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Shirley Temple at 85

Today is Shirley Temple Black’s 85th birthday. The long-retired star and diplomat is likely quietly marking the day with family at her home in Woodside, California, where she remains largely out of the public eye.  Alas, a recently launched Twitter account purporting to be hers was revealed to be a fake after it started pumping […]
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The Titanic on Film

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the maiden voyage launching of the RMS Titanic, which departed from Southampton at noon April 10, 1912. Five days later, the biggest and most luxurious ship in the world lay at the bottom of the North Atlantic, and over 1,500 people were dead in the freezing waters. To say the […]
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A Guide to Christmas Carol Adaptations

At this festive season of the year, it is more than usually desirable to watch a film adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. But with so many other versions to choose from, how does one decide which to watch? Scrooge, or Marley’s Ghost (1901) Directed by Walter R. Booth The earlies adaptation of Dicken’s beloved […]
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75 Years of Woody Allen

In October, 1965, Groucho Marx, the grand statesman of American comedy, sent a telegram to a young comedian he had discovered during a trip to New York, summing him to the West Coast for a special occasion. “I am sorry I cannot make it to your 75th birthday party,” wired Woody Allen in reply. “But […]
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Thanksgiving Disaster Films

Thanksgiving is a time for sharing with friends and family—road trips home gone terribly wrong, family bickering, frayed nerves around the dinner table, the old flame returning from school for the long weekend explaining that they have “found someone new,” and various cooking disasters. The cinematic possibilities are endless.  While their Christmas counterparts are often […]
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Random Quote

“I find a little giggle-gas before I begin increases my pleasure enormously.”
-Orin Scrivello, DDS (Steve Martin)
from Little Shop of Horrors