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Classic Hollywood: Laughing With Bob Newhart and W.C. Fields

latimes.com — lt;p>This is <a href="http://www.latimes.com/la-bio-susan-king-staff.html">Susan King</a>, a 25-year veteran entertainment writer at the Los Angeles Times. Every Friday I write about all things vintage in my&nbsp;<a href="http://www.latimes.com/newsletters/la-newsletter-classichollywood-signup-page-htmlstory.html">Classic Hollywood newsletter</a>, including must-see films screening in town, the latest in DVD releases, DVR-worthy films showing on TV, movie milestones, notable deaths and births.</p>

How Dean Jones went from being Disney's Mr. Nice Guy to not

latimes.com — Most baby boomers like myself grew up watching Dean Jones, who died Tuesday , first on the TV series "Ensign O'Toole" and then in countless Disney films, including "That Darn Cat" and "The Love Bug." He also starred with Elvis Presley in "Jailhouse Rock" and was the original Bobby on Broadway in Stephen Sondheim's groundbreaking "Company."

Outfest will honor Tom Hanks and Lisa Cholodenko with Legacy Awards

chicagotribune.com — Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks and Academy Award-nominated writer-director Lisa Cholodenko are this year's recipients of the Outfest Legacy Awards. Outfest, the L.A.-based nonprofit organization that promotes equality by "creating, sharing and protecting" LGBT stories on screen, will announce Thursday that Hanks will receive the Trailblazer Award in recognition of his Oscar-winning performance in 1993's "Philadelphia."

Outfest will honor Tom Hanks and Lisa Cholodenko with Legacy Awards

latimes.com — Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks and Academy Award-nominated writer-director Lisa Cholodenko are this year's recipients of the Outfest Legacy Awards. Outfest, the L.A.-based nonprofit organization that promotes equality by "creating, sharing and protecting" LGBT stories on screen, will announce Thursday that Hanks will receive the Trailblazer Award in recognition of his Oscar-winning performance in 1993's "Philadelphia."
Sep 03, 2015

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'Break Point' serves up tennis along with a family dynamic needing mending

latimes.com — Tennis movies, anyone? There have been tennis sequences in such eclectic films as Woody Allen's 2005 drama "Match Point" and Alfred Hitchcock's intense 1951 thriller "Strangers on a Train." But in general, tennis-centered movies such as 2004's "Wimbledon" have netted poor results with critics and audiences.
Sep 03, 2015

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'Family Affair's' Kathy Garver looks back on childhood stardom in new autobiography

latimes.com — Kathy Garver was riding high as the perky teenager Cissy on the popular 1966-71 CBS sitcom "Family Affair." But then the series ended and Garver found herself typecast as "this lovely, wholesome, sweet girl." She asked herself, "How do I go beyond that image to show this is a really good actress?"
Sep 02, 2015

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Wes Craven's retirement plan? 'My goal is die in my 90s on the set'

latimes.com — Los Angeles Times reporter Susan King interviewed director Wes Craven as he was about to be the subject of a retrospective -- "Merchant of Nightmares: A Tribute to Wes Craven" -- at the Aero Theater in 2010.

'Rosenwald' Documentary Looks At Jewish Philanthropist Who Helped Black Schools

nationalmemo.com — By Susan King, Los Angeles Times (TNS) Inspired by the Jewish ideals of tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (repairing the world), Julius Rosenwald partnered with African-American communities to fund some 5,300 schools for African American children in the Jim Crow-era South.

Classic Hollywood: Cinecon Classic Film Festival

latimes.com — A seldom-seen Three Stooges comedy, one of the few surviving Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle feature comedies and a new print of an Oscar-winning Laurel and Hardy short are among the hot tickets at this year's Cinecon Classic Film Festival. The 51st edition of the vintage movie celebration kicks off Sept.

Anna Muylaert tackles Brazilian child-rearing customs in 'The Second Mother'

latimes.com — When Brazilian filmmaker Anna Muylaert had her first child 20 years ago, she learned first-hand that child rearing in her country was left in the hands of women - whether it be the mother or a nanny. "It is not a work that is well valued by men," said Muylaert ("Smoke Gets in Your Eyes").
Aug 28, 2015

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