Tinseltown Talks: Matilda Turns 25

When British author Roald Dahl’s beloved 1988 novel Matilda was transformed into a fantasy comedy movie a decade later, the film became hugely popular. It remains an enjoyable family movie to watch with children and grandchildren today, 25 years after its release in July 1996.

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The Reel Deal: Cry Macho

The new Clint Eastwood film Cry Macho — he directs and stars in it — is based on N. Richard Nash’s 1975 novel of the same name.

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Sixties Flashback: The Misadventures of a Bottle(d) Blonde

It’s the 1950s. Gorgeous Barbara Eden sits in the Hollywood office of a Warner Brothers casting director.

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It Was 50 Years Ago Today: ‘Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)’

Well-respected rock-music critic and historian Dave Marsh is normally quite sparing in his praise, but Marsh once could barely contain his enthusiasm when he reviewed a Marvin Gaye single and proclaimed it to be “the greatest piece of music ever written in favor of the survival of the environment on the greatest Black pop album ever made.”

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Sixties Flashback: A Strange Way to Make Big Money

Have you ever heard of musician Billy Strange?

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The Reel Deal: Jungle Cruise

Visually, Disney’s Jungle Cruise could be considered a mashup of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and stunt-fueled Indiana Jones movies, with elements of the 1951 Bogart-Hepburn film classic The African Queen thrown in for good measure.

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It Was 50 Years Ago Today: ‘Indian Reservation’

It was in 1958 when 20-year-old Paul Revere (born Paul Revere Dick) met fellow Idahoan Mark Lindsay, age 16.

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Tinseltown Talks: Paul ‘Crocodile Dundee’ Hogan is Back – Sort Of

It’s been 35 years since Paul Hogan unleashed the iconic character of rugged reptile-wrestling Mick Dundee onto the world in the hit ’80s film Crocodile Dundee and two sequels.

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The Reel Deal: Cruella

In Disney’s 1961 animated feature 101 Dalmatians, based on a 1956 novel by Dodie Smith, we meet Cruella de Vil. (Could there be a more perfect first name to represent evil?)

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