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  • It Was 50 Years Ago Today: ‘You Don’t Mess Around with Jim’

    In Jim Croce’s brief career — he died at age 30 in a 1973 Louisiana plane crash — Croce released five Top 10 singles, the first of which was one of the best story songs of modern times.

  • It Was 50 Years Ago Today: ‘You Don’t Mess Around with Jim’

    In Jim Croce’s brief career — he died at age 30 in a 1973 Louisiana plane crash — Croce released five Top 10 singles, the first of which was one of the best story songs of modern times.

  • Sixties Flashback: Art Weirdo or Business Savant?

    As a dominant figure on the 1960s New York avant-garde art scene, Andy Warhol became a tireless self-promoter who straddled a line between bizarre media stardom and the straight-laced business world.

  • Sixties Flashback: Art Weirdo or Business Savant?

    As a dominant figure on the 1960s New York avant-garde art scene, Andy Warhol became a tireless self-promoter who straddled a line between bizarre media stardom and the straight-laced business world.

  • Sixties Flashback: Art Weirdo or Business Savant?

    As a dominant figure on the 1960s New York avant-garde art scene, Andy Warhol became a tireless self-promoter who straddled a line between bizarre media stardom and the straight-laced business world.

  • The Reel Deal: Where the Crawdads Sing

    In the film version of Where the Crawdads Sing, Daisy Edgar-Jones (Normal People, Fresh) stars as Kya, whom everyone in the North Carolina backwater burg of Barkley Cove calls “the swamp girl.”

  • It Was 50 Years Ago Today: ‘The Candy Man’

    “It’s horrible. It’s white bread, it’s ‘cute-ums.’”

  • The Reel Deal: Downton Abbey: A New Era

    Eleven months ago, American film production and distribution company Focus Features trumpeted news of the forthcoming movie Downton Abbey – A New Era. It was set to be released at Christmastime but, as with many films, the ongoing pandemic played havoc with schedules.

  • Sixties Flashback: The Temporary Utopias

    During the ’60s, thousands of young Americans opted for a life in one of about 3,000 “hippie” communes across the country. Who were those mavericks who made such an unorthodox choice?

  • Sixties Flashback: The Temporary Utopias

    During the ’60s, thousands of young Americans opted for a life in one of about 3,000 “hippie” communes across the country. Who were those mavericks who made such an unorthodox choice?<

  • It Was 50 Years Ago Today: ‘A Horse with No Name’

    We’ve all been through this before. You hear a new tune on the radio, and it grabs you by the collar, demanding your attention. Soon it’s burrowing deeply inside your brain, to reside there forever. It’s a song you never forget.

  • The Reel Deal: Tyson’s Run

    Good, old-fashioned “feel-good” movies seem to never go out of style, and audiences to this day still want to cheer for the little guy and watch sympathetic people overcome the odds. Tyson’s Run provides such a story.

  • Sixties Flashback: Where No Show Had Gone Before

    When Star Trek premiered on NBC-TV in September 1966, creator Gene Roddenberry was no doubt knocked for a loop when his much-anticipated show tanked. It never rose above 52 in the ratings, and that was only during the first season of its three-year run.

  • It Was 50 Years Ago Today: ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’

    The first time the world heard of Brooklyn-born Robert John was in 1958, when he was 12 years old. Back then, the singing youngster was going by his real name: Bobby Pedrick Jr.

  • Sixties Flashback: And the Winning Bid is …

    On Jan. 13, 2013, Lot 5037 rolled smoothly onto center stage at the prestigious Barrett-Jackson car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. The sleek, low-slung vehicle, owned by California auto customizer George Barris, glistened like a black diamond under the lights.

  • The Reel Deal: The 355

    A new action thriller with the intriguing title of The 355 opens this month. The inspiration for the film’s title goes back to the Revolutionary War era, when 355 was the code number assigned to the first female spy — a woman unnamed (and obviously unappreciated) by historians to this day.

  • It Was 50 Years Ago Today: ‘Brand New Key’

    At a London party in 1760, a Belgian violinist made a surprise entrance on a new invention called “roller skates” as he played his music. In doing so, he smashed into a mirror worth a thousand dollars and damaged it beyond repair.

  • The Reel Deal: Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    In 1984, Ghostbusterswas unleashed in theaters throughout the U.S. The supernatural comedy generated rave reviews and became a cultural phenomenon as one of the most successful laugh-fests of the ’80s.

  • Sixties Flashback: Skirting the Issue

    Miniskirts were not born, as many of us believe, during the U.K. youthquake (as it was called) of the frenzied ’60s.

  • Sixties Flashback: Skirting the Issue

    Miniskirts were not born, as many of us believe, during the U.K. youthquake (as it was called) of the frenzied ’60s.

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