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Memorial Day war marathon on TCM

sun-sentinel.com — Get your DVRs ready. TCM is commemorating Memorial Day weekend with a marathon of war films involving World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Among the highlights of Sunday's program includes King Vidor's 1925 silent epic, "The Big Parade"; Jean Renoir's 1937 French masterpiece, "Grand Illusion"; and Nicholas Ray's 1951 "Flying Leathernecks," starring John Wayne.

Memorial Day war marathon on TCM

latimes.com — Get your DVRs ready. TCM is commemorating Memorial Day weekend with a marathon of war films involving World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Among the highlights of Sunday's program includes King Vidor's 1925 silent epic, "The Big Parade"; Jean Renoir's 1937 French masterpiece, "Grand Illusion"; and Nicholas Ray's 1951 "Flying Leathernecks," starring John Wayne.

Early-TV oddities, innovations to screen as part of UCLA archive's anniversary

latimes.com — "Archive Television Treasures" certainly lives up to its name. The new screening series, part of UCLA Film & Television Archive's 50th-anniversary celebration, is a clear-eyed excursion to the early days of the small screen and a reminder of how the medium changed and developed.

Unpublished Orson Welles memoir discovered at University of Michigan

latimes.com — Orson Welles' "comeback" movie, "The Other Side of the Wind," which he shot four decades ago and never finished, will hopefully see the light of day thanks to a recent $2-million crowdfunding campaign to complete the film.

'In the Company of Legends' recalls their documentary career with stars

latimes.com — When they were looking for a host for their 1987 PBS documentary "Jimmy Stewart: A Wonderful Life," producer Joan Kramer and director David Heeley decided to approach Johnny Carson. The host of "The Tonight Show" was a big fan of the Oscar-winner and frequently had the beloved actor on the late-night NBC show.

'Madam Secretary' actor Erich Bergen moonlights in cabaret

latimes.com — A few things you should not expect from the cabaret show by Erich Bergen, longtime "Jersey Boy": "I don't do vocal gymnastics, I don't riff like crazy and I don't rock out," Bergen explained. Furthermore, "I don't want to walk on stage with a plaid buttoned-up shirt and a pair of jeans," said Bergen, smiling.

Universal releases original 'Battlestar Galactica' on Blu-ray

courant.com — One of the most highly anticipated, heavily promoted new TV shows in the fall of 1978 was ABC's "Battlestar Galactica," a lavish, effects-driven "Star Wars"-inspired sci-fi adventure. "Galactica," created by Glen A. Larson, starred Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict. The series, though, didn't go into the stratosphere and crashed after one season.

Universal releases original 'Battlestar Galactica' on Blu-ray

latimes.com — One of the most highly anticipated, heavily promoted new TV shows in the fall of 1978 was ABC's "Battlestar Galactica," a lavish, effects-driven "Star Wars"-inspired sci-fi adventure. "Galactica," created by Glen A. Larson, starred Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict. The series, though, didn't go into the stratosphere and crashed after one season.

Stuntman Terry Leonard's career grew by leaps and bounds in Hollywood

latimes.com — For nearly five decades, stunt performer Terry Leonard has made audiences' hearts pound a little faster. Early in his career, Leonard set a record falling eight stories into cardboard boxes for the 1970 film "Cover Me Babe."

An Oscar for 'The Artist,' but Jean Dujardin's real 'Connection' is as a French actor

latimes.com — It's been four years since "The Artist" changed French actor Jean Dujardin's life. The former stand-up comic was popular in France and had starred in hits such as director Michel Hazanavicius' spy comedies "OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies" (2006) and "OSS 117: Lost in Rio" (2009).
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