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I’m delighted to be able to present an exclusive clip from the behind-the-scenes Hollywood documentary “The Man Who Saved Ben-Hur,” now available streaming and DVD.

I had a lot of fun creating this gallery with nine surprising facts about the story of Ben-Hur, ranging from the youngest Union General in the Civil War to movie stars as extras, the US Supreme Court, and Charlton Heston […]

Critic and film historian Phil Hall has written a fascinating book, In Search of Lost Films with details about the thousands of movies made from the earliest days of the silent era through the 1940’s that have disappeared through damage or […]

The greatest hat in the history of movies is the one worn by Ingrid Bergman at the end of “Casablanca.” The second greatest hat in the history of movies is the one worn by Bette Davis in “Now Voyager.” Both, […]

Documentarian Joe Forte loved the stories his second cousin told about the golden era of Hollywood — so he decided to interview him on film. Now available On Demand.

As some of the fanboys go nuts over the idea of a remake of “Ghostbusters” with an all-female lead cast, it’s a good time to take another look at the original they consider a classic. At Fando, Kevin B. Lee […]

Turner Classic Movies has brought in a new host to join Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz. The first woman host is Tiffany Vazquez, and she first came to the attention of the classic-movie network as the grand prize winner of […]

Happy 100th birthday to one of the greatest and most versatile stars of the golden age of Hollywood, Olivia de Havilland! She and her fellow-Oscar-winning sister, Joan Fontaine, were born in Tokyo, the daughters of British parents, a professor and […]

This week’s new “Tarzan” movie should inspire families to check out the many, many earlier versions of this classic story. In 2012, Neely Tucker of The Washington Post wrote a wonderful tribute to Tarzan in honor of the 100th anniversary […]

Werner Herzog is not only one of the most brilliant directors in the history of world cinema; he is also unique in the span of his films, equally impressive in narrative features and documentaries. After a decade of pleading from […]