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The Best D-Day Movie You Never Saw

Posted on 06/6/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentSeventy years ago, 150,000 Allied troops stormed ashore at Normandy. Within hours they had secured a beachhead, and 11 months later Hitler’s Third Reich was in ashes. The largest military operation in history has naturally inspired lots of movies — some classic, some less so. The current edition of AARP The Magazine offers a good list of D-Day movies. It’s headed, of course, by Daryl Zanuck’s 1962 mega-production, The Longest Day. No D-Day movie list I’ve ever seen, though, includes …

Trivia Countdown! One Day to Movies for Grownups on Turner Classic Movies

Posted on 05/14/2013 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentI’m counting down the days until May 15, the night I get to introduce four great Movies for Grownups with Robert Osborne on TCM. Here’s today’s trivia bit about one of the movies we’re showing: Besides its eerie dream sequence designed by Salvador Dali, Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound is noted for its unforgettable, Oscar-winning musical score by Miklos Rozsa. He makes great use of the theramin, that haunting device that makes the spooky “whoo-OOO!” sound that later became popular in science …

Trivia Countdown! Two Days to Movies for Grownups on Turner Classic Movies

Posted on 05/13/2013 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentI’m counting down the days until May 15, the night I get to introduce four great Movies for Grownups with Robert Osborne on TCM. Here’s today’s trivia bit about one of the movies we’re showing: Moviegoers who saw the Steve Martin musical Pennies From Heaven were pleasantly surprised by Christopher Walken’s athletic dance to the song “Let’s Misbehave.” But Walken trained as a dancer early in his career, and among his early jobs was a role in the Broadway musical …

Trivia Countdown! Three Days to Movies for Grownups on Turner Classic Movies

Posted on 05/12/2013 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentI’m counting down the days until May 15, the night I get to introduce  four great Movies for Grownups with Robert Osborne on TCM. Here’s today’s trivia bit about one of the movies we’re showing: The iconic spaceship in Forbidden Planet didn’t retire from show biz after the film wrapped. It was re-used several times on the MGM lot; most memorably in several episodes of Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone. And Robby the Robot, built at a cost of $125,000 for …

Trivia Countdown! Four Days to Movies for Grownups on Turner Classic Movies

Posted on 05/11/2013 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentI’m counting down the days until May 15, the night I get to introduce  four great Movies for Grownups with Robert Osborne on TCM. Here’s today’s trivia bit about one of the movies we’re showing: Even most rabid Steve Martin fans haven’t seen his 1981 musical Pennies From Heaven—it disappeared from theaters almost as soon as it opened, and it’s not even available on DVD. Here’s a rare chance to catch this dark, brooding tale of false optimism in the …

Trivia Countown! Six Days to Movies for Grownups on Turner Classic Movies

Posted on 05/9/2013 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentI’m counting down the days until May 15, the night I get to introduce four great Movies for Grownups with Robert Osborne on TCM. Here’s today’s trivia bit about one of the movies we’re showing: Most film fans know that Gregory Peck’s spooky dream sequence in Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound was designed by the surreal artist Salvador Dali. It’s unforgettable as-is, but costar Ingrid Bergman later said the scene was originally planned to run for 20 minutes. Production stills show one …