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APOLLO 11: RELIVING A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME EXPERIENCE

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I was a teenager when Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon in the summer of 1969 and, like millions of people around the world, I will never forget that moment. I can only guess how this film will…
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GOING GAGA FOR CONSTANCE BENNETT

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At one time she was Hollywood’s highest-paid star. Today, Constance Bennett’s name is known only to the most devoted film buffs…but I realize she has a link to one of this year’s Oscar nominees. You see, Bennett starred in…
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OSCARS CAST A WIDE NET

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I’ve been watching the Oscars since I was a kid and covering them since I moved to Los Angeles in 1983, so I can assure you that it’s not a cliché when people say it’s an honor just to…
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SLEEPERS! FILM NOIR, WESTERN AUTEURS ON DVD AND BLU-RAY

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Even as “physical media” is ostensibly disappearing there are new DVD and Blu-ray releases being released on a regular basis, with valuable bonus material. The newest company to join the parade is Arrow Academy (Arrow Video in the United States),…
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ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL

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A striking new female character is ready for action in a fantastic-looking movie. Based on a Japanese manga comic book, Alita: Battle Angel combines the talents of two tech-savvy filmmakers, James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez. Screenwriting has never been their strong…
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EVEN MORE OF MY FAVORITE MOVIE SCORE

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Imagine loving a movie soundtrack but never having a chance to hear it all. The most-played score in my collection is Jerome Moross’ evocative, Oscar-nominated music for The Big Country (1958), William Wyler’s sprawling film starring Gregory Peck and Charlton Heston.…
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ALBERT FINNEY: THE CHAMELEON WHO DIDN’T CARE ABOUT OSCARS

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I remember a publicist who was working on the Academy Award campaign for Erin Brockovich complaining that Albert Finney could have won the Oscar that year if he’d only been willing to come to Los Angeles to do some publicity and…
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