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On Movie Stars, Everyday Dads, and the Meaning of Legacy

In speaking about someone else's dad, the author finds herself thinking about her own. Read More »

Book Review: The Star Machine by Jeanine Basinger

Film historian Jeanine Basinger looks into how stars were made during Hollywood's Golden Age. Read More »

Oldies But Goodies Can Be Found Among Amazon’s Top 100 DVDs

In Amazon's list of the top 100 DVDs, old and new sit side by side. Read More »

Book Review – Leading Men: The 50 Most Unforgettable Actors of the Studio Era. At Least Some of Them

The classic movie channel rewrites history to eliminate one powerful studio. Read More »

Jerry Springer on Dancing With the Stars: Pre-judge Not

The author ponders her new opinion of Jerry Springer after his Dancing with the Stars appearances. Read More »

Make Me Beautiful: Are Nip/Tuck’s Surgeons the Guys For You?

Maria Ciaccia opines on the FX series Nip/Tuck and asks, what's next for our daring duo of plastic surgeons? Read More »

DVD Review: Marie Antoinette (1938)

MGM Star Norma Shearer stars as the Queen of France, co-starring Tyrone Power as her lover Axel von Ferson. Read More »