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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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Finest Zero Hour

Finest Zero Hour

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 28th 2018

It’s easy to forget that Zero Mostel (1915-1977), whose 103rd birthday is today, wasn’t always, as A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Fiddler on the Roof producer Harold Prince cal

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Woody Wheel of Wonders

Woody Wheel of Wonders

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 30th 2017

As the eternally productive Woody Allen turns 82 Friday, his new 1950s-set movie drama Wonder Wheel (2017) opens in theaters to mixed reviews overall and admiring notices for the work of actresses

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Murphy's Interests

Murphy's Interests

Posted by Mike Finnegan on May 5th 2017

A familiar screen face for 50 years, Michael Murphy, who celebrates his 79th birthday today, takes his various screen personas in stride. As he told Filmmaker Magazine interviewer Vadim Rizov two y

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The Ritt Stuff

The Ritt Stuff

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 8th 2016

When Martin Ritt (1914-1990) died 26 years ago today, it meant that the last of his 26 theatrical features was the one released to poor critical and box-office response just 10 months prior, Stanle

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