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  • ‘Forbidden Planet’ plays Kennedy Space Center

     
    Alert, earthlings: TCM and NASA are teaming for a showing of “Forbidden Planet,” the 1956 sci-fi classic. TCM host Ben Mankiewicz will take part in the screening, which starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. ̶
  • Elizabeth Taylor dies at 79; legendary actress

    Elizabeth Taylor dies at 79; legendary actress
    Elizabeth Taylor, the glamorous queen of American movie stardom, whose achievements as an actress were often overshadowed by her rapturous looks and real-life dramas, has died. She was 79. Hospitalized six weeks ago for congestive heart failure, Taylor...

    Around Town: Salutes to Bunuel and the hero of 'Hugo,' Melies

     
    A Luis Bunuel retrospective and a tribute to the real-life hero of the film "Hugo" are among this week's highlights.

    'Bad Penny,' 'Suddenly Last Summer,' 'Desert Sunrise' and 'Just Like White People'

    'Bad Penny,' 'Suddenly Last Summer,' 'Desert Sunrise' and 'Just Like White People'
    "A bad penny always turns up" is a platitude that packs an unexpected existential punch, at least in the sardonic world of New York playwright Mac Wellman. In Wellman's Obie Award-winning short play, the titular "Bad Penny" opens a portal to the...

    Tom Mankiewicz dies at 68; screenwriter for James Bond, Superman films

    Tom Mankiewicz dies at 68; screenwriter for James Bond, Superman films
    Tom Mankiewicz, a screenwriter and premier script doctor who made his reputation working on such James Bond films as "Diamonds Are Forever," "Live and Let Die" and "The Man With the Golden Gun," has died. He was 68. Mankiewicz, who received a...