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  • 'Mary Pickford': A portrait fit for film royalty

    'Mary Pickford': A portrait fit for film royalty
    Mary Pickford bobbed her hair on June 21, 1928. It made news worldwide. For she was "America's Sweetheart," and those signature golden curls symbolized an earlier, more innocent age when Pickford reigned as the most famous movie star in the world. Pickford's fame burned so brightly and so early — she was washed up in movies by the early 1930s — that it's hard now to recall her impact on popular culture as a gifted actress, wife to fellow superstar Douglas Fairbanks (shown above) and one of Hollywood's most powerful movie moguls. Now, a handsome new book titled “Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies” attempts to restore Pickford to the limelight with essays by film critics and scholars examining all sides of her persona. It's lavishly illustrated with more than 235 photos and images.
  • The story of the Oscars

    The story of the Oscars
    While it's true that there's only so much anyone can say about the Oscars, remember it can be said again and again. As a reader (and writer), I know by now that there are 10 abiding Oscar stories. Here they are, all in a single article: The history...

    10 things you might not know about political ads

    10 things you might not know about political ads
    The presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have pledged not to run political ads Sept. 11, out of respect for the terrorism victims. Which means there are 64 other days when you can count on being deluged with ads before Election Day. 1...

    Hesperus gives vintage voice to 'Robin Hood' silent film

    Hesperus gives vintage voice to 'Robin Hood' silent film
    Silent films are never really silent. They speak through literal communication, as when frames of dialogue or plot detail pop up on the screen, and, of course, through even the slightest changes on an actor's face. They also speak through music, a key...

    On the Town: Retiring Woodbury president enjoys fond send-off

    On the Town: Retiring Woodbury president enjoys fond send-off
    “I have had the opportunity to write several new chapters in the evolving Woodbury University history,” said the school’s retiring president, Kenneth Nielsen. “The success the school has achieved (is) a result of the hard work,...