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The 16th Annual Roger Ebert Film Festival

Roger Ebert’s film festival, held in his home town of Champaign, Illinois, is starting up this week, and I am flying out this morning to attend. It’s a great chance to see some old friends, and also see a ton … Continue reading

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Two Navy Baseball Guys Lip-Synching to a “Frozen” Song?

Well, you can put a fork in me this sunny a.m. I am DONE. Beautiful. Not condescending. Sheer appreciation. Freedom with who they are. I can’t stop watching it. I am in love with them both. And the guy peeking … Continue reading

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And the Waltz Goes On, by Sir Anthony Hopkins

I found this extremely intense. Anthony Hopkins wrote this waltz over 50 years ago, and here, he hears it performed by the magnificent André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra. It’s worth it to watch the entire thing. The audience … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Jack Nicholson

Jack Nicholson is one of my favorite living actors. Here’s a piece I wrote about The Cry Baby Killer, from 1958. It was Nicholson’s film debut. In the late 1950s, producer and director Roger Corman took an acting class. From … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Charlotte Brontë

Charlotte Brontë was born on this day, in 1816. Here is perhaps the most famous image of the Brontë sisters, a portrait done by their dissipated brother Branwell: Here are a couple of excerpts from her letters, and quotes about … Continue reading

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Easter Egg Hunt at Graceland

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Supernatural: Season 1, Episode 16: “Shadow”

Directed by Kim Manners Written by Eric Kripke “Sam, this is bigger than you think.” – John Winchester said. I’ll say. Shadow is one of the rare urban-setting episodes, which always seems to bring out interesting romantic things in the … Continue reading

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Today In History: April 18-19, 1775: “I Set Off Upon a Very Good Horse”

On the night of April 18, into April 19, in 1775, Paul Revere made his famous ride. The spring of 1775 was a tense time. Prominent Bostonians were under constant threat of arrest from the British, and many of them … Continue reading

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Make Your Move (2014)

I’m a sucker for a good dance movie. Make Your Move is really good! Derek Hough, from Dancing With the Stars is a thrilling performer, but he’s not the only one. There are many wonderful and innovative dance sequences. I … Continue reading

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– I am attending Ebertfest next week in Champaign, Illinois. Last year was my first year attending. I had just been hired as a contributor (by Roger himself – such an honor), and he had passed away only a … Continue reading

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