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    • Fall/Winter 2005 Remakes

    • Whether the inspiration is to make a contemporary hit of an American classic or to translate a foreign smash into a domestic success, remakes always have the shadows of their progenitors looming over them.

      Even high-profile directors like Steven Spielberg can stumble when trying to recreate the magic somebody else originated; his Always failed to add much to A Guy Named Joe. Nonetheless, 16 years after that disappointment, Spielberg remade The War of the Worlds to much greater critical and commercial success.

      Then there are the vanity projects, such as Gus Van Sant's fairly inexplicable, almost frame-for-frame (but in color) remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. But then again, Hitch himself also tried his hand at remakes by retooling his own The Man Who Knew Too Much.

      Following on the heels of a summer that saw revivals of The Longest Yard and The Bad News Bears, the more serious fall schedule has its own plundering to do.

      Let's look ahead through our crystal ball to see what's in store from the irrepressible Jane Austen, a Pulitzer prize-winning political tale, and one really big ape:

      King Kong

      What makes the original a classic? The amazing craft of Willis O'Brien. The mark of his hands lives forever as the ripples on Kong's fur. Even beyond the stop-motion animation, the optical special effects are still amazing, 75 years later. All this is in service to a wonderful story that has inspired filmmaking nerds for decades.

      What could a remake possibly have to offer? The easy answer is "better" special effects, if you prefer the cold hard look of digital compositing to the human touch. But the real answer is "director Peter Jackson." Fresh off his career-defining Lord of the Rings trilogy, he has both everything and nothing to prove. He may need to prove that there's life after Gollum, and yet he can also rest on his laurels and only choose projects that genuinely inspire him. Let's hope the combination strikes a happy balance. Also on the bright side, nobody named De Laurentiis was involved in this production and no real 25-foot apes were harmed during the making of the film.

      What will the remake probably get wrong? Even in Peter Jackson's hands, there's still the possibility that special effects will trump the story.

      The Producers

      What makes the original a classic? The musical numbers that were so peppy and on-target that even their horrific lyrics couldn't drag them down. How about the perfect-fit personalities of Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder as Bialystock and Bloom? Then there was the perfect comedic form, with an ending both "tragic" and funny.

      What could a remake possibly have to offer? For one, it's based on the Broadway stage version, and not the movie. Is a remake of a remake more independent? Will it be less likely to disappoint? Director Susan Stroman, and stars Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick are hoping so.

      What will the remake probably get wrong? Feeling like a filmed stage show. It'll have to take on a life and logic of its own, as Chicago did, in order to connect with the film-going crowd. As the skillfully-crafted movie version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera proved, a boffo Broadway box office does not guarantee a line at the cinema. It all depends on how nimble director Stroman is at dancing from the Great White Way to the silver screen.

      Pride and Prejudice

      What makes the original a classic? Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier play Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, and Edna May Oliver is perfect as Lady Catherine. It's a straightforward, faithful adaptation of Austen's novel, unlike the recent Bollywood charmer, Bride & Prejudice.

      What could a remake possibly have to offer? A tough question. With Jane Austen movies a dime a dozen in the 1990s, it's hard to imagine anyone daring audiences to sit through two more hours of proto-feminist romance. And yet, reviews from Europe say that this version, while still straighforward and faithful to the book, is still worth seeing. So perhaps audiences can make room for one more.

      What will the remake probably get wrong? Nothing. It can't afford to. One false step and Austen-infatuated audiences would turn away.

      All The King's Men

      What makes the original a classic? It's a celebrated drama, winning 1949's Best Picture Oscar, based on an equally celebrated, Pulitzer prize-winning novel.

      What could a remake possibly have to offer? Timeliness. The story's focus on the abuse of power is relevant in today's political climate and the recent rash of scandals. Also, director Steven Zaillian has a solid resume that includes his screenplay for Schindler's List, and Sean Penn should make a great Willie Stark.

      What will the remake probably get wrong? Finger-pointing. The greatest risk would be alienating either the Ultra-Liberals or Ultra-Conservatives. But, even so, controversy can be golden and, given the pedigree of the cast and crew, if they play their cards right, both affiliations will use the movie as an argument against the other.

      The Pink Panther

      What makes the original a classic? Two words: Peter Sellers.

      What could a remake possibly have to offer? A different comedian's take on some classic material? Roberto Benigni tried it with Son of the Pink Panther and it didn't work. And earlier Alan Arkin attempted the role in Inspector Clouseau (1968) with disastrous results. It certainly doesn't offer a new story: at one point entitled The Birth of the Pink Panther, this supposed "prequel" mines familiar turf: The legendary buffoon Inspector Jacques Clouseau investigates a murder and diamond theft.

      What will the remake probably get wrong? For starters, the age of a younger Clouseau. Steve Martin is already 22 years older than Sellers was while making the first Pink Panther. At the peak of his stand-up career, Martin might have been able to pull this off, particularly with his "naive American" schtick that worked so well. But his comedy star is waning (even if his art and playwriting stock is soaring), and the brutal physical comedy of the original movies would seem to be out of his range now.

      The Fog

      What makes the original a classic? Director John Carpenter, known for horror and action films with a brain.

      What could a remake possibly have to offer? Carpenter's version was a good idea that had some basic problems that kept it from scaring audiences like Halloween did. A remake could potentially improve on Carpenter's tale.

      What will the remake probably get wrong? Video director Rupert Wainwright directed Patricia Arquette in a horror film called Stigmata, which, at best was a guilty pleasure for critics. If John Carpenter wasn't smart enough to get this movie right, it's hard to imagine Wainwright doing any better.


      What makes the original a classic? Well, "classic" may be too strong a word, but the original was one of the blockbusters of its day, cashing in on the Airport disaster movie craze and opening the floodgates for other Irwin Allen "classics" such as The Towering Inferno and The Swarm.

      What could a remake possibly have to offer? Better special effects. Peterson has loads of experience making movies about boats (Das Boot) and big movies featuring big action set pieces.

      What will the remake probably get wrong? Peterson has adopted American action movie formulas too wholeheartedly (see Troy for an example). Hopefully this one will go back to Peterson's roots and focus on everyday characters facing genuine conflict instead of action-movie villains who want to take over the world. In spite of the watery setting, be wary that this might be an Air Force One instead of a Das Boot.

      Yours, Mine and Ours

      What makes the original a classic? Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball (in her second-to-last movie), for starters. Two single parents, he with ten kids, she with eight, cram 20 people into a house. No doubt the inspiration for The Brady Bunch and Eight is Enough, it gets Leondard Maltin's seal of approval as a "wholesome 'family' picture" while still being well-written.

      What could a remake possibly have to offer? How about a less naive, more modern take on family life? With Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo it could go that direction. And director Raja Gosnell's Never Been Kissed with Drew Barrymore found just the right amount of sweetness.

      What will the remake probably get wrong? Judging by director Gosnell's critical flops Home Alone 3, Big Mama's House, and Scooby-Doo, we may not be able to hope for more than cheap laughs and easy sentimentality.

      Fun With Dick and Jane

      What makes the original a classic? It's something of a 1977 time capsule. George Segal and Jane Fonda play it for laughs as they find themselves $70,000 in debt after Segal's character suddenly -- and without warning -- loses his job. They begin robbing drug stores to maintain their comfortable lifestyle.

      What could a remake possibly have to offer? A contemporary spin. With people filing for bankruptcy at a record rate as the national laws change, this is another remake that can play off the "timeliness" factor, hopefully for laughs. With the movie being released Christmas week, Carrey and Leoni could make this tale of a married couple up to their eyeballs in debt a happy holiday hoot. Also, the opportunities for a biting social commentary, perhaps sugar-coated, are most certainly there.

      What will the remake probably get wrong? Jim Carrey. If it follows in the footsteps of Bewitched, which turned into just another generic Will Ferrell movie, then this one will be just another madcap Jim Carrey movie. Also, look for a turn-off if they go for gross-out laughs instead of aspiring to something a bit smarter and situational.

      by Marty Mapes & Matt Anderson

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  1. New Books

    • Handsome Johnny

    • By Lee Server

      Lee Server's in-depth research and vivid writing style have earned high acclaim for his bestselling biographies of Ava Gardener and Robert Mitchum. Now he turns his laser focus to a singular character in the annals of the American underworld--Johnny Rosselli--in HANDSOME JOHNNY: The Life and Death of Johnny Rosselli: Gentleman Gangster, Hollywood Producer, CIA Assassin (St. Martin's Press, Nov. 13, 2018, $29.99).

      A protégé of Al Capone, Johnny Roselli abandoned his Boston roots for California and the bloody bootlegging wars of the Roaring Twenties, eventually becoming the Mob's "Man in Hollywood," and even producing two of the best film noirs of the 1940s.

      Server uncovers previously unknown details about Rosselli, including:
      --The first detailed description of the biggest extortion plot in US history, the mob's plot to extort the entire movie industry and subvert the Hollywood unions.
      --The Syndicate's secret sponsorship of Columbia Pictures
      --The massive extortion deal that eventually landed Rosselli and his associates in federal prison.

      Server recounts the inside story of Rosselli's post-prison venture, working for Chicago boss Sam Giancana in Las Vegas, where he ran the town from his suites and poolside tables at the Tropicana and Desert Inn, enjoying the Rat Pack nightlife with pals Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.

      Server also provides a detailed, first-time account of the most unexpected chapter in Rosselli's extraordinary life:
      --The CIA's recruitment of Rosselli to assassinate Cuban leader Fidel Castro
      --The Kennedy brothers' secret connection to the murder plots
      --Rosselli's part in the eventual Washington investigations that tore apart the American intelligence service.

      Based upon years of research, written with compelling style and vivid detail, HANDSOME JOHNNY is a rich rollercoaster of a biography.

      LEE SERVER is the author of the best-selling and critically acclaimed biographies Robert Mitchum: Baby, I Don't Care and Ava Gardner: Love is Nothing. Robert Mitchum was named a Best Book of the Year by the Los Angeles Times, "the film biography of the year" by the Sunday Times (U.K.) and one of the "60 Greatest Film Books." Ava Gardner was a New York Times Notable Book, and a New York Times, Los Angeles Times and USA Today bestseller. He lives in Palm Springs, California.

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    • Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II

    • By Robert Matzen

      The story of one of the most enduring and beloved stars Hollywood has ever produced--Audrey Hepburn--has been told again and again since her passing in 1993. An Amazon search of books with her name will produce well over a thousand titles, with every aspect of her life but one covered in print: her years during World War II when she lived in the Netherlands under Nazi rule.

      On April 15, 2019--just weeks before what would've been her 90th birthday--critically acclaimed and bestselling biographer Robert Matzen reveals the true war story of this cinematic icon. The book, as shocking as it is vital and triumphant, is Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II [GoodKnight Books]. The culmination of years of painstaking research by Matzen--who conducted new interviews with people who knew Audrey Hepburn in the Netherlands, unearthed secret diaries, gained access to previously classified archives, and combed through decades of her own infrequent but revealing reminiscences in interviews--Dutch Girl contains substantive proof of holes, errors, and inventions in every previous Audrey Hepburn biography that's touched on her life during the war years. In fact, the real story is more incredible than anything presented by previous biographers.

      From debunking the mythology of Hepburn's lineage (did the wealthy van Heemstras actually have their money stolen by the Nazis?) to revealing the extent of her involvement with the Dutch Resistance and an active role tending wounded of the famed "Bridge Too Far" battle of Arnhem, Dutch Girl is a definitive biography that exposes an extraordinary story of courage, tragedy, perseverance, and triumph--and contributes immeasurably to the legacy of one of the world's most famous actresses, fashion icons, and humanitarians.

      Dutch Girl has been called a "true gift" by Hepburn's younger son, Luca Dotti, who has written a powerful foreword to the book that speaks to the lock-and-key under which this information had been kept in Audrey's heart, writing:
      "When my mother talked about herself and what life taught her, Hollywood was the missing guest. Instead of naming famed Beverly Hills locations, she gave us obscure and sometimes unpronounceable Dutch ones. Red carpet recollections were replaced by Second World War episodes that she was able to transform into children's tales. We knew we were missing the complete story of her life in the war--until Robert Matzen wrote to me introducing himself and his book, Dutch Girl. I now understand why the words Good and Evil, and Love and Mercy were so fundamental in her own narrative. Why she was open about certain facts and why she kept so many others in a secluded area of her being. Thank you, Robert Matzen."

      The third and final book in Matzen's 'Hollywood in WWII' Trilogy -- which includes the award-winning 2013 book Fireball: Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3 and 2016 bestseller Mission: Jimmy Stewart and the Fight for World War II--Dutch Girl is a not-to-be-missed spring 2019 release. Among the topics explored and new information revealed in it includes:

      --The riveting, untold story of a young Dutch ballerina in World War II who went on to become an Academy Award winning movie star, timeless fashion icon, and tireless UNICEF ambassador who devoted her life to fighting for the welfare of children in war-torn territories
      --Brand-new verified information about the van Heemstra family, including brutal executions of Audrey Hepburn's relatives by the Nazis and other direct family members deeply involved in the rise of fascism in Europe
      --Audrey Hepburn's active role in the Dutch Resistance and details about her daily life in Velp when the war "came home" and the village was under fire for seven months
      --Never-before-seen photographs, documents, and mementos provided by Audrey Hepburn's son, Luca Dotti, informing Matzen's research and shared in a full-color and black-and-white 24-page photo section

      Robert Matzen has gained a reputation as one of today's top authors in popular biography; for his latest book, Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II, he lived in Audrey Hepburn's footsteps in the Netherlands, interviewed many who knew her, and dug deep into Dutch archives to uncover secret information, resulting in a eye-opening look into the hidden past of an icon. Dutch Girl is Matzen's eighth book and the third and final installment in his 'Hollywood in World War II' trilogy, with previous releases including the award-winning and critically acclaimed titles Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3 [2013] and Mission: Jimmy Stewart and the Fight for Europe [2016]. Regularly appearing ininternational press, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Post, Hollywood Reporter, and PBS, Matzen's previous print work includes many articles about classic films and he maintains a popular blog at

      Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II [GoodKnight Books] will be available in hardcover, e-book, and audiobook formats on April 15, 2019 wherever books are sold.

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    • A Star is Born: Judy Garland and the Film that Got Away

    • By Lorna Luft and Jeffrey Vance

      New York Times bestselling author and daughter of Judy Garland tells the story of A Star Is Born (1954) -- at once the crowning achievement and greatest disappointment in her mother's legendary career. This is a vivid account of a film classic's production, loss, and reclamation.

      A Star Is Born -- the classic Hollywood tale about a young talent rising to superstardom, and the downfall of her mentor/lover along the way -- has never gone out of style. It has seen five film adaptations, but none compares to the 1954 version starring Judy Garland in her greatest role. But while it was the crowning performance of the legendary entertainer's career, the production turned into one of the most talked about in movie history.

      The story, which depicts the dark side of fame, addiction, loss, and suicide, paralleled Garland's own tumultuous life in many ways. While hitting alarmingly close to home for the fragile star, it ultimately led to a superlative performance -- one that was nominated for an Academy Award, but lost in one of the biggest upsets in Oscar® history. Running far too long for the studio's tastes, Warner Bros. notoriously slashed extensive amounts of footage from the finished print, leaving A Star is Born in tatters and breaking the heart of both the film's star and director George Cukor.

      Today, with a director's cut reconstructed from previously lost scenes and audio, the 1954 A Star is Born has taken its deserved place among the most critically acclaimed movies of all time, and continues to inspire each new generation that discovers it. Now, Lorna Luft, daughter of Judy Garland and the film's producer, Sid Luft, tells the story of the production, and of her mother's fight to save her career, as only she could. Teaming with film historian Jeffrey Vance, A Star Is Born is a vivid and refreshingly candid account of the crafting, loss, and restoration of a movie classic, complemented by a trove of images from the family collection taken both on and off the set. The book also includes essays on the other screen adaptations of A Star Is Born, to round out a complete history of a story that has remained a Hollywood favorite for close to a century.

      Lorna Luft is the daughter of Judy Garland and Sid Luft. She is the author of the bestselling book Me and My Shadows: A Family Memoir (Pocket Books, 1998). After making her television debut on her mother's 1963 Christmas special, Luft embarked on her own career as a singer and actress on the stage, film, and TV. She has performed on and off Broadway in Lolita, and Promises, Promises; in national tours of Grease and Guys and Dolls; at the Rainbow Room, the Hollywood Bowl, and the White House. Luft lives in Palm Springs, CA.

      Jeffrey Vance is a film historian, author, and producer. His books include Douglas Fairbanks (UC Press, 2008) and a trilogy of volumes published by Abrams on comedy legends: Chaplin: Genius of the Cinema (2003), Harold Lloyd: Master Comedian (2002), and Buster Keaton Remembered (2001). Vance lives in Los Angeles, CA.

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    • The Girl on the Balcony - Memoir by Olivia Hussey

    • By Olivia Hussey

      Olivia Hussey, forever immortalized as the definitive Juliet in Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet, provides readers with a captivating look inside her life in Hollywood through her remarkable, and sometimes tumultuous, career and personal life.

      Born in Argentina, Hussey, at the young age of 15, was cast in the role of a life-time by acclaimed director Franco Zeffirelli. With the international spotlight thrust upon her, stardom proved to be the more challenging part for her to conquer.

      Her candid memoir--written with her son, Alexander Martin, child of Dean Paul (Dino) Martin and grandchild of Dean Martin--takes readers on an emotional journey through her many challenges and blessings. Highlights include her experience as an "It Girl" in swinging 1960s London; her enduring friendship with her Romeo and Juliet co-star, Leonard Whiting; three tumultuous marriages; her inspirational fight through stage-four breast cancer; debilitating agoraphobia; bankruptcy; and ultimately a journey of self-discovery in India that led her on a path to fulfillment.

      Her stories take readers up close to the age-defining figures she knew well--The Beatles, Vanessa Redgrave, Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Anthony Perkins, Christopher Reeve, Sir Laurence Olivier, Ingrid Bergman and more--revealing intimate details, startling facts and bizarre coincidences. Hussey also reveals, for the first time, the identity of the actor and fellow newcomer who raped her but would not break her.

      "My mother has lived a remarkable life. Growing up, I saw, first hand, the slings and arrows of her daily life, but I was aware there was so much more to know. So, we began to talk," said Alexander Martin, co-author of The Girl on the Balcony. "Through our two-year conversation, I was able to piece together her extraordinary story. I came to understand her and, ultimately, to admire her. It was so moving."

      "Writing this memoir with my talented son has been one of my greatest joys," said Olivia Hussey. "Putting my story on paper required the perfect partner and Alexander exceeded my expectations."

      The Girl on the Balcony is available wherever books are sold.

      Olivia Hussey
      At 15 years old, Olivia Hussey made her undeniable mark in modern-day cinema as Juliet--one of the most celebrated roles ever written. A seasoned veteran of the London stage, Hussey debuted opposite Vanessa Redgrave in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. She has appeared in more than two dozen films, including Death on the Nile with Bette Davis and Peter Ustinov; Jesus of Nazareth (where she reunited with Zeffirelli); The Last Days of Pompeii, opposite Sir Laurence Olivier; Lost Horizon; The Bastard; Hallmark Hall of Fame's Ivanhoe with James Mason; Showtime's Psycho IV: The Beginning and Steven King's IT.
      Visit Olivia online at

      Alexander Martin grew up in Los Angeles, California. After attending the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama in London, England, he returned to Los Angeles with the intention of taking up the family business. Working as both an actor and writer, he appeared in the films Can't Hardly Wait, 21, Three Priests, and Josie and the Pussycats. A little over two years ago, while he was beginning work on his first book, his mother called and asked if he would help her with her memoir--it was an opportunity he couldn't pass up. He now lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico with his wife and son.

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  1. DVD Reviews

    • Dick Dinman's "Best of '18" Holiday Gift Giving Shows

    • DICK DINMAN'S "BEST OF '18" HOLIDAY GIFT GIVING SHOW: "Dick's Best Classic Blu-ray Pick's for '18" include superb releases from the Warner Archive, the Criterion Collection, Kino Lorber, the Cohen Collection, Olive Films, Twilight Time, Flicker Alley and Indicator/Powerhouse and acclaimed author, film historian, and commentator Jeremy Arnold joins producer/host Dick Dinman to shine the holiday light on his sumptuously illustrated new book TCM's CHRISTMAS IN THE MOVIES: 30 CLASSICS TO CELEBRATE THE SEASON (available from Running Press).

      DICK DINMAN SALUTES TCM'S "CHRISTMAS IN THE MOVIES: 30 CLASSICS TO CELEBRATE THE SEASON": Producer/host Dick Dinman welcomes back popular author and film historian Jeremy Arnold who reveals the why's and wherefores of his choices of classic holiday films that he included in his marvelous new Christmas gift book TCM's CHRISTMAS IN THE MOVIES: 30 CLASSICS TO CELEBRATE THE SEASON (available from Running Press).

      The award-winning DICK DINMAN'S DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR is the only show devoted to Golden Age Movie Classics as they become available on DVD and Blu-ray. Your producer/host Dick Dinman includes a generous selection of classic scenes, classic film music and one-on-one interviews with stars, producers, and directors. To hear these as well as other DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR shows please go to or

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    • Dick Dinman & George Feltenstein Survive THE LAST HUNT

    • DICK DINMAN & GEORGE FELTENSTEIN SURVIVE "THE LAST HUNT"! : Robert Taylor takes no prisoners in his superbly conceived, savage and rivetingly intense performance of a lifetime in writer/director Richard Brooks' starkly effective western drama THE LAST HUNT and Warner Home Video's popular and engaging Senior Vice President of Classic and Theatrical Marketing George Feltenstein joins producer/host Dick Dinman as both celebrate the astonishingly gorgeous Blu-ray release of this powerful film classic.

      The award-winning DICK DINMAN'S DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR is the only show devoted to Golden Age Movie Classics as they become available on DVD and Blu-ray. Your producer/host Dick Dinman includes a generous selection of classic scenes, classic film music and one-on-one interviews with stars, producers, and directors. To hear these as well as other DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR shows please go to or

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    • Dick Dinman Salutes Criterion's DIETRICH & VON STERNBERG IN HOLLYWOOD

    • DICK DINMAN SALUTES CRITERION'S "DIETRICH & Von STERNBERG IN HOLLYWOOD" COLLECTION (Part One): Classic film fans of the erotically exotic Paramount Pictures collaborations of star Marlene Dietrich and director/photographer Josef Von Sternberg are over the moon about the Criterion Collection's brilliant restorations of all six of their hotblooded and aggressively seductive cinema masterworks together which are supplemented by a phenomenal array of special features and acclaimed writer and film scholar Imogen Sara Smith joins producer/host Dick Dinman as both marvel at the unparalleled depth and scope of this amazing collection.

      DICK DINMAN SALUTES CRITERION'S "DIETRICH & Von STERNBERG IN HOLLYWOOD" COLLECTION (Part Two): Acclaimed author and film scholar Imogen Sara Smith rejoins producer/host Dick Dinman as both discuss all six of the Dietrich/Von Sternberg cinema milestones and marvel at the virtually immaculate transfers and wide ranging special features included in this dazzling collection.

      The award-winning DICK DINMAN'S DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR is the only show devoted to Golden Age Movie Classics as they become available on DVD and Blu-ray. Your producer/host Dick Dinman includes a generous selection of classic scenes, classic film music and one-on-one interviews with stars, producers, and directors. To hear these as well as other DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR shows please go to or

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    • Dick Dinman & George Feltenstein are GUN CRAZY!

    • DICK DINMAN & GEORGE FELTENSTEIN ARE "GUN CRAZY!": Producer/host Dick Dinman and Warner Home Video's Sr. V.P. of Classic & Theatrical Marketing George Feltenstein salute the Blu-ray debut of the certifiable noir masterwork GUN CRAZY as well as the Blu-ray debuts of LES GIRLS (Gene Kelly's final MGM dance delight), Sergio Leone's spectacular THE COLOSSUS OF RHODES and two drastically different Vincente Minnelli CinemaScope and color triumphs: the delightful comedy DESIGNING WOMAN and the intensely dramatic TWO WEEKS IN ANOTHER TOWN.

      The award-winning DICK DINMAN'S DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR is the only show devoted to Golden Age Movie Classics as they become available on DVD and Blu-ray. Your producer/host Dick Dinman includes a generous selection of classic scenes, classic film music and one-on-one interviews with stars, producers, and directors. To hear these as well as other DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR shows please go to or

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    • Dick Dinman & George Feltenstein Salute 7 BRIDES FOR 7 BROTHERS Blu-ray Debut!

    • DICK DINMAN & GEORGE FELTENSTEIN SALUTE "7 BRIDES FOR 7 BROTHERS" BLU-RAY DEBUT!: For more than a decade passionate fans of the joyous Oscar-winning once-in-a-lifetime musical classic 7 BRIDES FOR 7 BROTHERS have been waiting for the day when this incomparably original and unique certified masterwork would make it's debut on 1080p Blu-ray. Well, fans, that day has finally arrived and your producer/host Dick Dinman and his frequent guest Warner Home Video Sr. V.P. of Classic & Theatrical Marketing George Feltenstein celebrate this momentous occasion while George explains the herculean challenges and obstacles he and his dedicated staff faced in ultimately bringing this happiest of all cinema classics to Blu-ray fruition.

      The award-winning DICK DINMAN'S DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR is the only show devoted to Golden Age Movie Classics as they become available on DVD and Blu-ray. Your producer/host Dick Dinman includes a generous selection of classic scenes, classic film music and one-on-one interviews with stars, producers, and directors. To hear these as well as other DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR shows please go to or

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  1. Press Release

    • Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha Screens BACK TO THE FUTURE!

    • Motion Picture Historian Crawford Bringing the time travel/comedy to Omaha

      Film historian Bruce Crawford will be presenting the 1985 classic Back to the Future on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge Street in Omaha. It has become one of the most popular adventure comedies in cinema history and spawned three sequels as well as comic books, video games and much more.

      In addition to the special event screening, writer, producer and co-creator of all three Back to the Future films, Bob Gale, will address the audience as well as actor Harry Waters Jr., who played singer Marvin Berry in the film--both will speak before the screening discussing the making of this iconic film. There will also be a meet-and-greet and autograph session for the fans.

      This event marks 26 years since Crawford started hosting film legends and the classic films on which they worked. He typically presents two movies each year, spring and autumn.

      Tickets to meet and hear Bob Gale and Harry Waters Jr. go on sale Thursday, Oct. 4 for $24 each and can be purchased at the customer service counters of all Omaha-area Hy Vee food stores. Proceeds will benefit the Nebraska Kidney Association.

      For more information call (402) 932-7200 or (308) 830-2121 and visit

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    • Web Reviewer Glenn Erickson Launches 'CineSavant'

    • Web reviewer Glenn Erickson, aka 'DVD Savant' has established a new home under a new identity, 'CineSavant.' Reviewing independently since 1998, the Savant database has grown to over five thousand reviews and articles, and become one of the most respected and sought-out review pages on the web for news and opinions about classic films on disc. Readership boomed when the page Trailers from Hell picked up Glenn's reviews as featured content in 2015.

      A varied background helps add perspective to Glenn's reviews; from the UCLA Film School he worked in special effects, and then moved on to TV commercial work, and trailers for The Cannon Group. A long stint with MGM/UA Home Video led to editing large-scale DVD extras and other special projects. He began writing for the web in 1997 as 'MGM Video Savant.' Working with the film curators at MGM, Glenn helped detect and produced the restoration of the original ending of the film noir classic Kiss Me Deadly. Glenn has published two books of reviews, and has been writing and researching for TCM since 2004.

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    • TCM Remembers Neil Simon (1927-2018)

    • Turner Classic Movies pays tribute to Neil Simon on Friday, September 14 with the following festival of films. This program will replace the previously scheduled movies for that night so please take note.

      The new schedule for Friday, September 14 will be:
      8:00pm - The Odd Couple (1968)
      10:00pm - The Goodbye Girl (1977)
      12:00am - Lost in Yonkers (1993)

      Neil Simon passed away on Sunday, August 26 in New York City at the age of 91.

      A staff writer on the signature comedy series of television's infancy, "Your Show of Shows" (NBC, 1950-54), Neil Simon went on to establish himself as one of Broadway's most prolific and consistent hit makers. Over the course of four decades, a Simon play or musical opened most seasons on Broadway and were often turned into major motion pictures within a couple of years, including "Barefoot in the Park" (1967), "The Out-of-Towners" (1969), "The Sunshine Boys" (1975) and "California Suite" (1978). Simon also wrote his share of original screenplays, such as the mystery spoof "Murder By Death" (1976) and the charming romantic comedy "Seems Like Old Times" (1980), though it was largely his stage work that earned him his reputation. Perhaps his most enduring creation was "The Odd Couple," which was a play in 1965, a film in 1968 and a television show that ran five seasons starting in 1970, while over the decades popping up in other incarnations. In the 1980s, Simon began a series of semi-autobiographical coming-of-age plays focused on his alleged alter-ego, Eugene Jerome. Dubbed the Eugene Trilogy, the plays consisted of "Brighton Beach Memoirs" (1983), "Biloxi Blues" (1985) and "Broadway Bound" (1986), with the former two being turned into mildly successful feature films. After years as an unbridled hit maker, Simon earned the overwhelming respect of critics with "Lost in Yonkers" (1991), which earned him a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize for drama. Though his success tapered off in his later years, Simon remained the most important playwright of the latter-half of the 20th century.

      Born on July 4, 1927 in The Bronx, NY, Simon was raised in Depression-era Washington Heights in northern Manhattan by his father, Irving, a garment salesman, and his mother, Mamie. Because his parents were engaged in a rocky relationship that often threatened to break apart, Simon and his older brother, Danny, were sent to live with one group of relatives or another. His father often left the family for long periods of time, leaving their mother to fend for herself until his return. After graduating from DeWitt Clinton High School when he was 16, Simon attended New York University, where he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force Reserve during the waning days of World War II, which led to an assignment at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, CO, where, as a corporal, he began writing for the USAF sports paper, the Rev-Meter. Following a short stint at the University of Denver, Simon moved back to New York, where he spent two years working in the mailroom of the East Coast Warner Bros. offices before quitting to write radio and television scripts with his brother, Danny.

      Simon and his brother managed to wrangle an interview with radio comic, Goodman Ace, who hired the sketch writing duo for $200 a week after reading just one of their jokes. Simon partnered with his brother for the next nine years, with the two writing for such radio programs as "The Robert Q. Lewis Show." They soon moved on to television to write for the day's biggest shows, including "The Red Buttons Show" (CBS/NBC, 1952-55), "The Phil Rivers Show" (CBS, 1955-59), and "Your Show of Shows" (NBC, 1950-54), which starred Sid Caesar and featured perhaps the best group of comics ever assembled: Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Carl Reiner and Larry Gelbart. Following his entrée into the theater world with the Broadway revue, "Catch a Star" (1955), which he collaborated on with Danny, he became a staff writer on the sitcom, "Stanley" (NBC, 1956-57), which starred Buddy Hackett as the slovenly proprietor of a hotel lobby newsstand. Eventually, Simon struck out on his own when he wrote his first play, "Come Blow Your Horn" (1961), which told the story of a young man who yearns to leave his parents' home to live at his brother's swinging bachelor pad.

      "Come Blow Your Horn" opened on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, where it ran for two years and became a big hit. Simon followed with "Little Me" (1962), which, while not as well-received as his first play, still earned the playwright his first Tony Award nomination. After "Come Blow Your Horn" was adapted in 1963 into a feature film starring Frank Sinatra, Simon had one of the biggest stage hits of his career with "Barefoot in the Park" (1963), a lighthearted comedy focusing on the marriage between a buttoned-down lawyer husband and his free-spirited wife that played on Broadway for over 1,500 performances, making it one of the longest-running non-musicals in the history of the Great White Way. The play was turned into a successful 1967 film starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. Meanwhile, his brother had gone through a divorce and was living with another divorced man, which sparked the idea for what eventually became "The Odd Couple" (1965). After several attempts to write the idea, Danny threw the idea over to Simon, who turned the comedy about a freakishly neat newspaper writer thrown out by his wife and forced to move in with a slovenly sportswriter into a Broadway smash that ran for over 900 performances and earned several Tony Awards, including Best Play.

      As with many of Simon's plays, "The Odd Couple" was adapted for the big screen in 1968, and starred Jack Lemmon as the fastidious Felix Unger and Walter Matthau, reprising his original Broadway role, as the slob Oscar Madison. Possibly one of the best feature adaptations of his stage work, the highly successful movie earned several award nominations, including Simon's first for an Academy Award. During this time, he churned out stage plays like "The Star-Spangled Girl" (1966), "Plaza Suite" (1968) and "The Last of the Red Hot Lovers" (1969), which continued his string of critical and financial hits. The following year, "The Odd Couple" was spun off to the small screen, where it spent five seasons on ABC with Tony Randall as Felix and Jack Klugman as Oscar. Meanwhile, he wrote the play to perhaps his second-best remembered stage production, "The Sunshine Boys" (1972), which focused on two aging vaudevillians forced back together after growing to hate each other for a television reunion. Following another Tony Award win for Best Play, the production was adapted into a critically acclaimed 1975 film starring Walter Matthau and George Burns; the latter of whom won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

      With his career at an all-time high, there seemed to be nothing that could bring Simon down. But in 1973, his wife of 20 years, Joan Baim, died after a prolonged battle with cancer. The agonizing 15 months of watching his wife slowly slip away left the playwright empty and devastated. Four months later, however, Simon shocked friends and colleagues when he married actress Marsha Mason following a brief courtship. He continued writing successful plays like "The Good Doctor" (1973), "California Suite" (1976) and "Chapter Two" (1977) while scripting original screenplays like "Murder By Death" (1976), a spoof on whodunit mysteries that featured Truman Capote as a wealthy recluse named Lionel Twain, who lures top private detectives (an all-star cast of Peter Sellers, Peter Falk, David Niven, Maggie Smith and James Coco) to his secluded mansion to solve a murder that's about to be committed. He next wrote the original screenplay for "The Goodbye Girl" (1977), an adult romantic comedy about a divorced mother and ex-Broadway dancer (Marsha Mason) engaged in a romance with an arrogant actor (Richard Dreyfuss) whose career is nearly ruined by a myopic director (Paul Benedict). Dreyfuss went on to win the Best Actor Oscar for his winning, wacky performance.

      Returning to adaptations of his own work, Simon wrote the scripts for the screen treatments of "California Suite" (1978) and "Chapter Two" (1979), while writing the script for the comedy spoof "The Cheap Detective" (1978), starring Peter Falk, the book for the musical "They're Playing Our Song" (1979), and the stage play for "I Ought to Be in Pictures" (1980), which he turned into a feature starring Walter Matthau and Ann-Margaret in 1982. Simon next wrote the original screenplay for the feature comedy, "Seems Like Old Times" (1980), which starred Chevy Chase as a down-on-his-luck writer who seeks refuge from a pair of bank robbers at the home of his ex-wife (Goldie Hawn), only to run afoul of her new stuffed-shirt husband (Charles Grodin). Following his lighthearted romantic comedy, "Fools" (1981), which was directed for Broadway by longtime collaborator Mike Nichols, Simon adapted his play "The Gingerbread Lady" (1970) into the film "Only When I Laugh" (1981), which again starred wife Marsha Mason. Simon next wrote the play to "Brighton Beach Memoires" (1983), a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age comedy about a young Jewish teenager who experiences puberty and has a sexual awakening while trying to deal with his struggling family. The play was turned into a mildly popular film in 1986 starring Jonathan Silverman as Simon's alter-ego, Eugene Jerome.

      Simon returned to the stage with the more popular "Biloxi Blues" (1985), the second installment to what became known as the Eugene Trilogy. This time, the young Jewish kid from Brooklyn enlists in the Army and is sent to Biloxi, MS for basic training, where he falls in love, loses his virginity and runs afoul of an offbeat drill sergeant. In 1988, the play was adapted into a well-received film starring Matthew Broderick as Eugene and Christopher Walken as Sgt. Toomey. In 1983, Simon suffered another personal setback - albeit one not as tragic as losing Joan - when he divorced actress Marsha Mason following 10 years of marriage. Despite the split, the two remained friends and continued working together. Meanwhile, he reimagined "The Odd Couple" as "The Female Odd Couple" (1985), which was staged on Broadway with Sally Struthers and Rita Moreno in the leads. Simon rounded out his Eugene Trilogy with "Broadway Bound" (1986), which followed Eugene and his brother Stanley - obvious doubles for Simon and his own brother Danny - as they try to make it as comedy writers on radio and television. Unlike the previous two installments, however, "Broadway Bound" was not immediately adapted into a feature film or even television movie - the rare Simon play not to make such a transformation.

      During this time, Simon remarried once again, this time to Diane Lander, a former employee at the Beverly Hills department store, Neiman Marcus. Their relationship proved to be a rocky one, ending in divorce in 1988 following 18 months of marriage, only to reunite in early 1990. Though they again filed for divorce two years later, the couple reconciled until finally splitting for good in 1998. Though asked on several occasions, Simon had been remiss to talk about his relationship with her; even going so far as to not draw from their experiences in his work - a shock given his mining of all other areas of his life. Meanwhile, he wrote the farce "Rumors" (1988) for the stage before achieving massive popular and critical success with "Lost in Yonkers" (1991), a coming-of-age drama about two brothers left in the care of their intimidating grandmother who also houses the mentally deficient, but good-hearted Aunt Bella (Mercedes Ruehl). Simon's difficult tale of family dysfunction won several awards, including a Tony for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. After returning to the world of "Your Show of Shows" for a Broadway production of "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" (1993), he cited the high cost of producing plays on the Great White Way, controversially insisting that "London Suite" (1994) be produced off-Broadway.

      After penning a television version of his 1992 play "Jake's Women" (CBS, 1996), Simon wrote his 30th stage production, "Proposals" (1997), which opened on Broadway, but quickly closed, proving to be one of his least successful stage efforts. On the flip side, a revival of "The Sunshine Boys" enjoyed a much longer run thanks to the popularity of stars Tony Randall and Jack Klugman. Meanwhile, Simon's feature output fell off following the box-office failure of "The Marrying Man" (1991) and "Neil Simon's 'Lost in Yonkers'" (1993), causing the writer to turn to the small screen with "Neil Simon's 'London Suite'" (NBC, 1996), with a cast that included Kelsey Grammer, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and Richard Mulligan, and a misguided "The Sunshine Boys" (CBS, 1997), which was filmed in 1995 with Peter Falk and Woody Allen. His return to the big screen with the sequel "The Odd Couple II" (1998) sank at the box office despite the presence of the original actors, Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. Later that year, a remake of "The-Out-of-Towners" (1998), starred Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn in the roles originated in 1970 by Lemmon and Sandy Dennis.

      Turning to the publishing world, Simon wrote his memoirs in two parts, starting with Neil Simon Writes: A Memoir (1996); he followed with part two a few years later, Neil Simon The Play Goes On: A Memoir (1999). In his later years, Simon's stage work also began taking a hit with critics, though he found mild success with "The Dinner Party" (2000), starring John Ritter and Henry Winkler. After "45 Seconds from Broadway" (2001), which lasted just a few months, he revamped his two most famous characters for "Oscar and Felix: A New Look at the Odd Couple" (2002), which starred John Larroquette as Oscar and Joe Regalbuto as Felix, followed by his staging of "Rose's Dilemma" (2003) off-Broadway at the Manhattan Theatre Club. Also later in his career, his plays found new life on television with "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" (Showtime, 2001) and "The Goodbye Girl" (TNT, 2004) being adapted for the small screen.

      (Biographical data courtesy of TCMDb)

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    • Hammer Horror: A Frankenstein Septet at MoMA in New York, Oct. 12-18

    • Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, published in 1818, has inspired hundreds of films; in 1910 Thomas Edison produced the first cinematic version in his Bronx studio, starring Charles Stanton Ogle as the monster. Hollywood audiences fell in love with Frankenstein after the 1931 Universal Pictures version, featuring Boris Karloff's iconic block-headed, neck-bolted creature and the hysterical doctor's spectacular laboratory of tesla coils and steam-spewing equipment, all in glorious black and white.

      In 1957, the British production company Hammer Films produced the first of its seven Frankenstein films, which focused more on the Gothic aspects of the book and the obsession, ambition, and guilt of the doctor (usually played by Peter Cushing). These films overflow with mournful music, overwrought Victorian décor and costumes, lusty characters, and decidedly more disfigured, wrathful monsters--all amplified by a highly artificial, gruesome color palette that makes even a glimpse of blood into a horrifying experience.

      Hammer Horror: A Frankenstein Septet is presented in conjunction with It's Alive! Frankenstein at 200, a visual history of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, at The Morgan Library and Museum October 12, 2018-January 27, 2019.


      The Curse of Frankenstein. 1957.
      Directed by Terence Fisher
      Friday, October 12, 7:00 p.m.
      Monday, October 15, 7:00 p.m.

      The Revenge of Frankenstein.1958.
      Directed by Terence Fisher
      Saturday, October 13, 1:00 p.m.
      Tuesday, October 16, 7:00 p.m.

      The Evil of Frankenstein. 1964.
      Directed by Freddie Francis
      Saturday, October 13, 4:00 p.m.

      Frankenstein Created Woman. 1967.
      Directed by Terence Fisher
      Saturday, October 13, 7:00 p.m.
      Thursday, October 18, 4:00 p.m.

      Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed. 1969.
      Directed by Terence Fisher
      Sunday, October 14, 1:00 p.m.
      Wednesday, October 17, 7:00 p.m.

      The Horror of Frankenstein. 1970.
      Directed by Jimmy Sangster
      Sunday, October 14, 4:00 p.m.

      Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell. 1974.
      Directed by Terence Fisher
      Wednesday, October 17, 4:00 p.m.
      Thursday, October 18, 7:00 p.m.

      Organized by Anne Morra, Associate Curator, Department of Film.

      For more information, links and showtimes, visit

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    • THE LION IN WINTER screening - 10/27 at Lake Placid Film Festival in NY

    • The Adirondack Film Society is proud to announce a special guest appearance by TCM contributor and author, Jeremy Arnold as part of the 2018 Lake Placid Film Festival, scheduled for October 26-28 in Lake Placid, NY.

      For the program, Jeremy has selected "The Lion in Winter", celebrating it's 50 Anniversary this year. He will introduce the film providing insights and observations about this landmark work featuring Peter O'Toole, Katherine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins and Timothy Dalton, and why this "essential" film "matters". Jeremy is the author of "The Essentials: 52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter", published in 2016 as the companion to TCM's Essentials series. "It is certainly essential, and it has been shown on Turner Classic Movies as part of the "Essentials" series, but it's also one of thirty classic films I profile in my new TCM book, "Christmas in the Movies: 30 Classics to Celebrate the Season.", comments Jeremy. "It's not usually thought of as a "Christmas film," but if you look at it through that prism, it certainly fits. It has one of the most common Christmas-movie plots: a dysfunctional family reuniting over the holiday period. It doesn't matter that it's also a historical drama set in France -- a period piece with period costumes. At heart, it's about family tensions, which the holiday season only exacerbates." "We are thrilled with this year's classic film choice by Jeremy," comments Adirondack Film Society Vice Chairman, Nelson Page. He continues, "The Lion in Winter" is one of those films that they just don't make any more. The actors have amazing chemistry on screen, where each performance shines and the dialogue crackles with unusual intensity. Not only is this film an "Essential", but a must see. Jeremy has made a wonderful programming choice which reflects how great films were made and why they are timeless."

      Jeremy is a son of Lake Placid, so it is more like a homecoming for all of us. In a recent interview, when asked why he keeps coming back to our event, he told Nelson "I've spent at least part of every summer of my life in Lake Placid, and trips to the Palace Theater are indelible memories. There's something very American about the way the theater marquee dominates Main Street; it makes going there feel like you're venturing to the center of the community in a way, and that movies are physically bringing people together. It sure says something that Lake Placid still even has its jewel of a theater. Most towns of this size don't anymore, and that reflects the area's affection for movies, that residents have been eager to keep supporting the Palace over the decades. Finally, I enjoy the diverse offerings at each year's film festival: new features, documentaries, classics, shorts. As an avid filmgoer, I want it all!"

      The Lake Placid Film Festival will offer another classic "The Heiress" (1949), directed by academy award winner, William Wyler. Our fest goers are in for a real treat at 6:30 Friday night, October 26th at the Palace Theatre. William Wyler's daughter and independent producer of film and television, Catherine Wyler will introduce the film and be joined by Kathleen Carroll, Artistic Director of the Lake Placid Film Festival for a conversation with the audience following the screening. Kathleen will be honored at a "Tribute Gala" presented by the Adirondack Film Society on Thursday, October 25th at the High Peaks Resort, Lake Placid at 6:00pm, for her invaluable direction and contributions to our organization since 2000.

      If you are a lover of classic films, you will want to learn even more in Jeremy's books, DVD commentaries or by tuning in to TCM's streaming service, FilmStruck. Also, make sure you tune in the first weekend of this December to TCM as Jeremy will present four Christmas movies from his new book.

      We invite everyone to join us for Jeremy's special presentation of "The Lion in Winter", which will kick-off our Saturday evening at the Palace Theatre, October 27th at 6:30pm. In addition to the introduction, he will host a Q&A following the film. Jeremy has become an annual favorite for festival audiences. For additional information please visit

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To Kill a Mockingbird - 50th Anniversary DVD
was $14.98
Out of the Past DVD
was $17.99
Rear Window DVD
was $14.98


  • Wednesday, March 20, 2011

  • Removed: 10:00pm Springfield Rifle
    12:00pm Casablanca
    Added: 1:00pm Virginia City
    12:15pm Casablanca
  • Wednesday, March 20, 2011

  • Removed: 10:00pm Springfield Rifle
    12:00pm Casablanca
    Added: 1:00pm Virginia City
    12:15pm Casablanca
  • Wednesday, March 20, 2011

  • Removed: 10:00pm Springfield Rifle
    12:00pm Casablanca
    Added: 1:00pm Virginia City
    12:15pm Casablanca