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    • An interview with Bill Cassara, author of "Edgar Kennedy: Master of the Slow Burn"

    • Cassara's latest book is a loving tribute to one of the great comic character actors in film, Edgar Kennedy. He recently took the time for a exclusive interview with TCM:

      TCM: Let's start with this. What motivated you to write the book?

      BC: I first became aware that Edgar Kennedy was born in Monterey County, Ca. when I read Leonard Maltin's book on two-reeler comedies back in the early 1980's. I was working as a Deputy Sheriff for Monterey County, so I became very intrigued to find out exactly where he was born. I wrote an article about Edgar for Classic Images back in 1997 and put in everything I knew at the time, but my curiosity continued. That led to more researching. I got lucky finding out some key events in Edgar's school years that started to round out his life story. Finally, it was Edgar's daughter, Colleen Deach, who encouraged me to write a book about her dad. It finally dawned on me that if I didn't write a book about Edgar, no one else would! For crying out loud, Edgar was a film pioneer and was the star of his own series at RKO for 17 years, he deserved a study and I felt a responsibility about it.

      TCM: What was it about Edgar Kennedy's work that stood out for you?

      BC: I love Edgar's bald, Irish Kennedy-the-Cop character for Roach when he supported Laurel & Hardy, Our Gang and The Boy Friends series. He was the well meaning, if not inept, neighborhood cop, so I identified with him. Edgar's "Average Man" character was not that far off from his Roach persona. Instead of the victimized public servant, he was victimized in his own domestic setting. Edgar relished playing the average Joe and it wasn't unnoticed. B.R. Crisler, a writer for the New York Times wrote in 1936 that Edgar "created a character as universally comprehensible as Chaplin's Little Clown and twice as real." I concur.

      TCM: Were there any stumbling blocks when you were gathering all the information during the research of your book?

      BC: The only thing worse than no leads at all is to have false leads. That includes made up "facts" by long ago Hollywood publicity writers. One such claim was Edgar fought heavyweight boxing champion Jack Dempsey for 16 rounds. They did meet in the ring, and there is a photo of it, but it was for a movie series (The Adventures of Dare Devil Jack). To make matters worse, Edgar's widow sometimes wrote erroneous information (wrong dates, film titles, etc) on the back of some of the existing photos the family had. Another example was trying to estimate Edgar's age in any given photo. That's because Edgar was prematurely bald and frequently wore toupees, even when away from the camera. One photo Colleen had, depicted Edgar with a head full of hair and surrounded by his mother and young people in front of a house. Colleen surmised it was taken pre-film career, possibly in San Francisco. Not so. We were able to match up the house in the photograph with Edgar's listed residence of 1915, it was right next door to the Keystone/Mack Sennett Studios.

      TCM: As an author myself, I know how hard it is to pursue a book project while still keeping your day job. Given your career in law enforcement, how difficult was it to keep pace with any deadlines?

      BC: When I'm at work, I dedicate myself to justice. At night, after daddy duties, I looked forward to furthering the book project. It was sheer pleasure for me compared to the rather grim investigations when on duty. There are parallels to conducting an investigation and doing research for a biography. In both situations, all leads are followed up to build a case with supporting facts/evidence. This project took over five years to complete, but the only deadline I had was self imposed. The last year I learned Colleen had a terminal illness. It was a race against the clock to get the book printed before she died. I made it by three days.

      TCM: I was moved when Kennedy's daughter stated that her father's performance as the self-sacrificing hermit in Hitler's Madman (1943) best represented her father's personality. Did you get any sense from people you interviewed that Kennedy held some muted frustration that he didn't play more drama since he was a capable dramatic actor?

      BC: There was a revealing interview Edgar once gave a British film magazine. He was aware that the public "wouldn't accept me straying too far" from his established screen image. The proof of the pudding is that even though Edgar could and did play interesting character roles, he never abandoned his own short comedy series. These were the days when being in a two-reeler was far down the ladder of prestige when compared to being a star in features. This didn't stop columnists from writing that Edgar was always begging to act but was denied the opportunities. Columnists seemed to enjoy writing about Edgar's real (or made up) life's frustrations, culminating with Edgar's inevitable Slow Burn reaction. There are not too many of Edgar's contemporaries around anymore. However, I had the pleasure of interviewing Doris Day, Sam White and the Keystone Kid - Coy Watson Jr. They fully cooperated talking to me about Edgar because of the deep respect they had working with him. Doris said, "Everyone in the business knew he was a genius."

      TCM: The tone of your book was pretty fair-minded to all his films, and you stressed a fondness for his work with Laurel and Hardy (and understandably so), but is there any particular film from Mr. Kennedy that you've grown to appreciate more since finishing the book?

      BC: I love Edgar's scene stealing character as John Wayne's side-kick in In Old California, and of course love his bit with the Marx Bros. in Duck Soup, but I can't get out of my mind the film, Hitler's Madman. It's an effective propaganda movie based on a real incident. Edgar plays a hermit, outside of the Czech town that is occupied by Nazi Germany. Is he a good guy or a spy? Edgar winds up confronting the German soldiers and all the men are taken to the town square to be shot. Edgar sings the national song defiantly and, as he is shot, continues to hold up an elderly man. Some of Edgar's Average Man series are clunkers, but it was the forerunner of situation comedy families for television. My biggest wish would be to find Across the Pacific (1926). It is now considered a lost film. Too bad, because reviewers singled out Edgar's dying scene.

      TCM: How has the reaction been from fans, historians, and his family?

      BC: Reaction from Edgar's family was one of support and appreciation. All Colleen had was a small box of photos her mom collected over the years. Unfortunately, there was no scrapbook or artifacts. I was quasi accepted as a brother in the Kennedy clan. I've heard from writers, Jack McCabe, Leonard Maltin and Richard Bann who sent me congratulations, which is really rewarding to me. I've been getting communications from around the world, thanks to the internet. The Brits have been most enthusiastic. A gentleman from Wisconsin hosted a public access TV show and aired It's Your Move. And a kind reader in Germany compared the book to a film documentary. Wow!

      TCM: Have you encountered any surprises with book signings or interviews?

      BC: When I first started my project, most people wanted to know why I wanted to write a book on Edgar. He died in 1948 and the trail was very cold. I was surprised when Colleen downplayed what she knew about her dad. Well, just like any investigation, the trick is to get them to talk and build a rapport. Colleen was soon helping to fill in the gaps by describing the USO Tours, the family homes and the Christmas parties. My surprise is that every person who went to the movies during 1948 and before, instantly recognize Edgar. The baby boomers and those born afterwards have not fully discovered him, yet.

      TCM: Do you see the legacy of his work influencing any comic actors in the years after his death? If so, how?

      BC: Edgar's "mad" character was unique in that you could see his frustration build; it registered all over his deadpanned face. His final face wipe mannerism was like a white flag signaling defeat. It takes time and footage to set up a slow burn, that's probably why we don't see it anymore. The last comic actor that could just sit there motionless and stew was Gale Gordon. A footnote to that thought; I remember once catching a Dodger baseball game on TV. After a particularly painful sequence of errors, the camera caught Manager Tommy Lasorda sitting in the dugout dejected. As he took off his cap to wipe the sweat from his brow, Dodger's broadcaster Vin Scully adlibbed, "...and Tommy does an Edgar Kennedy S-L-O-W B-U-R-N." That was brilliant, and it underscores that Edgar's Average Man is in all of us.

      TCM: What's the next big project we can expect from you?

      BC: I grew up in San Jose, Ca. and at some point in my consciousness, I became aware that film comic Vernon Dent was also born in my hometown, not too far away from my neighborhood. Now here is another long forgotten screen comedian; a working stiff who deserves more research. Vernon worked at Sennett's, supported Harry Langdon and eventually signed up for Columbia as a stock player. It was at Columbia that Vernon did the lion's share of acting with the Stooges. I have found out that Vernon's grandfather was a prominent man in San Jose, with a rich family heritage. I think I'll be writing an article about Vernon at some point. I've also been in communication with an old pal, Phyllis Coates. She played the first Lois Lane on TV, but was in many other serials and B movies. I'm hoping to help her arrange her life's memoirs. In the meantime, I'll go anywhere to public showings of old time comedies. I like to hear the audience laugh. In the meantime, here's hoping that some day TCM does a tribute to Edgar. My website is www.edgarkennedy.org

      Interview by Michael T. Toole

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  1. New Books

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    • Start to Finish: Woody Allen and the Art of Moviemaking


    • by Eric Lax

      Start to Finish: Woody Allen and the Art of Moviemaking (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group) is a cinephile's dream: the chance to follow legendary director Woody Allen throughout the creation of a film-from inception to premiere-and to enjoy his reflections on some of the finest artists in the history of cinema.

      Eric Lax has been with Woody Allen almost every step of the way. He chronicled Allen's transformation from stand-up comedian to filmmaker in On Being Funny (1975). His international best seller, Woody Allen: A Biography (1991), was a portrait of a director hitting his stride. Conversations with Woody Allen comprised interviews that illustrated Allen's evolution from 1971 to 2008. Now, Lax invites us onto the set-and even further behind the scenes-of Allen's Irrational Man, which was released in 2015, and starred Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone. Revealing the intimate details of Allen's filmmaking process, Lax shows us the screenplay being shaped, the scenes being prepared, the actors, cinematographers, other crew members, the editors, all engaged in their work. We hear Allen's colleagues speak candidly about working with him, and Allen speaking with equal openness about his lifetime's work. An unprecedented revelation of one of the foremost filmmakers of our time, Start to Finish is sure to delight not only movie buffs and Allen fans, but everyone who has marveled at the seeming magic of the artistic process.

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    • Sophia Loren: Movie Star Italian Style

    • by Cindy De La Hoz

      From the humblest of beginnings in her native Italy, Sophia Loren would flourish on the world stage as one of the most beautiful and talented actresses the screen has ever known. A prize in a beauty contest at age 16 led to a career that has lasted more than sixty years and performances in a diverse canon of films, including The Pride and the Passion, Houseboat, Marriage Italian Style, Grumpy Old Men, and Two Women, for which she was awarded the first Best Actress Oscar given to the star of a foreign film.

      Sophia Loren: Movie Star Italian Style is a photographic tribute to the beloved icon, recounting the star's extraordinary life and notable films with famous costars and directors and quotes by Sophia and those who have known her best. Filled with hundreds of rare color and black-and-white photographs, it's a volume as stunning as its ageless subject.


      Cindy De La Hoz is the author of several books on film and fashion- among them, Audrey and Givenchy, Lucy at the Movies, and Lana: The Memories, the Myths, the Movies, which Leonard Maltin called "one of the best books about a star I've ever read." She has also edited numerous books on film history and women's lifestyle subjects. Cindy lives in Philadelphia, PA.

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    • Backwards & In Heels: The Past, Present And Future Of Women Working In Film


    • It's almost 2018 yet Hollywood is still an old-boys club treating all women like second-class citizens. Screen Junkies and Fandango host and pundit, Alicia Malone, pulls back the curtain in this call-to-action truth teller. Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Watson, Mila Kunis, Emmy Rossum, Jessica Chastain and Lena Dunham are only a few of the thousands of women in the film industry being discriminated against for their gender. The pay-gap in Hollywood is only part of the problem.

      "After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels..." - Ann Richards

      Women have been instrumental in the success of American cinema since its very beginning. One of the first people to ever pick up a motion picture camera was a woman, as was the first screenwriter to win two Academy Awards, the inventor of the boom microphone and the first person to be credited with the title Film Editor. Throughout the entire history of Hollywood women have been revolutionizing, innovating, and shaping how we make movies, yet their stories are rarely shared. This is what film reporter Alicia Malone wants to change. Backwards and in Heels tells the history of women in film in a different way, with stories about incredible ladies who made their mark throughout each era of Hollywood. From the first women directors to the iconic movie stars and present day activists--each of these stories are inspiring in the accomplishments of women, and they also highlight the specific obstacles women have had to face. Backwards and in Heels combines research and exclusive interviews with influential women and men working in Hollywood today, such as Geena Davis, J.J. Abrams, Ava DuVernay, Octavia Spencer, America Ferrera, Paul Feig and many more, as well as film professors, historians and experts. Think of Backwards and in Heels as a guidebook--your entry into the complex world of women in film. Join Alicia Malone as she champions Hollywood women of the past and present, and looks to the future with the hopes of leveling out the playing field.


      Alicia Malone is a film reporter, host, writer and self-confessed movie geek. She first gained notice hosting movie-centric shows and reviewing films in her native Australia, before making the leap to Los Angeles in 2011. Since then, Alicia has appeared on CNN, the Today show, MSNBC, NPR and many more as a film expert. Currently, she is a host on FilmStruck, a cinephile subscription streaming service run by the Criterion Collection and Turner Classic Movies, and she is the creator and host of the weekly show, Indie Movie Guide on Fandango. Alicia is passionate about classic films, independent movies and supporting women in film. In 2015, Alicia gave a TEDx talk about the lack of women working in film and why this is important to change. In 2017, she was invited to give a second TEDx talk, where she spoke about the hidden stories of the earliest women working in Hollywood. Alicia has also spoken at conferences around America, and because of this, was named of one the 100 Worthy Women of 2016. Alicia has traveled the world to cover the BAFTAs, the Oscars, the Cannes Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival and SXSW. She is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, and over the years has interviewed hundreds of movie stars and filmmakers. She also wrote this bio, but knew it would sound way less egotistical if written in third person.

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    • Kirk and Anne: Letters of Love, Laughter, and a Lifetime in Hollywood


    • As screen icon Kirk Douglas approaches his 100th birthday, he and his wife of 62 years, Anne Buydens, share secrets to longevity in life and love told through candid commentary and priceless correspondence between each other and famous friends from celebrities to world leaders, spanning almost a century.

      Part of Turner Classic Movies' publishing program, this book is the story of film legend and centenarian Kirk Douglas and his wife of nearly sixty-three years, Anne. Their stories of enduring love and a lifetime led on the world stage unfold through the couple's own candid commentary and priceless letters from their personal archives. Carefully maintained by Anne over the course of more than six decades and never before made public, the correspondence includes details of their courtship and marriage, set against the backdrop of Kirk's screen triumphs in films ranging from Lust For Life to Paths of Glory and Spartacus.

      Through the letters themselves and Kirk and Anne's words, never-before-told stories emerge about the legendary figures they knew so well, including Lauren Bacall, Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster, Elizabeth Taylor, John Wayne, the Kennedys, and the Reagans; fascinating first-hand accounts of film sets and star-studded dinner parties; and tales of travel to over forty countries as goodwill ambassadors. Complemented by previously unpublished photos, Kirk and Anne candidly details the adventurous, oftentimes comic, and poignant reality behind the glamour of a Hollywood life, as only a couple of sixty-two years (and counting) could tell it.


      Kirk Douglas, a living legend at age 100, has distinguished himself as an actor, producer, philanthropist, and author. His numerous recognitions for achievements both on and off screen include an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and France's Legion of Honor. Over a career spanning seventy years, he starred in some eighty films.

      Anne Buydens Douglas built her career in the film industry as a publicist. She met Kirk Douglas during the making of Act of Love (1953) and they married soon after. Anne would become his closest advisor and eventually take the reins as president of their independent production company, Bryna Productions.

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  1. DVD Reviews

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    • Dick Dinman & William Wellman Jr. Salute the BEGGARS OF LIFE!

    • DICK DINMAN & WILLIAM WELLMAN JR. SALUTE THE "BEGGARS OF LIFE": Popular author, actor, producer and raconteur William Wellman Jr. and producer/host Dick Dinman rave about Kino Lorber's marvelous Blu-ray release of legendary director William Wellman's favorite of his silent films BEGGARS OF LIFE in which the notorious Louise Brooks plays a train-hopping hobo who dresses like a boy to escape the law and discourage the lecherous advances of Wallace Beery and his rambunctious band of hoboes.

      PLUS "DICK'S PICKS": Flicker Alley's sensational 2K Blu-ray restoration of THE LOST WORLD pits Wallace Beery against the meanest prehistoric monsters that KING KONG's cutting edge special effect animation genius Willis O'Brien can devise.


      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 www.dvdclassicscorner.com or www.dvdclassicscorner.net.

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    • Dick Dinman & Eddie Muller Reach Their BREAKING POINT!

    • DICK DINMAN & EDDIE MULLER REACH THEIR "BREAKING POINT": TCM's acclaimed "Noir Alley" host Eddie Muller joins producer/host Dick Dinman in a noir-ish duet as both sing the praises of Michael Curtiz' alternately tough and tender John Garfield masterpiece THE BREAKING POINT (which Eddie feels is Curtiz' best directed feature) and the Criterion Collection's shimmeringly spotless Blu-ray release of this Warner Bros. gem is certain to restore this comparatively obscure film to it's rightful position as one of the finest film noir classics ever committed to celluloid.

      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 www.dvdclassicscorner.com or www.dvdclassicscorner.net.

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    • Dick Dinman Salutes Cagney/Wilder Comedy Classic ONE, TWO, THREE

    • DICK DINMAN SALUTES CAGNEY/WILDER CLASSIC "ONE, TWO, THREE": Kino Lorber's KL Studio Classics division has just released on Blu-ray Billy Wilder's break-neck mile-a-minute cold war comedy classic ONE, TWO, THREE in which Hollywood great James Cagney gives one of the richest, funniest, most breathlessly paced performances of his career and joining producer/host Dick Dinman to salute this frantically paced comedic milestone is classic film distributor and popular writer, producer and director Michael Schlesinger whose commentary is one of the highlights of this much requested and long awaited Blu-ray release.

      PLUS: "Dick's Picks" salutes KL Studio Classics Blu-ray releases of Hitchcock's LIFEBOAT, THE INDIAN FIGHTER, MARJORIE MORNINGSTAR, A FAREWELL TO ARMS, TOUGH GUYS, DAREDEVILS OF THE RED CIRCLE, THE SHIEK and SON OF THE SHIEK, ZAZA and the 3-D Archive's brilliantly immersive 3-D restoration of THOSE REDHEADS FROM SEATTLE.

      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 www.dvdclassicscorner.com or www.dvdclassicscorner.net.

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    • Dick Dinman & George Feltenstein Salute Tracy/Hepburn, Scott/McCrea Hits!

    • DICK DINMAN & GEORGE FELTENSTEIN SALUTE TRACY/HEPBURN, SCOTT/McCREA HITS!: Warner Home Video's popular Senior Vice President of Classic and Theatrical Marketing George Feltenstein rejoins producer/host Dick Dinman as both salute the Blu-ray release of George Stevens' WOMAN OF THE YEAR which teamed Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn for the very first time (and which together with Criterion's astounding Blu-ray incarnation of Michelangelo Antonioni's countercultural masterpiece BLOW-UP continues Warner Home Video's highly acclaimed association with the prestigious Criterion Collection) as well as the spectacular looking Warner Archive Blu-ray release of Sam Peckinpah's legendary masterwork RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY in which iconic western stars Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea unite for the first and only time.
      PLUS: The underrated Glenn Ford/Henry Fonda contemporary western comedy THE ROUNDERS, Henry Fonda in SPENCER'S MOUNTAIN, the Sci-Fi hits WORLD WITHOUT END, WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH and much in demand cult classic FROM HELL IT CAME in which a marauding and perpetually scowling tree terrorizes even more wooden thespians.

      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 www.dvdclassicscorner.com or www.dvdclassicscorner.net.

      COMING SOON: JAMES CAGNEY RULES IN BILLY WILDER'S ONE, TWO, THREE!

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    • Dick Dinman & George Feltenstein Salute Kelly & Astaire Musicals!

    • DICK DINMAN & GEORGE FELTENSTEIN SALUTE KELLY & ASTAIRE MUSICALS: Warner Home Video and it's Warner Archive continue their celebrated tradition of releasing the greatest musicals of dancing legends Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire in pristine Blu-ray quality with the respective Blu-ray releases of Kelly's IT'S ALWAYS FAIR WEATHER and Astaire's FINIAN'S RAINBOW and producer/host Dick Dinman welcomes back Warner Home Video's Sr, Vp. of Classic and Theatrical Marketing George Feltenstein as both explore the immense challenges and difficulties both films faced during each of their production periods and the myriad of reasons that both films are far more popular today than they were in their initial releases.

      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 www.dvdclassicscorner.com or www.dvdclassicscorner.net.

      COMING SOON: TRACY & HEPBURN! SCOTT & McCREA!! TABONGA!!!

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  1. Press Release

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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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    • Library of America's The Moviegoer on LAURA

    • Library of America's new regular web feature called The Moviegoer is devoted to great films inspired by classic American writing. This biweekly column features columns by Megan Abbott, David Denby, Wendy Lesser, Charles McGrath, Farran Smith Nehme, Carrie Rickey,Terrence Rafferty, Harold Schechter, Michael Sragow, & others and launched on January 27, 2016.

      American literature has proven an endlessly renewable resource for filmmakers, its originality and vitality inspiring whole catalogues of memorable movies. Now Library of America, the acclaimed nonprofit publisher of the nation's greatest writing, presents The Moviegoer, a biweekly column in which curator Michael Sragow (Film Comment) and other leading writers and critics offer fresh, penetrating examinations of the best of these films, gems that readers will want to revisit or watch for the first time. Standing at the intersection of classic American writing and classic filmmaking, The Moviegoer, offers not reviews but full scale reevaluations that explore the creative alchemy involved in translating a masterwork from page (or stage) to screen. It takes its inspiration, and its catholic compass, from the hero of Walker Percy's famous novel, and, in the words of curator Sragow, "aims to generate new enthusiasm for cinema as well as for literature."

      To read the entry in the series on Laura by Megan Abbott and to sign up for an alert when a new Moviegoer is published, click here.

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    • Acclaimed documentary TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL released on DVD & Blu-ray

    • FilmRise has announced the September 1 Blu-Ray and DVD release of Tab Hunter Confidential. After an incredible year on the film festival circuit and a theatrical run across fifty cities in the United States, the acclaimed documentary will be available to rent or own from all major retailers. Based on Hunter's New York Times best selling memoir, producer Allan Glaser and director Jeffrey Schwarz (I Am Divine) have assembled dozens of past and present Hollywood stars, and most importantly the man himself, to talk frankly about being a survivor of the Hollywood roller coaster. The Blu-Ray & DVD will be available nationwide at all major retailers, with autographed copies only available on Tab Hunter's official website, www.tabhunter.com. Click here to learn more and order Tab Hunter Confidential on Blu-Ray & DVD (with optional autograph).

      Throughout the 1950s, Tab Hunter reigned as Hollywood's ultimate heartthrob. In dozens of films, and in the pages of countless magazines, Hunter's astonishing looks and golden-boy sex appeal drove his fans to screaming, delirious frenzy, solidifying him the prototype for all young matinee idols to come. Bristling against being just another pretty face and wanting to be taken seriously, Hunter was one of the few to be able to transcend pin-up boy status. He earned his stripes as an actor to become a major movie star and recording artist. But throughout his years of stardom, Hunter had a secret. He was gay, and spent his Hollywood years in a precarious closet that repeatedly threatened to implode and destroy him. Decades later, Hunter's dramatic, turbulent and ultimately inspiring life story has become an explosive documentary feature.

      Tab Hunter Confidential offers unprecedented access to the man behind the marquee smile, who shares first hand what it was like to be a manufactured movie star during the Golden Age of Hollywood and the consequences of being someone totally different from his studio image. The film traces Hunter's dizzying rise to Hollywood super-stardom, his secret life in an era when being openly gay was unthinkable, and his ultimate triumph when the limelight finally passed him by and true love won.

      Punctuating Tab's on-screen presence are rare film clips and provocative interviews with friends and co-stars including John Waters, Clint Eastwood, George Takei, Debbie Reynolds, Robert Wagner, Portia de Rossi, Noah Wyle, Connie Stevens, Robert Osborne, and dozens more.

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    • 3-D Funhouse at MoMA in NYC - Sept. 1-10


    • 3-D Funhouse is a weeklong tribute to the enterprising 3-D Film Archive, whose curators have dedicated themselves to collecting, restoring, and presenting in digital form the stereoscopic films of the analog era. It takes a lot of dedication and detective work to reassemble these wonders of midcentury technology, many of which were discarded by their producers once the 1950s 3-D fad had passed. Presented here are four newly restored features, ranging from the studio musical Those Redheads from Seattle (1953) to the feisty independent science-fiction film Gog (1954), as well as a program of rare 3-D shorts.


      Organized by Dave Kehr, Curator, Department of Film.


      3-D Rarities. 1922-53
      Friday, September 1, 4:00 p.m.
      Tuesday, September 5, 4:00 p.m.
      Saturday, September 9, 1:00 p.m.

      September Storm. 1960.
      Directed by Byron Haskin

      Friday, September 1, 7:00 p.m.
      Sunday, September 3, 1:00 p.m.
      Saturday, September 9, 7:00 p.m.

      Those Redheads from Seattle. 1953.
      Directed by Lewis R. Foster

      Saturday, September 2, 4:00 p.m.
      Monday, September 4, 4:00 p.m.
      Thursday, September 7, 7:00 p.m.

      Gog. 1954.
      Directed by Herbert L. Strock

      Saturday, September 2, 7:00 p.m.
      Monday, September 4, 7:00 p.m.
      Sunday, September 10, 4:00 p.m.

      Dragonfly Squadron. 1954.
      Directed by Lesley Selander

      Sunday, September 3, 4:00 p.m.
      Tuesday, September 5, 7:00 p.m.
      Wednesday, September 6, 4:00 p.m.


      For more information, links and showtimes, visit www.moma.org.

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