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Unnerving Timing

Unnerving Timing

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 9th 2018

Timing is everything. It was reported this weekend that the two new Hollywood films requested for special screenings by the White House were The Post, the urgently-made historical chronicle of jour

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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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Chance Encounters

Chance Encounters

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Sep 29th 2017

According to Janet L. Meyer’s 1998 Sydney Pollack: A Critical Filmography chapter on Bobby Deerfield (1977), which opened in theaters 40 years ago today, actor and auto racing enthusiast Paul Newma

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From Street Corner to Center Stage

From Street Corner to Center Stage

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Apr 25th 2017

American stage and screen acting dynamo Al Pacino turns 77 today and 50 years in the public eye has brought him a long way. As recounted in Al Pacino: In Conversation with Lawrence Grobel, on the o

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Conflict Smoothed by Chemistry

Conflict Smoothed by Chemistry

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 19th 2016

Moviemaking is often battlefield conflict, constant struggle, endless tinkering and self-inflicted wounds – even in the case of a now-iconic romance, burnished by time, that opened nationwide 43 yea

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