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Who Is Allen Smithee?

Dan Lewis runs the popular daily newsletter Now I Know (“Learn Something New Every Day, By Email”). To subscribe to his daily email, click here. In 1969, the movie Death of a Gunfighter debuted starring Richard Widmark, Lena Horne, and Carroll O’Connor. The reviews were OK — IMDb gives it a viewer-powered 6.4 stars (out of [...]

6 Critics Turned Artists

It’s been said that those who can, do; those who can’t, teach; and those who can neither do nor teach become critics. But many critics were originally involved in the fields they now review. And there are some on the other side of the coin as well—people who started their careers critiquing the work of [...]

Roger Ebert’s New Chin

Film critic Roger Ebert’s jawbone was partially removed due to cancer in 2006. Through his recovery and several failed attempts at reconstruction, he lost the ability to speak, eat, or drink, but he continued to review movies and post to his website. Meanwhile, Dr. David J. Reisberg and David Rotter from the University of Illinois [...]

The Quick 10: Happy Birthday, Oprah!

Yes – the world’s most powerful woman (according to some reports, anyway) is celebrating the big 5-6 today. Even if you’re not a big fan, you have to admit, the woman’s done pretty well herself. Oprah hasn’t kept too many secrets about herself over the years, so I’m avoiding the big shockers that she has [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Famous Authors Who Tried Scriptwriting

During the holiday season, I was doing some research for a story and discovered that the uber-sarcastic Dorothy Parker did some work on the script for the saccharine and sappy It’s a Wonderful Life (that’s not a slam, by the way, I love that movie). Apparently lots of famous writers have put in their time [...]