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Jerry's Moviemaking Run

Jerry's Moviemaking Run

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Sep 15th 2017

Marking today’s 106th birthday of studio executive/screenwriter/producer Jerry Wald (1911-1962), one asks: “What made Jerry Wald run?” Across 30 years of remarkable stints at four Hollywood studios

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At 87, The Kid Still Pursues The Best

At 87, The Kid Still Pursues The Best

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jun 29th 2017

He’s still in the picture, perhaps not quite a kid anymore, as he’s turning 87 today. But legendary producer and one-time Paramount studio head Robert Evans, whose tenure there gave birth to some o

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The Best of Joan

The Best of Joan

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 6th 2017

Last night marked the premiere of prolific executive producer Ryan Murphy’s new FX miniseries Feud: Bette and Joan, chronicling the contentious carnival of bad behavior surrounding the making of Wh

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The Best of Baker

The Best of Baker

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 25th 2016

Diane Baker, turning 78 today, was born and raised in Hollywood and entered movies toward the end of the studio system of contract players whose careers would be shaped from project to project. Whil

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Newman's Own Royalty

Newman's Own Royalty

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 17th 2016

If there is a “royal family” of movie music, it would be the Newmans, which includes among its revered melodic bloodline Alfred, Otto, Lionel, Thomas, Maria, David, Randy and Joey. Composer Alfred N

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