An Affirming Film About Death

Posted on August 29th, 2019
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In the golden days of Hollywood, studio moguls like Harry Cohn, Jack Warner, Louis B. Mayer, and Irving Thalberg relied on pure gut instinct to determine if a movie in production was going to be a hit. Cohn bragged that he had a foolproof formula for judging a preview showing: if he was bored, his […]

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The Lingering Menaces: Typhus and Ebola

Posted on August 21st, 2019
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“Even the company of the mad was better than the company of the dead.” So wrote Stephen King in his apocalyptic magnum opus, The Stand. First published in 1978, and re-released in a complete/uncut version twelve years later, the horror classic about the impact of a killer virus has sold more than 5 million copies.  […]

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The Death and Surprising Return of John Dillinger

Posted on August 8th, 2019
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The woman in red, Ana Sage, was actually wearing orange that night.  The lights of the Biograph Theater on Lincoln Avenue in Chicago tinted her dress crimson, a vivid color suitable for gangland folklore. Her real name was Ana Cumpanas and on July 22, 1934, she was on a blood mission designed to net a […]

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The Unsinkable Elaine May

Posted on August 1st, 2019
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Elaine May, at the age of 87, is still working without a net over unpredictable, hostile territory. After sixty-five years in show business, she continues to break through glass ceilings of chauvinism, ageism and corporate political prejudice.  Barriers insuperable to others, but not to the relentlessly determined May. Remember, in 1971, she was only the […]

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Neil Armstrong: The Premature Obituary

Posted on July 17th, 2019
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Richard Nixon was looking at the speech no President of the United States would ever want to deliver. It was titled, “In the Event of Moon Disaster.” The date was July 22, 1969.  Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were set to depart from the surface of the moon to join fellow crew member […]

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