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  • 'State of Wonder' by Ann Patchett

    'State of Wonder' by Ann Patchett
    Prize-winning author Ann Patchett ("Bel Canto," "Truth and Beauty," "The Magician's Assistant") once confessed that the single most important artistic influence on her work is "The Poseidon Adventure," the 1933 Paul Gallico potboiler that was made into a classic 1970s action-adventure-disaster movie featuring Gene Hackman and Ernest Borgnine fighting their way out of a luxury liner capsized by a 100-foot tidal wave. Patchett explained, "['The Poseidon Adventure'] was the first time I saw something that made me think, Oh, that's what plot is: you're going along, it's fine, then everything turns upside down; people band together, sacrifices are made, there's passion, there's loss, there's a journey and at the end you cut a hole in the boat and you come into the light."
  • Shelter upgrades are the cat's meow

    Two respective events saw the staff and Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter (VBAS) reveal their newly renovated facility, while thousands of locals and visitors gathered to meet and greet a galaxy of stars from classic films and television shows this...

    My Interview With Ernest Borgnine, Recalling Career, His Connecticut Roots

    My Interview With Ernest Borgnine, Recalling Career, His Connecticut Roots
    Ernest Borginine died Sunday at the age of 95. Here is my interview with the Hamden-born, Connecticut-raised actor in 2010.   By FRANK RIZZO Ernest Borgnine, who turns 94 in January, is having the time of his life. With a new film out this month...

    On Oscars: The best often don't win

     On Oscars: The best often don't win
    On Sunday, Hollywood celebrates itself and honors its own. All eyes (or most of them anyway) will be on the presentations of the Academy Awards. But do the Oscars always end up in the right hands? Opinions abound on this topic, and what follows is only...

    Directors, actresses set to sail on TCM Classic Cruise

    Directors, actresses set to sail on TCM Classic Cruise
    Classic movie fans are invited to hop onboard the Celebrity Millennium for the first-ever Turner Classic Movie Classic Cruise. The cruise, hosted by the award-winning television network TCM, will depart from Miami to Key West and Cozumel on Dec. 8,...