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Happy 90th Birthday, Ann Blyth!

The glorious Ann Blyth turned 90 today, conjuring up visions of her in stunning silk, leaning over her cake without putting a hair out of place, and blowing out every candle flawlessly—that is, if my memories of her at the the 2013 TCM Film Festival provide any clue. On opening night—an especially sultry one even …

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THE HOUSE WITHOUT A CHRISTMAS TREE Returns to Your Screen!

“Did your Dad get you a tree yet?” “We don’t want a tree.” “Why not?!?” “They’re a waste of money. They dry up in a week.  A tree’s no fun—it stands in a corner. It doesn’t do anything.” “Yeah but you can look at it!” “I can look at the one at school. Or at …

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STREAMING SATURDAY! THE HOLLY AND THE IVY Make for a Prickly Christmas

Originally posted on Sister Celluloid:
Welcome to another edition of Streaming Saturdays, where we bring you a free, fabulous movie to watch right here every week! How can you help but love a Christmas movie where a brother and sister duck out on the family festivities to get roaring drunk? They have their reasons. But then just about everyone has…

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Reel Infatuation: Rod Taylor in SUNDAY IN NEW YORK

Ladies! Traveling around New York, you’re likely to run into all kinds of guys. Take, for instance, the manspreader: Not even Dame Helen Mirren was safe from him. And The Nicest Man in America™ actually was him. Then there’s Oscar Shapeley, who’s certain your emphatic rejections are just a playful way of heightening the romantic tension before …

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FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN! The Cast and Creator Open Up at a Sneak Preview of the Finale

While we were falling in love with Jessica Lange, she was falling in love with Joan Crawford. “She was such a treasure,” said Lange at a Q&A hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, following a sneak preview of the Feud: Bette and Joan finale. “She was never given the credit she was due. And …

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The Legendary BEHIND THE DOOR Is Out On Blu-ray, and You Can Win a Copy!

Kevin Brownlow called it “the most outspoken of all the vengeance films.” It’s also one of the most daring and disturbing. And now—finally—it’s available on DVD. Irvin Willat’s 1919 masterwork, Behind the Door, has been gorgeously restored through a  collaboration of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival (SFSFF), the Library of Congress, and Gosfilmofond of Russia. …

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Godspeed, John Hurt

What if 2016 wasn’t just a horrible year, but the beginning of horrible, period? 2017 is off to an awful start, with the passing of John Hurt the latest piece of unbearable news to come thudding on the doorstep. He was so much more than just an insanely versatile actor. He gave everything he had to this …

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‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’: A Musical Salute to the Fabulous Men of Classic Film!

Originally posted on Sister Celluloid:
Merry Christmas, my wonderful classic-movie family of friends!! Here’s a little ditty I wrote, sung to the tune of All I Want For Christmas Is You, celebrating some of the men we all love so much! I say “some” because if I included them all, all I’d get for Christmas is…

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Behind the Scenes of IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE and THE BISHOP’S WIFE!

You’ve watched the films a million times, you’ve laughed, you’ve cried… wanna go behind the scenes? Let’s sneak a peek backstage at It’s a Wonderful Life and The Bishop’s Wife! Oh and need some help toweling off, Jimmy? We’re right here! That’s not your run-of-the-mill fake movie snow Jimmy’s dabbing away during the 90-plus-degree shoot in mid-July—that’s state-of-the-art …

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Auntie Joan (Crawford) Explains It All for You!

Don’t say nothin’ bad about my Joanie. Not long ago, in need of a tonic on a stifling summer day, I reread the closest thing we have to her autobiography, the wildly entertaining Joan Crawford: My Way of Life. On the cover, firmly gripping her pair of poodles, she looks like a terrified hostage trying …

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