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And The Oscar (for Hosting) Goes To…

The 88th annual Academy Awards Presentation is coming up. I look forwards to it every year. For me it marks the beginning of the end of winter. Or at least, the beginning of the last half of winter. (Or something.) I enjoy the Oscars, not because I’m so into movies or rich people handing over awards to…
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Hail, Coens!

I get very excited whenever a new Coen brothers movie is about to open. I’ve been a fan ever since doing a television story on the Minnesota natives and their first feature film “Blood Simple” back (unbelievably) in 1984. Minnesotans in the movie business were big news back then. The Coen brothers still are. I’ve…
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David, Glenn And E.T.

Entertainment Tonight did it again. The show that likes to bill itself as the granddaddy of all entertainment programs gave scant coverage to the death of yet another true artist. This time, the gifted co-founder of The Eagles, Glenn Frey. I was still angry a week after ET, now in its 35th season, devoted under…
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Matter Of Record

How was your week? Mine was a little stressful. Here’s why. Some time ago, Ginny and I decided to add a fireplace to our home, forgetting the old adage (I just made up now) that when you add something, something else has to be subtracted. In this case that something else is storage space. That…
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Mickey And Me

The excellent, new biography The Life and Times of Mickey Rooney by Richard A. Lertzman and William J. Birnes got me thinking about an interview I did with the film legend some years ago. My experience with the five-foot, three-inch screen star was not at all a pleasant one, so if you like and admire…
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