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TCM Classic Film Festival: Peter Fonda remembers his father, Henry Fonda

latimes.com — Who knew that Henry Fonda had a zany side? Of course, the Oscar-winning actor could be marvelously funny on screen in such comedies as Preston Sturges' sparkling 1941 masterpiece, "The Lady Eve."

Once thought lost, Harry Houdini's 'Grim Game' film reappears

latimes.com — It's the kind of magical reappearance that Houdini himself would have appreciated. For years, the only remaining footage of Harry Houdini's 1919 silent adventure thriller "The Grim Game" was a five-minute excerpt of a spectacular plane crash involving some spectacular derring-do from the legendary magician and escape artist.

Carl Gottlieb's touches in the 'Jaws' script helped create a monster hit

latimes.com — Carl Gottlieb met Steven Spielberg through their mutual agent, Mike Medavoy, when the Oscar-winning director was still "the new kid in town" back in 1968. Gottlieb had already established himself as a performer - he was a member of the popular San Francisco improv group the Committee - and was on the writing staff, along with Steve Martin, of "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" on CBS when he became fast friends with the 21-year-old Spielberg.

After 45 years, Pepe Serna is finally a leading man

latimes.com — Pepe Serna arrives carrying a big bag. Inside is a treasured bit of movie history: his prop arm from Brian De Palma's 1983 gangster masterpiece "Scarface." Though he's been in some 100 films, Serna is best known as Angel, Tony Montana's (Al Pacino) cohort in cocaine crime in the memorable thriller.

A second look at Steven Spielberg's '1941'

latimes.com — Steven Spielberg was riding high in 1979. His previous two films, 1975's "Jaws" and 1977's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," were groundbreaking blockbusters that earned a total of five Oscars.

Bea Arthur took 'Maude' out of 'Family's' shadow

latimes.com — "Cousin Maude 's Visit," the Dec. 11, 1971, episode of the groundbreaking CBS comedy series " All in the Family, " introduced TV audiences to the unforgettable Maude Findlay, the outspoken, liberal and feminist cousin of Edith ( Jean Stapleton ) who took no guff from conservative Archie (Carroll O'Connor) even when he called her a "big-mouth buttinski."

An even more enchanting 'Tales of Hoffmann' after restoration

latimes.com — Martin Scorsese said it was a big influence on his films "Taxi Driver" and "Raging Bull." George Romero, director of the seminal zombie thriller "Night of the Living Dead," said it was the reason he became a filmmaker.

In a first, 'Citizen Kane' to screen at Hearst Castle theater

latimes.com — William Randolph Hearst wouldn't be happy to hear that Orson Welles' groundbreaking film "Citizen Kane" is screening at his own private theater at Hearst Castle. But for film buffs, the chance to see Welles' 1941 thinly disguised - and scathing - account of the newspaper magnate in the historic screening room is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

'Jerusalem 3D' zooms in on power of ancient city with Imax intensity

latimes.com — The producer of "Jerusalem 3D," the Imax documentary on the sacred Middle Eastern city, wasn't interested in making a political film. "I think there are so many great films and books about the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians, not to mention the nightly news," Taran Davies said.

'Kiss Me Kate,' 'The Band Wagon' and 'Calamity Jane' are out on Blu-ray

latimes.com — Three great musicals from 1953 have just made their Blu-ray debuts - "Kiss Me Kate," "The Band Wagon" and "Calamity Jane." Warner Home Entertainment is offering the newly restored "Kiss Me Kate," starring Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Ann Miller and a young Bob Fosse, in its original 3-D as well as the 2-D version.
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