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Seen on the Subway Platform Late Last Night

She still makes people stop dead in their tracks. And stare. Hoping that the light she gives off will reflect on them. It’s her birthday coming up.

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Syncopated Ladies: Tap-Dancing Tribute to Prince

The Syncopated Ladies are a tap-dancing group based in Los Angeles, headed up by Chloe Arnold (she and her sister Maud were both featured in the wonderful documentary Tap World). They have a Facebook group where you can see their … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, John Wayne

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Excerpt from Slouching Towards Bethlehem: ‘John Wayne: A Love Story’, by Joan Didion

For John Wayne’s Birthday A second excerpt from the essay collection: Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays (FSG Classics), by Joan Didion This is one of the best things written about John Wayne. It’s not just an essay about who he was … Continue reading

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For John Wayne’s Birthday: Hondo (1953) at MoMA: John Wayne in 3D

Perfect timing: I’ve been absolutely loving Scott Eyman’s biography of John Wayne: John Wayne: The Life and Legend. It’s so good, people. It’s the biography that this icon deserves. I’m not done with it yet, and I’ll post more on … Continue reading

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For John Wayne’s Birthday: John Wayne’s Balletic/Symphonic Gesture in Angel and the Badman

One of my favorite quotes about acting comes from John Wayne. It’s included in Peter Bogdanovich’s Who the Hell’s in It: Conversations with Hollywood’s Legendary Actors: Peter Bogdanovich: Your gestures in pictures are often daring — large — and show … Continue reading

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Supernatural, Season 11, New Episode, Do You Have Bigger Cups?

Buried in work right now. Not to mention Alain Delon. (See new background on my site.) Will catch up with you all later!

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The Nice Guys (2016)

More later, but I just wanted to say: Don’t miss it. It’s in theaters now. It got great reviews. But nobody went to see it. It should be seen. This is old-fashioned buddy-cop entertainment with so many great elements (comedy, … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Burt Kwouk, aka “Cato”

Actor Burt Kwouk has died at the age of 85. Kwouk’s most well-known role was “Cato”, the ninja-manservant of Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther franchise. I was a child going to the Pink Panther movies (they were major Events … Continue reading

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“Hearing [Elvis] for the first time was like busting out of jail.” – Bob Dylan

For Bob Dylan’s birthday “When I first heard Elvis Presley’s voice I just knew that I wasn’t going to work for anybody and nobody was going to be my boss. Hearing him for the first time was like busting out … Continue reading

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