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Monthly Archives: July 2013

Okay, it may not be my number one, all-time favorite movie but it’s pretty damn close. “My Favorite Year” (1982) starring Peter O’Toole, Joseph Bologna, Bill Macy, Anne DeSalvo, Adolph Green, Cameron Mitchell, Lou Jacobi and the inimitable Lainie Kazan is one of the rare, nearly perfect movies. For me, a “perfect movie” is one […]

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Still thinking about Dennis Farina today. The first thing I ever remember seeing him in was “Midnight Run.” I never watched “Crime Story” on its initial run on television. I subsequently purchased the series off of Amazon last year when I was hoping I’d get the chance to interview him. I watched a few of […]

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Very shocked and sorry to hear of Dennis Farina’s untimely passing today at the age of 69. Almost a year ago, I interviewed Dan Lauria for a profile I wrote of him in Fra Noi. Mr. Lauria played the part of Jack Arnold in the fabulous TV show “The Wonder Years,” (1988-1993) and can currently […]

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My children will tell you that one of my all-time favorite lines from a movie was uttered by the legendary western star Slim Pickens in Mel Brooks comedy classic, “Blazing Saddles” (1973) when he said, “What in the wide, wide world of sports issa goin’ on here?” Now, in print, that line is not particularly […]

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OK, I’ve got my computer back with a brand new hard drive . . . or so they tell me. It works better but I’ve still had a moment or two where processing seems delayed or gets frozen. Hopefully, the computer’s just tired because it’s so damn hot outside! When the hot, summer weather cranks […]

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