Music Review: Barry Manilow – In the Swing of Christmas

I’m starting to wonder if Barry Manilow ever sleeps. Since 2005 alone, the man born Barry Alan Pincus on June 17, 1943 has released three best selling albums, while starring in his own Las Vegas stage show, Manilow: Music and Passion. Despite his busy schedule, Manilow found the time to record In the Swing of …

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DVD Review: Barry Manilow: The First Television Specials

On the heels of Barry Manilow’s successful Las Vegas show Music and Passion and his hit albums The Greatest Songs of the Seventies and The Greatest Songs of the Sixties, Rhino has released a five DVD set, Barry Manilow: The Early Television Shows. The set consists of The First Barry Manilow Special (1977), The Second …

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DVD Review: Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse

Director Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 film Apocalypse Now is one of the most studied and discussed movies in motion picture history. Scholars and fans alike have discussed the nuances of the Vietnam War themed story adnauseam. Adding to the legend of Apocalypse Now are the well documented difficulties that Coppola encountered in his unwavering drive …

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DVD Review: Laverne & Shirley: The Third Season

Laverne & Shirley was yet another spin-off of the hugely successful Happy Days. Laverne DeFazio (Penny Marshall) and Shirley Feeney (Cindy Williams) were first introduced on an episode of Happy Days during the shows third season in 1975. Laverne & Shirley premiered as a midseason replacement on January 27, 1976 and finished the season at …

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Music Review: Serena Ryder – Told You in a Whispered Song

Canadian born singer/songwriter Serena Ryder has been performing since the age of thirteen. Serena is already a major star in her native Canada. Her major label debut, If Your Memory Serves You Well, a set of twelve covers and three original songs was released in Canada in late 2006 and hit store shelves in the …

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DVD Review: Leading Ladies Collection Volume 2

Warner Brothers has released Leading Ladies Collection Volume 2. The set consists of A Big Hand for the Little Lady starring Joanne Woodward, Henry Fonda and Jason Robards, I’ll Cry Tomorrow starring Susan Hayward, Rich and Famous starring Candice Bergen and Jacqueline Bisset, Shoot the Moon starring Diane Keaton and Albert Finney and Up the …

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Otto Preminger’s ‘Skidoo’

I recently read and reviewed Otto Preminger: The Man Who Would Be King. Few would argue that the Academy award nominated director made some wonderful films in over fifty years in the movie business. However, As Otto grew older, he began to lose touch with his knack for understanding the American moviegoer’s taste in films.

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