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I Know Where I’m Going is allegedly based on a series of recordings made over many years.  It is self-proclaimed as “the most intimate and personal biography ever published of Hollywood legend Ka…
I've always insisted that Top Gun is a character-driven movie, or perhaps even a soundtrack-driven movie, but that may have a lot to do with the fact that, after countless viewings, I have a fairly li…
If you go to write a screenplay these days, there's no shortage of books to tell you exactly how it's done.  Formula seems to be the key to success, and it's generally implied that if you deviate…
You might not think of Troma films as the classiest fare on the market, but the reality is that this studio and its motley crew of films (think The Toxic Avenger and Poultrygeist) has made a lot of mo…
According to Xander Bennett, we're all hacks when it comes to screenwriting.  This theory is intended to be comforting, not insulting, and the sooner we embrace the fact that none of us *really* …
I have always held Robert Wagner in high esteem. He's one of those "handsome actor" types who is as adept at being gorgeous as he is at being funny. I grew up watching him on Hart to Hart, and relishe…
Lucille Ball is such a fixture in pop culture that it's hard to believe she'd be 100 years old if she were still alive.  One hundred?  How the heck is that possible when she's frozen in time…
Probably just about everyone who loves television or movies has toyed with the idea of working in Hollywood.  For the most part, those dreams tend to be of the pipe variety as we aim ridiculously…
There probably isn’t a movie-lover among us who doesn’t have a host of Christmas movies he or she revisits every year, and Alonso Duralde’s Have Yourself A Movie Little Christmas is the perfect compan…
You've probably never heard of Adah Isaacs Menken, but this pioneering free spirit could be considered America's first true Superstar (with a capital "S").  By fearlessly defying convention, Menk…
To say that Irwin Yablans created Halloween is a bit of an overstatement. As producer, he may have made the entire franchise possible, but movie-making is always a collaborative effort. A writer has t…
With a presidential election upon us and the Republican National Convention just behind us, Ronald Reagan's Wisdom for the Twenty-First Century seems like a timely and relevant book. Regardless of you…