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Today in Movie History: December 10

“Nothing is written…” In your drop-the-mike moment for this week, Lawrence of Arabia was released in theaters in 1962. That should leave it all alone on the podium for today, but we’ll squeeze in room for one more: Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s Sleuth, released this day in 1972. With a pair like that, we really shouldn’t squeeze in any more… Okay, …

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Today in Movie History: December 3

We’re back after a longer-than-anticipated Thanksgiving hiatus. Today marks the release of a several notable films, many of them Oscar winners. John Ford delivered what many consider to be the definitive Wyatt Earp movie (sorry Val Kilmer fans) with My Darling Clementine in 1946. With Creed making so many waves, it’s worth noting that the original Rocky opened across the …

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Movie Birthdays: November 19

We have a trio of talented actresses celebrating birthdays today: terrific character actress Allison Janney was born in 1959; perennial perky blonde Meg Ryan was born in 1961; and the great, multiple Oscar-winning Jodie Foster was born in 1962. Happy birthday ladies, and thanks for all the great films!    

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Today in Movie History: November 19

Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai hit U.S. theaters in 1956, giving us a chance to see the master’s brilliant Eastern-Western mash-up that influenced everything from The Magnificent Seven to Star Wars to A Bug’s Life. For a more recent example of plucky underdogs facing an overwhelming task, the first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released five years …

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Movie Birthdays: November 18

Birthday wishes to out to the late Imogene Coca, who rocked it in the boy’s club of Sid Caesar’s show, but will always be Aunt Edna to us. And speaking of comic actors we dig, it’s Owen Wilson’s birthday today too! Have a great one Owen, and thanks for the laughs Imogene!      

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Movie Birthdays: November 17

Birthday wishes go out to the late Rock Hudson, hunky leading man whose death from complications due to AIDS shocked the world in 1985; actor/producer/director/Burton Penguin Danny DeVito; stuntwoman-turned-actress Zoe Bell; French bombshell Sophie Marceau; Abyss survivor Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio; character actor/stapler fetishist Stephen Root; and former Mean Girl Rachel McAdams. Oh yeah, and some guy named Scorsese was born …

Movie Birthdays: November 12

Some really good-looking people were born today, starting with everyone’s favorite chimpanzee Kim Hunter in 1922. The luminous Grace Kelly was born today in 1929, as was Ryan Gosling in 1980 and Oscar winner/periodic Internet chew toy Anne Hathaway in 1982. (And seriously guys, what exactly did poor Annie do to any of you?)