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Manners, Morals, and Macy

Manners are important to society and to each of us as individuals, in that they codify and...

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Money Talks and Cruise Walks

Tom Cruise's loss of his production agreement at Paramount Pictures has raised a good deal...

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A Gay Old Time at the Movies

Variety reports that Steve Buscemi and Dan Ackroyd have joined the cast of the forthcoming...

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People on a Plane—with Snakes

The box office performance of a "high concept" film such as Snakes on a Plane is...

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Turner to Remove Smoking Scenes from Cartoons—in UK

  In response to a complaint by a single viewer, British media regulator Ofcom s...

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“Snakes on a Plane” Falters; Genre Confusion to Blame?

 The greatly anticipated comedy-thriller Snakes on a Plane drew in the most money in ...

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The Devil Went Down to the Multiplex

The first installment of Philip Pullman's anti-Christian, pro-"Lucifer" children...

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Chinese to Produce Film on Rape of Nanking

Reuters reported on Monday that a Chinese film producer has announced plans for a $25 mill...

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Audiences, Critics Disagree on Summer’s Superhero Movies

The Hollywood Reporter observes that audiences and critics differed greatly on the merits ...

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Depp, Burton to Make “Sweeney Todd” Film

Actor Johnny Depp and writer-director Tim Burton will combine their eccentric talents on a...

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Film Critics Under Fire

An article in today's Los Angeles Times observes that the reputation of the American film ...

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Pirates a Huge Hit, Critics Wrong Again

Here's another interesting bit of news from Disney: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's C...

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Disney Profits Soar As Company Goes Back to Roots

Profits at the Walt Disney Company have soared as the studio has been moving back into fam...

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Stone’s WTC Disaster Flick

I know, Oliver Stone's World Trade Center opens today, but I'm busy working, so I'll just ...

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Richard Matheson’s Evocative Vampire-Zombie Story

Warners Bros. has announced that its film adaptation of I Am Legend, the 1953 horror novel...

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Harry Potter Film Number 6 Scheduled

 Warner Bros. has announced that the film version of Harry Potter #6, Harry Potter an...

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Buster Keaton, Detective

On his Classic Images website, Charles Mitchell offers this fascinating little morsel of i...

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Mr. Moto Returns

Although 20th Century Fox is not exactly shouting it from the housetops, The Mr. Moto Coll...

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The Case of Perry Mason—and an Important Addition

Speaking of Perry Mason as we were yesterday, you might be interested to know that the fir...

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Joker Begins

Warner Bros has confirmed that Heath Ledger will play the Joker in the forthcoming sequel ...

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William Powell on TCM

OK, forgive me for being a little late with this, but Turner Classic Movies is showing fil...

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Miami Vice Blues

The way to make a great genre film is not to try to "transcend the genre," as is...

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Blonde Alert!

Tonight on Turner Classic Movies: two excellent movies with the word Blonde in their title...

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“Jesus Documentary” to Paint “Objective” Picture of Born-Again Christians

An art-film documentary on young Christians has been picked up by Magnolia Pictures for di...

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Another File-Sharing Network Bites the Dust

Sharman Networks Ltd, the makers and distributors of the hugely popular file-sharing netwo...

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Some Like It Hot

MGM has just released a new Collector's Edition DVD of Billy Wilder's classic 1958 comedy ...

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The Great Billy Wilder

In recognition of MGM's release of a Collector's Edition DVD of Billy Wilder's brilliant c...

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Mid-’60s Music Movie Mania

Those who like mid-'60s rock and roll music (and who doesn't?) should toddle over to Turne...

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Mass-Marketing Good Taste

The Reebok shoe company has announced that it has signed young actress Scarlett Johansson ...

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Shyamalan Out of His Depth?

The critics have largely savaged M. Night Shyamalan's new film, The Lady in the Water. Man...

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Charlie Chan, Bourgeois Detective

Those who have an interest in the meanings behind the Charlie Chan films are cordially inv...

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The Politics of Charlie Chan

My current piece on National Review Online is about "The Business End of Ethnic Polit...

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Does the World Really Need Superman Returns?

Having cleared the decks of a few things, I finally got around to seeing Superman Returns....