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Happy 110th Birthday Bob Hope!

Posted on 05/29/2013 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentFor most of us, Bob Hope was that kinda creaky guy who did awkward old-timey standup comedy while people like Steve Martin and Richard Pryor were changing the world. But Bob Hope was, in his prime, a master of timing and the fastest ad-libber in the West. He would have been 110 on May 29 — of course who could complain, since he lived to be 100. To celebrate his life I’ve dug up two vintage episodes of my Movies …

The Government Compound Where Robots Watch TV

Posted on 04/10/2013 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentI recently ventured into the hollowed-out Virginia mountain where the Library of Congress keeps copies of every movie, TV show, and sound recording that’s submitted for copyright. Officially, it’s called the the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center. I call it Heaven. Here are stored, in specially built vaults, the highly explosive nitrate prints of films made prior to the 1950s…historic videotapes, including the first-ever color broadcast…vinyl and shellac discs dating back to the days of Edison… and in a lead-lined vault …