#TBT: Happy Birthday, Tom Hanks

Big movie cover

On July 9, the wonderful, versatile actor, filmmaker and producer Tom Hanks will turn a fabulous 60! For this Throwback Thursday, let's look back at this amazing talent and touch on some of his extensive filmography that began in the 1980s. Over the years, I've enjoyed several of his movies and characters, and am truly thankful for […]

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Shark Week: “Fin”-tastic Films

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It's time to celebrate the most "fin"-tastic week of the year…Shark Week! The Discovery Channel's week of special programming celebrating these majestic creatures begins Sunday, June 26. Can't get enough sharks? Here are a few "jaw"-some DVD picks. In Shark Week: Jawsome Encounters and Shark Week: the 25th Anniversary, the Discovery Channel presents footage from around […]

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Quiz: Hollywood Fathers and Sons

Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas

In honor of Father’s Day, we're paying homage to some of our favorite Hollywood fathers and sons. Find out how well you know these actors and their movies in this quiz by bloggers Ellen and Brooks.

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#TBT: Singer, Actress, Icon: Cher at 70

The First Time book cover

Cher may be the ultimate entertainer. She's such a force that it's hard to say what she's best known for: singer, TV personality, movie star, fashion icon, maybe even Twitter user! So, what do you think of when you think of her? Do you hear her singing "I Got You Babe" with Sonny, or maybe […]

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Quiz: Hollywood Mothers and Daughters

Liza Minnelli and Judy Garland

Take a closer look at some of our favorite mothers and daughters who have lit up Hollywood with this quiz from bloggers Anne Miskewitch, Ashley, Brooks, Ellen, Kate, Michelle and Wsumner.

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#TBT: Happy Birthday, John Waters!

John Waters at the Edinburgh International Film Festival

Filmmaker, writer and photographer John Waters turns 70 this Friday, April 22, so for this Throwback Thursday, let's take a look at his long career. Waters got his start making wild transgressive camp movies in the 1970s. Using a cast of regulars and a Baltimore setting, his black comedies featured desperate people doing outrageous things. In Pink […]

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The Legacy of Ebertfest

Filmstrip created by the author Bart from Louisiana.

Roger Ebert's passing left a hole in the world of film criticism, but his legacy will never die. "Roger, you would love Ebertfest 2016," his widow, Chaz Ebert, wrote in her blog. The festival's programmers have stayed true to his vision, curating a diverse and interesting lineup in his honor. If you can't attend Ebertfest […]

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Quiz: How Well Do You Know Shakespeare?

drawing of William Shakespeare

“To be, or not to be, that is the question.”—Hamlet While Hamlet had only one question, we have 13 for you: See how well you know William Shakespeare with our quiz created by bloggers B. Bruins, Jeff, Mara, Michelle, MsCaroline, Sarah and Stephen.  

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The Bard in Bollywood: 3 Hindi Hits Inspired by Shakespeare

Ram-Leela Bollywood film poster: barechested male embraces female, wind blowing her hair back

Ben Jonson, William Shakespeare's harshest critic, gave him his most meaningful epitaph: "He was not of an age, but for all time." Shakespeare has been quite naturally adapted for film: the plays were meant to be heard and watched. This people pleaser had a keen notion of attention span: "Things in motion sooner catch the eye than […]

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Formula 1 Movies: The Noise & The Rivalries

Formula 1

The 2016 Formula 1 season starts this weekend with the Australian Grand Prix. Do you have to love driving to appreciate Formula 1? Not me—I'm a pretty indifferent motorist, but after happening upon tickets to a Grand Prix and hearing the apocalyptic cacophony of a 12-cylinder engine pass 18,000 revolutions per minute and 180 miles per […]

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