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His Master's Voice

When the star is dead, incapacitated, or just plain incomprehensible, it's time to send for Rich Little. Tom Soter talks to the king of the Hollywood mimics and picks out the edited highlights from 40 glorious years of looping stars ...[[wysiwyg_imageupload:734:]] 

Comedy on the Rocks


New York New York

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:770:]]A NOTE: I wrote this story for the British film magazine EMPIRE some 20 years ago. And although much has changed since then, much has stayed the same. On re-reading it two decades on, I'm impressed by two things: the amount of research I put into it in those pre-Google days (when research meant a lot of visits to the library) and how many times British idioms and phrases (like "cloth-eared") were worked into my copy. A side note: the BBC was apparently so impressed by this piece that they had the cast and crew of one of their morning chat shows come over from London to New York so that they could film me acting as their tour guide to movie locations. Was I any good?Alas, it was in an era before YouTube. I never saw it.

Superman IV

 Superman IV: The Quest for Peace 

Violence in the Cinema

 While cleaning out some old papers, I came across this curious essay that I wrote for some class – possibly social studies – when I was in my junior year in high school. It’s a little naïve but I thought it might give someone a little chuckle – and it does show some youthful insight into its subject (and, for the record, I got a B+ on it).[[wysiwyg_imageupload:566:]] 

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[[wysiwyg_imageupload:512:]]MARKETS 51-100 WJXT-TV JACKSONVI LLE, FLA.

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Flowers Are for Funerals

 HENRY SORELLI IS BACK – OR IS HE?[[wysiwyg_imageupload:505:]] There we were again – Tom Sinclair, Evan Jones, and I – getting instructions from director Christian Doherty as he stood talking to us about the next scene we were about to shoot.

Ten Biggest Moments on TV

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:462:]] THE TEN BIGGEST MOMENTS ON TVExpert picks 10 most memorable events

I Am a Fugitive

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:461:]]I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang