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A Chorus Line

  A CHORUS LINE 1985. Michael Douglas, Alyson Reed, Terrence Mann, Audrey Landers; dir. Richard Attenborough: 117m. (PC-13) Hi St D cc $79.95. LV $34.95. CED. Embassy. Image; excel. 

Christmas Movies

The Spirit of Christmas PastEver-popular holiday movies and specials are back on the box this year.[[wysiwyg_imageupload:451:]]

Film Therapists (2)

 NOTE: Editors often rewrite stories, and I occasionally found myself rewritten. Sometimes, it was necessary - I might not have hit the mark – other times it was silly (adding the word "living" to the phrase "everyone in the world knows James Bond"), and then there were instances when it was done to catch a different idiom. That was usually the case with EMPIRE, a British film magazine that printed my work in the early 1990s. I recently came across an original draft of a story that was rewritten by EMPIRE (adding British slang). Here's a chance to see what was done and to choose whose prose you prefer. Tom Soter, July 3, 2011. 

Scrooge

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:417:]]The publisher didn't believe in Charles Dickens' Christmas book – the author had to use his own money to finance its five-shilling color-plated first edition. But A Christmas Carol has always been popular: on the day it was first published, December 25, 1843, it sold 6000 copies. Since then it has earned additional fame through scores of dramatizations, including many film and television versions. Eight of these are now on tape, and they star an unusual cross-section of performers, from Alistair Sim and Henry Winkler to Mickey Mouse and Mr. Magoo.

Class Acts

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:414:]]New York is a living classroom comprised of motivated students of all ages. Driven by curiosity about the world they inhabit, a desire to be creative, or a yen to make more money, Manhattan’s continuing ed students are taking advantage of both degree and non-degree programs that promise to expand their knowledge years after college. Returning students, generally in their 30s and 40s (and increasingly in their 50s and 60s), are electing to take a range of classes, from creative writing, internet skills, and wine tasting to public speaking, graphics, and interior design. So, if you're looking to master a new skill, enhance your job peiformance, or re-charge your creative batteries; read on.

Credit Report

 FRONT DESK Credit Where It's Due Modesty, the old pal's act or simply owing someone a favor - what's the beef on the unbilled cameo?[[wysiwyg_imageupload:330:]]

Video Bar

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:328:]]Hey Bartender!

The Untouchables

  [[wysiwyg_imageupload:313:]]The Untouchables  1987. Kevin Costner, Robert De Niro, Sean Connery; dir. Brian De Palma. 119m. (R) Hi St cc V $89.95. B $29.95. LV St $34.95. 

Hitchcock Rarities

  Rare Hitchcocks Rediscovered [[wysiwyg_imageupload:312:]]

Cartoons

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:294:]][[wysiwyg_imageupload:295:]] When MGM/UA senior vice president and general manager George Feltenstein decided last year that he wanted to reissue old "Looney Tunes" cartoons in a deluxe laserdisc collection, his colleagues laughed. "No one thought there was any value to them," he says. The company laughed all the way to the bank, however, when sales for the $100 five-disc set went through the roof: "When we put out the first set, I would have been happy if we sold 3,000," he notes. "We sold 14,000."And that's not all, folks.