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Hollywood and Vines: Francis Ford Coppola

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA – HOLLYWOOD & VINES by Harold von Kursk One of the most legendary figures in film history, Francis Ford Coppola was always willing to risk everything for the sake of his movies. Apocalypse Now nearly destroyed him personally and professionally while One From the Heart brought him close to financial ruin. Fortunately, in 1975 he chose to invest his earnings from his first two Oscar-winning Godfather movies to buy 1500 acres in…

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Kirsten Dunst Talks Sophia Coppola

KIRSTEN DUNST – THE BEGUILED by Harold von Kursk CANNES –  Kirsten Dunst has worked with some of Hollywood’s top directors, but Sofia Coppola has always had a special connection to her.  First with The Virgin Suicides and then with Marie Antoinette, Dunst saw Coppola as both a friend and mentor.  Now, with THE BEGUILED, the two women may have collaborated on the finest film of their respective careers. For Dunst, however, it’s their 17-year-long…

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In Search of Mike Tyson: a conversation with the man

IN SEARCH OF MIKE TYSON by Will Richardsson   Whenever you feel like criticizing any one. . . just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.   Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby Warsaw: I’m searching for Mike Tyson. Late afternoon. Frantic jabbering: “Damn it you fool, where are those ear muffs?” I search my bag like airport security. No go. Hotel staff is watching me warily. After…

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Ten Cars that Changed the World

      TEN CARS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD – FROM FERRARI TO THE FUSCA _____________________________________________________________________                                           by Harold von Kursk   Women may be the ultimate sex objects, but the car comes a close second when it comes to male obsessions. For the past century, the world’s leading auto makers have poured untold resources…

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Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

Sometimes I wonder. A friend of mine arrived recently from the USA with a wrist watch telephone. I said that it reminded me of Dick Tracy, the popular old comic strip which became a movie starring Warren Beatty in the early 1990s. My friend looked at me as if he were a dog, I’d just showed a card trick. Who is Dick Tracy? Who indeed? The very idea that the wrist, the traditional 20th-century place…

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Ben Affleck – From Good Will to Gangster

LOS ANGELES –  Winning the Oscar for Argo in 2013 put Ben Affleck, actor/writer, on a whole new trajectory. He finally met the high standard he had set for himself as a screenwriter. Twenty years ago now, he and  boyhood friend from Boston, Matt Damon, won an Oscar for Good Will Hunting. Indeed Affleck rescued his Hollywood career by directing when his popularity as an actor plummeted following films like Reindeer Games (2000), Gigli (2003), Surviving…

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The Evil Empire: Deconstructing the New York Yankees

Y! A! N! K! E! E! S! Here come the Yankees They’re gonna learn to fear the Yankees Everyone knows they play to win, cause They’re the New York Yankees Yankees fight song ———— It’s official. And it is just as I have always thought. The New York Yankees are evil. Call it how you see it. When it comes to baseball fans, there are two types: those who love the Yankees and everybody else.…

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