a Butler Metaphor to the Nobel Prize

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 6th 2017

For internationally acclaimed novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, born nearly 60 years ago in Japan and raised since age 5 in England, it was there on the page and remained so on the screen. His masterful boo

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Beatty Rules

Beatty Rules

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 23rd 2016

Hollywood lion Warren Beatty returns to movie theaters today in the aptly-titled Rules Don’t Apply, marking his 23rd screen appearance as an actor, 10th foray as a producer, 6th time out as credited

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The Fortune's Fools

The Fortune's Fools

Posted by Mike Finnegan on May 20th 2016

Personal relationships do not always a successful film make. Carole Eastman, who had written the plum role of Bobby Dupea in Five Easy Pieces for Jack Nicholson, had concocted another screenplay, a

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The Remains of Greatness

The Remains of Greatness

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 5th 2015

The magnificent moviemaking troika of producer Ismail Merchant, director James Ivory and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was always noted for developing its own projects and had come into its own

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