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Posted by Mike Finnegan on Apr 24th 2018

Though not classified as one of Hollywood’s most memorable biopics, Gidget (1959), which rode ashore into theaters 59 years ago this week, was indeed adapted from a cheeky but evocative truth-based

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Powerful Words and Concerns

Powerful Words and Concerns

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Apr 16th 2018

This year’s Turner Classic Movies Film Festival, unreeling Thursday April 26 through Sunday April 29 across several venues in Hollywood, carries the sturdy foundational theme of Powerful Words: The

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The Uncommon Mr. Ritt

The Uncommon Mr. Ritt

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 2nd 2018

The 26-movie legacy of director Martin Ritt (1914-1990), born 104 years ago today, utilized virtuosic acting, writing and technical talent as varied as they come, but film buffs and scholars have a

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Little Girl, Big Ideas, Fullest Width

Little Girl, Big Ideas, Fullest Width

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 12th 2017

The name of Gidget immediately conjures up the pretty faces and bubbly personalities of the actresses who portrayed the vivacious Southern California girl on the big screen (Sandra Dee, Deborah Wall

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Placing Benton's Story

Placing Benton's Story

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Sep 21st 2017

Moviegoers who took a chance and visited an earlier, harder time in America’s past when Places in the Heart (1984) opened 33 years ago today discovered something unexpectedly meaningful: the connec

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