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Pairs of Dreamers

Pairs of Dreamers

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 29th 2019

Melvin Dummar and Howard Hughes were very real people who may have shared a very real encounter in a Nevada desert, and though the reclusive aviation pioneer/movie studio head/billionaire entrepreneur

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Care, Compassion and Craft: Into the Pit

Care, Compassion and Craft: Into the Pit

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 27th 2019

The path from bestselling book to the big screen was, like its title, serpentine, but The Snake Pit (1948) nonetheless emerged as a rare Hollywood product that combined a sincerely crafted exploration

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Coins of an S.O.B.'s Realm

Coins of an S.O.B.'s Realm

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 24th 2019

Darryl F. Zanuck, the production chief at Twentieth Century Fox for decades, was known for his experience-honed and largely successful picture-making instincts. He was tough, protective and a risk-tak

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Wine of a Rare Vintage

Wine of a Rare Vintage

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 25th 2019

Roger L. Simon, whose film credits include the Paul Mazursky films Enemies: A Love Story (1989, an Academy Award®-nominated script) and Scenes from a Mall (1991), is that rare and fortuitous instance

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Vive Legrand!

Vive Legrand!

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 30th 2019

John Anderson’s thoughtful obituary in The New York Times for the enormously gifted and stunningly versatile film composer and musical performer Michel Legrand, who died Saturday at age 86, contains s

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