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The Committee Room wishes you a Happy National Classic Movie Day! To celebrate classic movies, TCR is taking part in the Five Stars Blogathon , hosted by Classic Film and TV Cafe . Five Stars Blogathon participants list five of their favorite classic-era st...

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TCR on Film: An Interview with Mark A. Vieira, author of "Into the Dark -- The Hidden World of Film Noir, 1941-1950."
In  Into the Dark: The Hidden World of Film Noir, 1941 -1950    (Running Press, 2016) veteran author Mark A. Vieira  uses first hand accounts to take readers back to the 1940s. Instead of latter day critical analysis, we get reviews and comments from the fi...

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TCR on Film: "Unsinkable: A Memoir" by Debbie Reynolds
In tribute to the late Debbie Reynolds, one of the last stars produced by the old Hollywood studio system,  The Committee Room takes a look at her memoir  Unsinkable (William Morrow, 2013). In the preface to Unsinkable , Reynolds mentions her first book,  D...

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An Interview with Brian Kellow, author of "Can I Go Now? The Life of Sue Mengers, Hollywood's First Superagent."
Superagent Sue Mengers. Do any other three words better conjure up the enormous energy, creativity and free-wheeling social life of Hollywood in the 1970s? Mengers is the subject of an excellent new biography Can I Go Now? The Life of Hollywood's First Supe...

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TCR on Show Business: "Judy + Liza + Robert + Freddie + David + Sue + ME" by Stevie Phillips
"What is an agent?" asks Stevie Phillips in her recently published memoir Judy + Liza + Robert + Freddie + David + Sue + ME   (St. Martin's Press). Phillips knows the answer. She was once among the most powerful talent agents in the entertainment industry, ...

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TCR on Television: A Salute to Two Great TV Stalwarts: Dick Van Patten and Anne Meara
In recent months, American television lost two of its most familiar faces: Dick Van Patten and Anne Meara. The careers of these hard-working performers began in television's earliest years. Their passing takes us farther away from the days of huge audience ...

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TCR on Film: An Interview with Edward Z. Epstein, author of "Audrey and Bill: A Romantic Biography of Audrey Hepburn and William Holden"
In Audrey and Bill: A Romantic Biography of Audrey Hepburn and William Holden , just published by   Running Press , veteran film journalist Edward Z. Epstein creatively uses the personal relationship between Hepburn and Holden as a starting point for a wide...

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TCR on Television: An Interview with Mike Thomas, author of "You Might Remember Me: The Life and Times of Phil Hartman"
In the recently published You Might Remember Me: The Life and Times of Phil Hartman , journalist Mike Thomas examines the life of a major figure in American comedy. This engrossing read is at once a knowledgeable show biz biography and, considering Hartman'...

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"Life Could Be Verse: Reflections on Love, Loss, and What Really Matters" by Kirk Douglas
In Life Could Be Verse , a brief and often affecting volume, actor Kirk Douglas, who recently turned ninety-eight years old, shares poems he has written over the course of his long life and recounts the experiences that inspired the verses. Kirk wrote his f...

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TCR on Films: "Watch Me: A Memoir" by Anjelica Huston
In the recently published Watch Me: A Memoir , actress and sometime director Anjelica Huston picks up where she left off in her first book, A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London and New York  (discussed in TCR in April 2014 ). At the start o...
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