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Defiantly Anastasia

Defiantly Anastasia

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 13th 2016

For a production as ideally cast down to the smallest parts, elegantly acted and beautifully executed as Anastasia (1956), which celebrates the 60th anniversary of its gala premiere today, a series

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Yul's Faulkner Exception

Yul's Faulkner Exception

Posted by Mike Finnegan on May 18th 2016

At this time during the years 1951, 1952, 1953, 1977, 1978 and 1985, the great Yul Brynner could be seen on a Broadway stage, playing his signature Tony®- and Academy Award®-winning role of King Mon

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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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Celebrating with Sheba

Celebrating with Sheba

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 30th 2015

As New Year’s Eve commemorations approach, those needing to spruce up their festivity skills might check out some movie moments where the characters knew how to party in style. Among recent fare, B

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Frankly Outspoken

Frankly Outspoken

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 13th 2015

Born 95 years ago tomorrow, Irving Ravetch (1920-2010) was a team player whose screenplay collaborations with his wife Harriet Frank Jr. (still with us at age 98) resulted in several profoundly movi

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