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Cinderella Scribe

Cinderella Scribe

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 12th 2018

Forty-five years ago this week, former high school English teacher and Navy veteran Darryl Ponicsan enjoyed the rare and exciting experience of having a pair of movies open in theaters based on two of

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Hail Hal

Hail Hal

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Sep 13th 2018

Opening last weekend in New York and Friday in Los Angeles, the documentary profile Hal is “a most welcome reassessment of one of the most important figures in 1970s Hollywood” (Todd McCarthy, Th

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Jones for James

Jones for James

Posted by Mike Finnegan on May 29th 2018

Yesterday, Memorial Day tributes were paid throughout the country to the men and women of the armed forces who gave their lives in service. Today, a 98th birthday salute is offered to a beloved charac

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Johnny Be Thankful

Johnny Be Thankful

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 23rd 2017

Among the blessings evoking expressions of gratitude this Thanksgiving Day, one to add to the list is appreciation of the legacy of the legendary Johnny Mandel, marking his 92nd birthday today. A co

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The Ashby Decade

The Ashby Decade

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Sep 2nd 2016

Seven films from the ’70s – The Landlord (1970), Harold and Maude (1971), The Last Detail (1973), Shampoo (1975), Bound for Glory (1976), Coming Home (1978), Being There (1979) – comprise one remar

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