What Turner Classic Movies Should Do About Robert Osborne’s Passing

Posted on March 21st, 2017
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  Watching last weekend’s 48 hour tribute to Robert Osborne on the Turner Classic Movie channel, which featured a number of his famous private screening interviews with some of Hollywood’s greatest stars, I couldn’t help but think that TCM really does not have to let Robert Osborne’s presence disappear. In his more than 23 years […]

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March Madness Menus

Posted on March 17th, 2017
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With the tipoff of the NCAA College Basketball Tournament this week, I couldn’t help but remember the 1970’s Cincinnati Red’s postgame buffet table: barbeque, potato salad, all manner of carb loaded items designed to fill the players up and out. Meal planning in Major League Baseball in those days was basically oriented towards fast, heavy […]

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Remembering Two Pioneers of Sports Television

Posted on March 9th, 2017
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Sad to see Bill Webb, epochal sports television director, passed away this week at the age of 70. Described by Gary Cohen as the “Vin Scully of directors,” Webb helmed 17 World Series for Fox and served for years in the same capacity for the New York Mets.  His philosophy was to capture not just […]

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The Art of Screenplay Writing

Posted on March 3rd, 2017
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A few years ago, Academy Award winning screenwriter Ernest Lehman, while appearing at the Oscars, quoted: “It all starts with the written word.” In fact, that is the way movies really work: a good idea needs to be translated into a good screenplay for the final product to succeed. Truth is that screenplay writing is […]

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Farewell to Author of “The Exorcist”

Posted on January 17th, 2017
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William Peter Blatty, author of the bestselling book, “The Exorcist,” died last week at the age of 89. He won an Academy Award for his 1973 screen adaptation of the novel — both book and film were, of course, mega hits, cultural milestones. A devout Catholic, whose funeral mass will be held this week at […]

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